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As of September 11, 2008, all non-hospitality workplaces in Pennsylvania are 100% smokefree. Unfortunately, the law permits smoking in bars, enclosed bar areas of restaurants, and casinos. Employees and patrons in these establishments will remain exposed to secondhand smoke. Also, the law is preemptive and prohibits all municipalities from enacting local smokefree laws that differ from the state law. Philadelphia is exempt from the provisions of the state law and may continue to enforce its stronger city law, although a January 2010 gaming law unfortunately permits smoking in all Pennsylvania casinos and removed Philadelphia's control over its gaming facilities.

History of Local Control in Pennsylvania: In 1988, Pennsylvania enacted a Clean Indoor Air Act, which included a clause preempting most municipalities from enacting their own smokefree air laws. However, in 1999 the preemption clause was repealed by the Legislature. Then in 2000, the Legislature enacted a measure purporting to repeal the 1999 repealer. For complicated reasons, it was never clear whether the 1999 repealer was valid. Thus, the state was left with a legal conundrum: did the Clean Indoor Air Act of 1988 still prevent municipalities from enacting their own smokefree laws? This uncertainty remains, as two trial courts in the state have reached opposite conclusions on the issue. In November 2006, Allegheny County enacted a strong smokefree law, which was challenged in court by two bar owners on the ground that state law preempted the County from acting. This argument was rejected in Mitchell's Bar & Rest. Inc. v. Allegheny County, No. GD 06-29159 (PA Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County, Dec. 22, 2006). The court ruled that, given the uncertainty of the status of the original preemption clause, it must presume that the County law is valid. The court did, however, enjoin enforcement of the law with respect to bars until April 30, 2007 to give the Legislature an opportunity to assert its right to preempt the field of smoking regulation.

In January 2007, Erie County enacted a strong smokefree law, which was also challenged in court on the ground of preemption. This time, in Bowen et. al. v. Erie County, Pennsylvania et. al., No. 10504-2007 (PA Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County, Mar. 2, 2007), the court ruled that the 1999 repealer never went into effect, thereby leaving the preemption clause in the 1988 Clean Indoor Air Act in effect. Thus, the court determined that municipalities have no right to enact their own laws on the subject of smokefree air and permanently enjoined enforcement of the County law.

In May 2007, on appeal of the Allegheny County ruling, the state Commonwealth Court reversed the trial court's refusal to permanently enjoin the law and found that Pennsylvania communities do not have the right to adopt smokefree laws because the purported repeal of the preemption clause in the 1988 Clean Indoor Air Act was, in fact, never effective. (Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, No. 192 C.D. 2007, May 22, 2007.)

In June 2008, the legislature enacted SB246, which made all non-hospitality workplaces smokefree, included clear preemption language stating that Pennsylvania municipalities do not have the right to local control and are prohibited from enacting or enforcing smokefree laws that are stronger than state law, other than Philadelphia.

Strong smokefree ordinances that were previously enacted by municipalities other than Philadelphia, including Scranton, Allegheny County, Erie County, and New Hope, cannot be enforced due to court rulings and ultimately the preemption clause in the state law.

For detailed information on Philadelphia's new smokefree law, visit: www.smokefreephilly.org

2013-2014 State Legislative Session: 1/1/2013 - 11/30/2014

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Pennsylvania.

State Quitline Number: 1-877-724-1090
American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

704 in Harrisburg, a club for everyone: Out with Sara
The Patriot-News - PennLive.com - October 15, 2014

...To start, it will be the first of the three to go non-smoking later this month. All three bars currently qualify for the state exception to allow smoking because of low ...

LETTER: Raising the age for buying tobacco would curb smoking
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - October 14, 2014

...largely ignored but far more widespread and deadly "gateway drug" for teens is tobacco, which remains legal for purchase by those 18 or older. Simply increasing the minimum age for purchase of tobacco to 21, as with the purchase of alcohol, would have...

Mayor cites impact of marijuana bill
The Philadelphia Tribune - October 10, 2014

For possession, an individual will receive a notice of violation and $25 fine. ... Finally, parents and guardians can be held liable for violations of their minor children. ... Revenues from the city's existing tobacco tax has fallen 11 percent annually in ... impact on expected revenue from the recently passed $2perpack cigarette ...

Comfort food: Allegheny County diners deserve this restaurant grade plan
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - October 10, 2014

The claims are not new; restaurant owners issued the same dire warnings before council enacted a smoking ban that impacted eateries and a tax on poured ...

West Shore School District considers vaping, e-cigarette ban for students
The Patriot-News - PennLive.com - October 9, 2014

The Middletown Area School District recently revised its policy for community smoking and tobacco, prohibiting e-cigarettes, vaping and related paraphernalia ...

Philly To Decriminalize Marijuana Possession & Use
My9NJ - October 9, 2014

Under the new ordinance, any person found to be in possession of 30 grams or less of ... A person found to be using (smoking) a small amount of marijuana (30 ...

Clearing the health system's air
Tribune-Review - October 8, 2014

This will also cut down on secondhand smoke, which can be incredibly harmful. Sick people going to the hospital should not have to go through a cloud of ...

'Vaping' in schools: Berks districts scramble to stop smoke-free smoking problem ($$)
Reading Eagle - October 6, 2014

Jaclyn Steed, prevention program manager at the Council on Chemical Abuse in Reading, says e-cigarettes have become "trendy" in schools. "Some still have nicotine in them," she said. "Nicotine is very dangerous and it can lead to other addictions." Mirroring a national trend, Berks County is seeing a rise in youths smoking e-cigarettes, a situation that alarms some educators and

Mayor Nutter Reminds Citizens Not to Smoke Anything in Parks
Philadelphia Magazine (blog) - October 3, 2014

The policy banning smoking in public parks took effect this spring. The ban has no real penalty - park staffers enforce the ban - but it is, technically, against the ...

Allegheny County Housing Authority bans smoking at five sites
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - October 3, 2014

Five sites managed by the Allegheny County Housing Authority have banned smoking on site, the county announced today. A total of 330 units were designated ...

Room check: Sands Casino Resort, Pennsylvania
New Zealand Herald - October 3, 2014

We were shown to a conference room, which was ideal. Room: Fine. There was a hint of a smell of tobacco, but I noticed it only after visiting non-smoking rooms.

Of cigs, politics, pizza, football et al.
Philadelphia Business Journal - October 3, 2014

headlock but Corbett will wriggle out of it. Philly's $2 a pack cig tax to fund ed starts. So if you care about the little children, start smoking heavily. You owe it to the kids. Pep Boys stalls a bit …

Philadelphia Decriminalizes Marijuana
Huffington Post - October 2, 2014

While the new legislation does not legalize pot in the City of Brotherly Love, ... Those smoking in public will be cited and fined $100, or made to perform nine ...

VIDEO: Cigarette Tax for Philly Schools Now in Effect
NBC Philadelphia (NBC Local Media) - October 1, 2014

After months of legislative squabbling, a cigarette tax designed to provide crucial revenue for the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District goes into effect Wednesday.

CVS tobacco ban has minimal effect on Penn
The Daily Pennsylvanian - September 30, 2014

While CVS has decided that its stores will no longer sell tobacco products in order to promote health and wellness, Penn students and staff will most likely be unaffected by the change. Over 70 percent of Penn students wont be affected by this shift because they have never used cigarettes, while only 10.6 percent of students said they smoked within the last 30 days, according to the National College Health Assessment survey.

Editorial: It's time to ban smoking on campus
The Pitt News - September 29, 2014

While questions remain about the use of smokeless tobacco and simulated tobacco smoking, such as e-cigarettes, universities are justified in banning cigarette ...

Letters: Cig tax can save schools and lives
Philly.com - September 25, 2014

The tax will cap a series of successful tobacco-control efforts implemented by the Nutter administration, including smoke-free laws for indoor and outdoor spaces ...

Pull up, settle in at the Park
GoErie.com - September 25, 2014

The Park Tavern belongs to its community, evident in the decision to go nonsmoking and its family friendly dining area. Popular for its wings, the Park also ...

Pa. Senate approves medical marijuana bill
GoErie.com - September 24, 2014

... can help reduce pain and suffering that many patients are forced to endure. Smoking medical marijuana would be banned, but it could be used in other forms.

Penn Continuing Marijuana Ban Despite City Decriminalization
Philadelphia Magazine (blog ) September 24, 2014

Philadelphia's new pot laws will be a $25 fine for possession, and a $100 fine or community service for smoking in public. Penn won't tweak its on-campus pot ...

Middletown School Board bans e-cigarettes, vaping for employees ...
The Patriot-News - PennLive.com - September 22, 2014

... the district's policy for community smoking and tobacco, prohibiting e-cigarettes, ... of consistency. the school board voted to ban e-cigarettes and vaping for all ...

E-cigarettes give students new choices
The Pitt News - September 22, 2014

The nicotine markets newest competitor, the electronic cigarette, is gaining popularity among teenagers and young adults including Pitt students. Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, are battery-powered vaporizers that produce an aerosol vapor that resembles cigarette smoke. Presently, little research exists on ...

Council Passes Tweaked Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
Philadelphia Magazine (blog) - September 18, 2014

Council Passes Tweaked Marijuana Decriminalization Bill ... bill aimed at ending arrests for possession of small amounts of pot. ... Persons caught smoking in public would be fined $100, but could erase that fine with community service…

Exeter snuffs out e-ciggs on campus
Boyertown Berk Montgomery Newspapers - September 19, 2014

During the Tuesday, Sept. 16 Exeter Township School Board voting meeting, the board updated their tobacco use policy to include electronic cigarettes and tobacco-related devices. The district wide tobacco use policy was last updated on April 14, 2011. The policy now includes and defines an electronic cigarette as any oral device that provides a vapor of liquid nicotine, lobelia and or any other substance, and the use of inhalation of which stimulates smoking…

Marijuana decriminalization a racial justice victory in Philadelphia
Waging Nonviolence - September 18, 2014

Rather than arrest, being caught with anything under an ounce of marijuana will ... Getting caught smoking in public means a slightly heavier penalty: a citation ...

Phila. cigarette tax clears House committee
Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer - September 17, 2014

Pennsylvania House could vote as early as Wednesday to authorize Philadelphia to impose a $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes to raise money for its cash-starved schools.

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System will snuff out tobacco use
Tribune-Review - September 16, 2014

...1, the Oakland-based nonprofit will ban all smoking and other tobacco use inside and outside its facilities, it announced Monday. PMHS workers won't be ...

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System to ban tobacco next February
Pittsburgh Business Times (blog) - September 15, 2014

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System is going tobacco-free. The health system said Monday it would be banning tobacco and tobacco products at its facilities beginning Feb. 1, 2015. It joins other health care systems, including UPMC and Excela Health, with plans to either ban or already ban smoking and other products...

Philly cigarette tax bill tops agenda as Pa. lawmakers return
Philly.com - September 15, 2014

HARRISBURG - It's do-or-die for a new cigarette tax to help Philadelphia schools, as well as scores of other bills, when the state legislature returns from its summer break Monday

Philadelphia City Council poised to pass bill decriminalizing marijuana
Los Angeles Times - September 11, 2014

... be reduced to $25, and people caught smoking marijuana in public will be subject to $100 fines, Nutter said. ... State law trumps city ordinances." ... Kenney will recall the previous ordinance, which the City Council passed 13-3 in June, and ...

E-cigarettes, vapor products included in Bermudian tobacco policy
The Evening Sun - September 11, 2014

"This also addresses new products one-by-one that are banned under the ... cigar or pipe, other lighted smoking product, nicotine, electronic smoking devices, ...

County commissioners set to vote on tobacco-free policy
Timesonline.com - September 10, 2014

The Beaver County Commissioners are set to vote on the tobacco-free proposal at their regular board meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday in the courthouse. The new ...

Phillipsburg council proposes banning smoking in all town parks
The Express-Times - lehighvalleylive.com - September 10, 2014

Citing a report by the Coalition for a Smoke Free America, he said 213 communities in New Jersey have banned smoking in park areas. Oxford Township does ...

Ruby Vapor Greets Crowds at Two-Day Wine & Music Festival
PR.com (press release) - September 10, 2014

Gettysburg, PA, September 10, 2014 --(PR.com)-- For Ruby Vapor, a leading retail store and online source for high-quality electronic cigarettes, e-liquids, and ...

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter set to decriminalize marijuana
Examiner.com - September 9, 2014

Right now, if you're caught with marijuana in Philly, it's a minimum $200 fine, drug ... There will be a $100 fine for smoking in public, but just a carry will be $25.

Phillipsburg Town Council to consider nixing smoking in parks
The Express-Times - lehighvalleylive.com - September 7, 2014

Phillipsburg officials say they'd consider banning smoking in town parks after a resident complained about secondhand smoke several times this summer.

Ruby Vapor Excited to Participate in Wine & Music Festival
PR.com (press release) - September 6, 2014

Gettysburg, PA, September 06, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Ruby Vapor, a leading retailer of high-quality electronic cigarettes, e-liquids, and accessories, will join 25 ...

Gambling with your health at Sands casino
Allentown Morning Call - August 30, 2014

Although there is a nonsmoking room, it's very small. ... and Prevention, 88 million nonsmokers in the United States breathed other peoples' tobacco smoke and ...

UPUA Kicks Off Semester With New Advisor
Onward State - August 28, 2014

He said that he hopes to see changes in the campus alcohol policy, expanded parking hours, and further discussion on a smoke-free campus and added that a ...

Middletown Area School District bans e-cigarettes, vaping
The Patriot-News - PennLive.com - August 25, 2014

The Middletown Area School Board unanimously voted Monday night - the first day of the school year - to include in the district's drug and alcohol policy ...

Unbending tobacco users aren't "bad" -- just a bad fit for WellSpan
Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News - August 22, 2014

isn't about filtering out employees with a potentially offensive habit, or saving on health care costs. Rather, it resulted mostly from the fact that the recently-acquired Ephrata Community Hospital had such a policy, which forced a decision on whether t

York countians mixed on WellSpan smoking policy
York (PA) Dispatch - August 22, 2014

Readers have strong opinions about WellSpan Health's announcement this week that, starting Jan. 1, it will no longer hire smokers. We asked Facebook readers: What do you think about WellSpan's decision not to hire smokers?

Hanover-Adams questions ethics of WellSpan's tobacco-free hiring
The Evening Sun - August 21, 2014

More than 16 million Americans suffer from a disease caused by smoking, according ... Not everyone agrees companies should restrict what their employees do ...

No-nicotine policy ignites debate: What are your thoughts?
Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News - August 20, 2014

WellSpan Health's announcement that as of Jan. 1 it will no longer hire smokers or nicotine users set off a burning debate among PennLive commenters. Many see the move as an erosion of personal freedom and wonder where it will end.

Split among midstate hospitals on banning smoking for some
witf.org-by Ben Allen - August 20, 2014

Split among midstate hospitals on banning smoking for some ... Pinnacle Health both ban tobacco use on their campuses, and Penn State Hershey also bans ...

EDITORIAL: WellSpan's slippery slope
York Dispatch - August 20, 2014

If a company wants to ban smoking on its premises, that's great. ... Smokers are not a "protected class" - such as women, minorities and the disabled - so don't ...

No smoking at work or at home: WellSpan will stop hiring tobacco ...
The Patriot-News-by David Wenner - August 18, 2014

"Our goal is to promote tobacco-free living and to create a healthier and more pleasant environment for those who visit or receive care at a WellSpan facility," ...

Bethlehem considers wine at Ice House, Illick's Mill
Allentown Morning Call - July 29, 2014

The committee also is considering codifying a city policy that bans smoking in city ... that such a restriction not affect cigar smoking at the municipal golf course.

WHSD playgrounds tobacco free
Wayne Independent - July 24, 2014

HONESDALE – Wayne Highlands School District has joined "Young Lungs at Play," a program aimed to make public parks and playgrounds tobacco free.

St. Ambrose class designs anti-tobacco billboard
Republican & Herald - July 24, 2014

The design by St. Ambrose School eighth-grade students that won first place in Schuylkill County Tobacco-Free Youth Coalition's 2014 "Top ...

Hookah bar on tap for Greensburg
Tribune-Review - July 23, 2014

The Stack Hookah Lounge, where patrons share flavored tobacco, will open ... as smoking cigarettes, and it could be even worse, especially with frequent use.

Young Lungs at Play! program sets Thursday event
Lebanon Daily News - July 23, 2014

...an initiative to make public parks, playing fields and playgrounds tobacco-free. A kickoff event is scheduled at the Deer Lakes Apartments playground, 2075 ...

Kennett Sq. adopts ordinance to manage chickens
The Times of Chester County - July 22, 2014

Drumheller said, “Several of the ordinance's key provisions are that keeping roosters ... loitering, cursing, drug dealing, and residents openly smoking marijuana.

UPMC goes too far with worker smoking ban
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - July 22, 2014

I was pleased to see several recent letters to the editor criticizing UPMC's employee smoking ban. You would think that this corporate entity (and that's what it is) ...

Program recognizes workplace wellness
Standard Speaker - July 18, 2014

... take during lunch breaks, committing to a 100 percent smoke-free workplace, offering healthy food choices in vending machines and cafeterias, and arranging ...

Practicing what they preach
Bucks County Courier-Times - July 16, 2014

Millions will die as a direct result, others with smoking as a contributing factor. ... Some have even instituted bans on hiring workers who smoke, and test ...

How can we expect a cigarette tax to pay for Philly schools, when we ...
PW-Philadelphia Weekly - July 16, 2014

After more than a year of debate, a $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes passed the .... and the new market competition of electronic and vapor cigarettes, which are not ...

Smokers won't be hired by Doylestown Hospital
Bucks County Courier Times - July 15, 2014

... longer will be hired by Doylestown Hospital as it joins a growing list of medical institutions that want their buildings, grounds and employees to be smoke-free.

Statement Regarding Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania ...
UPENN Almanac - July 15, 2014

After thorough deliberation, the Board has determined that the tobacco proposal does ... on topics, including health warnings and controls over sales to minors.

LETTER: UPMC goes too far with its anti-smoking policy for workers
Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette - July 14, 2014

My question to UPMC is this: Since when can an employer tell an "employee" what he or she is permitted to do on a lunch break or while traveling to his or her job (it will be difficult for employees to smoke en route to work because of repercussions ...

Local Chapter of American Lung Assoc. Condemns E-Cigarettes
WNPV - July 11, 2014

Condemns E-Cigarettes. The American Lung Association is well aware of the heavy marketing campaign of big tobacco's “E-Cigarettes.” John Keith is with the ...

Beaver County Commissioners considering campus-wide smoke ...
Timesonline.com - July 9, 2014

Beaver County officials are working on a possible ordinance to ban smoking on county ... The county ban would likely cover electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, ...

Debate brews over law banning indoor use of e-cigarettes
Philly.com - July 8, 2014

The restriction, in effect since last Tuesday, does not apply to shops like this, where the air is as thick and cloying as a taxi loaded with Car Scent air fresheners. Yet the very idea that e-cigarettes may be unhealthy in any setting has raised the hackles of aficionados like Cullaton. "Those who think electronic cigarettes are safe are fooling themselves." In April, when Mayor Nutter signed bills banning the sale of e-cigarettes and similar ...

Tremont approves resolution for list of designated 'tobacco-free' zones
Republican & Herald - July 5, 2014

After noting a variety of statistics involving the use of tobacco, Brown said ACT wants to know why the council didn't pass the tobacco-free zones resolution they ...

EDITORIAL: Up in smoke: UPMC takes the right course on tobacco
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - July 4, 2014

In 2013, UPMC informed its 62,000-person workforce that it would ban all smoking by personnel during their work hours both on and off UPMC property. The policy took effect Tuesday and covers employees, students, volunteers and contractors. Health care workers in all capacities are part of an enterprise committed to helping people maintain their health or improve it. In banning smoking by all of its personnel, UPMC is demonstrating adherence to its core mission.

Tremont gives nod to 'Tobacco-Free' zones
Citizen Standard - July 3, 2014

After noting a variety of statistics involving the use of tobacco, Brown said ACT wants to know why council didn't pass the tobacco-free zones resolution they had ...

Council passes tobacco ban for minors ($$)
The Shippensburg News-Chronicle - July 2, 2014

Newville Borough Council approved an ordinance that prohibits the use and possession of tobacco products in public areas by those under the age of 18. During the public comment period, a married couple advocated for Council members to include adults in the ordinance, but Council members did not go in that direction. The ordinance was up for approval Tuesday evening after Borough Solicitor Marcus McKnight advertised an updated version. The update added e-cigarettes to the forms of tobacco products that are banned for use and possession by minors.

E-cigarette ban in Philadelphia goes into effect Tuesday
WPVI-TV - June 30, 2014

Philadelphia's ban on E-cigarettes in public places starts tonight at midnight. The legislation prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and the use of e-cigarettes in workplaces, bars and restaurants. The law also applies to vape pens, e-hookahs and e-cigars.

UPMC to begin smoke-free shifts Tuesday
WPXI Pittsburgh - June 30, 2014

Beginning Tuesday, UPMC will ask employees, students and volunteers to be smoke and tobacco-free during their entire shift. Officials stressed that UPMC is not asking employees to quit smoking, only to ... is evidence of danger from second-hand smoke, and even 'third-hand' smoke.

Watchdog: Red Rose Transit leader asks bus-station smokers to quit it, please
Lancaster News June 29, 2014

As he waits for the bus each day at the Red Rose Transit Authoritys Queen Street station in downtown Lancaster, the Rev. William Wells has noticed people smoking. Cynthia Hallett, executive director of the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, says secondhand smoke is more than a bother for some. She cited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says: Another solution for Kilmer would be a change in state law that would allow Pennsylvania cities to enact their own smoking ordinances. According to Hallets group, a California-based nonprofit foundation, New York City is one of 332 municipalities banning outdoor smoking at locations such as bus and train stops

Philadelphia Cigarette Tax Hike Proposal May Be Dead
Philadelphia Magazine (blog) - June 26, 2014

A higher cigarette tax in Philadelphia, one of lawmakers plans to help fund the criminally underfunded Philadelphia public school system, may be dead. Philadelphia politicians want the higher cigarette tax, but it cant raise the cigarette tax without state approval. Pennsylvania House Republicans say they think this proposal is a no-go.

Calls for Smoking Ban at Casinos in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Online Casino Archives - June 23, 2014

At the recent 18th annual East Coast Gaming Congress in Atlantic City, a number of casino executives and industry experts met to discuss various issues such as the rapid expansion and competition in the gaming market. However, some are annoyed that the issue of smoking inside casinos was not addressed. Many are calling for casinos in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to become smoke free environments as at present workers and patrons are exposed to large amounts of second-hand smoke.

Vaping advocates praise smoking alternative in lounges, stores
Tribune-Review - June 21, 2014

Locally, it's spawned groups such as the Steel City Vapers' Club, which has 800 members, who hang out, vape and find new products. It's led to vaping lounges where customers can have a cup of coffee and test flavors.

Penn trustees to consider tobacco divestment
Philly.com - June 20, 2014

That's the question members of the University of Pennsylvania's board of trustees likely will grapple with Friday when they consider a proposal to prohibit the investment of university endowment funds in tobacco products. CVS decided to remove cigarette displays like this from its stores. University of Pennsylvania trustees will vote on whether to remove the industry from their ...

Philadelphia City Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana
Philadelphia Magazine (blog) - June 19, 2014

According to Councilman Jim Kenneys director of legislation, Jim Engler, as per the Philadelphia Charter, Mayor Nutter does not have to take action on the just-passed marijuana decriminalization bill until Council is back in session in September. (The mayor has the option to sign or veto the bill, or do nothing which would also result in the bill becoming law without his official endorsement.)

End all smoking in casinos
Philly.com - June 16, 2014

Increasingly, patrons expect smoke-free indoor air, and soon it will be the norm. The sooner Pennsylvania and New Jersey adopt the idea, the sooner worker and patron health will benefit - and the sooner our casinos can compete for patrons and employees who want to come here instead of traveling to our smoke-free neighbors.

Allentown School District seeks to ban e-cigarettes, vapor tobacco
The Express-Times - June 12, 2014

Several school districts, both in the Lehigh Valley and across the state, have passed similar policies as the use of e-cigarettes among middle and high school ...

Dauphin County Technical school bans electronic cigarettes, vaping on school grounds
The Patriot-News - June 12, 2014

HARRISBURG Anyone thinking of using electronic cigarettes or vaping on the grounds of Dauphin County Technical School had better think again...

Popularity of hookah bars raises health concerns
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - June 8, 2014

The tobacco comes in flavors ranging from raspberry to coffee, and its smoke is inhaled ... "While cigarette smoking is now decreasing, hookah tobacco smoking is increasing." ... "Lots of them quit cigarettes to smoke a hookah," he said Friday.

Students urge Pa. lawmakers to ban smoking around kids
WFMZ Allentown - June 6, 2014

Students from C.E. Cole Intermediate School and Holy Guardian Angels School delivered letters urging lawmakers to ban smoking around children.

Jury acquits miner charged with smoking in mine
Washington Observer-Reporter - May 29, 2014

...acquitted a former Greene County miner charged with risking a catastrophe, recklessly endangering another person and criminal violations of the Bituminous Coal Mine Act following allegations that he smoked a cigarette in a mine Aug. 23, 2012.

Phila city parks adopt smoke-free policy
New Philadelphia Times R May 30, 2014

While smoking had been banned on the rides, at the concession building and ... the smoking ban now has been extended to encompass all park properties.

Who stacked the deck against state casinos?
Citizens Voice - May 29, 2014

Legislators have carved out huge exceptions in state laws for casinos, from allowing smoking on casino floors to overriding local zoning prerogatives relative to ...

Silver Lake Inn is a diamond in the rough: Out with Sara
The Patriot-News - May 29, 2014

In the prior 30 or so years, I'm not sure I ever heard anyone talk about The Lake's food, but the bar and restaurant are now 100 percent non-smoking (you'll see ...

Nicotine: Bad for kids any way at all
Pocono Record - May 29, 2014

So-called e-cigarettes were touted as a less noxious way to use tobacco. ... Cigarette makers have been banned from advertising on television for more than four ...

Fayette County smoking policy change tabled ($$)
Uniontown Herald-Standard - May 26, 2014

Any decisions about how far away smokers will have to be from the Fayette County Courthouse, and potentially all county-owned buildings, before they light up were tabled by the commissioners. ...

Lawmakers eye e-cigarettes as revenue source
Republican & Herald - May 23, 2014

HARRISBURG - Taxing the sale of electronic cigarettes is stirring interest among lawmakers as a potential new revenue source to shore up the cash-strapped ...

City's public housing bans e-cigs
Titusville Herald - May 22, 2014

An e-cigarette is a battery-powered device that simulates tobacco smoking by ... line with other housing authorities and most places that have a ban on smoking.

City's public housing bans e-cigs
Titusville Herald - May 21, 2014

The Titusville Housing Authority at Tuesday's meeting at Central Towers amended their no-smoking policy to include e-cigarettes, effective July 1. The policy is effective for all Titusville Housing Authority (THA) property. "The American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association all recommend that if you have a smoke-free policy, you include e-cigarettes as well," she explained. "They also have not done a lot of studies on the vapor that's emitted from the e-cigarettes, as well, whether they're safe or not safe. "Wherever smoking is prohibited in THA property, e-cigarettes are also prohibited."...

Latrobe council weighs ban on smoking in city parks
Tribune-Review - May 21, 2014

A few years ago, the city joined the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Young Lungs At Play program, which designates parks as tobacco-free zones, Kelly ...

'Taking a Breather' health fair revelatory for smokers, nonsmokers alike
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader - May 20, 2014

She never smoked, but she worked in a dress factory where a lot of people smoked. And my father ... I think it's from going to the casino, she said. From now ...

E-Cigarettes, Now Booming in Popularity with Erie High Schoolers [VIDEO]
ErieTVNews - May 18, 2014

The product doesn't fall under the Tobacco Act, and without specific laws to address e-cigs in Pennsylvania, private vendors aren't required to ID minors.

Can we get married at Metro Bank Park? Or smoke our e-cigs there ...
Penn Live - May 16, 2014

View full sizeElectronic cigarettes (or e-cigs) on display at a Chicago store last month. ... A: "Our fans who are using e-cigarettes can do so but must do so in the ...

Taylor bans outdoor smoking
Scranton (PA) Times-Tribune - May 15, 2014

The borough will no longer allow smoking on public parks and grounds. Borough council passed an ordinance on Wednesday night banning smoking at Derenick Park, Noakes Park and the Taylor Community Center grounds. The ban takes effect immediately.

Radnor School Board committee takes step toward banning e ...
Main Line - May 15, 2014

The only difference for e-cigarettes is that no fines are involved for students, which is not the case with cigarettes, which could get a kid referred to juvenile court.

Electronic cigarette store plans move ahead in Palmer Township
The Express-Times - May 15, 2014

The township supervisors awarded him conditional use approval anyway, but ... would not sell traditional tobacco items but instead, sell electronic cigarettes that ...

Radnor School Board committee takes step toward banning e ...
Main Line - May 14, 2014

The policy committee Tuesday agreed to ban the use of electronic smoking devices ... be banned from school property given the effects of second hand smoke.

Our View: Snuff out e-cigarettes for youths
The Sentinel - May 13, 2014

Last October, physicians at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Medical Society handed down what remains a commonsense caution on the potential dangers of electronic cigarettes, saying they mimic smoking tobacco cigarettes and deliver nicotine to the body; theyre addictive and much of the marketing seems geared to younger individuals. Enough said. Time now for sufficient pressure on the state Legislature to put strict controls keeping the e-cigs out of youths hands. Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia so far have the best sense of things when it comes to e-cigarettes and health. There, lighting anything up in public is verboten and the e-cigs can only be sold from behind the counter, curbing youth access.

Palmer Township supervisors approve electronic cigarette store
The Express-Times - May 12, 2014

Palmer Township supervisors gave conditional use approval for an electronic cigarette store tonight, but plans for the store are uncertain because the owner failed to show up for the meeting.

Smoke-Free College Campuses?
NBC 10 Philadelphia - May 8, 2014

The bill would amend the New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act to prohibit smoking in and around any facility, building or grounds of all public or private institutions of ...

Waynesboro Borough Council agrees to ban smoking in borough ...
Waynesboro Record Herald - May 8, 2014

A proposal to ban smoking in borough-owned parks was passed ... and suggested once again that council adopt a resolution banning smoking in the parks.

York City students kick (cigarette) butts, visit Capitol
York Dispatch - May 7, 2014

York City fifth-graders, approximately 259 students, took an hour out of their school day recently to pick up cigarette butts as part of a tobacco-free event, "York ...

How About a Nutter Executive Order Decriminalizing Marijuana in ...
Philadelphia Magazine (blog) - May 7, 2014

I guess executive orders can't really do anything aside from, you know, opening the libraries, banning smoking in public parks, and raising the minimum wage.

USciences Quits Tobacco Cold Turkey: Now a Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus
Newswise (press release) - May 5, 2014

Newswise In a move towards improving the health of its community, University of the Sciences announced it is officially a smoke and tobacco-free campus as of Thursday, May 1, 2014. With this new policy in place, the University joins a growing list of other colleges and universities who have made a commitment to banning smoke and/or tobacco products on campus. The policywhich is in support of Philadelphia law 050063-A and comes on the heels of the Citys announcement on April 29, 2014, to ban smoking in public parksis currently posted at usciences.edu/tobacco-free.

Waterworks Mall near Aspinwall bans smoking on premises
Tribune-Review - May 3, 2014

Still, the smoke-free policy can be effective without the need for the cigarette police, said Bronson Frick, associate director of Berkeley, Calif.-based Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.
This type of thing is generally self-enforcing as long as there is good signage and people are aware of the policy, he said.

Around Town: May starts off strong with positive community changes
Tribune-Review – April 30, 2014

Blinky's Noble Grill and Bar, 2350 Noblestown Road, Green Tree, is now a fully non-smoking restaurant. However, e-cigarettes and vapor cigarettes are ...

Smoke gets in your eyes
Philly.com (blog) – April 30, 2014

Kind of hard to believe, but there has been actual pushback against Mayor Nutter's latest edict, this time banning smoking (except barbecues, I guess) in all city ...

Is Nutter's latest smoking ban just a smoke screen?
Philly.com (blog) – April 30, 2014

When Mayor Nutter banned smoking in public parks this week, he said it was to ... (poor as it is), do we really think that banning a few rogue smokers in parks is ... Like soda bans that may shrink the size of extra-large Cokes, but do little to ...

Palmer Township hookah lounge plans panned by supervisors
The Express-Times – April 30, 2014

... according to Janowicz, are becoming more popular in the smoking industry. ... footage of the retail shop would follow township ordinances prevented a vote.

Hookah plans dropped in Palmer for now
Allentown Morning Call - April 30, 2014

... of Supervisors Tuesday night for a conditional use hearing for Mellow Lounge, LLC. ... The proposed retail store would focus on e-cigarettes and e-cigarette ... FDA as a cigarette vendor, but will not be selling any traditional tobacco products.

Palmer Township hookah lounge plans thwarted
The Express-Times - April 30, 2014

Janowicz asked supervisors to grant him a conditional use for his ... only open a retail shop that would sell non-tobacco smoking items like electronic cigarettes.

Mayor Nutter's Public Park Smoking Ban Is Pointless Nanny-State Grandstanding
Philadelphia Magazine (blog) - April 30, 2014

The problem here, though, is that Nutter is taking at least 375,000 Philadelphians along for his ride into the Whats the point? abyss with his new executive order banning smoking in public parks.

Philadelphia Bans Smoking in Public Parks
Philadelphia Magazine (blog) - April 29, 2014

The new park smoking ban comes for the usual reasons governments pass them: Concerns over secondhand smoke, general environmental worries and as an ...

Nutter to Ban Smoking in Philly Parks [VIDEO]
NBC 10 Philadelphia - April 29, 2014

At the 1 p.m. announcement, Nutter is expected to announce when the ban will go into effect and what kind of punishment violators will face for lighting up in ...

Time has come to ban smoking in Pa., W.Va. casinos
Tribune-Review - April 27, 2014

The scene is all too familiar to nonsmokers who visit casinos. A few minutes after they get settled at a promising slot machine or blackjack table, the person in the next seat lights up. As if pulled by a magnet, the smoke streams toward the nonsmoker's face. The warnings of lost revenue and the resulting taxes echo the argument that restaurants and other businesses made in years past. They have thrived with smoking bans. Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, says casinos should plan a transition to nonsmoking and maintains that a ban will attract many players who now refuse to visit casinos that allow smoking.

Popularity of e-cigarettes gives rise to 'vaping' lounges
Philly.com - April 27, 2014

Vaping products are in demand, and momentum is building as big tobacco companies begin investing in e-cigarettes. Some predict sales of vapor products will ...

UPUA Confirms Executive Board, Despite Robert's Rules
Onward State - April 24, 2014

LaSalle was there to discuss the ongoing debate with the smoke-free campus ... has said the university would save $200,000 by banning cigarettes on campus, ...

Smoking at Swarthmore
Swarthmore College The Phoenix Online – April 24, 2014

Because smoking is so observable, by smokers and non-smokers alike, smokers on campus are easily identifiable. Daily, smokers unite around a common ...

Groups team up to clear the air in Pa. ($$)
Gettysburg Times - April 23, 2014

Members of the Breathe Free Pennsylvania coalition (BFPA) announced the relaunch of their coalition and launch of their website, which support their efforts to strengthen Pennsylvania's clean indoor air law to include 100 percent smoke-free workplaces.

Without regulation, e-cigarette liquid is used for . . . eye drops
Philly.com (blog) - April 23, 2014

Internal records of the poison control center at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, which contributed to that report, show 19 calls involving liquid refills, 13 of them for children under six. The most common symptoms were nausea and vomiting, but one was severe toxicity. Three were cases of product confusion: administering e-juice instead of eye or ear drops. A handful of fires have been reported elsewhere as well.

Fishtown Vapes Opens on Frankford Avenue: E-Cigarettes May Actually Help You Kick the Habit
Spirit Newspapers - April 23, 2014

Anthony Fanelli may not be a doctor but he sincerely believes he is saving lives. As the owner and operator of Fishtown Vapes, one of the newer businesses to ...

No smoking signs going up at Silver Mine Park in Pequea Township
Lancaster Newspapers - April 17, 2014

But on Wednesday, April 16, a new board of supervisors decided there is some merit to posting "Young Lungs At Play" signs to maintain smoke-free regions ...

Meet the Healthiest Employers in the Philadelphia region
Philadelphia Business Journal - April 17, 2014

American Heritage Federal Credit Union in Philadelphia maintains a tobacco-free work environment by implementing a tobacco surcharge program, charging ...

Chamber brings professional women together
Titusville Herald - April 17, 2014

She said she works with businesses "toward developing tobacco-free policies and education, including cessation classes for employees." DiGregory said all the...

Student initiative for smoke-free campus goes live
University of Pittsburgh The Pitt News - April 16, 2014

“I like being able to smoke on campus,” Brennan, a sophomore majoring in ... designated smoking areas, making Pitt completely smoke-free or banning all ... body of public institutions of higher learning in Georgia, will enact a ban on smoking, ...

Philadelphia Bans 'Vaping:' What Do You Think?
Patch.com - April 13, 2014

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter this week signed into law two bills that severely limit "vaping" in the City of Brotherly Love.

Eliminate smoking in casinos
Washington Observer Reporter - April 12, 2014

I was delighted to learn that Republican state senators Stewart Greenleaf and Mario Scavello have proposed eliminating the ludicrous exemption in the Clean Indoor Act which enables casinos to allow smoking throughout as much as 50 percent of their gambling floors, though the reasonable person knows that the 50 percent rule is a farce as smoke filters throughout the entire casino. As miserable as it is for me and other non-smoking customers inside a casino, it is much worse for the hapless casino employee who must choose between a ...

E-cigarette Q&A: Keeping kids safe from liquid nicotine
Philly.com (blog) - April 12, 2014

With e-cigarettes becoming more popular, the number of calls of exposure to e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine to poison control centers have significantly grown, according to a CDC study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report earlier this month.

Youngsville considers tobacco ban at sports center
GoErie.com - April 11, 2014

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1iCXIOL) the ban would prohibit the use of ... the Youngsville Sports Complex, says there will be no designated smoking area.

DuBois applies for grant to make park compliant
Clearfield Progress - April 11, 2014

Council also voted to make the Showers Field complex a tobacco free area. The use of tobacco products would affect the field's new synthetic turf, City Manager ...

MAYOR NUTTER SIGNS E-CIGARETTE LEGISLATION
City of Philadelphia - April 10, 2014

“This legislation is an extension of the Clean Indoor Air Act. These sensible regulations will protect the health and wellness of ever Philadelphia citizen, especially our young people, by limiting the sale of and exposure to e-cigarette products,” said ...

One midstate county tops health rankings. Others are far down.
witf.org-by Ben Allen - April 10, 2014

"So whether it's having parks to play in, or sidewalks, or whether it's enabling workplaces to be smoke-free, including bars and restaurants, so there are a variety ...

Volunteers present plans to spruce up McAdoo playground
Republican & Herald - April 10, 2014

Madochick reminded Pollack and Oakes to make sure the playground will remain smoke-free. Both said they and other volunteers understand and agree to that.

Vape While You Can, E-Cig Ban Is Coming
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia - April 9, 2014

Vaping, or puffing on an electronic cigarette, will soon be banned in indoor public places in Philadelphia.

Vape No More: Nutter to Sign E-Cigarette Regulations
Philadelphia Magazine (blog) - April 8, 2014

This press release, just now in our inbox, confirms Mayor Nutter will sign bills heavily regulating e-cigarettes in Philadelphia. If you were vaping publicly, well, its time to put an end to that: ...

THS students hold anti-tobacco day
Titusville Herald - April 7, 2014

The students had planned for Kick Butts Day, which promotes tobacco awareness ... electronic cigarette advertisements like there are for tobacco cigarettes. ... Along with the video, the students created two different trifold displays to display in ...

Hookah lounges may waft from Lehigh Valley cities into Palmer ...
The Express-Times - April 6, 2014

He brought his plan before the Palmer Township zoning hearing board, which ... Patrons smoke from a hookah, a tobacco pipe with a long, flexible tube by which ... and impurities and emits smoke that is less offensive than cigarettes or cigars.

Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Complex Nears Full Capacity
PA home page - April 4, 2014

The business will sell electronic cigarettes and the many flavors or juices e-cigarettes feature. "We're going to have a testing bar here and we're going to have ...

Businessman hoping to open hookah lounge in Palmer
Allentown Morning Call - April 3, 2014

In addition to smoking, he said the lounge would sell e-cigarettes and hookah supplies and offer coffees, teas, cold drinks and snack foods. The zoning board ..

UPMC gears up for smoke-free workplace July 1
Pittsburgh Business Times - April 3, 2014

Effective July 1, UPMC staff will no longer be allowed to smoke or use other tobacco products during working hours. The smoke-free campus policy was adopted ...

New businesses will open in theater complex
Citizens Voice - April 3, 2014

He became interested in e-cigarettes after switching to them from traditional cigarettes six months ago. Morrow said e-cigarettes are safer and since he switched, ...

Council mulls traffic change
The Sentinel - April 3, 2014

... Association to play baseball at Memorial Park, and passed an ordinance making it illegal for minors to use or possess tobacco products in the borough.

Should Philly really regulate e-cigs like regular cigarettes?
PW-Philadelphia Weekly - April 2, 2014

Some people have told me that I have an anger problem, but I dont know what the fuck theyre talking about. I mean, all I want to do is smoke a goddamned cigarette. Being sober from booze and drugs means that I want to at least enjoy the one last vice I have: nicotine. Yes, my smoking addiction is inherently stupid, but I am an adult. I should be able to do whatever I want whenever I want wherever I want as long as Im not harming anyone else in the process. And so should everyone elseincluding those who smoke differently than I do. So when I heard that Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Greenlee wanted to start regulating e-cigarettes, my first instinct was to go libertarian. Once again, the nanny staters were infringing on my right to slowly kill myself and/or have a great time doing it. Goddamned communists, I thought, and shook my fist at a cloud. Then, I actually called the councilmans office. If people want to [smoke an e-cigarette], sit in the park and use it. Go outside, use it, Greenlee said. If it makes people quit smoking, we want people to quit smoking, so do it. Huh. He didnt sound like a fascist at all. What Greenlee proposed, and what city council unanimously approved last week, was a measure limiting Philadelphians use of e-cigarettes and electronic vaporizers in bars and public placesand their sale to children. The bill basically says these things will be treated the same, legally, as cigarettes.

Students investigate smoking on campus
Villanovan (subscription) - April 2, 2014

The dangers associated with the use of tobacco products on the University campus have been the focus of a clinical health promotion course in this semester. Chewing tobacco, hookah and e-cigarettes are a common trend amongst students. Yet, many studies have shown a pattern of smoking throughout college will ...

New businesses planned for Connellsville
Tribune-Review - April 2, 2014

On Tuesday, the Connellsville Planning Commission approved site review plans for a juice bar and an electronic cigarette store.

Chicken debate dominates council meeting
Citizens Voice - April 2, 2014

Another hot topic, a possible smoking ban on county property, will stay with the administrative committee for further consideration, with members noting any ...

Chickens, smoking ban again on council agenda
Citizens Voice - April 1, 2014

Proposals to ban smoking on county property and prohibit people from discarding cigarette butts on public property were also postponed during the administrative committee's meeting last month after Dave Parsnick, director of administrative services, reported that the county is working to initiate smoking cessation courses for employees.

Bills to curb e-cigarettes pass City Council
Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer - March 28, 2014

In the face of a lobbying and advertising drive by the new industry - much of it owned by big tobacco - Council unanimously passed bills to include e-cigarettes in the city's existing ban on public indoor smoking and forbid their sale to minors. ...

PERRY: Deniers learn to blow smoke
Scranton (PA) Times-Tribune - March 28, 2014

...climate change deniers have been claiming that science can't prove anything and that the science is just not settled. These were the same arguments the tobacco companies used for many years to cast doubt on whether smoking caused lung cancer. Some of the...

Philadelphia Poised to Regulate E-Cigs
TIME - March 27, 2014

The city council unanimously voted to treat e-cigarettes like traditional smokes and fine businesses that sell them to minors. If the mayor signs the legislation, ...

Chris Goldstein Sentenced for Smoke Down Busts
CelebStoner - March 27, 2014

The Smoke Down Prohibition march and rally last June 30 in Philadelphia ... within 30 days and a ban from 100 feet of Independence Hall National Historic Park ...

E-Cigarette Restrictions Pass Council
Philly.com (blog) - March 27, 2014

City Council unanimously passed two bills Thursday to add electronic cigarettes to the Philadelphia's public indoor smoking ban and to forbid the sale of ...

Philly City Council Bans E-Cigarette Use in Public Spaces
Philadelphia Magazine (blog)-by Dan McQuade - March 27, 2014

Right: I used past tense, because City Council unanimously voted to ban ... be treated like plain old regular cigarettes — you can't smoke them in public, and you ...

E-Cigarettes Ban Sparks Support, Disdain on Social Media
NBC 10 Philadelphia - March 27, 2014

The battery operated devices heat flavored liquids and produce a vapor which is inhaled ... Vaping is a term used to describe the action of using an e-cigarette.

Inquirer Editorial: A case of the vapers
Philly.com - March 27, 2014

A second bill would add the devices to the city's ban on smoking in most bars, ... important purpose of indoor smoking bans has been to discourage the habit, ...

Smoke shops proliferate in Pike
The Pike County Courier - March 27, 2014

Smaller than Smoker's Choice, the store sells cigarettes and loose tobacco for ... And if you're in the market for e-cigarettes, cigarette rolling machines, vapor ...

Health: Changes May Soon Come For Electronic Cigarette Users In ...
CBS Local - March 26, 2014

Smoking electronic cigarettes in public places in the city of Philadelphia could soon be restricted. City Council is set to vote Thursday on whether to ban them in places like ... City council will also vote tomorrow on banning sales of the product to ... E-cigs are already banned in public places in New York, Chicago and Los ...

Pittsburgh not immune to poisonings related to e-cigarettes
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - March 24, 2014

Reports of poisonings have been cropping up all over -- Minnesota, Missouri, Utah, Nebraska, Kentucky, Oklahoma, even Sweden. In Britain, a Staffordshire bull terrier puppy in February died within hours of chewing a bottle of nicotine-laced juice used to fuel the new rage: electronic cigarettes. Pittsburgh has not been immune. Since the first case of e-cigarette poisoning in Pittsburgh was reported in 2009, the number of cases -- children and adults -- has consistently gone up. The number of incidents rose from 12 in 2012 to 18 in 2013, according to the Pittsburgh Poison Center. There have already been seven reports so far this year -- putting 2014 on track to exceed last year's total.

Letters: E-cig truths lost in political smoke
Philly.com - March 19, 2014

It is in this haze of fear that politicians who are lobbying to ban electronic cigarettes end up leaning on preconceived notions, conflicting interests and few ...

No e-cigs for kids
Tribune-Review - March 18, 2014

Nationally, we already have about 3 million students in high school or below smoking tobacco. And we know that the use of e-cigs among our youth is growing.

East Stroudsburg store offers flavored alternative in e-cigs
Pocono Record - March 18, 2014

A new kind of store in East Stroudsburg is dedicated to electronic cigarettes, the vapor-producing puffers that many smokers are turning to. While e-cigarettes are ...

Why e-cigarettes should be banned from minors
Philly.com (blog) - March 18, 2014

Are e-cigarettes dangerous? Good data on long-term consequences is not available yet, but no one is talking about addiction and that is the undeniable problem ...

Nicotine con job: The state must protect against faux cigarettes
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - March 18, 2014

E-cigarettes come with dubious claims: They are not real cigarettes, so they arent regulated yet by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. No need to restrict their sales then. Theyll keep kids from moving to real cigarettes. Theyll help smokers quit their habit. These assertions deserve as much credence as those made by the tobacco industry over the years in falsely defending regular cigarettes. This is becoming increasingly clear from scientific studies, just as it did with tobacco products.

City Council Is Gonna Stop You From Looking Foolish With That E-Cigarette
Philebrity.com - March 18, 2014

Last week, a City Council committee decided that e-cigarettes should be treated the same as regular ol cigs, which, do they even see the e there? By doing so, the committee has made their sale to minors illegal and made it so No Smoking signs also apply to them.

State wants landlords to ban smoking
GOPUSA - March 17, 2014

Twenty-one percent of Pennsylvania's adults smoke cigarettes. ... Yet another resident said she was aware of the smoking restrictions but that she and her fiance ...

Smart Talk: E-cigarettes; Patient portals [AUDIO]
witf.org - March 16, 2014

E-cigarettes aren't approved by the Food and Drug Administration in part because ... at Penn State Hershey to discuss what he's learned about e-cigarettes.

Lehigh Valley schools fear the growing use of e-cigarettes by students
The Express-Times March 15, 2014

Pennsylvania minors can't walk into a Wawa and buy packs of cigarettes, but there is nothing stopping them from buying electronic cigarettes from a store. There's no Pennsylvania law banning the sale of the devices to minors, leaving school districts scrambling to update tobacco policies to explicitly prohibit the devices as they grow in popularity.

Smoke signals
Philly.com - March 15, 2014

Council was hearing testimony on whether electronic cigarettes, so-called smokeless cigarettes, which do not burn, should be treated the same as tobacco cigarettes, which do burn and emit smoke. Presenting the all-clear (among others) was Bill Godshall, executive director of SmokeFreePA, an anti-smoking organization opposed to the legislation sponsored by Councilman Bill Greenlee. "It's difficult to have a rational discussion with ideologues who have their minds made up already," Godshall gripes, adding he has sent weekly email tobacco harm-reduction updates filled with the latest science, to everyone on Council and to the Health Department. "I sent the Health Department over 100 published studies done on e-cigarettes, they either didn't read or they misrepresented all the evidence in those studies," Godshall says.

Committee seeks to add e-cigs to public ban on smoking
Philly.com (blog) - March 14, 2014

A CITY COUNCIL committee yesterday agreed to treat e-cigarettes the same as the traditional kind, banning their sale to minors and applying the same no ...

Soon, Only Rich Homeowners Will Be Allowed to Smoke
Philadelphia Magazine (blog) - March 14, 2014

1, the Village of Pennbrook Apartments in Levittown banned smoking in all common areas of the Bucks County ... If you're going to ban it, just ban it folks. Letting ...

Main Line Health to Implement New Smoking Policy in an...
Hellenic News of America - March 13, 2014

Research shows that smoke-free policies can dramatically reduce illness and even death from heart disease. For the past 25 years, Main Line Health has ...

Allegheny County residents could get energy upgrade funding
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - March 12, 2014

Only nonsmoking homeowners are eligible. The aim of the program is to encourage homeowners to make retrofits that can lower their energy bills and improve ...

Regulate e-cigarettes
Philly.com - March 12, 2014

Two bills are currently being proposed in City Council that relate to e-cigarette use in Philadelphia. The first seeks to prevent the sale of e-cigarette devices to minors, and the second would restrict the public spaces where a person could use the devices. Would you knowingly let your kid inhale an untested product? Think about it. You have more information about the potential health impact of your mascara than you do about that of your e-cigarette. The City Council bill clarifies that e-cigarettes should not be sold to kids under age 18. Since 2007, Philadelphia has had a highly successful public-smoking ban. We simply should not confuse the public by allowing e-cigarette vaping to pollute the air.

Ban e-cig sales to kids (letter)
York Daily Record - March 11, 2014

Fortunately, some of our elected leaders in Harrisburg are concerned about teens getting their hands on electronic cigarettes, and Senate Bill 1055 would help ...

Phila. Councilmembers Weigh Changes To City's Marijuana Laws
CBS Local - March 10, 2014

A Philadelphia City Council committee today heard testimony about a proposed ordinance to end mandatory arrests for small amounts of marijuana.

EDITORIAL: All in or butt out
York Dispatch - March 6, 2014

The Pennsylvania Legislature decided in 2008 it wasn't enough that businesses had the right to ban smoking. With few exceptions, the Clean ...

State-considered extension of smoking ban would affect York County
York Dispatch - March 5, 2014

The ladies who visit Hodle Tavern in New Freedom don't have to have wash their hair before bed anymore now that owners at the little Front Street bar and restaurant decided to ban smoking. But their water would be running after visits to dozens of other York County establishments that are not smoke-free. Those places could become so under a proposed expansion of the Clean Indoor Air Act.

County proposals on smoking ban, backyard chickens on hold
Citizens Voice - March 5, 2014

Proposals to curtail smoking on county property and allow backyard chickens are on hold following a sometimes contentious meeting of several Luzerne County ...

County council to take up smoking ban
Citizens Voice - March 4, 2014

Luzerne County Council committees on Tuesday will take up the issues of backyard chickens, a smoking ban on county property and whether to ask job applicants if they have criminal convictions.

Push is on to strengthen PA Clean Indoor Air Act
witf.org - March 3, 2014

Advocates are putting their muscle behind the latest proposals calling for the elimination of exemptions in Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Act.

County workers pay more for health care
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader - March 2, 2014

A possible ordinance banning smoking around the courthouse is among the agenda topics for the administrative committee. Prior commissioners banned the use of tobacco within 20 feet of all county buildings in November 2007, but smokers still regularly light up along the courthouse perimeter. Former county controller Walter Griffith raised the issue in the summer 2012, expressing his disgust over cigarette butts littering county government property.

Council mulls smoking ban on county property
Insurance News Net (press release) - March 2, 2014

Luzerne County Council is considering a smoking ban on all county property. Some opponents are fuming.

Editorial: Anti-smoking policy logical, but foreboding
Main Line - February 26, 2014

Executives of the Main Line Health System recently announced a variation on that theme of preventive health care. They will not hire users of tobacco and nicotine products at their hospitals and other facilities after May 1....

Our View: Give customers their say about casino changes
GoErie.com - February 25, 2014

Richard Garvey, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, said that casino operators ... Many suggested that the casino should go smoke-free....

Main Line Health Will No Longer Hire Smokers, Starting in May
Philadelphia Magazine (blog) - February 24, 2014

Almost exactly one year after the University of Pennsylvania Health System announced a move to weed out tobacco users from its payroll, Main Line Health just released details about a new tobacco-use employment policy, effective May 1, 2014, which will bar nicotine and tobacco users from employment at the health systems four hospitals and other area facilities. Current employees will be required to disclose whether or not they use tobacco or nicotine products, and those who do will pay a surcharge for their health care benefits beginning in 2015.

State promotes smoke-free multi-unit housing
witf.org - February 22, 2014

(Harrisburg) -- The state Department of Health is encouraging apartment complexes to go smoke-free. Judy Ochs, director of the Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control, says smoke-free multi-unit housing helps reduce the negative consequences of ...

Councilman wants to ban sales of e-cigs to minors in Philly
Newsworks.org - February 21, 2014

Councilman wants to ban sales of e-cigs to minors in Philly.... Sophran Sok demonstrates the use of an electronic vaping device at Exclusive ...

Councilman Greenlee proposes bill prohibiting e-cigarette sales to ...
Philly.com - February 20, 2014

Where former City Councilman Bill Green's move to ban the indoor use of electronic cigarettes is a preemptive step in the wrong direction, Councilman Bill ...

OUR OPINION: PA. TOBACCO POLICIES Cigar tax lost in smoke screen
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader - February 18, 2014

Someone very powerful in Pennsylvania doesnt want to see a state tax collected on cigar sales. How else would you explain most state lawmakers otherwise illogical resistance to collecting a reasonable tax on the products linked to cancers of the larynx, lungs, lips, mouth and throat and then using the revenue to help prevent young people from picking up the potentially deadly habit?

Seeing through the smoke: Cigarettes on campus
The Slate Online - February 17, 2014

At Shippensburg University, smokers are not an unusual sight. Some congregate outside of the library and chat over Starbucks, while others smoke in-between classes to relieve a little exam stress.

To vape or not to vape: Local smokers offer thoughts on electronic cigarettes
Penn Live - February 17, 2014

A few weeks ago, we put out a call for submissions from electronic cigarette users ... Emily Moore, 26, Dillsburg: I use e-cigs as an alternative to tobacco smoking. ... Does the fact that these e-cigarettes come in flavors serve as a lure to minors?...

Sally Satel: How inhaling e-cigarettes could save your life
Allentown Morning Call - February 17, 2014

Should electronic cigarettes be regulated like tobacco products, emblazoned with warnings and subject to tight marketing restrictions? Those are among the questions before the Food and Drug Administration as it decides in the coming weeks how to handle the battery-powered cigarette mimics that have become a $1.5 billion business in the United States.

E-cigarettes: Longtime smoker kicks the habit and launches ...
Patriot-News - February 14, 2014

Electronic cigarette vaping device in use Keith Kepler of Susquehanna Township shows how to use an electronic cigarette vaping device. After smoking for 43 ...

Vaping: Electronic cigarettes in smoke-free spots have potential to inflame
Penn Live-by David Wenner - February 13, 2014

The Giant Center and Hersheypark Arena are smoke-free. Electronic cigarettes are included in the ban on regular cigarettes, which are permitted only in ...

E-cigarettes remain unregulated by law amid mounting calls for ...
The Patriot-News - February 13, 2014

A Rutter's e-cigarette billboard in the York area stands along the northbound lanes of I-83 near the Market Street exit. The photo was taken last week.

Lots of snow, e-cigarettes, the Olympics, prom contest, RJ Harris ...
The Patriot-News-by Deb Kiner - February 13, 2014

PennLive's Ivey DeJesus continues her package this week on electronic cigarettes. It's a billion dollar industry but there is little research on the effects of them on ...

Council designates Penn Hills parks as smoke-free
Tribune-Review - February 12, 2014

Councilman Gary Underwood is happy that a new ordinance designates Penn Hills parks, picnic areas, playgrounds and parking lots as smoke-free, but he had ...

E-Cigs help smoke student cravings
The Globe - February 12, 2014

These three Point Park students are among 42.1 million smokers nationwide. Looking for a healthier alternative, they decided to trade in their traditional tobacco cigarettes and replace them with the increasingly popular electronic cigarettes. The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Associations online fact sheet says that e-cigarettes were first introduced to the American market in 2006 as a cessation to the use of tobacco smoking. There are multiple advantages smokers express after switching to e-cigarettes, including money. Electronic cigarettes are used in most cases to wean off of traditional tobacco products, according to Heather Capo, University coordinator of Student Health Services.

OUR OPINION: SECONDHAND SMOKE Expand Pa. ban on tobacco use
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader - February 10, 2014

The old excuse that smoking bans would bury certain businesses, including Luzerne County taverns, because their customer bases would evaporate simply doesnt hold up. Statewide bans making all restaurants and bars smoke-free have been enacted in 28 states, including almost all of Pennsylvanias neighbors: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Ohio. Multiple studies suggest the economic impacts of a smoking ban on eating and drinking establishments are not crippling, and seldom cited as the cause for a place going belly-up.

Electronic cigarettes go from vague curiosity to billion-dollar industry [VIDEO]
The Patriot-News - February 10, 2014

Unless you know of someone who uses e-cigarettes or use them yourself you probably are under the impression that they have been banished to that ...

Gaming official offers update on casino operations
Meadville Tribune - February 9, 2014

Turning to the issue of smoking, McGarvey said by law 50 percent of a casino floor space must be non-smoking, but noted that is difficult because smoke ...

DN Editorial: No butts about it
Philly.com - February 7, 2014

DURING the last decade, local, state and federal governments have sought to make smoking inconvenient by restricting where and when people can light up.

E-Cigarette Concerns
PA home - February 6, 2014

The fad of electronic cigarettes started back in 2007 . ... Some physicians also question if the vapors produced by the electronic cigarette are safe to breathe in.

Pennsylvania Docs Take on E-Cigarettes
WTAJ - February 6, 2014

HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA - Pennsylvania doctors are applauding the decision by CVS to stop selling tobacco, but they're saying, let's go further.

CVS to stop selling tobacco products Oct. 1
Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette - February 6, 2014

Standing outside a Walgreens Wednesday, Mr. Smithburger, 23, of Homewood, looked dismayed to learn that the place where he usually feeds his Marlboro habit -- his local CVS drugstore -- won't be selling them anymore.

York 'vapers' make the switch from cigarettes
York Dispatch - February 4, 2014

An increasingly popular substitute for cigarette smoking, vaping is the act of smoking electronic cigarettes aka personal vaporizers, or PVs which vaporize ...

On 50th anniversary of Surgeon General smoking report, York looks forward
York Dispatch - February 4, 2014

York County has a 22 percent rate, which has been stable over the past 10 years, according to the 2012 York and Adams County Community Health Needs Assessment. In 2006, Memorial Hospital, WellSpan Health's York and Gettysburg hospitals and Hanover Hospital adopted tobacco-free policies. In 2008, YMCA of York and ...

LETTER: The smoking tenant
Lancaster Online (Lancaster Newspapers) - February 4, 2014

A big thank you to Mr. Ken Smiley for his fine letter to the editor of Jan. 28. Mr. Smiley expressed the views of many elderly citizens of the city and county of Lancaster. So, Mr. Miller smokes. Big deal. Who is he hurting, anyway? If someone wants to improve the quality of the air we breathe, then we should do something about all of the diesel fuel spewing the deadly fumes that are being put into the air that we all breathe. To put an old man out in the bitter cold to fend for himself in an environment that is near to the temperatures of Alaska, shame on this city. If this is how you treat your senior citizens, then I am ashamed to tell anyone that I come from Lancaster County ...

E-Cig Ban in Philly ?
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia - February 2, 2014

Theres a bid in Philadelphia to ban electronic-cigarette use indoors. Councilman Bill Green introduced the proposal that would prohibit vaping in restaurants, workplaces and other public spaces

Philly Considering a Ban on Indoor E-Cig Use
NBC 10 Philadelphia - February 2, 2014

E-cigs are battery-powered devices that are often made to look like a traditional cigarette, but there's no smoke. When the e-cig is "lit," liquid inside the device ...

Clean Indoor Act needs revisions to give back local control
Timesonline.com - February 2, 2014

Everyone talks about the importance of local government. Whether its a school board or a borough council, everyone feels that local residents should be able to control their own destiny as much as possible. It all sounds good, but theres one area where local residents have no control. Thats the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2008, which bans local municipalities, with the exemption of Philadelphia, from passing no-smoking ordinances stricter than the state law. Now, its possible that few municipalities would be interested in doing anything of the sort. But what could possibly be the harm in allowing municipalities to regulate indoor smoking, particularly in restaurants and bars? Thats the thinking of state Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, a Republican from Willow Grove, a suburb outside of Philadelphia, and we agree with him...

Falls complex imposes smoking restrictions on property ($$)
Bucks County Courier Times - February 1, 2014

A local apartment complex is taking steps to limit the areas where residents can smoke on the property in Falls. Beginning this month, Village of Pennbrook residents and their visitors will not be allowed to smoke in the common areas of the complex, according to a spokeswoman with AIMCO, the Colorado-based company that owns the property.

Mall bans sidewalk and parking lot smoking
Citizens Voice - February 1, 2014

SCRANTON - The Mall At Steamtown will ban smoking on its Lackawanna Avenue sidewalk and parking garage, establishing a smoke free zone around the shopping center. The policy goes into effect Feb. 14. The interior of the mall has been smoke free for 20 years. The rule goes beyond the current Scranton ordinance that bans smoking within 20 feet of a business entrance.
The only exception will be an employee smoking area in the back of the mall.

Philadelphia considering a ban on indoor electronic-cigarette use
WHYY (Philadelphia, PA) - January 30, 2014

Councilman Bill Green introduced the proposal that would prohibit “vaping” in restaurants, workplaces and other public spaces. E-cigs are battery-powered devices that are often made to look like a traditional cigarette, but there’s no smoke. ...

Letter: Safety explanation sought
The Sentinel - January 30, 2014

Regarding your recent editorial on the proposed expanded smoking ban, I personally will not be affected by the new law if it is enacted as I do not patronize the ...

Smoking Ban Expansion Bill
WTAJ - January 29, 2014

Brian Laratonda owns the Pipe Room in Hollidaysburg. Five years ago when the clean indoor air act passed his bar went smoke free. He says he lost 30-40% of ...

Our View: A smokers' ban that goes too far
Carlisle Sentinel - January 28, 2014

A pair of bills sitting in the Pennsylvania House and Senate aim to expand a smoking ban to some of the places where smoking is still permitted in the state, including casinos and private clubs. The bills go too far.

Do you use e-cigarettes? If so, we could use your help
Patriot-News - January 28, 2014

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, are a growing commodity, as smokers look for a tobacco-free alternative to traditional cigarettes, as well as an opportunity to smoke in public areas without potentially disturbing others. As the product gains in popularity, the debate over its use has also grown. Is it acceptable to smoke them in restaurants or in the office? What, if any, are the health hazards of this product? PennLive.com is gearing up to do a lengthy project on e-cigarettes. We'll be looking at health implications, regulation efforts, ease of access and other related issues.

Thomas Sabo | Are VFWs promoting slow form of suicide?
The Tribune-Democrat - January 24, 2014

In Pennsylvania, at least, it seems that the common bond these veterans and their friends share is that they smoke cigarettes, and a convenient place, and one of the few allowed by Pennsylvania law, to share each others smoke is the VFW. Members of VFWs in Maryland dont have similar freedom to damage their health. A friend who lives in Baltimore invited me to a fund-raising dinner. The entertainment, food and cause all sounded appealing, and I was about to accept when he said the event would be held at the VFW in Pasadena. I said I would rather not spend an evening breathing other peoples smoke. He was surprised, saying that smoking is not permitted in VFWs in Maryland. He went on to explain that Maryland had discovered that members-only clubs that permitted smoking were selling social memberships that allowed smokers to buy their way in for the primary purpose of finding a place to support their smoking habits. Maryland closed a loophole; VFWs, as well as other private organizations, became smoke free.

City Council back to work with a full plate
Philly.com - January 24, 2014

Councilman Bill Green introduced a bill to amend the city's indoor-smoking ban to include electronic cigarettes. Green pointed to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report showing that usage of e-cigs has doubled in recent years. He said an important outcome of the legislation would be the affirmation of a tobacco-free lifestyle among youth.

City Council Considers Adding Electronic Cigarettes To Smoking Ban
CBS Local - January 24, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) Theres a move in City Council to add electronic cigarettes to the citys 7-year ban on public smoking. We're modernizing Mayor Nutter's smoking ban to include e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that look like regular cigarettes and simulate ...

Going smokeless
Bucks County Courier Times - January 24, 2014

Its pretty well-known that Prohibition during the 1920s was a colossal failure, spawning an unparalleled era of organized crime and violence. Whats not as well-known is that the 18th Amendment did not prohibit the consumption of alcohol, but rather their manufacture, sale and transportation. After more than a decade of self-imposed temperance, Congress and the states wised up, and the 21st Amendment repealing Prohibition was ratified in less than 10 months. Another provision of state Sen. Stewart Greenleafs bill, one of several tobacco-related measures being considered, would allow local governments to enact even stricter bans, which is now permitted only in Philadelphia. There are other proposals to fine smokers who light up in a vehicle in which a child is present.

Smoking in jail is now a crime
Towanda Daily Review - January 24, 2014

At their meeting on Thursday, the Bradford County commissioners passed an ordinance which makes it a crime to use or possess tobacco at the Bradford County Correctional Facility, and also voted to accept a New York company's $35,470 bid to replace the windows in the Bradford County Courthouse annex. Under the ordinance, it is a summary offense to smoke or possess cigarettes or other tobacco products in the jail and on the jail's grounds, said Jonathan Foster Sr., Bradford County solicitor

From zoning to e-smokes, Council gets down to 2014 business
Philly.com - January 23, 2014

Green introduced a bill to add electronic cigarettes to the city's ban on indoor smoking in most locations. So-called e-cigarettes release a vapor, but Green said they should be considered the same as smoking. "Smoking is definitely not something we want to become 'cool' again," he said.

Let PA Cities Totally Ban Indoor Smoking
Keystone Politics - January 23, 2014

Randy LoBasso reports that the American Lung Association is pushing Harrisburg to close exemptions in our weak indoor smoking bill. Not to let state lawmakers off the hook, but it seems unlikely theyll fully close the loopholes. A better strategy would be to let cities pass their own laws fully banning smoking from bars and casinos. This would be an uphill fight in Philadelphia, because dive bars will claim itll destroy everything, but obviously it wouldnt:

Drastic New Pennsylvania Smoking Ban Proposed
Dive bars, casinos, restaurant patios, and private clubs are all on the hit list
Philadelphia Magazine (blog) - January 23, 2014

Those of you who still like to smoke cigarettes in dives like McGlinchey's and Locust Bar or light up cigars on the deck or patio of your favorite restaurant may ...

Cigar aficionados find their mojo in King of Prussia
Main Line - January 23, 2014

All cigar buffs are welcome to come and relax in the BYOB lounge, an ample social setting with a sophisticated ventilation system that offsets the smoke.

Bills would expand Pa. smoking ban to all bars, casinos
The Intelligencer - January 22, 2014

Five years ago, Pennsylvania passed a statewide ban on indoor smoking in most public places and businesses. If either bill advances, Pennsylvania would join 23 other states with smoking bans deemed comprehensive by the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation. ....

Pennsylvania gets failing grades on efforts to curb smoking and provide smoke-free workplaces
PennLive.com - January 21, 2014

People who work in casinos and some bars are exposed to secondhand smoke: Count that among the reasons Pennsylvania scored woefully in an annual report that tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at the federal and state level.

Muncy School Board updates policy to prohibit electronic cigarettes
Williamsport Sun-Gazette - January 21, 2014

MUNCY - Muncy School Board unanimously approved revisions to its three tobacco use policies Monday night to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes. The policies apply to students, administrative employees, professional employees and classified employees

Inquirer Editorial: New fronts in tobacco fight
Philly.com - January 10, 2014

A half-century after the historic U.S. surgeon general's finding that smoking sickens and kills, the Philadelphia region could be viewed as one of the nation's key battlegrounds in the continuing struggle to stem the health scourge, which leads to 443,000 deaths a year and costs billions of dollars in medical care and lost productivity. ...

Progress slow, steady as Americans fight to stop smoking
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette January 8, 2014

Fifty years ago this Saturday, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry dropped a bomb, of sorts, on modern American culture. ...

E-cigarettes and teens
Lancaster Newspapers - January 7, 2014

The growing concern about the health risks of tobacco-less smoking devices electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes shows the wisdom of bans imposed by school districts across the state, including several in Lancaster County.

In one frozen town, cigarettes worth freezing for
Bismarck Tribune - January 7, 2014

Certain essentials must be taken care of, no matter what. As a record freeze hit this small town outside Pittsburgh early Tuesday, basic needs came down to football, lottery tickets and cigarettes. Especially cigarettes.

Tauras, J.A.; Chaloupka, F.J.; Keith, J.D.; Brown, D.P.; Meyer, J.B., " Economic impact of a noncomprehensive smoke-free air law," Health Promotion Practice [Epub ahead of print], January 6, 2014.

Sunbury high-rises smoke-free
News Item - January 4, 2014

SUNBURY - The Sunbury Housing Authority announced Thursday a smoke-free policy effective Jan. 1 that prohibits tobacco use indoors at Chestnut Tower and ...

Philadelphia's 'vape lounge' scene creates community for quitters
Philly.com - December 16, 2013

Every time Guong Truong reaches into his pockets, he has to make sure batteries don't fall out. They're important to his hobby, in essence serving as its lifeblood by providing the electrical current from which Truong draws his pleasure.

Push to ban e-cig sales to minors grows
Standard Speaker - December 16, 2013

Meanwhile, a movement to stop sales to minors for electronic cigarettes is under way by some Pennsylvania lawmakers. The State Judiciary Committee approved enabling legislation last week after a vote by the Pennsylvania Medical Society that urged a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. They want to carry the ban on tobacco and cigarettes law to include e-cigarettes, making them illegal to sell to minors.

Electronic cigarettes are not a big hit with teens
Tribune-Review - December 15, 2013

Smoke shop owners and school administrators supporting legislation to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors acknowledge the devices are not a teenage craze. I didn't know it was legal to sell to kids, said Gabrielle Williams, co-owner of Vape Inn on East Carson Street in the South Side, which stocks the personal smoking simulators. I never see them in here. Teenagers don't really try to buy. Bill Godshall of Monroeville, a longtime anti-smoking activist who runs SmokeFree Pennsylvania and supports the bill, said those figures are not as troubling as they sound if it means teen smokers illegally obtaining cigarettes are opting for e-cigs instead. If teens, like adult smokers, are switching to e-cigarettes, he said, that's not a public health problem; that's a public health solution.

Some Lancaster County schools banning e-cigarettes
Lancaster Online - December 7, 2013

In the mid-1990s, school administrators regularly dealt with smoking incidents on campus. Districts rolled out anti-tobacco policies and imposed fines for violations. With rising awareness about the health effects of tobacco and the cultural shift against smoking in public, school smoking issues waned. Then along came e-cigarettes.

Smoking banned on all Centre County-owned properties
Centre Daily Times - December 6, 2013

Smoking and all tobacco products will be prohibited on all Centre County-owned and leased properties effective April 1. That means employees in the courthouse, Willowbank Building, district courts and other offices will have to walk a little farther to light up, but the point of the ban is to encourage them to kick the habit, a commissioner said.

Let's clear the air for all workers in Pennsylvania
Bucks County Courier Times - December 6, 2013

... including bars, casinos, private clubs and other venues, to put the health of their employees ... The evidence is clear that exposure to secondhand smoke wreaks ... result in 33,800 fewer adult smokers, 19,900 fewer smoking-related deaths, ...

O'Hara Council says 'no' to smoking near township playgrounds
Tribune-Review - November 20, 2013

Council has given the green light to a smoking ban near play areas at all township ... Specifically, tobacco is banned from any wood covered play areas in the ...

Johnstown Mayor, citing own research, says second-hand smoke is not harmful
WJAC-TV NBC6 (Johnstown, PA) - November 20, 2013

Last week, Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle vetoed the borough council's bill that banned smoking in public places. Wehrle said smoking outside is a civil liberty that should not be taken away.

Smoking ban vetoed by Punxsutawney mayor
WJAC Johnstown - November 14, 2013

Smoking in public places almost became illegal this week in Punxsutawney. Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to ban it, but the mayor quickly vetoed. Under the ban, smoking would be off limits in public areas such as parks and playgrounds.

Quitting Time: The Trend Toward Tobacco-Free Workplaces: Guest ...
Towanda Daily Review - November 14, 2013

Did you know that tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States? According to the American Cancer ... First, establish a Tobacco-Free Worksite Policy. Focus on the benefits of a safe, healthy workplace. Organizations like the ACS provide samples of such policies on their websites.

KAZMER: Should smoking with kids in the car be banned?
Daily American - November 13, 2013

This law shouldn’t become a problem for most people, including smokers. But in case you forgot: Don’t smoke with kids in your car; you could be slowly killing them. What parent wouldn’t agree to snuff it until later?

Regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco
Scranton Times-Tribune - November 12, 2013

Originally devised to help tobacco smokers quit, e-cigarettes are ... to apply the same prohibitions covering tobacco sales to minors to e-cigarette sales, and to ...

Ceoltas Irish Pub to refocus on food, go non-smoking: Out with Sara
Penn Live - November 7, 2013

There are a lot of great things to say about Ceoltas Irish Pub (no apostrophe, please). But Ceoltas' first-floor has long been popular for late-night weekend parties, known better as a smoke-friendly nightlife destination than for lunch or dinner. However, change is afoot at Ceoltas. The first floor is now nonsmoking -- at least until 9 p.m. -- and manager Stuart Delves has returned to the helm along with a new chef, Fred "Wink" Winklespeck, improved menu and refocus on food.

Scottdale begins to hang smoke-free signs
Pittsburgh (PA) Tribune-Review - November 6, 2013

The Scottdale Parks Commission passed a resolution in the spring to make all parks in the borough smoke-free as a part of the “Young Lungs at Play” program. The program, offered through Penn State Extension, helps municipalities become cleaner and ...

Medical groups ask for laws regulating, taxing e-cigarettes
Reading Eagle - October 31, 2013

Dr. Richard T. Bell, a West Reading pulmonologist, hears that question about electronic cigarettes at his West Reading practice. The answer, he said, might be ...

E-cigarettes present a question of safety
Waterbury Republican American - October 28, 2013

The most deadly behavior in the United States might morph into a lifesaver. Or a product with an unknown safety profile might lure more smokers. The e-cig has divided a public health community whose reliance on carefully collected scientific evidence is no match for a fast-moving new technology backed by some of the world's slickest marketers. Which is why so much is riding on a Food and Drug Administration decision expected soon on whether and how to regulate e-cigarettes.

Electronic Cigarettes Should Be Treated Like Tobacco, Say Doctors
Newswise (press release) - October 28, 2013

Newswise The potential dangers of electronic cigarettes have members of the Pennsylvania Medical Society concerned, and until more is known about the ...

Smoke-free rental units growing more popular
Philly.com October 27, 2013

Smoking even in one's own home may someday be a thing of the past, as more real estate developers and landlords in the Philadelphia region are embracing the trend toward healthy housing. It's unclear how many privately owned apartment buildings have set similar standards, but vocal residents are often the catalyst, said Liz Williams of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. Noted Rick Haughey of the National Multi Housing Council: "After noise, smoke and odors are the second-highest complaint from renters."

Cocalico bans smoking, approves assessment appeals
Lancaster Newspapers - October 24, 2013

Attention smokers: You can't light up on Cocalico School District property anymore, anytime, anywhere. At its meeting Monday, Oct. 21, the Cocalico School Board adopted policy revisions complying with state and federal regulations that make Cocalico a tobacco-free environment.

Penn State-Virginia Commonwealth collaboration will study matters ...
PennLive.com-by David Wenner - October 22, 2013

Are electronic cigarettes healthier than real ones? That's one of the questions that will be studied during a research collaboration between Penn State Milton S. ...

MVCC looks to go tobacco free
Reporter Online - October 18, 2013

Moraine Valley Community College trustees are considering banning all tobacco products and creating a policy that would divorce state law, which currently ...

Electronic cigarettes could join Hampton schools' prohibited tobacco ...
Tribune-Review - October 16, 2013

Superintendent John Hoover said with some studies showing the presence of toxins in the electronic-cigarette vapor, district officials wanted to add it to the list of ...

Smoke-Free Senior Housing?
wnep.com - October 9, 2013

First it was restaurants, then bars, now some senior housing facilities in Luzerne County are considering a ban on smoking. Residents recently filled out a survey on the issue. ...

Smoke 'em if you got 'em? Maybe not in county senior housing
Go Lackawanna - October 8, 2013

KINGSTON Will the Luzerne County Housing Authority ban smoking in its senior housing units? About 60 percent of residents of Luzerne County elderly housing want smoking banned in their buildings, while 27 percent say they want smoking to still be allowed. Thirteen percent have no preference.

Inquirer Editorial: A risk casinos can do without
Philly.com - October 4, 2013

The owners of Pennsylvania and Atlantic City casinos granted ill-advised exemptions from indoor smoking bans contend that they must look to smokers for a sizable share of the pot - and, thus, the state tax revenues generated by gambling. But what if smoke-filled casinos are triggering a haul of a different kind - of patrons sickened and, in extreme cases, having to be carted off to a hospital?

Tobacco-free play zones requested in Upper Leacock
Lancaster Newspapers - September 25, 2013

Upper Leacock Township is being asked to join a growing list of local communities that have declared parks and playgrounds tobacco-free zones. Mary Ross ..

Penn to serve as smoking research center
Newsworks.org - September 24, 2013

Federal regulators are looking for better evidence to make decisions about the sales and marketing of cigarettes and emerging tobacco products. The University of Pennsylvania and 13 other research centers around the country now have grant money to help.

Smoking no longer allowed in Chesco public housing
The Mercury - September 21, 2013

Since last month, all of the units owned by the Housing Authority of Chester County have been deemed tobacco free, a first in public housing in southeastern Pennsylvania, authority officials say. The policy does not prohibit individuals who use tobacco from living or working at authorityowned properties. But it does forbid its use anywhere on the property, inside or out. The policy relates not only to cigarettes, cigars, and pipe smoking, but also to smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes.

McKeesport snuffs tobacco use in city's parks and playgrounds
Tribune-Review - September 18, 2013

The city will place signs at each area identifying them as tobacco-free areas. Any person violating the ordinance can be fined up to $300 and court costs.

PA Senator Works to Ban E-Cigarette Sale to Minors
90.5 WESA - September 16, 2013

State Sen. Tim Solobay (D-Washington) wants the commonwealth to become the 21st state to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

Port Carbon bans smoking at playgrounds
Republican & Herald - September 11, 2013

Port Carbon bans smoking at playgrounds ... PORT CARBON - Borough council banned smoking at the community's two playgrounds with a new policy. "We did ...

'Unhealthy' ads more common in poor neighborhoods, survey finds
Newsworks.org (blog) - August 26, 2013

A city zoning law could help curb the number of advertisements for cigarettes and sugary drinks in Philadelphia and a new survey may provide ammunition for stepped-up enforcement of the 2012 rule.

Study faults corner store cigarette ads
Philly.com - August 26, 2013

Outside the stores, many outlets illegally attached cigarette advertising to street signs or utility poles, or set up freestanding tobacco ads on sidewalks, the study ...

Shippensburg police seek underage smoking ordinance
Chambersburg Public Opinion - August 22, 2013

Scott spoke to Shippensburg Borough Council Tuesday evening about proposing an ordinance to help keep those under the age of 18 from smoking.

Perkasie Borough considers under 18 smoking ban
Montgomery Newspapers - August 16, 2013

Because of this, Perkasie Borough Council is considering implementing a smoking ban that would make it illegal for anyone under 18 to smoke cigarettes in ...

Restaurants, bar owners allow diners to smoke electronic cigarettes
Penn Live - August 14, 2013

Once again diners are smoking cigarettes in restaurant dining rooms and around bars. In a day and age of anti-smoking campaigns, the whole idea of smokers lighting up in public places seems completely out of place. A few months ago when a diner lit up a cigarette at Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar, a bartender immediately told them to snuff it out, said co-owner Gary Huether, Jr. Only it turned out the person wasn't smoking a conventional cigarette, it was an electronic cigarette. While at first the idea of the devices created some confusion, patrons at the chain's restaurants are now permitted to smoke the cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes.

Lehigh Township bans smoking in parks sort of
Allentown Morning Call - August 14, 2013

Lehigh Township Supervisors on Tuesday adopted a tobacco-free policy in township parks that has the police chief fretting over enforcement. As it stands, the ...

Former state Rep. Jennifer Mann hired as consultant for tobacco company
Easton (PA) Express-Times - August 14, 2013

Former Pa. state Rep. Jennifer Mann has been hired as a consultant for a tobacco company. Mann, who started her own lobbying firm, JL Mann Consulting, after leaving the state House last year, will provide "strategic advisory services" to Reynolds American Inc.

Medford bans smoking in parks except in designated areas
phillyBurbs.com - August 8, 2013

MEDFORD Smoking has been outlawed in local parks and public places, except ... After the meeting, Buoni said he was opposed to the ban because it chips ...

Perkasie considers teen smoking ban
phillyBurbs.com - August 7, 2013

Perkasie is hoping to stub out cigarette smoking among teens. The borough council is considering a ban on underage smoking and tobacco use similar to one enacted by Quakertown in January 2007.

Ashton Bringing Cigar Bar Smoking Back to Philadelphia
Cigar Aficionado - August 6, 2013

Legal cigar bar smoking and drinking is set to return to the city of brotherly love this September when the all-new Ashton Cigar Bar opens its doors.

No smoking ordinance fails to pass
Williamsport Sun-Gazette - August 6, 2013

A no smoking ordinance came under discussion but ultimately failed to get approved at Monday night's Montoursville Borough Council meeting. The proposed law would have created smoke-free areas in open spaces of the borough such as public park pavilions, playgrounds, soccer and baseball fields and other gathering spots.

JC Blair Hospital No Smoking Policy
Fox8tv - August 1, 2013

As of today a Huntingdon County hospital s new anti-smoking policy is in effect. JC Blair Memorial Hospital is banning all tobacco products, including ...

Erie County Housing Authority could go smoke-free
GoErie.com - July 25, 2013

The Erie County Housing Authority, which manages public housing in Millcreek, North East and Albion, could soon prohibit smoking at all of its properties.

CITY OF CORRY JOINS YOUNG LUNGS AT PLAY INITIATIVE
GoErie.com - July 24, 2013

Tobacco-free parks and recreational areas, such as those now in the City of Corry, help promote positive, healthy behavior. For more information about Young ...

Mercer County man sues over smoke-free workplace
WFMJ - July 23, 2013

PITTSBURGH, Penn - A West Middlesex, Pennsylvania man is suing the New Castle Area Transit Authority claiming it violated disability laws by failing to provide a smoke-free workplace.

UPMC says no immediate smoking changes in Altoona
Anchorage Daily news - July 23, 2013

A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center official says there will be no immediate change to the smoking policy of the Altoona Regional Health System following its acquisition by UMPC.

Need Plan B on city schools
Philly.com - July 22, 2013

It pledged to collect an additional $28 million in delinquent taxes and passed a cigarette tax that would raise an additional $45 million. That sounds great - $73 ...

Man claims threats at New Castle Area Transit Authority after he complained about - smokers
Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette - July 22, 2013

...When Dale W. Doutt complained about smoking at his New Castle job, his pleas were ignored and he was subtly threatened, according to a lawsuit filed today in U.S. District Court.

Medford to limit smoking in its parks
phillyBurbs.com - July 19, 2013

This year, the Burlington County Board of Freeholders banned smoking at all county parks, and municipal ... The state is considering similar bans. ... Under the ordinance, a person found guilty of breaking the smoking ban would be fined a ...

Smoking nuisance
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - July 18, 2013

This is in response to "UPMC Smoking Ban to Include Break Time" (July 11): ... of employees and visitors currently banned from smoking on UPMC property, ...

Council leader Clarke draws praise for his work
Philly.com - July 18, 2013

Education advocates blamed Council in particular for not backing - or even voting on - bills to raise a liquor-by-the-drink tax and the business Use and Occupancy tax to help close the School District's $304 million deficit. Instead, Council passed a $2-a-pack cigarette tax that needed state approval to enact, and the legislature's permission never came. "Too little, too late," was how Susan Gobreski, executive director of Education Voters of Pennsylvania, described it. "They came up really short," she said. "They gambled that the state would let them do cigarettes and they lost. . . . They blew it."

City, state to clash on sales-tax extension?
Philly.com - July 18, 2013

The sales tax, which was slated to expire in June, was raised from 7 percent to 8 ... legislation that would allow the city to enact a $2 per pack tax on cigarettes. The proposed cigarette tax that would have generated $46 million in its first year ...

Smoke-free is the way to be
The Almanac - July 17, 2013

Last week, UPMC announced that beginning July 1, 2014, its staff including employees, doctors, students and volunteers will be smoke and tobacco-free ...

Enforcing smoking ban not a problem at Farm Fair
phillyBurbs.com - July 17, 2013

The farm fair is a smoke-free event, although the ban has less to do with the health ... last spring banning smoking at all county parks, including the fairgrounds.

Should E-Cigarettes Be Banned Like Smoking? Health Expert Has Surprising View
KYW Newsradio-1060 KYW-TV CBS 3 (Philadelphia, PA) - July 17, 2013

... one of the things found in them is propylene glycol. It’s a substance not to be trifled with, according to Tracy Kane, tobacco dependence treatment specialist at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. “It’s something you would find in antifreeze, and ...

Smoking banned in Kiwanis Park
Pittsburgh (PA) Tribune-Review - July 16, 2013

The board of commissioners approved an ordinance making Kiwanis Park and Crawford Pool tobacco free in a pilot effort to join the Young Lungs at Play initiative, a program offered through Tobacco Free Allegheny to create tobacco-free playgrounds and park

No smoking: UPMC's new tobacco policy makes sense
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - July 16, 2013

One of the more incongruous sights in life -- and one of the most disturbing -- is health-care workers outside medical property indulging in the health-destroying habit of smoking. UPMC plans to do something about it.

Smoking ban a good idea
Pocono Record - July 12, 2013

Aside from one's own property, not many places allow smoking anymore. ... and up to half of gaming floors at casinos like Mount Airy, private social clubs, hotel ...

UPMC ban could form habit
Tribune-Review - July 11, 2013

That's just one reason why UPMC's heavy-handed attempt to ban smoking among its employees, even during workday breaks, is wrong. The policy, which the monolithic medical conglomerate plans to implement next year, is absurdly intrusive, a chilling example of corporate totalitarianism and utterly indefensible. UPMC has prohibited smoking on its campuses since 2007, and that policy is above reproach. One of the last sights someone facing a serious cardiothoracic procedure wants to see before going under anesthesia is the surgeon pulling aside his mask to take a quick puff on a Pall Mall.

UPMC Taking Steps To Ban On-Duty Employees From Smoking
CBS Local - July 11, 2013

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is the areas largest health employer with more than 60,000 employees.

Philadelphia Strip Clubs Face Double 'Entertainment' Tax
Opposing Views - July 11, 2013

Though Philadelphia failed at raising taxes on soda and cigarettes, they may have found a way to make up for the loss by slapping a huge tax on strip clubs.

UPMC goes tobacco-free in 2014
Pittsburgh Business Times - July 11, 2013

UPMC employees will be prohibited from using tobacco products during work hours starting next year, an enhanced policy intended to improve staff health and the patients experience, the hospital giant announced Wednesday. UPMC campuses have been smoke-free since 2007 and the tobacco-free workplace requirement for employees goes into effect July 1, 2014. Employees will be ...

UPMC smoking ban to include break time
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - July 11, 2013

Come next July, there will be no more smoke breaks for UPMC's 63,000 employees.

Clairton council sets smoking regulations for rec areas, even parking ...
Tribune-Review - July 10, 2013

Tobacco-free zones include the city's seven playgrounds, Clairton Park and Clairton ... The ordinance references statistics provided by Tobacco Free Allegheny, ...

UPMC goes tobacco-free in 2014
Pittsburgh Business Times- July 10, 2013

...the number of smokers to 11 percent from 18 percent in 2007, Cline said. The rate of smoking in Allegheny County exceeds 20 percent. Employees will be offered a wide array of resources and support services to help them quit using …

What are E-Cigarettes and are they safer than tobacco cigarettes?
CBS 21 - July 9, 2013

Pennsylvania currently allows you to use electronic cigarettes in most places where smoking is prohibited. The FDA has given no time table as to when they may ...

Hospital Goes Smoke-Free Outside
WTAJ - July 3, 2013

The J.C. Blair Health System will go smoke-free on August 1. The ban will ... The hospital's buildings have been smoke-free for several years. Employees will get ...

Delaware County Community College goes completely tobacco-free
Delco News Network - July 4, 2013

As of Monday, Delaware County Community College joined the ranks of 783 institutions of higher learning across the nation which have enacted 100 percent ...

EDITORIAL: Resume war on smoking
Scranton (PA) Times-Tribune - July 2, 2013

Lawmakers, recognizing the effectiveness of total bans elsewhere, should help improve Pennsylvanians' overall health by upgrading the law to ban smoking in all workplaces. ...

Delaware County Community College goes completely tobacco-free
Delco News Network - July 1, 2013

As of Monday, Delaware County Community College joined the ranks of 783 institutions of higher learning across the nation which have enacted 100 percent ...

Philadelphia Hospitals' Ban On Hiring Smokers Sparks Debate
Opposing Views - July 1, 2013

Some of the top hospitals in Philadelphia will join dozens of others health care facilities across the country by refusing to hire smokers beginning on July 1.

Pa. plan to bail out Philadelphia schools shifts in late-hour scramble
The Tribune - June 30, 2013

Philadelphia officials had sought $120 million in additional state aid and $45 million from increased cigarette taxes to help bail out a $304 million school budget ...

Pa. Senate committee OKs a Philly cigarette tax
Newsworks.org - June 26, 2013

A proposed tax on cigarettes in Philadelphia, which critics once called D.O.A., just ... The city will exceed that request if the state authorizes the cigarette tax, and ...

EXPAND SMOKING BAN
Cameron County Endeavor - June 21, 2013

(Mario Scavello is a Republican from Monroe County serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.) All tobacco products are lethal weapons that kill ...

Will Philly follow Wilmington's lead with smoke-free housing?
WHYY (Philadelphia, PA) - June 17, 2013

Back in 2011, the Philadelphia Department of Health sponsored a series of community meetings to gauge community sentiment on a range of tobacco control policies including the idea to ban smoking in public housing. ...

Empowering Healthy Communities: Young Lungs at Play
GoErie.com - June 17, 2013

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids reports that each year in the United States, ... Tobacco-free parks and recreational areas help promote a positive, ...

LETTER: Patriot-News editorial should have embraced entire smoke-free proposal
Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News - June 16, 2013

The editorial left me questioning why lawmakers would think only some, but not all, workers should be protected from the dangers of secondhand smoke. Research shows that people who work in private clubs, hotels and residential facilities are at equal risk

Do you think indoor smoking should be banned in all public places?
Uniontown Herald Standard - June 15, 2013

If you break Rules One, Two or Three repeatedly, you will be banned from commenting altogether. If you want ... We will post it publicly and remove your ban. 5. ...

Smoke-free beach areas please Pine Grove park visitors
The Sentinel - June 13, 2013

People who use the beach areas of Fuller and Laurel lakes in Pine Grove Furnace State Park appear pleased with new regulations that restrict smoking.

Terre Hill ponders smoking ban in park
Lancaster Newspapers - June 12, 2013

Borough solicitor, Brad Harris, commented that new regulations from the state are expected to go into effect eventually that will ban smoking in all public places.

Our View: Make Pa. smoking ban complete
GoErie.com - June 11, 2013

Pennsylvania lawmakers have an opportunity to improve on something they got mostly right in 2008, when the Legislature passed the Clean Indoor Air Act to ban smoking inside most businesses and public places.

Strike a blow for respiratory freedom and expand Pennsylvania's smoke-free law: editorial
PennLive.com - June 10, 2013

The famous 19th century American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once described the limits of a persons individual freedom this way: The right to swing my fist ends where the other mans nose begins. That nugget of philosophical wisdom still offers good guidance today, as Pennsylvania lawmakers consider expanding the list of indoor areas that must be free of smoking. If Holmes were alive to be asked about the subject, he might say The right to smoke my cigarette ends where the other mans nose begins.

PennLive readers voted: Expand smoking ban and include public parks
Patriot-News - June 6, 2013

It looks as if pro-smoking ban votes overwhelmingly beat out anti-smoking ban votes. Those who supported the expansion of the current law pulled in 325 of the 484 votes. Only 29 people thought the ban was "oppressive" and 123 people thought it was fine just the way it is.

Area lawmaker calls for tougher smoking bans
PoconoNews.net - June 6, 2013

Realizing that all tobacco products are lethal weapons that kill from both ends, Rep. Mario Scavello (R-Monroe) today held a press conference in the Capitol to unveil his legislation to update the Clean Indoor Air Act and prohibit smoking in public facilities that are currently exempt from the law. While one end of the cigarette, cigar and electronic cigarette is suicide, the other is murder. Thats because the effects of secondhand smoke have proven dangerous to all who are surrounded by it, said Scavello. We shouldnt be requiring employees in casinos, bars and other industries to face health risks associated with secondhand smoke any longer; now is the time to adjust our current law.

Businesses oppose expansion of smoking ban
Lehigh Valley Business - June 6, 2013

The executive director of the association that represents businesses that serve alcohol in Pennsylvania said the state does not need any more legislation affecting our licensed establishments.

No smoking indoors at public places could become law
CBS 21 - June 5, 2013

If one Pennsylvania lawmaker has his way, you won't be allowed to smoke indoors ... that we can do this successfully without the need for further restrictions.".

Pa. lawmaker calls for stricter smoking ban
abc27 - June 5, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced legislation that would update the Clean Indoor Air Act and ban smoking in public facilities that are currently exempt from the law. Rep. Mario Scavello (R-Monroe) said his proposal, House Bill 1485, would eliminate all exemptions to the statewide smoking ban passed in 2008 and allow local municipalities to enact their own ordinances. "The effects of secondhand smoke have proven dangerous to all who are surrounded by it," Scavello said Wednesday. "We shouldn't be requiring employees in casinos, bars and other industries to face health risks associated with secondhand smoke any longer; now is the time to adjust our current law." ..

Indoor smoking ban: Lawmaker says he's been promised a ...
Patriot-News - June 5, 2013

An effort to expand the states Clean Indoor Air Act to include all bars, casinos and private clubs, along with other establishments exempted from the law, could gain traction in the state House this year. Theres room for improvement, he said. While one end of the cigarette, cigar and electronic cigarette is suicide, the other is murder. Thats because the effects of secondhand smoke has proven dangerous by all surrounded by it. Amy Christie, executive director of the Pennsylvania Licensed Establishments Association, which represents 6,000 taverns and other drinking establishments, said her organization would consider supporting an expansion of the indoor smoking ban but only if it truly was a comprehensive ban. If this bill eliminates all of the indoor smoking privileges for everybody, thats something my board will take a look at and they will have to vote on their position, she said. But I know that everybody in the casinos and private clubs out there are trying to make exemptions for themselves. We dont want to be the only ones left in the bill.

Should the ban on smoking indoors expand?
Patriot-News - June 5, 2013

In 2008, the state cleared the air, so to speak, when it came to smoking. It passed the Clean Indoor Air Act that restricted lighting up inside most businesses and public places. [Survey]

Lancaster County honored for tobacco-free policy at parks ...
Lancaster Newspapers - June 3, 2013

Representatives from Pennsylvania Department of Health, Clean Air Council, Lancaster General Health and Tobacco-free Coalition of Lancaster County were ...

Chautauqua County Moves Toward Outdoor Smoking Ban
ErieTVNews - May 31, 2013

County Executive Greg Edwards is planning to ban outdoor tobacco use on all county owned or leased properties, even parks. Smoking is already banned ...

City Council advances bill to tax cigarettes
Philly.com - May 30, 2013

Mayor Nutter has proposed raising taxes on cigarettes and alcoholic drinks served ... and the Mayor stand in support of a tobacco tax by moving it forward today. ... "Cigarette and liquor-by-the-drink tax are the most important aspects of funding.

$2-a-Pack Cigarette Tax To Help School District Gets Initial OK by ...
CBS Local - May 29, 2013

Support for the cigarette tax came today from health advocates, who said at today's ... There is ample evidence that raising the price for cigarettes and tobacco ...

State Park starts new program to help smokers and non-smokers ...
CBS 21 - May 26, 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is hoping to provide a healthy beach experience for both smokers and non-smokers alike ...

Nutter's Tax Plan For Philadelphia School Funding Introduced in ...
KYW Newsradio - May 23, 2013

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) Mayor Nutters proposals for a new cigarette tax and a higher liquor tax were formally introduced today in Philadelphia City Council.

Efforts to create smoke-free parks expanding
phillyBurbs.com - May 18, 2013

The state Department of Health is using funds from the tobacco industry settlement to provide signs to communities that create smoke-free parks and ...

City Council Explores Alternative Funding Sources For School ...
CBS Local - May 17, 2013

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) Two days after Mayor Nutter proposed a new tax on cigarettes and a higher liquor tax (see related story), City Council was spending ...

Push on to expand smoking ban
Citizens Voice - May 16, 2013

HARRISBURG - A new push by health advocates is underway to expand the statewide ban on indoor smoking by eliminating a dozen existing exemptions and allowing local governments more say on the matter. The focus was put on strengthening Pennsylvania's 2008 Clean Indoor Act with the American Lung Association and other groups calling Tuesday for "No More Exceptions" during a rally at the state Capitol. Ending exceptions that allow smoking in some workplaces will reduce the health dangers from second-hand smoke, said Deb Brown, regional lung association president. "Thousands of Pennsylvanians have to work in those dirty, smoky environments," she added. Rep. Mario Scavello, R-Mount Pocono, is preparing legislation to eliminate smoking ban exceptions for casino floors and drinking establishments with less than 20 percent of business in food sales that featured prominently in the 2008 debate over the issue. His legislation would allow local governments to exact smoke-free ordinances that are more stringent than the state law.

Collier Parks, Playgrounds Now "Tobacco-Free" Zones
Chartiers Valley (PA) Patch - May 16, 2013

All of Collier Township's parks and playgrounds are now tobacco-free zones. Township commissioners voted at the regular public meeting on May 8 to prohibit ... The resolution supporting the vote is attached to this article as a PDF document.

Using Sin Taxes to Fund Philly Schools
NBC 10 Philadelphia - May 16, 2013

Nutter dismissed the notion that a new cigarette tax might hurt businesses. ... is necessarily going to flee to the suburbs to get a pack of cigarettes," he said.

Mayor proposes tax hikes to fund Philly schools
The Reporter - May 16, 2013

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The mayor of Philadelphia has proposed increasing taxes on cigarettes and liquor as part of an effort to avoid budget cuts to the city's ...

Some smokers fume at idea of $2-a-pack tax, but not all
Philly.com - May 16, 2013

Pictured are packs of cigarettes waiting to be purchased at a news stand Friday ... Nutter proposed two new taxes yesterday - a $2-per-pack cigarette tax and a 5 ...

In bars, liquor, cigarette proposals are no hit
Philly.com - May 16, 2013

But a higher tax, he added, would hurt his wallet. ... smoking outside the Plough and the Stars bar and restaurant, offered some cigarettes from his native Ireland.

PhillyDeals: Everyone's got a point of view on tax hikes
Philly.com - May 16, 2013

Mayor Nutter has proposed raising taxes on cigarettes and alcoholic drinks served in ... "If you're running a business that sells [tobacco], this puts you at a distinct ... A higher cigarette tax could shift customers of convenience-store chains like ...

Nutter proposals would raise $95 M for schools
Philadelphia Business Journal - May 15, 2013

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter on Wednesday proposed increasing the city's liquor-by-the-drink tax, imposing a cigarette tax and improving the city's ...

Letter: Doctors, please help fight smoking policy
Carlisle (PA) Sentine - May 15, 2013

I live at 1 West Penn Street in Carlisle. ... I am now asking for local doctors to help and the use of their expert opinion in fighting our second-hand smoke issue. Please contact the housing authority acknowledging how second-hand smoke can affect our ...

Nutter wants new cigarette tax, liquor tax hike to help fund Philly ...
Newsworks.org - May 15, 2013

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is proposing to hike the liquor-by-the-drink tax and create a brand-new $2 tax on every pack of cigarettes in order to help fund ...

Nutter proposes alcohol, tobacco tax hikes
Philly.com - May 11, 2013

To help avert that bleak future, Nutter suggested increasing taxes on booze and tobacco to help raise the $60 million the school district has requested from the city. The district also says it needs another $120 million from the state and $133 million in labor concessions to close a $304 million budget gap. Nutter, who was joined by other city officials and state lawmakers, added that he'll present funding proposals next week.

Borough approves zoning adjustment and park smoking ban
Williamsport Sun-Gazette - May 10, 2013

MANSFIELD - Mansfield Borough Council held a meeting Wednesday to discuss municipal matters ranging from zoning issues to neighborhood beautification and a smoking ban in city parks.

Campus-wide smoking ban proposed by University Council ...

The Daily Pennsylvanian - May 9, 2013

Smoke breaks might become a thing of the past on Penns campus. On April 24, the University Council Committee on Campus and Community Life presented their annual report to the University Council. One of the main suggestions from the report was that, all University of Pennsylvania facilities, buildings, and properties shall be smoke and tobacco free.

Smoke alarms sound on e-cigarettes
The Tribune-Democrat - April 30, 2013

Conemaugh Health System does not allow electronic cigarettes because of the ... Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices designed to look like the ...

Delaware County Community College goes tobacco free July 1
Delaware County Daily Times - April 25, 2013

In a commitment to creating a healthy and sustainable environment for the entire Delaware County Community College community, the College is pleased to announce that all of its campuses and centers will go tobacco free July 1, 2013. The policy prohibits the use of any tobacco product (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, snuff, chewing tobacco, etc.) on all college-owned or leased properties. The College is proud to join nearly 800 schools around the country that maintain 100 percent tobacco-free campuses. …

Conshohocken VFW Votes to Go Smoke Free
Patch.com - April 24, 2013

The Conshohocken Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1074, located at 300 E. Fifth Ave in Conshohocken, will be a non-smoking facility beginning May 1, according ...

Area initiative promotes tobacco-free outdoor space
Altoona Mirror - April 24, 2013

Sure, making a tumbling pass in gymnastics takes muscle strength and coordination. But clean air to fuel the motion helps, too. Just ask Garver Memorial YMCA ...

Pennsylvania's smoking ban is seen as a success nearly 5 years after it became law
Lancaster Newspapers - April 22, 2013

...Nearly five years later, attitudes about Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans smoking in many public places, have changed. "I don't hear any complaints, from smokers or people who are nonsmokers," Molly's Pub general manager Daniel Armitage says. "I think it's a very positive thing," he says. "Everyone likes it. Even the people who smoke ... seem to enjoy coming into a clean, non-smoky place." He laughs. "And I smoked for 35 years."

Susquehanna Township parks could go tobacco-free
PennLive.com - April 15, 2013

Susquehanna Township parks could go tobacco-free, if a slim majority of commissioners holds together. Commissioners voted 5-4 on April 11 to draft an ...

Verona Parks to Become Smoke-Free Zones
Plum-Oakmont (PA) Patch.com - April 15, 2013

Verona Borough parks will be deemed smoke-free zones. Last week, council approved a resolution prohibiting smoking at all borough parks and playgrounds, including Riverbank Park and the parklet near the borough building. …

EDITORIAL: Blowing smoke on workplace health
Los Angeles Times - April 4, 2013

The best way to hire productive employees is to look for people with qualifications, talent, honesty and commitment. Now, however, a small but growing number of employers are looking for something else as well: job applicants who don't smoke. As much as we despair of the death and damage caused by tobacco, this new employment criterion strikes us as a lamentable and unwarranted intrusion into applicants' private lives ­ and one that should worry anyone in this country who has an elevated risk for any sort of injury or illness. In other words, most of us. The University of Pennsylvania Health System, which includes the university hospital, is the latest employer to adopt these ill-considered new rules. …

Second Hand Smoke's Effect On Children Focus Of Health Department Campaign
KYW Newsradio-1060 KYW-TV CBS 3 (Philadelphia, PA) - April 2, 2013

The City Health Department is launching a new multi-media campaign to reduce the effects of second-hand smoke on children. About 1/5 of Philadelphia's low-income kids are exposed to second hand smoke. The campaign, to both educate smokers and direct the ...

Shaler's Kiwanis Park now no smoking
Tribune-Review - March 20, 2013

Shaler Township officials agreed to extinguish the option to smoke in at least one of its township parks. Last week, the Board of Commissioners voted to direct the township's solicitor to draft an ordinance making Kiwanis Park and Crawford Pool tobacco free in a pilot effort to join the Young Lungs at Play initiative, a program offered through Tobacco Free Allegheny to create tobacco free playgrounds and parks in the county. …

Pittsburgh City Council passes playground smoking ban
Pittsburgh Post Gazette- March 20, 2013

Pittsburgh City Council passes playground smoking ban ... Pittsburgh City Council today unanimously passed legislation banning smoking from playgrounds ...

Smoking bans in parks controversy reignited
phillyBurbs.com - March 15, 2013

As the weather warms and brown dormant fields begin to turn green, a summertime dispute starts to heat up: Should smokers be allowed to light up in public parks? ...

Pike building is now tobacco free
The Pike County Courier - March 15, 2013

MILFORD ­ Pike County has adopted a tobacco free policy for all of Pike County buildings and grounds. As part of the policy, the county encourages all employees, constituents, and visitors to quit. The Penn State Extension, located at 514 Broad St. in Milford, offers information on free cessation programs by visiting them, calling them at 570-296-3400, or by calling the Quitline at 800-QUIT-NOW. …

Pike County bans smoking; County-owned facilities smoke-free
The River Reporter - March 14, 2013

“Pike County is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace and campus to promote the health and well being of its employees and constituents and ... Several students from Delaware Valley High School were on hand as part of the student group Teens Against Tobacco Use and spoke about the dangers of second- and third-hand smoke. …

Kane council adopts 'tobacco-free' parks
Kane Republican - March 12, 2013

Young Lungs At Play" signs soon will be erected at Kane borough parks, which are now "tobacco-free zones." The Kane Borough Council voted 4-2 Monday to adopt a policy that bans cigarette and cigar smoking, chewing tobacco and snuff in borough parks. …

Smoking to be curbed at Heritage Plaza
Altoona Mirror - March 9, 2013

At its meeting on Wednesday, City Council will consider designating Heritage Plaza as a smoke-free location, except for a designated area during events. The resolution for enacting the restrictions is on the agenda after a discussion at a recent meeting based on a letter from Patrick Miller, executive director of the Greater Altoona Economic Development Corp., outlining his hope to "eliminate one of the more serious issues with the Plaza, and that is the constant clean-up of the cigarette butts that are left after many of the events." A year ago, council banned smoking at 24 parks overseen by the Central Blair Recreation & Parks Commission. …

Shaler officials to vote on whether to make township parks smoke free
Tribune-Review - March 6, 2013

It might be lights out for smokers in Shaler Township parks if officials vote to implement a new program. Shaler Township Board of Commissioners will consider joining the Young Lungs at Play initiative, a program offered through Tobacco Free Allegheny to create tobacco free playgrounds and parks in the county, at its Tuesday, March 12, meeting. …

Smokers lighting up at Abbottstown park to be fined $25
York (PA) Evening Sun - February 23, 2013

After passing a resolution last year to ban tobacco use at the High Street facility, the Abbottstown Borough Council on Thursday approved implementing a $25 fine for violating the no-tobacco rules. ...

Penn Medicine decision not to hire smokers part of a controversial trend
Philly.com - February 21, 2013

Penn Medicine's decision to hire only nonsmokers starting July 1 is part of a slow-moving trend that goes back decades and that is still controversial even among public health workers, who often see tobacco as enemy No. 1. … Some see hiring as a different issue. "The tobacco companies made a highly addictive product, and it is difficult to quit," said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a Berkeley, Calif., group that fights for smoke-free workplaces nationwide but that has not taken a position on hiring. "I don't know that we can penalize people who are addicted to cigarettes because that is exactly what the tobacco companies wanted to do." …

Smoke-free parks: The city should take a bold step for children's sake
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - February 21, 2013

It's been so cold out lately that not many youngsters are hitting the local parks for a breath of fresh air, but spring will be here soon. If two Pittsburgh council ...

U Penn's head of smoking treatment says no-hire rule for smokers is ...
Newsworks.org - February 21, 2013

The head of the University of Pennsylvania's smoking treatment program said ... The new Penn restrictions will not apply to employees working in New Jersey.

Philadelphia Inquirer (blog) From the medical side, arguing for smokers' rights
Philly blogs - February 21, 2013

The problem is that these policies are inherently discriminatory (and, as a result, have been prohibited by 29 states, including New Jersey, and the District of Columbia). What is it about someone smoking at home that makes him or her less worthy of …

Councilman's bill would make Pittsburgh parks smoke-free
WPXI Pittsburgh - February 20, 2013

Councilman Ricky Burgess sponsored the bill which would require Parks and Recreation director Michael Radley to post signs in the playgrounds designating ...

UPenn health system to stop hiring tobacco users, except at NJ facilities
AP - Associated Press - February 19, 2013

The University of Pennsylvania's health system says that beginning this summer people who use tobacco products will no longer be hired. A notice on the Philadelphia-based health system website's career page says that as of July 1, the system will cease

Pittsburgh council considers smoking ban on playgrounds
Tribune-Review-February 19, 2013

It also would require Radley to notify residents in writing of the ban. Burgess' office said children exposed to second-hand smoke are susceptible to respiratory ...

Our View: Make public housing smoke-free
Carlisle (PA) Sentinel - Jan 20, 2013

Their logic is perplexing: Second-hand smoke is dangerous enough to ban smoking among future residents. Yet second-hand smoke is not so dangerous that it should be banned for existing tenants. ... The Redevelopment Authority Board should be ashamed of it ...

Site-limited smoking ban is unfair
Pocono Record - January 17, 2013

The Monroe County Correctional Facility always seems to be a "test" for things on the county. This current smoking ban is only going to apply to the new ...

Carlisle residents complain about smokers in public housing complex
Carlisle (PA) Sentinel - Jan 15, 2013

The Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority Board was approached by residents at one of its senior housing apartments calling for increased smoking restrictions. Smoking was banned last year in the One West Apartments in Carlisle.

Monroe County jail smoking ban delayed
Pocono Record - January 9, 2013

Efforts to enforce a long-planned total smoking ban on the Monroe County Correctional Facility's newest class of hires went up in smoke Tuesday. But future ...

Hospitals' tobacco ban going smoothly
Johnstown (PA) Tribune-Democrat - January 4, 2013

New tobacco policies went into effect on Tuesday at hospitals across the region, but officials say education and awareness programs helped reduce backlash. Conemaugh and Altoona Regional health systems’ smoking policies target employees, visitors ...

Altoona Regional Goes Smoke-Free
WTAJ - January 2, 2013

Altoona regional's smoke-free policy took effect Tuesday. There will no longer be a designated smoking area or hospital property. And Altoona regional will no ...

Housing Authority Considers Smoking Ban
ErieTVNews - December 18, 2012

The Erie Housing Authority is considering a ban on smoking in all of its 14 public housing neighborhoods. Before making any decisions, they asked residents of public housing what they think about the idea. The smoking question was part of an annual safety survey mailed to about 2,000 tenants. …

Erie Housing Authority residents split on whether to limit smoking
Erie (PA) Times-News - December 17, 2012

A survey the authority distributes annually for the first time this year asked residents if they were in favor of prohibiting smoking, both in outside areas owned by the authority and inside agency-owned apartments and houses. ...

Vesper Club is smokin' mad
Philadelphia Inquirer-by Michael Klein - December 13, 2012

The old-guard Philly dining club was rousted from its Center City building a few months ago. It found a home across Sydenham Street, at the Racquet Club. It is now a tenant. The two clubs have separate dining facilities but share a bar. This relationship does not seem to be working out. Vesper officials say that on Sept. 27, three weeks after they moved in, the Racquet Club instituted a smoking ban. "They called it temporary," Vesper treasurer Ed Rhodes told me. But he is not sure about that. The Vesper, as the club notified members in an email, is "under attack." …

Cigarette in restroom at Pittsburgh International starts fire, clears concourse
Pittsburgh (PA) Tribune-Review - December 6, 2012

A smoldering cigarette caught paper towels and other debris on fire in a men’s restroom at Pittsburgh International Airport on Thursday morning, prompting authorities to evacuate a concourse and move three airlines’ planes to other gates. What remains a ...

Lansdale council passes park, playground smoking ban
The Reporter - December 5, 2012

LANSDALE ­ A targeted smoking and tobacco ban in parts of Lansdale’s parks, near pools and playgrounds in particular, has been passed. Last week borough council voted unanimously to adopt a partial ban based on the state health department’s Young Lungs at Play program, a ban that councilman Rich DiGregorio said he’s heard plenty of feedback in favor of. …

Abbottstown proposes making park tobacco-free
The Evening Sun - October 30 , 2012

Abbottstown officials are considering making the borough's recreation park and sports fields on High Street tobacco-free facilities. The issue was brought to a ...

Borough Adds New Smoking Penalty
West Chester (PA) Patch.com - October 18, 2012

The West Chester Borough Council voted to enact a new ordinance that would fine smokers at least $100 if they're caught littering their cigarette butts. “We have ...

Falls bans smoking on parks grounds
phillyBurbs.com - October 17, 2012

The new ordinance will take effect in five days, with signs being posted displaying the ban. Smoking will be banned in all of the townships community parks, ...

Penn State Should Become a Smoke-Free Campus
Onward State - October 11, 2012

It's something we learn from an early age, and it's engrained into our minds through our education, extra-curricular programs, and even major advertisements. …

Prospect Park bans smoking at borough parks
Delaware County Daily Times (PA) - October 10, 2012

Prospect Park bans smoking at borough parks. Published: ... Smoking is already banned at all borough-owned buildings and facilities. Young Lungs at Play is ...

Brackney Inn now Smoker-Friendly Again
WNEP (PA) - October 9, 2012

That`s when the owners, who are non-smokers, tried to see if their customers would welcome a non-smoking bar. Owner Greg MacBlane says his business has ...

Altoona Regional to Adopt Tobacco-free Policy
GantDaily.com (Clearfield, PA) - Oct 8, 2012

The Altoona Regional Health System Board of Directors has approved a tobacco free policy that will take effect Jan. 1.

Lancaster General Health to adopt tobacco-free hiring policy
York Daily Record - October 5, 2012

The county's largest employer is adopting a tobacco-free hiring policy, following in the footsteps of another local hospital, Ephrata Community, and hundreds of ...

Lansdale smoking ban moving forward
The Reporter - October 4, 2012

A ban on smoking in Lansdale’s playgrounds, pools and near athletic fields is one step closer to reality. On Wednesday night, borough council’s Parks and Recreation Committee voted to recommend that borough council adopt the state health department’s Young Lungs at Play program and institute a ban on all tobacco use in certain areas. …

'No smoking' coming to York housing authority properties
York Daily Record - September 28, 2012

York's housing authority listened and made sure residents had a chance to voice their opinions, board members said. Then the York Housing Authority voted unanimously Thursday night to prohibit smoking in the more than 1,000 authority-owned apartments and on surrounding property. …

Health system smoking ban refreshing
The Tribune-Democrat - September 8, 2012

In a bold, calculated – and, yes, controversial – move, Conemaugh Health System has decided to ban tobacco use for all employees, contracted workers and volunteers during their shifts. …

Cumberland County public housing agency moves toward smoking bans
Patriot-News - September 6, 2012

His strategy for stamping out temptation and other cigarette-related ills includes an additional tactic: banning smoking at Two West Penn, a Carlisle public housing complex for seniors. Mackley, who lives at Two West Penn, circulated a petition. But the ban will likely occur even without his effort. “It’s definitely happening,” said Ben Laudermilch, executive director of the Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities, which oversees Two West Penn. …

Lansdale smoking ban at least a month away
The Mercury - September 6, 2012

LANSDALE ­ A potential smoking ban in Lansdale's parks, pools and ... looking into the feasibility of recommending to council smoking bans in two phases. …

Montco town considers tough smoking ban
6abc.com - September 5, 2012

The borough council was set to meet Wednesday night to discuss a proposal that would ban smoking in parks, near pools, and possibly all public property.

Lansdale considers smoking ban on all borough properties
The Reporter - August 17, 2012

LANSDALE ­ Should Lansdale Borough Council vote to ban smoking in all ... and Recreation committee and would have banned smoking in all borough parks ...

Boroughwide Smoking Ban in Parks Headed for Vote
Patch.org (PA) - Aug 13, 2012

Councilwoman Mary Fuller said at the council work session this month that the parks and recreation committee, of which she is chairperson, has made a recommendation to borough council to proceed with the banning of smoking in all park areas. ...

EDITORIAL: Our view: Smoking ban at parks may be in order
Aug 13, 2012 Erie (PA) Times-News

Jay Leno poked fun at the Erie Times-News for our headline on Nov. 12, 2003: "Little white butts litter beach."

Borough Council to Discuss Cigarette Fine
Patch.com (PA) - August 12, 2012

The issue came before the Planning, Zoning, Business and Industrial Development ... However, do not fine someone until proper cigarette butt receptacles are ...

Collingdale considers smoking ban in public parks
Delaware County Daily Times - August 9, 2012

Collingdale considers smoking ban in public parks ... The proposed ban is part of Pennsylvania Department of Health and Penn State University's “Young Lungs ...

Give green light to park smoking ban
Philadelphia Inquirer - July 31, 2012

But limits on smoking also will create a healthier climate for nonsmoking park ... neighboring states that are either considering or already using smoking bans at ... New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg banned smoking in all city parks more ...

Broader ban: Piecemeal curbs on workplace smoking could work
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - July 30, 2012

… Smoking is permitted on half of the gaming floors in the casinos, and the stench extends beyond those zones. Although state law ostensibly allows smoking only ...

Health advocates: Pennsylvania's no-smoking law has too many ...
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - July 27, 2012

Pennsylvania's no-smoking law has too many loopholes that should be eliminated to protect more workers from the dangers of second-hand smoke, leaders of anti-tobacco groups told state legislators at a hearing in Pittsburgh Thursday. …

Awesome New Bill Would Let Local Governments Ban Smoking in All Bars
Keystone Politics - July 27, 2012

Hell yeah Dan Frankel! Banning indoor smoking is a public health no-brainer. Bar owners and smokers always freak out about these kinds of laws, arguing that people will stop going to bars, but it never happens. People who didn’t go to bars before because they didn’t want to smell stinky more than make up for the tiny number of folks who actually stop going. It’s not fair for a handful of smokers to poison everybody else’s air. …

Bill would broaden Pennsylvania smoking ban
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - July 25, 2012

Local governments across Pennsylvania could enact tougher bans on smoking than what is called for by the state's Clean Indoor Air Act under legislation expected to be introduced today by state Rep. Dan Frankel. ...

Proposal to Ban Smoking at Ross Parks and Playgrounds Goes Up ...
Cranberry (PA) Patch.com - July 18, 2012

A proposal by Ross Township commissioner Daniel DeMarco to make township parks and playgrounds tobacco-free failed to gain much traction at the commissioners’ committee this week. …

Allentown's smoking ban in public housing raises cultural issues
Allentown Morning Call - Jul 7, 2012

Allentown smoking ban in public housing raises cultural issues, says Morning Call columnist Paul Carpenter. The ban generates a debate that reflects cultural ...

Your comments: Are smoking bans in public housing fair?
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com - July 6, 2012

Your comments: Are smoking bans in public housing fair? ... TODAKThe Allentown Housing Authority banned smoking at all its properties, effective July 1. ... The ban became effective Sunday, prohibiting smoking everywhere inside the ...

Public housing smoking ban: A landlord can make any silly rule, but that doesn’t make it right
Allentown Morning Call - July 6, 2012

Michael J. McFadden, author of "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains," and Mid-Atlantic regional director of the Citizens Freedom Alliance. …

POINT/COUNTERPOINT Public housing smoking ban: It makes a better environment for everyone
Allentown (PA) Morning Call - Jul 6, 2012

Q: Why do you think it's right to ban smoking in public housing? A: It makes a better environment for everyone …

POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Should public housing authorities ban smoking?
Allentown (PA) Morning Call - Jul 6, 2012

Reporter Matt Assad talked to leaders on both sides of the issue: Daniel R. Farrell, executive director of the Allentown Housing Authority: The public housing smoking ban makes a better environment for everyone Michael J. McFadden, author of "Dissecting …

Smoking ban in effect for Allentown Housing Authority
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com - Jul 4, 2012

“When you walked in here it used to be like walking through a gauntlet of smoke,” said Jeanne Fignar of Tobacco Free Northeast PA. “We're encouraged that ...

Eastern Pa. city housing authority bans smoking
Centre Daily Times - Jul 5, 2012

Residents of public housing in one eastern Pennsylvania city will have to light up outside beginning this week as a smoking ban goes into effect, only the second ...

Suit threatened on smoking ban
York Daily Record - July 2, 2012

Dear York Housing Authority: Since you have not seen fit to actually read the Constitution of the United States, it falls upon me as a citizen to take legal action ...

County talks non-smoker discounts
Pittsburg Morning Sun – June 30, 2012

“If smokers are 3 percent and nonsmokers are 97 percent of our workforce, ... the county should offer health insurance discounts to its nonsmoking employees. …

Chester unveils tobacco-free signs for city parks
Delaware County Daily Times - Jul 1, 2012

City council unveiled the tobacco-free signs the city will be posting throughout its parks and playgrounds at a press conference held beside the swimming pool at Memorial Park on Friday afternoon. ...

Ridley Park establishes tobacco-free zones
Delaware County Daily Times - Jun 30, 2012

RIDLEY PARK ­ Council recently approved a resolution establishing a tobacco-free zone at all borough parks and recreation areas. The vote was 5-2, with ...

Public-housing smoking ban: Residents can't turn to law for relief
York Daily Record - Jun 30, 2012

…Housing authorities across the country have been enacting smoking bans for the last ... more than 30 California municipalities that have already banned smoking in public ... Banning smoking is a growing trend, not just in housing, Harper said. …

Chester bans smoking in city parks
Philadelphia Inquirer - June 28, 2012

Chester City parks will soon be smoke free. ... Chester bans smoking in city parks ... The Delaware County city recently amended an ordinance to ban tobacco ...

Chester playgrounds designated tobacco-free
Delaware County Daily Times - June 27, 2012

Chester is joining the Young Lungs At Play initiative, a no-cost, tobacco-free program supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. As part of that ...

Doylestown Parks Go Smoke-Free
Doylestown-Buckingham-NewBritain (PA) Patch.com - Jun 23, 2012

The Borough joins the Township in banning smoking in municipal parks. …

Ridley Park Borough's parks and recreation areas go smoke-free
Delco News Network - June 22, 2012

Ridley Park Borough Council June 19 approved a resolution titled “Young Lungs” that establishes a tobacco free zone at all borough parks and recreation areas. …

Supervisors ban smoking in parks
Reading Eagle - June 21, 2012

EXETER TWP. Supervisors ban smoking in parks. The Exeter Township supervisors have voted 3-2 to ban smoking in parks as part of the statewide Young ...

LETTER: Housing authority right to nix smoking
York (PA) Daily Record - June 20, 2012

I applaud the York Housing Authority for its decision to implement a smoke-free policy in its housing units. This is a big step to reduce exposure to second-hand and third-hand smoke for non-smoking residents of their housing units.

Our take: York Housing Authority's no-smoking rule makes sense
York Daily Record (PA) - June 15, 2012

Smoking residents are, predictably, angry. What's next, they say? Banning soda, potato chips, bacon, candy, alcohol or other things that are legal but not good ...

Borough Parks to be Posted Tobacco Free
Gant Daily (PA) - June 15, 2012

CLEARFIELD - At the request of a citizen, parks in Clearfield Borough will be posted Tobacco Free. The topic came up during last night's Clearfield Borough.

Designated smoke areas up for debate
YorkRegion.com June 13, 2012

The fourth phase of the town's smoking ban received only two of three readings at council June 11 to allow town staff to include designated smoking areas to the ...

Borough bans smoking at playgrounds
Reading (PA) Eagle - Jun 12, 2012

Laureldale Borough Council enacted a ban on smoking in playgrounds designed to make the sight of cigarette butts and smokers at Rosedale Playground, for instance, a thing of the past.

Residents protest proposed smoking ban in York Housing Authority homes
York (PA) Daily Record - Jun 13, 2012

Smoking would be banned in all units and within 25 feet of entrances and windows, officials said. ...

Smoke-Free Housing Policy (PDF)
York Housing Authority (PA) - Jun 13, 2012

1. Smoking is not permitted in Housing Authority buildings, including apartments, in accordance with the following guidelines. ...

Officials considering smoking ban at York Housing Authority offerings
York Daily Record - June 12, 2012

York, PA - A proposal to ban smoking inside and out of all York Housing Authority ... Smoking would be banned in all units and within 25 feet of entrances and ...

No smoking: Several municipalities here make community parks ...
PennLive.com - June 8, 2012

Young Lungs at Play will supply signs advising park visitors that "this is a tobacco–free zone." Lancaster City Council approved the measure recently and now a ...

Monroeville parks stamp out secondhand smoke
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - June 7, 2012

Monroeville council members approved a law last month that bans smoking in all of the municipality's parks. The law went into effect immediately but signs ...

Non-smoking Cigarettes Banned From Penna. Courthouse
The Fulton County News - May 30, 2012

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Some non-smokers will have to join smokers outside one western Pennsylvania county courthouse – if they want to huff and puff on electronic cigarettes that emit water vapor. …

Electronic cigarettes get the gavel at the Westoreland County ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - May 24, 2012

Westmoreland County courthouse workers and visitors trying to quit smoking by using electronic cigarettes will have to go outside with the rest of the smokers. …

Sayre to ban smoking in parks
Morning Times - May 24, 2012

The ban, passed in December, will go in effect June 1. Mayor Denny ... Thomas said the borough is following Guthrie's lead in banning smoking. He added that ...

Mercer: Other States' Casinos Smoke-Free
Wheeling Intelligencer - May 23, 2012

WHEELING ­ Dr. William Mercer hopes Pennsylvania lawmakers will follow Ohio's lead in banning smoking at its gambling casinos. …

Council to Ban Smoking in Doylestown Parks
Doylestown-Buckingham-New Britain (PA) Patch.com - May 22, 2012

No more lighting up in public parks in Doylestown Borough, if council approves an ordinance banning smoking. … Doylestown Borough Council voted to ban smoking in all its public parks, ...

Palmyra bans smoking at all borough parks
phillyBurbs.com - May 18, 2012

The Borough Council instituted the ban for health reasons and to prevent further damage to the parks. “The banning of smoking in the parks is necessary ...

Tobacco use prohibited in park, at ball field
Reading Eagle (PA) - May 16, 2012

Reading and South Heidelberg Township have banned smoking in parks. "We obviously don't have a police force to restrict it, but people violating it would be ...

Exeter is considering smoking ban in parks
PennLive.com - May 15, 2012

Reading banned smoking in its parks in 2005. South Heidelberg Township did the same in 2008. Now, the Exeter Township supervisors are considering following suit. …

Officials Looking For Solution To Smokers In Criminal Justice ...
CBS Local - May 11, 2012

City officials say nearly 20 years after the Criminal Justice Center opened, they’re still stymied by a stinking problem: people puffing on cigarettes in the building’s stairwells in defiance of Philadelphia’s smoking ban. …

Vote set on smoking ban in playground areas
Reading Eagle - May 11, 2012

Laureldale Borough Council plans to vote Monday on an ordinance that would ban smoking in playground areas where children are present. …

Danville officials see no way to enforce smoking ban in park
Danville News - May 9, 2012

By Karen Blackledge The Daily Item DANVILLE ­ Borough officials say they would be unable to enforce a proposed ban on smoking in Memorial Park.

West Hempfield declares parks tobacco-free
Lancaster Online - May 9, 2012

West Hempfield Township has joined the list of Lancaster County municipalities that have moved forward with tobacco-free zones at township parks and public spaces.

McKees Rocks council clarifies park smoking rules
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - May 9, 2012

Last month, council voted 5-4 to make the parks smoke free. But council members last night said it was not their intention to ban smoking completely, ...

Smoking, alcohol allowed in Tilden Park
Reading (PA) Eagle - May 8, 2012

Smoking will be permitted in a designated area that still needs to be defined ... saying that a total ban on smoking and drinking in the park could make it ...

Some Pa. bars, eateries still let patrons light up
10TV - Apr 29, 2012

… That hasn't stopped the bar from describing itself as a "smoking establishment" on its website. .... including those covering casinos and private clubs. …

Lancaster city parks to be 'tobacco free' but with no penalties
PennLive.com (PA)- April 11, 2012

Second-hand smoke can have serious health consequences cigarette butts can litter ... voted to ban tobacco use in the city's public parks and playgrounds.

Keeping a copy for the library: McKees Rocks makes parks no-smoking zones
Pittsburgh Post Gazette (PA)- April 11, 2012

The action was prompted by a request last month from Tobacco Free Allegheny, a health advocacy group, to make the parks no-smoking areas.

Valley View Park to become smoke-free zone
Altoona Mirror (PA) - April 11, 2012

By Kay Stephens (kstephens@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror Blair County commissioners voted Tuesday to make the facility a smoke-free zone, ...

Smoke-free casinos inevitable everywhere, advocate says
Tribune Review, March 23, 2012

... "Many people have avoided casinos because of the secondhand smoke, so it's a great chance to attract a more diverse clientele to Atlantic City," says Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, which has pushed for smoke-free public sites since 1976. "It's also part of a growing national and global trend." Frick says 19 states -- notably excluding Pennsylvania -- require casinos to be smoke-free. Among them are Illinois, where the top-grossing casino is the Rivers in suburban Chicago, owned by the company that operates a North Shore casino with the same name; Ohio, where the first casino is scheduled to open next month; and California. The group ranks Pennsylvania's anti-smoking law among the weakest in the country because of its many exemptions. For example, it limits smoking to 25 percent of the casino floor, but allows that area to be doubled if a 90-day review of slot-machine revenue shows the average win per machine in the smoking area substantially was more than in the nonsmoking area. …

Carlisle adopts tobacco-free parks ordinance
Patriot-News - March 22, 2012

... discarding, lighting or smoking of tobacco products in borough parks. ... aims to protect children from the effects of secondhand smoke in public areas ...

Waynesboro Borough Council considers banning smoking in public parks
Waynesboro Record Herald - March 22, 2012

By Denise Bonura Waynesboro Borough Council is considering banning smoking in borough-owned parks and is seeking public input on the proposal. …

Blow away the loopholes in Pa.'s public smoking ban
Philadelphia Inquirer - Mar 17, 2012

How much longer are Pennsylvania leaders going to treat thousands of casino, tavern, and other workers like second-class citizens when it comes to protecting them from deadly secondhand smoke? … Some 3 ½ years after the state enacted its indoor smoke-free law, ... It's time to close the loopholes, which the smoke-free law author - State Sen.

Exemptions to Pa. Clean Indoor Air Act are unfair, unsafe
Allentown (PA) Morning Call - March 15, 2012

... venues in the state still have to breathe secondhand smoke on the job. ... an exemption to the law ­ to permit smoking in their establishments.

Toughen up smoking ban
Citizens Voice - March 6, 2012

In its eagerness to serve the state revenue-generating casino industry, ... but on the amount of revenue that casinos managed to tie to smoking.

Will Smoking Make a Comeback in Center City?
Philadelphia Magazine (blog) - March 1, 2012

Remember the old days of Philadelphia, where you could light up a cigarette pretty much anywhere? It seems like just yesterday that I was sucking down Camel Lights at Bob & Barbara’s and catching an after-dinner drag on a Nat Sherman at Tank Bar. But it wasn’t yesterday. It was 2007 when Philadelphia went the way of New York, passing one of the most restrictive smoking bans in the country. Five years in, the city has made the odd move of relaxing some of the regulations. …

Washington County Housing Authority smoking ban starts today
Monessen Valley Independent - March 1, 2012

Menendez said the smoking ban was the right solution and emphasized that residents can smoke outside ... Washowich said he is aware of total smoking bans. ...

Excuses up in smoke? State senator looks to eliminate loopholes that allow smoking to continue in some public places
Wilkes Barre (PA) Times-Leader - February 25, 2012

More than three years after the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect, Pennsylvania smokers are still puffing away inside nearly 3,000 bars and social clubs and every one of the state’s 10 operating casinos. A state senator instrumental in crafting the 2008 Clean Indoor Air Act banning smoking in a majority of public places is trying to close loopholes and make all public places in Pennsylvania smoke-free. …

Owners and patrons differ on smoke ban
PennLive.com - February 26, 2012

Elbow Room tavern owner Joe Gonda, a non-smoker, would love to see all bars go smoke-free, including his own. But, he said, the bar business reality is that ...

Group Flunks Pennsylvania on Tobacco Policy
Essential Public Radio - January 19, 2012

Pennsylvania garnered middling grades in the “Smoke-Free Air” and “Cigarette Tax” categories, but received failing marks for its anti-smoking programs and ...

York County Commissioners snuff out tobacco
York Daily Record - January 18, 2012

The revision bans snuff, electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco from all county buildings and workplaces. In other news: they approved a five-year lease ...

Will 2012 Be the Year of 'No Smoking' in Philly?
PW-Philadelphia Weekly (blog) – January 4, 2012

Now, it's being reported that there's a movement to “close the loopholes” of the ban on indoor smoking, and make it so that smoking is simply banned indoors ...

Residents want smoking ban near hospital
Sewickley Herald - Bobby Cherry - September 20, 2011

Malyszka questioned why hospital officials have not made changes to a smoking ban policy instituted in 2007. "Heritage Valley hospital has not been a good ...

Plum Officials Consider Ban on Smoking in Parks
Patch.com - Julie E. Martin - September 9, 2011

A request from local smoking cessation and prevention groups to end tobacco ... Taylor compared such an ordinance to tobacco use bans on school property. ...

Smoking ban considered for parks
South Hills (PA) Record - Stephanie Hacke - August 11, 2011

At least 12 municipalities in Allegheny County, including Brentwood, already ban smoking in community parks and playgrounds, according to ...

Allentown to tell smokers: Butt out of playgrounds
Allentown Morning Call - Scott Kraus - June 6, 2011

That's why Allentown is launching a voluntary no-smoking program, posting donated signs that declare all of its 17 playgrounds, four pools and three spray parks tobacco-free zones. It can't hurt, said Amrika Chorwat of Allentown, who took her young son ...

Nutter bans smoking at recreation centers
Philadelphia Inquirer - Miriam Hill - May 24, 2011

Having a smoke at a city playground or pool could get you kicked off the property starting July 1, when an executive order banning smoking at more than 200 recreational centers takes effect. Mayor Nutter signed the order Monday at the ...

Homer City mulls tobacco-free zones
Blairsville Dispatch - Jared Stout - May 6, 2011

Homer City Council will consider an ordinance that will establish tobacco-free zones within the borough. At Tuesday's meeting, council voted to advertise the ordinance which would ban the use of all tobacco products at the borough's parks as well as ...

Wilkins eyes policy on tobacco in its parks
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Tory N. Parrish - Apr 16, 2011

Furthermore, 507 US municipalities, from Trafford to Los Angeles to Secaucus, NJ, have snuffed out smoking at parks completely, not just in tobacco-free zones, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. …

Does Pa.'s $300M diversion skirt the law?
Critics say the plan provides no guarantees that the tobacco money will be used as it was originally intended - for public health.
Doylestown (PA) Intelligencer Record, 2011-03-29
Jo Ciavaglia, staff writer Calkins Media, Inc

In his budget proposal, Gov. Tom Corbett is asking the Legislature to direct future tobacco settlement payments through 2025 into the general fund, rather than the separate fund as has been done since 2001. ...

Court Upholds Smoking Ban at Pennsylvania's ACMH Hospital
Becker's Hospital Review - Leigh Page - March 15, 2011

A federal appeals panel has upheld a smoking ban at 139-bed ACMH Hospital in Kittanning, Pa., disagreeing with an arbitrator's decision striking down the ban, according to a report by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. United Steelworkers Local 158-06, ...

Mayor Nutter, Department of Public Health plan outdoor smoking ban for Philly
Examiner.com - January 12, 2011

How can a man who says he's all about "lowering crime" and making the City better be more focused on banning smoking and putting warning labels on soda.. ...

Wilkes-Barre bans smoking in city parks
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader - Bill O'Boyle - October 15, 2010

WILKES-BARRE – City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a ban on smoking in all city parks and playgrounds.

Council Chairman Bill Barrett said the ordinance expands an existing city law that prohibits those under the age of 18 from smoking on city property. Violators faced up to a $100 fine. The ordinance also prohibited the use of tobacco by adults in city parks in areas where small children play or congregate.

The new ordinance approved Thursday night prohibits anyone from smoking anywhere in city parks, including Public Square.

Before the vote, a few people voiced opposition ...

Fourth-floor residents move back to Westgate
Pocono Record - David Pierce - October 15, 2010

All but 20 residents displaced by June's fatal fire at the Westgate apartments low-income senior housing project have moved back home.

Eight more damaged units in the 99-apartment complex on Stroudsburg's West Main Street — all on the fourth floor — were reoccupied late last week, said the Monroe County Housing Authority. Those displaced by the fire are temporarily staying at area hotels, nursing homes or with relatives.
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Those on the six-story building's west side — farthest from the fire's origin — returned shortly after the fire. Those on the east side of the building have been returning one floor at a time. Sixth- and fifth-floor tenants returned in the late summer. Third-floor residents will be the next to return.

"We try to do a floor every four or six weeks," said Peggy Berger, the housing authority's resident coordinator. "We're hoping to do the next one before Thanksgiving."

The most pervasive structural problem isn't from the fire itself but water damage — including mold — produced from fighting the blaze, which claimed the life of a fifth-floor resident. Fire Management Control, the contractor retained by the housing authority's insurance company to make repairs, has removed lots of walls, cabinets and structures that pose a mold threat.

"Anything that looks suspicious, they're removing it," said Rich Widdoss, the housing authority's executive director. "They don't want to come back."

Berger expressed optimism that all residents may be able to return to Westgate by the end of the year.

The housing authority, which also has its offices at Westgate, recently met with local police, fire and emergency services officials to review how residents were evacuated during the fire and what can be improved.

Based on those conversations, Monroe County Housing Authority has decided to ban all smoking in the building. ...

W-B City looks to ban smoking in all its parks
The ordinance could be approved at Thursday's council meeting
Wilkes Barre (PA) Times Leader, 2010-10-12
BILL O ' BOYLE

City Council this week is expected to approve expanding its smoking ban to prohibit anyone, not just minors, from lighting up in all city parks, including Public Square.

In 2008, council enacted an ordinance that banned those under the age of 18 from smoking on city property. Violators faced up to a $100 fine. The ordinance also prohibited the use of tobacco by adults in city parks in areas where small children play or congregate.

If the new ordinance is approved at Thursday's council meeting, no one will be able to smoke anywhere in city parks.

"And really, what's wrong with that?" said Bill Barrett, council chairman. "I realize some people like to sit on a park bench and smoke, but others don't. Banning smoking in our parks will keep things cleaner, too." ...

Easton weighs permanent ban on smoking in Centre Square
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com - September 29, 2010

The mayor and most members of City Council are leaning toward favoring a permanent smoking ban in Centre Square in Downtown Easton, but there is a question as to whether they have a legal right to do it.

Northampton County owns the square, where smoking is now banned under a 90-day executive order that was renewed in late August. The county may need to give permission for the city to enact a permanent ban. Mayor Sal Panto Jr. doesn't see it that way ...

Athens Borough appoints new member
Towanda Daily Review - Al Robinson - September 28, 2010

...The majority of the meeting was devoted to discussion of two topics: smoking in borough parks, and early morning parking on South Main Street.

Mayor Whyte noted he had received a complaint regarding smoking at the final concert of the summer in Teoga Park downtown, which sparked a lively exchange touching on both the dimensions of the problem and some gray areas in the current ordinance. After discussion the ordinance was amended by unanimous vote to prohibit smoking at all times in all parks owned or leased by the borough ...

Pa. smoking ban hasn't burned eateries
Elmira Star-Gazette - Jason Whong, David Wenner - September 24, 2010

TROY -- Mike Liberati, 28, of Troy, sat at the bar Sunday at Anthony's Bar and Grill. Next to his pint glass was a pack of cigarettes and a lighter.

Liberati excused himself, walked a few feet out the back door, and lit a cigarette. Before Pennsylvania's law on smoking changed, he used to smoke at the bar.

Though he can't smoke indoors at Anthony's, he said it hasn't affected where he eats and drinks, or how often.

"I don't mind it one bit, really," Liberati said of the need to go outside. "I wouldn't want to be sitting here eating and smelling it all day while you're eating. So I don't mind it."

Pennsylvania's indoor smoking ban in public places hit the two-year mark last Saturday. Contrary to the fears of some bar-restaurant owners, it doesn't seem to have caused many smokers to kick their habit of going out to eat or drink.

"Business has actually increased because of it, so I can't complain too much," said Stephen Weinstock, owner of Stocks on Second in Harrisburg.

Jack Hench, owner of Ye Olde Ale House in Hampden Township, was one who worried the ban would hurt sales. Yet Hench, a non-smoker, also realized that cigarette smoke made it impossible to see across his establishment on Friday nights.

His customers like it better without the smoke, it turns out. "I would have to say, out of all honesty, it has been better, business-wise," he said ...

Governor Rendell Announces Resignation of Health Everette James
PR Newswire (press release) - September 21, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced that Health Secretary Everette James will resign effective Oct. 1 to accept the newly created position of associate vice chancellor for health policy and planning at the University of Pittsburgh.

"Everette James has led the Department of Health through a period of significant public health challenges, and he met every one of those challenges with skill, compassion and professionalism," Governor Rendell said. "His effectiveness at regulating Pennsylvania's hospitals and nursing homes has ensured the safe delivery of quality healthcare for our citizens. He managed the unprecedented H1N1 vaccination program, developed innovative child health programs and implemented health reforms that will lower the cost of care."

During his two years leading the Department of Health, James has overseen an agency that is responsible for regulating all hospitals, nursing homes and managed care plans in Pennsylvania. Under his leadership, the department successfully implemented the statewide smoking ban and instituted the most comprehensive program in the nation to eliminate healthcare acquired infections (HAIs). The new HAI law, known as Act 52, was a centerpiece of Governor Rendell's Prescription for Pennsylvania health care reform. ...

North Belle Vernon mayor vetoes play area smoking ban
Monessen Valley Independent - Jeff Pikulsky - September 15, 2010

North Belle Vernon officials are hoping that signs indicating the borough is part of a statewide anti-smoking campaign will make a difference at the community park.

Council last month approved a smoking ban for the children's play area at the park.

But at a meeting yesterday, Mayor Ed Lyons said he vetoed the proposed ordinance because it cannot be adequately policed.

"I'm not going to have police down there trying to enforce someone who's smoking a cigarette," Lyons said.

Councilwoman Betty Shine-Hill spearheaded the smoking ban last month.

She made a motion last night to override the veto, but it died for a lack of a second. ...

Smoking ban hasn't burned eateries
Patriot-News - David Wenner - September 7, 2010

2 years into the state law, restaurant and bar owners say the rule against lighting up indoors seems to be good for business.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
BY DAVID WENNER dwenner@patriot-news.com

A pack of Newports peeked out of Morgan Evans' shirt pocket as he waited for his food at the bar of Molly Brannigan's in Harrisburg.

It's been almost two years since he could legally enjoy a smoke in the average bar-restaurant in Pennsylvania.

But the ban hasn't greatly affected where he eats and drinks, or how often.

He just steps outside to smoke -- as he tended to do before the ban.

"I always figured, Why should I let my problem become someone else's problem?" said Evans, 55, of Newville.

Pennsylvania's indoor smoking ban in public places turns 2 on Saturday.

Contrary to the fears of some bar-restaurant owners, it doesn't seem to have caused many smokers to kick their habit of going out to eat or drink.

"Business has actually increased because of it, so I can't complain too much," said Stephen Weinstock, owner of Stocks on Second in Harrisburg. ...

Pa. court sides with cops over on-duty tobacco use
Lebanon Daily News - Mark Scolforo - July 22, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pa.—A western Pennsylvania police union has won a ruling from the state Supreme Court that borough officials may not unilaterally ban officers on duty from using smokeless tobacco in nonpublic work spaces or smoking in some official vehicles.

The decision made public Thursday said Ellwood City's 2006 ban on tobacco use on borough property will have limited application to members of the police union, unless they agree to it through contract negotiations.

"While local legislation which promotes clean air and warns of the risks of tobacco use may be laudatory, it may not serve as a barrier to negotiations over this topic when it constitutes a working condition subject to mandatory bargaining," wrote Justice Debra McCloskey Todd for the unanimous court.

The court overturned a 2008 Commonwealth Court ruling that had upheld the complete prohibition, but officers still are prevented from smoking in public places or inside borough buildings and vehicles used for mass transit because of the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act of 2008.

A divided Commonwealth Court panel had deemed the ban a legal exercise of the borough's police powers, saying it was related to its efforts to promote health and welfare.

But Eric Stoltenberg, the lawyer for the union, the Ellwood City Police Wage and Policy Unit, called the ruling a victory for police and firefighter unions across the state. ...

Easton City Council to consider smoking ban in all parks
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com - June 8, 2010

Picture this: you’re poring over heaps of fresh strawberries and broccoli when another shopper blows a puff of stale smoke in your face.

This would never happen at the local grocery store. But it’s a possibility at an outdoor farmers market, and some organizers of Easton Farmers' Market are rallying to change that.

It started with restaurants and other indoor venues, and now an increasing number of public places are prohibiting smoking. City council’s public works committee is expected to discuss tonight the issue of whether to institute a smoking ban in all city parks. Council is expected to consider the ban at Wednesday’s meeting. ...

Smoking, other bans approved for county parks
Scranton Times-Tribune - Charles Schillinger - May 27, 2010

Lighting up a cigarette in McDade Park and other county-owned parks could cost people $50, following a smoking ban ...

Easton to consider smoking ban in parks
Allentown Morning Call - May 26, 2010

Mayor Sal Panto Jr. is thinking about banning smoking in all city parks under a proposal that City Council is to discuss in two weeks. ...

Corry American Legion post fights statewide smoking ban
Erie (PA) Times-News, 2010-05-23
DAVID BRUCE

An overwhelming number of local taverns, restaurants and clubs have complied with the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act since it went into effect in September 2008.

But a battle over the statewide smoking ban is taking place in Corry at the American Legion Post No. 365 on Sciota Road.

Post officials believe they are complying with the law, even though the club has been cited twice for permitting smoking on the premises. . . .

Private clubs like Post No. 365 can also be exempt from the law for their nonpublic functions if their members vote to allow smoking, which the post's members did in 2008. . . .

The problem is that the post and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, which makes sure places with liquor licenses comply with the law, have different definitions of "public event." ...

YMCA: Kick butts out of Wilkes-Barre parks
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader - Jen Marckini - May 6, 2010

WILKES-BARRE – Representatives of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA want Mayor Tom Leighton and City Council to consider expanding an ordinance to make city parks tobacco-free.

The ordinance now prohibits the possession and use of tobacco products by an individual on city playgrounds.

“All we are asking is that the council considers expanding the ordinance to cover all city park property,” said Carol Hussa of the YMCA’s Action Communities for Health, Innovation and Environmental Change.

Hussa and Jim Thomas, executive director of the YMCA, asked council to pass a tobacco-free park ordinance during public discussion at Thursday evening’s council meeting. This is one of many initiatives to make a healthier community. ...

Residents' fuss over Warren Hospital off-campus smoking policy leads to designated smoking area
Easton (PA) Express-Times, 2010-04-11
SARAH M. WOJCIK The Express-Times

In response to neighbors' complaints, Warren Hospital will allow employees to smoke in a designated area to keep their butts on the campus.

The Phillipsburg hospital declared a smoke-free campus last year. Easton, St. Luke's and Lehigh Valley Hospital campuses also are smoke-free.

The policy prompted Warren Hospital employees who smoke to cross Roseberry Street to light up, igniting the ire of neighbors.

Marissa Roussell lives on Frost Avenue, but takes walks around the neighborhood with her toddler. The Roseberry Street sidewalks are littered with butts, she said, and her youngster has taken to picking them up.

"She's at the stage where she puts things in her mouth and I don't want that," ...

Upper St. Clair commissioners vote down smoking ban in parks
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Janice Crompton - April 6, 2010

Smokers still can light up in Upper St. Clair parks and playgrounds, but the practice will be discouraged.

Township commissioners Monday night voted 5-2 to establish "tobacco free" zones at playgrounds and parks, asking guests to refrain from smoking.

The measure will not ban smoking and was a disappointment for resident Debbie Barbarita, who came to commissioners earlier this year after her asthmatic grandson was exposed to cigarette smoke in two parks.

She asked the seven-member commission to ban smoking, likening it to the ban on alcohol and dogs that already exists at township parks and ...

No more smoking in Tioga Co. public housing
Williamsport Sun-Gazette - Bryan G. Robinson - March 30, 2010

WELLSBORO - The Tioga County Housing Authority Board approved its annual public housing agency plan and five-year-plan as required by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at its monthly meeting Monday afternoon.

The five-year plan includes a rough estimate of $4.23 million in upgrades to 11 facilities in Tioga County, of which the estimated cost of 2010 upgrades at most of those facilities is about $630,000 to be completed through a capital grant program.

Goals included in the 2010 plan were flat rent increases and a smoke-free policy for all Tioga Housing Authority-owned and -leased buildings, including apartments, effective on July 1 this year. The board also approved those changes on Monday. ...

Smoking still allowed at Upper St. Clair parks, playgrounds
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Janice Crompton - March 30, 2010

Smoking will be discouraged, but still legally allowed, at Upper St. Clair parks and playgrounds under the terms of a new resolution being considered by township commissioners.

Commissioners Monday night considered a choice of several new ordinances and resolutions crafted in response to complaints by grandparent Debbie Barbarita, who told commissioners that her asthmatic grandson was exposed to cigarette smoke at township playgrounds.

Ms. Barbarita asked commissioners to ban tobacco products at parks and playgrounds, but few commissioners supported either an option for a tobacco ban near toddler playing areas in playgrounds, or a total tobacco ban at all parks and playgrounds, except in designated areas. ...

State panel approves local smoking ban option
Pottsville (PA) Republican, 2010-03-20
ROBERT SWIFT (HARRISBURG BUREAU CHIEF rswift)

Municipalities could enact their own smoking bans that are more restrictive than Pennsylvania's law under a bill approved this week by a House committee.

The measure that cleared the Health and Human Services Committee only gives municipalities authority to set indoor smoking policies that are stronger than the statewide indoor smoking ban enacted in 2008. It doesn't allow for weaker local bans.

Under the 2008 state law, only Philadelphia is allowed to have a stronger indoor smoking ban than the state. ...

Public housing for the elderly in Bradford County to become smoke-free
Towanda Daily Review - James Loewenstein - March 11, 2010

SAYRE - In a controversial move, the Bradford County Housing Authority plans to make its apartment buildings for the elderly and disabled in Bradford County smoke-free, effective July 1, 2010.

The new policy, which would affect the occupants of 400 apartments in those buildings, was discussed at a public hearing Wednesday on new policies and capital improvement projects that are planned at the housing authority during the coming year.

James McRath, executive director of the Bradford County Housing Authority, told the 24 people who attended the hearing that the new policy is needed because second-hand smoke is a carcinogen and because people smoking in their apartments is a safety problem.

Last month, a fire broke out at one of the housing authority's buildings, McCallum Manor in Canton, when a tenant fell asleep in a recliner chair with a lit cigarette, McRath said. "I was horrified by the damage" that the fire caused, McRath said. ...

Upper St. Clair may ban smoking at parks, playgrounds
Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, 2010-03-02
Janice Crompton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Upper St. Clair commissioners Monday night began considering a plan to ban smoking in township parks and playgrounds.

Spurred by a recent request from a resident who said her asthmatic grandson was exposed to cigarette smoke at a neighborhood playground, commissioners debated whether to ban smoking altogether or designate areas where smokers can light up.

"There's no doubt in my mind that smoking around kids or anybody is dangerous," said Commissioner Preston W. Shimer, who supported a designated smoking area for employees outside of the township community and recreation center in Boyce Park. ...

Newville eyes smoking ban in community park
Carlisle (PA) Sentinel, 2010-02-18

Newville Borough Council is hoping to clear the air next month on a proposal to ban the use of tobacco products in the community park.
Council Tuesday authorized the borough solicitor to advertise a draft ordinance for possible adoption March 16.

If adopted, borough police will be responsible for enforcing the ban and signs would be posted in the park advising visitors. Violators would be subject to a $50 fine plus the cost of prosecution.

It will be the second time in six months council has tried to legislate a ban in response to complaints from residents about the use of tobacco products near children in the park. ...

Gov. Rendell signs gaming bill
Philadelphia Inquirer - Amy Worden - January 8, 2010

HARRISBURG - Gov. Rendell signed the bill legalizing table games in Pennsylvania's casinos yesterday, closing the book on last year's marathon budget process barely a month before he officially opens debate on the next spending plan.
But the same Rendell who only two days ago was threatening to lay off 1,000 state workers if the bill didn't pass chose to sign it behind closed doors. The governor said he had done so because of "reservations" about elements of the bill. ...

...In addition, he said, he took issue with language creating exceptions to Philadelphia's indoor smoking ban. The bill allows smoking in designated portions of the two casinos planned in the city.

"I don't think it's an improvement to take away Philadelphia's right to set its own rules on smoking," Rendell said. "That part of the bill bothers me." ...

Table games, Foxwoods win big
Philadelphia Daily News - Chris Brennan - January 7, 2010

The state General Assembly gave final approval yesterday for table games such as blackjack, poker and roulette to be added at casinos across Pennsylvania. ...

The legislation: ...

- Overrides the city's indoor smoking ban for the two casinos.

Casino-Free Philadelphia yesterday lamented that Mayor Nutter, who pushed the indoor-smoking ban as a City Council member, did not lobby to keep casinos in the city smoke-free.

Nutter, through a spokesman, expressed concern yesterday about the smoking-ban override and hoped that someone from the city's delegation to the General Assembly could reverse that later with new legislation. ...

Table-games bill set for final passage in House today
Philadelphia Inquirer - Amy Worden - January 6, 2010

It also authorizes an additional resort casino license for 2017 and exempts Philadelphia casinos from the city's smoking ban. A proposal for two additional ...

Widener Goes Smoke-Free
NBC Philadelphia - Teresa Masterson - January 5, 2010

Widener University will be the first area four-year college to go smoke-free, indoors and out, reports the Inquirer.

The smoking ban includes the use of all tobacco products on campus.

The decision to go tobacco-free came about by recommendations of a committee made up of students, faculty and staff who were concerned about health effects of second-hand smoke and increased health insurance costs for smokers and chewers.

To make the July 1 ban an easier transition for faculty and students, the university is offering free smoking-cessation classes as well as nicotine-replacement drugs. ...

Red Lion considers ban on smoking in parks
York (PA) Dispatch, 2009-12-11
KATHY STEVENS The York Dispatch

Complaints of unruly juveniles in Red Lion parks have resulted in a proposal to ban smoking from public recreation areas as a method to discourage bad behavior and encourage families to again give parks a try, borough officials say.

The proposed ban, up for a vote Monday, grew from increased complaints from residents who told the borough council they felt uncomfortable -- and at times in danger -- taking young children to parks, said Cynthia Barley, vice president of the council.

As written, the ban would apply to the Red Lion Mile, Nitchkey Field and Fairmont Park. But Barley said council members would likely revise language of the ordinance to include all public recreation areas so future parks will be covered. ...

Hospitals' ban on hiring smokers is a first in state
Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News, 2009-11-21
JOHN BEAUGE For The Patriot-News

If you smoke or use other tobacco products, don't apply for a job with Susquehanna Health System based in Williamsport.

Beginning Jan. 1, all job applicants must pass a nicotine screening besides the current drug test. Those who fail will not be hired, said Traci L. Witter, a spokeswoman for the health system, which consists of Williamsport, Divine Providence and Muncy Valley hospitals.

The ban on hiring smokers and other tobacco users is the first in the state, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. ...

Man says he was fired for complaining about judge smoking
phillyBurbs.com, 2009-10-25
BEN FINLEY Bucks County Courier Times

A former Bucks County employee said he was fired from his job last year because he complained about a county judge smoking in his courthouse office, a federal lawsuit alleges.

But the defendant in the civil suit, the county's court administrator, said the county employee was fired for poor job performance, according to subsequent court filings.

Douglas Praul, the court administrator, also denied having any knowledge of county Judge Alan Rubenstein smoking in county offices, according to court records.

James Frederick, a former supervisor of domestic relations officers, filed the suit in U.S. district court in Philadelphia in August. The suit alleges that Frederick's right to free speech was violated because he complained about the smoking in a county building, a matter of public concern. . . .

There is a no-smoking ban in all county buildings. Frederick allegedly sent a memo to a supervisor complaining about the smoking. That supervisor allegedly told him in response that everyone in the courthouse knew that Rubenstein smoked in the building. ...

Newville bans smoking in its parks
Carlisle Sentinel - October 21, 2009

Borough council voted unanimously tonight to prohibit the use of tobacco products at Newville Community Park and the Newville Rails-to-Trails trailhead.

Officials have said they received complaints about the use of cigarettes and other products near children using the park and trailhead.

The ordinance prohibits all tobacco products, including smokeless products, at the park on West Street and the trailhead on McFarland Street. ...

Ontelaunee Township bans smoking at municipal building
Reading Eagle - October 2, 2009

The Ontelaunee Township supervisors have passed a resolution banning smoking in the municipal building and on its grounds.

The ban will take effect as soon as signs due to arrive next week are installed. The ban will not prohibit smoking on other township-owned lands.

Solicitor Elizabeth A. Magovern reported Thursday night that Herbein & Co., a Reading accounting firm, is awaiting records needed to begin a forensic audit of the water and sewer authority. The audit ordered by the supervisors in August will include records from 1999 to 2006. ...

Discarded butts lead to smoking ban
6abc.com - Denise James - September 15, 2009

UPPER MORELAND TWP., Pa., September 15, 2009 (WPVI) -- Public parks in Upper Moreland, Montgomery County are now smoke free zones. And it's tough to find a non-smoker who doesn't think it's a great idea.

Thousands of people find Upper Moreland's 19 parks great places to play and relax. ...

TODAY'S QUESTION: Was Pennsylvania wise in adopting a statewide ban on smoking in eateries and other public places one year ago?
Allentown (PA) Morning Call, 2009-09-13
Reporter Matt Assad talked with Lehigh Valley restaurant owners on both sides of the issue for their views.

You have received an exemption giving you the right to allow smoking in the bar area at Neffs so long as it is walled off from the restaurant and has a separate entrance and ventilation system. Do you think the exemption gives you an unfair advantage over bars that do not have the exemption?

Possibly. As I said, I really don't think there should be a law. It should be fair game for everyone. I do think it gives us an advantage, and that's why we sought the exemption. Like it or not, people like to smoke. We're just giving our customers what they want.

Do you think the exemption allowing smoking at Neffs has helped sales?

It has definitely helped sales. I've noticed new customers who came from bars that no longer allow smoking. ...

Bars, restaurants not having trouble attracting customers under smoking ban
Pittsburgh (PA) Tribune-Review, 2009-09-13
Tom Yerace

Singer, the manager of Grille 31 in Mt. Pleasant, said the smoking ban has not exacted a toll on business there.

"We still have smokers who still come in here and we have an outside patio now and they go outside and smoke. Our business hasn't changed at all. I was shocked," Singer said.

And patrons are breathing easier since the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act took effect on Sept. 11, 2008.

"The Clean Indoor Air Act is clearly an improvement because it is saving lives and saving money in Pennsylvania," said Joy Blankley-Meyer, executive director of the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco.
But anti-smoking groups are not completely satisfied because people can still smoke in some public places.

"The other way to look at it is that there are several exceptions in this law and that causes some workers in the hospitality industry not to be protected and we want everyone to be protected," said Blankley-Meyer.

State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, a Montgomery County Republican who advocated for the law, has introduced a bill to close the remaining "loopholes" allowing smoking indoors, she said. ...

Kingston Twp. ordinance takes aim at junk cars
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader - Rebecca Bria - September 11, 2009

The supervisors also approved having the township manager draft an ordinance that would prohibit smoking at Center Street Park in accordance with the Young Lungs at Play Program through Luzerne County’s Tobacco Free Coalition. ...

A year later, smoking ban gets mixed reviews from restaurant owners
Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News, 2009-09-08
SUE GLEITER, Of The Patriot-News

A year after it was implemented, the statewide smoking ban is receiving mixed reviews from bar and restaurant owners.

At Theo's Bar & Grille in Lower Allen Township, owner Ted Kalathas said he lost some of his regular bar clientele. "My bar crowd was tremendous. At the same time, what can I do? The people out for happy hour who want to light a cigarette are going to go somewhere else," he said.

On the flip side, food sales at the FireHouse Restaurant & Bar in Harrisburg rose 10 percent and alcohol sales remained steady in the past year since the ban was enacted, said owner Donny Brown. "For us, everything is better. We used to allow smoking at the bar but the diners were so sensitive to it. Now that there is no smoking, we have more patrons," he said.

The ban, part of the Clean Indoor Air Act, brought fresh air to public places such as sports venues, workplaces and restaurants. The law carves out exceptions for private clubs, cigar bars, and bars where sales of food consumed on the premises make up 20 percent or less of annual sales.

Restaurant owners say since the law took effect last year on Sept. 11, it has both helped and hurt business. Some establishments are attracting more customers in their dining rooms while others have lost bar regulars. ...

Beaver Stadium Goes Smoke-Free
FOX43.com - Meghan Harding - September 1, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - America's largest collegiate football stadium has gone smoke-free. The Nittany Lions will play their first 2009 season game this Saturday in the non-smoking Penn State University Beaver Stadium. ...

New smoking policy in full effect on campus
The Tartan (Carnegie Mellon University), 2009-08-25

Smokers coming back to campus may be greeted with more than a hello from University Police if they are caught smoking outside one of the designated areas; they could be given a $25 fine for smoking or for littering their cigarette butts.

New and returning students have seen the signs scattered around the University Center’s Merson Courtyard, near the Cut, and other places on campus that warn of the consequences of smoking in a non-designated area. These signs are the manifestations of the changes in the university smoking policy that came about as part of the Healthy Campus 2010 program. ...

Casino Nearly Doubles Designated Area For Smoking Gamblers
WFMZ-TV Channel 69 (Allentown, PA), 2009-08-24

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem announced this morning that it has nearly doubled the amount of space designated for smoking gamblers from 25% of the gaming floor to nearly 50%. Sands says the increase is in response to demand from its guests.

The casino says it has a state-of-the-art air filtration system that's designed to handle smoking on the entire floor, but 50% of the floor will remain off limits to smokers. Sands' restaurants will also remain smoke-free.

Don't light up in Spring Garden parks
York (PA) Dispatch, 2009-08-17
ANDREW SHAW The York Dispatch

As Marcus Johnson watched his 2-year-old son play on the swing at Elmwood Park, he said he was glad no one would be allowed to smoke near his child.

Spring Garden Township's board of commissioners approved an ordinance last week banning smoking at all five of the township's parks, effective immediately.

Johnson, who works at adjacent Memorial Hospital, said staff often use the park to smoke, since they can't smoke on hospital grounds. He appreciates they need someplace to go, but as a nonsmoker and a father, he'd rather they smoke somewhere else.

"Don't contaminate (children) just because you want to smoke," ...

Smoking Policy Changed at Penn State Altoona (scroll down to view)
WRTA - Altoona,PA,USA, August 17, 2009

The Penn State Altoona campus has changed its smoking policy.

The move went into effect on Saturday on the recommendation of the college’s Smoking Task Force.

By gathering information from other colleges and universities and conducting surveys at Penn State Altoona, it was determined that with the exception of four designated areas, smoking will be prohibited outside any of the buildings, on sidewalks located on campus, and in parking lots on campus. Two smoking areas will be near the residence halls while two other locations will be around campus perimeters. Shelters will be installed this fall at three of these locations. ...

Uniontown updates work on community improvements
Connellsville Daily Courier - Judy Kroeger - July 22, 2009

Uniontown City Council is assessing community improvement projects, including sprucing up its parks and seeking to eliminate smoking outdoor near Uniontown Hospital. ...

Smoking ban in effect
TALLEYRAND: Bellefonte passes park-wide measure
State College (PA) Centre Daily Times, 2009-07-07
Mike Dawson - For the CDT

BELLEFONTE -- There will no smoking in Talleyrand Park, as Borough Council approved a park-wide ban Monday night.

The ban goes beyond what was proposed at the council's previous meeting: No smoking within 50 feet of the public structures in the park. The new ban, which is a change to the park ordinance, takes effect immediately.

Councilwoman Renee Brown, who had been one of the driving forces behind the initial 50-foot limit, made the motion to approve the ban.
She said she was persuaded by others in town to extend the smoking ban, which had come up as a way to stop the littering of cigarette butts and the nuisance the smoke poses to park visitors. ...

Cigar lounge to open in New Cumberland
PennLive.com - Sue Gleiter - July 7, 2009

By the end of the month you'll be able to light up cigars and sip Irish whiskey in New Cumberland at J. Thomas O'Malley, Tobacconist. The cigar lounge and bar at 311 Bridge St. is the brainchild of Tim Hogg, owner of New Cumberland landmark, Coakley's Restaurant and Irish Pub. When it opens, the cigar bar will sell cigars, have cigarette machines and pour high-end Irish whiskeys, cognacs and brandy along with cocktails, wine and beer. Patrons can opt to sit at the hand-crafted wooden bar and watch sports and news from a half dozen flat-screen televisions or take a seat at one of several tables. The atmosphere will be upscale with historical photographs and items paying tribute to the former New Cumberland Box and Cigar Factories. Customers will enter the bar through an authentic speak-easy wooden door with a peek-a-boo hatch window. ...

Pa. panel rules against colleges' smoking ban
Philadelphia Inquirer - May 27, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities cannot bar faculty members and coaches from smoking outdoors on campus, unless their unions agree to the restriction, a state labor panel ruled.

The ban in question was imposed by the State System of Higher Education in September, when a state law banning most indoor smoking took effect. System Chancellor John Cavanaugh said he interpreted the smoking law to extend to all campus grounds, because some classes are held outside.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, the union that represents 5,800 faculty members and coaches, filed an unfair labor practice complaint challenging the policy on grounds that any such change is subject to collective bargaining. ...

Upper Moreland residents to be polled on smoking ban in township parks
phillyBurbs.com, 2009-04-21
ANNIE TASKER Bucks County Courier Times

Commissioners on Upper Moreland’s parks and recreation committee said they’ll spend the next month polling residents on a proposal to partially ­ or completely ­ ban smoking in township parks.

Indoor smokers still issue at courthouse
Philadelphia Metro - March 31, 2009

... Philadelphia's courts, illegal smoking inside its stairwells remains as rampant as ever more than two years after the city passed an indoor smoking ban. ...

Survey of Pennsylvanians Finds Little Trust In Institutions to ...
PR Newswire (press release) - March 30, 2009

Forty-eight percent say they are more likely to eat out at restaurants since Pennsylvania instituted a smoking ban in the past year. ...

Pa. Supreme Court hears police tobacco ban lawsuit
York (PA) Evening Sun, 2009-03-02
JOE MANDAK

A state ban on smoking in most workplaces has taken much of the fire--but not the smokeless tobacco--out of a long-simmering dispute between a western Pennsylvania municipality and its police.

Attorneys for Ellwood City, its police union, and the Pennsylvania Labor Relations board argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday about whether Ellwood City has a right to ban tobacco use on borough property, including by its officers working in the police station and patrol cars.

The high court heard the arguments because the police union appealed the Commonwealth Court's 5-2 decision early last year overruling the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board. The PLRB had found that Ellwood City committed an unfair labor practice when it subjected police to the August 2006 tobacco ban without submitting the issue to collective bargaining.

Pennsylvania rethinks smoking ban in hotel bars after lawsuits are threatened
Hotel Bethlehem says the restrictions haven't hurt
Allentown (PA) Morning Call, 2009-02-16
Brian Callaway * Of The Morning Call

Health officials may relax the state's new ban on indoor smoking in response to lawyers' complaints about rules against lighting up in hotel bars.

Judy Ochs, director of the state Health Department's Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control, said the department is doing a legal review after attorneys for about a dozen hotels called to challenge the ban.

Trey Matheu, general manager of a western Pennsylvania resort that now prohibits smoking in its cigar bar because of the new law, said he hopes the state will relent without a protracted court battle. . . .

Hotel bars weren't explicitly covered by the legislation, and Ochs said the Health Department now is trying to figure out what to do with them.
So far, she said, more than 300 hotels with liquor licenses have applied to have their bars exempt. The state denied more than 200 of those requests, and still is deciding on some.

Some Fire Departments Seek Smoking Ban Exemption
KDKA, PA - February 9, 2009

Some volunteer fire departments say Pennsylvania's smoking ban is hurting their bingo fundraisers and they want an exemption.

Bill Walker of Apollo's department, says about 80 people had attended bingo the week before the ban took effect.

Warning letters go out to enforce Pa. smoking ban
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader, PA - January 22, 2009

Pennsylvania's Department of Health is sending warnings to establishments that may have violated the new statewide ban on smoking in most public places, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Since the law went into effect on Sept. 11, the department has sent more than 300 letters to establishments that include a state office, Penn State University's Beaver Stadium, a lawyer's office, a marketing firm, fire halls, a hair salon and restaurants.

"We call it a warning letter, but it's more informational," said Health Department spokeswoman Stacy Kriedeman, adding that establishments received letters if complaints were made to the department. "It's a way to let business owners know that we're getting complaints, so they may need to address it."

Smoking now allowed on half of Meadows' casino floor
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA - January 15, 2009

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino joined Pennsylvania's other slots parlors yesterday by winning permission to double its space where smoking is allowed, taking up half of the casino.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board accepted a plan from The Meadows to allow smoking throughout the gaming floor of one of the two synthetic-fabric, tent-like structures in its temporary casino. The smoking area is the section of the casino patrons enter first.

Smoking will be prohibited in the casino's second room, which is in the rear of the facility in a separate structure connected by passageways.

The changeover was to be completed by today, Meadows spokesman David LaTorre said.

State grants exemption to smoking ban
Pittsburgh (PA) Tribune-Review, 2008-11-08

The state Department of Health granted more than 1,700 exceptions to the statewide ban that took effect Sept. 11, and more than 350 establishments in Allegheny County are among them.

More than 200 bars and restaurants with Pittsburgh addresses are exempt, including 14 on East Carson Street in the South Side, according to state records posted online early Friday.

"The law provided for a variety of exceptions; it wasn't comprehensive," said Cindy Thomas, executive director of Tobacco Free Allegheny. "We were looking for a more comprehensive ban." . . .

The list of exempt bars includes only "type-1" applicants, which are bars and taverns, state Health Department spokeswoman Holli Senior said.
The department is working to approve "type-2" applications from mostly bar-restaurant establishments

Rendell Will Sign Pa. Smoking Ban Into Law Today
Pittsburgh Channel.com, PA - June 13, 2008

Rendell has advocated a smoking ban as a way to reduce health care costs, although he admits he'd rather put his name on a stronger piece of legislation ...

Pa. smoking ban approved
The Senate sent the bill to Gov. Rendell, who is expected to sign it. Philadelphia's ban remains intact.
Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, 2008-06-11
Amy Worden Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau

After months of debate, the Senate yesterday overwhelming approved a bill to ban smoking in virtually all public places and most work sites throughout Pennsylvania.

The bill, which allows Philadelphia to keep its more extensive two-year-old smoking ban, now goes to Gov. Rendell, who said through a spokesman that he intends to sign it shortly after it reaches his desk later this week.

When the measure becomes law, Pennsylvania will join 32 states - including New Jersey - and the District of Columbia with some type of smoking ban.

The legislation will take effect 90 days after Rendell's signature.

It effectively bans smoking in all public places including hospitals, schools and sports facilities. It bars smoking in taxis, trains and buses and in train and bus stations. It also eliminates smoking in all restaurants.

But the bill contains a lengthy list of exemptions allowing smoking in certain workplaces and entertainment venues, including casinos located outside of Philadelphia.

Editorial: Local control / If the state won't act, the county should ban smoke
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 7, 2006

That leaves Pennsylvania's cities and towns to ban butts themselves. But exactly what they can do is obscured by a smokescreen of legal mumbo jumbo.

In 1999, the Legislature repealed the "pre-emption clause" in the 1988 Clean Indoor Air Act that had prevented towns from passing smoking rules more strict than those in the state law. But then, the following year, the Legislature repealed that repeal.

State law also says, however, that if the Legislature repeals a repeal, the language in the original law is not revived. So some lawyers said the pre-emption clause remained dead. But others contended that because the original repeal was never actually implemented, the pre-emption remained alive.

Clearly, there's nothing clear here. Still, Allegheny County's solicitor has told SmokeFree Pennsylvania that a smoke-free workplace ordinance that it has petitioned County Council to pass would be illegal and shouldn't be considered.

Phila. council passes smoking ban for restaurants and bars
Philadelphia Business Journal, June 15, 2006

Philadelphia City Council approved a ban on smoking in restaurants and most bars on Thursday…

Peter Breslow, a restaurant publicist in Philadelphia, said his "clients in New York and Boston have managed this adjustment over the past couple of years and, frankly, the businesses haven't been affected negatively at all. In fact, they've benefited greatly.

"The stale smell of cigarettes and ashtrays" has given way to the aroma of the food, Breslow said.

Indoor Smoking Ban...Don't snuff out a second try
January 26, 2005
Want to live in a cutting-edge city? Apparently not, if you're one of the
Philadelphia bar owners and patrons protesting the renewed - and overdue - effort in City Hall to ban smoking in bars, restaurants and other public places.

 
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