Ambitious goal set to reduce tobacco use in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State officials are asking Oklahomans to join them in an ambitious goal to reduce tobacco use rates in Oklahoma to below the national average by 2012.

Achieving that goal would result in 200,000 fewer adult and youth tobacco users in the state.

The plan urges Oklahomans to make their homes and vehicles smoke-free and support policies to promote smoking cessation.

It was announced Tuesday by the Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Advisory Committee. State Health Commissioner Terry Cline
is chairman of the panel.

Tobacco use is a major risk factor in diseases that claim the lives of more than 5,800 Oklahomans each year.

A federal study released earlier this year ranked Oklahoma as having the fifth-highest death rate from smoking among the 50 states.

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  • by Biffco Location: Sherman on Jul 9, 2009 at 10:50 AM
    In all seriousness, the CDC reports that tobacco consumption is the #1 preventable cause of death in the U.S. Any efforts to discourage it are laudable. It's actually about time the FDA got involved with tobacco regulation. After all, it is a drug, it is highly addictive, and it is dangerous. The tobacco industry has to hook 3000 new smokers A DAY to replace the ones that die daily due to smoking/dipping/chewing related illnesses. Studies show that people who make it to the age of 21 without starting smoking won't ever start. So who are tobacco companies targeting? Teenagers and young adults who are susceptible to advertising and who's sense of identity is still forming. FDA regulation will make it harder to market their poison to children through tougher advertising rules and reducing availability of tobacco products to young people. Tobacco companies are drug dealers, just like Phizer, Glaxo, et al and they need more oversight from the FDA than they currently have.
  • by OOTO Location: Texoma on Jul 8, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    Don't pay Biffco no never-mind, he's still worked up over that pot bust in Johnston County the other day.
  • by luke on Jul 8, 2009 at 02:34 PM
    By just making smoking illegal and throwing the offenders in jail it would tip the argument back to the privatization of the jail. There is ton of money to be made here people.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Jul 8, 2009 at 12:29 PM
    I think they should just superglue all smokers lips together. Then they would just try to shove those stogies up their nose!
  • by Vile Smokers on Jul 8, 2009 at 08:15 AM
    Maybe they could make fast food illegal too since it has a high potential for abuse, is a major cause of obesity and heart disease and has no medical value. Then all those EVIL saturated fat addicts can be thrown in jail with the smokers. Wow, just think of all the addictions you could toy with. The sky's the limit. *puff puff*
  • by Gary Location: Texas on Jul 8, 2009 at 02:58 AM
    Check out the bill the President signed putting tobacco under the FDA. In Sec 2(33), tobacco use is defined as a "chronic disease." Hmmmm. Be careful folks. If the smoke nazi's are successful in their efforts to rid the world of Demon Tobacco, what illness will the come after next? The common cold? Will people with AIDS be denied the use of restaurants? Will they require you to step outside to sneeze?
  • by Cosechia Location: deployed to iraq but from oklahoma on Jul 8, 2009 at 02:10 AM
    You know if you try to stop smoking people will just start dipping. So you might when the battle of smoking but you won't save lives cuz dipping is just as bad if not worse. I know this because I am a SMOKELESS TOBACCO user myself
  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on Jul 7, 2009 at 02:32 PM
    Dayum! This will be worse than trying to stop meth.. tobacco junkies are rather violent.
  • by Biffco Location: Sherman on Jul 7, 2009 at 02:12 PM
    Just make tobacco illegal and arrest anyone who manufactures, ships, sells, or consumes it. Put it on the Federal Drug Schedule list as a Schedule I drug (high potential for abuse, no accepted medical value) and start filling the jails up with tobacco addicts for "their own good" and "for the children." This formula has worked for other drugs as these days, illegal drug use is almost non-existent, right (wink, wink)? After all, tobacco is a truly dangerous drug as it kills over 5 million people worldwide every year, 450,000 of those right here in the United States. That's the definition of deadly. Plus it stinks. Hey, let's institute a draconian system of tobacco prohibition with penalties that destroy families, strip people of their civil rights and property, and supplies a steady stream of bodies to the penal system. It's worked so well for other substances, what's stopping us from setting up another system to enforce tobacco laws. We'll call it a "War on Tobacco!" Yeah!
  • by ROFLCOPTERS on Jul 7, 2009 at 01:57 PM
    What's next, a push to lower the state's gambling rate? Are you just TRYING to get the Indians mad?
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