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E-cigs. E-hookahs. Mods. Pens. Vapes. Whatever the name, e-cigarettes are not safe. Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. E-cigarette use among youth was recently declared an epidemic by the U.S. Surgeon General. Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars or pipes. Some e-cigarettes look like pens, USB sticks, or other everyday items. Despite the “vaping” name, e-cigarette aerosol is NOT harmless “water vapor.” It can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including nicotine and ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs; flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds; cancer-causing chemicals and heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead. Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said, “No one knows what’s in these products. Even the FDA doesn’t know, because they haven’t required manufacturers to submit a list of ingredients. My message to people in Philadelphia…

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Prescription Take Back Day

October 26th is National Take Back Day. Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic. That's why it was great to see thousands of people across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in their prescription drugs. National Take Back Day allows you to safely and anonymously dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medications. In addition to prescription medications, vaping devices and liquids will be accepted at collection sites as well. Find a collection site near you. if you or someone you know is struggling with substance use or addiction, please call the National Helpline 24/7: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) Earlier this year, National Take Back Day saw the following results: Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,969 Total Collection Sites: 6,258 Total Weight Collected: 937,443 lbs. (468.72 Tons)

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2019

This and every October, Philadelphia recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence can affect anyone — regardless of your class, race, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Domestic Violence is more than just physical abuse — it is a pattern of behaviors that a partner uses against the other person with the purpose of gaining and maintaining power and control in the relationship. These behaviors can include: isolation, financial deprivation, stalking, emotional abuse, and threats to harm partner, children or pets. Are you thinking about making a change within your relationship? Does your partner make you feel unsafe? Is your partner restricting your access to family, friends and financial resources? According to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, these are all common indicators of abuse. If you have answered "yes" to at least one of the questions listed above, there are resources readily available to you in Philadelphia. Always…

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