CVS to stop selling cigarettes; region reacts

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FDA launching its first youth tobacco prevention campaign

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The Food & Drug Administration is launching its first campaign aimed at preventing youth smoking. Call “The Real Cost” it targets at-risk youth aged 12 to 17 who are smoking or considering picking up the habit. According to the FDA, about 10 million teens in the country fit this description. The program will use TV, […] [Read More]
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Connectict gets poor grades on tobacco control

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American Lung Association released its State of Tobacco Control 2014 report today, and it carries a bit of bad news for Connecticut. According to the annual report, in 2013, Connecticut cut funding for its tobacco control program and by close to 50 percent from the previous year. Additionally, the state’s efforts to help smokers quit […] [Read More]
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New report: 5.6 million children could die from smoking

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About 5.6 million American children alive today — including 56,000 in Connecticut — will die prematurely from smoking-related diseases unless current smoking rates drop, according the new U.S. Surgeon General’s report, released Friday. Last Saturday was the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s original report on smoking and health, which helped dramatically reshape the culture […] [Read More]
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Mark’s smoking story

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  On Sunday, we ran a story about the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General’s report on smoking, and I’ve gotten some nice feedback on it, including this letter from reader Mark Gaynor of Shelton: “I grew up in one of those families you described where everyone not only smoked but was expected to […] [Read More]
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FDA wants to hear complaints about tobacco products

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Are you using a tobacco product that you believe is defective or is causing an unexpected health problem? Are you using a tobacco product that has a strange taste or smell? The Food and Drug Administration wants to hear from you and has a new online tool you can use to report your problem. The […] [Read More]
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Another year, another reason to quit smoking

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Tobacco users are encouraged to ring in the New Year by calling the Connecticut Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. The Connecticut Quitline is a free service for Connecticut residents that provides tobacco use cessation, counseling, resources and support to those who want to be tobacco free. The Quitline is open seven days a week, 24 hours a […] [Read More]
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Five tips to help you quit smoking

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  The new year is around the corner and many Connecticut residents are likely planning their New Year’s resolutions. If your resolution is to quit smoking, here are some tips from the American Lung Association. Learn from past experiences. Quitting can take several tries. Don’t get discouraged. Learn from past attempts and treat them as […] [Read More]

Connecticut seventh healthiest state in country

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Connecticut was named the seventh healthiest state in the country in the United Health Foundation’s 2013 America’s Health Rankings, released Wednesday. The rankings measure the states — and the country as a whole — based on a variety of factors, including smoking rates, physical activity levels and obesity. Hawaii was named the healthiest state overall, […] [Read More]

Be a quitter during Great American Smokeout

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Today is the third Thursday of November — designated by the American Cancer Society as the Great American Smokeout. The idea behind the event is to get smokers to either use the day to devise a plan to quit smoking, or to plan in advance to quit smoking on this day. Tobacco use remains the […] [Read More]