Bella Vista 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 […]

Education digest: Texico student wins anti-tobacco award

Texico student wins anti-tobacco award Texico High School student Jennifer Campos won second place in the “Youth Kicking Tobacco’s Butt Youth Advocate of the Year Award” according to a news release. Twenty students were nominated. The teens are all part of the Youth Advocacy Empowerment Heroes! Coalition through the anti-tobacco groups in their schools or […]

Panel snuffs tobacco tax hike bill

By Steve Terrell: 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 […]

World No Tobacco Day, encourages quitting

27th SOW Public Affairs Office The last Monday in May is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country.Just after Memorial Day is Sunday, May 31, which is World No Tobacco Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization. The Department of Defense […]

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 […]

CAFB Community July 11

New ITT location Information, Tickets and Travel is now at The End Zone under the umbrella of the Community Center. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; closed 1:30-2:30 p.m. for lunch.Information: 784-6381 or 784-1275. Tobacco cessationA new Web site offers help for airmen who want to quit using tobacco. Statistics show 37 percent of male airmen […]

CAFB Community July 4

New ITT location Information, Tickets and Travel is now at The End Zone under the umbrella of the Community Center. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; closed 1:30-2:30 p.m. for lunch.Information: 784-6381 or 784-1275. Tobacco cessation A new Web site offers help for airmen who want to quit using tobacco.Statistics show 37 percent of male airmen […]

Students learn about dangers of tobacco

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Linda Teakell, coordinator for Curry Citizens Concerned About Tobacco, briefed sixth-grade classes Tuesday at Zia Elementary about the dangers of smoking. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A group of Zia sixth-graders learned words such toluene, butane, acetone and arsenic, all of which are contained in tobacco products, during a […]

Base observes annual Great American Smokeout

By 27 SOAMDS On November 15th Cannon Air Force Base will celebrate the Great American Smokeout. Held the third Thursday in November, the Great American Smokeout motivates tobacco users across the country to quit for one day. Are you thinking about quitting? Perhaps, you want to but have some hesitation. The Health and Wellness Center […]

Utility rates aren’t answer to poverty

The state Legislature is considering three Senate bills that allow or require a utility to provide lower gas and electric utility rates for certain classes of rate payers. Some state the Public Regulation Commission “shall establish a program of assistance by public utilities to low-income electric and gas customers. … Energy expenditures may be reduced […]

Adult smokers should be held accountable

By Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a $79.5 million punitive damage award against tobacco giant Philip Morris to the widow of a longtime smoker. Mayola Williams, whose husband died of lung cancer in 1997 after smoking cigarettes for more than 40 years, still will receive $821,000 in compensatory damages, but […]

Local tobacco costs rising

By Janet Taylor-Birkey It costs to smoke in today’s society, and the prices continue to soar. A recent law passed in Texas increased the cost of cigarettes by more than $1 per pack, leaving smokers a bit uneasy about their own future going up in smoke. But Cannon smokers shouldn’t see those increases come to […]

HAWC leads ‘Great American Smokeout’ efforts

Candace Weaver The Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) will lead the 30th annual “Great American Smokeout” at Cannon Thursday as part of a national day that encourages smokers to quit for a day and perhaps quit for good. The day is but one of a series of events planned to get smokers to quit. A […]

Tobacco today, fast food tomorrow

Walter E. Williams : Syndicated Columnist Down through the years, I’ve attempted to warn my fellow Americans about the tyrannical precedent and template for further tyranny set by anti-tobacco zealots. The point of this column is not to rekindle the smoking debate. That train has left the station. Instead, let’s examine the template. In the […]

Police: Robber forgets getaway car

CNJ Staff A 24-year-old Clovis man who left his getaway vehicle behind was arrested Monday and charged with robbing a Prince Street tobacco store, according to a Clovis Police Department press release. Andrew Dela Cruz was arrested about 20 minutes after witnesses said he entered K.C. Express at 801 N. Prince St. and demanded money, […]

Man scarred by smokeless tobacco to speak in area

By William P. Thompson Area students will think twice about using smokeless tobacco after listening to Gruen Von Behrens talk about his battle with cancer, according to anti-tobacco advocates. Von Behrens, who has undergone more than 35 surgeries on his face since being diagnosed with oral cancer at 17, will speak about his experiences next […]

Market should determine prices

CNJ Editorial Have you ever found yourself in a situation that seemed like a good idea at one time and no longer does, but extricating yourself presents as many problems as the status quo? If so, you know how the federal government must feel as it tries to end its involvement in tobacco growing. Begun […]

9/1 Letters to the editor

Alcohol advertising in need of regulation While looking at the sports page, I saw a large beer, whiskey and wine advertisement. The longer I looked, the more I saw red. I read of one wreck after another about men, women, children and even babies being killed by drunken drivers. In the papers, I read, “The […]

Youth groups protest tobacco ads

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A woman on horseback whipped around the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena on Friday night, the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. flag she held flapping almost regally in the wind. As a sponsor of the Pioneer Days Rodeo, the company is entitled to the display, said Dewey Pierce, captain of […]

Teenager crusades to ban smoking

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer If Tynasha Jones has her way, New Mexico will one day be a smoke-free state. Statistics about the ills of tobacco roll effortlessly from this Clovis High School senior’s tongue. “People who are exposed to smoke in their work environments inhale somewhere from 8-10 cigarettes a day. It would […]