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December 26, 2010 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
September 28, 2008 |
The Butt A Novel Will Self Bloomsbury: 368 pp., $25 When WE succeed, nothing is less interesting than our intent; but the same cannot be said when we screw up. It's hard to imagine a scenario more profoundly snafued than the one Will Self has created for the protagonist of his latest novel, "The Butt. " At the end of a long vacation in a distant land, Tom Brodzinski unwittingly opens a perilous new chapter in his life when he makes good on his promise to quit smoking by flinging the butt of his last cigarette from the hotel balcony.
March 9, 1990 |
A Swiss company launched a cigarette named for Mikhail S. Gorbachev today, figuring that the popular Kremlin leader might be just the guy to knock the Marlboro man off his horse. The company plans to invade the U.S. market next with the cigarette, which it calls "Gorbatchow," enticing smokers with its slogan, "A Taste of Freedom." The medium-strength cigarette is a blend of 21 types of tobacco--some Soviet, some American.
December 4, 1985 |
Connie Francis, booked on trespass and battery charges after she refused to put out a cigarette aboard a Delta jetliner, called crew members "big jerks" and kicked a policeman, was released from custody today. The Nassau-to-Los Angeles flight was being refueled Tuesday in Atlanta and the flight crew had asked all passengers to extinguish cigarettes, Delta spokesman Bill Berry said.