All too soon another World no Tobacco Day is Thursday, May 31st 2012. It’s amazing how quickly a year goes by. In the light of tobacco control , India has unprecedentedly made some significant progress this past year. For the first time in its history, the Indian Parliament had a hearing on the tobacco bill which is incorporated into the Public Health Bill. Although little has been heard after the preliminary hearing, we think it is a huge step in the right direction towards tobacco control in India.
Did you know that about 5.5 million people have died worldwide solely because of tobacco use such as smoking and over 80% of the deaths come from developing countries, such as India? Did you also know that secondhand and third-hand tobacco smokes are harmful to those exposed to it, even if you may smell it? Most smokers are unaware of the damage caused to our environment including our waterways by littering these toxic and non-biodegradable cigarette butts indiscriminately.
May smokers be reminded that in the mist of all the zillion mostly unavoidable death risks, the odds of them dying from a completely avoidable lifestyle, tobacco use is a whopping 50%! May our lawmakers also be reminded that a prominent reason why tobacco related deaths occur in developing countries such as India is because of over increasing activities of the tobacco industry that have shifted from the developed world to the developing world due to lack of or inadequate regulations in the developing countries?
We at smokefree are convinced that regardless of actions and inactions of the policy and law makers in India, a huge part of the war against tobacco and its associated companies lie on us taxpayers and also our eligible registered voters. For our eligible voters, please make tobacco control and public health an essential issue during elections.
For our smokers whom we love dearly and would like to help you quit, on May 31st, please make an impact on your life and the environment by shunning tobacco use forever. For our relatively healthy and environment-loving nonsmokers, please don’t start smoking and please remind at least one smoker of the damage he or she is causing the environment and most importantly his or her health.
We urge the Indian government and lawmakers to address this needless threat to public health.
An amazing new product has made its way into the main stream and is changing the way people smoke and how they think about smoking. Itï¿½s called the “e cig“. Also known as electronic cigarettes, electric cigarettes, e cigarettes, smokeless cigarettes or vapor cigarettes. This interesting new device consists of a battery, an atomizer (heater), and a cartridge that is filled with a liquid nicotine solution called eliquid or ejuice. Every time you take a puff, the battery powers the atomizer which rapidly heats up the eliquid inside of the cartridge. The liquid turns into a vapor that the user inhales, ultimately transferring nicotine to its user. The vapor of the e-cigarette is tar free, odorless, 2nd hand smoke free, and carbon monoxide free. It is a revolutionary development and has smokers all over the world making the switch to electronic cigarettes.
What Is In An Electronic Cigarette?
The electronic cigarette contains only a minimal amount of ingredients when compared to the 4000+ chemicals found in traditional cigarettes. The ingredients consists of flavoring additives to create many great flavors such as menthol, tobacco, peppermint, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cherry, cola and more. The liquid also contains distilled water, glycerin, and propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is the active vapor producing ingredient. It is a food additive with a “GRAS” status, this means “generally recognized as safe” and is approved by the FDA for use in foods, drugs, and cosmetics. It has been found in many consumer products dating back to the 1930′s and it has also been found in asthma inhalers since the 1950′s. You will find it used in theatrical productions to create fake smoke, and it is pumped through hospital air ducts to clean the air. There are many uses for the product and the average person has most likely consumed it before.