October 15, 2013
No smoking here With regard to the push to ban smoking in casinos, there is little to no chance of current proposals becoming law ("A risk casinos can do without," Oct. 4). Instead, legislators and public-health advocates should consider smoke-free electronic cigarettes as a solution. According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, e-cigarette vapor contains fewer toxicants than secondhand smoke. Data like this led Drexel University professor Igor Burstyn to conclude in a recent, comprehensive review that the vapor poses no threat.
October 8, 2013 |
EAST RUTHERFORD N.J. - Two things that felt inevitable finally happened yesterday at MetLife Stadium. First, the Eagles won a football game, which the NFL's second-ranked offense just about had to get around to doing again sooner or later. For now we won't quibble with the fact that Eli Manning had to throw three fourth-quarter interceptions to seal the outcome. And second, 33-year-old Michael Vick watched the second half of the Eagles' 36-21 victory over the host New York Giants from the sideline, wearing a baseball cap, after grabbing his left hamstring at the end of a 13-yard run to the New York sideline with 4:31 left in the second quarter.
September 30, 2013 |
The American Society of Home Inspectors contacted me with its concerns regarding ionization smoke detection. According to the National Fire Protection Association, ionization alarms have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates that ionizes the air and causes current to flow between the plates. When smoke enters a chamber, it disrupts the flow of ions, reducing the flow of current, activating the alarm. Though such alarms respond best to "flaming fires," the group says, photoelectric smoke detection is more responsive to fires that begin with smoldering.
September 29, 2013 |
NUMEROUS Philly firefighters were in the unusual position yesterday of having to douse furious flames at their own building. An ambulance inexplicably caught fire inside the headquarters for Ladder 2, at 4th and Arch streets, shortly after 11:30 a.m., filling the Old City firehouse with a blanket of black smoke. "It's not something that you see often," said Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Two medics called for help after trying unsuccessfully to put out the fire, which appeared to have started in the engine, with an extinguisher, Ayers said.
September 21, 2013 |
Larry Dennis started smoking at 16, usually Newports, and he didn't quit until March. "I stopped because I knew we couldn't smoke no more in here," Dennis, 57, said Thursday afternoon outside the Church Street towers in West Chester, where he lives in public housing. "I wanted to anyway. It was better for me. " The Housing Authority of Chester County is the first in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey to go smoke-free, although the Philadelphia Housing Authority hopes to test a policy at four pilot sites within a year.
September 16, 2013 |
A half-century after a U.S. Surgeon General's report raised the alarm on tobacco, most Americans know that smoking may eventually cause lung cancer. Far less appreciated is what can happen just minutes - 60 seconds, according to some research - after taking in a breath of smoke, even secondhand. In the bloodstream, platelets are activated and become sticky. They clump together to form clots that can cause a heart attack or stroke. They stick to artery walls, ripping the lining when blood flow increases and interfering with the vessels' ability to expand and contract as needed.
September 4, 2013 |
AT SOME POINT during the long weekend in which we didn't publish a newspaper, you probably heard and read pretty much all you cared to hear or read about Danny Watkins. But teams don't give up on first-round draft picks after 2 years very often; the Eagles hadn't done that since they acknowledged their terrible error in the 1997 drafting of defensive end Jon Harris. So some sort of postmortem is required for the departure of the man who epitomizes the futility of the Eagles' 2011 draft, and underlines the personnel mistakes that paved Andy Reid's road to Kansas City.
August 25, 2013 |
John D'Alessandro, 50, recently finished a six-week group-counseling and smoking-cessation course, "Clear the Air," at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. It has helped the two-pack-a-day smoker cut his use in half. D'Alessandro, of Broomall, began smoking at age 7 and stopped "cold turkey" 35 years later after coughing up a piece of pink flesh in the shower. But six years passed, the fear eased, and his old urges returned. "It was just the one, and one turned into two the next night, and within a week or two, I bought a pack," he said.
August 17, 2013 |
Question: We live in a circa-1890 rowhouse and have a good relationship with the family next door. We were very happy for them when they had central air-conditioning installed three summers ago. The problem: The bedroom where we keep our clothes is next to their bedroom of a heavy smoker. Our wall is brick and plaster and beadboard; their wall is exposed brick. As soon as hot weather arrives and they use their AC, a strong smell of smoke enters our room. Our efforts to deal with this include using a filtered air purifier, closing the bedroom door to keep the smell from spreading throughout the house, employing an air freshener, and taping over an electrical socket.
August 11, 2013 |
An unemployed hotel worker had smoked "wet" - a potent mix of marijuana and PCP - before he speeded into oncoming traffic, killing a mother and daughter, in January, a Camden County prosecutor said Friday. Anaida Medina, 36, and her daughter Stephanie Garcia, a senior at Cherry Hill High School West, died at the scene on Chapel Avenue in Merchantville on Jan. 31. The family had recently moved from Elizabeth, N.J. Garcia, 18, had repeated her junior year because she had missed school to take care of her mother, who was recovering from back surgery, said Medina's brother, Richard Quinones, 39. Keith Johnson Jr., 31, of Pennsauken, pleaded not guilty Friday in Superior Court to charges of vehicular homicide in the two deaths, and of assault by auto in the injury to his own female passenger.