Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke

- http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/tobaccocancer/secondhand-smoke -

Secondhand smoke can be harmful in many ways. For instance, it affects the heart and blood vessels, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke in non-smokers. Some studies have linked SHS to mental and emotional changes. Exposure to SHS is also linked to symptoms of depression.

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Smoking: A Danger to Healthy Gums

- http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/threats-to-dental-health/article/smoking-a-danger-to-healthy-gums -

You have probably seen the warning on cigarette packages: “Quitting smoking now greatly reduces serious risk to your health.” What smoking-related diseases come to mind? Did you know that one-half of Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by smoking? Chronic gum disease can lead to the loss of your teeth. It also makes treatment more difficult…

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Tobacco-Free Together - University of Florida and Shands

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All University of Florida Health Science Center and UF Health Shands facilities are tobacco-free.  The UF Health Science Center and Shands have a longstanding commitment to serving their patients and improving health in our communities. They are committed to providing their staff and students with a healthy work and learning environment. For the health and well-being…

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How Smoking Causes Early Aging and Premature Wrinkles

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Skin aging is the result of two different processes: intrinsic or chronological aging, which is beyond your control, and photoaging from sun exposure, which can be prevented. The rate at which skin ages depends on many factors, including genetics, diet, and lifestyle factors like smoking. Researchers have documented the aging effects of smoking on the skin…

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Stamp Out Smoking

- https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/apr2014/feature1 -

Most of us know that smoking is unhealthy. So why do so many people still do it? The answers are complex. Researchers have found effective ways to help people quit smoking—or prevent them from starting in the first place. The tricky part is putting these tools to use. We can all take steps to help…

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Central Florida Health Alliance Receives a Gold Level Worksite Wellness Award

The Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance (FTCA) will present a Gold Level Award to the Central Florida Health Alliance for their commitment and dedication to their employees’ health and wellness. “Central Florida Health Alliance provides their employees with a sound tobacco cessation program that includes free counseling and complete coverage of all seven of the FDA-approved…

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Have You Created Your Personal Quit Smoking Plan?

- http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/quit-smoking/guide/quit-plan.html -

One of the keys to a successful quit smoking plan is preparation. Another important factor is creating and customizing a plan to fit your specific needs. What steps can you take to improve your chances of quitting smoking for good?

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Costco Has Stopped Selling Tobacco At Many Stores

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March 16th, 2016 Many U.S. Costco stores have stopped selling tobacco, Time reports. The move is primarily a business decision, the company says.

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Time to 'Kick Butts'-Save Lives

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On March 16, the Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance will be participating in the 20th annual Kick Butts Day, which gives everyone an ideal opportunity to tell the world how and why you fight tobacco. Kick Butts Day is an annual event sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids that encourages kids and their peers to stay…

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