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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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. ...
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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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
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
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,
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
Marietta Daily Journal - September 18, 2013
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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
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
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 ...
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.
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
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
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
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 ...
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 citys
bars smoke-free to give everyone a chance at ...
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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?
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
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 ...
tests going smoke-free indoors
Project Q Atlanta - April 25, 2013
A one-night stand at Burkharts 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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
Atl. bar that fought smoking ban opts to go smoke-free
Atlanta Business Chronicle (blog) - April 1, 2013
The owner of Manuels 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
But there has been in shift in public opinion,
Maloof says. Business is suffering because of Manuels smoking
policy, he added. I know definitely in January of 2014, well
be 100 percent smoke-free, he says.
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 thats why today, GRU announced some changes
on campus this fall.
This fall, GRU will go smoke free.
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, its 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 nations
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. Its 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 ...
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
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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 States Student Government Association
Friday and informed them that the administration of the new university
has decided to extend GHSUs 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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
attempts to alleviate need for nicotine
The Inkwell - Jul 21, 2012
With the end of summer semester approaching, the commencement of Armstrongs
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, Armstrongs
timetable for implementation states its now in its final stages
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 its
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.)
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.
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 ...
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 ...
passes smoking ban
Journal-Constitution - Jul 17, 2012
Atlanta's City Council has approved a ban on smoking in the city's
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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, ...
Council Meeting Tonight
Norcross Patch.com - July 2, 2012
The Norcross City Council will meet for its July work session and council
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?
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
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.
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.
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?
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
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
smoking ban will become effective on July 9
Macon County News - April 12, 2012
During the April meeting of Macon Countys 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
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.
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.
Augusta launches education campaign to continue fight for tougher smoke-free
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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.
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
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,
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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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. Its not just the state level you
have to look
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.
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.
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 countrys 77 parks and outside all county buildings, reports
the Marietta Daily Journal.
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, ...
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 ...
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
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 publics
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 ...
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 ...
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 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
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. ...
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 ...
pollution levels greater in Augusta bars that allow smoking, according
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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. ...
considers smoking ban similar to Savannah's
Savannah (GA) Morning News, 2011-12-12
Bar owners outside the city in Chatham Countys unincorporated
area may soon see for themselves what impact a ban would have. ...
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 ...
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. ...
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
County leaders eye smoking ban in parks
Athens (GA) Banner-Herald - Erin France - October 27, 2011
By Erin France - firstname.lastname@example.org Oconee County's parks
could move from limited tobacco use to tobacco-free properties if county
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
Augusta bars don't fear proposed smoking ban
Augusta (GA) Chronicle, 2011-10-22
Meg Mirshak Staff Writer
Ive noticed people over the years are smoking less and
less, said Greenfield, a former smoker. ...
Second Public Meeting On Proposed Smoking Ban To Be Held Tuesday
WJBF-TV ABC Channel 6 (Augusta, GA), 2011-10-17
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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
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
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. ...
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 ...
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. ...
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
Countys citizens should be one of the Board of Commissioners
(BOC) highest priorities. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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,
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
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, ...
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. ...
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
ban to get second look
NeighborNewspapers.com - Angela Abbamonte - August 31, 2011
DeKalb Countys 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. ...
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 ...
County Commissioners: Why Doesn't The Safety Of Bar & Nightclub
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.
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.
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
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, ...
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. ...
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. ...
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.
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
rules make comeback
Macon (GA) Telegraph, 2011-05-20
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
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 ..
council members plan to seek override of smoking ban veto
Macon (GA) Telegraph, 2011-05-03
Macon City Council will attempt Tuesday night to override Mayor Robert
Reicherts veto of new smoking rules, council members decided Monday.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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.
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, ...
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.
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
Smoking in Savannah Bars this St. Patrick's Day
WSAV NBC Channel 3 (Savannah, GA), 2011-03-16
As you take a sip of that green beer you may feel the urge to light
one up. ...
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. ...
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 Savannahs bars tonight
distributing free Ireland is Smokefree and So Are We posters.
The posters are designed to remind everyone that all of Savannahs
bars are smoke-free this St. Patricks Day thanks to the Savannah
Smokefree Air Ordinance which went into effect on Jan. 1.
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
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 ...
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 Savannahs new Smokefree
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 ...
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
Year, no smoke once city ordinance takes effect
Bars, businesses prepare for smoking ordinance that takes effect
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. ...
bans smoking in bars starting Jan. 1
New ordinance will snub local patrons' cigarettes starting New Year's
Savannah (GA) Morning News, 2010-08-27
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
"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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
may revise smoking ban
Washington Examiner - August 9, 2010
SAVANNAH, GA. Savannah is weighing changes to its stringent
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. ...
Proposed for Savannah's Smoking Ordinance
WSAV-TV - Alice Massimi - August 9, 2010
Some changes are being proposed to Savannah's controversial smoking
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.
hearing on Smoke-Free Savannah ordinance set
WTOC - TV (Savannah, GA), 2010-08-05
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. ...
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 ...
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. ...
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
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. ...
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 ...
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
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
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. ...
Hearing On Proposed Savannah Smoking Ordinance Changes
WSAV NBC Channel 3 (Savannah, GA), 2010-07-21
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.
smoking rules may tighten
Savannah (GA) Morning News, 2010-06-28
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
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.
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
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.
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.
ifs, ands or cigarette butts
Connect Savannah.com - Patrick Rodgers - May 11, 2010
Among the topics of discussion during the Healthy Savannah Initiatives
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.
Wed 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 NonSmokers 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. Thats the whole push here. Second hand smoke
is whats driving all this. ...
prisons ordered to kick smoking
Corrections.com - Jan 18, 2010
The smokers among Georgias 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.
Its a move that has been tried in the past and comes after most
of Georgias county jails have been smoke-free for years. ...
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. ...
raises concerns about outdoor second-hand smoke
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
Athens-Clarke County, Ga., enacted an indoor smoking ban in 2005, providing
Naeher and his colleagues and ideal environment for their study. ...
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. ...
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
Its 2010 in a few days and its 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 systems sickest inmates are housed will go tobacco
free, followed by a total tobacco ban in all state prisons beginning
Dec. 1. ...
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.
OKs subdivision plans; Powder Springs eyes smoking ban
Marietta (GA) Daily Journal, 2009-11-06
Katy Ruth Camp
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. ...
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. ...
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
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
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
Marietta has 22 parks. But parks director Richard Buss might only recommend
a total ban in some of them. ...
to consider smoking ban in city parks
Marietta (GA) Daily Journal, 2009-07-28
Marietta City Council banned smoking in the Square's Glover Park earlier
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
"You have areas that have children's playgrounds and other folks
at parks, and smoke is problematic for some folks," Goldstein said.
'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 Franklins goal to reduce the citys
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. ...
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 Squares 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. ...
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
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."
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
Macon Telegraph, January 25, 2007
story, stripped across the top of an inside page of The Telegraph, reported what
legitimately can be described as a "national milestone."
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
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."
given award for strong anti-smoking law
Daily Post, 2003-10-12
Posted October 14, 2003
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
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.