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Happy Valentines Day

Can your lungs be your Valentine? …maybe?!  How about the lungs of our Valentine? Whichever way we think about it, we should take care of our lungs, because they take care of us. Some people need to hear their loved ones say that they want them to quit. Help someone you love quit for good.

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Dental Hygiene Month (October)

October is Dental Hygiene Month. We haven’t talked about tobacco’s impact on dental health yet. So this post is dedicated to that! Note: the first video below shows the impacts of skin grafts and surgery to treat oral cancer. If you don’t want to see those, consider skipping it. Source: CDC’s Tips from a Former…

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September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. This year’s theme is Preparing for Older Adults. Older adults may have specific needs, such as chronic health conditions, that influence how they should prepare for disasters. We’ll share some tips for them. Some can translate to all people. We’ll also highlight some disasters that can impact lung health. Please…

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Clean Air Month

May marks National Clean Air Month. Clean air is needed for healthy lungs. However, there are harmful pollutants in the air that can negatively impact the lungs and other parts of our bodies. Smokefree housing is one way to can improve air quality. It isn’t the only way to do so. This post will provide…

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Pets and Secondhand Smoke

You may be aware of tobacco’s impacts on people. But did you know it can also impact our pets? No, they aren’t smoking it. (At least as far as we’re aware.) Secondhand smoke, thirdhand smoke (residue left on floors, walls, clothes, etc.), and anything left out to be accidently eaten are what can cause issues…

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Oral Cancer Awareness Month

The last April awareness month we’ll be highlighting is Oral Cancer Month. Tobacco (smoked and smokeless) use is one factor that increases the chance that someone develops oral cancer. We haven’t talked much about smokeless tobacco. So, this post will highlight its impacts. Smokeless Tobacco Basics Smokeless tobacco is a noncombustible and is usually placed…

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Stress Awareness Month

April marks Stress Awareness Month. It’s been recognized every April since 1992.1 Stress is a common feeling that most if not all people experience at some point. This post will highlight the relationship it has with tobacco. Source: Not Buying It Alaska (Facebook) What Is Stress?1 There isn’t a single definition for stress. The most…

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Heart Health Month: Impacts of Smoking on Heart Health

February is Heart Health Month, but did you know that smoking and secondhand smoke are contributors to heart health issues? Why does this happen? When you breathe, your lungs take in oxygen and deliver it to your heart, which then pumps oxygen-rich blood to the rest of your body. However, when you breath smoke, chemicals…

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