Meet the 5 chemicals you didn’t know were in vaping products

Youth use of e-cigarettes and vaping products doubled between 2012 and 2016, and now, use rates are higher for vaping products than traditional cigarettes. To help combat these rapidly increasing rates of youth vaping, Public Health’s Tobacco Prevention Program, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, Snohomish Health District, Spokane Regional Health District, […]

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How “secret shopping” teens prevent access to tobacco: Fel Pajimula explains

For National Public Health Week (April 3-9th), we’re celebrating by featuring unsung public health heroes who make our communities safer and healthier. Each day, we’ll highlight a public health worker through their own words, sharing their work and why they’re committed to serving our community. Today, we talk with Fel Pajimula of our Tobacco Prevention […]

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Carbon monoxide in hookah smoke

The charcoal used to heat the tobacco in a hookah gives off potentially toxic amounts of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless gas that can poison you if you breathe it in. CO is in fumes produced when you burn fuel like charcoal. While many believe smoking hookah—a water pipe used to smoke […]

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Quittin’ kittens: where are they now?

This year, 10 kittens made headlines by making 2016 their year to quit tobacco, and one question has been keeping us up at night: where are they now? In honor of the Great American Smokeout, Public Health Insider caught up with the quittin’ kittens to find out.

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Operating agreement reached with one local hookah lounge

On Friday, April 29, Public Health — Seattle & King County and Medina, a local hookah lounge, negotiated an operating agreement to resolve an active enforcement action. The criteria agreed upon, if followed by Medina, allows them to remain in business and in compliance with the Washington State Smoking in Public Places Act and King County […]

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Local Colleges Reinvigorate Tobacco Prevention

What’s as addictive as heroin, more deadly than car accidents, and costs the U.S. over $170 billion in healthcare costs each year? Yes, we’re going there. It’s tobacco. We know: tobacco control doesn’t have the thrill of hunting down an E. coli outbreak, nor the gross fascination of a raccoon latrine. But as we express […]

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