There’s an old saying that “Where’s there’s smoke there’s fire.” In today’s tobacco-driven world, there’s an equally worrisome warning: “Where there’s tobacco smoke there’s trouble ahead! Vaping too!”
Many share these concerns and now more than ever. Regrettably, many of our children aren’t worried at all. Why? Kids say their friends smoke and vape. We’re young and have a whole life ahead of us. So why should we worry? Here’s “Why.”
The answer is smokers and vapers are less likely to enjoy the life given them. A recent Washington Post article told us the worrisome truths….whether you choose to smoke or vape! Sickness and a shorter lifespan likely await you.
Smoking or vaping turn to nicotine poison and lung cancer for many users, often sooner than later. Simply said: the more you smoke the greater your chances of incurable lung disease and earlier death.
A study of more than 200,000 people found about 67 percent of smokers perished from smoking-related illness. That’s 2 out of every 3! That new rate is even higher than doctors had previously estimated.
A recent, follow up article in “The Washington Post” told the rest of this story. Click on the graphic above to read this informative report. There’s additional information provided from WebMD.com. Click on the photo on the left for more information.
But, with all these health issues, there is hope!
A learning product soon-to-be released through a collaboration of RE@L and product developer Moai Technologies will help schools attack this problem. The new Learning Product, temporarily called “Nicotine Mysteries” engages each learner in an Internet exploration that places the student into a story with a simulated world of real teen nicotine incidents.
The facts that students discover along the way in the Nicotine Mysteries learning program, and the outcomes they choose, help them form their own conclusions about their health.
Our results to date have shown that many of the students who have used our product come to the same conclusions as scientific researchers do: Tobacco use of any kind greatly increases the odds of severe illness and makes for a shorter life expectancy.
RE@L and Moai designers have engaged the consulting help of national expert nicotine/vaping expert, Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher in producing our new product.
Consultant Dr. Halpern-Felsher appeared on a recent “Today Show” to speak about these worrisome issues. She is an expert in several academic fields including Adolescent Medicine and Health Research:
Click on the graphic to the left to hear her recent NBC “Today Show” testimony on why use of tobacco products is a national crisis for all users, and especially our teens.
Dr. Halpern-Felsher tells the viewer we should never start smoking or vaping, and if we do, how can we stop. Lives are at stake for tobacco users and even those exposed to second-hand smoke.
Click on the graphic above right for more information on vaping, the tobacco product of choice among our teen and pre-teen smokers.
Coincidentally, Dr. Halpern-Felsher also serves as a product consultant to our RE@L and Moai Technologies Learning product, currently titled “Nicotine Mysteries”.
RE@L is committed to an ancient Roman motto that’s still popular today: “Sans mens in sana corpore.” Translated it means a healthy mind requires a healthy body.
It’s imperative that students know what keeps a body healthy, and a mind able to learn. Our new RE@L “Nicotine Mysteries” product can help students keep that healthy mind working in a tobacco-free healthy body!
RE@L has been working closely with our legislature and media to secure more stringent anti-smoking, anti-vaping laws for those under 21. We hope to find more mutually supportive efforts. Stay tuned for our next RE@LBlog!
Join RE@L by supporting this critical issue and by contacting your local media, schools and your state and national legislatures.
Our promising RE@L and Moai anti-nicotine learning product, currently called “Nicotine Mysteries,” will have its new brand name when released in January, 2020.
There is much more to come from RE@LBlog on this very real healthcare concern for our children and ourselves. Follow our next blog!