An App That Will Inspire Teens to Kick Butt

Posted 09/09/2015 | By HealthCorps

It’s called qS, and it’s the quitSTART free App to help teens to “quit smoking,” though adults can use it too. Developed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) the app provides information about your past and current smoking history, and you then received personalized tips, support, inspiration and even challenges to help you to quit smoking and live a healthier life. The app helps you to prepare for becoming smoke free, monitors your progress, charts milestones and achievements, helps teens to manage cravings and bad moods with other healthier behaviors, provides games to distract you from your cravings and allows you to share your progress through social media.

Smokefee.gov is a website dedicated to the individual who would like to quit smoking. You can find more information on the health impacts of smoking, support, and ways to eat healthier and be more active as well as other tools and tips for if you’re trying to drop this unhealthy habit.

You can download the Android version from Google Play and it’s also available from the Apple App Store.

Dangers of Third-hand Smoke

The dangers of secondhand smoke, when you’re in close proximity to an active smoker, are well known. But did you know that third-hand smoke, which refers to the residual fumes and contamination on walls and other inanimate objects, can also provide dangerous exposure to carcinogens?

A new study suggests the danger of third-hand smoke is more potent in the first few hours, after a smoker has just left a space, but the risk can remain viable for up to 18 hours after the smoker leaves the room or closed location. Small enclosures like a car can be especially dangerous, with younger individuals especially vulnerable. Rule of thumb: If you can still smell the smoke when you enter an area, you are in danger.

(Source: Bottom Line Volume 29 Number 5 May 2015)

Why do we have eyelashes?

Though most of us associate batting our beautiful eyelashes to attract the opposite sex, mammals actually have eyelashes for a different reason. Eyelashes, which are typically about 1/3 as long as the eye is wide, offer a perfect way to keep eyes moist and reduce evaporation of eye fluids. The length is actually pretty precise which means it factors into the functionality of your lashes.

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