How a lifelong smoker quit cold turkey

Published March 24, 2017

My dad just quit smoking after 64 years. He did it cold turkey, in a houseful of smokers. The turning point was when he was struck with a horrible case of pneumonia, but there's a lot more to it.


"A Billion Lives" global vaping doc makes U.S. premiere in Milwaukee

Published Aug. 5, 2016

In just a few years, Milwaukee filmmaker Aaron Biebert has gone from mocking e-cigarette users and vapers to fighting for their cause, landing right in the middle of the ongoing smoking/vaping debate with his upcoming documentary, "A Billion Lives."


Should Wisconsin ban e-cigarettes in bars?

Published Feb. 11, 2015

Although Wisconsin passed the smoking ban in 2009, e-cigarettes were not included in the legalese, and consequently, vaping in public places remains lawful and has become increasingly popular in bars. People are divided on the issue and, due to a lack of information, are often uncertain about whether or not there are risks.


Local tobacconist founds international group for women cigar afficionadas

Published Aug. 25, 2014

Mary Lynn Kane vows to change the cigar industry's attitude about women smokers - one puff at a time. As the owner of Lake Country Cigars in Delafield and a cigar smoker of 29 years, Kane, of Oconomowoc, knew women had purchasing power when it came to cigars, but the industry needed a nudge.


8 reasons kids at Summerfest should quit smoking

Published June 30, 2014

It's been years since I've seen so many people smoking cigarettes, especially young people - especially young women - inhaling the tar and nicotine. I wish I could have shaken these kids by the neck and knocked some sense into them. But I figured that was not my place. So here are the top eight reasons for boys and girls not to smoke.


Johnson Creek Smoke Juice continues growth in "wild west" climate

Published April 10, 2014

Whether you support the e-cigarette industry or not, one thing is indisputable: it's a phenomenon that's growing rapidly. And while the companies that produce cigarette alternatives are based all over the world, one exists right in Milwaukee's own backyard. Hartland's Johnson Creek Enterprises, which makes Johnson Creek Smoke Juice, has quietly grown to an $8 million business and is expanding rapidly.


A former disobedient smoker asks why folks still puff

Published Oct. 17, 2011

I used to be a disobedient smoker. I was a two pack a day guy, except on good days (which meant I was out until bar time) when I'd climb to almost three packs. Now, I wonder why anyone still smokes.


Ways to kick the habit

Published July 14, 2010

The statewide smoking ban is giving many people the boost they need to quit smoking. It's not easy, but there are ways to kick the habit.


Dating deal-breakers ... from her point of view

Published Jan. 16, 2010

He could be the nicest guy in the world, but what seem like harmless characteristics to him could be the end of the road as far as she's concerned. Sarah Foster takes a look at deal-breakers.


Third-hand smoke finally getting some air time

Published Dec. 10, 2009

I guess I'm behind the times, because I first heard of third-hand smoke today. You know when you come home from the bar and your clothes are imbued with cigarette smell? That, my friends, is third-hand smoke.


Smoking ban is fine, until its time to pay up

Published Dec. 4, 2009

Sure, non-smokers are stoked that smoking will be outlawed in public places -- including bars -- come next year. But will they sing a different tune when they have to foot the bill for lost tax revenues?


What's the point of a smoking ban if you can ignore it?

Published Nov. 30, 2009

It's been years in the making, and the controversy was (and still is) high, but I think we all knew deep down it was only a matter of time before Wisconsin imposed a state-wide indoor smoking ban, joining 25 other states.