Stories tagged: smoking
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 …
Thu., April 15, 2010
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 …
Wed., April 14, 2010
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 …
Fri., April 2, 2010
No-smoking rules get emphasis in Spokane
The Spokane Regional Health District has begun its own kind of emphasis patrol, seeking to find, educate and, if necessary, punish businesses that violate the state’s Smoking in Public Places …
Sat., Jan. 23, 2010
Smoker’s family helps others quit
Shirley Wagoner remembers her big brother sneaking out to the woods behind their St. Maries home when he was a teenager to smoke cigarettes. “In the ’50s, it was cool,” …
Fri., Jan. 22, 2010, 5:38 p.m.
Anti-smoking program gets gift in memory of N. Idaho man
Shirley Wagoner remembers her big brother sneaking out to the woods behind their St. Maries home when he was a teenager to smoke cigarettes.
Fri., Jan. 22, 2010
Quitting smoking raises survival after cancer
LONDON – People with early lung cancer who quit smoking could double their chances of surviving, a new study says. Until now, there has been little proof that quitting smoking …
Tue., Jan. 5, 2010
Smokers who quit risk diabetes, study finds
LOS ANGELES – Smoking raises the risk of diabetes, but new research indicates that – at least in the short term – kicking the habit increases the risk even more. …
Fri., Nov. 13, 2009
U.S. smoking rate puffs up slightly
ATLANTA – Cigarette smoking rose slightly for the first time in almost 15 years, dashing health officials’ hopes that the U.S. smoking rate had moved permanently below 20 percent. A …
Tue., Nov. 10, 2009
Plan now for Great American Smokeout
If you are a smoker, when was the last time you said, “I need to quit”? The American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout is Nov. 19, and the best …
Fri., Oct. 16, 2009
Smoking bans cut all heart attacks
Bans on smoking in public and in workplaces can sharply reduce the number of heart attacks among both smokers and nonsmokers, according to a report issued Thursday by the Institute …
Tue., Sept. 29, 2009
Makers of E-cigarettes promise a healthier way to smoke
Tonya Moraffah takes a deep drag on her cigarette, feels the soothing surge of nicotine and explains what extinguished her 30-year, pack-a-day smoking habit. Every evening, she plugs her battery-operated …