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April 10, 1986
The increasing clamor for legislation against the tobacco industry borders on hysteria. There's no argument that smoking is bad for health. My wife and I quit four years ago because of that factor. Our three grown children don't use tobacco. It was education that persuaded us, not legislation. Remember when legislation was tried to prohibit alcohol use? Those who do remember know the answer. The same applies to tobacco. W.T. LYNDE Cypress
March 17, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Twenty-eight attorneys general from 24 states, three U.S. territories and Washington, D.C. are pressuring five retailers, including Walgreen Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., to follow the move by CVS Caremark Corp. and end sales of tobacco.  CVS Caremark in early February announced it would stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. The pharmacy and retail chain, which has increased its business providing medical care through clinics, said "the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent" with its purpose.  Health advocates cheered the move and said it would probably spur other retailers to do the same.  The effort was spearheaded by Eric T. Schneiderman and Michael DeWine, attorneys general of New York and Ohio, respectively.
October 31, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
Much as he complains about his gray hair and job stress, President Obama seems to be getting healthier as his term grinds along. Obama's physician reported Monday that the president is in "excellent health. " His cholesterol count is down, his lungs are clear and his colon cancer test was negative, the report showed. Obama's weight is up, but only by a pound. PHOTOS: Obama's first 1,000 days in pictures And he appears to have quit smoking for good; the doctor declared him "tobacco free.
March 5, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Public health officials Wednesday called a new survey that found 70% of stores in Los Angeles County market tobacco, alcohol and junk food to consumers troubling, especially given that many neighborhoods lack alternatives to make healthier choices. Meanwhile, just 12% of stores have exterior advertising for healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, researchers found. The statewide survey looked at the availability and marketing of tobacco products, alcohol and food in retail environments of more than 7,300 California stores.
April 25, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that it will act to ensure the government's right to impose marketing, manufacturing and safety restrictions on "electronic cigarettes," a nicotine delivery device widely billed as an alternative to cigarettes for those trying to quit and for smokers who can't light up. In a letter posted to the FDA's website Monday, Dr. Lawrence R. Deyton, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, said...
October 18, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro
On the eve of the World Series, a group of senators is asking the Major League Baseball Players Assn. to ban all tobacco products from the field. Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) said that 15 million viewers were expected to tune in Wednesday night and that baseball players should set an example for the kids by prohibiting all tobacco, including smokeless tobacco products, on the field, in the dugout and in locker rooms. "That would be a great message," Durbin said on the Senate floor.
December 7, 1999
While worldwide 50 million people have been infected by AIDS (Nov. 24), we need to remind ourselves that 500 million alive today will die of tobacco-related illnesses, while an immoral Congress accepts soft money from American tobacco companies in exchange for not labeling nicotine a drug and being allowed to export cigarettes as weapons of mass destruction. Only 5% of the world's smokers are in the U.S. ROGER NEWELL San Diego
December 14, 2010 | Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
After nearly a decade in decline, marijuana is making a strong comeback among high school students, with growing use and softening attitudes about the risk of smoking pot starting in eighth grade. For the first time since 1981, high school seniors reporting they had smoked marijuana in the last 30 days outnumbered those who said they smoked cigarettes. The National Institute on Drug Abuse on Tuesday issued its 2010 "Monitoring the Future" survey--a yearly look at kids' drug and tobacco use patterns and attitudes.
June 27, 1996
The other side of the righteous war against tobacco companies is that for at least 63 years, in my case, I like every other fatalistic kid knew that nicotine is and was addictive and poison, so it's our own stupid fault for smoking. The media should be blasting the government's subsidies to tobacco, not siding with the opportunistic class-action lawyers who are trying to ruin what could be a valuable capitalistic industry supplying what people want. Besides, the more people smoke, the healthier Social Security will be, and maybe my RJR stock will go back up. TOM HILLMAN Laguna Beach
August 2, 2003
THE article on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Pushkin exhibit ("Pride of Pushkin," by Christopher Knight, July 26) left out one dirty little secret: that Los Angeles County has partnered with tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. to put on this exhibit. Altria is nothing more than the new name of the Philip Morris Co., a company responsible for the deaths of millions of Americans. How in good conscience can the county and its museum of art partner with this "industry of death"? Donald A. Bentley La Puente
February 14, 2014 | By Chris Woolston
Now that people in Colorado (and, soon, Washington state) can buy marijuana about as easily as they can pick up a 12-pack of Bud Light, it's a good time to ask: How risky is it to turn to pot? President Obama has already shared his opinion, telling the New Yorker magazine, "I don't think [marijuana] is more dangerous than alcohol. " The president's opinion stands in stark contrast with official federal policy that still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, putting it in the same class as heroin and LSD. In this case, the president seems to be more correct than the government, says Richard Miller, professor of pharmacology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
February 5, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
It's long struck me as odd that drugstores, the places where most of us get our prescriptions filled for all manner of illnesses, also are go-to spots for cigarettes. With the latter, drugstores worsen the nation's health; with the former, they profit from it. ... Wait, maybe there is a method to that madness. Regardless, the CVS chain, owned by CVS Caremark , is doing the nation a service by ending the sale of tobacco products at its more than 7,600 retail outlets.
February 5, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu, Noam N. Levey and Soumya Karlamangla
CVS Caremark Corp.'s imminent exit from the cigarette and tobacco business - an unprecedented move for a major pharmacy company - is being cheered by many medical professionals and lawmakers as a triumph of corporate responsibility over the bottom line. But industry experts say the strategy shift is less an altruistic endeavor than a savvy marketing ploy from a drugstore giant trying to promote itself as a retail health hub in an age of increasingly self-serve healthcare. "It's smart business on CVS' part," said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia, a state steeped in tobacco history.
February 5, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey and Tiffany Hsu
WASHINGTON - CVS Caremark, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain, plans to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 retail stores by Oct. 1, a landmark decision that would make it the first national pharmacy company to cease tobacco sales. The move, which the company announced Wednesday, comes after years of pressure from public health advocates and medical providers, who have urged retailers to make tobacco products and advertising less available, particularly to children and teenagers.
January 30, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Rep. Henry A. Waxman, one of the nation's most influential liberal lawmakers for nearly four decades, will retire from his Westside seat this year, closing a career in which he successfully championed laws to clean the country's air, regulate cigarettes and steadily expand healthcare coverage for the poor. His retirement, which set off a political scramble among potential replacements, was the latest of a series of departures that are remaking the state's long-stable congressional delegation.
January 13, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - In an effort to clamp down on youth smoking, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced Monday that he was introducing a bill that would block the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to individuals via the Internet. "Internet sales of tobacco products, we know, pose a serious threat to the health and safety of children because there's literally no verification of age when products of tobacco are purchased through the Internet," Dickinson said at a news conference.
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.
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.
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