Saturday, September 13, 2014 Hookah Smoking a Hot Trend, but...

Lizzie Johnson reports on 
an "alternative" to cigarette 
smoking, the Hookah. My 
generation used it for an 
entirely different reason.
From the POV of RTS, this 
is ALL about cool, the 
hipster thing- it isn't 
particularly healthy to 
smoke, as a single drag 
from a hookah doses the 
user with an unfiltered blast 
of smoke, tar and nicotine, 
albeit cooled down, that is 
many times the strength 
and volume of that of a 
puff from a cigarette...

I'm aware that young adults 
probably don't want to listen 
to what RTS has to say... 
but nightly hookah indulgence
is similar to smoking packs 
of unfiltered cigarettes...
or don't believe it... it's 
probably the worst way to 
take in tobacco, from the 
standpoint of your lungs... the "ex-smoker" in 
the article who said "this is 
kind of cheating"- news for
you- if you're smoking a hookah- 
you are NOT an ex-smoker.
Tell us all about the safety 
of Shisha...

Good luck on this habit....

...of course, if you're the 
Caterpillar, none of this matters... Hookah smoking is a hot trend for young adults, but...

Friday, September 12, 2014 Michigan's Smoking Rate Declines

Nicole Seguin is an 
online editor for 
She reports on the State 
of Michigan's decline 
in its smoking rate. 
Michigan is where I 
learned to smoke and 
had my first cigarette.
Go Michigan...BREATHE!
The chart shows percentages 
of adult smokers...
Michigan Smoking Rates Decline

A Billboard in Yemen....

RJ Reynolds promotes their 
Gold Coast brand in San'aa, 
don't see any warnings... Anti-Tobacco Campaign Launched in Francophone Africa

Africa's French speaking 
countries, which include 
Senegal, Benin, Cote d'Ivoire 
and Burkina Faso now have 
an anti-tobacco campaign
It is partially funded by the 
Bill and Melinda Gates 
Foundation and Bloomberg 
Philanthropies. The campaign 
begins with the cautionary tale
of Idrissa, a smoker who gets 
cancer at a relatively young age... Anti-tobacco Campaign Launched in Francophone Africa

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bloomberg: Magic Mushrooms may help smokers to quit....

Now wouldn't this change 
the landscape of smoking 
cessation? Literally and 
visually? This article by 
Michelle Fay Cortez, for 
Bloomberg, shows 
stunningly high rate of 
success for a cognitive 
behavior therapy program 
at Johns Hopkins University
in Baltimore that included 
the administering two to 
three doses of the psychedelic 
ingredient in "Magic 
Mushrooms," Psilocybin
Journaling and behavior 
modification were also key 
elements of the study. More 
than 80% of participants 
remained smoke free after 
six Magic Mushrooms Help Smokers Kick Habit in small study
photo: Roger Cremers/Bloomberg

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ad Age: The Truth? Latest Anti-Smoking Effort a Hot Mess...

RTS is a big fan of; but
as Ad Age says, coming 
after celebrities to blame 
them for everybody else's
smoking is a bit far 
fetched in this day and age.
While the cool factor in 
smoking has been promoted 
since the 30's...attacking
actors who smoke today by 
using them in these ads makes 
them out to be uncaring influences.
The suggestion that they lead 
youth to ruin somewhat violates 
these actors' right to privacy 
and free will.

RTS thinks the focus should 
be on the condescending attitude 
of Big Tobacco towards young folks...
now that's worth getting mad 
about...!!! knows 
how to do that! 
Ad Age: The Truth? Latest Anti-Smoking Effort a Hot Mess...
Tom Toles, Washington Post Branson businesses fume against proposed no-smoking ordinance

Branson, Missouri, an 
entertainment destination 
since the 80's, is pressing 
for a no smoking ordinance,
which is being met with 
mixed reviews, especially 
by the pub owners. What a 
smoking ban means to this 
city economically remains 
to be seen...
Jehan Shiekh reports... Branson businesses fume against proposed no-smoking ordinance