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This Threat Kills More than Murder, AIDS, Suicide, Drugs, Car Crashes and Alcohol Combined

In just a second I’m going to give you an important, free self-defense tip that could protect you from one of the deadliest threats in the world today — and I’m going to give you a specific, bulletproof instructions. 

If you’re in the roughly 85% of readers have already avoided this threat,  congratulations.  Feel free to go read something relevant to you when you get to the big reveal.

But if you’re in the 15% who are still in danger, there’s a good chance you’re going to run like hell as soon as I start discussing this incredible threat.  Do you have enough courage to keep reading until the end?  OK, good. 

The threat that kills more people each year than murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes and alcohol combined is cigarette smoking.¹  And my tip is to quit.  Now.

Quitting is hard, trust me I know.  I tried and failed a half dozen times before I finally succeeded.   Here are my insights.

  • Don’t fall prey to “I’ll quit on Monday.”  Thoughts like that are not helpful.  Always quit night here and right now.  Quit smoking for ten minutes.  Then do it again.  Do that ten thousand times and you will have quit for two months.  Every moment in this journey is its own moment.
  • Don’t beat yourself up when you make mistakes.  Just start over and don’t look back.
  • So, if you slip up and buy a pack, don’t think “Oh well, I might as well finish the pack.”  Throw the rest of the pack in the trash and start over right where you’re standing.  You’re not getting your money back, and it’s not “a waste” to prevent the other 19 smokes in that pack from going into your lungs!
  • Do not push yourself — pull yourself.  Treat a person like a slave, abuse them, scream at them and deny them the pleasures of life they will hate you and rebel against you.  Do yourself that way and you’ll rebel against yourself.  Don’t do it.  Reward yourself by spending your cigarette money on a treat that’s good for you — books, concert tickets, gifts for loved ones, travel savings, etc.
  • No matter what happens, don’t give up.  If one method doesn’t seem to be working, try another one.  It’s true that most people who quit successfully quit cold turkey.  But lots of of people who quit use other methods.  I quit by switching to Swedish Snus for two years first.  You might succeed with Chantix, Nicorette, hypnosis. ayahuasca or my father’s method: books and hot baths.  He took a week off from work and did nothing but lay in bed and read Louis L’Amour books.  Every time he got a craving he’d take a hot bath.  It worked!
  • If all else fails, consider reducing harm by switching to a less dangerous nicotine delivery system.  All tobacco is not created equal (see graph below).  According some studies, the only risk of snus is receding gums.  And as for vaping, the Royal College of Physicians London says, “E-cigarettes are not currently made to medicines standards…However, the hazard to health arising from long-term vapour inhalation from the e-cigarettes available today is unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm from smoking tobacco.”

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¹ I hope I don’t have to prove this claim.  But if I do, read this, this or this.

 

10 Fun Nicotine-Fueled Facts About Life, Death, and Stupidity

This is a tobacco substitute made of coffee.  How cool is that?

This is a tobacco substitute made of coffee. How cool is that?

I gave up snus on 8/29.  I’m on day 18 without nicotine and my brain chemistry is still jacked all to hell. I have no focus, my sense of time is skewed, and all I want to do is sleep.

And that’s an improvement.  Thank heaven I’ve moved beyond the stage that I like to call the “Wouldn’t It Be Nice To Strangle Something Beautiful and Watch It Die Stage.”

They say it can take up to six months for brain chemistry to normalize after quitting nicotine.

Wonderful.

Anyway, I usually find “fun facts” and other internet dribble a complete bore.  But, perhaps owing to the altered brain chemistry aforementioned, I was very entertained by the gunk I have pasted below.

Worry not.  My head will be back to normal soon and I’ll be posting interesting, original content once more.  Wait a minute, I wasn’t normal before, so maybe I won’t be normal soon.  But I’ll probably be back to what passes for normal on my cockeyed spectrum.  I hope that’ll do.

10 FUN FACTS

  1. Death is the No. 1 killer in the world.
  2. Life is sexually transmitted.
  3. Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
  4. Men have two motivations: hunger and hanky-panky, and they can’t tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.
  5. Give someone a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach them to use the Internet and they will not bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.
  6. Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.
  7. All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
  8. In the 60’s, people took acid to make the world look weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it look normal.
  9. Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today might burn your butt tomorrow.
  10. “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.” ~Alexander Dumas, fils

Sunday is as Good a Day as any to Save a Few Hundred Thousand Lives

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This is can of Swedish Snus by General, a division of Swedish Match (aka Svenska Tändsticks AB). You put it in your mouth so you can get nicotine without inhaling toxic vapors.

What day is it? Sunday? Seems like as good a day as any to save a few hundred thousand lives.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking causes over 400,000 deaths each year in the United States.¹  The CDC doesn’t have any statistics on smokeless tobacco deaths because the risks are too small to reliably track.

Yes, there are some reports from the WHO on the risks of smokeless tobacco in general — if you include all of the various kinds used worldwide — ones prepared with corn starch and lime and creepy additives.  But as for Swedish snus, even the WHO has to admit, “two studies from Sweden that were well-designed and controlled for smoking showed no association between smokeless tobacco use overall, specifically ever use of snus, and oral cancer.”

As Ken Warner (director of the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network) said,

“The Swedish government has studied this stuff to death, and to date, there is no compelling evidence that it has any adverse health consequences. …Whatever they eventually find out, it is dramatically less dangerous than smoking.”²

Basically, what it comes down to is.  If you are smoker, go to your local tobacco shop and get some snus.  Put it in your mouth and stop smoking.  It may save your life.  If every smoker in the U.S. did this it would save hundreds of thousands of lives.

Don’t believe me?  There’s a nice guy named Brad Rodu who runs a blog called Tobacco Truth, and he has a ton of information on his blog.  Brad is a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville.  He holds an endowed chair in tobacco harm reduction research, and is a member of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at U of L.  If you ask him questions on his blog, like I did, he’ll answer them.

Snus cans have government mandated warning labels that are not supported by facts.  How stupid is that?

Snus cans have government mandated warning labels that are not supported by facts. How stupid is that?

Still don’t believe me?  Read this report by the Department of Public Health and General Practice at the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Christchurch, New Zealand.  According to the report, snus does not appear to lead to increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, or diabetes.

But you say, “Mitch, why do snus cans have those scary warning labels?”  Answer: Because there’s a law passed by our beloved Congress that says that all tobacco products have to have warning labels.  And, as we know, our Congress is full of people who are not swayed by facts.  Half of them are scientifically illiterate.  There are quite a few who don’t even believe in evolution.

It comes down to this.  If you aren’t addicted to nicotine, don’t start.  Clearly it’s better to avoid putting tobacco into your body altogether if you can.  But if you’re an addict and you can’t quit, choose smokeless products.  The risks are clearly less.

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¹ According to this CDC Fact Sheet.  They have smokeless tobacco fact sheet, but it’s uncontaminated by any hard statistics.

² Courtesy of this Wikipedia article.