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Posted on September 6th, 2012 in People
With gays being such a minority in public as it is, Crush’s goal and mission is so important. We need to keep as many members of our community as possible, and tobacco is harming our members… not helping them.” – Chandler Kramer Perhaps more than any previous Crush Cutie, Chandler Kramer understands the need for a healthy, smokefree lifestyle because he aims to make a living promoting good health.   Kramer was born in Arizona but grew up in Idaho (insert your own potato joke here), he is a volleyball enthusiast, a dog lover, undeniably easy on the eyes and a nursing student. That’s right folks, in no time flat this Crush Cutie will be checking vitals and rocking some sexy scrubs in a hospital room near you. Being that Kramer will be involved in the health industry, he fully knows both the risks and consequences of picking up a cigarette.   Aside from studying like crazy, Kramer loves outings with his dogs and staying active. He currently plays in the LGVA3 Gay Volleyball League and both enjoys and supports the continued progression of LGBT community in Vegas.   “I would love to see the LGBT community in the same direction it is going now. I think this community has come SO far from where it was even 5 years ago. I like to go to any LGBT events that I know of in town,” says Kramer.   Want to feast your eyes on this Crush Cutie without having to visit the hospital? Come check out the next Crush event.
Posted on September 4th, 2012 in Tobacco
We all know the dangers associated with smoking: lung cancer, heart disease and even impotence among others. With all the long-term health issues smoking creates we often overlook the short-term dangers. Recently, a 2-year-old girl was hospitalized after being accidentally burnt in her eye by a lit cigarette. The child was at a state fair in Minnesota with her parents when it happened. While in a crowd, a nearby smoker lowered her cigarette after taking a drag and unknowingly put the lit end of the smoke directly into the girl’s eye. After being rushed to the hospital, it would be 18 hours before the girls could even open her eye.   Doctors expect the girl to make a full recovery but the incident, albeit accidental, raises some eyebrows about public smoking. As if the exposure to second hand smoke wasn’t reason enough for parents and non-smokers to be concerned about their proximity to smokers, burns are more likely to happen in crowded areas as this poor 2-year-old found out.   “With the thousands of people at the fair, I guess we feel there maybe should be designated smoking areas,” the girl’s mother said. “This could have been way more serious, this could have affected her vision for the rest of her life.”   Smoking is banned at the Minnesota State Fair but with 200,00 attendees on any given day, enforcement is a logistical nightmare.
Posted on August 1st, 2012 in Tobacco
Throughout much of the southern United States, hillsides are sporadically pimpled with relics of an age long gone: the tobacco barn. Once serving as both a working tobacco curing facility and a predecessor to the modern billboard, tobacco barns were plentiful in their heyday. In the modern world, farming is on a decline and the knowledge of the dangers of tobacco use is rising; a double-whammy for tobacco barns. In the state of Maryland, tobacco barns are an endangered species. In 2001, the state bought out thousands of tobacco barns in an effort to discourage the growing and curing of tobacco. In 2004, Maryland passed a law that officially made the barns “endangered.” Although tobacco is known to be harmful, the barns are an important historical landmark found only in this part of the U.S. Many of the barns were torn down after the state bought them out but a couple hundred still exist, abandoned and awaiting their fate.   After sitting idly for years, the state has finally come up with a plan for the barns that preserves their historical aesthetic, discourages tobacco farming and allows for a unique housing opportunity. The idea is to remodel the barns in a way that maintains their original character while incorporating some modern day flare. The “Re-Barn’ initiative adds shutters, windows and other modern design appeal to the bones of the existing barn. The result is a multi-bedroom home with all the modern conveniences of a new house and the old charm of a 100-year-old barn. In some cases, the barns could also still function as a working farm, provided that the inhabitants aren’t farming tobacco in any way.   Preservation meets progress. Nice work, Maryland, nice work.
Posted on July 2nd, 2012 in Tobacco
Quitting sucks. Just ask anyone who’s ever tried. Nicotine has a strangle hold on smokers that is so incredibly tough to break that most smokers aren’t able to successfully quit on their first try. Not only is there a strong chemical addiction to nicotine that the body has a hard time shaking but there’s also a psychological addiction that a lot of people overlook.   Smoking is a routine for most people. They smoke at regular times such as work breaks, before or after meals, first thing in the morning and so on. So when a smoker wants to quit not only do they deal with their body craving the chemical but they also face constant reminders in their daily life when they enter a situation where they would have smoked. This gets even tougher when a would-be quitter finds himself or herself in a social situation where people around them are smoking. Temptation is everywhere.   In a new study overseen by UCSF, researchers may have found an answer that allows smokers to work toward quitting while allowing them to give in to temptation. New low nicotine cigarettes have lower amounts of chemicals and nicotine than the normal version and allow smokers to give in to the psychological addiction while they work toward their goal.   The study focused on 135 smokers between the ages of 18 and 70 and concluded that the smokers used the same amount of low nicotine cigarettes as they did when they smoked normal cigarettes; that is to say that they didn’t desire to smoke more to compensate for the lower amount of nicotine.   Researchers are working toward finding the exact amount of nicotine needed to maintain a chemical addiction. Once they find this number, smokers can wean their way to quitting by buying cigarettes with less and less nicotine over time until they break the addiction.   “The idea is to reduce people’s nicotine intake, so that they get used to the lower levels, and eventually get to the point where smoking is no longer satisfying,” said Neal Benowitz, the UCSF researcher who led the study.   While smoking rates are still declining all over the country, one in five deaths is still caused by the habit, which begs the question: Are more people quitting or are there just fewer smokers alive?
Posted on June 26th, 2012 in twitter
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