| Nov 22, 2013
For decades, U.S. manufacturers have filled upholstered furniture with pounds of toxic chemicals to comply with a flammability standard set by a single state, California.
The obscure rule, known as Technical Bulletin 117, brought flame retardants into...
| Nov 19, 2013
– A labor activist at the center of an attempt two years ago to kill a tax on tobacco by bribing a top state lawmaker with tens of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign money was sentenced Monday to three years probation, the first six months...
| Nov 15, 2013
Jay Altman smoked cigarettes for 25 years before deciding a few months ago that for the sake of his wallet and his health, a change was in order.
But Altman didn't quit — he switched.
The North Side insurance worker swapped his daily pack and...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 12:23 PM
From the City of Evanston Web site, an an announcement about e-cigarettes:
"On October 28, 2013 the Evanston City Council voted 8-1 to include e-cigarettes in the Evanston Clean Air Act. The use of e-cigarettes will now be prohibited in all areas...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 9:18 AM
The base hospital commander at Beale Air Force Base in California, a full colonel, appeared to be very upset.
When I arrived at the hospital in the morning, his staff told me to go directly to his office, so I was upset, too. My wife was due to give...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 11:51 AM
Mundelein officials voted on Monday to restrict the sale of electronic cigarettes to those over the age of 18, providing a stop-gap measure until a state law goes into effect at the beginning of 2014.
Police Chief Eric Guenther said the move aligns...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 10:53 AM
An arbitration panel decision that could lead to steep cuts in state health programs next year is flat wrong, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane argued Thursday.
The panel ruled in September that tobacco companies could reduce their funding of...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 6:31 PM
Alaska is joining dozens of states in calling for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to increase regulation of electronic cigarettes.
Attorney General Michael Geraghty, in a letter also signed by 39 other attorneys general, says he wants the...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 9:10 AM
Restaurants don't know what to do about them. Critics claim they're “peddling addiction” to kids. Defenders say they're anti-cancer. Lawmakers in this state can't decide if they're good, or bad, or both, while officials in 40 states (including...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 1:05 AM
PLANKINTON - A last-minute decision to plant tobacco on a 1.5-acre plot in Aurora County has a farm family doing a lot of manual labor.
John Mayclin, of Mayclin Farms in rural Plankinton, said a family member in California volunteered him for the task....