Smoking threatens children’s health

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Smoking kills, even if you don’t smoke. As a result of widespread tobacco use, approximately 443,000 Americans die each year from tobacco-related illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, according to a 2008 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 11 percent of these deaths resulted from secondhand smoke exposure.

“[Secondhand smoking] is a very serious problem,” said Geri Healey-Dame, System Director of Respiratory Care for Hallmark Health System. “I believe it’s pretty significant. We see a lot of patients with lung disease. They can be people who have never smoked, but work in a smoking environment, like waitresses and bartenders.” Continue reading

Smoking linked to hearing loss, Alzheimer’s

Smoking not only kills, but deafens people and robs them of their memory as well. It causes more than 440,000 deaths each year, or nearly one in five deaths, according to the American Cancer Society.

Lung cancer was most deadly cancer for Boston’s Asians from 2006 to 2008, ahead of liver and colorectal cancers, according to the Boston Public Health Commission. The lethal consequences of smoking are a clear reason to quit. Continue reading

One smoker increases health risk to nonsmokers

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Many factors cause cancer. From manmade chemicals to environmental exposure, secondhand smoke contributes to health problems that affect the respiratory system, cardiac function and cancers.

Secondhand smoke is the most common cause of tobacco intake. While there are devices that can test for indoor chemicals and smoke, there are nearly no safety measures when encountering smoke outdoors. Because smoke can be anywhere at any time, even breathing in a little bit can be harmful. Continue reading

The Special Medical Edition

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The Sampan’s special medical edition is out on stands now! As part of the newspaper’s ongoing efforts to provide the Asian American community with health and healthcare information, this edition covers all three of the Sampan’s areas of concern: Obesity, Diabetes and Smoking Cessation. In addition to information on quitting smoking, eating a better diet and new diabetes research, a few of Sampan’s columnists have written informative pieces on their areas of expertise and links to healthcare. We hope you find the Sampan’s medical edition useful! Click on the sections you’d like to look at!

Smoking Cessation

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Tobacco use is the most common preventable cause of death. About half of the people who don’t quit smoking will die of smoking-related problems. Quitting smoking is important for your health and provides many benefits. Soon after you quit, your circulation begins to improve, and your blood pressure starts to return to a normal level. Your sense of smell and taste return and breathing starts to become easier. In the long term, giving up tobacco can help you live longer. Your risk of getting cancer decreases with each year you stay smoke-free. Quitting is not easy, though. You may have … Continue reading