Posts Tagged: smoking

_____ Starts Monday

From NYT's Well blog, today is the day our lives will change:

If you are thinking of quitting smoking, it is probably Monday.

Researchers monitored Google search queries from 2008 to 2012 in English, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Almost every week, queries about smoking cessation peaked on Mondays.

The study, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that during the study period, the number of queries in English on Mondays was 1 percent larger than on Tuesdays, 11 percent larger than Wednesdays, 22 percent larger than Thursdays, 67 percent larger than Fridays, 145 percent larger than Saturdays and 59 percent larger than Sundays. Only in Russian [...]


Carly Rae Jepsen Confession Corner, "This Kiss"

Perhaps the biggest news of the weekend* is that the "Call Me Maybe" singer released the video to her faintly catchy followup single, "This Kiss." The song's message isn't the greatest, and the video features some unfortunate headwear (it's also officially dedicated to Canada), but then there's the moment with this guy at 2:27, and Carly's pleasantly surprising Samara-from-The Ring sequence toward the end. Definitely didn't not watch it all, and then once more to "make sure," although "Turn Me Up" is a superior "Call Me Maybe" come-down.

Elsewhere: Diplo, got stoned and mixed really old records for half an hour.

Also: There are two ways to look at [...]


The WHO Has the Worst Holidays

It's the internationally recognized No Tobacco Day, everyone! Or it's "you don't really need to quit until you're thirty/pregnant/have difficulty climbing stairs" day, depending on whether you're an Orthodox or Reform non-smoker.

If you are currently quitting (mazel tov!) the only people more miserable than you today are the tobacco executives. For their bummed-out internal memos on the subject, please feel free to peruse the official Tobacco Archives, which are sufficiently user-unfriendly to suggest that court-ordered transparency agreements are not the funnest part of Philip Morris' day.

(Can you imagine if someone just INVENTED cigarettes tomorrow and applied for permission to sell them? The [...]


David Lynch Designs Underground Death Trap in Paris

The six flights of stairs leading down, and presumably back up out of this smoker(fire)-friendly bar designed by the evermore Lynchian David Lynch might scare some, but look at all that shiny gold!


Pickup Lines If Sitting Is the New Smoking

"Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation" Harvard Business Review

"Hi. Can I sit there for a sec?"

"Here, let me." [Puts out an arm, helps attractive stranger down onto seat.]

"I know I shouldn't, but I just feel like, 'ahh' " — [pantomimes general craziness] — "and longevity isn't the same as quality of life, you know?" [Sits for hours.]

[Places a hand over the seat of a chair someone's about to sit on, looks at them expectantly.] "May I?" [If person nods, quickly sweeps off lint or whatever's there.]

"Want to go out back and sit down?"

[Sits down and sinks erotically into chair, making flirtatious eye [...]


Sitting and Smoking

"Every single hour of television watched after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 minutes. By comparison, smoking a single cigarette reduces life expectancy by about 11 minutes, the authors said."

But if sitting and watching TV brings greater satisfaction than walking around does, what's the point? It doesn't seem like anyone's claiming that the purpose of life (not that there is one, other than acquiring antique jewelry) is to simply live as long as you can, although I guess there's not really a more-useful, equally semi-quantifiable barometer. Deep thoughts. Walking cigarette break.


Remember "Smoke Breaks?"

Which career is most likely to get you an awesome smoking habit? The CDC just said contruction worker, miner, or food service employee, but they forgot president. One out of every one presidents is a smoker. That's a 100% chance. Go for it!


How to Quit Smoking in One Easy Step: Get Pneumonia in a Hurricane

Last time we spoke I told you all about how hideously old I am becoming. Now, as a grim preview of your own future, I have a quick update on my march toward the retirement community: the tale of my recent adventure with pneumonia.

I started getting sick two weeks before Hurricane Sandy hit. I was yawning a lot, and I had that barely-there twinge behind the eyes that you feel before a standard autumnal cold comes on. I wasn’t really paying any attention, but then it hit me in force at the office, and I went home early and changed into pajamas. They’ve been cleaned since, but I’m [...]


Smoking Alternatives, Troubled Parents, and the Unappealing Business Trip

I have a work-related trip coming up that I'm just dreading, mainly because of the co-worker I'll be traveling with. She's extremely religious, so she doesn't drink, curse, or watch R-rated movies or TV, and just generally won't shut up/read social cues. We'll have to drive there together in one car, stay in the same hotel room, and there will be quite a bit of down time, when drinking or trashy TV would come in handy.

The city we'll be going to is not terribly safe, so it doesn't leave much room for going exploring on my own. Other than hitting up the hotel gym for hours on end, [...]


Smoking: The Pros and Cons (Excluding All Health Risks)

I’ve never smoked a cigarette, not even a puff. Perhaps because of this, I’ve spent my life monitoring both my smoking and non-smoking friends, keeping a tally of which side seems to have better lives. I wonder, if smoking weren’t detrimental to health, would I pick up a cigarette? There are pros and cons.

Pro: Looking cool. It doesn’t matter what you were taught in school: Smoking is cool. If it wasn’t, no one would do it, especially not after seeing Debbie.

Con: Having to stand outside in the winter, cold and shivering, huddled over a cigarette, just to smoke.

Pro: Having a ready excuse to walk away [...]