Smoking is without a doubt one of the top risks for developing health problems and shortening your life, but there are plenty of folks who continue putting themselves at risk.
Dr. Alan Blum with the University of Alabama’s College of Community Health Sciences has been studying smoking cessation for decades, and he’s responsible for UA’s campus-wide nonsmoking policy. (More…)
Alabama Health Department launches anti chewing tobacco campaign
The Alabama Health Department launched its campaign with hopes to bring awareness and reduce the usage of smokeless tobacco among young adults and teens.
Eight percent of adult Alabamians and 9 percent of teens have used smokeless tobacco in the last 30 days. (More…)
Vaping has become a popular, potentially harmful trend
Student Reporter Haleigh Amond and Web Writer Anthony Zapata WVUA 23
Vaping has been a method to help people quit smoking, but recently it has evolved into a trend among young people. What started as a way to help people quit smoking has now become a harmful trend. Everywhere you turn, someone is smoking an e-cigarette, vape or Juul, but what reason do they have for doing it? (More…)
Health matters: Digital addiction
WVUA March 1, 2018
In this day and age, technology is constantly evolving, but new studies show it could be physically harming us. Dr. Rick Streiffer sits down with Dr. Alan Blum, a family physician at the University Medical Center, about the addiction we’re seeing to phones, devices and computer screens.
Streiffer notes that the creation of the smart phone and computers has been a remarkable addition to our society with all the benefits it has brought. But as he looks around, he realizes people are addicted, and they are ignoring other people because of it. (More…)
Should the FDA prohibit filtered cigarettes?
Susan Scutti CNN
Light cigarettes falsely ease smokers’ fear of lung cancer, say researchers from the Ohio State University.
Evidence suggests that ventilation holes in the filters of these cigarettes contribute to increased lung adenocarcinoma rates and risks, according to a study published Monday in Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (More…)
UA professor’s exhibition bites into tobacco’s influence in the big apple
Bryant Welbourne UA News Center April 19, 2018
New York City has been home to numerous activist movements involving issues of civil rights and religious freedom, among many others. But according to one University of Alabama professor and New York City native, the Big Apple was late to show much activism against one of the leading killers in the United States because of the heavy influence of its producers. (More…)
Put down that phone, at least for a little while
Larry Clayton The Tuscaloosa News January 28, 2018
Did you know, or realize, that high school students spend about nine hours a day on digital media?
I didn’t spend nine hours a day on anything when I was in high school. Or in college for that matter, not even obsessing about being in college with a coed population after seven years in an all-boys prep school deprived of the normal interaction between the sexes. (More…)
We have not ‘come a long way, baby’: Dr. Alan blum on smoking cessation and prevention
Alan Blum Cancer Network
Aug 1, 2018
To mark World Lung Cancer Day on August 1st, Cancer Network spoke with Dr. Alan Blum (More…)