RHINELANDER - Smoke free workplace laws, awareness campaigns and stricter regulations from the government are all in place to help reduce the risks of Lung Cancer, which claims the lives of more than 150-thousand Americans annually.
If you're experiencing chest pains, chronic coughing or wheezing it may be an indicator to pay your doctor a visit.
Niki Kostrova is the Tobacco Control Coordinator of Oneida County, "It's just good to be aware of the things that can cause it and to help people reduce their risk of it. So if people are interested in quitting smoking, they can call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line."
Calling that 1-800-QUIT-NOW number is a good start to cutting your chances of lung cancer, says Kostrova, "One of the biggest things is smoking. Obviously, if you quit smoking, your risk of lung cancer would go down tremendously. Avoiding second hand smoke is another thing. Checking your home for radon gas, that can be an attributor to lung cancer."
If you are living with lung cancer you may want to consider signing up for a clinical trial because experts predict promising new treatment options.
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander needs new businesses to fill empty stores downtown.
This past weekend 26 properties had an open house. It was organized by Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. (DRI) and Flanders Reality Group. Finding the right home for a business can be hard. But the event tried to help those on the hunt.
"This way, you know, your here, you look, your able to talk to someone who knows the property. And you can really make a really good decision right now today," said Maggie Steffen, DRI Executive Director.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - In Vilas County the courts have a new option for treating drug and alcohol offenders, instead of putting them behind bars.
Today the new Wellness Court was named in Lac du Flambeau. Circuit court judge Neal Neilsen and Tribal Court Judge Gary Smith will work together to help those involved with drugs and alcohol get the treatment they need.
"A traditional court would, more than likely sentence the person to jail or prison, and we've seen studies where that just doesn't work anymore. We need to get creative," said Lac du Flambeau Tribal Chief Judge, Gary Smith.
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