Mostly for Dan

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed nicotine yield of cigarettes sold in Massachusetts from 1997 to 2005. The result: cigarette manufacturers have been gradually boosting the level of addictive nicotine by an average of 1.6% per year, or 11% over the 7 year period studied. Something to bear in mind while watching re-runs of the South Park episode “Butt Out“, in which Parker and Stone bravely defend the cigarette corporations for providing a little harmless pleasure to people, who after all smoke of their own free will.

Moments in clove

The other day I was walking home and a girl asked me if I had a spare clove cigarette. Not just a cigarette; a clove cigarette. Apparently I look like the kind of person who smokes clove cigarettes.

Cigarette companies—is there anything they won’t do? (again)

According to the UK’s Sunday Times, tobacco companies are launching a new line of mint tobacco candies, each containing as much nicotine as a cigarette. The tobacco company says that they will be selling the candy in a “child-resistant” bubble pack, and that sale to people under 18 will be prohibited. Uh-huh.