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    PNS Daily News - January 27, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from around the nation including: while the Northeast hunkers down for the Blizzard of 2015, scientists say climate change could bring similar storms in the future; the secret ingredients in fracking to be reviewed in Wyoming; and national protests against payday lending.

Smoking Prevention

GRAPHIC: The 2015 report card is out, and Wisconsin got mixed grades - an A, a B and two Fs - for efforts to control tobacco use. The report suggests Wisconsin needs to work on prevention and increase access to smoking cessation services. Graphic courtesy of American Lung Assn. Wisconsin.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – The new 2015 American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control report has a mixed bag of grades for the Badger State: An A for smoke-free air, a B for its level of tobacco taxes but an F in tobacco prevention and control funding. The state also received a failing grade fo ...Read More

PHOTO: The number of calls to poison-control centers about electronic cigarette incidents more than doubled last year, which has prompted the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to call on the Food and Drug Administration to finalize regulations. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

WASHINGTON - The number of calls to poison-control centers about electronic-cigarette incidents more than doubled last year compared with 2013, according to new data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Children under age 6 were the victims in more than half the cases. The rise ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll shows support remains steady with two-thirds of Kentucky adults in favor of a a statewide, indoor smoke-free law. Photo courtesy Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Support for a statewide indoor smoke-free law remains steady according to new poll results, with two out of three Kentuckians supporting a ban. This is the fifth year the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the group Interact for Health has surveyed Kentuckians on the idea of pr ...Read More

PHOTO: Efforts to prevent children from smoking and helping others to quit in Arizona are severely underfunded, according to a recent report. Photo courtesy of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

PHOENIX - Arizona will spend about $19 million of the $424 million it will get from the big tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes this fiscal year on efforts to prevent kids from smoking and helping others to quit. That's according to a recent report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. John Sch ...Read More

PHOTO: The youth smoking rate in North Dakota is 19 percent, well above the U.S. average of around 15 percent. Photo credit: DLSimaging/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - The latest report on how well states are funding tobacco prevention and cessation efforts has North Dakota ranked as best in the nation. According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, North Dakota will take in $62 million in tobacco revenue this year, while spending about $9.5 mil ...Read More

PHOTO: Most businesses in Kentucky support a statewide indoor smoke-free law, according to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Lawmakers will hear testimony about property rights Wednesday. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Health advocates are targeting the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly for passage of a comprehensive smoke-free law that would cover all indoor public places and workplaces. Lawmakers on the Health and Welfare Committee will explore the impact on property rights in Frank ...Read More

PHOTO:  Smoke-Free Kentucky is asking the Kentucky General Assembly to make a comprehensive, statewide indoor smoke-free law a top priority when it convenes in January. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky Smoke-Free Coalition has a message for state lawmakers: Make a comprehensive, statewide, indoor, smoke-free law a "number one priority" during the 2015 legislative session. Amy Barkley, chair of the Kentucky Smoke-Free Coalition, says her organization has proposed bill ...Read More

PHOTO: According to reports from Oxfam America and Human Rights Watch, children half the smoking age are working in America's tobacco fields, including this fifteen-year-old in North Carolina. Photo by Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch.

RICHMOND, Va. – Children, half the smoking age, are reportedly laboring in tobacco fields in Virginia and North Carolina. It’s hard to tell how many or how old they are, but one study has found some are younger than 18. Baldemar Velasquez, president of the AFL-CIO's Farm Labor Organizi ...Read More

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