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OPINION
January 1, 2011
Smoking remains a particularly awful habit. Not only is it the leading cause of premature death in the United States, but it directly harms people who don't even touch it. All they have to do is be in the same vicinity as a smoker. Overeating is a national problem too, but there's no such thing as secondhand Twinkies. So it's heartening to hear that the results of a state survey, released in December, show that adults in California are less likely to smoke than adults almost anywhere else in the nation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1997 | THOMAS BRANDT, Thomas Brandt is a Washington-based health policy consultant
There is an irony to evil. The shooter in a drug gang killing will be prosecuted aggressively, "to the full extent of the law," as they say. So will the murderer of a gas station attendant, the child abuser and so forth, as they should. However, in the universe of man's inhumanity to man, these are small change. The irony is that those who manage the mega-atrocities often retire to villas, rule nations or run billion-dollar business empires.
HEALTH
July 21, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Tobacco company rep David Howard waxes enthusiastic when he talks about a new product his employer, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., has developed: a pellet of finely cured tobacco, binders and flavoring that dissolves in the mouth in 10 minutes. Under test market in two U.S. cities — Denver and Charlotte, N.C. — Camel Orbs will join two dissolvable tobacco lozenges already on the market if it graduates to broader distribution. And Howard is optimistic it will. "These products provide smokers with an option to enjoy the pleasure of nicotine without bothering others," Howard said.
SCIENCE
May 14, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
After years of decline , the rate of smokeless tobacco use among young people has leveled off, new research shows. In 2011, 5.2% of middle school and high school students in the U.S. reported using snuff, chewing tobacco or dipping tobacco at least once in the 30 days before they were interviewed for the National Youth Tobacco Survey , which is conducted by the Centers for Disease Patrol and Prevention. That's essentially the same as the 5.3% of young people who were considered smokeless tobacco users in 2000.
NEWS
October 12, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The nation's biggest tobacco companies denied a press report that they had proposed talks to settle a $14-billion Medicaid lawsuit filed against the industry by Texas. The Dallas Morning News reported Saturday that national industry attorneys had approached state officials and talks were in the "infancy stage." But Dan Webb, the tobacco companies' lead attorney in the Texas case, denied the reports and said the industry was intent on going to trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hoping to keep tobacco out of the hands of minors, the Board of Supervisors unanimously aproved ordinances that limit free distribution of cigarettes and regulate locations of vending machines. Tobacco companies "prey upon young people who are already down on their luck. You don't see them distributing free cigarettes in Piedmont or Beverly Hills," said Supervisor Don Perata, who sponsored the ordinances.
NEWS
February 16, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop said any money from congressional action against tobacco companies should be spent fighting smoking and the diseases it causes rather than research, as President Clinton has proposed. Clinton has suggested boosting science and health research, in particular cancer research. Koop welcomed the prospect of money from tobacco companies to make up for what he said are $100 billion a year in costs to society from smoking, but he urged caution in spending
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