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November 5, 2009 – Vol. 4 • No. 3

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The high costs of lighting up

If the medical risks are not enough of a gigantic red flag, maybe, just maybe, the cost of smoking cigarettes might offer yet another reason to quit.

As it is now, Massachusetts taxes each pack $2.51. When combined with the $1.01 in federal taxes, the cost for a pack is about $8. That’s about $3,000 a year for pack-a-day smokers — or almost $30,000 over the next ten years.

That’s right. Thirty thousand dollars for something that produces a short-term buzz and long-term death sentence.

The smoke alone contains more than 4,000 chemicals and 400 additives. The most known are carbon monoxide and nicotine. But arguably, the most damaging is tar. It leaves a visible yellow stain on teeth and skin and is known to contain at least 50 cancer-causing elements. Full story


One bold teen fights Tobacco Inc.

Don’t get Hyacynth Dixon started on the evils of smoking.
It started over two years ago, when she joined B.O.L.D. (Breath of Life Dorchester) TEENS, a youth-led organization that focuses on community health issues. One of its major targets is tobacco use.

“My eyes were opened,” said Dixon. “I never knew the ingredients in cigarettes. I had no idea about all the chemicals.”

Now 16 years old and a junior at the Muriel S. Snowden International School, Dixon has learned about smoking’s role in cardiovascular disease, all sorts of cancers and other chronic respiratory problems. Full story

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November 19
is The Great American Smokeout


A closer look

Smoking is classified as the single most preventable cause of more than 400,000 premature deaths in this country each year.

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