June 15, 2003

more sco and smoking

One Slashdot reader pointed out that SCO is still running Linux with Apache. I find that funny.

Andrew e-mailed me a response to my ramble about anti-smoking devices:

[Tobacco's] customers have all been dying away from heart disease and lung cancer, but they still don't seem to be doing so bad after all these years. So the supply must be pretty limitless. In fact, those anti smoking things actually help them because it'll help them stop for a little while, but I'm sure quite a few of them come back. And since those people took a break and cleared up their lungs a little bit, they can now smoke a little more longer than they would have if they just kept smoking to their graves.

I hope he doesn't mind me quoting him (don't sue me please!). I decided to do a little research to see what kind of turnover rate there is for tobacco. The CDC (I always think of cDc and BackOrifice) have a few numbers, but nothing real concrete. The Surgeon General also had some numbers, but again nothing showing that most people who try quitting with various products actually do end up quitting. Generally, however, I've been reading that people start quitting, get back on, and go up and down with various dependancies until eventually quitting. I can't confirm it yet, though; I just get stuff like this:
More than 70 percent of the 50 million smokers in the United States today have made at least one prior quit attempt, and approximately 46 percent try to quit each year. Most smokers make several quit attempts before they successfully kick the habit.

Maybe I'm just a lousy googler.

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