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    PNS Weekend Update - February 13, 20160 


    Several stories on the list this weekend: federal agents are searching the scene of the standoff at the Oregon wildlife refuge; for college students it’s time to think about financial aid; California has a monumental moment with President Obama.

Smoking Prevention

The American Lung Association recently gave each of the 50 states a report card on their tobacco-control policies. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – When it comes to protecting people from secondhand smoke, the American Lung Association gave Arizona high marks in a recent report. But in other key areas of tobacco control, such as smoking prevention, tobacco taxes and smoking cessation programs, the state has a lot of room to im ...Read More

The American Heart Association is hosting several events in Sioux Falls to bring awareness to women's heart health issues. (iStockphoto)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - February is American Heart Month, and the goal is to help raise awareness of heart health. The American Heart Association is asking people to support its "Go Red For Women" campaign by participating in today's National Wear Red Day event. Chrissy Meyer, communications director ...Read More

The American Lung Association recently rated each of the 50 states on the effectiveness of their tobacco control policies (Maryhere/morguefile)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas gets a failing grade for its statewide tobacco-control policies, according to the American Lung Association. The group rates states based on categories such as tobacco prevention and control, tobacco tax rates, smoke-free air and access to smoking-cessation services. JoAnna St ...Read More

The American Lung Association recently rated each of the 50 states on their tobacco control policies (audelfin/morguefile)

SALT LAKE CITY - The American Lung Association says Utah does a good job of protecting its citizens from secondhand smoke, but rates poorly in other areas of tobacco control. In a recent report, Utah received an "F" in both smoking prevention and programs to help smokers quit, and a "D" for how it ...Read More

Young people who might never touch a cigarette are now experimenting with e-cigarettes, mistakenly believing they are safer, according to the American Lung Association. (FDA.gov)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - In the American Lung Association's just-released "State Of Tobacco Control" report, Wisconsin gets an "A" for smoke-free air, a "B" for tobacco taxes, and a pair of failing grades for a lack of tobacco prevention and control program funding and access to smoking cessation services ...Read More

Anti-smoking groups say evidence shows tobacco tax increases don't chase sales out of state.(WalletHub)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - In spite of industry arguments, anti-smoking groups say the evidence shows a sharp boost in the state's tobacco tax won't drive sales out of the state. West Virginia's cigarette tax is more than $1 a pack under the national average. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants to raise that 45 c ...Read More

The cost of smoking exceeds $1 million a year, depending on where you live. (Joseph Morris/Flickr)

INDIANAPOLIS - The average cost to each of America's 66 million tobacco users is from $24,000 to $50,000 a year, depending on where they live, according to new research by online survey company WalletHub. Over a lifetime, said WalletHub spokeswoman Jill Gonzalez, that can add up to more than $1.4 m ...Read More

Within 12 hours of quitting smoking blood oxygen levels return to normal. (rollingroscoe/Morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The addictive nature of nicotine makes kicking the habit extremely difficult, and some Ohioans who resolved to quit smoking in 2016 may have already thrown in the towel. But cessation experts say it's important to keep trying. According to the Centers for Disease Control a ...Read More

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