Department of Health and Human Services

Prevention: Govt can do better than an F

Prevention is the most cost-effective health strategy. The American health care system gets an "F" when it comes to acting on several prevention strategies that could save the most lives. This paradigm should change. Let's start by eliminating secondhand smoke. This can be accomplished by posting "smokefree zone signs" and issuing fines to violators. Make the national mall and all federal property smokefree, for starters. ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Prohibit Smoking on VA Grounds

Prohibit smoking on all VA Medical Center grounds. At the very least this grants some integrity to our mission. Why would we spend money to counsel smoking cessation and provide nicotine gum/patches, then spend more money to build and maintain a smoke shack for patients to smoke in with the Drs. and nurses that just counseled them?

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Smokefree Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Assisted Living

Require all hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities to be smokefree indoors and outdoors.

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No Welfare for Tobacco Users

Disallow welfare benefits to those who use tobacco products.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Incentives for Non-Smokers

Provide incentives such as 20% off the health care premiums for non-smokers. Smoking is the #1 killer and contributes to thousands of health issues. Also, smokers are less productive since they are FORCED to take multiple 20-30 minute breaks per day to yield to their habit. The ONLY incentive for people to take care of themselves if cash money. The reduction in the health premium could be countered with a simple raising ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Do you like looking at tobacco butts?

Until smoking is prohibited, fine federal employees, contractors, and visitors for littering on government property. This applies primarily to tobacco litter.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Ban Smoking on All Govt Property

Collectively, our country loses billions of dollars in lost work productivity every year due to smoking. This is a national disabing phenomenon and it needs to be addressed for the economic health of our country. Post signage to ban smoking on all government property, including building entrances, parking lots, sidewalks, etc.

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