tobacco http://michiganradio.org en Commissioners discuss tobacco ban in Ironwood city parks http://michiganradio.org/post/commissioners-discuss-tobacco-ban-ironwood-city-parks <p>The city of Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula could soon join a handful of Michigan cities that ban smoking in city parks.</p><p>On Monday, city commissioners met to discuss a proposal that would ban all tobacco use in Ironwood city parks.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:12:46 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10781 at http://michiganradio.org Commissioners discuss tobacco ban in Ironwood city parks Michigan ranks 42nd nationally in funding smoking prevention http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-ranks-42nd-nationally-funding-smoking-prevention <p>Michigan ranks among the worst states for funding anti-smoking programs.<br><br>Each year, the state collects over one billion dollars in tobacco taxes and settlement money from a 1998 tobacco company lawsuit.<br><br><a href="http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/what_we_do/state_local/tobacco_settlement/michigan">A new report</a> by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids says Michigan only spends one tenth of one percent of that money on programs that reduce or prevent smoking.<br><br>As a result, the state has been ranked 42nd in spending money to keep kids away from cigarettes. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 22:13:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10256 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan ranks 42nd nationally in funding smoking prevention Michigan's smoking ban did not hurt restaurants and bars, according to study http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-smoking-ban-did-not-hurt-restaurants-and-bars-according-study <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/viewer?a=v&amp;pid=gmail&amp;attid=0.2&amp;thid=139d51791d2e053a&amp;mt=application/pdf&amp;url=https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/?ui%3D2%26ik%3Dead7c524c6%26view%3Datt%26th%3D139d51791d2e053a%26attid%3D0.2%26disp%3Dsafe%26zw&amp;sig=AHIEtbRnSJRAGFzmyrDXIUjzMZFD24TnOg">A new study </a>suggests Michigan’s two-year-old public workplace smoking ban has had little effect on the state’s bar and restaurant industry.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:43:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 9121 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's smoking ban did not hurt restaurants and bars, according to study Michigan Senate adds exemption to workplace smoking ban http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-adds-exemption-workplace-smoking-ban <p>The state Senate has amended a budget bill to add a new exception to Michigan&rsquo;s workplace smoking ban.</p><p>The Senate version of the human services budget would prohibit spending money to enforce the smoking ban against an annual charity cigar dinner in Traverse City and other events like it.</p><p>Republican state Senator Howard Walker sponsored the budget amendment.</p><p>&quot;It has to do with non-profits that have been in business for over 10 years for their charity which will help some of the needy folks in the community,&rdquo; Walker said.</p><p>Specifically, the amendment would allow the Father Fred Foundation cigar dinner to go forward without running the risk of a citation.</p><p>Organizers have been trying to find away around the smoking ban since 2010.</p><p>Right now, the only exceptions to the smoking ban are the casinos in Detroit and on tribal land.</p><p>Anti-smoking groups oppose the exception. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:50:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 7179 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate adds exemption to workplace smoking ban 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 Michigan Senate passes tax on roll-your-own cigarette shops http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-passes-tax-roll-your-own-cigarette-shops <p>A bill to increase taxes on Michigan&rsquo;s roll-your-own cigarette retailers was passed today by the State Senate.&nbsp;</p><p>The bill would require the shops to pay a $2 per-pack state tax &ndash; the same as packaged cigarettes.</p><p>It would also classify the shops as manufacturers.</p><p>Patrick Brazil owns the &ldquo;That&rsquo;s How We Roll&rdquo; tobacco shop in Lansing.</p><p>He says the bill will cost jobs and lose revenue for the state.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 22:02:06 +0000 Rina Miller 6323 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate passes tax on roll-your-own cigarette shops 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 Marijuana, ecstasy use rising among 8th graders, say U of M researchers http://michiganradio.org/post/marijuana-ecstasy-use-rising-among-8th-graders-say-u-m-researchers <p>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.umich.edu/">University of Michigan</a> researchers say drug use is rising among middle schoolers.&nbsp; &nbsp;They say it could be a ‘bell weather’ of problems ahead.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 20:04:15 +0000 588 at http://michiganradio.org Marijuana, ecstasy use rising among 8th graders, say U of M researchers