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August 19, 2010
When it comes to giving up something you crave, you can run but you can't hide from your mind's insistent prodding. In fact, the more forcefully you try to suppress your thoughts about the behavior or object you desire, the more deeply you'll gorge on it when you get the chance to do so. Oh, and by the way, suppressing thoughts of something you want will make you feel lousy as well. That's the message of a study focusing on smokers to be published in the September issue of the journal Psychological Science . A trio of psychologists at the University of London and the University of Hertfordshire in Britain are among a small group of researchers exploring the effects of "thought suppression" -- the purposeful avoidance of conscious thinking about some impulse or wanted object.
July 29, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
The first time I met Mick Farren - who died in London over the weekend at age 69, after collapsing during a performance by his band the Deviants - was in his apartment in West Hollywood. This was during the 1990s, and we were both working for the Los Angeles Reader, the late lamented alt weekly where I was book editor and he was a columnist. The Reader was a great place to work; the pay was virtually non-existent, but you could write whatever you wanted, which was the main reason Farren had come on board.
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
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.
October 23, 1994
Will the new product ("R.J. Reynolds to Introduce a Less-Smelly Cigarette," Oct. 11) be a new version of its Salem menthol brand featuring a cigarette paper that reduces stale odors? Apparently there is still no concern with reducing the manipulation of the nicotine content. We can now look forward to cases of the sweetest-smelling nicotine-infected cancerous lungs in history. However, if R.J. Reynolds really wanted to provide an example of good citizenship, it could help stamp out the country's vicarious smoking habit by treating its product with substances that decrease the cigarettes' nicotine content while at the same time increasing its stale and obnoxious odors.
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