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October 23, 2018

Hartford First To Raise Smoking Age To 21

by Jack Kramer | Oct 23, 2018 8:35am
Posted to: Health Care | Public Health | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT —The city of Hartford will be the first in the state to prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under 21 years of age.

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October 12, 2018

Report: Vaping Among High School Students Spiking

by Jack Kramer | Oct 12, 2018 10:30am
Posted to: Congress | Public Health

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HARTFORD, CT — One out of seven Connecticut high school students reported vaping in 2017, according to a new study released by the state Department of Public Health (DPH), a number that is double the amount that was vaping just two years ago.

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October 5, 2018

Senate Votes to Ban E-Cigarettes on Airplanes

by Peter Urban | Oct 5, 2018 3:00am
Posted to: Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Public Health | Transportation | Aviation

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As part of a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, the Senate overwhelmingly agreed to expand a federal ban on smoking on commercial air flights to include e-cigarettes.

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Opioid Bill Heads to White House

by Peter Urban | Oct 5, 2018 3:00am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | Public Health | White House

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The Senate this week overwhelmingly approved sweeping legislation to address the nation’s opioid crisis that now goes to President Trump for his signature.

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September 27, 2018

Esty’s Burn Pit Bill Becomes Law

by Peter Urban | Sep 27, 2018 11:53pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Military Spending | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Veterans Affairs | White House

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Representative Elizabeth Esty was thrilled to see President Donald Trump recently sign into law an appropriations bill that included a measure she has been seeking to help veterans suffering from medical complications due to exposure to toxic burn pits while in the military.

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September 21, 2018

Senate Advances Major Opioid Bill

by Peter Urban | Sep 21, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Public Health

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WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Senate this week approved a sweeping bipartisan package of legislation to address the nation’s opioid epidemic that includes additional resources for treatment programs while also focusing on preventing illicit drugs from entering the country.

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Senate Agrees to $855 Billion Spending Bill for FY19

by Peter Urban | Sep 21, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Education | Federal Budget | Labor | Military Spending | Public Health

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WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Senate agreed this week to combining two of the biggest annual spending bills for the next fiscal year — providing $855 billion for the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor and Education starting Oct. 1.

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September 20, 2018

Kennedy Assists Lamont With Opioid Epidemic

by Christine Stuart | Sep 20, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Health Care | Insurance | Housing | Public Health | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont was joined on the campaign trail Wednesday by Patrick Kennedy, the former Rhode Island Congressman and CEO of the behavioral health nonprofit Kennedy Forum.

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September 18, 2018

Health Workers In Connecticut Prisons Call Attention To ‘Dangerously’ Low Staffing Levels

by Christine Stuart | Sep 18, 2018 2:05pm
Posted to: Health Care | Jobs | Labor | Public Health | Public Safety

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HARTFORD, CT — Nurses, social workers, and other medical staff in Connecticut’s Department of Corrections huddled under a tent in the pouring rain Tuesday to bring attention to what they say are unsafe staffing levels.

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September 14, 2018

Report: Drug Overdose Deaths Hold Steady, But Fentanyl Use Is On The Rise

by Jack Kramer | Sep 14, 2018 10:00am
Posted to: Congress | Federal Budget | Health Care | Law Enforcement | Public Health

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HARTFORD, CT — The number of accidental drug overdose deaths in Connecticut is expected to exceed 1,000 by the end of the year, but a new report shows it seems to be leveling off instead of growing.

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