Alcohol and Tobacco

April 22, 2013

Study: Hookah no safer than cigarettes, just differently dangerous

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Doctors are trying to dissuade folks of that notion. “The tobacco is no less toxic in a hookah pipe,” according to the Mayo Clinic, “and the water in the hookah does not filter out the toxic ingredients in the tobacco smoke. Hookah smokers may actually inhale more tobacco smoke than cigarette smokers do.”   LA […]

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Tags: harmful effects of hookah, hookah, LA Times, tobacco


April 22, 2013

Cigarette Break

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

CLEARING THE AIR Secondhand smoke is more than a nuisance – it’s a serious health issue. Nonsmokers who are regularly exposed to cigarette smoke increase their heart disease risk by 25 to 30 percent and their lung cancer risk by 20 to 30 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it […]

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Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Richard D. Hurt, heart disease, Lung Cancer, public-smoking ban, Secondhand Smoke, Vogue


April 16, 2013

House Dems eye alcohol tax bump

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

A tax increase on alcohol has been added to the list of ways Minnesota House Democrats are proposing to help balance the state’s budget and spend more money for schools…The plan also provides property tax relief for 520,000 homeowners, increases the tax break for renters and gives manufacturers a sales tax break for capital equipment […]

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Tags: alcohol, Minnesota Legislature, MPR, proposal, state budget, tax increase


March 7, 2013

Some women dying too soon, study finds

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

“I suspect we’re now seeing the effects of increased smoking prevalence in women, which occurred in the 1980s through 2000 or so,” said Dr. Paul Loomis, family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. He noted there is a correlation between tobacco use and educational/socioeconomic levels, which are a couple of factors […]

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Tags: Dr. Paul Loomis, family medicine, Leader-Telegram, smoking, women


February 11, 2013

Raise state taxes on cigarettes, alcohol

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

A coalition of 30 health and other groups, including the Mayo Clinic and HealthPartners, support the tax hikes. They say increasing prices by at least $1.50 per pack would save more than 25,000 lives and about $1.65 billion in long-term tobacco-related health costs to the state. Michael Bromelkamp, a CPA and principal with Olsen Thielen […]

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Tags: health care costs, HealthPartners, House Taxes Committee, Mayo Clinic, Michael Bromelkamp, Olsen Thielen, Star Tribune, tax hike


January 17, 2013

Minn. Receives Two Failing Grades in ‘State of Tobacco Control’ Report

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Minnesota received two failing grades in the American Lung Association’s “State of Tobacco Control,” an annual report that tracks policies related to tobacco and tobacco prevention at the state and federal level… Pat McKone, director for tobacco control programs and policy at the American Lung Association in Minnesota, will join the discussion along with Dr. Richard Hurt, […]

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Tags: American Lung Association, Dr. Richard Hurt, MPR, Nicotine Dependence Center, Pat McKone, State of Tobacco Control, tobacco


January 8, 2013

Indonesia: The Tobacco Industry’s “Disneyland”

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Arif Hidayat still feels a measure of guilt. As a vendor of cigarettes on an impoverished back street in the Indonesian city of Bogor, Hidayat says he realized most of his buyers were men who could barely afford to feed their families…”Because Indonesians are Islamic, alcohol is less of a curse than in many countries,” […]

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Tags: CMAJ, Dr. Richard Hurt, Indonesia, international tobacco companies, Nicotine Dependence Research Program, tobacco


October 2, 2012

Smoke-Free for 5 Years

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Monday marked a very important day in the state of Minnesota. Five years ago a law was put into effect that made it illegal to smoke in public places. Previously, smoking and non-smoking sections were a commonality; now the entire restaurant or bar is a non-smoking section. The American Lung Association estimates that 625,000 Minnesotans […]

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Tags: American Lung Association, Dr. J Taylor Hayes, KIMT, Minnesota Clean Air Act, smoking law


June 29, 2012

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

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June 29, 2012 Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News. Thank you. Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media relations NPR […]

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Tags: arthritis, CBS, Dr. Edward Laskowski, Dr. Eric Matteson, Dr. James Levine, Dr. Richard Hurt, Dr. Thomas Boyce, heart disease, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic's Sports Medicine Center, nicotine addiction, NPR


June 1, 2012

Smoke-Free Public Spaces Now!

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Chairman of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC), Dr Knox Hagley, is craving a law that will see smoking in public spaces banned. Hagley, who is also the chairman of the Health Foundation of Jamaica, believes such a move would result in a reduction in the number of smokers…Dr Richard Hurt, founder and director […]

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Tags: Dr. Knox Hagley, Dr. Richard Hurt, Health Foundation of Jamaica, Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control, Jamaica Gleaner


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