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Oklahoma state law expressly preempts any regulation promulgated to control smoking in public places and to standardize laws that governmental subdivisions may adopt to control smoking. Oklahoma state law prohibits smoking in some indoor workplaces, with exceptions for private offices, separately ventilated smoking rooms, and owner-occupied workplaces not open to the public. Restaurants may have smoking and nonsmoking sections, if they have separately ventilated smoking rooms. Bars are exempt. Smoking is prohibited in other public places. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Oklahoma.

Rich Gililand, a musician from Tulsa, Oklahoma wants his workplaces to be 100% smokefree. Musicians and venue owners across Oklahoma have joined together and formed a statewide movement called Breathe the Music.

2013-2014 State Legislative Session: 2/4/2013 - 5/30/2014 (Est.); Recess: 5/25/2013 - 2/2/2014

State Quitline Number: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

Nonsmokers living with smokers needed for cancer study
Norman Transcript - November 9, 2014

Oklahoma nonsmokers living with smokers have a unique opportunity to participate in an innovative research study designed to determine which types of ...

E-cig vendor branches into cannabis oil
Muskogee Daily Phoenix - November 9, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - As more states approve the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, an Oklahoma electronic cigarette retailer is looking to build a ...

Pryor Creek wins Most Innovative City
Pryor Daily Times - November 8, 2014

The town has secured nutrition grants in several sectors, made the town's tobacco free policy and beefed up Pryor Creek Recreation Center health programs.

Coalition helping locals kick the habit Nov. 20
Tahlequah Daily Press - November 6, 2014

This Nov. 20, area smokers are urged to quit for a day, quit for life and celebrate the Great American Smokeout alongside the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline and Cherokee County Communities of Excellence Tobacco Control Coalition.

City of Stillwater may go smokeless
Stillwater News Press - November 4, 2014

A "basic" ordinance that bans smoking on all city-owned property would make the city ... Completely banning tobacco use would create enforcement issues and ...

City commissioners hear proposal for casino, hotel, entertainment ...
WoodwardNews.net (subscription) - November 4, 2014

The tribal complex would be the office complex for the tribe, separate from the ... in lieu of taxes, since tribal casinos are federally controlled and are tax exempt.

State bans selling e-cigarettes to minors
Enid News & Eagle - November 3, 2014

Legislation went into effect Saturday banning the sale of electronic cigarette and ... "Making these smoking simulation devices illegal for minors means fewer ...

E-cigarettes banned from Comanche County property
KSWO - November 3, 2014

Comanche County commissioners voted Monday morning to add e-cigarettes to the list of restrictions. The new ban will prevent people from using an e-cigarette ...

Proposed smoking ban on city property would start Jan. 1, 2016
Muskogee Daily Phoenix - October 31, 2014

While a consensus was reached regarding the health aspects of the smoking ban on city property, there was some dissent among councilors. Deputy Mayor ...

New laws taking effect Nov 1
KRMG - October 29, 2014

Another change has been made in the e-cigarette business too. Anyone under 18 is not allowed to buy, use or have e-cigs. The law specifies that people cannot ...

At the capital with Rep. Brian Renegar
Mcalester News Capital - October 22, 2014

Four weeks ago North Dakota became the 43rd state to ban texting while driving. I feel that ... 1, 2015, and by 2018 no smoking would be allowed whatsoever.

OU's smoke-free campus is smoke-filled on game days
Oklahoma Daily - October 21, 2014

The law banned tobacco use in public and required buildings to have separate ... However, on game days, smoking becomes especially common, with many .

Tension over education, sales tax grows between Oklahoma and ...
NewsOK.com - October 19, 2014

The city of Shawnee and area tribes such as the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Sac ... over jurisdictional issues including tobacco, taxes, car tags, sales taxes, law .

MEETING - Muskogee City Council
Muskogee Daily Phoenix - October 18, 2014

Ordinance amendment that would declare as non-smoking areas all city property. o Transfer of Davis Field Airport to the Muskogee City-County Port Authority to ...

Lawton bans all tobacco products from city property
KSWO - October 15, 2014

_All tobacco products will soon be banned on Lawton city property, including its ... Tuesday night, the council approved the ordinance, which expands the ban from ... She agrees no one likes smoking, she's smoked her whole life and doesn't like it. ... The ordinance banning all tobacco, lit and unlit, will take place in 29 days.

Lawton tobacco ban expands
KSWO - October 15, 2014

He also noted that this measure is more restrictive than the state law, which allows cities to impose a smoking ban, but not a total ban on tobacco use. However ...

Oklahoma City firm GableGotwal's labor law seminar set for Oct. 22
NewsOK.com - October 15, 2014

Discussions will include new trends in employment law including background and credit checks, electronic cigarettes and lifestyle discrimination. Oklahoman ...

LIVE WELL! Cigarette smoking detracts from city parks
Stillwater News Press - September 28, 2014

The presence of smoking and tobacco litter at parks bothers me for several reasons. First, there is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure; also, secondhand smoke exposure can have immediate health consequences on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. According to Repace Associates, secondhand smoke levels in outdoor public places can reach levels as high as those found in indoor facilities where smoking is permitted. Parks are established to promote an active lifestyle and community wellness tobacco use is not consistent with this goal. So, allowing it in parks does not set a standard of health for our children.

Kirby: Ban Smoking in OK Workplaces
KTOK - September 16, 2014

State Representative Dan Kirby of Tulsa could run a legislative bill, next year, to prohibit smoking in the workplace. "Oklahoma's one of the few states left in the ...

Youths learn anti-tobacco techniques
Muskogee Daily Phoenix - September 9, 2014

However, she said she wanted to extend that ban throughout the community. Kadee said she wanted a ban on second-hand smoke, even outdoors. "Then ...

City council approves special use requests for local businesses
Norman Transcript - August 26, 2014

Plantations was established in Sooner Mall in 1976 by Royal Pipes and Tobacco Co. With the special use approved, the establishment will be able to host ...

Oklahoma health officials worry e-cigarettes may lead youth to ...
NewsOK.com - August 26, 2014

"We have had concern that the use of e-cigs may actually be changing the social norm that has developed over the last couple of decades, which really tells us ...

Tribal Business Owes Oklahoma $47 Million in Smokes Revenue
Indian Country Today Media Network - July 30, 2014

... case in a decade-old dispute regarding nation-to-nation tribal cigarette sales. ... on cigarettes purchased and sales taxes on cigarettes purchased on tribal land by ... several states and the tobacco companies over Medicaid costs in 1998—the ... than $47 million in gross proceeds received for the sale of Seneca cigarettes ...

Sandites Billiards gives local bands a venue to showcase talent
Sand Springs Leader - July 29, 2014

The main room of the business is non-smoking but they do sell and allow E-cigarettes. They also have a smoking room with separate ventilation. The Smiths ...

Proposed FDA E-Cig Regulations Could Have Impact On Oklahoma ...
News On 6 - July 29, 2014

Proposed regulations may not make e-cigs safer, but could, instead, cost vapor ... Whether you smoke e-cigs or not, Tulsans should weigh in on the proposed ...

McCord Adopts 24/7 Tobacco-Free School Policy
Ponca City News - Jul 25, 2014

Now, with the new policy, all students, staff and visitors will be protected from secondhand smoke on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week even when ...

TU receives grant to study indoor air quality in tribal areas
Tulsa World-by Shannon Muchmore - July 24, 2014

TU is one of six organizations receiving a grant to study tribal communities. ..... including smoke from cooking and from cigarettes, during the three-year study.

McCord School adopts 24/7 tobacco-free policy
Pawhuska Journal Capital - July 23, 2014

“I take the tickets at the ball games, and if people are trying to smoke around me, I tell them we are a tobacco-free campus,” recalled one school employee.

ABLE Commission Discusses Vapor Regulation Prohibiting Sales ...
KGOU - Jul 19, 2014

Members of the Alcoholic Beverage Law Enforcement Commission hear a presentation Friday on the agencys preparation for enforcing a new law governing vapor products. SB1602 passed by the legislature and signed into law places the products under the Youth Access to Tobacco Act for which ABLE is the lead law enforcement ...

Cherokees plan to build casino in South Coffeyville
Tulsa World - July 18, 2014

During his remarks at the regular July meeting of the Cherokee Tribal Council, ..... That figure includes gas stations, smoke shops and other tribally-run sites that ...

Salina tobacco ban signals support from CN
Pryor Daily Times - July 16, 2014

The board took it a step further to ban all tobacco products from city buildings. ... by the City of Salina or by the Salina Public Works Authority is hereby banned.” ... As with most cities enacting a smoking ban ordinance, the protocol is left up to ...

Indian Nations Law Focus: Selected Court Decisions-July 2014
The National Law Review - July 15, 2014

The Second Circuit affirmed: “It is well-settled that claims by an Indian tribe alleging ..... Oklahoma's Complementary Act, a law that required cigarette manufacturers who ... sales to the Muskogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma, which resold cigarettes to ... which provides that “[n] o money accruing from any lease or sale of lands .

INTEGRIS recognized by WorkHealthy Hospitals
Miami News Record - July 11, 2014

In order to receive this recognition, INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center has a tobacco-free worksite policy and provides to their employees the most ...

Hello to the citizens of district 86
Grandlakenews - July 9, 2014

Stores licensed to sell vapor products that violate the youth access to tobacco act, and fail to pay the associated fine, will have their sales tax permit suspended.

County Free Fair is on horizon; dealing with secondhand smoke [VIDEO]
Waurikanewsdemocrat - July 3, 2014

Here are a couple of health tips from the OSU Wellness Center, the first concerns secondhand smoke. The heart and blood vessels are extremely sensitive to toxic chemicals in secondhand smoke. According to some studies, secondhand smoke can increase the ...

Doctor warns of e-cigarette risk: poison control calls up 600% [VIDEO]
KOKH FOX25 - June 23, 2014

It can kill you child with just a sip. Doctors are warning parents about their liquid e-cigarette refills, which can vary in the amount of nicotine inside. "It's just as deadly as a gun, it's just as deadly as any other chemical you have in your house," said OU Children's ER physician Dr. Ryan Brown. The e-cigarette, or vaping, industry is booming in Oklahoma, even more than in other states. "Oklahoma is at the forefront of the vaping industry," said Chairman of the Oklahoma Vapor Advocacy League Sean Gore.

Adding e-cigarettes to tobacco free policy is good move ($$)
Cowetaamerican - June 16, 2014

Adding e-cigarettes to tobacco free policy is good move.

Did Tribal Sovereign Immunity Dodge A Bullet?
KGOU - June 6, 2014

...“The case focuses on whether the Court should modify the doctrine of tribal ... avoid paying taxes for which they're legally liable, taking advantage in the tobacco ...

Tobacco, E-Cigarettes banned in Guthrie
KOCO Oklahoma - June 5, 2014

Recently, the Guthrie City Council approved an ordinance banning tobacco and ... According to city officials, if you're caught smoking you could face up to a ...

Caravan Cattle Company dance hall plans to go no-smoking
Tulsa World-by Jerry Wofford - June 5, 2014

... dance hall, 7901 E. 41st St., plans to ban smoking at Caravan starting this weekend. ... He said a new large, well-lit area outside will be designated for smokers, and more ... on the Oklahoma Legislature to make a move and expand smoking bans. Eventually the pros outweighed the cons, and with inaction on smoking ...

Coalition joins worldwide stop-smoking effort
Mustang News (blog) - May 29, 2014

Canadian County's anti-smoking coalition has gone international in its efforts to help residents become tobacco-free. Canadian County Against Tobacco ...

World No Tobacco Day slated for Saturday
Daily Ardmoreite - May 29, 2014

... suffering from associated diseases and adversely affects the health of thousands of nonsmokers, including children and those with asthma and heart disease.

Coalition encourages public parks to be tobacco free ($$)
Cowetaamerican - May 12, 2014

The Wagoner County Tobacco Use Prevention Coalition is embarking on an effort to declare public parks within the city as tobacco free zones.

FDA regulations have little effect on local business
Tulsa Business - May 1, 2014

The FDA recently announced a number of proposed regulations for electronic cigarettes. The proposed regulations prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and ...

Gov. Fallin vetoes 15 House bills
Edmond Sun April 30, 2014

... Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, liquor industry regulations and a bill that ... tax cut, pension reform measures and a ban on youth access to e-cigarettes, ...

Tulsa World Editorial: Vaping sales ban for kids is good, but not good enough
Tulsa World - April 29, 2014

As of Nov. 1, it will be illegal to sell electronic cigarettes or similar "vaping" products to anyone under age 18 in the state. Electronic cigarettes are a new fad. They use batteries to heat a liquid that typically includes nicotine for inhaling. Users get the rush of a cigarette without the tar or carbon monoxide.

Oklahoma at the Front Lines of The E-Cigarette Debate and Other ...
TIME - April 28, 2014

Are e-cigarettes the ultimate tobacco cessation tool or merely a fruity-flavored gateway to a new generation of addiction, illness, and health care costs? The front ...

Where Vapor Comes Sweeping Down the Plain: E-Cigarettes Take Hold in Oklahoma
Business Day - The New Smoke
New York Times April 26, 2014

Nick Whitson, who is 32 and covered with enigmatic tattoos the number 13, an upside-down cross stood in front of a table scattered with dozens of bottles of colorful liquids and a handful of syringes, preparing to mix Trevor Curren his usual. What has made Oklahoma a vaping hub is a heavy concentration of smokers, many desperate to quit, who are creating both demand and supply. Converts to e-cigarettes are taking advantage of the relatively low cost of starting a business to become zealous sellers.

Governor Fallin Vetoes Some, Signs Others
Bartlesville Radio - April 26, 2014

The e-cigarette bill places into statute a definition of "vapor product" and ... She vetoed a bill to restrict the sale to minors of "compressed gas dusters," such as ...

Gov. Mary Fallin signs bill banning sale of e-cigs to minors
Tulsa World - April 26, 2014

The sale of vapor products or electronic cigarettes to minors will be banned in Oklahoma under a law signed Friday by Gov. Mary Fallin.

A Tulsa E-Cigarette Seller Reacts to Federal Regulations
Public Radio Tulsa - April 25, 2014

He doesn't oppose regulation, in fact, he believes the rules, especially in regard to the liquids inside the e-cigs, should be stricter. The rules will not ban ads or ...

Local e-cigarette company CEO, Cancer Action Network respond to ...
kjrh.com - April 24, 2014

Paul also says his shops already have a policy in place banning the sale of e-cigs to minors. He says the regulations will help push the irresponsible retailers ...

Throwback Tulsa: Critic found Tulsa rock fans appalling in 1974
Tulsa World (blog) - April 24, 2014

Smoking of any kind should be banned from indoor events, the editorial said. ... Forty years later, aside from the smoking ban, not much has really changed.

Bill addressing smoking at veterans centers sent to Governor
Cowetaamerican - April 18, 2014

Pat Ownbey, will permit smoking by the residents of the centers until January 2018. ... Fallin banned smoking on all state property, including the state's veterans ...

Smoking in Enid's public parks may be banned by city
Enid News & Eagle - April 18, 2014

But, there is no ordinance on the books specifically banning smoking in parks. ... We also agree a ban would be hard to enforce, but we still like the idea, and ..

House Approves Smoking Exception For Oklahoma Veterans ...
KGOU - April 17, 2014

Ownbey said approximately 250 veterans were affected by the smoking ban, ... Fallin issued an executive order banning smoking on all state properties in 2012, ..

Tulsa World Editorial: Ban vaping sales to children, equalize taxes ...
Tulsa World - April 17, 2014

A watered-down bill to regulate sales of e-cigarettes has passed the state House. Senate Bill 1602 passed on a 87-0 vote. It would block sales of electronic ...

Cancer, wellness summit set for April 17
Cherokee Phoenix - April 16, 2014

While at the summit, OSTAH plans to discuss obesity in Indian youth, electronic cigarettes and smoke-free casinos. The summit is free and available to anyone ...

Ordinance to kick butts being studied
Enid News & Eagle - April 15, 2014

ENID, Okla. In the coming weeks, Enid City Commission could vote to ban smoking in public parks. Benson said he would include an ordinance on a future agenda. Ward 5 Commissioner Tammy Wilson asked that it also include a prohibition on the use of so-called vapor or e-cigarettes.

School board OKs 2.5% raises for Papillion-La Vista administrators
Omaha World-Herald - April 15, 2014

The board also discussed a name for a new elementary and whether to ban electronic cigarettes from school property. The school is to be built in the North ...

Oklahoma Could Outlaw Sales of E-Cigarettes to Those Under 18
Public Radio Tulsa - April 11, 2014

Under a compromise bill passed by the Oklahoma House, sales of electronic cigarettes or similar vapor products to those under 18 would be banned.

Council weighs water rationing options
Duncan Banner - April 9, 2014

Passed a resolution that allows the use of e-cigarette vapor devices outdoors on city property, except at Abe Raizin Park, where vapers will be required to be in designated smoking areas to inhale their various flavored vapors. Because vapers typically are ex-smokers who use the vapor devices to replace tobacco, they preferred not to be assigned to a smoking area, but they succeeded in heading off a total ban on outdoor vaping in city parks. The resolution prohibits indoor vaping on city property and within 25-feet of a door to city property. The resolution was opposed only by Councilman Ricky Mayes who said vaping sets a bad example for youths and can be used for illegal marijuana use.

Dewey Changes Ordinance
Bartlesville Radio - April 8, 2014

The Dewey City council approved a change to city ordinances Monday evening that affects smokers of e-cigarettes. After hearing and approving an extension appeal for dilapidation consideration from Larry Kerns, the city approved a change to city ordinances regarding tobacco use in city buildings, vehicles, and parks. The change adds e-cigarettes to the ordinance, banning their use in those spaces. City Manager Kevin Trease says this move is in line with what the state has done.

Ban e-cig use in public spaces
Muskogee Daily Phoenix - April 8, 2014

Electronic cigarettes should be treated as other tobacco products are by restricting their use in public spaces.

Council may cut local vapers some slack
Duncan Banner - April 8, 2014

DUNCAN The Duncan City Council today will consider a resolution to allow the use of electronic vapor devices outdoors on city-owned property, except for Abe Raizen Sports Complex. If the resolution is approved, it would prohibit the indoor use of e-cigarettes indoors on city-owned property. A proposal two weeks ago to amend the citys smoking resolution was to prohibit the vaping on city property, both indoors and outdoors, but the council agreed to reconsider after the head of the Oklahoma Vapor Advocacy League asked them to rethink the ban.

Teens help fight tobacco use
Rapid City Journal March 30, 2014

Students at Takini School in Howes joined thousands across the country to fight tobacco use for Kick Butts Day March 19. The teens hosted skits identifying the dangers of tobacco use. But for many of those participating, they were doing more than telling others not to tackle a dangerous habit. They were discussing how to avoid an addiction they themselves had developed at very young ages.

City of Tulsa also talking about smoking ban in parks
KRMG - April 7, 2014

So we asked Mayor Dewey Bartlett if the CITY of Tulsa might also look at a ban on smoking in city parks. And he said it merits discussion. "The park environment ...

Broken Arrow Considers Banning Tobacco At City Parks
News On 6 - April 6, 2014

BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma - Broken Arrow parks could be tobacco free by the end of summer. Esmond said the city has yet to decide if that ban will include electronic cigarettes.
He said they simply need to do more research.

Vape debate alive in Duncan
Duncan Banner - April 6, 2014

In Duncan a few weeks ago, the City Council considered regulating vaping, sometimes known as e-cigarettes, just as they did tobacco smoking, by prohibitings its use in or on city-owned property -- including parks. There were a few complaints at the local senior citizens center about people vaping too close to the front door. The council postponed making a decision after the whole vaping phenomenon was explained to them by Sean Gore, chairman and president of the Oklahoma Vapor Advocacy League, the first such organization in the United States. It mimics smoking, it looks like smoking, but its not smoking, Gore said.

No-tobacco ordinance considered for parks in Tulsa County
Tulsa World - April 4, 2014

I cannot see the reasoning for banning outdoor smoking, other than to appease the ... I have noticed that there are places who ban the use of these and I will not utilize their services. ... Smoking is already banned indoors, not outside as well.

Blair City Park gets in shape with Certified Healthy Oklahoma grants
Altus Times - April 4, 2014

... physical activity, consuming more fresh fruits and vegetables, sidewalk development for increased mobility, and making all City owned properties tobacco free.

E-Cigs Cause Poisoning
Patheos (blog) - April 4, 2014

I encounter the lying part from my personal experiences with the debate over e-cigs in the Oklahoma legislature. We've had a two-year battle over attempts by ...

Broken Arrow Considering Banning Tobacco at Parks
KTUL - April 3, 2014

The Tobacco Free Coalition for Tulsa County will make a presentation on why they think the city should have tobacco-free parks. City officials will use feedback ...

City wrapping up hotel deal
Enid News & Eagle - March 31, 2014

Study session topics include an update on the downtown hotel, the fire department's deferral program, water rights, smoke-free parks and a financial update.

Fair organizers busily prepare for 38th annual Medieval Fair
Norman Transcript - March 29, 2014

Fair visitors should be aware City of Norman's ordinances prohibit smoking in city parks. Alcoholic beverages also are prohibited. Pets are allowed, though not ...

Several Oklahoma Cities Ban E-Cigs On Public Property
News On 6 - March 27, 2014

Several Green Country cities are banning e-cigarettes on public property. ... some of the Green Country cities that have banned e-cigarettes on city property. ... Some say that money is why both Tahlequah and Skiatook passed these bans. ... "Vaping does not have the secondhand smoke like smoking does, so I don't see ...

E-Cigarettes and their hidden dangers
Wallowa County Cheiftain - March 27, 2014

Oklahoma City, Okla. -- (KFOR) The number of kids getting their hands on liquid nicotine used to refill e-cigarettes and being rushed to the emergency room ...

Oklahoma Vapor Advocacy League Pushes For E-Cig Regulation
news9.com KWTV - March 26, 2014

EDMOND, Oklahoma -. The leader of the local "Vaping" community speaks out, a day after the Director of Oklahoma's Poison Control Center warned of the ...

Child poisoned after ingesting liquid nicotine [VIDEO]
FOX 8 News WVUE-TV - March 26, 2014

A mom says her 4-year-old son got terribly sick after drinking some of the liquid nicotine used to refill her e-cigarettes. The number of kids getting their hands on liquid nicotine used to refill e-cigarettes and being rushed to the emergency room grows each year. Ren Gaulrapp's son was one of them. "We hear a little noise, come in and he has taken the lid off of all of them and has this liquid everywhere," she said. "He's got it all over him. He`s been eating it. The liquid itself is very sweet. There`s not really anything in it in the lower nicotine levels that are going to discourage a child from wanting to play in them." He vomited all day and then suffered painful withdrawal symptoms. But doctors said he was lucky Gaulrapp's e-liquid had low nicotine level

Okla. Poison Center: Exposure To Liquid Nicotine Can Be Dangerous
news9.com KWTV - March 25, 2014

A new danger related to e-cigarettes is being felt all over Oklahoma. It's related to the liquid form of nicotine e-cigarettes use. Oklahoma Poison Center Director Scott Schaffer said the liquid nicotine people buy in refill bottles at vape stores can be very dangerous. He said in the past year, his call center has received 27 calls from people who were exposed to liquid nicotine. Twenty-four of those cases involved young children.

Tahlequah street commissioner defends work record
Tahlequah Daily Press - March 25, 2014

During Monday evenings special city council meeting, councilors also: Approved an ordinance prohibiting electronic cigarettes on city property.

BROKEN ARROW: Public meeting set to discuss tobacco-free parks
Tulsa World (blog) - March 24, 2014

A public meeting will be held next week to provide information about tobacco-free parks. Broken Arrow's Department of Recreation, Parks, Cultural Affairs and ...

Public meeting on tobacco free parks
Broken Arrow Ledger - March 24, 2014

Individuals from the Tobacco Free Coalition for Tulsa County will be at the meeting to present information on why Broken Arrow parks should be tobacco free.

City officials eye possible tobacco restriction
KSWO - March 19, 2014

_ City officials in Lawton are expected to consider a ban on all smoking on city ... to improve upon, from installing new walkways to implementing smoking bans.

How safe is your E-Cigarette and/or vapor product?
Tulsa Native American Times - March 19, 2014

Among e-cigarettes and vapor products, the chemical and nicotine content vary greatly. These unregulated products may provide uncontrolled doses of harmful ... If you are around somebody who is using e-cigarettes, you are breathing an aerosol of exhaled nicotine, ultra-fine particles, volatile organic compounds, and other toxins. Dr. Stanton Glantz, Director for the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. At least 10 chemicals identified in e-cigarette aerosol are on Californias Proposition 65 list of carcinogens and reproductive toxins, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. The compounds that have already been identified in mainstream or secondhand e-cigarette aerosol include: Acetaldehyde (MS), Benzene (SS), Cadmium (MS), Formaldehyde (MS, SS), Isoprene (SS), Nickel (MS), Nicotine (MS, SS), N-Nitrosonornicotine (MS, SS), Toluene (MS, SS). Terry Cline, Oklahoma Health Secretary, disagrees, saying e-cigarettes are not marked as cessation products and should not be treated as such until further study can be done. Cline added secondhand smoke from e-cigarettes can, in fact, be harmful. It is a myth that the vapor is on a water vapor. ...

Oklahoma attorney general didn't join anti-tobacco movement
NewsOK.com - March 17, 2014

For example, in the 1990's, State Attorneys General sued the major cigarette ... underage tobacco use by discouraging such use and by preventing youth access to ... to the prevention of sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products to minors.

Legislators talk education, e-cigs, water
Daily Ardmoreite - March 16, 2014

Frank Simpson, R-Ardmore, talked about efforts to prevent youth access to e-cigarettes. Simpson and Ownbey have worked on legislation, although Simpson ...

City Council in Tahlequah, OK looks again at E-Cigarette ban
City-sentinel - March 13, 2014

The Tahlequah City Council discussed a ban ordinance on Monday (March 3), but ... Action League (OVAL) said, “Lumping e-cigarettes in with smoking would be a ... Gore has guided efforts to oppose e-cigarette bans throughout the Sooner State. ... an executive order banning personal use of e-cigarettes on state property.

COMMENTARY: Battle over E-cigarettes in Oklahoma is getting lost ...
City-sentinel - March 13, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — As a new legislative week begins at the Oklahoma Capitol, proposals are advancing to clarify that e-cigarettes are products that cannot be ...

Oklahoma House Takes Up E-Cigs Regulation
Budget & Tax News - March 12, 2014

... Two bills would place some regulation of e-cig sales within the same broad title of state law as tobacco products, while fashioning regulatory limitations and some protections for the devices. Either of those could represent a slowing of the anti-e-cigarette juggernaut in Oklahoma over the past year, financed in large part by a state government agency.

OUR VIEW: Ban smoking in bars, restaurants
Stillwater News Press - March 11, 2014

STILLWATER, Okla. Several initiatives in recent years add to Stillwater's growing reputation as a city of health and wellness. Many years ago, Oklahoma State University became a tobacco-free school, and its Breathe Easy program for smoking cessation continues to be one of the most successful programs at a university striving to be America's healthiest campus Is it time for the state to enact a law banning smoking, including e-cigs, from bars and restaurants?

OK House takes up regulations on e-cigs
Oklahoma Watchdog - March 10, 2014

Two of the bills would place some regulation of e-cig sales within the same broad title of state law as tobacco products, while fashioning regulatory limitations and some protections for the devices. Either of those could represent a slowing of the anti-e-cigarette juggernaut in Oklahoma over the past year, financed in large part by a state government agency. Most notable of the pending bills, perhaps, is House Bill 3104, by state Reps. Mike Jackson, R-Enid, and Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, which would ban youth sales of vapor products which may or may not contain nicotine. Jackson is speaker pro tem for the Republican majority in the House.

State representative Pat Ownbey to run for re-election
KXII-TV - March 9, 2014

Ownbey is also the author of a bill to ban the use of e-cigarettes by minors and a bill to make prescription drugs subject to trafficking laws. This year's election will ...

Consultant: Oklahoma has a chance to sensibly regulate e-cigarettes
The Oklahoman – March 7, 2014

Oklahoma is at the precipice of determining how to tax and regulate electronic cigarettes. Several bills filed at the Legislature would tax ...

Tobacco board approves 1-year community grants
Journal Record (subscription) - March 7, 2014

The initiative focuses on supporting healthy, tobacco-free organizations and environments, reducing youth tobacco use and promoting effective tobacco ...

Rotary luncheon recognizes wellness promotion efforts
Muskogee Daily Phoenix - March 6, 2014

Baker said his priority for the next year is promoting a tobacco-free city. “Folks, we can make this happen, politics aside, elections are over. It is time for us to step ...

Legislation to ban underage e-cigarette use ready for House vote
Cowetaamerican - March 3, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY Legislation that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and set a penalty for such sales is available for a vote on the floor of the ...

Walmart Rolling Out Vapor Products In Oklahoma
News On 6 - February 24, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY - Mistic vapors will be sold at Wal-marts throughout the country later this year. But right now Oklahoma gets the vapes first, and the vapor community is not surprised. Vape shops are the primary locations to buy exactly what they're named after, E-cigarettes and vapors.

Okla. Bill Would Buck E-Cigarette Tax Trend
Law360 (subscription) - February 19, 2014

Law360, New York (February 19, 2014, 2:58 PM ET) -- The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday moved closer to permanently exempting electronic cigarettes from the ...

Oklahoma bill would set tax policy for 'vapor' products
KOCO Oklahoma City - February 19, 2014

Electronic cigarettes and other vapor products would continue to be subjected to sales taxes, and not tobacco excise taxes, under a bill approved by a Senate ...

Bill to keep e-cigarettes, 'vapor' products from being taxed like tobacco clears Senate panel
Greenfield Daily Reporter - February 19, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY Electronic cigarettes and other vapor products would continue to be subjected to sales taxes, and not tobacco excise taxes, under a bill ...

Editorial: City's smoking suggestion good, as long as both sides are taken into consideration
Chickasha Express Star - February 17, 2014

We find the notion of Chickasha City Council's plan to ban tobacco products on city property to be refreshing

Council looks at banning smoking on city property
Chickasha Express Star - February 14, 2014

"We are considering making all city properties smoke free," Mayor Hank Ross said. "We hope to construct an ordinance and bring this up for vote in March.".

Editorial: E-cigs have not been proven safe
Journal Record (subscription) - February 10, 2014

The cigarette lobbyists now flooding the Oklahoma Capitol will argue that no one has proven e-cigarettes are dangerous. The problem is that no one has proven them safe, either, and that should be reason enough to restrict their sale and marketing in the same way we restrict tobacco products.

LIVE WELL: Glencoe students make school tobacco free
Stillwater News Press - February 9, 2014

Schools create powerful environments for promoting nonsmoking norms and therefore should be the forerunners for preventing students from using tobacco at ...

Grove Bans Electronic Cigarettes on City Owned Properties
Four States Homepage - January 27, 2014

Electronic cigarettes have been banned on state owned properties in Oklahoma. Grove city leaders have also banned the product on city-owned properties.

Oklahoma lawmakers target e-cigarettes for regulation
Tulsa World - January 27, 2014

Britnie Brock thought she had come up with a great plan: the business model of an e-cigarette store combined with the convenience of a snowcone shack. But that competition isn't the only issue facing e-cigarette proprietors. Proposed legislation removing the access of minors to the product which most businesses are in favor of as well as how the product is taxed are set to be heard next month.

Are E-Cigarettes The New Addiction?
news9.com KWTV - January 24, 2014

Thousands of Oklahomans are trading smoke for vapor with electronic cigarettes. They're marketed as safe, but how do we know? E-cigs look very similar to ...

E-cigarettes hot topic at Oklahoma Legislature
Tulsa (OK) World - January 23, 2014

A joint legislative panel heard the benefits and criticisms of electronic cigarettes as a means to reduce smoking levels Wednesday.

Nitzkin on the benefits of e-cigarettes
R Street (OK) - January 23, 2014

Oklahoma Citys KFOR NewsChannel 4 carried this report on the Jan. 21 joint hearing of the Oklahoma Senate Committee on Health and Human Services and the Oklahoma House Committee on Public Health on e-cigarettes and the value of tobacco harm reduction. The included a snippet of the testimony offered by R Street Senior Fellow Dr. Joel Nitzkin. If we are going to do better in terms of reducing illness, death and addiction from cigarettes and other nicotine products, we need a fundamentally new approach, Nitzkin told the study group.

Joint legislative hearing to investigate electronic cigarettes for ...
Daily Ardmoreite - January 22, 2014

E-Cigarette, or “vapor” advocates, along with public health officials, are scheduled to make presentations beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Senate Chamber.

E-Cigarette hearing scheduled at state Capitol
KOKI FOX 23 - January 22, 2014

Among those scheduled to speak are advocates for the e-cigarettes and vapor devices, as well as public health officials. Legislators last year attempted to place ...

Legislative health panels to study e-cigs, vaping
KXII-TV (OK) - January 22, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A joint House and Senate hearing on the use of electronic cigarettes and vapor devices is scheduled at the state Capitol. Members of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services and the House Committee on Public Health will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Senate chamber.

E-cigarettes prompt debate at Oklahoma Capitol
NewsOK.com - January 22, 2014

Public health and tobacco industry officials passionately discussed the potential benefits and risks of expanded e-cigarette use Wednesday during a joint legislative hearing at the state Capitol.

E-cigarettes should be allowed to cure addictions
Daily O'Collegian - January 21, 2014

Cigarette smoking kills more Americans than any other health problem
The annual death toll is about 440,000, meaning that “cigarette smoking is responsible ...

E-Cigarettes: What you don't know could hurt you
kfor.com - January 20, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY - In a short time, electronic cigarettes and vaporizers have grown from a curiosity into a $1.7 billion-a-year industry in the U.S. As vape shops spread across the metro, 33 now operate within Oklahoma City limits. Many Oklahomans are concerned about possible health risks.

Staff Editorial: Regents should reconsider e-cigarettes
Daily O'Collegian - January 15, 2014

...Almost 1,200 American colleges have banned traditional cigarettes on campus, including OSU, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights ...

County to uphold e-cigarette ban
Sapulpa Daily Herald - January 14, 2014

...In other actions the board members discussed banning the use of electronic cigarettes at select county properties that dovetail with state government operations....

Muscogee County schools ban e-cigarettes on school property
WRBL - January 13, 2014

The FDA is expected to release regulations for electronic cigarettes sometime early this year, but the Muscogee County School District is not waiting for federal ...

Rate of lung cancer in Oklahoma drops
NewsOK.com - January 10, 2014

Oklahoma has seen a decrease in the number of residents developing lung cancer, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis released today. The state saw the largest decrease among men and women who were 55 to 64 years old.

Okla. governor's tribal liaison issues first report
Tulsa Native American Times - January 9, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma-based Indian tribes have reached agreements with the state on burn bans, policing, smoke-free casinos and the installation ...

Oklahoma governor, tribe work out tobacco tax terms
NewsOK.com - January 9, 2014

In 2012, the governor's office began renegotiating compacts with all the tribes. Some agreed to unusual stipulations, such as agreeing to a smoke-free casino, to receive a better rate. Michael McNutt, a spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin, said final details of what the Comanche Nation will do in return for the rate provided are still being worked out. ...

Faux-smoke free city
Oklahoma Gazette - January 8, 2014

Here we go with more regulations from Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. This time, she's banning by executive order all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices on ...

County to uphold e-cigarette ban
Sapulpa Daily Herald - January 7, 2014

...In other actions the board members discussed banning the use of electronic cigarettes at select county properties that dovetail with state government operations....

Okla. governor's new tribal liaison issues first report, touts improved ...
Daily Journal - January 7, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma-based Indian tribes have reached agreements with the state on burn bans, policing, smoke-free casinos and the installation of ...

E-Cigarette Ban in Oklahoma; Not Affecting Texas Sales
KFDX - January 4, 2014

The new e-cig ban in Oklahoma hasn't slowed down business in Texas. There are some customers concerned about it mostly our customers that come in that are state employees are concerned about it because that means they can't use it in places that they frequent, says Stogies Sales Associate Mike Lewis. ...

Electronic Cigarettes Banned on Oklahoma State Property
5newsonline.com - January 2, 2014

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has issued an order banning the use of ... looks like smoke creating confusion and making it a challenge to enforce certain bans. ... Oklahoma joins the Fort Smith Public Libraries which voted in October to ban ...

Group protests executive order banning e-cigarettes
Daily Ardmoreite - January 2, 2014

No signs were carried, no bras were burned and no paint was thrown on clothing. But in terms of protest, 23 people spoke with one voice against a recent executive order by Gov. Mary Fallin that banned the use of e-cigarettes and vapor smoking devices on state property. The order took effect Wednesday.

Protesters blast Fallin's order banning e-cigarettes on state property
Tulsa World - January 2, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin's recent ban on the use of electronic cigarettes on state property drew about 30 protesters to the Capitol on New Year's Day.

COMMENTARY: Few dare call it bribery: Grants, e-cigs, and another brick in the wall
City-sentinel - December 14, 2013

The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) is cajoling and pressuring local communities into equating e-cigarettes and similar products (personal vaporizers as fans call them) with tobacco. Maybe I should have figured out what TSET was up to when Jonathan Small, policy vice president for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, said TSETs recent actions demonizing and profiling e-cigarettes are yet more evidence of the need for strict oversight and a complete overhaul of TSET and its activities. TSET should be about real and lasting solutions for health care, not the selective discriminatory efforts of biased bureaucrats.

E-cig ban draws divided opinions
Daily O'Collegian - December 9, 2013

The regents of the university voted unanimously on a ban that has taken away the use of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigs. Other newly banned items ...

Oklahoma communities ban e-cigarettes with grant money in mind
The Oklahoman - December 8, 2013

The allure of big grants through a community health program motivated several cities recently to ban electronic cigarettes from city-owned properties. Ada and Shawnee narrowly passed measures despite opposition from community members, e-cigarette users and vapor shop owners. Tahlequah attempted to pass a ban, but tabled the issue. Oklahoma City is now cautiously considering a ban.

OSU regents ban e-cigarettes, vapor devices, hookahs from Stillwater campus
The Oklahoman - December 7, 2013

The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M Colleges voted Friday to prohibit hookahs, electronic cigarettes, vapor devices, and clove cigarettes from the Stillwater campus. ...

OSU Bans E-Cigarettes on Stillwater Campus
Public Radio Tulsa - December 7, 2013

LANGSTON, Okla. (AP) The Oklahoma State University/A and M Board of Regents have approved a ban on electronic cigarettes and other smoking devices on the Stillwater campus.

Mooreland school campuses now officially tobacco free
WoodwardNews.net (subscription) - December 4, 2013

Mooreland Superintendent Terry Kellner recently announced his district's decision to officially make Mooreland School campuses totally tobacco free.

Healdton Parks Are Now Tobacco Free
KTEN - November 21, 2013

CARTER COUNTY, OKLAHOMA -- Temperatures dropped across Carter County Thursday afternoon, and many residents are gearing up for colder weather.

SGA discusses banning e-cigarettes on campus
Daily O'Collegian - November 14, 2013

The Student Government Association met Wednesday evening with a heavy plate of topics to discuss first of which was the banning of electronic cigarettes on campus. After one month in Stillwater, Oklahoma State Universitys chief of wellness officer is wasting no time in continuing to keep campus healthy.

Another OK town considers e-cigarette ban
Watchdog.org - November 1, 2013

After recent passage of bans on electronic products in Ada and Shawnee , critics have pointed out a link between ordinances banning e-smoking products and ...

'Vape' activists seek 'less insane' e-cigarette law
Watchdog.org - November 13, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY — Those who love to “vape” — enjoy a non-tobacco electronic smoking device, or e-cigarette — are waging a battle for tolerance in an ...

Office Visit: E-cigarettes and anti-smoking policies
Journal Record (subscription) November 12, 2013

Our policy states that the smoking and use of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes (e cigarettes, vapor cigarettes) are prohibited in all Mercy facilities ...

Should Restaurants Ban Electronic Cigarettes?
KOKH FOX25 (Oklahoma City, OK) - November 6, 2013

And in England, they are faced with the same question: Should restaurants allow e-cigarettes? Though there is no real smoke, the Daily Mail reports that some diners are being put off by the odorless vapor given off by the electronic version.

City Council mulls e-cigarette restriction
Tahlequah Daily Press - November 5, 2013

TAHLEQUAH — More than 100 people packed into Tahlequah City Hall Monday evening to debate a proposed ordinance that would prohibit electronic ...

Bixby councilors eye outdoor smoking ban on city property
Tulsa World - November 5, 2013

Smoking soon could be banned indoors and outdoors at all city-owned and -operated property in Bixby. Grant money from the program can be used for any healthy initiative. This year, the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust approved grants to 21 communities totaling $191,000.

First Tobacco Free Sign Installed in Sand Springs
KTUL - November 1, 2013

Sand Springs city leaders gathered Friday as the first Tobacco Free sign was installed. City councilors made the decision about a year ago when a measure was approved to ban tobacco products from all properties owned, leased or managed by the parks system.

Public responding to decision to ban e-cigarettes from city property
Mcalester News Capital - October 30, 2013

Ada Shortly after the Ada City Council outlawed electronic cigarettes on public property, the owners of Ada Vapors fielded at least 20 calls a day from ...

Oklahoma Town Bans E-Cigarettes on Public Property - Hit & Run
Reason Magazine - October 30, 2013

...Michael Siegel, who supports vaping as a harm-reducing alternative to smoking, notes that "we actually have a much better idea what is in electronic cigarette vapor than what is in tobacco smoke." As a result, Sullum wrote, imposing these regulations ...

E-cigarettes getting notice
Norman Transcript - October 30, 2013

NORMAN — It didn't take long for the electronic cigarettes craze to make a blip on the public policy radar screens. First, Oklahoma State University regents took ...

Ada bans electronic cigarettes on public property
Tulsa World - October 29, 2013

ADA Electronic cigarettes will be banned from public property beginning Nov. 20 after the Ada City Council narrowly amended the city's tobacco ordinance.

E-cigarettes to be banned in Oklahoma town
KOKI FOX 23 - October 29, 2013

ADA, Okla. (AP) Ada is banning electronic cigarettes from public property beginning Nov. 20 after the city council narrowly amended its tobacco ordinance. Elsewhere in the state, Oklahoma State University officials delayed a proposal to ban e-cigarettes on campus last week. An e-cigarette ban already is in place at ...

E-cigarette users fuming over ban on Ada city property
kfor.com - October 28, 2013

Electronic cigarettes are devices that use a small battery to vaporize a liquid solution of flavored nicotine. Starting November 21st, the use of e-cigarettes will be ...

World-Herald editorial: Be sensible with e-cigs
Omaha World-Herald - October 28, 2013

Electronic cigarettes have been marketed as safer ways for smokers to get their fixes without smoke, though few e-cigarette safety claims have been verified ...

Ada's ban on tobacco use includes e-cigarettes
City-sentinel - October 25, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY The city of Ada really has it out for smokers, even those who choose to go smokeless with e-cigarettes. After receiving assurances that a measure on Monday's meeting of the City Council would be an age restriction that extended to electronic cigarettes, defenders ...

Editorial: Electronic cigarettes in need of regulation
Tulsa World - October 25, 2013

E-cigarettes are legal and growing in popularity, and they need to be regulated. For a variety of reasons, Tulsa smokers are turning to the "vapor" electronic cigarettes, which give them the nicotine they crave and the physical sensation of inhaling without cigarettes, their smoke, their carbon dioxide or their tar. The battery-operated devices convert liquid nicotine into an inhalable mist.

OSU proposal to ban e-cigarettes is put on holds
Tulsa World - October 25, 2013

STILLWATER - Oklahoma State University officials are delaying a proposal to ban e-cigarettes on campus. In a statement released Thursday afternoon, OSU ...

CU Banning Use of Popular E-Cigarettes
KSWO - October 24, 2013

LAWTON Okla_ Electronic cigarettes have become popular among people trying to cut back on smoking or to quit altogether, but recently some businesses in Oklahoma City have started banning e-cigarettes. Oklahoma State University is considering it, too. That trend has made it to Southwest Oklahoma and even to Cameron University. Cameron University has temporarily banned the use of e-cigarettes in all buildings on campus, but they can be used outside. Cameron said they want to do more research about e-cigs before they decide whether this ban will be permanent.

Editorial: Smoking vets
Tulsa World - October 24, 2013

The state ought to be lenient in dealing with smoking residents of state veterans home.

OSU eyes ban on e-cigarettes on campus
The Lawton Constitution - October 24, 2013

STILLWATER (AP) Oklahoma State University plans to ask its governing board to ban the use of electronic cigarettes on campus. The proposal is set to go before the Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M Colleges at a meeting Friday. In 2007, the university banned the use of all tobacco on campus, but the prohibition didn't extend to e-cigarettes, which resemble traditional cigarettes but emit vapor instead of smoke.

Oklahoma town bans e-cigarettes on public property
Fox News - October 24, 2013

The city of Ada really has it out for smokers, even those who choose to go smokeless with e-cigarettes. The Ada City Council has banned the use of tobacco products on public property that includes a surprising prohibition on electronic cigarettes.

Tobacco Ban Squeaks Through Comission
Pottawatomie Online - October 24, 2013

A 4-3 vote Monday set the stage to ban any tobacco products in buildings or on property owned or operated by the City of Shawnee including the citys parks, Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center and the Shawnee Twin Lakes. The ban and associated ordinance, which also covers electronic cigarettes and similar devices, was introduced to the commission for two reasons.

My 2 Cents: Anger Over E-Cigarettes
news9.com KWTV - October 23, 2013

What are we going to do about these E-Cigarettes, now more commonly called "Vapes" short for vapor? OSU is the latest university to consider banning them ...

CN still negotiating tobacco compact with state
Cherokee Phoenix - October 23, 2013

Carolyn Yocham, left, stocks up on cigarettes at the Briggs Tobacco Outlet in Briggs, ... However, the state wants all tobacco retailers to pay the same tax rate. ... the state is pushing to raise taxes to $1.03 per pack of cigarettes on tribal sales.

Employers may want to ban e-cigs along with lighted tobacco ...
NewsOK.com - October 23, 2013

Q: Why would an employer consider banning e-cigarettes in the workplace? ... find banning all types of cigarettes makes enforcing a no-smoking ban easier.

Oklahoma State University to ask board of regents to ban electronic ...
The Tribune - October 23, 2013

The proposal is set to go before the Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M Colleges at a meeting Friday. In 2007, the university banned ...

Oklahoma State University seeks ban on electronic cigarettes for all ...
kjrh.com - October 22, 2013

On Friday, the university will ask the school's board of regents to ban electronic cigarettes on campus. "OSU is proposing to update its tobacco-use policy due to ...

Cigarettes, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes ...
Shawnee News Star - October 22, 2013

Shawnee City Commissioners passed an ordinance Monday night that will ban tobacco use, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco and ...

Oklahoma veterans centers to be smoke-free by Jan. 1, 2018
Tulsa World - October 21, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY —- The state's veterans centers are expected to be smoke-free by Jan. 1, 2018, according to an agreement announced last week. Fewer than ...

Market for e-cigarettes grows in Tulsa area as vapor stores get popular
Tulsa World - October 20, 2013

In just three years, the e-cigarette industry has lit up in Tulsa, with dozens of retailers fighting it out in the emerging market. At least 25 dedicated electronic cigarette and vapor retailers have opened shop in the Tulsa area, more than much bigger m

Sunday: E-cigarette trend lights up in Tulsa
Tulsa World - October 19, 2013

Jacob Reid smokes an e-cigarette while working at his Tulsa Vapor store in Tulsa. ... Tulsa Promenade mall advertising “vapor” electronic cigarettes, a relatively new ... The average pack of cigarettes in Oklahoma costs $5.38, according to the U.S. .... NOT tobacco) is also customizable, and is not even required to be present.

More Businesses Across OKC Metro Banning E-Cigarette
news9.com KWTV - October 19, 2013

More businesses across the metro are banning the popular electronic cigarette, while others still allow the vaporized smoke, but continue to ban cigarettes.

Some Oklahoma Businesses Banning E-Cigarettes
news9.com KWTV - October 18, 2013

More businesses are snuffing out those electronic cigarettes that are growing in ... The Warren Theatre in Moore banned e-cigarettes earlier this year because ...

Some veterans center residents ask Fallin not to ban smoking
Norman Transcript - October 18, 2013

NORMAN — Some residents at the Norman Veterans Center and six other centers across Oklahoma are smokin' mad that Gov. Mary Fallin and some legislators ...

State alters smoking ban planned for 7 Veterans Centers
Norman Transcript - October 17, 2013

NORMAN — A smoking ban that was to take effect Nov. ... Fallin banned smoking on all state property, including the state's veterans centers, on February 6, ...

Personal vaporizers offer alternative to cigarettes
Oklahoma Daily - October 15, 2013

These are banned on campus. Since OU's smoking ... Although the smoking ban is still in effect, there is one trendy alternative to smoking cigarettes on campus. ...

E-cigarettes banned from LPS school property
The Lawton Constitution - October 14, 2013

Electronic or "vapor" cigarettes officially were booted from Lawton Public ... The board added electronic cigarettes to the tobacco policy for the district and the ...

Smoking rules
Tulsa World - October 10, 2013

It's surprising and disappointing that Gov. Mary Fallin has delayed action on an initiative petition to tighten state smoking regulations. In February, a Senate committee effectively killed a Fallin-backed bill until 2015 that would have allowed local governments to pass smoking ordinances that are stricter than state law. The governor jumped out front, held a press conference with a big crowd of health officials and said she would lead a campaign to take the issue to the people. The vast majority of Okla- homans want local government control on smoking regulation, Fallin said. She was right.

Tulsa restaurant bans e-cigarette smoking
KOKI FOX 23 - October 9, 2013

A popular electronic cigarette store is bringing new clientele to a burger joint next door. In response, the owners of Fat Guys in south Tulsa have now altered the traditional no smoking signs to include e-cigarettes. "We'd rather err on the side of caution than have cigarette smoke years down the road and say' oh yea they were exhaling obnoxious chemicals the whole time,' " said Cline. "Nobody knows what's in that vapor when it's exhaled and it's our concern image wise because you don't know if someone's smoking or it's an e-cigarette," said Cline.

Palm Beach Vapors begins franchise in Tulsa
Tulsa Business - October 3, 2013

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have been taking the nation by storm. Tobacco smokers and users turn to e-cigarettes as an alternative to their smoking ...

Tobacco compacts expire
Tulsa Native American Times - September 30, 2013

The tribes will receive 94 percent of the tax revenue from tobacco ... the compact taxes assessed by the tribal retail outlets and turn that money in to the ... million packs of cigarettes in 2011 at its 14 northern Oklahoma smoke shops.

Oklahoma tribe seeks to expand casino into Kansas
Tulsa World - September 30, 2013

An Oklahoma tribe is asking Kansas for permission to expand its casino ... The Joplin Globe reports a consultant for the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma and the ...

Tulsa doctor touts e-cigarettes, invests in company
KRMG - September 27, 2013

A Tulsa cardiologist says evidence that e-cigarettes have become an effective way to quit smoking continues to mount, and he's put his money where his mouth ...

Districts ban E-Cigarettes from sporting events
kfor.com - September 11, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. Some school districts in the state are taking steps to fight the electronic cigarette fad on campus. Those e-cigarettes use liquid, allowing users ...

Number Of Cigarette Smokers At Record Low In Oklahoma
News On 6 - August 23, 2013

Oklahoma has a record low number of smokers, according to the State Department of Health. The percentage of smokers has dropped from 26.1 to a record low ...

Kaws recognized for having first completely smoke free casino in OK
Native Times August 19, 2013

KAW CITY, Okla. - Americans for Nonsmokers Rights recently awarded the SouthWind Casino Kaw City for going smoke-free along with the Kaw Nation and Kaw Enterprise Authority for their leadership in supporting this smoke-free property. The award was presented during the annual Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association expo held at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City last week.

Smoked out
Oklahoma Gazette - August 14, 2013

You might have noticed the rising popularity of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs if you don't have time for all those syllables. Some look like regular cigarettes, ...

Retailer welcomes tribal tobacco compact talks
Fresno Bee - August 2, 2013

The new compacts call for the tribes to pay the full $1.03 per pack tax on cigarettes with the state reimbursing the tribes up to 50 percent. The previous compact ...

War Veterans Decry VA Smoking Ban
5newsonline.com - July 24, 2013

War veterans are up in arms over a new Oklahoma law that goes into effect later this year. The new legislation would ban them from smoking inside veterans administration homes. They didnt mind us getting involved with their country, giving what we could, but they dont want to turn around and help us, said veteran Marvin Jameson.

Oklahoma Lawmakers Revisit E-Cigarette Tax Talk
NACS Online - July 18, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY Three Oklahoma lawmakers are renewing a fight over electronic cigarettes, one that received fierce political debate last year, Tulsa World ...

MARTINEZ: BLOG: Tobacco free, sounds good to me
Chickasha (OK) Express-Star - July 16, 2013

I covered a story last week describing the tobacco restriction pleas of three Chickasha women ... I was positive all would admire the efforts these ladies put forth ... Comments, one by one, questioning the lives and time management of the women began rol

E-cigarette regulation and taxes once again on the front burner at ...
Tulsa World - July 16, 2013

Three lawmakers are renewing the fight over an issue that lit up the state House last year - electronic cigarettes. Currently, state law doesn't adequately address sales of e-cigarettes to minors, and "youth access is definitely something we need to address," Jackson said.

CDC chief: Tobacco use still top killer in Okla.
KRMG - July 12, 2013

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death in Oklahoma and nationwide, even with the number of smokers rapidly declining. Mary Fallin endorsed a plan for a statewide vote next year on tighter smoking restrictions, including efforts to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, after a ...

Moore Norman Technology Center goes tobacco-free
NewsOK.com - July 10, 2013

Members of the Moore Norman Technology Center board voted to ban the use of all tobacco products and simulated tobacco products on campus.

Lower smoking rates could result from new tobacco compacts
NewsOK.com - July 10, 2013

A good many low-tax cigarettes wound up being sold at locations far from the ... tobacco compacts similar to those long in place regarding fuel sales — tribes ...

Oklahoma pushes to boost taxes on tribal tobacco sales
The Oklahoman - July 5, 2013

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's staff is negotiating with tribes over new tobacco compacts in an effort to make tobacco taxes more consistent in the state.

Will Rogers World Airport to be smoke-free Sept. 1
The Oklahoman - July 4, 2013

The last refuge for smokers at Will Rogers World Airport — a musty, windowless room with yellowed walls off the main terminal — is set to close in September. The Oklahoma City Airport Trust voted unanimously last week to shut down the smoking room at ...

E-cigarettes a growing business in Oklahoma
Durant Daily Democrat - July 1, 2013

Despite of any impending federal or state regulation, industry members say electronic cigarettes are not going anywhere anytime soon. Wells Fargo's research ...

SouthWind Casino Kaw City Celebrates Grand Opening
Kaw Nation Website - 2013

SouthWind Casino Kaw City celebrated its grand opening on Friday, 11 days after it officially opened. A large crowd turned out to recognize the start of the first smoke-free casino in the state of Oklahoma.

SouthWind Casino General Manager Pam Shaw expressed her gratitude to the Kaw Nation and Kaw Enterprise Authority leadership for helping get this historic facility off the ground.

Okla. Gov stays quiet on tobacco compacts
Native American Times - May 6, 2013

On April 23, the United Indian Nations of Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas sent a letter to Gov. Mary Fallins office, asking for an explanation by April 30 as to why she has not been participating in the tobacco compact negotiating process and why extending ...

Gov. signs smoking control bill
Norman Transcript - May 1, 2013

The legislation gives local governments the authority to ban smoking on any ... The governor issued an executive order in 2012 banning all tobacco from state ...

Tougher smoking prohibitions get OK
The Lawton Constitution - May 1, 2013

Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, which gives local governments the authority to ban ... Lawton was among the communities that already had smoking bans in place, ...

Infighting in the industries, it appears: Sen. Johnson helps tobacco companies
NewsOK.com - May 1, 2013

Oklahoma e-cigarette stores would have had to buy their products only from ... After approximately 300 e-cigarette users came to Oklahoma City to oppose this ...

Tribal leaders challenge decision to not extend tobacco compacts
Native American Times - April 30, 2013

On March 18, 22 tribal leaders signed a letter to the governor’s office, requesting current compacts be extended through August 2017. Tobacco compacts for 28 of Oklahoma’s 39 federally recognized tribes expire June 30. ...

Fallin Signs State Property Smoking Ban
KGOU - April 30, 2013

... last year banning tobacco use in state-owned buildings and on state property. ... or Little League fields without having to worry about people smoking or using ..

Battles rage over tobacco measures in Okla.
News On 6 - April 30, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Battles over the regulation of tobacco products are continuing to rage at the Oklahoma Capitol, and anti-smoking forces plan to continue the fight after the Legislature adjourns by seeking a statewide vote on restricting smoking in public places. Several tobacco-related measures also have been working through the legislative process. Included is a measure awaiting Gov. Mary Fallin's signature that would designate all state-owned buildings and property as nonsmoking.

Smoke-free casino in Oklahoma the exception in the area
Kansas.com / Wichita Eagle - April 28, 2013

Searching for a way to stand out among the many tribal casinos in northern Oklahoma, the new Kaw Nation SouthWind Casino decided not to let customers smoke while they play the slot machines. It opened smoke-free on April 6 in a small building with 72 slots in Kaw City, about 90 miles southeast of Wichita, and it has been receiving the thanks of grateful nonsmoking gamblers and health organizations ever since.

Okla. House approves state property smoking ban
KOKI FOX 23 - April 23, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma House has approved a bill that puts into state law Gov. Mary Fallin's executive order banning smoking on state property.

Fight over e-cigarettes heats up at Okla. Capitol
Shawnee News Star - April 22, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) With more people turning to smoke-free, electronic cigarettes to help quit smoking, a new industry is blossoming across Oklahoma: ...

Tribes negotiate tobacco compacts with state
The Lawton Constitution - April 17, 2013

Mary Fallin on extension of tribal tobacco compacts set to expire in June. ... Potawatomi tribe in the early 1990s, in which the court ruled that the state could not tax ... on their land, but non-Indian sales on Indian land could be taxed by the state.

Tax plan for e-cigarettes revived in Okla. Senate
Ct Post - April 16, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A plan to restrict youth access and state taxes on electronic cigarettes and vapor products has been revived and narrowly approved in ...

Supporters of E-Cigarrettes Rally at the Capitol
KOKH FOX25 - April 9, 2013

e-Cigarette Supporters Rally at the State Capitol … The rally is scheduled at the capitol Tuesday, … Thousands of supporters of electronic cigarettes plan to will meet to oppose Senate Bill 802. If passed, the bill would add a "sin-tax" to e-cigarettes. …

Alert! Oklahoma legislators are recognizing the importance of regulating vapor products!
transformtobacco.com (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company) – [April 8, 2013]

SUPPORT SB 802! Contact Your Legislators Today and Tell Them: * It's important that vapor products, like e-cigarettes (and all tobacco products), are age restricted.

Smoke-free gaming rooms at Cherokee Casino
Grandlakenews - April 1, 2013

WEST SILOAM SPRINGS, Okla.­In one of many recent renovations inside Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs, casino officials recently opened a nearly 800 square-foot non-smoking gaming area for guests. Just inside the main casino entrance, the non-smoking room is conveniently located next to SEVEN and directly across from River Cane Buffet and Flint Creek Steakhouse. “We take pride in our continuous efforts to provide the most comfortable, relaxing atmosphere at Cherokee Casino,” said Chris Province, assistant general manager of Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs. “The new room provides guests a smoke-free way to play a wide variety of our most popular games. We’re excited to offer this sort of diversity. We want to please everyone who walks through our door.” …

Pryor's smoking ban banned
Pryor Daily Times - March 19, 2013

The Insurance/Ordinance committee meeting had two big ticket items at the last meeting. The repeal of a smoking ban and a special residential housing ordinance were highly anticipated and heavily discussed. A Pryor city ordinance, as it stands, prohibits smoking on all public property, which would include parks or other outdoor property owned by the city. The Oklahoma attorney general ruled that cities cannot ban smoking in outdoor areas they own or operate. This ruling stemmed from the fact that Oklahoma law bans cities from enacting laws that are more strict than the state law. “It was made very clear that we need to repeal this,” said Mayor Jimmy Tramel. “I tried to use Senate Bill 96 which gives cities the right to control it, but he said we need to repeal it.” …

E-Cigarette Vendors Take A Stand Against SB 802
KOKH FOX25 - March 18, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-- Electronic cigarette vendors and consumers gathered for a special forum to discuss Senate Bill 802, which bans e-cigarette sales to minors and imposes a "sin tax" on e-cigarette products. "We feel that we are in a position to get people off of cigarettes," said John Durst, owner of OKC and Norman Vapes, which sells electronic cigarettes. E-cigarette vendors like Durst argue their products can help conventional cigarette users quit smoking since e-cigarette users can slowly wean themselves off the use of nicotine. …

E-Cigarette Users Upset Over Proposed Bill To Regulate Sales
News On 6 - March 17, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY - Those who've kicked the habit with the help of tobacco free electronic cigarettes say they are once again being targeted by "big tobacco." At issue is a Bill that would turn stores that sell E-cigarettes into conventional Cigarette venders and tax them as such. …

Smoking ban moves ahead
Norman Transcript - March 15, 2013

NORMAN ­ Norman was one of the state's first cities to ban tobacco use in its parks. That ordinance was in jeopardy after an attorney general's opinion. New legislation being considered at the state House may make the city’s law more workable. …

Senate Approves Municipal Smoking Ban Bill
Public Radio Tulsa - March 14, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ­ Local municipalities would be able to ban smoking on all city-owned property under a measure easily approved by the Oklahoma Senate. The Senate on Wednesday voted 44-1 for the bill that would allow local governments to prohibit smoking on publicly owned property, including parks and sports complexes. …

Senate advances bill to let cities, counties ban smoking on their properties
Tulsa (OK) World - March 14, 2013

The state Senate passed a measure Wednesday that would allow cities and counties to ban smoking on properties they own or operate. Senate Bill 501 by Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Ardmore, heads to the House for consideration after securing Senate approval by a ...

No more border tobacco tax reduction for Kaw Nation
Native Times-March 13, 2013

Under the current compacts that expire in June, lower sales tax rates are available for tribal smoke shops within 20 miles of Oklahoma's borders with Arkansas, ...

Oklahoma lawmakers consider tighter regulations for electronic ...
KOAM-TV-by Jordan Aubey - March 11, 2013

Oklahoma's legislature will soon vote on putting new restriction on electronic cigarettes. They're a tobacco-free product that some people use as an alternative to ...

Lawmakers look to keep e-cigarettes out of hands of minors
Sapulpa Daily Herald - March 8, 2013

A bill moved forward by the Oklahoma Senate seeks to limit youth access and to impose taxation upon electronic cigarette devices. The full senate approved passage of SB 802 by a vote of 26-15. …

Youth access to e-cigarettes limited by bill
The Lawton Constitution - March 7, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bill that would prevent youth access to electronic cigarettes has been approved in the Senate. The Senate voted 26-15 on Wednesday for the bill that also limits the taxes that can be levied on the so-called "e-cigarettes." …

Kaw Nation to open smoke-free casino
Journal Record - March 6, 2013

As discussions of smoking laws continue around the state, the Kaw Nation is taking a step forward in the casino industry by opening the state’s first nonsmoking facility. ... According to Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, smoke-free casinos are needed. "Casinos …

Oklahoma bill limits youth access to e-cigarettes
Enid News & Eagle - March 6, 2013

Oklahoma bill limits youth access to e-cigarettes ... Doug Matheny, an anti-tobacco activist and the former director of the state's anti-smoking initiative, described ...

Oklahoma law would set minimum age limit for e-cigarettes, nicotine ...
kjrh.com - March 6, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY - Legislation approved Wednesday by the Oklahoma Senate would set a minimum age requirement on the purchase of e-cigarettes and other nicotine- or tobacco-derived products. Senate Bill 802 sets the age limit at 18, adds e-cigarettes and other similar products to the Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco Act and requires proof of age in order to purchase. The legislation also includes a five-cent tax on these devices and penalize retailers who sell them to underage customers. …

Smoking ban in question
The Lawton Constitution - February 28, 2013

Lawton's ban on smoking in city parks will remain on the books, but city officials question whether the provisions are enforceable. City Council supporters were unable to muster sufficient votes Tuesday to revoke the provisions that place city-owned parks and playgrounds in the no-smoking category. Nor were opponents able to collect enough votes to retain the ordinance and expand the no-smoking provision to all city-owned properties. Council members split 4-3 both times; ordinances must receive five affirmative votes to be approved. …

Smoke-free casino to open as Oklahoma Indian gaming revenue continues to rise
NewsOK.com - February 27, 2013

The Kaw Nation is planning to open a totally smoke-free casino this spring at its tribal headquarters in Kaw City as the state's Indian gaming industry continues to expand. Oklahoma Indian gaming produced nearly $3.48 billion in revenues in 2011 — a 7.7 percent increase over the previous year. ...

Governor-appointment reform bill advances
Tulsa World - February 26, 2013

... allowed cities and towns to pass tobacco restrictions stricter than state law. ... drive to let voters decide whether to crack down on smoking in public places.

Capitol Report, Wayne Greene: Fallin takes smoking issue personally
Tulsa World - February 24, 2013

Mary Fallin's position on smoking regulation as anything else. ... of that petition wasn't clear and still isn't, but it'll have something to do with restricting smoking.

COLUMN: Stop wasting taxpayer money on anti-smoking legislation
Oklahoma Daily - February 24, 2013

I understand legislators are trying to protect public health when making laws prohibiting the uses of legal substances, and I think we all know cigarette smoke causes cancer. However, in an attempt to protect public health, sometimes our leaders become overly zealous to the point of ridiculousness and unconstitutionality. It has been confirmed tobacco is bad for everyone, so why keep it legal while wasting money and time on restricting where and when it can be consumed? …

Matheny: It's a shame that lobbyists dictate health policy
Tulsa World - February 22, 2013

Tobacco companies knew smoking restrictions reduce cigarette sales. ... Exposure to secondhand smoke significantly increases the risk of heart disease, ...

Gov. Mary Fallin pushing for a statewide smoking ban that gives cities more control
Enid News & Eagle - February 21, 2013

No language for the initiative petition has been set yet, but it could range from giving cities more authority to put bans in place to a statewide ban on smoking in ...

"No Smoking" Smokers Costing County
KOKH FOX25 - February 21, 2013

City and state leaders say it is time to allow communities greater control over where smoking is allowed. However would any new law be effective? The state already allows city and county government s to ban smoking inside public buildings and on county property. Yet we found out those laws are rarely, if ever, enforced. …

Smoking in Oklahoma: Five states that have gone smoke-free
NewsOK.com (blog) - February 21, 2013

Others voice concerns that a smoking ban could have a negative impact on business. I'm not here to argue who's right. I'll leave that to, well, non-journalists.

EDITORIAL: Fallin wires around lawmakers, launches anti-tobacco effort
Tulsa (OK) World - February 21, 2013

It's a sad day and time when the governor has to wire around her own Legislature and resort to initiative petition to pursue legislation that a majority of Oklahomans support. ... It's unfortunate that the expense and effort of a petition drive must be ...

Oklahoma governor fights to ban smoking
Examiner.com-February 20, 2013

With both of her parents lost to smoking-related illness, she announced on February 19, that she will be pushing for a statewide vote that bans smoking in 2014.

Smokefree Policies and Local Rights (PDF)
Don't Smoke on Me (OK Gov. Mary Fallin site) - Feb 19, 2013

Implementation of smokefree environments is an evidence-based strategy that can be used by local governments interested in addressing the impact of tobacco on their community. Scientific evidence shows that:  Smokefree policies protect nonsmokers

Gov. Mary Fallin Issue Briefing on Health and Economic Consequences of Smoking
Don't Smoke on Me (OK Gov. Mary Fallin site) - Feb 19, 2013

Smokers have rights, but secondhand smoke in public infringes on nonsmokers' rights not to smoke and harms overall public health. Business want healthy, productive workforces, so site selectors consider smokefree policies when determining areas for ...

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT I support Governor Mary Fallin and the coalition of community leaders and medical professionals
Don't Smoke on Me (OK Gov. Mary Fallin site) - Feb 19, 2013

in their efforts to reduce smoking-related deaths and illnesses, and to combat the
dangers of second hand smoke.

Oklahoma Governor Announces Petition Drive On Secondhand Smoke
KOTV Channel 6 (Tulsa, OK) - Feb 19, 2013

"It's time to let voters decide whether or not they want clean air in public places like bars and restaurants. I believe the answer will be 'yes.'" The Governor also announced the creation of a new website, DontSmokeOnMe.com, where people can more infor

Big Tobacco-Backed Lawmakers Take Down Oklahoma's Anti-Smoking Bill
Think Progress (blog) - Feb 19, 2013

..."This is a victory for tobacco lobbyists and the tobacco industry," said Alex Weintz, Fallin's communications director."It's a defeat for the state of Oklahoma and anyone who cares about improving our health." As OKNews reports, the debate over SB 36 ...

Locals choke on Senate's smoking restrictions decision
Norman Transcript - February 19, 2013

A bill endorsed by Gov. Mary Fallin that would allow local governments to adopt tougher smoking ordinances died in committee Monday. Opponents argued that SB 36 would allow cities to put a burden on restaurants that had added ventilated rooms for smokers in an effort to comply with state smoking laws. …

Okla. Senate panel kills stricter smoking bans
Daily Ardmoreite - February 19, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ­ An Oklahoma Senate panel snuffed out efforts Monday to allow cities to enact stricter smoking bans, despite strong support from the ...

Fallin, city leaders to discuss anti-smoking plan
Tulsa World - February 19, 2013

Tuesday's press conference comes one day after a bill supported by Fallin to allow cities to enact tougher smoking bans was voted down by a Senate committee.

Businesses respond to failed smoking ordinance
KOKI FOX 23 - February 18, 2013

The Oklahoma Senate Panel snuffed out an effort to change the states smoking law on Monday. The bill would have allowed local governments to adopt stricter smoking ordinances than state law. …

Debate Rages On Controversial Ordinance Regarding Smoking Ban
News On 6 - February 18, 2013

Oklahoma City -- A bill that would give cities the right to ban smoking everywhere will ... say they would prefer smoking be banned across the board or not at all.

At a glance: How they voted
The Oklahoman - February 18, 2013

Here's how members of the Senate General Government Committee voted on Senate Bill 36. …

At a glance: Tobacco connections
The Oklahoman - February 18, 2013

Campaign contributions and gifts from lobbyists whose clients include the tobacco industry to members of the Senate General Government Committee dating to 2006: ...

EDITORIAL: Decentralizing smoking laws ignites new options for local lawmakers
Oklahoma Daily (UO) - Feb 17, 2013

Even though it is better to control smoking at a local and not a state level, we do not support strict anti-smoking regulations, especially when they affect private businesses. A bar or restaurant should determine whether or not it is a smoking establish

EASTAR to go completely tobacco-free March 1
Muskogee Daily Phoenix-Feb 15, 2013

EASTAR Health System announced it will be converting to a tobacco-free system on March 1. The health system's East campus (formerly Muskogee Community ...

Cities cannot mandate smoke-free parks, Oklahoma attorney general opinion rules
NewsOK.com - February 12, 2013

Drive to a local city park in Oklahoma, and you might see a sign letting you know you're banned from smoking in that park. These signs are apparently irrelevant, as are the ordinances they help enforce. An Oklahoma attorney general opinion released Feb. 5 ruled that cities cannot ban smoking in outdoor areas that they own or operate. …

Gov. Mary Fallin's support may make difference with smoke-free bill
NewsOK.com - February 12, 2013

Gov. Mary Fallin used a piece of her State of the State speech to say she supports letting cities and towns craft their own anti-smoking laws. “If a community wants to take action to improve the health of their citizens, let's let them do it,” she said. Fallin's backing may help get this effort across the finish line. State Health Commissioner Terry Cline has been trying for years to sway the Legislature, which has rebuffed him for one reason or another. …

Okla. physicians want local control smoking rules
AP - Associated Press - February 11, 2013

… The physicians appeared at the state Capitol Monday urging the Senate Health and Human Services Committee to approve the measure. A similar bill died in the Senate last year. ...

Governor’s tobacco push gaining allies
Norman (OK) Transcript - February 9, 2013

This week, the Oklahoma State Alliance of YMCAs came out in support of the legislation as did Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. Ten cities and towns ­ none in Cleveland County ­ have passed resolutions in support of the changes. ...

EASTAR health system to go tobacco free March 1 ($$)
Wagonertribune - February 9, 2013

EASTAR Health System, in an effort to provide the healthiest and safest environment for staff, physicians, volunteers, patients, and visitors announced that it will be converting to a tobacco-free system on March 1. …

RUCKMAN: Tobacco compacts and the manifestation of destiny
Native American Times - February 6, 2013

In Oklahoma, we are in the neighborhood of renegotiating the tribal tobacco compacts with the state. ... Maybe the best solution all around would be to strike tobacco peddling from our midst altogether. Even now, some tribes expound the health benefits ...

OKC Mayor Lauds Plan To Leave Public Smoking Rights Up To Cities
news9.com KWTV - February 7, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City city leaders want the option to ban smoking in all public places including bars. Now Governor Fallin had agreed that the individual cities should have that power. …

RUCKMAN: Tobacco compacts and the manifestation of destiny
Native American Times - Feb 6, 2013

In Oklahoma, we are in the neighborhood of renegotiating the tribal tobacco compacts with the state. ... Maybe the best solution all around would be to strike tobacco peddling from our midst altogether. Even now, some tribes expound the health benefits

Fallin explains her alternative to health-care law, endorses ability of cities to set own smoking regulations
Tulsa World - February 5, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin rolled out details of her "Oklahoma Plan" alternative to the federal health-care law on Monday, including her endorsement of a plan to let cities pass smoking restrictions that are more stringent than state law. …

SWAT group wants tobacco free library
Daily Ardmoreite - January 31, 2013

Students Working Against Tobacco are now looking to have Ardmore Public Library be tobacco free. Currently, people can smoke in a designated area located around the flag pole. …

Sand Springs seeks action by legislature
Norman Transcript – January 30, 2013

NORMAN ­ The Sand Springs City Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution calling on the Oklahoma legislature to grant municipalities the authority to pass local smoke-free ordinances. Sand Springs became the 10th community to pass such a resolution, joining Oklahoma City, Seminole, Tahlequah, Muskogee, Elk City, Hulbert, Prague, Clinton and Cordell. …

Sand Springs Passes Resolution Asking Oklahoma Legislature for Authority to Enact Local Smoke-Free Ordinance
Sand Springs Leader – January 29, 2013

Oklahoma City, OK (Jan. 28, 2013) – Last night the Sand Springs City Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution calling on the Oklahoma Legislature to grant municipalities the authority to pass local smoke-free ordinances. Sand Springs becomes the 10th community to pass such a resolution joining Oklahoma City, Seminole, Tahlequah, Muskogee, Elk City, Hulbert, Prague, Clinton, and Cordell.

OU takes time to adjust to new campus-wide smoking ban
Oklahoma Daily - January 29, 2013

The OU Police Department has received 25 complaints of violations of the on-campus smoking ban, OUPD spokesman Lt. Bruce Chan said. …

OU: No fines issued since smoking ban took effect
Beaumont Enterprise - January 14, 2013

The University of Oklahoma says no one has been fined since the campus banned smoking six months ago. …

Campus ban on smoking is working, OU officials say
Tulsa World - January 14, 2013

NORMAN ­ In the six months since a campuswide smoking ban took effect at the University of Oklahoma, no one has been fined for smoking on campus. …

No Fines Issued Since Smoking Ban Took Effect
KOKH FOX25 - January 14, 2013

No Fines Issued Since Smoking Ban Took Effect ... The University of Oklahoma says no one has been fined since the campus banned smoking six months ago.

City wants smoking ban authority: Smoke-free resolution among laundry list OK’ed by panel
Daily Elk Citian – January 9, 2013

City Hall has steadfastly announced their intention to support state legislation that gives back local control of tobacco policy. …

Does 2013 offer hope for anti-tobacco, anti-texting bills in Oklahoma?
The Oklahoman - December 16, 2012

Supporters of local control would do well to bring a bill with a clear focus and narrow scope, although that's no guarantee of success....

Oklahoma health leaders look to pass community-controlled ...
Tulsa World - December 12, 2012

During the state's next legislative cycle, Oklahoma health leaders will try yet again to pass a bill that would allow communities to pass their own smoking ordinances. …

State Board Of Health: Smoking Restrictions To Be Top Priority ...
News On 6 - December 11, 2012

Oklahoma health officials say a proposal that would allow cities and towns to restrict smoking will be the state health department's top priority when the Legislature meets next year. …

Oklahoma State Senator pushes for stricter local smoking restrictions
KXII-TV - December 12, 2012

DURANT, OK -- Oklahoma State Senator Frank Simpson is pushing a bill that would allow cities to enforce stricter smoking laws than what the state currently has ...

National Report: Oklahoma Ranks 7th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
Sacramento Bee – December 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oklahoma ranks 7th in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations. …

Tulsa, OKC among six largest US cities with weak smoking laws
Tulsa World - November 27, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City and Tulsa are among six of the largest cities in the United States that have weak laws regarding secondhand smoke in public places, according to a recent federal government report released. …

State law stymies cities' efforts to curb smoking
The Lawton Constitution - November 26, 2012

Oklahoma City and Tulsa are among six of the largest cities in the United States that have weak laws regarding secondhand smoke in public places, according to a recent federal government report released. Meanwhile, 30 of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. have provisions that prohibit smoking in any indoor area, including private workplaces, restaurants and bars, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released this week. "Hundreds of cities and counties have passed their own smoke-free laws, including many communities in the South," Dr. Tim McAfee, director of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, said in a statement. "If we continue to progress as we have since 2000, all Americans could be protected from secondhand smoke exposure in workplaces and public places by 2020." State and city leaders say the main reason Oklahoma City and Tulsa do not have their own secondhand smoke ordinances is because they're not allowed to. …

PEARSON: Advocates to push for local tobacco control again
Tulsa (OK) World - November 25, 2012

Last month, members of the state Board of Health vowed to once again make local-control legislation their top priority. Also last month, a new website was launched detailing the tobacco industry's lobbying efforts in Oklahoma. It already is receiving na ...

MATHENY: Seeking legislator pledges to refuse money from tobacco interests
The Oklahoman - October 27, 2012

Ten people are registered with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission to lobby for tobacco companies or trade associations. Internal company documents reveal that at least some have been purposely overpaid to allow them to make substantial campaign contributions …

EDITORIAL: Trend in tobacco tax revenue presents a challenge for states
The Oklahoman - October 19, 2012

The challenge for Oklahoma lawmakers is to prepare to eventually operate state government without tobacco revenue. Otherwise, positive changes in Oklahomans' health status will become a budget crisis-in-waiting. …

Tobacco ordinance will go to committee
The Lawton Constitution - October 18, 2012

Altus City Council members unanimously voted to send a proposed tobacco-free ordinance and employee policy to the city's Policy Committee for review and revisions during a business meeting Tuesday. The proposal was sent to the committee after a motion to table action was defeated by a 4-3 vote. It called for amending the city's personnel and policies procedures manual and an amended ordinance to Altus Code 1980 to delete smoking rooms from city buildings to make all city buildings (both owned and leased) and grounds (parking lots and sidewalks of city facilities) and city vehicles and equipment tobacco-free. …

City Council to consider tobacco-free buildings, grounds, vehicles ...
Altus Times - October 14, 2012

… During the council meeting members will consider eliminating smoking from the City Complex and other City buildings, grounds, vehicles and equipment. This would require amending the City’s Personnel and Policies Procedures manual and an ordinance in Altus Code 1980. These actions are part of the process to apply to become an Oklahoma Certified Health Communities City. That step would, in turn, enable the City to apply for grants totaling $42,000 as part of the process. …

State putting decision on smoking ban in cities' hands
WBRC - October 11, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KOKH/FOX) - Oklahoma is one of two states where people can still smoke in public places, but the state department of health wants local communities to decide on smoking bans. The state board is partnering with the Oklahoma City and Tulsa to push a new bill in the next legislative session. …

New Bill Could Ban Smoking in Public Areas
KOKH FOX25 - October 11, 2012

In Oklahoma, cities cannot pass smoking laws that are stronger than State law but the board of health wants to change that. It's behind a push for a new bill that will allow citizens to vote and create no-smoking ordinances in public places. …

Smoking law to be legislative focus for Oklahoma Board of Health
NewsOK.com- October 9, 2012

Oklahoma state law does not allow municipalities the ability to pass smoking ordinances that are more prohibitive than state law. The state Board of Health said ...

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa Opens New Gaming and ...
Melodika.net (press release) - September 29, 2012

Northeast Oklahoma’s premier gaming and entertainment destination is even better with the unveiling of a new expansion at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. The expansion replaces a portion of the facility lost in the 2011 blizzard and provides a two-story non-smoking gaming and hospitality experience, with 500 additional electronic games, 15 more table games, a poker room, a media bar and a food court. …

Louisville professor: Smoke-free option is one Oklahoma should consider to reduce tobacco harm
NewsOK.com - September 28, 2012

A quit-smoking strategy with “the potential to save millions of lives” will be the subject of an Oklahoma legislative hearing Wednesday. At issue will be tobacco harm reduction, which aims to reduce Oklahoma's 5,800 deaths per year due to smoking. The strategy is based on science: smokers who have been unwilling or unable to quit can achieve nearly all the health benefits of abstinence by switching to smoke-free cigarette substitutes, including snus, dissolvables and electronic cigarettes. …

Addition to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa completed
NewsOK.com - September 28, 2012

CATOOSA ­ As he left the Go-Go's concert Thursday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, Shawn Slaton, interim CEO of Cherokee Nation Entertainment, reflected on the just-finished addition to the casino floor. …

Fort Supply Schools are now tobacco free
WoodwardNews.net (subscription) - September 21, 2012

According to Jolena Graves, health educator for the Woodward County Health Department, adoption of a tobacco free policy broadcasts a clear message to ...

Hulbert board OKs tobacco ordinance
Tahlequah Daily Press - Sep 17, 2012

The city of Hulbert board of trustees on Thursday unanimously ap- proved an ordinance prohibiting tobacco use in the city park. Hulbert is now qualified to apply for a Healthy Communities Incentive Grant, which could provide as much as $10,000 to build walking trails or similar projects. To apply for an HCI grant, three measures – the youth access, the 24/7 clean-air and tobacco-free park ordinances – must be established as city law, said Reaching Our Hulbert Community Director Shasta Teague. …

Gameday will be smoke-free for fans
Norman Transcript - September 8, 2012

As thousands of fans converge on the University of Oklahoma campus for the Sooners’ first home football game of the season, a few may notice something missing: ashtrays. …

Tobacco ban has potential to change local business environments
Oklahoma Daily - August 19, 2012

As returning students and OU employees put the university’s almost two-month-old tobacco ban to its first full semester test, local businesses might play refuge to smokers moving off campus during breaks. … Signs across campus alert visitors to the campus-wide tobacco ban that went into ... so business hasn't really picked up, but there are more cigarette butts on the ... in personal attacks or name-calling, posting advertising, or straying from the ...

SOSU goes tobacco free
KXII-TV - August 2, 2012

Starting August 1st, SOSU is tobacco free. "Students, faculty, staff, and visitors will no longer be able to use tobacco products on any properties that are owned on the campus premises," said, Director of Student Health Services, April Lerling. …

COLUMN: Tobacco ban or not, smokers will find a way
Oklahoma Daily - August 2, 2012

Do you agree with the smoking ban mandated by Gov. ... Fallin signed an executive order recently, which completely banned smoking on all state property, ...

Southeastern goes tobacco-free August 1
Durant Daily Democrat - July 28 , 2012

Southeastern goes tobacco-free August 1 - DURANT – Beginning Aug. 1 2012 Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be tobacco-free. This is in ...

OPSU Goes Tobacco Free
KSCB News.net - July 6, 2012

Oklahoma Panhandle State Univ. has banned all tobacco use throughout the campus and all auxiliary property, such as the school farm and the Guymon ...

Tobacco ban on state property takes effect at University of Oklahoma ...
NewsOK.com - July 6, 2012

A new tobacco ban went into effect at OU on Sunday. The policy bars anyone from smoking or using any other tobacco products anywhere on campus, including ...

USAO goes tobacco free July 1
Chickasha Express Star - July 2, 2012

Campus visitors and students can breathe more freely than ever as the University of Science and Arts joins all state agencies in banning tobacco, …

University of Oklahoma campus completely smoke free
Norman Transcript - July 3, 2012

Students, faculty and staff at the University of Oklahoma have a new incentive to kick the habit, as the university's new smoking ban took effect Sunday…

Oklahoma's Capitol, other state buildings become tobacco free Sunday
The Oklahoman - Jul 1, 2012

The restrictions are among rules, measures that take effect July 1, 2012, in Oklahoma. …

Smokers beware: University tobacco ban begins, could cost ...
Oklahoma Daily - Jul 1, 2012

Season Sky Eagle, OU staff member, takes her final on-campus cigarette break Friday, June 29, 2012. The university's ban on tobacco products began Sunday, ...

NEO to go completely tobacco-free in August
Joplin Globe - June 24, 2012

Courtney Crosby, 18, usually heads to a table and chairs just outside her apartment building when she wants to smoke. She was surprised last week to…

TOBACCO FREE DESIGN INPUT SOUGHT
KOKC - June 22, 2012

The city of Oklahoma City wants the public to help pick a design for the new "tobacco free" signs that will soon be installed in city parks. Council passed in May a ...

Dewey Bans Smoking In Parks
Bartlesville Radio - June 19, 2012

It is now illegal to smoke in a Dewey park. The Dewey City Council on Monday passed a revision to an existing ordinance that now prohibits smoking in all city ...

Oklahoma City Council Declares City Parks 'Tobacco Free'
news9.com KWTV - June 4, 2012

The Oklahoma City Council voted on a resolution last week declaring all city parks tobacco free. …

Oklahoma City Council votes to discourage smoking in parks
NewsOK.com - May 30, 2012

The Oklahoma City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday that declares city parks to be smoke-free. But the city can't enforce its anti-tobacco ...

Hard Rock Officials Celebrate Milestone
Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers - May 21, 2012

Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Entertainment and Flintco officials celebrated the topping out of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa’s new 10-story tower that will add 100 suites and more than 55,000 square feet of entertainment, gaming and convention space to the resort. Topping out ceremonies commemorate reaching the highest point of construction on a project. … The new tower will make Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa the largest hotel in ... The expansion also provides options for those seeking a non-smoking gaming and hospitality experience, with a smoke-free casino floor and hotel rooms. …

Oklahoma County Tobacco Prevention Coalition urges members of ...
NewsOK.com - May 19, 2012

The Oklahoma County Tobacco Use Prevention Coalition has launched a new effort to raise awareness of the dangers of using tobacco and to encourage members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to take advantage of resources such as the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline. …

Campus to be tobacco free this summer
Oklahoma Daily - May 8, 2012

OU’s Norman campus will be tobacco free this summer after an executive order by Gov. Mary Fallin negated earlier plans for designated smoking areas. …

New Hard Rock Hotel and Casino tower topped off
KOKI FOX 23 - April 23, 2012

Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Entertainment and Flintco officials celebrated the topping out of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa’s new 10-story tower on Monday. .. The expansion also provides options for those seeking a non-smoking gaming and hospitality experience, with a smoke-free casino floor and hotel rooms. …

Oklahoma Lawmaker Kills Smoking Ban Bill
News On 6 - April 17, 2012

Oklahoma City is one of 11 cities who are interested in banning smoking in all indoor buildings. Tuesday council members voiced their displeasure that one ...

Oklahoma's tobacco-using military veterans will be urged to quit ... but they don’t have to
NewsOK.com - April 17, 2012

Tobacco-using veterans living at one of the seven state-run centers in Oklahoma will be asked to give up their habits in the near future but likely won't be forced to leave their residences if they don't quit, according to a letter sent on behalf of Gov. Mary Fallin to the War Veterans Commission. Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said several veterans called the governor's office after they learned that all state facilities would become tobacco-free by early August. The governor signed an executive order Feb. 6, declaring that all state-owned properties would become tobacco-free within six months. …

Veterans centers' residents exempt from state-property tobacco ban
Tulsa World - April 17, 2012

New residents of the facilities will have to agree to live by the tobacco-free policy, but current residents will be exempt from the governor's order. …

Smoking law could have saved lives, Oklahoma Board of Health ...
NewsOK.com - April 11, 2012

On its website, the company says smoking bans go too far when they ban people from smoking outdoors, except in areas primarily designed for children; ...

Lawmakers criticized over inaction on cities smoking legislation
Tulsa World (OK)- April 10, 2012

House Bill 2267, which would have allowed cities to make smoking ordinances more strict than state law, went dormant last week when it was not heard in a ...

Capitol Notebook: Smoking, water bills stall
Tulsa (OK) World - Apr 8, 2012

One hundred and one House bills went dormant Thursday because they had not been heard in Senate committee. Among those was House Bill 2267, which would have allowed local governments to pass smoking ordinances more stringent than state law, ...

South Rock Creek officially becomes tobacco-free campus
Shawnee (OK) News Star - March 14, 2012

South Rock Creek (SRC) officially becomes a tobacco- free campus after the adoption of a revised 24/7 tobacco-free policy. …

House Bill 2267 restores local rights to communities
Tulsa World (OK) - March 14, 2012

Internal tobacco industry documents show that several Oklahoma communities began in 1986 to adopt ordinances to restrict smoking in public places.

Lighting up locally: Amendments weaken smoking bill
Tulsa World - Mar 5, 2012

By World's Editorials Writers The state House last week passed and sent to the Senate a bill that was originally written to let local governments ban ... It would let cities, towns and counties adopt ordinances repealing state laws that ban smoking in government offices and other public places, ...

Tobacco trust's ads push for smoke bans
NewsOK.com - Mar 3, 2012

The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust is spending money in support of an Oklahoma House bill that would allow cities and towns to ban smoking in public ...

EDITORIAL: Bill gives cities, towns control over tobacco
Norman (OK) Transcript, 2012-03-03

Thursday’s passage of HB 2267, giving Oklahoma communities the right to pass tobacco restrictions that are more strict than those imposed by the state, is a big step forward for clean-air advocates. . . .

Oklahoma House passes bill giving local governments control over smoking
The Oklahoma House approved a bill Thursday that would allow local governments to ban smoking in public places, despite the addition of two amendments that were intended to derail the measure
NewsOK.com, March 2, 2012

The House approved a bill Thursday that would allow local governments to ban smoking in public places, despite the addition of two amendments that were intended to derail the measure. A floor amendment added to the bill would give cities, towns and counties the power to pass ordinances repealing state laws that ban smoking in such places as museums and government office buildings. “This is the ultimate local control,” said Rep. David Derby, R-Owasso, the amendment's author. Another amendment would prohibit local governments from passing laws to prohibit smoking in private dining and social clubs. Rep. Ron Peters, R-Tulsa, the amendment's author, said the measure also would exempt country clubs. …

Council puts out tobacco use on city property
Durant (OK) Daily Democrat - February 24, 2012

... snuff out tobacco use on all city owned or operated property indoors or out. ... prohibiting tobacco advertising or marketing at city sponsored events.

Cities, towns know best
Norman Transcript - February 23, 2012

The reality is very few cities will step forward and ban smoking in bars, parks or other locations. Norman may push forward with such a bill, ...

Bill Would Allow Oklahoma Cities To Ban Smoking
NACS Online - February 23, 2012

… An Oklahoma House committee approved a bill earlier this week that allows local governments the authority to ban smoking in public places …

EDITORIAL: Fallin overstepped with order
Oklahoma Daily - February 10, 2012

OU's plan to ban smoking on campus and create two designated smoking areas was superseded Monday by Gov. Mary Fallin's executive order banning tobacco use ...

Executive Order Douses Ou's Designated Smoking Areas
Oklahoma Daily - February 9, 2012

Fallin's order bans use of all tobacco products on “all properties owned, ... part of the Dale Hall parking lot, according to the new tobacco ban policy.

Put those out: Oklahoma Gov. Fallin bans tobacco use on all state ...
Tulsa World - February 7, 2012

Pat Marshall, chairwoman of Smoke Free Oklahoma, said the governor's order was a step in the right direction, but she said her group intends to keep ...

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signs order to ban tobacco use on state ...
NewsOK.com - February 6, 2012

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Leave a comment Tobacco products at all ... be banned effective July 1 under an executive order signed Monday by Gov.

Fallin bans tobacco use on state property; says smoking room at Captiol will become gym
The Republic - February 6, 2012

Mary Fallin has signed an executive order banning tobacco use on all state property. In her State of the State address on Monday, the governor also said she ...

Fallin proclaims tobacco free week
Shawnee News Star - January 26, 2012

Oklahoma's annual health care costs directly caused by smoking are $1.16 ... to be prohibited from passing local tobacco prevention ordinances that protect ...

SMOKING STANDARDS
KOKC (OK)- January 5, 2012

Senate Bill 1032 would allow governmental subdivisions to adopt and enforce policies related to tobacco products, secondhand smoke and smoking that are more ...

Rep. Hickman to discuss Tobacco law proposal
Alva (OK) Review-Courier - December 7, 2011

Smoking is Oklahoma's leading cause of preventable death, costing over 6000 Oklahoma lives and nearly $2.9 billion each year. Exposure to secondhand smoke ...

Honored for being tobacco free
Norman (OK) Transcript - November 8, 2011

Groups are currently working on the best ways to help smokers and tobacco users adapt to the ban. If they do choose to quit smoking, they'll join a big ...

Editorial: Turn up the heat on smokers
Journal Record, October 12, 2011

… Oklahoma is one of just two states that do not allow municipalities to regulate smoking. The Legislature must ignore the tobacco lobby, repeal the statute, and allow Oklahoma cities to draft no-smoking ordinances as they see fit. …

Oklahoma Smoking Rate Reaches Historic Low
Insurance News Net (press release) - October 11, 2011

2003: Oklahoma Legislature amends state tobacco laws to ban smoking in most Oklahoma workplaces. ...

State's ex-smokers now outnumber smokers for first time
Tulsa World - Shannon Muchmore - October 12, 2011

Health officials say anti-tobacco campaigns have helped smoking rates drop ... in middle schools and another would ban teenagers with a graduated driver's ...

Boren hopes to make OU smoke-free by spring 2012 semester
Oklahoma Daily - September 13, 2011

OU President David Boren hopes to have a campus-wide ban on tobacco use in place by the spring semester, he said Monday during his State of the University ...

OU going tobacco-free
Norman Transcript - James S. Tyree - September 13, 2011

... of cleaning them up as reasons for the ban. The OU Health Sciences Center and OU-Tulsa already are tobacco-free campuses, as is Oklahoma State University.

Smoke-free rebate incentive helps restaurants convert facilities ($$)
Oklahoma City Journal Record, 2011-09-08
April Wilkerson

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is offering a rebate incentive to restaurants that previously constructed smoking rooms – if they voluntarily convert their facilities to become smoke-free. However, it’s unclear how many of the already-small percentage of Oklahoma restaurants with smoking rooms will take the agency up on its offer. ...

Green Country Restaurants May Go Smoke Free For Rebate Money
News On 6 (OK) - Tara Vreeland - September 7, 2011

But now Slyman is considering going smoke-free. The State Department of Health is offering a rebate of 50 percent of capital expenditures for certain ...

Oklahoma Restaurants Can Get Paid For Going Smoke Free
News On 6 - September 1, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma State Department of Health is paying restaurants to go smoke free. The "Restaurant Smoking Room Rebate Program" hopes to boost ...

New hookah bar, vendors coming to Norman
Norman (OK) Transcript - Joy Hampton - August 8, 2011

If the ordinance is approved, smoking will be permitted in the entire facility. Belly dancers will provide live entertainment. Davani reportedly intends to ...

Progress Delayed: State of Tobacco Control Policymaking in Oklahoma From 2005-2011
Berkeley Electronic Press ("bepress"), 2011-07-20
Michael S. Givel, et al.

Oklahoma’s 1987 Smoking In Public Places Act required the inclusion of smoking sections in restaurants and pre-empted more stringent local anti-tobacco laws with state regulations. ...

No ifs, ands or butts
Council to consider banning smoking at city parks
Muskogeephoenix.com (OK), 2011-06-20
Wendy Burton Phoenix Staff Writer The Muskogee Phoenix

Several area anti-tobacco organizations have asked the city to consider writing and passing an ordinance that will ban the use of tobacco in city parks. ...

Readdressing ordinances
Pryor Daily Times - May 20, 2011

The proposed ordinance on tobacco will declare all city property tobacco free. Use of tobacco on city property shall be prohibited if the ordinance is passed. Additionally, no person will be allowed to use tobacco in any city vehicle. ...

Council rejects ordinances
Pryor Daily Times - April 25, 2011

Ray also said the ordinance should have disallowed smoking within 25 feet of the entrance of a city-owned building. “When people are outside smoking, you have to walk through that smoke to get in the building,” he said. The ordinance on junk and ...

Tulsa County Health Director concerned about effects of HB2135
Bixby Bulletin - March 4, 2011

There has been much debate over HB 2135 (the proposed bill to overturn tobacco preemption) which if successful, will remove requirements that cities shall not enact more stringent regulations than state law related to tobacco use. Preemption, as both the tobacco industry and local control advocates know, removes a community’s right to enact local laws, in this case, smoke free air laws. It wipes out local control, taking power away from local governments and more importantly, the people to enact policies to protect the health and safety of their community.

The tobacco industry has worked tirelessly to undercut consequential local smoke free air laws because their power base is strongest at the state level and they are keenly aware that the only business harmed by these public health measures is their own. The industry also knows that preemptive laws can work in their favor to stop or diffuse tobacco control efforts throughout the state. If preemption was such a positive public health measure you would not see local control or public health advocates working so hard to overturn it, or consequentially, the tobacco industry working so hard to keep preemption laws intact.

Local control of health and public health issues has numerous benefits that are lost when local power is preempted. As Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services has said: “all public health is local - it’s got to start and be sustained at the local level.” Local controls provide for greater accountability because local legislators and political decision makers interact with their constituents on a daily basis, they may have developed personal relationships over time that makes it easier to have the difficult discussions regarding community issues. Local policy makers can craft laws addressing the unique needs of their communities, which fosters community first initiatives and allows diverse communities to adopt appropriate protections for themselves rather than a one size fits all model that doesn't protect the public's health ...

Cities Look For Tougher Anti-Smoking Ordinances
KOCO Oklahoma City - February 22, 2011

Health and business leaders are pushing for a bill that would give cities and towns the ability to impose anti-smoking ordinances that are tougher than current state law.

State and local Chamber of Commerce officials and Oklahoma Commissioner of Health Terry Cline will hold a press conference at the state Capitol on Tuesday to endorse the bill by House Speaker Kris Steele ...

Here is the latest Oklahoma news from The Associated Press
KFOR - February 22, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ­ Oklahoma House Speaker Kris Steele wants to let cities and towns pass anti-smoking ordinances that are stricter than those mandated by state law. Health and business leaders are set to hold a news conference today at the state ...

Lawmakers Busy with Committee Work
Pauls Valley Daily Democrat - Feb 18, 2011

House Bill 2135 would allow local communities the right to set local smoking regulations. The state of Oklahoma already grants communities similar power when it comes to setting “social host” ordinances regarding alcoholic beverages, and Oklahoma is ...

Bill giving Oklahoma cities power to ban smoking wins House panel approval
NewsOK.com - Michael Mcnutt - February 16, 2011

An Oklahoma House committee approves a bill that would give local governments the power to ban smoking in public places. The measure now goes to the full House. BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Leave a comment Local governments in Oklahoma would have the power to ban ...

Health officials push for local smoking-ban allowance
Tulsa World - Shannon Muchmore - January 11, 2011

Local health officials and politicians met Tuesday night to advocate for legislation that would allow municipalities to ban smoking in public places.

The public meeting, sponsored by the Tobacco Free Coalition for Tulsa County, was held at the Tulsa County Medical Society.

Oklahoma and Tennessee are the only two states that do not allow cities to create smoking restrictions that are stricter than state law.

Oklahoma Health Commissioner Terry Cline called the current situation archaic.

“You have been deprived from the right to protect your family from a killer,” he said.

The fight to change the legislation will be difficult, but it has a good chance of happening this session, he said.

“There are communities who want to do what is right, but they can’t,” Cline said. ...

EDITORIAL: Latest anti-smoking push not likely to fail in Legislature
NewsOK, 2010-12-01

The Oklahoma Municipal League asked this week for legislation that would allow cities and towns to set their own smoking bans, and there’s little reason to think the effort will get scuttled during the 2011 session. Momentum for this change is strong and has been building for some time.
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Health officials citing the dangers of secondhand smoke have long sought to make all restaurants in Oklahoma smoke free, even those that followed the law and invested in ventilation systems allowing for smoking and nonsmoking areas. A poll in March of this year showed 71 percent of Oklahomans favor eliminating all indoor smoking in public places, and more than half favor a statewide smoke-free law. There have at times been efforts to ban smoking in all public places, indoors or out.

Oklahoma is one of two states with pre-emption laws regarding tobacco — where state tobacco law supersedes local laws. This means municipalities may not enact anti-smoking laws that are tougher than what’s on the books at the state level. ...

Oklahoma groups take sides in smoking regulation debate
The Oklahoma Municipal League on Monday called on the Legislature to allow Oklahoma cities to regulate smoking.
NewsOK, 2010-11-30
JOHN ESTUS Oklahoman

Giving cities the power to ban smoking in public is a win-win situation, supporters said Monday as they urged the Legislature to allow it.

The Oklahoma Municipal League was joined by health groups and elected officials in calling for the repeal of a law that prevents cities from enacting smoking regulations tougher than the state’s.

House Speaker-elect Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, has said he will file legislation next year allowing cities and towns to regulate smoking as they see fit.

The tobacco industry has vowed to oppose the effort, saying existing state laws on smoking work just fine and don’t need to be changed. ...

Oklahoma lawmaker wants to allow city smoking bans
Columbia Daily Tribune - Nov 28, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Local governments in Oklahoma could soon have the power to ban smoking in public places under a plan legislators and health groups will announce tomorrow.

The plan calls for the repeal of state laws preventing cities and towns from enacting tobacco use restrictions stricter than the state’s. Oklahoma is one of only two states with these so-called pre-emption laws. House Speaker-elect Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, said he plans to file legislation allowing cities to decide whether to ban smoking in public places, such as bars.

“I am a proponent of local control,” Steele said. “We have a high prevalence of tobacco use in the state of Oklahoma, and it causes many health issues.”

Several groups who favor the repeal of pre-emption laws on tobacco restrictions will announce the plan tomorrow at the Oklahoma Municipal League, which supports the idea.

A majority of states have banned smoking in most public places, as have hundreds of cities nationwide.

“I absolutely support individual rights, but on this issue, we’re talking about having local communities make decisions that they feel like will be in the best interest of their residents on tobacco policies,” Steele said.

Previous efforts to ban smoking statewide have failed. Sen. David Myers, R-Ponca City, wrote some of the failed legislation and said earlier this month that giving cities the option to regulate smoking stands a better chance at passing the Legislature than an all-out smoking ban ...

VIDEO: Tulsa Leaders To Consider Anti-Smoking Ban
KOKI Fox23 (Tulsa, OK), 2010-11-26
Reported by: Lyndsay Levingston

The leaders of the City of Tulsa could soon have power to ban smoking in public places.

In an announcement to come Monday, legislators and health groups will announce the plan.

The plan calls for the repeal of state laws preventing cities and towns from enacting tobacco use restrictions stricter than the state's.

Tulsans, both smokers and non-smokers have very strong opinions about the issue.

"Christopher Reeves' wife died of lung cancer and she didn't smoke," non-smoker Marci Adams and mother of twin girls said, "it makes you think of how second hand smoke can affect everyone." ...

Oklahoma City Council sets legislative priorities
NewsOK.com - Bryan Dean - November 10, 2010

More money for transit and the relocation of Interstate 40, curbing sales tax exemptions and giving cities the right to pass smoking ordinances are among Oklahoma City's legislative priorities.
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The city council unanimously approved a list of state and federal legislative priorities Tuesday. ...

QuikTrip Opposes Patchwork Tobacco Laws
CSP Daily News - October 14, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Cities and towns in Oklahoma would be allowed to approve anti-smoking laws that are stricter than state law under a proposal by state health officials, said the Associated Press. Tulsa-based QuikTrip Corp. is among the opponent of the plan.

Current law prohibits cities and towns from passing laws against smoking in public places that would be more strict than state law.

The proposal adopted Tuesday by the Oklahoma State Board of Health and health departments in Tulsa and Oklahoma City calls for eliminating that prohibition ...

Okla. health officials propose smoking law changes
NECN - October 13, 2010

Cities and towns in Oklahoma would be allowed to approve anti-smoking laws that are stricter than state law under a proposal by state health officials.

Current law prohibits cities and towns from passing laws against smoking in public places that would be more strict than state law.

The proposal adopted Tuesday by the Oklahoma State Board of Health and health departments in Tulsa and Oklahoma City calls for eliminating that prohibition.

One example is a current state law that allows some restaurants to allow smoking if they have a separately ventilated room. If the law were repealed, local ordinances could essentially be approved that would ban all smoking in restaurants.

State Health Commissioner Terry Cline told the Tulsa World that some communities believe stricter smoking bans would encourage economic development. ...

Rose State College to go tobacco-free by August
NewsOK.com - David Stanley Ford - October 12, 2010

MIDWEST CITY — Rose State College will go tobacco-free by August following a recent vote from the college's Board of Regents and Board of Trustees.
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At the board's Sept. 30 meeting, members voted unanimously for the college to end all smoking and tobacco use on campus.

Smoking is now allowed in designated areas outside of buildings on the campus grounds. This action will end "smoke breaks” of any kind on the campus in time for the fall semester. ...

Tulsa County facilities, cars to become tobacco-free
Tulsa World - Kevin Canfield - September 7, 2010

Tulsa County commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to approve a resolution making nearly all county facilities and vehicles tobacco-free.


The resolution pertains only to those buildings administered by the Board of County Commissioners. The Tulsa Jail and Expo Square, for example, are run by authorities and would not be affected by the resolution.

Commissioners agreed to allow residents of the Tulsa County Emergency Shelter, at Charles Page Boulevard and Gilcrease Museum Road, to continue to use the facility's smoking room.

Currently, smoking is prohibited in most county buildings and all vehicles under the commissioners' purview. Designated smoking areas have been created for those buildings, including the homeless shelter. ...

Smoking to be allowed again in some Oklahoma prisons
Tobacco use will once again be permitted at minimum-security prisons in Oklahoma starting in August
NewsOK, 2010-07-22
VALLERY BROWN Oklahoman

Inmates in a dozen state prisons will be able to light up and puff away next month without consequences from corrections staff.

Cigarettes will again be sold in minimum-security prisons, and prisoners will be able to smoke starting Aug. 2, state Corrections Department officials have confirmed.

Smoking will be allowed outside in designated areas, said Jerry Massie, Corrections Department spokesman.

"It's something we've been talking about for several months, but we're just now writing the policies," Massie said.

Okla. governor to sign smoke-room rebate bill
KSWO - May 7, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma restaurants that created separately ventilated smoking rooms would get a rebate to convert them to smoke-free under a bill Gov. Brad Henry plans to sign into law.

Henry scheduled a bill signing ceremony Friday for the Clean Air in Restaurants Act.

The voluntary program authorizes the State Department of Health to implement the rebate program. It would allow restaurants to recover 50 percent of the original expenditure, minus depreciation costs, if it converts to a smoke-free restaurant by January 2013.

The bill directs the Health Department to fund the program using a fund that includes money from the state's tobacco tax. ...

VOLUNTARY SMOKE-FREE BILL GOES TO GOVERNOR
KOKC - May 4, 2010

A bill offering rebates to restaurants that voluntarily create smoke-free environments is on its way to the governor's desk. Representative Kris Steele says implementing the program would fall to the State Health Department, which would also be allowed to establish health and wellness programs in communities and schools. Steele is quick to point out the bill has no mandates.

Council bans tobacco in city parks
Tahlequah Daily Press - Bob Gibbins - May 4, 2010

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah city councilors gave their unanimous approval Monday night to an ordinance prohibiting tobacco use of any kind in city parks.

A group known as Students Working Against Tobacco approached the council at a previous meeting, seeking the ordinance. Norman, Moore and Owasso already had similar ordinances on the books.

The request was initially understood to concern smoking at city parks, but SWAT members told the council last month they’d like the ordinance to include smokeless tobacco. ...

Healthier Living, Smoke-Free Restaurants Encouraged Legislation Goes To ...
News On 6 - May 4, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Legislation to make Oklahoma a healthier state through local efforts promoting personal responsibility is one step away from becoming law.

House Bill 2774, by Rep. Kris Steele, authorizes the State Department of Health to implement a rebate program to reimburse restaurant owners for a portion of the expenses incurred in complying with statutory requirements for constructing a designated smoking room if the restaurant converts to a completely smoke-free environment.

The measure also allows the State Department of Health to establish programs for the voluntary certification of communities and schools that promote wellness and health.

"This is a purely voluntary program that will help encourage restaurants to go completely smoke-free," said Steele, R-Shawnee. "This legislation is designed to help our communities and schools become healthier by promoting awareness and personal responsibility. There are no mandates in this bill, but instead options, opportunities and incentives to encourage healthy behavior." ...

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Oklahoma Senate Approves Rebate Program For Smoking Rooms
KHBS-KHOG Northwest Arkansas - April 21, 2010

In 2003, Oklahoma legislators passed a law banning smoking in restaurants unless the owner built a separate ventilated room for smokers.

Tuesday, the Oklahoma Senate voted 38-8 for the Clean Air in Restaurants Act, which would pay restaurants half of what it cost them to build the room if they remove it and go smoke-free by January 2013. ...

Council approves accrual increase
Tahlequah Daily Press - Bob Gibbins - April 20, 2010

... That meeting is also expected to be the time the council takes action on an ordinance prohibiting smoking in city-owned parks and recreation areas. Val Dobbins, appearing with the group Students Working Against Tobacco, told the mayor the proposed ordinance should prohibit all tobacco products in those locations.

The proposed ordinance calls for a fine of $10 to $100 for those who violate the ordinance.

Owasso, Norman and Noble have already enacted similar ordinances.

Smoking ban eyed for city parks
Tahlequah Daily Press - Bob Gibbins - April 6, 2010

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah city councilors could get their first look in two weeks at a proposed ordinance to prohibit smoking in city parks.

A large student contingent presented a proposal to city councilors Monday, asking them to consider the measure. Owasso, Norman and Noble already have such ordinances, the group said.

The presentation was made by several students while the council and members of the audience looked at a plastic container holding nearly 5,000 cigarette butts, which were picked up off of park grounds in one day recently. ...

Chickasaw Nation’s ban on smoking may signal time to quit
NewsOK, 2010-04-06
SONYA COLBERG

American Indians smoked tobacco for religious and medicinal uses in 1 B.C., and presented Christopher Columbus with tobacco leaves in 1492. But today, the state's tribes are working with Oklahoma to stop smoking.

Rep. Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, said he and Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby hope the tribe's new nonsmoking policy will be a model for other tribes throughout Oklahoma.

In February, the Chickasaw Nation banned smoking in all restaurants, food courts and event centers on Chickasaw Nation-owned properties.
The reaction to the smoke-free environment in restaurants has been positive, Bill Lance, Chickasaw Nation division of commerce administrator, said in a statement.

"While it is not feasible to prohibit smoking in all of our commercial facilities, we are taking measures to minimize the impact of second-hand smoke," he said.

The tribe didn't confirm whether the ban would extend to Chickasaw casino restaurants, but Steele said he doesn't anticipate that it would include casinos or their restaurants. ...

Poll shows support for smoking ban
CNBC - March 23, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY - Supporters of further limits on smoking in public have relaased anew poll indicating most Oklahomans favor banning smoking in bars and restaurants.

The poll commissioned by the Smoke Free Oklahoma coalition found 71 percent of Oklahomans favor eliminating indoor smoking in public places. It also found 94 percent of Oklahoma voters believe secondhand smoke is a health hazard.

Legislation to tighten smoking restrictions and eliminate smoking in bars and restaurants has died in the state Legislature this year.

Marilyn Davidson of the American Heart Association says the poll shows lawmakers that their constituents favor banning indoor smoking.

The poll was performed in late February by SoonerPoll.com and surveyed 1,000 likely voters registered in the state. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent. ...

Legislation passed by Oklahoma House would encourage restaurants to go smoke-free
CanadianBusiness.com - March 10, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Legislation approved by the Oklahoma House would encourage restaurants in the state to go smoke-free.

The measure passed 89-10 Tuesday and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

State law currently restricts smoking in most public places and requires restaurants to have separate smoking rooms for patrons who wish to smoke.

The measure by House Speaker Pro Tem Kris Steele of Shawnee authorizes the state Department of Health to reimburse restaurant owners for part of the cost they incurred to build a smoking room. ...

SMOKE OUT
Chickasha (OK) Express-Star, 2010-03-05
LARON SHORT The Express-Star

The Oklahoma State Senate approved a bill Thursday that would allow state regents to ban smoking on any public college or university.

The measure passed the Senate 29-11.

Senate Bill 1674 was authored by Sen, James Halligan, R-Stillwater, who is also the former president of Oklahoma State University.

Students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, smokers and non-smokers alike, generally have a negative reactions to the legislation. ...

Bill Would Offer Incentives For Eliminating Smoke Rooms
KHBS-KHOG Northwest Arkansas - February 23, 2010

In 2003, an Oklahoma law was passed banning smoking in restaurants unless the owner provided a separate ventilated room with bathrooms. This week, Oklahoma lawmakers proposed a bill that would offer incentives to owners if they voluntarily eliminate those rooms.

State leaders say the incentives could be as much as 50 percent of what it cost them to build the smoke rooms.

Experts estimate about 120 business owners built a smoking room and if they were all reimbursed it would cost the state an estimated $300,000.

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Mazzio's owner brings support for smoke-free restaurants bill in Oklahoma
NewsOK.com - Julie Bisbee - February 24, 2010

When Ken Selby did away with smoking areas at his restaurants across the state, he expected to see a drop in sales.

Instead, Selby said the sales at the 106 Mazzio’s and Oliveto restaurants increased. Now Selby is urging all restaurants across the state to go smoke-free.

Selby was among the anti-smoking advocates at the state Capitol on Monday urging lawmakers to consider legislation to make the state’s restaurants and businesses smoke-free. ...

Altus High School students look ban smoking in parks
KSWO-TV ( Lawton, OK), 2010-02-18

Some Altus High School students are working to get smoking in public parks banned.

Students Working Against Tobacco is a nationwide group with a chapter in Altus. The group gets grants in return for coming up with programs to help stamp out smoking, especially among minors. This year they plan to present their idea to the Altus City Council in hopes they will pass an ordinance banning smoking in parks.

The students in the group say they noticed many kids use the park as a place to smoke and they say all the cigarette butts on the ground were just making the problem worse. ...

Research finds hazards from secondhand smoke in bars and restaurants
ScienceBlog.com (blog) - February 16, 2010

New research by the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC) shows that concentrations of secondhand tobacco smoke inhaled in smoking rooms of restaurants and bars are exceptionally high and hazardous to health.

According to the study, which appears in the center's new report "Tobacco Smoke Pollution in Oklahoma Workplaces," the average particulate level measured in restaurant smoking rooms was beyond the hazardous extreme based on levels established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The level found in bars was even worse.

"These levels are exceptionally high and not healthy for the employees and patrons exposed to particles found in secondhand smoke," said Heather Basara, M.D., an industrial hygienist and lead investigator on the research. ...

Tobacco Smoke Pollution in Oklahoma Workplaces: Preliminary Report (PDF)
Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center , 2010-02-01

Conclusions
Smoking inside certain types of public places and workplaces, allowed under current state laws in Oklahoma, creates unhealthy to hazardous environments in those places.
• Restaurants that are entirely nonsmoking have moderate levels of PM2.5 material in the air.
• Nonsmoking dining areas of restaurants with smoking rooms have three times as much PM2.5 as entirely nonsmoking restaurants, averaging in the range considered “unhealthy” by the EPA based on particulate concentration.
• Smoking rooms in restaurants averaged 1.5 times the “hazardous” level established by the EPA for particulate concentrations.
• Bars averaged 2.6 times the “hazardous” level established by the EPA for particulate concentrations. ...

City bans smoking on playgrounds
Edmond Sun - James Coburn - December 15, 2009

EDMOND — An ordinance prohibiting smoking on all city park playgrounds was approved 4-1 Monday evening by the Edmond City Council.

The Edmond Parks and Recreation Advisory Board had promoted the issue since last summer.

The ordinance does not ban smoking in city parks. “No smoking” signs will be placed within 50 feet of playgrounds, said Jim Bowlin, director of Parks and Recreation. These signs would be provided at no charge to the city by the Oklahoma City-County Health Department. Smoking would be prohibited in the confines of fenced areas at ball fields, Bowlin added. ...

Edmond parks board OKs smoking ban plan
NewsOK, 2009-11-21
JOHN A. WILLIAMS

The Edmond Parks and Recreation Advisory Board unanimously approved a proposed ordinance banning smoking in the city's parks and playgrounds.

The ordinance now goes to the city council. If approved, the ordinance would go into effect 30 days later.

Board member Dennis Shockley said the ordinance was drafted by City Attorney Steve Murdock and patterned after a similar ordinance adopted in Norman this summer.

The ordinance prohibits smoking within 50 feet of Edmond city park playgrounds, including Pelican Bay Aquatic Center, and the fenced areas at all Edmond athletic complexes. ...

Edmond parks board to discuss smoking ban
NewsOK.com - John A. Williams - November 18, 2009

The Edmond Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will discuss a proposed nonsmoking ordinance near playgrounds and athletic fields Thursday. ...

LETTER: Do your homework
NewsOK, 2009-11-06
Jim Hester, Midwest City; Hester is associate dean for the Business & Information Technology Division at Rose State Col

Regarding "Activists target smoking loopholes" (news story, Oct. 30): Oklahoma bar and restaurant owners act as if our state would be the first and only one to go smoke-free in public venues. Far from it. If Jim Hopper, president of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, wants to eliminate his members' concerns about losing business if a smoking ban is enacted, he should contact any other restaurant association president in a state with a similar ban. He'd learn that profits at a majority of restaurants have actually increased.

The New York Times archives include articles printed before New York City's ban was enacted. Get the names of all the interviewed restaurant owners who were worried about their restaurant's potential profit losses. Call those same owners today and ask them how their profits are doing since the ban. Do your homework. And when your post-ban profits increase, remember to thank the groups that pushed for the ban. ...

Officials To Seek Smoking Ban
KTUL - October 29, 2009

Oklahoma City - Oklahoma health officials say they will try again next year to pass legislation to ban smoking in bars and restaurants.

Representatives of the American Heart Association and the state Department of Health announced their plans Thursday. The legislation will be similar to a bill that died in the Oklahoma House last spring. ...

Edmond parks consider banning smoking
KFOR-TV NewsChannel 4 (Oklahoma City, OK), 2009-10-23
Chellie Mills Reporting KFOR

Earlier this year, the City of Norman made a decision to ban smoking at area parks. Now another city is considering the same thing. Edmond's Parks and Recreation Department is working to draft an ordinance which would ban smoking at local sports fields and near the children's play areas at local parks.

Jim Bowlin, Director of Parks and Recreation in Edmond, says, "We'd like to create a more healthy environment for our citizens and set a better example for our youth."

Public housing smoking ban considered
Stillwater NewsPress, October 9, 2009

A new law could mean the end of smoking within public housing in Stillwater.

Congress passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act earlier this year, and President Barack Obama signed the bill this summer.

Stillwater Public Housing Authority Executive Director L. Glen Redding said he will draft a revised policy for review and vote by the authority no later than February. The updated policy could go into affect as early as March, he said.

The authority has banned smoking in public housing common areas since 1985, he said, and this proposal would extend the ban to individual homes. ...

SGU going tobacco free
Shawnee (OK) News-Star, 2009-07-29

As part of its ongoing initiative of improving campus health, St. Gregory’s University has announced it is going “tobacco free” at its three campus locations. The change will take place on Saturday, and under the new policy, tobacco use of any kind will be prohibited anywhere on campus, indoors and out.

SGU joins a list of approximately 160 colleges and universities nationwide that prohibit smoking and all forms of tobacco use everywhere on campus (no designated smoking areas), according to the American Lung Association. ...

Tobacco ban begins Thursday
Norman (OK) Transcript, 2009-07-19
Meghan McCormick

An ordinance that bans tobacco use in any Norman city park goes into effect Thursday. Norman's City Council approved the measure at its regular meeting held June 23.

The Norman Police Department is ready to enforce the city's tobacco ban. Signs will start going up in city parks on Monday.

Norman Police Capt. Leonard Judy said if police receive a call from the public about someone who is seen violating the tobacco ban, an officer will respond and investigate. ...

Ambitious goal set to reduce tobacco use in Okla.
Forbes - Ron Jenkins - July 8, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY -- State officials are asking Oklahoma residents, who have one of the highest smoking rates in the country, to join them in an ambitious goal to reduce tobacco use to below the national average by 2012.

Achieving that goal would result in 200,000 fewer adult and youth tobacco users in the state, officials said Tuesday.

The plan urges Oklahomans to make their homes and vehicles smoke-free and support policies to promote smoking cessation. ...

Mayors snub smoking ban
Norman Transcript - June 26, 2009

Group in town for conference give opinions on new Norman policy

Craig Parham, mayor of Amber, said the ban prohibiting smoking in city parks enacted Tuesday by the Norman City Council would never go over in the town of 500, north of Chickasha.

"I can understand it in buildings, but outdoors -- that's a different story," Parham said. "It's too controlling."

Parham was one of about 80 mayors, vice mayors and other city and town officials from across Oklahoma who converged Thursday in Norman for the Oklahoma Conference of Mayors 2009 summer retreat. ...

Norman council to discuss tobacco ban
NewsOK.com - Jane Glenn Cannon - June 23, 2009

Course officials have said they are concerned a smoking ban would hurt business. City officials want smoking banned in public parks because they say it sets ...

Smoke alarm: Oklahoma tenants get few tobacco-free options
While some areas are enacting restrictions, that's not the case here
NewsOK, 2009-04-25
VALLERY BROWN

Laura Clay says she was being poisoned by a neighbor's cigarette smoke.

Clay, 31, of Norman, said she started complaining to her landlord about the smoke coming in the vents of her apartment a short time after moving there in 2007. When her 8-year-old daughter's asthma worsened and her son was born prematurely in summer 2008, Clay quit asking and started demanding that something be done.

"They told me there was nothing they could do," Clay said, "that my neighbors had every right to smoke in their apartment. But we couldn't breathe." . . .

Then she started calling around for advice.

She reached Doug Matheny, tobacco use prevention chief for the state Health Department. He said secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing like apartment complexes is an issue he regularly gets calls about.

Municipalities and counties across the country, including areas in Washington, California and Minnesota, have already banned or restricted smoking in multi-unit or public housing.

Matheny said Oklahoma isn't looking at policy options, but officials want to educate people about the health risks.

Percy Brown, project coordinator for the Tobacco Free Zone program, is working on a research project examining smoking trends in three of the Tulsa Housing Authority's 14 communities. ...

Oklahoma committee waters down smoking ban bill
AP, 2009-02-19
MICK HINTON

Intro:
Efforts to ban all smoking in restaurants and other public places appeared dead Thursday, but the bill's author says the issue is bound to return for consideration in some future year.

"It's going to happen," said Senate author David Myers, R-Ponca City.
Currently, restaurants are allowed to have separately ventilated smoking rooms that are segregated from other customers. In 2003, regulations went into effect creating the separate rooms.

Myers said only about 120 of the 7,000 restaurants in the state still have the special rooms.

The issue was referred Thursday to an eight-member task force comprised of House and Senate representatives along with others concerned, like the state health department, associations dealing with cancer and lung problems and also bar and restaurant representatives.

Bill would ban smoking in restaurants
KSWO, OK - February 10, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Supporters of legislation that would ban smoking in restaurants and most other public places say a new poll shows it has lots of public support.

Results of the poll were released Tuesday by representatives of the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and other groups.

It shows 59% of those surveyed support a law that would eliminate smoking and smoking sections in public places. Only 37% oppose it.

Lawmakers Asked to Expand Smoking Ban
KOKI FOX 23, OK - February 3, 2009

Tonight we’re experiencing a clash of individual rights: the right to smoke and the right to breathe clean air. In Oklahoma, there is new debate over whether to expand the ban on smoking in all indoor public places and workplaces. FOX 23’s Kaci Christian has the latest on this. Opinions are strongly divided

Bill targets smoking rooms
The Oklahoma Restaurant Association opposes the move to abolish the rooms
Tulsa World, 2009-01-20
BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau

The Oklahoma Restaurant Association is opposed to a measure that aims to abolish smoking rooms.

Sen. David Myers, R-Ponca City, has filed Senate Bill 1036, which would abolish separately ventilated smoking rooms by Sept. 1, 2010. It would ban new or existing restaurants from adding designated smoking rooms after Sept. 1, 2009.

During the last legislative session, Myers' Senate Bill 1875 -- which would have wiped out smoking in all restaurants, taverns, bars and hotels -- had too few votes to pass.

Myers said the time frame of his current legislation would allow restaurant owners who built the rooms in response to a 2003 law to depreciate the costs.
He said he is willing to negotiate on the date.

Report: Smoking ban hasn't hurt restaurant industry
Tulsa World, 2008-09-24
BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau

A report released Tuesday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows that a law restricting smoking in public places has not had an adverse impact on the restaurant industry.

In 2006, restaurants had to create separately ventilated and enclosed rooms if they wanted to allow smoking. The law also puts restrictions on smoking in public places.
According to the report, only 1 percent to 2 percent of the restaurants in the state opted for the separate rooms.

Legislation introduced last session would have wiped out the separate smoking rooms. It died, with opponents saying they didn’t want to hurt businesses that spent resources to build the rooms as a result of the law.

Public health advocates are expected to look to the Legislature to support laws closing the loopholes that allow smoking in certain indoor workplaces and public places, said Bob Miner, Oklahoma State Department of Health clean indoor air coordinator.

Restaurant Owner Urges Peers to Go Smoke-Free
NewsOK , 2003-08-28
Jim Killackey / The Oklahoman

Longtime Oklahoma City restaurateur Don Coit says he wasted $65,000 building separate rooms to accommodate smokers at his three Coit's eateries.

Coit, who specializes in root beer, urged restaurant owners and operators Wednesday not to make the same financial blunder -- and to go smoke-free immediately.

He and other anti-tobacco advocates kicked off a campaign addressing a key aspect of a state law restricting smoking in public places and work environments.

The law goes into effect Monday, but restaurants have until March 1, 2006, to fully comply with the law designed to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. . .

"We tried all different smoking policies. A year ago, we built separately ventilated rooms for smokers, but they were hardly used, so we went smoke-free and it's working out great," Don Coit said. "We should have gone smoke-free in the first place."

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