Posts tagged: smoking ban

Panel to Consider Bill Banning Smoking in Casinos

Tweet DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State senators will discuss legislation that would ban smoking in Iowa casinos. A Senate subcommittee was scheduled to discuss the proposal Tuesday. Casinos were exempted from Iowa’s Smokefree Air Act when it passed in 2008. Democratic Sen. Jack Hatch, who has supported efforts to expand the ban, says it would be a public health benefit. But he questioned whether the bill would have much support in the Le ... Jump to full article >>

Vote about tobacco ban on Ohio college campuses planned

Tweet COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio higher education officials plan a vote Monday urging the state’s public campuses to ban tobacco use. That would include Ohio State, one of the nation’s largest universities, which currently bans only indoor smoking. Bans on the use, advertising and sales of tobacco in all its forms are being enacted or considered at perhaps half of campuses nationwide, sometimes over the objections of student smokers, ... Jump to full article >>

Louisiana House agrees to extend smoking ban

Tweet BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana House has agreed to prohibit smoking within 25 feet of the entrance to any building where smoking already is banned. Republican Rep. Frank Hoffmann, of West Monroe, says he’s pushing the proposal because of the dangers of secondhand cigarette smoke. Louisiana prohibits smoking in restaurants, public places, public buildings and many places of employment. Hoffmann’s proposal would extend the ban ... Jump to full article >>

Ohio may ban smoking in cars

Tweet Hoping to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, ear infections, colds, pneumonia, bronchitis, and other childhood illnesses linked to secondhand smoke exposure, Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it illegal to smoke in vehicles when young children are present. Some local residents say the bill, recently introduced into the Ohio Senate, is too invasive, while others say it doesn’t go far enough because it ... Jump to full article >>

UC system banning smoking from all campuses

Tweet The University of California is banning cigarettes and all other tobacco products from its campuses over the next two years, in a move designed to both protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke and prevent young people from developing the bad habit. Students and staff alike will be prohibited from smoking anywhere on a UC campus – including outdoor spaces, parking lots and private residences. There won’t be any designated smoking ... Jump to full article >>

Concord bans smoking, tobacco in parks

Tweet CONCORD, NC — Cigarette manufacturer Phillip Morris is gone and now smoking is on its way out, too, as Concord City Council bans smoking and the use of tobacco products from city parks. Concord City Council voted 4-3 Thursday to ban smoking and tobacco use from the city’s parks to encourage healthier choices for residents and to reduce the effect of secondhand smoke on the children and adults who use the parks. Council members Dr. H ... Jump to full article >>

Half of Beijing’s restaurants ignore smoking ban

Tweet BEIJING, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) — A survey conducted by an environmental group finds that a government ban on smoking in indoor public venues has been completely ignored by half of Beijing’s restaurants, a finding that underscores the challenges of controlling tobacco in a country with 300 million smokers. The Daerwen Nature Quest Agency, a civil environmental group, conducted the five-month survey of 51 mid-range and low-end restauran ... Jump to full article >>

China bans smoking in public venues — in theory

Tweet BEIJING — China launches a ban on smoking in indoor public spaces Sunday but the effort is widely viewed as vague and half-hearted and few expect it to have much of an impact in the tobacco-addicted country. The nationwide prohibition is designed to bring China — which has more than 300 million smokers, roughly equal to the entire population of the United States — more in line with health regulations in developed countries. Bu ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking Ban Could Expand to Greensboro Parks

Tweet A smoking ban proposal could encompass 175 parks and recreational facilities in Greensboro. Smokers could no longer light up legally in any part of the municipal park system under a proposal city officials are considering. If enacted in full, the ban would cover all outdoor areas across a system that encompasses about 175 parks and other recreational facilities, including greenways and trails. Cone Health Foundation recently asked the city ... Jump to full article >>

O’Fallon, Mo., smoking ban foes seek another election

Tweet O’FALLON, Mo. — Just 15 days after voters passed a comprehensive smoking ban, opponents on Wednesday disclosed plans to gather signatures to spur another election on the issue. A group called Repeal The Ban notified the city of its intention to petition for a referendum on the ban at a special election in November. The ban – covering bars, restaurants and other indoor public places in St. Charles County’s largest city &# ... Jump to full article >>