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May 31, 1996
Shakespeare on cigarette smoking: "And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death" (MacBeth, Act V, Scene V). JERRY HAMBLETON Laguna Beach
December 16, 1992
--There are about 50 million smokers in the United States, according to the U.S. surgeon general, and 38 million of them want to quit. But in 1992 there were still 510 billion cigarettes sold, and retail sales totaled $41.5 billion in the United States. Marlboro remains the top brand Market share for U.S.
May 10, 2012
Re "Call tobacco tax a user fee," Column, May 7 I'm a nonsmoker who is generally in favor of anything that will reduce smoking and stick it to Big Tobacco, but I wonder if we are getting close to the point at which people who smoke - 12% of adults and 14% of high schoolers - can't or won't give it up no matter the price. Will we just be making life more miserable for the addicted while having little effect on the tobacco companies? After all, if their profits dip, they can just raise the price.
February 8, 2010
Is having a bad habit ever a good thing? It kind of can be if your aim is to lower your blood pressure, since one way to do that is to reduce your alcohol consumption significantly. It's a winning strategy -- but only, of course, if you were drinking a lot in the first place. Many studies have documented the link between alcohol and blood pressure. A 2001 review of 15 alcohol-reduction trials with 2,234 participants concluded that cutting back on alcohol led to reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressures.
July 9, 2009 |
"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.
September 7, 1996
Thank you for your article on Hollywood's glamorizing of smoking ("Force of Habit," Sept. 5). A friend of mine had told me that every Hollywood film has smoking somewhere in it. I hadn't noticed it before, but it is true. Of the 50 or so new films I've seen so far this year, only two showed no smoking. Unfortunately, your article contained one omission that I think is significant. While you praise Walt Disney Pictures for being the best studio regarding the portrayal of smoking, you failed to point out that in Disney's 1992 film "Newsies" children themselves were shown smoking, apparently to convey the idea that they were "tough"--and these were the good guys!