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Kosher Smokes for Passover? Oy Vey!

Kosher Smokes for Passover? Oy Vey!

  Three brands of smokes are now branded “Kosher for Passover” after thorough inspections of local cigarette factories.  Jews that observe the Passover tradition in Israel can now enjoy a “rabbi-approved puff” during the week-long holiday.  The Passover holiday started at sundown last Monday. The website Judaism 101 defines Kashrut as the body of Jewish law dealing with what foods we can and cannot eat and how those foods must be prepared and eaten.  ‘Kashrut’ comes from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Holidays, Latest News

Decrease in Alcohol and Tobacco Use Among Teenagers Despite Mental Health Concerns

Decrease in Alcohol and Tobacco Use Among Teenagers Despite Mental Health Concerns

  According to a recent study, fewer teenagers are smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol compared to two years ago. In October, the Washington Department of Health conducted its biannual “Healthy Youth Survey” of students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 from over 1,000 schools across the state. The survey is both anonymous and voluntary and asks a wide range of questions related to overall health, providing invaluable information for communities in the state of Washington. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Conditions and Disorders, Mental Illness, Research, Substance Abuse

10 Percent of Mentally Ill Teens Use Alcohol, Nicotine, and Cannabis Weekly

10 Percent of Mentally Ill Teens Use Alcohol, Nicotine, and Cannabis Weekly

  Approximately 1 in every 10 teenagers with mental health problems drinks alcohol, smokes tobacco, and uses cannabis, Australian researchers reported in the journal BMJ Open.  The authors believe these behaviors contribute to poor mental and physical health. According to evidence from several studies, teenagers who abuse substances early in life are more likely to have mental illness, and vice-versa. The authors gathered and examined data on over 2,000 people aged from 12 to 30 years.  They were … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Mental Illness, Substance Abuse

Smoking Leads to Poor Job Performance

  Cigarette smokers tend to believe their smoking improves their job performance.  This is due to the temporary, stimulating effects of the nicotine.  In reality, studies show that smoking leads to poor job performance. Hazardous Health Effects of Smoking We all know that smoking cigarettes is very detrimental to one’s health.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths (though this number is heavily disputed), or nearly one of every five deaths, each year in the United States.  More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.  Those who smoke are more likely to suffer cardiovascular disease, serious respiratory damage, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Research

Smoking Cigarettes Makes Hangovers Worse

  Have you ever drank too much and smoked a bunch of cigarettes and then, in the morning, felt like your brain and insides were melting?  According to researchers at Brown University, smoking cigarettes while consuming large amounts of alcohol causes worse hangovers than just consuming alcohol alone. Led by Dr. Damaris Rohsenow and Kristina Jackson, the study focused on examining the data from a survey that questioned 113 students from Midwestern University about their smoking habits while drinking. The students were told to keep records of how many drinks and how many cigarettes they had each night, including their hangover symptoms in the morning, such as nausea, headache, trouble concentrating, and level of tiredness.  The blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of every student, both male and female, were also analyzed, including their weights … Read entire article »

Filed under: Research

Text Messages Are Proving Effective to Aid Quitting

  In recent news, a review of studies published by Cochrane Collaboration shows that text messages are proving helpful to cigarette smokers trying to kick the habit.  The results of this new analysis indicate that, with help from text messages, prospective quitters are doubling their likelihood of success.  Supportive messages sent via text serve as reminders to their recipients of why it’s worth quitting. A total of five studies involving 9,000 people were compiled.  Participants began with an online support system to establish their goals and setting target dates.  Once they started quitting, they received as many as several text messages a day.  Some of the messages were automated, meaning they came from a computer, and contained either motivational messages or quitting advice.  In one of the studies, smokers received links to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Research

Why Quitting Smoking is Hard to Do

Millions of cigarette smokers try to quit every year, but most of them make the attempt unsuccessfully. There are various options available for cigarette smokers who are trying to quit.  But we still haven’t figured out why the majority of smokers who are making the effort forgo these options, such as nicotine gum, nicotine patches, and prescription pills.  It seems that they just try to quit smoking one day, without seeing a doctor. It is possible they are simply unaware that such quitting aids exist. Whatever the case may be, most of them make the attempt relatively unsuccessfully.  Sadly, statistics show that as many as 95 percent of those who make the attempt to quit smoking actually relapse within their first year.  Why is it so hard? Recent research has revealed that when … Read entire article »

Filed under: Research

Trauma in Childhood Can Lead to Drug Addiction

Trauma in Childhood Can Lead to Drug Addiction

  The trauma I faced in my childhood most certainly negatively affected my well-being and influenced my personal draw to drug abuse.  As a young kid, I was better off than most.  I had a financially successful father, a doting mother, and a motivated and loving sister.  We did the once-yearly vacation, could afford certain luxuries most families could not, and even shared the occasional family dinner together. Yet, as I grew older and out of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Love and Relationships

The Smoking Craze among Children in Indonesia

  For the past couple of years, depicted on the ever-growing and popular website YouTube, hundreds of videos have been uploaded of young Asian children smoking cigarettes, puffing them down with a blaze of speed, smiling into the camera, enjoying the hell out of them.  How could this be?  How could parents just sit around and let these (what appear to be) 7 year-old youngsters smoke the proverbial “cancer stick.”  Well it is real, and Indonesia’s children are falling into a habit that is known to be the hardest addiction to kick – harder to kick than any drug, including heroin and alcohol. Sadly, more than 70 percent of Indonesian men over the age of twenty smoke cigarettes today, and where the average age of a male smoker was nineteen years-old more … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life

F.U.C.K. D.A.R.E.

  The D.A.R.E. program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education program), that so many of us endured as a kid is in many ways a time honored rite of passage for alcoholics and addicts like me.  It is a program designed to keep kids off of drugs, but for many like myself it was an introduction to drugs and got me curious and wanting to try them for myself. I recall very clearly the painful hours in 2000 spent in the music room of my small Episcopalian middle school listening to a rather flippant police officer “educate” us by giving speeches she no doubt had practiced in the mirror.  When I asked questions that I found logical, wanting to understand the drugs on a deeper or at least more holistic level, she became rather … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Uncategorized

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