Tobacco http://kplu.org en Washington's Tobacco Quitline Cuts Off the Uninsured http://kplu.org/post/washingtons-tobacco-quitline-cuts-uninsured <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re trying to quit smoking and you don’t have health insurance, it’s going to be harder to find help as of August 1. The state’s free tobacco </span>quitline<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be cutting services to the uninsured, due to budget cuts.</span></p><p>Those without insurance can get a little bullet-point advice from the quit counselor, but after that, they’re on their own. State Health Department spokesman Tim Church said the cutbacks will harm some of the most vulnerable.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9476 at http://kplu.org Washington's Tobacco Quitline Cuts Off the Uninsured Changing of guardian for health as smoking reaches crossroads http://kplu.org/post/changing-guardian-health-smoking-reaches-crossroads <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time since 1998, Washington is getting a new secretary of health. Mary </span>Selecky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is retiring, and her replacement starts today.</span></p><p>Selecky has been a familiar face during health emergencies, such as the pandemic flu. She made tobacco her top health priority, and saw smoking rates drop year after year. But, as she steps down, the anti-smoking crusade is at a crossroads. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:04:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8392 at http://kplu.org Changing of guardian for health as smoking reaches crossroads Should hookah bars remain open despite Washington's indoor smoking ban? http://kplu.org/post/should-hookah-bars-remain-open-despite-washingtons-indoor-smoking-ban <p>Washington banned indoor smoking nearly seven years ago, but one exception survives: hookah lounges.</p><p>Local health departments have struggled to shut them down.&nbsp;</p><p>The lounges say they’re private clubs, not public venues, so the law doesn’t apply. They all charge some sort of membership fee, typically about $5.</p><p>That defense doesn’t sway health officials, like Frank DiBiase of the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department. His office inspected three hookah bars in Tacoma last year.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 20:36:23 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6368 at http://kplu.org Should hookah bars remain open despite Washington's indoor smoking ban? The kids are still smoking, and we're not doing much about it http://kplu.org/post/kids-are-still-smoking-and-were-not-doing-much-about-it <p>Youth smoking is re-emerging as a concern in Washington. The US Surgeon General came to Seattle this week to give <a href="https://www.meetinglink.org/youthtobaccotownhall/agenda.aspx">a pep talk to anti-smoking campaigners</a>, who are coping with three years of drastic budget cuts.</p><p>If it seems like smoking is already on a perpetual decline, that&#39;s a mis-perception, said assistant Surgeon General Patrick O&rsquo;Carroll, in an interview:</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 00:55:19 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5291 at http://kplu.org The kids are still smoking, and we're not doing much about it Smoking in your apartment - not for long? http://kplu.org/post/smoking-your-apartment-not-long <p>Smoking is banned at work. It&rsquo;s banned in restaurants and bars. But most smokers can still head home and enjoy as many cigarettes as they&rsquo;d like. That&rsquo;s starting to change, when it comes to apartment buildings.&nbsp; Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:42:37 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 3771 at http://kplu.org Should colleges ban smoking on campus? Many in NW think so http://kplu.org/post/should-colleges-ban-smoking-campus-many-nw-think-so <p>The ability to smoke a cigarette on college campuses is becoming a subject for the history books.</p><p>Several colleges in the Pacific Northwest have banned smoking &ndash; not only in and around buildings as required by law &ndash; but everywhere on school grounds.</p><p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 23:21:17 +0000 Charla Bear 3236 at http://kplu.org Should colleges ban smoking on campus? Many in NW think so