bans smoking in park shelters
Tampa Bay Newspapers - March 6, 2014
Two of the measures were resolutions, but commissioners also supported
a new ordinance banning smoking in park structures such as playgrounds,
tobacco not a safe alternative
Seminole Chronicle - March 6, 2014
Tobacco Free Seminole and Tobacco Free Florida have joined together
to warn Floridians about the harmful effects of using smokeless tobacco
and how to stop ...
Florida make e-cigarette sales to minors illegal?
Palm Beach Post (blog) - March 5, 2014
Some people electronic cigarettes, which have exploded in popularity
over the past year, are something that we need to keep away from our
kids. Debate has ...
Cloud Announces The Opening Of Their New Facility
DigitalJournal.com - March 4, 2014
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla., March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- White Cloud Electronic
Cigarettes is proud to announce the relocation to their new office and
Florida bills of note
The News-Press - March 1, 2014
A Senate bill (SB 224) would prohibit the sale to minors of electronic
cigarettes, trendy slim metal tubes that serve as an alternative to
Sun-Sentinel - February 28, 2014
The e-cigarette is the biggest thing to happen to Big Tobacco since
menthol. Of course, the tobacco companies protest that e-cigarettes
aren't meant for kids, but ...
may ban minors from having e-cigs
Gainesville Sun - February 27, 2014
Gainesville may soon follow the lead of Alachua County in restricting
the use of electronic cigarettes, but with an added twist: The city
would make it illegal for ...
Trend: Marijuana in Electronic Cigarettes?
WJHG-TV - February 26, 2014
PANAMA CITY BEACH - With spring break here, locals are preparing for
the possible arrival of a new drug trend. It involves the use of e-cigarettes
to smoke ...
condo association could ban residents from smoking on their ... [VIDEO]
jrn.com - February 25, 2014
It's a heated debate going on right now at the Fiddlers Creek community
in Naples. Now retired, Miller likes to spend his evenings on his lanai
sipping a glass of wine and smoking a cigar. But his neighbors living
above and beside him don't share his love of stogies.
Should Florida ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors?
Sun-Sentinel - February 24, 2014
South Florida officials are urging legislators to impose a statewide
ban on sales to minors. And they are responding, with bills expected
to win approval in the upcoming legislative session. Should Florida
ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors?
County's Florida Department of Health leader to retire
Lehigh Acres News Star - February 23, 2014
She pointed to recent restrictions on public smoking, including bans
on the region's health care campuses. And, she said, emerging land-use
policy seems to ...
of touch' Legislature fosters legal tug of war
Daytona Beach News-Journal - February 23, 2014
A ban on public smoking, opposed by the tobacco lobby in Tallahassee,
won ... a measure that would have allowed casinos in counties where
voters agreed to ...
Bay's e-cigarette upstarts hope to smoke the competition
Tampa Bay (FL) Times - February 21, 2014
T.D. Bowen quit his insurance-agent job and cashed in his 401(k) to
launch Moon Mountain Vapor, a custom-built laboratory for mixing the
flavorful nicotine cocktails heated into vapor by e-cigarettes.
ban gains momentum in Florida Legislature
Bradenton Herald - February 21, 2014
Electronic cigarettes have often been described as a less dangerous
alternative to regular cigarettes. But there are few studies exploring
exactly what chemicals ...
Florida law would ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors
MiamiHerald - February 20, 2014
TALLAHASSEE -- As electronic cigarettes become increasingly trendy,
state lawmakers are taking steps to keep the devices out of teenagers'
Becoming More Popular in High Schools
WJHG-TV - February 20, 2014
PANAMA CITY- Since smoking is being banned in so many places, e-cigarettes
are all the rage for people who still want to smoke in public.
we soon see the end of smoking?
Florida Times-Union - February 18, 2014
I do think, in another few years, that pharmacies selling cigarettes
will look as ... The law barred FDA from outright blocking the sale
of cigarettes, but the agency ...
to consider restrictions on e-cigarettes
Gainesville Sun - February 18, 2014
Gainesville may follow Alachua County's lead in banning the sale of
electronic cigarettes to minors and their use in nonsmoking areas.
experts debate on pros, cons of electronic cigarettes
The Independent Florida Alligator - February 17, 2014
One company, The Grab Bag Vapor Co., located on 407 NE 23rd Ave., specializes
in making the battery-operated alternative to the traditional cigarette
by using ...
Tobacco: Not a Safe Alternative to Cigarette Smoking
Sacramento Bee - February 14, 2014
PRNewswire/ -- Tobacco Free Florida is encouraging Floridians to learn
the facts about the harmful effects of using smokeless tobacco and to
moves to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors
MiamiHerald.com - February 13, 2014
Miami would join other South Florida cities such as Weston and Sunrise
that have outlawed the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. The measure would
become law ...
Commissioners Consider Ban on E-Cigarette Sales to Minors
NBC 6 South Florida - February 13, 2014
City of Miami commissioners are considering an ordinance that would
ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. The ordinance would
make it illegal to sell ...
nicotine is a tobacco product
Sun-Sentinel - February 13, 2014
Thank you for your recent editorial on restricting sales of e-cigarettes
to underage minors. There is a clear need for federal and state action
on this issue, but ...
applauds pharmacies that trash tobacco sales
Gainesville Times - February 12, 2014
Some pharmacies dropped the harmful product long ago. ... Ending
the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right
thing for us to do ...
school leaders to ban E-cigarettes on campuses
WFTV Orlando - February 10, 2014
Orange, Osceola and Volusia counties recently modified their policies
to specifically ban the electronic cigarettes. Brevard County officials
said vapor cigarettes ...
ban in cars is a waste of time
Daytona Beach News-Journal - February 7, 2014
The campaign to stop adults from smoking in cars with children present
is a cause of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. They and like-minded
Banning E-Cigarettes Passes Third Senate Committee
WGCU News - February 7, 2014
A bill that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under
age eighteen unanimously passed its third Senate committee on Thursday.
The bill aims to ...
the Sales of E-Cigs like Traditional Cigs
WJHG-TV - February 7, 2014
There has yet to be federal regulation on the e cigs because they don't
contain tobacco. Minors can purchase the cartridges and flavored nicotine
juices as they ...
Want E-Cig Sales to Minors to go Up in Smoke
Capitol News Service - February 6, 2014
Lawmakers want to make the sales of the fake cigarettes to minors go
up in smoke. ... helped dozens of customers quit tobacco by still allowing
them to inhale nicotine. ... wants to make sure isn't sold to minors,
just like a traditional cigarette.
bans electronic cigarettes inside county buildings
MiamiHerald.com - February 5, 2014
Electronic cigarettes will no longer be welcome inside Miami-Dade County
and Jackson Health System buildings. County commissioners unanimously
signed off Tuesday on a measure prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes
in indoor workplaces. The ban includes buildings overseen by the Public
Health Trust that oversees Jackson hospital.
look to limit smoking in cars
Daytona Beach News-Journal - February 4, 2014
Bean and some of his colleagues in the Legislature want to make it illegal
to smoke in a car when minors are present. It would be considered a
secondary offense, meaning police could not cite someone unless they
were also committing a primary traffic violation, such as speeding or
running a red light. Violators would be required to pay a fine up to
$30. Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, Oregon and Utah have similar laws on
the books, and 14 states, including Florida, are considering bills that
would restrict smoking in cars, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers'
Rights. "The main objective of smoke-free car laws isn't to ticket
every person who smokes in a car, but instead to raise awareness and
educate the public about the hazards of secondhand smoke," said
Liz Williams, a project manager for Berkeley, Calif.,-based Americans
for Nonsmokers' Rights. "Florida is in good company by examining
this issue and debating whether it is a good tool to protect public
health in the state," she said. "The goal is to educate -
Rosa County Tobacco-Free Coalition to meet this month
Pensacola News Journal - February 3, 2014
The Santa Rosa County Tobacco-Free Coalition will meet Feb. 13 to review
and revise its bylaws. The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. in the main
conference room of the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County,
located at 5527 Stewart St. in Milton. Any interested citizens or community
groups are encouraged to attend the meeting and join the coalition.
mulls county e-cig ordinance
Alachua County Today - February 2, 2014
ALACHUA The City of Alachua must decide whether it wants to join an
ordinance passed by the county last year regulating the sale and use
of electronic cigarettes. Last December, the Alachua County Commission
voted 4-1 in favor of an ordinance outlawing the sale of electronic
cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, to minors. The controversial aspect of
the ordinance also prohibits using the devices anywhere smoking a normal
cigarette is prohibited by state law. It also forbids open displays
and self-serve sales of the devices. The ordinance only applies to unincorporated
parts of the county, unless a city chooses to opt in.
joins effort to save kids from secondhand smoke
Sun-Sentinel-by Susannah Bryan - January 30, 2014
At least, that's what the American Lung Association is hoping with its
"No Butts About It" campaign to keep smokers from lighting
up at parks throughout Broward ...
senior to serve on state youth tobacco board
Suwannee Democrat - January 30, 2014
Jasper Hamilton County High School senior Madihah Tomoney was
recently chosen to serve on the Youth Advocacy Board (YAB) for Tobacco
Free Florida, ...
County businesses can save money by going cold turkey
Clay Today Online - January 30, 2014
17 at the Thrasher-Horne Conference Center to learn how their businesses
could profit from becoming tobacco free environments. The conference
was lead by ...
Park looks to curb smoking in parks
Winter Park/Maitland Observer - January 29, 2014
The American Cancer Society reports that secondhand smoke causes an
estimated 46,000 deaths each year from heart disease in people who are
to tax e-cigarettes
Sun-Sentinel - January 28, 2014
I just read that Weston is going to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to
people under 18. I see people under the age of 18 smoking real cigarettes
all the time. A Weston ...
the light: Learning to believe in FSU's smoking ban
Tallahassee.com - January 27, 2014
Recently, over the course of a two-hour conversation, I learned more
about smoking than I had ever known before. Thats good, since ignorance
is never good, but bad, since I wrote a commentary about Florida State
Universitys smoking ban before this eye-opening discussion. One of which,
and it is extremely important, is the Preemption Clause of the Florida
Clean Indoor Air Act. That law, enacted in 1985, was designed to protect
Floridas citizens from the hazards of second-hand smoke. And while it
is a good law, its passage came at a price, which is the Preemption
Clause. The Preemption Cause contained in the law explicitly preempts
regulation of smoking to the state, meaning that no local towns, municipalities
or counties can pass anything stricter than the smoking laws passed
by the Florida State Legislature...
Sales To Minors Now A Crime In Three Broward Cities
WLRN - January 24, 2014
If youre under 18 and try to buy a pack of cigarettes in Florida well,
you cant. And three Broward County cities have passed laws to ensure
the same thing happens with the trendy new electronic alternative to
a pack of smokes.
Jury Awards Smoker $5M In Suit Against Philip Morris ($$)
Law360 - January 23, 2014
In an Engle progeny case, a Miami jury found Philip Morris USA Inc.
liable for a smoker's coronary heart disease on Friday and awarded the
man $5 million.
push for scaled-back version of smoking ban
Bay News 9 - January 22, 2014
A smoking ban on playgrounds could soon be left in the hands of local
governments. New bills moving through the Florida House and Senate are
aiming to give local government powers in deciding whether smoking will
be allowed on public properties. ...
Bans Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors
TopNews New Zealand - January 22, 2014
E-Cigarettes Till now, debate on whether electronic cigarettes are beneficial
compared to traditional cigarettes, continues. Amid this discussion,
Weston has ...
filed by Jacksonville state reps would ban smoking in cars with kids
Florida Times - January 21, 2014
In this Saturday, March 2, 2013 file photo, a woman smokes a cigarette
while sitting in her truck in Hayneville, Ala. Anti-smoking measures
have saved roughly 8 ...
new year, university celebrates new policy
Florida Flambeau - January 20, 2014
For over 15 years, the Health Promotion Department at Florida State
University has worked towards the goal finally achieved this spring
semester: A tobacco free campus.
Smoking Ban Swings Through Senate Committee
NorthEscambia.com - January 19, 2014
Playground Smoking Ban Swings Through Senate Committee ... N.M. Pequannock,
New Jersey has banned smoking at public parks with ball fields or playgrounds.
... I'm not interested in banning smoking outdoors on private
celebrates no-tobacco policy on the field at Doak
Tallahassee Democrat - January 15, 2014
Florida State University campus went completely tobacco-free Jan. 1,
and officials are encouraging students and other members of the university
community to celebrate the health-focused policy change 7 p.m. Thursday
on the field of Doak Campbell Stadium.
Island apartment complex goes smoke-free
Florida Keys Keynoter - January 15, 2014
... mostly duplexes on Stock Island, banned smoking on the grounds
and inside all ... With no-smoking laws covering many public areas --
including airplanes, ... Health in Miami-Dade County, said complex-wide
smoking bans are starting ... of Flagler Village, which had smokers
in 18 of the 49 units when its ban took effect.
Hookah Co. Says Fla. Agency Applies Tax Unfairly
Law360 (subscription) - January 14, 2014
... been collecting taxes on certain tobacco products in a manner contrary
to the ... tax collection practices on tobacco products other than cigarettes
and cigars ...
NEWS: Secondhand smoke and children
WEAR TV3 (Pensacola, FL) - January 14, 2014
Second hand smoke is deadly and yet children are often exposed to it.
Florida lawmakers are trying to limit their exposure in at least one
place. A new law would ban smoking in the car with a child present.
Eight states have smoking bans in private ...
Fla. laws may restrict second hand smoking
WEAR - January 14, 2014
Florida lawmakers want to keep second hand smoke away from children
as much as possible. A new bill would ban smoking in vehicles with kids
leaders resolve to remove fruity tobacco products
NBC2 News - January 13, 2014
Cape Coral leaders want flavored tobacco and nicotine products pulled
from store ... be the same as for analog cigarette or a standard cigarette,"
Johnson said. ... A 2009 federal law banned flavored cigarettes -- something
these teenagers ...
company moves to South Florida, touts area as key hub
South Florida Business Journal - January 13, 2014
South Florida's role as an international shipping hub helped attract
one of the nation's biggest companies in the growing electronic cigarette
ban? Florida playgrounds could be smoke-free under bill
Orlando Sentinel - January 13, 2014
A state Senate panel has approved a measure that could snuff out smoking
at public playgrounds. The Committee on Regulated Industries voted 8-0
Thursday to approve a bill that would allow city and county governments
to outlaw smoking in parks with at ...
hookah most common among Hispanic teens in Florida
VOXXI - January 13, 2014
Smoking hookah, a flavored tobacco product inhaled through an elaborate
water pipe, in place of traditional cigarettes is a growing trend, but
few places in the United States ... Hookah and cigarette smoke
contain many of the same toxins....
FSU's tobacco-free campus
Florida Flambeau - January 12, 2014
...And he is exactly right; without some punishment mechanism, or some
reward mechanism, there is no reason whatsoever for smokers to comply
with the ban...
community joins residential housing trend to ban smoking
Saukvalley - January 12, 2014
Valencia Morris, the tobacco prevention specialist for the Florida
Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, said complex-wide smoking
bans are starting to ...
questioned on smoke-free campus
Central Florida Future - January 12, 2014
Students have mixed emotions as to whether e-cigarettes should be encouraged
or discouraged on UCF's smoke-free campus. Marketed as a healthier ...
ban for minors
WEAR - January 11, 2014
"E-cigarettes still contain a portion of nicotine so if you don't
want to sell nicotine to underage people, it makes sense to just quit
selling e-cigarettes as well."
'vaping' on city properties: Grove Council votes to ban use of ...
Miami News Record - January 9, 2014
GROVE The use of electronic cigarettes took center stage this week as
members of the Grove City Council considered how the public and employees
can use the items on city properties.
Smoking Ban Swings Through Senate Committee
CBS Local - January 9, 2014
A proposal that could ban people from smoking in parks where children
play moved easily through its first Senate test on Thursday. Every time
we attempted a smoking thing, like we did in the restaurants, the first
complaints we get are from our military folks, who say, I fought and
died, and got shot in World War II, and I cant have a cigarette at the
VFW, Detert warned. So be prepared to hear from your veterans. Veterans
of Foreign Wars posts are considered membership clubs, which under state
law are exempt from the tobacco-free standards imposed on restaurants
and most bars. ...
butts about it: Smoking banned in apartments
MiamiHerald.com - January 9, 2014
Part-time security guard Dale Parsons has smoked for more than 50 years,
but for the new year she decided to kick the habit for good. In addition
to her health, she has another big reason to succeed: Her affordable-housing
apartment complex just went cold turkey.
urges ending flavored tobacco sales
Osceola News-Gazette - January 8, 2014
Osceola County commissioners voted on Monday to adopt a resolution urging
tobacco retailers to stop the sale and marketing of flavored tobacco
products in the county.
targets e-cigs with new ordinance
Ocala - January 8, 2014
The Belleview City Commission on Tuesday adopted a new ordinance setting
restrictions on the sale and usage of tobacco-related products, including
e-cigarettes, within the city limits.
State campus to become tobacco-free in 2014
Florida Flambeau - January 6, 2014
Students on campus may breathe a little easier in January. Florida State
Universitys campus will be 100 percent tobacco free starting Jan. 1,
2014. The new policy will prohibit the use of all tobacco products on
university-owned property or property managed by FSU. All students,
faculty, staff and visitors on campus will be asked to honor the universitys
commitment to a healthier campus. ..
companies steaming up Volusia-Flagler market
Daytona Beach News-Journal - January 5, 2014
A handful of shops devoted solely to e-cigarettes have recently opened
and some traditional tobacco stores are beginning to carry the battery-operated
Competiello: Smoke-free housing: easier than it appears
Sun-Sentinel - January 2, 2014
Congratulations to AquaVita Las Olas for its decision to become the
first luxury condominium in Fort Lauderdale to have a smoke-free policy.
When the community opens in late 2014, units will be free of harmful
tobacco smoke. This makes AquaVita not only a healthier environment
for residents, guests and pets, but it also reduces indoor fires, maintenance
costs and tension among neighbors who prefer not to be exposed to second-hand
Zorba Paster: Readers respond to dissing of e-cigarettes
Florida Times-Union - January 1, 2014
I am always dispensing advice on how to stop smoking. But when I discussed
the perils of electronic cigarettes, boy, oh boy, did I receive mail
and not all of it ...
Allow municipalities to ban smoking on playgrounds
Palm Beach Post - January 1, 2014
Florida's legislators can take a small step toward cleaning the air
our children breathe by passing legislation this spring that would let
municipalities ban smoking ...
Barnett, T.E.; Forrest, J.R.; Porter, L.; Curbow, B.A., "A
multiyear assessment of hookah use prevalence among Florida high school
students," Nicotine and Tobacco Research [Epub ahead
of print], December 17, 2013.
Underway to Snuff Out Smoking at Florida Parks and Beaches [Video]
WPEC - December 16, 2013
West Palm Beach, Fla. -- Since 2003, Florida law has prohibited smoking
in enclosed workspaces, including restaurants, but not at bars. Now,
some want to expand that smoke-free environment to the outdoors, like
public parks and beaches. While some Florida cities and counties like
Broward would like to enact that type of smoking ban, the state would
have to say its OK.
Coral candy-flavored tobacco debate
Wink News - December 16, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - An attempt to crack down on candy flavored tobacco
products. Cape Coral council will vote tonight on a resolution that
wants retailers to ...
Fort Lauderdale condo bans smoking inside units
Sun-Sentinel - December 16, 2013
When the AquaVita Las Olas condominium opens late next year in the Hendricks
Isle section of Fort Lauderdale, buyers will be able to swim in a salt-water
pool, come and go in private elevators and park their boats steps from
their front doors. What they won't be able to do is smoke inside their
own units. Housing market observers say they aren't aware of such a
smoking ban in any of the more than two dozen condos being built across
Broward and Palm Beach counties.
smoking bans, state should butt out
Sun-Sentinel - December 9, 2013
Should the state force children climbing a jungle gym to choke on cigarette
smoke? Unfortunately, that's the effect of a state law that prohibits
local jurisdictions from passing outdoor smoking bans. It's time for
the state to butt out. If government closest to the people works best,
city and county leaders should be the ones to decide whether smoking
should be banned at beaches, parks and playgrounds.
may rev up over e-cigarette use at airports, including TIA
Tampabay.com - December 6, 2013
TAMPA The confusing debate over the safety and use of e-cigarettes is
being waged at the local, state and national levels. The next battleground
may be the nation's airports.
wants to snuff out candy-flavored tobacco in Hernando
Tbo.com - December 5, 2013
BROOKSVILLE Forty years ago, it was not unusual for kids to plop down
a nickel or dime for candy cigarettes. In December 2011 and January
2013, the Brooksville City Council and the Hernando Board of County
Commissioners respectively passed resolutions urging local tobacco retailers
to restrict the sale and marketing of flavored tobacco products.
Local beaches should be free from smoking
Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune - December 4, 2013
It is not a constitutional right; it is a wrong if it interferes with
the health of nonsmokers in a public place. Lawmakers have dithered
long enough. It's time to make it clear that beaches are for public
enjoyment -- not smoking.
smoking be banned in local parks?
Sun-Sentinel - December 4, 2013
They voiced support for an ordinance last week to impose a ban on smoking
at all county parks. Unfortunately, they don't have the authority. Seems
like that kind ...
commissioners say 'no smoking' in county parks, but ...
Sun-Sentinel (blog)-by Anthony Man - December 3, 2013
Broward County commissioners decided Tuesday to ban smoking in all county
parks. But it may not be worth the paint on the no smoking
signs, since the ...
Park passes ban on e-cigarettes, changes go into effect now
ActionNewsJax.com - December 4, 2013
No decision was made on an Orange Park proposal to ban e-cigarettes.
... Behind the counter: that's where all electronic cigarettes must
go in Orange Park ...
Florida Legislature: Laws May Hamper Some Beach Smoking Bans
The Ledger - December 3, 2013
Sarasota County would be unable to re-impose a smoking ban on its beaches
under legislation that state lawmakers will consider early next year.
Lawmakers have resorted to a scaled-back effort to allow cities and
counties to impose smoking bans on public property following a defeat
in the 2013 session, when bills giving local governments the authority
to prohibit smoking at beaches, parks and other public facilities failed
want a playground smoking ban
The Florida Current - December 2, 2013
Smoking is banned in many places in Florida but not in and around playgrounds.
That's an irony created by the 2002 constitutional amendment that created
the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act which expressly preempted regulation
of smoking to the state -- forbidding city and county governments from
enforcing local ordinances. Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, and Sen.
Rob Bradley, R-Orange Park, want to change that. The two lawmakers have
filed identical bills, HB 309 and SB 342, to allow cities and counties
to restrict smoking on publicly owned land, such as playgrounds and
beaches, and authorize law enforcement to issue citations.
House Bill Would Ban Smoking In Vehicle If Kids Are Present
WBFS - November 24, 2013
Florida House Bill Would Ban Smoking In Vehicle If Kids Are Present
... For the past decade Florida has banned smoking in enclosed workplaces,
Would Prohibit Smoking On Playgrounds
NorthEscambia.com - November 14, 2013
Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, on Wednesday filed the House version
of a measure that would give local governments the ability to prohibit
smoking on playgrounds. The proposal would allow municipalities and
counties to restrict smoking in local government-owned playground areas
as an expansion of the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act.
considers going tobacco-free
Naples Daily News - November 13, 2013
LEE COUNTY Students in one of the designated smoking areas at Florida
Gulf Coast University would like to keep lighting one up. "I need
one after class, ...
County Commission Debates over E Cigarette Law ...
SBWire (press release) - November 13, 2013
Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/13/2013 -- A discussion sparks out
when the Alachua County Commission debates over the e cigarette law
whether the county should prohibit people from using them in nonsmoking
areas or not. Commissioners review about e cigarette that the proposed
legislation in case gets approved; it would ban the sale to minors,
requiring stores keeping them behind the counter, and prohibiting their
use in public places. While banning the e cigarette sales among minors
seem no controversial during the meeting but commissioners Baird and
Byerly looks wary of restricting adults to use in public places.
Host Smoke-Free Event
The Ledger - November 10, 2013
The public is invited to a tobacco-free schools rally Tuesday in Bartow,
hosted by the Polk County School District.
Second-hand smoke kills
South Lake Press - November 9, 2013
I was informed today that my 55-year-old daughter was diagnosed with
a rare mouth cancer. She has never smoked a day in her life. The prognosis
depends, along with treatment, on the cooperation of those who light
up. Second-hand smoke kills, although not everyone.
Ban For Minors Backed By Senate Committee
WBFS - November 7, 2013
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) With the slim metal tubes becoming a trendy
alternative to regular cigarettes, a Senate committee Thursday approved
a bill that would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.
bill would ban E-cig sales to minors
WPEC - November 7, 2013
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- One Florida legislator, who also happens to
be a physician, has filed a bill for next years session which would
prohibit electronic cigarettes from being purchased by minors. Sales
of the smokeless cigarettes, which use heat to vaporize liquid nicotine,
gives female veterans fresh start
Florida Today - November 6, 2013
When the Operation Center Focus opened about a year and a half ago,
the transitional home offered a path out of homelessness for female
veterans and their children. Some leave because they want to avoid some
of the restrictions. There is no smoking on the campus and residents
are subject to drug and alcohol tests, said Evelyn Valenzuela, program
manager for the home. .
looks to clear the air; proposal gets tough on tobacco
Ocala (FL) Star-Banner - November 6, 2013
All across the College of Central Florida campus, especially in front
of the Clifford B. Stearns Learning Center, dozens and dozens of cigarette
butts can be found crushed on sidewalks. Fed up with this situation,
the CF Student Activities Board began lobbying administrators several
years ago to create smoke-free policies at CF's campuses in Marion,
Citrus and Levy counties.
board mulls tobacco-free schools policy
Tbo.com - November 5, 2013
I want to see us tobacco free, ultimately, she said. The
board ... The Pasco County school district is also working toward tobacco-free
schools. In other board ...
e-cig distributor doing big business
Gainesville Sun - November 6, 2013
The U.S. branch of a Korean electronic cigarette company has been quietly
building a distribution business from a small Gainesville storefront
and will be ...
Ryan: Minors face another threat from nicotine
Sun-Sentinel - November 6, 2013
In just one year, the use of nicotine vaporizers, or electronic cigarettes,
had doubled. Nicotine vaporizers deliver liquid nicotine to the user
(reportedly along with ...
Legislature considers public playground smoking ban
First Coast News - November 5, 2013
Senator Rob Bradley has proposed a law that would ban smoking on public
... to pass similar legislation last year that would have banned smoking
outside of all ...
Golf Outing For Business Leaders Includes Life Saving Message
Madison County Carrier - November 4, 2013
The Inaugural Great American Smokeout Golf Fun Day is being hosted by
Tobacco Free Florida and the Madison Tobacco Free Partnership. The Tobacco
Kids and e-cigs
Gainesville Sun - November 2, 2013
As anti-smoking campaigns reduce tobacco use among young people, public
health advocates see a new threat in electronic cigarettes. The 2013
Florida Youth Tobacco Survey found that 12 percent of high school students
had tried e-cigarettes, an increase of 102 percent since 2011.
files e-cigarette legislation ($$)
Ponte Vedra Recorder - October 31, 2013
Ronald "Doc" Renuart (RPonte Vedra Beach) filed legislation
this month prohibiting the sale of Electronic Cigarettes to minors in
Florida. The bill, HB 153, aims ...
teachers union not interested in quick talks over tobacco-free ...
Tampabay.com - October 30, 2013
LAND O'LAKES The Pasco County school employees union has turned down
the administration's request to talk about new rules for making all
schools The Pasco County school employees union has turned down the
administration's request to talk about new rules for making all schools
may ban sale of e-cigs to minors
Gainesville Sun - October 30, 2013
Alachua County may follow Clay County's lead in banning the sale of
e-cigarettes to minors. Hutchinson said he asked the Florida Association
of Counties' staff how likely it is that the Florida Legislature will
enact e-cigarette legislation during next year's session but was told
the issue doesn't have much traction in Tallahassee at the moment. He
didn't want the county to go through the trouble of passing its own
ordinance only to be pre-empted by a state bill within a matter of months,
but FAC's response assuaged those concerns. Hutchinson would like the
County Commission to pass an ordinance that bans the sale of e-cigarettes
to minors as well as their use in nonsmoking areas of the county. He
also would like to include a requirement that e-cigarettes be placed
behind the counter in stores.
Rosa County SWAT to sponsor tobacco free Farm Share
Santa Rosa Press Gazette - October 30, 2013
Milton, FL - Santa Rosa County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT)
will sponsor the First Annual Tobacco Free Farm Share event Saturday,
committee calls for tobacco-free Pasco schools
Tampa Bay Times - October 30, 2013
...The district's Health Advisory Committee wants to end that practice.
The group, composed primarily of community health care professionals,
has unanimously called on the School Board to change its policy allowing
older schools to avoid the tobacco-free ...
Signs 2 Go battling smoke smell with neighboring bar, landlord
Bradenton Herald - October 29, 2013
The saying goes that a good fence makes good neighbors, but a wall is
not enough for a business in Bradenton battling secondhand smoke. Kathy
Burnett operates Signs 2 Go in the Braden River Crossing shopping center
off State Route 64 East. Walk into her store and the smell of cigarette
smoke is noticeable, and she says it's all coming through the vents
shared with a bar in the next unit, PaddyWagon Irish Pub.
Park Town Council mulls ordinance banning electronic ...
Florida Times-Union - October 23, 2013
People who use electronic cigarettes while trying to quit smoking. They
object to the provision of the ordinance banning e-cigarette use in
areas where tobacco ...
County schools say 'no' to e-cigarettes
MyFox Tampa Bay - October 23, 2013
It didn't take long for the Pinellas County School Board to just say
no to e-cigarettes in schools. "E-cigarettes are becoming more
and more popular, so it's an ...
Free Florida and "IQuit with AHEC" Launch New Brand ...
PR Newswire (press release) - October 22, 2013
TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In an effort to increase
awareness and statewide reach of its tobacco cessation programs, USF
Area Health ...
Develops Automated Stores for Seminole E-Cigarette Program
PR Newswire - October 21, 2013
a leader in automated retailing systems, micro-stores and kiosk has
launched a pilot program of their new Electronic Cigarette Machine,
developed for the Seminole Indian Tribe in Florida.
school district mulls e-cigarette ban
Tbo.com - October 21, 2013
Most Florida school districts have banned e-cigarettes or are in the
process of ... students aren't simply using them to get around smoking
bans, Corace said.
debate hits home on First Coast
Florida Times-Union - October 20, 2013
The First Coast is front and center in mirroring the nationwide debate
over regulation of electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes are heralded
by tobacco smokers ...
e-cigarette ban at Edison State
NBC2 News - October 18, 2013
It calls to ban the act of taking a puff from an electronic cigarette
on campus. ... no consistencies in what kinds of chemicals or products
occur within e-cigarettes.
Would Ban Minors from Buying E-Cigarettes
WGCU News - October 17, 2013
A Florida lawmaker who is also a physician has filed a bill for next
year's session that would ban the purchase of electronic cigarettes
by minors. Sales of the ...
PLEDGE NOT TO SMOKE: a Campaign for Gainesville's Youth
4-traders (press release) - October 16, 2013
Flyers will be distributed to all middle and high schools in Alachua
County, for students to sign and commit to remain tobacco free. Signatures
will be collected ...
Reviews Electronic Cigarette Showdown in Orange Park ...
SBWire (press release) - October 16, 2013
The time has come for the town fathers if Orange Park to make a decision
on the whether or not the electronic cigarette is the same as tobacco
County School Board hears SWAT presentation
Holmes County Times Advertiser - October 15, 2013
Young, 16, reported that the SWAT and Tobacco Free Partnership students
have been active at the Watermelon Festival, Possum Festival and Relay
for Life ...
Park proposed e-cigarette ordinance would limit users
First Coast News - October 14, 2013
The town council is expected to have a final hearing Tuesday and, if
passed, the ordinance would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in places
were smoking is ...
only hires non smokers
MyFox Washington DC - October 14, 2013
South Lake Hospital in Flager County, FL has been a nicotine-free campus
since 2007. No smoking inside, obviously, and no smoking outside. Not
in the ...
advocates banning sales of e-cigs to minors
Ocala (FL) Star-Banner - October 12, 2013
County Commissioner David Moore is advocating a ban on sales of electronic
cigarettes to minors and seeks to outlaw the use of e-cigarettes in
public places where traditional smoking is already disallowed. "Nobody
in Tallahassee will close the loophole ...
Businesses Hope to Learn from Experience
WUFT - October 11, 2013
The first workshop included presentations by Tobacco Free Alachua and
Sandvik Mining on the effects of tobacco on the workforce and the transition
to a ...
County Commissioner advocates banning sales of e-cigs to ...
Gainesville Sun- October 11, 2013
OCALA - Seeking to fill an alleged regulatory void, County Commissioner
David Moore is advocating a ban on sales of electronic cigarettes to
minors and seeks ...
would restrict minors from buying "e-cigarettes"
Sunshine State News - October 19, 2013
State Rep. Ronald Doc Renuart, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, has filed a bill
that would clarify that e-cigarettes can't be sold to minors. The devices,
which are ...
may be up in smoke in Vero Beach
TCPalm - October 9, 2013
They dont smell, they dont burn and they seem to be the perfect answer
to smoking in public. Just the same, the Vero Beach City Council wants
to regulate electronic cigarettes.
Lake Hospital's new policy is a bad idea
Daily Commercial - October 9, 2013
Many organizations already rightly restrict workplace smoking with the
aim of mitigating the habit's harmful effects. But we believe South
Lake Hospital in ...
policy began Oct. 1 in Daytona Beach public housing
Daytona Times - October 3, 2013
Daytona Beach Housing Authority residents living in Windsor and Maley
Apartments, Palmetto Park, Caroline Village, Northwood Village, Walnut
Oak, Villages at Halifax, Lakeside Village and Pine Haven risk fees
and eviction if caught smoking inside their housing units. As first
reported in the Daytona Times on Sept. 5, effective Oct. 1 all Housing
Authority properties within the public housing program will be designated
bill filed by FL senate to keep e-cigarettes from kids
WEAR - October 2, 2013
If approved it would ban the sales of electronic cigarettes to minors.
... It would also make it illegal for minors to possess electronic cigarettes.
New bill filed by FL ...
Park managers push new limits on e-cigarettes
WOKV - October 1, 2013
If approved, a new town ordinance in Orange Park would prohibit the
use of electronic cigarettes anywhere smoking is prohibited. The ordinance
also aims to ...
to limit use of e-cigarettes in Orange Park
ActionNewsJax.com - September 30, 2013
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- If approved, a new town ordinance would prohibit
the use of electronic cigarettes anywhere smoking is prohibited. The
ordinance also aims to make it more difficult for minors to get their
hands on the e-cigarettes.
Lizbeth Benacquisto files proposal to ban e-cigarette sales to ...
Sunshine State News - September 30, 2013
Lizbeth Benacquisto filed a bill today that will prohibit sales of popular
electronic cigarettes to minors. The proposal by the Ft. Meyers Republican
will add ...
schools may expand smoking ban
Sun-Sentinel - September 25, 2013
Currently, smoking is prohibited inside school-related buildings and
1,000 feet from them. The ban, which needs final School Board approval,
would extend to ...
unregulated e-cigarettes lighting up in Brevard
Florida Today - September 14, 2013
People such as Marotto are switching from smoking to vaping and fueling
the new popularity of the electronic-cigarette industry.
schools go tobacco free
Hometown News - September 13, 2013
ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- The School Board of St. Lucie County has passed
a policy to maintain a tobacco free environment on all school properties
and at all ...
You For Not Smoking: In Bated Defense of Flagler County's ...
FlaglerLive.com - September 13, 2013
Back in the days when I worked at CNN in Atlanta, and Ted Turner was
still very much in charge, he had a ready response for anyone who questioned
County may tweak smoking ban after ACLU complains
Daytona Beach News-Journal - September 12, 2013
Flagler County may tweak smoking ban after ACLU complains ... A growing
list of local employers have banned smoking among new hires, including
the Flagler ...
Smoking at Seminole State
Seminole Voice - September 11, 2013
Students and faculty at Seminole State College of Florida who smoke
will have to find somewhere else to light up this academic year following
a ban on tobacco, placing the school amidst a growing national trend
of tobacco-free colleges.
At least 1,182 colleges and universities
in the United States have banned smoking from their campuses - nearly
doubling the 648 colleges recorded in January of last year, according
to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. Seminole State now joins the 798
colleges that are 100 percent tobacco-free.
mirrors smoke-free policy
Central Florida Future - September 11, 2013
As of July 2013, at least 1,182 college or university campuses in the
U.S. have adopted 100 percent smoke free campus policies, according
to the group Americans for Nonsmokers Rights website. That number was
more than twice the amount of two years ago, 530, and about three times
the amount of three years prior, 420.
Tobacco Ruling Applies in Federal Cases
Bloomberg News - September 6, 2013
Reynolds American Inc. (RAI)s R.J. Reynolds Tobacco unit lost its bid
to overturn jury verdicts over smoking-related deaths after arguing
that federal courts shouldnt apply a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court
that made it easier for smokers to prove their cases. The U.S. Court
of Appeals in Atlanta today upheld verdicts for family members of two
smokers who sued Reynolds, the No. 2 U.S. cigarette maker. In the ruling,
a three-judge panel said the 2006 Florida ruling applies to several
thousand cases against cigarette makers pending in federal courts in
lighting up inside HUD homes
Daytona Times - September 5, 2013
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has encouraged
housing authorities since 2009 to adopt smoke-free housing. The assistant
Court OKs $35M award for Fla. smoker's widow
AP - Associated Press - September 5, 2013
The 3rd District Court of Appeal affirmed $25 million in punitive damages
and $10 million in compensatory damages against Lorillard Tobacco Co.
for Dorothy Alexander. Lorillard unsuccessfully argued the damages were
excessive and raised a number of other ...
battle moves outdoors
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - September 3, 2013
In Florida, cities and counties are prohibited from restricting smoking
outdoors. They can post signs asking the public not to smoke, but state
law leaves local ...
Rosa tobacco-free group hosts meeting
Pensacola News Journal - August 26, 2013
The Santa Rosa County Tobacco-Free Coalition will host its next meeting
at 4 p.m. Thursday in the main conference room of the Florida Department
of Health in ...
County joins growing list of employers to ban smokers
Daytona Beach News-Journal - August 26, 2013
Flagler County joins growing list of employers to ban smokers ... list
of employers that have banned or are in the process of banning smoking
among new hires, ...
bans smoking, sees membership surge
WWSB ABC 7 - August 26, 2013
VENICE, Fla. - Toni Schaberick has tended bar at Venice Moose Lodge
1308 for quite a while.
She admits though, the ban has made for a more enjoyable place to work;
and the customers don't seem to mind it either. "They love it,"
said Schaberick, "and I don't blame them there I don't like smoke
when I'm eating either." In fact, lodge leaders say their membership
has exploded since passing the ban. They're now at more than 4,000 members.
Editorial: Smoke ban sparks awareness
The Miami Hurricane - August 25, 2013
Students and faculty have returned this fall to a smoke-free campus.
On Aug. 1, all designated smoking zones were removed to completely phase
out smoking ...
Flagler pushing for beach smoking ban
10TV August 25, 2013
Here in Volusia and Flagler, smoking bans are gaining momentum. Daytona
International Speedway prohibited smoking in the grandstands, a milestone
for a sport that once was closely tied to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona State College and Stetson
University have snuffed out tobacco on campus. Public health officials
would like to extend those bans even further by prohibiting smoking
on beaches and in parks. They point to mounds of cigarette butts littering
the beaches and the dangers of secondhand smoke as reasons why lighting
up shouldn't be allowed on Volusia and Flagler's shoreline. But even
if the political will existed locally to enact such a ban, cities and
counties are prohibited from restricting smoking outdoors. Only the
state can make those changes. Counties and cities can post signs asking
the public not to smoke, but state law leaves local officials powerless
to enforce the rules.
campus goes smoke-free
MyFoxOrlando.com August 25, 2013
Signs touting a smoke-free campus will greet students and staff as they
return to Seminole State College campuses Monday. According to Americans
for Nonsmokers' Rights approximately 1,200 colleges and universities
across the country are smoke-free.
initiative enters final stage
The Miami Hurricane - August 23, 2013
To light up a cigarette, students will now have to leave campus perimeter
because as of Aug. 1, Phase III of the Smoke-Free Campus Initiative
has begun, ...
State goes tobacco free on Monday
Orlando Sentinel (blog) - August 23, 2013
Seminole State College of Florida will be tobacco free when classes
begin Monday, as a ban on all tobacco use goes into effect. The college's
board of trustees approved the anti-tobacco policy in April, joining
more than 1,000 colleges nationwide that have banned tobacco use on
their campuses, officials said. ...
Fish Medical Center: Smokers need not apply
Daytona Beach News-Journal - August 23, 2013
The hospital's decision is its latest move in a series of steps to restrict
smoking. In 2009, Bert Fish declared itself a smoke-free campus and
banned lighting up on ...
packs 'em in
Sun-Sentinel - August 21, 2013
Even on a weeknight, the slot and poker players pack Hialeah Park Casino
while ... Like all pari-mutuels casinos, smoking is prohibited because
of the Florida ...
Volusia, Flagler beaches be smoke free? Ask Tallahassee
Daytona Beach News-Journal - August 18, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH When Skip Beeler strolled the smoke-free beaches of California,
he noticed the difference right away. Other states especially California
have embraced smoke-free beaches, according to a list compiled by the
American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
Authority residents question new smoking ban
Daytona Beach News-Journal - August 17, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH In six weeks, the Daytona Beach Housing Authority will
ban smoking in all of its residences, including inside Linda Styles'
home of six years.
go smoke free in St. Johns County
ActionNewsJax.com - July 30, 2013
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- More restaurants and businesses in St. Johns
county are going smoke free. The county's tobacco educators are pushing
to eventually become completely smoke free.
colleges going smoke-free this week
Daytona Beach News-Journal - July 28, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH Daytona State College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
on Thursday will join hundreds of other universities nationally that
are emphasizing a healthier lifestyle by making their campuses smoke
or tobacco free.
Cancer Society marks 10-year anniversary of Florida's ...
The News-Press - July 26, 2013
The American Cancer Society in Florida is marking the 10th anniversary
of the states ban on smoking in workplaces, including restaurants and
some public places.
Free Florida gives UF first Smoke Free award
The Independent Florida Alligator - July 24, 2013
The state's department of health awarded UF with its first Tobacco Free
Florida Smoke Free ... Eventually, UF declared the entire campus tobacco-free
residence halls to receive inaugural smoke-free certification
Gainesville Sun - July 23, 2013
University of Florida's residence halls will be the first living spaces
to be recognized under Tobacco Free Florida's new Smoke Free Certification
marks 10 years of clean indoor air
Sun-Sentinel - July 20, 2013
Imagine you're at your local coffee shop trying to enjoy a quick breakfast
while reading the paper, yet the cigarette smoke blowing your way makes
it hard to keep reading, much less breathe. Imagine you're meeting an
important client for lunch, yet the tobacco smoke blowing in your face
from just three booths away makes it hard to keep a straight face. Imagine
you're at a family restaurant celebrating with your kids, but the smoke
from the birthday candles is overshadowed by the tobacco smoke from
across the dining room. It seems hard to imagine, but that was the reality
in Florida just 10 years ago. Needless to say, our state has come a
long way since July 2003, when Florida's indoor workplaces went smoke-free,
with few exceptions. This month, we're celebrating 10 years of cleaner
air and healthier residents thanks to the more than 71 percent of Florida
citizens who voted for this constitutional amendment to Florida's Clean
Indoor Air Act.
Still fighting against secondhand smoke
Miami (FL) Herald - July 16, 2013
Floridians are involuntarily affected by secondhand smokes toxic
chemicals. In Florida, smoking is still permitted in stand-alone bars,
nightclubs, outdoor restaurants, and public spaces like beaches and
parks. Many of the employees in these establishme
smoking ban goes up in smoke
Sun-Sentinel - July 15, 2013
LAUDERHILL A proposed smoking ban in city parks was snuffed out last
week after officials realized they would be violating state law. "You
don't want to start trying to enforce an ordinance that's not lawful,"
City Attorney Earl Hall said. The city wouldn't have been the first.
A number of cities have park smoking restrictions in place that ignore
the will of state legislators, who have decided only they can make smoking
rules for any parks or beaches.
Sacred Heart hospitals to stop hiring tobacco users Jan. 1
Pensacola News Journal - July 14, 2013
The hospital campuses already are completely smoke-free, with the use
of ... with the exception of two small areas designated for employee
and visitor smoking. ... by the University of Wisconsin/Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation revealed that ...
Sheriff establishes smoke-free work place
Historic City News - July 12, 2013
Friday, Historic City News was informed of a new policy went into effect
at the Flagler County Sheriffs Office; prohibiting employees from smoking
tobacco, or any synthetic tobacco product, snuff, or chewing tobacco,
while on-duty or while attending any agency-authorized training seminar
Sacred Heart adopt tobacco-free hiring policies
Pensacola News Journal - July 11, 2013
Baptist Health Care and Sacred Heart Health System, the Pensacola area's
two largest private employers, will adopt a tobacco-free hiring policy
beginning Jan. ...
businesses mixed on E-cigarettes
WZVN-TV - July 10, 2013
More and more Floridians are puffing on e-cigarettes and they're doing
it in places where smoking is banned. So are the electronic cigarettes
legal in restaurants ...
Free Partnership of Martin County - Awards given out at ...
TCPalm - July 9, 2013
Photos provided: Dr. Barry Hummel (left) and Valerie Graham (right),
both of Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County, present Dot Brooking
(center) of Project ...
leaders honored for tobacco prevention efforts
TCPalm-by Kim Waser - June 19, 2013
STUART On May 23,the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County
presented its annual Tobacco Prevention Awards to local community leaders
at the ...
apartment complexes multiplying in Brandon area
Tbo.com - June 18, 2013
First smoking was banned on airplanes and in workplaces, then restaurants
and ... The no-smoking addendum states that the smoking ban refers to
the use or ..
Harbor Adopts Flavored Tobacco Resolution
Safety Harbor (FL) Patch.com - May 21, 2013
The commission acted upon SWAT's request Monday night, adopting a resolution
urging merchants to stop selling flavored tobacco products in Safety
court overturns tobacco settlement due to Duval judge's 'critical misunderstanding'
Florida Times-Union - May 20, 2013
ruled that a Duval County judge used flawed logic in 2011 when
awarding a Jacksonville family nearly $15 million ... there has to be
evidence that addiction was the legal cause of a disease,
which the 1st District Court of Appeal said was not the case
measure regulates sale of e-cigarettes
Clay Today Online - May 16, 2013
GREEN COVE SPRINGS Clay County became something of a trailblazer at
its May 14 County Commission meeting after commissioners passed an ordinance
to regulate the sale and use of e-cigarettes. The Board of County Commissioners
voted 4-0 to approve the ordinance. Commissioner Ronnie Robinson was
absent. The ordinance addresses e-cigarettes, also called electronic
cigarettes, in several ways, including prohibiting their sale to minors.
It would also prohibit using them in all places in the county where
smoking is prohibited. It would also require e-cigarettes to be placed
behind a counter or away in some fashion where they would not be a "self-service"
item meaning that a clerk would be required to retrieve them for a customer
wanting to make a purchase.
Area Continues Fight Against Flavored Tobacco
WCTV - May 6, 2013
Wakulla County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday in favor of an
ordinance making it harder for kids to purchase flavored tobacco. It
means stores in ...
awards Delray Beach man $1.2M from tobacco companies for wifes death
Palm Beach Post - May 3, 2013
Gripping his walker and smiling broadly, 91-year-old David Cohen on
Thursday praised a Palm Beach County jury for helping him avenge his
wifes death. After deliberating for roughly five hours over two days,
the six jurors ordered three of the nations biggest cigarette-makers
to pay the Delray Beach man $1.2 million for turning his wife into a
hopeless nicotine addict, which ultimately led to her death from lung
cancer at age 81.
on Public Property: Legislature Ignores Harm
The Ledger - April 25, 2013
Outdoor smoking bans are seen by some people as an intrusion on individual
rights. However, it's important to note that the restrictions involve
parks and ...
debate smoke-free campus
Tallahassee Democrat (blog) - April 24, 2013
Soon, however, smokers at Florida State University will be forced
to leave campus to smoke, as FSU has just become one of the 783 tobacco-free
campuses across the country. The policy, which will go into effect in
January 2014, is part of a health initiative to make FSU a more health-focused
State holds final vote on smoke-free campus
Daytona Beach News-Journal - April 17, 2013
Nationally, about 1,100 campuses are smoke-free, including 783 that
do not allow any tobacco products. Locally, Bethune-Cookman is a tobacco-free
Commission adopts resolution aimed at reducing youth ...
Ocala-April 16, 2013
The document also called attention to the threat posed by electronic
cigarettes. T.J. Harrington, policy director for the Quit Doc Research
and Education ...
goes smoke-free, approves affiliation agreements with CVS, Walgreen
Orlando (FL) Business Journal - April 16, 2013
Its official: Seminole State College of Florida will have tobacco-free
campuses starting Aug. 26, the colleges board voted April 15. Approved
making the college tobacco-free starting Aug. 26. The colleges Tobacco-Free
Committee will begin developing implementation policies.
pushes state for candy tobacco restrictions
Bradenton (FL) Herald - April 16, 2013
Palmetto city officials passed a resolution urging the Florida Legislature
to pass statewide rules restricting the sale of candy tobacco Monday
night. The Palmetto City Commission listened to two high school students
urging them to pass the candy tobacco ...
tobacco-free policies help students to breathe easy
Famuan - April 14, 2013
Many people say it's disgusting to see a tobacco-free commercial of
a woman who has no teeth and a hole in her throat as she battles with
oral and throat cancer ...
e-smokes! Some businesses allow vaping cigarettes in workplace
Naples (FL) Daily News - April 14, 2013
With the growing trend of electronic cigarettes, a few Southwest Florida
businesses are allowing vaping in the workplace. Safety Harbour Insurance
Inc., which serves Lee and Collier counties, allows its employees to
e-puff away at work. We absolutely l
celebrates five years of tobacco-free campus
University of Florida - April 8, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. The UF Tobacco-Free Task force says that Gators
don't chew, they chomp and they have done so for the past five
Smoking Ban Smoldering, Nearly Snuffed Out
NACS Online - April 8, 2013
TALLAHASSEE Legislation that would have allowed Sarasota County
and several local governments to re-impose smoking bans on public property,
including public beaches, appears stalled for this year, the Herald
to local control
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - April 6, 2013
Local governments need the authority to ban outdoor smoking at public
beaches and parks. They lobbied the Florida Legislature for this priority,
as a matter of health and safety. But the Legislature does not share
the sense of urgency, apparently. According to a report last week by
the Herald-Tribune's Lloyd Dunkelberger, legislation that would have
curtailed outdoor smoking "appears dead for this year." That
leaves Sarasota County and the city of Sarasota unable to enforce local
bans on smoking at beaches and parks.
Ban Bill Stalls in Subcommittee
The Ledger - April 5, 2013
TALLAHASSEE | Legislation that would have allowed local governments
to reimpose smoking bans on public property, including beaches and parks,
appears dead for this year. Two state Senate committees approved the
measure (SB 258), but its companion bill (HB 439) has stalled in the
House, where it never received a hearing. The House panel that the bill
was initially assigned to the Health Quality Subcommittee
is not scheduled to meet again.
authority battles bedbugs, may ban smoking
Gainesville Sun - April 4, 2013
Bedbugs and tobacco were up for discussion at Wednesday's monthly board
meeting for the Alachua County Housing Authority the second meeting
that Executive Director Herbert Hernandez has attended since joining
the agency in February.
goes tobacco free October 1st
WEAR-April 3, 2013
MILTON -- The city of Milton, in Santa Rosa County, is going tobacco-free
this fall. Starting October 1st the city will only hire new workers
who don't smoke or use ...
briefs: Tobacco Free Florida week begins April 6
Bradenton Herald - April 2, 2013
MANATEE -- The fifth annual Tobacco Free Florida week begins April 6
and organizers are urging smokers who quit -- or want to quit -- to
share their reason for giving up tobacco. Visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com/tffweek
and click on "Share Your Reason." The site features a button
to upload a picture of your palm scrawled with your reason for quitting.
Free Florida: Three Ways to Quit
WJCT NEWS - April 1, 2013
Tobacco Free Florida Week turns five years old this month. The program,
Tobacco Free Florida, is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign
that educates people about the dangers of smoking, and provides self-help
resources for smokers who are trying to quit.
Action Treatment Center Announces Employee Smoke-Free Rehab Center
DigitalJournal.com (press release) - April 1, 2013
Into Action Treatment in South Florida is on their way to becoming a
smoke-free addiction center, and today they have become a smoke-free
center for their employees. This is a huge step in the process of becoming
a completely smoke-free facility and shows that the Into Action Center
is starting from the top down. The goal of the smoke-free initiative
is to help not only the staff but also the clients create a healthy
life in recovery. Too often, people in recovery from drug and alcohol
addiction pick up other addictions in a process called cross-addiction,
where the main addiction is substituted for another.
cigars still on store counters despite Treasure Coast ...
TCPalm - March 25, 2013
Convenience store owners say theyre enticing adults, not teens,
with their brightly packaged blueberry, watermelon and chocolate mint-flavored
cigars. But civic leaders throughout the Treasure Coast arent
buying it. And if resolutions they passed do the trick, neither will
area teens. The Stuart City Commission on Feb. 25 became the latest
addition to 131 cities and 44 counties in Florida that passed resolutions
against candy-flavored tobacco products. Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce,
Sebastian, Vero Beach and Martin and St. Lucie counties all took action
in the past two years.
ruling could force tobacco sector's hand in Engle cases
Thomson Reuters News & Insight - March 22, 2013
(Reuters) - A new Florida Supreme Court ruling rejects tobacco company
arguments that their due process rights were violated by a 2006 decision
allowing Florida smokers to use prior jury findings against the cigarette
industry in order to file individual lawsuits. The ruling leaves cigarette
companies with no option but to bring the due process argument back
to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has refused to review the issue twice
in the past year, lawyers said.
State board wants student survey on smoking issue
Daytona Beach (FL) News-Journal March 21, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH The Daytona State College board is moving toward
making its campuses nearly tobacco free, but will survey students first.
About 1,100 colleges and universities nationally prohibit smoking,
including 766 that do not allow any type of tobacco products, according
to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
to Become Smoke-Free Campus
WCTV - March 20, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - The No Smoking Zones at FSU will eventually cover
the entire campus. The FSU Board of Trustees approved a measure to ban
the use of all tobacco products on campus.
FSU is slated to become
a smoke-free campus by January 2014.
Gainesville Sun - March 19, 2013
Illustrating the contradiction, Bradley has introduced legislation
this session that would allow local governments to restrict smoking
on properties that they own. He said he wants to be able to take his
kids to a park without dealing with secondhand smoke or cigarette butts.
to become tobacco-free: Trustees approve smoking ban, plan to raise
Florida Flambeau - March 18, 2013
The Florida State University Board of Trustees on Friday, March 8 reviewed
an updated edition of the Universitys proposed measures to bring
FSU into the nations Top 25 public universities within the next
five years. But the issue that garnered significant attention at the
meeting was an approved measure to ban the use of all tobacco products
on campus by January 2014. A 'Breath Easy Zone' sign restricts smoking
in certain areas of campus. In 2014, FSU will become the third public
university in Florida to become a tobacco-free ...
Big Government smokescreen
In opposing local bans, lawmakers take a selective view of 'freedom'
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - March 18, 2013
.. Given these two tenets of government, how can Republicans in the
Florida Legislature oppose bills that would give local communities the
right to ban smoking on public property such as parks and beaches? Bills
in the state Senate and House would let cities and counties reinstate
smoking bans that were struck down by judges for exceeding state standards.
But some Republican legislators contend that bills would allow too much
government intrusion into private lives.
Top Court Affirms Ruling Enabling Tobacco Suits
Bloomberg - March 14, 2013
The Florida Supreme Court reaffirmed its 2006 Engle ruling
that made it easier for thousands of smokers to sue tobacco companies
for smoking- related illnesses. Floridas high court today upheld
a $2.5 million award to the family of a deceased smoker against Altria
Group Inc. (MO)s Philip Morris USA, Reynolds American Inc. (RAI)s
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and Vector Group Ltd. (VGR)s Liggett unit.
The verdict was won by James Douglas, whose wife, Charlotte Douglas,
died in 2008 of lung cancer at the age of 62. The court, in a 6-1 decision,
rejected arguments by the tobacco companies that its ruling in the Engle
case violated their constitutional right to due process of law. We
decline the defendants invitation to rewrite Engle, Chief
Justice Ricky Polston said in an opinion on behalf of a majority of
Bans Finding Opposition
News Chief - March 10, 2013
A bill to allow cities and counties to impose their own smoking bans
on public property, such as beaches and parks, sailed out of its first
committee on a unanimous vote.
ban bill gets split vote
Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune - March 8, 2013
A bill allowing cities and counties to re-impose smoking bans on public
property, including beaches and parks, cleared its second Senate committee
on Thursday. ...
Legislature to debate amendment to Clean Indoor Air Act
Famuan - March 8, 2013
A state senator recently introduced an amendment to the Florida Clean
Indoor Air Act.
Sen. Rob Bradley proposed amendment CS/SB 258 to the act, which was
originally approved in 2002. The addition to the bill authorizes municipalities
and counties to restrict smoking on properties such as beaches, playgrounds,
public parks, sports and ...
Commission candidate Weiss sold tobacco without license
Palm Beach Post (blog) - March 8, 2013
Commission candidate Gregg Weiss sold cigars online in 2007 and 2008
without being licensed by the Florida Department of Business & Professional
Regulation, according to FDBR spokeswoman Sandi Poreda.
insists that he was following orders he was given, saying Friday that
he had been told by the West Palm Beach branch of the Division of Alcohol
Beverages and Tobacco at the time that he didnt need a license.
Ban Bill Clears Committee
News Chief - March 7, 2013
A bill allowing cities and counties to reimpose smoking bans on public
property, including beaches and parks, cleared its second Senate committee
Smoking Keep You From Getting Hired?
LiveScience.com (Yahoo!) - Mar 5, 2013
Orlando Health will implement a tobacco-free hiring rule that requires
testing of all job applicants for nicotine use. And no, it is not an
April Fool's prank. ... "This is the first I've heard of an employer
testing applicants or employees for by-produc
Out Secondhand Smoke
Miami News Record-March 5, 2013
By addressing smoking and secondhand smoke, we can improve our health,
improve our standard of living and improve our economy. That's why I
am working ...
in Public Areas: Clear The Air
The Ledger - March 5, 2013
The Florida Legislature could make a strong case for expanding the Florida
Clean Indoor Air Act to promote clean air outdoors at public beaches,
parks and other venues. Unfortunately, the Legislature is unlikely to
wants to clean up cigarette butts, air
First Coast News - March 5, 2013
It might soon be illegal in some Florida cities to smoke in public places.
... the state's Clean Air Act to allow cities to enact smoking bans
in outdoor public places.
Health to start tobacco-free hiring policy
Orlando Sentinel - March 1, 2013
Smokers need not apply. That's the word from Orlando Health, which announced
this evening that it will start a tobacco-free hiring policy at seven
of its hospitals ...
Health Implements Tobacco-Free Hiring
Newswise (press release) - March 1, 2013
Newswise Orlando, FL (March 1, 2013) Effective April 1,
2013 Orlando Health will implement a tobacco-free hiring rule. The new
rule is an expansion of the ...
Leave smokers alone
Pensacola (FL) News Journal - Feb 27, 2013
We agree with state Rep. Audrey Gipson of Jacksonville who said: "The
beach belongs to everybody. And people are different." If lawmakers
want to truly make an impact, crack down on all those cigarette butts
that litter intersections.
up the public smoke
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - February 26, 2013
SB 258 would amend the act to eliminate the conflict and allow local
governments to restore restrictions. It warrants passage. The risks
of smoking are well ...
Coast City Council takes on tobacco
Daytona Beach News-Journal - February 24, 2013
PALM COAST During a workshop this week the City Council will discuss
supporting initiatives limiting youth access to candy- or fruit-flavored
tobacco products while also raising the possibility of selling alcoholic
beverages at Central Park in Town Center. Both resolutions are on the
agenda for Tuesday.
More Beach Smoking Ban: What Gulfport's Saying
Gulfport (FL) Patch.com - February 24, 2013
Here's what some Patch readers had to say about the Gulfport City Council's
decision to lift a ban on smoking on the beach. What do you think? Join
Proposes Statewide Smoking Ban On Florida Beaches
Brevard Times - February 23, 2013
COCOA BEACH, Florida -- A bill sponsored by Republican Florida Senator
Rob Bradley in Tallahassee proposes statewide regulation of smoking
that would ...
Action Drug Rehab Starts First Steps to Becoming a Smoke-free ...
PR Web (press release) - February 22, 2013
Into Action Treatment out of Boynton Beach, South Florida is creating
changes in their rules and regulations to pave the way to becoming a
would allow outdoor smoking bans
MyFox Tampa Bay - February 22, 2013
In St. Petersburg's Williams Park, most smokers objected to the prospect
of an outdoor smoking ban. "They haven't banned cigarettes in stores,
so why would ...
would bring back beach smoking ban
Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune - February 22, 2013
Sarasota County would be able to re-impose a smoking ban on its beaches
under a bill that sailed through a Senate committee on Thursday. Following
a series of rulings by the Florida Attorney Generals Office, counties
Committee Passes Proposal to Restrict Outdoor Smoking
WMFE - February 22, 2013
Cities and counties in Florida could soon ban smoking outdoors in public
areas - including beaches and parks, under a bill that passed in a State
Senate committee vote yesterday. The bill would allow municipalities
to expand the state's clean indoor air restrictions to more outdoor
panel passes outdoor smoking ban bill
Jacksonville Daily Record - February 22, 2013
A similar bill stalled last year after concerns over smoking on sidewalks.
... Sarasota's ordinance banning smoking in public parks was unenforceable,
arguing ... "When the smoking ban was passed many businesses spent
hundreds of millions ...
Smoking Ban In Florida Introduced By New Senate Bill
Huffington Post - February 22, 2013
The state's Indoor Clean Air Act currently bans smoking inside public
buildings and workplaces, except inside bars and tobacconists. Two years
ago, the Florida ...
move to ban smoking from beaches, parks
WZVN-TV - February 22, 2013
Today, a Florida Senate committee unanimously passed a proposal to ban
outdoor smoking in public places like beaches, parks and recreational
areas like the ...
smoking ban bill clears first test
Palm Beach Post - February 21, 2013
An effort to give cities and counties authority to limit smoking at
beaches and parks cleared its first legislative test Thursday
earning unanimous approval from the Senate Regulated Industries Committee.
Florida should ban smoking at public beaches
Palm Beach Post - February 21, 2013
Regarding the article Smoking bans beach-bound?, if the
smoking public wants to imperil their health in public spaces, by all
means let them. But they must grasp the simple concept that our most
treasured natural resource, our greatest economic draw a source
of their job? our beaches are not their personal ashtray.
beaches may be next target for smoking bans
Orlando Sentinel (blog) - February 21, 2013
It would extend to local governments the smoking-ban powers now held
exclusively ... Florida and Valencia State College have banned
smoking on campus.
Diamond Casino Cruises cancels trips
WPTV- February 19, 2013
If you plan on gambling on the Black Diamond casino cruise ship, all
bets are off. The ship, which bills itself as Florida's only full-scale
non-smoking casino, has ...
lifts smoking ban on beach, in city parks
Tampa (FL) Tribune - Feb 16, 2013
City workers have been pulling up the "no smoking" signs at
the beach, following a unanimous City Council vote this month that overturned
a smoking ban adopted in late 2011. The move came after a Sarasota judge
struck down that county's ban on smoking o
lawmakers may let locals weigh beach smoking bans
Palm Beach Post-Feb 16, 2013
"I do not think they should ban smoking because it is our freedom,
it is a public place ... Hager's proposal would give governments the
choice of banning smoking ...
State to reconsider tobacco policy
Daytona Beach (FL) News-Journal - Feb 15, 2013
Daytona State College's board of trustees plans to revist whether to
make its campuses smoke-free. The board will vote on the tobacco issue
next month after previously turning down such a policy last year despite
recommendations from the president, ...
committee reviews outdoor smoking ban
Longboat Observer - February 14, 2013
The Florida Senate Committee on Regulated Industries Feb. 21, will consider
a bill filed by Sen. Rob Bradley that would allow Sarasota County to
ban smoking on publicly owned properties.
approves designated 'smoking zones'
Tampa Bay Wake Up Call, Tampa Bay Business Journal - February 14, 2013
The University of Tampa has passed a new smoking policy that designates
restricted zones on campus where people can smoke beginning in August.
The four-year-long student initiative received
will no longer issue citations for beach smoking
Bay News 9 - February 9, 2013
The Gulfport City Council overturned a beach smoking ban this week that
had ... The ordinance still bans smoking at playground parks, athletic
fields and the rec ...
Renters From Secondhand Smoke
WFTV Orlando - February 6, 2013
Mainstream smoke is what is exhaled by someone who is smoking. Both
forms of secondhand smoke can be detrimental to non-smokers health because
Smoking Ban Lifted
Patch.com-February 6, 2013
All five Gulfport City Councilors voted Tuesday to remove the smoking
ban on the beach and allow DESIGNATED SMOKING AREAS AT ATHLETIC FIELDS
AND FACILITIES AS ...
Hummel: Fight for right to be smoke-free
Sun-Sentinel - February 1, 2013
Congratulations to the Sun Sentinel for its recent front-page coverage
of the legislation, (SB258, HB439), to restore control of outdoor smoking
to local communities. However, the reporter failed to mention the most
important event at the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation Hearing.
Outside of the venue, a young female volunteer that presented on the
dangers of second-hand smoke was surrounded and harassed by 11 representatives
of Cigar Rights of America, a lobbying group. Why is this so important?
This mob mentality is exactly why the tobacco industry was found guilty
in 2006 in a federal court of violating the Racketeer Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Let's be clear: The tobacco industry
was found guilty of a coordinated campaign to lie to the public, using
misinformation tactics to hide the dangerous effects of their products.
In the near future, Big Tobacco will be forced to take out advertisements
admitting to those lies and deceit. Yet the misinformation continues.
Bill Could Ban Smoking At The Beach
WLRN-Miami Herald - Jan 29, 2013
A determined Palm Beach County teenager is gaining ground on a big goal
-- stopping people from smoking at Florida's beaches and public parks.
bans: Florida Legislature may allow smoking ban at beaches and parks
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Sun-Sentinel - Jan 29, 2013
With a push from a Palm Beach County high school senior motivated by
her grandfather's death from lung cancer, state Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca
Raton, is sponsoring legislation to allow county and municipal governments
to ban outdoor smoking in parks and on
smoking bans may be coming to South Florida beaches ...
Sun-Sentinel Florida Panthers (blog) - January 29, 2013
If you enjoy the freedom to light up at a park or beach or if
you gag at the stench of the second-hand smoke change could be
to ban smoking in public parks
Central Florida News 13 - January 29, 2013
There's another push to ban smoking in the Sunshine State. It's already
banned in offices and restaurants and now there's a new proposal to
snuff out cigarettes ...
would allow smoking ban in parks, playgrounds
Gainesville Sun - January 26, 2013
The city of Gainesville can't legally ban smoking in the Bo Diddley
Community Plaza, but a new bill introduced in the Legislature aims to
give it that power. State Sen. Rob Bradley, whose district includes
Alachua County, has introduced a Senate bill, SB 258, that would give
cities and counties the ability to adopt ordinances that further restrict
people from smoking on their property.
survey finds smokers want smoke-free housing
Sun-Sentinel - January 26, 2013
Even many smokers are bothered by the stench of secondhand smoke in
their apartment buildings and would prefer if the buildings had smoke-free
policies, according to a survey done for the Broward Regional Health
Does smoke-free housing appeal to you?
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Sun-Sentinel - January 26, 2013
A survey for the Regional Broward Health Planning Council found that
even many smokers would welcome living in smoke-free housing. Would
you live in smoke-free housing?
Do smokers like smoke?
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Sun-Sentinel - Jan 25, 2013
Even smokers are bothered by secondhand smoke coming into their apartments,
a new Broward County survey has found. It was done for the Tobacco Free
Partnership of Broward County.
looms for beach ban on lighting up
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Jan 23, 2013
Past attempts to give local governments authority to regulate smoking
at ... also nullifying Sarasota County's and Venice's bans on beach
smoking. ... A countywide smoking ban was a critical component to Siesta
Key's beach being ranked No.
County votes to repeal flavored tobacco ban
WTXL ABC 27 (Midway, FL) - Jan 23, 2013
The commissioners listened to public comment from residents all across
the county. Business owners were there express their concerns about
how the ban will impact them. One issue, they said are contracts they
share have with tobacco companies. Some of the
Poised to End Beach Smoking Ban
Gulfport (FL) Patch.com - January 17, 2013
The decision to remove the ban on the beach comes just one month after
a judge in Sarasota ruled the City cannot enforce outdoor smoking restrictions.
Rescinds Smoking Ban on Beach, Asks For Permission to ...
Gulfport Gabber-January 16, 2013
Gulfport Rescinds Smoking Ban on Beach, Asks For Permission to Put it
Back ... on the heels of similar legislation banning smoking on the
beach in Sarasota, Gulfport ... Undeterred by the setback to the smoking
ban, the city council voted to ...
Smoking Ban May be Removed
Patch.com-January 16, 2013
Gulfport City Council members will vote, during first reading, whether
or not to eliminate the smoking ban on Gulfport Beach at the regular
city council meeting ...
officials say smoke free is the way to be
Central Florida Future - January 14, 2013
The smoke-free campus policy issued in the fall 2012 semester has been
effective in some parts of campus but not without setbacks.
Anti-smoking crusaders went too far
Sarasota Herald-Tribune-January 11, 2013
Bans at beaches, for instance, were really only justifiable as anti-litter
... a case for needing authority to ban smoking in very limited ways,
such as to prevent the ... It targeted the homeless for harassment,
too, by banning smoking in city parks.
the public's air: Legislature should help reinstate smoking bans at
beaches and parks
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - January 10, 2013
Cigarette smoke in children's parks, public fitness trails or beaches
is about as welcome as red tide -- and just as uncomfortable for the
respiratorially challenged. Local governments passed ordinances barring
smoking in public parks and beaches. But, as Jeremy Wallace reported,
the restrictions were struck down last month by a Sarasota County judge.
Only the Florida Legislature has authority to regulate smoking, the
judge said. Lawmakers should act quickly to remedy the problem, either
by enacting statewide restrictions on outdoor smoking (indoor rules
are already in place) or granting that power to local communities.
officials worry about smoking on Siesta sand
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - January 9, 2013
Sarasota County's ban on smoking in public venues has been in effect
for nearly five years. A 2003 state law reads that only the Legislature
can enact bans in ...
Can't Ban Smoking at Public Beaches, Commission Told
News Chief - January 9, 2013
Only the Florida Legislature can ban smoking on beaches and parks. ...
Sarasota's tough new ordinance banning smoking in public parks was unenforceable,
cant ban smoking, its attorney says
Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune January 8, 2013
SARASOTA COUNTY - All those No Smoking signs at county beaches
and parks are flat-out wrong, it turns out.
Although scores of
Florida cities and counties have since passed smoking bans at beaches
and parks, they are most likely unenforceable because of the 2003 act,
says Americans for Nonsmoker's Rights, a national advocacy group that
has been warning local governments for years about Florida's loophole.
The implications are that the poor localities don't have local
authority to pass smoking laws that their communities want, said
Cynthia Hallett, the group's executive director. The only option is
for Florida residents to press the Legislature to change the law and
give local governments authority to pass public smoking bans, as Louisiana,
Illinois, Delaware and other states have done in recent years, Hallett
said. The bad news is you have this case law now, Hallett
said. But the good news is that it gives cities more impetus to
lobby the Legislature to restore local control.
strikes down smoking ban at parks and beaches
WWSB ABC 7 - January 9, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - Sarasota County's prohibition on smoking is over, at
least for the time being. On Tuesday, County Commissioners were made
aware by ... The news comes in response to a recent court case in the
city of Sarasota. A judge ruled local governments are not permitted
to ban smoking anywhere outdoors. In that case, attorney Andrea Mogensen
defended a woman who was arrested for smoking in a city park.
the Smoking Ban
Gulfport Gabber - January 8, 2013
When a court decided Sarasotas beach smoking ban didnt hold
water, the implications reached across the bay to Gulfport. The city
drafted its beach smoking ban which also bans smoking in childrens
play areas and athletic fields around the language in the Sarasota
County law. Sarasota Judge Maryann Boehm ruled last month that only
the Florida legislature, not cities and counties, could ban smoking
in public places.
Free Florida offers help to smokers
Bradenton Herald - January 8, 2013
If you've tried to quit smoking and failed, don't give up. The stop-smoking
coaches and educators at Tobacco Free Florida are there to help through
Campuses Go Tobacco-Free
Patch.org - January 6, 2013
With the new year all Hillsborough Community College campuses have become
tobacco-free, which means if you want to light up a smoke, you'll have
to do it outside campus boundaries. ...
to Seeping Secondhand Smoke
WTVY, Dothan - December 17, 2012
The Tobacco-Free Partnership of Bay County and Students working
Against Tobacco (SWAT) assessed thirty local multi-unit housing sites
to determine if any had a smoke-free policy in place, which would not
allow smoking in or around living units. Three out of thirty units surveyed
were found to have smoke-free policies. Waterstone of Springfield apartment
complex is completely smoke-free, both inside the units and on property.
Cabana West Condominiums and La Villa Cove Apartments also have indoor
smoke-free policies. These smoke-free living spaces provide a clean,
healthy living environment for tenants. This is especially important
for those with asthma, allergies, or other medical problems. Policies
of this type protect children, pets and the elderly.
verdict against tobacco co. reversed in Fla.
AP - Associated Press - December 13, 2012
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) A Florida appellate court is ordering
a new trial after reversing an ailing former smoker's $39 million judgment
against a tobacco company. A three-judge panel of the 4th District Court
of Appeal in West Palm Beach ruled Wednesday that a Broward County jury
was unduly swayed by Cindy Naugle's poor health and the refusal of Philip
Morris USA to admit past wrongdoing.
Lauderdale woman's big money verdict against tobacco company tossed
Sun-Sentinel - December 12, 2012
A state appellate court ruled Wednesday that a new jury should decide
how much in damages to award a Fort Lauderdale woman who had won a whopping
$300 million verdict against tobacco giant Philip Morris. ...
It's Time For Disney To Ban Smoking
BocaNewsNow.com (FL) - Nov 11, 2012
While Disney has a sometimes enforced "no smoking" policy
at its parks and resorts, there is no such posted policy at its extremely
popular "Downtown Disney" and "Westside" shopping
district which is an attraction unto itself. This makes no sense to
Smoking Ban: A Secondhand Student Health Issue
Minaret - November 8, 2012
Enforcing a smoking ban would lessen the effects of secondhand smoke.
... college campuses in the United States have 100 percent banned smoking
in indoor ...
Should Be Free to Smoke In Designated Spots
Minaret - November 8, 2012
Smoking on campus has caused debate on whether UT should enact a smoking
ban or designate certain areas for students to smoke freely.
American Smokeout Nov. 15
Tallahassee.com (blog) - November 5, 2012
The Tobacco Free Leon Partnership is proud to be participating in the
37th annual Great American Smokeout (GASO) event sponsored by the American
Cancer Society on November 15, 2012.
& Shakers: Changes at Tobacco Free Florida and State ...
MiamiHerald.com (blog) (registration) - October 29, 2012
The Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida has hired Shannon Hughes as chief.
The position falls under the Department of Health Division of Community
Tobacco: Trick or Treat? The Florida Department of ...
Broward Net Online (press release) - October 29, 2012
Candy-Flavored Tobacco: Trick or Treat? The Florida Department of Health's
Tobacco Free Florida Warns Against Sweet Deception. Posted on October
of campus smoking rights cloudy
Eagle News - October 23, 2012
Last week, FGCUs Student Senate discussed a resolution for a smoke-free
campus for the first time this semester. This week, however, there was
no mention of a possible resolution on Tuesday nights student
new smoking policy
Eagle News - October 23, 2012
I am writing to express support for the discussion of a smoke-free policy
on campus that is resuming in the Senate, per the article that appeared
on Oct. 17.
We need to stop people from smoking on the beach
TCPalm.com - October 13, 2012
Smoking on the beaches is really getting bad! You go to the beach and
put your chair down, and boy, you are surrounded by butts (not the kind
you like to look at). ...
Join Tobacco Free Partnership To Work For A Butt Free Hollywood Beach
Broward Net Online (press release) - October 5, 2012
Hollywood, FL. There you are settling down on your beach blanket
for a relaxing day at the beach, when you lay your head down and you
smell a dirty ashtray.
County schools have gone tobacco free
Seminole Chronicle - October 4, 2012
"Staff is instructed to not be confrontational, but give the card
to them and let them know we're a tobacco-free campus," Reichert
said. He said that the ...
available for Manatee County rentals going smoke-free
Bay News 9 - October 4, 2012
The grant will also allow the health department to provide free "smoke-free"
signs, ... The first five apartments or condos to implement smoke-free
policies will be ...
$30,000 grant designed to convert properties to "smoke-free"
Bradenton (FL) Herald - Oct 3, 2012
A $30,000 grant has been awarded to the Manatee County Health Department
to promote smoke-free policies in multiunit apartments, condos and dormitories.
offers landlords help in going 'smoke-free'
Bay News 9 - October 2, 2012
Apartment buildings and condominiums that want to go "Smoke-Free"
can now receive free help. Manatee County Health Department has received
a grant from the Florida Department of Health to help apartments and
condos create smoke-free policies.
Pines VA tightens tobacco rules
Tampa Bay Newspapers - October 1, 2012
In support of the organizations commitment to Be Tobacco Free,
the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System tightened tobacco use restrictions
Oct. 1 at the main Bay Pines VA Medical Center (VAMC) campus in St.
Petersburg and at all of the systems outpatient clinic locations.
Ensley: Our newsroom was a smoke-free trendsetter
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)- September 29, 2012
We take it for granted now, so maybe it isnt hard to believe its
been two decades. But Monday is the 20th anniversary of Floridas
first statewide ban on smoking in public buildings.
Authority units to become smoke-free
Wink News - September 14, 2012
FORT MYERS, Fla. - It's your money, and we've learned that other people
smoking is costing you thousands of tax dollars. So, starting January
1st, all Fort Myers Housing Authority buildings will become smoke-free.
Myers Housing Authority properties to go smoke-free
The News-Press - September 13, 2012
Fort Myers Housing Authority properties to go smoke-free ... Fort Myers
Housing Authority announced Thursday that all of its properties will
soon be smoke-free.
ban enforcement begins
FIUSM (FL) - September 11, 2012
The tobacco-smoke free regulation prohibited the use of any smoking
or tobacco ... Several other colleges and universities in Florida have
enacted a ban on ..
Campuses To Be Tobacco-Free With Start of New Year
Brandon (FL) Patch.com - September 7, 2012
With the new year all Hillsborough Community College campuses will be
tobacco-free, which means if you want to light up a smoke, you'll have
to do it outside campus boundaries.
justices hear arguments in smoker's death
Associated Press - Sep 7, 2012
A high-profile lawyer representing three tobacco companies urged the
Florida Supreme Court on Thursday to make it harder for thousands of
sick smokers or their survivors to win lawsuits stemming from a landmark
decision by the justices six years ago. ...
Supreme Court hearing argument in 1st tobacco case since justices voided
Associated Press - September 6, 2012
The Florida Supreme Court is hearing the first of thousands of individual
smoking cases filed since the justices voided a $145 billion class-action
verdict against tobacco companies six years ago.
for tobacco-free schools on backburner
Hernando Today (FL) - September 5, 2012
Local anti-drug groups likely won't be pushing to have all school sites
become tobacco-free in light of state officials removing the measure
from its list of priorities ...
Hill snuffs out park smoking
Daytona Beach News-Journal - August 30, 2012
Commissioners have approved a measure that outlaws smoking in the city's
parks. The smoking ban was part of new rules and regulations approved
by the commission at Tuesday night's meeting.
of Central Florida becomes smoke-free today
Central Florida News 13 - August 20, 2012
A new initiative starts today making it UCF smoke-free. It applies to
employees, students and visitors to all UCF owned or leased properties,
as well as all ...
toward outdoor smoking ban at Moffitt Cancer Center evaluated
Science Codex - August 10, 2012
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center who surveyed employees and patients
about a ban on outdoor smoking at the cancer center found that 86 percent
of non-smokers supported the ban, as did 20 percent of the employees
who were smokers. Fifty-seven percent of patients who were smokers also
favored the ban.
Children's Museum of Naples bans smoking
The News-Press - August 9, 2012
The Golisano Children's Museum of Naples announced today it has prohibited
smoking on Museum property in an effort it says will protect Museum
visitors from ...
Palms game room goes smoke-free
Tbo.com - August 8, 2012
For 14 years, Bryan Peabody has dedicated himself heart and soul to
his business, Peabody's Billiards and Games, a neighborhood gathering
spot in a shopping plaza on Amberly Drive.Yet for the past eight years,
since he became a father, Peabody has sheltered his three children from
its smoke-filled interior. Until now.Last month, Peabody imposed a smoking
ban at his 15,000-square-foot entertainment complex at 15333 Amberly
Drive. It is a meeting place to play pool and games, enjoy a meal, grab
a beverage or dance in an adjoining nightclub.
"I wish I
had taken this step sooner," the 47-year-old entrepreneur said.
"We have not even suffered a bump in the road since making the
decision to forbid smoking at the establishment."
smoke creating a stink
Sun-Sentinel (FL) - August 1, 2012
Smoke Free Housing is a 63 page compilation of material that includes
specific ... Smoke-free housing saves on property maintenance costs
from cleaning and ...
to thank visitors for not smoking in parks
Sun-Sentinel - July 25, 2012
Oakland Park, the latest to tackle secondhand smoke, is erecting "Young
Lungs at Work: Thank You for Not Smoking" signs near playgrounds,
picnic areas and ...
colleges vary in smoking rules
Florida Times-Union - July 9, 2012
Jacksonville's colleges and universities are a mixed bag of smoking
In 2008, the college received the Tobacco-Free Jacksonville
Empty Ashtray Award, ... We're pushing toward becoming a totally tobacco-free
campus," said Blake ...
Million Expansion Makes Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release) - Jul 2, 2012
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa recently completed a
$75 million expansion, making it the worlds sixth-largest casino,
based on gaming positions or number of seats at a table or slot.
An enclosed smoke-free slot room with 70 machines is located next to
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos newest restaurant, Rise
Kitchen & Bakery.
Financial Implements New Smoke-Free Campus
CUinsight.com (press release) - July 2, 2012
Grow Financial recently implemented a new smoke-free campus. As of
July 1, all Grow Financial locations became tobacco and smoke-free environments
at the ...
Cigar shop owners take action on possible regulations
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Sun-Sentinel - Jun 30, 2012
With the law not specific yet on cigar regulations, the cigar industry
wants Congress to protect premium brands from standards imposed on cigarettes,
such as requiring new health-warning labels, banning certain flavors
and limiting the sizes and shapes
Working Against Tobacco commend Speedway for smoke ...
Daytona Times - June 28, 2012
... our fans from tobacco smoke and are showing young fans that smoking
is no longer ... We should never underestimate the dangers of
Speedway to make grandstands smoke-free
The News-Press - June 20, 2012
He is a spokesman for Tobacco Free Florida. The grandstands will officially
be smoke-free starting with the Subway Jalapeo 250 Powered by Coca-Cola
on July ...
Challenges Smoking Ban
Gulfport Patch.org (FL)- Jun 19, 2012
The Gulfport City Council will meet to discuss a lawsuit filed by St.
Petersburg attorney Andy Strickland regarding the ticket he received
for smoking on the beach.
speedway grandstands now smoke-free
Northwest News and Tribune (FL) - June 20, 2012
Fans at Daytona International Speedway will no longer be allowed to
smoke in the grandstands.
applaud Speedway for smoking ban in grandstands
Daytona Beach News-Journal - June 20, 2012
Teens applaud Speedway for smoking ban in grandstands ... Starting
with events July 6 and during the Coke Zero on July 7, smoking in the
track grandstands ...
Free Leon looking for volunteers
WTXL ABC 27 (FL)- June 13, 2012
Tobacco Free Leon Partnership is seeking dynamic community members,
organizations, local businesses, and any other persons or groups to
Organization Encourages Smoke Free Rentals
Jackson County Times - May 24, 2012
In an effort to decrease and eventually eliminate health issues caused
by secondhand smoke, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Jackson County
is asking those who live in apartments to encourage the management and
ownership of the rentals to provide units that are completely smoke-free.
urging officials to ban cigarettes on beach
Sun-Sentinel (FL) May 24, 2012
If smoking can't be banned at the beach, Katz said he would like to
see a "smoking ... urging Tallahassee to permit local governments
to enact smoking bans.
loss prompts owners to make sports bar smoke free
Sun-Sentinel - May 23, 2012
...A recent change was a tough one for Trish because it was prompted
by the loss of her mother. "In February I decided to make Connolly's
smoke free," she said. "After my mother passed away from lung
cancer, my kids begged me to make the place smoke free. They really
voiced their concerns, and how could I say no to them? Plus it is nice
to leave work and not smell like smoke." For years Connolly's was
one of the only establishments in the area that could still allow smoking
inside. "We were grandfathered in when the laws changed,"
she said. Trish said that although she has gotten some backlash from
regulars she has also had new customers thank her for making the place
smoke free. The plan, she said, is to add an outdoor patio where customers
can still smoke.
Attempt To Ban Flavored Tobacco
CBS Local - May 15, 2012
MIAMI (CBSMiami) - The future of flavored tobacco products being sold
in Miami-Dade County may not be so sweet. On Tuesday the Miami-Dade
commissioners will take a preliminary vote on a measure which would
make it illegal to sell flavored chewing tobacco and cigars like blueberry,
peach, grape, strawberry and others.
flavored tobacco products could be prohibited in Miami-Dade
Palm Beach Post - May 15, 2012
Menthol, mint and wintergreen flavors would be exempt. Federal law
outlawed the sale of candy-flavored cigarettes in 2009. But some local
governments felt ...
students press for tobacco-free district
Bradenton Herald - May 15, 2012
Armed with statistics that show 90 percent of cigarette smokers start
before age 18, a group of Lee Middle School students is pressing the
Manatee school board to declare all of the county's schools "tobacco-free"
Harbour restricts sale of candy tobacco
MiamiHerald.com - May 4, 2012
By Rodolfo Roman The Village Council unanimously approved a resolution
on April 17 prohibiting the sale and marketing of all flavored tobacco
products at ...
won't ban smoking in parks, instead will keep it voluntary
Gainesville (FL) Sun - May 4, 2012
Instead, commissioners voted 7-0 to expand a pilot program designating
parks as smoke-free zones from five parks including the downtown
plaza to all ...
Apartment Complex Goes Smoke-Free
WCTV - May 1, 2012
A local apartment complex is now smoke- free. Tobacco free Florida
believes it's the first in North Florida to have such strict smoking
Park to consider smoking ban in parks
Orlando Sentinel - Apr 30, 2012
By Lisa J. Huriash, Sun Sentinel Commissioner Jed Shank said he will
propose at the City Commission meeting Wednesday to ban smoking in city
parks at ...
on smoking in Oakland Park city parks to be proposed
Examiner.com - Apr 30, 2012
Commissioner Jed Shank is working on this ban, according to the Sun
Sentinel. ... at the City Commission meeting on Wednesday, that smoking
In' Results in Second Citation for Attorney
Gulfport (FL) Patch.com - Apr 23, 2012
Strickland wants to challenge the ban in court. By Cherlene Willis Gulfport
Police Officer Pete Horning writes a citation for smoking on the beach
to Andy ...
USF rules puts damper on smoking
Tbo.com - Apr 22, 2012
But some students who smoke say the new policy has created an "us
vs. them" mentality, especially with nonsmokers who push smokers
toward designated spots ...
fights tobacco ban on Gulfport Beach
WTSP 10 News - Apr 21, 2012
On Saturday, a group of cigar smokers staged a "smoke-in"
on Gulfport Beach to peacefully protest what they see as an unconstitutional
votes to go completely smoke free
ActionNewsJax.com - April 5, 2012
In an effort to make the Florida State College of Jacksonville campus
a healthier place to work and learn, the school voted on a drastic change.
And it has many students fuming.
The Board of Trustees voted
Tuesday that beginning March 1 of next year, this campus will go completely
smoke free. "I pay money to go to school here
cities, schools get Orange health awards
Sun-Sentinel April 5, 2012
"One goal of public health is to protect the health of children
and others by making public spaces where they play and work clean and
smoke free," said Dain ...
Medical Center goes tobacco free
TCPalm - March 30, 2012
Effective May 1, Jupiter Medical Center is implementing a tobacco
The majority of the hospitals in Palm Beach and
Martin counties have voluntarily adopted 100 percent tobacco free policies
in an effort to promote the ...
ban in city parks, downtown plaza still up in the air
Gainesville (FL) Sun - March 29, 2012
The possibility of a smoking ban for the downtown Bo Diddley Community
Plaza and city parks remains up in the air.
In 2009, the federal
government banned the sale of candy- and fruit-flavored cigarettes but
that prohibition did not apply to other tobacco products.
Free Florida Week Underway
Patch.com - March 23, 2012
The fourth annual Tobacco Free Florida week is underway, from March
26 - April 1, the prevention campaign is raising awareness about tobacco
State votes down smoke-free campus
Daytona Beach (FL) News-Journal, March 22, 2012
The majority of the Daytona State College board of trustees voted today
against a new policy that would have prohibited smoking and tobacco
use on its six campuses in Volusia and Flagler counties. ... concern
that such a policy was going too far in infringing on people's rights.
Nationally, more than 640 colleges and universities have some
type of smoke-free or tobacco-free policy, including about 10 in Florida,
according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation in California.
Speedway to ban smoking
WKMG Orlando - Feb 21, 2012
A smoking ban will prevent NASCAR fans from lighting up in the grandstands
at Daytona International Speedway starting with the Coke Zero 400 in
State, Stetson considering smoke and tobacco-free campuses
Daytona Beach News-Journal - February 20, 2012
Smoke-free and tobacco-free policies are a national trend in
recent years. More than 640 colleges and universities nationally have
policies, including 10 at Florida colleges and universities, such as
the University of Florida, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights
Foundation, a California-based group.
banned on campus
Central Florida Future - Feb 20, 2012
Deichen said that nonsmokers are more inclined to pick up the habit
after ... that 70 percent of students were in favor of a non-smoking
initiative; also, ...
Free Florida Unveils User-friendly Online Tools with New Website
PR Web (press release) - February 13, 2012
The Florida Department of Health's Tobacco Free Florida has launched
a new and improved website with valuable tools and resources for Floridians,
Hummel: Smoking bill merits hearing
Florida Today - January 27, 2012
I recently heard state Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, on a syndicated,
national radio talk show discussing his effort to undo a statewide ban
Meanwhile, there is a bill before
the House Community and Military Affairs Subcommittee (HB 143), chaired
by Workman, which is designed to do away with a far more pressing regulation,
which affects every citizen in Florida and potentially could impact
tourism statewide. However, Workman is keeping the bill off his committees
agenda. This regulation is a clause in the Florida Clean Indoor Air
Act (FCIAA) that mandates how every local community in Florida must
handle outdoor smoking. As written, the FCIAA expressly pre-empts
regulation of smoking to the state and supersedes any municipal or county
ordinance on the subject. This means smoking is allowed in every
outdoor location in the state, including parks, playgrounds and beaches.
Why is this important? Because the current FCIAA does not allow communities
to make common-sense decisions about smoking based on local needs. ...
Light Up at 'Smoke In' on Gulfport Beach
Gulfport (FL) Patch.com - January 16, 2012
A handful of people lit up at Gulfport Beach in protest of the
city's smoking ban. A St. Pete attorney had hoped to get cited and challenge
the ban in court ...
parks go smoke-free
Local 10 - January 11, 2012
... park setting where they are not exposed to toxic secondhand smoke."
The no-smoking policy includes ball fields and all playgrounds in all
bans all tobacco on all county property
News-Sun (FL)- December 21, 2011
By ED BALDRIDGE SEBRING -- Commissioners discussed a new policy Tuesday
that bans all tobacco use on all county property including boat ramps,
aim to ban smoking
Winter Park/Maitland Observer (FL) December 7, 2011
Cigarette smoking in public parks could be banned if the ... the gun
on tobacco regulation, instituting their own smoking bans that will
bans smoking on beach, parks, other areas
Central Florida News 13 - Cheryl Glassford - November 6, 2011
According to a new city ordinance passed this week, smoking is banned
on the ... A few were having a smoke, but it wasn't in spite of the
new smoking ban. ...
Housing Smoke-Free Initiative
The DOH's Tobacco Free Florida Program will help those interested
in making multi-unit housing smoke-free get started
NBC Miami, 2011-11-05
A new statewide push aims to protect non-smokers from the dangers of
secondhand smoke, meaning smokers could be told not to light up in their
own apartments. ...
Will Officials Enforce the Smoking Ban?
Gulfport (FL) Patch.com - Cherlene Willis - November 4, 2011
The smoking ban is in effect, but that doesn't mean you'll receive a
citation right away. By Cherlene Willis It's illegal to smoke or use
tobacco products ...
Years Later: A Look at Tobacco Control in Florida
WCTV - November 3, 2011
The Florida Department of Health's (DOH) program, Tobacco Free Florida
(TFF), ... This event encourages smokers to commit to being tobacco-free
for 24 hours ...
prison smoking amended to exclude employees, others
Orlando Sentinel - October 26, 2011
... But inmates are still banned from smoking under the new policy
put in place by ... principles and instead use the heavy hand of government
Passidomo proposes giving cities, counties authority to outlaw smoking
at public sites
Naples (FL) Daily News - Ben Wolford - Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster - October
... If that's successful, Barnett doubts City Council will ban smoking
on beaches, ... hypothetical local bans, but he said he would like to
have the option. ...
Local governments, not state, should have final say ...
St. Augustine Record - October 13, 2011
The law has been on the books in Florida for 26 years. Its time
to change the law.
The states Clean Indoor Air Act of 1985 contains a clause that
expressly preempts regulation of smoking to the state and supersedes
any municipal or county ordinance on the subject. Basically, it
prohibited local governments from enacting laws to restrict smoking
in any indoor or outdoor setting, or to restrict the marketing, advertising
and sale of tobacco products. ...
More Smoking in Florida Prisons
WMFE - Gina Jordan
The ban was ordered by former Corrections Secretary Edwin Buss, who
banned tobacco as corrections chief in Indiana in the mid-1990s.
bill would give cities say on smoking
House bill would allow locals to ban smoking on the beach
Beaches Leader (Jacksonville Beach, FL), 2011-09-28
A bill introduced into the Florida House of Representatives may allow
individual cities and counties to designate smoke-free zones or ban
smoking all together on public property...
Moves Forward With Proposed Smoking Ban on Beaches, Play ...
Patch.com - September 23, 2011
In a workshop at Gulfport City Hall Thursday, the city council agreed
to consider a smoking ban on city beaches and play areas used by children.
Orange County cities consider smoking resolution
Central Florida News 13 - Mark Jenkins - September 23, 2011
Smoking could be banned in public places around Orlando under a new
proposal by Mayor ... Now, more municipalities are likely to follow
suit. smoking , ban.
Council To Light-Up Discussion On Proposed Beach Smoking Ban
Patch.com (FL) - September 22, 2011
Vice Mayor David Hastings has been the instigator behind a proposed
city ordinance that would ban smoking on the beach. The ordinance is
up for discussion ...
Council Passes Resolution To Limit Smoking
WFTV Orlando - September 12, 2011
But the new measure would not ban smoking outright. The resolution would
only allow the city to encourage people to not light up. That's because
the city of ...
to Ban Smoking in Parks and Playgrounds?
WCTV6 CBS (Tallahassee, FL), 2011-09-12
Soon you may have to butt out - *outdoors* in Orlando. Lawmakers are
considering a plan to ban smoking in some parks and playgrounds. However,
it's getting bad reviews from some businesses. ...
vice-mayor David Hastings wants ordinance prohibiting ...
ABC Action News - Brad Davis - September 2, 2011
Gulfport city councilman Sam Henderson doesn't support the idea of the
smoking ban. "To me, this is about littering. I can't speak for
Mr. Hastings, ...
impact of smoking ban in Orlando has positive side
Orlando Sentinel - Marni Jameson - August 4, 2011
A new economic impact study released today from the Orange County Health
Department found that smoking bans in Florida ...
Chaloupka, F.J.; Tauras, J.A., "The
economic impact of the 2003 Florida Clean Indoor Air Act,"
[Florida Department of Health and Human Services?], August 2011.
Secondhand smoke is first-rate problem
Central Florida Future, 2011-07-17
Andy Ceballos Opinions Editor
Some people have proposed the idea of designated smoking areas as a
possible solution. This would require public locations to set up shelters
that will need to be cleaned on a regular basis.
workplaces, including restaurants and public places, are smoke-free
because of a state constitutional
amendment passed in 2003, according to Americans for Nonsmokers'
bans smoking in public parks
ABC Action News - Stephanie Cobb - June 21, 2011
"This ordinance does apply to all city parks, not one particular
park," Snyder said in response to many commenters who said the
ordinance was directed at the homeless at Five Points Park. "If
New York can ban smoking in their public parks, ...
St. Lucie restricts smoking in city parks
TCPalm - Alexi Howk - June 20, 2011
Conrad said it would take the department some time, possibly several
months, to determine designated smoking areas and put up signs. Other
Florida cities that have a policy or ordinance governing smoking at
public parks include Tampa, Clearwater, ...
Sarasota Patch is Covering This Week
Patch.com - William Mansell - June 20, 2011
Commissioner Willie Shaw has asked the issue be brought back for discussion
before the temporary ban is over. A parks smoking ban, endorsed by the
city's parks, recreation and environmental protection agency, will be
voted on by commissioners Monday ...
to ban smoking on most of Tampa campus
Tbo.com - Andrew Ford - June 15, 2011
She attended a community college with a partial smoking ban and found
it annoying. "I don't like being around sick people," Dearden
said. "We don't have sick zones." Others say they'll live
with the new rules. Robert Ebert, 53, works in maintenance and
& Rec Board Recommends Smoking Ban in Public Parks
Patch.com - Kerem Ozkan - March 18, 2011
And if we set up smoking areas by a park, we have in effect endorsed
the use of tobacco products. And I think that's wrong. After 25
minutes of discussion, Marquis brought the group to a vote, and the
motion to make the tobacco ban recommendation ...
Department of Corrections facilities to be tobacco-free
The News-Press - March 14, 2011
Smoking bans have long been in place in all of Florida's public buildings
and offices, over half of the state prisons in the US already have similar
bans, and since 2004, all of the prisons in the Federal Prison system
have banned smoking on prison ...
Lee Coalition meeting March 16
The News-Press - March 10, 2011
Sabrina Maxwell will talk about compliance checks being made by the
Department of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, and Florida Gulf Coast
University's proposal to create a smoke free campus will be discussed.
Other anti tobacco initiatives designed to ...
Data Shows Tobacco Prevention Program Helped Produce 500,000 Fewer Smokers
and Save $1 Billion in Health Care Costs
Florida voters passed Constitutional Amendment to create popular
PR Newswire, 2011-02-14
SOURCE Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
According to new data, Floridians are paying $1 billion less in smoking-caused
health care costs and there are more than 500,000 fewer smokers in the
state since the Florida Department of Health's Tobacco Free Florida
(TFF) program was created by voters in 2006. ...
Housing Authority bans smoking in units
Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune, 2011-02-05
J. DAVID McSWANE
Following a national movement to curb secondhand smoke in public housing
units, the agency charged with housing Sarasota's poorest families has
banned smoking at more than 500 of its homes. ...
litigation pushes Shook Hardy toward record revenue
Kansas City (MO) Business Journal, 2010-11-05
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP may inch its way to another record thanks
in no small part to the old trick that made the Kansas City law firm
one of the nations largest: tobacco litigation.
Kansas City-based Shook Hardy could beat its revenue record of $330.5
million in 2009, but it depends on how bill collections go in the last
two months of the year, firm Chairman John Murphy said.
Although lawsuits against tobacco companies largely have fallen out
of the public eye in recent years, a flood of more than 8,000 lawsuits
is making its way through Florida courts, with Shook Hardy serving as
lead counsel for Philip Morris USA. ...
mayor plans to get county legislative delegation involved smoking ban
Naples Daily News - Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster - November 3, 2010
NAPLES A discussion about whether to ban smoking on Naples beaches
could be heading to the state Legislature.
Naples officials said Wednesday they plan to ask the countys
legislative delegation to work with them to change a state law that
says who can regulate smoking.
The law dubbed the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act has a
section that preempts regulation of smoking to the state and supersedes
any municipal or county ordinance on the subject.
That preemption is believed to apply to all smoking laws, said City
Attorney Bob Pritt, and it would make it easy to toss out a local law
if it was contested in court.
There are at least a dozen local governments in Florida that have banned
smoking, Pritt said.
Naples Mayor Bill Barnett said he wanted to request the help of the
countys legislative delegation, rather than going forward with
a discussion about whether it was feasible to ban smoking on city beaches.
This is the real deal, he said. We want to change
the statute, or at least have the Legislature tweak it. We want home
rule. We want to make our own decisions." ...
bans smoking at beaches and parks
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Kim Hackett - October 27, 2010
Smoking will be allowed in parking lots near beaches and parks. Council
members John Moore and Sue Lang thought the ban should be absolute.
River Medical Center plans smoke-free facilities Nov. 1
TCPalm - October 19, 2010
Sebastian River Medical Center is going tobacco-free, campus wide on
As of that date, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted inside
or outside any of the hospital facilities. This initiative will include
the elimination of designated smoking areas outside of the hospital,
where employees, patients and visitors currently may use tobacco products.
As a healthcare organization, committed to the health and safety of
patients and the community, Sebastian River Medical Center has a responsibility
to take a leadership role on this major health issue. The hospitals
goal is to treat the whole patient, both mentally and physically. Allowing
patients to use tobacco products while undergoing medical care and treatment
is contrary to the facilitys mission. ...
Jackson County Commission Formally Adopted a Smoke- Workplace Policy
WMBB-TV - October 1, 2010
... The policy includes buildings and grounds, and extends to county
vehicles, such as motor graders and other heavy equipment. Although
the policy would ...
still an issue at RTS bus stops
Gainesville Sun - Erica Brough - September 10, 2010
The city-imposed smoking ban at Regional Transit System bus stops wasn't
news to the people waiting at the Rosa Parks Downtown Station Thursday.
But it didn't stop a handful of bus patrons from lighting up as they
waited for their buses. And that didn't please Elizabeth Gaines, who
suffers from asthma, one bit.
"No one wants to smell that," said Gaines, who added she
may carry a sign to protest smoking.
RTS bus rider Elizabeth Gaines said, who also suffers from asthma.
Gaines says that she will be out with her own sign next time they protest
Over Smoking in Condos Catches Fire in Florida
The National Law Journal - I.M. Stackel - August 25, 2010
If you can smell it, it can hurt you.
That contention has churned up debate among condominium owners over
the right to smoke cigarettes in one's own unit versus a neighbor's
right to breathe clean air.
Lawsuits are being filed around the nation, and some attorneys who
represent Florida condominium associations say the issue could soon
be coming to a court here.
Coral Gables real estate agent Ana Anderson moved out of her Silver
Palms condo last month because her neighbors' smoke was seeping into
her walls and through her ventilation system. Minimally, Anderson wants
to recoup the cost of medical bills, sealing off her apartment from
smoke, and wages lost due to illness. She also wants Silver Palms to
become a smoke-free building. She said she will sue if she has to and
is in the process of hiring attorneys who are well-versed in the issues.
Anderson now lives in the in-law quarters of a house she owns. It is
smoke-free and she has control over the environment.
Anderson became physically ill several days after her November move
into her new condo. She muscled through her allergic reactions before
asking the condo association for help to seal off smoke wafting in from
two neighbors' apartments, one next door and one beneath her unit.
Her neighbors at the Dadeland-area complex were sympathetic, and tried
to remedy the situation but could not, she said.
They washed down their walls with bleach, but fresh second-hand smoke
kept pouring in, according to Anderson. Had her neighbors stopped smoking,
the air would have cleared up in a very short while, she said.
"I understand that people have a right to do what they want [in
their own homes] but here's the problem: I spent over $2,000 sealing
my apartment from smoke," Anderson said. ...
would ban smoking on town property
Clay Today Online - Stephen Kindland - July 22, 2010
ORANGE PARK Town Councilman Steve Howard wants to turn the councils
recently adopted no-smoking policy into an ordinance that would carry
fines up to $100 for first offenses and $500 for repeat violations by
citizens caught using any type of tobacco product on town property.
Howard also wants signs prohibiting the use of tobacco products to
be written in English only.
The first-term councilman drafted his own ordinance before learning
that such action should be handled by Town Attorney Rob Bradley. But
after presenting his 4-page draft during an Orange Park Town council
meeting on Tuesday, July 20, the council voted 4-1 to have Bradley write
a proposed ordinance based on Howards draft.
Bradley declined comment after Tuesdays meeting, saying he needed
some time to study Howards proposal. ...
Should Naples ban smoking on public beaches?
Naples Daily News - June 17, 2010
County: No more smoking outdoors
WDBO Radio - June 8, 2010
The Orange County Health Department could be telling you no smoking
On March 19th Orange County was awarded a $6.6 million grant from the
Center for Disease Control (CDC). The grant is part of the CDC's Putting
Prevention to Work campaign. Dane Wiester of the Orange County Health
Department said that this whole process has just gotten started and
a lot of the details are still to be worked out. Their first official
meeting is set for Friday between the state controlled Orange County
Health Department and a few employees of the county. ...
to discuss smoking in parks
Florida Today - Susanne Cervenka - May 18, 2010
No one will stop you from lighting up, but smokers in West Melbourne
parks might soon get disapproving looks from city officials.
The West Melbourne City Council will consider tonight a resolution
that discourages people from smoking or using other tobacco products
in city parks.
Mayor Hal Rose asked for the resolution after a student made a presentation
to city leaders at the last meeting.
"We need to provide a safe, clean environment for our youth. That's
why we provide these parks," he said. "Hopefully, the adults
won't smoke and the kids won't pick it up. And we can all lead a good,
long, healthy life. ...
Bay students arguing for anti-smoking bill
ABC Action News - Sean O'Reilly - April 7, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Eight Tampa Bay high school students are in Tallahassee
today to present an anti-smoking bill they wrote before Florida lawmakers.
The students from Tampa Bay Tech, Durant High School and Bloomingdale
High School go before the Senate Transportation Committee to argue their
bill that would outlaw smoking in vehicles when children are present.
The students hope to gain enough support that the bill will advance
to the full Senate and pass in a vote. ...
smoking on the beach: Latest Deerfield proposal less ambitious than
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Sun-Sentinel, 2010-03-23
Linda Trischitta, Sun Sentinel
DEERFIELD BEACH: The city's efforts to ban smoking on its beaches fizzled
like a soggy cigarette when lawyers advised there was no way to enforce
a proposed law.
Instead, pending a vote by the commission Tuesday, 15 "no smoking"
signs will be installed along the boardwalk and public beach between
Southeast Seventh Street and Southeast Sixth Street to notify the public
that no pipes, cigars or cigarettes "of any kind" are allowed
to be used in those areas.
But there's no way to enforce that law either. Compliance will be voluntary
In The Car Could Cost You
Central Florida News 13 ( Orlando, FL), 2010-03-17
Reported by Troy Kinsey
The federal government finds developing kids exposed to second-hand
smoke are at high risk of having weaker lungs or life-threatening illnesses.
That's why lawmakers could move to slap a $100 fine on drivers caught
puffing with a kid under 16 years old in the car.
Smoking is already banned in schools and on playgrounds. Logic follows
the family car ought to be off limits too.
But tell that to critics, who complain the bill is tantamount to throwing
a wet blanket over the flickering flame of freedom.
This is going to be a very controversial, hot issue, said
Sen. Victor Crist.
The Tampa Republican is backing the bill in the Senate.
By his own admission, the opposition will be tough. But he argues the
facts are tougher....
ban on beaches: Deerfield does not have authority to enact ban, citys
top lawyer says
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Sun-Sentinel, 2010-02-17
Linda Trischitta, Sun Sentinel
The proposed Deerfield Beach law to ban smoking on the public beach
is on life support.
"Until such time as state law is amended, the city has no authorization
to ban outdoor smoking," General Counsel Sharon Cruz told city
commissioners Tuesday night.
Officials tabled discussion Tuesday until the March 23 meeting. ...
Beach smoking ban at public beach considered for new law
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Sun-Sentinel, 2010-02-15
Deerfield Beach's proposed beach smoking ban is back before the city
This time, the ordinance would allow tobacco users to light up on the
sand only between lifeguard towers 7 and 8.
Non-smokers could use the majority of the mile-long beach without being
near second-hand smoke. ...
ban: Bars among target of smoking-ban effort
Orlando (FL) Sentinel, 2010-02-14
Fernando Quintero, Orlando Sentinel
Now, a new study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows
that a growing number of states are allowing local communities to pass
smoke-free laws that are stricter than state law. If that trend continues,
Florida may soon join other states where smoking is outlawed in all
public places and businesses - including bars.
"It would kill off the bar business. End of story," predicted
Currently, Florida is among 12 states that still have laws in place
that block communities from passing more stringent smoke-free laws than
state statutes. This practice is known as preemption. The CDC study
found that from 2004 to 2009, the number of states with provisions preempting
local smoke-free restrictions in at least one of three settings - government
and private worksites, and restaurants - decreased from 19 to 12.
Meanwhile, the number of states with preemptive provisions in their
smoke-free laws for all settings decreased from 15 to 8.
"The tide is turning toward allowing smoke-free legislation at
the local level," said Nikole Souder-Schale, southeastern regional
vice president for advocacy for the American Heart Association. "You
have more local elected officials who are interested in having stronger
smoke-free laws for their communities." ...
Medical Center bans smoking on grounds
Sun-Sentinel - Erika Pesantes - February 4, 2010
Delray Medical Center is enacting a permanent smoke break on its campus.
With the move, the hospital joins Boca Raton Community Hospital as
a smoke-free medical center.
Effective immediately, no one is allowed to smoke on the Delray Medical
Center grounds, 5352 Linton Blvd.
The hospital said it's helping smokers quit and protecting others from
Delray Medical Center officials are offering employees a free smoking-cessation
course as well as online and telephone coaching. ...
Raton Community Hospital to ban smoking
Sun-Sentinel - Brian Haas - January 27, 2010
Boca Raton Community Hospital will enact a smoking ban on its campus
beginning in February. ...
Beach considering smoking ban on part of city's beach
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Sun-Sentinel, 2010-01-26
Linda Trischitta, Sun Sentinel
Deerfield Beach is considering a smoking ban for part of its mile-long
beach and, if enacted, could fine violators $100.
Other South Florida seaside cities have considered similar ordinances
to prohibit secondhand smoke at the beach. But a 2005 Florida opinion
written by then-Attorney General Charlie Crist says that state law pre-empts
any city's efforts to regulate outdoor smoking.
Deerfield Beach City Attorney Andrew Maurodis said the state opinion
was "not binding, because it's an opinion, not law. But that's
one of the issues we're exploring."
The Deerfield Beach City Commission tabled the ordinance Tuesday night
until Feb. 2. Commissioners wanted to know the exact areas where smoking
would be banned and how it would be enforced. ...
Florida International Airport leaders OK outdoor smoking limits
The News-Press - January 11, 2010
The indoor smoking ban at Southwest Florida Internationals passenger
terminal is going outdoors at certain points.
Lee County commissioners this morning unanimously OKd establishing
marked no-smoking zones outside the airports terminal within 50
feet of the two main entry doors - numbered 2 and 5 - on both the first
and second levels.
The commissioners, sitting as the port authority board, followed last
months recommendation of the Airports Special Management Committee,
business people who advise commissioners on policy. ...
committee: Total smoking ban 'not the right move'
NBC2 News - Katie LaGrone - December 22, 2009
FORT MYERS: An airport advisory board with Southwest Florida International
Airport agreed that a total smoking ban is not necessary. However, they
did agree to make some changes.
The airport attracts 15-million visitors every year and the decision
could potentially affect about 3-million of them.
In response to Lee County Commissioners' request to look at the possibility
of a total smoking ban on the campus of the airport, members of the
Southwest Florida International Airport Special Management Committee
instead decided to recommend a compromise.
"I think banning smoking is not the right move for us, at least
not now," said Kitty Green, of the Management Committee. ...
Int'l to discuss smoking ban
WINK-TV Channel 5 (Ft. Myers, FL), 2009-12-22
A possible smoking ban takes center stage at the airport today.
An airport committee will discuss whether to impose smoking restrictions
at SWFL Int'l Airport. ...
would extend UF smoking ban to Greeks
If adopted, rule would prohibit tobacco products' use on off-campus
property of fraternities and sororities.
Gainesville (FL) Sun, 2009-11-11
Nathan Crabbe Sun Staff Writer
The University of Florida's tobacco ban would apply to fraternities
and sororities when it takes effect next year, under a proposal released
Wednesday by the university.
UF banned tobacco use in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium starting this season
and on the property of health-related facilities starting Nov. 1. A
university-wide ban is planned for July 1.
The proposed regulation, which is scheduled to be considered next month
by UF trustees, would prohibit smoking as well as the use of smokeless
tobacco and electronic devices meant to simulate smoking. It would apply
to university-owned land in Alachua County and Jacksonville.
It also would apply to land occupied or controlled by fraternities
and sororities recognized by UF, which includes property on and off
Smoking ban proposal: Clean air ahead for Southwest Florida International
Marco Island (FL) Eagle, 2009-11-10
TARA E. McLAUGHLIN
Smoke clouds may vanish outside airport terminals in Lee County.
County Commissioner Frank Mann proposed on Monday a full smoking ban
at Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field General Aviation
A ban couldn't come soon enough, he said, but he's hopeful a vote can
be held next month when the Board of Port Commissioners meets again.
"I don't want any place (at the airports) where you can go and
smoke," Mann said.
smoking ban could go outside
The News-Press - Fort Myers,FL,USA, November 10, 2009
It's OK to smoke outside Southwest Florida International's passenger
terminal, but that could change.
Lee County commissioners directed airport staff Monday to study prohibiting
smoking on the grounds of the airport and at the Page Field general
Nationwide, "Airports are getting the smoking areas away from the
entry doors and away from areas where the smoke tends to linger,"
said Brandon Frick of the California-based American Nonsmokers' Rights
Out | University of Miami takes first step in effort to start campus
SU The Daily Orange (subscription) - November 10, 2009
Smoking is now banned in and around the University of Miami's Leonard
M. Miller School of Medicine.
UM opted to convert not only the building and medical center, but also
the outside facilities into a smoke-free environment.
"I think it makes sense banning smoking from the medical center,
a place that is supposed to promote healthy behavior," said Gabriel
Hernandez, a senior biology major at the University of Miami.
The ban will include parking lots, garages, parked cars and the area
outside of the Medical Center, according to an article in the university's
student newspaper, The Miami Hurricane. ...
Nationwide Banning Tobacco On-Campus
WCTV - John Rogers - November 9, 2009
At Florida State, they can only settle down and light up in certain
parts of campus.
Throughout FSU's campus, green ash trays designate where smokers can
light up. Black ash trays are placed throughout the school to prevent
littering. But FSU is phasing in a plan to gradually make the campus
more smoke free
FSU Health Educator Kevin Frentz says, "We've decided to take
a phased-in approach to it, so it's a phased transition and knowing
there's a chance we'll never got to a tobacco-free campus, but then,
that's the goal."
Gradually more smoke free zones will be added to the campus. ...
may have fewer places to take a puff in Lee
NBC2 News - October 12, 2009
County leaders admit enforcing areas that are designated to be non-smoking
is difficult to do. So they're trying to do more - a smoking ban on
all county ...
County leaders consider smoking ban outside libraries
WZVN-TV - Katie LaGrone - September 30, 2009
LEE COUNTY: Lee County leaders are considering a new smoking ban on
the grounds of all public libraries. It's an idea that was first posed
a few years ago and may now have the support to go all the way.
There's one subject that gets Christine Kohler huffing and puffing.
"It stinks! People who smoke stink!" she said. "I saw
6 people smoking. I said, 'I can't believe all these people are standing
right at the front door.' It was a smoke screen she had to walk through
and I felt that we shouldn't have to do that at public libraries."
Kohler isn't alone in her battle against the butts.
Lee County's library director is now looking into banning smoking from
the campus of all 13 county libraries. ...
officials aim to ban smoking in Punta Gorda parks
NBC2 News - Grant Boxleitner - September 2, 2009
PUNTA GORDA: Punta Gorda's waterfront parks, sidewalks and bike paths
help promote a healthy lifestyle. But the Charlotte County Health Department
wants the city to do even more, and smokers may not like what they hear.
"What we'd like to see is a system where we have tobacco-free
parks," said Scot Hoverman, a tobacco policy consultant for the
Charlotte County Health Department.
While a smoking ban in parks is just talk right now, people on both
sides are already sounding off. ...
smoking areas to disappear
Manatee's three -- Manatee Memorial, Blake, LWR -- to snuff outside
Bradenton (FL) Herald, 2009-08-29
TIMOTHY R. WOLFRUM
BRADENTON -- Health experts will tell you that smoking can earn you
a trip to the hospital.
But as of Tuesday, Manatee County's three hospitals will make sure
you don't light up anywhere near their buildings.
Manatee Memorial Hospital, Blake Medical Center and Lakewood Ranch
Medical Center will go tobacco-free Tuesday, following the 2007 lead
of hospitals and health departments in Sarasota, DeSoto and Charlotte
"It's been an ongoing process for the last two years," said
Vernon DeSear, Manatee Memorial's vice president of marketing and business
development. "The other (counties') hospitals did it back in 2007,
and we've been catching up."
Smoking has long been banned inside hospital buildings, but it was
permitted outside. Manatee Memorial had two designated smoking areas
outside its complex, DeSear said.
Now, smoking and the use of any tobacco product will be prohibited
everywhere on the hospital properties. ...
explores storage, smoking limits
Panama City (FL) News-Herald, 2009-08-14
PAT KELLY / News Herald Writer
PANAMA CITY BEACH -- The city is moving to limit the use of portable
storage units on the property of homeowners, as well as place limits
on smoking at Frank Brown Park.
The City Council approved a new ordinance Thursday that would forbid
portable containers for more than five days unless under emergency situations,
such as a fire, hurricane or other natural disaster. They also asked
city recreation director Mary Carmichael to research how other cities
treat smoking at public parks, claiming the butts at Frank Brown Park
were becoming unmanageable. ...
facilities to go smoke-free on Nov. 19
Naples Daily News - August 10, 2009
Scott Wiley, our director of respiratory care, is leading our effort
to provide smoking cessation support in order to become smoke free on
Nov. 19. ...
em if youve got em: Southwest Florida hospitals soon
Naples (FL) Daily News, 2009-08-08
Southwest Florida hospitals are going to help employees, patients and
their families quit the habit.
The NCH Healthcare System and Physicians Regional Healthcare System
in Collier County are teaming up with the Lee Memorial Health System
in Lee County to become tobacco-free campuses effective Nov. 19, which
will be the Great American Smokeout Day in 2009.
The unified effort began as a result of a conversation in January with
the chief executive officer of Lee Memorial, and the NCH leadership
was brought into the discussion, said Geoffrey Moebius, chief executive
officer of Physicians Regional.
"It is the right thing to do. Smoking can really have an impact
on people's health," Moebius said. ...
down that cigarette! FAU is going tobacco-free
Palm Beach (FL) Post, 2009-08-08
KIMBERLY MILLER Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
BOCA RATON -- Multi-colored cigarette butts nestle among the decorative
rock planting beds in front of Florida Atlantic University's main library.
Despite two concrete ashtrays mere feet away from the building's entrance,
the evidence of study-suspending smoke breaks and post-lunch puffs litters
The trash is just one reason why universities throughout the country
are going smoke-free - even tobacco-free - as the University of Florida
announced Tuesday it would be by July 2010.
While FAU officials would like to clear the campus air of smoke completely,
they're not there yet. But they are expecting to begin a new rule this
fall that will bar smoking within 100-feet of all school buildings.
A spring vote taken by FAU students found 76 percent support segregating
smokers to specific areas of campus.
Banning smoking altogether on FAU's campus earned 65 percent positive
to ban smoke
The Independent Florida Alligator (University of Florida), 2009-08-06
THOMAS STEWART, Alligator Staff Writer
Football fans will have to find a new way to relieve stress when the
Gators are trailing during a game.
The Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will kick off the campus-wide tobacco
ban by prohibiting smoking, while all forms of tobacco will be banned
at UF's Health Science Center and all Shands HealthCare buildings as
of Nov. 1.
As of the first home game, where the Gators will take on Charleston
Southern University on Sept. 5, the Swamp will no longer offer its current
four smoking areas and will become smoke free, said Chip Howard, associate
athletic director of operations at the University Athletic Association.
However, smokeless tobacco will still be allowed until July, when all
of the UAA's facilities will ban all forms of tobacco in order to adhere
with UF's campus-wide tobacco ban which will begin in July, Howard said.
beach smoking area signs installed at area beaches
WWSB ABC 7 - August 6, 2009
SARASOTA - To reduce litter on the beautiful beaches throughout Sarasota
County, both the County Commission and City Commission have adopted
ordinances to allow the use of tobacco products in designated areas
at public beaches.
Beaches within the city of Sarasota will be marked with new signage
beginning Thursday, Aug. 6, notifying the public of the change. ...
State Charlotte campus goes smoke free
WZVN abc7, August 6, 2009
CHARLOTTE COUNTY: A Southwest Florida college campus is now entirely
tobacco-free. Edison State College in Charlotte County created the smoking
ban for anyone who steps on campus.
The move makes the school Florida's first state-run college to put
an end to smoking on school grounds.
"This is not about assessing fines or implementing disciplinary
actions," said Dr. Patricia Land, Edison State College's Charlotte
Land says the college was concerned about high school students taking
courses at Edison. ...
campus aims to be smoke-free by next summer
Gainesville Sun - Nathan Crabbe - August 4, 2009
The University of Florida's Health Science Center and Shands HealthCare
facilities are banning tobacco use starting Nov. 1, while the entire
campus plans to go tobacco-free next July.
The policy, expected to be announced formally today, means smoking
and other tobacco use will be prohibited both inside the facilities
and on the university-owned property around them.
"There are several benefits. One is the message it sends about
our commitment to health," said Dr. David Guzick, UF's senior vice
president of health affairs and president of the Shands system. ...
Free Lee' coalition aims to curb smoking
Cape Coral Daily Breeze - Mckenzie Cassidy - July 10, 2009
The Lee County Health Department is joining a statewide initiative
to cut tobacco usage by forming a new coalition called "Tobacco
The first Tobacco Free Lee meeting was held Wednesday morning at the
new Lee County Health Department facility on Pondella Road after the
state awarded the local agency a $600,000 grant.
Its purpose is to bring together students, parents, officials from
the business community and faith leaders to cut tobacco usage countywide.
"We truly want to lower the numbers of youth who are starting
smoking, and the women's issues are certainly of concern," said
Brendan Donohue, tobacco program specialist for the health department.
"We can develop programs targeted to the most vulnerable in our
population, youth and pregnant women." ...
out: Reaction strong as Bonita considers snuffing out smoking in parks
Naples (FL) Daily News, 2009-05-26
TARA E. McLAUGHLIN
The Bonita Springs City Council will consider banning smoking in public
parks, particularly in places where kids congregate, such as bleachers
and near dugouts, as part of several updates to the city's parks ordinance.
The issue is scheduled for a vote June 3. If passed, the changes would
take effect a month later.
Keith Larson, parks and recreation manager, said the ordinance was
under review when the city received e-mails from the community with
a strong message: "We don't want smoking around our children."
The complaints have centered on one park -- Community Park, Larson
ban snuffed out for Palm Beach County beaches
Sun-Sentinel.com - May 7, 2009
Boca Raton already prohibited smoking at city parks and in January decided
to expand the ban to its beaches, Assistant City Manager Mike Woika
music could bring $150 fine
Orlando Sentinel - March 16, 2009
The City Commission also plans to discuss banning smoking in or near
city parks and recreation areas, and developing a new fire-services
Daily Commercial, FL - February 4, 2009
An effort to ban smoking in Lake County parks went up in a puff of smoke
But that doesn't mean county commissioners will stop trying to discourage
the habit at their outdoor facilities.
Turns out county officials can't ban smoking in public places under
current state statutes and case law, county attorney Sandy Minkoff told
ban considered for Lake parks
Daily Commercial, FL - January 27, 2009
One Lake County commissioner wants to clear the air around the county's
almost two dozen parks.
The move could make the county's parks the first regional parks to
Commissioner Jimmy Conner suggested at a Friday county commission retreat
meeting that Lake ban smoking at its public parks to keep second-hand
smoke away from the children that use them.
"Kids have the right to breathe clean air and not have to smell
second-hand smoke on the swing sets," Conner said.
Finish the job: Ban smoking in bars
Tallahassee (FL) Democrat, April 8, 2007
I just returned from a week in New York City. It was so wonderful
to meet friends and family, or just walk into a bar, and not be overwhelmed by
In consideration of the overwhelming evidence of the health
impact of second-hand smoke, when are our city, county and state going to ban
smoking indoors, period? . . .
Don't say banning smoking in bars is bad
for business. All the bars in New York City and Chicago, all over California,
and even in Ireland are packed.
might snuff smoking along beaches
Orlando Sentinel, March 2, 2007
County Council on Thursday proposed a smoking ban in county parks and along the
40 miles of beach under county jurisdiction. That would include Daytona Beach,
New Smyrna Beach and other popular shores.
The ban may not be legal, cautioned
County Attorney Dan Eckert, who is researching the issue
proposed a smoking ban, but voters rejected it in a 2006 referendum. In Delray
Beach, officials have created smoke-free zones along the shore. Pompano Beach
is working on seaside smoking restrictions, too.
Coastal areas in other
states and around the world also have moved to limit or halt smoking on beaches.
jazz club opens Friday
Gainesville Sun, June 7, 2005