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  • Young or old, quitting smoking can add years, new study shows

    LOS ANGELES – It’s never too late to quit smoking, and researchers have new data to prove it. Even at the age of 64, kicking the habit can add four …


  • Neighbors rescue man from north Spokane home

    Neighbors called 911 then led an elderly man to safety after a home in north Spokane caught fire on Sunday afternoon.


  • Advocates: Cities passing rules targeting homeless

    COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Army veteran Don Matyja was getting by alright on the streets of this city tucked in Southern California suburbia until he got ticketed for smoking …


  • Downtown’s Beignets closes, blames loiterers

    Owners of a downtown Spokane restaurant are closing their doors and blaming teens and adults who they say loiter on the block and harass customers. Judie Sowards, who owns Beignets …


  • Two-thirds of Indonesian men smoke, tops in world

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian men rank as the world’s top smokers, with two out of three of them lighting up in a country where cigarettes cost pennies and tobacco …


  • Court upholds block on graphic cigarette warnings

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a decision barring the federal government from requiring tobacco companies to put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packages …


  • Getting There: Road work closes STA Plaza’s smoking area

    Smokers outside the Spokane Transit Authority bus station downtown are going to have to take a hike from now on. STA over the weekend removed the Plaza’s small designated smoking …


  • County tightens rules on smoking

    Spokane County commissioners are making good on a plan that was unveiled last spring to turn most of the Courthouse campus into a smoke-free zone with the exception of six …


  • Shock player says God told him to start fire

    A pro football player who leapt from his burning third-floor apartment in Liberty Lake Thursday said he started the blaze with a marijuana blunt because God told him to, authorities …


  • Ex-smoker hopes his loss will be others’ gain

    Shawn Wright was a smoker. Nothing could stop him: not the death of his father; not the scolding of doctors; not the high taxes; not the banishment from bars and …


  • Commission opts for smoking areas away from doors

    The Spokane County government campus is littered with violations of Washington’s smoking-in-public-places law, literally. Cigarette butts are strewn across sidewalks and courtyards.


  • CDC: Too many kids breathe others’ smoke in cars

    Texting while driving, speeding and back-seat hanky-panky aren’t all that parents need to worry about when their kids are in cars: Add secondhand smoke to the list.


  • Eye on Boise: E-cigarette bill opponent saw smoke, mirrors

    BOISE – A St. Maries legislator raised fears about a “nanny state” when the Idaho House considered legislation this week to ban the sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes to children, but …


  • Nonini solo cigarette smoker in Statehouse

    BOISE – Standing outside the Capitol on a brisk January afternoon, Rep. Bob Nonini cups his hand deftly to shelter a cigarette – not from the wind, but from a …


  • Idaho bill would ban e-cigarettes for kids

    Current Idaho law bans tobacco products from being sold to children, but doesn’t cover a new product called “e-cigarettes,” electronic cigarettes that contain no tobacco, but instead allow users to …


  • Spin Control: Study the issues, candidates – like Dick’s vs. Ron’s

    People who want to be elected to statewide office in 2012 are already wandering around the state, announcing their campaigns and trying to establish their bona fides with the good …


  • Smoking ban at low-income properties has mixed support

    The Spokane Housing Authority, one of the Spokane area’s biggest landlords to the poor, is banning smoking in individual apartments and common spaces at all its residential properties. The no-smoking …


  • Poll: Idahoans favor sin tax hike

    BOISE – Idahoans overwhelmingly support raising state taxes on cigarettes and alcohol to address the state’s budget deficit, even as they oppose other tax hikes and spending cuts, according to …


  • Poll: Idahoans favor big cigarette tax hike

    Idahoans overwhelmingly support raising state taxes on cigarettes and alcohol to address the state’s budget deficit, according to a new statewide poll, even as they oppose other tax hikes and …


  • Providence bans tobacco

    Providence Health Care is banning tobacco use at all of its properties, including Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital.


  • Budget cuts eliminate survey used for drug prevention programs

    BOISE – Idaho has made much of a startling statistic – that teen meth use in the state dropped 52 percent from 2007 to 2009. It’s the largest percentage drop …


  • Smoking ban sought for multi-unit housing

    TACOMA – The fight over smoking restrictions in Washington state has moved from bars and office buildings to private residences. A group called People United for Smoke-Free Housing has asked …


  • Big screen becoming smoke-free

    There’s a lot less smoking in the movies these days, a new report shows. Tobacco use on the silver screen peaked in 2005 and has been on the decline since, …


  • Deadly fire caused by smoking in bed

    A fire that killed a 49-year-old woman at the Bel-Air 7 Motel in Spokane on Tuesday morning was caused by smoking in bed, officials said Thursday.


  • Cigar tastings aren’t just blowing smoke

    Want a drink with that stogie? Stick to cognac, bourbon and scotch, but avoid milk and soda. And if you want to delve even deeper into the finer points of …


  • Pipe smoking does have health risks

    Dear Annie: My dad has started to smoke pipes, and I am worried. His dentist told him to stop because of gum cancer. He says he doesn’t inhale so he …


  • Barbecue course to teach finer points

    Whether competition barbecue is a hobby or it is time to take backyard smoking to the next level, the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association has a class to consider. Anthony James …


  • Gregoire signs package of tax hikes

    OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire signed two major tax increases Friday, insisting the state had no choice but to raise taxes on a wide range of businesses and consumer goods …


  • Report links smoking, depression

    LOS ANGELES – Despite the now well-known and far-reaching effects of smoking, more than one-fifth of Americans still smoke. Why? For many, it may be hard to quit because they …


  • Washington tax may send smokers east

    Cigarettes soon will cost about $8 a pack as Washington legislators add another $1 in taxes. The higher state taxes – which brings the total on every pack to $3 …

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