Tag: Disease Control

Alamo adopts an ordinance to prevent people from smoking inside workplaces

ALAMO (KFXV) — Alamo now becomes the 15th city in Hidalgo County to adopt a smoke ordinance. This would prevent people from smoking inside a workplace. If you’ve ever been in a workplace where you inhaled secondhand smoke, then you’ve smoked 36 cigarettes after an 8 hour day. But that is all going to change starting August 11th in Alamo now that a smoke-free ordinance was just passed today. This reason motivated the Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition to urge Alamo to pass an ordinance against smoking inside any workplace. Currently there are 79 cities in the state of Texas...

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Nevada coalition seeks unprecedented insulin refund law

BY ALISON NOON CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Aiming to rein in soaring prescription drug prices, an unlikely Nevada coalition is trying to force pharmaceutical companies to disclose how they set insulin prices – and issue refunds to diabetics or their insurance companies if annual price hikes surpass inflation. Las Vegas casino owners have banded together with their employees’ unions of cooks, servers and other resort workers to support the unprecedented legislation in their effort to control their own medical insurance costs. The bill expected to face its first vote in early May would attempt to cap how much...

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Crash Deaths Far Worse In U.S. Than Other Affluent Countries

NEW YORK (AP) — Traffic deaths are down, but a new report shows fatalities on the road are still a bigger problem in the United States than in other affluent countries. The U.S. had by far the highest fatality rate for car crashes of the nearly 20 countries studied. The U.S. rate in 2013 was more than twice as high as in most of the other countries. And traffic deaths haven’t been dropping as fast in the U.S. The rate has fallen by nearly a third since 2000. But every other country had a steeper decline. The statistics probably...

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‘Deaths of despair’ drag life expectancy lower for whites

NEW YORK (AP) — Rising drug and alcohol overdoses, suicides, and disease from chronic alcoholism — labeled “deaths of despair” by one expert — are cutting the lives of white Americans short by nearly a half a year on average. Increases in these types of deaths among whites means that life expectancy for whites is not increasing as fast as it is for other groups, according to a government report that offers an unusual look at how different threats are affecting U.S. lifespans. “Things are moving in the wrong direction,” said Anne Case, a Princeton University researcher, of what...

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Kicking the habit: Adult smoking rate in US is falling fast

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation seems to be kicking its smoking habit faster than ever before. The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to 15 percent last year thanks to the biggest one-year decline in more than 20 years, according to a new government report. The rate fell 2 percentage points from 2014, when about 17 percent of adults in a large national survey said they had recently smoked. The smoking rate has been falling for decades, but it usually drops only 1 point or less in a year. The last time there was a...

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