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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.

Nebraska Supreme Court strikes down cigar bar exemption to smokefree law
Posted on August 29, 2014
The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the law even as it ruled the legislature cannot carve out an exemption from the indoor smoking ban for cigar bars and tobacco retail outlets.

Court rules Casper wrong to block pro-smoking ban petition
Casper Star Tribune - August 26, 2014
A judge ruled this morning that the Casper city clerk acted "arbitrarily and capriciously" in determining who to disqualify from a petition to reinstate the city's full smoking ban.

Clearing the Air of Navajo’s Smoke Free Workplace, Traditional Tobacco OK
Posted on August 19, 2014
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed Executive Order No. 12-2014 into law on August 14 and said it was to protect the health of tribal employees.

National Smokefree Challenge Award Winners Announced for 2013: Mississippi leads the way in passing the most local smokefree laws
Posted on August 14, 2014
Mississippi is receiving national recognition for taking local action to protect citizens from the health hazards of secondhand smoke.

ANR Foundation Updated Lists and Maps
Posted on July 3, 2014
ANR Foundation has updated its smokefree lists and maps as of July 3, 2014.

Foster City wants to deter smoking
Posted on May 21, 2014
The council instructed staff to update its draft to ban smoking in rental apartment buildings, on any city-owned property and increase the fines for disobeying the rule.

Kudos to Rehoboth VFW smokefree policy
Posted on May 19, 2014
Kudos to VFW 7447, Rehoboth Beach, for going non-smoking.

Smoking no longer permitted at Maui beaches, parks
Posted on May 2, 2014
The movement to create smoke-free beaches began in January when a group of high school students led an island-wide cleanup and collected more than ...

Surface danger: Tobacco's effects linger long after smoke clears
Posted on April 25, 2014
The deadly health impacts of smoking and inhaling secondhand smoke are widely known, but a third type of danger remains long after the smoke clears.

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.