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#136 [Permalink] Posted on 21st October 2013 16:49
E-cigarettes are not safe. I know one person who says without any doubt that switching to E-cigarettes caused serious chest infections. The problem was maybe there beforehand but E-cigarettes made it worse. After 2 months he binned it and the chest problems normalised.

The vapour is harsh and it's full of chemicals. Nothing safe about it in my opinion. What is worse? Comparing a normal cigarette to an E-cigarette is like comparing being kicked in the face or punched.
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#137 [Permalink] Posted on 21st October 2013 17:07
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How E-Cigarettes Lead To Heroin

WNBC, the network-owned TV station in New York City, discovers that nicotine is not the only drug delivered by e-cigarettes:

More and more, people are smoking marijuana out of e-cigarettes and vapour pens-right out in the open with little or no fear of getting caught, users and experts say....

Experts say marijuana doesn't emit the tell tale odour when it is smoked, in liquid or wax forms, in an e-cigarette or vaporizer. What's more, since there is no flame, it's easy for the user to stash in a pocket right after taking a puff.

But while marijuana use by adults may be becoming more accepted by some, local law enforcement officials and drug counsellors say illegal drugs in e-cigarettes are a danger, especially if minors catch on to the trend....

"I care a lot about it," said Detective Lt. Kevin Smith, who heads the Narcotics Unit for the Nassau County Police Department. "For young people, marijuana is a gateway. The next thing you know they're doing acid, molly, even heroin. I don't like it that people are giving it a pass."....

"Once you try electronic cigarettes, you can become hooked to them, move on to cigarettes and then move on to other drugs," [Assemblywoman Linda] Rosenthal said.


WNBC thus proves once again that pretty much any cool innovation can be viewed with alarm if only we think of the children. But it got scooped on this story by anti-smoking activist John Banzhaf, who more than three years ago added facilitation of cannabis consumption to his list of reasons for fearing and loathing e-cigarettes.

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#138 [Permalink] Posted on 24th October 2013 20:15
Why Is Smoking Addictive? It's Probably Not Just Nicotine, Despite What We've Been Told For Years

www.medicaldaily.com/why-smoking-addictive-its-probably-n...

When we think about smoking's addictive qualities, the culprit that most often comes to mind is the infamous stimulant, nicotine. The plethora of patches and chewing gums available on store shelves that are meant to dull that itch attest to how nicotine is the therapeutic target of choice.

Countering this dogma, though, are researchers in New Zealand who have further verified that nicotine is not the only ingredient in tobacco products that makes kicking a smoking habit an uphill battle.

At this week's Smokefree Oceania conference in Auckland, New Zealand, Penelope Truman of the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) presented a study that showed how rats exhibited a greater willingness to obtain a dose of smoke from non-nicotinic rolling tobacco compared with doses of nicotine and smoke from factory-made cigarettes that contain nicotine.

Truman, along with researchers from Victoria University, gauged the extent that rats were willing to press a lever to obtain a dose of saline that was infused with either just nicotine or a type of tobacco smoke. Because rats showed a significantly higher willingness to go the distance to get a taste of rolling tobacco smoke, the authors concluded that a substance other than nicotine must be getting them hooked.

"[N]on-nicotinic components have a role in tobacco dependence and...some tobacco products have higher abuse liability, irrespective of nicotine levels," the study authors concluded.

"This extra chemical is an additional thing that makes smoking harder to give up," Truman explained to The New Zealand Herald. "This is a formal proof that some tobacco substances are more addictive than nicotine is." What this specific tobacco component actually is has yet to be identified though.

In light of this finding, the director of Auckland University's National Institute of Health Innovation, Chris Bullen, suggested the presence of other chemicals in cigarettes that are intended to boost the addictive properties of smoking, regardless of the absence of nicotine.

"It could in part explain why nicotine replacement therapy and any other kinds of products that deliver nicotine as a substitute to mitigate withdrawal and cravings might not be as effective as they could be," Bullen explained to the Herald.

For example, a 2012 study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Massachusetts found that relapse rates were the same between smokers who used nicotine replacement therapies and those who did not.

Truman and colleagues' study, Bullen noted to the Herald, could lead to the development of enhanced-effectiveness medications to help smokers quit. "That's the end goal of this kind of research," he concluded, "to identify what that missing piece could be, and address that with some kind of medication."
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#139 [Permalink] Posted on 24th October 2013 20:26
Habits, regardless of what they are, are hard to 'kick' when they continue to be done in relation to other habits or activities. So, for example, Adem typically smokes during his break, shivering outside with fellow smokers, chatting while they indulge in the habit for a few minutes. They all walk back in, laughing and happy, waving each other 'good-bye' as they all disperse back to their respective offices. If Adem wants to kick the habit, he's going to have to think of a way to fill the void those few minutes used to take up and that includes more than just the cigarette itself. He will quickly feel the cravings if he tries to sit at his desk, bored and itching for that cigarette, while his internal clock tells him its time to meet up with the gang and smoke! Insha'Allah Adem can think of an alternative to fill that time - something like dhikr, or reading the Qur'an, or something beneficial like reading MS, or at the very least something that is not haram insha'Allah.
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#140 [Permalink] Posted on 10th November 2013 17:06
A forum signature banner generator.. pretty decent

I put in 1st of January 2010, 10 cigarettes and 4 per box with username "My Username" and it generated this


Pretty cool for those who kicked the filthy habit
www.puffin-eliquid.com/banner/index.php
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#141 [Permalink] Posted on 10th November 2013 17:59
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Looks like I need to jump on that then, it's hard though especially when I'm sleep deprived.
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#142 [Permalink] Posted on 10th November 2013 18:23
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Sleep deprived? related to smoking?
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#143 [Permalink] Posted on 10th November 2013 18:29
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Meaning when I haven't slept properly in days I tend to smoke more, it helps to keep me going for some reason. This is also consists of red bull, tea etc.
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#144 [Permalink] Posted on 10th November 2013 18:35
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Interesting. You're right. I didn't actually know that. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19133287

Does it happen the other way around too? As in excessive smoking causing sleep deprivation?
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#145 [Permalink] Posted on 10th November 2013 18:43
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As far as I know akhii excessive smoking never causes one to lose sleep, yes appetite maybe.

But excessive smoking only occurs on a few occasions : ( in my view )

- depressed
- severely angry/frustrated
- somebody who just quit drugs or alcohol ( with Muslims brothers this is a common one and a hard one too )
- bored and need something in the hands
- lack of sleep
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#146 [Permalink] Posted on 10th November 2013 18:50
May Allah Ta'aala make it easy for you to quit smoking brother Jinn. Ameen.

Is this why the hijama doctor insisted on treating the area of the lungs? SubhanAllah, and if I recall right, you mentioned a lot of black blood came out!
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#147 [Permalink] Posted on 10th November 2013 19:59
Brother, there are smokers around me too and it is heartbreaking for me. I'm sorry if I rudely interrupted a conversation but it is something that worries me and breaks my heart - no matter who the person is. So, it was more as a show of support for anyone trying to quit.

Hang in there and insha'Allah do try and keep striving to quit. Insha'Allah one day you'll succeed, insha'Allah sooner rather than later.

Now if I may speak on behalf of myself (and perhaps others), glad you chose this avatar over a smoky, fiery one (as nice as they were) masha'Allah!
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#148 [Permalink] Posted on 10th November 2013 23:32
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جزاك الله خيرا sister -ameen

Yeah spot on once he found out we all were smokers he was pretty adamant that we get it done for that so in the end we all did.

I need to get it done again Insh'Ala
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#149 [Permalink] Posted on 18th November 2013 12:08

The dirty little secret behind smoking cessation apps

A study of the most popular smoking cessation apps finds very few use evidence-based practices proven to help smokers quit.

One in five deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control, amounting to roughly 440,000 deaths a year. (That's 1,205 a day, or 50 an hour.)

Perhaps it should come as no surprise, then, that smoking cessation apps are all the rage. More than 700,000 such downloads are averaged for the Android OS alone each month, according to Lorien C. Abroms, assistant professor at the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services, and they enjoy a minimal level of regulation given the Food and Drug Administration has its hands full trying to stay on top of medical apps. In a sea of 40,000-plus health-related apps, those having to do with "wellness" and "lifestyle" have very little oversight.

So Abroms and colleagues decided to conduct a study of the most downloaded cessation apps -- 47 for the iPhone and 51 for Android in February 2012 -- and uncovered a dirty little secret: very few actually adhere to key evidence-based practices shown to help smokers quit, or recommend approved medications, or refer users to quit lines.

Smartphone apps "do not promote aspects of treatments that have proven to work in quitting smoking and so we as public health professionals have reason to be concerned," Abroms said in a Health Behavior News Service release. The researchers published their findings in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (PDF).

Researchers conducted a study of the most downloaded cessation apps for iOS and Android.

(Credit: Butt Out app)

The researchers were optimistic that so many people are seeking help, and that technicians are working on apps to meet that need. "But the bad news is smartphone apps may not give people the guidance they need," added Michael C. Fiore, director of the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. "What we're missing with smartphone apps is universally recognized, science-based recommendations."

While it's entirely possible that what works when using an app could be different than what works without one -- and the researchers didn't actually delve into whether these apps proved to be effective -- the tendency to not use the best known and most effective cessation techniques is, they say, cause for concern.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57612628-76/the-dirty-little-secret-behind-smoking-cessation-apps/

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#150 [Permalink] Posted on 19th November 2013 07:33
Salaamualaikum
here in NYC the hookah clubs sprang up soo much that they are in every borough now. It's even attracted a great deal of the yuppies and other kuffar. Last thing I heard is that the city of New York stopped issuing permits for hookah clubs because there were so many of them . This hookah craze became soo big that even a great deal of the deli grocery stores that are majority Muslim owned ( mainly Yemeni ) display the hookah image on the their store awnings. if not all, many have it as a logo and there's a hookah displayed on the counter when you come into these stores as an ornament so to say.may allah help all the Muslims give up this bad habit for good inshallah .
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