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July 8, 2010 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
One in five high school students in the U.S. is still smoking, and the rate of decline in smoking has slowed, according to a new report released Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking rates among high school students slowed dramatically from the late 1990s through the early 2000s. But those rates of decline decreased more gradually from the early to late 2000s. The CDC analyzed data from the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey of high school students in public and private schools in all states and the District of Columbia.
May 14, 1989
Shame on you, Orion. One of your print ads for "Lost Angels" shows a teen-ager taking a drag on a cigarette. James Dean did this back in 1955. People thought it was cool. It is now 1989. STEVE KLINDWORTH Hermosa Beach
February 23, 1992
I always leave my seat at the stadium and walk out by the TV trailers to light up a cigarette. But it's one thing for me to do it, and it's another thing to tell me I have to do it. CAROLE BRUMMETT, Chula Vista
November 1, 2009 | Mark Milian
The bad news for smokers is good news for those who hate smoke: It's getting harder to find cigarette-friendly vacation spots. Here's a list of countries with the most prevalent tobacco use among people 15 and older. (The U.S. rates 74th.) Nonsmokers will want to take note of the list because a smoker's paradise can be, in turn, a nonsmoker's hell. -- Mark Milian Highest percentage of adult smokers 1. Greece Because the country belongs to the European Union, Greeks are exposed to antismoking literature and regulations that condemn this unhealthful habit.
It was the cigarette dangling from the lips of the stranger that gave Jaynanne Brown the bad feeling. You don't walk into Wedgwood Baptist Church with a lit cigarette in your mouth. "I thought, uh-oh, something's wrong," the 41-year-old Brown said Thursday. She had been sitting in the church foyer, waiting with friends for adult choir practice to begin, when the gaunt man strode in. One of the men in her group, seminary student Jeff Lester, rose to ask the stranger to put out his cigarette.
January 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Police are looking for a teenager who shot a man twice after he refused to give the gunman a cigarette and a dollar. The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department said the victim, a Bay Point resident in his 40s, was walking near a shopping center in an unincorporated area of the county early Monday when he came upon five male teenagers. One of the teens asked the man for a cigarette and a dollar. When the man said he didn't have either, the boy, described as about 16 years old, shot him, authorities said.
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