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Proposed California Tobacco Tax Could Add $2 A Pack To Smokers’ Habit

State Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) said an increased tax would not only support prevention programs, but it’s a proven strategy to reduce smoking, especially among those under the age of 18.


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New Study: Secondhand Smoke As Harmful To Pets As People

Ten years ago, Shirley Worthington rushed Tigger to the vet when the dog’s mouth started bleeding. When she was told he had cancer, she knew to blame her heavy smoking, an addiction she couldn’t kick until after her pet died.


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Utah Lawmakers Kill Bill raising Smoking Age To 21

The bill’s sponsor, Republican state Sen. Stuart Reid, had urged support for the measure so Utah could “set the example and make a statement to the nation.”


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Sacramento City Council Floating Restaurant Patio Smoking Ban

The Sacramento City Council is floating another smoking ban, this one expanding current bar and restaurant restriction to patios.


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Manteca Considers Banning Smoking At Its 60 Parks

A crackdown on smoking is underway in Manteca, where city leaders may soon ban smoking in all of its almost 60 parks.


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Sacramento City Councilman Floating Outdoor Smoking Ban

Councilman Steve Hansen is working with the American Cancer Society on crafting an ordinance which would ban smoking in outdoor areas.


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Sacramento Woman’s Alleged Stop Smoking Plan: Slap a Deputy

Etta Lopez, 31, allegedly admitted she sat in front of the county jail for hours, intent on assaulting an officer to get arrested and be put in jail, where she would be forced to stop smoking cigarettes.

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Banned Smokers Migrate From Mercy Hospital To Sacramento Woman’s Front Lawn

It’s an artfully crafted argument. Joanie Pope-Ferry has a message for Mercy Hospital.


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Rocklin Considering Banning Residents From Smoking Outside Their Own Homes

A Placer County town is considering a ban on smoking that some say goes way too far.



iPhone Expels Smoke, Glows On Australia Flight

Apple’s iPhone is the world’s hottest smartphone — and one iPhone in Australia appears to be the hottest of the bunch as it spontaneously began smoking last week.



Stop-Smoking PIll Chantix May Cause Heart Attack, FDA Warns

A popular smoking-cessation drug may raise the risk of heart trouble, the FDA says.


Dramatic Drop Seen In Kids’ Ear Infections

Health officials say there’s been a dramatic drop in the number of ear infections in young children.