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Photo: Sudipto Sarkar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ottawa smoking rate lowest in province

OTTAWA, Ont. Public health officials say Ottawa's smoking rate is now the lowest in the province. New figures released yesterday conclude that 11% of Ottawa's population were smokers as of the end of 2012.

Ottawa is also marking the two-year anniversary of expanded smoke-free rules that banned smoking from outdoor patios, city parks and beaches, and outdoor festivals as of summer 2012.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/visioplanet/4760316376/">Sudipto Sarkar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Sudipto Sarkar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Study finds NY 21st in funding to stop smoking

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A national coalition of anti-smoking advocates ranks New York 21st among states in funding of smoking cessation programs.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids this month also includes New York among states it says broke promises to use all or most of the money from the historic tobacco company settlement 15 years ago to combat smoking.  Go to full article
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Photo: Fried Dough, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY spending less on anti-smoking programs

Today is the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, an effort begun by anti-cancer groups nearly four decades ago to help people quit smoking. This year the Cancer Society in New York is using the day to call attention to a decline in state spending on antismoking programs.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County's strict new smoking ban takes effect Saturday.
St. Lawrence County's strict new smoking ban takes effect Saturday.

Smoke 'em if you got 'em, St. Lawrence County

Today is the last day tobacco use is permitted on St. Lawrence County property. A ban takes effect Saturday that outlaws smoking, chewing, and other tobacco uses on property owned or leased by the county.  Go to full article
We're all humans, and not all of our employees are as healthy as they'd like to be.

Creating healthier workplaces

Did you make a New Year's resolution to lose weight or get more exercise? Some local small businesses are doing their part to help their employees stay healthy at the workplace. Wellness programs are not new. They've been staples at large companies for years, but are less likely to be used at small businesses. That's changing.

Amid soaring health spending, there is growing interest in workplace disease prevention and wellness programs to improve health and lower costs. Eager to control rising health care costs, small firms in St. Lawrence County are turning to a health experts for help. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
A patron takes a hit from her hookah.
A patron takes a hit from her hookah.

Hookah puffing along in Potsdam

Hookah bars, or hookah lounges, are places where people go to smoke shisha (non-tobacco herbs). They're usually associated with the Middle East, but they're on a run in this country. According to a website that monitors this kind of thing, there are more than 500 hookah bars in the United States, with 5 new ones opening every month. The phenomenon's mostly been restricted to big cities. But a hookah bar opened this fall in one of the North Country's college towns, Potsdam. When many small businesses are falling victim to the recession, are people willing to ante up for a toke? Chelsea Ross went to find out.  Go to full article

Anti-Smoking Groups Press for More Money

Anti-smoking groups are urging the legislature to adopt Governor Pataki's plan to fully fund the Health Department's tobacco use reduction program. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Canton Considers Underage Smoking Law

The Village of Canton is considering a law to fine kids for smoking. The St Lawrence County Tobacco Free Coalition proposed the measure to the Village Board. It would levy fines of $50-75 to anyone under age 18 caught smoking in public. A public hearing on the proposed no smoking ordinance will take place January 23 at the Canton Municipal Building. Mayor Bob Wells says it started with complaints about young smokers outside Canton's elementary school.  Go to full article

NY Posts Smoking Decline

An independent survey found smoking rates in New York have fallen faster that anywhere else in the nation. Karen DeWItt.  Go to full article

Health Groups Want Ban on Candy-flavored Cigarettes

Anti-smoking groups want the state to outlaw candy-flavored cigarettes that they say are marketed to children. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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