Smoking cessation classes being offered again

Smoking cessation classes being offered again
A high demand for help with quitting smoking has prompted the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District to repeat its Freedom from Smoking classes a second time this year. The next series of classes will begin March 27, and some spaces are still available, according to program coordinator Nikki Hillier. This is the first time in many ...

New cigarette labels on the right track to discourage teen smoking

New cigarette labels on the right track to discourage teen smoking
There’s a lot of controversy right now about the Food and Drug Administration’s plan to require that graphic new warning labels be placed on cigarette packs later this year. These labels take the warnings to the next level, featuring pictures of diseased lungs and teeth and even corpses. There are a couple problems with this ...

Smoking Ban Petition Reignites Debate at City Council Meeting

Smoking Ban Petition Reignites Debate at City Council Meeting
It’s been a controversial issue in Springfield, and it went back before City Council Monday night. Voters approved the “Clean Indoor Air Act of 2011” ban by a narrow margin last April. The new initiative petition (read below) means city council must look at the issue again. The group “Live Free Springfield” collected thousands of ...

Medical marijuana advocate gets kicked out of UCSF

Medical marijuana advocate gets kicked out of UCSF
A well-known medical marijuana advocate was kicked out of a San Francisco hospital Monday night. She had her stash with her while seeking treatment at UCSF Medical Center, but she was shown the door. “I’m angry, I’m angry,” said Angel McClary Raich. Raich can’t believe what had happened to her. She has epilepsy and a ...

Milton health board urged to ban tobacco sales at pharmacies

Milton health board urged to ban tobacco sales at pharmacies
The Board of Health is considering banning the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies, removing a product from shelves that advocates say undermines pharmacies’ mission. “Pharmacists themselves have loved this,” said Sarah McColgan, tobacco control director for the Massachusetts Health Officers Association. “Pharmacists and pharmacy students as a group don’t want to be selling tobacco ...