July 18, 2015
A story Friday on the death of Springfield Literacy Center teacher Scott Matsinger incorrectly identified his alma mater, Albright College. A story Friday on the decision of the Philadelphia Housing Authority to ban smoking in its properties contained an incorrect comparison. The PHA is the largest housing authority to ban smoking. Houston is a larger city than Philadelphia but its housing authority is smaller.
July 18, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Housing Authority's board of commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to ban smoking in all PHA units. Housing officials said Philadelphia, with 80,000 low-income tenants, is the largest city in the country to enact such a prohibition. The new rules are to take effect Aug. 5. According to a poll released by the PHA, 35 percent of respondents smoked or lived with a smoker, and 55 percent supported living in smoke-free housing. Herbert Wetzel, the board's vice chairman, said PHA officials and public-housing residents worked for months to arrive at "a fair and equitable policy to move forward with.
July 17, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Housing Authority on Thursday will consider banning smoking in some of its properties, a move that officials say would make it the largest public housing agency "in the nation to implement such a policy. " If approved by the Board of Commissioners, the measure would ban smoking in at least some of its units, which house about 80,000 low-income residents, a spokesman said Wednesday. The PHA would not say how comprehensive the ban would be. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than 500 housing agencies, including those in Detroit, Boston, and San Antonio, have smoking bans in place.
July 1, 2015 |
Smoking rates in Philadelphia have dropped to all-time lows, reflecting the effects of a comprehensive tobacco-control campaign, city health officials said Monday. Seven years ago, when rates began steadily falling, 27.3 percent of adults smoked; now, 22.4 percent do. During this period, youth smoking fell from 10.7 to 7.5 percent. Smoking decreased among all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups, according to the data, from a regional survey by the nonprofit Public Health Management Corp.
May 15, 2015 |
We already know that the prospect of earning some cash helps people quit smoking. But a new study from the University of Pennsylvania found that the way cash rewards are structured can make a big difference in how well such programs work. People were far more likely to quit for six months if they had some skin in the game. The problem was getting them to invest some of their own money - they got it back if they stopped smoking - in a reward program. The results were striking enough, though, that CVS Health, which helped fund the study, is launching a deposit-based smoking-cessation program for employees next month.
May 7, 2015 |
The three women killed in a Chester County fire Monday were described as "pillars of the community" who went out of their way to help others. Sally Diane Rimel, 52, and Rolanda L. Rimel, 58, were sisters. Angel Maria Rimel, 37, was Sally Rimel's daughter. They died after being unable to exit the rear deck of the home in a blaze caused by "carelessly discarded smoking materials," Police Chief Curt Martinez said in a statement Tuesday. Two male adults and two children, a boy and a girl, escaped the fire after attempting to rescue the victims from the home in the 300 block of Hill Road in West Caln Township, authorities said.
April 30, 2015 |
Bill Cliver didn't think he'd become a runner later in life. "We were doing everything people our age did. We smoked, we drank, we didn't exercise. We didn't do anything good," said Cliver, 69, of Philadelphia. "Then my wife got very sick with cancer and had chemo and radiation and three surgeries, and all the sudden I realized that people our age die. " That was in 2002. He immediately quit drinking and smoking. He also changed his diet, and he started walking, then alternating in periods of running until he wasn't walking anymore but just running.
April 25, 2015 |
A naked man climbed on top of an out-of-service smoke tower in Vineland, N.J., where police negotiated for three hours Thursday morning to persuade him to come down. "Luckily we were able to talk him down without him getting hurt, or anyone else getting hurt," said Vineland Detective Lt. Matthew Finley. About 7:45 a.m., the man climbed the exterior ladder portion of the smokestack, about 200 feet high, setting off concern that he would jump or fall, Finley said. Emergency crews brought an inflatable cushion, while negotiators talked with the man..
March 20, 2015 |
FOUR RACES into the Sprint Cup season and Tony Stewart's best finish is 30th. What? Are we talking about Tony "Smoke" Stewart, a three-time Cup series champion, one of the most skilled race-car drivers in the world finishing races back in the pack with also-rans? Regrettably, we are. Meanwhile, his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick is winning races (two) and extending his remarkable streak of top-two finishes to seven in a row over two seasons. (The last driver with seven consecutive top-two finishes was Richard Petty, in 1975.)
March 6, 2015 |
A witness testifying Wednesday for defense lawyer Nancy Raynor - hit with nearly $1 million in court-imposed sanctions last Oct. 31 because one of her experts offered banned testimony in a medical-malpractice trial - said Raynor had taken steps to ensure that the information was not heard by the jury. The witness, a trial technician who had been working for the defense team, said he heard Raynor tell the expert witness, Dr. John Kelly, that Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Panepinto had banned any mention that a woman at the center of the trial was a smoker.