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Congratulations Boise and Ketchum for passing strong smokefree ordinances!

Get involved! Cities in Idaho are working to strengthen laws at the local level to include all bars. Local campaigns are underway in the Treasure Valley (Boise) area. To learn more and get involved, visit www.smokefreeidaho.org.

Idaho's statewide smokefree air law prohibits smoking in public places, publicly-owned workplaces, bowling centers and restaurants, including those with attached bars. Small business owners, employing five or fewer employees, may establish separately enclosed breakrooms for smoking, as long as employees, other than custodial or maintenance employees, are not required to work there. The law took effect July 1, 2004, and does not preempt local municipalities from passing stronger laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Idaho.

2014 Legislative Session: 1/6/2014 - 4/4/2014 (Est.)

The Idaho Legislature enacted House Bill 121 during the 2007 session, which removed an exemption for bowling centers in the state Clean Indoor Air Act.

American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)
Smokefree Idaho:
www.smokefreeidaho.org

Smokefree & Related News

Caldwell Considers Smoking Ban at Arenas
Boise Weekly - June 11, 2014

The city of Caldwell is mulling a smoking ban at its public arenas. This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Canyon County commissioners have already signed a resolution to support a smoking ban at the county-owned Gabiola Field, located next to Simplot Stadium. Now, the Caldwell City Council is expected to consider a proposed ordinance to ban tobacco or electronic cigarettes within the gated areas of Simplot Stadium, Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium, O'Connor Field House and Gabiola Field.

City considers events center smoking ban
Idaho Press-Tribune - June 11, 2014

The potential ordinance would prohibit the use of tobacco or electronic cigarettes within the gated areas of Simplot Stadium, Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium, ...

Kootenai River Inn upgrades amenities, machines
Bonners Ferry Herald - June 6, 2014

BONNERS FERRY — The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho's casino and hotel, the Best ... The new air purification system completely eliminates tobacco smoke and odor ...

Circling Raven Golf Club
Golf Club Business (press release) – May 30, 2014

Owned and operated by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Circling Raven is a Gene ... play in smoking and non-smoking areas, off-track betting for horse and dog races, ...

Garden City considers ban on smoking in bars
IdahoOnYourSide.com - May 29, 2014

The city council is considering a smoking ban similar to the one in Boise; however, one ... pub in Boise, says neither establishment has been hurt by the bans.

Garden City ordinance in the works that would ban smoking
KBOI-TV - May 28, 2014

GARDEN CITY, Idaho (KBOI) - Garden City leaders are moving forward with plans to ban smoking inside bars and other businesses. City council decided Tuesday night to direct staff members to draft a smoking ban ordinance.

Garden City officials drafting ordinance to ban smoking in bars
Greenfield Daily Reporter - May 28, 2014

GARDEN CITY, Idaho - Officials in the southwest Idaho city of Garden City have directed staff members to draft an ordinance banning smoking in bars.

Garden City to consider smoking ban
The Idaho Statesman - May 14, 2014

When Treasure Valley cities began banning smoking in bars a couple of years ago, Garden City stood firm on free-market principle: Let customers vote with their feet. "If people want to smoke, that's their decision to make, not ours," Garden City Mayor John Evans told the Statesman in January 2012 - the month that Boise's ban went into effect. What a difference two years makes. On Monday night, Garden City's council unanimously voted to consider an ordinance banning smoking inside local businesses and other establishments...

Won't go up in vapor: E-cigarette vendors ready to adjust for FDA ...
Idaho State Journal - April 26, 2014

In 2010, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled that e-cigarettes can't be ..... The act barred flavored tobacco products except menthol and gave the ...

McCall Moving Toward Stricter Smoking Regulations
Boise Weekly - April 18, 2014

Smokin' McCall Moving Toward Stricter Smoking Regulations ... in the city of McCall are moving forward with their proposal to expand their smoking ban.

Sound Off: What do you think of Lewiston's voluntary smoking ban at ...
Lewiston Morning Tribune (subscription) (blog) - April 17, 2014

Editor's note: Have a gripe, complaint or hot topic to discuss? You came to the right place. We know you've got a lot on your mind, so the Tribune created "Sound ...

N. Idaho City Passes Smoking Ban with Little Teeth
News Radio 1310 KLIX - April 16, 2014

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) The Lewiston City Council has approved a voluntary ban on smoking in some public outdoor spaces. The Lewiston Tribune reports ...

N. Idaho council approves voluntary smoking ban
KXLY Spokane - April 15, 2014

The Lewiston City Council has approved a voluntary ban on smoking in some public outdoor spaces. The Lewiston Tribune reports the council voted 5-2 on ...

Lewiston council OKs smoking ban ($$)
Lewiston Morning Tribune (subscription) - April 14, 2014

The Lewiston City Council adopted a voluntary ban Monday on smoking in certain public outdoor spaces, but not without objection from two of its members. Clinton Daniel and Ryan (RJ) Johnson said they don't use tobacco or approve of its use, but said asking people to not smoke at densely populated places like city ballfields goes too far.

Boise passes e-cigarette ban for city workers
KBOI-TV - April 9, 2014

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The Boise City Council has approved a change in policy that includes e-cigarettes on the list of banned tobacco use while city workers are ...

E-cigarette ban for city workers on the job could take effect this week
KBOI-TV - April 8, 2014

Boise City Council is considering a policy change that would ban city employees from using electronic cigarettes in and around the workplace.

Boise Wants to Snuff Out E-Cigarettes Among City Employees
Boise Weekly - April 6, 2014

When the Boise City Council meets this Tuesday, April 8, they'll be asked to approve a resolution that would convert its stand-alone Tobacco Use Policy from the status of "policy" and group it with the "Drug-Free Workplace Policy" and regulations in its employee policies. Additionally, the change would add e-cigarettes to the existing restrictions.

McCall, Idaho Could Enact Smoking Ban This Week
HalfWheel – April 6, 2014

The city council of McCall, Idaho could enact a smoking ban at their regular meeting this Thursday, April 10, bringing an end to the days of being able to light up in bars, small businesses, motel rooms, bus stops, nursing home rooms and outdoor eating areas. …

Star-News: Survey Indicates Growing Support of McCall Smoking Ban
Boise Weekly - April 4, 2014

A new survey indicates support for a widening of a smoking ban in the city of McCall. ... A smaller majority favored banning, or limiting, smoking on McCall's public ... Ketchum and Moscow have all adopted their own, detailed smoking bans.

AG shouldn't delve into tobacco sales
Idaho Press-Tribune - April 4, 2014

Smoking rates have been in decline in recent decades for many reasons. ... the negative health effects of tobacco have been well publicized, smoking bans in ...

Sound Off: What do you think of smoking bans in public places?
Lewiston Morning Tribune (subscription) (blog) - April 3, 2014

Editor's note: Have a gripe, complaint or hot topic to discuss? You came to the right place. We know you've got a lot on your mind, so the Tribune created "Sound ...

Group Hopes to Ban Smoking in Cars With Kids
East Idaho News - March 24, 2014

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) A group of Idaho Falls mothers are actively promoting a petition that would outlaw smoking in vehicles with children present. Tavia Pickett ...

Idaho Moms Want Statewide Ban of Smoking In Cars With Children
Boise Weekly - March 23, 2014

A group of Eastern Idaho parents already have their sights set on the 2015 Idaho Legislature with their effort to convince lawmakers to support a statewide ban ...

Blackfoot OKs limits on smoking in public parks
Idaho State Journal - March 5, 2014

BLACKFOOT — After holding a public hearing and mulling the issue for several months, Blackfoot officials unanimously voted Tuesday to start banning smoking ...

Debate of smoke-free parks continues for Lewiston city officials
KLEW - March 5, 2014

Director proposed voluntary smoke free policy. LEWISTON, ID - A smoke-free policy at playgrounds and baseball fields in Lewiston is gaining momentum.

McCALL POSTS SURVEY ON SMOKING BAN ($$)
Council mulls whether to expand current statewide restrictions
McCall Star News - February 27, 2014

The city of McCall has posted an online survey to field public opinion about expanding the ban on smoking in public places. The two-question survey, at www.mccall.id.us, will be open until March 21...

Why Idaho is falling short on anti-tobacco funding
KREM (Spokane, WA) - February 1, 2014

A new study says Idaho is spending far less than what's recommended to fight the use of tobacco. The CDC recently released their report, claiming Idaho should be contributing seven times more to tobacco prevention and control. The Idaho Department of Heal ...

Vape shops warned to keep e-cigs from youth
KTVB - February 1, 2014

POCATELLO -- Police in eastern Idaho say more youths are using vapor cigarettes in the region, and they're warning vendors that it's illegal to sell the nicotine ...

PPD to start cracking down on illegal electronic sales of e-cigarettes ...
Idaho State Journal - January 30, 2014

POCATELLO — The vapor cigarette craze, with several new “vape shops” to have opened in the Gate City area in recent months, has Pocatello Police ...

Pocatello Police See Increased Use of E-Cigarettes among Teens
KPVI News 6 - January 30, 2014

Pocatello Police See Increased Use of E-Cigarettes among Teens. Images ... Parents need to be educated about the law as it pertains to e-cigarettes. Juveniles ...

Planning commission crafts first draft of Pullman pot restrictions
Moscow-Pullman Daily News - January 30, 2014

Pullman Planning Commissioners got their first look Wednesday at drafted regulations for allowing recreational marijuana facilities in the city. The city won't be ...

E-cigarettes burn up: An updated policy bans e-cigs on campus
Boise (ID) State University The Arbiter Online - January 23, 2014

Once upon a time, Michael Nash was allowed to use his electronic cigarette in his dorm at his leisure. He was shocked to find out this would no longer be ...

Voluntary smoke-free policy will be discussed
KLEW - January 22, 2014

LEWISTON, ID - Playgrounds and baseball fields in Lewiston are expected to be smoke-free by as early as this spring. A voluntary smoke-free policy is being written up and will be presented in front of the Parks and Rec Commission at Wednesdays meeting

Pub New Harmony in Pocatello Goes Smoke-Free Under New ...
Idaho State Journal - January 1, 2014

POCATELLO The Pub New Harmony bar located at 134 Warren Ave. next to the Reel Theatre is now cigarette smoke-free. Owners Gus Winterfeld and ...

Idaho groups concentrate on e-cigarettes
The Idaho Statesman - December 10, 2013

Federal law prohibits businesses that sell electronic cigarettes from promoting them as a proven smoking cessation tool. But some Idaho smokers are trying e-cigs to determine whether they are helpful in kicking the habit, according to data collected by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Idaho County Bans E-Cigarettes Inside Buildings
News Radio 1310 KLIX - December 8, 2013

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) Bannock County commissioners have decided to include electronic cigarettes in the smoking ban in county buildings. The Idaho ...

Bannock County commissioners add e-cigarettes to smoking ban in county buildings
Daily Journal - December 6, 2013

POCATELLO, Idaho Bannock County commissioners have decided to include electronic cigarettes in the smoking ban in county buildings. The Idaho State ...

Bannock bans e-cigarette use in county facilities
Idaho State Journal - December 6, 2013

Bannock County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on Wednesday, which added e-cigarettes to the smoking ban inside county buildings.

Vapors has become an issue to the smoke free campus
Boise State University The Arbiter Online - December 3, 2013

Boise State adopted a no smoking policy in 2010 and became a smoke-free campus. However, smoking e-cigarettes or vapors has become a controversial topic ...

Clearing the air about e-cigarettes: Just how safe are they?
KBOI-TV - November 15, 2013

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Electronic cigarettes, battery powered devices that deliver nicotine and other chemicals as an alternative to tobacco smoking, are ...

Enjoy smoking with e-cigs
Coeur d'Alene Press - November 6, 2013

Electronic cigarettes were created by cigarette smokers who love to smoke and had no ... E-cigs were later discovered to help individuals quit cigarettes, but still ...

E-cigarette causes house fire in Coeur d'Alene
KREM.com (registration) - November 5, 2013

COEUR d'ALENE -- Fire officials in Coeur d'Alene say an electronic cigarette exploded and started a fire while a family of four slept in their house on Sunday ...

E-cigarettes Turn Up in Schools
Twin Falls Times-News - November 4, 2013

BURLEY - Students have been sneaking off to the boys room to smoke since the advent of schools and the discovery of tobacco. But use of harder-to-detect electronic cigarettes is causing some educators and parents to worry.

E-cigarettes usage on the rise
Boise State University The Arbiter Online - November 4, 2013

While e-cigarettes have been around since the 1960's, it has only been in the past few years that the business has exploded in the Boise area and the fad has ...

Idaho E-Cigarettes Need Regulation
Northwest Public Radio - October 23, 2013

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and 39 of his colleagues want tougher regulations for electronic cigarettes. The group hopes the federal government ...

New vaping shops spark conflict over e-cigs
Idaho Press-Tribune - October 22, 2013

April Smeltzer, a mixologist at Epoch Cigarettes in Meridan, mixes cotton candy and black cherry liquids to be used in an electronic cigarette for local customer ...

City Officials in McCall, Meridian Consider No-Smoking Efforts
Boise (ID) Weekly - October 19, 2013

The McCall Star-News reports that the McCall City Council held a special forum to allow the community to weigh in on a proposal that would require smoke-free workplaces in the Valley County community. Advocates from Smokefree Idaho and health-care ...

Meridian bans smoking, e-cigarettes for city employees
KTVB- October 17, 2013

That includes electronic cigarettes which have recently become a popular alternative to smoking. The ban only affects employees during work hours, not during

Star-News: McCall Debates Smoke-Free Proposal
Boise Weekly - Oct 6, 2013

A community meeting in McCall has been scheduled for this Wednesday, Oct. 9, when the public will be able to weigh in on a new effort to ban smoking in the work place. The McCall Star-News reports that the city is being asked to consider a new ordinance that would require bars, small businesses, hotels, motels, bus stops and some outdoor areas to be smoke-free.

E-cigarettes have helped many smokers
Idaho Press-Tribune - October 4, 2013

I am an owner of a local e-cigarette shop, and like every store in Idaho, I have a tobacco permit through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to sell the e-liquids. It is illegal to sell to anyone under the age of 18, and we abide by these laws. We work hand-in-hand with the Idaho Tobacco Project to know the law and to work within it.

Electronic cigarettes banned in schools
Weekly News Journal - September 26, 2013

BURLEY – The Cassia County School Board adopted a policy Tuesday that leaves no doubt about the use of electronic cigarettes in schools. The unanimous ...

NIC: Tobacco-Free no more
North Idaho College Sentinel - September 16, 2013

NIC is no longer an entirely tobacco-free campus. Theres a compromise, said Dean of Students and Director of Health Services Linda Michals. Weve created some smoking areas for people to be able to smoke. Alex Harris, director of student development, said the large number of students that refused to obey the policy as well as popular demand were the main forces that brought about the change.

Idaho State Journal: Pocatello could see a smoking ban
Boise Weekly - September 5, 2013

Blad said he suspects a smoking ban in Pocatello would be met with strong ... Blad pointed out that in cities with smoking bans already in place, bar sales have ...

ISU enforces, city mulls smoking ban
Idaho State Journal - September 5, 2013

POCATELLO While officials at Idaho State University take steps to implement a no smoking policy on the campus, the city of Pocatello is looking at a smoking ban in public areas and taverns.

Project Fliter: A Smoke-Free Fair
KMVT - September 2, 2013

Filer, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) In years past the Twin Falls County Fair has designated a single day as smoke free day out at the fairgrounds. But this year was a different story. All week long was smoke free out at the fair. Now that doesn't mean smokers weren't allowed to light up. All over the fairgrounds were smoking zones where smokers were allowed to do their thing.

Lewis-Clark State College's smoking ban pushes smokers to the parking lots ($$)
Lewiston Morning Tribune (subscription) - August 30, 2013

Less than a week into the school year, cigarette butts are already piling up in the parking lots designated as the last refuges for smokers on the Lewis-Clark State College campus. "Butts, butts, butts - they're everywhere," said LCSC student Beau Wakefield of Lewiston. "If my yard looked like this I'd be pissed."

Lewis-Clark State College goes smoke-free
Lewis-Clark State College - August 23, 2013

Lewis-Clark State College will soon be a non-smoking campus. The College has adopted a new smoke-free "Fresh Air" policy that prohibits smoking on any College property on Normal Hill, indoors or outdoors, except in five designated parking lots located around the perimeter of the campus, along 4th Street, 5th Street, and 11th Avenue. The new policy takes effect on the first day of fall classes, Monday, August 26.

Paul Council mulls fees at park shelters
Weekly News Journal - July 25, 2013

The suggested restrictions allow for leashed dogs but not horses. ... Under the proposed resolution, smoking would be banned within 100 feet of the splash park.

Playgrounds and baseball fields in Lewiston could soon be smoke ...
KLEW - June 21, 2013

LEWISTON, ID - The decision to go smoke-free at the Lewiston City ball ... and Recreation Commission have been considering smoke-free policies for more than ...

UI should be smoke-free ($$)
Moscow-Pullman Daily News - May 21, 2013

Four of the five major institutions of higher learning in Idaho, including Boise State University, along with more than 1,000 colleges across the nation, have adopted smoke-free campus policies. It is shocking to me that the University of Idaho has yet to take a stand against the dangers of secondhand smoke. …

Group works to snuff out smoking in more local bars
KBOI-TV - May 20, 2013

GARDEN CITY, Idaho (KBOI) - The group that pushed to take smoking out of bars in Boise is now following smokers to one of the only nearby places you can still have a drink and light up. Smoking in restaurants and most other public places has been illegal in Idaho since 2004, but that wasn't the case in bars until recently. Since last January, all bars have become smoke-free in Boise, Ketchum and Moscow. Now, the same group behind those bans is coming to Garden City. works to end smoking in public places where smoking is still allowed, like parks, motels, bus stops and bars. But the group isn't fighting smoking for smokers' health or other reasons you might expect. It's fighting for employees' lungs ...

Lewiston officials revisit idea of smoke-free parks ($$)
City parks commission weighing merits of voluntary or mandatory smoking bans
Lewiston Morning Tribune (subscription) - April 30, 2013

Certain areas of Lewiston parks may soon go smoke-free, at least on a voluntary basis. The city parks advisory commission first considered a ban about a year and a half ago after a presentation from Public Health - Idaho North Central District, Lewiston Parks and Recreation Director Tim Barker said.

Lewiston Parks and Recreation discuss smoke free parks
KLEW - April 26, 2013

LEWISTON, ID Thirty cities throughout the state of Idaho already have smoke free parks or playgrounds, will Lewiston be the next to follow this growing trend?

Local Residents React To Ketchum's Smoking Ban
KMVT - April 21, 2013

Those looking to smoke in Ketchum might need to think twice before lighting up. That's because the city council passed a new ordinance last week. "The average Ketchum citizen is very health conscious," claims Bill Collins, a local resident.

Secondhand smoke is bad for adults, worse for kids
Coeur d'Alene Press - April 21, 2013

When I first became a doctor, very few people thought that secondhand smoke affected your health. I was one of the skeptics. It just seemed like the amount of smoke you take into your lungs when you smoke is so much more than when you are with a smoker. Smoking also affects the heart and blood vessels; so does secondhand smoke. In fact, routinely breathing secondhand smoke is almost as bad for the heart as ...

Ketchum passes far-reaching smoking ban
The Spokesman Review (blog) - April 17, 2013

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — Ketchum officials have banned smoking in a long list of areas that include all city-owned facilities, parks, and indoor public places and places of employment, including hotel and motel rooms. The Idaho Mountain Express reports (http://bit.ly/XRichp) that city councilors passed the ordinance Monday that comes with a yearlong education campaign before enforcement begins. …

Another Smoking Ban In Idaho
KBOI - April 17, 2013

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) Ketchum officials have banned smoking in a long list of areas that include all city-owned facilities, parks, and indoor public places and ...

Mountain Express: Smoking Ban Passes in Ketchum
Boise Weekly - April 17, 2013

The Mountain Express reports that the smoking ban will be in effect in all city-owned facilities, parks, and all enclosed, indoor public places and places of ...

Electronic cigarettes: The new nicotine fix
The Idaho Statesman - April 9, 2013

An electronic cigarette company in Garden City grows as 'vaping' gains popularity. … So they stopped by Vapoligy to learn about electronic cigarettes and "vaping" - a term for using e-cigarettes, battery-operated cylindrical devices of various sizes ...

Mountain Express: Ketchum Smoking Ban in the Works
Boise Weekly-March 6, 2013

The law, however, would not include a smoking ban near doorways to businesses. ... Smoking is also banned in all city parks, save for two small designated ...

City moves toward smoke-free law
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide-March 6, 2013

The council directed city staff members to draft the ordinance after representatives of Boise-based nonprofit Smokefree Idaho made a presentation supporting ...

SMOKIN' Mountain Express: Ketchum to Consider Smoking Ban
Boise (ID) Weekly - January 25, 2013

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that Ketchum City Council members have asked for a new ordinance to be drafted that would ban smoking in enclosed public spaces and places of employment, on school grounds and city property, including parks.

One year later: Boise bars discuss smoking ban impacts
Northwest Cable News - January 9, 2013

BOISE ­ After a year on the books, officials with the city of Boise are still standing by their decision to pass a non-smoking ordinance. The ordinance took effect on January 2, 2012. Mayor's spokesman Adam Park said after looking back at the decision, he sees a lot of conversation, even some controversy surrounding the issue. “We had a really, I think, healthy and robust debate about whether or not to do this,” said Park. Additionally, Park says the city council and mayor continue to believe the ban has been for the best. “The ordinance is accomplishing what it should and we think it’s the right thing for Boise,” said Park. …

Smoke out, wheels off
Boise State University The Arbiter Online - December 3, 2012

In August 2009, Boise State became an entirely smoke-free campus as a way to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment for students, employees and visitors. The university is now one of over 300 U.S. colleges and universities also entirely smoke-free, according to the Health Services website. …

Great American Smokeout an opportunity to consider smoke-free laws in Pocatello
Idaho State Journal – November 24, 2012

By Sylvia Hernandez - Thousands of people decide to quit smoking each year as part of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout­a day in November that is a mile marker for those who are ready to end their deadly addiction to tobacco. This year the day was last week, but it was not just for smokers. It was a celebration for non-smokers to rally in support of individuals who are quitting, to cheer on smoke-free businesses and to take a moment to reflect on the laws providing health and safety to all in the community. Those bars and businesses that have voluntary, in-house smoke-free rules not only provide a healthy work environment to those in the bar and restaurant industries, but also offer a clean place for customers to visit. …

Letters to the editor: THANK YOU … to the American Cancer Society
Idaho Statesman – November 17, 2012

Thank you to the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout ­ a mile marker for those who are ready to quit smoking. It was also a celebration for non-smokers to rally in support of individuals who are quitting, smokefree businesses, and laws providing health and safety to the community. …

Valley should consider smoke-free laws
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide (ID) - November 16, 2012

It was a celebration for non-smokers to rally in support of individuals who are ... one nonsmoker with them—killing 53,000 nonsmokeers in the U.S. every year. ... in absenteeism among non-smoking employees, and an increase in business.

"Great American Smokeout" ­ Dayle Ohlau (Audio)
KECH 95 Radio – November 15, 2012

College master plan, tobacco-free policy advance
Daily Inter Lake - October 26, 2012

Flathead Valley Community College’s Board of Trustees on Monday passed the first reading of a tobacco-free campus policy and voted to move a draft update of a college master plan to a public review period. Trustees gave unanimous approval to the first reading of a revised tobacco policy following a request by the Student Senate that the campus become tobacco free. This vote sends the policy to the College Council for review and comment prior to a final reading at the Nov. 19 trustee meeting. …

Working Hard To Ban Smoking
KMVT - October 18, 2012

Smoking in all public places has been banned in the state of Idaho since 2004. Some businesses in Twin Falls are making a push to become completely smoke-free. While the Idaho Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits smoking in public places or areas, some facilities and cities still designate whether their businesses can choose to ban smoking. Elvia Caldera, a Senior Health Education Specialist for the South Central Public Health District says, "The City of Oakley passed an ordinance for a smoke-free ...

Blackfoot City Council Discusses Smoking Ban at Jensen's Grove
KPVI News 6 - October 4, 2012

Another outdoor smoking ban could be on its way to a popular recreation spot. ... From enacting a ban on “spice” to banning texting while driving, the Blackfoot ...

Smokers deserve some space on campus
Boise State University The Arbiter Online - September 13, 2012

According to Kimberly Railey of the Christian Science Monitor in January of 2011, 466 colleges around the United States had total prohibition on smoking on their campuses. By January of 2012, that number jumped to 648. …

Not Everyone Happy With ISU Smoking Ban
KPVI News 6 - September 6, 2012

The new campuswide smoking ban at ISU is only in its fifth day and it's already ignited a firestorm. September 1, ISU joined 800 other campuses across the ... The group, Students against Smoking Ban at ISU, was formed because they don’t believe this survey gives an accurate reading on the issue of smoking on the Idaho State University campus. On their Facebook page they say that out of the roughly 14,000 students on ISU’s campus, only 317 participated in the survey and equates to about 2 percent of the student population. …

Pullman City Council discussing smoking ban in parks ($$)
Moscow-Pullman Daily News - August 30, 2012

Smoking is a problem in city parks, say the police, and at least one resident wants it banned. The Pullman City Council has decided it wants to hear from the public before drafting an ordinance that would ban smoking in city parks and public facilities. …

ISU Goes Smokeless
KPVI News 6 - August 22, 2012

Effective Sept. 1, Idaho State University will be a smoke free campus. The decision came after reviewing the survey results of faculty, staff and students who were asked about ISU’s role in regard to smoking and whether ISU should be smoke free. …

Boise ban still irks smokers, bar owners
The Idaho Statesman - Aug 13, 2012

The rule has hurt business, some proprietors say, even with new nonsmoking customers coming on board


Boise smoking ban in bars gets mixed reviews
Sacramento Bee (CA) - August 13, 2012

The City Council approved the smoking ban last year and the new rule went into effect in January. ... Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about ...

New Idaho laws target driver texts, e-cigarettes
Idaho Press-Tribune - July 2, 2012

Idaho is introducing a series of laws with the start of a new month. The debuting legislation includes a ban on sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and a law that makes texting behind the wheel an infraction that will set ...

Group of bar owners and concerned citizens want Boise smoking ...
KIVI-TV (ID) - June 13, 2012

In January, the City of Boise banned smoking in all citywide bars. ... Today, Sullivan argues the City of Trees smoking ban reduced his business from hundreds ...

Medical center goes tobacco-free on Lewiston campuses ($$)
Lewiston Morning Tribune (subscription) - June 1, 2012

Tobacco-dependent patients, employees and visitors to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center will be given free gum, mints, toothpicks and stress balls as the ...

If City Council Tweaks Bar Smoking Ban
LocalNews8.com - May 8, 2012

By Caleb James IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- The Idaho Falls City Council on Tuesday heard some changes to a proposed city-wide ban on smoking in Idaho Falls bars.

Mail and Commentary May 9, 2012
Boise Weekly - May 9, 2012

Not only does the [smoking] ordinance unfairly impact established businesses causing economic hardship to the bars' owners and their staff but tells us we ...

Boise's Anti-Smoking Ordinance Changes More Than a Few Habits
Boise Weekly - March 14, 2012

...2, banning smoking in bars, private clubs, on patios and near transit areas. ... The ban has smokers lighting up in creative ways and changing where they ...

Idaho Falls Council Considers Banning Smoking In Bars
LocalNews8.com - March 7, 2012

Nine out of the 11 bars in Idaho Falls are in support of a smoking ban, ... "Right now, the state under the Clean Air Act bans smoking from any public ...

Bill passes to make e-cigarette sales to minors illegal
KIVI-TV - February 28, 2012

By Roland Beres All they had to do was purchase an e-cigarette that have been ... it take this long to create a ban on sales to minors when the e-cigarettes ...

Some bars claim big revenue loss from smoking ban
KTVB - January 27, 2012

Some Boise bars chose to go non-smoking prior to the ban, and some of them say they've seen increased revenue. But for the bar owners against the ban, ...

City of Boise gets public health leadership award
The Idaho Statesman - January 25, 2012

... in Public Health award for recently passing a pair of ordinances that ban smoking in bars, sidewalk cafes, bus stops, city property and the park system. ...

Boise smoking ban impacting hookah bars owners
KPVI News 6 - January 17, 2012

Hookah bars are lounges where customers smoke flavored tobacco from elaborate water pipes and are becoming popular among young adults.

Rathdrum to honor fallen officer
Coeur d'Alene (ID) Press - January 12, 2012

In other business, the council decided to table a proposed law banning minors from possessing e-cigarettes because the city already requested that the state consider such a measure. The council will re-consider the law if action isn't taken by the Legislature. ...

A plea for puff-free bus stops
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide - January 4, 2012

... The group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights offers tools for people seeking information toward making their community smoke-free at www.no-smoke.org. ...

Kevin Richert: It's just a smoking ban, not the end of the world
The Idaho Statesman - December 1, 2011

..., when Boise's new smoking restrictions go into effect. You will still be able to spend the day watching the first of the BCS bowls, whether Boise State ...

Boise joins wave with smoking ban…
The Spokesman Review (blog) - November 30, 2011

The Boise City Council last night enacted a far-reaching anti-smoking ordinance, banning smo November 30, 2011bars in the city, at most outdoor patio dining areas ...

Boise sparks some grumbles with expansion of public smoking ban
Associated Press (AP), 2011-11-30
The Associated Press

"We have considered these ordinances carefully," said councilwoman Elaine Clegg, one of the earliest supporters of the bans. "I care about this issue personally, but it's not about me. This is a public health issue. There are many instances in U.S. law where public health was the reason for regulation. That's why we have sewers, the Clean Air Act, clean water." ...

Boise expects few enforcement headaches when smoke-free ordinances become law
KBOI-TV 2News (Boise, ID), 2011-11-30
Scott Logan

City Hall does not expect any enforcement problems when the new, more restrictive smoke-free ordinances are implemented Jan. 2. ...

Boise passes smoking ordinances. Now, let's all take a deep breath ...
The Idaho Statesman – November 30, 2011

2, when Boise's new smoking restrictions go into effect. ... by choice or necessity, strive to avoid secondhand smoke and its inherent health hazards. ...

Boise's Smoking Ordinance Poised for Final Vote Tuesday
Boise Weekly - Andrew Crisp - November 29, 2011

In addition to the ban on smoking in bars and city parks, the ordinances host new provisions. E-cigarettes are, after some contention, formally exempt from ...

Letters to the editor: 11-07-2011 – Smoking Ordinances
Idaho Statesman, November 7, 2011

Let bar owners decide … In response to Russ Duke’s Reader’s View on the proposed anti-smoking ordinances dated Oct. 16, I …

Smoke-free areas designated in Pocatello city parks
Idaho State Journal - October 27, 2011

The City of Pocatello, with help from the Southeastern District Health Department, has implemented a voluntary, smoke-free program for designated areas in ...

Boise Is Moving Closer To Expanding Tobacco Ban
KBOI - October 25, 2011

Boise will move a step closer to banning smoking in parks and bars after tonight/Tues. The City Council is scheduled to hold first and second readings on ...

Four Boise City Council seats up for grabs, but just two are contested
The Idaho Statesman - Anna Webb - October 20, 2011

A hot-button issue like the proposed ban on smoking in Boise bars and parks could bring ... What's your opinion of the city's proposed smoking ban in bars? ...

Boise Council Inhales Scores of Comments During Smoke-Free Hearings
Boise Weekly - Andrew Cris October 19, 2011

Ralph Blount of the City Attorney's Office was confident that the US Constitution trumped any city smoking ban for religious usage of tobacco. ...

Boise smoking ban proposal proving to be a heated issue
KIVI-TV - Eric Fink October 19, 2011

Boise City Council is considering two smoke-free ordinaces. The first would ban smoking in all Boise bars, private clubs and within 20 feet of city-owned ...

Boise City Council schedules first reading for smoke-free ordinances
The Idaho Statesman - Anna Webb   October 19, 2011

The Boise City Council took public testimony Tuesday on the proposed ordinances that would ban smoking in bars, private clubs, city parks, and other places ...

Is Boise becoming too bossy? A proposed city smoking ban ignites a debate over who gets to decide the common good
The Idaho Statesman, 2011-10-15
ANNA WEBB Idaho Statesman

Civilization has been engaging in the same general argument for thousands of years, says Jasper LiCalzi, professor of political economy at the College of Idaho: How do you answer the wishes of a majority without trampling the rights of individuals? . . . ...

Smoking ban will protect our health
Idaho Press-Tribune - October 13, 2011

That is why I support the two smoke-free air ordinances being proposed for the city of Boise. The science on tobacco smoke is clear: it causes cancer, ...

Extra Public Hearing Added on Anti-Smoking Ordinances
Boise Weekly - George Prentice - October 12, 2011

"The proposed ordinance would not allow smoking in any location that promotes nightclub activity," answered Boise City spokesman Adam Park. ...

Twits Send Smoking Ban Signal
Boise (ID) Weekly, 2011-10-07, Posted by Andrew Crisp on Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Boiseans Use Social Media to Weigh in on Smoking. Follow and use hashtag #SmokingBan on Twitter to join the conversation on Boise city's proposed indoor smoking ban.

Bar owners weigh in on Boise council proposal to ban smoking
The Idaho Statesman, 2011-10-05, Anna Webb Idaho Statesman

Boise bar owners like Sullivan got their first chance Wednesday to comment on the city proposals to ban smoking in a number of public spaces, including city parks, and traditionally tobacco-friendly spots like bars and smoke shops. ...

EDITORIAL: Anti-smoking ordinances: Two healthy ideas to clear Boise's air
OUR VIEW ANTI-SMOKING ORDINANCES, The Idaho Statesman, 2011-10-02

Two separate proposals are on the table, and neither are radical or unprecedented:...

N. Idaho county commissioner eyes smoking ban
The Idaho Statesman October 2, 2011

But he's still trying to convince the two other county commissioners to back him on the smoking ban. Critics contend it's an overreach, while Nielsen claims ...

Allow smoking in bars, parks
Idaho Press-Tribune October 2, 2011

And if Mayor Dave Bieter and the Boise City Council are really convinced that 70 percent of the city's residents want smoking banned in bars, ..

Smoking bans? The debate on both sides of the butt
KBOI-TV (ID)- Adam Balinski - September 26, 2011

People on both sides of the cigarette go either way when it comes to the idea of banning smoking at Boise parks and bars. "Most of my customers prefer this ...

Smoking ban in Boise bars, parks looms
A new city ordinance would also prohibit smoking in public places such as sidewalks, parks and the Greenbelt.
The Idaho Statesman, 2011-09-24
ANNA WEBB

More than 600 cities across the country, including El Paso, Texas; Corvallis, Ore; and New York City already ban smoking in bars.

City of Boise Smoke-Free Air Initiative
City of Boise (ID), 2011-09-23

The Mayor and City Council have elected to respond to the wishes of the majority of Boise residents by considering two Smoke-Free Air Ordinances that would place additional restrictions on smoking in a variety of public places ...

No Smoking in McCall Parks
Boise (ID) Weekly, 2011-06-18
George Prentice

Smoking is now illegal in McCall's city parks. McCall City Council voted unanimously to make the Valley County city's parks smoke-free, making smoking a misdemeanor. ...

St. Anthony Parks To Go Smoke Free
KIFI (Post Register and Local News 8) (Idaho Falls, ID), 2011-03-25
Jessica Crandall

The City Council voted Thursday night on an ordinance that bans smoking in three of its major parks, the skate and sandbar parks and the baseball diamonds. ...

Meridian bans smoking in the city's parks
Examiner.com - February 16, 2011

The Meridian city council voted unanimously last night to ban smoking in the city's parks. Previously, the city had banned smoking in areas where “no smoking” signs are posted. The Central District Health Department (CDHD) had been working with ...

Meridian Considers Ban on Smoking at City Parks
KIVI-TV - February 13, 2011

You better think twice before lighting up in Meridian.

The city and the Central District Health Department are working on adding city parks to a growing list of areas where you can't smoke.

It's something that the city could make a decision on as early as Tuesday.

If it goes through, Meridian would be the first city in the valley to take on such measures.

There are already some areas of certain parks where you can't smoke, but this proposal would completely abolish smoking from city parks ...

Expanded Smoking Ban
Fox12Idaho - Jan 17, 2011

Meridian, Idaho -- Banning smoking in open air. Meridian wants to get the burning butts out of their public parks.

Parks and Recreation says the proposal is only an extension of their current smoking ban. You can't light up near City Hall, or the police station, but some aren't too happy about being told how to breathe in the great outdoors.

"What's proposed is not a new ordinance, but it's a resolution that would direct the Parks and Recreation Department to sign the parks, 'No Smoking' under the existing ordinance," said Steve Siddoway, director of Parks and Recreation.

Some places around the city already display the signage, including some local parks like Adventure Island and Tully Park.

"Parks are about healthy activity for families and children and we're hoping that a smoke free policy will enhance that," Siddoway said ...

Could Pocatello parks go smoke free?
KIDK - January 14, 2011

POCATELLO - There is a plan in the works that could have Pocatello parks go smoke free in the future.

During Thursday morning's Pocatello City Council session, the health department and the parks and recreation department presented why they believe parks should go smoke free. They cited second-hand smoke and litter ...

T.F. Council bans smoking near park equipment
Five parks remain smoker-friendly
Twin Falls (ID) Times-News, 2010-09-21
Nick Coltrain - Times-News writer

A split Twin Falls City Council narrowly banned smoking within 50 feet of park equipment but left five parks smoker-friendly.

Talk of individual freedom and the limits placed on smokers versus the freedom of nonsmokers to enjoy a smoke-free park led much of Monday’s discussion. The move to ban smoking at the five parks failed 3-3, and the ban on smoking with 50 feet of playground equipment, picnic tables, shelters and bleachers in all 33 city parks passed 4-2.

Councilmen David E. Johnson and Lance Clow voted against both bans, Councilmen Lee Heider, Will Kezele and Greg Lanting voted for both, with Trip Craig absent. Mayor Don Hall, the swing vote, called 50 feet too far, but said he voted for it “in the spirit of cooperation.” ...

Twin Falls considers smoking bans in 5 parks
KTVB - 2 September 20, 2010

TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- The Twin Falls City Council is considering smoking bans for five parks across the city.

The council meets Monday afternoon to consider the recommendation by the city's Parks and Recreation Commission to ban smoking at Cascade, Thomsen, Drury, Harry Barry and Sunrise parks ...

Should Twin Falls city parks be smoke free?
KMVT - September 16, 2010

By KMVT News Staff Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT) - Do you think we should have smoke-free parks in Twin Falls? That's what the Twin Falls City Council wants to ...

Twin Falls council again reviews smoking in parks
Southern Idaho Business - September 7, 2010

A narrower proposal banning tobacco in some city parks is in front of the Twin Falls City Council tonight, after a broader ban failed to gain steam in June.

The Magic Valley Tobacco-Free Coalition is asking to completely ban all tobacco products at five parks — Cascade, Clyde Thomsen, Drury, Harry Barry and Sunrise — and for all other parks to ban tobacco within 50 feet of all playground equipment, picnic tables, shelters and bleachers.

The coalition originally wanted to ban all tobacco from all parks. That proposal prompted questions at a past meeting of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission regarding enforcement issues, signage and the rights of smokers versus non-smokers. Elvia Caldera of the South Central Public Health District and proponents of the ban said enforcement would be accomplished mostly through peer pressure, and that signs are available free from the state ...

Twin Falls to consider smoking ban in some city parks
KMVT - Benito Baeza - August 11, 2010

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT) - The Twin Falls Parks and Recreation Commission listened to a proposal to ban smoking in Twin Falls City Parks.

After some discussion, the parks and recreation commission decided to recommend to the twin falls city council in a 4 to 3 vote, to ban smoking in 5 separate parks, Harry Barry, Drury, Sunrise, Cascade and Clyde Thompson Park. ...

Smoke-free park proposal tops council agenda: City also to look $8.5M-plus ...
Twin Falls Times-News - Nick Coltrain - June 21, 2010

A proposal to eliminate butts, puffs and dips from the South Central Public Health District will go before the Twin Falls City Council today.

The proposal to eliminate tobacco products from Twin Falls parks — which is not scheduled for action — is complete with ban-supporting numbers from an online survey. It will be pushed by the Magic Valley Tobacco-Free Youth Coalition, said Elvia Caldera, health education specialist for the health district.

The goal, she said, is to provide a healthy environment for the community and to set a good example for children at the parks.

“Parks and playgrounds are established to promote healthy activites and community wellness; tobacco free policies fit within this area,” Caldera wrote to the council.

Signs would enforce any band she said; police officers have better things to do than patrol for smokers. ...

All businesses may go smoke-free
KIDK - Emily Florez - May 11, 2010

IDAHO FALLS - It's a hot-button issue that's triggered controversy in other cities, now the Idaho falls City Council is considering an aggressive smoking ban.

It wasn't too many years ago that anti-smoking laws across the state were put in place. Now the idea is being promoted by the organization "Smoke Free Idaho." The group wants to push those restrictions further.

"There are 220 carcinogens in second-hand smoke. So that person that's working can be exposed to it. So just in Idaho Falls alone every year there are 220 deaths from second-hand smoke," explains Linda Carter-Beck, a Volunteer for the American Cancer Society.

It all started back in 2004 when Idaho passed the State Clean Air Act. This requires businesses with five or more employees to ban smoking within the building and also requires some businesses to ban smoking within 20 feet of their building. ...

Council: Hailey's smoke-free ordinances sufficient
Twin Falls Times-News - Ariel Hansen - February 25, 2010

HAILEY — Idaho laws about smoke-free workplaces have made working more comfortable for many employees, but not all workplaces are covered under state statutes.

The American Cancer Society has approached cities, including Hailey, to try to expand these laws. The City Council on Monday considered holding public hearings to assess whether the public is interested in making Hailey even more smoke-free.

“I hate to pass an ordinance just to pass an ordinance,” said Councilman Don Keirn, echoing his fellow council members’ stance.

Among the changes the society is proposing is extending rights to workers at bars, employees at businesses that employ fewer than five people, and workers in private clubs, theatrical production sites and tobacco retail outlets. There is also an exemption for hotels and motels, and the society recommended that 80 percent of those facilities be designated as smoke-free. ...

Boise State honored for going smoke-free on university property
IdahoStatesman.com - February 23, 2010

Boise State University has been recognized by local public health officials for the university's campus-wide smoking ban.

The Central District Health Department picked BSU for its "Leadership in Community Public Health" award. BSU's smoke-free policy applies to all students, employees, contractors, volunteer and visitors on all university-controlled property.

The ban has been in place since the fall of 2009.

"The dangers of tobacco use are well-established," said Russ Duke, director of the Central District Health Department. "We thought it appropriate to recognize Boise State's effort to improve and maintain a healthy and safe environment for everyone on campus." ...

VIDEO: Three bars in downtown Boise ban smoking
KTVB-Channel 7 (Boise, ID), 2010-02-16
Kim Fields Idaho's NewsChannel 7

Three popular bars in downtown Boise are going smoke-free. The decision comes after years of debate over whether to make all bars and workplaces in Idaho smoke-free.

China Blue, Main Street Bistro and Dirty Little Roddy's will ban smoking inside beginning March 5. Smokers who want to light up will have to do so outside the clubs.

Owner Ted Challenger says he made the decision primarily because of health concerns.

"I'm worried about my crew, I'm worried about my own health, and I just think it's the way it should be from now on. My crew has constantly getting sick, chronic coughs, all the stuff that goes along with secondhand smoke," said Challenger. ...

TF Council rejects smoking ban ...
Twin Falls Times-News - Nate Poppino - February 2, 2010

Smoke easy, Twin Falls residents.

The Twin Falls City Council rejected a proposed smoking ban in city bars by a 6-1 vote Monday night after an hour of testimony from bar owners, bar employees and residents of both Twin Falls and nearby towns. ...

City of Twin Falls considers smoking ban
KMVT - January 26, 2010

Twin Falls City Council Members will hold a 'public input session' on Monday to get comments from people on a proposed ordinance to ban smoking in all public buildings within the city limits.

The proposal would make it illegal for anyone to smoke, or be allowed to smoke inside buildings, or within 20 feet of any entrances or exits to buildings used by the public, including bars and nightclubs.

Excluded from the proposal would be un-enclosed outdoor areas that are owned - leased - occupied - or controlled by a private business.

The ordinance would allow for fines, although no dollar amount has been determined, however, a 4th conviction would be considered a misdemeanor. ...

Jerome smoking ban for bars draws lukewarm reception
Twin Falls (ID) Times-News, 2009-12-23
John Plestina - Times-News writer

The Jerome City Council will likely consider a barroom smoking ban in the near future, but it’s questionable whether there would be enough council votes to pass a prohibition.

No members of the council currently smoke, but several are former smokers.

Bob Culver is one of them. “I quit in July. I have mixed feelings.

Smokers have rights like anyone else,” he said.

Councilman and mayor-elect John Shine said he is also a former smoker.

“I’m still thinking about that. I’ve been reading a lot of material on both sides of that issue,” he said. ...

TF Council hears first smoking ban feedback
Twin Falls Times-News - Ben Botkin - December 15, 2009

The Twin Falls City Council on Monday heard initial feedback from residents about the idea of banning smoking in bars in the city, much of it filled with concerns about losing business and personal rights.

The input came at a meeting in which the council discussed the proposal without taking a vote. Council members plan to have a public hearing in February before making a final decision about whether Twin Falls will follow the lead of Moscow, which banned smoking in bars earlier this year.

The feedback from the audience included two business owners who raised concerns.

C.R. Larsen, owner of the Ground Round, said that with a ban, smokers would flock to surrounding communities like Kimberly, Buhl and Jerome.

“Those bar owners are frothing at the mouth thinking about the business you guys could push their way,” he said of businesses outside Twin Falls. ...

Twin Falls Council to pick new financial officer
Twin Falls Times-News - December 14, 2009

In other business, the council will discuss a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in bars and bowling alleys. City council members have expressed an ...

Twin Falls council mulls smoking ban for bars
Twin Falls Times-News - Ben Botkin - December 8, 2009

One day, it may be against the law to light up in a Twin Falls bar.

Twin Falls City Council members plan to look into the possibility of an ordinance that would ban smoking in the city’s bars. The idea, brought up at Monday’s council meeting, comes following an Association of Idaho Cities event that Mayor Lance Clow attended last week in Boise that included discussion about the issue.

Smokefree Idaho, a grassroots organization, is encouraging cities to ban smoking in public places and bars.

Clow said that the principle behind a smoking ban in bars would be to provide a smoke-free atmosphere for the employees there, not just the patrons who choose to go there.

Smokefree Idaho’s goal is that if enough cities pass ordinances, the Legislature eventually will pass state laws after seeing the local support.

Councilman Lee Heider expressed interest seeing the ordinance at least discussed in detail by the council. But like other council members, he stressed that input from the public is needed before a decision could be made. ...

Hayden adopts new smoking, curfew rules
Coeur d' Alene (ID) Press, 2009-11-26
TOM HASSLINGER Staff writer

The Hayden City Council adopted a pair of ordinances Tuesday night, one establishing a curfew for minors and the other putting wider restrictions on no-smoking designations.

The curfew ordinance was established to improve public safety -- and as a way to keep pace with neighboring community rules -- while the smoking ban was adopted for the benefit of public health.

The tougher smoking rules are a first around Kootenai County, and one council member wondered how they will be enforced.

"Personally I'm against smoking, and I believe it causes major health issues -- but in regards to the ordinance itself, I don't think it's enforceable," said Jeri DeLange, the lone council member to vote against the rule. "I did not want to pass an ordinance that I did not believe we could enforce."

The ordinance establishes a 20-foot smoking ban in front of "any building or office that is commonly opened to the public, whether publicly or privately owned." ...

Fight to ban smoking in bars heats up
KBCI CBS 2 - Kiersten Throndsen - November 19, 2009

BOISE - It's an issue that has Dave Bibeau, owner of Suds Tavern, fuming.

"If they don't like the smoking then maybe they need to stay home," Bibeau said.

Working with Smoke Free Idaho the American Cancer Society is trying again - advocating for city wide smoking bans and this time they're hoping Boise takes the lead.

"We want to make sure that every worker in the state of Idaho has the right to breath smoke free air," said Cathy Callaway, Senior Representative for state and local campaigns with the American Cancer Society.

Idaho law allows smoking inside bars and businesses with fewer than five employees. Over the summer advocates tried to change that in Eagle but the ban went down in flames after the city council decided this is an issue for state lawmakers.

"The best practices all across the country are to start at the local level," Callaway said. ...

Air in smoky Ada County bars is 36 times more polluted than air ...
IdahoStatesman.com - Colleen LaMay - October 6, 2009

A new study on pollution in Boise, Meridian and Garden City bars is the latest chapter in Smokefree Idaho’s 18-month-long campaign to protect workers and patrons.

So far, the campaign has not succeeded in getting any Treasure Valley cities to ban smoking. Eagle came close, but ultimately backed off. But the campaign leaders say they will not stop trying.

“As long as there are workers that are not protected, we are continuing on,” said Heidi Low, Idaho director of government relations for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network. ...

Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority becomes 3rd Idaho housing authority to go smoke-free
SFELP, September 15, 2009

The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority (BCACHA) has adopted a smoke-free policy for all of its 3 buildings, with 214 units of elderly, disabled and family housing. The policy will be effective on November 1, 2009. Idaho is taking a real lead on smoke-free multi-unit housing for low-income people. Together with the Nampa Housing Authority and the Caldwell Housing Authority, I believe they now have their three biggest housing authorities in Idaho all with smoke-free policies for all their housing. Nampa was first in the fall of 2007, and Caldwell followed on January 1, 2009. Congratulations to all the Idaho folks who worked on this. We’re pleased to have been able to play a small part in this. To access the BCACHA web site click above. To access our listing of smoke-free housing authorities, click here.

BSU campus is now smoke-free
KTVB - Boise,ID,USA, August 17, 2009

BOISE -- A big change at Boise State University.

A new policy bans smoking in all areas of the campus, including Bronco Stadium.

Those behind the policy say students, staff, and faculty overwhelmingly supported this ban.

"Eighty-five to 90 percent of our campus community support this. Fifty percent of our students say they’re bothered by secondhand smoke on a weekly basis. And all the research now shows that when you smell secondhand smoke you've just been poisoned by a Class A carcinogen. There is no safe level of exposure," said Ferd Schlapper, executive director, Health, Wellness & Counseling.

Notice of this new policy change went out in October of last year. ...

Poll: Smoking Bans
The Spokesman Review - August 10, 2009

Online poll on whether cities in Idaho should adopt smokefree ordinances.

Up in smoke: Bands weigh in on Moscow's smoking ban
Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Omie Drawhorn - August 6, 2009

Katelyn and Laurie Shook once turned down a gig at John's Alley because of the smoke.

"I can't play for that long in a smoky environment," Katelyn said. "I'm allergic to cigarette smoke and I try to avoid playing venues with smoke."

When she does, her throat hurts and she can't sing right by the end of the night.

It doesn't end there.

"The next day I feel like I have a hangover when I didn't really drink," she sad.

Now that the city of Moscow has banned smoking in all bars within city limits, the Shook Twins may reconsider.

Katelyn said she was "stoked" when she heard the news.

Many bands who have played in Moscow in the past believe the ban will be a positive thing. ...

Moscow smoking ban goes into effect
City is first in Idaho to prohibit lighting up in bars, private clubs
The Spokesman-Review, 2009-08-04
David Johnson Lewiston Morning Tribune

MOSCOW – Amid smoldering contention over Moscow’s new smoking ban that goes into effect today, a few wisps of humor lingered Monday.

“Never smoked a day in my life,” declared 50-year-old Corner Club patron Ted English as he nursed a can of Rainier Beer in Moscow’s oldest watering hole. “Now I’m going to have to go elsewhere to get my secondhand smoke.”

Nearby, 22-year-old University of Idaho student Sam Larrondo sipped on a 32-ounce “Tub” and said he hoped to use the citywide ban as a personal catalyst. “I ran out of cigs last night,” Larrondo said, explaining he’d quit cold turkey for about 12 hours and planned to stay that way.
“It will be nice not having my clothes smell like smoke anymore,” said 21-year-old Ryan Sundberg, Larrondo’s non-smoking drinking buddy.
But down the street at Mingles Bar and Grill, 53-year-old Sharon Shafor took a drag on her cigarette, exhaled and said she didn’t see anything humorous ...

Smoke-free by a landslide
KLEW - Greg Meyer - July 21, 2009

It was a historic decision by the Moscow City Council Monday night, as members voted unanimously to ban smoking in all city bars and private clubs.

People lined up on both sides of the issue in a crowded council chambers.

"It comes down to having a non-smoking portion of a bar is like having a non-peeing part of the pool," said City Council Member Dan Carscallen.

Carscallen summed up the council's conclusion about one provision of the draft ordinance that was struck from the law. It would have allowed bar owners to build a separate smoking area in their establishment, as long as it was sealed off from the rest of the bar.

The bottom line Monday night was, a fairly conservative council came down on the side of public health, rather than the rights of local bar owners.

"Existing ventilation technology cannot prevent people from the dangers posed by secondhand tobacco smoke," said Council Member Bill Lambert, reading from research he had done. "The simplest and cheapest way to protect people from secondhand smoke is to create a smoke free environment." ...

Cigar, pipe smoking bar patrons don't like smoking ban idea
KLEW - Matt Loveless - July 10, 2009

MOSCOW - Moscow residents are getting a chance to weigh in on a proposed smoking ban ordinance in the city. And patrons of one local establishment are very clear on their stance.

Of 20 citizen emails and letters submitted in a city council information packet, 13 are against the ordinance. ...

Eagle city council tables smoking ordinance, seeks statewide ban
KBCI CBS 2 - Kiersten Throndsen - June 24, 2009

EAGLE - A ordinance to ban smoking in bars and certain public places failed to get the support it needed to pass in Eagle. ...

Moscow bar owners sound off on proposed smoking ban
Moscow-Pullman Daily News - June 23, 2009

In May, the Moscow City Council heard a request from Bill Parks to explore a smoking ban in bars within Moscow city limits. In response to the request, ...

Eagle City Council to delay discussing proposed smoking ban ordinance
IdahoStatesman.com - May 26, 2009

The Eagle City Council will not take up a controversial smoking ban ordinance at its 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.

City staffers have asked that the council delay taking up the proposed ordinance until its June 9 meeting.

The smoking ban proposed by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network would have prohibited smoking in any public building, including restaurants, bars and workplaces. Idaho law bans smoking in restaurants but exempts businesses with fewer than five employees and bars. ...

City of Eagle to regulate smoking... maybe
Boise (ID) Weekly, 2009-05-26
Nathaniel Hoffman

Eagle's Clean Indoor Air Ordinance, an effort to regulate smoking in the city, was scheduled to be discussed at 6:30 tonight at Eagle City Hall. However, it has been pushed back to June 9th.

Is this a conspiracy to throw off the public? Staffer Jeff Lowe assured me "It's no conspiracy, we pushed it back because not all council members will be present at tonight's meeting."

citydesk hears that Councilman Norm Semanko was not able to attend the hearing tonight, hence the delay. ...

Caldwell Housing Authority becomes second in Idaho with a smoke-free policy; At least 110 housing authorities in the U.S. now have smoke-free policies for some or all their buildings
SFELP, April 16, 2009

Effective January 1, 2009, the Caldwell Housing Authority became Idaho's second housing authority to have a smoke-free policy for all its units. Caldwell has 234 units for families, seniors, and disabled persons. The Nampa Housing Authority was the first in Idaho to adopt a smoke-free policy for all its units. These are the two largest housing authorities in Idaho. As of April, 2009, at least 110 housing authorities in the U.S. have adopted smoke-free policies for some or all their buildings. This is almost a 650% increase since January, 2005.

Eagle's proposed smoking ban goes back to staff for more review
The Idaho Statesman, 2009-04-15

The City Council sent a proposed smoking ban in all public places -- which would have been the first of its kind in Idaho -- back to staff for more study.

The council wants to know more about the economic effect it would have on small businesses, how it would compare to similar bans elsewhere and the proposed penalties.

Eagle may be first Idaho city to ban smoking
The City Council could vote as early as Tuesday, but you still have time to have a say.
The Idaho Statesman, 2009-04-13
COLLEEN LAMAY

"The campaign for Smokefree Idaho is thrilled that the Eagle City Council is considering a comprehensive indoor smoking ban," campaign manager Shauneen Grange said in an e-mail. "We believe that this will protect all workers in Eagle from the dangers of secondhand smoke and save lives."

Smokefree Idaho is working with Meridian, Boise and other Ada County cities to pass similar bans.

Several Boise bar owners say they fear losing business if a ban passes. ...

Eagle Considers Public Smoking Ban
KIVI-TV - March 25, 2009

The City of Eagle's considering a ban on smoking in nearly every public setting. A public hearing's being held Tuesday night to discuss the issue. That includes limits on indoor and outdoor public places.

Eagle Mayor Phil Bandy says it's a matter of creating a compromise between smokers and non-smokers.

"Smoking is a personal choice but it does have an impact on others," Bandy said. "If there's some way to strike a balance between the people who don't smoke, but still provide an opportunity for those who do, I think we can do that."

Cigarette smoking ban may be coming to a workplace near you
IdahoStatesman.com, ID - February 18, 2009

If the Coalition for a Healthy Idaho gets its way, cigarette smoking would be banned in more workplaces in Meridian.

The coalition on Wednesday asked Meridian City Council members to protect the health of Meridian's workforce by enacting a comprehensive smoke-free workplace ordinance.

The state's current law prohibits smoking in publicly owned workplaces, in restaurants, including attached bars, and in public places.

The coalition's "Smokefree Idaho" campaign would call on city governments to outlaw smoking in all remaining workplaces not previously covered by the state statute. The Coalition for a Healthy Idaho pointed out to the Meridian City Council that employees and non-smoking customers who frequent the area's local bars and clubs have long been overlooked as victims of secondhand smoke inhalation.

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