The Daily Health Policy Report is published for Kaisernetwork.org, a free service of The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Copyright 2009 Advisory Table Company and Kaiser Family members Foundation. All privileges reserved. Related StoriesStudy: Shiny light therapy reduces major depression and agitation in dementia sufferersHealthy adults who receive flu vaccination may also help protect old adults at higher risk for flu-related complicationsNHS ‘hourglass’ structure holds back development of support workforce.. AARP leader provides effective voice for seniors and healthcare John Rother attempts to dispel myths and quell fears that seniors may have about healthcare reform as a leader at the powerful lobby and senior group AARP. The Washington Post reviews: ‘As the policy director for AARP, the world’s largest firm for people over 50, Rother provides been on leading lines of the health-care-reform wars – – frequently under siege by Republicans and by a few of his group’s 40 million members.Smoking causes one in four malignancy deaths and kills half its long-term users. We urge the Government and all political parties to maintain a focus on helping smokers to quit, to stop teenagers from beginning and reducing the devastating impact that tobacco is wearing the lives of a lot of people. According to the report, some of the extra income should be ploughed back to smoking cessation programmes, among hard-to-reach groups such as pregnant teenagers particularly. The think container has proposed several other measures also, including an increase in duty on hand-rolled tobacco to bring it consistent with packs of cigarettes, preventing it from being truly a cheaper option thereby.