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2009-09-02 14:47:00

Health department focusing efforts on reaching groups still smoking at higher rates OLYMPIA, Wash., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Washington's adult smoking rate has hit a new low for the sixth consecutive year. Results from the state's most recent survey show the smoking rate has dropped to 15.3 percent -- down from 16.5 percent the previous year. Washington has the sixth lowest smoking rate in the nation and remains well below the national rate of 18.4 percent. "Tobacco...

2009-08-12 08:30:00

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- With the recent increase in the tobacco tax, many Floridians are faced with a tough decision in these already hard economic times - do they pay the extra dollar per pack or quit smoking for good. For those who want to quit, The Florida Quitline (1-877-U-CAN-NOW) is here to help by offering free nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) and counseling. According to Kim Berfield, Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Health, when comparing the...

2009-07-01 15:30:00

PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Florida state tobacco tax will increase by $1.00, the biggest of its kind in Florida history, to a total of $1.34 per pack, as part of the Protecting Florida's Health Act. The pressures of a higher price tag on cigarettes may prompt Florida smokers to try and quit spontaneously. New data published in the journal, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, shows that many U.S. quit attempts are unplanned and these types of attempts can be a successful...

2009-06-29 18:02:13

The U.S. Department of Defense should phase in a tobacco ban in the military, beginning at military academies, an Institute of Medicine report said. The report, requested by the Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs, asked the Institute of Medicine to identify policies and practices that could lower rates of smoking and help soldiers and veterans quit. Tobacco use reduces soldiers' physical fitness and endurance and is linked to higher rates of absenteeism and lost...

2009-06-26 09:47:51

 Because tobacco use impairs military readiness, harms the health of soldiers and veterans, and imposes a substantial financial burden on the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, these agencies should implement a comprehensive strategy to achieve the Defense Department's stated goal of a tobacco-free military, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.  DOD should gradually phase in a ban on tobacco use in the military, starting at military academies and officer...

2009-06-22 09:00:00

Pilot program kicks off in Northwestern PA HARRISBURG, Pa., June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an effort to educate pregnant smokers about the harms of tobacco use on their unborn babies, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Northwestern Pennsylvania (NWPA) Tobacco Control Program are launching a new smoking cessation campaign to target the 28 percent of pregnant women who smoke in that region of the state. "More than one-quarter of expectant mothers in Northwestern...

2009-06-04 12:43:00

DeterminedToQuit.com translated to Estoydecidido.com for Latino Pennsylvanians HARRISBURG, Pa., June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Everette James today announced the launch of Estoydecidido.com, a resource tool to help Latino residents of Pennsylvania go tobacco free. Estoydecidido.com -- which translates to "I am determined" -- is the Spanish version of the state's popular DeterminedToQuit.com site. "Latinos have become an emerging target for tobacco...

2009-05-29 09:00:00

DeterminedToQuit.com translated to Estoydecidido.com for Latino Pennsylvanians HARRISBURG, Pa., May 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Everette James today announced the launch of Estoydecidido.com, a resource tool to help Latino residents of Pennsylvania go tobacco free. Estoydecidido.com - which translates to "I am determined" - is the Spanish version of the state's popular DeterminedToQuit.com site. "Latinos have become an emerging target for tobacco...

2009-05-26 08:02:05

Available evidence supports the use of online or other computer-based smoking cessation programs for helping adults quit smoking, according to a meta-analysis of previously published studies appearing in the May 25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals."Smoking is the single greatest cause of preventable disease and premature death," the authors write as background information in the article. Currently recommended smoking cessation strategies include...

2009-05-20 16:31:00

New grants will serve communities in outstate Minnesota MINNEAPOLIS, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Today ClearWay Minnesota's Board of Directors approved four regional grants dedicated to reducing tobacco's harm through coalition building, public education and policy advocacy. The grants will provide resources to communities outside the Twin Cities metro area. "These new grant awards show our continuing commitment to reducing tobacco's harm and educate all Minnesotans about the dangers of...


Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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