slmendon I am so sorry for your loss. I can empathize. My mother, a long time smoker, also had COPD and was on oxygen 24 hours a day for years. Just going from her living room to her kitchen to get a drink of water was torture for mom. She had to stop, hold onto a wall and try to get her breath. It took her 15 minutes to make her bed because she had to sit down and rest. She suffered every day because of smoking. She finally died intubated after many days in a hospital room.

My brother, who smoked Marlboros, died at age 54 from esophageal cancer. My brother in law, who still smokes Marlboros, has been treated for 3 different kinds of cancer prostate, lung and esophageal. It’s amazing he is still he continues to smoke.

We certainly can’t blame the Marlboro Men. They were just doing their jobs as actors. They did a great job and the ad agency they worked for did a great job.

The last thing my brother told me before he died was this. Never touch a cigarette. If you don’t touch it, it can never get into your mouth. Great advice. I help people stop smoking. I have been for doing so for 34 years. That is the last bit of advice I give them after our sessions together.

All the best to you and your family in these trying times.

Phillip morris introduces marlboro … marijuana cigarettes – secrets of the fedsecrets of the fed

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Phillip Morris, the worldв s biggest cigarette producer, announced today that they will join the marijuana legalization bandwagon and start producing marijuana cigarettes. To be marketed under the brand в Marlboro Mв , it will be made available for sale through marijuana licensed outlets in the state of Colorado, and Washington when it becomes commercially legal later this year.

Serafin Norcik, Phillip Morrisв Sr. Vice President for Marketing said in an interview that the company has been high on the idea of marketing cannabis, and has been monitoring the market for some time. It was only when the recent legalization initiatives в winning in Colorado and Washington в that they finally made the decision to take a leap of faith.

Norcik added that they have begun contacting former drug lords in Mexico and Paraguay, currently the largest marijuana producing countries in the world, for the possibility of setting up a distribution ring across the North and South American continents, to streamline the supply lines.