New Jersey Ranks Dead Last in Campaign Against Smoking

What appears to have become a pattern, the state of New Jersey for the 5th straight year will spend exactly zero dollars in the effort to stop smoking. This means there is zero money spent on making commercials to stop kids from smoking, or zero dollars spent on programs designed to help smokers kick their habit.

 

Ranking Last is a Bad Thing

Make no mistake about it, in this particular effort, last is not a good thing. According to the Tobacco Free Kids Campaign, New Jersey ranks dead last in efforts to help curb or stop smoking in the state. That means no commercials aimed at teenagers showing the deadly effects of smoking, no aggressive promotion of programs to help smokers finally kick the habit, no effort at all to reduce the number of people dying in the state each year from lung disease associated with smoking.

 

The Big Contradiction

One of the reasons the state of new jersey is getting so much attention on their lack of efforts to help curb smoking, they still have their hand out accepting $944.5 million in revenues and taxes from the big tobacco companies. It appears the state knows a good thing when it sees it, and curbing the smokers would only kill the gravy train of cash being pumped somewhere into the system. Until the money is audited and every dollar accounted for, this appears to have no end in sight.

 

According to New Jersey state health department officials, the state does have smoking prevention programs, but they are currently being funded by the federal government. So where is all that $944 million dollars being spent, no one appears to have a clear answer. Those looking for answers argue that the state of New Jersey all all its public officials are both putting people’s lives at risk while at the same time putting the burden on the taxpayer by refusing to adequately fund cigarette prevention programs which are designed to save health care dollars.

 

New Jersey spent millions upon millions of dollars recently in the BridgeGate trial, which appeared to be nothing more than a waste of time for taxpayers and only the lawyers seemed to be the ones who benefited. Until New Jersey takes a more proactive approach with smoking campaigns, it will continue to funnel in revenues at an alarming rate.

 

New Jersey Law Bans Children from Tanning Beds

A new law was signed into effect this past Monday by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that bans children under the age of 17 from using tanning beds in a business setting, such as tanning studios. The concern of young children being subjected to potentially harmful UV rays from tanning beds arose when a local New Jersey mom was accused of allowing her young daughter to use commercial tanning beds.

Patricia Krentcil of Nutley, New Jersey, became tabloid fodder and was known as the ‘Tan Mom’ in 2012 when her then five-year-old daughter arrived at school sporting a serious sunburn. Krentcil admitted that she personally spent many hours either outdoors in the sun or in a tanning booth working on her tan, and officials accused her of exposing her young child to the intense UV lighting of tanning beds so her skin would develop a deep, dark tan just like hers. Based on the accusations and subsequent investigation, Krentcil was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child. She denied the accusations in court and a grand jury decided not to indict her on the charges.

New Jersey already had a law in place that prohibited children under the age of 14 from using tanning beds or booths in places of business due to the potential risk posed by frequent exposure to ultra-violet lights. The new law Governor Christie signed into effect this week extends the ban to include anyone under the age of 17. The new law also includes provisional usage of tanning beds for 17 year olds – they must have a parent or legal guardian present during the initial visit to a commercial tanning facility to ensure all potential risks, both present and future, are fully explained and understood by the 17 year old. It has been noted that the risk factor for developing melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, increases by 75% in those who tan regularly before age 35.

The new restrictions have been implemented to protect minor children, not to regulate the operations of small businesses in the state.