Thursday, September 30, 2010
Therefore, the authors of the study are recommending pediatricians "encourage the entertainment industry to have greater sensitivity about the effects of television and movies on children and accept that the industry does, indeed, have a public health responsibility," reports Medscape Medical News.
View the full article from Medscape Medical News here.
Read AAP's report here.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
WSJ Reports: Congress is looking into accusations that some tobacco manufacturers are exploiting a tax loophole by increasing the weight of their "little" cigars to avoid paying the recently increased excise tax on such products. By changing the weight, these cigars can be classified as "large" cigars, taxed at lower rates. Interestingly, the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau found in the 14 months following the tax increase, sales of "large" cigars have quadrupled and sales of "little" cigars have plummeted, reports WSJ.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
New research finds smoke-free air laws have "even greater health benefits than previously believed," reports The Washington Post. The new study, conducted in Scotland and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that these laws reduce the number of trips to the hospital for kids suffering from asthma, potentially saving their lives. USA Today reports the study found, "the number of children hospitalized for life-threatening asthma episodes fell 18% in the first year after Scotland's smoke-free law took effect." Before Scotland passed their smoke-free air law, these numbers were on the rise.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
American Lung Association has posted a new study out of Penn State called, "Smoking Cessation: The Economic Benefits." Check out the interactive map and see how Wisconsin measures up with other states. Click on the state to see more on the economical impact of cessation programs there.
Click here to check out study.
Monday, September 13, 2010
So far, the forums have been successful! We have had many community members in each district show up and engage the candidates with very helpful questions on the important public health issues that matter most to each area. The candidates have made time to hear their potential constituents' concerns and share their position on each issue. The forums have been a valuable resource for everyone involved.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Posted by Steve@SmokeFree at 10:43 AM
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
HealthDay News Reports: The number of teens smoking in the United States is no longer decreasing as it had for the last decade. According to a new US government study, increased tobacco prevention efforts are necessary to begin bringing these numbers down again. The CDC found the rates of teens smoking nationwide was not significantly different in 2009 than it was in 2006.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Yesterday was Labor Day, a holiday designed to recognize the contributions workers all over the US have made to our country. In light of this holiday, Wisconsin should be proud of the step recently made to recognize and protect the right of all workers to breathe smoke-free air in our state. This Labor Day, for the first time, every Wisconsin worker could take a deep breath in, without also taking in the harmful carcinogens known to be in cigarette smoke and the more than 100 other toxins that remain in the air even after the cigarette has been put out. No longer do the hard-working men and women of Wisconsin have to choose between a paycheck and exposure to these life-threatening chemicals as all work-places are now smoke-free.
Posted by Emily at 3:04 PM
Friday, September 3, 2010
On Tuesday Sept. 7th, 2010 the Dane County Coalition to Reduce Alcohol Abuse, Tobacco-Free Columbia-Dane County Coalition and Wisconsin Partnership For Activity and Nutrition are hosting a community/candidate forum for the 77th Assembly District.