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Help Your Child Avoid Smoking
What would you do if your son or daughter decided to start smoking?
Maybe your child already smokes. Perhaps you're a smoker and hope your child won't pick up your unhealthy habit. Maybe there is no history of smoking in your family, but you fear that your child's friends might serve as a bad influence.
Every day in the U.S., 1,500 kids become regular smokers, one-third of whom will die prematurely as a result. Many young people are driven to smoking through peer pressure or because they watch their parents and role models smoke.
For parents who want to quit smoking to set an example for their children, or for anyone who wants to kick the habit, one company has a unique approach that it says helps smokers quit gradually.
Safer Smokes Inc. (www.bravosmokes.com) has created Bravo, a smoking cessation product made with lettuce leaves. It has all the characteristics of a tobacco cigarette with three key differences: no nicotine, no tobacco and none of the dangerous carcinogens derived from the additives found in commercial tobacco cigarettes.
With Bravo, smokers still get the experience of smoking a cigarette but without most of the harmful effects of tobacco cigarettes. People who use Bravo are able to eventually cleanse their bodies of nicotine.
Tobacco use is the nation's leading preventable cause of death, killing more than 400,000 people and costing more than $180 billion in health care bills and lost productivity each year. Nearly 90 percent of all smokers start the habit by age 18.
Clinical studies have evidenced the relative safety of the Bravo product when compared to tobacco cigarettes.
BONUS : Help Your Child Learn To Read
Is your son or daughter having trouble learning how to read?
Perhaps it's a matter of nerves. If children are having difficulty with reading, they may feel frustrated, which adds to the pressure they feel at school. And like many adults, some children can't function at their best when they are stressed.
Your child may have a learning disability, however. SFK Media Specially For Kids Corp., a company that provides educational products for children, says parents should watch for the following early warning signs:
* difficulty learning the connections between letters and sounds;
* difficulty sounding out unknown words;
* repeatedly misidentifying words;
* making consistent reading and spelling errors, including letter reversal, inversions and transpositions;
* transposing number sequences and confusing arithmetic signs;
* difficulty understanding or remembering what is read.
If your child doesn't seem to be able to overcome his or her reading difficulties, using fun, supplemental teaching materials at home can help.
SFK Media offers an innovative learning tool called ReadEnt. ReadEnt seamlessly blends reading with entertaining movies that teach and improve reading, vocabulary and comprehension by using a patented technology called "Action Captions." This technology shows each spoken word on screen, one at a time, as the character speaks it.
"This remarkable technology activates the cognitive elements of the brain so that the development of both reading and spoken language skills take place naturally for children, kindergarten through eighth grade," said reading specialist Bernabe Feria, who holds a doctorate from Oxford University.
These reading movies are available as interactive DVD programs for use on the TV or computer and include such classic titles as "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," "Tales of Gulliver's Travels" and "The Trojan Horse." They also come with interactive quizzes and games to make the learning experience even more enjoyable and less stressful for children learning to read.