The Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 actually banned the use of riot control agents/tear gas “as a method of warfare.” Despite this, police are still legally allowed to use tear gas for crowd control.
Not every person who gets COVID-19 will need a ventilator, but many will. And we also have to keep in mind that it’s not just COVID-19 patients who need ventilators to survive.
Air pollution may exacerbate respiratory disease (including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)). And then having these conditions makes a person more vulnerable when it comes to fighting lung infections such as pneumonia (a potentially dangerous complication of COVID-19).
Alarmingly, statistical analysis of the pandemic are now clearly showing that smokers and vapers also run a higher risk of developing serious illness and even dying from the coronavirus. (Exposure to second and third-hand smoke may also increase an infected person’s risk).
Lung cancer was in the news recently! Conservative radio talk show personality Rush Limbaugh told his listeners that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 advanced lung cancer. (A few days later he was awarded the Medal of Freedom). While receiving this type of diagnosis is devastating, it sadly is an important reminder that lung cancer continues to kill more people than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.
Country music icon Willie Nelson has always been known as a marijuana smoker. But recently, the 86-year-old announced that he has given up smoking weed.
You’re probably pretty familiar with the current vaping crisis, especially if you’re a parent to a teenager or young adult. To say this issue is concerning is an understatement. There have been several deaths caused by vaping. Many cases of lung disease are due to vaping. Just recently a teen in Michigan became what is believed to be the first U.S. recipient of a double lung transplant due to vaping lung damage.
The news about the risks and dangers of vaping keep getting more frequent and alarming! Instead of being a good way to help people quit smoking, or at the very least a “safer” alternative to smoking, vaping is turning out to be a veritable public health hazard.
It’s hard to believe that July, 18th, 2018 would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. Undoubtedly the most famous anti-apartheid activist in the world, Mandela served 27 years in South Africa’s prison system and later in 1994 became the country’s first black president. He is the definition of a fighter and survivor.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. What better time to test your IQ about the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States! Reportedly, it kills 1 in 15 people.
I’m deeply saddened to hear there has been yet another loss of a young life in the entertainment industry. “Night of the Living Dead” director, filmmaker, writer and horror film trendsetter George Romero died this past Sunday after enduring a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.”
Coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath: For millions of people, asthma can be pretty unpleasant. In fact, about 7.4 percent of adults and 8.6 percent of children in the U.S. have asthma, the Centers for Disease Control reports. Treatment can include quick-relief medicines as well as long-term control medicines, but for those who wish there was something more they could do, there is hope! A recent study, featured in The Washington Post, shows vitamin D may help.
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