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Hot Quit Newsletter, Issue #006 - Garbology?
July 18, 2006

Here's your mid July 2006 Newsletter from The Ultimate Quit Smoking Guide

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A quote to think about...

"Occasionally we stumble over the truth, but most people pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." ~ Winston Churchill

As reported this June 2006 in The Times, London UK, Garbology is the art of sifting through rubbish. The Tobacco Manufacturers Assoc (TMA) employs people with large polythene bags to collect discarded cigarette and tobacco packets left from Racecourses and sports game venues.

One day's rubbish rummaging, from a famous English racecourse yielded 229 packets, of which 6% were counterfeit. The TMA estimates that about 2.6% of all cigarettes consumed in Britain are counterfeit, which equated to 1.8 billion in 2005 at a cost to the exchequer of 360m in lost tax revenue.

Counterfeiting increases when the price of tobacco rises, which is why for example increasing taxes on cigarettes doesn't always do much good.

Illegal tobacco products can be a problem in other ways. Badly produced products, suspect ingredients and added fillings can produce bad experiences, suspect affects and added danger. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and other drugs obtained from dealers or on the internet are also targets. What's in that pill? Who made that patch? Watch out.

Overall, counterfeiters are estimated to sell up to 10 billion worth of fake goods a year in Britain, from sportswear and cigarettes to perfume and medicines. In the EU 103.5 million counterfeit articles in 2004 were seized - up from 10m in 1994.

The huge increase is mainly in the last 5 years and is fuelled by China, which looms large as the origin of many fake goods - 54% of all fakes seized in 2004. The next biggest source of all fakes was Taiwan (7.5%). Glaxo Smith Kline, the pharmaceuticals conglomerate, explained, "One guy in China with a hand-crank can produce 5,000 tablets a day."

So you take your chances - pay the normal exorbitant prices or pay a lot less and risk a few dicey dangers... OR safest and cheapest of all, quit smoking, and do it without drugs! Any reason not to get started today?

How many breaths do we take each day? According to a McDonald's place-mat the answer is 23,000!
No wonder it's exhausting for folks with breathing problems to get through each day. All that rattling and wheezing 23,000 times.

'Cause I care, and thanks to feedback about how well received this newsletter is, I hope you will enjoy reading this newsletter fortnightly from now on.

Another nice email to us...

"Dear meg, my partner has now quit for 16 months, which has been a wonderful achievement. I challenged him about it after `he would quit `one day`(after smoking since age 11 and now 52) but he took on the challenge after i sought out the quit line, then your program and your newsletters. He is genuinely a non smoker, he is very proud of himself as he did not believe in himself that he could do thank you, and for your newsletters."

See you with the next Hot Quit Newsletter.


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