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Paper mill in Berlin, NH early 1990's. My grandfather Otto W. Oleson in white hat , second from right. Note the barefeet... This picture courtesy of Gerald Oleson. E-mail:

Paper mill in Berlin, NH, early 1900's. My Grandfather Otto W.
Oleson in white hat, white shirt, fourth from the right..*Note the boss
in the right background.

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An article from Gerald Oleson that was printed in the Bangor Daily News

Burning cigarette is always bad news
By Gerald Oleson

Sun May 8, I had the privilege of being a member of a panel that met with a group of Searsport Elementary School students.

Having taught school for almost 30 years before a bout with throat cancer, I know what itís like to work with young people, and I would like to compliment these youngsters for being so attentive and well-behaved. Their questions and concerns about tobacco were very mature. They are a credit to their families, school and community.

As a nine-year survivor of cancer, I know the physical and emotional pain of having to deal with a life-threatening illness. Each year more than 31,000 new cases of oral cancers are diagnosed. Fifty percent of the people with those cancers will die within five years.

I have been one of the lucky ones. If anything I may have said to the students convinces just one of them to avoid tobacco, any discomfort I may have had will have been worth it.

Tobacco addiction is the greatest cause of death in our society. More than 450,000 people die each year from smoking-related diseases, more than from alcohol (including drunken driving), cocaine, heroin, morphine, murder, suicide, car accidents, fires and AIDS combined.

Smoking is an act of self-pollution, and we now know itís just not the nicotine in the tobacco that is dangerous ó the non-tobacco additives in cigarettes are also toxic. A burning cigarette gives off almost 7,000 chemicals; more than 4,000 of these chemicals are poisonous; 43 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer. Carbon monoxide, benzene, arsenic, butane, cyanide, formaldehyde, ammonia, methane, radioactive polonium 210 ó the list goes on and on.

Itís very important that education about smoking continues. Research shows that 90 percent of smokers start smoking before the age of 18; 30 percent start before age 14. Teen smokers do less well in school and get into more trouble than do their non-smoking counterparts. Also, teen smokers tend not to join clubs, play sports or participate in any other school activities. Non-smokers are more likely to go to college, have high self-esteem, make more money and live longer.

I congratulate the teachers, guidance counselors ó especially Judy Cohen ó and administrators at Searsport Elementary School for their tobacco awareness project, and I hope they will continue this important work. The students will thank you for it now; later, when they look back on their school years, theyíll love you for it.

Gerald Oleson lives in Bangor. E-mail: index

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