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Public health experts: Workplace wellness programs shouldn’t discriminate

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The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has presented formal comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on the proposed rule, “Incentives for Nondiscriminatory Wellness Programs in Group Health Plans” promulgated by DHHS and the Departments of Labor and Treasury.
 


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As nations try to snuff out smoking, cigarette makers use trade treaties to fire up legal challenges

By Myron Levin
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Andriy Skipalskyi was feeling proud, even triumphant, when he arrived last March at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Singapore. Ukraine’s parliament had just voted to approve a public smoking ban, and its president had just signed a bill to outlaw tobacco advertising and promotion. These were revolutionary steps in chain-smoking Eastern Europe.


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Big Tobacco wreaking havoc on global economy, say health experts

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A panel of global experts on health and economics are warning that the tobacco industry is having a devastating impact on productivity, trade, and the global economy. According to the new edition of The Tobacco Atlas, during 2000–2004, the value of cigarettes sold in the United States alone averaged $71 billion per year, while cigarette smoking was responsible for an estimated $193 billion in annual health-related economic losses.
 


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AHA criticizes court decision on graphic tobacco labels

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A U.S. Appeals Court threw out “one of the best tools we have” to combat smoking when it struck down FDA requirements for large graphic warning labels on cigarette packages, according to American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown.


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Biggest health concern in U.S.: Couch-potato kids

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A new poll of U.S adults shows that when it comes to concerns over kids’ health, insufficient exercise and obesity are at the top of the list.


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Global survey shows tobacco “epidemic”

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By the year 2025, tobacco use will cause 10 million deaths per year, according to a new report published recently in the Lancet.


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Teen smoking down, but decrease slows

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Tobacco use among American high school students declined from 2000 to 2011, but the decrease has slowed noticeably, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Smoking down but non-cigarette tobacco use way up

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Sharp increases in total adult consumption of pipe tobacco (used for roll-your-own cigarettes) and cigarette-like cigars since 2008 have offset declines in total cigarette consumption, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Smoking cessation PSAs wildly successful, says CDC

Landmark ad campaign yields almost 200,000 more calls to state quitlines after 12 weeks
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The "Tips From Former Smokers" national ad campaign has generated almost 200,000 additional calls to 1-800-QUIT-NOW, a portal that links callers to their state quitlines, and more than 400,000 additional unique visitors to www.smokefree.gov, a federal website designed to help people quit smoking, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced recently.


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Health experts back bill that would close tobacco tax loopholes

Tobacco use "a pediatric epidemic"
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Legislation to equalize tax rates on all tobacco products is getting endorsed by American Public Health Association (APHA), which says it will help reduce tobacco use – and raise revenue.


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