Eat Right, Prevent Lung Cancer

Cigarette smoking causes more deaths worldwide than any other environmental factor.Lung cancer leads a parade of other smoking-related cancers. Undoubtedly, the best way to reduce the disease and death that come from cigarettes is to just quit smoking. But there are other healthy choices you can make as well.A diet with a variety of fruits…

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Parental Connectedness: Substance Use by Youngsters

This is the fifth in a series of blogs about the benefits of connectedness between parents and children.Research shows that :“…among both older and younger teens, those who felt very connected to parents and other family members reported less frequent use of cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana. The presence of parents at home during key times…

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Benefits of Parental Monitoring-7: R-rated Media

This is the seventh in a series of blogs examining benefits of parental supervision.A study from Dartmouth University Medical School.has reported that media portrayals of tobacco and alcohol use are associated with adolescent smoking and drinking. They studied the role of parents in monitoring and limiting children’s movie exposure and whether or not this was…

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Australia Requires Removal of Colors and Logos from Cigarette Packs

Australia is a world leader in the battle against smoking. The government there has announced plans to require cigarette manufacturers to remove all branding colors and logos from cigarette packs, beginning July, 2012.The Australian government has also announced an immediate 25% hike in the cigarette tax, meaning that a pack of 30 cigarettes will now…

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Sniffing Gasoline is Hard on Dental Health!

Did you know that the using tobacco, marijuana, and gasoline sniffing (increasingly common among youngsters around the world) is associated with increased risk of periodontal disease?Australian investigators found significantly higher rates gum disease among those who sniff gas or smoke tobacco or pot, compared to those who did not.PositiveTip: Help prevent unnecessary dental problems. Get…

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When Parents Drink, Kids Do Too

Did you ever wonder about the relationship between parents using alcohol and other substances, and the use of these substances by their children? Logic says that they ought to be connected, but what does research say? In the mid 1990's, research was conducted on substance use in Christian high schools. Students were asked if they had ever…

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It is Never Too Late to Quit Smoking!

Smoker's have a 20 times greater lifetime risk for developing lung cancer. Smoking cessation lowers the risk of developing lung cancer, but does cessation after lung cancer diagnosis improve outcomes? Investigators in England have conducted a meta-analysis of 10 studies to provide answers to that question. The good news is that quitting smoking after diagnosis…

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Bravo for the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009

There are few threats more dangerous to the health of the public than tobacco! Each year more that 435,000 Americans die of tobacco related illnesses--mostly heart, vascular, and lung disease. Use of these products is also associated with significant health problems that diminish quality of life. The total annual cost of tobacco related problems in…

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Historic Legislation Passes Both Houses–Awaits President’s Signature.

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act now awaits President Obama's signature. Agencies and organizations who have for years fought against the tobacco industry are rejoicing at the outcome of new legislation (H.R. 1256) that will put the Food and Drug Administration in charge of regulating cigarettes and other tobacco products.One of the major motivating…

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