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  • Calls to CDC on e-cigs ramp up [View news story]
    The 'being so hard to quit' thing is largely a myth. There is a great book out now that confirms what I always thought: smoking is not that hard to quit, if you actually want to stop. Most smokers try to quit for others and do not want to stop.

    My girlfriend quit in one day after smoking for ten years, her dad quit in one day after smoking a pack and a half daily for almost forty years. It really isn't that hard as long as you want to, and have the willpower to face social situations where people smoke.
    Apr 4 12:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Calls to CDC on e-cigs ramp up [View news story]
    I agree with you, but as a point of clarification, it does appear that the nicotine itself acts as a 'potentiator' in the lungs for the with respect to cancer formation. The carcinogens come from the tars, and the nicotine releases free radicals at the level of the lung, these interact to form unstable situations that can form into cancers. I am paraphrasing research so it is a rough explanation. So for instance despite more tar in cannabis, people who only use cannabis do not get lung diseases (or heart diseases) at higher rates than non smokers.
    Apr 4 12:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Calls to CDC on e-cigs ramp up [View news story]
    I no longer need reply. thanks for doing this, sir, it is basically what I would have said also:
    "I am not defending tobacco use per se. I do not smoke nor does anyone in my family, though I am long $PM and have been for over a decade. My intent is to point out that the sort of thundering zealotry that leads people to post things as the above needs to be countered when it shows up. Science is science, and no amount of SHOUTING IN ALL CAPS TO MAKE YOUR POINT is going to change that."
    Apr 4 12:29 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Calls to CDC on e-cigs ramp up [View news story]
    Or your own confirmation bias? cannabis has none of the long term problems associated with tobacco simply because it doesn't contain nicotine. It contains lots of tars, but people who smoke only cannabis do not get: emphysema, heart disease, or lung cancer above the normal rates for non smokers. Learn a bit it may help you in life
    Apr 4 12:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ethical Investing And Philip Morris [View article]
    @mostserene1
    I get a kick out of reading your comments, Sir. Some I agree with, some I shake my head at.
    I want to buy some PM, and have no problem with cigarettes (here in Canada the taxes actually add a lot of money to pay for non-smokers' healthcare).
    But to pretend that tobacco, which contains a potent stimulant drug that has been proven to cause a range of fatal and painful diseases in old age, to pretend it is the same as candy because some people use candy to get very fat and get other diseases... That is too much. Sugar, though it may seem like it to some, is not a drug, and technically is not addictive. You typically have good opinions I think, but you hurt your credibility when you say these kinds of things.
    Feb 6 03:21 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ethical Investing And Philip Morris [View article]
    @betchewiwin,
    Up is certainly down in your world where the facts don't matter. you say:
    "But yet, we legalize marijuana, have documented stories already of the homeless buying pot with their EBT Cards, and we know that a 3 year habit of hooch can and will toast your lungs in 1/25TH the time a pack a day habit for 20 years would"
    This is pretty stupid by any measure. You clearly have not even bothered to look into this, though you rave as though you know something about it. A very large, thirty+ year longitudinal study has been performed to test your concerns about marijuana vs tobacco. Those who smoke tobacco, or who smoke both tobacco and cannabis have similar rates of lung cancers, whereas the other two groups in the study (no smoking at all, and smoking cannabis only) have rates of cancer no different than each other, statistically.
    The reason is that the diseases of smoking, including emphysema, heart disease, and lung cancer, are all caused not by the inhalation of abrasive smoke, or of inhaling cancerous compounds found in burning plant matter, but by the activity of the stimulant drug nicotine. The study has hypothesis about why this is so.
    Then again, you are so eager to accept whatever anecdotes support your radical position that I am sure you will simply ignore me also.
    Disc: wanting to buy PM
    Feb 6 03:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Ethical Investing And Philip Morris [View article]
    Here in canada you cannot sell cigarettes in pharmacies at all. I don't know a single smoker that has quit due to this.
    Feb 6 02:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline approved [View news story]
    I support this Project, but to be fair, there is nothing more descriptive of diluent/bitumen (or any petroleum) than "toxic"

    To say otherwise is to engage in euphemism.
    Dec 20 01:35 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Nothing Matters Much More Than Today's Income [View article]
    Oh and thanks for writing bob, no need to respond, just have been reading you for a while. Good Luck, and your efforts are appreciated.
    May 31 07:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nothing Matters Much More Than Today's Income [View article]
    While Seadrill SDRL is not an MLP, it can help to think of them as one for analysis purposes. They try to pay out most of their cash flow as divvies, and expand with debt and equity every now and then.

    Long SDRL
    May 31 03:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Real Dividend Growth Machine: Q1 2013 Review [View article]
    Looking for a future Apple, some thirty years before it explodes in the headlines, is not a sound strategy in my opinion. For every Apple, there are many, many relative failures or disappointments. Slow and steady wins the race.

    KMI won't be one of those disappointments, I just wish I had had more money before the new year
    Apr 8 11:42 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Benjamin Graham's Advice For This Stock Market [View article]
    @CardiacNP
    Fascinating. I have been following the B shares, so thanks for the tip. I don't typically DRIP, but I was considering it in this case
    Mar 20 07:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Benjamin Graham's Advice For This Stock Market [View article]
    The B shares are listed in the UK, the A shares in the NL, so no withholding on the B shares ONLY, due to the tax treaty with the UK.

    Edit: I mangled the technical terms, but the point is the B shares have no withholding, and I think they work in dollars...could use some clarification on that though...
    Mar 20 01:23 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Hyperinflation Is A Myth (And What It Means For Gold Prices) [View article]
    growing dividends?
    Feb 12 11:48 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Billionaire Tom Sandell's High Dividend Picks [View article]
    sigh...KMI is a corp, which owns KMP and EP, the mlps
    Feb 8 02:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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