Today is the day when kids across America are urged to “Kick Butt”- cigarette butts, that is.
Researchers at Washington University School found that rates of smoking, drinking and drug use are significantly higher among those with psychotic disorders.
26.2 percent of Missourians say they smoke. Kentucky has the highest smoking rate, West Virginia is number two, and Oklahoma is third.
City Council President Dave Beckering will be introducing the bill which he says is a better option than a smoking ban.
The new bill says an establishment can only be exempt if it limits its customers to those 21-years-old and older. Some residents say that’s not fair.
“Teens, adolescents, young brains are obviously quite bright in many cases but the connections between nerves, what are called synapses, have not completely developed.”
Springfield-Greene County Health Dept. is stepping up its enforcement of the area’s smoking law.
Washington University’s Richard Grucza tracked data from a National Cancer Institute monitoring program and found tough state laws and policies helped stop teens from buying tobacco.
“Let’s not be antiquated, let’s get with it,” a supporter of the ban said. “Everything comes from the coasts and it’s coming this way and we are the last ones ones to get it.”
Health experts still working to verify manufacturers’ claims of E-cig safety.