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Life’s Simple 7

My Life Check® was designed by the American Heart Association with the goal of improved health by educating the public on how best to live. … This seven step list has been developed to deliver on the hope we all have–to live a long, productive healthy life.

Manage blood pressure
Control cholesterol
Reduce blood sugar
Get active
Eat better
Lose weight
Stop smoking


Smoking is far more common among …

Smoking_by_educationAmid Smoking Decline, Look Who’s Still Lighting Up
July 31, 2014

18.1 percent of Americans were smoking in 2012

Smoking is far more common among those living below the poverty level, those with GED-level education, and among American Indian or Alaskan Natives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Menthol’s cooling sensation makes smoking more appealing for kids

Menthol receptors are also activated by cold, which explains the icy-cool sensation of mint.

FDA Weighs Restrictions, Possible Ban On Menthol Cigarettes
December 31, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration is considering restricting or even possibly banning menthol cigarettes.
Public health advocates are pushing for this, saying menthol makes cigarettes more addictive and makes it easier for young people to start smoking.

menthol makes smoking much more appealing for kids: the experience of the cigarette can be very harsh on the throat, but menthol* anesthetizes the throat

* Menthol is a highly lipid-soluble cyclic terpene alcohol, derived from naturally occurring plant oils or prepared synthetically.
Menthol is a counterirritant that, by induction of a cool sensation, “crowds out” the sensation of itch.
The cooling sensation may be the result of a direct interaction of menthol with cold receptors and/or nerve fibers.
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