California

California's landmark statewide smokefree law, AB 13, protects millions of Californians from secondhand smoke exposure. In January 1995, many of California's enclosed public places and workplaces went smokefree, and restaurants and bars went 100% smokefree in January 1998.

Unfortunately, there are a number of exemptions that still allow smoking in some workplaces. Employers with five or fewer employees may allow smoking, but this does not apply to restaurants and bars. Employers may establish separately ventilated break rooms for smoking under certain narrow conditions. Owner-operated businesses, retail tobacco stores, cigar bars, warehouses of a specific size, hotel lobbies, and other specified workplaces are also exempt.

In 2011, a bill, AB575, was introduced to close many workplace exemptions in the state smokefree air law. However, the bill was weakened and is held up in the Senate due to political interference. Previously, the California legislature adopted a bill, AB1467, in 2007 to close the loopholes in the smokefree law, but unfortunately, then-Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill.

Thankfully, numerous California communities have adopted local 100% smokefree laws that are stronger than the state law and close the gaps in indoor coverage, providing workers and the public 100% smokefree protection in enclosed workplaces and public places. Additionally, many California communities are expanding smokefree protections to outdoor workplaces and outdoor public places where people gather, such as near building entrances, in service lines, on patio dining areas, and at parks, beaches, community events, and recreation facilities. Contact your county tobacco control program to learn how you can get involved in your community.

Did you know?

The 2005 California Tobacco Survey found that 14% of the California workforce reported being exposed to secondhand smoke on the job. This includes:

  • 29.7% with a household income of $10,001 to $20,000
  • 44% with a household income of $20,001 to $30,000
  • 24.3% of 18 to 24 year olds
  • 23.3% of Latinos

ANR has additional information on California economic impact and public opinion data.

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in California.

2013-2014 State Legislative Session: 12/3/2012 - 11/30/2014; Recess: 9/13/2013 - 1/5/2014

State Quitline: http://www.nobutts.org/

State Quitline Numbers:
1-800-NO-BUTTS (662-8887)
1-800-NO-FUME (456-6386) (Spanish)
1-800-778-8440 (Vietnamese)
1-800-838-8917 (Mandarin & Cantonese)
1-800-556-5564 (Korean)
1-800-844-CHEW (844-2439) (Chewing Tobacco)

American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

LETTER: Anti-smoking programs are underfunded
Paradise Post - April 12, 2014

In 2013, Butte County received $ 2,946,747 from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) bringing the total dollars received to just over $32 million since 2000; with annual payments scheduled to continue through 2045. In 2002, the Butte County Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance 3847 which allocated approximately $150,000 per year for regular and ongoing smoking cessation classes and school-based tobacco prevention throughout the county. Unfortunately, this funding ended in 2008 and has not been reinstated.

News Briefs — April 11, 2014
Amador Ledger-Dispatch - April 11, 2014

Whether to restrict smoking outdoors on Main Street was the central topic of ... the issue, including possibly passing a new ordinance banning smoking on Main ... as members of the public voiced support for a ban on smoking on Main Street.

E-cigs banned on city property: Devices outlawed in South San ...
San Mateo Daily Journal - April 11, 2014

E-cigs banned on city property: Devices outlawed in South San Francisco parks, ... social acceptance of smoking is the idea behind South San Francisco's ban of using ... Smoking an e-cigarette is now prohibited in city buildings; city-owned ...

Your Health: E-cigarettes can be highly addictive and harmful, too
San Lorenzo Valley Press-Banner - April 10, 2014

The Santa Cruz City Council has just voted to update the city's tobacco related ordinances which would ban the use of e-cigarettes where smoking is currently ...

County Office of Education Awarded $1.3M for Tobacco, E-Cigarette ...
Patch.com - April 10, 2014

Smoking among middle and high school students dropped between 1996 and 2008, but new nicotine products—like e-cigarettes, also known as vapor ...

Cigarette butt cleanup makes progress
Daily Aztec - April 10, 2014

He said it's too early to see the effectiveness of the ban, because people haven't ... California State University, Fullerton has a similar policy to the smoking ban ...

Del Mar joins list of cities regulating e-cigs
Coast News - April 10, 2014

The new law will define e-cigs, as they are known, as items “that can provide an inhalable dose of nicotine by delivering a vaporized solution,” the staff report

Coachella: A survival guide
U-T San Diego - April 9, 2014

E-cigs are also OK, but no e-juice or e-liquid refills will be allowed inside the venue. 4. Save your cellphone. When not in use, power it down or set it on airplane ...

Editorial: Study on 'unhealthy advertising' goes too far
Press-Enterprise - April 9, 2014

On the negative side, 13 percent of San Bernardino youth smoke, which is higher ... Massachusetts in 2001, in which the Supreme Court found a state ban on ...

Paso schools ban use of e-cigarettes
The San Luis Obispo Times - April 9, 2014

Following a countywide edict, the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District has banned the use of electronic cigarettes, which will help the county keep an ...

Land's End: Trash Talk
Orange County April 9, 2014

This, even though smoking is banned on most Orange County beaches, and the ... That decent people don't smoke on the sand and then leave their butts for ...

Chico businesses given cigarette cleanup challenge
KRCRTV.COM - April 9, 2014

The California Health Collaborative's Smoke Free North State Program is asking Chico businesses to compete with one another by cleaning up cigarette butts ...

State Hopes Funds Will Prevent All Forms Of Nicotine Use By Kids
Capital Public Radio News - April 9, 2014

The state issued $17 million in grants to 14 school districts for anti-tobacco programs. ... containing nicotine including flavored electronic cigarettes and e-cigarettes ... encouraging them to update tobacco policies to include a ban on e-cigarette ...

Ban OK'd on e-cigs by supes at county buildings
Daily Democrat - April 9, 2014

In a 4-1 vote, Supervisor Matt Rexroad dissenting, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution updating the current smoking policy in county buildings, near entrances or in county-owned vehicles. Wherever a policy exists, "electronic nicotine delivery devices" will also not be allowed, according to a staff report. The devices create a nicotine vapor that's inhaled although some have no nicotine. "These amendments would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes and similar devices that contain tobacco or nicotine in all areas where smoking is currently ...

Electronic cigarette ban proposed
Appeal-Democrat - April 9, 2014

New electronic cigarettes have recently gained popularity among tobacco users throughout the world, but they don't go over well in Orland. The City Council on Monday took its first step to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in all areas where smoking regular cigarettes is prohibited, including within 20 feet of primary business entryways, city parks and anywhere near playgrounds, picnic areas and outdoor cafes.

Debunking the Five Most Ridiculous Assertions About E-Cigarettes
OC Weekly (blog)-by LP Hastings - April 9, 2014

Assertions about e-cigarettes run the gamut from factual, misinformed, overly positive, and just downright stupid. The latter is the easiest to run with because it's ...

Solano County group encouraging healthier stores for kids
The Reporter - April 9, 2014

Of those issues presented, Franco said, a big concern is the widespread availability of e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco and the few places selling fresh fruits ...

Del Mar bans e-cigarettes
Del Mar Times - April 8, 2014

Del Mar is the latest city in San Diego County to ban electronic cigarettes. In a unanimous vote, the Del Mar City Council on April 7 amended the citys existing smoking ordinance to ban the use of e-cigarettes in all public places where smoking is prohibited.

Results from North County government meetings
U-T San Diego - April 7, 2014

The Oceanside City Council on Wednesday approved the introduction of an ordinance to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes where smoking is prohibited ...

On the agenda: North County government meeting schedules
U-T San Diego - April 7, 2014

... to conduct a citywide satisfaction survey; introduction of an ordinance amending the municipal code to expand the definition of smoking to include e-cigarettes;

E-cigarette poisoning a growing risk
OCRegister - April 7, 2014

As e-cigarette use has risen, so has the number of people and children ... E-cigarettes deliver nicotine sometimes flavored to the smoker by using ... In some ways, it's more dangerous than tobacco because it can seep through your skin...

National Public Health Week
Santa Barbara Edhat - April 7, 2014

1984: Local laws establish that non-smokers rights take precedence over smokers if accommodation fails. Virtually all indoor air is smoke free and 5 of our 9 local communities in Santa Barbara County have outdoor secondhand smoke provisions in their local laws with the recognition of tobacco products as the primary factor underlying many leading causes of death.

Should E-Cigarettes Be Treated Like Cigarettes?
KPBS - April 7, 2014

Several cities in San Diego have banned the use of e-cigarettes, in all areas where smoking is already banned, most recently Oceanside. And the city of San Diego is considering a ban. This week in San Diego at the annual meeting of the ...

Youth Commission to vote on banning electronic cigarettes
Pleasanton Weekly - April 7, 2014

electronic cigarettes within the definition of "smoking," which would have the effect of banning them wherever tobacco smoking is not allowed. The commission's ...

Guest perspective: Safe ... but not safe enough
San Mateo Daily Journal - April 7, 2014

In recent Foster City Council meetings, we have discussed two items that are designed to create a safer environment for residents items that would make it better for you to live, work and play here in town. The items discussed were changes in our smoking ordinance and ...

E-cigarettes could be banned from county-owned buildings
Daily Democrat - April 6, 2014

Rules may become clearer about the use of e-cigarettes in and near county buildings on Tuesday. The Health Department is asking the Yolo County Board of Supervisors to approve an update to the current smoking policy in county buildings, near entrances or in county-owned vehicles. Wherever a policy exists, "electronic nicotine delivery devices" will also not be allowed, according to a staff report. The devices create a nicotine vapor that's inhaled although some have no nicotine.

Student government supports SCC smoking ban
Solano Tempest - April 6, 2014

In a 4-3 vote, the Associated Students of Solano College student government narrowly approved the Solano Community College district policy of non-smoking on all district property, at their April 1 meeting. Much of the debate centered around the rights of smokers and non-smokers on district property.

Daily Business Report-April 4, 2014
San Diego Metropolitan - April 4, 2014

Overall, the [Harrah’s] resort features 891 non-smoking guest rooms and suites and more than 10,703 square feet of non-smoking gaming space. “The grand opening of ...

E-cigarette ban wagon gaining steam
Seaside Courier - April 4, 2014

The Oceanside City Council opted April 2 to expand its anti-smoking ordinance to include electronic cigarettes, joining Encinitas, Carlsbad, Solana Beach and ...

Santee mayor responds to anti-smoking activists
KGTV-Ch. 10 (San Diego, CA) - April 3, 2014

The mayor of Santee is enraging anti-smoking activists. The city of Santee recently received a failing grade from the American Lung Association for allowing people to smoke in city parks.... "There are some people who are smoking Nazis," he said. "You...

Lawmaker proposes ban on filtered cigarettes
KERO-TV 23 - April 3, 2014

U-NO Smoke Shop on California Avenue said filtered cigarettes make up a majority ... is a smoker who said if the ban goes into law she'd probably quit smoking.

10 Things That Have Changed at UCSD Since 2010
The UCSD Guardian Online - April 3, 2014

Before the smoking ban on all UC schools took place this year, students could smoke hookah on the picnic tables as long as they were at least 40 feet from the ...

Chumash Tribe Outlines Plans to Expand Casino Resort
Noozhawk - April 2, 2014

The tribe hopes to add to the existing 106 guest rooms and 17 luxury suites ... state requires the Chumash to conduct an environmental review and to make a ... In particular, those already upset the tribe is going around county government to place ... land adjacent to the reservation into trust, eliminating it from county tax rolls ..a

Oceanside moves to ban e-cigarettes
KFMB News 8 - April 3, 2014

E-cigarettes would be prohibited in the same places smoking is banned, such as public parks, beaches and restaurants. The ordinance will likely be up for final ...

Waiting to exhale
Sacramento News & Review - April 3, 2014

While each contestant seems to have produced the same 5 feet of smoke, the ..... Cordova drafted legislation to ban them everywhere cigarettes are banned.

L.A. e-cigerette ban totally blows
Los Angeles Loyolan (subscription) - April 3, 2014

A Los Angeles law will go into effect April 19 banning e-ciarettes from ... Cigarette Ban Is Gonna Happen (Very Soon),” e-cigs are going to be banned from ... ban is the perceived health risks of “vaping,” much like the consequences of smoking.

'Vaping' at schools tough to police
Thousand Oaks Acorn - April 3, 2014

The devices, which simulate cigarette smoking and deliver varying amounts of ... funding for schools that did not ban tobacco and drugs from their campuses. .... to come up with individual policies banning e-cigarettes on campuses, but no ...

Keep e-cigs off school campuses
Thousand Oaks Acorn - April 3, 2014

E-cigarettes, the battery-powered devices that produce sweet-smelling vapors as opposed to foul tobacco smoke, have begun popping up in principals' offices ...

TUSD Board Gets Info on E-Cig Policy
www.TurlockCityNews.com - April 3, 2014

The Turlock Unified School District, like many other governmental bodies, has been dealing with the controversy over e-cigarettes, also known as electronic ...

Viejas moves bingo hall into outlet mall
U-T San Diego - April 3, 2014

Viejas Casino & Resort has relocated its bingo hall to the adjoining outlet mall, ... a dedicated slot machine area, along with a designated indoor smoking area.

San Clemente holds off banning e-cigarettes at parks, beaches
OCRegister - April 2, 2014

It's illegal to smoke in San Clemente's city parks and on trails, beaches and the pier, but the ban doesn't apply to electronic cigarettes, a split City Council ...

It's just distracting: Smoking e-cigs in classrooms is inappropriate ...
Diablo Valley College Inquirer - April 2, 2014

The future of smoking is here, and DVC's existing smoking policy does not address ... The banning of e-cig remains controversial and advocates against the ban ...

Oceanside considers ban on e-cigs
fox5sandiego.com - April 2, 2014

OCEANSIDE, Calif. Oceanside may be the next city to ban electronic cigarettes. A coalition of community groups plan to meet Wednesday with the Oceanside City Council to urge the city to join the dozen other cities in the county that restrict public e-cigarette use, basically making them like regular cigarettes.

It's confusing out there for e-cig smokers
OCRegister - April 2, 2014

Also in March, Long Beach city officials classified e-cigs as tobacco products, prohibiting their use in enclosed workplaces or public parks, among other public ...

Barton facilities go smoke-free
Tahoe Daily Tribune - April 2, 2014

All Barton Health facilities and grounds are now 100 percent smoke-free. The smoking and tobacco ban includes all Barton Health facilities, parking lots, grounds, and Barton Memorial Hospital, according to a press release. The changed took place April 1. All patients, visitors, medical staff, vendors and employees will not be allowed to smoke at Barton. This includes the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, marijuana smoking, and smoke-free tobacco products such as chewing tobacco.

West Hollywood Attempts to Ban AirBnB
Frontiers LA (blog) - April 2, 2014

Tenants complain of strangers in their buildings who are inconsiderate and do not follow building rules, smoking in undesignated areas and blasting music at ...

New Fears Push More California e-Cigarette Bans
PublicCEO.com - April 1, 2014

Southern Californias thriving e-cigarette industry faces a big new problem: nationwide, their products are becoming a hot new focal point of public health worries. In the latest report casting vapes in a negative light, the New York Times called the nicotine solution found in e-cigs poison by the barrel. That has producers and retailers in a defensive crouch, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise. The most sensational danger posed by nicotine juice is its potential to kill children who consume even a teaspoon. That alarming piece of data presupposes a nicotine concentration level that not all vials of juice contain. For anti-vape advocates, however, the Times report is an aid in turning public opinion firmly against permissive e-cig laws.

Daly City considers regulations on electronic cigarettes
San Francisco Examiner - April 1, 2014

Daly City could soon join San Francisco and other Bay Area cities in restricting the sale and use of electronic cigarettes. At the request of Councilman Mike Guingona, Mayor David Canepa recently authorized a special subcommittee to study the issue. Joining Guingona on the subcommittee is Vice Mayor Carol Klatt. Some city officials are pushing for regulations on e-cigarettes in the same way tobacco use is regulated due to concerns about secondhand smoke and increased use by teenagers. But there has been some disagreement about the extent to which the city should regulate sales of the electronic devices.

Encinitas enacts e-cigarette restrictions
U-T San Diego - April 1, 2014

Encinitas will put electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, on equal footing with traditional cigarettes, and ban their use at parks, beaches and restaurants. The City Council unanimously gave its initial approval last week to proposed revisions to the citys smoking ordinance, emphasizing that existing restrictions on cigarette and cigar use also apply to the new electronic smoking devices.

Electronic Cigarette Lounges, Vapor Bars, Retailers in Fremont: City Wants Publics Opinion
Tell the city what you think by visiting their website
Patch.com - March 31, 2014

The City of Fremont is seeking feedback from its residents on permanently banning electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) retailers, lounges, and vapor bars within city limits. Weigh in on Fremont Open City Hall, our online forum. On Feb. 11, the Fremont City Council established a temporary ban on e-cigarette retailers, lounges, and vapor bars. The City would like input as to whether this temporary ban should be permanent. ...

Meeting schedules for North County councils, school boards
U-T San Diego - March 31, 2014

Agenda items include: introduction of an ordinance to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes where smoking is prohibited and to initiate an amendment to the ...

How they voted: Results from council, school meetings
U-T San Diego - March 31, 2014

The Encinitas City Council on Wednesday declined to proceed with research for a tax-increase measure; received a report on the Interstate 5 widening project, directing staff and the Arts Commission work on potential freeway art projects; agreed to implement a Uriana Avenue traffic-calming project; and introduced an ordinance to expand the definition of smoke and smoking prohibitions to include e-cigarettes, and to prohibit smoking within 20 feet of city beaches, parks, trails, and outdoor dining areas of restaurants.

ANNUAL TOBACCO DOCUMENTS WORKSHOP: PUTTING THE TOBACCO INDUSTRYS WORDS TO WORK FOR YOU
Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (UCSF) March 30, 2014

PUTTING THE TOBACCO INDUSTRYS WORDS TO WORK FOR YOU Tobacco Control Advocacy and Corporate Accountability Event: Register Now! The University of California, San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, an interdisciplinary research community, announces its one-day workshop on using tobacco industry documents for advocacy. The workshop will cover:

Planning OKs Pot Clubs Opening Closer To Schools
SFist-by Jay Barmann - March 28, 2014

The San Francisco Planning Commission voted Thursday to shrink the buffer zone required between new marijuana dispensaries and schools from 1,000 feet to ...

Encinitas moves toward banning e-cigarettes
Seaside Courier - March 28, 2014

Public health officials and advocates say companies behind e-cigarettes are ... Reports also indicate that teens are using the devices with marijuana and hash ...

CSU Board of Trustees addresses bargaining, maintenance and ...
The Daily Titan - March 27, 2014

CSU Board of Trustees addresses bargaining, maintenance and smoking ban.

Counties crack down on e-cigarettes
Mountain View Voice - March 27, 2014

Smoking e-cigarettes is getting harder to do in parts of the Bay Area after the San ... sales where cigarettes are banned, including at county facilities, parks, hospitals, ... Detractors of the e-cigarette bans include members of the state chapter of ...

E-cigarette refills' dangers for kids
Sierra Wave - March 27, 2014

Electronic cigarettes, called e-cigarettes, are drug delivery devices originally designed to look like regular tobacco cigarettes. Now they are larger reusable ...

City council upholds hookah bar denial
Dinuba Sentinel - March 27, 2014

A hookah is a multi-stemmed water pipe used to smoke flavored tobacco. The multiple stems of the pipe allow the hookah to be smoke communally. During a ...

The Big Chill
The Journal - March 27, 2014

A gathering of thousands of people to smoke marijuana is a big political statement. You may ... our local leaders need to protect that right, not work to restrict it.

The Possibility That Marijuana Could Be Legalized, Should Have ...
EGP News - March 27, 2014

... control where and when pot can be smoked or otherwise consumed in public places, ... concerns like proper ventilation, and the impact of second-hand smoke ...

Campbell: City council votes to allow a bar at a new location of ...
San Jose Mercury News - March 26, 2014

The commission applied restrictions to the location in order to address the concerns but ... Smoking was prohibited on the entire property to prevent loitering. ... Restricting the time puts a lot more constraints on the property owner to be able to ...

Oakley: Council sets rules for parolee housing facilities
San Jose Mercury News - March 26, 2014
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Clients must observe Oakley's smoking ordinance.

ED MURRIETA: There's at least one place your e-cigarette is welcome, Vapour House
Sacramento Business Journal - March 26, 2014

While cities throughout California and across the nation are snuffing out the use of non-tobacco electronic cigarettes in bars, restaurants and other places where traditional tobacco-based combustible cigarettes are already outlawed, there's a bar in midtown Sacramento where the house rule on e-cigarettes is effectively thus: Vape it if you've got it. Vapour House is an e-cigarette bar where patrons can use e-cigarettes, drink beer and alcoholic cocktails, and eat bar food.

SF's Board Of Supervisors Unanimously Passes Ordinance Regulating Use and Sales of E-Cigarettes
The San Francisco Appeal - March 25, 2014

Smoking e-cigarettes is getting harder to do in parts of the Bay Area after the San Francisco and Santa Clara County boards of supervisors approved restrictions on the devices today. An ordinance regulating use and sales of electronic cigarettes was unanimously passed in a final vote at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting this afternoon. Supervisor Eric Mar sponsored the bill that prohibits use of electronic cigarettes where traditional cigarettes are already banned.

Santa Clara County moves forward with e-cigarette ban
Vallejo Times-Herald - March 25, 2014

Puffing an electronic cigarette is officially a no-no at Santa Clara County facilities, including Valley Medical Center and other health clinics, after a Tuesday decision to add the vaporizing gadgets to existing tobacco policy. According to nonprofit American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, more than 100 cities and counties in the United States -- many in California -- have placed restrictions on e-smoking, although the breadth of such bans vary greatly. ...

E-cigarettes included in Santa Cruz tobacco smoking regulations
Santa Cruz Sentinel - March 25, 2014

"Smoking" electronic cigarettes earned treatment equal to its tobacco-smoking cousin by a vote of the Santa Cruz City Council Tuesday afternoon. The council unanimously approved an update to its city ordinances to include the battery-powered "e-cigarettes," which emit vapor and typically contain nicotine and other flavorings. ...

Mailbag: Vaping done right can be good
Huntington Beach Independent - March 25, 2014

Patrice Apodaca's column "Clear air about vaping" (March 20, Huntington Beach Independent) was interesting to read, although heavily slanted. Vaping has gotten a large amount of press on the downside, and I agree it can be harmful if misused. Parents should make it a priority to be aware of what their children are doing and warn them of the dangers of misuse. But there is also an upside to vaping.

Cerritos council to vote on more than $334000 in park upgrades
Long Beach Press-Telegram - March 25, 2014

Lakewood, Long Beach and Los Angeles have approved regulations treating e-cigs the same as traditional tobacco products, meaning they can't be used in ...

Smoking inside apartments soon may become illegal in San Mateo County
San Jose Mercury News - March 25, 2014

Smoking inside apartments, condominiums and other multiple housing units soon may be a no-no in unincorporated San Mateo County. Following a study session discussion that touched on the evils of second-hand smoke, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday directed staff to return with a proposed smoking ban by this summer. In addition to traditional tobacco products, the county should consider outlawing electronic cigarettes, Groom said. Noting that Santa Clara County "is taking up e-cigarettes," Groom noted that she and Tissier "decided we should include e-cigarettes in this ordinance if we decide to go forward."

Should E-Cigarettes Be Banned?
SantaCruz.com - March 25, 2014

But new rounds of smoking bans, including the UC-wide smoking ban, which took effect on January 1, are increasingly banning the use of e-cigarettes and ...

What Your City Should Know About E-Cigarettes And How Other Cities are Dealing with this Growing Trend
PublicCEO.com - March 25, 2014

Electronic cigarettes have been promoted as a safer alternative to cancer-causing tobacco products that can wean heavy smokers off their habit. But this month, Los Angeles officials joined a growing list of cities that treat e-cigarettes just the same as regular cigarettes, banning their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces. The decision came after an impassioned, and at times highly personal, debate (according to published reports) at a city council meeting that highlighted the backlash the smokeless cigarettes have generated as their popularity grows. More than 45 communities in California have included e-cigarette regulations in their smoking ordinances. Fifty-nine include e-cigarettes in their tobacco retailer license programs, meaning that those who want to sell e-cigarettes must obtain a license. Also, 21 jurisdictions have included e-cigarettes in smoking provisions that apply to housing complexes. Los Angeles follows in the footsteps of New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago and Boston, as well as five states that have restricted vaping in some way. L.A.s ban, however, will allow people to use e-cigarettes in vapor lounges, e-cigarette stores and for filming or theatrical purposes. Local governments in California do have options, ranging from taking no action until the state and federal government issue more guidance and regulations for the industry, to an outright ban on the sale and manufacturing. The question does not appear to be whether the popularity of e-cigarettes will continue to grow, but instead it is where and how such growth will occur. At least for now, the answer rests with local governments.

Santa Cruz may join regulatory trend for e-cigarettes
Santa Cruz Sentinel - March 24, 2014

Electronic cigarettes may join traditional tobacco in the doghouse of the city's smoke-free regulations, joining similar efforts across California and the country. The Santa Cruz City Council meets Tuesday afternoon to hear a proposed update to the city's tobacco-related ordinances.

Santa Cruz considers e-cigarette ban in public spaces
KSBW The Central Coast - March 24, 2014

Santa Cruz is looking at joining 45 other communities in California that have included electronic cigarette regulations in their smoking ordinances.

Fremont extends moratorium on e-cigarette retail stores and lounges for two years
Fremont Bulletin - March 24, 2014

Fremont City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend a temporary moratorium on e-cigarette retail stores, lounges and vapor bars that was put into effect at the council's Feb. 11 meeting. The 22- month and 15-day extension was given in order to provide staff with additional time to adequately study the issue before coming back to council with a recommendation on the city's stance on e-cigarettes. Fremont has joined cities across the Bay Area in studying the effects of electronic smoking devices. The city of Milpitas voted unanimously this Tuesday as well to ban e-smoking devices near playgrounds and city facilities and to restrict sales of e-cigarettes to those 18 years old and older, as the city already does with traditional tobacco cigarettes.

E-cigs' dangerous luring of youths
Napa Valley Register - March 24, 2014

Heres hoping Napa County teenagers and their parents are not being taken in by the e-cigarette companies hype that e-cigarettes are safe alternatives to regular cigarettes, and a great way to quit smoking. There is zero independent science to back those claims up.

Santa Clara County considers adding e-cigarettes to smoking laws
San Jose Mercury News - March 24, 2014

On Tuesday, county supervisors will consider a resolution that would add electronic vapor inhalers to current anti-tobacco ordinances. Specifically, it would outlaw use of the gadgets at county buildings, including health-care facilities, with a 30-foot no-puff zone around doors, vents and windows. It would also prohibit use in county vehicles. According to a staff report, more than 100 cities and counties in the United States -- more than 40 in California -- have placed such restrictions on electronic cigarettes.

Santa Clara County Considers E-Cigarette Regulations [VIDEO]
NBC Bay Area - March 24, 2014

Billed as a safer, cleaner way to get a nicotine fix, electronic cigarettes are gaining in popularity. But how safe they are is still up for debate. "I don't like them ...

How they voted: Meeting results for North County agencies
U-T San Diego - March 24, 2014

The Del Mar City Council on Monday directed staff to draft an ordinance that amends the municipal code to include e-cigarettes in the definition of smoking;

EDITORIAL: Local governments must restrict e-cigarettes
Fresno Bee - March 23, 2014

But this nation reached that conclusion only after decades of studies, millions of deaths from lung cancer and heart attacks, and tobacco company lies. We learned the cigarette lesson the hard way. We shouldn't repeat that with the next generation of the burning tobacco stick -- electronic cigarettes.

County Moves to Regulate E-Cigarettes
San Jose Inside (blog) - March 22, 2014

Until now, electronic cigarette users have enjoyed unfettered freedom to vape when and where they please. But Santa Clara County supervisors want to catch up with the trend and pull it under the purview of existing anti-smoking laws.

Q-Line: Up in vapor
Santa Monica Daily Press - March 22, 2014

A tenants rights group in Santa Monica is asking city officials to ban e-cigarettes, a relatively new technology that delivers nicotine in the form of a vapor instead of smoke. So, this weeks Q-Line question asks: Do you think e-cigs are dangerous and why?

Op-Ed: Will marijuana vaping escape San-Fran's e-cig ban?
DigitalJournal.com - March 22, 2014

But marijuana advocates report that rules regarding e-cigs proposed by Supervisor Eric Mars would most definitely be applied to cannabis vape pens.

San Mateo County mulls smoking ban: Ordinance would limit tobacco use inside unincorporated areas apartments, condos
San Mateo Daily Journal - March 22, 2014

Smoking inside unincorporated county apartments and condominiums could become a thing of the past under a possible prohibition being studied by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

South County cities consider e-cigarette regulations
OCRegister - March 21, 2014

Aliso Viejo looks at prohibiting smoking lounges in some areas; Laguna Niguel eyes law ... Though he does not smoke, he said he didn't want to further restrict ...

The City of Santa Monica is taking steps that could lead to the ...
Santa Monica Mirror - March 21, 2014

Over time, cigarette smoking has become heavily regulated and has formed a ... as Los Angeles from banning e-cigarette use in public places within its borders. ... which governs the European Union, reportedly passed a ban on e-cigarette ...

San Francisco Restricts E-Cigarette Sales
NACS Online - March 21, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has approved regulations that place electronic cigarettes with all other tobacco products, thus ...

Hookah lounge possible
Manteca Bulletin - March 21, 2014

It's a place for the communal smoking of flavored tobacco that is typically soaked in fruit shavings such as apples, grapes, and strawberries that's called shisba.

San Mateo County flirts with the idea of banning smoking inside ...
San Jose Mercury News-by Bonnie Eslinger - March 20, 2014

The ordinance also would ban smoking in common areas of those buildings, including hallways, paths, lobbies, courtyards, elevators, stairs, community rooms, ...

Milpitas council extends smoking ban to e-cigarettes
Milpitas Post - March 20, 2014

Milpitas council extends smoking ban to e-cigarettes ... Still, resident Robert Marini, who generally approved of banning smoking to those younger than 18, ...

Harrah's changes name, drops Rincon
Valley Roadrunner - March 20, 2014

The casino includes more than 10,703 square-feet of non-smoking gaming space and the resort offers 891 non-smoking suites and hotel rooms. Harrah's Resort ...

LA Community College District Bans E-Cigarettes
EGP News - March 20, 2014

The district's non-smoking policy, which was amended to apply to “comparable, personal, vapor-generating devices,” went into effect immediately following the ...

Proposed California bill, SB 1262, would ban marijuana ...
Daily Digest - March 20, 2014

Related products, including waxes and oils, are often used with pen vaporizers that have a very similar appearance to ordinary e-cigarettes. Tim Cromartie ...

Cops Take on 'Urban Travelers'
Santa Barbara Independent - March 20, 2014

Others have suggested that police issue citations to travelers who violate city ordinances banning smoking within 20 feet of an outdoor dining establishment or ...

Marin Voice: Others should follow CVS
Marin Independent Journal - March 19, 2014

CVS announces it will ban sales of cigarettes at its stores. ... WE APPLAUD CVS Pharmacy's leadership in banning tobacco sales from its 7,600 stores by Oct. 1. ... pushing tobacco products to make your customers sick and pushing smoking ... We still must advocate for legislation that bans tobacco sales at U.S. pharmacies.

San Francisco Supervisors Vote To Ban E-Cigarettes
SFist - March 19, 2014

Supervisor Eric Mar, who previously snuffed out fun by banning Happy Meals, ... Under Mar's bill, e-cigs and vaporizers will be banned from most public places ... their right to smoke flavored nicotine vapor pretty much anywhere they'd like.

San Francisco Is The Latest City To Restrict E-Cigarettes Under Anti ...
Huffington Post - March 19, 2014

“The ordinance would allow smoking e-cigarettes in the same places that cigarettes are allowed; prohibit them where cigarettes are prohibited; prohibit the sale ...

Electronic cigarettes added to Sunnyvale's smoking ban
San Jose Mercury News - March 19, 2014

The council declined a smoking ban in all outdoor dining areas. ... Council members directed staff to further study the effect of banning smoking near retail and ...

San Francisco approves e-cigarette regulations
Fresno Bee - March 19, 2014

San Francisco is banning the use of electronic cigarettes at bars, restaurants and businesses. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1fHpwOY ) that the city's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to treat electronic cigarettes like regular, combustible cigarettes. In addition to prohibiting their use in most public places, that means sellers will have to secure a special permit and electronic cigarettes can't be sold at pharmacies and other businesses where tobacco sales are banned

E-cigarettes to become illegal in San Francisco restaurants and bars
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - March 19, 2014

Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban e-cigarettes in San Francisco bars and restaurants (and other public places), essentially deciding to treat vaporizers like their fiery, smoky counterparts.

Del Mar City Council to consider regulating e-cigarette use
Del Mar Times - March 19, 2014

Days after neighboring Solana Beach officially adopted an ordinance that bans the use of electronic cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited, the Del Mar City Council requested staff to draft a similar ordinance. The item, which was approved 5-0, was included on the councils March 17 consent calendar.

SF supes vote for same smoking laws for e-cigarettes
San Francisco Chronicle - March 19, 2014

Smoking electronic cigarettes in bars, restaurants and businesses will soon be illegal in San Francisco, after the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to treat the relatively new product like combustible cigarettes. The legislation by Supervisor Eric Mar is intended to limit children's use of the nicotine product, which he and other supporters contend has been marketed heavily toward young people, and to protect all members of the public from the secondhand aerosol emitted by the devices, he said.

Council approves final item for development
Santa Maria Times - March 19, 2014

In other business, the City Council officially approved an ordinance that includes e-cigarettes, or vapes, in its definition of smoking, making it one of the first cities between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara to do so. The council voted for the measure at its first reading March 4.

San Francisco Supervisors Approve Legislation to Restrict E-Cigarette Use, Sales
NBC Bay Area - March 18, 2014

The practice of smoking electronic cigarettes without any restrictions may soon end in San Francisco under an ordinance unanimously approved by the city's board of supervisors on Tuesday.

So Long E-Cigs: Supes Approve Plan To Ban Devices Anywhere Traditional Cigarettes Are Prohibited
The San Francisco Appeal - March 18, 2014

The practice of smoking electronic cigarettes without any restrictions may soon end in San Francisco under an ordinance unanimously approved by the citys board of supervisors this afternoon

What do zombies, body snatchers, and the tobacco industry have in common?
UC Berkeley (blog) - March 18, 2014

Answer: Everything they are one in the same! I recently spoke to my daughters 7th grade science class on the dangers of smoking cigarettes and electronic cigarettes. Of course, I had to come up with a metaphor that would capture their attention and tell a story ZOMBIES! We can all imagine zombies trying to get into our home which we have fortified to protect us from the walking dead. The zombies are the tobacco industry. The fortified home is legislation to protect us from getting bitten and becoming one of them nicotine addicted walking dead. However, now the zombies have become body snatchers. They look normal like us, but their nicotine bite is just as addictive. The body snatchers are the tobacco industry peddling e-cigarettes.

NASCAR WEEKEND: What you need to know
San Bernardino Sun - March 18, 2014

There is a non-smoking policy as passed by San Bernardino County (Ordinance 31.0215). Auto Club Speedway offers clearly marked smoking areas away ...

Mammoth Town Council: water, pay raise, and e-smokes
Sierra Wave - March 18, 2014

Another item is back that started at the last meeting regulation of e-cigarettes. Before the Council is an amended ordinance that includes e-cigarettes in the Towns already existing tobacco regulations.

E-Cigs to Be Restricted at Los Angeles Harbor College
Patch.com - March 18, 2014

E-cigarettes will be allowed in just a few places at Los Angeles Harbor College. Patch file ... "No one should be forced to breathe the vapor e-cigarettes emit.

E-Cigs to Be Restricted at West Los Angeles College
Patch.com - March 18, 2014

Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District voted unanimously to restrict the activity, referred to as "vaping," the same way they do tobacco smoking on campus.

How they voted: City council, school board actions
U-T San Diego - March 17, 2014

The Solana Beach City Council on Wednesday continued to May 14 a hearing on a permit for a wireless cell tower at 305 S. Highway 101; conducted a hearing on and approved the Housing Element Progress Report; and held a second reading of and adopted an ordinance to ban e-cigarettes in public places.

Rancho Cordova Bans New Hookah Lounges While Reviewing E-Cig Plan [VIDEO]
CBS Local - March 17, 2014

The city of Rancho Cordova has voted to ban new hookah lounges in the city while the city reviews smoking ordinances. As e-cigarettes become more popular, cities are looking to rewrite their smoking regulations. In Rancho Cordovas case, hookah lounges could be part of those new rules.

What you need to know about Auto Club 400
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - March 17, 2014

There is a non-smoking policy as passed by San Bernardino County (Ordinance 31.0215). Auto Club Speedway offers clearly marked smoking areas away ...

E-cigarettes safe; no need for SF to ban them
San Francisco Chronicle - March 17, 2014

There's a new product on the market that offers a chance to find a workable middle ground in America's smoking debate. Called vapes, electronic cigarettes or ...

Council takes a look at e-cigs
Santa Monica Daily Press - March 16, 2014

Concerned that kids will pick up the unhealthy habit of smoking cigarettes, Councilman Bob Holbrook wants to restrict the use of the electronic version. Holbrook will ask his colleagues on the dais Tuesday to take a closer look at bans on vaping in cities like Los Angeles and New York to see if there is enough research on the health impacts of electronic cigarettes to add them to Santa Monicas comprehensive smoking restrictions, which prohibit smoking tobacco at local beaches, parks, the Third Street Promenade, restaurant patios and even inside apartments.

inFocus: This Week at The Beach (3/9-3/15) ($$)
Daily 49er (blog) - March 16, 2014

The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to categorize electronic cigarettes with tobacco products, thereby restricting the use of e-cigarettes to ...

E-cigarettes banned at San Diego County Fair
Coast News - March 16, 2014

DEL MAR Electronic cigarettes and other similar devices will not be allowed at the upcoming San Diego County Fair, which begins June 7, after the governing ...

Lynn Lauridsen: Companies working to hook kids on tobacco
Santa Cruz Sentinel - March 15, 2014

A recent front-page article detailed the launch of the statewide Healthy Retailers for a Healthy Community campaign with its goal of cutting down the sale of unhealthy products. Since federal law banned the sale of single cigarettes, tobacco companies began a focus on small cigars, or cigarillos. Cigarillos are sold as singles, often for less than a $1. Wrapped in colorful packaging, cigarillos come in flavors such as grape, chocolate and pi?olada. Also gaining popularity with youth are electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes or hookah pens). Thirty-four percent of tobacco-selling stores in Santa Cruz also sell electronic nicotine delivery devices. Like cigarillos, ENDD products come in many flavors and are heavily marketed to youth. Use among youth is rapidly on the rise with the likelihood of kids transitioning to traditional tobacco to feed their nicotine addiction.

El Cajon Council Asks Staff to Regulate E-Cigarettes and Hookah
East County Magazine - March 15, 2014

By a 4-1 vote, El Cajons City Council voted to add electronic cigarettes to the citys tobacco ordinance. The measure will also regulate hookahs. Only Mayor Bill Wells voted against the measure, calling it government overreach. The proposed regulations will next go before the citys planning commission, after which the Council will hold a public hearing.

Win River Casino goes smoke-free
KRCRTV.COM - March 14, 2014

On Friday Win River Casino in Shasta County goes smoke-free. Because the casino is ... Win River is the first urban casino to ban smoking. Copyright 2014 by ...

Sonoma eyes smoking ban on Plaza
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - March 14, 2014

The city of Sonoma is considering a smoking ban on the historic Plaza. ... its efforts to restrict secondhand smoke, Sonoma is considering banning smoking in its ...

Solana Beach City Council to consider requiring retailers of ...
Del Mar Times - March 14, 2014

After officially adopting an ordinance that bans the use of electronic cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited, the Solana Beach City Council on March 13 ..

Long Beach Bans Vaping in E-Cig Stores, Making it Most Anti-E-Cig ...
OC Weekly (blog)-by LP Hastings - March 14, 2014

In early February, Los Angeles banned the public use of e-cigs. Last week, Long Beach city council took those regulations even further and decided that no ...

Marin CVS stops sales of tobacco
Novato Advance - March 13, 2014

The rate of reduction in smoking prevalence has stalled in the past decade. ... The association explicitly stated that the ban should apply to all ... Calls for banning tobacco sales in pharmacies have also come from the American ... led by San Francisco and Boston, have banned the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.

E-cigarettes: How should they be regulated? Local experts say ...
Times-Standard - March 13, 2014

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that simulate tobacco smoking ... their city ordinances to treat e-cigarettes like commercial cigarettes, Moerner said. ... and can't be used anywhere where there's already a smoking ordinance in place.

Santa Maria reins in e-cigs
Santa Maria Sun - March 13, 2014

Cigars, cigarillos, and electronic cigarettes in mint, chocolate, and gummy bear flavors hang out next to Snickers bars, Sour Patch Kids, and Altoids at the front ...

King of the Vapes: Kevin Drake
OC Weekly-by LP Hastings - March 13, 2014

He's the owner of e-liquid company Drake's Vapes, but the thin, 34-year-old with bright blue eyes doesn't resemble a bro blowing obnoxious plumes of smoke in ...

Happy Wanderer: San Mateo County's coast offers trip back in time
Oakland Tribune - March 12, 2014

And you can smoke in a double-decker English bus. ... are two bright red double-decker buses, which Palmer set aside for smoking when it was banned indoors.

Davis City Council discusses impact of e-cigarettes [VIDEO]
KCRA Sacramento - March 12, 2014

As electronic cigarettes become more popular, cities across California are clamping down on their use in public. The Davis City Council discussed the issue at its meeting Tuesday night.
Restaurants like Bistro 33 banned e-cigarettes as soon as they started becoming popular. What little smell they do have, we still get complaints about it, so wed rather not have it in general, bartender Matt Padilla said. So far, research on the health impact of e-cigarettes has been inconclusive. Another concern is enforcement," said Kelly Stachowicz, the deputy city manager of Davis. "E-cigarettes are made to look like and replicate conventional cigarettes." Depending on the nature of a ban if the city decides to move forward enforcement could be similar to smoking, with mainly restaurants and businesses cracking down.

Cerritos council to consider ban on e-cigarettes use at city facilities
Long Beach Press-Telegram - March 12, 2014

The use of electronic cigarettes in all city-owned or operated facilities might be prohibited by May. Council members will consider an ordinance on Thursday that would ban the use of e-cigarettes in public areas, such as parks and the Civic Center grounds.

E-cigarette use increasingly snuffed out
U-T San Diego - March 12, 2014

Government agencies are increasingly snuffing out vaping or puffing on electronic cigarettes in public spaces. On Tuesday, the Del Mar Fairgrounds board and the El Cajon City Council approved restricting their use. Solana Beach, Vista, Carlsbad, Poway, La Mesa, Encinitas and Lemon Grove also have or are set to include e-cigs in their smoking-control ordinances.

Fair board bans e-cigs, hears from opponents of elephant rides
Del Mar Times - March 12, 2014

Dont plan on firing up an e-cigarette after downing a cinnamon roll, deep-fried Twinkie or slice of chocolate-covered bacon at this years San Diego County Fair. The board that oversees the state-owned fairgrounds voted unanimously at its meeting on Tuesday, March 11, to ban the use of e-cigarettes and other similar devices during the San Diego County Fair. Last year, the 22nd District Agricultural Association board outlawed smoking tobacco cigarettes during the fair.
About 10 people spoke in favor of the e-cigarette ban at Tuesdays meeting, and there were no speakers against the action. I just encourage the board to seriously consider banning e-cigs, said Ray McEdward, who said his asthma is aggravated by the vapor from the electronic devices. Theyre not the harmless items everyone thinks they are.

County moves to regulate e-smoking devices
fox5sandiego.com - March 12, 2014

SAN DIEGO The Board of Supervisors today took two actions intended to limit the use of electronic-smoking devices.

Seal Beach council restricts new smoke, e-cigarette shops
OCRegister - March 11, 2014

SEAL BEACH New smoke shops, including places that sell electronic cigarettes, will only be able to operate in commercial zones under an ordinance approved Monday. The City Council voted unanimously to update the citys zoning code and implement the restrictions.

SUPERVISORS VOTE TO REGULATE E-CIGARETTES AND VAPING DEVICES
East County Magazine - March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014 (San Diego) Citing health concerns, Supervisors today voted 3-1 to regulate electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. In addition, a proposal to ban these devices in all County buildings will be brought before the Council in May. Supervisor Bill Horn voted against the measure and Supervisor Ron Roberts was absent.

El Cajon regulates use, sales of e-cigarettes
U-T San Diego - March 11, 2014

EL CAJON While not snuffed out entirely, e-cigarettes took a hit at Tuesday's El Cajon City Council meeting when the council voted 4-1 to amend the Municipal Code so that regulations about usage and sale of the devices are the same as those that apply to tobacco and smoking. Additionally, a license to sell vapor products will now be required, as is currently the case with tobacco. Businesses that primarily sell electronic/vapor inhalation products also will need a conditional use permit, a requirement that now applies to smoke shops. Minors are prohibited from buying and using e-cigarettes and similar products.

E-cigarettes may be 'toxic,' UCR researchers say
Highlander Newspaper - March 11, 2014

UCR professor of cell biology Dr. Prue Talbot and her team discovered the chemicals used to refill electronic vapor cigarettes (e-cigarettes) may be more harmful than tobacco cigarettes. Her team discovered that electronic vapor requires a consumer to take deeper breaths which may potentially draw in harmful chemicals to fragile parts of the lungs, as opposed to a tobacco cigarette that burns on the other end, allowing the consumer less inhalation. Our earlier studies with electronic cigarette refill fluids showed that some of these products were toxic to both mouse neural stem cells, (and) human embryonic stem cells as well as to adult lung cells, she said in a UC press release

Can people smoke e-cigarettes on base?
Ventura County Star - March 11, 2014

Question: I have noticed the rise in popularity of electronic cigarettes around the base. Is there an instruction or policy that describes the specifics on where people can use them on base? Answer: Thank you for allowing me to address what is an area of great interest. We do not have an instruction specific to Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) because higher-level instructions are clear. Tobacco use inside facilities controlled by the Department of the Navy is prohibited by SECNAVINST 5100.13E, Navy and Marine Corps Tobacco Policy. There are a few exceptions, such as personal housing units. The Food and Drug Administration classifies e-cigarettes as tobacco products, and as such they fall under this restriction.

Davis Takes Up E-Cigarettes at City Council Meeting
KFBK - March 11, 2014

They are touted as a way to quit smoking, but cities are showing no love for the e-cigarette. As sales of e-cigarettes are skyrocketing, cities are looking to expand ... According to the Sacramento Bee, Rancho Cordova is the latest city to label them as cigarettes and ban them accordingly from indoor, public places and so on. Roseville and Folsom are also looking at implementing the same types of bans and Davis will take up the issue of e-cigarettes at their city council meeting tonight.

LA City Council: Is the War Against E-Cigs About Lost of Tax ...
City Watch - March 11, 2014

Although electronic smoking devices are no more cigarettes than strollers are bicycles, the City of Los Angeles is moving to reclassify vaporizers as tobacco products that cannot be used indoors, at restaurants or in public parks. Mayor Eric Garcetti now has ten days to decide whether a product that contains no tobacco whatsoever should be regulated as a tobacco product.

Dr. Jandial: Unknown Science of E-Cigarettes [VIDEO]
KTLA-TV (Los Angeles, CA) - March 11, 2014

Surgeon and scientist Dr. Rahul Jandial joined us live to talk about the debate over the potential dangers of electronic cigarettes. Los Angeles recently joined a growing list of cities that have banned electronic cigarettes in most public places

Is Santa Monica next to rein in e-cigs?
Santa Monica Daily Press - March 10, 2014

That's a fraction of the tobacco cigarette market roughly $100 billion per year but ... kids and believe they will encourage them to pick up tobacco cigarettes at some point. ... In liquor stores adults can purchase alcohol with cherry flavoring.

Berkeley City Council explores restriction of flavored tobacco sales near schools
Daily Californian - March 10, 2014

Following a proposal approved by Berkeley City Council last month, the city of Berkeley is looking into the possibility of restricting the sale of flavored tobacco near schools. At its Feb. 25 meeting, the council unanimously passed a recommendation that asks city staff to explore creating a 500-foot radius from schools in which stores would be banned from selling flavored tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigarillos and cigar wraps.

Bitcoin is beyond understanding, but e-cigs might be worth a try
Los Angeles Times - March 10, 2014

I feel out of the cultural loop these days, as I try to follow the news. I can't wrap my mind around bitcoins and I'm not sure what an e-cig is.

Devil's Advocate: Why there shouldn't be a ban on e-cigarettes
The Daily Titan - March 10, 2014

Last week, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban vaping anywhere that smoking is banned. This means e-cigarettes, including vaporizer pens, will not be allowed in bars, clubs, beaches, parks, restaurants and other places where smoking is prohibited.

Devil's Advocate: Los Angeles ban on vaporizers in public places protects children from the temptation
The Daily Titan - March 10, 2014

Over the past few years, the popularity of the e-cigarette, or vaporizer, has grown dramatically. E-cigarettes have been advertised and thought of as a less harmful alternative to traditional smoking. However, growing concerns about this popular trend have arisen among the most popular cities in America, including New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Bill Murray's champagne hangover hack; LA e-cig ban upsets secret weed smokers
The Oregonian - March 10, 2014

Cotton Candy smoke: The recent ban on nicotine vaporizers in Los Angeles restaurants and bars has ticked off an unexpected demographic: folks who use e-cigs to secretly smoke weed in public. (LA Weekly)

E-cigarettes face restrictions as cities update smoking ordinances
Sacramento Bee - March 10, 2014

Electronic cigarettes, touted as a smokeless alternative to regular cigarettes, are coming under increased scrutiny as cities and counties consider applying the same restrictions to e-cigarettes as to their tobacco counterparts. At a workshop last week, the Rancho Cordova City Council was unanimous in directing staff members to treat e-cigarettes like regular cigarettes as they draft amendments to city code sections governing smoking.

Lighting up debate on e-smoking
Lompoc Record March 9, 2014

When it comes to electronic cigarettes, and where people can smoke 'em, the Santa Maria City Council may have stepped one toke over the line. Santa Maria isn't the first city to ban the electronic smokes, and it won't be the last. ... so eliminating them greatly reduces the risk of smoking-related cancers.

Statewide survey: flavored alcohol and tobacco marketed to kids
San Ramon Express - March 9, 2014

Public health agencies throughout the Bay Area and the state have unveiled a new campaign based on the idea that people are only as healthy as the offerings at their nearest store. Health advocates hope the findings reveal how easy it is for kids to find flavored tobacco, alcohol and junk food at their neighborhood stores.

Council to include e-cigarettes in tobacco restrictions
Sierra Wave - March 9, 2014

What sounded like a good thing at first, has turned into a warning from health officials. Electronic or e-cigarettes are now thought to actually encourage smoking instead of help to stop the habit. The Town of Mammoth joined with many other cities in a vote to include e-cigarettes in the Towns tobacco restriction ordinance. Where you cant smoke, you cant smoke e-cigarettes either.

Seal Beach council may restrict e-cigarette, smoke shops
OCRegister - March 9, 2014

The City Council on Monday will consider restricting where new e-cigarette businesses and smoke shops can be located.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT REPORT: VET SERVICES, E-CIGARETTES ...
East County Magazine - March 9, 2014

In addition, Supervisors will also be discussing possible regulation of e-cigarettes. El Cajons City Council on Tuesday will hear a staff report and comments from the public on regulating electronic cigarettes and hookahs. The Council is expected to then direct the City manager to prepare amendments to broaden the Citys tobacco definition to allow regulation of these items, as well as a cost recovery program for licensing inspections of tobacco and smoke shops.

Yolo County enters debate over e-cigarettes with Davis addressing possible ban
Daily Democrat March 9, 2014

Yolo County officials are among many throughout the state warning about electronic cigarettes, especially their marketing to kids. But others may wonder why the devices are being regulated. So far, there are minimal rules prohibiting e-cigarette use in Yolo County -- UC Davis bans them, as do others in the University of California system -- but that could soon change. The Davis council will be the first city to address e-cigarettes at its meeting Tuesday. If the council decides to move forward, the city's current ban on tobacco use in public places could include e-cigs. One of the reasons why Davis is considering this issue is there is "confusion about where smoking is allowed/prohibited" since currently e-cigarettes can be used where traditional cigarettes cannot, according to the council's agenda. The devices create a nicotine vapor that's inhaled although some have no nicotine. Confusion about where e-cigs can be used may also lead to Yolo County soon prohibiting use of the vapor devices in county buildings, according to Steve Jensen, coordinator for the Tobacco Education Program...

Tipoff: Was LA too much for Villaraigosa?
Los Angeles Daily News-by Rick Orlov - March 9, 2014

Councilman Mike Bonin noted he was once a two-pack-a-day smoker but gave up the habit some 20 years ago. He urged the council to explore some exemptions to the e-cig regulations. The question comes down to if someone is vaping, how does that affect me, Bonin said. The problem here is we are trying to prove a negative.

Cigarillos, alcopops marketed to area youth, health officials say
Martinez News-Gazette - March 8, 2014

... County sell non-cigarette tobacco products with youth-friendly flavors like watermelon, ... The candy flavoring makes the tobacco more palatable to a new smoker, and the ... Students also spoke about the overwhelming effects of advertising of the ... The findings also show that electronic cigarettes are widely available in ...

Good week for Chevron, bad week for e-cigarettes
San Francisco Chronicle March 8, 2014

San Francisco might soon follow suit with proposed restrictions that treat e-cigs the same as tobacco.

Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association Sponsors IMPROOF Movement Presentation "Save Vape LA" Rally at Pershing Square in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 8 at 1:30 PM Featuring Herbert Gilbert, Inventor of the Electronic Cigarette
E-Cigarette Supporters and Civil Libertarians Rally to Preserve the Right to Vape in Los Angeles
EIN News (press release) - March 8, 2014

In response to the Los Angeles City Council's decision to ban vaping in public places, the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) will sponsor the Save Vape LA rally presented by the IMPROOF Movement. The rally will provide an opportunity for the community to support the right to use personal electronic vaporizing units (PEVUs) in public places throughout the City of Los Angeles. The event will include free t-shirts, keynote speakers and an opportunity to give a #IMPROOF testimonial at the media wall. ...

Now That Vaping Has Been Banned, Some Aren't Too Happy
LA Weekly - March 7, 2014

Now I'm gonna have to go back to smoking bowls in the alley outside the bar." ... He feels like the ban is a good idea, because he gets the impression vaping is ...

Letters: LA's curbs on e-cigarettes
Los Angeles Times - March 7, 2014

It's good that the council voted to treat e-cigarettes just like tobacco, but Los Angeles remains far behind other cities in protecting nonsmoking apartment renters ...

San Francisco Poised to Severely Restrict E-Cigarettes
KQED (blog) - March 7, 2014

“The VA Medical Center recommended I try e-cigarettes to stop smoking,” Michael Barger said during public ... Long Beach then passed a stricter ordinance, also banning shops and “vaping” lounges. Richmond passed a ban in December. ...

City staff proposes smoking ordinance in designated areas
Patterson Irrigator-by Nick Rappley - March 5, 2014

A heated eight month debate over how to regulate smoking in parks seemingly reached an ... 26 at a Town Hall meeting on the proposed smoking ban in parks.

The 2014 Session Of The California Legislature
Mondaq News Alerts (registration) - March 7, 2014

Under state law, the sale of e-cigarettes to minors has been prohibited since ... there are at least two bills addressing the statewide use of e-cigarettes in the ...

Banning begins to attract downtown businesses
The Record Gazette - March 7, 2014

...Banning, being a long ways from Fullerton, was a prime location for the e-cigarette retailer, because “From Palm Springs to Yucaipa, there's no one else” selling ...

Study faults marketing near schools
Fresno Business Journal - March 7, 2014

E-cigarettes are also of concern. Products ... Also in Fresno County, 86 percent of surveyed stores sell flavored tobacco products and are located near schools.

Save LA Vape Rally
SFATA (Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association) - March 6, 2014

E-Cigarette Advertising May Go Up in Smoke
Consumer Eagle - March 6, 2014

Alarmed by a booming e-cigarette industry and its bold marketing practices, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) last week proposed S. 2047, the “Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act,” a bill that would curb advertising of the product, especially to teens and young adults. ... That distinction has also allowed electronic cigarettes not to be classified with tobacco cigarettes for regulatory purposes, said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. ... “It’s creating a new generation addicted to nicotine, because electronic cigarettes are designed to be appealing to youth and young adults,” Hallett said. The solution is to extend the tobacco cigarette restrictions to electronic cigarettes, she said. “Electronic cigarettes contain nicotine,” Hallett said. “They look like cigarettes and should be treated just like tobacco cigarettes. They are electronic cigarettes.”...

ORDINANCE NO. 26 / AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LONG BEACH AMENDING THE LONG BEACH MUNICIPAL CODE BY AMENDING CHAPTERS 5.81 AND 8.68 RELATING TO ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES AND SIMILAR DEVICES
Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (UCSF) - March 6, 2014

It is the intent of the City Council, in enacting this Chapter, to encourage responsible tobacco retailing and to discourage violations of tobacco-related laws, especially those which prohibit or discourage the sale or distribution of tobacco and nicotine...

LA City Council showboats on e-cigarettes — the wrong target ...
Los Angeles Daily News - March 6, 2014

The Food & Drug Administration has yet to determine whether e-cigarettes, the smoking cessation devices, are effective, dangerous or a little bit of each. But the ...

Los Angeles City Council Votes to Treat Much-Safer E-Cigarettes ...
Somewhat Reasonable - Heartland Institute (blog) - March 6, 2014

The science is very well developed on the dangers of smoking [tobacco ... “This ban will be directly responsible for some former smokers going back to smoking ...

New Ban Means E-Cigarettes Should Go Up in Smoke in LA
Newswise (press release) - March 6, 2014

“E-cigarettes have rapidly grown in popularity, yet there is much left to learn about their potential health impact and potential utility as a way to help smokers quit ...

Los Angeles Follows Trend, Bans E-Cigs
Counsel & Heal - March 6, 2014

Los Angeles' decision follows the popular nationwide trend of banning e-cigarettes from ... So far, Boston and Chicago have also decided to make smoking an ...

As for smoke-free shopping
Chico News & Review - March 6, 2014

A recent survey of local businesses found that many grocery stores are not in compliance with the city's smoke-free entryways law. In fall of 2012, the Chico City ...

E-cigarettes will face increased regulations
Daily Trojan Online - March 6, 2014

Former and non-smokers alike, however, have found solace in e-cigarettes, ... to treat e-cigarettes like regular cigarettes — essentially banning their use in parks, ... “I don't see a good reason as to why this would be banned from public areas ... five states already include e-cigarettes in their anti-smoking bans, and New York ...

Backlash to LA's E-Cig Ban
CSPnet.com - March 5, 2014

“Regarding banning the use of vapor products, R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. believes ... should be allowed to use the product in places where smoking is banned.” While Smith said Reynolds would support bans in schools and childcare facilities, ...

Los Angeles To Restrict E-Cigarette Use
Here And Now - March 5, 2014

Main reason government doesn't like e-cigs is that they haven't figured out ... I've been tobacco free since 1/10/14 and could not have done it without my e-cigs.

E-cigarette sales higher in Lake County than state
Lake County Record-Bee - March 5, 2014

LAKEPORT -- New data reveals that Lake County ranks higher than the state in percentage of stores that sell e-cigarettes. The finding is part of new data ...

Unhealthy Marketing To Kids
MyMotherLode.com - March 5, 2014

Forty percent of stores in Tuolumne County reported sell e-cigarettes and 90% of stores selling tobacco also sell chewing tobacco. The survey found that in ...

Public health officials express alarm over the sale of tobacco, e ...
Merced Sun-Star - March 5, 2014

Also alarming public health officials is the finding that e-cigarettes are widely available in Sacramento County retail outlets. More than 62 percent of the stores ...

Mammoth Town Council: MLTC salaries, e-cigs, and crime trends
Sierra Wave - March 5, 2014

...The salary for a Mammoth Town Council member equals $300 per month and has since the Town incorporated in 1984. In a report from the Town ...

Los Angeles Supports Ban on E-Cigarettes in Night Clubs ...
Franchise Herald - March 5, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council approved of a new ban on electronic cigarettes, ... Councilman Joe Buscaino spoke of a relative who, after years of smoking, ...

LA Bans E-Cigarette Use In Public Places, Following Nationwide ...
Huffington Post - March 5, 2014

The ban is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti in a few days ... The 62-year-old councilman admitted that he had started smoking when he was ...

Will San Francisco's E-Cigarette Ban Extend To Marijuana Vaporizers?
San Francisco Weekly - March 5, 2014

With strict rules on cigarette smoking at ATMs and in front of bars, San Francisco is not a tobacco town -- but marijuana is getting special treatment at City Hall. San Francisco lawmakers are taking care to protect the rights of cannabis consumers, so

70% of LA area stores market junk food, tobacco and alcohol, survey says
Los Angeles Times - March 5, 2014

Public health officials Wednesday called a new survey that found 70% of stores in Los Angeles County market tobacco, alcohol and junk food to consumers troubling, especially given that many neighborhoods lack alternatives to make healthier choices. Mean

Survey finds e-cigarettes, tobacco products easily available to kids in Yolo County stores
Woodland (CA) Daily Democrat - March 5, 2014

Yolo County has more stores selling flavored tobacco products than other areas in the state, and more of these stores are near schools. These findings are part of a statewide survey on the availability and marketing of tobacco, alcohol and both unhealthy...

LA City Council Votes To Ban Use Of E-Cigarettes In Public Places
The Consumerist - March 5, 2014

L.A.'s City Council voted yesterday to ban the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping in public places like restaurants, bars, nightclubs and elsewhere, after mulling over ...

E-Cigarette Ban: Los Angeles Moves to Prohibit Vapor Device
Newsmax.com - March 5, 2014

E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, are battery-powered, tobacco-free devices that allow users to inhale vapor produced from a heated, flavored nicotine juice ...

E-cigarette ban for Los Angeles
BBC News - March 5, 2014

Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in the city's restaurants, bars, nightclubs and public spaces.

Debate over new e-cigarette restrictions gets personal at LA City Hall [VIDEO]
Los Angeles Times - March 5, 2014

Frustrated by the lack of federal data on electronic cigarettes, the debate among Los Angeles City Council members Tuesday over whether to restrict their use quickly turned personal. Members of the council -- which ultimately voted to treat e-cigarettes just the same as regular cigarettes, banning their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces -- recounted their own experiences and struggles with smoking, adding to a passionate debate at the hearing. Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, who pushed for the new restrictions, recalled his days breathing secondhand smoke as a waiter in a downtown restaurant. Martinez, who sided with O'Farrell, described her husband's unsuccessful battle to quit smoking. Five states and the District of Columbia have already included e-cigarettes in anti-smoking bans or moved to restrict where they can be used. Last year, New York City passed an ordinance applying traditional anti-smoking rules to e-cigarettes and Chicago recently moved to prohibit vaping in bars, restaurants and most indoor public places.

LA Now Live: Discuss new e-cigarette restrictions enacted in LA
Los Angeles Times - March 5, 2014

Join Times staff writer David Zahniser for a L.A. Now Live discussion at 1 p.m. today on the decision by city officials to treat e-cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes and ban their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces.

Cities Take The Lead In Regulating Electronic Cigarettes
WMKY - March 5, 2014

Count Los Angeles as the latest big city to say no to electronic cigarettes. The City Council there voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban use of the devices, which release vaporized nicotine, in almost all public places, including bars, workplaces and beaches. If the mayor signs the ordinance, L.A. will follow New York and Chicago in restricting use of e-cigs, much as they do old-fashioned, smoke-producing cigarettes. San Francisco is considering a ban, too.

Los Angeles bans e-cigarettes in most public places [VIDEO]
CBS News - March 5, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to ban electronic cigarettes, or "vaping," from most public areas, in line with the restrictions already in place on other tobacco products. "Although we believe the final decision was made in the absence of credible science, it was a more reasonable and sensible approach than the original proposal," the company said. "NJOY remains concerned, however, that banning e-cigarette use in public places could deter current tobacco smokers from using the products and thus disserves public health."

Los Angeles Bans Public Use of E-Cigarettes
Convenience Store Decisions - March 5, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday, March 4, to ban the use of electronic cigarettes from restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public, Reuters ...

E-cigarettes banned in public places in Los Angeles
Fox 28 - March 5, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban electronic cigarettes in some areas of the city. The unanimous vote made Tuesday changes city code to include ...

LA Bans E-Cigarettes In Public Places
The Inquisitr - March 5, 2014

Electronic cigarettes are not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration. According to the FDA, potential health hazards have not been fully studied.

Los Angeles Oks workplace ban on e-cigarette use
KRNV My News 4 - March 5, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles City Council has moved to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in workplaces and public areas. City News Service says ...

LA E-Cigarette Ban in Bars, Clubs Burns Some
LA Weekly - March 5, 2014

Following the L.A. City Council's decision yesterday to ban e-cigarettes at the same places where smoking is prohibited, including, clubs, bars and restaurants (not to mention parks, beaches, markets and many office buildings), some nightlife denizens are outraged.

Is the War Against E-Cigs About Loss of Tax Revenue?
Fox and Hounds Daily - March 5, 2014

Although electronic smoking devices are no more cigarettes than strollers are bicycles, the City of Los Angeles is moving to reclassify vaporizers as tobacco products that cannot be used indoors, at restaurants or in public parks. Mayor Eric Garcetti now has ten days to decide whether a product that contains no tobacco whatsoever should be regulated as a tobacco product.

L.A. City Council Approves Ban to All But Snuff Out E-Cigarettes
Slate Magazine (blog) - March 5, 2014

If the Los Angeles City Council gets its way, e-cigarettes will be banned from restaurants, bars, workplaces, parks, beaches and other public spaces. If signed ...

City Council extends smoking regulations to e-cigarettes
Santa Maria Times - March 5, 2014

The Santa Maria City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday to include e-cigarettes, or vapes, in its public smoking ban. The vote was unanimous and makes Santa Maria the second city between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara to explicitly define e-cigarettes in the same way as regular ones.

Los Angeles Extends Smoking Ban to E-Cigs
TIME (blog) - March 5, 2014

Los Angeles has become the the third major U.S. city, after New York and Chicago, to ban e-cigarettes from public spaces.

Foster City explores expanded smoking regulations
San Francisco Examiner - March 5, 2014

Foster City leaders are working to draft a new ordinance in the weeks ahead to broaden the definition of smoking and further restrict the places where lighting up is permitted. At a recent study session requested by the City Council, Foster City residents voiced concerns ranging from the negative effects of secondhand smoke to the impact legislation might have on personal liberties and private businesses in the area. Under the expanded initiative, all outdoor public places will likely be designated nonsmoking, as will a number of quasi-public outdoor spaces such as parking lots and sidewalks, including those in front of single-family homes and within privately owned, multiunit residential complexes. Electronic cigarettes and hookahs would be added to an expanded definition of smoking, which currently includes "any lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, weed, plant or other combustible substance."

Los Angeles City Council Votes to Treat Much-Safer E-Cigarettes Just Like Dangerous Tobacco Cigarettes
National Center for Public Policy Research - March 5, 2014

Los Angeles, CA / Washington, D.C. - In a closer vote than expected, the Los Angeles City Council today voted not to carve out an exception for bars in that city's new ban on public vaping (the use of e-cigarettes, which emit smokeless vapor). National Center for Public Policy Research Risk Analysis Director Jeff Stier testified at the hearing, encouraging the council members not to vote to ban all public vaping in Los Angeles, including in bars, where children are banned.

Treat e-cigarettes just like the real kind
San Francisco Chronicle - March 4, 2014

Outrageous as such a slogan may sound, today we may be facing a similar situation with e-cigarettes, the latest incarnation of "nicotine sticks" to hit the market.

LA bans e-cigarettes in parks, restaurants and workplaces
Los Angeles Times - March 4, 2014

E-cigarettes have been promoted as a safer alternative to cancer-causing tobacco products that can wean heavy smokers off their habit. But on Tuesday, Los Angeles officials joined a growing list of cities that treat e-cigarettes just the same as regular cigarettes, banning their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces.

"Vaping" Banned in LA Bars and Restaurants [VIDEO]
MyFox Los Angeles - March 4, 2014

I can see how some feel there's something that smells about the Los Angeles City Council going on the crusade against water vapor. Yes, water vapor infused with nicotine but still, vapor that dissipates faster than you can say "Second-hand smoke." That's just it; it's not smoke. The vapor may be deceiving but it doesn't smell, doesn't stay in the air and hasn't been proven to carry all of the carcinogens that cigarettes do. That's because nothing is burning. Many of the toxins that damage lungs come from the smoke. If nicotine was the issue, the FDA last year would not have said that smokers who are trying to quit can safely use over the counter nicotine gum.

LA Council Passes E-Cig Restrictions
Los Angeles Business Journal - March 4, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to ban smoking of electronic cigarettes at all public buildings and restaurants, as well as at parks, playgrounds, ...

LA City Council Unanimously Bans Vaping In Public Places
Forbes - March 4, 2014

As expected, the Los Angeles City Council today voted unanimously to ban vaping everywhere that smoking is banned, including indoor workplaces and outdoor locations such as parks, beaches, and restaurant patios. Although one of the main rationales for the ban is that children might confuse e-cigarettes with the real thing and mistakenly conclude that smoking is not so bad after all, an amendment that would have exempted bars and other establishments that are open only to adults was defeated by a vote of 8 to 6. In a generous concession, the city will allow people to vape in vaping lounges, in e-cigarette stores, and on stage for theatrical purposes....

CANYON LAKE: Council ponders hookah lounge ban
Press-Enterprise - March 4, 2014

There are no commercial smoking dens known as hookah lounges in Canyon Lake and there wont be if the City Council passes a law Wednesday, March 5, prohibiting them. Council members are scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Canyon Lake Municipal Building, 31516 Railroad Canyon Road in the Canyon Lake Town Center. Bonner said that in addition to the threat to the smokers themselves, secondhand smoke, including potential seepage from a hookah lounge into neighboring businesses, threatens nonsmoking residents.

L.A. City Council to vote on measure to restrict e-cigarette 'vaping'
Los Angeles Times March 4, 2014

The L.A. City Council is expected vote Tuesday on a proposal to treat e-cigarettes like conventional cigarettes and prohibit them in nearly every workplace and many outdoor spaces.
Lobbyists for the e-cigarette industry have been pushing back, and want to secure exemptions for establishments where "vaping" -- taking a drag of flavored nicotine vapor from an e-cigarette -- is increasingly popular.

Los Angeles City Council considers restrictions on e-cigarettes
Los Angeles Daily News - March 4, 2014

LOS ANGELES - E-cigarette use -- often called vaping -- would be banned at bars, nightclubs, restaurants and some other public areas under an ordinance to be taken up by the Los Angeles City Council today.

LA City Council To Consider E-Cigarette Restrictions In Public Areas
CBS Local - March 4, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday morning will consider an ordinance that would ban E-cigarette use at bars, nightclub, restaurants and other public areas. The ordinance would also restrict the sale and use of the device in smoking clubs to adults 18 and older. While some researchers have found e-cigarettes to be less harmful to smokers' heart function than regular tobacco cigarettes, studies have found the devices to ...

LA City Council to Vote on Public Use of E-Cigarettes
NBC Southern California - March 4, 2014

The City Council has already begun regulating e-cigarettes. In late 2013, the council unanimously approved a measure that regulated the sale of e-cigarettes, ...

LA Poised to Limit $1.5 Billion E-Cigarette Industry
Businessweek - March 4, 2014

Los Angeles is poised to join New York and Chicago in banning the use of electronic cigarettes in workplaces, restaurants and many public areas, threatening the growth of an industry segment that reached $1.5 billion in sales last year.

S.F. Supervisor Eric Mar crafts plan to regulate e-cig use
San Francisco Chronicle - March 4, 2014

Thirty-one years ago, UCSF researcher Stanton Glantz helped push a San Francisco law to curb smoking in the workplace, pioneering legislation that set the stage for some of the strictest antitobacco laws in the nation. Now, he's hoping to expand those laws to electronic cigarettes.

Santa Maria City Council to consider electronic cigarette ban
KSBY San Luis Obispo News - March 4, 2014

The Santa Maria City Council will consider a proposal Tuesday night that bans the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces.

Los Angeles Looks To Join The Growing List Of Cities Banning Smoking E-Cigarettes Indoors
ThinkProgress - March 4, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council is expected to pass a sweeping electronic cigarette regulation bill on Tuesday that would treat the increasingly popular products like traditional tobacco, banning their use in bars, restaurants, workplaces, and designated public areas.

How they voted: Results from local government meetings
U-T San Diego - March 3, 2014

The Solana Beach City Council on Wednesday approved a conditional use permit for a craft beer bottle shop and tap room at 437 S. Highway 101; introduced an ordinance to include e-cigarettes in the definition of cigarettes so the devices are banned in places where smoking already is prohibited; and set a public hearing date for April 23 to consider a sewer charge increase.

SF considering tough restrictions on E-cigarettes
KTVU San Francisco - March 3, 2014

This common sense ordinance, as proposed, would allow smoking e-cigarettes in the same places that cigarettes are allowed, prohibit them where cigarettes ...

San Francisco Ready To Crack Down on E-Cigarettes
NBC Bay Area - March 3, 2014

San Francisco lawmakers want to crack down on e-cigarettes, and place the near-ubiquitous tobacco vaporizers under the same set of laws that govern ...

SF Supervisor Wants E-Cigarettes Regulated Like Other Tobacco Products [AUDIO]
CBS Local - March 3, 2014

San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar planned to introduce legislation Monday to regulate the use and sale of electronic-cigarettes in the city. The legislation would restrict the sale and use of e-cigarettes in the same way as other tobacco products, such as where they can be smoked and only sold to those 18 and over...

Supervisors propose regulations on electronic cigarettes
San Francisco Examiner - March 3, 2014

San Francisco supervisors plan to announce legislation this morning to regulate electronic cigarettes, increasingly popular particularly among teenagers, in the same way that The City regulates tobacco. The proposed ordinance, sponsored by Supervisor Eric Mar and co-authored by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Supervisor John Avalos, would amend The Citys health code to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes where smoking is not allowed, require a tobacco permit for selling e-cigarettes and prohibit the sale of the devices where the sale of tobacco is prohibited. E-cigarettes deliver lower levels of toxins than conventional cigarettes, but they still deliver some toxins, according to a report on e-cigarettes by UC San Francisco in December. The proposed ordinance seeks measures similar to those that have been instituted in Chicago, New York, Seattle, Boston and the nearby city of Richmond. The three supervisors, along with Tobacco Free Coalition members and UCSF researchers, will announce the legislation at 11 a.m. today at City Hall.

San Francisco Officials Propose Controversial Regulations On E-Cigarettes
The Inquisitr - March 3, 2014

Following in the footsteps of New Yorks former Mayor Bloomberg, San Francisco Supervisors plan to announce Monday morning a proposal to add e-cigarettes to restrictions already in place against tobacco smoking. The measure is at least partially motivated by concerns that teens are being targeted by companies, while the jury is out on the safety of e-cigarettes.

Council to discuss extending smoking bans to e-cigarettes
Devices are less harmful, but still pollute air, expert says
Santa Maria Times - March 3, 2014

The Santa Maria City Council will vote on an ordinance Tuesday to extend the same bans it currently has on smoking to include e-cigarettes. The ordinance, which includes several updates to the municipal code, would mean that e-cigarettes couldnt be smoked in enclosed public spaces, inside city buildings or within 20 feet of them. Some could argue no, theyre not (cigarettes) and so they could do that in the library and in the council chambers, and we prohibit smoking in those types of places, City Manager Rick Haydon said. He said that the move is meant to clarify the law in the face of developing technology and substances, including synthetic marijuana.

Santa Maria considering e-cigarette ban
Cal Coast News - March 3, 2014

The Central Coast may have a new trend-setting city in the implementation of smoking restrictions. On Tuesday, the Santa Maria City Council will consider adopting an e-cigarette ban. The city has already banned smoking in most public places, but the restrictions do not apply to e-cigarettes.

San Francisco supervisors to consider e-cigarette restrictions
abc7news.com - March 2, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A San Francisco supervisor is set to officially unveil a measure Monday that would put restrictions on the use and sale of e-cigarettes ...

Our View: E-cigarettes should not be marketed to kids
Modesto Bee - March 1, 2014

There is a growing debate about the health dangers of e-cigarettes, and whether they help smokers kick the habit or lead to more nicotine addiction. But it ought to be beyond dispute that the lookalike, feel-alike devices should not be marketed to children. Wednesday, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California and three other senators introduced a bill to ban ads and other marketing that targets kids and teens.

AV Council approves smoking ban
Victorville Daily Press - February 28, 2014

APPLE VALLEY -Resident Tara Lloyd says her family will be able to breathe easier after the Town Council approved a smoking ban at public parks. On March ...

City Council doesn't see e-cigarettes same as the real thing
Moorpark Acorn - February 28, 2014

Local entrepreneurs hoping to capitalize on the growing popularity of e-cigarettes and open a store in Moorpark won't face the same hurdles as traditional ...

Our View: E-cigarettes should not be marketed to kids
Merced Sun-Star - February 27, 2014

John Hartigan, right, proprietor of Vapeology LA, sits behind an array of electronic cigarettes at his store in Los Angeles. REED SAXON — The Associated Press ...

E-cigarette marketing must be geared away from youth
Daily Trojan Online - February 27, 2014

Though electronic cigarettes are a hot trend, one thing is for sure: They shouldn't be on the rise among youth. On Wednesday, five U.S. senators introduced ...

San Diego City Council moves forward with electronic cigarette ...
San Diego 6 - February 27, 2014

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Members of the City Council's Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee Wednesday directed staff to develop regulations for ...

In the club
Sacramento News & Review – February 27, 2014

When the first cannabis clubs started appearing in California, they were ... There's also this thing called a “dram shop law,” which holds bar owners (and ...

Cotati woman pursuing a ban on indoor apartment smoking
Santa Rosa (CA) Press Democrat - February 26, 2014

Her plight has drawn support from from city and county officials, a state lawmaker and American Lung Association advocates, who all see California moving slowly and unevenly toward the protection Orozco wants.

San Diego Looks To Propose E-Cigarette Ordinance In Next 90 Days
KPBS - February 26, 2014

Members of the City Council's Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee Wednesday directed staff to develop regulations for electronic cigarettes in ...

How should policy makers react to the e-cigarette boom?
Medical News Today - February 26, 2014

California was the state that, in 1998, pioneered a public smoking ban that caught on not only in other states across the US, but also around the world. Today, Californian policy makers have weighed in on what is rapidly becoming the next great controversy in the tobacco industry: electronic cigarettes.

Electronic Cigarettes In The Workplace
Mondaq News Alerts (registration) - February 26, 2014

This week, a Los Angeles City Council panel endorsed restrictions on electronic cigarettes which would prohibit their use in a range of public spaces and most ...

Concord hookah lounge wins approval
Contra Costa Times - February 26, 2014

CONCORD -- A second hookah lounge is scheduled to open in the city next month, despite concerns that it may encourage more young people to try smoking. Planning commissioners voted 3-1 on Feb. 19 to approve a minor use permit for Hookah Palace to operate at 1120 Contra Costa Blvd. The space, formerly Metro Skateshop, is in a small strip mall south of Sunvalley mall that sits on a sliver of Concord land surrounded on three sides by Pleasant Hill.

LA Moves Forward On Proposal To Treat E-Cigs Like Regular Cigs
LAist - February 25, 2014

A Los Angeles City Council committee backed a proposed ordinance to ban e-cigarettes from "no-smoking" public places like bars and parks. The measure to ...

L.A. city council health committee votes to move forward on e ...
UPI.com - February 25, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Los Angeles City Council health committee voted to advance a ban on electronic cigarettes that would put them under the same ...

LA City Council Committee Supports E-Cigarette Ban [VIDEO]
Annenberg TV News - February 25, 2014

E-cigarettes may soon be banned in public venues where tobacco-smoking is restricted if the Los Angeles City Council approves a new ordinance. The Arts ...

Vapor Lounges Would be Legal Under LA E-Cigarette Ban
LA Weekly - February 25, 2014

L.A. City Hall this week took another step toward an e-cigarette ban that would treat the devices like regular cigarettes, with vaping soon to be outlawed at parks, beaches, outdoor dining areas, farmer's markets and many offices. There will probably be one place where you can still spark up, though: Vapor lounges...

LA council panel backs limits on e-cigarettes
Los Angeles Times - February 25, 2014
 
A Los Angeles City Council panel on Monday endorsed an array of restrictions on e-cigarettes that would prohibit the vapor-emitting devices from being used in most workplaces and a number of public spaces. The proposed restrictions were backed by anti-smoking advocates, including the American Lung Assn. and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. Opponents included bar owners, e-cigarette makers and business leaders, who argued that there is insufficient research to justify the ordinance.

Los Angeles panel wants same rules for e-cigarettes, tobacco
Los Angeles Daily News February 25, 2014
 
With pressure from public-health officials and clean-air advocates, a city panel on Monday embraced a plan that would apply regulations in place for tobacco products to e-cigarettes. Jason Healy, president of blu e-Cigs, questioned the goal of the city action. I think they are going to end up selling more cigarettes, Healy said. If you have to get up and go outside to smoke an e-cigarette, and they are joining others who are smoking regular cigarettes, they might as well join with them. This is a recipe for relapse for smokers. We arent sure the ban has worked that well, so why support something like this?...

LA City Council Urges Regulation of E-Cigarettes
NACS Online - February 25, 2014
 
A Los Angeles city panel last week urged the FDA to regulate electronic cigarettes, banning them in the same locations where cigarettes are prohibited, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The action is the latest by the council to try to regulate e-cigarettes. Last year, it voted to limit their sales to minors.
 
Los Angeles may be next to restrict e-cigs
ConsumerAffairs - February 25, 2014
 
There doesn't seem to be much middle ground on electronic cigarettes; people either love them or hate them. And those who hate them tend to be in positions of power. The Los Angeles city council is the latest to consider outlawing the gadgets. A pending ordinance would basically treat e-cigs as though they were traditional, tobacco-burning cigarettes, outlawing them in public places.
 
Los Angeles' e-Cig Debate: Guilt by Association?
PublicCEO.com - February 25, 2014
 
In Hollywood movie scripts, a narrative based on guilt by association might make a compelling story line.  But it is a lousy way to make policy and that is what the Los Angeles City Council is being asked to do regarding electronic cigarettes. As a former president of the American Lung Association, I have seen how e-cigarettes have become the subject of much confusion and misinformation, which has led to a classic case of guilt by association.
 
City Considers Ban on E-Cigs in Bars, Nightclubs, Restaurants
North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch - February 25, 2014
 
The Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and River Committee unanimously advanced a proposed ordinance that would restrict the use of e-cigarettes in Los Angeles.
 
Fremont, Hayward restrict e-cigarette sales, temporarily ban new vapor lounges
San Jose Mercury News - February 25, 2014
 
The opportunity for e-cigarette entrepreneurs to open new vapor bars and hookah lounges in Fremont and Hayward has gone up in smoke -- for now, anyway. Both East Bay cities temporarily banned new such businesses earlier this month, while allowing existing retailers to stay open pending further study of the trendy smoking products' health effects. Fremont's City Council added e-cigarettes to its list of prohibited smoking products on Feb. 11, Community Development Director Jeff Schwob said. It also placed a 45-day moratorium on new retailers and vapor bars, where customers use the smokeless devices.
 
After Regulations Imposed, LA Could Wholly Ban Use of E-Cigarettes [VIDEO]
NBC Southern California - February 25, 2014
 
The proposal to ban e-cigarettes in public was passed unanimously in committee Monday. Now, the controversial issue goes to a full city council vote.

Students and smoking: Stanford University ends tobacco sales
Christian Science Monitor - February 24, 2014

This latest tobacco ban comes as electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, gain ... The rise in the use of e-cigarettes has sparked a debate between whether or not ... According to recent report published by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, at least 1,182 college campuses around the US have adopted a 100 percent smoke-free policies, nearly double the rate of smoke-free campuses in 2011. Of those 1,182 smoke-free campuses, 811 are completely tobacco-free.

City Council Panel Eyes Tougher Limits On E-Cigarette Use In Public
CBS Local - February 24, 2014

A City Council committee was expected to vote Monday on a proposal to sharply restrict the use of electronic cigarettes known as e-cigarettes in public areas in the city of Los Angeles. City Attorney Mike Feuer, City Councilmembers Mitch OFarrell, Paul Koretz, and Bernard Parks proposed the ordinance in December in response to the surging popularity of the devices, which use battery-powered metal cartridges to simulate the effect of smoking by heating nicotine-containing liquid into vapor.

PacMutual Campus Named Southern California's Oldest LEED ...
Business Wire (press release) - February 24, 2014

All building outdoor areas, including patios and courtyards, and 25-feet from all entrances, are entirely smoke-free. We are proud of the work Executive Vice ...
 
E-cigarettes won't get people to quit smoking: Letter
Los Angeles Daily News - February 24, 2014
 
There is no good alternative to smoking. As an ex-smoker, I can tell you that e-cigarettes do not help in quitting. The best way to quit is to never have started.
 
Los Angeles Looking to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes
KFBK - February 24, 2014
 
The proposed ordinance would make using e-cigarettes at restaurants, parks, beaches, and elsewhere as illegal as smoking in those spots. Supporters of the plan say the rising popularity of e-cigarettes has led to teenagers using them even at school. Opponents of the ban say using e-cigarettes actually helps people stop smoking. The city council is expected to vote on the ordinance on March 4th.
 
City Council Panel Recommends Limits On E-Cigarette Use In Public [VIDEO]
CBS Los Angeles February 24, 2014
 
A Los Angeles City Council committee approved a proposal Monday to sharply restrict the use of electronic cigarettes known as e-cigarettes in no-smoking public areas.
 
Regulating e-cigarettes: Science or politics?
U-T San Diego - February 24, 2014
 
A San Diego City Council committee will consider initial steps this week to regulate e-cigarettes, those glowing, battery-powered nicotine sticks that many other local governments here and across the country have already put in the same category of public health danger and general nuisance as regular tobacco cigarettes. But the issues with e-cigs are not nearly so simple or clear.
 
On the agenda: City council, school board meetings
U-T San Diego - February 24, 2014
 
The Solana Beach City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Council Chambers, 635 S. Highway 101. Agenda items include: a hearing on a conditional use permit for San Diego BeerWorks, at 437 South Highway 101, for a craft beer bottle shop and tap room; introduction of an ordinance to include e-cigarettes in the definition of smoking so they would be prohibited in areas where smoking is already banned; and review of proposed changes to a tree removal ordinance.
 
Results from government meetings in North County
U-T San Diego - February 24, 2014
 
The Encinitas City Council on Wednesday directed staff to draft an ordinance banning e-cigarettes in public places where cigarettes already are banned
 
Restrictions on e-cigs gather steam
U-T San Diego - February 22, 2014
 
ENCINITAS A campaign to curb the use of electronic cigarettes is gaining steam throughout the county, especially in North County, where several cities have taken steps to extinguish the devices in public places. Encinitas is the latest in the region to address the issue the City Council asked its staff Wednesday to amend the citys anti-smoking ordinance to include e-cigarettes.

E-Cig Debate: Guilt by Association?
Fox and Hounds Daily - February 21, 2014

But it is a lousy way to make policy – and that is what the Los Angeles City Council is being asked to do regarding electronic cigarettes. A proposed ordinance in ...

Quick Takes
UCSD The Guardian -February 21, 2014

Cigarettes, ubiquitous and dangerously addicting, may no longer be found at CVS ... Hoping for a chain reaction of other drugstores and pharmacies following suit ... as it is the first among major drugstores to decide on discontinuing tobacco sales. ... Euromonitor International reported 47.5 percent of the 290 billion cigarette ...

Mixed reactions from Peninsula residents on CVS cessation of ...
San Francisco Examiner - February 21, 2014

...recent announcement that it will stop selling tobacco products has elicited a variety ... secondhand smoke restrictions that currently apply to tobacco cigarettes.

Stanford slow to ban sale of cigarettes on campus
The Stanford Daily - February 20, 2014

...1,182 colleges and universities were 100 percent smoke-free, according to a report by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation...

EDITORIAL: A Dream Whose Time Is Coming
Lake Arrowhead Mountain News - February 20, 2014

...Fortunately governments at all levels have recognized the price in human lives our country pays for in this addiction, and have taken action to protect nonsmokers and discourage smoking. But there is more to do before the dreams of Koop and visionaries ...

Editorial: Put public health first in considering smoking ban for ...
Merced Sun-Star - February 20, 2014

The city is looking at banning smoking in outdoor dining areas. ... If one restaurant bans smoking but the one next door doesn't, what's to stop smoke from ...

Aliso Viejo delays hearing on second e-cig shop
The Orange County Register – February 20, 2014

Electronic cigarettes come in various sizes, shapes and materials. ... The City Council approved a conditional use permit for E-Cig Vault on a 3-2 vote Jan. 8. ... The potential opening of another e-cigarette business in Aliso Viejo is put off – at ...

LA e-cigarette ban could hurt anti-smoking efforts: Guest commentary
Los Angeles Daily News - February 19, 2014

On the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General's Report linking smoking and cancer, tobacco-caused death and disability persists, killing more than ...

Beverly Hills makes move to regulate e-cigarettes the same as ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - February 19, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, California — Beverly Hills has joined the list of cities moving to regulate e-cigarettes in the same way as tobacco products. The City Council on ...

City Council Moves to Regulate E-Cigarettes
Patch.com - February 19, 2014

By treating e-cigarettes like regular tobacco products, they'll be banned from city parks and recreational facilities and outdoor dining areas and near tot lots and ...

Smoking on CSUF reduced since ban, but officials say more can be ...
The Daily Titan - February 19, 2014

Since the implementation of Cal State Fullerton's smoking ban last summer, ... their electronic cigarettes or vaporizer pens, which are also banned by the policy.

Healdsburg closer to lifting smoking age
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - February 19, 2014

Healdsburg is headed toward becoming the first city in California to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21 years old. The City Council on Tuesday voted 3-1 to have the city attorney prepare an ordinance prohibiting the sale of tobacco to persons under 21, and also establish a tobacco retailers licensing program to enforce it

Sacramento to consider smoking ban for outdoor dining areas [VIDEO]
News10.net - February 19, 2014

Smoking could soon be banned in outdoor areas connected to restaurants and ... in indoor dining areas, but there's a growing movement to expand the ban.

Potential Smoking Ban is Getting Mixed Reviews from Businesses
KFBK - February 19, 2014

A city council committee listened to residents Tuesday speak out about a potential ordinance that would limit or ban smoking on restaurant and bar patios.

Sacramento considers ban on smoking near restaurants, bars
KCRA Sacramento - February 18, 2014

Some downtown businesses say it will hurt, but others say it's about time Sacramento makes everyone's health a top priority by banning smoking at bars and ...

Smoking Ban For Sacramento Restaurant, Bar Patios?
Capital Public Radio News - February 18, 2014

Should Sacramento ban smoking on the patios of bars and restaurants? ... State law bans smoking inside bars and restaurants, but dozens of cities around ...

Recent actions from North County school boards, councils
U-T San Diego - February 18, 2014

The Solana Beach City Council on Wednesday approved a memorandum of understanding for developing a Water Quality Improvement Plan for the San Dieguito Watershed Management Area; and directed staff to rewrite the citys smoking ordinance to include e-cigarettes.

Possible Patio Smoking Ban for Sacramento
KFBK - February 18, 2014

An ordinance that would limit or ban smoking on restaurant and bar patios isn't getting a warm reception from Midtown business owners who'd be affected by the decision. The Sacramento City Council's Law and Legislation Committee is meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss outlawing smoking in outdoor patio areas of eateries and bars

SO MOVED: Beach Pedestrian Path Back Before Council
Gazette Newspapers - February 17, 2014

In other business, the council: Approved on first reading an ordinance requiring merchants selling e-cigarettescomply with the same regulations as those selling tobacco products.

Letter: Citizens can do better on smoking
Enterprise-Record - February 16, 2014

We found many cigarette butts inside the radius, meaning there is a danger of secondhand smoke. The air around some entryways smelled like smoke, ...

Narinder Dhaliwal: For casino, good health is good business ...
Redding Record Searchlight – February 15, 2014

What began as a study of just how many smokers were responsible for a casino floor's haze led to Win-River's bold decision to go no-smoking.

Landlords, law trending to non-smoking complexes
OCRegister (subscription) - February 15, 2014

The neighbor defended his right to smoke in his own home. ... said Liz Williams of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a national nonprofit ...

Fremont council issues moratorium on e-cigarette stores for 45 days
Fremont Bulletin-by Aliyah Mohammed - February 14, 2014

Fremont City Council has joined cities across the Bay Area in taking a stand on the use of e-cigarettes in public, by unanimously voting Tuesday to issue a ...

Solana Beach City Council prohibits e-cigarette use
Del Mar Times - February 13, 2014

In a 4-0 vote, the City Council on Feb. 12 amended the city's existing smoking ordinance to include a ban on e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited.

SD Councilman Proposes Regulations on E-Cigarettes
Patch.org - February 13, 2014

Kersey proposed that the city of San Diego implement regulations to address the proliferation of electronic cigarettes, more commonly known as e-cigarettes. In a memo to the City Council's Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee, of which...

Tobacco-free 'anti-smoking' a growing trend in West Covina
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - February 13, 2014

Ultramist Vape Shop in West Covina isn't just blowing smoke. The store offers a plethora of e-cigarettes, “vape” pens and 200 different flavors of E-liquid.

E-Cigarettes: A Rising Trend Among College Youth
COS The Campus - February 13, 2014

E-cigarette users may feel that they are different from traditional smokers. The college doesn't feel the same way. The new trend is known as “vaping” and by ...

Milpitas native selected for national fellowship to study e-cigarettes ...
Milpitas Post-by Aliyah Mohammed - February 13, 2014

Ahmad graduated from San Jose State in December, and will spend the next 18 months researching the use of hookah and e-cigarettes in and around the ...

No-smoking apartments catch on ($$)
The Orange County Register – February 13, 2014

Business: No-smoking apartments catch on ... smoke, smoking, housing, apartments, orange, non, unit, year, secondhand, one. ... Liz Williams... Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights...

Teens smoking highly potent 'dabs' or 'earwax' with e-cigarettes
KCRA Sacramento-by Claire Doan - February 13, 2014

A growing number of teenagers are smoking a highly potent form of marijuana – virtually undetected – with no smell and no way for anyone to know they're ...

A crown of his own
Sacramento Business Journal – February 14, 2014

to measures supporting gay rights and a ban on smoking indoors as difficult accomplishments that didn’t require executive powers. “I think it’s the job of the mayor to get consensus from the other eight members …

Long Beach bans e-cigarette 'vaping' in public spaces
Long Beach Press-Telegram - February 12, 2014

The City Council voted 5-1 on Tuesday to add electronic cigarettes to the city tobacco ordinance, requiring sellers of the devices and derivatives to comply with ...

CLINE: West Hollywood Needs to Deal with Secondhand Smoke
WEHOville (West Hollywood, CA) - February 10, 2014

...start organizing to vote the current council members out of office in favor of people who care. It is so bad that a potential candidate for City Council (Larry Block) sells cigarettes in his clothing store in the “smoke zone.” this is not a good sign for...

Proposed smoking ban back before public
Patterson Irrigator-by Nick Rappley - February 13, 2014

A smoking ban that has been debated and discussed repeatedly by the Patterson City Council since July 2013 will be back for discussion in a town hall meeting ...

San Diego Councilman Mark Kersey
10News - February 13, 2014

The proposal, written by Councilman Mark Kersey, asks that e-cigarettes be regulated the same way as traditional cigarettes and restrict the use of e-cigarettes ...

Electronic Cigarettes U.S. Automated Filling, Assembly & Packaging
Sacramento Bee - February 13, 2014

Freedom Smokeless, a Southern California based producer of electronic cigarettes, proudly unveiled ...

Bay Area schools take on teens' e-cigarette use
San Jose Mercury News - February 13, 2014

As e-cigarettes become more popular with teens, Bay Area schools are ramping up their battle against the small electronic devices that deliver nicotine-laced ...

Brief: Dems want rules for e-cigarettes
Santa Monica Daily Press - February 12, 2014

William H. Sorrell urging them to classify electronic cigarettes as cigarettes under the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) to prevent e-cigarette ...

SDSU should ban the on-campus smoking ban
Daily Aztec - February 11, 2014

San Diego States campus-wide smoking ban appears grounded in common sense. After all, the dangers of smoking are well known. Nonetheless, Im repulsed by the concept of a ban, and what it portends. That is, in the U.S., bans tend to beget more bans.

Sunnyvale: Raising minimum wage, expanding smoking regulations ...
San Jose Mercury News - February 10, 2014

The main issues that will be explored in 2014 will include expanding smoking regulations to prohibit smoking near doorways and outdoor areas of retail and commercial businesses, consider adopting a local minimum wage ordinance, increase notice and submittal requirements for taller projects, and community choice aggregation.

Smoking ban to be socially enforced
Daily Aztec - February 12, 2014

On Jan. 1, San Diego State adopted a 100 percent smoke-free campus policy. The ashtrays are gone and the designated smoking areas are blocked off, but the details on how the ban will be enforced are still hazy. SDSU Senate Chair Bill Eadie said that social enforcement is the only way to enforce the smoking-ban.

Council's Proposal to Include E-Cigarettes in Tobacco Ordinance ...
Long Beach Post - February 11, 2014

Tonight, Long Beach City Council will vote to approve the inclusion of electronic cigarettes in the City's tobacco laws, but it's not the idea of regulation that has ...

Moose Lodge: Rising from the ashes
Lucernevalleyleader February 11, 2014

A year and a half after a devastating electrical fire nearly destroyed the Moose Lodge, the facility has been restored to better-than-new status. Initially expected to cost $400,00 [sic] to repair, the construction ended up going to around $700,000. While it is now a non-smoking facility, an outside smoking area has been provided for those who smoke.

Bay Area school districts rewrite tobacco policies to counter teen e-cigarette use
Contra Costa Times - February 10, 2014

The latest weapon in the tobacco wars is increasingly finding its way into the pockets and backpacks of students across the nation. The e-cigarette -- a James Bond-stealthy, technology-chic version of the traditional cigarette -- is often mistaken for an ink pen, but it is a battery-operated device that turns a liquid form of nicotine into an inhalable vapor.

Dan Morain: A striking shift in accepting tobacco money
Sacramento (CA) Bee February 9, 2014

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Californias 87-cent tax on a pack of cigarettes ranks 33rd among other states, below Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma. Should the state increase the tax on cigarettes? To write a letter, go to sacbee.com/sendletter. Or comment on our Facebook page at facebook.com/sacramentobee.

Law changes would regulate e-cigarettes in Long Beach
Long Beach Press-Telegram - February 9, 2014

Electronic cigarettes may be folded into the embrace of city law this week. The City Council will vote Tuesday on changes to the municipal code requiring electronic cigarettes and vapor devices to comply with Long Beachs tobacco ordinance, prohibiting their use in no-smoking areas.

Barnidge: CVS decision is one more reason to celebrate for ...
Contra Costa Times - February 9, 2014

No one was happier than Denice Dennis last week after the CVS drugstore chain announced it will discontinue selling tobacco products. The manager of the Contra Costa Tobacco Prevention Project has spent the last 16 years fighting to eliminate tobacco use.

CVS pharmacies ending cigarette, tobacco sales despite potential $2 billion loss
Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram - February 7, 2014

Susan Price, manager for the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Community Health, also applauded CVS’ decision. “This is a significant win for public health,” said Price, whose bureau oversees the Tobacco Education Program,...

Arcata City Council considers expanding smoking ban boundaries ...
Humboldt Beacon - February 7, 2014

The Arcata City Council will consider extending the western boundary of the city's amended smoking ordinance to K Street at a future date after hearing an ...

E-cigarettes under fire by critics
KSHB - February 7, 2014

(KGTV) - Suddenly, e-cigarettes seem to be everywhere and so far, there is no regulation - at the local, state or federal levels. There are a growing number of ...

Win-River Casino soon to be smoke-free
KRCR TV - February 7, 2014

Win-River Casino and Resort in Redding will soon be smoke-free. According to Public Relations Director Maria Orozco said the casino will be the first urban casino in California with a smoking ban. The plan is to be smoke-free by March.

Win-River Casino plans to go smoke-free next month ($$)
Redding Record Searchlight - February 6, 2014

In a move General Manager Gary Hayward says will keep his employees healthier and lower costs, Win-River Resort & Casino next month will become the first Indian gaming facility in the North State to prohibit smoking.

Smokers react to CVS going tobacco free
OCRegister (subscription) - February 6, 2014

Business. Smokers react to CVS going tobacco free. Tweet. Most Popular. Why it cost a Huntington Beach couple $20K to get a cute Corgi off Orange County's ...

Fate of tobacco, e-cigarettes remains cloudy
The Collegian - February 6, 2014

Although California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White and the Academic Senate proposed a CSU-wide smoking ban last year, Fresno State has yet ...

'Top of the class' / Pasadena gets another 'A' in curbing tobacco use
Pasadena Weekly - February 6, 2014

For the second straight year, Pasadena, South Pasadena and Glendale each received an "A" and were deemed as the "Top of the Class" by the American Lung Association. "Pasadena received a strong grade because of its newly adopted smoke-free law,"...

Editorial: CVS pullout, new ads will lower tobacco’s deadly toll
Sacramento (CA) Bee - February 6, 2014

It’s worth noticing that in the ads, the teens are buying cigarettes at a convenience store. That highlights the fact that only about 4 percent of tobacco products are purchased at drugstores. While the CVS move is limited in scope, Obama praised the ...

CVS tobacco ban could smoke out other cigarette sellers
Bay Area BizTalk, San Francisco Business Times – February 6, 2014

...is likely to be seen as a major turning point in the history of smoking in America, which has already declined dramatically since its heydey in the mid-20th century. Groups such as TobaccofreeRX, representing health care professionals …

Manhattan Beach moving to ban smoking citywide in public spaces
Daily Breeze - February 5, 2014

Smoking also would be banned in the outdoor dining areas of private businesses. ... Hermosa Beach — have adopted comprehensive outdoor smoking bans.

UCSF doc's role in CVS decision to stop selling tobacco
Bay Area BizTalk, San Francisco Business Times – February 5, 2014

...roughly 150 are listed on a company web site, including eight in Oakland, 10 in San Francisco and 20 in San Jose. Smokers in California wrack up an estimated $18.1 billion annually in economic costs, and smoking …

Viewpoints: Outdoor dining ruined by secondhand smoke
Sacramento Bee - February 5, 2014

Exposure to secondhand smoke even while outside is dangerous. The surgeon general has declared that there is no safe level of secondhand exposure.

Puff or Pass? One month down for UCSCs new smoke- and tobacco-free policy
Good Times - February 4, 2014

UC Santa Cruz senior and literature major Thomas VanGilder enjoys a cigarette now and again. But starting Jan. 1, the school became smoke- and tobacco-freea change VanGilder believes is out of step with its character.

San Diego receives failing grade on tobacco control
Daily Aztec - February 4, 2014

The city of San Diego and several other cities in San Diego County received poor grades in the American Lung Associations 2014 State of Tobacco Control report meant to control tobacco smoking boundaries. On Jan. 1, a campus-wide smoking ban went into effect at SDSU. While the school recently took this step to control tobacco smoking within campus boundaries, ...

Corning bans smoking, drinking at downtown park
Red Bluff Daily News - February 1, 2014

The City Council on Tuesday adopted an ordinance, effective immediately, that bans smoking and open containers of alcohol at Martini Plaza at any time.

'E-Hookah' Debuts in San Diego
NBC 7 San Diego - February 1, 2014

The "next generation of e-cigarettes" has just hit the online market and is now being featured at a downtown San Diego business. The company, BLOW, known ...

Tehama County earns straight 'F's' on tobacco
Red Bluff (CA) Daily News - January 30, 2014

"Despite making great strides in reducing smoking rates in America, there is still much work to be done here in Northern California," said Anita Lee, interim CEO of the American Lung Association in California, in a press release. "Tobacco use remains th

E-cigarettes targeted in Poway
U-T San Diego - January 30, 2014

POWAY — Poway could become the latest city in the region to ban electronic cigarettes in public places where conventional smoking is already prohibited, ...

Walnut Creek's secondhand-smoking ban now in effect
Contra Costa (CA) Times - January 30, 2014

WALNUT CREEK -- As of Wednesday, downtown -- and much of the rest of the city -- is officially smoke-free. While there are still a few places in Walnut Creek where one can light up, a controversial ordinance adopted in October prohibiting smoking throughout the city is now in effect. The law bans smoking in and around multiunit residences, in the downtown area, in all recreational areas and at all commercially zoned properties. Perhaps easier to remember are places the ban does not apply -- single-family homes, some public sidewalks outside downtown, as well as public and private golf courses...

Oakland Ordinance Requires Smoke-Free Units in All Apartment ...
California Healthline - January 29, 2014

Oakland Ordinance Requires Smoke-Free Units in All Apartment Buildings, Bans ... to ensure smoking is banned in some units and calls for a smoking ban at all ...

Neglected Laws
Coronado Eagle and Journal – January 29, 2014

Coronado's new No Smoking Ordinance creates yet another new law for our law enforcement officers to administer. We already have ordinances that go ...

E-cigarettes under fire by critics, Team 10 tests the vapor
10News - January 30, 2014

Suddenly, e-cigarettes seem to be everywhere and so far, there is no regulation - at the local, state or federal levels. There are a growing number of bans, but the ...

Students found with e-cigarettes could face suspension under ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - January 29, 2014

The Orange County Register reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/L9EOUw ) that the district board has tentatively approved a ban on e-cigarettes and similar devices.

Oakley snuffs out smoking for some apartment dwellers
Contra Costa Times - January 29, 2014

OAKLEY -- Apartment dwellers here will have to find other places in their complex to smoke.
In response to repeated complaints from some renters about exposure to second-hand smoke, the City Council on Tuesday adopted a no-smoking ordinance that requires landlords to make at least some units off-limits to smokers and calls for all apartment complexes built in the future to be entirely smoke-free

E-cigarette regulations get initial OK in Seal Beach ($$)
OCRegister (subscription) - January 28, 2014

SEAL BEACH The five-month moratorium on e-cigarette sales could soon be lifted now that the City Council has given tentative approval to regulations on the sale and consumption of the popular devices. The ordinance which would make Seal Beach the first Orange County city to regulate e-cigarettes legalizes the selling and smoking of e-cigarettes in the same situations as other tobacco products

Orange schools snuffing out e-cigarettes ($$)
OCRegister (subscription) - January 28, 2014

Orange Unified School District is amending a policy that prohibits tobacco use in schools to include electronic smoking devices

E-cigarettes bring lively discussion in La Mesa
U-T San Diego - January 28, 2014

LA MESA Electronic cigarettes and hookah pens continue to be on the hot seat at city councils across East County. On Tuesday, La Mesa joined El Cajon and ...

Campus to go smoke-free
Sonoma State Star - January 28, 2014

Discussions have resurfaced regarding Sonoma State University shifting toward a smoke-free campus. This issue was re-ignited after Timothy P. White, Chancellor of the California State University system, announced it would bestow the responsibility of smoking policies on individual campuses

New tobacco-free policy stirs controversy
StateHornet.com - January 28, 2014

Serving as the voice for students who wanted a tobacco-free campus, Hornets for a Healthy Hive launched a campaign on campus and through social media in ...

Kicking cigarette butts out of California is aim of bill
San Francisco Chronicle - January 28, 2014

Walk along any beach or through any park and chances are they'll be there by the dozens: the tan, discarded remains of a cigarette. Under the proposed regulation, introduced this month by Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Monterey Bay, the state would ban all cigarettes with filters designed to be discarded after a single use. A person or store caught selling or giving them away would be fined $500 per violation.

Poway to consider banning e-cigarettes
Pomerado Newspaper Group - January 28, 2014

Poway may soon join the growing list of cities around the state banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public areas.

La Mesa to Consider E-Cigarette Ban Tuesday
Patch.com - January 28, 2014

We are now faced with the rampant growth and use of e-cigarettes, Madrid wrote in an introduction to a report for the Jan. 28 council session. The same initial ...

When smoking was acceptable in San Francisco
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - January 28, 2014

The proposition required all workplaces to have policies on smoking that addressed the needs of both smokers and nonsmokers. Since that initial ban, the city ...

Letter: No smoking signals
Santa Monica Daily Press - January 27, 2014

At low tide there always seems to be someone lighting up right next to the water. So please, remove the beach from your non-smoking story (there may be a non-smoking warning on those green enjoy your beach signs, you know, the ones that absolutely nobody reads)

School board to discuss meeting minutes, ban on e-cigarettes
San Ramon Express - January 27, 2014

In other business, board members will discuss changing policies to add e-cigarettes, e-hookahs and other similar products to the list of items prohibited on ...

This Connection Won't Evaporate
Daily Nexus - January 27, 2014

Vapor bar and e-cigarette lounge Vapor Connection officially joined the Isla Vista community on Saturday with a Grand Opening event that featured a live DJ and the stores selection of over 80 different flavors of smokeless water vapor.

Survey released by school shows many students support smoke-free campus
Daily Sundial - January 26, 2014

More than 75 percent of respondents answered yes to a question of whether or not CSUN should be smoke-free in a campus-wide survey issued last semester. There are about 1,182 smoke-free colleges and universities nationwide, according to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights (ANR). If CSUN does implement a campus-wide smoking ban, it would join the entire University of California (UC) system, Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) and San Diego State University (SDSU).

Another View: Blowing smoke about e-cigarettes
Sacramento Bee - January 26, 2014

Misguided anti-tobacco advocates are trying to rally Californians against an important new weapon in the war against smoking: smokeless e-cigarettes and vaporizers. Despite compelling evidence that e-cigs present no public health hazard and greatly reduce the risk of smoking-related disease, advocates have been lobbying legislators across the state to prohibit e-cig use in nonsmoking areas.

La Mesa to mull e-cigarette ban
ScoopSanDiego.com - January 26, 2014

Sales of e-cigarettes would be banned under a proposal by La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid that goes before the City Council Tuesday night. We are now faced with the rampant growth and use of e-cigarettes, Madrid wrote in an introduction to a report for the Jan. 28 council session. The same initial ...

Glendale's antismoking rules get high marks from American Lung Assn.
Los Angeles Times January 26, 2014

Glendale got an A on the American Lung Assn.s annual report card grading local governments' antismoking rules. Glendale is one of 18 California cities and counties 3% of those surveyed that received the top score on the State of Tobacco Control 2014 report released last week. Glendale also moved up in a subcategory smoke-free housing from B to A due to new legislation the City Council passed last year, banning smoking in all new apartment and condominium units...

Our View: Smoking decreases locally and globally
Imperial Valley Press - January 24, 2014

It's long been a known fact that smoking is a leading factor for lung cancer, but many of us are in the dark about other types of tobacco-related cancers, until one ...

Solana Beach receives highest marks in county for overall tobacco ...
Del Mar Times - January 23, 2014

Most cities in San Diego County received poor grades Jan. 22 in the American Lung Associations 2014 report on tobacco control policies.

WeHo Gets 'D' in Ranking of Civic Efforts to Curb Smoking
WEHOville - January 24, 2014

The American Lung Association has given West Hollywood a grade of D in its 2014 State of Tobacco Control report.

No Smoking Ordinance Addresses Outdoor, Public Areas in ...
Coronado Eagle and Journal - January 23, 2014

It would be fair to say that the new No Smoking Ordinance passed by the Coronado City Council, which went into effect January 1, 2014, has caused some confusion around town. This article will cover some of the reasons behind the enactment of the new ordinance and supply a brief history relating to its implementation.

President Alexander Gonzalez announces more new faculty ...
StateHornet.com - January 23, 2014

"I'm looking forward to the campus being tobacco-free prior to 2015," Downey said. "I know some of the other schools did it a lot quicker and (Gonzalez) said ...

Petaluma's secondhand smoke rules lauded; mixed grades for rest ...
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - January 23, 2014

Petaluma's ban on smoking in apartments and other multi-unit housing won ... Lung Association's latest statewide report on efforts to restrict secondhand smoke.

Smoking ban: Valid or Infringement?
Daily Sundial - January 23, 2014

According to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, at least 1,182 campuses in the U.S. have a smoke-free campus policy

Oroville's retail licensing ordinance earns top tobacco control grade ...
Enterprise-Record - January 23, 2014

OROVILLE -- Oroville topped other communities in Butte County, and many throughout Northern California, in making strong efforts to curb tobacco use.

Imperial County's stance on smoking parallels national, global trend of decreasing tobacco use
Imperial Valley Press - January 23, 2014

This reduction can be attributed to anti-smoking measures such as the growth of laws regulating smoking in public locations, exposure of dangers caused by secondhand smoke and the increasingly less favorable public image of smoking, according to the report. Locally, the fight against tobacco has taken a turn for the better in recent years with Imperial Valley College officially becoming a tobacco-free campus in 2009 and Pioneers Memorial Hospital following suit in 2012. Although it takes a lot of work to implement a smoke-free policy, the county saw a positive turning point last year, when five different apartment complexes in El Centro and Calexico adopted voluntary smoke-free policies, said Maria Peinado, public health information officer with the Imperial County Public Health Department.

Spring semester starts at San Diego State University: Campus is ...
10News - January 23, 2014

A new semester got underway at San Diego State University and with it are some new rules to live by, like no smoking anywhere.

SN&R readers chime in on banning smoking, the pro-Sacramento ...
Sacramento News & Review - January 23, 2014

SN&R gets it right so often, it's disappointing to see the blockheaded editorial opposing Councilman Steve Hansen's efforts to ban smoking on restaurant and bar patios extending into public space. Business owners' fears of lost revenue are cited, but such concerns are always raised about every proposed anti-smoking measure and have always proven unfounded.

Santa Monica tops smoke-free list
Santa Monica Daily Press - January 22, 2014

City Hall's smoke-free housing policy, which is just over a year old, contributed greatly to Santa Monica's high scores this year, said Lung Association ...

San Francisco's Anti-Smoking Laws Are Working, Study Confirms
SF Weekly (blog) - January 22, 2014

Graded on its efforts in reducing tobacco sales and promoting smoke-free environments, the report suggests that the new smoke-free outdoor spaces and ...

Los Gatos Earns 'D' For Tobacco Control
Patch.com - January 22, 2014

Town earns poor grades from American Lung Association annual report in areas of smoke-free housing and reducing sales of tobacco products; earns 'C' grade ...

Campus copes with zero tolerance smoking ban
PCC Courier - January 23, 2014

Since January 2014, Pasadena City College (PCC) has enforced a new 100 percent smoke free policy which does not allow students to smoke tobacco in cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Even smokeless devices like vapes are banned since they are non-regulated.

Sign contest to celebrate smoking ban on Fisherman's Wharf to be ...
Contra Costa Times - January 22, 2014

The city of Monterey is holding a sign contest to celebrate the new smoking ban on Fisherman's Wharf. The city plans on installing a sign at the wharf entrance ...

FRONTLINE CANCER: The medical truth about e-cigs and hookahs
La Jolla (CA) Light - January 22, 2014

The number of Americans who puff cigarettes is steadily shrinking, from a high of 45 percent in the mid-1950s to just 18 percent of adults in 2012. Its a big reason why the overall cancer mortality rate is also in decline. Thats the good news. The bad news is the rising popularity of two alternatives electronic cigarettes and hookahs both of which may be just as bad for users health, and ultimately lead to smoking tobacco cigarettes.

Police: Open drug use disguised by e-cigs
Santa Rosa (CA) Press Democrat - January 22, 2014

Those e-cigarettes that some people use as an alternative to regular cigarettes in some cases disguise illicit drug use, as well. That's the kind of tip Sebastopol ...

No butts allowed
Sonoma State Star - January 21, 2014

The CSU would be right to ban smoking on campus, and we really hope that they do. ... A campus-wide ban on smoking would hopefully reduce the number of ...

Councilmember Rose Herrera Wants to Ban Pot Clubs from ...
San Jose Inside (blog) - January 22, 2014

Rose Herrera wants to bar medical marijuana collectives from contributing money to local political campaigns. As city leaders continue to ponder how to regulate ...

Campus begins school-wide tobacco ban
Daily Californian - January 21, 2014

Members of the UC Berkeley community returning for the spring semester will notice signs across campus informing them of the tobacco-free policy that went into effect Jan.1.

Public hearing to review housing, outdoor marijuana cultivation
Martinez News-Gazette - January 21, 2014

MARTINEZ, Calif. The Planning Commission will meet this evening to review proposed zoning text amendments regarding emergency homeless shelters and outdoor growing of medical marijuana.

Long Beach Cannabis Taxes May Remain Dormant Without Council ...
Long Beach Business Journal - Long Beach News - January 21, 2014

Without lifting the citys ban on dispensaries, the medical marijuana tax initiative headed for the April 2014 General Election ballot may end up like the citys recreational marijuana tax moot.
The Long Beach City Council approved adding a measure to the upcoming general election that, if passed, would impose a 6 percent business license tax on collectives that sell medical marijuana within city limits. The tax would increase annually based on the consumer price index with a cap of 10 percent. It also includes a $15 per square foot tax on cultivation sites that would supply medical cannabis dispensaries

County fair may ban e-cigarettes
U-T San Diego - January 19, 2014

The fair board, which banned conventional smoking at the fair last year, ... California law bans the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18 but officials say use ...

Inhaling the e-cig experience
U-T San Diego - January 18, 2014

You don't need a match to light up an electronic cigarette, or to spark some major e-cigarette controversy. Carlsbad and Vista recently joined cities nationwide in ...

Letter of the Day: Secondhand pot smoke
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - January 19, 2014

The coalition is concerned about secondhand smoke, which includes both tobacco and marijuana. Our member agencies have been working on the issue of ...

Assemblyman Wants Cigarette Butts Banned In California
CBS 13 / KOVR - January 14, 2014

...because of the environmental risk they pose to the state’s wildlife and fish. Assemblyman Mark Stone (D) says he’s not only trying to be a trailblazer in California, but would also like to see butts banned across the country. ...

A breath of fresh air
Highlander Newspaper - January 14, 2014

...R'side joined over 1,100 colleges and universities in the nationwide smoke and tobacco-free campus policy: Clearing the Air. UCR threw a celebration ...

EL CAJON COUNCIL ASKS STAFF TO REPORT ON E-CIGARETTE ...
East County Magazine - January 15, 2014

...Councilman Gary Kendrick introduced the issue, stating that a friend told him her middle school son said that “use of electronic cigarettes was rampant at his ...

Smoke-free hotel chains increasing
San Diego News - January 14, 2014

A decision was made late last year by Westin Hotels and Resorts to go smoke-free in all of their North American locations, an initiative aptly called "Breathe ...

A breath of fresh air
Highlander Newspaper – January 14, 2014

...2, 2014, R'side joined over 1,100 colleges and universities in the nationwide smoke and tobacco-free campus policy: Clearing the Air. UCR threw a celebration ...

Bill Would Bar Online Cigarette Sales
KMJ Now - January 14, 2014

...The ban would apply to cigarettes, as well as electronic cigarettes. Dickinson says minors looking to light up can easily bypass age requirements, by turning to ...

EL CAJON COUNCIL TO CONSIDER REGULATING HOOKAHS ...
East County Magazine - January 14, 2014

El Cajon's City Council's agenda this Tuesday includes a proposal by Councilman Kendrick to regulate electronic cigarettes and hookahs. Both products contain ...

UC Irvine reversing course on e-cigarette use
OCRegister (subscription) - January 14, 2014

IRVINE – Just two weeks after taking effect, a UC Irvine campuswide ban on smoking is being revised to include a prohibition on electronic cigarettes and ...

Wayward University of California campus finally bans e-cigarettes, too
Bay Area Biz Talk – January 14, 2014

...on its website. Medical campus UC San Francisco, meanwhile, had eliminated its designated smoking areas back in 2008 as part of its own independent ban. So-called e-cigarettes are battery powered vaporizers …..

State lawmaker seeks ban on most tobacco, e-cigarette online sales
Los Angeles Times - January 13, 2014

SACRAMENTO — In an effort to clamp down on youth smoking, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced Monday that he was introducing a ...

More e-cigarette stores open as health debate rages on
Bakersfield Californian - January 11, 2014

Called e-cigarettes or e-cigs for short, they are battery-powered, tubular devices that deliver vaporized nicotine for inhalation. The liquid that is vaporized, ...

Hookah Copyright Claim Goes Up in Smoke
National Law Journal - January 10, 2014

Although available in various designs and colors, the shape of a hookah’s water container is not copyrightable, according to a federal appeals court. In a case between two suppliers of hookahs, or water pipes, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth ...

Electronic Cigarette Lounges to Be Further Analyzed in South San Francisco
SBWire (press release) - January 10, 2014

In what has been the latest in the in the electronic cigarette battle has been in the city of South San Francisco that has issued a 45-day temporary ban on the construction of new vaping, however this ban halt on new permits and licenses does not apply to retailers. This moratorium will enable the city to be able to study and evaluate the effects of e cigarettes and determine whether if there is need for changing the zoning laws to limit the use of the smoking devices. Yet many analysts note that South San Francisco council does not appear aiming to ban "vaping", but rather they are adopting a modified wait and see policy as their council members want to know more about the health effects of which have not been fully researched. This moratorium was based on a vote on Wednesday night, which makes the South San Francisco City to be the latest city to join a growing list of cities that are implementing their own regulations on electronic cigarettes as well as inquiring on the health impacts of the smoking devices. Recently Union City voted last month to ban electric cigarette lounges and also so did New York vote to ban the use of the smoking devices in public areas. Yet Councilman Pradeep Gupta of South San Francisco City was quoted as saying "I don't know enough about it. I would like to look at the study as a way of getting myself more informed."

South San Francisco enacts moratorium on e-cigarette lounges
San Jose Mercury News January 9, 2014

The city of South San Francisco has stepped into the debate over electronic cigarettes, issuing a 45-day moratorium on new lounges where e-cigarettes are consumed.

E-cig lounge approved for Aliso Viejo center
OCRegister (subscription) - January 9, 2014

After debate about the products health risks and whether nicotine could end up in the hands of kids, the Aliso Viejo City Council voted 3-2 to approve an application for a new electronic-cigarette lounge at the citys Target shopping center at La Paz Road and Pacific Park Drive.

Health Concerns or Hypocrisy? On a Smoke-Free UCSB
Daily Nexus - January 8, 2014

The question of priorities is a hard one for university administration to answer, and Chancellor Yang's recent email announcement of UCSB's smoking ban ...

CPP should consider a smoking ban
The Poly Post - January 7, 2014

Walking to and from classes on any given day students consistently walk through clouds of cigarette smoke. Students congregate and smoke in front of the University Library, Bronco Bookstore and Marketplace, making it impossible for non-smoking students to enjoy the unique outdoor spaces Cal Poly Pomona has to offer. CPP should ban all smoking on-campus so students who do not smoke do not have to be exposed to toxic secondhand smoke.

UCI Says OK to E-Cigs
New University Online - January 7, 2014
http://www.newuniversity.org/2014/01/news/uci-says-ok-to-e-cigs/

UC Irvine continues to allow the use of electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco on campus despite the University of California's new smoke-free policy as of ...

EDITORIAL: UC Acts To Cease The Smoke
New University Newspaper - January 7, 2014

UCI, like all schools, is a learning institution. It is a place for study, for engaging in intellectual discourse, and for meeting others who share the same academic and recreational interests and goals. It is not a place for recreational drug use. ...

UCSB Bans Smoking on Campus
Daily Nexus January 6, 2014

Today marks the first school day that UCSB students will not be allowed to light up on campus. According to a UC Office of the President report, roughly eight percent of UC students smoke. At UCSB, roughly 33 percent of students smoke cigarettes, half of which reported smoking within a month of taking the survey, according to an assessment conducted in 2011 by the American College Health Association. This is slightly higher than the national average for college students, which is roughly 28 percent according to Americans for Non-smokers Rights.

Students should take smoking ban seriously
Daily Aztec - January 6, 2014

They are small: about three inches long, rolled with white paper and generally come 20 to a pack. Depending on who you are, they may be considered either a ... Secondhand smoke is the biggest driver of initiatives to regulate smoking. Not only can secondhand smoke be unpleasant and irritating to others, it can actually kill them. It may sound dramatic, but its not. According to the CDC, secondhand smoke contains more than 7000 chemicals. Hundreds are toxic and about 70 can cause cancer.

UCSB Bans Smoking on Campus
Daily Nexus - January 6, 2014

Today marks the first school day that UCSB students will not be allowed to light up on campus. According to a UC Office of the President report, roughly eight percent of UC students smoke. At UCSB, roughly 33 percent of students smoke cigarettes, half of which reported smoking within a month of taking the survey, according to an assessment conducted in 2011 by the American College Health Association. This is slightly higher than the national average for college students, which is roughly 28 percent according to Americans for Non-smokers Rights.

SO MOVED: Council Takes On Housing Plan, Ballot Issues In First Meeting
Gazette Newspapers - January 6, 2014

Long Beachs City Council will start the new year off with a bang a heavy agenda next Tuesday that includes the public hearing on the next Housing Element of the citys General Plan and a proposal to give residents a chance to vote on allowing fireworks and whether to tax medical marijuana. ...

UCI Defies UC Ban on Smoking, Allows E-Cigarettes on Campus
OC Weekly (blog)-by LP Hastings - January 3, 2014

January 1 marked the University of California school system's kickoff of smoke-free campuses. From Santa Barbara to Berkley, students are no longer allowed to light-up on campus, in parking lots, and even in their cars. But what about e-cigarettes or chewing tobacco? Those nicotine-delivering products aren't allowed either! (Just kidding about chewing tobacco; nobody does that anymore). However, UC Irvine has decided to take a less totalitarian approach, and is the only campus to allow e-cigs.

Smoking ban to be a campus-by-campus decision, officials say
Vallejo Times-Herald - January 3, 2014

California Maritime Academy students can't smoke in classrooms, inside buildings or spots along the waterfront. But there are pockets in the campus where they can light up without getting caught.

Law Makes Coronado Look Biased
Coronado Eagle and Journal - January 2, 2014

In reference to the Coronado Clearing the Air article in the Dec. 26th issue of the U.T. and the Coronado Eagle & Journal article Public Smoking Ban Into Effect With the New Year article of the same date we must comment as residents of Coronado for over 30 years. What is lawful or thoughtful about restricting smoking in such a way? Why are the Coronado Golf Course and the Hotel Del Coronado exempt? Is this discriminatory to other large, small and boutique hotels, etc?

Irvine only campus in UC system allowing e-cigs amid ban
Orange County Register - January 2, 2014

UC Irvine will continue to allow the use of electronic cigarettes on campus even as the university begins enforcing a smoke-free environment today, a policy that contradicts a University of California edict to ban the nicotine-vapor product. 1,182: Number of U.S. colleges that have gone smoke-free, according to the Berkeley-based American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation ...

Where there's smoke, there's controversy
Sacramento News & Review - January 2, 2014

Last month, a coterie of Sacramentos most influential restaurant and bar magnates sat down with Councilman Steve Hansen and other local business leaders to sip coffee and debate cigarettes. The closed-to-the-press meeting at a Midtown cafe centered around one divisive question: Should the city outlaw smoking on restaurant patios and outdoor areas that extend into the public space?

Support for banning cig smoke at SDSU: Letter to the editor
U-T San Diego - January 2, 2014
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jan/02/letters-smoking-fluoride/

I applaud the smoking ban at SDSU (SDSU joins ranks of smoke-free campuses, Dec. 30), and also that people are being encouraged to be kind and polite if they ask someone to put out a cigarette.

San Diego State University Joins College Bans On Butts
KPBS - January 2, 2014

Previously, San Diego State University had allowed smoking in 12 areas on campus, including a number of parking lots.

Our Voice: Big ban on campus
The Desert Sun - January 1, 2014

But just in case, the University of California and California State University systems are taking steps to stamp out smoking. The UC system announced its ban in 2012, but left implementation up to individual campuses. Timothy P. White, chancellor of the Cal State system, says he supports a systemwide ban on the sale and use of tobacco products but also left it up to each campus. ...

Smoking ban takes effect on UC,CSU campuses
Daily Democrat - January 1, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Schools in California's public university systems are stamping out smoking in hopes that it will help improve the health of students, faculty ...

New No-Smoking Ordinance Effective January 1
Coronado (CA) Patch.com - December 30, 2013

Beginning New Year's Day, smoking will no longer be permitted outdoors on public property in Coronado. The sweeping no-smoking ban includes public streets, highways, alleys, rights of way, parkways, sidewalks, parking lots and pathways.

Pasadena City College to become entirely smoke-free on New ...
Pasadena Star-News - December 30, 2013

The new year at Pasadena City College will kick off with a resolution to keep campus healthier and cleaner by eliminating tobacco use.

Arcata smoking smackdown's win for PC crowd
Times-Standard - December 29, 2013

Put down the torches and pitchforks. The witch hunt is over. Cigarette smokers are officially lepers and social pariahs in Arcata. The asphyxiatingly self-righteous little hippie enclave is working to criminalize cigarette smoking within a large portion of the city limits. The Arcata City Council (Big Brother) is considering expanding an existing smoking ban beyond the streets surrounding the Plaza into residential areas of town.

Palm Springs council sets marijuana dispensary tax at 10 percent
The Desert Sun - December 19, 2013

The three legal medical marijuana dispensaries will now be required to pay the city 10 percent of their proceeds starting Jan. 1 while the illegal operations will ...

Del Mar Fairgrounds board to consider e-cigarette ban
Del Mar Times - December 18, 2013

The board heard a report about the newly instituted smoking ban at its meeting on ... also addressed the board, urging it to consider banning e-cigarettes ...

City to discuss keeping e-cigs from minors
U-T San Diego - December 17, 2013

OCEANSIDE - The Oceanside City Council will talk this week about ways to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of teens. In California, it is already ...

City Council Takes On E-Cigarette Use A Burning Question: Should Local Government Regulate E-Cigarette Use?
Long Beach Business Journal - December 17, 2013

The Long Beach City Council voted December 3 on an item requesting the city attorney draft an ordinance to include e-cigarettes and nicotine vapor devices in ...

Donald Bucklin: E-cigarettes an effort to hook new generation of ...
Modesto Bee - December 16, 2013

About a year ago, I was surprised to find out from my daughter that hookah pens were all the rage among the high school crowd. E-cigarettes/hookah pens are kind of a half-full/half-empty sort of thing. The industry likes to take the high road. It wants you to believe that if you are a two- or ... If the trend continues with hookah pens, next year there will be 2 million, and before long, a new generation of smokers. Does the expression gateway drug come to mind?
Are hookah pens the latest version of Joe Camel? Are they wrapped in purple paper and sold at head shops to attract adult smokers or teens? Interestingly, when one of the largest university systems in the world the University of California decided to ban smoking on all its campuses effective Jan. 1, it included e-cigarettes in the ban. The California State University system is considering a similar ban.

Long Beach ballot measure would tax medical marijuana businesses
Long Beach Press-Telegram - December 15, 2013

Any dispensaries created by a City Council effort to allow medical marijuana in Long Beach could be subject to a new tax that might be placed on the April ballot.

EDITORIAL: The tobacco threat returns
Fresno Bee - December 14, 2013

The first involves Assembly Member Richard Pan, a Sacramento physician who probably didn't think his legislation would threaten one of California's true public health success stories a dramatic decline in smoking by state residents. The second is electronic cigarettes. As described in a Nov. 26 story by Sarah Sexton, a Bee Washington Bureau reporter, e-cigs "look like traditional cigarettes but are battery-operated products that heat tobacco-derived nicotine and other chemicals into a vapor that the user inhales." Meanwhile, the California Department of Public Health has read the letter of Pan's law, Assembly Bill 906. Advocated by public employee unions including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Pan's bill seeks to force state departments to use state workers whenever possible. Citing that measure, state health officers are contemplating ending contracts with nongovernmental organizations that have spent years fighting the tobacco industry, and have succeeded. A board that oversees California's tobacco-control program was so alarmed by the department's review that it convened an emergency meeting last week.

Sacramento State to be first tobacco-free CSU campus
StateHornet.com - December 13, 2013

President Alexander Gonzalez signed a policy Thursday that will make Sacramento State the first California State University tobacco-free campus, effective fall ...

USD campus to be tobacco free
USD Vista - December 12, 2013

For some it is a nuisance and for others an addictive habit, USD is looking at possibly becoming tobacco free. Students convened Thurs. Dec. 5 for a campus ...

EDITORIAL: Campus-wide smoking ban a smoldering mess
The Daily Titan - December 12, 2013

Passing a campus-wide smoking ban and eliminating smoking on campus are two entirely different things. While one is an aspiration, the other is a challenge in ...

Biz Owner Challenges E-Cigarette Ban: Carlbad passed a ban earlier this month
NBC 7 San Diego - December 10, 2013

The co-owner of an e-cigarette and vape bar in Carlsbad will challenge a recent city ban on e-cigarettes. Dan Daniel with Mix Vapes will be speaking at a city council meeting at 10 on Tuesday.

Lakewood council to consider new commercial development fee for ...
Long Beach Press-Telegram - December 9, 2013

Also on the agenda, the council will hold a public hearing on an ordinance that would create zoning regulations for tobacco and nicotine products, including electronic cigarettes. The proposed ordinance would only apply to new retail locations that have more than 50 percent of their display area or gross sales generated from tobacco or nicotine products, including paraphernalia. Last month, the council approved an ordinance regulating e-cigs the same as cigarettes and other tobacco products in the city and subject to all state laws. That means people wont be able to use e-cigs, also known as vapor devices, in restaurants, government buildings or public places. Minors are also prohibited from their purchase and use. Under that ordinance, which goes into effect Thursday, an e-cigarette store will continue to be allowed to offer samples of vapors, which come in various flavored liquids. Smoking lounges, however, are not allowed in Lakewood under zoning rules.

E-cig health concerns just blowing smoke?
San Francisco Chronicle - December 9, 2013

Designed as an alternative for smokers in public spaces where cigarettes are banned, the battery-powered devices are increasingly getting the cold shoulder from city governments. Lawmakers around the country have adopted a flurry of measures approving bans on the use of the devices in public places where smoking is already prohibited. City councils in Richmond and Los Angeles last week approved bans on e-cigs in most public places.

Smoking ban effective on Jan 1.
Daily Aztec - December 6, 2013

Last Tuesday, the San Diego State University Senate heard an update announcing that the new campus-wide smoking ban will go into effect on Jan. 1., 2014.

Satterlund, T.D.; Treiber, J.; Haun, S.; Cassady, D., "Evaluating local policy adoption campaigns in California: tobacco retail license (TRL) adoption," Journal of Community Health [Epub ahead of print], December 6, 2013.

LA City Council Votes to Regulate E-Cigarettes
TIME - December 5, 2013

The Los Angeles city council voted Wednesday to regulate the sale of e-cigarettes, moving forward with regulations that are being considered by the federal government and cities across the country.

E-cigarette bans in LA, Long Beach, San Bernardino are premature ...
Los Angeles Daily News - December 5, 2013

City and county leaders all over Southern California are caught up in a frenzy of restricting the use of electronic cigarettes, with Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Bernardino officials taking steps this week to regulate them like tobacco products. A frenzy is just what this is, not reasoned deliberation.

Berkeley bans tobacco smoking in condos, apartments
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - December 5, 2013

BERKELEYSIDE: Smoking cigarettes is slated to be prohibited inside the units of multi-family housing in Berkeley, effective May 2014, after a unanimous vote by ...

E-Cigarettes: Safe Alternative To Smoking Or Gateway To Nicotine Addiction?
KPBS - December 5, 2013

E-cigarettes offer the sensation of smoking, without burning tobacco. These battery-operated devices heat up liquid nicotine and turn it into vapor. Users say theyre a lot safer than smoking cigarettes. But public health experts arent so sure.

Flash: Smoke-Free Apartments Will Be the Law in Berkeley on May 1
Berkeley Daily Planet December 4, 2013

The Berkeley City Council unanimously supported an ordinance making 100% of all multi-unit housing smokefree at its Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 council meeting. Serena Chen of the American Lung Association and Liz Williams of Americans for Nonsmokers' rights were among the supportive speakers.

Berkeley moves forward with ordinance to ban smoking in multiunit housing
Daily Californian - December 4, 2013

As soon as next May, smokers living in the city of Berkeley may have one fewer place to light up their cigarettes. Im so thrilled that finally its come to fruition, said Berkeley resident Carol Denney, a cancer patient who has been working with the city on this issue for about six years. I live next to chain-smokers, but I cant afford to move. A lot of people are in similar circumstances. There are 32 other counties and cities in California that have adopted either partial or complete ordinances banning smoking in multiunit housing, according to Liz Williams, project manager for Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, a national lobbying organization housed in Berkeley. A smoke-free ordinance isnt just about telling people what they can and cannot do, said Valerie Yerger, an associate professor in health policy at UC San Francisco. Its about protecting people, especially vulnerable children and families. Even when the smoke clears, theres still toxic tobacco residue.

California cities make moves against e-cigarettes
Ventura County Star - December 4, 2013

Vials of flavored liquid are seen at Vapeology LA, a store selling electronic ... and are healthier because they don't create cigarette tars or secondhand tobacco ...

Cities Crack Down on E-Cigarettes
Los Angeles Business Journal - December 4, 2013

City councils in both Los Angeles and Long Beach have voted to restrict sales and use of electronic cigarettes.

Richmond, Carlsbad ban e-cigarettes
Manteca Bulletin - December 4, 2013

RICHMOND (AP) Two California cities have voted to ban electronic cigarettes while a motion will be introduced Wednesday in Los Angeles to limit the ...

E-cigarettes banned at all San Bernardino County facilities
San Bernardino Sun - December 4, 2013

On Tuesday, the city of Richmond in the Bay Area unanimously approved an ordinance prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, ...

Council Unanimously Supports Possible Amendment to Regulate E-Cigarettes
Long Beach Post - December 4, 2013

The Long Beach City Council unanimously supported a request that the City Attorney look into amending the Municipal Code regarding tobacco include e-cigarettes and vapor devices, as well as products which contain biologically active amounts of nicotine.

Richmond City votes to ban e-cigarettes in public spaces, impose $1,000 fines
KSWT-TV - December 4, 2013

The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bit.ly/1bI8JyN) the Richmond City Council voted Tuesday to adopt a new ordinance that would prohibit e-cigarettes.

Berkeley rental units will soon be smoke-free
Inside Bay Area - December 4, 2013

BERKELEY -- The city's apartment and condominium complex dwellers will soon be free from neighbors' cigarette smoke wafting through air vents or curling up ...

Calif. Cities Ban E-Cigs
AP - Associated Press - December 4, 2013

Both the cities of Richmond and Carlsbad voted to prohibit the battery-powered devices ... In Los Angeles, city councilmembers will consider two motions dealing with e-cigarettes -- one that seeks to regulate sales to kids and another that directs the ci

Richmond officials approve E-cigarette ban in public spaces

KTVU San Francisco - December 3, 2013

Richmond city officials took the first step Tuesday night toward banning ... fact alone is reason enough to include e-cigarettes in the city's normal smoking ban.

Carlsbad City Council votes to ban use of e-cigarettes in public ...
10News - December 4, 2013

Health advocates say the secondhand smoke risks are just as bad. The American Lung Association has come down on the side of banning the electronic ...

City Council may snuff out e-cigarettes
Orange County (CA) Register - December 4, 2013

On Tuesday night, the council voted 8-0 to have City Attorney Charles Parkin find ways to amend the City Code to regulate the trendy electronic cigarettes just like traditional tobacco products.

Possible smoking ban gains fans
Coast Report - December 4, 2013

In response to the smoking ban petition, another advocating for smokers' ... wish to decide either way whether smoking should be banned on the school campus.

Long Beach Joins Other Cities in Proposing E-Cigarette Regulation
Long Beach (CA) Post - December 4, 2013

Councilmembers Dee Andrews and Suja Lowenthal are proposing that the City Attorney amend the Municipal Code to require vaporizing devices, including e-cigarettes, to be included within the City's tobacco ordinance. This would put e-cigarettes on the same

Los Angeles expected to regulate e-cigarettes
Torrance (CA) Daily Breeze - December 4, 2013

City Council is expected to begin the process Wednesday to regulate the sales and use of e-cigarettes. Several public officials will attend a news conference at 9 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall to announce their plans. The council will consider two ...

E-Cigarette Smoking Could be Banned at L.A. Restaurants, Beaches
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... soon be banned in the same places that prohibit lighting up regular smokes. ... electronic devices the same way that cigarette smoking is regulated in town.

Letter: Smoke-free campus is better overall
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Glendale Community College recently became a 100% smoke-free campus. ... Now the campus is much cleaner and the area has become more enjoyable and comfortable.

Sunken Gardens smoking ban expanded
Atascadero News- November 27, 2013

“In 2009, Atascadero banned smoking in our city parks,” Atascadero Police ... The unintended consequences, as a result of that smoking ban, it migrated other ...

Have Questions on the City's New Smoking Ordinance? We Have ...
Patch.com – November 27, 2013

Public Property: Besides the City's current prohibition on smoking in parks and beaches, the new ordinance prohibits smoking on all public property, including ...

Alhambra's City Council bans e-cigarette use in public places
Pasadena Star-News - November 27, 2013

ALHAMBRA >> The City Council laid the smackdown on electronic cigarette ... e-cigarette smokers could now be fined for using vaporizers in city-owned or ...

Delta revisits smoking ban
Stockton Record - November 22, 2013

University of the Pacific is not smoke-free, but smoking is banned inside of ... And trustees on Tuesday sounded agreeable to banning smoking altogether, ...

Health campaign targets smoking in LGBT community
Los Angeles Times - November 22, 2013

Gay, lesbian and bisexual adults in Los Angeles smoke at a rate more than 50% higher than their straight counterparts and suffer disproportionately from the ill effects of tobacco use, health officials reported Thursday at the introduction of a new count

California smoking ban said to be most stringent in US
UPI.com - November 22, 2013

California smoking ban said to be most stringent in U.S. ... The U.S. Congress passed an anti-smoking bill that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration a ...

Smoking ordinance goes into effect
Marinscope Community Newspapers – November 21, 2013

The latest ban is part of an ordinance that was passed by San Rafael City Council in ... It banned smoking in all park and recreation areas, sidewalks, pedestrian ...

Local apartment complex goes smoke-free
10News - November 21, 2013

Local apartment complex goes smoke-free ... which has 300 units, is the first complex under a new county program called Healthy Works to become smoke-free.

California Town Bans Smoking in Condos and Apartments That ...
ABC News - November 21, 2013

The town of San Rafael, Calif., has passed a ban on smoking that city officials have called the most ... New York City bans tobacco sales to anyone under 21.

City's looks to spread smoking ban downtown
Palo Alto Online - November 19, 2013

Palo Alto's ever expanding ban on smoking is now drifting toward downtown and ... banning outdoor smoking in the city's two primary business thoroughfares. ... The council discussion followed a familiar pattern when it comes to smoking bans, ... he is not convinced that it should also be banned on public thoroughfares.

More Teeth Needed in Berkeley Smoking Ban in Multi-unit Housing ...
Patch.com-by Charles Burress - November 18, 2013

The council has already approved the drafting of a smoking ban in multi-unit housing, ... Berkeley has smoking bans in place for most public places in the city, ...

Berkeley would ban smoking in homes, exempt pot
Record-Searchlight (blog) - November 18, 2013

Berkeley would ban smoking in homes, exempt pot ... his fellow councilmembers to expand smoking bans to include single-family ... The ban would exempt e-cigarettes and in true Berkeley fashion, the use of ... Violators may be banned.

Berkeley to Consider Ban on Smoking in Single-Family Homes
PublicCEO.com - November 18, 2013

The Golden State was the first in the nation to institute a statewide ban on smoking ... his fellow councilmembers to expand smoking bans to include single-family ...

Lift the ban on e-cigarettes
Daily Californian - November 15, 2013

For decades, American society has been moving toward a complete ban on smoking tobacco. Since about the mid-20th century, when scientific studies revealing the drugs devastating effects on the human body were made public, public policy and social attitudes have shifted more and more against tobacco. This is a good thing. But in executing its well-intentioned ban on consuming tobacco products on University of California campuses, the university administrations prohibition of e-cigarettes is a step too far.

Hawthorne ponders more restrictions on smoking
Daily Breeze - November 14, 2013

Its been nearly two decades since California banned smoking in bars, restaurants and other workplaces, but the city of Hawthorne is looking to impose further restrictions in areas still not regulated. On Tuesday night, City Council members agreed that smoking should be restricted at all outdoor dining areas, but they werent sure about banning it outside tattoo shops, as Lawndale has done, and parking lots a place where smokers cant light up in Hermosa Beach.

Berkeley's next smoking ban may hit home
San Francisco Chronicle - November 14, 2013

Berkeley, where residents take pride in exercising their personal freedoms and resisting government intrusion, is the site these days of a much different kind of movement - one to ban cigarette smoking from single-family homes. In general, smoking bans in multiunit dwellings have been very effective in prompting some smokers to quit, as well as protecting nonsmokers from the dangers of secondhand smoke, said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a Berkeley nonprofit. "Laws like these help change the social norm," she said. "Really, we shouldn't be smoking indoors at all."

San Rafael's tough anti-tobacco ordinance goes into effect, bans smoking in apartment units
Marin Independent Journal - November 14, 2013

Smokers in San Rafael are no longer allowed to light up in apartments, condominiums and any other residential units that share a common wall per a city ordinance that took effect Thursday.

Palo Alto to consider extending outdoor smoking ban
San Jose Mercury News - November 14, 2013

Four members of the Palo Alto City Council want to extend the city's outdoor smoking ban to the downtown and California Avenue business districts. The proposal by Mayor Greg Scharff, Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd and council members Karen Holman and Gail Price would build on the city council's decision earlier this year to outlaw smoking in parks and increase the no-smoking buffer around public building entrances to 25 feet.

Palo Alto eyes smoking ban downtown
Palo Alto Online - November 14, 2013

Having snuffed out smoking at local parks earlier this year, Palo Alto officials are now proposing to extend the cigarette ban to the city's two most prominent business districts.

MILLER: Don't ban smoking at Coast
The Coast Report November 13, 2013

Secondhand smoke is of no harm to anyone when its outdoors, because it dissipates so quickly and is never concentrated. Most people take in many more toxins on a daily basis then they may be led to believe ones much worse than any outdoor secondhand ...

VIDEO: Vapor Vs. Smoke: A Look At The E-Cigarette Craze In San Diego
KPBS TV/FM (San Diego, CA) - November 13, 2013

GUEST: Dr. Thomas Novotny ... many health advocates are wary of the new devices. They say they are largely untested, and claim they are being marketed to teenagers.

Electronic cigarette store proposed downtown
Ukiah Daily Journal - November 13, 2013

The Ukiah Planning Commission tonight will review a proposal to open a store selling electronic cigarettes, or E-Cigarettes, downtown. According to the ...

UCR clears the air about smoke-free policy
Highlander Newspaper - November 12, 2013

Beginning Jan. 2, 2014, UCR will implement the campus-wide policy of maintaining a nicotine-free environment, which will apply to all students, faculty members, staff, contractors and visitors. The new policy bans the use of cigarettes, tobacco, electronic-cigarettes, unregulated nicotine and other smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco on campus. Partial exemptions to the policy will be granted for research, educational or clinical purposes and traditional ceremonies of cultural and religious groups. It will be regulated upon all university-controlled property, including land, buildings, parking lots and private residential space owned by the UC.

E-cigarettes picking up steam
Visalia Times-Delta - November 12, 2013

You probably haven't smelled them, but perhaps you've seen them: Electronic cigarettes are gaining popularity in Tulare County. Local smoke shops report that ...

'Vaping' trend a form of tobacco-free smoking concerns health industry
The Advocate - November 9, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. Brandon Lockridge and his electrician-school classmate stopped into The Vape Bar in San Jose, Calif., bellied up to the shiny wooden bar and ordered the usual.

Arcata may extend smoking ban boundaries: Police chief recommends council to hold off
Times-Standard - November 8, 2013

Arcata may consider expanding the boundaries of its smoking ban beyond the streets surrounding the Plaza after hearing complaints from nearby residents. Since the amended ordinance -- which created 30-foot no-smoking zones in front of businesses and common areas of apartment buildings, excluding designated smoking areas -- went into effect in July, smokers have moved over to the residential areas of J Street, Councilwoman Susan Ornelas said. People have called me and made the suggestion that we could move it over to K Street, because at least that's commercial, Ornelas said. That make some sense to me because I feel like we should work with our community members. I don't think we should frustrate the residents over on J Street. That wasn't our intent.

Smoking banned on Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey
Monterey County Herald - November 7, 2013

Monterey prohibits smoking in several public places, including the Recreation Trail, city beaches and covered public parking lots. In December, Fisherman's Wharf will join the list of city spots where lighting up is illegal. The City Council this week, at the request of the wharf business association, voted 5-0 to ban smoking on the tourist-oriented wharf.

College district may ban smoking on campus
Daily Pilot - November 7, 2013

The Coast Community College District is seeking feedback from students and faculty at its three campuses before considering a districtwide smoking ban.

Berkeley Vapers Called to Action to Oppose E-Cig Usage Ban
DigitalJournal.com - November 7, 2013

TUSTIN, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 7, 2013) - The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA) has issued a "Call to Action" for e-cigarette users in the Berkeley City Council (San Francisco) area to oppose the unjustifiable proposal to ban "vaping" in existing "No Smoking" areas. The council will meet on the 12th of November at 7 pm, and although the legislation is unlikely to be discussed, the meeting provides users a valuable opportunity to speak before the council. E-cigarettes have the potential to save countless lives across California, and this legislation will only limit their appeal and effectiveness.

Smoking ordinance goes into effect Nov. 14
Marinscope Community Newspapers - November 7, 2013

In October 2012, the San Rafael City Council passed an ordinance strengthening the citys municipal code to further protect the community from secondhand smoke. As of November 14, 2013, smoking is prohibited in all duplex and multi-family residential units that share a common wall.

AS Board of Directors talks smoking ban, new appointments
Daily Aztec - November 7, 2013

Plans for a campus-wide smoking ban have been approved by a university-employee union, allowing it to move forward, Nancy Demich, assistant to the vice president of business and financial affairs, told the Associated Students Board of Directors at its Nov. 4 meeting.

Hermosa Beach voters reject bar restrictions, oust Kit Bobko in favor of women candidates
Daily Breeze - November 6, 2013

Hermosa Beach voters resoundingly rejected a measure that would have forced downtown hot spots to close early, and also denied Mayor Kit Bobko a third term while handing a second term to Councilman Jeff Duclos in a narrow race on Tuesday night. Petty, Bobko and Bowler campaigned on similar fiscally conservative, pro-business platforms. While all candidates emphasized the importance of the environment largely because of the proposed oil-drilling project Bowler derided City Council policies that ban outdoor smoking, single-use plastic bags and polystyrene foam packaging.

TEMECULA: City amending rules on chickens, cats, pool slides and more
Press-Enterprise (blog) - November 6, 2013

On smoking, the definition of smoking will be broadened to include e-cigarettes, which the city defines as a device that emits liquid vapor containing nicotine.

Smoking issue ongoing
Renegade Rip - November 6, 2013

Student Government Association President Travis Tillis has confirmed that the discussion regarding whether to proceed with a full tobacco ban on the Bakersfield College campus or implement designated smoking areas will continue during the Kern Community College District Consultation Councils meeting on Nov. 26. Tillis said that designated smoking areas, which KCCD is pushing for, could cost the district almost $100,000

Letter: Ban smoking in apartments next
Enterprise-Record - November 6, 2013

Letter: Ban smoking in apartments next. Chico Enterprise-Record. Posted: 11/06/2013 12:02:35 AM PST. Regarding the Oct. 30 story "Smoking bans in Chico ...

Expanded Smoking Regulations Ready for Prime Time
Lamorindaweekly - November 6, 2013

The new ordinance will support extending the smoking ban to include outdoor public areas like plazas and public events, for example the farmers' market, along with outdoor dining areas, new multi-family residences, and existing multi-family units that are newly leased or rented after the ordinance takes effect. In addition, smoking will be banned within 25 feet of building entries and windows.

Walter Michael of Willows is leading a campaign to make Sac State ...
Willows Journal - November 6, 2013

A Willows native is leading a student-run campaign to make California State University, Sacramento the first tobacco-free campus in the California State ...

New measures aim to boost tobacco-free policy
EIN News (press release ) November 6, 2013

As part of UCLA's Healthy Campus Initiative, the university enacted its tobacco-free policy six months ago on April 22, making it the first UC campus to do so and ...

BH City Council Denies Ban on E-Cigarettes
The Beverly Hills Courier - November 6, 2013

The Beverly Hills City Council heard dozens of comments Tuesday from people who say they have kicked smoking and use e-cigarettes in their place without ...

Lakewood Approves New Rules on E-Cigs, Vaporizers
Los Cerritos News - November 5, 2013

English: Two electronic cigarette models. Self-taken photograph by Equazcion. From top down: 1. RN4072 (full size “pen style”), fully assembled 2. RN4072 ...

Campus Wide E Cig Ban at University of California Reviews ...
SBWire (press release) - November 5, 2013

UC will see a system wide smoking ban effective January 2 and e cigarette is also ... In addition to the smoking ban, the UC system committee is highlighting ...

E-cigarettes included in University of California smoking ban
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - November 5, 2013

University of California officials are reminding students and faculty that the system wide smoking ban going into effect next year includes electronic cigarettes.

UC pulls plug on electronic cigarettes in systemwide smoking ban
San Jose Mercury News - November 5, 2013

BERKELEY -- A systemwide smoking ban at University of California campuses includes the controversial electronic cigarette, a tobacco smoking device whose backers claim is safer than traditional smokes.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors considers a policy on e-cigarettes
10News - November 5, 2013

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday will consider whether to have staff develop a policy on electronic cigarettes. The so-called ... Supervisors Dave Roberts and Ron Roberts will ask their colleagues to direct staff to review how e-cigarettes fit into the board's policy on smoking and tobacco use.

San Diego County Mulls E-Cigs Oversight
NBC 7 San Diego - November 5, 2013

San Diego County may soon join the cities and counties regulating electronic cigarettes. When the Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday, they will consider ...

Walnut Creek councilman works to repeal smoking rules, prevent ...
Vallejo Times-Herald - November 1, 2013

WALNUT CREEK -- Citing his oath to uphold the Constitution, Councilman Justin Wedel says Walnut Creek voters, not elected leaders, should decide where people can smoke and whether shoppers can choose paper or plastic.

City Councilman Starts Petition Drive Against Smoking Regulations ...
Patch.com - October 31, 2013

Councilman Justin Wedel says the latest smoking rules and a proposed bag ban are both intrusions into the private sector Walnut Creek City Councilman Justin Wedel has unleashed two petition campaigns to overturn part of the city's new smoking regulations as well as prevent it from banning plastic bags without approval from voters.

Bellflower extends freeze on shops selling e-cigarettes
Los Angeles Wave Newspapers - October 31, 2013

Neighboring Norwalk has placed a moratorium on any new tobacco shops that might sell the product but Bellflower's moratorium is only on e-cigarettes.

Hermosa Beach City Council candidates debate oil, money, alcohol
Daily Breeze - October 30, 2013

Bowler opposes the council's recent bans on outdoor smoking, polystyrene food ... If elected, he said he would oppose restrictions on businesses but wants ...

Graton Resort & Casino: Rohnert Park facility opening
San Francisco Chronicle - October 30, 2013

In one way the casino will be too much like Vegas for many visitors: Smoking will be allowed on most of the gaming floor. Some areas, such as the poker room and all restaurants, will be nonsmoking. And some gaming tables will be nonsmoking as well. Lori Nelson, a spokeswoman for Station Casinos, which has contracted with the Graton tribe to build and manage the casino, said ventilation systems will refresh the casino with outdoor air and keep smoke from migrating into restaurant areas.

Setting a trend for tobacco's end
Elk Grove (CA) Citizen - October 30, 2013

Elk Grove students have joined a mission to make California State University Sacramento (CSUS) the first tobacco-free CSU campus. The university’s student-run campaign, Hornets for a Healthy Hive is working to "Set a Trend for Tobacco's End," as its...

Smoking bans in Chico have mixed results
Enterprise-Record - October 30, 2013

CHICO -- It's been one year since a smoking ban was approved in Chico, ... open spaces and greenways, where regulations banning smoking took effect six ...

Scientists Criticize UC Berkeley's Ban on E-Cigs
East Bay Express - October 30, 2013

As a result, scientists who support bans on smoking cigarettes and other ... And when asked why e-cigarettes are banned even as a smoking-cessation tool at Cal, ... not justify banning e-cigs in public places — especially not in outdoor areas.

Lafayette City Council Approves Tougher Smoking Restrictions
Patch.com - October 28, 2013

The Lafayette City Council has added more restrictions to the anti-smoking laws ... The new ordinance prohibits smoking in more areas of the city, including multi-family housing projects, outdoor public areas, public events and outdoor dining areas.

More Young Teens Puffing On Electronic Cigarettes
KCOY.com - October 28, 2013

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif.- A new addiction is butting its way into the hands of young teens. While one local organization is fired up about electronic cigarettes, others say the cigarettes are the new and healthy alternative to smoking.

Electronic cigarettes booming but face regulation
Register Pajaronian - October 28, 2013

Enter electronic cigarettes, a new and largely unregulated smoking method that allows smokers to take in nicotine without emitting smoke.

On the agenda: Alhambra Beautiful Awards, restrictions on e ...
Alhambra Source - October 28, 2013

Council will also consider for the second time the regulation of the use of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes and prohibition of the issuance of more permits to e-cigarette retailers around the city. E-cigarettes are metal tubes implanted with heating devices that vaporize a liquid solution, simulating the smoking of cigarettes or tobaccos. Some liquid ...

TEMECULA: Proposed rule on e-cigs to be reviewed by OMB
Press-Enterprise (blog) - October 28, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent its proposed rule on e-cigarettes to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for review, a big milestone for a document that is anxiously awaited by the owners of smoke and vaping shops here in town.

E-cigarettes give rise to 'vaping' bars for breathing sweet air
Contra Costa Times - October 28, 2013

Ken Miguel of San Jose exhales e-cigarette vapor on Oct. 18, 2013 at The Vape ... kick, from zero (flavor only) up to 24 mg, but no tobacco smoke is produced.

Photos: E-cigarettes and the art of vaping
San Jose Mercury News media center - October 27, 2013

E-cigarettes, which produce a lot of smoke just like the real thing but are healthier than tobacco products, are gaining popularity in the Bay Area.

Terraces Development, Smoking Prohibition Being Discussed By Two Lafayette Agencies on Monday Night
Patch.com - October 27, 2013

The Lafayette City Council will be considering stricter restrictions on smoking in the city while in another part of the building the city's Design Review Commission will hold a public hearing on The Terraces project.

COC student government gathering student input on e-cigarettes
Santa Clarita Valley Signal - October 26, 2013

Facing an industry that is rapidly rising in popularity nationwide and locally, the student government at College of the Canyons is examining whether to subject battery-powered electronic cigarettes to the same rules on campus as conventional ones. Electronic cigarettes, commonly referred to as e-cigarettes, are devices that provide doses of nicotine or other additives to the user in aerosol form, typically as a ...

Cerritos Council to consider moratorium on new e-cigarette ...
Long Beach Press-Telegram - October 23, 2013

Cerritos has one electronic cigarette retailer and hasnt received any complaints about it, but the city wants to place a 45-day moratorium on any new retailers that would sell e-cigarettes or vapors. We've had about 10 inquiries in the past six months from people asking about possible retail locations for e-cigarettes in the city, said Ryan Carey, advance ...

Vista bans indoor e-cigarette smoking
fox5sandiego.com - October 23, 2013

VISTA, Calif. A smoking method considered a cleaner alternative to lighting up a cigarette is still not acceptable enough for the City of Vista. The City Council voted 4 to 1 Tuesday evening to ban e-cigarettes from being used indoors at restaurants and most public places. They said the main reason is for enforcement, claiming it would cause some confusion between e-cigarettes and regular ones.

Lakewood council moves to regulate e-cigarettes
Long Beach Press-Telegram - October 23, 2013

The City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday setting the stage for regulating electronic cigarette use the same as tobacco products in the city. The city, for example, doesnt allow smoking in public places or restaurants, and that would apply to e-cigarettes.

Letters to the Walnut Creek Journal -- Praising the secondhand ...
Contra Costa Times - October 23, 2013

Council members 'heroes' to us
Four members of Walnut City Council are heroes to us. My husband and I lived comfortably in Rossmoor until a smoker moved into the unit below us. Suddenly, our home, our clothing and our hair reeked of tobacco smoke.

Cerean pushes for tobacco-free campuses
Ceres Courier- October 23, 2013

Ceres native Astrid Mazariegos aims to improve campus health in Sacramento in helping to run "Hornets for a Healthy Hive," a student campaign to make ...

Vista will treat e-cigs just like regular cigarettes
U-T San Diego - October 23, 2013

...will soon be banned in Vista restaurants and other public places where smoking is already prohibited. The Vista City Council by a 4-1 vote Tuesday approved a proposal to treat the smokeless devices like regular cigarettes. City Councilwoman Amanda Rigby...

CA Town Bans E-Cigs
KMJ Now - October 23, 2013

...Critics of the ban say there's no danger of secondhand smoke with e-cigarettes and no smell. Proponents of the ban say e-cigarettes are not proven to be safe ...

Vista CC: Obamacare, cabarets, e-cigs, and a pledge to an unseen ...
Examiner.com - October 23, 2013

So surreal: we pledged allegiance to an unseen flag tonight. On Mayor Ritter's word that the American flag was beyond the council wall, we saluted a wall.

Pleasant Hill council rejects proposal to expand city's smoking ban
Contra Costa (CA) Times - October 22, 2013

City leaders on Monday rejected a proposal to extend the ban on smoking to the downtown and other shopping centers. Mayor Michael Harris, who has pushed for rules prohibiting smoking in public spaces in Pleasant Hill, suggested the new restrictions. ...

UCSB in a Haze Over Smoking Ban
The Bottom Line - October 23, 2013

...banning the use of cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and electronic ... “This committee isn't here to discuss the policy of smoking bans…it's ...

Smoking ban proposed at Saddleback College
OCRegister - October 22, 2013

The Academic Senate at Saddleback College is recommending a campuswide smoking ban to protect students and employees from “health hazards posed by ...

CSU smoking ban under consideration
The Collegian- October 22, 2013

Students, faculty and staff who look for designated smoking areas on campus may soon find only smoke-free areas with pamphlets to help promote a ...

E-CIGARETTE CURBS ARE CONSIDERED IN VISTA
U-T San Diego - October 22, 2013

Their proposal would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes “or similar smoking ... Councilman Cody Campbell proposed such a ban in June, but it was voted down 3-2. But even cities that have adopted those bans — including Carlsbad, Del Mar and El ... regulations — including prohibiting sales to minors and banning their use in ...

Should e-cigs be treated like regular cigarettes?
U-T San Diego - October 21, 2013

Their proposal would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes “or similar smoking ... Councilman Cody Campbell proposed such a ban in June, but it was voted down 3-2. But even cities that have adopted those bans — including Carlsbad, Del Mar and El ... regulations — including prohibiting sales to minors and banning their use in ...

Lakewood City Council to consider new regulations for e-cigarettes ...
Long Beach Press-Telegram - October 21, 2013

Electronic cigarettes are on their way to being regulated the same ... regulate e-cigarette use the same as tobacco products at its meeting tonight.

Electronic Cigarette Store RAD Vapor Brings Smoking Alternative to ...
Patch.com - October 18, 2013

Electronic cigarettes offer an alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. Their products mimic the experience of smoking, though what one inhales is actually ...

Health Department Ups Enforcement on Tobacco Sales to Minors ...
Monterey County Weekly - October 17, 2013

Health Department Ups Enforcement on Tobacco Sales to Minors, Urges Cities ... two begins: Teenagers will go into stores undercover and try to buy cigarettes.

COOK/GRANGER: Marin Voice: A smoke-free Graton casino could be an advantage for the house
Marin Independent Journal - October 17, 2013

The majority of potential North Bay patrons are nonsmokers ... A smoke-free gaming policy will increase the health of tribal community members, increase the number of people spending money in tribal enterprises, and benefit the community as a whole.

Campus to Host Several Tobacco-free Events During November
UC Riverside - October 16, 2013

Campus to Host Several Tobacco-free Events During November. Highlights include Clear Air Expo on Nov. 6th and Great American Smokeout Mock Funeral on ...

Alhambra's City Council places moratoriums on e-cigarettes and tattoos
Pasadena (CA) Star-News - October 16, 2013

On a 3-1 vote, the council also passed the first reading of an ordinance that would place “vape” in the same category as old-school tobacco, meaning the city may eventually restrict smoking in public places, restaurants and parks. “The people who want t

Smoking: a right or an annoyance?
USD Vista - October 15, 2013

USD allows smoking on its campus, despite the recent ban by the University of ... should this campus follow the UC system in banning smoking on campus, ...

Campus smoking ban considered; favored by Academic Senate
Lariat Saddleback College - October 15, 2013

In the policy, cigars, cigarettes and pipes would be banned from campus, along ... by the recent smoking ban that took effect at California State University, Fullerton, ... Iowa is the only state to have passed legislation banning smoking on both ...

FORD: Cigarettes and life
Napa Valley (CA) Register - October 13, 2013

I was the executive director of the Napa Chamber of Commerce in 1991 when the chamber board voted in favor of a proposed city ordinance banning smoking in businesses that served food.

UC Campuses To Become Smoke, Tobacco-Free as of January 2014
Daily Nexus - October 15, 2013

UCSB is currently making the shift to going totally smoke-and-tobacco-free, as all universities in the 10-campus UC system will be officially designated as ...

Flavored Cigarillos Could Be Banned From Castro Valley, San ...
Patch.com - October 14, 2013

Little cigars with fruity or chocolate flavors, also known as flavored cigarillos, could be ... “But they are still smoking tobacco because of the tobacco leaf in the ...

Alameda County considers banning flavored cigarillos
Contra Costa Times - October 12, 2013

ALAMEDA COUNTY -- Flavored cigarillos, little cigars with the taste of fruit or ... "People were really surprised at all the types of tobacco products that are now ...

Coronado City Council Approves Public Smoking Ban; Receives ...
Coronado Eagle and Journal - October 10, 2013

Specifically the ordinance bans smoking within 25 feet of enclosed areas that ... Exempted from the smoking ban are the Coronado Municipal Golf Course and ...

Portion of Walnut Creek groundbreaking secondhand smoke law takes effect Oct. 31
San Jose Mercury News - October 9, 2013

Walnut Creek is about to be largely smoke-free, even though smokers and others continue to rail against the new secondhand smoke ordinance. "It's not OK with the residents of Rossmoor," said Debra Freeman a resident of the gated community at a City Council meeting last week. She said she and her neighbors had no idea that this law was even proposed. "We see this as a violation of our constitutional rights and freedom and liberty." The City Council passed the strict secondhand-smoking ordinance in September, after months of public hearings and meetings on the issue. The council had a final reading of that law last week. It bans smoking in all multiunit residences, all of downtown, all recreational areas and all commercially zoned properties, and in all public places. The council made an exemption, however, that does not require public or private golf courses to be smoke-free. And it doesn't outlaw smoke from medical marijuana. ...

Lakewood City Council looks to restrict use, sale of e-cigarettes
Long Beach Press-Telegram - October 9, 2013

In response to the growing use of electronic cigarettes and their health impacts, the City Council may regulate their use as they do tobacco products and may create new zoning laws for where they can be sold. ...

Oakley proposes non-smoking ordinance for apartment buildings
Contra Costa Times - October 9, 2013

OAKLEY -- The city presented a proposed no-smoking ordinance Tuesday that, although it would affect most Oakley apartment buildings, is aimed at one high-rise complex in particular.

Vapor rising: New trend gives students an alternative to smoking
Diablo Valley College Inquirer - October 8, 2013

In order to afford his new health insurance plan, DVC student Josh Yotter needed to quit smoking cigarettesor at least find a healthier alternative. To battle his four year smoking habit he first tried rolling tobacco, then chewing tobacco, and just as he slapped on his first Nicoderm CQ patch, he discovered Blu e-cigarettes.

City Council Approves Smoking Ban
Patch.com - October 3, 2013

The Coronado City Council voted, 3-2, Tuesday to ban smoking in all public spaces in ... Del Mar and El Cajon, in the county in banning smoking in public places. ... The ordinance also bans smoking on all outdoors public events, regardless of ...

New North Bay Casino to Open Nov. 5
Graton Casino in Rohnert Park will be 340,000 square feet
Patch.com - October 3, 2013

The casino and resort is managed by Station Casinos of Las Vegas. ... tables for blackjack, baccarat and poker and an 18-table non-smoking poker room.

Berkeley Boots Smoke Out of Multi-Unit Housing
Berkeley Daily Planet - October 2, 2013

The Berkeley City Council mustered five votes to protect tenants in multi-unit housing from their neighbors secondhand smoke at the October 1, 2013 city council meeting. The ordinance would go into effect in early 2014.

Berkeley City Council votes to amend proposed smoking ban
Daily Californian - October 2, 2013

The policies would have added nonsmoking clauses to leases and allowed ... Liz Williams, project manager for the nonprofit Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, ...

Council Gives Final Approval To Anti-Smoking Ordinance
Patch.com - October 2, 2013

The new law bans smoking throughout downtown as well as in apartments, condominiums, all public places and within 25 feet of doors and windows. The initial ...

Carlsbad cracks down on parties
New restrictions placed on events Woman's Club hosts to fund philanthropy
U-T San Diego - October 2, 2013

Residents living near the Carlsbad Womans Club will be getting a bit more peace and quiet after the city cracked down Wednesday on rowdy parties at the clubs Monroe Street headquarters. So the Carlsbad Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a much stricter operating permit for the club. The commission also decided to ban smoking on club property, require the club to hire a security guard for each event and establish a complaint hotline.

Coronado votes to ban smoking on nearly all public property
10News - October 2, 2013

If you are looking to light up in the city of Coronado, think again. There are only a few places left in the city where that will be allowed. The city of Coronado has voted to ban smoking on nearly all public property.

Smoke-free OCC?
Coast Report - October 2, 2013

Cigarettes are an increasingly controversial subject and it seems as though whether you are a smoker or a non-smoker, you are stepping on someones toes. BP 3550 deals with the Drug and Smoke-Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program. This policy, in the past, has underlined a completely alcohol and drug free campus. However, it is now revised to also restrict the use of any tobacco product on campus, including but not limited to: cigarettes, pipes, cigars or smokeless/chewing tobacco. BP 3550 states a handful of reasons for this new potential ban, like the dangers of second-hand smoke or maintaining an educational and healthy environment. If this policy goes into effect, information about smoking-cessation programs would be provided to students as needed.

OCC may become smoke free
Coast Report - October 2, 2013

A change in Coast Community College District board policy may have Orange Coast College students looking for off-campus places for their smoke breaks.

Life as a smoker at APU
The Clause - October 1, 2013

Contrary to the presumption that with a non-smoking campus comes non-smoking students, APU houses a smoking culture that is unseen to many. This is largely due to the negative connotation that smoking has throughout campus. Some students agree that APU should continue being a non-smoking campus due to the health risks and discomfort level of other students.

New ordinance could ban secondhand smoke in Coronado
KFMB - October 1, 2013

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A new proposed ordinance could clear the air in Coronado. The city council is meeting Tuesday to consider a secondhand smoke ordinance. It seeks to eliminate smoking on almost all public properties.

Final Approval Of Smoking Ban Scheduled For Tuesday Evening
Walnut Creek (CA) Patch - October 1, 2013

The Walnut Creek City Council is scheduled to give final approval to a anti-smoking ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday night. The new law will ban smoking throughout downtown as well as in apartments, condominiums, public places and within 25 feet of doors and windows.

The Week Ahead: Smoking Ordinance, Broadway Gala, Mount ...
Patch.com - September 30, 2013

On Tuesday evening, the Walnut Creek City Council will holds its regularly scheduled meeting.
On the agenda is the second reading of an ordinance to furthur restrict smoking in public areas and the release of the results from a community survey to determine the public's opinion on city services and finances...

Government should not ban sales of e-cigarettes
Daily Trojan Online - September 29, 2013

E-cigarettes serve as a great option for smokers looking to kick the habit and do less harm to the environment. The Food and Drug Administration should not ban ...

The "Substantial" Rock That Could Shipwreck Smokefree Housing
Berkeley Daily Planet - September 27, 2013

Rent Board Attorney Matt Brown's passionate “I got nothing” statement to the Open Government Commission last week confirmed publicly that the Rent Board ...

Smoking in the Park, Ignoring City Ordinance - Around Town
Patch.org - September 27, 2013

It's not clear whether people are forbidden to smoke within 20 feet of a public space such as the South Pasadena Public Library and Community Center park. What seems clear is that smoking is not allowed in the park—and certainly not within 20 feet of a ...

Saddleback College Academic Senate votes in approval of district ...
Lariat Saddleback College - September 27, 2013

Saddleback College Academic Senate votes in approval of district-wide smoking ban ... use of electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco will also be banned.

GRAFFT: Non-Smoker Supports the Right to Light Up
Daily Nexus - September 26, 2013

Instead of full-out banning cigarettes, the university should consider having clearly defined areas of campus where smoking is allowed, little corners of the outdoors where the smoke won’t impede other passersby. In some countries like Japan, there...

Mailbag: Good e-cigs are powerful anti-smoking tool
Coastline Pilot - September 26, 2013

I am a Laguna Beach resident and the owner of E-Cig City in Laguna Beach. I have read David Hansen's column for years and was in complete shock when I ...

AS Beat: Smoking ban and financial report
Daily Aztec - September 26, 2013

San Diego State will be implementing a new campus-wide smoking ban after getting the green light from university President Elliot Hirshman. The smoking ban ...

Smokers unhappy about ramifications of CSUF smoking ban
The Daily Titan - September 26, 2013

Rob Delisle said he began smoking ten years ago. He said it started as a social thing that he would only do at parties. Now, however, Delisle said when he can't ...

Smoking issue at BC not forgotten as new semester underway
Renegade Rip - September 26, 2013

Initially intended to go into effect this semester, Bakersfield College's smoking ban has been delayed due to administrative conflict between the Student ...

Councilman Hopes to Ban on E Cigarette Sale to Minors' in LA ...
SBWire (press release) - September 25, 2013

Apparently Paul is hopeful that electronic cigarette sale to minors and ... e cig in a way that the sale of vapor cigarettes to minors can be restricted and controlled. ... to e cig to go back to tobacco a move which is likely not good for public health”.

Seal Beach extends ban on e-cigarette sales
OCRegister (subscription) - September 25, 2013
Seal Beach extends ban on e-cigarette sales. Devices can't be ... Electronic cigarettes look much like traditional ones but do not burn tobacco. Instead, they're ...

Santa Cruz council finalizes downtown display, smoking restrictions
Santa Cruz Sentinel - September 24, 2013

Santa Cruz council finalizes downtown display, smoking restrictions ... Tuesday finalized new rules restricting artists, musicians, petitioners and smokers downtown, ... of making a decision to restrict something that is quite precious," she said.

Walnut Creek passes toughest secondhand smoking law in the Contra Costa County
Contra Costa Times - September 19, 2013

WALNUT CREEK -- Finding a place to smoke in this city is about to get a whole lot tougher.
By February, those who live in apartments, condos and townhomes will no longer be allowed to smoke tobacco inside or outside of their homes. And there will be no place to smoke downtown by Christmas. The City Council passed a strict secondhand-smoking ordinance Tuesday night that bans smoking in all multiunit residences, all of downtown, all recreational areas and all commercially zoned properties where there are outdoor dining areas or outdoor service areas, anyplace within 25 feet of entryways and operable windows, and in all public places. The council made an exemption, however, that does not require public or private golf courses to be smoke-free. And it doesn't outlaw smoke from medical marijuana.

Benicia council snuffs out e-cigarettes after further discussion
Vallejo Times-Herald - September 19, 2013

BENICIA -- Following more discussion about the health and safety of e-cigarettes, the City Council on Tuesday upheld adding the unregulated products to the city's anti-smoking ordinance. By a 3-2 vote, the council amended the municipal code to prohibit the use of electronic cigarette vaporizers in indoor public places, including stores, hotels, offices and most restaurants. The ordinance does not ban the use of e-cigarettes in bars.

Smoking cessation workshops held at CSUF or Students try to kick ...
The Daily Titan - September 19, 2013

With the smoking ban recently put into effect, Cal State Fullerton has expanded its programs to include workshops to help smokers quit. The first two workshops ...

Students React to New Smoking Ban
El Vaquero - September 18, 2013

Students React to New Smoking Ban ... Smoking was officially banned on campus earlier this year in April, much to the disdain of smokers, a GCC press release ...

Walnut Creek Set To Ban Smoking At Outdoor Public Places
CBS Local - September 18, 2013

WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) - Walnut Creek city leaders have taken the first official step toward a ban on smoking in most of the city's downtown and in and ...

Smoking policy should remain the same
PCC Courier - September 13, 2013

Recently The Board of Trustees approved a proposal by the Health and Safety Committee that will make Pasadena City College smoke-free beginning in ...

Court OKs 1st Amendment complaint against Najarian
Glendale News Press - September 12, 2013

A federal judge this week green-lighted an anti-smoking advocate's latest 1st Amendment complaint against Councilman Ara Najarian, whom the advocate claims got him fired from Glendale Adventist Medical Center because he spoke out against Najarian's proposal to loosen smoking rules at restaurants. Although the city, representing Najarian, had asked U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee to throw out the complaint, in an order published Tuesday she denied the city's request due to new facts outlined by Steven Gallegos, the anti-smoking advocate.

SMOKING BANNED CAMPUSWIDE
UCSD is second UC school to prohibit all tobacco, even outdoors
Utsandiego.com - September 12, 2013

A strict new policy at UC San Diego bans tobacco use everywhere on campus - even outdoors. That means smoking is prohibited on the university's more than 2,100 acres, and Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, a smoker, won't be allowed to light up at his soon-to-be official residence - a blufftop mansion in La Jolla that's undergoing renovations. … The UC ban is welcomed by anti-smoking advocates, who said many college students are already accustomed to smoking restrictions at bars and restaurants, in parks and on airplanes. "Many of our youths are growing up in smoke-free cities and states. Now they are going to campuses that are smoke-free," said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. "This is one of the ways to provide a healthy campus for the employees who work there as well as the students who are learning there." …

L.A. Councilman Hopes to Ban E-Cigarette Sales to Minors
Patch.com - September 12, 2013

The number of high school students who said they used e-cigarettes ... In August, Seal Beach's City Council set a 45-day moratorium on e- cigarette sales in new ...

WHITAKER: My turn: No Ifs, Ands or Butts
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News - September 11, 2013

So, why do they think nothing about dropping a cigarette butt and grinding it out with their shoe and leaving it on the ground? Studies have been done on this by environmental groups as well as tobacco companies. Some of the findings: •Because cigarette

Colusa City Council discusses smoking ban
Colusa County Sun Herald - September 11, 2013

The issue of enforcement was the only question raised in regards to a ban on smoking in city parks discussed at the Colusa City Council meeting on Sept. 3.

Santa Cruz Further Bans Smoking and Cuts Spaces for Street Vendors
Patch.com - September 11, 2013

The Santa Cruz City Council Tuesday banned smoking along downtown side streets ... The council unanimously banned smoking on side streets one block from ...

City Council to Consider Cutting More Smoking Downtown and ...
Patch.com - September 10, 2013

Smoking was banned on Pacific Avenue in 2009 and now businesses on the side ... "Further, there are no restrictions if vendors sell art by holding it in their ...

Santa Cruz to consider extending downtown smoking ban
Santa Cruz Sentinel - September 8, 2013

The Santa Cruz City Council will vote Tuesday on extending a downtown smoking ban to streets perpendicular to Pacific Avenue.

Cal State Fullerton becomes the first CSU campus to implement ...
Daily Sundial - September 5, 2013

Cal State University Fullerton (CSUF) implemented a campus-wide smoke-free policy this semester, making it the first CSU campus to ban all tobacco products. This may be a path CSUN could soon take. About 1,182 schools nationwide have applied smoking bans. Of those schools, 800 have banned all forms of tobacco, including chewing tobacco, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights (ANR), the leading national lobbying organization for nonsmokers rights.

Campus to become smoke free
PCC Courier - September 4, 2013

The Board of Trustees has approved a proposal by the Health and Safety Committee that will make the campus smoke free beginning on January 1 of next year. Buzcko says among the things now banned are cigarettes, cigars, pipes, bongs, and smokeless devices like the electronic cigarette; chewing tobacco, however, is still permitted on campus.

Laguna Beach Council Says "NO" to Banning E-Cigarettes
SBWire (press release) - September 5, 2013

Great River, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/05/2013 -- On Tuesday August 6th, Laguna Beach City Council voted no to banning electronic cigarettes. Like many other ...

UC System Bans Smoke, Tobacco From Campuses
NBC 7 San Diego - September 1, 2013

Up until now, smoking was allowed on the UCSD campus in certain areas and under certain restrictions. The new ban also extends to properties owned and ...

Last Updated: 1 day ago
10News - September 1, 2013

SAN DIEGO - Starting Sunday, those at UC San Diego who wish to smoke will have to go off-campus as a smoke- and tobacco-free policy went into effect in all campus areas.

Revisions sought on Burbank's smoking rules
Council seeks stronger regulation of secondhand smoke near residential buildings
Glendale News Press - August 30, 2013

The Burbank City Council on Tuesday directed city officials to draft stricter restrictions for businesses with designated outdoor smoking areas next to multifamily complexes following secondhand smoke complaints by neighboring residents.

New outdoor smoking ban begins Thursday in La Canada Flintridge
Pasadena Star-News - August 30, 2013

A new ordinance banning smoking in outdoor public areas of La Canada Flintridge ... city governments already have banned smoking at outdoor eating facilities.

Smoking ordinance splits council
Patterson Irrigator - August 28, 2013

An ordinance that would ban smoking and chewing tobacco in public parks and recreation areas throughout the city passed its first test 3-1, Tuesday Aug. 20 at the regular City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers at 1 Plaza, Patterson, but not without a healthy debate on the subject. Councilwoman Deborah Novelli was absent. Councilwoman Sheree Lustgarten was the lone dissenter. The ordinance will be back before the council for a second and final vote Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Seal Beach Approves Moratorium on E-Cigarette Vendors
KTLA - August 27, 2013

SEAL BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) The Seal Beach City Council on Monday unanimously approved a 45-day ban on e-cigarette vendors.

Seal Beach considers restricting e-cigarettes
Los Angeles Times - August 26, 2013

Fearing a proliferation of electronic cigarettes, Seal Beach is on the brink of being one of the first cities to place restrictions on the smoking devices. The City ...

Cal State Fullerton becomes the CSU systems first smoke-free campus
The Daily Titan - August 26, 2013

Ashtrays and designated smoking areas have been replaced with no smoking signs as Cal State Fullerton became the first 100 percent smoke-free campus in ...

Push underway to raise California's cigarette tax
KGET 17 (Bakersfield, CA) August 24, 2013

SACRAMENTO - Health groups and some lawmakers are pushing to raise California's cigarette tax to help boost Medi-cal revenue and reduce teen smoking.

Benicia OKs public ban on e-cigarettes
Vallejo Times-Herald - August 23, 2013

With little public discussion, a split City Council this week has approved adding smokeless electronic cigarettes to the city's anti-smoking ordinance. The amended law, which will require a second council vote before taking effect, would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed public places, including retail stores, hotels and motels, pharmacies, banks, offices and most restaurants. The ordinance does not address whether such products may be used in bars, and currently there are no state or federal restrictions on the use of e-cigarettes in public places.

More research needed, but e-cigs seem a good compromise
Simi Valley Acorn - August 23, 2013

More research needed, but e-cigs seem a good compromise. To date, secondhand cigarette smoke has been banned in most public places. Those who don't ...

Hermosa Beach balances the side effects of its smoking ban
Beach Reporter - August 22, 2013

Its been nearly 18 months since the Hermosa Beach City Councils ban on smoking in public places took place, and city officials admit there have been a few unintended side effects and consequences to work through. Initially residents and businesses complained of increased cigarette butt litter along the perimeter of the ban while others said that enforcement had been too haphazard to make a difference. The latest side effect to address has been the impact of about a dozen cigarette butt disposals installed in the downtown area. The disposals were a donation from the Surfrider Foundation, meant to keep the butts off the street. Though the ban took effect on March 1, 2012, the ashtrays were not installed until June 2013, so its been a process to get smokers to adapt and ensure smoke was not unintentionally concentrated near businesses. The placement of the disposals brought on some business complaints as smokers congregated around disposals. However, City Manager Tom Bakaly said he and the public works department are trying to be responsive to residents and businesses affected and work together to find the best solution.

Anti-'vaping' legislation goes adrift
Law that would have regulated smokeless devices put off until 2014
Thousand Oaks Acorn - August 22, 2013

Electronic cigarette users are breathing a sigh of relief this week after a proposed state law that would regulate the smokeless devices the same as tobacco cigarettes was tabled until 2014. Senate Bill 648 seeks to define e-cigarettes as a tobacco product and ban vaping in places where smoking is prohibited by state law. It passed the state Senate in May. But last week, the California Assembly Committee on Government Organization postponed its Aug. 14 hearing on SB 648 after Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett (D-Fremont), the bills author, decided it needed more work.

Are e-cigarettes just a pipe dream?
Agoura Hills Acorn - August 22, 2013

To date, secondhand cigarette smoke has been banned in most public places. Those who don't smoke are glad to be rid of the noxious fumes. Those who do ...

El Cerrito ponders stricter smoking regulations
Contra Costa Times - August 21, 2013

EL CERRITO -- The city is exploring the idea of matching Contra Costa County and other East Bay communities in enacting an ordinance regulating smoking in multifamily housing and outdoor areas.

Manteca Parks May Become Smoke-Free
Capital Public Radio News - August 19, 2013

Public parks in Manteca might soon be off limits to smokers, as the Manteca City Council will consider a smoking ban at its Tuesday night meeting.

Manteca Considers Banning Smoking At Its 60 Parks
CBS Local - August 18, 2013

Even though state law bans smoking within 25 feet of playground equipment, we spotted ... The city council is expected to decide on the ban next week.

CASAA: Laguna Beach council uses common sense, refuses to ban e-cigarettes
Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA) - August 9, 2013

As noted by Councilman Steven Dicterow, "I am not convinced that e-cigarettes are dangerous." It is rare these days to see such a reasonable and cautious approach to e-cigarette regulation, especially in California, where several communities have

E-Cigarettes Headed For a Smoking Ban
LA Weekly (blog)-by Dennis Romero - August 9, 2013

E-cigarettes, of course, are popular in restaurants, clubs and bars because, ... SB 648 limits the use of e-cigarettes as they pose unknown health risks in a public ...

MMJ Groups Working to Defeat CA. Vaporizer Ban
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - August 9, 2013

California NORML and other medical marijuana advocacy groups are working to defeat a California bill that would ban vaporizer use throughout much of the state.

California Considering Legislation To Restrict Use Of Vaporizers
THE Weed Blog (blog) - August 8, 2013

The California legislature is considering a bill that would ban the use of e-cigarettes and similar smokeless vaporizers in areas where tobacco smoking is banned (SB 648 Sen. Corbett).

Smoking ordinance training workshop
Marinscope Community Newspapers - August 7, 2013

A training workshop for landlords and property managers on how to enforce the citys new smoking ordinance will be held Wednesday, Aug. 14. The new ordinance prohibits smoking in all duplex and multi-family residential units that share a common wall in San Rafael.

Laguna Beach nixes regulations on e-cigarettes
OCRegister (subscription) August 7, 2013

For the time being, it's OK to "vape" in Laguna Beach. The City Council voted 4-0 on Tuesday night not to include electronic cigarettes in the city's smoking regulations.

Council won't ban e-cigarettes
Coastline Pilot - August 7, 2013

The City Council on Tuesday rejected a proposed ban on electronic cigarettes. City Manager John Pietig recommended adding e-cigarettes to the city's ordinance restricting the use in public of tobacco and other plants or weeds that are smoked. The proposed amendment is consistent with the council's long-standing desire to protect the public from secondhand smoke and to discourage the unhealthy habit of smoking, according to Pietig's summary. "The secondhand vapor from an e-cig is no more harmful than the water vapor rising out of a cup of coffee," said Laguna Beach resident Peter French, regional vice president of Life LLC. "We sell health and wellness products. One of those products happens to be the electronic cigarette."

SBCC now tobacco free
KSBY San Luis Obispo News - August 5, 2013

As of Monday, Santa Barbara Community College is a tobacco-free and smoke free campus. For the past nine years, the campus had designated smoking areas ...

Smoking Ordinance Lacks Enforcement
Alameda Sun - August 2, 2013

Alameda may be home to some of the toughest no-smoking rules in the country, but some are saying that the rules which are supposed to protect the public from secondhand smoke are failing to safeguard the public's health as intended because they aren't being enforced.

Berkeley Rent Board is Only Opposition to State Law Protecting Tenants from Secondhand Smoke
Berkeley Daily Planet - August 1, 2013

Im sending [the editor, by U.S. Mail] the last page of the analysis of SB 332 because it illustrates that there was no opposition to protecting tenants from involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke. Except from Berkeleys Rent Stabilization Board.

Pico Rivera council advances e-cigarette ban
Whittier Daily News - August 1, 2013

PICO RIVERA - Electronic cigarettes may soon join their tobacco kin on the not-welcome list in the city's public places. The City Council has approved the first ...

CSUF: No Smoking at School
MyFox Los Angeles - August 1, 2013

A new ban on smoking at Cal State Fullerton makes the school the first in the Cal State system to prohibit lighting up.

Marijuana Pollution: Is It Too Dangerous To Deal With?
Huffington Post - August 1, 2013

As in many rural counties in California, marijuana farms are becoming more and more plentiful. They proliferate in the high Sierra, where armed Mexican cartel operatives clear wilderness areas, divert creeks and poison wildlife. Other smaller gardens are planted by people operating as collectives by pooling dozens of permits under the state's medical marijuana laws, though many of those are traffickers attempting to skirt the law. State law allows a person with a medical permit to grow roughly a dozen plants. Butte County Supervisor Chairman Bill Connelly frustrated that even photos of illegally scraped and terraced hillsides in sensitive watersheds didn't convince the water quality board to act accused the board of not applying the law equally.

More and more smokers turning to e-cigs
Moorpark Acorn - July 26, 2013

Sandra Tovar, community services coordinator for the tobacco policy unit at the Ventura County Health Care Agency, asserts that e-cigarettes pose a serious ...

Hospital's smoking ban taking hold
Moorpark Acorn - July 26, 2013

Simi Valley Hospital officials said theyve received positive feedback on the July 1 total ban on smoking at the facility.

E-cigarette technology is ahead of the laws
Coastline Pilot - July 25, 2013

Laguna Beach restaurant owners are coping with customers who choose to boot up battery-powered, vapor-emanating electronic cigarettes in the absence of rules governing use of the devices. Some restaurant managers see customers "vaping," a term connected with the e-cigarettes, which vaporize a liquid solution of propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin that contains nicotine and flavorings. "Is it legal or illegal? No one knows," said Fouad Ziady, general manager of Las Brisas restaurant, which overlooks the ocean. "We don't have a problem [with customers using e-cigarettes], but there's a no-smoking ordinance in the city." Laguna Beach does not have any laws pertaining to e-cigarette use, according to John Montgomery, the city's community development director. But e-cigarette regulation could be on the way if state legislators adopt a bill put forward by Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett (D-East Bay).

City tells smokers to not light up in downtown
WDAM-TV - July 20, 2013

ARCATA, CA (KIEM/CNN) - People were still smoking downtown today, despite the new ordinance in effect that bans it.

California E-Cigarette Bill Would Restrict Use of Medical Marijuana Vaporizers
The Daily Chronic - July 20, 2013

SACRAMENTO, CA The California Assembly is considering a bill that would ban the use of e-cigarettes and similar smokeless vaporizers in areas where tobacco smoking is banned.

Hospital's smoking ban taking hold
Simi Valley Acorn - July 19, 2013

Simi Valley Hospital officials said theyve received positive feedback on the July 1 total ban on smoking at the facility. The ban, which the hospital calls Compassionate Air, requires staff as well as patients to refrain from smoking on all hospital property, including outdoor areas. The only designated smoking area for employees before the ban were in the hospital parking lots. The indoor ban now also includes electronic cigarettes.

What Do You Think of Proposed Smoking Restrictions in La Cañada?
Patch.com - July 19, 2013

As the La Cañada Flintridge City Council waits for the Aug. 5 meeting that could determine whether proposed smoking restrictions will be passed, residents have ...

Stage Set For Smoking Ban In Most Parts Of Coronado
KPBS - July 18, 2013

Smoking in outdoor patio areas at restaurants may have been the biggest issue of contention at the meeting Tuesday. A lack of public places to smoke may force people into alleys if designated smoking areas are not established, city staff said.

Temple City considering zoning restrictions for e-cig shops
Pasadena Star-News - July 17, 2013

TEMPLE CITY - City staff Tuesday urged the City Council to pass an ordinance that would place zoning restrictions on smoke and e-cigarette shops.

Stage Set for Smoking Ban in Coronado
Patch.com - July 17, 2013

In response to complaints first shared with the city in January, City Council asked staff Tuesday to begin drafting a change to city law that bans smoking including ...

New Rules on Smoking
Lamorindaweekly - July 17, 2013

Some items on the menu, like banning smoking at outdoor dining establishments, were an easy "yes" vote. Ditto the new rule that creates a buffer zone for ...

Special Meeting on Smoking Restrictions in La Cañada Postponed
Patch.com - July 17, 2013

According to the La Cañada Flintridge City Council, the agenda for the special meeting was not posted soon enough; under state laws a city council special ...

Arcata's new smoking ordinance takes effect this week
Times-Standard - July 15, 2013

Arcata residents may soon no longer see or smell quite as many people lighting up -- cigarettes, at least -- while shopping or dining downtown. A new city ordinance that further restricts smoking within city limits is slated to take effect Friday after the Arcata City Council unanimously adopted it during a June meeting.

LETTER: Smoking laws need to be enforced
Glendale (CA) News-Press - July 13, 2013

The Fresh Air Ordinance for the city of Glendale is a joke because I have been imploring Neighborhood Services to enforce the ordinance against my violating neighbors for nearly three years. The key is enforcement since smokers obviously know that the ordinance is all bark and no bite.

Tobacco Free Coalition gives Campbell an A grade on annual report ...
San Jose Mercury News - July 11, 2013

The report card from the Tobacco Free Coalition of SCC and the county's public health department grades cities on a 120-point scale: 15 points for advertising, ...

MORRISON: Outdoor smoking bans: Thanks, we'll keep 'em
Los Angeles Times - July 9, 2013

California has led the way in banning smoking from many parks and beaches. Cities in all 50 states have followed suit. Was it because of health concerns? Sure, in part. But I think the bans were mostly about the fact that it is just plain gross to turn a ...

City Council bans alcohol, tobacco use in parks
Tehachapi News - July 9, 2013

Only those with special use permits would be allowed to smoke or drink in the ... with their 40s, and their tobacco, and urinating on the fence, versus folks just ...

Calif. city tries humor to keep butts out of parks
Bismarck Tribune - July 9, 2013

It's not the kind of sign you usually see at a park: ""Our deer don't smoke in your backyard. Please don't smoke in theirs." But the Los Angeles foothill suburb of Glendale hopes such jokes will do a serious job and keep smokers from trashing local parks and trails. The Los Angeles Times ( http://lat.ms/12yElO8) says 18 humorous signs were put up in April throughout the Verdugo and San Rafael mountains, at the Glendale Sports Complex and Deukmejian Wilderness Park.

Glendale tired of butts: 'Smokers will be fed to the bears'
Los Angeles Times - July 9, 2013

"Do not throw cigarette butts on the ground. Our squirrels are getting cancer," reads one sign on
the north end of the Catalina Verdugo Trail in Glendale. Yes, it's a real sign installed by the city. ...

Editorial: Pension board takes heat for tobacco investments
Marin Independent Journal - July 8, 2013

Meanwhile, the county has invested millions in getting its residents to stop smoking, including restrictions on second-hand smoke. But when it comes to making ...

It's Getting Much Harder for Teens to Buy Cigarettes in San ...
SF Weekly (blog) - July 8, 2013

San Francisco is making it harder for angsty rebellious teens to be angsty rebellious teens. According to the latest report from the city's Health Department, tobacco sales to minors in San Francisco are down about 2 percent in as many years.

E-cigarette techology smoking hot while cities struggle with regulations
Pasadena Star-News - July 7, 2013

Cities across the state are grappling with how to regulate the use and sale of electronic cigarettes, a relatively new technology that is exploding in popularity.

La Cañada Flintridge considers tightening smoking restrictions
Los Angeles Times - July 6, 2013

Four council members were in favor of tightening the restrictions on smoking. Councilman Dave Spence was not in attendance. "It's not restricting an individual's ...

Tulare County health officials want to establish smoke-free environment
Visalia Times-Delta - July 6, 2013

The Tulare County Tobacco Awareness and Education Program, the countys main program against tobacco, was formed in 1989. The program is coordinated by the Public Health and Tobacco Coalition, which seeks to create healthier spaces for families and children. Through the program, six apartment complexes in Visalia and Lindsay have adopted smoke-free policies.

Coffee and cigarettes lead litter in Glendale
Glendale (CA) News-Press - July 6, 2013

Although there is a sign that says "No Smoking" on the premises, these cigarette butts were found within a 50-foot radius on the lawn next to the parking lot of the Glendale Central Library on Friday, July 5, 2013. Cigarette butts continue to be major ...

No Fire Yet in Hookah Tobacconist's Lawsuit
Courthouse News - July 5, 2013

SAN DIEGO (CN) - A manufacturer of hookah tobacco cannot block certain e-liquid products that it says infringe on its products, a federal judge ruled. Starbuzz Tobacco is suing Wisam Namou and Sukrat Namou over e-liquid products that have labe

Did smoking-free fair work?
U-T San Diego [San Diego Union Tribune] - July 4, 2013

This year, smoking was restricted to designated areas in the parking lots. “No Smoking” signs were posted on the grounds, employees wore “Thanks for Not Smoking” buttons, security staff alerted fairgoers they saw smoking and electronic cigarettes were av

FAIR WEIGHS SUCCESS OF BAN ON SMOKING
U-T San Diego [San Diego Union Tribune] - July 4, 2013

...the fair’s first year as a nonsmoking event has been well received by most, but it’s not without its critics. This year, smoking was restricted to designated areas in the parking lots. “No Smoking” signs were posted on the grounds, employees wore “Thanks

CORONA: Couple sues over exploding e-cigarette battery
Riverside (CA) Press-Enterprise - July 4, 2013

A Corona couple has sued an electronic cigarette manufacturer, claiming the rechargeable battery that came with the vaporized smoke product exploded as they were traveling in their car in the commuter lane of a freeway, setting the woman’s dress and the

Jada Brotman: The Downtown Smoking Ban Is Wrong On So Many ...
Arcata Eye - July 5, 2013

I am distressed to learn about the Arcata City's Council decision to ban smoking in downtown Arcata. Actually, my initial reaction was phone-book-throwing, ...

City College Bans Smoking
Santa Barbara Independent - July 4, 2013

According to an American Lung Association tally, only 10 other colleges or universities in the state have completely banned smoking on campus. Not counted is ...

Fresno aparments adopt smoke-free policy
Fresno Business Journal - July 1, 2013

Fresnos Sequoia Gardens, Villas Margaritas and Tower Court apartment complexes have voluntarily adopted a no-smoke policy recommended by the Fresno County Department of Public Health. Concern is not just based on smokers, but on the health risk of secondhand smoke. The department described the apartment managers adopting the policy as public health champions. Policies that restrict smoking in apartment complexes are ...

City of Coronado Survey: Where do you want to be smokefree?
eCoronado.com (blog) - June 27, 2013

The City of Coronado hopes to get the community's input as it considers adopting a second-hand smoking ordinance that would prohibit smoking in various

SBCC TO MOVE TO TOBACCO-FREE, SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS
Santa Barbara Edhat - June 27, 2013

The Santa Barbara Community College District Board of Trustees voted on June 27 to change Santa Barbara City College to a tobacco-free, smoke-free campus ...

OCEANSIDE BACKS AWAY FROM BAN ON SMOKING
U-T San Diego [San Diego Union Tribune] - June 27, 2013

The Oceanside City Council on Wednesday dropped its proposed ban on smoking at sidewalk cafes, a day after Vista rejected a similar ban. In Oceanside, the council had voted June 5 to craft an ordinance that would ban smoking at outdoor eateries where ...

BAN NIXED ON SMOKING AT OUTDOOR RESTAURANTS
U-T San Diego - June 26, 2013

Vista — A divided Vista City Council on Tuesday rejected a ban on smoking at ... However, some business owners say smoking bans infringe on their right to ...

Smoke-free Medical Center
MyMotherLode.com - June 23, 2013

Sonora, CA -- Sonora Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is now a tobacco-free campus. The beginning of this month, the hospital initiated a new policy ...

61% want change in smoking policy
PCC Courier - June 21, 2013

A smoke free campus would ban only cigarettes and other devices that exude ... of the survey and recommend a 100% Smoke Free campus,” said Jo Buczko, ...

LETTER: Policing smoking offenders
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Each time you observe people smoking where it is prohibited, send an email to Armine Jimenez at ArJimenez@ci.glendale.ca.us. Include the name of the business and its address, along with the details of your observation. This will allow the city to take ac

CUMMINGS: Need an environmental justice movement on tobacco
Oakland (CA) Tribune - June 20, 2013

Environmental justice is a social movement based on the belief that everyone, no matter their race, income, gender, religion has the right to a clean and healthy environment no matter where they live, work, study, play and pray. The focus is on the fair d

DOWNTOWN ARCATA SOON TO BE A SMOKE-FREE ZONE
KIEM - June 20, 2013

On July 19th downtown Arcata will become smoke-free. The city plaza is already a smoke-free zone, but the surrounding areas around the plaza will also have ...

Should Sacramento ban outdoor smoking at bars?
Sacramento News & Review - June 20, 2013

But it wasn't until this past week, when a Sacramento council member hinted that he was working on an ordinance to ban smoking in some public spaces, that I ...

Walnut Creek council supports smoking ban, to vote in July
Inside Bay Area - June 19, 2013

WALNUT CREEK -- The City Council is poised to ban smoking in most areas in ... the majority of council members said they think smoking should be banned in ...

HOA HOMEFRONT : Reader questions — presidential authority ...
Press-Enterprise - June 19, 2013

Although boards have the legal power to ban smoking in common areas, that is not the end of the question. The question of “can we?” should be followed by ...

LETTER: Najarian sends city up in smoke
Glendale (CA) News-Press - June 15, 2013

Glendale a smoke-free city? What a joke! Everywhere I look in Glendale people are smoking. On the street, in front of the market, in their cars, at the Americana -- everywhere. Don't even get me started on all the cigarette trash and butts that litter ou

Sacramento councilman working on patio smoking ban
Sacramento (CA) Bee - June 15, 2013

Steve Hansen, a council member who represents Sacramento's downtown and midtown neighborhoods, is working with the American Cancer Society to come up with an ordinance that would ban smoking on patios that extend into public space. The ordinance, first

Council to Consider Tougher Smoking Ban Tuesday
Walnut Creek (CA) Patch.com - June 17, 2013

The proposed ordinance would also ban smoking from new apartments and condos, and ... in line with other nearby cities, which have far tougher smoking bans.

Sacramento City Councilman Floating Outdoor Smoking Ban
CBS Local - June 13, 2013

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Sacramento City Councilman is considering an ordinance to make smoking illegal in outdoor public areas. While it's not against ...

Tobacco crackdowns target e-cigarettes, despite their lack of ...
San Francisco Bay Guardian - June 12, 2013

San Francisco officials are attempting to ban the public use of e-cigarettes under the same laws that restrict smoking cigarettes, which are banned in most public places ... San Francisco's continually expanding smoke-free ordinance bans cigarette ... In 1998, the public smoking ban elevated to the state level, specifically ...

VISTA POSTPONES SMOKING BAN VOTE
U-T San Diego - June 11, 2013

Vista — A growing campaign to ban smoking at outdoor eateries is pitting public ... Some business owners say the smoking bans infringe on their right to offer ...

More cities look to ban smoking at outdoor eateries
U-T San Diego - June 12, 2013

VISTA — A growing campaign to ban smoking at outdoor eateries is pitting public ... Some business owners say the smoking bans infringe on their right to offer ...

SAN DIEGO HOUSING COMMISSION GETS APPROVAL TO ...
RealEstateRama (press release) - June 12, 2013

SAN DIEGO HOUSING COMMISSION GETS APPROVAL TO ADOPT A SMOKE-FREE POLICY FOR ITS RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES FROM THE SAN DIEGO ...

California anti-tobacco advocates urge FDA to ban menthol in ...
San Francisco Bay View-Jun 9, 2013

California anti-tobacco advocates urge FDA to ban menthol in cigarettes as part ... It's shameful for our government to ban all cigarette flavorings, while it has yet ...

Smoke-free zone
Daily Californian - June 10, 2013

At its May 28 meeting, Berkeley City Council discussed a smoke-free ordinance that could become an infringement on residents rights. The council must tread carefully in the future if it chooses to follow through on it. The proposed ordinance, which would ban tobacco smoking in leased multiunit housing such as apartments, fraternities, single occupancy hotel rooms and senior living facilities aims to protect Berkeley residents from exposure to secondhand smoke. The ordinance has an important goal but brings up some serious concerns. For one thing, the council must recognize that there is a difference between student multiunit housing, like cooperatives and fraternities, and regular apartment buildings. In communal living situations like student cooperatives, residents enter with the understanding that they could be exposed to secondhand smoke or that by living in a communal space, they might have to relinquish their right to smoke.

City of Oceanside mulls ban on smoking near outdoor restaurants, cafes
10News - June 6, 2013

Another city in San Diego County could soon be banning smoking at outdoor restaurants. The Oceanside City Council is set to vote Wednesday on whether to make it illegal to light up within 25 feet of any sidewalk cafe or restaurant patio. At Mary's Family Restaurant on North Coast Highway, the fear is a ban would hurt ... Oceanside already bans smoking in public places including City Hall, parks ...

Ban on smoking at outdoor eateries splits council
U-T San Diego - June 5, 2013

The council was divided over an original version of the ordinance that would have banned smoking at any outdoor restaurant patio or sidewalk cafe and within ...

Smoking rules to change in Glendale
Glendale News Press - June 5, 2013

The City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to give final approval to an ordinance that will increase the distance between smoking and non-smoking sections in outdoor dining patios from 10 to 15 feet. Just last week, the council banned smoking in all new apartment buildings and created a rule that would allow private citizens to sue smokers they catch violating the city's rules. Smoking is already restricted in common areas and patios of multi-unit buildings, within certain distances of public facilities and in other spaces. In October, the council loosened the restrictions, allowing restaurants with larger patios to increase their smoking zones a change that was supported by businesses that offer hookah. Smokers can now sit in 25% of outdoor dining areas that are less than 2,000 square feet, 50% of spaces between 2,000 and 5,000 square feet and 66% of any larger open-air dining spots. Before the switch, smokers could only sit in 25% of any outdoor dining space.

SMOKING BAN WEIGHED FOR OUTDOOR EATERIES
U-T San Diego - June 5, 2013

Oceanside Oceanside could soon join a growing list of San Diego County cities that have banned smoking at outdoor eating areas. The Oceanside City Council is set to vote today on an ordinance that would prohibit anyone from lighting up within 25 feet of any restaurant patio or sidewalk cafe. A public hearing on the item starts at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 300 N. Coast Highway.

Rancheria implements a smoke-free policy
Times-Standard - June 2, 2013

KLAMATH -- The Resighini Rancheria, located just south of Klamath, has passed a Tobacco Free policy that prohibits smoking in all areas of the work place, tribal/community events, and playgrounds. United Indian Health Services' Native Tobacco Project lauded Resighini for passing this smoke-free policy.

Palo Alto's park smoking ban could be modified
1590 KLIV Silicon Valley News - May 30, 2013

Palo Alto's smoking ban in parks may be modified to allow so-called "smoking havens" in some areas. The Parks and Recreation Commission is recommending allowing designated smoking areas in three of the city's largest parks: Rinconada, Mitchell and Greer,

City Council considers law prohibiting smoking in all Berkeley apartments
Daily Californian (UC Berkeley) - May 30, 2013

The ordinance, drafted with input from the citys Rent Stabilization Board and Community Health Commission, would change the Berkeley Municipal Code by banning smoking tobacco in leased multiunit housing, which includes apartments, fraternities and senior ...

Smoke Free, The Way It Should Be
Laguna Beach Independent - May 29, 2013

The city earned a 'D' grade with its ability to regulate smoke-free outdoor environments, and received an 'F' grade in smoke-free housing and how the city ...

Some Palo Alto parks may get 'smoking havens'
Palo Alto Online-May 29, 2013

Two weeks after the passage of the Palo Alto's landmark law to ban smoking at all ... such as the putting green or driving range -- might be considered for bans.

Glendale approves new smoking restrictions
Glendale News Press-by Brittany Levine-May 29, 2013

Since 2008, Glendale has implemented a variety of smoking rules as part of what's known as the “Fresh Air Ordinance,” restricting smoking in many public areas, ...

Should e-cigarettes be treated like the real thing?
89.3 KPCC-May 29, 2013

On Friday, the California State Senate approved a plan to add e-cigarettes to the state's smoke-free laws, banning them from the workplace, schools, public ...

Calif. Senate OKs Bill To Limit E-Cigarette Use ($$)
Law360 - May 28, 2013

Opponents argue that public smoking bans are intended to protect bystanders from secondhand smoke, but e-cigarettes ... Use of e-cigarettes actually improves public health, because people have used them to quit smoking, they argue.

Campus Smoke-Free Effective Immediately
El Vaquero May 28, 2013

GCC became the 1160th campus in the US to go smoke-free, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. Glendale follows UCLA as they became smoke ...

California Legislatures Oppose E Cigarettes with SB 648 Bill ...
SBWire (press release)-May 28, 2013

Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/28/2013 -- California Legislature has recently proposed SB 648, a bill to oppose E Cigarettes on behalf of non smoker's ...

Equal Treatment for Cigarettes?
MyMotherLode.com - May 26, 2013

Sacramento, CA - A new bill would subject electronic cigarettes to the same state bans ... The bill would treat electronic cigarettes like any other tobacco product.

Bill Would Treat E-cigarettes Like Other Tobacco
KPBS - May 25, 2013

(AP) -- California would treat electronic cigarettes like any other tobacco product by restricting where people can use them in public under a bill approved by the ...

Smoke-Free Alhambra Community Meeting on 5/30/13, 3:30pm
Alhambra Source - May 24, 2013

Now that smoking is no longer allowed inside workplaces, restaurants and bars, how do we protect our health and the health of our family members from the harmful health effects associated with breathing tobacco smoke in outdoor settings? Recent public opinion survey data of more than 500 Alhambra residents revealed that 94.2% have been exposed to secondhand smoke in outdoor areas and 98% of all respondents believe it is harmful to their health.

Getting Help to Live Tobacco-Free, One Day at a Time
UC Riverside - May 23, 2013

With the entire University of California system going smoke and tobacco free on January 2, 2014, Slater is one of many UCR staff, students and faculty who are ...

Monterey Prepares to Ramp Up Homeless Services, Consider ...
Monterey County Weekly (blog) - May 23, 2013

Council voted 5-0 to pass on the controversial sit-lie ordinance possibility. They also voted 4-1 to examine a smoking ban on Fisherman's Wharf, and also in all of downtown.

Clean Air Award For Casino
MyMotherLode.com - May 21, 2013

Tuolumne, CA - Black Oak Casino Resort has received the California Clean Air Award. The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians were presented the award in recognition of their new smoke-free Hotel. …

Long Beach's Thriving E-Cigarette Businesses Turn Smokers Into Vapers
Long Beach Post - May 20, 2013

“The vapers now aren't going to go back to normal cigarettes and smokers are going to ... cigarettes as a tobacco product and hold them to the same restrictions.

CSU Stanislaus Might Consider On-Campus Smoking Ban
TurlockCityNews.com - May 18, 2013

As universities at both the University of California and California State University levels consider banning on-campus smoking, CSU Stanislaus recently held a vote to gauge student opinion on going smoke-free. …

Lafayette ponders tougher laws against smoking
Contra Costa Times - May 16, 2013

LAFAYETTE -- Smokers will have fewer places to light up in Lafayette if city leaders adopt new regulations banning smoking in apartments and other locations -- including throughout downtown. Council members asked city staff this week to draft an update to Lafayette's smoking ordinance to prohibit the activity in outdoor dining areas, at public events and in multifamily housing common areas, including balconies, carports and exteriors.

Glendale moves to ban smoking in new apartments, condos
Los Angeles Times - May 15, 2013

Many wide-sweeping prohibitions have taken effect, but there have also been tweaks to the rules, making smoking restrictions a recurring topic of discussion at ...

Smoking Banned in Palo Alto City Parks
Palo Alto (CA) Patch.com - May 14, 2013

With an overwhelming majority, the Palo Alto City Council banned smoking in all city parks Monday night, the Mercury News reports. The 7-1 vote expanded the city staff original recommendation to approve a ban in 24 parks, all under 5 acres, and not all 38 citywide. Councilman Pat Burt dissented and Councilwoman Karen Holman was not in attendance.

Palo Alto City Council bans smoking in all parks
San Jose Mercury News - May 14, 2013

Big or small, all of Palo Alto's public parks will soon be smoke-free. The city council voted 7-1 late Monday night to ban smoking in the city's 38 parks and open spaces. Council Member Pat Burt cast the dissenting vote and Council Member Karen Holman was absent.

City looks to ban restaurant patio smoking
Coast News - May 10, 2013

OCEANSIDE City Council took the first step to ban bar and restaurant patio smoking by directing the city attorney to draft a no smoking ordinance on May 1, which will be brought back to council for a final vote. Councilwoman Esther Sanchez proposed the ordinance because of the health and safety issues of secondhand smoke. Summer is coming and every single restaurant in town wants to have the opportunity to have outdoor dining, Sanchez said. Families do not want to be sitting outside enjoying dinner with outside smoke.

LETTER: Change needed in Glendale apartment smoking laws
Glendale (CA) News-Press - May 10, 2013

Would the members of the Glendale City Council wake up on May 14 and recognize the need for a multi-unit residential amendment to Glendale's Fresh Air Ordinance -- one that will protect the city's nonsmoking apartment/condo tenants from ...

Cartoon: UCLA instates campus smoking ban
USA Today - May 7, 2013

Last week, UCLA became the first school in the University of system to instate a smoking ban; UC is looking to make all campuses smoke-free by 2014.

Clearing the air: Hookah lounges, pens and the dangers of secondhand smoke
Southwest Riverside News Network - May 6, 2013

The recent news of some Temecula Middle School students being found with and selling hookah pens on campus will have many parents asking just what this new fad is and whether or not its a healthy pastime for young teens.

Pasadena City College may ban smoking
Pasadena Sun-May May 6, 2013

But banning smoking on campus "is just a matter of time, as far as I'm concerned ... A number of California colleges have instituted similar bans, and University of ...

SMOKING BAN: butts into personal choice
The Signal - May 2, 2013

College students, faculty and staff should be provided freedom of choice. The proposed ban on smoking would allow the governing bodies of the California Community Colleges (CCC), the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) to set enforcement standards for their local campuses [and] impose a fine for a first, second, and third offense and for each subsequent offence. In an argument made by the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, under Why are campuses going smoke-free and/or tobacco-free? the association states as its first point, the majority of Americans do not smoke (no-smoke.org). The United States should not accustom laws only to accommodate majorities.

State Lawmakers Moving to Regulate E-Cigarettes
San Diego 6 - May 1, 2013

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday moved to send SB 648 to the state senate. The proposed legislation would ban using electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes, the same places regular cigarettes are banned. Lawmakers say its necessary because e-cigarettes have not been proven to be safe. But those who use them say vaping as its called, is safer and healthier and has helped them kick the smoking habit.

Students' right to smoke versus right to clean air
The Orion - May 1, 2013

I dislike smoking just as much as the next gal, but I don't think we should completely ban it from campus. After all, any measure restrictive toward students' rights ...

Proposed Bill Would Ban "E-Cigarettes" Where Tobacco Is Already ...
NBC Southern California - April 30, 2013

California lawmakers are scheduled to consider SB 648 Tuesday which would ban the increasingly popular "electronic cigarettes" in the same areas where actual cigarettes are banned. Some 100 e-cigarette users in Southern California are planning to take a bus to Sacramento Monday night to testify in front of lawyers about the benefits of "vaping."
"There is nicotine in it, and there are other impurities," said Dr. Eknath Deo, an oncologist at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. "You do get second-hand or third-hand smoke." The bill is scheduled for discussion in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Health fair promotes smoke-free housing in Vallejo
Vallejo Times-Herald - April 28, 2013

As an effort to encourage smoke-free housing, Fighting Back Partnership and Marina Vista Apartments organized the complex's first Health Fair and Kids' Carnival on Saturday. ...

Smoke-free rentals drive continues
U-T San Diego-by Lily Leung - April 26, 2013

Cases like Kays were the focus of a bill that would have banned Californians from smoking inside their homes. The measure died last week, but long-standing talks to regulate smoking at multi-family units in the city of San Diego are still alive. In San Diego, anti-smoking activists have met with landlords for two years, trying to craft an ordinance that would make both sides happy.

Student committee to look at smoking policies
Daily Trojan (University of Southern California) - April 26, 2013

Undergraduate Student Government passed a resolution Tuesday calling for the formation of a student-run Campus Smoking Policy Committee to investigate alternatives to the current campus smoking policy. ...

New plan eases restrictions on sidewalk cafes
KFMB News 8 - April 24, 2013

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A proposal aimed at making it easier for restaurants in San Diego to open sidewalk cafes was unanimously passed Wednesday by the City Council's Land Use and Housing Committee. The plan is part of a series of zoning amendments that were considered by the committee. Smoking and outdoor music would be banned.

County Psychiatric Health Facility To Be Smoke-Free
Santa Barbara Independent - April 24, 2013

Beginning May 1, 2013, the Santa Barbara Psychiatric Health Facility operated by Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services will no longer permit smoking on the premises. …

E-cigarettes at center of legislative debate
San Mateo Daily Journal - April 24, 2013

California lawmakers are working to strengthen the state’s stringent smoking regulations by classifying the increasingly popular electronic cigarette as a tobacco product under the proposed Senate Bill 648. E-cigarettes are battery operated devices that contain cartridges filled with liquid nicotine instead of tobacco and create a vapor inhaled by the user. They are touted as an alternative to cigarettes without the broader health risks associated with smoke. However, with the increasing use of e-cigarettes in public, work places and in homes, legislators are questioning the effects on both users and the general public. State Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, authored the bill relating to the restriction of use and advertising of e-cigarettes. SB 648 passed its first hurdle in the Senate Health Committee Wednesday with a 6-2 vote in favor. Opponents are concerned by what they call the inaccuracies of the bill’s classification of e-cigarettes and its infringement on personal and privacy rights. SB 648 amends civil, education, government, health and safety, labor, public utilities and vehicle codes. Smoking of e-cigarettes would be banned in residential dwellings, school campuses, public buildings and places of employment, among others. The bill categorizes e-cigarettes in the same manner as tobacco leaf products such as cigarettes, cigars, loose tobacco, snuff and chewing tobacco. …

USG Senate Talks Smoke-Free Campus
Annenberg TV News-April 24, 2013

UCLA recently became a smoke-free campus, and according to UC Health, ... that 54 USC should become a smoke-free campus. - percent of undergraduates feel ...

Matt, G.E.; Fortmann, A.L.; Quintana, P.J.E.; Zakarian, J.M.; Romero, R.A.; Chatfield, D.A.; Hoh, E.; Hovell, M.F., "Towards smoke-free rental cars: an evaluation of voluntary smoking restrictions in California," Tobacco Control 22(3): 201-207, May 2013.

Introduction Some car rental companies in California and other states in the USA have established non-smoking policies for their vehicles. This study examined the effectiveness of these policies in maintaining smoke-free rental cars.

Methods A stratified random sample of 250 cars (non-smoker, smoker and unknown designation) was examined in San Diego County, California, USA. Dust, surfaces and the air of each vehicle cabin were sampled and analysed for residual tobacco smoke pollutants (also known as thirdhand smoke (THS)), and each car was inspected for visual and olfactory signs of tobacco use. Customer service representatives were informally interviewed about smoking policies.

Findings A majority of putative non-smoker cars had nicotine in dust, on surfaces, in air and other signs of tobacco use. Independent of a car's smoking status, older and higher mileage cars had higher levels of THS pollution in dust and on surfaces (p<0.05), indicating that pollutants accumulated over time. Compared with smoker cars, non-smoker cars had lower levels of nicotine on surfaces (p<0.01) and in dust (p<0.05) and lower levels of nicotine (p<0.05) and 3-ethynylpyridine (p<0.05) in the air. Non-smoking signage in cars was associated with lower levels of THS pollutants in dust and air (p<0.05).

Conclusions Existing policies and practices were successful in lowering THS pollution levels in non-smoker cars compared with smoker cars. However, policies failed in providing smoke-free rental cars; THS levels were not as low as those found in private cars of non-smokers with in-car smoking bans. Major obstacles include inconsistent communication with customers and the lack of routine monitoring and enforcement strategies. Strengthening policies and their implementation would allow car rental companies to reduce costs, better serve their customers and make a constructive contribution to tobacco control efforts.

UCLA Campus Goes Tobacco-Free
Westwood-Century City (CA) Patch.com - April 23, 2013

The UCLA campus is officially a smoke- and tobacco-free zone. Taking effect Monday, on Earth Day, the policy bans the use of all tobacco products, along with ...

UCLA Tobacco-Free As Of Earth Day 2013
CBS Local - April 22, 2013

Beginning Monday, tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and electronic cigarettes, will be banned from the school's campus. ...

Where Exactly Is The Smoking Ban Downtown?
Concord (CA) Patch.com - April 22, 2013

Concordians and regulars to the Todos Santos Plaza area may be familiar with the downtown smoking ban, but it can still be confusing as to where it starts and ...

CSU Chancellor responds to system-wide smoking ban resolution
Daily 49er - April 22, 2013

Cal State University Chancellor Timothy P. White plans to implement a system-wide smoking ban, which would prohibit smoking throughout the 23-campus system by the end of 2013. In February, the chancellor responded to a resolution from the CSU Academic Senate to ban the use and sale of tobacco products and initiate smoking cessation programs, according to a letter written by CSU Associate Vice Chancellor Ronald E. Vogel. White will create a special taskforce that will put together a plan on how to ban smoking and the sale of tobacco on campuses and report by the end of this year, according to CSU Spokesman Erik Fallis.

Glendale Community College campus goes smoke-free
Valley Sun April 20, 2013

When Glendale Community College students return from spring break on Monday, they will be greeted with a new warning: It's official, the campus is going smoke-free. "You'll be joining nearly 1,200 colleges nationwide and a growing number in the state of California," he told the trustees after they cast their vote. About 10 community colleges in California most of them in San Diego County have adopted no-smoking policies, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...

Assembly Committee Rejects Apartment Smoking Ban
California Healthline - April 19, 2013

On Wednesday, the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee voted 5-2 against a bill (AB 746) that would have banned smoking in apartment buildings and other multi-family housing facilities.

Arcata to fine tune new smoking bans: Questions raised about APD's ability to enforce stricter rules
Times-Standard - April 19, 2013

Creating a smoke-free Arcata continues to be the topic of conversation as council members pushed the issue into another round of discussions. During its meeting on Wednesday, the Arcata City Council decided to drop two of the seven proposed revisions to the city's current smoking prohibitions -- smoking within private areas in multi-units housing and options for tobacco-free educational programs. It's getting to the point where we are trying to get people to stop smoking, which I think is not our business, Councilman Michael Winkler said. The business we should be in is to make it so people are not inadvertently exposed to other people smoking.

Bruins prepare to quit or cut back as UCLA goes tobacco-free
UC Los Angeles - April 18, 2013

More than 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide have gone smoke or tobacco-free. Next week, UCLA joins the crowd.

Lafayette leaders to consider smoking ban in multifamily buildings
San Jose Mercury News - April 18, 2013

Lafayette officials are eyeing changes to the city's municipal code to address the effects of secondhand smoke in apartment buildings and other multiple dwelling units. On May 13, the city council will hear options ranging from a total smoking ban in existing and proposed multifamily projects to a phased-in program. The new rules will "address and mitigate the effects of secondhand smoke in multifamily buildings and other areas," according to a city notice.

City could say no to lighting up in public places
Beach Reporter - April 18, 2013

The city is mulling over the expansion of its outdoor smoking ban, which could ... favor a law banning smoking in services areas (like bus stops), public parks, ... long a staunch supporter of smoking bans, said his city's ordinance has been ...

Bill to ban smoking in condos, apartments defeated
San Diego 6 - April 18, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A proposal that sought to ban smoking in apartments and condominiums has failed in an Assembly committee. The bill from ...

Arcata City Council in talks to expand smoking bans, increase in ...
Times-Standard - April 17, 2013

Revisions to the city's existing prohibitions, include banning smokers from Seventh to ... Smoking would also be banned at special events and outdoor areas, including the ... The existing ban on smoking within 20 feet of businesses would be ...

Capitol Alert: Bill to bar apartment smoking goes down in flames at ...
Sacramento Bee - April 17, 2013

Legislation to bar millions of Californians from smoking inside their own homes ... ceilings, floors or ventilation systems with neighboring units are not subject to ...

Manhattan Beach Considers Comprehensive Smoking Ban
NBC Southern California - April 15, 2013

Manhattan Beach could soon join a growing list of California cities that have strictly banned cigarette smoking in public areas. The South Bay city already bans smoking in parks, beaches and workplaces. But city officials, citing second-hand smoke health risks and cigarette-butt litter, have called a town hall meeting Monday night to discuss going further and forbidding smoking on sidewalks, at all public events and more.

MAKING APARTMENTS AND CONDOS SMOKE-FREE
U-T San Diego - April 13, 2013

Drifting secondhand smoke poses health concerns for even the healthiest ... the ER or stay in the hospital just because someone in an adjacent unit is smoking. …

San Francisco youth group targets tobacco retailers
KGO-TV - April 8, 2013

San Francisco could become the first city in the nation to limit the number of retailers selling tobacco. … A smoking rights group called Citizen's Freedom Alliance says the attempt to limit permits amounts to bullying, but the youth group says it's not targeting smokers ...

E-cigarettes wishful thinking for giving up smokes, says US critic
New Zealand Herald - April 8, 2013

A hardline opponent of electronic cigarettes fears that rather than helping people to quit ordinary cigarettes, they may keep them hooked on a daily dose of tobacco smoke. Professor Stanton Glantz, of the University of California at San Francisco, will speak in New Zealand next week at seminars organised by researchers trying to find ways to help the country become virtually smoke-free within 12 years. … But Professor Glantz asserts e-cigarettes, now marketed in his country as "hip, sexy and modern", as tobacco once was, "are a triumph of wishful thinking over evidence". "There is no scientific evidence that electronic cigarettes help people to quit smoking. There's a lot of people saying they do, but the world is filled with people who think treatments work when they didn't. "There's a couple of population-based studies looking at dual use. This is the real problem. Very few people switch from conventional cigarettes to electronic cigarettes; they keep using both. "While the people who use electronic cigarettes seem to smoke fewer conventional cigarettes than the people who don't use electronic cigarettes, it's not enough difference to matter, particularly for the heart-disease effects of smoking," said Professor Glantz. But he added that for lung cancer, the more someone smoked, the greater the risk. He supports a bill before the California legislature which would ban vaping within indoor workplaces and many other places. …

Subtle Measures Will Best Reduce Smoking Rates
The UCSD Guardian Online - April 4, 2013

…Bans have never bent behaviors on any significant scale, and they won’t work again next January, when Mark Yudof’s UC-wide smoking ban takes effect. Enforcement at public universities, which are largely outdoors and span multiple buildings, is either a nightmarish challenge for police or a non-priority. The final word isn’t in yet, but preliminary data suggest that the national movement to ban smoking at colleges (774 have done it already) has been ineffective. Although the number of college campuses that have banned smoking is up a full 4 percent from last year, the number of 18- to 24-year-olds who smoke has increased by half a percent, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. …

Buellton approves tobacco shop ban
Santa Ynez Valley News - April 4, 2013

To permanently ban cigarette, tobacco and “head” shops within the city limits, the Buellton City Council moved forward last week on the first ordinance in the county to specifically forbid that type of business. … The council unanimously approved the ordinance Thursday and formal adoption is expected at the April 11 meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 140 W. Highway 246. The vote was 4-0 with Councilwoman Holly Sierra absent. …

CSULB Students Vote For Smoke-Free Referendum
Gazette Newspapers - April 3, 2013

California State University, Long Beach, students are leading the charge for a smoke-free campus after student election results came in last Thursday. …

Santa Barbara City College considers smoking ban
KEYT - April 3, 2013

One idea being considered is to only allow students to smoke in their cars. Some college officials are concerned about how they could enforce an all-out ban.

Walnut Creek: Proposed smoking restrictions subject of meeting
Contra Costa Times - April 3, 2013

Walnut Creek: Proposed smoking restrictions subject of meeting ... rules to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke by restricting smoking in multifamily housing, ...

Santa Monica Housing Discrimination Complaints Surge
Santa Monica (CA) Mirror - April 2, 2013

Did Zelda's request for a smoke-free apartment qualify as a reasonable accommodation to G & K's wait-list rules? There are two basic legal requirements for a reasonable accommodation. First, the accommodation must be needed in response to the nature of ...

Second-Hand Smoke Leads Santa Monica Woman to File Fair Housing Complaint
Santa Monica (CA) Lookout - April 2, 2013

Santa Monica's Consumer Protection Unit (CPU) helped a woman with a severe respiratory disability relocate to get away from the second-hand smoke wafting in from her neighbors' apartments, according to City staff. Zelda Alvarado (whose name has been chan

State lawmakers consider banning smoking inside people's homes
Bakersfield Now - April 2, 2013

What you do in the privacy of your own home might not be just your business anymore. That's if California Assemblyman Marc Levine pushes his smoking ban through into law. … But the ban wouldn't be in every home. It would only apply to apartment complexes, condos, duplexes and any place that is a multifamily living area. The rationale behind the bill is that when a neighbor lights up, everyone in the building lights up through secondhand smoke, including children. People whom Eyewitness News talked with unanimously agreed that the bill is too "big brother." …

Putting Out the Smoke
New University Online - April 2, 2013

The recently signed federal legislation hopes to reshape policies and programs on campuses. Beginning the transition as the first tobacco-free University of California campus, UCLA will begin enstating their policies against smoking and chewing tobacco on April 22 ­ Earth Day. …

San Ramon Smoking Restrictions, I-680 Roadwork, County Spelling Bee Winner
San Ramon (CA) Patch.com - March 31, 2013

New San Ramon Smoking Restrictions
The smoking restirction ordiance the San Ramon City Council passed last month will go into effect Thursday. The ordinance states the purpose is to "protect those who live, work and play in San Ramon from the risks of secondhand smoke. Click the link to find out where smoking is still allowed. …

UC San Diego To Go Smoke Free
KPBS - March 26, 2013

It’s illegal in San Diego to smoke in a public park, on the beach, or even at a Padres game. But people can still light up on the campuses of the city’s two largest universities: San Diego State, and UC San Diego. That’s about to change. … That’s all going to end on September 1st, when UC San Diego will go completely smoke free. …

Is It Time to Ban Smoking in Marin's Apartments and Condos?
San Rafael (CA) Patch.com - March 25, 2013

…Several California cities and counties have already passed local restrictions on smoking in multi-unit housing. In Marin, that includes San Rafael, Larkspur and ...

Marin Assemblyman Levine draws attention with bill cracking down ...
MENAFN.COM - March 24, 2013

March 24, 2013 (Menafn - The Marin Independent Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --LEGISLATION THAT would ban smoking in California apartment, condominium and townhouse complexes has garnered freshman Assemblyman Marc Levine plenty of attention, most positive; but not all. When Fox News reporter Gretchen Carlson interviewed the newly elected San Rafael Democrat this month she cast a skeptical eye on the idea, describing California as the "so-called nanny state," noting the state has also prohibited clothing donation drop-off boxes, tanning beds for minors, foie gras and entering animal enclosures at zoos. But while Carlson and others may regard the threat of secondhand smoke in apartment buildings a joke, medical experts do not, said Kimberly Amazeen, vice president of programs and advocacy for the American Lung Association in California. The association sponsored Levine's bill. …

Glendale Community College ponders going smoke-free
Glendale News Press – March 23, 2013

Officials at Glendale Community College this week proposed that the college join a small handful of smoke-free campuses statewide. … According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, about 10 California community colleges have adopted campus-wide non-smoking policies, most of them in San Diego County. ...

Report: Marin again ranked healthiest county in California, but ...
Marin Independent Journal - March 21, 2013

For the fourth consecutive year, Marin has been ranked the healthiest county in California in an annual survey conducted by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. … Meredith said, "Marin's success in tobacco control is the result of many years of community-wide effort to change social norms around tobacco use. Policies such as San Rafael's 100 percent smoke-free multiunit housing ordinance greatly contribute to healthy outcomes for current and future Marin residents."

Committee recommends banning smoking in all of Palo Alto's small
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News - March 21, 2013

Smoking should be outlawed in all of Palo Alto's small parks to protect public health, according to some city council members. The Policy and Services Committee voted unanimously Tuesday night to recommend that the full city council pass an ordinance prohibiting smoking in any park that is less than five acres. The ban would apply to as many as 22 of the city's 38 parks and open space reserves. …

Let the market ban smoking in apartments
Modesto Bee - March 20, 2013

Not every good idea needs be to enacted [sic] into state law. That's our view on legislation that would impose a statewide ban on smoking in apartments and condos that have two or more units and share walls, floors, ceilings or ventilation systems. It was introduced as Assembly Bill 746 by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael. …

Smoke-at-home restrictions nothing new
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - by Lois Kazakoff - March 20, 2013

The proposed law to restrict smoking in apartments and condos statewide has generated ­ predictably ­ cries of “nanny state” and first-you-tax-and-then-you-restrict a legal product. Chronicle columnist Debra J. Saunders weighed in with her own screed on “Smoke gets in your rights.” …

County Bans E-Cigarettes ­ A Move Too Far in the War on Smoking?
Martinez (CA) Patch.com - March 20, 2013

Electronic cigarettes will be prohibited in no-smoking areas of unincorporated Contra Costa County after a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors. What do you think of the decision? …

Concord residents push for stricter smoking ban
Contra Costa Times - March 20, 2013

CONCORD -- Calling it an assault on their health, residents are pushing the City Council to extend its downtown ban on smoking to more city blocks and multiunit buildings. … Last month, the Walnut Creek City Council asked its staff to study an ordinance to restrict smoking in downtown and in apartment buildings and other multifamily ...

CSU board hopes to make school system smoke-free
Daily Sundial - March 20, 2013

LONG BEACH ­ The CSU Academic Senate’s resolution to ban tobacco products on all CSU campuses is one step closer to being implemented as an executive order. At Wednesday’s meeting, the senate’s chair, Dr. Diana Guerin, thanked Chancellor Timothy White for responding to the senate’s plan to make the CSU smoke-free. “He wants to plan the process to ban all tobacco products in the CSU and cessation programs,” Guerin said. “We would be pleased to participate in this (and) provided solutions electronically to the board.” Currently the only CSU campus with a tobacco policy is San Francisco State University, which bans tobacco use outside of designated smoking areas. Cal State Fullerton is the first CSU campus that will become 100 percent smoke-free as of August 2013. …

Palo Alto looks to ban smoking at all small parks
Palo Alto Online-March 19, 2013

Within minutes, the conversation turned to banning smoking at all parks ... than singling out specific parks to be banned, the city should create a broader ban and ...

President's tobacco taskforce wants smoke-free campus in 2014
StateHornet.com-March 19, 2013

"For our campus, going tobacco-free and smoke-free (would promote) a cleaner environment and is pro-health," Kenoyer said. "It's not only healthy for the ...

Douse the e-smokes: Contra Costa may ban e-cigarettes in public ...
Inside Bay Area-by Lisa Vorderbrueggen-March 19, 2013

Contra Costans could hear that phrase under an ordinance introduced Tuesday banning the use of battery operated e-cigarettes everywhere traditional tobacco ...

Cough. Cough.
SF Chronicle –March 19, 2013

As I am typing this letter, I am sitting in the living room of my apartment, breathing in the secondhand smoke from my next-door neighbor's cigarettes…Don't tell me I can always move. This is just as much my home as it is hers. I have lived here longer, and I can't afford to move.

Committee to consider outlawing smoking at three Palo Alto parks
San Jose Mercury News - March 19, 2013

New smoking restrictions being floated in Palo Alto would make it illegal to light up in three of the city's small urban parks. Tonight, the city council's Policy and Services Committee is scheduled to review a city staff recommendation to prohibit smoking at Lytton and Cogswell plazas in downtown and at Sarah Wallis Park in the California Avenue area business district. …

The battle over secondhand smoke hits home
Orange County Register – March 15, 2013

The battle over secondhand smoke is intensifying in California, as the focus shifts from public spaces to the most private of places: Lighting up at home. … Liz Williams, project manager for the nonprofit Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, applauds the trend toward quashing secondhand smoke. "People, especially in California, are very used to breathing smoke-free air," she said, "and people are very upset that their home environment is often the last place they are exposed to smoke." …

Editorial: Renters deserve relief from smoking
Sacramento (CA) Bee - March 17, 2013

Fewer than 14 percent of Californians smoke cigarettes or other tobacco products. While they have the right to choose the risks of smoking for themselves, they do not have the right to impose their smoke involuntarily on others. That is why California has statewide laws that ban smoking in workplaces, restaurants and bars. Now legislators are considering taking the next step – apartments and condominiums. With shared walls, floors, ceilings or ventilation systems, the drift of smoke is palpable in neighboring units. A child with asthma or an elderly person with multiple health issues – or any nonsmoker who doesn't want the health hazard of secondhand smoke …

The battle over secondhand smoke hits home
Orange County Register - March 15, 2013

The battle over secondhand smoke is intensifying in California, as the focus shifts from public spaces to the most private of places: Lighting up at home. … Liz Williams, project manager for the nonprofit Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, applauds the trend toward quashing secondhand smoke. "People, especially in California, are very used to breathing smoke-free air," she said, "and people are very upset that their home environment is often the last place they are exposed to smoke." …

A Guide to California's Proposed Ban on Smoking in Apartments
KQED (blog) - March 14, 2013

It would be one of the toughest smoking laws in the country, and affect some 12 ... that restrict playing loud music late at night, or smoking in a car with a baby, ...

Calif. proposes sweeping anti-smoking legislation
Mother Nature Network (blog) - March 13, 2013

If it passes, California's new state-wide anti-smoking ban would be the most ... have implemented their own legislation banning smoking in multiunit buildings. ...

Walnut Creek Journal News Briefs: Ideas for celebrating WC ...
San Jose Mercury News - March 13, 2013

City studying second-hand-smoke ordinance - The City Council has asked staff to study a prospective ordinance imposing restrictions on smoking downtown and in apartment buildings and other multifamily homes, along with other ways to cut secondhand smoke exposure dramatically. …

Condo owners win secondhand smoke case
Orange County Register - March 12, 2013

An Orange County jury has found a homeowners association negligent for failing to resolve a secondhand smoke dispute between neighbors at a Trabuco...

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Broad smoking ban sought in housing
San Francisco Chronicle - March 11, 2013

People living in townhouses, condominiums and other attached units would be prohibited from smoking indoors under a ban proposed by a state lawmaker - the most sweeping antismoking legislative proposal in the country. … Single-family detached homes are not included as they don't share walls or ventilation system. Marijuana smoking is not addressed either. Outdoor smoking ...

New City Ordinance Prohibits Smoking in Some Outdoor Areas
San Ramon (CA) Patch.com - March 5, 2013

The City of San Ramon has adopted new stringent secondhand smoking protections, while two other Central County cities are discussing similar measures. …

Riggs Backs New Smoking Policy
El Vaquero - March 7, 2013

The battle over whether or not to make Glendale Community College a non-smoking campus has been brewing since 2010; now Interim Superintendent/President Jim Riggs is urging not only the campus, but also the district, to become completely smoke-free. …

San Ramon is 6th city to adopt comprehensive smoking laws, 2 others follow
San Ramon (CA) Express - Mar 6, 2013

San Ramon's City Council adopted stringent secondhand smoking protections on February . 26 in an effort to protect residents from exposure outdoors. Two other area cities are discussing similar measures in a move that has the county Tobacco Prevention Coalition

New City Ordinance Prohibits Smoking in Some Outdoor Areas
Patch.com-March 5, 2013

Pinole) to adopt a comprehensive community-wide secondhand smoke protections ordinance. The new law prohibits smoking in many outdoor areas including ...

Smoking ban OK'd for Bidwell Park, AS proposal seeks student input
The Orion (Calif. State U. Chico) - March 6, 2013

Students on campus were asked what they thought about a potential smoking ban being enforced throughout the California State University system.

CCTPC: Interest in Secondhand Smoke Policies Heating Up in ...
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - March 5, 2013

The following press release is from the Contra Costa Tobacco Prevention Coalition (CCTPC): The city of San Ramon has adopted new stringent secondhand smoking protections, while two other Central County cities are discussing similar measures. On February 26th, San Ramon became the sixth community in Contra Costa (following unincorporated Contra Costa, Martinez, Richmond, Pleasant Hill and Pinole) to adopt a comprehensive community-wide secondhand smoke protections ordinance. The new law prohibits smoking in many outdoor areas including doorways of buildings open to the public, parks and recreations areas (except golf courses) and certain areas of multi-unit housing. …

DENNEY: Big Tobacco's Unlikely Allies in the Effort to Keep the Poor Hooked on Cigarettes
Berkeley Daily Planet – March 3, 2013

Imagine a committee meeting where California legislators gather to consider AB746, Congressional Representative Marc Levine’s proposal to protect people in multi-unit housing from secondhand smoke. Picture the table, the chairs, the people milling about shaking hands and making introductions. …

California Smoking Ban Would Prohibit People From Smoking Inside Their Own Homes
Huffington Post - March 1, 2013

In the mid-1990s, California became the first state to ban smoking tobacco in bars, clubs and restaurants. Now, if a bill introduced last month by one Golden State Democrat becomes law, California would likely become the first state to prohibit millions of its citizens from smoking in their own homes. …

Smoking ban impact on Modesto-area rentals is uneven
Modesto Bee - March 1, 2013

MODESTO -- Modesto-area property and apartment managers are split on the merits of proposed legislation that would ban smoking in all of the state's multiunit dwellings. "It's tough to make a decision that says we require every smoker to stop smoking immediately in their home," said VIP Management property manager Chad Brown, whose company operates three large complexes with more than 750 units total in Modesto. "Personally, there's nothing I want more in properties than to have them stop smoking. I'd love to do that, but it doesn't seem practical." Last week, Assemblyman March c Levine, D-San Rafael, introduced Assembly Bill 746, which would restrict smoking in owner-occupied residences and rental units ...

Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff lays out agenda in State of the City ...
1590 KLIV Silicon Valley News – February 28, 2013

Scharff also said he'd like to see Palo Alto bolster its smoking restrictions, noting a recent "D" rating for the city from the American Lung Association. The mayor ...

Buellton moves closer to tobacco shop ban
Santa Ynez Valley News - February 28, 2013

A unanimous Buellton Planning Commission has recommended City Council approval of a proposed ordinance to permanently ban cigarette, tobacco and “head” shops within the city limits. Commissioners adopted a resolution Thursday in favor of the proposal, which would replace an interim ordinance approved two years ago and set to expire in late March. …

California bill would ban smoking in multi-unit housing
The San Luis Obispo Tribune - February 28, 2013

Millions of Californians would not be able to smoke tobacco inside their own homes under new legislation that would raise the bar nationwide for fighting secondhand smoke. No state ever has ventured into personal bedrooms and living rooms with its smoking restrictions, but California is going even further than that by targeting owner-occupied residences as well as rental units. Specifically, the measure would prohibit lighting up a cigarette, cigar or pipe in condominiums, duplexes and apartment units. …

Bill Text: CA AB746: Bill Title: Smoking: prohibition in multifamily dwellings.
May be heard in committee March 24.
LegiScan - February 28, 2013

Palo Alto Mayor Scharff calls 2013 'year of the future'
San Jose Mercury News - February 28, 2013

Calling 2013 the "year of the future," Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff laid out a broad and ambitious agenda in his state of the city address Wednesday night that includes reviving plans for citywide ultra-high-speed Internet, setting aside more money for public art and banning smoking in parks. … Similarly, Scharff said the city needs to beef up its smoking restrictions. He noted that it recently ... "Palo Alto has fallen behind other cities in restricting smoking. …

Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips: What you don't breathe won't kill you
Marin Independent Journal - February 25, 2013

IF YOU'RE OLDER than 50 and you don't suffer from a heart attack this year, one good reason may be the protection from secondhand smoke you now receive in most Marin County communities. Two new studies published in late 2012 offer the strongest evidence yet that laws and ordinances restricting exposure to tobacco smoke really work to cut the risk of heart attacks and other smoking-related illnesses wherever they are introduced. Another study, published in January, suggests that such laws can significantly reduce serious asthma attacks in children. …

Presidents consider smoking ban
The Orion-February 20, 2013

A recently proposed California State University-wide smoking ban has sparked discussion among student leaders and CSU administrators. The CSU Academic ...

Councilmembers Want to Ban Sale of Menthol Cigarettes in San Jose
San Jose Inside (blog)-February 20, 2013

"Tobacco industries purposely market their attractive tobacco products to young ... Take a look at menthol cigarette ads and you'll find most of them target black ...

Chico restructuring, park smoking ban lead council agenda tonight
Enterprise-Record - February 19, 2013

CHICO ­ The Chico City Council will have a hefty agenda to wade through tonight as it tackles the finer details of the city's restructuring, a proposed smoking ban and a lease agreement for space in the Municipal Building. …

California's Tobacco Control Program Generates Huge Health Care Savings
UCSF Today - February 14, 2013

Over a span of nearly 20 years, California’s tobacco control program cost $2.4 billion and reduced health care costs by $134 billion, according to a new study by UC San Francisco (UCSF). …

Top 5 Sierra Madre-Area Stories: Smoking Ban, Construction Site ...
Patch.com-February 17, 2013

A multi-family apartment building smoking ban has been a oft-discussed issue the last year or two in Sierra Madre and it appears the idea of a ban will get its first ...

Dale Hillard and Charlotte Whitney: Going smoke-free has benefits
The Salinas Californian-February 16, 2013

After one year of being smoke-free your lung function increases by 30 percent, the cilia (cleaning agents in your lungs) are able to re-grow, thereby reducing ...

Editorial: Anti-smoking 'investment' pays a serious return
Redding (CA) Record-Searchlight - February 15, 2013

A UC San Francisco study published Wednesday found that, in the 20 years after California voters passed a quarter-a-pack tobacco tax devoted to urging smokers to quit, the state collected and spent $2.4 billion. The benefit? A more than 50-fold return, w

Public smoking ban could worsen issue
Daily Trojan Online-February 15, 2013

It will also be banned from workplaces, playgrounds, beaches and entrances to ... On June 1, 2014, the policy will go one step further, banning smoking from ... a better plan, one that implements individual bans over time instead of all at once.

Solvang council won't enact tobacco retailers licensing program
Santa Ynez Valley News - February 14, 2013

After a spirited debate at their Monday night meeting, the members of the Solvang City Council decided against enacting a city-wide tobacco retailers licensing ...

Ampla Health going tobacco-free at its Chico, Gridley, Oroville sites
Enterprise-Record - February 14, 2013

Starting today, Ampla Health is changing its polices to institute a tobacco- and smoke-free environment on all of its properties, including parking lots, rented ...

VOICES: Should the campus be entirely smoke-free?
PCC Courier - February 13, 2013

The campus should not be made smoke free.” Calvin Chacon, undecided. 3. “Stricter rules should be applied because there are people who don't want to have ...

Benefits from smoking ban
Renegade Rip-February 13, 2013

As a student who dislikes smoking, when I heard about the vote on whether they will make the Bakersfield College a smoking free or smoking designated ...

Smoking Ban Proposal to be Heard at March 12 City Council Meeting
Sierra Madre (CA) Patch.com-February 12, 2013

A proposed ban in Santa Monica failed a City Council vote last summer, according to the article. Pasadena also has a ban that prohibits people from smoking ...

Enloe Medical Center to go tobacco-free at all locations
Enterprise-Record - February 12, 2013

CHICO ­ Starting Thursday, tobacco will no longer be allowed on any Enloe Medical Center property, whether the main campus, specialized treatment centers ...

Can UC Irvine Go Smoke Free?
New University Online - February 12, 2013

A couple of months ago, the UC Office of the President made an official statement about a policy proposal for every UC to go smoke-free by 2014. A committee ...

Public hearing set for citywide smoking ordinance
San Ramon Express - February 11, 2013

Residents will have an opportunity to give their two cents on proposed changes to the city's smoking ordinance Tuesday night. The existing ordinance, written in 1999, could be updated to include outdoor second hand smoke. …

Arcata City Council talks smoking bans, Measure H and public transit
Times-Standard - February 8, 2013

The Arcata City Council may soon ban smokers from lighting up near downtown, or in their own homes. ...

Making the grade on smoking
Lompoc Record - February 7, 2013

Some city officials also complained that the report failed to grade the Chumash Casino, where smoking is allowed in a majority of the floor space.

Smoke-free campus being considered
Pasadena City College Courier - February 6, 2013

The Health and Safety committee is working toward a proposal to have the college become a smoke free campus. …

MWW works to make SoCal smoke free
PRWeek - February 6, 2013

LOS ANGELES: MWW is working with the Los Angeles Department of Public Health to establish smoke-free areas in several counties in Southern California. …

ARCATA LOOKING TO BAN SMOKING IN APARTMENTS AND ON TAVERN ROW: CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT
KIEM-TV News Channel 3 (Eureka, CA) - February 6, 2013

The City of Arcata is looking to ban smoking in areas surrounding the plaza and apartment buildings. The City Council is talking about it at tonight's meeting; they want to expand on the smoking laws already in place. …

HASLO goes tobacco-free in 2013
Atascadero News-February 6, 2013

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — All of Housing Authority of SSan Luis Obispo's public housing units are tobacco-free as of Jan. 1. The mission of HASLO is to ...

Surrounded by smoke
Vallejo Times-Herald - February 1, 2013

I had to respond to your article about Solano County's poor grades regarding secondhand smoke. ... I took to calling it the Solano County Smoking Lounge.

Smoking Banned on Campus (Includes interview and first-hand ...
DigitalJournal.com - February 1, 2013

The start of a new year may be the start of a new resolution for Marymount College students. As of Jan. 1, 2013, Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., has been declared a smoke-free campus. …

Smoke-Free in Dublin
Livermore Independent - February 1, 2013

Congratulations to the City of Dublin. It was one of only three cities in Alameda County to receive an “A” on an American Lung Association (ALA) report card grading cities’ efforts to control tobacco use. Dublin earned an "A" in all three categories where cities were graded: regulation of smoke-free outdoor air, requirements for landlords to create and permanently maintain non-smoking housing units, and ordinances that would reduce the sales of tobacco products. …

Gay tobacco opponents aim at secondhand smoke
Bay Area Reporter 43(5) - January 31, 2013

Seeking to curb exposure to secondhand smoke in San Francisco's gay bars that have outside patios where smoking is allowed, the Freedom from Tobacco group unveiled a new study last week that showed four bars they surveyed had "unhealthy" air quality measurements. The study, conducted with UCSF in December 2011, found that the two bars had air quality measurements ranging from "unhealthy" to "very unhealthy" on the Environmental Protection Agency scale; one bar ranged from "unhealthy for sensitive groups" to "unhealthy;" and one bar ranged from "moderate" to "unhealthy." Data was collected using a TSI SidePak AM 510 device. …

Smoking ban acknowledged by national group
Marinscope Community Newspapers - January 31, 2013

Residents of San Rafael can breathe a little easier now that the city’s smoking regulations have caught the eye of one of the nation’s leading anti-tobacco organizations. The American Lung Association released its annual report, “State of Tobacco Control 2013,” earlier this month, and the City of San Rafael received an ‘A’ in overall tobacco control. …

Report card flunks area cities
Santa Ynez Valley News - January 31, 2013

Kunkel noted the Chumash Casino Resort, one of the major employers in the Santa Ynez Valley, not only allows smoking in over 90 percent of it floor space, but ...

Initial Smoking Ban vote passed
(Bakersfield College) Renegade Rip - January 30, 2013

According to Nick Acosta, the preliminary numbers for the vote on the smoking ban is favoring toward a 100 percent tobacco free campus. These are not final numbers, the final numbers will be updated as soon as they are recieved. …

Los Gatos shorts: Smoking banned in parks
San Jose Mercury News - January 28, 2013

The American Cancer Society's annual report card is out and Los Gatos has received an "F." The ACS grade is based on town policies regarding smoke-free outdoor environments, smoke-free housing and reducing sales of tobacco products.
The ACS estimates that in California, 34,400 kids start smoking every year, while tobacco use causes an estimated 37,000 deaths. The nonprofit watchdog group says smoking-related illnesses cost the state more than $18 billion in health care costs and lost productivity. … Smoking grade could improve …The Los Gatos Town Council voted unanimously on Jan. 22 to ban smoking in all town parks. The ban applies to cigarettes and cigars, as well as what the ordinance refers to as weeds and plants. …

LETTER: Cliff Benes: Secondhand smoke ­ is it really so bad?
Redding (CA) Record-Searchlight - January 28, 2013

So what happened? Were we just supermen then? I'm positive my mother smoked all the way through my pregnancy. Maybe a doctor can give me and answer. ...

Landlords make effort to protect tenants from second-hand smoke
KFSN ABC-30 (Fresno, CA) - January 26, 2013

You don't have to inhale "second-hand smoke" to be affected by the potential cancer-causing fumes. "I never smoked in my life," said Beatrice, a person affected by second-hand smoke. "I never even touched a cigarette." But Beatrice Has COPD and nodules on her lungs from inhaling someone else's cigarette smoke while she lived in an apartment. Research Scientist Doctor Andrew Hyland said, "You're looking at an estimate of anywhere between 40 and 60,000 deaths per year attributable to second-hand smoke." That's more than all fatal car crashes each year. 28 states banned smoking in public places but smoking in apartments is still legal. Now some property owners are adopting smoke-free policies. …

Potential California Tobacco Tax Hike: Revisiting the Tobacco Debate
Independent Voter Network (IVN) - Jan 23, 2013

A group of California state officials, which includes Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Democratic strategist Jason Kinney, are currently backing a $1 per pack increase on tobacco products. The funds driven from this tobacco tax hike will, in turn, be

Blowing Smoke
National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) - Jan 23, 2013

California is likely to propose a ballot initiative in 2014 that would boost the state's cigarette tax by $1 per pack.

LETTER: Anti-smoking laws need more teeth
Glendale (CA) News-Press - Jan 23, 2013

Within half a mile of my residence, there are six businesses whose customers and owner/employees frequently smoke on the sidewalk right in front of the buildings. Two of these businesses are eating establishments that have taken sidewalk space for seating ...

St. Helena council honored for smoking ban
Napa Valley Register- January 20, 2013

The Tobacco Advisory Board and the Tobacco Education Program will present a plaque to the St. Helena City Council on Tuesday to honor its commitment to ...

Tobacco report card flunks local cities
Lompoc Record - January 17, 2013

Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Solvang, Lompoc and Goleta received failing grades on the American Lung Association’s “State of Tobacco Control 2013” report card released Wednesday. The national report gauges tobacco-control policies at both the federal and state levels, assigning grades on whether the laws protect residents from tobacco smoke. The study also looks at local smoking regulations. …

Report Gives California Low Grades for Smoking Cessation Efforts
California Healthline - January 17, 2013

An American Lung Association report has given California low grades for its smoking cessation efforts, Payers & Providers reports (Shinkman, Payers & Providers, 1/17). California Findings The report praised California for its efforts to persuade residents to stop smoking, but it criticized the state for not raising cigarette taxes from the current 87 cents per pack. ALA found that California is one of only three states that has not increased cigarette taxes since 1999. …

San Francisco Street Festivals To Be Smoke Free
The Epoch Times - January 16, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO­As a smoker, going to outdoor events like the Chinese New Year Parade in February will soon require a few extra breaths of fresh air. …

Clean Air Goes Up in Smoke – Again
Berkeley Daily Planet-January 15, 2013

The group of citizens who beseeched the Ad Hoc Committee on Smokefree Housing to protect their health walked away thinking that smokefree housing was ...

Supes Vote To Ban Smoking At Street Fairs
The San Francisco Appeal-January 16, 2013

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today gave unanimous initial approval to two pieces of legislation addressing smoking in the city.

San Francisco expands smoking restrictions to include outdoor ...
San Francisco Examiner-January 15, 2013

The Board of Supervisors passed two new smoking restrictions Tuesday, joining ... a law banning smoking at outdoor public events and another requiring landlords to ... banned smoking altogether in apartments, and a similar ban was passed last year ... Mar said he crafted the smoking ban for public events with the help of ...

New anti-tobacco ads for African American market unveiled
San Francisco Bay View - January 12, 2013

California Department of Public Health director and state health officer Dr. Ron Chapman has unveiled new ethnic-market advertisements that will continue to educate Californians on the harmful effects of tobacco use. ...

Citywise: Fremont bans smoking in public places
Mercurcy News - January 12, 2013

The City Council has toughened Fremont's smoking restrictions, voting to ban smoking in outdoor areas within 25 feet of building entrances and windows. Other changes to the city's smoking ordinance include banning tobacco-product vending machines and ...

Petaluma council toughens smoking restrictions
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - January 7, 2013

The Petaluma City Council unanimously voted Monday to broaden citywide restrictions on smoking to include private living spaces, medical marijuana and electronic cigarettes. Most restrictions will take effect in a month in public places, such as bus stops, outdoor dining areas, city parking lots and commercial sidewalks. …

Petaluma starts 2013 with trash, smoking ordinances
Petaluma Argus Courier - January 6, 2013

The Petaluma City Council will seat its newest member Monday and formally vote on new garbage-hauling and smoking ordinances tentatively approved last year by the previous council. …

Visalia apartment complex goes smoke-free
Visalia Times-Delta - January 3, 2013

If you have an interest in living in a smoke-free apartment or are a property owner with an interest in starting a non-smoking policy, please contact Danette Franz ...

Poll: Tighter smoking rules a good idea
Petaluma (CA) Argus-Courier - January 3, 2013

Most of those responding to this week’s online poll about Petaluma’s pending new smoking ordinance , which would implement stricter rules on where people can smoke in public places, thought that the changes were a good idea. About 56 percent agreed ...

Anti-smoking advocate claims Glendale City Council members pressured hospital to fire him
Glendale News Press - January 3, 2013

A longtime anti-smoking advocate has filed a multimillion-dollar wrongful termination lawsuit against Glendale Adventist Medical Center, as well as three City Council members who he alleges used their political influence to get him fired. Steven Gallegos was terminated from his job as a tobacco outreach worker in October after he spoke out publicly against the City Council in fall 2012 for loosening smoking restrictions for restaurants with large outdoor seating areas. …

Contra Costa County celebrates Casino San Pablo for contributions to cardiac health
Contra Costa Times - December 19, 2012

SAN PABLO -- San Pablo Lytton Casino, arguably the only workplace in Contra Costa County that still allows indoor smoking, was decorated by county health officials Wednesday for a stellar record of saving lives. Employees resuscitated five of six people who suffered sudden cardiac arrest at the casino over the past four years, according to the Contra Costa Health Services Department. That is five times the overall survival rate of cardiac arrest countywide, said Pam Dodson, who coordinates public outreach for the county's Emergency Medical Services. …

Smoking ban again before Bidwell Park commissioners
Enterprise-Record - December 17, 2012

CHICO ­ The issue of a comprehensive smoking ban in city-owned parks will again be in front of Bidwell Park and Playground commissioners. The meeting will be 6:30 p.m. today in the City Council Chambers, 421 Main St. ­ moved up in time because of the holidays. …

Cal State Long Beach students to vote on campus smoking ban
Long Beach Press-Telegram - December 15, 2012

Cal State Long Beach's Associated Students Inc. Senate this month approved a referendum for the March ballot asking students to vote on whether to change the university's policy to prohibit all smoking on campus. President F. King Alexander must give final approval for any changes to the policy, but a student vote in favor of banning smoking would send a strong message to the university. … As of October, at least 826 colleges in the nation had adopted smoke-free campus policies that eliminate smoking in indoor and outdoor areas, according to the nonprofit group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. The number has nearly doubled from 420 in 2010. …

California State Health Officer New Tobacco Report States 34000 Deaths from Tobacco-Related Illnesses Occur Each Year
Sierra Sun Times - December 14, 2012

During a news briefing today, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) director and state health officer Dr. Ron Chapman released the state’s first “ State Health Officer’s Report on Tobacco Use and Promotion” providing new data related to cigarette consumption declines, and the millions of dollars and lives saved. The report also includes new data on illegal sales to minors, the disproportionate number of tobacco retailers and advertising in minority and low-income neighborhoods, the effect of tobacco advertising in retail stores, and troubling tobacco-use trends. …

Smokeless tobacco sales up sharply in California, officials warn
Los Angeles Times - December 13, 2012

Nearly $211 million in non-cigarette tobacco and nicotine products were sold in ... are snuff and chewing tobacco, which have similar health risks for users as cigarettes. ... There are also fewer restrictions on their advertising and marketing. …

Department Of Public Health Fighting To Make California Cigarette and Tobacco-Free
The San Francisco Appeal - December 14, 2012

The California Department of Public Health today announced steps to continue towards its goal of making the state not only cigarette-free, but tobacco-free. …

A Survey Will Help UCR Clear the Air About Tobacco Use
HealthCanal.com - December 12, 2012

Beginning Jan. 2, 2014, UCR will be a smoke-free campus. All UC property will be designated as smoke/tobacco-free as of Jan. 2, 2014, part of a systemwide effort to make campuses safer and healthier. …

52-Year-Old Man Arrested For Breaking Smoking Laws At Santa Monica Bus Stop
Santa Monica (CA) Mirror - December 12, 2012

This homeless man was charged with smoking at a bus stop and his bail was set at $500....

SF Considers Smoking, Non-Smoking Labels For All Apartments
CBS Local - December 10, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco supervisors on Monday planned to consider an ordinance that would inform would-be renters who is smoking in the building. …

South City targeting downtown
San Mateo Daily Journal - December 11, 2012

Promoting community events to rejuvenate South San Francisco’s downtown while deterring negative behavior by possibly restricting smoking, adding cameras and asking the court to keep certain people away are quality of life provisions the City Council will consider, it was determined at a meeting last night. …

Leave your cigarettes at home ­ smoking ban considered for street ...
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - December 10, 2012

The full Board of Supervisors next year will vote on a measure that would bar smoking at street fairs and other outdoor events on city-owned property. Sponsored ...

Students have mixed feelings about campus-wide smoking ban
Daily 49er - December 9, 2012

The fate of smoking on Cal State Long Beach's campus is now in the hands of the student body after the Associated Students Inc. Senate passed a resolution to ...

Petaluma City Council expands smoking law
Petaluma Argus Courier - December 7, 2012

Supporters of the smoking ban showed up in droves to the council chambers and ... originally called for smoking bans in publicly shared spaces, like sidewalks, ... Councilmember Chris Albertson pointed out that banning smoking inside ...

PD Editorial: The haze of second-hand smoke
Santa Rosa (CA) Press Democrat - December 6, 2012

San Francisco recently strengthened its no-smoking rules as well, but it made sure that they did not apply to the use of medical marijuana. The ordinance in Petaluma makes no such exemption....There should be no distinction. Second-hand smoke is …

Supes tweak tobacco licensing fee
Santa Ynez Valley Journal - December 6, 2012

In light of progress made curbing sales of tobacco to minors, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday lowered the fee that businesses will pay next year for their annual licenses to sell tobacco. In November 2010, the board put the tobacco ordinance on the books, barring new businesses from selling tobacco products within 1,000 feet of a school. …

National Report: California Ranks 22nd in Protecting Kids from ...
MarketWatch (press release) - December 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- California ranks 22nd in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations. …

Petaluma, Dublin Approves New Smoking Restrictions
KGO-AM - December 5, 2012

The Petaluma City Council on Monday night unanimously passed an ordinance that bans smoking in apartments and other units of multi-family dwellings, as well as in hotels and motels. … The city of Dublin has enacted on of the East Bay's strictest tobacco ordinances as the City Council gave final approval to rules that bar new tobacco sellers from opening near schools, parks or day care centers. …

COURSEY: Expanding the 'non-smoking section'
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - December 4, 2012

I once could light up a Camel inside the sealed passenger cabin of an airplane, and tough luck for the guy sitting in the “non-smoking section” – which might just happen to be the seat in front of me. But then the government took my freedom away. I used to plant myself in the middle of the newsroom, a typewriter in front of me, a paper cup full of coffee to my right and a burning cigarette in an ashtray to my left, without a worry in world for the reporter at the next desk gasping for fresh air. But then my employer stripped me of my rights. … If that were really the case – that our homes were castles protected by moats that kept cigarette smoke confined to the premises – then I would agree that government has no business telling us what we can or cannot do inside the gates. Smoking, after all, is still legal. But no moat can contain tobacco smoke. In an apartment complex or a condo or a motel, if the guy next door lights up, it's likely that you're breathing what he's smoking. Sure, you can shut your windows if you don't like it. But then whose rights are being squeezed? Shouldn't we all have the freedom to breathe fresh air? …

Council to Vote on Smoking Ordinance Revisions
Fremont (CA) Patch.org - December 4, 2012

Fremont’s smoking regulations may soon see many revisions in an effort to reduce secondhand smoke. City councilmembers will review proposed amendments to the city’s smoking ordinance at its Tuesday meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at city hall, 3300 Capitol Ave. …

Petaluma City Council OKs tough smoking restrictions
Santa Rosa (CA) Press Democrat - Dec 3, 2012

Petaluma smokers soon will have fewer places to light up. The City Council late Monday night unanimously approved broad new smoking restrictions, including banning smoking in multi-family housing units, such as apartments and condos, and from certain outdoor spaces, including private balconies, decks, courtyards and bus stops …

California draws on reserves for tobacco debt payments
Reuters - Dec 3, 2012

California officials have tapped reserves for payments on two series of state tobacco bonds due to insufficient tobacco settlement revenue, according to notices filed with Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board on Monday. ...

Fines to be levied at Boulder Creek Parks for smoking, drinking, loud music, camping
Santa Cruz County (CA) Sentinel - December 1, 2012

Starting next month, anyone caught smoking, drinking, camping, blasting music or engaging in any other illegal activities at Boulder Creek parks won't just get a little slap ...

City Council will consider tobacco ordinance update
San Ramon Express - November 30, 2012

Smoking regulations may change throughout San Ramon after the City Council directed that the existing ordinance, written in 1999, be reviewed and updated to include outdoor second hand smoke. Residents have the chance to make their voices heard on the proposal using Open San Ramon. The existing tobacco ordinance does not adequately address exposure to second hand smoke, the new ordinance states. While the proposal doesn't eliminate or reduce any of the current regulations, it expands coverage to include second hand smoke from outdoor sources. Should the ordinance pass, smoking would not be allowed in any city park. …

New E-cigarette Store Faces Resistance from West End Business Owners
San Rafael (CA) Patch.org - November 20, 2012

The recent opening of electronic cigarette store Digital Ciggz in the West End has many people questioning if the new business is a good fit for the neighborhood. The store, which totes colorful merchandise for the electronic oral device at 1560 Fourth ...

Proposal would require landlords to designate non-smoking apartments
San Francisco Examiner (CA)- November 15, 2012

Although they often butt heads, landlords and tenant advocates have joined forces in support of a proposed new ordinance that apartment owners believe could increase the supply of smoke-free rental housing in The City. ...

UCLA To Become First Tobacco-Free UC
NBC Southern California - November 1, 2012

UCLA To Become First Tobacco-Free UC. Students and faculty will be forced to kick the habit, if only while they're on campus. …

As UCLA goes smoke-free, some ask if USC will do the same
Daily Trojan Online – October 31, 2012

A new smoke-free ban at UCLA, which was announced Tuesday, has re-energized the debate surrounding the implementation of a smoke-free ban on campus ...

Tobacco Ban Coming to UCSB
KEYT-TV (Santa Barbara, CA) - October 31, 2012

Cigarettes, cigars and even chewing tobacco will soon be banned at all UC campuses. Starting in April of 2014, all 10 campuses will prohibit tobacco use. Now at UCSB, you can smoke away from entrances to buildings. The UCSB community is divided … ...

Tobacco Ban on UCLA Campus Coming This Spring
KTLA - October 31, 2012

Chancellor Gene D. Block said in a letter that all tobacco products -- including cigarettes, cigars, oral tobacco and electronic cigarettes -- will be banned as of ...

UCLA Will Go Tobacco-Free on Earth Day 2013
LAist - October 30, 2012

Shepherded by UCLA's Tobacco-Free Steering Committee, the breath of fresh air will ban the use of any and all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes ...

What You Need to Know About Santa Monica's New Smoking Law
Santa Monica (CA) Patch.com - October 25, 2012

Tenants who move into apartments and condos in Santa Monica after Nov. 22 will find it's illegal to smoke inside their units. A new law banning tobacco and marijuana smoke in multi-unit housing was adopted with a second vote by the Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday night and takes effect Nov. 23. …

Santa Monica Adopts New Smoking Law For All Multi-Unit Housing ...
Santa Monica Mirror - October 25, 2012

Santa Monica on Tuesday adopted a law with new smoking rules that affect all multi-unit housing in the City. The law includes the following: -- All new occupancies after Nov. 22, 2012 are non-smoking: Starting on this date, all newly occupied units in multi-unit residential properties in Santa Monica are declared non-smoking. This includes all apartments and condominiums. So, anyone moving into an apartment or condo in Santa Monica after November 22 can't smoke in the unit. -- Owners must start smoking survey by January 21, 2013: Before this date, all landlords and condo homeowners' associations are required to begin a survey of current occupants, who must then designate their units either "smoking" or "non-smoking." For other deadlines and details about this process, see the attached “designation process” sheet or go to smconsumer.org. -- Current occupants grandfathered: Existing occupants can continue to smoke inside their units if they designate the units as "smoking." …

New Santa Monica Smoking Ban to Take Effect Next Month
The Lookout News - October 25, 2012

After a year of debate, the Santa Monica City Council gave final approval Tuesday to a law that bans smoking in all apartment and condo units occupied after November 22. …

Chico City Council passes downtown smoking ban to avoid secondhand smoke
The Orion - October 25, 2012

Chico City Council voted to prohibit smoking within 20 feet of business doorways Oct. 16, with an exception for people passing through to another destination. “The exception would allow people who are walking by to be smoking while they are walking past. They will not be able to stand there and smoke.” The ban was ...

Smoking Ban Proposal to Be Heard at Future City Council Meeting
Sierra Madre (CA) Patch.com - October 25, 2012

Could Sierra Madre be the next in a line of L.A. County cities to enact tougher bans on smoking? That's what a group of Sierra Madre residents and the Clean Air ...

Santa Cruz council OKs tobacco retail fee
Monterey County Herald - October 24, 2012

SANTA CRUZ -- The City Council on Tuesday approved a new tobacco licensing fee aimed at funding a police decoy program and other activities aimed at reducing sales to minors. The council set the annual fee on 57 retailers at $425 -- down from the $559 originally proposed -- and voted to exempt three bars approved by the state to sell tobacco. Santa Cruz is the first California city to make such an exemption, using the rationale that no one younger than 21 is supposed to be in a bar and therefore those 18 or younger wouldn't be able to buy tobacco products there. …

Letter: Smoking laws should be challenged
Mercury-Register - October 24, 2012

Vigilantism lives. The American Lung Association is still determined to hang a minority, urging our City Council to prepare another noose for Chico smokers. If butts are the problem, enforce littering laws. … In Chico around 1997, frenzied nonsmokers made their morality come true by condemning the morality of smokers, passing nonsmoking laws before the state ...

Cigar Social to be Held at Hennessey's on Eve of Carlsbad's Smoking Ban
Carlsbad (CA) Patch.com - October 24, 2012

Cigar smokers will gather for a three course cigar dinner on the eve of the outdoor smoking ban Thursday Nov. 1st starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Carlsbad Hennessey’s. …

More Cities Ban Smoking In Apartment Buildings
Here And Now - October 23, 2012

Last week, the city council decided to follow nine other cities in California and vote unanimously to ban smoking in multi-family homes. The ordinance also ...

Smoking to be Stopped on Library Walk
The UCSD Guardian Online - October 22, 2012

The UCSD event will be especially eye-catching this year, volunteers for the Smokeout say, because of the University of California system-wide smoking ban ...

People on the Street for Oct. 21
Chico (CA) Enterprise-Record - October 21, 2012

Is it fair to ban smoking within 20 feet of doors and windows of businesses in downtown Chico? …

Smoking ban foes to get in last puff
North County Times - October 20, 2012

…The Cigar Grotto is planning a cigar send-off for Nov. 1 at Hennessey’s Tavern in Carlsbad. In September, the City Council unanimously approved a ban on smoking at the outdoor patios of all Carlsbad restaurants, and the ban takes effect Nov. 2. A state law passed in 1988 prohibits smoking inside bars and restaurants, but many cities still allow it outdoors. Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar have also prohibited smoking in outdoor dining areas. It’s a trend some people would like to see continue. …

New: Tell Your Rent Board This Friday You Need to Breathe Clean Air
Berkeley Daily Planet - October 17, 2012

Tired of breathing your neighbor’s secondhand smoke? Come to the Ad Hoc Committee on Smokefree Housing on Friday, October 19, 1:00 pm (2001 Center Street, Law Library, 2nd Floor) and tell the Rent Board. …

Lynwood City Council Moves Forward with Anti-Smoking Ordinance
Businesses that sell tobacco will be required to pay an additional fee
South Gate-Lynwood (CA) Patch.com - October 18, 2012

The Lynwood City Council voted 4 to 1 in favor of moving forward with an ordinance that would force local tobacco sellers to pay a $250 license fee. …

Should E-cigarettes be Regulated in San Rafael?
San Rafael (CA) Patch.com - October 16, 2012

The San Rafael City Council passed a tough smoking ordinance on Oct. 1. But many believe that the city should regulate electronic cigarettes as well. … The San Rafael City Council's new smoking ban, approved on Oct. 1, has many wondering if the city should regulate electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes. …

Chico Smoking Ban
KHSL - October 16, 2012

Chico city council members have approved a new smoking ban that prohibits smoking within 20 feet of a building. Council members voted in favor of the ban five to two, but before they approved the ordinance a public hearing was held so they could hear from the community on the matter and everyone who spoke tonight was very much in favor of the ban. …

Redding Bans Smoking in Parks
KHSL - October 17, 2012

A new Redding ordinance passed Tuesday night, will make smoking illegal in public parks. The City says the ban will create healthier recreation areas, but ...

California city bans smoking in duplexes and other multi-family homes
NBCNews.com (blog) - October 16, 2012

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - A San Francisco suburb on Monday banned smoking in duplexes, condominiums and other multi-family homes, with city leaders saying they hoped to lead a wave of such regulations across California and ultimately the country. … "We are happy to blaze a trail," Mayor Gary Phillips said before the vote. "We're most happy to be in the forefront of the issue because we think it will greatly benefit our residents and those visiting San Rafael, and we think it will set the tone for other cities as well." …

San Rafael Smoking Ban: California City Bars Smoking In Duplexes, Condominiums, and Other Multi-Family Homes
Huffington Post - October 16, 2012

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., October 15 (Reuters) - A San Francisco suburb on Monday banned smoking in duplexes, condominiums and other multi-family homes, with city leaders saying they hoped to lead a wave of such regulations across California and ultimately the country. …

Smoking Ban to Be Discussed at Chico City Council Meeting
KRCRTV.COM - October 15, 2012

A ban to prevent smoking within a certain distance of private businesses in Chico will be up for discussion on Tuesday during the City Council meeting. Smoking ...

Chico City Council to consider 20-foot smoking rule for businesses
Enterprise-Record - October 15, 2012

CHICO ­ A smoking ban within a specified distance of private entryways will be up for discussion at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Smoking is already prohibited in front of entryways to public buildings but not privately-owned businesses. The ordinance before the council would prohibit smoking within 20 feet of doors, windows and other openings to businesses. Two ordinance options are being considered, with one adding an exception for people passing by. It's not clear what kind of enforcement will be used or the penalty for violations. …

Campus smoking ban still cloudy
Laney Tower (Laney College - Oakland, CA) - October 13, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate bill AB 795 on Oct. 10, 2011, and while it was supposed to move California college students forward into cleaner air, Laney College students have seemed to stand still in a cloud of smoke and confusion. ...

Glendale council will revisit smoking rule
Glendale News Press - October 10, 2012

The Glendale City Council on Tuesday agreed to revisit the city’s smoking ordinance after getting blowback from anti-smoking advocates regarding the recent decision to ease restrictions for restaurants with large patio areas. …

Santa Monica Council Revives Smoking Ban in Apartments
The Lookout News - October 4, 2012

October 4, 2012 -- The Santa Monica City Council banned smoking in all new ... 5-to-2 vote Tuesday finally approved a smoking ban after over a year of debate. ... has maintained that though he agrees with banning smoking in apartments, the ...

Kids Strapped in for Secondhand Smoke
Patch.com - October 3, 2012

… In addition, the CDC reports that an estimated 443,000 or 1 in 5 deaths each year are caused by cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS). …

Smoking ban brings cleaner air, more litter
Beach Reporter - October 3, 2012

After six months of pushing people to the outskirts of a smoke-free boundary, Hermosa Beach is experiencing mostly positive impacts from the historic ban, but there is one problem: litter. ...

Santa Monica Smoking Ban
KFI (CA) - October 3, 2012

The ordinance also forces landlords to ask existing tenants to designate their apartments smoking, non-smoking or decline to disclose. They lose the right to ...

Designated smoking areas listed
Orland Press Register (CA) - October 3, 2012

This comes after the council approved a smoking ban in the parks in February with the provision designated smoking areas be allowed. Cigarette butt ...

Smoke-free parks policies catching on
Colusa County Sun Herald (CA) - October 2, 2012

The Arbuckle Parks and Recreation District is coming up on an unusual anniversary. Since Oct. 8 of last year, the parks within the district have been tobacco-free ...

San Rafael officials approve tough new smoking rules
Marin (CA) Independent Journal - October 2, 2012

San Rafael officials approved the county's toughest anti-tobacco ordinance to date on Monday, banning smoking from all apartments and condominiums, in addition to parks, bus stops, restaurant patios and many other outdoor spaces. …

Council Approves Smoking Ban
San Rafael (CA) Patch.com - October 2, 2012

In a unanimous vote, the San Rafael City Council approved a smoking ban that will prohibit smokers from lighting up in parks, multi-family residences and downtown sidewalks. …

San Rafael officials approve tough new smoking rules
MENAFN.COM - October 2, 2012

Oct 02, 2012 (Menafn - The Marin Independent Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --San Rafael officials approved the county's toughest anti-tobacco ordinance to date on Monday, banning smoking from all apartments and condominiums, in addition to parks, bus stops, restaurant patios and many other outdoor spaces. The measure is aimed at protecting people from secondhand smoke, officials said. "What we are really considering is the impact of others," Mayor Gary Phillips said Monday before voting with his four city council colleagues to approve the ordinance. The ordinance includes special restrictions for the downtown area, banning smoking from sidewalks and plazas except while smokers are "actively passing on the way to another destination." …

Redding council weighs smoking ban, hears efforts to recruit airlines
Record-Searchlight - October 2, 2012

The Redding City Council will consider tonight a resolution that supports a smoking ban at city parks. Additionally, the council will consider two other resolutions ...

Brown Vetoes Long-Term Care Facility Smoking Ban
California Healthline - October 1, 2012

On Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a bill ( AB 217) that would have banned smoking in long-term care facilities by eliminating exceptions to the state's indoor workplace smoking ban. The bill also would have banned some outdoor smoking at nursing homes. …

San Rafael Weighs Ban on Smoking in Apartments
KQED - October 1, 2012

San Rafael City Council will consider passing one of the strictest smoking bans in the state Monday. The ban would prohibit smoking in private living rooms in multi-family buildings, apartments and condos. If the apartment shares a wall, smoking would not be allowed. …

San Rafel Weighs Tough Smoking Ban
NBC Bay Area - October 1, 2012

The San Rafael City Council will decide today whether to ban smoking in more than 40 percent of the city's private residences or while sitting or standing on any ...

Marin County city weighs tough smoking ban
California Watch - October 1, 2012

Ardian Totolaku, an unemployed restaurant worker, believes in his God-given right to smoke cigarettes. He likes to smoke while he is hanging out on the streets of downtown San Rafael and in the comfort of his three-bedroom condo on a tree-lined street not far from Highway 101. …

San Rafael officials to consider strict smoking rules
Marin Independent-Journal - September 29, 2012

In the latest effort to reduce secondhand smoke in Marin, officials in San Rafael on Monday will consider the county's most strict anti-smoking ordinance to date. The ordinance would ban smoking from all apartments and condominiums, in addition to many outdoor spaces such as parks, bus stops and restaurant patios. …

Redding considers smoking ban at city parks, trails
Waste Management World - September 29, 2012

A proposal to prohibit smoking at Redding parks makes its way to the Redding City Council on Tuesday. The council is expected to vote on a resolution, the ...

Keep smoking out of Glendale
Glendale News Press - September 28, 2012

I read with much interest in the News-Press that the Glendale City Council is considering lifting/easing up the bans on smoking in restaurants in Glendale (“Smoking restrictions back to dais,” Sept. 25) The newspaper reported that the council was asking a series of questions such as, “Should strict smoking restrictions at outdoor restaurants be loosened?” While I appreciate the reflection and believe that asking questions is always a good idea, really the only question our City Council should be asking is the following: “Should citizens of Glendale be forced to breathe in the cigarette smoke of others?” Second-hand smoke is sickening ­ literally and figuratively. …

Smoke and mirrors on the dais
Glendale News Press - September 28, 2012

It was a council session about smoking restrictions (“Proposed updates to smoking ban heat up,” Sept. 27), but it was more like a staged session with smoke and mirrors. There is a tell-tale sign that regular council watchers use to identify an ordinance designed to do the opposite of what the council claims it does. Council members become extremely verbose. It is as if someone turned on the blabber switch as they aim to misdirect and confuse the public with all kinds of stories and personal experiences that only serve to give the appearance that they are emotionally in tune with the public. …

SAN JACINTO: Smoke shop applicant files legal claim
Riverside (CA) Press-Enterprise - September 28, 2012

He says his licensing was complete and his check cashed a week before a moratorium was imposed...

Proposed tobacco ban at fair fails
Daily Pilot - September 28, 2012

Discussion of a proposed ban on the sale of tobacco and smoking products at the Orange County Fairgrounds took a philosophical turn Thursday at the Fair Board's monthly meeting, where the idea was voted down. Speakers and, later, board members questioned the logic behind banning cigars and hookahs at a place where visitors can drink beer and eat deep-fried Twinkies. …

Brown vetoes bill seeking nursing home smoking ban
Daily Democrat - September 28, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have banned smoking in long-term health care facilities. The Democratic governor said Thursday in his veto statement that the bill's aim was admirable. But he said it would be better to "rely on the locals, in this case the facility and its residents and employees" to devise policies. …

When Smoke (Still) Gets in Your Eyes
Alameda Sun - September 28, 2012

Nine months after Alameda's Secondhand Smoke Ordinance took effect on Jan. 2, nonsmokers (90 percent of the population) and people with asthma or lung disease should find the Park and Webster Street commercial districts and our shopping centers smoke-free and safe for working lungs, right? Not yet. The ordinance ­ still unimplemented ­ is invisible. …

Smokefree future for SVDH explored
Porterville Recorder - September 27, 2012

A ‘No Smoking’ campus might take three years to implement, but Sierra View Local Health Care District Board of Directors is looking ahead at beginning the process of implementing such an initiative in the new future. …

Palomar taking next step to smoke-free campus
Telescope - September 27, 2012

Campus police have been directed to step up enforcement for the campus smoking ban, according to administrators. A no-smoking policy was put in place by the Associated Student Government ASG last year, adding Palomar to a list of schools that officially condemn public smoking. While students are not allowed to smoke on campus, the policy has not been regularly enforced by authorities, leaving some uncertain if police or faculty even have the power to do so. …

Failed Ban on Smoking in Apartments Could Be Resurrected by ...
The Lookout News - September 28, 2012

September 28, 2012 -- A controversial ordinance that would ban smoking -- including smoking marijuana for medical purposes -- in all new apartments and condos throughout Santa Monica will go before the Council again Tuesday after a similar one failed in July. …

Glendale Could Have New Smoking Ordinance
Montrose-La Crescenta (CA) Patch.com - September 26, 2012

Whether you light up a cigarette inside a Glendale apartment or try to avoid inhaling, there could be a new smoking ordinance impacting Montrose and La Crescenta residents. …

Grass Valley extends smoking ban in downtown area
The Union of Grass Valley - September 27, 2012

Law enforcement matters took center stage at Tuesday’s Grass Valley City Council meeting as the municipality voted to expand its ban smoking on smoking downtown as well as voting to support abolishing the police department’s dispatch center to join a regional county dispatch center. The 4-1 vote to join the towns of Truckee and Nevada City police departments and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office in a regional dispatch center at the sheriff’s Nevada City headquarters. …

Fair Board to consider tobacco, bong ban
Costa Mesa (CA) Daily Pilot - September 27, 2012

Board member says certain products are not appropriate. Vendor claims move is retaliation....

CARLSBAD: Council backs restaurant patio smoking ban
North County Times - September 26, 2012

Property manager Lisa Snyder said the owners of the Village Faire banned smoking on most of the property about a half-dozen years ago, but there are two ...

Glendale to review possible changes to citywide smoking laws
Glendale News Press - September 24, 2012

For the third time, the Glendale City Council on Tuesday is slated to review a slew of options that could further restrict smoking in the city. The council was scheduled to consider changing rules that limit smoking inside apartment buildings and at restaurants in early August, but delayed the matter. …

Should Carlsbad Ban Smoking in Outdoor Dining Areas?
Carlsbad (CA) Patch.com - September 21, 2012

The State of California enacted the State Workplace Smoking Law in 1988, which bans smoking in enclosed places of employment, including restaurants. …

Council gives OK to hookah lounge
Merced Sun - September 19, 2012

... open a hookah lounge and dance club, after the Planning Commission declined to approve a conditional-use permit. ... "I'm not going to say tobacco's good, I just don't," he said. "But two blocks away we have a drive-through cigarette store.

Smoking ban at Redding parks moves forward
Record-Searchlight - September 13, 2012

The Redding Community Services Advisory Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a plan to make the city's parks smoke-free. The commission's 5-0 recommendation heads to the City Council for a public hearing, which might be scheduled Oct. 16. …

Whittier council votes to ban smoking in parks
Whittier Daily News - September 13, 2012

WHITTIER - This city was one of the first to ban smoking in restaurants before it became a statewide requirement and now, it's prepared to do the same thing for parks. After a 3-2 vote Tuesday, city staff is expected to bring an ordinance to the council banning smoking in parks at its Oct. 9 meeting. … In this case, Henderson said he believes the state will follow Whittier's action. Already, 174 California municipalities have banned smoking as of Jan. 2, according to a survey by American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. …

Smoke-free parks in Anderson? Sort of
Record-Searchlight (blog) - Sep 10, 2012

Smoke-free parks in Anderson? Sort of ... More recently, the Redding City Council has adopted smoke-free zones for the Redding Library and City Hall campus.

Several Multi-Unit Housings in San Bernardino County Go Smoke ...
Highland Community News (subscription) - September 7, 2012

Apartment and townhome complexes in the cities of San Bernardino, Loma Linda, Redlands, Colton, Rancho Cucamonga, Alta Loma, and Rialto have implemented regulations to protect residents in multi-unit housing from environmental exposure to secondhand smoke. …

Fremont to re-examine smoking ordinance
Fremont Bulletin - September 6, 2012

Fremont City Councilwoman Sue Chan would like to place more regulations to protect non-smokers and improve the city's grade from the American Lung Association. Chan asked fellow leaders Tuesday to approve a referral to authorize city staffers to re-examine the smoking ordinance. …

Smokers Flaut [Sic] City Ordinance
Alameda Sun - September 7, 2012

…"I don't think these smokers are primarily folks who are ignoring or flouting the ordinance, but people who just do not know the smoking ban exists." ...

So, what do you think about the proposed smoking ban?
Record-Searchlight (blog) - September 6, 2012

Our totally unscientific Redding.com poll was pretty close to 50-50, with a narrow majority of 600-odd voters saying yes, the city should ban smoking in parks. …

Advocates don't want to mix tax dollars with movie smoking
Los Angeles Times blogs - Sep 7, 2012

The American Lung Assn. in California says the bill shouldn't become law until it prevents the state from subsidizing movies that showcase smoking. …

Council considers tightening smoking regulations
Marinscope Community Newspapers - September 5, 2012

Up for consideration was a ban on smoking in any place where food or drink are sold, including outdoor areas of restaurants and bars; a ban on smoking at a ...

USC professor is co-author of largest tabacco [sic] use study
Daily Trojan (University of Southern California) - September 6, 2012

The world’s largest study of tobacco use to date was published last month in the medical journal The Lancet and included Keck School of Medicine professor Jonathan Samet as an author. ...

Craig Allen: It's Time for Santa Barbara to Ban Smoking
Noozhawk - September 2, 2012

The time for a smoking ban inside Santa Barbara city limits is now! …

Applauds Palomar's anti-smoking policy
North County Times - August 27, 2012

In response to, "Roses and raspberries: A 'snuffing out liberty' raspberry," Aug. 20: As a recent college graduate, I am mortified that the North County Times would bash Palomar College for taking a stance against smoking. I am all for preserving the right to do as you please when others aren't affected. However, the simple fact is that secondhand smoke is detrimental to the health of smokers and non-smokers alike. Nothing bugged me more as a student than the times I would come in contact with a smoker while going from class to class. …

CSUF to become a smoke-free campus
The Daily Titan - August 27, 2012

No more designated smoking areas. No more smoking on campus at all – not twenty feet away from a building, not in the parking lot, not even in your own car. …

Arcadia's Methodist Hospital campus to go tobacco-free next year
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - August 27, 2012

Methodist Hospital of Southern California will join other hospitals across the San Gabriel Valley when it implements a new tobacco-free policy on its entire campus starting Jan. 1. …

Editorial: Smoking ban would clean up Redding's parks
Record-Searchlight - August 24, 2012

Editorial: Smoking ban would clean up Redding's parks ... i cant stand the smell of sea food it makes my stomach turn , does that mean i should push for banning all sea food places near my home ? or near my job? ... Violators may be banned.

Smoking ban on the way: Will Prohibit Smoking in Business Doorways
Chico News & Review - August 23, 2012

Smoke was the burning issue at the Tuesday (Aug. 21) meeting of the Chico City Council­not the smoke from forest fires in the air lately, but the smoke from cigarettes. The council was responding to a request from the American Lung Association for a comprehensive smoking policy that included a ban on smoking in city parks and a ban on smoking within 20 feet of a business entryway. …

Are Redding's parks going smoke free?
Record-Searchlight (blog) - August 23, 2012

Proponent Susan Hinz called prohibiting smoking in parks "a no-brainer," but other commission members thought the ordinance -- a straightforward all-out ban on smoking parks -- went too far and suggested ... Violators may be banned. …

Chowchilla adopts ban on smoking medical pot in public
Merced Sun-Star - August 23, 2012

The city of Chowchilla recently adopted an ordinance outlawing smoking medical marijuana in public. …

Smoke-free policy will take effect in 2013
Solano Tempest - August 22, 2012

Until the policy takes effect, smoking is permitted only in designated areas. SCC will be joining over 30 California community colleges in the smoke-free policy. …

Glendale to consider more smoking restrictions for apartment buildings
Glendale News Press - August 20, 2012

The City Council on Tuesday is set to review several options that could restrict smoking in individual apartment units, bolstering Glendale's current ban on ...

City manager, smoking ban on Chico City Council agenda
Enterprise-Record - August 20, 2012

CHICO -- The City of Chico plans to hire Brian Nakamura as its new city manager, with plans for Mayor Ann Schwab to sign the employment agreement to have ...

Smoking in state's rural areas still too high
Woodland (CA) Daily Democrat - August 17, 2012

The American Lung Association's latest health disparity report, Cutting Tobacco's Rural Roots: Tobacco Use in Rural Communities, examines tobacco addiction and exposure to secondhand smoke in rural communities nationwide, particularly among rural youth. ...

Editorial: California can't give up on higher tobacco taxes
Sacramento (CA) Bee - August 17, 2012

The reason is to push down smoking rates, particularly among young people, saving tens of thousands of lives and untold millions of dollars in health care costs. In addition, the revenue from a $1 per pack increase could put a dent in the state deficit an ..

Smoking ordinance needs protection
Glendale News Press (CA) - August 15, 2012

Smoking ordinance needs protection ... 21, the Glendale City Council will be reviewing all of the current tobacco control ordinances and opening them up for ...

Glendale considers restricting smoking in apartment buildings
Glendale News Press (CA) - August 13, 2012

Pasadena's ban on smoking in apartment units is set to begin next year, but Santa ... night, he'd like to explore the possibility of banning smoking in apartment units over time, ... Glendale bans smoking in general, including hookah, inside most ...

SAN MARCOS: Palomar College starts enforcing smoking ban
North County (CA) Times - Aug 13, 2012

The Palomar College governing board banned tobacco from its properties Tuesday, after years of student efforts to make the campus a smoke-free ...

Solano Community College campuses aim to be smoke free
Vacaville (CA) Reporter - Aug 12, 2012

After fielding complaints about smokers near the child care center, the Solano Community College is moving toward making its campuses smoke-free, the school announced Friday. Solano College on Aug. 1 implemented its new smoke-free campus policy which al...

Seeking non-smoking options
KXRM (CA) - August 10, 2012

After so many states banned smoking in public places, cities around the U.S. are ... A number of cities in California have implemented a non-smoking ban in ...

Council to mull park smoking ban
Tahoe Daily Tribune - August 8, 2012

The South Lake Tahoe City Council is expected to consider a ban on smoking in city parks following concerns about the prevalence of marijuana smoking at ...

Methodist Hospital Campus to Become Tobacco-Free
Arcadia (CA) Patch.com - August 3, 2012

A ban on the use of tobacco products anywhere on the Methodist Hospital campus takes effect Jan. 1. This includes parking lots, hospital vehicles and employees’ personal vehicles parked on the premises. …

Laughing Matters
Santa Monica Daily Press - August 3, 2012

Concerned about the dangers of drifting second-hand smoke in apartments and condos, the council was debating a smoking ban ordinance (which was only for ...

Mill Valley proposes new anti-smoking law
Marin Independent-Journal - August 2, 2012

The city of Mill Valley will host an information session on a proposed new anti-smoking regulation that includes a ban on smoking in public parks, outdoor areas of bars and restaurants and within 20 feet of bus stops, ATM machines and children's play areas. …

Grover Beach parks poised to go smokeless
San Luis Obispo Tribune - July 30, 2012

Visitors to parks in Grover Beach may no longer be able to light up, if a tentative City Council decision is affirmed. The council unanimously voted last week to ban smoking at all city parks, including ... affairs; consider banning smoking from public parks and surrounding sidewalks. ... Smoking would be banned at county mini-parks and neighborhood parks, ...

Banned Smokers Migrate From Mercy Hospital To Sacramento Woman’s Front Lawn
CBS Local - July 27, 2012

It's an artfully crafted argument. Joanie Pope-Ferry has a message for Mercy Hospital. “I didn’t want to be too mean about it and too negative, but I wanted to get my point across,” said Pope-Ferry. Now she’s had her message made into a mural on her fence. “The smell of smoke comes in my windows,” said Pope-Ferry. It’s aimed at hospital visitors who smoke. It reads “Mercy have mercy, no smoking please and don’t make an ash of yourself.” ….

Medical pot patients may doom strict smoking ban
San Jose Mercury News - July 26, 2012

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Medical marijuana users appear to be partly responsible for Santa Monica's decision to shelve a strict residential smoking ban aimed at ...

Woodland Hills anti-smoking activist declared a nuisance, will be evicted
Los Angeles Daily News - July 25, 2012

A jury decided Tuesday that the Oakwood Apartments complex in Woodland Hills has the right to evict a resident who was found guilty of harassing smokers. The jury at the Van Nuys Superior Courthouse found that John Birke, who has lived with his wife and daughter at the Oakwood Apartments for nearly 20 years, had become a nuisance to residents who smoke near the pool area of the complex. Residents complained Birke splashed smokers with water and took their photographs. …

Smoking Ban In Santa Monica Apartments, Condos Stalls In Second ...
Santa Monica Mirror - July 25, 2012

An ordinance banning smoking in multi-unit residences failed to muster ... Smoking Ban In Santa Monica Apartments, Condos Stalls In Second ... Two weeks ago, council members approved a proposed ordinance that would have banned new ...

Proposed residential smoking ban in Santa Monica fails
Los Angeles Times - July 25, 2012

Santa Monica city leaders tabled a ban on residential smoking, citing ... Weiss said he supported the city's bans on smoking on the Promenade and the Santa Monica ... In Santa Monica, smoking is banned at public parks, beaches, libraries, ...

Smoking ban may gasp final breath
Santa Monica Daily Press - July 24, 2012

CITY HALL ­ A controversial decision to ban smoking for new tenants and condominium owners in Santa Monica looks likely to be reversed today with two of its former supporters signaling a change of heart. …

Let 'em smoke, Santa Monica
A plan to bar new renters from smoking inside their apartments and condos goes too far. The City Council should vote no.
Los Angeles Times - Jul July 23, 2012

For years, Santa Monica has banned smoking on city beaches, in parks and near public buildings. Now it's considering expanding the prohibition. On Tuesday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on a plan to bar new renters from smoking inside their apartments and condos. The council should demonstrate restraint and vote no. ...

Santa Monica trailer park community threatened
U-T San Diego - July 22, 2012

... Chula Vista approves vacancy decontrol at mobile home parks · Mobile park upset by rent-control law · Santa Monica tightening smoking restrictions ...

GB moves to ban smoking in city parks
Santa Maria Times - July 23, 2012

Smokers won't be able to light up in Grover Beach parks or on adjacent sidewalks if a proposed ordinance is adopted at the next City Council meeting. …

Santa Cruz allows disabled woman to be smoked out then publishes ...
Bay Area Indymedia - July 22, 2012

Using HUD Community Development and Block Grant (CDBG) funds, the City of Santa Cruz published a guide to Fair Housing which is available, as per the link below, on the Santa Cruz city website. Yet a little more than a year ago, between May and June 2011, the City of Santa Cruz discriminated against my sister Patricia Colby at the Mission Gardens Apartments by denying her a reasonable accommodation for the effects of secondhand tobacco smoke used by recalcitrant smokers at the Mission Gardens Apartments to kill her based upon her disabilities. ...

Supervisor Eric Mar, Happy Meal Crusader, Adds Smokers to the ...
SF Weekly (blog) - July 20, 2012

Supervisor Eric Mar, the unhappy french fry guy, has taken on some rather dubious causes: Banning Happy Meals and stripper mobiles. But since 86ing cheap meat and strippers isn't going to totally protect your children from this terrible place called Earth, Mar has decided to go ahead and ban smoking at local street fairs, too. …

San Francisco Smoking Ban Would Prohibit Smoking In Public ...

Huffington Post - July 19, 2012

A San Francisco Supervisor is looking to crack down on the smoking in public with a proposed bill that would ban tobacco use at outdoor events such as street fairs and concerts. Don’t worry, smoking pot is still cool--this is San Francisco, after all. …

No smoking outdoors (except for pot!)
Las Vegas Review-Journal (blog) - July 20, 2012

Only in San Francisco. Elected officials there are considering a law that would extend the city's smoking ban to any outdoor events held on city pro...

Supervisors ban smoking in many public spots
Adobe Press - July 20, 2012

San Luis Obispo County supervisors approved an ordinance Tuesday that prohibits smoking in or near county-owned buildings and facilities, community parks ...

Loretta Keller: Condo smoking ban goes too far

Pasadena Star-News - July 20, 2012

WITH a new secondhand smoke law pending, Santa Monica s apartment houses and condominiums should display signs saying either "CAUTION! SMOKERS ...

Smoking could be banned
Times Press Recorder – July 20, 2012

A staff report prepared by City Attorney Martin Koczanowicz and Police Chief Jim Copsey said a ban on smoking in that area would be hard to enforce and ...

Smoking could be banned in city parks
TimesPressRecorder.com – July 20, 2012

Smokers won’t be able to light up in Grover Beach parks or on adjacent sidewalks if a proposed ordinance is adopted at the next City Council meeting. The council on Tuesday approved the first reading of the proposed ordinance after revising it to eliminate a proposed exempt zone at Ramona Garden Park. …

NEWORTH: When or if the smoke clears
Santa Monica (CA) Daily Press - Jul 20, 2012

Living in an apartment, I can attest that when your neighbor smokes you smoke, or at a minimum, your place smells like an ash tray. It's uncanny how the insidious smoke sneaks through vents and electrical outlets and seeps through walls. (It all sounds…

Dublin moratorium on new tobacco retailers fizzles
San Jose Mercury News - July 18, 2012

DUBLIN -- An attempt to stem a possible influx of new tobacco sellers, hoping to locate here before the city can adopt tough new tobacco rules, fizzled at the City Council meeting Tuesday. ...

Supes ban smoking
New Times SLO - July 19, 2012

San Luis Obispo County supervisors split 3-2 on a decision to ban smoking at county facilities. On July 17, Supervisors Frank Mecham and Paul Teixeir...

SLO County Supervisors Approve Changes to Smoking Ban
KCOY.com (CA) - July 18, 2012

San Luis Obispo- The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to approve an ordinance to ban smoking outdoors in parts of San Luis Obispo ...Smoking will be restricted outside all 19 Licking County government properties, but just how restrictive has not been determined.

Keeping a copy for the library Supervisors vote to snuff smoking at county sites
San Luis Obispo Tribune (CA) - July 18, 2012

State parks would not be included in the ban. ... He said smoking bans elsewhere have reduced the number of people smoking and that it is government's responsibility to protect the health of its ... Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned.

New SLO County smoking ban: Good idea, or Draconian violation of ...
Examiner.com - July 18, 2012

Many non-smokers are in favor of this ban, while smokers and non-smokers who are ... be a hefty weight when considering whether or not these bans are wise. …

Smoking Banned Inside Santa Monica Residences
NBC Los Angeles – July 11, 2012

Smoking is already banned at beaches, parks, restaurants and near ... council sought to expand that prohibition and voted 4-2 to ban smoking for all new tenants. ... The coastal city's smoking bans date back almost two decades and Radinsky ...

Claremont council passes resolution adopting smoke free environment
Inland Valley (CA) Daily Bulletin - Jul 11, 2012

The Claremont City Council on Tuesday night passed a resolution against second-hand smoke in outdoor areas. There is no enforcement for the resolution but there will be $2,000 worth of signage and marketing ...

Claremont to consider eliminating second-hand smoke in outdoor ...
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - July 9, 2012

City leaders are considering a new stand against second-hand smoke. The City Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution against smoking that will also include funding ... In April 2010, the city voted 4-1 against a previous ordinance to ban smoking in areas such as ... Smoking bans are nothing new in the Inland Valley. …

Cerritos Council Approves City Budget and FEMA in Cerritos
Cerritos-Artesia (CA) Patch.com - July 9, 2012

The city's budget along with other topics such as secondhand smoke and CALEMA/FEMA in Cerritos were on the agenda. …

FORUM: Will others follow Del Mar Fair lead?
North County Times - Jul 8, 2012

As sovereign nations, Indian casino resorts are not required to comply with California's smoke-free workplace laws. Two Indian casinos in Northern California ...

Landlords can ban smoking ­ but not by just posting a sign
Los Angeles Times - July 8, 2012

California landlords can forbid smoking in common areas and individual units. But the smoking ban must be included in each tenant's rental agreement. …

Tobacco Money in California Politics (PDF)
Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing (ALA of California) - Jul 6, 2012

This report details spending by tobacco interests on lobbying expenditures and campaign contributions for the first year of the 2011-2012 election cycle. This report is one in a series of regular updates produced by the Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing, a project of the American Lung Association in California. …

Smoking officially snuffed out in county housing
KGET 17 - July 2, 2012

Smoking is banned in the county's Housing Authority apartments. ... for five years, so he feels banning smoking inside the building is outrageous. ... HACK's Deputy Director Patricia Norris says the ban should not come as a surprise to tenants. …

Letter: Tobacco companies keep winning
Oroville (CA) Mercury-Register - Jul 1, 2012

Incredible! You doubt in an editorial that "big tobacco" was behind the loss of California's Proposition 29. . . . Once again, a proposition that would have done immense public good has been defeated by the tobacco industry. When are we going to wake up …

Resorts ban smoking on property
Tahoe Daily Tribune - Jul 2, 2012

Local resorts have banned smoking on their mountains for the summer.Due to the high threat of forest fire at Lake Tahoe, Northstar California Resort (read more) …

SELLER: Analysis: The Establishment Killed Cig Tax Prop. 29
CityWatch LA - Jun 29, 2012

The Establishment’s push now is for Gov. Jerry Brown’s $8.5 billion tax increase on the November ballot. Had Prop. 29 passed, voters might consider that they already had performed their socialist duty for 2012 in June, and didn’t need to do so again in No …

LETTER: Stop smoking on campuses
Santa Maria (CA) Times - Jun 29, 2012

This policy would benefit students and faculty by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke, and promote the healthy higher learning atmosphere of Allan Hancock College. …

Poll: Smoking ordinance a good idea
Petaluma (CA) Argus-Courier - Jun 28, 2012

The majority of those responding to this week’s Argus-Courier online poll said that Petaluma should pass an ordinance banning smoking within 20 feet of a bus stop. More than 61 percent said Petaluma should pass a ban …

We applaud smoke-free policies
Hanford Sentinel - June 28, 2012

Editor: The effort of the Kings County Tobacco-Free Partnership in working with multi-unit housing complexes on the adoption of voluntary smoke-free policies should be commended. …

Tobacco-free parks
Kearney Hub - June 25, 2012

We find ourselves in a quandary. On one hand, we applaud the Fremont City Council’s approval of a resolution that prohibits tobacco use in city parks and trails except in designated areas. But we also can’t help being concerned about another governmental intrusion into our lives. …

Redondo Beach May Ban Smoking on Pier: So Where Can You Still ...
LA Weekly (blog) - June 25, 2012

The Department of Beaches and Harbors banned smoking on any beach within ... the only piers remaining that don't fall under a smoking ban are the Belmont ...

SLO County considers new smoking ban
Santa Maria Times - Jun 25, 2012

San Luis Obispo County supervisors have introduced an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in county-owned buildings, community parks and all properties ...

Editorial: Voters say not to tobacco tax
Chico (CA) Enterprise-Record - Jun 24, 2012

Our view: Proposition crafters need to do a better job of spreading the pain, rather than picking on one sector. …

Second-hand smoke told to 'butt' out at Vallejo public parks
Vallejo Times-Herald - Jun 23, 2012

Vallejo is the first Solano County city to approve a smoking ban in all of its city parks, ... initiative, said Vallejo joins 120 other California cities with similar bans. …

Prop. 29 cigarette tax backers concede defeat
San Francisco Chronicle - Jun 23, 2012

Glantz does not believe the substance of the initiative was the problem. He blamed media
coverage, including a high-profile "no" endorsement by the Los Angeles Times. In Los Angeles County, the measure lost by half of a percentage point; in San Francisco, …

California voters narrowly reject new tobacco tax
Lexington Herald-Leader - June 22, 2012

A California initiative to increase the tax on tobacco to pay for cancer research has failed by less than a percentage point after remaining too close to call for more than two weeks. …

County may ban smoking on public property
Adobe Press - June 22, 2012

San Luis Obispo County supervisors introduced an ordinance Tuesday that would prohibit smoking in county-owned buildings, community parks and all properties that surround county facilities, including walkways and parking lots. …

Councilman: Ban Smoking on the Pier
Patch.com - June 22, 2012

The city may soon ban smoking on the Redondo Beach Pier if Councilman Pat Aust gets his way. …

Clearing the air
Santa Maria Sun - June 21, 2012

Smokers in two apartment complexes in Northern Santa Barbara County will have to find someplace else to light up, if they're to comply with a smoking ban ...

Redondo Beach Councilman Aust proposes smoking ban on pier
Daily Breeze - June 21, 2012

Redondo Beach Councilman Pat Aust has proposed banning smoking on the city s pier. Under the city s Municipal Code, smoking is currently outlawed in parks, ... a comprehensive smoking ordinance that bans lighting up in nearly all public ...

LETTER: The right to breathe
Petaluma (CA) Argus-Courier JUN 18, 2012

public transit districts are allied with the Americans with Disabilities Act and have instituted the policy prohibiting smoking within 20 feet of their transit stops for just this reason. When I emailed Petaluma Transit Division Manager Joe Rye about my

California's cigarette tax initiative picking up votes in late tally
Los Angeles Times - Jun 17, 2012

Proposition 29, the $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes in California, is narrowing the gap with the 'no' vote as mail-in ballots are counted. ...

Ban on smoking in county parks considered
San Luis Obispo (CA) Tribune - Jun 15, 2012

Smoking would be banned at county mini-parks and neighborhood parks, in parking lots near county buildings and in other outdoor locales under an ordinance being considered by the county Board of Supervisors. ...

Medical center takes healthy step
Catalina Island News (CA) June 14, 2012

The decision to become a completely non-smoking facility was made by a hospital committee composed of smoking and non-smoking employees as well as ...

Landlord imposes smoking ban on 2000 California apartments
Los Angeles Times - Jun 10, 2012

The Towbes Group Inc. of Santa Barbara said it has become the largest apartment portfolio in California to impose a no-smoking policy on individual units and common areas.

Cigarette tax back from the dead
CNN - June 8, 2012

Despite headlines saying that it lost Tuesday's vote, the fate of California's proposed $1-a-pack tax hike on cigarettes is still in limbo, and state officials said late Thursday that a final result is likely weeks away. …

Council Unanimously Approves Park Smoking Ban
Arcadia (CA) Patch.com - June 7, 2012

The Arcadia City Council has unanimously passed a ban on smoking in parks and recreation areas, with the exception of the Par-3 Golf Course. The ordinance follows a report by the American Lung Association that gave Arcadia an “F” grade in air quality. …

Smoking In Long-Term Care Facilities Debated
California Healthline - Jun 7, 2012

California already prohibits smoking inside hospital buildings, so Assembly member Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto) thought it made good sense to extend that ban to long-term nursing facilities. … Mirie Levy, a health sciences professor at Cal State Sacramento who spoke at yesterday's hearing on AB 217, had a catchier way to put it: "Smoking is optional," Levy said, "whereas breathing is not." …

Prop 29 Loses In Tight Vote Count
KSRO - June 7, 2012

California's Proposition 29, the ballot measure to raise the state's sales tax on tobacco products, has failed by a very slight margin. ...

Absentee Ballots Could Swing Prop 29 Vote
NBC Bay Area - June 7, 2012

Prop 29 supporters won't concede defeat until absentee votes are counted.

Editorial: Money again decides fate of ballot initiatives
Sacramento Bee - June 7, 2012

29 has gone up in smoke, there is no doubt an onslaught of negative advertising by Big Tobacco left it wheezing and close to collapse. The cigarette industry ...

Tobacco money contributed to likely defeat of California tobacco tax
Winston-Salem Journal - June 6, 2012

... largest U.S. tobacco manufacturers has helped defeat a cigarette excise-tax ... Passage of the proposition would raise the state's excise tax on cigarettes by $1, ... of State office, Reynolds and its affiliates spent $14.1 million on advertising, ...

Apartment owners ban smoking at 3 Ventura complexes
Ventura County Star - June 6, 2012

The Santa Barbara-based Towbes Group Inc. said its new smoke-free policy will affect 480 units at Cypress Meadows, Cypress Point and Ralston Courtyards.

Cigarette showdown as Californians vote on tax
CNN - June 5, 2012

The new law would raise taxes on every pack of cigarettes by $1, yielding an ... here in California and on tobacco prevention and cessation programs to protect kids ... About $47 million has been raised in efforts -- including TV advertising -- to ...

Tobacco companies, Lance Armstrong clash in Prop 29 battle
News10.net - June 5, 2012

But tobacco companies and their allies say that voter approval of an extra tax in the nation's largest cigarette market would crush owners of small businesses ... Smokers in the state bought about 970 million packs of cigarettes - spending ... Medical Association, were too poor to mount an early advertising campaign, he said. …

Tobacco firms blitz airwaves to block cigarette tax
Democratic Underground - June 5, 2012

AN ADVERTISING blitz funded by tobacco companies has eroded Californians' support for a ballot measure to be voted on today to raise taxes on cigarettes, ...

Protesters implore council to save pool, smoking ban passes
Gilroy Dispatch - June 5, 2012

On a 4-1 vote, Council approved an ordinance that will ban smoking in public parks except in designated areas. ...

City's smokers could get snubbed
Gilroy Dispatch - June 4, 2012

Gilroy's smoking ban would subject those caught smoking where it is prohibited to ... Since the county enforced smoking bans, several cities have followed suit. ... to consider banning smoking in parks · How to spend $1.3M of the city's money ...

REGION: Smoke-free patio program hits 100 restaurants
Press-Enterprise - June 4, 2012

The Riverside County Department of Public Health program that targets second-hand smoke reaches a milestone. …

VIDEO: Jerry Brown aide hobbled by 'vestige of the smoking tent'
Sacramento (CA) Bee - Jun 4, 2012

McFadden broke her left foot May 10 - hobbled, she said, by "a vestige of the smoking tent." The tent, in the courtyard in which former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger famously smoked cigars, was folded up when Schwarzenegger left office, but steel stakes that fastened it to the ground remained. McFadden, who turned her foot on one, was back to work right after the accident, fitted with a boot and cast. Welders removed the stakes from the ground the next day. …

New non-smoking rules in west county
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - June 4, 2012

If smokers think they can go to incorporated areas such as Sebastopol or Santa Rosa to light up, sorry. The same ordinance has already been adopted by those ...

Big money can erase big deficits in California ballot initiative races
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - June 4, 2012

This year, Proposition 29 is facing long odds to overcome Big Tobacco s vast ... Courtesy Californians For A Cure -- Screen grab of the 15 second video ad ... fund research to cure cancer caused by cigarette smoking and other kinds of cancer. ... Proposition 29, the ballot measure that would raise taxes on cigarettes by $1 a ...

Tobacco companies blitz airwaves to block California tax on cigarettes
The Guardian - June 4, 2012

An advertising blitz funded by tobacco companies has eroded Californians' support for a ballot measure to raise taxes on cigarettes, putting the vote's outcome ...

Proposition 29 is facing long odds to overcome Big Tobacco's vast money advantage
Alameda Times-Star - June 4, 2012

Dr. La Donna Porter as she appears in a political television ad, urging voters to ... raise the current 87 cents-a-pack tobacco tax to a $1 a pack on cigarettes, with the .... 86 Increase cigarette taxes by $2.60 a pack 2006 general $16.5 million ...

Lance Armstrong takes on Big Tobacco in Calif.
CBS News - June 4, 2012

California hasn't raised cigarette taxes in a decade, and the tobacco industry will ... slap an additional $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products to ... Medical Association, were too poor to mount an early advertising campaign, ...

Proposition 29 Fight Draws Business Leaders
San Diego Business Journal - June 4, 2012

... leaders have weighed in regarding Proposition 29, the cigarette tax measure on ... 5 California ballot which has generated a good deal of television advertising. ... Money raised by Proposition 29's additional tax on tobacco products would ...

Prop 29 - Most in California unaware State has one of nation's ...
Sacramento Bee - June 4, 2012

He says voters who know that cigarettes are cheaper in California are more likely to ... As Reynolds speaks in the spot, a list of 32 State tobacco taxes all higher than California's scrolls up. ...

Prop 29 - Most in California unaware State has one of nation's lowest tobacco taxes, says TobaccoFree.org
CBS MarketWatch - Jun 3, 2012

Grandson of RJ Reynolds appears in 11th hour TV spot informing voters that 32 States have higher tobacco taxes than CA …

Sara Boyns: Employees smoking outside of the workplace
Monterey County Herald – May 31, 2012

Local ordinances may also help employers in controlling the smoking habits of employees. Salinas prohibits smoking in common work areas occupied by ...

Smoking ban begins at Sonoma County outdoor restaurant areas
Petaluma Argus Courier - June 1, 2012

Beginning today, smoking is prohibited in outdoor restaurant and bar areas that fall within the jurisdiction of Sonoma County. … The rule bans smoking in outdoor dining areas such as patios at restaurants, bars ... its existing no-smoking ordinance by banning smoking in multi-unit housing, ... In December, smoking was banned on all county-owned property, entryways ...

Sonoma County Snuffs Out Patio Smoking
NBC Bay Area - June 1, 2012

Outdoor areas at restaurants and bars off-limits for Sonoma County smokers. ... Restaurants, bars forced to ban smoking in outdoor areas ... Smoking is already banned in common areas of apartment complexes, county-owned properties, and ...

Second-hand smoke measure in the works
Santa Ynez Valley Journal - May 31, 2012

The Buellton City Council gave first approval to a law that snuffs out smoking in most public places. By a 4-1 vote, the council on May 24 voted to ban smoking within 20 feet of businesses and at bus stops and transit centers, in retail and service lines, in 75% of outdoor dining areas and other places. The ban would not apply to outdoor seating sections of bars. … She also urged the board to include electronic cigarettes under the ban. Introduced in the United States five years ago, electronic cigarettes do not burn tobacco ...

Merced County gets $253000 to fight chronic disease
Merced Sun-Star - May 31, 2012

For example, for the tobacco-free living objective, the department will work to increase the number of multi-unit housing complexes that protect tenants from ...

Alameda seeks social change through smoking ban
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - May 31, 2012

New rules implemented at the beginning of this year ban smoking in Alameda’s commercial corridors and shopping centers, at public events like farmer’s markets and fairs, on beaches and at bus stops. They will also prohibit smoking in all of Alameda’s multi-unit housing as of January 1, 2013. ...

Vote yes for Prop. 29
Monterey County Herald - May 30, 2012

A tax of $1 per pack of cigarettes is reasonable­and timely­especially ... is one of only three states that have not raised its cigarette tax in more than a decade. ... Big tobacco spends more than $1 million an hour nationally on advertising and ...

African American tobacco control experts unanimously support Prop ...
San Francisco Bay View - May 29, 2012

Tobacco-related diseases kill more Blacks than AIDS, violence and other ... African American high school students, the price of menthol cigarettes goes down ...

Candidate questionnaire: Richard Bloom
Santa Monica Daily Press - May 30, 2012

… Should smoking tobacco be banned within multi-unit apartment buildings? Yes …

BOKHARI: Big Tobacco blows smoke in its campaign to deceive voters
San Bernadino County (CA) Sun - May 28, 2012

... increasing the state tax on cigarettes means more money for California and less money shipped to them in Virginia and North Carolina.

California Tobacco Tax Pits Lance Armstrong Versus Altria
Bloomberg News - May 27, 2012

"If California voters do not sign off on an increase of cigarette taxes in a very nonsmoking state, and punishing tobacco companies that nobody likes, courtesy of ads featuring a cancer victim and Lance Armstrong, I'm not sure what tax increase can pass.

Big Tobacco has no shame; show them a loss on Proposition 29
Vallejo Times-Herald - May 25, 2012

The shameful, deceitful, irresponsible ad campaign by Big Tobacco on ... to defeat a $1 per pack tax on cigarettes that could save hundreds of thousands of lives ... help keep the state from dipping into previously adopted cigarette tax revenue. …

Big Tobacco leads in spending race for June election
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News - May 25, 2012

Bankrolled largely by Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds, the campaign to defeat Proposition 29 raised nearly $41 million through May 19 …

Go smokeless at Hancock
Santa Maria Times - May 24, 2012

Smoking on campus can harm students, employees, professors and children in the ... Secondhand smoke will surely harm everyone, especially people with ...

Cigarette butts are toxic waste
Modesto Bee - May 24, 2012

I hear on television about how bad secondhand smoking is, and the toxic waste caused by this problem. Think about the animal and wildlife dangers. ...

Dirk Stemerman
Monterey County Herald - May 24, 2012

Proposition 29 on the June 5 ballot has brought smoking back to the fore in California. … In the workplace, California's smokers have experienced a relative lull in critical focus since the landmark smoke-free workplace legislation was passed in the ...

Tobacco money swaying California voters
Central Valley Business Times (Stockton, CA) - May 24, 2012

Prop 29 support erodes as dollars pile up &bull; 'Speaks loudly about how a well-funded opposition is able to raise voters' doubts and distrust'

Support for Calif. tobacco tax hike falls off
Reuters AlertNet - May 24, 2012

The measure would increase California's tax on a pack of cigarettes to $1.87 to fund ... for the measure with advertising that claims it would establish an unaccountable ... Asked a general question about views on increasing taxes on cigarette ...

Second-hand smoke dangers are real
Santa Ynez Valley News (CA) - May 24, 2012

The ordinance would spell out areas that would be off limits to smokers, including local parks. It would also require retailers to buy a permit from the city to sell ...

VIDEO: New satirical ad: Californians "supporting" Big Tobacco
San Francisco Chronicle blog - May 24, 2012

Portal A, the much-lauded ad creators who gave California the "Ed Lee's 2 Legit 2 Quit" video is now taking on Big Tobacco . . . A version of this ad debuted last night on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
The shtick here is bare-knuckled satire. A group of Californians talk to the camera about how they "support" Big Tobacco, which is the major funder - like put $40 miiiiiiiillion in your pipe and smoke it - of the anti-Prop 29 effort.

Marin County outlaws smoking in multi-family housing complexes
Marin Independent-Journal - May 23, 2012

An ordinance banning smoking in apartment and condominium complexes in Marin's unincorporated areas drew unanimous approval from the Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. … No one protested the proposal, which drew support from a spectrum of groups represented by the Smoke Free Marin Coalition as well as the American Lung ...

Marin bans smoking within multi-family complexes – should more ...
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - May 23, 2012

Belmont was the trendsetter in this housing complex anti-smoking ban, when it ... ordinance this week banning smoking in apartment and condo complexes in ...

John R. Seffrin and Lance Armstrong: Give Big Tobacco a kick in the ash and save- lives
Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram - May 21, 2012

Yes on 29 saves lives, protects kids, boosts the state economy and invests in cancer research that will directly benefit Californians today and for generations to come.

Outdoor Smoking Ban Extended to Patios, Waiting Lines, Condo Commons
NeighborWebSJ - May 21, 2012

The San Jose City Council voted unanimously to extend the ban on outdoor smoking to include outdoor patios, standing in line at ATMs or movie theaters and in common outdoor areas of apartment and condo complexes.

Op-Ed: Vote Yes on Proposition 29
Independent Voter Network - May 20, 2012

As a doctor who has seen many lives destroyed by cigarette smoking, and as ... The fact is Prop 29 is opposed – almost singularly ­ by Big Tobacco and their agents. ...

Vista to decide on hookah lounge ban
U-T San Diego - May 21, 2012

The Vista City Council is scheduled to decide on Tuesday whether to adopt an ordinance banning hookah lounges in the city. … A hookah is a water pipe in which flavored tobacco placed at the top of the ... regulations also define “hookah pipe” and specify that cigarettes and cigars are not ...

Cal State Fullerton to become first smoke-free CSU campus
Los Angeles Times - May 18, 2012

Lighting up anywhere on the grounds of Cal State Fullerton will be forbidden under a new policy that makes Fullerton the first completely smoke-free campus in ...

CSUF Adopts Campus-Wide Smoking Ban
KGTV San Diego - May 18, 2012

California State University, Fullerton has adopted a campus-wide smoking ban. ... banned smoking on most of the campus in 2003 but the new rule also bans ...

WHERE THERE'S SMOKE, THERE'S IRE, BUT FAIR IS OK WITH ...
U-T San Diego - May 18, 2012

Last week, the fair board voted to go smoke-free in 2013. That's right. The policy won't be enacted for another year. That means a projected 1.5 million fairgoers ...

Hall: Del Mar fair's smoking policy draws fire
U-T San Diego - May 18, 2012

The region's biggest draws ­ including Legoland, Petco Park, Qualcomm Stadium, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park ­ are all smoke-free, ...

Do you support Prop 29, the $1 tax increase on cigarettes and other tobacco research? - products to fund cancer
Morgan Hill (CA) Times - May 18, 2012

Yes 63% No 38%

Corte Madera bans smoking in town parks
Marin Independent-Journal - May 16, 2012

Lighting up will be prohibited in all Corte Madera parks next month after the Town Council approved changes to the town's smoking ordinance. … Lappert said he voted against the amendment because he believes the dangers of second-hand smoke are overstated and a smoking ban in parks is ...

Monterey Park council to hold first reading on smoking ban
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - May 16, 2012

MONTEREY PARK - At Wednesday’s meeting, the City Council will hold the first reading of an ordinance to ban smoking in outdoor dining and shopping areas. …

Proposition 29 Gives Smokers One More Reason To Quit
KPBS -(California) May 16, 2012

Smokers can choose from an array of services to help them quit for good. ... 2012; Smoking Continues In San Diego Parks Despite Ban | April 13, 2010; Free ...

County endorses law outlawing tobacco smoking in apartments
Marin Independent-Journal (California) - May 16, 2012

A measure cracking down on smoking tobacco in multifamily apartments in ... It's a revised version of an ordinance approved several months ago, then sent back ...

Monterey County passes tough tobacco sales law
The Salinas Californian (CA)- May 15, 2012

"I'm thrilled," said Dale Hillard, chairman of the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free ... County health director Ray Bullick led a group of Tobacco-Free Coalition ...

San Diego County Fair to go smoke-free in 2013
Coast News (CA) - May 15, 2012

If smoking was banned in all workplaces the quit rate would increase 74 percent, the report states. Watson said if an all-out ban can't be accomplished within a ...

Effective Tuesday Be Careful Where You Smoke
Patch.com - May 14, 2012

The City of Mountain View's smoking ban goes into effect in outdoor dining areas, picnic park areas and within 25-feet of any smoke-free area. …

Mayor Bloomberg takes fight against cigarettes to California
amNY - May 14, 2012

The mayor has gotten smoking banned in New York City bars and parks and now he is taking aim at curbing the habit in the Golden State. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has launched an online donation page to raise money for the California Cancer Research Act, aka Prop. 29. The ballot initiative, which goes to polls next month, will levy a $1 per pack tax on cigarettes to help pay for cancer research and other initiatives. …

Let's stand up to Big Tobacco
Activate Direct - May 15, 2012

Mike Bloomberg has pledged to match every donation in support of Prop 29 dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000 …

ABAG, Smoking Could Heat Up Town Hall
Patch.com - May 14, 2012

The Corte Madera Town Council on Tuesday will take another look at its move to leave ABAG and an ordinance to ban smoking within town parks.

Tough sell for tobacco taxes in California
Sacramento (CA) Bee - May 14, 2012

In the past decade, red and blue states alike, from Mississippi to New York, have approved more than 100 tobacco tax hikes in a desperate hunt for budget revenue. …

SKELTON: Cigarette tax is a lifesaver
Tobacco companies are taking aim at Proposition 29, which would raise cigarette taxes $1 a pack. But they're blowing smoke.
Los Angeles Times - May 14, 2012

SACRAMENTO ­ Cigarette makers have a certified history of deception, distortion and lying. And let's not forget fraud and racketeering. Those aren't my words. Credit U.S. District Judge Gladys E. Kessler of Washington, D.C. …

Prop 29: Imposes additional tax on cigarettes for cancer research: FUNDING INFO
Maplight.org - May 13, 2012

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Tobacco company ads take aim at Proposition 29
Los Angeles Times - May 12, 2012

Every morning when UC San Diego physicist Herbert Levine laces up his running shoes and chugs alongside Mission Bay, his earphones crackle with radio ads opposing a proposed $1-per-pack cigarette tax to raise money for cancer research. … The June 5 ballot initiative would raise cigarette taxes by $1 a pack to fund tobacco-related disease research. Its supporters lack the funds for a ...

LETTER: Carl Larkin: GOP, Big Tobacco join up to fight tax
Redding (CA) Record-Searchlight - May 12, 2012

Yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle carried an interesting front-page story about the forthcoming June primary election. On the ballot will be a "yes" or "no" vote on Prop. 29, which calls for a tax increase of $1 per pack of cigarettes. These additional monies are to be spent on cancer research and other tobacco-related illnesses. …

Cigarette-tax backers add funds to fight Prop. 29
San Francisco Chronicle - May 12, 2012

Big tobacco isn't the only interest group pouring money into the fight over Prop. 29, which would increase California's cigarette tax by $1 a pack. …

Jerry Brown fires doctor in anti-tobacco tax ad
Sacramento Bee - May 11, 2012

Under pressure from health advocates, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday removed a controversial physician from a state health board after she appeared in an industry-funded ad against a tobacco tax hike on the June ballot. ...

Designated smoking areas needed on campus
StateHornet.com - May 10, 2012

A majority of public buildings in the country, with a few exemptions like casinos, are smoke-free indoors. Seems obvious since the ‘50s when it was acceptable to smoke pretty much anywhere. … There are at least 704 smoke-free campuses in the country, according to the American Non-Smokers' Rights Foundation. …

Mercury News editorial: Vote yes on Prop. 29 to raise cigarette ...
San Jose Mercury News - May 10, 2012

Big Tobacco will spend $40 million this spring to convince Californians that Proposition 29's $1 per pack tax increase on cigarettes is a fiscal fiasco. …

Smoking ban, sign designs on tap in Nevada City ($$)
The Union, May 9, 2012

After an initial April 25 discussion, the Nevada City Council asked that a proposal be brought before them banning smoking on all sidewalks, streets, ...

Buellton to consider secondhand-smoke law
Santa Ynez Valley News - May 10, 2012

Smoking in many public places in Buellton could soon vanish like a puff from ... 20 feet of businesses and ban all smoking at bus stops and transit centers, ...

Disappointing editorial
Ventura County Star - May 9, 2012

As a doctor who has seen many lives destroyed by cigarette smoking, and as an American Heart Association volunteer, I am very disappointed with the Ventura County Star’s recommendation to vote “no” on Prop 29. Think about this: right now, cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer in California, with 30 percent of these deaths attributed to smoking. We have a chance to change the tide with Prop 29. This proposed $1 tobacco tax – paid only by those who purchase tobacco products – will save 104,000 lives, stop 228,000 kids from smoking and generate more than $500 million every year to support advances in the prevention, detection and treatment of heart disease, cancer and other smoking-related illnesses. …

Fairgrounds moves up timetable for going smoke-free
U-T San Diego (CA) - May 8, 2012

DEL MAR — A smoke-free Del Mar Fairgroundds will likely be a reality sooner ... was to wait until 2014 to ban cigarettes from the property altogether and ...

Ordinance bans Halloween smoking
Lassen County (CA) News - May 8, 2012

May 8, 2012 ­ The Susanville City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday, May 2 to prohibit smoking on Main Street during Safe and Sane Halloween.

Capitol Alert: Tobacco firms chip in another $15 million against ...
Sacramento Bee - May 7, 2012

Two tobacco giants chipped in another $15 million against a tobacco tax initiative on Friday, bringing their running tally to $38 million in the Proposition 29 campaign, state records show. … The new donations by RJ Reynolds Tobacco, Philip Morris USA and their affiliates came as the No on 29 campaign launched a new television attack ad featuring ...

Dan Morain: Big tobacco's unlikeliest ally
Sacramento (CA) Bee - May 6, 2012

Wearing a lab coat and speaking from an exam room, La Donna Porter looks every bit the wise physician, even as she does the bidding of the tobacco industry, which contributes to the deaths of 443,000 Americans every year. … Whether or not she was conned by her ex-husband, Porter's eyes are wide open now. She knows she's doing the tobacco industry's bidding. What must she think when she sees emphysema and cancer patients gasping for air? What must her patients think when they see her on television?

Koeppel: To breathe or not to breathe
Lake County (CA) News - May 6, 2012

Whenever my daughter and I walk by someone who is smoking we look at each other, ... That's because there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. …

Think of the tobacco tax as user fee
Los Angeles Times - May 6, 2012

California's cigarette tax is far below the national average of $1.46, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The state ranks 33rd. …

Tobacco industry gearing up to take down California cigarette tax initiative
Torrance (CA) Daily Breeze - May 6, 2012

SACRAMENTO - In what is quickly turning into another high- stakes policy battle to be decided by California voters, tobacco giants Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds are forking over tens of millions of dollars to defeat a new tobacco tax on the June ballot. …

Campus smokers face $48 fine
The Orion - May 2, 2012

Smokers now have something in common with students who ride their bikes on campus - fines. As of April 1, those who smoke too closely to buildings will be warned first, and then could face a $48 fine. … The smoking areas have been chosen to minimize involuntary exposure to smoke while providing reasonably convenient, safe and comfortable locations for those ...

Hookah lounges could be unhealthy trend in Kern County
Bakersfield Now – April 30, 2012

It is a centuries-old tradition in the Middle East that's become a very trendy form of entertainment for many young people in Kern County. … "Cigarettes are way more addicting than hookah," Wesson said. The tobacco itself has many flavors, including cherry, chocolate and pumpkin pie, ...

Policing Smoking Laws No Walk In The Park
Corte Madera to consider tougher enforcement of smoking ordinances at Tuesday's Town Council meeting
Patch.org, 2012-04-30

Corte Madera received a black eye earlier this year in a report from the American Lung Association, but now a group of citizens is fighting back. They're not fighting the findings of the report. They want to give Corte Madera a kick in the butt. …

Vote on cigarette tax delayed
San Luis Obispo Tribune - April 30, 2012

The San Luis Obispo County Health Commission has postponed a decision on whether to endorse a June ballot measure that would increase cigarette taxes until it receives more information. … Proposition 29 would add a tax on cigarettes to raise money for cancer research, ... Reynolds American Inc., which includes RJ Reynolds Tobacco, ...

Editorial: Big Tobacco wants you to think doctors oppose cigarette tax
Sacramento (CA) Bee, 2012-04-29

We knew it was only a matter of time before the tobacco industry unleashed a media barrage that would attempt to confuse voters about Proposition 29, the initiative on the June ballot that seeks to raise the tobacco tax to increase funding for cancer research. …

Tobacco Firms Step Up Efforts To Defeat Cigarette Tax Hike Measure
California Healthline - April 27, 2012

Tobacco companies -- including Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds -- are spending tens ... so the cigarette industry will have to spend their advertising budget ...

No on Prop. 29
Los Angeles (CA) Times - April 27, 2012

Tobacco companies are contributing more than $20 million to the campaign to defeat Proposition 29, outspending the pro-tax campaign ­ which is supported by bicycling star and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong ­ by more than 5 to 1. We couldn't disagree more with their reasons for doing so, and it makes us uncomfortable to agree with them at all, but from our perspective, this initiative takes perfectly good tax money and misspends it; we'd rather see an alternative proposal that hikes the cigarette tax but spends the money more wisely. We recommend a no vote on Proposition 29. …

Council OKs outdoor smoking ban ($$)
Morgan Hill (CA) Times - April 27, 2012

by Michael Moore Staff Writer In a bizarre sequence of procedures, the city council banned smoking outdoors in public places Wednesday. Kind of. …

HMB going smoke-free?
Half Moon Bay Review - April 26, 2012

A group of Half Moon Bay teens wants to clear the smoke from apartments like ... he would introduce an ordinance banning smoking in multifamily housing. …

Tobacco industry gearing up to take down California cigarette tax ...
Inside Bay Area - April 25, 2012

In what is quickly turning into another high-stakes policy battle to be decided by California voters, tobacco giants Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds are forking over tens of millions of dollars to defeat a new tobacco tax on the June ballot. … Proposition 29, which would boost taxes by $1 a pack of cigarettes to $1.87, ... so the cigarette industry will have to spend their advertising budget ...

Morro Bay limits outdoor smoking, stops short of ban
San Luis Obispo Tribune - April 25, 2012

In a month, it will be tougher to smoke outside in public areas of Morro Bay. Stopping short of the outright ban that was originally proposed, the Morro Bay City Council on Tuesday voted to forbid smoking within 20 feet of entranceways, vents and other places where smoke could enter an enclosed area. … Stopping short of the outright ban that was originally proposed, ... Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach also have rules banning smoking in public places.

Hagan's signature final stage in ban
The Daily Titan - April 26, 2012

By Michael Munoz The smoking ban that will sweep Cal State Fullerton starting summer 2013 is in the final process of becoming a University Policy Statement ...

Funding, second-hand smoke ordinance on City Council's agenda
Santa Ynez Valley News - April 26, 2012

Funding requests from outside agencies for the upcoming budget year and a proposed secondhand-smoke ordinance are up for consideration tonight by the Buellton City Council. ...

Solvang digs into tobacco sales
Santa Ynez Valley Journal - April 26, 2012

By having tobacco retailer licensing, Long said, the city would not only be able to regulate who's selling, but also hold the owners accountable.

Herhold: A few more thoughts about smoking in the parks
SiliconValley.com - April 25, 2012

I had asked whether we should pass ordinances we cannot really enforce. Nearly half of the four dozen comments I got favored the anti-smoking ordinance ...

Readers' take on enforcing the no-smoking ordinance in parks
Marin Independent-Journal - April 25, 2012

By the Mercury News "I think being subjected to second-hand smoke is such an infringement on my right ... This goes for any law, not just bans on smoking.

GLANTZ: Prop 29 opponents California Taxpayers Assn and California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce have financial ties to Philip Morris
Stanton Glantz blog (UCSF), 2012-04-22

The California Taxpayers Association (CalTax) and the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, which signed the "No on 29" ballot arguments have long histories of working with the cigarette companies, including "donations" from Philip Morris over the years. ..

Smoke signals: City to install no-smoking signs at all city parks
Downey (CA) Beat - Apr 21, 2012

… The rest will have smoking areas. Over strong objections by Councilman Mario Guerra, the City Council adopted the ordinance in November. …

Council tables smoking ordinance to April 25
Morgan Hill Times (CA)- April 20, 2012

The council was scheduled to vote on the ordinance at the regular meeting, but a series of motions to approve different versions of an outdoor smoking ban ...

Backers, Critics of Smoking in Parks Seem Agreeable to Separation ...
Santee (CA) Patch.com - April 20, 2012

The Santee Smoke Free Parks Community Kick Off was held at West Hills High School and featured ... echoing the general sentiment of the opposition to a ban.

Smoke-Free Santee Parks meeting draws sparse crowd
U-T San Diego (CA) - April 19, 2012

He helps run the anti-smoking advocacy and tobacco awareness website ... as well as the county itself, in banning smoking from public parks and beaches.

Herhold: Can anti-smoking laws be enforced outdoors? SiliconValley.com - April 18, 2012

By Scott Herhold Linda York has good reason for detesting smoking. ... When smoking was first banned inside restaurants, there wasn't much police ...

Dublin begins work to stamp out smoking, tobacco related products
Contra Costa (CA) Times, 2012-04-18

Much to the chagrin of upset smokers and tobacco retailers, Dublin began work Tuesday on a tobacco ordinance that could become one of the Bay Area's toughest. The city is considering restrictions that could spell the end for some current tobacco retailers and limit where future sellers could locate.

San Rafael considers tougher smoking ordinance
San Francisco Chronicle - April 17, 2012

San Rafael is considering strengthening its smoking ordinance. … According to the Marin Independent Journal, city employees had recommended that smoking be banned in 75 percent of apartments in buildings with 16 units or ...

Smoke-Free Santee Parks Hits the Mainstage
Santee (CA) Patch.com - April 16, 2012

The " Santee Smoke Free Parks Community Kick Off" will be held at West Hills High School Wednesday starting at 7 p.m., a community forum meant to drum up support for an ordinance that would ban smoking in Santee city parks. …

San Rafael council asks staffers to beef up smoking ordinance
Marin Independent-Journal - April 16, 2012

San Rafael employees had recommended that council members ban smoking in 75 percent of apartments in buildings with 16 units or more and in all outdoor ...

Council mulls outdoor smoking ban
Morgan Hill Times - April 16, 2012

by Michael Moore Staff Writer The city of Morgan Hill is set to snuff out smoking in many outdoor public areas, but some area businesses think the proposed ...

Dan Morain: Big Tobacco fires up anti-tax effort
Sacramento Bee - Apr 15, 2012

Tobacco is different. In the coming weeks, Californians once again will witness the industry's formidable power. Cigarette makers Altria and R.J. Reynolds will spend tens of millions of dollars telling us why Proposition 29, the latest attempt by anti-smokers to raise tobacco taxes, is a terrible idea …

Designate rental units as non-smoking
Visalia Times-Delta - April 13, 2012

While the health consequences of smoking and secondhand smoke are well-known, in the debate on smoke-free homes, apartment owners and managers should also ...

Ag board considers smoke-free fair
Coast News - April 12, 2012

By Bianca Kaplanek DEL MAR ­ A smoke-free fair in two years, a possible collaboration with Del Mar to help that city meet its affordable housing ...

Housing Authority Of Kern County Passes Non-Smoking Policy On ...
KERO-TV 23 - April 12, 2012

The Housing Authority Of Kern County has passed a non-smoking policy banning smoking in and around all of its units. In January, the state passed a law ...

Smoking banned in housing authority properties
KGET 17 - April 12, 2012

He lives in the Baker Street Apartments, a nonsmoking facility. He says he questions his safety when he goes outside for a smoke. …

San Rafael looking to strengthen smoking ordinance
Marin Independent-Journal - April 11, 2012

Lighting up in apartment buildings or at outdoor locations may soon get tougher in San Rafael as officials consider changes to an existing smoking ordinance. … Last April the Larkspur City Council adopted a smoking ban in at least 80 percent of condominium and apartment units. The ordinance also outlawed smoking at ...

SJ city coucil approves new restrictions on smoking
KGO-TV (CA)- 33 April 11, 2012

The ordinance amends the city's municipal code to make smoking illegal in outdoor dining ... but to help put the ban into effect and handle complaints.

Smoking Outside in the City's West Side Just Got Trickier
Cupertino (CA) Patch - April 11, 2012

An ordinance passed in San Jose that restricts smoking in outdoor spaces will effect smokers who live, work or play on Cupertino's Western edge.

City to put tighter restrictions on tobacco retailers
The Sacramento Press (CA) - April 10, 2012

"Tobacco sales so close to kids in school? It doesn't seem like its a good ... "The best thing about a conditional use permit is the word conditional," ...

Full smoking ban coming for local hospital
Daily Miner and News (CA) - April 11, 2012

Where there's smoke, there's ill health and as of Earth Day, smoking on all Lake of the Woods District Hospital hospital property will be restricted to ...

Hospital campus to become smoke-free
KXO Radio (CA) - 4 April 11, 2012

It means smoking will be prohibited anywhere on the Hospital grounds, and not just inside the buildings. Pioneers Memorial Hospital says the new regulation ...

San Jose considering extension to outdoor smoking ban
1590 KLIV Silicon Valley News - Apr 9, 2012

San Jose's city council could be extending the city's outdoor smoking ban during its weekly meeting tomorrow. If approved, the law would ban smoking in ...

Capitol Alert: Big Tobacco tally: $23 million and counting
Sacramento (CA) Bee, 2012-04-06

Tobacco companies have ponied up another $8.9 million in their bid to defeat a $1-per-pack cigarette tax on the June ballot, bringing total contributions above $23 million. …

San Jose will decide at April 10 council meeting whether to expand ...
San Jose Mercury News - April 5, 2012

The San Jose City Council will decide at its April 10 meeting whether to extend its outdoor non-smoking policy to restaurants and cafes, common areas of apartments and condos and lines for services such as ATMs and box offices. ...

Jeff Moore: San Jose should approve outdoor smoking ordinance
San Jose Mercury News - April 5, 2012

…Even though we live in an era when the dangers of smoking are known and ... in places such as San Jose, where outdoor smoking bans have been proposed. …

Ala, California tie for anti-smoking ordinances
CBS42, April 5, 2012

(WIAT) - When it comes to protecting the rights of non-smokers, our state is topping the charts. Despite not having a state-wide indoor smoking ban, Alabama was listed as one of two states with the best laws protecting non-smokers. ... The honors were given by Americans for Nonsmokers Rights. It took place at the annual smoke free indoor challenge awards. …

Campus takes steps towards being a smoke-free zone
Solano (CA) Tempest - April 4, 2012

... An increasing number of colleges have adopted smoke-free or tobacco-free policies in the past few years, according to American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation Project Manager Liz Williams. In the past year alone, 120 campuses were added to the smoke-free list. …

Alabama, California tied for first place ranking in passing anti ...
al.com, April 4, 2012
Jeremy Gray, Birmingham News

… The two states tied for first place in the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights annual Smokefree Indoor Air Challenge Award, which recognizes the states that achieve the greatest number of strong local smoke-free laws each year. …

Monterey Park council moves forward with smoking ban
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - March 30, 2012

The City Council voted last week to draft an ordinance banning smoking in public outdoor ... The city already bans smoking in public parks and buildings. …

Elk Grove council backs off from smoking ban in apartment units
Sacramento (CA) Bee, 2012-03-30

The Elk Grove City Council on Wednesday night decided that persuasion is preferable to the prospect of barring smokers from lighting up inside their own apartment units in the city. …

Campaign for tobacco free kids includes Tehama County
Red Bluff Daily News - March 30, 2012

Wednesday, thousands of youth across the country participated in over 1100 events for Kick Butts Day, including several in Tehama County. …

Changes to Smoking Ban Effective Today
Cornona del Mar (CA) Patch.com - March 29, 2012

Starting today smokers in Newport Beach will have to keep their habit away from the city's parks and beaches. … According to a city staff report, banning smoking around the specified ... Smoking was already banned on beaches, the boardwalk, public piers and within 25 ...

No smoking 'buffer zone' enacted near Newport Beach's coastline
Southwest Riverside News Network - March 29, 2012

Starting today, smoking is prohibited within 100 feet of Newport Beach’s parks and beaches. The Newport Beach City Council approved the ban on February . 28, according to city spokeswoman Tara Finnigan, who noted that smoking also is banned on the boardwalk next to the beaches. Smokers can light up, however, ...

Sacramento Connect: Elk Grove's tough anti-smoking proposal goes up in smoke
Sacramento Bee - March 29, 2012

The Elk Grove City Council agreed unanimously last night not to pursue a tough anti-smoking ordinance for the city' apartments. … The matter was brought before the city council following last years decision to ban smoking within 300 feet of playgrounds, schools, day care centers and ...

Op Ed: Youth Support Parks Smoking Ban
Milpitas (CA) Patch.com - March 27, 2012

I am writing to urge the Milpitas City Council to pass smoke-free parks and recreation areas, smoke-free outdoor dining, and tobacco retail licensing ...

Monterey Park council moves forward with smoking ban
Pasadena (CA) Star-News - March 27, 2012

The City Council voted last week to draft an ordinance banning smoking in public outdoor ... The city already bans smoking in public parks and buildings.

Elk Grove considers banning smoking at apartment complexes
Sacramento (CA) Business Journal - March 22, 2012

Landlords have the choice to designate their rental properties smoke-free under a California state law enacted Jan. 1. Elk Grove will consider banning ...

Pulse of the Pac: Mar. 20
Arizona Daily Wildcat - March 20, 2012

A ban in November on smoking in or near University of California medical centers began a string of planned changes in smoking policy for the UC system. This series of bans is now hitting home. Starting this fall, university-owned apartments will be smoke-free. ...

Where Breathing is Easy: Smoke-Free Anderson
A News Cafe - March 15, 2012

(Anderson, CA) - …The City responded by approving an ordinance that prohibits smoking at outdoor locations where children and residents are most likely to be exposed to ...

UT: Permission To Smoke In Parks Lights A Fire
KGTV San Diego - March 15, 2012

… I don't smoke at home,” he said. But a ban also would not cause him to change ... was the only city that had not instituted a law banning smoking at parks. …

Couple cited for smoking medical pot in plaza
Bay Area Reporter - March 15, 2012

He said they had been smoking medical marijuana in the plaza since it began as ... before California voters passed the Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban. …

Arcadia moves toward anti-smoking ordinance at city parks
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - March 14, 2012

By Brenda Gazzar, SGVN The Arcadia City Council has taken a step toward banning smoking at city parks and recreation areas, excluding the Par 3 Golf Course.

4 letters: Council huffed and it puffed and swallowed the second-hand smoke; . . .
Gilroy mayor and Council chose to protect the smokers and not the innocent victims of smokers
Gilroy (CA) Dispatch, 2012-03-13 Author: Linda Romo, Morgan Hill

I recently attended a study session on Tobacco Retail Licensing and Smoke Free Parks and Trail ordinance in Gilroy. Present were residents, health care professionals, Breathe California, high school students and merchants. All but the merchants shared how dangerous second-hand smoke is . . .

Mountain View receives blowback from tougher smoking rules
Contra Costa Times - March 9, 2012

Tougher smoking laws may be on their way to Mountain View, but at least one cigar aficionado says there's less support for the new restrictions than city officials have reason to believe. Jim Neal, who has called the city home for six years, says he has collected signatures from more than 1000 smokers and nonsmokers who are against expanding ...

Apartment smoking ban to begin in Huntington Park
Los Angeles Wave Newspapers - March 8, 2012

… Hotels and motels are not affected by the smoking ban. It is the city's first law banning smoking inside dwelling units. Bans have previously been approved ...

Devil's Advocate: The smoking ban is justifiable
The Daily Titan - March 8, 2012

By inhaling smoke involuntarily, non-smokers are prone to take in what is known as “sidestream smoke,” which is the smoke that smolders off the end of the ...

Devil's Advocate: The smoking ban is not justifiable
The Daily Titan - March 8, 2012

Let me start off by saying that I don't smoke and just like most nonsmokers, I don't appreciate cigarette smoke being blown in my general vicinity. …

Awareness and education for a smoke free campus
The Daily Titan - March 8, 2012

By Stephen McGlade After coming to a unanimous vote to make Cal State Fullerton a smoke-free campus starting August 2013, the Academic Senate will also ...

CSUF first CSU to implement smoking ban
The Daily Titan - March 8, 2012

Research conducted by the forum showed that 443000 people die from tobacco related illnesses including 50000 nonsmokers who developed chronic lung problems. …

Editorial: Smoking ban will be the new skateboarding ban
The Daily Titan - March 8, 2012

23 to ban all smoking on Cal State Fullerton's campus. According to the current policy, smoking is prohibited inside as well as within 20 feet of any ...

County Housing Authority Proposes To Ban Smoking In All Its Properties
KERO-TV 23 - March 7, 2012

The agency is proposing to imposing a smoking ban on its nearly 2000 housing units. "We're concerned about health risks to our tenants as well as additional ...

Kit Bobko: Public smoking ban makes little sense
Los Angeles Daily News - March 7, 2012

By Kit Bobko A little bit of our liberty went up in smoke on March 1. What happened? The Hermosa Beach City Council enacted a comprehensive ban on smoking ...

Smoking ban on campus will improve our quality of life
Daily Sundial - March 7, 2012

With the recently passed mandate requiring that all University of California facilities be smoke free by 2014, it is evident that there is a national trend ...

Smoking in Your Apartment? Think Again
Union City (CA) Patch.com - March 7, 2012

A new smoking law that went into effect February . 23 could land you a fine of up to ... The ban also applies to balconies, porches, decks and patios connected to ...

Council Won't Pursue Tobacco Retail License Ordinance
Gilroy (CA) Patch.com - March 7, 2012

The second ordinance would have completely banned smoking and the use of tobacco ... designated spots for smoking, but that it doesn't want to ban smoking ...

Chico City Council to discuss restrictions on plastic bags, smoking
Enterprise-Record - Mar 5, 2012

The Chico City Council will consider Tuesday whether or not to move forward with a plastic bag ban and smoking restrictions. The council will meet at 6:30 ...

Smoking ban debate continues
KFMB News 8 (San Diego, CA) - March 2, 2012

The debate over banning smoking at condo and apartment complexes continues. Mike Slater is talking about the hot topic on talk radio 760. …

Apartment complexes in San Diego County could become smoke free
San Diego Gay & Lesbian News - March 2, 2012

Smoking in apartments and condos in the city of San Diego could be banned if a proposed ordinance becomes official. The proposal, which was recently ...

Hermosa Beach Bans Smoking
NBC Los Angeles - March 1, 2012

A smoking ban is now the law of the land. Kim Baldonado has reaction from the beach. ... It even bans restaurants from giving out matchbooks.

Huntington Park bans smoking inside apartment units
Los Angeles (CA) Wave Newspapers - March 1, 2012

HUNTINGTON PARK ­ Smoking in public areas of apartment and condominium complexes will be banned as of July 1, smoking inside new units will be prohibited as ...

PROPOSAL WOULD BAN SMOKING IN CONDOS, RENTALS
U-T San Diego - March 1, 2012

The proposal, which was recently reviewed in a City Council committee, would give nonsmoking tenants the power to make their living environments smoke-free. …

No ban on outdoor smoking
Rocklin Placer Herald, February 29, 2012

… The city’s apparent refusal to look into the matter may seem like a setback for non-smokers, but not according to Liz Williams from Americans for Non-Smokers Rights, a Berkeley based national non-profit. “They may not necessarily be ready to take action based on input from one individual, but if that one individual sparks community conversation, the council may end up hearing from multiple people in the community and realize there is broad base of support in the community,” Williams said. “That’s when they are more willing to take something on.” …

Strict anti-smoking ordinance to take effect
Beach Reporter – February 29, 2012

And four months after approving a ban on smoking in public gathering areas ... the Hermosa Beach smoking law all but bans lighting up in places where the ...

EDITORIAL: FOX News dead wrong with Rocklin smoking ban story
Rocklin & Roseville (CA) Today , 2012-02-29

The media continues to perpetuate a story based on misinformation presented by FOX News. …

Resident of California town wants to make it illegal to smoke in ...
New York Daily News - February 28, 2012

James Baker has asked the Rocklin City Council to ban outdoor smoking, even making it illegal for residents to smoke while they are outside their homes but ...

California Smoking Ban Proposal Should Fire Up Even Nonsmokers
The Stir - February 28, 2012

I think we all can agree -- smokers included -- that smoking is bad for one's health. We know the risks, and after years of cover up and/or denial, ...

Strict anti-smoking ordinance to take effect in Hermosa Beach
Daily (CA) Breeze - February 28, 2012

Hermosa Beach mayor Howard Fishman holds up smoke-free poster showing banned areas to be distributed to local business owners for display. …

A Breath of Fresh Air: Hermosa's Healthy Air Campaign
Annenberg TV News - February 27, 2012

By Jonathan Kendrick Hermosa Beach city leaders introduced the Healthy Air Hermonsa public education campaign Monday, pushing a smoke-free ordinance that ...

Tribal casinos in California: the last vestige of indoor smoking
BioMed Central (uk), 2012-02-25

Background

High levels of airborne particles from secondhand smoke have been reported in California Indian casinos. Yet, little is known regarding the smoking status of casino patrons, their avoidance of secondhand smoke while visiting, and their views on a hypothetical smoking ban. . . .

Results

Ethnic minorities, older individuals, current smokers and residents of sparsely populated regions of California were more likely than other demographic groups to visit a tribal casino. Avoidance of secondhand smoke was more frequent among the never smokers than former and current smokers, particularly those who last visited a casino lacking physical separation between non-smoking and smoking sections. The never smokers versus current smokers disproportionately expressed a willingness to extend their stay and visit again if smoking were prohibited.

Conclusions

If casinos became smoke free, then it is anticipated that they would be visited by a significantly larger number of Californians, including both patrons and those who otherwise would not have visited a casino.

California town wants to ban smoking on private property
WTAM.com - February 27, 2012

Kelly Baker complained about her neighbors smoking habits, and as a result the city council wants to ban outdoor smoking on private property. …

California town considers smoking ban
MyFoxOrlando.com - February 27, 2012

A California town is looking at making it against the law for smokers to smoke anywhere outside on their own property. FOX40 Sacramento reports that the ...

Academic Senate unanimously votes smoke-free campus
The Daily Titan - February 27, 2012

By Michael Munoz The Academic Senate, in a unanimous 39-0 vote, decided that Cal State Fullerton will be a smoke-free campus, beginning Aug. 1, 2013. ...

Rocklin: California town to ban smoking ANYWHERE outside, even in your backyard
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk), 2012-02-25

A town in California is proposing to ban smoking outside, even for residents lighting up on their own property. …

Should the city adopt a secondhand smoke ordinance?
Morgan (CA) Hill Times - February 24, 2012

Puffing In Public Could Put a Strain on Your Wallet: New smoking ordinance wafting forward
NBC Bay Area - February 23, 2012

Morgan Hill, CA -- … No smoking at outdoor public recreation areas, service areas such as ATM lines ... a public survey indicated support for a new "secondhand smoke" ordinance. …

Most Local Rental Units are Smoke Free, Report Says
Calabasas (CA) Patch.com - February 23, 2012

More than 1,000 multi-family rental housing units in Calabasas are smoke free, a figure thats well above a goal city officials set four years ago. ...

Rocklin parents want city to snuff out neighbors' cigarettes
Rocklin Placer Herald - February 22, 2012

Californians have been living with smoking bans within 20 feet of government buildings, schools and playgrounds, and even bars and restaurants.

Smoking ban drifts forward
Morgan Hill (CA) Times - February 20, 2012

by Michael Moore Staff Writer Smoking outside in Morgan Hill could soon become real expensive and if you get caught puffing, get ready to cough up the cash.

Morro Bay may restrict outdoor smoking
City Council will hear options for a ban for outdoor public areas such as sidewalks and building entries
San Luis Obispo (CA) Tribune, 2012-02-20
David Sneed

Morro Bay is moving ahead with new regulations that would ban smoking in all outdoor public places. …

REPORT TO THE CITY COUNCIL (PDF)
City of San Diego, 2012-02-15

ATTENTION:
Honorable Councilmembers and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith
REQUESTED ACTION
Direct the City Attorney's office to provide a legal opinion within 90 days on the submitted draft language addressing secondhand smoke as a nuisance in multi-family properties and to review other municipal ordinances which ban smoking in multi-family properties.

Smokers Not Going Out Without a Fight
Mountain View (CA) Patch.com - February 14, 2012

A petition with a total of 1,083 signatures has made its way to the Mountain View City Clerk's office, two weeks after the first of two required City Council votes to increase smoking restrictions around the city. ...

Proposed Ordinance May Ban Smoking in Housing Complexes
La Jolla (CA) Patch.com - February 13, 2012

A City Council committee will receive a proposed ordinance this week to ban smoking in housing complexes if the smoker is asked to stop by another resident, ...

Ordinance Would Ban Smoking in Housing Complex if Another Resident Complains
San Diego 6 - February 11, 2012

The proposal comes from the San Diego Smoke-Free Housing Task Force, made up of groups such as Social Advocates for Youth San Diego, the American Lung ...

On The Agenda
VoiceofOC - February 13, 2012

Top items on this week's public meeting agendas include an expansion of Newport Beach's smoking ban and the elimination of a neighborhood park from the ...

Chico Internal Affairs Committee to consider smoking restrictions ...
Enterprise-Record (CA) - February 13, 2012

By KATY SWEENY - Staff Writer The Chico Internal Affairs Committee will again consider a smoking ban after having input from businesses, ...

California sets trends in health regulation
KPRC Houston - February 10, 2012

The Golden State was first to ban smoking in workplaces, ... teens are banned from using tanning booths and the sale of caffeinated beer is forbidden.

Divided council approves outdoor smoking ban
Orland Press Register (CA)- February 8, 2012

The 3-2 vote ends months of discussion and changes to the ordinance that prohibits smoking within 20 feet of primary business entryways and bans it near ...

UCSF study: Boosting cigarette tax could bolster California economy by $2 billion
San Francisco Business Times, February 6, 2012

… cigarette taxes by a buck a pack, generating an estimated $855 million annually for anti-smoking eduction programs, medical research and tobacco law enforcement. Critics of such initiatives say they…

California Assembly votes to outlaw smoking on hospital campuses
Los Angeles Times - January 31, 2012

Many hospitals, they said, have already voluntarily banned smoking. ... "You want to ban smoking outside," he said. "The last thing California needs is ...

Lawmakers Advance Bills on Physical Therapy, Hospital Smoking Ban
California Healthline - January 31, 2012

The Assembly voted 45-23 to pass a bill (AB 1278), by Assembly member Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), that would ban smoking on hospital campuses, the Los Angeles ...

Group seeks to change Palo Alto smoking ordinance
Palo Alto (CA) Online - January 27, 2012

by Sue Dremann On the heels of a toughened smoking ordinance adopted in Mountain View ... A new ordinance could prohibit smoking in all public areas, ...

Council OKs New Clubhouse, Delays Vote on Smoking Ban and Fire ...
Corona del Mar (CA) Patch.com - January 26, 2012

Newport Beach -- … The City Council voted to continue deciding on a proposed ordinance that would forbid smoking in all city parks. If approved, the law would ban smoking ...

Castro plaza rules inch closer to passage
Bay Area Reporter - January 26, 2012

District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar, the committee's chair, voted to oppose the measure although he does believe smoking should be banned in the plazas.

Mountain View City Council expands smoking ordinance
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News, 2012-01-25 Author: Jason Green Daily News Staff Writer

Following a heated debate Tuesday night, the city council voted 4-3 to expand the city's smoking ordinance to include outdoor dining room areas and establish a 25-foot "buffer zone" for secondhand smoke. Vice Mayor John Inks, along with council members Laura Macias and Tom Means, opposed the move. ...

Secondhand smoke survey online until Jan. 31
Morgan Hill (CA) Times - January 25, 2012

…Based on the input received from the public, this ordinance may possibly prohibit smoking in outdoor restaurant areas, at community events and festivals, ...

Santa Ana Council Prohibits Smoking in City Parks
VoiceofOC - January 19, 2012

The Santa Ana City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved a ban on smoking in city parks, citing public health concerns. In approving the ban, ...

Dublin council favors tough curbs on tobacco sales
Contra Costa Times - (CA) January 18, 2012

Saying it wants to protect children from cigarette products, the council directed its staff to come up with proposed restrictions that would ban tobacco ...

New El Monte ordinance forces tobacco retailers to pay $300 for ...
Pasadena Star-News (CA) - January 18, 2012

The funds will be used for programs to stop underage smoking. ... Baldwin Park, Pasadena, Sierra Madre and other cities have drafted similar ordinances. ...

A smoke-free UC goes too far
Los Angeles Times - January 18, 2012

Smoking bans are justified in all sorts of places - inside buildings and even ... of banning sales of cigarettes as well as tobacco company ads on campus, ...

San Pasqual Tribe Sets New Gaming Lending Standard
MarketWatch (CA) - January 17, 2012

The San Diego County Tribe closed today on a refinancing of its $215 million ... well as a complete non-smoking casino in addition to the main casino floor. ...

Health tip: Anderson goes smoke-free
Record-Searchlight - January 12, 2012

The ordinance prohibits smoking at outdoor locations where children and residents are most likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke. ...

City Sets Smoking Ban Implementation Plan
Hermosa Beach (CA) Patch.com - January 12, 2012

The Hermosa Beach City Council approves the smoking ban implementation program, which goes into effect March 1. By Jacqueline Howard Smoking in several ...

UC system bans smoking, chewing of tobacco
San Jose Mercury News - January 12, 2012

... be fined or face some other sort of sanction. The ban will also prohibit tobacco sales and advertising in all buildings owned or rented by the university.

Outdoor smoking ban headed to a final vote
Orland (CA) Press Register - January 5, 2012

The teens provided sample bans for the city to consider, and lobbied the ... were reduced to $25 or a maximum of $100 for smokers who violated the ban, ...

New Camarillo park policy not a tail-wagger for some
Ventura (CA) County Star - January 4, 2012

Infractions will include having a dog off leash, smoking in park limits and ... only those who repeatedly refuse to cooperate and obey our ordinances. ...

Smoking Ban in Weho Takes Effect Jan. 1
The ordinance banning smoking in outdoor dining areas is an effort by the city of West Hollywood to limit exposure to secondhand smoke.
Patch.org, 2011-12-29
Danielle Jacoby - West Hollywood, CA Patch

Come Jan. 1, 2012, smoking in outdoor dining areas and other public spaces will be prohibited in West Hollywood. ...

Alameda Smoking Ordinance Takes Effect Jan. 2
Alameda (CA) Patch.com - Dec 29, 2011

Under the new ordinance smoking is prohibited in all outdoor public places, including dining areas, recreation areas, service areas (bus stops, ATMs, etc.) ...

State Smoking Restrictions for Renters Tighten in the New Year
Santa Monica, like Los Angeles, did not act to protect tenants from eviction under the new state law as West Hollywood did
Santa Monica (CA) Patch, 2011-12-26
James F. Mills and Brooke Wirtschafter

Tenants who smoke in Santa Monica and Los Angeles will not have the same protection against eviction as smokers in West Hollywood when a state Senate-approved bill takes effect Jan. 1, 2012. ...

County of Marin set to launch anti-smoking regulations
Marin (CA) Independent Journal, December 20, 2011, Nels Johnson Marin Independent Journal

A multifaceted attack on tobacco was launched Tuesday as Marin County supervisors swiftly endorsed ordinances outlawing smoking in unincorporated area apartments and requiring retail vendors to get a special county license and pay a fee.

Mountain View may ban smoking within 25 feet of restaurants, bars ...
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - December 21, 2011

He and other smokers worry about proposed legislation to ban smoking near ... Already, the city bans smoking inside public buildings and within 30 feet of ...

Smoking ban to begin in Union City apartments
Contra Costa Times - December 21, 2011

The ban takes effect February . 23. Under the new ordinance, landlords are required to update leases and install signage to restrict smoking. ...

Sonoma County moves closer to smokeless
North Bay (CA) Business Journal - December 19, 2011

The first provisions of Sonoma County’s smoke-free law went into effect in early December, a move viewed by proponents as both a critical step in making the county healthier as well as a relatively rare achievement for a county. ...

Marin supervisors to consider tough anti-smoking ordinance
Marin Independent-Journal - December 18, 2011

Larkspur has the toughest smoking restrictions in Marin. Under the ordinance, smoking wouldn't be allowed inside apartment and condominium units or on ...

Vista tells hookah lounges to stay out
SignOnSanDiego.com - December 14, 2011

Lounges where smoking is the primary function have been banned in Vista since ... City officials will prepare a city ordinance banning smoking lounges as an ...

Highland Art Center meadow goes smoke-free for future events ($$)
Weaverville (CA) Trinity Journal , 2011-12-14

The Human Response Network Tobacco Education Program would like to commend the Highland Art Center for voting to make their meadow where events are held a smoke-free area. Secondhand smoke can be dangerous for adults, children and even pets. ...

Smoking Banned in New Hotels, Not New Residences
Santa Monica (CA) Patch - December 14, 2011

In June 2010, the council banned smoking in common areas and patios of multi-unit residences. Four years earlier, it placed a ban on the Third Street ...

County has six vacancies on tobacco board
Napa Valley Register - December 12, 2011

The board's mission is to combat the dangers posed by the widespread use of tobacco products in Napa County, including secondhand smoke exposure, ...

Tonight: Smoking Ban, Taxi Fines, $9.5 Million More for Expo Stations
Santa Monica (CA) Patch.com - December 13, 2011

If approved Tuesday night by the City Council, Santa Monica will ban smoking at all newly constructed residential units and hotels. ...

Anderson restricts smoking in public
Record-Searchlight (Anderson, CA) - December 12, 2011

The smoke-free ordinance is not without precedent. Redding's library, as well as Redding City Hall, have banned smoking on those public grounds. ...

WeHo smokers can breathe easy
WeHo News - December 8, 2011

The West Hollywood City Council this week held a second reading of an ordinance that protects smoking tenants from eviction under SB 332, a state law that allows landlords to make their apartment buildings “smoke-free.” ...

City mulls restrictions for Castro plazas
Bay Area Reporter - December 8, 2011

Smoking and camping would be banned and set hours for ... For example, the legislation will extend the ban on smoking that's already in ...

Council tables smoking ban, again
Orland (CA) Press-Register , December 7, 2011, Rick Longley/Orland Press-Register

Smokers complained about the impacts on their rights Monday as Orland struggles with adoption of a smoking ban in outdoor areas within the city.

Council bans smoking at Civic Center Plaza
Coast News - December 5, 2011

City Council voted unanimously to ban smoking at Civic Center Plaza on Nov. 30. ... Smoking is already banned at Oceanside parks and beaches. ...

Oceanside to ban smoking at Civic Center
San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune, 2011-11-30

The Oceanside City Council on Wednesday decided to take steps to ban smoking at the Civic Center Complex, which includes the Civic Center Library, City Hall and a colorful sprawling fountain. ...

Roseville group aims for smoke-free apartments
Local mom says living near smoker caused her children to suffer ear infections
Roseville (CA) Press-Tribune, November 30, 2011, Sena Christian, The Press Tribune

A local group called Kids Involuntarily Inhaling Secondhand Smoke, or KIISS, is on a mission to encourage apartment owners in Roseville to offer smoke-free buildings. ...

Orland moves toward new smoking rules
Chico (CA) Enterprise-Record, November 30, 2011, HEATHER HACKING-Staff Writer

Orland got a few steps closer to tightening rules on smoking in town, further refining ideas presented last month by Orland students working with health organizations. ...

City smoking ban may extend to outdoor dining
Mountain View (CA) Voice - Daniel DeBolt - November 28, 2011

Smokers may soon find even fewer places to light up in Mountain View as a ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas is set to come before the ...

Anti-smoking law gets final approval
Downey Beat (CA)- Ben Baeder - November 23, 2011

He also said smoking is already banned near playgrounds, but that people smoke near ... They pointed out that other cities had already enacted similar bans. ...

Orland going virtually smokeless in public areas
Orland Press Register (CA)- Rick Longley - November 22, 2011

Indeed, Interim police Chief JC Tolle said passage of the smoking ban could increase ... If you go down the line, smoking is banned in federal buildings, ...

Smoking likely banned in certain areas
Orland Press Register (CA) - Rick Longley - November 8, 2011

Orland is working on a new smoking ban in its parks and outside business doorways and restaurants, but there are some ...

Council rejects 24-hour smoking ban in home daycares
Hollister Free Lance - November 9, 2011

The idea for the ordinance came from the San Benito County Tobacco Education Coalition, which suggested a voluntary ban on smoking for home daycares. ...

City Council to decide on outdoor smoking restrictions
The Downey (CA) Patriot - Eric Pierce - November 8, 2011

Mayor Luis Marquez and Councilman Fernando Vasquez proposed a ban on outdoor smoking two weeks ago, citing adverse health effects on children. ...

The role of environmentally conscious students in restricting ...
The Downey (CA) Patriot - Eric Pierce - November 8, 2011

When the City Council initially debated the merits of a law to restrict smoking at public parks and city-sponsored events two weeks ago, the council chamber at City Hall was packed ...

Communication on Council Agenda
Hermosa Beach (CA) Patch - Jacqueline Howard - November 8, 2011

The council will vote on adopting a public smoking ban. Council members in their previous meeting decided 4-1 to move forward with drafting an ordinance ...

Evictions over smoking specious
WeHo News - Larry Gross - November 7, 2011

In his WeHo News article “ Where there’s smoke, there’s Heilman/Land (11/3/11),” Martin incorrectly states that a recently passed state law, SB 332 (Padilla) will allow landlords to evict West Hollywood tenants who are smokers. Martin, no doubt, has his head up a cigarette butt on this one …

Alameda's Smoking Rules Revisited: City Council to Vote on Revised Ordinance
Alameda (CA) Patch - Eve Pearlman - Dixie Jordan - November 7, 2011

The original version of the proposed ordinance banned smoking in new units but not ... The proposed ordinance bans smoking on commercial-area sidewalks, ...

Marin officials to consider smoking crackdown in condos, apartments
Marin Independent-Journal - Nels Johnson - November 6, 2011

Larkspur's tough anti-smoking ordinance, approved in July, "is working very well," Curry reported. "We have had no complaints that I know of with our new ...

Duran Sponsors Bill Protecting Smokers From Threat of Eviction
West Hollywood (CA) Patch.com - James F. Mills - November 4, 2011

West Hollywood City Council to hear an ordinance that would preempt a new state law allowing landlords to evict tenants who smoke. ...

Smoking Ban Before Council
Alameda Sun - Sam Felsing - November 4, 2011

It would also ban smoking in 100 percent of multi-unit housing units where the ... especially its public-space bans, could be an inconvenience to smokers, ...

Fresh Air Dining LB; New LB Health Department Program to Provide ...
Everything Long Beach (press release) - November 4, 2011

Secondhand smoke exposes smokers and nonsmokers to more than 4000 toxic substances. Breathing secondhand smoke for even a short time can have immediate ...

Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, Health Department Kick Off Fresh Air ...
LBPOST.com - Daniel DeBoom - November 4, 2011

“Increasing the number of smoke-free areas outdoors provides more healthful environments for families to enjoy ...

Reader Poll: How Do You Feel About the Apartment Anti-Smoking Bill?
West Hollywood (CA) Patch.com - Danielle Jacoby - November 4, 2011

West Hollywood currently does not have an apartment smoking ordinance. The City Council is scheduled to meet in the new library's Council Chambers at 6:30 ...

Apartment smoking ban: Evictions possible?
WeHo News - November 3, 2011

Critics say the law targets smokers in rental properties for eviction, as landlords would be free to change the terms of tenancy. The proponents say SB 332 ...

City of Cupertino tightening rules on tobacco retailers, licensing
San Jose Mercury News - Matt Wilson - November 3, 2011

State law already prohibits the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products and smoking paraphernalia to minors, and tobacco retailers must check the ...

Where there's smoke, there's Heilman/Land
WeHo News - Steve Martin - November 3, 2011

Even if you don't smoke your smoking friends and neighbors would be at risk. ... to their buildings, they would have supported a complete ban on smoking. ...

Long Beach fresh air dining: 30 restaurants ban smoking on patios
Long Beach Press-Telegram - Pamela Hale-Burns - November 3, 2011

In Long Beach, smoking is prohibited in indoor restaurant dining rooms, ... secondhand smoke exposes smokers and nonsmokers to more than 4000 toxic ...

Alameda looks to crack down on second-hand smoke
Alameda (CA) Times Star, 2011-11-03
Peter Hegarty

Smokers may find fewer places to light up as city of Alameda officials look for ways to protect people from second-hand smoke. But some are saying the proposed ordinance goes too far and are hoping the effort will be snuffed out. ... Among the changes the council suggested was including provisions that declare secondhand smoke a nuisance and to remove e-cigarettes from the definition of smoking. ...

 

Sausalito will consider tighter smoking rules
Marin Independent-Journal - Mark Prado - November 2, 2011

Since then, other cities in Marin have banned smoking at public events, public areas, hotel rooms and apartment complexes, among other places. ...

In Sebastopol, no smoking rules don't apply to medical marijuana
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - November 2, 2011

Users of medical marijuana have been exempted from a smoking ban that Sebastopol has imposed on apartment dwellers. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously ...

Compton approves strict ban on smoking
Los Angeles Wave Newspapers - Leiloni De Gruy - November 2, 2011

… ­ smoking will be banned from the following unenclosed areas within the city: ... It also bans smoking within 25 feet of playgrounds and tot lots. ...

City Council vote paves way for smoking ban
Daily Pilot (CA) - Joseph Serna - November 1, 2011

COSTA MESA - Smoking will be banned at 25 of the 29 city parks, ... At the request of Councilman Steve Mensinger, the ban wouldn't prohibit ...

Costa Mesa considers banning smoking at city parks
Los Angeles Times - November 1, 2011

People who violate the ban could receive a disorderly conduct ticket, which carries a ... Smoking would also be banned at the Hamilton Community Garden, ...

Nearly one million California children still at risk of secondhand smoke exposure [corrected data on number exposed]
New study finds that African-American, low-income children at highest risk

Despite having the second-lowest smoking rate in the nation, California is still home to nearly one million children under the age of 12 who are exposed to secondhand smoke, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Hermosa Beach passes restrictive ban on smoking in public places
Daily Breeze - Douglas Morino - October 26, 2011

The Hermosa Beach City Council has passed a comprehensive smoking ban that ... the city's new bans on smoking and single-use polystyrene food containers, ...

Proposal to ban smoking at parks moves forward; Guerra issues ...
The Downey Patriot - Eric Pierce - October 27, 2011

by Eric Pierce The City Council took its first steps last night towards enacting a ban on cigarette smoking at Downey parks and city-sponsored events. ...

In split vote, council agrees to explore smoking ban
Downey Beat (CA)- Ben Baeder - October 26, 2011

DOWNEY – In front of more than 125 peoplee, including nearly 80 teenagers, the council voted 3-2 late Tuesday to have the city craft a policy to ban smoking ...

TONIGHT: Smoking ban on Hermosa Beach agenda
Daily Breeze - October 25, 2011

The City Council tonight will consider adopting a comprehensive outdoor smoking ban. The ban would prohibit lighting up in outdoor dining areas, ...

Styrofoam, Smoking on Council Agenda
Hermosa Beach (CA) Patch - Jacqueline Howard - October 25, 2011

The panel has the option of introducing a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in outdoor dining and public areas, such as Pier Plaza, the Pier, ...

Mayor wants to ban smoking at Downey parks, but questions remain
The Downey Patriot - Eric Pierce - October 19, 2011

You'll remember that it was councilman Vasquez who originally placed the outdoor smoking ban on the agenda two months ago, but it was never formally ...

City May Consider Ban On Smoking Outside Apartments
KGTV San Diego - October 17, 2011

SAN DIEGO -- The city of San Diego could ban smoking right outside the homes of some smokers. The San Diego City Attorney's Office is reviewing a draft of ...

SoCo Adopts Second Part Of Smoking Ban
KSRO (CA) - October 5, 2011

As expected, Sonoma County supervisors have adopted the second phase of a measure that bans smoking in public places under the county's jurisdiction. ...

Snuffing out smoke at day cares
Proposed city ordinance would ban smoking 24 hours a day
The Pinnacle (Hollister, CA), 2011-09-30, Melissa Flores

Jewett is a supporter of a city ordinance proposed by the San Benito County Public Health Department that would ban smoking from licensed home day cares in Hollister 24 hours a day. ...

Public Smoking Ban Moves Forward
The Hermosa Beach City Council directs staffers to draft an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in various public areas
Patch.org, 2011-09-29

The Hermosa Beach City Council has decided to move forward with drafting an ordinance that would ban smoking in most public spaces, including Pier Plaza, public parking lots, the Strand, Greenbelt and other city parks.

Concord Approves Smoking Ban in a 17-Block Area Around Todos Santos Plaza
San Francisco Chronicle, 2011-09-27

A huge group of Claycordians attended the Concord City Council meeting on Tuesday night to discuss the proposed smoking ban within a 17-block area around Todos Santos Plaza.

Council to Revisit Outdoor Dining
Patch.com (Hermosa Beach, CA) - Jacqueline Howard - September 27, 2011

Council members have discussed briefly a possible ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas, and will consider scheduling a public hearing for next month to …

Concord considers smoking ban downtown
KGO-TV - September 27, 2011

On weekend nights, Vinnie's Bar and Grill can host a crowd of 300, with 20 to 30 smoking on the sidewalk out front. Now a proposed smoking ban in Downtown ...

Concord City Council to vote on banning smoking downtown
San Jose Mercury News (CA)- Paul Thissen - September 25, 2011

The City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to ban smoking in a 17-block area around Todos Santos Plaza. The ban would affect sidewalks ...

How California's new non-smoking law will affect renters
SignOnSanDiego.com - September 23, 2011

Q1: What does the new non-smoking law do? A: The governor recently signed a new state law that confirms landlords have the right to restrict smoking on ...

City council's not blowing smoke--members vote 4-1 to restrict ...
San Jose Mercury News - Casey Jay - September 23, 2011

Lighting up in the Orchard City just got a little trickier. At the Campbell City Council meeting on Sept. 20, the council approved an ordinance that prohibits smoking within outdoor dining areas and public recreational facilities. The city council also directed Campbell staff to research the possibility of establishing a tobacco retailer's license, which would be aimed at curbing the sale of tobacco to minors ...

Council passes smoking, marijuana dispensary bans
Danville Express - Jessica Lipsky - September 22, 2011

In an effort to curb second-hand smoke within public areas, the town's Parks and Leisure Services Commission proposed a smoking ban within all town parks ...

Campbell aims to reduce secondhand smoke with new ordinance
San Jose Mercury News (CA) - Casey Jay - September 21, 2011

...20, the council approved an ordinance that prohibits smoking within outdoor dining areas and public recreational facilities. The city council also directed …

Sonoma County supports smoking ban in condos
San Francisco Chronicle - September 13, 2011

... supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution for the smoking ban. ... smoking in new units and first-time rentals begins in eight months. …

California County May Ban Smoking Inside Your Own Home
MyFox Washington DC - September 14, 2011

But it won't be a smoke-filled castle -- at least not in one Northern California county. Sonoma County supervisors have unanimously approved a smoking ban ...

Council continues smoking ban discussion
San Ramon (CA) Express , 2011-09-08
Amelia Arvesen

An ordinance to prohibit smoking in Danville's recreational areas was discussed again at Tuesday's Town Council meeting. Despite some debate about smoker's rights, the council voted unanimously to continue the discussion on Sept. 20. ...

Danville moves to ban marijuana dispensaries, and cigarette ...
San Jose Mercury News - Eric Louie - September 8, 2011

The smoking ordinance bans smoking at all recreation areas owned or maintained by the town such as sports fields, parks and trails. ...

Smoking in apartments can be restricted under new state law
Glendale News Press - September 8, 2011

Landlords in California will have clear authority to ban smoking in apartment buildings under a measure signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Sen. ...

Smoking in apartments can be restricted under new state law
Los Angeles Times - September 7, 2011

Landlords in California will have clear authority to ban smoking in apartment buildings under a measure signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Sen. …

Council Votes to Limit Outdoor Smoking
Patch.com - Felicia Mello - August 25, 2011

The city council Wednesday voted 4-1 to approve an ordinance banning smoking within 300 feet of schools, parks and other places where children gather. ...

Fewer Californians smoking cigarettes, but hookah use on the rise
California Watch, 2011-08-23
Joanna Lin, California Watch

Cigarette smoking in California has fallen sharply in recent years, but new research finds that hookah use is on the rise, especially among young adults. ...

Expanded smoking ban at parks being considered
Daily Pilot - Joseph Serna – August 22, 2011

COSTA MESA ­ A ordinance that would ban smoking at city parks could ...

County takes aim at smokers
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - Christopher Chung - August 18, 2011

BY MARTIN ESPINOZA Sonoma County is considering banning smoking in apartments and condominiums, on county-owned property, in parks, campgrounds and beaches ...

No smoking in downtown Laguna alley
OCRegister - Claudia Koerner - August 17, 2011

LAGUNA BEACH – The City Council voted Tuesday to ban smoking in an alley across from Main Beach. ...

San Clemente latest OC city banning smoking in parks
OCRegister - Jon Cassidy - August 17, 2011

City Council introduces an ordinance to ban smoking in all 19 city parks, with violations punishable by a $50 fine. San Clemente already prohibits smoking ...

Los Gatos shorts: Town receives a 'D' on tobacco report card
San Jose Mercury News - August 16, 2011

The illegal tobacco sales rate to minors in Santa Clara County now stands ... Local pharmacies are offering the boosters or students can get one from their ...

Legislature approves ban on rental-unit smoking
Associated Press (AP), 2011-08-15

Landlords will be able to ban smoking on their properties, including inside rental units, if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill sent to him by the state Senate. ...

No Butts About It: Sonoma County Seeks Ban on Outdoor Smoking
Petaluma Patch - Keri Brenner - August 12, 2011

Sonoma County is looking to join other California towns in banning smoking outdoors on all county-owned property including county ...

Smoke No More, Walnut Creek
Patch.com - Lou Fancher - August 12, 2011

“I think it is a miracle that smoking has been universally banned here, as well as Archstone's adjacent properties, so that this entire area is now smoke ...

Vallejo officials asked to snuff out smoking in parks
Vallejo Times-Herald - Tony Burchyns - August 12, 2011

The Greater Vallejo Recreation District board decided Thursday night to pursue a possible smoking ban for city parks and recreation areas. ...

Laguna considers no-smoking on Forest Lane
OCRegister - Claudia Koerner - August 12, 2011

LAGUNA BEACH – The City Council will consider banning smoking in a downtown alley off South Coast Highway ...

Vasquez wants to consider banning smoking in public
The Downey Patriot - Eric Pierce - August 8, 2011

by Eric Pierce The Downey City Council tomorrow is scheduled to discuss a proposal by Councilman Fernando Vasquez that would prohibit smoking in public ...

Smoking rate reaches historic low in California
Los Angeles Times - August 5, 2011

Over the last two decades, meanwhile, California has moved to ban smoking in bars, restaurants, in-state flights and most enclosed workplaces. ...

Baldwin Park City Council banishes sports drinks
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - Thomas Himes - August 5, 2011

The Pasadena City Council passed a similar smoking ban in April that will take effect in that city in January. Unlike Pasadena's policy, Baldwin Park also ...

Manhattan Beach bans smoking on The Strand
Easy Reader (Hermosa Beach, CA), 2011-08-03
Alene Tchekmedyian

Manhattan Beach city council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve an ordinance to ban smoking on The Strand and along Veterans Parkway/Greenbelt in Manhattan Beach. The ban will go into effect on October 10, said Christi Hogin, interim city attorney. ...

New Poll Shows California Voters Want More Regulation of Tobacco
PR Newswire (press release) - August 2, 2011

"A tobacco retailer licensing ordinance can be effective at reducing tobacco sales to youth, but there is even more we can do," said Paul Simon, MD, MPH, ...

California Dems pained to find names on tobacco list
One lawmaker had returned his donation to Philip Morris
Contra Costa (CA) Times, 2011-07-24
Steven Harmon Contra Costa Times

Sen. Leland Yee is running for mayor in San Francisco, and the last thing he needs is to be labeled as the Big Tobacco candidate. ...

Tobacco's influence runs deep in Calif.
Daily Democrat - Steven Harmon - July 21, 2011

"He asked for it," said DeSaulnier, a former restaurant owner who helped write some of the state's earliest local ordinances against smoking in the workplace as a Contra Costa County supervisor. DeSaulnier said that he objected to Hall's amendment ...

Study: Tobacco lobby spent big in California during election
Sacramento Business Journal, July 19, 2011

…, smoking rates continue to drop and the state and local governments continue to pass policies that reduce…

Tobacco Money & Politics
Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing, American Lung Association (ALA), July 19, 2011

On July 19, 2011, the American Lung Association in California's Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing released a new report on the campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures of tobacco interests in California. …

Council Delays Decision on Park Smoking Ban, Beach Commercial Activities Limits
Corona del Mar Today - July 14, 2011

City Council members wanted the ordinance to include a smoking ban at the end of streets that lead to boardwalks and parks, and Councilman Keith Curry said he was concerned at the “unintended consequences” of some prohibited activities included in the ...

Show's over for San Francisco hookah lounges
San Francisco Chronicle, July 15, 2011

For hookah lounges in San Francisco, the end is very, very near. …

California's adult smoking rate at a record low
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News, 2011-07-14
Jane J. Lee

California's numbers are down, but this time it's a good thing. The state's adult smoking rate is at a record low, with just 11.9 percent of adults lighting up. ...

Adult smoking rates drag to new low
Morning Roundup, Sacramento Business Journal 7/14/2011

…California’s adult smoking rate has hit a record low ­ 11.9 percent in 2010, down from 13.1 percent in smoking means that fewer people will see their lives cut short by tobacco,” state public health director…

Los Altos considers smoking ban in parks
Los Altos Town Crier - Jana Seshadri - July 13, 2011

Photo Courtesy Of Roger Summitt Parkgoers could see fewer cigarette butts on public park grounds if the city council bans smoking. Los Altos resident Rory Van Tuyl's reports of cigarette butts and other litter in Redwood Grove sparked the Los Altos ...

Hookah lounges: S.F. health officials seek closure
San Francisco Chronicle, 2011-07-12
Stephanie Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer

Public health department officials are threatening to shut down hookah lounges, whose owners, they say, have refused to obey state and local laws that ban indoor smoking, despite mailed and in-person warnings over the past year. ...

Newport council postpones smoking ban vote
OCRegister - Sonali Kohli - July 13, 2011

NEWPORT BEACH – The City Council refused to ban smoking in parks because of ambiguous wording on an unrelated part of the proposal. If approved, the ordinance would have prohibited paid instructional ...

Bill Approved Granting Landlords Authority Over Your Smoking Habits
LAist - Lauren Lloyd - July 11, 2011

The bill empowers landlords to prohibit smoking in rental units, thus expanding the availability of smoke-free housing in California. Receiving bipartisan support with a vote of 63 - 5, the bill faces a procedural concurrence vote in the Senate (as ...

Escanaba City Council approves smoking ordinance
Escanaba Daily Press - Jenny Lancour - July 8, 2011

The first reading of the smoking ban proposal took place June 2, followed by a public hearing on June 16 and an additional public hearing on Thursday. The majority of comments received at the two hearings supported the ban for the sake of children. ...

Tiburon becomes first town in Marin to ban all smoking in large apartment ...
Marin Independent-Journal - Richard Halstead - July 7, 2011

The town of Tiburon has become the first municipality in Marin County to ban smoking in all large apartment complexes. The Tiburon Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt the new ordinance, which will allow smokers a ...

Tiburon council to weigh tighter smoking rules
Marin (CA) Independent Journal, 2011-07-05
Will Jason Marin Independent Journal

Tiburon could become Marin's first municipality to ban smoking in all large apartment complexes Wednesday when the Town Council considers a new ordinance. ...

WeHo hikes parking, other fees
WeHo News - Jul 4, 2011

A smoking ordinance fee will require nightclubs wishing to establish designated smoking areas under the city's new outdoor smoking ordinance to pay $309. Having lost their bid to prevent the city from passing an outdoor smoking ban, business owners ...

Vallejo group seeks smoke-free parks
Effort follows removal of 3,100 pieces of tobacco litter from three sites
Vallejo (CA) Times-Herald, 2011-07-03
Lanz Christian Bañes / Times-Herald

"Only Vacaville has a smoke-free parks policy (in Solano County). We're looking to be second," said Jason Goltiao, youth development and policy coordinator of Fighting Back Partnership. ...

Hermosa Beach smoking bans pushed
Easy Reader News - Robb Fulcher - Jun 30, 2011

Councilman Howard Fishman said he will pursue smoking bans for outdoor dining, city parks and perhaps the Pier Plaza, renew a push to augment police with private security guards on the Plaza's weekend nights, and seek funding to beautify Pacific Coast ...

Smoking Ban May Expand to Multi-Unit Residences, Hotels
Santa Monica Mirror - Parimal M. Rohit - June 29, 2011

While he made very clear there are no laws in Santa Monica that specifically prohibits smoking, he did hope a smoking ban would be extended to all new construction projects (as opposed to just hotels). Conversely, Mayor Pro Tem Gleam Davis reminded her ...

City Council reviews tobacco ordinance
Elk Grove Citizen - Bryan M. Gold - June 28, 2011

If passed by the Elk Grove City Council later this summer, the tobacco ordinance would prohibit smoking in public if the smoker is within 2000 feet of an amusement center, day care center, playground, park, school, or youth sports facility. ...

City Plans to Snuff Out Smoking in 75 Percent of Apartment Units
Patch.com - Charles Nguyen - June 23, 2011

It's going to be more difficult for locals to smoke in their apartments thanks to a City Council decision Tuesday to make its anti-smoking ordinance more strict. The council approved a proposal to increase the required percentage of the city's ...

Live Oak smoking ban in parks moves ahead
Marysville (CA) Appeal-Democrat, 2011-06-17
Ryan McCarthy Appeal-Democrat

A proposed ban in Live Oak on smoking in parks and within 50 feet of the entrance to public buildings won support from eight speakers, including four high school students. ...

Carson moves toward more restrictive smoking regulations
Daily Breeze - Sandy Mazza - June 16, 2011

Moving to create a "smoke-free city," the Carson City Council has directed city staff to propose Municipal Code changes that will restrict smoking in public. Council members on Wednesday unanimously supported a plan advanced ...

San Clemente panel to weigh smoking ban in parks
OCRegister - Fred Swegles - June 13, 2011

Should smoking be banned in all of San Clemente's city parks? Parks commissioners will meet Tuesday to consider sending recommendations to the City Council. The meeting will begin at 7 pm in the Community Center, Avenida Del Mar at Calle Seville. ...

Palo Alto Considers Licenses for Tobacco Retailers
CSP Daily News - June 9, 2011

The city will also consider prohibiting smoking all public areas, including sidewalks, within both public and private outdoor recreational areas and within a "20-plus foot buffer around all areas where smoking in prohibited."

Letter: Smoke-free air is only fair
Mercury-Register - June 6, 2011

No one, especially children, pregnant women and the elderly should be forced to breathe toxic second-hand smoke. It is time for renters in Chico and across California to raise their voices and demand their right to smoke-free air in their homes.

Smokefree workplace legislation approved by California Senate
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - June 5, 2011

On Thursday, with a 25-14 vote, the Senate passed SB 575 (DeSaulnier) to strengthen California's once ground- breaking smokefree workplace law. SB 575 will protect California workers and patrons by eliminating loopholes in the state's smokefree ...

Measure curbing exemptions to smoke-free law advances
Sacramento Bee - June 3, 2011

A watered-down bill to eliminate most of the exemptions to California's 17-year-old workplace smoking ban cleared the state Senate on Thursday. Senate Bill 575, by Democratic Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, would add sites such as hotel and motel lobbies and ...

City Looks to Snuff Smoking in Downtown Areas
Patch.com - Lance Howland - May 21, 2011

Concord has researched other cities' ordinances banning smoking in a public right of way. There is support from the police department, Keen wrote in his report, and such bans are typically self-enforcing ­ a tap on your shoulder from a fellow citizen ...

Apartment Anti-Smoking Bill Raises Concerns for Weho Renters
The Senate-approved bill gives landlords power under California law to prohibit smoking inside rental units
Patch.org, 2011-05-20
James F. Mills

A California bill passed by the state Senate last week regarding smoking in apartments could have a major impact in West Hollywood by giving landlords ammunition to evict smokers. ...

SoCal News Briefs: Carpinteria Smoking Ban, Momyer Fire Update ...
KCET - Zach Behrens - May 16, 2011

Smoking Ban: Carpinteria today becomes the first city in Santa Barbara County to ban tobacco use in most all outdoor areas. ...

Calif. bill lets landlords ban smoking in units
Associated Press (AP), 2011-05-09

The state Senate has approved a bill that would let landlords ban smoking on their properties, including inside rental units. ...

Outdoor Smoking Ban Doesn't Change Much for Local Diners
The newly enforced city ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas is met with mixed opinions by local diners and businesses.
Patch.org, 2011-05-09
Lynda Rivers - Echo Park, CA Patch

Back in January 2010, the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous 12-0 vote, amended Municipal Code 41.50 sections A and B to ban smoking on restaurant patios and in outside areas of other businesses that serve food. . . . ...

San Clemente weighs smoking ban in parks
OCRegister - Fred Swegles - May 9, 2011

Beaches, Parks & Recreation Commission will consider a proposed total smoking ban in parks at its meeting Tuesday night. Currently, smoking in city parks is prohibited only within 25 feet of a playground. San Clemente is looking at ...

BLOCK BILL WOULD ALLOW COLLEGES TO ENFORCE SMOKING BANS, LEVY FINES ON SMOKERS
East County (CA) Magazine (Heartland Foundation), 2011-05-08

... Assembly Higher Education Chair Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove) has authored legislation that calls on campuses of the California Community Colleges (CCC), California State University (CSU), and the University of California (UC) to enforce local and system-wide smoking and tobacco laws and ordinances already in place. AB 795 would give these institutions the authority to enforce current policies and fine perpetrators. ...

Grover Beach to consider extended smoking ban
Times Press Recorder - May 5, 2011

By TPR Staff Before Grover Beach considers an ordinance banning smoking in public places, the City Council wants to know more about how their neighboring cities deal with it. Council members on Monday directed the staff to do additional research and ...

Fairfax Passes Stricter Smoking Regulations
Patch.com - Kelly Dunleavy - May 5, 2011

Smoking banned in certain outdoor areas. By Kelly Dunleavy | Email the author | 5:24am Fairfax residents irritated by second-hand smoke in their own apartments – and, if Wednesday night's town council meeting was any indication, there are plenty of ...

Cupertino City Council votes to put a stop to smoking in recreational areas
San Jose Mercury News - Matt Wilson - May 4, 2011

The Cupertino City Council unanimously amended a city ordinance Tuesday night that now prohibits smoking in recreational areas such as city parks. The ordinance states that recreational areas include streets and sidewalks adjacent to recreational areas ...

Palm Springs Considers Banning Smoking in Some Public Places
KPSP Local 2 - May 4, 2011

At its bi-monthly meeting tonight, the council will hear a second reading of an ordinance that bans smoking within 25 feet of areas where children are …

Burbank expands public smoking ordinance
abc7.com - May 1, 2011

(KABC) -- Burbank is enforcing a new city ordinance to restrict smoking in public areas of apartment buildings and condos. The ordinance, which was adopted in 2007, banned smoking in most common areas of multi-family residential buildings. …

Alameda County Board of Supervisors Approves Smoking Ban
Patch.com - Sonja Sharp - April 28, 2011

The Alameda City Council has discussed adopting stricter regulations governing smoking in public places and in apartments and condos. …

County campaigns against secondhand smoke
Mountain View (CA) Voice, 2011-04-27

An estimated 4,000 people each year in California die from secondhand smoke, according to Santa Clara County Department of Public Health officials, who kicked off an ad campaign Tuesday to warn people about the dangers of secondhand smoke. ...

DeSaulnier: Workplace smoking legislation advances in Senate Committee
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - April 14, 2011

While once the leader in protecting workers from the toxic effects of second hand smoke, California has fallen far behind. This is due to the exemptions and loopholes in California's smokefree workplace law. Because of these loopholes thousands of ...

Inside City Hall: Council seeks cap on existing smoking lounges
Long Beach Press-Telegram - April 13, 2011

[Suzanne] Frick said the ordinance can be amended later to include O'Donnell's proposal. While the council doesn't want more smoking lounges, it does want to allow more food trucks in Long Beach. "Gone are the days of the old roach coach," said O'Donnell, ...

Smoking Ban Gets Support From Councilmembers
Patch.com - Maggie Avants - April 12, 2011

Smoking would be banned in parking lots of City parks. Currently, it is prohibited within 15 feet of children's play areas, athletic fields and courts, skate parks and sports arenas and any adjacent seating areas. Since 2006, smoking has been ...

Bill Would Expand State's Smoking Ban At Work
KTVU/BayInsider.com Fox Ch. 2 (Oakland, CA), 2011-04-10

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier said other states have since surpassed California and enacted more expansive crackdowns on smoking in the workplace. ...

California's strict smoking laws could be extended further
Associated Press (AP), 2011-04-10
Adam Weintraub Associated Press

California lawmakers are looking to expand the state's workplace smoking ban, adding hotel lobbies, break rooms and even tobacco stores to the list of places where you can't light up. . . . ...

Alameda City Council Considers Tightening Limits on Smoking
Patch.com - Alison Moodie - April 9, 2011

Most other cities in Alameda County fall between an A and a D, with Piedmont the only other F. Acting City Manager Lisa Goldman and staff presented council with suggestions for improving policies in four key areas: protections for indoor or enclosed ...

Palm Springs council tightens policy on smoking in public
Ordinance bans smokers from lighting up within 25 feet of children
Palm Springs (CA) Desert Sun, 2011-04-07
Written by Mariecar Mendoza The Desert Sun

The Palm Springs City Council Wednesday took steps to strengthen one law and clarify another -- each addresses the city's efforts to encourage residents to enjoy a healthy, environmentally beneficial lifestyle. ...

Larkspur Takes Up Tobacco Issue
Patch.com - April 6, 2011

The public is invited to weigh in during tonight's City Council meeting on a proposed ordinance that would greatly limit areas where people can smoke. Smoking would be prohibited in multi-unit housing and public gathering areas. ...

Pasadena City Council forwards smoking ban
Pasadena (CA) Star-News, 2011-04-05

In a decision applauded by most of the residents in attendance, the Pasadena City Council called for the drafting of a smoking ordinance that would ban apartment dwellers from lighting up. ...

Smoking in Public to Get Tougher in Murrieta
City Council will discuss amending its smoking pollution code to include all areas of city-owned parks and recreation areas

Patch.org, 2011-04-03
Maggie Avants

Those who want to smoke in public areas could face tighter restrictions under an amendment to Murrieta's smoking pollution code. ...

Island Talkback: Make Alameda smoke free
Island of Alameda - Adrian Blakey - April 1, 2011

I live in multi-unit housing and serve on the board of a homeowners association that has been dealing with smoking issues. In the absence of ordinances, every board is faced with dealing with similar issues. Our own experience is I am sure anecdotal of ...

Pasadena Chamber opposes smoking ban
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News, 2011-03-31
Brian Charles, Staff Writer

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is asking city officials to butt out of the private homes of smokers. ...

Conversation Begins On Smoking Bans in Campbell
Patch.com - March 28, 2011

Possibly residents do not find secondhand smoke offensive, or are not aware that they have a right to complain. Anti-smoking laws are complaint-driven. And voluntary policies against smoke don't make the grade. Imagine, for instance, that a restaurant ...

'Pack-a-day' smokers fewer in California; lung cancer rates lower too
California's quitting smoking faster than the rest of the U.S.
Los Angeles Times, 2011-03-17
Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times

California has been kicking its smoking habit far more successfully than the rest of America - and it may be due to more than four decades of antismoking state policies. ...

Smoking banned on home patios in Laguna Woods
OCRegister - Claire Webb - March 16, 2011

The City Council on Wednesday gave final approval to an amendment to its smoking ordinance that prohibits smoking on patios and balconies. The new law, which will go into effect in 30 days, applies whether the patios are open or enclosed, ...

L.A. Smokers Beware: Starting March 8, You Could Pay Up to $500 for Smoking Near a Restaurant or Food Truck
LA Weekly, 2011-03-03
Simone Wilson

The L.A. City Council may have passed the outdoor smoking ban over a year ago, but it's just now going into effect. Last March, all Los Angeles restaurants that allowed smoking on their patios were given a one-year grace period to phase out your nasty habits -- but all that grace is going in the ashtray this coming Tuesday. ...

LA gets new smoking rules
Associated Press (AP), 2011-03-03
CHRISTINA HOAG The Associated Press

Los Angeles is gearing up to become the nation's largest city with smoke-free outdoor dining. ...

City's smoking ban to go into effect Tuesday ... and many are OK with ordinance
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
Los Angeles Daily News, 2011-03-04
Bob Strauss, Staff Writer

Starting next week, L.A. diners will be spared that curious aroma of cigarette smoke accenting tangy barbecue sauce, wafting from outdoor eateries. ...

New smoking restrictions going into effect in LA
San Jose Mercury News - Christina Hoag - March 3, 2011

...The ESPN Zone restaurant in downtown Los Angeles has had an outdoor smoking ban since it opened two years ago, and customers appreciate it, marketing manager Tim Whiteman said. Advocates for smokers' rights say outdoor bans particularly aggravate them ...

SFO bans solicitors at airport, cuts down on smoking sites
San Francisco Examiner - Will Reisman - March 2, 2011

SFO has moved to ban solicitation and also made it more difficult for smokers to light up at the airport.

Separate proposals to outlaw solicitation and ban smoking at outdoor sections of the hub were passed unanimously Tuesday by the San Francisco Airport Commission. ...

Concord Senator Mark DeSaulnier introduces smoke-free workplace bill
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - February 18, 2011

Senate Bill 575, which was introduced by Senator Mark DeSaulnier, would close loopholes in a California Law that exposes workers to second hand smoke.

The following information is from Senator DeSaulnier's Office:

While once the leader in protecting workers from the toxic effects of secondhand smoke, California has fallen far behind. This is due to the exemptions and loopholes in California's Smoke-Free Workplace law. Because of these loopholes thousands of California workers and patrons of certain businesses continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke. To protect those workers and patrons, Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) today introduced SB 575 to eliminate loopholes in the state's Smoke-Free Workplace law.

"California workers should not be exposed to secondhand smoke and the health risks associated with it," said DeSaulnier. "They go to work to earn an honest day's pay for an honest day's work, not to breathe in carcinogens. It is time to bring California's once-groundbreaking Smoke-Free Workplace law into the 21st Century."

"Californians are rightfully proud of the fact that we led the effort to make workplaces smoke-free so they are surprised to learn that the states that followed in our footsteps have now lapped us in providing stronger protections for workers," said Alecia Sanchez, Director of State Legislative Advocacy, American Cancer Society, California Division. "Twenty-four states have received the 100% smoke-free designation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sadly, California is not among them. This bill will correct that...."

Dublin moves to toughen its smoking ordinance; brings back farmers market
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News, 2011-02-18
Robert Jordan Contra Costa Times

DUBLIN -- Smoking is going to get a lot tougher for apartment residents.

The Dublin City Council has asked its staff to strengthen the city's smoking rules for apartment complexes with 16 or more units.

After hearing an encouraging report Tuesday on the results of a 2008 city ordinance requiring those complexes to designate 50 percent of their units smoke-free by Jan. 1 of this year, the council told its staff to amend the ordinance to require a 75 percent ban by 2013.

In the report, the city surveyed all 17 apartment complexes that fit the requirement and found that of the 4,146 units, 2,879, or 69 percent, are now designated smoke-free ...

Committee preparing to discuss smoking on patios
Beach Reporter - Eric Michael Stitt - February 17, 2011

Two Hermosa Beach City Councilmen are spearheading a battle against secondhand smoke on the city's restaurant patios. Councilman Jeff Duclos and Mayor Pro Tem Howard Fishman want to make smoking in outdoor patios illegal, ...

Residential patio smoking ban first in OC
OCRegister - Claire Webb - February 17, 2011

Laguna Hills and Laguna Beach have similar policies that prohibit smoking on outdoor patios and balconies for restaurants and dining areas. Some cities in Orange County have banned smoking at public parks and beaches. Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, ...

Torrance officially bans smoking in public parks
Daily Breeze - Nick Green - February 17, 2011

Torrance has banned smoking in public parks, one of the last local cities to take such a step. The city spent about nine months reviewing its ordinance before approving the ban at Tuesday's City Council meeting. ...

Laguna Woods smoking ban back for approval Wednesday
OCRegister - Claire Webb - February 15, 2011

Smoking on open patios and balconies will be prohibited for the 18500 apartment and condominium residents in Laguna Woods if the City Council on Wednesday gives final approval to an amendment to the city's smoking ordinance. ...

Dublin will vote Tuesday on toughening its apartment smoking ban
San Jose Mercury News - Robert Jordan - February 14, 2011

DUBLIN -- Smoking in apartments could become more difficult for residents if city officials decide to toughen up current smoking ordinances.

The City Council is expected to review a report at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the city's current law, passed in 2008, that requires apartment complexes with 16 units or more to designate 50 percent of their units as nonsmoking by January 2011. The council is expected to decide whether to vote to ban smoking in 70 percent of apartment complexes of that size by 2013 ...

Lodi City Council to consider drafting ordinance that limits smoking in public
Lodi News-Sentinel - Maggie Creamer - February 15, 2011

The Lodi City Council will discuss whether it wants to draft an ordinance limiting where people can smoke in public at its meeting this morning.

The issue surfaced after a local businessman asked Mayor Bob Johnson whether there were any rules preventing people from smoking in front of private businesses.

Some tenants in the man’s office complex complained about people who frequently smoked outside, Johnson said ...

City of West Hollywood votes in favor of smoking ban
Examiner.com - February 8, 2011

At Monday night’s meeting, the West Hollywood City Council voted 3-2 to outlaw outdoor smoking in public areas of the city. The law goes into effect in January 2012. Since late 2009, the City Council has been working with local proprietors in order to provide cleaner air for residents and visitors through this outdoor smoking ban. ...

West Hollywood Considering Outdoor Smoking Ban
KTLA - February 7, 2011

One potential regulation would ban cigarette sales within 600 feet of a school. The other is a proposed ban on smoking outdoors, including on patios, ...

La Palma's main park goes smoke-free
89.3 KPCC - February 2, 2011

A few months ago, Long Beach voted to ban smoking in all of its city parks. Laguna Hills and Seal Beach are among the cities that already have banned ...

Does Smoking Ban Extend to Hookah Bars? The Law Is Hazy
Patch - Marianne Love - January 31, 2011

A recently enacted ordinance, which bans smoking in outdoor dining areas, will spell the end of smoky outdoor patios in Los Angeles in about a month. ...

Carp Expands Smoking Ban
Santa Barbara Independent - Chris Meagher - January 26, 2011

The City of Carpinteria will be expanding its no smoking ordinance from public parks and beaches to outdoor areas available to ...

City to Bring Businesses into Smoking Ban Debate
Patch - Jacqueline Howard - January 26, 2011

After a heated discussion about cigarette smoke and big government, the City Council decided in a tough 4-1 vote Tuesday night to continue exploring a possible ban on smoking in Hermosa's outdoor dining areas.

Councilmen Howard Fishman and Jeff Duclos plan to share the idea of a prohibition with local business owners in a town hall-style meeting in coming weeks ...

City Pauses to Consider Anti-Smoking Legislation
Patch - Millicent Skiles - January 24, 2011

Remember when it was perfectly acceptable to smoke in bars, restaurants and even the workplace? When California passed bans against such activities in the mid-1990s, tobacco fans recoiled in anger and threatened that it would never work.

Fast-forward to today and nobody thinks twice about it. Smoking laws have even evolved to where lighting up is banned on state beaches and many parks. But despite the great health strides that have been made in the battle against tobacco, there is still a lot more work to be done, according to state and county health officials and the American Lung Association (ALA).

Perhaps that’s why Mill Valley last week received an “F” from the ALA for its tobacco control policies for the second straight year. The city hasn’t upgraded its smoking ordinance since 1992, and many other municipalities have since gone beyond smoking bans by focusing on secondhand smoke ...

Smoking in the park snuffed out
Orange County (CA) Register, 2011-01-19
MICHAEL MELLO THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

LA PALMA – Central Park in La Palma will be smoke and tobacco-free starting February . 1, despite a smoldering debate and close vote at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

Three of the council's five members voted against establishing a small designated smoking area in the park, which would have been between the recreation buildings and the basketball courts. The failed vote allows a full ban to go into effect in two weeks ...

Laguna Woods prohibits smoking on open patios, balconies
OCRegister - Claire Webb - January 19, 2011

Smoking on open patios and balconies will be prohibited for the 18,500 apartment and condominium residents in Laguna Woods following initial approval of an amendment to the city's smoking ordinance.

The council on Wednesday also was considering an amendment that would have required residents in multifamily facilities to smoke in their homes with the windows and doors "completely closed."

Council members asked city staff to analyze the restriction and return with more information in one year. The amendment that passed prohibiting smoking on open patios and balconies must have a second reading in February before it is given final approval. ...

Ordinance would keep smokers, their smoke indoors
OCRegister - Claire Webb - January 19, 2011

LAGUNA WOODS – Apartment and condominium residents here would be prohibited from smoking on open patios and balconies and, when smoking inside their homes, would be required to keep all windows and doors "completely closed," according to an ordinance being considered Wednesday by the City Council.

In 2004, the city adopted an ordinance prohibiting smoking in enclosed and unenclosed public areas. The ordinance was amended in 2006 to prohibit smoking in shared carports and entryways in multi-family residential buildings. ...

Proposal would ban smoking at all Danville outdoor facilities
Tri-Valley Herald - Eric Louie - January 14, 2011

DANVILLE -- The Danville Parks and Leisure Services Commission has made a recommendation that would extend a smoking ban to all the town's outdoor facilities.

The commission voted 8-0 Wednesday to recommend the ban. The Town Council will have the final say when it comes before members in the spring, said Michelle Lacy, recreation services manager.

Lacy said the recommendation is to ban smoking at all recreation areas owned or maintained by the town. That would mean all outdoor facilities, such as sports fields, parks and trails where smoking is not banned. Currently smoking is banned in outdoor areas including near tot lots and building doors and windows. Smoking inside facilities is also banned. ...

New Eureka council to consider hiring new finance director, adopting Measure O
Contra Costa Times - Allison White - December 6, 2010

The amended smoking ordinance will also be up before the council. The original ordinance passed in July and prohibited smoking in a number of places, ...

PG limits public smoking
Monterey County Herald - Kevin Howe - December 2, 2010

A city law tightening regulations for smoking in public places passed unanimously at its second reading Wednesday before the Pacific Grove City Council.

The ordinance stops short of banning smoking in outdoor dining areas or sidewalk tables, and allows smoking on the municipal golf course. It bans lighting up in city parks, beaches and recreation areas. ...

L.A. City Council Candidate Rudy Martinez Fought Anti-Smoking Bans In California
LA Weekly (blog) - Simone Wilson - November 30, 2010

Yet another item on which reality-TV star and District 14 hopeful Rudy Martinez and the current L.A. City Council can disagree: smoking in public spaces.

Over at the City Maven, political watchdogs are jumping all over Martinez' dark history as a customer-pleasing restaurant honcho who wanted his diners to be able to light one up when they gosh-darn felt like it.

It appears Martinez served as spokesman/board member for the National Smokers Alliance, a '90s org (when else could such a thing have existed but the '90s) dedicated to fighting any and everything anti-smoke -- on the dime of big-money tobacco.

Namely, Philip Morris USA. Yikes. Not a great skeleton of a bedfellow for a fledgling politician.

Though they're treating it as a scandal, this comes as no surprise. We can totally see Martinez with heels kicked up at his Marty's joint in Highland Park, suckin' back the fog of a vintage Cuban. He doesn't exactly look like the kind of guy who deprives himself of life's sweet sins -- even at the cost of second-handing all over the lungs of nearby children.

One of the key state measures Martinez pushed during that time was Proposition 188, which would have bulldozed all local anti-smoking ordinances and instated a standard (read: lax) set of rules on business owners. His face was plastered all over the 'Yes' campaign. The Maven even pinned down one of the fliers ...

Union City approves smoking ban
The Argus - Rob Dennis - November 29, 2010

UNION CITY -- Smokers must refrain from lighting up at public events and in outdoor restaurant and bar spaces starting next month.

The new law, which also will beef up penalties for selling tobacco to minors and ultimately ban smoking in all apartments, takes effect Dec. 23. The City Council unanimously approved the anti-smoking ordinances last week.

The apartment ban, which will take effect in February 2012 to give landlords time to comply, will affect all rental dwellings of two or more units, including market-rate apartments, affordable apartments, senior facilities and duplexes on one lot. It does not apply to single-family homes, mobile home parks, condominiums with units owned individually, or duplexes on two lots ...

Claremont mulls more rules on smoking
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin - Wes Woods II - November 22, 2010

CLAREMONT - Mayor Linda Elderkin wants the City Council to consider prohibiting smoking in public plaza areas at tonight's meeting.

Current city laws prohibit smoking in city parks and state law bans smoking on playgrounds, but Elderkin wants to add open areas such as the vicinity of Laemmle's Claremont 5 theater.

The public plaza is defined as an "area designed as a gathering place for the public and designated by the City of Claremont as a public plaza and which is owned, managed or controlled by the City," according to a staff report.

Elderkin said people will still be able to smoke at establishments such as Casa Moreno Mexican Grill, at 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd., and other locations in the plaza area. ...

Smoking Ban In Pacific Grove Ready For Final Vote
KIONrightnow.com - November 18, 2010

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. - Soon, you could possibly see no smoking signs all over Pacific Grove. Wednesday night, the city council approved plans to stop you from lighting up at waterfronts, parks, recreational areas, and buildings surrounding the city's municipal golf links.

"I don't think people should be smoking in playgrounds or recreational areas. Those areas are made for a purpose especially with children around," said Councilmember Alan Cohen.

Council members said they also hope to preserve beach fronts. People we spoke with at Lovers Point Beach said they like the idea.

"I've told people to throw their cigarette butts away, on my walks. I mean there's a
receptacle 10 feet away and they can't walk over to that," said Gary McDowell, supports smoking ban.

Gary McDowell is a former smoker who hopes other cities on the peninsula consider the ban ...

West Hollywood Councilman Fires Barbs at Calabasas Mayor Over Smoking Ban
Patch - Arin Mikailian - November 17, 2010

What was intended to be a few words of encouragement by Mayor Barry Groveman to the West Hollywood City Council on Monday on passing an ordinance banning smoking in outdoor dining areas turned into an exchange of pointed comments between Groveman and West Hollywood Councilman John Duran.

Groveman began his three-minute speech by telling council members, "I am not an advocate of telling people what to do. We don't ban cigarette smoking in Calabasas; what we do is we regulate second-hand smoke exposure."

He added that Calabasas' smoking ordinance, passed in 2006, restricts smoking within city borders to designated outdoor-smoking areas or private homes ...

Eureka moves forward on public safety funding; direction given to city staff ...
Contra Costa Times - Allison White - November 17, 2010

...The council also introduced an ordinance that will amend the smoking ordinance that went into effect Sept. 3. The smoking ordinance didn't get much public attention until after it passed. Businesses were then informed of the changes that prohibited smoking in a variety of places such as outdoor areas of bars, and of the requirement that 75 percent of hotel rooms be smoke-free. At the request of council, Tyson presented a modified ordinance that would decrease the required amount of nonsmoking rooms at hotels and motels to 50 percent and would allow smoking at bars that have a smoking area that complies with state law. ...

Eureka council to look at public safety funding, smoking ordinance
Contra Costa Times - Allison White - November 15, 2010

...Changes to the city's smoking ordinance are also up for introduction. The ordinance passed in July prohibited smoking in a number of places, including bars and public events. It also required hotels and motels to have 75 percent of rooms designated as nonsmoking. After the ordinance went into effect,
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business owners complained about the effects to their businesses, and the council directed city staff to make a few changes.

The proposed changes would decrease the required amount of nonsmoking rooms at hotels and motels to 50 percent and would allow smoking at bars that have a smoking area that complies with state law. ...

Smoking ban ordinance in public areas to be drafted by L.A. Council
Beverly Hills (CA) Courier, 2010-11-11

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously directed its attorneys today to prepare an ordinance that would ban smoking in "all public areas and common areas where people congregate.' . . .

In Parks' motion -- approved 13-0 today -- the councilman called for a comprehensive and citywide ordinance that would ban smoking in "all public areas and common areas where people congregate, including, but not limited to, indoor and outdoor businesses, hotels, parks, apartment common areas, restaurants and bars, and beaches.'

Parks added, "We need to implement legislation to regulate cigarette smoking by limiting it to specific places where there is no expectation of involuntary contact with people -- wherever people congregate or there is an expectation of people being present, (then) smoking should be prohibited.'

Santa Clara gives final approval to smoking ban
San Jose Mercury News - November 10, 2010

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Santa Clara County has approved among the San Francisco Bay area's most sweeping smoking bans.

County supervisors on Tuesday gave final approval to laws that would ban smoking inside apartments, condominiums and townhouses and in outdoor eating areas of restaurants.

The ban would also apply to common areas of multiunit residences, hotels and motels and within 30 feet of any outdoor service area, such as a ticket line. The new rules would only affect unincorporated parts of the county.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that the ban on smoking in apartments, condos and townhouses will take effect in 14 months. The other rules go into effect in 30 days. ...

Local Beach Community Could Ban Smoking
KEYT - November 9, 2010

The City of Carpinteria is one step closer to completely banning smoking within the city.

The city council voted unanimously to have a total ban law written up. A complete ban would prohibit smoking in any public or private place that is open to the general public ...

Wildomar City Council to discuss, vote on tougher smoking rules Wednesday
Southwest Riverside News Network - Rocky Salmon - November 9, 2010

Lighting up a cigarette or cigar might get a little more difficult in Wildomar.

On Wednesday night, the City Council will vote on whether to enact stricter laws in the face of a pending report card from the American Lung Association, according to the council’s agenda.

The American Lung Association informed the city it plans to include the new city in its annual report card. The association ranks based on three criteria: smoke-free outdoor areas, smoke-free housing and reducing tobacco product sales.

City staff is asking council members if new laws should be enacted to further limit smoking within city boundaries. City officials stated in the council agenda that there would be no monetary impact but it is a public health issue ...

Smoking ban gets approval
Stockton Record - Zachary K. Johnson - November 5, 2010

STOCKTON - Housing officials Thursday accepted a new policy that would ban smoking in public housing in San Joaquin County.

Residents of the roughly 1,000 units managed by the San Joaquin Housing Authority won't have to stamp out their cigarettes yet; the policy still needs to go to federal officials for final approval before new leases will go into effect. And even then, residents who smoke will have a year to kick the habit, find somewhere else to smoke or look elsewhere.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development encouraged public housing agencies to adopt no-smoking policies. County housing officials this year wrestled with balancing the right of smokers to smoke and the right of nonsmokers to live in a healthier, smoke-free environment. By July, the authority's board of commissioners voted to make its properties smoke-free. On Thursday, it voted 5-0 to accept the policy. ...

Mountain View residents have said “No” to public smoking
Bridger Valley Pioneer - Virginia Giorgis - November 4, 2010

Over 75 percent of the Mountain View residents who took part in the straw poll Tuesday, supported a ban on smoking in public places in Mountain View.

According to Bonnie Halford, town clerk, there were “a little over 400 who voted in town.” Of this 343 participated in the straw poll. The results were 263 supported the ban and 80 opposed the ban.

She said the support was “over whelming, “ and gives the council the direction in which to proceed. She did not project a timeline for the ordinance, but said that an ordinance would have to be drafted. Then, three readings would be held ...

Smoking on restaurant patios now illegal in SF
Press-Enterprise - November 4, 2010

Smokers in San Francisco can no longer light up in a restaurant's outdoor seating area.

The law approved by the city's Board of Supervisors in March went into effect this week.

Restaurants must not post signs advising customers they can only smoke at the curb or in a spot that is at least 15 feet from exits, entrances, windows and vents.

Failure to comply could cost restaurants a $500 fine. ...

Union City weighs smoking ban for apartments, condos, public events
Oakland Tribune - Rob Dennis - November 1, 2010

UNION CITY -- The City Council this month will consider a smoking ban in all apartments and condominiums, and at outdoor public events, as part of an effort to boost the city's smoke-free grade from barely passing to top of the class.

If approved, the apartment and condominium ban likely will take effect in February 2012. It would affect all dwellings of two or more units, but would not apply to single-family residences or mobile homes.

Belmont attracted national attention when it passed such a law in January 2009, and Richmond and Sebastopol have approved similar ordinances since then. The American Lung Association supports prohibiting smoking in all multiunit housing, and recommends at least 80 percent be designated as nonsmoking.

The city's other proposed measures, including the ban at public events and efforts to beef up penalties for selling tobacco to minors, would take effect by the end of this year.

The city earned a "D" grade in a January report by the association, which ranked cities and counties based on three policy areas that the group considers most effective in combating the negative effects of tobacco at the local level ...

Santa Clara County supervisors ready to enact strong anti-smoking measures
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News, 2010-10-29
Mary Gottschalk

Breathing in the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County is going to get easier soon, thanks to three new ordinances controlling tobacco use that are likely to become law in November.

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Oct. 19 to approve the three ordinances introduced by board president Ken Yeager.

The second and final vote on two of the ordinances is set for Nov. 9; the third ordinance, Nov. 23.

Yeager said he introduced the trio of comprehensive measures to help prevent smoking among youths and to protect residents from secondhand smoke.

"The residents of this county deserve strong policies to safeguard their health," Yeager said. ...

City Council committee tackles second-hand smoke
Los Angeles Daily News - October 26, 2010

A City Council committee proposed Tuesday broadening Los Angeles' anti-smoking law by prohibiting second-hand smoke in most public areas, including common areas where people gather.

City Councilman Bernard Parks said the ban — similar to those imposed in unincorporated Los Angeles County and in other cities — would apply to indoor and outdoor businesses, parks, restaurants, bars and common areas of apartment buidings.

The Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee asked the City Attorney's Office to draft the language for the measure. Parks said his South Los Angeles district is particularly impacted by health problems from second-hand smoke. ...

Residential smoking ban puts Santa Clara County in forefront of crackdowns
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News, 2010-10-25
John Woolfolk

Santa Clara County supervisors gave preliminary unanimous approval to a package of new tobacco laws that are among the most comprehensive and restrictive in the nation. The board is expected to give final approval of most of the laws Nov. 9, and an ordinance governing tobacco retailers returns for a final vote Nov. 23.

County officials said the new rules are needed because of growing evidence of the dangers to nonsmokers from secondhand smoke, and the frustration of many multiunit residents of choking on their neighbors' cigarette fumes.

As Serena Chen, policy director for the American Lung Association in California, put it, "Smoke doesn't know it's just supposed to stay put.'' . . .

A handful of small Bay Area cities, including Belmont and Richmond, have adopted similar measures governing smoking in apartments and condominiums. But the county ordinances, urged by Supervisor Ken Yeager, the board's president, have leapfrogged what had been minimal regulations to the forefront of smoking crackdowns. They have turned county tobacco rules that the American Lung Association had graded an "F" into an "A." ...

Costs of Smoking and Secondhand Smoke Exposure in California American Indian Communities (Anniversary Report) (PDF)
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research , 2010-10-24

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Executive Summary .......... 2

II. Sacred Tobacco Use .................. 5

III. Health Effects and Associated Illnesses of Commercial Tobacco Use ............ 6

IV. American Indians in California, Tobacco Behaviors and Associated Risk Factors ............... 11

V. Secondhand Smoke and its Effects on Pregnancy and Children ................... 15

VI. Tribal and Community Tobacco Prevention .......... 18

VII. Costs of Commercial Tobacco-Related Morbidity and Mortality .................. 21 ...

Sen. Jenny Oropeza -- an advocate for Californians
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - October 21, 2010

Sen. Jenny Oropeza, a legislative leader and tireless advocate for Californians, passed away Wednesday at age 53 of complications from a blood clot.

Oropeza, a Democrat who represented Long Beach, worked to improve health of all Californians. She worked on legislation to increase cancer prevention and limit air pollution, including a ban on smoking on state beaches that the governor vetoed. ...

Calif. lawmaker Oropeza dies after long illness
By DON THOMPSON
Bismarck Tribune, October 21, 2010

California Sen. Jenny Oropeza, a Democrat who was facing re-election next month, has died in a Long Beach Hospital after a long illness. She was 53.

Oropeza's press secretary, Ray Sotero, said Thursday the senator died Wednesday night of complications from a blood clot she developed in her abdomen in May. He says the clot led to a common side effect, a buildup of fluid in her lungs that affected her breathing. …

Pacific Grove Considers Smoking Ban At Parks
KSBW The Central Coast - October 21, 2010

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. -- Pacific Grove city council members discussed Wednesday evening a possible smoking ban at all public parks, beaches and outdoor dining areas.

Members said the proposal has two goals: protecting the environment and public health ...

City Council bans smoking in all Long Beach parks
Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram, 2010-10-20
Paul Eakins, Staff Writer

The City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to ban smoking in all city parks and other outdoor areas, including picnic areas, playgrounds, sports or playing fields, walking paths, gardens, hiking trails, and bike paths. Smoking was already illegal on city beaches.

The ordinance, which had been recommended by the Parks and Recreation Commission, exempts golf courses because of potential revenue loss and because smoking on courses isn't considered likely to affect children or crowds. The law also allows exemptions for activities such as filming or special events. ...

Santa Clara County Supes Pass Tobacco Ordinances
KTVU/BayInsider.com Fox Ch. 2 (Oakland, CA), 2010-10-19

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously passed three new ordinances that will tighten tobacco restrictions in unincorporated areas of the county.

The ordinances, introduced by Board President Ken Yeager, were passed following a public hearing . . .

They must be read a second time and receive final approval next month before they go into effect. . . .

Under the smoking pollution control ordinance, smoking would be banned at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, outdoor shopping malls, all county parks, in hotels and motels, and at retail stores that exclusively sell tobacco and smoking products.

Public smoking would also be banned within 30 feet of any outdoor service area, such as a ticket line.

The board also passed the multi-unit residences ordinance, which bans smoking in duplexes, condo and townhouse complexes, and apartment buildings. The ordinance does allow for setting up designated smoking areas at least 30 feet away from doors and windows.

The ordinance requires new or renewed lease agreements to include a clause that would prohibit smoking inside units. ...

Long Beach Council tackles smoking in city parks
Concept expanded from smallest parks to all parks
Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram, 2010-10-17
Paul Eakins, Staff Writer

City Council on Tuesday will consider approving an ordinance to ban smoking in all of Long Beach's parks.

What started as an idea by 2nd District Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal to prohibit smoking in Long Beach's smallest parks -- the idea being that non-smokers, especially children, would have no way of avoiding smoke in small areas -- has been expanded by the Parks and Recreation Commission into a proposed smoking ban for all parks.

The council had initially asked the commission to consider the small-parks idea, asking it to determine what constitutes a small park.

After making a decision, the commission decided to revisit the broader issue a month later and voted unanimously in September to recommend the ban for all parks. ...

Businesses attempt to make entryways smoke-free
Orland Press Register - Rick Longley - October 12, 2010

Orland businesses are being asked to establish smoke-free entryways so their customers will not have to breath in secondhand smoke.

The effort is the project of the California Health Collaborative of Chico, which received a $350,000 grant from the California Health Department's Tobacco Control Project.

Collaborative spokeswoman DeAnne Blankenship said Monday the three-year grant will allow her group and partner organizations to advocate for a smoke-free North State. ...

PG mayor wants tougher smoking laws
Monterey County Herald (blog) - Kevin Howe - October 8, 2010


Are Pacific Grove's smoking regulations strong enough?

Mayor Carmelita Garcia doesn't think so. She proposed Wednesday that the city consider tightening rules about smoking in public places, particularly parks, beaches, recreation areas, outdoor dining areas and sidewalk tables in front of restaurants and coffeehouses.

Pacific Grove, she said, was given an F grade for its smoking laws by the American Lung Association.

Garcia proposed asking the council to instruct City Attorney David Laredo and city staff to draw up regulations to cover these areas.

The City Council's reaction was mixed.

Garcia received support from Councilman Dan Miller, who complained of smokers on the golf course, and Councilman Robert Huitt, who asked instructions to the staff be specific, not general.

"We need to look at whether an ordinance will result in a change of behavior," he said. "We've got a lot of things we need to do besides an exercise in rule making."

Councilman Bill Kampe said he questions organizations that hand out letter grades to cities.

"It's incredibly rare to encounter second-hand smoke in Pacific Grove," he said. ...

La Palma council lights up over smoking in park
OCRegister - Michael Mello - October 7, 2010

LA PALMA – Where there's smoke, it's said, there's fire. And there certainly has been hot debate among the City Council regarding proposals to ban smoking and tobacco use at Central Park.

But it took a debate of more than 90 minutes and several substitute motions before the council came to a consensus. And when they did, they did not vote to restrict smoking at the city's largest park, recreation superintendent Mike Belknap said.

Instead, they voted 5-0 Tuesday to give themselves the ability to set smoking policy through a council resolution. They also directed recreation officials to conduct a resident poll, to see if they want smoking restricted to certain areas of the park, or banned altogether, Belknap said. ...

Mill Valley to consider tighter smoking rules
Contra Costa Times - October 5, 2010

Mill Valley has joined the ranks of local governments in Marin County considering tightening restrictions on smoking, including a crackdown in condos and apartments.

Mill Valley has already banned smoking in many enclosed public spaces since 1992. On Monday the council discussed a series of changes to the 1992 rules, proposed in a new draft ordinance written by the county's Tobacco Related Disease Control Program.

The draft ordinance include bans on smoking in bus shelters, some apartment and condo units, restaurants and outdoor dining areas and within 20 feet of building entrances. It would also require that non-smoking multi-family units be grouped together ...

Menlo Park smoking ban goes into effect Nov. 29
Palo Alto Online - October 4, 2010

With zero discussion, the Menlo Park City Council waived a second reading of the revised smoking ordinance last week, thus making the new laws official. The changes go into effect Nov. 29.

Major revisions include no more smoking in outdoor areas like Cafe Borrone's patio unless the business owner chooses to set aside a designated, unenclosed space for smokers.

While residents can still smoke within their own apartments, or while walking in the street, common-use areas of multi-unit housing will become smoke-free zones, according to City Attorney Bill McClure.

La Verne council considering smoking ban in public places
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin - Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino - October 4, 2010

The La Verne City Council this week will decide whether to adopt an ordinance prohibiting smoking in city parks and facilities.

The ordinance includes smoking in any public park, facility, skate park, community center, trail, bikeway or any other area, building or structure operated or owned by the city.

The council may vote on the matter at its meeting, 6:30 tonight at La Verne City Hall, 3660 D St. ...

Group seeks to ban smoking near businesses
Enterprise-Record - Larry Mitchell-Staff - September 30, 2010

CHICO — A group focused on health hopes to convince the city councils in Chico and Orland to ban smoking within 20 feet of the entrances to businesses.

In 2004, a state law was signed banning smoking within 20 feet of the entrances of municipal, county and state buildings, but there's nothing official to prevent it outside stores, restaurants and bars, said DeAnne Blankenship, a program manager for the California Health Collaborative.

Her nonprofit organization is based in Fresno and has five offices in cities around the state, including Chico and Oroville. Blankenship works out of the Chico office and leads the project focusing on smoking in Chico and Orland.

In a phone interview this week, she said the No. 1 complaint received by the Butte County Public Health Department is about smokers congregating outside businesses.

People complain that entering and departing customers have to walk through a curtain of smoke, and sometimes smoke drifts inside the businesses, she said.

Blankenship said the initiative in Chico and Orland aims at helping protect Californians from secondhand smoke, which has been estimated to cause 4,700 deaths each year in the state. The California Health Collaborative recently received a $350,000 grant for the project Blankenship will lead. The money came from the state Tobacco Control Project, which has funds from tobacco taxes. ...

Contra Costa bans indoor smoking in housing complexes
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News, 2010-09-29
Matthias Gafni Contra Costa Times

Smoking tobacco and medical marijuana in new multiunit housing complexes in unincorporated Contra Costa, even in the privacy of a resident's own dwelling, will be banned because of a new county ordinance.

Contra Costa supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to adopt the new regulations, joining four other cities in the county with similar secondhand-smoke restrictions.

For new and existing multiunit housing, residents will no longer be able to smoke on balconies, patios, decks or in carports. The new ordinance would also make smoking in a nonsmoking area of the housing complex a lease violation, and give landlords the right to evict a tenant after three violations. ...

Larkspur sets public forum on tightening smoking rules
Contra Costa Times - Jessica Bernstein-Wax - September 27, 2010

Anyone who lives or works in Larkspur will have the chance to blow off steam about smoking rules in the city at a public forum Wednesday.

The Smoke-Free Marin Coalition and the Marin County Tobacco Related Disease Control Program are co-hosting the discussion on possibly expanding smoke-free areas in Larkspur at 7 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers, 400 Magnolia Ave.

The coalition wants Larkspur to update its smoking ordinance - last changed 13 years ago - to ban lighting up near restaurant entrances and outdoor seating areas and further limit smoking in apartment and condominium complexes, said Jennie Cook, a Larkspur resident and chairwoman of the coalition.

Under the proposal, smoking inside apartments and on patios would be limited to 25 to 50 percent of units in a complex and relegated to certain sections of the building, Cook said.

About half of Larkspur's housing is rental stock, and the coalition has reached out to apartment complex owners and invited them to attend the meeting, she added. ...

Forty Years of Faster Decline in Cigarette Smoking in California Explains Current Lower Lung Cancer Rates.
Pierce, J.P.; Messer, K.S.; White, M.M.; Kealey, S.; Cowling, D.W.
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-10-0563 [doi]. September 17, 2010, [Epub ahead of print].

Carpinteria City Council Candidates Square Off
KEYT - September 23, 2010

Carpinterians attended a forum Thursday night to hear from the five candidates running for City Council including three incumbents.

They are Mayor Gregg Carty, Vice-Mayor Al Clark, Councilman Ed Stein, Steve McWhirter and Janice Sugiyama.

The forum, hosted by the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce, was a cordial affair heavy on friendliness, not fireworks. ...

La Palma Council Debates How Far to Go With Tobacco Ban
VoiceofOC (blog) - September 23, 2010

La Palma's attempt to ban tobacco, even chewing tobacco, from its Central Park turned into a City Council debate Tuesday over what its citizens actually want when it comes to public smoking bans.

The night began with council members considering an outright ban of all tobacco products in the park. But they were swayed by a survey showing that 72 percent of residents support designated smoking areas.

In the end, council members, wanting to make sure they were abiding by the will of the people, voted, 4-1, for a proposal for designated smoking areas to be presented at the council's Oct. 5 meeting.

"You do want to see restriction in the park, but you want to see some designated island of smokers," said Mayor Pro Tem Ralph Rodriguez ...

San Francisco supes OK expanded tobacco sales ban
Associated Press (AP), 2010-09-21
TREVOR HUNNICUTT, For The Associated Press

San Francisco supervisors gave preliminary approval Tuesday to expanding a law that restricts drug stores from selling tobacco products to also apply to grocery stores and big box wholesale clubs with pharmacies.

Supervisor Eric Mar, who co-sponsored the legislation, said there was no good reason for stores that sell nicotine patches and drugs to patients with cancer at one counter to offer cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco at another.

"Cigarettes and pharmacies don't mix," Mar said. "Pharmacies should promote healing and protect our health."

The ordinance expands an existing ban on drug store sales of tobacco products to cover big box wholesale clubs with pharmacies such as Costco Wholesale Corp. and grocery stores such as Safeway. A similar law is on the books in Boston. ...

Not just blowing smoke: Potential changes to Eureka's ordinance in the works
Contra Costa Times - Allison White - September 21, 2010

When the Eureka City Council passed an ordinance in July restricting where people can smoke, public comment included only those in favor of the measure. That has since changed.

Many became aware of the ordinance only after it had passed and businesses were being informed of the new laws about smoking in the city. A few residents and business owners stepped forward at the last council meeting to protest the ordinance, prompting the council to direct staff to draft an amendment that would exclude some outdoor areas in bars, City Manager David Tyson said.

He is now working with other city staff and an attorney familiar with tobacco law to create the exception. At tonight's meeting he will present his progress to the council as an informational item, and the council should see an amendment for possible introduction at its mid - October meeting. ...

Smoke free laws recognized in Truckee
Sierra Sun - September 21, 2010

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The California Clean Air Project recognized the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Parks District Board members in their support and forward movement for smoke-free parks and buildings in Truckee. This award is given by CCAP, a statewide program of ETR associates to recognize city councils or boards of supervisors for passing and enforcing a mandatory smoke-free policy/ordinance in their community. The ordinance needs to be successful in implementing any of the following: Smoke-free entryways, smoke-free parks, smoke-free outdoor dining and smoke-free multi-unit housing in their city or county. ...

Parks and Rec Commission votes to ban smoking in Long Beach parks
Long Beach Press-Telegram - Paul Eakins - September 16, 2010

LONG BEACH - Smokers in Long Beach parks may soon have to snuff it out.

A city panel voted Thursday to support a ban on smoking in all Long Beach parks, changing its previous decision.

The Parks and Recreation Commission had voted 4-3 on Aug. 19 to recommend that the City Council ban smoking in parks of 1 acre or less in size. The idea to ban the activity in small parks had been proposed by 2nd District Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal and then referred to the commission.

However, the issue was revisited Thursday, and the commission voted unanimously in favor of a ban in parks of all sizes. One member of the seven-person commission, Sarah Tong Sangmeister, was absent. ...

County bans all smoking at housing complexes
Victor Valley (CA) Press, 2010-09-17

The San Bernardino County Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners has banned smoking in all units and common areas of several housing complexes, despite divided research on the dangers of second-hand smoke.

Four housing complexes throughout the county have been transitioned to non-smoking communities, Susan Benner, executive director of the housing authority said in a press release.

Benner said residents overwhelmingly supported the smoking ban.

These policies protect residents from drifting secondhand smoke from neighboring units and restrict smoking in common areas, according to the housing authority's press release. ...

Menlo Park tightening restrictions on smokers
San Jose Mercury News - September 15, 2010

MENLO PARK, Calif.—The city of Menlo Park is poised to tighten restrictions on smokers.

The city council unanimously approved a new law on Tuesday that would ban smoking in common areas of apartment and condominium buildings, parks and picnic areas.

It would also make it illegal to smoke at athletic fields and transit stops.

The council needs to hold another vote on the measure before it can go into effect.

Councilmember did agree to allow restaurants, bars and tobacco shops to permit smoking in designated outside patio areas in response to concerns raised by some local business owners. ...

Stricter smoking ban one step closer in Menlo Park
The Almanac Online - Sandy Brundage - September 15, 2010

Menlo Park crept a step closer to expanding its smoking ordinance. After debating a few tweaks to the language and grilling the city attorney on how the ordinance would be enforced, the City Council voted 5-0 to introduce the new regulations at its Sept. 14 meeting.

The ordinance will return to the council for a second reading and council action. If the council approves the ordinance, it will go into effect in 60 days.

City Attorney Bill McClure walked the council through major changes to the ordinance, which will ban smoking in outdoor areas like Cafe Barrone's patio unless the business owner chooses to set aside a designated, unenclosed space for smokers.

The burden will be on the owners to put up signs allowing smoking, Mr. McClure said, otherwise the assumption should be that smoking is prohibited.

While residents can still smoke within their own apartment, or while walking in the street, common use areas of multi-unit housing will become smoke-free zones.

Mr. McClure explained that those violating the ordinance could be subject to fines and code enforcement action. ...

Menlo Park tightens smoking restrictions in public places
San Jose Mercury News - Bonnie Eslinger - September 15, 2010

Smoking will be banned in many public places in Menlo Park, including the common areas of apartment and condominium buildings, under a new law unanimously approved by the city council Tuesday night.

Responding to concerns from local business owners, council members granted an exemption for restaurants, bars and tobacco shops to permit smoking in designated outside patio areas, despite general agreement about the health impacts of secondhand smoke.

Existing state law prohibits smoking in playgrounds and within 20 feet of building entry ways, as well as in most indoor places of employment.

Menlo Park's ordinance also makes it illegal to light up at parks, picnic areas, athletic fields, transit stops and other waiting areas. In addition, it bans smoking in the common areas of apartment and condominium buildings, including halls, stairways, lobbies, laundry rooms, swimming pools, shared cooking areas and associated parking areas. It does not restrict smoking on streets and sidewalks and uncovered parking lots.

In order for the ordinance to become law, the council will need to hold a second reading and take another vote at a future meeting. It would become effective 60 days after passage. ...

Smoking ban on residential balconies, porches takes effect
Marina Del Rey (CA) Argonaut, 2010-09-09

Smokers in Santa Monica are no longer allowed to light up while on balconies or porches near homes.

The Santa Monica City Council strengthened the city's protections against second-hand smoke by adopting an ordinance Aug. 10 that expands the smoke-free outdoor areas at multi-unit residential properties to a 25-foot radius around all doors, windows, and vents.

This includes all private balconies, patios, porches, and decks within the 25-foot radius and also covers areas on neighboring properties that are within 25 feet of a door, window or vent.

The new 25-foot rule takes effect Thursday, Sept. 9.

Push under way to regulate smoking in Marin apartment complexes
Trading Markets (press release) - September 8, 2010

Sep 08, 2010 (The Marin Independent Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --

The county of Marin and four municipalities, including Fairfax and Larkspur, are exploring the possibility of regulating smoking in apartment complexes, a step taken by the city Novato two years ago.

When the American Lung Association issued its yearly report card on tobacco control in January, five Marin municipalities -- Belvedere, Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Sausalito and Tiburon -- flunked. Fairfax, Larkspur, San Anselmo and San Rafael were ranked below average, a D grade. Novato, which passed sweeping tobacco control legislation in 2008, garnered a B, one of only 11 jurisdictions statewide to do so.

Fairfax Town Council members discussed an ordinance last week that would require existing apartment complexes with six or more units to be 50 percent nonsmoking, and new complexes of like size to be 75 percent nonsmoking within a year. It would ban smoking in apartment complex common areas.

The council postponed any action and agreed to continue discussion at its October meeting. Fairfax has already held two public meetings on the issue.

Smoke Free Marin, a coalition of tobacco activists, community groups, health agencies and youth-serving agencies, will present arguments for tightening smoking regulations to Larkspur residents during a public forum scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Larkspur City Council chambers at 400 Magnolia Ave. in Larkspur.

Council members representing two other Marin cities expressed interest in an ordinance regulating smoking in apartment ...

Pleasant Hill clarifies anti-smoking rules
Contra Costa Times - Lisa P. White - September 7, 2010

PLEASANT HILL -- The City Council has cleared away the cloud of ambiguity hovering over the stricter anti-smoking rules they adopted earlier this year.

In April, the council amended the existing smoking regulations in an effort to reduce residents' exposure to secondhand smoke. The biggest changes apply to housing with four or more units. For example, the ordinance bans smoking in indoor and outdoor common areas, except those designated for smoking.

Originally, the council banned smoking within 20 feet of a door, operable window or ventilation system, unless the smoker was passing by. They also banned smoking on private decks, balconies and patios located within 20 feet of a designated nonsmoking unit.

But apartment owners said the ordinance was unclear. Since most balconies, patios and decks are close to a door, they wondered if the council intended to prohibit smoking on these outdoor spaces.

Councilman Michael Harris, who pushed for the new anti-smoking rules, pointed out that even minimal exposure to secondhand smoke poses a significant health risk, especially for children.

"We know there are a lot of families with young children who live in apartments," said Harris, who proposed banning smoking on all private decks, balconies and patios. ...

West Hollywood to debate tight limits on outdoor smoking
Los Angeles Times (blog) - September 7, 2010

The West Hollywood City Council on Tuesday evening will discuss extending a smoking ban to outdoor patios and open-air spaces.

Officials are not yet ready to vote on such a ban because it must first be drafted and considered by a city-appointed task force.

The goal is take on the city’s smoking habit, which persists despite West Hollywood’s existing tough tobacco restrictions. The city already prohibits smoking in public places, indoor areas of restaurants, and bars and work spaces.

Yet it has the fourth-highest smoking rate compared with Los Angeles' 15 city council districts and the more than 100 cities and unincorporated communities in Los Angeles County, according to a June report from the county health department.

A West Hollywood task force has met six times to work out a potential ordinance. Concerns raised include a possible negative effect on restaurants and hotels, which cater to international travelers more likely to smoke.

A staff report suggested otherwise: “Research analyzing the economic impact of indoor smoking bans suggests that there is more likely to be an economic benefit from creating smoke-free environments.

"The City of Beverly Hills is the only city known to have conducted an analysis of the economic impact of their outdoor smoking ban which, while limited in scope, shows there was a net economic benefit for most businesses,” the staff report stated ...

Smoking ban in Menlo Park's public places to come before on Sept. 14
San Jose Mercury News - Bonnie Eslinger - September 6, 2010

Menlo Park next week could become the latest Peninsula city to make it exceedingly difficult for smokers to light up in public and in the common areas of apartment and condominium complexes.

At its meeting next Tuesday, the city council will review a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in parks, picnic areas, athletic fields and transit stops, among other public places.

In addition, the ordinance would prohibit smoking in the common areas of apartment and condominium buildings including halls, stairways, lobbies, laundry rooms, swimming pools, shared cooking areas and associated parking areas.

The law would not restrict smoking on streets and sidewalks -- except when they're being used for such city-sponsored events as fairs and parades -- and at uncovered parking lots.

Although smoking would be outlawed inside restaurants and bars, the ordinance would allow it on their outside patios. Smoking also would be permitted inside tobacco shops ...

Smoking ban overreaches
WeHo News - Chloe Ross - September 6, 2010

West Hollywood, California (September 6, 2010) - Like the bussing of kids rather than the improvement of schools - the smoking ban is a stupid and doomed.

I do not smoke; I did, but no longer do. I think the ban on smoking in public buildings and restaurants is reasonable, but what the city is planning to now do is idiotic. ...

Ban on smoking in apartments considered then tabled
Patch - Kelly Dunleavy - September 3, 2010

The Fairfax Town Council, Wednesday night, briefly considered and then temporarily shelved an ordinance that would ban smoking in multi-unit apartment complexes.

The ordinance, brought by council member Larry Bragman, is designed to limit the amount of secondhand smoke that apartment dwellers are exposed to. Because many apartment complexes have shared common spaces, ventilation systems, patios, and closely-packed windows and doors, secondhand smoke from one apartment can enter another without those residents even necessarily knowing.

"Lots of people say, 'we're protected at work, what makes secondhand smoke any better at home?'" said Pam Granger of Smoke Free Marin.

Two forums were held over the past six months in which residents were able to voice concerns they had about a possible ordinance. The stories that some families and kids told "would just break your heart," said Granger, who also pointed out that kids and seniors are the most affected by pollutants in the air and spend large amounts of time in their homes.

"At home, it doesn't give you a choice to walk away," said Lydia Kind Heart. ...

South Pasadena takes another step against public smoking
Whittier Daily News - Adolfo Flores - September 2, 2010

SOUTH PASADENA - After a new ordinance banning smoking in common areas in apartment, condo and townhouse complexes goes into effect this weekend, Yan Shackleton worries she may not see much of her father.

"I can't imagine telling my dad not to smoke," said Shackleton, 36, who lives in an apartment complex near El Centro Street. "I'm not kidding. He won't go to Santa Monica" because of a similar ordinance there.

Starting Saturday, residents of multi-unit dwellings - including duplexes - who light up in common areas like lobbies, stairways, community rooms and elevators will face a minimum fine of $250.

The ordinance goes further. In three years, beginning in September 2013, smoking will be banned inside individual apartments, duplexes, condos and townhomes. Landlords can designate smoking areas or designate not more than 20 percent of their units as smoking residences.

Effective immediately as of Saturday, all new construction units must be non-smoking, according to the ordinance. ...

Outdoor Inhale
North Coast Journal - Ryan Burns - August 26, 2010

Last month, the Eureka City Council quietly passed a wide-ranging new anti-smoking ordinance, prohibiting smoking more or less everywhere apart from your own home: No smoking within 100 feet of the Eureka Boardwalk; no smoking at farmers’ markets, festivals or Arts Alive!; in fact, no smoking within 30 feet of any doorway, window, crack or vent to an enclosed space. Technically, you can’t even throw a cigarette butt into a trash can within the new boundaries. The ordinance was discussed at several council hearings without fanfare or complaint. When Mayor Virginia Bass asked for public comment prior to the council’s July 20 vote, two people simply raised their thumbs in support. The measure passed unanimously, and on Monday it officially went into effect. ...

HHS Secretary Announces Launch of Unprecedented Anti-Smoking Effort in Los Angeles County
Federally-Funded Campaign Will Target Communities With High Smoking Rates
MarketWire, 2010-08-25
SOURCE: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today joined Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Mark Ridley-Thomas and county Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding to announce the start of the most aggressive, comprehensive anti-smoking campaign in L.A. County history to reach communities with high smoking rates across the county. This anti-tobacco effort will include several policy-based initiatives, social services and support for quit smoking efforts, as well as a high-profile and highly targeted media campaign to support a broad range of tobacco control efforts and raise awareness of free and low-cost resources to help smokers quit. These tactics will aim to ultimately reduce secondhand smoke exposure, discourage tobacco use, reduce consumption of tobacco products, strengthen youth smoking prevention efforts, and increase access to and utilization of effective tobacco cessation services. ...

Parks and Rec Commission recommends smoking ban for parks
Contra Costa Times - Paul Eakins - August 19, 2010

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Parks and Recreation Commission voted Thursday morning to recommend banning smoking in small parks of one acre or less in size.

The recommendation will go to the City Council for approval at a later date.

Before unanimously approving the recommendation, the commission initially voted 4-3 against prohibiting smoking in parks that are five acres or smaller. The decision disappointed members of the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Long Beach, who were at the meeting to support the wider ban. ...

Smoking Task Force to finalize outdoor smoking ban
WeHo News - August 19, 2010

West Hollywood, California (August 19, 2010) - When West Hollywood (then-Mayor) Abbe Land and Mayor John Heilman introduced a ban on outdoor smoking at WeHo restaurants and nightclubs in December, 2009, they believed they enjoyed a consensus, and so put it on the calendar for days before the Christmas holiday on the city council consent calendar. ...

Smoking Ban Could Include Parks ­ But Not Sidewalks For Now
Corona del Mar Today - August 18, 2010

Newport Beach soon could see a smoking ban at public parks and other outdoor recreational areas, but plans to ban smoking outside restaurants and bars or on ...

Eureka's new smoking laws kick in Monday
Contra Costa Times - Allison White - August 18, 2010

Smokers will have fewer places to light up in Eureka when its updated smoking ordinance goes into effect on Monday. The Eureka City Council unanimously ...

Calif Chamber: Pot law would allow smoking at work
Associated Press (AP), 2010-08-12
MARCUS WOHLSEN (AP)

Supporters and opponents of a ballot measure to legalize marijuana in California are dueling over the law's possible effects on employers and the workplace.

The California Chamber of Commerce claimed in a legal analysis released Thursday that Proposition 19 would lead to more workplace accidents by forcing employers to let workers smoke pot on the job.

The analysis also contends the law would make California companies ineligible for federal contracts because employers could not guarantee a drug-free workplace.

The proposition's supporters dispute the chamber's findings. They point to the state Legislative Analyst's Office's determination that employers would "retain existing rights to address consumption of marijuana that impairs an employee's job performance."

Mainly at issue is a section of the proposition that says no one can "be denied any right or privilege" because they engaged in legal conduct permitted by the act, such as smoking pot. . . .

The chamber claims the proposition would create a new, ill-defined standard of "actual impairment" that would prevent employers from disciplining workers simply for consuming marijuana. Instead, according to the chamber's analysis, employers would have to prove that pot impaired an employee's job performance.

"For example, if a forklift driver showed up reeking of marijuana smoke, an employer could not take disciplinary action until it could be proven that the employee's job performance was 'actually impaired' by the marijuana use (for example, after an accident occurred)," the chamber wrote. ...

Smoking Ban At Santa Monica Pier Unanimously Approved
KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO (Los Angeles, CA), 2010-08-11

People on the Santa Monica Pier will no longer be able to light-up.The Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously last night to ban smoking at the historic site. Council member Kevin McKeown says part of the reason is to protect the pier from fire and there's strong support for the ban. ...

Santa Monica's Next Possible Smoking Ban: The Pier
LAist (blog) - Zach Behrens - August 9, 2010

Santa Monica city leaders should really just ban smoking throughout the whole city. Is the process of of slowly hacking away at bits and pieces of the city -- the latest was to ban smoking 25 feet within an apartment or condo building window or door -- really that efficient?

Now the City Council will determine if smoking should be banned on the Santa Monica Pier. And there appears to be good reason for this. To quote a staff report, via the Lookout News: "Improperly extinguished cigarettes are reported to be the leading cause of fire on the pier." ...

HB councilman withdraws smoking ban proposal
OCRegister - Jaimee Lynn Fletcher - Aug 3, 2010

HUNTINGTON BEACH-Councilman Gil Coerper withdrew his proposal to ban smoking on patios at downtown restaurants saying he hopes ...

South City seeks smoke-free parks
San Mateo Daily Journal - Heather Murtagh - July 30, 2010

Creating smoke-free parks where children can play, parents can watch and others can wander was the direction of the South San Francisco City Council, which wasn’t ready to support a stricter smoking ban in downtown.

An ordinance banning smoking on downtown sidewalks, in parks and at public events went before the City Council for discussion Wednesday. While all councilmembers supported the ban in parks and potentially during city-sponsored events, Councilwoman Karyl Matsumoto stood alone in her desire for a stricter ban. Although there was no vote, the council directed staff to come back with an ordinance outlawing smoking in parks. In addition, staff was asked to research ways of sharing the costs for cleaning downtown.

“Smokers have a choice. Non-smokers do not,” said Matsumoto, according to a video of the meeting.

Smoking carries with it a number of health concerns, which inspired Matsumoto to support a stricter rule. As a volunteer who helps clean areas of the community, Matsumoto also noted the large amount of trash generated by smokers in the form of butts and packaging.

A number of people spoke supporting the stricter regulations even asking for an increased no-smoking zone around doors, from 5 feet to 20 or 30 feet. Matsumoto supported the stricter regulation but was alone in her desire to move forward. ...

Council Expands Residential Smoking Ban
The Lookout News - Jonathan Friedman - July 29, 2010

The City Council on Tuesday strengthened second-hand smoking protection in multi-family residential buildings with a ban on smoking within a 25-foot radius of doors and windows. Smoking is already not allowed in common areas, but this new restriction will cover private balconies, patios and other areas from which smoke can travel to other units and common areas.

As when the council members approved the common area ban last year, they did not approve any penalties for violating the restriction. Those who are bothered by a violator can take the person to small claims court. Nearly all the council members admitted this was not a great solution, but some feared including an infraction could lead to evictions.

“It’s the classic ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions,’” Council member Gleam Davis said. “What we are doing here is walking a very thin line trying to weigh and protect the rights of non-smokers and the rights of tenants.”

Mayor Bobby Shriver wants penalties for violations. He was the lone vote against the measure because he said it was not strong enough. Although he did not specify he wanted a ban on smoking within a unit, something some activists have demanded, Shriver said one does not have the right to do whatever he or she pleases in the home.

“Even though I fully take the home is your castle kind of concept, it’s not your castle for various things already under the law,” Shriver said. “You can’t have certain controlled substances in your home. You can’t engage in certain kinds of activities in your home. And why your right to engage in putting carcinogens into babies should be protected is beyond me.” ...

Cigarette sales, smokers decline
Price increases, health concerns and restrictions on where people can light up lead to a 8.1% drop in sales in the most recent fiscal year.
Los Angeles Times, 2010-07-28
Tiffany Hsu

Taking a puff in California is getting to be a drag, with health concerns and high prices pushing cigarette sales in the most recent fiscal year to their steepest plunge in a decade.

Californians bought 8.1% fewer cigarettes in fiscal 2009 -- which ended June 30 -- than a year earlier, according to a report Tuesday from the California State Board of Equalization. The steepest previous sales drop was the 11.2% dive in fiscal 1999 from a year earlier.

Since peaking in fiscal 1980 with 2.8 billion packs, cigarette sales has tumbled 65.6% to 972 million packs, the state tax board said. That's a drop of about 3.5% -- or 59 million packs -- each year.

And it's not just that people are making do with fewer cigarettes -- the percentage of smokers has been cut in half since 1985, according…

Contra Costa holds off on apartment smoking ban
Contra Costa (CA) Times, 2010-07-28
Lisa Vorderbrueggen Contra Costa Times

MARTINEZ -- Medical marijuana has put a temporary lid on Contra Costa County's plans to ban smoking inside new apartments and condos, a major expansion of its already strict smoking laws.

The board on Tuesday postponed for two weeks a vote on the more restrictive secondhand smoking ordinance pending a decision about whether it should exempt the smoking of medically prescribed marijuana.

"Smoke is smoke," said board Chairman John Gioia, of Richmond. "But we need to know where this issue stands with respect to state law."

If adopted, smoking would be banned inside all apartment or condominium complexes of four units or more built after Jan. 1.

Santa Cruz City Council asked to lift smoking ban for WAMMFest
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News, 2010-07-27
J. M. Brown

After the last several WAMMFests encountered challenges, organizers of Santa Cruz's annual medical marijuana awareness event appear to be in for an easier time getting the city's nod of approval.

Today, the City Council will consider lifting a smoking ban at San Lorenzo Park for five hours Sept. 25 to allow authorized pot users to medicate inside open-air tents designed to create privacy. The item is on the council's consent agenda, indicating that it may not be as controversial as in years past.

"For the city, it's a matter of course," Mayor Mike Rotkin said.

The event will run from noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the event is free and open to the public, but if the council OKs temporarily lifting the ban, organizers will allow smoking marijuana only in a separate tent. Medical marijuana identification will be required. . . .

This year's measure calls for lifting the smoking ban in the entire park, but urges the organizers "to designate a specific enclosed location for medical marijuana treatment." Councilman Don Lane said he supports the measure because WAMM has acted responsibly in hosting previous events. "They have a good reason for wanting to allow it in just this one instance."

Contra Costa will look at smoking ban in new, multiunit apartments
San Jose Mercury News - John Simerman - July 26, 2010

For apartment dwellers who light up, outdoors is fast becoming off-limits — and indoors, too, in some places.

The Contra Costa County board of supervisors today will consider joining other counties and cities in leveling stiff restrictions on smoking around apartments and condos — including a ban inside new multiunit housing beginning 2011.

That ordinance would ban puffing in carports, on outdoor balconies, porches, decks and patios in all buildings with four or more residences. It also would require landlords to include the smoking limits in new leases — enabling eviction of tenants who fail to comply.

The goal of the restrictions, which would affect unincorporated areas of the county only, is not to force people to quit, but to reduce health damage from secondhand smoke that wafts through windows, doors and ventilation systems, said Denice Dennis, manager of the county's Tobacco Prevention Project.

A rising number of complaints — now more than half of all complaints to the county-run project — are for smoke drift, she said.

"Someone's out on the balcony and it's drifting in my door or window or drifting in through the piping — there's a lot of cracks and crevices in multiunit housing," she said. "Science has demonstrated that secondhand smoke can permeate walls." ...

County considering expanded smoking ban in unincorporated areas
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News, 2010-07-23
John Dugan

Santa Clara County could see increased restrictions on smoking in public and new permit requirements for tobacco retailers by the end of the year, and the county Department of Public Health is reaching out to gauge public reaction to the idea.

County representatives held the first of three public meetings on proposed tobacco prevention ordinances this month in Mountain View, Morgan Hill and San Jose.

Those on hand at the meetings, appeared to support the county's efforts to expand restrictions on smoking in unincorporated areas.

"There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke," said Janet Ghanem, project director for Breathe California in San Jose. "We would like to see it regulated better in public areas throughout the county and not just in unincorporated areas, but we are fully in support of these ordinances." . . .

One of the main aspects of the proposed ordinances would create an annual tobacco retail permit that would be required to sell tobacco products in current and future retail establishments. ...

Mixed reaction to tough Sebastopol smoking ban
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - Sam Scott - July 22, 2010

Chris Ranta usually lights up outdoors. Even as a fan of heavy-hitting Marlboro Reds, he doesn't want to be surrounded by the odor in his house.

But news that he soon may not have the choice to smoke at home strikes him as preposterous. The Sebastopol City Council voted Tuesday to ban cigarette smoking in multi-unit dwellings, while preserving the right to consume medical marijuana in such abodes.

It's something out of “1984,” George Orwell's famous story of government run amok, said Ranta, who lives in Bear Meadows Townhomes on Bodega Avenue.

“That's Big Brother talking,” he said. “You're taking rights away from a person.”

Not so, says Councilwoman Kathleen Shaffer, one of the main champions of the change. She's said the restrictions — which passed unanimously — are about giving rights to children, not taking rights.

It's a topic she's lived through. As a child growing up with parents who both smoked in the house, she was perpetually sick, she said. ...

Sebastopol City Council approves tough smoking ban
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - Bob Norberg - Jul 21, 2010

The Sebastopol City Council approved a smoking ordinance on Tuesday that is the toughest in Sonoma County, extending the smoking ban to apartments.

The council, however, restricted the ban to tobacco and nicotine products, removing any mention of medical marijuana.

The ordinance would require that landlords write into leases for new renters a prohibition on smoking, with a 14-month grace period for existing tenants.

In California, only the city of Belmont has an ordinance as broad, although Rohnert Park will have a smoking prohibition in half of that city's apartments takes effect next year.

The Sebastopol ordinance still needs to be brought back at a future City Council meeting for final approval. ...

Apartments May Be Added to the Smoking Ban List in Sebastopol
KSRO - July 20, 2010

The city of Sebastopol currently bans smoking in the workplace, restaurants, bars, hotels and public areas - and they may soon be adding apartment buildings ...

First Ever Report Shows Smoking Rates by Local Community
Highlights Need for Continued Efforts to Reduce Smoking Rates in LA County

MarketWire, 2010-06-22
SOURCE: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

A new report that breaks down adult cigarette smoking rates by geographical area in Los Angeles County finds there are great disparities between cities/communities when it comes to tobacco use. The report, titled Cigarette Smoking in Los Angeles County: Local Data to Inform Tobacco Policy, is intended to inform cities and communities and facilitate their efforts to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

"Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., and is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases and many cancers. Over one million adults in the county continue to risk their lives by smoking, as well as endanger the lives of others with their secondhand smoke," said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. "Understanding where smoking rates are highest in the county allows policy makers to develop support for and establish programs and policies in the fight against tobacco use."

The following is a brief breakdown of cities and communities with higher and lower adult smoking rates: . . .

Los Angeles County offers resources to residents who are currently addicted to tobacco, have already quit, or want to help a friend or relative kick this deadly addiction as well. Residents can visit LAQuits.com for information and resources about quitting smoking, or call the California Smokers' Helpline, 1-800-NO-BUTTS.

Supes approve smoking ban
The Daily Sound - Colby Frazier - June 18, 2010

Starting today, lighting up at most of Santa Barbara County’s 70 parks, beaches and trails will be a no-no.

In an effort to reduce litter, pollution and help ensure a clean-air environment exists for all park goers, the Board of Supervisors in May approved a smoking ban, which will go into effect today.

Smokers cringing at the thought of paying stiff fines, however, need not worry.

The main thrust of enforcing the ban, explained Michele Mickiewicz, a spokeswoman for the Public Health Department, is education.

“The approach that we’re using isn’t really punitive,” she said. “The signs are the primary driver.”

By the end of this month, Mickiewicz said signs will be posted at all of the county’s parks and beaches, with the exception of Cachuma Lake and Jalama Beach, where overnight camping is allowed and smoking will be permitted.

In addition to the signs, county officials will attempt to educate the public about the ban through bilingual newspaper and radio advertisements throughout the summer. ...

Smoking ban in public housing? San Joaquin agency seeks balance health ...
Tri-Valley Herald - Zachary K. Johnson - June 14, 2010

STOCKTON — If the San Joaquin Housing Authority adopts a proposed smoking ban, tenants in public housing projects would contend with less secondhand smoke, but smokers could have to choose between lighting up only outside their homes or finding someplace else to live.

Housing officials have indicated they want to take a closer look before adopting a new policy.

"It's really a question of balancing the rights of each of the residents," Irenemaree Castillo, a member of the Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners, said at a recent public hearing. That means protecting the rights of both the smoker and the nonsmoker, she said. "There's a lot of thinking we need to do."

At the end of the hearing, the commissioners moved to create an ad hoc committee to explore possibilities. ...

Coffee chain's smoking ban no big deal here
Chico (CA) Enterprise-Record, 2010-06-13
ROBIN EPLEY - Staff Writer

Starting last week, Starbucks patrons no longer are able to smoke within 10 feet of the front door, a nationwide extension of the mega-chain's previous rule that disallows any smoking within the building.

But the ban doesn't mean a change to California residents, where more restrictive state laws are already in place.

"We adhere to the state laws, which is 20 feet from the entrance," said Kimberlee Wheeler, who works as a shift leader at Peet's, another coffee chain shop in downtown Chico.

Wheeler said the customers at Peet's are familiar with the law and will move to accommodate both the rule and the other patrons who are sensitive to smoke. . . .

"There's no smoking on the premises, but we're not going to tell them that," said Matt Long, manager of the Dutch Brother's coffee shop on Cohasset Avenue in Chico. "The customer's always right. If they're gonna smoke, we're gonna let them."

Starbucks customers seem to be largely thankful for the ruling. ...

Smoking ban in public housing?
Stockton Record - Zachary K. Johnson - June 11, 2010

“They're interfering with people's rights,” Gusters said of a proposal to ban smoking in such developments. “If we choose to smoke, we choose to smoke. ...

New smoking ban in effect
Camarillo Acorn - June 4, 2010

The Camarillo City Council recently approved an expanded smoking ordinance, which is now in effect. The regulations affect both public and private property­ ...

Smoke-Free Outdoor Dining Is a Real Possibility for San Diego
Voice of San Diego - Isabella Martinez - June 2, 2010

Over the past several years, numerous cities in California have adopted smoke-free outdoor dining. Locally, the list includes the ...

Starbucks snuffing out smoking outdoors
Marysville (CA) Appeal-Democrat, 2010-06-03
Ashley Gebb/Appeal-Democrat

A tall nonfat caramel macchiato with extra foam, please. Just hold the smoke.

Starting Monday, Starbucks customers are welcome to sit outside and sip a while ­ as long as they don't light up. The international coffee giant is extending its ban on indoor smoking to outdoor patios and dining areas in California. …

Council Calls for Expansion of Residential Smoking Ban
The Lookout News - Jonathan Friedman - June 1, 2010

Santa Monica's smoking ban in multi-family residential complexes could soon be expenaded to include outdoor areas such as patios and balconies.

The City Council last week asked City staff to draft an ordinance that would to provide options on prohibiting smoking in all new units as well as incorporating the City’s smoking policy into a new Los Angeles County program involving low interest loans for retrofitting homes with environmentally friendly energy systems. ...

Smoking restricted in Irvine shopping centers
Orange County (CA) Register, 2010-05-25
SEAN EMERY THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

A crackdown on smoking has begun within Irvine shopping centers, part of a voluntary city-backed effort to snuff out cigarette use near local businesses.

The Irvine Co. earlier this month set up "smoke free" zones within more than two-dozen shopping centers, city officials announced on Tuesday.

The Irvine City Council last year agreed to work with private property owners to restrict smoking within 50 to 100 feet around city shopping centers. The voluntary smoking ban was proposed by Councilman Larry Agran in order to reduce the danger of second hand smoke.

As owner of the vast majority of Irvine shopping centers, the Irvine Co. was a key partner in the no smoking effort. Senior Irvine Co. Vice President Mike LeBlanc said shoppers have been cooperative. ...

Forum to discuss Fairfax smoking ban
Discussion about smoke-free apartment units
Marin Scope, 2010-05-19
Vanessa Gibson Mainscope Contributor

Over three months ago, at the February . 3 Fairfax Town Council meeting, Vice Mayor Larry Bragman posed the question of whether the rights of smokers outweighed the health of their neighbors, adding that smoking was the leading cause of fire in the Fairfax community.

"The council prided itself on health and safety and needed to examine the issue," said Bragman.

This week, Bragman will facilitate a public forum to discuss expanding smoke-free units in multi-unit housing, such as duplexes, apartments and condominiums. The discussion will center on policy options to reduce second-hand-smoke exposure to nonsmokers and fire hazards related to smoking. ...

Smoking ban may expand
Santa Monica Daily Press - Nick Taborek - May 21, 2010

"The ban on smoking in common areas has not proven to be sufficient," she said. If Santa Monica bans smoking on balconies and patios, it would join Glendale ...

San Luis Obispo's public smoking ban goes into effect Thursday
San Luis Obispo (CA) Tribune, 2010-05-19

A new law that bans smoking from nearly all public places in San Luis Obispo starts Thursday.

Under the new law smoking is prohibited in indoor and outdoor areas frequented by the public, including sidewalks, parking garages, bars, restaurants, stores, stadiums, playgrounds and transit centers.

Lighting up in outdoor areas is also banned in areas that are within 20 feet of indoor areas. Exceptions include private residential units and designated hotel rooms, existing tobacco retailers, and outdoor areas in which no nonsmoker is present. ...

No smoking at Pasadena's new Westgate Apartments
Los Angeles Times, 2010-05-15
Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times

The 480 apartments coming to market in Pasadena don't look much different from the competition, but they do smell different. Smoking isn't allowed anywhere on the premises.

Developer Sares-Regis Group wants a coveted LEED certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council that means the property meets certain environmental standards. Among the standards is good air quality, and one way to achieve it is to make sure smoke doesn't wend its way from one apartment to another.

That means that tenants and visitors who feel compelled to light up can be seen indulging themselves across the street from the eight-acre Westgate Apartments complex . . .

On the plus side, a LEED-certified green building is desirable to a large segment of renters, Carlson said. Smoke-free units are also cheaper to clean when tenants move out.

The decision is paying off so far. The rate of leasing since the first of nine buildings at Westgate opened in November is above projections, he said. ...

City to consider sweeping laws on smoking
Solana Beach Sun - May 6, 2010
By Jonathan Horn

Could become first in county to earn an 'A' from Lung Association

If history is any indication, smokers in Solana Beach could soon be facing another pack of extinguishing restrictions.

In 1993, the city became the first to outlaw smoking in restaurants.

In 2001, Solana Beach was the first to ban lighting-up on beaches.

Later this month, it will consider how much staff time to invest in researching the possibilities of a variety of tools that could make it the first in the county to limit smoking in apartments or multi-unit housing.

Currently El Cajon is the only city in San Diego County that extends its public smoking ban to common areas of apartment buildings. It does not, however, limit use in apartments themselves.

Thought of by many as a champion of anti-smoking legislation, Solana Beach was one of only 15 cities in California last year to receive an overall "B" grade in the American Lung Association's anti-smoking annual report card. Just four out of the more than 400 jurisdictions assessed in the state received "A's". The reason the top grade is so rare is that cities must take steps to limit smoking in apartment buildings, which is controversial and can be hard to enforce. ...

City OKs public area smoking ban
Daily Triplicate - May 6, 2010

Smoking will soon be prohibited in many areas throughout Crescent City, including public parks, playgrounds and in front of downtown businesses.

The Crescent City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance this week that, once enacted, could make smokers pay up to $500 in penalties for violating the new law.

The ordinance won’t take effect until next month, but once it does, people will not be allowed to smoke within 25 feet of playgrounds or entrances of buildings that are open to the general public. It also prohibits smoking in all parks within Crescent City’s jurisdiction and at events such as farmers’ markets, parades or festivals. ...

City Hall Watch: Tobacco-sales ban rejected
San Francisco Examiner - Joshua Sabatini - May 5, 2010

A proposal to ban the sale of tobacco products within 1,000 feet of schools was snuffed out Tuesday and sent back to the drawing board.

Intended to curb smoking among kids, Mayor Gavin Newsom’s legislation to ban tobacco sales near schools was opposed by the business owners it would impact. Members of the Board of Supervisors have questioned the soundness of policies that restrict business.

On Tuesday, Supervisor John Avalos made a motion to send the legislation back to a board committee for further discussion about “our enforcement efforts and also ways that we could provide a carrot approach to minimize the sale of tobacco in San Francisco.” The motion was unanimously supported.

“It gives an opportunity to find common ground,” Newsom spokesman Tony Winnicker said. “This is a common-sense measure that’s enacted in many cities already. ...

Veto disappoints backers of Calif. smoking ban
The Associated Press - Samantha Young - May 4, 2010

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Advocates of a bill that would have banned smoking at all California state parks and beaches say they're disappointed in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to veto the measure.

"We're very dismayed to see the governor has not prioritized clean and healthy beaches, especially since our coast lines are a driving force to our California economy," said Angela Howe, an attorney for the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation, a San Clemente-based environmental organization.

The foundation had hoped Schwarzenegger would follow a 2008 recommendation by the California Ocean Protection Council to ban smoking at all state beaches to help reduce polluting marine debris.

But the cigar-smoking Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation that would have done that Monday, saying the bill crossed the line of government intrusion.

In a letter to California senators, the governor said state parks and local governments were already permitted to ban smoking on a case-by-case basis.

"There is something inherently uncomfortable about the idea of the state encroaching in such a broad manner on the people of California," Schwarzenegger wrote. ...

Winters housing to soon be smoke free
Woodland (CA) Daily Democrat, 2010-05-04

Winters city officials have taken a proactive step by passing a resolution encouraging the housing complexes designate at least half of their property as smoke-free.

The city is the second municipality in Yolo County to pass this resolution, following Woodland which passed it in April 2008. As many California cities debate laws to ban smoking in outdoor and indoor spaces, more and more Yolo County multi-unit housing complexes are going smoke-free. ...

Parks target of cigarette butt ban
San Mateo Daily Journal - Bill Silverfarb - May 3, 2010

The Foster City Council is moving toward limiting smoking in public places and will consider tonight whether to endorse a resolution that identifies the city’s 21 parks as smoke-free.

The council launched a smoke-free community initiative in March by endorsing a resolution that called for smoke-free events at the city’s parks.

The City Council policy calendar has identified smoke-free parks as the next phase in the movement toward the evaluation of prohibiting smoking in public spaces in Foster City by ordinance, according to a staff report prepared by Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Miller.

Smoke-free parks is a goal the Parks and Recreation Committee has set for 2010.

In the long-term, the goal is to related to recommend the City Council consider changing the ordinance to prohibit smoking in all city parks.

According to Miller’s report, decreasing smoking in the Foster City park system will also decrease the amount of cigarette butts which are hazardous to children, animals the environment and positively affect the cleanliness of community parks. ...

Smoking-attributable Cancer Mortality in California, 1979-2005.
Cowling, D.W.; Yang, J.
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Evaluation of the Economic Impact of California's Tobacco Control Program: A Dynamic Model Approach.
Miller, L.S.; Max, W.; Sung, H.Y.; Rice, D.; Zaretsky, M.
Tobacco Control. April 2010, 19(Suppl 1): i68-i76.

Evaluation of California's In-school Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Activities Using a Nested School-longitudinal Design, 2003-2004 and 2005-2006.
Park, H.Y.; Dent, C.; Abramsohn, E.; Dietsch, B.; McCarthy, W.J.
Tobacco Control. April 2010, 19(Suppl 1): i43-i50.

Claremont Rejects Proposal to Ban Public Smoking
The Student Life - Jamie Goldberg, Ian Gallogly - 4/30/2010

The Claremont City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to reject a proposal that would have amended the city’s No Smoking Ordinance to include a ban on smoking in outdoor public places.

The Community Services Commission drafted and presented the City Council with a proposal that stated that smoking would be prohibited in “restaurants’ outdoor dining areas (enclosed or not enclosed, including sidewalk tables where food is served or consumed), outdoor bar/pub patios, clubs or waiting lines within 20 feet from such lines, hotel common areas, the Village Plaza including all walkway arteries entering the plaza, farmers’ market and outdoor public gathering places for planned events.”

According to City of Claremont Management Analyst Stacey Niemeyer, the ban would have extended to restaurants on the Claremont College campuses, as well as college events like Pitzer’s Kohoutek and other campus events that required a city permit.

State law already prohibits smoking in all enclosed workplaces, including restaurants and bars. However, Niemyer said after reviewing smoking bans in other Southern California cities, including Los Angeles, Burbank, Santa Monica, Pasadena, and Beverly Hills, the Commission determined that a more comprehensive ban on smoking was the right decision for Claremont ...

Concord moves toward banning smoking downtown, possibly citywide
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News, 2010-04-29
Paul Thissen Contra Costa Times

When the city banned smoking in Todos Santos Plaza, cigarette smokers just congregated on the other side of the street.

Now, at the request of downtown property owners, the city may push them a block farther.

Concord took a step toward banning smoking downtown, and possibly throughout the city, last week at a City Council subcommittee meeting.

The committee, made up of Councilmen Mark Peterson and Bill Shinn, supported a proposal from downtown property owners to ban smoking in the commercial blocks immediately surrounding Todos Santos Plaza.

Under the proposal, smoking would be banned within 30 feet of a building entrance, effectively blocking off the whole sidewalk. ...

Winters joins Yolo County smoke-free apartments trend
Sacramento Bee - Bill Lindelof - April 28, 2010

Winters recently became the second city in Yolo County to back smoke-free apartments.

The town passed a resolution on April 20 encouraging apartment complexes in Winters to designate at least half of their property as smoke-free. The action follows a similar resolution in April 2008 passed by Woodland.

At least 16 Yolo County housing complexes restrict smoking in at least half of the units, according to the Smoke-Free Apartments Project of the Yolo County Health Department.

The effort is aimed at cutting down on exposure to secondhand smoke, which can drift between apartments, according to the Health Department. ...

Claremont City Council to consider smoking ban
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, 2010-04-27
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer

City Council tonight will consider an amendment to ban smoking in some of the city's public places.

The ban would prohibit smoking in outdoor dining areas, outdoor pub/ bar patios, clubs, waiting lines or within 20 feet of lines, hotel common areas, Village Plaza, Farmers Market and outdoor public gathering places for planned events.

The Community Services Commission in March approved the ordinance.

Approval of the ordinance by the council at tonight's meeting depends on discussion among its members and input from the community, Mayor Linda Elderkin said. . . .

The Claremont Chamber of Commerce is uncertain about the impact the ordinance could have on businesses that currently allow smoking, chamber Chairman Paul Held said.

"That's the whole issue of it. We don't know," Held said. . . .

Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale, Calabasas, Santa Monica, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Beverly Hills and Temecula have implemented similar smoking bans. ...

Clamping Down on Smoking in the City
NBC Bay Area - Jessica Greene - April 26, 2010

Smoking is officially illegal just about everywhere in San Francisco.

New anti-smoking rules went into effect over the weekend and people who violate the new rules could feel the negative impact on more than just their health. If someone calls police and they come during a violation of the ban, the smoker be fined up to $100.

The new rule makes it illegal to light up at sidewalk cafes, restaurant patios, movie and ATM lines and the common areas of housing complexes. It will also be a much easier breathing experience, farmers markets, lines for movies theaters, concerts and sporting events, near cab stands and ATMs. The resolution also bans smoking near doorways and windows of offices, shops and restaurants and at bingo halls ...

City Council supports smoking ban
Daily Triplicate - Nick Grube - April 21, 2010

Law would apply to public places around the city

Lighting up a stogie in Beachfront Park or puffing on a cigarette while walking through Crescent City’s downtown business district could soon cost someone up to $500.

On Monday, the Crescent City Council unanimously passed a smoking ordinance that, once enacted, will prohibit smoking in many public places throughout city limits, including in parks, near playgrounds and within 25 feet of business entrances.

The penalties for violating the provisions of the ordinance, which also includes a section related to cigarette butt littering, could result in both an infraction punishable by a $250 fine if a person is found guilty and an administrative citation from the city that carries the same $250 pricetag.

“I’m thrilled we’re finally getting this passed,” Council member Kathryn Murray said. “It’s something I’ve been waiting for for a long time.” ...

Smoking ban approved in SLO
San Luis Obispo Tribune - April 20, 2010

The San Luis Obispo City Council on Tuesday voted 4-1 to give its final approval to a ban on smoking in nearly all areas open to the public.

Under the new law, which passed 4-1 on April 6, smoking is prohibited in indoor and outdoor areas frequented by the public, including sidewalks, parking garages, bars, restaurants, stores, stadiums, playgrounds and transit centers. It becomes effective May 20.

The citywide ban puts San Luis Obispo in the same class with two dozen other California cities that have banned smoking from all areas frequented by the public, including multi-unit residential areas. ...

Bill to ban smoking at state beaches and parks goes to Schwarzenegger
Sacramento (CA) Bee, 2010-04-16

The Senate on Thursday voted 21-13 to send Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a bill that would ban smoking on state-run beaches and parks.

State Sen. Jenny Oropeza, D-Long Beach, is hopeful the health-conscious Republican governor will sign Senate Bill 4, although he has taken no position.

The bill has encountered stiff opposition, including from the state Department of Parks and Recreation, which contends the rules will be difficult to enforce. ...

Camarillo council unanimously approves smoking ordinance
Ventura County Star - Marjorie Hernandez - April 15, 2010

Audrey Walzer is in the business of healthy breathing.

When her clients at Camarillo Yoga Center come to her shop, Walzer said they try to find respite and relaxation.

Walzer ran into some problems, however, when people would use the public restroom in the shopping center to smoke. She said the smoke would travel through wall ducts and sometimes fill her yoga room.

“It was affecting my business very adversely,” Walzer said. “The smell was coming in and it was literally permeating the whole room. To have a private student who pays $90 an hour for a lesson say, ‘I can’t be here because of the smoke,’ was the crowning glory. Something had to be done.”

The Camarillo City Council listened to Walzer and other residents and business owners on Wednesday night and voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that prohibits smoking in most indoor public places and places of employment. Camarillo’s new smoking ordinance also place stricter requirements on tobacco retailers and smoking lounges that might open in the city. ...

SM voters could decide smoking ban expansion
Santa Monica (CA) Daily Press, 2010-04-14
Nick Taborek

Having failed, so far, to convince the City Council to enact a ban on smoking inside apartment units, Rent Control Board Commissioner Robert Kronovet is planning to take his pitch for stricter smoking laws directly to the voters.

Kronovet on Tuesday filed papers with the City Clerk's Office declaring his intention to begin gathering signatures needed to place a multi-unit residential smoking ban on the November ballot.

The proposed ballot measure, which he's calling the "Safe Air for Everyone Initiative," would ban smoking in virtually all multi-unit residences in Santa Monica and on private patios and balconies in apartment and condo buildings. ...

San Bruno considers smoke laws
San Mateo Daily Journal - Heather Murtagh - April 13, 2010

Plans to open a hookah bar in San Bruno inspired city officials to discuss smoking laws, such as extending smoking bans within all city businesses, tonight.

Last month, parking permits needed to open a hookah bar at 591 San Mateo Ave. were approved. While California law does outlaw smoking inside most businesses, there are exceptions for places like a tobacco shop or a smokers’ lounge. Mayor Jim Ruane is not against the hookah bar, however he questioned being asked to support things like cancer awareness while allowing a business to offer smoking on premises for a profit. Tonight the City Council will consider barring smoking inside all new businesses while discussing further regulations approved in other California cities.

“It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to be supporting cancer awareness and encouraging smoking at the same time,” said Ruane.

San Bruno will hold a public hearing to discuss banning smoking within businesses that sell tobacco, but would not limit the sale of tobacco. Such a change should not impact the previously approved hookah bar, but would affect future businesses.

Plans in San Bruno call for a hookah lounge at 591 San Mateo Ave., which previously housed a computer repair store, to feature a small reception area and U-shaped sofas in the lounge area. When it opens, the business is proposed to open at 1 p.m. daily closing at midnight Sunday through Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

There are a number of places within San Mateo County that offer hookah. Locations in Burlingame, Redwood City and Foster City differ, however, in that hookah is acceptable outside or on some type of patio at a restaurant. ...

Pinole takes step toward secondhand-smoke protections
Contra Costa (CA) Times, 2010-04-10
Tom Lochner Contra Costa Times

Restrictions on smoking and secondhand smoke that will go before the Pinole City Council for confirmation later this month would carve out a 20-foot, smoke-free buffer virtually anywhere that nonsmokers congregate, including outdoor seating areas of restaurants and coffee shops.

A new smoking ordinance that passed the City Council on a first reading this week also would ban smoking on balconies in multiple-unit complexes situated within 20 feet of other residential units' balconies, windows or ventilation intake ducts, as well as in common areas of apartment complexes, and generally, within 20 feet of residences.

It would remove current exemptions allowing bars, bowling alleys, bingo parlors, card rooms and even smoke shops to have designated smoking areas. ...

Pleasant Hill adopts more stringent smoking rules
Contra Costa (CA) Times, 2010-04-07
Lisa P. White Contra Costa Times

Finding a place to light up a cigarette in Pleasant Hill just got tougher, under new rules the City Council adopted this week.

The biggest changes apply to housing with four or more units. Smoking in indoor and outdoor common areas, except those designated for smoking, is now banned. Smoking on private decks, balconies and patios located within 20 feet of a nonsmoking unit, and smoking within 20 feet of a door, operable window or ventilation system, are also prohibited.

The new rules also require landlords to designate 50 percent of existing apartment units as permanently nonsmoking by 2016 ...

Supes ban smoking at most county beaches and parks
The Daily Sound - Colby Frazier - April 7, 2010

With a unanimous vote and not a single person speaking against it, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors yesterday banned smoking at most county beaches and parks.

Environmentalists, public health advocates, school children and the elderly spoke in support of the ban, which according to county documents, will align the county with about 90 percent of Southern California beaches where smoking tobacco is forbidden.

“We think this is an issue that’s all about the public’s right to clean air,” said Brian Trautwein, an environmental analyst for the Environmental Defense Center, which supports the ban. ...

SLO to ban smoking in public areas
San Luis Obispo Tribune - Cynthia Lambert - April 7, 2010

Smoking will soon be banned from nearly all areas open to the public in San Luis Obispo, the City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday night.

Under the new law, which would be effective May 20 after it is given final approval at the council’s April 20 meeting, smoking would be prohibited in indoor and outdoor areas frequented by the public, including sidewalks, parking garages, bars, restaurants, stores, stadiums, playgrounds and transit centers.

Lighting up in outdoor areas would be banned in areas that are within 20 feet of indoor areas. ...

Supervisors mull tobacco ban at parks, beaches
Lompoc (CA) Record, 2010-04-04
Sam Womack/Staff Writer

They’re proposing to get butts off the beach Tuesday at the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors’ meeting.

Board members are scheduled to consider a recommendation to ban tobacco use on beaches and parks under the county’s jurisdiction.

Majority support would set the formal adoption of the law for April 20.

Fairfax weighs restrictions on apartment smoking
Marin (CA) Independent Journal, 2010-04-02
Rob Rogers

Fairfax leaders are considering an ordinance that would allow owners to ban or restrict smoking in apartments.

"Second-hand smoke clearly is a public health issue, and it's one that we ignore at our own peril, not only for the long-term health effects, but also because of more direct consequences like fire," said Councilman Larry Bragman, who took part in a town-sponsored forum on the issue Wednesday. "The crux of the issue is weighing the privacy and enjoyment rights of smokers versus the health risks that it creates for nonsmokers - in particular, children."

The ordinance, which the council is expected to take up in May, would be based on a similar ordinance Novato passed in 2008. That law, the only one of its kind in Marin County, allows landlords to set aside up to 30 percent of multi-unit dwellings for smokers and declare the rest smoke-free. Tenants who violate the ordinance could be asked to leave by their landlord, or be sued by a fellow tenant in small claims court.

Property manager Veronica Del Rio said the ordinance would make it much easier for her to deal with conflicts between tenants. ...

SoCo Considers Smoking Ban In County Parks
KSRO - April 2, 2010

Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane wants to ban smoking in all 45 county parks. Her proposal would expempt the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and Spud Point Marina, which have their own smoking restrictions in place. Zane wants the policy to apply to the county's animal shelter and Water Agency property as well. The issue could go to the Board in June.

City Council considers tougher laws aimed at smokers
Camarillo Acorn - Michelle Knight - April 1, 2010

...She said she favors a smoking ban in all retail stores. “We really have a responsibility to protect everyone, and children do not have a choice where they ...

Eye on DP City Park Smoking Ban Passes
Dana Point (CA) Times , 2010-03-26
Andrea Swayne

Dana Point City Council voted 3-2 in favor of banning smoking in city parks at their March 22 meeting. Councilmembers Lisa Bartlett and Joel Bishop both voted against the ban as they had at the first reading of the proposed ordinance at the March 8 meeting. . . .

The new law will take effect on April, 21, 2010--30 days from this final vote. ...

Smoking law: City attorney explains delay
The Almanac Online - Sean Howell - March 24, 2010

Smokers don't have to rush to find an ashtray when they spot a Menlo Park cop. At least, not yet.

That's because the city is starting over in revising an ordinance that would greatly restrict smoking within Menlo Park's borders, after city management realized it could have an even broader impact than intended.

After the City Council gave preliminary approval to the ordinance at its March 2 meeting, City Attorney Bill McClure said the city realized that the ordinance might have several "unintended consequences." For instance, people could interpret it as restricting smoking on sidewalks and in parking lots outside businesses, raising questions about whether smokers would have anywhere to go for a cigarette break. ...

EDITORIAL: The outdoors, made greater
Banning smoking at state beaches and parks is a win for the public and for the environment.
Los Angeles Times, 2010-03-24

There are times when a day at the beach feels more like a frolic in an ashtray, with cigarette butts liberally strewn through the sand and between our toes. On beach cleanup days in California, they are the No. 1 trash item . . .

The main reason to support the bill isn't to stop secondhand smoke -- there have to be places in the great outdoors where smokers still retain some freedom -- but to protect the public environment. The state has an obligation to keep its beaches and parks as clean as possible, especially when the litter contains toxic substances. . . .

Coastal cities have been ahead of the state in banning smoking on beaches, realizing that it's in their financial interest to keep these areas free of litter and to save money on expensive beach cleaning . . .

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not taken a position on the bill, which he ought to sign enthusiastically ...

Ban on smoking at parks, beaches moves forward
Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday, March 23, 2010

California lawmakers approved a groundbreaking smoking ban Monday that, if signed into law, will prohibit smoking at nearly all state beaches and parks. …

… Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights in Berkeley, said the law would be useful even if it's not strictly enforced - but it does need to be publicized.

"This is a public education issue," she said. "Nine times out of 10 these types of laws are self-enforcing, but you do need to have signage for that 10th instance. Or, if someone happens to be patrolling a park anyway, they can point out there is a law." …

Assembly approves smoking ban at state parks and beaches
By Patrick McGreevy
Los Angeles Times, March 22, 2010

… Although smoking bans at restaurants and bars are widespread around the country, bans on smoking outdoors have been less common outside California.

Last year, Maine adopted a smoke-free law for beaches and parks, but no other state has outlawed cigarettes in its entire park system as California is proposing to do, according to the group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, which tracks such measures. ...

Final vote set to ban smoking at Dana Point parks
Orange County (CA) Register, 2010-03-22
VIK JOLLY THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

The city of Dana Point on Monday will consider banning smoking at city parks, following the lead of other cities in Orange County. ...

Calif. considers smoking ban at all state parks
Seattle Times, March 18, 2010

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —
California lawmakers on Thursday will consider what is believed to be the nation's most far-reaching smoking ban in state parks as a way to get unsightly cigarette butts off the beach, eliminate second-hand smoke and reduce the threat of wildfires.

Maine banned smoking at its state beaches last year, but groups that track such legislation say no state prohibits lighting up throughout its entire park system, as the California bill proposes.

Under a legislative compromise, campsites and parking areas will be exempted from the ban.

"It is very clear that the garbage that is created as a result of smoking on beaches - butts and wrappers - are polluting our water," Democratic state Sen. Jenny Oropeza of Long Beach, the bill's author, said in an interview. "In terms of the state park system, we have a major fire hazard when cigarettes are smoked in parks." ...

Tougher Smoking Rules Officially Approved
The San Francisco Appeal - March 16, 2010

San Francisco supervisors today gave final approval to an ordinance expanding the city's regulations against public smoking.

The ordinance, introduced by Supervisor Eric Mar, will ban smoking in outdoor restaurant dining areas and several other locations, and was unanimously approved after a second and final vote by the board this afternoon. A lengthy campaign pushing for the new regulations required several amendments that were concessions to business owners.

Mar and anti-tobacco groups have touted the new law as a means to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.

Mayor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign it, according to his office. His spokesman Tony Winnicker noted "a collaborative process" in forging the legislation between board members, the mayor and the business community.

In addition to outdoor restaurant dining areas, the law will ban smoking in enclosed common areas of multi-unit housing, and at farmers markets, homeless shelters and charity bingo games.

It also prohibits smoking in service waiting areas, such as lines for ATMs, concerts, movie theaters, sporting events, taxis and bus stop shelters, and within 15 feet of business doorways. ...

Pleasant Hill Considering Tougher Smoking Laws
KTVU San Francisco - March 15, 2010

Pleasant Hill could become the next Bay Area city to have tougher anti-smoking rules.

On Monday night, the city council will consider changing the city's smoking regulations.

The biggest changes apply to housing with four or more units, where new rules would ban smoking on private decks, balconies and patios within 20 feet of a non-smoking apartment.

It would also ban smoking within 20-feet of a door or window.

Smoking ban slow to take in S.D. parks
San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune, 2010-03-15
Leonel Sanchez, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

Anybody wanting to know how San Diego’s ban on smoking in public places is doing need only look at the piles of cigarette butts a local group recently picked up in two dozen local parks.

“It’s not working,” said Manuel Andrade of Social Advocates for Youth San Diego, staring at bags containing more than 50,000 butts that his group displayed near a playground at Colina del Sol Park in City Heights.

While a city official says the ban is cutting down on smoking outdoors, Andrade insists more needs to be done to educate the public about the ordinance and to enforce it ­ particularly at the parks.

SAY San Diego, as the group is better known, and hundreds of volunteers collected 42,757 butts in 2008 and 50,347 last year at 24 parks throughout the city.

“We know it’s got to be self-enforced, but police need to give citations. That’s a must-do,” Andrade said ...

Calif. Justices Wonder: Is Walgreens a Grocery Store?
Law.com, 2010-03-11
Kate Moser The Recorder

In a challenge to a San Francisco law that bans tobacco sales at drug stores, three California appeal court justices on Wednesday looked like they wanted to avoid ruling on Walgreens' constitutional argument that the city is violating equal protection rights.

Instead, the First District Court of Appeal panel appeared more interested in whether a drug store that sells food is really a grocery store that would be exempt.

The local ordinance, which took effect in 2008, bans tobacco sales in San Francisco at drug stores but not at supermarkets or stores like Costco. The city has contended that the sale of tobacco by health-promoting businesses sends a mixed message about cigarettes. ...

Glendale City Council Meeting Wrap-up: 'Shot clock' challenge
Glendale News Press - March 10, 2010

Smoking regulations

The council approved an ordinance that strengthens the city’s regulations, which ban smoking in nearly all publicly accessible places.

The ordinance bans smoking on patios and balconies of condominium complexes and apartment buildings. Lighting up in common areas in condo buildings is also prohibited.

Smoking is already prohibited on all city property, including parks, outdoor dining areas that can’t meet strict separation requirements and nearly all publicly accessible private property, such as the Marketplace and Americana at Brand.

The ordinance also removes a required warning provision for first-time offenders, which city officials said has made the law hard to enforce. ...

S.F. supervisors vote to get tougher on smoking
San Francisco Chronicle - Rachel Gordon - March 10, 2010

Smoking soon will be snuffed out at sidewalk cafes, restaurant patios, movie and ATM lines, bingo halls and the common areas of housing complexes.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to extend smoking restrictions to those places, along with lighting up near doorways and windows of offices, shops and restaurants. It already is illegal to smoke in offices and commercial establishments that don't have a legally designated smoking area.

"This legislation will protect thousands of San Franciscans from secondhand smoke," said Supervisor Eric Mar, chief sponsor of the legislation. ...

Glendale City Council Meeting Preview
Glendale News Press - March 7, 2010

SMOKING REGULATIONS

The City Council on Tuesday will consider an ordinance that strengthens the city’s current regulations, which ban smoking in nearly all publicly accessible places.

The ordinance would ban smoking on patios and balconies of condominium complexes and apartment buildings. Lighting up in common areas in condo buildings would also be prohibited.

Smoking is already prohibited on all city property, including parks, outdoor dining areas that can’t meet strict separation requirements and nearly all publicly accessible private property, such as the Marketplace and Americana at Brand.

The ordinance would also remove a required warning provision for first-time offenders, which city officials said has made the law hard to enforce.

Santa Clara Considers Anti-Smoking Policies
Channel 2000 (KCBS) (Los Angeles, CA), 2010-03-07

Smoking in unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County could soon be a much tougher proposition, as the Board of Supervisors is considering a number of new anti-smoking policies.

One of the proposals is to ban smoking in apartment complexes in unincorporated parts of the county.

"These are often old apartment buildings with poor ventilation and a smoker in one apartment ," said Board of Supervisors President Ken Yeager. "There smoke would just go right through the vents to people in the adjoining apartments." . . .

Yeager said they also want to reduce the number of stores selling tobacco.

"Unfortunately, a lot of these liquor stores that sell tobacco are much denser in low income areas," said Yeager. "I think there's a real target, not only for youth, but people in our minority communities, where unfortunately, smoking can be quite high. ...

Dana Point to consider smoking ban at parks
Orange County (CA) Register, 2010-03-06
VIK JOLLY THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

On the heels of the results of a community opinion survey in which nearly two-thirds of respondents wanted smoking prohibited in all areas of local parks, the City Council on Monday will consider a law banning the activity there.

The city of Dana Point on Monday will consider banning smoking at city parks, following the lead of other cities in Orange County.

The last question in the survey of 400 randomly selected registered voters in the city released last month dealt with whether smoking should be banned in parks.

Sixty-one percent said they want a ban in all areas of public parks; 20 percent preferred that smoking be allowed only in designated smoking areas; and 17 percent favored allowing people to light up in all areas of public parks. ...

Pasadena to explore possibility of citywide smoking ban
Pasadena (CA) Star-News, 2010-03-04
Dan Abendschein, Staff Writer

On Monday, the council's Public Safety Committee discussed a long-proposed ban on smoking in apartment buildings, and Councilman Steve Haderlein asked the staff to find out whether the city has the legal authority to put a full smoking ban into place.

Pasadena passed a ban on outdoor smoking in most public areas in 2008, and at the time pledged to consider the apartment restrictions within the next year.

Haderlein, who is the chair of the committee, said he wasn't sure he would support an outright ban, but said he would like to know if it is an option.

"Something that broad and dramatic, we'd really have to go to our citizens and see if it is what they wanted," said Haderlein.

The discussion on extending the restrictions beyond apartment and condo units stemmed from concerns by committee members that it would be unfair to target smokers there, while ignoring smokers who live in single-family homes.

Haderlein noted, for example, that his neighbor is a smoker, and that he can sometimes smell the smoke drifting in through his kitchen window. . . .

Nancy Sagetellian, who owns a condo on South Lake Avenue, spoke Monday and said in a later interview that she was evicted from her apartment for complaining about her neighbor's smoking.

She said that since she bought a condo, she had hoped to avoid the problem, but she has a smoker living in a unit below her.

"I thought as a homeowner I'd have rights, but I haven't been able to find anybody who can help me," said Sagetellian. ...

RC widens smoking ban
Contra Costa Times - Wendy Leung - March 4, 2010

RANCHO CUCAMONGA - Smoking and waiting in lines do not mix, according to the City Council, which gave initial approval on Wednesday to an ordinance that prohibits tobacco use in transit stops and outdoor service lines.
The ordinance, expected to go into effect mid-April, will prohibit smoking within 20 feet of bus stops, train stations and lines for services such as ATMs and theaters.

Fabian Villenas of the city manager's office said people waiting in lines are a captive audience.

"If you're in line and an individual lights a cigarette, it's difficult to remove yourself from the second-hand smoke," Villenas said.

Under the leadership of Mayor Don Kurth, the city has been studying anti-smoking legislation since 2007.

In January 2008, the city passed an ordinance that banned smoking at city-owned properties such as public parks, Victoria Gardens Cultural Center and City Hall. Since then, the city manager's office has continued to study further restrictions.

The smoking ban at transit stops and service lines is a less stringent measure compared to bans that would affect sidewalks, apartments and outdoor dining areas. More stringent bans were considered but did not receive approval from a City Council majority.

Once the ordinance affecting transit stops and service lines goes into effect, violators could face a fine of $100 for first violation, $200 for second violation and $500 for additional violations. ...

Smoking Ordinance Task Force Meets Tomorrow
WeHo News - March 4, 2010

West Hollywood, California (March 4, 2010, 2010) - Directed as a result of objections to a proposal to ban smoking in outdoor nightclub/dining facilities in West Hollywood, the Smoking Ordinance Task Force holds its first – public - meeting this Friday, March 5 from 3-5 pm at Plummer Park, Rooms 5 and 6. ...

Menlo Park introduces beefed-up smoking ordinance
San Jose Mercury News - Jessica Bernstein-Wax - March 3, 2010

Menlo Park residents could face fines of up to $500 for lighting up at apartment complex pools, bus stops or ATM lines after the council agreed to strengthen the city's 17-year-old smoking ordinance Tuesday night.

After about two hours of discussion, the city council voted 4-1 to adopt the proposed changes, which bar smoking in most common areas of multi-unit apartment and condominium complexes but stop short of banning the practice on balconies, patios or inside individual units.

"This is a huge improvement from where we are today," Council Member Kelly Fergusson said before the vote. "Does it go as far as I'd like to see? Maybe not. I hope in the future there would be room for making it stronger."

The council introduced the ordinance Tuesday night, and it will come back for approval in the next month or so, City Attorney Bill McClure said. The proposed law also declares secondhand smoke a private nuisance, thus enabling citizens to take legal action against smokers. ...

Supes Meet New Campos Aide and Put off Votes on Smoking Limits
Mission Local - March 3, 2010

...A vote on Supervisor Eric Mar’s legislation to prohibit smoking in enclosed and certain unenclosed areas was put off until next week.

The types of areas as specified in the ordinance include: “1.) business establishments and bars regardless of whether owner-operated; 2.) common areas of multi-unit housing complexes; 3.) tourist lodging facilities; 4.) tobacco shops; 5.) charity bingo games; 6.) unenclosed dining areas of restaurants; 7.) service waiting areas; 8.) areas outside entrances, exits and operable windows and vents of all buildings except at the curb of the nearest street, sidewalk or alley; 9.) farmers markets; and 10.) vehicles owned by the City and County of San Francisco.” ...

Foster City may ban smoking in parks
San Mateo County Times - Aaron Kinney - February 24, 2010

FOSTER CITY — Lighting up in city parks may soon be frowned upon — though not penalized — if a policy goal of the Parks and Recreation Committee is approved by the City Council.

The city last year adopted a no-smoking policy for sports and special events held in city parks. Now, officials propose to go one step further, expanding the program to cover the parks year-round.

Kevin Miller, the city's parks and recreation director, said the implementation of last year's no-smoking rule went smoothly and he hasn't received any complaints.

Under the policy, the city put up signs indicating smoking was not allowed at youth and adult sports league games and events such as the Arts & Wine Festival and Summer Concert Series. When city employees saw people smoking, they simply asked them to stop, Miller said, and the smokers largely complied.

"I think this approach is a good approach," Miller said of the city's voluntary effort. ...

Proposed smoking restrictions watered down
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - February 23, 2010

A plan to greatly expand smoking restrictions in San Francisco wasn't exactly snuffed out at City Hall this week, but it went from a no-filter proposal to a less-potent menthol version.

The proposed legislation that made it out of the Board of Supervisors' Land Use and Economic Development Committee Monday would bar smokers from lighting up at sidewalk cafe tables and in common areas of residential buildings to protect people from the health perils of second-hand smoke. It also would ban smoking in lines for movie theaters, concerts, ATMs and the like.

But under pressure from the Small Business Commission and Entertainment Commission -- promoting the interests of nightclubs, bars, restaurants and tobacco shops fearful that tougher restrictions could hurt their bottom line in this tough economy -- the legislation was amended to give businesses that now allow smoking on their premises in specially designated areas the ability to continue. ...

Stanford study finds secondhand smoke pervasive in California's Indian casinos
Smoke levels at California Indian casinos can exceed health benchmark levels during peak attendance hours and many non-smoking areas offer incomplete protection.
BY DAVID ORENSTEIN
Stanford University News, February 17, 2010

Secondhand smoke in California's Native American casinos often exceeds concentrations associated with harmful health effects, according to a new study by environmental engineers at Stanford University. The casinos, which are exempt from the state's smoking restrictions, are one of the few public places in California where smoking is still legal.

The study of smoke particle concentrations during busy evenings in 36 casinos across the state found that even many nonsmoking areas within the buildings contained smoke concentrations that were several times that of outdoor air. The paper was published online February . 17 in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

One-quarter of U.S. adults visited a casino in 2008, according to the 2009 American Gaming Association Survey of Casino Entertainment. Of the almost 60 casinos operating in California, 98 percent allow smoking.

"We did this study to warn the public that where they go and what they do in their everyday lives can impact their health," said Lynn Hildemann, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a senior author of the study. "Air pollution affects human health, whether it is secondhand smoke indoors or truck exhaust outdoors. Because many people frequent smoky casinos, and many employees work there, we became interested in finding how high the pollution levels inside the buildings were." ...

Whiskeytown beach smoking ban considered
Redding (CA) Record-Searchlight, 2010-02-17
Dylan Darling

Whiskeytown officials are considering snuffing out smoking at swimming beaches around the popular lake west of Redding.

Smoking would be banned on the sandy beaches at Brandy Creek, East Beach, Oak Bottom and Whiskey Creek Group, said Jim Milestone, superintendent at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. It would still be OK to light up at picnic tables, parking lots and trails near the beaches.

“The idea is to make the air clear and clean, like the water is at Whiskeytown,” Milestone said.

A public meeting about the possible ban is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room at Redding City Hall, 777 Cypress Ave.

He said the purpose for the ban is twofold ­ to prevent secondhand smoke and to curb littering. Whiskeytown lifeguards and maintenance workers often have to clean up after smokers, he said. ...

Redding bans smoking at City Hall
Record-Searchlight - Scott Mobley - February 16, 2010

Redding will ban smoking at City Hall.

The City Council voted 3-2 this evening to adopt a voluntary smoking ban on the Cypress Avenue campus rather than writing the prohibition into the municipal code.

That means the ban would lack the teeth of enforcement fines for violators. A smoking ban the council imposed at the Redding Library this past spring does include fines potentially up to $1,000.

Council members were reluctant to take such a hard line at City Hall, where smoking hasn't been such a problem.

"More and more smokers are becoming conscious of where they are," said council member Rick Bosetti, who voted with the majority to impose a voluntary ban. "I would not want to penalize people for doing something legal." ...

Two cities to receive recognition for smoke-free policies
Santa Cruz Sentinel - Jondi Gumz - February 9, 2010

SANTA CRUZ -- The Santa Cruz County Tobacco Education Coalition will present an award this week to both the city of Santa Cruz and the city of Capitola for passing policies that make many outdoor areas smoke-free.
The Santa Cruz City Council voted on Sept. 22 to ban smoking on Pacific Avenue, the municipal wharf, West Cliff Drive and all outdoor dining areas of the city. The ban took effect Oct. 20

The Capitola City Council voted Dec. 10 to prohibit smoking on the Esplanade, the wharf, city parks and outside city hall. The ban took effect Jan. 1. ...

Rancho Cucamonga restaurant patio smoking ban fails
Contra Costa Times - Wendy Leung - February 3, 2010

RANCHO CUCAMONGA - Smokers in this city can continue their habit in restaurant patios and they have a shaky economy to thank.
The City Council decided on Wednesday not to enforce a smoking ban in outdoor dining areas citing concerns of negative impacts on local restaurants.

Council members Sam Spagnolo, Dennis Michael and Diane Williams were concerned such restrictions would be too stringent on businesses that rely on sales generated from outdoor patios.

Williams said the government should not be the one to decide whether restaurant-goers can smoke in outdoor patios.

"I think every restaurant should have a choice, especially in these economic times," Williams said. ...

Monterey Bans Smoking on Rec Trail
KIONrightnow.com - February 3, 2010

MONTEREY, Calif- The Monterey City Council unanimously adopted revisions to the current ordinance regulating smoking in public places. The revised ordinance extends the no smoking ban to the Recreation Trail.

The current state smoking ban regulates smoking in places of employment, playgrounds, day care facilities, schools and public buildings; a current City ordinance bans smoking on beaches.

The ordinance also bans smoking in all enclosed buildings open to the public, other transportation such as taxicabs and buses, outdoor service areas including ATM and ticket lines, covered parking garages and stairwells, any location where the owner declares the area non-smoking, and indoor places of employment not otherwise regulated by state law.

The city says that the intent and purpose of prohibiting smoking is to protect the public health, safety and welfare by reducing the number of locations where exposure to second-hand smoke can occur. ...

Details of draft Menlo Park smoking ordinance released
San Jose Mercury News - Jessica Bernstein-Wax - February 3, 2010

A draft smoking ordinance under consideration in Menlo Park would ban smoking in common areas of apartment and condominium complexes and deem secondhand smoke a public nuisance, according to a brief outline of the document released Tuesday.

City Attorney Bill McClure gave council members at Tuesday night's council meeting an oral description of the ordinance he is still crafting to aid discussion on public outreach for proposed revisions to Menlo Park's current law, last updated in 1993.

In addition to the apartment and condominium restrictions, the draft ordinance would also prohibit smokers from lighting up in public service areas, such as ATM lines, McClure said. ...

Some renters want Santa Monica to further restrict smoking
Los Angeles Times - Martha Groves - February 3, 2010

For years, Mike Horelick and Nicolina Karlsson endured the cigarette smoke wafting into their tiny Santa Monica courtyard apartment from a neighbor's patio, even though it aggravated Karlsson's asthma.

But after the couple made several $100 trips to the emergency room because their infant daughter was gasping for air, they pleaded with the neighbor to stop smoking outdoors, to no avail. Now, contending that secondhand smoke poses a health hazard, they have joined other activists who are pushing the city to snuff out smoking on private balconies and patios in multifamily dwellings.

It's an effort that puts Santa Monica in sync with a growing number of other California cities and counties that have hit smokers where they live. Yet, in the liberal-leaning beach community, the debate takes on added freight because of the political clout of Santa Monica's tenants rights advocates, who contend that landlords would welcome an excuse to evict longtime tenants in rent-controlled units. ...

S.F. considers tightening smoking restrictions
San Francisco Chronicle, 2010-02-02
Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writer

A proposal to greatly expand San Francisco's smoking ban won high praise Monday from health professionals concerned about the dangers of secondhand smoke, but got a cool response from local bar and nightclub owners who fear the restrictions would drive away customers.
The legislation would prohibit people from lighting up in front of shops, restaurants and office buildings or puffing away at a sidewalk cafe or in designated smoking patios. Movie theater lines, sporting events, farmers' markets and common areas of apartment complexes would be off limits, too. ...

SF Could Have Tougher Smoking Ban
KCBS - February 1, 2010

San Francisco Supervisors take the first step toward tightening a smoking ban this afternoon.

Supervisor Eric Mar wrote the legislation increasing the smoking ban.

"California State Air Resources Board to Stanford University studies have shown that second hand smoke is a serious toxin that causes coronary heart disease, increased asthma and lots of horrible effects," Mar said.

Affected areas include theatre and ATM lines, outdoor cafe's, smoke shops, lobbies and farmers' markets as well as bars no matter whether they're owner-operated or not. ...

Smoking ban plan has mixed support
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News, 2010-01-30
Tracy Seipel

Residents in 70 apartment buildings throughout unincorporated Santa Clara County will not be allowed to light up in their homes under Supervisor Ken Yeager's proposal this week to ban cigarette smoking in apartment complexes.

But the idea, while cheered by clean air advocates and all but one of his fellow supervisors, is being met with dismay by apartment owners and managers, not to mention many smokers whose last refuge to smoke may now become off-limits.

Patty Delong, who puffs a half-pack a day, assumes her fellow smokers won't like the proposal. "They're going to think the government is in their business, which it is," she said.

She, however, supports the idea. "I think that's great. Maybe now I'll be forced to quit," said Delong, 55, who has been smoking since she was 16. She lives in an apartment in San Jose's Burbank area that would fall under a smoking ban. ...

City Council votes park smoking ban into law
The Union of Grass Valley - Michelle Rindels - January 28, 2010

Nevada City council members snuffed out the option of lighting up at last night's meeting, voting 4-1 on an ordinance to ban smoking in ...

Santa Clara County wants to ban smoking in apartment buildings
San Jose Mercury News - Tracy Seipel - January 26, 2010

Santa Clara County took aim Tuesday at smokers and drinkers, with proposals to ban smoking in apartment buildings and toughen penalties for those who provide alcohol to minors.

The smoking proposal was unveiled by Supervisor Ken Yeager, who was sworn in as the board's new president. It echoes a controversial law passed last year by Belmont, which garnered national headlines.

Earlier Tuesday, the board of supervisors unanimously approved changes to a county ordinance that punishes anyone who gives alcohol to underage drinkers — or even unwittingly hosts drunken teen bashes — with harsher penalties, including a fine for the first offense.

But to the great relief of Stanford University officials, the ordinance will not hold the school responsible for students who drink on campus, subject to an annual review by the county. ...

New tobacco pitch seeks sales ban near schools
San Francisco Examiner - Mike Aldax - January 26, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO — The latest plan to vastly reduce cigarette vendors in San Francisco would prohibit the hawking of tobacco products within 1,000 feet of schools, where more than half The City’s sellers currently operate.

Mayor Gavin Newsom is set to introduce legislation Tuesday calling for a ban on new tobacco permits for vendors who want to set up shop near public and private grammar and high schools.

Of the 1,008 shops currently selling tobacco products in The City, 617 operate within the proposed 1,000-foot prohibition zone, according to data provided by the Mayor’s Office. ...

L.A. council extends smoking ban to outdoor cafes
Starting next year, restaurant patrons will be barred from lighting up within 10 feet of outdoor dining areas and within 40 feet of mobile food trucks. Violators faces fines of up to $250
Los Angeles Times, 2010-01-21
Maeve Reston

Smokers in Los Angeles lost another refuge Wednesday when the City Council unanimously approved a ban on lighting up in outdoor cafes, food courts and around the city's ubiquitous mobile food trucks.

With the move, city officials are following the lead of municipalities across California, including Burbank, Beverly Hills, Calabasas and Santa Monica, which already ban smoking in outdoor dining areas. California law bars smoking inside restaurants and bars.

The ordinance prohibits smoking within 10 feet of outdoor dining areas and within 40 feet of mobile food trucks. ...

Monterey's new smoking rules now in line with state
Monterey County (CA) Herald, 2010-01-21
KEVIN HOWE Herald Staff Writer

Tuesday, the Monterey City Council unanimously approved an updated ordinance regulating smoking in public places. The changes were intended to bring city law into line with state law.

The state prohibits smoking in places of employment, playgrounds, day care facilities, schools and public buildings, City Attorney Deborah Mall said.

In addition to these areas, the city ordinance prohibits smoking on the Monterey Recreational Trail, beaches, enclosed buildings open to the public ...

San Gabriel to draft ordinance regulating tobacco use
Pasadena Star-News - Maritza Velazquez - January 21, 2010

SAN GABRIEL - The City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to draft an ordinance banning smoking in city parks and requiring tobacco retailers to renew licenses every year.

According to San Gabriel Mayor Juli Costanzo, the language for both ordinances is being worked out by the city attorney and city manager and will likely be voted on at the next city council meeting.

Costanzo cited a study conducted by community organizers and San Gabrielino High School students showing that 32 percent of city retailers sold tobacco to minors.

"We just think this is a measure that we need to take to ensure the health and safety of minors," she said.

Costanzo said the ordinances may be similar to those passed by the cities of Pasadena and Sierra Madre.

"They had drafted a very-well-put-together ordinance, so it's something we may take a look at and add to it or take away from it depending on what our needs are," Costanzo said of Pasadena's ordinance.

The regulations prohibit smoking in public parks, outdoor restaurant areas, in ATM lines or 20 feet from any building. ...

LA City Council to consider smoking ban at outdoor cafes
Los Angeles Times - January 20, 2010

The Los Angeles City Council is expected today to consider a ban on smoking in the city’s outdoor cafes. The proposed ordinance would prohibit smoking within 10 feet of outdoor restaurant patios and gardens, and within 40 feet of a mobile food truck.

Smoking is already banned at city beaches, parks and within 25 feet of playgrounds, bleachers, sports fields and picnic areas. The proposed ordinance on outdoor dining areas, which was sponsored by Councilman Greig Smith, would take effect after a one-year grace period in which restaurants would be required to post signs informing customers of the new law. ...

What About Granting Outdoor Smoking Licenses?
WeHo News - Leon Acord - January 18, 2010

West Hollywood, California (January 18, 2010) – As the debate rages over West Hollywood’s proposed outdoor smoking ban ordinance, it’s clear that few topics (with the exception of abortion) are as divisive as public smoking. ...

Council approves smoking, butts ban at city parks and trails
Grass Valey Union, 2010-01-14

Smokers will need to take their butts to the sidewalks and streets soon in Nevada City, and then throw them away..

The City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday to add an amendment to a proposed ordinance banning smoking in city parks and on city-owned trails.

Favoring a designated smoking area within the parks, Councilwoman Barbara Coffman cast the lone dissenting vote. ...

State sues electronic cigarettes retailer
Marisa Lagos
San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday, January 14, 2010

They look and may even taste like cigarettes, and their manufacturer claims they are a safe, tar-free alternative to the cancer-causing real thing.

But California Attorney General Jerry Brown says that electronic cigarettes - also known as e-cigarettes - contain dangerous chemicals and are being inappropriately marketed to children, and that their makers have no evidence to support claims that the product is safe.

On Wednesday, the state's top cop filed suit in Alameda Superior Court accusing Smoking Everywhere, one of the largest e-cigarette retailers in the United States, of violating a number of state laws by making misleading statements, failing to warn consumers of the product's potential harm and engaging in unfair business practices. A similar suit was filed against the same company by Oregon's attorney general last year.

Brown wants the court to prohibit Smoking Everywhere from selling its product in California until the company produces evidence that e-cigarettes are safe. ...

SF Could Improve its Anti-Smoking 'Test Score' -- By Forbidding You To Smoke ...
SF Weekly (blog) - January 14, 2010

Earlier this week, the American Lung Association released its annual "Tobacco Policy Report Card," grading cities on how effectively they limit smoking. The city of Richmond -- which is cursed with a reputation as a great place to have a cigarette shot out of one's mouth -- turned around its F grade last year and got an A. San Francisco, meanwhile, got a C.

Obviously, that leaves lots of room for improvement -- and San Francisco is a city that bristles at the description "average." And yet, improvement may only come via giving the government the ability to intrude in your life to a degree many might feel is downright creepy. ...

Lung association: Contra Costa cities should follow Richmond's anti-tobacco lead
City is only one in Contra Costa to receive an A from lung group
Contra Costa Times, 2010-01-13

While most Contra Costa cities received failing or near-failing marks for efforts to curtail and control tobacco use in 2009, the American Lung Association of California on Tuesday lauded an exception.

The association chose Richmond City Hall to release its annual State of Tobacco Control report card because new tobacco-focused ordinances took the city from an F in 2008 to an A in 2009.

Richmond "is not only a leader in the state, but a leader in the nation," said Jane Warner, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of California.

The association and the city worked together on several ordinances during the past year that restrict tobacco use in outdoor areas, impose fees on sellers, and place limits on tobacco sales and displays. However, the city's smoking ban in all multiunit housing drew the highest praise. . . .

In Contra Costa, 12 of 19 cities received an overall grade of F, and five earned a D. Richmond received the only A; Martinez and the county's unincorporated ...

Brown Sues Electronic Cigarette Maker for Targeting Minors and Misleading Advertising Claims
State of California, Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, Jr., January 13, 2010

Oakland-Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today sued Florida-based electronic-cigarette retailer Smoking Everywhere to prevent the company from targeting minors and making "misleading and irresponsible" claims that electronic cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking.

"Smoking Everywhere launched a misleading and irresponsible advertising campaign targeting minors and claiming that electronic cigarettes do not contain harmful chemicals," Brown said. "We are asking the Court to take these cigarettes off the market until the company has proven the products are safe."

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are battery-operated devices with nicotine cartridges designed to look and feel like conventional cigarettes. Instead of actual smoke, e-cigarettes produce a vapor from the nicotine cartridge that is inhaled by the user. Smoking Everywhere, one of the largest e-cigarette retailers in the United States, claims in its advertisements that the e-cigarettes have no carcinogens, no tar, no second-hand smoke, and are therefore safe and healthy.

However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that electronic cigarettes contain a variety of dangerous chemicals, including nicotine, carcinogens such as nitrosamines and, in at least one case, diethylene glycol, commonly known as antifreeze.

Today's lawsuit seeks to prevent the company from selling its products until there is evidence to substantiate its claims that they are safe. The lawsuit will also require the products to display the state-mandated Proposition 65 warnings of ingredients known to cause cancer or reproductive harm and seeks to prevent the company from making false and misleading claims and promoting the products to minors.

In one advertisement targeted to minors, Smoking Everywhere featured a video with radio show host Howard Stern claiming, "kids love ‘em." The products feature flavors that appeal to youth, including strawberry, chocolate, mint, banana and cookies-and-cream. ...

S.F.'s 20-cent cigarette fee headed to court?
San Francisco Chronicle, 2010-01-10
Heather Knight

In what has become a familiar scenario, Philip Morris USA has filed a complaint in San Francisco Superior Court over the city's new 20-cent fee tacked onto packs of cigarettes.

The move probably foreshadows a lawsuit - the second time in 18 months the tobacco giant will have sued San Francisco over its cutting-edge cigarette policies. The company said the city's first-of-its-kind ban on cigarette sales in drug stores including Walgreens violated its constitutional rights to advertise its products, but its claim was rejected in court.

Now, Philip Morris and some local retailers say the city's 20-cent charge on cigarette packs, the brainchild of Mayor Gavin Newsom that was implemented Oct. 1, violates state law because voters didn't approve it. The city argues that because it's a fee, rather than a tax, voter approval isn't required.

Newsom said the city completed an extensive study showing that it costs San Francisco $7.5 million every year to clean up cigarette butts tossed onto city streets and that smokers should be the ones picking up the tab.
"Twenty cents a pack - that's what it costs us," Newsom said of the cleanup, adding he wasn't surprised by Philip Morris' complaint. "We anticipated this. I think they'll lose. They lose most of their lawsuits." ...

Philip Morris targets S.F.'s cigarette fee
City Insider
San Francisco Chronicle, 2010-01-10

No butts about it: Philip Morris doesn't like San Francisco tobacco policies

In what has become a familiar scenario, Philip Morris USA has filed a complaint in San Francisco Superior Court over the city's new 20-cent fee tacked onto packs of cigarettes.

The move likely foreshadows a lawsuit - the second time in 18 months the tobacco giant will have sued San Francisco over its cutting-edge cigarette policies. The company said the city's first-of-its-kind ban on cigarette sales in drug stores including Walgreens violated its constitutional rights to advertise its products, but its claim was rejected in court.

Now, Philip Morris and some local retailers say the city's 20-cent charge on cigarette packs, the brainchild of Mayor Gavin Newsom that was implemented Oct. 1, violates state law because voters didn't approve it. The city argues that since it's a fee, rather than a tax, voter approval isn't required. ...

Newsom: Big tobacco likely to lose latest challenge
San Francisco (CA) Examiner, 2010-01-07
Mike Aldax

Mayor Gavin Newsom anticipates little trouble stamping out big tobacco's latest legal challenge against San Francisco policies.
Philip Morris USA has filed a complaint in San Francisco Superior Court about the 20-cent fee The City has imposed on packs of cigarettes. Money from the fee will go toward cleaning cigarette butts from city streets, The City says. ...

Tobacco Control Report Card for California to Be Released
PR Newswire (press release) - January 7, 2010

ALAC graded 407 municipalities (373 cities, 34 counties) based on local ordinances for smoke-free outdoor air, smoke-free housing and reducing sales of ...

Lawsuit pending regarding cig fee
By: Mike Aldax
San Francisco Examiner, January 5, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO ­ Big tobacco is challenging San Francisco policies yet again.

Philip Morris USA and several local retailers recently filed a complaint in San Francisco Superior Court accusing The City of violating state law when it imposed a 20-cent charge on packs of cigarettes on Oct. 1 without approval from voters.

The complaint is a precursor to a lawsuit.

The main point of contention is whether the added charge to cigarette packs should have been implemented as a tax or a regulatory fee.

Under state law, new taxes require approval from two-thirds of voters. However, local governments can charge a fee for programs without seeking voter input if they can prove there is a cause-and-effect link. …

SF Launches New Anti-Smoking Campaign
FoxReno.com - January 5, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO -- Starting Tuesday, posters dotting city bus shelters and intersections will urge San Francisco smokers to "make today the day" they quit the cigarette habit.

That slogan, emblazoned on a bright red and white poster, is popping up at 42 poster boards and transit sites across San Francisco, city and health officials announced this morning. The campaign to encourage residents to kick the habit is a partnership between the American Lung Association in California, Healthy San Francisco and the city's Department of Public Health ...

San Francisco may expand smoking ban
San Francisco Chronicle - Rachel Gordon - December 16, 2009

San Francisco, which was at the vanguard of the anti-smoking movement more than a decade ago when it became one of the first American cities to bar people from lighting up in the workplace, now is poised to enact much tougher restrictions on smoking in public places.

Smokers no longer would be allowed to puff away near the doors, vents and operable windows of any building - restaurants, shops, offices and housing complexes.

Diners no longer would be able to smoke at outdoor tables. Smoking would be banned from farmers' markets, lines for movie theaters, concerts and sporting events, near ATMs and cab stands. The smoking ban in and near transit stops would be expanded. ...

Smoking ban moves forward
San Francisco (CA) Examiner, 2009-12-16
Mike Aldax Examiner Staff Writer

San Franciscans would see a bevy of more "no smoking" signs in The City if legislation introduced Tuesday is approved.

As The Examiner reported in November, Supervisor Eric Mar reignited the stalled legislation that would forbid smoking in a slew of new settings, adding to existing bans in bars, restaurants, parks, transit stops and taxis.
The bill would expand no-smoking zones to include farmers' markets, outdoor seating areas of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, and common areas of multiunit housing complexes. ...

Officers average a ticket a day during first weeks of Santa Cruz...
Santa Cruz Sentinel - Jennifer Squires - December 14, 2009

SANTA CRUZ -- The air on Pacific Avenue was crisp after Friday's morning rain when three people lit up cigarettes not far from the Bonny Doon Flower Company kiosk.

As they got their nicotine fix, the trio said they didn't know smoking has been banned on downtown's main drag for nearly three months.

Although officers started citing smokers Nov. 23 and are averaging one $20 ticket a day, police still are giving out warnings and have made hundreds of "educational contacts" since the City Council adopted the no-smoking ordinance for Pacific Avenue, the Municipal Wharf and Main Beach areas in late September, according to police spokesman Zach Friend. ...

Courthouse square facing rules, fees
San Mateo Daily Journal - Michelle Durand - December 14, 2009

Courthouse Square, the public plaza at the heart of downtown Redwood City, will require event permits and associated fees and ban activities like smoking and skateboarding under a proposed ordinance coming before the City Council Monday night.

No specific incidents spurred the proposal, said city spokesman Malcolm Smith, but there have been complaints over the last season about “user behaviors.”

An ordinance establishing user guidelines has always been in the works since the square opened, he added.

“Our goal has been — and continues to be — to provide a fun, safe, clean place for all to enjoy. We think such an ordinance will help accomplish this,” Smith said.

If passed, the ordinance will prohibit specific activities including smoking, biking, skateboarding, bathing, littering, camping and sleeping between midnight and dawn. The only exceptions to non-motorized vehicles will be wheelchairs, adaptive aides and strollers. ...

Smoking ban at beaches and parks inches forward
The Daily Sound - Colby Frazier - December 9, 2009

Dunn noted that the city of Carpinteria, in 2004, banned smoking at beaches and parks, and the results have been positive. Some question if a smoking ban ...

Smoking ban advocates stay committed
Santa Monica Daily Press - Nick Taborek - December 9, 2009

CITYWIDE ­ Rent Control Board Commissioner Robert Kronovet may have faltered in his first attempt to ban smoking inside Santa Monica ...

How to dish out grant money in Nevada City
The Union of Grass Valley - Michelle Rindels - December 9, 2009

Reviewing a draft of a city ordinance prohibiting smoking in public places, including parks. • Reviewing a draft of a city ordinance to repeal the Business ...

Council gives preliminary OK to smoking lounge regulations
Long Beach Press-Telegram - Paul Eakins - December 8, 2009

The year-long moratorium was initiated in March after the council legalized smoking lounges in February, reversing part of Long Beach's 15-year-old ban on ...

Supes could seek smoking ban at beaches, parks
The Daily Sound - Colby Frazier - December 8, 2009

A week after permanently banning alcohol from beaches in Isla Vista, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors today will consider adding smoking to its list of prohibited activities at county beaches and parks.

According to an agenda letter prepared for the meeting, Santa Barbara County is among the last jurisdictions with beachfront property in Southern California to lack such a ban.

The agenda letter says a ban would help protect public safety by reducing second-hand smoke and greatly reduce litter. It says cigarette butts are the No. 1 source of litter found during coastal clean-ups.

“I believe that there should be a ban on smoking,” said 2nd District Supervisor Janet Wolf, who had the item placed on the Board’s agenda. ...

Ordinance impacts still hazy ­ SLO considers extending downtown smoking ban
Pacific Coast Business Times - Tyler Wise - December 7, 2009

A new city ordinance that could expand San Luis Obispo’s smoking ban to most public outdoor spaces has raised concerns among some business owners that it could negatively affect their bottom lines.

Currently, San Luis Obispo prohibits smoking inside bars, restaurants, and all government and public facilities. The city made headlines in 1990 when it became the first city in the world to institute such a ban — and now it may go further.

On Dec. 1, the City Council discussed a proposal brought forth by the Parks and Recreation Commission to ban the use of tobacco from city-owned recreation areas, including Mission Plaza and its adjacent creek walk, and included a strong recommendation to consider banning smoking in other public areas such as downtown sidewalks. ...

SLO city cracks down on smoking - again
San Luis Obispo County (CA) New Times, 2009-12-02
MATT FOUNTAIN

Nearly two decades after San Luis Obispo became the first city to prohibit smoking in public establishments, "Phase One" of a city wide outdoor public smoking ban is now underway.

The San Luis Obispo City Council on Dec. 1 unanimously approved an amendment to the city's municipal code to ban all forms of tobacco products from city-owned outdoor recreation areas, such as Mitchell Park, Mission Plaza, and its adjacent creekwalk.

Council members not only agreed with the recommendation but also decided to go a step further, instructing the