Thousands quit smoking habit with help from NHS

Thousands quit smoking habit with help from NHS
Thousands more people across the region have quit smoking with support from the NHS. New figures released by the NHS Information Centre show 26,833 people in the Yorkshire and Humber region kicked the habit between April and December last year – 598 more than the same period in 2010. Paul Johnstone, director for public health ...

Seventh Street hookah lounge closes

Seventh Street hookah lounge closes
Classified Hookah in downtown Rapid City closed Wednesday and is selling off its furnishings and hookah supplies, its owner said. “We’re closed,” owner Trevor Schmidt said. “We’re shut down.” The lounge at 524 Seventh St. in the historic Buell Building recently raised the ire of its neighbors, who complained that loud music and the smell ...

New cigarette labels released to deter smokers

New cigarette labels released to deter smokers
As finals are fast approaching, there is a rise in the tendency to see students smoking on campus. It’s a quick stress reliever, and frankly, it’s something to temporarily get students’ minds off of whatever they are engulfed in studying. Once students catch a glimpse of the new cigarette warning labels that are being enacted ...

Loophole to close on bargain roll-your-own cigarette machine vending

Loophole to close on bargain roll-your-own cigarette machine vending
While many cigarette smokers will always buy their favorite brand by the box or carton at the convenience store no matter how high the price, some have recently switched to bargain do-it-yourself machines stationed in certain smoke shops to save big bucks. State tobacco taxes, 15 cents per cigarette, don’t apply to those produced by ...

Father and son team opening cigar store

Father and son team opening cigar store
If cigars are your thing, a new store on Division St. may be for you. Bryan Butensky of Branchburg and his son Ethan are opening Ashes N Embers April 30. Premium $5 to $25 cigars are featured. They carry the top brands including Avo, Padron, Arturo Fuentes, Acid and Ashton including cigars that can’t be ...

School anti-tobacco efforts in jeopardy

School anti-tobacco efforts in jeopardy
Anti-tobacco education programs could be at risk of being cut depending on whether one anti-drug group garners needed funding from the state. Tresa Watson, director of the county’s anti-drug coalition, said she is awaiting the results of an application for a $186,000 grant from the state that would pay for all tobacco-free education efforts in ...

Cigar store manager smokes out theft suspect

Cigar store manager smokes out theft suspect
Police say the manager of a cigar shop tracked down the man he believes walked off with hundreds of dollars of cigars nine months ago. Carl Reynolds, 53, is accused of retail theft, police say. Reynolds allegedly stole more than $210 worth of cigars from Cigars International, 535 Main St., on July 24, 2011, police ...