Breathe easy: How colleges and universities are tackling tobacco use and secondhand smoke

Do you know what the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death is, in the United States? Each year in the United States, cigarette smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths, including approximately 41,000 deaths from secondhand smoke exposure among nonsmoking adults. And, that isn’t even counting the 16 million Americans living with a disease […]

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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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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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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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Renton Housing Authority takes on secondhand smoke

In the United States, it’s estimated that secondhand smoke takes the lives of 49,400 non-smoking adults each year. Secondhand smoke can also have lasting health effects on children, including longer and worse asthma attacks, ear and respiratory infections, trouble breathing, and sore throats. While bans on smoking in public are in place across the country, […]

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