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SCIENCE
February 4, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants teenagers to know the “real cost” of smoking - and it's not measured in dollars. Teens who pick up a cigarette habit will wind up paying with their skin, their teeth and even their freedom, a new ad campaign warns. Other government agencies and public health groups have produced commercials about the dangers of smoking. The $54-million “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prompted about 100,000 smokers to quit after airing for just 12 weeks, according to a 2013 study in the journal Lancet.
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BUSINESS
January 31, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Dave is a landlord, but he's not a dope smoker. So when he lists a room for rent on Craigslist, he specifies that marijuana isn't welcome. However, Dave says that Craigslist users routinely flag his postings for being discriminatory, and he's received warnings from the site. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions He asks: Can't a landlord just say no to drugs? The short answer is yes. But in the age of medical marijuana, things are a little trickier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Ari Bloomekatz
A 36-year-old man who died Tuesday after a fire broke out in his Mid-City bedroom is the seventh person to be killed in a home fire so far this year in Los Angeles, officials said, and the latest to occur where no smoke detectors had been installed. The fire Tuesday was first reported at 5:36 a.m. at 2305 South Orange Drive, said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. It took 55 firefighters about 14 minutes to knock it down, she said. Fire officials said the 36-year-old man, whose name has not been released, lived with his mother and aunt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | Ruben Vives, Christine Mai-Duc and Joe Mozingo and Christine Mai-Duc
A fast-moving wildfire in the hills above Glendora burned at least 1,700 acres of withered brush and five homes Thursday, and sent a smoky pall over much of the Los Angeles Basin -- the likely harbinger of a rare winter fire season sparked by the driest conditions on record. Weather officials had been warning about the fire danger for months, capped by a January that has had the windy, nosebleed feel of October. The native chaparral that burns so easily in normal circumstances was parched and ready to combust.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A rapidly growing fire in the foothills of Glendora showered a wide area of Los Angeles County with smoke and ash Thursday, prompting air quality alerts across the region. As hundreds of firefighters raced to the Angeles National Forest to battle the Colby fire, the South Coast Air Quality Management District warned that air quality was forecast to quickly plummet to unhealthy levels across the region. They urged residents from the San Gabriel Valley to the Pomona Valley to stay indoors, with the towering plume visible to residents from West Los Angeles to Orange County.
SCIENCE
January 16, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Electronic cigarettes are either a potent weapon in the war against tobacco, or they are an insidious menace that threatens to get kids hooked on nicotine and make smoking socially acceptable again. There are health experts who back each point of view. But they do agree that the empirical evidence that will tell them who is right will not be in for several years. "There are a few studies out there right now, but scientists like to have a gazillion," said Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Tobacco Control at UC San Francisco.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Christine Mai-Duc
A family of four died Monday when a fire ripped through the converted barn where they had been living. Firefighters were called to the scene in the 13700 block of Eldridge Avenue in Sylmar about 4:30 a.m. They kicked down the door of the two-story structure and pulled out the four family members, said Capt. Jaime E. Moore of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The father was found a few feet from the front door, his wife and two young children huddled together nearby. All four were unresponsive, and were pronounced dead after being taken to hospitals.
OPINION
January 10, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The 1964 U.S. Surgeon General's report on smoking - the first official acknowledgment by the federal government that smoking kills - was an extraordinarily progressive document for its time. It swiftly led to a federal law that restricted tobacco advertising and required the now-familiar warning label on each pack of cigarettes. Yet there was nothing truly surprising about the conclusion of the report. Throughout the 1950s, scientists had been discovering various ways in which smoking took a toll on people's health.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2014 | By Jason Song
Starting this year, UC Riverside and all other University of California campuses will be tobacco-free, part of a nationwide trend. The campuses are following the lead of UCLA, which barred cigarettes and other tobacco products from campus last year. Former UC system President Mark G. Yudolf called for all campuses to be free of tobacco by 2014. In a survey of nearly 1,700 Riverside students and staff, 84% of respondents said they did not smoke or use tobacco products. Nearly 86% of people who responded said they were exposed to secondhand smoke on a regular basis.
NATIONAL
December 30, 2013 | By Matt Pearce and Ralph Vartabedian
A small community in North Dakota was evacuated Monday evening after a train carrying crude oil collided with another train, setting off a large fire and explosions, according to the local sheriff's department. No injuries have been reported, Sgt. Tara Morris of the Cass County Sheriff's Office said. Officials received a report at 2:12 p.m. of a train derailing about a mile west of Casselton, a city of 2,432 people about 20 miles west of Fargo, Morris said. Steven Forsberg, a spokeswoman for BNSF Railway, said the accident occurred when a grain train derailed and hit a crude oil train on a second main track, causing it to derail as well.
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