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Smokefree laws may be more effective than raising taxes
Posted on January 5, 2016
New research shows raising taxes on cigarettes and banning smoking in public places are both effective at discouraging smoking, but bans keep more people from developing heavier habits -- leading to less smoking overall.

Public Housing Nationwide May Go Smokefree
Posted on November 12, 2015
Smoking would be prohibited in public housing homes nationwide under a proposed federal rule announced on Thursday, a move that would affect nearly one million households and open the latest front in the long-running campaign to curb unwanted exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.

Casper, Wyoming, voters approve smokefree ordinance
Posted on November 4, 2015
Voters decided the City of Casper will return to a comprehensive smoking ban in public buildings, according to unofficial results of the referendum reported by the Natrona County Clerk’s Office on Tuesday.

Louisiana Casinos Up 12.8% To $206.1m In September
Posted on October 27, 2015
The Louisiana State Police have released their casino results for September, revealing an impressive 12.8% increase in revenues to $206.1 million, compared to the $182.8 million reported for the same month in 2014.

STUDY: 78% approve of New Orleans smokefree law
Posted on October 21, 2015
A new poll released today finds that New Orleans voters overwhelmingly approve of the law prohibiting smoking inside all workplaces, including bars and casinos, after six months in effect.

Florida Apartment Association Partners with Tobacco Free Florida to Offer Smoke-Free Multifamily Housing Program
Posted on: October 15, 2015
The Florida Apartment Association (FAA) has partnered with the Florida Department of Health and its Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida to help apartment communities meet a growing demand for smoke-free apartment communities, through the FAA Smoke-Free Multifamily Housing Program.

SWAC petition calls for tobacco-free campus
Posted on September 24
The Student Wellness Advisory Council (SWAC) is circulating a petition to make Occidental’s campus smoke-free in an effort to improve the health of the community.

Casper, Wyoming, bars again smoke-free after council vote
Posted on September 10
Under a technicality in state law that left city leaders with no other choice, the City Council here Tuesday voted unanimously to suspend the section of the city's smoking ordinance that allows people to light up in bars.

Eastern Michigan University goes tobacco-free
Posted on September 2
Eastern Michigan University adopted a tobacco-free campus policy July 1, banning all tobacco products across campus.

Should airports snuff out smoking rooms?
Posted on September 2
But if non-smokers’ rights advocates and the country’s top public health advocate get their wish, airport smoking rooms will be snuffed out.

Op-ed: Time to end smoking rooms at SLC airport
Posted on August 1
Given those facts, it is stunning to learn that the Salt Lake City Airport Board, its Executive Director Maureen Riley and Mayor Ralph Becker are proceeding with plans to include designated smoking rooms in the Salt Lake City airport renovation.

Seville Quarter in Pensacola, Florida, going smoke-free Aug. 1
Posted on June 30, 2015
Headed to Seville Quarter? Starting in August, you might want to leave your cigarettes at home.

Campus Community Sees a Positive Difference with Smoke Free Policy
Posted on June 10, 2015
A survey of nearly 2,000 students, staff, and faculty at UC Riverside has revealed a significant portion of the campus community has noticed a decrease in second-hand smoke exposure after UCR became a smoke and tobacco free university in 2014.

Worried About China’s Air Pollution? The WHO Says Smoky Restaurants Are Even Worse
Posted on April 28, 2015
Which has the worst air quality: Beijing on a bad air pollution day or a restaurant with smokers?

New Orleans stands by smoking ban in gambling halls
Posted on April 10, 2015
The New Orleans City Council has refused a request from Harrah's Casino to delay the April 22 implementation of a smoking ban in bars and gambling halls.

NIOSH calls for all workplaces to be smoke-free
Posted on April 3, 2015
All employers should make their workplaces tobacco-free and offer tobacco-cessation programs, NIOSH states in a bulletin released April 2.

GCC sides with caution on e-cig ban
Posted on March 26, 2015
Germanna Community College administrators dimmed the lights on smoking e-cigarettes on campus.

Today's 25th Anniversary of Smokefree Flights Leaves Smoke Lingering in Nation's Busiest Airports
Posted February 25, 2015
Feb. 25, 2015, marks the 25th anniversary of the law that ended smoking on domestic U.S. airline flights. But indoor smoking still occurs inside many U.S. airports, including the world's busiest passenger airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, which daily averages 250,000 passengers.

Twenty-five Years Ago, U.S. Airlines Went Smokefree On Domestic Flights
Posted on February 24, 2015
Twenty-five years ago Wednesday, a new federal law banned smoking on nearly every domestic flight, a key step in the continuing struggle to improve public health by reducing smoking and exposure to it.

Presentation at Farmington conference focuses on tobacco use and Native culture
Posted on February 9, 2015
Char Day, the program manager for Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, describes the movement as a snowball that is gaining momentum. Day spoke to a small group of people about tribal policies regarding tobacco during the Creating Cultural Harmony Conference.

Vital Signs: Disparities in Nonsmokers' Exposure to Secondhand Smoke — United States, 1999–2012
Posted on: February 3, 2015
Overall, SHS exposure in the United States has been reduced by half since 1999–2000. However, 58 million persons were still exposed to SHS during 2011–2012, and exposure remains higher among children, non-Hispanic blacks, those living in poverty, and those who rent their housing.

New Orleans passes smokefree ordinance
Posted on January 22, 2015
The New Orleans City Council has passed a sweeping ban against smoking in most places across the city.

Letter: Secondhand smoke is public health risk
Posted on: December 16, 2014
I strongly agree with New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell’s ordinance proposal and support a 100 percent smoke-free New Orleans.

Lubbock, Texas, City Council delays vote on expanded smoking ordinance
Posted on October 28, 2014
There will be no additions to Lubbock’s smoking ordinance — at least not for now.

Activate Allen County: Secondhand smoke truly dangerous
Posted on October 15, 2014
If you think secondhand smoke is no big deal, think again.

Prince George's Community College hopes to snuff out smoking
Posted on September 23, 2014
The school’s smoke- and tobacco-free policy, which went into effect Sept. 15, is a total ban — students and staff are not permitted to smoke anywhere on campus at any time, said Pamela Thomas, the manager of the school’s health education center.

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights recognizes California for local smokefree laws, demands state level action
Posted on September 12, 2014
California is receiving national recognition today for taking local action to protect citizens from the health hazards of secondhand smoke.

Indiana air quality testing proves need for stronger smoke-free air laws
Posted on September 5, 2014
A study of local air quality indicates workers in Indiana restaurants are breathing easier than before the statewide smoke-free air law was implemented on July 1, 2012.