Healthy Lungs at Home Project

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Managing Stress

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

What is Stress?
Stress is your body’s normal response to danger. Muscles tighten, blood pressure goes up, the heart races, and adrenaline is pumped. Stress may be cause from a range of everyday troubles or major incidents such as loss in one’s life.

Many people smoke when feeling stressed. Even though they know that smoking hurts them and the ones they love, some smokers find it hard to give up cigarettes as a way to cope with stress. It’s important to try and come up with new ways to manage stress and to not smoke.

What are Signs of Stress?
The signs can be physical or emotional. Some of which may include headaches, fatigue, changes in eating habits, sleep disruption, mood swings, feeling out of control, feeling confused, trouble thinking clearly, or using alcohol or other drugs more.

When Stress Isn’t Managed
Stress that isn’t managed can lead to ulcers, allergies, high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.

Managing Stress
Managing stress can help you feel calm, peaceful, and in control. Below are some ways to manage stress:
Do something you really enjoy on a regular basis.
Make time for yourself everyday. Take a nap, read, or meditate.
Try to make physical activity and exercise a regular part of your life.
Practice deep breathing.
Get enough sleep.
Limit alcohol and caffeine intake.
Eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated throughout the day.
Talk or write about your worries instead of keeping them bottled up.
Manage your time wisely. Set goals you can meet.

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A New Smoking Story: Vision Loss

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a leading cause of vision loss is now clearly linked to smoking. A woman fighting to save her eyesight tells her story in CDC’s Tips from a Former Smoker.

Losing your vision is among a long list of illnesses that are linked to smoking – but it comes as a surprise to many smokers. Marlene certainly never imagined that smoking could lead to a serious eye disease or even blindness when she started smoking in high school. Smoking causes immediate and long-term damage to the body, including heart disease, diabetes, and many types of cancer. In 2014, the U.S. Surgeon General’s report, The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress, confirmed that macular degeneration, Marlene’s eye disease, can be caused by smoking.

Marlene shares her story in the hopes that her personal struggles will inspire smokers to quit.

Marlene first noticed vision problems at age 56. She had trouble reading. She accidentally cut herself in the kitchen. And she would fall, even when walking down only a few steps. Her doctor told her to quit smoking if she wanted to keep even a small portion of her eyesight. She needs shots in one or both eyes every month to avoid even more vision loss, which could leave her legally blind. According to Marlene, “Nothing at all – food, drink, cigarettes, nothing – is worth going through what I’m going through.”

Hawaii Makes History in Protecting Public Health

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Hawaii lawmakers made history responding to state voters and youth through responsive legislation that protects public health. In April this year, the passage of legislation prohibited the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.

This makes Hawaii the first in the United States to raise the tobacco sale age from 18. By raising the age to 21, this gives way for greater potential to improve public health. This will help to reduce tobacco sales and even help to improve the efforts to prevent tobacco addiction. The onset of tobacco addiction often begins with young adults. Ninety-five percent of adult smokers began smoking before the age of 21. The passage of this legislation helps to address the targeting of tobacco companies to youth.

The Institute of Medicine released a report in March 2015 which concluded that raising the sale of tobacco to the age of 21 can yield significant improvements in public health. It reduces the number of adolescents and young adults who start smoking. Smoking related deaths are reduced. The health of adolescents, young adults, young mothers and children are improved deterring them from smoking.

This new norm for Hawaii has great potential for public health improvements. Consequently, as smoking rates can potentially decrease, such is the case with exposure to secondhand smoke. Among non-smokers, secondhand smoke exposure can cause heart disease, lung cancer, and stroke. Breathing in secondhand smoke has immediate harmful effects on the heart and blood vessels. Secondhand smoke caused 34,000 heart disease deaths during 2005-2009 among non-smokers in the United States. This changing shift in cultural norms in Hawaii gives way to preventing new smokers and decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke, which is helpful to improving public health especially when there is no risk-free exposure to secondhand smoke.

Take the Steps to Plan to Stop Smoking

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

The California Smokers’ Helpline provides a number of free services to help smokers and other tobacco users quit. The California Smokers’ Helpline can be reached at 1-800-NO-BUTTS.

If you are interested in quitting, there are 5 steps to planning to stop smoking.

Step 1: Make the decision to quit

Tobacco users who are trying to quit can decide whether or not to quit cold turkey or to use a quitting aid. Quitting aids can help with withdrawal symptoms. Not everyone experiences withdrawal symptoms. Some of which include the following: cravings, irritability, fatigue, headache, coughing, dizziness, insomnia, poor concentration, and constipation.

Step 2: Set your quit date

Figure out what date you plan on quitting within the next two weeks. It helps to make the decision to quit on that day or, if you prefer, sooner.

Step 3: Keep your triggers in mind

Triggers are times when you’ll have a strong urge to smoke. It helps to think of the first day. Afterwards, look ahead to the first week of quitting. Triggers that happen during the weekday and weekend can vary, so think of those particular triggers.

Step 4: Determine how you will deal with your triggers

When you have the urge to smoke, think of how that cigarette helps. Does it fill time? Does it cut down stress? Does it help you wake up? Work on thinking of other things you can do that will help in the same way. For example, when you feel stressed out, what could you do instead of smoking? How about taking a time-out, get a drink of water, take a walk, or do some deep breathing.

Step 5: Get Support

The more support you have, the smoother the road to quitting will be. What kind of support is effective for you? Think of the people in your life. Who can support you during the process? Think of how they can help you and ask them for their support in specific ways.

Keep Your Family Safe from Secondhand Smoke

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off


Even if you do not smoke, your family may be at risk for secondhand smoke exposure at home. Children, pregnant women, senior citizens are at greater risk to the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke causes 4,000 lung cancer and cardiac deaths in addition to over 6,000 pre-term deliveries and low birth weight infants a year. For kids, secondhand smoke can cause them to get sick more frequently and stay sick longer. Exposure increases the chances of children to have heart problems or lung cancer when they grow up. There are no safe levels of exposure.

Tenants have the right to ask their landlords to adopt smoke-free policies in their apartment complex. Landlords have a responsibility under fair housing laws to provide reasonable accommodations to non-smokers with serious disabilities or smoke allergies.

Say Goodbye to Smoking

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14th Annual Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) – Veterans Day March

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

The Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), an alliance of veterans organizations, community advocates, youth and students announced that they will march for the third time in 14 years on Veterans Day, November 11, 2014 in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The march will honor our heroes and demand justice and equity in light of the broken promises and unfulfilled pledges to the Filipino American veterans and relatives.

JFAV National Coordinator Arturo P. Garcia said, “The Hollywood Veterans Day March will start at 11:30 at the assembly area on Hollywood and Ivar St. The groups will gather at 10:30 am and the pre-rally will start at 11:00 am.”

Prior to that, volunteers are requested to gather at the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) Hall at 9:00 am with the veterans, widows, youth/students, and community advocates. There will be an orientation for volunteers and marshals at FACLA.

Garcia also said, “Aside from JFAV-LA, other groups will march on November 11 including FACLA, S4PACE, ANSWER-LA, Echo Park Community Coalition (EPCC), Philippinetown Inc. (PTI), Pro-People Youth (KmB), KmB X Sessions, Kababayan Alliance of UC Irvine, PASK, CalPoly Pomona Barkada, XPO, TDB, Samahang Pilipino of UCLA, UCR Katipunan, CSUN, Pasadena City College and many more.

Fighting Systemic Racism and Racial Discrimination

JFAV describes the history of the Filipino veterans’ struggle. On July 26, 1941, six months before the war, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt conscripted 120,000 of the Army of the Commonwealth of the Philippines into the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) making the Philippines, the US garrison outside of the US mainland.

During the war, USAFFE surrendered but not the Filipino people who waged a three year long war of resistance and rallied again under the US colors to liberate the Philippines from Japan. For their military service, at least 250,000 USAFFE soldiers and guerillas were recognized by the US Army as American soldiers making them eligible for veterans benefits.

But six months later on February 18, 1946, the 79th US Congress declared their “military service inactive” and until now, 68 years later they remain unrecognized as American veterans. Out of the 66 nationalities who fought during the war, only the Filipinos were excluded from receiving the benefits and privileges they deserve.

SB1315 did not pass in US Congress, which would have recognized the Filipino Veterans and provided lifetime pensions. Instead the ARRA Law of 2009 was passed to allocate lump sum payments. However, out of the 41,000 Filipino veterans who applied, only 18,000 were granted benefits and while the remaining were denied their benefits.

Garcia also added, “We will continue to march for equity and justice and we will not stop until we get justice and equity for our Lolos and Lolas and for community.”

For more inforation about the 14th JFAV March for Justice and Equity please contact Arturo at (213) 241-0995. JFAV is a campaign under People’s CORE’s Program for People’s Rights and Social Justice. 

Community Help and Awareness of Natural Gas and Electricity Services

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off


May suliranin ba kayo sa inyong bayarin sa kuryente at gas?


Tumataas ang inyong bayarin sa kuryente at gas?


Gusto ba ninyong makatipid ng bayarin at konsumo sa kuryente at gas?

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Alamin kung papaano maibaba ang bayarin ng inyong kuryente at gas sa pamamagitan ng nakakatulong na mga programa.

Isa ka bang kustomer ng CARE? Kung biglang tumaas ang singil sa inyong kuryente at nakatanggap ka ng sulat na maaring mawala ang inyong diskuwento sa CARE, kaagad na umugnay sa People’s CORE CHANGES Project Coordinators na sina Arturo at Diane upang kayo ay matulungan. Ang People’s CORE ay isang organisasyon sa komunidad na nasa CHANGES or Community Help and Awareness of Natural Gas and Electricity Services. Ang CHANGES ay pinopondahan ng California Public Utilities Commussion na tumutulong sa mga konsumidor na may limitadong kakayahang magsalita ng Ingles at upang matulungan sila sa kanilang serbisyo sa enerhiya.

Mahalaga magtipid ng enerhiya sa maraming dahilan. Nakapagtitipid ka ng pera. Kung labis ang paggamit mo sa enerhiya, mawawala ang diskwento mo sa CARE. Ibig mo bang  malaman kung ikaw ay nasa CARE program pa rin? Matutulungan ka na ng People’s CORE na alamin ang inyong papeles at bayarin, kausapin ang inyong utility company at sagutin ang inyong mga katanungan at suliranin.

Para sa karagdagang kaalaman hinggil sa Community Help and Awareness of Natural Gas and Electricity Services (CHANGES) Project, tumawag kay Arturo P. Garcia sa People’s CORE sa (213) 241-0995, mula Lunes hanggang Biernes, ika 9:00 ng umaga hanggang ika 6:00 ng gabi.

Register to Vote! Magparehistro para Makaboto!

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off

It is never too early to register to vote. Make your voice heard.

Register to vote online. Now in 8 Asian languages! Election Day is our opportunity to weigh in on the issues that matter the most to us.

For more information, please click on the links below.


Secretary of State - Register to Vote

Magparehistro para Makaboto


Secretary of State - Voting In California