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Statewide Smokefree Bill Gains Traction In Senate
Posted on April 11, 2014
A proposal that would ban smoking in most public places in Alaska is making headway in the state Senate.

Doane should go tobacco-free in public buildings
Posted on: April 2, 2014
Tobacco products shouldn’t be used in campus buildings, and Doane should make that a part of the student handbook.

Clearing the air: State of Georgia to make all public universities smokefree
Posted on March 27, 2014
The United States Surgeon General issued the first report claiming that smoking cigarettes can lead to lung cancer in men and women 50 years ago.

Georgia adopts tobacco-free policy for state university campuses
Posted on March 19, 2014
Smoking will be banned on all campuses of Georgia's public colleges and universities, beginning next fall, including barring tobacco use at outdoor football games.

Win River Casino goes smoke-free
Posted on March 14, 2014
On Friday Win River Casino in Shasta County goes smoke-free.

LA bans e-cigarettes in parks, restaurants and workplaces
Posted on March 6, 2014
But on Tuesday, Los Angeles officials joined a growing list of cities that treat e-cigarettes just the same as regular cigarettes, banning their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces.

26 Leading Health Groups Call on Drug Stores and Other Retailers to Follow CVS's Example and End Tobacco Sales
Posted on February 26, 2014
Twenty-six of the nation's leading public health and medical organizations issued an open letter calling on drug stores and other retailers to follow the example of CVS Caremark and end the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Editorial: Put public health first in considering smokefree ordinance for outdoor dining
Posted on February 20, 2014
Outdoor dining is one of Sacramento’s great pleasures, and smoking is bad for you.

Push for smoke-free Kentucky workplaces continues
Posted on February 14, 2014
The Smoke-Free Kentucky Coalition met Wednesday in Frankfort, calling on lawmakers to join 24 other states the prohibit smoking indoors.

CVS Plans to End Sales of Tobacco Products by Oct. 1
Posted on February 5, 2014
CVS/Caremark, the country’s largest drugstore chain, announced on Wednesday that it planned to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October.

Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Act needs revisions to give back local control
Posted on February 3, 2014
Everyone talks about the importance of local government.

Walnut Creek's secondhand-smoking ban now in effect
Posted on January 31, 2014
Walnut Creek, Calif: As of Wednesday, downtown -- and much of the rest of the city -- is officially smoke-free.

50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health
Posted on January 8, 2014
January 11, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General's report on Smoking and Health.

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon Generals Report on Smoking and Health
Posted on January 7, 2014
Fifty years after the release of the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health, remarkable progress has been made.

Historic smoking report marks 50th anniversary
Posted on January 14, 2014
Fifty years ago, ashtrays seemed to be on every table and desk.

Maryland colleges join national movement to snuff out student smoking
Cecil Daily - December 17, 2013
About one-third of Maryland colleges and universities have decided to follow a recent national trend to ban smoking on college campuses.

Glynn County, Georgia, officials to discuss smokefree regulation
Posted on December 17, 2013
Glynn County Commission Chairwoman Mary Hunt is hoping to start clearing the air over most county property by asking the commission to consider a ban on tobacco use at all property except beaches and the St. Simons Island pier.

Fifteen Years after Tobacco Settlement, Report Finds Most States Continue to Shortchange Prevention Programs
Posted on December 9, 2013
Fifteen years after reaching more than $246 billion in legal settlements against the tobacco industry, most states have broken their promise to spend a significant portion of the money on programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a report released today by a coalition of public health organizations.

Berkeley, Calif. moves forward with ordinance to make multiunit housing smokefree
Posted on December 5, 2013
As soon as next May, smokers living in the city of Berkeley may have one fewer place to light up their cigarettes.

Appeals court upholds Indianapolis smokefree ordinance
Posted on December 3, 2013
A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the citywide smoking ban in most Indianapolis bars, denying the injunction request brought by several bar owners who claimed the 2012 law would have a negative impact on their businesses.

E-cigarettes spark call for study, regulation
Posted on November 15, 2013
Three states North Dakota, New Jersey and Utah already include e-cigarettes in their smoking bans, and about 100 cities and counties nationwide have taken similar steps, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.

Gilbert, Ariz., Legion says 'smoke 'em if you got 'em' ... outside
Posted on November 12, 2013
American Legion Post 39 has banned smoking inside its premises in downtown Gilbert.

Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, Calif. to go smokefree
Posted on November 8, 2013
Monterey prohibits smoking in several public places, including the Recreation Trail, city beaches and covered public parking lots.

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke at Work On the Decline, but Gaps Remain
Posted on November 4, 2013
New policy changes have led to decreased exposure to environmental tobacco smoke at work, yet workers in some occupations still experience a high prevalence of secondhand smoke, according to new research released today at the American Public Health Association's 141st Annual Meeting in Boston.

Keep Casper Smoke Free: Trial Against City to Occur in March '14
Posted on November 1, 2013
Officials with Keep Casper Smoke Free say the anti-smoking groups lawsuit against the city of Casper will go to trial next year.

New York City Council Raises Legal Age to 21 for Tobacco Buyers
Posted on October 31, 2013
New York's City Council voted to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21 from 18, to keep young people from smoking.

Augusta leaders consider making all bars and nightclubs smoke free
Posted on October 29, 2013
It's a trend that's catching smoke nationwide.

Smoke-free rental units growing more popular
Posted on October 28, 2013
Smoking even in one's own home may someday be a thing of the past, as more real estate developers and landlords in the Philadelphia region are embracing the trend toward healthy housing.

Hagerstown, Maryland, parks to go smokefree
Posted on October 24, 2013
Smoking is set to be banned at Hagerstown's city-owned parks.

Smoking ordinance stays in place for now, Sedalia, Mo. Council says
Posted on October 23, 2013
The Sedalia City Council met for an impromptu work session on Saturday, Oct. 12 to discuss whether or not to make changes to the current smoking ban.

Smoking rules
Posted on October 10, 2013
It's surprising and disappointing that Gov. Mary Fallin has delayed action on an initiative petition to tighten state smoking regulations.

Oakley, Calif. proposes non-smoking ordinance for apartment building
Posted on October 9, 2013
The city presented a proposed no-smoking ordinance Tuesday that, although it would affect most Oakley apartment buildings, is aimed at one high-rise complex in particular.

Supreme Court weighs arguments in smokefree ordinance case
Posted on October 4, 2013
The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether the city of Evansville gets to exempt the only casino in town from a law that bans smoking nearly everywhere else.

Walnut Creek, Calif., City Council Gives Final Approval To Anti-Smoking Ordinance
Posted on October 3, 2013
A new anti-smoking ordinance is set to take effect Nov. 1 in Walnut Creek.

Coronado, Calif. votes to make nearly all public property smokefree
Posted on October 2, 2013
If you are looking to light up in the city of Coronado, think again.

ANR Foundation Updates Its Smokefree Lists and Maps
Posted on October 1, 2013
Congratulations to all the cities with new strong smokefree laws in effect!

Butt out! Jersey City councilman wants to ban smoking from city parks
Posted on September 24, 2013
Jersey City parks may soon be smoke-free, thanks to the efforts of a City Councilman who is a nicotine addict himself.

Walnut Creek, Calif. passes toughest secondhand smoking law in the Contra Costa County
Posted on September 19, 2013
Finding a place to smoke in this city is about to get a whole lot tougher.

Judge dismisses Omaha, Nebraska, pool hall's lawsuit
Posted on September 17, 2013
An Omaha pool hall owner lost his fight against a statewide smoking ban in court Friday, but an earlier decision in the case now could have bigger implications for cigar bars, tobacco stores and hotels.

St. Lucie County, Florida, schools go tobacco free
Posted on September 13, 2013
The School Board of St. Lucie County has passed a policy to maintain a tobacco free environment on all school properties and at all school events held off campus during normal and non-school hours 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.

New Secondhand Smoke Campaign in Colorado Focuses on Kids
Posted on September 10, 2013
Supported by Amendment 35 funds, a coalition of Colorado counties is launching the "I Am A Smoke-Free Zone" secondhand smoke campaign this week.

Pocatello, Idaho, Council May Consider a Smokefree Ordinance
Posted on September 6, 2013
Pocatello could be going the way of Boise, Eagle and 60 other heavily populated cities in the United States by imposing a smoking ban in public places.

Cal State Fullerton becomes the first CSU campus to implement comprehensive smoke-free policy
Posted on September 5, 2013
Cal State University Fullerton (CSUF) implemented a campus-wide smoke-free policy this semester, making it the first CSU campus to ban all tobacco products.

Lodge goes smokefree, sees membership surge
Posted on August 26, 2013
Toni Schaberick has tended bar at Venice Moose Lodge 1308 for quite a while.

Two More Cruise Lines Tighten Smoking Policies
Posted on August 19, 2013
A day after Disney Cruise Line announced it will ban balcony smoking beginning February 2014, Seabourn and Cunard Line say they, too, are tightening their smoking policies next year.

New Medical Study: Ambulance Rates Plummet When Casinos Go Smokefree
Posted on August 5, 2013
A trailblazing new health study published today by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the scientific journal Circulation, found a 20 percent reduction in ambulance calls to casinos following the implementation of Colorado’s smokefree law. - Link to the abstract - Link to editorial

Take a Breath of Fresh Air: GW is Officially Smoke-Free
Posted on August 2, 2013
Joining the more than 1,182 college campuses committed to barring students from lighting up on school grounds, GW is now officially smoke-free as of August 1, 2013.

Largest Study to Date Finds State Smoke-Free Laws Would Not Hurt Restaurant and Bar Business
Posted on August 1, 2013
A study conducted by RTI International in nine states concludes that statewide smoke-free laws would not be expected to have an adverse economic impact on restaurants and bars in these states.

Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds Going Smoke Free
Posted on July 30, 2013
The Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds will be smoke free this year. The Kenai Peninsula Fair Association Board approved the policy on May 16TH, which went into effective June 1st.

My Turn: Smoke-free policy good for everyone
Posted on July 26, 2013
On behalf of the American Lung Association in Alaska, I applaud the Alaska Housing Finance Corporations plan to implement smoke-free housing policies in its multi-family units.

Referendum on Casper, Wyoming's Smokefree Ordinance Will Not Happen
Posted on July 25, 2013
A referendum on changes to the city of Casper’s public indoor smoking ban will not happen.

US adults support smokefree air in cars with kids
Posted on July 23, 2013
Eighty-two percent of American adults support banning smoking in cars when children younger than 13 are in the vehicle, according to a new survey.

NY indoor smokefree law has changed much in 10 years
Posted on July 22, 2013
Smoky restaurants and offices and even smoke-filled bars, buses and trains are mostly a historical image in New York as the state marks the 10th anniversary of its landmark indoor smoking ban, which advocates say saved thousands of lives while most of its opponents' worst fears blew away.

Western Michigan University considers going tobacco-free
Posted on July 19, 2013
Western Michigan University may join a long list of campuses that have become tobacco-free.

Arcata, California's new smoking ordinance takes effect this week
Posted on July 15, 2013
Arcata residents may soon no longer see or smell quite as many people lighting up -- cigarettes, at least -- while shopping or dining downtown.

Kentucky Court of Appeals turns away challenge to tobacco free prison
Posted on July 12, 2013
The Kentucky Court of Appeals has turned away a challenge by a death row inmate to the state's tobacco free prisons policy.

Statewide laws boost smoke-free campus momentum
Posted on July 10, 2013
Lighting up on campus is becoming increasingly difficult as more colleges and universities completely ban smoking.

One year later business booming after statewide smoking ban
Posted on July 2, 2013
It has been one year since many businesses in the state of Indiana went smoke free.

Smokefree air pays off in Springfield, Mo.
Posted on July 1, 2013
But the good news released by the Healthy Living Alliance this past week is that many bars and restaurants have not only survived the smoking ban but have prospered in the past two years.