<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:26:24 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Q&A: Afraid of sharks? Flu, asteroids pose far greater risk]]> http://gazette.com/qa-afraid-of-sharks-flu-asteroids-pose-far-greater-risk/article/feed/471794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/qa-afraid-of-sharks-flu-asteroids-pose-far-greater-risk/article/feed/471794?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — You might want a bigger boat, but you probably don't need better odds.

The confirmed return of great white sharks to Cape Cod has rattled some boaters and beachgoers. Yet the chances of an encounter involving a human are infinitesimally small, and the likelihood of an attack resulting in serious injury or death is smaller still.

How small? With apologies to "The Hunger Games," may the odds be ever in your favor — because they are.

In 2016, there were 53 unprovoked shark attacks in the U.S. — none fatal — according to the Florida Museum of Natural History's International Shark Attack File. Thirty-two were in Florida; 10 in Hawaii; four in California; three in North Carolina; two in South Carolina; a

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]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:47:09 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Cowgirls & Cocktails a pink girls' night out]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-cowgirls-cocktails-a-pink-girls-night-out/article/1605654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-cowgirls-cocktails-a-pink-girls-night-out/article/1605654?custom_click=rss

The gals donned pink, cowgirl hats and boots, rallied their friends and went Western at the 10th anniversary Cowgirls & Cocktails on June 2.

More than 350 were in the Norris-Penrose Event Center Indoor Arena for the volunteer event, which has raised almost a half-million dollars to help breast cancer patients.

With Ashlee Tatum & The Longshot Revival providing the background music, the women shopped, sipped signature cocktails and had silly fun.

Money raised, more than $85,000 that night, will help with practical unmet needs such as wig vouchers, Angel Heart meal delivery, transportation to treatments and soft pocket camisoles.

Manning the bars were the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Board and Foundation fellows

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]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:05:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Live Well: Tackle sleep deprivation the ayurvedic way]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-tackle-sleep-deprivation-the-ayurvedic-way/article/1605692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-tackle-sleep-deprivation-the-ayurvedic-way/article/1605692?custom_click=rss

If I could make one health-related wish, it would be eight-hour bouts of deep, uninterrupted sleep every night for the rest of my life.

Western medicine and ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, agree - sleep is crucial to thriving.

As with many health quests, I turn to ayurveda, often called the sister science to yoga. Used for thousands of years, the system seeks to balance the body through diet, herbs and lifestyle choices.

Quality of sleep is the first thing that clinical ayurvedic specialist Carly Beaudin asks her clients who are embarking on the ayurvedic path.

"Ayurveda says the three pillars of life are sleep, digestion and sex," said Beaudin, owner and founder of Ancient Heart Ayurveda. "In our

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:33:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Q&A: More questions than answers on legal pot in Nevada]]> http://gazette.com/qa-more-questions-than-answers-on-legal-pot-in-nevada/article/feed/470859?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/qa-more-questions-than-answers-on-legal-pot-in-nevada/article/feed/470859?custom_click=rss

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The drug sellers aren't the problem when it comes to the highly anticipated launch of Nevada's recreational marijuana industry. It's the distributors who have muddled plans to allow people to light up July 1.

A judge blocked the state's plan to license existing medical marijuana dispensaries to act as their own middlemen, saying alcohol distributors get the first shot. The arrangement outlined in the voter-approved law is unique among states that have legalized the drug.

The court battle makes it less likely the state can stick to its effort to start selling pot in 10 days. But officials say they're going to try.

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]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:09:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs group helps connect, support female rock climbers]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-group-helps-connect-support-female-rock-climbers/article/1605528?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-group-helps-connect-support-female-rock-climbers/article/1605528?custom_click=rss

Inch by inch, foothold by finger hold, the rock climber spiders her way up the crumbly red rock as the sun peeks over the top of Ripple Wall in Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

A merry band of four grounded female climbers call up verbal support - "You got it!" and "Deep breaths." And when the rock warrior cries out that she's stuck and can go no further, Paige Figi, founder of the Colorado Springs area women's climbing group belayHer, offers a suggestion: "Down and to the right - is that a foothold?"

This is the microcosm of female climbing, a facet of the sport some might be surprised to know exists. It's affirmative and encouraging and engenders just as much success as it does for its male participants.

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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:10:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting June 20, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-20-2017/article/1605527?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-20-2017/article/1605527?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" - Presented by Village Arts of Colorado Springs, to benefit Make-a-Wish Foundation, 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays through July 1, Colorado Springs Charter Academy Auditorium, 2577 Chelton Road, $5-$15. Advance tickets: 345-2787, ; villageartscs.org.

American with Disabilities Act Celebration Luncheon - "ADA: Celebrating Progress in the Pikes Peak Region" - 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. July 26, DoubleTree hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., donations

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]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:30:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Canceled flights, burning door handles: Heat hits Southwest]]> http://gazette.com/canceled-flights-burning-door-handles-heat-hits-southwest/article/feed/469972?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/canceled-flights-burning-door-handles-heat-hits-southwest/article/feed/469972?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — Airlines canceled flights in Phoenix and doctors urged people to be careful around concrete, playground equipment and vehicle interiors Monday as a punishing heat wave threatens to bring temperatures approaching 120 degrees to parts of the Southwestern U.S.

Arizona is seeing the most stifling temperatures, but the wrath of the heat wave is being felt across Nevada and California as well. Las Vegas was forecast to hit 117 (47 Celsius) on Tuesday on the first day of summer, and excessive heat warnings cover almost all of California.

Despite the dangers, the weather may not be as bad as originally expected.

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]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:30:41 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Phoenix and Tucson tie heat records for the date]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-phoenix-and-tucson-tie-heat-records-for-the-date/article/feed/470151?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-phoenix-and-tucson-tie-heat-records-for-the-date/article/feed/470151?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the heat wave affecting the Southwestern U.S. (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Phoenix posted a high of 118 degrees on Monday, tying the record for the date set last year.

National Weather Service meteorologists say it matches the mark for the fifth-hottest day in Phoenix since records have been kept.

Tucson tied a record with a high of 115 degrees Monday.

It's the third-highest temperatures ever recorded at Tucson International Airport.

The all-time high for Tucson is 117 degrees, set on June 26, 1990. That's the same day Phoenix saw its all-time high of 122 degrees.


4:40 p.m.

Los Angeles is extending the hours of a dozen cooling centers around the city

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]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:05:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado fourteeners: seriously everything you need to know before you go]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-fourteeners-seriously-everything-you-need-to-know-before-you-go/article/1605378?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-fourteeners-seriously-everything-you-need-to-know-before-you-go/article/1605378?custom_click=rss

They’re Colorado’s most iconic peaks, and if you haven’t already climbed one, it’s probably on your to-do list — after all, hiking 14,000-foot peaks, or fourteeners, is a rite of passage in this state.

People have skied all 53 (or more) of the fourteeners in winter, climbed stable spring snow to the summits. But for most of us, the peak season comes in summer, when the snow fades in late June, bringing the most straightforward access to our state’s highest summits.

Some fourteeners are tough, technical climbs. Others are walk-ups, but they still require fitness and fortitude to get up before dawn to walk uphill, at altitude, for several hours.

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Sat, 17 Jun 2017 19:09:14 -0600
<![CDATA[A low BMI could lengthen healing time, according to study on athletes with fractures]]> http://gazette.com/a-low-bmi-could-lengthen-healing-time-according-to-study-on-athletes-with-fractures/article/1605370?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-low-bmi-could-lengthen-healing-time-according-to-study-on-athletes-with-fractures/article/1605370?custom_click=rss

Samantha Strong knows stress fractures. A former collegiate triathlete and high school runner, the 22-year old graduate student estimates she had eight or nine over her high school and college careers. Each one, she says, took longer than the last to heal.

“My first stress fracture was in my tibia, and I was told it would take about six weeks to heal,” says Strong, who lives in Arlington. “It ended up taking two to three times that. The worst was in my femoral neck, which should have been about a three- to four-month layoff. It took six months instead.”

This comes as no surprise, says Strong, when you consider that she spent years in the grips of an eating disorder and was severely underweight.

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Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:58:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado’s bears are awake. Here’s how to keep yourself — and them — safe]]> http://gazette.com/colorados-bears-are-awake.-heres-how-to-keep-yourself-and-them-safe/article/1605265?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorados-bears-are-awake.-heres-how-to-keep-yourself-and-them-safe/article/1605265?custom_click=rss

Whether they are raiding apartments in Vail, trashing cars in Aspen or Steamboat Springs, or disrupting foot races in Boulder or Colorado Springs, Colorado bears are out in full force. The weather is warming up and as the rising human population encroaches into bear territory, interactions between humans and bears are becoming increasingly common.

But there are things you can do to reduce potential conflict. Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill offered some of the best ways to keep you, your belongings and the bears safe, whether you live in bear country or you’re just visiting during the summer months.

Living in bear country The most important thing is to take down your bird feeder from

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Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:36:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Uncertainty as Nevada aims to launch recreational pot soon]]> http://gazette.com/uncertainty-as-nevada-aims-to-launch-recreational-pot-soon/article/feed/469251?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uncertainty-as-nevada-aims-to-launch-recreational-pot-soon/article/feed/469251?custom_click=rss

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada voters legalized recreational marijuana in November, and officials are trying to put rules in place to start selling it on July 1.

It would be the shortest turnaround from legalization to the launch of sales in any of the other seven states and District of Columbia where recreational pot is legal. Regulations are complicated and typically lengthy to enact around a drug still banned by the U.S. government.

But Nevada's quick timeline faces a major hurdle: A legal battle between the state and the powerful liquor lobby over who can distribute the drug to retailers.

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]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:06:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Nevada officials aim to start legal pot sales by July 1]]> http://gazette.com/nevada-officials-aim-to-start-legal-pot-sales-by-july-1/article/feed/468506?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nevada-officials-aim-to-start-legal-pot-sales-by-july-1/article/feed/468506?custom_click=rss

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — If Nevada officials have their way, tourists and residents will be able to buy pot legally ahead of Independence Day.

But before recreational marijuana launches in the state best known for slot machines and showgirls, a judge must decide who has the right to distribute Nevada's newest cash crop.

The powerful liquor lobby and state-regulated medical marijuana dealers are fighting over who should be licensed to do that. Nevada is the only legal pot state where alcohol distributors were given the first shot at distribution licenses under the law that voters approved in November.

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]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:09:53 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Judge won't toss lawsuit over Nevada pot rules]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-judge-wont-toss-lawsuit-over-nevada-pot-rules/article/feed/468716?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-judge-wont-toss-lawsuit-over-nevada-pot-rules/article/feed/468716?custom_click=rss

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on a legal fight over Nevada's recreational pot industry (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

A judge won't throw out a lawsuit from a powerful liquor lobby that wants a piece of Nevada's new recreational marijuana industry.

A group of independent liquor wholesalers say the ballot measure that voters approved last November legalizing recreational pot makes it clear they're the only ones that can distribute the product for retail sales scheduled to begin July 1.

State lawyers tried to persuade Carson City District Judge James Wilson on Tuesday to dismiss the lawsuit and allow existing medical marijuana dispensaries to serve as their own middlemen in recreational sales.

Wilson ref

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]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:37:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Body of excellence: Add years to your life and life to your years]]> http://gazette.com/body-of-excellence-add-years-to-your-life-and-life-to-your-years/article/1605026?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/body-of-excellence-add-years-to-your-life-and-life-to-your-years/article/1605026?custom_click=rss

I'm fascinated by aging. Not that I'm afraid of it or looking forward to it, but I appreciate the science behind functional longevity.

I've read a few books and attended some seminars on aging over the years, and I've learned some things about enjoying one's golden years.

Things to avoid include:

- Aging accelerators such as smoking, pollutants, heavy alcohol use, chronic stress, processed meat consumption and high body fat.

- Products that claim to increase life span but provide no proof.

- Assuming your parents' longevity accurately indicates your life expectancy. It doesn't.

Your lifestyle is the key to living a long, healthy life.

The most critical factor is having a positive attitude about

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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:05:05 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: The Arc Pikes Peak Region's 'Building for Change' awards night]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-the-arc-pikes-peak-regions-building-for-change-awards-night/article/1605076?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-the-arc-pikes-peak-regions-building-for-change-awards-night/article/1605076?custom_click=rss

In the midst of "Building for Change," an inclusive campus for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc Pikes Peak Region paused to celebrate annual award winners and achievers.

Construction items, yellow tape and reflective safety vests set the scene May 20 at Hotel Eleganté.

The silent-auction room was busy and had some special guests, the Boozefighters motorcycle gathering, a group formed after WWII, which had been meeting at the hotel. Spotting the auction, several riders in their leathers asked if they could do some bidding and spent time visiting with delighted dinner attendees.

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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:14:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting June 13, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-13-2017/article/1605027?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-13-2017/article/1605027?custom_click=rss


Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

Colorado Springs Kidney Walk - To benefit the National Kidney Foundation, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 24, Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Registration: tinyurl.com/l7vwafb.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $1. Registration: 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com.

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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:35:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Fathers sing more to daughters and roughhouse with sons, study finds]]> http://gazette.com/fathers-sing-more-to-daughters-and-roughhouse-with-sons-study-finds/article/1605031?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fathers-sing-more-to-daughters-and-roughhouse-with-sons-study-finds/article/1605031?custom_click=rss

The idea that fathers have a sweet spot for their daughters and are stricter with their sons is a bit of a cliche. Researcher Jennifer Mascaro wanted to find out to what extent it's true, so she persuaded 52 dads to give her an intimate glimpse at 48 hours of their lives through devices that recorded interactions with their children ages 1 to 2.

Mascaro and her colleagues at Emory University and the University of Arizona took apart each exchange and coded them to see if any patterns were based on the children's genders. The differences were startling.

With their boys, the dads tended to engage in more rough-and-tumble play and favored language related to achievement, such as "proud," "win" and "top.

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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:29:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Julia Hawkins started running at 100. Now she's won a gold medal]]> http://gazette.com/julia-hawkins-started-running-at-100.-now-shes-won-a-gold-medal/article/1605030?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/julia-hawkins-started-running-at-100.-now-shes-won-a-gold-medal/article/1605030?custom_click=rss

On a muggy afternoon, Julia Hawkins headed out for a practice sprint on the street in front her house.

She steeled her gaze on the 50-meter mark on the far end of her property line, crouched in a starting position and took off, clocking in the 50 meters at just more than 19 seconds.

Hawkins is 101 years old.

Several times a week, she's in front of her Louisiana house trying to improve her time. Last weekend, she put all of that practice to good use in winning the gold medal in the 50-meter dash at the National Senior Games held in Birmingham, Ala.

"I just like the feeling of being independent and doing something a little different and testing myself, trying to get better. I want to please my family is the other

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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:28:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Battle over bare-breasted women brews at one of Maryland’s busiest beaches]]> http://gazette.com/battle-over-bare-breasted-women-brews-at-one-of-marylands-busiest-beaches/article/1604815?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/battle-over-bare-breasted-women-brews-at-one-of-marylands-busiest-beaches/article/1604815?custom_click=rss

A battle over bare-breasted women at one of Maryland’s most popular vacation spots is heating up as summer hits without a clear answer on whether women are free to be free at the beach.

With the heat approaching, authorities in Ocean City issued a memo this week directing the beach patrol not to confront bare-chested women or ask them to cover up regardless of complaints. The policy is to stand until the Maryland Attorney General’s Office opines on state indecent exposure laws after a local beachgoer declared that if men can go sans tops, then women can, too.

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Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:24:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Americans having less sex than they once did]]> http://gazette.com/americans-having-less-sex-than-they-once-did/article/1604785?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/americans-having-less-sex-than-they-once-did/article/1604785?custom_click=rss

It used to be that, along with certain tax benefits, one advantage to being married was having more sex than singletons.

That benefit is diminishing steadily, according to a recent study. Overall, American adults are having less sex than they did a quarter century ago, with married people showing the most dramatic decline of all.

The paper, published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, showed a drop across gender, race, region, education level and work status. One factor is the higher percentage now of unpartnered people, who tend to have less sex than partnered ones. But a major driver is a steady fall in the rate of sexual activity for people who are married or living with partners, which reduces what had been known

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Fri, 09 Jun 2017 09:20:32 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Newborn Hope introduces new director, awards grants]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-newborn-hope-introduces-new-director-awards-grants/article/1604689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-newborn-hope-introduces-new-director-awards-grants/article/1604689?custom_click=rss

More than $50,000 in Newborn Hope grants to provide resources for Colorado babies and families impacted by prematurity were announced at a celebration reception May 3 at Gold Hill Mesa.

It was also an opportunity to introduce the 45-year-old nonprofit's new executive director Allison Bradac. She is from Colorado Springs and worked for Special Olympics Colorado, the Epilepsy Foundation and, in Denver, Heart & Hand.

The nine grants were:

Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation, MicroCool refrigerators for the NICU.

Family Visitor Programs, Glenwood Springs, for home-based prenatal education and support for high risk pregnant women in rural resort areas.

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Wed, 07 Jun 2017 17:31:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Museum honoring daredevil Evel Knievel opens in Kansas]]> http://gazette.com/museum-honoring-daredevil-evel-knievel-opens-in-kansas/article/feed/466172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/museum-honoring-daredevil-evel-knievel-opens-in-kansas/article/feed/466172?custom_click=rss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new Kansas museum is giving enthusiasts of late motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel a jump on appreciating his death-defying, bone-breaking exploits.

The $5-million, 13,000-square-foot homage to the hard-living man who became a global pop icon in the 1970s with rocket-powered and motorbike stunts has launched in Topeka, of all places.

As president of the two-story, nonprofit shrine attached to his Historic Harley-Davidson dealership, Mike Patterson said the Knievel memorabilia on loan from collectors includes some of the daredevil's motorcycles, leathers and helmets, and the man's restored 1974 tractor-trailer unit dubbed "Big Red.

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]]> Sat, 03 Jun 2017 17:27:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Czech restaurants, bars go smoke-free after years of debate]]> http://gazette.com/czech-restaurants-bars-go-smoke-free-after-years-of-debate/article/feed/465190?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/czech-restaurants-bars-go-smoke-free-after-years-of-debate/article/feed/465190?custom_click=rss

PRAGUE (AP) — A smoking ban in Czech bars, restaurants and cafes came into effect Wednesday, putting to an end the Czech Republic's status as one of the last havens for tobacco smokers in Europe.

The ban, which applies to inside areas of bars and restaurants as well as public places like cinemas, theaters and sports venues, was approved by Parliament following years of heated debate and signed by President Milos Zeman, a chain smoker.

Unlike most of Europe, Czechs had remained tolerant of smoking up till now — and it was up to restaurant owners to decide whether to allow it in their establishments.

According to data from the European Union, 17 member states have comprehensive smoke-free laws in place.

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