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April 2017 Newsletter

Highlights this month include our latest course graduates and the number of Florida students impacted by their lessons.  While there are many aspects to preventing tobacco use, including taxes and age restrictions, the most impactful and long term way to keep our children from using any and all tobacco products is to educate them to the hazards they cause.  Our goal is to make this the last generation to have tobacco in their lives.


Florida Tobacco Rate Drops Despite Rural Counties

Over the past decade, Tobacco Free Florida and other anti-smoking organizations have been instrumental in lowering the state’s levels of cigarette consumption.

According to the latest data by Tobacco Free Florida, only 15.8 percent of adults in Florida are current smokers, a record low. However, in a new report released on last week, statistics show some communities are still behind.

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released their annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report, which looks at a variety of factors that can affect the health of the residents of each individual county in the United States.

The report revealed that while Florida as a whole is continuing to lower its smoking rate, many of its rural counties have significantly higher numbers than the statewide average.

Smoking hot: UC study finds heat of hookah pipe the biggest health culprit for smokers

Chemists at the University of Cincinnati find that hookah tobacco heated electronically kills 70 percent more lung cells than traditional charcoal. The study suggests the surprising health culprit could be the heat of the hookah pipe.

Hookah-tobacco users might want to rethink how they heat up their water pipes, based on research by chemists at the University of Cincinnati.

The gooey, flavorful tobacco in hookah pipes is normally burned with specially made charcoal briquettes, which can contain heavy metals or other toxins. But a study by UC graduate student Ryan Saadawi found that a popular alternative - electric heating disks sold in most tobacco shops - might be far more harmful to your health.

The study heated the same hookah tobacco with two types of commercially available charcoal and an electric heat source sometimes called e-charcoal.

UC researchers found that:

  • Lower-toxin charcoal killed 10 percent of lung cells after 24 hours.
  • Higher-toxin charcoal killed 25 percent of lung cells.
  • E-charcoal killed a whopping 80 percent of lung cells.

"We're never supposed to be surprised in science. I was shocked and excited to open a whole new field of research just based on temperature," said Saadawi, lead author of a paper he presented April 2 at the American Chemical Society conference in San Francisco, California.

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Saadawi, 30, of Cincinnati, has been studying this popular form of tobacco use for years.

The practice of smoking tobacco with a water pipe called a hookah began hundreds of years ago in southeast Asia and spread across the Middle East. Today, hookah tobacco is smoked around the world. Many cities in the United States have hookah cafes where people get together to smoke socially.

Unlike e-cigarettes, which heat liquid into a vapor, hookah pipes burn real tobacco mixed with glycerine and flavorings.