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No compromise reached on DeRidder smoking ban

August 16th, 2011 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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The DeRidder City Council failed to reach a compromise over a controversial measure which would ban smoking/tobacco use in all city parks. Now, the future of the proposed ordinance by Councilwoman Elizabeth Granger remains uncertain.

Last week, the council tabled the proposal after a public hearing sparked a spirited debate over the issue.
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Economic impact of smoking ban in Orlando has positive side

August 5th, 2011 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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A new economic impact study released today from the Orange County Health Department found that smoking bans in Florida have not harmed businesses. And in some cases, being smoke-free had a positive effect on business profits.

Researchers from the University of Chicago looked at sales tax revenues from area restaurants, hotels and theme parks to see how Florida’s Clean Indoor Air Act, implemented in 2003, had affected profits.
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County Council Hears Pitch to Expand Smoking Ban

July 29th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco ban Tags:

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For Marty Ginsburg, the St. Louis County smoking ban hasn’t been a boon to his business.

Ginsburg – the owner of the Chesterfield-based Sports Page Bar & Grill – told the St. Louis County Council on Tuesday that the nearly seven-month old ban on smoking inside most public buildings hasn’t produced a “level playing field.” That’s because exemptions allow numerous bars that primarily serve alcohol to escape the ban’s reach.
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James Reilly against total smoking ban in cars

July 28th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has said it is ‘irresponsible’ of parents to smoke in the presence of children, given the evidence that tobacco smoke is a carcinogen which shortens lives.
He said he favoured introducing legislation, as early as possible next year, to ban smoking in cars when children are present.
The minister said the State had a duty of care to minors and he wanted to start a public debate on the issue.
However, he is not proposing a total ban, as suggested in some newspaper reports today. Ream more »

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1-Year-Old Smoking Ban Helps Some Kick Habit

July 7th, 2011 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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It’s been a year since the statewide smoking ban took effect, and despite a backlash from some, Gov. Scott Walker said the ban is working and it’s here to stay. There’s no doubt some will continue smoking, but the ban is making many cut down on cigarettes. The pack a day habit started 40 years ago for George Smid, who said the ban is getting him to reconsider. “I would say the ban has cut down on my amount of smoking,” said Smid. “You smoke a lot less when you have to go outside than when you’re sitting in a bar stool lighting up one after another.” Read more

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Smoker convicted of assaulting tobacco control inspector

July 6th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Hong Kong (HKSAR) – A 62-year-old man was convicted by the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Courts today (July 5) of assaulting a Tobacco Control Inspector (TCI).He was sentenced to four weeks in prison and fined $500 for each offence – smoking in a banned place, failing to produce an identity card and dumping litter in a public place.

The incident took place at Diamond Hill Station Public Transport Interchange in Wong Tai Sin on February 12. Ream more »

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Council At Odds Over Proposed Smoking Ban in Parks

June 28th, 2011 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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Most of the Batavia City Council says to smokers: “Get your butts out of our parks.”
Rosemary Christian, however, says: “Keep your butts in one place.”

Council tonight took up the issue of smoking and drinking in public parks, and most agreed those behaviors should be banned (Councilpersons Bill Cox and Frank Ferrando were absent this evening). But Christian, an admittedly addicted smoker, disagreed with the smoking portion of the proposal. In an animated rant, she said prohibiting smoking would infringe upon her rights.
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Tobacco tax, smoking ban could save W.Va millions

June 16th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Comprehensive smoke-free laws and a $1 tobacco tax increase could reduce the number of West Virginia smokers by 45,700, avert nearly 20,300 deaths and save nearly $25 million in health care costs, according to a new report by the American Lung Association.

Strong statewide smoking regulations for restaurants, bars and workplaces, in addition to increased tobacco taxes are proven ways to prevent and reduce smoking rates, said John R. Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
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Teens want to stop smoking on beaches

June 15th, 2011 Posted in Teens smoking Tags:

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South Portland High School sophomore Elisa Martin discovered two cigarette butts as she put her toes into the sand at Willard Beach Tuesday afternoon.
Those remnants and more than a thousand others are why she and her classmates, twin brothers Conor and Jackson Beck, will present a draft of a nonsmoking ordinance to city councilors Monday night.
The three will lead off the council workshop at the South Portland Community Center by seeking a smoking ban for city beaches and parks. Ream more »

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Metro directors douse idea of full smoking ban in parks

June 2nd, 2011 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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Metro Vancouver will draw up new rules to restrict smoking in high-traffic areas of regional parks but it won’t force all smokers to butt out throughout parks and trails.

That’s the preliminary decision of the Metro parks committee Wednesday after Vancouver Coun. Tim Stevenson’s motion for a full ban on smoking in regional parks was defeated 7-4.

“The majority of people don’t want to be bothered walking down a trail on a beach or anywhere else in a park by second-hand smoke,” Stevenson said.
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