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February 2011

Smoking in 2011

Here a puff there a puff everywhere a puff puff. All around the island Jamaicans can be seen puffing away at their cigarettes. Even though cigarettes are one of the primary ways in which Jamaicans give themselves lung cancer.
Most Jamaican men do not know that smoking can affect their love life.
According quitsmoking.com website men who smoke are 50 percent more likely to suffer from impotence than men who do not smoke. Nicotine acts as a vasoconstrictor.
 
That is, it constricts the arteries and blood vessels—including those that are responsible for a man's erection. Nicotine also lowers testosterone and other hormone levels in the blood. And it increases the concentrations of fatty acids in the blood, leading to clogged arteries and further restricting blood flow to the genitals.
 
 
ARE YOU A SMOKER? How do you feel about people who smoke?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ackee Health risks

Ackee is the main ingredient in the Jamaican national dish. Many Jamaicans eat Ackee at least once a month mostly for breakfast. While ripe Ackee fruit is eaten as and is considered a dietary staple in Jamaica, unripe Ackee fruit is very poisonous. Unripe Ackee is a frequent cause of poisoning in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Poisonings may occur as epidemics when the unripe fruit is eaten during times of food shortage.
 
Children seem to be especially sensitive to the toxic effects of unripe Ackee. Some sources claim that most Ackee products have been banned from import into the US for the past 30 years because of concerns about poisoning from unripe fruit. The US has just recently begun to allow the import of canned ripe Ackee on a limited basis.
 
 
 
 
Jamaicans should be very careful when eating Ackee especially when made by someone else, and when in doubt, don’t consume it. If you or a family member gets poisoned by eating Ackee, go to the hospital Immediately
 
Question: Do you plan on still eating ackee despite the potential health risks?