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Speak Up for a Smokefree Alaska Today!

The state of Alaska currently does not have a strong smokefree law. However many communities have passed strong local laws. Three of those communities (Anchorage, Klawock, and Haines County) have passed 100% smokefree laws that cover all workplaces, including all restaurants and bars. For information on what is covered in the other communities, see our list of local laws.

More communities in Alaska are considering local smokefree laws. To get involved in smokefree efforts in your area, you can contact us or reach out to the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance.

Alaska law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Alaska.

2013-2014 State Legislative Session: 1/15/2013 - 4/20/2014; Recess: 4/15/2013 - 1/20/2014

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Anchorage health organizations celebrated passage of the clean air ordinance with members of the Anchorage Assembly (left to right): Emily Nenon (American Cancer Society); Michelle Toohey (American Lung Association of Alaska); Assemblymember Pamela Jennings; Assemblymember Dan Coffey (holding framed front page of Anchorage Daily News); Assemblymember Dick Traini; Assemblymember Allan Tesche; Mayor Mark Begich; Assemblymember Janice Shamberg; Pat Luby (AARP); Marge Larson (American Lung Association of Alaska); Lorna Skonberg (Alaska Native Health Board); and Jenny Murray (Alaska Native Health Board).

Smokefree & Related News

Students educate UAA community about upcoming implementation ...
UAA Northern Light - March 24, 2015

They introduced resources available for students and staff who want to quit smoking, and they educated passersby about Kick Butts Day and UAA's smoke-free ...

Protest of Soapy Smith's alcohol license withdrawn
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - March 24, 2015

The ordinance states marijuana consumption by smoking produces airborne by-products that could affect and possibly harm those in close proximity.

American Cancer Society Holds Event to Encourage Smoke-Free Workplaces Statewide
youralaskalink - March 22, 2015

Anchorage, AK - Volunteers met up over the weekend to show their support for Senate Bill One, which would make all workplaces statewide smoke-free.

CDC spokesman urges students not to smoke
Petersburg Pilot - March 19, 2015

CDC spokesman urges students not to smoke ... Disease Control, spoke to middle and high school students about not smoking on Thursday, March 12. Michael George Patterson's tribe calls him Ghost Walker because he was given five years ...

Yes to smoke-free workplaces
Fairbanks News-Miner - March 18, 2015

I’ve lived in Fairbanks for the past 17 years. My family’s presence in Interior Alaska goes back generations. I work with a couple of coalitions, advocating protecting the health of local communities.

Anchorage cigarette tax evaders ordered to pay $2M in restitution
Alaska Dispatch News - March 18, 2015

A federal judge in Anchorage has ordered six defendants convicted of a large-scale cigarette tax evasion scheme to pay back $2 million plus interest to the municipality.

2 Your Health interview
KTUU TV - March 17, 2015

Time to kick butts. Wednesday, thousands of youth around the US will stand up and speak out against tobacco in the annual Kick Butts Day.

Smoke free workplaces protect working Alaskans
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - March 16, 2015

If passed, SB 1, promoting smoke free workplaces, will protect working Alaskans and their families against the well established, well documented, costly and seriously adverse health effects of secondhand smoke. ...

Secondhand vapor: E-cigarettes spark new debate as popularity grows
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - March 16, 2015

A debate about electronic cigarettes centers around whether theyre a gateway to or an escape route from conventional cigarette smoking. This spring a debate about e-cigarettes is taking place in Juneau, where a bill in the Legislature would ban using the devices in places that now ban conventional cigarette smoking including grocery stores, public transportation and University campuses.

Supporting smoke-free workplace bill
Alaska Dispatch News - March 13, 2015

Currently, only half of the state of Alaska is protected by a smoke-free workplace law. With a huge number of Alaskans working in the hospitality industry, it is important to protect our family members, friends, and colleagues from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.

Wrangell assembly gives first-round approval for pot ordinance
KSTK - March 12, 2015

Assembly Member Julie Decker took issue with the marijuana ban at "places of ... "A lot of our bars are trying to go to no smoking, and all of a sudden we have ...

Committee to hear bill that would ban use of e-cigs in places where ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - March 10, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska - A state House committee is scheduled to take testimony on a bill that would ban the smoking of electronic cigarettes in places where ...

Committee to hear bill regulating e-cigarettes
KTUU.com - March 10, 2015

A state House committee is scheduled to take testimony on a bill that would ban the smoking of electronic cigarettes in places where smoking currently is ...

Supports Take it Outside
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman March 5, 2015

On behalf of the American Lung Association in Alaska, Id like to thank Valley Residential Services for officially making Century Plaza, home to our Wasilla office, a smoke-free zone and establishing designated smoking areas well away from windows and doors. We believe everyone has the right to breathe smoke-free air. Thanks to this new policy, Valley Residential Services is ensuring that right for all those who work, do business in, or visit, the Century Plaza.

Valley pot debate gets rollin'
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - March 5, 2015

The first Alaska municipality to address marijuana directly will revisit the regulations it passed, while three other Valley cities prepare to begin the discussion. The legislation also works to resolve the language conflict between public places and in public apparent from the passage of Ballot Measure 2, something state legislators have worked to resolve as well. It would also include language similar to that stricken from the first draft of Wasillas ordinances prohibiting use on private property adjacent to a public place or private place of another without consent of the owner or person in control thereof.

Alaska lawmakers discuss federal issues with pot legalization
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - March 5, 2015

... from members of the public who thought that legislators were violating federal law if ... federal and state constitutions but doesn't mention specific federal laws.

Busy night for Kenai
Kenai Peninsula Online - March 5, 2015

A third resolution, supporting state Senate Bill 1, Sen. Peter Miccichies proposal to increase smoking regulation, was postponed.

Wasilla officials propose changes to city's strict new marijuana law
Alaska Dispatch News - March 2, 2015

WASILLA -- Citing concerns about the legality of strict new marijuana regulations -- including a ban on homemade pot brownies -- passed just before ...

Establishments should have a choice in smoking rules
Kenai Peninsula Online - March 2, 2015

... read: THIS IS A SMOKING ESTABLISHMENT, or, THIS IS A NONSMOKING ... to make the decision for his or her establishment to be smoking or non-smoking.

ROUNTREE: E-Cigarettes - the new deception
Wasilla Frontiersman - December 2, 2014

are you willing to take the chance and keep on vaping, and how can you as the consumer protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangerous effects of e-cigarettes? E-cigarettes need to be included in existing clean indoor air laws E-cigarettes should...

Antismoking Story That Is Tailored to Native Alaskans
New York Times - December 2, 2014

Research into adolescent psychology, ambitious antitobacco programs ... and public speaking projects like Mr. Patterson's all support a powerful new insight into how to head off nicotine addiction before it starts: Stories work better than nagging…

Healthy habits or burning freedoms?
Juneau Empire (subscription) - November 21, 2014

An event meant to deter smoking nationwide was met by student dissenters rallying against a ban on their right to smoke. As of October this year, 1,477 college campuses nationwide have become smoke-free, according to the Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative. Of this number, 975 schools also prohibit other tobacco-related products. E-cigarettes and vaping devices should be included in bans, said Reeves, who quit smoking 17 years ago. She said vapors from those devices contain harmful ...

Alaskan 'Ghostwalker' speaks against smoking
Juneau Empire (subscription) - November 18, 2014

His 2012 commercial for the CDC's anti-smoking campaign gained national ... He had planned to propose a ban on smoking in all public locations, both indoors ...

UA system warns staff, students of pot use
Juneau Empire (subscription) - November 14, 2014

Use of marijuana in public is also prohibited. ... UA Board of Regents' policies on student conduct also specify that any violations of local, state or federal laws, ...

Bremerton's new rules for cabbies have kicked in
Kitsap Sun - November 13, 2014

Other rules instituted by the new ordinance: Cabs must be orderly and free of cigarette smoking, with the passenger able to see how much the driver is charging ...

Local cost of smoking may float higher
Juneau Empire - November 13, 2014

E-cigarettes will be included in the new city code, but only if they contain nicotine. "The burden of proof for nicotine content will fall on manufacturers," said Dr...

Alaska faces brave new world with voters approving legal marijuana
Alaska Dispatch - November 6, 2014

People can give each other up to 1 ounce of marijuana, or six immature plants. Smoking in public will be banned, however, and subject to a $100 citation.

Debate over Prop. 2 enters final days
Kenai Peninsula Online - Nov 2, 2014

Alaskans have a big decision to make in the next three days: Should marijuana be legalized and be regulated and taxed like alcohol?

Wide coalition forms to oppose pot legalization
Juneau Empire - October 20, 2014

Approximately 15 to 18 percent of Alaskans now smoke marijuana in the privacy of ... which allows the operator to skirt restrictions that apply only to outlets directly ... The ballot proposal says employers will be able to "restrict" marijuana use in the ... interpret "restricting" as not "prohibiting," although there is no court test yet.

Grand Camp supports smoke-free workplaces
Juneau Empire - October 19, 2014

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium would like to commend the delegates at the 2014 Alaska Native Brotherhood/Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp for unanimously passing a resolution in support of statewide smoke-free workplaces to protect ...

What others say: Request for recommendations from UA campuses ...
Kenai Peninsula Online - October 19, 2014

And what geographic area would a tobacco ban encompass? ... Smoking is already prohibited inside most UA buildings under a policy adopted by the Board of ...

Alaska Editorial: Gamble's request from UA campuses points toward ...
Juneau Empire (subscription) - October 16, 2014

And what geographic area would a tobacco ban encompass? ... Smoking is already prohibited inside most UA buildings under a policy adopted by the Board of ...

Butt out of smoker's lives
Alaska Highway News - October 16, 2014

I am an ardent non-smoker, but I think this tightening of smoking rules is not ... non-smoking public, it seems far-fetched to ban smoking in all public outdoor places. ... I (facetiously) suggest banning automobiles from the vicinity of public spaces ...

October 16, 2014 Community Happenings
Sitka Daily Sentinel - October 16, 2014

Alaska Native people's tobacco use is at 45.1 percent, among the highest in the nation. Chronic cigarette smoking and spit tobacco use causes heart disease, ...

University of Alaska considering tobacco ban on its campuses
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - October 10, 2014

FAIRBANKS University of Alaska leaders are drafting a policy that could ban tobacco use at its statewide campuses as soon as next year. The momentum for a smoke-free university system in Alaska has steadily been building, thanks to student pressure and a larger shift away from public tobacco ...

Assembly to consider raising tobacco tax
Juneau Empire - October 7, 2014

The price of a pack of cigarettes in Juneau could increase if the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly raises the tax on them and other tobacco products. The Assembly, acting as its Committee of the Whole, unanimously forwarded the idea of an increased...

Nome Voters Reject Sales Tax Hike for Alcohol, Tobacco
KNOM Radio Mission (Nome, AK) - October 7, 2014

Proposition 1 on Tuesday's ballot asked voters to increase the sales tax on tobacco and alcohol, including sales in bars and restaurants, from five to eight percent. Preliminary results Tuesday night show the vote failing, with 270 "no" votes to 242 "yes"...

Local Elections
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - October 4, 2014

Like Combs, he also opposed the smoking ban when it came to the council. ... Cottle has argued in favor of banning their use and Means is adamantly opposed.

Tobacco tax before Petersburg voters
KTOO (Juneau, AK) - October 1, 2014

Should Petersburg tax tobacco products and e-cigarettes? That question goes before local voters in the Oct. 7 municipal election.

Fairbanks residents debate legal pot sales in last of initiative hearings
Alaska Dispatch - September 30, 2014

FAIRBANKS More than 50 people attended the eighth and final hearing conducted by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell on the marijuana initiative Tuesday, with a couple of dozen people arguing that legalizing marijuana is either a sensible action and a matter of personal choice or a grave threat to children that opens the door to addiction and wasted lives. Beth Hughes said the measure gives Alaskans a chance to "make the most responsible and logical regulations on marijuana." She and others argued that by controlling the sale of cigarettes and alcohol, children's access to those drugs is limited. The same can be done with marijuana.

My Turn: Think E-cigarette are fun? Think again ...
Juneau Empire (subscription) - September 8, 2014

Think e-cigarettes are a fun, new, tobacco-harm-reduction innovation? Do you think they are going to help to stop the senseless loss of life that smoking is responsible for? I suggest you think again. E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless water vapor. E-cigarette juice is made up primarily of propylene glycol, nicotine and flavorings. Propylene glycol is not harmless when routinely inhaled. E-cig juice is unregulated by the FDA and could contain anything. E-cig aerosol has been found to contain carcinogenic chemicals, toxic heavy metals and nicotine residue that floats in the air and settles on the surfaces around an e-cigarette user.

Vacant Kenai council seat filled one month before elections
Kenai Peninsula Online - September 7, 2014

Student representatives have weighed in on the issue of electronic cigarettes and the Kenai skate park, Porter said. The position has always been a good voice ...

Kenai City Council ordinance bans e-cigarettes
KTVA CBS 11 News Alaska - August 23, 2014

The Kenai City Council has passed an ordinance for electronic cigarettes to be regulated the same as smoking tobacco. Adding e-cigarettes to the code does not ban use in bars or private establishments. The council brought the ordinance back for reconsideration after it failed at ...

Kenai adds e-cigarettes to smoking ordinance
Kenai Peninsula Online - August 21, 2014

The ordinance, proposed by Kenai Mayor Pat Porter, included the smoking of ... Adding e-cigs to the code does not ban use in bars, or private establishments. ... said the way the ordinance read, a lighted birthday candle would be banned.

Juneau Turns Out For Downtown Cleanup
Alaska Public Radio Network - July 30, 2014

Cigarette butt litter is the byproduct of Juneau's indoor smoking ban, despite the number of receptacles that line city sidewalks. Alicia Smith was scrubbing a butt ...

Council talks banning e-cigarettes in public buildings
Homer Tribune - July 29, 2014

It only relates to places where regular smoking is already banned. ... In a roll-call vote, all agreed to introduce the e-cig ban ordinance except Burgess who voted ...

Hometown U: The students behind the smoke-free campus initiative
Anchorage Daily News - July 28, 2014

Last April, UAA students voted for a smoke-free campus. They specifically banned cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs, bidi (tobacco cigarettes flavored with chocolate, mint, vanilla, etc.), clove cigarettes and e-cigarettes on the Anchorage campus, including dorms and apartments. When the university opens in a month, will staff, faculty and students have to go cold turkey?

Kenai looks to align e-cigarettes with smoking regulations
Kenai Peninsula Online - July 12, 2014

. An ordinance to amend Kenai Municipal Code to treat the regulation of e-cigarettes in the same way as the city treats tobacco cigarettes is up for public hearing at the Kenai City Council meeting Wednesday.

Juneau makes use of electronic cigarettes illegal in public places
Greenfield Daily Reporter July 12, 2014

The ordinance amending the city's pre-existing secondhand smoke control code to include e-cigarettes was adopted at a June 30 Assembly meeting. It puts into writing what some city institutions including the Juneau School District and the Zach Gordon Youth Center had already decided to do: put restrictions on a relatively new product that hasn't been addressed through legislation.

E-cig users face new but familiar rule
Juneau Empire (subscription) - July 8, 2014

Juneau resident Todd Mace picked up electronic cigarette use about a year ago as a healthier option while he tried to kick a decade-long cigarette habit. Being able to take a couple puffs of his e-cigarette inside the bars kept him out of the lineup of smokers outside downtown bars and away from temptation, he said. But now Mace, along with Juneaus other e-cigarette smokers, must follow the same rules imposed on tobacco smokers no smoking in bars, restaurants, bus stop shelters, city buildings and other public places. The ordinance amending the citys pre-existing secondhand smoke control code to include e-cigarettes was adopted at a June 30 Assembly meeting.

Alaska offers free texting and online programs for smokers trying to quit
Anchorage Daily News - July 6, 2014

Alaska smokers looking to quit tobacco can now turn for support to a free text-messaging service provided by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. It's like having a personal, state-funded cheerleader inside your cellphone.

Rerun: Harder to Vote, Easier to Smoke
News 650 Keni - June 30, 2014

Luckily, no one is trying to restrict voting in Alaska. Unless you count HB 162, which would require voters to present photo ID at the polls. While HB 162 would ...

Rerun: Why Don't We Just Ban Tobacco?
News 650 Keni - June 30, 2014

The warnings try to force smokers to consider the long-term consequences, but that is hardly a ... The synthetic marijuana was banned because it can cause acute health effects (which not ... So instead of banning tobacco--as we easily could!

Juneau Empire (subscription) - June 27, 2014

In Perks of 'vaping' to go up in smoke? it was corrected that 215 calls were made to Poison Control in Alaska in 2013 related to nicotine liquid and 1.78 million ...

Perks of 'vaping' to go up in smoke?
Juneau Empire (subscription) - June 25, 2014

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly wants to hear from the public on the issue during its Monday meeting that starts at 7 p.m. The Assembly is slated to discuss Ordinance 2014-32, which proposes amending the second-hand smoke control code to regulate the use of electronic cigarette vapor.

Should E-Cigarette Vapors Be Treated Like Tobacco Smoke? [AUDIO]
Alaska Public Radio Network - June 24, 2014

The Juneau Assembly is considering a ban on e-cigarette vapors in nearly all indoor public spaces. The local chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence led the push at an Assembly Committee meeting Monday. Kristin Cox, a naturopathic doctor and the councils tobacco prevention program coordinator, argued that the new tobacco alternative is being marketed to youths and misrepresented as harmless.

Should e-cigarette vapors be treated like tobacco smoke?
Ktoo - June 24, 2014

The Juneau Assembly is considering a ban on e-cigarette vapors in nearly all indoor public spaces. The local chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence led the push at an Assembly Committee meeting Monday. Kristin Cox, a naturopathic doctor and the councils tobacco prevention program coordinator, argued that the new tobacco alternative is being marketed to youths and misrepresented as harmless.

Regents 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 ...

Study 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, Fancher said.

Alaska 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. ...

No 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!

Smoking Bans
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. ...

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...

E-cigarette 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.

Tobacco 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?

Kenai 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. ...

Tobacco 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.

Historic 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 smoking to...

37th 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.

American 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.

Alaska 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.

Initiative 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 people ...

Letter: 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.

Students 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.

This 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.

Legislators 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.

Sitka 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.

Sitka 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.

Alaska 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 ...

Statewide 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.

Assembly 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 ago

Measure 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 ...

Supporters 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.

Smoke-free 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 ...

Alaska 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.

Enjoys smoke-free 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.

Thank 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 vapor.

Letter: Workers have rights to clean air
Anchorage Daily News – April 3, 2014

Fifty years after the original surgeon general’s report, only half of Alaska’s 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 ...

Soldotna 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 ...

Push 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.

'Take 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.

Business 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 ...

Alaska 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.

Business 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 ...

10 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.

Lung 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. ...

Kick 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 policy.

Vapor 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.

My 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.

US 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.

Totem, 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 ...

Totem 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 ...

Hospital 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. ...

Advocacy 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. ...

Bill 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 ...

Holmes 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 ...

Ballot 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 ...

Assembly 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. ...

Editorial: 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. ...

BMC 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 ...

Alaska 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.

Statewide 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.

New 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

American 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 ...

At 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.

AK 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.

Fairbanks 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

Smoke-free 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 Anchorage, ...

Wrangell 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.

Rayme's 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.

Why 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 ...

Smoke-free 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 smoke ...

Smoke-free initiative increases momentum
UAA Northern Light - October 22, 2013

There is no safe exposure amount to smoke. This is the message UAA’s 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. ...

Group 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 ...

Dillingham 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.

Anchorage 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, ...

Alaska Editorials
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.

Smoking 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 )

Smoking 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.

Kenai 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 August 16-18.

Alaska 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 powerfully addicting.

My 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.

Report: 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 high ...

Kodiak 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 smoking.

Alaska 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 ...

Alaska 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.

Proposed 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 support.

Kodiak 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.

Kodiak 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 ...

Kodiak 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, including ...

Smoking 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 ...

Pot 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 ...

Juneau 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.

ELLISON: 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 ...

Alaska 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 ...

Dillingham 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.

Ban 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 ...

Bethel 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.

AHFC 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.

Mat-Su 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.

Alaska 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 won’t 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. …

Alaska cruise FAQs: Internet, seasickness, tipping and smoking
The Seattle Times (blog) - May 18, 2013

Q: Is there smoking on the ship?

A: Princess’s 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 you’ll 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 casino’s 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 you’ll be. For non-smokers, a C .

Bethel's 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.

Student 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.

Alaska 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. …

SEARHC 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 ...

UA 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. …

Alaska 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 ...

ALA 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 ...

Local 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. …

Children 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, ...

Bethel 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. ...

Bethel 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. …

Two 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 ...

Two 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 ...

Alaska 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 state’s largest Native organization last year. Now, with that support of the Alaska Federation of Natives, they’re trying to cut into the state’s high rate of tobacco use by Alaska Natives by persuading individual tribes to stop their employees from smoking at work. They’ve been ...

Alaska 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. ...

Bars 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.

Bethel 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 ...

Palmer 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 ...

Palmer 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 haven’t 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, R.F.,"Alaska 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.

GUSSE: 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 that’s why it took a petition by local voters to get this on the ballot. I’m not sure why some on ...

Palmer 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 ...

To 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, D.K., "Tobacco 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.

Tanana 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.

Anchorage 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 can't smoke.

Tailgaters goes smoke-free
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (AK) -May 26, 2012

WASILLA - Starting today, add Tailgaters to the growing list of bars going smoke-free.

Smoking 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 ...

Smoking 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 AT ..

Hard 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 …

Assembly 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 ...

Assembly 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 it’s 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 October’s 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 smoke.

SEARHC (SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium) representatives Edy Rodewald and Andrea Thomas holding copies of these historic resolutions. Click on the image for a full-size version.

Nome: Smokefree sign on a business.
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Nome: Smokefree banner on Front Street.
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Alaska 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) Convention ...

Palmer 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 ...

Smoking 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. ...

People 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 ...

Smoking 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. ...

Smoking 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. ...

Smoking 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. ...

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. ...

Council 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 ...

Thanks 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 cigarettes ...

Way 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 ...

Smoke-free bingo
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 enhanced ...

About 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. ...

Don't 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, ...

Proposed 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. ...

Smoking 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 smoking ...

Smoke-free 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.

Ads 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 …

In 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 ...

Smoking 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, ...

Supreme 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 Juneau’s smoking ban for private clubs. ...

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 ...

Haines 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.

A 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. ...

Three more Homer bars go smoke free
Homer News, 2011-04-13

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. ...

State 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. ...

Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Alaskan Households With Children.
Dent, C.W.; Maher, J.E.; Pizacani, B.A.; Dowler, D.W.; Rohde, K.; Peterson, E.
Rural and Remote Health. October 2010, 10(4): 1564.

Petersburg 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. ...

Sitka 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 Sitka’s community recreation center open. But voters DID give their support to major renovations at two schools in the city.

First, smoking. Sitka’s 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, Ernie’s Old Time Saloon and the Pioneer Bar.

They will continue to allow smoking into the foreseeable future. The measure failed, 59 to 41 percent. ...

Busy 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 it’s an infringement on the freedom of business owners and patrons. ...

City 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. ...

City 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 ...

Supreme 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 System.

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. ...

Cook Inlet Housing’s 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 CIHA’s 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 CIHA’s 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 renewal. …

Committee 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, Kito’s Kave and Harbor Bar had representatives on the committee.

Hillary Whitethorn, a committee member and part owner of Kito’s 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. ...

Petersburg 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 ...

Committee 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 of ...

Sitka 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. ...

City 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. ...

Council 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 the ordinance.

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 don’t see why since it doesn’t have to be completed until Aug. 11 … why we have to rush through it?”...

Smoking ban will head to public for a vote
Petersburg (AK) Pilot, 2010-03-11
Keith Chaplin

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. ...

Council 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. ...

Superior 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. ...

Petition 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 ...

Petition seeks return of right to puff
Dutch Harbor Fisherman - Alex Demarban - September 17, 2009

Smokers opposed to lighting up in Unalaska’s roof-peeling storms are incensed about a new smoking ban that’s forcing them to puff outside bars.

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 Culp.

People are fired up that the council members didn’t put the contentious issue on the ballot, and instead created the ban themselves, said Culp, a PenAir agent.

“It’s a community issue, and it should have been decided on by the community,” she said. ...

Unalaska 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 centers.

“It’s 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 bar’s 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. ...

Smoking 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 $100. ...

Smoking Ordinance in Soldotna Lacks Support for Introduction
KSRM - Mar 12, 2009

At last night’s 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 night’s 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.

Soldotna 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 ordinance...

Proposal 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 Street.

“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....

Proposed 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....

Kenai 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 meeting tonight.

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 public places.

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 establishments. ...

Soldotna 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 night’s 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.

Soldotna 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 hearing.

Kenai 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.

Opponents to Smoking Ban Speak Out
KSRM, AK - February 20, 2009

The opponents to any type of smoking ban in Kenai were at last night’s 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 night’s meeting to reinforce CHARR’s opposition to a ban.

Smoking 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 meeting.

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.

Smoker 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 public places.

"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.

Smoking 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.

Assembly 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.

Smoke wars return: Anchorage Assemblymen Coffey, Traini propose banning cigarettes in almost all public spaces in the city
Anchorage Daily News, May 24, 2006

Make 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.

Their proposal, 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.

Local Smokefree Laws

Tom, an advocate with the Nome Community Center Tobacco Alliance, works to promote smokefree businesses in Nome, Alaska.

Bethel is the northernmost city in the Western Hemisphere, located hundreds of miles north of the arctic circle. 

Bethel also has smokefree restaurants and the law is very popular. 

Bethel Mayor Hugh Short received the ANR 100% Smokefree Award of Excellence in June 2003 in recognition of the city's smokefree restaurant ordinance.

Alaskan health professionals show their support for smokefree air in Sitka, Alaska."

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