Category Archives: Tobacco and kids

Deadly scourge will kill three-quarters of a million AA and NA members

“…724,153 worldwide members of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous – who are alive today — will die from tobacco, including 499,410 in the United States and Canada…” Continue reading

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Big Tobacco: The biggest and most willing liar

By Jim Gogek In the film noir The Naked City, Detective Muldoon tells the smarmy Frank Niles, “…you are probably the biggest and most willing liar I have ever met.” Muldoon never met the modern day tobacco industry. In its … Continue reading

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Some bad news from California: We’re not a smoke-free state

By Jim Gogek Not too long ago, I was bragging on California in this blog because we have one of the lowest smoking rates in the country, lower than some other states by half. I said that was because California … Continue reading

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ATODblog:2010 in review

Wish I had more time to devote to this blog… Anybody else who thinks the same way I do about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs want to submit a post? Anyway, here’s the figures on readership for last year, courtesy … Continue reading

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Some good news from California: Smoking is waaaay down!

By Jim Gogek These days, Californians don’t hear a lot of  good news about our state, not with budget cuts decimating our once vaunted education system, our parks and other public services. But one thing we’ve done right is quit … Continue reading

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Local governments ignore laws against hookah lounges in California (not to mention their public health threat)

Hookah bars are proliferating in California, and around the country. Though they claim to be about a multicultural experience, they are really about attracting young people to smoke tobacco. People believe that because you smoke fruit-flavored tobacco through a waterpipe, … Continue reading

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Tony Gwynn’s cancer: Time for big leaguers to take responsibility for youngsters using smokeless tobacco

Tony Gwynn is San Diego’s favorite son. He’s like Ernie Banks to Chicago or Derek Jeter to New York, only San Diego is a smaller, more familiar kind of place, so our local heroes are much more real life-like. When … Continue reading

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