May 12, 2011 |
RICHMOND, Va. - The head of cigarette-maker Philip Morris International Inc. told a cancer nurse yesterday that although cigarettes are "harmful" and "addictive," it is not that hard to quit. CEO Louis C. Camilleri's statement was in response to comments at its annual shareholder meeting in New York. The nurse, later identified as Elisabeth Gundersen from the University of California-San Francisco, cited statistics that tobacco use kills more than 400,000 Americans and 5 million people worldwide each year.
May 15, 1992 |
The federal deficit is huge and out of control, just like a "gigantic orgasm," Sen. Dennis DeConcini declared yesterday. The Arizona Democrat made the pronouncement at a news conference to endorse a balanced budget amendment. He apparently intended to say "organism. " Instead, DeConcini said he expected the amendment to be approved and that "it's going to be a great day because we're going to finally wrestle to the ground this gigantic orgasm that is just out of control, that just absolutely can't put itself together.
June 27, 2013
More than 400 localities impose their own taxes. Highest combined state, local taxes* 1. New York City ($1.50) + N.Y. state ($4.35) . . . $5.85 2. Chicago ($0.68) + Cook County ($3) + Ill. ($1.98) . . . $5.66 3. Evanston, Ill. ($0.50)** . . . $5.48 4. Cicero, Ill. ($0.16)** . . . $5.14 5. Rosemont, Ill. ($0.05)** . . . $5.03 6. Rest of Cook County ($3) + Ill. ($1.98) . . . $4.98 7. Rest of New York state ($4.35) . . . $4.35 8. Bethel, Ala. ($2.21)
November 13, 1996 |
The East Greenwich Township Committee unanimously adopted an ordinance last night to ban all cigarette vending machines and self-serve racks in the township in an effort to battle juvenile smoking. East Greenwich becomes the first municipality in Gloucester County to ban self-serve racks, which typically are displayed in the front of counters making cigarettes easily accessible to minors, said Laura Steinmetz of the East Greenwich Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
March 25, 1996 |
Public television's Charlie Rose devoted part of a recent show to the poet Joseph Brodsky, the Nobel laureate who died in January. Brodsky was a genius who wrote originally in Russian and, later, after he was exiled from the Soviet Union and came to the United States, in English. He was a sick man with an abiding heart condition and habit he could not break. At only 55 he died - still a smoker. That, anyway, was the testimony of a fellow poet and friend, Anthony Hecht, a Pulitzer-Prize winner and not a man, it seems, given to trivial observations.
June 2, 2002
Just a year after they tried but failed to gut enforcement of Pennsylvania's under-18 ban on tobacco sales, dozens of Harrisburg lawmakers are at it again. Under the guise of toughening penalties for selling cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco to under-age teens, a House-approved measure would let most retailers off the hook. To duck new, higher fines for under-age sales, all retailers would have to prove is that they posted signs and informed their store clerks about the under-18 ban. With that defense available to them periodically, retailers pretty much have the right to shrug off the whole youth-smoking problem.
May 1, 1988 |
The manslaughter trial ended to the delight of the spectators with a surprise witness and the apprehension of the real culprit. The event was such a hit that it was restaged so it could be videotaped as a lesson for others. The trial, The Smoker vs. The Croaker, was a play written by three eighth- grade students at the Mary B. Volz Junior High School in Runnemede. It was first presented last November in conjunction with The Great American Smokeout to an audience of junior high students.
July 12, 1996 |
Millions of Americans have used a simple but effective method to quit smoking. Here's how they did it. They said: "I quit. " And they did. They didn't chew nicotine-laced gum. They didn't put nicotine patches on their arms. They didn't join support groups, go to a clinic, consult a shrink, or undergo hypnosis or acupuncture. They just decided putting smoke in their lungs was bad for their health, and stopped doing it. Was it easy? No. Each experienced some discomfort.
April 14, 2009
WASHINGTON - It was, in many ways, the perfect homage to someone who had been celebrated for his singular style, for his cool, for a Philadelphia lifetime known as Harry the K. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Scott Eyre and several other Phillies players couldn't possibly find a truckload of pastel sportcoats to highjack on such short notice so they did the next best thing, sharing a cigarette in the dugout before yesterday's game at Nationals Park....
December 3, 1998 |
A carelessly discarded cigarette apparently caused the fire that claimed the life Tuesday night of former borough Mayor Carl Lutz. Lutz, 81, who was mayor in the late 1970s and who once co-owned the Logan Inn, was found dead in bed in his heavily damaged hilltop house. Bucks County Fire Marshal William York said the fire was ignited by a cigarette that had been left burning in the TV room next to Lutz's second-floor bedroom. Lutz was known to be a heavy smoker, authorities said.