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Salem State students return to a smoke-free campus

The evening before classes started at Salem State University, a steady stream of students — several of whom were smoking salemcigarettes — walked down Lafayette Street toward the White Dove Market.

Is smoking in public places freedom of choice?

JEDDAH: Whether smoking in public places is a freedom of choice or not is a subject of continuous debate. The large number of smoking-publicsmokers in public places contributes to the rising number of passive or secondhand smokers.

DOD Representatives Call Military Men to Stop Smoking

From year to year, more than a million of people successfully stopped smoking, and Defense Department representatives wish that Military Men Smokingmore military men constitute a part of that number in 2011.

California Revamps Its Campaign Against Smoking

It is easy to create advertising that sells a product. It is more difficult to create advertising that un-sells a behavior.no smoking sign

State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco-Dependence Treatments - United States, 2009

Medicaid enrollees have nearly twice the smoking rates (37%) of the general adult population (21%), and smoking-related medical costs are responsible for 11% of Medicaid expenditures. In 2008, the Public Health Service released clinical practice guidelines recommending comprehensive coverage of effective tobacco-dependence medications and counseling by health insurers. Healthy People 2010 established a clear objective for Medicaid programs to cover all Food and Drug Administration-approved medications and counseling for tobacco cessation. To monitor progress toward that objective, the Center for Health and Public Policy Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with CDC, surveyed Medicaid programs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) to document their 2009 tobacco-dependence treatment coverage and found that 47 programs offered coverage. Only eight state programs offered coverage of all recommended pharmacotherapy and counseling for all Medicaid enrollees, and 16 programs reported coverage for fee-for-service enrollees that differed from that provided for Medicaid managed-care enrollees. Among the 33 programs that covered at least one combination therapy, the nicotine patch plus bupropion slow release (SR) was the one combination covered by all. The Affordable Care Act mandates Medicaid coverage of tobacco-dependence treatments for pregnant women, beginning October 1, 2010. Coverage of pharmacotherapy for all Medicaid enrollees will be enhanced by January 2014, when states no longer may exclude tobacco-dependence cessation drugs from covered benefits. Monitoring the extent to which Medicaid programs place limitations on these treatments can help in evaluating accessibility of tobacco-dependence treatments to Medicaid enrollees.

Spending money on anti-smoking efforts has long-term economic impact

A pack of cigarettes that sells for $7.48 in New Jersey ends up costing the state’s economy $30.29 once the cost of healthcare for smoking-related diseases, lost time at work, and premature death is considered, according to a study released Tuesday by the American Lung Association.

African Tobacco Growers Threatened by WHO Anti-Smoking Treaty

As the international health community increases its efforts to fight smoking, the International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA) is

Electronic cigarettes: healthy or harmful?

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - You may have heard them advertised on the radio or seen them at the mall. Electronic cigarettes are being sold as a healthier way to smoke. They’ve been here in the U.S. for about the past year, but originated in China. The ads say electronic cigarettes deliver only nicotine, and not all the other toxins in traditional cigarettes. But the FDA isn’t sure of that yet.

What it takes to quit smoking

Higher cigarette taxes, smoke-free policies, exposure to aggressive media campaigns and access to cessation programs that include counseling are among the biggest factors that help smokers kick the habit, according to recent studies from the Centers for Disease Control and the North American Quitline Consortium, a nonprofit that promotes quit-smoking hotlines.