Health Alert 9-17-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

September 17, 2012 - First responders at the World Trade Center after the September 11th attacks will be able to get treatment for more than 50 types of cancer. Federal health officials announced Monday that responders exposed to toxins from the wreckage will be covered under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Volunteers and survivors who meet certain qualifications will also be eligible for coverage. At first, cancer was not covered by the 4.2 billion dollar health fund. Now, there are 58 types of cancer added to the list. The rule is expected to be published Wednesday in the Federal Register. It will take effect 30 days after that.

Also, there is more good news for Georgia schools. Nearly half of all school districts in the peach state are now tobacco free. The Georgia Department of Public Health says 87 of the 181 school districts have implemented a 100 percent tobacco-free policy, meaning no student, staff member or visitor can use any tobacco product at any time on school property. The report also shows nearly one in four high school seniors smoke cigarettes in Georgia.

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