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What Smoking Really Does to Your Lungs

You know how smoking affects your body – it increases risk of cancers, heart diseases, stroke, etc. It doesn’t choose its victims – it has no respect for class, gender, or race. It strikes whoever is nearest, making no distinction between the smoker and the innocent nonsmoker. Smoking affects secondhand smokers, nonsmokers who inadvertently breathe in the smoke. Secondhand smoke comes from 2 sources – smoke from the burning end of the cigarette, and smoke exhaled by smokers. Secondhand smoking is as dangerous as smoking itself, as the secondhand smokers inhale more of the smoke than the smokers themselves. In so many ways smoking is harmful to the body, but it is the most dangerous to the lungs. How does smoking affect your lungs, then? Know that it is not only your lungs that are affected, but also the airways and your other respiratory organs. When you start smoking cigarettes, chemicals enter the body through the mouth and nose and into the lungs. Burning tobacco produces more than 4,000 chemicals, which include carbon monoxide, nicotine and tar. The tar from the cigarettes sticks to the cilia, the tiny hair-like structures that line the airways in the lungs. The cilia typically acts as little brooms that sweep out harmful dirt – but when cigarette is smoked, the cilia can’t work properly because the tar sticks to the cilia and is...

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Vacation Homes – How Do I Choose?

If you are in the market for a vacation home, congratulations! It’s great to know some of us are doing well in these troubled economic times. As with any purchase of real property, location is key. However, because this is a vacation home purchase, there are additional considerations. You want to be certain that its location affords you the opportunity to pursue your favorite leisure time activities. In short, don’t buy beachfront property if your favorite pass time is fly-fishing! That said; keep a “Plan B” in the back of your mind. If you buy near a popular tourist destination, you will have the option to use the home as a vacation rental if your financial circumstances take a turn for the worst. Alternatively, if you get bored, you will be in a better position to do a “house swap” and gain the option of spending some of your leisure time elsewhere. This is, without a doubt, a great time to purchase a vacation home. The real estate market is under pressure. There are many motivated sellers and you should be prepared to take advantage of this scenario. I urge you to meet with your banker or financial institution and get your mortgage pre-approved. This allows you to move quickly when you locate the right property. Do not limit your search to real estate brokers! You should contact banks...

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The NCAA Football 2010

There are many changes that will be happening in the Big Ten Conference over the next few years. The biggest change that hit the news a few months ago was the adding of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Cornhuskers are leaving the Big 12 Conference to join the Big 10 Conference starting in the 2011 season. Some people are torn about what this will do to the rivalries that have been known for many years including the Ohio State Buckeyes vs the Michigan Wolverines. The big game between these two schools is played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and will be hosted by the Buckeyes in 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State is ranked number two in both the Coaches Poll as well as the AP Poll for the 2010 season so this should prove to be another exciting season. The Big Ten has spoken to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish about joining the conference but have not been successful in their attempt. The two schools have talked over the past few years about the entry but Notre Dame decided to stay on their own and not to join into any conference at this time.The Alabama Crimson Tide is thrilled with being ranked number one in all the polls for this season and will try to stay atop their opponents in the SEC Conference. With 22 SEC Championships they have...

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Modular Log Cabin Homes – Frontier Homes on the Cutting Edge

Modular Homes Are Hot While early modular homes were widely considered only a short step up from mobile homes, the past two decades have seen such advances in modular home technology that modular homes are now equal in quality to traditional stick built ones, and far more affordably. Modular homes are so hot, in fact, that their sales growth his now increasing more rapidly than that of traditional homes. In the Northeastern US, known for sever winters, modular homes accounted for ten percent of the new housing market as of 2004! Not only that, modular homes are available in every conceivable architectural style, and modular log cabin homes are among the most charming of all. But you won’t have to worry about those nasty drafts if you choose a modular log cabin home over a conventional one, because all the shaping and cutting involved in the modules of your modular log cabin home will be done by computer-controlled equipment. This means that not only will the various sections of your cabin fit together with air-tight precision; there’ll be almost no wasted materials left from their manufacture, and paying for a minimum of materials means big savings for you! You’ll also save money on your energy bills, as your draft-free modular log cabin remains snug against those mountain or prairie winds. Constructing Your Modular Log Cabin After multiple factory inspections,...

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How to Buy the Best Solar Panels

The shift to using solar energy is becoming a new phenomenon that is catching on very quickly. The installation of a solar energy generation system allows for the energy of the sun being turned into usable electricity that can further be stored. Given all of this, it can be argued that the most important part of the system is the solar panel. It is through that the energy conversion is made possible and ultimately, the level of independence that is available to consumers of solar energy is made available. Hence, it is important to choose the best quality solar panels for your needs. What is the cost of a solar panel? To determine the cost of various factors have to be taken into consideration. Of course, the price is also greatly influenced by the kind of subsidiaries set in place for use of renewable energy by the government for the promotion of alternative energy sources. There is generally priced based on how much capacity it generates (measured in Watts), the physical size of each panel, the durability or warranty period offered, the quality of materials used in it as well as the types of certifications that the panels have. The price may also vary depending on how many panels are being purchased as part of the package – the general rule showing the price decreasing with an increase in...

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