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PNS Daily Newscast - December 18, 2017 


Senator John McCain heads home to Arizona ahead of a key vote in D.C. on the GOP Tax plan; also on the rundown: shades of gray, North Carolina's Death Row ages while sentences decline; and a new plan to safeguard wildlife species before they are at risk.

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Public News Service - OH: Smoking Prevention

The tobacco industry spends about $460 million a year marketing its products in Ohio. (Klimkin/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Big tobacco is coming clean about the dangers of smoking, and health advocates in Ohio are celebrating. The tobacco industry began running corrective advertisements on Sunday as a result of a 2006 judgment for lying about the negative effects of smoking, and for marketing it

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio is part of a "Tobacco Nation," a nickname for the dozen states where smoking rates are the highest in the country. A new report from the Truth Initiative, a group established as part of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, highlights the swath of contiguous sta

The American Cancer Society says Ohio's last cigarette tax increase in 2015 has not large enough to improve public health. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – New research suggests Ohio needs to step up its anti-tobacco game. An annual report from the American Cancer Society, which grades states on cancer-fighting policies, shows that 30 percent of cancer deaths in Ohio are attributed to tobacco. And while the state scores well fo

Within 12 hours of quitting smoking blood oxygen levels return to normal. (rollingroscoe/Morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The addictive nature of nicotine makes kicking the habit extremely difficult, and some Ohioans who resolved to quit smoking in 2016 may have already thrown in the towel. But cessation experts say it's important to keep trying. According to the Centers for Disease Control a

House Bill 221 in the Ohio Legislature would make all school environments smoke-free. Credit: robertogorge/morguefile

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Since November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, some Ohio health-advocacy groups are hoping legislation to snuff out smoking at schools gains some new traction. All kindergarten-through-12th-grade school campuses, along with school-sponsored events, would become 100 percent smoke-fre

Medicaid marks its 50th year of providing health coverage to low-income children. Credit: Hubert Hackett/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Over one million Ohio children – about 46 percent – receive visits to the doctor, prescriptions and other medical care through Medicaid, and a new report underscores the lifelong value of the program as it turns 50 this week. Report co-author Joan Alker, executive

PHOTO: A new report from the American Lung Association finds alternative tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, are becoming more popular among Ohio youth. Photo credit: Joseph Morris/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Reducing youth tobacco use in Ohio is becoming increasingly difficult, as kids and teens are branching out to such alternative products as electronic cigarettes. A new report from the American Lung Association in Ohio has found reduced teen smoking rates are being quickly offset as

PHOTO: Anti-tobacco groups and activists say increasing the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1 would go a long way toward reducing the number of Ohio smokers, and save tens of thousands of lives per year. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Anti-tobacco groups say time is running out to address Ohio's smoking epidemic. At more than 23 percent, Ohio's smoking rate is the eighth highest in the nation, according to the American Lung Association. Each year more than 20,000 people die because of their own smoking. It's a

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