smoking ordinance now in effect
Colin Guy, Staff Writer
Beginning today, restaurants throughout Midland will be officially required to comply with the smoking ordinance passed this spring. The City Council approved an ordinance in April modeled after the smoking ordinance in Odessa which requires businesses to either completely prohibit smoking, allow smoking throughout the restaurant or maintain a separately ventilated smoking section sealed off from the rest of the facility. Businesses will be required to post a sign outside indicating whether or not smoking is permitted in their establishment. The City Council voted 5-to-2 in favor of the ordinance, which included an amendment exempting state licensed bingo parlors. District 2 City Councilwoman Vicky Hailey and District 3 City Councilman Scott Dufford voted against the ordinance.
According to the Center for Disease Control's Web site, five states have completely banned smoking at bars and nine states have completely banned smoking at restaurants. A total of 2,057 municipalities throughout the nation have also passed laws restricting where smoking is allowed, according to the American Nonsmoker's Rights Web site, and 416 of these municipalities have passed 100 percent smokefree ordinances.
SMOKE? Tobacco bans may hurt businesses less than feared
Mcallen (TX) Monitor, 2005-12-30
Marc B. Geller The Monitor
Restaurant owners here say their businesses would suffer under a smoking ban, but anecdotal and empirical evidence from other cities suggests their fears may be overblown.
Texas Department of Health studies based on restaurant and retail sales data
from the state comptrollers office have found clean-indoor-air ordinances
in Arlington, Austin, El Paso, Plano and Wichita Falls had no significant adverse
effect on restaurant revenues.
Around the Nation
As of Oct. 4, eight states and 190 municipalities in the United States had laws in effect that required 100 percent smoke-free bars and restaurants, according to the Berkeley, Calif.-based American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation
ban on Ohio agenda: Petitions send plan to legislature
Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer, 2005-12-29
Smoke-Free Ohio - a coalition of organizations such as the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society and American Heart Association - took another step toward banning smoking in public places Wednesday when Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell certified 117,026 signatures.
Smoke-Free Ohio needed only 96,850 valid signatures to send the proposed ban to the Ohio General Assembly.
In Cincinnati, where bar owners fought off a smoking ban this year, opponents of the ban say that one way or another, the ban could be reality by the end of next year. About 39 percent of the U.S. population lives in an area with a some restriction, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation of Berkeley, Calif.
live in areas limiting smoking
USA Today, 2005-12-29
Six states enacted indoor smoking bans in 2005, more than in any previous year, as public sentiment appears increasingly anti-tobacco. . . .
Thirty-nine percent of Americans are covered by statewide or local laws limiting smoking, according to Americans for Non-smokers' Rights. In 1985, there were fewer than 200 such state and local laws in the USA. Today, there are more than 2,000. Of those, 118 state or local governments ban all smoking in restaurants, bars and other workplaces.
It's all part of a growing sentiment for a smoke-free environment at work, in public places, even outdoors.
The toughest law came this month in Washington state . . .
"The social norms are changing. It's no longer OK to blow smoke in someone's face," says Annie Tegen, spokeswoman for Americans For Non-smokers' Rights. "Public support for these laws is growing across the nation as people become more aware of the dangers of secondhand smoke."
cigarette companies taking heat
The U.S. smoking culture has changed dramatically in the past three decades. It started with smoking bans at the workplace. Now, restaurants are off-limits in many cities.
BY COLLEEN MCCAIN NELSON
The Dallas Morning News
Lighting up at work once was as common as grabbing a cup of coffee. Smoke-filled offices were the norm, and nonsmokers went home smelling like a dirty ashtray and tasting someone else's cigarettes.
There are at least some cities and counties with smoke-free laws in all but a handful of states. And 15 states have approved statewide smoking bans, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
City Council may enact smoking ban
By SCOTT LOWDER, Times Managing Editor
The Lansing City Council will start the new year by considering the possibility of enacting a ban against smoking in public businesses
While making his request, Gledhill cited some high numbers for annual death rates related to second-hand smoke. He did not break down the 53,800 figure he provided. However, that total is based on an interpretation by Americans for Non-Smokers Rights on the 1997 California EPA Report on Secondhand Smoke. It includes 48,500 deaths associated with heart disease, 3,000 deaths caused by lung cancer and 2,300 deaths caused by sudden infant death syndrome.
Smoke in a Crowded Theater
National Review Online, December 15, 2005
In the wake of a recent study which (cue bad pun) breathlessly warns that adolescents who see characters smoking on the silver screen are nearly three times more likely to start smoking, the usual suspects Smoke Free Movies, Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids are once again demanding that every film depicting smoking in a positive or even neutral light to be branded with an R rating.
of an Idea: RJR hopes smoking lounge catches on
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, 2005-12-09
Brian Louis JOURNAL REPORTER
Tobacco companies are not strangers to introducing cigarette brands. But R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has come up with an unusual twist. On Wednesday, Reynolds opened the Marshall McGearty Tobacco Lounge in Chicago, showcasing its new "super-premium" Marshall McGearty Tobacco Artisans brand.
The same day, the Chicago City Council passed a law that bans smoking in many public places. But Reynolds' lounge is defined as a retail tobacco store and is exempt from the new law
The trend of local governments enacting smoking bans is "sweeping the nation," said Annie Tegen, a senior program manager for Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, an anti-smoking group.
Tegen said that strong anti-smoking laws are being passed by local governments from coast to coast.
ban a hassle? You can always quit
Seattle (WA) Post-Intelligencer, 2005-12-08
ANGELA GALLOWAY SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
Health officials and anti-tobacco types are expecting a boost in the number of Washington smokers seeking help to kick the habit in light of the state's stringent smoking ban.
Starting today, smoking is prohibited in all public areas and work places, as well as 25 feet from any door, window or vent to such a space. Voters approved the ban in November.
Smoking restrictions result in some improvements to cessation rates, according to information provided by Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a California-based advocacy group.
For example, that group says a study by the University of California at San Francisco found the rate of workers who smoked was 3.8 percent lower at entirely smoke-free workplaces. The group also reports that smokers in communities with stringent anti-smoking ordinances were 38 percent more likely to quit smoking, according to research by UCSF and the University of California at Berkeley.
eyes extended smoking bans
by John W. Schoen
December 6, 2005
First came workplaces, then bars and restaurants. Now the ban on smoking is extending to hotels, as more guests ask for rooms that are free of smoking residue.
If the upcoming smoking ban by the upscale Westin hotel chain succeeds, more hotels are likely to follow suit. But some smokers' rights advocates say the bans will only go so far. As long as people who smoke travel, theyll be looking for a room where they can relax and light up .
Given the impact of smoking on non-smoking guests and workers, the move to ban smoking in hotels is a logical next step, according to Cynthia Hallett, executive director of non-smokers' group.
The market demand for smoke-free rooms is skyrocketing both in terms of patron satisfaction and employees health, she said.
Montana law brings breath of fresh air to some businesses, losses, confusion
By KEILA SZPALLER
Tribune Staff Writer
Little by little, cigarette smoke drifts out of bars and restaurants. Clean air washes in.
Montana's commitment to clean indoor air began two months ago, on Oct. 1....
"Eventually, (smoke-free laws) are totally self-enforcing, and people comply without problems," said Annie Tegen, senior program manager with Americans for Nonsmokers Rights.
The Berkeley, Calif.-based nonprofit calls itself the leading lobbying organization for the rights of nonsmokers.
Education is an important tool, Tegen said.
"Give warnings ... then give them citations," she said.
By LARRY THOMAS
Barbara Wilson struggled against the tears that were building in her eyes as she listened to the voice mail on her cell phone.
He signed it, she said, bringing an unexpected and abrupt halt to a press conference that had started 20 minutes earlier.
Wilson was referring Jeffersonville Mayor Rob Waiz signing a public smoking ban the City Council approved 4-3 on its final reading Nov. 21.
At least some proponents of the smoking ordinance appeared ready to turn up the pressure on Waiz, to the point of criticizing his connection to tobacco interests. Relatives of Susan Waiz, the mayors wife, own New Albanys Kaiser Wholesale Inc., which sells tobacco and tobacco products.
Americans for Non-Smokers Rights spokesman Bronson Frick pointed out the connection to a reporter during a phone call on Wednesday morning. He also expressed concerns that Waizs in-laws donated $1,000 less than 1 percent of the nearly $150,000 he raised during his 2003 bid to become mayor to his campaign fund.
Waiz dismissed Fricks concerns several hours before he made his decision. The mayor said he spent time with his in-laws as recently as Thanksgiving and that they only encouraged him to do what he believed was in the citys best interest.
Americans for Non-Smokers Rights is based in Berkeley, Calif. Frick said the organizations functions include helping local antismoking groups pass municipal and county smoking bans and to identify connections between local politicians and tobacco interests, particularly those that do not appear to be transparent.
Bans Havent Broken The Bank
By LARRY THOMAS
Early data from communities with public-smoking bans indicates restaurants do not suffer economically and enforcement is not problematic.
Really, most of what weve heard is positive, said Tosha Daugherty, a spokeswoman for the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention & Visitors Bureau. There are a few restaurants that have claimed they have lost business, but they are in the minority.
Bloomington is one of 4,800 U.S. communities that have at least partial public or workplace smoking bans, according to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, a California group that advocates government initiatives to limit exposure to secondhand smoke.
smoking spots needed
by Sariah Barnes
November 29, 2005
Have you ever walked through the door of a campus building or sat by someone on the bus that smelled strongly of smoke? I have. And personally, I wish there was something that could be done about it. I, for one, would like to go to college knowing I will not end up with a disease from the second-hand smoke I inhaled during my college career
There are many other universities across the country that have restrictions on smoking on their campuses. According to the Americans for Nonsmokers rights at Berkeley Calif., about 20 two-year nonresidential, technical or community colleges are 100-percent smoke free.
bans smoking in parks
Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution, 2005-11-23
AIXA M. PASCUAL The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 11/23/05
In an effort to shield children from secondhand smoke, the Kennesaw City Council
passed a measure this week to ban smoking in city parks, making it only the
second city in the state to make smoking illegal in such public spaces. Douglasville
became the first in July after years of a no-tobacco policy at its ball fields.
Though other cities in Georgia have approved ordinances that restrict smoking indoors, the Douglasville and Kennesaw ordinances are the first known to ban smoking outdoors.
"The significance of it is just the growing awareness that folks have about the health hazards associated with secondhand smoke," said Andy Lord, public polic! y manager for the American Cancer Society of Georgia. "There's a growing trend towards a smoke-free air policy driven by the increasing number of nonsmokers."
More than 1,600 U.S. municipalities have some type of smoking ban, according to the American Cancer Society of Georgia. And "there are more and more cities that have looked into" outdoor smoking bans, said Bronson Frick, associate director of the nonprofit Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. In California, smoke-free beaches and tot lots are common, he added.
foes use laws to win hearts and lungs
Dallas Morning News, November 17, 2005
Lighting up at work once was as common as grabbing a cup of coffee. Smoke-filled
offices were the norm, and nonsmokers went home smelling like a dirty ashtray
and tasting cigarettes.
Nearly three decades after the first Great American Smokeout, the culture of smoking has changed. In fact, many younger workers have never had to deal with the chain-smoking colleague at the next desk.
Workplace smoking bans were just the beginning. Now, smoking in restaurants is off-limits in many cities, including Dallas. Airplanes, too. In Washington state, voters agreed that even bars and bowling alleys should be smoke-free. And on a different front, some states are requiring tobacco manufacturers to produce self-extinguishing cigarettes....
All but a handful of states have cities and counties with laws governing smoking. Fifteen states have enacted statewide smoking bans, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
director hopes to clear the air in Idaho
Casper Star Tribune / Associated Press
Anne Wallace Allen, November 14, 2005
BOISE, Idaho -- It's already hard to find a place to smoke these days, but not hard enough for Ferdinand Schlapper...
About 20 two-year, nonresidential, technical or community colleges are 100 percent tobacco-free, said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights in Berkeley, Calif.
"It's a very new trend," Frick said. "Many colleges are still considering whether or not to make residential housing smoke-free."
State University mulls cigarette ban
Seattle Post-Intelligencer / Associated Press
Anne Wallace Allen, November 14, 2005
BOISE, Idaho -- At Boise State University, smoking is banned in the buildings and they must have one smoke-free entrance where smokers are not allowed to huddle in the doorway for one last puff before going inside....
About 20 two-year, nonresidential, technical or community colleges are 100 percent tobacco-free, according to an anti-smoking group, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights in Berkeley, Calif.
Considers Possible Smoking Regulations on Campus
ASU Ram Page, November 14, 2005
Currently, faculty, staff and students can smoke anywhere on campus except in a building....
The website Americans for Nonsmokers Rights said that the U.S. Surgeon General has determined that the simple separation of smokers and nonsmokers within the same air space may reduce, but does not eliminate, the exposure of nonsmokers to secondhand smoke. This is one of the reasons that a smoke-free campus is being considered.
plan to ban smoking could ignite smoke-free trend
Kansas City Star, November 14, 2005
When it comes to smoking bans, the little city of Fairway could quickly become the big talk of the town....
Bruner and other opponents were able to do what many others in the area havent, and thats why the focus is on Fairway right now. Suburban communities have been even more reluctant to act than Kansas City, which promises to implement a ban in restaurants and bars but only after other cities in the area have done so first.
Those so-called trigger-plans usually arent successful, said Bronson Frick of the California-based American Non-smokers Rights Foundation.
What its come down to, Frick said, is smaller cities have become the big leaders.
Large cities tend to be removed from their constituents, Frick said. Its usually the more progressive cities, with strong laws, the suburban towns near large cities. You have to start somewhere.
Initiative Pushes the Limit of Smoking Ban
Los Angeles Times, 2005-11-06
Initiative 901 would ban smoking in bars, restaurants and other indoor public facilities and workplaces throughout the state.
It also prohibits smoking within 25 feet of doors, windows or air vents of public places -- which is 5 feet farther than even California's restriction.
Businesses would be able to apply for an exemption from the 25-foot rule if they could prove to their local health departments that no smoke would flow back into their establishment.Annie Tegen, a senior program manager with the national group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights says her organization is very excited that the measure is on the ballot in Washington and that its prospects for passing are so strong.
"We have come such a long way from the days when you could smoke in grocery stores, classrooms and airplanes," Tegen said. The lobbying group for the rights of nonsmokers, based in Berkeley, has been working with federal and state legislatures on issues related to secondhand smoke since 1976.
"Forty out of 50 states this year considered some type of smoking legislation," she said. "We have a long way to go, but the social norms are changing."
USA Today, 2005-11-04
It's time to protect our right to breathe clean indoor air. It's hard to achieve that goal, though, when smoke filters in through doorways and windows of buildings from the outside. And employees shouldn't have to run a gauntlet of smoke just to go to work. That's why it is also important to address smoking around open doorways and air intakes. . . . Opponents of I-901 are using tobacco-industry fear tactics of misinformation. The law would not apply to other outdoor areas, as they claim. The initiative would simply ensure that everyone has the right to breathe smoke-free indoor air, that smoke does not drift back into doorways and that people with asthma are able to enter their workplaces without choking on smoke. . . .
--Annie Tegen is senior program manager for Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.
zones extend outdoors
USA Today, 2005-11-02
Dennis Cauchon, USA TODAY
Smoking bans are moving outdoors, challenging the rights of smokers who puff outside buildings and on sidewalks.
On Tuesday, Washington state voters will consider the first statewide ban on smoking within 25 feet of buildings that prohibit smoking. That would mean lighting up near offices, stores, theaters, restaurants and government buildings could bring a $100 fine.
The effort follows widespread success of indoor smoking bans by more than 2,000 cities and towns. The Chicago City Council is considering banning indoor smoking in all public places. New York City, Austin and Columbus, Ohio, already have .
Limits on smoking outdoors have taken off in the past two years, says Maggie Hopkins of the American Non-smokers' Rights Foundation. She says restrictions are in effect in 361 communities. The laws threaten to make it even harder to smoke during the workday or a night on the town.
SEATTLE, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The state of Washington would have the toughest smoking ban in the United States under a referendum going before voters next week, a report said.
Washington's proposal would bar smoking in all public facilities and workplaces and allow no exception for bars or private clubs, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.
Smoking also would be banned within 25 feet of doors, windows and vents of public places.
"Somewhere in the middle lies fairness," said Dale Taylor, who works for Seattle's Rain City Cigar. "That's what we need here -- not this sledgehammer-swatting-a-fly (approach)."
Washington's ban was not negotiated with bar, restaurant and tobacco interests, said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.
"It's difficult to craft an exemption (for establishments that have) a business model based on poisoning people," Frick said.
smoking ban would be strictest: No public facility exempt -- not even private
By ANGELA GALLOWAY
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
November 1, 2005
Washington would have the most stringent statewide smoking ban in the nation
if voters approve a proposal on next week's ballot.
Supporters of Washington's measure are anything but apologetic for its comprehensiveness.
"It's difficult to craft an exemption (for establishments
that have) a business model based on poisoning people," said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.
Washington would be only the second state to approve a ban by ballot measure, after Florida. Frick says that's partly why this state's ban would be the strictest -- it hasn't been negotiated with bar, restaurant and tobacco interests, he said.
"Washington's (proposed) law was crafted by public health experts, not by politicians," he said. "It certainly won't be the last. It would be one of the leaders."
ban given OK but not an all-clear
By Dan Mihalopoulos and Gary Washburn
Chicago Tribune, October 28, 2005
A City Council committee approved a sweeping anti-smoking proposal Thursday, but a final vote on restricting smoking in public places will be put off while aldermen attempt to forge a compromise.,,
Nationwide, 262 municipalities forbid smoking in restaurants and 193 ban it in bars, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
and pop bars could get smoking-ban break
By Kathy Bergen, Tribune staff reporter. Tribune staff reporter Gary Washburn contributed to this report
Chicago Tribune, October 27, 2005
At Ole-N-Rick's Northside Inn, a blue-collar tap in Madison, Wis., sales have fallen about 50 percent since a citywide smoking ban took effect July 1.
The owners of the shot-and-a-beer spot, two retired firefighters, have cut
staff hours and beer prices, and they are thinking of throwing in the towel
Nationwide, 262 municipalities ban smoking in restaurants and 193 ban it in bars, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
ban's foes drift away
Seattle (WA) Times, 2005-10-24
Andrew Garber Seattle Times staff reporter
So what happened? Why has the long fight over the rights of smokers versus nonsmokers apparently flamed out?
Basically, a couple of things happened. Public sentiment shifted and smoking-ban opponents with deep pockets abandoned the fight.
"In the end I think people got convinced about secondhand smoke hurting you, it being offensive and there being no reason to put up with that," said Bryan Jones, a political-science professor at the University of Washington. "It just took a long time, and now there's consensus."
For anyone who thinks that's farfetched, Sullum reminds us that smoking bans used to be considered extreme. "Initially the plea was, 'Let nonsmokers have a place. There should at least be some places where people can't smoke.' Now it's 'Can't smokers have a place? In this whole city there isn't one place where you can have a drink and a cigarette?' "
Pretty soon the answer will likely be no in Washington, and maybe in many other states as well. So far, 14 states have at least a partial statewide smoking ban in place, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a smoking-ban advocacy group.
ban expected to pass easily
October 14, 2005
A proposal to ban smoking in public -- including some outdoor areas -- could significantly affect the customers and owners of any restaurant, bar, club, non-tribal casino or bowling alley in the state.
Supreme Court denies $280 billion tobacco penalty
October 17, 2005
The Supreme Court denied an appeal that would have allowed the US government to seek a massive 280-billion-dollar "disgorgement" of profits from the tobacco industry
Despite this decision, the government and the judge have a wide range of remedies available to prevent and restrain future industry wrongdoing," said the statement from the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund.
industry wins reprieve from US court
October 18, 2005
Washington - The United States' Supreme Court handed a victory to the tobacco industry on Monday, denying an appeal that would have allowed the US government to seek a massive $280-billion "disgorgement" of profits .
"Despite this decision, the government and the judge have a wide range of remedies available to prevent and restrain future industry wrongdoing," said the statement from the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund.
but no fire, on smoking ban for city: Restaurateurs win delay to find a compromise
Chicago Tribune, 2005-10-06
Gary Washburn, Tribune staff reporter. Tribune reporter Delroy Alexander contributed to this report
Unable to reach a compromise Wednesday, the City Council's Health Committee put off a vote on an ordinance that would impose a sweeping smoking ban that included Chicago bars and restaurants....
Nearly 2,000 municipalities, large and small, have enacted smoking bans, according to the California-based American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
Change of Subject: A Chicago Tribune Web log
Column: Cleaner air just a matter of time
Scores of advocates packed the Chicago City Council chambers Wednesday morning expecting to see the dawn of a new era in the city...
The 1986 U.S. Surgeon General's report "The Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking" prompted a number of state and local ordinances limiting smoking. But according to tables published by the American Non-smokers' Rights Foundation, it wasn't until 1993-a mere dozen years ago--that Davis, Calif., became the first municipality to enact a 100 percent smoke-free indoor-air requirement similar to the proposed requirement in Chicago.
Now, more than 400 similar ordinances later, the foundation's figures show
that roughly 25 percent of the U.S. population lives in areas designated 100
percent smoke-free, and only one such ban proved so unpopular that it was repealed.
smoking ban kicks in with little fuss
Georgetown's ban on public smoking quietly went into effect Saturday, a sign to some how similar bans will be accepted in smaller communities across the state.
Bronson Frick, associate director for Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, said many Kentucky communities identify with Georgetown more than Lexington or Louisville, where proposed smoking bans drew very public opposition.
"Once other communities see that the law is successful and the sky didn't fall, then other communities might move forward," Frick said.
THE PUFFING / Smoking ban takes effect today in Georgetown
Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, 2005-10-01
Steve Lannen / CENTRAL KENTUCKY BUREAU
A public smoking ban that goes into effect here today could signal how similar bans will be accepted in hundreds of other small communities across the state.
"More communities in Kentucky probably identify with Georgetown rather than Lexington and Louisville. Once other communities see that the law is successful and the sky didn't fall, then other communities might move forward," said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.
1 smoking ban signals culture shift, new era for state
Great Falls (MT) Tribune, 2005-09-25
KEILA SZPALLER Tribune Staff Writer
In just days, a statewide smoking ban takes effect in what was once considered Marlboro Country.
The law, effective Oct. 1, covers enclosed public areas: schools, colleges, restaurants, stores, offices, trains, buses, auditoriums, arenas and eventually bars and casinos. Offenders face misdemeanors and fines.
Seeing Montana approve the ban invigorated anti-smoking advocates nationwide.
"I was just recently in Wisconsin, and I heard some folks say, if they can do it in Montana, we can do it here," said Annie Tegen, senior program manager with Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a Berkeley, Calif.-based nonprofit.
Groups File Brief Urging Tougher Remedies in Tobacco Lawsuit
September 1, 2005
WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The six public health organizations that intervened in the federal government's tobacco lawsuit filed a brief Wednesday urging the judge to strengthen the remedies proposed by the government, including imposing additional restrictions on tobacco marketing and increasing both the amounts the tobacco companies must pay to fund smoking cessation, youth tobacco prevention and public education programs and the duration of those programs.
The brief was filed by the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund (a 501(c)4 affiliate of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids). Judge Gladys Kessler on July 22 granted a motion to intervene filed by the six groups, making them formal parties to the lawsuit and granting them similar opportunities as the government and the tobacco company defendants to present arguments to the court.
They huddle outside of bars, pack themselves into tiny, haze-filled rooms in airports and sneak away from restaurant tables for a quick cigarette on the sidewalk. In the past few years, smokers have been banished from a variety of public spaces. Now they're starting to get annoyed.
Smokers in Florida, Illinois, Colorado, New York and many other states started forming organizations to fight smoking bans as they first took hold. Many of those groups are coordinating efforts and exchanging information to make their point and fight smoking bans.
"The anti-smoking faction went too far when they started spreading mass hysteria about second hand smoke, " says Joyce Welling, non-smoking owner of Fitzpatrick's Tavern in Toledo, Ohio, and a member of the anti-ban group Citizens for Common Sense. "It resulted in an infringement of my personal property rights and the freedom to do business as I see fit. I have an adult venue and as an adult you have the choice to enter my place or not."
Josh Alpert, program manager for Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights says a clear divide exists when it comes to smokers' rights. "Smokers have the right to smoke," he says. What they don't have the right to do is to harm others with their smoking and that's where we draw the line."
Hospital staff gears up for smoking ban:: Employees to get free help in quitting
Press Sun & Bulletin
August 24, 2005
BINGHAMTON, NY -- Come Feb. 1, Lourdes Hospital employee Lisa Wagner will need
to leave her cigarettes in the car, go off site to light up on her lunch break,
or quit smoking altogether.
Smoking is banned on hospital property at roughly 115 of the nation's 5,754 hospitals, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a nonprofit organization in Berkeley, Calif., that advocates smoke-free workplaces.
dorms become smoke-free, a U.S. first: Codey signs law that applies to both
public and private colleges
(Newark, NJ) Star-Ledger, 2005-08-23
PAULA SAHA Star-Ledger Staff
Calling it the nation's toughest law on college smoking, acting Gov. Richard Codey signed legislation yesterday that prohibits smoking in dormitories at both public and private New Jersey colleges.
"Today we are creating a safer, healthier college campus," Codey said before signing the bill at Drew University's Madison campus.
Two states, Connecticut and Wisconsin, have banned dorm smoking at public colleges, said Karen Blumenfield of New Jersey GASP, an anti-smoking organization. But local and national anti- smoking organizations said no state had ever banned smoking in dorms at both public and private institutions. .
"We believe it is the strongest smoke-free college law in the nation," said Annie Tegen of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, based in Seattle.
Editorial - September 2005
Children in Illinoisindeed, all of usmay be able to breathe a little easier in 2006. Thats because the Illinois legislature passed a bill granting each of the states 1,200 communities the ability to ban smoking in public places. Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the bill in August. It takes effect Jan. 1.
The Chicago area already is plagued with poor quality air outdoors. The July
issue of Chicago Parent included the second installment of an investigative
report on the health of our children. It shows that our children regularly breathe
air that contains unsafe levels of soot and ozone. Why should the air inside
public places be unsafe as well?
Nationally, 14 states and more than 1,900 municipalities already have laws restricting where smokers can smoke. The laws ban smoking in workplaces, restaurants, bars or all three, according to the Berkeley, Calif.-based American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation.
Smoking Ban on the Way?
Sunday Challenger / ChallengerNKY.com (Covington, KY), 2005-08-14
Mike Kuntz, education and advocacy director for the American Lung Association of Kentucky, said the way public sentiment for restrictions on smoking has spread from Lexington to Georgetown and other small cities follows a pattern set in other states.
Typically, Kuntz said, a university town (such as Boulder, Colo., Eugene, Ore., Laramie, Wyo., Madison, Wis., or Austin, Tex., all of which have restricted public smoking) first adopts a smoke-free ordinance, then smaller cities...
Kuntz said Ashland, Bowling Green, Mount Sterling, Morehead, Owensboro and Paducah have also considered restrictions on smoking. Once about half the state's cities have adopted smoke-free ordinances, Kentucky will be ripe for a statewide smoke-free law, he said.
According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, Kentucky is one of 17 states without restrictions on smoking in restaurants and one of 20 with no restrictions on smoking in private workplaces.
set to vote on smoking ban
USA Today, August 7, 2005
LOUISVILLE (AP) The largest city in a tobacco-growing state that has the highest adult smoking rate in the nation plans this week to consider a ban on lighting up in restaurants and day care centers .
More than 4,800 municipalities across the country are covered by smoking bans in workplaces, restaurants or bars, or all three, according to the Berkeley, Calif.-based American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. Fourteen states have passed similar bans.
Following is a joint statement from the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights:
Far from protecting public health, the statewide smoke-free legislation that was passed this morning would jeopardize the health of North Carolina's workers and children. The legislation was passed out of House Judiciary Committee
Tennessee law keeps
towns, counties from enacting smoking bans
Chattanooga (TN) Times & Free Press, 2005-07-30
Emily Berry, Staff Writer
Despite requests from dozens of local governments and support from legislators citing a health risk from secondhand smoke, Tennessee law prohibits cities and counties from passing their own public smoking bans.
The 11-year-old law has been challenged by bills in the past few legislative sessions, but so far the issue never has been brought to a vote.
Late Twist in the Tobacco Case: Judge to Let Groups Seek Tougher Penalty if
By Marc Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, July 23, 2005; Page A06
Six weeks after the two sides rested in the Justice Department's racketeering case against the cigarette industry, the presiding federal judge agreed yesterday to let six public interest groups intervene and argue for tougher punishment if the government wins.
activists rally for federal regulation of tobacco
BY EMMA BURGIN
Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON - (KRT) - Activists pushing for federal regulation of tobacco used 1,200 empty pairs of shoes to drive home the dangers of smoking at a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.
"People know the statistic - 1,200 people die a day from tobacco - but it didn't mean anything until now," said Kassie Hobbs of Bettendorf, Iowa, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' National Youth Advocate of the Year. "Everyone wears shoes. But 1,200 people can't wear them today because they died from tobacco use."
smoking ban seen as influential: Other small cities considering idea
Murry Evans, Associated Press
July 17, 2005
GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- When the Lexington City Council voted two years ago to ban most indoor smoking, national anti-smoking groups hailed the decision.
Kentucky smoking foes do not discount the importance of the law in Lexington, the state's second-largest city and first to implement a smoking ban .
According to the Berkeley, Calif.-based American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, more than 4,800 municipalities are covered by smoking bans in workplaces, restaurants or bars, or all three. Fourteen states -- as small as Rhode Island and as large as California -- have passed similar bans.
debate flares up: Anti-smoking advocates descend on Capitol to send Schwarzenegger
Sacramento (CA) Bee, 2005-07-10
Ramon Coronado -- Bee Staff Writer
A group of anti-smoking organizations gathered at the south steps of the state Capitol on Saturday to make a stink about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's cigar-smoking tent.
"This is not his house. It belongs to every Californian," said Debi Austin, a cancer survivor who smoked through a hole in her throat in public service announcements circulated across the country.
Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, said the governor is a role model and he is sending the wrong message.
"Mr. Schwarzenegger, tear down this tent," Hallett shouted from the podium as she looked down to about two dozen spectators who collected at the noontime protest.
act to ban smoking Proposal would make restaurants, bars smoke-free
Chicago Tribune, 2005-06-30
Gary Washburn and John McCormick, Tribune staff reporters.
Buoyed by successes in other cities, anti-tobacco aldermen on Wednesday introduced a sweeping new measure that would ban smoking inside most public places in Chicago, from bars to bingo halls and limos to train platforms.
The Chicago proposal, which would be among the most stringent anywhere in the country, was greeted by immediate opposition from the hospitality industry and a wait-and-see attitude from Mayor Richard Daley
Seven states, including California, Massachusetts and New York, ban smoking in bars and restaurants, according to the California-based American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. The group says more than 1,900 municipalities have local laws that restrict in some way where smoking is allowed.
June 20, 2005
June 20, 2005 Chicago is the largest U.S. city that still allows smoking in bars and restaurants. A recent poll indicates 62-percent of registered voters in the city support a ban. Now, there is a new push to make it illegal to light up when you're out for dinner or a drink.
Lighting up at your favorite restaurant could soon be illegal. A Smoke Free Chicago campaign was launched last month by public health and community organizations. They want the city council to ban smoking in bars and restaurants.
Public Health Groups File Motion to Intervene in Federal Tobacco Lawsuit
Groups Seek to Present Arguments Regarding Remedies
American Lung Association, 2005-06-29
Six leading public health organizations today filed a motion in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to intervene in the federal government's lawsuit against the major tobacco companies. The groups are the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund (a 501(c)(4) organization affiliated with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids).
Ask to Intervene in Tobacco Case
Hilary Roxe, AP writer
Public health groups, saying they lacked confidence in the governments handling of the case .
The organizations asking to intervene were the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund.
Legislature Considers Eliminating Smokefree Workplace Laws
June 20, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Smokefree workplace laws scheduled to take effect July 1st in Appleton and Madison will be wiped off the books -- along with dozens of others already in effect or being considered in cities like Milwaukee -- if state lawmakers pass the misleadingly named "Smokefree Dining Act" in the next few weeks.
eyeing Indy's smoking ban: Ordinance may prove a model for surrounding areas
June 20, 2005
GREENWOOD, Ind. -- Smokers can see the squeeze coming.
North of town, restaurants are taking steps to comply with a new Indianapolis smoking ban. To the west, restaurants in Morgan County already have made the change.
June 19, 2005
...Ventilation does not eliminate health risks caused by secondhand smoke, according to an article Americans for Nonsmokers Rights published in September 2004.
linked to 63 percent of cancer death burden among African-American men
New study shows black males in the South suffer greatest burden
A new analysis links tobacco smoke to 63 percent of cancer deaths among African-American men in the United States. The smoke-related cancer death burden for African-American men is highest in the South at 67 percent, with the lowest burden -- 43 percent -- in the Northeast. The percentage is 60 in the West and 63 in the Midwest.
guests list cleanliness of room among chief concerns: A recent study finds overall
sanitation is up in rooms, but travelers still look for spotless stays
By Kathy Doheny / Health and Fitness News Service
May 27, 2005
A market research company for the hospitality industry in the Bay area of California recently asked business and leisure travelers how their hotel stay was. Among their complaints: bloody towels, bird fecal matter on a lampshade, used condoms in the bathroom and a missing toilet tank top .
But in calls to three national car rental agencies -- Hertz, Alamo and Enterprise --- reservations agents said a nonsmoking car could be requested but not guaranteed. The best advice, the agents agreed: Ask again at your destination and refuse a car that smells of smoke.
It's not just an odor issue but a health risk, says Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, based in Berkeley, Calif. If smoke odor is noticeable in a car, Frick says, "it's a health risk," because toxins are being released.
Luke's to snuff out smoking
By Tim Logan
Times Herald-Record (Middleton, NY)
May 26, 2005
No butts about it, smoking will soon stop at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital.
The two-hospital system announced last week that, come November, it won't let
anyone light up on its property, not staff, not patients, not visitors
Nationwide, more hospitals are going completely smoke-free, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a California-based advocacy group. At least 119 facilities, including the Northeast Health system in Albany, ban smoking entirely, according to the group, and that number has grown 50 percent in the last year. "This has really taken off," said Bronson Frick, the group's associate director.
by Joshua Brustein
23 May 2005
Standing outside the café he owns in Astoria, Kosta Litzeris smokes a Salem cigarette as he greets a stream of regular customers with kisses on the cheek and pleasantries in Greek. Some customers, once they move through the door and settle in for ouzo or espresso, light up their own cigarettes, despite city and state laws forbidding it.
Smoking-Ban Proposal Progresses
Albuquerque Journal / Mountain View (NM) Telegraph, 2005-05-13
Stacey Boyne Mountain View Telegraph
An ordinance that would ban smoking in Edgewood's public places and businesses is moving forward in its review process.
Planning and Zoning Administrator Karen Mahalick was instructed during the April 6 Edgewood Town Council meeting to draft an ordinance. Mahalick drew up the initial proposal based on a model ordinance from the Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights Web site.
The current draft suggests eliminating smoking in places of business as well as public places such as community centers and sidewalks.
Although the ordinance has not reached a formal public hearing, public comments are already being heard by the Town Council.
the Tobacco Industry, and Your Health
WGN Radio 720
May 6, 2005
Each year, cigarettes kill approximately 400,000 people and cause medical costs of about 75 billion dollars. The 2005 National Conference on Tobacco or Healthheld here in Chicagojust ended this evening, and tonight we welcome some of the doctors and health experts from that meeting to Extension 720 to discuss the latest research on the effects of tobacco and cigarettes on health. Our guests are DR. ALAN BLUM, director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society at the University of Alabama, CYNTHIA HALLETT, executive director of Americans for Non-Smoker's Rights, ED SWEDA, senior staff attorney with the Tobacco Control Resource Center and attorney with the Tobacco Products Liability Project, and DR. MARTIN JARVIS, clinical psychologist at University College London specializing in behavioral and psychological aspects of tobacco dependence.
ban smoking -- no ifs, ands, buts
Akron (OH) Beacon Journal, 2005-04-29
The way two Northeast Ohio hospitals see it, all their talk about health is just blowing smoke unless they ban tobacco use on their property.
Doctors Hospital in Stark County and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation are leaders in a small but growing movement among hospitals nationwide to forbid smoking anywhere on their property -- even outdoors
At least 115 of the nation's 5,754 hospitals ban smoking everywhere on their campuses, including in buildings, outdoor areas and parking lots, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a nonprofit group that advocates smoke-free workplaces.
``Hospitals have really taken the next step in trying to further their health mission,'' said Josh Alpert, the group's program manager. ``We're starting to see a lot more of these smoke-free campuses.''
on smoking no bar to local taverns
Porterville (CA) Recorder, 2005-04-23
Roger Phelps, The Porterville Recorder
Burning cigarettes, full ashtrays and hazy air are fixtures at numerous Tulare County taverns nearly six and a half years after California legislators made bar smoking illegal.
follow Lexington's example
By Greg Kocher, Steve Lannen, and Peter Mathews
April 24, 2005
One year after Lexington began enforcing its indoor smoking ban, Georgetown
and Danville are considering similar measures
Nevertheless, since Lexington passed its smoking ban on July 1, 2003, 100 places around the country have approved smoke-free laws, said Josh Alpert, program manager for the Berkeley, Calif.-based Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.
Those communities approved smoke-free laws in either workplaces -- which include offices, factories and retail stores -- restaurants, bars or a combination of the three.
In all, 4,842 municipalities have some sort of smoke-free law, Alpert said.
"All that goes to show is that this isn't a trend or some sort of new movement. This is really a mainstream idea," he said.
the smoke's cleared: Living with the law easier than many predicted
By Sarah Vos
LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER STAFF WRITER
April 24, 2005
After Lexington's smoking ban went into effect, Doug Pokrivea was so mad that
he, a 30-cigarette-a-day smoker, boycotted the city's bars and restaurants for
Other cities have found that opposition to smoking bans generally becomes muted once people get used to smoking outside, said Josh Alpert, program manager for Berkeley, Calif.-based Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.
"Even the most vociferous opponents discover that stepping outside to smoke isn't going to change their lives, and people move on," Alpert said.
Helena (MT) Independent Record, 2005-04-19
JOHN HARRINGTON - IR Staff Writer - 04/19/05
Most Montana workplaces will be free of tobacco smoke starting Oct. 1, after Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Tuesday signed a bill calling for clean air in every place open to the public except bars and casinos.
Gambling establishments have until 2009 to comply with the law, which was the result of a compromise between tavern and gaming interests and several regional and national health groups
Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights in Berkeley, Calif., said Montana is among several states that are considering smoke-free laws this spring, including Georgia and North Dakota.
"Montana has been a leader in public tobacco issues for a number of years now, with the activity in Helena and the heart attack study that came out of Helena," he said.
Not everyone is happy with the compromise. While the bill had the support of the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society didn't lend its backing, because the bill prevents cities from enacting stronger laws during the four-year sunset period for casinos.
Frick said that clause gave his group pause as well.
Feldman: Smoke bans good for business as well as health
April 19, 2005
Debate over the smoke-free ordinance for Indianapolis rages on. Individuals and organizations against the ordinance argue that it's their right to smoke in public and that restaurant and bar owners should have the right to decide if their establishments should allow smoking. And surprisingly, we still hear the opinion that secondhand smoke is not dangerous to the health of nonsmokers.
Cynthia Hallett: Smoking ban critical to protect public health
Steamboat Pilot (Steamboat Springs, CO), 2005-04-17
Your editorial "Smoking Ban Needs a Vote" (Steamboat Pilot & Today, April 10) suggesting that the proposed smokefree ordinance in Steamboat Springs should be put to the voters rather than be acted on by the City Council is curious in light of your professed concerns about the dangers of smoking to nonsmokers, particularly restaurant and bar workers.
Indeed, there is overwhelming medical evidence that secondhand smoke is a cause of disease in healthy nonsmokers . . . . Given this evidence, the City Council has a responsibility and a duty to act to protect the public from this known hazard. . . .
Your concern that the proposed law, if passed by the City Council, would "trample" the rights of smokers and business owners ignores the rights of employees and members of the public to breathe clean air. That smoking is legal does not mean that it cannot be restricted when injurious to public health.
Tenants Can Be Charged for Damage Beyond 'Normal Wear and Tear'
The Washington Post, 2005-04-16
Sara Gebhardt; Page T09
Readers of my April 2 column had additional ideas about how to handle a next-door neighbor's secondhand smoke seeping into their units. Some people shared methods that have worked for them. These generally were consistent with my suggestions about keeping out the smoke by covering holes, gaps and cracks in walls, ceilings and other places that allow the transfer of air from one person's abode to another's. . . .
Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a nonprofit organization in Berkeley, Calif., said the only way for people to truly rid their air of secondhand smoke is to live in a smoke-free building and to not come into contact with smoke. Because that is not always possible for residents of multi-family housing, it's still a good idea to try to trap smoke and keep at least most of it out.
But Frick doesn't think that's possible using air filtration devices because, he said, they merely work to reduce the odor of the smoke rather than trap impurities from the smoke.
ban won't apply to city bars
By Matt Leingang
Cincinnati Enquirer staff writer
April 14, 2005
Cincinnati City Council on Wednesday rejected a comprehensive ban on smoking in the workplace, refusing to go along with towns such as Columbus that take a tough stance on clean indoor air.
Seven states - Rhode Island, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts and New York - have comprehensive statewide smoking bans for all indoor workplaces, including bars and restaurants, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation in Berkeley, Calif.
In addition, 172 cities have laws that prohibit smoking in bars and restaurants.
bans spread to Tobacco Road
Pauline Vu, Special to Stateline.org
April 6, 2005
States with the toughest smoking bans huddle in the Northeast the way smokers huddle outside entrances of office buildings. But this year smoking bans are being considered in the unlikeliest of places -- on Tobacco Road...
At least 30 states have considered some type of indoor smoking ban this session, according to the California-based Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR).
restaurants, bars are gaining some acceptance
Larissa Theodore, Times Staff
More smoke-free restaurants and bars are popping up across the country, and in Beaver, Allegheny and Lawrence counties, places well-known for their smoky steel mills and power plants, the fad is starting to catch on.
Groups like Americans for Nonsmokers Rights and the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco, or PACT, have continued pushing for measures to make all restaurants, bars and workplaces smoke free, and a growing list of local restaurants and eateries are choosing to go the smokeless direction.
paces to smoke: Amarillo's ban would outlaw having a smoke within 25 feet of
the entrance to a business
Amarillo (TX) Globe-News, 2005-03-24
"Personally, I enjoy smoking in the rain. The humidity keeps the tobacco fresh," said Goodnow, 30. "It's very pleasant."
But smoking in inclement weather isn't an idea he'd endorse, he said.
"Given that a lot of smokers have compromised immune systems anyway, it seems this legislation would lead to a lot of increased sick days," Goodnow said.
He was speaking of the proposition to ban smoking in most public places, which
voters will consider in the May 7 election. In addition to banning smoking in
restaurants, bars, pool halls and other work places, the proposition would prohibit
smoking within 25 feet of a door, window or ventilation duct that would allow
smoke to enter a building. . . .
The 25-foot rule was included in the version of the proposition that the group Amarillo Clean Air Now petitioned the City Commission to place on the ballot. The group copied the proposition from a model created by Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, said Casey McCann, CAN chairwoman.
smoking ban in works
By Kim Nguyen
Colorado Springs Gazette
March 17, 2005
A plan to ban smoking in all public places in the state was introduced Wednesday in the Colorado Senate, triggering what is bound to be a hot debate in coming weeks. Lawmakers, Denver-area mayors and other politicians were on the west steps of the Capitol to support the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act. The proposal would ban smoking in all public indoor areas in the state, including bars, restaurants, taxicabs and casinos.
EDITED BY LEE NICHOLS, AND CHERYL SMITH
March 17, 2005
Beyond City Limits
The city of Houston enacted a smoking ban last Wednesday, set to take effect Sept. 9. The new measure, slightly less restrictive than Austin's current ordinance, prohibits smoking in dining areas of restaurants, covered bus stops, and taxis not designated as smoking; but not in restaurant bars, free-standing bars, outdoor dining areas, or designated smoking sections at public buildings. Mayor Bill White called the ban a compromise between restaurant and bar owners, and anti-smoking advocates who pushed for a ban in all public indoor spaces. The Houston Chronicle reports the Greater Houston Restaurant Association and the Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau supported the ban, while the American Cancer Society called it a disappointing appeasement to special interest groups, and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights said it's the weakest ordinance enacted by a major city or state in years.
on smoking unpopular in S. Philly pub: Council votes on measure Thursday
By BARBARA J. ISENBERG
March 14, 2005
JOE BILOTTI sat at the bar at Passyunk Tavern last week doing what he does
nearly every day after work: drinking and smoking.
City Council, however, would at least like Bilotti to take his smokes outside. Council members will vote this Thursday on whether to pass Councilman Michael Nutter's proposal to prohibit lighting up in pubs, bars and restaurants in the city. If passed, Pennsylvania would join 30 other states with local laws prohibiting smoking, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.
could be brewing
By John Ritter, USA TODAY
March 9, 2005
SAN FRANCISCO Cancer scientists are split over whether smoking causes breast cancer, but they agree on one thing: The debate is far more complex than linking smoking to lung cancer or heart disease.
rejects full restaurant smoking ban
By RON NISSIMOV
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle
March 9, 2005
Houston City Council today rejected a proposal to ban all smoking in restaurants, and took up Mayor Bill White's compromise proposal to ban lighting up in restaurants but not restaurant bars.
The Berkeley, Calif.-based anti-smoking group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, however, contends studies have shown that restaurant smoking bans have not hurt business in the popular tourist destinations of New York, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
is El Paso always cited as ideal model for smoking ban?
Midland Reporter Telegram
March 6, 2005
Though it took some adjustment, business in El Paso remains stable amid the city's ordinance that prohibits smoking in restaurants, bars, workplaces and other public places.
However, some tobacco sellers and restaurant owners said smoking is an individual's right and the ordinance threatens the growth of the city's economic development.
Effective since Jan. 2, 2002, El Paso's smoking ordinance forbids smoking in public facilities, such as elevators, restrooms and retail stores.
Smoking also is restricted in city public transits, including buses and bus terminals, train stations, airports and taxicabs.
States across the nation such as New York are also banning smoking in public places and the list is growing.
According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, Tempe, Ariz. and Buena Vista, Ga. are two cities that have 100 percent smoke-free workplaces, restaurants and freestanding bars.
Ordinance Headed for the Ballot
BY DANIEL MOTTOLA
March 3, 2005
Some Austinites call smoking a personal freedom; others believe it violates their personal freedoms. National health officials view tobacco use as an epidemic, responsible for 5 million deaths a year worldwide. Wherever you stand, on the May 7 ballot, you will have the power to decide whether smoking should henceforth be allowed, or banned, in Austin's bars and clubs.
would ban smoking statewide in restaurants, taxis
John Fritze, Indianapolis Star
February 22, 2005
Smoking would be restricted in restaurants, taxicabs, buses and bus stops across Indiana under two proposals to be heard by lawmakers today.
The proposed statewide smoking prohibitions will be considered as Indianapolis officials separately ponder a controversial ban for restaurants, bars and parks for the state's largest city.
Ten states ban smoking in public places to shield workers such as waitresses and bartenders -- as well as nonsmoking patrons -- from second-hand smoke. Opponents say smoking is a personal choice and bans hurt businesses that cater to smokers.
More than 1,900 communities across the country have banned smoking in some form, according to an anti-smoking group called American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
seeks ban on smoking in eateries (TN)
Lesli Bales-Sherrod, The Daily Times Staff
February 20, 2005
Douglas Benton of Alcoa wants Blount County to say ``No S.I.R.'' to smoking in restaurants.
The 51-year-old real estate agent is in the process of forming a local organization to advocate for nonsmokers' rights.
Since he started his No S.I.R. (no smoking in restaurants) campaign earlier this month, he already has spoken to the Blount County Public Services and Intergovernmental committees as well as the full County Commission. He also aired his views on local talk radio.
A bill amending preemption was introduced Feb. 2 in both houses of the Tennessee legislature, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Web site. The Clean Air Act of 2005 would prohibit smoking in enclosed areas of public places, including restaurants.
Traveler: Smoke-free airports
Kathleen Doheny, Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2005
This month marks the 15-year anniversary of smoke-free domestic flights, but U.S. airports still have a ways to go before they are all smoke-free. Nearly 62% of U.S. airports are now smoke-free, says a report issued in late 2004 by the CDC, citing 2002 figures, the latest available.
air unhealthy in many places, report says
By Gary Stoller, USA TODAY
February 15, 2005
Next week marks the 15th anniversary of smoke-free domestic airline flights, but frequent fliers may still be getting a dangerous dose of secondhand tobacco smoke.
A non-profit organization, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, says Feb. 25 marks the 15th anniversary of smoke-free domestic flights, and this year is also the fifth anniversary of a law banning smoking on all international flights to and from the USA. It makes no sense, says the group's Bronson Frick, that once fliers step off their flights, "They're greeted with noxious secondhand smoke" at airports.
Health Grades 101 Cities on Smoking
The Ohio News Network (ONN), 2005-02-14
Southern cities are some of the smokiest in the nation, according to Men's Health magazine's new ranking of the 101 cities on smoking, with Louisville (#101) dead last (no pun intended), followed by Lexington (#100), St. Louis (#99), Shreveport (#98) and Nashville (#97), among 16 cities receiving an "F."
Where is the air smoke free? Salt Lake City, UT, tops the list at #1 while California's smoke-free regulations helped propel Long Beach and Los Angeles to a tie for the #2 spot --- all earned "A "'s from the magazine.
Cities were ranked on multiple criteria including: data from the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, which helped to identify places with smoke- free laws; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the United Health Foundation, which provided statistics on the percentage of smokers in various locales; and the CDC, which provided rates of lung-cancer deaths.
court extinguishes county smoking ban
ADAM LYNN; The News Tribune
Last updated: February 11th, 2005 08:34 AM
Tacoma News Tribune
Charles Kruger lit a Marlboro as he reflected on Thursdays Washington State Supreme Court decision to strike down Pierce Countys smoking ban.
No Smoking Ban
SEATTLE, WA (2005-02-09) Take a trip to San Francisco or New York -- and you
may notice restaurants and bars are all smoke free. Now eight states, and even
entire countries like Ireland, Norway and New Zealand, have passed strict anti-smoking
laws. But not in Washington. KPLU health and science reporter Keith Seinfeld
explores why. 4:30
SEATTLE, WA (2005-02-09) Take a trip to San Francisco or New York -- and you may notice restaurants and bars are all smoke free. Now eight states, and even entire countries like Ireland, Norway and New Zealand, have passed strict anti-smoking laws. But not in Washington. KPLU health and science reporter Keith Seinfeld explores why. 4:30
City council should ban smoking in Charleston bars
The Daily Eastern News-Eastern Illinois Universty Paper, 2005-02-09
My coat smells like smoke. It also has a noticeable cigarette burn on one of the sleeves. All of this comes without ever smoking a day in my life.
My coat doesn't have that long-lasting smoky smell because I light up Marlboros on a consistent basis; it's because every time I go to the bar the air is filled with a thick cloud of cigarette smoke. . . .
Smokers are going to strongly disagree with me and say it is their right to
smoke. But isn't it my right and everyone else's to go into a bar and not have
to secondhand smoke six packs of cigarettes before closing time? . . .
A total of 1,903 communities in the country have passed restrictions on smoking, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. One of those includes New York City, which has had a ban since 2003.
zones gain new territory: From parks to bars to the workplace, more states are
proposing far-reaching bans that would limit public smoking
Christian Science Monitor, 2005-02-08
Mark Sappenfield * Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
Fifteen years after antismoking forces struck their first major blow, the drive to make workplaces and public spaces across the United States smoke-free is experiencing a new surge.
In February 1990, airlines for the first time outlawed smoking on flights lasting less than six hours. This year, legislators have proposed far-reaching public smoking bans in nine states, with similar legislation expected in as many as 11 more. In other states, large cities such as Houston and Salt Lake are considering bans of their own - including one here that would prohibit smoking even in parks.
As many as 20 states may take up the issue this year. "This hasn't really happened before," says Bronson Frick of the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation in Berkeley, Calif.
He expects most bills to fail, but the fact that antismoking laws are being considered in states such as Georgia and North Carolina represents progress to him. Add to that the cities that have already passed workplace bans - including Laramie, Wyo., and Lincoln, Neb. - and he sees an expanding antismoking imprint. "The political will is changing," says Mr. Frick.
outside may be out, too
City plan would ban tobacco use in parks, public sites, as well as in restaurants, bars.
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2005-02-05
John Tuohy and John Fritze
A proposed smoking ban for Indianapolis would snuff out cigarettes not only in restaurants and bars but also in city parks, at bus stops and near automatic teller machines, details of the plan released Friday show.
The citywide ban, which is expected to be introduced at the City-County Council meeting Monday, also would prohibit lighting up in outside seating areas, cab stands and ticket lines.
Indianapolis' proposal appears to be among the most stringent in the nation.
Greg Bowes, the council Democrat who drafted the plan, said he reviewed a dozen city smoking bans and included a hodgepodge of their prohibitions.
Just more than 1,900 communities in the country have imposed local restrictions on smoking, according to the California-based American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. But only 97 of those ban smoking in all workplaces, restaurants and bars.
card room (CA)
Berkeley Daily Planet
February 6, 2005
Your recent article (Urban Gambling: Godsend or Curse? Daily Planet, Jan. 28-31) cited many concerns about the proposed expansion of Casino San Pablo, but didnt mention the casinos smoke-choked air. In 1995, Casino San Pablo was opened as a smoke-free establishment; six years later the venue was transferred to the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians. Under the tribes ownership, the casinos smoke-free policy was rescinded, endangering the health and lives of its employees and patrons.
The tribe plans to install ventilation s ystems rather than provide smoke-free air. Sadly, ventilation systems do not protect people from the health hazards caused by tobacco smoke. These systems merely address odor. The only solution is a smoke-free environment. As such, we strongly recommend t hat any compact approved include a provision requiring smoke-free air.
If the Casino San Pablo is allowed to expand as proposed it would become Californias largest smoke-filled workplace. Employee and public safety should not be negotiable. Casino work ers should have the right to breathe smoke-free air just like employees in any other California workplace.
Secondhand smoke is a leading cause of disease and premature death and has been classified by the EPA as a Class A carcinogen a toxin known to cau se cancer in humans and which has no safe level of exposure.
Americans for Nonsmokers Rights
ban proposal will get a fresh airing
Council to consider smoke-free restaurants, bars
By John Fritze and John Tuohy
February 4, 2005
A push to ban smoking in Indianapolis restaurants and bars has reignited in the City-County Council and appears more likely than ever to pass, officials said Thursday.
giant aids smoke ban repeal bill
Waterbury (CT) Republican-American, 2005-02-02
Rep. Leonard Greene, R-Beacon Falls, wants to repeal the statewide ban of smoking in restaurants and bars a year after identical legislation died in the General Assembly.
But this time Greene has help from a powerful ally.
Tobacco giant RJ Reynolds has bankrolled a Torrington nonprofit with $10,000 to run radio spots in Hartford, New London, New Haven and Fairfield counties and to pay for direct mailing to every liquor license holder in the state to mobilize support for Greene's bill, said Robin Potwora, executive director of the nonprofit, Smoke Signals Coalition.
"There are more than half a million adult smokers in Connecticut. They understand this is a fairness issue," Potwora said of the statewide ban that outlawed smoking in restaurants in October 2003 and in bars in April 2004, but allows it in private clubs and Connecticut's two gambling casinos.
The 30-second and 60-second advertisements, running on a classic rock station
in Brookfield, a hard-rock station in Hartford and country music station in
New London, ask Connecticut smokers to boycott buying cigarettes until the smoking
ban is repealed.
parity urged: Mayor hopes CRA takes lead on statewide proposal
By Janet Forgrieve, Rocky Mountain News
February 2, 2005
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper reiterated his support for a statewide smoking ban as he was being honored by the Colorado Restaurant Association.
Any kind of ban has been anathema to the CRA, whose position always has been that restaurateurs are the best judges of what their patrons want.
Groups Urge State Legislatures Group To Turn Down Philip Morris Grant
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, January 25, 2005
Five of the nation's leading public health organizations have written to the leadership of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to urge the organization to turn down a proposed $1.1 million grant from Philip Morris, the nation's largest tobacco company. NCSL's executive committee, which consists of state legislators from across the country, is expected to decide whether to accept the grant when it meets in Biloxi, Mississippi, January 28-29.
The five organizations sending the letter are the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
The letter argues that NCSL's acceptance of the Philip Morris grant would further Philip Morris' efforts to defeat real legislative solutions to reduce tobacco use and undermine NCSL's mission of providing state legislators with independent, objective information on public policy issues, including how to reduce tobacco use.
"Through grants such as this, Philip Morris seeks to improve its negative image, gain legitimacy through association with reputable allies, and create the illusion that Philip Morris is part of the solution to the tobacco problem when in fact it remains a major cause of the problem and an aggressive opponent of effective legislative solutions," the letter states.
Spurn tobacco cash, health groups urge states
Reuters, January 25, 2005
WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Five health and anti-smoking groups urged state lawmakers to turn down an offer of $1.1 million for youth programs from the maker of Marlboro cigarettes on Tuesday, saying the company was trying to buy influence.
is targeting smoking at airport
Those in cigarette pens set a bad example, he says
By Brady Snyder
Deseret Morning News, January 6, 2005
Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson likens them to "animals in a zoo."
They're those smokers cordoned off in fishbowl-like cigarette pens at the Salt Lake City International Airport.
And Anderson thinks the time has come to end it.
As part of his aggressive anti-smoking agenda, Anderson says he's ready to dump the smoking pens and, in doing so, completely ban all indoor smoking at Salt Lake's airport.
"I've always been opposed to smoking in the airport," Anderson said. The smokers "look like animals in the zoo. They're setting a really bad example for everybody."
Total bans are in effect in at least 88 airports nationwide, according to
a December report by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. Among those
88 are major ports like Los Angeles International, John F. Kennedy International
in New York, Boise International, Orlando International, Portland International
and many others.
"Airport managers are finding that ventilation is not an effective option in providing their employees and customers a healthier environment," Cynthia Hallett, executive director of the nonprofit Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, said in a statement. "The most effective and least costly way to protect all employees, patrons and travelers from exposure to secondhand smoke is a completely smoke-free environment."
Park to review study on smoke ordinance
Johnson County Sun, January 6, 2005
Overland Park has completed a study reviewing the risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke, and the steps the city has taken, and could take, to limit those risks.
According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, as of Oct. 5, 2004, there were 248 municipalities in the United States with ordinances in effect that prohibit smoking in the workplace, 206 that prohibit smoking in restaurants and 155 that prohibit smoking in bars.
Bars versus City Streets
The Chief Engineer
Jan. 3, 2004
TRENTON, NJ (AP) - Which is more harmful to your health - a smoky bar or a city street filled with diesel truck fumes? Well, you might want to skip your next happy hour.
As of July 1, a total of 727 U.S. municipalities had some smoking restrictions, with 312 banning smoking even in bars and restaurants, according to the nonprofit American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation.
campus smoking policy cited as model
Stevens Point (WI) Journal, 2004-12-29
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point junior Krystal Schaefer has no fond memories of the time when some campus residence hall floors still allowed smoking. Although Schaefer lived on a nonsmoking floor, the smoke smell would filter into the hallway where she and her floormates lived, she said.
That changed during Schaefer's sophomore year because UWSP dorms went smoke-free in fall 2003.
"I think the statistic is 85 percent of students here don't smoke," said Schaefer, a nonsmoker, "so I think it's more fair to them that the buildings are smoke-free."
Although UWSP went smoke-free on its own thanks to a Residence Hall Association vote, the move was indicative of things to come for the University of Wisconsin System. In April, Gov. Jim Doyle signed into law a bill that officially adopted the no-smoking policy many UW campuses already had. That move was applauded Tuesday when a national nonprofit group called Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR) recognized Wisconsin for enacting the legislation.
group cites UWs as model
By Kelly McBride
For the Daily Tribune
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point junior Krystal Schaefer has no fond memories of the time when some campus residence hall floors still allowed smoking.
Although Schaefer lived on a nonsmoking floor, the smoke smell would filter
into the hallway where she and her floormates lived, she said.
That changed during Schaefer's sophomore year because UWSP dorms went smoke-free
in fall 2003.
"I think the statistic is 85 percent of students here don't smoke,"
said Schaefer, a nonsmoker, "so I think it's more fair to them that the
buildings are smoke-free."
Although UWSP went smoke-free on its own thanks to a Residence Hall Association vote, the move was indicative of things to come for the University of Wisconsin System. In April, Gov. Jim Doyle signed into law a bill that officially adopted the no-smoking policy many UW campuses already had. That move was applauded Tuesday when a national nonprofit group called Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR) recognized Wisconsin for enacting the legislation.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition
Posted on Saturday, December 25, 2004
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS TIMES Highfill recognized for smoke-free law Highfill will be presented the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights 100 Percent Smoke-free Award of Excellence for its smoke-free workplace and restaurant law. The award honors communities that have implemented 100 percent smoke-free indoor laws that protect people from second-hand smoke in enclosed places. Loy Bailey, director of the Benton County Health Department, will present the award.
fear clean air
Dec. 23, 2004
In a Dec. 8 article about smoke-free air, the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau expressed concern about the impact of smoke-free air on convention business, specifically the American Bowling Congress (ABC). I would like to share a few points:
First, the ABC already has a smoke-free policy for its bowling tournaments. Any bowling facility used in the tournament would have to be smoke-free during that time period. Serious bowlers don't want their health and performance affected by smoke.
This fear about loss of convention business is nothing more than a smokescreen. Big Tobacco has touted this misinformation for decades in cities and states considering smoke-free laws, starting in California in the 1970s. These dire predictions have never come true, even according to the tobacco companies' own documents.
The vast majority of people want smoke-free air. In a new national Zagat Survey of over 110,000 restaurant patrons, 4 out of 5 said they wanted all restaurants to be 100 percent smoke-free. Most people simply don't like being exposed to other people's smoke.
Secondhand smoke is more than a nuisance; it is a known health hazard. While most workers are now protected from secondhand smoke, restaurant and bar workers lag behind. Everyone deserves a smokefree workplace.
BRONSON FRICK (Associate Director, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights) (Berkeley,
Smoking ban could
waft through bars, restaurants: City health commissioner wants ordinance by
By Erik Brooks, Business Journal of Milwaukee
November 28, 2004
Milwaukee health commissioner Bevan Baker is floating the concept of banning smoking at all Milwaukee workplaces, including restaurants and bars, and will craft an ordinance in early 2005.
Nationwide, more than 1,800 municipalities have some sort of "clean indoor
air law," according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, a Berkeley,
Calif.-based interest group. Of those, 248 have banned smoking in all workplaces.
Ten states have laws that ban smoking in either workplaces, restaurants or bars.
would ban smoking in public places across region
Kansas City Star
Sunday, November 14, 2004
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Anti-smoking advocates are pushing an ambitious proposal that would ban smoking in public places on both sides of the state line in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Cities in places including Wisconsin and Arizona have tried unsuccessfully to persuade neighboring municipalities to enact smoking bans, said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a national advocacy group.
"A trigger plan has never worked before in the country," he said. "It slows down the cities that are ready and puts the burden on cities that are not ready for change."
of smoking ban fuming at proposal
Others say emotions may be smokescreen to cover the health-related issues
Corpus Christi (TX) Caller-Times, 2004-11-14
Leanne Libby, Caller-Times
The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation touts that 152 municipalities across the nation, including eight in Texas, have laws requiring restaurants and bars to be smoke-free.
One local group wants Corpus Christi to be No. 153.
Smoke Free Rights Now, a coalition of 22 community groups and 220 individuals, hopes the third time will be the charm to ban smoking in Corpus Christi.
The group failed to get support for an ordinance in 2000. A group led by then-Mayor Mary Rhodes tried and failed in 1993 to ban smoking, and instead increased the size of non-smoking sections.
Lawrence Primeau, spokesman for Smoke Free Rights Now, said the group will present its agenda at a 10 a.m. press conference Wednesday at Driscoll Children's Hospital.
smoking bans help smokers cut back
Monday, November 01, 2004
TORONTO – Nov. 1, 2004 – Employers who banned smoking in the workplace in 1980s and 1990s usually did so to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke. New Canadian research shows the restrictions may be improving the health of smokers too.
In a study presented by Dr. Thomas Stephens of the University of Toronto's Ontario Tobacco Research Unit at the eighth International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, researchers showed that employees who work in places with no smoking restrictions smoke almost five more cigarettes daily than those whose workplaces completely ban smoking.
"What this study shows is that the bans also have health benefits for smokers themselves," Stephens said in a press release. "A lot of people assume smokers in smoke-free workplaces compensate for being without cigarettes while at work by smoking more at lunch, during breaks or after work but overall they don't. People are more likely to cut down or to give up cigarettes."
Using data from Statistics Canada's comprehensive 2001 Canadian Community Health Survey, the study determined that 24 percent of employed adult Canadians are daily smokers who consume an average of 17 cigarettes daily.
In workplaces where smoking is banned, 18 percent of workers smoke daily and their average consumption drops to 15.4 cigarettes per day. By contrast, when there are no bans, 40 percent of workers are daily smokers and average 20.1 cigarettes daily.
The study involved adults between the ages of 20 and 64, regardless of age, sex, occupation, education or income. The results were not affected by work stress, depression or attempts to quit smoking within the past 12 months.
In Canada, two provinces, Manitoba and New Brunswick, and two territories, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, have recently introduced comprehensive legislation banning smoking in all indoor enclosed workplaces.
In Ontario, smoking in the workplace is restricted to a lesser extent by the Smoking in the Workplace Act, the Tobacco Control Act and a variety of municipal bylaws. The Ontario government has promised to introduce province wide legislation restricting smoking in public workplaces and public places.
In the United States, more than 1,700 cities and 10 states have clean indoor air laws, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation in Berkeley, Calif.
smoking ban singe business?
Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer, 2004-10-24
Matt Leingang Enquirer staff writer
After almost two months of work, a 30-member panel studying a potential smoking ban in Cincinnati plans to complete its report by late November.
The panel appears to agree that breathing secondhand smoke poses increased health risks. But members disagree sharply over the potential economic impact of banning smoking at bars, restaurants, bowling alleys and bingo parlors. . . .
Nationwide, more than 1,700 cities and 10 states have comprehensive clean indoor air legislation, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation in Berkeley, Calif.
make case for smoking ban
Delta Democrat Times (Greenville, MS), 2004-10-07
DAVID LUSH - Delta Democrat Times
Many in Greenville hope to add the city's name to a growing list of municipalities across the nation to have smoke-free public places where nonsmokers don't have to deal with second-hand smoke.
The matter was brought before the Greenville City Council Tuesday by Citizens for a Smoke-free Greenville.
This coalition of individuals and groups would like the City Council to pass an ordinance which would ban smoke in public places although the actual ordinance is under review by the city attorney and then will be reviewed by the City Council before going to a public hearing. . . .
In material presented by the American Cancer Society to the City Council, the statistical evidence on second-hand smoke is compelling.
• The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in a June 2002 report, concludes that "involuntary smoking (exposure to secondhand or ‘environmental' tobacco smoke) is carcinogenic to human. There is a statistically significant and consistent association between lung cancer risk in spouses of smokers and exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke from the spouse who smokes. The excess risk is on the order of 20 percent for women and 30 percent for men."
The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation reports considerable success in
actions which restrict where smoking is allowed. At the present time, there
are 1,727 municipalities with laws in effect that restricts where smoking is
At present, 10 states have laws in effect that require 100 percent smoke-free provisions in the work place and/or restaurants and/or bars. These states include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, South Dakota and Utah.
in a smoky bar worse than heavy traffic
Linda A. Johnson ASSOCIATED PRESS
10/4/2004 09:39 pm
TRENTON, N.J. Which is more harmful to your health a smoky bar or a city street filled with diesel truck fumes? Well, you might want to skip your next happy hour.
Smoky bars and casinos have up to 50 times more cancer-causing particles in the air than highways and city streets clogged with diesel trucks at rush hour, a new study shows.
As of July 1, a total of 727 U.S. municipalities had some smoking restrictions, with 312 banning smoking even in bars and restaurants, according to the nonprofit American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation.
Produce Clean Air for Customers
Associated Press, 2004-10-04
BETTENDORF, Iowa -- Some casinos around the Midwest are working to please their customers by cleaning up the smoke-filled air in their establisshments.
Several Iowa casinos, including Bettendorf's Isle of Capri Casino, have begun efforts to make their air safer to breathe by turning to high-tech air-handling systems. Casinos in the Des Moines area and Sioux City have followed suit.
At Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, the main floor for slot machines has an air-handling system that officials say is comparable to those used in hospital intensive-care units.
Isle of Capri officials said it was a costly move for the eastern Iowa casino, but! has paid off in clearer air and happier guests.
"I walked into one of the usually smokier sections of our boat, and the difference was like night and day," said Damon Butler, a spokesman for the Isle of Capri and Davenport's Rhythm City Casino. "Both our guests and our staff have noticed the change."
Marlene Ancel of Joliet, Ill., said as a retiree, she likes to visit Iowa and Illinois casinos. However, as a non-smoker, she said the poor air quality often made her uncomfortable. Now, she said she sees a difference at the Isle of Capri.
"A lot of places have non-smoking floors or areas, and I usually go there. But here it's nice and clear, so I can stay out here in the smoking area with everyone else," Ancel said.
Butler said the new ventilation system, called a biozone induct unit, can cost
around $500,000. It uses a photoplasma technique to pull the microscopic pieces
of smoke, mold and bacteria together so they are large enough to be trapped
in the ! filter, he said.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, or ASHRAE, is asking for the improvements at casinos and other hospitality facilities across the country.
In its campaign to implement air-ventilation standards, ASHRAE has cited a growing body of evidence that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke can cause health problems.
However, some national advocacy groups, including Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, or ANR, say in reality no air purification system has been created that can protect against secondhand smoke.
Debate Smoking Ban Support
Duluth (MN) News-Tribune, 2004-09-29
NEWS TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
HEALTHCARE: Medical community will debate support for statewide ban on smoking in workplaces.
The Minnesota Medical Association could soon become involved in legislative efforts to ban smoking in bars, restaurants, public buildings and workplaces statewide.
During its annual meeting in Duluth, the association will consider a resolution offering its leadership and support to state lawmakers to help draft and pass such a ban.
More than 9,000 physicians are represented by the group, which is meeting tomorrow and Friday at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center...
As of July 1, 727 U.S. municipalities had some smoking restrictions, with 312
banning smoking even in bars and restaurants, according to the nonprofit American
Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
smoke: Issue under gray cloud
Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer, 2004-09-27
Matt Leingang, Enquirer staff writer
With her boss' approval, Becca Wenzel works exclusively in the nonsmoking section at Price Hill Chili.
But the 23-year-old waitress can't escape secondhand smoke. It's in her face every time Wenzel passes through the smoking section on her way to the kitchen.
The smoky air she breathes contains more than 4,000 hazardous chemicals, including benzene, lead and arsenic, research says. At least 60 of those chemicals can cause cancer.
Wenzel favors a smoking ban, currently being studied in Cincinnati, that would give her the protection already afforded to many Americans...
In Cincinnati, the debate is heating up. The city Health Department has put together a 30-member panel to study a workplace smoking ban and to prepare a report to City Council in November.
Vice Mayor Alicia Reece has supported a ban, but other council members are reserving judgment because of fears from some bar and restaurant owners that it will hurt business.
There's no guarantee that council will even vote on the issue...
Nationwide, more than 1,700 cities, including Toledo and Lexington, and 10 states have some form of clean indoor-air legislation, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation in Berkeley, Calif.
weigh in on smoking ban
Kansas City (MO) Star, 2004-09-24
RICK ALM/ The Kansas City Star
A plan to ban smoking in area casinos may turn on whether a proposed tribal casino in Wyandotte County would also prohibit puffers from indulging their habit.
The Mid-America Regional Council is circulating a draft ordinance among the bistate area's 116 communities that proposes a ban on smoking in all public places and any place of employment.
The tribal casino issue came up during a work session Wednesday sponsored by the regional agency to introduce area public officials to the proposal. Comments from hotel and restaurant representatives also were heard....
It also would apply to any workplace and all enclosed public places, ranking it among the most restrictive of the 1,700 local laws now on the books across the nation, according to a study by Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. The only full exception is private residences. Hotel and motel operators could designate up to 25 percent of their guest rooms for smoking.
officials discuss risks, ponder next move
By Chris O'Nan
A new study showing ventilation systems fail to reduce the effects of secondhand cigarette smoke carcinogens in restaurants and bars has caught the attention of local health and substance abuse officials.
About 20 health professionals met Tuesday at the Green River District Health Department to discuss ways to educate the public, a precursor to promoting the creation of public policy designed to reduce health risks of public smoking. Restaurant and bar owners have touted ventilation systems as an alternative to smoking bans...
Josh Alpert, program manager with Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights -- a California-based nonprofit agency that helps health officials promote public policy -- led the discussions. Alpert will meet with state health officials in Lexington later this week.
Alpert told officials here to first seek ways through an education campaign to change the way people think about smoking inside public places. Efforts to get elected officials to create laws prohibiting indoor public smoking are more effective when public support is strong, he said.
"Our goal is a social norm change," Alpert said. "We want people to be shocked at the idea of allowing smoking in a restaurant, just as they are now if it were allowed in another business or workplace.
"Fifty percent of the people out there who are nonsmokers don't even realize that secondhand smoke is a problem in their lives."
He said an education campaign could take one to 10 years to have the desired effect on the population. The time to approach elected leaders about making public policies is when "there is a buzz" in society -- when people are initiating conversations with officials about the health effects of secondhand smoke, he said.
The Delaware study was conducted by biophysicist James Repace, who spent 30 years as a federal researcher and first showed that secondhand smoke causes thousands of deaths from lung cancer each year.....
The study concluded that people who work in those establishments are exposed to greater levels of those pollutants than the government allows outdoors and that ventilation systems cannot exchange air fast enough to keep up with the smoke.
Alpert said the greatest risk is to employees who work six to eight hours in bars and restaurant smoking areas.
"Workers are the most exposed people out there," Alpert said. "We are not targeting smokers. We just want them to smoke in ways that do not harm other people."