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.
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.
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.