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PNS Weekend Newscast - September 23rd, 2017 


Here's a look at what we're covering: Senator John McCain says no to the GOP's health care plan, a new survey takes a look at how residents in one state feel about the effort to real Obamacare, and International Day of Peace is being celebrated this weekend.

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Public News Service - PA: Smoking Prevention

Smoking-related illness adds $6.3 Billion to Pennsylvania health-care costs annually. (realworkhard/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania has made some progress in its efforts to reduce cancer risks and deaths, but a new report says the state could do more. Tobacco still is the leading cause of preventable cancer in the state, accounting for almost 28 percent of cancer deaths and more than $6.3 b

The 2008 Clean Indoor Air Act allows smoking in some bars and restaurants, private clubs and casinos. (DucDigital/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A bill has been introduced to eliminate exemptions in Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Law. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death nationwide, and every year secondhand smoke kills about 42,000 non-smokers nationally. Pennsylvania spends more than $6.3 billion ann

Smoking-related illness costs Pennsylvania $6 billion a year. (CDC/freestockphotos.biz)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Keystone State received praise from anti-smoking advocates for raising tobacco taxes, but a new report said legislators could do more to help fight cancer. The latest edition of the American Cancer Society's annual report rated every state on ten areas of public policy

Raising the cigarette tax $1 would prevent 48,100 kids from starting to smoke, according to advocates of the increase. (Valentin Ottone/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A dollar a pack: that's the call from a coalition of health groups who want Pennsylvania to raise the tax on cigarettes. The American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and the American Heart Association have issued the call to state legislators. The groups say tobacco cause

More than 18 percent of high school youth in Pennsylvania are smokers. (karosieben/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – More than 18 percent of high school-aged youth in the Keystone State are smokers, but a new report says Pennsylvania's efforts to curb tobacco use are very underfunded. The annual report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says last year, the state spent $13.8 million on

GRAPHIC: Medicaid is 50 years old, and many are praising its impact on Pennsylvania children. Graphic courtesy Center on Budget Policies and Priorities.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Medicaid turns 50 years old this week, and the impact it's had on the lives of children in Pennsylvania and around the nation is being praised, both by advocates and academics. Nearly half of Pennsylvania's children receive services though the healthcare program, created pri

A state Senate committee has advanced a bill banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.com.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Electronic cigarettes would be added to the list of tobacco products banned for sale to minors in Pennsylvania, under a bill that has just cleared the state Senate Judiciary Committee. According to Democratic State Senator Tim Solobay, the bill's sponsor, despite claims that e-c

WASHINGTON - Pennsylvania's five military bases should go smoke-free, according to a new report on military tobacco use by the Federal Institute of Medicine. Doctor Ken Kizer, one of the authors of the report, says tobacco use not only costs the country millions of dollars for health care, it also i

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