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Huh? What Did You Say?

Have you ever gotten in trouble from a parent or teacher for not paying attention to what they were saying? Sometimes we miss important information because we have other things on our minds or we just may be spacing out. However, there are cases where you just may have not heard what they said to you and it isn’t your fault.  Music can cause hearing loss, which isn’t a new medical find, but would smoking have an effect on your hearing?

It is a well-known fact that kids who grow up around smokers have developmental issues as well as health issues, such as respiratory infections. But did you know that recent studies have shown that secondhand smoke causes hearing loss in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19? A Yahoo! News article described how it is believed that secondhand smoke affects the blood flow through your ears creating a substance called cotinine. Cotinine forms when nicotine from cigarette smoke breaks down and enters the blood. Based on the level of cotinine found will suggest if you are a smoker yourself or if you suffer from secondhand smoke. Either way, the presence of cotinine affects  your ears’ detection of various pitches (mostly low) and wavelengths. Next time you light up, try to remember that it not only affects you and your body, but others’, too!

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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!

Third-Hand Smoke

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Smoking is deadly. Second-hand smoke is deadly. Now something new has been discovered: third-hand smoke is deadly.

You may be thinking, “What in the world is third-hand smoke?” It’s what is left behind on objects from cigarette smoke, and yes, it is very dangerous. The New York Times recently ran an article  about this new hazard.

“Everyone knows that second-hand smoke is bad, but they don’t know about this,” said Dr. Jonathan P. Winickoff, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Third-hand smoke is what one smells when a smoker gets in an elevator after going outside for a cigarette, he said, or in a hotel room where people were smoking. “Your nose isn’t lying,” he said. “The stuff is so toxic that your brain is telling you: ’Get away.’”

If you think that opening a window or smoking outside will shield others from the toxins in a cigarette, you are wrong. Some of the chemicals left behind by smoke include, “hydrogen cyanide, used in chemical weapons; butane, which is used in lighter fluid; toluene, found in paint thinners; arsenic; lead; carbon monoxide; and even polonium-210, the highly radioactive carcinogen that was used to murder former Russian spy Alexander V. Litvinenko in 2006.”

This should not really be a surprise for anyone. Smoking is one of the most harmful activities around. Here is a timeless truth: cigarettes are bad for you! And if you smoke, they are bad for anyone who comes into contact with you.