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  • Hawaii governor signs first-of-kind state smoking age bill

    06/19/2015 8:37:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 19, 2015 10:48 PM EDT | Cathy Bussewitz
    Hawaii’s governor has signed a bill to make his state the first to raise the legal smoking age to 21. The measure aims to prevent adolescents from smoking, buying or possessing both traditional and electronic cigarettes. Gov. David Ige signed it into law Friday. Dozens of local governments have similar bans, including Hawaii County and New York City. “Raising the minimum age as part of our comprehensive tobacco control efforts will help reduce tobacco use among our youth and increase the likelihood that our keiki will grow up tobacco-free,” said Ige, using the Hawaiian word for children. In Hawaii, 86...
  • Elizabeth Warren Targets Clinton Foundation Donors

    05/09/2015 3:57:37 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/8/2015 | Brent Scher
    A new blog post written by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) may appear to be an attempt to align with Hillary Clinton, but it takes direct aim at multiple Clinton Foundation donors. Warren’s post, “I agree with Hillary Clinton,” details her concerns with a provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that she says “would let foreign companies challenge American laws outside of American courts.” “The Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision isn’t a one-time, hypothetical problem—we’ve seen it in past trade agreements,” Warren wrote. Three of the five companies Warren uses as examples of companies that have abused similar...
  • More Proof That Congress Is a Criminal Enterprise Operation

    01/05/2015 3:48:28 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 14 replies
    Investment Watchdog ^ | 1/4/2015 | David Hodges
    It is not a news flash that Congress is corrupt. Their 9% approval rating is symbolic of how this criminal enterprise body is perceived by the American people. Can you actually believe that Representative John Boehner admits that bribery of members of Congress is standard operational procedure. Further, Boehner admits that this is a long-standing practice. “When the House minority leader was questioned about taking bribes from tobacco lobbyists in June of 1995 in exchange for taxpayer subsidies, and then redistributing them to other congressional members on the House floor, Boehner said, “They [the lobbyists] asked me to give out...
  • Study: Third-Hand Smoke Exposure As Deadly As Smoking

    02/04/2014 7:48:24 AM PST · by rktman · 57 replies ^ | 2/3/2014 | Benjamin Fearnow
    Exposure to surfaces and objects that have been saturated in cigarette smoke, labeled as “third-hand smoke,” may be as deadly as smoking the cigarette itself. A new study from the University of California, Riverside finds that the third-hand smoke that has soaked into the surfaces, objects and environment around people becomes increasingly toxic over time. Third-hand smoke is defined as the second-hand smoke that is allowed to settle on objects in any environment. Non-smoking children, co-workers, spouses and friends of smokers breathe in such carcinogens left in rooms exposed to smokers.
  • The Poor Get Caught in Tobacco's Grip as They Stuggle With Hunger

    10/20/2013 5:43:53 AM PDT · by Sam's Army · 192 replies
    The Lakeland Ledger via The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Saturday, October 19, 2013 | ALFRED LUBRANO
    Many people smoke after they've eaten. Lindell Harvey smokes because he hasn't. "You smoke out of anxiety because you don't have the food you need," said Harvey, 54, who lives alone in Crum Lynne, Pa. He receives disability checks from the Navy that keep him $2,000 below the poverty line. Harvey relies on his Newports to see him through his hard days. "In my mind, the smoking becomes a comfort as I try to create ways to get food."
  • Secondhand Smoke Linked to Memory Problems

    09/16/2012 6:48:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies ^ | September 14, 2012 | Health Editor
    FRIDAY, Sept. 14 (HealthDay News) — Regular exposure to secondhand smoke has a negative effect on brain function, according to a new British study that found people who live with or spend a significant amount of time with a smoker are damaging their memories. “According to recent reports by the World Health Organization, exposure to secondhand smoke can have serious consequences on the health of people who have never smoked themselves, but who are exposed to other people’s tobacco smoke,” Dr. Tom Heffernan, a researcher at the Collaboration for Drug and Alcohol Research Group at Northumbria University, said in a...
  • TV ad shows danger of 'invisible secondhand smoke'

    03/31/2012 1:50:13 AM PDT · by EnglishCon · 77 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/31/2012 | BBC News
    Making houses and cars smokefree is the only way to protect children from second-hand smoke, according to a new government campaign in England. The TV and radio adverts show how pervasive invisible second-hand smoke can be. Breathing it in can damage lungs and cause cancers, research has shown. Snip The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said it wanted to see smoking in cars made illegal, when children are present. "I have no doubt an outright ban on smoking in cars would have the same positive results [as banning drink-driving]” - Prof Terence Stephenson Royal College of Paediatrics &...
  • N.C. Heart Attack Rates Down Since Passage of Smoke-Free Law

    11/16/2011 12:39:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    RALEIGH – Emergency room visits by North Carolinians experiencing heart attacks have declined by 21 percent since the January 2010 start of the state’s Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law. State Health Director Dr. Jeffrey Engel reported the results to the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force this morning. “We pushed for passage of this law because we knew it would save lives,” said Governor Bev Perdue, who signed the law into effect. “Our goal was to protect workers and patrons from breathing secondhand smoke and we are seeing positive results.” The N.C. Division of Public Health report cites...
  • Junk scientists wanted

    06/28/2010 4:00:28 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 2 replies
    Velvet Glove, Iron Fist ^ | June 27, 2010 | Christopher Snowdon
    When it comes to tobacco control, it often seems that the policy is decided first and the science is produced as an afterthought. Since the lion's shares of the anti-smoking policies we see today were planned as far back as the 1970s, it is a remarkable coincidence that scientific evidence for each of them appeared at regular and timely intervals in the intervening years. This is something that The Economist gently hinted at in a recent review of a book called Merchants of Doubt: ~snip~ Secondhand smoke is old news in California these days, of course. These days, if you're...
  • Secondhand smoke may harm mental health

    06/08/2010 2:54:31 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 26 replies · 50+ views
    Reuters ^ | 06/08/2010
    Other people's smoke is bad for your lungs and bad for your heart, and new research suggests it could be bad for your mental health, too. Researchers found that non-smokers exposed to a lot of secondhand smoke were 50 percent more likely to suffer from psychological distress than those not exposed to other people's smoke. And their risk of being admitted to a psychiatric hospital over the next six years was nearly tripled (it was almost quadrupled for smokers). So-called "passive smoking" is very common, Dr. Mark Hamer of University College London in the UK and colleagues note in the...
  • U.S. Report Links Smoking Bans and Heart Health

    10/15/2009 4:45:18 PM PDT · by Drango · 22 replies · 814+ views
    NYSlimes ^ | 10/16/09 | PAM BELLUCK
    Smoking bans in places like restaurants, offices and public buildings reduce cases of heart attacks and heart disease, according to a report released Thursday by a federally commissioned panel of scientists. The report, issued by the Institute of Medicine, concluded that exposure to secondhand smoke significantly increased the risk of having a heart attack among both smokers and nonsmokers. The panel also said it found that a reduction in heart problems began to take effect fairly quickly after a smoking ban was instituted and that exposure to low or fleeting levels of secondhand smoke could cause cardiovascular problems. “Even a...
  • A New Cigarette Hazard: ‘Third-Hand Smoke’

    01/04/2009 7:32:20 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 177 replies · 2,999+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 2, 2009 | Roni Caryn Rabin
    Parents who smoke often open a window or turn on a fan to clear the air of second-hand smoke, but experts now have identified another smoking-related threat to children’s health that isn’t as easy to get rid of: third-hand smoke. That’s the term being used to describe the invisible yet toxic brew of gases and particles clinging to smokers’ hair and clothing, not to mention cushions and carpeting, that lingers long after smoke has cleared from a room. The residue includes heavy metals, carcinogens and even radioactive materials that young children can get on their hands and ingest, especially if...
  • The Butt Stops Here

    10/05/2009 6:12:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 962+ views
    New West ^ | October 5, 2009 | Amy Linn
    As Montana bars dealt with their first smoke-free weekend since the state’s indoor smoking ban went into effect, ingenuity ruled. In Missoula, according to a great piece by Michael Moore in the Missoulian, the Rhino Bar gave smokers their very own place to light up: a Butt Hutt, created by Dave Golden of Well Done Welding and Jim Bell, a general contractor. Moore describes the hut as a 4-by-8-foot “metal smoking dugout” in the alley behind the Rhino in Missoula. The no-smoking laws spark the type of debate that never seems to get extinguished. Pro-smokers argue that the bans hurt...
  • Secondhand Smoke Affecting Millions of New Yorkers

    04/11/2009 6:04:58 PM PDT · by GSP.FAN · 46 replies · 1,568+ views
    Forbes ^ | 04.08.09 | Forbes
    Lower-income adults were more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke than those with higher incomes -- 63 percent vs. 54 percent, the study found.
  • House Approves Plan to Give FDA Regulatory Power Over Tobacco

    04/02/2009 10:57:39 AM PDT · by LadyBuzz · 7 replies · 637+ views
    Fox News
    The House of Representatives votes 298-to-112 to approve sweeping legislation to bring tobacco under control of the Food and Drug Administration for the first time.
  • Kan. Senate to debate smoking ban

    02/15/2009 6:58:47 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 723+ views
    The Topeka Capital Journal ^ | February 14, 2009 | Associated Press
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposed ban on smoking in most public places will be debated Monday in the Senate, and the chamber's top two leaders said Friday that the bill's chances for passage are good. "If there are no substantive amendments, I would assume it would pass," said Senate President Steve Morris, a Hugoton Republican. Senate Vice President John Vratil agreed, but cautioned that opponents will try to load it up with amendments.
  • Big Mommy Mika: Law Banning Apartment Smoking ‘Good Idea’

    01/27/2009 4:51:09 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies · 976+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mika Brzezinski addressed her rambunctious male panelists on Morning Joe today as “boys” and, trying to maintain order, repeatedly referred to herself as “Mommy.” Maybe there was more to it than TV shtick. When news was reported of a California town banning smoking in apartments, Mika declared “that is a good idea.” Mika not only seems to see herself as Mommy, but views the appropriate role of government as playing Big Mommy for all of us. Mike Barnicle seemed perhaps on the verge of saying that whereas smoking is a repulsive habit, government had gone too far in this case,...
  • U.S. smoking-attributable death rate drops

    01/22/2009 5:30:01 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 23 replies · 479+ views
    UPI ^ | Jan 22 09 | UPI
    ATLANTA, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The annual rate of U.S. smoking-attributable deaths per 100,000 people declined by approximately 25 deaths from 1996-99 to 2000-04, officials said.

    01/08/2009 10:42:24 AM PST · by andrew roman · 6 replies · 327+ views
    Roman Around ^ | 8 January 2009 | Andrew Roman
    That there will be any more humans left to populate the earth in the years to come ought to be sufficient enough evidence that God not only exists, but that He is tinkering to make it so. The idea of a species being able to survive the hellish construct of its intrusive and destructive existence, like the one homosapiens have built for themselves, is as farcical and ludicrous as the thinking that denies the imminent dangers of man-made global warming.At least that's what one would have to believe after a rudimentary perusal of today's mainstream doomdsay media.Everything is going...
  • City of Ithaca targets secondhand smoke (wants to ban smoking outdoors too)

    06/16/2008 7:05:20 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 63 replies · 214+ views
    ITHACA — Legislation further restricting smoking in the City of Ithaca should reduce exposure to secondhand smoke while not creating unintended consequences, according to members of the Smoke-free Zone Legislation Subcommittee. The smoking ban legislation Common Council is exploring includes ... a huge variety of outdoor, public spaces, including parks, natural areas, outdoor concerts and festivals, trails and walkways, parking garages and lots, transit shelters, Newman Golf Course, and city cemeteries. This would include outdoor dining areas at all times, and entire parks or the entire Commons during festivals like Ithaca Festival or the Chili Cook-Off.... It could also include...
  • Secondhand Smoke Increases High School Test Failure, Study Suggests

    09/24/2007 8:45:45 AM PDT · by saganite · 87 replies · 55+ views
    Science daily ^ | 24 Sep 07 | staff
    Teens exposed to secondhand smoke at home are at increased risk of test failure in school, suggests a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. “Our retrospective study suggests that in adolescents, secondhand smoke exposure could interfere with academic test performance,” said lead author Bradley Collins, Ph.D., assistant professor of public health and director of the Health Behavior Research Clinic at Temple University. Taking other known risk factors into account — for example, socioeconomic status, gender, prenatal exposure to smoking and active smoking during adolescence— Collins and his colleagues found that exposure to secondhand smoke at home decreased the...
  • The war on secondhand smoke continues

    09/23/2007 9:28:23 PM PDT · by jmyrlefuller · 36 replies · 434+ views
    Associated Press via ^ | September 23, 2007 | Valerie Bauman
    Smokers, already pushed outside in New York, may be getting more grief than usual for lighting up in public places thanks to a new ad campaign designed to discourage smoking around children. The state's $5 million campaign, one more push for champions of the anti-smoking movement, came at the same time a report by the U.S. Surgeon General indicates infants and young children are especially vulnerable to secondhand smoke. One print ad warns "when you smoke around your kids, they smoke too. By the age of 5 they'll have inhaled over 100 packs." For years, state health officials and the...
  • Rush's Cigar Recommendations (Time To Mix Business And Culture With Some Fun Alert)

    07/03/2007 4:35:58 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 59 replies · 1,724+ views
    Rush ^ | 07/03/2007 | Rus
    RUSH: I smoke a variety of cigars. If you've just recently started, it probably means you prefer a mild cigar. I'm just going to give you names, because I don't want to get into sizes. That's a personal preference. I'm just going to give you brands and you go pick out the size you want. Between these brands you will find quality that a new cigar smoker will thoroughly enjoy. â–º Macanudo. It's very, very mild. (If you want something mild, you can't go wrong with it.) â–º You also can't go wrong with Diamond Crown. They make some...
  • The Bogus 'Science' of Secondhand Smoke

    01/30/2007 11:38:44 AM PST · by neverdem · 68 replies · 2,896+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2007 | Gio Batta Gori
    Smoking cigarettes is a clear health risk, as most everyone knows. But lately, people have begun to worry about the health risks of secondhand smoke. Some policymakers and activists are even claiming that the government should crack down on secondhand smoke exposure, given what "the science" indicates about such exposure. Last July, introducing his office's latest report on secondhand smoke, then-U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona asserted that "there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure," that "breathing secondhand smoke for even a short time can damage cells and set the cancer process in motion," and that... --snip-- In addition,...
  • Wood Boilers Cut Heating Bills. The Rub? Secondhand Smoke.

    12/18/2006 10:21:14 AM PST · by neverdem · 107 replies · 2,584+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 18, 2006 | ANAHAD O’CONNOR
    Their owners proudly proclaim that they reduce dependence on foreign oil — and save thousands of dollars on heating bills each year. Neighbors say that they create smoke so thick that children cannot play outside, and that it seeps into homes, irritating eyes and throats and leaving a foul stench. They have spawned a rash of lawsuits and local ordinances across the country. A report last year by the New York attorney general’s office found that they produce as much particle pollution in an hour as 45 cars or 2 heavy-duty diesel trucks. The devices, outdoor wood-fired boilers, originally invented...

    10/03/2006 10:07:28 AM PDT · by southernnorthcarolina · 94 replies · 1,192+ views
    AP via Charlotte Observer ^ | October 3, 2006
    ELON, N.C. - Almost 65 percent of North Carolina residents would support a statewide ban on smoking in public places, and more than half prefer restaurants that don't allow smoking, according to a survey released Tuesday by Elon University. The survey also found that 65 percent of residents support allowing city and town governments to pass local smoking bans, which is barred under state law. "It appears that the historical ties to tobacco in this state are now essentially severed as anti-smoking sentiments prevail among North Carolinians," said Hunter Bacot, who directed the poll. The survey of 649 people was...
  • Smoke in the Womb Makes Unruly Toddlers (acutal headline)

    07/14/2006 9:22:53 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 165 replies · 1,651+ views
    LiveScience ^ | Thu Jul 13, 2006 | Ker Than
    A new study finds that unborn babies regularly exposed to cigarette smoke in the womb are much more likely to have behavioral problems as young children. The study, detailed in current issue of the journal Child Development, is the first to show a link between smoking during pregnancy and child behavior problems in the first years of life. The researchers found that 2-year-olds whose mothers were exposed to cigarette smoke while pregnant were nearly 12 times more likely to show clinical levels of behavioral problems compared to their unexposed peers. The researchers looked at 93 children between their first and...
  • A Pack of Lies - The surgeon general hypes the hazards of secondhand smoke.

    07/05/2006 10:41:15 AM PDT · by neverdem · 89 replies · 2,426+ views
    Reason ^ | July 5, 2006 | Jacob Sullum
    The surgeon general hypes the hazards of secondhand smoke.According to Surgeon General Richard Carmona, secondhand smoke is so dangerous that you'd be better off if you stopped going to smoky bars and started smoking instead. "Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke," claims the press release that accompanied his new report on the subject, "has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and increases risk for heart disease and lung cancer." Among smokers, these diseases take many years to develop. So if you got your health tips from the surgeon general, you'd start smoking a pack a day as a protective...
  • Lawsuit seeks ban on smoking around apartment complex

    06/29/2006 7:43:23 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 559+ views
    AP ^ | 6/29/6
    Los Angeles -- The father of a 5-year-old asthmatic girl has sued the apartment complex where the family lives in an attempt to stop residents from smoking in common areas. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Superior Court, alleges that second-hand smoke from common areas around the complex have hurt Melinda Birke's health. The areas include the swimming pools, the barbecue areas, the children's playground, the outdoor dining area and the entrances to the rental office and clubhouse. The girl has had pneumonia three times since 2003, and has suffered from asthma and chronic allergies since she was 18 months old,...
  • Killing the passive smoking debate

    06/29/2006 7:34:44 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 70 replies · 2,912+ views
    Townhall ^ | 6/29/6 | Michael Fumento
    “Secondhand smoke debate ‘over.” That’s the message from the Surgeon General’s office, delivered by a sycophantic media. The claim is that the science has now overwhelmingly proved that smoke from others’ cigarettes can kill you. Actually, “debate over” simply means: “If you have your doubts, shut up!” But you definitely should have doubts over the new Surgeon General’s report, a massive 727-page door stop. Like many massive reports on controversial issues, it’s probably designed that way so nobody (especially reporters on deadline) will want to or have time to read beyond the executive summary. That includes me; if I had...
  • Surgeon general warns of secondhand smoke

    06/27/2006 8:49:35 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 83 replies · 1,595+ views
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 27 JUNE 2006 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Separate smoking sections don't cut it: Only smoke-free buildings and public places truly protect nonsmokers from the hazards of breathing in other people's tobacco smoke, says a long-awaited surgeon general's report. Some 126 million nonsmokers are exposed to secondhand smoke, what U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona repeatedly calls "involuntary smoking" that puts people at increased risk of death from lung cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. Moreover, there is no risk-free level of exposure to someone else's drifting smoke, declares the report issued Tuesday — a conclusion sure to fuel already growing efforts at public smoking bans nationwide....
  • Carcinogens from parents' tobacco smoke found in their babies' urine

    05/20/2006 7:01:40 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 68 replies · 925+ views
    Eurekalert ^ | 05/16/06 | American Association for Cancer Research
    PHILADELPHIA -- When mom or dad puffs on a cigarette, their infants may inhale the resulting second-hand smoke. Now, scientists have detected cancer-causing chemicals associated with tobacco smoke in the urine of nearly half the babies of smoking parents. "The take home message is, 'Don't smoke around your kids,'" said Stephen S. Hecht, Ph.D., professor and Wallin Chair of Cancer Prevention at The Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota. According to a study of 144 infants, published in the May issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, Hecht and his colleagues found detectable levels of NNAL* in urine from...
  • Reducing Secondhand Smoke Would Slash Heart Disease Rates, Study Says

    05/09/2006 9:22:14 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 162 replies · 1,624+ views
    fox ^ | 5/9/6 | jenny warner
    Eliminating the threat of secondhand smoke would prevent more than 228,000 new cases of heart disease and 119,000 heart-related deaths over the next 25 years, according to a new study. Using a model to estimate the impact of eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke on heart disease, researchers found stopping secondhand smoke would quickly reduce the number of heart-related deaths. This effect would increase over time, adding up to hundreds of thousands of preventable heart attacks and other problems. National surveys suggest that 4 percent to 17 percent of the nonsmoking population (depending on age and sex) are exposed to secondhand...
  • How They Attribute Deaths to Smoking (Rush Limbaugh)

    04/17/2006 2:57:29 PM PDT · by fanfan · 266 replies · 4,160+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | April 17, 2006 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I got an interesting e-mail from a subscriber to my website,, named James Ward. It talked about the New Jersey smoking ban that went into effect recently. Last week, the day before it went into effect, the businesses learned that there are all kinds of things they didn't know about it such as no smoking within 25 feet of a building, which meant that a lot of restaurant owners had to nix plans -- and they had only started to build outdoor decks and patios to accommodate the business of smokers. Twenty-five feet away from your...
  • State deems second-hand smoke 'toxic'

    01/26/2006 3:13:01 PM PST · by SmithL · 117 replies · 1,563+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/26/6 | Jane Kay
    SACRAMENTO -- California regulators became the first in the nation today to designate second-hand tobacco smoke as a "toxic air contaminant,'' placing it in the same category as the poisons arsenic and benzene. The state Air Resources Board decided to target environmental tobacco smoke after evaluating studies that linked other people's smoke to increased cases of breast cancer, heart disease, asthma and low birth-weight babies. The designation will trigger investigations around the state. Air board staffers are expected to visit clusters of smokers outside buildings and other spots where smokers congregate. They want to figure out ways to reduce the...
  • N.J. Smoking Ban Official

    01/16/2006 8:22:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 325 replies · 4,521+ views
    Lighting up in the state's casinos will still be permitted under the new law, which requires indoor public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars, to be smoke-free. Cigar bars or lounges and tobacco retail establishments will also be exempt. Violators will face penalties of $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense. The bill was approved by the state's Senate Dec. 15 and then by the Assembly by a 64-to-12 vote with two abstentions Jan. 9. The American Cancer Society and other health advocates have lauded the legislation, but some operators...
  • Arthur Miller Script Changed After Smoking Complaint

    11/15/2005 10:13:15 AM PST · by HitmanLV · 23 replies · 552+ views
    All Headline News ^ | November 14, 2005 | Yvonne Lee
    Rome Italy (AHN) - An Italian theater was forced to change the script of an Arthur Miller play after a spectator complained about an actor's smoking. "This had never happened to me in more than 300 performances," the actor, Sebastiano Lo Monaco, was quoted as saying by the Web site of Italian daily Corriere della Sera. Italy has banned lighting up in all enclosed public places since January this year. Lo Monaco was smoking, in line with the script, while playing the main character Sunday in Miller's "A View from the Bridge" at a theater in the northeastern city of...
  • There are two kinds of states - those like California and those like it but don't know it yet

    10/24/2005 8:51:18 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 7 replies · 748+ views
    The Pasadena Pundit ^ | October 24, 2005 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Second Hand Smoke: There are two kinds of states - those that are like California and those that are like it but don't know it yet Inset Photo - Go to: Photo link: (scroll down the page) Photo of Gary Walker's dual purpose smoking lounge and diner The gun smoke from political conflicts long-settled in California over second-hand smoking have only more recently drifted into states like Illinois and Nebraska. In Chicago the city is considering banning smoking in virtually all restaurants, bars and commercial buildings while the suburbs, such as Arlington Heights, Evanston, and Wheeling have rejected such...
  • Case against secondhand smoke vanishes into thin air

    10/22/2005 8:15:54 PM PDT · by Ethan_Allen1777 · 229 replies · 4,310+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 10/22/05 | DENNIS CONSTANT
    Despite the claims of anti-smoking groups that research studies have conclusively proved that secondhand tobacco smoke causes lung cancer, the city councils of Arlington Heights, Evanston and Wheeling rejected smoking bans. The three Illinois municipalities have created significant restaurant industries that play an important role in their economies, and the council members concluded that the risks of loss of businesses were not worth the health benefits that some claimed would result from a ban on smoking. Now the Chicago City Council is considering banning smoking in virtually all restaurants, bars and commercial buildings. Anti-smoking groups with a collectivist political agenda,...
  • Blowing Smoke on Second-Hand Smoke and Breast Cancer Link: Another Government Taxation Scheme

    03/12/2005 2:01:59 PM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 4 replies · 292+ views
    Foxhunt Blogspot ^ | March 11, 2005 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Friday, March 11, 2005 Blowing Smoke on Second-Hand Smoke and Breast Cancer Link: Another Government Taxation Scheme By Wayne Lusvardi You can’t argue with numbers and with the authority of regulatory scientists at the California Office of Environmental Health and Assessment (OEHH). Oh yes you can. The problem with statistics is that you have to believe them; any delight in hearing of an association between smoking or Big Tobacco and some disease is wrecked by discovering that the statistics are bogus. A classic example is the recent study reported by Associated Press writer Beth Fouhy in the March 10 issue...
  • Hammering In the Coffin Nail (Anti-tobacco fascists)

    02/10/2005 4:14:57 PM PST · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 579+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2/9/05 | Phil Brennan
    It's been evident for a long time now that people are getting grumpier, there's a lot of violence in today's society, and too many Americans, especially the younger set, have turned to drugs, legal and illegal, to cope with the everyday tensions of modern life. When I look back to the dark ages when I was growing up, and for many years after, things were a lot less turbulent. We didn't have to turn to tranquilizers or other mood-soothing drugs when we were under tension or wrapped up in difficult tasks. We simply took a few minutes to relax, sat...
  • Aliens Cause Global Warming (MUST READ)

    12/13/2004 2:48:24 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 113 replies · 8,755+ views ^ | January 17, 2003 | Michael Crichton
    My topic today sounds humorous but unfortunately I am serious. I am going to argue that extraterrestrials lie behind global warming. Or to speak more precisely, I will argue that a belief in extraterrestrials has paved the way, in a progression of steps, to a belief in global warming. Charting this progression of belief will be my task today. Let me say at once that I have no desire to discourage anyone from believing in either extraterrestrials or global warming. That would be quite impossible to do. Rather, I want to discuss the history of several widely-publicized beliefs and to...
  • Mom Sent To Jail For Smoking Around Kids

    08/13/2004 5:24:43 AM PDT · by Hatteras · 536 replies · 4,617+ views
    WRAL Raleigh ^ | August 13, 2004 | Associated Press
    Mom Sent To Jail For Smoking Around Kids POSTED: 6:43 am EDT August 13, 2004 BOWLING GREEN, Va. -- A woman was sentenced Thursday to 10 days in jail for defying a court order not to smoke around her children. Tamara Silvius was banned last year from smoking around the youths, now ages 8 and 10, as part of a custody arrangement with her ex-husband.
  • Secondhand smoke poses heart attack risk [junk science alert]

    04/23/2004 6:45:02 AM PDT · by The kings dead · 182 replies · 812+ views ^ | April 23, 2004 | Marc Kaufman
    For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning people at risk of heart disease to avoid all buildings and gathering places that allow indoor smoking. The CDC disclosed its new advisory in a commentary to a study published in the British Medical Journal yesterday, saying doctors need to warn people with heart problems that secondhand smoke can significantly increase their risk of a heart attack. The agency said that as little as 30 minutes' exposure can have a serious and even lethal effect. The commentary accompanied a study showing that the number of heart attacks...
  • Living with smokers ups death risk: study

    04/04/2004 6:52:54 PM PDT · by yonif · 13 replies · 350+ views ^ | 05 April 2004 | NZPA
    Adults who have never smoked but who live with smokers have a 15 per cent higher risk of death than those living in a smoke-free household, a new Otago University study says. That is the risk even after taking into account age differences, ethnicity, marital status and socio-economic position, according to study author Sarah Hill. The study, led by Dr Hill and conducted by the University of Otago's Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, is to be published today by the British Medical Journal. "The findings were conclusive – adults who had never smoked and who lived with smokers...
  • Smoke-free eateries recognized [Smoke-Free restaurants see increase in business]

    01/15/2004 9:05:05 AM PST · by TSgt · 78 replies · 434+ views
    The Cincinnati Enquirer ^ | Thursday, January 15, 2004 | Matt Leingang
    Diners who want to enjoy a meal without inhaling secondhand smoke will soon be able to check out a list of smoke-free restaurants in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Health Department is surveying the city's 1,960 eateries and will feature the list on its Web site, possibly by March. This follows an effort begun last year by the Hamilton County Health District to document smoke-free restaurants located outside the city limits. Officials want to help health-conscience consumers, but they also want to gauge where the industry is going. Hamilton County's survey, which may be completed by the summer, asks owners of restaurants...
  • CT: Bar closing worries other owners

    01/02/2004 12:07:18 PM PST · by SheLion · 64 replies · 1,325+ views ^ | 1-2-04 | FRANCIS McCABE
    <p>With the closing of Pinstripes Sports Cafe on Dec. 24, some other bar owners in the city are concerned that they will be next.</p> <p>Pinstripes closed as a direct result of the state public places smoking ban, according to Frank Bokoff, who said he was a spokesman for F and J Management, the group that owned and operated the bar and grill.</p>
  • Univ. of Minn. Study 1st to Detect Tobacco-Specific Carcinogens in Nonsmokers in Public Setting

    12/22/2003 9:27:45 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 22 replies · 345+ views
    Univ. of Minn. Study 1st to Detect Tobacco-Specific Carcinogens in Nonsmokers in Public Setting; Environmental Tobacco Smoke Significantly Affects Nonsmokers 12/22/03 7:00:00 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk, Medical Reporter Contact: Brenda Hudson of the University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center, 612-624-5680 MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 22 /U.S. Newswire/ -- University of Minnesota researchers found that levels of a tobacco-specific lung carcinogen increased in nonsmokers when they visited a public setting where smoking is allowed. The carcinogens, metabolites of NNK, could increase their risk of lung cancer. The study is published Dec. 22 by the American Association for Cancer Research. This study...
  • Secondhand Smoke May Harm Family Pets, Too (PETA alert)

    12/09/2003 4:09:40 PM PST · by playball0 · 19 replies · 278+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/09/2003 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    Susan Kilgore smokes outside now. It has nothing to do with Dallas's no-smoking laws. She is trying to save her nine cats' lives. Ms. Kilgore, the founder of Feral Friends, an animal-rescue group, learned last year that secondhand smoke may give pets cancer. She cannot quit, but now she smokes only half a pack a day, on her porch. "I think they're happier," she said. "I have a paraplegic cat with very light skin, and when I smoked, her eyes would get really red. They do now, but not nearly as much." A small but growing body of research suggests...
  • Second Hand Smoke Scam

    10/17/2003 9:51:26 AM PDT · by CSM · 340 replies · 4,894+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 17, 2003 | Steven Milloy
    <p>I could only laugh last April when I first heard about a study claiming that a smoking ban in Helena, Mont., cut the city’s heart attack rate by 58 percent in six months.</p> <p>A prominent op-ed in this week’s Oct. 15 New York Times hailed the Miracle of Helena (search) and urged readers to give it more credit than it deserves.</p>