offers 'Health in the 406' messages
KTVH - January 27, 2016
From ensuring tobacco free public spaces to helping healthcare improve
patient care, it touches everyone in Montana - from birth to death.
Traditionally, public ...
Falls Public Schools recognized for tobacco-free policy
KFBB NewsChannel 5 - January 7, 2016
The Great Falls Public Schools (GFPS) district is being recognized for
its tobacco-free policy and has now joined the ranks of other schools
across the treasure state. GFPS has been enforcing Montana's tobacco-free
school provision of the 2005 clean indoor act, n which the school district
prohibits use of tobacco on school property or at school sponsored events.
This includes use of any form of electronic cigarette as well, and thanks
to the 'no tobacco enforcement,' the school district has been added
to the list of Montana Tobacco-Free School Districts of Excellence.
board won't recommend changing tobacco ban in response to religious
Helena Independent Record - January 7, 2016
A request to modify the ban on tobacco use in Helena's parks to accommodate
Native American ceremonies failed Wednesday to win support from the
City-County Parks Advisory Board. Had the parks board agreed to recommend
a change, it would have been ...
restrictions on e-cigarettes for vapor shops
ABC FOX Montana News - January 1, 2016
Smoking cigarettes under the age of 18 in Montana is illegal, but there
was no law prohibiting minors from purchasing e-cigarettes until now.
Under Senate Bill 66, vapor shops are no longer allowed to sell to minors,
leaving some shops worried about how this will effect their revenue.The
same law also means vapor shops are now required to purchase a five
dollar license which allows them to sell either alternative nicotine
products or vapor products.
Tobacco Quit Line free for residents
Ravalli Republic - December 31, 2015
Each new year offers a fresh start and often people resolve to improve
an aspect of their life, such as starting a new organization system,
getting healthier with exercise, or quitting tobacco. The Montana Tobacco
Quit Line is a free service for all Montanans who would like to quit
using tobacco products or e-cigarettes. It offers electronic enrollment
for all services, free support, personalized quit plans and proven cessation
medications for a reduced cost or for free.
Montana law regulates e-cigarettes
Great Falls Tribune - December 7, 2015
New Montana laws take effect Jan. 1 that require a license for retailers
who sell e-cigarettes and prohibit its sales to minors.
to require new licenses for e-cigarette sales
Casper Star-Tribune Online - December 3, 2015
BILLINGS - The Montana Department of Revenue will require retailers
who want to sell electronic cigarette products to get a new state license
iconic Sandbar Lounge closes; owner blames smoking ban
Billings Gazette - November 30, 2015
... "The smoking ban destroyed the bar, as I foretold it would,"
Nancy Goddard wrote Monday in a post on the Sandbar's Facebook page.
"I have cried a million tears and will probably cry a million more
again. I apologize. I tried and failed. God bless." ...
to eye possible smoking ban amendments in response to ...
Helena Independent Record - November 10, 2015
The city initiated the ban after evaluating its effectiveness in Centennial
Park, the city's most prominent park, which showcases community partnerships
should make room for native beliefs
Helena Independent Record - November 3, 2015
The city of Helena ban on tobacco in city parks is not a smoking ban,
but a ban of the "use of any form of tobacco" (res. no. 20147-Sec.1).
It does not differentiate ...
Good, bad and unregulated
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle - October 24, 2015
Like Hosfield, many smokers have turned to vaping as either a
mechanism for quitting smoking or because they believe it's healthier
than cigarettes. Yet others are concerned that vapes are marketed to
teens and need to be regulated. Meanwhile, their popularity is growing.
The Montana Department of Health and Human Services reports that e-cigarette
use doubled among middle and high school students from 2011 to 2012
and quadrupled among U.S. adults from 2009 to 2010.
freedom, smoking ban in capital city parks can coexist
Montana Standard - October 15, 2015
A Lewis and Clark county commissioner recently heard fears that Native
American children who see the signs banning tobacco in city parks would
conclude the ...
IR View: Religious freedom, smoking ban can coexist
Helena Independent Record - October 14, 2015
While some have hailed the tobacco ban in most of Helena's city parks
as a way ... children who see the signs banning tobacco in city parks
would conclude the ...
tobacco rules to include e-cigs and vape pens on campus
Montana Kaimin - October 9, 2015
Since the University of Montana's introduction of a tobacco free campus
in 2011, there's been an increasing trend in students smoking e-cigarettes
and vapor ...
reports closed achievement gap in middle school
Valleyjournal - September 23, 2015
In other news, any type of tobacco-related device including vapor or
electronic cigarettes are not allowed on school grounds. Students, teachers
or any other ...
teen drinking, smoking down in 2015; obesity and suicide ...
Helena Independent Record - September 22, 2015
New to the 2015 survey were questions regarding e-cigarettes and other
vapor products. More than 51 percent of the students said they'd used
an electronic ...
Mountain College goes smoke free
KTVQ Billings News - September 15, 2015
It's an initiative to shed light on the issue of tobacco, and the health
concerns associated with it. In a joint effort with RiverStone Health,
the college kicked off a ...
Free School Policy
Fallon County Extra - August 28, 2015
Comprehensive Tobacco-Free School Policies protect everyone from health
risks associated with tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure and
are an ...
smoke can affect us mentally, physically
Ravalli Republic - August 26, 2015
Lyndsay Stover, program director for Tobacco Free Ravalli, agreed. "For
non-smokers who are breathing this smoky air, when we stop our lungs
heal in three ...
SD2 moves to ban electronic cigarettes
KTVQ Billings News - August 17, 2015
According to CDC reports, current e-cigarette use (use on at least 1
day in the past 30 days) among high school students increased from 4.5
percent in 2013 to ...
class helps parents before students head back to school
KBZK Bozeman News - August 17, 2015
"All campuses are tobacco free but we want to make sure we keep
up with some new innovations like alternative nicotine products,"
said Watson. Powdered ...
schools ban e-cigarettes and powdered alcohol
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle - August 12, 2015
"We have tobacco-free campuses. We wanted to up to the newest and
latest." Watson said Bozeman schools have seen a few instances
of kids bringing ...
banned at this year's Western Montana Fair [VIDEO]
KPAX-TV - August 1, 2015
With fire danger remaining "very high", managers of the Western
Montana Fair are deciding to ban all smoking on the fairgrounds during
parks, smoking shelters, school levy, sharing wealth
Great Falls Tribune (blog) - June 9, 2015
Smoking shelters - Dan McGuire, Great Falls: Would the airport smoking
hut have to meet the same standards as the ones recently approved for
bars and casinos? Howard Strause, Tucson, Ariz.: Still sounds like an
enclosed structure to me. This is all about making money off of smokers,
nothing else. To those who say businesses should be able to do what
they want, I say baloney.
of secondhand tobacco smoke
Fallon County Extra (press release) (subscription) (blog) - June 5,
Most exposure to secondhand smoke occurs in homes and workplaces. Secondhand
smoke exposure also continues to occur in multi-unit housing and vehicles.
Eliminating smoking in indoor spaces is the only way to fully protect
nonsmokers from secondhand smoke exposure. (Montana Clean Indoor Air
City-County Board of Health approves smoking shelter regulation [VIDEO]
KRTV Great Falls News - June 4, 2015
GREAT FALLS - The Cascade City County Board of Health on Wednesday evening
voted 5-2 in favor of new regulations for smoking shelters at businesses
in Cascade County.
board approves modified smoke shelters
Great Falls Tribune - June 3, 2015
Almost nobody, neither those in support of smoking shelters nor those
seeking their outright ban seemed to be happy with the health board's
to Regulate 'Smoke Shacks'
KULR-TV - June 3, 2015
In 2005 the state gave establishments four years to be in compliance
and be completely smoke-free in public place and where people are employed.
"smoke shack" regulation will be addressed at Great Falls
KRTV Great Falls News - June 2, 2015
The four walls of the structures, including a common wall with the casinos,
... 26 We conclude the Casino Owners' argument is without merit and
the smoking ...
ban smoking shelters in Great Falls
Great Falls Tribune - June 1, 2015
We are the "smoking shelter guys." We constructed roofed smoking
shelters so our bar and casino patrons can smoke in reasonable comfort
without braving the ...
must follow Clean Indoor Air law
Great Falls Tribune - June 1, 2015
Kristin Page-Nei of Florence is chairwoman of the Alliance
must follow Clean Indoor Air law
Great Falls Tribune - June 1, 2015
The Alliance for a Healthy Montana - which includes the American Cancer
... Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, Montana Medical Association, Montana
board to hear plan allowing some smoke shelters
Great Falls Tribune - May 29, 2015
The City-County Health Board will meet in a larger venue at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, the Commission Chambers at the Civic Center, to discuss a
proposed regulation allowing casino smoke shelters under specific restrictions.
Brothers Doug and KC Palagi, who own casinos in Great Falls with smoke
rooms, ... even if they're not open to the non-smoking public, and therefore
violate the ...
worked together for public safety and privacy
Clark Fork Valley Press - May 29, 2015
Diane Sands (D-Missoula), Montana has joined the vast majority of states
in prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes and vaping equipment
and losses of the Montana 2015 legislature
kxlo-klcm - May 21, 2015
Prohibited the sale of electronic cigarettes and "vaping"
equipment to minors, addressing the significant risk to our children's
health posed by the use of ...
Use Up Among Teens
ABC FOX Montana News - May 20, 2015
Officials with the Flathead City County Health Department say e-cigarettes
can be especially appealing to young people for a several reasons, including
smoking room rules may clear up confusion
Great Falls Tribune - May 15, 2015
The Cascade City-County Board of Health wants to "clear the air"
about the recent Montana Supreme Court ruling affecting some bars and
casinos in Great Falls.
proposed by Mont. AG banning sale of e-cigarettes to minors ...
Washington Examiner - May 11, 2015
HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) - It is now illegal to sell electronic
cigarettes to minors in Montana after Gov. Steve Bullock signed the
bill into law last week, said Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.
worked together for public safety, privacy
Great Falls Tribune - May 11, 2015
Diane Sands, D-Missoula, Montana has joined the vast majority of states
in prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes and vaping equipment
Legislature: AG thanks Missoula legislators
The Missoulian - May 8, 2015
Diane Sands sponsored Senate Bill 66, which prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes
and vaping products to minors. Many of these new products are just as
Montana right to regulate 'vaping'
Rapid City Journal - May 6, 2015
Like tobacco products, e-cigarettes deliver nicotine, a highly addictive
substance. About two-thirds of the nearly 1,700 Montana vendors selling
tobacco products ...
legislation rightly puts e-cigarettes off-limits for Montana kids
Montana Standard - May 6, 2015
Fortunately, Montana lawmakers looked ahead to the health and safety
of our children when they gave overwhelming approval to banning e-cigarette
sales and possession for people under age 18.
City Council approves golf carts, sidewalk cafes
The Missoulian - May 5, 2015
An effort by Ward 5 Councilmember Mike O'Herron to prohibit smoking
in sidewalk cafes during hours in which food is served failed on a 5-6
opinion: Putting vaping off-limits for Montana kids
Billings Gazette - May 4, 2015
Fortunately, Montana lawmakers looked ahead to the health and safety
of our children when they gave overwhelming approval to banning e-cigarette
sales and possession for people under age 18. Like tobacco products,
e-cigarettes deliver nicotine, a highly addictive substance. ... As
of July 1, Wyoming will prohibit e-cigarette sales to minors, and it
Falls public split on casino smoke rooms
Great Falls Tribune - April 22, 2015
...About 45 people attended the City-County Health Board's lively, open-ended
listening session Wednesday asking what should be done about casino
smoking rooms. Opinions were split three ways: ...
e-cigarettes, speed limits and human trafficking
Flathead Publishing Group - April 19, 2015
A bill prohibiting minors from buying electronic cigarettes passed the
House by 72-28 on April 16. Senate Bill 66 passed the Senate by 40-8
on March 6. Sponsored by Sen. Diane Sands, D-Missoula, SB 66 bans the
sale of e-cigarettes to people under 18, aligning the rule with laws
for tobacco products. It also defines e-cigarettes as vapor products
and alternative nicotine products instead grouping them with cigarettes
and smokeless tobacco, and it requires businesses to buy a license to
banning e-cigarette sales to minors headed to governor
Ravalli Republic - April 15, 2015
HELENA (AP) - A bill that would ban minors in Montana from purchasing
electronic cigarettes and nicotine liquid containers is on its way to
the governor's desk ...
board starts to weigh casino smoke room rules
Great Falls Tribune - April 1, 2015
The City-County Health Board took three preliminary steps Wednesday
that could lead to specific regulations guiding officials, the public
and casinos about what ...
high school rodeo in Laurel
Billings Gazette - March 25, 2015
All participating students sign a tobacco-free pledge and have the opportunity
to earn college scholarships and other prizes. Montana was the first
state in the ...
rise of e-cigs
Lewistown News-Argus - March 23, 2015
While electronic cigarettes are growing in popularity in Montana and
beyond, a wide range of questions have emerged about the use and regulation
of the product.
to consider possible rules for casino smoke rooms
Great Falls Tribune - March 19, 2015
The City-County Health Department Board of Health began grappling with
a possible policy Thursday to help Great Falls-area casino owners and
the public determine what type of smoking shelters might be allowed
adjoining casinos and to clarify the differing roles that city departments
and the health board have in reviewing them. The Montana Supreme Court
issued a ruling in late February declaring that the smoking shelters
built at two Great Falls casinos violated Montanas Clean Indoor Air
Act because small vents on the sides werent sufficient to turn the four-walled
rooms required for gambling into the partially open structures that
might be allowed for smoking rooms. In overturning a Great Falls district
judges ruling, the high court also said the smoke structures are part
of a place of work, even if theyre not open to the general public, thereby
violating the clean air act.
can't handle the truth about e-cigarettes
The Missoulian - March 16, 2015
Just because e-cigarettes have a name in common with tobacco cigarettes,
smoking one is not the same as smoking another. Everyone knows this
but could ...
offers signs for tobacco-free parks; board unsure whether to accept
Helena Independent Record - March 9, 2015
The state of Montana is offering to provide $3,000 worth of signs to
discourage tobacco use in Helena's developed parks. However, the City-County
Parks Board isnt entirely sure the language on the proposed signs --
which would be available for use across the state in communities that
ban tobacco use in parks -- gets the message across well enough. While
electronic cigarettes arent tobacco and instead nicotine delivery devices,
the parks board discussed whether they should be prohibited and seemed
to conclude they should remain on the sign.
Senate Votes To Ban E-Cigarettes For Minors
MTPR - March 5, 2015
The Montana Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill to prohibit minors
to buy or possess electronic cigarettes.
leaders approve changes for new student code of conduct
NBC Montana - March 5, 2015
MSU has been a nonsmoking campus for three years and now it's a written
code. Another addition is a bystander code, requiring students to intervene
or report ...
sound off on intelligent design, smoking shacks
Great Falls Tribune (blog) - March 2, 2015
The owners should be able to allow or ban smoking. (As far as workers
go, other than existing employees, Oh whaaa! Go to work in the locomotive
shop at BN or ...
Notes: Teamwork creating healthier communities
The Missoulian - December 2, 2014
three areas for building healthy communities: increasing physical activity,
decreasing unhealthy eating, and reducing tobacco use and exposure to
secondhand smoke. These areas make sense because of the numerous health
problems and increased costs associate
Effects of Secondhand Smoke
The Roundup - December 2, 2014
In 2009 23% of young adults, aged 18-34, had tried e-cigarettes, which
there is ... to http://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/mtupp to complete a
short electronic form, ...=
Student Journalist Breaks Rules, Raises Questions About ...
College Media Matters - December 1, 2014
For example, in early September, he fought against a campus tobacco
ban by smoking a Newport outside the UM School of Journalism, announcing
ban could extend to other developed city parks
Helena Independent Record - November 30, 2014
City Manager Ron Alles also supports banning tobacco from developed
city parks and ... The move toward discouraging smoking in developed
city parks across ...
hear from health care community
Great Falls Tribune - November 21, 2014
Medicaid expansion, the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act and pre-K were
hot topics for a community health care forum and legislative listening
session hosted Thursday by the Alliance for a Healthy Montana in Great
Falls. The Clean Indoor Air Act, part of which is currently being challenged
in a court case, and regulation of e-cigarettes among minors was another
topic. We have to ...
Falls College MSU Hosts Great American Smokeout
KFBB NewsChannel 5 - November 20, 2014
Some of our folks are still experimenting with electronic cigarettes
hookahs and personal vaping devices. I want them to get the skinny from
me on what's going ...
More harm than good?
Helena Independent Record - November 19, 2014
A colleague of mine recently attended a family gathering where a relative
puffed away on an electronic cigarette. The relative assured everyone
that she was ...
Gray Wolf Peak Casino to be replaced
Montana Standard - November 18, 2014
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes say the facility will create
more than 140 new jobs. CSKT spokesman Rob McDonald says the current
casino was ...
should make parks tobacco free
Helena Independent Record - November 9, 2014
At its administrative meeting on Nov. 19, the city commission will hear
a presentation about making the city parks tobacco free. If the proposal
advances, the ...
Billings Gazette - November 7, 2014
One of the attributes that makes our casino so unique, is that the Montana
state-wide indoor smoking ban does not apply to our establishment. Smokers
goes after Curtis' oil infrastructure votes; bashes federal ...
Billings Gazette - October 21, 2014
On a question regarding federal regulation of electronic cigarettes
and health policy, Daines said the federal government is "taking
over more of our lives" and ...
courthouse smokers will have to move across the street
Billings Gazette - October 21, 2014
The problem with "the cave" is secondhand smoke, which other
employees complain wafts up and into their offices on the second floor
through the ventilation system and when they open their windows. Employees
in the county attorney's office and others who
Clean Indoor Act Celebrates Nine Years
ABC FOX Montana News - October 20, 2014
... ninth anniversary of the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act. Under this
act, all enclosed public spaces are to be smoke-free to protect Montanans
from second-hand ...
risks of e-cigarettes marketed to youth
Billings Gazette - October 20, 2014
RiverStone Health, as the Yellowstone County Health Department, is concerned
about glamorizing e-cigarettes, which use tobacco-derived products and
wellness emphasizes cancer screening
Great Falls Tribune - October 10, 2014
When it comes to worksite wellness programs, Montana is proving its
ahead of the curve, especially where breast, colorectal and cervical
cancer screenings are concerned. For example, implementing a smoke-free
workplace means that people may smoke less, having healthier vending
machine options or healthy meeting ...
University has an image problem: You
Montana Kaimin - September 9, 2014
Chewing tobacco doesn't give off second-hand smoke, but it's banned
as well. ... The tobacco ban is part of a larger University complex
designed to sanitize ...
smoke isn't safe for anyone
The Missoulian - September 8, 2014
Completely avoiding exposure to secondhand is hard to do, but the following
are examples of how to make your environment smoke-free: make your home
flap: County health worker oversteps law with electronic cig ...
Montana Standard - August 21, 2014
A county health worker said Thursday he apologized in person to two
business owners for suggesting that use of electronic cigarettes in
their "vapor" stores was ...
should stay focused on Montana issues
Laurel Outlook - August 20, 2014
They range in topic from regulating the sale and use of e-cigarettes
to revising legislative compensation to include day care reimbursement,
revising licensing of ...
telling look back at public health in Lewis and Clark County
Helena Independent Record - August 20, 2014
We encourage policies that make it easier to access healthy food, be
more physically active and avoid exposure to second- and third-hand
camp lays positive foundations for tribal youth
Char-Koosta News - July 17, 2014
Each year the GONA event is held at different locations in Montana
to forward its anti-tobacco/substance-abuse message and this year, the
a tobacco-free society
Billings Gazette - May 28, 2014
In the past 50 years, we've made progress combating the health consequences
of smoking. But, unless we continue to fight against tobacco use, 5.6
million of today's children will die early from smoking, according to
this year's report from the acting U.S. Surgeon General, the nation's
over e-cigarettes continue in Missoula
KPAX-TV - May 21, 2014
Could e-Cigarettes be a safer option for the 16% of adult Montanans
that are currently lighting up? "I caution people when thinking
about using e-cigarettes. It's the fear in the unknown. You don't know
what you're putting in your body and you don't know how your body will
react to those 20 years down the road," said Kaila Warren with
the Missoula City-County Health Department Tobacco Prevention Program.
regulation concerns local health officials
Daily Inter Lake - May 11, 2014
As more Americans put down their cigarettes in favor of their electronic
counterparts, health officials and local governments are scrambling
approve cross-country team, BPA chapter
West Yellowstone News - April 11, 2014
... Program and Montana Tobacco Prevenetion Advisory Board presented
the school district with a certificate and banner for being a tobacco-free
bans on selling, using, promoting e-cigarettes
Great Falls Tribune - March 23, 2014
There arent a lot of laws and regulations governing e-cigarettes, officials
say, and that could be either because their health risks and benefits
havent been thoroughly studied yet or because restrictions on tobacco
cigarettes were written before their electronic versions came into regular
use. For instance, the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans tobacco
smoking in public enclosed places, does not prohibit the use of electric
cigarettes, said Nicole Bronec, youth tobacco prevention coordinator
with the City-County Health Department. ...
It in the Butt: Students pick up cigarettes as part of cleanup
Great Falls Tribune - March 21, 2014
But Great Falls' cleanup also coincided with the installation of the
new smoke-free zone signs being placed in parks across Great Falls after
a city resolution ...
pick up cigarettes as part of cleanup
Great Falls Tribune - March 19, 2014
Great Falls' cleanup also coincided with the installation of the new
smoke-free zone signs being placed in parks across Great Falls after
a city resolution ...
on Smoking began 50 years ago with Surgeon General's report
Ravalli Republic - March 19, 2014
Jan. 11 of this year marked the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon
Generals Report on Smoking and Health. Dr. Luther Terry issued the report
at the request of President John F. Kennedy, linking smoking to lung
cancer, heart disease, laryngeal cancer and fetal damage during pregnancy.
In response to that report, Congress passed legislation requiring a
health warning on cigarette packaging, a ban on cigarette advertising
in the broadcasting media, and called for an annual report on the consequences
of smoking on health. That law was signed into law by President Richard
M. Nixon in 1970. The final cigarette television ad was scheduled for
Dec. 31, 1970 but was delayed until Jan. 1, 1971 to allow the television
networks one additional cash windfall from the New Years Day football
game cigarette ads.
MATTERS: Myths, truths about hookah smoking
Billings Gazette - March 12, 2014
Myth: Smoking on a hookah is less harmful than smoking cigarettes. ...
Cigarette smoke is generated by burning tobacco, while hookah smoke
is produced by ... If you or someone you know needs help to quit smoking
or using tobacco products, call the Montana Tobacco Quit Line
law: Bartender grateful for indoor ban
The Missoulian - February 24, 2014
I just want to start by saying how grateful I am for the smoking ban.
I have been a bartender most of my life and being a nonsmoker, the fact
that I had to breathe in that harmful smoke that the customers blew
on me during my shifts was very unpleasant, and then after each shift
having to wash that reeking stench out of my clothes makes me curious
how many nonsmokers die each year from having to breathe secondhand
making progress in cutting tobacco use
The Missoulian - February 10, 2014
Since that time, Montana has made remarkable progress, cutting smoking
rates by more than half and protecting Montanans from harmful secondhand
votes for more hours for executive positions
Montana Kaimin February 5, 2014
...ASUM also passed a resolution encouraging the University Center Board
to repeal its current ban on electronic cigarettes, and discourages
any other efforts to ban electronic cigarettes across campus until further
research has been documented. ASUM also made the decision to strike
language from the resolution which stated that ASUM fully endorses and
supports UMs Tobacco-Free Campus Policy...
opinion: Montanans can prevent smoking deaths
Billings Gazette - February 5, 2014
Montana health advocates are celebrating the enormous progress that
has been made in reducing tobacco use over the past five decades, but
also calling on all ...
opinion: Smoking lounges should be widely accepted in state
Great Falls Tribune - January 30, 2014
... several local family businesses with his brother Doug, including
Gold's Casino and ... As an owner of the smoking shelters in the news
lately, I would like to ... On Oct. 1, 2009, the Montana Clean Indoor
Air Act took effect on bars and casinos.
Falls casino smoking rooms involved in another lawsuit
KAJ18 Kalispell Montana News - January 20, 2014
Great Falls casino smoking rooms are involved in a new lawsuit, this
time over whether or not they meet state requirements for gambling spaces.
District Court Judge Greg Pinski ruled that smoking rooms do not violate
the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act back in November. Great Falls casino
owners now say the Montana Department of Justice's Gambling Control
Division demanded they remove their gambling machines from the rooms,
even after previously approving them. Court documents state that for
the past two years the Gambling Control Division approved the smoking
rooms, saying they were in compliance with the rules and regulations
of the gambling laws.
Falls casino smoking rooms called into question
KRTV Great Falls News - January 3, 2014
The Cascade City-County Board of Health is appealing, to the Montana
Supreme Court, a ruling that says casino smoking rooms in Great Falls
are legal, according to MC Incorporated which owns several casinos in
the Electric City. Last November, District Court Judge Greg Pinski handed
down the decision which states that smoking rooms in Great Falls are
'E' cigs unregulated
Montana Standard - October 26, 2013
In the Oct. 21 edition of The Montana Standard was a one-quarter page
ad touting the benefits of E cigarettes. This should come as no surprise
that Big Tobacco is behind this.
there's no smoke, there's fire
Montana Kaimin - October 16, 2013
Horton is a care coordinator at the wellness office and is volunteering
with Tobacco Free Montana this week to gather signatures in support
of keeping the ...
Indoor Air Act: Indian Center urges tobacco-free life
The Missoulian - October 2, 2013
As we celebrate the upcoming ninth anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air
Act, which was passed in 2005 by the Montana Legislature, we are reminded
that the law requires all enclosed public places and workplaces to be
smoke free and it requires businesses to prominently place smoke free
signs on all public entrances. Surveys reveal that the vast majority
of Montanans support and are happy with the CIAA and believe Montana
workers deserve a smoke free place to work. More than 90 percent of
Montanans surveyed stated they will visit bars as often or more often
now that the law is in place. Oct. 19, during the University of Montana
Griz Football game, the Missoula Indian Center will be collaborating
with the University of Montana American Indian Student Services to celebrate
the CIAA and provide tobacco use prevention education. Please come visit
our table at the University of Montana Native American Alumni Association
tailgate at the Griz game.
smoke contains dozens of harmful chemicals ($$)
Billings Gazette - October 2, 2013
Tobacco use is the No. 1 cause of preventable death and disease. It
is a serious health risk, both to those who smoke or chew and to those
exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke.... The CIAA requires all enclosed
public places and workplaces to be smoke-free, including restaurants,
bars, taverns and casinos. It also requires all businesses ...
Falls leaders discuss utility services, tobacco free parks, and ...
KRTV Great Falls News - September 18, 2013
Great Falls civic leaders will begin looking for an electric and gas
supplier starting next week, city parks will soon see new tobacco free
zones, and there could ...
needed on Montana's smokefree law
Helena Independent Record - August 31, 2013
Smoke-filled casinos put people in the hospital. ... 2008 when Colorado's
smokefree law was extended to include casinos, ambulance calls originating
on casino ...
Opinion: Smoke shacks harm workers
Great Falls Tribune - August 30, 2013
On Oct. 1, 2009, the state of Montana took a great leap forward in protecting
the states workers when it extended the Clean Indoor Air Act to include
all bars and casinos. For the first time, all Montana indoor public
places and workplaces became smoke-free. Its a moment in history all
Montanans should be able to boldly celebrate this Labor Day. Sadly,
some cannot. The Montana workers for whom this Labor Day is diminished
are the people who work at several casinos in Great Falls, where they
are exposed to secondhand smoke as the price they pay for their jobs.
considers tobacco-free-campus policy
Bitterroot Star - August 7, 2013
Lindsay Stover of Tobacco Free Ravalli County got a favorable hearing
before the County Commissioners last week when she asked them to consider
implementing a tobacco-free policy that would prohibit all forms of
tobacco products and the use of these products, including e-cigarettes,
on the grounds or in any of the buildings owned by Ravalli County.
Great Falls 'smoke shacks' violating the Clean Indoor Air Act?
MTPR - July 31, 2013
A group of Great Falls health advocates are accusing at least nine
bars and casinos in that city of not being in compliance with Montana's
Clean Indoor Air Act. The law prohibits smoking in public buildings
and fully went into effect in 2009. At issue are so-called 'smoke shacks'
attached to the casinos. These ventilated rooms allow people to smoke,
drink and use gaming machines. Bar owners are open-air vents in the
rooms make them technically not indoor, enclosed, spaces.
over GFalls casinos' smoking shelters
Kansas City Star - July 22, 2013
GREAT FALLS, Mont. The Cascade County health department and the owners
of several casinos in Great Falls are in a battle over a workaround
the casino owners believe allows their customers to gamble while smoking.
Brothers Doug and K.C. Palagi and their attorney and business partner
Gregory Smith filed a lawsuit against the Cascade City-County Board
of Health after they were threatened with a misdemeanor citation alleging
their smoking shelters violated Montana's Clean Indoor Air Act, the
Great Falls Tribune (http://gftrib.com/17yI16o ) reported Sunday.
events will remain tobacco-free
Great Falls Tribune - July 18, 2013
After a trial run, the remaining Alive@5 events in 2013 will remain
tobacco-free, according to the Cascade City-County Health Department
and Downtown Great Falls Association, which organizes the event. Weve
had no complaints that Im aware of and a lot of positive feedback, said
Alive@5 committee chairman Bill Ferrin.
LGBT group to discuss tobacco marketing strategies
Montana Standard - June 20, 2013
The advertisements give gay people the impression that the tobacco
industry whole-heartedly supports the legitimization and approval of
the LGBT community....
At Five going tobacco-free for first 3 sessions
KRTV Great Falls News - June 5, 2013
Great Falls kicks off the 2013 "Alive At Five" series on Thursday,
June 6, with live music, food, vendors, and games to semi-officially
kick off the summer season. This year, however, organizers are trying
something new, as the City-County Health Department (CCHD) has partnered
with the downtown Great Falls Association to create a tobacco-free zone
during the first three events of the year. Other cities, including Helena
and Missoula, have enacted the same police in recent years, and say
they have actually seen growth during their weekly outdoor events. Nicole
Bronec of the CCHD said, "It's something that is important to us
and we believe is important to the community, to help create norms of
tobacco-free events, and also just to make a healthy and safe environment
for families and everyone to enjoy."
in Choteau set for May 4-5
Choteau Acantha - May 1, 2013
On May 4 and 5, the Montana High School Rodeo Association will host
a reACT Tobacco Free Rodeo at the Choteau American Legion Rodeo Grounds.
People think tobacco has become a part of rodeo culture, but it doesnt
have to be, Teton County Tobacco-Use Prevention Specialist April Spaulding
says. Its time to take the reins and reclaim one of Montanas favorite
pastimes. Tobacco has no place in our rodeos. The MHSRA tobacco-free
rodeo will begin on May 4 about a half hour following the cutting event,
which begins at 8 a.m.
health official warns Butte bars about smoking ban violations
The Missoulian - March 30, 2013
It requires all enclosed public places and workplaces to be smoke-free,
and for businesses to place smoke-free signs on all public entrances.
According to ...
official eyes Butte smoking violations
Billings Gazette - March 30, 2013
A Butte-Silver Bow health department official says more complaints are
being made about people violating state law by smoking inside bars,
restaurants and casinos. Tobacco use prevention specialist Frank Rozan
says the agency has received five complaints this year through Friday.
That's equal to the number of complaints all of last year. State law
requires all enclosed public places and workplaces to be smoke-free.
moving to be a smoke-free facility
Independent Observer - March 14, 2013
The Pondera Medical Center (PMC) has announced plans to become a tobacco-free
and smoke-free campus beginning March 15. After that date, no tobacco
use of any kind will be permitted both inside and outside
on all PMC property.
medical marijuana advocates push final bill aimed at 2011 ...
The Missoulian - March 11, 2013
HELENA Medical marijuana advocates are making a final try this
legislative session to amend the 2011 law that imposed tighter restrictions
on what was then a booming industry here. Sen. Dave Wanzenried, D-Missoula,
recently introduced Senate Bill 377 for a group called Montana Association
In addition, SB377 would loosen the current ban on
smoking medical pot in public places.
Public Schools acknowledged as a Tobacco Free School District ...
Libertycountytimes-January 15, 2013
Chester- Joplin- Inverness Public Schools has received recognition as
a Tobacco Free School District of Excellence by Montana Office of Public
commission OKs tobacco free park proposal
Helena Independent Record - December 5, 2012
When Centennial Park has its formal reopening next year, it will be
a poster child for Helena in the citys efforts to discourage tobacco
use. The nearly 60-acre park, built on the site of a reclaimed landfill,
is called a centerpiece attraction for outdoor recreation in town, and
on Monday night the City Commission agreed to make the park a tobacco
park will be tobacco-free
KXLH Helena News - December 5, 2012
Montana law requires all enclosed public places and workplaces to be
smoke-free, and now the City of Helena is taking the next step and going
tobacco-free at Centennial Park.
City Commissioners passed a resolution on Monday night to make the Centennial
Park may go tobacco-free
Helena Independent Record - November 8, 2012
The Helena City Commission will consider a resolution to keep tobacco
out of the newly reconstructed Centennial Park, but it may rely on social
pressure and the goodwill of park users, not law enforcement, to achieve
that goal. A draft resolution slated for a vote and public hearing Dec.
3 says the park will be operated as a tobacco-free environment.
But the measure as written would not carry any enforcement mechanism
or proscribe any penalties for people who chew or smoke.
looks to go tobacco free
KPAX-TV - October 24, 2012
KALISPELL- It looks like Flathead Valley Community College will be taking
after other schools in going completely tobacco free. Board members
passed the first ...
encourages apartments to go smoke-free
KRTV Great Falls News - October 15, 2012
In 2005 the clean indoor air act passed in Montana, banning smoking
inside all public buildings, but there are still some structures exempt
from the ban. Now one man is trying to encourage apartment complexes
to make the switch on their own. Teddy Nault is making his case to dozens
of apartment complex owners in Cascade County, encouraging all to ban
smoking inside their buildings.
to new smoke-free campus at TMC
Choteau Acantha (MT) - October 10, 2012
Kudos to the Teton County Hospital District Board and the Teton Medical
Center administration and staff on the hospital's conversion to a smoke-free
campus as ...
Choteau Acantha - October 3, 2012
On Oct. 10 Teton Medical Center will be the 45th hospital to implement
a tobacco-free campus. Tobacco use will be prohibited indoors and outdoors
on all TMC ...
Health is Tobacco Free
KULR-TV - October 2, 2012
BILLINGS - RiverStone Health went tobacco-free Monday, making it the
48th medical or healthcare organization in Montana to implement the
Tobacco Use Prevention Program promotes smoke-free policies in public
Beartooth NBC - September 20, 2012
The Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program, or MTUPP, is focusing this
year's conference on the promotion of smoke free policies in multi-unit
housing complexes across the state.
MSU campus ban starts Wednesday
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle - July 29, 2012
Brandi Higgins would like to quit smoking someday, but still she isn't
pleased that starting Wednesday the Montana State University campus
where she works ...
could be banned at park
Helena Independent Record - June 7, 2012
When Centennial Park formally opens in September, it may be a tobacco-free
area, and depending on how that goes, additional outdoor venues in Helena
County Fairgrounds gets smoking ban
ABCMontana - June 3, 2012
Missoula City-County Health Department Tobacco Free Coordinator Erica
Rollins says the ban will also limit secondhand smoke exposure to some
Montana Fair goes "smoke free" this year
KPAX-TV - June 1, 2012
MISSOULA- The old expression smoke them if you've got them. ... County
has decided to enact a complete smoking ban on the fairgrounds citing
the safety ... County commissioners signed the resolution banning smoking
in early May, citing a ...
trustees hear smoking complaint
Daily Inter Lake (MT) - May 24, 2012
At its regular May meeting on Monday, the Flathead Valley Community
College Board of Trustees raised the age for the senior tuition benefit
to 65 and heard a student complaint about the campus smoking policy.
The college now only allows smoking in designated areas. ...
He said secondhand smoke kills 50000 people each year, and that about
four Montanans die ...
Bet Casino owner fined for smoking ban violations
Helena (MT) Independent Record, 2012-04-05
Smoking in Best Bet Casino got expensive Wednesday for the casinos
owner. Justice of the Peace Mike Swingley fined Sandy Jones, 58, the
owner of the casino at 1225 Euclid Ave., the maximum fines, totaling
$800, for three different violations of the Montana Clean Indoor Air
Act in 2010.
State campuses to go smoke free this fall
Helena Independent Record - Apr 2, 2012
Montana State University campuses in Bozeman and Billings plan to kick
the smoking habit this fall. The Bozeman campus goes smoke free on Aug.
1, followed two weeks later by the Billings campus on Aug. 15. "There
is no right to smoke," Darla Tyler-McSherry ...
of Best Bet Casino violated smoking ban, jury decides
Helena (MT) Independent Record - March 7, 2012
Sandy Jones, owner of Best Bet Casino at 1225 Euclid Ave., was found
guilty of failing to enforce the indoor smoking ban three times in 2010,
according to ...
Falls business wrestles with indoor smoking law
KTVQ (Billings, MT), 2011-12-21
Erin Schermele (Great Falls) Updated
When the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect, several bar
and casino owners in Great Falls saw a 25% drop in business. ...
so far complying with University of Montana's tobacco ban
The Missoulian, 2011-09-05
CHELSI MOY of the Missoulian
Several times last week, Julee Stearns strolled along Arthur and Beckwith
avenues offering free-drink coupons to smokers standing in the grassy
area between the street and the sidewalk. ...
School Year Tobacco Free At UM
NBC Montana - Emily Adamson August 29, 2011
The University of Montana's fall semester started Monday, and so did
the tobacco free policy. It requires UM students, employees, and visitors
to use ...
Western campus in Dillon goes tobacco free
Greenfield Daily Reporter - August 1, 2011
It prohibits the use of tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes,
as well as all forms of smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes. The effort
to move Western ...
to end smoking in Glacier Peaks Casino
Great Falls (MT) Tribune, 2011-05-10
Smoking no longer will be allowed at the Glacier Peaks Casino in Browning.
tribal casino goes smoke free
Billings Gazette - May 10, 2011
The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council voted 5-4 Monday to ban smoking
in the Glacier Peaks Casino. The Blackfeet Tobacco Free Act was passed
in 2005, banning smoking in enclosed public places. Casinos were exempted
until September 2007. ...
leaders vote to make campus tobacco-free
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle - May 5, 2011
MSU Provost Martha Potvin said when the University of North Dakota imposed
a tobacco ban, some people would still smoke in their cars, arguing
it was private property. It was also tough, she said, for deans to walk
up to somebody smoking behind a ...
panel chops tobacco-prevention funds, family planning
Billings (MT) Gazette, 2011-02-01
MIKE DENNISON Gazette State Bureau
Republicans on a legislative budget panel voted Monday to cut nearly
all state funding for tobacco-prevention programs, and instead use part
of the money to maintain spending for nursing homes and home-health
programs for the elderly. ...
gambling revenues down for two previous years
Billings Gazette - January 5, 2011
HELENA Buffeted by the recession and later the indoor-smoking
ban in taverns and casinos, video gambling revenues in Montana dropped
2 percent in fiscal 2009 over the previous year and then plunged by
16 percent in fiscal year 2010, the state Gambling Control Division
The revenue fall from fiscal 2008 to 2009 marked the first decline
in the 20-year history of the tax, the division said in its biennial
report. The Gambling Control Division is part of the state Justice Department.
Video gambling machine tax collections for fiscal 2008 totaled $63.4
million. Tax collections from electronic poker and keno machines in
fiscal 2009 dropped to $62.1 million.
Then in fiscal 2010, revenues dropped again, this time to $52.4 million,
or 16 percent from the previous year, as the state's Indoor Clean Air
Act took effect Oct. 1, 2009, for bars and casinos, four years after
it applied to other businesses.
The state imposes a 15 percent tax on what's defined as the gross income
from video gambling machines. It is applied to the income of the poker
and keno machines, which is the amount of money played in the machine
minus the payouts in winnings. If $100 is wagered on a video gambling
machine and players won $30, the gross income for that day would be
out: Montanans buying fewer cigarettes
Billings (MT) Gazette, 2010-11-06
CINDY UKEN Of The Gazette Staff
That was before he was diagnosed with emphysema. Carter, 63,
hasn't touched one of his favored USA Gold cigarettes since Oct. 13.
"I'm in the first stages of the disease," he said. "It's
there, it's a concern. I've tried quitting before, but that did it."
He relies on Chantix, a smoking cessation medicine, to help him quit.
At $174 per month, it's cheaper than smoking. He's finding that ditching
the smokes has some other benefits.
"I used to gamble a lot, too," Carter said. "When they
banned smoking in bars, taverns and casinos, I quit gambling, too. I
used to go to restaurants for pie and coffee, but I quit that, too."
When Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare designated their campuses
smoke-free in 2005 and imposed a string of rules, Jennifer Hoffert cried
foul. She had been smoking since high school and considered it her right.
. . .
Helena Independent Record - July 30, 2010
When Richard Sargent was a child, his parents pointed to a spot on
the underside of a bridge where someone had scribbled a name. There
are better ways to leave behind a meaningful mark, they told him.
The 53-year-old physician apparently took the advice to heart. Youll
find his name scrawled into crystal, burned into metal, etched into
wood. All awards recognizing his work to make the world a healthier
place through his efforts at creating tobacco-free environments in Helena
and other communities.
His name is also attached to a study he conducted along with Dr. Robert
Shepard. The two tracked the correlation over several years between
heart attacks and tobacco use. The study showed a significant reduction
in the number of hospital admissions due to heart attacks during the
six months of 2002 when Helenas Clean Ari Ordinance was in effect.
The study has been replicated at least 16 times around the world. ...
Pumps to add smoking 'huts'
Great Falls (MT) Tribune, 2010-07-27
JO DEE BLACK * Tribune Business Editor
Town Pump's properties in Great Falls will soon have external structures
Cory Benjamin of Town Pump presented plans for six of the smoking "huts,"
which have open roofs and dark glass panels to the Design Review Board
members Monday afternoon.
The structures will be placed at 401 10th Ave. S., 702 10th Ave. S.,
1411 10th Ave. S., 3800 10th Ave. S., 501 Northwest Bypass and at the
Lucky Lil's liquor store and casino on Fox Farm Road. ...
Clean Indoor Air Act 'public health success story'
Queen City News - April 7, 2010
After six months of living with the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act, state
public health officials are calling full implementation of the smokefree
law a public health success story.
We know from extensive studies conducted in the U.S. and other
countries that because of Montanans smokefree law, Montana residents
will be experiencing fewer heart attacks, says Anna Whiting Sorrell,
director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
And down the road, fewer Montanans will develop lung cancer and
coronary heart disease and other costly diseases will decline.
The 2005 Montana Legislature passed the Clean Indoor Air Act but allowed
bars and casinos a four-year exception. Those exceptions expired Oct.
1, 2009, and full implementation of the law began.
Linda Lee, section supervisor for the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention
Program (MTUPP), said compliance with the act among Montana bars and
other businesses has been successful.
MTUPP has received complaints for less than one percent of Montanas
2,800 bars, Lee says. We can safely state that compliance
among Montana licensed liquor establishments and other businesses is
extremely high. ...
revenue falls with cig ban
Billings Gazette - January 19, 2010
HELENA State video gambling tax receipts plummeted by nearly
18 percent in the last quarter of 2009, buffeted by the beginning of
a statewide indoor smoking on bars and casinos and a recession that
hit Montana hard.
The gross video gambling-machine taxes will be about $12.5 million
for the quarter that ran from October through December 2009, said Rick
Ask, administrator of the Gambling Control Division in the state Justice
Department. Thats about $2.7 million, or 17.8 percent, less than
what the tax revenues were the previous three months, from July through
The quarterly gambling-machine taxes are down by 16.8 percent, or $2.5
million, compared with the previous three-month period from September
through December 2008, Ask said.
Gambling-machine taxes are calculated by taking the money paid into
the machines as bets and subtracting the winnings. The difference is
multiplied by 15 percent to yield the taxes.
The revenue drop came as no surprise to industry officials, who were
braced for the drop when the states 2005 indoor smoking ban took
effect for casinos and taverns Oct. 1. The effective date of the law
had been delayed by four years to give bars and casinos time to prepare.
push at Montana State University stalled, but not dead
Bozeman (MT) Chronicle, 2010-01-15
GAIL SCHONTZLER Chronicle Staff Writer
Other Montana universities are moving to ban cigarettes and chewing
tobacco from their campuses, but at Montana State University the proposed
tobacco-free policy is stalled.
"It's really come down to a debate between public health and personal
rights," said Jenny Haubenreiser, of the MSU Student Health Service's
health promotions office.
She and other tobacco-free advocates went to MSU's elected student
leaders last fall, hoping they would embrace the idea and take the initiative.
But the issue proved controversial, with some students protesting that
it should be their right to decide whether to use tobacco and others
asserting their right to be free of secondhand smoke. ...
Falls repeals smoking ordinance
Helena Independent Record - December 16, 2009
(AP) - Great Falls city commissioners have repealed a city ordinance
that said you cannot smoke within 20 feet of a public building. ...
rule goes up in smoke
Great Falls Tribune - Richard Ecke - December 16, 2009
"There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke."
Lora Wier of Choteau, representing the Montana Public Health Association,
urged the city to keep ...
invited to discuss smoking issue
Great Falls Tribune - Richard Ecke - December 14, 2009
One of the hotter City Commission meetings of the year may take place
on a cold Tuesday night in Great Falls.
Health advocates and people with lung diseases are expected to square
off against casino and tavern owners, and a relatively new minority
that is feeling oppressed smokers.
City Manager Greg Doyon predicted the subject matter will attract an ample
crowd at the commission's regular 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday in the Civic
Center Commission Chambers. During that meeting city commissioners will
hold a public hearing on whether to repeal a city ordinance prohibiting
smoking within 20 feet of a door, window or air vent. ...
KULR - Ch. 8, 2009-11-23
A recent survey conducted by students and Montana State University
Billings shows the smoking ban may have a slightly positive affect on
Students called about 400 Montana residents at random. Results show
about 20% of residents plan to go out more often since the smoking ban,
while only about 10% plan to go out less often. MSU-B economist Scott
Rickard said the people who said they'd go out more are in a higher
"Net affect, it would appear that the smoking ban, at least based
on these results, should have a small positive affect on revenues to
these types of establishments," Rickard said. ...
County Buildings Follow City Smoking Rules
KFBB NewsChannel 5 - November 19, 2009
Over the past few days we've been telling you about battle going on
between area bars and the city of Great Falls.
The local Tavern Association says the city should repeal its 20 foot
ordinance in light of the statewide smoking ban, and questioned if the
ordinance could be enforced on grounds of county buildings.
The ordinance prohibits smoking within 20 feet of all doors, windows
and air vents, and the setup at the Cascade County courthouse appears
to be in compliance.
"We are not exempt from the city ordinance, said County
Commissioner Peggy Beltrone. We are following it and we are advising
our employees to follow it as well." ...
ask city commission to repeal 20-foot outdoor smoking rule
Great Falls Tribune - Erin Madison - November 18, 2009
Representatives from the Cascade County Tavern Association and the
Montana Coin Machine Operators asked the Great Falls City Commission
on Tuesday night to repeal the city ordinance that bans smoking within
20 feet of an entrance.
The ordinance applies an arbitrary number that doesn't work in every
situation, said Ronda Wiggers, with Montana Coin Machine Operators.
She gave the example that someone wanting to smoke on Central Avenue
would have a hard time finding a spot that was 20 feet away from a door
or window. ...
Falls residents complain smoking ban isn't enforced
the Associated Press
Smoking in Montana's bars, casinos and restaurants was forbidden Oct.
1, but some Great Falls residents are complaining the prohibition isn't
That's prompted the Great Falls City Commission at a meeting Tuesday
to again take up an issue many had thought resolved last month. ...
to ban tobacco products on campus starting in fall 2011
The Missoulian, 2009-11-10
JAMIE KELLY of the Missoulian
The University of Montana is poised to join a growing roster of colleges
nationwide banning tobacco on campus.
The ban is set to go into effect in the fall of 2011, and would be
the second campuswide smoking ban in Montana - as Montana Tech in Butte
is going tobacco-free in 2010.
Montana State University has proposed a similar ban.
Across the country, more and more colleges are banning not just smoking,
but the use of all tobacco products anywhere on campus. There are now
172 tobacco-free campuses nationwide, and another 322 smoke-free campuses.
UM and other Montana campuses currently have a 25-foot smoking perimeter
around building entrances. But a study by the UM Tobacco Task Force
found that nearly two-thirds of smokers were violating that regulation.
revenues are down one month after smoking ban
KTVQ (Billings, MT), 2009-11-05
Reporting from KTVQ in Billings
It's been about a month since the Montana Clear Indoor Act took effect
in bars, casinos and restaurants across the Treasure State. According
to a Billings gaming distributor, gambling revenues are down 16% to
18% across the state.
On October 1st, the Reno Club in Billings joined hundreds of others
businesses in going smoke-free. Now that the smoke has cleared, businesses
are taking a hard look at the bottom line.
"My gambling is down about 20% and that could be recession, it
could be the weather, it could be just about anything," Reno Club
owner John Blair said. ...
Montanas Smoking Ban Doesnt Apply to Tribal Venues
Flathead Beacon (Kalispell, MT), 2009-11-01
RONAN - Enforcement of Montana's Clean Air Act appears to be a little
hazy on Indian reservations.
Tribally owned casinos are exempt from the indoor-smoking ban, while
some enrolled tribal members who own reservation bars and casinos aren't
enforcing the ban.
In the meantime, Rick and Vicki Wheeler, who are not members of the
Confederate Salish and Kootenai Tribes, recently received their first
letter of complaint from the Lake County Health Department for not enforcing
the smoking ban at their Ronan business, The Club, which is within the
Flathead Indian Reservation.
"Ninety percent of my customers smoke," said Rick Weaver,
who has owned The Club for 20 years. "This bar is my retirement
-- do they want to take that away from me, too? It's racial discrimination."
Diana Schwab, the tobacco prevention coordinator in Lake County, agrees
the law raises different issues on the state's reservations. ...
casino smoking policy comes at a cost
Great Falls Tribune - October 20, 2009
It's a niche market created by the last segment of Montana's Clean
Indoor Air Act originally put in place four years ago. Across the state
smoking is now prohibited in all indoor public places, including bars
and casinos that had, up until Oct. 1, an exemption if they did not
allow anyone younger than 18 to enter their establishments.
So it's not surprising that some businesses on the state's Indian Reservations,
which are not subject to the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act, are now marketing
to people who like to have a cigarette with their cup of coffee, meal
or adult beverage or while gambling indoors.
That's how the free market works. Entre- preneurs fill unmet demands.
Reservation-based businesses are capitalizing on their advantage
customers can smoke inside at their places, while everywhere else in
the state those customers have to step outside.
But unlike other advantages reservation-based casinos have capitalized
on namely technology boosted bingo games that offer slot-machine
like experiences with possible payouts far in excess of Montana's $800
limit on video gaming machines allowing patrons to continue to
smoke inside stinks.
There's no denying that many hope the Montana Clean Indoor Act will
prompt some to kick the tobacco habit. But the real force behind the
measure is to give employees everywhere a healthier work environment.
Secondhand smoke is a health hazard. Science has proven it.
So while nonsmoking patrons can choose to spend their dollars in smoke-free
establishments, employees who work somewhere that allows smoking don't
have the same choice. ...
logs 7 complaints for smoking ban violations
Great Falls Tribune - October 9, 2009
BILLINGS Montana health officials say they have logged seven
complaints about businesses allegedly violating a state-wide smoking
A breath of fresh air, inside & out
Helena (MT) Independent Record, 2009-10-04
An IR view
It's pretty clear that the ban enjoys broad approval. According to
the state health department report, roughly 75 percent of Montanans
support the smoking law.
The ban could financially hurt bars and casinos. But it's also possible
that more Montanans will be more inclined to patronize smoke-free establishments,
easing the pain.
Montana is state blessed with lots of elbow room. And many of us embrace
that fact, both physically and psychologically, by exercising our right
to live the way we choose (within the law, of course) and freely sharing
what's on our minds. We also live in a state the places great value
on common sense.
With the smoking ban, Montana has found a healthy balance between individual
liberty and the common good. For that, and crisp, clear autumn days,
we should be thankful. ...
snuffed out at bars, casinos
The Daily Inter Lake, 2009-09-30
K.J. HASCALL/Daily Inter Lake
On Thursday, many Montana bars and casinos will be different places.
That's when the final phase of the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act begins,
making it illegal to smoke inside bars. Other public places already
have been covered by the smoking ban, but it was delayed for bars and
owner hopes smoking ban will boost business
Billings Gazette - Diane Cochran - September 30, 2009
When the Billings tavern reopens Thursday - the first day of a comprehensive
statewide smoking ban - it will have new carpet, new paint and, its
owner hopes ...
Matters: Smoking ban goes in effect across Montana on Thursday
Billings Gazette - Victoria Holgard - September 30, 2009
... into law the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act. On Thursday, Montana
will become the 18th state in the nation to ban smoking in all enclosed
public spaces. ...
Sabbath held in Montana
Montana's News Station - September 28, 2009
Over 60 Montana Faith Communities showed their support for the Montana
Clean Indoor Air Act over the weekend.
Churches all across the state celebrated the second annual Smokefree
Sabbath to unite places of worship in support of clean air in Montana.
Beginning on October 1st, the law will take affect and all enclosed
public places and workplaces must be smoke free. ...
change in the air as smoking ban nears
Great Falls (MT) Tribune, 2009-09-06
JO DEE BLACK Tribune Business Editor
On Oct. 1, Montana's Clean Indoor Air Act's final phase kicks in, making
it illegal to smoke inside public places.
At that point, casinos, bars and taverns that currently can let patrons
smoke because minors are not allowed, will be forced to tell smokers
to go outside.
If they don't, the business could face a misdemeanor charge and fines
from $100 to $500.
"I'll probably just go home on my lunch hour instead," Nolevanko
said. "I think the casinos are going to lose money because of this."
It's a belief shared by many owners of casinos and bars, said John
Hayes, executive director of the Cascade County Tavern Association.
owners struggle to please smokers, comply with new law
Great Falls (MT) Tribune, 2009-09-06
JO DEE BLACK * Tribune Business Editor
When the owners of the Prospector Casino went to the city's Design
Review board in April to present plans to freshen up the exterior of
the 616 10th Ave. S. business, Dick Barnes mentioned he also was looking
at putting up an outside shelter for his customers who smoke.
On Oct. 1, his business, along with other bars, casinos and taverns
in Montana that have been allowed to let customers enjoy cigarettes,
will have to ask them to step outside.
Montana's Clean Indoor Air Act, which went into effect in October 2005,
bans tobacco smoke from enclosed public places, including restaurants,
stores, public and private offices, public transportation, schools,
health care facilities, colleges, etc.
Bars and casinos could allow customers to smoke indoors, as long as
they didn't allow anyone under 18 in the area.
That ends Oct. 1.
The restaurant, lounge and casino Barnes and his wife, Nancy, own has
many patrons who smoke. Barnes looked at some prebuilt outside smoking
shelters available through a local distributor with price tags of $9,000
on up. ...
smoking bars plan outdoor areas for puffing patrons after Oct. 1
The Missoulian, 2009-09-06
JAMIE KELLY of the Missoulian
Smokers are likely anxious this month, as their habit nears the full,
official state stamp of disapproval on Oct 1.
But the Camels actually won't have to stay at home for a night on the
town, as numerous taverns in Missoula have prepared for the day when
the full weight of the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act takes effect.
Bar and beer joints intent on serving smokers have built - or have
plans to build - special smoking areas, ranging from a couple of chairs
and tables out back to a full-fledged smoking room, with enough open
space to get around the law's definition of "enclosed space."
The latter belongs to Boomer's Pub, a popular sports bar on Brooks
Street which has a new, sequestered smoking wing with separate seating
and heat lamps for the cold months.
Such maneuvers are entirely legal, at least when it comes to the letter
of the law as written by the 2005 Montana Legislature. ...
goes smoke-free ahead of October deadline
Montana's News Station - September 1, 2009
The deadline for all Montana bars and casinos to officially go smoke-free
is coming up on October 1st, but some businesses aren't waiting.
VFW Post 1087 on 10th Avenue South went smoke-free last month, after
talking about it for nearly a year. They finally decided to make the
change a couple weeks ago.
Some members said they wouldn't come if it went smoke-free, but the
VFW says most have kept coming. In fact, other members who stopped coming
because of the smoke have now returned.
The post feels that going smoke-free was the right decision. ...
hospital goes smokefree
ABCMontana - September 1, 2009
HELENA - St. Peter's Hospital in Helena has joined other hospitals
in the state in banning tobacco use. The ban went into effect Tuesday.
For about the last three years, St. Peter's allowed smoking in a designated
building near the emergency room entrance. That building will be removed
Tech to ban tobacco on campus | kxnet.com North Dakota News
Reiten Television KXMB Bismarck - August 6, 2009
The campus already has a smoking ban in all of its buildings, including
dormitories. But smokers are allowed to smoke outside, at least 25 feet
helps prepare bars for going smoke-free
Great Falls Tribune - Great Falls,MT,USA May 14, 2009
Officials have set up an online system for reporting violations,
and are bracing for increased traffic on the hotline for people who
want to quit smoking.
"They're extremely well organized," said Annie Tegen, a speaker
at the conference and a member of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
a national group that works to enact legislation limiting public smoking.
"Montana's law is going to be one of the strongest in the country,"
drops smoking-ban exemption proposal
Helena Independent Record, MT - January 20, 2009
Calling the bill dead on arrival, Sen. Jerry Black, R-Shelby,
said Monday he has dropped plans to sponsor legislation to permanently
exempt some 1,400 Montana bars and casinos from a statewide smoking
ban effective Oct. 1.
Black said he has put a hold on the bill.
I do not intend to purse it in any way, he said, although
I do agree with my requester of the bill that it is a property rights
issue, and customers should have a choice of going to a smoking or a
But people are overwhelmingly supportive of the Indoor Clean
Air Act. So there is no sense in pursuing a bill that has no chance
should do nothing to roll back smoking ban
Great Falls Tribune, MT, November 25, 2008
Nowhere was that more evident than here in Marlboro Country, where
the 2005 Legislature passed the Clean Indoor Air Act. It imposed the
smoking ban in most public places on Oct. 1 that year, but it phased
in the rest, giving bars and casinos four more years to prepare for
a total ban.
At the time, Oct .1, 2009, seemed a long way off. But a funny thing
about time: It passes. Now it's less than a year and one legislative
It should be no surprise, then, that lawmakers in January may be asked
to roll back the ban...
targets smoking ban
Senator seeks to exempt bars, casinos from 2009 law
Montana Standard, 2008-11-21
Legislators next year may face more contentious debates over an explosive
issue they thought they had resolved in 2005 --banning smoking in bars
Sen. Jerry Black, R-Shelby, is having a bill drafted to permanently
exempt some 1,400 bars and casinos from a statewide smoking ban set
to apply to these establishments Oct. 1, 2009.
His proposal would apply to only those bars and businesses that sought
an exemption by June 30 from the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act.
This law banned smoking in all other Montana public buildings and indoor
workplaces as of October 2005. It gave bars and casinos four more years
to prepare for the ban.
Several business people, including one tavern owner, asked Black to
submit the bill draft. Black said he isn't sure yet if he will actually
introduce the bill and conceded it probably has "mixed to nil"
chances of passing.
looms for smoking indoors
Great Falls Tribune, October 1, 2008
One year from today, by law, Montana's bars and restaurants must be
Smokers and nonsmokers predictably take opposing views, and the tavern
owners have basically three choices:
- Fall into line sometime over the next year,
- Put the ashtrays in the trash Oct. 1, 2009, or
- Roll the dice that a judge might be willing to declare the 2005 Clean
Indoor Air Act unconstitutional.
No one's talking openly about legal action yet, but the clean-air advocates
expect one last challenge before it's all over.
"I've heard talk that some people might challenge it on a property
rights issue, but that's only talk," said John Hayes, director
of the Cascade County Tavern Association. Personally, I'm in the
acceptance mode," he added. "We're moving toward a smokeless
society, and we're just going to have to adjust to it."
However, he predicted many smaller bars and restaurants could lose enough
business that they will be forced to close.
The deadline was set in place by the Montana Legislature, which passed
the Clean Indoor Act of 2005. It prohibited the use of all tobacco products
in public schools and eliminated smoking in most enclosed public places
across the state.
Bars and casinos, which tend to be among the smokiest places, were given
an extended period in which to comply.
To date, about 120 of the state's 900 bars and casinos have already
The law does not apply to Montana's Indian reservations, said Linda
Lee, head of the state health department's Tobacco Use Prevention Project.
"But we do have a policy that tribal buildings be smoke-free, and
people who want to smoke have to stand outside," said June Tatsey,
health officer for the Blackfeet Tribe. "And our tribal leaders
have done a lot to let people know how detrimental smoking is to their
health, so I think people are becoming more and more aware of this health
hazard," Tatsey said. ...
study well vindicated
By Helena (MT) Independent Record - An IR view - 09/27/2008
It has been more than half a decade since Helena physicians Richard
Sargent and Robert Shepard published their study on the startlingly
high impact of second-hand smoke on the incidence of heart attacks
a study widely considered at the time to be too good to be true.
Since then, however, Sargent and Shepard have been vindicated by much
larger follow-up studies around the world.
The doctors took advantage of a short-lived indoor smoking ban in Helena
to study the number of heart attacks treated here while the ban was
in effect as compared to prior incidences before the ban. The difference
was a staggering 38 percent.
Subsequent scientific studies of the impact of smoking prohibitions
in the workplace and all public buildings in New York State, the whole
of Ireland, Rome, and elsewhere found an average decrease of about 19
percent, still a huge (and hugely life-saving) improvement.
But how can such a large impact be possible?
Dr. Suzaynn Schick, a professor of medicine at the division of Occupational
and Environmental Medicine at the University of California-San Francisco,
was in Helena last week to take part in the third annual Montana Tobacco
Policy Summit at Carroll College. According to Dr. Schick, who also
visited the IR Editorial Board last week, recent research has found
that chemicals in second-hand smoke quickly attack the lining of arteries,
leading to a buildup of plaque that restricts blood flow, increases
blood pressure, and can cause heart attacks.
Farewell, Marlboro Man
Writers on Range, Ben Long
Denver (CO) Post, 2005-04-24
I'm a sucker for the cowboy. My bookshelves sag under the weight of
Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry novels. . . .
But even I was surprised when the 2005 Montana Legislature drew its
six-shooter and plugged two great icons of the mythical West: the smoky
old saloon and the beer can tossed in the ditch. . . .
The Cowboy Way has a libertarian streak as wide as I-90. After all,
Montana is the state that for more than a year had no numeric speed
limit. We could drive as fast as we wanted, as long as it was "reasonable
and prudent." Montana eventually imposed a 75 mph speed limit,
but only because the feds threatened to withhold millions in federal
highway funds that keep our interstates from reverting back to buffalo
Freedom is still a high card in the political poker hand. But a new
card is in the deck: Responsibility.
Helena (MT) Independent Record, 2005-04-19
Most Montana workplaces will be free of tobacco smoke starting Oct.
1, after Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Tuesday signed a bill calling for
clean air in every place open to the public except bars and casinos.
Gambling establishments have until 2009 to comply with the law, which
was the result of a compromise between tavern and gaming interests and
several regional and national health groups
Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
in Berkeley, Calif., said Montana is among several states that are considering
smoke-free laws this spring, including Georgia and North Dakota.
"Montana has been a leader in public tobacco issues for a number
of years now, with the activity in Helena and the heart attack study
that came out of Helena," he said.
Not everyone is happy with the compromise. While the bill had the support
of the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association,
the American Cancer Society didn't lend its backing, because the bill
prevents cities from enacting stronger laws during the four-year sunset
period for casinos.
Frick said that clause gave his group pause as well.
"We are concerned about that provision because the tobacco companies
prefer to fight at the state level and we believe local communities
should be allowed to make their own choices," he said.
State law doesn't prohibit local smoking ban
Billings Gazette, December 28, 2004
A state law intended to prohibit local governments from imposing smoking
bans in gambling establishments has no force, the Montana Supreme Court