In the past several years, thanks to increased awareness and stricter public smoking laws, cigarette smoking has been on the decline. In fact, less than 20% of adults over the age of 18 smoked in 2010!
However, some people still aren't taking the hint thanks to their state's lack of interest in promoting healthy breathing.
Based on smoking (and quit) rates, smoking bans and restrictions, cigarette taxes and sales, and deaths attributable to smoking, here are the 10 states most addicted to smoking:
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Two million kids in America live with loving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parents.
They're happy and healthy, but face huge challenges from unfair laws designed to hurt LGBT people — but they end up hurting the innocent children.
Help change these unfair laws!
Learn more at Children-Matter.org!
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The largest Latino civil rights advocacy group in the US has officially called off their Arizona boycott!
Imposed in May 2010, The National Council of La Raza began their boycott on the state after Governor Jan Brewer enacted the extremely controversial immigration law Senate Bill 1070.
The law required law enforcement to question those looking suspicious of being an illegal alien within the state of Arizona. This caused jaws to drop because it basically meant police had the right to profile.
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That was our first response too, but apparently it's a law that was made in the 1800s and just hasn't been repealed.
But it's still a technicality, so even though it isn't enforced, it could be at any given time.
That is, unless
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New York's new law strengthens current state laws against animal fighting and makes attending a dog or cockfight in New York a misdemeanor offense. That's the way it should've always been… but whatever. It's a law now and that's all that matters.
Debora Bresch, senior director of ASPCA Government Relations said:
“Animal fighting is an extremely cruel, but lucrative, underground business. It is often associated with a host of other dangerous and illegal activity, including drugs, weapons, and gambling, all of which pose serious threats to public safety. This law will help law enforcement by allowing them to pursue and punish the spectators who drive the market for animal fighting, keeping it alive.”
Animal fighting is a felony in all of our 50 states, and most activities related to animal fighting including training animals to fight and allowing your property to be used for an animal fight (being a prick) are also felonies in Ny.
Animal attending an animal fight is still just a fine in Connecticut and New Jersey.
Srsly Connecticut? We'd think the wealthiest state would be on top of that.
[Image via WENN.]
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Absolutely stunning! And so well-spoken, as always!
Check out (above) this clip of Angelina Jolie on Larry King Live, talking about the paparrazzi's influence on her life, as well as what she personally thinks should be done to limit their access to celebrity children!
Very much agreed! We can't imagine how frightening and confusing it must be for those kids, having cameras in their faces constantly!
She also once again reiterates her feelings on expanding her family:
“No plans at the moment. But we’re always open [to the idea].”
Just lovely! Keep up the good work, bb!
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