ANR in the News (2007)

Alton passes smoking ban
Monitor - McAllen,TX,USA, December 18, 2007

ALTON ­ This city of fewer than 5,000 plans to officially go smoke-free on April 1.Tuesday evening, the Alton City Commission passed a ban on smoking in restaurants, bars, stores and workplaces.

Among the more than 30 Texas cities that have passed smoking bans, only one ­ the Austin suburb of Rollingwood, population 1,359 ­ is smaller than Alton, according to a list of municipal smoking bans kept by the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation.
And Rollingwood, like Dallas and Corpus Christi, bans smoking in bars and restaurants, but not in all workplaces.

“Communities of every type have done this,” said Bronson Frick, an associate director at the California-based foundation. “Everyone has to breathe, not just in California and New York.”


Trustees' decision no puff of smoke
Muncie Star Press, December 15, 2007

MUNCIE -- Ball State University is one step closer to enforcing a campus smoking policy after trustees' approval Friday of a revised ban that designates smoking areas on campus…

... have adopted smoke-free policies, a fifth of which enable smoking in limited locations like Ball State, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. ...


Bergen Community College Entirely Smoke-free, 1/1/08
ParamusPost.com (NJ), 12/11/08

As of January 1, 2008, Bergen Community College's 167-acre Paramus campus will be smoke-free. Previously, the College did not permit smoking within 50 feet of academic and administrative buildings. According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, Bergen remains one of approximately 100 colleges nationwide that have banned smoking across campus property…

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, Bergen remains one of approximately 100 colleges nationwide that have banned smoking across campus ...



City Council votes to ask for smoking ban
Daily Press - Newport News,VA,USA, December 11, 2007

NEWPORT NEWS - ­ Newport News could become the first locality on the Peninsula ­ and possibly the second one statewide ­ to ban smoking in restaurants if lawmakers in Richmond give their OK next year…

Nationwide, 24 states, including California, New York and Florida, ban smoking in restaurants, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...


Wisconsin debates ban on smoking
USA Today - December 9, 2007

According to Americans for Non-smokers' Rights, such regulations don't harm restaurant or bar revenue and reduce employers' medical costs. ...


Nashville hospitals ban smoking outdoors
The Tennessean, December 4, 2007

“There’s been a sea change in the way hospitals approach tobacco,” said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. ...


Is Smoke-Free an Option for Our Campus?
University of Hartford Informer (subscription), CT, November 30, 2007

According to the cnn.com article, The American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation reports that nearly 60 college campuses around the country have smoke-free ...


Smoke-free campus
Shield (subscription), IN –November 29, 2007

Issue date: 11/29/07 Section: AP The trend of having smoke-free college campuses is growing according to a report from The American Nonsmokers' Rights ...


Administrators to review Task Force resolution
UM Maneater, MO, November 27, 2007

The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation released a list of schools that will be smoke-free as of Oct. 1. The list includes Des Moines University, ...


Domino effect
Daily Press - Newport News,VA,USA, November 23, 2007

Suffolk and Williamsburg are the latest cities in Hampton Roads to contemplate a cigarette ban in restaurants.

... 24 states ­ including New York, Florida and California ­ have banned smoking in restaurants, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...


Study Finds Non-Smokers Benefit when Smoking Bans Are Enacted: Reduced Exposure to Second Hand Smoke Reduces Heart Attacks in Non-Smokers
C. Michelle, Associated Content, November 21, 2007

A new study by Indiana University researchers shows that hospital admissions for heart attacks dropped by 59 percent for non smokers after a countywide smoking ban was implemented …

Cynthia Hallett, Executive Director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR), stated that the findings of the Indiana University researchers are consistent with eight other studies looking at the links between smoke-free laws and heart disease. She added, "The bottom line is smoke-free laws save lives."


Smokefree Workplace Law Reduces Heart Attacks 59% Among Nonsmokers, New Research Shows
Forbes.com / PRNewswire, November 20, 2007

A new study released by Indiana University researchers shows that strong smokefree workplace laws result in immediate and significant improvements in heart health, particularly in nonsmokers. The study found a 59% net decrease in hospital admissions for heart attacks, also known as acute myocardial infarctions (AMIs), in nonsmokers with no prior cardiac history in Monroe County, Indiana versus the control county during the study period which tracked 22 months prior to and following the implementation of a smokefree law.

According to Cynthia Hallett, Executive Director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, "The Monroe County, Indiana study is the eighth looking at the link between smokefree laws and heart disease. The results are consistent among all these reports, conducted by different researchers in different communities. The bottom line is smokefree laws save lives."

The study, "Reduced Admission for Acute Myocardial Infarction Associated with a Public Smoking Ban: Matched Controlled Study," conducted by Dong-Chul Seo, Ph.D. and Mohammad Torabi, Ph.D. will be published in the coming month's Journal of Drug Education. It measured whether or not there was a change in admissions for acute myocardial infarctions in patients with no history of previous cardiac events or key risk factors for cardiac events [hypertension and/or high cholesterol] during the study period - the 22 months prior to and 22 months since the implementation of a smokefree law that covers workplaces, restaurants, bars and clubs in Monroe County, Indiana vs. the control county, Delaware County, Indiana, which had no smokefree law during the study.


NN eyes taking smoking off the menu
Daily Press, VA, November 19, 2007

Nationwide, 24 states, including New York and Florida, ban smoking in restaurants, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.


Doctor dispels smoking myths
Beaver Dam (WI) Daily Citizen, November 15, 2007

Dr. Robert Shepard said smoke-free laws won't destroy businesses despite the widespread outcry of the opposite.

"Every single place you go ­ California, Massachusetts, New York ­ there's been no impact," he said. "It doesn't happen." …

Shepard and his colleague Dr. Richard Sargent ­ recipients of the first annual Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights and Smoke-free Advocate of the Year in 2003 ...


Indoor Smoking Bans Slowly Moving Outdoors
FOX News, November 14, 2007

Although outdoor smoke dissipates more quickly than indoor smoke, it still affects the air quality of nonsmokers sitting or standing a few feet downwind from a smoker, Neil Klepeis, a Stanford University assistant professor (consulting) of civil and environmental engineering, told Foxnews.com this week….

More than 700 state and local governments have passed laws restricting outdoor smoking, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...


Medical facilities snuff out smoking
Anchorage Daily News, November 14, 2007

"We are seeing it everywhere from Alaska to Florida," said Annie Tegen, senior program manager for the California-based Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. ...


No butts about campus smoking
Daily Free Press, November 15, 2007

... the country have completely extinguished smoking on their campuses, according to a study the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation released last month. ...


Tuesday's editorial: Smokeout for better health on Thursday
Parsons Sun – November 13, 2007

While some of these suggestions are unlikely to gain much traction in the Legislature this year if the past is any indication, more and more cities are looking at smoking bans themselves. Wichita and Ottawa are the latest to talk about implementing bans. The AP reported at least 22 states and 6,800 municipalities have passed bans on smoking in bars, restaurants or all workplaces, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, an advocacy group based in Berkeley, Calif.


Wichita poised to limit smoking
BY BRENT D. WISTROM
The Wichita Eagle, November 12, 2007

Wichita City Council members are poised to approve a smoking ban, perhaps before the end of the year.

But whether that will snub out the smokes in all businesses or just in restaurants remains to be seen.

It's also not clear how much opposition will arise or how effective it will be, City Council members, bar owners and bar patrons say. …

At least 22 states and 6,800 municipalities have passed bans on smoking in bars, restaurants, or all workplaces, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, an advocacy group based in Berkeley, Calif.


Are hospital cigarette bans blowing smoke?
By JO CIAVAGLIA
Bucks County Courier Times, November 12, 2007

When she saw two people light up outside the hospital where she works, the St. Mary Medical Center employee politely reminded them smoking is not allowed on the property. Their response was not pleasant. …

Over the last seven years, an estimated 70 percent of the 4,800 U.S. hospital campuses have become 100 percent smoke-free, including at least 38 Pennsylvania hospitals as of October, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a California anti-tobacco group.

Nationally, the vast majority of those hospitals have encountered no problems with compliance including large, multiple building campuses, said Bronson Frick, associate director of the advocacy group.

High compliance rates might be related to statewide smoking bans, Frick said. Arkansas outlaws smoking on all hospital properties. Frick has heard hospitals are discharging patients who refuse to stop smoking during a stay.


Smoke-free college trend growing
CNN – USA

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation reports nearly 60 college campuses around the United States have smoke-free policies that affect the entire ...


The Fine Print: Where there's smoke...
Orlando Sentinel, November 12, 2007

For the record, there is a list of more than 500 "smoke-free" US hospitals, maintained by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation in Berkeley, Calif., ...


Smoke-free crusaders may now be at your door
Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 10, 2007

Fresh from their success winning a statewide smoking ban in bars and restaurants, Minnesota's anti-smoking advocates are ready to zero in on where you live.
One anti-smoking group will kick-start a campaign this week to encourage landlords to outlaw smoking in their buildings. While the program would be purely voluntary for now, some communities might follow two California cities by considering broader ordinances that would apply to multi-unit dwellings.

... areas such as parks, stadiums and outdoor cafes has jumped from 30 in 1999 to 1124 today, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...


Students push for smoke-free campus
Oregon Daily Emerald, OR, November 9, 2007

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, there are 99 college campuses that are entirely smoke free in the United States, including five in ...


Saint Thomas goes smoke free
Nashville Business Journal, November 8, 2007

Saint Thomas Health Services, Saint Thomas Hospital, Baptist Hospital, Middle Tennessee Medical Center and Hickman Community Hospital, will become smoke-free on Jan. 1.

The use of tobacco products will not be permitted on the grounds the hospitals, which are operated by Saint Thomas Health Services. The restriction expands the current policy under state law of prohibiting smoking inside buildings. Previously designated outdoor smoking areas are being eliminated. ...

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, STHS joins a trend of smoke-free hospital campuses nationwide, including two other hospitals in Tennessee, Blount Memorial Hospital and Johnson City Medical Center.


CU tries to ignite push for smoke-free campus system
By Allison Sherry
Denver Post, November 6, 2007

The University of Colorado could be the first college system in the state to go entirely smoke-free - inside and out - if CU Regent Michael Carrigan gets his way. ...

The smoke-free college-campus movement started five years ago among trade schools and commuter colleges - an easier sell because there aren't dormitories, said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.

Since then, about 75 campuses nationally have moved toward smoke-free environments.

Another couple dozen have limited smoking to a few outdoor areas, according to the California-based group.

The statewide smoking ban passed by lawmakers in 2006 bans smoking in dorms, although some schools had previously taken that step.

"It really comes from schools questioning what is the role of tobacco on campus," Frick said, "and them not wanting to be a recruiting ground for tobacco addiction."


When the smoke clears
The Monitor, November 3, 2007

Mike Stout always comes back.

He has quit smoking several times in the past 45 years — he started when he was 14 — but he always picks up his Marlboro Light 100s again.

Now he wishes he’d never started. ...

At least 461 municipalities nationwide have banned smoking inside restaurants, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation.


Voters could have say in smoking ban: Some Florence officials seeking referendum
By Trevor Stokes
Times Daily (AL), October 21, 2007

Across the Tennessee Valley, smokers are getting this message: Butt out or stay out.

Nonsmoking laws came into effect Oct. 1 in Decatur and Tennessee. In the Shoals, some Florence officials are working to get a nonsmoking referendum on 2008's election ballot. Officials from Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia and Sheffield say their cities have no nonsmoking ordinances in the works. …

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 12 states are smoke-free. In Alabama, 10 cities have banned smoking from workplaces, bars and restaurants, according to the advocacy group. Other cities restrict smoking. Huntsville, for instance, allows only patrons 19 or older to enter businesses that choose to allow smoking.


Haverford considers campus-wide smoking ban
Swarthmore College The Phoenix Online, United States - October 11, 2007

Haverford is not the first institution of higher learning to consider implementing a formal smoking ban. According to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights ...


UND bans all tobacco on college property
In-Forum (subscription) - Fargo,ND,USA, October 8, 2007

Nationwide, 88 colleges and universities were smoke-free indoors and outdoors as of Oct. 1, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...


Our view on secondhand smoke: Anti-smoking movement gets one step closer to home
USA Today, October 9, 2007

Is your apartment still your castle if government says you can’t light up? ...

Bans by the numbers
As of Oct. 1, 2,650 U.S. municipalities have laws restricting smoking:

* 507 require smoke-free workplaces.

* 461 ban smoking in restaurants.

* 344 ban smoking in bars.

* 239 forbid lighting up in all three places.

* 1,109 restrict smoking in one or more outdoor areas, such as public beaches and stadiums, or near entrances and windows.

Source: American Non-smokers' Rights Foundation


College approves smoking ban
NorthJersey.com, NJ – October 4, 2007

The first campuswide smoking ban was at a community college in Missouri four years ago, according to Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights. ...



Unfiltered Controversy
Silicon Valley's Metro, CA - October 4, 2007

To date, about 230 communities across the nation have banned smoking in parks, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. California has some of the ...


Ad Campaign About New Smokers Law
WTVC - Chattanooga,TN,USA, September 30, 2007

Beginning October 1, Tennesseans will be faced with the official launch of the Non-Smokers Protection Act, a new law that prohibits smoking in all enclosed places in Tennessee with few exceptions.

... Tennessee Public Health Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. ...


Despite smoking bans, area businesses continue to thrive
Hilton Head Island Packet - Hilton Head Island,SC,USA, September 30, 2007

Seventeen states now have smoke-free workplace laws, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. Six more have ordinances that go into effect ...


College plans total campus smoking ban
NorthJersey.com - Hackensack,NJ,USA, September 30, 2007

... the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and the highly addictive nature of tobacco use, said Bronson Frick of the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. ...


On Monday, restaurants will serve cleaner air
Commercial Appeal, Memphis,TN,USA, September 27, 2007

Melody Pickering's life is about to become a bit less smoky.

She said the club where she works as a bartender, B.B. King's on Beale Street, will ban smoking to comply with a state law that takes effect Monday….

Tennessee isn't alone in restricting smoking.

Arkansas banned smoking in most workplaces last year, and an additional 27 states have banned smoking in some combination of bars, restaurants and workplaces, according to the Berkeley, Calif.-based group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.


Haverford College May Ban Smoking On Campus
Evening Bulletin - Philadelphia,PA, September 27, 2007

Haverford - Haverford College may soon ban smoking on its campus, making it one of a growing list of schools nationwide that have sought to protect students from secondhand cigarette smoke.
Haverford's new president, Stephen Emerson, an oncologist, told a student newspaper that he would seek to eliminate smoking in all public areas, including outdoors. But strangely, the ban would not apply to student residences, The Bi-College News reported. …

"To keep smoking in dorms is certainly behind the national trend on this issue," said Bronson Frick, the associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. "It means that students will still be exposed to secondhand smoke in an area where they're inside for eight hours or more a day. Most schools in the country have already addressed the issue of smoking indoors.

"The mantra is generally work from the inside out with smoke-free policies," Mr. Frick added. "The priority is usually to ensure that all indoor places are smoke free because that's where people are exposed to secondhand smoke, then to discuss outdoor areas."


New laws douse a lot of smoking on campuses in UNC system
Charlotte Observer - Charlotte,NC, September 25, 2007

Smokers may soon have to walk a bit farther to light up a cigarette on UNC system campuses….

Nationwide, nearly 31 percent of college students surveyed said they smoked in 2006, including 9 percent who reported smoking daily, according to the "Monitoring the Future" survey conducted last year by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.More than 300 colleges and universities have policies restricting smoking on campus or in campus housing, according to the California-based American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. The list doesn't include colleges that have banned smoking inside buildings except for housing.

Bronson Frick, associate director at the foundation, said the new N.C. laws are a step forward, but "will leave North Carolina's colleges and universities behind the rest of the country in terms of having the right to simply make their campuses smoke-free in their entirety."


Few Welcome Mats for Smokers
New York Times - United States, September 25, 2007

If you think the biggest pariah in the travel industry is an overzealous airport security screener, an unsympathetic gate agent or a pilot on a delayed plane, clearly you do not travel with a pack of cigarettes and a lighter in your carry-on bag….

More than 120 airports in the United States do not allow smoking anywhere indoors, according to data collected by the advocacy group Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, and most car rental companies generally prohibit smoking in their vehicles.


Smoke Free Campus Policy Could Work
The Exponent, IN - September 25, 2007

In response to the administration's rumblings of making the entire campus a smoke-free zone:

Go for it.

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, there are 65 colleges across the nation that have gone entirely smoke-free, both indoors and out. Indiana University plans to join those schools in January. Purdue's hometown of West Lafayette implemented a smoking ban in public establishments this summer, and Lafayette is considering a similar measure.


A.C. Casinos Have Plenty of Smoke-free Company
by Mike Epifanio, Atlantic City Weekly, September 20-26, 2007

Since writing last week’s column regarding the “Next Phase for A.C.’s Smoking Ban,” it has come to my attention that the Americans for NonSmokers’ Rights Foundation has been actively tracking tobacco control laws for years. They have a comprehensive list of smoke-free casinos available for download at their Web site, www.no-smoke.org.

Surely they must be thrilled that the pace of their work has increased so exponentially since Delaware’s slot parlors went smoke-free in 2002.


Nursing homes face fight over smoking: A state law will ban it inside the homes, but the measure could encounter practical and legal woes
Thomas Goldsmith, Staff Writer
News-Observer, September 20, 2007

Beginning Oct. 1, a new state law goes into effect to ban smoking inside North Carolina's nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. …

A national advocate for smoking bans said the health of other residents and employees should be paramount to concerns about rights of older and mentally ill people in places the law considers their homes.

"It's not only a person's home, it's also a workplace," said Bronson Frick, associate director of the California-based advocacy group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. "Other people should have the right to breathe air free of secondhand smoke in their environment."


El 20% de los argentinos ya vive en ciudades libres de humo
Clarin.com, September 15, 2007

Una movida mundial que tiene su historia: empezó en 1976 con un grupo de amigos de California, Estados Unidos, que estaban cansados de estar expuestos al humo de tabaco, contó a Clarín Cinthia Hallett, de la ONG Americanos por los Derechos de los No fumadores. El estado de Minnesota fue el primero que sancionó una norma de ambientes libres de humo en 1975. Después, se fueron sumando más estados (ya son 11 en EE.UU.). "No es un movimiento contra los fumadores, sino contra la industria tabacalera que gana dinero con productos que matan", afirmó.


Pennsylvania Planning to Restrict Smoking in Casinos
4Flush.com - Portland,OR,USA, September 17, 2007

As the Pennsylvania State Legislature begins its fall session tomorrow, lawmakers are expected to try and settle on a consensus regarding statewide smoking restrictions, which includes inside your favorite casino…

It is said by The Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights group that there are at least 24 states with various levels of smoking bans. And they are expecting this ...


Cards stacked against smoking?
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Pittsburgh,PA,USA, September 15, 2007

... the smoke lingers in the air and can be a pretty toxic atmosphere," suggested Annie Tegen, senior program manager for Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. ...


Colleges tell smokers to butt out
Marquette Tribune - Milwaukee,WI,USA

In the fall of 2008, Miami will join 67 schools nationwide that have gone completely smoke-free, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...


Miami University may OK smoke-free policy
Dayton Daily News (subscription) - Dayton,OH,USA

... other than Circleville Bible College and Hocking College, according to a report released in July 2007 by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...


Secondhand politics
By A. Simendinger, National Journal, September 8, 2007

Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR), stated, "It's no surprise that this has emerged as a national issue. We're moving toward a norm that's smoke-free in this country - more than just public places, but beyond, to any places where people are exposed to secondhand smoke."


Law has hospital-zone smokers hitting the streets to light up
By Seth Bromley, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, September 2, 2007

Banned from lighting up at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, James Babcock has found refuge for his habit by crossing a busy interstate off-ramp to smoke on an uncovered Little Rock overpass amid exhaust fumes beneath a blazing sun. …

Hundreds of hospitals nationwide ban smoking from their grounds as a matter of policy but few states have laws to that effect, said an official with Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.

“Arkansas is actually a leader in that regard,” said Bronson Frick, associate director of the organization.

That group has been critical of Arkansas’ workplace smoking ban, passed in 2006, saying it allows too many exemptions.


OSU To Go Tobacco Free In July 2008
KOCO, OK - 19 hours ago

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma State University announced plans on Tuesday to make its main campus in Stillwater tobacco-free starting next July 1….

...based group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, NCAA Division I schools with smoke-free campus policies, as of July 3, included the University of Arkansas, ...


Area cigar shops thrive despite states' regulations, taxes
Eagle Tribune - North Andover,MA,USA, August 21, 2007

Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmoking Rights, a nonprofit organization devoted to the passage of strict nonsmoking laws nationwide...


PRESIDENT'S CANCER PANEL 2006-2007 Annual Report
National Cancer Institute (NCI), 2007-08-16

Many Americans say they fear cancer more than any other disease. In each of the past two years, small but encouraging decreases in cancer deaths have been recorded. But cancer still claims more than a half million lives each year in the United States, and nearly

1.5 million new cases are diagnosed annually. Tragically, two-thirds of these deaths – and many thousands of new cases – could be avoided. Tobacco use and environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) exposure account for nearly a third of all cancer deaths in America, and unhealthy diets are believed to account for another third. The President's Cancer Panel has noted with growing concern the accelerating increase in obesity among adults and children, the mounting evidence linking obesity to higher risk for numerous cancers, and the lack of recent progress in reducing tobacco use. Between September 2006 and February 2007, the Panel convened four meetings to examine the current evidence regarding the effects of diet, nutrition, physical activity, tobacco use, and tobacco smoke exposure on cancer risk as well as ongoing and potential actions to reduce the national cancer burden by promoting healthy lifestyles.


A Change in the Air: Smoking Bans Gain Momentum Worldwide
Schmidt, C.W.
Environmental Health Perspectives 115(8): A412-A415, August 2007.


Few violations recorded two years into smoking ban
Online Athens (subscription) - Athens,GA,USA

Twenty-seven states now ban smoking in either workplaces, restaurants or bars, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.


The Untold Story of How & Why Philip Morris is Pushing for FDA ...
Center for Media and Democracy - Madison,WI,USA

... track records of success in reducing public smoking, like Americans for Nonsmokers Rights or the state Groups to Alleviate Smoking Pollution (GASPs).


Avoid Secondhand Smoke
eMaxHealth.com, August 14, 2007

... are banning smoking in public places - including outdoor spaces like parks, outdoor cafés and beaches (American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation).


Delaware beaches weigh cigarette ban
Washington Times, 2007-08-08
Melanie Hicken

Officials in the Delaware towns are looking into an ordinance that would ban smoking on the beach.

No ban will take place before next summer, said John Fields, a member of the South Bethany Town Council, who will be on the planning commission researching smoking bans.
The decision will probably be made in the next three to four months…

Outdoor smoking bans have stemmed mainly from the environmental concerns over cigarette litter rather than health concerns.

"As more cities and states have addressed the problem of indoor smoking, more communities seem to be sensitive to the issue of cigarette litter and just the role of tobacco in these outdoor settings," said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a Berkeley, Calif., advocacy group that works to promote smoke-free indoor workplaces and public places.


The Smoking Ban: Still A Heated Debate
By Brooke Gowen Smith
Beverage Media Group, August 7, 2007

...According to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR), this is the first time in history that more than half of Americans live in a city or state with laws mandating that workplaces, restaurants or bars be smokefree.


Survey finds that many residents favor Mason smoking ban
Ledger Independent - Maysville,KY,USA, August 6, 2007

A recent survey of 400 registered voters in Mason County indicates the majority of those surveyed would support a ban on smoking in establishments such as restaurants and bars…

According to information from the organization Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, which was provided by the Smoke-free Partnerships, second-hand smoke can …


Battle against smoke moves outside
by SARA FOSS
Gazette Reporter, August 5, 2007

Not too long ago, Sarah Cummings noticed something she'd never seen before. A group of adults, children in tow, were smoking at the Niskayuna Town Pool. Cummings, the pool's manager, scanned the rules. Nowhere did it say that smoking was prohibited.

So Cummings purchased "No Smoking" signs and hung them up. ...

Annie Tegan, senior program manager for the California-based Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, said a groundbreaking report released by the U.S. Surgeon General in 2006 helped spur some of the recent efforts to ban outdoor smoking. The report said that secondhand smoke dramatically increases the risk of heart disease and lung cancer in non-smokers and can be controlled only by making indoor spaces smoke-free.

"There's no safe level of exposure," Tegan said. "In places where people congregate, they think it's important to have smoke-free air. People like smoke-free air. They're enjoying it. " At the same time, "It's not about the smoker," she said. "It's about the smoke. We're not trying to demand that anyone stop smoking entirely."

More than 500 cities have passed laws banning smoking at public parks, beaches and plazas, while about 600 communities have enacted reasonable distance laws that restrict smoking near the entrances to certain buildings, such as hospitals, where smoking is prohibited, Tegan said. About 300 cities have also banned smoking in outdoor venues such as stadiums and outdoor theaters.

"It's happening in all corners of the country," she said. "After cities passed indoor smoking bans, people began seeing the health improvements and turned their attention to outdoors. We're just now coming into a time when people are demanding that outdoor areas be smoke-free."


Suit says firing by Tropicana payback for smoke-free stance
Press of Atlantic City - Atlantic City,NJ,USA

A former floorman at the Tropicana Casino and Resort has filed suit against the casino for wrongful termination, saying he was “unceremoniously fired” because he publicly advocated a smoke-free workplace.
Vincent Rennich, of Somers Point, was let go on March 5, one week after he testified about the health hazards of second-hand smoke in casinos in front of the state Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, ...

He has not found another job, and has to pay $1,300 for health benefits. He spends his time speaking out against smoking in the workplace and was named 2007 Smokefree Hero of the Year by the organization Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.


Rhode Island asks beachgoers not to light up
USA Today - July 17, 2007

Proposals to ban smoking on beaches came before the General Assembly this year, supporters agreed to pursue the voluntary initiative first…

…Dozens of communities across the country ban smoking on beaches, and nearly 900 municipalities restrict smoking in outdoor areas such as parks and restaurant patios, according to the Berkeley, Calif.-based advocacy group Americans for Non-smokers' Rights.


Congress Considers Controls Over Cigarettes
WIBW, KS - July 16, 2007

...A non-smokers' rights group says more than half of all Americans live under smoke-free laws.


Smoking bans seem to be working (video clip)
Today, July 14, 2007

NBC’s George Lewis reports… {Cynthia Hallett appears on the Today Show}


Area towns ponder smoking bans
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC, July 9, 2007

... and 577 municipalities have enacted smoke-free laws that cover more than half of residents in the US, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. ... "The movement for smoke-free air has gone from being a California oddity to the nationwide norm," said Bronson Frick, the group's associate director.


DIA, cigar bars next on list
Rocky Mountain News, CO, July 5, 2007

Anti-tobacco groups won their bid to extend the ban to casinos starting Jan. 1, but they still want to eliminate all the exemptions to the state law.

The two biggest remaining targets: cigar bars and the smoking lounges at Denver International Airport.

"We were successful on the casino issue but weren't successful in clarifying or eliminating the cigar-bar exemption," said R.J. Ours, lobbyist for the American Cancer Society in Colorado. "Obviously, that's an area we're concerned about."

Ours said his coalition would likely try to persuade Denver to close the loophole that allows smoking in some DIA restaurant lounges. The exemption was granted largely to accommodate smokers ahead of long international flights.

... are among the big-city airports that ban smoking everywhere inside their terminals, according to a survey by Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.


Rhode Island asking people not to smoke at the beach
Norwich Bulletin, CT, July 5, 2007

... smoking in outdoor areas such as parks and restaurant patios, according to the Berkeley, Calif.-based advocacy group Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.


Smoke clearing at local hospitals
phillyBurbs.com, PA, July 3, 2007

That’s more than twice the number listed four months earlier, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, a California anti-tobacco group. ...


Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton and Big Tobacco
PRWatch.org, July 3, 2007

... For the tobacco industry, surveys based on subjective views about potential economic effects of clean indoor air standards are doubly useful. They can be waved under the noses of wavering politicians. More importantly, they can help create anxiety amongst bar owners fearful of the potential impacts of clean indoor air standards. Once fearful, bar owners are easier to mobilize to oppose smoking restrictions. However, reviews of hard data such as sales tax receipts tell another story. Americans for Non-Smokers Rights, which has reviewed the major studies on the topic, concludes that in nearly all cases the long term impact on business from smoking bans is either negligible or beneficial.


Radcliff ready to consider smoking ban
Elizabethtown News Enterprise - Elizabethtown,KY,USA

RADCLIFF ­ The push to make Radcliff the 10th Kentucky city to curb public smoking reaches City Hall this morning.

Led by Councilman Don Yates, officials will hash out a proposal that likely will end up a lot like the measure Elizabethtown passed last year.

... 22 states and the District of Columbia have banned smoking in workplaces, restaurants or bars, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.


Ridgeland may try to snuff out public smoking
Jackson Clarion Ledger - Jackson,MS,USA, June 19, 2007

Earlier this year, The Associated Press cited Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights in reporting that, for the first time in the nation's history, more than half of Americans are living in a city or state with laws mandating workplaces, restaurants or bars be smoke-free.

"The movement for smoke-free air has gone from being a California oddity to the nationwide norm," Bronson Frick, the group's associate director, told the AP.


States that prohibit smoking in restaurants, bars
AP, 2007-06-15
The Associated Press, AP

Thirteen states prohibit smoking in restaurants and bars: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine,…

Source: American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation


Blazing a trail for smoking bans
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Fort Wayne,IN,USA, May 27, 2007

Jerry Reiss sat in The Assembly Line years ago, eating as he always did with his wife at the small joint with the huge salad bar and sandwiches. It was there, in his hometown of San Luis Obispo, Calif., where the idea came…

Now, with many cities across the United States using at least a partial smoking ban, it is more accepted. The American Nonsmokers Rights’ Foundation lists 19 states and Puerto Rico as banning smoking in restaurants and 13 states and Puerto Rico doing the same in bars. In addition, more than 200 cities outside Indiana have banned smoking in restaurants, and 150 cities did the same in bars.


Enforcement or blowing smoke?
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Fort Wayne,IN,USA, May 27, 2007

The gray ash and butt from a cigarette sit in an ashtray at Good Thymes. Two people relax in the back, the only non-employees in this Van Wert, Ohio, bar on a cloudy Wednesday afternoon….

Of those, only Bloomington, Monroe County, Plainfield and Zionsville also ban smoking in bars, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.


Tip Sheet: Airport Briefs
Post-Bulletin, May 25, 2007

Indianapolis airport closer to full smoking ban

The board overseeing Indianapolis International Airport backed a plan on Friday to close a public smoking room this summer and prohibit smoking on all airport-owned property next year.

The plan would close the public smoking room inside the airport's passenger terminal on July 31 and ban smoking on all airport property on Jan. 1 -- preventing travelers and workers from smoking outside airport buildings.

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation said no U.S. airport yet has taken the step of banning smoking on all airport property, according to the Associated Press.


Letter to the Editor: Breath of Fresh Air
Bronson Frick
Meetings and Convetions Magazine, May 2007

...at least 23 health-related organization now have policies to schedule future meetings and conventions only in cities/states with strong smoke-free indoor air laws.


Airport board member opposes smoking ban: Ex-labor council chief says proposal is intrusive
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2007-05-19

His father smoked his whole life until dying of emphysema. His mother suffered a stroke. Her smoking didn't help.

But even if Robert Voorhies weren't a smoker himself, he still would oppose his fellow Indianapolis Airport Authority Board members on a proposal to ban smoking at Indianapolis International Airport.

"It's not just the smoking; it's the idea of government telling us again we can do this and can't do that," said Voorhies, the recently retired president of the Central Indiana Central Labor Council. "I wonder when enough is enough."

The board unanimously agreed on Friday to consider a proposal that would end smoking on all airport property by Jan. 1, 2008.

Such a ban would be the first in the U.S., according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.


City looks to end smoking in public parks
Boston Globe, MA - May 20, 2007

When a Somerville resident caught his young daughter eating a cigarette butt in a city park late last year, he reached out to Alderwoman Rebekah L. Gerwirtz to see what could be done to keep out smokers.
Gerwitz found the city had enacted a smoking ordinance in 2003 that only needed some tightening to include language specifically banning smoking in public parks. The existing ordinance outlawed smoking near monuments and public playgrounds, and in public parks within 50 feet of people during scheduled events.

"They're communal. We all have to share them," Gerwirtz said of parks, noting the health hazard posed by the thousands of chemicals in cigarettes and the city's limited public park space. "This is one way to protect everybody who uses the parks."

According to Bronson Frick, associate director of the California-based Americans For Nonsmokers' Rights, once signs are posted explaining the ordinance.


Policy would force airport smokers to find a new destination
Indianapolis Star - Indianapolis,IN,USA

"There are very few major airports where you can still smoke," said Bronson Frick, associate director of the federation. "The days are numbered for indoor smoking, not just in airports but for any indoor workplace or public place.
"Airports are trying to have a healthier work force, plus are looking at ways to cut health-care costs and the costs of cleaning the room and buying and maintaining expensive ventilation equipment."


Exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke in outdoor settings a risk ...
exduco.net, Italy - 6 hours ago

... laws restricting outdoor smoking at playgrounds, building entrances and other public areas, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.


University of Arkansas at Fayetteville to go tobacco-free
By JILL ZEMAN
Pine Bluff Commercia
Monday, May 14, 2007 2:54 PM CDT

Arkansas' largest university plans to go tobacco-free _ indoors and outdoors _ by July 1, 2008, joining several others nationwide to adopt the far-reaching health policy.
… The Fayetteville campus is among the largest schools that have enacted similar measures; Fullerton College in California, with an enrollment of almost 20,000 students, is smoke-free, as is Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, which has 29,000 students, according to advocacy group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, also has a smoking ban, the group said.


Tainted funding
San Francisco Chronicle, May 12, 2007

Editor -- The decision by the University of California faculty to continue accepting research money from the tobacco industry is deeply disappointing. For all the arguments about academic freedom, the real issue here should have been quite simple: Is the mission of a university consistent with the acceptance of money from an industry that kills people for profit?

The answer should have been a resounding "no."

-Peter Hanauer, Past President of ANR


Sacramento City Council considers smoking ban in city parks
The California Aggie Online - Davis,CA,USA, May 9, 2007

The Sacramento City Council is moving to ban smoking in the city's public parks after a May 1 meeting in which the council considered a proposal that would ban the act in all of the city's 211 public parks. However, the proposal met with enough resistance that the city amended its plan…

Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, said there are many municipalities that have already banned smoking in parks.

"As of April 2, 2007, there are 1,019 municipalities with a local law in effect that restricts smoking in one or more outdoor areas, including 568 that restrict smoking near entrances, windows, and ventilation systems of enclosed places; 544 that restrict smoking in public outdoor places such as parks and beaches and 278 that restrict smoking in outdoor stadiums and other sports and entertainment venues," she said.


Study: Outdoor smoke gets in your lungs
USA Today, May 7, 2007

People may inhale high levels of secondhand smoke even on outside patios and sidewalk cafes, a new study shows.

The U.S. surgeon general has found that indoor secondhand smoke kills nearly 50,000 non-smokers a year. Authors say their paper, in the May issue of the Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, is one of the first published studies to show that outdoor cigarette smoke could pose a risk.

Stanford University researchers set up air monitors at 10 spots near campus. They focused on particles found in smoke, called particulate matter-2.5, which are about 30 times narrower than a human hair. These microscopic particles, some of which can cause cancer, are able to penetrate deep inside the lungs, the study shows. It was financed by the state of California and the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute. …
More than 1000 communities now restrict outdoor smoking, according to the American Non-smokers' Rights Foundation. More than 500 curtail smoking in parks ...


Towson University to research smoking ban
Baltimore Examiner, MD - May 8, 2007

At least 40 colleges and universities in the nation have adopted entirely smoke-free campuses, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights...


Secondhand Smoke At Sidewalk Cafes And Other Outdoor Settings Is Still Serious, According to Scientists
Science Daily, May 3, 2007

…The public has become increasingly concerned about the effects of outdoor smoking, Ott noted. More than 700 state and local governments have passed laws restricting outdoor smoking at playgrounds, building entrances and other public areas, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. Some of the strictest ordinances are in California. The city of Santa Monica, for example, recently banned smoking at parks, beaches, ATM machines, theater lines, open-air restaurants and other outdoor locations.


THE MORNING FILE: Smoke 'em if you got 'em -- or not
By Gary Rotstein
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 3, 2007

Can you smoke? It's 50-50

Maybe it's OK to smoke a cigarette wherever you're reading this right now. Then again, it's just as likely it's not.

The Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (suggested motto for them: "butt out or die") said that as of the end of last year, 50.2 percent of Americans lived in a place where laws protected them from secondhand smoke in either workplaces or restaurants and bars, or all of those. A minority of states actually had smoking restrictions, but they included the biggest ones -- California and New York. More than 550 local measures had also been approved.


City reviews proposed nonsmoking ordinance
Dodge City Daily Globe, KS, May 1, 2007

With Lawrence's smoking ban under legal scrutiny, the Dodge City Commission is once again debating what a nonsmoking ordinance should look like.

During a work session Monday, the commission reviewed on Monday a proposed ordinance drafted by the national lobbying organization Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights but did not decide whether to adopt or modify it. Another work session may be set for May 14.


July 1 tobacco ban at state prisons delayed
Huntington (WV) Herald Dispatch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) ­ The Division of Corrections is delaying a July 1 deadline to turn West Virginia’s prisons into tobacco free environments to give employees and others more time to comment on the plan, Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein said Friday.
Arkansas has tobacco free grounds at it prisons, said Annie Tegen with the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation.


Airport will accept city's smoking ban
Louisville Courier-Journal - Louisville,KY,USA

Louisville International Airport will abide by the city's new smoking ban, turning back questions that it might be exempt.

The issue is moot because decades-old board regulations require the airport to follow federal, state and local laws on smoking, J.D. Nichols, chairman of the Regional Airport Authority Board, said at a meeting yesterday. The board could vote to reverse its policy, but there was no effort to that end yesterday. That would be "a slap in the face" to the city, considering the efforts to pass the smoking ban last year, Nichols said. …

There are now at least 119 smoke-free airports, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.


Smoking laws in other states
AP, 2007-04-18

States where all workplaces are smoke-free:

Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Washington.

States where restaurants are smoke-free:

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington…

Source: American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation


Amended smoking proposal advances
FayObserver.com - Fayetteville NC,USA, April 18, 2007

The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation estimates that 30 percent of the population is protected by 100-percent smoking bans at work.


Mark Bennett: Attempt at statewide smoking ban is good ­ but doesn ...
Terre Haute Tribune Star - Terre Haute,IN,USA

“We are expecting that to probably pass,” said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans For Nonsmokers’ Rights, a nonprofit group based in California...


Expert says smoking bans can make difference in students' health
Muncie Star Press - Muncie,IN,USA

MUNCIE -- Bronson Frick recalls how, just a few years ago, few colleges had policies in place that prevented students, faculty and staff from smoking on campus.

"Now, it's a major trend, one that started with commuter colleges and expanded to larger schools," said Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, the leading national lobbying organization dedicated to nonsmokers' rights. The non-profit reports more than 40 colleges nationwide have adopted campus-wide smoke-free policies.


Ball State considering smoke-free campus
Muncie Star Press - Muncie,IN,USA

For a growing number of universities, that's the question being asked as more students, faculty and staff stump for campus-wide smoking bans. Nationwide, more than 40 college campuses have adopted smoke-free policies, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.


Campus Smoking Ban
Carnegie Mellon Today, April 2007

No one would deny that one of the United States’ greatest attributes is freedom for individuals. So, it’s no surprise that whenever limitations are placed on those freedoms, no matter how well meaning, cries of Orwellian oppression are heard…

As for colleges and universities, 41 ban smoking, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights lobbyists…


OSU airs idea of smoke-free campus
By: Mark Silverman
The Lantern, April 5, 2007

There are 43 college campuses throughout the nation that have adopted smoke-free policies, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. OSU is the third Big Ten institution to consider a ban, along with the University of Iowa and Indiana University.


UP IN SMOKE *Bill would force diners, drinkers to ‘butt out’
Cecil Whig - MD,USA
By Eugene Paik

Nancy Tuttle, 58, is a regular at Billie’s Chuckwagon. For years, she and her 94-year-old aunt, Lucy Guiberson, eat at the North East-area roadside diner every couple weeks.

In all, 18 states nationwide have instituted anti-smoking laws, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, a Berkeley, Calif., lobbyist.


When is a restaurant not a restaurant?
Indianapolis Star - Indianapolis,IN,USA

FRANKLIN, Ind. -- It looks like a typical American diner: a few dozen tables, red-and-white-checkered tablecloths, the Red Gold ketchup and Sweet 'n Low within easy reach.

Yet, although it serves breakfast and lunch daily, the former Don and Dona's Restaurant on Jefferson Street is, according to its owners, a private dining club with 3,200 members who are extended certain club privileges:

Namely, they can smoke…

Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Non-Smokers Rights, an anti-smoking lobbying group, said that contrary to what many business owners believe, bans typically are good for business.

"The reality is, these laws don't typically affect business," Hallett said. "In fact, You're actually opening doors to more people, smokers and nonsmokers alike."


Public housing kicks smoking habit
USA Today, 2007-04-04
Emily Bazar, USA TODAY

Tenants in some public housing complexes can no longer light up in the one place that seemed safe from smoking bans: their own homes.

From California to Maine, at least 36 public housing authorities have made their apartments smoke-free, says Jim Bergman, director of the Smoke-Free Environments Law Project.

Such policies are not unusual in private dwellings. The trend has accelerated in government-subsidized rentals in the past year.

Housing officials say they made the change to protect non-smoking tenants from secondhand smoke, prevent cigarette fires and reduce the cost of rehabbing smokers' apartments.


Casinos, lawmakers are wary of ban on smoking (IL)
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch, 2007-04-01
Shane Graberand Kevin McDermott ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

...But some anti-smoking activists say that widely held assumption is a myth. Officials at the California-based Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights cite a University of Nevada study in 2006 that found that just 22.6 percent of Las Vegas gamblers were smokers, compared with a national smoking average of about 21 percent.

"Most gamblers are not smokers," said Bronson Frick, associate director for the California group. The organization says the gaming industry's claim that upwards of 70 percent of casino customers smoke is an exaggeration designed to scare politicians into exempting casinos from bans.

The organization reports that 22 states have some kind of statewide ban, either for smoking in restaurants or in all public places. No state adjacent to Illinois has a statewide ban.

"It's the same as the myth that most people in bars are smokers," said Frick. "It's just perception."

His organization has been trying to publicize that message nationally, on the argument that "casino workers have the right to breathe."…

…At least for now. Frick said the no-smoking trend is so clearly headed toward a near-nationwide public ban that any discrepancies between border areas of states will be short-lived. His group estimates that 56 percent of Americans are living in smoking-ban areas, with pending legislation in Illinois and a half-dozen other states likely to push that figure to 70 percent by next year.

"This isn't a new thing anymore," said Frick. "Now it's just a question of who's going to be last."


Smoking ban gets 2nd-round approval
By JoANNE YOUNG / Lincoln Journal Star
Wednesday, Mar 28, 2007 - 07:52:15 pm CDT

Supporters of a statewide smoking ban are breathing a little easier already.

After weeks of work on a compromise, senators gave second-round approval Wednesday to a modified version of a statewide ban. It includes a way for cities, counties and villages — either councils and boards or residents — to opt out of the ban, in whole or in part...

If the bill passes as it has been amended, Nebraska could be a first among states that have passed bans to have an opt-out clause.

“No other state in the nation has an opt-out provision (for local governments). It’s clearly not the intention to protect people or to protect public health,” said Bronson Frick, associate director for American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation.


Smoke-free SoccerPlex in Germantown effective this Saturday
Business Gazette, MD - Mar 27, 2007

According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, there are 517 municipalities nationwide that restrict smoking in public outdoor spaces such as...


Smoking banned on campus
Cosumnes Connection (subscription) - Sacramento,CA,USA

At least 43 colleges around the nation have banned smoking on campus, according to the Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights Web site. According to the site…



After the smoke clears
Guardian Unlimited – UK

... at least 40 institutions of higher learning have recently gone smoke-free, according to an organisation calling itself Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.


Lawmakers are enacting a playpen full of 'nanny' laws
San Diego Union Tribune - San Diego,CA,USA

Two states, Arkansas and Louisiana, already ban smoking in cars if there is a passenger in a child seat, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. ...



Smoking at work may be outlawed
FayObserver.com, Fayetteville NC - Mar 20, 2007

RALEIGH — A state House committee passed a bill Tuesday that would ban most public smoking across North Carolina — the state built largely on the fortunes of tobacco and that still leads the nation in tobacco production.

The committee’s recommendation is to ban smoking in most places of work, including bars and restaurants. It will soon be sent to the full House...

The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation estimates that 29.8 percent of the population is protected by 100 percent smoking bans at work. The California-based advocacy group reports that 11 states ban all workplace smoking and almost 1,000 cities have no-smoking ordinances.


Poll: Stamp out smoking on campus?
Baltimore Examiner, March 20, 2007

On college campuses in the Baltimore area, some students may never again hear the question “Do you have a light?”

At least 40 colleges and universities across the country have gone completely smoke-free, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation.

“In the past year or two we’ve seen an increase in the number of smoke-free campus policies nationwide,” said Annie Tegen, a senior program manager for the association. “The basis for that seems to be the increase of information about the dangers of secondhand smoke, as well as the public demand.”


Indiana Receives National Smokefree Workplace Award
Inside INdiana Business (press release) - Indianapolis,IN,USA. March 20, 2007

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) has given Indiana a national award recognizing the state as a leader for protection from secondhand smoke in the ...


State's opt-out clause may be a first
Beatrice Daily Sun - Beatrice,NE,USA

LINCOLN - As more states consider adopting sweeping smoking bans, proponents are fighting efforts they say will dilute the intended purpose of such laws….

“There's not enough political will to kill a law, but they're trying to dilute it,” said Bronson Frick of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a California-based group. “It's designed to divert health group resources to constantly defending a state law.”


Policy prohibits smoking in residence facilities
Los Angeles Loyolan (Subscription) - Los Angeles,USA

At least 43 campuses across the nation have banned smoking on campus, including nearby Azusa Pacific University, according to Americans' for Nonsmokers' Rights.


Charlotte airport goes smoke free
News 14 Charlotte, NC - Mar 15, 2007
CHARLOTTE -- Beginning Thursday, all bars and restaurants at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport will be smoke free. Smoking will still be allowed at ...


At some universities, cigarettes go up in smoke
by Lauren DeZinno, The Review, March 13, 2007

Forty-three colleges and universities are now officially smoke-free, indoors and out, according to the Web site of Americans For Nonsmokers' Rights.

Frieda Glantz, project manager for American For Nonsmokers' Rights, said the organization's list is compiled from newspaper clippings and notifications from the colleges and universities themselves.

"Inhaling smoke kills - period," Glantz said. "There is absolutely no safe level of exposure to smoke. Even a little bit of exposure can result in cardiac arrest, which can result in immediate death."


NC One Step Closer to Non-Smoking Bill
abc11tv.com - Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville,NC,USA

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 20 states have already banned smoking in all restaurants. Another 14 have prohibited it in bars as...


Ban smoking in China? A state-run industry has objections
International Herald Tribune - France

... 19 states prohibit it in restaurants and 15 ban it in the workplace, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation in Berkeley, California.


Where Tobacco Ruled, Smoking Ban Gains Ground
New York Times, March 8, 2007

ADAMS, Tenn., March 8 ­ A century ago, a battle called the Black Patch War raged across Robertson County, where Rick Gregory’s ancestors grew tobacco. In the vicious fight over prices, nightriders with rifles raided farms and dynamited equipment. Tobacco barns burned in the night, and salted beds lay fallow….

Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; and 22 states have passed bans on smoking in bars, restaurants, or all workplaces. The top tobacco growing states ­ North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and South Carolina ­ have not passed such legislation, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, an advocacy group based in Berkeley, Calif.

“What’s exciting here is that we’re seeing more activity in what is traditionally tobacco country,” said Annie Tegen, senior program manager for the group. “Times are definitely changing, and just because they grow tobacco there does not mean that they’re not going to take public health seriously.”


Iowa universities see more support for smoking bans
BY DREW KERR
REGISTER CORRESPONDENT, March 12, 2007

Iowa City, Ia. - If the University of Iowa decided to ban smoking on campus, senior Chris Black says he would feel stripped of a personal right….

Nationwide, 41 college campuses have banned smoking both inside and outside, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.


Campuses crack down on smoking
Sue Wang, Daily Bruin, March 12, 2007

After spending time in the library, students exiting Powell to momentarily dwell in open space and breathe in fresh air are sometimes met instead with puffs of smoke…

But other college campuses across the nation have made more drastic changes.

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights reported that 43 campuses have gone smoke-free.


State Wins National Recognition for Passage of Smoke-Free Laws

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Mar. 13, 2007) – The passage of smoke-free laws in Kentucky communities is an on-going and sometimes controversial debate. Kentucky, the state with the highest estimated number of adult smokers in the nation, is quickly becoming a national leader and a trendsetter for local smoke-free air legislation. The University of Kentucky's Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy (KCSP) [http://news.uky.edu/news/] provides direct technical assistance to communities working toward smoke-free environments.

Today, the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR), the leading national lobbying organization dedicated to nonsmokers' rights, will announce Kentucky as one of four winners in the annual Clean Indoor Air Challenge. Kentucky, having passed 10 local smoke-free laws in 2006, is ranked 4th in the nation, behind Illinois, Indiana and Texas, for passage of smoke-free indoor air laws. Kentucky is 1st per capita for 2006. Accepting the award on behalf of the state of Kentucky and its smokefree coalitions will be Heather Robertson, project manager for UK's KCSP.

"Kentucky is doing great work setting the trend for the region," said Frieda Glanz, ANR project manager. "Much of the movement forward in South Carolina can be attributed to the work done in Kentucky. South Carolina has the desire but Kentucky gave them the hope."


More colleges limit on-campus smoking
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger, 2007-03-12
Rachel Leifer Hattiesburg American

Higher education institutions increasingly are leading the tobacco-free movement, setting policies that can be more restrictive than those in surrounding cities and nixing smoking in some outdoor areas.

Even in Mississippi, where the proportion of smokers per capita is several points above the national average and cigarette taxes, at 18 cents per pack, are the third-lowest in the nation, campuses are sending a "no butts" message.

University of Southern Mississippi buildings and residence halls have been smoke-free since 1994, and smoking is prohibited in enclosed outdoor areas like M.M. Roberts Stadium, said Joe Paul, vice president of student affairs….

At least 43 campuses from California to New Jersey have gone smoke-free, a trend that is accelerating, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.


Running out of options
Hattiesburg American, March 13, 2007

With more and more college campuses going smoke-free, student smokers are accepting that the world is no longer their ashtray…

At least 43 campuses from California to New Jersey have gone smoke-free, a trend that is accelerating, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. Most have been community colleges and commuter schools, but more large universities with student housing are debating campus-wide bans, says ANR's Bronson Frick.


Judge rules Greenville smoking ban violates state law
AP, 2007-03-08
MEG KINNARD Associated Press Writer

A judge in Greenville snuffed out the city's new indoor-smoking ban Thursday, ruling that South Carolina in 1996 passed a state law that expressly prevented local governments from creating their own rules on smoking.

"Whether it is a good idea that smoking should be banned in indoor areas is exclusively a legislative issue," Judge John C. Few wrote in his decision, which he said "has nothing whatsoever to do with smoking."

Few based much of his decision on one sentence in a 1996 amendment to the Clean Indoor Air Act that had been passed six years before. The act outlawed smoking in certain public areas, such as preschools, government buildings and arenas, except in designated areas…
"I would characterize this as being more like a bump in the road for smokefree air in Greenville," said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, a California-based advocacy group. "We hope the city will appeal the ruling."

Frick said he was also encouraged by a measure approved Thursday by the South Carolina Senate that would give municipalities the authority to restrict or prohibit smoking in public buildings. Several other states, such as Louisiana, New Jersey and Illinois, have passed similar legislation, he said.

About 283 municipalities and 18 states ban smoking in restaurants and bars, according to Frick's organization.


Bronson Frick '95 Helps Communities Battle Smoke
Wabash College, March 2007

BERKELEY, Calif. - A young Bronson Frick ’95 taught tourists to pan for gold in a small creek behind his mother’s general store in Brown County, Indiana. He often dreamed what life might be like outside Gatesville and Nashville in Southern Indiana. His dreams probably never matched what was soon to become reality.


Smoke-ban still smolders
Columbus Telegram - Columbus,NE,USA, March 7, 2007

They acknowledge public support for smoke-free laws but want to undermine them, said Bronson Frick of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a California-based ...


College smokers losing ground
Telegraph, March 8, 2007

Colleges are snuffing out smoking everywhere on campus, even in outdoor light-up spots, such as main quads and sidewalks. At least 43 campuses from California to New Jersey have gone smoke-free, a trend that is accelerating, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.


States go after smoking in vehicles with kids
Stateline.org - Washington,DC,USA

Spokesmen from the American Lung Association, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights said some bills’ penalties would be ...


More colleges banning smoking
USA Today - USA

Colleges are snuffing out smoking everywhere on campus, even in outdoor light-up spots such as main quads and sidewalks.

At least 43 campuses from California to New Jersey have gone smoke-free, a trend that is accelerating, according to Americans for Non-smokers' Rights. Most have been community colleges and commuter schools, but more large universities with student housing are debating campus-wide bans, says the group's Bronson Frick.


Repps Hudson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - St. Louis,MO,USA

Twenty-two states and 577 municipalities, including Columbia, Mo., have tough smoke-free laws, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.


Concord bans smoking at downtown park
San Jose Mercury News - San Jose,CA,USA

Smokers will have to stamp out those cigarettes when hanging out at Todos Santos Plaza, now that Concord city leaders have approved a smoking ban within the 1-acre downtown park.

But Annie Tegen of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a Berkeley-based organization, argues that the right to breathe fresh air trumps a smoker's right to...


Resort owned by Harrah's first to go smokeless at Lake Tahoe
Las Vegas Sun, NV - Feb 23, 2007

Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, said Bill's is one of the first casinos to voluntarily become a no-smoking...


People need to take pride in their hometown
The Mountain Press - Sevierville,TN,USA

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 23 states/commonwealths have initiated some sort of smoking ban in public places. ...


Limited USC smoking ban most appropriate
Daily Trojan Online - Los Angeles,CA,USA

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 41 colleges and universities across the country have already put such bans in place; seven of them…


Iowa may become first major university to go smoke free
Marshalltown Times Republican - Marshalltown,IA,USA

... University in Tennessee, Cazenovia College in New York and Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., according to the group Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.


Speak up to assure clean air for everyone
Lansdale Reporter - Lansdale,PA,USA, February 15, 2007

According to the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights‚ if passed‚ Pennsylvanians would join the more that 50 percent of our nation who live in a city or state ...


Smoking ban debate relighted in Unicameral
Columbus Telegram, NE, February 15, 2007

... Americans live in a city or state with laws mandating that workplaces, restaurants or bars be smoke-free, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights



Bills to test smoking tolerance
FayObserver.com, Fayetteville NC - February 15, 2007

The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation estimates 29.8 percent of the population is protected by 100 percent smoking bans at work

Legislature, GI city council debate smoking ban
Grand Island Independent, NE - February 14, 2007

... Americans live in a city or state with laws mandating that workplaces, restaurants or bars be smoke-free, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.


Upcounty to have area’s first smoke-free recreational park
Business Gazette, MD - February 14, 2007

According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, there are 517 municipalities nationwide that restrict smoking in public outdoor spaces such as...


Passive smoke linked to heart precursors
Science Daily (press release) – USA

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Breathing in secondhand smoke has been linked to an increase in certain precursors of coronary heart disease, researchers at the University of Nottingham in Britain announced Monday.

People exposed to low and high levels of secondhand smoke had higher levels of two indicators for heart disease, homocysteine and fibrinogen, than those who were not exposed.
... of Columbia have local laws that ban smoking in either workplaces, restaurants or bars, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.


Woodstock couple starts grass-roots organization to teach residents dangers of secondhand smoke
Northwest Herald, February 13, 2007

WOODSTOCK – Diane Baker-Lockwood was diagnosed with asthma last year, and her allergist believes that it was a result of exposure to secondhand smoke, she said…

… more than 8100 municipalities around the country were covered by some type of smoking ban, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation at…


Coalition says thank you
Lansdale Reporter - Lansdale,PA,USA

According to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights‚ for the first time in the nation’s history‚ more than half of Americans live in a city or state with laws ...


It's time, Iowa: Ban smoking in workplace
DesMoinesRegister.com - Des Moines,IA,USA

... states with laws requiring either smoke-free workplaces, restaurants or bars, or some combination, reports the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ... But while ventilation systems help with odor and comfort, they can't remove all particulate matter and gases from secondhand smoke, said Cynthia Hallett, ...


Smoke-free SoccerPlex on the table
Business Gazette - Gaithersburg,MD,USA

The Maryland SoccerPlex and the South Germantown Recreational Park are poised to become the county’s first smoke-free outdoor venues….

According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, there are 517 municipalities nationwide that restrict smoking in public outdoor spaces such as parks and beaches and 265 municipalities that restrict smoking in outdoor stadiums and sports and entertainment venues.

‘‘It’s increasingly common all over the country,” said Bronson Frick, associate director of the California-based foundation. ‘‘The community, over time, seems to reach a consensus” once smoking has been restricted in one area, like bars and restaurants.


No-Smoking Laws Now Cover Half the U.S.
By Dan Schlossberg
ConsumerAffairs.Com, February 6, 2006

…According to ANR executive director Cynthia Hallett, the year just passed was a historic one for nonsmoking travelers. She noted that Westin and Marriott hotels went smokefree, along with the cities of Washington and Chicago, and more than 100 new local smokefree laws were passed.


Bar patrons debate effort to snuff out smoking
Rapid City Journal - Rapid City,SD,USA

It has been almost five years since the last person legally lit a cigarette in a South Dakota cafe or workplace. And if legislation proposed last week in the state Legislature passes, smokers could soon be putting out their last cigarettes in bars as well…

According to the American Nonsmokers Rights' Foundation, 21 states, plus the District of Columbia, ban smoking in one or more of those places. ...


Smoke-free zones no longer just weird California phenomena
Orlando Sentinel - Orlando,FL,USA

For the first time in U.S. history, slightly more than half of all Americans are living in cities and states that have banned public smoking.

Berkeley, Calif., was the first to take that step about three decades ago.

"The movement for smoke-free air has gone from being a California oddity to the nationwide norm," says Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. "We think 100 percent of Americans will live in smoke-free jurisdictions within a few years."

A total of 22 states, including Florida, and 577 municipalities have enacted smoke-free laws -- accounting for areas where 50.2 percent of the U.S. population lives, according to the group.


Smoke ban in the cards?
Philadelphia Inquirer, February 5, 2007

On a chilly afternoon last week, Robert Kelley was puffing on a Winston Light outside the casino at Dover Downs raceway in Delaware. Kelley, of Harrington, Del., said he plays the slots every week, despite a state smoking ban that includes casinos…

Many of those bans affect gaming, although not necessarily casinos, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...

…"If you put a gun to my head and we went to smoking, it would hurt our revenue," said Marc Kaplan, marketing director at Taos Mountain Casino. "My biggest marketing tool is being smoke-free."


EDITOR'S MAILBAG: letters, e-mails and faxes
Mason City Globe Gazette, IA - 17 hours ago

... live in a city or state with laws mandating that workplaces, restaurants, or bars be smoke-free, according to Americans for Non-Smokers’ Rights. ...


Smoking ban idea is music to my ears
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (subscription) - Milwaukee,WI,USA

After one of my recent, periodic pitches for a smoking ban, I heard from a reader who was the subject of one of my earliest columns, and my first on the sore subject of tobacco.

... of Americans are protected by city or state laws requiring smoke-free workplaces, restaurants or bars, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.


Some public smoking still allowed
Terre Haute Tribune Star - Terre Haute,IN,USA

TERRE HAUTE ­ Smoking will continue in about 20 percent of permitted food establishments in Vigo County when a new countywide smoke-free ordinance takes effect in July.

... effect for at least one of three categories, which includes work places, restaurants and bars, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. ...


Expanding the Smoke-free Belt
Cincinnati Enquirer - Cincinnati,OH,USA

The Tobacco Belt has again been taken in a few notches: Ohio is finalizing rules and penalties to enforce its new statewide ban on smoking in public places, and Northern Kentucky University is going 99 percent smoke-free indoors and outdoors.

Last August, NKU ordered residence halls smoke-free. The University of Cincinnati went smoke-free last January. It's all about preventing exposure to secondhand smoke.
… More than half of all Americans now live in a city or state with mandatory smoke-free work places, restaurants or bars. So says Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. If world cities such as New York, Paris, San Francisco, Dublin and New Orleans can go smoke-free, why should Covington or even all of Kentucky balk at fresh air?


Providence Hospital Goes Smoke-Free
Washington Post - Washington,DC,USA

The biggest notices, bright blue and unavoidable, are posted at all the driveway entrances to Providence Hospital. Outside its doors are more signs with the telltale slash mark. And on a lawn gazebo, which until Jan. 1 was one of the last remaining refuges, is this polite but firm directive:

"Providence Is Now Tobacco Free. No Smoking, Please. Thanks."

... of healing and health, so it only makes sense that they'd be smoke-free," said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. ...


Time to get serious about our health
Sandusky Register - Sandusky,OH,USA

Regardless of your views on the smoking ban, we learned last November that non-smokers in Ohio don't want secondhand smoke in their lungs. Although the ultimate outcome of the ban is still uncertain, for the most part, they're getting their wish.
…Seven states approved smoke-free laws last year, and an official with Americans for Non-smokers Rights said he thinks all Americans "will live in smoke-free ...


Assembly committee approves banning smoking in restaurants
Virginian Pilot - Norfolk,VA,USA

According to the anti-smoking group American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 19 states ban smoking in restaurants and 15 of those prohibit lighting up in all ...


Smoking ban has chance
The Tennessean - Nashville,TN,USA

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation says local ordinances are crucial steps toward a statewide ban. The smoking section at Las Palmas, ...


In tobacco country, a college campus goes smoke-free
Kentucky.com - Lexington,KY,USA

... other colleges in 19 states in banning butts on campus, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, a nonprofit based in Berkeley, Calif.


'Broad attack' on smoking a tough sell?
The Capital Times - Madison,WI,USA

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights now count 22 states and 577 municipalities with smoke-free laws, and 50.2 percent of Americans now live in areas that have ...



Phil Dodson: We're halfway there
Macon Telegraph - Macon,GA,USA

As Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' rights, told the AP, "The movement for smoke-free air has gone from being a California ...

Local reaction mixed over proposed statewide smoking ban
Green Bay Press Gazette - Green Bay,WI,USA

Fifteen states already ban smoking in the workplace, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. There are smoking bans in restaurants in 19...

About that smoking ban...
Magnolia News, WA - 9 hours ago

... enacted tough smoke-free laws last year, bringing the total number to 22 states and 577 municipalities, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. ...

CMU may ban smoking indoors or outdoors
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Pittsburgh,PA,USA

…based Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights identifies 41 campuses nationwide with bans indoors and out. The University of Pittsburgh bars smoking in university ...


Smoke ban wafts over region
Dallas Morning News (subscription) - TX,USA

It said the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights asserted that for the first time in history, "more than half of Americans live in a city or state" with some ...


Doyle wants smoking ban, cigarette tax increase
Pioneer Press - St. Paul,MN,USA

There are 15 states that already have bans on smoking in the workplace, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. There are bans on smoking ...


More local restaurants, public places enforce non-smoking environment
Muscatine Journal, January 24, 2007

MUSCATINE, Iowa ­ There was no controlling the cloud of smoke that continuously pervaded the airspace of the non-smoking section. …

According to the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights (ANR), a national lobbying organization dedicated to nonsmokers’ rights, 53800 people die each year from ...


Antismoking measure resurfaces
The Daily Iowan, January 23, 2007

Unless Aunt Noreen doesn't mind scooping slingshot mashed potatoes out of her hair, she should probably refrain, over dinner with the in-laws, from ranting about the dangers of secondhand smoke - or, conversely, the "inalienable" right to puff on the occasional cancer stick…

This newest bill in the Legislature - in the spirit of Gov. Chet Culver's proposal to raise the cigarette tax to $1 per pack - comes as the advocacy group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights announced that more than half of all U.S. residents now live in cities or states where smoking is banned in all bars, restaurants, and job sites.


Activists continue smoke-free push
By MARTIN GRIFFITH, Associated Press Writer, via Yahoo! News

RENO, Nev. - Thirty years after it began as just another quirky movement in Berkeley, Calif., the push to ban smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places has reached a national milestone. …

For the first time in the nation's history, more than half of Americans live in a city or state with laws mandating that workplaces, restaurants or bars be smoke-free, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.

"The movement for smoke-free air has gone from being a California oddity to the nationwide norm," said Bronson Frick, the group's associate director. "We think 100 percent of Americans will live in smoke-free jurisdictions within a few years."


Smoke-free cars for children proposed
The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 22, 2007

If the dangers of secondhand smoke aren't enough to keep people from lighting up in their cars with the kids, maybe a fine and even jail time will…

Indeed, Lesniak's proposal is part of a growing tide of smoking prohibitions aimed at protecting children from secondhand smoke, including in places previously considered private.

"It is a new wave," said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of California-based Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.

According to Hallett, Arkansas, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the city of Bangor, Maine, have already adopted laws against smoking with children in cars.

"We probably will see more" of these laws, she said.

Across the country, 2,507 municipalities have laws restricting smoking, and 35 states and the District of Columbia have laws that require smoke-free workplaces, restaurants or bars, according to her group's Web site.


Arkansas is One of Seven States With Tough Anti-Smoking Laws
KATV - Little Rock,AR,USA

... states and over 5-hundred individual municipalities across the country have smoke free laws according to the group, Americans for Non-smokers' Rights. ...


Indoor-smoking ban on agenda again
Richmond Times Dispatch - Richmond,VA,USA

Nationally, 21 states and more than 2300 municipalities have laws restricting public, indoor smoking, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, ...


Big Tobacco fights ban: Erie County moves ahead as planned
By George Miller
Erie Times-News, Friday January 12, 2007

Erie County Council won't delay the Feb. 17 start of the countywide smoking ban, but a newly formed local group still hopes to snuff it out -- with Big Tobacco's help.

County Councilman Ron Cleaver decided Thursday to drop his plans to seek a delay in the start of ban until May 1…

The bankrolling of lawsuits by tobacco firms is not unusual, said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights in Berkley, Calif.

He said R.J. Reynolds spent $40 million in the November elections to try to defeat smoke-free referendums.

"Big Tobacco has been fighting smoke-free laws for decades," he said. "These legal attempts are rarely successful. Their goal is to stall as long as possible."


Anti-smoking advocates set sights on the nation
MARTIN GRIFFITH
Associated Press 1/12/07

RENO, Nev. - Thirty years after it began as just another quirky movement in Berkeley, Calif., a move to ban smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places has reached a milestone.

For the first time in the nation's history, with the November passage of initiatives in Nevada and Ohio, one of every two Americans lives in a place with laws to keep the workplace smoke-free.

Buoyed by improbable acceptance in Nevada, advocates now are working with local and state officials from across the nation to bring the other half of the country around.

The movement gained momentum in Illinois this week when hundreds of health groups said they would renew calls for lawmakers to ban workplace smoking, including in bars and restaurants.

Illinois' Legislature voted in 2005 to let cities ban smoking in restaurants and bars, and expanded that to counties in 2006. Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, said he thinks lawmakers are ready to take the next step and adopt a statewide ban.

Nevada was among seven states and 116 communities that enacted tough smoke-free laws last year, bringing the total with such laws to 22 states and 577 municipalities, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, based in Berkeley.

It was the most successful year ever for anti-smoking advocates in the U.S., said Bronson Frick, the group's associate director.

"The movement for smoke-free air has gone from being a California oddity to the nationwide norm," Frick said. "We think 100 percent of Americans will live in smoke-free jurisdictions within a few years."


Pelosi bans smoking in lounge of House
Updated 1/10/2007 11:14 PM ET
By Oren Dorell, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — The days of cutting deals in smoke-filled back rooms in the Capitol are officially over. At least the smoke-filled part, that is.

Nancy Pelosi, the new Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday issued a ban on lighting up in the speaker's lobby, a lounge behind the speaker's rostrum where House members relax between votes, talk to reporters and chat among themselves...

Cynthia Hallett of the California-based Americans for Non-smokers' Rights said, "People in the Capitol deserve the same smoke-free protections as other workers in the District of Columbia. Smoke-free air in the workplace is no longer just a California trend — it is a national expectation."


U.S. Capitol now a smoke-free workplace
Editor: Thomas J, Methvin (Mobile Personal Injury Lawyer blog)
Firm: Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.
January 11, 2007

New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday a new smoke-free policy for the Speaker's Lobby, a meeting area near the Floor of the House of Representatives. Speaker Pelosi's historic action follows a nation-wide trend toward making workplaces smoke-free.

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR) and newpapers across the nation reported on this story:

"As Members of Congress, we must be held to a higher standard," Pelosi said in a statement. "We can no longer risk the health of colleagues, staff, pages, reporters and others who pass through the Speaker's Lobby each day."

According to the ANR, more than half of the U.S. population lives in areas where local or state laws ensure smoke-free workplaces and public areas. They say more than 577 municipalities and 22 states now have smoke-free workplace laws.


Pelosi Puts Foot Down on House Smokers
New York Times, The Lede, January 10, 2007

The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation maintains a list of smoke-free ordinances that is updated through Oct. 6, 2006; several more such provisions around the country that were put before voters in November managed to pass as well.


Up in Smoke
Charleston Magazine, January 2007

As municipalities across South Carolina pass nonsmoking ordinances, the town of Sullivan’s Island has become ground zero in a legal battle over the enforcement of localized smoking bans. With political pressure mounting, will public indoor smoking be forever banned in the Palmetto State...

According to the American Non­smokers’ Rights Foundation—an advocacy group that supports antismoking legislation—more than 700 municipal governments have enacted ordinances which prohibit public indoor smoking of any kind.


Washington D.C. Snuffs Smoking
AP, 2007-01-01
BRETT ZONGKER, The Associated Press

Smokers are being forced out of bars and nightclubs in the District of Columbia beginning Tuesday, and some businesses are worried about losing dollars to Virginia, which has strong ties to tobacco.

"A lot of people are just going to drive closer to home (in Virginia)," said Jody Taylor, manager of the Black Rooster Pub in downtown Washington. "For a lot of people, it's hard to have that cold beer in one hand without a cigarette in the other."

The smoking ban, which passed a year ago by the D.C. Council, took effect in April for restaurants and offices and extends to bars and nightclubs after New Year's Day.

… The nation's capital follows 21 states and more than 2,300 municipalities that have mandated smoke-free workplaces, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.


City to draft nonsmoking ordinance
Dodge City (KS) Daily Globe, January 3, 2007

The Dodge City Commission took another step toward restricting public smoking Tuesday when it directed city staff to draft an ordinance for the commission to consider.

The city's ordinance will be based on a model law devised by the national lobbying organization Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, but there may be some changes to make the law more suitable for Dodge City. That law eliminates smoking in all enclosed public places, workplaces and seating areas at outdoor events and extends the ban to include the space around the entrances to those places.

The model ordinance includes a short list of places where smoking would still be permitted, including private homes, hotel and motel rooms and private clubs.

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights suggests imposing a $50 penalty for people who smoke in nonsmoking areas, and fines ranging from $100 to $500 for business owners who fail to comply with the provisions of the ordinance.


Most Americans living with curbs on smoking
Springfield State Journal Register - Springfield,IL,USA, January 1, 2007

... be precise - of the nation's population now lives in areas where smoking is banned in public places, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...