may consider smoking ban in parks
Stamford Advocate - April 15, 2015
The Parks and Recreation Commission passed a no-smoking policy at its
March meeting, and the city's health director will likely entreat the
Board of Representatives to back that up with an ordinance making smoking
in city parks illegal. ...
Bans Smoking At One Senior Complex
Hartford Courant - April 15, 2015
The authority board passed the smoking ban last month after meetings
where only two tenants of more than a dozen in the 40-unit building
spoke against it.
Smoking Ban Is Unenforceable Overreach
Hartford Courant - April 8, 2015
I have no problem with protecting our children, especially when they
are young and have no control over situations. In theory, I agree with
the proposal to limit ...
restaurant celebrates 50 years
CT Post - April 6, 2015
Smokers were also a big part of the crowd -- "it was like a fog
in here" -- before smoking indoors was banned in Connecticut in
the early 2000s. "Our business ...
make beaches, parks smoke-free; Smokers will still have ...
Shoreline Times - April 3, 2015
MADISON >> The Board of Selectmen voted to accept the proposed
ordinance making all public parks and beaches tobacco-free zones at
its March 23 meeting.
For a smoking ban
Yale Daily News (blog) - April 3, 2015
The benefits of a smoking ban would extend far beyond our campus. American
higher education looks to the Ivy League to set the example, and as
of now, no Ivy League college has a campus-wide smoking ban. (Harvard
has a ban on its Medical, Dental and Public Health schools.) If Yale
were to mandate a campus-wide smoking ban, it would create a precedent
and political space for other universities to do the same. Our school
is one of a handful of universities that has the necessary profile and
social capital to launch the fight against tobacco.
designates 'No Smoking' areas, Greater New Haven ...
New Haven Register - April 2, 2015
MADISON >> As Madison becomes another municipality to ban smoking
in its ... and other communities in Greater New Haven consider banning
smoking in public ... parks and recreation director in Guilford, said
the town banned smoking in ... invoked state statues to extend smoking
bans to city property," the letter says.
Cheshire Middle School Students Found with E-Cigarettes
Patch.com - April 1, 2015
Students at Dodd Middle School in Cheshire were recently found to be
in possession of e-cigarettes, according to the Cheshire Citizen. The
Citizen reports that ...
moving to ban smoking in cars with children inside
WABC-TV - April 1, 2015
A bill that would bar people from smoking inside a vehicle when there's
a child inside has cleared the public health committee of the Connecticut
make beaches, parks smoke-free; Smokers will still have ...
Shoreline Times - April 1, 2015
Residents told the board there should be designated smoking areas for
... Other residents commented on the amount of restrictions the ordinance
puts on the ...
Law Makers Proposing Stricter Cigarette Laws
It's Relevant: New Canaan - March 31, 2015
Connecticut law makers are taking steps towards banning smoking with
small children in cars, ... This would ban the use of e-cigs in places
such as bars, restaurants, and other places where traditional cigarettes
have already been banned.
little too much
Hartford Courant - March 31, 2015
I wholeheartedly agree that secondhand smoke in automobiles is dangerous
to children [March 31, Connecticut, "Bills Seek To Restrict Smoking
In Cars, ...
schoolers caught buying and using e-cigarettes [VIDEO]
WTNH - March 30, 2015
Officials say students at Dodd Middle School used cash to purchase prepaid
credit cards to buy e-cigarettes online.
bills would ban smoking in cars with young children, restrict vaporized
Daily Journal - March 30, 2015
A bill that would bar people from smoking inside a vehicle when there's
a child inside is progressing through the Connecticut legislative process.
Lawmakers are also moving along legislation that would prohibit people
from smoking electronic or vapor cigarettes in certain places, including
restaurants, bars and retail food stores.
| Madison, CT Reaches Smoking Ban "Compromise"
The Cigar Authority - March 24, 2015
As we reported last week, the town of Madison, Connecticut held a hearing
on a proposal to ban smoking at beaches and parks. The original proposal
called for ...
forces say cigarette tax hike is a no-brainer
The CT Mirror - March 23, 2015
... according to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association,
the American Lung Association and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Looking to Ban Smoking at Beaches and Parks
Patch.com - March 21, 2015
Madison residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on the towns
proposed ordinance that would ban smoking at town beaches and parks.
The public hearing is 7 p.m. March 23. Madison is proposing to ban cigarettes
including e-cigarettes at all town beaches and parks.
has united stance in favor of more casinos
theday.com - March 18, 2015
Julie Kushner, a UAW regional director, said the union was proposing
that the bill include language banning smoking at the facilities. The
union continues to ...
Connecticut could lose 18000 casino jobs
Waterbury Republican American - March 18, 2015
The tribes want to build a casino as soon as possible along the Interstate
91 corridor ... "cannibalization of lottery sales" if expanded
casino gambling is allowed.
asks lawmakers not to leave it out of gaming discussion
Hartford Business - March 17, 2015
The Connecticut AFL-CIO also said it supports the bill because of jobs,
but urged for strong union agreements and a smoke-free work environment.
Anne Noble ..
considers banning cigarette butts at beaches
WFSB - March 17, 2015
It would ban all tobacco and e-cigarettes. Enforcement ... I have a
right to smoke, don't tell me what to do." Manware, however, said
he quit smoking cold turkey.
expansion draws considerable support, some opposition
The CT Mirror - March 17, 2015
Because Connecticut prohibits casino games in the state outside of the
tribal .... that the union also would like the facility, unlike the
casinos, to be smoke-free.
should help smokers, not cigarette industry
Hartford Business - March 16, 2015
Yet politicians and public health officials are targeting not cigarettes,
but e-cigarettes. How did we come to this, where the solution has become
proposes smoke-free parks, beaches
New Haven Register - March 15, 2015
MADISON - The Beach and Recreation Commission is looking to make the
towns parks and beaches tobacco-free zones, and the decision will ultimately
be made by local residents later this month. The Board of Selectmen
discussed the ordinance earlier this week during its board meeting and
said there will be a public hearing at the selectmens meeting March
23 at 7 p.m.
mull ban on smoking in cars with children
Waterbury Republican American - March 13, 2015
HARTFORD (AP) -- Connecticut lawmakers are again considering a bill
that would prevent people from smoking in a motor vehicle when there's
a young child ...
Woman Claims Underage Kids Used Her Address To Buy Banned E-Cigarettes
CBS Local - March 13, 2015
In Darien, Conn., some underage children believe they may have found
a way to get their hands on outlawed e-cigarettes. One woman in Darien
said she has been receiving packages from e-cigarette vaping companies
that she herself didnt order, containing vaping juice that powers the
e-cigarettes. She suspects high school friends of her son may be using
her address to mail the paraphernalia.
Connecticut should help smokers, not cigarette industry
New Haven Register - March 13, 2015
On the subject of public health, the Connecticut legislature is off
to a very bad start. New measures have been introduced in both the Houses
that would severely interfere with smokers ability to quit their deadly
habit. Passing laws that re-define common words, such as tobacco and
smoke, is a slippery slope. Using that subterfuge to torpedo a successful
and safe smoking cessation method is the opposite of responsible lawmaking,
antithetical to public health, and will wipe out many thriving, successful
Police Will Be Good Soldiers if New Anti-Smoking Law Passes
WTNH-DT Channel 8 (New Haven, CT) - March 12, 2015
Now cops have to check if everyone has seatbelts on; if drivers are
talking on their cell phones, free of any hands-free device; if a driver
is texting; and soon, perhaps, if an adult is smoking in a car with
a little kid along for the ride.
E-Cigarettes Be Added To Smoking Ban?
CT Newsjunkie - March 12, 2015
A bill that would include electronic cigarettes in the state's smoking
ban is garnering ... Smoking also is banned in school buildings while
school is in session or ... and close a loophole in the smoking ban"
by banning the use of e-cigarettes in ...
Law About Smoking
State of Connecticut Judicial Branch - March 11, 2015
These links connect to resources available and are provided with the
understanding that they represent only a starting point for research.
lawmakers considering a smoking ban in cars
wwlp.com - March 11, 2015
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Connecticut lawmakers are looking to protect
the littlest lungs in their state. They're working on a bill that would
ban drivers from ...
goes tobacco free
Chargerbulletin - March 10, 2015
This new initiative will ban all tobacco products, including, but not
limited to, ... they give off an atmosphere that promotes smoking, they
have been banned with ...
lawmakers, tribes back bill for new casinos
GazetteNET - March 10, 2015
Tribal officials hope to open a location along the Interstate 91 corridor
before ... it collects annually from the state's personal income tax
than the approximately ...
Haven city owned property could become smoke free
WTNH - March 4, 2015
No smoking could be added to the list if some city leaders have their
way. ... City leader submitted a proposed ordinance now it will face
public hearings before it ...
up, thumbs down
Greenwich Time - March 3, 2015
Thumbs up to efforts to ban smoking on rail platforms. ... a deep effect,
as commuters already see "No smoking" signs because it is
banned across the border.
Schoolyards Could Become Smoke-Free
New Haven Independent - March 3, 2015
"Right now there are some very obvious spots" where smoking
could be ... Adam Marchand, submitted a proposed ordinance amendment
at the board's Monday ...
Council could kick butts out of parks
Milford Beacon - December 3, 2014
Milford City Council is slated to vote Monday on a proposed smoking
ban at all ... A proposed smoking ban seeks to curtail smoking in Milford's
public parks, ...
students promote nonsmoking at Great American Smokeout ...
The Southern News - December 1, 2014
Lamberti's station in particular focused on the connection between smoking
and ... up at the stands, inferring that smoke ban will take away all
wants more data before acting on smoking ban
Stratford Star - November 26, 2014
O'Brien said the proposed smoking ban is not to punish smokers, but
it is to ... as whether smoking is already banned at Penders Field,
which is a town-owned ...
prevents youth e-cigarette access, but use on rise
Hartford Courant - November 26, 2014
Jay Challinor stands in front of bottles of flavored e-liquids in The
Smoke Shack. ... On Oct. 1, Connecticut joined 27 other states in banning
e-cigarette sales to minors. ... The American Medical Association has
called for a ban on what it calls ...
looks to be smoke-free
Yale Daily News (blog) - November 21, 2014
The Elm City may be smoke-free by June 2015. Mayor Toni Harp gathered
with city officials and community leaders yesterday evening to launch
New Haven Smokeout her plan to eliminate smoking from the city by the
end of this fiscal year next June. The effort is part of the annual
Great American Smokeout, an American Cancer Society campaign that encourages
smokers to quit, even just for a day, on the third Thursday of November.
The city has previously supported the national movement, but this is
its first year with a plan that will include tangible goals working
towards a smoke-free city. We want to not only advance towards a smoke-free
city but also improve the overall health and well-being of people in
New Haven, city Community Service Administrator Martha Okafor said As
part of the New Haven Smokeout, Southern Connecticut State University
has pledged to become smoke-free by May 31.
ban at town parks public hearing Nov. 24
Stratford Star - November 19, 2014
A proposed ordinance to ban smoking on Stratford beaches, athletic fields,
and parks and on the Short Beach golf course will get a public hearing
on Monday, ...
wants bans on e-cig flavors, sales to minors
The Valley Gazette - November 17, 2014
... Margaret Hamburg to back a rule that would ban e-cigarette sales
to minors. ... in e-cigs use but conveniently forgetting the equal drop
of 3% in smoking.
Tells Union It's Cutting 80 Dealer Positions
CTNow - November 12, 2014
During a transition phase, some Rainmaker areas will remain open, including
a newly created nonsmoking slots area consisting of about 500 slot machines,
Sun seeking new casino in northern Connecticut
WTNH - November 12, 2014
The plan is to protect the mega-million dollar investment the Mohegan
Tribe has ... for us to do, to protect not only our business venture,
but the state tax revenue.
parks board to further study tobacco restrictions
Meriden Record-Journal - November 6, 2014
In August, parks board member Bryan Meccariello proposed banning ...
Meccariello suggested three options: the complete ban; smoking allowed
only in ...
this week's Bulletin
Wilton Bulletin - November 6, 2014
New law prohibits minors from possessing e-cigarettes. o Warrior Words:
A cold welcome. o Panel addresses school stress and adolescence. o Wilton
law prohibits minors from purchasing, possessing e-cigarettes
Wilton Bulletin - October 26, 2014
A new law regarding electronic nicotine delivery systems and youth smoking
prevention went into effect Oct. 1. Public Act No. 14-76 makes it illegal
for a minor (under age 18) to buy or possess in public an electronic
nicotine delivery system or vapor product known as e-cigarettes and
for anyone to sell, give, or deliver one to a minor
state laws take effect
Fairfield Sun - October 16, 2014
Laws affecting residents who live on private roads, how hospitals advise
patients of their status, restricting e-cigarette sales and increasing
fines for robo calls ...
state laws go into effect
Easton Courier - October 8, 2014
...e-cigarettes Laws affecting residents who live on private roads,
how hospitals advise patients of their status, restricting e-cigraette
sales, and increasing fines for ...
Park Smoking Ban Discussed
Hartford Courant - October 7, 2014
The idea of making parks "tobacco free" was suggested two
months ago by board member Bryan Meccariello. It was referred to the
| Southington, CT Smoking Ban Arguments
The Cigar Authority - October 2, 2014
On Wednesday night in the town of Southington, CT a hearing was held
on the proposed park smoking ban that faces residents. The comments
were mixed with ...
state laws in effect Oct. 1
The Redding Pilot - October 2, 2014
Dannel Malloy's recommendations regarding electronic nicotine delivery
... nicotine delivery system" or "vapor product" - known
as e-cigarettes - and for ...
Goes Smoke Free with New Campus Policy [VIDEO]
It's Relevant: Norwalk - October 2, 2014
The policy has enabled the college to rid its campus of former 'smoker
shacks' and prohibits any type of tobacco product, including electronic
cigarettes and ...
park board hears from public on smoking ban
Meriden Record-Journal - October 2, 2014
SOUTHINGTON Several members of the Southington Town-Wide Effort to Promote
Success, known as STEPS, spoke in favor of tobacco free parks during
One Step Closer To Banning Public Smoking [VIDEO]
FOX CT - October 1, 2014
At the monthly meeting of the Milford Recreation Commission, the process
to enact a no smoking policy began. The city of Milford is considering
a smoke-free policy at outdoor locations, including city little league
fields, playgrounds, beaches, and possibly at city sponsored ...
Laws Include E-Cigarettes Bans, Heightened Reckless Driver ...
NBC Connecticut - October 1, 2014
Several new laws will go into effect Wednesday, including heightened
penalties against reckless drivers and e-cigarette bans for minors.
Drivers who seriously ...
considers public smoking ban [VIDEO]
WFSB - October 1, 2014
The city of Milford is considering stamping out cigarettes in public
places like Little League fields and downtown areas. The idea came up
after officials from the Parks and Recreation Department received complaints
from non-smoking parents. "If kids or adults don't want to tolerate
mulls smoking bat [sic] at Little League fields
WSHM-TV - September 29, 2014
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) - Milford's Recreation Department is considering
a smoking ban at Little League fields and possibly parks, beaches and
other recreation areas. The New Haven Register reports (http://bit.ly/1uwCk7n
) that Director of Recreation Paul Piscitelli says it's an idea, not
yet a formal proposal to be brought to the Parks, Beach and Recreation
Commission. He says the department has received complaints over the
last few years about smoking at ball fields
Connecticut towns move toward smoke-free parks
New Haven Register - September 28, 2014
MILFORD >> The citys Recreation Department is considering a ban
on smoking at Little League fields and possibly parks, beaches and other
recreation areas, joining a growing number of municipalities across
smoking ban reconsidered
CT Post - September 25, 2014
The City Council is considering a watered-down version of a smoking
ban in city parks that members rejected in May. Instead of relegating
smokers to special sections within the parks, the revised proposal has
been reduced in scope to public beaches, playgrounds and sports fields.
DeJesus, however, said he would exclude e-cigarettes, which produce
a vapor of nicotine and are marketed as a healthier alternative for
smokers trying to kick the habit. "If you've smoked 30, 40 years,
you need something," DeJesus said.
speak out about Southern's smoke-free campus policy
The Southern News - September 24, 2014
Smoking is banned in all classrooms, offices, building entrances, hallways,
stairwells, ... However, does banning smoking from college campuses
infringe on the ...
considers potential tobacco ban in town parks
Meriden Record-Journal - September 13, 2014
SOUTHINGTON The Board of Park Commissioners is looking into designating
parks in town as tobacco free.
To Ban Smoking In Southington Parks Wins Health District Support
Hartford Courant - September 12, 2014
... Regional Health District means the board backs the idea of Southington
parks commissioner Bryan Meccariello of declaring town parks tobacco
postponed on proposed smoking ban in parks
Stratford Star - September 11, 2014
The Town Council's Parks and Recreation Committee voted unanimously
on Aug. 27 to recommend that the Council create an ordinance banning
smoking on ...
High School bans e-cigs
The Darien News - August 29, 2014
Darien High School has stubbed out e-cigarettes with new policies in
place for the 2014-15 school year. Last year, school administrators
treated the "e-bugs," as some teenagers refer to them, as
they would other tobacco products. However, the school policies did
not explicitly address e-cigarettes.
Expands On-Campus Smoking Ban
NBC Connecticut - August 25, 2014
"The majority of the respondents preferred a smoke-free campus
with a few designated areas reserved for smoking," McLaughlin wrote
in an email to NBC ...
club permit discussion continues
Danbury News Times - July 22, 2014
The association has called on governments to close loopholes that exempt
hookah bars from smoke-free laws. Patel's Cloud 9 club on Ives Street
was open for a ...
to prohibit smoking on all town grounds
Torrington Register Citizen - June 26, 2014
The signs are not the result of an ordinance, but rather a town-wide
policy that Criss said he hopes residents adhere to with the help of
town employees and Connecticut State Police.
ban in Bridgeport parks on hold
CT Post - June 25, 2014
Though embraced by Mayor Bill Finch and the Bridgeport Parks Commission,
a proposed smoking ban in city parks faced tough questions last month
from members of the City Council's Ordinance Committee. Even though
smokers would have designated areas to satisfy their nicotine cravings,
members felt it was too restrictive and there would be issues with enforcement.
But rather than voting the measure down, they tabled it ...
banned on town playgrounds
Danbury News Times - June 19, 2014
NEW MILFORD -- All playgrounds in New Milford are now designated smoke-free
zones. The decision was reached at the June 10 Parks & Recreation
How About Showing Veterans Some Respect?
Hartford (CT) Courant May 31, 2014
But confiscating the vets' cigarettes and dictating the times that they
can smoke? Even though the smoking areas are out in the open air?
Department of Veteran Affairs Cancels Scheduled Smoking Ban
NBC Connecticut - May 29, 2014
In a statement the DVA says the veterans residing and hospitalized have
agreed to smoke within designated areas outside of the buildings,
on campus grounds, one of which would be the outside gazebo located
outside the chronic disease hospital.
fight back about smoking policy changes
WFSB - May 29, 2014
Veterans in Rocky Hill fought back against a controversial smoking policy
at the home where they live. The plan was for the entire facility to
go smoke-free, but ...
Fuming Over Smoking Limits At State Veterans' Home
Hartford Courant - May 29, 2014
Residents and administrators have been battling over a long-anticipated
ban on smoking at Department of Veterans' Affairs properties, including
the center, ...
not ready to vote on smoking ban
CT Post - May 28, 2014
She and her students are campaigning to prohibit smoking in the parks,
arguing that a ban ... Price noted alcohol is banned in some public
areas. ... who smokes, said he had been contemplating a smoking ban
at sports fields and playgrounds ...
Law: Employment laws to be aware of
Thehour.com - May 22, 2014
It should be noted that an earlier Connecticut law requires employers
to establish smoking and non-smoking areas unless an exception is granted
due to an ...
administrators want to stub out e-cigs
CT Post - May 9, 2014
"There was someone exhaling a cloud of smoke in class," Wisinski,
a Darien High ... which would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone
under the age of 18.
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services ...
Insurance News Net (press release) - May 8, 2014
This bill makes it illegal for a minor (under age 18) to buy or possess
in public an ... It tightens the law pertaining to the sale of tobacco
cigarettes to minors by
to be illegal for minors
Connecticut Post - May 8, 2014
Several bills promoting children's health won final approval in the
General Assembly late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, led
by an effort to make so-called e-cigarettes illegal for teens under
18 years of age. After a four-minute debate short
says bill banning e-cigarettes helps youth
Waterbury Republican American - May 8, 2014
Malloy says bill banning e-cigarettes helps youth ... legislation banning
the sale and possession of e-cigarettes and other so-called vapor products
View: E-cigarette ban is a good step forward
Norwich Bulletin - May 8, 2014
However, we would be naïve to think that young people aren't already
smoking, thus the question: Is banning e-cigarette sales to minors in
effect also denying ...
administrators want to stub out e-cigs
The Darien News - May 8, 2014
The Conn. General Assembly is considering a pair of bills that would
force manufacturers to label electronic cigarettes and prohibit sales
to anyone under 18 ...
loft for e-cigarette enthusiasts opens in Fairfield
Fairfield Citizen - May 8, 2014
Customers at the newly-opened Sovereign Vapors Loft, all former smokers,
recently enjoyed 'vaping' with electronic cigarettes in a comfortable
ban awaits governor's signature
Meriden Record-Journal - May 7, 2014
A bill banning the sale of e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking
devices to minors, proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration,
passed unanimously ...
expected to sign e-cigarette ban for minors
The CT Mirror - May 7, 2014
Connecticut is poised to ban minors from buying or possessing e-cigarettes
and ... say e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking, anti-tobacco
advocates worry ...
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services ...
Insurance News Net (press release) - May 2, 2014
This bill makes it illegal for a minor (under age 18) to buy or possess
in public an "electronic nicotine delivery system" ("e-cigarette,"
which for the ... It tightens the law pertaining to the sale of tobacco
cigarettes to minors by extending the ...
Editorial: Fuming over e-cigarettes
Meriden (CT) Record-Journal - May 1, 2014
we can simply ban the sale of such devices to minors, just as we ban
the sale of liquor. The e-cigarette came along quickly and grew into
a multibillion-dollar industry well ahead of state and federal efforts
to regulate it. But now its time.
Editorial: Fuming over e-cigarettes
Meriden Record-Journal - May 1, 2014
But action is being taken: Blumenthal wants the federal government to
ban such ... cigarettes and put more money into smoking prevention and
smoking ban sparks mixed reviews from students
Chargerbulletin - April 30, 2014
The University of New Haven may be the next university to join the smoke-free/tobacco-free
campus trend sweeping the nation. The push for smoke-free/tobacco-free
campuses is a growing national movement. A 2013 report from the Americans
for Nonsmokers Rights showed that almost 20 college campuses in Massachusetts
were entirely smoke-free, including all four campuses of Northeastern
University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Harvard. A full
list released by the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation in January
2014 showed that there are at least 1,182 smoke-free campuses nationwide.
Of these, 811 are also 100 percent tobacco-free. Quinnipiacs North Haven
Campus is the only college campus in Connecticut that has a 100 percent
smoke-free/tobacco-free policy in place at this time.
Letter to UNH, who is proposing a tobacco ban
Chargerbulletin - April 30, 2014
The idea to make campus a tobacco free place was most likely done in
good faith with the intention of making the campus a healthier place.
However, this ...
on the smoking ban
Chargerbulletin - April 30, 2014
Smoking is disgusting. I think it is one of the biggest turn offs and
nothing good comes from it. This is just an opinion. Thousands of people
still smoke whether ...
Should Ban E-Cig Sales To Minors
Hartford Courant - April 30, 2014
One reason for their action was the lack of federal regulation of e-cigarettes.
... in the previous month also smoked at least one tobacco cigarette
during that time.
and Yale-New Haven doctors push for stricter e ...
New Haven Register - April 29, 2014
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., calls for further action restricting
the sale and use of e-cigarettes during a press conference at Smilow
Cancer Hospital ...
Senate passes bill that bans e-cigarette sales to minors
The Wilton Bulletin - April 27, 2014
Banning the sale of e-cigarettes and other vapor products to minors.
Reducing the number of tobacco retailers who commit repeat offenses
by implementing a ...
students craft bill to limit smoking in cars in Connecticut
New Haven Register - April 27, 2014
Earlier this month, the class started to put together a bill that would
ban smoking in a car with children who fall under the car seat threshold
less than 6 years old or under 60 pounds. The students are essentially
melding an existing law in Oregon and proposed legislation in Connecticut
that wasnt brought to a vote.
Malloy Applauds: Governor Dannel P. Malloy yesterday ...
HamletHub - April 25, 2014
... and other devices to minors and strengthens Connecticut's anti-smoking
laws. ... among minors by banning the sale of e-cigarettes and other
vapor products to ...
Votes to Ban Electronic Cigarettes
WFUV News - April 25, 2014
The Senate on Thursday voted 35-0 in favor of legislation that prevents
minors from purchasing e-cigarettes - also known as an electronic nicotine
wants quick implementation of proposed e-cig rules
Shelton Herald - April 25, 2014
DeLauro raised concerns about the continued sale of e-cigarette flavors
she believes ... DeLauro also is worried about continuing to allow e-cig
point-of-purchase ... The FDA's proposed new rules on e-cigarettes and
other tobacco products ...
wants tobacco-free parks
Danbury News Times - April 15, 2014
NEW MILFORD -- Mike Crespan, town health director, has approached the
New Milford Parks & Recreation Commission about having tobacco-free
areas in ...
Follow Our Instincts On E-Cigarettes
The Newtown Bee - April 10, 2014
The novelty of e-cigarettes for erstwhile smokers is almost irresistible.
... On March 12, Governor Dannel P. Malloy proposed legislation to ban
the sale of ...
Bill Aims to Curb Teen E-Cigarette Use
NBC Connecticut - April 10, 2014
The debate over e-cigarettes is heating up once again. The state Judiciary
Committee took new steps Wednesday to keep them out of kids' hands.
They don't ...
Vape Or Not To Vape? E-Cigarettes Raise Questions
The Newtown Bee - April 8, 2014
On March 12, Governor Dannel P. Malloy introduced legislation to ban
the sale of ... E-cigarette smokers slowly inhale the water-based vapor
into the mouth, ...
push for e-cig ban [VIDEO]
WFSB - April 7, 2014
"E-cigs promise a lifetime addiction to young people to lure for
them to begin using them," Blumenthal added. "The ads targeting
young people need to be ...
smoking rates decline, disparities remain
Danbury News Times - April 3, 2014
Although smoking rates in Connecticut decreased between 1996 and 2012,
... that would ban smoking in cars carrying children and encouraging
pediatricians to talk ... of strategies -- from smoking and advertising
bans to taxation and more -- are more ... Local enforcement of federal
laws banning the sale, distribution and ...
FDA must regulate e-cigarettes, liquid nicotine
West Hartford News - April 2, 2014
The need to regulate electronic cigarettes and the liquid nicotine that
fuels them is obvious there is nothing to stop children from buying
them, and some are marketed with bright colors and flavors like vanilla
cupcake and peach-mango. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has
come out strongly against e-cigarettes, especially the flavored ones
known as e-hookahs, and every legislator on the state and federal level
should join him.
Pens attracting young kids to smoking
WWLP 22News - March 21, 2014
...Thursday night she has a warning for parents about E-cigarettes with
nicotine, especially the types called hookah pens. If a pack of
cigarettes has 20 cigarettes ...
TheDay.com - March 19, 2014
Connecticut does not regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes - the
tobacco-free, but nicotine-laced, substitute for regular cigarettes.
It should. E-cigarettes are ...
up, thumbs down
Ct Post - March 17, 2014
Thumbs up to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for his proposal to ban e-cigarette
sales to minors. "What I'm proposing is to strengthen Connecticut's
tobacco laws and keep tobacco out of the hands of young people,"
the governor said at a press conference at the Hartford Boys and Girls
Club. The devices -- aka e-cigs -- heat a flavored nicotine liquid to
create a vapor that's similar to smoke. Though they're marketed in some
instances as a way to quit smoking, critics say because of the varied
flavors that are offered and because some celebrities have adopted the
e-cig, they actually make smoking appear attractive to young people.
Malloy is doing the right thing by cracking down on sales to minors.
Endangers Health of Kids? Connecticut to Ban Sales to ...
Franchise Herald - March 14, 2014
Dannel P. Malloy announced on Wednesday his goal of banning the sale
of ... which found that 5.4 million kids alive today will die of smoking-related
lounge looks to open in city center -- again
Danbury News Times-by Dirk Perrefort - March 13, 2014
... began charging customers for the use of the increasingly popular
device that's used to smoke shisha, a tobacco product often flavored
with fruit and spices.
seeks to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors
Meriden Record-Journal - March 13, 2014
It mirrors in many ways what the smoking experience is,
Malloy said. ... Cigarette Association, said the industry supports banning
e-cigarette sales to minors. ... Twenty-seven other states have banned
the sale of e-cigarettes to children.
Keep E-Cigs From Minors
Hartford Courant - March 12, 2014
The efforts of U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to fight the proliferation
and sale of e-cigarettes to minors should be supported vigorously. Once
pre-teens and teens become enthralled with the addiction of nicotine,
it has a lock on their emotions and psychology for the rest of their
lives. The step from use of e-cigarettes to traditional cigarettes will
become a virtual certainty. the tobacco industry is without question
one of the most nefarious industries ever allowed in our country. As
a member of the West Hartford Town Council in the mid-1980s, I introduced
an ordinance to ban the sale of tobacco to minors. It was an idea whose
time had come and it spread from town to town, eventually embarassing
the legislature into adopting the same ban.
Gov. Malloy proposes ban on sales of on electronic cigarettes to minors
Daily Journal - March 12, 2014
Dannel P. Malloy is seeking to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes
to minors. ... some adults stop smoking, it also has been shown to be
gateway for children to ... as "vaping," but 27 other states
have banned the sale of e-cigarettes to children.
Would Ban E-Cigarette Sales to Minors In Connecticut
Hartford Courant - March 12, 2014
Connecticut would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors under legislation
announced Wednesday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
present fire risk
UConn Daily Campus - March 7, 2014
Fires started by e-cigarettes have been increasing across the country
and could do ... Although no fires at UConn have been started by e-cigarettes
yet, smoke ...
districts urge Norwich to ban tobacco from city parks
TheDay.com - March 4, 2014
Norwich - Officials from the Uncas and Ledge Light health districts
are asking Norwich officials to consider making city parks tobacco free
to reduce health risks ...
ban proposed for Bridgeport parks
Ct Post - March 3, 2014
Cigarette butts and discarded packaging filled the freezer bags spread
out on the dining room table. Just the sight of so much smokers' debris
might be enough ...
sellers say no to warning labels
Danbury News Times - March 1, 2014
HARTFORD -- The General Assembly is poised to force electronic cigarette
manufacturers to reveal what's in their products in an effort that reflects
national concern over an increasingly popular smoking substitute. Lawmakers
are considering two bills, one of which would require large labels on
all electronic cigarette products. Another bill would prohibit sales
Colleges should be smoke-free or taxed
Hartford (CT) Courant - February 16, 2014
University of Hartford where I teach, one of the biggest challenges
is avoiding secondhand smoke...at college, smoking isn't just deadly.
It's instructional. It teaches smokers to be inconsiderate, nonsmokers
to be apathetic and children to become smokers...
urges colleges to go smoke-free
Yale Daily News (blog) - February 14, 2014
According to Conroy, smoking is not permitted in Yale buildings and
is banned in the Medical ... This is not the first time smoking bans
have been brought up at Yale. ... committee was formed to investigate
whether a campus-wide smoking ban ... When Yale was debating banning
smoking in 2011, though, not all students ...
Council approves increased sewer fees Monday night
Meriden Record-Journal - February 10, 2014
Also during Monday nights meeting, the council unanimously passed ordinances
restricting placement and advertisement of alcohol and tobacco products.
Southingtons Town-Wide Effort to Promote Success proposed the new laws,
arguing that they could help reduce underage drinking and smoking. One
requires tobacco products, such as rolling papers, bongs, electronic
cigarettes and pipes, to be placed behind counters in stores. The other
ordinance requires every sign advertising happy hours to include that
patrons must be at least 21 years of age and show identification. The
laws will come into effect 21 days after publication.
E-cigarettes, marketed as a safe alternative, should be approached with
UConn Daily Campus - January 28, 2014
The market for electronic cigarettes has exploded in growth over the
course of the products very short existence, with some analysts such
as Wells Fargos Bonnie Herzog estimating the e-cigarette market will
grow from its current figure of $2 billion to $10 billion by 2017. The
appeal of e-cigarettes lies in their substitution of acrid smoke inhalation
with an aerosol-based nicotine delivery system. This has lead to the
assumption that e-cigarettes are an overwhelmingly more safe alternative
to traditional tobacco cigarettes. The potential of e-cigarettes has
attracted the attention of major tobacco companies like Phillip Morris,
which recently mended relations with its estranged parent company, Altria,
to invest $682.1 million in the construction of a manufacturing facility
that will produce 30 billion units upon completion by 2016. Unfortunately,
e-cigarettes may not be the miracle product they appear to be, as new
studies by the FDA and researchers at the University of California Riverside
have found trace amounts of carcinogens and other toxic materials within
e-cigarettes nicotine vapor.
Council sets hearing on tobacco, alcohol ordinances ...
Meriden Record-Journal - January 27, 2014
SOUTHINGTON The Town Council on Monday scheduled a public hearing on
ordinances restricting the sale of tobacco products and new alcohol
advertising requirements. Both were developed by Southingtons Town-wide
Effort to Promote Success, a group combating risky behavior. Youth members
of STEPS presented the ordinances to the council. One would require
tobacco products, such as rolling papers, bongs, electronic cigarettes
and pipes, to be placed behind counters in stores.
Vaporz brings vaping to Thomaston and Waterbury
Towntimesnews - January 24, 2014
Smoking is out, vaping is in, according to the owner of Smooth Vaporz,
Nick Ricciardi. The newest trend, and alternative to smoking, has been
the use of e-cigarettes, e-liquids and vapes. The opening of vapor and
e-cigarette stores have grown widespread over the last few years, especially
in areas like Florida, California and Colorado
selectmen approve location of smoking ban signs
Journal Inquirer - January 15, 2014
ELLINGTON The Board of Selectmen on Monday unanimously approved
the locations of new signs that alert the public to the town's new ordinance
of Directors Considering Banning Smoking at Public Events
Patch.com - December 12, 2013
When the Manchester Board of Directors met earlier this week they discussed
establishing a policy that would ban or restrict smoking at town sponsored
teen on quest to ban smoking in local parks
Middletown Press - October 24, 2013
At the first whiff of smoke, high school senior Michael LaRochelles
asthma makes him turn and get away. Partly because of his health and
partly fueled by a desire to do something positive for Putnam, LaRochelle
has been on an almost two-year quest to make the towns parks smoke-free.
The Board of Selectmen has granted him his wish at least in spirit.
High School Adds E-Cigs to No-Smoking List
Newton (CT) Patch.com - October 24, 2013
Newtown High School students can't smoke at school, of course but a
change in school policy will also restrict their electronic, smokeless
Legislator Proposes E-Cigarette Ban
NACS Online - October 24, 2013
HARTFORD A Connecticut state senator is seeking to relegate e-cigarettes
to the same public restrictions placed on traditional cigarettes, CBS
New York ...
lawmaker looks to ban e-cigarettes from public places
WFSB - October 21, 2013
E-cigarettes don't produce any smoke or have tobacco inside them. ...
health concerns and whether they should be banned in public areas like
long effort for smoke-free Putnam parks pays off
Norwich Bulletin - October 21, 2013
Colchester kennel's adoption event connects pups, owners ... 'Gravity'
still going strong at box office ... Teen's long effort for smoke-free
Putnam parks pays off ...
lawmakers consider adding e-cigs to smoking ban
Middletown (CT) Press - October 20, 2013
State Sen. Edward Meyer, D-Guilford, said legislators are currently
asking if the definition of smoking real cigarettes should be expanded
to the electronic devices. What isnt in question is the
medical testimony Meyer said. ....
ignore smoking ban
The Ridgefield Press - October 10, 2013
Despite the month long ban on smoking at Ridgefield High School, many
students continued to puff away, the Oct. 6, 1988 Press reported. A
number of students ...
Chargerbulletin - October 2, 2013
Exactly 20 feet from the Charger Plaza on Campbell Avenue, its hard
to miss the dozens of cigarette butts littering the sidewalk on your
way out of the parking lot. Walking up the stairs near Bethel Hall is
another familiar sight: several freshmen smoking cigarettes in between
classes, crowded around an ash receptacle. Smoking on college campuses
is nothing new; in fact, it has become an increasing epidemic amongst
college-aged students, some of whom begin as early as high school. According
to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, one third (33 percent)
of college students currently use tobacco productschewing tobacco, cigars
and cigarettes to name a few. This is a jump from 1993 and 1997 where
only 22 and 28 percent of students smoked cigarettes, respectively.
Additionally, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
revealed about 88 percent of adult smokers who smoke daily said they
started smoking by the age 18. Due to this growing trend and the illnesses
associated with smoking, smoking bans are becoming common throughout
college campuses nationwide. A July 2013 report by the American Nonsmokers
Rights Foundation listed 1,178 schools that have adopted a 100 percent
smoke-free policy. The University of New Haven has yet to make the list.
Republicans line up against bylaw banning smoking in parks
Norwich Bulletin - September 13, 2013
Based on a Killingly Town Council vote this week, it is unlikely that
a proposed ordinance restricting tobacco use in town parks will pass
Could Ban Smoking in Public Places
NBC Connecticut - September 11, 2013
Lighting up in Manchester could soon become a problem if the town instates
a ban outlawing smoking in public places. The Manchester Board of Directors
discussed the ban Tuesday night, with some pushing for a wider ban and
others for a more narrow ordinance that would provide designated smoking
areas and only ban smoking in places like parks and at public events.
consider smoking ban in parks
Journal Inquirer - September 11, 2013
MANCHESTER The Board of Directors is considering a ban on smoking
in public parks and at town-sponsored athletic programs following a
request from the ...
smoking an issue with Foxwoods workers
MiamiHerald.com September 2, 2013
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- The smell of cigarette smoke hung heavily over
the Great Cedar Hall at Foxwoods Resort Casino one recent weekday morning,
as gamblers lit up freely in the cavernous slots machine room. Ventilation
that workers say has improved over the years was keeping the smell to
a minimum and eliminating what might otherwise have been clouds of smoke
hanging over the giant room. Cynthia Hallett, executive director of
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, said smoking in casinos is an issue
because the number of casinos is increasing in the United States. "We
have a growing workforce exposed to secondhand smoke," she said,
adding that "ventilation can only do so much."
overwhelmingly ratify Foxwoods contract
Kennebec Journal - September 1, 2013
Dealers at Foxwoods Resort Casino overwhelmingly ratified a contract
that raises ... banning smoking does not apply to the Mashantucket Pequot-owned
Evicted After New Smoking Ban In Apartment Complex
MyFox Philadelphia - August 25, 2013
NEWINGTON, Conn. - 90 year old Newington Resident Andy Nowicki started
smoking 70 years ago, while serving in the United States Army, during
World War II. And, it's this habit that has brought him and his wife
to the brink of eviction from the apartment they have called home for
20 years. On January 1, 2012, the Newington Housing Authority banned
smoking inside all enclosed areas in the three housing complexes they
oversee. And, they mandated that smoking only be done at least ten feet
from any of these buildings. This has caused major problems for Mr.
Nowicki, who uses a wheelchair and can barely walk.
passes no-smoking ordinance in a 10-4 vote ($$)
Journal Inquirer - August 7, 2013
ELLINGTON Just 14 of Ellingtons more than 15,000 residents came out
to a town meeting Tuesday to vote on a no-smoking ordinance for public
areas in town, ultimately passing the measure in a 10 to 4 vote.
residents to vote Tuesday on proposed no smoking ban ($$)
Journal Inquirer - August 5, 2013
ELLINGTON Residents will get the chance to vote on a proposed smoking
ban ordinance at a town meeting in Town Hall Tuesday night. Drafted
by the town ...
considers restricting smoking in town parks
Norwich Bulletin - July 31, 2013
Killingly officials are working on a smoking-restriction ordinance for
the town's parks aimed at addressing fire and health dangers. After
a discussion at a recent ...
selectmen approve no-smoking ordinance that would affect beach, other
areas of town ($$)
Journal Inquirer - July 16, 2013
ELLINGTON The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Monday to adopt a
no-smoking ordinance that would affect town locales such as the beach
at Crystal Lake and athletic facilities.
The selectmen then sent the ordinance to a town meeting set for Tuesday,
Aug. 6, where residents will get the final say in a vote on the matter.
The selectmens decision did not come without some heated discussion,
Fresh air at the park?
The Westerly Sun - July 12, 2013
It may be hard for some mostly non-smokers, of course to believe that
in 2013 were still talking about where you can smoke and where you cant
smoke. The nonsmokers have gained much ground here over recent decades,
but until all the tobacco companies are gone, well all still run into
that wafting smoke while trying to smell the roses. So it was a breath
of fresh air when we learned that the board of directors that oversees
Dow Field in Hope Valley had voted to ban smoking at the recreational
Proposing Outdoor Smoking Ban on Town Properties
Ellington-Somers (CT) Patch.com - July 11, 2013
The Town of Ellington is considering an ordinance that would regulate
smoking in outdoor town-run public areas, such as athletic facilities,
beaches, parks and playgrounds.
residents split on proposed beach smoking ban
Journal Inquirer - July 9, 2013
ELLINGTON Residents were split in their opinions of the proposed
smoking ban ordinance at a public hearing in Town Hall Monday. Some
asked selectmen ...
hearing set for tonight on proposed smoking ban at beach ...
Journal Inquirer - July 8, 2013
ELLINGTON At a public hearing tonight residents will get the chance
to weigh in on a proposed ordinance that could ban smoking at such areas
as Sandy ...
Hill Smoking Ban for Public Buildings Now in Effect
Rocky Hill (CT) Patch.com - July 7, 2013
July begins the first month of the town's ban on cigarettes at all town
buildings and parks. The Rocky Hill Town Council voted in favor of the
ban and signs will be posted alerting residents that there is no smoking
in these areas, Reminder News said.
enact smoking bans at recreational facilities
The Westerly Sun - July 5, 2013
On June 10, Charlestown passed an ordinance banning smoking at town-owned
facilities after it became clear that the town's voluntary smoking ban
Rocky Hill Grounds and Properties Will Be Smoke-Free
Patch.com - June 13, 2013
At its latest Town Council meeting, the Council proposed and adopted
a motion to make all Rocky Hill municipal properties smoke-free. "I
think this is the way to go and I'm 100 percent for it," Mayor
Timothy Moriarty said as he introduced the proposal. "Everywhere
you go it is already smoke free. All state buildings, hospitals and
schools are smoke-free. I think its the direction we are going in."
City considers leash law, smoking ban
TheDay.com - May 27, 2013
Violation of the smoking ban would carry a $120 fine, while breaking
the leash ... Park, said he supports ordinances banning smoking and
High School Places Ban on E-Cigarettes
abc40 - April 9, 2013
The Amity Regional High School, which serves Woodbridge, Orange, and
Bethany, put out this letter to parents about electronic cigarettes.
The letter points out ...
Download: Electronic Cigarettes at Schools
fox8.com - April 9, 2013
A high school in Connecticut wants to blow the whistle on students puffing
on electronic cigarettes on school grounds. Amity Regional High School
says it deals ...
force honors Charlestown pharmacist for his refusal to sell ...
The Westerly Sun - April 9, 2013
WOOD RIVER JUNCTION Scott Campbell, pharmacist and owner of the
Ocean Health Mart Pharmacy in on Old Post Road in Charlestown, does
not sell tobacco products of any kind. On Monday night, members of the
Chariho Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention honored him with a
Leadership award for taking a stand.
High School sounds the alarm on e-cigarettes
New Haven Register - April 7, 2013
WOODBRIDGE - Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge has identified
a new concern for parents: electronic cigarettes. The devices are unsafe
and unfit ...
UConn smoking ban would be a misguided move
UConn Daily Campus-April 3, 2013
Editorial: UConn smoking ban would be a misguided move ... a smoke-free
campus, it would mean tobacco smoking would be banned on all University
lawmakers consider e-cigarette ban
NECN - March 15, 2013
Electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, are a nicotine delivery
system designed to be used in places from which smokers are banned because
the vapor from it isn't smoke.
Cheryl Richter runs Cherryvape, an e-cigarette company. She says what
comes out is "Basically water vapor. There's no particulates. There's
no second hand smoke like there would be with a cigarette." Despite
that, there is a proposal in the Connnecticut legislature to treat e-cigarettes
the same as tobacco cigarettes and banish users to designated smoking
areas. Why? "E-cigarettes are another mechanism of delivering a
harmful product," Conn. Health Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen says.
That's true. Nicotine is harmful and e-cigarettes deliver nicotine.
However, smoking restrictions are designed to protect people from second-hand
smoke and, as we've already heard, e-cigarettes produce water vapor,
Consider Expanding Smoking Ban To Include E-Cigarettes
Hartford Courant - March 15, 2013
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would further restrict public
smoking and clarify that those restrictions also apply to electronic
cigarettes. Senate Bill 990 would bar smokers from lighting up outside
if they are within 25 feet of a doorway, window or building vent. It
would also end an existing exemption regarding smoking in the workplace
by covering all employers, except home-based businesses in which the
owner is the sole employee. Currently businesses with five or fewer
workers are exempt. The Connecticut Restaurant Association raised questions
about the proposed changes.
'third-hand' smoke; Stratford Health Department sparks ...
Stratford Star - March 1, 2013
A website, SmokeStinks.org, offers information in English and Spanish
about third-hand smoke, smoking cessation resources and more, and it
is gaining ...
Readers React To Smoking Ban, Tolls
The Daily Voice - February 28, 2013
The proposed smoking ban is not the only bill in Hartford that Facebook
readers are reacting to. A proposal to bring tolls back to Connecticut
highways drew this ...
Supports Bill Banning Smoking In Cars With Kids
Hartford Courant - February 26, 2013
The American Lung Association supports legislation that would protect
Connecticut children from being exposed to secondhand smoke while they
are riding in vehicles [Feb. 21, CTNow, "Teen Pushing New Smoking
Ban Bill"]. Laws prohibiting smoking in vehicles when children
are present have already been enacted in states like Arkansas, Maine
Smoking In Cars With Kids? Can't Outlaw Stupidity
Hartford (CT) Courant - February 22, 2013
Should people smoke around kids in a car, or anywhere? In fact,
should they smoke at all? Any sensible person would say no. Unfortunately,
you can't always legislate common sense.
who smoke around young kids are ignorant but not criminals
Hartford Courant - February 21, 2013
Should adults be allowed to smoke in a car carrying young children?
No, said many of those who spoke at a state Capitol hearing recently
on a bill that would make it a crime. Not all stupid behavior can be
outlawed, however. Adults who expose children to secondhand smoke are
ignorant and irresponsible, but whether they should also be criminals
Ban? Here's Where Cigarettes Are Still Allowed
Daily Beast - February 21, 2013
As Connecticut threatens to ban in-vehicle smoking, the already small
pool of places where cigarettes are allowed is shrinking fast. From
a rebellious Washington sports bar to a sophisticated Paris hotel, here
is a guide to smoking freedom
ban for vehicles carrying kids finds support from Mansfield youth
Middletown Press-by Christine Stuart - February 21, 2013
Henry Genga's bill to ban smoking in vehicles with children. It
would prevent fatal injury to the lungs and body, as well as greatly
increase road safety, Abdullah ...
Readers Mixed On Proposed Ban On Smoking In Cars
The Daily Voice - February 21, 2013
Danbury residents have mixed feelings about a proposed smoking ban for
drivers with ... Smoking could soon be added to the list of banned activities
for drivers with ... I support banning smoking in cars that I
am in, Debra Oria commented.
Conn. vehicular smoking ban raises debate
NECN - February 20, 2013
Potential Conn. vehicular smoking ban raises debate ... Kvadas believes
that, unlike those other bans, this one is about the health of the ...
lawmaker mulls smoking ban in cars with children
New York Daily News - February 19, 2013
A Connecticut lawmaker is focusing on a law that would ban in-car smoking,
even with the windows down, for drivers with underage passengers. New
York Assemblyman David Weprin previously introduced a similar bill that
would have instated a $100 fine for smoking in cars with passengers
under 14 years of age.
Lawmakers Consider Car Smoking Ban
NBC Bay Area - February 19, 2013
Smoking is already banned in restaurants and businesses in Connecticut
and some parents welcome broadening the ban to protect children in cars.
"We want ...
to consider smoking ban in cars with kids
7Online.com - February 19, 2013
HARTFORD (WABC) -- Should Connecticut ban smoking in cars that contain
small children? That's the question state lawmakers will take up later
this week in ...
Rule To Stay At Fairfield's Jennings Beach
The Daily Voice - February 5, 2013
Fairfields restricted smoking rules at Jennings Beach are now
permanent, but the town has no plans to extend the program to its other
public beaches, the Parks and Recreation Commission ruled last month.
Smoking will still be allowed without restrictions at Fairfield's
four other public shoreline beaches and Lake Mohegan Commission member
Barbara Rifkin asked ...
lawmakers may consider ban on smoking in cars with children
Middletown (CT) Press - December 27, 2012
Lawmakers may be considering re-introducing a bill next year that would
ban smoking in a vehicle in the presence of a child. A lawmaker recently
asked the Office of Legislative Research for a description of laws in
other states banning smoking in vehicles when children are present.
clubs put their own limits on smoking
Norwich Bulletin - December 8, 2012
At their annual meeting in March, members of the St. Josephs Polish
Society in Colchester voted to limit smoking. The new policy prohibits
smoking on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and even on days when smoking
is allowed, bans it when there are a large number of people in the bar
of the private club.
Connecticut helping its smokers quit? Yes and no, says report
Connecticut Post - December 4, 2012
Though Connecticut has made some strides in funding measures that help
smokers quit, there's still a lot of work to be done....
clubs slowly move to snuff out smoking
Norwich Bulletin - November 29, 2012
Members-only private clubs are experimenting with non-smoking areas,
nine ... The group tested a few nonsmoking nights over the past two
years to gauge ...
clubs curb hours when smoking is allowed ($$)
Waterbury Republican American - November 29, 2012
That's starting to change, albeit slowly, as three large private clubs
in the region have begun experimenting with designated nonsmoking times
in their bars and ...
clubs, exempted from state's no-smoking ban, slowly move to ...
The Republic - November 29, 2012
WATERBURY, Connecticut Members-only private clubs are experimenting
with non-smoking areas, nine years after the Connecticut General Assembly
admits disguising tobacco shop donations to speaker
Waterbury (CT) Republican-American - November 4, 2012
One year ago, David "Buffalo" Moffa was hatching a conspiracy
in a Waterbury tobacco shop to violate campaign finance laws and corrupt
the state legislature. Moffa pleaded guilty Friday in federal court
in New Haven to participating in the illegal scheme ...
Windsor Town Council Majority Against Banning Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies
South Windsor (CT) Patch.com - September 18, 2012
A pharmacy is a place you should go to get better, not
get cancer, Anwar said during his presentation. It is physically
wrong to sell cigarettes in the same place. But the Republican majority
on the Town Council and members of the public who weighed in on the
discussion said that the council either should not: 1. infringe on ones
personal responsibility from refraining from or choosing to use tobacco;
2. single out CVS from engaging in legally sanction commercial trade;
or 3. overreach in its responsibilities as a local governing body.
Windsor Council Hears Proposal To Ban Tobacco Sales At ...
Hartford Courant - September 17, 2012
A proposal to ban the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies in town
produced a lively exchange by town council members Monday night.
Windsor Town Council to Discuss Prohibiting Pharmacies From Selling
Patch.com - September 17, 2012
The Town Council will debate, among other things, the issues of corporate
responsibility and personal choice tonight at its regular meeting tonight
when it discusses the possibility of passing an ordinance banning of
the sale of tobacco products at CVS Pharmacy.
SUBMITTED: No Ifs, Ands or Cigarette Butts: S&S Going Smoke-Free
Hartford Courant - September 13, 2012
Can going smoke-free make a company safer, cleaner, healthier and more
productive? S&S Worldwide is about to find out. A 100 percent tobacco-free
campus policy goes into effect Oct. 1. "Our new policy will clean
the air," said Co-President Adam Schwartz. "That benefits
everyone, and it's good for business."
to discuss ban on cigarette sales in local pharmacies
Journal Inquirer (CT) - September 12, 2012
Council to discuss ban on cigarette sales in local pharmacies ... discussions
Monday on banning the sale of tobacco products particularly cigarettes
Smoking Ban Approved For New London Parks
Patch.com (CT) - September 5, 2012
The City Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday to enact an anti-smoking ordinance
for New London's parks, although the decision does not ban smoking outright
What Do You Think Of The New London Anti-Smoking ...
Patch.com (CT) - September 5, 2012
In the region, smoking bans are also in place for the parks of Groton,
Montville, ... advocates supporting a smoking ban as well as residents
concerned that the ...
Memorial Medical Center to impose smoke-free ban on ...
Journal Inquirer - August 17, 2012
To promote a healthier environment for employees, patients, and the
community, Johnson Memorial Medical Center campuses in Stafford and
Enfield will ...
Schools Smoking Ban Aimed at Adults
Patch.com (CT) - August 15, 2012
BOE member Dora Kubek proposed adding e-cigarettes to the ban. The
legal reference for the policy is Connecticut General Statute 19a-342:
SUBASE smoking policy urges cessation, lists prohibitions
Dolphin - July 26, 2012
Published this month, Naval Submarine Base New Londons new smoking
policy outlined in the base instruction "Tobacco Use Policy for
Naval Submarine Base New London," highlights the dangers of smoking
and secondhand smoke and urges cessation as it redefines areas and limits
of tobacco use.
Banned in East Lyme Parks and Beaches
The Lymes (CT) Patch.com - July 19, 2012
Smoking bans in public parks and beaches have been a matter of much
debate in some towns but in East Lyme, a smoking ban went into effect
on July 15 with very little fanfare. That may be because the ban isnt
an ordinance, which would have had to be approved by the Board of Selectmen.
Instead, its a Parks and Recreation policy and the
mulls ban on pharmacy tobacco sales
Journal Inquirer (CT) July 18, 2012
Town mulls ban on pharmacy tobacco sales ... ways to ban tobacco products,
particularly cigarettes, from being sold in local pharmacies. ...
Seeks to Ban Cigarette Sales in South Windsor Pharmacies
Patch.com (CT) - July 18, 2012
"My hope is to restrict pharmacies from selling tobacco-based
products because they ... to excess, can lead to health problems, and
tobacco-related products like cigarettes. ... 25 communities have banned
the sale of tobacco products from pharmacies and ... Related Topics:
South Windsor Government and cigarette bans ...
advance Putnam smoking ban plan
Norwich Bulletin (CT)- June 13, 2012
... and Drugs, or TRIAD, last year with a goal of banning smoking on
town property. ... state statutes regarding whether the town could pass
a smoking ban.
a poor choice for health program
TheDay.com - June 4, 2012
I was interested to read in May 30, Region section of The Day that
the local launch of the Million Hearts national initiative to prevent
heart attacks and strokes will take place at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den.
As a public facility that still permits indoor smoking, this is an ironic
and poorly chosen choice of venues for an event with a mission to educate
the public about prevention of cardiovascular disease.
is permitted within the casino, both its patrons and employees are at
high risk for secondhand smoke exposure, a well-documented cause of
Housing Authority discussing possible ban on smoking ...
Meriden Record Journal - May 29, 2012
WALLINGFORD - At its last two meetings, the Wallingford Housing Authority's
Board of Commissioners has discussed the idea of making its properties
Housing Authority Goes Smoke-Free July 1
NBC Connecticut - April 27, 2012
Bristol's Housing Authority has decided its facilities will go smoke-free
on July 1.
The number of current smokers who will be impacted
by the ban is not known. ... The anti-smoking group, Match Coalition,
supports the bans, ...
using Windham parks soon won't be able to smoke
Norwich (CT) Bulletin - Apr 21, 2012
Starting Memorial Day weekend with the official opening of the parks,
Hallam will have to choose between her desire to smoke or her desire
to go to the park with her 6-year-old son, Noah. The town has adopted
a rule making all parks in town smoke-free.
ban considered for Windham parks
Norwich Bulletin - March 23, 2012
The town is trying to pass a law so that all the park in Windham will
be smoke-free. By FRANCESCA KEFALAS When Windham parks officially open
Memorial Day ...
may make tobacco-free zones
Lewisboro (CT) Ledger - March 16, 2012
"Creating tobacco-free zones will take the onus off people who
ask others to stop smoking," said Town Board member Peter DeLucia.
"This ordinance will give ...
may outlaw smoking in parks
Selectmen studying ban for all town-owned property
Norwich (CT) Bulletin, 2011-12-25
ROBIN CASSELLA The Bulletin
After Putnam High School students proposed the idea, the Board of Selectmen
will research the possibility of imposing a smoking ban on all town-owned
BOS Rejects Smoking Ban at Parks and Fields
Patch.com - Michael Hayes - July 28, 2011
Killingworth Selectman Fred Dudek and Richard Cabral both rejected a
proposed ban on smoking at town parks and athletic fields during ...
to ban smoking in city parks dies in committee
TheDay.com -Kathleen Edgecomb- July 27, 2011
New London A City Council committee has snuffed out a proposed
ordinance to prohibit smoking in city parks. The request for smoke-free
parks and playgrounds died after a tie vote Monday in the Education,
Parks & Recreation
London may ban smoking in parks
WTNH - Tina Detelj - June 29, 2011
New London, Conn (WTNH) - Lighting up a cigarette while sitting on a
park bench, or taking a stroll, may soon be banned in New London. The
City Council is looking into an ordinance banning smoking in the city's
22-parks. It seems to be a national trend ...
London to consider banning smoking in city parks
TheDay.com - Kathleen Edgecomb - June 23, 2011
"Let's face it, smoking is one of our biggest concerns." He
said recreation commissions in surrounding communities are also looking
into smoking bans. The council sent the no-smoking initiative to its
Parks & Recreation and Education Committee for ...
Lounge Ban Narrowly Passes Committee Vote
WFSB Hartford - May 10, 2011
A bill that would ban smoking in Connecticut hookah lounges, except
those establishments that opened last year or earlier, has narrowly
cleared a key legislative committee. The Planning and Development Committee
passed the bill Monday on an 11-10 vote. ...
Lounges Face Possible Changes
A Bill Up For Vote Could Adopt New Regulations
Associated Press (AP), 2011-05-08
A bill that prohibits smoking in Connecticut hookah lounges, except
those open before the end of last year, is facing a key legislative
council votes for ban on tobacco in parks
Rule will take effect May 11
Norwich (CT) Bulletin, 2011-04-12
ADAM BENSON The Bulletin
The Montville Town Council late Monday night banned the use of tobacco
products at all recreational facilities, making it the third community
in the state to adopt such a provision. ...
Assembly: Committee extends smoking ban to small businesses
The Public Health Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly approved
a bill on Monday that would extend the ban on workplace smoking to all
businesses--even the self-employed who work alone.
Hartford (CT) Courant, 2011-03-29
RINKER BUCK The Hartford Courant
Even the self-employed who work alone would be banned from smoking
under a bill that passed the legislature's public health committee Monday.
Wars Heat Up In 4 States
Private Clubs At Issue
Vending Times, 2011-03-02
Marcus Webb MarcusWebb@aol.com
The smoking battle is moving into high gear in South Dakota and Connecticut.
The two states have joined, or may soon join, several other states that
are debating -- or litigating -- whether there is a right to smoke in
private clubs and restricted-entry establishments. Currently, 29 states
have banned smoking in all public venues including bars and restaurants.
But some states have also carved out exemptions for such private venues
as cigar bars, veterans' clubs and video poker lounges, among other
commercial establishments that are not open to the general public. ...
lawmakers consider ending smoking in clubs
Bloomberg - February 10, 2011
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Some state lawmakers want smoking snuffed
out in private clubs, one of the few places where people can still lawfully
light up in Connecticut.
The General Assembly's Public Health Committee heard testimony Wednesday
on a bill that would add clubs such as the local VFW, The Hartford Club
or a golf club to the list of places where smoking is now prohibited
under state law joining restaurants, bars and businesses with
five or more employees.
While proponents argue that extending the ban would help protect workers
from being exposed to the health dangers of second-hand smoke, representatives
from the clubs believe the General Assembly is overreaching, telling
a private entity that's governed by its own boards and commissioners
how to operate ...
Health Center campus to become smoke-free
Waterbury (CT) Republican-American, 2010-10-24
The University of Connecticut Health Center is preparing to become
an entirely smoke-free campus in a few weeks.
Smoking has been prohibited since 1990 inside John Dempsey Hospital
on the center's Farmington campus. The new policy, which starts Nov.
18, will prohibit tobacco use of any kind anywhere on the property.
Ban: Seven Years Later, Dramatic Changes in Fairfield County Bars
After early resistance, smoke-free bars and restaurants are embraced
by patrons and workers alike
Patch.org, 2010-10-23, Marisa Torrieri
As it turns out, a lot has changed since the law took effect seven
years ago, restauranteurs [sic] in New Canaan and other Fairfield County
towns tell Patch. For starters, the number of disgruntled patrons who
puff has declined -- a sharp contrast from when the law took hold .
According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the number
of cigarette smokers in the state peaked in 1999 at 22.8 percent. In
2009, the same year that the state cigarette tax was raised from $2
to $3, that number fell to 15.4 percent. ...
Ban in Town With Tobacco History?
NBC Connecticut - Nidhi Sinha - Jun 30, 2010
Smoking could be banned at all public facilities in South Windsor if
some Town Council members have their way. A new proposal would ban ...
would restrict smoking to designated areas at Fairfield
Ct Post - Genevieve Reilly - June 15, 2010
Smokers have been kicked out of bars, restaurants and workplaces. Now,
a Fairfield resident would like to see smokers be restricted to designated
areas at the town's beaches.
Susan Hersh has asked the Parks and Recreation Commission to consider
designated smoking areas when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Postol
Right now, the town does not allow smoking at in parks when youth recreational
activities are taking place or at playgrounds.
The proposal to restrict smoking would apply to Fairfield's five shoreline
beaches as well as the beach at Lake Mohegan. ...
ban set for public housing units
Norwalk (CT) Hour, 2010-06-06
ALEX NITKIN Hour Staff Writer
Following strong encouragement from the federal government, Norwalk
is planning to follow several other Connecticut towns in implementing
non-smoking policies in its public housing facilities.
According to Candace Mayer, deputy director of the Norwalk Housing
Authority, one of the 13 buildings at the Roodner Court housing complex
will soon be designated as a smoke-free area.
"After specific requests from the families, we're definitely working
on establishing a ban at the complex," Mayer said. "We reviewed
it with our housing officer and we decided that legally, there isn't
really any right to smoke."
runs out on 2 Conn. smoking ban bills
BusinessWeek - May 6, 2010
Lawmakers have run out of time to vote on two bills that would expand
a ban on smoking in the workplace and in hundreds of state-licensed
child care facilities across Connecticut.
The General Assembly's 2010 session ended Wednesday at midnight.
Rep. Betsy Ritter is co-chair of the Public Health Committee. She says
there wasn't enough time to vote on the two bills in the House of Representatives.
Both had passed the Senate.
One bill removed the minimum number of employees required for the current
ban on smoking in workplaces to kick in.
The other bill would have banned smoking at child day care centers
and group day care centers licensed by the Department of Public Health.
Senate Bill Bans Smoking In Day Care Centers
Hartford Courant - 4/30/2010
A bill that prohibits smoking in hundreds of state-licensed child care
facilities across Connecticut has cleared the Senate.
The bill passed the Senate, 35-0, on Thursday. It awaits action in
the House of Representatives.
The legislation bans smoking at child day care centers and group day
care centers licensed by the Department of Public Health. Smoking in
DPH-licensed family day care operations would be prohibited during business
Violators would face fines ranging from $35 to $90. ...
Senate would restrict smoking
Journal Inquirer - April 23, 2010
The state Senate has voted to expand a ban on smoking in the workplace
by removing a minimum number of employees required for the law to kick
in. The bill, which passed Thursday on a 24-11 vote, moves to the House
of Representatives for further action. The prohibition on smoking now
applies to workplaces with five or more employees. But some lawmakers
said secondhand smoke is harmful no matter how many people work in an
office. The bill applies to a person whos self-employed, whether
or not that person has any employees, but doesnt apply to an employers
home. Republican Sen. Robert J. Kane said the bill intrudes on the rights
of a small businessperson and that its not the role of government
to keep people healthy.
Restrictions And Bans Spreading To Private Clubs In Connecticut
By JESSE LEAVENWORTH
Harford Courant, April 19, 2010
For many years, the state's Elks and Moose and ethnic, military and
loyal orders of every brand have been free to drink, smoke and exchange
secret handshakes in private clubs.
Private clubs throughout the nation are either choosing to go
smokeless or being forced to clear the air by workplace laws meant to
prevent exposure to secondhand smoke, said Bronson Frick, associate
director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights [ www.no-smoke.org].
"It's definitely a national trend," Frick said. "Increasingly,
even in private clubs, people don't want to have to breathe toxic air.
... We've heard of a number of different private clubs around the country
that are going smoke-free as part of an effort to refresh their membership."
Redevelopment and Housing Partnership Adopts Smoke-free Facility Policy
-- 465 Units of Public Housing Covered; First Housing Authority in Connecticut
to Do So
On March 16th, the Milford Redevelopment and Housing Partnership adopted
a smoke-free facility policy covering all 465 units of public housing.
The policy went into effect on March 17th for all new residents and
all guests and staff; the policy is effective November 1, 2010 for all
current residents. It covers all 465 units of Milfords housing
for families and the elderly and disabled. We at SFELP are pleased to
have been able to assist them and pleased that they were able to use
our model policy for their own. This is the first public housing authority
in Connecticut to adopt a smoke-free policy for some or all their buildings.
To access the Milford Redevelopment and Housing Partnership web site,
Middletown Press - March 9, 2010
MIDDLETOWN At the bimonthly membership meeting of the Polish
Falcons Nest 519 on Prout Hill Road last week, a motion was brought
before the membership to ban smoking in the clubroom.
Smoking is allowed currently in private clubs under Connecticut law.
After discussion from members on each side of the issue, it came to
vote. When the vote was tallied, the motion passed 90-51.
As a result of this vote, beginning May 1, smoking will not be permitted
in the club room. ...
gets smoking ban on Newell road
Bristol Press - Steve Collins - February 9, 2010
BRISTOL City councilors Tuesday gave their unanimous backing
to naming a municipal street beside Bristol Hospital a no-smoking zone.
The hospital made a formal request last year to have Newell Road declared
a tobacco-free zone, the first city street to gain that designation.
City Councilor David Mills said that while he voted for the measure,
he is concerned it may be a problem. ...
table-games dealers, Mashantuckets give tentative nod to historic ...
TheDay.com - Brian Hallenbeck - January 27, 2010
Mashantucket Fourteen months after negotiations began, the union
for some 2,500 table-games dealers at Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM
Grand at Foxwoods have reached tentative agreement on a historic first-ever
contract with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, which owns the casinos.
Other key provisions of the agreement address health and safety issues,
creating "an industry model," the union said. The contract
would extend the length of medical leave for seriously ill workers from
six months to a year and provide for the establishment of a 24-table
"smoke-free pit" separated from other gaming areas for the
benefit of dealers susceptible to secondhand smoke. Under the agreement,
the tribe and the union would work together on air-testing protocols
and ventilation systems. Such steps go beyond those the state called
for in an agreement the tribe reached last year with Gov. M. Jodi Rell,
the union said ...
Hospital wants city to declare Newell Road smoke free
Bristol Press - Steve Collins - December 8, 2009
BRISTOL Bristol Hospital recently made a formal request to have
a city road that runs through its grounds declared a no-smoking zone.
Hospital President Kurt Barwis asked the city to have Newell Road
the primary entrance for its emergency room, medical office building
and Connecticut Spine and Pain Center designated as smoke-free
under a new law Bristol passed last summer.
Barwis said that having the street made into a no-smoking zone would
be "the last step in allowing us to change over the entire hospital
campus as smoke-free," a move it began in 2008.
City officials said they plan to ask the Hearings and Assessment Committee
to look into the request and make a recommendation to the City Council.
Little opposition is expected.
The citys new ordinance, which hasnt been used yet, allows
it to designate public streets and sidewalks as no-smoking zones, except
where state law dictates otherwise. ...
zone encircles hospital
New Haven (CT) Register - November 7, 2009
Bronson Frick, a spokesman for Americans for Non-Smokers Rights in
California, said Friday that more than 1,000 communities nationwide
have enacted some type of ban on smoking in various public places, which
can include parks, restaurant patios, transit facility stops, certain
areas of commercial districts and doorways to certain buildings and
He said the issue is a local one, and communities that adopt such bans
often do so when a particular problem is identified, He said perceived
problems tend to be in areas where people congregate. It is a growing
trend, he said. ...
Pledges Fight For A Ban On E-Cigarettes
The Day (New London, CT), 2009-08-19
State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal called on consumers and retailers
Tuesday to avoid electronic cigarettes, discounting claims that the
devices are safer than real cigarettes.
The e-cigarettes, as they are known, are powered by batteries and produce
a mist containing nicotine and propylene glycol, an organic compound.
Users inhale the mist, satisfying their craving for nicotine.
"I will vigorously fight to ban e-cigarettes, unless approved
by FDA, and any attempt to retail the devices in Connecticut, as well
as work with federal authorities to regulate Internet sales," Blumenthal
said at a press conference in Hartford.
He cited the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's finding last month
that two brands of e-cigarettes, Smoking Everywhere and NJoy, contain
known carcinogens. An antifreeze ingredient, diethylene glycol, was
found in a Smoking Everywhere cartridge. ...
Danbury News Times - August 6, 2009
No-smoking zones proposed for the area outside of Danbury Hospital
and the city public library make sense. Tobacco smoking is unquestionably
bad for one's ...
zone up in flames
Waterbury Republican American - July 21, 2009
The Waterbury Board of Aldermen balked at an effort Monday to create
a smoke-free zone around Saint Mary's Hospital. Several aldermen claimed
it was unfair to prohibit pedestrians on the public streets, sidewalks
and walkways a block from the hospital from smoking. The board took
no action on a proposed ordinance to ban smoking on city property located
inside a circle surrounding the hospital's campus. ...
club owner plans appeal, may sue
New Haven Register (subscription) - Susan Misur - June 30, 2009
MILFORD A lawsuit against the city isnt out of the question
for the owner of the Olive Tree Hookah Lounge, which was ordered to
close for the second time Saturday.
Sammer Karout said he is working with two lawyers to continue fighting
health officials demands to close the lounge at 2007 Bridgeport
Ave. because of public health concerns.
Im fighting to go after them (city officials). I want to
try to sue them because they caused me a lot of harm. They shut me down,
said Karout, who opened the lounge May 15. ...
smoking ban snuffed out
The Day (New London, CT), 2009-05-12
Ted Mann Day Staff Writer, Politics
The legislature's Finance Committee killed through inaction a pair
of controversial bills Tuesday afternoon, including a proposal to ban
smoking at the state's two tribally owned casinos.
The committee did not take up the smoking ban bill before adjourning
around 1:30 p.m. Under legislative rules, bills referred to committee
must be acted upon within seven calendar days or three legislative session
days. That rule means the smoking ban was effectively killed by the
Finance panel's failure to take action today. ...
The smoking ban - which is vigorously supported by organized labor
but opposed by Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods - is dead for this session,
and unlikely to return, said Sen. Eileen Daily, D-Westbrook, the co-chairwoman
of the committee and an opponent of the bill.
"Aside from any promise of a legal challenge it would be very
costly... in terms of lost revenue because of lost business for the
casino," Daily said. "So our businesses, all of them, are
in enough trouble without our taking action today that would be more
appears smoking in Conn. casinos will continue
NECN - May 11, 2009
NECN: Brian Burnell, Hartford, Conn.) - Smoking is banned in most public
places, but one place it is not is in Connecticut's casinos. There has
been an effort underway for a couple of years now to change that, but
the economic climate dictates it won't happen this year.
Unionized workers at Foxwoods have spearheaded the effort, saying smoking
in the casino is detrimental to the health of employees. But, there
are economic considerations that even people who agree with the workers
say make a ban right now impossible.
There has been talk of banning smoking at the two indian-owned casinos
in Connecticut for a couple of years. Though they have opened smoke-free
gaming areas, the tribes have resisted an outright ban, saying it would
hurt business. Officials at Mohegan Sun commissioned a study they say
shows a total ban at the casino could result in the loss of between
2,000 and 4,000 jobs because smokers would go elsewhere to gamble. ...
Signs Agreement For Limited Smoking Ban At Foxwoods
LIMITED BAN AT FOXWOODS
Hartford (CT) Courant, 2009-05-08
In an effort to extinguish a controversial issue, Gov. M. Jodi Rell
signed an agreement with the Mashantucket Pequot nation Thursday for
a voluntary, limited smoking ban at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
The agreement is similar to one that Rell signed earlier this year
with the Mohegan Sun casino.
The deal was announced as the state legislature is still debating a
highly controversial bill that would impose a phased-in, total ban on
smoking at both casinos in southeastern Connecticut. Two major legislative
committees have voted overwhelmingly in favor of the ban, and some proponents
say the bill should still go forward even with the new agreements.
The tribes, however, have reacted strongly against the bill, raising
the specter of a potential battle over nearly $400 million a year in
slot-machine revenue currently added to the state's cash-strapped coffers.
Those threats remained real Thursday as the Pequots hailed the new understanding
with Rell as a major step forward.
Sun CEO asks legislators to kill casino smoking ban bill
The Day (New London, CT), 2009-05-05
The chief executive officer of Mohegan Sun urged state lawmakers Tuesday
to kill a proposal that would compel the two tribally owned casinos
in Connecticut to ban cigarette smoking by 2011, saying the resulting
drop-off in business would cost the state millions in slot revenues
and lost jobs.
We are now competing directly with thousands of slot machines
in neighboring states, CEO Mitchell Etess wrote to the leaders
and members of the legislatures Finance Committee, which received
the bill Tuesday morning, when it was referred from the House floor.
Patrons who smoke will take their business to other states, if
a ban is approved in Connecticut, and revenues could drop up to 20 percent.
There will be layoffs, and a cascading loss of business to us and our
Etess pointed to the examples of Illinois and Delaware, where the imposition
of smoking bans cut casino business by 17 percent and 19 percent respectively,
and also backed his conclusions with a new analysis from the Connecticut
Economic Resource Center.
The think tanks study projects that business could fall by as
much as 20 percent if a smoking ban is imposed on Mohegan Sun, which
is operated by the Mohegan Tribe, and Foxwoods Resort Casino, operated
by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.
The groups study, commissioned by Mohegan Sun, projected a widening
ripple effect from business losses at the casino. ...
Politics - State Weighs Ban on Casino Smoking
New York Times, 2009-04-26
Now, the state legislature is trying to decide if it is willing to
risk seeing that cash flow diminish, or even stop, in the name of public
health by requiring the two tribal casinos to ban smoking by Oct. 1,
The tribes say that a smoking ban would drive away gamblers from a
business already hurt by the recession. For the first time since the
Sun opened in 1997, slot revenue to the state dipped by $19 million
last year after a decade of steady growth.
Moreover, the Mohegans and Pequots assert that a legislative mandate
on smoking would violate their tribal sovereignty, allowing them to
withhold all slot revenue while they contested the issue in federal
"This is the first state to try to do something like this,"
said Bruce Bozsum, chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council. "So
it's my job right now to try to protect my tribe and to even reach further
to protect all tribes across the country. Everybody is watching."
Jackson King, general counsel to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation,
said the proposed smoking ban is the biggest threat to tribal sovereignty
since the Pequots and Connecticut signed the compact in 1993. The Mohegans
became a signatory after their federal recognition in 1994. . . .
Mr. Blumenthal said the smoking measure is defensible under the compact,
which requires the tribes to abide by public health laws that the state
imposes on itself. He said the tribes would have the right to challenge
the law in federal court, but not withhold slot revenue.
"There is no legally justifiable reason to withhold that money,
except, of course, to put a gun to the state's head," he said.
The Mohegans said they were not averse to limiting or, perhaps, eventually
banning smoking, but only under the terms of their compact with the
state -- through negotiation with the governor. . . .
Sovereignty is no small matter to the Mohegans and Pequots, two tribes
driven to the brink of extinction, he said. Thirteen tribes in Connecticut
went out of existence.
They are memorialized in a section of the Mohegan Sun, the "Hall
of Lost Tribes."
It is smoke free.
Threats, Casino Smoking Ban Advances
Hartford (CT) Courant, 2009-04-21
CHRISTOPHER KEATING * The Hartford Courant
Despite threats of legal action and a potential battle over nearly
$400 million a year in slot-machine revenue currently added to state
coffers, a key legislative committee voted Monday to ban smoking at
the state's two Indian casinos.
The Democratic members on the legislature's government administration
and elections committee said they have the right to ban smoking to protect
the health of casino workers -- including those who have complained
about the health effects of second-hand smoke.
But Republican lawmakers said the bill is clearly unconstitutional
and would violate the compacts between the state and the Indian tribes
that operate the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos. They said the bill
specifically targets casinos while allowing private clubs to continue
"This, indeed, does buy us a substantial fight in the courts,"
said Rep. John W. Hetherington, a New Canaan Republican who serves as
the ranking House Republican on the committee. "This is going to
be a very long and costly fight for Connecticut." ...
years after ban: Smoky bars not missed
The Hour - April 1, 2009
Five years after a ban on smoking in bars, bartenders and pub owners
say a cloud of smoke has been lifted from their heads.
One local bar owner and a local bartender said the smoking ban has
not damaged their business and has benefited their health.
"Smokers are going to come out, drink and have a good time no
matter what," said Buckley Ryan, owner of B.J. Ryan's. ...
threaten suit over smoking
Tribe says it may also withhold slot money if ban passed by committee
The Day (New London, CT), 2009-03-26
Ted Mann Day Staff Writer, Politics
A controversial bill to ban smoking at tribal casinos in Connecticut
In letters addressed to Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Attorney General Richard
Blumenthal, Tribal Chairman Bruce "Two Dogs" Bozsum and Mohegan
Attorney General Helga M. Woods said the smoking-ban bill, which was
handily approved earlier this week by the legislature's Public Health
Committee, would infringe on the tribe's right to sovereign governance
under federal law. Its passage, they said, would lead to a long and
costly court fight.
"I cannot and will not allow this legislative affront to go unchallenged,"
Bozsum and Woods also warned that the tribe, which contributes hundreds
of millions per year in slot machine payments from its Mohegan Sun casino,
could cease the payments or place them in escrow for the duration of
any court fight - a potentially serious blow as the state faces huge
budget deficits in the coming years.
smoking ban bill advances
Norwich Bulletin - March 23, 2009
The state House Public Health Committee released a bill Monday that
would ban smoking in the states two American Indian-owned casinos
by 2011. The process is in its infancy, but with a full Senate approval
last year, advocates are hopeful of its passage and implementation.
Wed love to have it banned immediately. This is a workers
health issue and a customer health issue. But given the current economic
environment, we can support 2011, said Bryte Johnson, Connecticut
director of government relations and advocacy for the American Cancer
smoking bill seen lacking
Advocates of total ban tell lawmakers current proposal inadequate
The Day (New London, CT), 2009-02-28
Brian Hallenbeck Day Staff Writer, Gaming
Saying a bill to regulate smoking at the state's tribally owned casinos
doesn't go far enough, unionized table-games dealers from Foxwoods Resort
Casino and antismoking advocates voiced support Friday for Attorney
General Richard Blumenthal's plan to phase in a complete ban on smoking
at the casinos by October 2011.
In testimony before the General Assembly's Public Health Committee,
members of UAW at Foxwoods, which is negotiating its first contract
with the casino owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, said the bill
offered by the legislature's southeastern delegation "falls woefully
short," largely because it specifies no date for a total ban on
smoking at the casinos, which many believe is inevitable. The bill,
incorporating the terms of an unofficial deal the Mohegan Tribe, owners
of Mohegan Sun, reached with Gov. M. Jodi Rell, calls for the tribes
to enter into an agreement with the state "governing the reduction,
removal and monitoring of secondhand smoke."
Ban or Bust
MSNBC - February 10, 2009
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is taking another roll of the dice,
hoping Connecticut lawmakers will ban smoking at both Foxwoods and Mohegan
Two separate bills are currently before the legislature calling for
a smoking ban. One of the bills calls for an immediate ban, and is supported
by the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association and the
American Heart Association. The other bill, would phase out smoking
gradually over a three year period, and is backed by Attorney General
Governor Jodi Rell is currently in talks with both casinos hoping to
find a solution that would respect tribal sovereignty while putting
an end to casino smoking.
high court upholds smoking ban
New Haven Register, February 6, 2007
state Supreme Court Monday upheld a 4-year-old state ban on smoking in bars and
restaurants, rejecting claims that the law is unfair because it doesn't apply
to private clubs and tribal casinos.
The highest court voted 4-1 in favor
of the decision that the smoking prohibition for bars and restaurants is constitutional
C. Trendowski, an Essex lawyer representing four bars that brought the court challenge,
said he is "saddened by the decision," but that there are no current
plans to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Attorney General Richard
Blumenthal, however, called the decision a "landmark victory that extinguishes
the last legal challenge to Connecticut's smoking ban."
Smoking Ban To Clubs, Too
Hartford Courant, February 7, 2007
response to the Feb. 6 article "Where There's Smoke ..." [Page 1]:
am a nonsmoker and I belong to three private clubs, one of which I frequent about
once a week. All three clubs have seen increased membership since the smoking
ban went into effect. Why do I have to suffer and put up with annoying smoke while
I am trying to have a drink or socialize?
I believe that any establishment
in Connecticut with a liquor license should be required to abide by the no-smoking
law. Most of my friends who smoke say they would have no problem going outside
to have a smoke if they had to. I think it is very unfair that the casinos and
private clubs are exempt from the law. They have employees and customers who also
would like not to be subjected to cigarette smoke.