Are E-Cigs a Public Inconvenience?

Two D.C. council members are proposing the ‘Electronic Cigarette Parity Amendment Act of 2013
It would ban electronic cigarettes in restaurants, mass transit, bars and public places including sidewalks.

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Blue Cigs, one of the leading manufactures of E cigs, said “from misinformed lawmakers to scared big tobacco companies, actions are being made to limit the sale and use of electronic cigarettes.” They maintain that it is an act of bullying by the tobacco industry on the ever-popular e-cig industry.

According to vapernews.com, “sales of e-cigarettes in 2012 are estimated up to $500M, which has doubled each year for the past two years, and should double and in 2013. Although sales for analog cigarette topped $80B, e-cigarettes sales could surpass them in a decade.”

Council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7) stated that e-cigs, “may encourage more people to start smoking.” She goes further saying, “you are getting that same nicotine derivative, and it’s just attracting more, younger people.”

Lawmakers believe e-cigs are bothersome and may pose health risks. The FDA, however, has not come to a conclusion on the potential health risks. It state that, “further research is needed to assess the potential public health benefits and risks of electronic cigarettes and other novel tobacco products.”

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Electronic cigarettes have become an increasingly popular alternative to those trying to transition off tobacco. Coming in a variety of flavors, the battery powered inhalers heat nicotine into vapor, allowing a similar stimulant effect as the typical cigarette. However, unlike regular cigarettes, they do not produce smoke. This has allowed e-cigs to be classified differently than cigarettes, until now.

*Editors note: I discussed potential health risked associated with e-cigs with my doctor. He said for the time being, they are a great alternative to smoking cigarettes. No tar, no paper, no tobacco, no carcinogens. His only concern was the concept of heating nicotine. Only time will tell.

Read more at The Washington Post

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-04-09/local/38397580_1_e-cigaretteselectronic-cigarettes-e-cigs

10 of the Weirdest Shots Ever

By Ravi in Get in Style, Lifestyle
Saturday, June 15, 2013, 11:00am. (Updated: 6/14/13 at 7:15pm) Add comments

So you say you like to drink?
We found some of the craziest shots from around the world to see if you’re really the alcoholic you claim to be. From reptiles and insects to mayonnaise and more.

1. Liquid Steak

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Well done? Medium rare? No matter how you take it, a shot of this surely doesn’t taste like steak. A mixture of rum and Worcestershire sauce… sounds better on your steak than in your stomach.

2. Snake Wine

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A shot of this Vietnamese delicacy is sure to make you squirm. Made by letting primarily venomous snakes ferment in wine, this stuff is thought to possess medicinal qualities and increase sexual performance.

3. Bacon Vodka

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This is for the bacon fans out there. Usually when you combine two good things, you get something great, right? Well this is honestly a hit or miss. You’ll probably find it one of more appetizing selections on our list though.

4. Scorpion Vodka

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The drink itself doesn’t really taste like scorpions, so you don’t have to worry about that. The idea here is that it’s a shot of vodka with dead scorpion placed like a lemon garnish. While its probably safe to eat, you’ll probably be going home alone.

5. Cement Mixer

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This shot is known more for its aesthetic than its awful taste. This shot is comprised of Baileys Irish crème and lime juice. It gets its name from how the lime juice curdles once added to the Baileys. Yum.

6. Lizard Wine

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As strange as it may sound, Lizard Wine is a very popular drink in China. Supposedly it tastes a lot like Brandy, so that’s a plus. It is also thought to improve eye-sight and ward off evil spirits. What about your ex?

7. Pizza Beer

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This beer is brewed with basil, oregano, tomato and garlic. Okay so you’re probably wondering if it tastes good. Well you’re in luck. This stuff saved its inventor from having his housed foreclosed.

8. The Greasy Mexican

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This stuff might look good, but its taste lives up to the drink’s queasy name. A shot of this includes Tequila and mayonnaise. Not sure why anyone would want mayonnaise in their shot…

9. The Eggermeister

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If you’re thinking there might be some Jager in this bad boy, you’re right. But hold up, you gotta add a whole pickled egg first. You end up having to hold the jager in your mouth while you chew the egg.

10. Mac & Cheese Jell-O

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Yes, there is such a thing, but it’s probably not what you’re looking for on a Saturday night out. It is definitely worth trying a shot of it though. Come on, its mac and cheese brooooo!

Sip, Sip, Pass?
You might be asking yourself, how can one possibly smoke alcohol?

You’d think college bros would stick to smoking pot, but in college nothing ever appears to be a bad idea. But this new trend that has hit college campuses across the states isn’t the smartest thing. Taking a bong rip of alcoholic vapor may sound pretty sweet, but it also gets you wasted dangerously fast.

INHALE AT YOUR OWN RISK

There are two ways to smoke alcohol:
(but we’re not trying either of them)

  1. Pumping pressurized air into a partially filled plastic bottle. This is achieved by placing a cork in the top and using a pump with a metal needle. Do not do it.
  2. Pouring your favorite alcoholic drink over dry ice and then inhaling the vapor. But dry ice can f*** you up if you handle it improperly. So just don’t do it.

College kids are attracted to excitement and the thrill of doing something a little differently. This new fad allows you to get drunk faster and avoid those empty calories. Of course, college kids don’t realize the serious health risks at hand.

Smoking alcohol can be dangerous.

  • Inhaled vapor goes straight to your lungs – the alcohol enters your blood stream faster. It’s not filtered by your liver and goes straight to your brain.
  • This method of drinking can’t upset your stomach. Instead, you will likely pass out from being too intoxicated.

According to an ABC News article, Dr. Brett Roth, medical director of the North Texas Poison Center in Dallas “concedes there is no definitive data to explain how breathing alcohol vapor is bad for your health.” Except for the whole bypassing your liver and going straight to the brain, thing. But hey, whatever it takes to cut calories, right?

Enough with the bagels. Summer is here
Contributing Writer Amanda Hanowitz • @getWITZit

Exercise can be a way of life and a way to better yourself. Sick of your typical exercise regimen? Do you roll out of bed and force yourself to the gym only to walk/run/elipse at 6.0 for 45 minutes?

Exercising shouldn’t be tedious, it should make you feel good. You should actually want to exercise.

The Bar Method
(The most epic exercise you will ever do.)

I work at the front desk of a studio in my hometown. Regardless, it’s a magical workout that has completely transformed my body. So jump on.

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Think of it as a combination of pilates, yoga and ballet.

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It’s the best full body workout of your life.

The Bar Method sculpts your body by improving posture and targeting all muscle groups during each one hour session. The Bar body is one with sculpted arms, flat abs, a lifted seat and elongated thighs. Need I say more?

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Different studios create friendly, relaxing and unique environments to exercise in. Instructors pride themselves on being personable and knowing members by name. It allows them to give each student individual attention and ensures maximum safety and success.

Doing bar method three to five times a week is suggested and is sure to get you your best body for life.

There are different packages to fit your lifestyle. Not ready to commit to a workout regimen everyday for a month? Try a 10-class package. Want to try it out and then decide if you’re hooked? Try a one-class pack. Individual classes vary in price; however, most studios offer one class for around $25. The more classes you buy, the more money you save!

SoulCycle

This eccentric cycling workout combines inspirational coaching with high-energy music. It’s an engaging workout that benefits both the mind and the body (according to SoulCycle).

A friend of mine is an avid SoulCycler and can’t say enough. “I really enjoy the ambiance, as corny as that sounds,” she said. “The lights are dim and calming, the inspirational quotes drive me through my workout and I really enjoy the full experience.”

Similar to the Bar Method, SoulCycle offers a 60-minute full body experience. It burs calories and gets your heart rate up at the same time.

“By keeping the lights low and riding by candlelight, SoulCycle creates a cardio sanctuary where riders can come to clear their heads,” according to SoulCycle.

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Try a single class for $34-$40, depending on location. Buy up to a 50-class package and dive in.

Want a workout experience different from your typical tedious routine? Want to tone and perfect your entire body? Stressed about your day? Need a pick-me-up? Want to have some fun?

Try the Bar Method or SoulCycle, maybe even both! Not only will you get a better body; You will be on track to better your life and be happier while doing it.

The only thing you have to lose is the fat around your midsection :)

What's your yoga?

By Aleksandra in Get in Style
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 7:36pm Add comments

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Recently, a new wave of hipster-yogis has emerged, highlighting this super-zen workout in all its meditative glory. But if you’re not familiar with yoga and the different types, or if you’re just starting out, this handy little guide will point you in the right direction. So, read on, grasshopper.

Bikram Yoga: This yoga type generally focuses on the standing asanas (poses), with only a handful of poses that require you to lay on your back or stomach. Bikram yoga is best practiced in highly-heated rooms with an ideal humidity of 40%. Needless to say, you’re gonna be sweating a lot. Unlike other yoga types, Bikram moves much faster and forces you to flow through your poses with your breath. If you’re confident in your yoga practice and are a veteran yogi, or just want an added challenge, definitely give this class a try. You won’t get bored.

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Vinyasa: This is another fast-paced yoga type. Also practiced in heated rooms (although not always), vinyasa focuses strictly on the breath and transition between each pose. All the poses are linked together, and many times throughout the practice, you will be instructed to go through your “vinyasa flow,” as you return to your foundation poses and eventually more advanced asanas. This is definitely a workout!

Ashtanga: You want to learn how to put your leg behind your head? This is the yoga to teach you just that. Ashtanga is a sub-type of Vinyasa, meaning that the connection to breath is still enforced. However, this yoga type is broken down into series, beginning with the Primary Series and working into Advanced. Before you know it, you’ll be sitting comfortably with limbs in all directions.

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Hatha (Stationary Sequence): This is one of the more popular yoga types, and is great for beginners. While some classes are heated, others are not, and don’t fall for the hype — you are just as bendy in a heated room as you are in a cool room. Hatha or Stationary Sequence doesn’t stress too much on the connection between poses and breath (although you should strive for that!), but, as the name suggests, it moves somewhat rigidly from one pose to the next. It is meant to give you an introduction into all the different poses, building your foundation, and kicking your yogi butt at the same time.

60067_tuesdays-hatha-yoga-classIyengar: This yoga type is much slower than the rest, as it focuses more on the small details of posture and alignment. In this class, you are more likely to sit or stand in certain poses longer, finding each bone and feeling minute movements as you settle into each pose. If you want a relaxed yet effective yoga, this is surely your fit. Be ready to learn more about your body than you’ve ever known.

Kundalini: Get ready to release your serpent! Kundalini yoga is all about breathing and meditating, with the physical postures focusing on enhancing that breathing. You won’t be sweating all over your mat, but mentally, you’ll be riding a yoga buzz. If you’re looking to learn more about your chakras and how to open them, this is a yoga to try.

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In essence, none of these yoga types are set in stone for anyone. Ideally, you should shop around and see what fits you the best, and you’ll never know unless you take a few classes here and there. Together with other workouts and physical activities, yoga can be a wonderful new addition to your daily regiment.

Namaste

 

 

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