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PNS Daily Newscast - May 17, 2019 


West Coast immigrants' rights groups pan President Trump’s new immigration proposal as “elitist.” Also on the Friday rundown: Consumer advocates want stronger energy-efficiency standards. And we'll take you to a state that ranks near the bottom for senior mental health.

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Public News Service - WA: Smoking Prevention

Stroke is the sixth-leading cause of death in Washington state. (cameravit/Adobe Stock)

TACOMA, Wash. — May is American Stroke Month, and a few tips can help people lower their chances of having a stroke. According to the American Heart Association, up to 80% of strokes are preventable, and a healthy lifestyle can go a long way. Dr. Dennis Wang is the medical director of stroke

One in 10 eighth graders tried e-cigarettes in 2018, according to a Washington state survey. (aleksandr_yu/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – With the number of teenagers who use e-cigarettes rising, what can parents do to stop the trend? According to the 2018 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey, 30% of 12th graders in the state used vaping products, up from 20% in 2016. Dr. Susanna Block, a pediatrician with Kaiser

Nearly 500,000 people die from smoking each year in the United States. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

SEATTLE – Thursday is the Great American Smokeout, an event challenging people to make plans to quit smoking. There are more than 36 million smokers nationwide, and health experts are reminding people that tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the world.

Encouraging Dad to get his annual health checkup is one caring gesture for Father's Day this Sunday.  (Jeremyyablan/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE - As Father's Day approaches, sons and daughters might be thinking about how to help keep their fathers healthy, which is not always an easy task. A study by the American Academy of Family Physicians shows men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor in the last year.

Tobacco companies' efforts to make smoking look cool mean outspending smoking prevention efforts by about 145 to one. (Alvimann/morguefile)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington ranks among the worst states in the country for not funding the efforts to help smokers quit and prevent teens from starting. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' new report says tobacco companies spend $145 marketing their products for every dollar Washington spen

SEATTLE - As part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Mercer Island Rotary Club will raise awareness and funds for prevention this weekend with its annual Half-Marathon event that attracts runners from around the Northwest. Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer in Washington, b

FT. LEWIS, Wash. - The days when American soldiers got cigarettes with their food rations are long gone, but the military has higher smoking rates than the general public. A new report by the federal Institute of Medicine lends support to the idea of a tobacco-free military, citing the huge financia

Seattle, WA – During a typical month in Washington, more than a thousand people suffer strokes, and almost 300 of them die. May is "Stroke Awareness Month," an annual reminder to get to the hospital immediately with stroke symptoms. A recent survey showed that less than three percent of stro

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