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Second-Hand Smoke Increases Risk Of Depression In Children

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Second-Hand Smoke Increases Risk Of Depression In Children

If you haven’t heard enough reasons to quit smoking, here’s another one.

Children and teens who are exposed to second-hand smoke are at a greater risk of suffering from mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, and ADHD, according to a new study.

Researchers found that 60% of kids between 3 and 11 are exposed to second-hand smoke.

That is unacceptable!

While the study was slightly imperfect, and some of the results have been called into question, there is a general consensus that second-hand smoke negatively affects the mental health of children.

Seriously… if you smoke, it’s time to stop.

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Whoopi Stands Up For Smokers In Lieu Of NYC Ban Expansion

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Pretty big topic right now!

Whoopi makes some good points, but the fact of the matter is this: second hand smoke is dangerous to people without a choice to be exposed to it. A ban expansion would be put into effect to help people, not hurt them!

And that’s the main reason why NYC has just extended its smoking ban’s reach: to parks, beaches, and even Times Square!

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says:

"This summer, New Yorkers who go to our parks and beaches for some fresh air and fun will be able to breathe even cleaner air and sit on a beach not littered with cigarette butts."

On the specifics of the ban, the source says:

“The smoking ban will cover 1,700 parks and 14 miles of public beaches plus boardwalks, marinas and pedestrian plazas like the one in the heart of Times Square. The ban goes into effect 90 days after Bloomberg signs the bill; the mayor has 20 days to do it.”

We appreciate how passionate Whoopi was about it, but we have to kindly disagree on the overall issue! Sorry, bb!

What do U think about smoking bans??

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Second-Hand Smoke May Trigger Nicotine Dependence In Kids

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Second-Hand Smoke May Trigger Nicotine Dependence In Kids

Never. Smoke. Around. Kids.

A recent study found that second-hand smoke can trigger symptoms of nicotine dependence in kids.

Says Dr. Jennifer O'Loughlin, senior author of the study:

"Increased exposure to second-hand smoke, both in cars and homes, was associated with an increased likelihood of children reporting nicotine dependence symptoms, even though these children had never smoked. These findings support the need for public health interventions that promote non-smoking in the presence of children, and uphold policies to restrict smoking in vehicles when children are present."

The government needs to enforce rules that restrict smoking around kids, but at the end of the day it’s up to parents to be responsible and NOT expose their children to second-hand smoke!!

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