Month: July 2015

Beverage Container Fee to Decrease by Half Cent

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Lower annual redemption rate triggers a decrease of container fee
HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is notifying manufacturers, distributors, and importers of HI-5 beverage containers who are registered with the state of a decrease in the recycling program’s 1.5-cent container fee. Effective Sept. 1, 2015, the fee will decrease to one-cent per container in response to the state’s redemption rate, which decreased from 72.6 percent in fiscal year 2014 to 68.4 percent in the last fiscal year, which ended in June 2015.
“Since its inception, the HI-5 program has recycled more than 6.67 billion containers,” said
Keith Kawaoka, DOH deputy director of Environmental Health. “Despite the lower redemption rate during fiscal year 2015, Hawaii residents still managed to recycle an estimate of more than 640 million containers, helping to significantly reduce litter and conserve resources.”
The deposit beverage container law requires the DOH to annually review the container redemption rate for the 12-month period that extends from July 1 through June 30. If the redemption rate is below 70 percent for the period, the department is required by law to set the container fee to one-cent per container effective Sept. 1. The mechanism for annually adjusting the container fee was included in the law from its inception to assure appropriate funding for the operation of the program.
“This fee is often passed on to retailers, which in turn passes it on to consumers. It is added to the five-cent deposit charged for each container at the register, so the public may see reduced fees at some retailers when purchasing beverages in HI-5 containers,” added Kawaoka.
The “container fee” provides the revenue that funds the Deposit Beverage Container (DBC) program. Container fee revenues are used to pay handling fees to certified redemption centers around the state and to support a variety of administrative activities required to implement the DBC program.
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Secondhand Smoke Tied to Raised Stroke Risk in Study

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Secondhand Smoke Tied to Raised Stroke Risk in Study

Odds of brain attack boosted by 30 percent, researchers say

By Robert Preidt

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

HealthDay news imageWEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research suggests that exposure to secondhand smoke may increase nonsmokers’ risk of stroke by nearly one-third.

“Our findings suggest the possibility for adverse health outcomes such as stroke among nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke and add to the body of evidence supporting stricter smoking regulations,” said lead author Angela Malek, of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 22,000 white and black American adults older than 45. About 23 percent said they were exposed to secondhand smoke in the previous year.

Between April 2003 and March 2012, there were 428 strokes among the study participants. There were 352 ischemic strokes (blockage of blood flow to the brain), 50 bleeding (hemorrhagic) strokes, and 26 strokes of unknown subtype.

After adjusting for other stroke risk factors — such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease — the researchers found that exposure to secondhand smoke was linked to about a 30 percent increase in nonsmokers’ risk of stroke.

However, the association seen in the study does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

The study was published recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

“Future research will need to investigate the role of cardiovascular disease risk factors in the association and explore potential exposure to additional environmental variables, such as ambient air pollutants, in relation to stroke,” Malek said in a journal news release.

Each year, nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke. Strokes cause one of every 19 deaths in the United States and are a leading cause of disability.

SOURCE: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, news release, July 8, 2015

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