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HEALTH
June 26, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
For American smokers, her portrait is a glimpse of a future frightening to ponder and, for U.S. health officials, perhaps too powerful to foist on the public: an unsparing photograph of a person scarcely recognizable as a woman, her body wasted by cancer, her hair gone, her blue eyes fixed in a thousand-mile stare. She was Barb Tarbox, and she died on May 18, 2003, of lung cancer at the age of 42. From October 2002, two months after she was diagnosed, to the moment of her death, the Edmonton, Canada, homemaker set about making her ordeal a lesson to others about the dangers of smoking.
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BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 26, 2002 | VINCE DEVLIN, MISSOULIAN
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.
SCIENCE
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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...
NEWS
July 11, 1996 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
NEWS
February 8, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
Which of the following TV programs depicts tobacco use most frequently? A. "Gossip Girl" B. "Heroes" C. "America’s Next Top Model" Before you guess, a little background. For the purposes of this pop quiz, a “depiction” of tobacco is defined as a single instance of a cigarette or cigar appearing onscreen. If two characters are smoking at the same time, that counts as two depictions. If a character takes a puff, moves the cigarette off-screen and then takes another puff, those count as separate depictions.
NEWS
July 9, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
So a couple of researchers who breathe the crystalline air of New York City are saying that our longstanding outdoor smoking bans may not be legit, that the science may not be not sound. In the journal Health Affairs, the authors say health concerns about second-hand smoke in parks and on beaches are "far from definitive and in some cases weak. " Let me clear my throat here: Big. Deal. California has led the way in banning smoking from many parks and beaches. Cities in all 50 states have followed suit.
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