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Nicotine Withdrawal – How Long Does It Last?

If you’re considering quitting smoking, you’ve likely asked yourself ‘how long does nicotine withdrawal last?’ The length of time one experiences nicotine withdrawal varies with each individual. Also, each symptom of nicotine withdrawal, whether it is physical or psychological, has a different length and severity in which the person will experience the withdrawal.

Physical symptoms such as fever, sweating, aches and pains can last up to 12 weeks, but will typically peak 48 hours after the smoker has refrained from smoking. Out of all the physical symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, these are the most uncomfortable and are usually the reason why smokers decide not to quit. Other symptoms such as sore throat, coughing and shortness of breath are widely common and may last up to 4 weeks. The reason for this is that, while smoking, mucus and tar builds up in the smokers lungs. The body’s natural reflex to expel the build up in the lungs is to cough, however excessive coughing most likely leads to sore throat and can also irritate the airways making them become inflamed and cause shortness of breath. For these physical symptoms to completely disappear, it will sometimes take the smoker 6 months of being smoke-free.

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Tax Free Cigarettes

The Federal Excise Tax on each carton of cigarettes is $3.90 currently. Various off-shore marketers exempt themselves from this tax, as do black marketers and smugglers. Therefore, there are few legal ‘Tax Free’ cigarettes being sold in America.

Legal tax-free cigarettes are the cigarettes sold by the Seneca Nation of Indians. The Seneca Nation of Indians is based in Western New York. They are federally recognized as a separate nation by the United States, and enjoy a tax-free status.

The Seneca Nation of Indians has various treaties with the United States, which allow them free trade. The people of Seneca have been dealing in tobacco for hundreds of years, and it is one of their most important businesses.

There are many websites which take orders and sell tax-free cigarettes. Some of the major brands available tax-free are Marlboro, Winston, Montclair, Camel and Newport. Many other brands are available tax-free through these websites. The orders are sent through US Priority Mail. Many of the websites which deal with cigarettes also provide cigars and tobacco.

All websites and companies selling tax-free cigarettes are governed by the Seneca Nations of Indians Business Code, and should be a Certified Seneca Nations of Indians retailer/on line retailer.

A person must be eighteen and have a valid driver’s license and social security number to buy tax-free cigarettes online. An age and signature verification process is done, after which the sale is made. The delivery is done normally within five to seven days of order.

Tax-free cigarettes can also be bought via mail, as long as the rules, regulations and procedures of the post office are followed. Tax-free cigarettes are sold online, in this site, which is strictly for personal use, and are not for resale. Most tax-free cigarette retailers deliver only in the USA.

FDA Cracking Down on E-Cigarette Imports

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, look like the real thing but have just one thing in common with cigarettes made from tobacco: nicotine. An electronic cigarette consists of a white cylindrical tube with a brown filter and a red, glowing tip. Instead of tobacco however, e-cigarettes are filled with liquid nicotine. When smokers draw on the business end of the tube, a battery heats the nicotine, which creates a water-based nicotine vapor that is inhaled into the lungs. The excess cigarette-like “smoke” vapor is then emitted from the end of the e-cigarette, completing the cigarette smoking illusion.

Touted as a Healthy Smoking Alternative

Manufacturers of electronic cigarettes say that the product is a healthy smoking alternative, and even an effective quit smoking aid.

A typical manufactured cigarette contains upwards of 4000 chemical compounds, many of which are poisonous and/or cause cancer. While nicotine is the addictive ingredient in cigarettes, it is the thousands of toxins contained in cigarette smoke that account for the majority of smoking-related diseases associated with tobacco use.

The jury is still out on all of the health hazards of nicotine, but we do know that nicotine is extremely poisonous. In fact, one drop of pure nicotine is enough to kill a person. Smokers receive much smaller doses than that in tobacco products, however. For instance, a standard cigarette contains approximately 10 milligrams of nicotine, but only one or two milligrams is inhaled directly by the smoker. It is unclear how much nicotine is inhaled through an electronic cigarette because this product is unregulated (and untested for the most part) as of now.

Electronic Cigarettes Under Scrutiny

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) looks at the electronic cigarette as an unapproved new drug due to the lack of scientific evidence of the safety and effectiveness of this smoking substitute. As such, the FDA has been detaining and blocking imports of electronic cigarettes since at least last summer, though they are not pulling e-cigarettes from U.S. store shelves presently.

In a statement issued in September of 2008, the World Health Organization warned consumers that there is no solid evidence to support contentions that electronic cigarettes are a safe smoking alternative — or an effective way to help people quit smoking.