No Smoking Till 21!!!…..Your Thoughts??

Greetings D2F Family and Friends!!

We could possibly see major change as it relates to freedoms for young-adults. Chicago Alderman, George Cardenas, is in favor of banning cigarettes sales to individuals under the age of 21 in order to help lower the rates of teen smokers. Many critics of the recommendation don’t understand how you can be drafted to fight in a war at age 18 but do not have the freedom to drink or smoke….It’s legal to be a trained killer in battle but illegal for me to smoke, GO FIGURE!. Supporters suggest that raising the legal age will benefit teen health and wellness and in the long-run lower health care cost. I’ll present some facts about smoking and let you decide where you stand on the issue.  Please answer the poll and share.

Smoking Facts

  • About 8.6 million people in the U.S. have at least one serious illness that’s caused by smoking.
  • For every person that dies from a smoking-related disease, there are 20 more who suffer from at least one serious illness associated with smoking.
  • The CDC estimates that adult male smokers lose an average of 13.2 years of life and female smokers lose 14.5 years of life because of smoking
  • Every day over 3,800 teens, 18 and younger, smoke their first cigarette. While, 1,000 teens start smoking on a daily basis.
  • A single cigarette contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.

We Salute Public Health Pioneer: Dr. Joycelyn Elders

Dr. Joycelyn Elders Dr. Joycelyn Elders, 16th Surgeon General of the United States of America

Joycelyn Elders, the first person in the state of Arkansas to become board certified in pediatric endocrinology, was the sixteenth Surgeon General of the United States, the first African American and only the second woman to head the U.S. Public Health Service.  Known as an outspoken advocate of public health, Elders was appointed Surgeon General by President Clinton in 1993.

While serving as Surgeon General, she campaigned for clinics and expanded sex education; she caused a storm of controversy among conservatives and some religious groups. Yet, largely because of her lobbying, in 1989 the Arkansas Legislature mandated a K-12 curriculum that included sex education, substance-abuse prevention, and programs to promote self-esteem. From 1987 to 1992, she nearly doubled childhood immunizations, expanded the state’s prenatal care program, and increased home-care options for the chronically or terminally ill. Although she served for only 15 months her impact in history will last forever.

Resilience and dedication is why we salute Dr. Elders. Although she came from very humble beginnings in rural Arkansas, she surpassed the dreams she imagined for herself. Dr. Elders is my inspiration to do more, be more, and dream bigger! My aspirations to one day serve my country as Surgeon General is realized through Dr. Elder’s accomplishments.

Thank You Dr. Joycelyn Elders!!….We Salute You!

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Lauren Walton

Cervical Cancer Awareness & Prevention…What do you know?

Happy New You D2F Catalyst Readers!!!

Cervical Cancer and the Urban Community Quick Facts

  • Out of the 12,000 women diagnosed each year, Hispanic women are ranked highest for diagnosed cases of cervical cancer
  • Over 40% of the black women diagnosed with cervical cancer this year will die from the disease.

This month the health and wellness community highlights cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is almost always caused by genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.  HPV can also lead to cancers of the anus, vulva, vagina, throat and penis; however cervical cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancers. Yet, we (black women)  are still dying at a  disproportionate rate than any other race.  Research illustrates that the black community is, in fact, knowledgeable about cervical cancer (what it is and how it is caused) yet, there seems to be a disconnect when it comes to prevention measures (vaccinations and screening test/exams). So let’s discuss…I want to hear what you think before we discuss and respond to what research says you think!

Please respond to the poll!!

Thank You:)