In Your Daily Dose
In the Daily Dose today you’ll learn that although e-cigarettes can be slightly healthier than the real thing, they are deadly to children. If you have children in your home, whether you smoke these or not, you’ll want to know. You children have playdates a other homes – and they may be smoking these e-cigarettes.
In Fact or Fiction you’ll discover how many YEARS it would take to visit one beach a day while visiting Australia. There really are that many beaches!
In The News
The use of e-cigarettes continues to rise in the United States in response to the desire of more people to either quit smoking or to be able to smoke in public without offending others. However, there are parents who use e-cigarettes or “vape” who are not aware of the dangers they pose to children.
In a study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, researchers studied the vaporized liquid mixture of nicotine, glycerin and glycol ethers. The liquid form are flavored, which appeal to both the smoker and children. If taken internally in liquid form it can be lethal to a child and in smaller amounts can cause nausea and vomiting which require emergency care. Even if the liquid is on the skin, the drugs are absorbed and can cause the child to become sick.
Although largely avoidable risks, most parents were not aware that the risk was a possible problem for their children. In the study of 658 parents and guardians almost all knew about e-cigarettes. 1 in every 5 parents or guardians had tried them and 1 in 8 said a family member regularly smoked them.
However, in these same households, 36% of the users neither locked up the e-liquid for the e-cigarettes nor used childproof caps. These caps are mandated in Europe but not the United States. 34 percent stored the liquid in a drawer, 22 percent in their purse and 13 percent on an open counter. Three percent of the study group said their children had already tried to drink the liquid.
Of the study group only 15% told their pediatricians they were using e-cigarettes and only 6% said their doctors talked with them about safe use and storage of the cigarettes and liquid.
Daily Health Tip
In an effort to either stop or reduce smoking, reduce the number carcinogens from exposure to smoking or to reduce the offensive odor in their household, more and more e-cigarettes are sold and used in the United States. While the intention is good, some of the repercussions can be dangerous to children.
If you are using e-cigarettes in your home or have friends or family members who use them, it is important to store the e-liquid in a safe place, out of reach of small children. Use a safety cap on the bottle and lock it up if possible.
If children are found to have touched or drank any of the liquid, it is important that they receive emergency care immediately. Nicotine is highly toxic and in concentrated amounts in the liquid. The nicotine can pass through the skin and go directly into the blood supply when it gets on the skin, causing toxic symptoms and potentially dangerous health issues for a child.
My Daily Affirmation
My interactions with strangers on the street also begin with a smile and a warm greeting. There are times when people need that smile. I take the time to let them know that someone cares about them.
When I am called to do presentations, the crowd can be intimidating. I remind myself to smile as I deliver my initial greeting. A smile helps me to remain calm, especially when I see others smiling back at me.
Fact Or Fiction?
Pineapples taste great, are healthy and hold many nutrients.
In Bakewell, Australia Christine McCallum has grown one over 16 pounds. Measuring 12.5 inches and 18 pounds this monster dwarfed normal sized pineapples. Unfortunately the pineapple didn’t produce any off shots so Christine was unable to breed it and reproduce another. The pineapple ended up on their Christmas dinner table that year. Previously, the largest pineapple was 17.06 pounds.
Have a wonderful day!
Your Healthy Life America Team