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Takata Airbag recall largest in history; millions more automobiles affected

Takata airbags are in the news again, with yet another recall expansion adding millions of automobiles to the list of those requiring replacements for the faulty airbag inflators, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Takata Corporation began the recall months ago, after reports of injuries due to its airbag inflators operating with far too much force, ripping apart the inflating mechanism itself and spewing schrapnel into the passenger compartment. To date, six people have been killed and more than 100 injured. NHTSA announced a few…

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Madison County SWAT Chapter is raising awareness of the dangers of menthol cigarettes

 – World No Tobacco Day is May 31 – Madison County SWAT Chapter and Tobacco Free Florida are raising awareness about the dangers of menthol cigarettes during World No Tobacco Day. Every year on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the public health community observes World No Tobacco Day to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate to reduce tobacco consumption. This year, the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network’s (NAATPN) approach to World No Tobacco Day is “No Menthol Sunday.” Madison County SWAT Chapter…

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New initiative inspires tobacco users in Madison to quit and tell

Tobacco Free Madison Partnership raises awareness about free quit services during Tobacco Free Florida Week The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida Program and Tobacco Free Madison Partnership are launching a new initiative called Quit and Tell to celebrate Madison residents who have quit tobacco and inspire more people to join them. The Quit and Tell initiative launch aligns with the seventh annual Tobacco Free Florida Week from April 27 to May 3. It is part of a statewide effort to raise awareness about the three Free and Easy…

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Mosquito budget gets bit

Budget cutbacks have been detrimental to mosquito control programs throughout the state of Florida. Our neighbors in Jefferson County are facing the possibility of canning their program altogether, as Jefferson County Mosquito Control is now without a home. The program’s director, Kim Albritton, was forced to confront the Jefferson County Commission at their April 7 meeting and seek a solution– either the county coughs up funding or the program dies. Conversation included the possibility of another department, possibly the fire or sheriff’s department taking on the task; one present at…

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