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On the anniversary of the Great American Smokeout, a leading anti-cancer group says Governor Cuomo’s administration should be spending more to cut back on smoking in New York.

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Today marks the 39th annual Great American Smokeout. According to the American Cancer Society, one of every three cancer deaths is caused by smoking. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis spoke with society spokesman Tom Flanagan about the yearly initiative.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report from the American Cancer Society says New York state needs to do more to prevent smoking. 

The Cancer Action Network at the American Cancer Society analyzed the state's efforts to combat cancer through screenings, tobacco taxes, smoking bans and restrictions on tanning booths.

While the state won high marks for breast and cervical cancer screening programs and restrictions on where people can smoke, the group says the state should reverse recent cuts in funds for programs to prevent tobacco use.

8/8/14 Panel

Aug 8, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Ray Graf, political consultant Libby Post and Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick.

Topics include:
ISIS Airstrikes
Montana Senator Drops Out
NCAA
Smoker's Happiness
Hot Car Death

8/7/14 Panel

Aug 7, 2014

  Today's panelists are Political Activist Libby Post, Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman, Ira Fusfeld, and associate editor of the Times-Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Border Patrol
High Speed Rail
Smoker's Happiness
Hot Car Death
Nixon Resignation Anniversary

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The Albany Common Council could decide tonight to expand its smoking ban in city parks. If passed, the measure would carry a 50 dollar fine and go into effect immediately.

It is already against the law to smoke on playgrounds or ball-fields in the city. Back in 2012, the Albany Common Council approved a limited ban on smoking in areas of parks where children gather, including playgrounds, athletic fields and swimming pools.

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A new law restricting smoking in Vermont went into effect Tuesday. Its provisions include banning smoking in cars when children under 8 are in the vehicle.

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Vermont's top public health official is hopeful a series of new laws restricting smoking will encourage more people to quit.

E-Cigarettes are rapidly gaining popularity.

Lauren Dutra, post-doctoral scholar at the University of California, San Francisco's School of Medicine, is studying the correlation between usages of these different tobacco products.

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The Vermont House is putting off a debate on whether to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products in Vermont from 18 to 21.

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