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Public News Service - VA: Smoking Prevention

Medicaid is fifty years old, and research suggests it'd been very good for Virginia children. Photo courtesy National Institutes of Health.

RICHMOND, Va. – Medicaid turns 50 years old this week, and the impact it's had on the lives of children is being praised, both by advocates and academics. Two in seven Virginia children receive services though the healthcare program, which was created primarily for poor families and those wit

PHOTO: According to reports from Oxfam America and Human Rights Watch, children half the smoking age are working in America's tobacco fields, including this fifteen-year-old in North Carolina. Photo by Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch.

RICHMOND, Va. – Children, half the smoking age, are reportedly laboring in tobacco fields in Virginia and North Carolina. It’s hard to tell how many or how old they are, but one study has found some are younger than 18. Baldemar Velasquez, president of the AFL-CIO's Farm Labor Organizi

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's many military bases should go smoke-free, according to a new report by the federal Institute of Medicine. It supports the idea of a tobacco-free military, citing the huge financial burden smokers have become to the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Physician K

RICHMOND, Va. - President Barack Obama, arguably the most powerful man in the world, is still struggling to quit smoking. Days after signing into law the most restrictive regulations on tobacco in U.S. history, the President admitted he still smokes an occasional cigarette. He said he began smoking

Richmond, VA – Republicans in Virgina's General Assembly vow to kill Governor Tim Kaine's 30 cent tax increase on cigarettes, saying it'll cost the state much-needed jobs. But that doesn't add up, says Cathleen Smith Grzesiek from the American Heart Association. She says that at least half of

Richmond, VA - Clean air shouldn't have a "closing time." That's the message behind a new campaign that supports a 24-hour smoke-free law for the Commonwealth. The campaign is a response to reports that some state officials are considering a smoke-free plan that would still allow smoking in Virginia

Richmond, VA - Some recent discoveries are clearing the air in the smoking ban discussion in Virginia. The World Health Organization (WHO) compiled more than 900 studies and government reports on smoking bans around the world. They appear to have put an end to a common misconception about smoking ba

Richmond, VA - Just how far should a smoking ban go? Entertainment venues in Kentucky have "cleared the air" with a full ban on smoking, and some believe Virginia should do the same. Environmental scientist Peter deFur says the Louisville law, which bans smoking in all public places, is far more ef

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