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All restaurants and bars in Connecticut are 100% smokefree. On October 1, 2003, Connecticut's restaurants and bars without cafe or tavern permits became 100% smokefree. On April 1, 2004, all bars became 100% smokefree, including bar areas of bowling allies, race tracks and off track betting establishments. Workplaces with 5 or more employees may permit smoking in separately ventilated employee-only smoking rooms, and workplaces with fewer than 5 employees must provide nonsmoking work areas for employees who request them.

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Connecticut.

2014 State Legislative Session: 2/5/2014 - 5/7/2014

State Quitline Number: 1-866-END-HABIT (363-4224)
State Law Compliance Complaints:
Employees: Call Connecticut State Department of Labor at 860-566-4550 Citizens: Call local police department. Complaints can also be directed to the American Lung Association of Connecticut. Call 1-800-LUNG-USA within the state.
American Cancer Society Quitline:
800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

LETTER: How About Showing Veterans Some Respect?
Hartford (CT) Courant – May 31, 2014

But confiscating the vets' cigarettes and dictating the times that they can smoke? Even though the smoking areas are out in the open air?

CT Department of Veteran Affairs Cancels Scheduled Smoking Ban
NBC Connecticut - May 29, 2014

In a statement the DVA says the veterans residing and hospitalized have agreed to “smoke within designated areas outside of the buildings, on campus grounds, one of which would be the outside gazebo located outside the chronic disease hospital.”

Veterans fight back about smoking policy changes
WFSB - May 29, 2014

Veterans in Rocky Hill fought back against a controversial smoking policy at the home where they live. The plan was for the entire facility to go smoke-free, but ...

Veterans Fuming Over Smoking Limits At State Veterans' Home
Hartford Courant - May 29, 2014

Residents and administrators have been battling over a long-anticipated ban on smoking at Department of Veterans' Affairs properties, including the center, ...

Panel not ready to vote on smoking ban
CT Post - May 28, 2014

She and her students are campaigning to prohibit smoking in the parks, arguing that a ban ... Price noted alcohol is banned in some public areas. ... who smokes, said he had been contemplating a smoking ban at sports fields and playgrounds ...

Employment Law: Employment laws to be aware of
Thehour.com - May 22, 2014

It should be noted that an earlier Connecticut law requires employers to establish smoking and non-smoking areas unless an exception is granted due to an ...

School administrators want to stub out e-cigs
CT Post - May 9, 2014

"There was someone exhaling a cloud of smoke in class," Wisinski, a Darien High ... which would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18.

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services ...
Insurance News Net (press release) - May 8, 2014

This bill makes it illegal for a minor (under age 18) to buy or possess in public an ... It tightens the law pertaining to the sale of tobacco cigarettes to minors by

E-cigarettes to be illegal for minors
Connecticut Post - May 8, 2014

Several bills promoting children's health won final approval in the General Assembly late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, led by an effort to make so-called e-cigarettes illegal for teens under 18 years of age. After a four-minute debate short

Malloy says bill banning e-cigarettes helps youth
Waterbury Republican American - May 8, 2014

Malloy says bill banning e-cigarettes helps youth ... legislation banning the sale and possession of e-cigarettes and other so-called vapor products to minors.

Our View: E-cigarette ban is a good step forward
Norwich Bulletin - May 8, 2014

However, we would be naïve to think that young people aren't already smoking, thus the question: Is banning e-cigarette sales to minors in effect also denying ...

School administrators want to stub out e-cigs
The Darien News - May 8, 2014

The Conn. General Assembly is considering a pair of bills that would force manufacturers to label electronic cigarettes and prohibit sales to anyone under 18 ...

'Vaping' loft for e-cigarette enthusiasts opens in Fairfield
Fairfield Citizen - May 8, 2014

Customers at the newly-opened Sovereign Vapors Loft, all former smokers, recently enjoyed 'vaping' with electronic cigarettes in a comfortable enviornment.

E-cigarette ban awaits governor's signature
Meriden Record-Journal - May 7, 2014

A bill banning the sale of e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices to minors, proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration, passed unanimously ...

Governor expected to sign e-cigarette ban for minors
The CT Mirror - May 7, 2014

Connecticut is poised to ban minors from buying or possessing e-cigarettes and ... say e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking, anti-tobacco advocates worry ...

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services ...
Insurance News Net (press release) - May 2, 2014

This bill makes it illegal for a minor (under age 18) to buy or possess in public an "electronic nicotine delivery system" ("e-cigarette," which for the ... It tightens the law pertaining to the sale of tobacco cigarettes to minors by extending the ...

RJ Editorial: Fuming over e-cigarettes
Meriden (CT) Record-Journal - May 1, 2014

we can simply ban the sale of such devices to minors, just as we ban the sale of liquor. The e-cigarette came along quickly and grew into a multibillion-dollar industry well ahead of state and federal efforts to regulate it. But now it’s time.

RJ Editorial: Fuming over e-cigarettes
Meriden Record-Journal - May 1, 2014

But action is being taken: Blumenthal wants the federal government to ban such ... cigarettes and put more money into smoking prevention and cessation efforts.

Potential smoking ban sparks mixed reviews from students
Chargerbulletin - April 30, 2014

The University of New Haven may be the next university to join the smoke-free/tobacco-free campus trend sweeping the nation. The push for smoke-free/tobacco-free campuses is a growing national movement. A 2013 report from the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights showed that almost 20 college campuses in Massachusetts were entirely smoke-free, including all four campuses of Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Harvard. A full list released by the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation in January 2014 showed that there are at least 1,182 smoke-free campuses nationwide. Of these, 811 are also 100 percent tobacco-free. Quinnipiacs North Haven Campus is the only college campus in Connecticut that has a 100 percent smoke-free/tobacco-free policy in place at this time.

A Letter to UNH, who is proposing a tobacco ban
Chargerbulletin - April 30, 2014
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The idea to make campus a tobacco free place was most likely done in good faith with the intention of making the campus a healthier place. However, this ...

Compromise on the smoking ban
Chargerbulletin - April 30, 2014

Smoking is disgusting. I think it is one of the biggest turn offs and nothing good comes from it. This is just an opinion. Thousands of people still smoke whether ...

State Should Ban E-Cig Sales To Minors
Hartford Courant - April 30, 2014

One reason for their action was the lack of federal regulation of e-cigarettes. ... in the previous month also smoked at least one tobacco cigarette during that time.

Blumenthal and Yale-New Haven doctors push for stricter e ...
New Haven Register - April 29, 2014

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., calls for further action restricting the sale and use of e-cigarettes during a press conference at Smilow Cancer Hospital ...

State Senate passes bill that bans e-cigarette sales to minors
The Wilton Bulletin - April 27, 2014

Banning the sale of e-cigarettes and other vapor products to minors. Reducing the number of tobacco retailers who commit repeat offenses by implementing a ...

Madison students craft bill to limit smoking in cars in Connecticut
New Haven Register - April 27, 2014

Earlier this month, the class started to put together a bill that would ban smoking in a car with children who fall under the car seat threshold less than 6 years old or under 60 pounds. The students are essentially melding an existing law in Oregon and proposed legislation in Connecticut that wasnt brought to a vote.

Gov. Malloy Applauds: Governor Dannel P. Malloy yesterday ...
HamletHub - April 25, 2014

... and other devices to minors and strengthens Connecticut's anti-smoking laws. ... among minors by banning the sale of e-cigarettes and other vapor products to ...

CT Votes to Ban Electronic Cigarettes
WFUV News - April 25, 2014

The Senate on Thursday voted 35-0 in favor of legislation that prevents minors from purchasing e-cigarettes - also known as an electronic nicotine delivery ...

DeLauro wants quick implementation of proposed e-cig rules
Shelton Herald - April 25, 2014

DeLauro raised concerns about the continued sale of e-cigarette flavors she believes ... DeLauro also is worried about continuing to allow e-cig point-of-purchase ... The FDA's proposed new rules on e-cigarettes and other tobacco products ...

Official wants tobacco-free parks
Danbury News Times - April 15, 2014

NEW MILFORD -- Mike Crespan, town health director, has approached the New Milford Parks & Recreation Commission about having tobacco-free areas in ...

Let's Follow Our Instincts On E-Cigarettes
The Newtown Bee - April 10, 2014

The novelty of e-cigarettes for erstwhile smokers is almost irresistible. ... On March 12, Governor Dannel P. Malloy proposed legislation to ban the sale of ...

New Bill Aims to Curb Teen E-Cigarette Use
NBC Connecticut - April 10, 2014

The debate over e-cigarettes is heating up once again. The state Judiciary Committee took new steps Wednesday to keep them out of kids' hands. “They don't ...

To Vape Or Not To Vape? E-Cigarettes Raise Questions
The Newtown Bee - April 8, 2014

On March 12, Governor Dannel P. Malloy introduced legislation to ban the sale of ... E-cigarette smokers slowly inhale the water-based vapor into the mouth, ...

Lawmakers push for e-cig ban [VIDEO]
WFSB - April 7, 2014

"E-cigs promise a lifetime addiction to young people to lure for them to begin using them," Blumenthal added. "The ads targeting young people need to be ...

CT smoking rates decline, disparities remain
Danbury News Times - April 3, 2014

Although smoking rates in Connecticut decreased between 1996 and 2012, ... that would ban smoking in cars carrying children and encouraging pediatricians to talk ... of strategies -- from smoking and advertising bans to taxation and more -- are more ... Local enforcement of federal laws banning the sale, distribution and ...

Editorial: FDA must regulate e-cigarettes, liquid nicotine
West Hartford News - April 2, 2014

The need to regulate electronic cigarettes and the liquid nicotine that fuels them is obvious there is nothing to stop children from buying them, and some are marketed with bright colors and flavors like vanilla cupcake and peach-mango. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has come out strongly against e-cigarettes, especially the flavored ones known as e-hookahs, and every legislator on the state and federal level should join him.

Hookah Pens attracting young kids to smoking
WWLP 22News - March 21, 2014

...Thursday night she has a warning for parents about E-cigarettes with nicotine, especially the types called hookah pens. “If a pack of cigarettes has 20 cigarettes ...

Restrict e-cig sales
TheDay.com - March 19, 2014

Connecticut does not regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes - the tobacco-free, but nicotine-laced, substitute for regular cigarettes. It should. E-cigarettes are ...

Thumbs up, thumbs down
Ct Post - March 17, 2014

Thumbs up to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for his proposal to ban e-cigarette sales to minors. "What I'm proposing is to strengthen Connecticut's tobacco laws and keep tobacco out of the hands of young people," the governor said at a press conference at the Hartford Boys and Girls Club. The devices -- aka e-cigs -- heat a flavored nicotine liquid to create a vapor that's similar to smoke. Though they're marketed in some instances as a way to quit smoking, critics say because of the varied flavors that are offered and because some celebrities have adopted the e-cig, they actually make smoking appear attractive to young people. Malloy is doing the right thing by cracking down on sales to minors.

E-Cigarette Endangers Health of Kids? Connecticut to Ban Sales to ...
Franchise Herald - March 14, 2014

Dannel P. Malloy announced on Wednesday his goal of banning the sale of ... which found that 5.4 million kids alive today will die of smoking-related diseases.

Hookah lounge looks to open in city center -- again
Danbury News Times-by Dirk Perrefort - March 13, 2014

... began charging customers for the use of the increasingly popular device that's used to smoke shisha, a tobacco product often flavored with fruit and spices.

Malloy seeks to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors
Meriden Record-Journal - March 13, 2014

“It mirrors in many ways what the smoking experience is,” Malloy said. ... Cigarette Association, said the industry supports banning e-cigarette sales to minors. ... Twenty-seven other states have banned the sale of e-cigarettes to children.

Must Keep E-Cigs From Minors
Hartford Courant - March 12, 2014

The efforts of U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to fight the proliferation and sale of e-cigarettes to minors should be supported vigorously. Once pre-teens and teens become enthralled with the addiction of nicotine, it has a lock on their emotions and psychology for the rest of their lives. The step from use of e-cigarettes to traditional cigarettes will become a virtual certainty. the tobacco industry is without question one of the most nefarious industries ever allowed in our country. As a member of the West Hartford Town Council in the mid-1980s, I introduced an ordinance to ban the sale of tobacco to minors. It was an idea whose time had come and it spread from town to town, eventually embarassing the legislature into adopting the same ban.

Connecticut Gov. Malloy proposes ban on sales of on electronic cigarettes to minors
Daily Journal - March 12, 2014

Dannel P. Malloy is seeking to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. ... some adults stop smoking, it also has been shown to be gateway for children to ... as "vaping," but 27 other states have banned the sale of e-cigarettes to children.

Bill Would Ban E-Cigarette Sales to Minors In Connecticut
Hartford Courant - March 12, 2014

Connecticut would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors under legislation announced Wednesday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

E-Cigarettes present fire risk
UConn Daily Campus - March 7, 2014

Fires started by e-cigarettes have been increasing across the country and could do ... Although no fires at UConn have been started by e-cigarettes yet, smoke ...

Health districts urge Norwich to ban tobacco from city parks
TheDay.com - March 4, 2014

Norwich - Officials from the Uncas and Ledge Light health districts are asking Norwich officials to consider making city parks tobacco free to reduce health risks ...

Smoking ban proposed for Bridgeport parks
Ct Post - March 3, 2014

Cigarette butts and discarded packaging filled the freezer bags spread out on the dining room table. Just the sight of so much smokers' debris might be enough ...

E-cig sellers say no to warning labels
Danbury News Times - March 1, 2014

HARTFORD -- The General Assembly is poised to force electronic cigarette manufacturers to reveal what's in their products in an effort that reflects national concern over an increasingly popular smoking substitute. Lawmakers are considering two bills, one of which would require large labels on all electronic cigarette products. Another bill would prohibit sales to minors.

DIX: Colleges should be smoke-free or taxed
Hartford (CT) Courant - February 16, 2014

University of Hartford where I teach, one of the biggest challenges is avoiding secondhand smoke...at college, smoking isn't just deadly. It's instructional. It teaches smokers to be inconsiderate, nonsmokers to be apathetic and children to become smokers...

Murphy urges colleges to go smoke-free
Yale Daily News (blog) - February 14, 2014

According to Conroy, smoking is not permitted in Yale buildings and is banned in the Medical ... This is not the first time smoking bans have been brought up at Yale. ... committee was formed to investigate whether a campus-wide smoking ban ... When Yale was debating banning smoking in 2011, though, not all students ...

Town Council approves increased sewer fees Monday night
Meriden Record-Journal - February 10, 2014

Also during Monday nights meeting, the council unanimously passed ordinances restricting placement and advertisement of alcohol and tobacco products. Southingtons Town-Wide Effort to Promote Success proposed the new laws, arguing that they could help reduce underage drinking and smoking. One requires tobacco products, such as rolling papers, bongs, electronic cigarettes and pipes, to be placed behind counters in stores. The other ordinance requires every sign advertising happy hours to include that patrons must be at least 21 years of age and show identification. The laws will come into effect 21 days after publication.

Editorial: E-cigarettes, marketed as a safe alternative, should be approached with caution
UConn Daily Campus - January 28, 2014

The market for electronic cigarettes has exploded in growth over the course of the products very short existence, with some analysts such as Wells Fargos Bonnie Herzog estimating the e-cigarette market will grow from its current figure of $2 billion to $10 billion by 2017. The appeal of e-cigarettes lies in their substitution of acrid smoke inhalation with an aerosol-based nicotine delivery system. This has lead to the assumption that e-cigarettes are an overwhelmingly more safe alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. The potential of e-cigarettes has attracted the attention of major tobacco companies like Phillip Morris, which recently mended relations with its estranged parent company, Altria, to invest $682.1 million in the construction of a manufacturing facility that will produce 30 billion units upon completion by 2016. Unfortunately, e-cigarettes may not be the miracle product they appear to be, as new studies by the FDA and researchers at the University of California Riverside have found trace amounts of carcinogens and other toxic materials within e-cigarettes nicotine vapor.

Southington Council sets hearing on tobacco, alcohol ordinances ...
Meriden Record-Journal - January 27, 2014

SOUTHINGTON The Town Council on Monday scheduled a public hearing on ordinances restricting the sale of tobacco products and new alcohol advertising requirements. Both were developed by Southingtons Town-wide Effort to Promote Success, a group combating risky behavior. Youth members of STEPS presented the ordinances to the council. One would require tobacco products, such as rolling papers, bongs, electronic cigarettes and pipes, to be placed behind counters in stores.

Smooth Vaporz brings vaping to Thomaston and Waterbury
Towntimesnews - January 24, 2014

Smoking is out, vaping is in, according to the owner of Smooth Vaporz, Nick Ricciardi. The newest trend, and alternative to smoking, has been the use of e-cigarettes, e-liquids and vapes. The opening of vapor and e-cigarette stores have grown widespread over the last few years, especially in areas like Florida, California and Colorado

Ellington selectmen approve location of smoking ban signs
Journal Inquirer - January 15, 2014

ELLINGTON — The Board of Selectmen on Monday unanimously approved the locations of new signs that alert the public to the town's new ordinance banning ...

Board of Directors Considering Banning Smoking at Public Events
Patch.com - December 12, 2013

When the Manchester Board of Directors met earlier this week they discussed establishing a policy that would ban or restrict smoking at town sponsored or ...

Putnam teen on quest to ban smoking in local parks
Middletown Press - October 24, 2013

At the first whiff of smoke, high school senior Michael LaRochelles asthma makes him turn and get away. Partly because of his health and partly fueled by a desire to do something positive for Putnam, LaRochelle has been on an almost two-year quest to make the towns parks smoke-free. The Board of Selectmen has granted him his wish at least in spirit.

Newtown High School Adds E-Cigs to No-Smoking List
Newton (CT) Patch.com - October 24, 2013

Newtown High School students can't smoke at school, of course but a change in school policy will also restrict their electronic, smokeless equivalent.

Connecticut Legislator Proposes E-Cigarette Ban
NACS Online - October 24, 2013

HARTFORD A Connecticut state senator is seeking to relegate e-cigarettes to the same public restrictions placed on traditional cigarettes, CBS New York ...

Local lawmaker looks to ban e-cigarettes from public places
WFSB - October 21, 2013

E-cigarettes don't produce any smoke or have tobacco inside them. ... health concerns and whether they should be banned in public areas like real cigarettes.

Teen's long effort for smoke-free Putnam parks pays off
Norwich Bulletin - October 21, 2013

Colchester kennel's adoption event connects pups, owners ... 'Gravity' still going strong at box office ... Teen's long effort for smoke-free Putnam parks pays off ...

Connecticut lawmakers consider adding e-cigs to smoking ban
Middletown (CT) Press - October 20, 2013

State Sen. Edward Meyer, D-Guilford, said legislators are currently asking if the definition of smoking real cigarettes should be expanded to the electronic devices. “What isn’t in question is the medical testimony” Meyer said. ....

Students ignore smoking ban
The Ridgefield Press - October 10, 2013

Despite the month long ban on smoking at Ridgefield High School, many students continued to puff away, the Oct. 6, 1988 Press reported. A number of students ...

Ban the Butts
Chargerbulletin - October 2, 2013

Exactly 20 feet from the Charger Plaza on Campbell Avenue, its hard to miss the dozens of cigarette butts littering the sidewalk on your way out of the parking lot. Walking up the stairs near Bethel Hall is another familiar sight: several freshmen smoking cigarettes in between classes, crowded around an ash receptacle. Smoking on college campuses is nothing new; in fact, it has become an increasing epidemic amongst college-aged students, some of whom begin as early as high school. According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, one third (33 percent) of college students currently use tobacco productschewing tobacco, cigars and cigarettes to name a few. This is a jump from 1993 and 1997 where only 22 and 28 percent of students smoked cigarettes, respectively. Additionally, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed about 88 percent of adult smokers who smoke daily said they started smoking by the age 18. Due to this growing trend and the illnesses associated with smoking, smoking bans are becoming common throughout college campuses nationwide. A July 2013 report by the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation listed 1,178 schools that have adopted a 100 percent smoke-free policy. The University of New Haven has yet to make the list.

Killingly Republicans line up against bylaw banning smoking in parks
Norwich Bulletin - September 13, 2013

Based on a Killingly Town Council vote this week, it is unlikely that a proposed ordinance restricting tobacco use in town parks will pass next month.

Manchester Could Ban Smoking in Public Places
NBC Connecticut - September 11, 2013

Lighting up in Manchester could soon become a problem if the town instates a ban outlawing smoking in public places. The Manchester Board of Directors discussed the ban Tuesday night, with some pushing for a wider ban and others for a more narrow ordinance that would provide designated smoking areas and only ban smoking in places like parks and at public events.

Directors consider smoking ban in parks
Journal Inquirer - September 11, 2013

MANCHESTER — The Board of Directors is considering a ban on smoking in public parks and at town-sponsored athletic programs following a request from the ...

Casino smoking an issue with Foxwoods workers
MiamiHerald.com September 2, 2013

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- The smell of cigarette smoke hung heavily over the Great Cedar Hall at Foxwoods Resort Casino one recent weekday morning, as gamblers lit up freely in the cavernous slots machine room. Ventilation that workers say has improved over the years was keeping the smell to a minimum and eliminating what might otherwise have been clouds of smoke hanging over the giant room. Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, said smoking in casinos is an issue because the number of casinos is increasing in the United States. "We have a growing workforce exposed to secondhand smoke," she said, adding that "ventilation can only do so much."

Dealers overwhelmingly ratify Foxwoods contract
Kennebec Journal - September 1, 2013

Dealers at Foxwoods Resort Casino overwhelmingly ratified a contract that raises ... banning smoking does not apply to the Mashantucket Pequot-owned casino ...

Veteran Evicted After New Smoking Ban In Apartment Complex
MyFox Philadelphia - August 25, 2013

NEWINGTON, Conn. - 90 year old Newington Resident Andy Nowicki started smoking 70 years ago, while serving in the United States Army, during World War II. And, it's this habit that has brought him and his wife to the brink of eviction from the apartment they have called home for 20 years. On January 1, 2012, the Newington Housing Authority banned smoking inside all enclosed areas in the three housing complexes they oversee. And, they mandated that smoking only be done at least ten feet from any of these buildings. This has caused major problems for Mr. Nowicki, who uses a wheelchair and can barely walk.

Ellington passes no-smoking ordinance in a 10-4 vote ($$)
Journal Inquirer - August 7, 2013

ELLINGTON Just 14 of Ellingtons more than 15,000 residents came out to a town meeting Tuesday to vote on a no-smoking ordinance for public areas in town, ultimately passing the measure in a 10 to 4 vote.

Ellington residents to vote Tuesday on proposed no smoking ban ($$)
Journal Inquirer - August 5, 2013

ELLINGTON Residents will get the chance to vote on a proposed smoking ban ordinance at a town meeting in Town Hall Tuesday night. Drafted by the town ...

Killingly considers restricting smoking in town parks
Norwich Bulletin - July 31, 2013

Killingly officials are working on a smoking-restriction ordinance for the town's parks aimed at addressing fire and health dangers. After a discussion at a recent ...

Ellington selectmen approve no-smoking ordinance that would affect beach, other areas of town ($$)
Journal Inquirer - July 16, 2013

ELLINGTON The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Monday to adopt a no-smoking ordinance that would affect town locales such as the beach at Crystal Lake and athletic facilities.
The selectmen then sent the ordinance to a town meeting set for Tuesday, Aug. 6, where residents will get the final say in a vote on the matter. The selectmens decision did not come without some heated discussion, however.

EDITORIAL: Fresh air at the park?
The Westerly Sun - July 12, 2013

It may be hard for some mostly non-smokers, of course to believe that in 2013 were still talking about where you can smoke and where you cant smoke. The nonsmokers have gained much ground here over recent decades, but until all the tobacco companies are gone, well all still run into that wafting smoke while trying to smell the roses. So it was a breath of fresh air when we learned that the board of directors that oversees Dow Field in Hope Valley had voted to ban smoking at the recreational complex.

Ellington Proposing Outdoor Smoking Ban on Town Properties
Ellington-Somers (CT) Patch.com - July 11, 2013

The Town of Ellington is considering an ordinance that would regulate smoking in outdoor town-run public areas, such as athletic facilities, beaches, parks and playgrounds.

Ellington residents split on proposed beach smoking ban
Journal Inquirer - July 9, 2013

ELLINGTON — Residents were split in their opinions of the proposed smoking ban ordinance at a public hearing in Town Hall Monday. Some asked selectmen ...

Public hearing set for tonight on proposed smoking ban at beach ...
Journal Inquirer - July 8, 2013

ELLINGTON At a public hearing tonight residents will get the chance to weigh in on a proposed ordinance that could ban smoking at such areas as Sandy ...

Rocky Hill Smoking Ban for Public Buildings Now in Effect
Rocky Hill (CT) Patch.com - July 7, 2013

July begins the first month of the town's ban on cigarettes at all town buildings and parks. The Rocky Hill Town Council voted in favor of the ban and signs will be posted alerting residents that there is no smoking in these areas, Reminder News said.

Towns enact smoking bans at recreational facilities
The Westerly Sun - July 5, 2013

On June 10, Charlestown passed an ordinance banning smoking at town-owned facilities after it became clear that the town's voluntary smoking ban wasn't ...

All Rocky Hill Grounds and Properties Will Be Smoke-Free
Patch.com - June 13, 2013

At its latest Town Council meeting, the Council proposed and adopted a motion to make all Rocky Hill municipal properties smoke-free. "I think this is the way to go and I'm 100 percent for it," Mayor Timothy Moriarty said as he introduced the proposal. "Everywhere you go it is already smoke free. All state buildings, hospitals and schools are smoke-free. I think its the direction we are going in."

Groton City considers leash law, smoking ban
TheDay.com - May 27, 2013

Violation of the smoking ban would carry a $120 fine, while breaking the leash ... Park, said he supports ordinances banning smoking and controlling animals.

Conn. High School Places Ban on E-Cigarettes
abc40 - April 9, 2013

The Amity Regional High School, which serves Woodbridge, Orange, and Bethany, put out this letter to parents about electronic cigarettes. The letter points out ...

The Download: Electronic Cigarettes at Schools
fox8.com - April 9, 2013

A high school in Connecticut wants to blow the whistle on students puffing on electronic cigarettes on school grounds. Amity Regional High School says it deals ...

Task force honors Charlestown pharmacist for his refusal to sell ...
The Westerly Sun - April 9, 2013

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION ­ Scott Campbell, pharmacist and owner of the Ocean Health Mart Pharmacy in on Old Post Road in Charlestown, does not sell tobacco products of any kind. On Monday night, members of the Chariho Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention honored him with a “Leadership” award for taking a stand. …

Amity High School sounds the alarm on e-cigarettes
New Haven Register - April 7, 2013

WOODBRIDGE - Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge has identified a new concern for parents: electronic cigarettes. The devices are “unsafe and unfit ...

Editorial: UConn smoking ban would be a misguided move
UConn Daily Campus-April 3, 2013

Editorial: UConn smoking ban would be a misguided move ... a smoke-free campus, it would mean tobacco smoking would be banned on all University property, ...

Conn. lawmakers consider e-cigarette ban
NECN - March 15, 2013

Electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, are a nicotine delivery system designed to be used in places from which smokers are banned because the vapor from it isn't smoke.
Cheryl Richter runs Cherryvape, an e-cigarette company. She says what comes out is "Basically water vapor. There's no particulates. There's no second hand smoke like there would be with a cigarette." Despite that, there is a proposal in the Connnecticut legislature to treat e-cigarettes the same as tobacco cigarettes and banish users to designated smoking areas. Why? "E-cigarettes are another mechanism of delivering a harmful product," Conn. Health Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen says. That's true. Nicotine is harmful and e-cigarettes deliver nicotine. However, smoking restrictions are designed to protect people from second-hand smoke and, as we've already heard, e-cigarettes produce water vapor, not smoke. …

Lawmakers Consider Expanding Smoking Ban To Include E-Cigarettes
Hartford Courant - March 15, 2013

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would further restrict public smoking and clarify that those restrictions also apply to electronic cigarettes. Senate Bill 990 would bar smokers from lighting up outside if they are within 25 feet of a doorway, window or building vent. It would also end an existing exemption regarding smoking in the workplace by covering all employers, except home-based businesses in which the owner is the sole employee. Currently businesses with five or fewer workers are exempt. The Connecticut Restaurant Association raised questions about the proposed changes. …

Snuffing 'third-hand' smoke; Stratford Health Department sparks ...
Stratford Star - March 1, 2013

A website, SmokeStinks.org, offers information in English and Spanish about third-hand smoke, smoking cessation resources and more, and it is gaining ...

Weston-Easton-Redding Readers React To Smoking Ban, Tolls
The Daily Voice - February 28, 2013

The proposed smoking ban is not the only bill in Hartford that Facebook readers are reacting to. A proposal to bring tolls back to Connecticut highways drew this ...

LETTER: Supports Bill Banning Smoking In Cars With Kids
Hartford Courant - February 26, 2013

The American Lung Association supports legislation that would protect Connecticut children from being exposed to secondhand smoke while they are riding in vehicles [Feb. 21, CTNow, "Teen Pushing New Smoking Ban Bill"]. Laws prohibiting smoking in vehicles when children are present have already been enacted in states like Arkansas, Maine and California. …

EDITORIAL: Smoking In Cars With Kids? Can't Outlaw Stupidity
Hartford (CT) Courant - February 22, 2013

Should people smoke around kids ­ in a car, or anywhere? In fact, should they smoke at all? Any sensible person would say no. Unfortunately, you can't always legislate common sense. …

Parents who smoke around young kids are ignorant but not criminals
Hartford Courant - February 21, 2013

Should adults be allowed to smoke in a car carrying young children? No, said many of those who spoke at a state Capitol hearing recently on a bill that would make it a crime. Not all stupid behavior can be outlawed, however. Adults who expose children to secondhand smoke are ignorant and irresponsible, but whether they should also be criminals is doubtful. …

Smoking Ban? Here's Where Cigarettes Are Still Allowed
Daily Beast - February 21, 2013

As Connecticut threatens to ban in-vehicle smoking, the already small pool of places where cigarettes are allowed is shrinking fast. From a rebellious Washington sports bar to a sophisticated Paris hotel, here is a guide to smoking freedom …

Smoking ban for vehicles carrying kids finds support from Mansfield youth
Middletown Press-by Christine Stuart - February 21, 2013

Henry Genga's bill to ban smoking in vehicles with children. “It would prevent fatal injury to the lungs and body, as well as greatly increase road safety,” Abdullah ...

Danbury Readers Mixed On Proposed Ban On Smoking In Cars
The Daily Voice - February 21, 2013

Danbury residents have mixed feelings about a proposed smoking ban for drivers with ... Smoking could soon be added to the list of banned activities for drivers with ... “I support banning smoking in cars that I am in,” Debra Oria commented.

Potential Conn. vehicular smoking ban raises debate
NECN - February 20, 2013

Potential Conn. vehicular smoking ban raises debate ... Kvadas believes that, unlike those other bans, this one is about the health of the ...

Connecticut lawmaker mulls smoking ban in cars with children
New York Daily News - February 19, 2013

A Connecticut lawmaker is focusing on a law that would ban in-car smoking, even with the windows down, for drivers with underage passengers. New York Assemblyman David Weprin previously introduced a similar bill that would have instated a $100 fine for smoking in cars with passengers under 14 years of age. …

Conn. Lawmakers Consider Car Smoking Ban
NBC Bay Area - February 19, 2013

Smoking is already banned in restaurants and businesses in Connecticut and some parents welcome broadening the ban to protect children in cars. "We want ...

Connecticut to consider smoking ban in cars with kids
7Online.com - February 19, 2013

HARTFORD (WABC) -- Should Connecticut ban smoking in cars that contain small children? That's the question state lawmakers will take up later this week in ...

Anti-Smoking Rule To Stay At Fairfield's Jennings Beach
The Daily Voice - February 5, 2013

Fairfield’s restricted smoking rules at Jennings Beach are now permanent, but the town has no plans to extend the program to its other public beaches, the Parks and Recreation Commission ruled last month. … Smoking will still be allowed without restrictions at Fairfield's four other public shoreline beaches and Lake Mohegan Commission member Barbara Rifkin asked ...

Connecticut lawmakers may consider ban on smoking in cars with children
Middletown (CT) Press - December 27, 2012

Lawmakers may be considering re-introducing a bill next year that would ban smoking in a vehicle in the presence of a child. A lawmaker recently asked the Office of Legislative Research for a description of laws in other states banning smoking in vehicles when children are present. …

Private clubs put their own limits on smoking
Norwich Bulletin - December 8, 2012

At their annual meeting in March, members of the St. Joseph’s Polish Society in Colchester voted to limit smoking. The new policy prohibits smoking on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and even on days when smoking is allowed, bans it when there are a large number of people in the bar of the private club. …

Is Connecticut helping its smokers quit? Yes and no, says report
Connecticut Post - December 4, 2012

Though Connecticut has made some strides in funding measures that help smokers quit, there's still a lot of work to be done....

Connecticut clubs slowly move to snuff out smoking
Norwich Bulletin - November 29, 2012

Members-only private clubs are experimenting with non-smoking areas, nine ... The group tested a few nonsmoking nights over the past two years to gauge ...

Members-only clubs curb hours when smoking is allowed ($$)
Waterbury Republican American - November 29, 2012

That's starting to change, albeit slowly, as three large private clubs in the region have begun experimenting with designated nonsmoking times in their bars and ...

Conn. clubs, exempted from state's no-smoking ban, slowly move to ...
The Republic - November 29, 2012

WATERBURY, Connecticut ­ Members-only private clubs are experimenting with non-smoking areas, nine years after the Connecticut General Assembly ...

Moffa admits disguising tobacco shop donations to speaker
Waterbury (CT) Republican-American - November 4, 2012

One year ago, David "Buffalo" Moffa was hatching a conspiracy in a Waterbury tobacco shop to violate campaign finance laws and corrupt the state legislature. Moffa pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in New Haven to participating in the illegal scheme ...

South Windsor Town Council Majority Against Banning Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies
South Windsor (CT) Patch.com - September 18, 2012

… “A pharmacy is a place you should go to get better, not get cancer,” Anwar said during his presentation. “It is physically wrong to sell cigarettes in the same place. But the Republican majority on the Town Council and members of the public who weighed in on the discussion said that the council either should not: 1. infringe on one’s personal responsibility from refraining from or choosing to use tobacco; 2. single out CVS from engaging in legally sanction commercial trade; or 3. overreach in its responsibilities as a local governing body. …

South Windsor Council Hears Proposal To Ban Tobacco Sales At ...
Hartford Courant - September 17, 2012

A proposal to ban the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies in town produced a lively exchange by town council members Monday night. …

South Windsor Town Council to Discuss Prohibiting Pharmacies From Selling Cigarettes
Patch.com - September 17, 2012

The Town Council will debate, among other things, the issues of corporate responsibility and personal choice tonight at its regular meeting tonight when it discusses the possibility of passing an ordinance banning of the sale of tobacco products at CVS Pharmacy. …

READER SUBMITTED: No Ifs, Ands or Cigarette Butts: S&S Going Smoke-Free
Hartford Courant - September 13, 2012

Can going smoke-free make a company safer, cleaner, healthier and more productive? S&S Worldwide is about to find out. A 100 percent tobacco-free campus policy goes into effect Oct. 1. "Our new policy will clean the air," said Co-President Adam Schwartz. "That benefits everyone, and it's good for business." …

Council to discuss ban on cigarette sales in local pharmacies
Journal Inquirer (CT) - September 12, 2012

Council to discuss ban on cigarette sales in local pharmacies ... discussions Monday on banning the sale of tobacco products — particularly cigarettes — from ...

Partial Smoking Ban Approved For New London Parks
Patch.com (CT) - September 5, 2012

The City Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday to enact an anti-smoking ordinance for New London's parks, although the decision does not ban smoking outright and ...

POLL: What Do You Think Of The New London Anti-Smoking ...
Patch.com (CT) - September 5, 2012

In the region, smoking bans are also in place for the parks of Groton, Montville, ... advocates supporting a smoking ban as well as residents concerned that the ...

Johnson Memorial Medical Center to impose smoke-free ban on ...
Journal Inquirer - August 17, 2012

To promote a healthier environment for employees, patients, and the community, Johnson Memorial Medical Center campuses in Stafford and Enfield will ...

Milford Schools Smoking Ban Aimed at Adults
Patch.com (CT) - August 15, 2012

BOE member Dora Kubek proposed adding e-cigarettes to the ban. The legal reference for the policy is Connecticut General Statute 19a-342: "Smoking ...

New SUBASE smoking policy urges cessation, lists prohibitions
Dolphin - July 26, 2012

Published this month, Naval Submarine Base New London’s new smoking policy outlined in the base instruction "Tobacco Use Policy for Naval Submarine Base New London," highlights the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke and urges cessation as it redefines areas and limits of tobacco use. …

Smoking Banned in East Lyme Parks and Beaches
The Lymes (CT) Patch.com - July 19, 2012

Smoking bans in public parks and beaches have been a matter of much debate in some towns but in East Lyme, a smoking ban went into effect on July 15 with very little fanfare. That may be because the ban isn’t an ordinance, which would have had to be approved by the Board of Selectmen. Instead, it’s a Parks and Recreation policy and the …

Town mulls ban on pharmacy tobacco sales
Journal Inquirer (CT) July 18, 2012

Town mulls ban on pharmacy tobacco sales ... ways to ban tobacco products, particularly cigarettes, from being sold in local pharmacies. ...

Councilor Seeks to Ban Cigarette Sales in South Windsor Pharmacies
Patch.com (CT) - July 18, 2012

"My hope is to restrict pharmacies from selling tobacco-based products because they ... to excess, can lead to health problems, and tobacco-related products like cigarettes. ... 25 communities have banned the sale of tobacco products from pharmacies and ... Related Topics: South Windsor Government and cigarette bans ...

Teens advance Putnam smoking ban plan
Norwich Bulletin (CT)- June 13, 2012

... and Drugs, or TRIAD, last year with a goal of banning smoking on town property. ... state statutes regarding whether the town could pass a smoking ban.

Sun a poor choice for health program
TheDay.com - June 4, 2012

I was interested to read in May 30, Region section of The Day that the local launch of the Million Hearts national initiative to prevent heart attacks and strokes will take place at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den. As a public facility that still permits indoor smoking, this is an ironic and poorly chosen choice of venues for an event with a mission to educate the public about prevention of cardiovascular disease. … When smoking is permitted within the casino, both its patrons and employees are at high risk for secondhand smoke exposure, a well-documented cause of ...

Wallingford Housing Authority discussing possible ban on smoking ...
Meriden Record Journal - May 29, 2012

WALLINGFORD - At its last two meetings, the Wallingford Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners has discussed the idea of making its properties ...

Bristol Housing Authority Goes Smoke-Free July 1
NBC Connecticut - April 27, 2012

Bristol's Housing Authority has decided its facilities will go smoke-free on July 1. … The number of current smokers who will be impacted by the ban is not known. ... The anti-smoking group, Match Coalition, supports the bans, ...

People using Windham parks soon won't be able to smoke
Norwich (CT) Bulletin - Apr 21, 2012

Starting Memorial Day weekend with the official opening of the parks, Hallam will have to choose between her desire to smoke or her desire to go to the park with her 6-year-old son, Noah. The town has adopted a rule making all parks in town smoke-free. …

Smoking ban considered for Windham parks
Norwich Bulletin - March 23, 2012

The town is trying to pass a law so that all the park in Windham will be smoke-free. By FRANCESCA KEFALAS When Windham parks officially open Memorial Day ...

Town may make tobacco-free zones
Lewisboro (CT) Ledger - March 16, 2012

"Creating tobacco-free zones will take the onus off people who ask others to stop smoking," said Town Board member Peter DeLucia. "This ordinance will give ...

Putnam may outlaw smoking in parks
Selectmen studying ban for all town-owned property
Norwich (CT) Bulletin, 2011-12-25
ROBIN CASSELLA The Bulletin

After Putnam High School students proposed the idea, the Board of Selectmen will research the possibility of imposing a smoking ban on all town-owned property. ...

Killingworth BOS Rejects Smoking Ban at Parks and Fields
Patch.com - Michael Hayes - July 28, 2011

Killingworth Selectman Fred Dudek and Richard Cabral both rejected a proposed ban on smoking at town parks and athletic fields during ...

Proposal to ban smoking in city parks dies in committee
TheDay.com -Kathleen Edgecomb- July 27, 2011

New London — A City Council committee has snuffed out a proposed ordinance to prohibit smoking in city parks. The request for smoke-free parks and playgrounds died after a tie vote Monday in the Education, Parks & Recreation …

New London may ban smoking in parks
WTNH - Tina Detelj - June 29, 2011

New London, Conn (WTNH) - Lighting up a cigarette while sitting on a park bench, or taking a stroll, may soon be banned in New London. The City Council is looking into an ordinance banning smoking in the city's 22-parks. It seems to be a national trend ...

New London to consider banning smoking in city parks
TheDay.com - Kathleen Edgecomb - June 23, 2011

"Let's face it, smoking is one of our biggest concerns." He said recreation commissions in surrounding communities are also looking into smoking bans. The council sent the no-smoking initiative to its Parks & Recreation and Education Committee for ...

Hookah Lounge Ban Narrowly Passes Committee Vote
WFSB Hartford - May 10, 2011

A bill that would ban smoking in Connecticut hookah lounges, except those establishments that opened last year or earlier, has narrowly cleared a key legislative committee. The Planning and Development Committee passed the bill Monday on an 11-10 vote. ...

Hookah Lounges Face Possible Changes
A Bill Up For Vote Could Adopt New Regulations
Associated Press (AP), 2011-05-08

A bill that prohibits smoking in Connecticut hookah lounges, except those open before the end of last year, is facing a key legislative vote. ...

Montville council votes for ban on tobacco in parks
Rule will take effect May 11
Norwich (CT) Bulletin, 2011-04-12
ADAM BENSON The Bulletin

The Montville Town Council late Monday night banned the use of tobacco products at all recreational facilities, making it the third community in the state to adopt such a provision. ...

General Assembly: Committee extends smoking ban to small businesses
The Public Health Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly approved a bill on Monday that would extend the ban on workplace smoking to all businesses--even the self-employed who work alone.
Hartford (CT) Courant, 2011-03-29
RINKER BUCK The Hartford Courant

Even the self-employed who work alone would be banned from smoking under a bill that passed the legislature's public health committee Monday. ...

Smoking Wars Heat Up In 4 States
Private Clubs At Issue
Vending Times, 2011-03-02
Marcus Webb MarcusWebb@aol.com

The smoking battle is moving into high gear in South Dakota and Connecticut. The two states have joined, or may soon join, several other states that are debating -- or litigating -- whether there is a right to smoke in private clubs and restricted-entry establishments. Currently, 29 states have banned smoking in all public venues including bars and restaurants. But some states have also carved out exemptions for such private venues as cigar bars, veterans' clubs and video poker lounges, among other commercial establishments that are not open to the general public. ...

Conn. lawmakers consider ending smoking in clubs
Bloomberg - February 10, 2011

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some state lawmakers want smoking snuffed out in private clubs, one of the few places where people can still lawfully light up in Connecticut.

The General Assembly's Public Health Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill that would add clubs such as the local VFW, The Hartford Club or a golf club to the list of places where smoking is now prohibited under state law — joining restaurants, bars and businesses with five or more employees.

While proponents argue that extending the ban would help protect workers from being exposed to the health dangers of second-hand smoke, representatives from the clubs believe the General Assembly is overreaching, telling a private entity that's governed by its own boards and commissioners how to operate ...

UConn Health Center campus to become smoke-free
Waterbury (CT) Republican-American, 2010-10-24

The University of Connecticut Health Center is preparing to become an entirely smoke-free campus in a few weeks.

Smoking has been prohibited since 1990 inside John Dempsey Hospital on the center's Farmington campus. The new policy, which starts Nov. 18, will prohibit tobacco use of any kind anywhere on the property. ...

Smoking Ban: Seven Years Later, Dramatic Changes in Fairfield County Bars
After early resistance, smoke-free bars and restaurants are embraced by patrons and workers alike
Patch.org, 2010-10-23, Marisa Torrieri

As it turns out, a lot has changed since the law took effect seven years ago, restauranteurs [sic] in New Canaan and other Fairfield County towns tell Patch. For starters, the number of disgruntled patrons who puff has declined -- a sharp contrast from when the law took hold . . .

According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the number of cigarette smokers in the state peaked in 1999 at 22.8 percent. In 2009, the same year that the state cigarette tax was raised from $2 to $3, that number fell to 15.4 percent. ...

Smoking Ban in Town With Tobacco History?
NBC Connecticut - Nidhi Sinha - Jun 30, 2010

Smoking could be banned at all public facilities in South Windsor if some Town Council members have their way. A new proposal would ban ...

Plan would restrict smoking to designated areas at Fairfield
Ct Post - Genevieve Reilly - June 15, 2010

Smokers have been kicked out of bars, restaurants and workplaces. Now, a Fairfield resident would like to see smokers be restricted to designated areas at the town's beaches.

Susan Hersh has asked the Parks and Recreation Commission to consider designated smoking areas when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Postol Recreation Center.

Right now, the town does not allow smoking at in parks when youth recreational activities are taking place or at playgrounds.

The proposal to restrict smoking would apply to Fairfield's five shoreline beaches as well as the beach at Lake Mohegan. ...

Smoking ban set for public housing units
Norwalk (CT) Hour, 2010-06-06
ALEX NITKIN Hour Staff Writer

Following strong encouragement from the federal government, Norwalk is planning to follow several other Connecticut towns in implementing non-smoking policies in its public housing facilities.

According to Candace Mayer, deputy director of the Norwalk Housing Authority, one of the 13 buildings at the Roodner Court housing complex will soon be designated as a smoke-free area.

"After specific requests from the families, we're definitely working on establishing a ban at the complex," Mayer said. "We reviewed it with our housing officer and we decided that legally, there isn't really any right to smoke."

Time runs out on 2 Conn. smoking ban bills
BusinessWeek - May 6, 2010
Lawmakers have run out of time to vote on two bills that would expand a ban on smoking in the workplace and in hundreds of state-licensed child care facilities across Connecticut.

The General Assembly's 2010 session ended Wednesday at midnight.

Rep. Betsy Ritter is co-chair of the Public Health Committee. She says there wasn't enough time to vote on the two bills in the House of Representatives. Both had passed the Senate.

One bill removed the minimum number of employees required for the current ban on smoking in workplaces to kick in.

The other bill would have banned smoking at child day care centers and group day care centers licensed by the Department of Public Health. ...

State Senate Bill Bans Smoking In Day Care Centers
Hartford Courant - 4/30/2010

A bill that prohibits smoking in hundreds of state-licensed child care facilities across Connecticut has cleared the Senate.

The bill passed the Senate, 35-0, on Thursday. It awaits action in the House of Representatives.

The legislation bans smoking at child day care centers and group day care centers licensed by the Department of Public Health. Smoking in DPH-licensed family day care operations would be prohibited during business hours.

Violators would face fines ranging from $35 to $90. ...

State Senate would restrict smoking
Journal Inquirer - April 23, 2010

The state Senate has voted to expand a ban on smoking in the workplace by removing a minimum number of employees required for the law to kick in. The bill, which passed Thursday on a 24-11 vote, moves to the House of Representatives for further action. The prohibition on smoking now applies to workplaces with five or more employees. But some lawmakers said secondhand smoke is harmful no matter how many people work in an office. The bill applies to a person who’s self-employed, whether or not that person has any employees, but doesn’t apply to an employer’s home. Republican Sen. Robert J. Kane said the bill intrudes on the rights of a small businessperson and that it’s not the role of government to keep people healthy.

Smoking Restrictions And Bans Spreading To Private Clubs In Connecticut
By JESSE LEAVENWORTH
Harford Courant, April 19, 2010

For many years, the state's Elks and Moose and ethnic, military and loyal orders of every brand have been free to drink, smoke and exchange secret handshakes in private clubs.

… Private clubs throughout the nation are either choosing to go smokeless or being forced to clear the air by workplace laws meant to prevent exposure to secondhand smoke, said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights [ www.no-smoke.org].

"It's definitely a national trend," Frick said. "Increasingly, even in private clubs, people don't want to have to breathe toxic air. ... We've heard of a number of different private clubs around the country that are going smoke-free as part of an effort to refresh their membership." …

Milford Redevelopment and Housing Partnership Adopts Smoke-free Facility Policy -- 465 Units of Public Housing Covered; First Housing Authority in Connecticut to Do So
SFELP, 3/23/2010

On March 16th, the Milford Redevelopment and Housing Partnership adopted a smoke-free facility policy covering all 465 units of public housing. The policy went into effect on March 17th for all new residents and all guests and staff; the policy is effective November 1, 2010 for all current residents. It covers all 465 units of Milford’s housing for families and the elderly and disabled. We at SFELP are pleased to have been able to assist them and pleased that they were able to use our model policy for their own. This is the first public housing authority in Connecticut to adopt a smoke-free policy for some or all their buildings. To access the Milford Redevelopment and Housing Partnership web site, click above.

Falcons ban smoking
Middletown Press - March 9, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — At the bimonthly membership meeting of the Polish Falcons Nest 519 on Prout Hill Road last week, a motion was brought before the membership to ban smoking in the clubroom.

Smoking is allowed currently in private clubs under Connecticut law.

After discussion from members on each side of the issue, it came to vote. When the vote was tallied, the motion passed 90-51.

As a result of this vote, beginning May 1, smoking will not be permitted in the club room. ...

Hospital gets smoking ban on Newell road
Bristol Press - Steve Collins - February 9, 2010

BRISTOL — City councilors Tuesday gave their unanimous backing to naming a municipal street beside Bristol Hospital a no-smoking zone.

The hospital made a formal request last year to have Newell Road declared a tobacco-free zone, the first city street to gain that designation.

City Councilor David Mills said that while he voted for the measure, he is concerned it may be a problem. ...

Foxwoods table-games dealers, Mashantuckets give tentative nod to historic ...
TheDay.com - Brian Hallenbeck - January 27, 2010

Mashantucket — Fourteen months after negotiations began, the union for some 2,500 table-games dealers at Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods have reached tentative agreement on a historic first-ever contract with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, which owns the casinos. ...

Other key provisions of the agreement address health and safety issues, creating "an industry model," the union said. The contract would extend the length of medical leave for seriously ill workers from six months to a year and provide for the establishment of a 24-table "smoke-free pit" separated from other gaming areas for the benefit of dealers susceptible to secondhand smoke. Under the agreement, the tribe and the union would work together on air-testing protocols and ventilation systems. Such steps go beyond those the state called for in an agreement the tribe reached last year with Gov. M. Jodi Rell, the union said ...

Bristol Hospital wants city to declare Newell Road smoke free
Bristol Press - Steve Collins - December 8, 2009

BRISTOL — Bristol Hospital recently made a formal request to have a city road that runs through its grounds declared a no-smoking zone.

Hospital President Kurt Barwis asked the city to have Newell Road — the primary entrance for its emergency room, medical office building and Connecticut Spine and Pain Center — designated as smoke-free under a new law Bristol passed last summer.

Barwis said that having the street made into a no-smoking zone would be "the last step in allowing us to change over the entire hospital campus as smoke-free," a move it began in 2008.

City officials said they plan to ask the Hearings and Assessment Committee to look into the request and make a recommendation to the City Council. Little opposition is expected.

The city’s new ordinance, which hasn’t been used yet, allows it to designate public streets and sidewalks as no-smoking zones, except where state law dictates otherwise. ...

Smoke-free zone encircles hospital
New Haven (CT) Register - November 7, 2009

Bronson Frick, a spokesman for Americans for Non-Smokers Rights in California, said Friday that more than 1,000 communities nationwide have enacted some type of ban on smoking in various public places, which can include parks, restaurant patios, transit facility stops, certain areas of commercial districts and doorways to certain buildings and other places.

He said the issue is a local one, and communities that adopt such bans often do so when a particular problem is identified, He said perceived problems tend to be in areas where people congregate. It is a growing trend, he said. ...

Blumenthal Pledges Fight For A Ban On E-Cigarettes
The Day (New London, CT), 2009-08-19

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal called on consumers and retailers Tuesday to avoid electronic cigarettes, discounting claims that the devices are safer than real cigarettes.

The e-cigarettes, as they are known, are powered by batteries and produce a mist containing nicotine and propylene glycol, an organic compound. Users inhale the mist, satisfying their craving for nicotine.

"I will vigorously fight to ban e-cigarettes, unless approved by FDA, and any attempt to retail the devices in Connecticut, as well as work with federal authorities to regulate Internet sales," Blumenthal said at a press conference in Hartford.

He cited the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's finding last month that two brands of e-cigarettes, Smoking Everywhere and NJoy, contain known carcinogens. An antifreeze ingredient, diethylene glycol, was found in a Smoking Everywhere cartridge. ...

Smoking ban
Danbury News Times - August 6, 2009

No-smoking zones proposed for the area outside of Danbury Hospital and the city public library make sense. Tobacco smoking is unquestionably bad for one's ...

Smoke-free zone up in flames
Waterbury Republican American - July 21, 2009

The Waterbury Board of Aldermen balked at an effort Monday to create a smoke-free zone around Saint Mary's Hospital. Several aldermen claimed it was unfair to prohibit pedestrians on the public streets, sidewalks and walkways a block from the hospital from smoking. The board took no action on a proposed ordinance to ban smoking on city property located inside a circle surrounding the hospital's campus. ...

Hookah club owner plans appeal, may sue
New Haven Register (subscription) - Susan Misur - June 30, 2009

MILFORD — A lawsuit against the city isn’t out of the question for the owner of the Olive Tree Hookah Lounge, which was ordered to close for the second time Saturday.

Sammer Karout said he is working with two lawyers to continue fighting health officials’ demands to close the lounge at 2007 Bridgeport Ave. because of public health concerns.

“I’m fighting to go after them (city officials). I want to try to sue them because they caused me a lot of harm. They shut me down,” said Karout, who opened the lounge May 15. ...

Casino smoking ban snuffed out
The Day (New London, CT), 2009-05-12
Ted Mann Day Staff Writer, Politics

The legislature's Finance Committee killed through inaction a pair of controversial bills Tuesday afternoon, including a proposal to ban smoking at the state's two tribally owned casinos.

The committee did not take up the smoking ban bill before adjourning around 1:30 p.m. Under legislative rules, bills referred to committee must be acted upon within seven calendar days or three legislative session days. That rule means the smoking ban was effectively killed by the Finance panel's failure to take action today. ...

The smoking ban - which is vigorously supported by organized labor but opposed by Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods - is dead for this session, and unlikely to return, said Sen. Eileen Daily, D-Westbrook, the co-chairwoman of the committee and an opponent of the bill.

"Aside from any promise of a legal challenge it would be very costly... in terms of lost revenue because of lost business for the casino," Daily said. "So our businesses, all of them, are in enough trouble without our taking action today that would be more costly." ...

It appears smoking in Conn. casinos will continue
NECN - May 11, 2009

NECN: Brian Burnell, Hartford, Conn.) - Smoking is banned in most public places, but one place it is not is in Connecticut's casinos. There has been an effort underway for a couple of years now to change that, but the economic climate dictates it won't happen this year.

Unionized workers at Foxwoods have spearheaded the effort, saying smoking in the casino is detrimental to the health of employees. But, there are economic considerations that even people who agree with the workers say make a ban right now impossible.

There has been talk of banning smoking at the two indian-owned casinos in Connecticut for a couple of years. Though they have opened smoke-free gaming areas, the tribes have resisted an outright ban, saying it would hurt business. Officials at Mohegan Sun commissioned a study they say shows a total ban at the casino could result in the loss of between 2,000 and 4,000 jobs because smokers would go elsewhere to gamble. ...

Rell Signs Agreement For Limited Smoking Ban At Foxwoods
LIMITED BAN AT FOXWOODS
Hartford (CT) Courant, 2009-05-08
CHRISTOPHER KEATING

In an effort to extinguish a controversial issue, Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed an agreement with the Mashantucket Pequot nation Thursday for a voluntary, limited smoking ban at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The agreement is similar to one that Rell signed earlier this year with the Mohegan Sun casino.

The deal was announced as the state legislature is still debating a highly controversial bill that would impose a phased-in, total ban on smoking at both casinos in southeastern Connecticut. Two major legislative committees have voted overwhelmingly in favor of the ban, and some proponents say the bill should still go forward even with the new agreements.

The tribes, however, have reacted strongly against the bill, raising the specter of a potential battle over nearly $400 million a year in slot-machine revenue currently added to the state's cash-strapped coffers.
Those threats remained real Thursday as the Pequots hailed the new understanding with Rell as a major step forward.

Mohegan Sun CEO asks legislators to kill casino smoking ban bill
The Day (New London, CT), 2009-05-05
Ted Mann

The chief executive officer of Mohegan Sun urged state lawmakers Tuesday to kill a proposal that would compel the two tribally owned casinos in Connecticut to ban cigarette smoking by 2011, saying the resulting drop-off in business would cost the state millions in slot revenues and lost jobs.

“We are now competing directly with thousands of slot machines in neighboring states,” CEO Mitchell Etess wrote to the leaders and members of the legislature’s Finance Committee, which received the bill Tuesday morning, when it was referred from the House floor. “Patrons who smoke will take their business to other states, if a ban is approved in Connecticut, and revenues could drop up to 20 percent. There will be layoffs, and a cascading loss of business to us and our vendors.”

Etess pointed to the examples of Illinois and Delaware, where the imposition of smoking bans cut casino business by 17 percent and 19 percent respectively, and also backed his conclusions with a new analysis from the Connecticut Economic Resource Center.

The think tank’s study projects that business could fall by as much as 20 percent if a smoking ban is imposed on Mohegan Sun, which is operated by the Mohegan Tribe, and Foxwoods Resort Casino, operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

The group’s study, commissioned by Mohegan Sun, projected a widening ripple effect from business losses at the casino. ...

On Politics - State Weighs Ban on Casino Smoking
New York Times, 2009-04-26
MARK PAZNIOKAS

Now, the state legislature is trying to decide if it is willing to risk seeing that cash flow diminish, or even stop, in the name of public health by requiring the two tribal casinos to ban smoking by Oct. 1, 2011.

The tribes say that a smoking ban would drive away gamblers from a business already hurt by the recession. For the first time since the Sun opened in 1997, slot revenue to the state dipped by $19 million last year after a decade of steady growth.

Moreover, the Mohegans and Pequots assert that a legislative mandate on smoking would violate their tribal sovereignty, allowing them to withhold all slot revenue while they contested the issue in federal court.

"This is the first state to try to do something like this," said Bruce Bozsum, chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council. "So it's my job right now to try to protect my tribe and to even reach further to protect all tribes across the country. Everybody is watching."

Jackson King, general counsel to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, said the proposed smoking ban is the biggest threat to tribal sovereignty since the Pequots and Connecticut signed the compact in 1993. The Mohegans became a signatory after their federal recognition in 1994. . . .

Mr. Blumenthal said the smoking measure is defensible under the compact, which requires the tribes to abide by public health laws that the state imposes on itself. He said the tribes would have the right to challenge the law in federal court, but not withhold slot revenue.

"There is no legally justifiable reason to withhold that money, except, of course, to put a gun to the state's head," he said.

The Mohegans said they were not averse to limiting or, perhaps, eventually banning smoking, but only under the terms of their compact with the state -- through negotiation with the governor. . . .

Sovereignty is no small matter to the Mohegans and Pequots, two tribes driven to the brink of extinction, he said. Thirteen tribes in Connecticut went out of existence.

They are memorialized in a section of the Mohegan Sun, the "Hall of Lost Tribes."

It is smoke free.

Despite Threats, Casino Smoking Ban Advances
Hartford (CT) Courant, 2009-04-21
CHRISTOPHER KEATING * The Hartford Courant

Despite threats of legal action and a potential battle over nearly $400 million a year in slot-machine revenue currently added to state coffers, a key legislative committee voted Monday to ban smoking at the state's two Indian casinos.

The Democratic members on the legislature's government administration and elections committee said they have the right to ban smoking to protect the health of casino workers -- including those who have complained about the health effects of second-hand smoke.

But Republican lawmakers said the bill is clearly unconstitutional and would violate the compacts between the state and the Indian tribes that operate the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos. They said the bill specifically targets casinos while allowing private clubs to continue permitting smoking.

"This, indeed, does buy us a substantial fight in the courts," said Rep. John W. Hetherington, a New Canaan Republican who serves as the ranking House Republican on the committee. "This is going to be a very long and costly fight for Connecticut." ...

Five years after ban: Smoky bars not missed
The Hour - April 1, 2009

Five years after a ban on smoking in bars, bartenders and pub owners say a cloud of smoke has been lifted from their heads.

One local bar owner and a local bartender said the smoking ban has not damaged their business and has benefited their health.

"Smokers are going to come out, drink and have a good time no matter what," said Buckley Ryan, owner of B.J. Ryan's. ...

Mohegans threaten suit over smoking
Tribe says it may also withhold slot money if ban passed by committee becomes law
The Day (New London, CT), 2009-03-26
Ted Mann Day Staff Writer, Politics

A controversial bill to ban smoking at tribal casinos in Connecticut becomes law.

In letters addressed to Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Tribal Chairman Bruce "Two Dogs" Bozsum and Mohegan Attorney General Helga M. Woods said the smoking-ban bill, which was handily approved earlier this week by the legislature's Public Health Committee, would infringe on the tribe's right to sovereign governance under federal law. Its passage, they said, would lead to a long and costly court fight.

"I cannot and will not allow this legislative affront to go unchallenged," Bozsum wrote.

Bozsum and Woods also warned that the tribe, which contributes hundreds of millions per year in slot machine payments from its Mohegan Sun casino, could cease the payments or place them in escrow for the duration of any court fight - a potentially serious blow as the state faces huge budget deficits in the coming years.

Casino smoking ban bill advances
Norwich Bulletin - March 23, 2009

The state House Public Health Committee released a bill Monday that would ban smoking in the state’s two American Indian-owned casinos by 2011. The process is in its infancy, but with a full Senate approval last year, advocates are hopeful of its passage and implementation.

“We’d love to have it banned immediately. This is a workers health issue and a customer health issue. But given the current economic environment, we can support 2011,” said Bryte Johnson, Connecticut director of government relations and advocacy for the American Cancer Society.

Casino smoking bill seen lacking
Advocates of total ban tell lawmakers current proposal inadequate
The Day (New London, CT), 2009-02-28
Brian Hallenbeck Day Staff Writer, Gaming

Saying a bill to regulate smoking at the state's tribally owned casinos doesn't go far enough, unionized table-games dealers from Foxwoods Resort Casino and antismoking advocates voiced support Friday for Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's plan to phase in a complete ban on smoking at the casinos by October 2011.

In testimony before the General Assembly's Public Health Committee, members of UAW at Foxwoods, which is negotiating its first contract with the casino owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, said the bill offered by the legislature's southeastern delegation "falls woefully short," largely because it specifies no date for a total ban on smoking at the casinos, which many believe is inevitable. The bill, incorporating the terms of an unofficial deal the Mohegan Tribe, owners of Mohegan Sun, reached with Gov. M. Jodi Rell, calls for the tribes to enter into an agreement with the state "governing the reduction, removal and monitoring of secondhand smoke."

Smoking Ban or Bust
MSNBC - February 10, 2009

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is taking another roll of the dice, hoping Connecticut lawmakers will ban smoking at both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos.

Two separate bills are currently before the legislature calling for a smoking ban. One of the bills calls for an immediate ban, and is supported by the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association. The other bill, would phase out smoking gradually over a three year period, and is backed by Attorney General Blumenthal.

Governor Jodi Rell is currently in talks with both casinos hoping to find a solution that would respect tribal sovereignty while putting an end to casino smoking.

State high court upholds smoking ban
New Haven Register, February 6, 2007

The state Supreme Court Monday upheld a 4-year-old state ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, rejecting claims that the law is unfair because it doesn't apply to private clubs and tribal casinos.

The highest court voted 4-1 in favor of the decision that the smoking prohibition for bars and restaurants is constitutional…

Jan C. Trendowski, an Essex lawyer representing four bars that brought the court challenge, said he is "saddened by the decision," but that there are no current plans to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, however, called the decision a "landmark victory that extinguishes the last legal challenge to Connecticut's smoking ban."

Apply Smoking Ban To Clubs, Too
Hartford Courant, February 7, 2007

In response to the Feb. 6 article "Where There's Smoke ..." [Page 1]:

I am a nonsmoker and I belong to three private clubs, one of which I frequent about once a week. All three clubs have seen increased membership since the smoking ban went into effect. Why do I have to suffer and put up with annoying smoke while I am trying to have a drink or socialize?

I believe that any establishment in Connecticut with a liquor license should be required to abide by the no-smoking law. Most of my friends who smoke say they would have no problem going outside to have a smoke if they had to. I think it is very unfair that the casinos and private clubs are exempt from the law. They have employees and customers who also would like not to be subjected to cigarette smoke.

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