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E-Cigarettes: Are They Better For You Than the Real Deal?

E-Cigarettes: Are They Better For You Than the Real Deal?

  While restrictions on smoking cigarettes become stricter and stricter, and taxes on them rise across the country, there is an heated debate over the safety and regulation of electronic cigarettes. Many view electronic cigarettes as a helpful cessation tool, or as a safer alternative to smoking the real thing. Although there haven’t been any large-scale conclusive studies, it would seem to make sense that there are less disastrous health effects associated with e-cigarettes than their … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Recovery, Research

Betel Nut

Betel Nut

For six weeks during the summer of 2005, I went to visit my father in Taiwan. I was ecstatic. I could not wait to visit a  place so different from what I had grown accustomed to. I had visited Latin America (and lived there) many times before, but it’s such a westernized culture. This would be my first time in Asia. None of the comforts of home would be there. No Abrahamic characters on street signs. … Read entire article »

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The Self-righteous Smoker

Is there anything worse than a self-righteous smoker? The one who lights up with a calculated cool, seen-it-all eye in slo-mo surveillance: just hoping someone with a lung condition will have the nerve to speak up. It’s as if Marlboro slipped some high-concentration deliriant into their products … and New Yorkers are taking the biggest drags. I will acknowledge the appeal of the jaded coffee-shop ambiance. The Velvet Underground’s “Heroin” mellows masochistic ears and the hipster two tables over slips on his reading glasses for Jonathan Lethem’s ‘Motherless Brooklyn.’ The tortured NYU film school dropout radiates nihilistic woe, lamenting that elitist Academy voters will surely never grant David Lynch the Oscar. I mean, did you even watch “Blue Velvet?” Yes, this scene possesses a certain appeal; the same sort of … Read entire article »

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1 IN 5 WHITE WOMEN SMOKE WHEN PREGNANT

1 IN 5 WHITE WOMEN SMOKE WHEN PREGNANT

New research has shown significant differences in the attitudes of white, Hispanic, and black women in the United States when it comes to smoking during pregnancy.  A recent study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that 21.8% of white women ages 15 to 44 smoked tobacco cigarettes while pregnant, compared with 14.2% of black women and only 6.5% of Hispanic women.  When it comes to alcohol, 12.8% of … Read entire article »

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Quitting One Habit and Picking Up Another

Quitting One Habit and Picking Up Another

  I wasn’t a smoker before going to rehab, but since leaving, I have become addicted to this “habit” that I repeatedly told myself I would never pick up!  As a chronic pot smoker since I was fourteen years old, I would wake up, use and continue throughout the whole day until I went to bed.  Pot was all that I smoked.  Smoking cigarettes never crossed my mind.  As a young kid in school, I was introduced to … Read entire article »

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Cigarette Smoking Negatively Affects Teenage Brains

Cigarette Smoking Negatively Affects Teenage Brains

Smoking proves to have many dangerous health risks. Recently there has been a study that shows smoking affects teenagers’ brains negatively. In teenage brains the prefrontal cortex is still forming itself structurally and functionally. The more teenagers are addicted to nicotine the less active their prefrontal cortex is. Smoking tobacco has also been linked to deficits in attention and memory in adults. A professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human … Read entire article »

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High Cigarette Prices Means Fewer Smokers

As the cigarette prices increase in California, fewer people are purchasing cigarettes. According to the most recent fiscal year, sales in cigarettes have declined dramatically. In 1999, there was an 11.9% decline in cigarette purchases, and now the fiscal for 2009 is at 8.1%. This is the best decline California has seen in a very long time. The fiscal in 1980 with 2.8 billion packs, the sales in cigarettes is at 65.6% to 972 million packs. People are smoking less and less and this kind of decline has not been heard of since 1985. Health risks and stricter restrictions on where people are allowed to smoke did have an impact on the decline. However the cigarettes have gotten to be more expensive, about 18.6% more expensive since November 2009. In February of … Read entire article »

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