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What’s the Effect of Houston’s Smoking Ban, Ten Years Later?

Posted on · This year marks ten years since the City of Houston banned indoor smoking in public areas and workplaces. That means, for a decade, smokers have been relegated to smoking at least 25 feet from building entrances and exits. Ten years later, the city’s health department is examining the impact the ordinance has had. We learn […]

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Hate Crime Series and Ten Years Since the Smoking Ban: Thursday’s Show (November 17, 2016)

Posted on · The number of hate crimes against Muslims reported to police rose by 67 percent in 2015, according to numbers released by the FBI this week (Nov. 14, 2016). And, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been more than 200 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since Election Day. With that in mind, on this […]

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How Effective Are Tobacco Policies in Improving Public Health?

Posted on · Smoking bans and cigarette taxes – they’re part of many policies aimed not only at curbing smoking but also reducing associated health conditions like heart attacks and strokes. But are they working? A recent report examines the impact of two tobacco policies aimed at reducing hospitalizations. We talk with the co-author of that report, Vivian […]

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What’s It Like to Be a Smoker in Houston?

Posted on · Earlier this month, the City of Houston expanded its no smoking policy to all public pedestrian plazas. It’s just the latest in many ongoing policies nationwide to discourage smoking in general, and specifically reduce second-hand smoke in public. Some smokers feel unreasonably persecuted. Some non-smokers feel current policies don’t go far enough. We consider what it’s like […]

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Smoking in Houston, John Hofmeister, and Women in Space: Houston Matters for Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Posted on · Earlier this month, the City of Houston expanded its no smoking policy to all public pedestrian plazas. It’s just the latest in many ongoing policies nationwide to discourage smoking in general, and specifically reduce second-hand smoke in public. Some smokers feel unreasonably persecuted. Some non-smokers feel current policies don’t go far enough. On this edition […]