Increasing the tobacco sale age to 21

The tobacco industry heavily targets young adults ages 18-21 in order to recruit new tobacco users and guarantee profits. Approximately 95 percent of current adult smokers started before they were 18.[i] A 2015 report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found that increasing the legal age to buy tobacco to 21 would decrease smoking initiation […]

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High Environmental Cost of Tobacco

Smoking kills 7 million people a year, and it scars the planet through deforestation, pollution and littering. Details of the environmental cost of tobacco are revealed in a study released Wednesday by the World Health Organization, adding to the well-known costs to global health, which translate to a yearly loss of $1.4 trillion in health-care […]

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World No Tobacco Day 2017: Beating tobacco for health, prosperity, the environment and national development

GENEVA – Action to stamp out tobacco use can help countries prevent millions of people falling ill and dying from tobacco-related disease, combat poverty and, according to a first-ever WHO (World Health Organization) report, reduce large-scale environmental degradation. On World No Tobacco Day 2017, WHO is highlighting how tobacco threatens the development of nations worldwide, […]

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Can cities and counties pass stronger smoking regulations?

According to the Freedom to Breathe amendments to the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act which went into effect on October 1, 2007, local governments can adopt more stringent measures to protect individuals from second hand smoke.  To read the Freedom to Breath Act in it’s entirety, click here. In Philadelphia, farmers’ markets have already adopted the […]

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Parents, Educate Yourselves About Drugs

Boise Police Alcohol Compliance Officer Jermaine Galloway speaks to a wide range of audiences about the latest trends in drug use. He spoke to police officers at the Toward Zero Death Conference in St. Cloud, MN on November 15, 2013. In an article and video published by Idaho Statesman, he speaks to parents. If you don’t […]

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Talk about drugs, alcohol in back to school prep

This was a column written by Sara Rossow and published in the Kanabec County Times on August 15th, 2013. Click here to view the original column. As the summer days become shorter and the “Back to School” sale signs appear in the storefront windows, families begin to make preparations to return to the routine and structure […]

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