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New York City Residents Oppose Ban on Smoking in Public Places

The New York City will start implementing its resolute ban on smoking in public places, but the majority of smokers state that they would rather fight against than quit.

A lot of Marlboro men and women state that they will break Mayor Bloomberg’s Smoke Free Air Act, which was approved in February and will come into effect on May 23.

NY resident smoking

The new law prohibits smoking in beaches, public parks and Brooklyn Heights Promenade, where it will be very soon illicit to light up and walk. Those who infringe the law will have to pay a $50 fine.

“This situation is unfair because we pay $12 or $13 per pack of cigarettes and now we found that there is no place where we could smoke them. But I will risk and continue to smoke in public,” stated Leor Hadar as he smoked on the Boardwalk.

Bloomberg has been pushing the law, underlining the dangers of secondhand smoke, pointing that even slight exposure to cigarette smoke can cause asthma attacks and various respiratory diseases.

According to a research, about 7,500 New Yorkers die annually from cigarette smoke, and a great number of non-smokers have significant levels of nicotine in their blood.

“The evidences are clear, continuous exposure to secondhand smoke whether at home or in public affect your health,” stated Mayor Bloomberg.

“This is silly. Should we now avoid cabs, bases and everything that possesses harm and affects our health? There are a lot of places that do that,” stated Boerum Hill resident Addy Fox.

Several others smokers stated that the city must not urge them to stop smoking, especially in public places.

“Being in a park, you always have the choice to walk away from those who smoker,” said Josh Black.

One more complicated matter is that smoking is not prohibited on state park that means that smokers can light up at East River State Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park when they want.

In 2002 Bloomberg, being a former smoker significantly raised taxes on tobacco products from $0.08 to $1.50 per package. In the following year he removed cigarettes from bars and restaurants.

And last year the state under the Bloomberg’s guidance, increased taxes with an extra $1.60 per package, thus the price of 20 cigarettes is $14.

At the same time Bloomberg donated hundreds of millions to anti-smoking campaigns. Probably the main problem is that a lot of smokers doubt that the city will be able to implement this new law.

How to Keep a Tobacco Pipe Clean

If you smoke a pipe or are thinking of smoking a pipe to save money, you know how expensive a pipe can be. Whether you own a five dollar corncob or a thousand dollar masterpiece, you need to keep it clean to enjoy it for many years to come. Here are a few guidelines to help you protect your investment.

Cleaning tobacco pipe

Step 1

Take your time and smoke slowly. A pipe is not a cigarette, you can actually damage your pipe if you try to smoke it like one. Puff, don’t suck.

Step 2

As soon as you are done smoking, blow any condensation and loose tobacco down into the bowl.

Step 3

Run a pipe cleaner through it. Try to push the cleaner all the way down to the bowl, but not into the bowl.

Step 4

Use a pipe cleaner that fits snugly, but not tightly.

Step 5

Tap your pipe out. Tap it on something soft, like the cork knobs you can buy to put into an ashtray. Don’t bang it or hold it by the mouthpiece when tapping, that can break or chip it.

Step 6

Once a week I use a thicker pipe cleaner and pipe sweetener on my pipes to remove the varnish and tar that can build up. Make sure to let the pipe dry and don’t let the liquid touch the finish on the outside.

Step 7

Every few months, you should trim down the cake (burnt tobacco which “cakes” up over time inside a pipe bowl) with a wire bore brush. This helps keep small bits of tobacco from plugging the smoke holes.

Step 8

If you have a meerschaum or corncob pipe, use a bowl scraper and prevent a cake from developing. While a cake is a good thing on a briar pipe, it WILL crack a meerschaum. I use a sharp pocketknife.

Tips and strategies to give up smoking (Part II)

So, in the first part of this article we discussed the most common reasons for smoking and proposed corresponding ideas to help giving up the habit cold turkey. However, there are the other important reasons that we want to share with you. Here are some of them:

3. I light up when I am irritated, angry or upset in order to get relaxed.

Extra question: Do you light up due to at least one of the following reasons?

  • I reach cigarette whenever I am in a bad temper.
  • Cigarettes help me relax when I am stressed.
  • I smoke when I need to get distracted from something that upsets me.

In case your answer is “yes”, “frequently”, “from time to time” to these questions, that is your reason to puff.

strategies to give up smoking

Many smokers particularly nowadays light up a cigarette to forget about the problems in their lives and get through them. In case you have been accustomed to smoking as a sedative, you should seek for other means of calming your nerves or, you would become addicted to getting rid of anger or stress by smoking and get used to lighting up each time problems appear. Try the following strategies to overcome difficulties without cigarettes:

TIPS AND STRATEGIES TO GIVE UP

  • Try several relaxation techniques to regain temper and settle nerves when you feel irritated or depressed. Efficient relaxation techniques include breathing exercises, shutting eyes for several minutes, washing your face with cold water or imagining yourself in special place like seaside or luxury hotel. One of these methods should certainly help you calm down.
  • Do physical exercises. Researches found out that jogging, swimming or simple physical exercise remove stress and strengthen body and mind.
  • Bear in mind that cigarettes are not a solution to any problem. Try to find a more effective solution and implement your ideas to reality.
  • Have a rest. Get a vacation if you feel that you can not resist stress anymore. And don’t forget to calm nerves every day using relaxation techniques, at least within 10 minutes.
  • Take a day out and enjoy yourself by having a massage, or haircut, painting a picture or listening to relaxing music, taking a long both with foam or do other things that would make you feel happy and relaxed. Simply, enjoy the beauty of the world around you.

4. I enjoy touching and holding cigarettes in my hands.

Extra question: Do you light up due to at least one of the following reasons?

  • I like holding a cigarette between my fingers.
  • I enjoy the process of lighting up my cigarette.
  • I enjoy looking at the smoke while exhaling.

In case your answer is “yes”, “frequently”, “from time to time” to these questions, that is your reason to puff.

If you belong to this group of smokers, you are used to obtaining a pleasure from habits and rituals related to smoking as well as from holding cigarettes in your hands. You always feel yourself more confident or cool with a cigarette between your fingers. Or you simply are accustomed to hold something in your hands and don’t know what to do with them when they are empty. However, you can easily get rid of this physical pleasure by following our tips and strategies below:

TIPS AND STRATEGIES TO GIVE UP

  • Use beads, a coin, a ball, a ring or other object that would keep your hands busy but would be less harmful than cigarettes.
  • Hold a pen or marker between your fingers when you feel you want to have a cigarette.
  • Pick up a plastic cig to hold when you feel you loose confidence.
  • Handle a real traditional cigarette in case you only need to touch it, but if holding a cigarette raises the desire to smoke it, disregard this strategy.
  • Eat regularly. Don’t be hungry, since you can confuse hunger and desire to chew something with a wish to light up a cigarette.
  • Invent yourself a hobby or activity that would make your hands busy all the time. You can try embroidering, knitting, painting, baking or other activities.

Check the “Tips and strategies to give up smoking” Part III for getting to know the final reasons and strategies to successfully getting rid of your habit.

Tips and strategies to give up smoking (Part I)

In case you are a regular smoker who tried every possible way to give up but did not manage to kick the pernicious habit down, the health experts have elaborated a special comprehensive list of the reasons to smoke and corresponding means to give up that suit the particular reason the most.

give up smoking

The strategy is rather simple and based on psychologists’ assumption that learning the reason of regular desire to light up a cigarette is a half way to succeed in getting rid of the habit. Scientists believe that smokers could successfully regulate their smoking after studying their everyday habits related to smoking.

So, here is the survey list made by eminent scientists. Look through the list of reasons and find the one that would be the most appropriate to your situation. Then check the tips that would help you defeat your smoking habit cold turkey, without paying for cessation therapies. In order to identify namely your reason, the psychologists provided several easy to answer questions that define the peculiarities of each reason.

1. Cigarettes give me joy (pleasure, delight).

Extra question: Do you light up due to at least one of the following reasons?

  • Smoking makes me pleased and delighted.
  • Smoking helps me forget about problems.
  • I am used to light up when I am in good mood.

In case your answer is “yes”, “frequently”, “from time to time” to these questions, that is your reason to puff.

This is reason is common to the overwhelming majority of smokers since they admit they simply like the process. So if you bear in mind a relation of smoking with pleasure it only consolidates your cravings, since there is no person in the world who would deny getting an additional pleasure. However, it would be much easier for you to give up if you convince yourself that you can enjoy life without tobacco and switch your attention to other pleasures of life. The following strategies give some efficient ideas to make you think about cigarettes less.

TIPS AND STRATEGIES TO GIVE UP

  • Focus on enjoying the pleasures and advantages of non-smokers.
  • Take the cash you spend on smokes and make yourself another pleasure: buy something, go to a restaurant or a nightclub, invite your friends for a party, or do any other activity that would make you feel happy and pleased.
  • Always think about the health dangers related to smoking and the benefits of giving up. You can even hang pictures of smokers’ lungs to imagine the health complications more vividly.

2. Cigarettes provide me with energy and strength.

Extra question: Do you light up due to at least one of the following reasons?

  • I take a drag when feel that I am slowing down.
  • I light up seeking for a burst of energy.
  • Cigarettes tope me up when I feel tired.
  • In case your answer is “yes”, “frequently”, “from time to time” to these questions, that is your reason to puff.

    A great part of smokers admit they use cigarettes for the same features like in coffee: to wake up faster, start moving, keep doing their work especially when they feel tired and need a burst of energy. The nicotine contained in cigarettes has the same properties like caffeine; it stimulates mental and motor activity during a short period of time. However, we advise you to take a look at other less harmful sources of energy. Look through the following tips:

    TIPS AND STRATEGIES TO GIVE UP

  • Try to sleep 8 hours each day. A complete night rest would make you feel active, fresh and ready to rumble.
  • Regularly do physical exercises. Physical activity would help you increase strength and the level of energy, so you would not need artificial boosts to get moving.
  • When you feel tired, take a walk around your work place, it is a natural boost to physiological activity without any related health complications.
  • Consume healthy food, vegetables, fruit, meat or fish since natural food is a great source of energy.
  • Drink fresh water. It would clear your body from toxins and refresh thoughts and feelings.
  • If you feel that you are getting bored, while being home, try to change your activity, read a book, watch a film, go outside for a walk or visit a friend. You should not feel bored since it takes energy.

These are the two principal reasons for smoking. For other reasons and corresponding strategies to quit smoking see “Tips and strategies to give up smoking” Part II…stay updated!

Smoking is safer than cell phones

In the light of newly opened public war with smoking and its consequences statements of many brain experts have never been heard. Hence, many of them are constantly alerting of giant increase in the number of brain tumors and urging the manufacturers to make immediate steps to decrease radiation caused by mobile phones.

The research, recently conducted by Prof. Vini Khurana an expert in cancer tumors, indicates that mobile communication could contribute to killing thousands more people than smoking or other addictions. The award-winning Prof. Khurana believes that people have to stop using mobile phones wherever they want and governments and the mobile industry moguls have to undertake “immediate steps” to diminish radiation exposure.

cell-phone-cigarettes

Dr Vini Khurana, concluded that mobile phones manufacturers don’t think about those devastating consequences of radiation, as they simply hide behind the back of cigarette industry who is faces constants attacks of various health organizations.

“I am not saying that smoking is good and mobile communication is bad for people, I am just trying to make people know that mobile phones radiation is directly linked with principal brain cancer causes, and smoking has nothing common with it. And let me remind you that brain cancer is the most difficult to cure,” Khurana stated.

This research draws the attention on growing scientific evidence that use of gadgets and handsets during a decade or more might double the risk of brain cancer. It has been scientifically proved that cancers take at least 10 years to develop, putting under question official safety guarantees based on earlier researches that contained few, or even none, people who had been using the mobile phones within that long period of time.

Professor Khurana – a famous neurosurgeon, who has received 14 awards during only last 16 years, has published and reviewed more than 150 studies regarding the effects and consequences of mobile communication.

He agrees that mobile phones can help in saving people lives during emergencies, but believes that there was a significant and rising evidence for a relation between mobile phone use and brain tumors. He hopes that this connection would be “definitively proven” within following 10 years.

Dr Khurana underlined that malignant brain tumors were named “a life-ending diagnosis”, and added that the situation with mobile phones radiation “is reactively unchecked and dangerous.”

Professor is afraid that “unless the industry and governments take immediate and decisive steps”, the level of malignant deathly brain tumors would rise universally during the next decade, and by that time it might have been too late to intervene medically.

Professor Khurana considers that radiation caused by mobile phones has far wider public health consequences than smoking,” His assessment is partly based on the fact that today three billion people use the phones worldwide, with this number being three times as many as number of smokers.

Earlier this year, the French government urged to avoid the use of mobile phones, especially by children. Germany also advises its people to minimize the use, and the European Environment Agency has called for radiation to be reduced.