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Archive for September, 2019

Vaping. By Our Student Pharmacist, Barry Shen.


What is Vaping:

Vaping is a form of smoking from an electronic cigarette, vaporizer, or hookah. Vaping was originally advertised by cigarette companies as an alternative “safer” way to smoke for those attempting to quit. This promotion is misleading since vaping is not FDA approved as an aid for quitting smoking.

The very companies promoting the use of electronic cigarettes and other vaping products are the same ones selling regular cigarettes which shows an obvious conflict of interest. For example, Juul, one of the largest companies for electronic cigarettes, is owned by Altria which is the same company that produces Marlboro cigarettes.  Recently, Juul announced it will suspend all advertising of their vaping products with their CEO Kevin Burns stepping down from his position.

Is it safer than smoking cigarettes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaping is considered “less harmful” compared to smoking a regular cigarette. However, it should be noted that just because a product isn’t as harmful as the original doesn’t mean it is safe to use. While there aren’t as many chemicals in electronic cigarettes, they still contain harmful products such as nicotine, lead, volatile organic compounds, and cancer-causing agents. In adolescents, these chemicals have the additional harm of stunting their learning and memory development.

Pod components

How do they work?

Electronic cigarettes are composed of a battery, a container holding the solution, a heater, and a mouthpiece. When in use, the solution, which typically contains nicotine, is heated into an aerosol that can then be inhaled.

 Types of Vapes

There are many different types of devices used for vaping sold by several brands. Some of the largest companies selling electronic cigarettes are Juul, Markten, and VUSE.

Originally, the first generation electronic cigarettes resembled normal cigarettes with a white body and tan mouthpiece. Over time, their designs diverged from the traditional cigarette appearance into more aesthetically pleasing shapes such as pens and USB drives. Flavors like mango and strawberries have also been added. Aside from nicotine, patients have also reported vaping THC and CBD with their devices.

Yearn Juul

Who vapes?

There are increasing reports of lung injury and deaths correlating with the use of vaping products especially among teens. To make matters more frightening, these companies are coming out with products that come in a variety of appealing colors, shapes, and flavors. One example is Juul’s UNWELL YEARN Pods. The shape they come in greatly resembles a USB stick. When in use, they admit no odors or any visible smoke. Because of this, teens are able to sneak these products into the middle of class to use while fooling their teachers into thinking they are just a kid who has a habit of nibbling on their USB.

According to the CDC, there are nine reported deaths in the US so far with the cause being related to vaping. The State of Ohio has taken steps to prevent these tobacco products from getting into the hands of children by increasing the age restriction of being able to purchase from 18 to 21. These are all steps in the right direction to protect our youths from the harmful effects of vaping.


  1. US Department of Health and Human Services. E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon Generalpdf icon[PDF – 8.47MB]. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2016. Accessed July 27, 2018.
  2. https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/25/business/juul-ceo-resigns/index.html
  3. https://csnews.com/ohio-governor-signs-tobacco-21-measure-law

Image references:

  1. https://www.elementvape.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/
  2. https://www.kingcounty.gov/tobacco/juul
  3. https://i0.wp.com/www.nationalreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/juul-vaping.jpg?resize=1024%2C597&ssl=1

Free Electronic Waste and Appliance Recycling on Saturday, September 28 from 9 am to 1 pm at Union Recyclers.


On Saturday, September 28, there will be a FREE electronic waste and appliance recycling day from 9 am to 1 pm (rain or shine) at Union Recyclers, 15140 US Route 36 East in Marysville.

Items that will be accepted from households, businesses, industries, schools, and the government at NO Charge include: Computers, any and all types of cable and wire, cameras, servers, VCRs, Monitors, DVD Players, all types of cell phones, keyboards and mice, CD and DVD media, battery backup systems, flat screen computer monitors, scanners, printers, fax machines, copiers, all stereo equipment, video games, video game systems, all phone equipment, speakers, floppy disks, microwaves, sweepers, and other household electronics.

Televisions will be accepted for a fee of $30 each. There is a $10 Fee for each CRT (cathode ray tubes found in most computer monitors) Monitor. Please pay by cash or a check.

Freon and Non-Freon appliances including refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, stoves, dishwashers, washers, and dryers will be taken at NO CHARGE.

Aluminum beverage cans will be purchased for 5 cents over the price of the day! No 55 gallon drums/barrels of cans will be accepted.

Absolutely NO tires, light bulbs, alkaline batteries or household hazardous waste will be accepted. NO Early Drop Offs!

For more information, call Union Recyclers at 937-642-7283 or visit their web site HERE.

If a business, industry, school, or government office has a large quantity of electronic waste, contact Accurate IT to schedule a pick up date/time. Call 1-888-811-2487 or visit their web site HERE.

This event is being sponsored by the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, Union Recyclers, Accurate IT, the Union County Commissioners, and the Union County Chamber of Commerce.

Tai Chi. By Our September Student Pharmacist, Barry Shen.

What is Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art style focusing on the health of the mind and body. It is composed of a series of slow dance movements that integrate musculoskeletal, breathing, and meditation training.  While originally made for self-defense, research has shown various health benefits for those with conditions such as hypertension, neuromuscular injuries, anxiety, depression, and much more who practice it as a form of physical activity. There are many different forms of Tai Chi.

History of Tai Chi

The origin of Tai Chi can be traced back 300 to 700 years ago in China and was originally developed as a form of self-defense. It was believed to have come from the village of Chengiagou in Wenxian County, Henan province, during the late Ming Dynasty to early Qing Dynasty.

The first known practitioner of Tai Chi recorded in history is Chen Wangting. Being considered the original practitioner of the art, one of the five forms was named after him, the Chen Style.

Over time, Tai Chi evolved into five separate styles: Chen, Yang, Wu-Hao, Wu, and Sun.

The Five Styles of Tai Chi

Chen– The oldest known style as well as the origin of all other forms developed in the late 1500s. Chen is characterized primarily by alternating slow and fast movements. While there are health benefits, this form is considered the most combat applicable with high physical demands.

Yang– This style is the second oldest form and the most commonly practiced in the world. Most schools of Tai Chi will often teach this form to anyone interested in its health benefits.

Wu Hao– The most rarely practiced form even in China. It is distinguished by smaller movements with an emphasis on balance, sensitivity, and chi development.

Wu– The second most popular form practiced in the world. Its training focuses on grappling, hooks, and throws. Beginners interested in the combat applications of Tai Chi will learn this form from instructors.

Sun– The youngest of the five forms of Tai Chi, it is known for its smooth movements and being the least physically demanding. It is favored among the elderly and it is also influenced by various other Chinese martial arts.

Benefits of Tai Chi

Some benefits of Tai Chi include:

  • improved mood
  • aerobic capacity
  • stamina
  • flexibility
  • balance
  • strength

There are also increasing studies on Tai Chi’s effects on high blood pressure which is a major public health issue as well as a risk indicator for future cardiovascular disease. One of the best methods of controlling high blood pressure is increased physical activity. Tai Chi can be beneficial for blood pressure lowering especially for those who are unable to perform other more vigorous physical activities such as running due to injury or age.

A study done in 2013 followed 40 elderly patients with blood pressures over 140/80 the course of 12 weeks. The Tai Chi group was shown to have a significant decrease in blood pressure compared to the group who was told to not exercise which demonstrates Tai Chi’s blood pressure lowering capabilities.

Another larger study following 246 elderly patients compared blood pressure lowering capabilities of Tai Chi to brisk walking. The results showed that Tai Chi was able to significantly lower blood pressure (13.33) more than the brisk walking group (3.37).

What do I need to know before starting

Because of its minimal strain on muscles, the movements of Tai Chi are relatively safe for most patients of all ages. All patients should check with their doctor before starting Tai Chi if they have arthritis, back pain, severe osteoporosis, broken bones, lung conditions, or are pregnant.

Tai Chi in Columbus and the surrounding area:

Taoist Tai Chi Society

Jerome United Methodist Church

10531 Jerome Road

Plain City, OH 43064



Master Mollica’s Kung Fu & Tai Chi

10 Oakland Park Avenue

Columbus, OH 43214



Chen Taiji of Ohio

240 W Oakland Avenue

Columbus, OH 43201



Tai Chi Dublin

4929 Donegal Cliffs Drive

Dublin, OH 43017




Chan, A. W. K., Chair, S. Y., Lee, D. T. F., Leung, D. Y. P., Sit, J. W. H., Cheng, H. Y., & Taylor-Piliae, R. E. (2018). Tai Chi exercise is more effective than brisk walking in reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors among adults with hypertension: A randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Nursing Studies88, 44–52. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.08.009

Pan, x., zhang, y., & tao, s. (2014). effects of tai chi exercise on blood pressure and plasma levels of nitric oxide, carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide in real-world patients with essential hypertension. clinical and experimental hypertension, 37(1), 8-14. doi:10.3109/10641963.2014.881838

Szymanski, Jarek. “The Origins and Development of Taijiquan (tr. from “Chen Family Taijiquan – Ancient and Present” published by CPPCC (the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference) Culture and History Committee of Wen County, 1992)”. Retrieved 16 June 2011.

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Second Annual Forest Grove Cemetery Tour Hosted By the Plain City Historical Society is Wednesday, September 25 at 5:30 pm.

Buy tickets here in the pharmacy for the Second Annual Cemetery Tour at Forest Grove Cemetery in Plain City. The event, which is being presented by The Plain City Historical Society, was a lot of fun last year when Joe and I attended. Costumed Historical Society members will tell about the many Plain City residents now spending eternity in Forest Grove.

The Cemetery Tour takes place on Wednesday, September 25 at 5:30 to 7:15 pm in the oldest section of the cemetery, the circle on the west end. The tour begins at 5:30 and will end at 7:15.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as the ground is uneven. You can also bring a lawn chair in case you need to take a rest.

We have tickets for sale here in the pharmacy. Tickets are $5 each and will benefit The Plain City Historical Society. You can also buy pre-sale tickets at the Historical Society, 111 West Main Street. Tickets will also be available the night of the event.

Rain date is Saturday, September 28.

To like The Plain City Historical Society on Facebook, go HERE.



Plain City Chalk Art Festival is Saturday, September 14 from 10 am to 6 pm.


There’s a new festival in Plain City and it is sure to be inspirational and fun.

The Plain City Chalk Art Festival gets underway in the flatiron area of Plain City (below the Clock Tower) on Saturday September 14 at 10 am with Byrd Manring performing until noon.

The music continues from noon to 2 pm with A Bassic Approach II.

From 2-6 pm, The Haz Benz will perform.

As everyone is enjoying the music, they can also watch artists creating beautiful chalk art on the pavement.

Fourteen chalk artists, including our own local Hilary Meyers Frambes of Laughing Dog Art Studio, will be featured at the Chalk Art Festival. You can find out about each of the artists who will be attending and see some of their previous artwork by visiting the Festival Facebook page.

Each artist will start their pieces at 10 am.

There will also be food trucks including the Smiling Daisy BusCoffee Connections of Plain City, and Fuller Flavor Curbside Grill.

Additionally, there will be an area for kids to do their own chalk art.

Uptown businesses will be open during the Festival with sidewalk sales and lots of interesting finds.

Like the Festival on Facebook HERE.

Read a nice article about the Festival in the Madison Messenger HERE.

The Plain City Chalk Art Festival is being UPCO, Uptown Plain City Organization.