Cigarette packs to carry graphic picture warnings

If these ads don’t move you to stop smoking cigarettes then I don’t know what to tell you. My mother died from acute emphysema and she had stop smoking for twenty years. So if you keep smoking I have absolutely no remorse for you.

via Breitbart

Smokers buying cigarettes will from Wednesday be confronted with a series of gruesome images printed on the packets showing how tobacco damages health.The pictures, which show cancerous lungs and throats as well as rotting teeth, replace written warnings such as “Smoking clogs the arteries and causes heart attacks and strokes” or “Smoking can cause a slow and painful death” which currently greet going to light up.

The picture warnings will start appearing on cigarette packs from October 1 and will be compulsory from October next year. They will be printed on all tobacco products from October 2010.

One in six people in Britain smoke out of population of more than 60 million and the government has been stepping up measures to reduce that figure.

Written warnings on packs were adopted in 2003, and last year, the minimum age for buying tobacco was raised from 16 to 18.

Smoking in enclosed public places was banned across the country from July 2007.

“These new stark picture warnings emphasise the harsh health realities of continuing to smoke,” Chief Medical Officer Liam Donaldson said.

“I hope they will make many more (people) think hard about giving up and get the help they need to stop smoking for good.”

University Teaches How To Grow Weed

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No! This is not another April Fools post.
It seems that across the country in Oakland, Ca there are Universities that are teaching students over a two day period, how to grow and maintain marijuana. The class seems to be a reaction to marijuana being legalized in California for medicinal use.

For $200 and the cost of two required textbooks, students learn how to cultivate and cook with cannabis, study which strains of pot are best for certain ailments, and are instructed in the legalities of a business that is against the law in the eyes of the federal government.

The only prerequisite for the course is a Politics/Legal Issues 101 class.

My basic idea is to try to professionalize the industry and have it taken seriously as a real industry, just like beer and distilling hard alcohol,” said Richard Lee, 45, an activist and pot-dispensary owner who founded the school in a downtown storefront last fall.

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Does Hip Hop Encourage Smoking? Survey Says…

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Source: AllHipHop

 According to a recent study, Hip-Hop music may be responsible for an increase in smoking amongst teens it was recently revealed.  Over 75% of the most popular Hip-Hop songs of 2005 contained some kind of explicit reference to using drugs, alcohol or tobacco, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  The Pittsburgh School of Medicine also found that 48 out of 62 rap songs studied as part of a larger look at music in general, contained one or more references to substance use.  The study examined Billboard’s 279 most popular songs of 2005, finding that a 41.6 % of those songs had a drug reference of some kind.  “Overall, 116 of the 279 unique songs had a substance use reference of any kind,” wrote the researchers. “Ninety-three songs (33.3%) contained explicit substance use references.”  “Only four songs contained explicit anti-use messages, and none portrayed substance abuse refusal,” the study also found.

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Ex- Cop Teaches “How Not To Get Busted”

weed-cop.jpg Ex-narcotic officer Barry Cooper  has been making a lot of noise in the Dallas area stemming from his dvd called Never Get Busted Again.weed-cop-4.jpg  

Being an officer  involved in 800 drug busts, he realized that many of his arrests were people who were basically law-abiding citizens outside of the pot they were smoking. This changed his outlook on drug legalization and he quit his job as an narcotic officer. He then created the series Never Busted Again to help those caught in a traffic stops..

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Doc’s Say Okay 2 Puff Puff

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Source: The Chronic Corner 

One of the top associations of doctors have stated that they are fully supporting the use of medical marijuana. Believing that it is very beneficial to those effected with AIDS wasting syndrome, glaucoma, and easing side effects from cancer.

   Though the use of medical marijuana is not a new issue, being co-signed by the American College Of Physicians some feel is a major step in the way of de-criminalizing medical marijuana. And for my recreational smokers this is not a sign for you to start lighting up in the local park unless you are prepared(Akon voice) to get locked up.

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Smoke Can Snuff Out Billions In Future

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Source: Next Thing 

Tobacco could kill 1 billion people in the 21st century unless governments act now to dramatically reduce smoking, the World Health Organisation said today.  The UN agency said no country in the world was doing all it could to curb tobacco use, which it estimates will kill 500 million people who are alive today.  It called on all nations to adopt a six-pronged strategy to dissuade people – especially women and young people – from smoking and to help them quit.  Raising taxes to as high as 75% or more of the pack price would be the single most effective strategy, the WHO said. Higher taxes would also provide funds to counter tobacco industry marketing tactics.”While efforts to combat tobacco are gaining momentum, virtually every country needs to do more,” said Margaret Chan, the WHO director general.  A 7 yr old Chinese boy smokes a cigarette in downtown Bejing.  As many as 100 million Chinese men currently under age 30 will die from tobacco use.  In India, about a quarter of deaths among middle-aged men are caused by smoking,” its report said.   Continue reading