Ohio Cuts Budget for Smoking Cessation Hotline

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The Ohio budget cuts funding for comprehensive tobacco cessation programs in Ohio, including Ohio’s participation in the national Quit Line. What does this mean for Ohio when the smoking rate is actually increasing compared to most of the nation, where the rate is declining?

Guests:

  • Shelly Kiser (Director of Advocacy, American Lung Association
  • Dr. Rob Crane (M.D.,  OSU Family Medicine Professor)
  • Jeff Willet (Director, Tobacco Control Program, NY State Health Department)

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  • Anonymous

    You obviously have not heard of Opponents of Ohio Bans!
    http://opponentsofohiobans.com/default.aspx

  • Anonymous

    I found it interesting that Ann Fisher asked how to squeeze more money out of tobacco companies.  It is not the tobacco companies that pay.  It is the smokers.  Not only do tobacco taxes pay for roads, libraries, museums, schools, stadiums, golf courses, etc. but they also pay for SCHIP.  Who has been hoodwinked here?  I would like for every citizen to contribute to these projects.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAXQ4NTXEYG7TGD6QM7UVZ2U5Q L

      A toilet paper tax would take care of it.

  • Anonymous

    The American Lung Association, as well as the American Cancer Society are PRIVATE organizations out to collect ALL the money they can, from any direction they can, for their OWN job security.  You rely on a lot of deceits and it is beyond very, very old.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAXQ4NTXEYG7TGD6QM7UVZ2U5Q L

    Have to wonder if this organization was a financial “angel” in bringing this ban mess to Columbus first and then Ohio.
    http://www.cranegroup.com/

  • Anonymous

    I have never seen a discussion combining so many misconceptions on the tobacco issue:
    1)  If tobacco is so addictive how come millions have given up smoking in the past on their own free will when they were well and ready without taxpayer funded nudging and nagging? 
    2)  Nicotine more addictive than heroin or cocain?  Try sharing a long flight or your bed for the night with a heroin addict in need of his drug as opposed to a smoker in need of his!
    3)  Why does everyone think that it is the tobacco industry that is paying the MSA settlement when in fact it is smokers that are footing the bill through price increases to the consumers by the tobacco industry? 
    4)  Why are smoking rates generally rising following aggressive and coercive anti-tobacco campaigns like smoking bans?  Oh sure smoking rates might immediately decrease, but in the long term they go right back up and even higher. 
    5)  The heart attack ”miracles” following smoking bans have been debunked as bogus ”science”. In fact they are cherry picked random decreases that have been observed even in places with no smoking bans. 
    6)  Why isn’t the ALA and the other smoker control organizations mentionning all the funding they get from Big Pharma to promote their products which are most often the favored peddled method of cessation by these anti-smoking groups, when in fact they have a very poor quit success rate (between 2 and 7% in the long term)?  Wasted money that anti-tobacco organizations are more than happy to have smokers, insurance companies and government programs fund only to please their Big Pharma funders. 
    7)  No safe level of smoking?  Explain to us how 1 cigarette or cigar every so often compares to 1 cigarette per half hour.  Explain to us why the CDC does not compute morbidity or mortality for anyone under 35 because smoking related deaths generally occur after 20 years of heavy smoking.  

    I can go on and on but as long as no effort will be made for the researchers of such shows to find qualified people to tell the true side of the story, these misconceptions and sometimes deliberate lies will continue and the taxpayer will continue footing the bill to sustain these anti-tobacco activists’ careers without any longer making much of a dent in smoking prevalence!  Coercive methods NEVER work. Ohio politicians made the right choice in cutting the funding!