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In 40 years of smoking, Katie Kennedy has tried four times to quit but always went back to cigarettes. Today, she is summoning a new mental image when a craving comes on: rows of COVID-19 patients hooked to ventilators.

Kennedy's dad also smoked. He was on a ventilator before he died, and seeing how invasive the machine was, and watching his discomfort and distress, made Kennedy vow not to die like that.

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The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA) passed in 2009 requires the FDA to include new warning labels on cigarette packages. But in 2012, the agency’s attempt to add the labels was thwarted by a lawsuit from cigarette companies, who said the requirements violated First Amendment rights.

Efforts to stem the tide of teen vaping seem to be a step behind the market. By the time Juul pulled most of its flavored pods from the market in October of 2019, many teens had already moved on to an array of newer, disposable vape products.

The federal government recently raised the smoking age to 21 to help curb teen vaping.  Some are applauding the decision as a win for public health. Others worry it was a knee-jerk reaction.

Just a few weeks ago, some Midwest state legislatures were aiming to raise the legal age for smoking. But Congress moved first, setting a new national age limit of 21. Now, some anti-smoking advocates say that’s not enough. 

A New Way To Help Black Smokers Quit

Jan 14, 2020

Jan Johnson smoked a dozen cigarettes a day for about two decades.

"I would go to bingo at least four times out of a week, and at bingo it was just the thing to do," she said.

When her apartment building went smoke free in 2018, she knew something would have to change. 

She saw a bulletin board for a research study testing whether a text messaging program could help people stop smoking and decided to sign up.

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A new service launched by the Ohio Department of Health this month offers free, confidential help for people under 18 who are trying to stop using e-cigarettes and tobacco – something that the U.S. Surgeon General calls an “epidemic.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says one of his "highest priorities" is to take on the leading cause of preventable death in the United States: smoking.

McConnell has sponsored a bill, along with Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, that would increase the tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21.

E-cigarette Popularity Surges In Rural Classrooms

Jun 11, 2019

North Newton Junior/Senior High lies in the Northwest corner of Indiana, in a county home to more dairy cows than people.

But students have no problem getting e-cigarettes in all shapes and sizes. Some look like pens, others like computer thumb drives.

Most people knew James Strain as “Butch.” Dr. Cynthia Meneghini called him “Dad." She remembers him as a handyman who could fix anything. When she moved to a new house, he painted it top to bottom, despite feeling pain in his ribs.

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton (right) and Gov. Mike DeWine discuss welness initatives that DeWine wants to implement for Medicaid recipients.
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Gov. Mike DeWine is revealing more about the wellness initiatives that he wants to implement for the 2.8 million people on Medicaid in Ohio, including the 677,000 enrolled in Medicaid expansion.

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Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed budget would raise the tobacco buying age from 18 to 21 statewide. But the provision could also result in less state revenue.

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It’s been five years since The Ohio State University imposed a ban on all tobacco products and smoking anywhere on campus. 

Updated: Friday, 8:54 a.m.

Cincinnati Council voted Wednesday for an ordinance raising the age to buy tobacco in the city from 18 to 21.

The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it will seek a ban on the sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes.

The announcement came as the agency officially released a detailed plan to also restrict the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes. It also wants to ban flavored cigars.

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