It amazes me the number of people who still "choose" to smoke while disregarding all the information available about the horrific effects of this habit and the millions of people who have lost their lives to lung cancer. Bottom line, Smoking kills! The ABC network family and our viewers experienced what smoking can do first hand last year when lung cancer claimed the life of World News Tonight anchor, Peter Jennings… and as we were reminded this past week by the death of Dana Reeve, wife of Christopher Reeve, second hand smoke kills people who are not even addicted to this disgusting habit.
Being at the bottom of the list of healthy Americans affects us in so many ways… from increased health care costs to the negative impact it has on our families. Mr Selig goes on to say that health care costs are skyrocketing for preventable diseases like heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. As the population ages, we are looking at a serious public health epidemic… especially overweight baby boomers who become ill.
So it is up to all of us to make the effort to live a healthier lifestyle.
As I said, we are making progress, but we have lots of room for improvement. We encourage you to join us as we walk, run, bike and stroll to become healthier Arkansans.
Get off the couch, put down that bag of chips, throw away those cigarettes and let's get in shape, Region 8.
Responses from Viewers:
Roger of Fairdealing, Mo., writes...
Your comments regarding carcinoma of the lungs, has no medical evidence from second hand smoking,their are many ways, cancer, inherited genetic abnormalities, carcinogens, environmental agents, causing genetic mutations,viruses.There are as well many different types of cancer, genital, digestive system, lymphoma, skin, leukemia, myeloma, endocrine. I find your State has more cancer,because of,livestock,crops, insecticides and pesticides spraying, it is as well a mistake to assume that Mrs.Reeves died from second hand cigarette smoke, I have not been informed of this, and neither has any media outlets. Your station would be well advised to correct this error, and report on factual news, instead of missinformed information.