Just when it appeared that many of our youth were deciding that cigarette smoking was not a good idea, a new form of smoking has now become available - electronic cigarettes, which are now considered “cool” among teens.
SAFE, Inc. is committed to educating Glen Cove youth and their parents regarding this new form of smoking and will continue to partner with the Tobacco Action Coalition of LI to drive home the fact that using e-cigarettes may lead to smoking conventional cigarettes and it is not safe.
“E-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and a gateway to more traditional tobacco products,” said Carol Meschkow, Nassau Coordinator for Tobacco Action Coalition of LI. “Parents and educators do need to be concerned about the tobacco industry’s efforts to groom the next generation of smokers.”
Battery-powered e-cigarettes are being openly used by celebrities, a signal to youth that they are cool and a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes which they are not.
The Bach-Harrison Prevention Needs Assessment Survey was given by SAFE, Inc. and administered by the Glen Cove School District to students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 in January 2012. The results of the survey found that although
tobacco use is higher in the upper grades, it is lower than the national average. But there is still a need for parents to join in stressing how harmful cigarettes are, including e-cigarettes.
“Parents can take a number of effective actions to protect their children from starting to smoke or becoming another one of the tobacco industry’s addicted customers and victims,” said Dr. Sharon Harris, executive director SAFE Inc.
“Studies consistently show that parental actions, attitudes, and opinions about smoking have a great deal of influence on whether or not their children smoke.”
Parents can try the following to impress on their children the need to avoid cigarettes:
• Be open with them. When a parent knows their child may be going somewhere where there will be smoking they should talk to them about how to deal with the situation.
• When parents are with children and they see an advertisement or a television show where someone is smoking they should open up a conversation about why it is harmful to smoke.
• Perhaps the hardest part for a parent is if they are smoking themselves or there is a relative who smokes. There’s nothing wrong with saying that they regret starting smoking. Encourage the teen not to start.
Parents should also share the following short-term and long term effects of smoking with teens:
Short-term effects of smoking include addiction to nicotine and exposure to other dangerous chemicals; higher likelihood of respiratory problems; shortness of breath; phlegm and a gross-sounding cough; impaired lung growth and function; bad breath, yellow teeth, and stained fingers.
Long-term effects and risks of smoking include addiction to nicotine and exposure to other dangerous chemicals; lung, mouth, throat, kidney, and stomach cancers; coronary heart disease; emphysema and other chronic diseases; shorter lifespan (up to 20 years shorter); foul-smelling clothes and hair
And tell teens to forget about even trying e-cigarettes.
“The recent rise in our youth’s usage of e-cigarettes is a cause for alarm,” Meschkow said. “Not only is it troubling that the product has not been studied for long-term health effects nor regulated by the FDA, but its presence on TV, etc. is counter productive to the restrictions on tobacco advertising we have seen in these venues since the successful outcome of the Master Settlement. Clearly, e-cigarettes with chemicals like diethylene glycol, an ingredient in antifreeze found in these product’s cartridges, is not something we want our teens inhaling.”
SAFE Inc. is committed to eliminating teen drug and alcohol use in Glen Cove. Through a combination of prevention, education, and law enforcement efforts, SAFE Inc. combats the devastating effects that can result from underage drinking and drug use in order to build a safer Glen Cove.
For more information regarding SAFE, Inc and the PRIDE Coalition, or to view SAFE Inc.’s Public Service Announcement, visit www.safeglencove.org.
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs will be holding its Annual Community Scholarship Fund Event at the Swan Club on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and it annually administers funds in the form of scholarships to deserving Glen Cove High School seniors. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this fund. The event will feature a performance by the High School Jazz Band and a basket raffle. This year’s honorees are Nomi Rosen, Dr. Michael Israel, Rosemarie Sekelsky, Brittney Frank Rifkind, Suzanne Anderson and Mary Murphy.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.