"For Tobacco States, a Change Is in the Air"

"ARLINGTON, Va. -- The changing face of the Old Dominion can be seen in the stuff Jimmy Cirrito sweeps up off the floor of his bar every night. It used to be cigarette butts -- now it's gum. ...

It's been one month since Virginia became the first Southern state to ban smoking in bars and restaurants. For about 400 years, that was an unthinkable proposition. George Washington grew tobacco at Mount Vernon. Marlboro-making Philip Morris USA is headquartered in Richmond."

Faye Fiore reports for the Los Angeles Times January 3, 2010.

Monday, January 4, 2010