New England News
6:30 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

New Smoking Restrictions In Effect In Vermont

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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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New England News
8:30 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Vermont Set To Ban Smoking In Cars With Kids

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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.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Dr. Lauren Dutra, UC, San Francisco - E-Cigs and Real Cigs

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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North Country News
8:45 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

VT Lawmakers Put Off Raising Tobacco Purchase Age

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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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3:40 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Surgeon General On Smoking: Enough Is Enough


Those health warnings on the side of a package or carton of cigarettes are well-established and have become more severe and graphic over the years. That warning from the Surgeon General was the result of a landmark 1964 report by the Surgeon General, establishing a link between cigarettes and heart disease and cancer. Fifty years later, the acting Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, says progress has been made, but smoking remains a serious health problem.

Commentary & Opinion
3:51 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Blair Horner: The Anniversary Of NY’s Smoke Free Law

Albany is well known for its overblown promises and rhetorical hype.  Often newly passed laws are promoted as “historic” and criticisms of health reforms paint a picture of the end of civilization as we know it.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

New York State Marks 10th Anniversary of Anti-Smoking Law

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This week marks the 10th anniversary of New York State’s Clean Indoor Air Act, which prohibits smoking in all indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars. While smoking cessation advocates are celebrating the anniversary, they also say there is more to be done to protect public health.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:47 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Blair Horner: NY Takes Step Toward Reducing Cigarette Smuggling

Higher prices have been shown to encourage smokers to quit or reduce their consumption of cigarettes.  Cigarette tax evasion makes cigarettes cheaper and reduces the public health benefits of New York’s excise tax, as well as depriving the state of much-needed revenue.  Were the tax collected on all cigarettes smoked in New York, tens of thousands of adults would quit rather than pay higher prices, and state revenues would dramatically increase.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:35 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Blair Horner: From one cliff to the next

Tobacco companies are an extreme example of how greed trumps morality in America’s marketplace.  Every year roughly 500,000 smokers die from tobacco use and the industry knows it must at least replace those lost customers – plus the ones who successfully quit the addiction.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

4/23/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Selma Kaplan. Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• Bombing Suspect Charged
•Death penalty discussion with WAMC listeners
• NY Smoking Age to 21?