Thursday, September 29, 2022

Play

Flooding and power outages are concerns as Ian ravages Florida, advocates urge remembering those with disabilities amid the hurricane, and there may be a link between flood risk and abandoned mine land.

Play

Floridians are urged to stay put as Hurricane Ian ravages the Gulf Coast, the U.S. suspects the Nord Stream pipelines were sabotaged, and the White House pledges to end hunger by 2030.

Play

Baseball is America's pastime, and more international players are taking the stage, rural communities can get help applying for federal funds through the CHIPS and Science Act, and a Texas university is helping more Black and Latina women pursue careers in agriculture.

WI Looks to Become Latest "Tobacco 21" State

Play

Thursday, November 7, 2019   

MADISON, Wis. – The latest push to discourage teen smoking has reached Wisconsin as lawmakers consider a bill that would raise the tobacco buying age from 18 to 21.

Nearly 20 states have already adopted similar measures.

The Wisconsin plan to boost the buying age received a committee hearing in the Assembly on Wednesday.

Dr. Carrie Chapman, a member of the American Heart Association of Wisconsin's advocacy committee, testified Wednesday in support of the bill on behalf of the American Heart Association of Wisconsin.

She said the goal of Assembly Bill 422 is to prevent younger generations from developing smoking-related health issues as they get older.

"Probably the most powerful statistic is that 95% of adults who smoke start before the age of 21," she pointed out.

The Wisconsin measure would cover all types of tobacco products and vaping devices.

The state Department of Health Services says the number of teens who smoke cigarettes has dropped in the last five years and is now 4.7%. But the number who use e-cigarettes has risen from about 8% to 20% in that same time period.

In addition to the 18 states that have adjusted their purchase age upward, at least 500 cities across the country have taken similar action.

Chapman said the push to raise the tobacco-buying age is seeing a new sense of urgency amid public health concerns over the effects of vaping, especially for young adults.

She said it's crucial that Wisconsin lawmakers address this latest trend.

"It's scary as a parent, as a physician,” she stated. “This is our push for our policymakers to really take a stance in Wisconsin."

However, sponsors of the Assembly bill and its Senate counterpart acknowledge that statewide bans can be hard to implement. And opponents of raising the age say more restrictive laws will create an underground market, bypassing the retailers who can at least monitor underage purchases.

Disclosure: American Heart Association of Wisconsin contributes to our fund for reporting on Health Issues, Hunger/Food/Nutrition, Smoking Prevention. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
The State of Florida encourages the public, especially citizens with disabilities and other special needs, to plan ahead for an emergency situation and know what to do in the event of an emergency. (Pixabay)

Health and Wellness

In an appeal to the public as Hurricane Ian barreled toward Florida, an advocate for persons with disabilities urged everyone to consider checking in …


Social Issues

The average cost of keeping a roof over your head in Utah's metro areas is a lot more than it used to be - if you're renting. A recent University …

Environment

Washington state is considering a cleaner future for its buildings. The Washington State Building Code Council is holding public hearings, including …


According to a new poll, 90% of voters 50 and older in Wisconsin say they're extremely motivated to vote in the November election, with issues such as inflation on the top of their minds. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Those 50 and older make up more than half of Wisconsin's registered voters, and a new statewide poll shows they want candidates to hear their …

Health and Wellness

A popular fishing site on the Columbia River for members of the Yakama Nation has been listed as Superfund site by the federal government. Now comes …

Food insecurity among adults ages 65 and older living alone reached the highest rates in 20 years between 2020 and 2021. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Some 35 million people in Wyoming and across the U.S. struggle to put food on the table, and older adults experiencing food insecurity face numerous …

Social Issues

A Texas human-rights advocacy and immigration-reform group opened two new community centers this week to help residents better understand their freedo…

Health and Wellness

A pilot program launched by the Todd County School District and the county's local health department offers free mental-health case-management service…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright © 2021