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N.J. Warns Students on Dangers of Vaping

first_imgThe Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is launching a media campaign to warn students in 3,500 schools throughout the state about the dangers of vaping. There’s nothing safe about vaping.That’s the message the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) will be sharing with youth as they return from holiday break this week. PDFNJ, in collaboration with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, has unveiled a media campaign about the dangers of vaping that will be distributed to each of the more than 3,500 schools in the state.The new campaign is being released in the midst of a nationwide explosion of teen use of vaping devices or e-cigarettes, which the United States Surgeon General declared has reached epidemic levels.“Vaping can inflict significant damage to one’s health, especially for youth,” Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey Executive Director Angelo Valente said. “We want teens throughout the state to know the risks they are taking if they choose to use e-cigarettes and to encourage them to avoid using these potentially dangerous products.”The campaign, which emphasizes the risks associated with vaping by comparing e-cigarette use to skydiving without a parachute, also will appear on billboards, trains and buses throughout the state. The messages include a pathway to gather additional information at VapeFactsNJ.com, the New Jersey Department of Health’s website on e-cigarettes and vaping.“The popularity of e-cigs and vapes among youth threatens to reverse hard-fought declines in adolescent smoking and create a new generation of nicotine addicts,” said Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. “We must raise public awareness about the dangers of vaping to prevent another deadly addiction epidemic from taking root in our communities.”Authorities warn that e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which makes vaping devices just as addictive as regular cigarettes. (Courtesy of VapeFactsNJ.com)Vaping is considered less harmful than smoking traditional cigarettes and tobacco products, because e-cigarettes contain fewer toxic chemicals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, like regular cigarettes, e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and makes vaping devices just as addictive as cigarettes.Nicotine raises blood pressure and spikes adrenaline, which increases a person’s heart rate and the likelihood of having a heart attack. Nicotine affects the development of adolescent brains by changing the way synapses are formed, which can negatively change parts of the brain that control attention and learning, according to the Surgeon General. Recent data also links vaping to chronic lung disease and asthma.As of December 27, 2019, the CDC reported that 2,561 people throughout the United States had been hospitalized with severe lung injuries caused by vaping. This outbreak also was responsible for 55 deaths. In New Jersey, there have been 53 confirmed and 46 probable cases of vaping-related illness and one death, according to the Department of Health.In 2019, more than one in four high school students reported using an e-cigarette in the previous 30 days, according to preliminary results from the CDC’s annual National Youth Tobacco Survey.The results indicated a significant increase in teen vaping, up from 20.8 percent of high schoolers in 2018 to 27.5 percent in 2019. The use of e-cigarettes has exploded in the past decade, especially among teens. In 2011, just 1.5 percent of high school students said they used an e-cigarette.last_img read more

Heating Up.

first_imgAnother week with little rain and temperatures in the 90s and low 100s has causedsevere drought conditions to expand into southwest and central Georgia. Only in southcentral Georgia did drought conditions improve last week.Timely rains in the next few weeks will be critical for many in Georgia agriculture.Even among some producers who have been irrigating, concern is growing over the level ofwater remaining in some irrigation ponds. Lack of Topsoil Moisture CriticalThe Georgia Agricultural Statistics Servicereports that moisture is short to very short in 81 percent of the state’s soils. Last yearat this time, soil moisture was short to very short in 46 percent of the soils. Theaverage over the past five years is 33 percent.GASS rated more than 50 percent of soybeans and pastures in poor to very poorcondition. A third of the state’s cotton is rated poor to very poor.The lack of topsoil moisture is most critical in southwest Georgia, according to theAug. 14 Crop Moisture Indexvalues. The CMI is a measure of soil moisture in the root zone of crops.Crops DamagedThe CMI value for southwest Georgia shows a potential for dryland crops to be ruinedbecause of dryness. Actual crop losses will depend on the growth stage of a crop and itsability to withstand drought conditions. Timely rains will save some crops.The CMI indicates that dryness may severely cut crop yields in west central and centralGeorgia.Soils in northeast and east central Georgia are excessively dry, with crop yieldprospects reduced.Abnormally dry soils are found in northwest and north central Georgia, and crop yieldprospects are deteriorating.The topsoil moisture in south central and southeast Georgia is rated as short.Through mid-August, all major cities in Georgia were below normal for monthly rainfall.Rainfall totals (and monthly deficits) through Aug. 17 were: Athens, 0.55 inches (-1.61inches); Atlanta, 0.10 (-2.02); Augusta, 0.49 (-2.06); Columbus, 0.80 (-1.39); Macon, 0.22(-1.88); and Savannah, 1.61 (-2.59).4 Regions in Severe DroughtLong-term conditions according to the Palmer Drought Severity Indexindicate that northeast, west central, central and southwest Georgia are in severedrought. North central, east central and southeast Georgia are in moderate drought.Mild drought conditions are found in the northwest and south central regions of thestate.The PSDI is most useful in hydrological aspects of drought.Stream flows across the state are generally running in the 10th percentile range. Manywater systems have begun either partial or total outdoor watering bans.Above-normal Rainfall NeededSoil moisture loss from evapotranspiration ranged from 1.25 to 1.5 inches across thestate last week. Above-normal rainfall will be needed just to keep up with soil moistureloss through evapotranspiration.To end the long-term drought, more than half a foot of rain is needed across most ofthe state. The best hope for long-term drought relief is a tropical weather system.You can get updates on drought conditions in Georgia and across the Southeast at the University of Georgia drought Website. Or call your county ExtensionService agent.Get updated weather conditions at the GeorgiaAutomated Environmental Monitoring Web site.last_img read more

Racing industry advised to ramp up no-deal Brexit preparations

first_img Scottish racing gets green light for 22 June restart May 29, 2020 Share The UK racing industry has been warned that it needs to begin making plans ahead of a potential no-deal Brexit scenario, which is expected to have a significant impact on the sector.In a note sent on behalf of the Thoroughbred Industries Brexit Steering Group, it was emphasised that ‘the political situation regarding the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, currently scheduled for 31 October, remains unpredictable’.The Group has advised industry participants to ‘start making plans for how a no-deal Brexit might affect them.’A number of focus areas have been outlined by the Steering Group in the short term, which include: The rights of EU and European Economic Area workers in British racing and breeding, Thoroughbred movement to and from the EU, including former Tripartite Agreement countries, transportation requirements and permits, the imposition of tariffs to sales, and data sharing between regulators.If no deal is reached by October 31 the Tripartite Agreement, which oversees the free movement of racehorses between the UK, Ireland and France, will cease to exist. Back in 2017, racehorses were moved across the borders over 26,000 times under the terms of the legislation, however, a no-deal will put the agreement to the test. A failure to reach a trade deal with the European Union, however, will hit the sector hard, with barriers to free movement expected to impact the 1,500 race meetings held in the UK. The current racing calendar is estimated to generate £11.5bn in bets for UK bookmakers, so it’s safe to say that any barriers to the movement of horses will have severe knock-on effects. With a potential hindrance to the movement of horses across the borders, interest in horse racing among punters could dwindle due to smaller fields, resulting in smaller margins for bookmakers. “Further updates will be provided in the coming weeks as the situation develops and more guidance becomes available,” the note added. HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Share StumbleUpon EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Related Articles Submitlast_img read more