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Thousands of farmers stopped growing tobacco after deregulation payouts.

Farmers in North Carolina, Kentucky got the biggest boost from the federal program that forced tobacco manufacturers to compensate farmers for the deregulation of the tobacco growing industry.

CVS says its cigarette move affected other stores’ retail sales as well.

In data being released Thursday, CVS said its action resulted in a 1 percent drop in total cigarette sales in 13 states where the pharmacy chain had a sizable market share.

Why college students are now smoking more pot than cigarettes.

"Unfortunately," researchers wrote, "the appreciable declines in cigarette smoking have been accompanied by some increases in the use of other forms of tobacco or nicotine."

Coal ash contains radioactive contaminants: US study.

High levels of radioactive contaminants have been found in coal ash in major coal-producing regions of the United States, raising concern about the dangers of this unregulated waste, researchers said Wednesday.

In Texas, an unconventional approach to escaping ‘toxic soup’ life by oil refinery.

The encroachment of oil refineries has made life unbearable for many residents in the small, coastal Dona Park neighborhood of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Washington sues feds over safety of nuclear waste tanks.

Washington state is suing the federal government again over cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation — this time over the danger posed to workers by vapor releases from underground waste-storage tanks.

Toxic algae hits the Ohio River.

Unusually dry weather and sunny skies are feeding a toxic algae bloom in the Ohio River, a drinking water source for 5 million.

Why food belongs in our discussions of race.

Lack of access to healthy foods and a reliance on a highly processed food supply is causing disease, suffering, and eventual death, especially to those in the poorest of neighborhoods.

The mothers of all disasters.

Massive hurricanes striking Miami or Houston. Earthquakes leveling Los Angeles or Seattle. Deadly epidemics. Meet the “maximums of maximums” that keep emergency planners up at night.

Lead leaches into 'very corrosive' Flint, Michigan, drinking water, researchers say.

Flint drinking water is "very corrosive" and "causing lead contamination in homes," researchers from Virginia Tech University reported online Wednesday, Sept. 2., Flint drinking water is "very corrosive" and "causing lead contamination in homes," researchers from Virginia Tech reported online Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Chemicals in soaps & shampoos may up miscarriage risk.

Exposure to certain substances commonly found in personal care products such as soaps and shampoos and food packaging could be associated with increased risk of miscarriage, a new study has claimed.

London's low emission zone Is officially a failure.

A new study published last month that charts the zone’s first three years finally shows the consequences that the move has had for citizens’ health. The answer is a shock—the zone has had absolutely no effect whatsoever.

Air fresheners, scented candles could cause cancerous DNA mutations and asthma.

The UK spends nearly £400 million a year on 225 scented million aerosols, plug-ins, gels, candles and incense sticks. However, evidence is now emerging that all of these products contain industrial chemicals which can, among other things, transform the structure of our DNA.

For BASF, huge potential asbestos liability emerges years after deal.

When BASF SE acquired Engelhard Corp. nine years ago for $5 billion, executives unknowingly inherited a ticking legal time bomb.

People still exposed to Teflon chemical at unsafe levels, group says.

It’s been more than a decade since investigations revealed that Teflon contained a consumer chemical called PFOA that was linked to birth defects, heart disease and other health issues, but the safety of the chemical is far from settled.

Sodas, health officials duke it out city by city.

For Coke and Pepsi, promoting exercise didn’t stop a Texas county’s anti-sugar campaign.

Aquino creates anti-arsenic poisoning task force.

President Benigno Aquino III has created a government task force against arsenic poisoning of groundwater, a serious health hazard for communities that depend on wells for water.

Experts: Coal ash contains radioactive contaminants.

Researchers at Duke University are raising new concerns over the millions of tons of coal ash stored at facilities across North Carolina. A new study found coal ash contains radioactive contaminants.

Well explosion could put pressure on Texas regulators.

Ashley and Cody Murray, ranchers in Palo Pinto County, allege nearby gas drilling caused methane to leak into their water well before it exploded, severely burning the couple, their daughter and Cody's father.

Hollywood Beach in Port Angeles closed again due to bacteria.

Public health authorities closed Hollywood Beach on Wednesday for the third time this summer due to high bacterial concentrations.

A year later, CVS says stopping tobacco sales made a big difference.

The decision to stop tobacco sales at all of its drugstores a year ago caused people to buy 1% fewer packs of cigarettes in 13 states, CVS Health says in a new study out Thursday.

Environmental justice delayed is justice denied.

It’s often said justice delayed is justice denied. For millions who live in disadvantaged California communities, environmental justice, protection from the noxious effects of air pollution and other ambient toxins, is long overdue.

Let's make sure that cleaning up the world's water doesn't send our climate targets down the drain.

Much of the world still lacks clean, safe water. Progress on sanitation is falling far short of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. Worldwide, contaminated water is implicated in 85% of all illness.

One-fifth of days this year have triggered air advisories in Colorado.

The skies over Colorado have been hazy the last few weeks due to all the wildfires burning in the west. That's meant itchy eyes, stuffy noses and maybe even asthma attacks for some residents.

Texas farmers brace for new Clean Water rule.

Texas farmers and ranchers say they've been given little guidance and aren't sure what to expect as new federal regulations protecting drinking water supplies kick in.

Foodborne illnesses cost US $77 billion a year, study says.

Foodborne illnesses, which make 48 million people sick and account for 3,000 deaths annually, also cost the nation $77 billion a year, a report from the American Association for Justice found.

IBM uses predictions made by artificial Intelligence in the fight against Beijing's air pollution.

IBM already conquered Jeopardy with its supercomputer. Now the tech giant, which has become one of the leading pursuers of artificial intelligence, wants to use that technology to fight Beijing’s air pollution crisis.

Well explosion could put pressure on Texas regulators.

A Palo Pinto County family is suing two oil and gas operators, alleging that gas from their wells migrated into the family's water well, which exploded and burned them.

Taxpayers must shoulder $30 million in KBR legal fees for Iraq War toxic chemical case, judge rules.

U.S. taxpayers will have to pay at least $30 million to cover attorney fees incurred by defense contractor KBR Inc., accused of wrongly exposing U.S. and British soldiers to toxic chemicals during duty in the Iraq War.

University of Tulsa cleaning up small radiation spill at research campus.

The University of Tulsa is working to clean up what it is calling a minor spill of a radioactive chemical on its research campus and is having 21 people who may have been exposed to the cesium-137 undergo medical checks, school officials said on Tuesday.