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1:02am

Thu May 2, 2013
Health

New York Tobacco Regulations Light Up Public Health Debate

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 8:09 am

The New York City Council is considering a number of regulations on cigarettes, including raising the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21.
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If you're under 21, you may soon have a hard time lighting up in New York City. Public health officials in New York want to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes.

The initiative is one of three proposed tobacco regulations the City Council will debate at a hearing Thursday afternoon.

"We think if we can prevent people from taking up the habit before they're 21, we might just be able to prevent them from taking it up at all," says New York Health Commissioner Thomas Farley.

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1:09am

Tue April 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why Calif. Doesn't Want Smokers To Pay More For Health Insurance

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 1:27 pm

Californian State Assemblyman Richard Pan (center) is the author of legislation that would bar higher prices for health insurance sold to smokers.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Smoking has its risks, but in California higher prices for health insurance probably won't be among them.

The federal health law allows states to charge smokers up to 50 percent more for a health plan, but a bill moving forward in the California Legislature would prevent that from happening.

The Affordable Care Act is supposed to remove discrimination in the pricing of health insurance for things like gender and medical condition. Critics say a tobacco surcharge creates a new category of discrimination against smokers.

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3:27pm

Sat April 27, 2013

2:00pm

Sun March 31, 2013
Community

No Butts About It, Enforcement of Boulder’s Pearl Street Smoking Ban Starts

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It’s no April Fool’s joke – enforcement of a smoking ban on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall takes effect on Monday, April 1st.

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6:29am

Mon August 8, 2011
Commentary

Crushedy Crushedy Crush

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When it comes to pain and suffering, drugs, surgery and other tools of modern medicine play an indisputable part in relieving that pain.  But KUNC commentator Dr. Marc Ringel believes the human mind can be an equally powerful remedy…

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