PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 

It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 

Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - WI: Smoking Prevention

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. (

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

GRAPHIC: The 2015 report card is out, and Wisconsin got mixed grades - an A, a B and two Fs - for efforts to control tobacco use. The report suggests Wisconsin needs to work on prevention and increase access to smoking cessation services. Graphic courtesy of American Lung Assn. Wisconsin.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – The new 2015 American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control report has a mixed bag of grades for the Badger State: An A for smoke-free air, a B for its level of tobacco taxes but an F in tobacco prevention and control funding. The state also received a failing grade fo

PHOTO: The liquid nicotine used to refill e-cigarettes is literally a poison that must be handled very carefully, says Registered Pharmacist Donna Lotzer, UW-Health Poison Education Coordinator. (Photo from the Food and Drug Administration)

MADISON, Wis. – E-cigarettes often are advertised as being safer than conventional cigarettes, but health experts say that claim has never been proven. Donna Lotzer, a registered pharmacist who is Poison Education Coordinator for UW-Health, says the liquid nicotine that is used to refill e-c

PHOTO: The American Lung Association in Wisconsin says no one really knows if e-cigarettes are safe, and says the President should get the FDA involved in studying and regulating them. Photo courtesy FDA.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - A public hearing will be held at the State Capitol today on a bill by Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, that exempts e-cigarettes from Wisconsin's smoke-free air law. Right now, they're not regulated, which Dona Wininsky, director of public policy and communications for the Ameri

GRAPHIC: There's progress, and some pitfalls, noted in the new State of Tobacco Control report, released today by the American Lung Association of Wisconsin. Image courtesy ALA-WI.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - On a new "report card," Wisconsin gets an A for the state's strong smoke-free air laws and a B for its relatively high cigarette tax, which experts say deters young people from buying cigarettes. However, Dona Wininsky, director of public policy and communications for the America

Dr. Kristin Millin says tobacco companies are targeting children with new products designed to get them hooked.

MADISON, Wis. - It may come as a shock to learn that funding for the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program is down to the lowest level in its history. A doctor who treats kids with asthma says more money is needed. Dr. Kristin Millin with Meriter Health Services says the Wisconsin Asthm

Photo: Attorney Jill Rakauski,who says a legislative proposal regarding asbestos-exposure victims will do more harm than good.

MADISON, Wis. - A proposal circulating in the state legislature would make it more difficult for people who are ill after being exposed to asbestos to be compensated in a timely fashion. The proposal is LRB-0002/1, also known as Assembly Bill 19 (AB-19). According to Racine attorney Jill Rakauski,

PHOTO: Kelsey Dumanch has made it her goal to get young smokers to kick the habit.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – This Thursday, Nov. 15, is the American Cancer Society's 37th Annual Great American Smokeout, with special activities on college campuses to help young people quit. Kelsey Dumanch, from Hustisford, is a junior at UW-Eau Claire who says it's important for young people to stay

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