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Have You Built a Quit Plan?

One of the keys to a successful quit is preparation. A great way to prepare to quit smoking is to create a quit plan. Quit plans:

  • Combine quit smoking strategies to keep you focused, confident, and motivated to quit
  • Help you identify challenges you will face as you quit and ways to overcome them
  • Can improve your chances of quitting smoking for good

The following steps will help you to create your own customized quit plan. As you move through the steps, keep a record of your plan and have it readily available during your quit. Read more…

11 November, 2018

Forms of tobacco that give you cancer

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy

Most research points to cigarette smoke, not nicotine, as being the primary contributor to cancer among smokers. However, although most experts agree that nicotine does not directly cause cancer, some research suggests that nicotine may lead to a type of DNA damage that increases the risk of cancer. Research from 2015 reported in the Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology suggests that nicotine may increase the risk of cancer because it might damage DNA, initiate cancer and cause it to progress faster, and interact with cancer-causing chemicals.

2 November, 2018

E-cigarette policy should consider environmental effects, expert says

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy               

 Health policy debates around electronic cigarettes should consider the health of the environment, too, according to an editorial in the American Journal of Public Health. Each stage of the e-cigarette product lifecycle, including mining, manufacturing, using and disposing, could pose a potential environmental harm, wrote Yogi Hale Hendlin […] “E-waste is a huge problem globally. Anytime we make something that is disposable, we’re essentially stealing from the future,” said Hendlin.

30 October, 2018

Unleashing Students to Change the World

There are historically two fundamental ways to think: inside the box and outside of the box. At the Conrad Challenge we don’t believe in this philosophy, we encourage students to enjoy the freedom of thinking like there is no box. Because when it comes to innovation, who needs a box?

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurial competition that encourages young adults to leave their mark on the world. Each year, teams of 2-5 students, ages 13-18, from around the globe create products and/or services that address some of the most pressing global challenges. Students take direct control of their learning – it extends well beyond the bounds of the school day and becomes an all-encompassing, passionate mission. They leave the title of ‘student’ and become entrepreneurial problem-solvers, addressing challenging social, scientific and societal issues through creativity and critical-thinking.  Read more here…

18 October, 2018

Sorry Smokers, There is No Such thing as Safe E-Cigarettes

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy

Multiple studies completed over the past several years indicate several health issues associated with vaping and smoking an e-cigarette. When e-cigarettes hit the market in 2006, companies assured the FDA the products were safe for consumption. They believed the product safety based on the fact that ingredients used in their product were already FDA approved. However, studies completed indicate the products damage the lungs and increase the risk of heart attack in users.

15 October, 2018

We cannot let e-cigarettes become an on-ramp for teenage addiction

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy

At the Department of Health and Human Services, we are deeply concerned about the risks that e-cigarettes pose for children, given how quickly teenage use of these products has accelerated. Using a small battery to heat a liquid that contains nicotine, e-cigarettes turn the liquid into an inhalable vapor. […] And e-cigarettes’ popularity is accelerating: From 2017 to 2018 […] the number of high-school-age children reporting use of e-cigarettes rose by more than 75 percent.

13 October, 2018

Smokers with peripheral artery disease need more help to kick the habit 

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy

While many people with peripheral artery disease (PAD) smoke, few receive proven smoking cessation strategies from their doctor, according to new research […] Worldwide, 202 million adults are affected by peripheral artery disease which is a narrowing of the arteries serving the legs, stomach, arms and head. Peripheral artery disease most commonly affects arteries in the legs. “Smoking is the single most important risk factor for development and progression of peripheral artery disease,” said study author Krishna K. Patel, […]

8 October, 2018.

Don’t treat e-cigarettes like cigarettes

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy

“Cigarette” might appear in the term “e-cigarette” but that is as far as their similarities extend, reports a new Northwestern Medicine report published Friday, […] Assuming e-cigarettes are equal to cigarettes could lead to misguided research and policy initiatives, the paper says. “Comparing cigarettes to e-cigarettes can give us a false sense of what dangers exist because it misses the gap in understanding how people use them and how they can make people dependent,” said first author Matthew Olonoff […]

7 October, 2018

Campaigners urge WHO to give vaping a chance

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy

Seventy leading public health experts and anti-tobacco campaigners have urged the World Health Organization to adopt a more sympathetic attitude to ecigarettes and other alternatives to smoking, “which have the potential to bring the epidemic of smoking-caused disease to a more rapid conclusion”. Their joint letter to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, is intended to influence this week’s conference of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Geneva, which frames international health policy on the issue.

7 October, 2018