ILWACO — Seven Ilwaco Middle School students participated in the Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) Leadership Training held in the Hilltop Auditorium on Dec. 8.

    Students from Raymond and Naselle also participated in the training. Pacific County Health Department Health Educator Melissa Sexton coordinated and conducted the training. Students discussed the dangers of tobacco use and learned how to teach younger students about the consequences of tobacco use. Students use visual aids such as a “tar jar” and pig lungs to demonstrate the dangers of tobacco use.

    After receiving a mini-grant from the WellSpring Community Network, students in the TATU club at Ilwaco Middle School were able to purchase a set of pig lungs to use during their presentations to elementary students.

    Ilwaco Middle School students Allison Bonney, Haleigh Richmond, Sydney Cutting, HannaLynn Wynn, Kassidy Plato, Kouri Plato and Ashlee Zinn attended the leadership training.


Hookah smoking still unsafe, newsletter warns

    ILWACO — The Ilwaco Middle-High School Prevention Newsletter warns of the dangers of using hookah tobacco. Hookahs are glass or metal water pipes that originated in India. They are shaped somewhat like a bottle and have long, flexible hoses with tips that people put into their mouths to inhale tobacco smoke.

    In most hookahs, hot charcoal is placed on top of tobacco in a bowl to heat it. The tobacco, or shisha, is typically flavored, and contains the same chemicals found in all tobacco, including nicotine.

     Smoking hookah for 45 to 60 minutes can be equivalent to smoking 100 or more cigarettes. Secondhand hookah smoke contains the same cancer-causing chemicals found in secondhand smoke from cigarettes. In addition, the charcoal used in the tobacco heating process produces the toxin carbon monoxide.

    In 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued an Advisory Note about hookah use, stating that people who smoke hookah pipes or who are exposed to secondhand hookah smoke are at risk for the same diseases that are caused by smoking cigarettes, including cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, and can adversely affect pregnancy.

    The WHO also warned that sharing a water pipe mouthpiece poses a serious risk of transmission of communicable diseases, including tuberculosis and hepatitis.

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