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Experts increasingly contemplate end of smoking

In this April 8, 2003 file photo, David Ozanich of Brooklyn smokes outside the Live Bait bar in New York after a city-wide ban on smoking in bars and restaurants went into effect. Laws banning smoking in restaurants, bars and workplaces have been implemented in places across the country. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff, File)

.S. health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America.

They have long wished for a cigarette-free America, but shied away from calling for smoking rates to fall to zero or near zero by any particular year. The power of tobacco companies and popularity of their products made such a goal seem like a pipe dream.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Health and Wellness,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Ex-Marlboro Man dies from smoking-related disease

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Eric Lawson, a working actor who portrayed the Marlboro Man in cigarette ads during the late 1970s, has died. He was 72.

Posted: January 27th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Young, jobless most likely to smoke–study

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Citing a study conducted in the United Kingdom that showed that young, jobless people were twice as likely to smoke as those who were employed, the health advocacy group HealthJustice Philippines called on Congress Thursday to enact a law requiring graphic warnings on cigarette packs sold locally, similar to these printed on the cigarette packets on sale in Bangkok, Thailand.  AP PHOTO/APICHART WEERAWONG

Citing a study conducted in the United Kingdom that showed that young, jobless people were twice as likely to smoke as those who were employed, a Quezon City-based health advocacy group called on Congress Thursday to enact a law requiring graphic warnings on cigarette packs sold locally.

Posted: October 4th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

NY Cancer Society says sweet smokes aimed at kids

Cigar enthusiast Brendan Glennon poses with a display of candy-flavored cigars at a custom tobacco shop in Albany, N.Y., Friday, May 31, 2013. The American Cancer Society is pushing to make New York the first state to enact a comprehensive restriction on the sale of candy-and fruit-flavored cigarillos, chewing tobacco and tobacco used in water pipes. AP photo

They come in brightly colored, shiny packages in fun flavors like chocolate, blueberry, gummy bear, wine and pink berry. But the American Cancer Society says the little cigars and packages of loose tobacco are aimed at kids and are just as deadly as cigarettes.

Posted: June 1st, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Sin tax law effects: Smokers find way to scrimp on cigarettes, share sticks with friends

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While smokers would readily share a stick or two to an acquaintance in the past, these days, smokers have become stingy with their cigarettes, due to higher retail prices brought about by the sin tax law. AFP FILE PHOTO/JAY DIRECTO

Forgot to buy your cigarette or did you suddenly run out of a stick to light? Think twice before asking somebody to hand you one. More likely, fellow smokers would tell you they have run out of sticks, too.

Posted: February 14th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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