Archive for January, 2009

This article appeared in the Wichita Eagle.

– As state health officials advocated a statewide smoking ban this week, some opponents pointed to Wichita.

The city adopted a partial ban in September, prohibiting smoking in businesses that allow children. Bars that don’t admit children can still allow smoking. Smoking also is allowed in restaurants that have an enclosed smoking room with a separate ventilation system. (more…)


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OLATHE, Kan. – Six Johnson County, Kan. businesses have been cited for selling tobacco to minors. Two stores are accused of selling alcohol to minors.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office conducted an alcohol and tobacco compliance check on January 23. Deputies and undercover volunteers between the ages of 17 and 19 checked 38 businesses in four different cities.

Those caught were ticketed and given a court date. Those who refused to sell to the undercover volunteer were notified they had been checked. These checks were done at liquor stores, convenience stores and grocery stores in Merriam, Mission, Roeland Park and Overland Park.

Furnishing alcohol liquor to a minor is a misdemeanor with a $200 minimum fine. Clerks who sell tobacco products to minors can face a misdemeanor charge along with a $200 fine.

The six stores that were cited for selling tobacco to minors were:

  1. Walgreens – 4951 Roe Blvd, Roeland Park
  2. BP – 5500 Johnson Drive, Mission
  3. CVS – 6300 Johnson Drive, Mission
  4. Star Mart – 8801 Johnson Drive, Mission
  5. Shell – 8820 W 63rd, Merriam
  6. Circle K- 7475 W. 95th, Overland Park

The two stores that were cited for underage alcohol sales were:

  1. Roeland Liquor – 5010 Roe Blvd, Roeland Park
  2. Santa Fe Liquor – 8708 Santa Fe St, Overland Park

This information has been provided by Kansas City’s NBC Action News.

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Johnson County, Kansas High School Seniors:

Please consider applying for the STOP Underage Drinking Project’s College Scholarship.  STOP will award one or more, one thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarships to youth who are a positive, alcohol, tobacco and other drug-free role model for their peers.

DEADLINE: February 6, 2009

Scholarship Application

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Drug-Free Action Alliance is offering a survey to youth to determine which Super Bowl commercials youth remember seeing. The Super Bowl is known for its many commercials, including those for alcohol. This year’s championship game will be held Sunday, February 1, 2009.

A national study published in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, January 2006 concluded that greater exposure to alcohol advertising contributes to an increase in drinking among underage youth. Specifically, for each additional ad a young person saw (above the monthly youth average of 23), he or she drank 1% more. For each additional dollar per capita spent on alcohol advertising in a local market (above the national average of $6.80 per capita), young people drank 3% more.

If you are interested in replicating this project in your area, additional information, including the survey can be found at: 




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The Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office wants you to make the right call this Super Bowl Sunday by designating a sober driver if you plan on drinking alcohol during the big game.

In 2007, fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes accounted for 32 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities. On Super Bowl Sunday (12:01 a.m. Sunday to 5:59 a.m. Monday), 48 percent of the fatalities occurred in crashes where a driver or motorcycle rider had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher – the legal limit across the United States.

Super Bowl Sunday is a great time to celebrate and socialize with family and friends. Be sure you and the ones you love make it home safely after the game. 

Check out some Super Bowl Safety Resources here:


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(Taken from http://www.health.msn.com)

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Not In Our House



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