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  • Towns could get more control over smoking

    04/19/2005 4:54:44 AM PDT · by SheLion · 21 replies · 1,075+ views
    Chicago-Sun Times ^ | April 12, 2005 | DAVE MCKINNEY
    SPRINGFIELD -- Health groups won a key battle in the state Senate Monday as lawmakers voted to allow all Illinois towns, rather than a select few, to decide where to allow smoking. Since 1989, when the state approved the Clean Indoor Air Act that permitted smoking only in designated areas, 20 municipalities were allowed to keep their stricter no-smoking laws that were enacted previously. The rest of the state functioned under the milder state law written partly by the tobacco industry. Though opposed by retailers, restaurants and gas station operators, the measure backed on Monday in the Senate vote would...
  • This Bad Bargain Must Go Up in Smoke

    04/14/2005 5:41:40 AM PDT · by SheLion · 31 replies · 887+ views
    Forbes ^ | March 14, 2005 | Steve Forbes, Editor-In-Chief
    This Bad Bargain Must Go Up in SmokeRecently a federal appeals court finally brought some sanity to the issue of the U.S. government's being able to sue tobacco companies for allegedly burying the truth about cigarettes being harmful. Forgotten in all of this, of course, is the fact that cigarette packs have carried health-warning labels on them for 40 years. The judges ruled that the federal government cannot force the tobacco companies to hand over $280 billion of profits they earned while allegedly misleading us about their products' impact on people's health. The suit was born of Washington's envy over...
  • Maine: Bill closes loophole in smoking law

    04/05/2005 4:05:33 PM PDT · by SheLion · 107 replies · 2,693+ views
    kennebeck journal ^ | 4-5-05 | CHRIS CHURCHILL
    State health officials and several lawmakers are pushing to close loopholes that allow smoking in clubs and workplaces. The proposed legislation pleases many bar owners, who say they've lost customers to private clubs since Maine took the smoke out of taverns in 2004. It also suits groups such as the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society, who claim many Mainers are exposed to secondhand smoke at work despite groundbreaking legislation passed by the Legislature 20 years ago. "Even here in Maine, workplace smoking remains an issue," said Dr. Dora Mills, director of the Maine Bureau of Health. "Our...
  • RI:Bar, Restaurant Owners Sue Over Smoking Ban Exemptions

    03/29/2005 4:35:45 AM PST · by SheLion · 34 replies · 1,070+ views ^ | March 28, 2005
    NEWPORT, R.I. -- Bar and restaurant owners upset over the newly enacted smoking ban sued the state Wednesday, saying exemptions to the law make it unconstitutional.The law temporarily exempts small bars with fewer than 10 employees and nonprofit groups that meet certain requirements. The state's two gambling facilities are permanently exempted, meaning smokers will be able to light up there, but not in most bars and restaurants.The suit was filed in Newport Superior Court by five businesses who said they have been hurt by the ban, according to the Web site of the Providence Journal. The suit claims the exemptions...
  • RI: Trial to begin in smoke shop lawsuit

    03/23/2005 6:59:33 AM PST · by SheLion · 24 replies · 656+ views
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The federal trial begins today in the lawsuit brought by members of the Narragansett Indian tribe, who say their civil rights were violated when state troopers closed the tribe's tax-free smoke shop in 2003.Narragansett Tribal Council member Paulla Dove Jennings, her son, Adam Jennings and Keith Huertas, manager of the shop, are suing.They say several state troopers did not identify themselves or show a warrant when they raided the smoke shop on July 14th, 2003 -- two days after it was opened. They also say the troopers assaulted and injured them.A federal judge has since ruled...
  • CO: Smoking ban may be snuffed

    03/23/2005 4:32:08 AM PST · by SheLion · 36 replies · 1,033+ views ^ | 3-23-05 | Mark P. Couch
    Republicans in the Colorado Senate have stalled - at least temporarily - the effort to ban smoking in public places statewide.Senate Minority Leader Mark Hillman of Burlington said all 17 Republican senators are opposing the bill because it infringes on personal freedom and property rights."I don't smoke, and I think it's disgusting," Hillman said. "But I'm sick and tired of all these nannies running around telling people what to do."The bill's sponsor, Sen. Dan Grossman, D-Denver, said he has delayed his plan to introduce the bill."I don't want to paint myself into a corner by introducing it in the...
  • Maine:Bill To Ban Tobacco Ads Goes Up In Smoke

    03/20/2005 12:58:25 PM PST · by SheLion · 146 replies · 1,791+ views
    AUGUSTA, Maine -- A bill to ban tobacco ads in stores where children could see them does not appear to be making progress in Augusta. State Rep. Stephen Bowen’s bill would have banned any tobacco ad a child could see.Testimony before the Health and Human Services Committee Thursday showed the law was unlikely to pass constitutional muster. Bowen said people should be able to take their children into a store and not have to pass the ads. He said he’ll find another way to get the ads out of view.
  • Action Alerts: Check what is going on in your area

    03/19/2005 8:13:21 AM PST · by SheLion · 18 replies · 603+ views
    Protect Local Control ^ | March 18, 2005
      March 18, 2005 Preemption Watch Weekly Summary of New U.S. State Bills (3-18-05)In the continued fight to prevent preemptive legislation before it can be passed and to overturn preemption in states where it is already in place, ANR is tracking pending legislation relating to states' smokefree air policies. Not all state bills relating to smokefree air are preemptive, however a bill can become preemptive at any point in the legislative process. It is therefore important to track even the best bills throughout the entire legislative session. Below is a listing of state bills that have been introduced in...
  • Maine:Health advocates ask for $1.50-per-pack cigarette tax increase

    03/18/2005 4:11:31 AM PST · by SheLion · 59 replies · 1,023+ views ^ | 3-18-05
    AUGUSTA, Maine -- Anti-smoking advocates came to the State House on Wednesday to ask lawmakers to increase Maine's cigarette tax by $1.50 cents a pack, which they said would give Maine the highest cigarette tax in the nation.
  • Lawmakers push for FDA tobacco regulation-again

    03/17/2005 7:28:15 PM PST · by SheLion · 6 replies · 434+ views
    Seattle Post ^ | March 17, 2005 | HILARY ROXE
    WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration could regulate tobacco products under legislation revived by a bipartisan group of lawmakers Thursday. The proposal renews a push for tobacco oversight that was blocked last year in the House. Under the bill, the FDA could regulate the sale, marketing and advertising of tobacco products, and could require companies to list all ingredients added to cigarettes and other forms of consumer tobacco. The legislation was brought back in the Senate by last year's sponsors, Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., who reintroduced the bill on Thursday. The Senate approved it last year,...
  • Internet Cigarette Sales Spark Enforcement Meeting, Possible Crackdown

    03/17/2005 8:19:34 AM PST · by SheLion · 114 replies · 2,324+ views
    U.S.Newswire ^ | 3/16/2005
    WASHINGTON, March 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The U.S. Postal Service will meet with representatives of various state attorneys general on Thursday to discuss how the Service can avoid legal liability for its role in delivering cigarettes sold illegally on the Internet. The result could be an agreement to curtail delivery of such cigarettes, or requirements that the sellers take steps such as verifying the age of purchasers, insuring that state cigarette taxes are paid, etc.The meeting was sparked by a letter threatening the postal service with civil -- and possibly even criminal -- liability if it continues to deliver cigarettes...
  • Conservatives Selective Views

    03/13/2005 7:38:37 AM PST · by SheLion · 313 replies · 3,754+ views
    United Pro Choice ^ | 3-13-05 | Chuck Muth
    March 13, 2005"FORGET THE NEO-CONS, BEWARE THE EX-CONS"So I'm listening to talk radio recently during the hellish commute to our nation's capital, and I hear caller after caller start out by saying, "I'm a conservative, except..."  The issue was over a proposed new government-mandated smoking ban in bars and restaurants.  And the callers - so-called "conservatives" - were all for it. Now don't get me wrong.  I'm not saying smoking is good.  And I'm not saying smoking isn't offensive to a lot of people, especially while dining.  What I AM saying is that the proper, consistent conservative position is that the...
  • Another Ban Failed: MD Rejects State Ban

    03/11/2005 8:04:17 AM PST · by SheLion · 25 replies · 763+ views
    United Pro Choice ^ | 3-11-05 | Melvin Thompson
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 9, 2005Contact: Melvin Thompson 410-290-6800 Cell 443-463-7349 MARYLAND LAWMAKERS REJECT STATEWIDE SMOKING BAN FOR RESTAURANTS AND BARS(Columbia, MD) – In an evenly-split vote, Maryland lawmakers have killed a statewide smoking ban initiative for the third consecutive year. Members of the Senate Finance Committee rejected the measure on March 4, 2005 by a 5 to 5 vote, effectively killing the bill for the year. Legislation must win more “yea” than “nay” votes in order to pass.With many predicting the vote was too close to call, this year’s smoking ban debate was without question the most heated in recent...
  • MN: MN Group Sues Minneapolis!

    03/11/2005 7:47:49 AM PST · by SheLion · 58 replies · 1,140+ views
    United Pro Choice ^ | 3-11-05 | Ryan Pacyga, Esq.
    Plaintiffs Bloomington VFW, Bloomington Legion, Bloomington Eagles, Bloomington Knights of Columbus, Lyon's Pub and Stub and Herb's today Filed a Complaint suing the City of Minneapolis, City of Bloomington, and County of Hennepin.Plaintiffs request the Hennepin County District Court issue a temporary restraining order enjoining the Defendants from enforcing their local smoking bans, which are scheduled to take effect March 31. A Judge will hear arguments regarding the temporary injunction on Friday, March 11, at noon. The Plaintiffs and their attorney will address the press this evening at the following address:Press Conference Tonight March 10, 2005 7:00 PMVFW POST #1296 311 West...
  • Lawyers ask judge to rule Helena's smoking ban unconstitutional

    03/11/2005 5:41:44 AM PST · by SheLion · 19 replies · 1,021+ views
    HELENA -- A dispute over this city's tough smoking ban is back before a district judge after a lengthy delay brought on by a separate lawsuit before the state Supreme Court.  An attorney for a casino asked Judge Thomas Honzel on Wednesday to rule the city's smoking ban unenforceable because those cited for violating it cannot seek a jury trial.  Tom Budwitz, who represents the Montana Nugget Casino and its manager, Greg Shaw, argued that his clients had a right to a jury of their peers.  But Helena City Attorney David Nielson countered that nothing explicitly allows for a jury...
  • IL: Village Board votes down smoking ban

    03/08/2005 4:42:01 PM PST · by SheLion · 16 replies · 606+ views
    OAK PARK -- A proposed ban on smoking in public places was defeated 5-2 Monday night by the Oak Park Village Board.

    03/06/2005 1:44:26 PM PST · by SheLion · 257 replies · 3,695+ views
    United Pro Choice ^ | 3-6-05 | David W. Kuneman and Michael J. McFadden
    Many studies have been published purporting to prove smoking bans in bars and restaurants are either good or neutral  for business, and conflicting studies have also been published purporting to prove bans are bad for business. Scollo, Lal, Hyland and Glantz recently summarized many of these studies, concluding those which find no economic impact are published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and funded by “objective” antitobacco interests, while those that do find bans hurt business are funded almost universally by Big Tobacco or its allies. Tobacco Control, 2003;12:13-20. However, the objectivity of those who publish studies finding smoking bans don’t...
  • NYC:The truth on bar smoking ban

    03/06/2005 7:57:33 AM PST · by SheLion · 121 replies · 3,172+ views
    Times Argus ^ | 3-4-05 | Amy McCloskey
    In reference to the story "Smoking ban for bars on Legislative agenda" on Feb. 14 by John Zicconi, all I can say is "Hogwash." I own a successful bar in Greenwich Village. In 2004, we were voted the Best Lounge in New York by CitySearch. My business is down 30 percent since 2002. Since nothing has changed but the smoking ban, I can attribute this precipitous drop to nothing else. It's remarkable to read that "A New York City official on Thursday will travel to Vermont to testify that Big Apple pub receipts have increased 12 percent since the city's...
  • Failure of Lung Cancer Drug Stumps Researchers

    03/06/2005 6:05:32 AM PST · by SheLion · 38 replies · 1,142+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3-6-05
    The failure of a last-chance cancer drug to significantly improve survival rates in a clinical trial was a surprise and the manufacturer says it is trying to figure out why the product didn't do better.
  • Ohio: Ohio Smoking Bans Not Legal

    03/04/2005 9:46:33 AM PST · by SheLion · 75 replies · 3,164+ views
    United Pro Choice ^ | 3-4-05 | Samantha Phillipe
    Please note that several cities and towns in Ohio are about to make a mistake and put smoking bans on their books. Could you please put together a State law now that smoking bans are not allowed?This would save a lot of wasted court money in the future.You see, smoking bans are not legal. NY and FL judges have already agreed that bans are not enforceable.  (Links at )  This makes all smoking bans illegal unless your State or town wants to train you, supply liability insurance, sign you on as police AND make it a law that anyone they...