smoking http://ripr.org en Lifespan Hits Employees Who Use Tobacco With Surcharge http://ripr.org/post/lifespan-hits-employees-who-use-tobacco-surcharge <p>Lifespan, one of Rhode Island's largest employers, is implementing a new policy that will make employees who use tobacco products pay a surcharge.</p><p>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.</p><p>Lifespan will also offer employees free smoking cessation programs.</p><p>Lifespan’s CEO says it’s a way to encourage employees to quit. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:17:07 +0000 Catherine Welch 36718 at http://ripr.org Providence Considers Smoking Ban For Public Parks http://ripr.org/post/providence-considers-smoking-ban-public-parks <p>Some smokers say they wouldn't oppose a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in all Providence public parks.&nbsp; The ban would make it illegal to use any form of tobacco in city parks and playgrounds, with a $50 fine for violators.</p><p></p><p>City council president and mayoral candidate Michael Solomon says the primary goal is to reduce children's exposure to tobacco.&nbsp; Cumberland resident Zach Judge, says he's only 18 but has been smoking for 2 years; he thinks the ban makes sense.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:42:22 +0000 Molly Malinowski 36509 at http://ripr.org Providence Considers Smoking Ban For Public Parks RI Teens Making Healthier Choices? That Depends. http://ripr.org/post/ri-teens-making-healthier-choices-depends <p>It depends on what you define as progress, or on what you define as an acceptable risk.</p><p>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.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:17:06 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35251 at http://ripr.org 50 Years Of Anti-Tobacco Efforts. Can RI Quit Now? http://ripr.org/post/50-years-anti-tobacco-efforts-can-ri-quit-now <p>Can we slack off on prevention efforts now? Not if we want to prevent the estimated 1,750 tobacco-related deaths every year, <a href="http://health.ri.gov/data/tobacco/">according to the Rhode Island Department of Health</a>. And that doesn't take into account the number of years lives are shortened by exposure to second-hand smoke.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 19:40:18 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 27394 at http://ripr.org 50 Years Of Anti-Tobacco Efforts. Can RI Quit Now? RI Smoking Rates Down, But Costs Still High http://ripr.org/post/ri-smoking-rates-down-costs-still-high <p>The Department of Health has a <a href="http://www.health.ri.gov/publications/burdendocuments/2013AdultTobaccoUse.pdf">new report </a>out on how many Rhode Islanders smoke. While the number of adult smokers has declined, nearly one in five Rhode Islanders still smokes.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:09:18 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 25072 at http://ripr.org RI Smoking Rates Down, But Costs Still High New Study Praises Providence's Anti-Tobacco Efforts http://ripr.org/post/new-study-praises-providences-anti-tobacco-efforts <p>A new study from public health researchers praises Providence&rsquo;s efforts to curb tobacco use. The researchers say other cities should follow suit in banning certain tobacco retail practices.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 20:39:15 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23198 at http://ripr.org New Study Praises Providence's Anti-Tobacco Efforts Providence Ban on Flavored Tobacco Upheld by First Circuit Court of Appeals http://ripr.org/post/providence-ban-flavored-tobacco-upheld-first-circuit-court-appeals <p>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.</p><p>The ban went into effect last January. Peter Asen, director of Providence&rsquo;s Healthy Communities Office, said it likely contributed to results of a new study showing low rates of smoking in 6<sup>th</sup> 8<sup>th</sup> and 12<sup>th</sup> graders</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:48:31 +0000 Catherine Welch 22575 at http://ripr.org Providence Ban on Flavored Tobacco Upheld by First Circuit Court of Appeals Should Smokers Pay More for Health Insurance? http://ripr.org/post/should-smokers-pay-more-health-insurance <p>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 <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/smokers-can-evade-insurance-surcharge-88463.html?hp=r13">article </a>points out how difficult that policy might be to enforce - and not simply because smokers could lie. For instance:</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 22:48:35 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 11488 at http://ripr.org American Lung Association scores RI's tobacco efforts http://ripr.org/post/american-lung-association-scores-ris-tobacco-efforts <p>(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island’s scores are mixed on a new report card from the American Lung Association. &nbsp; The grades are based on the state’s efforts to control and prevent tobacco use.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8429 at http://ripr.org