smoking http://kgou.org en New Health Report Shows Oklahoma Ranks 44th In The Nation http://kgou.org/post/new-health-report-shows-oklahoma-ranks-44th-nation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2014 State of the State's Health Report released by the Oklahoma State Board of Health shows Oklahoma ranks </span>44th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in overall health status of its residents compared to other states in the nation. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Unhealthy lifestyles and behaviors such as low physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption, along with a high prevalence of smoking and obesity, contribute to most of the state's leading causes of death. Significant health disparities among many of the state's population also contribute to Oklahoma's health status.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The report says, “Overall, Oklahoma has the fourth highest rate of death from all causes in the nation, 23 percent higher than the national rate. Perhaps more disturbing is the fact that while Oklahoma’s mortality rate dropped five percent over the past 20 years, the U.S. mortality rate dropped 20 percent. So, Oklahoma is not keeping up with the rest of the nation.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.ok.gov/health/pub/boh/state/index.html" target="_blank">annual study </a>reports on a range of factors and details information by county.</span></p><p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:34:03 +0000 KGOU Staff 31379 at http://kgou.org New Health Report Shows Oklahoma Ranks 44th In The Nation House Approves Smoking Exception For Oklahoma Veterans Centers Until 2018 http://kgou.org/post/house-approves-smoking-exception-oklahoma-veterans-centers-until-2018 <p>Residents of <a href="http://www.ok.gov/odva/Oklahoma_Department_of_Veterans_Affairs/Oklahoma_Veterans_Centers/index.html">Oklahoma's veterans' centers</a> will be allowed to smoke on the property for a few more years under an agreement worked out between Gov. Mary Fallin, state lawmakers and the <a href="http://www.ok.gov/odva/Oklahoma_Department_of_Veterans_Affairs/War_Veterans_Commission/index.html">War Veterans Commission</a>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The House gave final approval on Wednesday to </span><a href="http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=SB1777&amp;Session=1400" style="line-height: 1.5;">a bill that would designate all state-operated veterans' centers as nonsmoking</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> effective Jan. 1, but allow the centers to designate outdoor smoking areas for residents until Jan. 1, 2018.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:37:00 +0000 Associated Press & eCapitol & Christie Southern 27426 at http://kgou.org House Approves Smoking Exception For Oklahoma Veterans Centers Until 2018 CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products http://kgou.org/post/cvs-stop-selling-tobacco-products Saying it is "the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health," the CEO of CVS Caremark <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cvs-caremark-to-stop-selling-tobacco-at-all-cvspharmacy-locations-243662651.html" target="_blank">announced Wednesday</a> that the company's 7,600 pharmacies will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products by Oct. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:41:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22597 at http://kgou.org CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products Fallin Puts Off Oklahoma Smoking Ban Petition Drive http://kgou.org/post/fallin-puts-oklahoma-smoking-ban-petition-drive <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Gov. Mary Fallin will wait until after the 2014 election to lead a petition drive to let voters decide whether to enact stricter smoking bans in their cities.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:13:23 +0000 Associated Press 14893 at http://kgou.org Fallin Puts Off Oklahoma Smoking Ban Petition Drive Smoking Rates Fall ln Oklahoma http://kgou.org/post/smoking-rates-fall-ln-oklahoma <p>The state Health Department says the number of adult smokers in Oklahoma has dropped to historically low levels.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to an emailed news release, Oklahoma ranks 39&nbsp;nationally for adult smoking rates in 2012. The state came in at number 47 the year before. By percentages, 23.3 percent of adults were smokers in 2012.</span></p><p>Health Commissioner Terry Cline calls it “fantastic” that Oklahoma is out of the bottom ten state for smoking rates.</p><p>That health department says smoking is Oklahoma's leading preventable cause of death.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:24:58 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 12183 at http://kgou.org Smoking Rates Fall ln Oklahoma Tobacco Funds Certified For Health Programs http://kgou.org/post/tobacco-funds-certified-health-programs <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 19.488636016845703px;">The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Board of Investors on Wednesday certified a little more than $35 million from the 2013 fiscal year to be used by the board of directors in FY14. </span></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:47:47 +0000 eCapitol & Emily Summars 12110 at http://kgou.org Tobacco Funds Certified For Health Programs Smoking Ban Coming to OKC Airport http://kgou.org/post/smoking-ban-coming-okc-airport <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">The last refuge for smokers at Will Rogers World Airport is slated to close this year.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 18:30:00 +0000 Associated Press 9039 at http://kgou.org Smoking Ban Coming to OKC Airport Fallin Signs State Property Smoking Ban http://kgou.org/post/fallin-signs-state-property-smoking-ban <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill Monday allowing cities and counties to restrict tobacco use at parks, libraries, golf courses, baseball fields and other properties beginning Nov. 1.</span></p><p>The bill by State Sen. Frank Simpson (R-Ardmore) and State Rep. Pat Ownbey (R-Ardmore) also formalizes Fallin’s executive order issued last year banning tobacco use in state-owned buildings and on state property.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:15:54 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 4917 at http://kgou.org Fallin Signs State Property Smoking Ban State Property Smoking Ban Approved http://kgou.org/post/state-property-smoking-ban-approved <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Oklahoma House has approved a bill that puts into state law Gov. Mary Fallin's executive order banning smoking on state property.</span></p><p>Fallin signed the executive order against smoking in state buildings last year. The House passed a bill 76-14 Tuesday that would expand the ban to properties that aren't buildings and would allow cities and counties to ban smoking on their properties.</p><p>The bill now goes to the governor for her signature.</p><p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:23:00 +0000 Associated Press 4433 at http://kgou.org State Property Smoking Ban Approved Looking Ahead to Local Control of Tobacco Regulation http://kgou.org/post/looking-ahead-local-control-tobacco-regulation <p></p><p></p><p>Last month, <a href="http://www.ok.gov/governor/" target="_blank">Gov. Mary Fallin</a> announced her plans to support an initiative petition in 2014 to change the way tobacco is regulated in Oklahoma.</p><p>“A direct vote to the people is very new, and is a dramatic new tactic to repeal tobacco control preemption in Oklahoma,” said <a href="http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/G/Michael.S.Givel-1/" target="_blank">Michael Givel</a>, a University of Oklahoma political scientist and the co-author of the upcoming book <a href="https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739176924"><em>Heartland Tobacco War</em></a>, out this summer.</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:50:00 +0000 Kurt Gwartney & Brian Hardzinski 2352 at http://kgou.org Looking Ahead to Local Control of Tobacco Regulation