Tag: health

Alabama lawmakers considering vaping ban

Scott Young, News Editor

After weeks of news stories on the negative impacts of vaping products, several states have passed laws banning their sale – and Alabama may follow.

Alabama State Rep. Shane Stringer told ABC 33/40 that he is considering legislation to ban e-cigarettes in the state until the Food and Drug Administration takes action on vaping.

“This has become an epidemic in the last year or two,” said Stringer. “We’ve got to have more regulation and more accountability to deal with these vapes and the vaping industry.”

Fourteen deaths related to vaping have been reported throughout the United States. The Centers for Disease Control is now saying that vaping products containing THC is playing a role in the outbreak of deaths.

Stringer plans to meet with state health leaders soon to discuss what should be included in that potential legislation.

State Sen. Bobby Singleton said that he is open to a potential ban on vaping if the research supports the idea.

“I want to hear something from UAB, and the national institute of health, let’s get some real numbers and see what’s happening with our children,” added Singleton.

The CDC has warned Americans against using e-cigarettes or vaping products and that anyone who chooses to buy the product should not buy it off the street.

“People need to understand that e-cigarettes are potentially dangerous to your health,” said Dr. Michael Blaha, director of clinical research at the John Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. “You’re exposing yourself to all kinds of chemicals that we don’t yet understand and that are probably not safe.”

Staying healthy at Jacksonville State

Stephenson Hall provides workout options for students to stay healthy during the college grind. (Steve Latham/JSU)

Breanna HillNews Editor

Fast food and non-existent work out routines–these two habits are the major causes of obesity and lack of good nutrition in the US today. Think about it. Those who live on college campuses, much like Jacksonville State University, are drawn to fast food chains and unhealthy food options because it is quick, cheap, and available. We have all been subject to grab Chick-fil-a on a night when cramming for a test is the only thing on the brain.

Despite having a great workout destination right here on campus (Stephenson Hall), most of us neglect to take advantage of the outstanding resources that is offered to us through JSU, such as yoga and basic cardio classes and the gym equipment. Even a simple cardio routine that takes less than thirty minutes a day or even taking a few of the classes in Stephenson a few times a week can slow down, or even completely halt the weight gain that all haunts college students today. Studies show that 70% of college students suffer from weight gain throughout their college experience.

Avoiding weight gain can be a bit more difficult than expected, especially when you are out on your own. Simply keeping up with the calories you consume, and having a steady, constant workout routine can help make things a bit easier.

Make it a habit to choose a healthier option every now and then, and grab a friend and head to Stephenson. A difference in your appearance and even your attitude will be noticed.

Alabama gears up to shed pounds with Scale Back Alabama 2015

Running shoes are being laced up across the state as Alabamians take a step toward fighting the obesity challenge around them with the program, Scale Back Alabama. According to the webpage the program was created to lighten the mood of a daily exercise routine and make things a little more fun.

To qualify for the program participants must team up with two other participants. All must be 18 or older, live of work in the state, and complete online registration or go to an official weigh in site. Anyone who loses 10 pounds is automatically eligible for prizes. Weigh-ins officially ended on January  23 however everyone is still encouraged to utilize the tools available to educate oneself on health and wellness.

Gina Marbrey, M.S. and department head of health and physical education and recreation proudly said, “JSU wellness center has served as a weigh in site for 7 of the 8 years that scale back Alabama has existed.” JSU students are encouraged to get involved in this 10 week program. The wellness center as well as students majoring in exercise science will be offering 30 minute fitness session. The fitness sessions will be held at various buildings across campus (exact buildings have not been confirmed yet), every Wednesday from 12:15-12:45.

February 11, March 11, and April 8th JSU will preview the new get healthy JSU initiative. Over one million pounds have been shed by Alabama’s over the past 8 years.

Ashley Colvin
Staff Writer

To vape or not to vape?

What is “vaping?” Originally intended for current adult smokers that wished to continue enjoying their nicotine habit at a reduced risk, electronic cigarettes, also known as personal vaporizers or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), are battery-powered vaporizers.

While simulating the feeling of smoking tobacco by utilizing a Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycerin based liquid, they are mixed with small amounts of nicotine and food grade flavoring. The vapor created is inhaled and exhaled much like cigarette smoke, hence the term “vaping.”

The solution for these vaporizers are often sold in a bottle or in pre-filled disposable cartridges and are manufactured with various tobacco, fruit, and other flavors, as well as variable nicotine concentrations (including nicotine-free versions) and labeling according to their nicotine concentration.

Most tend to work the same way and include a battery, a heating element, and a cartridge that holds nicotine and other liquids and flavorings. Features and costs can vary, and while some are disposable, others contain rechargeable batteries and refillable cartridges. With an increase of popularity over the last year or so, it’s not hard to come across vaporizers in some form on campus.

The real debate lies in whether the pros outweigh the cons. Obviously, nicotine inside the cartridges is addictive just like it would be in any other form. When you stop using it, you can get withdrawal symptoms such as feeling irritable, depressed, restless and anxious and can be dangerous for people with heart problems. Tests have shown that the levels of dangerous chemicals they give off are a fraction of what you’d get from a real cigarette, but what’s in them can vary.

So, do e-cigarettes makethe problem better or worse?

Some argue that because nicotine is addictive, e-cigarettes could lead to becoming a “gateway drug,” resulting in nonsmokers and kids to use tobacco. There is also the worry about whether this could make smoking popular again, throwing away years of anti-smoking campaigns and rolling back decades of progress in getting people to quit or avoiding it altogether.

Meanwhile, others look at the possible benefits for smokers.

Michael Siegel, a professor at Boston University’s School of Public Health stated recently in an interview, “Obviously, it would be best if smokers could quit completely, but if that’s not possible, I think they’d be a lot better off with e-cigarettes. They’re a safer alternative.”

While replacing cigarettes with vaporizers may have its own risks, it is proven to be safer in some aspects. They are likely to be less harmful to users and bystanders.

Overall, the benefits of this newest fad and innovation include the non-use of tobacco, a cheaper alternative, no second hand smoke, and is completely odorless.

Due to the recent appearance, there’s yet to be a great deal of health research pertaining to the side effects of their use. Common courtesy is another necessary aspect to keep in mind when out in public areas. Whether or not you choose to see E-cigs as a positive or negative, remember to weigh your options carefully.

Megan Wise
Staff Writer