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The Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect on July 21, 2006. Most workplaces are required to be smokefree, but smoking is still allowed in a number of workplaces, including businesses that are not open to the public and have two or fewer employees, and in any restaurant or bar that prohibits people under age 21 from entering or working at all times. This law has significant flaws, but it sets a strong floor, not a ceiling, for smokefree protections. It is a good step forward because it does not allow provisions that would be barriers to future progress, such as smoking rooms or ventilation requirements, and the law has a strong anti-preemption clause that will continue to allow local communities to enact stronger laws.

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

Arkansas enacted laws for smokefree state university campuses (effective August 1, 2010) and for smokefree cars when children are present who are required to be in child safety seats.

2014 State Legislative Session: 2/10/2014 - 3/9/2014 (Est.)

State Law Information and Complaints: To learn more about the new law, visit Breathe Easy Arkansas or call (800) 235-0002.

State Quitline Number: 1-866-NOW-QUIT (669-7848)
American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

Editorial: Keep E-Cigarettes Away From Minors
Arkansas News - July 17, 2014

Specifically, the association said it supports a federal ban on selling e-cigarettes to minors ... Emerging from the electronic smoke, a couple of things seem clear.

Consumer Alert: Use of electronic cigarettes and other vapor products
Hola Arkansas - June 13, 2014

The Arkansas Department of Health is issuing this Public Health Advisory to consumers and is advising caution when considering e-cigarettes, Electronic ...

Tennant To Run For Second Term On Fayetteville City Council
Northwest Arkansas News - June 13, 2014

In December, he voted for a height and setback ordinance that restricts ... in 2011 against a proposal that would have banned smoking in all Fayetteville bars.

EDITORIAL: Keeping parks smoke-free
Harrison Daily - June 7, 2014

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, smoking was everywhere. People smoked at their desks while they worked, at their seats while they attended college ...

State warns about e-cigarettes
Arkansas Online (subscription) - June 2, 2014

The Arkansas Department of Health issued a public-health warning regarding electronic cigarettes in early May alerting consumers that the products are not ...

New health concern threatening the lives of Arkansans
Mymonticellonews - May 29, 2014

An electronic cigarette (e-cig or e-cigarette) is a battery-powered device which simulates tobacco smoking by producing a vapor that resembles smoke. They are ...

Airport Commission gives OK for talks on $40 million Fort Smith schools project
The City Wire - May 27, 2014

In addition to the motion moving forward with the events complex, the Commission also voted to ban electronic cigarettes inside the terminal building. According to Parker, eCigs have been a point of confusion for passengers for the last few years. "We have had some exposure to this particular item in the terminal building and it's caused some confusion in the past with the appearance of smoking in a no-smoking environment. It caused some consternation on the parts of passengers." Parker said eCigs had the potential to not only cause confusion among passengers, but there was also "the potential for this to start occurring in office space within our terminal building." While researching whether to request a ban on eCigs, Parker said the Arkansas Department of Health issued a memo warning of the dangers of electronic cigarettes and so-called vaping. Reading from an ADH advisory, Parker said the public health concerns listed include pollutants that cause emissions that could be a health concern for both users and second-hand smokers.

Arkansas House: State cautions against use of electronic cigarettes
Magnoliareporter - May 25, 2014

Parents should be aware that electronic cigarettes and similar electronic nicotine delivery devices are available in a variety of flavors, such as bubble gum, ...

Riverfest Officially Tobacco-Free in 2014
KARK - May 23, 2014

Riverfest officials say they've always worked to make the public aware of Little Rock's tobacco-free parks policy. This year, however, the requirement that ...

Electronic Cigarette: Representative Jeff Wardlaw
Salineriverchronicle.com (blog) - May 22, 2014

An electronic cigarette (e-cig or e-cigarette), personal vaporizer (PV) or electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) is a battery-powered device which simulates ...

ATU Trustees Approve Tuition Hike, Ban E-Cigarettes
Times Record - May 17, 2014

Arkansas Tech University trustees this week approved a budget, tuition and fee increases, banned electronic cigarettes on ATU property and continued a ban on ...

Smoking is harming our children ($$)
Paragould Daily Press - May 11, 2014

The law being broken is Act 811 of 2011 also known as The Arkansas Protection from Secondhand Smoke for Children Act. The law makes it a primary offense ...

State Issues Public Health Advisory on E-Cigs, Vapor Products
KARK - May 6, 2014

The Health Consequences of Smoking 50 Years of Progress A Report of the ... indoor/outdoor campuses that have existing tobacco-free policy/ordinances.

E-Cigarettes: The 'E' Is for Enigmatic (Craig Douglass On Consumers)
Arkansas Business Online - May 5, 2014

Congress in 2009 gave the FDA power to regulate tobacco products. ... We're not talking about just menthol-flavored devices. ... cities and states have been moving rapidly to address criticism of e-cigarette use and users by prohibiting certain ...

Riverfest Reminds Festival Goers About Smoking Policy
KATV - April 16, 2014

The Tobacco and Smoke Free Parks Policy was brought up reminding festival goers that you can't smoke in a Little Rock city park. Of the around 250,000 people ...

21 Arkansas children ingested liquid nicotine from E-Cigarettes
KATV - April 2, 2014

(KATV)-The Arkansas Poison Control Center reports 21 children under the age of five have ingested liquid nicotine used to refill E-Cigarettes. Ingesting the ... "Nicotine is a drug. It's a very potent drug and in these refills where there's a lot of nicotine in that refill relative to what's in a single cigarette, I mean it's a major problem if a kid gets into it," said Howell Foster, director of the Arkansas Poison Control Center.

Pryor seeks control on liquid nicotine
Arkansas Times (blog) - March 31, 2014

Spurred by a report in the New York Times about the dangers of e-cigarette's liquid nicotine a neurotoxin that can cause vomiting, seizures and even death Sen. David Pryor, armed with information from Arkansas Poison Control, has asked the Food and Drug Administration to immediately require child-proof packaging. Liquid nicotine is not regulated; the FDA is considering regulations now.

E-cig ordinance fizzles in Harrison City Council committee ($$)
Harrison Daily - March 24, 2014

Harrison City Council committees decided Thursday night to postpone any action on a proposed ordinance banning electronic cigarettes from any place where state law prohibits smoking tobacco, but not before discussion on both sides of the issue.

E cigarettes in Harrison
KY3 - March 13, 2014

Aas far as she's concerned, smoking shouldn't be allowed to be around anyone under the age of 18. A reason why folks at city hall are talking about banning e ...

E-cigs heading for committees
Harrison Daily - March 11, 2014

The Harrison City Council will discuss in committees a proposed ordinance banning electronic cigarettes from public places where smoking is already banned.

E-cigarette ban on agenda for Thursday night's Harrison City ...
Harrison Daily - March 6, 2014

E-cigarette ban on agenda for Thursday night's Harrison City Council meeting ... if the city bans electronic cigarettes in all areas where smoking tobacco is already ... It also says that the use of e-cigarettes in places where smoking is prohibited ...

City Council's agenda includes resolution to support Southern ...
Magnoliareporter - February 24, 2014
 
The council will hear the third and final readings of two ordinances. The first ... A resolution will be considered to make Magnolia parks smoking-free zones.

UCA to consider banning 'e-cigarettes' and 'vaping'
Log Cabin Democrat-by Courtney Spradlin - February 20, 2014

The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees will review a committee recommendation Friday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes on the school's ...

Wal-Mart urged to end tobacco sales ($$)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - February 20, 2014

The recent decision by drugstore chain CVS Caremark to halt tobacco sales at its 7,600-plus stores prompted some lawmakers to ask other big-name retailers to do the same.

Fayetteville Groups Advocate for Bar Smoking Ban to Protect ...
The Arkanas Traveller - February 19, 2014

Groups in Fayetteville have unsuccessfully tried to outlaw smoking in bars to reduce the health risks of workers exposed to secondhand smoke...

Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas: Lung cancer is preventable
THV 11 - November 14, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Governor Mike Beebe proclaimed November Lung Cancer Awareness Month in Arkansas. The Coalition for a Tobacco Free ...

Fort Smith library approves ban on e-cigarettes
WXVT - October 16, 2013

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Visitors to the Fort Smith Public Library will no longer be able to puff on electronic cigarettes while browsing through books. The library's ...

NLR Hosts 'Striking Out Tobacco in Arkansas Event'
FOX16.com - September 12, 2013

Today's conference was led by the the Coalition for Tobacco Free Arkansas and the state's health department. Their goal is to share projects and ideas to keep ...

E-cigarettes banned from school campuses
Blytheville Courier News - August 22, 2013

E-cigarettes, which up until this year have been legal in most public buildings statewide, were recently banned from school campuses by the Arkansas Legislature. Act 1099, passed during 2013's regular legislative session, will prohibit the use of e-cigarettes on all public school properties. In the act, e-cigarettes are defined as "electronic oral devices" which provide a vapor of nicotine or another substance used to simulate smoking.

Tom Cotton demanded Harvard ban cigarettes in 1997
Daily Caller July 31, 2013

Arkansas Republican Rep. Tom Cotton pushed for a campus-wide bad on cigarette smoking in Harvard in 1997. That could be a political problem for the ambitious pol, who is expected on Monday to announce a run for the Senate.

Base snuffs 83 smoking areas
U.S. Air Force - July 22, 2013

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- Base officials have approved a plan to help curb smoking and decrease tobacco use across the installation. Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., is decreasing the number of designated tobacco areas on base from 172 to 89 beginning Monday through August 30. The changeover process has been approved for execution in accordance with new guidance, Air Force Instruction 40-102, Tobacco Use in the Air Force.

Arkansas Smoking Deaths Top 49-Hundred Annually
FOX16.com - May 29, 2013

World No Tobacco Day 2013 focuses on banning tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Evidence shows that comprehensive advertising bans lead ...

Parks could become smoke free in Dover
Russellville Courier - April 22, 2013

To smoke or not to smoke in Dover City Park? That is the question of the moment that Dover Elementary School third-graders hoped they answered during a 20-minute presentation on Friday regarding the smoke-free parks initiative.

Student group presents smoking ordinance revision
Aransas Pass Progress - April 17, 2013

A heated discussion ensued about revising the current ordinance relating to smoking in public places between Ingleside High School student group, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and a large opposition group consisting of bar owners and their supporters at the April 9 Ingleside city council meeting.

E-Cigarettes? Library Foretells Looming Debate ($$)
NWAOnline (subscription) - April 19, 2013

At first glance, the Rogers Public Library's ban on electronic cigarettes has the appearance of the nanny state run amok. After all, these are not tobacco products.

Electronic Cigarettes Banned in Library ($$)
Morning News of NW Arkansas - April 18, 2013

Electronic cigarettes have been banned from the Rogers Public Library.

Rogers Public Library to Consider E-Cigs Ban
KNWA - April 17, 2013

If you're grabbing a good book here at the Rogers Library, there are a few things you can't bring with you: tobacco, food and drinks. They are all banned in the ...

Trustees To Consider Electronic Cigarettes Ban ($$)
Northwest Arkansas News - April 13, 2013

Tobacco products have been banned in public buildings for years, but electronic cigarettes are raising a smoke cloud at the Rogers Public Library.

Bills seek to douse electronic cigarettes
Arkansas Online (subscription) - March 25, 2013

Bills seek to douse electronic cigarettes. By Sarah D. Wire. Consumers must prove that they are 18 years old before purchasing tobacco products, but no such ...

Arkansas House Votes To Ban E-Cigarettes For Minors
KTTS - March 22, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas House has approved legislation to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. The House voted 76-8 to pass a bill calling for a $100 fine on anyone who gives or sells a so-called "e-cigarette" to a person who is younger than 18 years old. The measure also prohibits minors from possessing the products. …

Ark. House to vote on e-cigarettes for minors
KATV - March 22, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers are considering legislation that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. …

Senate Committee Votes to Ban E-Cigarettes on Public School Campuses
KARK - March 21, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The Senate Education Committee voted to ban electronic or "e-cigarettes" on public school campuses. High school and college students showed up to the meeting on Wednesday to show support in favor of the bill. One student says this just another step in stopping big tobacco and sends a more positive message. …

New Bill Aims to Ban Smoking in Public Places
OzarksFirst.com - March 12, 2013

An Arkansas lawmaker wants to ban smoking in all public places, even bars that fought for exemptions. … Now, Representative John Walker is going after the handful of places that are left. If House Bill 2119 passes, it would strike smoking from the list of indulgences people can enjoy at places like West End in Little Rock. … The bill's sponsor says he wants to ban smoking in all commercial establishments that invite the public inside that would include bars and casinos, including Oaklawn. …

Blytheville ahead of curve on smoke-free parks
Blytheville Courier News-February 27, 2013

Blytheville Parks and Recreation director Elroy Brown shows off one of the signs designating Walker Park a tobacco-free park. Tobacco products are prohibited ...

Lightbulb Club to test non-smoking policy starting Feb. 4
Fayetteville Flyer - January 31, 2013

One of the smokier clubs in downtown Fayetteville might not be smoky for much longer. Owners of The Lightbulb Club, located at 19 N. Block Ave., this week announced on Facebook that they’re “giving serious consideration” to becoming a non-smoking bar. “We’re starting to feel like it might be a good idea in general,” the post read. “We know some are pro, some are against, but given the tight quarters, we’re leaning towards going non-smoking.” Most of the feedback has been positive since then, and club owner Wade Ogle said on Thursday he’s ready to at least test the waters beginning Monday, Feb. 4. “We’re going to give it a shot, and see if it’s one of those things that just looks good on Facebook, or if people will really get behind the idea,” he said. Ogle, who was one of the more vocal opponents of a failed proposal that would’ve banned smoking in all Fayetteville bars two years ago, said that while he’s interested in experimenting with going non-smoking at his club, his feelings about a city-wide ban have not changed. …

Tobacco Free Arkansas celebrates 10 years
Today's THV - September 13, 2012

LITTLE ROCK, Ar (KTHV) -- The Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas is celebrating 10 years, at a conference in North Little Rock, "Striking Out Tobacco in Arkansas" …

UA-Fayetteville ticketing smokers who flaunt ban
WXVT (AR) - September 12, 2012

UA-Fayetteville ticketing smokers who flaunt ban. Posted: Updated: ... The campus banned smoking in August 2010. Fayetteville television station KHOG reports ...

Stamping out smoking in the workplace
Today's THV - July 9, 2012

Everyone deserves the right to a smoke-free workplace. That's the mission behind the Clear the Air campaign. In Arkansas alone, 540 adults die every year from secondhand smoke exposure. ... Arkansas, to talk about how stopping smoking can start in the workplace.

Manila hosts county mayors' meeting
Northeast Arkansas Town Crier - April 3, 2012

Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner welcomed Mississippi County mayors, County Judge Randy Carney and other guests to the Mississippi County Mayors' meeting held at the Manila Depot on Thursday, March 29. Guest speaker was Shirley Connealy, animal advocate. … Elroy Brown with the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas spoke briefly to the group about making city parks tobacco free. …

Pottsville updates ordinances
by Lori Kamerling
Russellville Courier (AR) - 46 March 28, 2012

Changes to two ordinances were the topic of discussion at the ... An ordinance prohibiting smoking and the use of tobacco products in city ...

Arkansas recognizes laws to protect workers and children from secondhand smoke exposure
Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas Joins with local leaders in celebrating smoke-free legislation
Heber Springs (AR) Sun-Times, 2011-07-20

This year will mark the fifth anniversary of legislation aimed at creating smoke-free environments in businesses and vehicles transporting children. Wednesday, July 27 at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol, second floor Rotunda, the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas (CTFA) and its partners will join with legislators and public health advocates to celebrate the institution of Acts 8 and 13, as well as commemorate Act 811 of 2011, the new law that expands the current smoke-free cars law. ...

Effort to ban smoking in Fayetteville bars fails
KSLA-TV Ch. 12, 2011-06-08

The Northwest Arkansas Times reports that the council voted 5-3 Tuesday to add bars to the locations where smoking is prohibited. Six votes were needed to expand the anti-smoking ordinance that was approved by voters in 2004.

Public comments nearly split during smoking ban discussion
Fayetteville (AR) Flyer, 2011-05-20
Todd Gill

When the Fayetteville City Council adopted a public workplace smoking ban in 2003, only two types of businesses were exempted: bars and retail tobacco stores. ...

Airing out Fayetteville's smoky bars: What the smoking ordinance does
Ozarks Unbound - Christopher Spencer - May 4, 2011

In a few hours, the Fayetteville City Council will take up the issue of banning smoking in all of the city's bars. A fire storm lit up before the first ban …

Locals Weigh In On Smoke-Free Fayetteville City
KHBS-KHOG Northwest Arkansas - May 4, 2011

Hillary said she opposes the smoking ban, and she wasn't alone. "I choose to visit the smoking establishments because I find the atmospheres there more ..

Smoking ordinance headed to council on May 3
Fayetteville Flyer - Todd Gill - April 27, 2011

With the help of at least two aldermen, members of the Northwest Arkansas Tobacco-Free Coalition will soon get to officially make their case for a smoking ban in all of Fayetteville's bars. Council members Adella Gray and Matthew Petty brought forth an ...

Smoking Ban Debated
NWAOnline (subscription) - Kate Ward - April 1, 2011

Wade Ogle, who owns several bars in downtown Fayetteville, said the ban would further limit the rights of residents. “I don't think anyone is disagreeing that smoking is a health hazard,” he said. “For me, it's a personal rights issue. ...

Smoke Free Cars Law now helps more minors
Today's THV - Lauren Clark - March 31, 2011

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Governor Beebe signed into law Wednesday an amendment to the 2006 Smoke Free Cars law. The former law required a child to be older than 6 years old to be in a vehicle if someone was smoking. Now that age has been raised to ...

Law on smoking in car with children could change
KTHV-DT CBS (Little Rock, AR), 2011-03-16
Written by B.J. Steed

Senate Bill 1004 to go before House Wednesday afternoon that wants to change the law regarding smoking in cars with children. ...

Eureka Springs businessman pushes for smoke-free parks
KY3 - Mike Landis - March 13, 2011

DeVito, who also serves as a city councilman, is representing a small group of concerned citizens who would like to see the smoking ban. He says he's voicing his concerns as a resident and not as an elected official. The businessman admits there could ...

Alderman in Fayetteville proposes to eliminate exemption allowing smoking in bars
Associated Press , 2011-02-28

A Fayetteville alderman wants to ban smoking in the city's bars.

Adella Gray wants to eliminate an exemption that some bars have to the city's smoking ban that was approved by voters in 2004. She told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette she expects the City Council to discuss the proposal at its May 3 meeting. ...

Lawmaker wants to ban sale of electronic cigarettes to kids
Sierra Vista (AZ) Herald, 2011-02-25
Tessa Muggeridge Cronkite News Service

A state senator wants to keep electronic cigarettes out of kids' hands by making it a petty offense for merchants to sell them to minors and for minors to buy them. ...

Thursday To-do: Feb. 17
Fayetteville Flyer - Todd Gill - February 17, 2011

If tonight’s discussion at about second-hand smoke in Fayetteville’s bars is anything like the one here on the Flyer, things could get pretty interesting at U.S. Pizza at around 6 p.m.

Of course, after 455 votes in our poll from last week, 68% of readers said they were in favor of a smoking ban in every bar and tavern in town. Only 29% answered "No way." ...

Poll: Would you support a smoking ban in all Fayetteville bars?
Fayetteville Flyer - Dustin Bartholomew - February 8, 2011

Should smoking be banned in all Fayetteville bars? In September 2003, the Fayetteville City Council passed a city-wide ordinance banning smoking in ...

Groups push for smoke-free bars, restaurants
Today's THV - February 2, 2011

Little Rock, Arkansas: A partnership between two organizations may clear the air for a smoke-free environment in bars and restaurants if they get their way. ...

RESOLUTION PROHIBITING THE USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS IN THE LITTLE ROCK ZOO EXCEPT UNDER LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES AND PROSCRIBING OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO
Google Docs, 2010-11-08
LITTLE ROCK ZOO BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Prohibition. The use of tobacco products within the Little Rock Zoo is prohibited except: (i) within a tobacco use area to be established by the Director of the Little Rock Zoo for use by zoo employees only outside of the areas zoo patrons are permitted to visit; and (ii) within one or more tobacco use areas that may be established with the consent of and at locations acceptable to the Director of the Little Rock Zoo during events held after normal operating hours of the Zoo provided that the tobacco use areas are located at least one hundred feet (100’) away from the main area of the event and from all doors leading into or out of any building being utilized for such event, and provided such event prohibits at all times persons less than twenty-one (21) years of age from entering the zoo.

The Zoo snuffs out cigarettes
Arkansas Times, 2010-11-11
Max Brantley

Breaking news from the Little Rock Zoo, through spokeswoman Susan Altrui:

The Zoo Board of Governors unanimously passed a ban on smoking in the Zoo last night. There will be no designated smoking areas for the public, only a designated smoking area for staff that is not within view of the public and is determined by the zoo director. The resolution also allows smoking 100 feet from the entrance of any building during after-hour events where children are not allowed and where everyone attending the event must be at least 21 years of age. This would apply to fundraising events such as Zoo Year's Eve and Wild Wines of the World and More. . . .

Vigneault's departure didn't hurt. He's been a tobacco lobbyist. The Zoo still falls short of the city's suggested guideline on no smoking in city parks. Any preservation of a smoking area for employees or guests is in violation of that policy, which is not enforceable since it has not been adopted by ordinance. Somebody is still hanging hard onto the cancer sticks, but this is an improvement.

Zoo Goes Tobacco Free
KATV - November 9, 2010

Little Rock – The Board of Governors for the Little Rock Zoo voted Monday night to make the facility tobacco free, with a few exceptions.

Seven of the board's eight members were on hand Monday night, and all present voted for the measure, submitted by board member Tad Bohannon.

The resolution bans the use of cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and any other form of tobacco on the zoo's property and in zoo vehicles, with the exception of a smoking area for employees (not visible to the public), and an exception for private parties, where all attendees are 21 years of age and older. ...

Smoking ban considered for parks in Region 8 city
KAIT - Brandi Hodges - September 28, 2010

If passed, the tobacco ban would include all four Blytheville city parks. On the first offense you will be warned. On the second offense you will be banned ...

War Memorial Stadium goes tobacco-free
Arkansas News - August 16, 2010

LITTLE ROCK — War Memorial Stadium is now tobacco-free.

The stadium has banned smoking inside the facility since 2003, but a new policy banning all tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, both inside and outside the facility went into effect today, manager Charlie Staggs said.

War Memorial is following the lead of other state facilities that have adopted tobacco-free policies, including Razorback-Reynolds Stadium on the University of Arkansas’Fayetteville campus and all state agency building complexes, Staggs said. ...

A controversial smoking ban is now in effect across Arkansas
Today's THV - August 2, 2010

A controversial smoking ban is now in effect across Arkansas.

The ban restricts smoking on all public-supported higher education campuses in Arkansas. It means students, faculty, staff and visitors are not allowed to light up while on those properties.

The ban is called the "Clean Air on Campus Act."

The Arkansas legislature passed it in April of last year. The intention is to steer smokers towards healthier habits by focusing on college campuses.

Signs that once allowed smoking a few feet away from buildings at Pulaski Technical College have been replaced with ones reiterating the ban.

"We're hoping it provides an impetus to get more people to quit smoking because it's one of the number one killers of otherwise healthy people," said Tim Jones, the school's Public Relations Spokesman. ...

Smoke-free workplaces: Pine Bluff celebrates 5 years
Today's THV - June 3, 2010

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the smoke-free workplace ordinance passing in Pine Bluff.

The passing of this legislation speaks great volumes for not only the Mid South, but the city of Pine Bluff. This is the first predominately African-American city in the country to pass a smoke-free ordinance of this kind, and the second city in the state. ...

Mayor wants smoking ban in parks extended to Little Rock Zoo
Associated Press (AP), 2010-05-21

Little Rock's mayor wants the ban on smoking in city parks extended to the city's zoo and has asked the city manager to see if that's possible.

City Manager Bruce Moore signed off in July on a smoke-free policy for city parks. The policy, which is a request, not a law, took effect Oct. 1.

In a letter sent to Moore on May 18, Mayor Mark Stodola praised Moore for implementing the policy and asked him to extend it to the Little Rock Zoo. Stodola says in the letter that the zoo is located in a city park. ...

Study: Banning Smoking In Bars Could Boost Sales ($$)
Morning News of NW Arkansas, 2010-05-14
Skip Descant

Taking cigarettes out of bars and restaurants could slightly increase business activity, a study at the University of Arkansas shows.

“When you look at SEC (Southeastern Eastern Conference) schools and the towns that surround them ... when you enact a smoke-free policy, it had a small increase ­ not a large impact ­ but a small increase on their sales,” said Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

The study examined the food and beverage sales tax figures for three years before and three years after those cities enacted a smoking ban. The Northwest Arkansas Tobacco Free Coalition commissioned the study, and wants to move forward ...

Little Rock Zoo's ban on smoking fails
Today's THV - May 10, 2010

Despite being housed in a city park, visitors of the Little Rock Zoo can still light up. Smoking is allowed in sections of the popular attraction.

However, there have been unsuccessful attempts by members of the Zoo Board to stop people from smoking on zoo grounds.

There are nine members on the board. Last month, three of them voted to ban smoking at the zoo. The problem with that is that three other board members voted against it. Another member was absent, and there is a vacancy on the board. Without a majority vote for the ban, people can continue to light-up. ...

Arkansas motorists who smoke with young kids in their vehicle could ...
KFSM - May 6, 2010

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas law enforcement says motorists who smoke while driving with a young child can now be pulled over and given a ticket.

The state Health Department and police said Thursday that smoking while driving with a child younger than 6 or weighing less than 60 pounds can generate a $25 ticket.

Most law enforcement agencies will take a month to warn motorists about the law and the dangers of secondhand smoke. ...

Council sets tobacco policy at park
Harrison (AR) Daily Times, 2010-03-25
JEFF DEZORT Newton County Times

The Jasper City Council met in regular monthly session Thursday evening, March 18, and established a public policy on the use of tobacco at the city's Bradley Park. The policy does not ban tobacco from the park, but signs will be posted requesting that no smoking be observed near children's play areas, and signs will direct smokers to areas where cigarette filter receptacles will be conveniently located. The goal is to make the park's environment safer and more friendly for all of its visitors.

Aldermen Freddie Kilgore, Eugene Davis and Pat Brasel, and Mayor Shannon Willis welcomed several Jasper School students from the Newton County Tobacco Education Group ...

Smoking regs changed at Fort Smith airport
The City Wire - Marla Cantrell - March 24, 2010

Smoking was one of the major topics of discussion at the March 23 meeting of the Fort Smith Airport Commission, once it finally got underway.

The meeting was delayed by 20 minutes, due to the lack of a quorum. That was remedied when Commissioner Jan Nordin arrived.

John Parker, airport director, presented a plan that would ban smoking within 25 feet of any exterior terminal doorway. The commissioners approved the resolution.

Parker said smokers tend to gather just outside the exterior doors, which exposes travelers to secondhand smoke and blocks the entrances. The Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006, which stopped smoking inside the terminal, did not specify parameters on the exterior. Signs will be installed notifying smokers of the new guideline. ...

Proposed Conway parks smoking ban softened
Log Cabin Democrat (Conway, AR), 2010-03-21
Joe Lamb

A proposed ordinance intended to address air quality and litter issues at Conway parks by banning smoking has been revised, calling now for the creation of designated smoking areas rather than banning tobacco use outright.

Consideration of the revised ordinance is on the Conway City Council agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting.

Aldermen discussed in January an ordinance banning the use of any sort of tobacco anywhere in city parks, with the need for such an ordinance evidenced at that meeting by a pair of plastic jugs filled with cigarette butts collected from Laurel Park ­ mostly near the playground ­ by members of the Asian Pacific Coalition for Smoke Free Arkansas. ...

BLEVINS: Right to swing your arm ends where my nose begins
Harrison (AR) Daily Times, 2010-01-29
Lynn Blevins

When I was growing up, no one talked about the possible consequences of smoking, and we all watched cigarette commercials on TV. When my parents and I would go out to eat, we were always seated right away because my parents (non-smokers) always requested the "non-smoking" area. People smoked in their homes, their cars, in their workplaces, and everywhere, pretty much.

Thanks to research, education and tobacco funds, we now know the risks of smoking, as well as breathing secondhand smoke. I started smoking at the age of 20, and I was in the majority at my workplace and within my circle of friends. Cigarettes were cheap, and although I had heard of people who had died from lung cancer or emphysema as a result of their smoking habits, it wasn't publicized the way it is now. I quit smoking in 1995, and even though I didn't struggle with the addiction to nicotine the way many do, I have a great deal of sympathy for those who make the choice to put the cigarettes away. . . .

In Arkansas, 4,900 adults die each year from their own smoking and 64,000 kids now under age 18 will ultimately die prematurely from smoking. There are 490 adult non-smokers who die each year from secondhand smoke.

It's time we took a firm stand and protected people, adults and children, from secondhand smoke. Whenever a business, government office, college or hospital goes tobacco free, there's always an outcry of infringement on smokers' rights, but no one seems to talk so openly about the rights of those who don't want to breathe secondhand smoke. ...

Two Arkansas housing authorities adopt smoke-free policies
SFELP, December 10, 2009

In Arkansas, the Little Rock Housing Authority and the Polk County Housing Authority have each adopted smoke-free policies for some or all of their buildings. These are the first two HAs in Arkansas to adopt smoke-free policies. The Little Rock HA has adopted a smoke-free policy for all three of its high-rise buildings, with a total of 596 units in three buildings (428 units in two buildings for persons aged 50 and over, and 168 units of family housing in one building). The Polk County HA adopted a smoke-free policy for all 182 units of its housing in 6 buildings. Both HA smoke-free policies go into effect on January 1, 2010. There are now at least 136 housing authorities in the U.S. with smoke-free policies for some or all their buildings. to access a list of all these HAs, click above.

Ozark Guidance locations become smoke-free
Northwest Arkansas News - October 8, 2009

All Ozark Guidance facilities became smokefree areas Monday. ...

UALR Welcomes New School Year With Smoke-Free Campus
todaysthv.com, August 15, 2009

The number of university campuses that ban smoking on school property has increased nearly tenfold in the last three years, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.

And you can now add University of Arkansas at Little Rock to the list. ...

LR encourages people not to smoke in parks
Arkansas Democrat Gazette - Kristin Netterstrom - August 3, 2009

Starting Oct. 1, Little Rock parks will be smoke-free. Sort of.

Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore signed off on a smoke-free policy last month that encourages people not to light up or use tobacco products in city parks, which includes city-owned golf courses and the riverfront.

The policy is a request and not a law, but Moore and others said they think most people will comply.

“You do have some people who will probably thumb their nose at a policy. You have some people who thumb their nose at a law,” said Katherine Donald of Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas, which lobbied the Parks and Recreation Commission for the policy. “Signs usually work.” ...

University Enforces Smoking Policy
Southwest (AR) Times Record, 2009-08-01
Mary L. Crider TIMES RECORD

A property-wide tobacco ban goes into effect today for Arkansas Tech University, university officials announced Friday.

Laura Rudolph, ATU Ozark Campus director of administrative services and public relations, said the buildings themselves went smoke-free several years ago when the state legislature passed a law prohibiting smoking in public buildings, but a policy change adopted by the ATU Board of Trustees on May 21 expands the policy to all property owned and operated by ATU. The university has campuses at Russellville and Ozark. ...

Put out that cigarette ....
Arkansas Times - July 30, 2009

The Coalition for Tobacco Free Arkansas is applauding Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore for approving the City Parks and Recreation Commission's recommendations that the city have a no-smoking policy in city parks and golf courses.

That is, people will be asked not to use tobacco. There is no ordinance to make the policy law ...

Group celebrates third anniversary of smoking ban
Arkansas News Bureau, July 21, 2009

LITTLE ROCK ­ Health officials today celebrated the third anniversary of laws passed to create smoke-free environments and urged the Legislature to add more restrictive measures during the 2011 session.

The Coalition for Tobacco Free Arkansas “looks at each anniversary of Arkansas’ smoke-free legislation as a year that we saved lives,” Katherine Donald, executive director of the organization, said during a get-together at a local restaurant.

“However, with each passing year, we can underscore that stronger enforcement and the needed enhancement of these laws can create even healthier environments for Arkansas families at home and work,” Donald said. ...

Hector council postpones smoking ban for city park
Russellville (AR) Courier, 2009-06-23
Michael Ford

The Hector City Council decided against adopting a smoke-free ordinance for an area of its park at Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Mayor Martha Owens said several citizens expressed opposition following the council’s May meeting, where representatives from Community Service Inc. made a presentation detailing the benefits of the ordinance.

“We are going to wait a little bit further in time before we adopt it – probably the end of summer,” Owens said. “We’ll wait and give it some more discussion.” ...

Hector Council considers banning smoking at park
Russellville Courier - May 26, 2009

The Hector City Council is considering adopting a smoke-free ordinance for an area of its park after Janet Cook and Brittany Titsworth of Community Service Inc. made a presentation detailing the benefits of it during Thursday’s regular meeting.

“The council just needs to look over it,” Mayor Martha Owens said.

“We don’t have a problem with it. People need an area where they can go.” ...

Senate approves ‘absentee lobbying’ bill
Arkansas News - March 30, 2009

Barry Hyde, D-North Little Rock, which would impose a campus-wide ban on smoking at all state colleges and universities beginning in the fall of 2010. ...

Ark. bill would ban smoking in cars with minors
Baxter Bulletin, AR - February 24, 2009

A lawmaker wants Arkansas to ban smoking in any car that has a passenger younger than 18.

Rep. Fred Allen, D-Little Rock, on Tuesday proposed expanding a state law that bans smoking in cars that have a child who is less than six years old, weighs less than 60 pounds and is in a car seat.

The smoking restriction passed in an April 2006 special session that was primarily devoted to education funding, though the Legislature also passed a workplace smoking ban then. California, Maine and Louisiana have passed similar laws.

Tobacco lobby sends Dr. Death from Texas
Arkansas Leader, AR - February 4, 2009

Dick Armey of Texas, the former Republican majority leader in the House of Representatives who’s now a pitchman for Big Tobacco, came to Little Rock yesterday to lobby against raising the tax on tobacco.

Dr. Death has found a new calling after running his party off a cliff while he was in office.

He now heads an outfit called FreedomWorks, which is a front for the tobacco industry. Backers include an heir to the RJReynolds Tobacco fortune and UST, which makes smokeless tobacco.

This is an industry that kills off its customers. Nearly 5,000 Arkansans die from smoking-related deaths every year, or about $5 million a year in lost sales on the wholesale level. That’s why the tobacco companies oppose raising taxes — they need new smokers to replace the dead ones, but the industry has to keep prices low, or kids won’t pick up the habit. ...

...The tobacco industry is anti-life. Armey and his flunkies are the Pol Pots of American capitalism.

Smoking Ban Hasn't Snuffed Economy, Study Says
By Trish Mehaffey
The Morning News

FAYETTEVILLE -- A smoking ban in Fayetteville hasn't significantly changed the amount of hotel, motel, restaurant or sales taxes collected, according to study by the Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

Kathy Deck, associate director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the college, on Tuesday released the third in a series of reports examining the impact of the smoke-free ordinance in Fayetteville. The ban went into effect in March 2004, so it would be surprising if there was a statistical impact, she said

COMMERCIAL EDITORIAL FOR JULY 10, 2005 -- A STEP FORWARD FOR PINE BLUFF

Pine Bluff has become the state's second major city to impose restrictions on smoking in public places, including job sites, stores and restaurants. The ordinance, which divided the City Council and won approval in June after a key vote by Mayor Carl Redus Jr., took effect late last week.

Fayetteville, AR City Council champions receive the ANR 100% Smokefree Award of Excellence from the Northwest Arkansas Tobacco Free Coalition (NWATFC) in April 2004 for Fayetteville's 100% smokefree restaurant law. From left: Laurie Reh, NWATFC and City Council members Shirley Lucas, Lioneld Jordan, and Don Marr.

Here are photos of supporters working for a smokefree Pine Bluff.

 

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