Wednesday, December 7, 2022


Warnock projected to win in U.S. Senate race for Georgia; new report urges Governor-Elect to fix PA unemployment system; rising land prices pose challenges for VA farmers.


The nation watches as votes are counted in the Senate runoff in Georgia, the House holds hearings in the lame-duck session, and Capitol Police Officers receive medals for their heroism on January 6.


The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and if Oklahoma is calling to you, a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

Smoking Prevention

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, 31% of all middle- and high-school students surveyed said they used a tobacco product in the last 30 days. (Adobe Stock)
More Than 3 Million Youths Use Tobacco Products Across U.S.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration finds a little more than 3 million kids nationwide use …

Early diagnosis rates in America have increased 17% over the last five years. (Adobe Stock)<br />
State of Lung Cancer Report has Indiana Behind the Curve

The American Lung Association has released its 2022 State of Lung Cancer report, which shows Indiana has some work to do. The leading cause of lung …

All Juul e-cigarettes have a high level of nicotine, but a single Juul pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes, according to the manufacturer. (Adobe Stock)
Efforts to Curb Youth Vaping Fall Short

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S., yet efforts to prevent kids from picking up the habit continue to …

More than three million U.S. middle- and high-school students reported current use of any tobacco product in 2022, representing approximately one in six high-school students and one in 22 middle-school students. (Adobe Photo)
Experts: Teens Want to Talk About Risks of Vaping

Today marks the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, an effort meant to encourage those who smoke or vape to quit, especially younger …

In Johnson County, Iowa, 13% of adults describe themselves as being in
IA County Studies Why Residents Don't Get the Healthcare They Need

Johnson County, Iowa, is on a fact-finding mission - to determine what its residents need most for a good community health program. The county is …

Tobacco advertising for menthol products in particular has long targeted the African American community. (American Heart Association)
New CA Report Details Tobacco Industry Marketing to Vulnerable Groups

A new report from Stanford University finds tobacco companies continue to directly target African Americans, women, and young people with their …

Earlier year, the FDA temporarily banned all Juul products from the market, but was forced to reverse that decision after the company challenged the agency in court. (Adobe Stock)
TN to Receive $13 Million in Juul Deceptive Marketing Settlement

After an investigation found the e-cigarette maker Juul Labs deliberately targeted young people using a variety of marketing practices, Tennessee is …

Menthol in cigarettes reduces the physical irritation of smoking, which can make it more difficult to quit smoking. (Adobe Stock)
Backers of Menthol Cigarette Ban Cite Health Benefits for Black Ohioans

The Food and Drug Administration could soon ban the manufacture and sale of menthol cigarettes, a move advocates in Ohio said could have a positive …

The vaporized liquid found in e-cigarettes or 'vapes' commonly leads to chronically dry mouth and increased risk for tooth decay, research shows. (Adobe Stock)<br />
NC Dentists: Vaping Increases Risk of Tooth, Gum Problems

North Carolina dentists are noticing an uptick in problems with teeth and gums among people who vape. Experts say vaping can cause as much damage to …

Kentucky advocacy groups have launched
FDA to Regulate Synthetic Nicotine as Vaping Among KY Teens Climbs

Last week President Joe Biden signed legislation that allows the Food and Drug Administration to regulate synthetic nicotine, used in vape products …

Researchers and smoking prevention groups say there are tens of thousands of flavored tobacco products on the market. (Adobe Stock)
New Local Ordinances, Push for Statewide Tobacco Restrictions in MN

With 2022 underway, more than 20 Minnesota cities now have local ordinances restricting or banning the sale of flavored tobacco products, and the new …

Research from Yale University has shown the chemicals in vaping products can reach a teen's brain in about 10 seconds, and that frequent use among young people can lead to problems related to focus and memory. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />
KY Communities Continue Push for Local Tobacco Control

State lawmakers are expected to file a tobacco-control bill next year. Healthcare advocacy groups and local elected officials say communities must …


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