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Oregon has a strong statewide law in place providing 100% smokefree indoor air in workplaces, restaurants and bars. The law also prohibits smoking within 10 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes of workplaces or public places. When it took effect in January 2009, the law also restored local control and Oregon communities are once again allowed to enact local smokefree laws.
Limited exemptions to the workplace law include qualifying smoke shops, cigar bars and up to 25% of hotel or motel rooms.
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Smokefree & Related News
could ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors (poll)
turns blind eye to underage smokers
now part of county ban ($$)
smoking with kids in the car be banned?
added to tobacco ban for Eugene's schools
deserve tolerance, not a ban, in open-air parks: Editorial Agenda 2013
Hills Park & Recreation District: Smoking ban gains support ...
stands behind smoking ban on campus
starts move to smoke-free
Lawmakers Look at New E-Cigarette Tax
lawmakers debate e-cigarette taxes
Eyes Tobacco-Free Festival Area
Hills Park & Recreation District to consider smoking ban
No. 1 in tobacco sales to kids, and that's not new
properties, events to go tobacco-free Sept. 1
implementing new smoke-free policy
further restricts tobacco use on properties
Oregon Laws Change Rules For Tanning Teens, Smoking In ...
Rose: TriMet's smoking ban has boundaries
itching to squeeze smokers
bans smoking in cars with kids
Oregon drivers caught smoking in cars with kids may face hefty fines under a new state law. Gov. John Kitzhaber signed into law on Tuesday a bill that prohibits ...
Night Out will be smoke-free
Nielsen: Smoking may stink, but it packs a nostalgic punch
wraps up first smoke-free year
House OKs ban on smoking in cars with kids
on smoking in cars with kids heads to Oregon governor
the smoke-free policy working? Take this quick survey
'National Night Out' go smoke free?
has become a tobacco free zone
wants to hear from more residents about proposed tobacco ban
Says Multnomah County Could Levy 50 Cigarette Tax
receives accolades for tobacco-free policy
The UO has received the Fresh Air Gold Campus award for adopting a 100 percent tobacco-free policy, the highest level of achievement awarded by the Fresh Air Campus Challenge. According to the Americans Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, the United States has at least 1,159 smoke-free campuses. Of these, 783 have a tobacco-free policy.
bars with patios face time restrictions
Most everyone has been on both sides of that conflict, but members of the early-to-bed crowd lose nightly battles when they live next to a bar or tavern, and they've become increasingly sleep-deprived since Oregon passed a law prohibiting patrons from smoking indoors.
Tobacco Ban Founded In Science
Passes Bill Allowing County Cigarette Taxes
to outlaw smoking in 2014 ($$)
lets counties tax tobacco
Senate Passes Bill To Prohibit Smoking In Cars With Minors
joins effort to go smoke-free by 2016
ban good for health, people should still have a choice
Planning To Be Smoke-Free By 2016 ($$)
County Fair plans to restrict smoking
Hovde: Should we fine smoking drivers or just butt out?
ban proposed for drivers with kids
Wants Tobacco Money Spent on Prevention
a Cigarette, Go To Jail: That's The Plan One Oregon Lawmaker Is Cooking
Town: State parks are the next battlefield for tobacco bans in Oregon
Laws restricting smoking make a matchless blessing ($$)
ban on state property in effect
employee smoking ban takes effect
Report: Oregon Ranks 20th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
and state lottery earnings
I was recently doing some research into the State of Oregons
quarterly revenue forecasts, and I ran across an interesting statement.
In the December 2012 Lottery Earnings Forecast, it says [Lottery]
revenue fell sharply in the wake of the recession and enactment of the
smoking ban. A smoking ban caused lottery revenue to fall? It
seemed like a curious comment in an otherwise dry budget document, and
so I dug into it a little. The smoking ban mentioned in the states
revenue forecast is the Oregon smoking ban expansion that went into
effect in January 2009 that prohibited smoking in restaurants, bars
and taverns. Anecdotal evidence after the ban spoke of significant loss
of lottery revenue because of the ban, noting that video poker had dropped
tobacco-free policy goes into effect
initiative clears the air, receives mixed reviews
replacement therapy offered at UO in transition to a tobacco-free campus
Want Legislature to Spend Tobacco Agreement Funds on Prevention
council rejects proposal to ban smoking in parks
At Monday night's council meeting, Klamath Falls City Council members roundly rejected a proposed ordinance that would ban the use of tobacco products in city parks, although several remained open to a less restrictive ordinance that would ban smoking on
of Oregon Smoking Ban Update
UO was the first Pac12 school to ban smoking on campus. The smoking ban forbids the use of all tobacco products on grounds owned or controlled by the
Make parks smoke-free
ban debate reignites
Leeanne Bale didnt mince words when she heard Lane County was considering banning smoking outdoors on county-owned property. If the county does move ahead with the idea, it will be in good company. More than 600 cities and counties nationwide from the Deep South to the Midwest and from tobacco-growing states to California have passed laws prohibiting smoking in parks, according to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation. Ten cities and two counties in Oregon are among them.
transit, outdoor smoking and ballot privacy: Opinion roundup
Corvallis goes smoke-free
banned at Autzen Stadium for Ducks games
County considers extending smoking bans
County Could Go Smoke-Free
Health and Human Services spokesman Jason Davis says they're hosting a town hall meeting to get feedback on banning smoking from county properties.
campus tobacco-free starting Sept. 1
of smoking ban: Education over enforcement
Village casino backers show off plans for 'uniquely Oregon ...
State University's effort to discourage smoking encourages ...
leaders meet Wednesday on tobacco-free campus
governor orders state buildings to go tobacco-free by 2014
steps up tobacco ban
and Portland Parks Bureau consider smoking ban for campus Park Blocks
Portland State University has started talks with Portland Parks &
Recreation about limiting or prohibiting tobacco use in the South Park
Blocks that run through the center of campus. Representatives of both
said the talks are in early stages and will require public input beyond
that of PSU students and faculty.
The city's Public Safety Committee and Health and Human Services
Committee approved the ordinance in a unanimous vote at a meeting last
Co. Survey on Secondhand Smoke
BEND, Ore. -- Deschutes County Health Services invites residents and
visitors to complete a brief online survey about secondhand smoke exposure
and tobacco use in relation to downtown areas. The countys goal
is to better understand resident and visitor tobacco and smoke-free
preferences for future policy-making consideration
allow smoke at the county fair
You stated there is a worry that it would deter people from going to
the fair. This is the same logic restaurants used when the non-smoking
law was introduced, ...
Cheer on smoke-free environments
Congratulations to the Oregon Zoo for going smoke-free beginning May
26. (Use of all tobacco products will be banned on zoo grounds.) The
Metro Council ...
Zoo to implement non-smoking policy May 26
The Oregon Zoo is going smoke-free. Starting May 26, the use of tobacco
products, including cigarettes, will be prohibited on zoo grounds as
part of a wider policy that affects all Metro-operated facilities. Smoking
has long been prohibited inside zoo buildings, but has previously been
allowed in designated outdoor areas.
banned at Talking Water Gardens
Dogs on leashes are OK at the Talking Water Gardens, but smoking tobacco
bans outdoor smoking: Even chewing tobacco will be prohibited in parks,
all other Benton County property
The Board of Commissioners voted 3 to 0 on Tuesday to ban smoking
as well as smokeless tobacco products such as chew, snuff and electronic
cigarettes at all county-owned facilities and grounds starting
Jan. 1, 2013. The ban includes not only public areas and parking lots
outside county buildings but also all county parks, natural areas and
campgrounds. Technically, the new rule is an internal policy that governs
Benton County employees, not an ordinance, so no public hearing was
required to pass it. But its written in such a way as to apply
to volunteers, interns, clients, visitors and vendors on county property
snuffs out smoking in parks
By Kara Hansen Murphey You can no longer smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco ... The city council Tuesday approved a resolution banning the use of tobacco ...
sends tobacco packing from public buildings
The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a new tobacco-free campus policy on Thursday for all county-owned properties.
Pizacani, B.A.; Maher, J.E.; Rohde, K.; Drach, L.; Stark, M.J., "Implementation of a smoke-free policy in subsidized multiunit housing: effects on smoking cessation and secondhand smoke exposure," Nicotine and Tobacco Research [Epub ahead of print], February 7, 2012.
This survey of low income residents of multiunit subsidized housing
in Portland, Oregon, four months and one year after implementation of
smokefree policies found a self-reported annualized quit rate of 14.7
percent over the study period (95 percent CI = 7.9 percent-21.6 percent)
compared with a historical quit rate of 2.6 percent (95 percent CI =
0.6 percent-4.5 percent). Nearly half of continuing smokers reduced
their cigarette consumption. More smokers correctly reported policy
rules for indoor settings than for outdoor settings and self-reported
indoor smoking decreased significantly from 59 percent to 17 percent.
Among nonsmokers, frequent indoor secondhand smoke exposure (multiple
times per week) decreased from 41 percent to 17 percent.
curbs smoking among substance abusers
The state of Oregon is fighting tobacco use among people with mental illness and substance abuse disorders, officials say. ...
smoke and heart attacks: What the numbers mean
When the ICAA went into effect, it replaced a statewide law banning
smoking in most indoor workplaces in Oregon that had been in existence
since 2001. ...
happened to Oregon's heart miracle?
By Guest Columnist By Jacob Grier When Oregon's smoking ban took effect
in 2009 ... and cited research claiming that banning smoking in bars
and restaurants ...
smoking in city parks
Council rejects smoking limitation
ban expanded at countys Behavioral Health Services complex
Lane County government has added another property to the growing list
of sites nationwide where smoking is entirely banned, indoor and out.
Effective Monday, smoking will be prohibited at the countys sprawling,
woodsy Behavioral Health Services complex at 2411 Martin Luther King
Jr. Blvd. in Eugene. ...
colleges and universities plan to go smoke-free
Colleges want to wipe out tobacco and the dangers of second-hand smoke,
promote better health, reduce litter -- and prepare students for a near
universal smoke-free workplace in a state where policy banned smokers
from public buildings, restaurants and some parks years ago. By next
fall, most smokers at Oregon universities will have to leave campus
to light up. ...
council votes not to ban park smoking
House passes disputed hookah lounge bill
parks smoking ban is a hazy issue
House to vote on disputed hookah bill
County bans sale of e-cigarettes to minors
By Elliot Njus, The Oregonian AP Photo/Ed AndrieskiAn electronic cigarette and the filter end, which holds a liquid nicotine solution. A new Clark County ordinance bans selling the devices to minors. Selling electronic cigarettes -- the ...
Asks Bend To Prohibit Smoking On College Way
council waits to decide fate of smoking in parks
smoking in parks is for health
bar slips through legislative loophole
If Oregon lawmakers pass House Bill 2726, new hookah bars would be
banned from opening, but the 62 existing lounges statewide plus any
established before July would be grandfathered in. ...
lawmakers try to plug loophole allowing hookah lounges
Al Narah, Eugene's newest hookah lounge, may have opened in the nick
of time. ...
Votes to Place Restrictions on Hookah Bars
County will consider banning sale of e-cigarettes to minors
They're not cigarettes, but they're are close enough to catch the attention
of Clark County Public Health. ...
buy fewer cigarettes, die less from tobacco-related cancers, according
to state report
While Oregonians buy fewer cigarettes and die less from tobacco-related cancers, the number of people smoking had a slight uptick in 2009 -- though public health officials can't yet say is a trend.
Oregon also saw a rise last year in use of smokeless tobacco products
particularly among adult males and hookah pipe smoking popular among
teenagers and young adults. Data from an Oregon Tobacco Prevention &
Education Program report were released Tuesday also showed ...
announces plan to ban smoking
The University of Oregon announced Wednesday that it plans to go entirely tobacco-free as part of a new initiative promoting healthy lifestyles for students, faculty and staff. That means no tobacco use -- cigarettes or otherwise -- anywhere on campus.
But the ban won't go into effect until the start of fall term 2012, giving campus health officials almost two years to work out the details of the prohibition and to prepare the campus community for the change. And it will provide time to work out some of the thornier technicalities of what is now a broadly conceived program.
The ban, approved by UO President Richard Lariviere, was unveiled at a morning event that included the announcement that the UO has landed a $1 million gift that will help fund the university's new Healthy Campus Initiative, including more help for students and employees who want to quit tobacco. ...
Clean Air Act Compliance Study (PDF)
Oregons amended Indoor Clean Air Act, also referred to as Oregons
Smokefree Workplace Law, prohibits smoking in almost all indoor workplaces
and public places with the exception of cigar bars and smoke shops that
are certified by the Oregon Tobacco Prevention and Education Program
(TPEP) as meeting statutory exemption requirements (ORS 433.835
433.875). In the summer of 2010, TPEP conducted assessments of certified
cigar bars and smoke shops to determine compliance with the law. A previous
study assessed statewide compliance among businesses newly required
to be smokefree. ...
to ban smoking in city parks
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Smokers in Roseburg will soon not be able to light
up in parks.
Council may consider smoking ban in city parks
... The council could consider directing staffers to write a draft ordinance that would designate all city parks in Salem as smoke-free areas.
Ward 5 Councilor Diana Dickey is proposing the idea, saying it is not her intent to restrict people's rights to smoke but rather to protect nonsmokers at parks from breathing in other people's smoke and to prevent young children from being harmed by second-hand smoke.
New laws banning smoking in restaurants and clubs have been put in place during the past several years. More recently, the Salem Housing Authority began making its properties smoke-free, citing the effects of second-hand cigarette smoke. ...
takes first step to ban tobacco in all city parks
ROSEBURG, Ore. (KMTR) The city of Roseburg has taken the first big step to ban all tobacco product use in city parks.
On Wednesday, October 6th, 2010, Roseburgs Parks & Recreation Commission voted to pursue the idea of a total tobacco ban.
The rule isnt part of city park code yet. The bans language needs to be written by city staff, then the citys Parks & Rec. Commission needs to pass it, followed by a passing vote from Roseburg City Council.
If it happens, all tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and others would be banned from use in all city parks, except for the golf course. ...
UO to Go
EUGENE, Ore. -- Lighting up on the University of Oregon campus might soon be a violation of school policy.
The student body president is pushing to ban smoking on the campus completely.
"Everybody is affected negatively be second-hand smoke, and everyone should have the right to breath clean air," said Amelie Rousseau, ASUO President.
A UO Smoke Free Task Force found just five percent of the school's 27,000 students and faculty smoke.
Of the 4,800 people they surveyed, 75 percent support a ban ...
Housing Authority facility goes smoke-free
It's been about 13 years since Connie Ginther took her last puff off a cigarette.
"It was a struggle," the 69-year-old Salem woman said about quitting smoking. "Cigarettes were always there for me."
The story is different for Andrew Staggs, 69, who is a chain smoker.
But unlike years past, Staggs, who resides in the Robert Lindsey Tower in downtown Salem, must go outdoors to light up.
That's because the Salem Housing Authority has designated the tower a smoke-free building.
Except for Englewood West, which has been a non-smoking facility since it was built and put in service in February 1992, Salem Housing Authority recently began implementing non-smoking rules at its properties piecemeal.
So far, the policy only applies to new housing residents and tenants who have renewed their lease. The rule does not yet apply to people who are "grandfathered" in.
"This is really about the effects of second-hand (cigarette) smoke, and the people who don't smoke but have to endure the smoke," said Andy Wilch, the housing authority's administrator.
The housing authority first began exploring the possibility of going smoke-free at all of its properties last fall, though not all are smoke-free yet,he said.
Non-smoking policies help to reduce damage to units, saving the agency a significant amount of money it otherwise would have to spend to thoroughly clean a unit damaged by cigarette smoke, Wilch said.
It typically takes 10 days to turn around a vacated unit with sustained smoke damage, said Nicole Utz, the authority's housing services supervisor.
"Nicotine attaches to all types of surfaces, so we have to clean, and in some instances, replace the carpet, replace the blinds, clean the walls, and a lot more," she said. "It's extensive work that's costly." ...
Ban Smoking Inside Housing
LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Some local smokers are outraged with local housing managers because of a smoking ban inside low-income housing complexes.
Smoking was banned in restaurants, bars and taverns and around certain public buildings. Now the Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County (HACSA) has put their foot down.
Come the new year, smoking will not be allowed in their estimated 1,500 complexes they own around Eugene and Springfield.
HACSA says it's hard to turn a unit damaged by nicotine smoke. They've also received numerous complaints from people who smell smoke from neighboring units, and the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) supports them.
But smokers in those apartments say it's not so much the issue of smoking, but rather an invasion of their privacy.
One smoker who does not want to be named says he lost his home Monday over the issue.
"They want to ban legal things that we are able to enjoy within the privacy of our homes," said Rick.
"Unfortunately, there is no right to smoke and damage a unit or damage someone else's lungs. Once that smoke infiltrates into my neighbor's unit, it has now become a situation that the other neighbor is trying to take care of," said Chuck D. Hauck, HACSA Housing Director. ...
bans electronic cigarettes
Bend Tribune: Ordinance bans smoking in South Bend parks
No smoking is allowed at South Bend's Potawatomi Park. But you'd never know it to look at the grounds.
The signs are printed in English and Spanish: No smoking in the park. Yet dozens of cigarette butts litter the area. There are indications that people smoke even near the playground and in the play area.
Parks spokesman Mark Bradley said the city is doing all that it can and that's not much.
"It's pretty difficult to enforce," he said. "As in many other situations, we only have what we call three park police to patrol over 50 parks within the city as well as the numerous other facilities, schools, golf courses, things of that nature. But it's pretty difficult." ...
park visitors react to proposed smoking ban
The Roseburg Parks Commission is considering whether to recommend that the City Council prohibit smoking in city parks. City staff members proposed banning smoking within 30 feet of playgrounds, though some park commissioners suggested last week a parkwide smoking ban would be easier to enforce. If the council restricts smoking, violators could face a fine of up to $1,500.
On a recent afternoon, some parents spending time with their children at the playground in Stewart Park said that a total ban on smoking in city parks might be going too far, though most said prohibiting smoking near park playgrounds sounded like a good idea. Several recommended designating smoking areas away from playgrounds as another way to keep children from being exposed to secondhand smoke.
Wagner's husband, Michael Wagner, also a smoker, agreed with his wife that a ban would make sense. ...
Parks Commission to consider playground smoking
Anyone taking a puff from a cigarette within 30 feet of a Roseburg city playground could soon face a fine, perhaps as stiff as $1,500.
The Roseburg Parks Commission plans to consider Wednesday a recommendation from city staff to ban smoking near all playgrounds in city parks. If the commission embraces the staff's recommendation, the proposal would go to the City Council, according to Parks and Recreation Program Manager Barbara Taylor. ...
Oregon landlords ban smoking indoors
PORTLAND When Rebecca Geary moved into a Gresham apartment, the cigarette smoke that somehow wafted into a bathroom from her neighbor downstairs was just an annoyance. Geary says she smoked many years ago "as a kid," but had grown so sensitive to the smell that she shut the door to that bathroom and only used another.
Soon after, doctors found cancer in one of Geary's lungs and had to remove it. With just one lung left, the traces of smoke still creeping into her apartment made it hard for Geary to breathe and she had nine months left on her lease. Fortunately, city housing officials helped Geary get out of her lease and she found smoke-free housing with friends. In August, she'll graduate from nursing school and look for her own apartment again, one that bans any tenants from lighting up. ...
Bay bans smoking in downtown park
Smokers in Coos Bay will have to curb their habit when visiting Mingus Park.
The World newspaper reports the Coos Bay City Council voted Tuesday to ban smoking in the downtown park, including the sidewalks next to the skatepark. They also banned smoking around playgrounds in five other city parks. ...
County Fair expands no-smoking areas
Park could soon be smoke free
COOS BAY, Ore. -A proposal made at the start of the year to restrict smoking in Coos Bay's Public Parks is still under review, as City Councilors consider banning smoking in all of Mingus Park and portions of others.
The ordinance brought before the Council Tuesday night suggested that the City limit smoking in all six of their public parks within 25 feet of any play structures, as well at the Mingus Park Baseball/Softball field and fenced area of the Skate Park.
Some community members in attendance applauded staff for coming up with a reasonable compromise.
"It does a realistic job of restricting smoking in specific areas
in all the parks, where we would sensibly and using common sense probably
should restrict smoking," said Steve Pickering. ...
agrees to ban smoking in parts of parks
COOS BAY, Ore. -A proposed Smoking Ban in Coos Bay's parks turns into a fight over freedom, and the rights of a smokers vs. non-smoker, during Tuesday night's public hearing at the City Council Chambers.
After hours of public input on the matter, the Council concluded that for now, the City will draft an ordinance to prohibit smoking at Mingus Parks Skate park and Softball field and all designated playground areas in the City.
A handful of opponents say it's a slippery slope, even comparing it to racial and religious segregation in the past. Thus leading others to question, what are the real risks and where do you draw the line?
One opponent said, "When will the next thing to be banned from
our public places? I'm overweight, when will there be a time when I'm
not a good role model for children?" ...
smoking is meeting topic
Coos Bay officials have drafted an ordinance that would ban smoking in all of the city's parks. The City Council will have a public hearing Tuesday to discuss the proposal and possibly vote on the policy.
The council told staff to draft the ordinance after several residents requested a ban in January. ...
County leads state in smoking deaths
The Webster's dictionary defines addiction as "to give oneself up to something." Freedom is described as liberation from the control of some arbitrary power.
"The irony is people talk about smoking being a freedom," said Stephen Brown, tobacco prevention director for Coos County health. "It's made up. Addiction is not freedom."
Coos County boasts the fourth highest smoking rate, sitting at 27 percent, of Oregon counties, according to Oregon Department of Human Services. Statewide, 19 in every 100 Oregonian adults and kids smoke.
And while Coos County might be fourth-highest among smoking rates, it leads the state in incidences of lung cancer.
Brown argues Coos County's higher number is due to a culture of acceptance, which bleeds into our youth before they have the intellectual development to understand the long-term consequences of smoking. By the time young adults grasp the implications of smoking, which include death, they are already addicted and their freedom has been stripped, he said.
"It's important to realize kids become the next generation of smokers," Brown added.
Megan Vanderlinde, a local smoker, was 13 when she started smoking, and 14 years later, the Coos Bay woman wishes she never had. Now the addiction is so gripping she doesn't even attempt to quit. Vanderlinde is among the more than 80 percent of smokers who say they would like to stop, according to DHS. ...
Impacts Downtown Eugene
EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene's expanded no-smoking ordinance is making an impact on the Downtown Public Library.
Residents say downtown's ambiance has improved after just a few short weeks.
"It's certainly a lot more pleasant to walk in front of the library now," said Eugene Public Library Director Connie Bennett.
More pleasant because the air is now free of smoke. The Downtown Public Library is one of seven city buildings that fall under the new no-smoking ordinance, which prohibits smoking on the building's entire block.
Parents say they're grateful that they no longer need to worry about
second-hand smoke affecting their children when visiting the library.
Workplace Law No Effect on Lottery
March 17, 2010 -- A recent poll commissioned by Northwest Health Foundation
brings further doubt to the contention that smoking bans in bars are
responsible for reduced lottery funds.
new smoking regulations
MEDFORD, Ore. - Rogue Community College is considering becoming a smoke free campus.
Currently, people are allowed to smoke anywhere outside, as long as it's at least 20 feet from an entrance. There are currently 3 proposals the school board is considering. The first is a full cigarette and chewing tobacco ban. The second is a ban only on smoking, the third is having designated smoking areas. ...
City Council passes new smoking ban
Eugene (KMTR) - City leaders hope a new smoking ban will help clear the air for kids and their families in Eugene.
Eugene city councillors voted unanimously Monday night to extend the ban on smoking outside public buildings like the downtown library, schools and community centers. ...
Councilors Set To Vote On Smoking Ban Amendment
SPRINGFIELD, Ore--The air outside Eugene city-owned buildings, such as libraries and community centers may soon get a bit cleaner. Eugene City Councilors are expected to pass an amendment to the current smoking ordinance.
Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy expects Monday's vote to pass, since last month's public hearing didn't draw any strong opposition to the upcoming change.
The current ordinance requires smokers to be 25-feet away from a door, window, or vent to a public building. But the new ordinance would extend that to the curb. We talked to some local residents to get their thoughts on upcoming vote.
"For the benefits of kids, who don't really have the option of deciding whether to smoke or not. It makes sense in those circumstances, especially if you're talking about places where kids are going to be. Then I actually support it," Eugene resident Christopher Kohl said. ...
moves to ban smoking in parks
The city of Coos Bay intends to follow Bandon's lead and ban smoking in all of its public parks.
The city council approved a motion Tuesday night to have the city staff write a no-smoking ordinance to cover all Coos Bay parks. Councilors will vote on the ordinance at a later meeting.
Tuesday night's debate pitted a person's right to smoke in a public park versus a child's right to play without exposure to toxins and harmful influences.
The majority of council members favored the latter.
The discussion was prompted when Jennifer Stephens, a personal trainer and Coos County Public Health employee, asked the city to ban smoking in its parks, specifically Mingus Park.
"If no one is smoking, everyone can use the park," Stephens
said. "But if someone is smoking, the non-smokers have to leave."
To Weigh In On Proposed Amendment to Smoking Ban
The next time you light up, you might watch where you're standing. That's because the city is discussing whether to expand the existing ordinance that prohibits smoking within and around public buildings, and Tuesday they'll hear from the public.
A major group that supports the change is the Downtown Eugene Library.
"It's one of the biggest complaints that we get," said Connie Bennett, Eugene Public Library Director.
Directors say nearly 3,000 people use the library every day, and many of them are children. Some residents said that is exactly why this ordinance should be expanded. ...
Hood Community College bans smoking
Right after the state of Oregon banned smoking in bars, a patron sitting inside Bogey's Sports Bar took offense at the smell of cigarette smoke. . . .
Bogey's proprietor, Carolyn Bailey, doesn't want to flaunt Oregon laws. She admits, however, the smoking ban that took effect Jan. 1 has created its share of problems.
"It's taken a toll on business. We're down 23 to 24 percent," Bailey says. "The numbers don't lie."
Bailey is among local bar owners and patrons who - not liking being told what to do - are tolerating, but not enjoying, the 2009 law that forbids lighting up in any Oregon business. ...
bars, bowling centers are following Smokefree Workplace Law, study shows
The majority of Oregon bars and bowling centers are in compliance with the expanded Smokefree Workplace Law, according to a new study. The law, which took effect Jan. 1, 2009, prohibits smoking in indoor workplaces including bars, bowling centers and bingo halls, and creates a 10-foot smokefree zone around doors, windows and ventilation systems in all buildings open to the public.
The study, conducted by the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Tobacco Prevention and Education Program, included a random sample of Oregon bars and bowling centers and found that all observed establishments were smokefree indoors. Almost three quarters had signs posted to inform employees and customers of the law's requirements.
Eugene resident Sally Krueger used to walk with her two children through the front door of the downtown public library.
But the smoking and cursing from people who congregate in front of the library prompted Krueger to change her route. She and her children now enter the building from the library's underground parking garage.
"I always have my kids with me, and it's the smoking and the language that I don't want to subject them to," said Krueger, an elementary school teacher.
But help is on the way for residents like Krueger, who have become uncomfortable with the behavior of people outside the library at West 10th Avenue and Olive Street.
City officials are proposing to completely ban smoking outside the entire library building, up to the curbs, early next year. ...
the air on lottery revenue
In the midst of the messy process of health care reform, it's refreshing to see one particular health policy, smoke-free workplace laws, having a documented impact. But despite two recent studies clearly linking the laws to a decrease in heart attacks, the laws continue to be a scapegoat for declines in video lottery sales -- with no evidence of this link.
In the first study, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers James Lightwood and Stanton Glantz looked at 10 cities in the U.S., Italy and Scotland that have adopted laws restricting smoking in public areas. Their conclusion was astounding: The rate of hospitalization for acute heart attacks was reduced by 17 percent after one smoke-free year.
Even better, the bans continued to reduce heart attack rates over time,
with about a 36 percent drop three years after the laws took effect.
These results are consistent with the fact that nonsmokers exposed to
second-hand smoke at home or at work have a 25 to 30 percent increased
risk of developing heart disease. In fact, Lightwood believes that the
new findings suggest that the increased risk may be even higher. ...
The North Bend City and Coos-Curry Housing Authorities have adopted a no-smoking policy for the apartments and buildings they own.
Also, the Woodland Apartments Preservation and Powers Housing Development adopted a no-smoking policy earlier this month.
The no-smoking policy will go into effect March 1.
Residents will be allowed to smoke outside their units 10 feet from
their neighbors' doors. They will not be allowed to smoke inside the
units or other buildings owned by the agencies. ...
concerns go up in smoke at PCC campuses
Jackson, 33, and her 5-year-old took the bus to and from campus last year. Many people smoked at the bus stop, and soon enough, she saw her own daughter puffing an imaginary cigarette.
"She sees everyone do it and thinks it's accepted," Jackson
At PCC Sylvania, students say the campus serving 26,700 harbored a significant smoking culture. But thanks to a three-year tobacco cessation plan that started in 2007, students and staff had plenty of warning about the incoming ban. ...
ban in Hillsboro public parks passes
HILLSBORO, Ore. - The city of Hillsboro joined a handful of other Oregon cities and towns Tuesday to ban smoking in public parks.
Just hours after the passage of the ordinance, city leaders said they
are more worried with educating the public instead of sticking them
with $250 fines. But some people still expressed concern with the new
proposes smoking ban in all city parks
For years, Pam Kramer has attended Hillsboro's concerts in the park. They're fun, she says, but the event has always been spoiled for her by cigarette smokers.
"People get up and they smoke ... and the air drifts, and all you do is smell their smoke," Kramer told the Hillsboro City Council recently. "Something has to be done. Not just one or two people are affected. Everybody sits in a crowd, like 75 people or more."
The council will vote Tuesday night on an ordinance that would ban tobacco products in all city parks, including those owned by Metro but operated by the city. ...
association pulls out of effort to ban smoking in tribal casinos
UPDATE: The American Lung Association today sent yet another letter to Gov. Kulongoski, correcting their use of the word "misrepresented" in relation to Portland lawyer John DiLorenzo. Executive Director Dana Kaye now says "he did not misrepresent my organization but (I) would describe the situation as a misunderstanding and a series of miscommunications."
An effort to force Oregon's indoor smoking ban on tribal casinos has sputtered out.
Last month, a top Portland attorney working on behalf of the American Lung Association of Oregon sent a letter to Gov. Ted Kulongoski demanding that he enforce the state's anti-smoking law on casinos, using the compacts each tribe signs with the governor.
But earlier this week, the lung association's executive director, Dana Kaye, sent a letter to Kulongoski withdrawing the demand. The group merely wanted to raise the issue, "not demand action from the state," Kaye wrote in the contritely worded correspondence.
Kaye said the association's mission was "misrepresented" when Portland lawyer John DiLorenzo initially wrote the governor calling for action against the tribes.
DiLorenzo had contacted the association saying he wanted to take on the issue of smoking inside the nine casinos run by Oregon tribes. He said he found language in the compacts with the state suggesting that casino health and safety rules must be as rigorous as those imposed by the state.
Since Oregon has prohibited smoking inside bars and taverns, including those with state lottery machines, DiLorenzo argued that the same rules should apply to tribal casinos. Tribal leaders disagreed, noting their status as sovereign nations and their efforts to offer nonsmoking areas.
But Kaye apparently didn't like DiLorenzo's approach.
In a separate letter, Kaye wrote to DiLorenzo terminating the group's
relationship with his law firm. "I am returning the contract you
sent to my office unsigned," Kaye wrote. "I am not in a position
to retain Davis Wright Tremain LLP to represent the American Lung Association
in Oregon." ...
smoking in tribal casinos
It's time for Northwest tribes to join the rest of the state
For thousands of years, Native Americans have regarded tobacco as a pungent aid to prayer, a medicine and a sacred gift from God. Like sage and cedar, it is burned ceremonially, often with elders, in pursuit of wisdom.
But tobacco is also a killer.
Put all of that together, and it can be tricky to persuade young tribal members not to smoke. And complicating the message even further is the fact that tobacco is also a revenue raiser for many tribes. In a state that bans smoking in taverns and restaurants and even bingo parlors, the tribes now have a monopoly advantage in their casinos.
Even updated and ventilated, the tribal casino is a throwback now,
and a haven -- the last remaining place in Oregon where people can unabashedly
smoke and gamble, two addictions that help to fuel each other. Recently,
though, the American Lung Association, at the urging of attorney John
DiLorenzo, asked Gov. Ted Kulongoski to pressure the nine tribal casinos
in Oregon to comply with state law and ban smoking in casinos. ...
UCC goes tobacco free
WINCHESTER When Umpqua Community College students return to the classroom in a few weeks, the air on campus is bound to be a bit cleaner, less odorous, and perhaps a little less toxic.
All because the campus is going tobacco free beginning the first day of fall term, Sept. 28.
A new campus procedure will prohibit students and staff from lighting up cigarettes or sticking dips of chewing tobacco behind their lips anywhere inside the perimeter of the campus. Those who break the rule will be fined.
I think what the college is trying to do is provide a healthier environment for students and staff, said Steve Buchko, UCC director of safety, security and custodial services. ...
sues e-cigarette company, settles with others
Oregon Attorney General John Kroger on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against a Florida-based "electronic cigarette" company over allegations it targeted children with false health claims.
The lawsuit alleges Smoking Everywhere has marketed its e-cigarettes as safe and harmless, although the company has not provided evidence the products are safe, according to Kroger.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provides inhaled doses of nicotine by delivering a vaporized liquid nicotine solution.
"It's my duty to protect the public from products that are falsely
advertised as safe," Kroger said. ...
AG, NY county move to block e-cigarette sales
The state of Oregon has gone to court to block the sale of electronic cigarettes on the same day that a New York county banned their sale to minors.
Oregon Attorney General John Kroger and Jon Cooper, majority leader of the Suffolk County Legislature on Long Island, N.Y., said Tuesday the lawsuit and the ban are both the first of their kind in the nation.
Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices typically made out of plastic designed to look like a traditional cigarette, including a light that simulates its glow.
But instead of tobacco that burns and creates smoke, the "e-cigarettes"
use a heating element to vaporize water mixed with ingredients in a
disposable cartridge, which can include liquid nicotine. ...
company suspends sales in Oregon
An electronic cigarette manufacturer announced Tuesday it would voluntarily stop selling its products in Oregon, the same day the state sued to keep a Florida company's e-cigarettes off the shelves.
NJOY will temporarily suspend sales of its products in the state in order to "facilitate discussions" with Oregon Attorney General John Kroger, according to a press release from the company.
The announcement came on the same day Kroger had sued to block sales of e-cigarettes by Smoking Everywhere, which made false health claims about nicotine and targeted children with sweet flavors such as bubblegum and chocolate, according to the state's lawsuit. ...
to go smoke free
Portland Community College will go smoke-free next month.
Beginning Sept. 9, the state's largest higher education institution, with more than 87,000 students a year, will ban all forms of tobacco use on its three campuses, Southeast Portland education center and three work force training centers.
"This was the right thing to do," said President Preston Pulliams in a prepared statement. He said research findings on the risks of exposure to secondhand smoke are "too compelling to not act." ...
ban, recession cut lottery's take
That's a $100 million drop. "We had been expecting a decline in
playing due to the smoking ban," said Oregon Lottery spokesman
Chuck Baumann. ...
smoking, concert seating changes made
Smokers attending the Douglas County Fair next month will have to scope
out new places to light up as the fair bans smoking in the carnival
area, in the seating area at the concert amphitheater and in the grandstands
at the raceway. ...
Update: Oregon tavern owner is happy with smoking ban
The smoking ban for Oregon bars, taverns and restaurants hasn't hurt Juilene Wuollet's business at all in the six months the law has been in0 effect.
"Actually, business has improved very nicely, just like I expected it would," said Wuollet, owner of Interstate Tavern in Rainier.
Wuollet, who has owned the business for 25 years, said since the smoking ban Jan. 1, she's done some major clean-up to get rid of any signs of the once smoke-filled tavern and restaurant.
"We put in brand new paint, deep-cleaned the carpet and tinted the windows," she said Saturday.
Wuollet said her restaurant business has especially picked up. "The food trade is phenomenal," she said. "I've increased the clientele because (before the ban) they said they would come in and patronize me, but couldn't stand the smoke. They'd see me on the street and apologize to me for not coming in." ...
sales slide to record low in Oregon
A report released on Monday by the Oregon Tobacco Prevention and Education Program showed that cigarette sales have dropped to their lowest level ever, falling from nearly 55 to almost 50 packs per capita in the fiscal year ending June 2008.
"Over this last year, we've seen a decrease in consumption, so that's exciting," said Cathryn Cushing, spokeswoman for the state Public Health Division. "We've seen an increase in the number of folks who've quit smoking, and that's exciting, too, but there's still a lot of work to do."
The report is encouraging on the home front, with 89 percent of households banning smoking, a 2 percent increase last year. ...
butts about it: New litter law could bite wallet
The Oregon House passed a bill Tuesday that would ban dropping cigarette butts, and impose a fine to those who fail to obey.
Those who fail to follow the law Oregon could face a $90 fine or community service.
Some say while this law is good for the environment, there are other issues that are more important.
Backers of the crackdown call it an environmental travesty, as cigarette butts are thrown on the ground, polluting the environment. ...
banning smoking in cars carrying children passes House
SALEM Oregon could become the fifth state in the nation where smoking in a car with children on board could result in a traffic ticket.
The House on Wednesday passed House Bill 2385, which creates the offense of smoking in a motor vehicle with a person under age 17 also in the vehicle. Those convicted a first time could be fined up to $90. Second-time offenders could be fined up to $180, and someone cited a third time could be hit with a fine of up to $360.
The bill passed on a largely partisan vote, 35-25, with most Democrats
backing it and most Republicans in opposition. Lane County representatives
followed party lines. ...
[Oregon] Housing Authority to adopt smoke-free policy for all its buildings
with thousands of units
lawmakers consider smoking ban in cars
A proposed law would carry a $90 fine for the first offense and a $360 penalty the third time an adult is caught blowing smoke in a vehicle with anyone younger than 17 in the front or back seat.
The proposed law got its first public hearing Friday as legislators, physicians and public health officials agreed the state must protect children's health.
on workplace smoking in Oregon expands to bars and restaurants
Smokers huddled outside bars and sometimes complained about the government extinguishing their rights to light up inside, but they said the ban that took effect Thursday could make it easier to quit.
"Not saying I will, but I might, and when I've tried, it's better when you're not around it all the time," said Koalani Colvin, 36. He held a Camel Light as he stood outside the Cheerful Tortoise in Southwest Portland.
Payback time for Big Tobacco
Two years ago the nation's biggest cigarette makers showered Republican lawmakers in Oregon with campaign money.
It was an unvarnished attempt to influence their votes on one of the biggest issues of the 2007 Legislature, and sure enough, it worked. Recipients of all that largesse blocked every attempt to pass a cigarette tax that would have helped buy health insurance for needy children.
Now the cash-strapped Oregon Republican Party has been rewarded for its loyalty. Tobacco giant Reynolds America recently gave $100,000 to Promote Oregon, the House Republicans political action committee, plus thousands more to GOP candidates in tough election contests.
It's cash that rewards past performance while helping Big Tobacco ensure continued fealty in the 2009 Legislature when new calls for cigarette taxes are sure to be heard.
This latest example of the pernicious influence of money in Salem is no shocking revelation. Sadly, it's just the way things work . . .
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