Asthma and Smoking

It is no surprise that smoking cigarettes has a long list of detrimental side effects, most of which heavily affect breathing. This list includes chronic bronchitis, lung and throat cancers, respiratory tract infections, and, of course, asthma.  Asthma is a disease in which the muscles surrounding the bronchial tubes spasm, therefore causing swelling and difficulty…

Every Kid Healthy

Every Kid Healthy week is celebrated through the entire United States during the last week in April; this year, it is observed April 21-25. Children in the United States should be physically active, healthy, and well nourished. One in three kids in the United States is either overweight or obese. This could be the first…

Tobacco: Myth Vs. Truth

Nicotine is the extremely addictive substance that is placed into tobacco products to get a user completely hooked.  With addiction comes denial; there are an overabundance of myths associated with tobacco usage and its side effects.  Many tobacco users deny to themselves and others exactly how harmful and detrimental using tobacco can be to their…

Tobacco, the Global Silent Killer

The World Health Organization hosts it annual World Health Day on Monday, April 7th, 2014. Tobacco and its negative effects has been a topic of concern internationally for decades. Tobacco continues to be a major issue and hindering factor in the health status of nations across the world. Efforts have increased to restrict the massive…

Springtime Tallahassee 2014!

Springtime Tallahassee By Ashley Leon Springtime Tallahassee is an event that is held once a year in the downtown area of Tallahassee. Each year, thousands of spectators and vendors alike attend the event, which benefits the tourism of our great city. Springtime Tallahassee traditionally starts with a 5K run/walk, followed by the Grand Parade. After…

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…

16 Years of Progress, but we still have a #NotSoSweet Issue

March, 2014 marks 16 years since Governor Lawton Chiles hosted the first Teen Tobacco Summit and 600 Florida youth named and designed the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) program and their “Truth” marketing campaign. As I researched the history of SWAT, I discovered the organization’s original mission statement, “The mission of SWAT is to utilize…

National Nutrition Month and Tobacco Cessation

It is a common misconception that if you quit smoking cigarettes, you will gain weight.  This fallacy most likely stems from the fact that your heart rate increases while smoking, therefore it increases your metabolism.  While increased heart rate IS proven to increase metabolism, increased heart rate from smoking is not a good thing at…

E-cigarettes-Friend or foe?

Lately a lot of noise has been generated in the media over the ballooning popularity of electronic cigarettes, otherwise known as e-cigs, as some of the major players in Big Tobacco are beginning to eye what they see as an extremely lucrative market. E-cigarettes are nothing new having been on the market for several years…

Project LEAD

  The launch of Leon County’s Project LEAD was the start of a never-ending project for Leon County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT). SWAT is Florida’s statewide youth organization to mobilize, educate, and equip Florida’s youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco. Project LEAD was designed to provide SWAT members with the skills needed…