Fewer Students Smoking Cigarettes in North Carolina

Latest Youth Tobacco Survey conducted in North Carolina found that fewer middle and high school students in the state are smoking cheapest cigarettes. The bad news is that more students use other More »

Chinese Passengers Smoked in Airplane Despite Ban

Recently a group of passengers told that they were on-lookers of a case when a budget airline did not stop passengers from smoking their cheapest cigarettes during a flight. The talk is More »

Illinois May Prohibit Smoking in Beer Gardens

According to Illinois Register,  Illinois Department of Public Health proposed to expand existing smoking ban and prohibit smoking in beer gardens, patios and other outdoor seating zones in the next months after More »

University of Delaware Banned Smoking on Its Campus

The University of Delaware, located in Newark (state of Delaware), told that all its campuses are going to become tobacco-free starting from this month. The initiative came from students who want to More »

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More Connecticut Cities Want a Smoking Ban

Cigarettes on Beaches

The Recreation Department in Milford city, Connecticut, wants to prohibit smoking  at Little League fields, city parks, beaches and other recreation areas. The city wants to join a number of Connecticut cities who already did it.

As Director of Recreation Paul Piscitelli says, by now it is only the idea, because the proposal was not brought officially to Parks, Beach and Recreation Commission.

Piscitelli told that over the last several years the department got a lot of complaints regarding smoking cigarettes online at ballfields.

The Recreation Department programs are destined for people’s health and wellness, and secondhand smoke has nothing to do with that. Smoking in public places is not only about secondhand smoke effects, but also about an example for others. When youth sees smokers everywhere, they start thinking that smoking is a normal thing.

According to Chris Stan, spokesman for the state’s Department of Health, the Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program works together with municipalities to make their parks, beaches and recreation areas smoke-free. Totally there are 169 municipalities in Connecticut, and among them 12 implemented a smoke-free policy in parks and beaches.

Guilford prohibited smoking on beaches 20 years ago. The main reason for that decision was to reduce litter on beaches and prevent kids from picking up cigarette butts. Parks and Recreation Director Rick Maynard told the sand was like a “giant ashtray” to smokers. Today people caught smoking on Guilford beach will have to pay a fine of $50-$90.  It is a well known fact that cigarette butts are extremely difficult to remove from sand.

Alex Palluzzi, Department of Parks and Recreation in Branford, saus that it is a great idea to implement smoking ban in the municipality, but the issude should be researched first.

New Bill Increasing Cigarette Tax in Philadelphia

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On Monday, House of Representatives in Pennsylvania voted 114-84 a bill which gives the Philadelphia authorities the right to impose $2 per pack tax on cigarettes and direct these money to fund city schools.

The bill was sent to state Senate for the approval and it will vote for it this week. If it passes there, it will be sent to the Governor Tom Corbett for the final decision.

It took several months to bring the law in the House of Representatives for voting. Thus it was supported by 40 Republicans and 74 Democrats. 14 Democrats and 70  Republicans voted against.

Current year, schools budget face a gap of $81 million. It was estimated that proposed cigarette tax would bring to local budget from $70 million to $90 million annually

Those who opposed the cigarette tax increase, including  Rep. Glen Grell, R-Hampden Twp, name several arguments against the bill:
– the proposed $2 cigarette tax may move current cigarette sales to neighboring states, for example, in Delaware and New Jersey, therefore Pennsylvania may lose a lot of money;
– small businesses may be affected;
– other school districts or municipalities who also have a gap in their budget, may want to follow Philadelphia example;
– the tax will not touch online cigarettes stores and more people will buy online cigarettes.

Fewer Students Smoking Cigarettes in North Carolina

Smoker

Latest Youth Tobacco Survey conducted in North Carolina found that fewer middle and high school students in the state are smoking cheapest cigarettes.

The bad news is that more students use other tobacco products and here the talk is about pipes, snuff, hookah and e-cigarettes.

The doctors are worried much about youth interest towards e-cigarettes and significant increase in use of this product. Data shows that in the last two years e-ciagrettes use among teens has more than tripled.

In the course of the survey, the researchers found that 10% of middle school students and 30% of high school students in North Carolina use one or another kind of tobacco product. According to Health Director of Mecklenburg County, e-cigarettes do represent a serious problem when the talk is about youth, because still few studies were made on thir effects on human bodies.

E-cigarettes are sold to young people without any restriction, therefore they start smoking at their early age. Studies demonstrate that 90% of smokers started smoking when they were under 18 and in adult age they already became regular smokers. The earlier  people begin smoking, the harder for them is to quit in adult age.

Dr. Marcus Plescia comes with a proposal to prohibit tobacco use on county grounds in order to reduce smoking rates among youth in North Carolina. Mecklenburg County Commission is the body who takes such decisions. At the same time, smokers who want to quit may use QuitLine NC.

Calaveras County to Eliminate Tobacco Smoke from Apartments

Smoker

In an attempt to protect its residents from secondhand smoke, Calaveras Multiunit Housing Workgroup in the state of California said it wants to make its apartments smoke-free. Last week, on September 10, they presented a 12-minute video called “Share Walls, Not Smoke” which features interviews with an apartment owner and several residents.

The Workgroup includes apartment managers, residents, owners and smokers who are willing to restrict their neighbors’ exposure. In the campaign do participate young anti-smoking activists who will encourage smokers to smoke their Bond cigarettes outside apartments. They are glad to learn more about the effects of secondhand smoke exposure and make part of an anti-smoking camapign. Now they know that tobacco smoke via ventilation syatem enters the apartments of residents neighboring a smoker.

According to Joan Mazzetti, health education manager for Calaveras Public Health Services, it is only the beginning and more is to be done.

Last several years Community Transformation Grant funded Calaveras Multiunit Housing Workgroup so that they could solve the problem of chronic disease health management. Calaveras was chosen among 12 rural counties to get the funding. However, September is the month when the Grant expires and numerous organizations told they are ready to fund the initiative to protect people from secondhand smoke exposure in apartments.

Mazzetti says that though smoking is a personal choice, community should take particular measures to protect children, pregnant women and people with chronic deases from exposure to tobacco smoke, as it impacts their health. Tobacco is a legal product, but its use must be restricted because it affects not only health of the smoker but also health of other people.

Recently Millhouses of Adams announced about its plans to become smoke-free.

Smoking Ban in Chicago Extended to Parks

Smoking in Park

Last week District Board of Commissioners in Chicago with the majority of votes adopted an ordinance which prohibits smoking in city parks and harbors. The ordinance comes into action immediately. Previously smoking ban ordinance was adopted in 2007 and it prohibited smoking on playgounds, beaches and buildings situated on Park District.

The change came right before Riot Fest music festival that took place at Humboldt Park on weekend. There will be placed no-smoking signs in parks to inform people about the ban. The ordinance prohibits use not only of cigarettes but also of cigars, e-cigarettes, pipies and marijuana.

Joel Africk, president and CEO of the Respiratory Health Association, says that the smoking ban in parks follows three major aims:
– to reduce litter in parks;
– protect people from secondhand smoke exposure;
– encourage people to quit.

It is considered that the less children will see people smoking Camel cigarettes in public places the more are the chances they will keep away from the habit in their adult age.

However, the anti-smokng ordinance raised questions on how it will be applied. Commissioner Vice President Avis LaVelle says that there should be a concrete idea of that, but it is clear that it is the police who will watch out for the enforcement. The fine for breaking the law is $500.

Recently the American Lung Association visited ten parks in Chicago and found out that only one of them had a no-smoking sign behind the playground. They say that all parks should have these signs.

Smoking in parks was banned in New York City in 2011 and in Boston in 2013. Generally, more American cities and counties ban smoking in aprks. Thus authorities in Kent County discuss the smoking ban in parks.

Smoke-Free Campuses Trendy in American Universities

Smoking Student

Before adopting a smoke-free policy, the University of Minnesota discussed the subject for years as it raised particular controversies. However, the smoke-free policy was adopted and in July 1, 2014, it came into action.

Smoke-free policies in campuses of American universities and colleges gain popularity in the country and more and more educational institutions join this trend.

Experts say that smoke-free campuses become a norm in American society.

Anti-smoking policy in the University of Minnesota prohibits use of any form of tobacco on all University property. Earlier other five schools of Big Ten banned smoking in their territory during past decade. Other two schools permit smoking in designated areas on campus. University of Minnesota with other two of Big Ten schools banned both tobacco use and smoking.

First educational institution among Big Ten that prohibited use of tobacco and smoking on its campus in 2008 was Indiana University. According to Jerry Minger, superintendent of public safety at Indiana University, there were not received any complaints when the ban was proposed. He is happy that across the USA smoke-free policies become popular and more universities join the trend, because it will help to make society more healthy. Modern students are informed about the effects of smoking on human body and therefore welcome smoking bans on campus.

According to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, totally in the USA there are  nearly 1,400 colleges and universities that already go smoke-free.

In Boynton College Student Health Survey conducted in 2013, more than 60% of students said that they do support a smoke-free campus policy.  10% of students told they are regular smokers who smoke cigarettes on the daily basis.

Pleasant Hill to Expand Smoking Ban

Smoking Woman

In 2013, Michael Harris, the Council Member of Pleasant Hill proposed to prohibit smoking in the downtown shopping district, but the proposal did not gain any support. So the ban was not adopted. Harris considers it was not a perfect moment to come with such a proposal as City Council had on its agenda the regulation of gun sales.

However, Harris says regualting smoking in the city is one of most important issues to deal with today. A lot of families with kids do walk in downtown for shopping or in restaurants, and they are forced to inhale tobacco smoke there. Harris considers smoking should be prohibited there, because secondhand smoke affects negatively human body, especially in kids.

He considers that smoking ban in downtown is the best thing to do for residents to improve the environment in places they most often do visit.

Last week Harris asked the City Council to reconsider his proposal of smoking ban in downtown and include e-cigarettes in it. The Council will discuss the proposal this week at City Hall. Smoker John who chooses Kent cigarettes is against the ban and says that in 2013 the Council had to decide the issue with gun sale and there was not a right time to put into discussion the smoking ban.

Data presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says that annually thousands of people suffer from smoking related diseases and here secondhand smoke plays not a last role.

In 2013 Walnut Creek approved a policy that bans smoking in all public places, including downtown, recreational areas and multiunit housing. There was expanded smoking ban around Todos Santos Plaza.

During past several years  Pleasant Hill adopted several smoking bans. Back in 2006, the city prohibited smoking in many public places and workplaces. In 2010 smoking was banned at bus stations, ticket lines and ATMs. In 2011 smoking was prohibited in city parks, hiking trails, open areas, parking lots and other places.

Chinese Passengers Smoked in Airplane Despite Ban

China United Airlines

Recently a group of passengers told that they were on-lookers of a case when a budget airline did not stop passengers from smoking their cheapest cigarettes during a flight.

The talk is about passengers from China United Airlines (CUA) flight 5216 who told they saw people smoking cigarettes in the toilet during the flight from Chengdu to Beijing.

The airplane was forced to ground at Taiyuan due to thunderstorms, but despite ban people smoked on the steps of the plane and outside it when the plane was on the ground.

Normally, passengers must undergo a security check before re-boarding the plane in order to ensure safety during flight, but this time there was made no such a procedure as plane crew said there is no necessity for it.

However, despite passengers claims, CUA representatives told that when people started smoking, plane crew asked them immediately to stop and confiscated their cigarettes and matches. But the passengers say that the crew did nothing to ensure their safety during flight. Smoking on airplane represents a fire risk, therefore is prohibited.

Generally, cigarettes and matches should not be brought to cabin and they could be confiscated in case security check took place in Taiyuan. In past there were cases when smoking in toilets on the plane caused fires on planes.

The airline told that the case is being investigated and in case plane crew will be found guilty it will suffer a penalty.

Xu Ke, an aviation safety expert, told that it is impossible to detect matches during safety check, especially if they are without boxes. Here is needed an advanced technology to detect it.

Chinese law imposes a fine of 200 yuan for smoking in a plane.

Ocean City Wants to Restrict Smoking on Beaches

Smoking Man

During their town Council meeting, authorities in Ocean City, Maryland, voted for adopting a new anti-smoking law that would ban smoking on beaches and along the boardwalk. However, smoking will be allowed in designated areas. The law was approved with 4 votes for and 3 against it.

The authorities of the city expalin that smoking ban on the beaches will help to reduce litter and prevent visitors from secondhand smoke. However, the ban will touch regular cigarettes, but e-cigarettes are not included in it.

Designated areas will be created at the distance of no more than 50 feet to the beach. On the beaches there will be placed no-smoking signs informing people about the ban.

Designated areas for smokers will be clearly marked.

There was made a survey, which revealed that among 37 respondents 30 told they support the smoking ban and 7 told they do not. 60% of hotels and motels support smoking restrictions.

Authorities say that in order to create designated smoking areas. is needed around $20,000.

The law now is in form of draft and this month the anti-smoking law will be proposed for final approval. In case it would be approved, it would come into action from may 1, 2015.

Illinois May Prohibit Smoking in Beer Gardens

Beer Garden

According to Illinois Register,  Illinois Department of Public Health proposed to expand existing smoking ban and prohibit smoking in beer gardens, patios and other outdoor seating zones in the next months after introduction of new regulations

Thus the law would ban smoking in all indoor and outdoor dining areas such as bars, restaurants, beer gardens, patios, rooftops, decks, concession areas. The measure is taken in order to protect visitors and worlers from secondhand smoke.

The existing law allows smoking cigarettes online outdoors and that were the only places where smokers could still light up. However, if the new change comes into effect, they will no longer have this right.

Dave Koehler, the Senator of Illinois, in 2012 approved a law, which allowed smoking in outdoor areas of patios and beer gardens. However, instead of calling the law for a vote, Beer Garden Task Force sent to the Department of Public Health a request to specify in what outdoor places smoking to be allowed. The Department gave no clear answer.

The law was reintroduced again in 2013 and again there were provided no details about it.

Workers and owners of several establishments in the city of Peoria were fined for smoking in public place or for failing to prevent smoking. One of them was Dan Kouri, owner of beer garden at Kouri’s Pub on Sterling Avenue.  Before constructing his beer garden, he found out from the Illinois Department of Public Health all the information regarding smoking. He wanted to know where partons may smoke and was told that in beer garden smoking will be permitted.

Jerry Brady,  Peoria County State’s Attorney, told that he could no enforce the existing smoking ban because many things are unclear in it. Therefore it needs to be clarified.