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Protect Kids From Secondhand Smoke

In Local News on March 26, 2010 at 10:52 am

Children regularly exposed to tobacco smoke at home are more likely to develop early emphysema in adulthood, U.S. researchers say. Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health suggest the lungs may not recover completely from the effects of early-life exposures to tobacco smoke.

Check out this video about how secondhand smoke effects kids.

Now, encourage your friends and family to quit smoking not just for their own health, but for the health of their kids. Or if you smoke, you can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to get free coaching and support to quit.


No To Tobacco But Yes To Marijuana?

In National News on March 25, 2010 at 11:34 am

The state of California is a leader in tobacco control but is now looking into legalizing marijuana. This seems like a double standard since the CDC has found numerous negative health effect associated with marijuana use, some similar to the negative effects of tobacco use.

Among the known or suspected chronic effects of marijuana are:

  • short-term memory impairment and slowness of learning.
  • impaired lung function similar to that found in cigarette smokers. Indications are that more serious effects, such as cancer and other lung disease, follow extended use.
  • decreased sperm count and sperm motility.
  • interference with ovulation and pre-natal development.
  • impaired immune response.
  • possible adverse effects on heart function.
  • by-products of marijuana remaining in body fat for several weeks, with unknown consequences. The storage of these by-products increases the possiblilties for chronic, as well as residual, effects on performance, even after the acute reaction to the drug has worn off. Of special concern are the long-term developmental effects in children and adolescents

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Indiana Cigarette Consumption Down by 36%

In State News on March 22, 2010 at 8:17 am

Since 2000, cigarette consumption has declined by 36% in Indiana. Cigarette consumption is calculated based on per-pack sales and provides an estimate of “how” much Hoosiers are smoking. Indiana has long had one of the highest smoking consumption rates in the country. The decrease of consumption, particularly in the last 2 years, is a strong indicator that Hoosiers are changing their smoking behavior.

Lessons From Obama

In Local News on March 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

Whether or not you agree with President Obama as a political figure, we can learn from his struggles with smoking. Doctors recently advised Obama to continue with his quest to quit smoking, and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says he has quit, except for the occasional “fall off the wagon,” and continues to use nicotine gum.

Most people have to try five or 10 times to quit smoking for good. It’s like dealing with any other addiction; even after you quit, you have to consciously maintain that quit. The President has likely the most stressful job in the world, and if he can find the willpower to continue his quit, you can too. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to put together a plan to quit, manage withdrawal symptoms, and stay quit.

Remember whenever you are tempted, the Four D’s: Delay, Drink water, Do something else, and Deep breathing.

It Really Works!

In Local News on March 1, 2010 at 11:29 am

As I was handing out posters about the Indiana Tobacco Quitline last week, I ran into a young woman at a hair salon who said she had called the quitline … and had been quit for a month! She said the quit coaches were extremely helpful in putting together a plan to quit and stay quit, and I congratulated her on her success.

Later that afternoon, I was talking to a man at a local mechanical shop who seemed interested in what the Quitline had to offer. He asked, “So does it actually work?”

I was able to give an emphatic yes and explain how the highly trained quit coaches and other support offered by the quitline, like nicotine replacement therapy and online support, had helped many people like that young lady quit.

What can it hurt to give it a try? It’s free and it works. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW. There’s never been a better time to quit.