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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
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.
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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