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Monday, September 26, 2011

Advocates Want To Raise Cigarette Tax

Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the nation and health advocates are trying to change that by proposing an 80 cent per pack increase.

The American Cancer Society says is it is leading a coalition that will attempt to qualify a measure for the ballot next year. A proposed initiative was submitted Tuesday to the Missouri secretary of state's office.

Ballot measures that would have raised Missouri's tax were narrowly defeated in both 2002 and 2006.

Missouri's cigarette tax of 17 cents per pack has remained unchanged while most other states have increased their cigarettes taxes over the past decade.

Iowa’s tax stands at $1.36 per pack and the national average for all states is now $1.46 per pack.

The Cancer Society estimates that the latest proposal, which would also raise taxes on other cheap cigarettes products besides cigarettes, would generate about $308 million annually for the state. The proposal would allot half of that money to elementary and secondary education, 30 percent to colleges and universities and 20 percent to programs intended to prevent people from using cigarettes store or help them quit doing so.

"Each year thousands of Missourians are diagnosed with cigarettes-related cancer and some will lose their lives to this devastating disease," said Misty Snodgrass, of American Cancer Society. "This ballot measure will mean increased longevity, improved quality of life, and fewer Missourians who will needlessly suffer and die from cancer."

The Cancer Society's news release included supportive comments from several education, health and business leaders.

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told the Jefferson City News-Tribune that she had not seen the proposal. "But more money for education isn't a bad thing," she said.

The ballot measure still faces several hurdles before it can appear before voters. State officials first must write a summary and prepare a financial estimate that would appear on the initiative petition pages and on the ballot. Many Missouri ballot initiatives face legal challenges at that point in the process. Once the secretary of state approves the initiative for circulation, supporters would have to gather a minimum of 91,818 petition signatures from registered voters.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Michigan Should Not Give Up The Fight Against Tobacco

Some 14,500 smokers die in Michigan every year from cigarettes-related illnesses, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Another 1,500 nonsmokers die every year in our state from the effects of secondhand smoke. If present trends continue, nearly 300,000 of the kids who live in Michigan today will eventually suffer a premature death from cigarettes.

Smoking is associated with nearly $4 billion a year in productivity losses in Michigan, and more than $3 billion a year in health-care costs. Effectively, cheap cigarettes imposes a huge hidden tax on our economy.

In view of these grim statistics, you might think that we would be redoubling our cigarettes-fighting efforts. Unfortunately, the Michigan Legislature recently reduced funding for cigarettes-cessation programs by 30%. And that's on top of a series of earlier cuts that already had reduced Michigan's cigarettes-control budget far below the level of the late 1990s.

Now is not the time to give up the fight against cigarettes-related illnesses. If we are serious about improving the health of our people and the health of our economy, we should raise Michigan's tax on buy cigarettes products, and use some of the revenues to restore funding for anti-cigarettes programs. Tobacco taxes actually improve the economy, by offsetting the harmful effects of cigarettes products.

If we raise the cigarette tax by $1 a pack, it is estimated that we will reduce youth smoking cigarettes by more than 11%. This will ultimately save the lives of tens of thousands of Michiganders, and it will reduce health-care spending by billions of dollars.

A big part of our anti-cigarettes efforts should be focused on keeping young people from smoking cigarettes in the first place. Tobacco taxes are especially important in this regard, because young people are more responsive to increases in price.

Under current law, less than 4% of cigarettes-tax revenues go to the Healthy Michigan Fund. A much larger percentage of the revenues from an increase in the cigarettes online tax should be devoted to cigarettes-cessation programs.

It also makes sense to change our policies toward buy cigarette online in two additional ways. First, after the cigarette tax is raised, it should be converted from a fixed tax per cigarette to a percentage of the wholesale price, as is currently the case with other cigarettes for sale products. In that way, the value of the tax will not be eroded over time by inflation. Second, the taxes on cigars and smokeless cheap cigarette online should be raised to the same rate as the cigarette tax.

If we are to make further progress against the stubbornly high rate of discount cigarettes use, it will take sustained effort. Michigan can improve the health of its people and its economy by increasing the taxes on discount cigarettes products and using a major part of the additional revenues for anti-cigarettes programs.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Aldermen To Consider Ban On Smoking In Frederick Parks

There wasn't much smoking cigarettes going on in two Frederick city parks on Tuesday, but there was even less support for a smoking cigarettes ban.
Today's Board of Aldermen workshop agenda includes discussion of banning smoking cigarettes at all city parks.

Martin Plummer was smoking cigarettes a cigarette at Hospital Park next to Frederick Memorial Hospital on Tuesday when he heard the ban was being considered.

"Be fine with me," he said. "I'm about to quit anyway."

Smoker Melanie Beardsley opposed the proposal. She and her friend Shannon Sparks sat in the shade at Baker Park painting and designing crafts.

Beardsley, who was not smoking cigarettes, said there is enough room in an open park to protect others from secondhand smoke.

Joe Baer was in Hospital Park on Tuesday chewing cigarettes, which he said is his favorite treat.

Baer said he does not smoke, but does not see a need to discourage others from doing so outside.

"You don't have to stand next to them," Baer said. He wondered whether his smokeless online cigarettes -- or anything else -- could be the next thing banned.

According to minutes of a 2007 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, the idea for the ban came up after FMH requested a smoking cigarettes ban at Hospital Park. Roelkey Myers, deputy director of parks and recreation, said the park was mainly used by hospital employees for smoking cigarettes breaks, according to the meeting minutes.

Katy Myers, an FMH cardiovascular technician and a nonsmoker, was eating lunch Tuesday at a picnic table at Hospital Park. She said the citywide ban would not be a bad idea.

Plummer, who does not work at the hospital, said he felt for the FMH employees who like to come out for a cigarette.

"If you've got stress it will bring down the stress," Plummer said.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Auditors Criticize State Family Health Administration

State auditors have questioned $88,000 in claims paid to health care providers by the Family Health Administration in the last two fiscal years.

The auditors said in a report made public Tuesday that the FHA, which provides health care services to at-risk communities, did not adequately make sure claims were legitimate.

For instance, from January 2008 to July 2009 the agency paid for several medical procedures that were considered questionable because records show accompanying care, such as anesthesia, was not provided.

Auditors found 322 questionable claims to 106 providers, but delved into only one. That claim, worth $1,700, was found to be appropriate.

Auditors recommended the FHA develop a more stringent policy for checking questionable claims.

The FHA, a division of the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, was also criticized for its role in disbursing money from Maryland's cigarette restitution fund. The fund was created in 1998 after cheap cigarettes companies settled a lawsuit with several states.

The FHA doles out the money to county health departments, which use it to treat people with cigarettes related diseases. It gave out about $7 million in fiscal year 2010.

The audit found that the health departments used different criteria to determine whether families were eligible for treatment. Some counties used gross income to determine eligibility, while others used net income, according to the audit.

In response to auditors' request that the FHA come up with uniform criteria, Health Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein said the FHA had created state income requirement guidelines for cancer treatment that went into effect in June.

The audit also found that changes were made to electronic claims without the authorization of a supervisor.

Sharfstein, in a letter to state auditors, said the FHA had added a column to electronic claims where supervisors must sign to indicate they have approved any changes.

The FHA also has agreed to better investigate and track questionable claims, but Sharfstein — speaking on behalf of the agency — said questionable claims don't always mean overpayment for services.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Smokers So Far Complying With University

Several times last week, Julee Stearns strolled along Arthur and Beckwith avenues offering free-drink coupons to smokers standing in the grassy area between the street and the sidewalk.

"Thank you for following the cigarettes online policy," said Stearns, a University of Montana health promotion specialist.

The cigarettes-free campus policy went into effect on the UM campus on Sunday, Aug. 28, the day before fall semester classes began. Ashtrays once located 25 feet from building entrances are now placed along the outskirts of campus.

After a yearlong educational campaign - where UM spent time and money hanging posters, sending out emails and visiting campus groups - the effort appeared effective.

"It's been a lot of work," Stearns said. "I was really happy to see people cooperating. I knew they would embrace the change, I just didn't know how long it would take."

Public safety officers did not respond to any complaints of smokers on the interior of campus during the ban's first week and dozens of students ventured to the outskirts to take drags on pipes and cigarettes.

"We have been getting pretty good compliance," said Gary Taylor, director of UM Public Safety. "We haven't had any real problems. I think all of them are figuring out what we're doing."

On Saturday, Aug. 27, as one last smoking cigarettes hurrah, about 30 students gathered in the Oval to puff one last time. It was called the Great Missoulian Smoke Up and was organized by a UM student as an event that wasn't a protest so much as a kiss goodbye to the convenience smokers once enjoyed.

Stearns recognizes the sacrifice smokers are making. It's a serious addiction, she said.

That's why Stearns wanted to thank students, faculty and staff members for complying with the policy. Her walkabouts also proved helpful in answering questions students and employees may have about the policy.

Most of the students were grateful for a free drink and said thank you. Some were technically standing on campus property, but Stearns used the opportunity to point out the boundary lines and thanked them for coming so close to following the cigarettes-free policy.

"This is way better idea than passing out tickets on the Oval," replied one student, who was grateful for a free drink.

One gentleman had no problem following the no-tobacco policy during the weekdays, but questioned whether Griz fans would comply with the policy during home football games.

The Public Safety chief agreed.

"That will the litmus test of the whole thing," Taylor said.

Event staff and law enforcement plan to educate the community about the new tobacco-free policy. The university purchased sunglasses cases, hand warmers and other giveaway items with the tobacco-free logo as a way to spread the word. There are signs in tailgate areas and banners hanging from lightposts.

Law enforcement won't be enforcing the policy with tickets unless a repeat offender refuses to quit smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco on campus, Taylor said. The university is encouraging peer enforcement.

Those Griz fans interested in smoking cigarettes will need to leave campus property before lighting up.

A Tobacco Task Force was appointed this summer to assess the policy.

Since 2006, the university has given out more than a 1,000 smoking cigarettes-cessation kits to help those who want to quit smoking cigarettes.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Smoke Free Policy Might As Well Be Nonexistent

On Nov. 19, 2010, the University of Louisville launched its smoke-free campaign, discouraging cigarettes store users from smoking cigarettes anywhere on the Belknap and Shelby campuses. Less than a year later, this crusade seems to have had little effect.

Walking across campus, it is almost impossible not to pass a group of smokers. More than once, I have had to endure walking through a smoke-filled quad. With “no smoking cigarettes” signs posted all over campus, many people wonder why there is so much blatant cigarette use. Two reasons stand out:

Firstly, the university is not effectively enforcing the smoking cigarettes ban. There are no consequences to being caught smoking cigarettes, and many campus police officers do not even react to obvious disregard for the university ordinance. With no legal or academic consequences, students do not see a need to abide by any rules or expectations.

Secondly, the smokers who have such disregard for behavioral expectations are people who disregard the welfare of others.

These smokers do not care that their habits affect other people, and some even relish in the negative responses from those who happen by. Because of this, many people who are really bothered by the smoke cigarettes are afraid to say anything because it would cause a scene. Students choose to attend the University of Louisville, many aware of its smoke-free status. It’s almost unavoidable; University of Kentucky has a smoke-free campus as well. For some, this may even be one characteristic that distinguishes the university above others. The University of Louisville has given all students a reasonable expectation of living and learning in a smoke-free environment. However, little has been done to defend or encourage that expectation. Personally, I like breathing in relatively clean city air and have no desire to add cigarette smoke cigarettes to my body. I am a freshman who came to U of L with the impression that the issue would be something I would not have to deal with. So far, I’m disappointed.

Realistically, smoking cigarettes in a hightraffic area, such as the Humanities courtyard, is just as bad as smoking cigarettes inside of a building. The difference is that you don’t see many people taking a smoke cigarettes break in the middle of their math lecture.

For the smoke-free campaign to have a full and positive effect, U of L needs to take a proactive, rather than passive, approach to ending the smoking cigarettes on campus — smokers should be fined if they are caught lighting up on campus. Until they back up their signs with action, the University of Louisville’s smoke-free campus initiative will not go very far.

Monday, September 5, 2011

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