WHAT WE’RE READING THIS WEEK: The Oscars edition

Red carpet reality check needed in Hollywood

The Indo Canadian Voice, published Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

NEWS-SMOKING-11-of-13-movies-nominated-include-smokingAs movie stars walk up the red carpet Sunday night for the 88th Academy Awards, our friends at The BC Lung Association want movie fans to understand the facts surrounding Hollywood and smoking.

The Lung Association, and its health partners, want people to ask why young audiences are the ones who lose the most.

Here’s why health advocates are asking that question: 13 movies nominated for Oscars this year portray smoking — and all but two of those movies are youth rated. Research shows that youths are more likely to start smoking if their favourite movie star smokes on-screen and this is more common among the children of non-smokers.

Five tips to get through Oscars without smoking

The American Lung Association, published Feb. 23, 2016 

OSCARS-2014The American Lung Association has posted a blog post to help smokers who are trying to quit by avoiding cravings during the long, gruelling four-hour Academy Awards.

“The Oscars — or any soiree — can make an evening feel even longer than usual. So whether you are hosting a party, taking it easy on the couch or sitting in the front row, here are a few tips,” it reads before offering five helpful tips.

Just remember the 4 Ds, which are delay, deep breaths, drink water, and do something else.

If you need help in quitting smoking, visit our website at www.ab.lung.ca or call our support line at 1-866-717-2673.

Study links obesity to air pollution

The Discovery Channel, published Feb. 23, 2016.

forbidden-pollution-1245100-639x426Air pollution is harmful for your lungs — and your waistline apparenty — according to a study reported by the Discovery Channel in the U.S.

Scientists studied the long term effects of air pollution on rats in a lab in Beijing and those rodents that breathed in smoggy air in China’s capital city gained weight after three to eight weeks. The animals that gained weight also had other health problems related to obesity.

However, this study wasn’t the only thing interesting in this story. It cites that Beijing averaged a daily Air Quality Index of 100, four times above the healthy limit between 2008 and 2015.

In December, the pollution grew so severe health officials called Beijing’s first-ever 72-hour pollution alert making restrictions on vehicle traffic.

Radon: is it lurking in your home?

ABC Richmond, VA: Radon: It could be lurking in your home or child’s school, published Feb. 23, 2016

A TV news crew in Richmond, Virginia completed a lengthy two part feature

Radon Kit Photo

A radon test kit, like this one, can be purchased at http://radonaware.accustarcanada.com.

on the dangers of radon gas — a silent killer that you can’t smell, can’t taste and see.

Radon in Canada — and in the United States — is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking.

Reporters interviewed to families, realtors, politicians, and education leaders about the need to test homes and building for the toxic gas. A further investigation by this news crew also revealed that none of Richmond’s schools were tested for radon.

Do you think schools near you should be tested for radon?

—JC—

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