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July 1, 1996
The federal government taxes us so it can pay farmers to grow tobacco. Then it wants to spend more of our tax money to encourage us not to buy the finished product. Kind of makes smoke come out of your ears just thinking about it. PAUL J. MITCHELL Orange
April 11, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In front of me, the movie screen starts at the floor and rises so high it's like seeing "Divergent" on the side of a building. At the moment warrior princess Tris, played by a fierce Shailene Woodley, is about to jump onto a speeding train. I can feel the train coming. Seriously, I can feel it. The subwoofers embedded in the cushy comfort of the theater's reclining chairs let the sound vibrate through my body. Tris' jump, just seconds before the platform she's running on ends over a dead drop, is stomach churning even on an ordinary screen.
August 28, 2013 | By Tony Barboza and Monte Morin
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Every year at this time, tens of thousands of visitors flood the trails and scenic byways of Yosemite National Park in search of one last summer communion with Mother Nature. But now, as the devastating Rim fire rages through the High Sierra and spreads deeper into Yosemite, would-be park visitors are having to decide whether to cancel plans made months or years in advance or press ahead with a visit that could potentially end in a smoky evacuation.
April 7, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
As if New Yorkers needed another reason to pinch their noses at New Jersey. A wildfire in New Jersey's Wharton State Forest sent a cloud of smoke rolling over New York City on Monday morning, putting the sunrise into a haze and causing many residents to worry there was a fire in their neighborhoods. The pungent smell of burning grass and brush is familiar to Angelenos during fire season, but it's a little more unusual for New Yorkers, who found themselves under an air quality alert until at least until Monday evening.
February 6, 2013
'Smoke and Mirrors' Where: The Road Theatre Company, 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood When: Friday-Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. Ends March 17. Contact: (800) 595-4849 or
November 8, 2012
"Blues for Smoke" is a vast exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art that explores art through the prism of the influence of Blues music. The interdisciplinary exhibit features works on film, paper, canvas, tape and more by more than 50 artists from the 1950s to the present. Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central Ave., L.A.; Through Jan. 7. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. $12. (213) 626-6222;
January 14, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
On the off-chance you hadn't yet heard: You shouldn't smoke around your kids. In addition to damaging young lungs, second-hand smoke increases blood pressure in kindergarten-age kids, researchers reported Monday in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association .   From February 2007 to October 2008 the team tracked 4,236 German children (average age, 5.7 years) who received an extended version of a compulsory school health exam. In addition to taking standard measurements of height and weight and such, examiners recorded the children's blood pressure and surveyed parents on their health and habits -- including smoking.
February 24, 1990
The Los Angeles Theatre Center takes a great many measures to ensure the comfort of our patrons who are sensitive to cigarette smoke. Not only do we not allow smoking in the lobby or other public areas of the center, we place signs on the doors of the individual theaters when cigarettes will be smoked during a performance. Schiller, who wrote to both me and to Calendar (see letter above) about smoking in "Stevie Wants to Play the Blues," is accurate in that cigarettes and cigars are smoked onstage and smoke effects are used throughout the play to evoke a period and mood.
June 5, 2008
Re "Smoking in apartments could be out," May 30 In hawking his bill to ban smoking in apartment buildings, state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) reveals the lack of substance behind it by using the standard emotional motivator "to protect children and their families." Why not be honest? It's all about people being annoyed, not at risk. I will bet the (tobacco) farm that there is not a single reputable study that links the health problems of adults, children or pets with secondhand smoke coming from someone else's apartment.
April 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nest this week halted sales of the Nest Protect, its smart smoke detector, after an issue was found within the product that could cause it to delay ringing an alarm if there were a fire. The company, which was acquired earlier this year by Google for more than $3 billion, also encouraged users who own the device to disable a feature called Nest Wave, which is the source of the problem. The feature allows users to turn off the Nest Protect with a wave of their hand, but under certain circumstances, the feature could cause the device to not function properly.
March 31, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
If legislation banning smoking protects people from disease, then the proportion of the world population covered by such laws is too low - just 16%, according to researchers. “Smoke-free legislation is associated with substantial reductions in preterm births” and hospital visits for asthma, the researchers wrote in the Lancet last week. That conclusion, combined with the benefits of such laws to adults, is strong support for the recommendation of the World Health Organization to create smoke-free environments, wrote the researchers from the Maastricht University School for Public Health, Hasselt University and the University of Leuven, both in Belgium, and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
March 12, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Karolina Knepaite was making coffee in the kitchen of her fifth-story apartment in East Harlem on Wednesday when it happened. A tremendous blast erupted from a row of residential buildings across the street, blew out her windows, and sent a thick cloud of dark gray smoke through her neighborhood, in a building explosion that has killed at least two people and injured 18 others. When she looked outside, Knepaite told the Los Angeles Times in a phone interview, personal belongings lay scattered in the street.
March 8, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Wind-driven smoke from a fire deep in the Cleveland National Forest forced closure of Interstate 8 for nearly two hours in eastern San Diego County, officials said Saturday. The fire east of Pine Valley erupted at approximately noon and by 5 p.m. had covered more than 100 acres. No homes were immediately threatened. The blaze was fought by air tankers and ground units, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. ALSO: Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near Eureka Medal of Honor recipient to be buried today Crash survivor killed in hit-and-run as he crosses freeway, police say Twitter: @LATsandiego
March 6, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Officials in Sonora have not disclosed how they plan to discipline three third-graders who were caught smoking marijuana inside a school bathroom. Leigh Shampain, joint superintendent of Sonora and Sommerville elementary schools, told The Union Democrat officials do not discuss specifics of disciplinary cases and that this is the first time anything like this has come across his desk since he began the job. Two of the third-graders at at Sonora Elementary School were 8 years old, the other 9, authorities said.
March 5, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Probation officials are investigating how a group of third-graders caught smoking marijuana inside a school bathroom got their hands on the drug. KPIX-TV reported  three third-graders were found by another student Feb. 27 smoking weed inside a Sonora Elementary School bathroom. Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson told the station they were two 8-year-olds and a 9-year-old. The student told school officials, who reported the incident to police. The students were released to their parents, but investigators are trying to determine whether someone supplied the drug to the kids.
March 5, 2014 | Steve Lopez
I'm guessing that if you call 911 to report a fire in Los Angeles, you probably wouldn't want me showing up with a hose and a helmet. But just in case I had an untapped aptitude for putting out blazes, I decided to try my hand at the sample test questions posted for would-be firefighters on a city website. The LAFD could always use a few more good men and women, after all. The rank and file may be top notch, but in the upper echelons, it's been one white-hot controversy after another regarding the 911 system and misleading claims about response times.
March 5, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Long Beach has approved strict rules on the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces, tougher even than the regulations just adopted by the Los Angeles City Council. The restrictions, adopted on a 9-0 vote late Tuesday, mean that Los Angeles County's two largest cities will treat e-cigarettes in much the same way as regular cigarettes, banning their use in restaurants, bars, workplaces, city parks and beaches. In Long Beach, e-cigarettes will be classified as tobacco products, banning their sale to those younger than 18 and subjecting vendors to inspections and potential sting operations by the city's Health Department.
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