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February 13, 1998
To all those anti-smokers an open question: Do you really like to have someone telling you what you can and can't do? Honestly, tell the truth. DAN MYERS Highland
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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.
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NEWS
July 9, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
So a couple of researchers who breathe the crystalline air of New York City are saying that our longstanding outdoor smoking bans may not be legit, that the science may not be not sound. In the journal Health Affairs, the authors say health concerns about second-hand smoke in parks and on beaches are "far from definitive and in some cases weak. " Let me clear my throat here: Big. Deal. California has led the way in banning smoking from many parks and beaches. Cities in all 50 states have followed suit.
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July 9, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Here we are, at the height of beach season, and depending on the sand we choose, there could be a ban on smoking. Two researchers say the scientific evidence behind smoking bans in 843 parks and 150 beaches across the U.S. is not strong - and that might weaken trust in public health authorities. Prohibition on smoking in parks and on beaches has three justifications, according to two Columbia University researchers, Ronald Bayer and Kathleen Bachynski. Those are: risk of secondhand smoke, pollution caused by cigarette butts and the risky role models smokers are to children.
NEWS
October 29, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, For the Booster Shots Blog
Still nipping out of your workplace or a restaurant to cop a cigarette out on the sidewalk? You are public health hero, and a grateful nation salutes you. Workplaces and eating and drinking establishments that are free of second-hand smoke have shored up Americans' health even in the face of rising levels of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, says a new study. Published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the latest research focused on Olmsted County in Minnesota, and tracked the rate of heart attacks and sudden heart attack deaths in the wake of smoking bans that cleared Olmsted County's restaurants, bars and workplaces of tobacco smoke.
OPINION
July 24, 2012
Re "Santa Monica goes too far," Editorial, July 22 Your editorial on Santa Monica's pending ban on smoking in condo and apartment units says the proposal intrudes too far into the "lives and homes of residents. " The law does absolutely nothing to curtail current residents' smoking rights. It covers only prospective residents who, by definition, are not yet residents when they learn that the unit they are considering is a nonsmoking unit. They can choose to reside in a community with smoking units.
NEWS
July 16, 2012 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
So, the government tells you that you shouldn't eat trans fats. What do you do? Seek out the nutrient content of everything you eat to make sure no trans fats pass your lips? Not likely, if you're like most people. Maybe not so different from the dreary statistics about how many of us pile up enough servings of vegetables and fruit every day. So New York City had another idea. Get rid of the trans fats in its restaurants and then people won't have to decide - at least for those meals.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Law firm Morrison & Foerster will move to Aon Center after signing one of the largest leases of the year in downtown Los Angeles. Morrison & Foerster has agreed to rent 77,300 square feet in the skyscraper at 707 Wilshire Blvd. between Flower and Hope streets, real estate brokerage Jones Lang LaSalle said. Financial terms of 15-year agreement were not revealed, but landlord Beacon Capital Partners asks for about $1.87 per square foot per month in rent, according to real estate data provider CoStar.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
It recently became legal for California landlords to forbid apartment renters from smoking in their units, but few property owners do so. In a decision affecting nearly 2,000 units in 13 apartment complexes, the Towbes Group Inc. of Santa Barbara said it has become the largest apartment portfolio in California to impose a no-smoking policy on individual units and common areas. Starting this month, new residents of Towbes Group's apartments in Ventura, Goleta, Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Barbara may no longer smoke in their units.
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times
Tioga Road in Yosemite National park reopened Wednesday. The popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada has been closed since an early season snowstorm dropped a foot of snow earlier this month. . . . Iconic Vegas nightclub Studio 54 will close its doors Jan. 8 after a 14-year run in the MGM Grand . The closing is part of MGM renovation that includes guest rooms, the casino floor and dining areas. . . . Recycled Percussion, a “junk rock” band that mixes buckets, power tools and anything else they can get their sticks on, will play a 24-hour fundraiser at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas starting Nov. 22 at 10 p.m. To get in, bring a $10 donation or a new, unopened toy. . . . The Andaz West Hollywood RH Bar, with views of The Sunset Strip, is toasting Wednesdays with $7 drinks, $7 apps and $7 valet parking from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. . . . Utah's   Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort   plans to open some intermediate and advanced terrain on Friday . . . .  Lawmakers in Indianapolis, site of this year's Super Bowl, plan to try to push through an expanded smoking ban that would add bars and hotel rooms to Marion County's existing ban. . . . . Sites of other upcoming Super Bowls: 2013 New Orleans, 2014 New York/New Jersey.
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