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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...
May 26, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
BORACAY, Philippines - Can a million and a half people be wrong? That's how many vacationers are expected to visit Boracay Island this year. Can Travel & Leisure be wrong? That's the magazine that crowned Boracay the best island in the world. Can TripAdvisor be wrong? That's the website that dubbed Boracay a Travelers' Choice 2013 Winner. After my visit last year to this island 250 miles southeast of Manila, I decided that, yes, they could be wrong. Or misguided. Or I could be. I'm guessing that the visitors/voters aren't Californians on the far edge of middle age who fancy themselves beach connoisseurs.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
July 9, 2009 | Jaime O'Neill, Jaime O'Neill is a writer in Northern California.
"I constantly struggle with it [smoking]. Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes? Yes." -- President Obama, June 23, 2009 -- I started smoking when I was 16, pilfering cigarettes from my mother's purse or swiping unfiltered Pall Malls whenever my dad left his opened pack untended. Then I got a job that summer and began buying my own -- Newports with menthol and filters, a brand preferred by all the young tobacco initiates I had begun to share my habit with.
July 29, 2011 | By Michael Kinsley
On July 22, a Washington Post story about how talks broke down on the debt ceiling contained a disturbing sentence: "Then Obama called Boehner back and didn't get him. " What? The president of the United States calls the speaker of the House, in the midst of an economic crisis, and the speaker won't pick up the phone? You don't refuse a call from the president, no matter how deplorable you find his policies. Everyone knows that, by the rules of telephone tag, it would be Boehner's obligation to make the next call even if it wasn't the president of the United States who was trying to reach him. It could have been worse, I suppose.
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