| Jan 21, 2014
Fifty years ago this month, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry announced the bombshell conclusions of a new report to a crowded room of journalists: Cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, is associated with other deadly illnesses and warrants remedial...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 6:31 PM
SACRAMENTO – California regulators recently gave a go-ahead for Lyft, Sidecar and other services to provide ride-sharing to smartphone users.
Now, it's up to the insurance industry to develop products to meet a requirement that drivers and...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 11:00 AM
One out of 10 American high school students used e-cigarettes in 2012, along with nearly three in 100 middle-school students, according to a new federal report. That’s about double the rate of e-cigarette use in 2011.
The sharp increase has public...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
The duty-free shopping business is headed for a worldwide sales mark close to $50 billion this year, says a recent report from the Paris-based Tax Free World Association. Clearly, those deals must appeal to somebody, but my take is that they're limited to...
| Oct 8, 2013
Re "The haze around e-cigarettes," Editorial, Oct. 3
You are correct that the scientific community does not yet know enough about the potential health effects of nicotine in e-cigarettes. However, the tobacco industry likely has all that information...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 9:10 AM
Restaurants don't know what to do about them. Critics claim they're “peddling addiction” to kids. Defenders say they're anti-cancer. Lawmakers in this state can't decide if they're good, or bad, or both, while officials in 40 states (including...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 2:18 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most young people in the U.S. who use newer smokeless tobacco products are smoking cigarettes too, according to new research.
"These findings are troubling, but not surprising, as tobacco companies spend huge sums to market...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Electronic cigarettes are either a potent weapon in the war against tobacco, or they are an insidious menace that threatens to get kids hooked on nicotine and make smoking socially acceptable again.
There are health experts who back each point of view....
| Dec 27, 2013
| 4:05 PM
A requirement for minors to notify their parents before having an abortion and a new tax on tobacco products are among the proposals that could be headed to the state ballot next fall.
Sponsors of both have received clearance from the Secretary of State...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 4:21 PM
Fifty years ago, the fact that smoking is bad for you was not exactly hot news. "Coffin nail," the slang term for a cigarette, had been around since the 19th century. The even more graphic "cancer stick" dated from 1955.
But in January 1964, the surgeon...
| Jan 10, 2014
The 1964 U.S. Surgeon General's report on smoking — the first official acknowledgment by the federal government that smoking kills — was an extraordinarily progressive document for its time. It swiftly led to a federal law that restricted...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 4:49 PM
Starting this year, UC Riverside and all other University of California campuses will be tobacco-free, part of a nationwide trend.
The campuses are following the lead of UCLA, which barred cigarettes and other tobacco products from campus last year....