Six million. The number of people who die from tobacco every year. Today is World No Tobacco Day.  The World Health Organization calls on governments to implement a comprehensive ban on all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

State Journal-Register – Gun agreement looms in last day of legislative session
A downstate Democrat involved in concealed-carry negotiations said Thursday he believes a tentative agreement between both chambers of the General Assembly has been reached, while noting both sides are “not happy.”

The Economic Times – Twitter: a popular source for vaccine information
Twitter has emerged as a popular and reliable source for receiving and sharing new information about vaccines, a new US study has found.

West Virginia Gazette – W.Va.’s public health system could do more to address obesity, survey finds
Obesity is the biggest health risk facing West Virginians, but the state’s public health system could do more to address it, according to the results of a survey released earlier this week.

Healthline News – “Obamacare” Wellness Rules Released: It’s Time to Pay More for Your Bad Habits
Beginning Jan. 1, many Americans will become more proactive about their health because their bad habits could hit them in the pocketbook.

Wall Street Journal – Aging Chinese Face a Bleak Picture
China’s elderly are poor, sick and depressed in alarming numbers, according to the first large-scale survey of those over 60, an immense challenge for Beijing and one of the greatest long-term vulnerabilities of the Chinese economy.

Politico – Obamacare health exchange sales strategy: Choices
About 90 percent of people who enter the health reform law’s exchanges next year will have at least five different insurance company options to choose from, according to new data released by the Obama administration on Thursday.