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Fitzgerald 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, according to 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 vaping. … "Secondhand vaping can be just as dangerous as secondhand smoke," Fitzgerald said. …

USC 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. … With the new policy's implementation, USC joined more than 1,500 other colleges in the United States that prohibit smoking. …

Georgia bill proposes ban on smoking when person under 18 in vehicle
The Telegraph - January 5, 2017

A bill 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. …

Saint 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 ,,,