Romancing The Smoke is John Aaron's blog about his lifelong battle to quit smoking (which he did more than seven years ago) and the stories, history and news in the absurd world of Tobacco and Nicotine. Author of Romancing The Smoke: Reflections of a Nicotine Addict, John illustrated writer Sean Daly's memoir and is working on this second book, Aaron's Book of Contemporary Demons. Romancing The Smoke can be found on Amazon.
This article by Danae King follows up the decision by the Baltimore City Council to ban smoking near playgrounds, ball fields and swimming pools. The ban at the zoo takes effect July 1. Baltimore Sun: Maryland Zoo bans smoking
"I was smoking on the porch while watching my friends' kitty cats one evening when suddenly these three caballeros came stumbling around the corner, heading straight for me. I lept for the back door and bolted inside just in time. I left my cigarette burning in the ashtray. I recall being really annoyed. You never know what sort of aromatic characters you'll meet when you smoke..." -from Romancing The Smoke...
Dad loved to have a good time. A little too good for his own good. He smoked two packs a day, then finally quit when he was 53. Liver, Lung and Pancreatic cancer still took him away three years later. If you smoke, bail on this habit before it's too late. Wish your father a Happy Father's Day. I wish I could.
There's still time to get your Dad the Kindle version of Romancing The Smoke for Father's Day. The full color signed paperback is also available at Granada Books on State St. in Santa Barbara. Make it a smokefree Father's Day! Take a deep breath....! John Aaron's Romancing The Smoke Amazon Page
This article by Catherine Griffin suggests that smoke, direct and second hand, can contribute to hearing loss over time. Dr. Piers Dawes from the Centre for Human Communication and Deafness at U of Manchester found a correlation between smoking and hearing loss. Science World Report: Smoking can contribute to hearing loss...
This article by Judah Taylor and Sohini DasGupta paints a bigger picture and connects the dots about nicotine addiction as it compares two culturally very different places thousands of miles apart where smoking is not as intensely under attack as in more health oriented countries and states. The glaring similarity is how Big Tobacco preys on the poor. This 1964 photo from the William Gedney Photographic Collection at Duke University captures the ingrained nature of tobacco in Kentucky. Courier-Journal: Smoking Issues Plague Kentucky, India
Dr. Kaidi Wang reports that a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine shows a marked success with the Text2Quit app, a electronic support for those trying to quit smoking. The Text2Quit Program was developed by Dr. Lorien Abroms (pictured) of the George Washington U. School of Public Health and Health Services. ABC News: Texting therapy doubles success in quitting smoking
One city in China is not putting up with second hand smoke in the internet cafes. Eric Jou says the city of Wuhan has booted smoking from the cafes in an effort to clear the historically horrible air. Who knew that places like China and Russia would assume such progressive antismoking stances...? Kotaku.com: Chinese city to crack down on smoking in internet cafes...
Joan Raymond reports for NBC News that e-cigarette ads are all over television with nary a single bit of regulation or restriction happening four decades after smoking ads were banned from TV. Maggie Fox contributed to this report. (I had previously thought Jenny McCarthy was more conscious that this...) The New Joe Camel? E-Cigarette Ads Spook Anti-Smoking Activists