Reader-submitted content: Dora High School raises tobacco awareness

Those who came to support youth athletics at the Little Dribblers basketball tournament were also able to wear their support on their sleeve, literally. Dora High School members offered free customizable T-shirts at the games that could be designed however participants wanted using the stencils and paints provided. The event was hosted by members of […]

Clovis elementary hosting anti-tobacco event

Freedom New Mexico The group Students Concerned About Tobacco at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista is hosting a Big Tobacco “Beat Down” pinata party 1 p.m. Monday, according to a news release. The party is the last of a series of anti-tobacco events held across Curry County, the release said. The students will be […]

Local tobacco, health council programs cut by state

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County is losing its health council and tobacco prevention programs this summer, and a leader in those organizations believes politics, a smaller minority population and a low overall population are the reasons. Theresa “Terry” Teti, Tobacco Use Prevention and Control program coordinator and Roosevelt County Health Council member, […]

Panel snuffs tobacco tax hike

By Steve Herrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A bill to raise money for education by boosting state cigarette taxes by $1 a pack went up in smoke Thursday when a legislative committee voted unanimously against the idea. The House Business and Industry Committee voted to table House Bill 35, sponsored by state Rep. Brian […]

Tobacco taxes take massive hike

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Federal taxes get a whopping increase on cigarettes today to help fund a $32.8 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.The bill was signed into law in February by President Barack Obama. And while it expands health insurance to more uninsured children,

Cigarette tax hike proposed

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Anti-tobacco advocates say they have one way to help the state solve its budget crisis and help prevent smoking: Raise the tobacco tax in the state by $1 a pack. The idea could bring in $29.7 million in the first year. Although a bill has yet to […]

Spokesman warns against dangers of smokeless tobacco

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Rick Bender is a living testament to the destruction tobacco, including smokeless tobacco, can do. Bender, who lost part of his jaw due to oral cancer, spoke to Portales youth Saturday at the Teens Take Control Summit at the Portales Recreation Center. Bender, 46, has testified before Congress in […]

Summit seeks to empower county youth

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer In a Teens Take Control Teen Summit on Saturday, area high school students will do more than talk about sex and drugs. Youth will actually develop plans of action for their families during emergency situations. In addition, teens will get a lesson in media literacy, focusing on how advertising […]

Hospital starting stop-smoking program

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital is starting a new tobacco cessation program just in time to help many smokers with their New Year’s resolution. RGH was selected as one of 10 hospitals in New Mexico for the Hospitals Helping program, which is aimed at helping patients as well as those in […]

Cessation of smoking group’s priority

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Community residents who have made the New Years resolution to quit smoking or cease using tobacco of any kind, will soon have the opportunity to participate in a support group, to help reach their goal of quitting. The first step in that process is a tobacco cessation facilitator training, […]