September 13, 2012

They’rere Healthier & Wealthier

1 2009 Tax Hike Means Fewer 2012 Smokers

Since the federal cigarette tax jumped from 39 cents per pack to $1.01 on April 1, 2009, smoking has fallen dramatically nationwide, with 3 million fewer smokers last year than before the increase (out of a larger total population), and a 10 to 13 percent reduction in teenage smokers. Before the tax, which immediately boosted cigarette prices by 22 percent, one in 20 teens smoked half a pack or more a day; now just one in 71 does. Other major groups of quitters include the low-income, the elderly, Hispanics, and persons receiving government-funded health care; 1 million fewer Medicaid recipients now smoke. Overall, tobacco use is at an all-time low of 19 percent of the population. The tax has raised over $30 billion to help pay for increased children's health care.

More at Azcentral.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Hookahs Worse Than Cigarettes

Tags: Cigarette Tax, Smoking Rates, Sin Taxes, Taxes and Smoking, Smoking Trends, Teen Smokers, Cost of Cigarettes

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Insecticide Poisoning Suspected

2 Tourist Deaths in SE Asia Spur Investigation

American Kari Bowerman, 27, and Canadian Cathy Huynh, 26, English teachers in South Korea, died this summer while traveling in Vietnam. The cause of death is unknown but World Health Org. investigators, who cite other tourist deaths from unknown causes, suspect poisoning from chlorpyrifos, an ingredient that, banned in many countries, is widely used in insecticides in SE Asia and is used in hotels to control bedbugs. Both women checked into a hospital with difficulty breathing and vomiting, symptoms consistent with chlorpyrifos poisoning. Bowerman died shortly after being admitted but Huynh was released. She died two days later. Little information has been issued by Vietnamese authorities but investigators hope to know more when autopsy results come back in the next few weeks.

More at CNN.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: The Bed Bug Epidemic Continues

Tags: World Health Organization, Insecticide Poisoning, Kari Bowerman, Cathy Huynh, Chlorpyrifos

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Smart? or Freedom Limitation?

3 NYC Passes Ban on Supersized Drinks

The New York City Board of Health has voted in support of a law that will limit sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, delis, and movie theatres to a more reasonable portion size of 16 ounces. Violators of the ban, which does not include diet sodas, face a $200 fine. Although many feel that the ban is counterproductive, Health Commissioner Thomas Farley says that cutting back sodas from 20 ounces to 16 ounces can ultimately result in preventing at least 2.3 million pounds gained per year among New Yorkers. (The savings is about 40 calories per beverage). “This would slow the obesity epidemic and prevent much needless illness,” he said. Large sugary beverages can still be purchased at grocery stores and convenience stores, however.

More at MSNBC Today | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: NYC’s

Tags: New York City, New York City Health Department, New York City Soda Limit, Sodas and Obesity, Sugar

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