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  • Tenants Upset After E-Cigarettes Banned By Section 8 Housing

    04/07/2014 4:30:40 PM PDT · by grundle · 29 replies
    whsv.com ^ | February 21, 2014
    Harrisonburg, Va. (WHSV) -- Tenants are blowing off steam, after receiving a notice sent out by the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority. It details its ban on smoking. According to the notice, tenants living in the J.R. Polly Limeweaver Apartment complex are not allowed to use Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes. It is apart of the ban on smoking, which will start on July 1, 2014. The policy recently added to tenant's leases gave reasons including an effort to decrease health effects, maintenance costs, the risk of fire and the cost of fire insurance. "The e-cigarettes vapor, it's not...
  • Doctors' Trade Union: 'Ban Smoking For Everyone Born after Year 2000'

    03/25/2014 6:05:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | March 25, 2014 | Breitbart London
    The British Medical Association (BMA), the trade union representing all National Health Service (NHS) doctors, has said that the sale of cigarettes should be banned "to anyone born after the year 2000". In a new policy position of the organisation which claims to lobby Parliament in its members' interest, the BMA has stated that "humanity has never developed anything more deadly than the cigarette". Dr Crocker-Buqué, a "London research assistant in academic public health" reportedly told last week's BMA annual public health medicine conference that eight in 10 smokers started in their teenage years and that someone who started smoking...
  • Kentucky smoking ban bill is dead, sponsor says

    03/08/2014 4:21:33 PM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 25 replies
    WHAS11 ^ | 03-06-2014 | Associated Press
    <p>FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A contentious Kentucky bill that would enact a statewide ban on smoking in shared public spaces and places of employment is dead, the sponsor says.</p>
  • Los Angeles OKs Sweeping E-Cigarette Ban

    03/05/2014 3:55:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | March 4, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters
    The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes, popularly known as "vaping," from restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public spaces within the nation's second-largest city. If signed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti, the measure would take effect in 30 days, said Tony Arranaga, spokesman for Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, one of the sponsors of the bill. Los Angeles would join a growing list of cities, including New York and Chicago, that restrict the use of e-cigarettes, battery-powered cartridges filled with nicotine liquid that create an inhalable vapor when heated. At stake is...
  • City Council seeks ban on e-cigarettes in public places as high-tech successor to smoking ban

    11/30/2013 8:33:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | November 27, 2013 | Annie Karni
    First the city banned smoking in most public places. Now it’s moving to snuff out the use of smokeless electronic cigarettes as well. The City Council announced Wednesday that it will hold a hearing Wednesday on a bill prohibiting the use of the battery-operated, tobacco-free vaporizers in restaurants, offices, parks, beaches and other places where smoking regular cigarettes is not allowed.
  • Saudi man divorces wife over cigarette found in her bag

    11/25/2013 7:46:41 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    GulfNews.com ^ | November 24, 2013 | Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
    Saudi man divorces wife over cigarette found in her bag Husband insists on parting ways after finding cigarette inside wife’s bag Manama: A husband divorced his wife just three months after their marriage after he found a cigarette inside her bag. A relative of the wife said that her husband became furious after he discovered the cigarette and decided to divorce her despite her pleas and her claims that she did not smoke and that the cigarette was not hers, Saudi daily Okaz reported on Sunday from the southern city of Jizan. The husband has insisted on the divorce and...
  • California Smoking Ban Said to Be Most Stringent in U.S.

    11/24/2013 7:18:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | November 22, 2013 | UPI
    SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A California ordinance that prohibits smoking in residences with shared walls may be the strictest anti-smoking law in the United States, city officials say. The ban, passed by the city of San Rafael, applies to both owners and renters, ABC News reported Thursday. It covers any multi-family residence with three or more units, including condominiums, co-ops and apartments. The ban took effect Nov. 14.
  • The Real Reason Behind Public Smoking Bans

    07/08/2013 5:31:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 129 replies
    PBS NEWSHOUR ^ | July 8, 2013 | SARAH CLUNE
    Summer has officially begun and for many, it's time for sun, sand and swimming. But don't count on lighting up a cigarette while you're at the beach. Over the last few years, you may have noticed more "no smoking" signs have cropped up on parks and beaches. They're part of a larger trend banning smoking at outside, public areas. In fact, smoking has been banned in 843 parks and more than 150 beaches in the last two decades. What beachgoers probably aren't thinking about is the ethics behind these bans, which began taking hold in the early 1990s. Public health...
  • Irish government backs ban on cigarette pack branding

    05/28/2013 1:52:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue May 28, 2013 12:08pm EDT | Conor Humphries
    Ireland is to become the first country in the European Union to ban branding on cigarette packages by using plain packaging and uniform labeling, the government said on Tuesday. All trademarks, logos, colors and graphics will be removed from tobacco products sold in Ireland under the new rules, the Health Ministry said, after the proposal secured backing from the government. Smoking was a central part of Ireland’s pub culture until the country became the first in the world to ban smoking in all enclosed public places, public transport and workplaces in 2004. …
  • Tobacco For Eighteen-Year-Olds? What Are Bloomberg’s Priorities?

    04/23/2013 12:46:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | April 23, 2013 | Mark Home
    For the record, I tend to think that a cigarette ban for minors may be appropriate. While I oppose prohibition for adults, I think it makes sense to say that adults shouldn’t be permitted to entice children into certain unhealthy choices. Of course, if such a prohibition is put in place, it needs to be justified by banning a substance that is clearly dangerous, not just “unhealthy” by some statistic that we know doesn’t apply to all people. If the evidence qualifies tobacco as such a substance, then I can see restricting it from children.But recent news about a new...
  • California bill would ban smoking in multi-unit housing

    03/07/2013 4:39:58 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    The SacraMENTAL Bee ^ | February 28, 2013 | Jim Sanders
    Millions of Californians would not be able to smoke tobacco inside their own homes under new legislation that would raise the bar nationwide for fighting secondhand smoke. No state ever has ventured into personal bedrooms and living rooms with its smoking restrictions, but California is going even further than that by targeting owner-occupied residences as well as rental units. Specifically, the measure would prohibit lighting up a cigarette, cigar or pipe in condominiums, duplexes and apartment units. The push would extend a lengthy list of places where smoking already is barred, including restaurants, workplaces, playgrounds, public buildings and cars containing...
  • Assembly Session 2013: prepping for the creeping lunacy (Maryland)

    01/08/2013 2:12:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 7, 2013 | J. Doug Gill
    Dread. Usually not a word one associates with the New Year… well, provided one is not a glass half-empty sort. Hopeful, encouraged, positive… that sort of rot is what travels the aural circuit in the week or so following clean-slate day. But ‘round these parts – and near the nether regions of other state capitals – the newly-birthed year is greeted with a level of enthusiasm rivaled only by the anticipatory feeling derived from the possibility of a TSA cavity search. And that point of comparison is frighteningly accurate; given said cavity is the only place our local legislators have...
  • No Smoking allowed on Ole Miss campus

    01/08/2013 9:56:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    My FOX Memphis ^ | January 7, 2013 | Tom Dees
    OXFORD, Miss. (FOX13) - If you are looking for a place to smoke on the Ole Miss campus, good luck with that. The new "No Smoking" policy has it covered and is being strictly enforced. Basically the policy reads you can't smoke anywhere on the Ole Miss campus. That includes the interior of all University buildings. As for the property or the grounds, you can't smoke on the sidewalks, parking lots, recreational areas, partially enclosed or open areas such as walkways, breezeways, patios, porches, gazebos, tents and bus shelters. As for University vehicles, you can't smoke in them, you can't...
  • SF Considers Strict Outdoor Smoking Ban – Except For Medical Pot

    07/20/2012 5:22:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | July 19, 2012 | Barbara Taylor
    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Smoking anything other than medically-prescribed marijuana at San Francisco street fairs, festivals and other outdoor events held on city property would be banned under new legislation before the Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Eric Mar said he introduced the proposal because of the health impacts of secondhand smoke when people light up in public. “It’s widely known that secondhand smoke is responsible for as many as 73,000 deaths among non-smokers each year in the United States, and there is no safe level of exposure,” he said.
  • Residents protest proposed smoking ban in York Housing Authority homes

    06/13/2012 5:30:20 AM PDT · by Daveinyork · 24 replies
    York (PA) Daily Record ^ | June 13, 2012 | EMILY OPILO
    York, PA - When Blaine Bosserman was searching for an apartment, he stayed with his mother until he could find a building that allowed smoking. And when he settled upon a high rise in the 400 block of East King Street owned by York's housing authority, Bosserman, 45, made sure there were no conditions in the lease that would prevent him from lighting up inside. But a proposed ban on smoking in the York Housing Authority's 1,068 units countywide could soon force Bosserman to extinguish his cigarettes. Pending approval of the authority's board and the U.S. Department of Housing and...
  • SSA Radically Restrict Smoking in Russia:Promise to Rescue Up to 200 Thousands Each Year[Videos RU]

    05/20/2012 7:09:40 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 1 replies
    NEWSru ^ | 20 &#1084;&#1072;&#1103; 2012 &#1075;. | Staff
    The Ministry of health and social development has submitted to the Government Bill, radically restricting smoking in public places, said on Sunday the site of the Ministry. The main restrictions-prohibition of smoking in public places, including workplaces, as well as to European prices. The document provides for the ban on smoking in all catering establishments, government buildings, workplaces (indoor), elevators, educational, medical, cultural and sports institutions, all means of public transport, train stations and ports. Therefore, smokers will leave only their own House and the street. The tobacco control activists stress that even the most modern ventilation and specially designated...
  • Ohio Senate Considers Limiting Smoking in Cars

    02/02/2012 5:20:36 AM PST · by TSgt · 75 replies · 1+ views
    WKRD ^ | 02/02/2012 | WKRD
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill in the Ohio Senate would ban smoking in cars if children under 6 are on board. The measure's sponsor says the idea is to safeguard youngsters from secondhand smoke. Democratic Sen. Charleta Tavares of Columbus testified Wednesday at a hearing on her bill and said smoke inside cars is especially dangerous because the space makes the smoke much more concentrated. Multiple news outlets report that Senate Highways and Transportation Committee Chairman Tom Patton questioned how law enforcers would be able to spot that a child is younger than 6, in order to enforce the...
  • Elk Grove Considers Banning Smoking In All Apartment Complexes

    03/25/2012 9:03:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies · 3+ views
    CBS Sacramento ^ | March 22, 2012 | CBS13
    ELK GROVE (CBS13) – You’ve heard the saying smoke ‘em if you got ‘em. But if you got ‘em and you live in an apartment complex in Elk Grove, the luxury of lighting up may soon go up in smoke. “i think it’s a pretty good idea,” one apartment resident said. He’s talking about the possibility of banning smoking in all apartment complexes in the city. A Sacramento-based trade association that works with landlords is against the idea, however. “We don’t think it’s necessary,” said Cory Koehler with the Rental Housing Association. We support an owner’s right to choose the...
  • [Maryland] Senate passes bill banning smoking with young child in car

    03/19/2012 4:05:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | March 14, 2012 | Michael Dresser
    The Maryland Senate passed a bill Wednesday morning that would make it illegal for a driver or passenger to smoke in a vehicle occupied by a child under 8 years old. Senators voted 27-19 to send the bill to the House of Delegates after a lively debate over the rights of children to be protected from the dangers of second-hand smoke versus the rights of parents to be free from government intrusion in their vehicles. The legislation would allow police officers to pull over drivers observed to be smoking in cars with a child in a booster seat. Children 8...
  • Indiana Senate approves diluted state smoking ban

    03/01/2012 4:43:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 2+ views
    The Indianapolis Business Journal ^ | February 29, 2012 | Associated Press
    For all the bluster a statewide smoking ban sparked at the beginning of the 2012 legislative session, the version Indiana lawmakers may end up approving seems little more than a wisp of smoke. The Senate approved a statewide ban Wednesday for the first time in its history, with 13 Democrats joining 16 Republicans for a 29-21 vote. But the proposal passed hardly resembles the one the House has approved six times in recent years.
  • Marin County smoking ban on hold

    01/11/2012 9:42:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    ABC 7 News (KGO-TV/DT) ^ | January 11, 2012 | KGO
    MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- A Marin County smoking ban is on hold while lawmakers consider weeding out marijuana from the measure. The ordinance as written would outlaw smoking in unincorporated county apartments and included marijuana and other herbs as well as tobacco. It was abruptly sent back to committee Wednesday when Supervisor Kate Sears said only tobacco should be banned...
  • Popular issues stall behind Ind. Dem boycott [smoking ban bill on hold]

    01/07/2012 9:34:06 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | January 7, 2012 | Tom LoBianco (Associated Press)
    INDIANAPOLIS— Anti-smoking advocates are on the verge of success in the Indiana General Assembly but must wait out House Democrats' boycott of a divisive labor bill. A bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the Senate and House is pushing to ban smoking in most public places and workplaces, including bars. The only exemptions it includes are the gambling floors of casinos and pari-mutuel betting parlors, private clubs and cigar and hookah bars.
  • Smoking ban, government reform on Daniels' 2012 agenda

    12/17/2011 8:16:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Indianapolis Business Journal ^ | December 16, 2011 | Francesca Jarosz
    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he will push for a statewide smoking ban and mild local government reforms in the 2012 legislative session. Those are among the priorities Daniels, a Republican who will begin his last year in office in January, plans to outline in a noon speech Friday at the downtown Skyline Club for the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis. In an interview Thursday, he also hinted that he would support a proposal seeking legislative approval to let voters decide whether to increase local income taxes to expand mass transit in Marion County and surrounding counties. “My attitude is the...
  • N.C. Heart Attack Rates Down Since Passage of Smoke-Free Law

    11/16/2011 12:39:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    RALEIGH – Emergency room visits by North Carolinians experiencing heart attacks have declined by 21 percent since the January 2010 start of the state’s Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law. State Health Director Dr. Jeffrey Engel reported the results to the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force this morning. “We pushed for passage of this law because we knew it would save lives,” said Governor Bev Perdue, who signed the law into effect. “Our goal was to protect workers and patrons from breathing secondhand smoke and we are seeing positive results.” The N.C. Division of Public Health report cites...
  • Smoked Out: Ban Leads to Continued Drop in Bar, Tavern Business

    11/16/2011 7:10:06 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 77 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/16/2011 | Jack Spencer
    Pam Lezotte, owner of Buster's Place in Trenton: “I've lost my smoking clientele. Instead of coming here, they're holding house parties, where they can smoke while they drink.” She also said it isn't difficult to distinguish between the effects of the ban and those of the recession. “We (the bar) were packed right up to the day that the smoking ban started,” Lezotte said. “It's clear that the ban chased away regular customers. When we held an outdoor event my smoking customers were back, but they aren't back into the bar. They want to be able to smoke while they...
  • Victims of Smoking Ban Cut Off Politicians

    08/29/2011 8:31:52 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 40 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/29/2011 | Jack Spencer
    Small bar owners angered over losing their butts to the statewide indoor smoking ban plan to give lawmakers the boot. A newly formed group, Protect Private Property Rights in Michigan (PPPRM), has organized an effort to ban lawmakers from their establishments in protest against Michigan's smoking ban. This lawmaker ban is scheduled to start Sept. 1. PPPRM, which claims to have a membership of about 500 businesses, argues that the smoking ban has been disastrous for Michigan's small bar owners and their employees. “We're not smoking advocates or advocates for tobacco use,” PPPRM Executive Director Stephen Mace said. “We 're...
  • Gallup: For First Time, Majority in U.S. Supports Public Smoking Ban

    07/15/2011 10:43:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Gallup ^ | 07/15/2011 | Frank Newport
    A majority of Americans (59%) support a ban on smoking in all public places for the first time since Gallup initially asked the question in 2001. At the same time, fewer than 2 in 10 support the idea of making smoking totally illegal in this country. According to the American Lung Association, 27 states plus the District of Columbia have passed comprehensive smoke-free laws. A New York City law bans smoking in virtually all public places, including outdoor plazas and beaches. When Gallup first asked about a ban on public smoking in 2001, 39% were in favor, an attitude that...
  • University of Michigan gets set for campuswide ban on smoking

    06/13/2011 2:16:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Crain's Detroit Business ^ | June 13, 2011 | Associated Press
    ANN ARBOR (AP) — Lights-out time is approaching at the University of Michigan, where a campuswide ban on smoking outdoors and indoors takes effect next month. The school says it is the first major university in the state to adopt such a ban, while Big Ten rivals Indiana University and the University of Iowa already have them in place. “We are approaching this issue with great respect for the difficulty in discontinuing tobacco use,” said Robert Winfield, the university’s chief health officer. “It is our expectation that this will entail a culture change that will take a number of years...
  • City Council Readies New Smoking Ban

    02/02/2011 1:29:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 2, 2011 | Michael Howard Saul
    Attention Times Square denizens and those out for a stroll in Central Park: It will soon be time to put out your smokes — forever. The New York City Council is slated Wednesday afternoon to approve a ban on smoking in parks, beaches, marinas, boardwalks and pedestrian plazas like Times Square. The legislation marks the most ambitious expansion of the city’s antismoking laws since Mayor Michael Bloomberg convinced the city lawmakers to approve a ban on smoking in indoor workplaces and park playgrounds in 2003. “When this legislation is passed, all New Yorkers will be able to enjoy a walk...
  • MI group plans smoke-in on New Year's Eve

    12/31/2010 3:56:53 AM PST · by equaviator · 19 replies
    ADRIAN, MI (WTOL) A blatant act of civil disobedience is planned on New Year's Eve in Michigan. Bars and restaurants are being urged to ignore the state's ban on smoking in public places and allow customers to light up. This protest is being organized by a Bloomfield Hills group called Protect Privacy Rights in Michigan. They believe you should run your business the way you see fit without government intrusion. The group claims 350 bars and restaurants have already agreed to break the law. Since Michigan's smoking ban went into effect May 1, business at Club 109 in Adrian, MI...
  • US Navy introduces smoking ban on submarines

    12/30/2010 4:40:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 69 replies · 590+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | 12/30/10 | AFP
    Giving up smoking may be a New Year's resolution for some, but all US sailors will now have to follow suit, as the US Navy moves to ban its crews from smoking aboard submarines starting Friday. In a country where fights against Big Tobacco are common, troops deprived of fresh air and natural light for months were surprisingly allowed to smoke in submerged submarines. But no more, after a Pentagon study found the risks of second-hand smoke were severe in those highly confined spaces. Submarine Forces Commander Vice Admiral John Donnelly ordered the ban aboard 73 US subs, citing health...
  • Restaurants Say Smoking Ban Leaves Sales Cold

    08/30/2010 8:44:10 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 29 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/30/2010 | Tom Gantert
    A recent survey by a restaurant lobbyist group shows that restaurants are seeing a drop in sales due to the state-wide smoking ban that took effect May 1. But Andy Deloney, a spokesman for the Michigan Restaurant Association which did the survey, feels the impact may be greater once the warm weather fades. Deloney said his association expects to do another survey in the winter on sales. "It's one thing to step right outside the door when it is 80 degrees out but it's another to do that when it is a blustery 15 degrees," Deloney said. The survey found...
  • Smoke ban approved by (San Antonio) City Council

    08/20/2010 6:36:06 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 26 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 08/20/2010 | By Josh Baugh - Express-News
    The City Council on Thursday approved a fortified smoke-free ordinance aimed at protecting public health, despite pleas from frustrated bar and restaurant owners who said that the ban would hurt their business. The new ordinance, which will qualify San Antonio as a smoke-free city under criteria set by Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, closes exemptions that have allowed smoking in bars, pool and bingo halls, comedy clubs and restaurants with enclosed smoking areas. Council members listened to 90 minutes of public input and then deliberated for more than two hours before voting 7-4 to approve the ordinance. The vote was the...
  • Plans To Allow Women and Gays, Ban Smoking Shake World of Navy Submarines

    04/21/2010 7:25:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies · 1,074+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 21st 2010 | Craig Whitlock
    Plans To Allow Women and Gays, Ban Smoking Shake World of Navy Submarines Craig Whitlock April 22, 2010 Imagine 150 fraternity brothers packed into a container the size of a three-bedroom house. Announce you are breaking hallowed traditions by taking away their cigarettes and admitting women. Then lock the doors and push the container deep into the sea, for months at a time. That's what the Navy, after decades of contemplation and controversy, has decided to do with its Submarine Force, an elite fraternity of 13,000 active-duty sailors that has been patrolling the oceans for 110 years. As of Dec....
  • U.S. Navy to ban smoking on submarines

    04/11/2010 4:54:21 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 51 replies · 904+ views
    UPI ^ | April 10, 2010
    NORFOLK, Va., April 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy announced smoking will be banned below decks on all submarines effective Dec. 31. "This policy was initiated for the health of the sailors who choose not to smoke," said Lt. Commander Mark Jones, spokesman for the Commander Naval Submarine Forces in Norfolk, Va. "It is unfair for them to be exposed to the unhealthy side effects of secondhand smoke." Jones said a 2009 study by the Navy found non-smokers were exposed to secondhand smoke on all four classes of submarines, CNN reported. The Navy has 71 subs with 13,000 sailors on...
  • Cigar lovers light up at El Gaucho (Upscale WA State restaurant challenges smoking ban)

    02/24/2010 2:12:29 PM PST · by Stoat · 17 replies · 733+ views
    The News Tribune (Tacoma) ^ | February 23, 2010 | C.R. Roberts
    (edit)Closed after a 2005 state law banned public indoor smoking, the cigar lounge at Tacoma’s upscale El Gaucho steakhouse has reopened.Smoking a Dominica-wrapped Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve inside the newly branded “VIP Lounge” on Monday, El Gaucho owner Paul Mackay said that he and a trio of Cohiba-loving cohorts have met state regulations and now welcome certain cigar smokers to puff away four nights a week.The lounge has been open for nearly two weeks without complaint to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.For Mackay, the decision to refurbish and open the room was as much a matter of principle as...
  • Michigan Passes State Smoking Ban

    12/11/2009 2:10:09 PM PST · by arealconservativeforachange · 37 replies · 1,221+ views
    Cigar Aficionado ^ | December 11, 2009 | David Savona
    Michigan's state Senate and House passed a smoking ban that will make indoor smoking illegal, save for gambling areas, cigar bars and cigar shops. The measure, HB 4377, passed by a vote of 24 to 13 in the Senate and was overwhelmingly approved by the House in a vote of 75 to 30. The legislation will become law when Gov. Jennifer Granholm signs it; she has come out in favor of such legislation, according to press reports from Michigan. The law will go into effect May 1. Exemptions to the legislation include cigar bars, tobacco stores and casinos. A smoking...
  • The Butt Stops Here

    10/05/2009 6:12:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 962+ views
    New West ^ | October 5, 2009 | Amy Linn
    As Montana bars dealt with their first smoke-free weekend since the state’s indoor smoking ban went into effect, ingenuity ruled. In Missoula, according to a great piece by Michael Moore in the Missoulian, the Rhino Bar gave smokers their very own place to light up: a Butt Hutt, created by Dave Golden of Well Done Welding and Jim Bell, a general contractor. Moore describes the hut as a 4-by-8-foot “metal smoking dugout” in the alley behind the Rhino in Missoula. The no-smoking laws spark the type of debate that never seems to get extinguished. Pro-smokers argue that the bans hurt...
  • New York Eyes ‘No Smoking’ Outdoors, Too

    09/15/2009 5:01:59 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies · 1,164+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 14, 2009 | Sewell Chan
    New York City’s workplace smoking ban six years ago drove cigarette and cigar puffers outdoors. But soon some of the outdoors may be off limits, too: The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas A. Farley, said Monday that he would seek to ban smoking at city parks and beaches. Dr. Farley said the ban — which officials said may require the approval of the City Council, but could possibly be done through administrative rule-making by the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation — was part of a broader strategy to further curb smoking rates, which have fallen in recent years. The...
  • U.S. Soldiers Sound Off on Possible Ban on Smoking in the Military - Video 7/16/09

    07/17/2009 6:34:21 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 24 replies · 551+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 17, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is a video report from Indiana that features U.S. military personnel sounding off about the ban on smoking in the military being considered. According to the report, if adopted, the ban would require all new recruits to quit smoking before enlisting, and would not allow smoking on military bases, in military vehicles, or onboard ships. Cigarettes would also no longer be sold in military facilities. In the report, one soldier says, "I don't agree with it. I think it's a waste of taxpayer's money to get involved with this." . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Hav-a-Tampa cigars closing Tampa plant (500 jobs L.O.S.T.)

    06/24/2009 11:46:04 AM PDT · by xtinct · 13 replies · 1,303+ views
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | 6/24/09 | MICHAEL SASSO
    Sales have been hurt by the spread of indoor smoking bans, which have forced people to go outside to smoke. Tampa will lose part of its cigar heritage in August when Hav-A-Tampa shuts its factory near Seffner and lays off about 495 employees, closing a factory that has been operating since 1902. The company announced the closing today. Many employees there make Hav-A-Tampa's iconic Jewels, inexpensive machine-made cigars known for their birchwood tips. Some workers have labored there for two decades or longer, including one who's been there for 50 years, said Richard McKenzie, a senior vice president of human...
  • Obama Signs Landmark Anti-Smoking Bill

    06/22/2009 12:46:41 PM PDT · by Mind Freed · 35 replies · 1,076+ views
    President Obama on Monday signed a landmark anti-smoking bill which he said will reduce the number of children who take up smoking and ultimately save American lives. The bill would give the federal government unprecedented authority to regulate tobacco. The law allows the regulatory Food and Drug Administration to reduce nicotine in tobacco products, ban candy flavorings and block labels such "low tar" and "light." Tobacco companies also will be required to cover their cartons with large graphic warnings.
  • SD governor signs ban on smoking in bars, casinos

    03/19/2009 11:24:02 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 116 replies · 1,847+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 19, 2009 | CHET BROKAW
    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds has signed a law banning smoking from nearly all indoor public places, including bars, video lottery casinos and gambling halls.
  • Smoke ban will drive 'em mad

    02/17/2009 8:00:48 AM PST · by fanfan · 54 replies · 1,515+ views
    The Toronto Sun ^ | Tuesday, February 17, 2009 | LEANNE DAVIS
    PORT HOPE -- It's only a matter of time before someone "snaps" after being pulled over under Ontario's new law forbidding smoking in a vehicle carrying a minor, a police officer said yesterday in response to a quirk in the legislation that was made evident during a weekend incident. "People got mad enough when they couldn't smoke in bars anymore or bingo parlours," Port Hope Sgt. Bryant Wood said. "Now you're telling them they can't smoke in cars. At some point somebody's going to snap along the way here." Nova Scotia is the only other jurisdiction in the country to...
  • Kan. Senate to debate smoking ban

    02/15/2009 6:58:47 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 723+ views
    The Topeka Capital Journal ^ | February 14, 2009 | Associated Press
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposed ban on smoking in most public places will be debated Monday in the Senate, and the chamber's top two leaders said Friday that the bill's chances for passage are good. "If there are no substantive amendments, I would assume it would pass," said Senate President Steve Morris, a Hugoton Republican. Senate Vice President John Vratil agreed, but cautioned that opponents will try to load it up with amendments.
  • Volunteer fire department hot over smoking ban

    02/09/2009 8:50:33 AM PST · by smokinleroy · 18 replies · 635+ views
    Leader Times (Kittanning, PA) ^ | 2/9/09 | Tribune Review News Service
    APOLLO — Volunteer fire departments are hurting from the state smoking ban, which has driven players away from the bingo games that raise cash for training firefighters and paying bills, representatives of seven Westmoreland and Armstrong county departments said Sunday.
  • Bar owner: Smoking ban doesn't legally apply to cigarettes

    01/01/2009 1:26:02 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 24 replies · 1,493+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | María Villaseñor | 12/30/2008
    Cheers To You bar owner Robert Brown wants his customers to smoke if they want to. And Brown said he found a way to keep his private club in Salt Lake City smoker-friendly despite, or maybe because of, the Jan. 1 smoking ban. But Utah Department of Health officials, in a formal declaration issued Tuesday, said that loophole doesn't exist, and the smoking ban stays.
  • Prof union wants campus smoking

    12/24/2008 7:26:17 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 222 replies · 2,566+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 12/24/08 | MARTHA RAFFAELE
    Union that represents Pa. university faculty wants indoor/outdoor ban rescinded. HARRISBURG — Grabbing a quick smoke between classes has become impossible for Lock Haven University political science professor Robert Storch. An indoor and outdoor smoking ban imposed at Pennsylvania’s state university system in September means Storch must walk off campus whenever he craves nicotine — a 20-minute roundtrip excursion that he cannot cram into a 15-minute break between classes. “I find it ridiculous,” Storch told a Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board hearing examiner Tuesday. “You feel like a leper anyway. It’s really very demeaning.” Storch was among a handful of professors...
  • City's smoking ban forces 'Jersey Boys' to kick the habit

    07/09/2008 2:54:36 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 17 replies · 154+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Fran Spielman
    When they weren't breaking the law or going in and out of jail, the Jersey Boys who went on to become the Four Seasons were hanging out on street corners singing with cigarettes dangling from their mouths. Not in Chicago. Here, lead singer Frankie Valli, song-writing sensation Bob Gaudio and the boys have gone cold turkey Following an apparent complaint from an irate theatergoer, the Chicago theatrical production of "Jersey Boys" has snuffed out cigarettes...
  • Smoking ban wins Senate approval, goes to Rendell

    06/11/2008 9:26:29 AM PDT · by Daveinyork · 8 replies · 126+ views
    York (PA) Dispatch ^ | June 11, 2008
    HARRISBURG -- The state Senate has broken a yearlong stalemate on a statewide smoking ban, approving a compromise bill Tuesday that would make Pennsylvania the 33rd state to outlaw smoking in many workplaces and public spaces. The Senate voted 41-9, sending the bill to Gov. Ed Rendell to be signed into law in what supporters hailed as a step forward for public health and protecting people from the dangers of second-hand smoke. All but one senator representing parts of York County gave approval. The sole holdout was retiring Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin, who voted in favor of the same legislation...