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Fort Collins to Vote in February New Smoking Ban

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In 2014 the state of Colorado became famous in the USA due to legalization of recreational Marijuana use. However, not all smokers will be happy soon.

As Coloradoan writes, the city of Fort Collins is going to vote on an ordinance that could expand the existing smoking ban and it will include a number of different public venues.

In fact, smoking ban laws are not a novelty in the USA. They are becoming very popular in different parts across the country and the trend is still growing. In past smoking was not appreciated by kings and churches and users of tobacco were punished in different ways.

It should be said that namely in a city of Colorado was introduced for the first time a law banning smoking in bars and restaurants. The city of Aspen is regulating tobacco use but did not introduce a total smoking ban and businesses are permitted to have a smoking section.

However, data shows that by 2014 a great number of businesses prohibited smoking in their establishments. Many of them did it on voluntary basis.

Amid the widespread call for Marijuana legalization, the use of tobacco is being reduced. Tobacco becomes unacceptable by the society. Nowadays people do not want to be exposed to secondhand smoke anymore, and even young people support the anti-smoking trend. Over the past years hundreds of American colleges and Universities banned smoking on their campus.

The proposed smoking ban in Fort Collins prohibits use of tobacco in bars, restaurants, motels, hotels and indoor businesses. The final vote will take place on February 5 and up to this date everyone is free to express his opinion on the proposal in a survey found on city’s official website.

In 2014 Fort Collins took an important decision to regulate e-cigarettes just like regular cigarettes.

Cleburne Mayor Asks on Facebook About Smoking Ban

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Scott Cain, the Mayor of Cleburne city in Texas, uses Facebook in order to find out  city residents’ opinions on the prohibiting smoking in public places.

There is no anti-smoking ordinance in action in Cleburne, and the Mayor came with a proposal to consider one. Thus he addressed city residents the next question on his page on Facebook: “Should Cleburne ban smoking in all public places? What do you think?”

In short time he received hundreds of answers, and most of which were simple “Yes!”. However, there were users who disliked the proposal. Jeff Dugger wrote: “Smoking is disgusting but not nearly so as an overreaching government.”

Cain says that smoking ban is a serious issue and it is absolutely normal thing that some disagree with it. Here the talk is about human rights, and it is very important to take into consideration all opinions. On one side are people who do not want to be exposed to secondhand smoke and on the other side are smokers who have the right to use cigarettes.

According to Cain, they do not try to limit rights of smokers in Cleburne city, they just want to balance the rights of all of their citizens.

On January 13 there will take place Council meeting during which councilmen are going to discuss the smoking ban proposal. Residents are welcome to express their opinions on the meetings and on Facebook.

Cain told he examined similar ordinances in Texas and wants to apply to the  Cleburne city the example of North Richland Hills which banned smoking in most public buildings such as stores, restaurants and offices, but allows smoking in bars, outdoor dining patios  and private clubs. Mayor considers that smoking should be permitted in establishments where visitors normally consume alcohol.

City Council in Gadsden, AL, Reconsidering Smoking Ban

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In June 2014, authorities in the city of Gadsden, Alabama, passed an ordinance which prohibits smoking in all enclosed working spaces. Now the city council consider to make some ajustments to the ordinance.

Councilman Ben Reed participated in creating the initial version of the ordinance. He says that new council members want more time to study all details in the ordinance.

The Council passed it back in June 2014 and it was planned to be implemented in January, the next year. New councilors entered the board in November and they told they need more time to become familiar with the ordinance. Also they told that probably there will be a need to make some modifications in it.

Most controversies raises the point about the distance that workers must respect in order to comply with the ordinance. It demands smokers to light up at the distance of 20-foot from any public entrance to a business. As to smokers, they do not support the ordinance as they dislike the idea to searching for a place to smoke during a break. Smoker Jeff considers that there are a lot of things more important than banning smoking in bars and restaurants.

However, the ordinance supporters claim that here the talk is about protecting workers and visitors from secondhand smoke exposure.

The ordinance writes that cigar bars are an exemption. It estalishes smoke-free boundaries outside the entrances to public buildings, and around bleachers at public and sports events and outdoor public transportation stations.

Smoking Ban in Beijing

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Authorities in Beijing, the capital of China, want to introduce a smoking ban in all indoor public spaces, thus smokers will have to seek other places to light up.

Also cigarettes will be banned from advertising in magazines, movies, newspapers and public transport.

Data shows that today in China there are around 300 million smokers.

In past years the country tried to fight with smoking but all its attempts failed.

The new anti-smoking policy comes into effect in June 2015 and at the beginning it will touch only Beijing.

The authorities say that with time the change will cover the entire country.

The proposed anti-smoking law prohibits smoking on the bus stops, at workplace and near hospitals and schools.

Experts say that the measure will help to reduce smoking rates in the country and prevent people from smoking related diseases.

Previous bans were ignored by the population and smokers often were seen with their cigarettes right behind no-smoking signs. In 2011 China prohibited smoking in hotelsand restaurants but it did not work.

However, now authorities promise the ban will work due to introduction of fines.

Ypsilanti Bans Smoking at Three Children’s Playgrounds

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City Council in Ypsilanti, Michigan, last week approved an ordinance that would prohibit smoking at all three children’s playgrounds in the city.

According to Bob Krzewinski of the Ypsilanti Parks and Recreation Commission, they have no intention to make this policy a priority and no one will be sitting out there and writing tickets. The main goal of the policy is to discourage people from smoking in parks as it may affect non-smoking visitors and their kids. Today many people are aware about secondhand smoke effects and they do not want to be exposed to it.

Also  Krzewinski told that it is very important to prohibit smoking in parks because it will help to reduce litter in parks. Cigarette butts are hazardous for the environment as they need hundreds of years to be dossolved.

Krzewinski propsed to ban smoking in all Ypsilanti parks, but Council members told it is too early to talk about such initiative. However, he was glad that his idea to ban smoking at children’s playgrounds found support. He believes that soon the ban will be extended to all city parks.

During the public hearing no one expressed his opinion on the proposed ordinance to the city charter. Only DeBorah Borden from the Washtenaw County Tobacco Use Prevention Program spoke during one of previous public hearings.  Thus he told that it is very important for the city to adopt a smoke-free ordinance banning smoking at playgrounds as it will be the first step towards promotion of a healthy lifestyle and clean environment.

Allegheny County Housing Authority Bans Smoking at Five Units

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Housing Authority in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, told last week about its intention to prohibit smoking in five of its units.

According to county authorities, up to date totally 330 units were designated as smoke-free in the county. The talk is about G.W. Carver Hall in Clairton, Ohioview Tower in McKees Rocks, Andrew Carnegie Apartments in Carnegie, West Mifflin Manor in West Mifflin, John Frazer Hall in Turtle Creek.

The smoking bans in housing units make part of the initiative to create a smoke-free environment in the county in the course of Live Well Allegheny campaign which promotes healthy living.

According to Frank Aggazio, the executive director of the county housing authority, the goal of the Authority is to provide safe and decent apartments for people in Allegheny County, and to modify the traditional look of public housing.

Smoke-free policy in the housing authority is a proven way to imrove health of its residents. Besides this, it permits the Authority to maintain its investments in good condition.

The Allegheny County authorities say that in the past 12 years in the Housing Authority took place three fires which resulted in $1 million damage. Each of these cases was caused by smoking cigarettes inside. Cleaning smoker’s apartment of tobacco smoke also costs a big sum of money for the housing.

More Connecticut Cities Want a Smoking Ban

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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.

Smoking Ban in Chicago Extended to Parks

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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.

Pleasant Hill to Expand Smoking Ban

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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.

Ocean City Wants to Restrict Smoking on Beaches

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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.