“Smoking and mental health, what’s the connection?”

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This July 15, 2014 article on TheGuardian website in the United Kingdom talks about the high number of people with mental illnesses who smoke and looks at not only research, but offers some insight into some things that could be considered to be “cultural views” on smoking within the mental health community that have been historically seen in both the professionals and the people who are diagnosed with a mental illness.  The article also seems to say that it is harder for someone with a mental illness to quit smoking than it is for someone without a mental illness to carry out the same thing.  While researchers don’t know why this is, there is definitely a growing trend towards trying to understand this strong connection between mental illness and tobacco addiction.


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“E-cigarettes carry allure and dangers”

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This February 3, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about concern by the FDA over the use of e-cigarettes.  The concerns mentioned in the article include not only the idea that for teens, e-cigarettes could be a gateway type device to smoking, but also they have concern about the unknown long-term effects of inhaling propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin both are considered safe as food additives, but it is unknown about the effect of inhaling these chemicals into the lungs.





Blu Cigs Electronic Cigarette

Blu Cigs Electronic Cigarette (Photo credit: lindsay-fox)

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“The Great American Smokeout”


Today is the 37th annual Great American Smokeout.