Smoking

Health
2:36 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Cancer Society Proposes $1 Increase In Cigarette Tax

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.

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.

The groups are saying that the increase could save almost 50,000 lives in Pennsylvania.

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Tobacco
3:30 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Kids Encouraged to Stand Up to Tobacco Industry

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.

The 19th 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.

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Health
3:30 am
Wed January 22, 2014

American Lung Association Gives PA Poor Grades for Tobacco Prevention

A new report released Wednesday by the American Lung Association gives Pennsylvania lackluster grades with regard to anti-smoking laws and programs.

The State of Tobacco Control 2014 report 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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:35 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

A New Approach to Preventing Teen Smoking

Dr. Brian Primack is the lead author of a study that shows media literate teens are less likely to become smokers.
Credit UPMC / University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences

A study published in the Journal of School Health finds media literacy is more effective in preventing teenagers from smoking than traditional anti-smoking efforts.

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.

Primack describes a hypothetical comparison from his study's findings.

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Tobacco
2:22 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Report: PA Spending on Smoking Programs Has Decreased by 90 Percent Over 10 Years

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.

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Health
3:30 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Pennsylvania Loses Money in Tobacco Dispute, Cuts Funding to Programs

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’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.

That's expected to shutter tobacco programs such as Tobacco-Free Allegheny which will now be operating on a week-to-week basis.

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Health
2:24 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

UPMC Policy Extinguishes Employees’ Smoking During Shifts

Starting July 1, 2014, UPMC is stubbing out the cigarettes of its employees, physicians, students and volunteers during their shifts.

UPMC has introduced a policy in which employees are not permitted to smoke at any point during their shift — even during scheduled breaks.

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.

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