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  • How Do Tobacco and Nicotine Affect the Brain?

       

    Like cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, nicotine increases levels of a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine is released normally when you experience something pleasurable like good food, your favorite activity, or spending time with people you care about. When a person uses tobacco products, the release of dopamine causes similar effects. This effect wears off quickly, causing people who smoke to get the urge to light up again for more of that good feeling, which can lead to addiction.

  • There is animal research which shows that nicotine exposure may cause changes in the brain that make other drugs more rewarding. If this is true in humans, as some experts believe, it would mean that using nicotine would increase the risk of other drug use and for addiction.

  • Nicotine: An Addictive Drug

     

    Through the use of cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco, nicotine is one of the most heavily used addictive drugs in the United States. Nicotine is the primary component of tobacco, and is the primary reason that tobacco is addictive

  • Nicotine provides an almost immediate “kick” because it causes a discharge of epinephrine from the adrenal cortex. This stimulates the central nervous system and endocrine glands, which causes a sudden release of glucose. Stimulation is then followed by depression and fatigue, leading the user to seek more nicotine.
  • Addiction

     

    Addiction to nicotine results in withdrawal symptoms when a person tries to stop smoking. Studies have found that, when chronic smokers were deprived of cigarettes for 24 hours, they had increased anger, hostility, aggression, and loss of social cooperation. Those suffering from withdrawal also take longer to regain emotional equilibrium following stress. During periods of abstinence and/or craving, smokers have shown impairment across a wide range of psychomotor and cognitive functions, such as language comprehension.

  • If you use tobacco, there are compelling reasons for you to quit. The rewards of quitting are tremendous, and they begin immediately. You’ll experience the benefits of not using tobacco within 20 minutes of quitting, and as your tobacco-free days accumulate, the benefits will accumulate, too. Quitting tobacco will improve your health, your finances, your self-esteem and your everyday life – immediately and over the long term – in ways you may never have imagined.
  • Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and diminishes overall health. It causes heart disease, stroke, lung diseases like chronic bronchitis and emphysema, osteoporosis, and cataracts.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke cause an estimated average of 438,000 premature deaths each year in the United States. Of these premature deaths

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  • Is Internet freedom vital to religious freedom? Increasingly yes, argue experts asking the U.S. government to spend millions more on improving international religious freedom in an unconventional way.
  • Baptist Press (BP) reports that members of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable have joining Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf in calling on the federal government to "dramatically increase its support of technology to breach Internet firewalls established by authoritarian governments."
  • asking Congress to allocate 10 percent of the Boardcasting Board of Governors's (BBG) $720 million budget toward overcoming Internet censorship in countries such as Iran, Cuba, and China.

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  • Americans across the board believe that Islam encourages violence more than other religions
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  • ISIS's violent actions have been condemned by many Muslim leaders, including Egypt's Al-Azhar, a top center of Sunni learning. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation argued that although ISIS claimed “that they do their acts in the name of Islam ... their doing has nothing to do with Islam.”

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  • What he did was useful, and dangerous.
  • How do you keep secrets? Why would Snowden tell secrets? And what has the government been hiding?

  • Is there really wax on fruits and vegetables?
  • Yes - the apple is one of the fruits that produces its own wax.
  • Is additional wax added to fruits and vegetables?

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  • in Chapter 10 it was taken to the first group of Gentiles in the house of Cornelius
  • Now it is time for Peter to go back to Jerusalem, as we come to Chapter 11, and he must report to the Jews in Jerusalem, his brothers in Christ, what has happened
  • And he realizes that it's not going to be easy for them to handle.

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  • If you are uploading to a new host, you will need to recreate the database user along with the matching password.

  • I had everything scripted out. I didn’t leave anything up for guessing.
  • I decided that I was going to learn from successful people.
  • ‘How did you do it? What was the defining moment? What’s the big tip you can give me?

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  • She made a meager living as a cocktail waitress in Hawaii, and was living out of her car with just two dollars and three cents to her name and $35,000 in debt. Haunted by a childhood filled with brutal and systematic physical and sexual abuse, she attempted suicide following a cocaine binge – but in that moment, ironically, her life changed forever.

  • Consider signing up for a free IMAP account with Gmail, copying the messages to the inbox on the IMAP server (IMAP lets you copy/move messages to/from remote folders as if they were local fodlers), and then let Thunderbird download them.

  • Simple Steps for Safe Sleep
  • In 2012, over 2,000 U.S. families will suffer the shock of finding their little child crumpled and lifeless, a victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • it peaks when babies are between 2 and 4 months of age and it rarely occurs past 6 months

  • Most people automatically give consent when police ask to perform a search. However, I recommend saying "no" to police searches, and here are some reasons why:
  • 1. It's your constitutional right.
  • You have the right to refuse random police searches anywhere and anytime, so long as you aren't crossing a border checkpoint or entering a secure facility like an airport.

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  • You know, that you ought to repent of your sins not because God will forgive you but because your sin is rotten.

  • persecution was so tied in with preaching Jesus Christ, that the word for witness is margarus, and it came to mean martyr.
  • Stephen was brought before the Sanhedrin; so was Paul. Stephen was stoned; so was Paul. Stephen was a martyr; so was Paul. And so everything that Paul was gloating over that day, he paid for, in his own life, for the cause of Christ. And you wanna know something? It wasn't punishment for him; it was glory. Boy, that's a change of attitude, isn't it?

  • How would two Galilean guys, Peter and John, ever hope to be speaking to the most august body in Israel?
  • In persecution, how do we respond?  First, with submission knowing God has a plan and that God is going to open a door even in the persecution and maybe take me to a tribunal that I would otherwise have no access to.
  • Secondly, fall with all your weight and all your weakness on the power of the Holy Spirit and the promise of the Holy Spirit to fill you, empower you, and give you the things to say. 

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  • They rejected their Messiah.  They put Him in the hands of the Romans to execute Him.  That’s an enormous crime.  But it is no greater crime than for anyone at any time in human history to reject Jesus Christ. 
  • Preaching is a rationally captivating argument that goes with evidence to an inescapable conclusion so that the hearer is pinned against the wall of that conclusion with no way out except to accept or reject, and should know that when he walks out. 

  • And listen to what He says in verse 26: “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your healer.”

     

    What is this?  This is the healing promise.

  • Remember Deuteronomy 28, when God said, if you obey Me, there will be blessing, and if you disobey Me, there will be cursing?  This could be a promise from God that previews the kingdom. 
  • Go to the end of chapter 3.  Verse 23.  “And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.” 

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