Smoking and Tobacco Use

  • News

    May 28, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    San Francsico Ramps Up War on E-Cigarettes

    San Francisco elected and health officials have met the enemy, and it is electronic cigarettes. Flush from their legislative victory in City Hall over e-cigarettes -- which are now regulated in the same way normal tobacco cigarettes are (that is to say, banned in many places) -- city officials are ... More >>

  • News

    March 19, 2014
  • News

    January 29, 2014
  • News

    September 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    It's Getting Much Harder for Teens to Buy Cigarettes in San Francisco, Study Shows

    San Francisco is making it harder for angsty rebellious teens to be angsty rebellious teens. According to the latest report from the city's Health Department, tobacco sales to minors in San Francisco are down about 2 percent in as many years. The City issues reports like these roughly every two ye ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 30, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Proposition 29 Results Are Close Enough to Make You Want to Chain Smoke

    It's all gotta be part of Big Tobacco's plan. Tobacco companies pumped more than $46 million into the campaign against Proposition 29, which would increase the tax on cigarette packs by $1.Perhaps they could have donated more money. Instead, they might have struck the exact minimum amount necessary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Robbers Use Cigarettes to Lure Victims

    Here's another good reason to quit smoking.Police say that three men were robbed last night -- two at knife point -- in separate incidents where the victims were distracted by a conversation over cigarettes.According to police reports, two men were walking along Hyde and O'Farrell at about 10:45 p.m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Hilarious Campaign Video Bluntly Explains Why California Should Smoke Tobacco

    Generally, we think it's safe to say that Big Tobacco has given people more reasons to cry than laugh.But we found ourselves chuckling a lot after watching this sorta depressing campaign video which uses gallows humor (our favorite!) to make voters -- and smokers -- smile and then think about all th ... More >>

  • News

    May 25, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    E-Cigarettes: How Long Before San Francisco Bans Them?

    e-addictions can be regulated, too ​It wasn't enough to restrict smokers so much so that about the only place they can light up now is in the path of oncoming traffic. San Francisco is now looking at tossing out electronic smokers from their local bar.The FDA ruled today that e-cigarettes are in f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Chris Daly Cited For Failing to Shout at Smokers

    Chris Daly relishes his order from the city to start shouting at people again​In his recently concluded tenure as a public servant, Chris Daly was not one to avoid high-decibel, oft-profane outbursts directed at the public he served. In his current iteration as a barkeep, Daly has been loath to sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Safeway Sues Over San Francisco Tobacco Ban

    Butt out, Safeway says.​Safeway Inc. has sued San Francisco over a law banning tobacco sales in stores containing pharmacies, claiming that the law gives an unfair advantage to markets that don't sell prescription drugs.The lawsuit calls the tobacco ban "arbitrary and capricious," and "a denial of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Would Smokers Quit if Their Insurance Covered it?

    This guy will have a hard time quitting alone​Last month, San Francisco's score on keeping the city smoke-free was elevated from average to slightly above average, thanks to Supervisor Eric Mar and his passion for nanny government.But here is an even better, less obtrusive way for the government t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    San Francisco Improves Its Antismoking Score, Nanny Government Is Working

    San Francisco Puts Cigarettes Out ​This week, we wrote about San Francisco lawmakers and their compulsive need to intrude on residents' rights to be as unhealthy and wasteful as they want. Yet this prolific banning is starting to bear some benefits -- at least on paper. Just today, the American Lu ... More >>

  • Music

    December 29, 2010


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  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Bouncer: No Mace Required for Drinking at the Residence

    ​Astute BART riders may have noticed those glossy new ads for Mace that are being displayed in the cars. "Protect your personal space with Mace," they read, showing a picture of a woman in a crowd with a five-foot circle of space around her. This is strange on so many levels. Firstly, Mace is so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Big Tobacco's Big Ally: Inflation

    Bucking the trend...​Regarding the recent California Adult Smoking Prevalence survey, Stanton Glantz isn't sure whether to take a pack half full or pack half empty approach. The director of U.C. San Francisco's Center for Tobacco Control and Research is, naturally, pleased that the state's smoking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    San Francisco Is Still Smoking

    ​County-by-county smoking data released Monday by the state Department of Public Health reveal ashtray-makers are still doing pretty good business here in San Francisco. According to the California Adult Smoking Prevalence 2008 survey, 13.5 percent of San Franciscans are lighting up. To put that n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Will Gov Sign or Extinguish Smoking Bill?

    ​Does it make sense to pour money into smoking cessation efforts? A Sen. Leland Yee-authored bill that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger must either sign or spurn by Thursday would do just that. It'd be great politics -- Yee's bill would force all insurers doing business in this state to fund programs he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Will San Francisco Ban Cigarettes at Pharmacies -- Again?

    Your purchasing options at city pharmacies may be shrinking...​City may expand tobacco ban to all pharmacies It takes a mighty clumsy law to make clear-thinking people think like Big Tobacco's lawyers -- but San Francisco passed just such a law in 2008.The city forbade pharmacies such as Walgreen' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Marijuana Guru Dennis Peron Suffers Stroke

    Dennis Peron says he's on the mend. 'Don't count me out.' ​With the marijuana movement sparking these days, one of its seminal figures was just nearly snuffed out. Dennis Peron -- a longtime pot activist and the co-author of the 1996 medical marijuana ballot initiative, Prop. 215 -- on Sunday conf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Move to Ban Smoking in State Parks Gains Steam. Guns in National Parks? That's Fine.

    This may soon be illegal in State Parks. It's still kosher in National Parks, though -- as are firearms. ​ Smoking in the park? Perish the thought. A smoking gun in the park? Well ... that all depends on the park. Yesterday, the state Assembly passed a bill enacting a broad smoking ban in the sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Will Zeitgeist Have to Choose Between Letting Patrons Smoke or Eat Burgers?

    Nicole N./YelpS.F.'s newly extended smoking ban could radically alter patio bars that serve food.​Yes, secondhand smoke is a bummer. But the expansion of the smoking ban in San Francisco could extinguish some really great places to smoke in the city. Zeitgeist's outdoor patio, for one. The ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    The Definition of the World 'Incidental' To Determine Zeitgeist Smokers' Fate

    ​We informed you yesterday that the Zeitgeist outdoor patio, perhaps San Francisco's most appropriate place to slowly get cancer, might have to go smoke-free under the new extension of the smoking ban. Today, we got a call back from Alyonik Hrushow, the director of the Tobacco Free Project with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    San Fran May Lose Some Really Good Places to Smoke

    Mmmmm. Cigarettes.​Yes, second-hand smoke is a bummer. But the expansion of the smoking ban in San Francisco could extinguish some really great places to smoke in the city. Zeitgeist's outdoor patio, for one.The extended ban that supervisors passed yesterday includes restaurant patios, movie and A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Is Sweeping Smoking Ban Headed for S.F.?

    vanessa d./YelpMedjool would be seriously impacted.​We're proponents of smoking fish, swine, tomatoes, and peppers ― but Camel Lights? These days, not so much. There was a time long ago when a fog of cigarette smoke hanging up around the rafters of a dive bar implied authenticity, effectivel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    It's Your Friday Morning News Quiz -- Yes, There's a Prize

    Lemme tell you what I can get for $72 million...​Everyone is familiar with the concept -- perform well, receive compensation. That's why Keanu Reeves pulls in the big bucks. Now it's your turn. Send your perfect scores on this quiz here and the first one to ace it wins a prize. It's tax free (so t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Vega/Cento Owner Launching SOMA Coffee Kiosk at Harlot

    Sort of how an espresso buzz makes you feel.​The owner of Lambretta-themed coffee kiosks Vega and Cento is adding a third to his fleet. John Quintos says Special Xtra ― which is taking over the glassed-in smokers' lounge in front of SOMA bar Harlot ― should be ready to launch next Friday. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    The Residence, aka Amber Redux: Less Smoky, More Homey

    Denise FelthamPaging Mister Goodbarr. Mister Goodbarr? Oh, he's outside, smoking.​Peeking through the windows, the atmosphere at Amber often looked opaque -- or at least, translucent gray. The Castro bar opened seven years ago as a defiant smoker's destination; all of its workers were partner-owne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    S.F. Could Improve its Anti-Smoking 'Test Score' -- By Forbidding You To Smoke In Your Own Home

    You're under arrest, mister...​Earlier this week, the American Lung Association released its annual "Tobacco Policy Report Card," grading cities on how effectively they limit smoking. The city of Richmond -- which is cursed with a reputation as a great place to have a cigarette shot out of one's m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2008

    The Onion Celebrates Broken Resolutions with Why? at Mighty 1/12

    Max out your credit and smoke cigarettes while your gut swings freely at The Onion's Second Annual Celebration of Broken Resolutions next week at Mighty. Your willpower-free ass will be consoled by the music of Kid Beyond, Brass Mafia, and Anticon's Why? at one of SF's coolest places to be. And hey, ... More >>

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