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    NEW YORK (CNN) — He’s at it again. After naming tall sugary drinks Public Enemy No. 1, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday unveiled another public health initiative. This one would force city retailers to keep tobacco products out of sight. But does out of sight necessarily mean out of mind? “Young people are targets of marketing and the availability of cigarettes,” said the mayor. The legislation “will help prevent another generation from the ill health and shorter life expectancy […]

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    (CNN) — The Department of Justice has sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner saying it will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling that blocked new graphic warnings on cigarette packages. The government had until April 5 to appeal the ruling, which struck down the mandate, saying the requirements were a violation of free speech protections. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration instead will “undertake research to support a new rule-making consistent […]

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    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — President’s Obama’s call for a 94-cent-a-pack hike on federal cigarette taxes to fund early childhood education programs is controversial. Anti-smoking groups applaud the proposal, but some tax experts and tobacco companies are against it. The case for the tax. The tax is being presented as way to fund education and reduce smoking rates. It would raise roughly $78 billion over 10 years. “The proposed tobacco tax increase would have substantial public health benefits, particularly for young […]

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    NEW YORK (WITI) — New York lawmakers are considering whether to raise the age of when someone can legally smoke. A proposal would increase the minimum age on tobacco purchases from 18 to 21. The idea was presented Monday, April 22nd by the New York City Council Speaker along with the city’s Health Commissioner. Recently, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed stores keeping cigarettes out of public sight, to avoid children seeing the products. New York has a ban on smoking in […]

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    (CNN) — Here’s something to think about the next time you put a cigarette to your lips: The skin around those lips is going to look older, faster. You’re also more likely to get bags under your eyes sooner. And jowls. And more wrinkles around those lips. Researchers in Ohio studied the physical differences between the faces of nonsmokers and their twins who smoked and found confirmation of a long-held belief: Smoking does indeed age you. The study, by researchers […]

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    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — E-cigarettes, the smokeless electronic cigarettes may be cutting edge and cost-effective, but is it costing you your body? For more than a decade users have been inhaling substances that are not regulated, but all of that is about to change. Susanna Ryan and her sister started Brew City Vape a year and a half ago and their e-cigarette business has skyrocketed. The shop offers different levels of nicotine and endless flavor options. E-cigarettes have a cartridge filled […]

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    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — 50 years ago January 11th, the United States Surgeon General released a report on smoking and health which, for the first time, linked smoking to lung cancer and heart disease. Today, health officials are continuing to spread the message that smoking is dangerous to your health. Jarvis West says he was a smoker before he got involved with an organization working to spread the word about the dangers of tobacco use. “I was a smoker about three […]

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    (CNN) — Fifty years ago, smoking was linked to cancer in the first surgeon general’s report on tobacco. On Friday, Dr. Boris Lushniak, the acting surgeon general, issued the 32nd report on tobacco, saying “enough is enough.” His goal: eliminating the use of cigarettes and tobacco. In 1964, when Dr. Luther Terry released the first surgeon general’s report, the public learned smoking causes lung cancer. At the time, 42% of American adults smoked, Lushniak says. Since then, “Tobacco has killed […]

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    (CNN) — Every day, more than 3,200 kids under the age of 18 smoke a cigarette for the first time. About 700 of those become daily smokers. Those are two reasons, the Food and Drug Administration says, why it has launched a national education campaign aimed at preventing those between the ages of 12 and 17 from trying cigarettes or — for those already experimenting — from becoming regular smokers. “The Real Cost” campaign seeks to educate these “at-risk” teenagers […]

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    Depending on who you ask — sitting is as bad as smoking. And the average American spends 95% of their day sitting down. But, one local company is looking to change that. Jonathan Webb of KI joins Real Milwaukee with the details.    

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    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin smokers who see doctors at several clinics in the Milwaukee, Madison and Janesville areas for any reason will be automatically offered free help in quitting under an experimental study. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1mM6bDI ) the research will focus on determining the most effective approaches for helping patients quit smoking. It’s being funded by a $12 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. It’s the largest grant the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention has received […]

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    MADISON (WITI) — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced on Monday, December 8th that the state’s adult smoking rate is at the lowest rate ever recorded in Wisconsin.  The adult smoking rate is at 18%, a two percentage point drop from 2012, and is consistent with the national smoking rate of 17.8% recently announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data from the Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey (BRFSS) also shows that smoking […]

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    (CNN) — Teens are losing some of their rebellious reputation with this news from the federal government. The latest Monitoring the Future survey, released on Tuesday by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, finds children are smoking fewer cigarettes, drinking less alcohol and abusing fewer prescription and synthetic drugs. Marijuana rates are stable, even with the increase in the number of states that allow people to use marijuana recreationally. Some 6.5% of eighth graders said they had smoked marijuana in […]

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    (CNN) — A provocative new music video, which will air during the Grammys, hopes to persuade teens never to start smoking. The video plays off the term “left swipe,” which with the popularity of dating apps like Tinder and OKCupid has come to define someone as unattractive. If you like someone on a dating app, you swipe them right. If you don’t like them, you give them a “left swipe.” In the video, featuring musical performers Becky G, Fifth Harmony and […]

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    (CNN) — More people may die from undiagnosed lung cancer because they don’t qualify for low-dose CT scans, according to a study by Mayo Clinic researchers. The researchers blame current screening guidelines that have remained the same despite the decline in smoking rates in the U.S. “Our data raise questions about the current recommendations,” said Mayo pulmonologist, Dr. David E. Midthun, one of the study authors. “We do not have the best tool to identify who is at risk for […]

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    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — On Tuesday, April 28th, more than 40 area organizations will kick-off a month dedicated to connecting area residents with smoking cessation resources. While more individuals are quitting than ever before, more than 820,450 adults still smoke in Wisconsin, and tobacco use is the No. 1 cause of preventable deaths. “Tobacco-related medical expenses cost Wisconsin residents $3 billion dollars annually and more than 7,000 deaths are associated with tobacco use each year statewide,” said City of Milwaukee Commissioner […]

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    (CNN) — Anyone who has tried to quit smoking knows the mind games required to resist cravings and tolerate withdrawal headaches and lethargy. A new study suggests that some hopeful quitters are just more mentally equipped to handle the challenge than others. Researchers looked at the brain activity of a group of 85 heavy smokers (at least 10 cigarettes a day) using a method called fMRI, or functional magnetic resonance imaging. They found that people who had stronger connections between […]

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    NEW YORK — CVS pharmacies is pulling out of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce amid reports that the lobbying group worked on behalf of tobacco companies to stamp down global anti-smoking laws. The New York Times reported last week that the chamber — and its foreign affiliates — have zeroed in on efforts by governments around the world to curb tobacco use. “It was the right thing to do for the health and well-being of our customers,” CVS said in […]

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    Beginning June 1, anyone looking to purchase tobacco products in San Francisco must be at least 21 — not 18, the legal age in the majority of the country. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the measure on Tuesday, according to CNN affiliate KPIX. With this new legislation, San Francisco joins Boston, New York and more than 100 other U.S. cities in raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. On January 1, Hawaii […]

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    Just the thought of quitting cold turkey is probably enough to make any smoker uneasy. But a new study adds support to the notion that people who give up cigarettes all at once are more likely to be successful than those who wean themselves off gradually. Researchers looked at nearly 700 long-term heavy smokers in England who wanted to kick the habit. They instructed half of the participants to quit abruptly — that is, pick a quit day when they […]

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