PA GETS EXTRA $357 MILLION FROM TOBACCO LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT

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Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania will be getting an extra $357 million from tobacco lawsuits this year, which comes just as lawmakers are deciding on the state budget.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that his office has reached a settlement on behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with various tobacco companies, resolving 20 years of disputes and future disputes relating to the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

Under the settlement, Pennsylvania will receive nearly $357 million in tobacco settlement money during fiscal year 2018 – 2019 on top of the $350 million it receives annually from tobacco companies.

 

PA’S CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT CELEBRATES 10 YEARS SMOKE-FREE

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Harrisburg, PA – Cancer survivors flocked to Harrisburg recently to urge lawmakers to end exemptions to Pennsylvania’s Clean Indoor Air Act.

Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website to learn more about where smoking currently is and is not allowed indoors.

Almost 81,000 Pennsylvanians will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and close to 30,000 will die of cancer-related causes. Cancer patients, survivors and caregivers spent the day asking their representatives to protect more workers from the dangers of secondhand smoke by extending the law to ban smoking in all workplaces in the state.

 

CIGARETTES SOLD TO MINOR IN ST. MARYS

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St. Marys, PA – The Get-Go Store along Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys reportedly sold a pack of Newport cigarettes to a minor recently.

Police have cited the store for the sale of tobacco to someone under 18. Retailers who break this law can be fined between $100 and $500 for a first offense, $500 to $1,000 for a second offense, $1,000 to $3,000 for a third offense, and $3,000 to $5,000 for subsequent offenses.

 

TIPS FOR QUITTING SMOKING AS NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

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Pennsylvania – It’s that time of year again – a time to look over the past 12 months and make resolutions for how to do it better in the new year.

Along with hitting the gym more often and starting a diet, quitting smoking tops many New Year’s resolution lists. Quitting isn’t easy but 50 million ex-smokers in the United States are proof that it’s achievable, especially with proven-effective support from the American Lung Association.