ANR in the News (2008)

Southern Kentucky bucks smoking ban trend
Huntington Herald Dispatch, December 28, 2008

... according to the advocacy group Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. Smoke-free supporters have made less headway in southern Kentucky. ...


At This Casino, Only the Slots Can Light Up
New York Times, December 26, 2008

Of 23 states with casinos or combined racetrack-casinos, only eight forbid all smoking there, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, ...


As smoking bans spread, Southern Kentucky continues to light up
Lexington Herald-Leader, December 27, 2008

... according to the advocacy group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. Smoke-free supporters have made less headway in Southern Kentucky. ...


Stony Brook East Campus to go smoke-free outdoors
Newsday, NY – December 19, 2008

Nationwide, at least 160 college campuses have full smoking bans, according to an October report by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...


Modest Stevens' impact seen in smoking ban, Sunday drinking
Lexington Herald-Leader, December 15, 2008

Last month, the council approved the first revision to Lexington's smoking ban.

Stevens engineered the revision, which extended the ban to all workplaces, not just those open to the public, and closed a loophole that had allowed smoking in bingo halls.

"Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights calls Lexington's law the shot heard round the world," said Ellen Hahn, director of the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy. "It was so landmark because this region, including the other tobacco states, really lagged behind the rest of the country."


Boston commission votes to ban cigar, hookah bars
The Associated Press – December 11, 2008

... state bans on smoking bars; 52 communities nationwide have bans that include private clubs and cigar bars, according to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights. ...


UK may ban all smoking on campus
Louisville Courier-Journal – December 9, 2008

... Campbellsville University as the only other campus in Kentucky to enact a complete smoking ban, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. ...


Up in Smoke: Boston Considers Ban of Tobacco Bars
My Fox Boston - Boston,MA,USA, December 6, 2008

... state bans on smoking bars; 52 communities nationwide have bans that include private clubs and cigar bars, according to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights. ...


Rancho Cucamonga may tighten no-smoking rules
San Bernardino (CA) Sun, December 6, 2008

Bronson Frick, associate director at the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, said the trend toward increased regulation comes on the heals of major ...


Venting the Fumes for a Smoke-free Campus
New University Online – November 24, 2008

…Perhaps catering to other students with similar death sentences on their heads, college campuses across the nation are starting to change their no-smoking policies from restrictions in or near buildings to a campus-wide smoking ban. This means smoking inside and outside campus buildings, restaurants and even sidewalks and parks is strictly prohibited. According to the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, a California-based lobbying group, the number of these completely smoke-free colleges and universities has more than quadrupled in size since 2006 from 34 to almost 160. …


Smoking 'ban' a cloudy issue
Times-Mail (subscription) - Bedford,IN,USA, November 20, 2008

…According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, 29 states have smoke-free laws in effect that cover either workplaces, restaurants, bars, ...


UB going smoke free
Bizjournals.com, NC – November 20, 2008

The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation said as of Oct. 2 there are at least 160 college campuses in the United States that are now 100 percent ...


Smoking trends on campus change throughout the years
Daily Kent Stater, OH – November 19, 2008

More than 160 colleges nationwide have completely eliminated smoking on campus grounds, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, ...


ALA urges stop to smoking during Great American Smokeout
Chillicothe Gazette, OH – November 19, 2008

... rooms must be in hotels, and 534 cities and counties restrict smoking in hotels in their jurisdictions, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights...


More hotels go completely smoke-free
Gary Stoller, USA Today, November 18, 2008

Amid growing public concern about the dangers of secondhand smoke, the number of lodgings prohibiting smoking indoors has tripled in three years, according to a USA TODAY analysis of American Automobile Association data. ...

... Twenty-three states have laws that specify how many non-smoking rooms must be in hotels, and 534 cities and counties restrict smoking in hotels in their jurisdictions, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a non-profit organization.


Lawmaker to pursue statewide smoking restrictions
Chicago Tribune, United States - Nov 14, 2008

... that cover either workplaces, restaurants, bars, or combinations of some or all of such places, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...


Smoking ban compliance relies on respect, cooperation
Boise State University The Arbiter Online, November 13, 2008

... Currently in Idaho, both the College of Southern Idaho and BYU-Idaho are smoke-free campuses. Boise State will join more than 160 campuses nationwide that are entirely smoke-free. At least 32 campuses nationwide enforce a partial smoking ban, which limits smoking from the entire campus, except for remote outdoor areas, according to American Non-Smoker's Rights Foundation.


Smoking’s latest battleground: the college campus
Minneapolis Star Tribune – November 12, 2008

... The number of colleges and universities with smoke-free campuses has more than quadrupled since 2006 -- from 34 to at least 160 -- according to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation ...


Forum: We need smoke-free parks
Traverse City Record Eagle, November 6, 2008

The list of municipalities with all parks or specifically named parks 100 percent smoke-free continues to grow. In Michigan these include Fremont, Muskegon, St. Ignace, Huntington Woods and Kimball Township. Nationally, as of July 1, 2008, there are 356. (Source: American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation)


Mountain Town News: Activists hunt for clear air, not smokers
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide, November 5, 2008

"Breathing is a right, not a privilege," writes Frieda Edgette, of the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. She had written to the Jackson Hole News&Guide to object to a headline that described a "smoking ban." Her group, she said, is not out to ban smoking -- only to prevent others from having to breath the tainted air.


Secondhand smoke negatively affects students
UM Maneater, MO – October 30, 2008

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, there are now at least 160 smoke-free campuses in the US Obviously protection from secondhand ...


Study needed to decide smoke-free policy
SDSU Collegian, SD - October 29, 2008

There are now at least 160 campuses that are 100% smoke-free, both indoors and outside, with no exemptions, according to American Nonsmokers' Rights ...


SUU smoking policies follow Utah precedent
SUU Journal Online - UT,USA, October 27, 2008

... colleges and universities have completely banned smoking on their campuses, according to an Oct. 2 report by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...


Athens Tech moving to total smoking ban
Online Athens - Athens,GA,USA, October 25, 2008

According to the American Nonsmoker's Rights Foundation, about 160 US colleges and universities had prohibited smoking anywhere on campus as of July, ...


To smoke or not to smoke?
Johns Hopkins News-Letter, October 23, 2008

According to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, 41 colleges and universities have instituted campus-wide smoking bans.


Anti-smoking advocates to honor Texas, lobby Dallas officials
Dallas Morning News, October 20, 2008

At noon today, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights Executive Director Cynthia Hallett plans to award the organization Smoke-Free Texas with the group's annual ...


ICC defers smoking ban vote
Peoria (IL) Journal Star, October 17, 2008

Only one college in Illinois, Aurora University, has a campuswide smoking ban in place, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...


Historic Appeals Case Against The Tobacco Industry Positions Court ...
Medical News Today (press release), October 15, 2008

Today, The U.S. Department of Justice and Public Health Intervenors, including the American Lung Association, presented oral arguments before the United States Court of Appeals in a landmark case against the tobacco industry. …

... American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights and National African-American Tobacco ...


ICC may take hard stand on smoking
Peoria (IL) Journal Star, October 14, 2008

Only one college in Illinois, Aurora University, has a campus wide smoking ban in place, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...


Virginia Ad Campaign: No Matter the Time of Day, Lung Cancer ...
PR Newswire (press release), NY - October 14, 2008

... American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids ...


More colleges stamp out smoking
USA Today – USA, October 12, 2008

College campuses are going smoke-free in rapidly growing numbers across the USA.

More than 140 campuses now are completely smoke-free, more than triple the number that had banned smoking as recently as March 2007, said Frieda Edgette, of the lobbying group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.

An additional 30 campuses are smoke-free with a few exceptions, such as designated smoking outdoor areas, and at least 500 campuses have smoke-free policies in residential housing, she said.


Just Give Me the Light? Not on Howard's Campus
Howard University The Hilltop (subscription) - Washington,DC,USA, October 6, 2008

According to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation there are over 131 schools that prohibit smoking with no exemptions, 31 schools with minor ...


LETTER: S.F. ban
San Francisco Chronicle, 2008-10-04
CYNTHIA HALLETT, MPH Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights Berkeley

Editor - Congratulations to San Francisco on becoming the first city to implement a tobacco-free pharmacies law to finally help drugstores get over their addiction to tobacco money. . . . Cities have the right and responsibility to hold these supposed health care partners accountable for our communities health, and to not be part of the tobacco epidemic.


Turns out the smoking ban isn't in effect for everyone
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 24, 2008

Exemptions confuse the public and don't protect people from second-hand smoke, said Cynthia Hallett, executive director for Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights ...


Health briefs: Montana tobacco summit is Wednesday
Great Falls Tribune, September 23, 2008

... Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights; John McLellan, lead singer of the Montana band The Clintons; and Terrie Price, ...


Bill would ban some outdoor smoking
Daily Trojan Online, September 22, 2008

… According to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, however, various economic impact studies have shown that there is either no economic effect or a positive one on businesses after smoke-free laws go into effect. …


'Smoke free' questioned
Ball State Daily News - Muncie,IN,USA, September 18, 2008

Controversy has been raised regarding Ball State University's slogan declaring itself a "smoke-free campus."

Ball State began producing and distributing pamphlets and signs announcing its smoke free status following the smoking ban that was implemented during Spring Semester. …

… Bales said the inspiration for the slogan was taken from the American Non-Smokers Rights Foundation.


Purdue should adopt campus smoking ban
The Exponent - West Lafayette,IN,USA, September 16, 2008

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation reported in July that more than 130 campuses nationwide are 100 percent tobacco-free, including all Ivy Tech ...


'If I didn't buy them here, I'd buy them somewhere else'
Daily Free Press (subscription) - Boston,MA,USA, September 15, 2008

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation website, more than 130 campuses have banned smoking entirely. BU spokesman Colin Riley said he had ...


Pa. smoking ban goes into effect, with exemptions
Philadelphia Inquirer - Philadelphia,PA,USA, September 11, 2008

…The political compromise "sells out the health of hospitality industry workers," said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. ...


Enforcement more reactive than proactive
By JO CIAVAGLIA
Bucks County Courier Times, September 11, 2008

As of today, smoking is a crime in most places in Pennsylvania, but the state is counting on citizens to make sure the law is upheld.

Nationwide, most state smoke-free law enforcement is complaint-driven, said Bronson Frick, associate director of the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a California anti-smoking advocacy group.

State or local health departments, which typically oversee smoking ban enforcement, usually get the most violation complaints the first month or two after the law goes into effect.

“Then they very quickly taper off as people adjust their behavior,” Frick added.


Region ready to embrace smoking ban
GoErie.com - Erie,PA,USA, September 10, 2008

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 26 states and Puerto Rico have laws making restaurants and bars 100 percent smoke-free; ...


State poised to snuff smokes beginning Thursday
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 8, 2008

… "Unfortunately, the Pennsylvania law is not as strong as other laws around the country because of the many exceptions," said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a national nonprofit that tracks laws across the country.

Among the group's top concerns is an exception that allows smoking at casinos and bars where food represents 20 percent or less of annual sales. Critics believe such exemptions ignore workers who are exposed to secondhand smoke.

"This law sells out the health of hospitality workers," Frick said. "Those people deserve clean air, too." …


Smoking by Students Declines
Inside Higher Ed - Washington,DC,USA, September 8, 2008

... The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation says that at least 131 colleges and universities are completely smoke-free, and that the number has been growing ...


Activists hope poll will reignite smoking debate
West End Word - St. Louis,MO,USA

According to the American Nonsmoker’s Rights Foundation, there are more than 2800 municipalities in the United States with local laws in effect that ...


Smoking law backers push New Albany mayor to sign
Louisville Courier-Journal - Louisville,KY,USA, August 29, 2008

... took a copy of a full-page newspaper ad bought by the American Heart Association and Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights to the mayor’s office. ...


Ind. smoking ordinance decision set next week
Louisville Courier-Journal, KY – August 28, 2008

One of the latest efforts was from the American Heart Association and Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, which took out a full-page ad in today’s New Albany ...


The Nanny State Diaries
Business Media Institute, VA - August 20, 2008

... restaurants and/or bars, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation – that’s right, the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF). ...


Study Finds Smoking Ban Offers Health Benefits
Evening Bulletin - Philadelphia,PA,USA, August 1, 2008

Frieda Glantz, project manager for Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, carefully distinguished Scotland's total public ban from Pennsylvania's partial ban. "Pennsylvania's law has a number of loopholes," she said. "Workers are not going to receive the same protection in bars and casinos as they do Scotland."


Montgomery College Snuffs Out Smoking
Washington Post – August 1, 2008

More than 130 campuses nationwide have gone smoke-free, most commonly medical schools and community colleges, reports the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights ...


Study Supports Health Benefits Of Smoking Ban
Wall Street Journal – July 31, 2008

... use of blood tests, said Edith Balbach, director of the Community Health Program at Tufts University and president of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. ...


IU employees, provost weigh in on effectiveness of campus smoking ban
Indiana Daily Student – July 30, 2008

… IU’s campuses make up eight of more than 130 college campuses nationwide that ban smoking both indoors and out, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. …


Celebrating 5 Yrs Without Puffing In Public
WBEN 930 - Buffalo, NY, July 24, 2008

As of July 1, some 13,689 municipalities in 32 states have smoke-free laws, and 28 states have laws on smoking in restaurants or bars, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. The advocacy group says that 65 percent of the nation's population lives under some sort of smoke-free law, but it's unclear how many other state's have followed Erie County and New York's lead with virtually total bans on smoking in public.


AARP the Magazine Names the Top 10 Healthiest Places to Live in ...
istockAnalyst.com - Salem,OR,USA, July 23, 2008

... Americans for Nonsmokers Rights - compilation (2007), US Census, Claritas, Inc., Sperling's BestPlaces analysis, American Hospital Directory (2008). ...


Williams: U not effectively enforcing smoking codes
The Daily Utah Chronicle - Salt Lake City,UT,USA, July 23, 2008

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation reports as of July 1,131 colleges and universities across the United States are 100 percent smoke-free campuses ...


CSI Board snuffs out smoking on campus
Southern Idaho Business – July 22, 2008

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, only Boise State University and Brigham Young University-Idaho have campus-wide smoke-free policies ...


Battle Lines Drawn in War Over Smoking
ABC News – USA, July 21, 2008

… As of July 1, some 13,689 municipalities in 32 states have smoke-free laws, and 28 states and Washington, D.C., have laws that require workplaces, restaurants or bars to be smoke-free, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. Within the United States, 65.1 percent of the population lives in an area that is covered by a smoke-free law. …


SMOKING BAN: Fuming over smoke ban plan
Journal-Register - Medina,NY,USA, July 11, 2008

Some agencies, including Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, accuse the Heartland Institute of partnering with the tobacco industry.


Question of the Week: Is it fair or unfair for casinos to be ...
Oskaloosa Herald, IA – July 8, 2008

The statewide ban on smoking in public places went into effect Tuesday and “no smoking” signs have gone up on the doors of bars, public places and businesses around Iowa.

Gov. Chet Culver said in a statement that studies show second-hand smoke kills about 500 Iowans each year. He said that’s why lawmakers passed the ban, the Associated Press reported.

“I understand there are compelling arguments against this bill, but the bottom line is this bill will save lives, plain and simple,” Culver said.

His office has said the governor would have preferred a statewide ban with no exemptions.

Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, a lobbying organization based in Berkeley, Calif., said 13 states including Iowa ...


Iowa smoking ban in effect ($$)
Charles City Press - IA, United States, July 2, 2008

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, a lobbying organization based in Berkeley, Calif., says 13 states including Iowa now have smoking bans in workplaces, ...


Smoking ban gets mixed reviews on first day
Chicago Tribune – July 1, 2008

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a lobbying organization based in Berkeley, Calif., says 13 states including Iowa now have smoking bans in workplaces, ...


Smoke-free: Fayetteville University bans tobacco
Texarkana Gazette, June 29, 2008

... Currently, at least 110 colleges and universities nationwide have smoke-free policies covering their entire campuses, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. ...


Secondhand smoke remains a problem for Oklahomans ...
NewsOK.com (subscription) – June 27, 2008

Cynthia Hallett, executive director of the California-based Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, said 30 states and more than 600 US cities have smoke-free laws…


Secondhand smoke still a problem, officials say
NewsOK.com (subscription) – June 27, 2008

Also at the news conference were officials from the Oklahoma Alliance on Health or Tobacco, American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, and American Cancer ...


Anti-smoking advocates seek total public smoking ban
BY JANICE FRANCIS-SMITH
THE JOURNAL RECORD, [June 26, 2008]

OKLAHOMA CITY - Where there's smoke, there is Cynthia Hallett.

The executive director of the Berkeley, Calif.-based American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation has been all over the country fighting for laws to protect more people from secondhand smoke. She testifies at hearings, speaks to governmental entities, pumps up her colleagues at workshops and reaches out to the public via press conferences. On Thursday she was in Oklahoma, standing alongside representatives of the Oklahoma Alliance on Health or Tobacco. The group held a press conference promising to fight again next year for a law that would ban smoking in all public places in Oklahoma.

Hallett doesn't for one minute buy into the argument that it's not the proper role of government to interfere with the people's right to engage in a lawful activity in public places. Or that workers have the choice of accepting or declining employment in places where smoking takes place.

"We don't allow asbestos in the workplace," she said. "We require waiters and waitresses to wash their hands." Clearly, state and local governments across the nation are not shy about imposing certain policies when the public health benefits are apparent, she said. So if some government officials continue to resist efforts to protect workers from the well-documented dangers of secondhand smoke, they have just one reason for doing so, she said: the tobacco industry. "We are likely to continue to see opposition to this, even though this makes sense," said Hallett. "There are hundreds of laws in place like the one proposed, and the arguments against it are designed simply to take you off message and off track." Laws to ban smoking in all public places have been enacted in 30 states and more than 600 communities, she said. In each case, worries that the law would harm local businesses have been proven unfounded; rather, businesses have reported no loss of business or even an increase after nonsmoking laws are enacted, she said.


OK-Health officials urge Oklahomans to support smoke-free laws
eCapitol News, 06/26/2008
by Candice Adson

(OK) When it comes to protecting nonsmokers from secondhand smoke, Oklahoma is lagging compared to other states, according to health officials who spoke to the media Thursday.

Bob Miner, clean indoor air coordinator for the Oklahoma State Department of Health, said that Oklahoma established tougher smoking laws in 2003 but left several loopholes that continue to allow smoking in many public places.

"When Oklahoma first established these laws five years ago, they were among some of the strongest in the nation," Miner said. "Today, other states have continued to strengthen their smoking measures and Oklahoma hasn't, causing us to be among the most lenient states in the nation when it comes to smoking laws."

According to Cynthia Hallet, executive director of the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 30 states currently have 100 percent smoke-free laws in effect, meaning that there is no smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars.

Current Oklahoma smoking stipulations prohibit smoking in indoor public places, workplaces and on public transportation, but they permit smoking in stand-alone bars, tobacco stores, up to 25 percent of guest rooms at hotels, casinos and in certain areas of restaurants, according to Hallet.

"These loopholes are opening too many areas for nonsmokers to breathe in secondhand smoke," said Hallet. "Three-quarters of the population are nonsmokers, and it is unacceptable for them not to be allowed to breathe clean air. I encourage all Oklahomans to support the strengthening of smoking laws."


Coalition urges smokefree laws
KTEN, TX - June 26, 2008

AP - June 26, 2008 11:55 AM ET OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A coalition of health care agencies wants the Legislature to pass smokefree laws to protect Oklahomans ...

Cynthia Hallett, executive director of the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, says big tobacco companies oppose smokefree laws. Hallett says some lounge operators claim smokefree laws could have negative economic consequences.


Oklahoma Lags Behind in Protecting Nonsmokers from Secondhand Smoke
OKC Nuestra Comunidad - Tulsa,OK,USA, June 25, 2008

WHO: Cynthia Hallett, MPH, Executive Director American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation …


Iowa smokers smolder over ban
Des Moines Register, June 22, 2008
By JASON CLAYWORTH

Angry Iowa smokers have plans to turn puffs into protest before a new state law on July 1 banishes ...

….Iowa is the 13th state to prohibit smoking in restaurants, bars and workplaces, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...


Concerned citizens rally for smoke-free DIA
YourHub.com - Denver,CO,USA, June 3, 2008

According to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, the leading national organization dedicated exclusively to nonsmokers' rights, 8 of the top 10 US airports ...


Anti-smoking movement working on prohibiting smoking in cars
Augusta Chronicle (subscription) – May 9, 2008

Some hospitals have banned smoking inside a person's own vehicle if it's on hospital property, a step viewed as logical by the anti-smoking movement but repugnant to its critics. …

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation in Berkeley, Calif., counts more than 1200 with campuswide bans. No exact count is kept on which hospitals extend ...


Locals debate ban of smoking in parks
York Daily Record - York,PA,USA, May 8, 2008

Outdoor smoking bans are becoming more popular, said Annie Tegen, senior program manager with the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ... As of April, 309 municipalities in the country prohibited smoking in parks, according to the group's Web site.


Eger takes the lead with ban smoking
Staten Island Advance, May 4, 2008

Nursing home is first in the city to institute a campus-wide policy

Aiming to improve the health of its workers, residents and visitors, administrators of Eger Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in November will become the first nursing home in the city to implement a smoke-free campus…

In fact, only 25 eldercare facilities in the country have completely banned smoking for people who live and work there, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.


Best places to become a nonsmoker
Health: 20, April 2008

This article provided a map of the US overlaid with which states have the strongest smokefree air laws and which have the lowest rates of smoking prevalence.


Smoking bans spread in Ky.
Kentucky.com - Lexington,KY, April 27, 2008

Monday marks the four-year anniversary of Lexington's public indoor smoking ban, which was the first community-wide smoke-free law in Kentucky….

In 2006, Kentucky received the top award from Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights for passing the most new smoke-free laws in a tobacco-growing state.


Letter: A right to breathe
The Daily Astorian - Astoria,OR,USA, April 18, 2008

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


Smoking ban takes effect in Indianapolis
By Allison Brown
Dawgnet, April 16, 2008

A year ago, the bar at On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina was littered with ash trays. When manager Tim Wheeler was forced to remove them, he could only guess at how his clientele would react or how it would affect his business.

It has been a year since a smoking ban for all public places was passed in Marion County. Restaurants especially have had to make adjustments since the ban passed in March 2007. Whether they are smokers, non-smokers or managers of public establishments, Indianapolis citizens have varied reactions to the smoking ban, but most have adjusted to the restrictions.

“Honestly, most customers were pleased about it,” Wheeler said. “Being a smoker myself, I’ve adapted to it. It’s not a huge deal. When I go out to eat, I go to a bar if I want to smoke or I’ll smoke outside.”

Smoking bans which restrict smoking in work places and public spaces have been a common issue across the country in recent years. California was the first state to ban smoking in 1998, and according to the American Non-Smokers’ Rights Foundation, 18 other states have become smoke-free since then. Indiana has 26 smoke-free counties, Marion County being one of them.


How to Find Smoke-Free Hotel Rooms Worldwide
TheStreet.com, April 16, 2008

... online outlets like Hotels.com, Expedia and Freshstay.com, and checking out the hotels section of sites such as Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights . ...


Bars, eateries scout ways to dodge smoking ban
DesMoinesRegister.com - Des Moines,IA,USA, April 15, 2008

Today, Iowa will become the 13th state to prohibit smoking in restaurants, bars and workplaces, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...


Smoking ban proposed as possibility for UTD
The UTD Mercury - Richardson,TX,USA, March 31, 2008

According to a study published by the group Americans for Non-Smokers rights, there are at least 105 colleges with campus-wide bans on smoking. ...


Cancer Center Kicks Cigarette Habits To Curb
Tampa Tribune – March 27, 2008

But that excuse won't work for much longer, say officials at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. Starting Tuesday, it will become the first health care center in the Tampa Bay area to ban tobacco use on its property. …

Since January 2007, just 27 hospitals across Florida have instituted tobacco-free campus policies, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation ...


Smoking ban vote to affect Kansas City stadiums
Kansas City Star, March 23, 2008

“The trend is clearly moving toward stadiums going 100-percent smoke free,” said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of the California-based American ...


Smoking still prominent on campuses nationwide
Fairfield Mirror (subscription) - Fairfield,CT,USA, March 20, 2008

As high school student smokers are on the decline, some college campuses have been adopting the smoke free alternative. The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation reports that as of 2007 nearly 60 college campuses around the United States have smoke-free policies that affect their entire campus.


AS I SEE IT: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with green, not a smoke
Kansas City Star - MO,USA, March 16, 2008

Currently, 62.8 percent of the U.S. population is covered by a local or state law providing smoke-free workplaces, restaurants or bars, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. And the number grows.


USC smoking policy accepted: Despite other colleges' bans, students are satisfied with USC's smoking policy
Ariel Edwards-Levy, Daily Trojan, 3/13/08

The University of Iowa announced it would be making its campus smoke-free, becoming one of 105 colleges nationwide that have instituted the policy - a policy that has yet to gain traction at USC. …

Stricter smoking policies at universities are usually created after students take the initiative, said Frieda Glantz, the project manager of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.

Glantz said a trend of nonsmoking campuses is growing.

"Within the past couple of years, hundreds of college campuses have embraced the concept of going 100 percent smoke-free," she said.

Students are mainly concerned with taking a stand against big tobacco companies, as well as increasing their own health, Glantz said.


Tobacco Controls Spreading, Anti-Smoking Groups Say
Crosswalk.com - Chesterfield,VA,USA, March 11, 2008

(CNSNews.com) - The desire for tobacco control in America is rapidly accelerating, despite the best efforts of tobacco companies and conservative critics, according to several anti-smoking activists. …

"The support for smoke-free laws has been overwhelming," Annie Tergen [sic] of Americans for Non-Smokers Rights, told Cybercast News Service. ...


US Supreme Court cites Tobacco Control Legal Consortium amicus brief
William Mitchell College of Law - St. Paul,MN,USA, March 5, 2008

The U.S. Supreme Court cited the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium’s amicus curiae brief in a recent Internet tobacco law case…

Joining the Legal Consortium on its brief were the American Medical Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Lung Association of Maine, American Heart Association, Maine Medical Association, American Legacy Foundation, and Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.


Statewide smoking ban passed the Iowa Senate
DesMoinesRegister.com, February 27, 2008

A sweeping statewide smoking ban passed the Iowa Senate Wednesday night, but whether it becomes law depends on whether Democrats in the Iowa House can now drum up the votes for it….

In California and Minnesota, half of the population was covered by a local smoke-free law before the statewide law took effect, according to Annie Tegen of American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation.

Only small number of states – such as Delaware, Washington and Idaho – have passed strong statewide smoke-free laws without many local laws in place, Tegen said.

Iowa law currently doesn’t allow local ordinances to be more strict than state law. The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that citywide smoking bans are not valid.


Quakertown considers smoking ban
Bucks County (PA) Courier Times, February 25, 2008

Quakertown could ban smoking in its parks. Borough Council will consider a proposal tonight that would make it illegal to light up anywhere in the Upper Bucks town's 140 acres of parkland. …

…Americans For Non-Smokers Rights, an anti-smoking advocacy group, relates that 262 towns and cities across the nation have specified that all parks or some parks within their borders must be smoke free.


Smoking ban seen as likely to pass
DesMoinesRegister.com – February 21, 2008

There is an almost 100 percent chance that Iowa lawmakers will pass a public smoking ban this year, Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal predicted Wednesday on the heels of a sweeping proposal that won House approval this week. …

"Often the opposition try to paint these laws as tricky or complicated," said Annie Tegen, a spokeswoman for the nonsmokers group. ...


House passes broad smoking ban; exempts casinos
DesMoinesRegister.com, February 19, 2008

... Iowa would become the 13th state to prohibit smoking in restaurants, bars and workplaces, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. ...


Smoking ban brings dramatic improvement in air, study says
Louisville Courier-Journal - Louisville,KY,USA, February 18, 2008

The study was funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Americans for Non-Smokers Rights. Cres Bride, owner of two local bars and president ...


For health's sake, enact smoking ban
DesMoinesRegister.com - Des Moines,IA, February 16, 2008

While casino owners claim state-of-the-art ventilation systems take care of secondhand smoke, that is disputed by Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, ...



"No smoking" Lamp is Lit
Hotel Interactive, Inc. - Smithtown,NY,USA, February 8, 2008

The no smoking rule has become so common that more than half of Americans are now covered, according to the California-based Americans for Nonsmokers Rights ...

Ban Smoking Statewide or Let Locals Decide? Issue on Statehouse Agenda
Iowa Independent, February 6, 2008

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U of I to ban smoking on campus next year
DesMoinesRegister.com – February 5, 2008

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation reported in January that 105 colleges nationwide have banned smoking inside and outside buildings on their ...


Local option smoking bans
Richmond (VA) Times Dispatch – January 25, 2008

"We really have seen that local laws are most effective," said Cynthia Hallet, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers Rights. ...


House committee puts out smoking ban
By MIKE SMITH The Associated Press
Journal-Courier, January 24, 2008

...Twenty-six states and hundreds of municipalities now have strong smoke-free laws that cover either 100 percent of workplaces, restaurants, bars, non-tribal casinos, or combinations of some or all of such places, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.


Columnist: Smokers, others get along without laws
The Daily Collegian Online - University Park,PA, January 24, 2008

... at least 105 US college and university campuses have banned smoking, inside and out, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. ...


Lighting Up In New Markets
CNNMoney.com, January 18, 2008

At least 105 US college and university campuses completely ban smoking inside and out, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.


Smokers having tougher time finding rentals
Mortage 101 – USA, January 17, 2008

Q: I've had a tough time finding a rental because I smoke. I found a great place but was told it was a "smoke-free" building, inside and out. Don't I have a right to smoke wherever I want?

A: The right to smoke depends on when and where you want to light up. Smoking has become a huge source of conflict, especially in light of health concerns regarding secondhand smoke. Fanning the flames are smokers who maintain that smoking is their right and should not be compromised. …

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANRF) an advocacy group that tracks local ordinances, "as of Jan. 2, 2008, a total of 2,671 municipalities in the United States have local laws in effect that restrict where smoking is allowed." Restrictions include 524 municipalities that enforce a 100 percent smoke-free workplace and 488 with a local law in effect that require 100 percent smoke-free restaurants. California, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey (casinos exempted), Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington now disallow smoking in restaurants and bars.

Indoor-smoking bans are now expanding to the outdoors, including more than 45 beaches and more than 220 parks around the nation. "What we're seeing is the trend is going from the inside out," says Cynthia Hallett, ANRF's executive director.


Huckabee about-face on smoking
The Hill - Washington,DC,USA, January 16, 2008

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has reversed his position on a federal ban aimed at workplace smoking and now believes the issue should be addressed by state and local governments. …

“We do not support federal legislation. This work is being addressed at the state and local level,” said Bronson Frick, the associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers Rights.


Lessons learned from Illinois smoking ban
Current, MO - January 15, 2008

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, as of Jan. 8, 2008, there are 105 campuses nationwide that ban smoking on the entire campus, ...


No smoking, and no buying tobacco, either
Pocono Record - Stroudsburg, PA, January 14, 2008

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation says smoking kills 400000 people each year, including 53000 non-smokers.


Illinois added to list of states to ban smoking
iTWire – Australia, January 3, 2008

According to the organization Americans for Nonsmoker’s Rights, over 50% of US citizens are covered by some degree of smoke-free laws in public places. ...


Smokeless casinos await fate
Chicago Tribune – January 1, 2008

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. - They've been puffing away at penny and nickel slots in the glitzy Casino Queen, taking slow drags playing video poker at the bar and lighting up in the hallways while digesting winnings or losses…

"Casinos are among the last workplaces in America to go smoke free," said Annie Tegen, spokeswoman for Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.


Who's got next? Our annual look at trends anddevelopments that influence campus life and...
By Milshtein, Amy
College Planning & Management, January 1 2008

Where are U.S colleges and universities going in 2008 and beyond? …

As of October 1, 2007, 97 college campuses around the country proclaimed themselves 100-percent smoke-free environments. "Some schools still offer some outdoor smoking areas on the periphery of parking lots, but for the most part it is universal non-smoking coverage," according to Frieda Glantz, Americans for Nonsmoker's Rights in California. Even more schools have gone smoke-free in the residence halls.