Around the nation: Hawaii raises its legal smoking age to 21

  • Hawaii: While some cities have raised the tobacco purchasing age, Hawaii on Jan. 1 became the first to raise its legal smoking age to 21. The measure, signed into law by Gov. David Ige (D) in June 2015, applies to all tobacco products and e-cigarettes. "I think it's going to have a tremendous impact," says Jessica Yamauchi, executive director of the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii. "By really limiting the access, it will really help to curb the prevalence" (Blake, Washington Times, 1/5).

  • Michigan: Munson Medical Center has received a $50,000 grant to launch a program in which doctors can write prescriptions for fruits and vegetables. The "Prescription for Health" program, which begins this spring, will focus on patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and high cholesterol. After receiving the prescription, participants will be given nutritional information and a $100 voucher to redeem at an area farmers' market (AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 1/5).

  • Texas: Baylor Scott & White Health and Tenet Healthcare have closed a deal to co-own five hospitals in North Texas. Baylor, the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas, will retain majority ownership in the hospitals. "Together, we will advance and strengthen the population health model in the greater Dallas area by creating a strong network to improve the well-being of people in our communities," says Baylor CEO Joel Allison (Sandler, Modern Healthcare, 1/5; Hethcock, "Morning Edition," Dallas Business Journal, 1/5).

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