Northwest Georgia Public Health News

  1. Three out of four Americans favor raising smoking age to 21, study says. Report predicts big health benefits if we do.

    July 15, 2015 - 

    The tide of public opinion continues to turn against tobacco. A study released July 8, 2015 by the Centers for Disease Control found three out of four American adults — including seven in 10 current cigarette smokers — favor a ban on cigarette sales to people younger than age 21. Setting the minimum age at 21 nationwide, a new report estimates, would result in nearly a quarter-million fewer premature deaths and 50,000 fewer deaths from lung cancer among people born between 2000 and 2019.

  2. Public health inspects pools and promotes pool safety

    July 13, 2015 - 

    Local public health officials conduct pool inspections at regulated sites throughout Northwest Georgia. They are also busy promoting water-safety practices with a new statewide initiative aptly titled SPLASH.

  3. Northwest Health District health departments offer shingles and pneumonia vaccines

    July 6, 2015 - 

    Rome, GA: All health departments in the Northwest Health District now offer three vaccines especially recommended for the elderly. One, Zostavax®, helps prevent shingles; the other two, Prevnar® (PCV13) and Pneumovax® (PPSV23), help prevent pneumonia.

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