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  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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,” …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Heart attacks fall after smoking bans

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Public smoking bans do more than just clear the air in offices, bars and restaurants – they lead to quick and dramatic declines in heart attacks. …


  • Wash. smoking rate hits new low for 6th year

    OLYMPIA — A state Health Department Survey has found fewer adults are smoking tobacco in Washington. The survey found 15.3 percent of Washington adults smoked in 2008, down from 16.5 …


  • Idaho again offers help to smokers looking to quit

    Once again, would-be ex-smokers can request free nicotine patches, gum and lozenges from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Project Filter.


  • Anti-smoking vote gives US agency new power

    WASHINGTON— Congress struck the U.S. government’s strongest anti-smoking blow in decades Thursday with a Senate vote to give regulators new power to limit nicotine in cigarettes, drastically curtail ads and …


  • Stop-smoking program demand skyrockets

    Demand for free nicotine patches and other stop-smoking aids skyrocketed in Idaho after the federal government hiked tobacco taxes by 62 cents this spring.


  • Smoking ban leaves only memories of ‘guilt-free’ fun

    Coming of age in the ’70s and ’80s, I’ve witnessed first-hand the now-nearly-complete cultural transformation of a once-adoring public to turn their backs on cigarette smoking for good. At least …


  • Unenforced tobacco ban in Spokane parks remains, for now

    A two-week-old ban on tobacco products in Spokane parks will remain in place as officials reconsider the prohibition. The Spokane Park Board, which voted unanimously last month to impose the …


  • Board delays decision on park smoking ban

    A decision on whether to ban smoking in Spokane parks has been delayed for more review. The Spokane Park Board had been scheduled to consider the proposal Thursday, but the …


  • When the air inside is bad

    Parents have long known that the polluted, pollinated air outdoors can bring on asthma attacks in their children. Now it turns out that many asthmatic inner-city kids are under assault …


  • Smoking as risky as obesity

    Pop quiz for teenagers: Are you more likely to die from smoking more than 10 cigarettes a day or from being obese? According to a study from the British Medical …


  • For Obama, nicotine gum rides smoking’s coattails

    Chew ’em if you got ’em, Mr. President. Everybody wants to guilt-trip Barack Obama for smoking cigarettes, but nobody so far has tried to shame him off Nicorette gum. For …


  • Stress is driving folks to smoke

    The stress of empty wallets and mounting bills is triggering a return to old habits: former smokers are lighting up again.


  • Our View: America has a healthier attitude toward smoking

    This week marks the Great American Smokeout and the 10th anniversary of the settlement agreement between the states and several large tobacco companies. The 1998 deal resulted in $206 billion …


  • Smoking ban still hot topic

    OLYMPIA – Walk up the stairs above Frankie’s bar in Olympia, and it’s like stepping back to 2005. Bar patrons are talking over tall mugs of beer, nothing unusual about …


  • Not too late for teens to get a job

    OLYMPIA – OK, so your kid put off trying to find a summer job, and now it looks like it’s too late. Take heart, says the state Employment Security Department, …


  • Ftc Moves To Snuff Out Joe Camel

    The Federal Trade Commission moved to ban suave Joe Camel on Wednesday, charging R.J. Reynolds with using the popular cartoon advertising campaign to target children. RJR, the nation’s No. 2 …


  • Legislation Allows Cities To Enact Tougher Tobacco Rules

    Senate-passed amendments were enough Tuesday to convince most House skeptics to approve legislation billed as a better way to keep youths away from tobacco while eliminating some burdens on business. …


  • Minors Easily Buy Cigarettes

    A check of Missoula stores to gauge compliance with the state law against tobacco sales to minors found a violation rate of 50 percent, topping the results in Havre, Helena, …


  • They Don’t Have The Right To Kill Us

    I went to see my sister last weekend and I just wish Bob Dole could have come along with me. She is in a nursing home now under hospice care. …


  • Tobacco Institute Accused Of Spying

    The American Cancer Society accused the tobacco industry Tuesday of infiltrating the agency in the 1970s to learn how it planned to address the idea of safer cigarettes. The cancer …


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