convene in Anchorage UAA students offer testimony
UAA Northern Light - June 10, 2014
UAA Smoke-Free Task Force member Yesenia Camarena presented feedback
her group has received in support of a smoking ban, as well as the results
of an ...
finds high rates of cigarette smokers in NW Alaska
Anchorage Daily News - June 8, 2014
In Alaska, the Legislature has not enacted a statewide smoking ban,
although ... by the Maniilaq Association passed workplace smoking bans,
fire continues to grow, may have been caused by cigarettes
AP - Associated Press - May 27, 2014
The human-caused fire was sparked May 19 in the 1.9 million-acre Kenai
National Wildlife Refuge. The weather forecast for the area calls for
possible rain beginning Tuesday, said Willie Begay, a spokesman with
the management team responding to the fire. ...
smoking in restaurants - yes!!
SitNews - May 20, 2014
I rejoice at being able to take a breath of air when dining at places
that I have not gone to for years, because I would have to wash my hair
after leaving because it STINKS of smoke. It may be legal, but I also
will not, and have not patronized businesses (especially restaurants!)
that allow smoking. So, to those diners you can have him or me. I leave
a bigger tip because I don't have to buy cigarettes!
SitNews - May 17, 2014
I am a longtime Republican Conservative and a business owner. I recently
vacationed in the beautiful State of Alaska and hope to visit again.
I strongly support Smoking Bans, especially for restaurants and other
work places. Our six year old comprehensive statewide Smoking Law has
been good for health and good for business. ...
OPEN LETTER TO CITY COUNCIL
SitNews - May 13, 2014
I am sick to death of anti-smoking laws, expecially [sic] those making
smokers unwelcome. In Ketchikan, I am now recduced [sic] to eaing [sic]
at Cape Fox, since all other restaurants have chosen to go non-smoking.
Since these business owners have chosen this, as is their right, it's
entirely up to them, and no doubt is a boon for the non-smokers. I,
however, also choose not to patronioze [sic] a place that makes me unwelcome,
that is MY RIGHT. I think that you should give credit to those that
have chosen non-smoking for their businesses. It shows that these business
people can regulate their own without interference from you. Smoking
cigarettes, while maybe unpleasant for non-smokers, is LEGAL...
shops fly under Alaska's legal radar
Alaska Dispatch - May 11, 2014
A handful of electronic cigarette shops that have popped up in Anchorage
strip malls in the last year have found themselves at the center of
a growing controversy over how the country regulates high-tech smokes.
In Alaska, state law has yet to address the budding industry.
Tax: The economics of taxing addiction
Petersburg Pilot - May 8, 2014
Sales Tax Ordinance Committee Member Sue Flint is scheduled to speak
before the ... the borough bring in from a tobacco tax and would it
really curb smoking?
Peninsula legislators review session
Kenai Peninsula Online - May 7, 2014
As for the bills that did not pass this session, such as a measure for
smokefree workplaces, Micciche said he has received a lot of good dialogue
from both sides on those issues and the topics will be addressed when
the next session gavels in. ...
use banned at 6 NAPA campuses
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - May 3, 2014
Tobacco-free is good for business, at least thats what Jim Ruda is banking
on. Ruda owns six NAPA stores in Southcentral Alaska Eagle River, Palmer,
Big Lake, Valdez, Wasilla, Glennallen and as of April 1, all of their
campuses are tobacco-free. He said that means no tobacco use is permitted
anywhere on NAPA property by customers or employees. The stores themselves
have long been smoke-free. But employees and customers could still smoke
in the parking lot. The ban includes all tobacco products and includes
e-cigarettes, Ruda said.
Sourdough Bar goes smoke-free
KRBD - May 1, 2014
Starting Wednesday, May 1, smoking is banned at the popular Sourdough
Bar in ... saying that they expect a proposed statewide ban on workplace
Annual Slush Cup at Alyeska Resort
UAA Northern Light - April 23, 2014
... UAA than many would think & should be taken seriously in relation
to smoking. ... blanket ban is not a solution, and the rights of smokers
should be respected.
Lung Association objects to tobacco store lease
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - April 19, 2014
Should the city of Wasilla lease space to a tobacco shop? ... at outlawing
synthetic drugs like spice, he made a point of stating his stance on
those intoxicants: ... We are not proposing a ban on all tobacco sales
within city limits, Stoppa said.
Editorial: Too many laws
Juneau Empire (subscription) - April 16, 2014
This is an example of government overreach. Sitkas government has outlawed
children in businesses that allow smoking, whether anyone is smoking
at the time or not. No exceptions.
group wants Alaskans to vote against marijuana ...
Alaska Dispatch - April 15, 2014
Ted Stevens in the 1980s to get smoking banned on airplanes and watched
how tobacco advertising used misleading advertisements to entice young
Pass smoke-free workplace law
Anchorage Daily News - April 14, 2014
I am a lifelong Alaskan and I support smoke-free indoor workplaces.
I am a smoker and e-cigarette user myself, and while I will very much
miss being able to use my e-cigarette indoors, I understand that the
rights of others to a healthy work environment outweigh my preference
to smoke indoors.
vote to move forward with a smoke free campus
UAA Northern Light - April 15, 2014
Students voted last week to move forward with a proposal that would
make the University of Alaska Anchorage a smoke- and tobacco-free campus.
The referendum passed the preliminary election results by earning 719
votes in support of the initiative, and 628 votes against the initiative.
This means, 51.6 percent of students who voted supported a smoke-free
campus, while 45 percent of students do not support the smoke-free initiative.
smoking debate is insane
UAA Northern Light - April 15, 2014
Okay, so lets talk about the smoking thing. On one end, the Smoke-Free
UAA campaign wants to end smoking on campus, leading to a healthier
atmosphere for UAA. On the other, we have smokers who claim that being
unable to smoke on campus is an infringement on their rights.
to Consider State-Wide Public Smoking Ban, Includes E ...
KTUU.com - April 14, 2014
A state senator from Soldotna is one step closer to achieving a state-wide
smoking ban in public places. While many large communities in Alaska
have their own statutes banning smoking inside public buildings and
near childrens play areas, Sen. Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) says Senate
Bill 209 will provide a far-reaching measure to include all communities
in the state not currently protected from second-hand smoke, including
Fairbanks. Only 23 states and Puerto Rico have laws that banning second-hand
smoke while eating at restaurants, visiting bars, or just working at
their place of business. Many other states have similar statutes to
Alaskas that prohibit smoking in certain areas only within the boundaries
of specified cities and counties, and there is no existing federal law
mandating such practices. The bill includes the newly popular e-cigarette,
which is defined as any electronic device that simulates smoking.
ban keeps kids from places that allow smoking
Juneau Empire (subscription) - April 11, 2014
It clarifies a 2005 law banning smoking in public places. ... to the
Elks Lodge, which banned smoking so children could continue to come
into the building.
Assembly Passes Anti-Smoking Law
Alaska Public Radio Network - April 10, 2014
The new language makes it clear that if a business allows smoking, then
kids can't ... that they would pass this, they would want to see this
banned, Reif said.
News Nightly: April 9, 2014
Alaska Public Radio News - April 9, 2014
A proposal that would ban smoking in most public places in Alaska is
making headway in the state Senate. Senate Bill 209 passed out of the
Senate State Affairs ...
Smoking Ban Gains Traction In Senate
Alaska Public Radio Network - April 9, 2014
A proposal that would ban smoking in most public places in Alaska is
making headway in ... As a result of those bans, nearly half of Alaska's
population is already ... may be afraid that banning smoking would give
a leg up to their competition.
passes anti-smoking law
KCAW - April 9, 2014
The Sitka Assembly passed a controversial amendment Tuesday night, tightening
the citys anti-smoking laws. The question before the assembly was whether
children should be prohibited from entering any business that allows
smoking even for a non-smoking event. In the end, the decision came
down to different interpretations of what voters intended nearly a decade
infringes on personal choice ($$)
Kenai Peninsula Online - April 9, 2014
A statewide smoking ban. For those of you who haven't ventured out of
house for 20 years; we already have a ban in 99 percent of public places
listed for ...
call for Alaska lawmakers to expand smoke-free workplace laws
SitNews - April 7, 2014
(SitNews) Anchorage, Alaska - Supporters of the Alaska Smoke-Free Indoor
Workplace bill (SB209) sent the message to lawmakers last Thursday that
its time for Alaska to have statewide smoke-free laws. The proposed
law got a hearing yesterday with the Senate State Affairs Committee
at the Capitol in Juneau.
air is better for Alaska
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - April 6, 2014
Like most businesses, the Frontiersman has its share of smokers in the
office, and quite a few former smokers. We have a designated spot outside
for them to partake. Its sometimes busier than others. We dont begrudge
anyone the freedom to smoke. We do, however, believe it is the right
thing to do to ask our employees to take their smoke outside. Overall,
we find people who smoke to be a courtesy group who generally take non-smokers
into account before lighting up. Smokers are used to looking for ...
is dying for a statewide smoke-free workplace policy
Alaska Dispatch - April 4, 2014
We take our smoke-free air for granted, until it is in our face, or
more disturbingly, in our childrens faces. We all have a right to the
expectation of smoke-free air. The state of Alaska currently does not
have a strong smoke-free law. However, many communities have passed
strong local laws. The City of Bethel was one of the first communities
to opt for a smoke-free law, three years after his death, in 1998. Anchorage,
Klawock and Haines Borough have passed 100 percent smoke-free laws that
cover all workplaces, including all restaurants and bars. It is still
too much that only half of Alaskas population is covered by a current
smoke-free workplace law. No one should have to choose between their
health and a good working environment.
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - April 3, 2014
I am a retired Valley resident who enjoys not cooking. I like to eat
out. I am grateful for the many places these days where I can enjoy
a meal without a ribbon of cigarette smoke wafting by my table, spoiling
my enjoyment. So a big thanks to the Smoke-Free Workplace campaign for
making dining smoke-free possible in Palmer and many other places. What
Id like to see happen now is for the Legislature to provide all Alaskans
with that pleasure. Of course, my dining experience is hardly the most
important reason we need a smoke-free Alaska.
you for being our champions for smokefree workplaces!
Youtube - April 3, 2014
Dear Senator Micciche and Representative Holmes, We want to send you
our heartfelt thanks. Thank you for being our champions! We want a statewide
smokefree indoor workplace law. We want e-cigarettes to be included.
We want to work in a healthy environment. We want to work in a smokefree
environment. We want to protect our families from secondhand smoke and
Workers have rights to clean air
Anchorage Daily News April 3, 2014
Fifty years after the original surgeon generals report, only half
of Alaskas population is protected from secondhand smoke on the
job. House Bill 360 (now in the House Health and Social Services Committee)
will update state law ...
tobacco shop goes viral in smoking ban debate
Kenai Peninsula Online - April 2, 2014
According to the American Non-smokers's Rights Foundation, 14 municipalities
in the state of Alaska have 100 percent smoke-free laws, including local
laws in ...
for smoke-free workplaces appreciated
Kenai Peninsula Online - April 2, 2014
Thank you to Mayor Pat Porter for her support of Alaska Smoke-free Workplaces
in your paper and on the radio. I agree with her that all employees
deserve to breathe healthy air. And thank you to Senator Micciche and
Representative Lindsey Holmes for introducing the bill in their respective
bodies on our behalf. I am having a little disconnect however when I
see that in Senator Micciches newsletter it says that one of the changes
will be, or might be, that municipalities could opt out of the statewide
legislation. The point of a statewide law is just that! Its statewide
and protects the health of all employees around the state.
it outside' effort needs support
Kenai Peninsula Online - March 31, 2014
Smoking bans in enclosed areas are becoming more common and with good
reason. Everyone has the right to breathe smoke-free air. Alaskans support
for smoke-free indoor workplaces is high throughout all regions of the
state, ranging from 75 percent to 84 percent.
owners testify against indoor smoking ban
Ktoo - March 27, 2014
...Lindsey Holmes, would ban smoking in most commercial buildings, including
businesses, restaurants and bars. She told a state House committee Tuesday
business owners speak out against smoking bill
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - March 26, 2014
JUNEAU The House held its first hearing on a bill aimed at protecting
people from secondhand smoke by banning smoking in indoor work places,
businesses and public places. Many of those businesses werent happy
with the bill. The bill carries the support of health-advocacy groups
as well as some 400 businesses, Holmes said. Testimony from Anchorage,
Kenai and Soldotna businesses was similar, with other owners saying
they felt that government doesnt have a place in regulating restaurants
on this issue. Only a handful of testifiers called in to support the
bill, citing health concerns of secondhand smoke. The committee held
the bill over, saying it planned to take public testimony when the bill
is heard next. A Senate companion bill is being carried by Soldotna
Republican Sen. Peter Micciche. Both bills have gained sign-on by fellow
lawmakers, but no Fairbanks lawmakers have signed on.
owners testify against indoor smoke ban
Bellingham Herald - March 26, 2014
They said there are already choices between smoking and non-smoking
establishments in many communities. Some also said government doesn't
have a place ...
years in the making, smoke-free workplace bill reaches Alaska ...
Alaska Dispatch - March 25, 2014
For more than a decade, anti-smoking advocates have fought to make workplaces
smoke-free. They started small, working at the local level, steadfastly
bringing indoor smoking bans first to Bethel in 1998, and then slowly
but surely to other communities in Alaska. In all those years, they've
managed to cover about half of the state's population. But advocates
say they've done about all they can when it comes to regulating smoking
at the local level, and now it's time to think bigger -- statewide big.
Dale Fox, the president and CEO of Alaska CHARR, the cabaret, hotel,
restaurant and retail association, testified against the bill. He said
a ban on smoking is essentially a ban on bars. People choose to go into
bars, he said, and bars should be able to make the choice to have or
not have smoking. He said while anti-smoking proponents have invested
in ad campaigns saying non-smoking policies are good for business, he's
heard that some establishments have lost up to 30 percent of their businesses
when smoking bans are enacted.
health groups hoping to breathe fresh air into Alaska
Fairbanks News-Miner - March 24, 2014
FAIRBANKS The American Lung Association and American Nonsmokers Rights
Foundation are teaming up in an effort to bring an end to second-hand
smoke deaths. The two organizations are cooperating to help push legislation
through the state legislature that would ban smoking in commercial establishments
throughout the state. Such prohibitions exist in certain municipalities
already, such as Anchorage, but for the vast majority of the state,
including Fairbanks, there is no sweeping ban. Char Day, program manager
for the Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, said that she has to limit the
places she can go in places like Fairbanks so as not to trigger her
asthma. Normally, I dont have to worry about where I go, but here I
have to be aware so much of where I go, Day said, and it would just
be wonderful to be able to go anywhere indoors in the state of Alaska
and not worry about having an asthma attack. ...
butt day success at UAA
Coastal TV - March 20, 2014
National Kick Butt Day kicked off on Wednesday. The University of Anchorage
Alaska's Smoke Free Task Force was using the day to promote their anti-smoking
Cigarettes Look to Take Bite out of Big Tobacco
Daily News Miner - March 20, 2014 7:15 am
(NewsUSA) - For decades, tobacco companies have signified big business.
Now, however, with the continuing decline in U.S. sales, the once booming
industry has been working to protect its multi-billion-dollar bottom
line by relying on its global reach into Asia and other continents.
Turn: E-cig restrictions unreasonable, premature
Juneau Empire (subscription) - March 18, 2014
Now over a month into the legislative session, some lawmakers in Juneau
are considering enacting a statewide ban on the use of e-cigarettes
in public places, including indoors. If lawmakers proceed with Senate
Bill 209 and House Bill 360, they will erroneously expand an existing
smoking ban to products that do not emit smoke. In doing so, they may
unnecessarily impose burdensome restrictions on adult consumers and
get in the way of these products playing a role in reducing tobacco-related
harm in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated environment.
assistant surgeon general visits UAA Fresh Air kickoff
UAA Northern Light - March 18, 2014
Members of UAAs Smoke Free Task Force hosted an event on Feb 24, to
kick of their campus-wide Fresh Air Challenge. The Fresh Air Challenge
is a region-wide effort to encourage all college campuses in Alaska,
Oregon, Idaho and Washington to become smoke- or tobacco-free.
Elks, to join Rayme's as no-smoke zones
Wrangellsentinel - March 13, 2014
Two prominent local taverns will join the ranks of the smoke-free in
the coming weeks. Totem Bar & Liquor Store will go smoke-free tomorrow,
according to signs ...
Bar goes smoke-free
KSTK - March 12, 2014
This week, the Totem Bar joins the Wrangell Elks Lodge and Rayme's Bar
as a non-smoking establishment. Aaron Powell is the owner of the Totem.
He says he ...
CEO supports 'take it outside' legislation
Peninsula Clarion - March 6, 2014
I have watched the smoke-free campaign make significant ground over
the last several years. As a healthcare professional, I would be remiss
if I didnt support a proposed law that would prohibit smoking in all
indoor workplaces, businesses and public places. Of course the reason
this legislation is being proposed is to prevent non-smokers from being
exposed to second hand smoke. We now have plenty of science to support
the fact that second hand smoke is dangerous. Just look up The Health
Consequences of Smoking report. Its all there; I dont need to recite
facts and figures as we all now know that smoking is a major threat
to our public health. ...
groups voice support for Alaska Smoke-Free Indoor Workplaces bill
Alaska Business Monthly - March 5, 2014
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Local advocacy groups AARP, American Cancer Society
Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association,
and the Alaska Native Health Board are backing a bill that would make
all indoor workplaces in Alaska smoke-free, saying it would protect
the health and safety of all workers and business patrons. ...
calls for more Alaska non-smoking areas
Anchorage Daily News - February 28, 2014
Smoking is now banned in roughly half of all public work places and
the bill would expand the ban to nearly all work places. It would prohibit
smoking in sport ...
introduces bill to expand locations where smoking ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - February 28, 2014
The measure by Anchorage Republican Lindsey Holmes includes a ban on
electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, in those places.
Smoking is now ...
initiative would clarify marijuana laws
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - February 28, 2014
We're not going to tell you how to vote on the marijuana legalization
initiative this fall. Approved for the ballot this week, the legislation
would make it legal for ...
postpones smoking decision again
KCAW - February 26, 2014
The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night (2-25-14) once again took up the
question of whether children should be prohibited from entering businesses
that allow smoking, even during non-smoking events. And, once again,
they postponed a decision. For some assembly members, the question came
down to finding the right balance between public health and individual
freedom. The last time this smoking ordinance came before the Sitka
Assembly, in January, nearly a dozen members of the public rose to speak
against it. This time ... The issue stems from a 2005 referendum passed
by Sitka voters, which prohibits minors from entering any business where
smoking is allowed. As it turns out, there was a loophole in that law.
This past December, the American Legion, a private club that allows
smoking, held a Christmas party for children. They consulted with City
Attorney Robin Koutchak, who said that although the Legion is a smoking
club, as long as smoking wasn't allowed at that particular event, they
were within the bounds of the law. Following the party, Mayor Mim McConnell
and assembly member Phyllis Hackett introduced an amendment to tighten
the ordinance. The new language clarifies that a business must declare
itself either smoking, or non-smoking. If it's a smoking business, then
children can't enter, even for a smoke-free event. ...
E-cigarettes struck down by UCA Board
Log Cabin Democrat - February 22, 2014
Another item amused us enough to at least bring attention to it: the
possible banning of e-cigarettes and vaping on campus. Usually, a potential
problem might have to reach epidemic levels before being considered
ban-able, but in this case, UCA thought enough of it to give it the
once over. So we let people know this was a possibility. ...
smoking code amended
The Delta Discovery - February 5, 2014
Under New Business, council passed introduction of Ordinance 14-04 to
amend ... Under unfinished business Introduction of Ordinances 14-02
and 14-03 both ...
Poised To Vote On Legalizing Recreational Marijuana This Summer
ThinkProgress - February 5, 2014
Alaskans will likely vote on whether to legalize recreational marijuana
this summer, now that a ballot initiative campaign has garnered enough
signatures to appear on the August 19 ballot. The lieutenant governor
must still approve the wording of the initiative, but is expected to
do so in the coming weeks. A Washington, D.C. marijuana bill also advanced
this week. The legislative proposal to decriminalize possession of small
amounts of marijuana cleared the first vote by the full City Council,
although council members weakened the law by retaining some lighter
criminal penalties for smoking marijuana in public after Even in Colorado,
public smoking is a petty offense that can carry 15 days in jail.
workplace smoking ban looks to drum up support in Alaska
Alaska Dispatch - February 3, 2014
About half of Alaska's population lives in a community with a workplace
smoking ban, but the other half doesn't. While that's a good sign for
supporters of smoke-free workplaces in Alaska, there's been a push in
recent years to make things even better for them. That's why organizations
like the American Lung Association and American Cancer Society are pushing
for a statewide smoke-free workplace law in the 49th state.
Smoking Rule Stirs Ire at Assembly
Sitka (AK) Daily Sentinel - January 30, 2014
The Assembly voted 5-2 Tuesday night to defer action on a proposal to
amend the local ordinance banning smoking in public places ... The proposal
would state that bars and clubs that allow smoking may not have children
under age 18 on their prem
Legion post balks at attempt to change Sitka's smoking ban
Greenfield Daily Reporter - January 30, 2014
The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports (http://is.gd/IFf4Vb ) a 2005 law bans
smoking in public places. But bars and clubs can allow smoking as long
as no one under ...
Assembly, smoking law stirs controversy
KCAW - January 29, 2014
Should children be prohibited from entering a business that allows smoking
even during a non-smoking event? That was the question before the Sitka
Assembly on Tuesday (1-28-2014). What was just a holiday event for some
Sitkans represented, for others, a threat to public health and a violation
of the voters intent.
Beat: Fairbanks restaurant goes smoke-free
Alaska Dispatch - January 28, 2014
...The Pump House is the latest Fairbanks restaurant to go smoke-free.
It was a process that was years in the making, according to the Fairbanks
Daily News-Miner. The restaurant banned smoking in the dining room five
years ago, but still allowed it in the saloon. That's no more starting
Feb. 7. The restaurant joins a handful of other popular Fairbanks restaurants
to go smoke-free, including The Oasis, Food Factory and Pike's Landing.
Smoking has been on the decline in Alaska in recent years. According
to the state, 23 percent of Interior Alaskans reported smoking in 2012.
There is no indoor smoking ban in the city of Fairbanks or in the Fairbanks
North Star Borough.
restaurant joins others going smoke-free
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - January 27, 2014
Another Fairbanks bar has gone non-smoking as the nation marks 50 years
since the first surgeon generals report linking smoking with cancer.
The Pump House Restaurant and Saloon will prohibit smoking when it re-opens
on Feb. 7 after some maintenance and remodeling. Owner Bill Bubbel said
customers not to mention his wife complained about the smoke
is smart business
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - January 21, 2014
By going smoke-free, Palmer joined a small group of Alaska communities
that have done so, including communities as diverse as Unalaska and
bar goes smoke-free
Anchorage Daily News January 11, 2014
There's only three bars open year-round in Wrangell, and one of them
has gone smoke-free.
Bar goes smoke-free
KSTK - January 8, 2014
One bar in Wrangell made the decision to go smoke-free as of January
1st. KSTK's ... And Rayme's decided to go smoke-free on New Year's Day
of this year.
UAA should go smoke-free
UAA Northern Light - November 21, 2013
Why are we in support of a smoke-free UAA? All of us on the UAA Smoke-Free
Task Force have been affected by smoking. We've watched family and friends
UAA is a terrible idea
UAA Northern Light - November 12, 2013
I don't smoke. Why would I? My grandmother died from lung cancer while
living in Palmer with my parents and I. She exposed me to direct secondhand
initiative increases momentum
UAA Northern Light - October 22, 2013
There is no safe exposure amount to smoke. This is the message UAAs
Smoke-Free Task Force hopes to communicate. ...According to Americans
for Nonsmokers Rights, more than 1,100 university campuses across
the nation have established clean air policies, and members of the Smoke-Free
Task Force hope UAA will be next to join the list. ...
hopes to make UAA campus smoke-free
Juneau Empire (subscription) - September 5, 2013
ANCHORAGE Students and faculty are behind a push to make the University
of Alaska Anchorage the first smoke-free campus in the state. The goal
is to get ...
bars go smoke-free
Bristol Bay Times - August 30, 2013
Earlier this month Dillingham joined the ranks of 14 other communities
in Alaska, by offering smoke-free bars to locals and visitors alike.
The city council approved the ban on smoking in Dillingham bars on Aug.
1, without putting it to a city-wide vote. The fresher air is mostly
due to the plight of local artist Apayo Moore.
School District Strengthens Tobacco-Free Policy: All ...
Anchorage Daily News - August 8, 2013
At its December 2012 meeting, the board voted to strengthen existing
policies and make all ASD school buildings and grounds completely tobacco-free,
Lexington Herald-Leader - August 6, 2013
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Keep no-smoking policy in public housing
units. The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. should resist efforts to derail
its new no-smoking policy for public housing units. The issue generates
a blizzard of conflicting claims about rights, freedoms and responsibilities.
However, the state has the right to set the new rules and good reason
for doing so. It should stick by them.
ban postponed at AHFC facilities
Seattle Post Intelligencer - August 1, 2013
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) Public housing officials have postponed a plan to
ban smoking after residents across the state complained. The ban was
to have gone into effect in August at state-subsidized senior public
housing units statewide, but now the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. is
re-evaluating the policy, KTOO reported (http://is.gd/g7tmzu )
Ban Postponed At AHFC Senior Housing
Alaska Public Radio Network July 31, 2013
A smoking ban planned for state-subsidized senior public housing has
been postponed. The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation was to implement
no-smoking rules ... his petition helped agency managers change their
minds on the proposed ban.
Peninsula Fairgrounds Going Smoke Free
Sewardcity News - July 29, 2013
Ninilchik, ALASKA - The Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds will be smoke free
this year. The Kenai Peninsula Fair Association Board approved the policy
on May 16TH, which went into effective June 1st. The Fair will be held
Editorial: State's smoking report has encouraging news
Juneau (AK) Empire - July 28, 2013
The statistics in the recent state report on smoking are good, but the
numbers also illustrate why the trend isn't even better: Tobacco is
Turn: Smoke-free policy good for everyone
Juneau Empire (subscription) - July 26, 2013
On behalf of the American Lung Association in Alaska, I applaud the
Alaska Housing Finance Corporations plan to implement smoke-free housing
policies in its multi-family units. I encourage AHFC to move ahead with
its plan to extend the smoke-free initiative to their entire stock of
housing. Smoke-free housing policies support AHFCs mission to provide
Alaskans access to safe, quality, affordable housing.
Fewer Alaskans are smoking
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - July 22, 2013
FAIRBANKS Fewer Alaskans are smoking these days. ... Secondhand smoke
exposure has decreased significantly among children at home, and among
Smoking Ban Fails in Assembly Vote
Associated Press / youralaskalink - July 22, 2013
KODIAK- If you're in Kodiak, you can still smoke 'em if you got 'em.
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly has killed a wide sweeping ban on
Job Corps Center is now tobacco-free
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - July 20, 2013
By joining the challenge, Job Corps is committing to conduct at least
two activities by the end of 2013 that assist them in implementing their
tobacco-free campus ...
Job Corps goes tobacco-free
Anchorage Daily News - July 17, 2013
Palmer, ALASKAThe Alaska Job Corps Center campus is now tobacco-free.
The policy went into effect July 1, 2013. The Alaska Job Corps Center
is the second campus in Alaska to join the Fresh Air Campus Challenge
after I isa vik College in Barrow made the commitment last month. The
regional challenge is a first-of-its-kind effort to encourage all college
campuses in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to adopt a 100 percent
smokefree or tobacco-free policy by 2016. The Fresh Air Campus Challenge
is supported by a broad coalition of local, state and national tobacco
prevention and control partners, including the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Region
X; American College Health Association; American Lung Association; American
Cancer Society; American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation; American Heart
Association; and the state tobacco prevention and control programs of
Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
smoking ban on Kodiak Island all but dead
Ct Post - July 15, 2013
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) A proposal to ban public smoking on the Kodiak Island
Borough is all but dead after one of the principal backers dropped his
considers smoking ban in businesses, parks
Pioneer Press - July 2, 2013
KODIAK, AlaskaA smoking ban that would prohibit smoking in bars, restaurants
and public places like parks will be considered Tuesday night by the
Kodiak Island Borough Assembly.
Considers Smoking Ban in Businesses & Parks
KTUU.com - July 2, 2013
A smoking ban that would prohibit smoking in bars, restaurants and public
places like parks will be considered Tuesday night by the Kodiak Island
borough considers smoking ban in businesses, outdoor ...
Daily Journal - July 2, 2013
KODIAK, Alaska A smoking ban that would prohibit smoking in bars, ...
The proposal would ban smoking inside every enclosed area in a business,
ban gets first vote Tuesday ($$)
Kodiak Mirror - July 1, 2013
A plan to ban smoking in every bar, restaurant and public place in the
Kodiak Island Borough will see its first vote Tuesday night. The proposal
from assemblymen Aaron Griffin and Tuck Bonney would put the idea on
is back in Alaska politics
Anchorage Press - June 21, 2013
The legalization initiative would not allow people to smoke marijuana
in public. It would require anyone transporting a small amount to keep
it sealed and hidden ...
smokers fight back on senior housing smoking ban
Ktoo - June 18, 2013
Mountain View Apartments for seniors and the disabled at 895 West 12th
Street, Juneau., is one of several AHFC facilities to go totally smoke
free in August.
Smoked out: New smoking rules for public housing are a slap in face
Fairbanks (AK) Daily News-Miner - June 16, 2013
As a former Alaska landlord and a veteran who has bled and laid his
life on the line for these United States to be free, I find the rule
change to be a slap in the face, not only to free Americans, but to
the most fragile of all Americans, the older ...
PrideFestival Goes Smoke Free
KTUU.com- June 13, 2013
An event celebrating the local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
(LGBT) culture and community is going smoke free this year. For the
first time in the ...
residents seek smoke-free bars
Bristol Bay Times - June 7, 2013
What started as a petition and Facebook campaign for smoke-free bars
in Dillingham arrived in the City Council arena last month. Discussion
of the issue continues tonight at the regular city council meeting,
at 7 p.m. City leaders will decide whether the council should make a
decision on the subject or put it to a city-wide vote.
Smoking in Dillingham Bars?
KDLG - May 31, 2013
Last week she asked the City Council to consider extending the municipal
smoking ban to include bars. But a vote to send the matter to committee
failed, and the ...
city rakes in revenue from new tobacco tax
Alaska Dispatch - May 26, 2013
A new excise tax on tobacco in the Southwest Alaska hub of Bethel brought
the ... The new $2.21 per-pack tax on cigarettes, along with a 45-percent
tax on all ... it be from a hospital, school, or store, you run into
a big cloud of cigarette smoke.
Seeks Comments on Smoke-Free Public Housing Units
KTUU.com - May 23, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. is seeking comments
on a plan to ban smoking in more than 600 of its public housing units.
Comments are being taken through June 15. The smoke-free policy, if
enacted by AHFC, would take effect Aug. 1.
Borough Hikes Cigarette Tax
KTUU.com - May 23, 2013
It will soon cost more to light up in the Mat-Su Borough. The borough
passed a $131 million budget that includes a three-percent tax hike
on cigarettes. District 3 Assemblyman Ron Arvin says the increase amounts
to $1 per pack and the tax will be effective when the new fiscal year
starts on July 1.
Housing Finance Corp bans smoking in certain units
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - May 18, 2013
FAIRBANKS Starting in August, residents of three downtown Fairbanks
housing projects wont be allowed to light up indoors, including
in their own rooms. The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. is banning smoking
at its large multi-unit housing units as part of a new policy catalyzed
by resident surveys that favored a smoking ban, said Director of Public
Housing Cathy Stone.
cruise FAQs: Internet, seasickness, tipping and smoking
The Seattle Times (blog) - May 18, 2013
Q: Is there smoking on the ship?
A: Princesss literature speaks of how it has sharply restricted
smoking in response to statistics showing that most passengers are nonsmokers.
Smoking is now prohibited in all staterooms and their balconies,
nonsmokers will crow and most interior spaces except for a few
small bars and, of course, the casino. (Smoking and gambling seem to
go together.) There are designated smoking areas around the ship. The
reality seems a little better for smokers than for nonsmokers. Designated
smoking areas are easily found, but elsewhere on ship youll be
hard pressed to find a single no-smoking sign, so expect to find random
smokers just about anywhere out on deck. On Star Princess, a smoking
area by the outdoor pool is just upwind of the enclosed (non-smoking)
pool area, with a large automatic door the only separation. So a flume
of smoke funnels inside every time the door opens or gets stuck
open. Likewise, the casinos always-open doors allow smoke into
the nearby theater and other public areas. For smokers, I give the ship
a B in terms of how happy youll be. For non-smokers,
a C .
tobacco tax generates over $25K in first month
The Delta Discovery - May 9, 2013
Bethel's tobacco excise tax has generated a total of $25,013.49 in the
first ... This local Bethel cigarette tax is in addition to the statewide
$2 tax on cigarettes.
Government invites new officials
UAA Northern Light May 1, 2013
At the April 26 USUAA student government meeting, president Alejandra
Buitrago swore in president elect Andrew Lessig. Lessig then swore in
vice president elect Drew Lemish. Lessig and Lemish swore in two new
senators, chemistry major John Paoletti and Jackie Odena. Bree Villar,
UAA student and health education coordinator with the American Lung
Association joined fellow student Valeria Delgado and Gabriel Garcia,
assistant professor of public health, to speak to USUAA about the current
smoking standards on campus and potential future amendments. According
to Villar, students must smoke 20 feet from the doors at University
of Alaska buildings and 50 feet from doors at medical buildings in the
state of Alaska. The Smoke-Free Task Force and a group of students have
gathered 514 student signatures petitioning for a smoke free campus.
According to the group advocating a smoke-free campus, 1,159 campuses
in the nation are now smoke-free and 783 are tobacco-free. They said
three states have passed laws banning smoking on college campuses. The
group plans to propose a letter and the signed petition to USUAA in
the fall for a smoke-free resolution. Delgado said only 20 percent of
UAA students smoke.
man with ruined lungs now face of CDC's anti-smoking effort
Alaska Dispatch - April 14, 2013
Michael Patterson, a formerly homeless person who started smoking at
age 9, has stories of carved-away lungs, battles to breathe, and doctors
who tell him he's a walking dead man living on borrowed time.
celebrates 8 years of tobacco-free campuses
Capital city weekly - April 3, 2013
April marks the 8th anniversary for all SouthEast Alaska Regional Health
Consortium (SEARHC) campuses going tobacco-free! On April 1, 2005, SEARHC
Board of Regents releases information about recent meeting
Anchorage Daily News February 28, 2013
ANCHORAGE -- Students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to testify
to the University of Alaska Board of Regents during a two-day meeting
in Anchorage Feb. 21 and 22. A group of approximately 15 students and
faculty came forward to request smoke free campuses in the UA system,
while many others testified in support of programs and
plans on the board's agenda. The quality of testimony added an element
of personal engagement to an agenda packed with consent items, curriculum
changes, campus planning updates and bond considerations.
Has Mixed Results in Working to Reduce Tobacco Use
Anchorage Daily News - January 17, 2013
... voters in Palmer, Alaska voted to approve an ordinance prohibiting
smoking in ... Half of our state's population is unprotected from secondhand
smoke at work ... a priority to pass policies that protect our citizens
from secondhand smoke and ...
Says Alaska Needs More Secondhand Smoke Protection
KTUU.com-January 16, 2013
... and several other communities throughout Alaska prohibit smoking
in almost all ... Half our state's population is unprotected from secondhand
smoke at work ...
tribal councils become tobacco-free in 2012
The Arctic Sounder - January 11, 2013
Looking back at 2012 for Maniilaq Association's Tobacco Prevention and
Cessation Programs, the year went fairly well. Both programs visited
and met with all 12 of the Maniilaq Service Area local tribal council
offices in each community and informed them the importance of becoming
a 100 percent tobacco-free workplace and recognized the dangers of secondhand
smoke to everyone.
in Head Start help spread tobacco-free message
Homer News - January 9, 2013
Shortly before the holiday break, the youngsters at Homer Head Start
joined Alaska's fight against tobacco use, thanks to a program sponsored
by RurAL CAP, ...
Oks tobacco tax hike
Juneau (AK) Empire - December 13, 2012
Bethel City Council passed an ordinance that will increase taxes
on all tobacco products sold in the city. The ordinance will raise the
price of cigarettes by $2.21 per pack and raise prices for other tobacco
products by 45 percent. ...
Tobacco Tax ordinance passes introduction
The Delta Discovery - December 5, 2012
An ordinance to amend the Bethel Municipal Code to enact an excise tax
on cigarettes and tobacco products passed introduction during the November
27th, 2012 regular city council meeting. Ordinance 12-09, sponsored
by council member Eric Whitney, is up for another public hearing at
the next meeting before it will be voted upon.
more Alaska tribes adopt tobacco-free resolutions
Alaska Dispatch - November 20, 2012
The Juneau Empire reports two tribes in Southeast Alaska have joined
the growing ranks of entities choosing to go smoke-free. The Skagway
Tribal Council and ...
more tribes go tobacco-free in Southeast Alaska
Sitnews (Ketchikan, AK) - November 17, 2012
Momentum for statewide tobacco-free workplaces continues to spread in
Alaska as the Skagway Tribal Council and the Chilkat Indian Village
(Klukwan) tribes join the growing number of 13 Southeast and 36 statewide
Alaska tribes that have already passed ...
Native groups join forces to fight tobacco use
Fairbanks (AK) Daily News-Miner - October 21, 2012
Alaska Native anti-tobacco crusaders received unanimous support from
the board of the states largest Native organization last year.
Now, with that support of the Alaska Federation of Natives, theyre
trying to cut into the states high rate of tobacco use by Alaska
Natives by persuading individual tribes to stop their employees from
smoking at work. Theyve been ...
Native Tribal Health Consortium fighting tobacco use
Fairbanks (AK) Daily News-Miner- October 14, 2012
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium reports that seven tribes
have approved resolutions calling for a ban on all tobacco products
in the workplace. It notes that three tribes have passed resolutions
supporting a statewide smoke-free workplace law. ...
worry about smoke-free future
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - October 6, 2012
PALMER Bar owners are worried while clean-air advocates are elated this
week after Palmer residents decided to end indoor smoking in public.
smokers pay less for cigarettes than urban dwellers
Anchorage (AK) Daily News - October 6, 2012
Bethel smokers are consistently paying anywhere from a few cents to
roughly a dollar less than those in Anchorage. That may soon change.
The heads of two heavyweight Bethel-based Native organizations are pushing
city leaders to consider a new excise tax ...
goes smoke-free, with 61.5 percent voting for ban
Alaska Dispatch - October 3, 2012
Smokers in Palmer will have to step outside to have a cigarette next
year. A proposed smoking ban in the city was approved by voters on Tuesday,
according to ...
voters opt for smoke-free city
Wasilla (AK) Frontiersman - Oct 3, 2012
...the anti-smoking ordinance, which seemed to have taken in 54 percent
of the vote with 376 choosing yes and 310 voting no. But the city still
has 101 ballots that havent been counted so that result has the
potential to change. ...
Zhu, A.Z.; Binnington, M.J.; Renner, C.C.; Lanier, A.P.; Hatsukami,
D.K.; Stepanov, I.; Watson, C.H.; Sosnoff, C.S.; Benowitz, N.L.; Tyndale,
Native smokers and smokeless tobacco users with slower CYP2A6 activity
have lower tobacco consumption, lower tobacco specific nitrosamine exposure
and lower tobacco specific nitrosamine bioactivation," Carcinogenesis
[Epub ahead of print], October 1, 2012.
Proposition 3 smoking really?
Wasilla (AK) Frontiersman - September 30, 2012
There are false arguments presented by the tobacco industry through
our city council members . . . Our city council has rejected the idea
of an ordinance thats why it took a petition by local voters to
get this on the ballot. Im not sure why some on ...
Weighs Smoking Ban in Businesses, Public Places
KTVA CBS 11 News Alaska - September 7, 2012
PALMER - For the chair of Smoke-Free Palmer, David Cheezem, Proposition
Three, which would ban smoking in businesses and public places in Palmer,
is a ...
smoke or not to smoke, Palmer voters to decide on smoking ban
Alaska Dispatch - September 6, 2012
A little city in the Matanuska-Susitna valley is looking to take on
the big-city issue of whether to ban smoking.
Renner, C.C.; Lanier, A.P.; Lindgren, B.; Jensen, J.;
Patten, C.A.; Parascandola, M.; Benowitz, N.L.; Tyndale, R.F.; Hatsukami,
use among Southwestern Alaska native people," Nicotine and
Tobacco Research [Epub ahead of print], September 4, 2012.
Conclusions: Very high tobacco-use prevalence,
dual product use, and early tobacco use are observed in Southwestern
AN people. Unexpectedly these did not appear to be correlated with heavier
individual tobacco use or higher levels of addiction in this population.
Valley State Fair goes smoke-free
Anchorage Daily News - August 1, 2012
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Tanana Valley State Fair is going
smoke-free. ... fair organizers listened to the community when making
the decision to go smoke-free.
Assembly Considers Expanding No-Smoking Zones
KTUU-Ch. 2 (Anchorage, AK) - Jul 10, 2012
The Anchorage Assembly plans to introduce an ordinance at its July
10 meeting that would expand the area around city buildings where you
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (AK) -May 26, 2012
WASILLA - Starting today, add Tailgaters to the growing
list of bars going smoke-free.
Ban Exemption Failed: Are Private Clubs Suffering?
youralaskalink (AK)- May 24, 2012
The assembly fails a smoking ban exemption for private
clubs 8 to 3. One club in particular, the Eagles Aerie located in Peters
Creek, claims the 2007 law ...
Ban to Remain Across Municipality
KTVA CBS 11 News Alaska - May 23, 2012
He said allowing private clubs to smoke inside again is a direct target
on his business. ... ATTENTION ALL SUPPORTERS OF THE LAW BANNING SMOKING
to argue in favor of smoking in clubs
Anchorage Daily News - May 19, 2012
It's not easy for a politician to defend smoking but Eagle River Assemblyman
Bill Starr will be doing just that next week. Starr has proposed a repeal
of the smoking ban for private clubs. The Assembly will take comment
Tuesday night. The change would affect 20 or so clubs -- mostly veterans
and fraternal organizations -- but it is really aimed at just one: the
Eagles Aerie 4174 in Peters Creek
To Decide On Indoor Smoking Ban Exemption
KTUU.com (AK) - May 8, 2012
It began with the Fraternal Order of Eagles, a charity organization
in Chugiak, which claims its membership dropped drastically after the
indoor smoking ban ...
Mulls Indoor Smoking Exemption
Measure scheduled for public hearing Tuesday
KTVA Channel 11 (Anchorage, AK) - May 5, 2012
ANCHORAGE While sponsors call it a narrow exemption,
opponents of an ordinance allowing indoor smoking in some establishments
said its a major step backwards for local air quality.
Alaska Native Tribal Leaders Speak Out
Anchorage, AK -- Tribal leaders unanimously passed a resolution
to support Alaska smokefree workplaces at this Octobers Annual
Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention. The resolution sends
a clear message that it is essential to protect the health and well
being of Alaska Native people and others from the dangers of secondhand
SEARHC (SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium) representatives
Edy Rodewald and Andrea Thomas holding copies of these historic resolutions.
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Nome: Smokefree sign on a business.
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Nome: Smokefree banner on Front Street.
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Native tribal leaders speak out against smoking
Juneau Empire - November 1, 2011
Tribal leaders unanimously passed a resolution to support Alaska smokefree
workplaces at this October's Annual Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN)
declines to go smoke-free
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - Andrew Wellner - October 13, 2011
PALMER An attempt to turn the last few remaining businesses to
allow indoor smoking to go smoke free failed at the city council Tuesday
ban returns to council
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (AK)- Andrew Wellner October 11, 2011
Most who oppose the ban say smoking is a personal decision and the
decision to allow it in indoors to be a business' prerogative. ...
deserve clean air
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (AK) October 3, 2011
Hopefully the Palmer City Council will pass an ordinance to make Palmer
smoke-free in businesses and all public places. Smokers are addicted
to the ...
banned in Nome bars
The Associated Press
Anchorage Dailiy News, September 21, 2011
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Western Alaska town of Nome is going smoke-free
in enclosed public places. ...
banned in Nome bars
Houston Chronicle, September 21, 2011
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) The Western Alaska town of Nome is going
smoke-free in enclosed public places.
Even bars and saloons in the old Alaska gold rush town are off-limits
for a smoke. ...
ban begins in Nome
Anchorage Daily News, September 20, 2011
The bars and saloons of Nome outlawed smoking Tuesday. Whether they
like it or not. ...
BLOG: THE VILLAGE
Smoking ban begins in Nome, like it or not
News Tribune, September 20, 2011
The bars and saloons of Nome outlawed smoking Tuesday. Whether they
like it or not.The old-Alaska mining town, famous as the finish line
of the Iditarod Trail and infamous for its salty pioneer history, has
joined a growing number communities across the state that now ban smoking
in public places. That means no lighting up in office buildings. No
smoking in taxis and no cigarettes within 20 feet of softball fields.
gets an earful on smoke-free ordinance
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - Andrew Wellner - September 16, 2011
Smoking is dangerous to anyone in the smoker's vicinity.
Those speaking against the ordinance said it's a matter of choice. Making
choices is a daily ...
for making the fair smoke free
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - September 9, 2011
Thanks for making the Alaska State Fair smoke free. For the first time
I did not worry about my kids getting their noses burned by wayward
to go, Skagway!
Juneau Empire -September 6, 2011
Making all Alaska workplaces, restaurants and bars smoke-free would
prevent ... Smoke-free policies protect people from secondhand smoke,
reduce tobacco use ...
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Sally Benevento - August 29, 2011
This year we honored the fair's policy of having a smoke-free day. We
were concerned that we would lose business but found that being smoke-free
time the Valley catches up
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - August 29, 2011
I was so excited to see your byline and actually was watching the news
and saw Becky Stoppa speaking out regarding living in a smoke-free community.
like the smoke? Don't go
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - August 29, 2011
It sounds like some people who run the city of Palmer want to put the
hammer on the bars to go smoke-free. I say if you don't like the smoke,
ban ignites debate among local bar owners, residents
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - Zaz Hollander - August 26, 2011
Several Mat-Su bars have voluntarily banned smoking, including Palmer's
Colony ... Cox by phone provided estimates that the smoking ban has
cost him $35000. ...
is optional, breathing is not
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - August 26, 2011
Palmer isn't the first Alaska city to consider enacting a smoking ban
in public ... The conversation in every locale that has considered banning
is a healthy choice
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - August 26, 2011
We know that secondhand smoke kills. That's why I strongly support the
no-smoking ordinance, and I urge others to join me in that support.
to focus on benefits of going smoke-free
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - July 15, 2011
This grant will pay for advertising to raise awareness about the dangers
of secondhand smoke and build community support for smoke-free policies
in indoor workplaces and public places. The need for protection from
secondhand smoke has never been ...
Juneau's smoking ban stands in private clubs
Legal News Line - Jessica M. Karmasek - July 13, 2011
JUNEAU, Alaska (Legal Newsline) - The Alaska Supreme Court, in a ruling
last month, said a citywide smoking ban does not violate a fraternal
organization's First Amendment or privacy rights. The City and Borough
of Juneau has an
support of a smoke-free Palmer
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - July 8, 2011
Many of us would love to have smoke-free places to gather and to celebrate
together. A smoke-free bar is healthier for its employees, musicians
and patrons. Let's support our local businesses, encourage them to go
smoke-free and more people will be ...
ban in Juneau upheld by state Supreme Court
Juneau Empire - Klas Stolpe - July 6, 2011
By Klas Stolpe The Alaska Supreme Court upheld the City and Borough
of Juneau's smoking ban for private clubs on Friday, ruling in favor
of the city after hearing the appeal of the local Fraternal Order of
Eagles chapter, a private, ...
Court Upholds Smoking Ban in Juneau
Alaska Public Radio Network (KSKA), 2011-07-01
Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau
In a case that could have statewide implications, the Alaska Supreme
Court on Friday upheld the City and Borough of Juneaus smoking
ban for private clubs. ...
ORDER OF EAGLES v. CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU
Leagle.com - Jul 4, 2011
The City Assembly also included in its findings the conclusions of a
1992 report published by the United States Environmental Protection
Agency, titled Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking: Lung Cancer
and Other Disorders, that outlined the ...
survey shows support for smoke-free environment
Juneau Empire - June 13, 2011
Of the few people that expressed concerns, the top three issues were
people smoking too close to buildings and smoke coming inside, police/business
owners not enforcing the law and a belief that the policy is a violation
of smokers' rights.
breath of fresh air: More businesses take chance, go smoke free test
Homer News - April 13, 2011
Ten years ago we wrote an editorial urging the city to ban smoking in
all public places. People can be passionate about smoking bans, we learned.
In 2003, the Homer City Council considered a ban on smoking that would
apply everywhere but bars. ...
more Homer bars go smoke free
Homer News, 2011-04-13
MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER
Next Wednesday when the Salty Dawg opens its doors, the iconic bar
on the Homer Spit will join a trend started by the Homestead Restaurant
in 2002. ...
fair goes smoke-free
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - March 4, 2011
The Alaska State Fair is going smoke-free! The new policy, which was
recently approved by the fair's board of directors, came out of
concern for the fairgoer experience, according to a statement
by fair general manager Ray Ritari, posted Feb. ...
Smoke Exposure in Alaskan Households With Children.
Dent, C.W.; Maher, J.E.; Pizacani, B.A.; Dowler, D.W.; Rohde, K.; Peterson,
Rural and Remote Health. October 2010, 10(4): 1564.
smoke-free rules take effect Nov. 1st
KCAW - October 8, 2010
PETERSBURG-AK (2010-10-08) Petersburg bars, restaurants, clubs, workplaces
and public spaces will all have to be smoke-free in less than a month.
Local anti-smoking proponents were pleased with the strong show of support
among voters, who passed the new smoking restrictions with nearly a
two to one margin Tuesday. ...
rejects smoking ban, rec center; approves school repairs
KRBD - Ed Ronco - October 6, 2010
SITKA, ALASKA (2010-10-06) Voters in Sitka soundly defeated a ballot
proposal to forbid smoking in bars and private clubs, as well as three
measures that would have kept Sitkas community recreation center
open. But voters DID give their support to major renovations at two
schools in the city.
First, smoking. Sitkas existing ordinances ban smoking in places
of employment. This measure would have extended the ban to bars and
private clubs. There are four places in Sitka that currently allow smoking:
the Moose Lodge, the American Legion, Ernies Old Time Saloon and
the Pioneer Bar.
They will continue to allow smoking into the foreseeable future. The
measure failed, 59 to 41 percent. ...
ballot for Sitka voters
KCAW - Ed Ronco - October 4, 2010
Proposition 2 is a slightly hotter issue, literally and figuratively.
It has to do with smoking. Sitka already has a ban on smoking in places
of employment, but this proposition extends it to bars and private clubs.
Advocates say it will mean cleaner and healthier environments for the
employees and patrons of those establishments. Opponents say its
an infringement on the freedom of business owners and patrons. ...
tightens no-smoking ordinance
Juneau Empire - Sarah Day - September 22, 2010
The City Assembly tightened language to explicitly include commercial
vehicles in its anti-smoking ordinances on Monday. ...
cruise ship docks to be on floating berths
Juneau Empire - Sarah Day - September 21, 2010
Assembly discussion and decisions on the smoking ordinance in commercial
places, including commercial vehicles, a docks and harbors shorepower
rate increase ...
Court hears private club smoking case
Anchorage Daily News, Sep 19, 2010
The Alaska Supreme Court heard the appeal of the Juneau Fraternal Order
of Eagles chapter case against the City and Borough of Juneau on Friday
inside the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium, as part of Supreme
Court Live, an event to help foster the understanding of the Justice
The case challenges the constitutionality of a local ordinance that
bans smoking in private clubs.
The Supreme Court asked Paul Grant, arguing for the Eagles, to explain
why a ban on smoking in the club would interfere with social functions
and unfairly restricts its members.
"It's as if they could have dinner together, but then they are
forced to eat dessert back home alone," Grant said.
Grant also quoted from Justice Louis Brandeis, explaining the most
important constitutional right is the right to be free from governmental
interference in our private lives.
Justice Morgan Christen asked John Hartle, arguing for the city, if
the government could regulate smoking by hikers on a local public trail.
Hartle answered that if there were sufficient numbers of people using
the trail, then the city could prohibit smoking on the trail if the
city needed to protect the public health and that a big enough number
of people in a public place would justify the government's interference
with their private choices, such as the choice to smoke.
Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti said there are health dangers besides
smoking, such as diabetes and heart disease, for which the city might
also adopt ordinance to protect the public health. Carpeneti wondered
how far the city could go in adopting restrictions on what a person
consumes or activities that might injure his or her health. ...
Inlet Housings Centennial Village Grows to Meet Alaskan Seniors
Housing Needs, Eklutna Estates Grand Opening as a Smoke-Free Building
is August 3rd; Starting September 1, 2010 All CIHA Buildings Will Begin
Becoming Totally Smoke-Free
Alaska Business Monthly, September 8, 2010
The following is from a press release from Cook Inlet Housing Authority
in Alaska: Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) will celebrate the grand
opening of Eklutna Estates, located at 8850 Centennial Circle on Tuesday,
August 3rd at 1:30 p.m. Eklutna Estates is a fifty-nine unit facility
located within CIHAs existing senior community, Centennial Village,
in east Anchorage. Eklutna Estates consists of 46 one-bedroom/one-bath
units and 13 two-bedroom/two-bath units and is open to Alaskans aged
55 and older. Eklutna Estates is a mixed-income property with most rental
units available based on income eligibility guidelines and a limited
number of units available at market rate without income restrictions.
CIHA is proud to announce that Eklutna Estates is a smokefree
building. More and more Alaskans want to live in a smokefree environment,
says Carol Gore, President and CEO of CIHA. It is our goal to
provide quality, affordable and healthy homes. The Alaska Tobacco
Control Alliance will present CIHA with a Letter of Commendation for
their efforts in providing healthy housing options. This is CIHAs
first smokefree property. As of September 1 CIHA will implement a smokefree
housing policy in all of our properties all new leases will be
smokefree and expired leases will become smokefree as they come up for
returns smoking ordinance
Petersburg Pilot - Keith Chaplin - May 21, 2010
A proposed smoking ordinance took another step towards becoming a ballot
issue on Monday May 17, as the Petersburg City Council unanimously passed
the ordinance from its second reading to its third and final reading.
The final reading will take place on June 7, and at that time public
testimony will be taken, councilman Mark Jenson said.
For over a month, the ordinance was reviewed and amended by an appointed
committee of business owners and community members. The committee changed
sections of the ordinance to fit the city of Petersburg.
The two businesses most affected by the ordinance, Kitos Kave
and Harbor Bar had representatives on the committee.
Hillary Whitethorn, a committee member and part owner of Kitos
Kave said the meetings were productive.
I thought it was very amicable. There were disagreements, but
there were no words and nobody had a temper, Whitethorn said.
The biggest change to the ordinance is the requirement of a smoking
room in businesses wishing to allow smoking indoors. ...
moves towards smoking restrictions
KFSK - Matt Lichtenstein - May 18, 2010
The Petersburg City Council has passed the second reading of a measure
that would ban smoking in local businesses and public places. The latest
version of the measure includes a number of significant changes from
the original. While the councilors still have a mix of opinions on the
restrictions, they were all willing to put the issue on the ballot ...
finishes revising smoking rules
KFSK - Matt Lichtenstein - May 11, 2010
PETERSBURG-AK (2010-05-11) A committee of business people and concerned
citizens has finished their revision of a proposed smoking ban for most
may vote on expanding smoking ban
The Associated Press
Anchorage Daily News, April 30, 2010
SITKA, Alaska - Sitka residents could get the chance to expand a ban
on smoking in public places.
The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday directed the city attorney to draft an
ordinance that could let voters decide whether the smoking ban should
be extended to businesses now exempt from the ban.
Voters in 2005 allowed exemptions for bars and private clubs. ...
smoking ban could extend to bars, private clubs
KCAW - Ed Ronco - March 24, 2010
SITKA, ALASKA (2010-03-24) Smoking in bars and private clubs could
become against the law in Sitka under a measure advanced by the Assembly
on Tuesday (3-23). The city already has an ordinance against smoking
in public places, but bars and private clubs have so far been exempt.
Eighteen people testified about broadening the smoking ban, and debate
on the subject took up about an hour and a half. ...
postpones second reading of smoking ordinance
Petersburg Pilot - Keith Chaplin - March 18, 2010
The second reading of the proposed smoking ordinance 942 was postponed
until May 17, to allow for a committee to be formed in order to amend
Monday night, councilman Mark Jensen made a motion to delay the reading
and said he had problems with the wording of the ordinance and wanted
more public input before it was put on a ballot.
A few questions that Jensen brought up had to do with the wording of
what was and was not allowed in small businesses. He also asked if the
ordinance covered boats tied in the harbor.
Maybe we should give it a little bit more time, Jensen
said. I dont see why since it doesnt have to be completed
until Aug. 11
why we have to rush through it?...
ban will head to public for a vote
Petersburg (AK) Pilot, 2010-03-11
A proposal that would restrict smoking regulations in Petersburg is
one step closer to being put to a vote after passing its first reading
at the March 8 Petersburg City Council meeting.
As read during the meeting, ordinance 942 would prohibit smoking in
all workplaces and public places in Petersburg.
This all-encompassing ordinance has city council members and Petersburg
business owners alike worried about the "big brother," nature
of the document. ...
discusses ban on smoking in public places
Petersburg (AK) Pilot, 2010-02-11
The Petersburg city council discussed creation of an ordinance prohibiting
smoking in public places at Monday's council meeting.
Under the discussion brought forth by councilor John Havrilek, the ban
would extend to all offices, businesses, bars and restaurants that serve
the public within the Petersburg city limits. ...
court judge upholds city smoking ban
Juneau Empire - Eric Morrison - October 23, 2009
The legality of the Juneau smoking ordinance is less hazy after Superior
Court Judge Philip Pallenberg shot down a private association's assertion
that it was not subject to the city smoking ban.
In its lawsuit, the Fraternal Order of Eagles claimed that the ordinance
infringed on its freedom of association under the United States and
Alaska constitutions, its right to privacy and claimed illegal "intrusion"
by the Juneau Police Department into its private establishment in the
Mendenhall Valley to enforce the ordinance. The Eagles are the only
group to have challenged the ordinance in court. ...
seeks to repeal smoking ban in bars
KIAL - September 29, 2009
UNALASKA, AK (kucb) - A community member is circulating a petition to
repeal the smoking ban in bars. The petition's author, Jessica Culp,
says smoking ...
seeks return of right to puff
Dutch Harbor Fisherman - Alex Demarban - September 17, 2009
Smokers opposed to lighting up in Unalaskas roof-peeling storms
are incensed about a new smoking ban thats forcing them to puff
At least 300 people in the community of 3,500, including many nonsmokers,
have signed a petition asking the council to allow smoking in bars or
to let voters reconsider the issue, said petition organizer Jessica
People are fired up that the council members didnt put the contentious
issue on the ballot, and instead created the ban themselves, said Culp,
a PenAir agent.
Its a community issue, and it should have been decided
on by the community, she said. ...
bans smoking in public places
Dutch Harbor Fisherman - May 28, 2009
An anonymous punster once put it quite succinctly: If you must
smoke, take your butt outside. And on Aug. 9, Unalaskans will
have to do just that when the City of Unalaska joins communities across
the United States that ban smoking in enclosed public places including
enclosed public places, places where people are employed and day care
Its a health issue, said Chris Hladick, Unalaska
city manager. It will make our bars and restaurants healthier
places to go to.
Half of all hotel rooms will still remain non-smoking and the dreaded
amendment of no smoking in bunkhouses did not go into effect.
Council member Dennis Robinson proposed two amendments that passed
on final vote at the May 12 meeting: the building of stand-alone shelters
for employees and a requirement that smokers stay at least 15 feet away
from a bars deck or patio.
The amendment was just a clarification for outside facilities
and that they have to be a certain size and a certain distance away
from the building, Hladick said. ...
ban goes to next level
KUCB News UNALASKA, AK (2009-04-15)
The city council decided to send the proposed smoking ordinance out
of work session and to a first reading Tuesday night. They also decided
not to send it to a public vote and to enact it themselves. That means
that the ordinance could go into effect as soon as early May and businesses
would have 90 days after that to fully comply.
As it is currently written, smoking would be prohibited in all enclosed
public spaces, including bars, restaurants, private businesses that
are visited by customers, child care facilities, and government facilities.
Smoking would also be prohibited within 15 feet of an entrance and in
free, employee-provided bunkhouses. If an employee pays any rent for
the housing, then the smoking ban does not apply. Fifty percent of hotel
rooms must also be designated as non-smoking.
As it currently stands, business owners will only be fined if there
is evidence that they did not try to deter a customer from smoking.
Some police discretion is allowed in determining that. Public Safety
Director Jamie Sunderland said the police would use common sense when
enforcing the ban, especially when determining if business owners should
also be fined. If a person is caught smoking, he or she will be fined
Ordinance in Soldotna Lacks Support for Introduction
KSRM - Mar 12, 2009
At last nights Soldotna City Council meeting, the Council did
not introduce the proposed smoking ordinance that was on the agenda.
City Councilmember Scott McLane moved to introduce the ordinance; however,
it never received a second from anyone else on the council. McLane commented
that he did not attend the last meeting and he must be "out of
the loop". Opponents and proponents showed up to comment on both
sides of the issue at last nights city council meeting, including
business owners and various other members of the public. Council member
Shea Hutchings did not support introducing an ordinance that would put
Soldotna businesses at a disadvantage to Kenai businesses.
council considers smoking ban
Anchorage Daily News, March 10, 2009
The Soldotna City Council will consider introducing a ban on smoking
in the workplace and all public places. The council will consider the
places smokers on notice
Cordova Times - March 5, 2009
A total of 110 signatures have been collected for a no-smoking petition,
which was presented to the City Council last week.
Diane Delpino, who presented the petition, said she is tired of the
health hazard of tobacco smoke at her Moose Lodge workplace on Second
This is not new, she said. Fifty-eight Alaska communities
have already adopted this no-smoking policy.
The health hazards of secondhand smoke were not as widely known when
she joined the hospitality business 17 years ago, Delpino said.
Knowing what is hazardous to my co-workers and the children makes
me want Cordova to adopt this ordinance, she said.
The city wants to avoid the special election costs, so there will be
public comment period before an ordinance is drafted by the City Council....
Smoking Ordinance for Kenai Not Introduced
KSRM - March 5, 2009
An ordinance that was being proposed by Kenai City Councilmember Hal
Smalley to restrict smoking in public places and private businesses
failed to receive enough support for introduction at Wednesday night's
Kenai City Council Meeting....
to debate smoking ban law
Kenai Peninsula Online - March 4, 2009
Running nip and tuck with its sister city upriver, Kenai is slated
to introduce a ban on smoking in all public places at the city council
Soldotna attempted to introduce similar legislation last week, but
last-minute revisions by the city attorney prompted Mayor Peter Micciche
to ask that the ordinance introduction be postponed.
In Kenai, Ordinance 2390-2009 would amend the city code to eliminate
secondhand tobacco smoke exposure in places of employment and other
If introduced tonight, the ordinance would be scheduled for a public
hearing and a vote at the council's March 18 meeting.
Kenai code already prohibits cigarette smoking in restaurants and the
new law would expand that ban to include taverns, private clubs and
all places of employment.
The mere mention of a draft version of the ordinance in the Kenai City
Council's meeting agenda packet two weeks ago drew a number of opponents
of the proposed ban to testify. Most said private business owners should
have the right to determine whether smoking is allowed inside their
Postpones Introduction of Smoking Ban
KSRM - Feb 26, 2009
The Soldotna City Council decided not to introduce a proposed smoking
ban for the community at last nights meeting. Soldotna City Councilmember
Betty Obendorf explained the need for the delay. She said the City Attorney
rewrote portions of the proposal. It was not submitted to the council
members until yesterday afternoon. Obendorf said the introduction needed
to be delayed by one meeting to allow the members to study the changes.
council begins smoking ban discussion
Anchorage Daily News, February 24, 2009
With a restaurant smoking ban already in place, Soldotna City Council
now wants to explore tighter smoking regulations that would prohibit
smoking in all enclosed public places.
A new proposal would prohibit lighting up in all enclosed places of
employment, in city-owned vehicles and near entrances to enclosed public
places where smoking is already banned.
Councilman Shane Horan has proposed an ordinance for this town of 4,000
residents located 80 miles south of Anchorage. It's scheduled to be
introduced Tuesday, but no discussion is planned until a March 11 public
Council Reviewing Draft Ordinance for Smoking Ban
KSRM, AK - February 20, 2009
The Kenai City Council had the first opportunity to view a draft ordinance
creating a smoking ban in Kenai. The draft, as currently written, would
amend the municipal code in Kenai to eliminate secondhand tobacco smoke
exposure in places of employment and other public places. The draft
prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places within Kenai, all enclosed
areas that are places of employment, all enclosed areas belonging to
the City of Kenai, all outdoor arenas, stadiums, amphitheaters and public
transit waiting areas, except in designated smoking areas. It also bans
smoking within 20 feet of each entrance to an establishment licensed
to sell alcohol. Smoking distances are defined in the ordinance, too.
It defines 20 feet as the minimum reasonable distance for someone to
smoke near a place where smoking is prohibited. However, the ordinance
will prohibit smoking within 50 feet of any medical facility.
to Smoking Ban Speak Out
KSRM, AK - February 20, 2009
The opponents to any type of smoking ban in Kenai were at last nights
Kenai City Council meeting to express opposition to a ban on smoking
in private clubs. Gary Superman, of Nikiski, is the President of the
Kenai Peninsula Cabaret, Hotel and Restaurant Retailers Association.
He attended last nights meeting to reinforce CHARRs opposition
to a ban.
discussion begins: Soldotna city council looks at expanding ban
Kenai Peninsula Online, AK - January 28, 2009
Talks aimed at determining whether smoking will be permitted in any
public places in Soldotna are slated to get under way this evening during
a Committee of the Whole meeting prior to the regular city council business
Though no official ordinance has yet come forward, Councilman Shane
Horan has asked the city administration to prepare an expansion of the
city's restaurant smoking ban to all public places including taverns
and private clubs.
At a council meeting two weeks ago, Mayor Peter Micciche asked that
the issue be taken up at the committee meeting before the council schedules
any action on a possible new law.
The Committee of the Whole is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m.
rights?: Kenai Council hears both sides of health issue
Kenai Peninsula Online, AK - January 27, 2009
Undoubtedly feeling alone against the world, Cindy Stonecipher approached
the Kenai City Council on Wednesday night and declared:
"I'm a smoker."
Stonecipher had just sat through a presentation by the Teens Against
Tobacco Use wing of the Peninsula Smoke-free Partnership, advocating
the expansion of Kenai's ban on smoking in restaurants to include all
"I feel it should be a business owner's right to operate the way
they want," Stonecipher said. "Right now there's only three
places on the peninsula where I can eat, drink and smoke.
"This is being stuffed down everyone's throat, whether they want
it or not," she said.
About a dozen teens from Kenai Central, Skyview and Soldotna high schools
opened the city council meeting telling city leaders why they joined
the TATU organization.
One said she was tired of seeing people, such as her grandmother, die
from smoking. Another said she was in it to get other kids to stop smoking.
Yet another wanted her parents to quit smoking.
Symbolizing the number of people who die every day from various unhealthy
habits, the teens dropped BBs into an aluminum pie plate.
ban: one year later
Bar owners say ordinance hurt business; city revenues show increase
in liquor sales
Juneau (AK) Empire, 2009-01-19
Eric Morrison * JUNEAU EMPIRE
More than a year after the city's clean air ordinance went into effect,
people on different sides of the debate continue to disagree about the
success of the law that required Juneau's bars to go smoke free.
After years of debate in front of the Assembly, on Jan. 2 of last year
all bars were required to ban smoking from their establishments, ushering
in a fresh new era of nightlife in the capital.
OKs new smoking ordinance
Juneau Empire (subscription), AK - March 11, 2008
The Juneau Assembly closed a loophole Monday used by private clubs to
allow bar patrons to continue smoking inside after the final phase of
a citywide ban on smoking in public places went into effect Jan. 2.
The original 2001
ordinance, which took years to transition into local bars, was rewritten and renamed
after several bar owners complained to the city about an unfair advantage gained
by private bars such as the Eagles Club that were exempt.
wars return: Anchorage Assemblymen Coffey, Traini propose banning cigarettes in
almost all public spaces in the city
Anchorage Daily News, May 24, 2006
a list of public places in Anchorage where smokers can still smoke: bars, bingo
parlors, city parks.
It's legal to light a cigarette in all those places
now, but a group of Anchorage Assembly members has launched a campaign to ban
it from some of the last OK-to-smoke public spaces in the city. They're gearing
up for what could be a fierce public squabble this summer.
introduced at Tuesday night's Assembly meeting, would expand the city's much-argued
2001 ban on smoking in restaurants, workplaces and other enclosed public spaces.