Mark your calendars for January 28th, 2012 @ 9am at the Oklahoma State Fair Arena for a book reading. The author of the book, “MENTOR the Kid & The CEO” Tom Pace will be present. This special event is for ages 12-100. There will be $3000 grand-prize drawing, & 20-$100 drawings. You must register to attend. http://3000readtogether.org/ Many of our youth based groups have been reading Tom Pace book, “Mentor the kid & the CEO”. Hope to see you there!
TEN REASONS FOR SHUTTING DOWN BIG TOBACCO
- Ammonia boosts the impact of nicotine.
- It is estimated that as many as 22% of pregnant women and girls smoke.
- Second hand smoke contains carbon monoxide. Smoking kills more than 9 times as many people per year as automobile accidents.
- On their websites, tobacco companies encourage people to quit smoking. However, in 2006, a court found that tobacco companies manipulate nicotine levels to keep smokers addicted.
- Soups, cereals, make-up, lipstick and other consumable products must list their ingredients on their labels, but cigarettes, a product that kills a third of its users, are not required to list any of the 599 possible additives. (Not Yet! That will hopefully change soon)
- Every 6.5 seconds, someone dies from a tobacco related disease.
- Between 1997 and 2001, smoking attributable health care costs and lost work productivity exceeded $167 billion per year.
- Every day, about 1500 youth become new “daily” smokers.
- According to the New York Times, in 1998, one tobacco executive said, “Nobody knows what you’d turn to if you didn’t smoke. Maybe you’d beat your wife”.
- A tobacco company once gave $125,000 worth of food to a charity, according to an estimate by the Wall Street Journal. They then spent well over $21 million telling people about it. I guess when you sell a deadly and addictive product, you need all the good PR you can get.
Information from “The Sunny Side of Truth” www.truth.org
Dangers of Alcohol: Better information through the media?
The public would see the dangers of alcohol in a different light if the media actually reported more of the role played by alcohol in traffic crashes, violent crimes and injuries. We underestimate the devastation of alcohol because we hear less than 2 percent of the alcohol involvement in homicides, even though statistics show that alcohol is involved in about one third of all homicides (1). A community’s concern about alcohol and its risks, the community support raised in addressing youth access and control measures on reducing alcohol related problems is linked directly to what we hear and see in the media. The less the media reports the less we know (2). Evidence shows that alcohol is linked to 34% of motor vehicle accidents, yet only 12.8% of television stories, 19.2 % of newspaper articles, and 22.2 % of magazine articles mention the use of alcohol in the reported stories. (1)Stories concerning fatal accidents not involving motor vehicles mentioned links of alcohol in 1.4% of television reports, 4.8 % of newspaper articles, and 13.6 percent of magazine articles. The statistics however showed that 31% of these fatalities involved alcohol use (3). The study also showed that alcohol played a part in 31% of homicides, however, this link was mentioned in a mere 2.6 percent of television reports, 7.3 % of newspaper articles, and 5.6% of magazine articles(3). You may note that television does the worst job of reporting stories and showing the link between crime, accidents and alcohol. Failure of our media sources to inform us of these issues keeps the public out of touch on the true dangers of alcohol and impairs our ability to make changes in policies to control its use in society. This impairment affects our children and youth. More evidence to prove that knowledge is power. It also shows that in order to maintain control we limit the knowledge we allow our citizens to have.
Hiawatha N. Bouldin, Jr.,CPS
(1) Journal of Studies on Alcohol
(3) 1000 daily newspapers, 550 television stations, 72 magazines
which represented entire country; Newsweek, Time, U.S. News, World Report were included
Major television included CNN & USA Today
From Norman Rockell to Currier & Ives, you may remeber the many holiday photographs, pictures and more memorable store front windows in the major department stores. Your dad would drive the family for miles into the city just to look at the amazing panoramas displayed in the Sears, Macy’s or Marshal Fields windows, all celebrating this special time of year. You’d see children building snowmen or skating on a pristine ice covered lake. Or maybe a baby fawn nibbling near the river’s edge just before a snowball exploded on an unsuspecting youth. These were all to excite your senses and to get you in the spirit of giving, of loving and supporting one another.
I’d like to offer you a few more special settings that you may see during this time of year. These settings are provided to get you ready to support one another:
The annual office Christmas Party or (college dorm party): The liquor is flowing & everyone is having a good time spreading words of good cheer until you see her in the lobby elevator. Her dress is in tatters, bruises on her face and arms. Nose bloody. One eye swollen shut……….(you fill in the rest!!!!)
Family Christmas Party with the relatives: The liquor is flowing and everyone is having a good time spreading words of good cheer. Uncle Ray’s beer is almost finished and cousin Mary’s Wine Cooler is also in the same condition. They call out their favorite little bartender, nine year old Jenny to run to the refrigertator and replenish their holiday beverages………..
The front of your house is beautifully decorated and lighting your snow covered walkway with dazzling warmth as the Highway Patrolman make his way to your door. The liquor was flowing and everyone was having a goodtime spreading words of good cheer. One festive individual decided to take his words of joy to another location and while driving there he failed to see your son/daughter walking on the side of the icy road……………..
Just like Norman Rockwell’s settings or Macy’s window dressings, these settings are always there. They are memories we look forward to. Not so with the three settings above, but they too come each and every year. Instead of looking forward to them, “look out for them” . Look out for each other. From setting the right examples to keeping each other safe, we can make these happy settings as well.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!!
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