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July 22, 2013 | By Susan FitzGerald, For The Inquirer
Jaimee Drakewood hurried in from the rain, eager to get to her final appointment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Ever since her birth 23 years ago, a team of researchers has been tracking every aspect of her development - gauging her progress as an infant, measuring her IQ as a preschooler, even peering into her adolescent brain using an MRI machine. Now, after nearly a quarter century, the federally funded study was ending, and the question the researchers had been asking was answered.
NEWS
June 13, 2006
WHY DOES Novella K. Lyons feel the need to segment the fight for clean air in the workplace? This is an issue that has absolutely nothing to do with race, yet she finds the need to mention lung-cancer rates for African-American males only, not once pointing out that maybe the reason for such high numbers is that one in every five adult African-Americans are smokers. Let's keep the focus on making it safer for food-service workers of all colors. Deric L. Adger, Philadelphia
NEWS
September 12, 2008
IT'S unbelievable that the state leggies and governor would pick a day that will live forever in our hearts and minds to be the start of a socialist smoking law? The arrogance of the anti-smoking cartel and anti-small business pols to not only enact this socialist law but to implement it on 9/11. Geesh! Don Minichino, Stormville, N.Y.
NEWS
September 7, 1986
Recently the National Academy of Sciences stated that cigarette smoking on board aircraft should be banned altogether because cigarette smoke may be harmful to nonsmokers and the crew. Being a reformed cigarette smoker, I can state unequivocally that cigarette smoke to me is obnoxious on an aircraft whether it is near me or a passing breeze. Inasmuch as cigarette smoking has never been demonstrated to improve anyone's health, inasmuch as it has been demonstrated to be harmful to the health of those who smoke, inasmuch as cigarette smoking is usually bothersome to the nonsmoker, I heartily agree that cigarette smoking should be banned.
NEWS
June 3, 1988 | By Daniel LeDuc, Inquirer Staff Writer
The signs used to say, "Thank You for Not Smoking. " Now, they insist, "If You Smoke, Don't Exhale. " Restaurant patrons storm up to smokers and demand that they stub out their cigarettes. Throughout the country, hundreds of laws that restrict smoking force smokers to puff in bathrooms and closets. In at least one case in Southern California, a woman was refused a job because she smoked. And last month, smoking was banned on commercial airline flights of less than two hours. Those are some visible signs of what more and more people believe: Smoking is no longer a nasty habit, but a harmful practice, and people who continue to smoke deserve to have their judgment questioned.
NEWS
November 25, 1987 | By Nancy Nowicki, Special to The Inquirer
Last month, Cherry Hill Moving & Storage Co. banned smoking in its office. On Thursday, the moving company, in association with the American Cancer Society, took its anti-smoking campaign on the road. One of its 45-foot moving vans traveled around Camden and Gloucester Counties asking residents to give up smoking during the Cancer Society's annual "Great American Smokeout. " During a new segment of the nationwide event, the moving company's van hosted the "Great American Sign-up.
NEWS
April 7, 1990 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
The chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee wants the state to help medical-assistance recipients quit smoking. Sen. John E. Peterson (R., Venango) has introduced legislation that would provide $133,000 to the Department of Public Welfare next year for people who use prescriptions or enter programs designed to help them stop smoking. "The studies have shown that the cost of providing some of the deterrents is a lot less than taking care of some of the consequential health problems that arise," said Barbara Gleim, executive director of the committee.
NEWS
November 27, 2010
The Food and Drug Administration's plan for gruesome warnings on cigarette packaging will help public health officials level the playing field in a way that could save lives. With authority granted by Congress in 2009, the FDA has ordered that half of every cigarette pack - both front and back - must contain a photo depicting the health ills of smoking, as well as the blunt warning that "Smoking can kill you. " Not for the faint of heart, these shocking images: About two years from now, cigarette packs will display diseased lungs, toe-tagged bodies, terminally ill cancer patients, and the like.
NEWS
November 11, 1997 | By Aileen Soper, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Three security guards hired by the district to catch underage smokers at Friday's football playoff game against Plymouth-Whitemarsh handed out four $50 citations to violators, school officials said yesterday. The district spent $200 on the extra security to crack down on what students and administrators said was a problem at home games. Until now, the district has not aggressively enforced its no-smoking policy at the stadium, school officials said. "I think it [the enforcement effort]
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August 16, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Military veterans and New Jersey lawmakers are lobbying Gov. Christie with new vigor to approve a bipartisan bill that would allow marijuana use to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. In the past, the Christie administration had rebuffed requests to add the condition to the list of ailments that qualify for cannabis use. But Christie did not rule out signing the bill when asked about it two weeks ago at a news conference. "I'll read it," he said, softening a bit from his oft-repeated previous statements that he would veto any expansion of the six-year-old medical marijuana program.
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August 13, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
As a pregnant faculty member at Community College of Philadelphia six years ago, Kristy Shuda McGuire would walk through "clouds of smoke" to get into her building. "It really bothered me," said McGuire, an associate biology professor. The college had a ban on smoking inside buildings and near entrances, but that left a lot of areas of campus vulnerable. McGuire got herself on the college's business affairs committee, which deals with building usage, and pushed for tighter restrictions.
NEWS
August 11, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
For N.A. Poe, a marijuana-legalization activist from Philadelphia, running for state attorney general was a lark to draw attention to the issue. The state Republican and Democratic Parties didn't find it funny. Both parties filed legal challenges Monday seeking to remove Poe - a stage name for the activism work and comedian act of Richard Tamaccio - from the Nov. 8 general election ballot as the Libertarian Party candidate. Poe on Tuesday said he was examining his options, one of which was to "bow out gracefully.
NEWS
August 9, 2016 | By Casey Gilman, Staff Writer
Backyard barbecuing or sitting around a campfire in the summer, toasty hands and roasted chestnuts in the winter - in any season, people love a nice fire. And in the smoke that those flames produce, scientists may have found a clue to the success of our species. For prehistoric humans, including Neanderthals, fire was their technology, providing heat, light, and a means of making more foods digestible. But when they made those fires in caves, they would also inhale great quantities of smoke and its toxic chemicals.
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August 7, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
On an Atlantic City beach, a group of five adults recently sat a few feet from the ocean, some with lit cigars in hand. They placed makeshift ashtrays, really just upside-down seashells, next to their beach chairs, storing discarded cigars there. Two from the group - Monica Plumley, 48, of Glassboro, and Shelley Gatanis, 50, of Woodstown - had just met each other that day, and bonded over cigars. "I want to be able to do anything that's appropriate freely," Plumley said of their right to smoke on the sand.
NEWS
July 13, 2016
Philadelphia homeland-security detectives were questioning two people found on the roof of a Center City hotel with smoke bombs and cameras Monday night, police said. The two were on the roof of the Hyatt at the Bellevue in the 200 block of South Broad Street. Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan, who oversees homeland security, said Monday that "at this time no crime has been committed," but his detectives were conducting "noncustodial interviews. " - Robert Moran
NEWS
July 5, 2016
Across wide swaths of the Shore, vacationers who are the lifeblood of New Jersey's multibillion-dollar tourism industry are spared from secondhand smoke wafting over from the next blanket. Why not every beach? That's the question Trenton lawmakers have asked - and answered with conviction - during two successive sessions, passing statewide bans on smoking on all beaches and in public parks. The most recent move came just weeks ago with a measure championed by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D., Gloucester)
FOOD
June 30, 2016
Makes 3-5 servings One three-bone uncut rack of beef short ribs from the plate section of the rib cage, weighing 31/2 to 4 pounds (see note) Light olive oil (not virgin) 2 tablespoons kosher salt 2 tablespoons freshly cracked black pepper 1 can beef broth 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce Barbecue sauce (optional) 1. The night before you intend to smoke the ribs, place your wood chunks in water to soak until you need them. 2. Also the night before, rub the rack of ribs all over with a light coating of olive oil. Generously sprinkle the salt and pepper over the ribs, being sure to hit all sides.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
Adapted from a recent online discussion.   Question: What if the person you need to forgive is yourself? I bullied my younger sister as a kid/teen, and as a grown thirty-something, I feel incredible shame and guilt. I have apologized to her as an adult, which she seemed to have accepted, and I know much of it stemmed from being bullied and abused throughout those years myself. However, I can't seem to get past how I contributed to a lousy childhood for my sister - someone for whom I would now do anything and who will barely speak to me and the rest of our family.
NEWS
May 7, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
The Montgomery County Housing Authority has become the latest public housing agency to ban smoking. Starting July 1, the ban affects its 616 units countywide, executive director Joel Johnson said at a county commissioners meeting Thursday. The policy prohibits smoking indoors but will allow residents to smoke outside at least 25 feet away from buildings. It mirrors bans in Philadelphia and Chester County, and a broader effort in public housing nationwide. In November, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said it would require all federally subsidized housing authorities to implement nonsmoking policies in the next several years.
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