Bans Outdoor Serving Area Smoking
Rockville Patch - May 24, 2017
Patrons of Rockville's bars and restaurants will no longer be able to smoke in outdoor serving areas in the city, following a vote on a prohibition by the Mayor and Council at their Monday, May 22 meeting. ...According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 392 municipalities in the U.S. prevent smoking in the outdoor serving areas of restaurants; 233 of those also have smoke-free outdoor bar-patio laws. With passage of the ordinance, Rockville and La Plata become the only jurisdictions in Maryland to have banned smoking and vaping in serving areas outdoors.
bans smoking in outdoor restaurants is Montgomery County next?
Washington Post - May 23, 2017
The Rockville City Council voted 4 to 1 Monday night to prohibit smoking or vaping in open-air sections of restaurants and bars, becoming the second Maryland locality for now to mandate smoke-free outdoor drinking and dining. Rockville joined La Plata in Charles County and more than 230 other jurisdictions and four states nationwide in passing the ban. Neither the District nor Virginia has passed such legislation.
ban pushed for all Pennsylvania casinos, bars
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - May 22, 2017
Pennsylvania's 2008 Clean Indoor Act went a long way in removing smoking
from most public, retail and community buildings. But the exceptions in the
law have led to claims it's weak, especially when compared to more comprehensive
anti-smoking regulations in all surrounding states, save for West Virginia,
which allows each county to establish its own anti-smoking ordinance.
Mr. Baker's bill has garnered support from 140 health advocacy organizations,
with the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society's Cancer Action
Network, the American Lung Association, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and
the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights issuing a joint statement in its favor.
The only possible exceptions, he said, include cigar shops and private clubs.
may soon be off the menu when dining outside in Rockville
Washington Post May 21, 2017
In an increasingly smoke-free world, the outdoor restaurant table has become a kind of last redoubt for lighting up in public. But on Monday, the Rockville City Council is expected to eliminate that refuge by passing a ban on smoking or vaping in outdoor dining areas and bar patios. As of last month, more than 230 cities and counties, four states (Hawaii, Maine, Michigan and Washington) and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico mandated smoke-free outdoor dining and drinking, according to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, a lobbying group.
from 51 Health Groups to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) - May 17, 2017
... As to e-cigarettes and related products, the record cited by the FDA in the May 2016 final rule, and the record cited by the government in the DOJ brief in support of its summary judgment motion in the Nicopure Labs case, make a compelling case for regu...
oppose, want changes to state House bill expanding smoking ban
The Times - May 14, 2017
A small sampling of southwest Pennsylvania legislators' initial thoughts on
a bill that would eliminate many of the exemptions to the state's smoking ban
found either opposition or conditional support if changes are made.
the legislation, smoking exemptions would be eliminated for bars, casinos and
private clubs, as well as hotels, outdoor patios of restaurants and cigar bars
and cigar lounges. It also includes electronic cigarettes.
In a joint
statement released last week, five health advocacy groups -- the American Heart
Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association,
the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Americans for Nonsmokers Rights -- praised
Baker's bill and called for the Legislature to pass it, citing the effort to
curtail secondhand smoke, which they said kills 42,000 Americans each year.
Weed's No. 1 Enemy
Daily Beast - May 11, 2017
As president and CEO of boot-strapped Smart Approaches to Marijuana
(SAM), co-founded by former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Sabet would like to slow the
momentum of the cannabis legalization movement. B
"We've seen how
long it took for tobacco to lose favor-80 years, and of course they're still
making a ton of money," Sabet says against the drone of airline announcements
in the background. "That started from a very small group, Americans for
Nonsmokers' Rights, which started in 1976 in Berkeley. I've studied these groups
and their successes and failures, and I have a long view on all of this."
With a surprise amendment, the City Council approves an all-out smoking ban on the Plaza
Santa Fe Reporter - May 11, 2017
Councilors voted 7-1 to enact the measure. It goes into effect five days after a notice of adoption is published by the city, which means the ban will likely become law before Memorial Day. Under the new provisions, smoking a cigarette, cigar, pipe or any other similar device that produces smoke and/or odor is prohibited. Theoretically, that includes vaping and e-cigarettes, unless they produce an odorless cloud. Councilors spent time debating whether the ban could be broadly interpreted to include the relatively new devices, ultimately deciding that it did apply and that language was specific enough to allow a police officer to write a ticket for vaping as well as smoking. The American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation says that more than 1,400 cities across the country ban smoking in parks. But just two cities in New Mexico do: Albuquerque and Mesilla.
Health Organizations Support Smoke-Free Legislation
REPRESENTATIVE MATT BAKER INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE EXEMPTIONS IN PENNSYLVANIAS CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT.
ASCAN.org May 8, 2017
This statement can be attributed to five of the leading health advocacy organizations: American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Americans for Nonsmokers Rights. Last week, Representative Matt Baker who serves as the House health committee chairman introduced legislation to eliminate exemptions in Pennsylvanias Clean Indoor Air Act. We commend the Chairman and urge his fellow state lawmakers to stand up for the health of their constituents by passing a comprehensive smoke-free law. ...
and Marijuana: Gaming Legislators Conference June 9-11 ...
Digital Journal - May 5, 2017
DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - May 5, 2017) - The ambitious agenda at the Summer Meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) will include the important topic of Casinos and Marijuana: Legal and Policy Issues. According to Senator Becky Harris of Nevada, who is NCLGS Treasurer, "As more states begin to legalize marijuana, it is critical that lawmakers understand how the gaming industry will be impacted. At the upcoming Summer Meeting in Denver, NCLGS is providing a forum for this essential conversation. Topics such as the differences between medical and recreational marijuana, how states such as Colorado and Nevada are regulating both industries, and how the federal government may choose to regulate and enforce current drugs laws will be discussed." The discussion, chaired by Representative Helene Keeley of Delaware, will offer experts with varying perspectives on this complex issue. They include Melissa Kuipers Blake, shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck law firm, who chairs the firm's Emerging Regulated Industries Practice Group; Steven Geller, Esq., of Geller Law Firm, who focuses on gaming and lobbying matters; Cynthia Hallett, President and CEO of the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation; and Christian Sederberg, Partner at Vicente Sederberg, LLC, a law firm specializing in marijuana law issues and regulatory compliance. ...
of Akron to go smoke-free and vape-free beginning July 1
Akron Beacon Journal - May 4, 2017
... The Americans Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation says that as of April 1, there were at least 1,536 tobacco-free U.S. campuses, with 1,400 of these also ...
Tobacco's Next Big Opportunity: Smoking Experiences
Forbes - May 3, 2017
Today the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation reports that over 80% of the U.S. population lives in a locale covered by smokefree provisions in workplaces, restaurants and bars, some 22,601 municipalities in total. The industry lost that battle, but because of it, a brand new business opportunity presents itself: Creating environments for smoking experiences, a true luxury now that smokers have been literally kicked to the curb.
Quiet Danger of E-Cigarette Promotion
New University - May 2, 2017
According to the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights organization, e-cigarette use is increasing among high school students; from 2011 to 2015, usage increased by about 900 percent. This is alarming to many parents because their child in middle school (aged somewhere between 11-14) should not have access to a gateway substance that is possibly life-threatening. E-cigarette usage could not only negatively affect the childs health, but it will also impact the health of others around them resulting in a major public health issue. E-cigarettes contain harmful chemicals including nicotine, diacetyl and formaldehyde, and users expose nonusers to secondhand aerosol.
students question effects of new smoke-free policy
Daily Trojan Online - April 25, 2017
On Jan. 10, USC joined 1,827 higher education institutions across the country in prohibiting smoking on campus. The University banned cigarettes, e-cigarettes, hookahs and other products on all University-owned property, including fraternity and sorority houses on the Row. However, enforcing this policy has been difficult - and with the rise in popularity of new forms of smoking, students are continuing to engage in an activity that USC is trying to eradicate.
group continues to push clean air initiative
The Spectrum - April 24, 2017
Last week, Cynthia Hallett, president and CEO of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights and the ANR Foundation, was in Mesquite to help push the smoke-free effort. "My goal is to make sure that the momentum continues in Mesquite," Hallett said of her visit. Hallett acknowledged the daunting task of bringing about change in a city located within the borders of America's pinnacle gaming state. "Maybe it's our job as national partners ... to really help the casinos understand that there is ultimately an enormous benefit," Hallett said.
Organizations 'Outraged' by Big Tobacco Sponsor at Academies of Nashville Event
Nashville Scene - April 24, 2017
After the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce decided again to use Altria -
aka Philip Morris - as a sponsor for its annual Academies of Nashville gala,
the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network says it's outraged at the
company's continued involvement in a school event.
Lynn Williams, the
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's government relations director
for Tennessee, issued a statement from the group as well as the American Lung
Association, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, and Campaign for Tobacco-Free
new worry for smokers' families: 'thirdhand smoke'
USA TODAY - April 17, 2017
A recent study in the journal Tobacco Control found high levels of nicotine on the hands of children of smokers, raising concerns about thirdhand smoke, a name given to the nicotine and chemical residue left behind from cigarette and cigar smoke that can cling to skin, hair, clothes, rugs and walls. This thin film can be picked up by touch or released back into the air when disturbed. Officials have attempted to curb the threat of smoke exposure by implementing tobacco bans. Forty-one states and the District of Columbia have implemented local smoke-free laws, according to the lobbying group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.
needed for Smoke-Free Ordinance | Comment
The Courier-Journal - April 13, 2017
In Louisville, we have enjoyed a standard of clean, smoke-free indoor air for
almost a decade.
In the years since our hospitality industry has thrived,
and we've all been able to enjoy restaurants and entertainment venues without
exposing our families to secondhand toxins.
Since 2008, however, new
products - e-cigarettes and hookah - have come into widespread use.
the United States, 589 communities, 15 of them in Kentucky, include e-cigarettes,
or both electronic cigarettes and hookah, under their smoke-free laws, according
to the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy and Americans for Nonsmokers Rights.
suggests smoking ban ineffective
The Sun Star - April 13, 2017
A recent study suggests that the university's smoking ban has prompted
few smokers to change their habits. The study was devised by Kelvin Rogers,
a communications major, who said he had the idea after a friend complained about
the smoking ban "not doing anything." Rogers designed a survey asking
students about the ban and how it has affected them. He surveyed 100 students-17
of whom were smokers
Of the 17 smokers who responded, 95 percent violate
the ban and nearly two-thirds of them don't try to hide it when they do. Of
the smokers, only five said they had ever been confronted for smoking and only
one confrontation was initiated by a student. "The ban was hoping to be
community enforced," Rogers said,"but that's clearly not happened."
UAF's smoking ban coincides with the popularity of similar bans around
the U.S. Between Oct. 2010 and April 2017, the number of so-called "smoke
free" campuses rose from 446 to 1,827, according to Americans
for Nonsmoker's Rights.
Initiative and CVS Health Foundation Launch Program to Make Historically Black
Colleges and Universities and Community Colleges Tobacco-Free
PR Newswire (press release) - April 13, 2017
Truth Initiative® and the CVS Health Foundation are joining together to
work with students and administrators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
(HBCUs) and community colleges across the country to advocate for, adopt and
implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies.
lower youth and young adult smoking rates overall, smoking on college campuses
remains a problem in the U.S. Of the 102 federally recognized HBCUs in the country,
less than half have smoke-free and/or tobacco-free campus policies. Of the 1,108
community colleges in the U.S., only 360 have 100 percent smoke-free policies
1This is based on the Smokefree and Tobacco-Free U.S. and
Tribal Colleges and Universities list the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation
published on April 3, 2017.
students attend 'Kick Butts' rally
Daily Journal Online - April 1, 2017
According to McKnight, guest speakers at the rally included Michael Trapp, a Columbia, Missouri, councilman; Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights Midwest ..
Louis Busch Stadium to open the season without chew
Bonner County Daily Bee - March 30, 2017
A collection of health organizations have joined forces to support the "Knock Tobacco Out of the Park" campaign to take tobacco out of baseball, including CTFK and the AHA, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. ...
Shore town bans smoking on the beach - which one's next?
Philly.com (blog) - March 30, 2017
According to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights website, the following beach towns in New Jersey ban smoking: Belmar, Cape May Point, Lavallette, Long ...
Council makes changes to controversial smoking ban ordinance
Ledger-Enquirer - March 29, 2017
Overwhelmed with the task of crafting an ordinance that would ban smoking throughout the city, Columbus Council decided Tuesday to research the topic for another 60 days. ... During public comments, Onjewel Smith of the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights for the Southern United States asked councilors to reconsider the revisions. We cant with a good heart and a good conscience support an ordinance that has so many exemptions; that will still put people in harms way, she said. We really ask you to consider a strong ordinance, to go back to the model, to really remember who you started talking about this for, to protect the hard-working citizens of Columbus. ...
can lead the way on smoke-free outdoor dining
Washington Post - March 24, 2017
Ensuring smoke-free outdoor dining areas makes sense. That's why food
retail establishments in our city, including Dawson's Market and World of Beer,
already do it. That's why leading national health organizations, including the
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free
Kids, the March of Dimes, Maryland Group Against Smoker's Pollution and Americans
for Nonsmokers' Rights, have endorsed the effort. And that's why the City Council
should pass it and other municipalities in the metropolitan area should follow
advocates question link between New Orleans ban ...
NOLA.com - March 23, 2017
... That was the argument on Tuesday (March 22) from Caesars Entertainment, the global casino enterprise that owns Harrah's New Orleans Casino & Hotel. But Cynthia Hallett, president and CEO for Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, called those accusations "baseless." .Looking at revenues of other state casinos further hurt Caesar's Entertainment's case. "[O]ther casinos throughout the state of Louisiana that are not required to be smoke-free have also seen revenues fluctuate," Hallett wrote in an email. "Clearly declines in revenue are not related to the Smokefree law." ...
to the Editor
Stevenson University - March 23, 2017
Of the total litter on highways, 40% is from cigarettes. (Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, 2016). Cigarettes are not only bad for the individual using it but also is ...
to Hold Hearing on Smoking Ban for Outside Eating Areas
Rockville Patch - March 21, 2017
The Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing, Monday, March 27, on whether the City of Rockville should expand its smoking and vaping ban to include establishments with outdoor eating areas. According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 392 municipalities in the U.S. have rules for smoke-free outside dining; 233 of those also ...
students show support for smoking ban
Lincoln Journal Star - March 16, 2017
A majority who voted in last week's student election indicated they wanted
to end smoking on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. ... will join the
more than 1,700 universities that have banned the use of smoke-producing tobacco
on campus, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.
businesses, health advocates fired-up over proposed smoking ban [VIDEO]
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer - March 16, 2017
A proposed city ordinance that would make Columbus a smoke-free city has fired
up people on both sides of the debate.
Proponents were health advocates
who highlighted the deleterious effects of second-hand smoke. That group included
representatives from Breathe Easy Columbus, the American Heart Association and
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.
my Hide: A jewel of the south coast
South Coast Herald - March 5, 2017
One negative to all of this, at a particularly pleasing view site we
saw a number of cigarette filters ground into the sand. Now, the Americans for
Non-smokers' Rights organisation has calculated that over three-quarters of
a billion kilogrammes of cigarette filters end up in the environment every year,
being the biggest single item of trash thrown away by us humans. The organisation
also states that cigarette filters are definitely not biodegradable, in other
words they are in that sand forever.
filed to make all state campuses, buildings tobacco-free
KHOU.com - March 2, 2017
... over 1,700 U.S. college campuses are now 100 percent smoke-free, 1,400 of which are also tobacco-free. "We all know it: Tobacco kills. In fact, tobacco use ...
Other Right-Wing Tidal Wave Sweeping America: Federal and State Preemption of
Local Progressive Laws
Preemption allows corporations to boost their profits by suppressing local government power, community groups and citizens.
Alternet - February 25, 2017
The report, "City
Rights in an Era of Preemption," says 24 states have preempted local
minimum wage increases; 17 have stopped paid sick or family leave; three have
voided anti-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals; three have stopped
laws aimed at home sharing (like AirBnB that has tightened affordable housing
options); 37 have blocked local regulation of ride sharing (that compete with
the more heavily licensed taxis); 17 have blocked municipal broadband (challenging
telecom monopolies); and 42 have limited local taxation and spending.
To get back to your question, what's happening now and what's different. In
each of the last four years, the threat of preemption has grown and the number
of bills introduced has grown. There has been a lot of pushback, but it has
not generally been within the political parties. It's generally been advocacy
groups like Family Values @ Work, for example, or Americans for Nonsmokers'
Rights working on local smoke-free ordinances, and dozens of other great organizations.
There has been success in stopping preemption, but the pressure has grown.
regents to vote on tobacco-free policy for campus
Southeast Missourian - February 17, 2017
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will vote today on
a proposal that would bar faculty, staff, students and visitors from smoking
or using any tobacco product or smoking devices campuswide.
As of early
January, more than 1,700 college and university campuses nationwide were smoke-free,
with 1,468 being 100 percent tobacco-free, according the Americans for Nonsmokers'
Rights organization website.
Weigh Increasing Smoking Age To 21
CT News Junkie- - February 13, 2017
That's according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart ... the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights and ...
receives poor grades in tobacco prevention program ...
Glasgow Daily Times - February 1, 2017
Tobacco use kills more than 480,000 Americans and costs the nation about $170 ... Johnson Foundation, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights and Truth Initiative.
anti-smoking policy marks progress
Daily Trojan Online - January 23, 2017
On Jan. 10, USC became a smoke-free campus. This policy shift resulted in a
ban of all smokable tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and hookahs.
USC is one of about 1,700 campuses to go smoke-free and one of only 110 to completely
ban smokable tobacco-based products, e-cigarettes and hookahs.
Wants Council To Extend County's Smoking Ban To Vaping [AUDIO]
90.5 WESA - January 18, 2017
Nearly 600 counties and municipalities across the nation have enacted restrictions
on e-cigarettes and other forms of vaping in existing smoke-free public venues,
the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. Allegheny County could soon
join that list. Philadelphia is the only Pennsylvania municipality that has
a local ordinance for smoke-free areas and it only prohibits vaping in restaurants.
Allegheny County Council is now considering legislation proposed by County Executive
Rich Fitzgerald that would extend the county's broad smoking ban to include
"Secondhand vaping can be just as dangerous as secondhand
smoke," Fitzgerald said.
establishes new smoke-free campus policy
Daily Trojan Online - January 11, 2017
On Tuesday, USC announced a new policy that establishes the University a smoke-free
campus. The new policy, issued by Provost Michael Quick, prohibits smoking in
"all indoor and outdoor facilities on university-owned and leased property,"
including the Health Sciences Campus and all sorority and fraternity houses
recognized by the University. The newly instituted rule will apply to all smoking
devices including hookahs and e-cigarettes. The new policy also added that "refusal
by faculty, staff or students to comply with this policy may result in appropriate
disciplinary action." The previous policy allowed smoking on campus, except
in indoor locations and other specific areas with no smoking signs.
the new policy's implementation, USC joined more than 1,500 other colleges in
the United States that prohibit smoking.
bill proposes ban on smoking when person under 18 in vehicle
The Telegraph - January 5, 2017
has been prefiled that would ban smoking in vehicles in Georgia when a person
under 18 is present.
According to the Americans
for Nonsmokers' Rights website, Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Maine,
Oregon, Puerto Rico, Utah and Vermont have enacted similar legislation. The
age varies of those present in the vehicle in which smoking is not allowed.
Xavier University Implements 100 Percent Tobacco-Free Campus
Chicago Tribune - January 4, 2017
Saint Xavier University (SXU) was awarded a $20,000 grant that will help the University advocate for, adopt, and implement a 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free initiative on SXU's Chicago and Orland Park campuses as part of the American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation's Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI). According to the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, only 1,427 college campuses are 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free and now SXU has joined this prestigious club ,,,