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Anti-Smoking Initiative in Alamo Heights

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The authorities in Alamo Heights, Texas, soon will organize public hearing to find out resident’s opinion on smoking ban inside public buildings.

Louis Cooper, Mayor of Alamo Heights, asked city staff to include the subject into the schedule on the next meeting of City Council, which will take place next Monday, 5:30 p.m.

Mayor says that the city is persistent in its attempt to fight smoking and create healthy enviroments for its residents and visitors. Cooper told that last months he received a lot of e-mails from residents asking to consider a smoking ban, so Alamo Heights now is going into a right direction towards smoke-free environment.

Starting from July 2014, around 80 cities in Texas have introduced different smoking bans, including such cities as Schertz and San Antonio. However, there are no smoking bans in Terrell Hills and Olmos Park, and smoking cigarettes online is allowed everywhere. Frisco introduced smoking ban in parks.

As to businesses, they have right to decide by themselves to prohibit smoking in their establishments or not. However, Cooper supports smoking ban in public buildings, as that is what authorities may do to protect people from effects of secondhand smoke.  The Mayor wants to hear all opinions on that during the public meeting. He believes that the majority of people will support the initiative, because they do undestand the importance of healthy environments. However, there are people who oppose the proposal and they speak about smoker’s rights.

Stephanie Regets,  Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce President, said that the city needs to implement this anti-smoking ordinance. Non-smokers and their kids must feel themselves comfortable in restaurants and other public places.

Frisco Included E-cigarettes in Smoking Ban

Smoking in Parks

Yesterday City Council in Frisco, Texas, voted 3-2 to expand its smoking ordinance in order to protect the health of its citizens. The ordinance bans not only use of regular cigarettes but also e-cigarettes in all city parks.

However, the law would allow to use chewing tobacco, as the authorities did not build a consensus about them. The proposal of extending smoking ban came in February, but council members delayed their decision.

Council Member Scott Johnson feels solicitous about the fact that smoking ban was not extended to parks till now. Today the issue is a priority because health is the proprity.

These days many researchers speak about negative effects of secondhand smoke exposure, especially when the talk is about kids. Children must be protected from inhaling tobacco smoke at sporting events.

Council member Jeff Cheney every day plays in a city park with his three kids and often they are forced to inhale tobacco smoke. The problem of secondhand smoke exposure is very serious. Another problem is cigarette litter. However, chewing tobacco also represents a problem as smokers do spit it on the fields.

With the new anti-smoking ordinance Frisco joins cities of McKinney and Prosper which prohibit smoking in parks. According toAmerican Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, totally there are 965 cities in the USA that ban smoking in all city parks. But still there are large cities where smoking in parks is permitted, for example, in Dallas.

Councilmen opposing the initiative claim that smoking is a legal activity and in parks should be permitted. They proposed to ban smoking only near playgrounds and seating areas, but the idea was not supported by others. Also some council members wanted to not include e-cigarettes in the ban saying they are safe.

Anti-Smoking Tour in Kentucky


63-years-old Cline spends most of his spare time working with Smoke-Free Kentucky, a coalition consisting of organizations and individuals who support smoking ban in all public and workplaces in the state.

At the beginning of the week, on July 28, the coalition started in Ashland a statewide tour to gather support the anti-smoking law that is going to be adopted in the 2015 General Assembly. The law will ban smoking in bars, restaurants, workplaces, public buildings, offices.

The law supporters had a meeting at King’s Daughters Medical Center where they shared their experiences. They discussed the importance of protecting non-smokers and kids from secondhand smoke exposure and the effects of smoking on human body. Many non-smokers inhale tobacco smoke in bars and other public places because they do not know that secondhand smoke is not good for their bodies.

Eric Evans, a spokesman for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, said that during tour, the coalition will visit a number of cities in Kentucky to attract attention of lawmakers to the problem. Smoke-Free Coalition considers that voices of simple people must be heard. Today more and more American states introduce smoking bans and Kentucky must follow their example. Smokers prefer Marlboro brand among others and they dislike the idea of smoking ban.

It was estimated that around 65% Kentuckians do support smoke-free public places. As to businesses, experts say they will not be affected at all. In case Kentucky adopts the smoke-free law, it would become the 25th state to institute such a ban.

New Jersey to Ban Smoking in All Its Parks and Beaches

Smoking in Parks

In case Chris Christie, the Governor of New Jersey, signs new anti-smoking bill into a law, the state would become first in the USA who banned smoking cigars, cigarettes and other tobacco products in all public beaches and parks.

Both houses of the New Jersey legislature showed their support for the initiative and approved the bill. Then the bill was passed to the Governor for the final approval.
The new law bans totally smoking inside all municipal, state and county parks and beaches. However, local authorities may themselves establish a special designated area for smoking which may be no more than 15% of total area.

The proposal to implement such a law belongs to Karen Blumenfeld, the executive director of Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy, and she says it is something absolutely new for the USA.

New Jersey would become the first state in the country who agopted law banning smoking in all parks and beaches. New Jersey would become a perfect example for other states who consider extending their anti-smoking policies.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that in the USA smoking is the cause of a number of preventable diseases and the secondhand smoke is connected to asthma. Supporters of the new smoking ban say that people will certainly enjoy walking in smoke-free parks as they will be protected from the effects of tobacco smoke on their bodies. On the beach people will enjoy resting under the sun and breathing fresh marine air without tobacco.

Blumenfeld said in the state the initiative is supported with the majority. However, the opposer consider it breaks their personal freedoms. For example, smoker Adam says that he respects the environment and people around him and. Other smokers say that outdoor spaces are the only places where the smoking still is allowed and it would never do to ban it here.

New Jersey has most severe anti-smoking laws in the USA. It is the state who first banned smoking on college campus in 2005, and in 2006 in bars and restaurants. Recently the state increased tobacco buying age.

Petition Against Smoking Ban in Russia

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In Russia a petition against smoking ban gathered 100,000 signatures. Moreover, bars  and restaurants have found a way to partially avoid the ban that comes into action from June 1.

The Association of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers of Russia unites more than 3,000 beverage and food establishments. It also demands to refuse from smoking ban in restaurants, cafes and bars. The Association together with movement “For the rights of smokers” proposed a number of improvements to the new anti-smoking law and created a petition, which gathered totally 100,000 signatures in favor of the changes.

Smokers rights supporters asked the Government to permit tobacco ads. Besides this, they asked to keep in bars and restaurants areas for smokers too. They mean that a restaurant should have separate rooms for non-smokers and smokers.

Smokers rights supporters also proposed to eliminate from the law the norms permitting Russian authorities to impose additional restrictions on smoking in public places and outdoors. They want that wokers to be allowed to smoke on their working place and this point must be agreed in the contract.

The petition with requirements was sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin, to the government and the State Duma.  Now the hospitality industry believes that the smoking ban will be weakened and restaurateurs will be permitted to set up separate areas for smokers.  The main agrument is that in cold weather smokers must go outside and smoke and namely this is considered inhuman. Smokers want to smoke inside and this will make them seek other places where they may relax and smoke cheapest cigarettes during conversation with friends.

It should be noted that the anti-tobacco law was approved in February 2013 and came into action on June 1, 2013. The restrictions are applied gradually and starting from summer 2014 smoking will be banned in bars and restaurants.

Garden City to Ban Smoking in Bars


Garden City Mayor John Evans said in 2012 that smoking ban in bars must be citizen’s decision. In January 2012 smoking ban in Boise came into action.

At the beginning of the week, Council of Garden City unanimously voted for adopting an ordinance prohibiting smoking inside local businesses and other establishments.
The initiative came from Evans, who told that he had received correspondence from 21 people in favor of a ban. In the past several weeks he found out a lot from American Heart Association, Smokefree Idaho, American Lung Association, and Central District Health.

However, the same proposal was rejected two years ago. Since then two new members have appeared in the Council. These are William Mitchell and Elfreda Higgins. Higgins became Coucil President. She wanted to do something about smoking and therefore welcomed the smoking ban proposal. Higgins told that she knows how uncomfortable is to sit next to a person who smokes, especially when you are non-smoker.

Council members Jeff Souza, Pam Beaumont and Mitchell told that it would never do to control market by imposing new regulations. The market should be free. However, they agreed that smoking ban in bars is needed. Today Garden City is the one which still allows smoking cheap cigarettes in bars.

Mitchell said he generally supports the idea of maximizing liberty. However, first the smoking ban experinces of other cities must be examined. There was proposed to take into consideration the experience of Boise city.

Fort Lee Banned Smoking in Parks

Smoking in Park

Last week the municipality of Fort Lee, New Jersey, joined a statewide initiative for municipalities to prohibit smoking in public parks.  The new ordinance was passed with a 5 – 0 vote, with Councilman Armand Pohan absent.

It bans people from smoking cigarettes at all city public parks and recreational areas. The ordinance also prohibits smoking within 35 feet of the entrances.  All Council members voted unanimously for adopting it and Mayor Mark Sokolich showed his support for it.

Every municipality establishes its proper fines for law violations and decides on its own what nicotine and tobacco products to ban. Some ban only regular cigarettes and other include e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco to the list.

In Fort Lee, those who violate the law will have to pay $250 for the first offence, $500 for the second time offence, and $1,000 for each next offense.  In Fort Lee are banned from smoking in public places next tobacco products: cigarettes, pipes, cigars. Also electronic cigarettes are prohibited from use in parks.

Previously the municipality banned smoking in wading areas of public pools and fenced-in areas of tennis courts.

The major goal of Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy is to make that all municipalities and counties in state of New Jersey adopt smoke-free policies. This will help to protect people from secondhand smoke, establish a healthy example for youth and reduce rubbish in parks.

At present, 240 municipalities have prohibited smoking in all their parks and recreational areas.

Will Smoking be Totally Eliminated from Our Lives?

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50 years ago the American surgeon general, Luther Terry, released the first report that directly connected cigarette smoking to lung cancer and other health disorders.

The report influenced greatly people’s attitude towards smoking, changing it from an acceptable, to inacceptable in the public. According to Kathleen Sebelius, who is secretary of Health and Human Services, since 1964 report success in tobacco control has greatly reduced smoking rate in the general public.

Due to implementation of laws banning smoking, people now may comfortably eat in restaurants without coughing and sneezing, walk in parks without inhaling tobacco smoke, fly in airplanes, walk around malls breathing fresh air.

At the beginning of 2014, current American surgeon general has released a new report on smoking effects called “Health consequences of smoking – 50 years of progress.” A number of studies do suggest that tobacco use continues to be a main cause of a number of diseases in this country. According to the report, total economic impact from tobacco abuse will be $299 billion each year.

Experts are worried by statistics numbers. However, many people take too easy all that information and continue to smoke and modern smokers prefer to buy cigarettes online. Today almost 19% of population in the USA enjoy smoking. Do they know that they harm not only their own health but also of people around? Latest studies demonstrated that secondhand smoke is as hazardous as proper smoking.

When a patient undergoes a treatment, doctors normally recommend him to change health habits, but few of them recommend to totally quit smoking. However, refusal from smoking helps the body to fight a disorder.

In different countries there is a different attitude towards smoking. Take Singapore, that is a very clean country. Smoking in public places is banned here and if you light up in the street, then you will be subjected to a fine or even arrested.

This is a good example to follow, and we have a lot to do in order to eliminate smoking from our lives.

Smoking Inside Apartments to be Banned in San Mateo County


Smoking inside apartments and other multiple housing units soon may be banned in San Mateo County, state of California.  The Board of Supervisors discussed recently the effects of secondhand smoke in order to return soon to smoking ban proposal.

The draft of proposed law had been created at the beginning of March by Brian Zamora, Family Services Director, and Jean Fraser, Health System Chief. Smoking ban was proposed by Supervisors Carole Groom and Adrienne Tissier and was supported by their board colleagues.

Tissier is happy with the proposed initiative saying that people who grown up in families where one or two parents were smokers, now do not want to do same harm to their kids. Modern science revealed that secondhand smoke affects people negatively.

Neil Klepeis, a researcher from Stanford, on the meeting explained how tobacco smoke drifts between housing units through ventilation systems. People who live next door to a smoker are exposed to high levels of smoke particles.

Groom considers that ban should include not only tobacco products but also e-cigarettes that are extremely popular today among smokers who believe they are absolutely safe for their body. In fact, e-cigarettes aren’t safe.

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution which prohibits e-cigarettes in county buildings and noted that it would consider ban into other anti-smoking ordinances.

Smoking in San Mateo County will be banned in all housing facilities with two or more units. It will work in common zones and newly rented or sold units, but would not be applied to current residents until 14 months after the law is adopted.

According to the Health System, there will be made an exception for buildings with designated areas located at least 30 feet from the non-smoking spaces. People who will violate the law will be subjected to fines ($100 first infraction, $200 second infraction, $500 all the next ingractions).

The new anti-smoking law will be applied to more than thousand residential units within the unincorporated areas of the county, most of which are in North Fair Oaks.

New Smoking Regulations in Northampton


The Northampton Board of Health want to implement new smoking regulations. From June 2014 smoking will be prohibited in city parks, playgrounds, and within 25 feet of city buildings.

The ban includes tobacco, e-cigarettes and marijuana (even for medical purposes).   Since 2010 the Board of Health updated for the first time their regulations.

Glenn Colby of Northampton said that individuals who enjoy a smoke out of restaurants, workplace, and even out of their own homes, to be forbidden from that.

At Pulaski park, cigarette butts may be seen right near children’s playground. The Health Department aims to reduce people’s exposure to secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke is proved to be as bad as smoking. Besides this, cigarette butts on the ground are bad for the environment.  The Board of Health  will inform people about the new regulations by posting special no smoking signs. Those who will violate the new law will be subjected to a $100 fine.

Merridith O’Leary, the city’s Public Health Director, said that if there is a complaint of issue, people will know to call there at the Health Departments.

The new law bans sale of tobacco at stores that have a pharmacy, which may affect  businesses in city of Northampton.  Also each individual who buys tobacco is carded, regardless of how old they look.