September 30, 2014
THERE WAS celebration locally last week when Gov. Corbett signed the bill allowing Philadelphia to increase the tax on cigarettes by $2 a pack. Mayor Nutter praised the governor and the Legislature for finally taking action. Schools Superintendent William Hite added his thanks. No one did high-fives, but there was a sense of satisfaction over a mission accomplished. The situation reminds us of the title of the 1960s novel Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me . The cigarette tax - which will raise the price of a pack by 30 percent - will provide a source of continuing revenue for the financially battered school district.
December 29, 2013 |
Fred Contino has been smoking since he was 13. He is, at 53, trying to quit. He has replaced his Marlboro Reds with a small, white plastic tube - his new prescription nicotine inhaler. "It's going to take time," he says. "When I want a cigarette, I try and take puffs on it. That takes away the craving for a little bit, but the cravings are still there. " Contino is one of about 44 million cigarette smokers in the United States, 19 percent of all adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
October 20, 2013 |
After 20 years of cigarettes, things started adding up for Abhi Nath: The smoke burn. Future health concerns. "The whole ick factor. " Then his employer added a $50 health insurance surcharge. "And I was dating a girl and she hated cigarettes. So I started e-cigarettes. " Three months on, Nath, 38, of Old City, gets looks of curiosity, not disgust. He feels and smells better. He plans to gradually reduce the nicotine level (there's no tar or ash) - and to enjoy doing it. "The only thing about e-cigarettes is there is no regulation of the content.
April 3, 2013 |
RICHMOND, Va. - The Food and Drug Administration says smokers who are trying to quit can safely use over-the-counter nicotine gum, patches, and lozenges for longer than previously recommended, in a move to help millions of Americans kick the habit. Current labels suggest that consumers stop smoking or using other products containing nicotine when they begin using the products to help them quit, and that they should stop using nicotine replacement products after 12 weeks at most. The federal agency said Monday that the makers of gum and other nicotine replacement products can change the labels that say one should not smoke when using the products.
March 2, 2013
Debi Austin, 62, who smoked a cigarette through a hole in her throat to illustrate her struggle with nicotine addiction in a California public service advertisement has died of cancer, health officials and her family said Wednesday. Ms. Austin first appeared on television in 1996, telling viewers she began smoking at age 13 and could never quit. In a quiet, halting rasp, she told the camera, "They say nicotine isn't addictive," before inhaling from a lit cigarette held to a hole in her throat.
March 19, 2012 |
Chronic constipation, heart disease and death Q: I had always believed that Elvis Presley died at 42 from a heart attack. However, I've recently read that his longtime physician George Nichopoulos believes Elvis died from chronic constipation. How does someone die from that? A: According to the autopsy report, hypertensive cardiovascular disease and a "colon problem" were the likely contributing factors to his premature death from a heart attack. It has been reported by his now-retired personal physician that Elvis suffered for years from chronic constipation and that his colon was markedly distended at autopsy.
January 9, 2012
Maybe it was just a bad nicotine fit * Bustleton Avenue near Hellerman Street An armed robber made off with cash and cigarettes after holding up a Wawa in Oxford Circle yesterday, police said. The suspect, described as a Hispanic male in his early 30s, was wearing a tan jacket and tan pants when he entered the Wawa about 6:30 a.m. yesterday and pulled out a gun. He fled on foot along Bustleton Avenue with an undetermined amount of cash and about 30 packs of cigarettes, police said.
December 27, 2011 |
Soon after the quit-smoking pill Chantix debuted in 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began receiving reports of severe psychiatric disturbances in people taking it. Experts who analyzed the FDA's database of "serious adverse events" found Chantix was suspected in more cases of violence than any other prescription drug. It also generated more reports of suicide, self-injury, and depression than any other smoking-cessation therapy. Despite this troubling link - which has led the FDA to require prominent warnings on the Chantix package insert - researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and other medical centers are now testing it in people who may be especially vulnerable to such problems.
December 19, 2011
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health hasn't quite developed a reputation for merrymaking, but for the second year in a row it has come up with presents - a one-month supply of nicotine patches plus telephone counseling - for 5,000 people. The free smoking- cessation packages are worth about $400 each (paid for with a federal grant). Health Commissioner Donald F. Schwarz said a survey after last year's giveaway found that it had helped 1,700 residents quit. Philadelphia has the highest adult smoking rate of the 10 biggest cities in the country.
May 25, 2011 |
Gregory Conley can't go inside his favorite Starbucks in Mount Laurel to take a few puffs, so he enjoys his habit outside. To passersby, it may look like he is drawing deeply from any old cigarette, but a closer whiff proves otherwise. That's because the newest smoking rage, boosted by "vapers" (that's with an e , not an o ), is not to smoke - sort of. Battery-powered "e-cigarettes" - no matches needed - give consumers a nicotine fix without the burning tobacco haze, hazards, and stench of their old-fashioned counterparts.