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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 5B Smoking still a danger .must.solve Q: With all the information available today on the dan- gers of smoking cigarettes, why is it still so prevalent? What do you think we are do- ing wrong? A: In my very first C-Force article back in 2010, in dis- cussing the many consump- tive threats that hinder a healthy life, smoking was high on my list. Nicotine is a known super toxin that has no business in- side the body. According to the Centers for Disease Con- trol and Prevention, an esti- mated one in five adults con- tinue to smoke cigarettes in the United States, inhaling carcinogens each time one is lit. According to a 2010 Sur- geon General&apos;s report, about 443,000 American adults die from smoking-related illness- es each year. They literally smoke themselves to death. Despite all the studies and all the warnings, smoking re- mains the leading pre- ventable contributor to ill- ness and death in the United States. Anti-smoking efforts have been successful, but it seems only at a point. According to C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS the CDC, between 1965 and 2010, smoking prevalence among adults dropped by more than haft, from 42.4 per- cent to 19.3 percent. As significant as that may seem, cigarette smoking clearly remains widespread. You would think that the progress in combating the smoking epidemic will con- tinue to show declines, but that does not appear to be the case. Recent years have shown that the number of adult smokers in the United States has barely changed over the past few years. Tra- ditional strategies in combat- ing the problem, from in- creasing the price to imple- menting smoke-free policies at work and in public places, as well as restrictions on ad- vertising, may need to be ac- companied by new thinking and alternate approaches. First, we must continue to make every effort to keep cig- arettes out of the hands of kids. According to the 2012 Surgeon General's Report on youth and smoking, the younger someone begins to use tobacco, the more likely they are to be an adult user. According to the report, if kids stay tobacco free until age 18, most will never start using it. The Kids Health Or- ganization's ( "Smoking Stinks" campaign is one approach in combating kids smoking, by creating a website where kids and par- ents can get the tools they need. Engaging kids in sports is another important and tested approach of which I've seen the benefits first hand in our KICKSTART KIDS (kick- ) program, which teaches the martial arts to middle school kids in Texas. Smoking is barred in this program. We also need to continue to support tobacco-free schools and to insist that health pro- grams include the latest in to- bacco-use prevention educa- tion. Most importantly, we need to continue to make eveW ef- fort to eliminate smoking in the home. Research shows that the children of smokers are more likely to be smokers themselves. That means fo- cusing On the nearly 20 per- cent of Americans who con- tinue to smoke, many of them parents, who may want to quit. According to the CDC, nearly two out of three adult smokers want to quit smok- ing, and more than half of them tried to quit the previ- ous year. Maybe we need to focus more on those folks -- on new approaches to helping them get over the hump. In- stead of bombarding smokers with information on the dan- gers, maybe it's time for more reinforcement of the positives of stopping. Quitting smoking has im- mediate benefits to health at any age. A new health fore- casting tool developed by UCLA has found that, as of the year 2004, nine percent of the total increase in life ex- pectancy for women and 14 percent for men can be attrib- uted to a reduction in smok- ing. It also shows that reduc- tions in smoking may yield an average 3.4-year increase in life expectancy. A recent study of a million British women reported in The Lancet, a leading medical journal, found that women who quit smoking before age 40 may live 10 years longer than those who don't quit. The timing may also be right. Quitting smoking is consistently among the top five "New Year's resolu- tions." But quitting for most is not that easy. According to, one of the In- ternet's first forums on the science and psychology of cold turkey nicotine cessa- tion, the body needs up to 72 hours to reach peak with- drawal. But the chemical de- pendency, as with other ad- dictions, infects almost every aspect of a smoker's life and thinking. "Treating a true addiction as though it were some nasty little habit is a recipe for re- lapse," the website cautions. "There is no such thing as just one puff. Nicotine depen- dency recovery truly is an all-or-nothing proposition:" Rather than cold turkey, others prefer to use nicotine replacement therapy or other proven quit-smoking aids to get there. Regardless of the approach, we should not be daunted should a smoker in our lives fail. It has been re- ported that, on average, it can take even a smoker who truly wants to quit about four attempts before they find suc- cess. According to a 2008 Centers for Disease Control and Pre- vention report, smoking-re- lated illness in the United States costs $96 billion each year in medical costs and $97 billion in lost productivity due to premature mortality. The human toll on survivors and caregivers of individuals affected by tobacco-related illness remains incalculable: It is a preventable health problem. We cannot afford to not solve it. Write to Chuck Norris !in- with your questions about health and fitness. Copyright 2012 Chuck Norris Distributed by Annual Bionee00s conf erenc00 plants a .seed On Oct. 19 to 21, I had the pleasure of attending the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael. Bioneers is an annual three-day sustainability con- ference, hosting workshops, seminars and speakers on an broad spectrum of topics. Everything from rainforest ecology to issues of addiction and public health were cov- ered with passion and knowl- edge. By the end of the first day I could feel a burning question rising in me. Where did I fit in? How was I going to put to work the informa- tion and inspiration of Bioneers for the betterment of my community here in Plumas County? By the second day of the conference I had found my answer: seeds! I plan to start a seed library in Quincy, the goal of which is to steward and develop seeds that are suited to grow here in Plumas County. Folks will be able to check seed out from iii COMMUNITY/ GREEN KaR00 o,m,,v the library as they would a book -- the idea being that af- ter months of cultivation they will return seed to the li- brary to be planted again the next year. Why not a seed bank, you might ask? Banks (these days especially) bring to mind greediness and a tendency to- ward hoarding. If a seed oper- ation of any kind is to thrive, the seed must be constantly cultivated -- planted out, im- proved. Libraries exist on the principle that everyone de- serves equal access to the same quality materials for the improvement and enrich- ment of their lives, a key component of any thriving democracy. The world needs fewer banks, more Hbraries. I attended presentations on the history, techniques and social/political implications of seed saving. What I learned was fascinating. Un- til 1923, the United States patent and trade office (then under the department of agri- culture) was responsible for growing out and distributing seed to Americans looking for something new to grow. Once distributed, seed saving was commonly practiced at home gardens and farms across the country. Now, the United States patent office has a very dif- ferent relationship to seeds. Presently, it mainly grants patents to developers who, among other things, have made genetically modified seeds to be sterile. They grow into plants incapable of pro- ducing more seed. Seeds were once public property, belong- ing to all. Now four compa- nies own 50 percent of the world's seed. If we continue to lose the skills needed to produce strong, viable seed, we will, as a society, become increasingly beholden to these companies who have only their profits, and not the health of our families and communities, in mind. Back in October, we weren't sure yet if Proposi- tion 37 (the non-GMO bill) was going to pass or fail, but every day the polls looked worse as Monsanto (the world's largest producer of genetically modified seed) poured millions into the "no on 37" campaign. With the proposition's failure, the need for a local seed project becomes even more crucial. We cannot trust our govern- ment, as we once did, to pro- vide and protect access to seeds (and through seeds, ac- cess to food). We must come together as a community and take on this responsibility. In doing so we'll accom- plish several worthy goals. First, we will be preserving the genetic identity and botanical heritage of the plants handed down to us by our ancestors. Second, we will create access to seed for all in our region who desire to grow their own food and seed. Third, the seed library will create and depend upon a network of gardeners throughout the county to help grow more seed. The seed library will help further the work already started by many in our county toward building a stronger, locally based "foodshed," and with it greater community re- silience. Another important reason for saving seed is that, over time, we will be able to pro- duce vegetable, fruit and herb plants that are more and more perfectly suited to our unique region and climate. A seed grower's job is not sim- ply to produce seed but to im- prove seed. Over time we will have the ability to select for plants that do well with our short seasons, our variety of softs and our specific tastes. On the Saturday evening at Bioneers, the conference hosted a giant seed swap. Thousands of varieties of heirloom seeds lay out on the tables in glass jars, burlap sacks and little bowls. I have brought many of these seeds home to Plumas and with them, a commitment to creat- ing a seed library here in Quincy. Spring is still a long ways away but if you are in- terested in growing seed for the library, watch for fliers for the seed saving workshop in March to be hosted at the white house across from Quincy Natural Foods in Quincy. Join in as we take our seeds and our future into our own hands. Agent Orange inf 9l'mation updated Therearemanyvaluable , resources in Plumas and Sierra County to help in a multitude of ways. VET Tmax You'll be able to go to this location, scroll down the page, and find the updated list of Navy and Coast Guard vessels. If your vessel is not included in the Mobile Riverine Force, ISF Divi- sion 93 or listed designa- tions, check the alphabet- ized list of ships. To search for your ship, look under the first letter of the formal ship name. For example, if your ship's name is Dennis J. Buckley, look under the letter "D" for Dennis. Ships will be regularly added to the list based on in- formation confirmed in offi- cial records of ship opera- tions. Currently there are 244 ships on this list. The website also has a way to have your vessel ex- amined, especially ff you have documentation that might not have been avail- able to researchers. Take advantage of the up- dated material and Agent Orange conditions to see if you might be eligible for some benefits. WANTEn OLD COIN COLLECTIONS... 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I received some updat- ed information concerning ships and personnel that are recognized because of their exposure to the herbicide. This has been an area of great controversy that is fi- nally getting some acknowl- edgement after meticulous review of ships' records. The information and peri- ods of exposure are very specific in many cases and Check Out Our I PLUMASNEWS.COM BEAR MOUNTAIN BBQ PELLETS Bear Mountain Made from 100% hardwoods Havors Include: Alder Apple Cherry Hickory Maple Mesquite Oak Pecan Can be used in all outdoo r BBQ Grills, including Gas & Charcoal. $149S/2o va bag ". - ' i<. : </ 2019 East Main St., Quincy ii::i ............ "!  ::::::::::::  I i