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Smoking Hookah

Recently hookah bars have become popular among young adults and college students. This rise has caused some concern among business owners, law personnel, politicians, health administrators and of course, parents. But, what is all the hype? Isn’t hookah suppose to be healthier than smoking cigarettes? Aren’t there less chemicals in tobacco used for hookahs or even shisha? If there is no ban on hookah bars, then why is everyone getting worked up about it? It isn’t like they are selling weed, alcohol to minors, or porn.

Though this might be the thought process of those in support of hookah bars and smoking, there are health risks that weigh heavy on the minds of many who oppose this popular past-time.  For one, there may be less chemicals in shisha and flavored tobacco, but  the Mayo Clinic states that hookah smoke contains harmful compounds such as “tar, carbon monoxide, heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens).” Plus, hookah smoking is linked to lung and oral cancers just like cigarettes.

Even if you don’t smoke hookah that much, it has been indicated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that in the time (about 60 minutes) you finish smoking it is equivalent to burning through 100 cigarettes!

These health risks and information by health organizations seem to have some clout behind their argument opposing hookah bars. But, this startling information isn’t enough to deter some from partaking in hookah. Health on MSNBC.com reported that many supporters argue that there is social interactions and has cultural standing; they say that the general atmosphere is about hanging out with friends. What harm is there in this?

Both sides seem to have good points, but if you want to stay healthy and live long, you might want to rethink smoking hookah. To get a better understanding of what hookah smoking is and the devices used, please check out this article on eHow Health.

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Time To Talk Turkey

In honor of Thanksgiving I thought we could talk turkey. Talking turkey is defined as follows, “to speak frankly and get down to the basic facts of a matter.” So lets talk turkey about smoking. My father smoked for over 60 years and after a long stay in the hospital a few years back he finally decided to quit. All his years of smoking have left him with a lot of health problems,the most severe being  his heart. Last year he suffered a heart attack and had to have a quadruple bypass as well as a valve replacement.  I do not want this to be you. So here are some facts to help you make a better choice before you head down that road.

When you use tobacco you are increasing your chances of getting cancer and other life threatening disease (stoke, heart disease and bronchitis). The chances are increased due to the fact that your body is still growing and the chemicals in the cigarettes affect your bodies normal development. Besides the poisons in cigarettes, nicotine is very addictive and can be very hard to quit. Smoking at your age can lead to more problems the older you get like wrinkles, gray hair, hair loss, and the inability to participate in activities because you can’t breathe. Most teens are not using tobacco products, but of the ones that are nearly a third of them will die from tobacco related diseases. These facts were found in Tips For Teens: Tobacco.

If you are a smoker and are thinking about quitting, TeenQuit.com might be helpful to you. Find the support you need to kick this habit and have a Happy Turkey Day!

Hyper Texting YBS :(

Early this month Science Daily published a report on Hyper Texting. For those of you that are teens you probably already know what this is. For those that are not, hyper texting is texting  more than 120 times per day. I am not even sure I would be able to think of 120 things to say to people in a day.

While texting itself is not a health risk, studies are showing that hyper texting can lead to health risks. Here are the statistics found in the report mentioned above:

Hyper Texting Teens are…

  • 40 percent more likely to have tried cigarettes
  •  two times more likely to have tried alcohol
  •  43 percent more likely to be binge drinkers
  • 41 percent more likely to have used illicit drugs
  •  55 percent more likely to have been in a physical fight
  • nearly three-and-a-half times more likely to have had sex and 
  •  90 percent more likely to report four or more sexual partners

PLZ think about how often you text and if it is worth the potential health risks. TTYL