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Six areas with highest smoking rates also have highest hospitalizations. It is a sidebar to the third part of her series on health disparities in Salt Lake City.

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Making smokers pay $1 more per pack for cigarettes would help West Virginia save lives, rein in medical costs and could raise revenue for substance-abuse services, public health advocates told lawmakers Wednesday.

UPDATE: The state Legislature did not pass the bill this year.

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West Virginia smokers would pay $1 more per pack in taxes under a bill state lawmakers are considering.

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Forty states get an "F" for their tobacco prevention programs, plus more from today's Daily Briefing.

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A pilot-"cardiologist" is found to lack a medical degree, and more surprises from our Daily Briefing.

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Here’s what we’re checking out today:

Alcohol Tax: Doubling the current tax on alcohol could lower alcohol-related deaths by about 35 percent and deliver other public health benefits, according to new research released at the American Public Health Association meeting in Denver.

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Here’s what we’re checking out today:

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Here’s what we’re checking out today:

Condoms: Should condoms be given to teens instead of candy on Halloween? One Oregon family did, sparking a statewide debate.

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I've been criticized in the past for focusing on criticism of bad health reporting, rather than aiming some positive reinforcement at the good pieces.  Well, here you go.

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