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" lOB Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Rise of e-cigarettes raises questions about health and safety When I think of positive smoking, despite the greatago, despite smoking fewer behavioral shifts that have gains we have made in cigarettes. The report also occurred in recent years to thinning the ranks and identifies, for the first time, improve health, it's easy to reducing the risks associated exposure to secondhand point to smoking. This habit, with smoking over the pastsmoke as a cause of strokes. which came into popular use half-century, emerging Cigarette smoking is still in the 1920s, has been the evidence is showing that the the single largest cause of cause of more deaths in C-FORCE ways smoking harms both preventable death in the America than all the wars the HEALTH AND FITNESS smokers and nonsmokers United States. The report United States has ever fought. CHUCK NORRIS have been largely estimates that smoking costs Since the 1960s, when roughly underestimated. Though the United States between half of men and a third of fewer in number, today's $289 billion and $333 billion a women were smokers, the about 18 percent of American smokers face a much higheryear for medical care and lost ranks have been slowly but adults are smokers, risk for lung cancer and productivity, well above the steadily declining as the According to the latestchronic obstructive previous estimates. The dangers have become better report by the surgeon general pulmonary disease than report also reveals that known to the public. Today on the health effects of heavy smokers of 50 years cigarette smoking kills even lU Sat-Sun Ian, 3-4 Blairsden: Lassen Volcanic National Park: New Year's Eve dinner specials, Grizzly Grill. Ranger-led snowshoe walks, 1:30 p.m., Kohm Also open for dinner New Year's ~ay starting 5 Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Snowshoes p.m. For reservations: 836-1300. provided for $1 donation. Free, open to walkers 8~and up, no children in carriers. Registration Clio: New Year's Eve dinner, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Nakoma Golf Resort and Spa. Four-course feast $55 per person. For reservations (recommended): 832-5067. Graeagle: New Year's Eve party, Longboards Bar & Grill. Five-course dinner with complimentary sparkling wine, dancing to classic rock with the Mudbone Band. Cocktails and appetizers 7 p.m., dinner served 8 p.m. $99 per person. Dance only: $10 cover charge after 10 p.m. For reservations: 836-1111. Quincy: Two New Year's parties, Quincy Elks Lodge. New York New Year's Eve dinner and celebration: $25 per person, hors d'oeuvres ancl host bar 6 p.m.; dinner of prime rib or Cornish game hen 7 p.m.; celebrate New Year's Eve 9 p.m. with champagne, party favors. Doors open to all for dancing with DJ Outlaw for free 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. Champagne toast at midnight. "1 Do! I Do!" opening night, 7 p.m., West End Theatre. Musical comedy celebrates love and marriage. Opening show includes champagne toast, special showing of "Dinner for One." Show plays through Jan. 11. Tickets $18 general admission, $15 students and seniors 65-plus. Tickets available at Carey Candy Co., Epilog Books, required for large groups, not for individuals. Walks held weekends through April 5. For information: http://1, 595-4480. Susanville: Free youth hunt; 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. Indian Valley Pheasants Forever presents event by Hunting Buddies Hunting Co. Participants must bring guns, ammunition, copies of hunter safety certificates. Everyone in field must wear orange. Breakfast, lunch, dog handlers, warm-up skeet shoot provided. To respond (required by Dec. 19): Steve and Angle Clark, 375-7019; Beverly Hardesty, 394-7276. Quin y: Quilting class begins, 5 - 8 p.m., Plumas Bank administration building on Central Avenue. Quincy Crazy Quilters group presents six-week course for novice quilters taught by Carolyn Kenney. $25 per student, plus supplies. Students must have sewing machine. Space is limited. For information, to preregister (required): Kenney, 283-2954. Sat Jan. 10 Quincy: All-you-can-eat biscuits and gravy breakfast, 8 - 11 a.m., Feather River Grange Hall. United Bikers of Northern California presents fundraiser for local veterans, other local charities every second Saturday November- April. $6. For information: Dave or Helen Reynolds, 283-4950. sat-Sun jan.iO'il Chester: Free concealed weapons class for women; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sun; 118-A Watson Road. Owner of Chester Tactical Sports offers class in memory of Lauren Lindskog Allen. Students may purchase firearms at wholesale prices. For information: 258-1911. Lassen Volcanic National Park: Ranger-led snowshoe walks, 1:30 p.m., Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Snowshoes provided for $1 donation. Free, open to walkers 8 and up, no children in carriers. Registration required for large groups, not for individuals. Walks held weekends through April 5. For information: http://1, 595-4480. Quincy: Quilting class, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Plumas Charter School. One-day class beginner-level class presented by Mona Hill. $15 plus supplies; students must have sewing machine. Space is limited. For information, supply list, preregistration (required): Hill, 283-1736. Sat-Sun Jan, 17-18 Quincy: Fourth annual disposal of Christmas trees, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., drop off at corner of Highway 70 and South Redberg (Skip's 4x4, Jeff's Diesel, Great Northern). $10 minimum donation. Quincy 'Little League provides service as fundraiser for new uniforms, equipment. To call for pickup (Dec. 26 - Jan. 3): Michelle Morrison (Quincy), 283-3322; Dustin Vert (East Quincy), 394-7349. Lake Almanor: Peninsula Firemen's Association annual Crab Feed; 5 p.m. social, 6 p.m. dinner; Station No. 2 at 801 Golf Club Road. Crab, salad, bread, dessert, coffee, no-host bar. Tickets $40 per person, available 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Station No. 2, Rouland Insurance Agency at 650 Main St., Chester (ask for Kelly). Seating limited; all ticket sales final. For information: Holly, 259-2306. Lassen Volcanic National Park: Ranger-led snowshoe walks, 1:30 p.m., Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Snowshoes provided for $1 donation. Free, open to walkers 8 and up, no children in carriers. Registration reqUired for large groups, not for individuals. Walks held weekends through April 5. For information: http://1, 595-4480. more Americans than previously reported -- about 480,000 a year. It calls for more vigorous efforts to control tobacco, setting a goal of reducing the smoking rate from the current 18 percent to less than 10 percent in the next 10 years. So is it electronic cigarettes to the rescue? The emergence of e-cigarettes, a technological innovation introduced some half-dozen years ago, is being viewed by many as a means to help achieve that objective. E-cigarettes come in many shapes and forms and were created as a way of mirroring the act of smoking and feeding nicotine addiction -- but without the toxic tar of conventional cigarettes. Some health experts even see e-cigarettes as a device that could make cigarettes obsolete. Sales of e-cigarettes more than doubled last year compared with those in 2012, to $1.7 billion. Consumption of e-cigarettes could outstrip that of conventional cigarettes as early as the end of the decade, some say. But are e-cigarettes a path away from tobacco or to it? On this question, public health experts are split. One thing that can be agreed upon is that the skyrocketing popularity of the product is far outpacing our knowledge about its long-term impacts on health. The science that might resolve this question is still in the developmental phase. Meanwhile, there are troubling reports, such as one from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that 10 percent of high-school students it surveyed in 2012 said they had tried an e-cigarette, double the percentage from the previous year. Seven percent of those who had tried e-cigarettes said they had never smoked a traditional cigarette. That big tobacco is now selling e-cigarettes has also ....... :~ ..... contributed to skepticism and concern among experts and advocates. Along with a lack of scientific evidence is a shocking lack of regulations of this product. E-cigarettes were originally developed by a Chinese pharmacist whose father died of lung cancer, and China produces 90 percent of the world's supply. This year, Chinese manufacturers are expected to ship more than 300 million e-cigarettes to the' United States and Europe -- all produced with manufacturing processes and materials that are virtually unregulated. According to a front-page story in this past Sunday's New York Times -- the latest in a series of articles examining the multibillion-dollar market for e-cigarettes and the consequences for public health -- flawed or sloppy manufacturing could account for hazardous materials that are being detected in some e-cigarettes. Among them are heavy metals, carcinogens and other dangerous compounds, including lead, tin and zinc. One study found e-vapor that contained hazardous nickel and chromium at four times the level they appear in traditional cigarette smoke; another found that half the e-cigarettes sampled malfunctioned, and some released vapor tainted with silicon fibers. Another study of nearly two dozen e-cigarettes bought in the United States also found large amounts of nickel and chromium, which probably came from the heating element, another suggestion that poorly manufactured e-cigarettes may allow the metals to enter into the e-liquids. Such fimdings are not new. In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the potential health risks associated with e-cigarettes, saying laboratory studies of some samples found the presence of toxic chemicals. The samples included diethylene glycol, which is used in antifreeze. Though some major manufacturers in China were found to have clean factories and be implementing quality control standards, the ease with which small, shoddy operations counterfeit these bands should give little assurance to consumers about the product they receive. Caugh off guard by a product that is neither a food nor a drug and perhaps not necessarily even a tobacco product, the FDA has only begun to move toward regulating e-cigarettes. Setting those needed rules and new manufacturing guidelines could take years. In the meantime, let the buyer beware. Write to Chuck Norris ( with questions about health and fitness. Copyright 2014 Chuck Norris Distributed by creators.corn THE PUREST SOULS He googles out the homes of needy folks And finds some worthy ones in Bethlehem. He pauses there at what the scene evokes -- A trio warmed by beasts surrounding them. And then three wea!T men with gifts appear As from above he hears celestial strains Descending to a babe that they revere Which permeate the air of fields and plains. A strange and brilliant light appears on high; It is a star announcing to mankind That all who live beneath the swaddling sky Are gifted by a loving, cosmic mind. So Santa strokes his beard and strikes them off his rolls; His trinkets are not needed by the purest souls. Salvatore (Sam) Catalano December 10, 2014 p mum mmm m I m m ~m m m m m m S] SIOl Wednesday, Dec. 30 *** Ravioli in a meat sauce, MENU swiss chard, french roll, peaches Monday, Dec. 29 | Cheese lasagne, spinach Thursday, Jan. 1 salad, mixed fruit, french Sites closed. | roll New Year's Day holiday Tuesday, Dec. 30 ! Chicken creole, broccoli, | brown rice, apricots Friday, Jan. 2 Tamale pie, salad, cantaloupe, custard I | *Vegetarian Meal; **Healthy Heart Meal I ~ver 1,000 rng of Sodium I Nu tion sites: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 283-0643; GreenviLle, | 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 8324173; Blairsden| - open Wed. only, call 8324173 Tuesday for reservations. Suggested- |donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older. One guest may accompany each| senior, $6 mandatory charge. Menus may change. Noon at all sites.- a- -- m m -- -.. m m..m m..m m m..i