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In an effort to provide a clean and healthy environment for all students, employees and visitors, Coker College announced today the campus will become smoke-free beginning Jan. 1, 2014 and tobacco-free on Aug. 15, 2014.
Fairfield Behavioral Health recently held a training session at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Winnsboro to educate residents about tobacco prevention. After receiving a grant of $140,000 in 2012, Fairfield Behavioral Health began to set up strategic workshops to affect unhealthy issues in Fairfield County. Smoking and tobacco use was at the top of the list.
Children — like adults — are increasingly trying electronic cigarettes, according to the first large national study to gauge use by middle and high school students. About 2 percent of the students said they'd used an e-cigarette in the previous month, according to a survey done last year. That was up from 1 percent in 2011. More kids still smoke traditional cigarettes than the new electronic ones, and it's not clear how dangerous e-cigarettes are. It's also not clear from the report how many are
The questions examined by the researchers with N.C.-based RTI International were: What happens to bar and restaurant employment in communities that ban smoking, compared to employment in communities in the same state that do not ban smoking? And what happens to cigarette sales? After reviewing quarterly employment and sales data and crunching the numbers, the answer was … nothing. No difference. Nada.
The Center for Disease Control recently visited Winnsboro to highlight the success of Fairfield County’s implementation of the Healthy South Carolina Initiatives including Faith Based Tobacco Education Prevention, Healthy Eating and Youth Empowerment.
USC will join at least 10 other schools in South Carolina – the nation’s fifth-largest tobacco-growing state – that already ban smoking or all tobacco products, including chewing tobacco. Another five S.C. colleges, including Clemson and Benedict College, are considering bans.
Smoke-free restaurant and bar laws are good for health and now, a new economic impact study finds that community smoke-free laws are not harming South Carolina’s restaurant and bar industry. Published in this month’s scientific journal Preventing Chronic Disease, the study analyzed the impact of smoke-free laws on employment and taxable sales revenues in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia.
Late last week, the Lancaster city council passed the first reading of a newly proposed smoking ordinance. A similar ban is already in effect in the county and its two other cities, so the new ordinance in Lancaster could make this the first county where everyone working throughout the county will be protected by a smoke-free workplace ordinance.
A local health care group has started a new program to help its clients quit smoking. Access Health Spartanburg, a nonprofit organization that refers patients who lack insurance to more affordable health care options, has always asked potential clients whether or not they smoke tobacco upon registering. Now, if they say yes, they are required to pick up a phone in the office and call the South Carolina Tobacco Quit Line before they can enroll in the program.