Smoking en Cancer Society Proposes $1 Increase In Cigarette Tax <p>A $1 tax increase could cause 77,000 adults to quit smoking and prevent 85,000 kids from ever starting smoking in Pennsylvania, according to the American Cancer Society.</p><p>The organization and its affiliate the Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) are partnering with the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association to convince Pennsylvania lawmakers to consider adding a dollar to the $1.60 per pack tax.</p><p>The groups are saying that the increase could save almost 50,000 lives in Pennsylvania.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:36:01 +0000 Jess Lasky 30309 at Kids Encouraged to Stand Up to Tobacco Industry <p>On March 19, kids across the country will show that the battle against the tobacco industry isn’t only fought in the courtroom, but on the playground.</p><p>The 19<sup>th</sup> annual Kick Butts Day, organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, is a celebration of youth leadership and activism in the battle against smoking and tobacco marketing.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Julian Routh 25861 at American Lung Association Gives PA Poor Grades for Tobacco Prevention <p>A new report released Wednesday by the American Lung Association gives Pennsylvania lackluster grades with regard to anti-smoking laws and programs.</p><p>The <a href="">State of Tobacco Control 2014 report</a>&nbsp;gives the Keystone state an “F” for funding of tobacco prevention and control programs, a “C” for smokefree air, a “C” for tobacco taxation, and an “F” for cessation coverage by insurance companies.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Liz Reid 23141 at A New Approach to Preventing Teen Smoking <p>A study published in the <a href="">Journal of School Health </a>finds media literacy is more effective in preventing teenagers from smoking than traditional anti-smoking efforts.</p><p>Dr. Brian Primack, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics, and director of the Program for Research on Media and Health at University of Pittsburgh was lead author in the study.</p><p>Primack describes a hypothetical comparison from his study's findings. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:35:56 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22874 at A New Approach to Preventing Teen Smoking Report: PA Spending on Smoking Programs Has Decreased by 90 Percent Over 10 Years <p>Fifteen years after tobacco companies agreed to pay restitution to states for costs related to tobacco use, a new report finds that most states are not spending enough of that money on smoking prevention and cessation programs.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:22:00 +0000 Liz Reid 21065 at Pennsylvania Loses Money in Tobacco Dispute, Cuts Funding to Programs <p>The Pennsylvania Attorney General&rsquo;s Office plans to fight an arbitration related to tobacco settlement money, but in the meantime, the Department of Health has started cutting millions of dollars.</p><p>That&#39;s expected to shutter tobacco programs such as&nbsp;Tobacco-Free Allegheny which will now be operating on a week-to-week basis.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Erika Beras 17385 at UPMC Policy Extinguishes Employees’ Smoking During Shifts <p>Starting July 1, 2014, UPMC is stubbing out the cigarettes of its employees, physicians, students and volunteers during their shifts.</p><p>UPMC has introduced a policy in which employees are not permitted to smoke at any point during their shift — even during scheduled breaks.</p><p>Tim Cline, senior director of clinical training and development, said exposure to tobacco smoke and the residual products of tobacco use is not safe on any level.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:24:50 +0000 Jessica Nath 12869 at