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Smoking and Society October 16, 2011

Filed under: History,Smoking,Society — asiaticsociety @ 6:52 pm

Cigarette smoking has a huge impact on society, even if it isn’t an action that can be clearly observed. Here are facts collected from: The Department of Health and Human Services, Surgeon’s General 2004 Report, American Lung Association and Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Smokers and nonsmokers are affected by tobacco use in the United States. On an annual basis it is estimated that $97 billion is attributed to loss of productivity in the workplace.  This is due to the requested hourly smoke break, time off due to illness from smoking and the inevitable time off due to major complications from the health effects of smoking. Nearly $100 billion is spent each year on health care related to smoking. Additional health care costs associated with exposure to secondhand smoke average $10 billion annually.

Worldwide the use of tobacco accounts for more than 5 million deaths each year. If the trend continues by the year 2030 that number will be an astounding 8 million. In the United States, the health effects of smoking accounts for 1 out of every 5 deaths. On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers. Even though cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death, it continues to make its way into society by affecting the quality of life for all individuals exposed to the emanating smoke of someone using a cigarette. The total economic costs or direct medical costs and loss of productivity associated with cigarette smoking are estimated at $10.47 per pack of cigarettes.

Studies show that men are more likely to smoke than women. Twenty four percent of men in the United States smoke, that’s approximately 26 million men. Women make up eighteen percent of smoking adults or 21 million women. If current tobacco patterns continue, an estimated 6.4 million children will die prematurely from a smoking-related disease. Each day, nearly 6,000 children under 18 years of age start smoking. Of these, nearly 2,000 will become regular cigarette smokers.

The preceding facts clearly show how society is affected by tobacco use. Cigarettes are in their own right an obvious but silent epidemic.


Tobacco in Indian Society July 5, 2011

Filed under: History,Smoking,Society — asiaticsociety @ 6:07 pm

Tobacco reached reached India in 1605 and since then the country’s tobacco production began. The first Beedies (Indian tobacco cigarettes) were invented by tobacco farms workers who rolled the tobacco leaves. Since the 1930s the world demand for tobacco products increased and India also experienced an enormous upswing in Bidi production. The reason for this unprecedented development can also be credited to the politics of Gandhi who favored the Indian product and supported the domestic industry. Intellectuals and educated Indians started to smoke Beedies instead of cigarettes to send a clear signal against imported goods and British influence.

Today Beedies are still smoked to demonstrate independence and Indian national consciousness.


Electronic Cigarettes are Changing Our Society March 3, 2011

Filed under: Smoking,Society — asiaticsociety @ 5:51 pm

An electronic cigarette or e-cigarette is an electrical device that simulates the act of tobacco smoking by producing an inhalable vapor bearing the physical sensation, appearance and often the flavor and Nicotine content of inhaled tobacco smoke, without its odor or health risks. The device uses a low heat usually created by a Lithium Ion battery to vaporize a propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin-based liquid solution into a very fine mist, similar to the way a nebulizer or humidifier vaporizes solutions for inhalation.

The device’s components usually include a small liquid reservoir, a heating element and a power source, which may be a battery or a wired USB adapter. Most electronic cigarettes are portable, self-contained cylindrical devices in varying sizes and are designed to outwardly resemble traditional cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are also made to be reusable, with replaceable and refillable components, though some models are disposable. Liquids that produce vapor for electronic cigarettes are available in many different flavor varieties and Nicotine concentrations, including nicotine-free versions.

The primary use of an electronic cigarette is an alternative to traditional tobacco use, or a smoking cessation device. The use of an electronic cigarette delivers the experience of smoking without the adverse health effects usually associated with tobacco smoke. Additional benefits from using an electronic cigarette include saving money as tobacco prices sky rocket and employment becomes scarce. Ease of use, most e-cigarettes can legally be used in places that have banned public cigarette smoking. Lastly, social economics has made electronic cigarette use acceptable and fashionably favorable when comparing it against its earlier counterpart, the tobacco cigarette. It is highly recommended to read a detailed electronic cigarette review before buying such product.

In today’s society the use of an e-cigarette has become a savory alternative to quitting tobacco use when confronted with other means to do so. Although electronic cigarettes are not FDA approved as a smoking cessation device it stems to reason that if one can purchase various levels of Nicotine in cartridges and comfortably wean themselves to a lower dose of Nicotine, while still accessing the simultaneous addictive hand to mouth action. Then many people may ultimately choose an electronic cigarette over other smoking cessation options and quit using tobacco.


Tobacco Milestones Throughout the Years February 4, 2011

Filed under: History,Smoking — asiaticsociety @ 3:28 pm

Tobacco has come a long way since the enthusiastic days of overly exaggerated cigarette commercials, smoking cartoon character billboards and just about every television show blatantly highlighting the nonchalant use of a cigarette.

Today, as advanced testing is performed and vital statistics are made available cigarettes are becoming scarce. People are finally privy to the enormous list of toxins being inhaled with each pull from their potential cancer sticks. Still, the fight for a tobacco free country is far in the distance but don’t give up hope just yet, there have been quite a few momentous occasions for us reformed and non-smokers to celebrate. Listed are a few noteworthy, tobacco banishing milestones from the past few decades.

  • The Tobacco Restraint Act passed a law in 1908 making it illegal to sell cigarettes to anyone less than 16 years of age. The Restraint Act has since been modified to set age requirements to 18 years of age.
  • Evidence began to emerge about the effects of smoking during pregnancy during the 1970s.This is also the decade that advertising on television, radio and billboards started to phase out.
  • In 1989 the federal government required cigarette manufacturers to make the additives in cigarettes available to the public. Also, an indefinite ban on smoking was imposed on all airlines.
  • In August 1994, Minnesota Attorney General Hubert Humphrey teamed up with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota and the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi to declare war on the tobacco epidemic. Their unprecedented suit- State of Minnesota v. Philip Morris , alleged a 50 year conspiracy to defraud America of the hazards of smoking, to stifle development of safer cigarettes and to target children as future customers. Deliberation took 15 weeks and ended with a momentous win.
  • In 1998 California (Tobacco Free CA) became the first State to make it illegal to smoke cigarettes in a bar, restaurant or any public place. Most States have followed and now have similar restrictions in place.
  • Today 42 States restrict smoking near a government building and 20 States restrict smoking on private property.