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Smoking and Tobacco Use

Have You Heard? Facts From The Field  is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to provide CDC and the field with facts and news from state, tribal, local and territorial public health agencies. We invite you to read and share this information broadly.

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July 16, 2015

  • California’s school vaccination law now bans personal and religious exemptions for school-required vaccines—only medical exemptions will be permitted.
  • Hawaii recently passed historic legislation making it the first state to prohibit the sale, purchase, possession, or consumption of cigarettes, other tobacco products, and e-cigarettes to anyone under age 21.

February 19, 2015

  • New Orleans residents are breathing easier since a new historic ordinance was passed to implement a citywide smoking ban in all public places and workplaces, including bars and casinos.
  • A new report [PDF–9.2MB] shows that Vermont leads the nation in dental healthcare access and has the nation’s lowest percentage of residents living in underserved areas.
  • To improve the health of an underserved area of Appalachian Kentucky, the SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) health initiative was created to link partners with community members.

September 14, 2011