Graphic warnings on cigarettes effective across demographic groups

first_imgQuitting smoking is a common New Year’s resolution for Americans each year, but research has repeatedly shown it is not an easy task. Some groups, such as racial/ethnic minorities, have an even harder time quitting. New research suggests hard-hitting graphic tobacco warnings may help smokers of diverse backgrounds who are struggling to quit. A new study by researchers at Legacy® and Harvard School of Public Health provides further evidence that bold pictorial cigarette warning labels that visually depict the health consequences of smoking — such as those required under the 2009 Family Smoking and Prevention Tobacco Control Act — play a life-saving role in highlighting the dangers of smoking and encouraging smokers to quit.The study is one of the first to examine the effectiveness of pictorial warning labels versus text-only labels across diverse racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Although a growing body of research has shown that disadvantaged groups may differ in their ability to access, process and act on health information, little is known about communication inequalities when it comes to cigarette warning labels.The study authors note that text-only cigarette warnings have been repeatedly characterized as unlikely to be noticed or have an impact, and cite prior research indicating pictorial warning labels are more effective. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Leaders in Palm Beach County meet about migrant relocation plan

first_img“We cannot accommodate in Florida just dumping unlawful migrants into our state,” said Gov. DeSantis at a news conference in Sarasota Friday morning. “I think it’ll tax our resources, the schools, the health care, law enforcement, state agencies.” Authorities in Palm Beach County are scheduled to meet Friday afternoon to discuss a measure that will spend hundreds of immigrant families to Palm Beach and Broward Counties.The measure, handed down by the Trump administration, is an effort to relieve some of the strain being place on officials at the Texas border.According to Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, those released into the community are “family units,” and that they will be released pending an asylum hearing.Governor, Ron DeSantis criticized the plan early Friday stating that we did not have enough resources to accommodate the families and that it would do more harm than good to the state: Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw echoed Gov. DeSantis sentiment stating:It’s not a good plan,” Sheriff Bradshaw said. “We think it’s a danger to our community, and it’s gonna put a real strain on what the resources are.”Sheriff Bradshaw also stated that he does not believe once the immigrants are released into the community that they will return for their hearings that will determine whether they are able to continue living in the states.The closed door meeting will include officials from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Florida Department of Health and other public concern agencies were said to be included in the meeting.The Mayor of Palm Beach County joined The South Florida Morning show this morning, hear what he had to say about the measure:EXCLUSIVE: Palm Beach County Mayor Plans Legal Battle to Stop Influx of Illegalslast_img read more

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