Stories tagged: smoking
Thu., March 14, 2013, 5:46 p.m.
Survey: Alcohol, tobacco use down among Washington teens
One in six Washington youth ages 12 to 17 has seriously considered suicide, and 8 percent of students in eighth and 10th grades have attempted suicide in the past year, …
Mon., Feb. 25, 2013, 3:09 p.m.
Koop, who transformed surgeon general post, dies
With his striking beard and starched uniform, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop became one of the most recognizable figures of the Reagan era — and one of the most …
Thu., Jan. 24, 2013
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 …
Mon., Nov. 12, 2012, 7:44 a.m.
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.
Mon., Oct. 8, 2012, 12:16 a.m.
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 …
Thu., Oct. 4, 2012
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 …
Tue., Sept. 11, 2012, 1:19 a.m.
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 …
Fri., Aug. 24, 2012, 5:42 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Aug. 20, 2012
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 …
Tue., Aug. 14, 2012
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 …
Thu., June 14, 2012, 5:46 p.m.
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 …
Sat., April 28, 2012
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 …
Thu., March 29, 2012, 6 a.m.
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.
Mon., Feb. 6, 2012, 4:13 a.m.
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.
Sun., Feb. 5, 2012
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 …
Sat., Feb. 4, 2012
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 …
Mon., Jan. 30, 2012, 3:27 p.m.
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 …
Sun., July 3, 2011
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 …
Thu., March 24, 2011
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 …
Fri., Nov. 19, 2010
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 …
Thu., Nov. 18, 2010, 4:17 p.m.
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 …
Tue., Nov. 16, 2010
Providence bans tobacco
Providence Health Care is banning tobacco use at all of its properties, including Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital.
Sun., Sept. 12, 2010
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 …
Mon., Aug. 30, 2010
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 …
Tue., Aug. 24, 2010
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, …
Fri., Aug. 13, 2010
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.
Wed., June 16, 2010
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 …
Tue., June 15, 2010
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 …
Wed., April 28, 2010
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 …
Fri., April 23, 2010, 2:34 p.m.
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 …