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E-Cigarettes
10:47 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

E-Cigarette Bills Pass Missouri House And Senate On Same Day

Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate and Missouri House have both passed bills to ban sales of electronic nicotine delivery devices to minors.

House Bill 1690 and Senate Bill 841 would both limit the sales of these devices, sometimes called e-cigarettes, to consumers 18 years old and older, and both versions would not subject the devices to  regulation or taxation as tobacco products. 

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St. Louis on the Air
4:57 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Wash U Tobacco Control Recommendations: Raise Prices And Implement Smoke-Free Policies

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In the 50 years since the Surgeon General first reported on the dangers of smoking tobacco, much has been done to effect change. At the time of the first Surgeon General’s Report, 42 percent of American adults smoked. Today, only 18 percent do.

That’s according to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report released in January.

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Electronic Cigarettes
11:24 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Commentary: Congress, Grunts And Former Smokers Should Embrace The Suck

Nancy Pelosi
Credit Wikipedia

A Words to Live By award goes to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who reportedly advised her fellow Democrats to “embrace the suck” and vote for the budget agreement crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

It seems that liberal colleagues objected to certain provisions of the compromise but Pelosi believed a flawed deal beat no deal at all. Her half-a-loaf-is-better-than-nothing approach was reminiscent of the practicality that once characterized negotiations on Capitol Hill.

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smoking
5:07 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Mo. House Republicans Defeat Attempt By Democrats To Ban Smoking In Members' Offices

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A proposal to ban smoking in the Capitol offices of Missouri House members has been snuffed out by a committee.


The House Rules Committee rejected the office smoking ban Tuesday on an 8-4 vote, with all Republicans against it and all Democrats for it.  House rules already prohibit smoking in the hallways and the chamber while lawmakers are in session. But legislators can allow smoking in their own offices.

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Cigarette Tax
3:43 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Effort To Raise Cigarette Tax Fails (Again)

An extensive anti-tax ad campaign by the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association led to Prop B's defeat.
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri voters have narrowly defeated an effort to raise the state’s tobacco tax.

If Proposition B had passed, the tax on a pack of cigarettes would have gone from the lowest in the nation, at 17 cents, up to 90 cents.

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Cigarette Tax
10:18 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Raise Missouri's Cigarette Tax? Voters To Decide On Proposition B

Customers cross the state line from Illinois to take advantage of Missouri's lower cigarette prices at this Dirt Cheap store in South St. Louis.
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax of any state in the country – and some of the highest smoking and lung cancer rates. A measure on tomorrow’s ballot – Proposition B – is aiming to change that.

While previous efforts to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax have failed, proponents of this increase are more optimistic.

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Morning round-up
9:16 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, April 9, 2012

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Public meeting to be held on City-Arch-River Project

Members of the public will have another chance to weigh in on one of the most controversial parts of the City-Arch-River 2015 project - what to do about the portion of Interstate 70 that runs through downtown.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on its plans for the depressed section of the interstate at St. Louis City Hall on Tuesday.

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Health - smoking
4:01 am
Thu January 19, 2012

American Lung Association: Missouri's smoking policies fail to protect

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A new report by the American Lung Association puts Missouri near the bottom of the list when it comes to state tobacco control policies.

The report grades states according to their spending on tobacco prevention and control programs, smoke-free air laws, cigarette taxes, and coverage of programs to help smokers quit.

Missouri was one of six states to receive an “F” grade in all four categories.

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Health - secondhand smoke
5:32 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

In Missouri, rural male workers at highest risk from secondhand smoke

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A higher percentage of Missouri's workers are exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke than in any other state.

A 2007 telephone survey funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health looked at the tobacco use, health, and demographics of close to 24,000 indoor Missouri workers.  About 12 percent were exposed to secondhand smoke, compared to about 7 percent of workers nationwide.

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Smoking in Missouri
5:18 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Study: Fewer smokers in the Show-Me state

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Reporting from KCUR's Elana Gordon used in this report.

A decade ago, more than one in four Missourians smoked. Now, only about one in five smoke, and those who do smoke are doing so less often.

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