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PNS Daily News - March 22, 2017 


We’re covering several issues in today’s rundown including: a party divided – the President tries to muster more Republican votes to pass a new health care law; Judge Gorsuch pressed on his positions; and marking a “monumental” anniversary and a win for public lands.

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Public News Service - WI: Smoking Prevention

Wisconsin gets three failing grades in the annual State Of Tobacco Control report. (minervastudios/iStockPhoto)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – The new report card from the American Lung Association regarding the state of tobacco control in Wisconsin will be released today. It will give the state a failing grade in three areas: funding for tobacco control and prevention, access to cessation services, and for not rai

Vaping among Wisconsin teens is on the rise, state data show. (ookean/iStockPhoto)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – The latest surveys on youth tobacco use in Wisconsin have just been released by the state Department of Health Services. One of the strongest factors in young people's decisions to use e-cigarettes is that they are flavored, and according to the data, 96 percent of middle

An increasing number of multi-unit residential buildings are adopting a smoke-free policy, with support from the American Lung Association in Wisconsin. (Wikimedia Commons)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – Secondhand smoke contains more than 70 substances known to cause cancer, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed that all public housing authorities implement smoke-free policies. While the final ruling on this isn't expected until this fall,

Federal regulators have now made moves to regulate e-cigarettes and other formerly non-regulated tobacco products, but the American Lung Association says more action is needed on the state and local level. (leszekglaznov/iStockPhoto.com)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – Smoking and tobacco use still are the top causes of preventable disease and death, and each year 6,700 Wisconsinites die from tobacco use, according to the American Lung Association in Wisconsin. This is National Prevention Week, and today is Prevention of Tobacco Use Day.

Young people who might never touch a cigarette are now experimenting with e-cigarettes, mistakenly believing they are safer, according to the American Lung Association. (FDA.gov)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - In the American Lung Association's just-released "State Of Tobacco Control" report, Wisconsin gets an "A" for smoke-free air, a "B" for tobacco taxes, and a pair of failing grades for a lack of tobacco prevention and control program funding and access to smoking cessation services

GRAPHIC: The 2015 report card is out, and Wisconsin got mixed grades - an A, a B and two Fs - for efforts to control tobacco use. The report suggests Wisconsin needs to work on prevention and increase access to smoking cessation services. Graphic courtesy of American Lung Assn. Wisconsin.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – The new 2015 American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control report has a mixed bag of grades for the Badger State: An A for smoke-free air, a B for its level of tobacco taxes but an F in tobacco prevention and control funding. The state also received a failing grade fo

PHOTO: The liquid nicotine used to refill e-cigarettes is literally a poison that must be handled very carefully, says Registered Pharmacist Donna Lotzer, UW-Health Poison Education Coordinator. (Photo from the Food and Drug Administration)

MADISON, Wis. – E-cigarettes often are advertised as being safer than conventional cigarettes, but health experts say that claim has never been proven. Donna Lotzer, a registered pharmacist who is Poison Education Coordinator for UW-Health, says the liquid nicotine that is used to refill e-c

PHOTO: The American Lung Association in Wisconsin says no one really knows if e-cigarettes are safe, and says the President should get the FDA involved in studying and regulating them. Photo courtesy FDA.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - A public hearing will be held at the State Capitol today on a bill by Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, that exempts e-cigarettes from Wisconsin's smoke-free air law. Right now, they're not regulated, which Dona Wininsky, director of public policy and communications for the Ameri

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