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National Report: NH Ranks Last in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) voiced its dismay this week when a nationwide study revealed that New Hampshire is tied for last in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking. According to a national coalition of health care associations – including the American Cancer Society and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids – it is the third consecutive year in which New Hampshire has provided zero funds for tobacco prevention and cessation programs.
“Here in New Hampshire, most of our tobacco- free coalitions have already been eliminated through lack of funding,” said Kate McNally, an NH CCC board member who serves as Program Coordinator with the Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco-Free Communities. “Even with the Tobacco Master Settlement money and tobacco tax revenues in New Hampshire – a total of $264 million – none of those funds are finding their way to the large, underserved population in New Hampshire that would benefit from tobacco prevention and control programs.” The new national report, titled “A Broken Promise to Our Children; The 1998 Tobacco Settlement 13 years later,” also noted that “New Hampshire took another step backward in the fight against tobacco by approving a 10 cent reduction in the state’s cigarette tax,” thereby “making cigarettes more affordable and appealing to kids.” Joining New Hampshire at the bottom of the
national list are Connecticut, Nevada, Ohio and the District of Columbia.
“Between its failure to fund tobacco prevention and the cigarette tax reduction, New Hampshire is one of the most disappointing states in the nation when it comes to fighting tobacco use,” said Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, c/o Foundation for Healthy Communities, 125 Airport Road, Concord, NH 03301, www.NHCancerPlan.org
. “To make progress,” he added, “New Hampshire’s leaders should raise the cigarette tax and increase funding for tobacco prevention. Even in these difficult budget times, tobacco prevention is a smart investment that saves lives and saves money by reducing tobacco-related health care costs.”
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percent of New Hampshire’s high school students are smokers, and an additional 1,700 kids take up smoking each year. “This lack of funding is keeping our youth smoking rate at dangerously high levels,” she said, “and it is preventing us from reducing the number of people who die every year from tobacco use.” The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration, a program managed by the Foundation for Healthy Communities, was established in 2004 to address one of the leading causes of death in NH. The NH CCC developed the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan to address the following priorities: preventing cancer by creating environments that support a healthy lifestyle, increasing early detection of cancer through screening, improving the treatment of cancer and quality of life for people living with cancer, and reporting on the latest cancer research. For more information about the NH CCC and the NH Cancer Plan, visit www.NHCancerPlan.org
4/15/08 2:38:14 PM TCLC Lunch and Lecture Series Continues With Men’s Health Discussion
Dr. Robert Eyre uses a laptop to explain the function of the prostate to his audience.
by Jay Hobson The Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church Lunch and Lecture Series continued on December 2, with guest speaker Robert Eyre, MD, FACS at the Atkinson Country Club’s Stagecoach Grill meeting room. Dr. Eyre is Associate Professor of Surgery at
Harvard Medical School and the President of the New England Section of the American Urological Association. Dr. Eyre spoke at length on issues regarding
men’s prostate health and the surgical versus Chemo/Radiation therapies. He noted that women seem to be the reason men go to the doctor. “I often find that the woman in a man’s life seems to be more interested in her husband’s health while the men are great deniers of their own health issues,” Eyre said. Eyre’s used charts and an extensive knowledge
of what his listeners needed to grasp as he outlined statistics and actual anecdotes from his practice to warn men of the dangers and danger
signs of prostate health. Covering everything from what the prostate gland is and does to prostate enlargement and ultimately to prostate cancer and the treatments that are most effective. Eyre said he chooses surgery over chemicals as his primary treatment plan. “I advocate surgery in that with chemotherapy
and radiation there are side effects that show up later in a man’s life that are nonexistent with surgery,” Eyre said. the hour-long lecture found his audience
motivated to ask questions and to share personal experiences. The Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church
Lunch and Lecture Series is held periodically and “brings together leaders in the community, people from churches, social agencies, educators and politicians for civil dialogue related to issue affecting our everyday lives” according to Reverend David Yasenko, Pastor of Triumphant Cross Lutheran church.
Dr. Robert Eyre shares statistics regarding prostate health at the Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church Lunch and Lecture Series held at the Atkinson Country Club.
Northeast Rehab Homecare Division Among Top Performing Agencies in U.S.
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Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network has announced that its Homecare Division has been named to the “HomeCare Elite,” a group of the top performing home health agencies in the U.S. The Home Care Elite identifies the top 25 percent of home health organizations across the nation. For the second year in a row, Northeast Rehab
Homecare was also named one of the top 500 agencies in the Country. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, process measurement implementation and financial performance. “This is the fifth consecutive time that Northeast Rehab has been selected for this honor, declared Beth Slepian, who heads the Northeast Rehab Home Care Division. We are very proud of our staff of therapists and nurses!”
President Grants Gov. Lynch’s Request for Emergency Declaration
those two counties to be nearly $3 million. “This storm produced record snowfall amounts in October, when most trees were still covered in leaves. This caused very significant tree damage and produced the second-largest number of utility customer power outages in New Hampshire history. This federal aid will help local communities with the cost of responding to and recovering from this historic storm,” Gov. Lynch said.
At the height of the storm, more than 40 state roads and over 250 local roads were closed or severely restricted due to downed power lines and debris. Some 122 elementary and secondary schools were closed statewide, many for several days. A total of twelve shelters and six warming stations were opened during the storm. The storm also knocked out power to approximately 300,000 utility customers, leaving many without power for up to a week. The storm’s damage was compounded by the fact it occurred less than 60 days after Tropical Storm Irene caused significant damage across New Hampshire.
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