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Houston Doctor Leads Charge to Raise the Legal Smoking Age

Posted on · You may have heard in the news recently that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended the purchasing age of cigarettes nationwide should be changed to 21. That recommendation came from a Houston doctor, Harold Farber. He’s associate professor of pediatrics in the section of pulmonary medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital […]

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What’s It Like to Be a Smoker in Houston?

Posted on · Earlier this month, the City of Houston expanded its no smoking policy to all public pedestrian plazas. It’s just the latest in many ongoing policies nationwide to discourage smoking in general, and specifically reduce second-hand smoke in public. Some smokers feel unreasonably persecuted. Some non-smokers feel current policies don’t go far enough. We consider what it’s like […]

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Smoking in Houston, John Hofmeister, and Women in Space: Houston Matters for Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Posted on · Earlier this month, the City of Houston expanded its no smoking policy to all public pedestrian plazas. It’s just the latest in many ongoing policies nationwide to discourage smoking in general, and specifically reduce second-hand smoke in public. Some smokers feel unreasonably persecuted. Some non-smokers feel current policies don’t go far enough. On this edition […]

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Do Smoking Policies Go Too Far — Or Not Far Enough?

Posted on · If you’re a smoker, you might be annoyed by the ever-shrinking number of public places where you can smoke. If you’re not a smoker, maybe you’re still annoyed by the presence of smokers where they’re allowed. Either way, we talk about smoking policies in Greater Houston with Jeff Conn, environmental investigator with the Houston Department of […]