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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.
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.
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