legislators to pass smoke-free legislation
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - March 19, 2016
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Juneau on Tuesday,
March 8 to support a smoke-free workplace for all Alaskans. I went with
a group of advocates and concerned citizens to meet with Alaska State
Legislators regarding SB1 and HB136, bills that will create a smoke-free
workplace across the entire state.
But what about e-cigarettes
(eCigs)? There is a lot of confusion and misinformation regarding the
heath detriments of eCigs. Many purveyors of eCigs, including ...
bill makes progress
Kenai Peninsula Online - March 19, 2016
The bill that would ban smoking in the workplace is making progress
in the Alaska Senate. SB 1, or the "Take it Outside Act",
sponsored by Sen. Peter Micchiche, R-Soldotna, has passed the Senate
Finance Committee, and is headed to the floor for a vote. If passed
this session, smoking and the use of e-cigarettes would be illegal in
all public areas and any establishment with hired employees.
If passed this session, smoking and the use of e-cigarettes would be
illegal in all public areas and any establishment with hired employees.
"The bill is strong ...
campaign holds events in Petersburg
KFSK - March 16, 2016
The Petersburg Indian Association's tobacco prevention and control director,
Katie Yeckley, is hoping to see some changes to Petersburg's smoke free
speak up about bill to smother smoking
Juneau Empire - March 14, 2016
The Alaska Senate is again considering a bill to prohibit smoking in
bars, restaurants and public places across Alaska. Senate Bill 1 was
the first piece of legislation proposed in the Senate last year, but
it was sidelined by the need to address the ...
tobacco prevention summit to be held
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - March 14, 2016
Topics will include integration of tobacco treatment into behavioral
health, electronic cigarettes, smoke-free multi-unit housing, a discussion
panel with former ...
bar owner defends policy of banning military
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - March 9, 2016
He is adamant the policy is not based on malice toward the military.
Instead, it is a ... All are either strip clubs or businesses related
to marijuana smoking.
Advocates and Business Owners Go to Juneau to Support Smoke-Free Workplaces
youralaskalink - March 8, 2016
On Tuesday, Health Advocates and Business Owners from across the state
were in Juneau to support smoke-free workplaces statewide. The American
Lung Association in Alaska says, right now only half of the state's
population is covered by smoke-free workplace laws and many boroughs
are lack the authority necessary to pass a law. The Business Owners
and Health Advocates were showing their support for Senate Bill 1 and
House Bill 328 known as the "Take it Outside Act", which asks
those Alaskans who do smoke or use e-cigarettes to go outside.
tobacco prevention summit set
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - March 7, 2016
The Alaska Tobacco Prevention and Control Interior Region Training will
be held 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29-30 in Fairbanks. Experts in the
field will share the latest and best practices related to tobacco prevention
and control. The conference is free but registration is required. Topics
will include integration of tobacco treatment into behavioral health,
electronic cigarettes, smoke-free multi-unit housing, a discussion panel
with former ...
Marijuana shouldn't be allowed in residential areas
Juneau Empire (subscription) - March 7, 2016
Commercial marijuana operations shouldnt be allowed in residential areas.
A hundred people have already signed a petition to stop that, and I
bet most of Juneau agrees. Marijuana is now legal under Alaska law.
But many in Juneau voted the other way. Many Juneau residents dont want
legalized marijuana, much less commercial growing in their neighborhood.
teens talk about two proposed tobacco laws
Kenai Peninsula Online - March 4, 2016
Two unexpected supporters joined the statewide network of advocates
pushing for the passage of a tobacco tax and comprehensive law protecting
employees from secondhand smoke in the workplace. Most of the e-cigarettes
are coming out of China, and no one knows the exact ingredients that
are being used in the unregulated devices, Blackwell said.
teleconference schedule for March 2
Kenai Peninsula Online - March 3, 2016
The House Labor & Commerce Committee will sponsor a public
hearing for a continued Presentation: "Economic Impacts of Alaska
Fiscal Options - Draft Conclusions" by Professor Gunnar Knapp,
Institute of Social & Economic Research, and to discuss HB 304 Electronic
Tax Returns; Tobacco & E-Cigs Tax. Testimony will be taken.
workplaces on the rise
Alaska Dispatch News - February 29, 2016
But when her employer, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, adopted
a tobacco-free campus policy in 2006, she decided it was time to quit.
According to the 2015 Alaska Tobacco Facts update, 42 percent of Alaska
Native adults and 19 percent of non-Native adults smoke. Vaping is on
the rise for high school students, with 18 percent using e-cigarettes.
To put that into perspective, just 11 percent of high schoolers are
smoking traditional cigarettes. However, smoke-free or tobacco-free
campuses have risen in popularity in recent years. In addition to ANTHC,
Providence Hospital, Alaska Regional Hospital, Alaska Airlines and University
of Alaska Anchorage are all tobacco-free, the latter achieving tobacco-free
status in November.
Senate passes amended marijuana legislation
KTVA.com - Alaska News and Weather - February 24, 2016
The Senate also added a clause to require a marijuana establishment
applicant ... The bill would leave regulation on marijuana smoking clubs
up to the Alaska ...
rejects $1 million marijuana business
Bristol Bay Times - February 19, 2016
A marijuana store in Unalaska could earn nearly a million dollars a
year, and with local taxes of up to $240,000, according to the city
manager. But that's only if local voters reject the ban on sales imposed
by the city council last week. With no surprises because nobody changed
their votes, the Unalaska City Council last week deadlocked 3-3 again
on banning local marijuana sales, with Mayor Shirley Marquardt once
again breaking the tie between the liberationists and prohibitionists.
tobacco tax proposal moving forward
KRBD - February 17, 2016
The proposed tobacco tax would charge $2 per pack of cigarettes, or
50 percent of the wholesale cost of other tobacco products, including
e-cigarettes. The big ...
the air for all Alaskans
Alaskan Dispatch February 12, 2016
Only 50 percent of Alaskans are currently protected by smoke-free workplace
laws. For over a decade, Anchorage community members have enjoyed the
freedom of breathing clean air while they work. Areas in the Kenai Peninsula,
Mat-Su, Fairbanks-North Star, and Kodiak boroughs though, do not have
the same local health powers that Anchorage has to make comprehensive
smoke-free workplace laws a reality for their residents.
gotta have heart!
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - February 16, 2016
The rate of smokers has been declining in recent years, and efforts
to create a smoke-free environment are making a difference. Last December,
the American ...
week for the Legislature: Taxes, court case and Murkowski
Juneau Empire (subscription) - February 15, 2016
... $1-a-pack on cigarettes and creating a tax on electronic cigarettes.
marijuana board weighs specifics of pot use in retail stores
Alaska Dispatch News - February 12, 2016
With the Feb. 24 deadline fast approaching and the states marijuana
regulations mostly approved by the Department of Law, on Thursday the
Alaska Marijuana Control Board approved the forms for the applications.
It also discussed how to regulate the consumption of marijuana in certain
retail stores. At its Nov. 20 meeting, the board approved what its calling
an on-site consumption endorsement that would allow stores to include
a space specifically for smoking or consuming marijuana, like a bar
or caf?But what should that space actually be like? Board members weighed
the idea of creating bars in retail shops, where a customer could smoke
or consume marijuana in the store. A customer could be served a certain
amount by an employee in that dedicated area of the store (much like
a bartender serving patrons in a bar). In a different scenario, customers
could buy marijuana in the store and consume it there or take it home.
marijuana delivery business operating in Fairbanks
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - February 12, 2016
FAIRBANKS, ALASKA A marijuana delivery company based out of ... based
Alaska Cannabis Club owner Charlo Green, real name Charlene Egbe, have
big day approaches, but questions remain on where to consume it
Juneau Empire (subscription) - February 12, 2016
That bit of bureaucratic business was overshadowed, however, as the
board continued to seek a balance between Alaska's version of a marijuana
bar and a ...
others say: Wasilla council made the wrong call on marijuana
Kenai Peninsula Online - February 11, 2016
Despite a majority of public comments favoring commercial marijuana,
Wasillas city council recently voted unanimously last month to ban the
sale and cultivation of the plant within the city. The decision means
both Wasilla and Palmer have decided they want no part of the pot business.
turnout to testify against Homer pot prohibition ordinance
Alaska Public Radio Network - February 10, 2016
It was standing room only at the start of Monday evenings Homer City
Council meeting where dozens of people showed up to testify about an
ordinance that would ban all commercial cannabis activity in Homer.
Most who testified were against the ordinance introduced by Homer City
Council Members Heath Smith and Gus Van Dyke.
Assembly Passes Two Ordinances Setting the Table for Commercial Marijuana
Alaska Commons - February 10, 2016
Longest editors note ever: A) My wife works for American Cancer Society
Cancer Action Network, where her primary focus is to pass the statewide
smoke-free workplace bill currently before the legislature. B) I served
as staff to Assembly member Patrick Flynn between 2009-2012. C) I was
a supporter of 2014s ballot measure to legalize marijuana in Alaska.
Alaska Commons only has two full time reporters, and the Assembly is
one of my beats. The joys of working at an independent media outlet!
At Tuesday nights Anchorage Assembly meeting, members reviewed two ordinances
pertaining to the legal framework for marijuana legalization, passed
by a state ballot initiative in 2014.
votes for bigger setbacks from marijuana businesses in Chugiak-Eagle
Alaskastar - February 10, 2016
Demboski also said that smoking options already do exist in the form
of a downtown Anchorage club that has beefed up its ventilation to comply
with current ...
Assembly sets rules for marijuana businesses [VIDEO]
KTVA.com - Alaska News and Weather - February 10, 2016
Anchorage Assembly members outlined a map of the proposed marijuana
industry Tuesday evening, voting to keep marijuana businesses at least
500 feet away from schools and playgrounds. .. The Assembly considered
an amendment allowing the consumption of weed at pot shops. While most
agree there should be safe and legal places for the public to consume,
theres still much to consider. ...
Check w/ John Tracy: Alaska's E-Cigarette debate [VIDEO]
KTVA.com - Alaska News and Weather - February 5, 2016
The debate over e-cigarettes recently re-ignited when the head of the
American Vaping Association came to Alaska to challenge state health
officials. Vaping enthusiasts maintain that inhaling heated liquids
is safer than smoking tobacco, and is an effective way to quit smoking
regular cigarettes. State health officials maintain that theres not
enough information to support those claims, and say studies have found
at least 9 chemicals in vaping clouds that are known carcinogens and
toxins. Im willing to give the vaping industry the benefit of the doubt
that e-cigarettes are likely safer than regular cigarettes. But we dont
really know how much safer.
Junction bars pot industry: Ban extends 10 miles outside of city
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - February 5, 2016
FAIRBANKS The Delta Junction City Council approved a ban on commercial
marijuana in the community 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks, the mayor
Says Alaskans Strongly Desire Smoke-free Workplaces
webcenter11 - February 1, 2016
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network released statistics
on a poll showing the number of Alaskans that would like to see the
state's workplaces ...
Informed: Would a half-burned joint count as an open container or proof
Alaska Dispatch News - January 30, 2016
But just because Anchorage has an open container law for cannabis and
the state ... or an edible with marijuana concentrate in it, or tincture,
or oil for vaping, ...
bans pot businesses
Juneau Empire (subscription) - January 29, 2016
WASILLA Southcentral Alaska's cannabis business just got more ... Wasilla
of the potential tax dollars and the potential tourist trade the marijuana
trade could ...
City Council Imposes Six-Month Hold On Marijuana Operations
KYUK - January 27, 2016
Council Member Zach Fansler serves on the City Marijuana Advisory ...
integrate an influx of people into a city already struggling with housing
18 percent of Alaska high schoolers use e-cigarettes
Juneau Empire (subscription) - January 26, 2016
A new survey of Alaska high school students has found e-cigarette use
higher than the national average. The results of the Youth Risk Behavior
Survey, which included questions about e-cigarettes for the first time
in 2015, were published Monday by the Alaska Section of Epidemiology.
seeds to shops, Wasilla bans all retail marijuana businesses
Alaska Dispatch News - January 26, 2016
... in favor of an ordinance banning retail marijuana operations within
city limits, ... Palmer voters approved a ban in that city last fall,
but the city has yet to enact ... pot smoking or use that disturbs nearby
residents, and bans the manufacture of ...
Wasilla City Council unanimously passes ordinance ...
KTUU.com - January 26, 2016
The proposed ordinance would also clarify regulations that prohibit
smoking the drug in ... Wasilla resident Jan Bass was among those who
oppose the ban.
club too close to kids
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - January 21, 2016
When the new "social marijuana club" opened in November 201...The
club's proximity to Fairbanks Native Association's Head Start Center
was also mentioned. Head Start empowers families with children ages
3 to 5 to be responsive to their child's health, edu
bill must pass - NVS24
Frontiersman - January 16, 2016
To the editor, It is imperative that Senate Bill 1, which would prohibit
smoking in public workplaces across Alaska, be passed. When I was in
Peninsula College now implementing UA's tobacco ban
KTOO - January 13, 2016
The Peninsula Clarion reports the policy has been implemented for the
entire University of Alaska system since Dec. 31. The use of tobacco
or substitutes, vape ...
now smoke free
Peninsula Clarion - January 11, 2016
Staff and students started their spring semester on the now smoke- and
tobacco-free Kenai Peninsula College campus Monday. The policy, set
for the entire ...
winding down on Marijuana Task Force
Kenai Peninsula Online - January 11, 2016
With less than two months before the state will accept marijuana business
applications, the boroughs Marijuana Task Force is still debating whether
to set additional restrictions.
city ordinance would make downtown pot club illegal, subject to heavy
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - January 11, 2016
Proposed legislation at the City of Fairbanks would make The Higher
Calling, a private cannabis club at 310 First Ave., an illegal facility.
If the ordinance is approved, the operators of Fairbanks first private
pot club could face a misdemeanor charge and a civil fine of $1,000
Councilman David Pruhs, sponsor of Ordinance No. 6002, said he thinks
the facility is illegal under state law, which prohibits using marijuana
in public. Members pay $10 per day or $25 per month to consume marijuana
at The Higher Calling, which has a state and city business license.
The facility opened in November.
temporarily bans in-store pot smoking
Kenai Peninsula Online - January 9, 2016
Marijuana businesses that may open in Kenai in the coming year wont
be able to offer space for customers to try the product on-site, at
least until 2017. In its meeting Wednesday, the Kenai City council passed
a moratorium banning consumption of marijuana products at marijuana
retail stores for a year.
advocates butt heads with Alaska health officials over e-cigs
Alaska Dispatch News - January 8, 2016
Conley, an e-cigarette advocate from New Jersey, flew into Anchorage
this week to ... Brian Penner, deputy manager of the state's Tobacco
Prevention and Control ... on the effects of e-cigarettes -- electronic
devices that heat flavored liquids, ...
misled public on hazards of e-cigarettes, vaping advocacy ... [VIDEO]
KTUU.com - January 8, 2016
As the popularity of vaping grows in Alaska and across the country,
some groups are saying that there's a lot of misinformation circulating
across the state. Greg Conley, president of the American Vaping Association,
says the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has been misleading
the public about the health effects of using electronic cigarettes.
e-cig ban starts Thursday at UAF
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - December 29, 2015
FAIRBANKS - The use of all tobacco products and nicotine vaporizers,
including electronic cigarettes, will be prohibited at the University
of Alaska Fairbanks ...
of Alaska Fairbanks to go smoke-free
Juneau Empire (subscription) - December 29, 2015
The new rule prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes, traditional
cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs and chewing tobacco on campus. The
products can't be used ..
Pot Cafes Will Give Patrons A Taste Of Cannabis
West Virginia Public Broadcasting - December 24, 2015
Pot cafes in Alaska give people a legal place to consume marijuana,
but some municipalities have anti-smoking laws. Juneau has a strict
clean air ordinance ...
pot club added to military off limits list
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - December 23, 2015
Local garrison commanders previously have banned soldiers from patronizing
smoking shops, including Still Smoking Tobacco and Gifts and The Smoke
Supreme Court Asks for a Closer Look at Cancer Death
Alaska Commons - December 21, 2015
"The public mistakenly considered filter cigarettes as less dangerous
to the ... cigarettes to further exploit the public's misperception
that a safer cigarette existed. ... products liability, deceptive advertising,
and fraud and misrepresentation, among others. Tobacco companies are
no longer allowed to market products as "light" ...
News Miner - November 24, 2015
To the editor: When Alaskans show up for work, should they have to breathe
air loaded with cancer-causing chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene,
vinyl chloride, arsenic, ammonia and hydrogen cyanide? Would you want
to work in that kind of environment?
regulations for Alaska on track, but obstacles remain
Juneau Empire (subscription) - December 18, 2015
ANCHORAGE The chairman of Alaskas Marijuana Control Board says the state
is on track with setting rules for the recreational marijuana industry,
but that a few challenges remain.
may vote on pot moratorium Jan. 6
Kenai Peninsula Online - December 15, 2015
If the state creates a license for marijuana clubs - a members-only
... an ambiguity that troubled Kenai's former marijuana club, Green
Rush Events. According ...
look at draft of Anchorage code regulating, taxing marijuana industry
KTVA.com - Alaska News and Weather - December 4, 2015
The Anchorage Assembly committee for regulating and taxing the marijuana
industry met ... When voters opted to legalize recreational marijuana
and commercial ... meeting; there must also be public notices and a
hearing at the Assembly.
advocacy group forms for electronic cigarettes
KTVA.com - Alaska News and Weather - December 3, 2015
ANCHORAGE A new ad campaign in favor of electronic cigarettes is hitting
Alaskan airwaves. Its sponsored by a group called Clearing The Air Alaska,
which represents local businesses that sell electronic cigarettes, also
known as e-cigarettes. Executive Director Acey Priest said the industry
wants the public to know that while electronic cigarettes do contain
nicotine, the health risks cant compare with real cigarettes.
Come Hash Bars Alaska to Allow Onsite Consumption
The Leaf Online - November 30, 2015
Soon the state of Alaska will be a frontier not only geographically
but also for its policy. In the wake of a 3-2 vote by the states Marijuana
Control Board, the nations largest state is poised to become the first
to allow cannabis consumers to toke up at the place where they purchase
pot. The vote by the board did not change the wording of Alaskas legalization
initiative, which bans consumption in public, but rather changed the
definition of public to exclude licensed retail shops. The statewide
move comes in the wake of a pioneering vote by Anchorage to allow hash
bars to operate within its city limits. ...
club opens in Fairbanks
KTOO - November 28, 2015
A marijuana club that for a fee allows patrons to smoke pot or consume
it in foods ... Calling Club opened Monday in a remodeled former wine
bar downtown. ...
up in pot shops: Fairbanks officials mixed on new regulation
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - November 27, 2015
"(The) zoning ordinance didn't anticipate smoking clubs, so we
may have to amend that ... Pruhs was responsible for a pair of ordinances
in the city of Fairbanks ...
a risk in a gray area: Marijuana club entrepreneurs roll dice ...
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - November 25, 2015
Taking a risk in a gray area: Marijuana club entrepreneurs roll dice
on future regulations ... A handful of delivery and retail businesses,
as well as social clubs in the vein of ... Initially, the state Marijuana
Control Board banned smoking pot in retail ... of marijuana bars where
patrons could buy the drug and smoke it on site.
board finalizes most regs, will revisit residency
Alaskajournal.com - November 25, 2015
The Alaska Marijuana Control Board accepted its final draft of the regulations
that .... Theresa Collins, owner of Anchorage's Pot Luck Events marijuana
club, said she ... an emergency definition of "public place"
to cut down on open air smoking. ... a "public place," such
as bars, strip clubs, cigar bars, or private social clubs.
Fairbanks pot club opens downtown
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - November 24, 2015
Under the business' policy, club members can smoke pot or eat pot-infused
foods ... at the meeting that repealing the explicit ban doesn't make
pot clubs legal.
Regulators Propose Allowing Cannabis Café
Reason (blog) - November 23, 2015
Last week the Alaska Marijuana Control Board (MCB) voted to allow cannabis
consumption in state-licensed pot shops. If approved by Lt. Gov. Byron
Mallott (whose duties include filing and publishing state regulations),
the MCB's decision will make Alaska the first state with something like
Amsterdam-style cannabis caf?in fact, the first state to explicitly
allow marijuana use in settings other than private residences.
to consider added restrictions, city tax on marijuana businesses [VIDEO]
KTUU.com - November 22, 2015
City leaders will soon consider a proposal that would add new restrictions
to marijuana businesses in Anchorage. Assembly Chair Dick Traini said
a proposal to levy a city tax on legal marijuana sales is also in the
board OKs marijuana use in retail pot shops
Alaska Dispatch News - November 22, 2015
In Alaska, several social clubs focused on marijuana consumption opened
after ... a brief demonstration by social club supporters during the
says Alaska teens smoke less, consider suicide more [VIDEO]
KTVA.com - Alaska News and Weather - November 21, 2015
Vapor pens, e-cigarettes and similar devices have become the vice of
choice for many teens. More young people admitted to using e-cigarettes
than regular ...
Alaska Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services - November 21, 2015
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is part of a national surveillance system
developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to
assist with assessing and addressing the health risks of youth. It is
conducted in Alaska every other year by the Department of Education
& Early Development and the Department of Health and Social Services
in cooperation with public high schools.
board convenes to finalize regs
Alaska Public Radio Network - November 19, 2015
The states Marijuana Control Board has spent months writing rules to
determine how Alaskans are allowed to grow, sell, and use marijuana.
On Friday the five-member board will discuss around 50 proposed amendments,
most of them based on feedback submitted from the public. One of the
biggest points of friction in the developing regulations is over on-site
consumption,' which determines whether the state will allow for marijuana
cafes or clubs. Draft regulations in their current form dont allow a
venue like a barbut for marijuana. Schulte is submitting amendments
that would create a permit option for businesses allowing on-site consumption
based on strong public input.
campus: Committed group of UAA students make sure ...
Alaska Dispatch News - November 18, 2015
According to a 2013 survey, 75 percent of UAA students support a smoke-free
campus. Over time, the movement grew and spread statewide. The University
UAA campus goes smoke and tobacco free on Nov. 19
UAA Northern Light - November 15, 2015
As most students have heard, Nov. 19 is the official start of UAAs smoke
and tobacco free campus. Even though the program is nearly three years
in the making, students are still wondering where it came from, why
its being taken on at UAA and what is means for them. It seems that
for almost every ardent supporter of the smoke-free initiative, a similarly-zealous
student in opposition turned out to vote, said Ostrander. Yet, in ...
increase nicotine use among Alaska teens
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - November 10, 2015
Alaska teens have increased their use of nicotine products since the
arrival of electronic cigarettes, and a nearly two-decade decline in
the use of traditional tobacco products among teenagers has stagnated
since 2011, a recent survey shows.
use among teens growing dangerously
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - November 6, 2015
As a former secondary teacher who also has worked at schools for high-risk
youth, I cant say I was shocked to hear that the principal of a local
alternative high school had a drawer full of confiscated vape pens or
e-cigs at the start of this school year.
front of the crowd A new speaker comes for Red Ribbon Week
Kenai Peninsula Online - November 1, 2015
Vaping and e-cigarettes is becoming more and more popular, and it hasn't
gone unnoticed at the middle school. During his presentation, Patterson
talked about ...
out of 3 Alaskan teens consume tobacco, e-cigarettes
Wakey Wakey News - October 30, 2015
A survey of teen smokers has added more evidence that flavored tobacco
products are ... This was the first time teens were asked about e-cigarette
use in the ...
Peninsula College prepares to go smoke-free
Juneau Empire (subscription) - October 30, 2015
The University of Alaska systems ban on tobacco products will go into
effect by the end of the year, including at Kenai Peninsula College
campuses and extension sites.
Peninsula College prepares to go smoke-free
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - October 29, 2015
KENAI, Alaska (AP) - The University of Alaska system's ban on tobacco
products will go into effect by the end of the year, including at Kenai
Peninsula College ...
prepares to go tobacco- and smoke-free
Kenai Peninsula Online - October 27, 2015
The University of Alaska system, including Kenai Peninsula College campuses
and extension sites, is going smoke and tobacco free before the end
of the year. The new policy includes e-cigarettes ... As of Oct. 2,
1,620 U.S. colleges and universities are 100 percent smokefree, and
of those 1,130 are 100 percent tobacco-free, while 769 prohibit e-cigarettes,
according to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation. Alaska
already has five colleges and universities that are smoke and, or tobacco
free, including the Alaska Christian College, according to the ANRFs
going smoke and tobacco-free Dec. 31
Kenai Peninsula Online - October 26, 2015
Kenai Peninsula College's campuses will implement the "UA Smoke-Free/Tobacco-Free
Campuses" policy on the last day of 2015. KPC's Anchorage Extension
Site, located in the University Center, will follow UAA's Anchorage
campus, Kodiak College and Mat-Su College's implementation date, Nov.
19, which coincides with the Great American Smoke-out.
with UA Board of Regents regulation 05.12.102, tobacco use and smoking,
including the use of electronic cigarettes and similar products, will
be prohibited on all University of Alaska property. To review the new
BOR policy, visit this link: https://www.alaska.edu/bor/policy/05-12.pdf.
statewide survey shows one out of three Alaska teens uses tobacco, e-cigarettes
Alaska Business Monthly - October 26, 2015
A 2015 statewide survey of almost 1,500 Alaska high school students
revealed that one out of three teenagers currently smokes cigarettes
or cigars, or uses smokeless tobacco or e-cigarettes. Nearly one out
of five students reported using e-cigarettes during the past month.
as destination for cannabis tourists depends on regs
Alaskajournal.com - October 21, 2015
Like Colorado and Washington, Alaska's hotels are typically smoke-free.
Because public smoking is banned, consumption is effectively limited
to private homes, ...
Ban On Marijuana Clubs Is Bad For Alaska
The Weed Blog (blog) - October 19, 2015
There is a place near my house that is extremely popular. Its basically
a recreation center for marijuana consumers. It started out just being
for Oregon medical marijuana patients, but with the implementation of
Measure 91, anyone over 21 years old with a valid ID can get in now.
The place has ping pong, Foosball, board games, karaoke night, bingo
night, and just about everything else that you could imagine other than
arcade games. The place was very popular prior to Oregon Measure 91
taking effect, and is exponentially more popular now.
testimony, Alaskans plead for legal cannabis clubs
Juneau Empire (subscription) - October 16, 2015
Dozens of Alaskans took to their phones Thursday for one of the last
chances to weigh in on the states proposed commercial marijuana regulations.
Control Board holds first public testimony hearing [VIDEO]
KTUU.com - October 15, 2015
For the first time since marijuana regulations were proposed, members
of the public ... Board members say most of the testimony focused on
marijuana clubs or ...
ban success will depend on community effort
The Sun Star - October 13, 2015
The tobacco-free campus policy, which bans the use of all tobacco products
on ... The Fresh Air Committee encourages those who notice someone smoking
on ... "It's not about people-banning," Oldmixon says, "Smokers
are not bad people.
these ideas solve Alaska's marijuana tax cash problem?
Alaska Dispatch News - October 10, 2015
Alaskas Tax Division is in an unusual predicament as the state prepares
to receive millions of dollars in marijuana tax money: its not sure
what to do with all that cash. The problem? Alaskas marijuana businesses
are barred from opening bank accounts. That means the money the state
collects -- estimated at $5.1 million to $19.2 million for next year
-- may be flowing into the state Revenue Department's Tax Division in
briefcases and bags.
the Mat-Su Borough Mayoral candidates
KTVA.com - Alaska News and Weather - September 29, 2015
I'm a big supporter of Alaska Grown, tourism, public transit, libraries,
Smoke-Free Alaska, and our way of life here. I want to lead the Borough
in planning for the ...
gives students stark lesson about smoking
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - September 28, 2015
Youth who reported smoking at least once in the past month was 11 percent,
... four goals: Eliminating exposure to environmental tobacco smoke,
identifying and ...
board turns down marijuana clubs
U.S. News Hub September 25, 2015
Alaskas Marijuana Control Board found its hands tied Thursday as it
rejected the establishment of marijuana clubs. With clubs not covered
by last years voter-approved legalization law, board members reluctantly
voted 3-1 in favor of a regulation banning them. If that prohibition
is confirmed at the boards meeting in November, it would leave marijuana
consumers with no legal place to use marijuana outside of private homes
board turns down marijuana clubs
Juneau Empire (subscription) - September 25, 2015
According to the Alaska Department of Law, the initiative legalizing
recreational marijuana included mechanisms for the production and sale
of marijuana, but it did not include protections for consumption outside
the home. This board does not have the authority to craft any regulation
... unless its authorized by statute, an unidentified state attorney
told the board. Thats just the way it has to work.
sensible boundaries: Borough Assembly to consider ...
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - September 23, 2015
A simple explanation is best: the ordinance would bar marijuana businesses
... public playgrounds and public housing facilities with children as
cigarette tax vexes vapers
Alaska Public Radio News - September 22, 2015
The new ordinance went into effect when it was passed in August. ...
is not something that is going to help smoking, it's not something that
is going to help the ...
ban will include e-cigs, vapes
The Sun Star - September 22, 2015
Electronic cigarettes, commonly referred to as e-cigarettes
or vapes, will be included in the campus-wide ban on tobacco.
This Tobacco Free policy will go into affect on Dec. 31. ...
commission testimony on cannabis
Juneau Empire (subscription) - September 21, 2015
Reading through the minutes of previous marijuana committee meetings
was sufficient to convince me that our existing building and fire codes,
zoning areas, and table of allowable uses are entirely adequate to permit
safe facilities for cannabis cultivation. Likewise, there is an impressive
body of expertise that has been developed about indoor gardens; they
are not raggedy sheds, but high-tech operations.
of Defense competition to fight teen tobacco use
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - September 21, 2015
An anti-tobacco video competition is being hosted by the Department
of Defense. Teens video producers, ages 13-18, are encouraged to Fight
the Enemy of tobacco. ...
talk ramps up
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - September 19, 2015
Mayoral candidates largely stuck to conventional positions throughout
the debate all of the mayoral candidates said they support Smokefree
Alaska and ...
takes no new action on shooting range, vapes
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - September 16, 2015
... smoking and said the products serve as a gateway to smoking for
children, who ... understood the need for tax, but that the ordinance
was poorly constructed, ...
vape stores upset with new 55-percent e-cig tax
KTVA.com - Alaska News and Weather - September 8, 2015
"I picked up vaping and I haven't touched a cigarette since."
... down on this so-called "sin tax," but Priest says she
and other vape shops wont back off either.
marijuana board bans giveaways, ups security requirements
Alaska Dispatch News - September 7, 2015
Alaska cannabis businesses can sell you a hoodie, so long as the transaction
is being recorded in high-definition. The Alaska Marijuana Control Board
covered allowable advertising strategies or retail dispensaries, as
well as security protocol last week, on the second day of an extra meeting
to consider draft regulations.
adopts pot shop do's and don'ts
Juneau Empire (subscription) - September 6, 2015
The Alaska Marijuana Control Board is parsing out what should be its
business and what should be left to good business sense. Aug. 31 began
a two-day meeting for the Marijuana Control Board, which is on an aggressive
deadline to approve a set of cannabis industry regulations. The board
is reviewing the second of three draft regulation sets. Set two concerns
retail business operations, including taxes, hours, and prohibited sale
practices and items, and operating requirements.
nixes vape tax veto
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - September 3, 2015
PALMER Vapes and e-cigarettes will stay in the same category as tobacco
products cigars, cheroots, stogies, periques and snuff at least for
now. The borough assembly overrode a mayoral veto by a 5-2 vote and
left the increasingly-popular vaporizers subject to a 55 percent excise
tax at the Sept. 1 regular meeting.
Alaska cannabis regulations allow for chefs to get in the game?
Alaska Dispatch News - September 3, 2015
In Alaska, the regulators have been warning social clubs operating now,
which is ... Plus, an existing bar or restaurant isn't a social club,
exactly, and the statutes ...
Assembly sticks with tax on e-cigarettes
Alaska Dispatch News - September 2, 2015
Retailers say the poorly worded Mat-Su tax ordinance change means they
now ... "Being able to quit smoking with the help of a vaporizing
unit has saved my life ...
committee debates how pot shops should fit into ...
KTVA.com - Alaska News and Weather - September 2, 2015
Assembly members also debated whether or not to allow smoke clubs. ...
like alcohol, but others, like Dick Traini, were concerned about secondhand
board adopts do's and don'ts for retail ops
Alaskajournal.com - September 2, 2015
Marijuana Control Board Chairman Bruce Schulte, seen here at far left
last Nov. ... a marijuana handler's permit, similar to an alcohol handler's
permit all bar and ...
vapes and e-cigs just like other tobacco products
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - August 31, 2015
I supported the recent smoking bans in the valley. I strongly believe
... Ban it from public spaces and tax both tobacco and e-cigarettes
equally. It is my hope that ...
Council Approves Marijuana Laws, Utility Rate Hike; Rejects ...
Knom (blog) - August 28, 2015
... meeting to sound off on ordinances up for a vote, everything from
rising utility rates to ... First up, a noise ordinance that would set
city-wide restrictions on "excessive ... Others asked for clarification
as to what smoking the now-legal drug "in ...
ordinance could ban smoking and vaping in Town Square ...
KTVA.com - Alaska News and Weather - August 27, 2015
But some who frequent the park say a proposed ordinance to ban smoking
there is ... If the ordinance is adopted, smoking cigarettes, marijuana,
spice, and even ...
mayor vetoes tax on vapes, e-cigs
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - August 27, 2015
For example, a meeting the afternoon before the tobacco ordinance was
passed ... generate the same harmful chemicals as smoking - though some
vapes do ...
mayor vetoes just-passed tax on e-cigarettes
Alaska Dispatch News - August 25, 2015
WASILLA -- Citing concerns from the business community, the Matanuska-Susitna
Borough mayor has vetoed a tax on electronic cigarettes known as ...
Indian country pitfalls
Fairbanks Daily News - August 24, 2015
The land would go into trust and the tribe would build homes for its
tribal members, ... Marijuana is considered by some to be the next avenue
to wealth for Indian ...
health survey finds e-cigarette use quadrupled from 2010 to ...
Rapid News Network - August 24, 2015
This week a California Senate panel approved a package of six anti-tobacco
bills that seek to raise the legal smoking age to 21 and banthe use
of electronic ...
on the rise in Alaska, fewer smokers in state
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - August 21, 2015
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - New data from the Alaska Department of Health and
Social Services suggests that the use of electronic cigarettes in the
state is ...
AK Looks To Ban Tobacco Products In Town Square
The Cigar Authority - August 21, 2015
The city of Anchorage, Alaska is looking to clean up town square and
in doing so they have proposed a new ordinance that would prohibit vaping,
health survey finds e-cigarette use quadrupled from 2010 to 2013
Alaska Dispatch News - August 20, 2015
E-cigarette use among adults in Alaska is on the rise as tobacco use
is falling, according to the state Department of Health and Social Services.
Assemblyman proposes new Town Square smoking ordinance [VIDEO]
KTUU.com - August 21, 2015
In Anchorage's effort to clean up Town Square, one assembly member looks
to help by proposing a new ordinance that would prohibit smoking, vaping,
or any ...
on smoking, vaping in Anchorage's Town Square Park heads to ...
Alaska Dispatch News - August 19, 2015
A proposed ordinance that would ban smoking and vaping in downtown Anchorage's
Town Square Park and on Alaska Center for the Performing Arts property
Want a Smoke-Free Alaska'
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - August 15, 2015
Anja Cheyette, 12, center, shakes hands with Mat-Su Borough School District
Superintendent Deena Paramo in the presence of American Cancer Society
Cancer Action Network representative Heather Aronno outside the Palmer
Moose Lodge Aug. 12. Anja was recognized at the Palmer Chamber of Commerce
Meeting for winning the 'I Want a Smoke-Free Alaska' video contest.
to consider tobacco tax options
KRBD - August 13, 2015
The Assembly approved the tobacco tax ordinance in first reading during
its last ... at least half of the net proceeds of the tax to smoking
disappointed with Assembly tax action
KRBD - August 7, 2015
Members of the Ketchikan City Council were unanimously unhappy Thursday
with changes made this week by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly
to the $3-per-pack tobacco tax. Specifically, the Assembly voted on
Monday to designate at least 50 percent of total proceeds from a tobacco
tax to smoking cessation programs, rather than the 15 percent that city
and borough officials had talked about previously. The Assembly also
voted to place the issue in front of voters.
is for remembrance
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - August 7, 2015
I'm a big supporter of our Alaska-grown products, our public transit
systems, our libraries, our year-round tourism, the Smoke-Free Alaska
program and our ...
marks one year smoke-free
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - August 3, 2015
I abhor smoking now, and I have gone public on that and on e-cigs, too.
I urge all who can to quit. Im not heartless, as some have accused me
in comments to a column I wrote for the Feb. 19 Frontiersman called
Smoking or vaping, bad news both ways. I do know it will not be easy
to quit, by any stretch of the imagination. It is harder to quit smoking,
it is said, than it is to kick heroin.
tobacco tax to go before voters
KRBD - August 3, 2015
A tobacco tax ordinance passed another hurdle Monday when the Ketchikan
... Wellness Coalition said tobacco excise taxes are proven to reduce
considers imposing tax on tobacco products, e-cigarettes
KTUU.com - August 3, 2015
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will cast its first official
vote on a proposed tobacco tax. The Ketchikan Daily News reports that
the Assembly is considering a $3-per-pack tax on cigarettes and a 75-percent
wholesale tax on other tobacco products including e-cigarettes Monday.
Borough To Vote on Tobacco Tax
Alaska Public Radio Network - July 30, 2015
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has completed drafting an ordinance that
would ... for directing up to 15 percent of that toward smoking-cessation
Assembly will return from meeting-free July to a full agenda
KTNA - July 30, 2015
Included in them are a proposal by Assembly Member Jim Sykes to include
electronic cigarettes in the borough's tobacco tax and an ordinance
proposing the ...
tax ordinance ready for Assembly vote
KRBD - July 27, 2015
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has completed drafting an ordinance that
would ... for directing up to 15 percent of that toward smoking-cessation
taxes increasingly popular throughout Alaska
Alaska Dispatch News - July 26, 2015
The City and Borough of Juneau recently tripled its per-pack charge
from $1 to $3 and began taxing e-cigarettes. As in Kotzebue, the tax
passed amid concern ...
borough marijuana zoning proposal goes public ...
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - July 23, 2015
The 14-page document lays out rules for what kinds of marijuana businesses
... zone around schools, playgrounds and public housing where children
workplaces save money and lives
Juneau Empire - July 20, 2015
Thank you to Gov. Bill Walker for expanding medicaid to cover 40,000
previously uninsured Alaskans!
Assembly rejects proposed tobacco tax
KRBD - June 16, 2015
He said he quit smoking many years ago when the state raised its excise
tax on tobacco ... and added that if it's that horrible, the community
should simply ban it.
tobacco on Borough Assembly agenda
KRBD - June 12, 2015
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will talk about marijuana and
tobacco during its regular Monday meeting. ... Also Monday, the Assembly
will talk again about a proposed tobacco excise tax. The Assembly has
rejected the idea on more than one occasion, but the city and the Borough-City
Cooperative Relations Committee has kept the issue alive.
smoke included in Anchorage smoking ban
Juneau Empire (subscription) - June 11, 2015
ANCHORAGE - Marijuana smokers are joining tobacco users in being banned
from lighting up inside ... We share the main wall and there is no HVAC
Restrictions on Marijuana Treat Second Hand Smoke Like Cigarettes
Alaska Public Radio Network - June 10, 2015
In Alaskas largest city, marijuana is now subject to the same rules
limiting second-hand smoke from cigarettes. The move is a setback for
legalization advocates in Anchorage, and leaves many regulatory questions
unanswered. A 9-to-1 vote by the Assembly modified rules already on
the books related to cigarette smoke, adding marijuana within pertinent
lines of code. Anchorage already passed a measure banning public consumption,
and the new vote extends restrictions to more buildings and businesses.
I think this becomes a conundrum for people who are living in multi-unit
apartment buildings, said Assembly Member Paul Honeman, who believes
the rule-change shores up common-sense courtesies. Single homes, or
multi-unit buildings where no one is bothered by marijuana smoke are
unlikely to be affected, Honeman added.
smoke included in Anchorage smoking ban
SFGate - June 10, 2015
Marijuana smokers are joining tobacco users in being banned from lighting
up inside Anchorage businesses. "That was the whole argument with
second hand smoke and tobacco." Theresa Collins allows ... "We
share the main wall and there is no HVAC system."
smoke included in Anchorage smoking ban
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - June 10, 2015
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Marijuana smokers are joining tobacco users in being
banned from lighting up inside Anchorage businesses. City council members
smoking prohibition to include marijuana [VIDEO]
KTUU.com - June 9, 2015
The city's ban on smoking inside businesses will include marijuana smoke
following a 9-1 vote Tuesday by the Anchorage Assembly.
Navigates Pot Legalization
Alaska Public Radio Network - May 27, 2015
"Our proposal is not allow any of the smoking clubs or marijuana
consumption bars at this time. Also, the state has been trying to bring
the law forward in terms of ...
to consider ban on second-hand marijuana smoke
KTUU.com - May 25, 2015
Under current law, smoking tobacco in places of employment is prohibited.
Marijuana proponents say that could cause an uncertain future for businesses
Assembly chair wants to treat marijuana smoke like tobacco smoke
Alaska Dispatch News - May 21, 2015
Anchorage Assembly Chair Dick Traini is proposing to treat marijuana
smoke like tobacco smoke when it comes to public facilities, workplaces
and schools. A measure that Traini plans to introduce next week at the
Assembly meeting would incorporate marijuana and marijuana products
into the citys secondhand smoking law. That means smoking marijuana
would not be allowed in public places, workplaces, child care centers,
outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters and municipal facilities,
do I keep all these new pot terms straight when legal sales start up?
Alaska Dispatch News - May 14, 2015
Smoking and vaping have the most quickly detectable effects, usually
producing ... Vaping doesn't burn any material, just heats up a substance
(anything from ...
Forcing employees to breath toxic chemicals
Juneau Empire (subscription) - May 8, 2015
Though smoking laws are now protecting the public in Juneau and Anchorage,
restaurant and bar staff and musicians are still being exposed to secondhand
smoke in their workplaces throughout the rest of Alaska. Second-hand
smoke contains over 250 harmful chemicals, at least 69 of which are
known to cause a variety of cancers, according to the American Cancer
And they cause more than just cancer. I support smoke-free workplaces
(Senate Bill 1) so that my fellow musicians as well as bar and restaurant
staff throughout the rest of Alaska, who today are still forced to work
in smoke-filled environments, will one day not suffer cancer and heart
disease as an occupational hazard.
grateful for health fair participation
Kenai Peninsula Online - May 8, 2015
... Living Center, Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program,
Peninsula Smoke Free Partnership, and Kenaitze Indian Tribe. The pamphlets,
makes a home healthy and how to keep it that way
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - May 5, 2015
Many factors can affect your health inside the home dust, pets, molds,
chemicals, smoking and pests. Homes can have environmental exposures
that can ...
lawmakers push for island-wide tobacco tax
Juneau Empire (subscription) - April 28, 2015
KETCHIKAN Ketchikan local government officials are pushing for an island-wide
tobacco tax that would include e-cigarettes. The Cooperative Relations
Voltage Vapes open
Peninsula Clarion - April 27, 2015
Theres a new high voltage store in the former Kenai Electric location
in Kenai. Its called High Voltage Vapes. Vaping has become a popular
way to kick tobacco use addiction according to owners Jamie and Stephanie
Chilton, Vaping is a safer alternative to traditional cigarette smoking,
chew or other use of tobacco products. An atomizer heats the liquid,
turning it into a vapor that can be inhaled, simulating a cigarette
and creating a vapor cloud that resembles cigarette smoke, but there
is no tar or smoke, explained Jamie.
lawmakers push for island-wide tobacco, e-cigarette excise tax
TimesDaily.com - April 27, 2015
Ketchikan local government officials are pushing for an island-wide
tobacco tax which would include e-cigarettes. The Ketchikan Daily News
that the Cooperative Relations Committee, a joint group of the Ketchikan
City Council and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly, unanimously
voted Friday to work toward and excise tax on all cigarettes and tobacco
Editorial: Going 'smoke free' at UAS will take more than a few campus
Juneau Empire - April 26, 2015
The University of Alaska Southeast campus goes tobacco free on July
1. According to the lobbying organization Americans for Nonsmokers'
Rights, 1,543 campuses were tobacco free as of April 2. Arizona State
University in ...
would Indian reservations mean in Alaska?
Fairbanks News-Miner - April 26, 2015
The deadline approaches for Gov. Bill Walker and Attorney General Craig
Richards to decide whether to appeal a federal court ruling in the Akiachak
case...would probably have no state or local taxes on gasoline and tobacco
vape shop may face problems from smoking bill
Peninsula Clarion - April 24, 2015
Stephanie Chilton, who with her husband Jamie Chilton co-owns the Kenai
e-cigarette store High Voltage Vapes, said that she supports most provisions
of an Alaska Senate bill to prohibit smoking in public places. Senate
Bill 1, which includes vaping under its definition of smoking, allows
an exception for smoking in stores that, like High Voltage Vapes, derive
at least 90 percent of (their) revenue from the sale of cigarettes,
e-cigarettes, cigars, tobacco... and other smoking or e-cigarette accessories.
up: Can Alaskans smoke a joint openly on their own property ...
Alaska Dispatch News - April 22, 2015
Just because people might be able to see you smoking pot, you're not
breaking the ... isn't technically private for the purposes of the local
public use ordinance.
officials say marijuana smoking prohibited on ferries
Associated Press - April 22, 2015
Even though marijuana possession is legal in Alaska, travelers still
will not be allowed to smoke pot on state ferries.
smokers can be punished for disturbing the peace
Moulton Advertiser - April 21, 2015
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Disruptive pot smoking would be punishable
by a $100 fine starting Saturday under an ordinance passed unanimously
Alaskans' health with workplace smoking ban ...
Fairbanks News-Miner - April 16, 2015
I live and work in Fairbanks along with raising two boys with my husband.
My oldest son and I both have asthma. Our asthma is triggered by cigarette
smoke and each asthma attack results in scarring on the lungs.
too late to quit tobacco
Kenai Peninsula Online - April 14, 2015
I wasn't able to quit smoking permanently until August 4, 1998 at age
39. ... This does not mean banning tobacco use, but simply requiring
that the product be ...
to the editor
Peninsula Clarion - April 13, 2014
... When I was 17 years old and a freshman in college, I smoked my first
cigarette with my new roommate. It was a Salem Light - a menthol ...
familiar with marijuana rules on public use for Arctic Man
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - April 10, 2015
When Alaska voters passed a ballot measure to legalize marijuana in
the fall, ... Those who are caught smoking marijuana in public can be
subject to a $100 fine ...
rejects tobacco excise tax proposal
KRBD - April 6, 2015
"It also reduces the number of pregnant women who smoke by 7 percent.
... is so harmful, it should simply ban it rather than use it as a source
Landing receives tax exemption
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - April 6, 2015
The Fairbanks City Council approved the tax-reduction ordinance with
a 6-0 vote ... The ordinance stated smoking marijuana produces airborne
byproducts that ...
meeting, downtown ideas flow with coffee
Juneau Empire - April 6, 2015
Juneauites took the chance to speak their mind about downtown improvements
in a public event for input on the planned revitalization of Front and
Franklin Streets. Shannon Clayton said she would like to see separated
smoking areas and the elimination of ashtrays on the sidewalks.
Thrive Mat-Su, for scholarships
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - April 4, 2015
On behalf of the American Lung Association in Alaska and Breathe Free
Mat-Su, Id like to thank Thrive Mat-Su for providing scholarships for
Mat-Su residents to attend the 2015 Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance
Summit in Anchorage, May 20 to 22. The annual ATCA Summit is a fantastic
learning opportunity for health advocates and anyone else interested
in reducing the burden of tobacco use and secondhand smoke in communities
would ban smoking in offices, restaurants, bars
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - April 2, 2015
A Soldotna senator has proposed a bill to create a statewide smoke-free
workplace law, banning smoking in offices, restaurants and bars. Senate
Bill 1, sponsored by Republican Sen. Peter Micciche, aims to protect
employees from the well-documented health effects of second-hand smoke,
and represents a long-standing passion for the second-term senator.
Courts of Alaska Students Train to be Leaders
Alaska Public Radio Network - April 1, 2015
The United Youth Courts of Alaska is notable for encouraging youth ...
who have committed either status offenses, like possession of tobacco,
or crimes like theft.
city cannabis celebration to be pot-free
Juneau Empire (subscription) - March 31, 2015
(Plus, smoking is not allowed inside the venue.) ... so we're trying
to be respectful toward state and local city ordinances, and really
just trying to celebrate the fact ...
issues gather steam at state, local levels
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - March 30, 2015
Consumers in Palmer are still prohibited from smoke in public, but state
laws hold ... Passage of the ordinances, which would have banned smoking
in public ...
bill passes without Kelly's marijuana concentrate ban
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - March 30, 2015
On the floor, Kelly made the case for his ban by comparing the process
of making and smoking marijuana concentrates to meth. He also referenced
bill for smoke-free workplaces
Alaska Dispatch News - March 26, 2015
Having lost both of my parents to smoking-related cancers, and having
a daughter with asthma, the issue of smoke-free indoor work places for
all Alaskans is personal to me. Alaskans should be able to breathe smoke-free
air in every indoor work place across the state. Julie Hasquet,
Leadership Council chair, American Lung Association in Alaska, Anchorage
workplace legislation the right thing to do
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - March 26, 2015
Imagine working at a place where each employee is required to spend
a full shift working in a room where the air contains 70 known cancer-causing
chemicals, including formaldehyde, benzene and arsenic. As a condition
of employment, the employee must consent to this environment or choose
to work elsewhere. Many Alaskans would say this is an intolerable situation
that should not be allowed under any circumstances, and that a business
owner could never get away with knowingly putting employees at risk.
up for smoke-free workplaces
Alaska Dispatch News - March 25, 2015
Im writing in support of a statewide smoke-free workplace law for the
great state of Alaska. Ive lived in Anchorage for 28 years. Im a mother
and a grandmother.
Alaska's vote to legalize change rules for pot and public housing?
Alaska Dispatch News - March 25, 2015
Will I be allowed to possess, use or grow in Section 8 housing?"
... And because of that, possession, use or cultivation of marijuana
could result in loss of ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
to smoke-free workplaces
Fairbanks News-Miner - March 18, 2015
Ive lived in Fairbanks for the past 17 years. My
familys presence in Interior Alaska goes back generations. I work
with a couple of coalitions, advocating protecting the health of local
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.
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.
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. ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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...
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
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 ...
'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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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...
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
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?
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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
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...
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"...
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
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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.
convene in Anchorage UAA students offer testimony
UAA Northern Light - June 10, 2014
UAA Smoke-Free Task Force member Yesenia Camarena presented feedback
her group has received in support of a smoking ban, as well as the results
of an ...
finds high rates of cigarette smokers in NW Alaska
Anchorage Daily News - June 8, 2014
In Alaska, the Legislature has not enacted a statewide smoking ban,
although ... by the Maniilaq Association passed workplace smoking bans,
fire continues to grow, may have been caused by cigarettes
AP - Associated Press - May 27, 2014
The human-caused fire was sparked May 19 in the 1.9 million-acre Kenai
National Wildlife Refuge. The weather forecast for the area calls for
possible rain beginning Tuesday, said Willie Begay, a spokesman with
the management team responding to the fire. ...
smoking in restaurants - yes!!
SitNews - May 20, 2014
I rejoice at being able to take a breath of air when dining at places
that I have not gone to for years, because I would have to wash my hair
after leaving because it STINKS of smoke. It may be legal, but I also
will not, and have not patronized businesses (especially restaurants!)
that allow smoking. So, to those diners you can have him or me. I leave
a bigger tip because I don't have to buy cigarettes!
SitNews - May 17, 2014
I am a longtime Republican Conservative and a business owner. I recently
vacationed in the beautiful State of Alaska and hope to visit again.
I strongly support Smoking Bans, especially for restaurants and other
work places. Our six year old comprehensive statewide Smoking Law has
been good for health and good for business. ...
OPEN LETTER TO CITY COUNCIL
SitNews - May 13, 2014
I am sick to death of anti-smoking laws, expecially [sic] those making
smokers unwelcome. In Ketchikan, I am now recduced [sic] to eaing [sic]
at Cape Fox, since all other restaurants have chosen to go non-smoking.
Since these business owners have chosen this, as is their right, it's
entirely up to them, and no doubt is a boon for the non-smokers. I,
however, also choose not to patronioze [sic] a place that makes me unwelcome,
that is MY RIGHT. I think that you should give credit to those that
have chosen non-smoking for their businesses. It shows that these business
people can regulate their own without interference from you. Smoking
cigarettes, while maybe unpleasant for non-smokers, is LEGAL...
shops fly under Alaska's legal radar
Alaska Dispatch - May 11, 2014
A handful of electronic cigarette shops that have popped up in Anchorage
strip malls in the last year have found themselves at the center of
a growing controversy over how the country regulates high-tech smokes.
In Alaska, state law has yet to address the budding industry.
Tax: The economics of taxing addiction
Petersburg Pilot - May 8, 2014
Sales Tax Ordinance Committee Member Sue Flint is scheduled to speak
before the ... the borough bring in from a tobacco tax and would it
really curb smoking?
Peninsula legislators review session
Kenai Peninsula Online - May 7, 2014
As for the bills that did not pass this session, such as a measure for
smokefree workplaces, Micciche said he has received a lot of good dialogue
from both sides on those issues and the topics will be addressed when
the next session gavels in. ...
use banned at 6 NAPA campuses
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - May 3, 2014
Tobacco-free is good for business, at least thats what Jim Ruda is banking
on. Ruda owns six NAPA stores in Southcentral Alaska Eagle River, Palmer,
Big Lake, Valdez, Wasilla, Glennallen and as of April 1, all of their
campuses are tobacco-free. He said that means no tobacco use is permitted
anywhere on NAPA property by customers or employees. The stores themselves
have long been smoke-free. But employees and customers could still smoke
in the parking lot. The ban includes all tobacco products and includes
e-cigarettes, Ruda said.
Sourdough Bar goes smoke-free
KRBD - May 1, 2014
Starting Wednesday, May 1, smoking is banned at the popular Sourdough
Bar in ... saying that they expect a proposed statewide ban on workplace
Annual Slush Cup at Alyeska Resort
UAA Northern Light - April 23, 2014
... UAA than many would think & should be taken seriously in relation
to smoking. ... blanket ban is not a solution, and the rights of smokers
should be respected.
Lung Association objects to tobacco store lease
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - April 19, 2014
Should the city of Wasilla lease space to a tobacco shop? ... at outlawing
synthetic drugs like spice, he made a point of stating his stance on
those intoxicants: ... We are not proposing a ban on all tobacco sales
within city limits, Stoppa said.
Editorial: Too many laws
Juneau Empire (subscription) - April 16, 2014
This is an example of government overreach. Sitkas government has outlawed
children in businesses that allow smoking, whether anyone is smoking
at the time or not. No exceptions.
group wants Alaskans to vote against marijuana ...
Alaska Dispatch - April 15, 2014
Ted Stevens in the 1980s to get smoking banned on airplanes and watched
how tobacco advertising used misleading advertisements to entice young
Pass smoke-free workplace law
Anchorage Daily News - April 14, 2014
I am a lifelong Alaskan and I support smoke-free indoor workplaces.
I am a smoker and e-cigarette user myself, and while I will very much
miss being able to use my e-cigarette indoors, I understand that the
rights of others to a healthy work environment outweigh my preference
to smoke indoors.
vote to move forward with a smoke free campus
UAA Northern Light - April 15, 2014
Students voted last week to move forward with a proposal that would
make the University of Alaska Anchorage a smoke- and tobacco-free campus.
The referendum passed the preliminary election results by earning 719
votes in support of the initiative, and 628 votes against the initiative.
This means, 51.6 percent of students who voted supported a smoke-free
campus, while 45 percent of students do not support the smoke-free initiative.
smoking debate is insane
UAA Northern Light - April 15, 2014
Okay, so lets talk about the smoking thing. On one end, the Smoke-Free
UAA campaign wants to end smoking on campus, leading to a healthier
atmosphere for UAA. On the other, we have smokers who claim that being
unable to smoke on campus is an infringement on their rights.
to Consider State-Wide Public Smoking Ban, Includes E ...
KTUU.com - April 14, 2014
A state senator from Soldotna is one step closer to achieving a state-wide
smoking ban in public places. While many large communities in Alaska
have their own statutes banning smoking inside public buildings and
near childrens play areas, Sen. Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) says Senate
Bill 209 will provide a far-reaching measure to include all communities
in the state not currently protected from second-hand smoke, including
Fairbanks. Only 23 states and Puerto Rico have laws that banning second-hand
smoke while eating at restaurants, visiting bars, or just working at
their place of business. Many other states have similar statutes to
Alaskas that prohibit smoking in certain areas only within the boundaries
of specified cities and counties, and there is no existing federal law
mandating such practices. The bill includes the newly popular e-cigarette,
which is defined as any electronic device that simulates smoking.
ban keeps kids from places that allow smoking
Juneau Empire (subscription) - April 11, 2014
It clarifies a 2005 law banning smoking in public places. ... to the
Elks Lodge, which banned smoking so children could continue to come
into the building.
Assembly Passes Anti-Smoking Law
Alaska Public Radio Network - April 10, 2014
The new language makes it clear that if a business allows smoking, then
kids can't ... that they would pass this, they would want to see this
banned, Reif said.
News Nightly: April 9, 2014
Alaska Public Radio News - April 9, 2014
A proposal that would ban smoking in most public places in Alaska is
making headway in the state Senate. Senate Bill 209 passed out of the
Senate State Affairs ...
Smoking Ban Gains Traction In Senate
Alaska Public Radio Network - April 9, 2014
A proposal that would ban smoking in most public places in Alaska is
making headway in ... As a result of those bans, nearly half of Alaska's
population is already ... may be afraid that banning smoking would give
a leg up to their competition.
passes anti-smoking law
KCAW - April 9, 2014
The Sitka Assembly passed a controversial amendment Tuesday night, tightening
the citys anti-smoking laws. The question before the assembly was whether
children should be prohibited from entering any business that allows
smoking even for a non-smoking event. In the end, the decision came
down to different interpretations of what voters intended nearly a decade
infringes on personal choice ($$)
Kenai Peninsula Online - April 9, 2014
A statewide smoking ban. For those of you who haven't ventured out of
house for 20 years; we already have a ban in 99 percent of public places
listed for ...
call for Alaska lawmakers to expand smoke-free workplace laws
SitNews - April 7, 2014
(SitNews) Anchorage, Alaska - Supporters of the Alaska Smoke-Free Indoor
Workplace bill (SB209) sent the message to lawmakers last Thursday that
its time for Alaska to have statewide smoke-free laws. The proposed
law got a hearing yesterday with the Senate State Affairs Committee
at the Capitol in Juneau.
air is better for Alaska
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - April 6, 2014
Like most businesses, the Frontiersman has its share of smokers in the
office, and quite a few former smokers. We have a designated spot outside
for them to partake. Its sometimes busier than others. We dont begrudge
anyone the freedom to smoke. We do, however, believe it is the right
thing to do to ask our employees to take their smoke outside. Overall,
we find people who smoke to be a courtesy group who generally take non-smokers
into account before lighting up. Smokers are used to looking for ...
is dying for a statewide smoke-free workplace policy
Alaska Dispatch - April 4, 2014
We take our smoke-free air for granted, until it is in our face, or
more disturbingly, in our childrens faces. We all have a right to the
expectation of smoke-free air. The state of Alaska currently does not
have a strong smoke-free law. However, many communities have passed
strong local laws. The City of Bethel was one of the first communities
to opt for a smoke-free law, three years after his death, in 1998. Anchorage,
Klawock and Haines Borough have passed 100 percent smoke-free laws that
cover all workplaces, including all restaurants and bars. It is still
too much that only half of Alaskas population is covered by a current
smoke-free workplace law. No one should have to choose between their
health and a good working environment.
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - April 3, 2014
I am a retired Valley resident who enjoys not cooking. I like to eat
out. I am grateful for the many places these days where I can enjoy
a meal without a ribbon of cigarette smoke wafting by my table, spoiling
my enjoyment. So a big thanks to the Smoke-Free Workplace campaign for
making dining smoke-free possible in Palmer and many other places. What
Id like to see happen now is for the Legislature to provide all Alaskans
with that pleasure. Of course, my dining experience is hardly the most
important reason we need a smoke-free Alaska.
you for being our champions for smokefree workplaces!
Youtube - April 3, 2014
Dear Senator Micciche and Representative Holmes, We want to send you
our heartfelt thanks. Thank you for being our champions! We want a statewide
smokefree indoor workplace law. We want e-cigarettes to be included.
We want to work in a healthy environment. We want to work in a smokefree
environment. We want to protect our families from secondhand smoke and
Workers have rights to clean air
Anchorage Daily News April 3, 2014
Fifty years after the original surgeon generals report, only half
of Alaskas population is protected from secondhand smoke on the
job. House Bill 360 (now in the House Health and Social Services Committee)
will update state law ...
tobacco shop goes viral in smoking ban debate
Kenai Peninsula Online - April 2, 2014
According to the American Non-smokers's Rights Foundation, 14 municipalities
in the state of Alaska have 100 percent smoke-free laws, including local
laws in ...
for smoke-free workplaces appreciated
Kenai Peninsula Online - April 2, 2014
Thank you to Mayor Pat Porter for her support of Alaska Smoke-free Workplaces
in your paper and on the radio. I agree with her that all employees
deserve to breathe healthy air. And thank you to Senator Micciche and
Representative Lindsey Holmes for introducing the bill in their respective
bodies on our behalf. I am having a little disconnect however when I
see that in Senator Micciches newsletter it says that one of the changes
will be, or might be, that municipalities could opt out of the statewide
legislation. The point of a statewide law is just that! Its statewide
and protects the health of all employees around the state.
it outside' effort needs support
Kenai Peninsula Online - March 31, 2014
Smoking bans in enclosed areas are becoming more common and with good
reason. Everyone has the right to breathe smoke-free air. Alaskans support
for smoke-free indoor workplaces is high throughout all regions of the
state, ranging from 75 percent to 84 percent.
owners testify against indoor smoking ban
Ktoo - March 27, 2014
...Lindsey Holmes, would ban smoking in most commercial buildings, including
businesses, restaurants and bars. She told a state House committee Tuesday
business owners speak out against smoking bill
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - March 26, 2014
JUNEAU The House held its first hearing on a bill aimed at protecting
people from secondhand smoke by banning smoking in indoor work places,
businesses and public places. Many of those businesses werent happy
with the bill. The bill carries the support of health-advocacy groups
as well as some 400 businesses, Holmes said. Testimony from Anchorage,
Kenai and Soldotna businesses was similar, with other owners saying
they felt that government doesnt have a place in regulating restaurants
on this issue. Only a handful of testifiers called in to support the
bill, citing health concerns of secondhand smoke. The committee held
the bill over, saying it planned to take public testimony when the bill
is heard next. A Senate companion bill is being carried by Soldotna
Republican Sen. Peter Micciche. Both bills have gained sign-on by fellow
lawmakers, but no Fairbanks lawmakers have signed on.
owners testify against indoor smoke ban
Bellingham Herald - March 26, 2014
They said there are already choices between smoking and non-smoking
establishments in many communities. Some also said government doesn't
have a place ...
years in the making, smoke-free workplace bill reaches Alaska ...
Alaska Dispatch - March 25, 2014
For more than a decade, anti-smoking advocates have fought to make workplaces
smoke-free. They started small, working at the local level, steadfastly
bringing indoor smoking bans first to Bethel in 1998, and then slowly
but surely to other communities in Alaska. In all those years, they've
managed to cover about half of the state's population. But advocates
say they've done about all they can when it comes to regulating smoking
at the local level, and now it's time to think bigger -- statewide big.
Dale Fox, the president and CEO of Alaska CHARR, the cabaret, hotel,
restaurant and retail association, testified against the bill. He said
a ban on smoking is essentially a ban on bars. People choose to go into
bars, he said, and bars should be able to make the choice to have or
not have smoking. He said while anti-smoking proponents have invested
in ad campaigns saying non-smoking policies are good for business, he's
heard that some establishments have lost up to 30 percent of their businesses
when smoking bans are enacted.
health groups hoping to breathe fresh air into Alaska
Fairbanks News-Miner - March 24, 2014
FAIRBANKS The American Lung Association and American Nonsmokers Rights
Foundation are teaming up in an effort to bring an end to second-hand
smoke deaths. The two organizations are cooperating to help push legislation
through the state legislature that would ban smoking in commercial establishments
throughout the state. Such prohibitions exist in certain municipalities
already, such as Anchorage, but for the vast majority of the state,
including Fairbanks, there is no sweeping ban. Char Day, program manager
for the Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, said that she has to limit the
places she can go in places like Fairbanks so as not to trigger her
asthma. Normally, I dont have to worry about where I go, but here I
have to be aware so much of where I go, Day said, and it would just
be wonderful to be able to go anywhere indoors in the state of Alaska
and not worry about having an asthma attack. ...
butt day success at UAA
Coastal TV - March 20, 2014
National Kick Butt Day kicked off on Wednesday. The University of Anchorage
Alaska's Smoke Free Task Force was using the day to promote their anti-smoking
Cigarettes Look to Take Bite out of Big Tobacco
Daily News Miner - March 20, 2014 7:15 am
(NewsUSA) - For decades, tobacco companies have signified big business.
Now, however, with the continuing decline in U.S. sales, the once booming
industry has been working to protect its multi-billion-dollar bottom
line by relying on its global reach into Asia and other continents.
Turn: E-cig restrictions unreasonable, premature
Juneau Empire (subscription) - March 18, 2014
Now over a month into the legislative session, some lawmakers in Juneau
are considering enacting a statewide ban on the use of e-cigarettes
in public places, including indoors. If lawmakers proceed with Senate
Bill 209 and House Bill 360, they will erroneously expand an existing
smoking ban to products that do not emit smoke. In doing so, they may
unnecessarily impose burdensome restrictions on adult consumers and
get in the way of these products playing a role in reducing tobacco-related
harm in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated environment.
assistant surgeon general visits UAA Fresh Air kickoff
UAA Northern Light - March 18, 2014
Members of UAAs Smoke Free Task Force hosted an event on Feb 24, to
kick of their campus-wide Fresh Air Challenge. The Fresh Air Challenge
is a region-wide effort to encourage all college campuses in Alaska,
Oregon, Idaho and Washington to become smoke- or tobacco-free.
Elks, to join Rayme's as no-smoke zones
Wrangellsentinel - March 13, 2014
Two prominent local taverns will join the ranks of the smoke-free in
the coming weeks. Totem Bar & Liquor Store will go smoke-free tomorrow,
according to signs ...
Bar goes smoke-free
KSTK - March 12, 2014
This week, the Totem Bar joins the Wrangell Elks Lodge and Rayme's Bar
as a non-smoking establishment. Aaron Powell is the owner of the Totem.
He says he ...
CEO supports 'take it outside' legislation
Peninsula Clarion - March 6, 2014
I have watched the smoke-free campaign make significant ground over
the last several years. As a healthcare professional, I would be remiss
if I didnt support a proposed law that would prohibit smoking in all
indoor workplaces, businesses and public places. Of course the reason
this legislation is being proposed is to prevent non-smokers from being
exposed to second hand smoke. We now have plenty of science to support
the fact that second hand smoke is dangerous. Just look up The Health
Consequences of Smoking report. Its all there; I dont need to recite
facts and figures as we all now know that smoking is a major threat
to our public health. ...
groups voice support for Alaska Smoke-Free Indoor Workplaces bill
Alaska Business Monthly - March 5, 2014
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Local advocacy groups AARP, American Cancer Society
Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association,
and the Alaska Native Health Board are backing a bill that would make
all indoor workplaces in Alaska smoke-free, saying it would protect
the health and safety of all workers and business patrons. ...
calls for more Alaska non-smoking areas
Anchorage Daily News - February 28, 2014
Smoking is now banned in roughly half of all public work places and
the bill would expand the ban to nearly all work places. It would prohibit
smoking in sport ...
introduces bill to expand locations where smoking ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - February 28, 2014
The measure by Anchorage Republican Lindsey Holmes includes a ban on
electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, in those places.
Smoking is now ...
initiative would clarify marijuana laws
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - February 28, 2014
We're not going to tell you how to vote on the marijuana legalization
initiative this fall. Approved for the ballot this week, the legislation
would make it legal for ...
postpones smoking decision again
KCAW - February 26, 2014
The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night (2-25-14) once again took up the
question of whether children should be prohibited from entering businesses
that allow smoking, even during non-smoking events. And, once again,
they postponed a decision. For some assembly members, the question came
down to finding the right balance between public health and individual
freedom. The last time this smoking ordinance came before the Sitka
Assembly, in January, nearly a dozen members of the public rose to speak
against it. This time ... The issue stems from a 2005 referendum passed
by Sitka voters, which prohibits minors from entering any business where
smoking is allowed. As it turns out, there was a loophole in that law.
This past December, the American Legion, a private club that allows
smoking, held a Christmas party for children. They consulted with City
Attorney Robin Koutchak, who said that although the Legion is a smoking
club, as long as smoking wasn't allowed at that particular event, they
were within the bounds of the law. Following the party, Mayor Mim McConnell
and assembly member Phyllis Hackett introduced an amendment to tighten
the ordinance. The new language clarifies that a business must declare
itself either smoking, or non-smoking. If it's a smoking business, then
children can't enter, even for a smoke-free event. ...
E-cigarettes struck down by UCA Board
Log Cabin Democrat - February 22, 2014
Another item amused us enough to at least bring attention to it: the
possible banning of e-cigarettes and vaping on campus. Usually, a potential
problem might have to reach epidemic levels before being considered
ban-able, but in this case, UCA thought enough of it to give it the
once over. So we let people know this was a possibility. ...
smoking code amended
The Delta Discovery - February 5, 2014
Under New Business, council passed introduction of Ordinance 14-04 to
amend ... Under unfinished business Introduction of Ordinances 14-02
and 14-03 both ...
Poised To Vote On Legalizing Recreational Marijuana This Summer
ThinkProgress - February 5, 2014
Alaskans will likely vote on whether to legalize recreational marijuana
this summer, now that a ballot initiative campaign has garnered enough
signatures to appear on the August 19 ballot. The lieutenant governor
must still approve the wording of the initiative, but is expected to
do so in the coming weeks. A Washington, D.C. marijuana bill also advanced
this week. The legislative proposal to decriminalize possession of small
amounts of marijuana cleared the first vote by the full City Council,
although council members weakened the law by retaining some lighter
criminal penalties for smoking marijuana in public after Even in Colorado,
public smoking is a petty offense that can carry 15 days in jail.
workplace smoking ban looks to drum up support in Alaska
Alaska Dispatch - February 3, 2014
About half of Alaska's population lives in a community with a workplace
smoking ban, but the other half doesn't. While that's a good sign for
supporters of smoke-free workplaces in Alaska, there's been a push in
recent years to make things even better for them. That's why organizations
like the American Lung Association and American Cancer Society are pushing
for a statewide smoke-free workplace law in the 49th state.
Smoking Rule Stirs Ire at Assembly
Sitka (AK) Daily Sentinel - January 30, 2014
The Assembly voted 5-2 Tuesday night to defer action on a proposal to
amend the local ordinance banning smoking in public places ... The proposal
would state that bars and clubs that allow smoking may not have children
under age 18 on their prem
Legion post balks at attempt to change Sitka's smoking ban
Greenfield Daily Reporter - January 30, 2014
The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports (http://is.gd/IFf4Vb ) a 2005 law bans
smoking in public places. But bars and clubs can allow smoking as long
as no one under ...
Assembly, smoking law stirs controversy
KCAW - January 29, 2014
Should children be prohibited from entering a business that allows smoking
even during a non-smoking event? That was the question before the Sitka
Assembly on Tuesday (1-28-2014). What was just a holiday event for some
Sitkans represented, for others, a threat to public health and a violation
of the voters intent.
Beat: Fairbanks restaurant goes smoke-free
Alaska Dispatch - January 28, 2014
...The Pump House is the latest Fairbanks restaurant to go smoke-free.
It was a process that was years in the making, according to the Fairbanks
Daily News-Miner. The restaurant banned smoking in the dining room five
years ago, but still allowed it in the saloon. That's no more starting
Feb. 7. The restaurant joins a handful of other popular Fairbanks restaurants
to go smoke-free, including The Oasis, Food Factory and Pike's Landing.
Smoking has been on the decline in Alaska in recent years. According
to the state, 23 percent of Interior Alaskans reported smoking in 2012.
There is no indoor smoking ban in the city of Fairbanks or in the Fairbanks
North Star Borough.
restaurant joins others going smoke-free
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - January 27, 2014
Another Fairbanks bar has gone non-smoking as the nation marks 50 years
since the first surgeon generals report linking smoking with cancer.
The Pump House Restaurant and Saloon will prohibit smoking when it re-opens
on Feb. 7 after some maintenance and remodeling. Owner Bill Bubbel said
customers not to mention his wife complained about the smoke
is smart business
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - January 21, 2014
By going smoke-free, Palmer joined a small group of Alaska communities
that have done so, including communities as diverse as Unalaska and
bar goes smoke-free
Anchorage Daily News January 11, 2014
There's only three bars open year-round in Wrangell, and one of them
has gone smoke-free.
Bar goes smoke-free
KSTK - January 8, 2014
One bar in Wrangell made the decision to go smoke-free as of January
1st. KSTK's ... And Rayme's decided to go smoke-free on New Year's Day
of this year.
UAA should go smoke-free
UAA Northern Light - November 21, 2013
Why are we in support of a smoke-free UAA? All of us on the UAA Smoke-Free
Task Force have been affected by smoking. We've watched family and friends
UAA is a terrible idea
UAA Northern Light - November 12, 2013
I don't smoke. Why would I? My grandmother died from lung cancer while
living in Palmer with my parents and I. She exposed me to direct secondhand
initiative increases momentum
UAA Northern Light - October 22, 2013
There is no safe exposure amount to smoke. This is the message UAAs
Smoke-Free Task Force hopes to communicate. ...According to Americans
for Nonsmokers Rights, more than 1,100 university campuses across
the nation have established clean air policies, and members of the Smoke-Free
Task Force hope UAA will be next to join the list. ...
hopes to make UAA campus smoke-free
Juneau Empire (subscription) - September 5, 2013
ANCHORAGE Students and faculty are behind a push to make the University
of Alaska Anchorage the first smoke-free campus in the state. The goal
is to get ...
bars go smoke-free
Bristol Bay Times - August 30, 2013
Earlier this month Dillingham joined the ranks of 14 other communities
in Alaska, by offering smoke-free bars to locals and visitors alike.
The city council approved the ban on smoking in Dillingham bars on Aug.
1, without putting it to a city-wide vote. The fresher air is mostly
due to the plight of local artist Apayo Moore.
School District Strengthens Tobacco-Free Policy: All ...
Anchorage Daily News - August 8, 2013
At its December 2012 meeting, the board voted to strengthen existing
policies and make all ASD school buildings and grounds completely tobacco-free,
Lexington Herald-Leader - August 6, 2013
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Keep no-smoking policy in public housing
units. The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. should resist efforts to derail
its new no-smoking policy for public housing units. The issue generates
a blizzard of conflicting claims about rights, freedoms and responsibilities.
However, the state has the right to set the new rules and good reason
for doing so. It should stick by them.
ban postponed at AHFC facilities
Seattle Post Intelligencer - August 1, 2013
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) Public housing officials have postponed a plan to
ban smoking after residents across the state complained. The ban was
to have gone into effect in August at state-subsidized senior public
housing units statewide, but now the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. is
re-evaluating the policy, KTOO reported (http://is.gd/g7tmzu )
Ban Postponed At AHFC Senior Housing
Alaska Public Radio Network July 31, 2013
A smoking ban planned for state-subsidized senior public housing has
been postponed. The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation was to implement
no-smoking rules ... his petition helped agency managers change their
minds on the proposed ban.
Peninsula Fairgrounds Going Smoke Free
Sewardcity News - July 29, 2013
Ninilchik, ALASKA - The Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds will be smoke free
this year. The Kenai Peninsula Fair Association Board approved the policy
on May 16TH, which went into effective June 1st. The Fair will be held
Editorial: State's smoking report has encouraging news
Juneau (AK) Empire - July 28, 2013
The statistics in the recent state report on smoking are good, but the
numbers also illustrate why the trend isn't even better: Tobacco is
Turn: Smoke-free policy good for everyone
Juneau Empire (subscription) - July 26, 2013
On behalf of the American Lung Association in Alaska, I applaud the
Alaska Housing Finance Corporations plan to implement smoke-free housing
policies in its multi-family units. I encourage AHFC to move ahead with
its plan to extend the smoke-free initiative to their entire stock of
housing. Smoke-free housing policies support AHFCs mission to provide
Alaskans access to safe, quality, affordable housing.
Fewer Alaskans are smoking
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - July 22, 2013
FAIRBANKS Fewer Alaskans are smoking these days. ... Secondhand smoke
exposure has decreased significantly among children at home, and among
Smoking Ban Fails in Assembly Vote
Associated Press / youralaskalink - July 22, 2013
KODIAK- If you're in Kodiak, you can still smoke 'em if you got 'em.
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly has killed a wide sweeping ban on
Job Corps Center is now tobacco-free
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - July 20, 2013
By joining the challenge, Job Corps is committing to conduct at least
two activities by the end of 2013 that assist them in implementing their
tobacco-free campus ...
Job Corps goes tobacco-free
Anchorage Daily News - July 17, 2013
Palmer, ALASKAThe Alaska Job Corps Center campus is now tobacco-free.
The policy went into effect July 1, 2013. The Alaska Job Corps Center
is the second campus in Alaska to join the Fresh Air Campus Challenge
after I isa vik College in Barrow made the commitment last month. The
regional challenge is a first-of-its-kind effort to encourage all college
campuses in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to adopt a 100 percent
smokefree or tobacco-free policy by 2016. The Fresh Air Campus Challenge
is supported by a broad coalition of local, state and national tobacco
prevention and control partners, including the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Region
X; American College Health Association; American Lung Association; American
Cancer Society; American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation; American Heart
Association; and the state tobacco prevention and control programs of
Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
smoking ban on Kodiak Island all but dead
Ct Post - July 15, 2013
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) A proposal to ban public smoking on the Kodiak Island
Borough is all but dead after one of the principal backers dropped his
considers smoking ban in businesses, parks
Pioneer Press - July 2, 2013
KODIAK, AlaskaA smoking ban that would prohibit smoking in bars, restaurants
and public places like parks will be considered Tuesday night by the
Kodiak Island Borough Assembly.
Considers Smoking Ban in Businesses & Parks
KTUU.com - July 2, 2013
A smoking ban that would prohibit smoking in bars, restaurants and public
places like parks will be considered Tuesday night by the Kodiak Island
borough considers smoking ban in businesses, outdoor ...
Daily Journal - July 2, 2013
KODIAK, Alaska A smoking ban that would prohibit smoking in bars, ...
The proposal would ban smoking inside every enclosed area in a business,
ban gets first vote Tuesday ($$)
Kodiak Mirror - July 1, 2013
A plan to ban smoking in every bar, restaurant and public place in the
Kodiak Island Borough will see its first vote Tuesday night. The proposal
from assemblymen Aaron Griffin and Tuck Bonney would put the idea on
is back in Alaska politics
Anchorage Press - June 21, 2013
The legalization initiative would not allow people to smoke marijuana
in public. It would require anyone transporting a small amount to keep
it sealed and hidden ...
smokers fight back on senior housing smoking ban
Ktoo - June 18, 2013
Mountain View Apartments for seniors and the disabled at 895 West 12th
Street, Juneau., is one of several AHFC facilities to go totally smoke
free in August.
Smoked out: New smoking rules for public housing are a slap in face
Fairbanks (AK) Daily News-Miner - June 16, 2013
As a former Alaska landlord and a veteran who has bled and laid his
life on the line for these United States to be free, I find the rule
change to be a slap in the face, not only to free Americans, but to
the most fragile of all Americans, the older ...
PrideFestival Goes Smoke Free
KTUU.com- June 13, 2013
An event celebrating the local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
(LGBT) culture and community is going smoke free this year. For the
first time in the ...
residents seek smoke-free bars
Bristol Bay Times - June 7, 2013
What started as a petition and Facebook campaign for smoke-free bars
in Dillingham arrived in the City Council arena last month. Discussion
of the issue continues tonight at the regular city council meeting,
at 7 p.m. City leaders will decide whether the council should make a
decision on the subject or put it to a city-wide vote.
Smoking in Dillingham Bars?
KDLG - May 31, 2013
Last week she asked the City Council to consider extending the municipal
smoking ban to include bars. But a vote to send the matter to committee
failed, and the ...
city rakes in revenue from new tobacco tax
Alaska Dispatch - May 26, 2013
A new excise tax on tobacco in the Southwest Alaska hub of Bethel brought
the ... The new $2.21 per-pack tax on cigarettes, along with a 45-percent
tax on all ... it be from a hospital, school, or store, you run into
a big cloud of cigarette smoke.
Seeks Comments on Smoke-Free Public Housing Units
KTUU.com - May 23, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. is seeking comments
on a plan to ban smoking in more than 600 of its public housing units.
Comments are being taken through June 15. The smoke-free policy, if
enacted by AHFC, would take effect Aug. 1.
Borough Hikes Cigarette Tax
KTUU.com - May 23, 2013
It will soon cost more to light up in the Mat-Su Borough. The borough
passed a $131 million budget that includes a three-percent tax hike
on cigarettes. District 3 Assemblyman Ron Arvin says the increase amounts
to $1 per pack and the tax will be effective when the new fiscal year
starts on July 1.
Housing Finance Corp bans smoking in certain units
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - May 18, 2013
FAIRBANKS Starting in August, residents of three downtown Fairbanks
housing projects wont be allowed to light up indoors, including
in their own rooms. The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. is banning smoking
at its large multi-unit housing units as part of a new policy catalyzed
by resident surveys that favored a smoking ban, said Director of Public
Housing Cathy Stone.
cruise FAQs: Internet, seasickness, tipping and smoking
The Seattle Times (blog) - May 18, 2013
Q: Is there smoking on the ship?
A: Princesss literature speaks of how it has sharply restricted
smoking in response to statistics showing that most passengers are nonsmokers.
Smoking is now prohibited in all staterooms and their balconies,
nonsmokers will crow and most interior spaces except for a few
small bars and, of course, the casino. (Smoking and gambling seem to
go together.) There are designated smoking areas around the ship. The
reality seems a little better for smokers than for nonsmokers. Designated
smoking areas are easily found, but elsewhere on ship youll be
hard pressed to find a single no-smoking sign, so expect to find random
smokers just about anywhere out on deck. On Star Princess, a smoking
area by the outdoor pool is just upwind of the enclosed (non-smoking)
pool area, with a large automatic door the only separation. So a flume
of smoke funnels inside every time the door opens or gets stuck
open. Likewise, the casinos always-open doors allow smoke into
the nearby theater and other public areas. For smokers, I give the ship
a B in terms of how happy youll be. For non-smokers,
a C .
tobacco tax generates over $25K in first month
The Delta Discovery - May 9, 2013
Bethel's tobacco excise tax has generated a total of $25,013.49 in the
first ... This local Bethel cigarette tax is in addition to the statewide
$2 tax on cigarettes.
Government invites new officials
UAA Northern Light May 1, 2013
At the April 26 USUAA student government meeting, president Alejandra
Buitrago swore in president elect Andrew Lessig. Lessig then swore in
vice president elect Drew Lemish. Lessig and Lemish swore in two new
senators, chemistry major John Paoletti and Jackie Odena. Bree Villar,
UAA student and health education coordinator with the American Lung
Association joined fellow student Valeria Delgado and Gabriel Garcia,
assistant professor of public health, to speak to USUAA about the current
smoking standards on campus and potential future amendments. According
to Villar, students must smoke 20 feet from the doors at University
of Alaska buildings and 50 feet from doors at medical buildings in the
state of Alaska. The Smoke-Free Task Force and a group of students have
gathered 514 student signatures petitioning for a smoke free campus.
According to the group advocating a smoke-free campus, 1,159 campuses
in the nation are now smoke-free and 783 are tobacco-free. They said
three states have passed laws banning smoking on college campuses. The
group plans to propose a letter and the signed petition to USUAA in
the fall for a smoke-free resolution. Delgado said only 20 percent of
UAA students smoke.
man with ruined lungs now face of CDC's anti-smoking effort
Alaska Dispatch - April 14, 2013
Michael Patterson, a formerly homeless person who started smoking at
age 9, has stories of carved-away lungs, battles to breathe, and doctors
who tell him he's a walking dead man living on borrowed time.
celebrates 8 years of tobacco-free campuses
Capital city weekly - April 3, 2013
April marks the 8th anniversary for all SouthEast Alaska Regional Health
Consortium (SEARHC) campuses going tobacco-free! On April 1, 2005, SEARHC
Board of Regents releases information about recent meeting
Anchorage Daily News February 28, 2013
ANCHORAGE -- Students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to testify
to the University of Alaska Board of Regents during a two-day meeting
in Anchorage Feb. 21 and 22. A group of approximately 15 students and
faculty came forward to request smoke free campuses in the UA system,
while many others testified in support of programs and
plans on the board's agenda. The quality of testimony added an element
of personal engagement to an agenda packed with consent items, curriculum
changes, campus planning updates and bond considerations.
Has Mixed Results in Working to Reduce Tobacco Use
Anchorage Daily News - January 17, 2013
... voters in Palmer, Alaska voted to approve an ordinance prohibiting
smoking in ... Half of our state's population is unprotected from secondhand
smoke at work ... a priority to pass policies that protect our citizens
from secondhand smoke and ...
Says Alaska Needs More Secondhand Smoke Protection
KTUU.com-January 16, 2013
... and several other communities throughout Alaska prohibit smoking
in almost all ... Half our state's population is unprotected from secondhand
smoke at work ...
tribal councils become tobacco-free in 2012
The Arctic Sounder - January 11, 2013
Looking back at 2012 for Maniilaq Association's Tobacco Prevention and
Cessation Programs, the year went fairly well. Both programs visited
and met with all 12 of the Maniilaq Service Area local tribal council
offices in each community and informed them the importance of becoming
a 100 percent tobacco-free workplace and recognized the dangers of secondhand
smoke to everyone.
in Head Start help spread tobacco-free message
Homer News - January 9, 2013
Shortly before the holiday break, the youngsters at Homer Head Start
joined Alaska's fight against tobacco use, thanks to a program sponsored
by RurAL CAP, ...
Oks tobacco tax hike
Juneau (AK) Empire - December 13, 2012
Bethel City Council passed an ordinance that will increase taxes
on all tobacco products sold in the city. The ordinance will raise the
price of cigarettes by $2.21 per pack and raise prices for other tobacco
products by 45 percent. ...
Tobacco Tax ordinance passes introduction
The Delta Discovery - December 5, 2012
An ordinance to amend the Bethel Municipal Code to enact an excise tax
on cigarettes and tobacco products passed introduction during the November
27th, 2012 regular city council meeting. Ordinance 12-09, sponsored
by council member Eric Whitney, is up for another public hearing at
the next meeting before it will be voted upon.
more Alaska tribes adopt tobacco-free resolutions
Alaska Dispatch - November 20, 2012
The Juneau Empire reports two tribes in Southeast Alaska have joined
the growing ranks of entities choosing to go smoke-free. The Skagway
Tribal Council and ...
more tribes go tobacco-free in Southeast Alaska
Sitnews (Ketchikan, AK) - November 17, 2012
Momentum for statewide tobacco-free workplaces continues to spread in
Alaska as the Skagway Tribal Council and the Chilkat Indian Village
(Klukwan) tribes join the growing number of 13 Southeast and 36 statewide
Alaska tribes that have already passed ...
Native groups join forces to fight tobacco use
Fairbanks (AK) Daily News-Miner - October 21, 2012
Alaska Native anti-tobacco crusaders received unanimous support from
the board of the states largest Native organization last year.
Now, with that support of the Alaska Federation of Natives, theyre
trying to cut into the states high rate of tobacco use by Alaska
Natives by persuading individual tribes to stop their employees from
smoking at work. Theyve been ...
Native Tribal Health Consortium fighting tobacco use
Fairbanks (AK) Daily News-Miner- October 14, 2012
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium reports that seven tribes
have approved resolutions calling for a ban on all tobacco products
in the workplace. It notes that three tribes have passed resolutions
supporting a statewide smoke-free workplace law. ...
worry about smoke-free future
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - October 6, 2012
PALMER Bar owners are worried while clean-air advocates are elated this
week after Palmer residents decided to end indoor smoking in public.
smokers pay less for cigarettes than urban dwellers
Anchorage (AK) Daily News - October 6, 2012
Bethel smokers are consistently paying anywhere from a few cents to
roughly a dollar less than those in Anchorage. That may soon change.
The heads of two heavyweight Bethel-based Native organizations are pushing
city leaders to consider a new excise tax ...
goes smoke-free, with 61.5 percent voting for ban
Alaska Dispatch - October 3, 2012
Smokers in Palmer will have to step outside to have a cigarette next
year. A proposed smoking ban in the city was approved by voters on Tuesday,
according to ...
voters opt for smoke-free city
Wasilla (AK) Frontiersman - Oct 3, 2012
...the anti-smoking ordinance, which seemed to have taken in 54 percent
of the vote with 376 choosing yes and 310 voting no. But the city still
has 101 ballots that havent been counted so that result has the
potential to change. ...
Zhu, A.Z.; Binnington, M.J.; Renner, C.C.; Lanier, A.P.; Hatsukami,
D.K.; Stepanov, I.; Watson, C.H.; Sosnoff, C.S.; Benowitz, N.L.; Tyndale,
Native smokers and smokeless tobacco users with slower CYP2A6 activity
have lower tobacco consumption, lower tobacco specific nitrosamine exposure
and lower tobacco specific nitrosamine bioactivation," Carcinogenesis
[Epub ahead of print], October 1, 2012.
Proposition 3 smoking really?
Wasilla (AK) Frontiersman - September 30, 2012
There are false arguments presented by the tobacco industry through
our city council members . . . Our city council has rejected the idea
of an ordinance thats why it took a petition by local voters to
get this on the ballot. Im not sure why some on ...
Weighs Smoking Ban in Businesses, Public Places
KTVA CBS 11 News Alaska - September 7, 2012
PALMER - For the chair of Smoke-Free Palmer, David Cheezem, Proposition
Three, which would ban smoking in businesses and public places in Palmer,
is a ...
smoke or not to smoke, Palmer voters to decide on smoking ban
Alaska Dispatch - September 6, 2012
A little city in the Matanuska-Susitna valley is looking to take on
the big-city issue of whether to ban smoking.
Renner, C.C.; Lanier, A.P.; Lindgren, B.; Jensen, J.;
Patten, C.A.; Parascandola, M.; Benowitz, N.L.; Tyndale, R.F.; Hatsukami,
use among Southwestern Alaska native people," Nicotine and
Tobacco Research [Epub ahead of print], September 4, 2012.
Conclusions: Very high tobacco-use prevalence,
dual product use, and early tobacco use are observed in Southwestern
AN people. Unexpectedly these did not appear to be correlated with heavier
individual tobacco use or higher levels of addiction in this population.
Valley State Fair goes smoke-free
Anchorage Daily News - August 1, 2012
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Tanana Valley State Fair is going
smoke-free. ... fair organizers listened to the community when making
the decision to go smoke-free.
Assembly Considers Expanding No-Smoking Zones
KTUU-Ch. 2 (Anchorage, AK) - Jul 10, 2012
The Anchorage Assembly plans to introduce an ordinance at its July
10 meeting that would expand the area around city buildings where you
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (AK) -May 26, 2012
WASILLA - Starting today, add Tailgaters to the growing
list of bars going smoke-free.
Ban Exemption Failed: Are Private Clubs Suffering?
youralaskalink (AK)- May 24, 2012
The assembly fails a smoking ban exemption for private
clubs 8 to 3. One club in particular, the Eagles Aerie located in Peters
Creek, claims the 2007 law ...
Ban to Remain Across Municipality
KTVA CBS 11 News Alaska - May 23, 2012
He said allowing private clubs to smoke inside again is a direct target
on his business. ... ATTENTION ALL SUPPORTERS OF THE LAW BANNING SMOKING
to argue in favor of smoking in clubs
Anchorage Daily News - May 19, 2012
It's not easy for a politician to defend smoking but Eagle River Assemblyman
Bill Starr will be doing just that next week. Starr has proposed a repeal
of the smoking ban for private clubs. The Assembly will take comment
Tuesday night. The change would affect 20 or so clubs -- mostly veterans
and fraternal organizations -- but it is really aimed at just one: the
Eagles Aerie 4174 in Peters Creek
To Decide On Indoor Smoking Ban Exemption
KTUU.com (AK) - May 8, 2012
It began with the Fraternal Order of Eagles, a charity organization
in Chugiak, which claims its membership dropped drastically after the
indoor smoking ban ...
Mulls Indoor Smoking Exemption
Measure scheduled for public hearing Tuesday
KTVA Channel 11 (Anchorage, AK) - May 5, 2012
ANCHORAGE While sponsors call it a narrow exemption,
opponents of an ordinance allowing indoor smoking in some establishments
said its a major step backwards for local air quality.
Alaska Native Tribal Leaders Speak Out
Anchorage, AK -- Tribal leaders unanimously passed a resolution
to support Alaska smokefree workplaces at this Octobers Annual
Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention. The resolution sends
a clear message that it is essential to protect the health and well
being of Alaska Native people and others from the dangers of secondhand
SEARHC (SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium) representatives
Edy Rodewald and Andrea Thomas holding copies of these historic resolutions.
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Nome: Smokefree sign on a business.
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Nome: Smokefree banner on Front Street.
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Native tribal leaders speak out against smoking
Juneau Empire - November 1, 2011
Tribal leaders unanimously passed a resolution to support Alaska smokefree
workplaces at this October's Annual Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN)
declines to go smoke-free
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - Andrew Wellner - October 13, 2011
PALMER An attempt to turn the last few remaining businesses to
allow indoor smoking to go smoke free failed at the city council Tuesday
ban returns to council
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (AK)- Andrew Wellner October 11, 2011
Most who oppose the ban say smoking is a personal decision and the
decision to allow it in indoors to be a business' prerogative. ...
deserve clean air
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (AK) October 3, 2011
Hopefully the Palmer City Council will pass an ordinance to make Palmer
smoke-free in businesses and all public places. Smokers are addicted
to the ...
banned in Nome bars
The Associated Press
Anchorage Dailiy News, September 21, 2011
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Western Alaska town of Nome is going smoke-free
in enclosed public places. ...
banned in Nome bars
Houston Chronicle, September 21, 2011
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) The Western Alaska town of Nome is going
smoke-free in enclosed public places.
Even bars and saloons in the old Alaska gold rush town are off-limits
for a smoke. ...
ban begins in Nome
Anchorage Daily News, September 20, 2011
The bars and saloons of Nome outlawed smoking Tuesday. Whether they
like it or not. ...
BLOG: THE VILLAGE
Smoking ban begins in Nome, like it or not
News Tribune, September 20, 2011
The bars and saloons of Nome outlawed smoking Tuesday. Whether they
like it or not.The old-Alaska mining town, famous as the finish line
of the Iditarod Trail and infamous for its salty pioneer history, has
joined a growing number communities across the state that now ban smoking
in public places. That means no lighting up in office buildings. No
smoking in taxis and no cigarettes within 20 feet of softball fields.
gets an earful on smoke-free ordinance
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - Andrew Wellner - September 16, 2011
Smoking is dangerous to anyone in the smoker's vicinity.
Those speaking against the ordinance said it's a matter of choice. Making
choices is a daily ...
for making the fair smoke free
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - September 9, 2011
Thanks for making the Alaska State Fair smoke free. For the first time
I did not worry about my kids getting their noses burned by wayward
to go, Skagway!
Juneau Empire -September 6, 2011
Making all Alaska workplaces, restaurants and bars smoke-free would
prevent ... Smoke-free policies protect people from secondhand smoke,
reduce tobacco use ...
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Sally Benevento - August 29, 2011
This year we honored the fair's policy of having a smoke-free day. We
were concerned that we would lose business but found that being smoke-free
time the Valley catches up
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - August 29, 2011
I was so excited to see your byline and actually was watching the news
and saw Becky Stoppa speaking out regarding living in a smoke-free community.
like the smoke? Don't go
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - August 29, 2011
It sounds like some people who run the city of Palmer want to put the
hammer on the bars to go smoke-free. I say if you don't like the smoke,
ban ignites debate among local bar owners, residents
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - Zaz Hollander - August 26, 2011
Several Mat-Su bars have voluntarily banned smoking, including Palmer's
Colony ... Cox by phone provided estimates that the smoking ban has
cost him $35000. ...
is optional, breathing is not
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - August 26, 2011
Palmer isn't the first Alaska city to consider enacting a smoking ban
in public ... The conversation in every locale that has considered banning
is a healthy choice
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - August 26, 2011
We know that secondhand smoke kills. That's why I strongly support the
no-smoking ordinance, and I urge others to join me in that support.
to focus on benefits of going smoke-free
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - July 15, 2011
This grant will pay for advertising to raise awareness about the dangers
of secondhand smoke and build community support for smoke-free policies
in indoor workplaces and public places. The need for protection from
secondhand smoke has never been ...
Juneau's smoking ban stands in private clubs
Legal News Line - Jessica M. Karmasek - July 13, 2011
JUNEAU, Alaska (Legal Newsline) - The Alaska Supreme Court, in a ruling
last month, said a citywide smoking ban does not violate a fraternal
organization's First Amendment or privacy rights. The City and Borough
of Juneau has an
support of a smoke-free Palmer
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - July 8, 2011
Many of us would love to have smoke-free places to gather and to celebrate
together. A smoke-free bar is healthier for its employees, musicians
and patrons. Let's support our local businesses, encourage them to go
smoke-free and more people will be ...
ban in Juneau upheld by state Supreme Court
Juneau Empire - Klas Stolpe - July 6, 2011
By Klas Stolpe The Alaska Supreme Court upheld the City and Borough
of Juneau's smoking ban for private clubs on Friday, ruling in favor
of the city after hearing the appeal of the local Fraternal Order of
Eagles chapter, a private, ...
Court Upholds Smoking Ban in Juneau
Alaska Public Radio Network (KSKA), 2011-07-01
Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau
In a case that could have statewide implications, the Alaska Supreme
Court on Friday upheld the City and Borough of Juneaus smoking
ban for private clubs. ...
ORDER OF EAGLES v. CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU
Leagle.com - Jul 4, 2011
The City Assembly also included in its findings the conclusions of a
1992 report published by the United States Environmental Protection
Agency, titled Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking: Lung Cancer
and Other Disorders, that outlined the ...
survey shows support for smoke-free environment
Juneau Empire - June 13, 2011
Of the few people that expressed concerns, the top three issues were
people smoking too close to buildings and smoke coming inside, police/business
owners not enforcing the law and a belief that the policy is a violation
of smokers' rights.
breath of fresh air: More businesses take chance, go smoke free test
Homer News - April 13, 2011
Ten years ago we wrote an editorial urging the city to ban smoking in
all public places. People can be passionate about smoking bans, we learned.
In 2003, the Homer City Council considered a ban on smoking that would
apply everywhere but bars. ...
more Homer bars go smoke free
Homer News, 2011-04-13
MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER
Next Wednesday when the Salty Dawg opens its doors, the iconic bar
on the Homer Spit will join a trend started by the Homestead Restaurant
in 2002. ...
fair goes smoke-free
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - March 4, 2011
The Alaska State Fair is going smoke-free! The new policy, which was
recently approved by the fair's board of directors, came out of
concern for the fairgoer experience, according to a statement
by fair general manager Ray Ritari, posted Feb. ...
Smoke Exposure in Alaskan Households With Children.
Dent, C.W.; Maher, J.E.; Pizacani, B.A.; Dowler, D.W.; Rohde, K.; Peterson,
Rural and Remote Health. October 2010, 10(4): 1564.
smoke-free rules take effect Nov. 1st
KCAW - October 8, 2010
PETERSBURG-AK (2010-10-08) Petersburg bars, restaurants, clubs, workplaces
and public spaces will all have to be smoke-free in less than a month.
Local anti-smoking proponents were pleased with the strong show of support
among voters, who passed the new smoking restrictions with nearly a
two to one margin Tuesday. ...
rejects smoking ban, rec center; approves school repairs
KRBD - Ed Ronco - October 6, 2010
SITKA, ALASKA (2010-10-06) Voters in Sitka soundly defeated a ballot
proposal to forbid smoking in bars and private clubs, as well as three
measures that would have kept Sitkas community recreation center
open. But voters DID give their support to major renovations at two
schools in the city.
First, smoking. Sitkas existing ordinances ban smoking in places
of employment. This measure would have extended the ban to bars and
private clubs. There are four places in Sitka that currently allow smoking:
the Moose Lodge, the American Legion, Ernies Old Time Saloon and
the Pioneer Bar.
They will continue to allow smoking into the foreseeable future. The
measure failed, 59 to 41 percent. ...
ballot for Sitka voters
KCAW - Ed Ronco - October 4, 2010
Proposition 2 is a slightly hotter issue, literally and figuratively.
It has to do with smoking. Sitka already has a ban on smoking in places
of employment, but this proposition extends it to bars and private clubs.
Advocates say it will mean cleaner and healthier environments for the
employees and patrons of those establishments. Opponents say its
an infringement on the freedom of business owners and patrons. ...
tightens no-smoking ordinance
Juneau Empire - Sarah Day - September 22, 2010
The City Assembly tightened language to explicitly include commercial
vehicles in its anti-smoking ordinances on Monday. ...
cruise ship docks to be on floating berths
Juneau Empire - Sarah Day - September 21, 2010
Assembly discussion and decisions on the smoking ordinance in commercial
places, including commercial vehicles, a docks and harbors shorepower
rate increase ...
Court hears private club smoking case
Anchorage Daily News, Sep 19, 2010
The Alaska Supreme Court heard the appeal of the Juneau Fraternal Order
of Eagles chapter case against the City and Borough of Juneau on Friday
inside the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium, as part of Supreme
Court Live, an event to help foster the understanding of the Justice
The case challenges the constitutionality of a local ordinance that
bans smoking in private clubs.
The Supreme Court asked Paul Grant, arguing for the Eagles, to explain
why a ban on smoking in the club would interfere with social functions
and unfairly restricts its members.
"It's as if they could have dinner together, but then they are
forced to eat dessert back home alone," Grant said.
Grant also quoted from Justice Louis Brandeis, explaining the most
important constitutional right is the right to be free from governmental
interference in our private lives.
Justice Morgan Christen asked John Hartle, arguing for the city, if
the government could regulate smoking by hikers on a local public trail.
Hartle answered that if there were sufficient numbers of people using
the trail, then the city could prohibit smoking on the trail if the
city needed to protect the public health and that a big enough number
of people in a public place would justify the government's interference
with their private choices, such as the choice to smoke.
Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti said there are health dangers besides
smoking, such as diabetes and heart disease, for which the city might
also adopt ordinance to protect the public health. Carpeneti wondered
how far the city could go in adopting restrictions on what a person
consumes or activities that might injure his or her health. ...
Inlet Housings Centennial Village Grows to Meet Alaskan Seniors
Housing Needs, Eklutna Estates Grand Opening as a Smoke-Free Building
is August 3rd; Starting September 1, 2010 All CIHA Buildings Will Begin
Becoming Totally Smoke-Free
Alaska Business Monthly, September 8, 2010
The following is from a press release from Cook Inlet Housing Authority
in Alaska: Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) will celebrate the grand
opening of Eklutna Estates, located at 8850 Centennial Circle on Tuesday,
August 3rd at 1:30 p.m. Eklutna Estates is a fifty-nine unit facility
located within CIHAs existing senior community, Centennial Village,
in east Anchorage. Eklutna Estates consists of 46 one-bedroom/one-bath
units and 13 two-bedroom/two-bath units and is open to Alaskans aged
55 and older. Eklutna Estates is a mixed-income property with most rental
units available based on income eligibility guidelines and a limited
number of units available at market rate without income restrictions.
CIHA is proud to announce that Eklutna Estates is a smokefree
building. More and more Alaskans want to live in a smokefree environment,
says Carol Gore, President and CEO of CIHA. It is our goal to
provide quality, affordable and healthy homes. The Alaska Tobacco
Control Alliance will present CIHA with a Letter of Commendation for
their efforts in providing healthy housing options. This is CIHAs
first smokefree property. As of September 1 CIHA will implement a smokefree
housing policy in all of our properties all new leases will be
smokefree and expired leases will become smokefree as they come up for
returns smoking ordinance
Petersburg Pilot - Keith Chaplin - May 21, 2010
A proposed smoking ordinance took another step towards becoming a ballot
issue on Monday May 17, as the Petersburg City Council unanimously passed
the ordinance from its second reading to its third and final reading.
The final reading will take place on June 7, and at that time public
testimony will be taken, councilman Mark Jenson said.
For over a month, the ordinance was reviewed and amended by an appointed
committee of business owners and community members. The committee changed
sections of the ordinance to fit the city of Petersburg.
The two businesses most affected by the ordinance, Kitos Kave
and Harbor Bar had representatives on the committee.
Hillary Whitethorn, a committee member and part owner of Kitos
Kave said the meetings were productive.
I thought it was very amicable. There were disagreements, but
there were no words and nobody had a temper, Whitethorn said.
The biggest change to the ordinance is the requirement of a smoking
room in businesses wishing to allow smoking indoors. ...
moves towards smoking restrictions
KFSK - Matt Lichtenstein - May 18, 2010
The Petersburg City Council has passed the second reading of a measure
that would ban smoking in local businesses and public places. The latest
version of the measure includes a number of significant changes from
the original. While the councilors still have a mix of opinions on the
restrictions, they were all willing to put the issue on the ballot ...
finishes revising smoking rules
KFSK - Matt Lichtenstein - May 11, 2010
PETERSBURG-AK (2010-05-11) A committee of business people and concerned
citizens has finished their revision of a proposed smoking ban for most
may vote on expanding smoking ban
The Associated Press
Anchorage Daily News, April 30, 2010
SITKA, Alaska - Sitka residents could get the chance to expand a ban
on smoking in public places.
The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday directed the city attorney to draft an
ordinance that could let voters decide whether the smoking ban should
be extended to businesses now exempt from the ban.
Voters in 2005 allowed exemptions for bars and private clubs. ...
smoking ban could extend to bars, private clubs
KCAW - Ed Ronco - March 24, 2010
SITKA, ALASKA (2010-03-24) Smoking in bars and private clubs could
become against the law in Sitka under a measure advanced by the Assembly
on Tuesday (3-23). The city already has an ordinance against smoking
in public places, but bars and private clubs have so far been exempt.
Eighteen people testified about broadening the smoking ban, and debate
on the subject took up about an hour and a half. ...
postpones second reading of smoking ordinance
Petersburg Pilot - Keith Chaplin - March 18, 2010
The second reading of the proposed smoking ordinance 942 was postponed
until May 17, to allow for a committee to be formed in order to amend
Monday night, councilman Mark Jensen made a motion to delay the reading
and said he had problems with the wording of the ordinance and wanted
more public input before it was put on a ballot.
A few questions that Jensen brought up had to do with the wording of
what was and was not allowed in small businesses. He also asked if the
ordinance covered boats tied in the harbor.
Maybe we should give it a little bit more time, Jensen
said. I dont see why since it doesnt have to be completed
until Aug. 11
why we have to rush through it?...
ban will head to public for a vote
Petersburg (AK) Pilot, 2010-03-11
A proposal that would restrict smoking regulations in Petersburg is
one step closer to being put to a vote after passing its first reading
at the March 8 Petersburg City Council meeting.
As read during the meeting, ordinance 942 would prohibit smoking in
all workplaces and public places in Petersburg.
This all-encompassing ordinance has city council members and Petersburg
business owners alike worried about the "big brother," nature
of the document. ...
discusses ban on smoking in public places
Petersburg (AK) Pilot, 2010-02-11
The Petersburg city council discussed creation of an ordinance prohibiting
smoking in public places at Monday's council meeting.
Under the discussion brought forth by councilor John Havrilek, the ban
would extend to all offices, businesses, bars and restaurants that serve
the public within the Petersburg city limits. ...
court judge upholds city smoking ban
Juneau Empire - Eric Morrison - October 23, 2009
The legality of the Juneau smoking ordinance is less hazy after Superior
Court Judge Philip Pallenberg shot down a private association's assertion
that it was not subject to the city smoking ban.
In its lawsuit, the Fraternal Order of Eagles claimed that the ordinance
infringed on its freedom of association under the United States and
Alaska constitutions, its right to privacy and claimed illegal "intrusion"
by the Juneau Police Department into its private establishment in the
Mendenhall Valley to enforce the ordinance. The Eagles are the only
group to have challenged the ordinance in court. ...
seeks to repeal smoking ban in bars
KIAL - September 29, 2009
UNALASKA, AK (kucb) - A community member is circulating a petition to
repeal the smoking ban in bars. The petition's author, Jessica Culp,
says smoking ...
seeks return of right to puff
Dutch Harbor Fisherman - Alex Demarban - September 17, 2009
Smokers opposed to lighting up in Unalaskas roof-peeling storms
are incensed about a new smoking ban thats forcing them to puff
At least 300 people in the community of 3,500, including many nonsmokers,
have signed a petition asking the council to allow smoking in bars or
to let voters reconsider the issue, said petition organizer Jessica
People are fired up that the council members didnt put the contentious
issue on the ballot, and instead created the ban themselves, said Culp,
a PenAir agent.
Its a community issue, and it should have been decided
on by the community, she said. ...
bans smoking in public places
Dutch Harbor Fisherman - May 28, 2009
An anonymous punster once put it quite succinctly: If you must
smoke, take your butt outside. And on Aug. 9, Unalaskans will
have to do just that when the City of Unalaska joins communities across
the United States that ban smoking in enclosed public places including
enclosed public places, places where people are employed and day care
Its a health issue, said Chris Hladick, Unalaska
city manager. It will make our bars and restaurants healthier
places to go to.
Half of all hotel rooms will still remain non-smoking and the dreaded
amendment of no smoking in bunkhouses did not go into effect.
Council member Dennis Robinson proposed two amendments that passed
on final vote at the May 12 meeting: the building of stand-alone shelters
for employees and a requirement that smokers stay at least 15 feet away
from a bars deck or patio.
The amendment was just a clarification for outside facilities
and that they have to be a certain size and a certain distance away
from the building, Hladick said. ...
ban goes to next level
KUCB News UNALASKA, AK (2009-04-15)
The city council decided to send the proposed smoking ordinance out
of work session and to a first reading Tuesday night. They also decided
not to send it to a public vote and to enact it themselves. That means
that the ordinance could go into effect as soon as early May and businesses
would have 90 days after that to fully comply.
As it is currently written, smoking would be prohibited in all enclosed
public spaces, including bars, restaurants, private businesses that
are visited by customers, child care facilities, and government facilities.
Smoking would also be prohibited within 15 feet of an entrance and in
free, employee-provided bunkhouses. If an employee pays any rent for
the housing, then the smoking ban does not apply. Fifty percent of hotel
rooms must also be designated as non-smoking.
As it currently stands, business owners will only be fined if there
is evidence that they did not try to deter a customer from smoking.
Some police discretion is allowed in determining that. Public Safety
Director Jamie Sunderland said the police would use common sense when
enforcing the ban, especially when determining if business owners should
also be fined. If a person is caught smoking, he or she will be fined
Ordinance in Soldotna Lacks Support for Introduction
KSRM - Mar 12, 2009
At last nights Soldotna City Council meeting, the Council did
not introduce the proposed smoking ordinance that was on the agenda.
City Councilmember Scott McLane moved to introduce the ordinance; however,
it never received a second from anyone else on the council. McLane commented
that he did not attend the last meeting and he must be "out of
the loop". Opponents and proponents showed up to comment on both
sides of the issue at last nights city council meeting, including
business owners and various other members of the public. Council member
Shea Hutchings did not support introducing an ordinance that would put
Soldotna businesses at a disadvantage to Kenai businesses.
council considers smoking ban
Anchorage Daily News, March 10, 2009
The Soldotna City Council will consider introducing a ban on smoking
in the workplace and all public places. The council will consider the
places smokers on notice
Cordova Times - March 5, 2009
A total of 110 signatures have been collected for a no-smoking petition,
which was presented to the City Council last week.
Diane Delpino, who presented the petition, said she is tired of the
health hazard of tobacco smoke at her Moose Lodge workplace on Second
This is not new, she said. Fifty-eight Alaska communities
have already adopted this no-smoking policy.
The health hazards of secondhand smoke were not as widely known when
she joined the hospitality business 17 years ago, Delpino said.
Knowing what is hazardous to my co-workers and the children makes
me want Cordova to adopt this ordinance, she said.
The city wants to avoid the special election costs, so there will be
public comment period before an ordinance is drafted by the City Council....
Smoking Ordinance for Kenai Not Introduced
KSRM - March 5, 2009
An ordinance that was being proposed by Kenai City Councilmember Hal
Smalley to restrict smoking in public places and private businesses
failed to receive enough support for introduction at Wednesday night's
Kenai City Council Meeting....
to debate smoking ban law
Kenai Peninsula Online - March 4, 2009
Running nip and tuck with its sister city upriver, Kenai is slated
to introduce a ban on smoking in all public places at the city council
Soldotna attempted to introduce similar legislation last week, but
last-minute revisions by the city attorney prompted Mayor Peter Micciche
to ask that the ordinance introduction be postponed.
In Kenai, Ordinance 2390-2009 would amend the city code to eliminate
secondhand tobacco smoke exposure in places of employment and other
If introduced tonight, the ordinance would be scheduled for a public
hearing and a vote at the council's March 18 meeting.
Kenai code already prohibits cigarette smoking in restaurants and the
new law would expand that ban to include taverns, private clubs and
all places of employment.
The mere mention of a draft version of the ordinance in the Kenai City
Council's meeting agenda packet two weeks ago drew a number of opponents
of the proposed ban to testify. Most said private business owners should
have the right to determine whether smoking is allowed inside their
Postpones Introduction of Smoking Ban
KSRM - Feb 26, 2009
The Soldotna City Council decided not to introduce a proposed smoking
ban for the community at last nights meeting. Soldotna City Councilmember
Betty Obendorf explained the need for the delay. She said the City Attorney
rewrote portions of the proposal. It was not submitted to the council
members until yesterday afternoon. Obendorf said the introduction needed
to be delayed by one meeting to allow the members to study the changes.
council begins smoking ban discussion
Anchorage Daily News, February 24, 2009
With a restaurant smoking ban already in place, Soldotna City Council
now wants to explore tighter smoking regulations that would prohibit
smoking in all enclosed public places.
A new proposal would prohibit lighting up in all enclosed places of
employment, in city-owned vehicles and near entrances to enclosed public
places where smoking is already banned.
Councilman Shane Horan has proposed an ordinance for this town of 4,000
residents located 80 miles south of Anchorage. It's scheduled to be
introduced Tuesday, but no discussion is planned until a March 11 public
Council Reviewing Draft Ordinance for Smoking Ban
KSRM, AK - February 20, 2009
The Kenai City Council had the first opportunity to view a draft ordinance
creating a smoking ban in Kenai. The draft, as currently written, would
amend the municipal code in Kenai to eliminate secondhand tobacco smoke
exposure in places of employment and other public places. The draft
prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places within Kenai, all enclosed
areas that are places of employment, all enclosed areas belonging to
the City of Kenai, all outdoor arenas, stadiums, amphitheaters and public
transit waiting areas, except in designated smoking areas. It also bans
smoking within 20 feet of each entrance to an establishment licensed
to sell alcohol. Smoking distances are defined in the ordinance, too.
It defines 20 feet as the minimum reasonable distance for someone to
smoke near a place where smoking is prohibited. However, the ordinance
will prohibit smoking within 50 feet of any medical facility.
to Smoking Ban Speak Out
KSRM, AK - February 20, 2009
The opponents to any type of smoking ban in Kenai were at last nights
Kenai City Council meeting to express opposition to a ban on smoking
in private clubs. Gary Superman, of Nikiski, is the President of the
Kenai Peninsula Cabaret, Hotel and Restaurant Retailers Association.
He attended last nights meeting to reinforce CHARRs opposition
to a ban.
discussion begins: Soldotna city council looks at expanding ban
Kenai Peninsula Online, AK - January 28, 2009
Talks aimed at determining whether smoking will be permitted in any
public places in Soldotna are slated to get under way this evening during
a Committee of the Whole meeting prior to the regular city council business
Though no official ordinance has yet come forward, Councilman Shane
Horan has asked the city administration to prepare an expansion of the
city's restaurant smoking ban to all public places including taverns
and private clubs.
At a council meeting two weeks ago, Mayor Peter Micciche asked that
the issue be taken up at the committee meeting before the council schedules
any action on a possible new law.
The Committee of the Whole is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m.
rights?: Kenai Council hears both sides of health issue
Kenai Peninsula Online, AK - January 27, 2009
Undoubtedly feeling alone against the world, Cindy Stonecipher approached
the Kenai City Council on Wednesday night and declared:
"I'm a smoker."
Stonecipher had just sat through a presentation by the Teens Against
Tobacco Use wing of the Peninsula Smoke-free Partnership, advocating
the expansion of Kenai's ban on smoking in restaurants to include all
"I feel it should be a business owner's right to operate the way
they want," Stonecipher said. "Right now there's only three
places on the peninsula where I can eat, drink and smoke.
"This is being stuffed down everyone's throat, whether they want
it or not," she said.
About a dozen teens from Kenai Central, Skyview and Soldotna high schools
opened the city council meeting telling city leaders why they joined
the TATU organization.
One said she was tired of seeing people, such as her grandmother, die
from smoking. Another said she was in it to get other kids to stop smoking.
Yet another wanted her parents to quit smoking.
Symbolizing the number of people who die every day from various unhealthy
habits, the teens dropped BBs into an aluminum pie plate.
ban: one year later
Bar owners say ordinance hurt business; city revenues show increase
in liquor sales
Juneau (AK) Empire, 2009-01-19
Eric Morrison * JUNEAU EMPIRE
More than a year after the city's clean air ordinance went into effect,
people on different sides of the debate continue to disagree about the
success of the law that required Juneau's bars to go smoke free.
After years of debate in front of the Assembly, on Jan. 2 of last year
all bars were required to ban smoking from their establishments, ushering
in a fresh new era of nightlife in the capital.
OKs new smoking ordinance
Juneau Empire (subscription), AK - March 11, 2008
The Juneau Assembly closed a loophole Monday used by private clubs to
allow bar patrons to continue smoking inside after the final phase of
a citywide ban on smoking in public places went into effect Jan. 2.
The original 2001 ordinance, which took years to transition into local
bars, was rewritten and renamed after several bar owners complained
to the city about an unfair advantage gained by private bars such as
the Eagles Club that were exempt.
wars return: Anchorage Assemblymen Coffey, Traini propose banning cigarettes
in almost all public spaces in the city
Anchorage Daily News, May 24, 2006
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.