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.
February 25, 2015 |
Emergency crews remain at the highway ramp where an oil tanker overturned and burst into flames in Pennsauken Monday morning, authorities said. The accident occurred on Route 130 northbound at the ramp to Route 90. Some news outlets reported that the driver of the tanker was accounted for, and there did not appear to be any other vehicles involved. The fire sent thick black smoke billowing into the sky that could be seen for miles around, including in Northeast Philadelphia. Authorities said a crash team would try to determine the cause of the accident and whether ice or snow was a contributing factor.
February 22, 2015 |
Where there's smoke, there's ire. High-rise condo buildings such as the Dorchester and Society Hill Towers and luxury buildings such as the St. James are starting to ban resident smoking - even in residents' own units. "There is now a growing trend in condominiums nationwide, and especially in urban high-rises, to impose a total ban on smoking anywhere on the property - common areas, indoor and out, and even in the individual residences and on their balconies and patios," said Gary Krimstock, a lawyer specializing in condo-association law with Fineman Krekstein and Harris in Center City.