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Secondhand TV Danger Update…

Constantine Smoked In Tonight’s Episode, Producer Teases “Dangerous Habits”
11/21/2014
By Russ Burlingame
In tonight’s episode of Constantine, titled “Danse Vaudou,” the series’ title character finally did something that fans had been clamoring for, and told wouldn’t come:
He lit up.
Constantine, of course, was a chain smoker throughout 300 issues of Hellblazer, and his smoking was a key component of the story “Dangerous Habits,” in which he was dying of lung cancer but managed to con the forces of Heaven and Hell into curing him. Elements of that story — arguably the best-known Hellblazer tale ever told — were used in the 2005 Keanu Reeves movie Constantine.
But since before the series was on the air, producers have said depicting their hero smoking on the show would be a serious problem with NBC’s standards and practices, and would likely not happen.
We told you John smokes on our show. How can we do Dangerous Habits if he didn’t? Trust. Believe. #Constantine
— Daniel Cerone (@DanielVCerone) November 22, 2014
Cerone wasn’t the only one to notice; fans lit up social media withConstantine mentions at the start of the episode, nearly all of them noting the fact that everyone’s favorite master of the dark arts had a lit cigarette in his mouth on NBC.
Boty Cerone and David S. Goyer, who also produces the series, have said that they hoped to be as true to John Constantine’s character as they could, while acknowledging the limits of network television. For those critical of the series, the fact that John didn’t smoke was a kind of totem of what they thought was wrong with it.
And now, not only has he smoked but Cerone is teasing “Dangerous Habits,” as well…!
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‘House of Cards’ smoking habits: Do they work in the real world?
March 17, 2014
BY LENNY BERNSTEIN
The touchstone moment in each episode of the Netflix series “House of Cards” is the single cigarette that Washington power couple Claire and Francis Underwood share every night. It’s what passes for intimacy between the two, but to some, it also glamorizes and legitimizes intermittent smoking, which makes up an increasing share of the habits of the nation’s 45 million smokers.
“At the end of the day, they get together and they have their little social moment. They smoke a cigarette and they’re telling you it’s okay to smoke,” said Robin Joval, president and chief executive of the American Legacy Foundation, a leading anti-smoking group. “The fact is there is no such thing as social smoking. It’s smoking.”
Research shows, however, that the reality is more complicated. Surveys reveal that a quarter to a third of adult smokers don’t smoke every day, according to Saul Shiffman, a psychology professor at the University of Pittsburgh who has spent decades studying smoking habits. There are “chippers” like the Underwoods, who smoke one to five cigarettes a day, and intermittent smokers who may smoke more, but inconsistently. Contrary to common belief, neither group becomes dependent on nicotine, Shiffman said.
“Neither pattern of behavior is consistent with the nicotine-maintenance model,” Shiffman said. “…Neither group is addicted, at least not in the traditional sense.”
Let’s be very clear that smoking is about the worst thing you can do for your health. A single cigarette is one more than you should ever smoke. And the physical harms are dose-dependent; the more you smoke, the more you expose yourself to heart disease, other cardiovascular problems and, of course, lung cancer, not to mention wrinkles and a reduced sense of smell, said Tom Glynn, director of cancer science and trends for the American Cancer Society.
When Shiffman and colleagues studied intermittent smokers for a paper published March 5 in the journal PLOS One, they determined that intermittent smokers’ are more likely to light up as a result of “being away from home, being in a bar, drinking alcohol, socializing, being with friends and acquaintances” and being with other smokers. Daily smokers, by contrast, tended to smoke more as a result of their craving for nicotine.
“I’m increasingly of the mind that there are two threads or factors in addiction and we’ve tended to over-attend to one”–the model that says “you have to have it all the time, and when you don’t, you suffer craving and withdrawal,” he said.
In a separate 2012 study, Shiffman determined that intermittent smokers averaged 4.39 cigarettes a day and smoked 4.38 days a week. On average, they had smoked for 18 years and consumed 42,850 cigarettes. So they certainly aren’t smoking newbies or youngsters experimenting with tobacco.
Where does this leave us in terms of prevention? In a 2009 assessment, Shiffman suggested that rising costs, workplace bans and other limits on where and when smokers can light up may be working, pushing more people to smoke occasionally. Indeed, in poorer countries, he said, intermittent smoking is the norm.


Second Hand Television?

October 28, 2011

By Bob Pritchard
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First I want to apologize for my statements in the past, the statements that when they got done with the smokers, that they would start on the beer/alcohol drinkers. Evidently I was wrong because they started on the obese people and telling them and parents how wrong it was to eat fast food from places like McDonalds, Burger King and others.
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But even though they have started on the obese, and some anti groups are losing funding, and probably changing the final numbers on the reports made by WHO and other study groups, well I never saw this new one coming.
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I grew up as a child in the 50’s and 60’s and we did this same thing every night since the time I was born and I have watched children and others doing the same thing and never thought, or even dreamed that they would start finding this as not being good for young children.
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My first question would be, Where and when are they going to stop meddling in our private lives? They pass smoking bans, a legal substance that is proven? far, far less dangerous to people than exhaust fumes from millions of cars. That second hand smoke, you would have to be exposed to for far more years than the majority of people will probably live to even have the tiniest of chance of getting sick from cancer or anything else. Some studies have even reported that in some people it could be helpful when it comes to health.
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When I was a child we went outside and played, rode our bikes, played Army, (Oh sorry, you can’t play Army with plastic guns, they don’t allow that either.) and never had anybody talk about being obese. Then along came video games and now more and more kids sit inside day in and day out playing video games and never get outside for hours running and playing. Some may even become obsessed with playing these games to the point that other things in life are forgotten about.
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But forget the beer/alcohol drinkers and the obese and the smokers, because now we have a new threat to our children. A threat that we never saw coming, because we have done this since being born. Now they want you to turn off your Televisions at night until the children are in bed and spend more time talking to your one and two year old children. So forget about the news, weather, the documentaries, forget about what happened in the world or in your town and talk to your young children or just spend time with them. Now don’t get me wrong I think children need interaction with other people, I just don’t think that you need to turn off the TV all evening.
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No, what needs to be restricted is the video games. Yes, I’m not saying stop it all together, but limit their time playing video games and make sure they are outside playing ball, playing Army, riding bikes and other activities. But don’t let the government and these non-profit groups start telling you what to do INSIDE your OWN HOME. When you think of the governments, Local, State and Federal, and all the Anti-Zealots , you need to ask yourself two questions.
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1. WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO STOP WASTING MY TAX DOLLARS? (Had to put this one in.)
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2. WHEN IN THE HELL ARE THEY GOING TO GET OUT OF MY PERSONAL AND PRIVATE LIFE, AT WHAT POINT DO I SAY, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, LEAVE MY PERSONAL AND PRIVATE LIFE ALONE AND LET ME MAKE THOSE DECISIONS!!!!!!!
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County, City and Federal Governments keep spending money like it was their own, and asking for more, building more and bigger schools, but yet the third largest city in Tennessee is going to close some schools and consolidate so they can make up for a $7 million dollar shortfall. See my State decided a couple years ago to bring in millions of dollars of revenue to go to schools, they would triple the tax on cigarettes and it would bring in a couple hundred million dollars a year. The problem is that they were greedy, and this was just after they imposed a state wide smoking ban, hoping to get people to quit smoking a legal product. So you ban smokers from restaurants and bars, unless they are “:Age 21 or older” businesses, all to get people to quit smoking, then triple the state tax for more revenue. They never pay attention to history very much, because when they prohibited Alcohol, you had smugglers and the Black market flourish and making money. You ban smoking in certain places and raise taxes, and you have smugglers and the Black Market flourish and making money. And the states get hundreds of millions of dollars each year from the Big Tobacco Settlement Agreement, but yet every time they want more money, I guarantee you that tied for first place on their list is the Smokers, Drinkers and City/County Taxpayers.
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The county I live in raised Property taxes because they like to spend money, taxpayer money. And they build new schools, but yet they have 186 less students this year than last year, but their budget is more this year. I don’t know about you but I’m sick and tired of pinching money so they can tax more and spend more.
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Experts warn of harm to kids from secondhand TV viewing
October 23, 2011
By Greg Toppo, USA TODAY
You’ve heard of the hazards of secondhand smoke. Now here’s another worry: secondhand TV.
A growing number of researchers are warning about the dangers of watching TV when very young children are nearby. Recent findings suggest that even casual exposure to TV can harm their development and undermine parent-child interactions.
The most recent warning came last week when the American Academy of Pediatrics for the first time included warnings about “secondhand television” in its guidelines for kids under age 2.
In addition to discouraging screen time for young kids, it warned against watching TV with them nearby, saying the practice hurts their language development. It pointed to several studies, including one from 2008 that found background TV reduced the length of time they played and caused their focus on play to stray. Recent surveys find that about one of three families leave the TV on most of the time.
The warning said TV keeps young kids and their parents from interacting — a key way children develop the working vocabulary they’ll need in school.
“If you’re trying to connect with your kids, you’ve got to turn the screens off,” says Ari Brown, an Austin pediatrician and lead author on the recommendations. She worries that when the focus is on TV, “there’s less talk time.” Brown discourages families from keeping the TV on when no one is watching and suggests they wait until very young kids are in bed before they watch their favorite show.
“Parents are distracted by TV the same way preschoolers are,” says Lisa Guernsey, author of the 2007 book Into the Minds of Babes: How Screen Time Affects Children From Birth to Age Five. She says young children learn much more from face-to-face interaction than a screen. “They see someone who’s able to do that as a true learning partner,” she says. “They don’t have any way of knowing whether that character or face on screen really understands them.”

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