smoking http://michiganradio.org en Why were Detroit smokers in the 1970s so loyal to Kool cigarettes? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-were-detroit-smokers-1970s-so-loyal-kool-cigarettes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Why is it that one product will resonate with a group of consumers, while a similar one just can't quite catch on?</p><p>It's the sort of dilemma you can imagine Don Draper and Peggy Olson trying to figure out in an episode of "Mad Men."</p><p>Turns out, it was a dilemma for a major tobacco company: trying to figure out why Detroit smokers were so loyal to the competition – in this case, Kool cigarettes in the 1970s.</p><p>Steve Neavling is an investigative journalist who looked into this bit of tobacco history for Motor City Muckraker.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:32:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 17952 at http://michiganradio.org Why were Detroit smokers in the 1970s so loyal to Kool cigarettes? Hookah lounges are getting popular in Detroit, which has this doctor worried http://michiganradio.org/post/hookah-lounges-are-getting-popular-detroit-which-has-doctor-worried <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">David&nbsp;Leveille&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">published a story about the increasing popularity of hookah lounges in the Detroit area for <a href="http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-01-27/why-popular-trend-smoking-hookas-detroit-has-one-doctor-alarmed">PRI's</a><em><a href="http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-01-27/why-popular-trend-smoking-hookas-detroit-has-one-doctor-alarmed"> The World</a></em>.</span></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:44:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16207 at http://michiganradio.org Hookah lounges are getting popular in Detroit, which has this doctor worried Proposal would loosen Michigan's ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and public venues http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-would-loosen-michigans-ban-smoking-restaurants-bars-and-public-venues <p>State Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, wants to loosen Michigan's smoking ban. Since 2010, Michigan has had a ban on smoking in restaurants, bars, and public venues.</p><p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(acx1brbanrcdzvqytyfjsz45))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&amp;objectname=2013-HB-5159">House Bill 5159</a> would give these businesses the green light to allow smoking on patios and other outdoor areas.</p><p>Detroit Free Press columnist Brian Dickerson has some strong thoughts about this proposal from Rep.&nbsp;McMillin.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:58:58 +0000 Stateside Staff 16195 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal would loosen Michigan's ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and public venues Study: Fewer teens smoking cigarettes, but marijuana use rises http://michiganradio.org/post/study-fewer-teens-smoking-cigarettes-marijuana-use-rises <p>Fewer high school students are smoking cigarettes, according to <a href="http://www.monitoringthefuture.org//pressreleases/13cigpr_complete.pdf">a new study</a> from the University of Michigan.</p><p>Researchers with <a href="http://www.monitoringthefuture.org/">U of M’s Monitoring the Future program</a> have been asking teens about their smoking habits since 1975. &nbsp;The research is funded by the National Institutes of Health.</p><p>In 1996, 49% of 8th graders admitted they had tried smoking a cigarette. This year that number dropped to just 15%.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15743 at http://michiganradio.org Study: Fewer teens smoking cigarettes, but marijuana use rises A new report says Michiganders need to improve their healthy habits http://michiganradio.org/post/new-report-says-michiganders-need-improve-their-healthy-habits <p>Michigan is getting poor marks in a new national health survey.</p><p>For 24 years, the United Health Foundation has looked at the healthy or unhealthy habits of Americans. &nbsp;</p><p>According to<a href="http://www.americashealthrankings.org/embargomedia"> the American Health Rankings</a> out today, nationally fewer people are smoking and more people are exercising. The national obesity rate held steady, which is the first time since 1998 that the survey didn’t record an increase.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15636 at http://michiganradio.org A new report says Michiganders need to improve their healthy habits Upping the fines to fight teenage smoking http://michiganradio.org/post/upping-fines-fight-teenage-smoking <p></p><p>Tobacco, somebody once said, is the only product that, when used as directed, kills you. Though smoking rates have declined, more than a 150,000 Americans each year die of lung cancer, nearly all directly killed by smoking.</p><p>That doesn’t include the thousands who die of other smoking-related diseases, from heart failure to emphysema.</p><p>We also know that with rare exceptions, smokers start the habit -- addiction, really -- while they are legally too young to smoke. Have you ever met anyone in their 30s who spontaneously decides to start?</p><p>State Senator Steve Bieda of Warren knows this; like many of us, he has seen relatives die in great agony as a consequence of smoking. Unlike most of us, however, he is in a position to try to do something about it. He’s introduced a bill to double the penalty to anyone selling tobacco to a minor to $100 for the first offense, and $500 for subsequent offenses.</p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:49:13 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14282 at http://michiganradio.org Upping the fines to fight teenage smoking No-smoking rules loosened for restaurant and bar outdoor areas http://michiganradio.org/post/no-smoking-rules-loosened-restaurant-and-bar-outdoor-areas <p></p><p>The state of Michigan is loosening the no-smoking rules at some restaurants and bars. Smoking outdoors will be allowed under certain circumstances.</p><p>Ever since Embers Bar and Grill in Tecumseh added an outdoor patio earlier this year, patrons who smoke have asked if they can light up. General Manager Sam VanSickle has always had to explain they cannot allow it.</p><p>“’Cause it’s the law. Wherever we’re licensed to sell food or alcohol, we’re not allowed to allow smoking.”</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:00:32 +0000 Lester Graham 14048 at http://michiganradio.org No-smoking rules loosened for restaurant and bar outdoor areas How healthy is your county? The 10 best and 10 worst in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/how-healthy-your-county-10-best-and-10-worst-michigan <p>A new survey shows your health may depend on where you live in Michigan.</p><p>The University of Wisconsin puts out an annual assessment of the health of the nation’s counties. The survey compares different factors, including access to clinical care and personal habits, like smoking.</p><p>As you may expect, counties surrounding Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids score high on the survey, but so do several counties in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 08:27:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11766 at http://michiganradio.org How healthy is your county? The 10 best and 10 worst in Michigan Grim but blunt anti-smoking ads showing early signs of success http://michiganradio.org/post/grim-blunt-anti-smoking-ads-showing-early-signs-success <p>A <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/Features/TobaccoEducationCampaign/">new national ad campaign</a> to get people to quit smoking is already showing dramatic results in Michigan.</p><p>The Center for Disease Control launched the ads two weeks ago. They feature former smokers who&rsquo;ve had heart attacks, strokes or parts of their bodies amputated because of tobacco use.</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=GEWky9PEroU">http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=GEWky9PEroU</a></p><p>Angela Minicuci is with the Michigan Department of Community Health. She says the number of calls coming into the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2940_2955_2973---,00.html">Michigan Tobacco Quitline </a>(1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) has skyrocketed.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had a 200-percent increase in the two weeks since the campaign has launched and that&rsquo;s not something that we&rsquo;ve ever seen before,&rdquo; Minicuci said. She said the early results are similar across the country. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 17:59:18 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6905 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder to focus on wellness, prevention in healthcare message http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-focus-wellness-prevention-healthcare-message <p>Governor Rick Snyder will ask Michiganders to quit smoking, lose weight and eat better in a health care message tomorrow that&rsquo;s expected to focus on wellness and disease prevention.</p><p>The speech is expected to focus as much on identifying the problems as outlining solutions that won&rsquo;t cost taxpayers a lot of money.</p><p>The Governor is expected to acknowledge there is not a whole lot government can do to make people live healthier lives. Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:33:18 +0000 Rick Pluta 4143 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder to focus on wellness, prevention in healthcare message Bars, restaurants fight smoking ban with lawmaker ban http://michiganradio.org/post/bars-restaurants-fight-smoking-ban-lawmaker-ban <p>A group of bar and restaurant owners in Michigan plans to ban lawmakers from drinking or dining in their establishments, beginning September First.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a campaign to protest Michigan&rsquo;s smoking ban, which took effect last May. A group called <a href="http://ppprm.bbnow.org/">Protect Private Property Rights of Michigan</a> is circulating pictures of the state&rsquo;s lawmakers, and about 500 bars and restaurants are expected to enforce the ban.</p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 18:52:54 +0000 Sarah Hulett 3878 at http://michiganradio.org Bars, restaurants fight smoking ban with lawmaker ban Eastern Michigan considers campuswide smoking ban http://michiganradio.org/post/eastern-michigan-considers-campuswide-smoking-ban <p>YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - Eastern Michigan University is considering a campuswide smoking ban as the University of Michigan gears up to go smoke-free.</p><p>AnnArbor.com reports that the Eastern Michigan will try out a two-week smoking ban at its Ypsilanti campus this fall to see how that works. Ellen Gold, executive director of EMU Health Services, says the two-week ban is being called &quot;Heads up, butts out.&quot;</p><p>If all goes well, Gold says smoking could be banned on campus within a year-and-a-half of the practice run.</p><p>Officials at Eastern Michigan will be watching to see how things go with University of Michigan&#39;s ban on smoking outdoors and indoors, which takes effect Friday. The university has banned smoking inside its buildings since 1987. Mon, 27 Jun 2011 15:48:39 +0000 The Associated Press 3028 at http://michiganradio.org Eastern Michigan considers campuswide smoking ban The fiery debate over roll-your-own cigarette machines http://michiganradio.org/post/fiery-debate-over-roll-your-own-cigarette-machines <p>Smoke shop owners are feeling the heat in Michigan as 300 shops received warnings in March from the Michigan Department of the Treasury, according to the Detroit News.</p><p>The offense?</p><p>Using an &quot;automated roll-your-own machine,&quot; which the Department of the Treasury claims amounts to the illegal manufacture of cigarettes.</p><p>The smokes from the machine can be up to 50% cheaper than buying brand name cigarettes.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110509/BIZ/105090356/1001/biz">Detroit News</a>:</p> Mon, 09 May 2011 20:00:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2412 at http://michiganradio.org The fiery debate over roll-your-own cigarette machines Michigan's smoking ban - One year later http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-smoking-ban-one-year-later <p>It has been one year since the &lsquo;No-Smoking&rsquo; signs went up in Michigan bars and restaurants.&nbsp;&nbsp; Reviews of the one year old state smoking ban are mixed.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 01 May 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 2280 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's smoking ban - One year later Update: An estimated 700 Michigan bars took part in NYE smoking ban protest http://michiganradio.org/post/update-estimated-700-michigan-bars-took-part-nye-smoking-ban-protest <p><span class="article-content"><span>We <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain?action=article&amp;ARTICLE_ID=1743589">reported</a> last week that some 400 Michigan bar owners planned to ignore the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,1607,7-192-31933-236288--,00.html">state's smoking ban</a> and allow patrons to light up on New Year's Eve. </span></span></p><p><span class="article-content"><span>Steve Mace is with the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=201889528790">Protect Private Property Rights Movement</a> in Michigan, the group that organized the protest. He issued a press release today with an update on how the protest went: </span></span></p><blockquote><p>"There were an estimated 700 bars that took back their property right on New Years Eve. Exceeding all expectations. While confirmations continue to come in, we are confident this number will grow significantly. Several bar owners have reported already receiving calls from county health departments. Bar owners remain hopeful that the pro-ban lobby and the minority that support them, did in fact flood the county and district health departments with complaints. This will assist to provide conclusive evidence that this ban is in fact enforced 45 separate ways statewide. "</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 15:53:18 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 736 at http://michiganradio.org Update: An estimated 700 Michigan bars took part in NYE smoking ban protest