Kicking the habit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“Anecdotally, we’ve been hearing that it’s becoming more and more of a problem in the high schools,” she said. “A lot of celebrities are smoking cigars and it sets the trend for a lot of youth.” Cigars today come in several varieties – from thin cigarillos to cigars flavored with peaches and other fruits. Rap star 50 Cent is featured in ads for one brand of cigar, while rapper Jadakiss sells a slow-burning, natural-leaf cigar. “Our governor smokes cigars and makes no qualms about smoking cigars at the Capitol,” Aragon said. “It makes sense that young people would be following in the footsteps of those they look up to.” To counter the effects of tobacco advertisements, county health officials Wednesday launched “It’s Quitting Time, L.A!” – a campaign to get 200,000 smokers to quit by 2010. The campaign will enlist pharmacists and physicians to refer patients to anti-smoking programs and will particularly target ethnic communities, Aragon said. The Health Department study showed that smoking among all county residents is at an all-time low: Only 14.6 percent of residents light up. But Asian and Latino men are smoking twice as much as their female counterparts, the report showed. “Asian men do tend to smoke more than their non-Asian counterparts,” said Nisha Varghese, director of health programs at the San Gabriel-based Asian Youth Center. “Many of the men are immigrants from countries where smoking’s the norm.” African-American and white men are also smoking at higher rates. Nearly 27 percent of African-American men and 16.9 of white men are lighting up. “Los Angeles County has made great progress in reducing smoking rates and the health burden associated with tobacco addiction,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, acting director of the county Health Department. “But this survey tells us is that we must continue our efforts so all of our residents can avoid the disease and death caused by tobacco use.” The county spends $4.3billion a year on smoking- related health problems, most of which are preventable, said Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke. “Obviously for L.A. County, when we talk about costs, we talk about the cost of health care. We talk about the fact that we have neonatal units that care for babies that, some of those babies would not be there if their mothers had stopped smoking,” Burke said. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cynthia Torres of Pico Rivera considers herself a social cigar smoker. She said she started smoking cigars more frequently after her group of friends recently took it up. “I enjoy the experience of it, and I enjoy the socializing part that comes with it,” said Torres, 24. As the county Department of Public Health kicked off its latest anti-smoking campaign Wednesday with the release of a study showing minority men are lighting up more frequently, cigar smoking among young people seems to be on the rise, said Linda Aragon, director of the county’s Tobacco Control and Prevention program. last_img read more

Harry Ascroft the hero as Finn Harps stay in Premier Division

first_imgAUSTRALIAN HARRY Ascroft was the extra-time hero as Finn Harps retained their Premier Division status with a dramatic play-off win over Drogheda United.Finn Harps 2 Drogheda United 0 (after extra time)By Chris McNulty at Finn Park. Pictures by Joe Boland, North West News Pix Ascroft sent the majority of the 2,113 Finn Park crowd into raptures with a 107th minute winner as Ollie Horgan’s Harps turned the tie on its head.In the 50th anniversary of the club’s entry into the League of Ireland in 1969, Harps stayed up on a drenching night of high tension by the Finn as Mark Russell’s early goal took the contest to the nervy extra period.A winter signing from Balzan in Malta, Ascroft proved the hero of the hour two minutes into the second half of extra time. Ascroft managed to squeeze home a header from Tony McNamee’s corner. A ninth clean sheet of the season for Mark Anthony McGinley was easily his most vital as Harps, in the face of a tidal wave of pressure, held on.On their last three play-off visits, Harps had won promotion from the First Division, but this was their first time taking to the do-or-die stage as the Premier Division side.In 12 previous ties, Harps had never lost the home leg of a play-off and – in front of 2,113 spectators – they got off to the best possible start as Russell levelled the tie in the seventh minute.Russell finished from close range after getting on the end of a clever clip into the area by Ruairi Harkin, who was spotted lurking on the edge of the area by the swift-thinking Mark Timlin from a corner.Horgan’s selection showed three changes from Monday’s game at United Park.  Timlin, injured two weeks ago in the 1-0 win over Waterford, was passed fit to start, while veteran Raffaele Cretaro and Mikey Place were also restored to the first XI.Mark Coyle, Nathan Boyle and McNamee dropped to the bench.Russell headed over from a Place corner on 20 minutes and, in the closing moments of the first half, Sam Todd flicked a header off target from another set piece. Harps were promoted via a play-off win over Limerick last year, having edged Drogheda in the First Division play-off. In their first year back in the top flight, the Donegal side stayed above the low-water line ahead of relegated UCD. Drogheda came to Ballybofey holding the slender 1-0 advantage given to them by Chris Lyons’ last-ditch winner in the first leg. Just when Harps were getting ready to come back home with a scoreless draw, Lyons tucked home put Drogheda in the driving seat.Stephen Meaney, who had a big impact off the bench on Monday, including providing the assist for Lyons’ winner, was brought back into Drogheda’s team with Adam Wixted making way.Wixted came in for Meaney at half-time and the Drogs began the second half with purpose, Luke Heeney firing over after Sean Brennan did well to invite the shot.Mark Anthony McGinley, the Harps goalkeeper, saved from Mark Doyle on the hour before Harps had a big chance to go ahead on 65 minutes.Cretaro was the architect at first. The Sligo man’s slide-rule pass teed up Russell, who drove into the goalmouth. Place had two bites at the rebound, but just couldn’t force it home.Six minutes from the end, Finn Park’s heart was in its mouth when Doyle met a cross from Luke McNally, but McGinley was able to save.Enter extra time, where Ascroft stepped up as the man of the moment.Finn Harps: Mark Anthony McGinley; Harry Ascroft, Keith Cowan, Sam Todd; Jacob Borg, Ruairi Harkin (Tony McNamee 94), Gareth Harkin, Mark Timllin, Mark Russell; Raffaele Cretaro (Mark Coyle 90 (Daniel O’Reilly 104)); Mikey Place (Nathan Boyle 73)Drogheda United: Luca Gratzer; James Brown, Luke McNally, Kevin Farragher, Conor Kane; Stephen Meaney (Adam Wixted half-time), Luke Heeney, Mark Hughes (Jordan Adeyemo 97), Sean Brennan (Jamie Hollywood 61, Mark Doyle; Chris Lyons (Ryan O’Shea 112).Referee: Neil DoyleHarry Ascroft the hero as Finn Harps stay in Premier Division was last modified: November 2nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2019 League of Ireland Premier DivisionDrogheda Unitedfinn harpsHarry AscroftMark Anthony McGinleyMark RussellOllie Horganlast_img read more