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  • Tobacco companies fighting over claims on smoking's effects

    February 23, 2015 2:27 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - America's biggest tobacco companies say they're ready and willing to pass along factual public health information about cigarettes. But they say they won't go along with being forced to underwrite an ad campaign that would have the companies brand themselves as liars. In 2006, a federal judge... more »
  • Lafayette may consider smoking ban in bars

    January 23, 2015 10:46 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette City-Parish Council may soon consider a ban on smoking in bars, similar to a measure approved in New Orleans. New Orleans joined a short list of cities in Louisiana Thursday to ban smoking in bars, and City-Parish Council Chairman Kenneth Boudreaux said he wants to add... more »
  • Nearly 2 dozen new Louisiana laws kick in with 2015

    December 26, 2014 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly two dozen new laws take effect with the start of 2015 in Louisiana. The measures were passed in the last legislative session. They are mostly minor changes, as most new laws approved by lawmakers each year begin in August. Smoking will be banned near state-owned office... more »
  • Cancer center to offer free smoking cessation program

    December 18, 2014 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Looking to kick that smoking habit in 2015? The Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is offering help. The Cancer Center will offer free group programs or individual counseling sessions in the coming month of January to help residents of Baton... more »
  • Tobacco danger report 75th anniversary conference

    November 11, 2014 2:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Ochsner Health System is holding a conference about tobacco to honor the 75th anniversary of its founder's groundbreaking publication linking lung cancer to smoking. Drs. Alton Ochsner (OX'-ner) and Michael DeBakey first suggested such a link in 1939, in a journal called "Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics." The... more »
  • Trend for trying e-cigarettes may be leveling off

    September 24, 2014 3:59 PM

    NEW YORK - A new government study suggests the number of U.S. adults who have tried electronic cigarettes may be leveling off. The proportion of adults who have ever used e-cigarettes rose from about 3 percent to 8 percent from 2010 to 2012. But there was no significant change last... more »
  • LSU tobacco-free plans announced

    July 16, 2014 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The ashtrays have been removed from LSU's campus and the Baton Rouge campus will make history on Aug. 1 by going completely smoke-free. LSU is required to ban tobacco use on August 1 in accordance with the Louisiana Legislature's smoke-free requirement for public post-secondary institutions in... more »
  • Giving your baby a healthy start means no smoking Play Video

    June 30, 2014 9:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Every parents wants to give their baby the best start possible. If a pregnant mother smokes, that healthy start is in jeopardy. Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge CEO Dena Christy and Program Coordinator Sherrell Franklin stopped by 2une In Monday to talk about Baby and Me,... more »
  • UL-Lafayette banning tobacco from campus

    June 11, 2014 3:52 AM

    LAFAYETTE - With a few exceptions, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is banning tobacco from its campus. The university says in a Tuesday news release that its tobacco-free policy takes effect Aug. 1. Joey Pons, associate director of Public Safety at UL-Lafayette, says the policy is designed to eliminate... more »
  • Former U.S. Surgeon General strives for tobacco-free generation Play Video

    February 10, 2014 7:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin joined Whitney on 2une In to talk about the "Summit on the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General's Tobacco Report". In 1964, the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health led to the warning label found on cigarette packages.... more »
  • The long-term effects of smoking on appearance Play Video

    January 16, 2014 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dr. Stephens stopped by the set of News 2 at 4 to discuss smoking and its effect on aging, especially amongst twins. Dr. Stephens told News 2's Brittany Weiss that smoking harms more than just your lungs and other organs. It can also impact your appearance.... more »
  • NYC Council considers electronic cigarette ban

    December 5, 2013 6:12 AM

    NEW YORK- New Yorkers who say electronic cigarettes helped them quit smoking have asked city lawmakers not to ban the nicotine inhalers from restaurants, workplaces and other indoor spaces. The City Council held a public hearing Wednesday on legislation that would add e-cigs to the 12-year-old law that forces smokers... more »
  • NYC: be 21 to buy cigarettes

    October 30, 2013 8:19 PM

    NEW YORK CITY - The New York City Council passed a bill to raise the age to 21 for buying tobacco products. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the new age requirement will prevent teens from smoking cigarettes, helping save lives in the process. Bloomberg has promised to sign the... more »
  • Judge to consider texts, photos in Martin case

    May 28, 2013 8:12 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida judge is set to consider whether Trayvon Martin's text messages about smoking marijuana and trouble at school can be shown during the trial of the man charged with killing the teen. The text messages and photos, which were released by defense attorneys for George Zimmerman... more »
  • Woman in anti-smoking PSA says her daughter helped her kick the habit Play Video

    May 8, 2013 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Pictures are all that Tiffany Roberson has left of her mother, who died from lung cancer when Tiffany was just 16. "She missed out on, of course, senior prom, my high school and college. She missed out on the birth of my daughter," she told News... more »
  • Health stories for March 13, 2013 Play Video

    March 13, 2013 6:20 PM

    UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for March 13, 2013 - Not smoking is the best thing you can do for your heart, but there's a new concern for people who try to stop, weight gain. New research shows patients who quit smoking gained six... more »
  • Health stories for Jan. 30, 2013 Play Video

    January 30, 2013 1:19 PM

    UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Jan. 39, 2013 - Timing may be everything when it comes to eating and losing weight. A new study shows people who eat a bigger meal later in the day lose less weight than those who ate earlier.... more »
  • Judge orders tobacco companies to say they lied

    November 27, 2012 3:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge is ordering tobacco companies to publish corrective statements that say they lied about the dangers of smoking and to disclose smoking's health effects, including the death of 1,200 people a day. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler had already said she wanted the industry to... more »
  • Police: Wash. man pointed gun at pregnant smoker

    September 14, 2012 9:23 AM

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. - A Washington state man has been arrested on allegations that he pointed a handgun at a pregnant woman because she was smoking a cigarette. Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young says 24-year-old Justin Dain Palmer reportedly stopped his pickup truck Wednesday to shout at a smoker on... more »
  • Police: New mom smoked bath salts in Pa. hospital

    July 6, 2012 12:40 PM

    ALTOONA, Pa. - A new mother has been charged with smoking the powerful synthetic stimulant known as bath salts two days after she gave birth, while still in the maternity ward of a central Pennsylvania hospital. Online court records don't list an attorney for 31-year-old Carla Murphy, of Altoona, who... more »
  • No Tobacco Day

    May 31, 2012 7:45 AM

    Today is world No Tobacco Day. Every year, the World Health Organization designates May 31st to call attention to the health problems tobacco and cigarette smoking can cause. The organization says tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death, killing nearly 6 million people worldwide each year. more »
  • Louisiana House agrees to extend smoking ban

    April 17, 2012 6:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to prohibit smoking within 25 feet of the entrance to any building where smoking already is banned. Republican Rep. Frank Hoffmann, of West Monroe, says he's pushing the proposal because of the dangers of secondhand cigarette smoke. Louisiana prohibits smoking in... more »
  • House panel supports bill to expand smoking ban

    April 4, 2012 11:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Smoking would be prohibited within 25 feet of the entrance to any building where smoking already is banned, under a proposal heading to the full House for debate. The House Health and Welfare Committee backed the bill by Republican Rep. Frank Hoffmann, of West Monroe, without objection Wednesday.... more »
  • Biloxi smoking ban vote expected March 20

    March 7, 2012 6:57 AM

    BILOXI, Miss. - The Biloxi City Council will vote in two weeks whether to ban smoking in most public places. At the first reading Tuesday, George Sekul spoke for the Biloxi Businessmen's Club and said members believe the city shouldn't become involved in the business of regulating smoking. ... more »
  • Electric cigarette explodes in Florida man's mouth

    February 15, 2012 12:40 PM

    PENSACOLA, Fla. - Fire officials say an electric cigarette exploded in a Florida man's mouth, severely burning his face and knocking out some of his front teeth. North Bay Fire Department Division Chief Joseph Parker says it appears the cigarette's battery exploded while the man was smoking Monday night. Parker... more »
  • Feds argue for graphic images on cigarette packs

    February 1, 2012 12:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The federal government is trying to convince a skeptical judge that tobacco companies should be required to put large graphic photos on cigarette packs to show that the habit kills smokers and their babies. Cigarette makers told U.S. District Judge Richard Leon at a hearing Wednesday that they... more »
  • Put it Out or pay the Consequences

    January 23, 2012 7:33 PM

    A cop who repeatedly smoked cigarettes inside the precinct house got fired after 17 years on the force in Newbern, Tennessee. Sgt. James Bishop got the axe last week for violating a 2007 city policy prohibiting smoking inside all municipal offices and buildings. The chief says he had complaints about... more »
  • Plastic surgery and smoking, exercise and breast feeding

    August 17, 2011 5:14 PM

    This week Dr. Anthony Stephens came on the 4pm show to answer plastic surgery questions and concerns with breast feeding, smoking, and exercise after reconstructive surgery. The first question asked by a viewer was, "How long should I stop smoking before I consider getting plastic surgery." Dr. Stephens... more »
  • Bastrop bans smoking in parks

    August 14, 2011 9:42 AM

    BASTROP, La.- This town in north Louisiana is banning smoking in its public parks. The board of aldermen has voted to ban the use of all tobacco products in the town's nine parks. The ban includes the use of chewing and smokeless tobacco. In June, the board approved... more »
  • Senate rejects smoking ban for Louisiana bars

    June 2, 2011 2:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A bid to ban smoking in Louisiana bars has again failed to win support in the state Legislature. Senators voted 22-15 Wednesday against the proposal by Sen. Rob Marionneaux, a Democrat who has repeatedly pushed the smoking ban. Louisiana prohibits smoking in restaurants, public places, public buildings and... more »
  • Cigarette tax hike deferred, but renewal approved

    May 16, 2011 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A Bogalusa lawmaker has scrapped his proposal to boost Louisiana's cigarette tax, in the face of stiff opposition from the governor and Republicans. But Democratic Rep. Harold Ritchie successfully persuaded the House Ways and Means Committee to renew an expiring 4-cent per pack state cigarette... more »
  • Lose it or No Transplant

    February 23, 2011 7:35 PM

    Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour hasn't said if he'll send two sisters back to jail because one can't give up a kidney to the other as a condition of their release. Jaime Scott was told by a doctor she had to lose 100 pounds for the operation. Her sister Gladys must... more »
  • Big tobacco gets $270 million reprieve in Louisiana

    September 14, 2010 1:12 PM

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has temporarily blocked a state court order requiring tobacco companies to pay $270 million for a smoking cessation program in Louisiana. Scalia granted a request from the companies on Tuesday, but said he would reconsider his order later this month after hearing from Louisiana... more »
  • Study: Smoking scenes on the decline in top movies

    August 19, 2010 12:28 PM

    A new study shows that there's less smoking depicted in movies in recent years. Tobacco use on the silver screen peaked in 2005 and has been on the decline ever since. Movies released last year showed about half the number of smoking incidents than films four years earlier.... more »
  • Study says short people at higher risk of heart problems

    June 9, 2010 12:54 PM

    Height apparently matters when it comes to heart trouble. A study out of Finland suggests short people have a 50 percent higher risk of having a heart problem or dying from one than tall people. But weight, blood pressure and smoking habits remain more important factors. This... more »
  • FDA bans "light" cigarettes

    June 4, 2010 12:45 PM

    "Light" cigarettes are going up in smoke by the end of June, but their names and packaging are getting a colorful makeover. U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules taking effect later this month says cigarette packs no longer can feature names such as "light," "mild" or "medium." Many... more »
  • House committee rejects smoking ban bill

    May 25, 2010 12:06 PM

    A Senate-backed attempt to ban smoking in Louisiana bars and casinos has been snuffed out. The House Health and Welfare Committee rejected the bill in an 8-4 vote Tuesday, a vote expected to kill the measure for another legislative session. The state has a law that prohibits smoking... more »
  • Legislative update: Steele/Shingleton

    May 25, 2010 11:40 AM

    The synthetic marijuana bill advanced this morning out of a house committee. This would put it in the same category of illegal substances as regular marijuana. Also, Senate Bill 348, dealing with smoking in bars and gaming establishments, was involuntarily deferred by the health and welfare committee. More... more »
  • State Senate says ban smoking in bars and casinos

    May 12, 2010 10:34 PM

    State senators agreed Wednesday to clean the air in bars and casinos, but it's far from a done deal. The ban died in the House last year, and a weaker ban went up in smoke in a House committee this session. But the bill that passed through the... more »
  • Nicholls State to be tobacco-free

    May 11, 2010 5:11 AM

    Next year, Nicholls State University will become a tobacco-free campus. The policy change prohibits the use of tobacco in any form. The current policy prohibits the use of tobacco products within 25 feet of campus buildings, on sidewalks or inside university buildings. That policy remains in effect until Dec. 31. more »
  • State could save money from anti-smoking programs

    May 10, 2010 9:33 PM

    Some state lawmakers think the state could save money if the legislature support programs that get state workers to stop smoking. News 2's Mike Steele explains why some say this is a good, long-term plan. more »
  • 2 Your Health for March 12

    March 12, 2010 5:58 PM

    Stroke, the link between smoking and Parkinson's disease and stem cells found in hair are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • That's Just Wrong - Legal Weed

    February 24, 2010 10:29 PM

    Smoking treated incense produces, the same high as marijuana and is completely legal. But, the incense contains the same psycho-active ingredient as the real thing. Authorities know about it but are powerless to prosecute, and that's just wrong. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Feb. 15

    February 15, 2010 5:38 PM

    A drug that may slow the progression of HIV, mercury in canned tuna, and health risks linked to smoking pipes and cigars are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Jan. 13

    January 13, 2010 5:47 PM

    The U.S. obesity rate and the benefits of green tea and mangoes when it comes to fighting cancer are discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Jan. 4

    January 4, 2010 5:47 PM

    Swine flu vaccines, the risk of diabetes for smokers trying to quit, and how volunteering may help seniors prevent frailty are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Dec. 4

    December 4, 2009 5:49 PM

    A Slim-Fast recall, a push to ban the weight-loss drug Meridia, concerns about a hospital sterilization device and nicotine dependency are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Nov. 13

    November 13, 2009 5:41 PM

    This 2 Your Health report includes information about a free health clinic in New Orleans, pieces of trash found in drug vials, laser therapy that may help with chronic neck pain, a technique to re-grow breast tissue and the number of smokers in the U.S. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Nov. 2

    November 2, 2009 5:39 PM

    A combination of treatments that may help smokers kick the habit, using epilepsy medication to treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, and collagen skin grafts are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Oct. 9

    October 9, 2009 5:44 PM

    A new study shows that ice cream can affect your brain. Plus, a vending machine goes green. These stories and more in today's 2 Your Health report. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Oct. 7

    October 7, 2009 5:48 PM

    A possible vaccine for smokers and free blood pressure testing in Ascension Parish are discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • Fire Safe Cigarettes Hit the Market

    August 31, 2009 10:28 AM

    Beginning today all cigarettes sold in Louisiana by law, will switch to "Fire Safe Cigarettes," a move aimed at reducing the number of fires started inadvertently by smokers. The new cigarettes will feature a band of paper that will 'self-extinguish' the cigarette is left unattended. Some smokers aren't... more »

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