Anytime is a good time to stop smoking or vaping, but health experts say this moment would be especially beneficial.
“Quitting during this pandemic could not only save your life, but by preventing the need for your treatment in a hospital, you might also save someone else’s life,” said Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, a researcher and Harvard Medical School professor.
The coronavirus attacks the lungs, and research has shown that smoking damages lungs, the New York Times reports.
“People who smoke are immunosuppressed to some degree,” another expert said, per Scientific American.
Smokers generate more mucus, have trouble getting it out of their lungs, and smoking changes immune cells. “And all that leads up to, basically, they’re more likely to get viruses and have a worse outcome,” the expert said.
With vaping being relatively new, there’s less research on its effects. But based on what is known, one researcher said, “It stands to reason that you would lower your risk if you stopped doing these things.”
That includes marijuana.
“Clean air is what the lungs should be inhaling,” Winickoff said, “especially during a global pandemic.” Just the act of smoking is problematic now, he said: “You bring this device or cigarette to your mouth to inhale, and you do so repeatedly.
You touch the cartridge. You put it next to your face. You are spreading whatever is in your hand into your body.” And then there’s the coughing. Taken together, Winickoff said, “That’s a recipe for increased spread.”
Daniel Radcliffe has been sober since 2010—and the actor says his work in the Harry Potter film franchise may have had a lot to do with his drinking problem.
“A lot of drinking that happened towards the end of Potter and for a little bit after it finished, it was panic, a little bit not knowing what to do next—not being comfortable enough in who I was to remain sober,” he says in a recent BBC interview cited by the Independentand ETOnline.
Image: Daniel Radcliffe
He adds that this was one of the first times he started to understand how fame would impact his daily life: “If I went out and if I got drunk, I’d suddenly be aware of there being interest in that because it’s not just a drunk guy. It’s ‘Oh, Harry Potter’s getting drunk in the bar.’ And that carries its own kind of interest for people. Also a slightly mocking interest because it is inherently funny for people.”
The 30-year-old says he did not enjoy that, but at first, “the way of dealing with that is to just to drink more, or get more drunk. So I did a lot of that for a few years.”
As for whether there’s a direct connection between Potter and his drinking, he notes that’s a big question. “There are many questions in my life where you can say ‘Is this thing, thing X, the way it is because it’s in you to be that way or is it because you got famous and were in this slightly crazy situation?’ That’s not just the sense with my drinking, it’s a few things where you go ‘I wonder if that’s because of Potter or I would have been that way anyway?'”
He adds, per the Metro, “I will never know. It (dependency on drink) runs in my family, generations back. Definitely not my mum and dad, I hasten to add.”
One thing that’s become popular lately is people listing how many countries they’ve travelled to. Whether in person, or listed on their Instagram or Tinder bio, they say things like: “Travelled to 30 different countries by the time I was 30,” or “50 countries and counting.”
Discovering is the new currency. Travel bloggers, The Amazing Race and websites like Most Traveled People exist because of this.
Wanderlust, oh wanderlust, where will you take me too next: Sri Lanka or Peru? Slovenia or Cambodia?
Often inspired by our feeds on Facebook and Instagram, we dream of the streets we’ll walk, the sights we’ll see and the people we’ll meet.
But is this escapism healthy? Or could it be potentially dangerous?
For some, it’s more than just tech-driven narcissism.
Sounds pretty humorous, but think of it this way: The travel obsessed will do anything to travel. Like, anything. Sacrifice jobs, go into debt, leave loving partners and give up all routine and security in their lives to see new places.
Committing to one place is their greatest fear. Definitely a different kind of commitment-phobe this. These kinds of travellers are competitive, and will dedicate their lives to going everywhere and anywhere possible. Often, to the least visited places on earth. Just to say they’ve been there, conquered it.
CN Traveller also notes that a kind of Hunger Games for travellers exists where more than 30 000 humans compete for the title of the ‘World’s most travelled person’.
And Adventure.com notes that this form of extreme competitive travelling is influenced by our ‘quality over quantity’ lifestyle. Much like possessions, accumulating experiences fill our lives, giving us a false sense of value and purpose.
The traditional psychological approach to researching video game violence has been to ask “What do games do to young people?” rather than “How do young people use video games?”
The traditional approach seeks to substantiate the harmful effects of games on individuals who are considered to lack the knowledge and strategies to make sense of them. It not only considers young people’s own opinions and experiences to be irrelevant or unreliable, but it also fails to take account of the interactive properties of the games and the medium itself, the social dimension of play, and the inherently productive cultural practices of gaming. Above all it fails to ask why young people choose to play video games and what their opinion is about the content.
Teens and video games go hand-in-hand today. In fact, 97% of teens and kids in the US play video games at least for one hour every day.
To understand and analyse the attraction of video game violence, University of Waikato senior lecturer in Screen and Media Studies, Dr Gareth Schott, turns to a new genre in academic research, Game Studies, to examine video game violence in context with the culture of gaming, and the experiences and ideas of the players.
Dr Schott draws together the two separate research approaches to the subject by assessing the nature of violent content within video games via the experiences and articulations of young people themselves. He uses a combination of methods to give young people a voice that is all too often absent in what, to date, has been a one-way debate.
Positive Effects Of Video Games On Teenagers:
Yes, video games can be good for your child. Don’t be shocked, we’ll tell you why. Here are the reasons why virtual gaming can be good.
1. Improves cognitive functions:
Contrary to popular belief, video gaming can enhance multiple cognitive skills such as better allocation of attention, visual processing, memory, reasoning, and perception, according to a research published by the American Psychological Association.
Researchers have studied a meta-analysis of video games and concluded that the positive effects of violent games included improvement in a player’s capability of thinking in different dimensions, just the way some academic courses do.
2. Hand and eye coordination:
Research has shown that teens can learn spatial, visual and eye-hand coordination skills from video games, especially from shooter games. Some games require a great deal of these skills to be successful. For example, players need to keep track of positions, speed, aim, directions and more. The brain processes all these data and coordinates with the hands since all the actions are performed with the keyboard or game controller.
Lead author of the research Isabela Granic from the Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands, says, “This has critical implications for education and career development, as previous research has established the power of spatial skills for achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”
3. Quick thinking and accuracy:
The action in video games prepares the gamers to make smart decisions in split seconds. Also, they need acute attention to cope with unexpected changes in the game.
4. Work on dexterity:
Online gaming improves the movement of hands with the mouse and keyboard. They learn to use the shortcut functions on the keyboard and give quick responses.
5. Problem-solving abilities
Researchers suggest that video games can aid teens in developing problem-solving skills because while playing strategic video games like role-plays, young adolescents get better at solving problems.
6. Some games can improve moods and ward off anxiety
Games such as Angry Birds and Bejewelled II are straightforward and bring instant happiness or relaxation and improve moods. Researcher Granic calls it a “fundamental emotional benefit” kids can derive from video games. The games can also teach young people how to cope with failures.
Parents should avoid letting their children use mobile phones, tablets or computers an hour before bedtime and agree screen time limits, according to new official guidance.
Experts say that looking at screens such as phones, tablets or computers in the hour before bed can disrupt sleep and impact children’s health and wellbeing.
Meanwhile, spending long periods on the gadgets is associated with unhealthy eating and a lack of exercise.
Issuing the first official guidelines on screen time, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health recommended time limits and a curfew, although did not suggest what these should be.
It also said parents do not need to worry that using the devices is harmful in itself.
Parents are often told that gadgets can pose a risk to their children, but they can in fact be a valuable tool for children to explore the world, the college said.
Nevertheless, screen time should not replace healthy activities such as exercising, sleeping and spending time with family.
The college has drawn up four questions to help parents judge if their children are using screens in a healthy way:
Is your family’s screen time under control?
Does screen use interfere with what your family want to do?
Does screen use interfere with sleep?
Are you able to control snacking during screen time?
Dr Max Davie, the college’s officer for health promotion, said: “When it comes to screen time I think it is important to encourage parents to do what is right by their family.
“However, we know this is a grey area and parents want support and that’s why we have produced this guide.
“We suggest that age-appropriate boundaries are established, negotiated by parent and child that everyone in the family understands.
“When these boundaries are not respected, consequences need to be put in place.
“It is also important that adults in the family reflect on their own level of screen time in order to have a positive influence on younger members.”
The college recommended that screens are not used for an hour before bedtime due to evidence that the devices stimulate the brain, while the blue light they produce disrupts the body’s creation of the sleep hormone melatonin.
They also warned that watching screens can distract children from feeling full which, paired with advertising, can lead to higher intake of unhealthy foods.
The college issued the advice as a review published by the British Medical Journal found “considerable evidence” of an association between obesity and depression and higher levels of screen time.
However it said evidence for impacts on other health issues was “largely weak or absent”.
Nicotine is the addictive substance in tobacco products. Cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and almost all e-cigarettes contain nicotine. People who use tobacco products quickly become addicted to nicotine and thus have a very hard time stopping their use of those products.
Nicotine is not safe. During pregnancy, nicotine exposure harms the developing fetus, and causes lasting consequences for the developing brain and lung function in newborns, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Nicotine exposure also affects maternal and fetal health during pregnancy, and can result in low birth weights, preterm delivery and stillbirth.
Nicotine’s harmful effects on youth don’t end with pregnancy. It also negatively impacts brain development in children. Human brain development continues far longer than was previously realized, and nicotine use during adolescence and young adulthood has been associated with lasting cognitive and behavioral impairments, including effects on working memory and attention. In high enough doses, nicotine is also a poison – children have been harmed or even died from drinking e-cigarette liquid.
Most smokers and tobacco users are dependent on nicotine. Research suggests that nicotine is as addictive as heroin, cocaine, or alcohol. That’s one of the reasons it’s so hard to quit.
Withdrawal from nicotine can mean irritability, craving, depression, anxiety, cognitive and attention deficits, sleep disturbances, and increased appetite.
While it may seem counter-intuitive, nicotine replacement therapies such as gum, patches, inhalers, nasal spray and lozenges can help tobacco users quit. These products provide a lower level of nicotine than tobacco products and can help reduce withdrawal symptoms while the person transitions to his or her new smokefree life.
The various nicotine replacement products each work differently so it’s important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist to figure out which one(s) might be right for you.
“One of the interesting things about me and Tupac which I never told anyone is that when I first met him — when we first met, I was a drug dealer,” said the Gotham star whose appearance on Sirius XM was to promote her new movie “Girls Trip.”
She continued: “I won’t give details of the connection we had ’cause I’ll put it down in a book. A tip of the iceberg is — that’s how we started.”
Pinkett met the California Love rapper on their first day of high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Although both artists shot to limelight in the 90s, she regrets that they were misunderstood as a “pretty young girl” and a “cool guy” who had mutual love and respect for each other. The link they shared was solely about “calming each other’s nerves,” she explained.
“Pac and I’s relationship was about survival,”she said. “That’s how it started. I know that most people want to always connect it in this romance thing and that’s just because they don’t have the story.
“It was about survival and it’s always been about survival between us, you know what I’m saying? And holding each other down in ways that he and I could hold each other down.”
Going further in her revelations, the mother-of-two said it was heartbreaking that they went separate ways along the line because she was getting help on her addiction, while ‘Pac was going into the destructive life.
She also pointed out that her inspiration to quit drugs came after a terrible incident occurred in her life.
“It was God who saved me from going into crimes. I waited and prayed my friend would get the same salvation, but he never did,” Pinkett said.
Her newest flick “Girls Trip” costars Regina Hall and Queen Latifah.
Pinkett is a dancer, singer and author. She shares two kids — Jaden and Willow — with husband Will Smith. Her other name is Jada Koren.
She’s known for her roles in The Matrix Reloaded, Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Europe’s Most Wanted and The Matrix Revolutions, among many other movies in different genres.
The Bad Moms actress met her husband in 1994 on the set of a blockbuster The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She auditioned for Lisa Wilkes, a character for the actor’s girlfriend, but was rejected for being too short. The role was offered to Nia Long.
Despite the initial disappointment, both Smith and Pinkett struck up an acquaintance. They started dating in 1995 and tied the knots in 1997.
Talking about her 2004 novel Girls Hold Up This World, the one-time author said: “The book was written for my daughter Willow, her friends and all the little girls in the world who need affirmation about being female in this pretty much masculine world.
“I really tried to capture different sides of femininity.
“I want girls in the world to feel powerful, to know they have the power to change the world in any way they wish.”
A large number of doctors have argued for and against masturbation, citing backups on their reasonable claims but leaving the topic more complicated than it has been–a proof that science is myopic on a wide range of issues.
Most people, those who are free from the addiction, would prefer to depend on religion for expected answers which unequivocally refers to solo sex acts as “ungodly”.
A man who painstakingly withheld the urge to masturbate for nearly two years, has revealed how the effort impacted on his life positively. He said his lifestyle changed, adding that he has become a new man with greater tendencies that were lacking.
Although the ‘superman’ doesn’t like referring to his new ways as powers, he said: “My mind did feel a lot clear and I was at peace more often.
“Yes I was able to feel all those things you call ‘superpowers’ too – sudden increase in confidence, laser sharp focus, more attention from women, easier to find sex, energy boosts, etc.
“I don’t like to refer to them as ‘superpowers’ – how do we know these superpowers aren’t just normal human tendencies?”
Lateysha’s most recent bum enlargement surgery which took her outside of the United Kingdom, is her third. She confidently undressed before her BB housemates on her return, displaying naked butts on live TV–Big Brother’s Bit on the Side.
The BB contestant was said to have spent a total of £4,000 on cosmetic procedures in Turkey last week at a clinic called Elite Cosmetic Surgery.
At the clinic, Lateysha had a Brazilian buttock lift, additional liposuction to her arms and upper back, and face contouring. Her breast implants was also removed.
Image shows Lateysha Grace after the surgery in Turkey.
You may have watched Lateysha’s video. Yes, she’s that girl on national television who had her skintight mini gown ripped in two as she bent to twerk for viewers.
Image: Lateysha Grace
The housemate told Bizarre that she’s not done yet with her butts enlargement.
In her words: “I love my new bum but I know that I want more.
“I’ve got plans to get it done again in a couple of months. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.
“I’m constantly looking at myself in the mirror and thinking ‘oh, I want this bigger’ or ‘I want my waist smaller’ – I don’t think I’ll ever be happy with my body.
“I have this idea in my head that I want a small body and a big bum and that’s the body I love. I love curvaceous, womanly bodies.
“I’ve had my bum done three times now and I’m going to get it done a fourth time – I won’t stop until I’m completely happy with it.”
Image: Lateysha Grace
A source explained to The Sun why her dress split in two: “She’s put on 21lbs in the house!! Gorging on the food and not doing any exercise.”
“She’s already booked a load of personal training sessions – she’s so mortified and she hates the way she looks now she’s put on weight.”
Lateysha continues: “Next I’m going to have my boobs re-done, I want a nose job, my face re-shaped and my second big toe done because my second one is longer than the rest of my toes but apparently that’s the most painful thing you can get done.”
“[Talking about how painful the procedures have been and other side effects involved] They took fat from my stomach, my waist, my back, my arms, my arm pits, my inner thighs and underneath my chin and then they pumped all of that into my bottom and my hips.
“It was extremely painful and very intrusive – afterwards you feel like you’re dying but once you’ve taken the medication the next day you feel a lot better.
“But I’m not going to lie it’s a really painful procedure. I couldn’t sit down or lie down on my bum – I had to sleep on my front which is annoying because it hurts your neck.”
Image: Lateysha Grace
“[Talking about the evident changes on her body] I knew it was big afterwards as when I was coming back from the airport after my surgery, there was a little girl who was about four-years-old and she went: ‘Mummy that lady has a big bottom’.
“And I was like ‘If a little child is noticing that my bum is massive then it must be’.”
The 23-year-old mom-of-one added: “She’s always going to know I’ve had surgery as I always openly speak about it but I’m never going to advise her to get surgery.
“But if she was getting down and depressed like I was, I would support her decision to get it.
“It’s not a nice thing to put your body through really.
“The reason I do it is because I’m insecure – point blank – before I did TV I never thought of having surgery but people always dig out the bad things about yourself on TV so it does play on your mind.”
Image: Lateysha Grace
The model added: “People used to call me pancake arse but oh god it’s definitely not a pancake now.
“Hopefully Wynter will never have to feel depressed about how she looks like I did though.
“I’m always going to tell her she’s beautiful and make her feel amazing so she doesn’t feel like she needs to get any surgery.”
Famous rapper Birdman is proud of his addiction and has no plans to quit. He sleeps on money but not just a few dollars. B Man is reportedly sleeping on one million dollars and says he’ll continue until he breathes his last.
Except for armed robbery nightmares, who wouldn’t want to have that addiction?
Cash Money Records CEO Birdman reportedly has a million dollar problem but he ain’t got no worries sleeping on one. At least, that’s what he says.
The computer age, no doubts, has made life simple for humans. Sadly, the blessings are not without a curse.
Technology has taken away almost everything we once cherished in our daily lives and the society has suffered worse for it.
Most people have lost their jobs to machines and robots. Family bonds have been broken as people get addicted to technology, letting go of love and friendship. Students no longer wish to study as almost every educational information can be downloaded on the internet within seconds.
And we can’t forget that alarming rate at which suicide, crime and cyber bullying have increased, thanks to the internet.
There’s no harm in taking alcohol and energy drinks if such is done responsibly. However, as it’s always said, “too much of everything is bad.” Excessive intake of energy drinks can kill you.
A woman who got addicted to energy drinks suffered for the choice she made with her cravings.
The love she developed for Red Bull (energy drink) gradually rocketed to an uncontrollable behavior that it seemed her life depended on it. At a point, she had to gulp 5 liters of the sweet drink everyday.
As one would expect, she suffered terribly for the addiction but luckily, she’s alive to warn others who may be threading her part.
Visiobibliophobia is among the many ***phobias we hear in our everyday lives. Coined by some good-thinking scientists – maybe – visiobibliophobia refers to the fear of social media which include but not only facebook.
When someone suffers from visiobibiophobia, they get worried about their social media, checking it over and over again, taking selfies and posting them online, snapping nude pictures, sexting and texting all day even while driving. They are so addicted to these habits because they don’t want to miss the joy of not doing so.
In this way, people suffering from visiobibliophobia won’t admit it’s a bad habit. If it’s fun, brings money and fame, how can it be wrong?
You can just cure this phobia by just deleting your accounts and leaving your smart phone or computer alone.
Kim Kardasian is undoubtedly suffering from this phobia but young North West isn’t giving in to that addiction. She hates snapchat. In fact she hates to see Kim twist face and mouth, stick out tongue or pose naked for the world to see.
It’s a fact that everyone has at least one addiction though we don’t always notice the difference between habits and addiction unless those are alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling or masturbation. These are uncontrollable impulses in people which cannot be hidden due to it’s after-effect on the individual and society.
Image: Addiction starts from the mind.
All these can give satisfaction and pleasure in different ways but a continued engagement in the act to the point that it disrupts one’s ordinary life responsibilities, work, relationships and health becomes dangerous. Continue reading “Denial isn’t a River in Egypt”→