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Dangers of Smoking, the Traits of OCD

 As a health/environmental pursuit to promote a healthy and clean environment for surrounding communities the STEM Green /Health clubs merged to bring awareness to its Moreno Valley college students on smoking and OCD.

On November 15, 2012 MVC's own Chemistry professor and Co-advisor for the Green Health club, Diane Marsh, along with a few of her colleaguesc host an awareness table on campus informing students the key dangers of nicotine used products such as cigarettes. Many individuals who do smoke are not aware that nicotine is more toxic then one would think.

Not only is Nicotine toxic, professor Marsh declares, but once its released into the earth's atmosphere it creates a chemical called "Radon" which becomes more harmful to the human body. Professor Marsh's goal is to inform MVC students the importance of improving the environment and physical activity. Not only does nicotine remain in clothes, furniture and skin, but it is naturally found in various foods such as; cauliflower, eggplant, potatoes and tomatoes.

Diane has worked at MVC over 10 plus years, teaching students the benefits of going green. She has students participate in Eco contests in one where students create their own wind turbine. Diane inquired that in the Spring semester, students would participate in native tree planting and a weather balloon projects.

As an effort to bring about awareness for smoking and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, she has provided information pamphlets and a OCD survey known as the OCD Screening Quiz for students who are curious about the physical harms of smoking and measure their lives for psychological traits of OCD.

OCD is  an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions). It is not common for someone to have some minor case of OCD, but a person who suffers at its full extent is  screened for appropriated support and help.

Riverside resident, Diane Anguiano, a 30 yr. old MVC student, majoring in Social Science, says that smoking is very bad, and being a mother of 3 young children, 2 suffering from asthma. Diane is very cautious about those who smoke around her family. Diana shares her boyfriend's experience as a smoker, and is aware of the addictiveness of nicotine and the destruction it causes the human body. In asking about the OCD survey, Diane casually remarks," Everybody has a little OCD in them!"

 

 

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