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    PNS Daily News - April 29, 20160 


    Running down today’s news, the presidential frontrunners turn their attention – and their political barbs – against each other, the C-D-C announces that teen pregnancy rates have dropped by almost half, and health care officials and others are taking steps to deal with the epidemic of opiate addiction.

Smoking Prevention

Amy Tolliver with the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership says a sharp hike in cigarette taxes would be a win-win. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia pregnancy-care providers want lawmakers to "pass the buck" by raising the state cigarette tax by $1 a pack. With a big hole in the state budget, the $150 million more a year in tobacco revenue looks appealing. But doctors here also hope to reduce the rate of smokin ...Read More

As heroin use continues to rise in Illinois, a private substance abuse network is opening one of the first so-called sober dorms in the Midwest. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO - A sober-living residence program for college-age adults is expanding in Illinois. The so-called sober dorm is slated to open in early July on Chicago's north side. The privately-funded recovery home will be run by the Rosecrance Health Network. This comes on the heels of a Roosevelt Univ ...Read More

Only 46 percent of adults in a new study said they participate in

PORTLAND, Ore. - If you're worried your lifestyle isn't healthy enough, you're not alone. Only 2.7 percent of adults have all four healthy characteristics measured in a new study by Oregon State University researchers. This means fewer than three percent of adults in the study were nonsmokers, pe ...Read More

The CDC says its TIPS anti-smoking campaign, launched in 2014 to get people to talk to each other about their smoking-related illnesses, has been a success. (Virginia Carter)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – While Maryland's smoking rate is slightly lower than the national average, anti-tobacco advocates say it still needs to come down, especially with teenagers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), its efforts to get more people to stop smoking are ...Read More

The North Dakota Secretary of State is reviewing a petition this week for a tobacco tax-hike proposal on the November ballot. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - A move to raise North Dakota's cigarette taxes could be a step closer to getting onto the November ballot this week. North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger's office is reviewing the measure, which would bump up the state's tobacco tax from 44 cents to $2.20 per pack. The state ...Read More

Kick Butts Day stunts and events in West Virginia and around the country were aimed at stopping young people from smoking. (The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Wednesday was Kick Butts Day in West Virginia and around the country. The national anti-tobacco campaign aims to stop teen smoking with a little creative marketing. Rachel Skubis, a teacher at Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg, said her students made selfie signs ...Read More

A new text messaging service could help people quit smoking in three Oregon counties. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Today is Kick Butts Day, and the next time your phone dings, you could be reading the text message that inspires you to stop smoking. Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization is offering a free service - aside from standard messaging rates - called Care Messaging, which sends ...Read More

Thousands of kids across the nation are being asked to stand up to Big Tobacco on Kick Butts Day. (Veronica Carter)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – This week, kids in Arkansas and across the nation are being prompted to take on Big Tobacco by encouraging other young people to avoid smoking, holding events to send a message that they won't be manipulated into picking up a cigarette. In Arkansas, about 1,500 teenagers a ...Read More

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