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Smoking Newsletter: Jan 11th-Jan 25th, 2016

Hookah Smoking Vs. Cigarette Smoking *

(January 16th, 2016)

Now that most people are quiet aware of the negative effects of cigarettes, new alternatives have come about, and people are experimenting what they suppose would be a healthier option than cigarette smoking. Hookah has been a common choice for the youth lately. The prevalent conviction is that hookahs are healthier because they employ a water bowl through which the smoke passes. But new research have proved that one hookah session can deliver up to “125 times the smoke, 25 times the tar, 2.5 times the nicotine and 10 times the carbon monoxide of a single cigarette.” Apparently, more attention should be given to hookah smoking, since it is not exactly included in smoking studies and statistics. Being many times more dangerous than one cigarette doesn’t mean hookah smoking, in general, is more dangerous than cigarette smoking. Such a comparison would depend mostly on the frequency of use of each method.

Millions of Nonsmoking Teenagers Suffer the Effects of Secondhand Smoking *

(January 11th, 2016)

Nonsmokers often suffer the consequences of their neighboring smoker’s bad decision. Secondhand smoke can damage the body and cause many diseases in both adults and children. A recent study by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has discovered almost 50% of middle and high school student have at least had one encounter with secondhand smoke per week in 2013. This number is estimated to millions. And according to the author, there hasn’t been a degree of exposure to secondhand smoke that can be considered safe or inconsequential. These students are exposed to secondhand smoke at home, in public, or around their friends. This is especially dangerous since it has been proven that teenagers exposed to secondhand smoke are more prone to taking up smoking at any point of their life.

Jo Wood Quits Smoking for Her Kids *

(January 24th, 2016)

Jo Wood, former model, current organic skincare business owner, and ex-wife of Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, has finally yielded to her kids’ request to quit smoking. Jo has lived the Rock n’ Roll lifestyle to the fullest; now a grandmother, quitting is more of a necessity to preserve her health and be with her loved ones. Jo has admitted she was once a heavy smoker, smoking up to 30 cigarettes a day. She then worked on gradually reducing this number, first to 20 cigarettes, then to 5. Five cigarettes a day might sound like a reasonable amount in comparison, but the dangers and the effects are still immense. Jo eventually resorted to hypnotherapy to completely give up smoking. Finding it unsuccessful, she tried nicotine patches. Jo Wood has started the new year nicotine-free and hopes to carry on her success for years to come.

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