ANR in the News

UNL 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. …


Columbus 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. …


From 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. …


Bill 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 ...


The 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. ….


Southeast 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. …


Lawmakers 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 ...


Kentucky 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.


USC's 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. …


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 ,,,