If you do not smoke, you should be justifiably proud for doing something so important as to protect your health as well as the health of your friends, family and loved ones. And if you are a nonsmoker who is primarily around nonsmokers, it might be easy to believe that you’ve pretty much eliminated the health risks of smoking from your life. Unfortunately, you may be wrong - especially if any of your coworkers smoke.
According to one news report, the bill in Hawaii “...aims to raise the legal minimum age to purchase or possess cigarettes to 30 by next year, 40 by 2021, 50 by 2022, 60 by 2023 and 100 by 2024. The timetable would allow the state to plan for a loss in cigarette tax revenue…” When you take a look at statistics which show how damaging smoking cigarettes is to our health, Hawaii’s timetable really makes sense.
I am not going to lecture you on the dangers of smoking. If you smoke, you have heard them all already and you’ve made the decision to continue smoking anyway. The same holds true for any family or friends who also are still smoking.
In shocking news, a disturbing video recently surfaced of a father teaching his baby girl how to smoke cigarettes. He actually held a cigarette up to her mouth and tried to get her to inhale. And this may be a rare incident, but today is World No Tobacco Day. And what better time to really explore the nutritional toll smoking tobacco takes on our bodies and be proactive about quitting smoking?
As more people quit smoking cigarettes, other forms of smoking – like hookah – are gaining popularity. Hookah pipes allow users to draw tobacco smoke through water, so some people may think it’s a “healthier” alternative to cigarettes.
By now, it’s well-known that smoking has some serious health risks. One of them, for men, is prostate cancer. Fortunately, both the prostate cancer mortality and cigarette smoking rates have been declining in the U.S. Part of the reason prostate cancer mortality rates have been dropping is due to more prostate cancer screenings (called PSA tests) and better treatment when men are diagnosed or when the disease spreads. But is it possible that the drop in smoking is helping, too?
You’ve heard said it before: Smoking is bad for your health. But usually, when we talk about smoking, the conversation centers around cigarettes. But are all forms of smoking harmful? Science points toward a resounding yes. No form of smoking is completely “safe” or “risk-free.” Even new forms of smoking like e-cigarettes can pose risks, especially because they have yet to be regulated the same way cigarettes are, so it isn’t always clear what chemicals are in them or how much.
I remember a time when smoking was everywhere – movies, TV shows, commercials, magazine ads, billboards, airplanes, restaurants and ballparks. It was Don Draper’s world, and we just coughed our way through it. Slowly, over time, the surgeon general’s dire warning of cigarettes causing lung cancer and other health-related issues resonated with the general public. Coupled with legislative action at the state and local levels, smoking became less of a future health risk and financial health care burden as Americans told the cigarette industry to kiss their butts goodbye.
More and more women are having babies later in their reproductive years. Though many women are trying to make sure they are fully prepared to take on parenthood, waiting can sometimes lead to fertility issues. To help you make informed health decisions, here are some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about fertility, followed by some practical tips you can begin using right away.
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