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Historic RICO Case Against Tobacco Companies Hits Milestone: Ten Years Later, Little Has Changed for the Industry
Statement by Cynthia Hallett, MPH, President and CEO
Posted on August 17, 2016
Ten years ago today, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ruled that the major cigarette companies had formed an illegal "enterprise" to defraud the American people, in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

Protecting our Nation's Health: Progress and Missed Opportunities for Smokefree Environments
Posted on June 24, 2016
A new report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) underscores the need for states to close the gaps in smokefree workplace protections.

State and Local Comprehensive Smoke-Free Laws for Worksites, Restaurants, and Bars - United States, 2015
Posted on June 23, 2016
A new report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) underscores the need for states to close the gaps in smokefree workplace protections.

ANR Celebrates Strengthening of California’s Smokefree Workplace Law
Posted on May 9, 2016
On May 4, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law an historic package of tobacco control bills that will reduce the burden of death and disease caused by tobacco use and exposure around the state.

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) Applauds Implementation of DOT Rule Prohibiting Use of Electronic Smoking Devices Onboard Aircraft
Posted on April 4, 2016
Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) applauds today’s implementation of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Rule to prohibit the use of electronic smoking devices on domestic commercial aircraft and for all flights to and from the United States.

U.S. Department of Transportation Explicitly Bans the Use of Electronic Cigarettes on Commercial Flights
Posted on March 2, 2016
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a final rule that explicitly bans the use of electronic cigarettes on commercial flights.

Going Smokefree Matters - Casinos Infographic
Posted on February 8, 2016
The CDC has posted a new infographic about secondhand smoke in casinos.

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.