Policy Point of the Day Archive

August 18, 2017

According to the CDC, PA has a high school smoking rate of 13%, with 6,700 people under the age of 18 becoming new smokers each day. In PA, 244,000 youth deaths are attributed to smoking. 

August 17, 2017

Despite being one of the most preventable types of cancers, colorectal killed nearly 50,000 in 2016. The American Cancer Society reports that only half of Americans between the ages of 50-75 are current with colorectal cancer screening recommendations. There is a national effort to increase screening to 80% by 2018. 

August 16, 2017

The PA Industrial Research Center indicated that the manufacturing industry contributed $1.8 billion (6%) of PA’s tax revenue in fiscal year 2015-16. For every $1 spent in manufacturing, $1.81 is added to the economy. 

August 15, 2017

A JSGC report revealed that 56% of US opioid-related overdoses are among men and men are 59% more likely than women to die of an overdose. However, these overdose deaths among women increased over 400% and among men by 265% between 1999 and 2010.

August 14, 2017

The American Cancer Society has estimated that 20% of all cancers are tied to poor nutrition, physical activity and excess weight. Obesity costs the nation $147 billion in direct medical costs each year with 70.7% of adults and 31.8% of children aged 2-18 are overweight or obese.