Pornography or Cheeky Humor? US Bedding Company, Cuddledown, Found Itself in the Center of Controversy Over Its Fall Catalog Cover


Portland, ME (PRWEB) August 22, 2012

Quality, US bedding company Cuddledown became involved in the latest eye of the beholder imbroglio with their Fall 2012 catalog cover, featuring a boomer-aged couple dressed in their Cuddledown pillows.

Best known for their high-end US-made bedding, Cuddledown created a humorous cheeky catalog cover to promote their annual pillow sale all in good fun and with the hopes that it would catch peoples attention. “We expected a few might be offended, as it wasnt a typical bedding cover, but we were surprised at the vitriol our customer service representatives were subjected to. They felt that many of the comments almost appeared to be a campaign, due to the similarity, with the primary theme being the ‘pornographic display’ appearing without warning in customers mailboxes,” said CEO Chris Bradley.

Customer comments included statements such as the following:

DISGUSTING and SMELLY! POOR TASTE!, People rubbing pillows on their, what appears to be, naked private parts, NASTY and GROSS!, It is nasty, yucky, vulgar, disgusting, sluttie, muttie., Its soft porn. FILTH!, It is the most ugly tasteless photo I have ever seen., Vulgar, disgusting and immoral., Crude and X-rated., Should be wrapped in a brown paper bag as it is Porno someone ought to be fired., This looks like he is doing something and shes watching., Absolute pornography and I am ashamed to have it in my home., I do NOT appreciate classless nudity ‘gracing’ the cover of the catalog I received today; I’m embarrassed in front of my postman., I certainly hope the two pillows used in the photograph have been given to the models for their personal use — speedos or bikinis not withstanding [sic].

What really surprised the staff were the comments directed at the age of the attractive and in-shape, 60-something-year-old models — since Cuddledowns customer demographics focus on boomers and on up:

Disgusting magazine cover with the two naked old farts., Who wants naked, old people in their home?, I am 60 years old so my aversion to this cover is not based on age discrimination, I probably would have felt doubly disgusted if I were younger., Whos the genius that thought two gross old people would sell merchandise?, Who is the OLD man on the cover of your Early Autumn 2012 catalog? I’m older, but he is too old for me!, How in the world did you think wrinkled old people and varicose veins is a good way to sell merchandise? Disgusting!, I am not a woman’s liber [sic], but I do detest seeing a young girl who could be my daughter’s age with a viagra guy., I don’t need sexual images coming to my mailbox so my kids can ask me why a Grandpa is naked on the cover., Sending a cover that shows your customer the younger women her husband ran off with was stupid. I cant even imagine how many women youve angered by rubbing it in their faces this way. I bet youve lost a lot of business by such an insensitive, juvenile approach. Obviously a man came up with this idea!

Ultimately, Cuddledowns Pillow Sale has been as successful if not more so, than last years, and of the 1.3 million catalogs mailed, only around 200 comments were received. Although the company isnt planning another pillow cover up shoot in the immediate future, they wont rule it out. As one customer put it:

Actually, just my opinion, no body parts are even peeking on either person. I also like seeing mature models complete with grey hair instead of very young models. I think the cover represents boomers who can still enjoy life in all its aspects. I thought it was in good fun. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

Cuddledown, a family-owned company located in Maine, has been making and selling the finest in home fashions, apparel and more since 1973. They manufacture their down and synthetic comforters, pillows and featherbeds in the U.S., and also offer bedding and linens, sourced from the finest mills worldwide. Cuddledown also sells quality sleepwear, apparel and footwear, plus home d

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North York, Ontario (PRWEB) September 10, 2012

In the tradition of skilled researchers and developers that have discovered new products and remedies by accident, Nano Essentials is excited to announce their new Puralen herbal laxative. The result of a manufacturers accidental ingredient substitute for E-Drops, Puralen is an all-natural diuretic and stool softener that regulates colon and urinary tract health to treat constipation, clean the colon and act as a urinary tract antiseptic. Nano Essentials produces and distributes innovative and healthy nutraceuticals that are based on natural therapies and absorbed naturally by the body.

While dedicated research in pursuit of a specific solution has brought about some of the worlds greatest products, happy accidents have played a highly significant role for an almost equal number of innovative solutions. From the microwave oven and Post-It Notes to Viagra and corn flakes, many of todays ubiquitous products are the result of happy accidents. Now, Puralen, the new herbal laxative from Nano Essentials joins that pantheon of groundbreaking solutions.

As a leading healthy nutraceuticals research and product development company, Nano Essentials has brought innovative all-natural products such as E-Drops Nano for urinary tract infections and cystitis to world markets. It was in the course of producing a new batch of their E-Drops Nano that the shipment of an incorrect manufacturing ingredient known as lecithin led to the discovery of Puralen. Lecithin is a naturally-occurring compound found in a variety of plant and animal tissues. Our 60 years of combined experience in research and development led us to experimentation with the different lecithin as a substitute ingredient in our very specific E-Drops Nano formulation, said Nano Essentials representative Vedran Hasanagic.

The Nano Essentials researchers thoroughly tested samples from the experimental batch in their laboratories and determined that the resultant product was not only safe, but had some interesting new medicinal properties. After internal testing with the president and select staff, they soon discovered that the alternate lecithin gave the drops an excellent and natural laxative property. After more testing on the all-natural experimental solution, we slightly modified it to enhance its bowel and digestive tract cleansing properties, said Hasanagic.

Dubbed Puralen, the digestive tract cleanser is an all-natural diuretic and stool softener that regulates colon and urinary tract health to treat constipation and clean the colon. Since it is an herbal solution based on the original E-Drops, it also acts as a urinary tract antiseptic.

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Durham, NC (PRWEB) September 11, 2012

A new study by Phoenix Healthcare, a division of Phoenix Marketing International, has found that half (47%) of men 45+ suffer from multiple mens health conditions known mostly by their acronyms ED, BPH, Low T and gout. This market of mixed morbidities is larger than any one of these conditions individually. With over 30 million men today (and growing by 14% in 2020 and 27% by 2030), it is no wonder pharmaceuticals are rapidly heating up competition for mens attention to learn about their conditions and their brands.

Seventeen (17) ED, BPH, gout, or Low T brands jumped up DTC advertising by 33% to over $ 400 million dollars. This represents very rare growth in DTC. To learn if that much money resulted in more men to talking to their doctors, Phoenix surveyed a large random sample of 1,500 men, 45+. And what they discovered was surprising.

Only 1 in 10 men (13%) who talked to their doctor about their mixed gout symptoms talked about their gout. This is in stark contrast to the 8 in 10 men (76%) with mixed gout symptoms who watched Takedas gout treatment ads or Ulorics green flask ads. Despite having gout symptoms, it was their symptoms for ED, Low T then BPH that won the largest shares of symptom discussion. Clearly, the battle for market growth is fueled by the competition for share-of-voice in the physicians office.

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Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Market to Sink to USD 3.4 Billion by 2019: Transparency Market Research


Albany, New York (PRWEB) September 24, 2014

The global erectile dysfunction drugs market was worth $ 4.3 billion in 2012. It is expected to decline at an aggregate rate of 4.5% between 2013 and 2019, which means the market will be valued at $ 3.4 billion in 2019.

All facts and figures have be provided through a research report titled Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Market (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra/Staxyn, Stendra/Spedra, Zydena, MUSE, Mvix and Helleva) – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 2019, published by Transparency Market Research.

To browse through the research report, or to view the ToC, please visit: http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/erectile-dysfunction-drugs.html

The report showed that Viagra (sildenafil citrate) by Pfizer held 45% of the global erectile dysfunction drugs market in 2012. Its majority hold over the market is predicted to decline after patent exclusivity rights expire in 2013 in Europe and other countries. Cialis (tadalafil) held the second-largest market share with $ 1.9 billion in 2012. Its patent exclusivity will reportedly expire in 2017, supplementing the decline of the erectile dysfunction drugs market by 2019. The same is to be expected from Levitra/Staxyn (Vardenafil) by Bayer, whose patent exclusivity is set to expire in 2018. The report explains that once the patents expire, the market will be flooded with competitive generic drugs with similar chemical compositions, reducing the revenue generated by the major players in the market.

Factors that might improve the growth of the erectile dysfunction drugs market are the approval of the new promising drugs Zydena (udenafil) and Stendra/Spedra (avanafil) in mid 2014.

The report categorized the global erectile dysfunction market according to the product brands or pipeline analysis. By products, the report investigates Viagra, Cialis, Levitra/Staxyn, MUSE, Zydena, Mvix, and Helleva. By pipeline analysis, the report identifies Vitaros, Uprima, Gene therapy, Melanocortin Activators, and Topiglan.

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By geography, the research report identifies the regions of North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World. The North American region dominated the global erectile dysfunction drug market in revenue created. It is expected to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period.

The key players explained in the report are Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Bayer, Dong-A Pharmaceutical Corporation Limited, Eli Lilly And Company, Cristalia Produtos Quimicos Farmaceuticos Ltda., Vivus Incorporated, S.K. Chemicals Corporation Limited, Meda Pharmaceuticals, and Apricus Biosciences, Incorporated.

Erectile dysfunction is a male inability to generate and/or maintain penile erection, for the sake of a fully successful sexual intercourse. It primarily affects men above the age of 40. Typical causes of erectile dysfunction are diabetes and hypertension, along with a host of common habits attributed to a sedentary lifestyle, obesity, excessive consumption of alcohol, smoking, use of recreational drugs, and use of anti-depressants.

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LBAU Named RF Safety Awareness Trainer for Cell Tower Conference


Greenville, NC (PRWEB) September 30, 2014

LBA University, Inc. (LBAU), the safety training unit of LBA Group, Inc. (LBA), announced that the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) selected LBAU as its official Radio Frequency (RF) Safety Awareness training provider at NATE Unite 2015. The event will take place February 23-26, 2015 in Orlando, FL.

NATE Unite is recognized as the premier conference and exposition of the year for the tower erection, and service and maintenance industry. The event provides opportunities for education, marketing, networking, and the development of cohesion among NATE members. The RF Safety Awareness training offered by LBAU will be part of the education breakout sessions at the 2015 event.

The RF Safety Awareness training presented by LBAU at NATE Unite 2015 will touch on a number of issues related to RF safety around various environments, including communications towers, roof-top antennas, fixed and mobile antennas, and equipment that is sometimes overlooked as RF producers. Attendees will also learn about FCC guidelines, OSHA regulations, industry standards and parameters established by various agencies as it relates to RF Safety.

The two training sessions that will be conducted by LBAU at NATE Unite 2015 are being custom tailored from LBAUs online and on-site offerings. For more information about RF Safety Awareness training and the other safety training options offered by LBAU, contact Stacey Moore at: 252-757-0279, stacey.moore(at)lbagroup(dot)com.

About LBA Group, Inc.

LBA University, Inc. is recognized as a leading training resource in the radio frequency arena. LBAU has trained thousands of students in RF awareness and other RF safety topics. In conjunction with sister company Lawrence Behr Associates, Inc., it also supports communications and industrial RF safety audits, safety plan development, and certifications. Both are units of LBA Group, Inc. which has over 50 years of experience in providing technology and risk management for industrial and telecommunications infrastructure assets. LBA Group is a multiple INC5000 awardee, and a minority-owned small business that has been honored with Top50 diversity status in North Carolina. The companies are based in Greenville, N.C., USA.

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Heterosexual, Homosexual, Bi-Sexual to be Joined by Asexual-Online Clinic Uk-Med.co.uk Releases an Article Connecting Sexual Orientation with Erectile Dysfunction

London, United Kingdom (PRWEB UK) 18 September 2012

Asexuality, is often referred to as non-sexuality but is actually defined as a deficiency of sexual attraction for other persons of any gender, also someone that has no inclination to wanting sex.

It is not to be confused with celibacy, where a person chooses to abstain from sex for a period of time, but retains all aspects of loving, personal relationship. An asexual individual may have a sexual relationship in order to please a partner or to attain children, but the sexual act would not have a meaning or bring associated pleasure.

Some might say that it is just a reason for those who cant get a boyfriend or girlfriend, for which someone that is asexual could take offense at. But Professor Anthony Bogaert has been a leading informant on this subject for the last decade and has just released a book called Understanding Asexuality. He is of the view that asexuality has not been investigated enough and this is barring this section of society from carrying out their relationships in a way that would suit them.

It is in effect the same way that the majority of people viewed homosexuality and bi-sexuality as not acceptable, which perceptions have greatly changed. Dr Bogaert is a consultant at Brock University, Ontario, Canada and he specialises in research into sexual orientation. His previous papers have been on older brothers and fraternal influence on sexual choice. This could be an underlying reason as to why someone suffers from erectile dysfunction, which is treatable with Viagra and other PDE5 inhibitors like Cialis and Levitra. Maybe thinking about your general sexual outlook and looking into what you want from a relationship could also help.

It is in effect the same way that the majority of people viewed homosexuality and bi-sexuality as not acceptable, which perceptions have greatly changed. Last July during the World Pride celebrations in London, there was an asexual conference that took place at the Southbank University. They were promoting that asexuality should be recognised as a natural human trait, so those with this inclination should not be classed as having a disorder. The terminology asexual gained notoriety in 2001 when David Jay promoted Asexuality Visibility and Education Network (Aven), which now has 50,000 affiliates globally. They describe themselves as hetero-romantic, which highlights a romantic feeling for others, but without the sexual need, this also is said of homo-romantic and bi-romantics.

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Back to School and the Newest Chemical to Watch: Phthalates

With children across the country returning to school this week, many parents are just completed the infamous back-to-school shopping trip, wherein backpacks, notebooks, pencils, markers, and locker decorations were purchased. This year, some scientists and politicians are warning about the dangers of phthalates.

Phthalates are also known as “plasticizers.” This is a group of industrial chemicals, used in everything from raincoats, shower curtains, toys, and children’s backpacks. According to the Environmental Working Group, phthalates can disrupt the endocrine system, decrease a man’s sperm count, and possibly even cause cancer.

This week, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice released the “Back-to-School Guide for PVC-Free School Supplies.” The report tells parents how to avoid PVCs, calling them “poisonous.” A number of media sources have picked up the story and are cautioning parents against purchasing products containing these chemicals. However, not everyone is necessarily ready to call phthalates a health hazard just yet.

An op-ed piece appearing on Forbes.com this week blasts the allegations made by some politicians and environmental groups, noting that many of the studies only involved animals or test groups so small that it would be irresponsible to draw sweeping conclusions from them:

Most recently, in NeuroToxicology, the Mt. Sinai Hospital researcher linked phthalates and another controversial plasticizer, bisphenol A, to a variety of health problems including neuro-developmental delays, behavioral issues and reduced fertility. Her evidence? She examined urine samples from 10 Mennonite women —yes, 10 of 1.5 million Mennonites worldwide. From a science perspective, any conclusions she might make from such a dismally small sample is literally ridiculous—but the media had a field day, nonetheless.

The truth is that there simply is not enough information out there at this point to make a definite determination regarding the safety of phthalates. These chemicals not not highly regulated, and science is still emerging about any potential long-term effects.

 

Surface Miners Inhaling Toxic Dust At Risk for Black Lung

Many surface coal miners previously believed that only their colleagues working underground were at risk for contracting black lung disease. A new study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) says otherwise.

Black lung disease is simply a common name used to describe any lung disease that can be contracted by inhaling coal dust. The name is derived from the appearance of a person’s lungs, which normally appear to be pink. There are two types of black lung disease, also known as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis: coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP or the “simple” form); and progressive massive fibrosis (PMF or the “complicated” form).

Utilizing chest x-rays and breathing tests, researchers at NIOSH discovered severe cases of black lung disease in surface coal miners. While a prior study, completed in 2002, revealed less than a 2% incidence rate of black lung disease, this current study revealed that the rate is actually about five times higher.

Although it is still somewhat unclear as to what specific chemicals are the most harmful, researchers have speculated that silica dust, found primarily in the Appalachian region, is especially dangerous.

Because of these findings, researchers are now alleging that federal regulations governing coal miners may be insufficient to protect workers. Currently, miners who work on the surface are often exposed to clouds of dust around coal trucks, mines, and along mine roadways.

Inhaling coal dust also increases the risk of contracting emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD. X-rays are able to detect many lung diseases early, so workers who are concerned should get tested so that early treatment options are available to them. If an x-ray does reveal a formal positive diagnosis of black lung disease, workers have a legal right to be transferred to a less dusty working environment without a reduction in pay.

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North Carolina Governor Rejects Fracking Legislation

On Sunday, North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue vetoed a bill which would have allowed companies to drill for natural gas in North Carolina through the highly controversial fracking process. (For background information on fracking, please see our blog post from August 24, 2011.) Governor Purdue said in a public statement that she did not believe the legislation contained adequate environmental protection.

“I support energy policies that create jobs and lower costs for businesses and families,” Perdue said. “Our drinking water and the health and safety of North Carolina’s families are too important; we can’t put them in jeopardy by rushing to allow fracking without proper safeguards.”

While Governor Perdue’s veto was criticized by the leadership in both the State House and Senate, the move received praise from a number of state and national environmental groups, who have been cautioning against the risks associated with fracking for many months now.

While Republicans in North Carolina supported fracking for its potential to create many jobs within the state, Democrats and many environmental groups fear that the process will contaminate drinking water and is therefore not worth the risk. They argue that releasing toxic chemicals into potable water could create massive health risks for those consuming water from sources near fracking sites.

To read more about the bill in North Carolina, please see the article in the Charlotte Observer.

If you or a loved one has been injured by contaminated water or soil, please contact our firm for a complimentary consultation to learn more about your rights.

New Vaccination Designed to Help Smokers Quit and Prevent Non-Smokers from Starting

British scientists have developed a vaccination that is designed to remove all addictive properties of nicotine. Specifically, the pleasure your body associates with smoking would no longer be generated when you smoke a cigarette.

While human trials for the vaccine have yet to begin, tests on mice have proven to be successful. After a single dose, mice were found to be immune to nicotine addiction for their entire lifespan.

The vaccine contains a harmless virus, which is engineered to generate anti-nicotine antibodies upon administration. The virus works by selectively affecting cells in the liver.

Because the vaccine works by turning liver cells into antibody generators, it is expected to cost far less than prior vaccines, which required antibodies to be administered directly. Because older vaccines have required numerous administrations of these antibodies, they were believed to be less effective and more costly.

If human trials are successful, scientists believe that the vaccine could be administered to children, who have never tried a cigarette. This should prevent any recipients of the vaccine from ever deriving pleasure from smoking.

To read more about the vaccine, please visit Sky News.

Certain Toxic Chemicals Possibly Linked to Autism

The product of a conference hosted by the Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) in 2010 has gained publicity in the past few days. Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, Luca Lambertini, PhD, MPH, MSc, and Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, recently published an editorial called “A Research Strategy to Discover the Environmental Causes of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.” The editorial focuses on certain toxic chemicals that the editors suggest are linked to autism.

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According to the National Academy of Sciences, 3 percent of neurobehavioral disorders in children are caused by exposure to toxins in the environment. The disorders in this category include ADHD and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). An additional 25 percent of these disorders are believed to be caused by a mix of exposure to environmental factors and genetics, though the exact causes are still unknown. Researchers at Mount Sinai have estimated that between 400,000 and 600,000 of the 4 million children born each year in the U.S. are affected by these issues.

For these reasons, Dr. Landrigan, as well as four other editorials, have called for additional studies to be conducted to determine which chemicals might be causing conditions like autism. The CEHC listed ten chemicals it believes to be linked to causing autism and learning disabilities. They are:

1. Lead

2. Methylmercury

3. PCBs

4. Organophosphate pesticides

5. Organochlorine pesticides

6. Endocrine disruptors

7. Automotive exhaust

8. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

9. Brominated flame retardants

10. Perfluorinated compounds

If you or a family member have been injured by exposure to a toxic substance, contact our firm for a complementary consultation. We have over 25 years of experience and would be happy to explain your legal options, free of cost.

For more information on these chemicals and their potential link to autism, please click here.

The New Drug of Choice: Hand Sanitizer?

While you certainly can’t sue over the subject matter of this post, this new trend is so baffling that it nonetheless merits attention. According to a recent article in the L.A. Times, a new trend is emerging on college campuses throughout the country: drinking hand sanitizer.

In the past year, the California Poison Control System announced that it has received sixty reported cases of teenagers drinking hand sanitizer. In order to kill all of those germs on your hands, sanitizer contains 62% ethyl alcohol. Unfortunately, many teens have begun to utilize the substance to create a very potent alcoholic beverage, which sometimes includes salt to separate out the alcohol. Some students reported locating instructions for making this stiff cocktail on the Internet.

If you are concerned that your child might be interested in experimenting, there are ways to continue using hand sanitizer, while minimizing the availability of the product around your house. According to Cyrus Rangan of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, “All it takes is just a few swallows and you have a drunk teenager.” Health experts have advised purchasing foam hand sanitizers instead of the liquid versions, as the foam is more difficult to transform into a legal beverage.

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California Study Finds Toxins in Nail Polish

Reports in a variety of scientific journals demonstrate that nail salon employees suffer from more frequent headaches, respiratory issues, and skin irritation than most Americans. Furthermore, those working in nail salons are frequently exposed to dangerous chemicals at higher levels than most.

With this in mind, it is disturbing that the Department of Toxic Substances Control is releasing a report, showing that toxic chemicals were found in a number of nail products, claiming to be toxic-free. ”Toxic-free” refers to products not using the “toxic trio:” formaldahyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. Exposure to these three chemicals has been linked to both cancer and birth defects.

According to Thu Quach of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, nail products are not closely regulated, and the toxic effects of nail products can be compounded if a nail salon is not properly ventilated. Therefore, some cities have begun to pay attention and implement stricter regulations. While Boston has approached the issue by requiring salons to obtain health permits, the city of San Francisco has used an incentive approach by recognizing salons that use toxic-free products.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a toxic product, contact us for a complementary consultation.

For more information on toxic nail products, please see the article appearing in today’s Los Angeles Times.

Cancer Cluster in Fridley, MN? Erin Brockovich is on the Scene.

Shortly after wrapping up an investigation in upstate New York, Erin Brockovich has traveled to Fridley, Minnesota, where she and her team are now attempting to decipher what might be causing elevated cancer levels in the area. Current estimates place the incidence of cancer in Fridley at around ten percent higher than other areas in the state.

While heightened occurrences of all types of cancer are cause for concern, epidemiologists are working to trace which types of cancers are appearing more than others. John Soler, an epidemiologist for the Minnesota Cancer Surveillance System, indicated that initial findings revealed higher concentrations of lung cancer, especially in women. Despite this, Soler noted that final numbers have yet to be crunched.

In the meantime, Bob Bowcock, Brockovich’s associate, is reaching out to Fridley residents on the facebook page, “Fridley Cancer Cluster.” The page was started by residents and was one of the reasons Fridley caught Brockovitch’s attention.

The page has nearly 1,900 members and is full of stories from locals whose lives have been affected by cancer.

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More Reasons to Quit Smoking

Just when you thought you had heard every possible reason under the sun to quit smoking, another one emerges. The latest incentive for kicking your habit comes from an article released today by Reuters. The article pronounces, not only is smoking bad for you, for your friends and family, for those around you, but it’s a “drag on the world economy.”

The Tobacco Atlas, funded by the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation, launched a book, which contains a number of statistics concerning the harm caused by tobacco. One of the most important figures indicates that smoking costs around 1 to 2 percent of the world’s gross domestic product every year. Included in these figures are costs such as healthcare expenses for treating tobacco-related illnesses and the costs of tobacco-related absences from work.

Today, there are around 7 billion people on the planet, and approximately one out of every seven smokes. Each year, approximately 600,000 non-smokers die as a result of second-hand smoke.

Sadly, these staggering statistics don’t seem so staggering after being in the news for so many years. The World Health Organization is taking action to curtail global tobacco use, and so are nations around the globe. As of today, 174 countries have signed and ratified the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

While this is certainly a step in the right direction, the Convention lacks any penalties for a State’s failure to comply with Convention provisions. The United States has signed the treaty, but it has not been ratified. Therefore, the signature is nothing more than a symbolic gesture; treaties are not binding until they have been ratified.

While frightening statistics about tobacco use and related injuries have become the norm, and while one more article likely won’t cause anyone to to toss their last pack of Marlboros in the trash, it remains important to be reminded every once in a while that kicking the habit can not only save lives, but apparently, it can help our ailing economy.

Is Fluoride in Water Dangerous?

Recently, the New Jersey State Legislature introduced a bill, requiring all public water systems to add fluoride to local water supplies. This bill was proposed in light of the discovery that around two hundred New Jersey municipalities have stopped adding fluoride to water.

 

Fluoride prevents tooth decay and guards against the development of cavities. According to WebMD, the mineral allows teeth to resist being damaged by bacteria and sugars in the mouth, and it reversed early tooth decay. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has hailed the addition of fluoride to local water supplies as one of the top ten public health achievements of the 20th century.

Objections to fluoridation of water have been raised over concerns that fluoride, in addition to preventing tooth decay, also can cause bone weakness if consumed in high doses over many years.

In 1986, the E.P.A. mandated that fluoride levels in water could not exceed 4.0 milligrams per liter. This regulation was accompanies by a suggestion that levels actually be limited to 2.0 milligrams per liter. Twenty years later, the National Research Council released a study it was asked by the E.P.A. to conduct. The study indicated that the 4.0 maximum level should be lowered, though it does not specify by how much. Today, the E.P.A. is still pondering how to proceed.

It seems that other federal agencies are beginning to take notice of the issue as well. In January 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services recommended that fluoride levels be capped at 0.7 milligrams per liter.

In light of these findings and recommendations, cities throughout the country have begun to explore the issue in greater detail. While many cities in New Jersey have elected to abandon fluoride in local water, others like Aspen, CO and Shippensburg, PA have elected to continue adding it.

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