Secondhand smoke kills

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We are smoke-free youth educators from Boston Asian: Youth Essential Service. We are concerned about the health of our community. We want to raise awareness about the negative health effects of living in an environment where one is exposed to secondhand smoke. We support smoke-free housing policies to protect the health of Chinatown residents. Continue reading

Did you know? Five facts about smoking and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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For many of the 12 million Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, breathlessness, coughing and mucus production may not be symptoms of a nagging cold, but serious, daily effects of a progressive, irreversible lung disease that includes the respiratory illnesses chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Continue reading

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