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Georgia's state law (Senate Bill 90) went into effect July 1, 2005. The law prohibits smoking in some enclosed public places and workplaces. Smoking is allowed in restaurants and bars that do not admit or employ people under 18 years old. For information, contact the America Lung Association of Georgia at (770) 434-5864.

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

2013-2014 State Legislative Session: 1/14/2013 - 4/18/2014 (Est.); Recess: 3/29/2013 - 1/12/2014

State Quitline Number: 1-877-270-STOP (270-7867) or 1-877-2-NO-FUME (266-3863) (Spanish)

American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)





Smokefree & Related News

Ban on tobacco proves ineffective
Technique - September 19, 2014

With the implementation of the Tobacco and Smoke Free Campus Policy, Tech's campus is now supposedly tobacco free as cigarettes, hookah, e-cigarettes, ...

Colleges snuffing out smoking on campus
Macon Telegraph (blog) - September 19, 2014

Nicotine is out at Georgias public universities this fall. In a far-reaching ban, the University System of Georgia is barring the use of all forms of tobacco -- from cigarettes to smokeless, hookahs to e-cigarettes -- starting Oct. 1…

Downtown Macon bar reverses smoking ban after 17 days
13WMAZ - September 17, 2014

...And many of their loyal smoking customers made it clear that banning smoking was the wrong move, Obelgoner said. He said they may review the policy again ...

UGA hosts third annual public health conference
Red and Black - September 10, 2014

... university system in the nation to go tobacco-free, said Jean O'Connor, the director of chronic disease prevention for the Georgia Department of Public Health.

College Issue: Keeping it together on campus
Connect Savannah.com - September 9, 2014

Actually, since the Georgia Board of Regents enacted a smoking ban on all public colleges last spring and both Armstrong State University and Savannah State ...

Walton County BOE to take on e-cigs ($$)
Walton Tribune - September 7, 2014

MONROE The Walton County Board of Education will revise its policies on tobacco on school grounds and events following discussion at Tuesdays monthly worksession. Prompted by a request from the state Health Department which is asking for similar concessions from other school systems across Georgia the board will add provisions to the existing policies forbidding tobacco use at schools and scholastic sporting events

Getting to know you: Healthy Savannah
Connect Savannah.com - September 2, 2014

Smoke-free Air – an awareness and educational campaign with the community and our elected officials in 2010 that resulted in the adoption of the City of ...

Hummingbird smoking ban begins
13WMAZ - September 1, 2014

One of the last bars in downtown Macon that allowed smoking has officially gone cold ... The Hummingbird's ban on lighting up inside is effective September 1. ... But Ringwood, who's seen bans before, says the foot traffic will continue after the ...

Board of Regents Policy Manual 9.1.7 Tobacco and Smoke-Free ...
Tiger's Roar - September 1, 2014

In accordance with the Georgia Smoke Free Air Act of 2005, Title 31 Chapter 12A, this policy reinforces the USG commitment to provide a safe and amicable ...

Savannah State on-campus tobacco ban takes effect Sept. 1
WTOC - September 1, 2014

When students return to class at Savannah State University on Tuesday, they will no longer be allowed to use tobacco on campus. On Monday the tobacco free ...

Smoking ban overreach
Marietta Daily Journal - August 29, 2014

The ban doesn't go far enough. There are already laws against discarding cigarette butts and these laws should be rigorously enforced and heavily fined.

Macon's Hummingbird going smoke-free
13WMAZ - August 26, 2014

... any campaigns or legislation requiring bars to be smoke-free. He said he still believes it's up the individual business to make the decision banning smoking.

Starting Strong: Dr. Bleicken addresses students
the Inkwell - August 26, 2014

We're also proud to be one of the first tobacco-free campuses in the University System of Georgia and are currently celebrating our two-year anniversary of that ...

ASU bans tobacco products on campus
The Albany Herald - August 23, 2014

As the new school year gets under way, a new policy will impact Albany State University students, faculty and staff. In accordance with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Smoke Free Air Act of 2005, Title 31 Chapter 12A, ASU is banning the use of tobacco products on campus. Banned products include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, all forms of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes and any smoking device that uses tobacco such as hookahs, or simulate the use of tobacco such as electronic cigarettes. The policy is effective Oct. 1.

Tech prepares for USG Tobacco Policy
Technique - August 22, 2014

On October 1, 2014, the Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus Policy will go in effect ... All land owned by Tech is included in this ban, so people cannot smoke in ...

Gulfstream to go tobacco-free in Savannah
WTOC - July 31, 2014

More and more companies are going smoke free, and now Gulfstream employees tell WTOC that they've been told smoking will be banned from their workplace ...

E-Cigarettes going full steam ahead
WFXL FOX 31 - July 29, 2014

Remy Hutchins with the Dougherty County Health Department says, “E-cigarettes do contain nicotine and research has shown that the way nicotine is produced ...

Georgia Southern University becomes tobacco free in August
WTOC - July 28, 2014

Georgia Southern University President Brooks Keel, Ph.D., recently announced the University would become 100 percent tobacco-free on Aug. 1. The move to ...

UGA students to offer tobacco cessation classes
Online Athens - July 28, 2014

The UGA campus will be tobacco free starting Oct. 1. This includes all cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes. The first six-week session will be limited to ...

GSU to go tobacco free
Statesboro Herald July 26, 2014

Georgia Southern University will be tobacco free starting Friday, in accordance with a new policy by the University System of Georgias Board of Regents. The boards policy calls for colleges and universities within the system to be tobacco free by Oct. 1. Georgia Southern elected to adopt the policy on August 1, two months ahead of the regents' deadline. I also think it's absolutely ridiculous that they are also saying that electronic cigarettes can't be used on campus, Davis said. They're not even giving people an ...

Library system snuffs out e-cigarettes
Forsyth County News Online - July 25, 2014

FORSYTH COUNTY — The Forsyth County Public Library board discussed two potentially contentious topics — guns and e-cigarettes — during a meeting ...

As Georgia, FDA Crack Down On E-Cigarettes, 'Vape Bars' Appear Across State
GPB - July 7, 2014

In Georgia, a new state law bans e-cigarette sales to anyone under 18. ... He says one advantage of vaping over smoking is that you can do it anywhere.

Sale of E-Cigarettes Are Now Illegal To Minors In Georgia
WLTZ 38 NBC - July 2, 2014

ATLANTA As of today, July 1, 2014, it is against the law in Georgia to sell or distribute any electronic cigarette to a person who is under the age of 18 years old. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging caution about the use and exposure of children to electronic nicotine delivery systems, including electronic cigarettes and other emissions producing products.

Expert to 'coach' Augusta on ways to improve health at Georgia ...
The Augusta Chronicle - June 25, 2014

Augusta has high rates of poor health behaviors, such as smoking, obesity and ... is getting the Augusta Commission to pass a tougher smoking ordinance and ...

E-cigarette users battle for common ground
NorthFulton.com - June 17, 2014

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. In its bid to align electronic cigarettes with tobacco products, Forsyth County Commissioners got a lot of new information and ...

Paine tightens security, announces health, finance measures
McDuffie Mirror - June 16, 2014

On July 1, Paine will join 1,300 other colleges and universities across the nation by becoming tobacco- and smoke-free. Helene Carter, the assistant vice ...

Paine College Announces Campus Changes, Initiatives [VIDEO]
WJBF-TV - June 16, 2014

Augusta, GA - Paine College officials held press conference Monday morning to announce some changes and initiatives. Starting July 1st, Paine College will be a smoke-free campus. ...

Support ban on e-cigarettes
Forsyth County News Online - June 15, 2014

I support such an ordinance as do other concerned parents whose children would be exposed to e-cigs and learn to regard it as acceptable behavior. The media ...

Possible e-cigarette policy sparks concern
Forsyth County News Online - June 11, 2014

FORSYTH COUNTY The Forsyth County commission is considering an ordinance that would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in county buildings and parks and recreation facilities except in designated areas.

Greentop rezoning denied
Newnan Times-Herald - June 5, 2014

The amendment clarifies that the ordinance prohibiting smoking on county property includes e-cigarettes and other products that produce a vapor.

Vaporizers replace cigarettes in Pooler, Savannah Mall
Business In Savannah - June 5, 2014

As businesses become smoke-free, vaping offers an alternative, according to Drew Kraft. “Some customers say their workplace allows them to vape, and this ...

County by county news for Thursday
Atlanta Journal Constitution - June 4, 2014

The Sandy Springs City Council Tuesdy approved a ban on smoking and tobacco use in the city's parks. It replaces a current policy which banned only ...

Proposed Greentop Road development before Commissioners
Newnan Times-Herald - June 2, 2014

Other proposed changes to the county's ordinance regarding smoking would allow the creation of a designated smoking area at the Coweta Justice Center for ...

Justin Glaze: Electronic cigarettes
Northwest Georgia News - May 31, 2014

For a long time, in non–smoking establishments, workers told customers to stop smoking only to find out they had an e cigarette that wasn't actually emitting any ...

Atlanta teens honored in nation's Capital for anti-tobacco campaign
atlantadailyworld - May 30, 2014

... the “Youth Advocates of the Year” award in Washington, D.C. for their fervent anti-tobacco campaign and helping to pass a no-smoking ordinance in city parks.

Casino ship to set sail here
Business In Savannah - May 19, 2014

The 425-passenger, 200-foot casino boat Escapade at the old Williams Seafood docks is being readied ... Two of the levels will be designated as non-smoking.

Commission set to look at parking ban around Kia
LaGrange Daily News - May 18, 2014

County Commissioners are expecting to pass a broad ordinance to ban parking on the side of the road around the Kia plant following area residents continued complaints of people loitering and littering.

Cattlemen concerned with scheduling of events
Newnan Times-Herald - May 9, 2014

...An amendment to the county's smoking ordinance that would prohibit “vaping” at county facilities was pulled from the agenda. ...

Augusta will work on new smoking law
The Augusta Chronicle - May 6, 2014

The Augusta Commission voted Tuesday to hold a work session on a potentially tougher smoking ordinance, but supporters got good news when one of the commissioners who opposed a previous effort said she would like to broaden the current law. .. That said, we definitely need to broaden the smoking ordinance we currently ... chair of BreathEasy Coalition that pushed for the last two tougher ordinances, ...

Safety of electronic cigarettes remains up for debate around Augusta
The Augusta Chronicle - May 6, 2014

With electronic cigarettes becoming increasingly popular, cities around the United States are taking notice and changing laws. On April 29, New York, Chicago ... We do not know that e-cigarettes are safe and need to restrict them until further research is conducted, said Jennifer Anderson, the chairwoman of BreathEasy Augusta. Since e-cigarettes are not regulated by the Federal Trade Commission, there is no scientific data to support the safety of e-cigarettes for the user and for others in close proximity who inhale the emitted e-cigarette vapors.

For the sake of public health, it's time for Augusta to go smoke-free
McDuffie Mirror - May 3, 2014

Public health connects us all. And positive change happens when we partner together, whether thats policymakers, business owners or grassroots organizations. Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke is a basic health issue that we all need to support. In a landmark 2006 report, the U.S. surgeon general stated unequivocally that there is no safe amount of secondhand smoke. Consider too that secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, many of which are toxic and can cause cancer. Organizations such as Healthy Augusta are working to reach the goal of clean air for workers in Augusta and the CSRA. When I was asked by community leaders to re-establish Healthy Augusta in October 2013, we immediately knew that reducing exposure to secondhand smoke would be one of our primary goals.

County schools approve security upgrade
Daily Tribune News - April 22, 2014

Revising the student tobacco use policy to include the barring of electronic cigarettes. ...

Smyrna council expected to vote on park smoking ban tonight
Marietta Daily Journal - April 21, 2014

The proposal Smyrna is considering doesn't reach as far as an ordinance that was brought up in Kennesaw last fall banning smoking in all forms — cigars, ...

Smyrna council expected to vote on park smoking ban tonight
Marietta Daily Journal - April 21, 2014

After tabling the issue last month, Smyrnas City Council is expected to vote on a smoking ban during a scheduled meeting Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Smokers: Take it outside
McDuffie Mirror - April 21, 2014

On May 6, the Augusta Commission is voting on an ordinance to help create a healthier Augusta. We refer to it as the BreathEasy Augusta campaign, and it is designed to eliminate smoking in Augustas workplaces and ask those who smoke to simply take it outside.

Buford Man Makes Transition From E-Cigarette User to Retailer
Northern Gwinnett News (NGwinnett.com) - April 18, 2014

Buford resident Michael Andrea first started using electronic cigarettes when he decided to give up chewing tobacco. As soon as he began “vaping,” he was able ...

Health advocates seek stronger ordinance
The Augusta Chronicle - April 15, 2014

Advocates for a smokefree workplace in Augusta are taking their case to the pulpit, and the people, before pushing for a stronger smoking ordinance next month, ...

Whitfield County School Board passes 100% tobacco-free policy
WRCB-TV - April 15, 2014

The revised policy also bans the use of electronic cigarettes. The school board began considering changing the policy several weeks ago when Girl Scout ...

Banning Tobacco on Ga Campuses
Tiger's Roar - April 14, 2014

Tobacco use will be banned on Georgia public college campuses starting Oct. 1st. ... The ban will be applied to buildings and spaces owned, leased or used by ... SSU currently allows smoking on campus, but smokers have to be at least ...

Smoke free GC
Colonnade (subscription) - April 10, 2014

On March 19, the Georgia Board of Regents voted create a policy to ban all tobacco ... “GC's present stance on tobacco is that smoking is only allowed in certain ...

VSU Hosts 20th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium April ...
Valdosta State University - April 4, 2014

The debate will focus on the pros and cons of banning smoking and use of tobacco products on college campuses. This year's symposium will feature an exhibit ...

SGA candidates debate campus issues
Technique - April 4, 2014

Roseen stressed the importance of continuing polling like this years SGA did with the smoking ban and advocating for what a majority of campus wants with ...

After 67 years, Moe's and Joe's changes things up
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) - April 3, 2014

... Joe's newest partner, Scott Drake, debuted some historic transformations, including a new bar area that doubles the size of the space, and a ban on smoking.

Smoking to be banned at all Georgia universities
Times-Georgian - April 1, 2014

The University System of Georgias Board of Regents has voted unanimously to ban all tobacco use on public college campuses, including the University of West Georgia, beginning Oct. 1. .. Under the ban, all forms of tobacco including smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes will be prohibited on campus property. UWG adopted its current ...

Will Atlanta ever enact a complete smoking ban?
Atlanta Magazine - April 1, 2014

In 2005 Georgia enacted a smoking ban for restaurants and pubs that serve or employ people under age eighteen. At the time, a bartender at Manuels Tavern announced, Dont worry, were not banning cigarettes; were banning kids! But in 2014 the storied establishment, where countless politicos have done their wheeling and dealing in nimbus clouds of tobacco, banned smoking altogether. Manuels, however, is the exception that proves an enduring rule in Atlanta. Which is this: If youre heading out to a bar, expect to come home smelling like an ashtray. Of the fifty most populous cities in the country, Atlanta is one of only seventeen without a total ban on smoking in restaurants and bars. Not only are we an outlier nationally, but were also bucking a statewide trend. Georgia cities small and largeDecatur, Albany, Savannah, Columbus, and Athens, to name a few already have smoking bans on the books. ...

Tobacco ban on ga campuses
Newnan Times-Herald - March 30, 2014

The University System of Georgias Board of Regents has voted unanimously to ban all tobacco use on public college campuses beginning Oct. 1. Under the ban approved at the Regents' meeting March 18, all forms of tobacco including smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes will be prohibited on ...

Our Voice
Colonnade (subscription) - March 28, 2014

The Georgia Board of Regents has passed a ban on all tobacco products on campus. ... Being late to class because you got a ticket for smoking does not exactly ...

Forsyth facilities could go smokeless
Forsyth County News - March 28, 2014

“There are some cities and counties and private businesses that go smoke- or ... According to Derrer, the county's current policy bans smoking within 25 feet of ...

Smoking ban heading to campuses
Gainesville Times - March 28, 2014

Poole was talking about a new policy for all University System of Georgia campuses, banning all tobacco products on the state-run properties beginning Oct. 1.

Clearing the air: State of Georgia to ban smoking at all public universities starting this fall
Daily Orange – March 27, 2014

The United States Surgeon General issued the first report claiming that smoking cigarettes can lead to lung cancer in men and women 50 years ago. ...No one should have to choose between their job and their health,” said Bronson Frick, the associate director of ANR. ANR is the primary national lobbying ...

Our take: Smoking ban a childish attempt to end addiction
Red and Black - March 27, 2014

Gum was banned from my middle school classrooms because a few ... Although some smokers are abusing the ban, that's not reason enough to punish .

E-Cigarette Bans Advance in Minnesota and Georgia
NACS Online - March 27, 2014

E-Cigarette Bans Advance in Minnesota and Georgia ... maintain second-hand vapors qualify them for inclusion in Minnesota's statewide indoor smoking ban.

Augusta Commission To Re-Ignite Smoking Ban Proposal
WJBF-TV - March 27, 2014

Augusta, GA - Another old plan will be getting a new look in front of Augusta city leaders. It's a plan to ban smoking in all public places in Augusta, including bars

Smoking Stubbed Out on the UGA Campus
Flagpole Magazine - March 26, 2014

Do not smoke em if you got em! Smoking will be banned on the University of Georgia and other public college campuses effective Oct. 1 after a state Board of Regents vote Wednesday, Mar. 19. The tobacco- and smoke-free policy states that the use of all forms of tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes, will be prohibited on any property owned, leased, rented or in the possession of the University System of Georgia, which means no smoking anywhere on UGAs campus, including the parking lots.

Smyrna city leaders to discuss smoking ban in coming weeks
WSB Atlanta - March 24, 2014

Another concern is e-cigarettes. They had also been excluded from the ordinance before last week's vote. Now, Anulewicz said, the tabled ordinance may have ...

Georgia Regents Medical Center Receives CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation
WJBF-TV - March 24, 2014

We provide numerous incentives to help employees become tobacco-free and offer several health and wellness opportunities on everything from diet and ...

Smoking and Tobacco Products Banned on Georgia College ...
WTVC - March 21, 2014

...According to the American Non-smoker's Rights Foundation, there are more than 1100 colleges and universities with smoke free campuses. Of those, 811 ban ...

Smoking ban a welcome relief at UGA
Red and Black - March 21, 2014

The smoke has finally cleared at the University of Georgia. The Georgia Board of Regents voted Wednesday in favor of a policy that would ban the use of all ..

Assembly 2014: Guns, drug tests, income tax -- but no marijuana
13WMAZ - March 21, 2014

It will be illegal to sell smokeless so-called e-cigarettes to minors or for teens to possess them. People on food stamps can be drug tested if state officials have a ...

Senate starts slow on Sine Die
Atlanta Journal Constitution - March 20, 2014

The Senate also passed House Bill 251, prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, by a 52-0 vote. House Bill 697, which increases the amount of HOPE ...

Cigars and cocktails at five Atlanta speakeasies
Atlanta Magazine - March 19, 2014

Cigars are chosen from the house humidor room and smoked in a separate room with its own ventilation. Rumor has it that sports stars, actors, and other ...

Georgia Bans Smoking And Tobacco Products On State University ...
Huffington Post - March 19, 2014

ATLANTA, March 19 (Reuters) - Smoking will be banned on all campuses of Georgia's public colleges and universities, beginning next fall,… "We have been noticing over the last five years an enormous growth in the number of campuses that are passing smoke-free and completely tobacco-free campus policies," said the nonprofit group's chief executive, Cynthia Hallett. ...

Board of Regents bans tobacco on public college campuses
Macon Telegraph (blog) - March 19, 2014

But as of January, at least 1,182 college campuses in the U.S. had adopted smoke-free-campus policies, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, ...

University System Of Georgia Bans All Tobacco Products From ...
WCTV - March 19, 2014

University System Of Georgia Bans All Tobacco Products >From School Campuses ... Wednesday banning all forms of tobacco on campuses beginning October 1, 2014 ... students and found that most are in favor of the smoke free policy on campus. ... If adopted by the Board of Regents, the tobacco ban would affect all 31 ...

UGA bans tobacco, Dalton State yawns
WRCB-TV - March 19, 2014

And at that designated smoking spot, we found not only pushback to the idea, but blowback ... area, MaryAnn Taylor questions the motivation behind the tobacco ban. ... But just banning things, its just more rules, more laws, more regulations ...

Regents approve tobacco ban on Georgia campuses
Online Athens - March 19, 2014

Some 1,100 college campuses nationwide have already banned tobacco, and research has shown such bans are effective in reducing the number of people who smoke, Fedrick ... About a dozen Georgia public colleges already ban smoking.

Georgia Board of Regents bans all tobacco products from its ...
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) - March 19, 2014

In the 2014 report from the Surgeon General, Assistant Secretary for Health and Safety Howard Koh stated, Cigarette smoking remains the chief preventable ...

Smyrna smoking ban gets tabled
Marietta Daily Journal - March 19, 2014

SMYRNA An ordinance banning smoking in Smyrna city parks was tabled Monday while an ordinance banning the consumption of alcohol got the go-ahead.

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University System of Georgia approves tobacco ban
Westport-News - March 19, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) The Georgia Board of Regents has voted to implement a system-wide ban on the use of all forms of tobacco products. University System of Georgia officials said in a statement Wednesday that the ban will also apply to events being hosted by institutions within the system and exceptions may be made for research purposes.

University System of Georgia Board of Regents bans tobacco use ...
The Augusta Chronicle - March 18, 2014

Some 1,100 college campuses nationwide have already banned tobacco, and research has shown such ... About a dozen public colleges already ban smoking.

Tobacco banned Oct. 1 on all Georgia University System campuses
Florida Times-Union - March 18, 2014

Tobacco use will be banned on Georgia public college campuses starting Oct. 1. The state Board of Regents voted unanimously for the ban with little discussion during a Tuesday meeting in Atlanta.

Smyrna Council Postpones Smoking Ban Vote Until April
Patch.com - March 18, 2014

There was virtually no discussion of the amendment among councilmembers, but after Anulewicz made a motion for council to vote on it, Councilman Ron Fennel made a motion to table the vote until April.

Georgia Regents approve tobacco ban on campuses
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - March 18, 2014

The state Board of Regents, meeting as a full committee, on Tuesday unanimously approved a tobacco ban for all 31 public colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia. The board will take a final vote on the ban Wednesday.

Joe's bans indoor smoking, limits patio puffing
Project Q Atlanta - March 17, 2014

Beer bust favorite Joe's on Juniper says it's banning smoking inside and corralling smokers into a designated area on its popular patio. The public has overwhelmingly spoken and we would like to formally announce that the inside of our restaurant will be non smoking starting Monday March 24.

Regents set to ban tobacco on state college campuses
Online Athens - March 16, 2014

Smoking on state college campuses might soon become a thing of the past. The state Board of Regents is set to vote on a policy next week which would ban the use of tobacco products on college campuses, including the University of Georgia.

Students face rule changes for 2014-15
newtoncitizen - March 13, 2014

With the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes, NCSS has added them as a ... In contrast to last year's handbooks' section named “Tobacco Use,” the BOE has ... rule that states secondary students must display ID badges where provided.

Madeleine Solomon: Changing the culture of smoking
Emory University News and Events - March 7, 2014

We know that smoke-free air policies change the social climate. It's also effective to change the price of tobacco: when the cost goes up, demand goes down.

Smyrna considering smoking ban in city parks, fields
WSB Atlanta - March 6, 2014

He's proposed a smoking ban at city facilities, which include parks and fields. ... officials in Cobb County and Kennesaw tried to pass their own smoking bans, ...

Residents asked to voice opinions on improvements to Swift ...
Marietta Daily Journal - March 6, 2014

Before a smoking ban would start, there would be public hearings on the tobacco ... The proposed ordinance would have banned all forms of smoking, including ...

Legion goes non-smoking
NorthFulton.com - March 6, 2014

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Hundreds of Home Depot volunteers converged on American Legion Post 201 in Alpharetta in November to upgrade many of its aging ...

No tobacco use on County grounds
chatsworthtimes - March 5, 2014

Murray County Sole Commissioner Brittany Pittman approved a second reading of an ordinance prohibiting tobacco use on county property.

Gay Atlanta man crusading for smoke-free city
Project Q Atlanta-by Matt Hennie - March 5, 2014

A gay Atlanta man is reigniting the debate over banning smoking in bars and restaurants in fact, everywhere in Atlanta and created an easy way for supporters to back the effort. Patrick Busko, a Realtor, created a Facebook page two years ago to chronicle his attempts to stomp out the smokes inside bars and restaurants.

City of Smyrna considering a smoking ban
Marietta Daily Journal - March 4, 2014

Elected officials are eyeing a ban on smoking in Smyrnas city parks. City Council heard a draft ordinance that would prohibit smoking in city parks for the first time Monday night at a work session prior to its regular meeting.

Student opinion divided on tobacco ban
Technique - February 20, 2014

Student opinion on the Board of Regent's (BOR) Tobacco and Smoke-Free ... to a ban on smoking, as opposed to the proposed policy of banning all tobacco.

Don't Light 'Em If You've Got 'Em: American Legion is Smoke-Free
Patch.com - February 20, 2014

Following a renovation of the building, the Alpharetta's American Legion Post on Wills Road is totally smoke-free. Guests may smoke on an outdoor deck area ...

MCSD warns students, parents about dangers of e-cigarettes
WRBL - February 10, 2014

COLUMBUS, GA - The Muscogee County School District is banning electronic cigarettes from all school property. Board members want parents to be aware of ...

BOR emphasizes health benefit in tobacco ban
Technique (Georgia Tech) - February 6, 2014

When the Georgia Board of Regents meets next week, the Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus policy that was introduced last month to the on Personnel and Benefits Committee will likely be brought before the full board.

Electronic cigarettes as an alternative to smoking tobacco
WTVM - February 6, 2014

Miller claims that electronic cigarettes can satisfy the craving for nicotine without the ... for a healthy alternative to tobacco products, and found that in the e-cigs.

Smoking Ban Being Considered For Savannah Area Universities
WSAV-TV - January 26, 2014

SAVANNAH, GA - Students and faculty at our area colleges might not be able to light up a cigarette on campus soon. The board governing Georgia's university system is expected to vote in February on a system-wide campus tobacco ban...

Smoke free campus
V Spectator - January 23, 2014

A proposal is being considered by the Board of Regents (BOR) that bans all tobacco use at VSU and the 30 other institutions overseen by the University System of Georgia (USG). According to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, 1,182 college campuses in the U.S. are smoke-free, and 811 of those campuses are completely tobacco-free.

Georgia university system to consider tobacco ban on campuses
Times Free Press - January 20, 2014

On the way back to his apartment on the residential property of Dalton State College, Timon Wilson will sometimes make a quick stop. He is not a chain smoker, but as an 18-year-old freshman experiencing the rigors of college life for the first time, Wilson puffs an occasional cigarette after class. In Georgia, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, which tracks schools nationwide that adopt tobacco-free policies, 20 schools in the state, many of them technical colleges and non-USG institutions, have banned tobacco from their campuses. Those numbers don't include schools like Dalton State that allow tobacco only in specific spots. Nationwide, the trend of a tobacco-free campus is growing rapidly, said Bronson Frick, associate director of ANR. As of Jan. 2 at least 1,182 campuses nationwide are smoke-free and of those 811 are tobacco-free, ANR reported. "Ultimately it's about questioning what the role of tobacco is in an academic setting," Frick said. "The fact that it has snowballed from just a handful of schools to over a thousand shows that this policy is not only popular, but that schools don't want to go back to the way things were."

How safe are e-cigarettes?
Atlanta Magazine January 20, 2014

What's the truth about e-cigarettes? Georgia State Universitys School of Public Health aims to find out. The school and its partners will receive $19 million over five yearsthe largest grant in the universitys historyfrom the FDA and the National Institutes of Health to create one of fourteen Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science. The research will be led by Michael Eriksen, dean of GSUs School of Public Health.

Georgia universities could see tobacco ban
Daily Tribune News - January 12, 2014

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports USG staff members will have discussions with leaders of institutions in other states with smoking bans on the way the ...

Georgia regents committee to vote on tobacco ban next month
Atlanta Journal Constitution - January 8, 2014

A preliminary committee vote on a tobacco ban for all of Georgia's 31 ... the use all types of tobacco products — including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and ... The proposal would also prohibit any tobacco advertising, and would apply to all ...

University System of Georgia Considers Statewide Tobacco Ban
GPB - January 8, 2014

The University System of Georgia is looking at banning tobacco use on all of its campuses. Arkansas, Iowa and Oklahoma are the only states with a statewide tobacco ban at all public colleges and universities, according to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation. Other states have lengthy lists of tobacco-free campuses, but no top-down mandate. The foundation's Bronson Frick says such changes typically have sprung from students and faculty. "Traditionally this issue has had a bottom-up approach," Frick says.

Regents might ban all campus tobacco use
The Augusta Chronicle - January 6, 2014

If the Regents adopt the policy, the ban would take effect July 1. ... Other Athens area colleges and schools banned smoking years ago. Gainesville State ...

Georgia spends tiny amount to prevent smoking
The Albany Herald - January 6, 2014

ATLANTA Fifteen years ago, Georgia and other states settled lawsuits against the nations major tobacco companies to recover tobacco-related health costs. Total payments for the states were huge estimated at $246 billion over the first 25 years.

Regents might ban all tobacco use at UGA
Athens Banner-Herald January 6, 2014

The University of Georgia might soon lose its status as the only educational institution in Athens that still allows smoking on campus.

Regents to discuss smoking ban at Ga. colleges
Covington News - January 6, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) The board that governs Georgia's public colleges and universities is taking a close look at banning tobacco from campuses statewide.

UGA May See Smoking Ban
Wugatv - January 6, 2014

The University of Georgia is the last educational institution in Athens that still allows smoking on campus. The Board of Regents, which set university policy statewide, is set to discuss a policy Wednesday that would prohibit the use of tobacco and electronic cigarettes on college and university campuses across Georgia, and if the regents adopt the policy it would take effect July 1st.

Following the money in the fight against tobacco
The Augusta Chronicle - January 6, 2014

Fifteen years ago, Georgia and other states settled lawsuits against the nations major tobacco companies to recover tobacco-related health costs. Total payments for the states were huge estimated at $246 billion over the first 25 years. Georgias anti-tobacco funding exceeds that of Southeastern neighbors Alabama and North Carolina but is surpassed by South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi. GHN reported in September that a growing list of Georgia colleges and universities have implemented anti-tobacco policies on campus. ...

Manuel's Tavern Happy New Year Smoke-Free
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) - January 2, 2014

Owner Brian Maloof had kept his promise to make Manuel's smoke-free on the first day of 2014. Asked if anyone had complained, yet, a server, thought for a ...

Pinkie Master's Bar Fights Smoking Ban On 3rd Anniversary
WSAV-TV - January 1, 2014

SAVANNAH, GA - It's been three years since a controversial smoking ban took effect in Savannah, and some bar owners tell us it's still hurting business. We called about a dozen bars and restaurants Wednesday. Some told us the ban is turning customers away and cutting down on their bottom line. But others say more people seem to enjoy the smoke-free environment, than those who don't. And plenty of employees appreciate it as well. ...

Gasp! Manuel's Tavern is now smoke-free
Atlanta Magazine - January 1, 2014

Throughout its storied 58-year history, three things have remained constant at Atlantas politico watering hole Manuels Tavern. The citys scribblers can always score a scoop if you wait around long enough. The taverns telepathic bartenders know you want another drink before you do. And at the end of the evening, your clothes are a walking billboard for Lucky Strikes. No more. As of opening today, the tavern Manuel Maloof built is now completely smoke-free. Owner Brian Maloof made the official announcement on the bars Facebook page this week. ...

Smyrna American Legion Post Bans Indoor Smoking
Smyrna-Vinings (GA) Patch December 18, 2013

Members of American Legion Post 160 in Smyrna have voted to ban indoor smoking in the organization's social room starting on Jan. 2, 2014. According to an American Legion Post 160 press release, 44 out of 60 voting members cast their ballots in favor of a smoking ban, which Post Commander Harold Watkins believes will encourage new members to join and increase overall member participation in the post's activities.

County officials to discuss smoking ban
Brunswick News - December 17, 2013

Glynn County Commission Chairwoman Mary Hunt is hoping to start clearing the air over most county property by asking the commission to consider a ban on tobacco use at all property except beaches and the St. Simons Island pier.

EDITORIAL: Georgia should make its entire university system smoke-free
Augusta (GA) Chronicle - December 14, 2013

Dr. Hopkins, an orthopedic surgeon, is calling for a ban of all tobacco products on every campus in Georgia. His reasoning isnt hard to figure out. Those chemicals we listed above are some of the more than 4,000 substances found in tobacco smoke almost none of which are 100-percent safe to breathe

Students seek 100% tobacco free county policy
WALB-TV - December 10, 2013

"Even though we have a tobacco free policy here it wasn't being enforced nobody ... the school district would be 100 percent tobacco free including e-cigarettes.

Smoking ban huffs, puffs and blows out
The Augusta Chronicle - November 10, 2013

Smoking in public places, a proposed excise tax on manufacturers to help fill an $8.5 million gap in the 2014 general fund budget and the Richmond County Board of Elections closed-door meeting to discuss the date of next years nonpartisan elections were hot topics in Augusta last week.

E-cigs won't fly at Lee Co. High
WALB-TV - November 7, 2013

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - There's a new way some students are sneaking a smoke break at school. The principal at Lee County High says they're seeing an increase of electronic cigarettes on campus. Those devices are prohibited at school and there are consequences for students caught with them.

Group vows to continue smoking ban effort
The Augusta Chronicle - November 7, 2013

A day after the sound defeat of a proposed tougher smoking ordinance by the Augusta Commission, the group pushing it was holding its weekly meeting Wednesday and planning to continue to advocate for it. While there is a solid philosophical opposition among some commission members to considering the ban on smoking in almost all public places, the fate of future ordinances is up in the air. Members of the BreathEasy Augusta coalition were still smarting from the quick demise of the proposed ordinance by a 6-4 vote, in part because they were not allowed to present their arguments and evidence for it, said coalition chair Jennifer Anderson, a respiratory therapist at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Smoking Ban Comeback Will Take Awhile
WJBF-TV - November 6, 2013

Smokers in Augusta can continue to light up in bars and private clubs, at least for the near future. Augusta commissioners voted six to four to reject a proposal to strengthen the city's smoking ordinance. Breath-easy Augusta was the driving force behind the measure, and officials promise to be back, but understand there needs to be a cooling off period before another try.

Smoking ban idea on back burner
Cherokee Ledger - November 6, 2013

Instead, the city will further discuss tightening up smoking restrictions on city-owned/maintained property and hold a public input meeting. “Both sides are pretty ...

Savannah Smoke-Free Ordinance Does Not Negatively Impact ...
Savannah Tribune - November 6, 2013

The report, entitled “Economic Impact Evaluation of the 2010 Savannah Smoke-Free Air Ordinance,” reinforces findings from a 2009 report by the International ...

Commission votes on nightclub, smoking ban and Urban ...
WRDW-TV - November 5, 2013

Commissioners voted 6 to 4 to dismiss a proposed smoking ban in bars and nightclubs. Some wanted to table the discussion and make improvements to the ...

Can you imagine this?
The Augusta Chronicle - November 3, 2013

I have a young friend who worked in bars and restaurants to support herself during college. She loved the people she met as well as the flexible hours, which enabled her to maintain a busy school schedule. One thing she didnt love? The smoky environment. This is why BreathEasy Augusta, a community coalition, is advocating for smoke-free workplaces in Richmond County, including bars. Our workers deserve better. In particular, blue-collar and service workers are the most exposed group to secondhand smoke and with Georgia in the nations top 10 for unemployment, job-hopping to avoid secondhand smoke is not an option. Every worker deserves a healthy workplace. And guess what? Other locales that have smoke-free ordinances have found that businesses actually thrive. For one, they avoid the costs associated with secondhand smokeroughly $10 billion in medical costs and lost wages, according to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights.

City needs smoke-free air statute
The Augusta Chronicle - November 2, 2013

In July 2005, the Georgia Smokefree Air Act became law. The intent of the law was to reduce secondhand smoke exposure for employees and patrons. Even though all Georgians are governed by this law, the 2005 legislation does not protect all workers and citizens from secondhand smoke. It falls short of protecting a significant number of business employees and employees and patrons at outdoor venues, community parks and recreation centers.

Proposed Kennesaw smoking ban won't include e-cigs
MyFox Atlanta - October 30, 2013

A proposed ban on smoking at most places in Kennesaw won't include electronic cigarettes. In a work session on Wednesday, the Kennesaw City Council took ...

Augusta's Mayor Says He'll Vote For Smoking Ban If Situation Occurs
WJBF-TV - October 30, 2013

Could a smoking ban in Augusta come down to a vote by Mayor Deke Copenhaver? Augusta city leaders are again considering an ordinance that would ban ...

Rolling Rock provides alternative to smoking cigarettes
newtoncitizen - October 30, 2013

Six months ago, Hawley quit smoking and began using electronic cigarettes which ... She and her husband Chuck Hawley, who also switched to e-cigarettes, ...

Augusta Smoking Ban Needed For Workers Health, Supporters Say
WJBF-TV - October 28, 2013

Augusta, GA - The plan to ban smoking in Augusta bars is re-igniting. For the second time in a year, Augusta Commissioners are talking about creating a comprehensive smoking ordinance. It would prohibit smoking and e-cigarettes in all businesses, including bars and night clubs.

Augusta leaders consider making all bars and nightclubs smoke free
WRDW-TV - October 28, 2013

Augusta,Ga ((WRDW))--It's a trend that's catching smoke nationwide. Now Augusta Commissioners are considering an ordinance that would ban smoking in ...

Smoking ordinance moves to Augusta Commission
The Augusta Chronicle - October 28, 2013

A proposed ordinance to ban smoking in bars in Augusta and other public places will be considered by the Augusta Commission without a recommendation after a committee voted Monday to send it along. We restrict freedoms to look out for those who cannot look out for ... And if they succeed on smoking, will they be back to tackle obesity, Guilfoyle wondered.

Skating event touts smoking ban
The Augusta Chronicle - October 27, 2013

With skates strapped to their feet, patrons of Skateland of Augusta whizzed past speakers blaring live music Sunday as they rounded the rink in the Old School Skate Jam. The event, coordinated by musicians Tony Howard and Lewis McTush in connection with BreathEasy Augusta, drew more than 100 people to the small rink for an evening of music, skating and education.

Quit harassing smokers
The Augusta Chronicle - October 27, 2013

Again, I remind bar owners that if they wished to go nonsmoking, they can do so at anytime without an ordinance. It is not necessary to hide behind an ...

Rants & Raves
The Augusta Chronicle - October 23, 2013

ITS TIME THAT the Augusta Commission members got educated on the dangers of second-hand smoke. They need to read the evidence of those dangers before they vote again on the banning of smoking in bars and other public places. Its time to act in a responsible manner.

Kennesaw considers smoking ordinance
Cherokee Ledger - October 23, 2013

That's the message the "Smoke Free Kennesaw" proposal is trying to deliver. During its October. 16 work session, in front of an unusually large crowd, the Kennesaw ...

Smoking ban plan on hold in Kennesaw
Marietta Daily Journal - October 18, 2013

Council members were most concerned about how the ban would impact local ... By outright banning e-cigarettes and vaporizers, the city would prohibit his ...

SGA takes up smoking ban again, higher green fee
Red and Black-by randy schafer - October 16, 2013

Outside the Jittery Joe's entrance of the Miller Learning Center, a no smoking sign has been vandalized, removing the "no" from the disclaimer. The SGA senate ...

Kennesaw to discuss city-wide smoking ban at session
Marietta Daily Journal - October 14, 2013

The proposed city-wide smoking ban will be discussed for the first time ... The city of Norcross banned smoking in public places in May 2012, after similar bans went ... He likes the idea of banning smoking in city parking lots, but was unsure of ...

Smokers puff their way through Atlanta Pride
Project Q Atlanta-by Matt Hennie - October 14, 2013

That smoking ban in city parks? Everyone remembered their cigarettes, and a little pot, during Atlanta Pride. But not so much Alex Wan's ban on smoking.

LETTER: Keep workplace smoke-free
Augusta Chronicle - October 10, 2013

The Family Y of Greater Augusta has been an Augusta institution for more than 150 years. One of our primary focuses at the Family Y is to promote healthy living within our community. One of our primary focuses at the Family Y is to promote healthy living within our community. As a member of the BreathEasy Augusta coalition, we believe there are no safe levels of smoking or second-hand smoke. To eliminate the adverse health impact of secondhand smoke on the public, it is imperative to prohibit smoking in workplaces and spaces open to the public. We are not advocating a ban on smoking it is simply asking smokers to step outside to smoke while protecting the rights of workers and patrons to breathe clean air.

Move your butts: UGA smoking policy relies on student enforcement
Red and Black - September 23, 2013

The University of Georgia updated its smoking policy as recently as 2011, but a lack of enforcement has resulted in many students seeming unconcerned about the rules.

E-cigarettes become growing trend in Cobb
Marietta Daily Journal - September 21, 2013

Electronic cigarettes, which are often designed to mimic traditional cigarettes, use a heating element to vaporize a liquid solution that is then inhaled to provide a ...

Kennesaw considering city-wide smoking ban
Marietta Daily Journal - September 18, 2013

Kennesaw leaders are eyeing a plan that would make the act of lighting up a crime almost everywhere in the city outside of private residences. If Kennesaw were to move forward and adopt the proposed ordinance, it would become the first city in Cobb County to ban smoking, not only at public parks and city-owned buildings but at all privately owned, indoor work places.

Smoking Ban
Marietta Daily Journal - September 18, 2013

*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to ...

Kennesaw eyes ban on smoking most everywhere except homes
Atlanta Business Chronicle - September 18, 2013

Kennesaw leaders are considering a ban on smoking almost everywhere in the Cobb County city outside of private residences, reports the Marietta Daily ...

Tobacco FREE
Early County News - September 18, 2013

Members of the Early Kicks Tobacco initiative along with members of the Early County Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Bronwyn Ragan-Martin ...

ECSS tobacco-free policy celebrated
Early County News - September 18, 2013

The Early Kicks Tobacco Initiative celebrated the Early County School System's adoption of a system-wide 100% Tobacco Free Policy last week. The policy is ...

More Georgia colleges tighten rules on tobacco use
Online Athens - September 15, 2013

Several Georgia colleges began to take more interest in such restrictions after Emory University, an Atlanta institution with a nationwide reputation, declared in 2012 that it was becoming tobacco-free. That means it now prohibits all forms of tobacco use.

Emory Prompts Tobacco-Free Campus Trend
Wugatv - September 10, 2013

Georgia universities are motivated to adopt strict regulations on tobacco and smoking, following Emory University's decision to become tobacco-free in 2012.

Expelling tobacco: More Georgia colleges tighten rules to clear the air
The Augusta Chronicle - September 9, 2013

Some schools have stopped short of adopting this kind of tobacco-free rule. Instead they have implemented the somewhat less restrictive smoke-free rule.

Atlanta Motor Speedway Changes Smoking Policy
Paddock Talk - September 2, 2013

Atlanta Motor Speeway officials announced today that all grandstand and suite seating areas at the facility will be smoke free for events beginning in 2014, including the annual NASCAR Labor Day race weekend. Smoking will still be permitted in designated areas ...

Campus clears the air
The Augusta Chronicle - August 3, 2013

The American Lung Association in Georgia congratulates Georgia Military Colleges Augusta campus for going tobacco-free effective Aug. 1. This is a great step forward for the college and for Augusta.

Smoking Ban for Milledgeville Businesses Pose Potential Problems
41 NBC News - August 2, 2013

MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Restaurants and bars in downtown Milledgeville are cracking down on lighting up. State law says you can't smoke in those places, but businesses found a loophole, that is until now. It's written in black and white: no smoking. But just a few months ago, customers at The Brick could light up.

Entertainers push for smoke-free clubs in Augusta
The Augusta Chronicle - July 31, 2013

Tony Howard's deep voice belies more than 30 years of singing and performing in what is now called the Tony Howard Motown Show. What you won't hear is what secondhand smoke has stolen from him, he said. …

Forsyth County's health leader wants tobacco-free campuses
NorthFulton.com - July 29, 2013

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. Smoking in any form is not allowed in Forsyth County School District facilities, however, the way policy is written visitors are not included.

Commissioner not likely to reintroduce smoking ban soon
The Augusta Chronicle - July 22, 2013

Those pushing for smoke-free bars and other public places in Augusta will get a boost from entertainers next week, but the introduction of a proposed ordinance is likely weeks away. Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson, who helped shepherd a tougher smoking ordinance last year before the Augusta Commission before it was voted down, said he has no immediate plans to bring it back up. Weve still got a few things we need to deal with, he said. I just havent had much time to talk with colleagues and see where they were on this thing. It could be late September or October before Johnson brings it back up. Augusta is covered by a state law that bans smoking in restaurants but allows it in bars and places that do not admit anyone younger than 18.

Support smoke-free city
The Augusta Chronicle - July 19, 2013

In the next couple of months, the Augusta Commission will hear arguments about the merits of instituting a smoke-free workplace ordinance in Augusta. While some people consider this issue a smoking rights issue, it is not. It is a public health issue.

Smoking Ban Considered in Savannah Public Housing
WSAV-TV - July 17, 2013

A smoking ban would also reduce the risk of fires. There's mixed ... Still some tenants argue banning smoking is a violation of individual liberties. "They'd have to ...

EC schools 'kick tobacco'
Early County News - July 17, 2013

The Board of Education adopted a model tobacco-free policy at their June board ... Tobacco-free advocacy began in Early County in July 2011 with the Early ...

Newnan unveils cigarette litter prevention program
Newnan (GA) Times-Herald - July 14, 2013

Four ash receptacles for cigarette butts have been added in downtown Newnan as part of the city's Keep Newnan Beautiful project.

HUPPERTZ: Littering is bad. Did smokers miss the memo?
Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution - July 13, 2013

Couple of weeks back I had the opportunity to visit Germany. Im not particularly fond of wiener schnitzel and Im too southern to ever get used to warm beer, but I must tell you the Germans are seriously good engineers and the autobahn works. Driving without speed limits may not sound like a good idea, but youll just have to trust me were missing out.

P'dale official wants ban on smoking in cars with minors
Rockdale Citizen - July 10, 2013

PORTERDALE -- A Porterdale city councilman is proposing a ban on smoking in vehicles transporting children. Harper said there's no reason smoking restrictions shouldn't also apply to vehicles, noting it's illegal to have an open container in the car. Harper is the official ...

LETTER: Stop the smoke
Augusta (GA) Chronicle - June 23, 2013

I lost 25 percent of my lung capacity from secondhand smoke exposure working in bars and restaurants while I was in college. Many college students work in these ... I urge city leaders to make our city’s bars smoke-free to give everyone a chance at ...

Let's just take it outside
The Augusta Chronicle - June 7, 2013

We don't have much of a dog in this fight. We don't smoke, and we don't go to bars that allow smoking. And restaurants that allow minors are already smoke-free under Georgia law. But Augusta is debating a stronger smoking ban again, and the usual arguments are being aired.

Supporters of smoking ban to rally Friday
The Augusta Chronicle - June 6, 2013

Those who want a tougher smoking ordinance in Augusta will rally Friday to show their support at a bar that went smoke-free earlier this year. BreathEasy Augusta will hold a rally during First Friday beginning at 6 p.m. at Joes Underground Cafe, 144 Eighth St. The group will be grilling hotdogs and providing T-shirts for those who would like to volunteer at future events.

Smoking ban appears likely for Jonesboro
News-Daily.com - June 5, 2013

The Jonesboro City Council appeared ready to enact some form of a ban on smoking on city property this week, but what that prohibition will look like remains to be seen. At the very least, council members indicated they were in agreement that a smoking ban should be put in place at the citys parks. What remains unclear is whether they will go as far as banning smoking at City Hall, public works facilities and the Jonesboro Police Department headquarters as well. Mayor Joy Day is pushing for a total ban on all properties, but council members appear to be stuck on the issue of how far is too far.

Jonesboro considering 'smoke free zones'
News-Daily.com - May 31, 2013

Council members will discuss whether smoking should be prohibited on city property when they meet Monday at 6 p.m. at the Jonesboro Police Department ...

Sorry Bearbucks gays, Starbucks bans smoking
Project Q Atlanta - May 31, 2013

With gay Atlanta bars pushing smokers out, where's a gay supposed to go for a few puffs? Starbucks, right? The outdoor area of the coffee chain at Ansley Mall is a haven for bears who smoke. Not any more. The move by the fancy coffee chain follows several gay bars that have banned indoor smoking or severely limited it. The latest was Burkhart's, which snuffed out smoking last week. Eagle put smokers out on its decks in April. Heretic limited smoking to its Pub Bar and deck in March, My Sister's Room started in mid-March and Mary's snuffed out smoking indoors on April 1. Ten Atlanta opened as smoke-free in January and Jungle pushed smokers to a single area last year. Mixx and Cockpit are also smoke-free indoors.

Everyone Knows about Secondhand Smoke--But Thirdhand Smoke?
Oconee (GA) Patch May 26, 2013

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation
, Athens is one of nine areas in Georgia to ban smoking in all restaurants and bars. The state's Smokefree Air Act, which went into effect in 2005, bans smoking statewide in all enclosed workplaces in Georgia, except as otherwise designated.

Heard of Thirdhand Smoke?
Athens (GA) Patch.com - May 17, 2013

Firsthand smoke is the direct inhalation of smoke from burning tobacco encased in cigarettes, pipes and cigars. The environmental tobacco smoke that is inhaled involuntarily or passively by someone who is not smoking is secondhand smoke. Did you know there is a thirdhand? … According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, Athens is one of nine areas in Georgia to ban smoking in all restaurants and bars. The state's Smokefree Air Act, which went into effect in 2005, bans smoking statewide in all enclosed workplaces in Georgia, except as otherwise designated.

Georgia Public Health Association recognizes six Bartow residents
Daily Tribune News-May 4, 2013

From mental health advocacy to implementing a Tobacco Free Campus policy, six Bartow Countians recently were recognized for their work in the public health ...

Burkhart's tests going smoke-free indoors
Project Q Atlanta - April 25, 2013

A one-night stand at Burkhart’s has turned into a week-long trial run that may mean the longtime gay Atlanta bar is getting hitched to the idea of banning smoking indoors. … As many of you know, various establishments are changing their policies in an effort to restrict indoor smoking. We have been monitoring these changes and are ...

Aviation commission votes against smoke-free terminal
WFXL FOX 31 - April 22, 2013

ALBANY, GA -- The Albany-Dougherty Aviation Commission voted to allow the new terminal to have one designated smoking area going against the prior proposal to make the new building a smoke- free campus.

KSU Considers Banning Smoking on Campus
The Sentinel (Kennesaw State University) - April 16, 2013

The A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research sent out voluntary email surveys to Kennesaw State students, faculty and staff to determine whether the KSU community supports a campus-wide ban on smoking.

Banning the Smoking Gun
KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper - April 16, 2013

They think that if something is banned, it won't be around to cause harm. ... The first problem in any discussion of banning something is that any ban infringes ... The researchers found that smoking bans don't have any significant effect on the ...

Midtown Gay Bars Make Moves to Become Smoke-Free
Midtown (GA) Patch.com - April 15, 2013

You won't have to worry about smelling like smoke after a night in one of Midtown's gay bars or clubs anymore. Most of them are banning smoking inside or have created designated smoking areas. …

What Do You Think of a Smoke-Free Mary's Bar?
Patch.com - April 3, 2013

EAST ATLANTA - Get ready for a smoke-free Mary's. The gay bar, a staple of Village night life, is now non-smoking on Fridays and Saturdays. Mary's, which ...

Longtime Atl. bar that fought smoking ban opts to go smoke-free
Atlanta Business Chronicle (blog) - April 1, 2013

The owner of Manuel’s Tavern in Virginia Highland fought hard in 2005 when state officials were considering a ban on indoor smoking at restaurants. Now, the watering hole established in 1956 is opting to go smoke-free. … But there has been in shift in public opinion, Maloof says. Business is suffering because of Manuel’s smoking policy, he added. “I know definitely in January of 2014, we’ll be 100 percent smoke-free,” he says. …

GRU Campus Set to Go Tobacco Free This Fall
WJBF-TV - March 20, 2013

Today is National Kick Butts Day - a day to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking. And that’s why today, GRU announced some changes on campus this fall. … This fall, GRU will go smoke free. …

Stand up for a smoke-free campus
The Augusta Chronicle - March 18, 2013

Tobacco use is one of those topics sure to get passionate responses, both from those for and against it. … No matter which side you fall on, it’s a fact that across the United States, universities and health systems are making the choice to create healthy living and working environments for students, faculty and staff. Ever since Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, Mo., became the nation’s first smoke-free college campus in 2003, more than 1,100 campuses have followed suit. The Center for Tobacco Policy foresees that nearly all college campuses in the United States will be 100 percent smoke-free in 10 years, according to a CNN report. It’s estimated that more than 3,500 hospitals, health-care systems and clinics are smoke-free. … Georgia Regents University kicks off its smoke-free campus campaign March 20, which is appropriately named Kick Butts Day. Our goal is for our entire campus to be smoke-free by fall 2013. …

Smoking may be banned on Airport campus
WALB-TV - March 15, 2013

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Smokers may soon have to put out their cigarettes before they even get to the parking lot at Albany's airport. Southwest Georgia Regional Airport is considering a ban on smoking anywhere on its property. The airport director and other officials will discuss the proposed ban during the aviation commission meeting next week. But not everyone's thrilled about the potential changes. Smoking is already prohibited inside airport terminal, but policy makers are discussing the benefits of an outdoor ban as well. If the proposal passes, no one will be able to smoke anywhere on the airport's property. …

Manuel's Tavern to raise prices, change hours ... and be smoke-free by 2014
Creative Loafing Atlanta - March 1, 2013

… In addition, the restaurant and bar also plans to comply with requests from customers and event coordinators and be completely smoke-free by next January. … “A plan is underway to be completely smoke free by January 2014. Customer request and event coordinators continue to mention smoking as a problem here. Within a month the only smoking area available at Manuel's will be in the main bar and that will end in January 2014.” ….

More downtown bars opting to ban smoking
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer - February 23, 2013

About five years ago, Buddy Nelms decided he'd had enough. The owner of the popular nightclub The Loft was tired of his clothing and hair reeking of cigarette smoke at the end of each day, and tired of the way secondhand smoke from his patrons made him feel. "When I ran the club, I would come home and take my clothes off on the back porch before I walked into the house," he said. "The smoke would permeate everything, even your hair … and I'm a non-smoker." Then one of his favorite visiting musicians told him he wasn't coming back because the smoke was too much for him. "I had a realization that I was keeping a lot of real good people from enjoying some of the great music we do," he said. "I was letting the smoke make the choice, not the programming." Banning smoking hurt his business at first, but he'd made up his mind. "It was a scary place for me, but I was done with it," Nelms said. "My business dipped down. It frustrated a lot of people. People swore up and down that they'd never be back -- long-term friends of mine. But the bottom line is, they came back." …

GRU's Summerville campus going tobacco-free in the fall
WRDW-TV - February 6, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- You can see the signs in the windows. They say "No smoking within 25 feet," but those restrictions are about to get stricter. In a matter of months, the Summerville campus students won't be able to smoke at all. "I want to transfer," blurted out student Miguel Cruz when he found out his campus is going tobacco-free. It's a drastic response to what some students are calling a drastic change to Georgia Regents University's Summerville campus rules. …

Pop Rocks: Bars ordering up smoke-free nights
The Augusta Chronicle-January 29, 2013

It's where I have found the many bands I have embraced or, on occasion, derided. It's where I have cultivated the relationships with the musicians, promoters and ...

GRU Campus Set to Go Tobacco Free This Fall
WJBF-TV-Jan 23, 2013

It's been just a little more than 2 weeks since Augusta's new U officially became Georgia Regents University. Besides the new name, the consolidation also ...

Tobacco ban in parks approved
Newton (GA) Citizen - December 5, 2012

COVINGTON -- Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a ban on use of all tobacco products in county parks, effective April 1. ...

Smoking Ban
Red and Black - November 28, 2012

BY Damien Salas, The University of Georgia Smoking Policy has been put on the back burner by campus officials. Here is an in depth look at what the policy ...

DeKalb County bans smoking in public parks, service lines
Online Athens - October 25, 2012

DECATUR ­ The DeKalb County Commission has voted to ban smoking at ... Some commissioners say they may revisit the issue of banning smoking in bars ...

DeKalb County Bans Smoking at Public Parks
atlantadailyworld - October 24, 2012

Starting today there will be no more smoking in parks located in DeKalb County. On Tuesday, the county commission approved a proposal to ban smoking at playgrounds, parks and public service lines like those for ATMs. …

DeKalb bans smoking in public parks, playgrounds
WSB Atlanta - October 24, 2012

On Tuesday, the county commission approved a plan to ban smoking at ... Some commissioners said they may revisit the issue of banning smoking in bars and ...

Georgia State Bans Smoking and Tobacco Use
The FINANCIAL - October 20, 2012

The Georgia State University Senate on Thursday, Oct. 18 approved a ban on smoking and tobacco use on the majority of the university campus to promote health for students, faculty, staff and the public. …

Tobacco ban to be implemented in fall of 2014
The Bell Ringer - October 15, 2012

The impending merger of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities will have unexpected effects on student smokers. Gina Thurman, the acting assistant vice president for student services and assistant dean of students, addressed Augusta State’s Student Government Association Friday and informed them that the administration of the new university has decided to extend GHSU’s tobacco ban to the Walton Way campus after the universities merge. GHSU went tobacco-free in 2007, Thurman said, and many other Georgia universities, including Emory University and Armstrong Atlantic University, have adopted similar policies. …

Bibb commission to vote on smoking ban in parks
Macon Telegraph (blog) - October 16, 2012

A Bibb County Commission committee approved a measure Tuesday that would ban smoking in all parks and recreation centers. The full commission is expected to OK the ban Tuesday night. The smoking bank would not affect Lake Tobesofkee, where patrons camp and often stay overnight. …

Health board pushes for smoking ban in outdoor areas in DeKalb
WSB Atlanta - September 26, 2012

Park patrons in DeKalb may soon be banned from smoking. The DeKalb County Board of Health is asking county leaders to approve a smoking ban for a number of designated outdoor areas. The goal of the ban is to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke. …

Stolen Eagle Recovered, Smoking Ban Debate Continues and Suspected Robber Captured
Patch.com - September 18, 2012

Smoking Ban Debate Continues in Stone Mountain
The smoking ordinance debate in the City of Stone Mountain burns on. Up for discussion again at Monday night's work session, this time council members and others talked about whether smoking should be prohibited at city parks and city events, such as the Blue Grassroots Festival and Movies on Main, bringing up the possible effect on children, people with allergies and asthma, and others. …

Smoking Ban Discussion Continues in Stone Mountain City
Stone Mountain-Redan (GA) Patch.com - September 18, 2012

The smoking ordinance debate in the City of Stone Mountain burns on. …

Nearly half of Ga. school districts tobacco-free
Sacramento Bee - September 6, 2012

The Georgia Department of Public Health says 87 of the state's 181 school districts, or 48 percent, are on board. Under the policy, no student, staff member or school visitor is permitted to use any tobacco product or E-cigarette, at any time on school property. …

Loco's Grill Under New Ownership, Going Smoke-Free
Patch.com - August 9, 2012

Locos Grill & Pub on Briarcliff Road is under new ownership and will now provide a completely smoke-free environment to its customers! Effective August 15 ...

Republican Ballot Question Could Relight Smoking Ordinance in Augusta
WJBF-TV - August 2, 2012

Augusta Republicans say they want city government to butt in, when in it comes to putting butts out. “And, I was very surprised that it came overwhelmingly in favor of creating a smoking ban,” said Augusta Commissioner Corey Johnson. …

LETTER: We all pay for 2nd-hand smoke
The Citizen Newspapers (Fayetteville, GA) - Aug 1, 2012

you are currently paying $600 per month for their second-hand smoke. That is what your insurance premiums and taxes are paying today (after my co-pay and their "volume discount" adjustment) for my COPD medication. I have never smoked

Armstrong attempts to alleviate need for nicotine
The Inkwell - Jul 21, 2012

With the end of summer semester approaching, the commencement of Armstrong’s new tobacco-free campus policy is looming ahead. The policy is scheduled to start Aug. 1, though many questions as to how the university will implement and enforce this policy are still unanswered. However, Armstrong’s timetable for implementation states it’s now in its final stages of preparation. …

Atlanta Curbs Smoking, Part of Wave of Southern Bans
New York Times – July 20, 2012

… But most change has happened on a local level. “This is a matter of cities and counties changing the social norms around the role of tobacco in the South,” said Cynthia Hallett, the executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. “Because of the history of tobacco farming, change was slower to start. But it’s happening quickly now.” … Last year, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights gave Alabama health officials an award because cities there passed more antismoking ordinances than in any other state. (Mississippi finished second, then Kentucky.) …

Smoking ban in parks
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) - July 20, 2012

The Atlanta City Council voted this week to ban smoking in public parks, joining Alpharetta ... From the size of your soft drink cup to banning McDonald's Happy Meal toys, .... choice has a negative impact on several others, it should be banned. …

Ban Smoking in Decatur Parks?
Patch.com (GA) - July 18, 2012

Do you think Decatur should take this step and ban smoking in parks? ... Related Topics: City Government, Smoking, Smoking in parks, and smoking bans ...

Should Cobb Ban Outdoor Smoking?
Patch.com (GA) - July 18, 2012

Atlanta is one step closer to having smoke-free parks and recreational areas. First, Atlantic Station adopted a smoking ban, and on Monday night, The Atlanta ...

Atlanta passes smoking ban
Journal-Constitution - Jul 17, 2012

Atlanta's City Council has approved a ban on smoking in the city's parks.

Patch Poll: What's Your Take on the City Parks Smoking Ban?
Patch.com (GA) - July 17, 2012

Atlanta City Council votes to ban smoking in public parks. ... The Atlanta City Council approved an ordinance Monday that bans smoking in city parks.

Smoke at Atlanta Pride? That'll cost you $1000
Project Q Atlanta - July 17, 2012

Wan and council colleague Joyce Sheperd pushed through a smoking ban in a matter of weeks that Mayor Kasim Reed is expected to sign. Then it'll be a city ...

Atlanta weighs smoking ban for parks, public areas
Atlanta Journal Constitution - July 6, 2012

Atlanta officials are moving forward with a plan to ban smoking in city parks, wading into an issue that has grabbed attention from the southside to the northern rim of the metro region. …

Norcross City Council Repeals Tobacco Free Ordinance: The council voted 5-0 Monday to rescind the ordinance that passed in May
Norcross (GA) Patch.com - July 3, 2012

After a lengthy discussion from the citizens and councilmen, the Norcross City Council voted 5-0 to repeal the Tobacco Free Ordinance at Monday's city council meeting. …

Norcross Repeals City Wide Smoking Ban
CBS Local - July 3, 2012

NORCROSS, GA (CBS ATL/WAOK) - The city of Norcross' smoking ban was met ... too far banning all tobacco use city wide, and they gave the council an earful. …

City In Gwinnett County Scraps Ban On Tobacco
CBS Local - July 3, 2012

Officials say the ban was supposed to go into effect Monday. ... to scrap the entire ordinance, which would have banned all tobacco use in the city. ... The council members in February passed a new ordinance banning smoking in Norcross, ...

City Council Meeting Tonight
Norcross Patch.com - July 2, 2012

The Norcross City Council will meet for its July work session and council meeting Monday. … The tobacco free ordinance, along with other agenda items, are on the ... Do you think the council will come to a decision on the Tobacco Free Ordinance?

Norcross smoking ban takes effect
WGCL Atlanta - July 2, 2012

This week a smoking ban kicked off in Norcross after city council approved the one of a kind ban that includes all city property, even the sidewalks downtown. …

Meeting Notes: Smoking Ordinance, Millage Rate
Stone Mountain Patch.com (GA) - June 20, 2012

Councilwoman Susan Coletti said she doesn't like cigarette smoke, and doesn't have a problem with restricting smoking in ... Nash is against a smoking ban.

Norcross may adjust strict smoking ban before it starts
WSB Radio (GA) - June 20, 2012

The city of Norcross was ready to ban smoking outside any public buildings in the city. But now it looks like that ordinance will stop cold turkey. ...

Tobacco Ban Repeal Set for Policy Work Session Monday
Norcross (GA) Patch - June 18, 2012

"After successfully passing the Tobacco Free ordinance, we were inundated with ... Do you think the council will vote to repeal the tobacco free ordinance?

Atlantic Station smoking ban passes
WXIA-TV - June 8, 2012

A proposed smoking ban at the mixed-use development passed Friday. The ban means that smoking will no longer be allowed in Atlantic Station's common ...

Atlantic Station bans smoking
Bizjournals.com - June 8, 2012

After vetting the question via social media, management at Atlantic Station has decided to ban smoking in public areas. ...

City Council Meeting Tonight
Norcross (GA) Patch.com - June 4, 2012

Last Wednesday, Councilman Ross Kaul announced that he has put in a request to repeal the city's tobacco free ordinance, which bans tobacco use from all city ...

Atlantic Station considers smoking ban
WSB Atlanta - June 4, 2012

Atlantic Station is considering banning smoking on its property, according to an ... "We're considering a ban on smoking at Atlantic Station, but we want your ...

Smoking ban at Atlantic Station?
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) - June 4, 2012

So the Midtown mixed-use development turned to its Facebook page: “We're considering a ban on smoking at Atlantic Station, but we want your opinion first: ...

Councilman Asks to Repeal Tobacco Free Initiative
Norcross (GA) Patch.com - May 30, 2012

Councilman Ross Kaul announced at the PDC meeting Wednesday morning that he has asked the council to repeal the tobacco free ordinance for its June policy work session. …

Would You Sign the Petition Against the Tobacco Ban?
Norcross (GA) Patch.com - May 30, 2012

Many businesses in downtown Norcross have taken part in a petition against the tobacco-free ordinance that passed during the May city council meeting.

Smoking bans gain in popularity across metro Atlanta
Atlanta Journal Constitution May 25, 2012

Earlier this month, Norcross approved an ordinance banning use of all tobacco ... Cobb County is considering a similar measure that would ban smoking and ...

Proposed Smoking Ban Stinks, Some Say
Stone Mountain-Redan (GA) Patch.com - May 22, 2012

Members of the Stone Mountain city council shared their thoughts -- some of them strong -- on whether a smoking ordinance for the municipality is a good idea or not during Monday night's work session at City Hall. …

Smoking area at Houston County Courthouse to be moved
Macon Telegraph (GA) - May 16, 2012

The current smoking area is located along the exterior wall under the ... and people must walk through a cloud of secondhand smoke in order to enter the ...

Speak Out: Will Norcross' Tobacco Ban Do More Harm Than Good?
Norcross (GA) Patch.com - May 11, 2012

By Sarah Bakhtiari After the news of the tobacco free ordinance passing at Monday's city council meeting, the city seems to have varying opinions on whether ...

Norcross residents react to smoking ban at city parks
Gwinnett Daily Post - May 8, 2012

NORCROSS -- Norcross' newest ordinance surely has some smokers fuming, but ask Cheryl Soderholm, and it's fantastic news.

Norcross bans smoking in city parks
Florida Times-Union - May 8, 2012

Councilman David McLeroy didn't support the Tobacco Free Facilities ordinance. He said he doesn't like to see city money spent on attorney fees to enforce ...

County parks to go tobacco-free
Franklin Press - April 18, 2012

By Colin McCandless Macon County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt an ordinance prohibiting tobacco use in county recreational and park ...

Speak Out: Should Smoking Be Banned in Parks?
Patch.com - Apr 15, 2012

A few weeks ago, Norcross councilman Ross Kaul announced that an ordinance to prohibit smoking in all city parks would be proposed in the next policy work session. "Secondhand smoking is worse for younger children and the elderly than primary," said Kaul. ... As of early Monday, 75 percent of voters agree with the ban.

County-wide smoking ban will become effective on July 9
Macon County News - April 12, 2012

During the April meeting of Macon County’s Board of Commissioners, commissioners unanimously approved a county-wide smoking ban at all government owned facilities which are designated for recreational use. All county recreational parks, including the Greenway will now be smoke free. …

St. Helen, G.; Bernert, J.T.; Hall, D.B.; Sosnoff, C.S.; Xia, Y.; Balmes, J.R.; Vena, J.E.; Wang, J.S.; Holland, N.T.; Naeher, L.P., "Exposure to secondhand smoke outside of a bar and a restaurant and tobacco exposure biomarkers in non-smokers," Environmental Health Perspectives [Epub ahead of print], April 6, 2012.

This secondhand smoke exposure study tested urine and salivary cotinine samples among nonsmokers who frequented patios and building entrances of bars and restaurants where smoking is allowed in Athens, Georgia. The authors found that salivary cotinine and urinary 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanol (NNAL) increased significantly in nonsmokers following outdoor secondhand smoke exposure, indicating that such exposure may increase the risk of health effects associated with tobacco carcinogens.

DEKALB CO. | Local universities ban tobacco use
WXIA-TV (GA) - April 3, 2012

Emory, Oglethorpe and Mercer Universities have teamed up to create tobacco-free campuses, and they're partnering with the DeKalb County Board of Health. …

Breatheasy Augusta launches education campaign to continue fight for tougher smoke-free ordinance
The Augusta Chronicle - March 22, 2012

... of secondhand smoke at the Augusta Municipal Building on Thursday, ... Their hope is to build momentum for a tougher smoking ordinance like the one the ...

Group Wants To Relight Smoking Ban Fight
WJBF-TV - March 22, 2012

A group of health advocates is calling on Augusta Commissioners to revisit a proposed ordinance banning smoking in bars and other public places. …

Augusta smoking ban advocates to launch education campaign
Augusta (GA) Chronicle, 2012-03-20

Health advocates have scheduled a news conference for 11:30 a.m. Thursday to respond to the Augusta Commission's rejection of a stricter ordinance last month and to announce an education plan on the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Duluth Tobacco Free Signs Unveiled
Patch.com (GA) - March 14, 2012

Duluth's tobacco-free policy will be the first in Gwinnett and the 13 th in Georgia. Duluth Parks and Recreation Department Director Kathy Marelle and ...

Councilman pushes for smoke free Villa Rica
Carrollton (GA) Times-Georgian, 2012-03-03
Spencer Crawford/Villa Rican Times Georgian

Villa Rica officials plan to debate the merits of turning the city into a “smoke-free” zone and one in which only hands-free cell phone use while driving is permitted.

EDITORIAL: Smoking ban: A healthy decision
Savannah (GA) Morning News - February 27, 2012

That's why the Chatham County Commission should be credited for voting 7-1 last Friday to adopt a smoke-free ordinance for the county's unincorporated area. …

LOTS OF PROGRESSIVE, forward-thinking stuff going on in our little ...
Connect Savannah.com - February 28, 2012

Chatham County just passed a smoking ban like the one in the City of Savannah. The Telfair Museums' PULSE Festival hits its stride this weekend, ...

Pete Borden: Cobb park smoking ban would infringe on rights
Marietta Daily Journal - February 28, 2012

The move to ban smoking in Cobb County parks is a move toward reducing the rights ... then there are any number of other things we should consider banning. …

Blowing more smoke
The Augusta (GA) Chronicle - Feb 27, 2012

By Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff A proposed smoking ordinance, defeated Tuesday by a 3-6-1 vote, would have banned smoking in all public places and some ...

Bill that shifts election date leads to political squabbling
The Augusta (GA) Chronicle - Feb 25, 2012

UP IN SMOKE: Smoke and smoking were hot topics at last week's commission meeting. First, commissioners rejected a tougher local smoking ordinance on a 3-6-1 ...

VIDEO: Chatham County Commission Says No to Smoking
WSAV NBC Channel 3 (Savannah, GA), 2012-02-25
Tina Tyus-Shaw | WSAV-TV

The push to clear the air in restaurants, bars, and work places in unincorporated Chatham County is over. …

New group speaks for small restaurants, bars
Atlanta (GA) Business Chronicle, February 24, 2012

… was done.” Venetico said members of the Independent Restaurant and Bar Association this year advocated against a proposed smoking ban in the city of Augusta. “It’s not just the state level you have to look…

Smoking ban passes in Chatham County
WTOC, February 24, 2012

The Chatham County Commission passed a ban on smoking for the entire county, including incorporated areas in a meeting Friday morning.

Supporters of Chatham County Smoking Ban Hold Rally
WSAV-TV - February 22, 2012

(more) Chatham County leaders are set to vote this week on a proposal to ban smoking in bars and other businesses in the unincorporated parts of the county.

Cobb official seeks smoking ban at parks, on county property
Bizjournals.com (GA) - Feb 21, 2012

Cobb County Commissioner Woody Thompson is proposing a smoking ban at the country’s 77 parks and outside all county buildings, reports the Marietta Daily Journal. …

Vote On Augusta Smoking Ordinance Scheduled For Tuesday
WJBF-TV - Feb 20, 2012

Prohibiting smoking in Augusta is starting to heat up. Tuesday, Augusta Commissioners are scheduled to vote on new ordinance that would ban smoking in bars, ...

Smoking ban going back to the Augusta Commission with potential tweaks
The Augusta (GA) Chronicle - February 13, 2012

The new ordinance, for instance, would not affect electronic cigarettes. “It's not a factor in my opinion,” Johnson said. Advocates for e-cigarettes say ...

New Augusta Smoking Rules Headed To Full Commission Still Cloudy
WJBF-TV - February 13, 2012

Could months of work to take on the use of tobacco in Augusta go up in smoke? ... his bike at May park, he's not so sure about banning smoking outside here.

County smoking ban: Clear the air
Savannah Morning News - February 10, 2012

Fortunately, Chatham County Commissioner Harris Odell said he plans make amends today by voting to clear the air and improve the public’s health. Last month, Mr. Odell came out in opposition of a proposed county ordinance that would have banned smoking in bars and private clubs in the county's ...

Bar Owner Speaks Out About Proposed Chatham County Smoking Ban
WSAV-TV - February 9, 2012

The Chatham County Commission is considering expanding Savannah's existing smoking ban in businesses in the unincorporated area. (more) A proposal to ban ...

Chatham's smoking ban could pass with commissioner's added support
Savannah Morning News - February 9, 2012

By Eric Curl Just when smokers thought they could breathe a sigh of nicotine-tinged relief, a proposed ban on lighting up in certain Chatham County ...

Chatham County Commission To Discuss Proposed Smoking Ban
WSAV-TV (GA) - February 8, 2012

... directed staff to draft a smoking ban that would exempt tobacco shops, bars serving people ages 21 and up, and private clubs, plus allow e-cigarettes.

Smoking Ban Looks At Bars, Cars And The Commission Back Door
WJBF-TV - January 18, 2012

Augusta, GA -- …“Across the country, where these bans have been implemented, ... And, banning smoking on public property is something Commissioner Guilfoyle could support. ...

Augusta City Leaders Meeting To Tweak Smoking Ban Ordinance
WJBF-TV (GA) 24 January 18, 2012

Wednesday, Augusta city leaders are finetuning an ordinance to ban smoking in all public buildings, including bars. The proposed plan would also make it ...

Indoor pollution levels greater in Augusta bars that allow smoking, according to researchers
The Augusta (GA) Chronicle - January 16, 2012

The proposed ordinance would ban smoking in all public places and in some ... Augusta is currently under a statewide law that bans smoking in most places ...

No Smoking Ordinance Met with Debate in Chatham County
WSAV-TV - January 13, 2012

Chatham County, GA -- The county is moving ahead with a smoking ordinance….kind of ...

21-and-over bars, electronic cigarettes get pass in Chatham County ...
Savannah Morning News - January 13, 2012

By Eric Curl Chatham County commissioners voted 5-4 this morning to eliminate private clubs, tobacco shops and bars that only serve those who are 21 and ...

Chatham guts smoking ban, OKs hotel support
Savannah (GA) Morning News - January 14, 2012

More surprising was a 5-4 vote that stripped private clubs and tobacco shops, along with bars that only allow those 21 and older, from a proposed smoking ...

Olens travel tab paid by tobacco lobbyist
WXIA TV NBC 11 (Atlanta, GA), 2011-12-19
Written by Doug Richards

Before he won election to the attorney general's office last fall, Sam Olens talked tough about ethics in state government. ...

Chatham considers smoking ban similar to Savannah's
Savannah (GA) Morning News, 2011-12-12
Eric Curl

Bar owners outside the city in Chatham County’s unincorporated area may soon see for themselves what impact a ban would have. ...

Commissioners Approve Tobacco-Free Parks Designation
Oconee (GA) Patch.com - December 7, 2011

Officials accepted the move to tobacco-free parks without discussion, having considered the idea since October when it was first proposed by members of the ...

Georgia launches state-wide tobacco-free campaign
Newnan (GA) Times-Herald, 2011-12-04

Middle and high school students from across the state gathered at the Georgia National Fair Grounds Nov. 11-12 to launch a statewide, youth-led campaign to establish 100% tobacco-free schools policies in Georgia's public schools. ...

Board Says More Discussion Needed On Tobacco-Free Parks Proposal
Oconee (GA) Patch - Ryan Blackburn - November 3, 2011

... until the Board's next meeting on Nov. 29. Do you think Oconee County should ban the use of tobacco in parks? How could a tobacco-free policy be enforced?

Oconee County leaders eye smoking ban in parks
Athens (GA) Banner-Herald - Erin France - October 27, 2011

By Erin France - erin.france@onlineathens.com Oconee County's parks could move from limited tobacco use to tobacco-free properties if county commissioners ...

Augusta mayor pro tem floats exempting bars from smoking ban
WRDW-TV - Chris Thomas - October 25, 2011

Augusta's push to ban smoking in public places like bars and clubs is now getting push-back from state interest groups. The added heat has some city leaders ...

Augusta smoking ordinance sent back for revisions
The Augusta Chronicle - Susan McCord - October 25, 2011

The draft ordinance bans smoking within 20 feet of all public places and private ... The ordinance's ban on smoking in public buildings and parks concerned ...

More Work To Be Done Before City Leaders Take On Proposed Smoking ...
WJBF-TV (Augusta, GA) - George Eskola - October 24, 2011

... saying the smoking ban infringes on the rights of private property owners, ... shows bars business drops off when smoking is banned and that costs jobs. ...

Some Augusta bars don't fear proposed smoking ban
Augusta (GA) Chronicle, 2011-10-22
Meg Mirshak Staff Writer

“I’ve noticed people over the years are smoking less and less,” said Greenfield, a former smoker. ...

VIDEO: Second Public Meeting On Proposed Smoking Ban To Be Held Tuesday
WJBF-TV ABC Channel 6 (Augusta, GA), 2011-10-17
Cory McGinnis

Tougher new smoking regulations could be on the way in the Garden City. As we first told you, new regulations would ban smoking in all public places. I spoke with a few local folks across the CSRA and found out what they thought about this possible new law. ...

Proposed smoking ban raises controversy at public hearing
WRDW-TV - Carter Coyle - October 18, 2011

The second public hearing regarding Richmond County's proposed smoking ban was a packed house. Very few seemed undecided; most either strongly support the ...

Citizens' Voices Heard On Proposed Smoking Ban In Richmond County
WJBF-TV - Courtney Khondabi - October 18, 2011

People in Augusta are letting their voice be heard on a proposed smoking ban. City leaders are exploring a possible smoking ban for all public places in ...

Smoking ban advocates, opponents spar at Augusta hearing
The Augusta Chronicle - Tom Corwin - October 18, 2011

The ordinance would amend the 2005 state law that bans smoking in public places but exempts bars and restaurants that do not admit anyone younger than 18. ...

Macon Smoking-Ordinance Backers to Try Again
13WMAZ - Bernard O'Donnell - October 17, 2011

The ordinance would ban smoking in many public places, including bars and restaurants. Mayor Robert Reichert vetoed the first version last April. ...

Smoke-free advocates, opponents air opinions at hearing
The Augusta Chronicle - Tom Corwin - October 13, 2011

The proposed ordinance would ban smoking in all public places as well as outdoor areas like playgrounds, outdoor employment areas like construction sites, ...

FIRST ON 12: Commissioner pushes smoking ban in cars with kids
WRDW-TV - October 13, 2011

Today, they are holding their first public hearing on a smoking ban in public places. There will be another meeting Monday night. ...

Augusta leaders want community input on possible smoking ban
WRDW-TV - Chris Thoma October 11, 2011

"You can't smoke in bars out there. Out here, it was a nice change of pace for me." Commissioner Jerry Brigham is encouraging people to attend upcoming ...

Smoking ordinance fizzles in Macon city committee
Macon Telegraph (blog) - Jim Gaines October 11, 2011

A revised ordinance against smoking in restaurants, bars and other places ... and said they expected a ban on smoking in bars to cause serious losses. ...

Rader: Smoking Vote a Disappointment: The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners' Sept. 13 decision to vote down a proposal to ban smoking in all public places, including parks and all businesses, was disheartening
Patch.org (GA) 2011-10-10, Jeff Rader North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch

The primary mission of government is to protect the “health, safety and welfare” of its constituents, so the good health of DeKalb County’s citizens should be one of the Board of Commissioners’ (BOC) highest priorities. ...

Advocates, opponents argue merits of tighter Augusta smoking ban ...
The Augusta Chronicle - Tom Corwin October 9, 2011

Proponents of a potentially tougher smoking ban in Augusta are encouraged by its close resemblance to model legislation that should make ...

Public Hearing On Proposed Richmond County Smoking Ban Rescheduled
WJBF-TV (GA) October 7, 2011

A public hearing on a proposed smoking ban in Richmond County has been rescheduled. (more) A public hearing on a proposed smoking ban in Richmond County has ...

Macon business owners meet, decry possible smoking ban
Macon Telegraph (GA) - Linda S. Morris - Jim Gaines - October 4, 2011

About 10 business owners attended a meeting Monday to discuss how to combat a proposed smoking ban by the city of ...

Macon business owners discuss possible smoking ban
Macon Telegraph (blog) - Linda S. Morris - October 3, 2011

About 10 business owners attended a meeting Monday to discuss how to combat a proposed smoking ban by the city of Macon. ...

Round Two For Council and Smoking Law
13WMAZ - September 23, 2011

One downtown bartender told council that he's afraid of losing his job if smoking gets banned in bars. "The customers that we're getting from the ...

Smoking ordinance has people at odds at public hearing
Macon Telegraph (blog) - Jim Gaines - September 23, 2011

The proposed ordinance, which has not yet been sent to a council committee for discussion, essentially would ban smoking in all bars and restaurants. ...

Proposed Macon smoking ordinance kicks up a cloud
Macon Telegraph (blog) - Jim Gaines - September 22, 2011

A proposed ordinance to restrict smoking in Macon, essentially banning it in bars and restaurants, drew a familiar ...

Smoking law proposal to be aired Thursday
Macon Telegraph (blog) - Jim Gaines - September 22, 2011

As written, the ordinance would prohibit smoking in practically all restaurants and bars. The previous draft banned smoking in public parks, but a revised ...

Macon Council to Hold Hearing on Smoking Ordinance
13WMAZ -September 20, 2011

Lorra Lynch Jones sat down with Councilwoman Jaime Kaplan, a supporter of the ordinance, and Adrenaline Nightclub Manager James Holden, who is against it, ...

DeKalb County smoking ban fails to pass
WSB Atlanta - September 13, 2011

A proposal for an all-out smoking ban in DeKalb County is a no-go. Channel 2's Sophia Choi attended a Tuesday morning Board of Commissioners meeting, ...

Patch Asks: Do You Support a Smoking Ban in DeKalb County? (VIDEO)
Patch.com - Sarah L. Balter - September 13, 2011

Locals weigh in on this week's DeKalb County commission vote on the proposed public smoking ban. By Sarah L. Balter Credit Sarah L. Balter ...

Macon City Council committee tables smoking ordinance, deals with ...
Macon Telegraph (blog) - Jim Gaines - September 13, 2011

Macon City Council's Public Safety Committee didn't deal with a resurrected smoking ordinance Monday afternoon, ...

Swinging Richards bans smoky butts on Wed's
Project Q Atlanta -September 7, 2011

Some love to smoke in a bar as much as others love to bitch about those who do. ... list of gay bars willing to ban smoking – at least for one night a week. ...

Smoking down in US; Augusta restrictions on hold
The Augusta Chronicle - Tom Corwin - September 6, 2011

The decline in smoking among American adults has slowed but the rate is still going down, in part due to smoking bans, the Centers for Disease ...

Smoking ban to get second look
NeighborNewspapers.com - Angela Abbamonte - August 31, 2011

DeKalb County’s Board of Commissioners has deferred a vote to expand the anti-smoking ordinance in order to take into consideration businesses whose revenue may suffer if customers are prevented from smoking. ...

City outdoor smoking regulations nearer
Kennebec Journal - Keith Edwards - August 27, 2011

Councilors debated the issue this week as they consider a proposal to ban smoking on all city property, even outdoors, and whether there should be some ...

DeKalb County Commissioners: Why Doesn't The Safety Of Bar & Nightclub Employees Count?
Patch.com - Sarah Balog - August 22, 2011

Since January 1, 2011, Savannah has been smoke-free in all indoor public spaces and it has not seen any negative impact on alcohol sales or tourism. ...

DeKalb expected to snuff smoking ban proposal
By April Hunt
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 22, 2011

Faced with the question of whose rights get priority, the DeKalb County Commission appears ready to side with nightclub customers over workers.

Macon council confirms new city attorney
Macon Telegraph (blog) - Jim Gaines - August 17, 2011

...Smoking rules reappear
Another attempt at stricter prohibitions on smoking in Macon was referred to the Public Safety Committee for consideration …

New Richmond County ordinance could ban smoking in bars, nightclubs
WRDW-TV - Chad Mills July 28, 2011

AUGUSTA -- Bobbie Calhoun remembers the day three years ago when The Highlander in North Augusta said no more smoking to its customers. "For a while there, ...

Augusta smoking ordinance moves forward
Augusta (GA) Chronicle, 2011-07-25
Tom Corwin Staff Writer

The Augusta Commission is moving forward with drafting a potentially tougher smoking ordinance, but the public will get its say first. ...

Group hits roadblock on tougher smoking ordinance
Augusta Chronicle - Tom Corwin - July 19, 2011

It was one step forward, two steps back Tuesday in the quest for a tougher smoking ordinance in Augusta, but health advocates vowed to push on. ...

Board of Health endorses extended smoking ban
The Augusta Chronicle - Tom Corwin - July 12, 2011

Advocates such as the American Cancer Society have formed a coalition that is ... in bars and restaurants by American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...

Smoking ban for Tobesofkee rejected
Macon Telegraph (blog) - Mike Stucka - July 6, 2011

Bibb County commissioners veered away Tuesday from Commissioner Joe Allen's proposal to ban smoking on Lake Tobesofkee beaches but did agree to ask residents to keep the beaches cleaner. ...

DeKalb mulls expanded smoking ban
Atlanta Journal Constitution - April Hunt - July 1, 2011

Costen worries that money could dry up if Dekalb County intrudes on the fantasy world at Strokers Entertainment Club – where men are encouraged to drink and light up a cigarette or cigar as they enjoy the show -- by strengthening its smoking ban to ...

Columbia County extends smoking ban
The Augusta Chronicle - Donnie Fetter- June 21, 2011

The Columbia County Board of Commissioners approved a revision to an anti-smoking ordinance Tuesday that now bans lighting up a cigarette, even outdoors, on most county-owned properties. The revision received initial approval earlier ...

Macon council panel squabbles over rules
Macon Telegraph (blog) - Jim Gaines - June 6, 2011

Welsh, puzzled by the confusing exchange, asked if the smoking ordinance was placed on the agenda or not. Timley said it wasn't -- but that the committee could be overruled at Tuesday's council meeting, and the smoking ordinance could be referred to ...

E-Cigarette Users Battle Smoking Ban
WSB Atlanta - June 3, 2011

A proposed smoking ban in DeKalb County plan is finding opposition from an unlikely group -- some non-smokers. A growing number of people have begun using electronic cigarettes as a way to kick the tobacco smoking habit. E-Cigarettes use a battery to ...

Macon-Bibb smoking ordinance makes more sense
Macon Telegraph (blog) - Harold Goodridge - June 3, 2011

It was encouraging to hear the other day that Bibb County Commissioner Sam Hart is going to start broaching the topic of passing a smoking ordinance similar to what's being discussed in the city of Macon. ...

Smoking rules make comeback
Macon (GA) Telegraph, 2011-05-20
JIM GAINES

Two weeks after getting stubbed out on the floor of Macon City Council chambers, an ordinance to further tighten anti-smoking rules is ready to ignite again -- with some changes and possible cooperation with Bibb County. ...

Smoking ban snuffed out as Macon council fails to overturn veto
Macon Telegraph (blog) - Jim Gaines - May 4, 2011

The vote means the smoking ban that would have prevented anyone from lighting up in various places, including Macon's bars, won't take effect later this ..

Macon council members plan to seek override of smoking ban veto
Macon (GA) Telegraph, 2011-05-03
JIM GAINES

Macon City Council will attempt Tuesday night to override Mayor Robert Reichert’s veto of new smoking rules, council members decided Monday. ...

Macon smoking ban could be altered - or even vetoed
Macon Telegraph (blog) - Jim Gaines - April 28, 2011

In addition to banning smoking in all offices, it forbids smoking in parking garages, private clubs, taxicabs, waiting areas for public transit and outdoor seating such as bleachers, and, of course, bars and restaurants. Smoking would be allowed at ...

Macon, Ga. mayor mulls new smoking ordinance
Macon Telegraph (blog) - April 28, 2011

Macon's mayor is deciding whether to sign an ordinance that puts new restrictions on smoking in the city. Mayor Robert Reichert has said he isn't sure whether to veto the ordinance or let it take effect. The city council approved new restrictions by a ...

Macon Smoke Ban Causes Chaos
41 NBC News - Melissa Lee - April 25, 2011

Protesters from Club Kaos took a stand against the smoking ban and stood outside Macon City Hall with signs and petitions. The group collected more than a hundred signatures in just a couple days. Spokesperson for the group, James Holden says they're ...

DeKalb Considers Tougher Smoking Ban
WABE - Jim Burress - April 22, 2011

ATLANTA, GA (WABE) - Smoking in bars, restaurants and most public places in DeKalb County could soon be against the law. Thursday night, the DeKalb County Board of Health voted to recommend adoption of a "comprehensive" smoking ban. ...

Macon, Ga. council approves tougher smoking rules
NECN - April 20, 2011

It doesn't ban smoking in vehicles or on streets and sidewalks, though it does prohibit smokingclose to the entrances of streetside businesses. …

Macon smoking ban hits snag
Macon Telegraph (blog) - April 19, 2011

Modeled on the ban that went into effect Jan. 1 in Savannah, the proposed ordinance would forbid smoking in all restaurants and bars except in designated outside seating. It also prohibits smoking hotel rooms and health-care facilities, ...

Study: 70 Percent Support Macon Smoking Ban
WMAZ TV (Macon, GA), 2011-04-09
Written by Brittiny Barber

According to a University of Georgia survey, 70 percent of people living in Bibb County say they support banning smoking in public buildings. ...

Pluses, minuses in smoking ban
Macon Telegraph (blog) - Linda S. Morris - April 8, 2011

Smoking in restaurants or other public places that serve or employ people under 18 has been banned in Georgia since 2005. The new ordinance would be more restrictive and would not allow smoking “in public places and places of public accommodation. ...

Smoking limits on Macon horizon
Macon Telegraph (blog) - Jim Gaines - April 5, 2011

Councilman Rick Hutto, one of the co-sponsors, said restaurants and bars would still be able to offer outdoor smoking areas, even if the smoking ban passes. Other cities with similar rules generally say that such bans improve business rather than harm ...

Savannah adjusts to smoking ban in bars, restaurants
Savannah Morning News - Bill Dawers - Mar 19, 2011

If you wonder about Savannah's ability to get over major public controversies, consider the smoking ban. The Savannah Smokefree Air Act was one of the biggest debates of 2010, but residents have accepted and even embraced the new common ...

No Smoking in Savannah Bars this St. Patrick's Day
WSAV NBC Channel 3 (Savannah, GA), 2011-03-16
Alice Massimi

As you take a sip of that green beer you may feel the urge to light one up. ...

Savannah to St Pat's visitors: Bars now smoke-free
Associated Press (AP), 2011-03-16

Posters are going up in Savannah to make sure St. Patrick's Day visitors know something's changed since last year - lighting up a cigarette is no longer allowed in the city's bars and pubs. ...

Volunteers to distribute "Ireland is smoke free, and so are we" posters to Savannah bars
Savannah Morning News, March 15, 2011

Breatheasy Savannah volunteers will canvass Savannah’s bars tonight distributing free “Ireland is Smokefree and So Are We” posters.

The posters are designed to remind everyone that all of Savannah’s bars are smoke-free this St. Patrick’s Day thanks to the Savannah Smokefree Air Ordinance which went into effect on Jan. 1. …

Alpharetta moves to outlaw smoking in parks
Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution, 2011-03-08
Patrick Fox The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Alpharetta City Council gave preliminary approval to a tobacco ban at the city's six parks and along its more than six miles of greenway trails. ...

Alpharetta may ban smoking at city parks
NeighborNewspapers.com - Rachel Kellogg - February 24, 2011

Perry said a resolution from the Parks and Recreation Commission will be coming to council soon, banning smoking in areas such as pools, athletic fields and dog parks, but not on the Greenway. “It states, no tobacco use... within 25 feet of organized ...

Businesses Must Enforce New Smoking Ban, Not PD
WSAV-TV - Savannah Chatham - January 4, 2011

SAVANNAH, GA --

Business operators, and not Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police, will be the primary enforcers of the City of Savannah’s new Smokefree Air Ordinance.

SCMPD Police Chief Willie Lovett said his officers will enforce the law by issuing citations when patrons of businesses refuse to comply with the ordinance, but they will not be patrolling restaurants and bars in search of violators.

“We will issue citations when the business owners alert us that patrons are refusing to abide by the ordinance, but we do not have the manpower to seek out these violations,” Lovett said ...

CITY TALK: Smoking ban comes at tough time
Savannah Morning News - Bill Dawers - January 3, 2011

...The new year brings an added pressure for Savannah's bars and some restaurants. The city's new smoking ordinance went into effect on Jan. 1, leaving many bar owners nervous about the bottom line.

I have a reputation for being a bit of a pessimist about the economy (I'd call myself a realist, but no matter), but I remain confident that bars will come through the transition in good shape.

Maybe even in better shape.

I wish I had kept track of the hundreds of times in recent years friends and acquaintances have complained to me about smoke in the bars where I hang out.

I know any number of people who swear they'd drop into bars - for music, for conversation, for relaxation - more often if they were smoke free ...

New Year, no smoke once city ordinance takes effect
Bars, businesses prepare for smoking ordinance that takes effect Jan. 1
Savannah (GA) Morning News, 2010-12-28

They are out there, hunching their shoulders against a steady wind and near-freezing temperatures. At noon Saturday, expect to see many more smokers stepping into weather of all degrees when the city's new smoking ordinance takes effect. ...

Savannah bans smoking in bars starting Jan. 1
New ordinance will snub local patrons' cigarettes starting New Year's Day
Savannah (GA) Morning News, 2010-08-27
Lesley Conn

Effective Jan. 1, under an ordinance approved Thursday by City Council, the era of smoke-filled bars will be gone. Cigarette smoke will vanish, too, from a host of other public spaces and buildings that still allowed smoking under exemptions to the 2005 Georgia Clean Air Act.

Savannah's ordinance was endorsed by Mayor Otis Johnson and initiated by Healthy Savannah, the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association, who stressed its value in reducing exposure to secondhand smoke.

"It's a big win," said Amy Hughes, chairwoman of Smoke Free Savannah, a subcommittee of Healthy Savannah.

The next step, she said, will be applying for a $25,000 state grant that would pay for educational materials, cigarette-butt receptacles, signs and smoking-cessation classes. ...

Hughes: A smoke-free city is a healthy city
Savannah Morning News - amy haywood hughes - August 26, 2010

It hasn't been that long since it was considered both legal and acceptable to light up a cigarette in restaurants. Thanks to statewide clean air laws, society has come to accept that someone who wants to smoke in restaurants and other public places simply needs to step outside.

Unfortunately when the legislature passed the Georgia Smoke-free Air Act in 2005, special interest lobbyists attached themselves to lawmakers like remora on a big fish, and the final bill included loopholes big enough to drive a cigarette truck through. ...

Savannah smoking ban moves forward
Savannah Morning News - Pamela E. Walck - August 13, 2010

Savannah's City Council already seemed aware of the countless studies that show secondhand smoke is dangerous.

But they still politely listened Thursday afternoon to nearly a dozen advocates for creating a smoke-free Savannah who offered statistics proving the lethality of secondhand smoke.

Likewise, the mayor and aldermen seemed well aware of how important it is to business owners for the city to properly define "reasonable distance" and "outdoor common areas" in any ordinance that would restrict smoking in restaurants and bars, from downtown to Savannah's southside and all points in between.

And yet, despite several public hearings and countless e-mails, letters and phone calls from constituents both for and against the measure, some new concerns surfaced during the ordinance's first reading.

Such as, who is responsible for enforcing these rules?

And what if restaurant owners or managers feel uncomfortable taking on that enforcement role?

And who would enforce smoke-free policies when it comes to large public gatherings, such as outdoor concerts the Savannah College of Art and Design sponsors at Forsyth Park at the end of each school year. ...

Smoking ban: clearing the air
Savannah Morning News - August 12, 2010

THE QUESTION about whether Savannah bars should go smokeless isn't a case of restricting rights for businesses that cater to the public.

Instead, it's a matter of boosting public health.

For that reason, we support the effort to snuff out smoking inside local drinking establishments. Clearing the air - literally - will be a breath of fresh air for many workers forced to breathe secondhand smoke as a condition of their employment and for customers who don't like to mix their Jack Daniels with the Marlboro Man.

At the same time, however, we encourage Savannah City Council to be sensible about how the proposed restriction would be applied.

A measure to ban smoking is bars is expected to be introduced at today's scheduled City Council meeting and have its first reading. The council has already held two public meetings on the proposal. Thus no one can accuse elected officials of not giving everyone in the hospitality industry an opportunity to voice their opinions.

Here's ours: Pass the ordinance. It's a logical extension of the city's 1994 ordinance that requires smoke-free areas in restaurants and public places and a similar statewide law adopted in 2005. ...

Savannah may revise smoking ban
Washington Examiner - August 9, 2010

SAVANNAH, GA. — Savannah is weighing changes to its stringent smoking ban.

A proposal slated to be weighed Thursday will cut in half the distance smokers need to be from outdoor common or seating areas and entrances — from 20 feet to 10 feet.

The definition of a playground would be more clearly defined and the fine for violating the ordinance would be raised from $50 to $100. ...

Changes Proposed for Savannah's Smoking Ordinance
WSAV-TV - Alice Massimi - August 9, 2010

Some changes are being proposed to Savannah's controversial smoking ban.

News Three has learned at the city council meeting on Thursday a "relaxed" ordinance will be presented.

One of the most noticeable changes is the distance smokers need to be from outdoor common or seating areas and entrances. Previously it was 20 feet ...now the proposed distance is 10.

The definition of a playground was also changed... before it was rather vague...now it's an area that specifically has play or sports equipment. ...

Third hearing on Smoke-Free Savannah ordinance set
WTOC - TV (Savannah, GA), 2010-08-05
Don Logana

The city of Savannah will hold one last public hearing Aug. 12 on Smoke-Free Savannah, the day the ordinance is read for the first time.

City officials say the strict smoking ban, which would eliminate smoking in all businesses, including bars, hookah and cigar bars, and outdoor seating areas, plus outlaw smoking 20 feet from any entrance, could see some changes after the first reading of the ordinance.

Two previous public hearings on the issue raised questions about the implimentation [sic] of the law in Savannah, and some city council members have told WTOC they would like to see a compromise, eliminating the ban on smoking 20 feet from any entrance, plus outdoor seating and for businesses, like hookah bars, who are already in business.

"Our product is not tobacco. It is 0% nicotine, 0% tar," Tony Marsid told WTOC. ...

Vox Populi: "I thought I was going to have to buy saddles for mosquitoes ...
Savannah Morning News - August 3, 2010


"If the smoking ban passes, will the mayor ask smokers to go outside and loiter? I thought that was against the law." "How is anyone going to be able to ...

City Passes Ordinance to Prohibit Tobacco Sales to Minors
City of Kennesaw, GA - July 29, 2010

The ordinance was an initiative of the Kennesaw Youth Council, an eight member team of high school students who provide the Mayor and Council with a teen perspective on city matters and it gained the support of the Cobb County Health Department.

The ordinance covers all kinds of tobacco products containing biologically active amounts of nicotine. It specifically states that retailers are responsible for determining the age of anyone attempting to purchase tobacco products. Vending machines dispensing tobacco will be prohibited in retail establishments unless the business limits admission to anyone age 18 and over. ...

Proposed Smoking Ban Draws Large Crowd at Town Hall Meeting
A proposal to limit where smokers in Savannah can light up continued to draw loud support and opposition Wednesday night
WSAV NBC Channel 3 (Savannah, GA), 2010-07-28
Tuquyen Mach

A proposal to limit where smokers in Savannah can light up continued to draw loud support and opposition Wednesday night.

The proposed ordinance would ban smoking in all Savannah workplaces, including bars. Areas within 20 feet of business entrances, playgrounds, bus stops, and outdoor restaurant seating would also be off limits.

About 30 people lined up at the city's quarterly town hall meeting Wednesday night to voice their opinion.

Several business owners have raised both economic and safety concerns about the plan. ...

Smoking ordinance discussed in Moulton
The Decatur Daily (subscription) - Nancy Glasscock - July 27, 2010

Councilman Lee Taylor started a discussion about a possible smoking ordinance for Moulton at a council work session. “I would like to see a smoking ...

Hookah Bars Worries About Possible Smoking Ban
Savannah's proposed smoking ban has Hookah bar owners upset and worried
WSAV NBC Channel 3 (Savannah, GA), 2010-07-21
Andrew Davis

In Savannah there are a pair of hookah bars.

At the Mirage it's lunch and dinner during the day, hookah late nights.

The owners told me they have only been open about 5 months, and when they applied for a business license, no one told them about a possible ban.

Mirage says get rid of the hookah and you made end their business.

They make about 25%t of their money off the 10pm and later smoking. . . .

And while there are nearly 1000 ingredients and chemicals in cigarettes, Middle Eastern's owner, points out the hookah tobacco is much more natural, and not as harmful.

He says most folks just come in to try a hookah once or twice, relax and enjoy. And don't keep smoking afterwards.

As for business, it wouldn't destroy his business, but he says most of Middle Eastern's hookah customers are tourists. The ban it would affect his bottom line, a lot. ...

Public Hearing On Proposed Savannah Smoking Ordinance Changes
WSAV NBC Channel 3 (Savannah, GA), 2010-07-21
Sheila Parker

Savannah's City Council is considering a very controversial change to the city's smoking ordinance that would ban smoking in many places where it is now allowed. On Wednesday - the first of several public hearings on the proposed changes was held at City Hall. More than a dozen people stood up to speak at the meeting - many downtown business owners - by far the majority speaking out against the proposed changes. ...

Savannah's smoking rules may tighten
Savannah (GA) Morning News, 2010-06-28
Lesley Conn

Smoke-filled bars and the cigar-laden air in private clubs could vanish into cleaner air if a new ordinance endorsed by Mayor Otis Johnson passes.

Johnson is supporting an initiative from Healthy Savannah, the American Lung Association and other organizations that would close loopholes in the 2005 Georgia Clean Air Law.

The Savannah proposal would eliminate smoking in all bars and restaurants, private clubs, retail tobacco stores and long-term care facilities. It also would prohibit smoking within 15 feet of the entrance of any public building.

Under the 2005 law, bars and restaurants that do not hire or allow access to minors may continue to allow smoking, as can establishments that have private rooms with separate air-handling systems for smoke.

City vehicles go smokeless
Forsyth County News Online - Alyssa LaRenzie - June 17, 2010

The Cumming City Council voted 6-0 on Tuesday to ban smoking in municipal vehicles. “We've got smoke-free buildings so we should have smoke-free vehicles,” ...

Mayor Proposes Making Savannah Smoke-Free
WSAV-TV - Tuquyen Mach - June 10, 2010

SAVANNAH, Ga. --

Smokers may not be able to light up inside public buildings around Savannah under a proposed smoking ban.

Smoking would be banned in all public buildings around Savannah, including bars, if the city council approves.

Mayor Otis Johnson launched the Healthy Savannah initiative in 2007, with a goal of making the city a healthier place to live by 2012. Johnson said achieving that goal means Savannah needs to take on the issue of smoking and the dangers to the health of smokers and non-smokers.

"If someone in 2010 doesn't understand the dangers of smoking and they want to smoke, then they have a right to kill themselves if they want to, but they don't have the right to kill other people," said the mayor.

Roswell close to ban on smoking in parks
Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution, 2010-05-19
Ralph Ellis The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Roswell City Council changed direction Monday night and approved a total ban on smoking in city parks.

The council voted for the ban after considering different ways to limit park smoking, such as requiring people to light up in parking lots or inside their cars with the windows rolled up. The city's Recreation Commission urged a total ban. . . .

In the metro area, the city of Marietta and Clayton and Henry counties have enacted total smoking bans in parks.

No ifs, ands or cigarette butts
Connect Savannah.com - Patrick Rodgers - May 11, 2010

Among the topics of discussion during the Healthy Savannah Initiative’s first community health forum, hosted at the Civic Center two weeks ago, was the desire to strengthen the restrictions on smoking put in place by the Georgia Smoke Free Air Act of 2005, which banned smoking in most restaurants and workplaces across the state.

The state law left open several loop holes, including exceptions for bars, as well as some restaurants with designated smoking areas.

“We’d like to close that loophole because of the dangers of second hand smoke, particularly to the employees,” says Cristina Gibson, the Director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention with the Coastal Health District (CHD). “There is no risk free level of exposure to second hand smoke.”

In the battle against lung cancer, heart disease and emphysema, among others, the Healthy Savannah Initiative (HSI), with help from the CHD and the foundation Americans for Non–Smokers’ Rights, would like to join the hundreds of communities across the country that have nixed smoking from bars and restaurants.

“Our goal is to get to city council this month with a model ordinance,” says Paula Kreissler, owner of the Wound Care Clinic and incoming chairperson of the HSI. “That’s the whole push here. Second hand smoke is what’s driving all this. ...

Georgia prisons ordered to kick smoking
Corrections.com - Jan 18, 2010

The smokers among Georgia’s nearly 60,000 prison inmates will soon have to snuff out their cigarette butts for good.

Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens has ordered all state prisons smoke-free by the end of the year, with the first three prisons instituting bans this month.

It’s a move that has been tried in the past and comes after most of Georgia’s county jails have been smoke-free for years. ...

Dalton State goes tobacco-free
Dalton (GA) Daily Citizen-News, 2009-12-06
Rachel Brown Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton State College has joined the ranks of other tobacco free campuses in the University System of Georgia.

"Our original plan wasn't to do that," said student body president Daniel Sanchez. "What we really wanted to do was what the students wanted."
Last fall, 67 percent of respondents with DSC e-mail addresses -- including both students and faculty -- voted in a survey to eliminate all forms of tobacco everywhere on campus. According to an American Lung Association report, there are 14 other University System of Georgia colleges with tobacco-free campuses. ...

Study raises concerns about outdoor second-hand smoke
ScienceDaily, 2009-11-19

Indoor smoking bans have forced smokers at bars and restaurants onto outdoor patios, but a new University of Georgia study in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that these outdoor smoking areas might be creating a new health hazard.

The study, thought to be the first to assess levels of a nicotine byproduct known as cotinine in nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke outdoors, found levels up to 162 percent greater than in the control group. The results appear in the November issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.

"Indoor smoking bans have helped to create more of these outdoor environments where people are exposed to secondhand smoke," said study co-author Luke Naeher, associate professor in the UGA College of Public Health. "We know from our previous study that there are measurable airborne levels of secondhand smoke in these environments, and we know from this study that we can measure internal exposure.

"Secondhand smoke contains several known carcinogens and the current thinking is that there is no safe level of exposure," he added. "So the levels that we are seeing are a potential public health issue."

Athens-Clarke County, Ga., enacted an indoor smoking ban in 2005, providing Naeher and his colleagues and ideal environment for their study. ...

Roswell oks law limiting smoking in parks
Atlanta Journal Constitution - Ralph Ellis - November 17, 2009

The Roswell City Council approved an ordinance Monday that says smokers will only be able to light up in designated areas of city parks. ...

State to ban tobacco use in prisons
Atlanta Journal Constitution - Aaron Gould Sheinin - November 9, 2009

Joining their colleagues at the Department of Mental Health, state prison officials said Monday that they, too, plan to ban the use of tobacco at Department of Corrections facilities.

Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday that the agency will begin a phase-out of tobacco use beginning Jan. 1.

“It’s 2010 in a few days and it’s time to do the right thing,” Owens said.

Unlike Mental Health, which told the AJC that it will implement a total smoking ban in all seven state mental hospitals on Jan. 5, Owens said that beginning Jan. 1 smoking and tobacco use will be banned at two diagnostic facilities where inmates are evaluated after being transferred from county jails to the state prison system.

Then, on July 1, 2010, the Augusta State Medical Prison — where the system’s sickest inmates are housed — will go tobacco free, followed by a total tobacco ban in all state prisons beginning Dec. 1. ...

State bans smoking in mental hospitals
Spokesperson says move will make patients, facilities healthier
Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution, 2009-11-09
Craig Schneider The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned that the state plans to ban smoking in the seven state mental hospitals on Jan. 5, a steep challenge considering the high percentage of smokers among those with mental illness.

But Tom Wilson, spokesman for the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, said the measure will make the patients and facilities healthier. He also said the ban could advance patients' treatment, helping them to give up an often addictive habit.
Wilson acknowledged the challenges, pointing to national statistics that show 75 percent of people with mental illness or addictions smoke, and that nearly half of the cigarettes consumed in the country are smoked by people with mental illness.

Kennesaw OKs subdivision plans; Powder Springs eyes smoking ban
Marietta (GA) Daily Journal, 2009-11-06
Katy Ruth Camp

Powder Springs
The city conducted the first public hearing for a proposed ordinance to ban smoking at city-sponsored events on the town square, specifically the Fourth of July and Christmas celebrations. Mayor Pat Vaughn said Hillgrove High School senior William Wizner proposed the ordinance as part of a school project. ...

Smoking ban back to drawing board
NorthFulton.com - Hatcher Hurd - October 28, 2009

Smokers got a reprieve to continue smoking in Roswell's city parks.

The Roswell City Council voted unanimously a couple of weeks ago to ban smoking in the city parks, but now they can't agree whether to let folks smoke in their cars, in the parking lot or just a total ban.

One difficulty arose over what is the definition of a vehicle – could that include a motorcycle or a bicycle? Councilwoman Becky Wynn wanted "to nail that down."

Mayor Jere Wood repeated his concern that without a designated place for smokers – either in their cars or in the parking lots – the city would be driving folks away. ...

Roswell bans smoking in city parks
NorthFulton.com - Hatcher Hurd - October 7, 2009

Following the lead of other metro communities, Roswell passed an ordinance banning smoking on city park property except in specially designated areas.

The city Recreation Commission, with aim of promoting healthier lifestyles, brought the ordinance forward for council approval.

Asked where those "designated smoking areas" might be, Recreation and Parks Director Joe Glover said "in the patrons' cars."

Not only that, the ordinance submitted by the Recreation Commission also stated that smokers must light up with the windows up.

Councilwoman Becky Wynn asked if that wasn't going just a little too far. ...

Marietta considers expanding smoking ban in parks
WABE - Charles Edwards - August 3, 2009

Marietta smokers might run out of places to light up in the future. The city is considering expanding its non-smoking ban to all parks.

It started with Glover Park inside Marietta Square. Last month, the city council banned smoking in the small area after many citizens complained. But why stop there? Councilwoman Holly Walquist.

WALQUIST: "It was a council person or two who had mentioned at that time that they wanted us to address banning smoking in all of our city parks."

Marietta has 22 parks. But parks director Richard Buss might only recommend a total ban in some of them. ...

Marietta to consider smoking ban in city parks
Marietta (GA) Daily Journal, 2009-07-28
Jon Gillooly

Marietta City Council banned smoking in the Square's Glover Park earlier this month.

The council's Judicial Legislative Committee will consider expanding that ban to all 21 city parks when it meets Wednesday.

Councilman Philip Goldstein, who chairs the committee, said he is open to a smoking ban in all city parks, but wants to hear what other council members say.

"You have areas that have children's playgrounds and other folks at parks, and smoke is problematic for some folks," Goldstein said. ...

Atlanta's 'green' building ordinance to be tough on smokers?
Creative Loafing Atlanta - Thomas Wheatley - Jul 23, 2009

On Tuesday, July 28, an Atlanta City Council committee will discuss the long-planned “sustainable building ordinance,” a beast of a bill that dictates green-building standards for new construction. Supporters say it could make Atlanta one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the country.

The legislation — which has been in the works since last summer — is a key part of the Sustainable Atlanta Initiative, a multi-pronged approach to meet Mayor Shirley Franklin’s goal to reduce the city’s carbon footprint. (PDF of Sustainable Building Ordinance) Included in the ordinance are water-conservation measures, energy-efficiency guidelines, material requirements and various other green-building standards. ...

Marietta bans smoking in Glover Park
Atlanta Journal Constitution - Alyse Knorr - July 9, 2009

The Marietta City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to ban smoking in Marietta Square’s Glover Park.

Council members voted on the ban a week after they received complaints about excessive smoking on the square during a concert. The ban was sponsored by council members Annette Lewis and Holly Walquist. ...

Smoke free now includes all Gainesville city parks
Access North Georgia, GA - February 17, 2009

GAINESVILLE - It is now against the law to smoke in a Gainesville City Park.

City Council passed the no smoking amendment to its Recreation and Parks ordinance Tuesday morning during their regular voting session.
Smokers are now barred from lighting up in any city park; that includes sports complexes and outdoor recreation areas.

Long time 'smoke free' advocate, Councilman George Wangemann, called it a victory.

"This is a great victory for Gainesville and its citizens," Wangemann said. "This is a pro-health ordinance and I think most people should be very pleased with what we've done here today."

'No smoking' signs may go up in Gainesville rec areas
Gainesville Times, GA - January 29, 2009

By Ashley Fielding The Gainesville City Council will vote on a proposed ordinance Tuesday that would prohibit smoking at any park, sports complex or ...

We're halfway there
Macon Telegraph, January 25, 2007
Phil Dodson

The story, stripped across the top of an inside page of The Telegraph, reported what legitimately can be described as a "national milestone."

"For the first time in the nation's history," the Associated Press story said, "more than half of Americans live in a city or state with laws mandating that workplaces, restaurants or bars be smoke-free, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' rights."

The article, published Jan. 20, explained that 30 years after the organization began as a "quirky" movement in Berkeley, Calif., the push to ban public smoking had achieved a "national milestone."

Loganville given award for strong anti-smoking law
Gwinnett (GA) Daily Post, 2003-10-12
Posted October 14, 2003

The city of Loganville may be a small town, but it has made a big impression nationally because of its strong stance against indoor smoking.

On Thursday, the mayor and council were presented with the "100 Percent Smoke-Free Award of Excellence" from Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a national nonprofit based in California. The plaque was presented to city officials by Smoke-Free Gwinnett on behalf of the national organization.

The award recognizes communities that implement smoke-free indoor air laws, protecting workers and patrons from exposure to second-hand smoke.

Mayor Gene Matthews and the Loganville, GA City Council receive the ANR 100% Smokefree Award of Excellence in October 2003 for Loganville's 100% smokefree workplace and restaurant law.

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