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April 13, 2005
Never did I think that I would agree with a Michael Ramirez cartoon, but his cartoon of an ashtray filled with the cigarette butts of well-known Americans who were brought to an unnecessary death because of smoking was a masterpiece (Commentary, April 9)! My question for Ramirez is why does he continue to lavish praise on his beloved Republican Party -- which continues its cozy relationships with the tobacco industry that killed not only these notable Americans but hundreds of thousands of their brothers and sisters every year?
October 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Reynolds American Inc. will write down the value of its Kool cigarette brand as it focuses on marketing Camel menthols instead, a move that will cost the tobacco company $175 million before taxes in the third quarter. The brand's trademark value is being lowered because the company no longer considers it a "growth" brand and won't spend as much to promote the cigarette, the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based company said. Reynolds American is downplaying Kool, its top-selling menthol cigarette, as it expands Camel into the category that is dominated by Lorillard Inc.'s Newport brand.
November 15, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Kate Linthicum
An investigation into how a man burned to death at West Hollywood's annual Halloween carnival has confirmed witness statements that he accidentally set himself ablaze while lighting a cigarette, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced. Video from the event shows Gilbert Estrada, 51, engulfed in flames while some festival-goers continued to dance to electronic music and cheer. A department investigation revealed Estrada “attempted to light some type of cigarette and accidentally caught his costume on fire,” according to a statement released Thursday.
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.
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.
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