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SEE for Yourself on Monday... er, Tuesday!

SEE Tip: Sleep more, eat less? A study from the University of Chicago shows that sleep loss has an immediate effect on the body's levels of ghrelin and leptin, hormones that regulate appetite. A few nights of insomnia can trick your brain into thinking your body needs more food. During sleep-deprivation, study participants reported stronger cravings for sweet, fatty and salty foods. To learn more, click here.

Quit Tip from HKB: Maybe you aren't a cigarette smoker, or even a cigar, clove, or smokeless tobacco user, but have you ever tried hookah? Many believe that since hookah (or sisha) is cool, flavorful and 'water-filtered', that it isn't actually as harmful as other tobacco products. You may be surprised to learn that hookah use has been found to be even more harmful than cigarettes. While the smoke goes through the water portion of the pipe, that water does nothing to filter out the harmful chemicals. All the water does is cool the smoke, making it less irritating to your lungs. A hookah may feel better, but that cool smoke actually allows you to inhale more deeply, and for longer periods of time than a standard cigarette. It usually takes about 5-10 minutes to smoke one cigarette. A standard hookah session can last 30-45 minutes. In that time, you are actually inhaling 36 times more tar, 15 times more carbon monoxide and 70% more nicotine than a cigarette. That's almost like smoking an entire PACK of cigarettes! So while hookah bars may have a certain appeal, remember the facts. Avoid hookah use and protect your lungs and your health!