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Health Care
4:17 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Lifespan Hits Employees Who Use Tobacco With Surcharge

Lifespan, one of Rhode Island's largest employers, is implementing a new policy that will make employees who use tobacco products pay a surcharge.

The policy will tack on an extra $600 a year to the medical benefits of any employee or spouse or domestic partner covered by company insurance who uses tobacco products. That includes cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes.

Lifespan will also offer employees free smoking cessation programs.

Lifespan’s CEO says it’s a way to encourage employees to quit.   

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Providence
9:42 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Providence Considers Smoking Ban For Public Parks

Smoking would be banned at Burnside Park in downtown Providence among others.
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Some smokers say they wouldn't oppose a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in all Providence public parks.  The ban would make it illegal to use any form of tobacco in city parks and playgrounds, with a $50 fine for violators.

City council president and mayoral candidate Michael Solomon says the primary goal is to reduce children's exposure to tobacco.  Cumberland resident Zach Judge, says he's only 18 but has been smoking for 2 years; he thinks the ban makes sense.

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The Pulse
12:17 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

RI Teens Making Healthier Choices? That Depends.

It depends on what you define as progress, or on what you define as an acceptable risk.

Every two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts out results from its latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey, or YRBS. Teens are surveyed about all kinds of risky and healthy behaviors, from how likely they are to wear a bike helmet to whether or not they've eaten fruits or vegetables in the past week, as well as the usual suspects like smoking and unprotected sex.

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The Pulse
2:40 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

50 Years Of Anti-Tobacco Efforts. Can RI Quit Now?

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Can we slack off on prevention efforts now? Not if we want to prevent the estimated 1,750 tobacco-related deaths every year, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health. And that doesn't take into account the number of years lives are shortened by exposure to second-hand smoke.

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Health Care
3:09 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

RI Smoking Rates Down, But Costs Still High

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The Department of Health has a new report out on how many Rhode Islanders smoke. While the number of adult smokers has declined, nearly one in five Rhode Islanders still smokes.

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Health Care
4:39 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

New Study Praises Providence's Anti-Tobacco Efforts

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A new study from public health researchers praises Providence’s efforts to curb tobacco use. The researchers say other cities should follow suit in banning certain tobacco retail practices.

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RI News
8:48 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Providence Ban on Flavored Tobacco Upheld by First Circuit Court of Appeals

Providence's ban on flavored tobacco and cigarette coupons that went into effect in January 2013 was affirmed by the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

The City of Providence said it hopes more municipalities follow its lead and pass ordinances that curb the sale of flavored tobacco products. The First Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a pair of ordinances banning the sale of flavored tobacco products and some store discounts.

The ban went into effect last January. Peter Asen, director of Providence’s Healthy Communities Office, said it likely contributed to results of a new study showing low rates of smoking in 6th 8th and 12th graders

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The Pulse
5:48 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Should Smokers Pay More for Health Insurance?

Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurers will be able to charge smokers up to 50% more than non-smokers for health insurance. Fair or not, a Politico article points out how difficult that policy might be to enforce - and not simply because smokers could lie. For instance:

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Health Care
5:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

American Lung Association scores RI's tobacco efforts

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island’s scores are mixed on a new report card from the American Lung Association.   The grades are based on the state’s efforts to control and prevent tobacco use.

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