Tri-state fire district elections cancelled
Mohave Valley News - September 16, 2014
The board also directed staff to come up with a policy about e-cigarettes
being smoked at county buildings. Public Health Director Patty Mead
said there is not ...
County Supervisor Johnson seeks state PILT payments
Today's News-Herald - September 10, 2014
Last month, the board directed county staff to clarify its smoke-free
county building policy to include e-cigarettes and vaporized nicotine
devices. Johnson said ...
emotions toward new tobacco policy
Arizona Daily Wildcat - September 2, 2014
Students so far have reported a mix of appreciation, anger and indifference
towards it. The policy states that the university now prohibits
the use of products that contain tobacco or nicotine, including cigarettes,
cigars, pipes, bidis, kreteks, hookah...
smoking ban in place for 1st U of A football game
Tucson News Now - August 29, 2014
... ban; as for smoking in Arizona Stadium, there are two designated
areas on the east and west outer ramps, but smokers are only allowed
to use e-cigarettes.
Changes help Sun City grow
YourWestValley.com - August 23, 2014
In the 1980s, some 30 members started a movement to ban smoking in our
recreation centers. It was eventually a ballot question, and a smoking
ban was enacted. Later in that decade the pro-smokers were successful
in getting the issue on the ballot. The smoking ban was confirmed and
continues to this day; recently, e-cigarettes were in included in the
questions surround Pima County plans to not hire smokers
Inside Tucson Business - August 22, 2014
... Control, which estimates that each smoker costs his or her employer
about $3,400 more per year than non-smokers due to lost productivity
and medical costs.
Nation President Ben Shelly orders clean air for tribal ...
Farmington Daily Times - August 21, 2014
A 2006 U.S. surgeon general's report states smoking is the leading cause
of ... The ban does not restrict using natural mountain tobacco for
traditional and ...
Worry As More Navajo Communities Go Smoke-Free
NPR - August 18, 2014
Walking onto the gaming floor at the Twin Arrows Casino near Flagstaff,
Ariz., is a sensory-rich experience, with winning bells and slot machine
jingles a constant. But in addition to hearing the sounds of the gaming
floor, visitors also smell cigarette smoke. The Smoke-Free Arizona Act
doesn't apply to this casino, located just inside the southern borders
of the Navajo Nation. That means smoking in an enclosed public space
jobs for smokers?
KGUN 9 - July 30, 2014
Smoking is not as popular as it used to be, but Pima County estimates
about 32 ... He wants to ban new hires who have used any type of nicotine
in a year's time.
contemplates nicotine-free workplace
Tucson News Now - July 29, 2014
He also says "although there may be some controversy initially,
as there was with the tobacco free initiative two years ago, I am confident
it will be short lived."...
STARS strategize in Washington
Eastern Arizona Courier - July 25, 2014
They are eager to learn all they can to promote the education
of the dangers of firsthand, secondhand and thirdhand smoke at the grass-roots
level in Graham ...
Chewing, Even 'Vaping' Banned At University Of Arizona ...
The College Fix - July 24, 2014
...At least 1,372 campuses across the country are smoke-free and 938
of those campuses are tobacco-free, according to the American Nonsmokers'
Campus Falls to Anti-Smoking ZealotryEven E-Cigs Are ...
Reason (blog)-by Robby Soave - July 24, 2014
Another Campus Falls to Anti-Smoking ZealotryEven E-Cigs Are
Banned ... The University of Arizona has decided to follow colleges
around the country in banning smoking on all campus property. ... Some
students are irritated about the ban, but who are they to stand athwart
Many get burned by new UA tobacco ban
Arizona Daily Wildcat - July 23, 2014
A more reasonable policy would have allowed tobacco users to only smoke
in designated areas that are away from areas of heavy foot traffic,
and banned e-cigs and smokeless tobacco from indoor public areas only.
The designers of the policy failed to take ...
mayoral candidates: Who's the best fit?
azcentral.com - July 23, 2014
Mesa recently had passed its smoking ordinance, and angry restaurant
owners stormed each meeting, saying they were going out of business
and begging for ...
convenience store thriving
St. George Daily Spectrum - July 23, 2014
Paiute tribal members listen as retired Arizona Bureau of Indian Affairs
... "A lot of people come back because we don't charge tax. ...
The store's biggest seller is tobacco, including some Native American-brand
cigarettes that don't use ...
adopts policy to ban the use of tobacco products on campus
Arizona Daily Wildcat - July 22, 2014
He said he endorses the tobacco-ban personally and as the ASUA president.
Ortega has asthma and said that family members choosing to smoke around
of Arizona goes smoke free
KOLD TV Channel 13 (Tucson, AZ) - July 18, 2014
Public comments started in March and will continue until July 27. If
you'd like to give a thumbs up or complain, you can e-mail the UA Vice
President for Human Resources, Allison Vaillancourt, at ...
backs tribe's casino-resort plan
YourWestValley.com - July 15, 2014
Councilman Sammy Chavira, one of four members voting for the resolution,
said he supports any project that would bring jobs, sales-tax revenue
and economic ...
Promotes Healthy Living With Campus-Wide Tobacco Ban
KJZZ - July 14, 2014
The University of Arizona is joining hundreds of colleges across the
nation with a campus-wide ban on tobacco. The new policy will prohibit
smoking, smokeless ...
of Arizona Banning Smoking on Campus, Including E-Cigarettes
Phoenix New Times (blog) - July 14, 2014
The University of Arizona will be joining hundreds of other universities
across the country with a campus ban on smoking. The Maricopa County
Community College District actually enacted a smoking/tobacco ban on
its campuses in 2012, including a ban on e-cigarettes, too.
bans tobacco use on campus
Yuma Sun - July 8, 2014
... campus not only indicates the speed limit and possession of weapons
is prohibited, but also advised all visitors that the campus is smoke
and tobacco free.
votes to make Veterans Park smoke-free
Arizona Silver Belt - June 18, 2014
Miami At its meeting on June 9, the Miami Town Council voted 4-2 to
make Miami Veterans Memorial Park a smoke-free area. Michael Black,
Don Reiman, Robert Baeza and Darryl Dalley all voted for the measure,
while mayor Rosemary Castaneda and vice mayor Susan Hanson voted against
Luis imposes smoking ban at city park
Yuma Daily Sun - May 24, 2014
San Luis will be the first city in Yuma County to have a smoking ban
in place at a public park, thanks to the efforts of a youth anti-tobacco
group that lobbied the City Council to enact the prohibition. The ban
designates Moctezuma Park as a smoke-free ...
How recently have you visited an Arizona casino?
Phoenix Business Journal May 23, 2014
in no- smoking areas only, including getting to shows. We do not gamble,
but we have eaten in the buffets and seen a show. I havent been
in the past year, but have definitely been many more times never
can still light up at parks
Mojave Valley Daily News May 21, 2014
BULLHEAD CITY Although sympathetic to members of the Boys & Girls
Clubs of the Colorado River, which is trying to get the city of Bullhead
City to ban smoking in its parks, council members all opposed the idea
during their Tuesday meeting.
Fair is coming to Tucson
Explorer News - May 14, 2014
The Tucson Vape Fair is an international trade event which will bring
together direct manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers geared
towards the alternative vaping industry all under one roof. Exhibitors
will display the largest selection of newly designed vapes, e-cigs,
e-hookahs, e-liquids and many other products and accessories offered
at the lowest wholesale prices on the market. One of the highlights
of the show will be the Vape-Off: Americas largest e-liquid competition,
organized by top industry bloggers who have committed themselves to
the alternative vaping lifestyle
places restrictions on electronic cigarette use
YourWestValley.com - April 29, 2014
Smoking electronic cigarettes is now banned in Recreation Centers of
Sun City facilities except for designated smoking areas. Additionally,
public use of the devices has been prohibited in the states of New Jersey,
Utah and North Dakota, as well as 24 counties in states such as West
Virginia and Kentucky, according to a report by the American Nonsmokers
Rights Foundation. ...
trend already meeting public resistance
Kingman Daily Miner April 24, 2014
Their usability in places where tobacco use has been banned is a common
selling ... College, which revised their tobacco policies to ban or
restrict use of e-cigs without ... Mohave County has the highest adult
smoking rate in the state, with 31 ... Here we are banning tobacco products
and electronic cigarette's, but we had ...
making strides to curb tobacco use statewide
Willcox Range News - April 24, 2014
In the last four years, the number of smokers under 18 dropped by 30
percent. ... pass smoke-free ordinances at local parks and expand smoke-free
Legion commander to quit after notable term
Arizona Republic - April 23, 2014
His tenure was significant in that in September 2013, he introduced
a smoking ban inside the Legion building in downtown Gilbert. He credits
the ban for the ...
Big increase in nicotine exposure from e-cig liquid
KTAR.com - April 20, 2014
PHOENIX -- A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
shows a nationwide rise in nicotine exposure from the liquid in e-cigarettes,
mirroring increases seen by Arizona's poison control centers.
boards discuss smoking policies
YourWestValley.com - April 17, 2014
The ban would allow residents to smoke electronic cigarettes only in
... I think if it helps someone to stop smoking then, yes, they should
be allowed to smoke ...
company bans workers from smoking
East Valley Tribune - April 16, 2014
Lee Benson, CEO and owner of Able Aerospace Services, began banning
smoking in 2010 and fires its employees if they do decide to smoke,
according to a ..
Aerospace bans smoking even off the job
Phoenix Business Journal April 14, 2014
You better not smoke em if you got em if you work for Lee Benson. Benson
does not allow workers to smoke even off the job saying it saves the
company between $750,000 and $1 million annually in health insurance
costs. We drug test for nicotine, Benson said.
County to add electronic cigarettes to existing smoking ban
Arizona Daily Sun - April 8, 2014
And now Coconino County health officials want to add other electronic
smoking devices to the existing ban as well making it illegal to vape
any substance in public. Health officials say that not only are electronic
cigarettes potentially harmful to the user, they also have toxins that
could be harmful as secondhand smoke. If Coconino County does adopt
the ban, it would not necessarily affect all of the 1,400 establishments
covered under the current ban on classic cigarettes. Incorporated areas
of the county, such as the city of Flagstaff, would have to decide if
they wanted to take a position on banning electronic cigarettes (see
smoking ban doesn't include e-cigs
Arizona Daily Sun - April 8, 2014
The city of Flagstaff has an ordinance that bans traditional smoking
in a long list of buildings used by the public, including bars, museums,
theaters, heath care facilities, child care and adult care facilities,
public areas in apartment buildings and businesses, restaurants, stores
and sports facilities. But because the ordinance, which took effect
in 2005, does not mention e-cigarettes, city spokesperson Kim Ott said
city officials believe the use of the devices cannot be banned generally
without amending the ordinance. Until or if that occurs, businesses
and other organizations can establish their own policies on e-cigarettes.
gain strong local popularity
Prescott Daily Courier - April 8, 2014
There's no denying the popularity of electronic cigarettes. With more
and more people wanting to kick the tobacco habit, the devices have
become a step back from Camels or Marlboros.
Valley E-cig store gains local popularity
Prescott Valley Tribune - April 8, 2014
"To quit smoking with one of our e-cigarettes, there has to be
will power. You have to ... In 2013, a new Arizona law banned sales
to minors under 18. But that ...
Cottonwood needs tobacco-free policy for city parks
Verde Independent - April 3, 2014
We'd like to see our parks become healthier by making them tobacco free.
The 2010 Surgeon General's report on secondhand smoke concluded that
there is no ...
Vapors Unveils Vapor Lounge Catering To Concerns ...
Free Press Release Center (press release) - April 3, 2014
Despite previous controversy over the use of an electronic cigarette
in Tempe, new studies indicate these smokeless alternatives to the traditional
cigarette may ...
smokers are chasing clouds
azcentral.com - April 1, 2014
Having one's head in the clouds has taken on new meaning as a Vapor
Cigarette trend picks up popularity. It's called "cloud chasing,"
and its goal is to produce big, thick, white plumes of vapor. "It's
a sport. It's about, how big can you make the cloud," said Kris
Poma, manager of Vanity Vapor at 6670 W. Cactus Road, Glendale.
Arizona Unveils Student-Made Robot for Tobacco Control ...
AZoRobotics - March 20, 2014
Students Taking a New Direction (STAND) Arizona's anti-smoking youth
... from banning smoking in public parks to being vigilant of retailers
who sell to minors.
City Council mulls permitting sidewalk seating citywide
Arizona Daily Sun - March 16, 2014
According to the proposed resolution, cafes or restaurants that wanted
to add an outdoor seating area would have to leave between 5 1/2 feet
to 8 feet of open space for pedestrians between the seating area and
the back of the curb. The size of the open space depends on how wide
the sidewalk is. A movable barrier must also be put up around the area
and smoking is not allowed. Serving alcohol within the area is prohibited
from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m.
presidential candidates face off in debate
Daily Aztec - March 13, 2014
Both candidates agreed the on-campus bans, such as the smoking ban and
the ... The bans were done without input from all of the students,
which is the ...
Deputies bust pot 'compassion clubs'
azcentral.com - March 13, 2014
Deputies arrested 39 suspected drug dealers and seized an ATM, marijuana,
... Sheriff Joe Arpaio's detectives to three medical marijuana "compassion
Senate hears updates on guaranteed tuition, tobacco ban
Arizona Daily Wildcat - March 13, 2014
Updates on the tobacco ban, guaranteed tuition, bylaw revisions, and
other topics ... If the policy is passed, Chavez said he would like
to see smoking areas off ...
tobacco ban smokes out healthier substitutes
Arizona Daily Wildcat - March 12, 2014
The ban would allow smoking cessation products, like nicotine
patches, but that's ... Banning smoking at the university is not going
to lead most smokers to quit.
campus policy up for review
Arizona Daily Wildcat - March 12, 2014
The UA is looking to join the more than 800 universities nationwide
that have tobacco-free campuses. The Student Health Advocacy Committee
has been working on a draft for a tobacco-free campus policy for two-and-a-half
years, and the plan is now under public review.
Paz County students to gather at State Capitol on tobacco issues
Parker Live - March 10, 2014
On Tuesday, March 18th, students from La Paz County will take a STAND
against tobacco use at the Arizona State Capitol. Students Taking a
New Direction (STAND) is organizing their first legislative day on March
18th. More than 250 students from 25 local youth chapters will gather
at the State Capitol to showcase their efforts to pass local legislation
that promotes smoke free environments. ...
presidential hopefuls talk big issues
Arizona Daily Wildcat - March 2, 2014
Should a smoking ban be implemented on the UA campus? ... On my personal
experiences, I would like to support a tobacco ban, but it is about
representing the ...
electronic cigarettes for weight loss?
AZFamily - February 11, 2014
PHOENIX -- Could losing weight be as easy as smoking flavored electronic
cigarettes? A Valley mom says it's her solution to trying to shed baby
weight and ... My favorite flavor is blue raspberry; cotton candy is
awesome, said Joel Vinson of Vape Escapes in Phoenix.
shop brings 'vaping' to Nogales ($$)
Nogales International - February 4, 2014
An e-cigarette shop opened its doors in Nogales, offering local residents
the chance to join a nationwide trend of vaping. On Thursday afternoon,
doctors seeing more kids swallow e-cigs' poisoneous liquid nicotine
KTAR.com - February 4, 2014
PHOENIX -- Valley doctors are expressing concern about electronic cigarettes.
E-cigs use water vapor instead of smoke to deliver nicotine, and many
people think they're healthier than regular cigarettes. But at the Banner
Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center, doctors are worried
that people, especially children, are swallowing the liquid nicotine.
"Many of them come with refills that don't come in child proof
containers," said Dr. Frank Lovecchio. "The refills are typically
very tasty, with flavors such as chocolate and vanilla. Flavors that
tend to appeal to a younger user."
of cancer fights HOA ban on medical marijuana [VIDEO]
Arizona Republic - February 4, 2014
A cancer survivor who lives in Carrillo Ranch in Chandler says he will
begin circulating a petition to overturn that homeowners association
boards rule that homeowners and guests cannot smoke medical marijuana
in their yards or on their patios.
bans medical marijuana in home yards
Arizona Republic - February 1, 2014
Ekmark said homeowners associations are mainly concerned with smoking
in ... said of the Carrillo Ranch ban, My reaction is that it's probably
not a valid rule.
blamed for overexposure cases
azcentral - January 31, 2014
With electronic cigarettes gaining popularity, officials in Arizona
and nationwide are seeing more cases of people exposed to too much nicotine,
not just from inhaling but by spilling or swallowing the liquid drug.
Banner Good Samaritan Poison & Drug Information Center received
24 calls last year about nicotine exposure from e-cigarettes, 13 of
them involving children. Thats up from 10 cases four involving children
in 2012. In the first weeks of this year, the center had received six
calls, four involving children. It is very concerning, said Dr. Frank
LoVecchio, the centers co-medical director. The public has to be educated
that nicotine is very toxic and has been associated with deaths, he
seeing more cases of nicotine over-exposure from e-cigarettes
Cronkite News (Phoenix, AZ) - January 30, 2014
With electronic cigarettes gaining popularity, officials in Arizona
and nationwide are seeing more cases of people exposed to too much nicotine,
not just from inhaling but by spilling or swallowing the liquid drug.
Banner Good Samaritan Poison & Drug
ban diminishes on-campus diversity
Daily Aztec - January 29, 2014
It made me nauseous and I didn't smoke again. The people who lived in
the village either didn't know, chose to ignore, or had simply forgot
that smoking is bad ...
spark smoking etiquette revamp
Arizona Daily Wildcat - January 29, 2014
Electronic cigarettes may not actually be ducks, but they are quacking.
Despite our perception of e-cigarettes as a new form of smoking, they
look like cigarettes, ...
Medical Center now smoke and tobacco-free site
Tucson News Now - January 2, 2014
Northwest Medical Center is starting out 2014 as a tobacco and smoke
free campus. As of Jan. 1, NMC's new policy prohibits the use of any
tobacco products on the campus, as well as any affiliated facilities
like urgent cares, ambulatory surgery centers and physician's offices.
fire officials see increased fire danger with e-cigarettes
10News - January 1, 2014
PHOENIX - As electronic cigarettes grow in popularity, so do the number
of fires they start. Phoenix Fire Department officials say they've noticed
the increase ...
Fire Department officials warn electronic cigarette users about fire
KNXV-TV ABC 15 - December 31, 2013
As electronic cigarettes grow in popularity, so do the number of fires
they start. Phoenix Fire Department officials say theyve noticed the
increase and want families to know about the potential danger These
things are causing fires, said Phoenix Fire Department Captain and Arson
Investigator Gary Hernandez. He responded to the fire at the Ormans
house, but this wasnt the first e-cigarette-related fire hes seen. They
had plugged this in, in the
of e-cigarette research prompts questions of health effects, UA ...
Arizona Daily Wildcat - December 10, 2013
A lack of research and knowledge has led some faculty and students to
question whether electronic cigarettes should be banned from campus.
campus tobacco ban still remains undecided
JackCentral - December 3, 2013
The Tobacco Free Policy resolution considered by the Associated Students
of Northern Arizona University (ASNAU) at the meeting on Nov.14 failed
by a 6-5 ...
hope law curbs e-cigarette use by kids
TriValley Central - December 4, 2013
PHOENIX With electronic cigarettes increasingly popular among
children nationally, officials and advocates hope a new Arizona law
banning sales to those ...
to host open forum regarding tobacco-free campus initiative
Arizona Daily Wildcat - November 14, 2013
ASUA is looking for additional student input on whether to support a
tobacco-free campus initiative through a forum on Friday. The Associated
Students of the University of Arizona is hosting the forum in order
to get feedback and opinions on the tobacco-free campus initiative that
was introduced to the ASUA Senate last March. The initiative, which
was officially introduced by the Student Health Advocacy Committee,
aims to create an entirely tobacco-free campus.
Legion says 'smoke 'em if you got 'em' ... outside
Arizona Republic - November 12, 2013
American Legion Post 39 has banned smoking inside its premises in downtown
Gilbert. Since the ban was initiated in mid-September, the legion has
had an uptick of new members, while others have stopped coming. More
people have turned up for karaoke, and also, those who shunned the place
earlier because of the smoke have returned. Erickson is monitoring attendance
and the changes to its economics but wont draw any conclusions on the
impact until the end of the year. He has answered several phone calls
from regional posts asking about the business impact. I expect membership
to rise and I expect business to increase. Its a gut feeling. I expect
the average age to drop a little bit as younger people do get active.
I see a lot of good news and I see little downside other than the initial
loss of business, he said. Post manager Debbie Schwartz, who is also
the bartender, used to smoke here but now uses an electronic cigarette.
pushes for tougher standard on marijuana driving ...
Verde Independent - November 7, 2013
A prosecutor argued Tuesday there's nothing wrong with charging a motorist
who smoked marijuana up to a month ago with driving while drugged. In
arguments to the Arizona Supreme Court, Susan Luder acknowledged that
Carboxy-THC, a secondary metabolite of marijuana, can show up in blood
tests for a month after someone has used the drug. And she did not dispute
the concession of her own expert witness that the presence of that metabolite
does not indicate someone is impaired.
Push For Laws Similar To Smoke-Free Arizona On Native American Land
KJZZ - November 4, 2013
When Arizona voters banned smoking indoors several years ago, the law
didnt cover Native American land. Now, an anti-smoking activist is trying
to pass smoking ban that will cover the Navajo Nation. Dr. Leland Fairbanks
is president of Arizonans Concerned About Smoking, which helped push
through the Smoke-Free Arizona Act in 2006. 55 percent of the reservation
people, who are part of Arizona, voted for the Smoke-Free Arizona Initiative,
but they said it doesnt apply to them because theyre independent nations,
Fairbanks said. So unfortunately theyve already voted; they would like
to have what we have in the rest of the state. Now, hes trying to collect
about 10,000 signatures to get an initiative on the 2014 Navajo ballot
banning indoor smoking.
Unified School District bans electronic cigarettes
Arizona Daily Sun - October 25, 2013
Flagstaff Unified School District has officially banned electronic cigarettes.
The FUSD Governing Board voted unanimously Tuesday to add language about
e-cigarettes, tobacco substitutes, vapor products and other chemical
inhalation devices to its policy prohibiting smoking in district buildings
and vehicles, and on district premises.
FD: faulty e-cigarette likely to blame for fire that injured Vietnam
WSHM-TV - October 24, 2013
PHOENIX (CBS5) - CBS 5 News has told you about two different electronic
cigarette-related fires, here in the Valley, during the past six months.
In April, an exploding device caused a car fire in Glendale. Then in
August, a "Smokin' T" e-cigarette is believed to have caused
a small apartment fire in Phoenix. Nobody was hurt in either of those
fires. But, now we're learning of a house fire in Phoenix last week
that injured a Vietnam veteran.
considers smoking limits on campuses
Aztec Press - October 17, 2013
Tobacco and e-cigarette users at Pima Community College may soon find
themselves ... The use of electronic cigarettes has exploded across
the country and ...
lounges pervasive near UA campus
Arizona Daily Star - October 11, 2013
Hookahs are water pipes used to smoke flavored tobacco. ... say hookah
smokers are at risk for the same kinds of diseases caused by cigarette
smoking. ... Hookah is not a safe alternative to cigarettes, a spokesman
for a Phoenix-based ...
administration submits new smoking restriction proposal
Tucson News Now - October 10, 2013
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Pima Community College may implement
a policy to restrict smoking, e-cigarette and tobacco products to designated
areas on campus.
Indicator: Now that campus has been tobacco-free for two ...
Horizons Newspaper, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - October 2,
I know that teachers arent too happy about it. They cant take smoke
breaks, leaving grumpy professors to teach us. Rachel Vogt, Freshman
Transfer ** It helps me because I have asthma and it helps not having
the second-hand smoke. I do a lot of physical activity and it helps
to have the clean air. Josh Waltz, Freshman ...
e-cigs in classrooms
Arizona Daily Wildcat (blog) - September 29, 2013
Electronic cigarettes are the new fad among smokers. They allow nicotine
to enter into the body without the added harm of tobacco. Another plus:
They can be ...
has to consider all students' opinions
Arizona Daily Wildcat - September 24, 2013
Last week, the Associated Students of the University of Arizona failed
to fulfill its primary mission of representing the UA student body.
At their regular Wednesday meeting, ASUA members discussed a resolution
supporting the Student Health Advocacy Committees Tobacco-Free UA Policy
Implementation Plan. In the plan, SHAC members presented the findings
of a 2012 Health and Wellness Survey administered by UA Campus Health
Service, where 70.2 percent of undergraduate students said they supported
making the UA campus tobacco-free.
Senate votes against tobacco-free campus resolution
Arizona Daily Wildcat - September 19, 2013
A majority of the ASUA Senate voted against a resolution in support
of a tobacco-free campus on Wednesday, putting it at odds with its president,
as well as the Student Health Advocacy Committee.
Senate seeks student input on tobacco-free campus
Arizona Daily Wildcat (blog) - September 12, 2013
ASUA senators discussed a resolution to make the UA a tobacco-free campus
at their weekly meeting Wednesday night. The Student Health Advocacy
ban idea may not stay lit
Yuma Sun - September 8, 2013
Though well-meaning, a youth group will have a tough task convincing
the city council it needs to ban smoking in public parks in San Luis,
Ariz. Dangers of ...
tobacco ban shuffles smokers around campus as fall classes ...
Diamondback Online - September 5, 2013
With this university's smoking ban in effect, smoke in the air is now
more isolated ... This university banned lit tobacco products in July
as part of a University ...
Luis city council pushed on park smoking ban
KPHO Phoenix - September 2, 2013
A community in southwest Arizona may ban smoking at all city parks.
The Yuma Sun reports that San Luis city council is being pressured to
consider an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in city-owned parks
and athletic fields.
Luis council asked to adopt smoking ban in parks
Yuma Sun - August 31, 2013
SAN LUIS, Ariz. The city council may find itself in the middle of a
debate over the rights of smokers and non-smokers if it acts on calls
for a ban on lighting up in ...
smokers grapple with tobacco ban
KPHO Phoenix - August 26, 2013
Arizona State is the latest higher education institution to implement
a tobacco ban on its campuses. Hundreds of colleges and universities
around the country ...
ASU's tobacco-free policy what a conundrum
East Valley Tribune - August 25, 2013
Arizona State University has banned the use of tobacco products on its
property, and its enforcement is something difficult to imagine in the
bustling university towns at the heart of communities like Tempe, southeast
Mesa and Downtown Phoenix. The move is aligned with the Tobacco-free
College Campus initiative, a national program under the guise of the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ASU is now among the nearly
800 educational institutions that have implemented such a policy, according
to a tally by the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation.
seeks to ban smoking at San Luis facilities
Yuma Sun - August 14, 2013
SAN LUIS, Ariz. - If a youth group has its way, people who smoke in
this city's parks will face fines as stiff as those they'd pay if they
got caught littering.
butts about it: ASU campuses go smoke-free
MyFox Phoenix - August 1, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University students will need to think
twice before lighting up on campus. A smoking ban begins on all ASU
campuses and buildings on Thursday.
board votes to ban e-cigarettes for everyone
Arizona Daily Star - July 24, 2013
Students, staff and members of the public can no longer smoke e-cigarettes
on school grounds in the Tucson Unified School District. The TUSD Governing
Board approved the ban Tuesday night on a 3-2 vote, adding the device
to a list of prohibited tobacco ...
to decide tonight on e-cigarettes
Tucson News Now - July 23, 2013
Happening today, the Tucson Unified School District will consider banning
the use of e-cigarettes. Tobacco use is already banned on TUSD campuses,
but now ...
Rican works to make ASU tobacco-free
Nogales International - July 23, 2013
Megan Wittenberg of Rio Rico, a senior kinesiology major at Arizona
State University, is playing a key role in transforming one of the largest
public universities in the country into a tobacco-free institution.
They took over the reins of the tobacco-free campaign in 2011, AND in
November 2012, ASU announced its plans of becoming a tobacco-free university
beginning Aug. 1, 2013. ...
Arrows workers should be smoke-free
Arizona Daily Sun - July 20, 2013
Despite progress in other workplaces, tribal members still have to work
in casinos filled with toxic secondhand smoke (SHS). Casino workers
are getting sick and dying from breathing SHS, which includes over 250
toxins and 69 carcinogens. There are now 500 smokefree gaming venues
and casinos in the U.S. (ALL Canadian casinos are smokefree). Please
ask the Twin Arrows Casino to protect the health of the 800 Navajo employees
in the casino by providing them with a safe, healthy smokefree workplace.
Unified School District considers e-cigarettes ban
Arizona Daily Star - July 19, 2013
While the possession or use of tobacco products is already prohibited
on TUSD campuses, the district is considering adding electronic cigarettes
to the ban to ...
group seeks smoking ban in San Luis parks
Yuma Sun - June 9, 2013
SAN LUIS, Ariz. A youth group here hopes to convince the San Luis City
Council to ban smoking at all city parks and athletic facilities.
Electric Cigarette for Minors Eloquent Arizona Bill
SBWire (press release) - May 24, 2013
... cancer society wants to ban the selling of electric cigarette to
minors. ... also not define these products in the same category as tobacco
cigarettes or products.
President Shelly celebrates non-smoking in...
The Navajo Post-May 22, 2013
President Shelly praised the efforts of the non smoking
initiative and thanked the officers for their service. He also told
a joke and made everyone laugh, ...
Teens Combat Tobacco Use With Community Pledges and ...
International Business Times (press release)-May 22, 2013
The theme of this year's World No Tobacco Day is "Ban tobacco advertising,
promotion and sponsorship." As a counter to their advertising,
some teens were ...
National Forest Implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
Prescott eNews-May 22, 2013
PRESCOTT, AZ (May 17, 2013) Campfire and smoking restrictions
will go into effect on the Prescott National Forest Wednesday, May 22,
at 8:00 a.m. Forest ...
smoking less at home, in cars, than national average
KJZZ - May 16, 2013
Arizona does better than the national average in terms of residents
who report smoke-free homes and vehicles. The numbers come from a new
report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC survey shows around 86 percent of respondents in Arizona reported
smoke-free homes in 2009-10. That ranked the state 6th in the country.
ban's enforcement left to students, staff
Downtown Devil - May 10, 2013
In just 83 days, Arizona State Universitys new soft approach of community
enforcement against the use of tobacco on campus and secondhand smoke
will take effect. After August 1, tobacco will be prohibited on university
property, facilities, grounds, parking structures, university-owned
vehicles and structures owned or leased by the university, according
While drug-free, e-cigarettes push dangerous habit
AZ Central - Arizona Republic - May 6, 2013
Hookah pens give young people practice on the ritual of smoking. ...
Perhaps 20 years from now we will be able to tell you positively whether
hookah pens lead to smoking. In the meantime, my kids dont play
with guns or e-cigarettes. What about your kids
smoking on campus
Aztec Press - May 1, 2013
Pima should ban smoking anywhere on campus. Even though college policy
currently prohibits smoking within 25 feet of building entrances, smokers
ignore the rules. Now that smokers have electronic cigarettes, they
also use them inside buildings and even in classrooms. Thats annoying,
could face challenger in GOP primary
Arizona Daily Star - April 23, 2013
State Attorney General Tom Horne could have to fend off a bid to keep
him from getting his own party's nomination for re-election. Mark Brnovich
confirmed Friday he is "seriously considering" whether to
challenge Horne in the Republican primary. Before heading the agency
responsible for overseeing tribal gaming, Brnovich was a state and federal
prosecutor. He also has deep contacts in the conservative wing of the
party, in part because of two years he spent at the Goldwater Institute.
While there, he opposed a statewide ban on smoking in public places,
including bars and restaurants, calling it an interference with property
rights and the free market. Voters subsequently approved a ballot measure
approving such restrictions.
to go tobacco-free Aug. 1
Ahwatukee Foothills News - April 18, 2013
Starting next semester, students who smoke will have to find other places
to light up between classes. All Arizona State University campuses and
buildings will become tobacco-free beginning Aug. 1. When the ban goes
into effect, all tobacco products, including alternative tobacco products
such as smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes and hookah will be prohibited.
ASU has found these products to be harmful and are banned because they
do not fit with the universitys environment of health and wellness.
ban steps on members' freedom
Today's News-Herald - April 17, 2013
I respect the choice of those who want a non-smoking environment. I
truly do. And for those who prefer this, there are 139 bars and restaurants
just in Lake ...
campuses to go tobacco-free Aug. 1
East Valley Tribune - April 17, 2013
Student-government groups at ASU's four campuses voted on whether they
support making the university a tobacco-free campus last semester. The
motion was ...
column: Wide show of support for SHAC tobacco-free campus campaign
Arizona Daily Wildcat - April 1, 2013
The Student Health Advocacy Committee is turning heads with its campaign
to transform the UA into a tobacco-free campus. On March 20, SHAC hosted
its first ever UA Kick Butts Day Cleanup Competition to promote awareness
of tobacco use on campus.
approves funding for Texting While Driving Campaign ...
Arizona Daily Wildcat - March 6, 2013
The Associated Students of the University of Arizona approved funding
for a campaign against texting and driving and declared its support
for a tobacco-free ...
Health Advocacy Committee asks ASUA to support Tobacco-Free Initiative
Arizona Daily Wildcat (blog) - February 28, 2013
The ASUA Senate discussed the possibility of turning the UA into a tobacco-free
campus at its weekly meeting Wednesday night.
Its most recent
project is the Tobacco-Free Initiative, which would ban the use of ...
Currently, the UA Health Sciences Center campus is tobacco-free and
smoking ban receives honors
Tucson News Now - February 14, 2013
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Pima County is being recognized for taking
the smoking ban to another level.
The award is to recognize the
smoking ban Pima County put in place at the beginning of this year.
The non-profit says they were impressed by the wide range of ...
County recognized for move to tobacco-free environment
Tucson Citizen-February 13, 2013
PimaCountywas honored as a result of the decision by the Board of Supervisors
in November to make all County properties tobacco-free. As of Jan. 1,
push at Capitol to outlaw electronic cigarettes for kids
Arizona Capitol Times - February 11, 2013
Isaacson noted that a recent law against selling hookah pipes to minors
has ... it a petty offense for minors to possess electronic cigarettes
and for others to sell, ... Ray Story, CEO of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic
Cigarette Association, said the ...
commercial during Super Bowl has lung association officials fuming
azcentral - February 8, 2013
A Super Bowl television ad that aired in Phoenix and other markets has
worried some health groups because it shows a man smoking what appears
to be a cigarette, even though smoking ads have been banned for more
than four decades. The ad shows a man puffing a Scottsdale-based companys
electronic cigarette with the look, feel and flavor of the real
thing. The commercial ends with this kicker: Cigarettes,
youve met your match.
push at Capitol to outlaw electronic cigarettes for kids
Cronkite News - February 7, 2013
PHOENIX To a state senator, nicotine is nicotine regardless of
whether the product delivering it is chewed, smoked or inhaled as mist,
and all forms should be illegal for minors. SB 1209, authored by Senate
Majority Whip Adam Driggs, R-Phoenix, would add electronic cigarettes
to a list of products including cigars, cigarettes and chewing tobacco
that are illegal for minors to possess.
Country Health: North Country HealthCare goes tobacco-free
Arizona Daily Sun - February 4, 2013
North Country HealthCare began a tobacco-free policy on Feb. 1. The
policy went into effect at all of its locations in 13 communities and
affects employees, ...
County to start the year tobacco-free
Tucson (AZ) Citizen - December 28, 2012
Signs will announce the change on County-owned parcels, starting with
the downtown complex first, noting they are now tobacco-and-smoke-free
in accordance with a policy passed by the Board of Supervisors in November.
approve ban of tobacco on county property
KVOA Tucson News (AZ) - November 14, 2012
TUCSON - The Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a
stricter policy that bans smoking and all other tobacco products on
View going smoke-free Thursday
Mohave Valley News (AZ) - November 14, 2012
FORT MOHAVE Valley View Medical Center becomes Mohave County's
third tobacco-free hospital on Thursday, the date of the annual Great
eyes ban on smoking
Aztec Press - November 9, 2012
Pima Community College may become the latest college to join the trend
of banning smoking on campus.
put out smoking on campus, bans must address causes of smoking
Arizona Daily Wildcat - October 24, 2012
If youre familiar with the UA campus, you know that the red-brick
courtyard outside the Main Library and the path between the Administration
and Modern Language buildings are smokers enclaves.
put out smoking on campus, bans must address causes of smoking ... Unfortunately,
an across the board tobacco ban will fail to achieve its intended goals,
planning campus-wide smoking ban
Arizona Daily Sun - October 10, 2012
ASU has 73,000 students at campuses in Tempe, Glendale, downtown Phoenix
and Mesa and already bans smoking indoors or within 25 feet of building
to ban smoking on campus
Bizjournals.com - October 10, 2012
Arizona State University, one of the largest colleges in the U.S, will
ban smoking on its Valley campuses. That includes outside areas. The
ASU smoking ban is ...
smoking ban could affect CPAC
Sahuarita Sun - September 25, 2012
A proposed outdoor smoking ban on Pima County property would mean that
an ... The county is considering a smoking ban on most outdoor county
panel endorses limits on smoking
KTAR.com - September 25, 2012
A proposal aimed at discouraging smoking in parks in Kingman has cleared
a key hurdle. The Kingman
Daily Miner reports that the city's Parks and Recreation Commission
voted 6-1 to send the proposal to the City Council. The proposal would
designate certain areas of parks as non-smoking and provide containers
for smokers to get rid of their butts.
to curb smoking in Kingman parks OK'd
Total ban nixed; Council will make the final call
Kingman Daily Miner - September 24, 2012
There will be no absolute ban on smoking in Kingman parks
for now, but a pilot program to discourage smoking in certain areas
cleared a major hurdle Wednesday. ...
considers ban on smoking
Arizona Daily Star - September 18, 2012
Pima County employees might soon have good reason to take a smoking
break - or more accurately, take a break from smoking. If the Board
of Supervisors agrees later this year, smoking will be forbidden on
or near any properties owned or operated by the county. The gathering
of workers - and accompanying blue-gray cloud - just beyond the door
to many county buildings would be history.
VIEW GOING SMOKE, TOBACCO-FREE
The Cerbat Gem - Aug 16, 2012
MOHAVE, AZ - Valley View Medical Center will be tobacco-free beginning
November 15, the date of the Great American Smoke-Out. With a 90 day
community-college campuses go smoke-free
620KTAR (Phoenix, AZ) - Jul 2, 2012
One of the largest community college systems in the country is smoke-
and tobacco-free on campus.
ban goes into effect Monday on all MCCCD campuses
East Valley Tribune - June 29, 2012
Starting Monday, Jodi Soden, a student at Mesa Community College, will
be among those who have to get through the day without having a smoke
on campus as all Maricopa County Community College District facilities
become smoke- and tobacco-free.
County noted for reducing complaints in Smoke-Free Arizona annual report
Today's News-Herald - June 22, 2012
Mohave County was noted in the state's Smoke-Free Arizona annual report's
community outreach success stories for the county's reduced complaints
ban may have cleared out more than smoke
KJZZ - May 30, 2012
Five years ago this month the Smoke Free Arizona act went
into effect. A Valley bar owner and a health services expert talk about
how the act changed the ...
anniversary of Arizona Smoke-Free Act May 31
SanTanValleyToday.com - May 24, 2012
This year, "World No Tobacco Day", - celebrated
May 31 - will be a date of special significance for Arizonans.
smoking ban sparking some controversy
Phoenix Business Journal - March 29, 2012
A new campus and system-wide smoking ban goes into on Maricopa Community
College's campuses this summer. The sweeping ban is sparking some protests
students demonstrate against planned smoking ban
KPNX-12 - March 28, 2012
Students who believe that banning smoking on college and ... the protest
against the tobacco ban, which takes effect this summer.
casinos exempt under smoking ban
by Felicia Fonseca - Associated Press, azcentral.com, July 21, 2011
WINDOW ROCK - Navajo Nation lawmakers have voted to prohibit smoking
in public places on the vast reservation, with an exemption for tribal
casinos. The Tribal Council voted 14-5 in favor of the measure Wednesday
during its summer session in Window Rock.
businesses required to provide employees with an area to smoke?
ABC15.com (KNXV-TV) - Katrina Schaefer - June 7, 2011
GLENDALE, AZ - Glendale wants businesses to provide employees
with an area to smoke. State law currently bans smoking inside businesses,
but it doesn't require employers to provide smoking areas. That apparently
became a problem outside two Glendale ...
Member Considers Smoke-Free Amendment
MyFox Phoenix - June 7, 2011
If approved, Glendale businesses would be allowed to have designated
smoking areas. In 2006, voters approved the act banning smoking in most
public buildings in our state, including businesses.
Senator Yarbrough Suggests Ban of Selling Electronic Cigarettes to Minors
Release-news.com (press release) - Robert Key - March 2, 2011
State Senator Yarbrough wishes to keep electronic cigarettes
out of children's hands by making this a petty criminal offense for
merchants to sell them to minors and for minors to buy them. If
were going to say children cannot purchase normal cigarettes,
it does not seem valid to say they are able to have access to electronic
cigarettes, mentioned Sen. Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler. Hopefully
this will keep many young individuals from nicotine destructive addictions
with this ban.
The actual so-called e-cigarettes are battery-powered plastic and metal
devices which heat a fluid nicotine which users inhale like a mist.
Theyre obtainable in countless flavors, such as cherry, dark chocolate
smoking bans drawing fewer complaints
Arizona Republic - Edythe Jensen - February 15, 2011
Once the source of contentious public debate, years-old
city and state indoor-smoking bans have changed public habits and are
drawing few complaints, officials say.
Steve Chucri, president of the Arizona Restaurant Association, said
customers have grown to appreciate smoke-free dining and owners of establishments
that catered to smokers accommodate them on patios.
"In the recent year or two, we haven't heard from our membership
that there are ill effects (from the ban)," he said.
Chandler hasn't issued a single citation for illegal smoking since
its municipal ban started in 2004, records show. Tempe, which passed
one of the state's first municipal smoking laws in 2002, wrote one citation
during the past 12 months, to a man who lit up in the city's police
and courts building then skipped out on his court appearance for smoking.
Police spokeswoman Molly Enright said Tempe citation records are not
available for previous years.
Complaints about smoking to the Department of Health Services have
plummeted since the voter-approved state ban took effect in 2007. The
major issue in recent years has been the 20-foot smoking-distance requirement
from public entries or exits, agency spokeswoman Laura Oxley said.
Complaints about puffing too close to doorways are the most common,
and it's difficult to catch smokers in the act because state inspectors
can't be on the scene to respond immediately, she said. ...
of the Arizona Tobacco Control Program on Cigarette Consumption and
Lightwood, J.; Glantz, S.
Social Science and Medicine. 10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.11.015
[doi]. November 24, 2010, [Epub ahead of print].
This research investigates the relationship between per
capita tobacco control expenditures, cigarette consumption, and healthcare
expenditures in the state of Arizona. Arizona's tobacco control program,
which was established in 1994, concentrates on youth uptake of smoking
and avoids public policy and commentary on the tobacco industry. We
use a cointegrating time series analysis using aggregate data on healthcare
and tobacco control expenditures, cigarette consumption and prices and
other data. We find there is a strong association between per capita
healthcare expenditure and per capita cigarette consumption. In the
long run, a marginal increase in annual cigarette consumption of one
pack per capita increases per capita healthcare expenditure by $19.5
(SE $5.45) in Arizona. A cumulative increase of $1.00 in the difference
between control state and Arizona per capita tobacco control expenditures
increases the difference in cigarette consumption by 0.190 (SE 0.0780)
packs per capita. Between 1996 and 2004, Arizona's tobacco control program
was associated with a cumulative reduction in cigarette consumption
of 200 million packs (95% CI 39.0 million packs, 364 million packs)
worth $500 million (95% CI: $99 million, $896 million) in pre-tax cigarette
sales to the tobacco industry. The cumulative healthcare savings was
$2.33 billion (95% CI $0.37 billion, $5.00 billion) and the cumulative
reduction in cigarette. Arizona's tobacco control expenditures are associated
with reduced cigarette consumption and healthcare expenditures, amounting
to about 10 times the cost of the program through 2004. This return
on investment, while large, was less than the more aggressive California
program, which did not limit its focus to youth and included tobacco
industry denomalization messages. ...
admissions found to decline since AZ public-smoking
Arizona Daily Star - May 20, 2010
Arizona hospital admissions for stroke, asthma, heart
attacks and angina fell more than 10 percent in the year after a statewide
smoking ban took effect, a new study says.
While there have been studies on the economic impact of the ban on
smoking in public places, including bars and restaurants, the researchers
believe the study on hospital admissions is the first to look at the
health ramifications of Arizona's smoking law.
For their report, University of Arizona psychology department researchers
Patricia M. Herman and Michele E. Walsh analyzed admission data from
Arizona's 87 hospitals between January 2004 and May 2008 for Arizona
Their findings are published in a peer-reviewed article in this month's
issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
The new study shows evidence of a direct relationship between exposure
to secondhand smoke and asthma and cardiovascular disease.
Herman and Walsh found that in the 13 months after the law took effect
in May 2007, admissions for asthma dropped by 22 percent; heart-attack
admissions by 13 percent; admissions for unstable angina by 33 percent
and admissions for acute stroke by 14 percent.
For strokes, angina and heart attack, the researchers used data from
adult admissions only, but they included babies and children in their
analysis of the asthma data, Herman said. The study looked at hospital
admissions, not emergency room visits, she stressed.
The cost savings of those reduced hospital admissions was nearly $17
million, the researchers estimate. ...
smoke shops continue smoke-free
Arizona Daily Sun - Joe Ferguson - October 8, 2009
The Flagstaff City Council has unanimously rejected a
petition from a local business owner who wants to allow smoking inside
his two smoke shops.
MikThe Flagstaff City Council shows no interest in allowing smoking
inside a tobacco shop.e Mrozek, who owns the two locations of the Rebel
Smoke Shop, had gathered more than 900 signatures from his customers
backing an amendment to the Flagstaff Smokefree Air Ordinance. The petition,
however, failed to sway a single member of the Council on Tuesday night.
Mayor Sara Presler was the first to oppose the request, adding that
she wants to explore whether the city could expand existing laws to
ban smoking in city parks and, possibly, the homes managed by the Flagstaff
Housing Authority. ...
Consideration of Citizen Petition
JackCentral - Cathy Cooksey - October 1, 2009
A request to revise City Code Chapter 7-05, Smokefree
Air, to allow an indoor exemption to smoke shops.
Attorney Matthew J. Poirier has submitted 900 signatures, asking city
council to change the Smokefree Air in the Flagstaff City Code to allow
smoke shop personnel to be able to smoke in the building.
The Smokefree Air Ordinance, passed in 2005, prohibits smoking in all
ban on Goodyear parks starts July 1
AZ Central.com - May 27, 2009
Goodyear plans to stomp out smoking in city parks, starting
The measure comes after city officials declared the new Goodyear Ballpark
a smoke-free venue.
"We're not establishing smoke police or anything like that, it's
something we hope will be more through compliance," Deputy City
Manager Jim Nichols said. ...
seeks smoking ban in state prisons
The Arizona Republic, 2009-02-01
Banning tobacco products from prisons would save several
million dollars a year that Arizona spends treating inmates for ailments
caused by lighting up, a state lawmaker contends.
Rep. Bill Konopnicki, R-Safford, wants to prohibit state
prison inmates from possessing tobacco products and to prevent prisons
from selling them. He introduced HB 2004, which has won committee approval
and is heading to the House floor.
Savings aside, Konopnicki said his goal is improving the
health of prison inmates. He said prison culture, in which cigarettes
are used as a form of currency in exchange for goods and services, often
leads inmates who haven't used tobacco to pick up the habit.
"We re-create the problem all over again," Konopnicki
restrictive laws cited for drop in AZ smoking
620KTAR (Phoenix, AZ), 2009-01-01
The number of adult cigarette smokers in the United States has declined
for the first time in four years, according to the Centers for Disease
The CDC said tobacco use nationally has dipped below 20 percent for
the first time since the 1960s, and Bill Pfeifer with the Arizona Lung
Association said Arizona is following the trend.
About 18 percent of adult Arizonans smoke, but the numbers are getting
better each year, Pfeifer said.
"We passed a significant tobacco tax increase in 1994 here in
Arizona and really that resulted in kind of the first step to see a
significant decline in tobacco use in the state of Arizona," he
He believes Arizona's smoking rate could fall to around 10 percent
within the next decade.
study: 2007 smoking ban has not hurt bar, restaurant sales overall
Tucson Citizen, AZ - September 3, 2008
The May 2007 indoor smoking ban has not had an overall
adverse effect on bar and restaurant sales, an Arizona State University
WP Carey School of Business ...
upholds anti-smoking law
East Valley Tribune, AZ - March 11, 2008
butts about it.Tobacco store owners serving alcohol are banned from allowing patrons
to smoke, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Monday.
was issued in response to a lawsuit filed by Amar M. Patel - owner of Magnum's
Cigars Wine & Liquor in Phoenix - who wanted the court to bar state health
officials from enforcing the 2006 Smoke Free Arizona Act, which bans smoking in
public places, including bars.
In the suit, Patel asserted that he was exempt
from the ban because it made exceptions for tobacco store owners who derived a
majority of their sales from tobacco products.
Although Judge Richard J.
Trujillo called Patel's argument "thoughtful and interesting," he sided
with the state, which argued that Magnum's is a bar because it has a license to
Photo courtesy of Kerry Moss
ban in bars not big drag so far: No fines yet in Pima; some smokers like change
Tucson Citizen, June 27, 2007
Patios are being built,
bartenders are breathing easier and even smokers don't seem to mind waiting to
Although a group is seeking to reverse a voter-approved ban on
smoking in bars and restaurants that took effect May 1, many are taking the changes
"I'm a smoker and I like it because I have cut down a lot,"
said Christy Stutler, a bartender at the Bay Horse Tavern, 2802 E. Grant Road.
"Going outside is also a nice environment. It can get depressing sitting
inside a bar all night It is really surprising how good just stepping outside
can make you feel."