Sunday, September 26, 2021


New Yorkers voice concerns about the creation of not one, but two draft maps for congressional and state voting districts; and providers ask the Supreme Court to act on Texas' new abortion law.


The January 6th committee subpoenas former Trump officials; a Senate showdown looms over the debt ceiling; the CDC okays COVID boosters for seniors; and advocates testify about scams targeting the elderly.


A new Oklahoma museum honors tribal nations, while Iowa's history is back on the blacktop; mixed news on COVID-19 comes with a warning about unconventional drugs; and electric cars and buses are coming to rural America.

Advocates Urge MT Lawmakers to Put Out Smoking Rollbacks


Wednesday, February 10, 2021   

HELENA, Mont. -- Montana advocates fighting cancer are urging state lawmakers not to roll back anti-smoking policies this session.

February is Cancer Prevention Month and volunteers are speaking with Montana legislators for Cancer Action Week this week.

Kristin Page-Nei, Montana government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, said one bill, House Bill 285, would allow for the creation of bars where cigar smoking is allowed.

"Everyone deserves the right to breathe clean indoor air, smoke-free air," Page-Nei asserted. "And no one should have to risk their health to earn a living."

The bill received a public hearing on Tuesday.

One proponent from the organization Americans for Prosperity-Montana said the bill would benefit entrepreneurs, and Montanans should be able to make their own choices about smoking.

In Montana, more than a quarter of all cancer deaths are caused by smoking, according to the American Cancer Society.

Page-Nei noted her organization also is opposing House Bill 137, which would overturn 11 local ordinances banning flavored vaping products. That bill already has passed the House.

The local bans are aimed at tackling the growing use of vape pens among youths, who can be attracted to flavored products.

"It would block communities from passing their own laws to regulate e-cigarettes and other tobaccos," Page-Nei explained. "It would prevent local communities from protecting people from secondhand smoke."

Supporters of the bill say the bans hurt small businesses such as tobacco retailers.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network also wants Montana lawmakers to maintain nearly $5 million in funding for the state's tobacco prevention and cessation program annually.

Page-Nei added lung health especially is critical right now as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on.

"So it's so important that, yes, we be careful and really work to protect people in this pandemic time," Page-Nei stated. "But also be aware that cancer hasn't gone away and that we really need to address and prioritize how we prevent and catch it early."

get more stories like this via email

The climate resilience package includes $1.5 billion for measures to better defend the state against wildfires. (Peter Buschmann/U.S. Forest Service)


SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Climate activists are praising Gov. Gavin Newsom for signing a $15 billion climate action package Thursday, but argued he …

Social Issues

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Some New Yorkers are voicing concerns about the creation of not one, but two draft maps for congressional, State Senate and …

Social Issues

LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan advocates for children and families are praising many of the investments in the 2022 state budget passed this week…

According to the World Health Organization, about one in six people age 60 years and older experienced some form of abuse in community settings during the past year. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

DES MOINES, Iowa -- There is strong public support in Iowa to enact a state law that criminalizes elder abuse, a topic also being discussed by law …


SALT LAKE CITY -- A researcher at the University of Utah said plans for generating renewable energy should include a power source right under our feet…

Roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants reside in the United States. (JP Photography/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

CHICAGO -- Advocates for immigrants and refugees in Illinois traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to push for a pathway to citizenship for up to …


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas produces more rice than any other state, and a new grant will help farmers explore ways to transition the industry to …

Social Issues

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota lawmakers in charge of redistricting have approved a preliminary draft of new legislative boundaries, but voters' …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021