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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...

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2009-04-10 13:05:00

The American Cancer Society's national smoking quitline reported nearly 13 times more calls than usual after the federal tax on a pack of cigarettes went up almost threefold. American Cancer Society spokeswoman Claire Greenwell told AFP that on the first day of the federal excise tax increase on tobacco products 131 calls were made to the quitline. She said they normally average 10 to 12 calls per day. Smoking cessation telephone counselor Robert Wright at the American Lung Association's...

2009-04-03 14:32:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To support the growing number of Pennsylvanians who are trying to quit smoking as a result of the recent increase in federal cigarette taxes, the Department of Health today reminded smokers to call Pennsylvania's toll-free Quitline or visit www.determinedtoquit.com. "The average smoker makes between five and eight quit attempts before being successful, but those who have support are more likely to succeed," said Secretary of Health Everette...

2009-03-02 08:25:00

ALBANY, N.Y., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York State Department of Health today released a new round of ads urging healthcare providers to make quitting a priority with their patients who smoke. "Your Patients Are Listening" features images of patients with oversized ears to dramatize smokers' receptiveness to cessation assistance from their doctor. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090302/AQM043) State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., said, "We want...

2009-01-23 09:00:00

'Determined to Quit' Week to be observed Jan. 25 - 31 HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To support Pennsylvanians who have made quitting smoking a personal goal for 2009, the Department of Health announced today that a limited number of free nicotine replacement therapy kits will be offered through Pennsylvania's toll-free Quitline starting Feb. 2. "The average smoker makes between five and eight quit attempts before being successful, and those who have support are more...

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2009-01-19 10:49:17

Australia's leading scientific journal in the substance use area, the Drug and Alcohol Review - published by Wiley-Blackwell, has released a special issue on the use of new technologies in the treatment of drug problems. The issue highlights the use of mobile phones, Internet and computers to treat drug use problems. "We have a range of interesting articles that showcase new treatment options for drug users as well as the role technology has in research on drug and alcohol related problems",...

2009-01-07 07:00:00

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Florida Department of Health's Tobacco Free Florida campaign is lending a helping hand to the 28,000 Floridians who smoke to quit -- for good. Free cessation aids are available from the Florida Quitline (1-877-U-CAN-NOW) in the form of counseling and nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) such as patches, gum and lozenges. An ad campaign blanketing the state is promoting these resources in an attempt to positively influence tobacco users to...

2008-12-30 08:45:00

Free, anonymous tool helps you quit via online and text messaging support DENVER, Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- This time of year, everyone is vowing to make changes changes for a healthier, more rewarding life. For those resolving to become tobacco-free, FixNixer is a new quitting tool that helps people to overcome their tobacco addiction anonymously, with effective methods and motivational support. At FixNixer.com, people who are ready to quit smoking or chewing tobacco can sign up for free...

2008-12-30 11:59:13

Using the Stay Quit Monday concept, smokers can renew their commitment to quit smoking by trying to quit each week, U.S. researchers suggest. Stay Quit Monday is perfect for someone like President-elect Barack Obama, Sid Lerner, chairman of the Healthy Monday campaign, says in a statement. Here's a guy who wants to quit, who's ready to quit, but who's very busy, with a stressful job and who just needs that extra motivational push each week to stay on track. A report last year from the...

2008-12-29 09:47:00

A new idea that might even help Obama quit and stay quit. NEW YORK, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While millions of Americans will resolve to quit smoking January 1st, many will be puffing away again by Valentine's Day. It doesn't have to be that way. With the Stay Quit Monday idea, smokers can strengthen their commitment by quitting each and every week, increasing their chances of making this the year they quit for good. "Stay Quit Monday is perfect for someone like President-elect...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.