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October 11, 2013 | By Julie Cart
It didn't seem possible for there to be any more bad news about the health effects of smoking. There is. An Australian study suggests that smoking is even more dangerous than previously thought, with cigarettes linked to the cause of death of more than 60% of smokers and shortening the life of an average smoker by 10 years. The previous estimate for cigarettes causing the deaths of smokers was 50% The study required a four-year analysis of the health records of more than 200,000 Australians.
October 10, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - Asking politicians whether they ever smoked pot can produce answers that range from silly to squirming. But when Israeli opposition leader Shelly Yachimovich was asked the question this week, she just said, “yes.” In an interview broadcast Wednesday on the Knesset Channel, the 53-year-old lawmaker said she had smoked marijuana on a number of occasions as a younger woman, the last time about 16 years ago. She is the first senior...
October 4, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- A massive grass fire Friday near California 12 in Solano County was blowing a pall of smoke over the Bay Area, prompting calls to local fire departments from worried residents. The 8-alarm fire in the Suisun City area had spread to 500 acres by Friday afternoon and was only 10% contained. It had burned one structure. Dixon Fire Chief Aaron McAlister told KTVU that it was either a residence or a ranch outbuilding. The fire was reported to the California Highway Patrol shortly after noon.
October 3, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Americans are becoming more familiar with e-cigarettes, which are beginning to appear in restaurants, bars and coffeehouses where regular cigarettes have long been banned. An e-cigarette is, in effect, a battery-operated nicotine delivery system that works by heating a mixture of water, nicotine and other chemicals. The user inhales and exhales the resulting vapor rather than smoke. E-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes and, for many people, substitute for them. But enormous questions remain.
September 10, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Within minutes of igniting, the Clover fire in Northern California's Shasta County sent up enough smoke to look like a moving black wall, prompting school evacuations, a district official said Tuesday. The Clover fire near the rural community of Happy Valley, about 10 miles southwest of Redding, started just after 12:30 p.m. Monday near Cloverdale Road, Cal Fire officials said Tuesday. It has destroyed 30 residences and 50 outbuildings, damaged 30 additional homes and is threatening 300 more structures, officials said.
September 9, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Electronic cigarettes helped wean smokers off regular cigarettes in a clinical trial - though the quit rate was essentially the same as for nicotine patches. The trial, conducted in New Zealand, was billed as the first head-to-head comparison of e-cigarettes and nicotine patches. The results were published online Monday in the journal Lancet and presented at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Barcelona, Spain. E-cigarettes are sometimes marketed as smoking-cessation devices, though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns consumers that they have not been approved for that purpose.
September 3, 2013 | By Monte Morin
At least 200,000 Americans die needlessly each year due to heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure, and more than half of these deaths occur in people younger than 65, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All of these premature deaths could be prevented by quitting smoking, controlling blood pressure, keeping cholesterol levels in check and taking aspirin when recommended by a physician, public health experts said. "These findings are really striking.
September 2, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
The Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park grew overnight, with smoke causing air quality issues inside the park. The fire burned an additional 8,000 acres over the last day and has now consumed 231,000 acres. It's 60% contained. "Smoke from the Rim Fire has settled into Yosemite Valley, Wawona, Foresta and other areas, causing air quality impacts," Inciweb reported. "This will persist for the next few days, particularly in the morning hours. " Wind shifts on Friday dumped smoke into the Yosemite Valley, which appeared hazy with decreased visibility on video streaming from webcams in the park . Another shift in the wind is expected Monday or Tuesday, which should help clear the smoke out of the area, park ranger Kari Cobb said.
August 31, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores and Marisa Gerber
Saturday was supposed to be a big day for Billy DePalma. He envisioned a ribbon cutting and then a steady stream of new customers perusing colorful, pen-shaped electronic cigarettes behind glass cases. They'd gawk at his impressive selection of liquid nicotine - flavors like Hubba Bubba Grape, Gummy Bear and Orange Cream Soda - as he fielded questions about the fast-growing trend of "vaping," so-called because users inhale the vapor produced when the liquid is heated. Instead, drywall litters the floor of his dark shop.
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.
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