In 2010, the Legislature considered, but chose to not move forward on, bills to strengthen the smokefree law to include all non-hospitality workplaces, as well as state parks and beaches. Advocates will work hard to come back for another try to close the workplace loophole to protect all Granite State workers on the job.
For information about the smokefree law, call (603) 271-6891or visit the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program.
To report a violation, call (800) 852-3345 x 8949 or fill out an online form.
In 2009, the Legislature enacted a bill to create an exemption to permit smoking
in cigar bars. Health groups and smokefree advocates fought hard against this
bill, and continue to remain vigilant to prevent further exemptions and build
support for expanding smokefree protections.
Smokefree air has long been in demand in New Hampshire. In 2006, a poll showed 79% of New Hampshire voters in favor of smokefree workplaces.
In 2003, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that the state Clean Indoor Air Act constitutes a comprehensive and detailed statutory scheme, and because it does not contain a provision permitting additional municipal regulation of smoking, the state law preempts local smokefree air ordinances that are stronger than the state law. J.T.R. Colebrook, Inc. v. Town of Colebrook (2003). Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in New Hampshire.
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sets March 17 hearing on ordinance changes
boasts first NH electronic cigarette store
consider repealing smoking ban at NH veterans home
stores, including 41 in NH, to stop selling tobacco
sees drop in youth tobacco sales
...Tobacco sales to youth in NH dropped to 11.2 percent in 2013, down from 13.2 percent in 2012, according to recent compliance checks. Three hundred and twelve tobacco retailers were surveyed as part of the SYNAR compliance check program. ...
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playground smoking ban would reach 30 feet
in 2014 may tighten NH's 2007 indoor smoking ban
leader, member welcome smoking ban
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upset a winning streak of good ordinances
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weighs making Rochester Common smoke-free
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to UNH Institute will evaluate public health funding in NH
Hayward's City Matters: Smoke-free living divides apartment ...
SMOKING. Our government and our bosses have banned it from airplanes, restaurants, arenas, workplaces. Next in store: the home. Twelve days ago, the Carpenter Center a subsidized housing project in downtown Manchester went smoke-free. After more than a year of warnings, reworded leases and smoking-cessation programs, the residents of the 96 apartments were told to snuff out the butts in their individual apartments as of June 1.
has no plans to ban smoking
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org tries to clear the air with smoke-free petition
A student group at UNH is trying to clear the air. Substance Awareness
through Functional Education is inviting students to sign an online
petition to ban smoking on the UNH campus. Since its inception on March
5, the petition currently carries 109 student signatures.
of Jan. 2, roughly 1,129 college and university campuses nationally
have banned on-campus smoking, indoors and outdoors, according to no-smoke.org.
No-smoke.org cites a rapid trend in on-campus smoking bans, whereas
only 530 campuses were smoke-free in July 2011. New Hampshire
currently does not have any 100 percent smoke-free college campuses.
Massachusetts has 14 smoke-free campuses, while Maine has five
all of which do not permit any tobacco substances at all, according
to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation.
smoking ban draws fiery fan reaction
wake of Pariseau high-rise fire, Manchester housing officials ...
Plagued by secondhand smoke
board is aiming for smoke-free Benson Park
gaming bringing in less money
proposes new rules for Bickford Place Park
Smoking will also be banned in the small pocket park in the downtown.
... to the city ordinance to reflect the Bickford Place Park smoking
ban and night curfew.
apartments to go smoke-free next June
American Legion Post 48 smoking ban called off
One of the last bastions of smoking freedom will remain one, at least until further notice. Members of Hudsons American Legion Post 48 voted overwhelmingly to call off a ban on smoking in the buildings canteen/bar area that was set to go into effect Wednesday
Post 48 Legionnaires pass smoking ban
ban being debated at Hudson's American Legion Post 48
Five years ago, smokers who belonged to Legion posts and other private
fraternal and social clubs exhaled a puff of relief when they learned
their establishments would be exempted from the states new rule
banning smoking in public restaurants and bars. But now veterans, family
members and friends who call Hudsons American Legion Post 48 home
are again holding their collective breaths as they await word whether
a recent vote to ban smoking as of Aug. 1 will take effect or be overturned
at an upcoming special meeting.
has no plans to ban smoking
Despite the proliferation of campus-wide smoking bans across the country, Dartmouth does not enforce a full ban and has no current plans to do so, according to Director of Media Relations Justin Anderson. While no Ivy League university has implemented a smoking ban, 648 colleges and universities nationwide have fully smoke-free campuses, according to a study by the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation published in January 2012.
legislation could enact smoking ban at NH beaches
Smoking may be banned within certain areas of New Hampshire state beaches and state parks as early as next summer, due to a bill that has been stirring up a lot of controversy.
People don't like to be told what to do. It's the live free or die' attitude, said state Rep. Susan Kepner, who sponsored the bill.
Proposed by the House Committee on Resources, Recreation and Development, the bill prohibits smoking in congregate areas at state parks, historic sites and state beaches.
Such congregate areas include restrooms, eating areas, playgrounds
and outside stages, while the affected beaches include Wallis Sands
State Beach, North Hampton State Beach and the state beaches of the
Lakes Region ...
ban likely to pass in N.H., too
Maine's smoking ban on state beaches and in many areas of state parks was passed with little fanfare. You can bet your (cigarette) butts that it won't get by so easily in New Hampshire.
Following Maine's lead, a N.H. House subcommittee has taken two proposed bills, pulled them apart and is now discussing how to move forward with a partial smoking ban. While they're just discussing the idea with the public now and any action could be months away, there's a real possibility that a hybrid bill will be reintroduced that would effectively ban smoking at state beaches, and the public and lawmakers turned out recently for a feedback session in Rye.
There's likely to be a lot of debate over a law that ultimately would have no teeth. . . .
Most surprising during the feedback session in the Rye Public Library
was how little attention was paid to secondhand smoke, which often is
the hot button issue associated with smoking bans in restaurants and
other public spaces. The discussion instead focused on the staggering
number of cigarette butts that end up in the sand. ...
if re-elected, will pursue outdoor smoking bans in N.H.
Two controversial smoking bills that were sidelined this year may make a comeback in the next legislative season. One bill would have banned outdoor smoking in public areas of state parks and another on all state beaches in New Hampshire.
The N.H. House Committee on Resources, Recreation and Development, chaired by Rep. Judith Spang, D-Durham, has been working on legislation that would limit the areas of beaches where smoking would be allowed. The committee will present its findings and recommendations during a public hearing Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at Rye Public Library.
State Rep. Susan Kepner, D-Hampton, said the committee's findings came after the group studied her bill and one sponsored by state Rep. Judith Day, D-North Hampton. Kepner's bill proposed a ban on outdoor smoking in public areas where people congregate at state parks, while Day filed legislation to ban smoking on beaches similar to what Maine did. Both were referred to interim study.
looks at banning smoking at beach
OGUNQUIT Smokers may have to refrain from lighting up at Main Beach if a smoking ban considered by the Select Board at a Tuesday, Aug. 3, meeting goes forward.
Town Manager Tom Fortier said a Main Beach smoking ban would reduce pollution and eliminate second-hand smoke health hazards, which studies have shown causes a greater risk of heart disease and lung cancer.
Why cigarette smokers think its OK to flick their cigarette butts out the window of their car is beyond me, Fortier said. The world is their ashtray.
Fortier added that he had seen a picture of kids making sandcastles
at the beach "with cigarette butts as their flags." ...
waterfront park ruled mostly non-smoking
PORTSMOUTH Smokers down by the waterfront might find themselves left out of much of the park.
At Monday's City Council meeting, councilors voted to make the bulk of the new Ceres Street Waterfront Pocket Park non-smoking.
The park, which officially opened last Tuesday, June 8, sits along side Poco's Bow Street Cantina with a waterfront view and seating. However, by the request of area restaurants and City Attorney Bob Sullivan, it was brought to the council to make it smoke free on Monday.
Sullivan, with the owners of Poco's Bow Street Cantina, Old Ferry Landing and The Riverhouse Restaurant, took a walk to the park on June 11 to determine the effect of smokers in the area. They were greeted by children playing in the area, which Sullivan said, paved the way for their proposal.
"Everyone present noted it should be non-smoking," he said.
Not close. Yes, cigar.
A cigar tasting event will be allowed to go on this August on city property, thanks to an 11-3 vote Thursday night by the Keene City Council.
CC&H Framing & Cigars, located in Central Square, has held such events in front of the store for the past three years. Its owner, Clark Anderson, wants to do it again this year, setting up a canopy, table and chairs in a few parking spaces.
Anderson had already received permission early this year for a June 5 event. But his request for an Aug. 28 event ran into some resistance over it being contrary to the citys vision of a healthy community.
I have nothing against cigars; I have nothing against a cigar once in a while, said Keene City Councilor Philip M. Jones. Smoking a cigar is a self-serving activity just for the enjoyment in ones self. I think its inconsiderate to smoke cigars in an area where others are going to be affected.
Jones was one of the three voting against the event. He was joined
by councilors Ruth R. Venezia and Janis O. Manwaring. ...
to take up smoking ban
The city may ban smoking near the entrance to city buildings in response to complaints about people lighting up in front of the library.
An ordinance that would ban the use of tobacco products within 50 feet of the main entrance to city buildings will go before the city council in May. In a brief report to th mayor and council, city Solicitor Paul Cavanaugh wrote that smoking had become a problem outside city buildings, "particularly in the entrance area of the City Library."
Library Director Pat Immen said she's been hearing the complaints for a while.
"We've had members of the public comment it's difficult to get into the library, there's so many people standing outside smoking," ...
Moving Ahead With E-cigarette Ban For Youth
Electronic cigarettes are readily available at mall kiosks and the Internet, come in flavors like tobacco, strawberry, chocolate and vanilla, and replace smoking with "vaping."
And though they deliver a dose of nicotine steam, they can still be legally sold to and used by minors.
Mara Zrzavy, a 16-year-old ConVal Regional High School student from Peterborough, thinks that's just wrong, and worries kids her age will view e-cigarettes as cool and become addicted to the nicotine. After they're hooked, some will switch to regular cigarettes, which are cheaper, she said.
"It's like having a new cell phone. It's cool. It's electronic," she said.
Zrzavy and other New Hampshire youth involved in anti-drug programs helped persuade the House to pass a bill barring e-cigarette use by minors and hope the Senate will do the same.
Supporters want lawmakers to apply New Hampshire's law on tobacco products to e-cigarettes. ...
Lawmakers Weigh Smoking Ban For Parks, Beaches
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) ? State lawmakers are considering bills banning smoking at state parks and beaches.
One would ban smoking at the park's public gathering areas, such as the pavilions and restrooms.
At a legislative hearing Thursday, Ted Austin of the Parks and Recreation Department said his agency is not taking a position on the proposal but says it does get complaints about second-hand smoke.
But the acting head of the Cigar Association of New Hampshire, Ed Santamaria,
said the bill would infringe on people's ability to enjoy themselves
in the parks. ...
group says no smoking
This is going to be best for the vast majority of the people we serve, said P. Curtis Hiebert, Keene Housing Authoritys CEO. Hiebert estimated about 20 percent of the housing authoritys adult tenants smoke.
The agency owns or manages 465 residential units in Keene, Swanzey and Winchester for people of low to moderate income.
The indoor smoking ban will go into effect at all of the housing authoritys residential units on April 1, although Hiebert said current tenants who are smokers will have six months before they must stop lighting up inside.
Hiebert described the impetus for the ban which was approved unanimously by the housing authoritys board of commissioners in January as three-fold.
In addition to health concerns, smoking inside also sparks safety risks because of the potential for cigarettes to be improperly disposed. And the cost of readying a smokers apartment for a new, nonsmoking tenant is just phenomenal, Hiebert said.
mixed to possible anti-smoking bill
State Rep. Susan Kepner, D-Hampton, announced last week that she is considering putting forth a bill in the upcoming legislative cycle that would outlaw smoking at playgrounds, outdoor concerts and other places where a significant number of people congregate outdoors.
"I'm still trying to figure out the wording and exactly what it
will entail," Kepner said.
Smoking is also banned in schools, child care agencies, hospitals, grocery stores, elevators, buses, tramways, restaurants and bars.
Beachgoers at Hampton Beach were not thrilled Friday afternoon with the idea of seeing more places where they won't be able to partake in a cigarette. ...
Smoking crushed in Hilltop parks
Smoking is not allowed in public buildings and in Somersworth it is no longer allowed in public parks.
The City Council said Tuesday night there are no "butts" about it. There is no more lighting up in the city's 12 parks and outdoor recreation areas.
The ordinance was well-advised and neighboring communities without a similar restriction would do well to consider following suit.
It is not "nanny" legislation. It is a matter of good health and eliminating a source of trash and setting an example for the city's children. . . .
It doesn't matter how many "butt cans" are placed in an area, there are always people who will treat the space they are in as a public ashtray choosing to crush underfoot, or more likely toss away, the remains of their smoking materials.
Yes, smokers have rights, too. But their rights do not include or at least should not include causing others needless discomfort or endangering the health of others. ...
council bans smoking in parks
SOMERSWORTH The City Council has snuffed out smoking in public parks.
The council voted unanimously on Monday to ban smoking in city parks following a recommendation by the Recreation Committee.
Smoking joins intoxicating beverages, drugs, starting unregulated fires,
launching fireworks, posting signs and other activities that are banned
under the city ordinance governing park behavior. Those who violate
the ordinance may be subject to a $100 fine. ...
approves cigar bar bill on liquor sales
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Cigar bars would be allowed to sell liquor under an exception the Senate has approved to New Hampshire's 2-year-old ban on smoking in public bars and restaurants.
The bill next heads back to the House to review limits the Senate placed on the proposed cigar bar liquor license. The cigar bars could not sell food or allow cigarette smoking on the premises. ...
Cigar bars: Make the term reality
House Bill 392, up for a vote in the Senate tomorrow, would add "tobacco retailers" to the long list of businesses and organizations allowed to obtain a state liquor license. . . .
HB 392 simply allows these shops where people already congregate -- and smoke -- to sell beer. There is no public safety justification for refusing these shops this additional revenue stream, or for refusing smokers this added pleasure. ...