Health Is Vital

Health is taken for granted, until you can't any more. In this blog I hope to put down on paper some of the articles I come across and want to remember, about health. I will be personalizing these articles to apply to me. I am diabetic, over weight, have high blood pressure and tinnitus, so these are the things you will find here. I will include nutrition, exercise, and holistic health, and many other ideas. I work in the health profession, particularly mental health, and have an interest in suicide prevention; so these topics will also be covered in this blog. Please, if you are suffering reach out. Our county health and crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

**Reno Smells Like a Cigarette: Second Hand Smoke

I have visited Reno a couple times this year, and  both times the thing I remember most is that Reno smells like a cigarette.  In January I visited Circus Circus, and spent my time with the kids on the family level; but the smoke seeped through the floor where the casino was below, and the place reeked of smoke.  It seemed to me it had penetrated the floor and the walls and the entire building, to where I imagine they are never going to get the smell out.  Circus Circus will always smell of smoke.  The second time I was just passing through, and we stopped for gas.  The gas station also had a casino area and hotel.  This is common in Nevada.  However the hall which allowed an easy bypass was under construction.  We had to go around the entire building and come in the other side to get to the rest rooms, or we could have gone through the casino, which I didn't do with Tony being with me.  However we did catch a whiff of the cigarette smell coming from the casino. 
I guess Nevada is meant to appeal to a different type of people than I am.  It is because of this that the family theme parks in Reno and Las Vegas are a bit of a puzzle to me.  How do you appeal to families when you allow everyone to smoke everyplace.  It does not make a very health environment for children.
Second hand smoke can result in lower birth weight, and higher incidence of SIDS.  It also can contribute to ear infection, respiratory ailments, coughs and tooth decay in children.  It is very bad for children prone to asthma.  No matter how the market it, places that allow smoking are not friendly to children.

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