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    PNS Daily News - May 5, 2010 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including: A new report shows that working women would benefit the most from a proposed 12 dollar minimum wage being considered in Congress. Solitary confinement in the Illinois juvenile justice system is on the way out; and a report on some mothers marching in Michigan today.

Smoking Prevention

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

PHOTO: Laura Tarakam, who lost a son to an asthma attack, wants the Kentucky Senate to pass a statewide smoke-free law. She says while secondhand smoke was not the cause of her son's death, it can be a trigger for asthma. Photo courtesy Smoke-Free Kentucky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Laura Tarakam has asthma and has lost one of her sons to an asthmatic attack. She wants Kentucky's Senate to do what the Kentucky House did a week ago - pass a statewide, indoor smoke-free law. "Someone with as sensitive lungs as my family has, secondhand smoke causes a trig ...Read More

PHOTO: It's already estimated that smoking kills nearly a half-million people in this country each year, including thousands in Iowa, but new research points to even more associated deaths. Photo credit: Tela Chhe/Flickr.

DES MONIES, Iowa - While many of the dangers of smoking have been well known for some time, new research shows the consequences may be larger and deadlier than previously thought. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there are 21 different causes of death attributed to smoking, with some 480,000 d ...Read More

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