Almost Illegal To Smoke in California: A Brief History of Smoking Bans

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It’s getting pretty darn near illegal to light up cancer stick anywhere in California. State lawmakers approved a bill to outlaw smoking at 278 state parks and beaches.

As reported at True/Slant, with the future of smoking uncertain in California, let’s look at a brief history of the evolution of smoking bans in order to find out how we got to the place we’re currently at:

  • 1575, a Mexican ecclesiastical council constructed a ban that forbid the use of tobacco in any church in Mexico, as well as in the Spanish colonies in the Caribbean.
  • 1624. Pope Urban VII threatened to excommunicate anyone who “took tobacco in the porchway of or inside a church, whether it be by chewing it, smoking it with a pipe, or sniffing it in powdered form through the nose”.
  • 1633, the Ottoman sultan Murad IV prohibited smoking in his empire.
  • 1876, The first building in the world to have a smoke-free policy was the Old Government Building in Wellington, New Zealand, due to concerns over fire safety being it was the second largest wooden building in the world.
  • 1941, under orders of Adolf Hitler the first modern, nationwide tobacco ban was imposed by the Nazi Party in every German university, post office, military hospital, and Nazi Party office, under the auspices of Karl Astel’s Institute for Tobacco Hazards Research.
  • 1975, Minnesota enacted the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act, making it the first state to ban smoking in most public spaces. Restaurants were required to have No Smoking sections.
  • 1990, San Luis Obispo, California, became the first city in the world to ban indoor smoking at all public places, including bars and restaurants.
  • 1998, it became illegal to smoke in bars, restaurants and public places in California .

With more and more bans being implemented, what does the future hold for smokers? Will smokers be forced to live in their own cities like in the movie Escape from New York? Will smokers slowly die off and become extinct? Hmmm, I wonder? Only time will tell my friend, only time will tell.


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