The Doctors: Negative Effects Of Smoking Cigarettes
The CDC’s Tips Campaign features real stories of people affected by smoking, both firsthand and secondhand. The reality is that many smokers want to quit, but feel like they just can’t. There are numerous reasons why you shouldn’t smoke, beginning with the fact that it can kill you! Smoking also causes premature aging and can hurt those around you. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. Each year, 480,000 people die because of smoking, which is more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined.
Rico joined the show, explaining that he’s 50-years-old and began smoking when he was just 14. His dad was a smoker and he remembers lighting cigarettes for him when he was 9 or 10. By the time he was in high school, he was smoking regularly and was addicted. When his dad was 66 he died of liver cancer, but Rico continued smoking. Five years ago, Rico was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and underwent surgery. Because of his battle with cancer, his family lost their home and had to relocate. That served as a wake-up call for him, and he has now been smoke-free since 2011.
The CDC Tips Campaign gives a voice to millions of Americans with smoke-related illness, to help them quit. Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and about 70 of them are known to cause cancer. Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer. Smoking damages nearly every part of your body. People who still smoke after getting cancer once, are more likely to die of cancer than those who quit. Smoking also increases your risk for heart disease and stroke.
The Doctors: Why You Should Quit Smoking
Just being around cigarette smoke puts you in danger. If you’re constantly inhaling secondhand smoke, your lung cancer risk increases by 20-30%. Children are also more likely to suffer from ear infections, lung problems, and severe asthma from being around smoke. More than 40% of children who go to the emergency room for asthma live in a home with a smoker. Within 2-5 years of quitting smoke, your risk of stroke drops to the same as that of a non-smoker. After 5 years you risk of throat, mouth, and bladder cancer decreases by half, and after 10 years your risk of lung cancer is cut in half.
You can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for help quitting or you can visit CDC.gov/tips.
The Doctors: Clean Sheets For Better Sleep
A study from the National Sleep Foundation found that the key to a good night’s sleep may be clean sheets. Of the 1,500 people studied, 88% said they make their bed at least a few times a week and 78% reported they felt more excited about going to bed when they have clean sheets.
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The Doctors: Guidelines To Protect Workers At Risk For Zika Virus
For The Doctors’ News in 2:00, it was reported that new guidelines have been released to help workers most at risk for exposure to the zika virus. It’s recommended that employers provide insect repellent and urge workers to use it. It’s also recommended that workers be urged to wear clothing that protects exposed areas, and provide hats with mosquito netting to protect the face and neck. It’s also recommended that standing water be removed from work sites to reduce mosquito-breeding grounds. Female workers who are pregnant or may become pregnant should be relocated to indoor positions to reduce the risk of mosquito bites.
The Doctors: Chris Hemsworth Extreme Weight Cycling
In the May issue of Men’s Health magazine Chris Hemsworth details his extreme weight cycling to play characters with varying body mass. For his role in In the Heart of the Sea, Hemsworth lost 30 pounds by eating as few as 500 calories a day. His daily diet consisted of foods high in nutritional density like salad and vegetable soups. To bulk up once again for his role as Thor, Hemsworth incorporated smoothies and protein from chicken and fish into his diet, and trained with heavy weights. He also did more cardio workouts and boxing as exercise.