October 2016 Newsletter
The October 2016 Tobacco Prevention Training Newsletter will focus on the current trends shown in the Florida Youth Tobacco Survey from 2016. Many students are realizing the ill-effects that tobacco has, both immediate and long-term, on their health. The second and third-hand smoke that nonsmokers can be exposed to can lead to devastating consequences. This month we will highlight several items down this street, and try to sort out the facts from the rumors that abound.
MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new American Heart Association statement recommends a "zero tolerance" approach for children's exposure to secondhand smoke.
"Parents should consider making their children's environment smoke-free because cigarette smoke exposure is harmful to children's long-term heart health and may shorten life expectancy," statement panel chair Dr. Geetha Raghuveer, a pediatric cardiologist, said in an AHA news release.
"Children exposed to cigarette smoke may develop early heart disease as adults, due to poorly functioning, stiffer blood vessels. Some babies who were exposed to cigarette smoke while still in the womb may be at risk for sudden death during infancy," Raghuveer said.
Along with damaging arteries, secondhand smoke has been linked to other heart disease risk factors such as obesity, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance, which is associated with type 2 diabetes, the panel noted.
S.W.A.T. Groups Very Visible in Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County Schools has teamed up with the Palm Beach Chapter of Tobacco Free Florida to invite 30 schools (first-come/first-served) to continue or start a new S.W.A.T. program in their school. S.W.A.T. stands for Students Working Against Tobacco. Teachers that apply to supervise this student club are offered a stipend of $1,000 if they are accepted. For more information regarding SWAT in Palm Beach County, contact Janiece Davis at Janiece.Davis@flhealth.gov.
To get an idea of what SWAT can do in the schools and communities, check out this incredible student made PSA from S.W.A.T.
August 17, 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of a landmark legal decision in the fight to protect the U.S. public — especially our kids – from the dangers of smoking. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler found the major tobacco companies — including Altria (Philip Morris) and RJ Reynolds —
guilty of organized criminal activity, also called civil racketeering. On August 17, 2006, she issued a final judgment in a 1,683-page opinion that found the companies had been covering up the health risks associated with smoking and marketing their products to children for decades.
If you were worried about your kid falling into the bad habit of smoking, you shouldn’t anymore. A new study from specialists shows that teenagers have been losing their interest in smoking tobacco. Surveys account for an increased rate of students who have never tried cigars and to whom the idea doesn’t seem appealing.
The new results come form the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which collaborated with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Researchers compared the data gathered in 2012 to those of 2014 and observed the difference. Statistics show an improvement of more than three percent from the last survey, which occurred in 2012. Back then 51.2 percent of the U.S. teenagers declared that were not curious about smoking tobacco, while two years later, the percentage changed to 54.3.
An estimated 24 million children and teens in the United States are routinely exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke, and the American Heart Association (AHA) is calling on parents and health policy makers to take a "zero tolerance" approach to such exposures.
Citing extensive research published in the two decades since the AHA last weighed in on secondhand tobacco smoke exposure among children, the newly published scientific statement noted that there is now strong evidence linking exposure to side stream and other secondhand tobacco smoke to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease later in life.
Minority children and children living in poverty have some of the highest exposures, with 68% of African American preteen children being exposed in a recent CDC analysis, compared with 37% and 30%, respectively, of non-Hispanic white and Hispanic children.
Teachers across the state are finding out about the Florida Tobacco Prevention Training for Educators online, professional development certificate renewal course sponsored by the Florida DOE. At no cost to teachers, schools or districts, this course gives teachers the ammunition they need to educate K-12 students on the hazards of tobacco. Last year graduates of the course taught over 22,000 Florida students the values of prevention along with the pitfalls associated with tobacco use. Teachers in all curricular areas can make a difference while earning up to 50% of the state-required certificate renewal points. This course fully covers all aspects of prevention including the History of Tobacco, Tobacco and Academic Performance, Refusal Skills, Nicotine as the Addictive Drug, The Teacher Connection and much much more. Open until May, if you need points to renew your certificate, register today. The wealth of information is yours to take advantage of. Click here to register. Help make this the last generation that uses tobacco!
Smoking scars DNA in clear patterns, researchers reported Tuesday. Most of the damage fades over time, they found — but not all of it.
Their study of 16,000 people found that while most of the disease-causing genetic footprints left by smoking fade after five years if people quit, some appear to stay there forever.
The marks are made in a process called methylation, which is an alteration of DNA that can inactivate a gene or change how it functions -- often causing cancer and other diseases. "Our study has found compelling evidence that smoking has a long-lasting impact on our molecular machinery, an impact that can last more than 30 years," said Roby Joehanes of Hebrew SeniorLife and Harvard Medical School.
Exemplary Course Work from Participants
A Broward High School Health teacher created this presentation for her Big Tobacco assignment. This is a prime example of what creative teachers can do when they put forth their effort. Her students will get the facts in an enjoyable way, which will stay with them, hopefully, through their high school years. She has agreed to share it with other participants, giving them ideas to feed off as they prepare to do their own work. Well done, and thank you for sharing!