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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.
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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