smoking 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 Teen smoking rate drops below pot usage http://kplu.org/post/teen-smoking-rate-drops-below-pot-usage <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Washington high school students who participated in a statewide health survey say they are twice as likely to smoke marijuana as cigarettes.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Overall, though, the trends show teenagers are drinking, smoking and abusing prescription drugs less than in the past.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:43:19 +0000 Keith Seinfeld & and Associated Press 8000 at http://kplu.org Teen smoking rate drops below pot usage 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 Feds To Pay For Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads http://kplu.org/post/feds-pay-graphic-anti-smoking-ads Federal health officials unveiled a graphic new anti-smoking <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/media_campaigns/index.htm">campaign</a> featuring testimonials from ex-smokers about the toll of tobacco on their health.<p>These aren't the usual public service announcements. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 16:06:41 +0000 4439 at http://kplu.org Feds To Pay For Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads 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 Vancouver, Wash., council bans tobacco in city parks http://kplu.org/post/vancouver-wash-council-bans-tobacco-city-parks <p>VANCOUVER, Wash. &mdash; The Vancouver City Council voted Monday to ban tobacco from city parks and recreation centers.</p><div><p>The council heard from at least one speaker who called the ban a form of discrimination.</p><p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 17:30:32 +0000 The Associated Press 3370 at http://kplu.org Vancouver, Wash., council bans tobacco in city parks 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 Follow-up: $800,000 ad campaign designed to help us choose healthy http://kplu.org/post/follow-800000-ad-campaign-designed-help-us-choose-healthy <p>Why spend $800,000 to advertise what seems like common knowledge?&nbsp; That smoking is bad for you, that eating nutritious foods is better than a diet of fast-food and physical activity is a good idea?</p><p>Because too many of us have trouble following those golden rules.</p><p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 18:17:53 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2214 at http://kplu.org Follow-up: $800,000 ad campaign designed to help us choose healthy Cigar smokers push for space of their own http://kplu.org/post/cigar-smokers-push-space-their-own <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-969129.mp3</p><p>Cigar aficionados could light up at their favorite bar under <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5542&amp;year=2011">a bill up for a vote </a>in the Washington Senate this week. The measure would allow cigar lounges in some bars and tobacco stores. But opponents of the change say it would overturn the will of Washington voters. Tue, 17 May 2011 16:50:00 +0000 Bryan Buckalew 1613 at http://kplu.org Cigar smokers push for space of their own Electronic cigarettes considered a new public health threat http://kplu.org/post/electronic-cigarettes-considered-new-public-health-threat <p>Just when you thought cigarettes were headed for obscurity, along comes the <em>electronic </em>cigarette.&nbsp; The King County Board of Health is restricting these "e-cigarettes" in the name of protecting youth -- and keeping a stigma against smoking.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 19:06:40 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 378 at http://kplu.org Electronic cigarettes considered a new public health threat Washington residents smoking less, but they're fatter http://kplu.org/post/washington-residents-smoking-less-theyre-fatter <p>Washington state ranks 11th among all states in overall health according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.americashealthrankings.org/yearcompare/2009/2010/WA.aspx"> annual survey&nbsp;</a>&nbsp; "America's Health Rankings."&nbsp; The survey is produced by the American Public Health Association, the United Health Foundation and Parnership for Prevention using data from a number of sources including the Centers for Disease Control.</p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 18:36:26 +0000 Paula Wissel 311 at http://kplu.org Washington residents smoking less, but they're fatter Smoking prevention saves millions with fewer hospital visits http://kplu.org/post/smoking-prevention-saves-millions-fewer-hospital-visits <P>Washington state says it has evidence its anti-tobacco program is not only saving lives but saving money for taxpayers.&nbsp; That comes as the program faces near elimination because of budget cuts.&nbsp; Thu, 18 Nov 2010 02:21:57 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 167 at http://kplu.org Smoking prevention saves millions with fewer hospital visits