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Tobacco: Why all the Fuss?

Tobacco: Why all the Fuss?

Tobacco has been in the news for a few months now, with the FDA releasing its new cigarette labels to big tobacco suing the FDA. Many people have seen the commercials and know that tobacco kills but choose to smoke anyways, so why all the fuss?

Many people have a hard time believing that tobacco is an addictive drug similar to cocaine or heroin. However nicotine, which is the addictive ingredient in tobacco, is one of the most widely abused drugs in the US. In a report from the US Department of Health it states:

The Great Debate: Tims Tops Dunkin

The Great Debate: Tims Tops Dunkin

Last week, 2 Your Town asked you the viewers to help us settle the longstanding debate of Tim Hortons vs. Dunkin Donuts and today we have declared a winner.

With 440 votes cast, Tim Hortons is Western New York's choice as the best coffee, best food, best prices, and ultimate favorite choice for your morning drive.

Not a total washout, Dunkin Donuts received about 30% of the votes in every category.

 

The Great Debate: Dunkin Donuts vs Tim Hortons

The Great Debate: Dunkin Donuts vs Tim Hortons

It's a decision that most Western New Yorkers make every morning: Dunkin Donuts or Tim Hortons.

For most that decision is almost instinctual, but with both chains having a strong following we have to ask, who's better?

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Teens & self-esteem: Your teen’s self-esteem dependent on you

Teens & self-esteem: Your teen’s self-esteem dependent on you

So what is self-esteem, more importantly low self-esteem? Low self-esteem is a distorted view of self that affects many beliefs and assumptions that one has about oneself. Low self-esteem generally forms in childhood and is usually fully set by age 8 to 10.

In 2008 Dove (yes the soap) released Real Girls, Real Pressure: A National Report on the State of Self-Esteem. The Dove Self-Esteem Fund commissioned the report and learned that there was at the time and may still be a self-esteem crisis in the country. This crisis affects every aspect of a young girl’s life such as looks, performance, and relationships.

Pete Gallivan's Best Tastes in Buffalo

Pete Gallivan's Best Tastes in Buffalo

2 On Your Side’s own Pete Gallivan is struggling to come up with just one Best Taste in Buffalo, but he is offering up some great eats in his latest blog.  Check it out here.

Remember that you can continue to nominate your favorite restaurant, just send us an email at neighborhoods@wgrz.com with a short description of why it’s your favorite and a daytime phone number.

Could "Ungrowth" Be Healthy for WNY?

Could "Ungrowth" Be Healthy for WNY?

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The U.S. Census Bureau recently released results of the 2010 census for New York, and the numbers show that population in all eight Western New York counties continues to decline. The City of Buffalo lost 10.7% of its population since the 2000 census, down to 261,310. Erie County’s population (919,040) is down 3.3%.

Local media unanimously reported this decline in population as a negative. (See the complete WGRZ report here.) Erie County Executive Chris Collins has said before: "We must grow or die."

But is the news all that bad?

Maelstrom in WNY: We Are Who We Are Because of Veterans

How can we pay back Veterans for what they have given the United States? You often hear that question on this day as the various ceremonies around the community celebrate and honor those who served for their country. For some the debt owed is greater than others.

There are those Veterans who served in WW II, Korea, Vietnam, Dessert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan. Men and women who were in the heart of the action and have images that will haunt them until the day they die.

We have all watched the films, TV shows and read the books. There are stories of great heroism and tragic outcomes. Young men, barely out of high school put into situations that would test any ones heart and soul. Many left behind in graveyards bearing names we could not even pronounce. Then there are those who returned but left much of their selves behind.