Winter weather patterns can trap air pollution – especially from wood stoves and fireplaces – near the ground, where it can build-up and may threaten people’s health.
Public Health – Seattle & King County has found that six Seattle hookah bars are violating the state’s law banning public smoking and ordered them to stop allowing smoking on their premises.
Under the health reform law, insurers can charge smokers 50% more for coverage. But in Massachusetts, advocates want to snuff out higher premiums for smokers
This week the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launches a new ad campaign featuring the stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities.
Adults who’ve smoked daily for at least the past year who want to quit within the next 30 days are needed for a study of a quit-smoking iPhone app being conducted by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in collaboration with the University of Washington and 2Morrow Mobile.
Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your health. The sooner you quit, the sooner your body can begin to heal. You will feel better and have more energy to be active with your family and friends.
Air quality in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties has improved but the the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency says a “stage 1″ burn ban remains in effect,
At Seattle Children’s, 62 infants, kids and teens tested positive for flu last week – three times more than the number of cases seen in the first week of December. In this post, Dr. Tony Woodward, medical director of the division of emergency medicine at Seattle Children’s, shares tips parents can use to keep the flu from spreading:
The START plan: Set a quit date. Tell others about your plan to quit. Anticipate the challenges you’ll face. Remove cigarettes from your home, car and workplace, and Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.
About 16 percent of tobacco retailers in Washington state illegally sold tobacco to minors this year, up from 11 percent in 2011 and 10 percent in 2010 and the highest level in more than a decade, according to a new report.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has created a free smartphone app to help you quit smoking.
The app, NCI QuitPal was developed by the using the latest evidence-based smoking cessation methods and behavior change theory.
Vaccines against this seasons flu viruses are now available in Washington state. This season’s flu vaccine protects against three different strains of flu virus. Health officials recommend that every one six months of age and older get the vaccine.
The number of cases of whooping cough in Washington state increased by more than 50 percent between 2010 and 2011 from 608 cases to 912 cases — the highest number in six years.
The use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves is prohibited as a high-pressure system brings cold temperatures and calm winds to the region. Air quality is expected to worsen, especially in communities where residential wood burning is common. Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.