#1 Takeaway from American Heart Month: Stop Smoking

By Rosanne Ullman | 02/23/2014 10:32:00 PM


click image to zoom We don’t mean to nag. But would you nourish your body with chemicals found in toilet cleaners and rat poison? If you smoke, that’s what you’re doing.

We’ll do anything to help you stop smoking, even post this graphic, which shows you exactly what you’re breathing when you light up. Smoking may help you get through a long workday or a stressful time in your life, but you already know that’s not enough payback to risk the damage that smoking can do. As February, American Heart Month, comes to a close, we remind you that smoking is not only terrible for your heart but also causes 90 percent of lung cancer deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And no wonder—read those chemicals on the graphic! When you light a cigarette, toxic chemicals are released as they burn. You or those around you breathe them in the smoke.

“Cigarettes contain somewhere between 4,000 and 7,000 chemicals,” reports Brian Tiep, M.D., director of pulmonary rehabilitation and smoking cessation at City of Hope. Some of these chemicals also can be found in batteries, rocket fuel, toilet cleaners and rat poison—that one’s arsenic. Nicotine, not particularly harmful in itself, is the chemical that hooks you.

In this final week of American Heart Month, give up smoking! Do it for your family, do it for your clients, do it for the salon industry—and do it for yourself.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rosanne Ullman

Rosanne Ullman, Project Editor | Modern Salon Media

Rosanne has been writing for the salon division of Vance Publishing for more than 30 years, contributing landmark articles ranging from a year-long historical series in the 1990s marking MODERN SALON's 75th anniversary to a more recent, comprehensive tribute to Vidal Sassoon's impact on the industry. She was involved in the conceptual planning for First Chair and has directed several of Modern Salon Media's custom publishing projects. Rosanne holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's famed Medill School and contributes to her community through three elected terms on her local school board.

Rosanne is our go-to provider for Modern Salon Media's Healthy Hairdresser e-newsletter. You can e-mail Rosanne Ullman at rullman@vancepublishing.com.


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