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PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 


In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - OH: Smoking Prevention

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

PHOTO: A new poll finds that Gov. John Kasich's proposal to increase the state’s tobacco tax is strongly supported by many Ohioans. Photo credit: placardmoncoeur/morguefile.<br /><br />

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's cigarette tax has not been raised in a decade, but a new poll finds an increase is something many Ohioans overwhelmingly support. In an effort to reduce income taxes in the state, Gov. John Kasich wants to raise cigarette taxes by $1 per pack. Glen Bolger, partner and co-fou

PHOTO: Time is short for those working to get legislation to legalize medicinal marijuana on the ballot in Ohio in 2014. Supporters need 385,000 signatures by July 2nd. Photo credit: Morgue File

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Time is short for those working to get legislation to legalize medicinal marijuana on the ballot in Ohio in 2014. The Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment would allow for the medical, therapeutic and industrial uses of cannabis. According to the president of the Ohio Rights Group, John

Columbus, OH – The adult smoking rate dropped to a record low in the Buckeye State in 2008. While many are hailing the news, others are offering a word of caution: It may not last. Health advocates say funding has been slashed for smoking prevention and cessation programs, and a number of bill

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