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Today is the Great American Smokeout | Support a Quitter

Dear Kid,

Encourage a smoker to quit. The Great American Smokeout. DearKidLoveMom.comToday is the Great American Smokeout. Every year on the third Thursday in November, the American Cancer Society sponsors the Smokeout to encourage smokers to end the habit.

The first Smokeout was in 1970 in Massachusetts when a man asked people to give up smoking for a day and donate the money they saved to the local high school scholarship.

The American Cancer Society uses lots of encouraging words like “making a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.”

I use much less open language: Stop Smoking. Now.

Fortunately, I don’t have to say that to you, but you may feel free to quote me as you see fit.

Smoking is responsible for 1 in 3 cancer deaths and 1 in 5 deaths overall. Worldwide, tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths annually.

If you know anyone who smokes today is a great day to suggest they quit. Give them your support. Give them a piece of gum. Distract them when they crave nicotine (which they will).

It’s not easy to quit. But it could save a life.

Love, Mom

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Hookah: Truth vs Mythology (And a Few Comments)

Dear Kid,

All of a sudden (it seems), the hot new trend is hookah. That is not the New England pronunciation of a street walker, it is the water pipe used to smoke tobacco. Hookah can also be called narghile, argileh, shisha, hubble-bubble, or goza but I have no idea why.

This “overnight” sensation (and I know it’s a sensation because John Taffer did a Bar Rescue episode for a hookah bar) began several centuries ago in Persia and India. So much for overnight, unless you’re Rip Van Winkle on steroids.

Some people think smoking tobacco through a hookah is safe. In a word, they are wrong, wrong, wrong. Also, they are not right. Here are the facts.

Hookah tobacco and smoke contain toxins that can cause clogged arteries and heart disease.

None of the toxins are taken out by the water or the smoke. Allow me to repeat: None. As in, not a-one.

Hookah smokers get the same fabulous menu of dread diseases cigarette smokers get including

  • Oral cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Cancer of the esophagus
  • Reduced lung function
  • Decreased fertility

Only they probably have an increased risk because the way it’s used, hookah smokers generally absorb more of the toxins than cigarette smokers. An average hookah session lasts an hour, which generally translates to 200 puffs (an average cigarette lasts 20 puffs) and 90,000 milliliters of smoke (500 milliliters inhaled for a cig).

The second-hand smoke is worse too since you get the smoke from the tobacco and from the charcoal that’s used as the heat source.

Hookah smoking is generally a group activity and the pipe is passed around—which means the opportunity for infection from a shared mouthpiece. Oh, good.

Here’s the truth about more hookah mythology:

  • Flavored tobacco isn’t healthier.
  • Electronic hookah smoking (including steam stones and hookah pens) is not healthier.
  • Tobacco-based shisha and “herbal” shisha are not healthier.
  • The labels and ads that claim users can enjoy the same taste from hookah without the harmful effects of tobacco are blowing smoke. Toxic smoke.

Stay smoke free, kiddo.

Love, Mom

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