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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Massachusetts: We're Number One!

Yankeefried sends this article in. With news like this, it's no wonder that Obama is thinking of tapping Cadillac Deval for AG...

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.

According to a new Massachusetts Health Council report, eastern Massachusetts has been particularly hard hit.
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.

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.

3 comments:

Old NFO said...

Yep, nail on head with that one... Everything BUT smoking cessitation...

Karl said...

It's okay... Our government has an answer for this.... Just make the illegal drugs legal. Problem solved.

Ed said...

... and sales of cigarettes in New Hampshire to Massachusetts residents went up.