Stories tagged: smoking
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 10:21 p.m.
Eastern State Hospital to ban tobacco for patients
Patients at Eastern State Hospital will go tobacco-free in November.
Sat., Sept. 9, 2017
Marian Beaumier: Lifestyle judgment a poor health-care tool
“Reap what you sow” cheapens human life and reduces the complexities of our lives to single choices taken out of context.
Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 8:38 a.m.
In Japan, restaurants to receive subsidies to set up separate smoking areas
Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry intends to subsidize part of the costs that restaurants, cafes and other eating establishments incur to set up rooms or spaces exclusively for smoking, …
Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 1:52 p.m.
Oregon increases legal tobacco age to 21
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed legislation that increases the legal age for using and buying tobacco products from 18 to 21.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 4:58 p.m.
Blowing smoke? E-cigarettes might help smokers quit
People who used e-cigarettes were more likely to kick the habit than those who didn’t, a new study found.
Fri., July 21, 2017, 12:59 p.m.
New Jersey becomes 3rd state to raise smoking age to 21
New Jersey has become the third state to raise its smoking age to 21.
Fri., June 16, 2017, 6:19 a.m.
No longer the hot new thing? Teen vaping falls, study says
Teen vaping, which has been skyrocketing, fell dramatically last year in the United States.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 2:38 p.m.
Czech restaurants, bars go smoke-free after years of debate
A smoking ban in Czech bars, restaurants and cafes came into effect Wednesday, putting to an end the Czech Republic’s status as one of the last havens for tobacco smokers …
Tue., April 18, 2017, 2:53 p.m.
Study: Cigarettes go better with alcohol than marijuana does
For millennials, cigarettes go better with booze than they do with weed. That’s the conclusion of a new University of California, San Francisco study showing tobacco accompanied by alcohol gives …
UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 11:25 p.m.
Spokane health district, CHAS team up to help people quit smoking
Done My Way is a new campaign to get people to quit smoking using evidence-based, mostly free resources. It’s put on by the Spokane Regional Health District and CHAS.
UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 8:35 p.m.
Smoking and vaping age would be 21 under bill that passes Washington House committee
Washington could raise the smoking age to 21 and tax vaping products like cigarettes under bills approved Thursday morning by the House committee that oversees taxes.
Tue., March 21, 2017, 3:29 p.m.
Health leaders call for immediate action to curb smoking in the U.S.
Every year cigarette smoking contributes to about 1 in 5 deaths in the United States. A group of prominent health leaders called for the immediate implementation of national action to …
UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 1:58 p.m.
Idaho Senate panel kills plan to raise smoking age to 21
A plan to bump Idaho’s legal smoking age from 18 to 21 has failed to win enough support among conservative Idaho lawmakers wary of curbing individual freedoms.
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 8:19 p.m.
Outdoor marijuana regulation continues to puzzle in Washington state
How do you regulate something you can’t measure?
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
Bill would raise Idaho’s smoking age from 18 to 21
An Idaho senator says the state should raise its smoking age from 18 to 21.
Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 8:04 p.m.
New bill: Workers can’t be barred from smoking pot off-hours
Employers in Oregon would be prohibited from banning marijuana use by employees during their days off under a bill introduced in the Oregon Senate.
Thu., Jan. 5, 2017, 4:14 p.m.
Cancer death rate projected to be 25 percent lower than 25 years ago, report says
In the year to come, an estimated 1,688,780 in the United States are expected to get a cancer diagnosis, and cancer will claim the lives of a projected 600,920.
Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, 8:37 a.m.
Olympia City Council bans smoking, vaping in parks
Smoking and vaping at all Olympia public parks will be prohibited starting in 2018.
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016, 2:18 p.m.
New federal rule bans smoking in public housing
Smoking will be prohibited in public housing developments nationwide under a final rule announced Wednesday by the Obama administration.
Sat., Nov. 26, 2016, 6:02 p.m.
Some fear California’s e-cigarette tax may deter smokers from making switch
Smoking has dropped to historic lows nationwide, dramatically decreasing revenue from tobacco taxes. In search of funds, a growing number of states are taxing electronic cigarettes – a trend that …
Thu., Nov. 10, 2016, 4:22 p.m.
Marijuana reform went 8 for 9 on the ballot this week. It could be the tipping point.
Reform of marijuana laws won in eight of the nine states where it was put on the ballot, the strongest signal to date that the public is ready to embrace …
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016, 4:36 p.m.
Teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke tobacco, study finds
Los Angeles teenagers are giving health experts a new reason to worry about electronic cigarettes. In a study of more than 3,000 students in L.A. County public schools, those who …
Mon., Oct. 24, 2016, 3:31 p.m.
One-fourth of U.S. cancer deaths linked with smoking
CHICAGO – Cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in Southern states where smoking is more common and …
Tue., Oct. 11, 2016, 1:41 p.m.
New study based on Seattle patients warns of increase in e-cigarette explosions
It was an injury unlike any Dr. Elisha Brownson had seen – a young man whose teeth were blown out when his electronic cigarette exploded in his mouth. His injuries …
Sun., Oct. 9, 2016, 4:59 p.m.
Whatcom County considers vaping ban
Officials in Whatcom County in northwest Washington are considering banning vaping in certain areas.
Tue., Aug. 16, 2016
Dr. Zorba Paster: Smoking affects finances, too
A recent study out of the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that smokers are less likely to be hired and also earn less than non-smokers.
Mon., June 20, 2016, 11:31 a.m.
High court nixes European suit against R.J. Reynolds
The Supreme Court says the European Union can’t pursue a lawsuit accusing tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds of taking part in a global money-laundering scheme that sponsored cigarette-smuggling in Europe.
Fri., June 3, 2016
The Columbian: Raise smoking age to 21
Editorials cover raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 years of age, and the Senate GOP report on the Department of Corrections scandal.
Sat., May 21, 2016
Russell Crowe: There’s more ‘Nice Guys’ where smoking is permitted
LOS ANGELES – When I sit down with an actor, my plan is to discuss their current project in the short time I have. But sometimes the conversation takes a …
Fri., May 6, 2016
FDA’s vaping regulations long overdue
The greatest concern is the increasing number of young people who have been drawn to vaping. Many of them had never smoked before. Rather than kicking an old habit, they’re …