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September 28, 2008 | Jim Ruland
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 | From Times Wire Services
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 | Associated Press
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.
It was his brother who got him started, back in the 1930s. They lived in the Helena area. Bought papers, got hold of tobacco and rolled their own. W.Z. "Herf" Ingersoll was 10 years old when he took up smoking. He fired up his final cigarette in 1998, ending a 60-year pack-a-day habit. A bout with pneumonia that landed him in a hospital convinced Ingersoll it was time to give it up. No nicotine patches or nicotine gum for Ingersoll--"That just prolongs it," he says. The longtime Montana rancher quit cold turkey.
November 11, 2010 | Thomas H. Maugh II
In the first major change to cigarette packaging in a quarter-century, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it would require graphic warning labels that cover half a package's front and rear and the top 20% of all cigarette ads. The labels will feature either drawings or photos illustrating graphically the dangers associated with smoking and will be accompanied by text stating that smoking is addictive or that it kills. The pictures feature such things as a diseased lung, a corpse and a man smoking a cigarette through a tracheotomy tube.
January 2, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Danny Brizendine was 2 months and 3 days old when his mother traded him for a cigarette. "It was for a whole pack of cigarettes," says Brizendine, now 47. No, it was for a single smoke, corrects Annie Brizendine, the woman who made the trade, took the infant in and later adopted and raised him. It was Oct. 17, 1963, when Nancy Keller walked into a mobile home park near Lockheed Air Terminal, now known as Bob Hope Airport, and knocked on...
You've heard of the political yes-man, now meet Butt Man. Or rather, don't meet Butt Man. At the Democratic National Committee in Washington, the actual identity of the Shaquille O'Neal-sized cigarette that follows Bob Dole from state to state is a more closely guarded secret than Bill Clinton's actual weight. "For now," said Amy Weiss Tobe at DNC headquarters, "we've decided not to reveal anything about Butt Man."
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