LifeSign QuitKey Smoking Cessation Computer

LifeSign QuitKey Smoking Cessation Computer QuitKey is a hand-held smoking cessation computer that utilizes behavior modification to pace the smoker through a gradual withdrawal process based on the user’s unique smoking pattern.

QuitKey alters your smoking routine and eases you off cigarettes gradually. QuitKey reminds you when to smoke and when not to smoke. Step by step. Hour by hour. One day at a time. Stage 1 (7 days): You smoke at your normal rate and use the QuitKey smoke button to record every cigarette you smoke. QuitKey uses this information to form your personal quit plan. Stage 2 (14 to 34 days): QuitKey helps you follow your quit plan by prompting you when to smoke. Each day you smoke less and gradually reduce you nicotine dependence while preparing yourself to quit for good.

Mission: To help people live longer healthier lives


Smoking cessation strategies targeting stress reduction may be more successful in women
January 25, 2019
Medical University of South Carolina
Women are 31 percent less likely to quit smoking successfully, in part because nicotine replacement therapy is more effective in male smokers. Female smokers experienced more stress and craving than men after viewing cellphone-delivered stress-inducing images, report researchers. Although all smokers making a cessation attempt would likely benefit from interventions to reduce stress, these findings suggest that women could receive particular benefit.


The Evidence Linking Smoking Cessation to Reduced Stroke Risk
Talan, Jamie
Neurology Today: October 5, 2017 - Volume 17 - Issue 19 - p 1,33–39
doi: 10.1097/01.NT.0000526505.98791.04
In a study showing the impact of smoking on ischemic stroke, researchers reported that the five-year risk for stroke was 22 percent in patients who continued to smoke compared with 15.7 percent in people who quit, a 34 percent relative risk reduction. The study was one of the first to focus rigorously on the association between smoking cessation and secondary stroke.
Cigarette smoking cessation has been reported to be key to reducing the risk of vascular disease and death after ischemic stroke, but until now, scientists have not examined the association with rigorous methods.
Now, a research team from Yale University School of Medicine was able to analyze data from 3,876 non-diabetic patients enrolled in the Insulin Resistance Intervention after Stroke (IRIS) study to do just that.
“We were quite surprised how little research had been done in this area,” said senior investigator Walter N. Kernan, MD, professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine. “The IRIS protocol included high-quality baseline data on smoking and complete follow-up data on vascular outcomes and death. We were able to use this data to estimate the health benefits of smoking cessation in the high-risk population of patients with symptomatic cerebrovascular disease.”
The investigators, led by first author Katherine Epstein, a fourth-year medical student, compared rates of the composite outcome of stroke, myocardial infarction (MI), or death over five years among patients with a recent ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) who continued to smoke and patients who quit.
The scientists reported that the five-year risk for stroke was 22 percent in patients who continued to smoke compared with 15.7 percent in people who quit, a 34 percent relative risk reduction. The results were published in the September 8 online edition of Neurology.


Philip Morris Pledges $1 Billion to Fight Smoking
By Eric Pfanner and Thomas Mulier
September 13, 2017, 2:37 AM EDT September 13, 2017, 6:56 AM EDT
Former WHO antitobacco official Derek Yach to lead program
Foundation to fund research, measure progress against smoking
Philip Morris International Inc. said it will spend about $1 billion setting up a foundation to reduce the prevalence of smoking as the maker of Marlboro cigarettes aims to convert smokers into consumers of devices that don’t burn tobacco.

Derek Yach, a former World Health Organization official who worked on a global tobacco treaty, will lead the group, according to a statement Wednesday. The cigarette maker said it plans to spend about $80 million annually over 12 years on the project, starting in 2018.

More than 3 million smokers have switched to Philip Morris’s IQOS, which heats rather than burns tobacco. The Marlboro maker has applied to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval to market the device as a product that may reduce the risk of smoking-related diseases. The tobacco industry is in tumult after the FDA said in July it’s considering regulations that would reduce the nicotine in cigarettes below addictive levels, which led to a slump in tobacco stocks.

While the new foundation appears to be a rare example of a consumer-goods company supporting efforts to undermine sales of its own products, its creation was greeted with skepticism by one anti-smoking organization.

“The tobacco industry has a terrible track record of funding research designed to support its efforts to block policies to cut smoking,” Deborah Arnott, chief executive of London-based Action on Smoking and Health, said in a statement. “Tobacco industry claims can never be accepted at face value.”

The new group, called the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, said it will fund research, evaluate the impact of smoke-free alternatives, measure progress toward eliminating smoking and consider ways to prepare tobacco farmers for reduced demand.

Yach will speak at a nicotine conference in New York on Wednesday to present the foundation. Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, is set to speak at the same conference about its new approach to smoking cessation and harm reduction.

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QuitKey alters your smoking routine and eases you off cigarettes gradually. QuitKey reminds you when to smoke and when not to smoke. Step by step. Hour by hour.


• U.S.
Courts Rule E-Cigarettes Should Be Regulated Like Tobacco Products
Federal court affirms marketing restrictions while appeals court upholds Transportation Department ban of e-cigarettes on commercial flights

Friday’s appeals court ruling noted studies suggesting that water vapor emitted by e-cigarettes has chemicals that could harm nearby nonusers. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Joe Palazzolo and

Jacob Gershman
Updated July 21, 2017 6:39 p.m. ET
A federal court on Friday upheld government regulations that subject e-cigarettes to the same marketing restrictions as tobacco cigarettes.
The Food and Drug Administration assumed regulatory authority over e-cigarettes in 2016, deeming them “tobacco products,” under a 2009 federal law that curbed tobacco marketing.
By placing them in the tobacco category, the FDA prohibited the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under age 18, and required package warning labels and government review of products before they go to market.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., said Friday that “it was reasonable for the agency to conclude that vaping should no longer be completely unregulated, given the marked increase in use, the absence of any regulation of the products and manufacturers in the market, and the potential for public harm.”
The federal government won another regulatory victory earlier in the day, when a federal appeals court upheld a Transportation Department rule banning the use of e-cigarettes on commercial flights.
A federal appeals court in 2010 recognized the FDA’s authority to regulate some e-cigarettes, but Friday’s rulings broadly approved of the government’s efforts to equate e-cigarettes with conventional cigarettes.
Florida-based e-cigarette manufacturer Nicopure Labs LLC challenged the rule as an overreach of the FDA’s authority in May 2016. The company’s lawyers argued that e-cigarettes with refillable cartridges fall outside the definition of “tobacco product” under the 2009 law, and that it was “arbitrary and capricious” for the agency to require e-cigarette manufactures to undergo premarket review.
A similar challenge by coalitions of e-cigarette retailers and users, including Right to be Smoke-Free Coalition and the American Vaping Association, was consolidated with the Nicopure case in Judge Jackson’s court.
While many e-cigarettes contain no tobacco, the FDA interprets “tobacco product” to cover electronic nicotine delivery systems
“The agency’s interpretation is entirely consistent with the plain meaning of the statute,” Judge Jackson wrote.
A lawyer for Nicopure didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Azim Chowdhury, a lawyer for the Right to be Smoke-Free Coalition, said that his clients were reviewing the ruling and “considering our options to appeal.”
An FDA spokesman said the agency doesn’t comment on pending litigation.
In a nod to some of the rhetoric surrounding the regulations, Judge Jackson also emphasized that her ruling wasn’t about the science of e-cigarettes or their continued existence.
“The court wishes to reassure the many worried vapers who followed these proceedings closely that this case is not about banning the manufacture or sale of the devices,” she said, using a byname for people who inhale the vapor produced by e-cigarettes when they heat nicotine-spiked liquid.
Separately, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the U.S. Department of Transportation had acted within its authority when it banned on the use of e-cigarettes on commercial flights last year.
In a 2-1 ruling, the court agreed with the agency that a federal law prohibiting airline passengers from smoking tobacco products also covers vaping.
The agency said the regulation was driven by a concern that e-cigarettes release vapor plumes containing chemicals that could be potentially harmful or cause discomfort to other passengers.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think-tank, filed a lawsuit last year challenging the vaping ban as an “abuse of authority,” saying Congress never intended for the airplane smoking law to cover e-cigarettes.
The court said it isn’t clear if Congress meant to restrict only conventional smoking and that the Transportation Department’s broader interpretation was reasonable.
“Even if e-cigarettes do not produce smoke, the verb ‘smoking’ can refer to processes where no smoke is produced,” wrote Circuit Judge Arthur Randolph in the opinion.

Passive smoking in childhood linked to rheumatoid arthritis: Smoking also speeds up disease progression in ankylosing spondylitis

Passive smoking in childhood linked to rheumatoid arthritis

Smoking also speeds up disease progression in ankylosing spondylitis


June 16, 2017


European League Against Rheumatism


The link between active smoking and the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been demonstrated by research. However, interestingly, new work also suggested for the first time that in smokers, exposure to tobacco early in life through passive smoking in childhood significantly increased this risk.


The link between active smoking and the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been demonstrated by research. However, interestingly, new work also suggested for the first time that in smokers, exposure to tobacco early in life through passive smoking in childhood significantly increased t...


America’s new tobacco crisis: The rich stopped smoking, the poor didn’t

The national smoking rate has fallen to historic lows, with just 15 percent of adults still smoking. But the socioeconomic gap has never been bigger.
Ashley L. Conti | BDN
The national smoking rate has fallen to historic lows, with just 15 percent of adults still smoking. But the socioeconomic gap has never been bigger. Buy Photo
By William Wan, The Washington Post
Posted June 18, 2017, at 8:10 a.m.
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MARTINSVILLE, Virginia — After decades of lawsuits, public campaigns and painful struggles, Americans have finally done what once seemed impossible: Most of the country has quit smoking, saving millions of lives and leading to massive reductions in cancer.

That is, unless those Americans are poor, uneducated or live in a rural area.

Hidden among the steady declines in recent years is the stark reality that cigarettes are becoming a habit of the poor. The national smoking rate has fallen to historic lows, with just 15 percent of adults still smoking. But the socioeconomic gap has never been bigger.

Among the nation’s less-educated people — those with a high-school-equivalency diploma — the smoking rate remains more than 40 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today, rural residents are diagnosed with lung cancer at rates 18 percent to 20 percent above those of city dwellers. By nearly every statistical measure, researchers say, America’s lower class now smokes more and dies more from cigarettes than other Americans.

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In Maine, 19.5 percent of adults were still smoking in 2016, according to America’s Health Rankings from the United Health Foundation. Of the Mainers who earn less than $25,000 per year, 33.9 percent smoked; for Mainers earning more than $75,000, that number dropped to 6.3

This widening gap between classes carries huge health implications and is already reshaping the country’s battle over tobacco control. Cigarette companies are focusing their marketing on lower socioeconomic communities to retain their customer base, researchers say. Nonprofit and advocacy groups are retooling their programs for the complex and more difficult work of reaching and treating marginalized groups.

As inequality in America continues expanding by many measures, smoking is a growing aspect of that divide that is a matter of life and death, with wealthier and more-educated Americans now largely spared the cost and deadly effects of the vice.

Advocacy groups say funding for smoking cessation is dropping, and they worry the attention and political will needed for tobacco control also is waning as America’s upper and middle classes see smoking as an already solved, bygone problem.

“If you’re educated and live in a well-off area, the smoking problem we’re talking about these days is now largely invisible to you,” said Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “In some places, you can go days without bumping into a smoker. So you start to hear the question, why push more resources into this? Meanwhile, the need is getting even greater, because the people left smoking are the ones who can least afford to.”

‘Two worlds’

Debbie Seals, 60, has fought on the front lines of this new class battle for the past six years from her home in the rural foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

She has driven her tiny blue Fiat to the farthest corners of southern Virginia and West Virginia to hold classes aimed at helping smokers quit. Her cessation clinics are often the only ones offered for miles around.

“It’s like there’s two worlds now,” Seals said.

Every month, she travels to northern Virginia to visit her grandchildren in the D.C. suburbs. In Alexandria, she sees couples jogging on the streets and buying expensive organic groceries at Whole Foods — and not a single one smoking.

But in her hometown of Martinsville, Virginia, cigarettes are ubiquitous. People smoke on their morning drive to work and on weekends mowing their lawns. Tobacco stores line the strip malls, and cigarette ads are in the windows of every gas station and convenience store.

The smoking is a symptom of deeper problems here, Seals said on a recent afternoon as she headed out to check on three former students from her cessation class.

Martinsville was once known as the “Sweatshirt Capital of the World,” a booming center of textile mills and furniture factories. Now it is littered with abandoned factories and vacant storefronts. So many families here live in poverty that all children in elementary and middle school automatically qualify for free and reduced-price meals.

“People down here smoke because of the stress in their life,” Seals said. “They smoke because of money problems, family problems. It’s the one thing they have control over. The one thing that makes them feel better. And you want them to give that up? It’s the toughest thing in the world.”

Seals — who retired years ago from a career with Girl Scouts of the USA — began teaching her classes as a volunteer for the American Lung Association. After seeing the desperate need, she began working full time on cessation for the nonprofit.

She’s taught many classes in recent years at the handful of furniture factories left. Many of the participants attend her clinic over and over, unable to stop smoking. She is careful not to make any of them feel like failures.

“If they manage to quit for a week or even a day, they succeeded,” she said. “I tell them if you were able to quit once, you can do it again.”

Meeting up with three of her former students at a diner last week, Seals probed gently, asking how much they are smoking these days.

“I’ve slid back,” admitted Victoria Cassell, 57, who has attended Seals’s seven-week program every year for four years. “There was just too much going on in my life last year.”

First, Cassell’s sister died. Then her husband started having heart problems again. On top of it all, her daughter and grandson moved back in.

The last time Cassell tried to quit was three months ago, after a doctor’s test gave her a lung cancer scare. “It was like losing my best friend,” she said. “My cigarettes have kept me company for 40 years, longer than just about anyone in my life.”

She ate lunch alone at the factory where she works, because her friends all smoke. She tried coloring while watching TV, just to keep her hands busy.

Three days in, an argument with a co-worker pushed her over the edge, she said. She ran to a friend at her first chance to bum a cigarette.

Pulling out her pack of Winstons, she tried to describe the feeling of that first cigarette after a hiatus. “It makes you feel like you’re floating,” she said. “You get lightheaded like you could just lay down and sleep. It almost gets you a little bit drunk.”

Seals, sitting nearby, said: “I’m proud of you for holding out as long as you did.”

The last strongholds

It wasn’t always this way.

When smoking first gained popularity in the early 20th century, it was a habit of the rich, a token of luxury dusted with Hollywood glamour. Then came the 1964 surgeon general’s report on its deadly effects, and during the next 3 1/2 decades, smoking among the nation’s highest-income families plummeted by 62 percent. But among families of the lowest income, it decreased by just 9 percent.

“There’s this tendency now to blame the ones still smoking,” said Robin Koval, president of Truth Initiative, a leading tobacco-control nonprofit group. “The attitude is, ‘You’re doing it to yourself. If you were just strong enough, you’d be able to quit.’”

What isn’t taken into account, Koval said, are the vast resources tobacco companies are spending to hold onto their last remaining strongholds.

In recent years, studies have found those companies’ discounts often target low-income and minority communities. New research also shows that lower-income neighborhoods have a much higher density of tobacco retailers.

“Poorer people don’t smoke because anything’s different or wrong about them,” Koval said. “Their communities are not protected like others are. They don’t have access to good health care and cessation programs. If you have a bull’s eye painted on your back, it’s harder to get away.”

Tobacco companies also have invested considerable resources in recent years lobbying against smoking restrictions and taxes, especially in poorer, rural and often southern states, where smoking remains highest.

Several major tobacco companies did not respond to requests for comment on the socioeconomic disparities related to the use of their products. The country’s largest tobacco company — Altria, based in Richmond — said it uses the same marketing approach across rural, suburban and urban retail locations and makes sure its signage follows legal limits.

Altria spokesman George Parman also pointed to more than $112 billion that tobacco companies have handed over for smoking prevention as part of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. Parman said that it has been state lawmakers across the country who keep diverting those massive funds to other budgetary needs, leaving just a fraction for anti-tobacco programs.

Even that funding is now shrinking, and nonprofits and health agencies have begun revamping their approach to fit the new socioeconomic trend. This winter, the Truth Initiative launched a series of ads framing tobacco companies’ targeting of black and low-income neighborhoods as a social-justice issue. “It’s not a coincidence. It’s profiling,” the ads say.

The CDC has used a national ad campaign of its own to reach especially hard-hit populations, including low-income, rural, Native American, mentally ill and minority smokers.

In the tobacco control world, “disparity” and “health equity” have become new catchwords, and pilot programs in some states have been launched.

“But the frustrating thing for folks in the public-health community is we know from research exactly what would make the biggest difference,” said Brian King, deputy director for the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. “They’re just not being implemented at the policy level. It’s bread-and-butter strategies like getting states to pass smoke-free laws, increasing cigarette taxes and funding tobacco cessation and prevention.”

In the face of such frustrations and challenges, Seals — the cessation teacher in Martinsville — said she tries relentlessly to keep herself and her students focused on the positive.

“They need someone who will come in and say, ‘It’s OK, you’re going to be able to stop,’” she said.

As Seals’s visit with her former students came to a close, Cassell — the factory worker who has now tried quitting six times — said she measures her victories these days in smaller increments: cutting back to a pack every three days, holding out until after her morning cup of coffee to light up.

“Do I ever think I’ll be able to quit?” she said. “No.”

Seals responded with a smile, unfazed. “Well, are you going to be at the next clinic?”

“I’ll be there,” Cassell promised. “I don’t know if it’s ever going to take, but I’ll keep trying.”


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