Last week’s ruling by the State Supreme Court that the cigarette price increase was unconstitutional is disappointing, but it’s important to note that the court’s decision was based on how the price increase was enacted, not the value or worth of increasing the price of cigarettes. The court ruled that the bill did not meet constitutional requirements because it was passed in the finals days of the legislative session, and appeared to be a revenue bill.
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In fiscal year 2017, OHA was pleased to honor hospitals participating in the WorkHealthy initiative. This year, three hospitals were recognized for reaching Gold Apple status, which is an achievement that had not yet been accomplished by a hospital in Oklahoma. These Gold Apple hospitals were Mercy Hospital Watonga, Arbuckle Memorial Hospital in Sulphur, and Duncan Regional Hospital.
A commitment to make Muskogee's streets safe and convenient to everyone regardless of their mode of transportation earned the city national recognition.
A national organization ranked the city's complete streets policy, which city councilors adopted in February 2016, among the top five in the nation. The median score of the 222 policies adopted in 2016 was 80.8, and the complete streets policy adopted by Muskogee scored a 96 out of a possible score of 100.
OKLAHOMA CITY – June 14, 2017 – The influence of a father in the lives of his children is unparalleled. This Father’s Day, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline encourages fathers to take the first step to a healthier life for themselves and their families by quitting tobacco.
TSET Executive Director, John Woods, is no stranger to services offered by the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline. Woods, a father of three, decided to quit after realizing that his smoking habit impacted not only his own health, but also the health of his family.
While the budget dominated much of the legislative session that ended in May, lawmakers made great strides in passing laws that include solid public policy measures to improve health and create a healthier state.