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Secondhand Smoke May Double Risk of Hospitalization for Kids with Asthma

By Mary Elizabeth Dallas, Healthy Day Reporter. Reposted from health.usnews.com Exposure to secondhand smoke puts children with asthma at nearly double the risk of winding up in the hospital, a new analysis reveals. For these kids, secondhand smoke can worsen symptoms and make their condition more difficult to control. So parents need to be aware of these additional risks, the researchers warned. "Previous studies have linked secondhand smoke exposure with increased asthma prevalence, poorer asthma control and increased symptoms," lead study author Zhen Wang, ... Read more

New Smoking Ban on University of Alabama Campus includes Bryant-Denny Stadium

Fans can no longer light up on ramps; rule meant to improve health, cut litter and reduce risk of fires. By Ed Enoch. Reposted from TuscaloosaNews.com.  As fans arrive on the University of Alabama campus today for the first home football game of the 2015 season, university officials plan to continue with a non-punitive approach to enforcing its smoke-free policy implemented at the start of the year. "Our emphasis is on creating a healthy campus environment. We expect the vast majority of people will ... Read more

Rockland Extends Smokefree Policy to Include E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes are now prohibited anywhere in Rockland County where traditional smoking is banned. By Alex Taylor | Reposted from Lohud.com  Rockland County lawmakers have approved extending the county's strict smoking ban to include e-cigarettes. The Legislature voted 15-0 on Tuesday to lump electronic cigarettes — small, battery-powered vaporizers that heat liquid nicotine — into existing restrictions on traditional tobacco products. Westchester County made a similar move in June. Legislator Aney Paul, D-Nanuet, who proposed the bill, said she was concerned about the growing acceptance of e-cigarettes, or "vaping," among middle and ... Read more
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