Our Saturday green news brings you the latest on health, parenting and cool baby and kid products:
- Is smoking today more deadly than in the past? According to a latest report by the U.S. Surgeon General, cigarette smoking today is even more deadly than it was half a century ago. “There is a sufficient evidence to infer that the relative risk of dying from cigarette smoking has increased over the last 50 years.” In the United States alone about 43 million adults are currently smoking, which equals to 18 percent of the overall population. Smoking today makes you more likely to die early than it did for someone smoking in the 1950s or 1960s and changes in the cigarette composition may be a factor. For example, in 1959 smoking men were about three times more likely to get lung cancer than non-smokers, while today they are 26 times more likely. And women in 1959 were 12 times more likely to suffer from lung cancer while today the likelihood is 25 times.
- Toxic Baby: Documentary film Toxic Baby by British filmmaker and mom Penelope Jagessar Chaffer explores environmental toxins through interviews and surreal imagery. While pregnant, Chaffer was curious about the chemicals she and her unborn child were exposed to. She approached scientist Tyrone Hayes about a common herbicide used on corn called atrazine he has been studying very closely. The result of their collaboration is this very informational film, which they discuss in a very engaging TED talk.
- The Pee & Poo toys: Looking for something new for your potty-training practice? This Swedish duo might be of help as they posses both aesthetic and educational elements. Pee&Poo works just as well as potty training inspiration, as a cuddly toy winning both children an adults over.