Substitute Online Tobacco Class Over an E Cigarette for Breakfast

by Mike Miller November 24, 2013
Advertising is a powerful thing. Often times we do not even realize the effect advertising has on us until after we have desired a product. I have now gained fodder for three blog entries based on one very pretty advertisement I saw on the door of my local Starbucks. As a counselor for tobacco classes, I have witnessed hundreds of people working hard to keep our nation’s youth away from cigarettes and nicotine. Finally, in 2012, smoking among teens was at its lowest level in more than hal... [More]

Online Tobacco Class Really The Healthier Part of Breakfast

by Mike Miller November 22, 2013
Let me begin by saying that I understand the ravages of nicotine addiction. I suffered under them for almost 15 years. And not a day goes by that in some way shape or form that I still am not suffering. For the past five years or so the urges to use tobacco and feel the effects of nicotine have waned. Now, with the flux of youth and adult alike toking up on e-cigarettes virtually everywhere including the supermarket (yes I saw and smelled the bubble-gummy goodness in the market yesterday, the u... [More]

Tobacco Class is a Better Part of Nutritious Breakfast than an E-Cigarette

by Mike Miller November 20, 2013
Oh, the audacity of those darned marketers. They are so, so good. Just when I thought my cravings for nicotine were gone for good. I have not used tobacco in almost 12 years, yet some of these ads make me salivate with the opportunity to make nicotine a part of my morning ritual! I was standing outside one of our many neighborhood Starbucks shops one recent evening when I noticed a plume of smoke rise above a gaggle of teenagers waiting in line ahead of me. “Wow,” I thought, &ldquo... [More]

Take an Online Tobacco Class To Help Keep Your Child From Trying E-Cigarettes

by Mike Miller November 14, 2013
Electronic cigarettes are gaining popularity among all age ranges. Touted as a “healthy” alternative to smoking, smokers and tobacco companies alike are jumping on the e-cig bandwagon. For me, the most frightening part of e-cigarettes are not that smokers are experimenting with them in an effort to quit, but that millions of new users are experimenting. The result is the same as with regular tobacco cigarettes – nicotine addiction. As reported in www.nytimes.com. One in five ... [More]

Tobacco Class May Keep Your Teen Away From E-Cigs

by Mike Miller November 12, 2013
With electronic cigarettes surge in popularity is it any surprise that teens are using them too? As a parent of a teen, e-cigarettes frighten me. The share of middle and high school students who use e-cigarettes doubled in 2012 from the previous year, federal data show. The rise is prompting concerns among health officials that the new devices could be creating as many health problems as they are solving. As reported in www.nytimes.com. One in 10 high school students said they had tried an e-c... [More]

E-Cigs and the Dangers of Nicotine Addiction

by Mike Miller November 6, 2013
Touted as the best thing to help people quit smoking, electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, have become all the rage in the nicotine world. The trend has gotten so popular that the big tobacco companies are buying in. But are e-cigarettes a safe alternative? As reported in news.yahoo.com. The hopes for a healthy cigarette may be nothing more than a pipe dream. A new study suggests that the popular e-cigarettes may contain a comparable level of carcinogens to regular cigarettes. In recent years, e... [More]

Tobacco Course Helps You Think Twice About E-Cigs

by Mike Miller October 13, 2013
As the education director for Internet based tobacco classes, I can tell you the rate at which teens are having to take tobacco classes is substantially on the rise. One of the primary driving forces is electronic cigarettes. This is the fifth in a series of blogs looking at e-cigarettes and the efforts to curb use as well as enforce where they can be used. As reported in www.nytimes.com. The general attitude among a good part of society is to tolerate them, as long as no one complains about i... [More]

Educational Tobacco Class is a Healthy Alternative

by Mike Miller October 9, 2013
Do you smoke cigarettes? Are you considering a switch to electronic cigarettes? If so, I might like to offer the healthiest alternative – an online tobacco class. This is the fourth in a series of blogs looking at the growth of the e-cigarette industry. Smoking e-cigarettes, or “vaping” as it’s sometimes called, is the current craze to help people get their tobacco fix. As reported in www.nytimes.com. There are some “vapers who are elderly, but it’s the youn... [More]

Tobacco Education is Better for You Than E-Cigarettes

by Mike Miller October 7, 2013
For the past few days we have been exploring the current craze of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs). E-CIGARETTES, which use a nicotine solution instead of tobacco and emit a smoke like water vapor, are already popular in Asia and Europe and are now catching on in the land of the Marlboro Man. Users boldly partake in nicotine inhaling in all sorts of public places where tobacco cigarettes are verboten. As reported in www.nytimes.com. Are they a “healthy” alternative? Absolutely not. ... [More]

Take an Online Tobacco Class Before Trying E-Cigarettes

by Mike Miller October 5, 2013
This is the 2nd in a series of blogs looking at the current efforts to regulate the use and manufacture of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs). Users have no qualms about getting their nicotine fix in places traditionally where no smoking is allowed. You can’t walk into a nightclub in New York City and not see multiple people “lighting” up. As reported in www.nytimes.com. Ten years after Mayor Michael Bloomberg banned smoking in public places, it is returning to the city’s b... [More]