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Two decades of tobacco reduction saves Hawaii $1 billion in health costs

Hawaii has saved an estimated $1 billion in health care costs thanks to 20 years of tobacco prevention and control policies and programs, according to the Hawaii Department of Health. The savings are due to a reduction in the number of youth, adult, and
West Hawaii Today
added Mar 21, 2018 04:04

[Virginia] Altria subsidiary asks FDA to review smokeless tobacco brand as a "modified risk" product

Barrington, Altria's chairman and chief executive officer, told investors and analysts last November...“We aspire to be the U.S. leader in authorized, non-combustible reduced-risk products,” Barrington said.
Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch
added Mar 20, 2018 22:04

[New York] Councilman’s bill would ban smoking while walking on city sidewalks

A bill being introduced in the City Council Wednesday by Councilman Peter Koo would ban puffing a cigarette while walking along a city sidewalk. Smokers standing in one spot on the sidewalk would still be allowed to light up. Koo (D-Queens) said he wan
New York Daily News
added Mar 20, 2018 21:41
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[Florida] Vaping could be added to state smoking ban

Florida banned smoking in workplaces more than 15 years ago, and a powerful state panel on Tuesday backed a proposal that would add vaping and electronic cigarettes to the ban. Former state Sen. Lisa Carlton, the main backer of the proposal, said Floridi
WJXT-Channel 4 (Jacksonville, FL)
added Mar 20, 2018 21:41
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[New York] Will low-nicotine cigarettes actually help smokers quit?

Although Shelley hopes consumers won’t view the new, low-dose cigarettes as “healthy” smokes — “There’s no safe level of cigarette smoking, period,” she says — she believes the good outweighs any potential risks with this FDA effort.
New York Post
added Mar 20, 2018 19:40
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Youth Across New Mexico Join National Day of Action by Advocating for Tobacco-Free Schools

youth leaders at nine schools across New Mexico are hosting "Kick Butts Day" events to raise awareness about their schools' tobacco- and e-cigarette-free policies. Increased awareness of tobacco-free school policies helps students, staff, and visitors com
PR Newswire
added Mar 20, 2018 19:39
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[Michigan] Girl Scouts project drives officials to rethink smoking ordinance in parks, playgrounds

A Girl Scouts project aimed to end smoking in parks and a playground has appeared to pay off for Troop 30226. DeWitt's City Council is expected to approve next week an ordinance that will make all seven city parks and a playground smoke-free. The effor
Lansing (MI) State Journal
added Mar 20, 2018 15:40


New York Quits provides free starter packs of patches and gum to aid in smoking cessation and overall tobacco use...The best place for our campus to start in reducing smoking on campus isn’t a fine or a ban. It’s by adding the hotline phone number to the
Albany Student Press (University at Albany, The State University of New York)
added Mar 20, 2018 15:39

[Arizona] Allhands: Can the FDA make cigarettes less addictive? 2 reasons to be skeptical

It seems dangerous to tell teens that one of the major consequences to smoking no longer exists. And it seems like a bad idea to move nicotine to the black market, where products could emerge that kill people even faster.
AZ Central - Arizona Republic
added Mar 20, 2018 01:36

[California] The Juul’s So Cool, Kids Smoke It In School

The students wait eagerly for their teachers to turn their backs. That’s their cue... They take a hit, sucking on the device as they would a cigarette. Then, “they blow into their backpacks … or into their sweater when the teacher isn’t looking,” said E
California Healthline
added Mar 21, 2018 04:04
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