May 17, 1990 |
Sammy Davis Jr. - agile tap dancer, dramatic singer, able comedian - was also a world-class smoker. During a 1983 interview at the Franklin Plaza Hotel, Sammy smoked five cigarettes in an hour. In his suite, there was a big bowl brimming over with packs of cigarettes. On opening night at the Shubert Theater, he asked to be forgiven for smoking during his act. He said he had "tried everything," but couldn't break the habit. One of his record hits that year was a song called "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette.
November 27, 1990 |
People in some North Philadelphia neighborhoods are three times more likely to suffer from smoking-related respiratory illnesses than other Philadelphia- area residents, according to a study released yesterday by the Delaware Valley Hospital Council. The study also found a higher incidence of the three illnesses - asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis - in some rural areas of Chester County and lower Bucks County. On hearing of the study, a coalition of religious and health organizations that thwarted efforts in January to introduce a new cigarette in predominantly black North Philadelphia promptly announced it would seek a ban on smoking advertisements on billboards in the city and on SEPTA.
June 29, 2012
Chester City parks will soon be smoke free. The Delaware County city recently amended an ordinance to ban tobacco use from within 50 feet of city parks, including playgrounds, basketball or tennis courts, recreation centers, and city swimming pools. The effort is part of the "Young Lungs at Play" campaign, a program supported by the state's Department of Health and funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Friday, city officials will be on hand at the Memorial Park Pool to install the first of about 75 signs to go up in 20 locations announcing the initiative.
December 16, 1991 |
Next month, sister stations KYW-AM (1060) and WMMR-FM (93.3) plan to move under the same roof. Rocker 'MMR is moving out of its sorry studios on Rittenhouse Square into the nicer, newer building at Fifth and Market that KYW shares with KYW-TV. Very cozy - except for one thing. 'MMR's home-to-be is a no-smoking building, from top to bottom. And 'MMR's morning meister John DeBella blows butts like a chimney all day long - especially when he's under the pressure of being on the air. "I didn't vote, therefore I don't obey," DeBella, devoted Marlboro man, says of the no-smoking policy.
May 15, 1986 |
State Auditor General Don Bailey does not make a public issue of smoking, but it certainly is on his mind in his behind-the-scenes campaign for the U.S. Senate. Playfully, but with some seriousness, he frequently lectures campaign aides and staffers about the harmful effects of smoking and, on occasion, snatches cigarettes out of their hands. Mowry Mike, his finance chairman and executive deputy, was sneaking a smoke at a recent Beaver County fund-raising dinner. Because Bailey was busy shaking hands, Mike got through the dinner without Bailey's noticing.
April 10, 1998 |
As a psychologist, I can tell you: If you want to get a group of adolescents to do something that is not in their best interest, the easiest way is say, "We know what's best for you and won't let you do this terrible thing. " Lecture them that some substance is bad for them, make it very expensive and then tell them it is illegal to buy it. Watch all the innovative, creative energy of adolescents suddenly being used in the service of circumventing this edict. Teens, who otherwise would not have considered sucking hot poisonous gases into their lungs, are now finding ways to try this forbidden fruit.
December 8, 1988 |
Philadelphians are more likely than residents of other major cities to smoke, drink heavily, be too fat or too skinny, not wear seat belts, and let the stress in their lives go unchecked, a new study has found. Add all that up and it means that the health practices of Philadelphians are not as good as those of people who live in New York or Los Angeles and just slightly better than those of Chicago residents, the study concluded. On the plus side, Philadelphians ranked first among the major cities in adhering to good nutritional practices, such as limiting fat in their diets, and in the use of smoke detectors in their homes.
June 4, 2012 |
This is your future president on drugs: Barack Obama and his high school buddies would drive to the top of Mount Tantalus in Honolulu, rock out to Aerosmith or Blue Oyster Cult - "Don't Fear the Reaper," perhaps - and fire up some highly potent Hawaiian marijuana. Then they'd chase it with beer. They called themselves the Choom Gang, after a slang term for smoking pot; Obama was the leader and an avid partaker. "When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted, 'Intercepted!
March 25, 2003 |
Students in Kathy Feinstein's 10th-grade biology classes at Cheltenham High School aren't studying science, they are doing science. The students in Feinstein's class last year handed out surveys on smoking issues to all 1,700 students in the school - and nearly 1,000 answered two pages of questions. Her students this year are analyzing the data. Their project, which is supervised by a researcher at nearby Fox Chase Cancer Center, has turned up two preliminary findings that might influence future antismoking campaigns.
January 12, 2004 |
Two years of scientific research by students at Cheltenham High School is now getting results. Since 2002, students have researched the smoking habits of their peers. After learning that teens who smoke cited stress as a key reason for doing so, the high school added a stress-management program to its physical education curriculum. And there are plans to run a 10-week smoking-cessation program later this school year. The program, called N.O.T. (Not on Tobacco), is backed by the American Lung Association.