October 3, 2013 |
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.
April 25, 2011 |
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 |
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 14, 2010 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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