Flavored tobacco: candy-coated addiction

Gummy bear, cotton candy, berry blend, root beer float, banana split. Are these your favorite treats or are they flavors of tobacco products? Hard to tell, right? Kids get confused too. When it comes to tobacco products, particularly e-cigarettes, flavor attracts kids and puts them at risk of a lifetime of nicotine dependence. Flavors are […]

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How the Fresh Bucks program is getting more people to eat their veggies

By Elizabeth Kimball, Healthy Eating, Active Living Program Manager Public Health, in conjunction with researchers at the University of Washington, performed a study to test the efficacy of three programs designed to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among residents of the South Seattle/South King County area. You can read the full article here, but the […]

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Protecting immigrant families is a public health priority — read King County’s official comment letter

The chilling effects are already harming people in King County. A federal proposal to re-define who is eligible to immigrate to the United States is impacting health and nutrition for thousands of families. In response, King County is filing comments with the federal government. The comment letter quoted below is signed by King County Executive Dow […]

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Statement on state Supreme Court I-27 ruling

Today, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that Initiative 27 was outside the scope of local initiative power. Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, Public Health – Seattle & King County said, In 2016, the 38-member Heroin and Prescription Opiate Task Force issued recommendations that included opening and evaluating sites to prevent fatal opioid overdoses, called […]

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PRIORITIZING HEALTH AND SAFETY IN MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

By Lindsey Greto and Meghan King, Public Health marijuana program It’s been six years since Washington State legalized retail cannabis and since then, several other states and Canada have also legalized retail cannabis. This dramatic shift in public policy has raised some complex issues and public health challenges. To help focus their work, Public Health […]

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