Showing posts with label Secondhand Smoke. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Secondhand Smoke. Show all posts

Feb 27, 2014

Celebrities Who Smoke Send the Wrong Signal

Whether they like it or not, celebrities are role models for many impressionable young people.

We love to see how they dress, who and where they hang out and what they do in real life when they're not up on the big screen. They're larger than life, so we may even be surprised to see them do "normal" things, like taking their dog for a walk.

Keira Knightley smokes?!
But when they do something that's no longer cool -- like smoking -- they completely lose me.

Here's a list of 10 celebrities that were caught on camera smoking:

1.  Minnie Driver
2.  Mary-Kate Olsen
3.  Cheryl Burke
4.  Keira Knightley
5.  Rihanna
6.  Jessica Alba
7.  Melanie Griffith
8.  Kate Winslet
9.  Salma Hayek
10.Katy Perry

Frankly, they disappoint me. A lot. 

I thought they were supposed to be trend-setters. Since when is smoking cigarettes a new trend? 

I have a lot more respect for celebrities like Katherine Heigl, who went on David Letterman back in 2007 with her e-cigarette. 

And Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who was nominated for her roles in the HBO series "Veep" and film "Enough Said" gets two thumbs up in my book for vaping at the Golden Globes.

Any celebrity who sends a vapor signal instead of spewing deadly secondhand-smoke gets my vote. 

Thank you for not smoking!

Feb 14, 2014

A More Kissable You

Kiss me, you fool!

But as a smoker, you could be fooling yourself to think that a non-smoker enjoys kissing you. It has nothing to do with how sexy and adorable you are. It has everything to do with the fact that non-smokers generally dislike the smell and taste of smoke.

Non-smokers tend to prefer non-smokers. So not smoking means you
are more available to the majority of men.
Of course you could always carry a little vial of mouthwash around with you or chew gum to mask the taste of cigarettes. But these are just temporary fixes.

And the important thing to keep in mind is that it's not just the smell that's bothersome. Kissing someone is an intimate act that can lead to other intimate acts and a possible relationship. When you're thinking about have a relationship with someone, you're evaluating what kind of person they are and what kind of partner they'll be.

Smoking cigarettes may send a signal to a prospective mate that you don't care about your health. It may actually go against his core values -- especially if he's macho-man who loves to work out at the gym six days a week.

Smoking leads to a whole slew of dental problems, including bad breath and yellow teeth, which are just the early signs of an unhealthy mouth.

A new study has found that smoking can also lead to gum disease, which causes tooth loss. Smoking messes up the normal function of gum tissue, which affects the attachment of bone and soft tissue to the teeth.

Bad bread and yellowed teeth are just the tip of the iceberg.
Smokers were about four times more likely than non-smokers to have periodontal disease; nearly 53 percent of gum disease was attributed to smoking.

But there was good news in the study, too. Researchers found that smokers who had quit at least 11 years earlier faced no increased risk of gum disease, according to the findings published in the Journal of Periodontology.

So the upshot is that quitting smoking or switching to an e-cigarette will likely reduce your risk of gum disease.

And you'll be more kissable, too.

Feb 6, 2014

The Making of "Vape Inside and Get the Guy"

Picture this scene:

A handsome man walks past a woman smoking outside. She looks him up and down, clearly liking what she sees.

It’s winter in Minnesota and he hurries past her, paying her no attention whatsoever. She may be a "10" but he’s a non-smoker. He subtly holds his breath as he walks past her.


As he enters the bar, he's greeted warmly by a large group of friends, all dressed to the nines. They're chatting and laughing; several women are vaping, holding their sleek, black e-cigarettes between their index and middle fingers.

He stands next to one woman, elegantly dressed in a shimmery tight-fitting purple dress. Their chemistry is obvious to anyone looking on. She blows vapor from her e-cigarette in his direction; the sweet-smelling vapors dissipate immediately into the air.

Meanwhile, the lone smoker is missing out on the fun, the jokes, the stories and the laughter. She’s cold and alone. She can see through the window that her group of friends are having a great time.

The Inside Story Behind the Vaping Vamps Video

This is the story that we tell in our Vaping Vamps video and it’s not a stretch to assume that this scenario is a common one in a day and age when vaping e-cigarettes is becoming more and more popular. In fact, e-cigarettes may even replace traditional cigarettes within the next decade.

The concept for this video was developed by a special group of students at the University of Minnesota: P.R. students and members of PRSSA, the Public Relations Student Society of America. This talented group of students volunteered to help Vaping Vamps get the message out about the benefits of e-cigarettes over smoking to their fellow students.

We started by pulling together a focus group of their fellow students who smoked – all women in their late teens and early 20’s, most of whom started smoking in high school.

Most of them started smoking as a social activity – during work breaks, with friends or when drinking. Some were light smokers, while others had “graduated” to smoking a pack a day. They admitted that their parents didn’t know and wouldn’t be happy if they knew they were smoking.

While most of them thought they would probably quit someday, they didn’t have a clear idea how exactly they would quit or what resources they would use. They were familiar with e-cigarettes, and about half had tried them, but were not currently using them for various reasons.

Everyone wanted the experience of vaping an e-cigarette to replicate the sensation of smoking, because they all enjoyed smoking.

The Social Aspect: A Huge Factor for Women Who Smoke

In a nutshell, we learned that for women, the social aspect of smoking was huge. It was largely the reason why women started smoking as well as why they continued to smoke.

So we decided that the focus of our video would be to ostracize smokers and play up the fact that vaping is not only healthier, but it enables you to stay inside with your friends.

An important secondary message was the fact that most non-smokers don't want to be around smokers, and are unlikely to want to kiss a smoker. That's an important message for young women to hear, because most women want to feel attractive and alluring to men.

Check out the video on Vaping Vamps' YouTube channel here: We'd love your feedback and comments on our first produced video. Tell us - and the beautiful and talented U of MN students - what you think!

Aug 16, 2013

Socializing WITHOUT Smoking

How to Drink and Be Social Without Smoking. . . Switch to Vaping

Women are social critters.

I know I am. I absolutely love getting together with my friends – the more, the merrier.

When we get together, we’d often have a couple more drinks than usual. Some friends would want to have a smoky treat. We’d laugh louder. The more we drank and smoked, the more fun we had – or so we thought.

The problem is that excessive drinking – and any amount of smoking – isn’t good for us. It is NOT a recipe for having fun, and it can even be a prescription for disaster – we all know the risks of driving after too many drinks.

The problem with “social smoking” is that it’s still smoking. Your mind may be telling you that you’re not really a smoker, but your body is definitely feeling the effects. Just one cigarette increases the stiffness in the arteries.

Social smoking is still smoking
If you’re on birth control pills and smoke, you increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and peripheral vascular disease by a LOT. And the effects are cumulative. The rate of damage will be slower if you rarely smoke, but it all adds up.

Overall, statistics show that even just occasional smokers – women who don't smoke daily or even weekly – live up to six years less on average than non-smokers.

Is smoking worth cutting your life short by six or more years? No way!!

What about Hookahs? 

Hookahs are another popular social activity; hookah bars are popping up all over. Statistics I read say about half of all college women had sucked on a hookah pipe by the end of their freshman year.

During a typical 45-minute hookah session, you're smoking the equivalent of 56 cigarettes and are taking in a higher concentration of tobacco's toxins. 
Problem is, hookahs aren’t any safer than smoking regular cigarettes – in fact, they may even pose more dangers, because you actually inhale more tobacco smoke than cigarette smokers do.

One 45-minute hookah session is about the same as smoking 56 cigarettes or almost three packs!* Hookah smokers run the exact same risks as those who smoke regular cigarettes, and we all know what those are: lung and oral cancers, heart disease, and other serious diseases.

Contrary to what you may think, the water doesn’t filter out the toxic ingredients in the tobacco smoke – in fact, hookah smokers may take in a higher concentration of the toxins due to the fact the they are puffing more often, inhaling deeper and puffing for longer.

And the more social we are, the worse it is for us to be hookah smoking. Because hookahs are a social activity, you add one more layer onto your risks. Hookah pipes may not always be cleaned properly, so there is also the risk of contracting an infectious disease such as herpes, hepatitis, and even tuberculosis.

Socializing without Smoking

The first step is to realize that you CAN have fun with your friends without having to smoke cigarettes or hookahs. I would guess than some of your friends have been trying to get you to quit smoking for a while.

If you know that some of your friends will want to get you to join them in social smoking, I'd advise telling them that you’re trying to break the habit. If they’re really your friend, they will support you, because they know you’re trying to take care of your health.

You might be surprised to learn that as a social smoker, you may not actually be hooked on nicotine. Of the 40 million adults who smoke, only about 60 percent are actually addicted to nicotine, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use.

You can have good, clean fun with your friends vaping an e-cigarette with no nicotine!
All other smokers are smoking just for nicotine’s feel-good effects, not to stave off withdrawal. That’s why the e-cigarette with no nicotine or with low nicotine may be a great alternative for you – you get to have a guilt-free smoky treat while being social with your friends.

And your non-smoking friends will thank you for not exposing them to deadly secondhand smoke!

*According to a study in the Journal of Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

May 9, 2013

Happy Mothers are Smoke-free Mothers Who Switch to Vaping

Women Smoke Until They're Pregnant. Then A Switch Goes Off.

When I had my first baby (Rita, now age 27), the mother lion inside me came roaring out.

I would do anything to protect her from harm. I began envisioning things that could possibly hurt her and took every precaution to protect her – putting up baby gates, covers on electrical outlets, etc.

I distinctly remember driving home from my part-time job at the American Red Cross in St. Paul to nurse her when she was six months old. It was about a half-hour drive along a busy freeway. Truth is, I’m a pretty aggressive driver. But those days, I wasn’t taking any chances. I had to stay alive to take care of my baby!

Women who start smoking in their teens may not worry much about their health. At that age, they think they’re invincible.

Quitting smoking is the right thing to do when you're pregnant. But it can be tough to kick the habit, and you may be tempted to resume smoking after the baby is born. 
But when you’re pregnant, a whole other sensibility kicks in. Thank goodness, because smoking is obviously bad not just for the mother, but for her unborn baby.

The Dangers of Smoking in Pregnancy 

Women will often give up smoking during pregnancy because they know that the poisons in cigarettes affect the baby, increasing her heart rate and lowering her oxygen.

Smoking also increases the chances of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth, and can greatly affect the baby’s lungs and birth weight. There is even evidence that women who smoke during pregnancy can cause life-long medical complications for her child, such as asthma and ear infections. And if that wasn’t enough, there's a financial cost, too; millions of dollars are spent on babies and children who pay the price of having a mother who smoked.

In fact, it’s so important to not smoke in pregnancy that some states are taking drastic measures to incent women to quit smoking. A Coordinated Care Organization in Eugene, Oregon is actually paying pregnant women cold, hard cash to stop smoking.

A campaign was set up by midwives in northern Ireland to try and stop women smoking during pregnancy after they learned that 15 percent of their maternity patients were smoking. The 'Smoke Free Womb' campaign uses DVD's, Facebook Smokefree Wombs, face to face sessions and cartoons to get their point across to women. Pregnant women who take part in the campaign are given information about how smoking affects their unborn child, and agree to work with the midwives to quit smoking.

Resuming Smoking After the Birth 

Women who quit smoking during pregnancy will sometimes resume the habit of smoking after their baby is born. But the danger to their baby isn’t over. Babies who are exposed to secondhand smoke (SHS) are at higher risk for sudden infant death syndrome.

Babies should be protected from anything that could harm them. And that includes secondhand smoke. 
Chemicals from tobacco smoke reach women’s breast tissue and are found in breast milk. Children who are around smokers are more likely to have more frequent and severe asthma attacks, lower respiratory tract infections, ear infections, bronchitis, lung infections and pneumonia. Some of these require hospitalization and can be life-threatening.

The only way to fully protect your baby from secondhand smoke is to prevent all smoking indoors. Making your home smoke-free may be one of the most important things you can do to protect your baby and children from health problems related to SHS.

What about Nicotine? Is it Harmful to my Baby?

Nicotine is released into your bloodstream and like caffeine, will affect your baby. So the soundest answer is to avoid nicotine and caffeine altogether when you’re pregnant.

The best advice we can give is to wean yourself off of nicotine as quickly as possible when you know you’re pregnant. Doctors who might even prescribe Zyban or Chantix would likely not prescribe it to a pregnant women (at least we hope not!).

The Vaping Vamps ‘Tri-Level E-Cigarette Starter Kit’ can help women who want to slowly lower their nicotine intake. It comes with five cartomizers in three different levels of nicotine – two high, two medium and one low. Eventually, you could switch to vaping an e-cigarette with no nicotine altogether!

Keep in mind that if you quit cold turkey, you may suffer symptoms of withdrawal because your body is used to nicotine. That’s why it makes sense to reduce your level of nicotine gradually.

Most people still are plagued with the urge to smoke after they quit. Of people who quit, 75 percent relapse, and most quit three times before they’re finally successful. That’s another reason why trying an e-cigarette starter kit makes good sense. An e-cigarette enables you to indulge your habit without exposing you to the 4,000 chemicals and 57 known carcinogens in cigarettes. It’s a great bridge to a life without cancer sticks!

Vaping Eliminates Secondhand Smoke. Completely.

With vaping, you’re not blowing smoke – you’re blowing vapor! And when you vape – guess what? NO sidestream smoke, because you don’t have a lit, burning cigarette. Your battery is dormant and can actually be carried around in your purse. And there’s no mainstream smoke either.

Here are a few tips to prevent you from resuming smoking after your baby is born:
  • Ask people who smoke not to smoke around you. 
  • Drink fewer caffeinated beverages; caffeine may stimulate your urge to smoke. 
  • Avoid alcohol, as it may also increase your urge to smoke and can be harmful to your baby if you’re nursing. 
  • Try vaping a non-nicotine e-cigarette when you get the urge to smoke. It can help satisfy the hand-to-mouth habit and cravings while not exposing you or your baby to either nicotine or secondhand smoke.