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Poison Prevention Week and Tobacco

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Poison Prevention Week and Tobacco


             For those unaware, National Poison Prevention Week is March 16th-22nd, and it aims at a goal that includes suppressing the use and existence of various substances and chemicals that are harmful to humans.  This event is an excellent opportunity, specifically within the local community, to raise awareness among these substances and the individuals who may be unintentionally poisoning others through there use.  This years Poison Prevention Week has a special emphasis on children and preventing tragic deaths , whether it be through the ingestion or contact of pesticides, household chemicals, medications, and more.  Needless to say, we should all be extremely cognizant of the poisons and chemicals we each expose to the outside world, as their effects may be much more hazardous and dangerous than we superficially believe.

    In recognition of Poison Prevention Week, I’d like to focus on a poison that is intentionally placed in the atmosphere and exposed to millions of children and adults on a daily basis.  The dictionary describes the word “poison” as “ a substance that, when introduced into or absorbed by a living organism, causes death or injury.”  Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t second-hand tobacco smoke fit that description perfectly?  That’s right, second-hand smoke is a poison, and while it may not lead to immediate death or injury, it can be the main culprit for causing lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease, and other serious conditions.  So, for smokers — PLEASE be considerate to the people around you, whether they be children, adults, or individuals with respiratory conditions, and avoid expulsing second-hand smoke into the air we all breath.  And for non-smokers, remember, you have a right to clean air, and a right to be abstained from this poison.  If you have a workplace, a home, or a community that is interested in creating a smoke-free policy to dissipate this poison from your environment, please contact Tobacco-Free Leon.



Alex Molinari

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