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Learn All the Benefits of Smokefree Apartments.

Written on May 17th, 2017 by -

A common myth about smoking and multi-unit housing complexes is that many people believe separating apartments into smoking and nonsmoking units eliminates secondhand smoke exposure to nonsmokers. Continue reading…

The Relationship between Tobacco and Mental Health: It’s Complicated.

Written on April 27th, 2017 by -

Studies show that half of all smoking-related deaths occur in people with mental health disorders. People with mental health disorders smoke more than half of all cigarettes produced, but only represent about 18.5% of the U.S. population, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Why is that? What exactly are the effects of smoking on mental health? Continue reading…

Tobacco Companies Want Kid to Smoke. Are You Okay With That?

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

$9.5 billion. That’s the amount of money tobacco companies spend each year marketing their deadly products in the United States. With today’s stringent tobacco marketing laws, they’re exploiting new, effective marketing strategies, including targeting minorities. Whether it’s African Americans, service members, women, children, or a host of other minority groups, the tobacco industry has a marketing plan to suit them all. Continue reading…

Make time to talk to your kids about the dangers of tobacco.

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

Being a parent is no easy task—especially when it comes to discussing important issues like tobacco use. But as a parent, your attitudes and opinions will strongly influence your child’s behavior. That’s why it is essential to talk to your kids about the dangers of tobacco. Continue reading…

The Real Cost of Tobacco

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

In Oklahoma, tobacco comes with a hefty price tag — costing nearly $1.62 billion in excess healthcare costs, $2.1 billion in productivity losses and $264 million in Medicaid costs each year. However, the real price tag of tobacco can’t be measured in dollars. Continue reading…

Secondhand Smoke. It’s More than an Annoyance. It’s a Serious Health Hazard.

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

Secondhand smoke is not just a mere annoyance. It’s a serious health hazard. Cigarette smoke is a toxic soup of more than 7,000 chemical compounds — 250 are known to be harmful, and at least 70 cause cancer. Chemicals in the makeup of secondhand smoke include: Continue reading…

Just How Dangerous Is Secondhand Smoke?

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

Respiratory infections. Severe and chronic heart disease. Stroke. Cancer. These are just a few of the numerous health effects linked to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is an immense danger. It is classified as a Class A carcinogen, as it has been proven to cause cancer in people. Plus, it contains more than 7,000 chemicals—250 are known to be harmful, and at least 70 cause cancer. After just a few minutes of exposure to secondhand smoke, a nonsmoker can begin to exhibit health problems comparable to those of smokers. Secondhand smoke causes disease and death in people who don’t smoke and kills nearly 50,000 nonsmokers each year. Continue reading…

Think there are safe forms of tobacco? Think again.

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

While cigarette smoking has been on the decline, many alternative tobacco and nicotine delivery products have been gaining popularity. Many of these products are perceived to be safer substitutes for cigarettes. However, these products still pose serious health risks due to the chemicals and toxins they contain. Continue reading…

Hookah: How bad is it for you?

Written on March 16th, 2017 by -

What is hookah? A hookah is a water pipe used to smoke tobacco through cooled water. When smoking hookah, charcoal heats the tobacco in the head of the pipe, and then smoke is filtered and cooled through water at the base before being inhaled through a hose. Continue reading…

E-Cigarettes: How safe is vaping?

Written on March 16th, 2017 by -

E-cigarette use, or vaping, has grown dramatically in the last five years, particularly among high school students. In Oklahoma, 19% of high school students use e-cigarettes — that’s more than adults. It’s so popular that high school students are vaping more than smoking regular cigarettes. Continue reading…