Hard times mean relighting tossed cigarettes
A study finds cash-strapped people who smoke leftovers consume fewer cigarettes but may be taking greater health risks.
Living every day like a lyric from Roger Miller's "King of the Road" -- "I smoke old stogies I have found / short but not too big around" -- 46% of smokers in a new study reported relighting cigarette butts in an effort to save cash during a tough economy. Conducted by The Tobacco Dependence Program at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the study found that relighters smoked fewer cigarettes a day than those who didn't (16 instead of 20). But women, African-Americans and smokers who are divorced, widowed or separated were more likely to relight than their counterparts.
They were also no less likely to avoid some of the nastier effects of cigarette smoking. Doctors conducting the study say relighters may be at higher risk of developing lung cancer or chronic bronchitis.
While the study aimed to determine how to medicate people with these behaviors when they seek treatment and how to counsel those who want to break such habits, it's also a warning that such small cutbacks in tobacco use aren't necessarily better for those making them.
Beyond the unclean element, the stuff concentrated into the butt end of those castoffs can be just as unpleasant. Earlier this month, for example, cigarillo makers disclosed that their filters commonly contain a gritty gray substance known as sepiolite. Americans know it best as a primary ingredient in kitty litter.
Those filters the relighters are sucking on for a second time also contain a dissolving pulp similar to rayon. That's not only a key element of those tacky Hawaiian shirts from the 1980s, but it's also found in flat-screen TVs, paint thickeners and diapers.
So what makes people do this? The study indicates that this behavior is more prevalent among smokers who started at a younger age, have fewer cigarettes per day, smoke menthol cigarettes and wake up at night to smoke. More important, having a high school degree or less and being unemployed, sick or disabled are the ties that bind folks scouring ashtrays for butts.
Smoking cigarette butts, using dirty hypodermic needles: Same mindset, different addictions.
HAVE TO WALK THE LINE. LET THE RICH ENJOY THE REAL TOBACCO ,WELL POOR
FERS SMOKE COW **** OR DO WITHOUT OR GO CRAZY BECAUSE OF GREEDY
STUPID HUMAN BEINGS.I GUESS WE ALL BRAINWASHED.
I think the Article is about, but ONE THING..?
It's unhealthy to pick up a used ciggie butt and smoke it...
Plus no doubt, bad for most people to smoke...Bad for them.
Bums have been doing this, before the Depression...Look how healthy they are ?? sic, sic..
And now we have a new class of bums...
"Having a high school degree or less and being unemployed, sick or disabled are the ties that bind folks scouring ashtrays for butts."
I suppose now the government will be issuing cigarette stamps to help the uneducated, poor, disabled and sick folks get their fix.
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