tobacco http://kcur.org en Kansans Gather To Address Sliding Health Ranking http://kcur.org/post/kansans-gather-address-sliding-health-ranking <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rankings from the United Health Foundation show Kansas is on a long, steady decline — from&nbsp;</span>8th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">healthiest state in 1991 to</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>27th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in 2013.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:34:38 +0000 Bryan Thompson 56923 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Committee Urges E-Cigarette Ban On Buses http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-committee-urges-e-cigarette-ban-buses <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A city council committee is recommending that e-cigarettes and similar nicotine delivery devices be banned from Kansas City buses and streetcars.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="background: #e6e6e6">The city already bans tobacco smoking of any kind on public transit vehicles and other public facilities, but some smokers have been using e-cigarettes, cigars or pipes to circumvent those bans. </span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:47:04 +0000 Steve Bell 53954 at http://kcur.org E-Cigarette Use Among Kids Doubles In One Year http://kcur.org/post/e-cigarette-use-among-kids-doubles-one-year <p>A <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6235a6.htm?s_cid=mm6235a6_w" target="_blank">nationwide survey of kids in grades six through twelve</a> shows that nearly 1.8 million of them have tried electronic cigarettes, more than double the rate reported the previous year.</p><p>The CDC says nearly seven percent of middle and high school students have tried e-cigarettes, and more than two percent are current users. Erika Sward of the American Lung Association says the rapid growth is due in large part to an aggressive marketing campaign.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 17:59:00 +0000 Bryan Thompson 43205 at http://kcur.org Smoke Tax Indictments Will Stoke Federal Coffers http://kcur.org/post/smoke-tax-indictments-will-stoke-federal-coffers <p></p><p>What began as a suspicion of illegal sale of cigarettes in the Kansas City area spread as far as upstate New York and has turned into a bonanza of cash for the U.S. Government. &nbsp;</p><p>Three &nbsp;and a half million dollars will be forfeit,&nbsp; even before anyone goes to trial.</p><p></p><p>After indictments naming 18 people were unsealed&nbsp; August 13, the alleged operation unfolded to the public.</p><p>Federal &nbsp;attorneys arranged seizure and forfeiture of&nbsp; well over $1 million in cash, an airplane and tractor trailers.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:17:43 +0000 Dan Verbeck 41983 at http://kcur.org Smoke Tax Indictments Will Stoke Federal Coffers Clean Indoor Air Act Remains Popular In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/clean-indoor-air-act-remains-popular-kansas <p>Three years after taking effect, the Clean Indoor Air Act remains overwhelmingly popular among Kansas voters, according to a statewide public opinion poll. It finds that 78 percent of Kansas voters approve of the law that prohibits smoking in most public places.&nbsp;</p><p>One of the tradeoffs made to get the law passed exempts state-operated casinos from the smoking ban.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:33:09 +0000 Bryan Thompson 40404 at http://kcur.org Synthetic Drug, Tobacco Enforcement Measure Sails Through City Council http://kcur.org/post/synthetic-drug-tobacco-enforcement-measure-sails-through-city-council <p>An ordinance allowing the city of Kansas City, Mo. to suspend or revoke the tobacco-sales licenses of stores&nbsp; which sell illegal synthetic drugs or sell cigarettes to minors sailed through a final city council vote yesterday. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:41:42 +0000 Steve Bell 31289 at http://kcur.org Cigarette Tax Increase On The Table In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/cigarette-tax-increase-table-missouri <p>Despite being rejected by voters last month, there’s a new proposal to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax.</p><p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 21:32:55 +0000 Marshall Griffin 28709 at http://kcur.org Cigarette Tax Increase On The Table In Missouri Clearing The Smoke On Proposition B http://kcur.org/post/clearing-smoke-proposition-b <p>Missouri currently has the lowest cigarette tax in the country. Now, a measure on this November’s ballot proposes changing that, raising it for the first time in two decades. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:00:05 +0000 Elana Gordon 26428 at http://kcur.org Clearing The Smoke On Proposition B Health Insurance & Cigarette Tax On Missouri Ballot http://kcur.org/post/health-insurance-cigarette-tax-missouri-ballot <p><strong>Health insurance</strong>, one of the major issues of the presidential election, is making a bigger impact on <strong>Missouri’s state ballot.</strong></p><p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 15:13:40 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Elana Gordon 26004 at http://kcur.org Health Insurance & Cigarette Tax On Missouri Ballot Missouri Governor Stays Out Of Tobacco Tax Debate http://kcur.org/post/missouri-governor-stays-out-tobacco-tax-debate <p>While supporters of raising Missouri&rsquo;s cigarette tax wrap up their petition gathering efforts in the next week, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has reaffirmed his distance from the initiative.&nbsp; Mon, 30 Apr 2012 20:05:42 +0000 Elana Gordon 16847 at http://kcur.org Missouri Governor Stays Out Of Tobacco Tax Debate Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-wednesday-april-18-2012 <p>Advocates are calling for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to restore funding for early childhood programs now that the state has received its tobacco money.&nbsp; That and more news from KCUR.</p><p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 13:15:28 +0000 Maria Carter 16157 at http://kcur.org Multiple Tobacco Tax Petitions Approved For Circulation http://kcur.org/post/multiple-tobacco-tax-petitions-approved-circulation <p>Missouri&#39;s Secretary of State has now approved <a href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012petitions/12init_pet.asp">more than a dozen petitions</a> related to the taxing of tobacco products.&nbsp; But a lot fewer are likely to end up in circulation, and of those remaining, the aims may be very different.&nbsp; Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:25:02 +0000 Elana Gordon 11164 at http://kcur.org Multiple Tobacco Tax Petitions Approved For Circulation Lung Association Report Card: Missouri's Smoking Policies Fail To Protect http://kcur.org/post/lung-association-report-card-missouris-smoking-policies-fail-protect <p>A <a href="http://www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org/SOTC_2012.pdf">new report</a> by the <b>American Lung Association</b> puts Missouri near the bottom of the list when it comes to state tobacco control policies. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:22:25 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 11081 at http://kcur.org Missouri House To Look At Cigarette Tax http://kcur.org/post/missouri-house-look-cigarette-tax <p>JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two proposals to raise taxes on cigarettes in Missouri have been filed in the State House. Missouri currently has the lowest cigarette tax in the nation at 17 cents a pack.</p> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 22:51:20 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7504 at http://kcur.org $2 Million Study Examines Tobacco Use in Missouri http://kcur.org/post/2-million-study-examines-tobacco-use-missouri-0 <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d1589f05f0a-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d1589f05f0a-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d1589f05f0a-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-944854.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>St. Louis, Missouri – The Missouri Foundation for Health is providing close to $2 million to fund a state-wide survey of tobacco use and its health effects. The largest adult health study ever conducted in the state will reach more than 52,000 Missourians.</p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:26:56 +0000 7443 at http://kcur.org New Report: Smoking Causes Immediate Damage to Health http://kcur.org/post/new-report-smoking-causes-immediate-damage-health <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d1589f03fea-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d1589f03fea-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d1589f03fea-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-940124.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Topkea, KS – A <a href="http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/tobaccosmoke/index.html">new report</a> from the Surgeon General has better defined the dangers of smoking. State health officials in Kansas are hoping the report will help influence Kansans to kick the habit.</p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:41:55 +0000 7363 at http://kcur.org Missourians Among Most Likely to Smoke http://kcur.org/post/missourians-among-most-likely-smoke <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d130fa05b75-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d130fa05b75-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d130fa05b75-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-933730.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5943a2.htm?s_cid=mm5943a2_w"> New Public Health Data</a> shows Missourians are among the most likely Americans to smoke. The state ranked fifth in the country for its adult smoking rate, according to new CDC data.</p> Sun, 07 Nov 2010 17:33:44 +0000 Elana Gordon 7266 at http://kcur.org Kansas Smoking Ban Begins (Mostly) http://kcur.org/post/kansas-smoking-ban-begins-mostly <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d1370a021c7-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d1370a021c7-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d1370a021c7-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-910489.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – A statewide ban on smoking in public places goes into effect today, with a few, limited exceptions.</p> Thu, 01 Jul 2010 16:20:18 +0000 Laura Spencer & Bryan Thompson 6777 at http://kcur.org Kansas Goes Smoke-Free This Week http://kcur.org/post/kansas-goes-smoke-free-week <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d1589f019d6-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d1589f019d6-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d1589f019d6-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-909832.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – A statewide smoking ban takes effect this Thursday in Kansas. It prohibits smoking in public places, bars and restaurants but exempts tobacco shops, casino gaming floors, and some private clubs.</p> Mon, 28 Jun 2010 15:36:49 +0000 Elana Gordon 6768 at http://kcur.org