PNS Daily Newscast - May 25, 2020 

Updates on Memorial Day 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic; and tomorrow is a deadline for some voters.

2020Talks - May 25, 2020 

Overseas service members and people with physical disabilities will be able to vote online this year in West Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey. Election security experts have some concerns.

Public News Service - AZ: Smoking Prevention

The American Lung Association reports that a 78 percent increase in the use of vaping products in 2018 helped increase the Arizona smoking rate to 15.6 percent. (LindsayFox/WikimediaCommons)

PHOENIX – An annual survey of tobacco use is out this week, and it shows that the rate of smoking in Arizona is up over the past year. The "State of Tobacco Control" report from the American Lung Association gives the state mostly failing grades for its lack of anti-tobacco policies and fund

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

A new report says lighting up costs the average New Mexico smoker more than $30,000 a year. (Alvimann/morguefile)

PHOENIX - We all know smoking cigarettes is an expensive habit, but have you ever thought about just how much money it costs a person over their lifetime? New research compiled by the online survey company WalletHub determined the average cost to each of America's 66 million tobacco users is between

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

PHOTO: Efforts to prevent children from smoking and helping others to quit in Arizona are severely underfunded, according to a recent report. Photo courtesy of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

PHOENIX - Arizona will spend about $19 million of the $424 million it will get from the big tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes this fiscal year on efforts to prevent kids from smoking and helping others to quit. That's according to a recent report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. John Sch

PHOENIX - Sometimes there's a big gap between perception and reality when judging your own health. According to a recent survey, nearly 40 percent of Americans thought they were in ideal heart health, when in reality less than 1 percent have an ideal profile. To help people get back on track to h

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Arizona could raise an extra $67 million toward its budget shortfall and improve public health by adding a dollar to the state's $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes. That's one conclusion of a new report from the nonprofit Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. However, Maricopa County public he

PHOENIX - A pair of studies released this week show indoor smoking bans in public buildings lead to a 17-percent decrease in heart attack rates during the first year. After three years, one study showed smoking bans reduced heart attacks by up to 36 percent. Arizona's own voter-approved smoking ban

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