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Wellness Tip of the Week

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Practice expressing your ideas or thoughts with others. Being vocal about your needs will make social situations more fulfilling.

Wellness News

August 27, 2014

Health Organization Calls for Ban on Indoor Use of E-cigs

In a recent report, the World Health Organization called for a ban on the indoor use of e-cigarettes in workplaces, restaurants and other public spaces, saying, “the vapors pose a serious health threat to adolescents and fetuses and increase exposure of nonsmokers and bystanders to nicotine and a number of toxicants.” The report also called for a ban on the advertising of e-cigarettes due to the risk to children and teenagers being enticed to start using them.

For more on this report, see the NPR article here.

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August 25, 2014

American Heart Association Changes Stance on E-Cigs

The American Heart Association announced a subtle change to its policy regarding electronic cigarettes. The AHA now recommends “If a patient has failed initial treatment, has been intolerant to or refuses to use conventional smoking cessation medication, and wishes to use e-cigarettes to aid quitting, it is reasonable [for a clinician] to support the attempt. However, patients should be informed that although e-cigarette aerosol is likely to be much less toxic than cigarette smoking, the products are unregulated, may contain low levels of toxic chemicals, and have not been proven to be effective as cessation devices.”

For more, see the Associated Press article here.

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SUSAN YOUNG, Research Director

Fireworks are pretty high on my list of things I can nerd out on. During a recent trip back to DC, where I lived for three years, I was reminiscing about the mind-blowing fireworks shows I enjoyed every July 4th on the Capital Mall, following a full day of parades, naturalization ceremonies, and concerts by the National Symphony. Washingtonians take their national birthday parties very seriously.

But I was back in Colorado for the 4th this year. Our family tradition is to hang out at Thompson Park for a mid-day picnic and concert by the local symphony, which culminates in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture (complete with cannon fire). We were invited to picnic with friends on their shady porch, right across from the park’s festivities. Lunch featured homemade fried chicken and cherry pie – Americana at its finest…

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BHWP Partnership with Arkansas Department of Corrections Detailed in SCLC Interview

The Behavioral Health and Wellness Program is partnered with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program (TPCP) and the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) to reduce smoking among the incarcerated populations in Arkansas. BHWP has been providing training for ADC counselors to integrate tobacco treatment as a component of their Therapeutic Communities. To read about how this partnership started and how it’s progressing, read SCLC’s interview with Brenda Howard, TPCP Cessation Section Chief.

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