Updated PNS Daily Newscast - September, 22 2017 

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Public News Service - WA: Smoking Prevention

Encouraging Dad to get his annual health checkup is one caring gesture for Father's Day this Sunday.  (Jeremyyablan/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE - As Father's Day approaches, sons and daughters might be thinking about how to help keep their fathers healthy, which is not always an easy task. A study by the American Academy of Family Physicians shows men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor in the last year.

Tobacco companies' efforts to make smoking look cool mean outspending smoking prevention efforts by about 145 to one. (Alvimann/morguefile)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington ranks among the worst states in the country for not funding the efforts to help smokers quit and prevent teens from starting. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' new report says tobacco companies spend $145 marketing their products for every dollar Washington spen

SEATTLE - As part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Mercer Island Rotary Club will raise awareness and funds for prevention this weekend with its annual Half-Marathon event that attracts runners from around the Northwest. Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer in Washington, b

FT. LEWIS, Wash. - The days when American soldiers got cigarettes with their food rations are long gone, but the military has higher smoking rates than the general public. A new report by the federal Institute of Medicine lends support to the idea of a tobacco-free military, citing the huge financia

Seattle, WA – During a typical month in Washington, more than a thousand people suffer strokes, and almost 300 of them die. May is "Stroke Awareness Month," an annual reminder to get to the hospital immediately with stroke symptoms. A recent survey showed that less than three percent of stro

Olympia, WA - On the heels of a 62-cent-per-pack federal tobacco tax hike that went into effect Wednesday, the Washington Legislature might raise it another dollar. The coalition suggesting the increase says it would raise more than enough money to cover smoking cessation and prevention programs, wi

Seattle, WA – The Washington Department of Health says fewer than three percent of people who suffer the most common type of stroke get the best treatment for it - and at least 26 hospitals around the state are working to change that. They're all part of a voluntary American Heart Associatio

Seattle, WA – Washington gets high grades from the American Lung Association for its measures to control smoking, but the Association says there's more to be done. It also warns there may be efforts to weaken anti-tobacco measures. Every year, the ALA ranks states and the federal government o

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