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UAW strike continues: Officials say EPA standards must catch up; Mississippians urged to register to vote ahead of the Nov. 7 general election; NYers worry about impacts of government shutdown.

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Senate leaders advance a plan to avoid a government shutdown, an elections official argues AI could be a threat to democracy and voting rights advocates look to states like Arizona to rally young Latino voters.

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A small fire department in rural Indiana is determined not to fail new moms and babies, the growing election denial movement has caused voting districts to change procedures and autumn promises spectacular scenery along America's rural byways.

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Missouri law allows Medigap enrollees to change Medicare insurance plans at the same coverage level during their anniversary window. (Andrey/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Open enrollment means researching your healthcare options

Missourians have plenty of choices when it comes to health insurance coverage - and it's time to gear up for making those decisions. For people on …

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Nearly 85% of youth who vape report using flavored e-cigarettes and more than half said they use disposable e-cigarettes, according to federal data. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Local KY Communities Tackle Youth Vaping Crisis

Widespread vaping among young Kentuckians continues to be a public health concern - and some local communities are coming up with innovative ways to t…

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A study analyzing Massachusetts' menthol ban found there were some increases in cross-border sales of menthols, although they weren't statistically significant. (Adobe Stock)
Law Enforcement Ponders How to Enforce Menthol Cigarette Ban

The Food and Drug Administration will be releasing guidance on its proposed menthol cigarette ban by month's end. In Virginia, these cigarettes make …

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In Arkansas, sale and distribution of vapor products, e-liquids or any component thereof are prohibited to be sold to persons younger than age 21, unless the person is an active-duty member of the military. (And.one/AdobeStock)
Report Calls for Ending Disposable Vape Sales in Arkansas

In Arkansas and across the country, disposable vapes are posing a growing environmental threat, according to a recent report. The U.S. Public …

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A study showed thousands of e-cigarette exposure cases reported to U.S. poison centers in the past year, most of which were among kids younger than 5 years old. (Oleg/AdobeStock)
Report: Recommends Ending Disposable Vape Sales in Mississippi

A recent report found disposable vapes are posing a growing environmental threat in Mississippi and across the country. The U.S. Public Interest …

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While cigarette pollution takes up to 10 years to degrade, disposable vapes are not biodegradable. Experts said the cartridges endanger ocean creatures inadvertently consuming the plastics. (Adobe Stock)
Disposable Vapes Raise Hazardous Waste Concerns

Disposable vapes are posing a growing environmental threat in Georgia and across the country, according to a new report. The U.S. Public Interest …

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Disposable vapes are encased in plastic shells which never fully degrade. (Adobe Stock)
Report Calls for Ending Disposable Vape Sales in AL

Disposable vapes are posing a growing environmental threat in Alabama and across the country, according to a new report. The U.S. Public Interest …

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The CDC Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates that each month in the United States, consumers purchase 11.9 million in disposable e-cigarettes. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br /><br />
A Push to End Disposable Vape Sales in NC

Disposable vapes are posing a growing environmental threat in North Carolina and across the country, according to a new report. The U.S. Public …

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A 2022 Virginia Department of Health survey shows 37% of young people in Virginia felt they had easy access to tobacco products. Meanwhile, more than half (51%) began smoking or vaping as soon as they came of age. (Adobe Stock)
VA Could See Low-Nicotine Cigarettes By End of 2023

Virginia is one of several U.S. states that could see low-nicotine cigarettes rolled out by year's end. Created by 22nd Century Group, these …

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Young people are learning how to get their peers to open up about mental health and substance use challenges, and how to connect them with trusted adults and mental health professionals. (Adobe Stock)
Tapping Teens to Connect Youth in Mental Distress with Support

One in five teens in the U.S. will experience a mental health challenge before they turn 18, but 64% of them won't seek help. A new training program …

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More than 60% of rural counties lack a psychiatrist, and almost half do not have a psychologist, compared with 27% and 19% of urban counties, respectively. (Adobe Stock)
Addressing Challenges to Behavioral Health Care in Rural Wyoming

A new report spotlights some of the challenges to accessing behavioral health care for the one in seven Americans who live in rural areas. Kendall …

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According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 2.8% (14,400) high school students smoke in Virginia. The percentage of high schoolers who use e-cigarettes is 14.3%, slightly higher than the percentage of adults who smoke, 12.4%. (Adobe Stock)
VA Groups Aim to Reduce Youth Tobacco Use

Virginia groups are using different methods to warn young people about the dangers of smoking. Along with tobacco-free parks, the state has taken …

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