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downtown Huntsville bar, music venue going cold turkey with indoor smoking
to go completely smoke-free
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last SEC school without campus smoking ban
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A&M will become smoke-free campus in 2014
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fines for county employees
petition could ban smoking on UNA's campus
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hospitals to go tobacco free Jan. 1
senators discuss smoking surveys, campus activities
support for smoking ban on campus
Out: Time Alabama was smoke-free
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council tables two resolutions dealing with smoking ordinance
advocates say study cites Sheffield pollution
Alabama university moves to ban tobacco campus-wide
Another public university in Alabama is moving to permanently ban smoking on all campus properties. Alabama State University President William Harris said today he is using his executive authority to temporarily ban the use of all tobacco products campus-wide.
say no, University of Alabama should not follow Auburn ...
readers agree with Auburn University campus-wide smoking ban
University to ban smoking campus-wide on recommendation ...
University Goes Smoke-Free, Policy Stands on Game Day
Tobacco Products Banned from Early Co. Schools
The Opelika-Auburn News reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1as5FTO ) that
four campus groups passed resolutions to make Auburn a smoke-free campus.
University bans smoking on campus effective Aug. 21
releases more information on upcoming smoke-free ...
Airport renamed for Campbell
Health Care adopts tobacco-free hiring
owners report smoke-free policies don't harm business
ban doesn't take away rights, it gives them
Smoke-free ordinance makes sense
City Council passes ordinance to ban smoking at public places
bans kill freedom
Alabama fifth most smoker-friendly state
over inmate smoking alleges cruel and unusual punishment
Blowing smoke up our butts
considers complete smoking ban for public places
eCigs Voices Its Support For New Alabama Law Prohibiting The ...
looks into increasing tax on tobacco products
approves anti-smoking ordinance (video)
The Anniston City Council passed a smoking ban Tuesday that will keep people from smoking in all public places. The ban includes restaurants, bars and hotels. Despite opposition from local business owners Mayor Vaughn Stewart says he believes this is something that should have been done almost two decades ago.
City Council restricts public smoking
council could vote Tuesday on smoking ban
finds 10% of freshmen begin smoking in college
city council awarded for expanding smoking ban
County Commission Chair Dale Strong proposes smoking ban at county buildings
policy limits smokers to assigned areas
smoking ban debate founded on falsehoods
banning use of tobacco would only be self-serving ...
council votes to amend smoking ordinance, exempt bars & lounges
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the ... smoking going in and I don't want to be bothered with second-hand
smoke, I'd ...
policies mean healthier hearts
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of Alabama opens conversation about no smoking ban
smoke ban now in effect but amendment still possible
Hospital's Entire Campus is Now Tobacco Free
Hospital going smoke-free on Friday, including outdoors ...
Morgan Hospital adopts new tobacco-free policy
hiring policies becoming more popular
flunks smoking report
leaders light up discussion on smoking ban
DCH's tobacco ban is the right choice
Health System approves ban on tobacco use
View: No tobacco at Snead State an excellent step
State campus to go tobacco-free in 2013
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considers city smoking ordinance
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UA groups suggest smoking ban
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Ban and Bayfest
...with regard to the smoking ban in Mobile. Right now, the ordinance bans smoking of sidewalks in downtown Mobile. However, an amendment proposed by City ...
Smoking Before Bayfest
The new law takes effect October 1st and bans smoking not only in restaurants
... will be too busy with other matters to enforce the smoking ban during
smoking ban for bars delayed in Mobile
on smoking in bars back on Mobile City Council agenda
MOBILE, Alabama -- Despite months of debate and the passage of a new smoking ordinance last month in Mobile, City Council President Reggie Copeland is expected to offer an amendment to the measure at Tuesdays council meeting. ...
& A on Mobile's Smoking Ban
move the city forward!; Smoking ban debated
question smoking ordinance enforcement
(WALA) - The Mobile City Council's passage of a new smoking ordinance means smoking will be banned all restaurants and public places maintained by the city ...
smoking ban isn't perfect, but it's welcome (Editorial)
MOBILE'S NEWLY enacted smoking ban isn't perfect; compromise legislation rarely is. But it's a sight better than what the city has now, which is nothing. When it ..
quality study: harmful levels of pollution found in bars that allow
An air quality study conducted in a dozen Mobile County bars and restaurants
last month -- eight that allowed smoking and four that didn't -- found
that those who work in the venues that permit smoking inside are exposed
to harmful levels of indoor air ...
on smoking in public places takes effect in Vestavia Hills
ordinance is third proposal by Mobile Council in a month
passes strict smoking ban
Bessemer has joined the growing list of Alabama cities banning smoking in all public places ... say smoking bans protect non -
council passes comprehensive ban on smoking in public
Individuals caught breaking the smoking ban will pay a $50 fine, while business ... Birmingham and Vestavia Hills in passing comprehensive smoking bans.
ban now in effect, cessation program available
smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of buildings on Auburn University's ... "If you just ban smoking it's not going to do anything if you don't have a good ...
Ban Vote Delayed
The ban would prohibit smoking in parks, businesses, restaurants and even sidewalks. Last month, the council took up a similar ordinance, but it was shot down.
to take up Smoking Ordinance Again
The ordinance would ban smokers from lighting up in pretty much all
public places including sidewalks and parks, and bans smoking in restaurants
even in patio
council to consider complete ban on smoking in public ...
Under the new ordinance, the city would ban smoking in all hotels, motels, bars ... comprehensive smoking bans in the past two years, including Birmingham, ...
new smoking ordinance up for vote
It will ban smoking in all restaurants and public areas, including sidewalks and streets. The ban would also include outside designated smoking areas at ...
goes tobacco-free as part of wellness effort
A health and wellness initiative under way at Troy Regional Medical
Center continues this week as the campus goes tobacco-free.
to revisit smoking ordinance
So you can walk down the sidewalks of Mobile Alabama smoke-free,"
Williams ... "There is a good balance between making our city smoke
free, and allowing ...
campus begins semester tobacco-free
should not be smoke-free
Information About Birmingham's Smoke-Free Indoor Air ...
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enforces smoking ban
Birmingham officials say the city is uncovering violations after banning
indoor smoking in public places.
ordinance means no smoking in bars, restaurants in Vestavia ...
Two business owners objected to a provision that prohibits smoking within 20 feed ... to a provision in the new Vestavia Hills smoking ordinance that bans smoking ... the non-smoking ban it passed in 2005, which allows smoking in restaurants ...
ban proposal fails in Mobile City Council vote
A proposed ban on smoking in restaurants and other public places failed to get enough ... smoking ordinance hasn't been touched since the city banned smoking in ... bans, and that businesses have a right to decide whether to allow smoking, ...
Hills, Alabama to vote to snuff out smoking
Vestavia Hills is set to ban smoking in all enclosed public facilities.
The City Council tonight is scheduled to vote on a resolution to ban
smoking in all ... The current ordinance bans smoking in restaurants
but allows smoking in ...
Press-Register readers write on gay marriage, Mobile smoking ban.
It's been more than a month since smoking in public places like workplaces,
bars, and restaurants has been banned in Birmingham. The ban also includes
Council should stop stalling, enact smoking ban
AT LEAST 10 physicians, one state senator, a health department director,
some Boy Scouts and a crowd of other people plus a mountain of
evidence about the dangers of secondhand smoke all confronted
the Mobile City Council this week in support of a citywide smoking ban.
What else does the council need?
moves toward ban on smoking
consider public smoking ban
Hills delays decision on smoking ban
The City Council tonight delayed approving a resolution to outlaw smoking
in all enclosed public facilities.
Council President Mary Lee
Rice said City Attorney Pat Boone needed more time to review information
related to the proposed ordinance.
Hills set to ban smoking in enclosed public areas
ifs, ands or butts - Maxwell takes steps toward a tobacco-free force
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- As the 42nd Air Base Wing begins to
implement a new Air Force Instruction regarding designated smoking areas,
Maxwell takes steps toward a becoming a tobacco-free community. "While
we are restricting the areas in which people can use tobacco, our real
goal is to get people away from using tobacco, period," said Col.
Brian Killough, commander of the 42nd ABW. "It's to promote the
overall health of our force and our families.
on public smoking takes effect in Birmingham
While the sight of smokers standing around outside doors of downtown
buildings is common, it may be a thing of the past. That's because smokers
must now be ...
Smokers in Birmingham now have to be more careful where they light
up. The city's new smoking ban takes effect today...
Smoking Ban Goes Into Effect Friday
Birmingham's Smoking Ban Goes Into Effect Friday. (BIRMINGHAM, Ala.)
-- Birmingham's smoking ban goes into effect Friday, ABC News Birmingham
Starting June 1st, the magic city will snuff out smoking in many places.
The new smoking ban will put restrictions on "where" people
can light-up. It outlaws ...
smoking ordinance stalled as anti-smoking groups push for comprehensive
An overhaul of Mobile's smoking ordinance continues to languish as anti-smoking advocacy groups push for a comprehensive ban on smoking in all public places, including bars that don't serve food or admit minors. Lobbyists from the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society as well as a representative from Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights visited the City Council Tuesday to reiterate their support for a comprehensive ban.
becomes a smoke free city
Come June 4th Birmingham will be a smoke free city.
prepares to go smokefree (VIDEO)
tough smoking ordinance receives less than rave ...
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Birmingham's new rules banning smoking in most ... And just for the doubters, the bars that I've been in that banned smoking have all been packed. ... 72 · Birmingham businesses face tough new public smoking ban ...
businesses face tough new public smoking ban
Some Birmingham businesses claim little info shared on new public smoking ... BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Birmingham's new rules banning smoking in most ...
VIEW: Legislature blows it on statewide smoke-free law
Each year ... It bans smoking in all public places -- bars and hotels included -- and even in public areas of private clubs. While that ...
begins new smoking ban this Friday
Birmingham's new rules banning smoking in most public areas go into
effect Friday. According to the Birmingham News, the ordinance is among
the state's toughest with stricter limitations
Lungs Healthy Lifestyle Expo Set to Celebrate Soon-to-Be Smoke-Free
Additionally, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights will present the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Alabama with an award honoring the implementation of smoke-free policies across state of Alabama, including the cities of Fultondale and Midfield in Jefferson County. ...
ban proposed for City of Lineville property
An ordinance to ban smoking in all areas owned by the city, including
all city ... City Park, but if a new ordinance is passed, it will be
banned on all city property.
smoke ban, journalism and think tanks, and home schooling ...
VIEW: Hoover needs smoking law like Birmingham's
I wish to express my deepest gratitude to the Birmingham City Council
for taking the bold steps to pass a gold-standard smoking ban. Unlike
several recent ...
considers smoking ordinance
HENAGAR - The Henagar City Council started initial discussions Monday
on enacting a no smoking ordinance at Henagar City Park.
VIEW: Birmingham's feel-good smoking ordinance erodes another freedom
By Letters from our readers Y our April 23 editorial "No smoke:
No joke" is ... who are forced to toil under the pall of such demons
as secondhand smoke.
Smoke-free air is a matter of social justice, equality
...It is appropriate then, that Birmingham City Council presented an ordinance for public debate that protects workers and patrons, residents and visitors, from dangerous secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke oppresses the health of those who breathe it; Birmingham's nonsmokers are right to demand freedom from the hundreds of toxins oppressing their livelihood. ... Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights found that 72 percent of African-Americans are exposed to secondhand smoke, much higher than other ethnic groups. Why? ...
VIEW: With new smoke-free law, Birmingham City Council takes ...
Secondhand smoke causes disease and illness. Children around smokers
can develop asthma and ear infections. Secondhand smoke kills. That
will happen less in Birmingham now that the Birmingham City Council
has adopted what may be the state's toughest smoke-free law.
KENNEDY: Birmingham does exactly right with smoke-free ordinance
The Birmingham City Council didn't mess around on that smoke-free ordinance. Except for specialty stores like cigar and hookah bars, in a month there will ...
bans smoking in many public places
The City Council Tuesday overwhelmingly approved tough rules that ban smoking in nearly all public places and establishments. The ordinance was hailed by ...
council squeezes out most public smoking to the applause of most commenters
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The Birmingham City Council has approved 8-0 tough new anti-smoking rules that eliminate smoking in most public places
City Council makes Magic City smoke-free
BIRMINGHAM-Alabama's Secretary of State, Beth Chapman, was among dozens who spoke about Birmingham's smoking ban, Tuesday. People filled the city council chamber to voice their opinions, heavy hitters and average citizens alike.
colleges take more steps to snuff out smoking
The best way to get people to quit smoking is to prevent them from getting really hooked in the first place. The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation estimates there are about 700 smoke-free campuses around the country. One of the pioneers in Alabama, ...
efforts lauded: State health department targeting Sheffield to lobby
Alabama is at the top of a favorable list. The state has been recognized, along with California, by Americans for Non-Smokers Rights for passing "the greatest number of strong local smoke-free laws each year," the award notification release states.
Make Birmingham a smoke-free city
cheer this 'Bama landmark
This spring, debate is rolling on over the efforts of Alabama Sen. Vivian Figures, D-Mobile, to ban smoking in most public places. That's why it was good to hear that the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights' annual Smoke-Free Indoor Air Challenge Award has been given to Alabama. According to that organization, Alabama led the nation in having enacted the greatest number of strong, new smoke-free laws in 2011 This is a landmark achievement for public health. We agree.
A debate is raging over whether to ban smoking in work places, restaurants
and bars. Those in support of a smoking ban argue that smoke-free environments
are the only effective way to protect the population from the harmful
effects of exposure to secondhand smoke.
California tie for anti-smoking ordinances
(WIAT) - When it comes to protecting the rights of non-smokers, our state is topping the charts. Despite not having a state-wide indoor smoking ban, Alabama was listed as one of two states with the best laws protecting non-smokers. ... The honors were given by Americans for Nonsmokers Rights. It took place at the annual smoke free indoor challenge awards.
California tied for first place ranking in passing anti ...
The two states tied for first place in the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights annual Smokefree Indoor Air Challenge Award, which recognizes the states that achieve the greatest number of strong local smoke-free laws each year.
Gogue makes smoking ban final
By fall 2013, Auburn will join nearly 800 other higher education institutions as a smoke-free campus. This is a complex decision for any university to make ...
smoking ban in Birmingham
Clean air is what a potential smoking ban comes down to in the
Magic City. ... The current proposal bans smoking in enclosed spaces
such as smoking in hotel ...
Hospital is going smoke-free in 2013
By Chris Welch, The Huntsville Times HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital will also be smoke-free and the new Madison Hospital opened as a smoke-free ...
Senate OKs smoking ban
It also would ban smoking within 15 feet of an entrance, exit, window or ventilation intake of a building where smoking was banned; outdoor seating and ...
to quit smoking
The association recommends avoiding tobacco use and secondhand smoke
... that each year 8685 Alabamians die from smoking-related diseases
and 2339 of these ...
...and to recognize that the need to breathe smoke free air takes priority
over the desire to smoke." Why, then, are employees at private
clubs less at risk ...
smoking ban bill back before Ala. Senate
Vivian Figures of Mobile was first elected to the Legislature 15 years
ago, her goal has been to pass a bill that would ban smoking in most
public places in ...
poll: More than 70 percent of Mobilians support citywide ...
The poll, conducted between August and October, asked 845 Mobile County residents ages 19 and older about their attitudes toward smoke-free policies, ...
smoke remains alarming public health hazard
Exposure to secondhand smoke remains an alarming public health hazard.
Separate smoking sections are just not getting it.
We all deserve to have healthy, smoke-free lives
The evidence against secondhand smoke is indisputable; the science
is clear; ... higher in venues that allowed smoking compared with those
that did not.
calls for statewide ban on smoking in public places
The Alabama Legislature is stepping up efforts to become a smoke-free
state with the filing this week of a third bill that would ban smoking
in all public ...
VIEW: Smoking ban won't cause Birmingham to wither away
should protect Alabamians from smoke (editorial)
In Alabama, about 850 adult nonsmokers die each year from exposure
to ... Many municipalities in both states have approved various nonsmoking
By JD Crowe, Press-Register One of the bad habits is smoking. ... though
the Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi has been bold enough to go mostly
holding hearing on smoke-free ordinance
The city of Birmingham 's public safety committee was scheduled to
hold a public hearing on Wednesday to discuss a proposed smoke-free
council members listen to packed house on proposed ...
By Joseph D. Bryant -- The Birmingham News Each year, more than 800
nonsmoking Alabamians die prematurely as a result of secondhand smoke,
health advocates ...
VIEW: Smoke-free law badly needed, but not as a constitutional amendment
or with an exception for private clubs
By Birmingham News editorial board Each year, more than 800 nonsmoking
Alabamians die ... as are the health risks to nonsmokers exposed to
Councilman Johnathan Austin seeks input on tough anti-smoking proposal
VIEW: Supports Birmingham's efforts to make workplaces smoke free
19, the Birmingham City Council is weighing a new ordinance that
would make Birmingham restaurants, bars and workplaces smoke free.
By Press-Register Editorial Board MOBILIANS WOULD benefit from an ordinance
that bans smoking in all workplaces and public spaces. But an all-out
ban isn't ...
KENNEDY: Birmingham and Alabama are considering tough new ...
In Alabama, secondhand smoke is responsible for hundreds of deaths
in nonsmokers each year. People who work in places where smoking is
allowed are subjected ...
City Council committee to consider broader smoking ban
Club Smoke Ban Opposition Latest
(WIAT) - A city smoking ban has some business owners trying to stay
one step ahead of the law ... they're determined to allow customers
to smoke. ...
VIEW: Legislature should pass a strong anti-smoking bill, not leave
the policy up to voters to decide
smoking ban is good first step (editorial)
Mobile smoking ban would allow bars to opt out
By Robert McClendon, Press-Register View full sizeMobile City Councilman William Carroll is sponsoring a smoking ban that would allow bar owners to opt in ...
Changes to Jasper's Smoking Ban
(WIAT) - No changes tonight in Jasper's smoking ban ... after city leaders could not agree on proposed amendments. Several bars and restaurants had ...
smoking ban starts Sunday
With the new year comes a new ordinance in the city of Montgomery.
This Sunday, New Year's Day, a new tobacco ban takes effect at all city
owned properties. Not only is it designed to improve people's health,
it could also save the city millions of dollars. ...
Jasper Smoke Ban Amendment Proposal
Some residents are pressuring Jasper city leaders to make changes to
the city's smoking ban. ...
Midfield right to move against smoking
During my 20 years as a practicing internist, one of the most frustrating
things to see was people suffering from serious illnesses and death
from the effects of tobacco smoke, the No. 1 cause of preventable death
in the U.S. Usually, this was among smokers, but occasionally it was
among nonsmokers with a history of secondhand smoke exposure. I also
saw that tobacco smoking was costing individuals hundreds, if not thousands,
of dollars per year to pay for their addiction and its effects, and
costing our state millions of dollars per year in health care costs
and decreased productivity. Now, as health officer for Jefferson County,
I see the pursuit of a smoke-free environment, along with help for smokers
who need to quit, as top public health priorities for our community.
department to be tobacco free
want smoking ban amended
Jasper bar owners are asking members of the Jasper City Council to
amend its smoking ordinance to allow nightclub-goers to smoke in their
passes wide-ranging ordinance banning smoking in public places
The city of Midfield tonight became the second Jefferson County city
to pass a wide-ranging ban on smoking in all enclosed public places,
including workplaces. ...
Clubs in Jasper Debate New Smoking Rules
Smokers now have to go outside in between games. Members say they've
lost up to six hundreds dollar a week since the ban went into effect.
smoking policies help lower lung cancer rates
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports
that lung cancer rates across the country have decreased in the past
decade and suggests that non-smoking rules, tobacco excise taxes and
funding policies to assist smokers in quitting are what have led to
the improvement. However, the study also shows Alabamas decreases
in lung cancer pale in comparison to other states a problem some
health experts say arises from fewer smoking bans and less anti-smoking
funding in Alabama than in other areas of the country. ...
use shirts to speak out for 'clean air'
smoking ordinance has community talking
A new smoking ordinance in Jasper has only been on the books for a
few weeks and it's already getting tougher, but it's also getting a
backlash. One restaurant owner hopes people stop buying their smokes
in Jasper. ...
now a smoke free city
The Jasper City Council on Tuesday voted 3-2 to adopt an ordinance to prohibit smoking in public places located within the city. The new law goes into effect Friday. ...
smoking ban for Jasper?
campaign to go smoke free in Mobile County kicks off
banned at Thorsby parks
The Thorsby Town Council voted Tuesday to ban smoking at town parks. ...
department bans tobacco
VIEW: A new poll shows voters in Jefferson County ...
says most JeffCo voters favor smoke-free laws
businesses set to go smoke- free on Monday
smoking ban ought to be law (editorial)
Joey Kennedy speaks out on smoking laws and immigration; our ...
Joey Kennedy highlights several comments made during his weekly chat that included the recent smoking ban passed in Fultondale and the illegal ...
KENNEDY: Because the state won't act, cities should follow Fultondale's
The reason the Fultondale City Council passed such a tough smoke-free
ordinance last week wasn't because it wanted to be heavy-handed with
businesses in the city. The law bans smoking in all indoor public places,
including work places, restaurants, bars and private clubs. ...
OUR VIEW: Fultondale city leaders set an example with a tough smoke-free
ordinance that other cities and the state ought to follow
Fultondale city leaders get it. They understand the danger to their
citizens that comes with secondhand smoke. They know that while tobacco
smoking is legal, it's also lethal. ...
comment: City of Mobile shouldn't tell businesses to police clientele's
MOBILE, Alabama -- In an online poll conducted by the Press-Register,
approximately 53% of respondents were ...
passes "gold standard" of smoking ordinances
The Fultondale City Council adopted tonight what is being called the strongest smoking ordinance in Jefferson County.
Effective Sept. 1, the ordinance prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places in the city, including all workplaces, private clubs and bars. ...
KENNEDY: Fultondale says no smoking, and the state should do the same
businesses must be smoke-free
Pulse Survey: Should Alabama cities require worksites, bars, restaurants
to be smoke-free?
City Council seeks public input at Tuesday hearing on potential smoking
more Mobile eateries now smoke free
lawmakers urged to pass smoking ban bill
collecting shoes to highlight smoke dangers
Make Alabama smoke free
Intro: I urge members of the Alabama Legislature and my elected officials
to take a strong step toward making a more heart-healthy Alabama by
passing statewide smoke-free legislation.
OUR VIEW: A strong statewide anti-smoking policy makes sense from not
only a health angle, but from a fiscally conservative perspective as
It's too bad passing a strong statewide smoking policy isn't part of
the Republican Party's Handshake with Alabama. ...
ask for a smoke free Alabama
More than 500 postcards were written by local students to their legislators
asking for a smoke-free Alabama. ...
editorial: Smoke-free workplace critical
Not smoking is one of the most effective health measures an individual can take. It significantly cuts the risk of numerous deadly and debilitating diseases, sharply lowering the incidence of heart disease, cancer, emphysema and stroke.
But those who wisely choose not to smoke -- about 78 percent of Alabamians -- may still face danger from smoking. The threat is from secondhand smoke, the smoke that comes from that minority of Alabamians still lighting up cigarettes in the face of decades of undeniable proof of their grave harm to health. That makes the renewed effort by the American Cancer Society to win passage of a smoke-free workplace law in Alabama all the more important.
Most states have such laws, but Alabama is one of the 15 without this important public health safeguard. That should change before this year's session of the Legislature concludes.
Please spare us the claims of smokers' rights. It's a bogus argument.
This is a public health issue ...
City Council rejects request for smoking ban exemptions
The Fairfield City Council voted 4-2 tonight to deny a request from eight private clubs and organizations to be exempted from the city's smoking ban.
The council's vote drew applause from anti-smoking proponents, who again turned out in large numbers to urge council members to not allow any exemptions of what is considered Jefferson County's most stringent smoking ordinance.
Councilmembers Ronald Strothers, Jerry Yarbrough, Ves Marable and council President Eldridge Turner voted to keep the ban in place. Councilmen F.D. Scott and Primus Mack voted to allow the exemptions.
Under Fairfield's ordinance, which passed in 2006, smoking is banned in restaurants, public places and clubs and businesses. ...
considers smoking ban
JASPER, Ala. (WIAT) City officials in Walker County are looking to butt out smoking in public places.
Jasper city council members are mulling over a no-smoking ordinance
for the city. A possible ban would make it illegal to smoke in public
places, such as restaurants ...
County health officials want cities to go smoke-free
The Mobile County Health Department and other local agencies are launching a two-year campaign to try to encourage nine local municipalities, including Mobile, to prohibit smoking in public places.
That would include restaurants, bars, hotels, shopping malls and other
editorial: Anti-smoking efforts too weak
Alabamians suffer from high rates of serious diseases associated with smoking, yet the state ranks poorly -- in fact, abysmally -- in a new nationwide survey of anti-smoking efforts. Shouldn't that tell us something about resource allocation and priorities?
The American Lung Association graded each state on four key areas of anti-tobacco measures. Alabama got an F in each one.
This is not something to be blown off like the last puff of a cigarette. It matters. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and disease. It has huge implications for public health and individual well-being, and even for state budgets.
The Lung Association's report notes that 22.5 percent of Alabamians smoke. That's almost one in four, well above the national average of 19.5 percent. About 7,500 deaths per year in Alabama are attributed to smoking. As if that weren't appalling enough, many thousands more Alabamians each year suffer serious and debilitating disease as a result of smoking.
In light of all that, it surely makes sense for vigorous anti-smoking
efforts to be part of all aspects of public health policy in Alabama.
Nevertheless, in the current fiscal year Alabama will spend just $861,000
in state funds on tobacco control programs. If not for about $6.8 million
in federal tobacco control funds, the state's effort in this area would
be almost undetectable ...
City Council delays vote on exemptions to smoking ordinance
The Fairfield City Council tonight delayed a vote on a measure to exempt some private clubs and organizations in the city from what is considered the county's toughest anti-smoking ordinance.
Council members heard brief arguments from both supporters and opponents of the exemption, but tabled it because Councilman F.D. Scott, who had it placed on the agenda, was absent.
Fairfield passed the ban in 2006. It bans smoking in public places
and in private clubs and restaurants. ...
Fairfield groups seek exemption to city's strict smoking ban
Some private clubs and organizations have asked the city of Fairfield to give them a little breathing room and exempt their businesses from the city's stringent smoking ban.
The City Council is expected to take up a provision which would exempt some clubs and organizations from the ban when it meets Tuesday night at City Hall. The meeting is at 7 p.m.
City Councilman F.D. Scott said private organizations such as the Fairfield-based chapters of the American Legion and VFW are among those seeking the exemptions.
Some private clubs are also seeking the exemption from the ban, which is considered one of the most restrictive in the area.
Scott said he favors allowing the clubs and organizations to be exempt
because nonsmokers are not frequenting the establishments ...
residents, business owners attend forum on possible smoking ordinance
About 20 people, including four business owners, gathered at the Pelham Civic Center tonight for a public discussion on a possible citywide smoking ban.
Mayor Don Murphy, who would have no vote but has asked the City Council
to consider an ordinance banning smoking in all public places, including
restaurants and bars, called the forum to gauge public opinion ...
A group of local residents would like to banish smoke-filled bars and restaurants to the annals of Annistons history and make the city a healthier place to live, they say.
Jessica Breazeale, director of tobacco education and prevention for Family Links in Anniston, and a group of about eight to 12 concerned citizens will adress the Anniston City Council asking the members to consider banning smoking from all public areas of the city.
The last tobacco ordinance, the most recent was in 2006 and there are just far too many exceptions, Breazeale said. It doesnt really protect our children, our employees, our customers at all times. So, we are pitching to them the importance of a 100 percent completely smoke-free Anniston just as Oxford and Jacksonville have." ...
tweaks smoking ordinance
PRATTVILLE -- The Prattville City Council on Tuesday night passed an amendment to the city's smoking ordinance.
The amendment to the ordinance, passed in 2003, would allow technology
to catch up with the "spirit of the ordinance," said Council
President Dean Argo. He was a vocal backer of the original ordinance
that forced restaurants and entertainment venues to declare whether
they were smoking or nonsmoking. Prattville was the first central Alabama
city to pass such an ordinance. ...
City Council to review smoking ordinance
PRATTVILLE -- The Prattville City Council tonight will consider an amendment to the city's smoking ordinance that supporters say would add to the number of non-smoking restaurants in town.
The amendment to the ordinance, passed in 2003, would allow technology to catch up with the "spirit of the ordinance," said Council President Dean Argo. He was a vocal backer of the original ordinance that forced restaurants and entertainment venues to declare whether they were smoking or non-smoking. Prattville was the first central Alabama city to pass such an ordinance ...
passes smoking ordinance
Alabaster restaurants and hotels will begin declaring themselves either smoking or non-smoking establishments in March 2011, after the Alabaster City Council approved a citywide smoking ordinance during its Oct. 21 meeting.
The ordinance passed unanimously after the council held its second public hearing on the matter.
Through the ordinance, Alabaster restaurants and hotels must declare their smoking status by Jan. 1, 2011 before the ordinance goes into effect on March 1.
The businesses must declare themselves completely smoke-free or smoking-friendly, and post signs at every entrance declaring their status. Businesses owners must declare their establishments smoking status each year when they submit their business license to the city.
If a business owner declares the business non-smoking, no smoking will be allowed in the business or within 25 feet of an entrance, according to the resolution.
Businesses declared smoking-friendly will still be allowed to designate certain smoking and non-smoking sections of the restaurant or hotel.
Anyone caught smoking in a non-smoking establishment will face a fine of $100 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense within two years of the first and a $500 fine and up to 10 days in city jail for the third offense within two years of the first offense.
During the public hearing, several people said they supported the ordinance, but encouraged the council to adopt a citywide smoking ban in all public places.
There is no such thing as being in a smoke-optional restaurant and not having smoke coming into your lungs and your childrens lungs, said Alabaster resident Diane Wood. Smokers do not realize how offensive it is to other people.
Carol Harrison told the council she did not believe the ordinance goes far enough.
I would suggest the council considers making all public places non-smoking, Harrison said. I wish I could convince you to go non-smoking completely." ...
on to make Jefferson County smoke-free in less than two
If health officials in Jefferson County get their wish, the entire county will be smoke-free in less than two years.
They have a long road to travel. So far, only four of the county's 30-plus municipalities have smoking ordinances that cover 100 percent of either workplaces, restaurants or bars, according to the nonprofit American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. To try to inspire the county's mayors to get on board, some of the campaign's drivers have invited Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who wrote the law making that city smoke-free, to speak today to members of the Jefferson County Mayors Association.
"We believe there's no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke and everybody deserves to breathe smoke-free air, whether it's in a restaurant, a bar, an industry work site, a doctor's or a lawyer's office," said Jennifer Cofer, vice president of public policy for American Lung Association of Alabama and Mississippi. ...
considering ban on smoking in public places
Pelham soon could begin considering a citywide ban on smoking in public places, Mayor Don Murphy announced during an Oct. 18 Pelham City Council meeting.
During his comments to the council, Murphy said he would like to see the city go 100 percent smokeless.
Everything I am reading, and everything I have read in the past
year talks about how bad second-hand smoke is for everyone, Murphy
said. I think its time we take a stand on this. ...
secondhand smoke regulations for food establishments
MOBILE COUNTY, Alabama (WALA) - New regulations on smoking in restaurants go into effect Friday October 1. If you serve food in your establishment and allow smoking, four points will be deducted from the inspection score.
Wintzell's downtown is one of many spots that have already jumped on the no smoking train.
Russell Mauceri has been shucking oysters for five-years in the seafood restaurant. He said he is excited about the new rules.
"For the most part, we get to utilize more of the building. We can get families more into our bar area. It's actually been pretty beneficial to the business and to people in general. I myself, I'm glad I don't have to have cigarette smoke up here at the oyster bar while I'm trying to work," explained Mauceri.
Since secondhand smoke was declared a toxic item, keeping personnel healthy as well as customers were the main goals of the new ordinance.
Alice Rollins is the director of Food and Lodging in Mobile, she helped write the new ordinance.
"Any business that allows smoking inside the premises will be
debited four points from their food inspection score," Rollins
holding second hearing on proposed smoking ban
Alabaster officials will hold a second public hearing Oct. 21 on a proposed smoking ban at public places throughout the city, and could vote on the matter the same night.
The announcement came during a Sept. 2 Alabaster City Council meeting, during which the council scheduled the public hearing for 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex building off U.S. 31 behind City Hall.
We just want one more public hearing before we vote on this ordinance, said Ward 1 Councilwoman Sophie Martin.
Theres a possibility we could vote on it that night,
said Ward 3 Councilman Adam Moseley. ...
asks public for opinions on smoking ban
Before Alabaster city officials establish an ordinance to determine where smoking will be allowed in public, they want to talk to their constituents.
A public hearing to discuss the issue has been set for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the City Hall annex. Councilwoman Sophie Martin, heading the project, said she asked those who live and work in Alabaster to attend.
residents argue for, against ban on smoking
About 50 residents showed up tonight at a public hearing in Alabaster to express their thoughts on what kind of ordinance the city should adopt to govern smoking in public places.
"It is very important to have opinions from everybody this could affect," Councilwoman Sophie Martin told the audience. "We as the council hope to come up with an ordinance that will be in the best interest of our city."
Seventeen people addressed the council; of that number, six spoke against enacting an ordinance that would ban smoking in public places. The majority of those six operated bars and restaurants in Alabaster. . . .
Brian Davis said he is an engineer who has done environmental work around gas stations. He said the contamination in ground water is of greater harm than second-hand cigarette smoke. . . .
At least one supporter of a ban on smoking brought a six-page fact sheet to each council member.
Charles Streets talked about health dangers associated with second-hand cigarette smoke. He also cited studies that showed increases in revenue for bars and restaurants in large cities that had banned smoking.
"It's a win-win situation," Streets said. "It's a win for customers and a win for businesses."
hears both sides of proposed smoking ban debate
Nearly 20 Alabaster residents and business owners stepped up during a July 19 public hearing to share their opinions on a proposed smoking ban at public places throughout the city.
During the more than hour-long public hearing, the speakers shared their thoughts on issues ranging from public health concerns to government regulation of private businesses.
Throughout the meeting, eight speakers said they would support a smoking ban at public places throughout the city, like restaurants and shopping centers, and nine said they opposed any form of city regulation on smoking in restaurants and bars.
After the meeting, Alabaster City Council members said they would review the comments made during the hearing, and could take up the issue during a council meeting as early as late August.
Do we take the interest of the business owners above the interest of the public health? Alabaster resident Tyrone Quarels asked the Alabaster City Council. Do we allow the smoking minority thats in the wrong to impose that on us and our children?
City Council OKs ban on smoking in public places
The Albertville City Council Monday approved an ordinance banning smoking
in enclosed public places within the city. ...
Health Department: new smoking rules effective Oct. 1
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mobile County Health Department today unanimously voted to approve two proposals that affect establishments that allow smoking.
Beginning Oct. 1, inspectors will automatically deduct four points
from the health scores of eateries that allow smoking indoors. Stickers
will be placed at the entrances of all establishments serving food where
smoking is permitted alerting patrons that second-hand smoke is harmful.
on smoking in Alabama restaurants fails in Legislature
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A proposal to ban smoking in Alabama restaurants failed after the state House did not vote on it Thursday, the last day of the 2010 regular legislative session.
The bill's sponsor, Sen. Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile, said she tried to get the bill on a list of measures to be considered by the House but was unsuccessful. The longtime smoking-ban proponent said she plans to try again next year. ...
Vivian Figures' smoking ban nears final passage
MONTGOMERY -- A bill to ban smoking in restaurants, but not bars, neared final passage Wednesday, sailing through a House committee on a voice vote and avoiding an amendment that the sponsor said could have doomed its chances of becoming law.
The bill by Sen. Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile, has already passed
the Senate and can now go before the full House. If approved there,
it would need only the signature of Gov. Bob Riley. ...
Senate votes to ban smoking in restaurants
The Senate voted 19-3 Tuesday evening to pass the bill by Democratic Sen. Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile. . . .
Her bill now goes to the House for consideration.
Senate committee approves restaurant smoking ban
An Alabama Senate committee has approved a bill to ban smoking in restaurants throughout the state.
Democratic Sen. Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile guided her bill through the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. ...
City Council debates smoking ban
ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Albertville City Council is met Monday night to consider a proposal that would increase the restrictions on smoking in the city.
City councilman Chuck Ellis said he plans to present a plan to the council which would ban smoking in all businesses in the city, including restaurants and bars.
He said it's still in the discussion stage, but he wants to get input from other council members. ...
bans smoking in city playgrounds
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Playgrounds can be added to the list of places where smoking is not welcome in the city of Guntersville.
The city passed an ordinance this month which bans smoking on playgrounds at Civitan Park and the five other city parks.
Lesa Bellin with the city says the ban is confined to just the area
of the playground. ...
health department considers penalties for restaurants that allow smoking
MOBILE, Ala. -- Mobile County Health Department officials are considering lopping points off the health ratings of restaurants that allow patrons to smoke indoors.
Local restaurant owners and industry officials had mixed reactions.
Some said they thought it was a fair way to treat the nuisance of second-hand
smoke, while others feared it would hurt business and unfairly penalize
a restaurant for something that does not impact food preparation. ...
Sheffield - A Sheffield City Council member is suggesting the city
follow in the footsteps of Florence and enact a smoke-free ordinance
in public places....
considers tobacco ban
The Roanoke City Council will consider a no smoking, dipping or chewing ordinance on all city owned property at the Feb. 8 council meeting.
Mayor Mike Fisher said he had received a letter from the State Department of Public Health applauding the city for steps it had taken and mentioned some cities are making everything 100 percent tobacco free.
The mayor said he called people around town asking their thoughts about this. He said he would like to make all city property smoke free without smoking designated areas.
There had been an incident or two at high school games where there was smoking but the State Board of Education prohibits smoking where any students are, he said.
Councilman Mack Arthur Bell said his understanding is that second-hand smoke is about as dangerous as the person smoking. He added to each his own but said a ban would solve that problem. ...
hotels and restaurants impose indoor smoking restrictions, hope citywide
A nonsmoking revolution is under way in downtown Mobile, led by new upscale hotels and restaurants that are trying to attract customers who don't want to go home smelling like an ashtray.
Health officials said they're hoping the trend adds momentum to efforts to pass a citywide ban on smoking in public places.
The bars and restaurants at the Battle House Hotel and the Riverview Renaissance Hotel don't allow cigarettes, although the Riverview is about to open an outdoor bar where smoking will be allowed.
Other late night hotspots, such as Bacchus, Hopjacks and the Royal Scam, also require customers and employees to step outside if they want to take a drag. ...
to be part of smoking ban
Smoking at all inpatient psychiatric facilities will be banned beginning Monday by the Alabama Department of Mental Health.
The new tobacco-free initiative will affect Tuscaloosa's state mental health facilities, including Bryce Hospital, which now bans smoking inside its buildings but allows smoking on the grounds.
The new policy prohibits tobacco products anywhere on campus by patients, visitors, staff or any other individuals.
People with mental illnesses are two to three times more likely than the general population to be dependent on nicotine, research has shown. ...
Bama Lanes going smoke free
Prattville's bowling alley will go smoke free June 1, 2010.
The announcement was made in a recent letter to league players. Last month the City Council narrowly defeated an ordinance that would ban patrons and employees under the age of 19 from smoking restaurants. Bama Lanes is considered a restaurant because food is served there.
About seven years ago the council forced restaurants to decide if they were going to be smoking or non-smok ing. The overwhelming majority went non-smoking.
Chris Zinn, manager of the bowling alley didn't return phone calls seeking comment Monday. The let ter pointed to council action as an impetus for the change.
"While the motion was not accepted, the vote was very close, and the council mem ber indicated there could be another motion for passage in the future," the letter read. ...
smoking ban panel to meet minus appointees
A committee formed to review Decatur's 2-year-old smoking ordinance will move forward without appointments from two city councilmen.
City Attorney Herman Marks says he plans to brief the committee Thursday, providing its members copies of the ordinance and any other material they might request.
Mayor Don Stanford is expected to attend the introductory meeting along with District 2 appointee John Buchanan, District 3 appointee Joseph Wynn, and District 5 appointee Ted Whittington. ...
smoking proposal fails
In a 4-3 vote the proposed smoking ordinance in Prattville failed to pass at Tuesday's city council meeting.
Councilman Tom Miller and Council President Dean Argo wanted to ban employees and customers younger than 19 years old from smoking in restaurants. Some business owners feared they would lose employees if the ordinance passed.
ban may not pass tonight in Prattville
The Prattville City Council will take up a change in the city's smoking ordinance during tonight's meeting, but the votes might not be there for passage. ...
ban petition may heat up again
The battle over the city of Conroes new smoking ban is still smoldering, with opponents claiming they will fire up a second petition drive after the failure of the first.
Members of Be Fair Conroe, an organization of business owners opposing the ban approved by City Council members in September, brought the city 796 petition signatures to overturn the ban last month. They needed 461 signatures of registered voters in Conroe, equal to 20 percent of voters in the citys May 2008 municipal election.
Had their petition drive been successful, the City Council would have
been required to amend the new ordinance, which bans smoking in almost
all public and private workplaces, or send the ordinance to voters in
an election. ...
Conroe PD needs a second deputy chief
considers new smoking ordinance
Restaurant owners and residents addressed the Prattville City Council on Monday night concerning a proposed change to the city's smoking ordinance.
Councilmen Dean Argo and Tom Miller are backing the proposal, which would ban customers and employees younger than 19 from restaurants that allow smoking. ...
drinks-only tavern gives patrons a breath of fresh air
TUSCALOOSA | Chad Smith's new tavern is a little different from his competition. It's a little less smoky.
Smith banned smoking inside the bar completely.
'I think the town is moving in that direction,' said Smith, owner of the Alcove International Tavern, which opened about two months ago at 730 22nd Ave. 'I think in three to four years, all taverns will be non-smoking, because that seems to be the trend.'
In 2003, a state law banned smoking in hospitals, schools, most retail businesses, elevators, buses and taxis, and several Alabama municipalities have enacted smoking bans that are even more restrictive.
Tuscaloosa's current ban on smoking in public places exempts bars that don't serve food. In bars within establishments serving food, smoking is allowed after 10 p.m.
But Smith said he deliberately went further by opening a smoke-free, drinks-only tavern. He said the response from customers has been positive.
Alcove allows patrons to smoke in its two outside seating areas only.
'Alcove is a smaller place than some, but it is a niche for people
who like a good quality drink and not be in a smoke-screen environment,'
he said. ...
PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Prattville's city council is considering thoughening their existing smoking ordinance.
The city's mayor says the ordinance would make it illegal for anyone 19 years old or younger to go inside or work in a restaurant where smoking is present.
A public hearing on the issue is set for November 9th at 6 P.M. at Prattville city hall.
Efforts to loosen Decaturs ban on smoking in public places appear
to be slowing as the matter moves to a review committee this week.
When he pitched the plan more than two weeks ago, Hammon called for an up-or-down vote by Oct. 19, saying he did not want to drag out the controversial issue.
But his plan hit a snag the same week when Council President Greg Reeves delayed the vote until Nov. 2, saying he wanted to give the public more time to comment.
commissioners expect to discuss proposed smoking ban
One Colbert County commissioner is ready to move forward with a request
from county employees to ban smoking around the courthouse.
There are about 200 employees who work in the courthouse.
puts off votes on smoking ban, NARCOG
City Council President Greg Reeves has delayed votes on repealing portions of Decaturs smoking ordinance and withdrawing from the North-central Alabama Regional Council of Governments until 7 p.m. on Nov. 2.
He said Friday he is pushing back the votes to allow for public comments.
Initially, the council was scheduled to consider changes to the citys smoking ordinance during its 10 a.m. meeting Monday. Reeves said the council will introduce the changes during that meeting, but public comments will not be heard then. Public comments will be allowed Nov. 2, he said, prior to the councils vote.
If approved, the changes would repeal portions of the ordinance that prohibit smoking in bars and restaurants, and a provision that prevents hotel operators from designating more than 25 percent of their rooms for smokers. ...
of Decatur, Ala., smoking ban may be lifted
smoking ordinance takes effect Thursday
FLORENCE - The citys new smoking ordinance will go into effect Thursday.
The city law will prohibit smoking in public places parks, educational institutions, offices and restaurants, among others but restaurants and lounges designated as smoking throughout are exempt.
City officials say they wont deploy a tobacco protection squad
to enforce the new law. Instead, they said it will be more complaint-driven
in nature. ...
smoking area moved farther from terminal's entry
Site shifted to walk next to taxi stand; air cleaner near door
Travelers at Huntsville International Airport could have cleaner air to breathe with the airport moving the smoking area.
The designated smoking area in front of the terminal building was moved
to the sidewalk next to the taxi stand, airport Deputy Director Butch
Roberts told the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority at its
Tuesday morning meeting. ...
cities in no rush to pass smoking law
Florence took a drastic step last week in the ongoing tobacco wars, enacting a law that directs restaurant and lounge owners to decide whether or not to allow smoking.
Judging from city leaders across the river, however, it hasn't exactly opened the floodgates for similar moves.
Still, they haven't ruled it out.
"It's a good litmus test," said Tuscumbia Mayor Bill Shoemaker. "We're going to wait and see how it works out in Florence."
Mayors in Muscle Shoals and Sheffield echoed similar sentiments, saying they would be open to discussion but did not commit to either side of the debate.
For years, government officials have feared that smoking restrictions would send smokers - and business - to neighboring cities lacking similar rules.
Now that theory will be put to the test.
Restaurant owners in Florence were given one month to decide which way to go. The law bans smoking in public places, such as offices, stores and parks, but provides exemptions for restaurants and lounges that choose to allow smoking. Separate smoking and nonsmoking sections in restaurants and lounges are now banned. ...
Valley City Passes Smoking Ban
The Florence City Council has passed a new bill banning smoking in most public places, and giving restaurant owners 30 days to decide whether or not they want to shut smokers out.
By a 5-1 vote Tuesday night, the council approved the ban, that was
proposed by Mayor Bobby Irons and Council member James Barnhart. The
bill is modeled after the smoking resolution passed in Huntsville a
few years ago. It bans smoking in public places like offices, stores,
parks and restaurants. However, restaurants and lounges can allow customers
to light up, but an establishment that allows smoking can't let anyone
younger than 18 into the premesis without a parent or guardian. ...
ban may happen in Florence
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) The city of Florence is considering a smoking ban that would include inside and outside areas.
City leaders were waiting on the state to pass a ban, but when that never happened they decided to do one themselves.
The purpose of a proposed smoking ban in Florence is to make the city healthier.
"I'm very contentious about the health problems with smoke," said Florence Mayor Bobby Irons. "(I) want to help resolve the problem."
Irons first put his sights on restaurants. In the proposed ban, restaurants will have to either choose to be smoking or non-smoking, but cannot be both.
"I think its a win, win for the business establishments and for
the citizens," said Irons. ...
split on smoking ban
Florence - For years, Ginger Davis has watched local smoking ban efforts go up in smoke.
As pushes for a statewide law fizzled through the past decade, she turned to local officials, hoping to convince them to pass an ordinance or put a referendum on the ballot to crack down on the potential cancer-causing habit.
The council's stance on smoking remained constant, said Davis, the prevention specialist with the Riverbend Center for Mental Health.
"They don't look at it as a health issue," Davis said. "They look at it as a business issue. It's infuriating."
If a vote were held today, it would likely cause Davis to blow a different kind of smoke of her own.
Two councilmen - Andy Betterton and Dick Jordan - said they would support an ordinance prohibiting smoking in public places. ...
A state appeals court has rejected a challenge to Gulf Shores' ban on smoking in enclosed public places.
Jennifer Leigh Gann had been convicted of violating the ban by smoking
in a bar where she worked in the beach town. She was fined $50.
approves smoking ban
The Jacksonville City Council amended the city's smoking ordinance
during its meeting Monday night. The new law, initially proposed by
Councilman Mark Jones during a work session on April 28, would prohibit
smoking "in all enclosed public places within the city."
According to Mark Williams, the city building inspector, only two businesses in Jacksonville currently allow smoking by using the ventilation system Waffle House and Pelham's Bar. ...
considers smoking ban
The Jacksonville City Council held the first reading of a new smoking ordinance Monday night. The new ordinance would require all new businesses coming into town to be completely smoke free and any businesses in town who currently have a ventilation system allowing people to smoke in their establishment would have to become non-smoking in 15 years. ...
lit under Decatur's City Hall despite ban
Decatur's smoking ordinance took effect in October of 2007. It was a heated issue, and now WAFF 48 News is getting complaints that people are lighting up at City Hall.
Some of the complaints are coming from people who work in the building, but they told WAFF 48 News that they're afraid of losing their job if they talk about it. Others who don't work for the city said it's unfair that the law applies elsewhere and not at City Hall.
The garage under part of the Decatur Municipal Building is a place where many city employees take a smoke break.
"There are chairs, benches, ashtrays full of butts," said Decatur citizen Axel Hein. "I thought we had a smoking ordinance and I rushed out totally appalled at the whole thing."
attend public hearings; smoking, noise ordinances pass with no opposition
The two sweeping ordinances were approved at the Tuesday, June 23 meeting of the Tuskegee City Council. They will be effective after publication in the Thursday, July 2 edition of The Tuskegee News. ...
Under the ordinance, smoking is prohibited in enclosed public places to include those ranging from public businesses to restaurants and retail stores. Also prohibited is smoking in places of employment and in seating areas of outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters. . . .
The smoking ordinance passed by a 3-0 vote as council members Louise Fields and Lutalo Aryee arrived after the vote.
During a public hearing before the vote was taken Ben Rackley, T.S. Williams and Mary Hooks spoke in support of the smoking ordinance. No one spoke against. ...
VIEW: North Carolina strictly limits smoking, but not Alabama
Maybe the news from North Carolina will encourage Alabama Sen. Vivian Figures to try again.
And maybe it will shame those Alabama lawmakers who have been toadies to the tobacco industry for so long and for no good reason. We won't bet on that one. Our lawmakers have an awfully high shame threshold.
The issue, of course, is a statewide law to ban smoking in public places, restaurants and bars. The need for such a policy isn't punitive. The need is based in scientific research that shows secondhand smoke is dangerous. ...
to vote on smoking
COLBERT COUNTY - County commissioners have agreed to allow courthouse employees to vote on whether smoking will be allowed directly outside the building in downtown Tuscumbia.
Voting results will not be binding, Colbert County Administrator Donna Llewellyn said.
"(Commissioners) want to know how everybody feels about it," she said.
Smoking is not allowed inside the building, but when smokers gather outside the Colbert County courthouse entrances to take a cigarette break, fumes waft inside, much to the dismay of non-smokers. ...
By Kelli M. Dugan SPANISH FORT, Ala.The City Council covered a tremendous amount of ground during its two-hour work session prior to Mondays regular ...
Figures' smoking bill delayed after being weakened by ...
The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile, would ban smoking in most public places. The bill initially made exceptions for private clubs and dwellings, and some rooms in hotels and nursing homes.
"This is a preventable disease. We can rein in the health care costs of millions," Figures said during the debate. "I can't understand for life of me why we can't see this as a health issue." ...
Payne smoking ban passes
I would like to congratulate the council on passing the smoking ordinance, Fort Payne Mayor Bill Jordan said. Its been a long-time coming, and I think it will be a plus for the city.
The ordinance takes effect on April 1.
Archie Quizon, owner of Archies in downtown Fort Payne, asked for restaurants to be given the same consideration as other businesses.
Discussions on a smoking ban began more than a year ago with complaints from local waitresses and waiters, who claimed they were forced to work in smoking areas for lengthy periods of time, according to Council President Richard Pridmore.
And, discussion ended with restaurants.
SMOKING ORDINANCE FOR FT PAYNE
Last October, a large majority of voters agreed that a city smoking
ban was needed in Ft Payne, and since that time the Council has been
working on a proposed ordinance, saying it was done so in an effort
to do what the voters asked for, and that it's also a health issue.
backs workplace smoking ban
Groups tout 78% support, ready to push for bill again
MONTGOMERY - Supporters of smoke-free workplaces in Alabama said Tuesday they're encouraged by a newly released poll that shows 78 percent of Alabamians favor a statewide smoking ban in all businesses.
A coalition of groups announced Tuesday it would again ask the Alabama Legislature to pass such a ban during the 2009 session.
Figures to reintroduce anti-smoking bill in upcoming ...
Vivian Davis Figures, a Democratic state senator from Mobile, said Tuesday that she plans to reintroduce a bill to ban smoking in most public places across Alabama.
"It's legal, but it's also lethal," said Figures, surrounded by fellow legislators and supporters at a news conference in the chamber of the state House of Representatives. "Not just smoking, because that's a personal choice, but it's also lethal to people who must breathe the secondhand smoke."
Figures has made anti-smoking measures a focus of her Senate career.
Last year, the Senate passed a Figures-sponsored bill to ban smoking
in most public places, but it died on the final day of the session.
ruling extinguishes no-smoking challenge
Lawsuit brought by three people cost city $30K to defend
A Madison County judge has snuffed out a lawsuit challenging Madison's no-smoking law after two years and $30,000 in city legal costs.
"We are disheartened by the decision because we still feel like
it was passed in an irregular way," Pat Glass of Huntsville, one
of three people who sued, said on Jan. 22. "And we thought we'd
get a decision from an Alabama judge who heard our case in a reasonable
amount of time. Two years have passed and that's a long time."
extinguishes suit over no-smoking law
Ala., passes workplace smoke ban
After passing an ordinance Tuesday that will ban smoking in 17 public venue types, including restaurants and other places where primarily food is served, City Council members here said they would ask the Jefferson County Commission to adopt similar restrictions ...
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