The editorial “A dark cloud in King County over strides in smoking cessation” [Opinion, Jan. 13] raises a great point that we must do more locally to address tobacco use and prevention.
As a local cardiologist and Board president for the American Heart Association — Puget Sound, I would underscore that while the U.S. has made amazing progress in the fight against tobacco, we cannot declare victory yet.
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Program should not be defunded While there were many losers in the Washington state budget battle [“Senators’ deadlock shutters Columbia Crossing,” NW Tuesday, July 2], one important casualty was Washington’s Tobacco Program and Quitline. From 2000 to 2009, this nationally recognized program cut youth smoking in half and adult smoking by 25 percent, bringing the state…More