Tobacco Companies to Run Court-Ordered Ads Telling the Truth about their Deadly Products

Starting Nov. 26, the major U.S. tobacco companies have to run ads nationally telling the American people the truth about the deadly consequences of smoking and secondhand smoke. A federal court in 2006 ordered the companies to make these “corrective statements” after finding them guilty of breaking civil racketeering laws and lying to the public […]

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15 minutes, ½ gallon of cigarette butts, and a clean park!

It’s estimated that 1.69 billion pounds of cigarette butts end up as toxic trash each year and they are not biodegradable. As an example of the impact tobacco has on our environment, Monforton School Student Council and Leadership team cleaned up a half gallon of cigarette butts in Bozeman’s Kirk Park to raise awareness of […]

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The Great American Smokeout, November 16, 2017!

It’s coming, the annual Great American Smokeout; an opportunity to commit to a healthy, tobacco-free life with people across the country. Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Each year, over 480,000 people die from illnesses related to tobacco use; that’s 1 out of 5 […]

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Should e-cigarettes be included in Clean Indoor Air Laws? Yes, please.

Do you think e-cigarettes aren’t dangerous? Think again. The Surgeon General has found that the aerosol released by e-cigarettes contains nicotine and ultra fine particles that can be toxic, cause cancer, and lead to heart disease. In other words, e-cigarettes can be damaging not just to yourself, but to others as well. This is a […]

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Teen vaccinations; more important than ever.

I was married when I found out I had Human Papillomavirus (HPV). I had no idea what it was, or how I contracted it. What I did know was that it was scary. It required a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) to remove the advanced-stage, precancerous cells. Years later, it re-appeared. Again, a LEEP, and […]

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June Is Men’s Health Month—Get Involved

Did you know there was a month entirely dedicated to raising awareness for issues impacting the health and wellness of men and boys? June will honor the 23rd annual Men’s Health Month. The month also coincides with Men’s Health Week (June 12-18), a special awareness period created by Congress, and the #ShowUsYourBlue campaign on June […]

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Clean air is everybody’s business.

When you mention air quality, most people think of smog, wildfire smoke or inversions; but looming over everyone is the avoidable dangers of secondhand smoke. We have made great strides in improving the quality of our air, but there is still more to do. Personal choices about smoking in public still affect the air quality […]

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Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Chronic disease self-management is a confluence of educational ideals designed to help patients achieve better health.  Self-management includes being your own best advocate, paying attention to health conditions so that you are a good historian, engaging in self-care, and knowing how to work with the healthcare system and your provider to achieve the best outcomes.  […]

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