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Campaigners want tobacco tax doubled

An anti-smoking body is calling on the government to double tobacco tax in a bid to reduce the overall smoking rate in Hong Kong. The current tax rate on a pack of cigarettes is about 63 percent. Doubling that would see the price of cigarettes sold in the territory rise from around HK$60 to HK$100. Vienna Lai Wai-yin, the executive director of the Council on Smoking and Health, said tobacco tax in the city was raised by 300 percent and 100 percent in 1983 and […]

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Don’t let COPD take your breath away | Local

Each November, health care providers and the community come together to promote a better understanding of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive lung disease that affects millions of people across the country. Increasing awareness about COPD and its symptoms is important, because early diagnosis and treatment can improve a person’s quality of life. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, killing more women than men. While tobacco smoke is the primary cause of this disease, one in four people with COPD […]

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Austin seeking committee to address Indiana health care costs | Local News

ANDERSON — Four of the five area members of the Indiana General Assembly took part in the Third House on Thursday. Lawmakers discussed topics including health care reform, the governor’s emergency powers and the state budget during the forum sponsored by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce and League of Women Voters. Rep. Terri Austin, D-Anderson, said a top issue is control of health care costs in Indiana. “We need to look at all aspects of the health care delivery system,” she said. “We need to start with […]

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