October 27th, 2017
Starting Nov. 1, the Reynolds Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7599 in Greenville, PA became tobacco free. Smoking, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes are not permitted in the restaurant or bar. Not only did the VFW want to create a more enjoyable atmosphere for non-smokers and families with children; but it is also a decision that supports a piece of legislation that, if passed, would further restrict smoking in public facilities.
Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cause of cancer death. According to the American Lung Association; screening can save thousands of lives, yet less than 5 percent of the estimated 9 million Americans considered “high risk” have been screened. The low-dose CT scan has the ability to save lives, and to raise public awareness about the new availability of screening for those considered at high risk, the American Lung Association recently partnered with the Ad Council to launch “Saved By The Scan.”
Temple university is looking at becoming a tobacco-free campus. The College of Public Health created a task force over the summer to explore becoming a tobacco-free campus. Currently, the university has a liberal smoke-free policy that only bans smoking within 25 feet of a main entrance, exit or working window of a university building. The task force is now researching how to enforce a tobacco-free policy and if the campus should be 100 percent tobacco-free.