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    PNS Weekend Update - May 23, 20150 

    In focus on our nationwide rundown: A Republican Senator offers a comprise on domestic spying; a new survey finds a majority of voters in the Lone Star State oppose LGBT discrimination; and a safety mindset for boaters over this long Memorial Day weekend.

Smoking Prevention

PHOTO: Anti-tobacco groups and activists say increasing the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1 would go a long way toward reducing the number of Ohio smokers, and save tens of thousands of lives per year. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Anti-tobacco groups say time is running out to address Ohio's smoking epidemic. At more than 23 percent, Ohio's smoking rate is the eighth highest in the nation, according to the American Lung Association. Each year more than 20,000 people die because of their own smoking. It's a ...Read More

PHOTO: A group of fourth-grade students has made passing a smoke-free law in Middlesboro their civics project. Their City Council votes on it this week. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. – In Kentucky, local smoke-free laws now cover about a third of the state's nearly 4.5 million people. And it may come as a surprise who is leading the call for a smoke-free ordinance in one town – seven fourth-graders. They are members of the Destination Imagination ...Read More

Photo: May is National Asthma Awareness Month, and health experts advise North Carolinians to reduce exposure to air pollution and allergens. Photo credit: Alviman/

RALEIGH, N.C. - More than 100 people died from asthma in North Carolina in 2013, according to the most recent data available. Thousands more have the chronic disease of the respiratory system, which is made even more difficult by spring pollen and other allergens. Karen Yeatts, co-chair of the Ast ...Read More

PHOTO: A new study finds that heart attack patients who take a private vehicle to the hospital delay their treatment by 15 minutes when compared with calling 911 for an ambulance.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, and every four minutes, someone dies of a stroke. The American Heart Association uses May as a time to educate people about the risk factors and signs of stroke. Dr. J. Sharma, a neurologist at Sanford Health in Sioux F ...Read More

PHOTO: Tempe City Council is considering an ordinance that would make it illegal to smoke with a child in the car, which would make it Arizona's first city to pass such a law. Image courtesy City of Tempe.

TEMPE, Ariz. - Tempe could become Arizona's first city to ban smoking with children in the car. City Council member David Schapira said he's a supporter of the proposed ordinance that would make it illegal for the driver or any passenger in a motor vehicle to smoke cigarettes, e-cigarettes, pipes o ...Read More

PHOTO: Lawmakers leading the push for a statewide smoke-free law say progress was made this year even though the bill ultimately died in the Senate. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - This year's legislative session, which ended last week, was the fifth straight year a statewide smoke-free bill failed to pass. As the gavel fell on the 2015 session, the bill's annual sponsor, Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, tweeted, "Maybe not perfection, but certainly progress! ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has kicked off its new Tips From Former Smokers campaign, highlighting health effects beyond the heart and lungs. Photo credit: geralt/

BALTIMORE - Colon cancer, vision problems and myths about vaping - using e-cigarettes - are featured in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's new Tips From Former Smokers campaign. Smoking-related health damages beyond the heart and lungs are not well known although scientifically proven, ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll finds that Gov. John Kasich's proposal to increase the state’s tobacco tax is strongly supported by many Ohioans. Photo credit: placardmoncoeur/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's cigarette tax has not been raised in a decade, but a new poll finds an increase is something many Ohioans overwhelmingly support. In an effort to reduce income taxes in the state, Gov. John Kasich wants to raise cigarette taxes by $1 per pack. Glen Bolger, partner and co-fou ...Read More

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