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.
2016 Legislative Session: 01/11/2016 - 03/17/2016 (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)
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City moves forward with smoking ban
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longer unanimous, Garden City moves forward on smoking ban ...
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City moves forward with smoking ban
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prompt new questions for health-focused employers
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in bars could go out the window
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works to snuff out smoking in more local bars
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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
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passes far-reaching smoking ban
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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
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Air Act, clean water." ...
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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.
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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.
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we're hoping that a smoke free policy will enhance that," Siddoway
Pocatello parks go smoke free?
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Council bans smoking near park equipment
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 Mondays 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.
Falls considers smoking bans in 5 parks
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 ...
Twin Falls city parks be smoke free?
Falls council again reviews smoking in parks
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 citys
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 ...
Falls to consider smoking ban in some city parks
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. ...
park proposal tops council agenda: City also to look $8.5M-plus ...
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. ...
businesses may go smoke-free
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. ...
Hailey's smoke-free ordinances sufficient
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. ...
State honored for going smoke-free on university property
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." ...
Three bars in downtown Boise ban smoking
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. ...
Council rejects smoking ban ...
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. ...
of Twin Falls considers smoking ban
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.
smoking ban for bars draws lukewarm reception
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.
Im still thinking about that. Ive been reading a lot of material on both sides of that issue, he said. ...
Council hears first smoking ban feedback
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. ...
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Falls council mulls smoking ban for bars
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 citys bars. The idea, brought up at Mondays 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 Idahos 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. ...
adopts new smoking, curfew rules
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." ...
to ban smoking in bars heats up
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. ...
in smoky Ada County bars is 36 times more polluted than air ...
A new study on pollution in Boise, Meridian and Garden City bars is the latest chapter in Smokefree Idahos 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 Societys Cancer Action Network. ...
Boise City/Ada County
Housing Authority becomes 3rd Idaho housing authority to go smoke-free
campus is now smoke-free
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 theyre 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.
Online poll on whether cities in Idaho should adopt smokefree ordinances.
in smoke: Bands weigh in on Moscow's smoking ban
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. ...
smoking ban goes into effect
MOSCOW Amid smoldering contention over Moscows 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 Moscows oldest watering hole. Now Im 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 hed quit cold turkey for about 12 hours
and planned to stay that way.
by a landslide
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." ...
pipe smoking bar patrons don't like smoking ban idea
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. ...
city council tables smoking ordinance, seeks statewide ban
City Council to delay discussing proposed smoking ban ordinance
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. ...
of Eagle to regulate smoking... maybe
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. ...
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
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.
proposed smoking ban goes back to staff for more review
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.
may be first Idaho city to ban smoking
"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. ...
Considers Public Smoking Ban
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."
smoking ban may be coming to a workplace near you
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.