Friday 24 November 2017

Smokers 'stop others quitting'

A THIRD of smokers have admitted to sabotaging another person's attempt to quit, research suggests. Jealousy, guilt about their own habit and wanting a smoking "buddy" were among the reasons to wreck other people's quitting attempts.

The data, collated from 6,300 current and former smokers by Pfizer as part of its 'Don't Go Cold Turkey' campaign, shows that 31pc of smokers admitted to being saboteurs. On average, smokers said they tried to kick the habit at least three times. One in five said they had tried five times or more.

Amazon CEO gives €2m for gay law

AMAZON founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos announced a gift yesterday of $2.5m (€2m) to the campaign to defend Washington state's gay-marriage law. Last month Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer and co-founder Bill Gates each donated $100,000 (80,000) to the campaign.

The referendum was put on the ballot after gay marriage opponents turned in more than 240,000 signatures. The law was supposed to take effect on June 7 but has been put on hold.

Four tourists die in lightning strike

FOUR hikers were killed, probably by a lightning strike, on a tourist track in Poland's Pieniny mountain range, police told local media.

The four, a married couple in their 50s, their daughter and her boyfriend, all from Warsaw, were found dead early yesterday.

Police charged over speed convoy

TWO New Jersey state troopers have been charged with tampering with records, for allegedly altering the licence plates of the cruisers that they allegedly used to escort a high-speed caravan of sports cars down a highway in March.

Motorists reported two state-police cruisers on March 30 leading a pack of sports cars in a 'Death Race' convoy at speeds of 160km an hour toward Atlantic City.

Doctors' worry for Ukraine's ex-PM

GERMANY'S renowned Charite hospital says three of its senior doctors will fly to Ukraine on Monday in order to resume talks about the treatment of the country's jailed former prime minister.

Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced last year to seven years in prison for abuse of office while negotiating a natural gas contract with Russia in 2009. She is currently receiving treatment for a spinal condition at a closely guarded hospital ward in the eastern city of Kharkiv.

Irish Independent

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