Displaying items by tag: Lung - Facing Cancer Together Facing Cancer Together invites anyone to join the conversation as we connect stories and lives of people touched by cancer. http://facingcancertogether.witf.org Mon, 29 May 2017 20:36:23 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Advertising cigarettes to women and children http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/healthy-lifestyle/advertising-cigarettes-to-women-and-children-10412 http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/healthy-lifestyle/advertising-cigarettes-to-women-and-children-10412 Advertising cigarettes to women and children

Dr. Shou Ling Leong, an educator at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, explains that smoking cigarettes in the past was something that only men did, not women and children. But clever advertising campaigns targeted to women and children changed that.

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Advertising played a key role in getting Americans hooked on tobacco, and glamorized the habit in magazines, on billboards and even at sporting events.

But, it was advertising campaigns like Virginia Slim’s “You’ve come a long way baby” campaign that encouraged smoking among women, playing off of a theme of equality with men.

These campaigns were so successful, in fact, that by 1965 the number of women who died of lung cancer surpassed the number who died of breast cancer in the U.S. And, smoking-related deaths are still the leading cause of death today.  Scroll down to watch the video.

Cigarette companies also targeted children with ads that featured cartoon characters like Joe Camel. “If you look at the data when they rolled out Joe Camel, the number of teen smokers went up. They know that if they can get them hooked at an early age before they know the dangers of smoking, they’ll have them for life because it is very hard to quit,” says Dr. Leong.

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That’s why prevention is so important with children, teens and young adults. Programs that reach out to kids about the dangers of smoking in schools and communities can help prevent some kids from starting the habit.

“About 440,000 people die each year in the U.S. due to smoking-related illness. So, this is a very major health problem for us,” explains Dr. Leong. “But, if we look at the evidence, there is good news. 50% want to quit and we in the medical community want to help them.”

Dr. Leong says that there are several resources right here in our community that people can utilize to help them quit smoking. From smoking cessation programs, to counseling or group support, there are many places to turn for information and encouragement.

She also highlights a great resource that is free 24 hours a day and 7 days a week- The PA Quitline: 1-800-QUIT NOW

cigarettesDr. Leong says, “There are a lot of resources out there and I think we as a community working together, we should be able to help people quit smoking.”

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A brief history of smoking
Tackling the physical, mental and social aspects of tobacco addiction
Options for quitting
Butt out for good
How doctors communicate with their patient about smoking

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Healthy Lifestyle Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:06:00 +0000
A brief history of smoking http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/healthy-lifestyle/a-brief-history-of-smoking-10412 http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/healthy-lifestyle/a-brief-history-of-smoking-10412 A brief history of smoking

In the video below, Dr. Dennis Gingrich, an educator at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, provides a brief history of smoking and the changes that have been made as a society to discourage smoking in public spaces.

columbus taking possessionDr. Gingrich explains that tobacco is a plant that was raised in the New World.  It wasn’t until Columbus discovered that the Native Americans were using tobacco for religious and medicinal purposes that people in  Europe began using it.

In the 18th century, tobacco became very popular on both sides of Atlantic, and in the 20th century came the cigarette. Dr. Gingrich explains that the advent of the cigarette as a method of smoking tobacco was a game-changer.

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“What made the cigarette so popular is that there’s a physiological change that takes place when nicotine reaches the blood stream. It is absorbed very quickly and the effect is almost immediate.  But that effect also wares off very rapidly and requires another 'charge' or cigarette.  This is what develops a pattern of smoking throught the day,” he says.

In the 40’s and 50’s, people really didn’t know the dangers of smoking. Cigarettes were included in the ration packs of soldiers in WWII. Dr. Gingrich highlights that physicians at the time were even advertising the benefits of smoking in TV commercials and magazine ads.

no-smoking-policyBut, as a society, a lot of positive steps have been made to improve public health since the 50’s. “There was a Surgeon General’s report on the hazards of smoking in ’64.” Dr. Gingrich says, adding, “Then there were some changes in society including cigarette ads being pulled from television and cigarettes being banned in air travel. So we try to discourage smoking in public places wherever possible.”

Worldwide, there are about 6 million deaths due to smoking-related illness each year. “It is a staggering global health problem.” Dr. Gingrich says. “We really need to get the word out so that we can have a healthier community and world."

Related stories:
Tackling the physical, mental and social aspects of tobacco addiction
Butt out for good
How doctors communicate with their patient about smoking
Options for quitting

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Healthy Lifestyle Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:06:00 +0000
Harrisburg “Fight for Air” Walk- 10.14.12 http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/cancer-and-treatments/harrisburg-fight-for-air-walk-10-14-12-91412 http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/cancer-and-treatments/harrisburg-fight-for-air-walk-10-14-12-91412 Harrisburg “Fight for Air” Walk- 10.14.12

HARRISBURG, Pa. — You are invited to participate in this year’s “Fight for Air” Walk to help to raise awareness of lung disease and the need for better treatments and a cure. The walk will take place Sunday, October 14 at the Carousel Pavilion, Harrisburg City Island. Registration and fun begins at noon with the walk beginning at 1 p.m.

lung-walkThe “Fight for Air” Walk is a signature 5K walk of the American Lung Association, with more than 200 walks being held nationwide. All proceeds support Lung Association programs, such as the organization’s Asthma Awareness Days, research and advocacy efforts. With your help we can surpass this year’s Fight for Air Walk fundraising goal of $55,000.

Free parking for the walk is available on Harrisburg City Island. Walkers should meet at the Carousel Pavilion for registration, an art contest for children under 12, a bird release and much more. The walk begins at the Walking Bridge.

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To register, contact Susan L. Eaton at (717) 541-5864, ext. 22 or at seaton@lunginfo.org or visit www.lunginfo.org/hbgwalk.

About the American Lung Association

Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity and holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.lungusa.org.

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Cancer and Treatments Thu, 04 Oct 2012 18:40:00 +0000
The Clean Air Law in PA http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/research-and-clinical-trials/the-clean-air-law-in-pa-92012 http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/research-and-clinical-trials/the-clean-air-law-in-pa-92012 The Clean Air Law in PA

“We’ve done air quality studies, we’ve done economic impact studies, and we have seen that there has been no change in the revenue that is collected from those places that are smoke-free,” says Judy Ochs, the director for the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control.

pacapitolThe Clean Indoor Air Act, Act 27 of 2008, was signed into law on June 13, 2008.  The legislation prohibits smoking in a public place or a workplace and lists examples of what is considered a public place.  The bill allows for some exceptions, including a private residence (except those licensed as a child care facility), a private social function where the site involved is under the control of the sponsor (except where the site is owned , leased, or operated by a state or local government agency) and a wholesale or retail tobacco shop.  It also imposes penalties for those establishments in noncompliance, as well as those individuals smoking in prohibited areas. -From the PA Department of Health

ashtray“There are five exceptions in the law that are for drinking establishments, cigar bars, and tobacco shops,” she says adding that many businesses have actually seen many benefits to going tobacco-free. “By going smoke-free, especially in restaurants where they don’t have a liquor license, those businesses are very proud to report what has happened to them. They have new customers that are enjoying their food because they didn’t come in when they allowed smoking.” In addition to these benefits, Ochs says “The absenteeism of their wait staff is improved. Their insurance premiums are reduced because a fire hazard has been removed, even their cleaning expenses, so that’s a big win-win.”

Ochs believes that smoke-free environments will have a positive impact on kids who may be working at these establishments because it is a great step in preventing youth initiation. She says, “I think that the more you change the environment, the better you are in being able to keep a child or keep a young adult from even starting a lifetime addiction to the nicotine that’s in tobacco.”

Ochs says one day, all public places in Pennsylvania may ban smoking indoors.  Watch the video:

The state’s indoor smoking ban prohibits smoking in most public places, and Pennsylvanians are sounding off on the law.

Cory Warchola is a bartender at Molly Brannigans on Second Street in Harrisburg.  About the impact of the law on business there, she says, “Well, since the smoking ban our food sales have increased because we think that our customers want to eat in a smoke-free environment. We have seen a decrease in liquor sales, especially later on at night, because that’s when people like to be able to come into a bar and smoke and drink at the same time.”

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Research and Clinical Trials Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:37:00 +0000
Tackling the physical, mental and social aspects of tobacco addiction http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/expert-journal/tackling-the-physical-mental-and-social-aspects-of-tobacco-addiction-91712 http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/expert-journal/tackling-the-physical-mental-and-social-aspects-of-tobacco-addiction-91712 Tackling the physical, mental and social aspects of tobacco addiction

Tobacco use is evaluated as a fifth vital sign in many doctors’ offices today. It has been added to the preliminary physical assessment because it is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States. It is highly encouraged to involve the healthcare provider in preparation, duration, and follow-up along the Tobacco Quit journey. It’s called a journey because it is a process that needs to be embraced by the individual that is fighting to achieve and maintain tobacco free living. Tobacco addiction is real and it has three parts to it, and to conquer it, it must be attacked from all sides. It is mental, physical, and social. (Freedom From Smoking, 2010 American Lung Association)

cigarette-and-coffeeThe mental aspects of this addiction are directly linked to behaviors. Ones thoughts and actions are correlated to time of day, for example first thing in the morning. Some tobacco users don’t feel that they can get their day started with out their cigarette, sometimes associated with their morning coffee. Some other behaviors linked to tobacco use are driving, while on the phone, at the computer, after meals, and self medicating to aid in dealing with stress, just to name a few. Though there are many thoughts and behaviors that are associated with tobacco use, this area of tobacco addiction can be conquered with preparation, much needed support, focus and determination.

nicotine-gum-optionsThe physical aspect of this addiction is directly related to nicotine, which is one of many chemicals that is found in tobacco. Tobacco Cessation Aids are recommended to ease the transition from tobacco abuse to tobacco free living. This aspect of preparation should be discussed with a healthcare provider so they can give proper guidance with selecting a tobacco cessation aid that is most appropriate. There are seven tobacco cessation aids that are FDA approved, unlike the e-cigarette. E-cigarettes can be purchased almost anywhere however they are not regulated, nor are they listed as a tobacco cessation aid as per the “Best Practices for Tobacco Treatment and Dependence”.

friends-bar-trigerMaking a social connection is the last of the three areas of tobacco addiction. Preparation is crucial in this area. People, places and things can trip you up every time. One has to be mindful of the social triggers that can potentially lead to slips or full relapse. When going out to be social, you must have your support people on post, whether over the phone or in person, to potentially guide you through a ruff moment or strong urge. Note that urges will come and go if you choose not to hold on to the thought. The key word is choose. Choose to stay tobacco free.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notes 5 key steps to quitting as:
1. Getting Ready by setting a quit date
2. Getting Support and Encouragement
3. Learning new skills and behaviors
4. Getting Medications and using them correctly
5. Be prepared for relapse or difficult situations

tobacco-free-hiringThere are many different options for cessation counseling available these days, from smart phone apps to face to face counseling in groups or one to one sessions. Quitting tobacco is an action word that takes action to implement. Even as support person, there is a right way and a wrong way to provide support. Anyone can reflect back to the basic three areas of this addiction, and use this information as a solid foundation to building and constructing a solid structure for Tobacco Free Living.

Written by

Shannon L. Mason, RN, TTS 
Certified Freedom From Smoking Facilitator 
Program Coordinator for Tobacco Treatment and Prevention Services 

PinnacleHealth System

About the author
I have been working at Pinnacle Health since 1998. Graduated with a degree in Registered Nursing in 1999. At the beginning of my RN career on a Medical-Surgical unit, I saw first hand how the devastating effect of ones behaviors and life’s choice could have on the human body. This sparked my interest in Health Education. Currently I am providing tobacco cessation and prevention education to patients at Pinnacle Health and the surrounding communities. I facilitate support groups, classes, and I also one on one’s for individuals that desire more individualized services. My personal goal is to assist every willing individual to become healthier, by living healthier lives.

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Expert Journal Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:36:00 +0000
Smoke-free zones in Pennsylvania http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/healthy-lifestyle/smoke-free-zones-in-pennsylvania-91212 http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/healthy-lifestyle/smoke-free-zones-in-pennsylvania-91212 Smoke-free zones in Pennsylvania

Dozens of Pennsylvania parks and recreational areas are being declared smoke-free zones.

As part of the “Young Lungs at Play” program, smokers are being asked to refrain from lighting up cigarettes. The tobacco bans are designed to keep children away from second-hand smoke and to set a good example for them as well.

Joining us on the program will be Mary Levasseur, Lancaster General Health's Manager for Community Health & Wellness and Judy Ochs, Director of the Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

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Cutting tobacco's rural roots

no-smoking-wallExpert blog: I want to... I want to quit

 Answers to 7 important smoking questions 

Find out why smoking is a major health risk

Check out what Dr. Oyer from Lancaster General Health has to say about smoking in this video "Are you kidding? You still smoke?"

Why quit?  A list of reasons from PinnacleHealth

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Healthy Lifestyle Fri, 14 Sep 2012 19:56:00 +0000
Resources to help you quit smoking http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/healthy-lifestyle/resources-to-help-you-quit-smoking-91212 http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/healthy-lifestyle/resources-to-help-you-quit-smoking-91212 Resources to help you quit smoking

Did you know that on average, adults who smoke cigarettes die 14 years earlier than nonsmokers?  And, that more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined? (CDC.gov)  These are some good reasons to seriously think about taking steps towards quitting.

snap-cigaretteBelow are some resources to explore that will help you find what method will work best for you so that you can quit and stay smoke-free for a healthier life.  

Have you successfully quit smoking? What worked for you? What advice can you share with someone who is taking that first step? Please leave a comment below!

Why quit smoking?

1. In addition to lung cancer, smoking causes many other types of cancer, including cancers of the throat, mouth, nasal cavity, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix, and acute myeloid leukemia. (*From cancer.gov)

2. People who smoke are up to six times more likely to suffer a heart attack than nonsmokers, and the risk increases with the number of cigarettes smoked. Smoking also causes most cases of chronic lung disease. (*From cancer.gov)

3. Save money!  Calculate just how much can be saved here!

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4. If you knew what was in a cigarette, you’d think twice:

  • Acetone – found in nail polish remover  
  • Acetic Acid –  an ingredient in hair dye  
  • Ammonia – a common household cleaner  
  • Arsenic – used in rat poison  
  • Benzene – found in rubber cement  
  • Butane – used in lighter fluid  
  • Cadmium – active component in battery acid  
  • Carbon Monoxide – released in car exhaust fumes 
  • Formaldehyde – embalming fluid  
  • Hexamine – found in barbecue lighter fluid  
  • Lead – used in batteries  
  • Napthalene – an ingredient in moth balls 
  • Methanol – a main component in rocket fuel 
  • Nicotine – used as insecticide 
  • Tar – material for paving roads 
  • Toluene - used to manufacture paint

smoking-cessation-man5. Answers to 7 important smoking questions from Lancaster General Health 

6. Find out why smoking is a major health risk

7. Check out what Dr. Oyer from Lancaster General Health has to say about smoking in this video "Are you kidding? You still smoke?"

8.  Why quit?  A list of reasons from PinnacleHealth

9.  Cigarette smoking causes about 1 of every 5 deaths in the United States each year.Cigarette smoking is estimated to cause the following (CDC.gov):

443,000 deaths annually (including deaths from secondhand smoke)
49,400 deaths per year from secondhand smoke exposure
269,655 deaths annually among men
173,940 deaths annually among women

 Now that you know the reasons to quit, are you ready to quit? Take this quiz to find out.

Resources to help you quit:

What do you know about quitting smoking quiz

When it comes to quitting smoking, the idea of picking a Quit date can be as difficult as the thought of never having another cigarette. Fortunately, the Quit Companion is a useful tool that can be specifically tailored to meet your needs. If you're not ready to commit to a specific day just yet, the Companion can become your personalized electronic quit journal. It will track your habits and provide a visual picture of your smoking patterns. It's even smart enough to calculate what your smoking is costing you.

ashtrayIf you've made the decision to quit, here's a helpful Quit Day Checklist to keep you on track.

This step-by-step Quit Guide at smokefree.gov was created with the help of ex-smokers and experts.

Quitting smoking can be a challenge: help for cravings and tough situations.

Help is just a phone call away:

Call 1-800-QUIT NOW for free support with a trained counselor in Pennsylvania, who will talk to you about whether you are ready to quit or just thinking about it. You can request a variety of free services, including self-help materials, a referral list of other programs in your community, and one-one phone counseling to help you quit.

Or, you can call 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848) to talk with an NCI smoking cessation counselor for help quitting and answers to smoking-related questions in English or Spanish - call toll free within the United States, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

SmokefreeTXT mobile service provides 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help young adult smokers stop smoking for good.

There are some great online resources to help you track and share your progress as well:

no-smokingFreedom From Smoking® Online, or FFS Online, is a program specifically designed for adults, like you, who want to quit smoking. It’s an adaptation of the American Lung Association’s gold standard, group clinic that has helped thousands of smokers to quit for good.

The EX Plan is a free quit smoking program that helps you re-learn your life without cigarettes. Before you actually stop smoking, we'll show you how to deal with the very things that trip up so many people when they try to quit smoking. So you'll be more prepared to quit and stay quit.

Quit for Life program: We understand that quitting is about more than just not smoking. When you join our program, a Quit Coach® will help you become an expert in living without tobacco using "The 4 Essential Practices to Quit For Life," principles based on 25 years of research and experience helping people quit tobacco.

Smokefree Women

Smokefree Teen

Smokeless Tobacco: A Guide for Quitting

Nicotine Anonymous is a Non-Profit 12 Step Fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs and nicotine withdrawal aids. The primary purpose of Nicotine Anonymous is to help all those who would like to cease using tobacco and nicotine products in any form. The Fellowship offers group support and recovery using the 12 Steps as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to achieve abstinence from nicotine.

Are you helping a friend or family member quit smoking?

Tips for friends and family who are helping someone quit 

Here is a useful book list for helping someone to quit

Helping a smoker quit: Do's and Don'ts

quit-smoking-patchFacing Cancer Together's partners offer several programs to help you quit smoking. Take a look below:

Lancaster General Health offers:

Freedom from Smoking® Group Classes
If you’d like to join a group with others who are also trying to quit, consider this free program that was developed by the American Lung Association and has helped thousands of smokers to quit for good. Through this class you’ll be given the tools and support to develop a personalized quit plan. FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is available to all participants. Classes are held at various locations throughout the community.

Do you need more personalized help? FREE one-on-one consultations with a counselor are available by appointment only. The weekly 30-minute sessions (minimum of 4 sessions) will focus on developing a personalized quit plan. FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is available. Day and evening sessions are available by appointment only. For more information or to schedule, click here or call 1-888-LGH-INFO (544-4636). Appointments are held at the Wellness Center, Lancaster General Health Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster.

cigarette-pack-crunchLifeSkills® is an evidence-based tobacco and addiction prevention curriculum for elementary, middle and high-school students and has been proven to help increase self-esteem, develop healthy attitudes, and improve students’ knowledge of essential life skills – all of which promote healthy and positive personal development. To find out how to bring LifeSkills® Training to your school, call 717-544-3284.
Join the millions who live smoke-free

1-888-LGH-INFO (544-4636) or  register online.

Smokeless tobacco quiz

Fighting the teen smoking epidemic

Answers to 7 important smoking questions

Smoking: Tips to help you quit

PinnacleHealth offers:

PinnacleHealth smoking cessation resources

Early detection and diagnosis of a pulmonary nodule, which may be cancerous, provides the best chance for a cure.  See if you're qualified for a lung cancer screening at PinnacleHealth.

Options in niccotine therapy article.

Smoking: The facts

It is never too late to quit smoking

Smoking and pregnancy quiz

Additional smoking cessation resources to explore

WellSpan Health offers:

Smoking Cessation Support Group: Meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Gettysburg Hospital Community Room. For more information contact Jennifer Hobbs at (717) 338-3259.

Nicotine replacement therapy for quitting tobacco

John's story: Crossing the smoke-free finish line

Interactive tool: How does smoking increase your risk of heart attack?

Smoking: Health risk for family members

Quitting smoking: Dealing with weight gain

Quitting smoking: How family and friends can help

 

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Healthy Lifestyle Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:35:00 +0000
Cutting Tobacco’s Rural Roots http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/expert-journal/cutting-tobacco-s-rural-roots-81612 http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/expert-journal/cutting-tobacco-s-rural-roots-81612 Cutting Tobacco’s Rural Roots

The American Lung Association’s latest health disparity report, “Cutting Tobacco’s Rural Roots: Tobacco Use in Rural Communities,” examines the prevalence of tobacco addiction and exposure to secondhand smoke in rural America, particularly among rural youth.

rural-youth-smokingTobacco use is higher in rural communities than in suburban and urban communities, and smokeless tobacco use is shockingly twice as common. Rural youth are more likely to use tobacco and to start earlier than urban youth, perpetuating the cycle of tobacco addiction and death and disease.

“Tobacco use is often accepted as a social norm in rural areas, making it more likely that rural youth will view it as acceptable and more likely that they will become tobacco users themselves,” said Ross P. Lanzafame, Chair of the Board of the American Lung Association. “Community leaders and residents need to take a stand against the culture of tobacco use as part of life and empower their future generations to have healthy, tobacco-free lives.”

There are a number of environmental and social factors that contribute to this generational cycle of tobacco use among youth and adults in rural America.

still-smoke-cigsIncreased tobacco use is associated with lower education levels and lower income, which are both common in rural areas where there may be fewer opportunities for educational and economic advancement. Exposure to secondhand smoke is also higher as rural communities are less likely to have smokefree air laws in place and less likely to have voluntary restrictions on smoking indoors.

For decades, the tobacco industry has used rural imagery, such as the Marlboro Man, to promote its products and appeal to rural audiences. Over the past several years, the tobacco industry’s marketing of smokeless tobacco products has skyrocketed. Sadly as the tobacco industry spends millions of dollars targeting rural youth, these youth are less likely to be exposed to tobacco counter-marketing campaigns. Rural tobacco users are also less likely to have access to tobacco cessation programs and services to get the help they need to quit.

pack-of-cigarettesMany rural states have low tobacco taxes. Raising tobacco prices is a proven strategy to reduce tobacco use. Promotion of the availability of state counseling services by phone and online resources also lags.

The American Lung Association is calling on government agencies, the research and funding community, health systems and insurers, community leaders, schools and families to take steps now to cut tobacco’s rural roots. “The rural community clearly requires special attention if we hope to end the epidemic of tobacco use in this country. We must all work together as neighbors to overcome this health disparity,” said Kimberly Horn, Ed. D., Associate Dean of Research, The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

The American Lung Association offers smoking cessation resources to help people quit smoking for good:

Freedom From Smoking® is a program that teaches the skills and techniques that have been proven to help hundreds of thousands of adults quit smoking. Freedom From Smoking is available as a group clinic, an online program and a self-help book.

barn-rural-smokingNot-On-Tobacco® (N-O-T) is a group program designed to help 14 to 19 year old smokers end their addiction to nicotine. The curriculum consists of ten 50-minute sessions that typically occur once a week for 10 weeks.

The Lung HelpLine, 1-800-LUNG-USA, offers one-on-one support from registered nurses and respiratory therapists. Individuals have the opportunity to seek guidance on lung health and find out how to participate in and join the Lung Association smoking cessation programs.

In addition to expanding the Lung Association’s capability to provide its programs and services to the rural community, there are also several other action steps to reduce rural tobacco use. These steps are detailed in the full report, and include that state and federal tobacco control programs must make a concerted effort and dedicate funding to reach rural communities; the research community should focus attention and resources on identifying effective cessation treatments for smokeless tobacco use; and school, health and employment systems in rural areas must all implement effective tobacco control strategies including smokefree air policies and access to cessation services.

no-smoking-signThis report is part of the Lung Association’s Disparities in Lung Health Series. For more information, please contact Mary Havell, mary.havell@lung.org. To download a copy of the report, visit: www.lung.org/rural-tobacco-use.

About the American Lung Association
Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy.

For more information about the American Lung Association, a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity and holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.lung.org.

“American Lung Association Report Aims to Reduce Tobacco Use in Rural Communities” press release reprinted with permission. © 2012 American Lung Association. www.Lung.org .”

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Expert Journal Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:32:00 +0000
I want to - - want to quit http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/expert-journal/i-want-to-want-to-quit-82812 http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/expert-journal/i-want-to-want-to-quit-82812 I want to - - want to quit

"I want to - - want to quit."  Many tobacco users everyday echo this statement. In fact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that as many as 69% of people who smoke want to quit.

no-smokingTobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and chemical compounds such as carbon monoxide, tar, formaldehyde, cyanide, and ammonia that reach your lungs every time you inhale. And it is not just cigarrete smokers who are exposed to these carcinogens. Smokeless tobacco contains 28 carcinogens, or cancer-causing agents. Smokeless tobacco is especially associated with higher risk of oral cancer, particularly located in the gums or cheek.

Regardless of what kind of tobacco you use, they all contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. Nicotine increases levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which affects the brain pathways that control reward and pleasure. This pleasurable feeling that tobacco users experience after using reinforces the addiction.

However, tobacco users can successfully quit tobacco. There are individual, group, or telephone counseling available that use behavioral based therapies such as problem solving and help people understand their addiction. Pharmacotherapy is also very important. Over-the-counter (e.g., nicotine patch, gum, lozenge) Prescription (e.g., nicotine inhaler, nasal spray) Prescription non-nicotine medications, such as bupropion SR (Zyban®) 2 and varenicline tartrate (Chantix®) Research has shown that combination of medication and counseling is more effective for smoking cessation than either medication or counseling alone. We treat tobacco use as a chronic disease and there are not quick fixes.

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Prevention is really the key. Talking to your child about tobacco use and modeling good behavior is very important. Everyday more than 600,000 middleschoolers smoke cigarettes so be clear that you do not approve of tobacco use. Hookah is also a growing trend among college age students and youth need to realize that hookahs are not a safe alternative to smoking. You get exposed to second hand smoke and high levels of nicotine when using a hookah. It maybe the “sexy” past time right now, but it can also prime you for a nicotine addiction.

There is a statewide initiative promoting tobacco free parks and playgrounds called Young Lungs At Play (YLAP). The YLAP initiative promotes protecting children from tobacco smoke pollution, clean park environments and especially modeling good behavior for children. No one wants to see their child addicted to nicotine and very few people addicted to nicotine want to be either.

quit-smoking-cancer-preventionMark Twain is quoted as saying” Quitting tobacco is easy, I have done it a thousand times.” We believe in the practice leads to higher success model. So if you did not quit the first time, cut yourself a break and realize that you probably learned something about yourself and your addiction that will help you be successful.

Mary McNelis Levasseur, Manager of Communtiy Health and Wellness for Lancaster General Health. Mary has been in the health care field for over twenty years and was trained at Univercity of Medicine and Denistry New Jersey (UMDNJ) tobacco dependence treatment program.

Smoking Cessation Programs at Lancaster General Health
LG Health 544-4636
http://pa.quitnet.com/
Pennsylvania’s Free Quitline 1-877-724-1090

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The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania will hold the Fight for Air WALK Kickoff Open House http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/healthy-lifestyle/the-american-lung-association-in-pennsylvania-will-hold-the-fight-for-air-walk-kickoff-open-house-8712 http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/healthy-lifestyle/the-american-lung-association-in-pennsylvania-will-hold-the-fight-for-air-walk-kickoff-open-house-8712

YORK, PA—The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania will hold the Fight for Air WALK Kickoff Open House on Thursday, August 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Waterfall Cafe at WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital, 45 Monument Road, York.

xray-cancer-scan-imagingThe event is a fun and informative opportunity designed for potential team captains and any other interested participants from companies, organizations, schools and families to learn more about the upcoming October 20 York Fight for Air WALK, an event designed to raise funds and heighten awareness of the seriousness of lung disease.

There will be various stations with lung health exhibits and displays along with information on how to organize a successful team. The “Faces of Lung Disease” presentation will be shown throughout the Open House. Participants will be able to register for the walk at this meeting.

More than 50,000 York County residents suffer from at least one chronic lung disease, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Proceeds from the walk will continue to support the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania and its efforts to promote lung health and prevent lung disease through education, support, research and advocacy.

For more information on the Kickoff Open House and to RSVP, contact Derek Shaw at 800-932-0903 ext. 35 or via e-mail at bdshaw@lunginfo.org or by visiting www.lunginfo.org/yorkwalk.

About the American Lung Association

Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity and holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.lungusa.org.

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