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In the report released today, Tennessee received the following grades for 2012: Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Funding: F, Cigarette Tax: F, Smokefree Air: C and Cessation Coverage: D.
The American Lung Association's "State of Tobacco Control" report tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at the federal and state level, assigning grades based on whether laws are adequately protecting citizens from the enormous toll tobacco use takes on lives and the economy. The 11th annual report shows how money is often at the root of the leading cause of preventable death, as state and federal policymakers are failing to battle a deep-pocketed, ever-evolving tobacco industry.
"Tennessee has the unfortunate distinction of failing to make progress in the fight against tobacco use in 2012, meanwhile big tobacco was busy honing clever new tactics to lure new youth smokers," said Ellen Kershaw, Advocacy Director, American Lung Association in Tennessee. Tobacco causes an estimated 9,709 deaths in Tennessee annually, and costs the state's economy $5,135,105,000 in healthcare costs and lost productivity.
Although Tennessee receives $581 million in tobacco-related revenue annually, it only invests 3 percent of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends should be spent on tobacco prevention and cessation programs.
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Wednesday, January 16 2013, 09:10 AM CST
Man facing extradition for murder claims innocence
June 17, 2013 20:24 GMT
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A former U.S. Marine facing extradition to the Philippines on double murder charges says he is innocent.
Timothy Kaufman has been in jail since his arrest in April at business near his grandfather's Albany-area home. The 35-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn., is one of three men charged by Philippine authorities with killing a retired Northern Ireland police officer and his girlfriend in 2011.
Authorities claim it was a premeditated killing in an area known for its sometimes-seamy club scene.
In a handwritten letter sent to the media from jail, Kaufman says he would never do something as "heinous and stupid" as killing the couple. He says he left the country after the killings because he feared for his safety.
An extradition hearing is scheduled for June 25 in Albany federal court.
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