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November 19, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
Teenagers might change their attitudes about cigarette smoking by what could be dubbed a "don't show, don't tell" policy that keeps tobacco products in stores out of sight, according to a new British study. Researchers in Ireland simply removed cigarette and tobacco items from store displays during a three-year survey that examined the effect on attitudes about smoking. The University of Nottingham's Centre for Tobacco Control Studies reports the number of teens who recalled the tobacco-driven ad displays dropped from 81% to 22%. Further, the study says, 38% of teens thought the coverup would make it easier to keep kids from smoking while 14% of adults thought it would make it easier to quit.
November 14, 1999
Why are cigarette makers crying about paying fines and damages when they pass their costs on to their addicted smokers ["Cigarette Makers May Face Massive Punitive Damages," Oct. 21]? Who's getting punished? Not them! JUNE MAYER Long Beach
June 27, 2011
You've been warned Re "Tobacco warnings take graphic turn," June 21 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is mandating graphic pictures on each pack of cigarettes showing the realities of smoking. Can we soon expect pictures of obese people placed on the front door of every fast-food restaurant? Or pictures of people dying of skin cancer at the entrance to the beach? We should mandate that the FDA change its name to the FNA (Frivolous Nanny Administration). David Green Long Beach Of course these new images will help smokers stop, even if the predicted expectation is for a paltry 300,000 quitters out of the more than 40 million smokers.
December 26, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
In 1992, Debi Austin had a laryngectomy after she was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx. Austin had smoked her first cigarette at 13 and, even after surgery, remained a two- to three-pack-a-day smoker. The image of her smoking through the hole in her throat in a 1997 state-sponsored anti-smoking ad has remained indelible. In the ad she said: "They say nicotine isn't addictive. " She took a puff and asked: "How can they say that?" Austin, of Canoga Park, finally quit smoking months after the ad aired.
October 28, 1985 | Associated Press
A local industrialist was killed by the explosion of a common butane lighter while he was lighting a cigarette, the Huntington County coroner said Sunday. William Schacht II, who was chairman and president of a rubber firm, died Friday from burns and asphyxiation from heat, Coroner Greg Sprinkle said. Schacht may have released too much fuel before igniting the lighter, Sprinkle said.
October 19, 2003
Re "L.A. Considers Beach Smoking Ban," Oct. 15: So now the latest battlefield in the anti-smoking crusade takes us to the beach. Those cigarette butts are nasty, I suppose, but so is the litter of cans, bottles, food wrappers, uneaten food and God knows what else. But let's single out the cigarette smokers. The air quality in L.A. is iffy, even on a nice, breezy day at the beach, but let's single out the cigarette smokers. Secondhand smoke at the beach? Give me a break. I'm more worried about what's in the water at Santa Monica than what's in the air. You'd think the L.A. City Council would have more important things to do than spend time on a proposal banning smoking at public beaches.
November 23, 1987 | Associated Press
A discarded cigarette falling through a gap in a wooden escalator's slatted steps probably sparked a subway station inferno that killed 30 people, a newspaper said today. Another newspaper reported that the pre-World War II escalator had repeated mechanical problems and twice gave off smoke earlier this month. British Transport Police said they have pinpointed the cause of last Wednesday's fire at King's Cross subway station but gave no details other than to say arson had been ruled out.
May 25, 2002
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that current smoking among U.S. high school students has dropped to the lowest levels in a decade ( May 17). That's encouraging news for our nation's health, though at 28.5% the high school smoking rate is still too high. Here in California we are already ahead of the nation, with a smoking rate among 12- to 17-year-olds put at 7.1% in 2000, but much more needs to be done. One promising action is a 50-cents-per-pack tax increase proposed by Gov. Gray Davis that would put total state taxes on cigarettes at $1.37.
May 31, 1989 | From Times wire services
Philip Morris Cos., hoping to achieve a success that has eluded other tobacco firms, is testing consumer reaction to a new nicotine-free cigarette. In its edition today, the weekly Advertising Age trade journal said Philip Morris is mailing samples of the new product, known as Merit Free, to smokers. Nicotine is considered one of the most noxious and addicting components of cigarette smoke, and reducing its content has been a focus of tobacco company marketing efforts for years.
December 16, 2005 | From Associated Press
A man who spent seven years behind bars for the rape and murder of his mother-in-law was released Thursday after DNA evidence from a cigarette butt helped clear him. Clarence Elkins, 42, walked out of the Mansfield Correctional Institution with his wife, Melinda. Elkins was convicted in the 1998 rape and murder of Judith Johnson, 58, as well as the rape of her 6-year-old granddaughter. He was sentenced to life in prison and would not have been eligible for parole until 2054.
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