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The State, Opinion: SC can save lives, money with smoking prevention, cessation investments

March 26, 2014

There is a simple way to create a healthier South Carolina and save our state money: Help tobacco users quit. Better yet, stop young people from ever forming the deadly addiction. The intent of the 1998 tobacco master settlement agreement between the major tobacco companies and 46 state attorneys general was to set aside a portion of the payments to help people quit smoking and to prevent children from starting. And that only makes sense.

ABC News4: Report - Tobacco use declining in South Carolina

February 20, 2014

Efforts to prevent tobacco use in South Carolina are starting to pay off, according to a release from the S.C. Tobacco-Free Collaborative.

WIS TV: Kicking the habit: SC group pleased with drugstore chain's decision to stop selling tobacco products

February 05, 2014

The public service announcement released this week by the Food and Drug Administration is the first of its kind targeting the thousands of young people who every day try their first cigarette. Yes a couple of the new videos are a bit graphic. But a South Carolina anti-smoking group doesn't have a problem with the approach as long as it hits home. "You see some imagery that ... makes you sit up and pay attention," said Christie James with the SC Tobacco-Free Collaborative. "And yes, that's the

Greenville News: FDA launches new anti-smoking ads aimed at teens

February 04, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration is launching the government’s largest effort yet to curb tobacco use among at-risk teens. The $115 million media campaign stems from the FDA’s new authority to regulate tobacco, granted by a 2009 law, says commissioner Margaret Hamburg. The ads will target the roughly 10 million American teens who are open to smoking or are already experimenting with cigarettes, she says.

WPDE: (In wake of new Surgeon General's Report) Anti-smoking advocates say more can be done to reduce smoking

January 17, 2014

Fifty years ago this week, the U.S. Surgeon General first issued a warning about the health risks from tobacco use. Today, smoking is way down from what it was in 1964, but health advocates say more can be done....Dr. Emily Touloukian of Coastal Cancer Center in Myrtle Beach says the chemicals in cigarette smoke are toxic for the entire body.

The State: USC anti-smoking effort earns spot at White House ceremony

January 17, 2014

When health officials gather Friday at the White House to tout 50 years of progress against cigarette smoking, the higher education representative on the dais will be from the University of South Carolina. Gene Luna, associate vice president for student affairs, was invited to take part because of its campus lifestyle efforts. The school banned smoking in and around its buildings in 2006, and starting Jan. 1 has banned smoking anywhere on university property. The invitation to the ceremony marki

Reuters: Eight million lives saved since U.S. Surgeon General's first alarm on smoking 50 years ago

January 13, 2014

More than half of American men and over a third of women were smokers on January 11, 1964, when Dr. Luther Terry delivered the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health outlining the links between tobacco use, lung cancer and death. Fifty years later, smoking rates have been cut by about half, and a new study estimates that 8 million Americans have been saved from premature smoking-related deaths.

Sumter Item: USC Sumter now Declared Tobacco-Free

January 10, 2014

USC Sumter officially became tobacco-free the first day of the year, prohibiting tobacco use on all university property.

USA Today: Tobacco companies will say they lied, via advertising

January 10, 2014

The nation's tobacco companies and the Justice Department have reached an agreement on publishing corrective statements that say the companies lied about the dangers of smoking.

Greenville News: Uninsured smokers can get free patches from state to help quit

January 09, 2014

Uninsured smokers in South Carolina can get free nicotine replacement therapy from the Department of Health and Environmental Control, state health officials announced today.

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