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Mountain Brook considers ordinance to ban smoking in public
WVTM13 - July 31, 2016

If approved, the ordinance would restrict people from smoking in any enclosed public place, including a place of employment and residential facilities, and ...

CDC: Heart Disease on Decline-except in Alabama
Alabama News Network (press release) - March 22, 2016

... and economic conditions, dietary habits, public policies, opportunities for physical activity, promotion of smoke-free environments and access to health care.

Children's of Alabama, UAB get grant to help prevent kids from using tobacco
FOX6 WBRC-TV (Birmingham, AL) - March 17, 2016

Children's of Alabama and UAB are teaming up to help prevent kids from smoking e-cigarettes or using tobacco. The department of public health is giving an $80,000 grant to collect data on youth cigarette use in the Birmingham metro area. That informati...

E-cigarette use on the rise among youths
Dothan Eagle - March 13, 2016

Groups like Dothan High School's chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions are working toward that goal in activities planned around Kick Butts Day. Serin Baek, head of the chapter's tobacco committee, said the main goal on Wednesday is to raise ...

SGA resolution requests smoking-only areas on campus
The Flor-Ala (student newspaper of the University of North Alabama) - February 25, 2016

passed a resolution for the campus tobacco and smoking policy Feb. 11. After three long years of debate, the revision passed with a vote of 19-1. The revision suggests the university designate tobacco-only areas on campus.

Student government passes fair resolution
Flor-Ala (subscription) - February 25, 2016

If campus is completely smoke-free, that means the only place they could smoke is off campus. Students will not walk five minutes to smoke a cigarette that takes ...

Anniston City Council upholds decision to permit cigar bars
Anniston Star - February 16, 2016

The Anniston City Council on Monday upheld its December decision to allow cigar bars in the city. The vote comes almost two years after the council passed a strict no-smoking ordinance for the city.

SGA: Tobacco policy may be going up in smoke
Flor-Ala (subscription) - February 12, 2016

The Student Government Association passed a resolution for a revision of the campus tobacco policy with a 19-1 vote Feb. 11. The revision suggests officials designate certain tobacco-only zones on campus. The resolution states the UNA Police Department should penalize any student tobacco use outside these designated areas. "I'm very excited (the resolution) passed," said Chair of the Student Welfare Committee Mollie Schaefer. "I know that going totally smoke-free is the most healthy option, but that's not what the students wanted. I hope the executive council listens to us."

Anniston, Ala. Could Revoke Cigar Bar Exemption in Smoking Ban
halfwheel.com - February 5, 2016

The era of being able to light up in a cigar bar in Anniston, Ala. could soon come to an end, as the city council has asked the city attorney to draft a proposal ...

Anniston City Council updates animal control ordinance
Anniston Star - February 2, 2016

… Also during the meeting, all of the council except Reddick voted against lifting a ban on the use of e-cigarettes, also referred to as vaping, in public places. Reddick was also the only council member to vote to allow hookah bars in the city. Hookah bars allow patrons to smoke a substance called shisha, a syrupy tobacco substance, from communal pipes. Reddick had introduced both ordinances. He said the council should allow residents to open the businesses they want. "I don't think it's right to pass anything to infringe on someone's dream," Reddick said. In keeping with the no-smoking theme, the council voted to direct the city attorney to draft an ordinance to rescind a recently passed ordinance that allowed cigar bars in the city. Reddick voted against the motion while Jenkins abstained, saying his architecture firm was doing work for a proposed cigar bar in the city. …

Anniston to consider changes to smoking ordinance
Alabama's News Leader - February 1, 2016

Smoking an e-cigarette around town in Anniston may soon be allowed. Tonight, the city council will have it's first reading of an ordinance allowing e-cigarettes and adding one Hookah Bar within city limits.

Phillip Tutor: An awful idea for Anniston -- hookah bars
Anniston Star - January 29, 2016

David Reddick, the Anniston councilman, is right. Anniston has a strong no-smoking ordinance, but last month three council members OKd an exemption for cigar bars. He now wants that exemption broadened for others. Its basic logic. But David Reddick is also wrong. He wants that exemption to include hookah bars, which is an awful idea. By the way, Reddick also wants a public-place exemption for e-cigarettes. Well, thats dandy. That would please Annistons vapers. But this month, published studies have shown that e-cigs (a.) hinder the immune system; (b.) may cause long-term hearing loss; and (c.) are bad for teenagers, who are three times more likely to take up regular cigarettes within a year of starting to vape. Saying e-cigarettes arent harmful is like saying Jose Cuervo isnt alcohol. ...

Farewell Stillwater Pub: An epilogue
AL.com - January 28, 2016

Before the smoking ban was passed by the Birmingham City Council, Stillwater was the definition of a smoky bar. By midnight, every night, the place would fill ...

Anniston City Council talks about possible changes to smoking ordinance
Anniston Star - January 25, 2016

The Anniston City Council briefly discussed Monday loosening the city's ban on smoking in public places and allowing certain tobacco-based businesses. The two proposed ordinances, presented by Councilman David Reddick, would allow residents to smoke e-cigarettes in public places and permit the opening of hookah bars in the city. The proposals come about two years after the council passed its no-smoking ordinance and a month after it allowed cigar bars to operate in the city. …

Anchorage regs would levy fines, ban pot clubs
Juneau Empire (subscription) - January 19, 2016

The city already has an indoor smoking ban, but it has workarounds including private smoking clubs, the structure for which existing marijuana clubs already ...

SGA to conduct second student smoking survey
Flor-Ala (subscription) - January 14, 2016

The Student Government Association is reviewing the current Smoking and Tobacco Policy, and it might be going up in smoke. The Senate will suggest changes to university administration and the Shared Governance Executive Committee once they review the policy. SGA is considering suggesting a "smoke-free" campus. … The resolution would include all tobacco products defined in the Smoking and Tobacco Policy. This includes smokeless tobacco products such as snuff, e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco. …

Lyster Army Health Clinic moves towards tobacco-free campus
Dothan Eagle - January 14, 2016

Per Army Regulation 600-63, no later than May 8, all Army Medical Command entities will achieve full implementation of a tobacco-free campus. This regulation ...

Tuscaloosa municipal smoking ban goes into effect
WVTM13 - January4, 2016

Tuscaloosa municipal smoking ban goes into effect. Cigarettes ... a comment. A new year brings a big change for smokers employed with the city of Tuscaloosa.

Wind Creek Montgomery opens 123 luxury rooms
Casino City Times (press release) - December 21, 2015

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Montgomery (formerly Creek ... is home to more than 2,200 gaming machines and a non-smoking game room.

Study: More students are using e-cigarettes instead of smoking ...
WAAY - December 16, 2015

Vazquez and Amiri believe there could be serious long-term health effects from "vaping" and both discourage usage among current non-smokers. Dr. Amiri ...

Anniston City Council approves tax incentives for developer of former ...
Anniston Star - December 7, 2015

Passed an exemption to its anti-public smoking ordinance, allowing cigar bars in the city with certain restrictions. Accepted the resignations of four Anniston ...

MyView: Progress made against smoking in Birmingham
Weld for Birmingham (blog) - December 1, 2015

The other was an increase in the county's population protected by strong smoke-free policies. Tobacco is still arguably Public Health Enemy Number One; ...

Creek Casino Montgomery officially becomes Wind Creek Casino ...
World Casino Directory - December 1, 2015

The new gaming floor of the casino will have over 2,200 gaming machines as well as a gaming room that is non-smoking. Entertainment can be enjoyed at BB ...

Smoke-free campus needs heavy consideration
Flor-Ala November 19, 2015

The Student Government Association is currently working with the Department of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment to discuss results of a survey asking students to give their opinion on our smoking policy and a possible smoke-free campus. There are 1,130 smoke-free college campuses in the U.S., according to the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights. Over 24 college campuses (including community colleges) in Alabama are smoke-free, according to the organization.

UNA SGA conducts student smoking survey
Flor-Ala (subscription) - November 18, 2015

... in place," "I think the campus should be tobacco free (this includes ALL forms of tobacco, i.e., cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes, dip, chewing tobacco, etc.) .

Anniston leaders to vote on cigar bar exemption to city's smoking ban
Anniston Star - November 17, 2015

The council banned smoking in workplaces and public spaces in April 2013 on the ... Other nearby cities with smoking bans and cigar bar exemptions include ...

With "vaping" on the rise, UAH student hopes to increase awareness ...
UAH News (press release ) November 17, 2015

In fact, the use of electronic nicotine delivery devices - also known as vaporizers or e-cigarettes - has been steadily increasing over the last 10 years, with ...

Anniston City Council approves sales tax rebate for security training ...
Anniston Star - November 16, 2015

Had first reading on smoking ordinance amendment to allow for cigar bars in city limits.

Homewood amends smoking ordinance to include electronic ...
Birmingham Business Journal - November 10, 2015

The Homewood City Council on Monday unanimously decided to amend the city's smoking ordinance to include e-cigarettes. The decision follows concerns ...

Homewood City Council voting on new smoking ordinance Monday
WVTM13 - November 9, 2015

The Homewood City Council is expected to vote on a new smoking ordinance at its meeting on Monday. The proposed ordinance would take a stronger stance against e-cigarettes.

Alabama air study: Workers harmed in restaurants that allow smoking
TBO.com - October 31, 2015

Workers in a Florence restaurant that allow smoking are exposed to a greater amount harmful air particles than those working in non-smoking environments, ...

Study: Workers harmed in Florence restaurants that allow smoking
Florence (AL) Times Daily - October 29, 2015

Workers in Florence restaurants that allow smoking are exposed to harmful air particles at a 66 percent higher rate than those working in non-smoking restaurants, according to an air quality study performed this year by the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Council approves rezoning to property along Gadsden Hwy.
Trussvilletribune - October 27, 2015

Property owner Jo Ann Milam said at the first reading of the ordinance during the last ... Nothing in the ordinance changed as it pertains to where smoking and ...

Alabama locker room was 'a big cloud of smoke' after Tennessee win
AL.com - October 26, 2015

Bryant-Denny Stadium was hazy with smoke from fans celebrating the Third Saturday in October win with cigars. Fans were imitating a longstanding Alabama football team tradition of firing up cigars after a win against the Volunteers. It's technically ...

Concerns over teens using e-cigs grow in Shelby County
WVTM13 - October 19, 2015

"There's so much misconception about e-Cigarettes not being dangerous but in actuality they are very dangerous. They're marketing this to say this is a way help ...

Senate Dems want to increase smoking age to 21, here's what that could mean for Alabama
Yellowhammer News - October 16, 2015

Thanks to tobacco control measures like banning smoking in public places and placing warning labels on cigarette cartons, far fewer people smoke now than ...

Alabama's smoking age would go to 21 under Senate Democrat plan
AL.com - October 15, 2015

"By raising the minimum tobacco age of sale to 21 across the country, we can cut the number of new smokers each year; build a healthier, tobacco free America; ...

Hazy future for city smoking ban
Montgomery Advertiser - October 14, 2015

The future of Montgomery's proposed smoking ban is hazy since ordinance sponsor C.C. Calhoun lost his ... The controversies with banning tobacco are clear.

Mobile City Council extends smoking prohibition on city property
FOX10 News - October 13, 2015

... under the change. The council also passed a resolution asking the Mobile County Commission to declare Government Plaza to be a smoke free environment.

City of Homewood looking to revamp smoking ordinance
WTVM - October 8, 2015

A smoking ordinance in Homewood could see some changes. Homewood City Council President Bruce Limbaugh said the change would be an addition to the ...

Proposed ordinance could send vape shops up in smoke
WVTM13 - October 6, 2015

The city of Homewood is considering new and tougher laws against smoking ... Homewood is considering an ordinance to ban smoking inside his store on ...

Vaping: Teens transition from nicotine to marijuana
Alabama's News Leader - September 23, 2015

More cases related to e-cigs are being reported to the Children's of Alabama Regional Poison Control Center each year. There two cases in 2012, 16 in 2013, ...

Electronic cigarettes receive same regulations as smoking at UNA
Flor-Ala (subscription) - September 13, 2015

Regulations now exist for smoking electronic cigarettes, also called vaping, on campus. Vaping will not be allowed within 30 feet of entrances, exits, open windows and interconnected breezeways. The board of trustees revised the UNA Tobacco and Smoking Policy June 29 to put more emphasis on the terms tobacco product and smoking.

New smoking ban on University of Alabama campus includes Bryant-Denny Stadium
Tuscaloosa News (subscription) - September 12, 2015

As fans arrive on the University of Alabama campus today for the first home football game of the 2015 season, university officials plan to continue with a non-punitive approach to enforcing its smoke-free policy implemented at the start of the year. We expect the vast majority of people will comply with the policy as they do in most places that are designated as non-smoking," UA spokesman Chris Bryant ...

Dale County Schools ban electronic cigarettes
The Southeast Sun - September 2, 2015

Dale County Schools ban electronic cigarettes. ...

Letters to the editor
Montgomery Advertiser - August 20, 2015

This year, 3,280 people will die from lung cancer in Alabama alone, and many of those deaths could be prevented by passing effective smokefree laws.

Robertsdale adds e-cigarettes to smoking ban
Gulf Coast News Today - August 17, 2015

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama The City of Robertsdale has added substitute tobacco products to its ordinance banning smoking in work places and public places. The addition is in response to complaints involving e-cigarettes.

Vaping advocates protest proposed tax in Alabama, AL.com reports
Bayoubuzz - August 1, 2015

A proposed tax on e-cigarettes in Alabama will drive up costs, decrease revenue and force businesses to move out of state, industry leaders tell AL.com.

University of South Alabama now officially tobacco-free
AL.com - July 30, 2015

"Excuse me, you may not be aware, but University of South Alabama is a tobacco-free campus, meaning that tobacco products are prohibited on University of ...

Vapor shop owners planning to fight tax on e-cigarette liquid
AL.com - July 30, 2015

Businesses that sell vapor cigarettes are ready to fight Gov. Robert Bentley's proposal for a new tax on their products. The governor released his special session bills today, and they included a proposed tax of 25 cents per milliliter on the liquid ...

Poll shows Alabamians want to vote on gambling
WVTM13 - July 29, 2015

Robert Bentley to sign a compact with Native Americans to bring casino gambling to their facilities. The proposal is ... People are going to smoke. People are ...

Ex-park board chief integrated Birmingham parks; couldn't stop Bear ...
AL.com - July 24, 2015

So the park board put out an edict: no smoking on the field. ... Garrett went down on the field and told Bryant he couldn't smoke on the field. ... He was a coach and teacher at Gulf Coast Military Academy in 1949-50, and at Jones Valley High ...

Business owners oppose Bentley's proposal to tax e-cigarette, va ...
FOX6 WBRC - MyFoxAL.com - July 23, 2015

I'm 51 now and I'm smoke free for two years," Donnie Simpson said. A statewide petition with more than 10,000 signatures will reach legislators when they come ...

UAB revises on-campus smoking policy to address e-cigarettes, vaping
Alabama's News Leader - May 13, 2015

"Following review of faculty and staff requests for policy guidance to address the use of e-cigarettes and vaporizer pens on campus, such devices are now addressed in UAB's updated smoking policy.

Teens tackle top issues of concern
Gadsden Times - April 21, 2015

An issue that sparked a good bit of discussion was an ordinance proposed by ... Other ordinances considered establishing a teen center on weekends, the city ... smoking ordinance to allow e-cigarettes within 20 feet of business entrances.

Senate Judiciary Committee narrowly approves bill to allow ...
The Republic - April 22, 2015

"This is not about a smoke-fest. ... Military veteran Joe Whittington, of Montgomery, Ala., shouts his argument in favor of medicinal marijuana legalization towards the ... "There is not one medication that doctors dose by smoking," Murphy said.

University of South Alabama sets date to become smoke-free
AL.com - April 17, 2015

The University of South Alabama will become a smoke-free campus on August 1, according to school officials. ... The policy covers all forms of tobacco, including smokeless (chew or dip) and e-cigarettes. The previous rule was that tobacco could not be used within 25-feet of any campus building. ...

Podcast: Right to smoke vs right to breathe [AUDIO]
Montgomery Advertiser - April 9, 2015

District 5 Councilman C.C. Calhoun discusses a proposed smoking ordinance that, if passed, would ban smoking in most public spaces in the city of Montgomery. The ordinance, which was tabled by the Montgomery City Council back in February, is currently in committee. Calhoun hopes to move it back to the council for a vote in a few months.

Leaders mull e-cig ban: Would apply to students, staff and all visitors
Sand Mountain Reporter - April 6, 2015

The Marshall County Board of Education discussed a smoking policy to include banning electronic cigarettes during its meeting Thursday. The board proposed ..

County rankings reveal health care disparity
Times Daily - March 30, 2015

Melanie Dickens, a tobacco prevention educator in north Alabama, said statistics and research show a correlation between lower socioeconomic status and a higher rate of smoking. She also said municipalities that have smoke-free ordinances report better health than communities without such protections. Locally, only Florence has an ordinance that controls smoking in businesses.

Heflin weighs limits on vaping in public buildings
Anniston Star - March 27, 2015

E-cigarettes, a type of personal vaporizer, uses a battery-powered heating element to heat a liquid containing nicotine and other substances when the user ...

New legislation could hurt e-cigarette biz in Alabama (Video)
Birmingham Business Journal - March 18, 2015

(March 18) Vulcan Vape co-owners Jake Waitzman and Wes McDonald discuss the possibility of new legislation that could raise the price of e-cigarette liquid ...

LBWCC to take '1Day Stand'
Greenvilleadvocate - March 16, 2015

Supported by the Fresh Air Campus Challenge and Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative Challenge (TFCCIC), LBWCC is one of many colleges and ...

Tuscaloosa County Schools ban electronic cigarettes
AL.com - March 10, 2015

All electronic cigarettes and medically non-prescribed vaporizers are now banned at Tuscaloosa County Schools. The Board of Education ratified the changes to ...

Smoking ordinance questioned after diner patron sees folks light up
WAFF - December 4, 2014

Many would be surprised some restaurants still have a smoking section. ... These days smoking is banned in a majority of public places, especially state, county ...

Madison City Council snuffs out e-cigarette use in city buildings and facilities
whnt.com - November 25, 2014

MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) Madison City Council unanimously voted to ban the use of e-cigarettes in all city-owned buildings Monday. The move comes as the smoking alternatives popularity continues to grow.

American Cancer Society calls for strong AL tobacco control legislation
FOX6 WBRC - MyFoxAL.com - November 19, 2014

Legislation recommended by the group includes comprehensive smoke-free workplace laws, an increase in excise taxes and an increase in state funding for ...

Smoking Ban
WVAS - November 19, 2014

Ashley Lyerly, chairperson of the smoke free Montgomery Coalition, sees no problem with such a ban. The anti-tobacco ordinance will be reviewed by the City ...

Campus needs better sanctions
The Crimson While - November 18, 2014

The University announced two weeks ago that our campus would be smoke-free starting in 2015. This ban will apply to all indoor or outdoor spaces on university ...

Counties Assess Storm Damage
WVAS - November 18, 2014

The debate over a city-wide smoking ban in Montgomery has begun in earnest. ... The anti-smoking proposal is being pushed by City Councilman C.C. Calhoun.

City council members hear pros, cons of smoking ban
Montgomery Advertiser - November 17, 2014

The subcommittee took no votes on the ordinance, and city council members made it clear to both sides that the text of the measure would change. Councilman C.C. Calhoun, the sponsor of the ordinance, said after the meeting that changes would include ...

Surveys to influence possible on-campus smoking ban
The Vanguard - November 17, 2014

On Nov. 3 university students, faculty and staff began receiving invitations via email to participate in a survey meant to gauge support for possible changes to Souths campus tobacco/nicotine policy, which currently prohibits smoking inside, and within 25 feet of, any facilities owned or leased by the University. As noted in the survey, the University of South Alabama is considering replacing the current policy with one making all academic campuses 100 percent tobacco/nicotine free. Along with cigarettes, chewing tobacco and snuff, the new policy could potentially also include e-cigarettes ...

Lung cancer is decimating Alabama
Yellowhammer News - November 12, 2014

Electronic cigarettes are banned, too. In addition to smoking bans, some states are piling on the "sin taxes" to discourage tobacco use. The five states with the ...

KALB, mayor show butts in downtown Athens
News Courier - November 5, 2014

KALB Executive Coordinator Lynne Hart, right, and Leigh Patterson of KALB display the oversize cigarette butts they created for a campaign aimed at putting a ...

UA bans smoking on campus
The Crimson White (University of Alabama) - November 5, 2014

The University of Alabama will become smoke-free effective Jan. 1, 2015 . An emailed statement sent to students Tuesday said "smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, will be prohibited in all facilities, grounds and parking areas on the UA campus."

Editorial: No more stale ideas from Montgomery
Anniston Star - November 5, 2014

... and the president signs a law allowing Alabama to collect sales tax on online ... Band of Creek Indians to expand gambling at the tribe's casinos in exchange ...

Montgomery, Ala. Starts Process of Enacting Smoking Ban
halfwheel.com - November 4, 2014

A smoking ban is on the agenda for the Montgomery City Council tonight, but the proposal's sponsor doesn't seem to think it will reach a vote as there seems to ...

Election Day Races
WVAS - November 4, 2014

A Montgomery city councilman is sponsoring an ordinance that would impose a citywide ban on smoking. City Councilman C.C. Calhoun is expected to ...

Proposed city smoking ban to get second look
Montgomery Advertiser - November 3, 2014

Changes likely will be made to a proposed citywide ban on smoking in Montgomery, the mayor and city council members said. A proposed ordinance currently would ban smoking in all enclosed public places, including bars and private clubs.

Montgomery needs a smoke-free ordinance
Montgomery Advertiser - October 31, 2014

A new study suggests that Alabama is one of 10 states where people are most likely to smoke themselves to death. I know this because I see it every day. In Alabama alone, $238 million is spent by Medicaid on smoking-related illnesses ... ordinances protecting communities from the dangers of secondhand smoke...

Everything you need to know if you're going to the 2014 Greater Gulf ...
Press-Register - al.com - October 21, 2014

Handicapped parking is available immediately in front of the main entrance. Smoking: The 2014 fair is a non-smoking event. Electronic cigarettes are permitted.

Politicians mostly mute when asked about looming Alabama budget ...
Anniston Star - October 18, 2014

But smokers are increasingly turning to electronic cigarettes, which aren't subject to the same tax. Dial isn't ready to endorse the e-cigarette tax, but he said that ...

Editorial: Anniston's wise decision about smoking
Anniston Star - October 15, 2014

Last year, the Anniston City Council approved an ordinance that banned smoking in workplaces and public places. Some people howled. A few bar and ...

Gov. Bentley appears leaning toward striking deal with Poarch ...
AL.com - October 14, 2014

Federal law governs Indian land and federal law allows recognized tribes to operate casinos free of state taxes. Tribes in other states, such as the Seminoles in ...

Opelika council amends smoking ordinance
Opelika Auburn News - October 8, 2014

The council passed two amendments to the city's smoking ordinance which primarily dealt with where smoking would not be allowed. The first amendment ...

Should Pelham ban smoking at workplaces? One group is pushing ...
AL.com - October 7, 2014

A group of residents and business owners in Pelham want to see the city enact a smoke-free ordinance for workplaces. …

JefCoEd considering tobacco, sex offender policy changes
Trussvilletribune - October 3, 2014

JEFFERSON COUNTY - The Jefferson County Board of Education is considering changing its tobacco policy to prohibit e-cigarettes and vaping devices, and ...

Could smoking ban come to Pelham? [VIDEO]
Alabama's News Leader September 30, 2014

A cancer surviver will among the people asking the Pelham city council tonight to re-consider a smoking ban. "As much as we want to welcome (non-smokers) and have them come here. It's their choice whether they want to come here or not." The Pelham city council is ...

Tuskegee University becomes tobacco-free campus
WSFA - September 29, 2014

TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) - Tuskegee University is joining the more than 1,300 colleges and universities around the country who have already declared their campus 'smoke free'. The private university in Macon County enacted a Tobacco Free Policy in September and says it applies to its entire university community including contractors, vendors, recruits and visitors. All forms of smoking, tobacco products, e-cigarettes, water pipes and vapor devices are covered under the policy and the ban extends to all university-controlled areas.

Pelham cancer patient hopes to make the city smoke free
Alabama's News Leader - September 26, 2014

With several community partners - including the American Cancer Society, Tina and Gerald hope the Pelham City Council will create a smoking ordinance.

AL sees rise of nicotine poisoning alongside e-cig popularity
WSFA - September 22, 2014

e-Cigarettes contain no carcinogens, just nicotine. It's one of the many reasons their popularity has soared. But that popularity is also the reason the Alabama ...

Fairfield city councilor calling for investigation into police department
WIAT 42 - September 6, 2014

A council meeting was scheduled for Friday afternoon to decide on a smoking ordinance. While the issue had to be tabled for a later date, that didn't stop .

Health Department urges Fairfield not to weaken it's smoking ...
Alabama's News Leader - September 2, 2014

He says if the ordinance is weakened at bars and hotels, non-smokers will be subjected to harmful second hand smoke and fumes in fabrics. Fairfield residents ...

Boaz Schools ban e-cigarettes
Sand Mountain - August 22, 2014

Electronic cigarettes may be the hottest trend out there and the futuristic characteristics of the pen-shaped devices are attractive to students looking to be hip.

The Truth About Vaping
CullmanSense - August 21, 2014

CULLMAN - No ash, no tar, no second hand smoke and no smell are just a few of the obvious benefits of vaping. Some claim that electronic cigarettes are a ...

Daphne bans vaping in city facilities, approves zoning change
Gulf Coast News Today - August 19, 2014

The city council voted 6-1 in favor of banning vaping or e-cigarette use in city buildings ... and replaced it with one that includes the ban on vaping in city facilities. "The only thing we did to the smoking ordinance is we said that in city buildings, ...

Decatur School Board Says No To E-Cigs
whnt.com - July 28, 2014

An electronic cigarette, known as an e-cig, is a device that simulates smoking ... from the public, and make the final vote to ban electronic cigarettes in a month.

Hottest Weekend of the Year Fest; More Downtown Bars Go Non ...
whnt.com - July 24, 2014

With Kaffeeklatch, Voodoo Lounge and The Bottle first, and Humphrey's recently, many downtown bars and restaurants have gone non-smoking. The trend in ...

Huntsville leaders monitor e-cigarette trend
WAFF - July 22, 2014

The popularity of an alternative to traditional smoking is booming. ... He said citywide bans or restrictions will be considered, but not before they get educated.

ID, please: Mobile ordinance prohibits sale of e-cigarettes, vapor ...
al.com - July 22, 2014

MOBILE, Alabama – It's not uncommon for Mary Jo Martino and other non-smoking youths in Mobile to go out on a weekend night and see their peers puffing on ...

Mobile to consider an end to water vapor, hookah and e-cigarette sales to minors
al.com-by John Sharp - July 17, 2014

For instance, the city of Troy banned smoking of any kind from taking place ... The CDC reports that water vapor smoking delivers nicotine, the same highly ...

Taking Action: answers on hospital cigarette litter quandary
whnt.com - July 17, 2014

“There a $30,000 fence over there to basically keep people from smoking on our ... Ingram suggests the city adopt an ordinance than would ban smoking with ...

Decatur City Schools Considers Banning E-Cigarettes
Alabama's News Leader - July 16, 2014

Decatur, Ala._ Decatur City Schools is considering a ban on e-cigarettes. School Board leaders could vote on a proposal that would ban the electronic device at ...

Lunch hour alongside Big Spring: Much of the smoke was from fire ...
The Huntsville Times - July 11, 2014

It wasn't so much that I was anti-smoking as that I had insulted the vaporizers and e-cigarettes, first by simply labeling them as "fake cigarettes" and secondly by ..

Vaping ordinance gets makeover
FOX10 News - Mobile - July 9, 2014

Originally the City of Daphne was going to equate vaping with tobacco cigarette smoking, which would ban vaping in all city parks, buildings, cars, and 20 feet ...

Popular downtown Huntsville bar going smoke-free
WAAY - July 8, 2014

I guess they have made the decision of who is wanted and who isn't. I hope they can make it as a bar in Huntsville serving ice cream to children of non - smokers ...

Top 9@Nine for July 8th, 2014
Fox 54 - July 8, 2014

E-cigarettes won't be allowed either. 3. Military vets had a chance to look for jobs Tuesday at the "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair at the Von Braun Center. The event ...

The Alabaster City Council is considering a moratorium on some businesses
Alabaster Reporter - July 7, 2014

Pelhams moratorium, which was passed in June and is effective for a year, applies to a wide range of businesses, including payday loans, car title loans, check cashing, gold and silver brokers, tattoo parlors, pawn shops, vape shops, tobacco shops and used automobile sales establishments. ...

Smoking bans trending in downtown restaurants, but not all eliminate vaping [VIDEO]
whnt.com - July 7, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) Humphreys Bar & Grill in Huntsville is the fourth downtown establishment to ban smoking in the last nine months. After a month-long social media poll, the owners decided to kick the habit in the restaurant and on the patio. We just felt like it was a sign of the times and we wanted the majority of the people to be heard, said Humphreys manager Becky Vibbart. We saw an increase in our sales, said McDonald. We had new customers, new guests I should say, that came in and thanked us for going non-smoking that theyve been wanting to come in, but they just cant tolerate the smoke and they will not. Humphreys also wont tolerate electronic cigarettes.

The debate continues: AL.com readers divided about e-cigarette use ...
al.com - July 1, 2014

An AL.com story posted last Friday about e-cigarettes prompted a passionate discussion about the alternative smoking devices and whether they should be allowed inside public places and businesses that ban traditional smoking.

Taking Action: Smoking in a smoke-free hospital [VIDEO]
whnt.com June 30, 2014

FLORENCE, Ala (WHNT) It`s a habit that's causing Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital problems. Florence resident Joe Kelly informed us about an issue he has ...

Talking trash: City officials talk about changes to Mobile's litter ordinance ...
al.com - June 26, 2014

The city, in an effort to keep litter from its waterways and causing further problems with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, has focused on several key changes within the ordinance. They include: Requiring litter receptacles, including cigarette receptacles, to be placed at entrances of commercial businesses, employee smoking areas and common pedestrian transition points.

Daphne to restrict e-cigarette use? [VIDEO]
FOX10 News - Mobile - June 24, 2014

One eastern shore city may be the next in line to outlaw the use of e-cigarettes or vaping in some public places. Daphnes ordinance committee is looking into ammending the citys existing smoking ordinance to include a ban on e-cigarettes.

LETTER: Dictating to businesses
Gadsden Times - June 20, 2014

I was reading the June 6 paper and what did I find? A third meeting by the Gadsden City Council to get the language right in the smoking ordinance. I find it ludicrous that a group of city officials think they can dictate to privately owned businesses what they can or cannot do in privately owned buildings.

Complaints prompt Daphne to look at ban on e-cigarettes in city facilities
The Huntsville Times - June 19, 2014

DAPHNE, Alabama -- Following up on complaints about e-cigarette use at the city's public facilities, such as the civic center, officials are looking into banning those devices in some areas. In what's fast becoming a trend of public health concern in cities in Baldwin County, Daphne's ordinance committee is reviewing proposed changes to the city's 2008 smoking ordinance. In a more sweeping set of restrictions, the Foley City Council on Monday approved a ban on e-cigarettes and similar devices in all public facilities and workplaces. A similar prohibition is being considered in Orange Beach but a vote was postponed until later this year.

Foley approves ban on e-cigarette use in public places and workplaces
al.com - June 18, 2014

FOLEY, Alabama -- The council has officially banned the use of electronic cigarettes and other alternative smoking devices in public places and places of employment in the city. According to Foley Mayor John Koniar, the council on Monday night approved a second reading of the amendment to the City of Foley Smokefree Air Act of 2006.

Pelham issues one-year moratorium on new payday loan, pawn ...
al.com - June 16, 2014

Declaring them "detrimental" to development, the Pelham City Council tonight issued a one-year moratorium on payday and title loan businesses, check-cashing establishments, pawn shops and certain other business types. The council's resolution specifically lists "payday loan, car title loan, check cashing, gold and silver brokers, tattoo parlor, pawn shop, vape shop, tobacco shop and used automobile sales businesses."

Gadsden says goodbye to smoking
WIAT 42 - June 12, 2014

GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) Bars and night clubs in Gadsden are about to go smoke free. Starting next January, smokers will have to go at least 20 feet away from ...

Gadsden council OKs 'smoke free air' ordinance
Gadsden Times - June 10, 2014

The Gadsden City Council passed a new anti-smoking ordinance Tuesday but delayed its implementation until Jan. 1, when new business licenses are issued.

Orange Beach backing off e-cigarette restrictions, for now
al.com - June 6, 2014

The Orange Beach City Council has decided to postpone a vote on implementing restrictions on e-cigarettes and other alternative smoking devices, in public ...

Gadsden councilors tweak proposed smoking ban
MyFoxAL - June 5, 2014

There are some changes in a proposed smoking ban that would affect much of ... The proposal banning smoking inside all public buildings, even bars, has been ...

Council to vote Tuesday on smoking ordinance
Gadsden Times - June 5, 2014

The Gadsden City Council's Public Safety Committee on Thursday made some changes to the city's proposed Smoke Free Air Ordinance, sending it back to the ...

Orange Beach debate on banning e-cigarettes, alternative smoking ...
al.com – May 30, 2014

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, the following Alabama municipalities prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in non-hospitality workplaces, ...

OUR VIEW: Seeking fairness on smoking ordinance
Gadsden Times - May 29, 2014

...cities and counties always have had the right to impose conditions and stipulations on commerce conducted within their boundaries, especially when there's a compelling public interest involved. Those conditions often change over time, and businesses have...

Council hears pros and cons on smoking ordinance
Gadsden Times - May 28, 2014

The Gadsden City Council on Tuesday heard arguments for and against a proposed ordinance that would further limit smoking in public places in the city. It then sent the ordinance back to committee for further review.

Gadsden City Council tables smoke-free ordinance after public comments
al.com - May 27, 2014

GADSDEN, Alabama --It's back to the drawing board for the City of Gadsden's proposed smoke-free ordinance. After almost an hour of public comments this morning, the council withdrew the ordinance, which was scheduled to have its first reading today. Instead, the council sent the measure back to its Public Safety Committee for more tweaking, members said.

Vote on e-cigarette ban postponed in Orange Beach
The Huntsville Times - al.com (blog) - May 22, 2014

The targeted devices would include e-cigarettes, hookahs or other electronic products that use a battery or element to heat a liquid to produce a vapor of nicotine ..

Report claims disproportionate impact of anti-smoker hiring policies ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - May 21, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama A group of professors say a policy blocking health systems from hiring smokers may have a disproportionate impact on certain ...

Smokers hiring bans ignite debate, readers get fired up
al.com (blog) - May 21, 2014

A story about a research article making the case that smoking hiring bans are discriminatory sparked a healthy debate with more than 100 comments on AL.com today.

Gadsden residents can share thoughts on proposed smoking ban May
MyFoxAL - May 20, 2014

At the May 27 city council meeting, residents can share their opinions about the ordinance that could ban smoking in most public places, including bars, ...

Hospitals like UAB should not exclude smokers from employment ...
al.com (blog) - May 20, 2014

But the problem with smoker bans at healthcare institutions, a trio of professors ... "The message actually conveyed by an employee smoker ban to smokers is ...

Decatur City School Board approves employee cuts and policy changes
WAAY - May 19, 2014

DECATUR, Ala. Another policy change includes banning electronic cigarettes on any school campus. The new policy changes take effect next school year.

From smoking to heroin to picking up dog poop - how do we make ...
al.com (blog)-by Mike Oliver - May 15, 2014

Among the influential public health initiatives connected to that strategic planning were smoke-free ordinances in five cities including Birmingham and the Red ...

Poll results: Say 'no' to banning e-cigarettes in public places in Orange Beach
al.com (blog) - May 13, 2014

By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, AL.com readers are opposed to a proposal by the Orange Beach City Council to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in public places. Out of 480 votes on an AL.com readers' poll, 308 -- or 64.17 percent -- were against the city modifying its existing smoking ordinance to include "alternative smoking devices," such as hookahs, e-cigarettes or any other electronic device that typically uses a battery and a heating element to produce a vapor of nicotine with other chemicals and flavorings.

Gadsden considering stronger anti-smoking ordinance
Gadsden Times - May 13, 2014

The proposed City of Gadsden Smoke Free Air Ordinance will prohibit smoking within 20 feet of buildings and in bars, restaurants and other public places. It does, however, carve out an exemption for cigar bars, despite smoke-free advocates pushing for a complete ban...

Orange Beach Considers E-Cigarette Ban [VIDEO]
WKRG-TV - May 12, 2014

Councilman Jerry Johnson says until there's more research or regulation on e-cigarettes, the devices should be considered potentially dangerous and should be ...

E-cigarettes catching on among prisoners in some Alabama jails
The Tribune - May 12, 2014

FLORENCE, Alabama Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said cigarettes always have been smuggled to inmates in jail. He's hoping that will change, ...

Take the 'Community Matters 20/20' survey and help analyze health ...
al.com - May 9, 2014

Local colleges and universities have prohibited the distribution of tobacco ... Jefferson County has adopted "SmartCode" zoning to promote development that is ...

Gadsden City Council working on new smoke-free ordinance
Gadsden Times - April 30, 2014

The Gadsden City Council is working on an ordinance that would ban indoor smoking in all public places within the city limits. The new rules were discussed Tuesday morning at a meeting of the councils Public Safety Committee. The ordinance would replace one passed in 2007 by the City Council and would be known as the City of Gadsden Smoke Free Air Ordinance.

John Archibald
WBHM - April 17, 2014

... bankruptcy hearing, looming Jefferson County layoffs, a proposal to term limit the Birmingham mayor and a packed room at a public hearing on a smoking ban ...

Youth Council approaches Mobile City Council with e-cigarette ...
Press-Register - al.com (blog)-by John Sharp - April 9, 2014

And more underage users are smoking hookahs, e-cigarettes and vapor sticks at ... the state's indoor smoking ban is allowed only for a "tobacco specialty store.

Mobile City Council meeting - Live updates; Downtown ...
al.com (blog) - April 8, 2014

9:13 a.m. - Just a note, there will be a Youth Council meeting this afternoon after the regular council meeting. A group of youths want to push the city for some kind of regulation against electronic cigarettes.

Rise in E-cigs leading to more calls, involving children, to poison ...
CBS42 - April 5, 2014

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (WIAT) The growing popularity of E-cigarettes have caused a sharp rise in emergency calls, according to the CDC. And more than half of ...

In which Alabama county are you most likely to die early -- or live ...
al.com (blog) - April 4, 2014

Heisel cited factors such as smoking rates, access to medical care and diet in ... can enact policies that will lengthen lives, such as banning smoking, he said.

Ala. poison control says e-cigarette liquid poisonings are on the rise
WSLS - April 1, 2014

The substance can be found inside of e-cigarettes and refill bottles. "More and more people are using them. As something comes into the home, more likely a ...

Vaping' Community Gathers for Bimonthly Meet in Madison
whnt.com - March 31, 2014

MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) The electronic cigarette and vaporizer craze continues to grow here in North Alabama. Its not an FDA approved way to quit smoking cigarettes, but it is an alternative. Its also one that so many people are taking advantage of, that its becoming more than just a trend. Its about holding each other accountable.

Husband of former Madison County employee indicted in theft ...
al.com (blog)-by Paul Huggins - March 21, 2014

Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong wants ban smoking anywhere on the courthouse grounds and other county government properties and ...

Nick's Ristorante: Where there's (cigar) smoke there's (fine dining ...
The Huntsville Times - al.com - March 21, 2014

Even though the dining room is smoke free, in the past you had to walk ... to use the restrooms at Nick's, although the ventilation system makes this not as bad as ...

Madison County property, judicial records moving into digital age ...
al.com (blog)-by Paul Huggins - March 19, 2014

Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong wants ban smoking anywhere on the courthouse grounds and other county government properties and ...

Jacksonville school board finalizes contract with architects for new ...
Anniston Star - March 17, 2014

The council plans to vote on Monday concerning an ordinance to give the ... and the board decided to amend the policy to keep the new smoking devices off the ...

Smoking should not be allowed in public places (Your View)
The Huntsville Times - March 17, 2014

I want to urge all adult men and women to call or write letters to your state senator and state house representative to urge them to support legislation being sponsored by State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures that would ban smoking in all public places and places of employment here in Alabama.

Editorial: Lawmakers stub out smoking ban -- again
Dothan Eagle - March 14, 2014

Vivian Davis Figures has introduced legislation that would enact a statewide smoking ban which would augment the state's Clean Air Act banning smoking from ...

Alabama House Health Committee kills bill to restrict smoking in workplaces
The Huntsville Times - al.com (blog) - March 12, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Alabama Legislation to ban smoking in many Alabama businesses has died. The bill by Democratic Sen. Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile failed in the House Health Committee 4-7 Wednesday. The government relations director of the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network, ...

Expand coverage of smoke-free bill
Times Daily - March 12, 2014

A current bill in the Alabama state Senate, sponsored by Sen. Vivian Figures, is intended to protect Alabama workers from secondhand smoke, but it would leave too many Alabamians at risk. This bill would not protect employees and patrons in bars and private clubs. The bill would also exempt e-cigarettes, which have not been proven to be safe.

Explosive e-cigarette growth prompts vapor shop business boom ...
al.com - February 28, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Before he tried electronic cigarettes, it wasn't unusual to see Twickenham Vapor founder Bryan Bentley carrying both an asthma ...

The health risks of e-cigarettes? No one knows for sure, but experts ...
al.com (blog)-by Lee Roop - February 28, 2014

E-cigarettes are a multiple health challenge, according to an Alabama public health official. First and foremost, there's the question of whether they're physically ..

Hardy Jackson: Smoke smoke smoke
Anniston (AL) Star - February 27, 2014

Today I am finding that smoking folks I had known over the years are experiencing all sorts of smoking-related health problems. I hate it for my friends and their families. I also hate it for Alabama, for they are contributing to the $1.6 billion tobacco-...

Senate opposes smoke-free campus proposal
The Samford Crimson - February 26, 2014

Samfords administration is considering a ban on on-campus smoking, but the Student Government Associations senators have voted overwhelmingly against the idea. Garry Atkins, assistant dean for student services and values advocacy, submitted the proposal for Senate consideration earlier this semester. Senators discussed the proposal at length during their Feb. 4 meeting and took a vote on Feb. 18. The final vote showed four senators supported the measure and 31 opposed it, with three senators absent and two abstaining from the vote.

Students relax with hookah
The Crimson White - February 20, 2014

The Blue Caterpillar Hookah Lounge on the Strip offers five different brands of flavored tobacco. ... When it comes to cigarettes, Abdelraouf said “absolutely not.

No Smoking? Could Sixteenth Time be The Charm?
wwntradio - February 12, 2014

It would allow smoking in bars, private clubs, and retail tobacco shops. ... Senator Figures has proposed smoking ban bills in the Senate all 16 years she has ...

Smoking ban bill heads back to the House
Dothan First - February 12, 2014

A bill passed by the Senate to ban smoking in public places rests once again in the ... The Senate has passed yet another bill banning smoking in public places ..

Smoking restrictions approved by Alabama Senate
Tuscaloosa News (subscription) - February 12, 2014

MONTGOMERY | The Alabama Senate has again passed a bill to ban smoking in many workplaces and businesses. Democratic Sen. Vivian Davis Figures guided her bill through the Senate on a 21-8 vote Tuesday. Figures has passed similar legislation in the Senate before, only to have it die in the House. Figures is uncertain how it will fare in the House this time.

Tracking the 2014 session: Senate passes Smoke-Free Air Act
al.com (blog) - February 11, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Alabama --- Smokers could not light up in public places and workplaces, with some exceptions, under a bill that cleared the Alabama Senate on Tuesday. The bill goes to the House.

E-cigarettes gaining popularity
CBS42 - February 6, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – If it looks like a cigarette and smells like a cigarette, it actually might not be a cigarette. Thousands of people across the country are ...

AL pharmacy stopped tobacco sales 20 years before CVS
WSFA 12 (Montgomery, AL) - February 6, 2014

Mike Vinson is the co-owner of Adams Drugs locations throughout the River Region. He says his stores stopped selling cigarettes on Nov. 1, 1994. Vincent said the decision came with a high price tag for his business. "It was about a $700,000 a year...

University tapers the vapor
The Auburn Plainsman - January 31, 2014

Auburn's smoke-free campus was initiated Aug., 21, 2013, but a recent reminder about electronic cigarettes being included in the ban has some students and ...

Oxford school board bans electronic cigarettes
Anniston Star - January 21, 2014

The Oxford Board of Education voted Tuesday to add the ban on electronic ... and/or use of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, smoking paraphernalia or ...

Electronic cigarette store opening in Weaver
Anniston Star - January 19, 2014

Electronic cigarettes typically consist of a tank or chamber, into which the user can put vaporizing liquids that come in a variety of flavors and usually contain ...

DCH goes smoke-free Jan. 1
Tuscaloosa News - December 31, 2013

Starting Wednesday, tobacco use will be banned at all DCH Health System properties, including DCH Regional Medical Center, Northport Medical Center, Fayette Medical Center and Pickens County Medical Center. ...

Another downtown Huntsville bar, music venue going cold turkey with indoor smoking ban (poll)
al.com - December 31, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama If you like to smoke and drink at the same time, this evening marks the final night Voodoo Lounge Bar & Grill in downtown Huntsville will allow you to light up inside. ...

SAMC to go completely smoke-free
Dothan (AL) Eagle - December 13, 2013

Southeast Alabama Medical Center will start the new year smoke-free. And like giving up an addiction, it’s not expected to be easy.

Could Smoking Bans or Technology Advances Help Reduce Smoke in Casinos?
al.com - December 9, 2013

It's no secret that secondhand smoke can be harmful, particularly in casinos which are often exempt from smoking bans. It also doesn't help that Alabama is one of the worst states for non-smokers as noted by CBS News. While any indoor smoking can impact workers and patrons, casinos provide a good example of its impact and how it could be addressed. While smoking bans are one solution, the tobacco industry is making strides towards safer, healthier and more stylish options for smokers which could be beneficial and desirable to casinos as long as they allow them to be used. Vaporization (description from an industry perspective at the linked site) is becoming more common. Devices that resemble mainstream gadgets such as the iPod (one of which is the Arizer Solo which filters out smoke and carcinogens but still delivers nicotine) could reduce the need for cigarettes while also appearing "upscale." Tobacco-infused drinks are also gaining popularity in restaurants -- perfect for a casino environment. Tobacco giants like Reynolds American are also developing healthier devices. By offering alternatives to smoking bans, casinos can help mitigate concerns about losing business and causing problems for employees. Customers also benefit from healthier smoking alternatives and reduced secondhand smoke. It's up to businesses and customers to make it happen.

Chickasaw Passes Smoking Ban
WPMI Local 15 News - November 27, 2013

Chickasaw Passes Smoking Ban ... passed an ordinance banning smoking in public and work places, including restaurants, bars, ballparks and playgrounds.

Alabama last SEC school without campus smoking ban
The University of Alabama Crimson White - November 25, 2013

With The University of Alabama standing as the last SEC school without a smoking ban on campus, UA students are stepping up to voice their opinions on the ...

Is Enforcement of Mobile's Smoking Law Too Lax?
WKRG-TV - November 22, 2013

The smoking ban prohibits smoking inside most restaurants, outside eating areas until 8pm and even downtown sidewalks. People are also banned from ...

UNA Senate fails to pass smoke-free campus resolution
Flor-Ala (subscription) - November 22, 2013

The Smoke-Free UNA resolution failed with 15 nays, nine ayes and one ... Over 792 universities and community colleges are smoke-free in the United States, ...

Alabama makes list of states where residents are most likely to ...
The Birmingham News - October 29, 2013

It's no secret that Alabama has its fair share of smokers. While the health risks related to smoking are common knowledge these days, the sight of someone lighting up a cigarette, whether in a private place or a public area, is not rare in the Heart of Dixie. Perhaps we should be paying more attention to those warnings though? A new study suggests that Alabama is one of 10 states where people are most likely to smoke themselves to death.

Alabama A&M will become smoke-free campus in 2014
al.com (blog) - October 25, 2013

Alabama A&M University will soon become part of a national trend to outlaw smoking on campus. The school's board of trustees today approved a campus-wide smoke-free policy that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. The use of smokeless tobacco products and electronic cigarettes is limited to outdoor spaces at least 25 feet from an entrance.

Madison County commissioners wary of Chairman Dale Strong's smoking ban, health fines for county employees
al.com (blog) - October 25, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Health was hot topic during a two-hour work session where the Madison County Commission debated banning tobacco from workplaces and installing stiff fines for employees who skipped free health screenings.

SGA petition could ban smoking on UNA's campus
Flor-Ala (subscription) - October 24, 2013

Throughout the month of October, SGA senators have been passing around a smoke-free campus petition for students to sign. If passed by Senate, the smoke-free campus petition would require a no-cigarette smoking rule on campus. ...

Council passes smoking ordinance
Daily Mountain Eagle - October 23, 2013

The ordinance requires that “No Smoking” signs be prominently posted in all ... The penalty for violating the ordinance is a minimum fine of $25 and court cost.

DCH hospitals to go tobacco free Jan. 1
FOX6 WBRC-TV (Birmingham, AL) - October 14, 2013

DCH Health System hospitals will be tobacco free in 2014. The hospital's Director of Employee Health says they have a responsibility to ensure a healthy environment for employees and patients.

SGA senators discuss smoking surveys, campus activities
Flor-Ala (subscription) - October 10, 2013

During last weeks meeting, the senators of the Student Government Association reviewed the results of a recent survey that may result in future legislation to make the campus tobacco-free. The senate will also be giving input into the hiring of new officers for the university police force. ...

Clarifying support for smoking ban on campus
The University of Alabama Crimson White-September 25, 2013

On Aug. 21, The Crimson White published an article by Andy McWhorter titled "University considers smoking ban; other Alabama schools lead the way.

Speak Out: Time Alabama was smoke-free
Anniston Star - September 22, 2013

I am a longtime Republican conservative and business owner here in Illinois. I can vouch to everyone in Alabama that our 6-year-old comprehensive statewide ...

Donald E Williamson Protect our workers from secondhand smoke
Anniston (AL) Star - September 15, 2013

As state health officer, I applaud the progress that has been made in reducing exposure to
secondhand smoke and encourage communities to continue to expand protections to nonsmokers. ...

Auburn's smoking ban, fresh air or just a drag?
The Auburn Plainsman - September 4, 2013

Students may be fuming over Auburn University's new policy to ban tobacco products and ... smoking areas on campus and by banning all smoke-able tobacco products. The bans included cigarettes, cigars, tobacco pipes, hookahs and e-cigarettes. ... It's not banned at all; there are spots for it in the Magic Kingdom.

Commission Chairman Revisits Smoke-Free Policy for Madison Co. Employees
whnt.com - August 15, 2013

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Madison County Commission Chair Dale Strong wants to extinguish cigarettes in the county for good. In March Strong proposed to the commission a ban on smoking and smokeless products, such as tobacco, at all county facilities and in all county vehicles. The commission took no action on the information item at the time but the issue was revisited at Wednesdays meeting.

OUR VIEW: Everyone deserves to breathe clean air
Gadsden Times - August 13, 2013

The overwhelming majority of Alabamians do not smoke, but some restaurant and bar owners think if they dont allow smoking in their businesses, they will lose customers. What they are really losing are the customers that might go to their business if it was smoke-free.

Russell County Jail tries e-cigarettes
Online Athens - August 11, 2013

The electronic cigarettes went on sale Aug. 6 for $18 each, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor told WRBL-TV (http://bit.ly/13MShbB). Taylor said he hopes they ...

AHA: New CDC study confirms need for smokefree laws
The Birmingham News - al.com August 10, 2013

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments recently on the CDC Foundation's new study released in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, which found smoke-free laws in nine states had no impact on restaurant and bar revenue:

Auburn businesses respond to council's delay on smoking-related ...
Opelika Auburn News - August 9, 2013

Two businesses from opposite ends of College Street have responded to issues the Auburn City Council had with granting respective resolutions to them regarding their smoking policies.

Northwest-Shoals Going Smoke Free on Campuses
whnt.com - August 8, 2013

As students of Northwest-Shoals Community College arrive on campus to get their schedules and pick up their books for the fall semester, they will be receiving a message from school leaders. Northwest recently joined nearly 1,200 universities and colleges in the United States who have banned smoking on school campuses.

Auburn council tables two resolutions dealing with smoking ordinance
Opelika Auburn News - August 7, 2013

The Auburn City Council decided to table two resolutions dealing with smoking at local businesses. The council decided to table resolutions for conditional use at the Exhale tobacco specialty store on Lee Road 52 and for an alcoholic beverage license for Havana Dreamin cigar shop on South College Street, citing issues with smoking laws in the city. The council ultimately connected the two ordinances as a way to look closer at their own smoking ordinance. Both issues will be brought up at the Sept. 3 council meeting.

Tobacco-free advocates say study cites Sheffield pollution
Times Daily - August 5, 2013

SHEFFIELD The Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Shoals will release the findings of a report they say indicates workers in Sheffield are exposed to hazardous ...

Smoking Ban Catches Residents By Surprise
WKRG-TV - August 4, 2013

SATSUMA, Alabama - If you plan to light up in Satsuma think again. A billboard along Highway 43 says it all. The city is now smoke-free, but not everyone is in the loop.

Another Alabama university moves to ban tobacco campus-wide
The Birmingham News - al.com - July 31, 2013

Another public university in Alabama is moving to permanently ban smoking on all campus properties. Alabama State University President William Harris said today he is using his executive authority to temporarily ban the use of all tobacco products campus-wide. …

LETTER: Smoke-free
Gadsden Times - July 29, 2013

Smoke-free dining in restaurants and bars is a given in most states, but not in Alabama. I prefer to spend my money in places that dont allow smoking. This is a personal thank you to those business owners who put their patrons and employees health as a priority.

Readers say no, University of Alabama should not follow Auburn ...
al.com - July 29, 2013

Last week, nearly 62 percent of readers responding to an AL.com poll agreed with Auburn's move to ban campus smoking, with only 37 percent voting they did ...

Most readers agree with Auburn University campus-wide smoking ban
The Birmingham News - July 26, 2013

Auburn University announced Thursday it is banning smoking on all campus ... The ban comes after Auburn University banned smoking within 25 feet of any ...

UAB has strict tobacco-free hiring policy
CBS42 - July 25, 2013

Auburn University announced Thursday that its campus would be smoke-free on August 21, 2013. While the change may sound like a drastic move, its certainly not the first move in that direction on campuses in Alabama. The University of Alabama Birmingham is another smoke free campus in the state. As of July 1, UAB Hospital will not hire anyone who smokes. Random blood tests are also being conducted on employees hired after July 1.

Auburn University to ban smoking campus-wide on recommendation ...
The Birmingham News - July 25, 2013

University officials announced today they are banning the smoking of all tobacco ... 21, comes after Auburn officials banned smoking within 25 feet of any ...

Auburn University Goes Smoke-Free, Policy Stands on Game Day
WNCF - July 23, 2013

Beginning August 21st, Auburn University will be a smoke-free campus, meaning smoking will be banned on all property owned or leased by the university.

OUR VIEW: Auburn University puts up no smoking sign
Gadsden Times July 22, 2013

The air in the Loveliest Village of the Plain ideally will be a little cleaner when fall semester classes begin Aug. 21 at Auburn University. Data compiled by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation showed, as of July 8, 1182 US colleges listed as smoke-free and 798 as tobacco-free.

Auburn University-Smoking Ban/Auburn
Tv24 - July 19, 2013

School officials say smoking will still be allowed in cars on campus, as long as the windows are rolled up. The idea for a smoke-free campus began with a ...

Our view: Behind the smoke screen of health and wellness
The Auburn Plainsman - July 19, 2013

Of course, we're talking about smoking bans. If you've read our editorials during the past year, you know we believe smoking bans to be an unnecessary show of ...

AU Students React to University Smoking Ban
WLTZ 38 NBC - July 18, 2013

A new policy starting at the end of August bans smoking of tobacco products, including ... So, I don't know if they should ban it completely all over campus."

All Tobacco Products Banned from Early Co. Schools
WTVY, Dothan - July 17, 2013

Not only is the use of cigarettes and non-smoke tobacco banned at all school functions and campus locations; even having a pack of cigarettes or can of skoal in ...

Auburn University to become smoke-free campus beginning Aug. 21
The Republic - July 17, 2013

The Opelika-Auburn News reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1as5FTO ) that four campus groups passed resolutions to make Auburn a smoke-free campus.

Auburn University bans smoking on campus effective Aug. 21
WTVM - July 17, 2013

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -. Effective August 21, smoking will be prohibited at Auburn University. The policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, consultants, ...

University releases more information on upcoming smoke-free ...
The Auburn Plainsman - July 16, 2013

With six weeks before the University is scheduled to become a smoke-free campus, Health Promotion and Wellness Services released more information about ...

Troy Airport renamed for Campbell
Troy Messenger - July 10, 2013

The Troy City Council voted to make slight changes to the city's new smoke free ordinance at Tuesday night's council meeting. The “tweaking” included ...

Baptist Health Care adopts tobacco-free hiring
Atmore Advance - July 5, 2013

Being a smoker in Atmore may cost you more than just the extra money for a pack of cigarettes soon – as of January, it could cost you a job. Beginning on the ...

Restaurant owners report smoke-free policies don't harm business
Opelika Auburn News - July 8, 2013

Smoke-free policies in restaurants and bars dont harm business and are good for health, according to a new video released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation. The video features restaurant and bar owners in Alabama talking about their experiences operating under local smoke-free laws. They report that far from suffering a decline in customers, their business is as good as ever since their communities went smoke-free.

Phenix City Restaurant says Business As Usual since Smoking ...
WRBL - July 6, 2013

PHENIX CITY, Ala. - A new video report by the Center for Disease Control shows that smoke free policies in restaurants are good for people's health. Five years ago Phenix City passed an ordinance to ban smoking inside restaurants. News Threes Naomi Keitt spoke with local restaurant owners Saturday and says the ban wasn't received well at first, but now it's actually helping businesses.

Smoking ban doesn't take away rights, it gives them
Troy Messenger - June 28, 2013

Every summer, my mom and dad and brother and I would load up in the van and head out for the Wild West – Texas. That's where Daddy is from and we'd spend ...

Anniston bars ready for smoke-free ordinance
Anniston Star - June 28, 2013

Fidel said that with more cities opting to ban smoking in public places, ... as the Alabama Clean Indoor Air Act, which banned smoking in most public places.

Smoking ban effective today
Troy Messenger - June 28, 2013

As soon as copies of The Messenger hit driveways this morning, Troy's new no-smoking ordinance will be in effect. That means bars that open up tonight will be ...

LETTER: Smoke-free ordinance makes sense
Troy (AL) Messenger - June 27, 2013

City Council President Johnny Witherington introduced an ordinance that would make all workplaces smoke-free. The ordinance proposed by Mr. Witherington would strengthen an existing, but weak, ordinance passed in 2006.

EDITORIAL: Smoke-free ordinance is good for the city
Troy (AL) Messenger - June 27, 2013

And the challenge for the city will lie in making sure the ordinance is enforced, particularly as it relates to the smoke-free zones around entrances. Supporters of the move are thrilled, citing the health benefits of the ban and the public’s right to b

Public Smoking Ban Could Impact Tobacco Tax
WNCF - June 27, 2013

Volunteer firefighter departments in Pike County depend on the tobacco tax as a major source of funding. But now that public smoking is illegal, county officials ...

Troy City Council passes ordinance to ban smoking at public places
al.com (blog) - June 26, 2013

TROY, Alabama -- The Troy City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to ban smoking in public places. Smoking will be prohibited in bars, restaurants, work ...

Troy City Council Unanimously Approves Public Smoking Ban
WNCF - June 25, 2013

But Richard Jones, owner of the proposed Aposha Hookah Café and Lounge, says the ban won't close his doors. The ordinance forbids smoking within twenty ...

Smoking bans kill freedom
The Birmingham News - al.com - June 25, 2013

The ban here in Troy, and elsewhere, is bad public policy, and, I'm writing as ... Smoking bans increase the miles driven by drunk drivers, and they, therefore, ...

VIDEO: Alabama fifth most smoker-friendly state
WIAT TV-42 CBS ( Birmingham, AL) - June 20, 2013

Despite no smoking signs and public smoking ordinances, Alabama is pretty welcoming of anyone looking to light up a smoke. Bloomberg looked at the number of smoking adults, excise taxes and states with no smoking legislation.

Lawsuit over inmate smoking alleges cruel and unusual punishment
WSFA - June 18, 2013

A lawsuit claiming prison officials turned a blind eye to inmates smoking indoors ... exposure to secondhand smoke amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.

Editorial: Blowing smoke up our butts
The Auburn Plainsman - June 17, 2013

Smokers think anti and non-smokers are whiny and intrusive. Non-smokers think smokers are walking cancer machines out to kill everyone they meet. Tobacco ...

Troy considers complete smoking ban for public places
wwntradio-May 29, 2013

Forget banning water pipes, the Troy City Council is considering a more ... ordinance that would ban smoking altogether within the city limits with regard to public ...

City of Troy Considers Public Smoking Ban
WNCF-May 29, 2013

The City of Troy will not be banning water pipes yet, but it could be taking far more drastic action in ... Now the city council will vote on a measure to ban all smoking in all public places. ... The City of Troy already bans smoking in restaurants.

blu eCigs Voices Its Support For New Alabama Law Prohibiting The ...
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)-May 28, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- blu eCigs, the electronic cigarette brand widely known for superior style and quality, today announced its ...

Orrville looks into increasing tax on tobacco products
Selma Times-Journal - May 7, 2013

Orrville residents may soon have to pay more for a smoke as the town is looking into increasing their tobacco tax. Currently, the town receives one cent for every pack of cigarettes sold. However, this excludes all other forms of tobacco including chewing tobacco, cigars and snuff. ... To be honest, we really don't get that much right now from the tobacco tax ...

Creola approves anti-smoking ordinance (video)
Press-Register - al.com (blog) - April 28, 2013

Creola has joined Saraland, Citronelle and Bayou La Batre in creating a comprehensive smoking ordinance that prohibits smoking in all public and work places, according to a news release from the Mobile County Health Department. The Creola City Council unanimously passed the ordinance at its meeting on Thursday, April 25, the news release said. The ordinance bans smoking in public and work places, including restaurants, bars, ballparks and playgrounds, said Mayor Donald Nelson. ...

City Council Meeting/Anniston
Tv24 - April 24, 2013

The Anniston City Council passed a smoking ban Tuesday that will keep people from smoking in all public places. The ban includes restaurants, bars and hotels. Despite opposition from local business owners Mayor Vaughn Stewart says he believes this is something that should have been done almost two decades ago. …

Anniston City Council restricts public smoking
Anniston Star-April 24, 2013

Anniston City Council restricts public smoking. by Paige Rentz ... Come July, it will be illegal to smoke in workplaces and public places in the Model City.

Anniston council could vote Tuesday on smoking ban
WSFA - April 22, 2013

Anniston's city council could vote Tuesday night to restrict smoking in most public buildings. The city already has a law that doesn't allow smoking in places like retail stores and banks and allows restaurants to go "all-smoking" or "all non-smoking." The proposed ordinance would ban smoking in all restaurants and bars, all hotel rooms and even all common areas of apartment complexes.

Study finds 10% of freshmen begin smoking in college
The Crimson White (University of Alabama) - April 8, 2013

As the freshman class enters The University of Alabama, about 6 percent will arrive as smokers. When they leave as graduates, 16 percent will walk away with the habit. That’s a three-fold increase in just four years. This data comes from a study done by ...

Birmingham city council awarded for expanding smoking ban
WBRC - April 4, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham's city council often hands out awards, but today they received a health award from UAB. Councilor Johnathan Austin represented the council as it received the Lou Wooster Public Health Hero award in recognition of the expanded smoke-free law the city passed last year. …

Madison County Commission Chair Dale Strong proposes smoking ban at county buildings
al.com (blog) - March 8, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Madison County Commission Chair Dale Strong wants you to put that cigarette out. Forever. Strong today proposed to the commission a ban on smoking and smokeless products, such as tobacco, at all county facilities and in all county vehicles. The commission took no action on the information item but is expected to address it in future meetings. …

New policy limits smokers to assigned areas
The Samford Crimson - February 28, 2013

Samford, previously a free-smoking campus, will begin Friday, March 1, to enforce a policy that will limit smokers to designated areas on campus. …

UA smoking ban debate founded on falsehoods
The University of Alabama Crimson White - February 26, 2013

It seems two of the most cited statistics in the smoking ban debate are the percentage of UA smokers climbs from 6 percent freshman year to 16 percent senior year, and 58 percent of students support a campuswide smoking ban. If true and correctly obtained, these statistics, which were collected in a Health and Wellness Survey last spring, are telling. However, a quick look into this survey reveals they were not correctly obtained and as a result, are certainly not an accurate representation of student opinion. …

Administrators banning use of tobacco would only be self-serving ...
The University of Alabama Crimson White - February 21, 2013

Additionally, the science they use behind the secondhand smoke exposure is misleading. ... already toxic fumes, which we make very little effort to monitor or restrict. ... have enacted bans on smoking have little success at restricting the activity, ...

Bessemer council votes to amend smoking ordinance, exempt bars & lounges
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - February 19, 2013

BESSEMER, Alabama -- The Bessemer City Council voted today to amend the ... smoking going in and I don't want to be bothered with second-hand smoke, I'd ...

Smoke-free policies mean healthier hearts
Shelby County Reporter - February 14, 2013

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States. February is American Heart Month, so there is no better time to discuss the significant toll heart disease has on our communities. … Exposure to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system. Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at work increase their risk of developing coronary heart disease an astonishing 25-30 percent. …

UA to explore smoke-free campus
CBS42 - February 8, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) -- At the University of Alabama, talks of a smoking ban linger. CBS42's Leigh Garner reports that it's a conversation some students ...

Univ. of Alabama opens conversation about no smoking ban
WBRC - February 8, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Thursday in Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama community talked about what campus life would be like with a no smoking ban.

Bessemer smoke ban now in effect but amendment still possible
al.com (blog) - February 6, 2013

The city of Bessemer's comprehensive but long-delayed smoke-free ordinance -- originally passed by the city council in August --is finally in effect, but the law may be amended at the next council meeting to exempt bars and lounges. An ordinance to amend the previous strict smoke-free law and exempt bars was on the council's agenda last night. …

Huntsville Hospital's Entire Campus is Now Tobacco Free
WHNT - February 1, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) ­ Beginning today, Huntsville Hospital and all of its facilities are tobacco free in the interest of public health. In a news release, ...

Huntsville Hospital, affiliates to start smoking ban today
Birmingham Business Journal - February 1, 2013

A smoking ban on the grounds of Huntsville Hospital, along with more than 20 affiliated hospitals and medical offices across North Alabama goes into effective ...

Huntsville Hospital going smoke-free on Friday, including outdoors ...
al.com (blog) - January 31, 2013

A huge chunk of the Rocket City's medical district is about to be off-limits to cigarette smokers. Huntsville Hospital is going smoke-free on Friday morning, along with more than 20 affiliated hospitals and medical offices across North Alabama. …

Decatur Morgan Hospital adopts new tobacco-free policy
WAFF - January 30, 2013

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Smoking areas will soon be a thing of the past for the Decatur General campus of Decatur/Morgan Hospital. … Decatur/Morgan Hospital has had a tobacco-free policy as it pertains to the buildings they own for years, but this new policy that goes into effect February 1st takes into account all of their property down to the edge of the sidewalk. …

Smoke-free hiring policies becoming more popular
The University of Alabama Crimson White - Jan 24, 2013

Significant changes to The University of Alabama at Birmingham Medicine's hiring polices of tobacco users are affecting The University of Alabama and local ...

Alabama flunks smoking report
The Decatur Daily- January 24, 2013

FLORENCE — Alabama didn't passs a single course on its report card from the American Lung Association. The report card was released last ... Dickens pointed out that in 2011 Alabama was honored by the group, Americans for Non-Smokers Rights, for passing the greatest number of local smoke-free laws that year. Alabama tied with California in 2011 with four new municipal indoor smoking ordinances.

Pelham leaders light up discussion on smoking ban
al.com (blog )- Jan 23, 2013

PELHAM, Alabama -- During Tuesday's debut meeting of the Pelham Business Council, some city leaders provided their opinions on whether the municipality ...

EDITORIAL: DCH's tobacco ban is the right choice
Tuscaloosa (AL) News - January 14, 2013

A health care provider shouldn't insinuate in any way that it approves of the habit even in such minor ways as providing a dedicated smoking area. The health care system's decision should be based on the action's symbolic value. ...

Ban on tobacco use approved by DCH Health System
Morning Call, Birmingham Business Journal – January 11, 2013

Starting next year, smoking by staff, patients, visitors, vendors, volunteers and the general public will be banned at all DCH Health System properties. According to the Tuscaloosa News, the ban, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, includes DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa and Northport Medical Center. …

DCH Health System approves ban on tobacco use
Tuscaloosa (AL) News - Jan 11, 2013

Policy change will affect all visitors, employees of hospital...

Our View: No tobacco at Snead State an excellent step
Sand Mountain (AL) Reporter - January 1, 2013

Snead State Community College President Robert Exley and the college’s President’s Cabinet are to be commended for making the campus tobacco free beginning Jan. 2. … Institutes of education are supposed to change lives for the better. This new policy will improve some lives and will likely save others....

Snead State starts the new year as a tobacco-free campus
Sand Mountain (AL) Reporter - December 31, 2012

BOAZ – Snead State Community College will be implementing a new tobacco-free campus policy on Jan. 2. “This is something we’ve considered for quite some time at the request of both students and employees. Our student leaders and some faculty ...

Snead State campus to go tobacco-free in 2013
Gadsden Times - December 15, 2012

Snead State Community College will be implementing a new tobacco-free campus policy on Jan. 2. …

Russellville Hospital smoke-free as of Dec. 17
Franklin County Times - December 8, 2012

While all of our hospital buildings are currently smoke-free, the anticipated change will make the entire campus tobacco-free, both inside and outside. …

Sheffield considers city smoking ordinance
WAAY - December 3, 2012

SHEFFIELD Ala (WAAY) - Sheffield City Council members saw one of the biggest crowds to fill a city council meeting tonight. Everyone there to voice opinions on a city ordinance that would make Sheffield smoke free. …

MCE to go tobacco-free
Dothan Eagle - November 28, 2012

On Jan. 1, 2013, Medical Center Enterprise will officially become a tobacco-free campus, which includes a ban on e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

Anniston and Alexandria Waffle House locations to go smoke-free in ...
Anniston Star - November 28, 2012

… The Waffle House restaurants in Anniston and Alexandria will become smoke-free establishments starting Jan. 1, relegating all smoking to the outdoors. The change is part of a growing movement of businesses and municipalities instituting rules against smoking that some anti-tobacco advocates hope will encourage a statewide smoking ban in Alabama. …

Two UA groups suggest smoking ban
Alabama's13.com - October 18, 2012

In the first Faculty/Staff staff meeting with Dr. Guy Bailey as president, two different groups suggested a smoking ban on the University of Alabama campus. …

Council Votes Down Proposed Amendment to Smoking Ban
WPMI Local 15 News - October 2, 2012

A proposed amendment to Mobile's new smoking ban failed to pass the City Council Tuesday. The smoking ban, that went into effect Monday, bans smoking in most public places, including restaurants, parks and downtown sidewalks. Smoking will be allowed in bars and patios of some restaurants after 8 p.m. …

Bessemer council hasn't changed mind about smoking ban, councilman says
al.com (blog) - October 1, 2012

BESSEMER, Alabama - People opposed to Bessemer's new comprehensive ban on smoking in businesses spoke their mind to the Bessemer City Council. tonight, but a majority of the council still favors the ban, one councilman said. …

Smoking Ban Now Being Enforced in Mobile
WPMI Local 15 News - October 1, 2012

Mobile's new smoking ban is now officially being enforced. Beginning ... Smoking is allowed in bars and on patios of some restaurants after 8 o'clock. Loda Bier ...

Mobile's Smoking Ban Starts Today
WPMI Local 15 News - October 1, 2012

It's now illegal to smoke in public places in the Port City. A smoking ordinance went into effect Monday. It bans smoking in most public places, including restaurants, parks and downtown sidewalks. Smoking will be allowed in bars and patios of some restaurants after 8 p.m. …

LETTER: Amendment would make things worse
Mobile (AL) Press-Register - September 29, 2012

I see that Council President Reggie Copeland just can’t leave bad enough alone. It seems that restaurant owners are upset because by not banning smoking in bars, the restaurants’ business is hurt. So does Mr. Copeland “get it” and decide to remove the ban from the restaurants? No. He’s going to double-down on bad, and ban smoking in bars. …

Bessemer public hearing on smoking ban set for Monday
al.com (blog) - September 28, 2012

BESSEMER, Alabama -- The Bessemer City Council has scheduled a public hearing for Monday to hear from residents and business owners opposed to the ...

BayFest: City's smoking ban won't have effect on festival
The Huntsville Times - al.com - September 27, 2012

MOBILE, Alabama -- Regardless of whether the thought of a smoke-free BayFest 2012 seems like a sweet dream or a nightmare, organizers of the upcoming ...

Council Tables Proposed Amendment to Mobile Smoking Ban
WPMI Local 15 News (AL)- September 26, 2012

The ordinance bans smoking in public places, including parks and sidewalks ... and we're discussing banning smoking in establishments where people are 21 ...

Smoking Ban and Bayfest
WKRG - September 26, 2012

...with regard to the smoking ban in Mobile. Right now, the ordinance bans smoking of sidewalks in downtown Mobile. However, an amendment proposed by City ...

Banning Smoking Before Bayfest
WPMI Local 15 News - September 25, 2012

The new law takes effect October 1st and bans smoking not only in restaurants ... will be too busy with other matters to enforce the smoking ban during Bayfest.

Proposed smoking ban for bars delayed in Mobile
al.com (blog) - September 25, 2012

Bar patrons can still light up when they order a drink at local watering holes -- at least for now. A proposed amendment to the city's new smoking ordinance that would abolish smoking in bars won't be discussed by the City Council for another week. …

Mobile may amend ban on smoking at bars and restaurants
Birmingham Business Journal (blog) - September 25, 2012

The Mobile City Council may consider an amendment to the city’s new smoking ordinance. According to the Press-Register, Council President Reggie Copeland is expected to introduce an amendment at today’s council meeting that would prohibit smoking in all bars and the outdoor seating sections of restaurants while allowing smoking on most downtown sidewalks. If passed, Copeland's proposal would also ban smoking in outdoor areas of restaurants after 8 p.m., and change how far smokers must be from a non-smoking ...

Ban on smoking in bars back on Mobile City Council agenda
Press-Register - September 24, 2012

MOBILE, Alabama -- Despite months of debate and the passage of a new smoking ordinance last month in Mobile, City Council President Reggie Copeland is expected to offer an amendment to the measure at Tuesday’s council meeting. ...

Q & A on Mobile's Smoking Ban
WKRG-TV - September 19, 2012

As of October 1, 2012 businesses, restaurants and public places in the City of Mobile will be smoke-free. The updated law ensures that most workers will have a ...

Your View: Don't name small storms; congrats on smoking ban (letters)
Press-Register - al.com (blog) - September 19, 2012

… On Aug. 21, the Mobile City Council took a big step to ensure better health for all of the citizens and visitors in our city. By passing a ban on smoking in public places, council members unanimously voted for clean air and the chance for all of us to breathe deeply without the effects of toxic chemicals in our lungs. …

Let's move the city forward!; Smoking ban debated
al.com (blog) - August 23, 2012

That smoking ban by the City Council is the most ridiculous thing, especially after I read all ... At BayFest, we're going to make some money off this smoking ban. …

Citizens question smoking ordinance enforcement
WALA (AL) - August 22, 2012

(WALA) - The Mobile City Council's passage of a new smoking ordinance means smoking will be banned all restaurants and public places maintained by the city ...

Mobile's smoking ban isn't perfect, but it's welcome (Editorial)
Press (AL) - August 22, 2012

MOBILE'S NEWLY enacted smoking ban isn't perfect; compromise legislation rarely is. But it's a sight better than what the city has now, which is nothing. When it ..

Air quality study: harmful levels of pollution found in bars that allow smoking
Mobile (AL) Press-Register - Aug 21, 2012

An air quality study conducted in a dozen Mobile County bars and restaurants last month -- eight that allowed smoking and four that didn't -- found that those who work in the venues that permit smoking inside are exposed to harmful levels of indoor air ...

Mobile City Council approves far-reaching smoking ban that excludes bars
Press-Register - August 21, 2012

The Mobile City Council today unanimously approved a ban on smoking in most public places -- including restaurants while excluding bars -- after weeks of debate among council members, health professionals and local business owners.

Ban on smoking in public places takes effect in Vestavia Hills
wwntradio - August 17, 2012

The ban on smoking in public facilities in Vestavia Hills officially went into effect today. The ban prohibits smoking in all hotels, bars, restaurants and public clubs. Under the new ordinance, smoking is also prohibited 20 feet from any outside entrance or operable window of an establishment. The ban also covers electronic cigarettes. …

Smoking ordinance is third proposal by Mobile Council in a month
Birmingham Business Journal - August 16, 2012

A third smoking ordinance proposed by the Mobile City Council in less than a ... while council members mull the 11-page plan that would ban lighting up on ... on Bessemer City Council plans vote tonight banning smoking in public places on ...

Bessemer passes strict smoking ban
WBRC (AL) August 14, 2012

Bessemer has joined the growing list of Alabama cities banning smoking in all public places ... say smoking bans protect non -

Bessemer council passes comprehensive ban on smoking in public
al.com (AL) - August 14, 2012

Individuals caught breaking the smoking ban will pay a $50 fine, while business ... Birmingham and Vestavia Hills in passing comprehensive smoking bans.

Smoking ban now in effect, cessation program available
The Auburn Plainsman (AL) - August 14, 2012

…smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of buildings on Auburn University's ... "If you just ban smoking it's not going to do anything if you don't have a good ...

Smoking Ban Vote Delayed
WKRG (AL) - August 14, 2012

The ban would prohibit smoking in parks, businesses, restaurants and even sidewalks. Last month, the council took up a similar ordinance, but it was shot down.

Council to take up Smoking Ordinance Again
WKRG (AL) - August 13, 2012

The ordinance would ban smokers from lighting up in pretty much all public places including sidewalks and parks, and bans smoking in restaurants even in patio

Bessemer council to consider complete ban on smoking in public ...
al.com (AL) - August 13, 2012

Under the new ordinance, the city would ban smoking in all hotels, motels, bars ... comprehensive smoking bans in the past two years, including Birmingham, ...

Tough new smoking ordinance up for vote
WALA (AL) - August 13, 2012

It will ban smoking in all restaurants and public areas, including sidewalks and streets. The ban would also include outside designated smoking areas at ...

TRMC goes tobacco-free as part of wellness effort
Troy (AL) Messenger - Aug 11, 2012

A health and wellness initiative under way at Troy Regional Medical Center continues this week as the campus goes tobacco-free.

Council to revisit smoking ordinance
WALA (AL) - August 11, 2012

So you can walk down the sidewalks of Mobile Alabama smoke-free," Williams ... "There is a good balance between making our city smoke free, and allowing ...

Troy campus begins semester tobacco-free
Troy Messenger - August 10, 2012

The Troy University Board of Trustees approved a resolution July 22, 2011 designating Troy as a tobacco-free institution to be put into effect on August 13, 2012. …

UAB should not be smoke-free
UAB Kaleidoscope - August 8, 2012

I asked a fellow student how he would feel about a smoke-free campus, and his instant response was: “You gotta be kidding me. What am I going to do during ...

FOX6 investigates: Do parking deck smokers violate city smoking
WBRC - August 8, 2012

FOX6 investigates: Do parking deck smokers violate city smoking ban? ...

Helpful Information About Birmingham's Smoke-Free Indoor Air ...
DigitalJournal.com (AL) - July 31, 2012

Recent news reports about business defying Birmingham's smoke-free ordinance have raised questions in the community. The Health Action Partners offer help ...

Birmingham enforces smoking ban
WSFA - July 29, 2012

Birmingham officials say the city is uncovering violations after banning indoor smoking in public places. …

New ordinance means no smoking in bars, restaurants in Vestavia ...
Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - July 10, 2012

Two business owners objected to a provision that prohibits smoking within 20 feed ... to a provision in the new Vestavia Hills smoking ordinance that bans smoking ... the non-smoking ban it passed in 2005, which allows smoking in restaurants ...

Smoking ban proposal fails in Mobile City Council vote
Press-Register - al.com (AL) - July 10, 2012

A proposed ban on smoking in restaurants and other public places failed to get enough ... smoking ordinance hasn't been touched since the city banned smoking in ... bans, and that businesses have a right to decide whether to allow smoking, ...

Vestavia Hills, Alabama to vote to snuff out smoking
al.com (blog) - July 9, 2012

Vestavia Hills is set to ban smoking in all enclosed public facilities. The City Council tonight is scheduled to vote on a resolution to ban smoking in all ... The current ordinance bans smoking in restaurants but allows smoking in ...

Questions about gay marriage ban; understanding the smoking ban ...
al.com (blog) - July 9, 2012

Press-Register readers write on gay marriage, Mobile smoking ban. …

Smoking Ban Effects
Alabama's News Leader - July 9, 2012

It's been more than a month since smoking in public places like workplaces, bars, and restaurants has been banned in Birmingham. The ban also includes ...

Mobile smoking ban: City council to decide between two ordinances on Tuesday
Press-Register - al.com (blog) - Jul 8, 2012

The Mobile City Council is considering banning smoking in most public places. ... bans, and that businesses have a right to decide whether to allow smoking, ...

City Council should stop stalling, enact smoking ban
Press-Register - al.com (blog) - July 6, 2012

AT LEAST 10 physicians, one state senator, a health department director, some Boy Scouts and a crowd of other people ­ plus a mountain of evidence about the dangers of secondhand smoke ­ all confronted the Mobile City Council this week in support of a citywide smoking ban. What else does the council need? …

Mobile moves toward ban on smoking
Morning Call, Birmingham Business Journal – July 5, 2012

The Mobile City Council delayed a vote earlier this week on two measures that would presumably prohibit smoking in most public places including restaurants and bars that don’t operate kitchens …

Electronic cigarette store in Homewood benefiting from Birmingham’s new smoking ban
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - Jul 5, 2012

That, purely coincidentally, was the same day Birmingham's city-wide smoking ban went into effect, sending smokers outside the city's bars. One month later it's ...

Officials consider public smoking ban
WALA-TV FOX10 - Jun 30, 2012

Smokers in Mobile may soon be facing new restrictions on where they can light up. … Mobile City Officials are considering banning smoking in public places with two proposed ordinances on the City Council Agenda for next week. …

Vestavia Hills delays decision on smoking ban
al.com (blog) - June 26, 2012

The City Council tonight delayed approving a resolution to outlaw smoking in all enclosed public facilities. … Council President Mary Lee Rice said City Attorney Pat Boone needed more time to review information related to the proposed ordinance. …

Vestavia Hills set to ban smoking in enclosed public areas
Morning Call, Birmingham Business Journal – June 25, 2012

Vestavia Hills is poised to join three other cities in Jefferson County ­ Birmingham, Fultondale and Midfield ­ that have banned smoking in all enclosed public facilities. According …

Vestavia Hills might ban smoking in all enclosed public facilities
Birmingham (AL) News - Jun 24, 2012

Under the proposed new ordinance, smoking would be banned in all enclosed public facilities such as bars, restaurants, hotels and motels. …

No ifs, ands or butts - Maxwell takes steps toward a tobacco-free force
Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base - June 8, 2012

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- As the 42nd Air Base Wing begins to implement a new Air Force Instruction regarding designated smoking areas, Maxwell takes steps toward a becoming a tobacco-free community. "While we are restricting the areas in which people can use tobacco, our real goal is to get people away from using tobacco, period," said Col. Brian Killough, commander of the 42nd ABW. "It's to promote the overall health of our force and our families. …

Ban on public smoking takes effect in Birmingham
News Courier - June 4, 2012

While the sight of smokers standing around outside doors of downtown buildings is common, it may be a thing of the past. That's because smokers must now be ...

Smoking ban in Birmingham begins today
WSFA - June 4, 2012

Smokers in Birmingham now have to be more careful where they light up. The city's new smoking ban takes effect today...

Birmingham's Smoking Ban Goes Into Effect Friday
WAPI - June 1, 2012

Birmingham's Smoking Ban Goes Into Effect Friday. (BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Birmingham's smoking ban goes into effect Friday, ABC News Birmingham affiliate ...

Smoking Ban Begins June 1st
Alabama's News Leader - June 1, 2012

Starting June 1st, the magic city will snuff out smoking in many places. The new smoking ban will put restrictions on "where" people can light-up. It outlaws ...

Mobile smoking ordinance stalled as anti-smoking groups push for comprehensive ban
al.com, May 30, 2012

An overhaul of Mobile's smoking ordinance continues to languish as anti-smoking advocacy groups push for a comprehensive ban on smoking in all public places, including bars that don't serve food or admit minors. Lobbyists from the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society as well as a representative from Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights visited the City Council Tuesday to reiterate their support for a comprehensive ban. …

Birmingham becomes a smoke free city
Alabama's13.com - May 30, 2012

Come June 4th Birmingham will be a smoke free city. …

Birmingham prepares to go smokefree (VIDEO)
myfoxal.com, May 30, 2012

Birmingham's tough smoking ordinance receives less than rave ...
al.com (blog) - May 29, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Birmingham's new rules banning smoking in most ... And just for the doubters, the bars that I've been in that banned smoking have all been packed. ... 72 · Birmingham businesses face tough new public smoking ban ...

Birmingham businesses face tough new public smoking ban
al.com (blog) May 28, 2012

Some Birmingham businesses claim little info shared on new public smoking ... BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Birmingham's new rules banning smoking in most ...

OUR VIEW: Legislature blows it on statewide smoke-free law
Birmingham News - al.com (blog) May 27, 2012

Each year ... It bans smoking in all public places -- bars and hotels included -- and even in public areas of private clubs. While that ...

Birmingham begins new smoking ban this Friday
Morning Call, Birmingham Business Journal 5/29/2012

Birmingham's new rules banning smoking in most public areas go into effect Friday. According to the Birmingham News, the ordinance is among the state's toughest with stricter limitations …

Healthy Lungs Healthy Lifestyle Expo Set to Celebrate Soon-to-Be Smoke-Free Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (PRWEB), DigitalJournal.com, May 24, 2012

…Additionally, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights will present the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Alabama with an award honoring the implementation of smoke-free policies across state of Alabama, including the cities of Fultondale and Midfield in Jefferson County. ...

Smoking ban proposed for City of Lineville property
Clay-Times Journal (AL) - May 24, 2012

An ordinance to ban smoking in all areas owned by the city, including all city ... City Park, but if a new ordinance is passed, it will be banned on all city property.

On smoke ban, journalism and think tanks, and home schooling ...
al.com (blog) - May 20, 2012

I am heartened that the Mobile City Council continues to discuss the possibility of a smoke-free workplace ordinance for our city. Such an ordinance would be an ...

YOUR VIEW: Hoover needs smoking law like Birmingham's
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - May 17, 2012

I wish to express my deepest gratitude to the Birmingham City Council for taking the bold steps to pass a gold-standard smoking ban. Unlike several recent ...

City considers smoking ordinance
Times-Journal (AL)- May 15, 2012

HENAGAR - The Henagar City Council started initial discussions Monday on enacting a no smoking ordinance at Henagar City Park.

YOUR VIEW: Birmingham's feel-good smoking ordinance erodes another freedom
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - May 1, 2012

By Letters from our readers Y our April 23 editorial "No smoke: No joke" is ... who are forced to toil under the pall of such demons as secondhand smoke. …

Viewpoints: Smoke-free air is a matter of social justice, equality
Birmingham News, April 29, 2012

...It is appropriate then, that Birmingham City Council presented an ordinance for public debate that protects workers and patrons, residents and visitors, from dangerous secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke oppresses the health of those who breathe it; Birmingham's nonsmokers are right to demand freedom from the hundreds of toxins oppressing their livelihood. ... Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights found that 72 percent of African-Americans are exposed to secondhand smoke, much higher than other ethnic groups. Why? ...

OUR VIEW: With new smoke-free law, Birmingham City Council takes ...
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - April 23, 2012

Secondhand smoke causes disease and illness. Children around smokers can develop asthma and ear infections. Secondhand smoke kills. That will happen less in Birmingham now that the Birmingham City Council has adopted what may be the state's toughest smoke-free law. …

JOEY KENNEDY: Birmingham does exactly right with smoke-free ordinance
al.com (AL) - April 18, 2012

The Birmingham City Council didn't mess around on that smoke-free ordinance. Except for specialty stores like cigar and hookah bars, in a month there will ...

Birmingham bans smoking in many public places
al.com (blog) - April 18, 2012

The City Council Tuesday overwhelmingly approved tough rules that ban smoking in nearly all public places and establishments. The ordinance was hailed by ...

Birmingham council squeezes out most public smoking to the applause of most commenters
Birmingham (AL) News, 2012-04-18

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The Birmingham City Council has approved 8-0 tough new anti-smoking rules that eliminate smoking in most public places

Birmingham City Council makes Magic City smoke-free
NBC 13 / WVTM-TV (Birmingham, AL), 2012-04-17

BIRMINGHAM-Alabama's Secretary of State, Beth Chapman, was among dozens who spoke about Birmingham's smoking ban, Tuesday. People filled the city council chamber to voice their opinions, heavy hitters and average citizens alike.

Alabama colleges take more steps to snuff out smoking
al.com, April 17, 2012

The best way to get people to quit smoking is to prevent them from getting really hooked in the first place. … The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation estimates there are about 700 smoke-free campuses around the country. One of the pioneers in Alabama, ...

Anti-smoking efforts lauded: State health department targeting Sheffield to lobby for regulations
By Jennifer Edwards
Times Daily - April 16, 2012

Alabama is at the top of a favorable list. The state has been recognized, along with California, by Americans for Non-Smokers Rights for passing "the greatest number of strong local smoke-free laws each year," the award notification release states. …

VIEWPOINTS: Make Birmingham a smoke-free city
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - Apr 15, 2012

On Tuesday, the council will vote on an ordinance that will make all workplaces in Birmingham, including bars and restaurants, smoke-free, thus protecting … These diseases can be linked to the compounds found in secondhand smoke. Since 1964, the US surgeon general has reported on the link between smoking and ...

All cheer this 'Bama landmark
Anniston Star, April 12, 2012

This spring, debate is rolling on over the efforts of Alabama Sen. Vivian Figures, D-Mobile, to ban smoking in most public places. … That's why it was good to hear that the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights' annual Smoke-Free Indoor Air Challenge Award has been given to … Alabama. … According to that organization, “Alabama led the nation in having enacted the greatest number of strong, new smoke-free laws in 2011 … This is a landmark achievement for public health.” We agree. …

Smoking ban needed
Times (AL) Daily - April 9, 2012

A debate is raging over whether to ban smoking in work places, restaurants and bars. Those in support of a smoking ban argue that smoke-free environments are the only effective way to protect the population from the harmful effects of exposure to secondhand smoke. …

Ala, California tie for anti-smoking ordinances
CBS42, April 5, 2012

(WIAT) - When it comes to protecting the rights of non-smokers, our state is topping the charts. Despite not having a state-wide indoor smoking ban, Alabama was listed as one of two states with the best laws protecting non-smokers. ... The honors were given by Americans for Nonsmokers Rights. It took place at the annual smoke free indoor challenge awards. …

Alabama, California tied for first place ranking in passing anti ...
al.com, April 4, 2012
Jeremy Gray, Birmingham News

… The two states tied for first place in the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights annual Smokefree Indoor Air Challenge Award, which recognizes the states that achieve the greatest number of strong local smoke-free laws each year. …

President Gogue makes smoking ban final
The Auburn Plainsman - March 22, 2012

By fall 2013, Auburn will join nearly 800 other higher education institutions as a smoke-free campus. “This is a complex decision for any university to make ...

Proposed smoking ban in Birmingham
Alabama's13.com - March 21, 2012

…Clean air is what a potential smoking ban comes down to in the Magic City. ... The current proposal bans smoking in enclosed spaces such as smoking in hotel ...

Huntsville Hospital is going smoke-free in 2013
al.com (blog) - March 16, 2012

By Chris Welch, The Huntsville Times HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital will also be smoke-free and the new Madison Hospital opened as a smoke-free ...

Alabama Senate OKs smoking ban
al.com (blog) - March 7, 2012

It also would ban smoking within 15 feet of an entrance, exit, window or ventilation intake of a building where smoking was banned; outdoor seating and ...

Time to quit smoking
Times Daily - March 6, 2012

The association recommends avoiding tobacco use and secondhand smoke ... that each year 8685 Alabamians die from smoking-related diseases and 2339 of these ...

OUR VIEW: Two smoke-free bills are being considered by House and ...
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - March 6, 2012

...and to recognize that the need to breathe smoke free air takes priority over the desire to smoke." Why, then, are employees at private clubs less at risk ...

Figures' smoking ban bill back before Ala. Senate
WSFA – February 29, 2012

Vivian Figures of Mobile was first elected to the Legislature 15 years ago, her goal has been to pass a bill that would ban smoking in most public places in ...

New poll: More than 70 percent of Mobilians support citywide ...
al.com (blog) - February 28, 2012

The poll, conducted between August and October, asked 845 Mobile County residents ages 19 and older about their attitudes toward smoke-free policies, ...

Secondhand smoke remains alarming public health hazard
Jacksonville (AL) News - February 28, 2012
by Trinetta Boger

Exposure to secondhand smoke remains an alarming public health hazard. Separate smoking sections are just not getting it. …

VIEWPOINTS: We all deserve to have healthy, smoke-free lives
The Birmingham (AL) News - al.com (blog) - February 26, 2012

The evidence against secondhand smoke is indisputable; the science is clear; ... higher in venues that allowed smoking compared with those that did not. …

Bill calls for statewide ban on smoking in public places
Bizjournals.com - February 23, 2012

The Alabama Legislature is stepping up efforts to become a smoke-free state with the filing this week of a third bill that would ban smoking in all public ...

YOUR VIEW: Smoking ban won't cause Birmingham to wither away
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - Feb 18, 2012

By Letters from our readers I was in Birmingham last weekend and read the letter in Sunday's newspaper regarding the smoking ban ("City shouldn't be off ...

Legislature should protect Alabamians from smoke (editorial)
Press-Register - al.com (blog) - February 17, 2012

In Alabama, about 850 adult nonsmokers die each year from exposure to ... Many municipalities in both states have approved various nonsmoking ordinances. ...

Ban 'em if you got 'em
Press-Register - al.com (blog) - February 17, 2012

By JD Crowe, Press-Register One of the bad habits is smoking. ... though the Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi has been bold enough to go mostly smoke-free.

Birmingham holding hearing on smoke-free ordinance
Birmingham Business Journal - February 15, 2012

The city of Birmingham 's public safety committee was scheduled to hold a public hearing on Wednesday to discuss a proposed smoke-free air ordinance.

Birmingham council members listen to packed house on proposed ...
al.com (blog) - February 15, 2012

By Joseph D. Bryant -- The Birmingham News Each year, more than 800 nonsmoking Alabamians die prematurely as a result of secondhand smoke, health advocates ...

OUR VIEW: Smoke-free law badly needed, but not as a constitutional amendment or with an exception for private clubs
The Birmingham (AL) News - al.com (blog) - February 10, 2012

By Birmingham News editorial board Each year, more than 800 nonsmoking Alabamians die ... as are the health risks to nonsmokers exposed to cigarette smoke.

Birmingham Councilman Johnathan Austin seeks input on tough anti-smoking proposal
al.com (blog) - Feb 6, 2012

Austin also sent copies of the draft rules that would ban smoking in nearly all public places. "I want to make sure the businesses know what we're ...

YOUR VIEW: Supports Birmingham's efforts to make workplaces smoke free
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - January 26, 2012

…19, the Birmingham City Council is weighing a new ordinance that would make Birmingham restaurants, bars and workplaces smoke free.

Compromise on public smoking ban could work (editorial)
Press-Register - al.com (blog) - January 26, 2012

By Press-Register Editorial Board MOBILIANS WOULD benefit from an ordinance that bans smoking in all workplaces and public spaces. But an all-out ban isn't ...

JOEY KENNEDY: Birmingham and Alabama are considering tough new ...
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - January 23, 2012

In Alabama, secondhand smoke is responsible for hundreds of deaths in nonsmokers each year. People who work in places where smoking is allowed are subjected ...

OUR VIEW: Birmingham City Council to consider much tougher smoke ...
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - Jan 21, 2012

Evidence from other cities across the nation that ban smoking in bars and lounges shows it won't hurt business in Birmingham, either. …

Birmingham City Council committee to consider broader smoking ban
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - January 18, 2012

Smoking would be banned in most hotel rooms. However, the committee discussed allowing a percentage of smoking rooms to remain. The proposal states there is ...

Jasper Club Smoke Ban Opposition Latest
CBS42 (AL) January 18, 2012

(WIAT) - A city smoking ban has some business owners trying to stay one step ahead of the law ... they're determined to allow customers to smoke. ...

OUR VIEW: Legislature should pass a strong anti-smoking bill, not leave the policy up to voters to decide
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - January 14, 2012

Figures has tried several strategies to get a smoke-free bill passed. ... The point of a smoke-free law isn't to prohibit people from smoking; ...

Proposed smoking ban is good first step (editorial)
Press-Register - al.com (blog) - January 5, 2012

Opponents of smoking bans often point to “smokers' rights,” saying that ... the proposed smoking ban, which deserves their swift and immediate approval. ...

Proposed Mobile smoking ban would allow bars to opt out
al.com (blog) - January 4, 2012

By Robert McClendon, Press-Register View full sizeMobile City Councilman William Carroll is sponsoring a smoking ban that would allow bar owners to opt in ...

No Changes to Jasper's Smoking Ban
CBS42 - January 3, 2012

(WIAT) - No changes tonight in Jasper's smoking ban ... after city leaders could not agree on proposed amendments. Several bars and restaurants had ...

Montgomery smoking ban starts Sunday
WSFA 12 (Montgomery, AL), 2011-12-29
Melissa Johnson

With the new year comes a new ordinance in the city of Montgomery. This Sunday, New Year's Day, a new tobacco ban takes effect at all city owned properties. Not only is it designed to improve people's health, it could also save the city millions of dollars. ...

VIDEO: Jasper Smoke Ban Amendment Proposal
WIAT TV-42 CBS ( Birmingham, AL), 2011-12-27

Some residents are pressuring Jasper city leaders to make changes to the city's smoking ban. ...

VIEWPOINT: Midfield right to move against smoking
Birmingham (AL) News, 2011-12-11
Mark Wilson, M.D., Special to The Birmingham News

During my 20 years as a practicing internist, one of the most frustrating things to see was people suffering from serious illnesses and death from the effects of tobacco smoke, the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the U.S. Usually, this was among smokers, but occasionally it was among nonsmokers with a history of secondhand smoke exposure. I also saw that tobacco smoking was costing individuals hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars per year to pay for their addiction and its effects, and costing our state millions of dollars per year in health care costs and decreased productivity. Now, as health officer for Jefferson County, I see the pursuit of a smoke-free environment, along with help for smokers who need to quit, as top public health priorities for our community. ...

Health department to be tobacco free
Times-Journal (AL) - December 8, 2011

"After surveying staff and clients, we received overwhelming support for the tobacco-free policy," said Hill. "More than 82 percent of clients and more than ...

New rules to allow sidewalk cafes, wine tastings to flourish downtown
The Decatur (AL) Daily - December 9, 2011

Under the sidewalk cafe ordinance, permitted businesses can operate the sidewalk cafes from 6 am to midnight. Smoking, amplified music, TVs or any other audio/ visual equipment is not allowed. ...

Bars want smoking ban amended
Jasper (AL) Mountain Eagle, 2011-12-01
James Phillips

Jasper bar owners are asking members of the Jasper City Council to amend its smoking ordinance to allow nightclub-goers to smoke in their establishments. ...

Midfield passes wide-ranging ordinance banning smoking in public places
Birmingham (AL) News, 2011-11-29
Toraine Norris -- The Birmingham News

The city of Midfield tonight became the second Jefferson County city to pass a wide-ranging ban on smoking in all enclosed public places, including workplaces. ...

Private Clubs in Jasper Debate New Smoking Rules
CBS42 (AL)- Melissa Crabtree - November 9, 2011

Smokers now have to go outside in between games. Members say they've lost up to six hundreds dollar a week since the ban went into effect. ...

No smoking policies help lower lung cancer rates
Anniston (AL) Star, 2011-10-24
Patrick McCreless Anniston Star

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that lung cancer rates across the country have decreased in the past decade and suggests that non-smoking rules, tobacco excise taxes and funding policies to assist smokers in quitting are what have led to the improvement. However, the study also shows Alabama’s decreases in lung cancer pale in comparison to other states ­ a problem some health experts say arises from fewer smoking bans and less anti-smoking funding in Alabama than in other areas of the country. ...

Businesses use shirts to speak out for 'clean air'
North Jefferson (AL) News - Melanie Patterson - October 20, 2011

The city's smoking ordinance, adopted Nov. 7, 2005, prohibits smoking anywhere the public gathers, including at restaurants, retail stores, elevators, ...

Jasper's smoking ordinance has community talking
FOX6 WBRC-TV (Birmingham, AL), 2011-10-19
Christy Hutchings

A new smoking ordinance in Jasper has only been on the books for a few weeks and it's already getting tougher, but it's also getting a backlash. One restaurant owner hopes people stop buying their smokes in Jasper. ...

Jasper's smoking ordinance has community talking
WBRC - Christy Hutchings - October 19, 2011

Councilman Johnny Rollins agrees it's a little hypocritical saying you can't smoke, but you can still buy them. Rollins tells Fox 6 they discussed banning ...

Jasper now a smoke free city
Jasper (AL) Mountain Eagle, 2011-10-05, David Lazen

The Jasper City Council on Tuesday voted 3-2 to adopt an ordinance to prohibit smoking in public places located within the city. The new law goes into effect Friday. ...

Citywide smoking ban for Jasper?
CBS42 - September 22, 2011

(WIAT) - In an age when laws against smoking are on the rise, this may be the strictest one yet. A bill in Jasper would ban smoking in all public places, ...

Jasper Smoke Ban Proposal
CBS42 - Melissa Crabtree - September 22, 2011

(WIAT) - Jasper city council is considering a smoke ban ordinance. If passed, Jasper would join a few other cities in the state with similar bans already on ...

New campaign to go smoke free in Mobile County kicks off
WALA-TV (AL) FOX10 - September 12, 2011

(WALA) - The Mobile County Health Department kicked off a major smoke-free campaign Monday. Meagan Newsom, the Media Coordinator for the Just Breathe ...

Smoking banned at Thorsby parks
Clanton Advertiser (AL)- Justin Averette September 6, 2011

The Thorsby Town Council voted Tuesday to ban smoking at town parks. ...

Health department bans tobacco
Selma Times-Journal - August 29, 2011

With an estimated 443000 deaths each year, smoking is the leading cause of death in the US ­ causing more deaths than motor vehicle injuries, illegal drug ...

OUR VIEW: A new poll shows voters in Jefferson County ...
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - August 18, 2011

Another myth smoke-free opponents perpetuate is that many, if not most, ... Those polled strongly favor smoke-free workplaces, and 89 percent of the voters ...

Poll says most JeffCo voters favor smoke-free laws
Birmingham Business Journal - 8/17/2011

…A poll commissioned by the Tobacco Free Taskforce of Jefferson County found that 76 percent of voters in Jefferson County favor a law in their city that would prohibit smoking inside all workplaces…

Smoke Free Saraland
WKRG-TV - Devon Walsh - August 15, 2011

Saraland city leaders approved a smoking ban earlier this summer. It goes into affect today, August 15th. The cities of Citronelle and Bayou La Batre also ...

Saraland to go smoke free
WALA-TV FOX10 - Paige Malone - August 15, 2011

Monday the cities smoking ordinance goes into effect meaning zero smoking inside buildings and other public places. Not everyone is ready to call it quits. ...

Saraland businesses set to go smoke- free on Monday
al.com (blog) - Casandra Andrews - August 11, 2011

The ordinance passed by the City Council three months ago details a variety of places where smoking is banned. Among them: Outdoor arenas and stadiums, ...

Mobile smoking ban ought to be law (editorial)
Press-Register - al.com (blog) - July 21, 2011

As evidence mounts about the dangers of secondhand smoke, the Mobile County Health Department, not city government, has been the leader in trying to get smoking banned in restaurants, bars and other public places. It started taking four points off ...

Columnist Joey Kennedy speaks out on smoking laws and immigration; our ...
Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - July 20, 2011

Joey Kennedy highlights several comments made during his weekly chat that included the recent smoking ban passed in Fultondale and the illegal ...

JOEY KENNEDY: Because the state won't act, cities should follow Fultondale's smoke-free example
Birmingham (AL) News, 2011-07-18
Joey Kennedy -- The Birmingham News

The reason the Fultondale City Council passed such a tough smoke-free ordinance last week wasn't because it wanted to be heavy-handed with businesses in the city. The law bans smoking in all indoor public places, including work places, restaurants, bars and private clubs. ...

EDITORIAL: OUR VIEW: Fultondale city leaders set an example with a tough smoke-free ordinance that other cities and the state ought to follow
Birmingham (AL) News, 2011-07-15
Birmingham News editorial board

Fultondale city leaders get it. They understand the danger to their citizens that comes with secondhand smoke. They know that while tobacco smoking is legal, it's also lethal. ...

Reader comment: City of Mobile shouldn't tell businesses to police clientele's ...
al.com (blog) - July 13, 2011

MOBILE, Alabama -- In an online poll conducted by the Press-Register, approximately 53% of respondents were ...

Fultondale passes "gold standard" of smoking ordinances
Birmingham News, 2011-07-12
Lisa Osburn -- The Birmingham News

The Fultondale City Council adopted tonight what is being called the strongest smoking ordinance in Jefferson County.

Effective Sept. 1, the ordinance prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places in the city, including all workplaces, private clubs and bars. ...

JOEY KENNEDY: Fultondale says no smoking, and the state should do the same
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - Joey Kennedy - July 12, 2011

The Fultondale City Council, with Mayor Jim Lowery's enthusiastic support, unanimously passed the toughest smoking ordinance in Jefferson County Monday night. Many Jefferson County cities have some sort of smoking ban. Birmingham, for example, bans ...

Fultondale, Ala. approves smoking ordinance
Gadsden Times - July 12, 2011

AP The Fultondale City Council has adopted a smoking ordinance that's being called the toughest in Jefferson County. Effective Sept. 1, the ordinance passed Monday night prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places, including all workplaces, ...

Fultondale businesses must be smoke-free
BizTalk Birmingham, Birmingham Business Journal 7/11/2011

Fultondale’s City Council Monday night approved one of the toughest smoke-free laws in Jefferson County. Mayor Jim Lowery said, in a statement, that he introduced the ordinance because Alabama’s Legislature failed to address the hazards of secondhand smoke and to make Fultondale a “healthier, safer place to live, shop, worship and go to school.” …

Business Pulse Survey: Should Alabama cities require worksites, bars, restaurants to be smoke-free?
Birmingham Business Journal, July 11, 2011

Should Alabama cities require worksites, bars, restaurants to be smoke-free? …

Mobile City Council seeks public input at Tuesday hearing on potential smoking ban
al.com (blog) - Casandra Andrews - July 7, 2011

MOBILE, Alabama -- As debate about smoking in public swells, city leaders have called a meeting seeking input regarding a potential smoking ban in Mobile . A hearing is set for 1 pm Tuesday at the Mobile Government Plaza auditorium to give people 3 ...

Hundreds more Mobile eateries now smoke free
Press-Register - al.com (blog) - Casandra Andrews - May 9, 2011

“We are getting a lot more families and people who would not come before because of the smoke.” Dr. Bernard Eichold, who leads the Health Department, said ridding closed-in spaces of second-hand smoke is “simply the right thing to do. ...

Alabama. lawmakers urged to pass smoking ban bill
Gadsden Times - 6 April 19, 2011

McClurkin said she wants to ban smoking anywhere that someone else might have to breathe the smoke, except in private homes. March of Dimes officials say limiting secondhand smoke would reduce premature births and childhood diseases.

Group collecting shoes to highlight smoke dangers
North Jefferson News - Melanie Patterson - April 7, 2011

The American Lung Association and the Jefferson County Department of Health are working together in a SmokeFree Alabama program called 820 Souls. “The shoes will represent the 820 souls who die every year in Alabama from second-hand smoke,” said Tim ...

Letter: Make Alabama smoke free
Dothan (AL) Eagle, 2011-04-05
Author: By Michael Jackson * Dothan

Intro: I urge members of the Alabama Legislature and my elected officials to take a strong step toward making a more heart-healthy Alabama by passing statewide smoke-free legislation.

EDITORIAL: OUR VIEW: A strong statewide anti-smoking policy makes sense from not only a health angle, but from a fiscally conservative perspective as well
Birmingham (AL) News, 2011-03-27
Birmingham News editorial board

It's too bad passing a strong statewide smoking policy isn't part of the Republican Party's Handshake with Alabama. ...

Students ask for a smoke free Alabama
Anniston (AL) Star, 2011-03-05
Laura Camper

More than 500 postcards were written by local students to their legislators asking for a smoke-free Alabama. ...

Advertiser editorial: Smoke-free workplace critical
Montgomery Advertiser - February 15, 2011

Not smoking is one of the most effective health measures an individual can take. It significantly cuts the risk of numerous deadly and debilitating diseases, sharply lowering the incidence of heart disease, cancer, emphysema and stroke.

But those who wisely choose not to smoke -- about 78 percent of Alabamians -- may still face danger from smoking. The threat is from secondhand smoke, the smoke that comes from that minority of Alabamians still lighting up cigarettes in the face of decades of undeniable proof of their grave harm to health. That makes the renewed effort by the American Cancer Society to win passage of a smoke-free workplace law in Alabama all the more important.

Most states have such laws, but Alabama is one of the 15 without this important public health safeguard. That should change before this year's session of the Legislature concludes.

Please spare us the claims of smokers' rights. It's a bogus argument. This is a public health issue ...

Fairfield City Council rejects request for smoking ban exemptions
al.com (blog) - Toraine Norris - February 7, 2011

The Fairfield City Council voted 4-2 tonight to deny a request from eight private clubs and organizations to be exempted from the city's smoking ban.

The council's vote drew applause from anti-smoking proponents, who again turned out in large numbers to urge council members to not allow any exemptions of what is considered Jefferson County's most stringent smoking ordinance.

Councilmembers Ronald Strothers, Jerry Yarbrough, Ves Marable and council President Eldridge Turner voted to keep the ban in place. Councilmen F.D. Scott and Primus Mack voted to allow the exemptions.

Under Fairfield's ordinance, which passed in 2006, smoking is banned in restaurants, public places and clubs and businesses. ...

Jasper considers smoking ban
CBS42 - February 7, 2011

JASPER, Ala. (WIAT) City officials in Walker County are looking to butt out smoking in public places.

Jasper city council members are mulling over a no-smoking ordinance for the city. A possible ban would make it illegal to smoke in public places, such as restaurants ...

Mobile County health officials want cities to go smoke-free
al.com (blog) - Rena Havner Philips - February 1, 2011

The Mobile County Health Department and other local agencies are launching a two-year campaign to try to encourage nine local municipalities, including Mobile, to prohibit smoking in public places.

That would include restaurants, bars, hotels, shopping malls and other facilities. ...

Advertiser editorial: Anti-smoking efforts too weak
Montgomery Advertiser - January 26, 2011

Alabamians suffer from high rates of serious diseases associated with smoking, yet the state ranks poorly -- in fact, abysmally -- in a new nationwide survey of anti-smoking efforts. Shouldn't that tell us something about resource allocation and priorities?

The American Lung Association graded each state on four key areas of anti-tobacco measures. Alabama got an F in each one.

This is not something to be blown off like the last puff of a cigarette. It matters. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and disease. It has huge implications for public health and individual well-being, and even for state budgets.

The Lung Association's report notes that 22.5 percent of Alabamians smoke. That's almost one in four, well above the national average of 19.5 percent. About 7,500 deaths per year in Alabama are attributed to smoking. As if that weren't appalling enough, many thousands more Alabamians each year suffer serious and debilitating disease as a result of smoking.

In light of all that, it surely makes sense for vigorous anti-smoking efforts to be part of all aspects of public health policy in Alabama. Nevertheless, in the current fiscal year Alabama will spend just $861,000 in state funds on tobacco control programs. If not for about $6.8 million in federal tobacco control funds, the state's effort in this area would be almost undetectable ...

Fairfield City Council delays vote on exemptions to smoking ordinance
al.com (blog) - Toraine Norris - January 18, 2011

The Fairfield City Council tonight delayed a vote on a measure to exempt some private clubs and organizations in the city from what is considered the county's toughest anti-smoking ordinance.

Council members heard brief arguments from both supporters and opponents of the exemption, but tabled it because Councilman F.D. Scott, who had it placed on the agenda, was absent.

Fairfield passed the ban in 2006. It bans smoking in public places and in private clubs and restaurants. ...

Some Fairfield groups seek exemption to city's strict smoking ban
al.com (blog) - Toraine Norris - January 17, 2011

Some private clubs and organizations have asked the city of Fairfield to give them a little breathing room and exempt their businesses from the city's stringent smoking ban.

The City Council is expected to take up a provision which would exempt some clubs and organizations from the ban when it meets Tuesday night at City Hall. The meeting is at 7 p.m.

City Councilman F.D. Scott said private organizations such as the Fairfield-based chapters of the American Legion and VFW are among those seeking the exemptions.

Some private clubs are also seeking the exemption from the ban, which is consid­ered one of the most restrictive in the area.

Scott said he favors allowing the clubs and organizations to be exempt because nonsmokers are not frequenting the es­tablishments ...

Pelham residents, business owners attend forum on possible smoking ordinance
al.com (blog) - November 9, 2010

About 20 people, including four business owners, gathered at the Pelham Civic Center tonight for a public discussion on a possible citywide smoking ban.

Mayor Don Murphy, who would have no vote but has asked the City Council to consider an ordinance banning smoking in all public places, including restaurants and bars, called the forum to gauge public opinion ...

A smoke-free Anniston?
Anniston Star - Laura Camper - November 9, 2010

A group of local residents would like to banish smoke-filled bars and restaurants to the annals of Anniston’s history and make the city a healthier place to live, they say.

Jessica Breazeale, director of tobacco education and prevention for Family Links in Anniston, and a group of about eight to 12 concerned citizens will adress the Anniston City Council asking the members to consider banning smoking from all public areas of the city.

“The last tobacco ordinance, the most recent was in 2006 and there are just far too many exceptions,” Breazeale said. “It doesn’t really protect our children, our employees, our customers at all times. So, we are pitching to them the importance of a 100 percent completely smoke-free Anniston just as Oxford and Jacksonville have." ...

Prattville tweaks smoking ordinance
Montgomery Advertiser - November 4, 2010

PRATTVILLE -- The Prattville City Council on Tuesday night passed an amendment to the city's smoking ordinance.

The amendment to the ordinance, passed in 2003, would allow technology to catch up with the "spirit of the ordinance," said Council President Dean Argo. He was a vocal backer of the original ordinance that forced restaurants and entertainment venues to declare whether they were smoking or nonsmoking. Prattville was the first central Alabama city to pass such an ordinance. ...

Prattville City Council to review smoking ordinance
Montgomery Advertiser - Marty Roney - November 2, 2010

PRATTVILLE -- The Pratt­ville City Council tonight will consider an amendment to the city's smoking ordinance that supporters say would add to the number of non-smoking restau­rants in town.

The amendment to the ordi­nance, passed in 2003, would al­low technology to catch up with the "spirit of the ordinance," said Council President Dean Argo. He was a vocal backer of the original ordinance that forced restaurants and enter­tainment venues to declare whether they were smoking or non-smoking. Prattville was the first central Alabama city to pass such an ordinance ...

Alabaster passes smoking ordinance
Shelby County Reporter - Neal Wagner - October 21, 2010

Alabaster restaurants and hotels will begin declaring themselves either smoking or non-smoking establishments in March 2011, after the Alabaster City Council approved a citywide smoking ordinance during its Oct. 21 meeting.

The ordinance passed unanimously after the council held its second public hearing on the matter.

Through the ordinance, Alabaster restaurants and hotels must declare their smoking status by Jan. 1, 2011 before the ordinance goes into effect on March 1.

The businesses must declare themselves completely smoke-free or smoking-friendly, and post signs at every entrance declaring their status. Businesses owners must declare their establishment’s smoking status each year when they submit their business license to the city.

If a business owner declares the business non-smoking, no smoking will be allowed in the business or within 25 feet of an entrance, according to the resolution.

Businesses declared smoking-friendly will still be allowed to designate certain smoking and non-smoking sections of the restaurant or hotel.

Anyone caught smoking in a non-smoking establishment will face a fine of $100 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense within two years of the first and a $500 fine and up to 10 days in city jail for the third offense within two years of the first offense.

During the public hearing, several people said they supported the ordinance, but encouraged the council to adopt a citywide smoking ban in all public places.

“There is no such thing as being in a smoke-optional restaurant and not having smoke coming into your lungs and your children’s lungs,” said Alabaster resident Diane Wood. “Smokers do not realize how offensive it is to other people.”

Carol Harrison told the council she did not believe the ordinance “goes far enough.”

“I would suggest the council considers making all public places non-smoking,” Harrison said. “I wish I could convince you to go non-smoking completely." ...

Push on to make Jefferson County smoke-free in less than two
Birmingham News (al.com), October 21, 2010

If health officials in Jefferson County get their wish, the entire county will be smoke-free in less than two years.

They have a long road to travel. So far, only four of the county's 30-plus municipalities have smoking ordinances that cover 100 percent of either workplaces, restaurants or bars, according to the nonprofit American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. To try to inspire the county's mayors to get on board, some of the campaign's drivers have invited Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who wrote the law making that city smoke-free, to speak today to members of the Jefferson County Mayors Association.

"We believe there's no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke and everybody deserves to breathe smoke-free air, whether it's in a restaurant, a bar, an industry work site, a doctor's or a lawyer's office," said Jennifer Cofer, vice president of public policy for American Lung Association of Alabama and Mississippi. ...

Pelham considering ban on smoking in public places
Shelby County Reporter - Neal Wagner - October 18, 2010

Pelham soon could begin considering a citywide ban on smoking in public places, Mayor Don Murphy announced during an Oct. 18 Pelham City Council meeting.

During his comments to the council, Murphy said he would like to see the city “go 100 percent smokeless.”

“Everything I am reading, and everything I have read in the past year talks about how bad second-hand smoke is for everyone,” Murphy said. “I think it’s time we take a stand on this.” ...

New secondhand smoke regulations for food establishments
WALA-TV FOX10 - Libby Amos - October 1, 2010

MOBILE COUNTY, Alabama (WALA) - New regulations on smoking in restaurants go into effect Friday October 1. If you serve food in your establishment and allow smoking, four points will be deducted from the inspection score.

Wintzell's downtown is one of many spots that have already jumped on the no smoking train.

Russell Mauceri has been shucking oysters for five-years in the seafood restaurant. He said he is excited about the new rules.

"For the most part, we get to utilize more of the building. We can get families more into our bar area. It's actually been pretty beneficial to the business and to people in general. I myself, I'm glad I don't have to have cigarette smoke up here at the oyster bar while I'm trying to work," explained Mauceri.

Since secondhand smoke was declared a toxic item, keeping personnel healthy as well as customers were the main goals of the new ordinance.

Alice Rollins is the director of Food and Lodging in Mobile, she helped write the new ordinance.

"Any business that allows smoking inside the premises will be debited four points from their food inspection score," Rollins added. ...

Alabaster holding second hearing on proposed smoking ban
Shelby County Reporter - Neal Wagner - September 2, 2010

Alabaster officials will hold a second public hearing Oct. 21 on a proposed smoking ban at public places throughout the city, and could vote on the matter the same night.

The announcement came during a Sept. 2 Alabaster City Council meeting, during which the council scheduled the public hearing for 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex building off U.S. 31 behind City Hall.

“We just want one more public hearing before we vote on this ordinance,” said Ward 1 Councilwoman Sophie Martin.

“There’s a possibility we could vote on it that night,” said Ward 3 Councilman Adam Moseley. ...

Alabaster asks public for opinions on smoking ban
Birmingham (AL) News, 2010-07-20
Veronica Kennedy -- The Birmingham News

Before Alabaster city officials establish an ordinance to determine where smoking will be allowed in public, they want to talk to their constituents.

A public hearing to discuss the issue has been set for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the City Hall annex. Councilwoman Sophie Martin, heading the project, said she asked those who live and work in Alabaster to attend.

Alabaster residents argue for, against ban on smoking
Birmingham (AL) News, 2010-07-20
Veronica Kennedy -- The Birmingham News

About 50 residents showed up tonight at a public hearing in Alabaster to express their thoughts on what kind of ordinance the city should adopt to govern smoking in public places.

"It is very important to have opinions from everybody this could affect," Councilwoman Sophie Martin told the audience. "We as the council hope to come up with an ordinance that will be in the best interest of our city."

Seventeen people addressed the council; of that number, six spoke against enacting an ordinance that would ban smoking in public places. The majority of those six operated bars and restaurants in Alabaster. . . .

Brian Davis said he is an engineer who has done environmental work around gas stations. He said the contamination in ground water is of greater harm than second-hand cigarette smoke. . . .

At least one supporter of a ban on smoking brought a six-page fact sheet to each council member.

Charles Streets talked about health dangers associated with second-hand cigarette smoke. He also cited studies that showed increases in revenue for bars and restaurants in large cities that had banned smoking.

"It's a win-win situation," Streets said. "It's a win for customers and a win for businesses."

Alabaster hears both sides of proposed smoking ban debate
Shelby County (AL) Reporter, 2010-07-19
Neal Wagner (Contact) * Shelby County Reporter

Nearly 20 Alabaster residents and business owners stepped up during a July 19 public hearing to share their opinions on a proposed smoking ban at public places throughout the city.

During the more than hour-long public hearing, the speakers shared their thoughts on issues ranging from public health concerns to government regulation of private businesses.

Throughout the meeting, eight speakers said they would support a smoking ban at public places throughout the city, like restaurants and shopping centers, and nine said they opposed any form of city regulation on smoking in restaurants and bars.

After the meeting, Alabaster City Council members said they would review the comments made during the hearing, and could take up the issue during a council meeting as early as late August.

“Do we take the interest of the business owners above the interest of the public health?” Alabaster resident Tyrone Quarels asked the Alabaster City Council. “Do we allow the smoking minority that’s in the wrong to impose that on us and our children?

Albertville City Council OKs ban on smoking in public places
Gadsden Times - Kerry Yencer - June 23, 2010

The Albertville City Council Monday approved an ordinance banning smoking in enclosed public places within the city. ...

Mobile Health Department: new smoking rules effective Oct. 1
al.com (blog) - Casandra Andrews - May 18, 2010

MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mobile County Health Department today unanimously voted to approve two proposals that affect establishments that allow smoking.

Beginning Oct. 1, inspectors will automatically deduct four points from the health scores of eateries that allow smoking indoors. Stickers will be placed at the entrances of all establishments serving food where smoking is permitted alerting patrons that second-hand smoke is harmful. ...

Ban on smoking in Alabama restaurants fails in Legislature
Press-Register - al.com (blog) - George Altman - April 23, 2010

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A proposal to ban smoking in Alabama restaurants failed after the state House did not vote on it Thursday, the last day of the 2010 regular legislative session.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile, said she tried to get the bill on a list of measures to be considered by the House but was unsuccessful. The longtime smoking-ban proponent said she plans to try again next year. ...

Sen. Vivian Figures' smoking ban nears final passage
Press-Register - al.com (blog) - George Altman - April 15, 2010

MONTGOMERY -- A bill to ban smoking in restaurants, but not bars, neared final passage Wednesday, sailing through a House committee on a voice vote and avoiding an amendment that the sponsor said could have doomed its chances of becoming law.

The bill by Sen. Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile, has already passed the Senate and can now go before the full House. If approved there, it would need only the signature of Gov. Bob Riley. ...

Ala. Senate votes to ban smoking in restaurants
Associated Press (AP), 2010-04-06

The Senate voted 19-3 Tuesday evening to pass the bill by Democratic Sen. Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile. . . .

Her bill now goes to the House for consideration.

Alabama Senate committee approves restaurant smoking ban
AP, 2010-03-31
The Associated Press

An Alabama Senate committee has approved a bill to ban smoking in restaurants throughout the state.

Democratic Sen. Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile guided her bill through the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. ...

Albertville City Council debates smoking ban
WAFF - Stephen McLamb - March 22, 2010

ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Albertville City Council is met Monday night to consider a proposal that would increase the restrictions on smoking in the city.

City councilman Chuck Ellis said he plans to present a plan to the council which would ban smoking in all businesses in the city, including restaurants and bars.

He said it's still in the discussion stage, but he wants to get input from other council members. ...

Guntersville bans smoking in city playgrounds
WAFF - Stephen McLamb - March 16, 2010

GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Playgrounds can be added to the list of places where smoking is not welcome in the city of Guntersville.

The city passed an ordinance this month which bans smoking on playgrounds at Civitan Park and the five other city parks.

Lesa Bellin with the city says the ban is confined to just the area of the playground. ...

Mobile health department considers penalties for restaurants that allow smoking
Press-Register - al.com (blog) - Dan Murtaugh - February 10, 2010

MOBILE, Ala. -- Mobile County Health Department officials are considering lopping points off the health ratings of restaurants that allow patrons to smoke indoors.

Local restaurant owners and industry officials had mixed reactions.

Some said they thought it was a fair way to treat the nuisance of second-hand smoke, while others feared it would hurt business and unfairly penalize a restaurant for something that does not impact food preparation. ...

Smoking ban proposed
Times Daily - Russ Corey - February 9, 2010

Sheffield - A Sheffield City Council member is suggesting the city follow in the footsteps of Florence and enact a smoke-free ordinance in public places....

City considers tobacco ban
Randolph Leader - Penny L. Pool - February 3, 2010

The Roanoke City Council will consider a no smoking, dipping or chewing ordinance on all city owned property at the Feb. 8 council meeting.

Mayor Mike Fisher said he had received a letter from the State Department of Public Health applauding the city for steps it had taken and mentioned some cities are making everything 100 percent tobacco free.

The mayor said he called people around town asking their thoughts about this. He said he would like to make all city property smoke free without smoking designated areas.

There had been an incident or two at high school games where there was smoking but the State Board of Education prohibits smoking where any students are, he said.

Councilman Mack Arthur Bell said his understanding is that second-hand smoke is about as dangerous as the person smoking. He added to each his own but said a ban would solve that problem. ...

Mobile hotels and restaurants impose indoor smoking restrictions, hope citywide ban follows
Mobile (AL) Press-Register, 2010-01-18
Dan Murtaugh

A nonsmoking revolution is under way in downtown Mobile, led by new upscale hotels and restaurants that are trying to attract customers who don't want to go home smelling like an ashtray.

Health officials said they're hoping the trend adds momentum to efforts to pass a citywide ban on smoking in public places.

The bars and restaurants at the Battle House Hotel and the Riverview Renaissance Hotel don't allow cigarettes, although the Riverview is about to open an outdoor bar where smoking will be allowed.

Other late night hotspots, such as Bacchus, Hopjacks and the Royal Scam, also require customers and employees to step outside if they want to take a drag. ...

Bryce to be part of smoking ban
Smoking at all inpatient psychiatric facilities will be banned beginning Monday by the Alabama Department of Mental Health.
Tuscaloosa (AL) News, 2009-12-30
Lydia Seabol Avant Staff Writer

Smoking at all inpatient psychiatric facilities will be banned beginning Monday by the Alabama Department of Mental Health.

The new tobacco-free initiative will affect Tuscaloosa's state mental health facilities, including Bryce Hospital, which now bans smoking inside its buildings but allows smoking on the grounds.

The new policy prohibits tobacco products anywhere on campus by patients, visitors, staff or any other individuals.

People with mental illnesses are two to three times more likely than the general population to be dependent on nicotine, research has shown. ...

Prattville's Bama Lanes going smoke free
Montgomery (AL) Advertiser, 2009-12-22
Marty Roney

Prattville's bowling alley will go smoke free June 1, 2010.

The announcement was made in a recent letter to league players. Last month the City Council narrowly defeated an ordinance that would ban patrons and employees under the age of 19 from smoking restaurants. Bama Lanes is considered a restaurant because food is served there.

About seven years ago the council forced restaurants to decide if they were going to be smoking or non-smok ing. The overwhelming ma­jority went non-smoking.

Chris Zinn, manager of the bowling alley didn't re­turn phone calls seeking comment Monday. The let ter pointed to council action as an impetus for the change.

"While the motion was not accepted, the vote was very close, and the council mem ber indicated there could be another motion for passage in the future," the letter read. ...

Decatur smoking ban panel to meet minus appointees
AP, 2009-11-27

A committee formed to review Decatur's 2-year-old smoking ordinance will move forward without appointments from two city councilmen.

City Attorney Herman Marks says he plans to brief the committee Thursday, providing its members copies of the ordinance and any other material they might request.

Mayor Don Stanford is expected to attend the introductory meeting along with District 2 appointee John Buchanan, District 3 appointee Joseph Wynn, and District 5 appointee Ted Whittington. ...

Prattville smoking proposal fails
WSFA 12 (Montgomery, AL), 2009-11-17

In a 4-3 vote the proposed smoking ordinance in Prattville failed to pass at Tuesday's city council meeting.

Councilman Tom Miller and Council President Dean Argo wanted to ban employees and customers younger than 19 years old from smoking in restaurants. Some business owners feared they would lose employees if the ordinance passed.

Smoking ban may not pass tonight in Prattville
Montgomery Advertiser - Marty Roney - November 17, 2009

The Prattville City Council will take up a change in the city's smoking ordinance during tonight's meeting, but the votes might not be there for passage. ...

Smoking ban petition may heat up again
Montgomery County Courier - Nancy Flake - November 12, 2009

The battle over the city of Conroe’s new smoking ban is still smoldering, with opponents claiming they will fire up a second petition drive after the failure of the first.

Members of Be Fair Conroe, an organization of business owners opposing the ban approved by City Council members in September, brought the city 796 petition signatures to overturn the ban last month. They needed 461 signatures of registered voters in Conroe, equal to 20 percent of voters in the city’s May 2008 municipal election.

Had their petition drive been successful, the City Council would have been required to amend the new ordinance, which bans smoking in almost all public and private workplaces, or send the ordinance to voters in an election. ...

Study: Conroe PD needs a second deputy chief
Montgomery County Courier - Nancy Flake - November 12, 2009

Smoking ordinance: Council members will discuss and take action on a petition presented in October to the city by a group of business owners seeking to ...

Prattville considers new smoking ordinance
Montgomery Advertiser - Marty Roney - November 10, 2009

Restaurant owners and residents addressed the Prattville City Council on Monday night concerning a proposed change to the city's smoking ordinance.

Councilmen Dean Argo and Tom Miller are backing the proposal, which would ban customers and employees younger than 19 from restaurants that allow smoking. ...

No-smoking, drinks-only tavern gives patrons a breath of fresh air
Tuscaloosa News (subscription) - Dusty Compton - November 4, 2009

TUSCALOOSA | Chad Smith's new tavern is a little different from his competition. It's a little less smoky.

Smith banned smoking inside the bar completely.

'I think the town is moving in that direction,' said Smith, owner of the Alcove International Tavern, which opened about two months ago at 730 22nd Ave. 'I think in three to four years, all taverns will be non-smoking, because that seems to be the trend.'

In 2003, a state law banned smoking in hospitals, schools, most retail businesses, elevators, buses and taxis, and several Alabama municipalities have enacted smoking bans that are even more restrictive.

Tuscaloosa's current ban on smoking in public places exempts bars that don't serve food. In bars within establishments serving food, smoking is allowed after 10 p.m.

But Smith said he deliberately went further by opening a smoke-free, drinks-only tavern. He said the response from customers has been positive.

Alcove allows patrons to smoke in its two outside seating areas only.

'Alcove is a smaller place than some, but it is a niche for people who like a good quality drink and not be in a smoke-screen environment,' he said. ...

Tougher smoking ordinance
WSFA - Hannah Lane - November 4, 2009

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Prattville's city council is considering thoughening their existing smoking ordinance.

The city's mayor says the ordinance would make it illegal for anyone 19 years old or younger to go inside or work in a restaurant where smoking is present.

A public hearing on the issue is set for November 9th at 6 P.M. at Prattville city hall.

Smoking proposal smolders
Vote to lessen Decatur’s restrictions delayed as committee reviews issue
Decatur (AL) Daily, 2009-10-28
Evan Belanger Staff Writer

Efforts to loosen Decatur’s ban on smoking in public places appear to be slowing as the matter moves to a review committee this week.
Proposed by Councilman Gary Hammon, amendments to the city’s 2-year-old smoking ordinance would rescind language that bans smoking in bars and restaurants.

When he pitched the plan more than two weeks ago, Hammon called for an up-or-down vote by Oct. 19, saying he did not want to drag out the controversial issue.

Hitting snag

But his plan hit a snag the same week when Council President Greg Reeves delayed the vote until Nov. 2, saying he wanted to give the public more time to comment.

Colbert commissioners expect to discuss proposed smoking ban
Florence (AL) Times Daily, 2009-10-20
Russ Corey Staff Writer

One Colbert County commissioner is ready to move forward with a request from county employees to ban smoking around the courthouse.
Courthouse employees voted 38-24 to ban smoking within 50 feet of any courthouse door after some complained about cigarette smoke drifting inside the building.

There are about 200 employees who work in the courthouse.
Commissioner Rex Burleson said he is ready to move forward with the smoking ban. The topic could come up for discussion at today's commission meeting.

Decatur puts off votes on smoking ban, NARCOG
Decatur (AL) Daily, 2009-10-17
Evan Belanger Staff Writer

City Council President Greg Reeves has delayed votes on repealing portions of Decatur’s smoking ordinance and withdrawing from the North-central Alabama Regional Council of Governments until 7 p.m. on Nov. 2.

He said Friday he is pushing back the votes to allow for public comments.

Initially, the council was scheduled to consider changes to the city’s smoking ordinance during its 10 a.m. meeting Monday. Reeves said the council will introduce the changes during that meeting, but public comments will not be heard then. Public comments will be allowed Nov. 2, he said, prior to the council’s vote.

If approved, the changes would repeal portions of the ordinance that prohibit smoking in bars and restaurants, and a provision that prevents hotel operators from designating more than 25 percent of their rooms for smokers. ...

Parts of Decatur, Ala., smoking ban may be lifted
Nation's Restaurant News - October 14, 2009

District 4 Councilman Ronny Russell, who proposed the city's current smoking ban last term, opposed the changes, saying it would erase the "incredibly ...

Decatur Council Member Proposes New Smoking Ordinance

WHNT - Amber Stuart - October 13, 2009

DECATUR, A: - Almost exactly two years after Decatur banned smoking completely, a new smoking ordinance is on the table. This one gives restaurant and bar ...

Florence smoking ordinance takes effect Thursday
Times Daily - Brian Hughes - October 7, 2009

FLORENCE - The city’s new smoking ordinance will go into effect Thursday.

The city law will prohibit smoking in public places — parks, educational institutions, offices and restaurants, among others — but restaurants and lounges designated as smoking throughout are exempt.

City officials say they won’t deploy a tobacco protection squad to enforce the new law. Instead, they said it will be more complaint-driven in nature. ...

Airport smoking area moved farther from terminal's entry
The Huntsville Times - al.com - Keith Clines - September 9, 2009

Site shifted to walk next to taxi stand; air cleaner near door

Travelers at Huntsville International Airport could have cleaner air to breathe with the airport moving the smoking area.

The designated smoking area in front of the terminal building was moved to the sidewalk next to the taxi stand, airport Deputy Director Butch Roberts told the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority at its Tuesday morning meeting. ...

Other cities in no rush to pass smoking law
Florence (AL) Times Daily, 2009-09-06
Brian Hughes Staff Writer

Florence took a drastic step last week in the ongoing tobacco wars, enacting a law that directs restaurant and lounge owners to decide whether or not to allow smoking.

Judging from city leaders across the river, however, it hasn't exactly opened the floodgates for similar moves.

Still, they haven't ruled it out.

"It's a good litmus test," said Tuscumbia Mayor Bill Shoemaker. "We're going to wait and see how it works out in Florence."

Mayors in Muscle Shoals and Sheffield echoed similar sentiments, saying they would be open to discussion but did not commit to either side of the debate.

For years, government officials have feared that smoking restrictions would send smokers - and business - to neighboring cities lacking similar rules.

Now that theory will be put to the test.

Restaurant owners in Florence were given one month to decide which way to go. The law bans smoking in public places, such as offices, stores and parks, but provides exemptions for restaurants and lounges that choose to allow smoking. Separate smoking and nonsmoking sections in restaurants and lounges are now banned. ...

Another Valley City Passes Smoking Ban
WAAY - September 2, 2009

The Florence City Council has passed a new bill banning smoking in most public places, and giving restaurant owners 30 days to decide whether or not they want to shut smokers out.

By a 5-1 vote Tuesday night, the council approved the ban, that was proposed by Mayor Bobby Irons and Council member James Barnhart. The bill is modeled after the smoking resolution passed in Huntsville a few years ago. It bans smoking in public places like offices, stores, parks and restaurants. However, restaurants and lounges can allow customers to light up, but an establishment that allows smoking can't let anyone younger than 18 into the premesis without a parent or guardian. ...

Smoking ban may happen in Florence
WAFF - Josh Ault - August 31, 2009

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) The city of Florence is considering a smoking ban that would include inside and outside areas.

City leaders were waiting on the state to pass a ban, but when that never happened they decided to do one themselves.

The purpose of a proposed smoking ban in Florence is to make the city healthier.

"I'm very contentious about the health problems with smoke," said Florence Mayor Bobby Irons. "(I) want to help resolve the problem."

Irons first put his sights on restaurants. In the proposed ban, restaurants will have to either choose to be smoking or non-smoking, but cannot be both.

"I think its a win, win for the business establishments and for the citizens," said Irons. ...

Councilmen split on smoking ban
Florence (AL) Times Daily, 2009-08-11
Brian Hughes Staff Writer

Florence - For years, Ginger Davis has watched local smoking ban efforts go up in smoke.

As pushes for a statewide law fizzled through the past decade, she turned to local officials, hoping to convince them to pass an ordinance or put a referendum on the ballot to crack down on the potential cancer-causing habit.

The council's stance on smoking remained constant, said Davis, the prevention specialist with the Riverbend Center for Mental Health.

"They don't look at it as a health issue," Davis said. "They look at it as a business issue. It's infuriating."

If a vote were held today, it would likely cause Davis to blow a different kind of smoke of her own.

Two councilmen - Andy Betterton and Dick Jordan - said they would support an ordinance prohibiting smoking in public places. ...

Challenge to Gulf Shores smoking ban rejected by Alabama appeals court
AP, 2009-08-07

A state appeals court has rejected a challenge to Gulf Shores' ban on smoking in enclosed public places.

Jennifer Leigh Gann had been convicted of violating the ban by smoking in a bar where she worked in the beach town. She was fined $50.
Gann argued that the law was not intended to protect public health, but to allow the City of Gulf Shores to bully citizens. ...

Council approves smoking ban
Jacksonville News - Jennifer Bacchus - July 29, 2009

The Jacksonville City Council amended the city's smoking ordinance during its meeting Monday night. The new law, initially proposed by Councilman Mark Jones during a work session on April 28, would prohibit smoking "in all enclosed public places within the city."
Businesses that currently use a ventilation system approved under the previous smoking ordinance, which was passed into law on February 14, 2006, are allowed to continue having smoking areas for 15 years after which time those businesses will have to become smoke-free.

According to Mark Williams, the city building inspector, only two businesses in Jacksonville currently allow smoking by using the ventilation system — Waffle House and Pelham's Bar. ...

Council considers smoking ban
Jacksonville News - Jennifer Bacchus - July 14, 2009

The Jacksonville City Council held the first reading of a new smoking ordinance Monday night. The new ordinance would require all new businesses coming into town to be completely smoke free and any businesses in town who currently have a ventilation system allowing people to smoke in their establishment would have to become non-smoking in 15 years. ...

Cigarettes lit under Decatur's City Hall despite ban
WAFF NBC Channel 48 (Huntsville, AL), 2009-07-07
Bobby Shuttleworth

Decatur's smoking ordinance took effect in October of 2007. It was a heated issue, and now WAFF 48 News is getting complaints that people are lighting up at City Hall.

Some of the complaints are coming from people who work in the building, but they told WAFF 48 News that they're afraid of losing their job if they talk about it. Others who don't work for the city said it's unfair that the law applies elsewhere and not at City Hall.

The garage under part of the Decatur Municipal Building is a place where many city employees take a smoke break.

"There are chairs, benches, ashtrays full of butts," said Decatur citizen Axel Hein. "I thought we had a smoking ordinance and I rushed out totally appalled at the whole thing."

Few attend public hearings; smoking, noise ordinances pass with no opposition
Tuskegee (AL) News, 2009-06-25

The two sweeping ordinances were approved at the Tuesday, June 23 meeting of the Tuskegee City Council. They will be effective after publication in the Thursday, July 2 edition of The Tuskegee News. ...

Under the ordinance, smoking is prohibited in enclosed public places to include those ranging from public businesses to restaurants and retail stores. Also prohibited is smoking in places of employment and in seating areas of outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters. . . .

The smoking ordinance passed by a 3-0 vote as council members Louise Fields and Lutalo Aryee arrived after the vote.

During a public hearing before the vote was taken Ben Rackley, T.S. Williams and Mary Hooks spoke in support of the smoking ordinance. No one spoke against. ...

OUR VIEW: North Carolina strictly limits smoking, but not Alabama
The Birmingham News - al.com - May 29, 2009

Maybe the news from North Carolina will encourage Alabama Sen. Vivian Figures to try again.

And maybe it will shame those Alabama lawmakers who have been toadies to the tobacco industry for so long and for no good reason. We won't bet on that one. Our lawmakers have an awfully high shame threshold.

The issue, of course, is a statewide law to ban smoking in public places, restaurants and bars. The need for such a policy isn't punitive. The need is based in scientific research that shows secondhand smoke is dangerous. ...

Staff to vote on smoking
Florence (AL) Times Daily, 2009-04-20
Russ Corey Staff Writer

COLBERT COUNTY - County commissioners have agreed to allow courthouse employees to vote on whether smoking will be allowed directly outside the building in downtown Tuscumbia.

Voting results will not be binding, Colbert County Administrator Donna Llewellyn said.

"(Commissioners) want to know how everybody feels about it," she said.

Smoking is not allowed inside the building, but when smokers gather outside the Colbert County courthouse entrances to take a cigarette break, fumes waft inside, much to the dismay of non-smokers. ...

Smoking, lodging discussed
Gulf Coast Newspapers - April 9, 2009

By Kelli M. Dugan SPANISH FORT, Ala.—The City Council covered a tremendous amount of ground during its two-hour work session prior to Monday’s regular ...

Sen. Figures' smoking bill delayed after being weakened by ...
al.com - April 3, 2009

MONTGOMERY — The state Senate on Thursday delayed a vote on a public smoking ban after an emotional and sometimes bizarre debate that left the bill gutted.

The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile, would ban smoking in most public places. The bill initially made exceptions for private clubs and dwellings, and some rooms in hotels and nursing homes.

"This is a preventable disease. We can rein in the health care costs of millions," Figures said during the debate. "I can't understand for life of me why we can't see this as a health issue." ...

Fort Payne smoking ban passes
Times-Journal, AL - February 18, 2009

Despite pleas from a local restaurant owner, the Fort Payne City Council on Tuesday passed a smoking ban that allows all businesses – except restaurants – to apply for a waiver that would allow smoking.

“I would like to congratulate the council on passing the smoking ordinance,” Fort Payne Mayor Bill Jordan said. “It’s been a long-time coming, and I think it will be a plus for the city.”

The ordinance takes effect on April 1.

Archie Quizon, owner of Archie’s in downtown Fort Payne, asked for restaurants to be given the same consideration as other businesses.

Discussions on a smoking ban began more than a year ago with complaints from local waitresses and waiters, who claimed they were forced to work in smoking areas for lengthy periods of time, according to Council President Richard Pridmore.

And, discussion ended with restaurants.

WEIS, AL - January 30, 2009

The Ft Payne City Council agreed Tuesday on a proposed smoking ordinance.
During a work session, the Council reached a consensus that smoking should be banned in all Ft Payne restaurants, and that all other businesses which allow smoking, would be required to post a sign that smoking is allowed at that facility.

Last October, a large majority of voters agreed that a city smoking ban was needed in Ft Payne, and since that time the Council has been working on a proposed ordinance, saying it was done so in an effort to do what the voters asked for, and that it's also a health issue.

Poll backs workplace smoking ban
The Huntsville Times - al.com, AL - January 28, 2009

Groups tout 78% support, ready to push for bill again

MONTGOMERY - Supporters of smoke-free workplaces in Alabama said Tuesday they're encouraged by a newly released poll that shows 78 percent of Alabamians favor a statewide smoking ban in all businesses.

A coalition of groups announced Tuesday it would again ask the Alabama Legislature to pass such a ban during the 2009 session.

Sen. Figures to reintroduce anti-smoking bill in upcoming ...
Press-Register - al.com, AL - January 28, 2009

Vivian Davis Figures, a Democratic state senator from Mobile, said Tuesday that she plans to reintroduce a bill to ban smoking in most public places across Alabama.

"It's legal, but it's also lethal," said Figures, surrounded by fellow legislators and supporters at a news conference in the chamber of the state House of Representatives. "Not just smoking, because that's a personal choice, but it's also lethal to people who must breathe the secondhand smoke."

Figures has made anti-smoking measures a focus of her Senate career. Last year, the Senate passed a Figures-sponsored bill to ban smoking in most public places, but it died on the final day of the session.

Judge's ruling extinguishes no-smoking challenge
The Huntsville Times - al.com, AL - January 28, 2009

Lawsuit brought by three people cost city $30K to defend

A Madison County judge has snuffed out a lawsuit challenging Madison's no-smoking law after two years and $30,000 in city legal costs.

"We are disheartened by the decision because we still feel like it was passed in an irregular way," Pat Glass of Huntsville, one of three people who sued, said on Jan. 22. "And we thought we'd get a decision from an Alabama judge who heard our case in a reasonable amount of time. Two years have passed and that's a long time."

Judge extinguishes suit over no-smoking law
The Huntsville Times, January 23, 2009

By WENDY REEVES MADISON - A Madison County judge has snuffed out a lawsuit challenging Madison's no-smoking law after two years and $30000 in city legal ...

Birmingham, Ala., passes workplace smoke ban
Nation's Restaurant News, 2005-04-08

After passing an ordinance Tuesday that will ban smoking in 17 public venue types, including restaurants and other places where primarily food is served, City Council members here said they would ask the Jefferson County Commission to adopt similar restrictions ...

Local Smokefree Laws

Birmingham law provides for smokefree workplaces and public places, but exempts restaurants and bars. The Meridan City Council approved a smokefree workplace/restaurant ordinance in early November 2004.

Cessation Resources
Smokefree Dining/Travel
State Resources