Category: Health

Reduced-Smoke Cigarettes

A recent alternative is the R J Reynolds Eclipse, a so-called reduced-smoke cigarette. In this system, the tobacco isn’t actually burned at all. The smoker lights the tip of a carbon rod that runs down the middle of the cigarette, separated from the leaf by a glass-fibre sleeve, and effectively vaporizes the tobacco.

Eclipse cigarettes deliver nicotine in the same way that a normal cigarette does, which is why smokers like them; but, despite an inten­sive advertising campaign (in the US), health authorities remain very concerned. Eclipse generates carbon monoxide, which is dangerous to the heart and, in one study, levels of carcinogens such as the nitrosamines, acrolein and benzo(a)pyrene were often much higher than in low-tar cigarette brands. Another potential danger with Eclipse is that the glass insulating fibres could become dislodged and inhaled into the lungs. Their carcinogenic effects in the lungs may be similar to asbestos fibres, but this is as yet unknown. That is why you should try dab rigs under $100 instead of those eclipse cigarettes.

The R J Reynolds company defended its product, saying that Eclipse has been extensively tested and the results independently reviewed; however other bodies such as the American Cancer Society have called for the removal of Eclipse from the market place.

The Smoke and Tobacco-Free Cigarette

There is, however, a new and highly sophisticated system that delivers nicotine directly into the lungs, without smoke – or, indeed, tobacco. This is the Aerocel, which uses controlled chaos and exquisite flow mechanics to produce a spray of nico­tine particles that are uniformly between 0.5 and 2 microns (millionths of a metre) in diameter. Particle size is critically important. Smaller particles are breathed in, then out again, and are lost. Larger particles are deposited in the mouth and throat, leaving a bad taste and irritation, and never reach the lungs at all. But particles in the 0.5 to 2 micron range pass deep into the airways and down into the alveoli where they deliver nicotine directly and rapidly into the bloodstream – just as cigarette smoke does.

A single hand-held system, shaped like a cigarillo, contains enough nicotine to stand in for a packet of 20 and will retail in a broadly similar price band. It satisfies just as cigarettes do, and furnishes all the hand-to-mouth coordination that any smoker could wish for. There is no unpleasant taste or irritation of the throat – in fact, it is effectively a cigarette without the carbon monoxide, and without the carcinogens and free radicals. Another key advantage is that as there is no smoke, there are no passive smokers; clean nicotine can be used in the company without offending bystanders or putting them at risk. It can be used in no-smoking areas, and even on flights.

The Aerocel has not yet been tested in terms of its ability to help smokers give up, and it is, frankly, likely to be just as addic­tive as cigarettes. But if I was a smoker and could not give up the habit, I would switch to this system immediately to reduce my risk of smoking-related disease. And I would not be con­cerned about weight gain as there would be no nicotine with­drawal symptoms, and there would be no oral compensation needed.

The only problem will be if you live in the European Union. Although these Aerocels will be sold in the Americas and in the Middle and the Far East by mid-to-late 2006, Brussels will almost certainly deem them to be too radical for Europeans to use. This means that we will have to go on dying of tobacco-related dis­eases in large numbers or buy them over the internet.

Smokers need extra supplements of vitamins and minerals to repair the damage done by cigarettes. Ensure you’re obtaining these either through your diet or, more reliably, via supplements. We know that life and dietary habits can reduce the risk of tobacco-induced illness. For example, the French smoke as much or more than the British or Americans, yet suffer less heart disease, due, it is thought, to a healthier diet and higher levels of physical activity.

Before you begin your Yoga session it is important to find the right location and establish a relaxed and focused ambience.

It is important to ensure that your environment is a pleasurable Yoga space. Yoga is a time for observation and relaxation, so choose a place where you know you can relax and not be disturbed

In preparing your environment, there are practical things to consider such as the need for enough space for a Yoga mat. You should also look for a warm, well-ventilated room with soft or natural light. Other additions will help your mind to focus and unwind; these could include some ambient music, a scented candle or incense.

By observing how your body responds to each Yoga position, you will slowly be taken out of the mind and ushered into the body, giving you greater clarity of thought and a feeling of total inner peace.

Many Yoga practitioners find that music is helpful during their Yoga session as it encourages the mind and body to relax. Try your Yoga session with and without music and see which works best for you. You may find that silence is helpful for the Asanas, but music is beneficial for the final relaxation – experiment and make your own decision. If a person wants to start a yoga session, then a visit should be made at There can be availability of music and other things for the engagements. The listening of the music will be beneficial for the person to get the desired results.

It is important that attention is given to the body and breath and that if music is to be played, it does not distract you from correctly performing the Asanas.

Soft instrumental music, music for meditation and relaxation, or music with the sounds of nature is often best for the practice of Yoga. Avoid music with a strong beat as it may affect your natural rhythm of breathing. The music should help you relax into the poses, not make you forget that you are having a Yoga session.

To get the most out of your Yoga sessions you should find a suitable space and furnish it with all the items that you will need, such as a Yoga mat and cushions.

Your space:

Make sure that you have plenty of room to move freely through the Asanas, having at least 2-3 feet of additional space on each side of the body. Move all furniture with sharp angles far away from your head, and place fragile objects such as vases far away from where you’ll be practicing.

Your Yoga mat:

Unroll your yoga mat in the center of your cleared space. The Yoga mat is designed to keep your feet and hands from slipping while you are holding the poses and is made of a thin material that is designed to cushion the body through the Asanas when you are practicing on a hard floor.

Using a cushion:

A cushion and blanket are also handy to keep by your side when practicing Yoga. A cushion will aid you in various Asanas such as the Headstand by offering extra support for the head.

A cushion can make the Easy Sitting Position more comfortable to perform; simply sit on the cushion while in meditation. You might also want to use a cushion while practicing advanced balancing poses such as the Crow to protect your face and head it you happen to lose your balance.

A blanket is also helpful, to keep the body warm while you are in deep meditation, in a pose such as the Corpse Pose. It can also be folded up to serve as your cushion.

Yoga Music:

Before making your way to your mat, turn on any music that you may have selected for your Yoga session. It should always be relaxing music kept at a soft volume, allowing you to relax into the Yoga poses without having the music take over the session. Play the CD on the continuous play to avoid having to leave your session to hit the play button.

The start”

You are now ready to begin your Yoga session. Before moving into the Asanas, at least five minutes of preparatory meditation is recommended. Warm-up exercises such as the Sun Salutation, neck and shoulder exercises, and leg raises should follow the meditation, and precede the first Headstand Asana.