Month: November 2011

States cut funding for tobacco prevention

States have cut funding for tobacco prevention programs 12 percent this year, to the lowest level since 1999, according to a new report that a coalition of public health groups released Wednesday. States have scaled back spending on tobacco programs…

Increase cigarette tax

As a member of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City Board of Directors, I’m proud to be part of a diverse group of organizations and individual Missourians to file a proposition to increase Missouri’s cigarette tax by 80…

Ban Tobacco Adverts To Promote Health

The recent Southeast Asian Games, which this nation hosted admirably, were considered a success on numerous fronts. Not only did Indonesia garner a record number of medals, the entire period was relatively smooth and well-managed. The games were also notable…

Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Between 1964 and 2004, cigarette smoking caused an estimated 12 million deaths, including 4.1 million deaths from cancer, 5.5 million deaths from cardiovascular diseases,…

Tobacco’s Dirty Tricks

The World Health Organization’s chief has urged governments to unite against “big tobacco”, as she accused the industry of dirty tricks, bullying and immorality in its quest to keep people smoking. WHO director-general Margaret Chan accused cashed-up tobacco firms of…

Smoking ban may hit public parks

After a unanimous call by City Council to begin drafting new policy, Austin residents may soon be banned from smoking in public parks in addition to the 2005 ban placed on smoking in most indoor public places throughout Austin. Austin…