Report: Mass. still struggling with drugs, tobacco
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is continuing to struggle with the health effects of illegal drugs while tobacco remains the state’s leading cause of preventable death and disease.Yankeefried points out that the Boston Metro area had the highest hospitalization rate out of 11 major metropolitan areas. What I got out of the article was that we lose nearly 10K people every year from smoking - despite Massachusetts being one of the states that sued the tobacco companies all those years ago, promising extra in treatment from the billion dollar settlement.
According to a new Massachusetts Health Council report, eastern Massachusetts has been particularly hard hit.
The state of Massachusetts received half a billion (yes, with a "b") dollars from the tobacco lawsuits. Anti-smoking campaigns were promised; smoking was outlaws in all indoor public areas, state taxes on cigarettes were raised through the roof, and yet still we lose more people to smoking than car accidents every year (including those killed by our representatives driving while intoxicated...).
Yeah, that tobacco lawsuit money went to defray health care costs - and there's a bridge in nearby Brooklyn for sale, too.
That is all.