Smoking has a long and complicated history in society, and researchers still have not nailed down everything to know in order to help people quit this strong addiction. In her latest study, Dr. Christine Sheffer, professor at the City College of New York, found that quitting smoking is doubly hard for the poor and uneducated.
Much research has been done to reduce the prevalence of smoking on a population level, but these strategies do not appear to affect everyone equally. Lower socio-economic status (SES) groups are routinely overrepresented among smokers and suffer disproportionately from cancer as well as other tobacco-related diseases. Ream more »
On April 12, the state House voted to advance Senate Bill 120, which will disassemble the state’s comprehensive tobacco control program. Currently, SB 120 proposes to take $42 million by diverting the tobacco company payments to, and raiding the assets of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund over the next three fiscal years to balance the state’s budget deficit.
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It’s hard to believe, but only 16 years ago the CEOs of North America’s largest tobacco corporations were before Congress, swearing under oath that nicotine wasn’t addictive. Read more