Tobacco smoking in the Hispanic population
Posted by Mike on 7/28/2013 to • General Health

According to the ANR (Americans for Nonsmokers’ rights) the tobacco industry targets Hispanic communities by placing Spanish language ads, print ads in Hispanic publication, and outdoor billboard advertising in localities with large Hispanic populations. The Hispanic population in the U.S. is prevalent and many industries such as the tobacco industry have found great opportunity and infinite possibilities to market to Hispanics.

Cigarettes contain about 4,000 chemicals, 43 of which are cancerous in humans, including nicotine. Tolerance for nicotine develops quickly and the gratifying sensation makes it addicting. For this reason, people who smoke find it hard to quit or when they decide to quit, unfortunately, they tend to go back to this bad habit. Tobacco smoking creates psychical and psychological dependency. It also depletes the body, especially the respiratory system, from nutrients such as antioxidants that fight free radicals.


According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) the Hispanic population in the United States faces a distinctive challenge that puts Hispanics at higher risk for tobacco use. Factors that contribute to the exposure of tobacco smoking towards Hispanics are marketing (as stated above), acculturation, workplace, and even language barrier because there is not enough literature in Spanish that give reasons to prevent the risk of tobacco smoking. CDC also states that if the Hispanic adult smoking rate remains at its average level of 18.3% for the next 50 years, the figure of Hispanic adult smokers will increase to 11.0 million in the year 2050.


If you smoke or know of someone who smokes, here are several supplements that you may be taken to help with the respiratory system and overall health. Natura-Genics® Opti-Pulmo™ (60 Caps) or Opti-Pulmo™ (1 oz.)  contains antioxidants, vitamins, herbal extracts, and concentrated lung extract. Antioxidant consumption is essential for smokers and second hand smokers, therefore, the following 3 antioxidants should be taken together. Vitamin A heals mucous membrane, important for lung protection. Vitamin E is needed to shield cells and organs from damage by smoke. Smoking depletes Vitamin C which is essential for the protection of the cells.


In order to achieve optimum health you have to discipline yourself by eating healthy (living foods), exercising regularly, drinking plenty of water, resting, as well as taking the recommended supplements to replenish the nutrients being destroyed by smoking.


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Work Cited
http://www.no-smoke.org/learnmore.php?id=462
Balch, P. A. (2010). Prescription for Nutrional Healing. Canada: Penguin Group
http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/surveys/
hispanic_latino_ats_guide/sect_f/

 

 

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