January 30, 2014
Addiction / Physical Health
Electronic cigarettes are a popular commodity today, but are they helping in the battle against smoking? This question has recently been the subject of a heated...
Electronic cigarettes are a popular commodity today, but are they helping in the battle against smoking? This question has recently been the subject of a heated debate.
New York City Council voted 43-8 to add the smokeless smokes to the city's ban on smoking in public places. This means being banned in restaurants, bars, city parks and any other places where smoking is already outlawed. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign the measure as one of his last actions while still in office. New Jersey, Arkansas, Utah and North Dakota have included e-cigarettes in their bans. Chicago and Los Angeles may be next to consider similar proposals.
Supporters of the ban state that vaping or electronic cigarettes normalize smoking. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the percentage of students grade 6-12 who have ever used e-cigarettes increased for 3.3 percent in 2011 to 6.8 in 2012. Evidence based studies show that in terms of nicotine and toxins, electronic cigarettes are far safer than tobacco cigarettes. However, when it comes to health effects, including secondhand exposure, further research is needed.
Charles Conner, former president and CEO of the American Lung Association, is an opponent of the ban. He states, “Electronic cigarettes are poised to revolutionize the tobacco industry by one day making traditional cigarettes obsolete.” By impulsively and inaccurately lumping vaping in with traditional cigarette smoking, a ban on these game-changing devices will discourage other smokers from trying a positive alternative."
Bottom line: nicotine is a highly addictive drug and tobacco smoke is very harmful to one’s health. Whether you smoke, your family member, neighbor or coworker smokes, kick off the New Year by quitting smoking yourself or supporting someone to quit smoking!
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January 17, 2014
Nutrition / Physical Health
“Free food” - don’t we all like to hear these words? Although bringing in a box of donuts or bag...
“Free food” - don’t we all like to hear these words? Although bringing in a box of donuts or bag of cookies to share in the office is a great gesture to show appreciation to your employees and coworkers, it’s not always the healthiest approach. Temptation is man/woman’s greatest enemy and for most people, if food is there, they will want to eat it. Next time you are faced with a break room full of goodies, step outside and get some air or go on a short walk before indulging in a not-so-good-for-you snack. Or, keep healthy options on hand that satisfy as well as keep you energized.
Here are some examples of healthy snacks for your office munchies:
Be an advocate in the office. Start off the year with healthy snacks and for your next office meeting or birthday celebration, opt for a basket of fruit! Visit KitchenDaily.com for more information.