Blue haze: E-cigarette debate heats up
Des Moines Register - June 1, 2014
Iowa Legislature passed a bill banning the sale of electronic cigarettes
to consumers under the age of 18. Gov. Terry Branstad signed it into
law on May 23. Whatever its origins, Iowa's new law shines a light on
the complex, Cirque du Soleil-like twists...
defends attacks before primary
Ames Tribune - May 31, 2014
... who served with Quirmbach on the City Council and has commended
him for his leadership there in passing the state's first local smoking
Rapids mayor holds out hope for new casino
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier - May 31, 2014
JOHNSTON | Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett said the casino plan for his
city isn't dead yet because Gov. Terry Branstad seemed open to having
a smoke-free ...
sale of e-cigarettes is the right move
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier - May 29, 2014
For that reason alone, the sale of e-cigarettes to minors needed to
be banned. ... Iowa lawmakers actually went a bit further and expanded
the ban to include the sale ... because it follows that it could easily
lead to harmful cigarette smoking. The tougher decision came in banning
the sale of the items that contain no nicotine.
ban among bills governor signs
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier - May 24, 2014
Gov. Terry Branstad signed 11 bills into law Friday, including a ban
the sale of electronic cigarettes and alternative nicotine products
to minors in Iowa and a separate measure designed to create parameters
for the use of drones, otherwise known as unmanned aerial vehicles....
Blue Zone Concerns
Raised By Council Members
Oskaloosa news - May 23, 2014
Adopt a comprehensive smoke-free policy for all indoor workplaces and
public places and a comprehensive smoke-free policy for all outdoor
workplaces and/or ...
should veto e-cigarette law
DesMoinesRegister.com - May 22, 2014
In the last days of session, the Legislature passed H.F. 2109, which
looks like it simply prohibits minors from purchasing e-cigarettes.
However, this bill was ...
Free Homes Program benefits county
Mason City Globe Gazette - May 19, 2014
As community leaders, the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health
understands the impact of healthy initiatives and appreciates community
hesitant on tobacco ban in Dubuque city parks
Dubuque Telegraph Herald - May 16, 2014
Group asks that Dubuque ban tobacco use in public parks, commission
hesitates ... Anti-smoking advocates say banning tobacco use in Dubuque's
public parks ...
Rapids mayor, city still fighting for casino
kwwl.com - May 15, 2014
He says the city could approach the IRGC with a new product, perhaps
a "smoke-free" casino. Corbett believes that offering this
kind of facility would make the ...
says he's in on Cedar Rapids casino for the long haul
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines - May 14, 2014
A Cedar Rapids legislative proposal, he said, likely would call for
the state's first smoke-free, Blue (wellness) Zone casino to be located
in Cedar Rapids, a city ...
KIMT - May 8, 2014
MASON CITY, Iowa If your looking for a new home and you'd like
it to be smoke-free, we've got the answer for you. A new statewide registry
is now available ...
there's no smoke, there's fire
UI The Daily Iowan - May 7, 2014
While this local business, located at 440 Kirkwood Ave., is voluntarily
supporting a no-minors policy, Gov. Terry Branstad will ultimately decide
whether to make it law to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors
across the state. A spokesman for the governor said he would not indicate
a position until reviewing the final text. He has 30 days to make a
decision. The bill, House File 2109, marks Iowas foray into the national
and even international debate surrounding the subject.
Bowl remains open
UI The Daily Iowan - May 6, 2014
Smoke rings will still rise for now. The Tobacco Bowl, a cafe at 111
S. Dubuque S., was set to close in mid-April. However, customers are
still puffing away at cigarettes and sipping at coffee. Connolly previously
told The Daily Iowan the closing results from complaints from neighboring
businesses and apartment residents about smoke odors and fears about
stricter indoor smoking regulation. The business has been open for 25
years. Renovations to contain the odor are possible, but Connolly does
not believe they are worthwhile.
banned on campus | Chips
lutherchips.com May 1, 2014
14 hours ago - Luther College has been a smoke-free campus for several
years, and ... updated with a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes
legislature passes ban on e-cigs for minors
WQAD.com -- Quad Cities News & Weather from WQAD - April 30, 2014
Possessing tobacco, e-cigarettes or vapor products could result in a
fine of $50. Retailers caught selling to minors face penalties of $100
for a first offense, $250 ...
2 Cents' Worth: April 30, 2014
DesMoinesRegister.com - April 30, 2014
There is no safe amount of secondhand smoke. There is also no safe amount
of secondhand car exhaust. We do not live in a perfectly clean world.
Smoking outside should generally be allowed. Do we live in a free country?
Must our government approve any risk that we take? Iowas state motto
is: Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain. We need
to live up to our motto. Urbandale libertarian
Senate Bans Minor's Access to E-Cigarettes
KCRG - April 29, 2014
House File 2109 would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors as well
as the ... the ban to include the sale of fruit-flavored, nicotine-free
e-cigarettes to children.
bans minors' access to e-cigarettes
Quad City Times - April 29, 2014
DES MOINES The Iowa Senate voted 37-12 Monday to ban the sale of electronic
cigarettes and alternative nicotine products to minors in Iowa. House
in the Iowa Legislature: April 28, 2014
DesMoinesRegister.com - April 28, 2014
On the floor, the Senate has five bills scheduled for debate, including
the bill regulating electronic cigarettes that the House passed way
back in February and ...
Rock leaders show off Sioux City casino construction
Sioux City Journal - April 27, 2014
The elevated floor serves two purposes. The most important, from a customer
standpoint: The below-ground space is needed for a state-of-the-art
ventilation system that will constantly circulate fresh air on the casino
floor, where smoking will be allowed. "It gets the smoke up and
out of the building," Warner said.
Mason City Globe Gazette - April 26, 2014
CEDAR RAPIDS SMOKE-FREE CASINO OUT OF ORDER: Sen. Wally Horn, D-Cedar
Rapids, made a last-ditch effort before the Legislature adjourns to
keep alive the option of bringing a gambling casino to Cedar Rapids.
In lieu of the state Racing and Gaming Commissions decision to reject
Cedar Rapids casino license application earlier this month, Horn offered
an amendment on the Senate floor on Friday to reopen the application
until Aug. 1 for a casino in an Iowa City with a population of more
than 50,000 that would agree to operate its facility as a smoke-free
operation. Before the amendment could come to a vote, Sen. Jeff Danielson,
D-Cedar Falls, challenged whether the issue was germane to a bill dealing
with greyhound racing. Senate President Pam Jochum, D-Dubuque, ruled
the bill had nothing to do with expanding the number of state-licensed
casinos in Iowa in ruling Horns amendment ineligible for consideration.
Senators then approved the dog-racing bill by a 46-2 margin.
support ban on tobacco ads at Events Center
Mason City Globe Gazette - April 22, 2014
MASON CITY | Cerro Gordo County supervisors gave support Tuesday to
a county Board of Health initiative to prohibit advertising of tobacco
and nicotine ...
Update: State Sen. Jack Whitver
DesMoinesRegister.com - April 21, 2014
As you may have noticed, the presence of electronic cigarettes has increased
in the state. As you walk into convenience stores around the state,
many of them ...
Parks Soon Could Be Smoke Free
95-9 KCHA - April 17, 2014
Charles City, IA A tobacco free policy has been written and revised
by the Charles City Park Board and is now awaiting a final review that
will take place at the ...
smoking in apartment complexes (Editor's Inbox)
Mason City Globe Gazette - April 9, 2014
The state, city and county need more no-smoking laws. You can't smoke
now in restaurants, public places, stores, malls ... but we need to
go one step further: We need to go no-smoking in apartment complexes.
There's talk of this, I'm told, but action needs to be taken. Some new
complexes are now no-smoking.
County Board of Supervisors presents ordinance to limit e ...
Iowa State Daily - April 4, 2014
New York City has now banned e-cigarettes from being used in public
... this is why most people that try smoking usually end up becoming
Center administration changes Employee Handbook
Akron Hometowner [April 4, 2014?]
The trustees have also been working to enforce the No Smoking policy
as the ... However, smoking is also banned in that location as all municipal
properties are ...
2 Cents' Worth: Friday, April 4, 2014
DesMoinesRegister.com - April 4, 2014
All red-light and speed cameras would be banned. The open burning ban
... The smoking ban would be lifted in all drinking establishments.
Bars would be ...
PLAN: Story City Considers Ordinance For Minors
whotv.com - April 3, 2014
Supervisors want to pass an ordinance making it illegal to buy e-cigs
or nicotine cartridges if you are under 18. Currently there is no state
law prohibiting the sale ...
vaping lounge smoking up in Iowa City
kwwl.com - April 1, 2014
A lot of people are trying to quit smoking and many turn to electronic
cigarettes to help kick the habit. With the e-cigarette industry lighting
up, it's safe to say the ...
smoke: Popular Iowa City smoking cafe closing
The Gazette - March 31, 2014
One of the last hangouts for smokers in Eastern Iowa Tobacco Bowl in
Iowa City is closing after more than two decades in business. The popular
tobacco cafe on Iowa Citys pedestrian mall withstood the 2008 passage
of a statewide smoking ban, tax hikes on nicotine and a public shift
in attitudes about cigarettes. Its sad, but weve had a pretty good run,
especially given what we do, said Luther Moss, Tobacco Bowl manager.
In the end, it was complaints from neighbors that led to the demise
of the Tobacco Bowl, Moss said. Business is fine, he said. We continue
to make money. We havent had that problem exactly, but weve had a number
of complaints about smoke. We are in an old building. It leaks. We came
to an agreement with the landlords and will start something new.
Retailers Encourage Age-Restricted Sales for E-Cigarettes
NACS Online - March 31, 2014
Dawn Carlson, president the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores
of Iowa, which represents more than 2,000 business locations in Iowa,
encouraged the state legislature to do the right thing and pass a bill
that would restrict the sale of e-cigarettes and vapor products to those
age 18 and older.
city follow county on electronic cigarette restrictions?
Clinton Herald - March 29, 2014
CLINTON Since July 1, 2008, smoking has been prohibited inside most
facilities in the state of Iowa, but one thing that is not addressed
in that Smokefree Air ...
hand on the table
The Gazette - March 29, 2014
As for another related health problem, we still hope state legislators
will some day snuff casinos exemption from the states smoke-free law
that other businesses and workplaces must observe.
View: Do the right thing: Restrict sales of e-cigarettes
DesMoinesRegister.com - March 27, 2014
The law is often slow to keep up with technology, and that appears to
be the case with electronic cigarettes. In the absence of federal regulation,
26 state ...
for tobacco-free parks
KIMT - March 25, 2014
CHARLES CITY, Iowa - There is a new push to make parks around one north
Iowa town a little bit healthier. The Charles City Park and Recreation
Board, along with FOCUS, a Floyd County substance abuse prevention program,
are working together to eliminate tobacco use at public parks throughout
the city. ...
County supervisors discuss use of e-cigarettes
The Gazette - March 25, 2014
The Johnson County board of supervisors are taking part in the discussion
of e-cigarettes, but are focusing on the terminology of what to call
the fast-rising products, rather than discussing the health aspects.
announces campaign for Board of Supervisors
Clinton Herald - March 22, 2014
E-cigarettes banned from county buildings CLINTON -- It is official
-- the use of electronic cigarettes will no longer be permitted inside
Clinton County buildings.
it generous and non-smoking
The Gazette - March 22, 2014
Cedar Crossing should be the states first and only non-smoking gambling
establishment. Cedar Rapids is, after all, a Blue Zone city seeking
Quad City Times - March 21, 2014
Quad-Citians are invited to sign the Tobacco Free Quad-Cities' Tobacco-Free
Parks petition, drafted to promote children's health through the limitation
banned from county buildings
Clinton Herald - March 21, 2014
CLINTON It is official the use of electronic cigarettes
will no longer be permitted inside Clinton County buildings. A vote
on Monday unanimously passed ...
City cleanup raises anti-tobacco awareness
Sioux City Journal - March 18, 2014
The National Kick Butts Day is used to help prevent kids from smoking,
help smokers quit and to show support of policies needed to breathe
Lawmakers Look To Regulate E-cigarettes
KWQC 6 - March 17, 2014
Buying e-cigarettes could soon be a thing of the past for Iowa teens
if some lawmakers get their way. A measure is moving through the Iowa
legislature that ...
not allowed at MHS
Marshalltown Times Republican - March 14, 2014
"Typically for smoking, there would be a citation for underage
possession of ... A Senate committee passed a bill Wednesday to completely
ban the sale to minors. ... D-State Center, said he agrees and thinks
e-cigarettes should be banned for ...
Will Hold Open Football Practice in West Des Moines
University of Iowa Athletics - March 14, 2014
All WDMCS property, including Valley Stadium, is tobacco-free. There
will not be a post-event autograph session. Iowa will begin spring drills
on Wednesday, ...
Legislative 'funnel' ends hope for many 2014 bills
Insurance News Net (press release) - March 14, 2014
... banning minors' access to electronic cigarettes, regulating government
and private use of drones, expanding access to broadband especially
in rural areas, ...
Looks To Regulate E-Cigarettes
KWQC 6 - March 13, 2014
The Clinton County Board of Supervisors discussed banning e-cigarettes
and other ... The City of Clinton already has a smoking ban in public
parks during ...
KMAland - March 13, 2014
Senator Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, says the ban would apply
whether ... It simply bans the use of these simulated smoking devices,
also known as .
panel supports e-cigarette ban for minors
WKBT La Crosse - March 13, 2014
E-cigarettes simulate the act of smoking by heating liquid and nicotine
into a ... William Dotzler, D-Waterloo, said implementing a ban is important
to ensure that ...
moves to ban e-cigs in buildings
Clinton Herald - March 12, 2014
CLINTON Clinton County is moving forward to ban the use of electronic
cigarettes and other nicotine delivery systems in county buildings.
County Attorney Mike Wolf brought the idea of a policy to address the
new devices to the Clinton County Board of Supervisors earlier this
year. He presented a resolution Monday to the board to approve the policy.
Chairwoman Jill Davisson advised that this policy will not prevent visitors
from carrying e-cigarettes in the county courthouse or county administration
building. Visitors will be banned from using the items inside the buildings.
marketplace control gaming
Quad City Times - March 7, 2014
The exemption allowing smoking in casinos, but not in other public places,
shows the unnatural and undemocratic government bias towards gambling.
Bill Passes in Iowa House
KCAU - February 25, 2014
Despite some pushback from lawmakers, a ban on the sale of ECigarettes
to ... flavored, nicotine free e cigarettes, claiming the products targeted
children. The bill is supported by tobacco retailers and the Iowa Association
of School Boards....
RESTRICTION: Bill Limits E-Cigarette Sales
whotv.com - February 24, 2014
A bill banning sales of e-cigarettes to minors is making its way to
the Iowa Senate. Lawmakers across the country are looking at whether
the e-cigarettes need ...
answer questions on wide array of topics at forum
Iowa City Press Citizen - February 23, 2014
At a forum Saturday in North Liberty, Iowa legislators spoke on topics
ranging from education funding to a proposed e-cigarette ban to synthetic
legislators take first steps to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands ...
KTIV - February 23, 2014
"I polluted my wife and children's lungs for that long, exposing
them to secondhand smoke, and I don't want to see my grand kids be exposed
to the same ...
Big Tobacco dupes Iowa House
Sioux City Journal - February 19, 2014
The bill I'm talking about creates a whole separate category under state
law for electronic cigarettes. Basically the Iowa House just passed
a bill that says a ...
County Health Officials Want Restrictions On E-Cigs
KCRG - February 19, 2014
The product should not be sold to anyone under the age of 18, and should
not be used indoors, Beardsley said. It should model the smoke free
air act, he said.
Heaton speaks on recent bill banning the sale of e-cigarettes to ...
KTVO - February 15, 2014
..."I felt that adults should have the right to be able to use
e-cigarettes. We have nicorette gum, and we have other aids that have
nicotine in them to help people ...
Legislature Tackling E-Cigarette Debate
KPTM-TV - February 13, 2014
COUNCIL BLUFFS (KPTM) - The debate is back. This time it's the legislature
in Iowa talking about electronic cigarettes. Lawmakers gave up a thumbs
up this ...
who should kids believe, the Legislature or a 'Dog with a Blog?'
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines - February 13,
The bill, House File 2109, prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes
to anyone under age 18. E-cigarettes are devices that heat liquid containing
nicotine, forming ...
Regulating a Changing Smoking Culture
Iowa Public Radio - February 13, 2014
Aliesha Kirby, one of Central Iowa Electronic Cigarettes' store managers,
said they've never sold their products to minors and many of their customers
Cause Controversy in Iowa Legislature
KCAU - February 12, 2014
Because e-cigarettes are vapor and don't emit second hand smoke, companies
that make them argue they're a healthier alternative to regular cigarettes,
approves ban on sale of e-cigarettes to minors
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier - February 12, 2014
DES MOINES - Although some representatives quibbled with the definition
and whether a ban on "Electronic Smoking Devices went far enough,
the Iowa House voted 76-22 Tuesday to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes
e-cigarette legislation (Editor's Inbox)
Mason City Globe Gazette - February 12, 2014
A key question any voter should ask when considering proposed legislation
is who does this bill benefit? In the case of Iowa's e-cigarette bill
the answer is the tobacco industry. Sure, on the surface the legislation
seems to work against Big Tobacco. It supposedly just prevents minors
from buying e-cigarettes. But look closer and you'll learn tobacco companies
are snapping up e-cigarette makers in bulk. They're selling e-cigarettes
like they used to sell traditional cigarettes with TV commercials, celebrity
endorsements and fun fruity flavors. They're also introducing legislation
nearly identical to the Iowa bill in states across the country. Do you
think it's because they're suddenly concerned with public health? I
seriously doubt it
backs banning e-cigarettes for minors
Dubuque Telegraph Herald - February 12, 2014
Currently, there are no restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes in
Iowa. ... not change the rules governing tobacco products and argued
that once an e-cigarette lacks ... barring sales to minors, they also
want e-cigarettes to be classed as tobacco ...
should wait for feds on e-cigarettes
Muscatine Journal - February 12, 2014
Just about everyone (if not absolutely everyone) agrees that ingesting
nicotine through the vapor provided by e-cigarettes is a significantly
healthier (at least, ...
urges US pharmacy chains to follow CVS lead on tobacco sales
DesMoinesRegister.com - February 11, 2014
This could be the beginning of the end of cigarette sales in big chain
drug stores, some Iowa health advocates believe. Now that CVS Caremark
is pulling tobacco products from the shelves of its 7,600 U.S. stores,
including 18 in Iowa, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa is leading a charge
for other national pharmacy chains to follow suit.
editorials published in Iowa newspapers
News & Observer - February 10, 2014
Nor would e-cigarettes be included in the restrictions outlined in the
Smoke-Free Air Act, which prohibits smoking (but not necessarily vaping)
in most public, ...
fine print in e-cigarette legislation
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines - February 9,
The state legislatures rush to pass an e-cigarette bill should give
Iowa voters pause. Why? Well, because the bill isnt what it seems. The
way the bill is written, it doesnt just prohibit minors from buying
e-cigarettes something everyone agrees is a good idea but does so in
a way that creates numerous loopholes and exemptions in our states tobacco
laws, specifically for e-cigarettes.
View: State should wait till feds weigh in on e-cigarettes
Iowa City Press Citizen - February 8, 2014
When it comes to the controversial question of how the state of Iowa
should regulate e-cigarettes, there already are a few key points of
common ground: Just about everyone (if not absolutely everyone) agrees
that ingesting nicotine through the vapor provided by e-cigarettes is
a significantly healthier (at least, less-dangerous) activity than ingesting
nicotine through the combination of tobacco smoke, chemicals and carcinogens
found in cigarettes.
can cloud teen's judgments
Muscatine Journal - February 7, 2014
MUSCATINE, Iowa While electronic cigarettes and other flavored
vapor products are on Iowa lawmakers' minds right now, they don't seem
to be clouding too ...
offers alternative to cigarettes
Clinton Herald - February 6, 2014
CLINTON Having a quick cigarette break has taken on a whole new
meaning in ... woman is doing her part to join the growing trend of
focus on e-cigarettes
UI The Daily Iowan - February 6, 2014
No, these aren't flavors of candy but rather those produced by electronic
cigarette or e-cigarette companies, in attempts to appeal
to prospective consumers ...
Congregational United Church of Christ receives Blue Zones certification
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier - February 5, 2014
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 608 W. 4th Street, has
completed their Blue Zones certification. The committee is working toward
adding a bike rack to encourage alternative transportation, making the
facility a smoke-free campus and promoting volunteer opportunities throughout
the Cedar Valley and beyond.
Democrats fail in attempt to legally define e-cigarettes as tobacco
Watchdog.org - February 5, 2014
Things got testy in the commerce committee as members of the Iowa House
of Representatives discussed an amendment to a bill regulating e-cigarettes.
The amendment, introduced by Rep. Chris Hall, D-Sioux City, would have
defined e-cigarettes as tobacco products, even though the devices contain
lawmakers take another stab at e-cigarette bill
Sioux City Journal - February 4, 2014
DES MOINES | Critics who say a bill banning the sale of e-cigarettes
to minors doesn't go far enough said they'll take another stab at the
measure as it moves to ...
to ban e-cigarette sales to minors advances in Iowa Legislature
The Gazette - February 4, 2014
Legislation banning the sale of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes
to minors as approved 22-1 by an Iowa House committee 22-1 Monday, but
faces an uncertain future despite what its sponsor called its relatively
Iowa State Daily - February 3, 2014
E-cigarettes, often seen as an alternative to smoking regular cigarettes,
might soon see a ban on sales to minors. A proposed local ordinance
and state legislation could also mean tighter restrictions on such products.
health groups: Don't ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors
Watchdog.org - January 30, 2014
ROLES REVERSED: Subcommittee hearings on bills regulating e-cigarettes
saw a reversal of traditional roles as retailers embraced the bill and
health groups ...
legislative panels OK measures banning sale of e-cigarettes to ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - January 29, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa Lawmakers in the Iowa House and Senate granted preliminary
approval Tuesday to bills that would prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes
Iowa Be Next To Ban Use of E-cigarettes in Public Places?
Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog (blog) - January 29, 2014
Iowas Attorney General wants his state to ban the use of E-cigarettes
wherever cigarette smoking is a banned. In a guest column on the op-ed
page of todays Des Moines Register, I explain why doing so would be
a terrible idea.
View: Iowa should tread carefully on e-cigarette rules
These don't have burning tobacco's health risks
Des Moines Register January 29, 2014
Attorney General Tom Miller would like the Iowa Legislature to change
the states Smokefree Air Act to include the use of e-cigarettes. This
would be a huge mistake.
Tobacco Control 2014
Blog for Iowa (blog) - January 29, 2014
When I was in the military, I bought my first and only packs of cigarettes.
I tried a few puffs, and never had another. Tobacco control is a complicated
issue that affects much of society, and has little to do with one persons
choices about tobacco use. It is one where tobacco control advocates
need to stick together.
over bill to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors
Radio Iowa - January 28, 2014
A bill to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors has begun
making its way through the Iowa legislature. However, public health
advocates warn the bill is written so that e-cigarettes may not be subject
to state tobacco taxes and smoking an e-cigarette in a public place
may not violate the Iowa Smoke-Free Air Act.
e-cigarettes for minors isn't enough for Iowa health advocates
Quad City Times - January 28, 2014
DES MOINES Iowa lawmakers are attempting to keep pace with the growing
presence of electronic cigarettes with several bills banning minors
from using the ...
should increase cigarette tax, spend more on anti-smoking ...
DesMoinesRegister.com (blog) - January 22, 2014
Iowa is making progress in combating smoking, but it could do much better,
the American Lung Association says...
Clinton Herald - January 22, 2014
CLINTON Public officials are evaluating how the use of electronic
cigarettes affect tobacco and smoking policies. Less than a week after
the city of Chicago ...
unsure on e-cigarette taxation, but would not allow them in ...
DesMoinesRegister.com (blog) - January 8, 2014
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad offered no opinion on whether electronic cigarettes
now rising in popularity should be taxed the same as traditional smokeable
e-cigarette retailer enforces law state does not
WQAD.com - December 17, 2013
In Iowa and Illinois, persons under the age of 18 can legally purchase
e-cigarettes. But one Muscatine, Iowa retailer is enforcing her own
laws that the state does ...
Statehouse drive to protect us from the vapors
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines - November 14,
Last week, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller urged the Legislature to
ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, tax them like regular cigarettes
and add them to ...
revises smoke-free policy
Le Mars Daily Sentinel - November 13, 2013
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Community School District Board of Education
has approved a revision to its policy on a smoke-free/tobacco-free environment.
'absolutely interested' in regulating e-cigarette
Mason City Globe Gazette - November 13, 2013
2013-11-13T08:00:00Z Branstad 'absolutely interested' in regulating
e-cigaretteBy JAMES Q. LYNCH For The Globe Gazette Mason City Globe
OPINION: It's time for e-cigarette discussion in Iowa
Sioux City Journal - November 12, 2013
Attorney General Tom Miller makes a good point about the need for the
Iowa Legislature to talk about the use of electronic cigarettes in the
state, particularly by ...
Iowa tobacco tax revenue declines
Dubuque Telegraph Herald - November 12, 2013
DES MOINES -- Health officials think a drop in Iowa's tobacco tax revenue
is linked to a state smoking ban and a federal tax increase on cigarettes,
according to a state report. The state Department of Public Health said
Iowa is on track to collect nearly $227 million in cigarette and tobacco
taxes for the 2014 fiscal year. That's a 9 percent drop over a six-year
period, The Des Moines Register reported.
Not in Iowa - AG urges banning sales to minors
Muscatine Journal - November 6, 2013
During a Monday news conference, Miller also called for adding e-cigarettes
to products covered by the state's Smoke-free Air Act and to tax them
higher than ...
AG wants restrictions on sale of e-cigarettes
WBBJ-TV - November 5, 2013
Iowa lawmakers should ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors
and address how the product is taxed, Attorney General Tom Miller said
wants to ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors
DesMoinesRegister.com - November 4, 2013
... Monday he wants the Legislature to ban electronic cigarette sales
to minors. ... Minnesota changed its definition of tobacco products
to include e-cigarettes, ...
casino should be smoke-free
The Gazette - November 4, 2013
The new Cedar Rapids casino is missing a big chance to be unique and
different. Have it all smoke-free. When we lived near Council Bluffs,
we had chances to go to three casinos there for shows and food, not
gambling so much. They all have smoke-free areas. Sorry to say that
doesnt work. The smoking smells are everywhere inside. When you leave,
you and your clothes stink.
Special Report: E-Cigarettes in Iowa
WOI - November 1, 2013
In the early 2000's, the Chinese invented the ecigarette. ... Big tobacco
has injected the market with millions of dollars in advertising for
their cheaper and more ...
Extra: Hear from Iowa's Attorney General About E-Cigs
WOI - October 31, 2013
Iowa's Attorney General Tom Miller talks about the unregulated industry
of e-cigarettes in Iowa.
of electronic cigarettes stuck in a haze
Northern Iowan - October 23, 2013
Electronic cigarettes, often referred to as e-cigs, are plastic or metal
devices are commonly resemble cigarettes. They do not contain chemicals
and additives that ...
No rush to regulate e-cigarettes
Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette - October 18, 2013
The Iowa Department of Public Health has yet to take a position. Any
final decision about regulation of e-cigarettes needs their input and
more quality research.
future for e-cigarettes in Iowa
Sioux City (IA) Journal - October 18, 2013
E-cigarettes exist in a legal limbo of sorts, where government is trying
to play catch up to private enterprise. Theres no current
Iowa Department of Public Health position, said Jerilyn Oshel,
interim director of the department's Division of Tobacco
Mason talks government shutdown, UI apartments, and E ...
UI The Daily Iowan - October 16, 2013
Q&A: Mason talks government shutdown, UI apartments, and E-Cigarettes
.... DI: Last week, the UI Faculty Council debated where electronic
cigarettes fit into the ...
of I takes a look at e-cigarettes
DesMoinesRegister.com - October 10, 2013
The rising use of electronic cigarettes is sparking a conversation about
the ... year, and that about one in five adult smokers had used electronic
school looks to broaden smoking ban to include e-cigarettes
WQAD.com - October 9, 2013
The University of Iowa may be broadening its campus-wide smoking ban
to include electronic cigarettes. Administrators met on Tuesday, October
8, 2013 to ...
debate is smoking over lack of regulations
kwwl.com - October 9, 2013
E-cigs don't produce smoke, just vapor, so they aren't covered under
Iowa's Smoke Free Air Act, put in place in 2008. Now many public spots
which ban smoking ...
of Iowa Considers Electronic Cigarette Ban
WOWT - October 9, 2013
Faculty and administrators at the University of Iowa are discussing
whether to ban electronic cigarettes on the campus. Members of the university's
officials discuss ongoing e-cigarette debate
UI The Daily Iowan - October 9, 2013
While an escalating trend of nicotine vaporizers has encompassed the
area, the University of Iowas smoke-free campus policy makes no mention
should be snuffed out
Mason City Globe Gazette - October 8, 2013
We are opposed to e-cigarette use in public. No, some dont have dangerous
nicotine and that foul odor or the cancer threat of second-hand smoke
or make your clothes smell bad -- you know, all the cool things about
smoking cigarettes. But they do look a lot like real cigarettes, and
we think that seeing their use in public could lead to the perception
that cigarettes themselves arent harmful to users. We're especially
concerned about the impact on young people.
is close, non-smoking casino
The Gazette - September 21, 2013
If a person wants an enjoyable time at a non-smoking casino, Jumers
Casino in Rock Island, Ill., is a short distance down Interstate 80.
It has no smoking, an affordable buffet that runs all day and daily
drawings for some sort of prizes. The drive is worth it.
ban for all is fairer, healthier
The Gazette - September 17, 2013
When unveiling the latest plans for Cedar Crossing Casino, investors
were quick to emphasize its uniqueness. Yet as different and striking
as the proposed urban concept appears to be, its disappointingly similar
to Iowas existing casinos in at least one aspect. Even though smoking
is allowed on casino floors statewide, we had hoped investors would
change their mind for the Cedar Rapids facility. Cedar Crossings recently
filed license application to the Racing and Gaming Commission shows
they havent. Smoking will be restricted to areas where there is proper
ventilation and fire suppression equipment, the application states.
In accordance with the Iowa Smoke-free Act, and Iowa Department of Health,
fire rules and regulations will be strictly adhered to in non-smoking
areas. We still hope theres wriggle-room in the Cedar Rapids plan. Meanwhile,
the biggest hurdle remains: the state law. It's well past time for legislators
to finally close the loophole and ban smoking in all state-licensed
a non-smoking area in casino
The Gazette - September 16, 2013
I have supported efforts to date through editorials because I feel it
will add to the excitement and growth readily visible in our community.
Now I read that smoking ...
needs to step up anti-smoking efforts
The Gazette - September 12, 2013
The most recent Coe College alumni magazine contained three disturbing
photos of our immediate past president publicly smoking cigars. It is
troubling to learn that Coe has been tacitly endorsing the deadly addiction
of tobacco, and especially at a Presbyterian school
duty to remedy casino exemption
The Gazette - September 12, 2013
I will sign it! Gov. Terry Branstads assurance at a town meeting if
the Legislature brings the directive, No smoking in our state-regulated
casinos, to his desk. However, it was then I interjected my major concerns
with the health issue. I told the governor if Iowa is to receive accolades
for being the healthiest state, we cannot be hypocritical and still
allow smoking to exist in our casinos. According to the Des Moines Register,
there are approximately 9,331 employees working in our state-regulated
18 casinos. If the Racing and Gaming Commission grants a license for
the proposed Cedar Rapids casino, it is estimated this will employ an
additional 350 full-time workers.
says Iowa fails in several areas for fighting cancer
Radio Iowa - August 15, 2013
The areas where Iowa did well on the report include: cancer pain control,
access to Medicaid coverage and the statewide law banning smoking in
most public places, though Iowa lost ground there, too, for still allowing
smoking on casino floors.
mulls tobacco-free parks
Cedar Valley Daily Times - August 15, 2013
At least three Iowa towns banned tobacco use in city-owned parks, complexes
and trails in 2013.
Board approves Parker's Woods playground contract
Mason City Globe Gazette - August 14, 2013
Also, the Board approved a plan that restrict smoking to an area west
of the access road at Frederick Hanford Park. The new policy will go
into effect next week, ...
smoke-free law to casino workers
Quad City Times - August 2, 2013
While the Smoke Free Air Act bans smoking from most Iowa workplaces
and restaurants, casinos are still at risk. This leaves the workers
to choose to put ...
Fort Dodge Messenger - July 16, 2013
CHURDAN - A casino would create about 250 new jobs in Greene County
... Rose Entertainment of West Des Moines, which has casinos in Emmetsburg
and Clinton. ... Timmons said smoking would be permitted on the gaming
floor, but there ...
tells council he's 'planning big' for Davenport
Quad City Times - July 11, 2013
Casino developer Dan Kehl told Davenport aldermen he is seeking a co-developer
for a potential retail project to go alongside a land-based casino,
creating a regional destination. The presentation received a generally
warm response, but with some questions from aldermen. The questions
ranged from having a smoking or non-smoking casino, competition with
the Adler Theatre, and employment.
others are saying: Make casinos smoke-free
DesMoinesRegister.com - July 10, 2013
Back then, Iowa had just adopted the Smokefree Air Act, banning smoking
in most ... wisdom, decided back in 2008 to exempt casinos from the
City Trying to Smoke Out Cigarette Butt Problem
KCRG - July 9, 2013
They say the University of Iowa's campus smoking ban has pushed smokers
to specific places downtown and those areas are getting choked with
opinion: Make casinos smoke-free just like the rest of Iowa
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier - July 8, 2013
Our Opinion: Make casinos smoke-free just like the rest of Iowa. Print
Email. ... From the outset, there never has been a lick of fairness
in the casino ban. ...
see positives from the Smoke Free Air Act ($$)
Dubuque Telegraph Herald - July 8, 2013
Iowa hospitals have seen 9,800 fewer tobacco-related admissions since
2008. Health officials say that information from the American Heart
Association is one of the signs the state's residents are healthier
in the five years since the Smoke Free Air Act has been in effect.
NOW SMOKE-FREE FOR FIVE YEARS
Quad-City (IA) Times - July 5, 2013
Iowa's Smoke-Free Air Act reached its fifth anniversary this week, and
health advocates are saluting the law that protects people from the
cancer-causing chemicals known to exist in secondhand smoke.
law still needs one fix
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines - July 4, 2013
This week marked the fifth anniversary of Iowa's hard-won Clean Indoor
Air Act, which banned smoking in bars and restaurants. And while the
law may still have ...
Ottumwacourier - July 4, 2013
Then those lawmakers passed an exception for the state's own casinos
because they feared prohibiting smoking could cause revenue to drop
by about a third, ...
not so bad after all
The Gazette - July 2, 2013
Can you believe it's been five years since the smoking ban took effect?
We lost some individual freedom that day, huh? Sure. We lost the freedom
to stink up the ...
Haglund: No smoking allowed (Except in rare instances)
Ames Tribune - July 1, 2013
And, yet, smoking is still allowed in casinos throughout the state.
Nobody has had the guts put a stop it. Walk into a casino and a wave
of smoke hits you; the ...
5 years, mixed emotions over smoking ban
kwwl.com - July 1, 2013
"Can't smoke anywhere anymore except outside, which I'm trying
to quit anyways," he said. Kirkpatrick says the smoking ban doesn't
keep him away, but he ...
business owners still hate smoking ban
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier - July 1, 2013
"I've been a smoker for a lot of years," says John Kinter,
owner of The Hangout in Riceville. "I also work really hard. I
spent a lot of years in this business with my ...
Five years smoke-free
UI The Daily Iowan - July 1, 2013
Ben Mummey has witnessed a lot of changes to downtown Iowa City since
beginning his bartending career in 1997. He remembers the once-ubiquitous
hazy environments in area taverns, especially on the night before the
Iowa Smokefree Air Act went into effect, five years ago today. Everybody
sat in here smoking, he said about June 30, 2008, working at the Deadwood
Tavern, 6 S. Dubuque St. I bet everybody in here that night smoked a
pack. I mean, it was so thick in here. The next day, smoking was banned
in almost all of Iowas public places and enclosed areas in places of
employment, as well as some outdoor areas.
foes to toast 5th anniversary of state smoking ban
DesMoinesRegister.com - July 1, 2013
The activists continue to call for cigarettes to be snuffed out in Iowa's
casinos, ... we hope to close the casino loophole so that all Iowans
can live healthier lives..
Iowa's smoke - free air law marks five - year anniversary
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines - June 30, 2013
DES MOINES The every-day effects of state action in 2008 to curtail
smoking in public places hit home for key proponent Sen. Janet Petersen
when her kindergarten-aged child did not know what an ash tray was.
It took eight years to get that bill passed, said Petersen, who was
a state representative then. Probably out of all the legislation Ive
worked on, thats one that Im most proud of because I think its changed
peoples every-day lives.
smoke-free air law marks anniversary
Muscatine Journal - June 30, 2013
DES MOINES The everyday effects of state action in 2008 to curtail smoking
in public places hit home for key proponent Sen. Janet Petersen when
her kindergarten-aged child did not know what an ash tray was.
there such a thing as a safe cigarette?
Fort Madison (IA) Daily Democrat - June 27, 2013
... to think that taking out the harmful parts of smoking a cigarette
would make it safer. Lee County Health Department Prevention and Wellness
Coordinator Emily Carrick couldnt confirm that was the case
but at this point, the medical field ...
go the lights: Tobacco banned at some events
Clinton Herald - June 27, 2013
CLINTON Smokers will have to ditch their cigarettes at youth
events after the Clinton City Council approved a smoking ban at youth-structured
activities and ...
Council Votes For Smoking Ban
KWQC 6 - June 26, 2013
Smokers in Clinton, Iowa will soon have fewer places to light up after
the city council voted four to two in favor of a smoking ban at city-sponsored
youth sporting events in its public parks.
Ban one step closer in Clinton Parks
cbs4qc.com - June 12, 2013
Update: Smoking is already banned in bars and restaurants. ... city
council will be voting on phase one, which bans smoking near "structured
youth activities", ... Not a certain group of people banning it,"
said mother of three, Melissa Hopkins.
Council Advances Proposed Smoking Ban
KWQC 6 - June 12, 2013
The anti smoking group in Clinton would pay for new no smoking signs
if the ban is approved. Smoking is already banned in restaurants, bars,
and other public ...
considers expanding smoking restrictions
kwwl.com - June 10, 2013
The state of Iowa already prohibits smoking in bars, restaurants and
other public places, but now one Iowa city is considering additional
restrictions. Clinton city leaders are looking to ban smoking in city
parks while youth sports and other events are going on. That ban would
include city-owned soccer and baseball fields and other outdoor sports
Friday is World No Tobacco Day
Ames Tribune - May 30, 2013
Since 1987, May 31 has been dedicated to the celebration of World No
Tobacco Day. This special day was started by the World Health Organization
(WHO) to draw attention to the impact that tobacco has on todays worldwide
population. Each year, approximately 6 million people, of which more
than than 600,000 are non-smokers, die from exposure to secondhand smoke,
according to WHO. It also reports global tobacco use has become the
leading cause of preventable death and causes the death of one in 10
Rapids turns attention to restrictions on alcohol, tobacco shops
Gazette - May 23, 2013
May 23, 2013 (The Gazette - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via
COMTEX) -- The City Council is going to study if it wants to place tighter
regulations on alcohol and tobacco stores that might require them to
locate farther from places like day care centers and from other shops
that sell alcohol and tobacco. Thomas Smith, a planner in the city's
Community Development Department, told the council's Development Committee
on Wednesday that the cities of Davenport, Des Moines and Waterloo had
more stringent regulations for alcohol and tobacco sales than Cedar
Rapids while Iowa City, Ames, Council Bluffs and Sioux City did not.
To Talk HUD Smoking Ban
KWQC 6 - May 9, 2013
The Muscatine city council will review a plan to ban smoking from public
housing. The Department of Housing and Urban Development or "HUD"
is recommending all of it's facilities go smoke free. Muscatine is looking
to follow its advice, specifically the city is looking at making Clark
House and Sunset Park smoke free. The apartment complexes house low
income, elderly and disabled. Currently, people can smoke in their apartments
launches website on smoke-free environments
WKBT La Crosse - April 26, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials have launched a website
that highlights the benefits of living in smoke-free environments.
The state Department of Public Heath says the website provides education
and awareness to people who live within multi-unit housing like apartments.
The website features sections for tenants, property owners and managers
of multi-unit housing. It provides steps on how to make a home smoke-free.
out: Some residents unhappy about owners reversing smoking ban in apartments
Iowa City Press Citizen April 4, 2013
When Bob Lane moved into his apartment at Coralvilles Coral Village
complex three years ago, he said he made sure he was moving into a smoke-free
However, after a recent change in ownership of the
building at 1799 Fifth St., Lane said he is no longer safe from secondhand
smoke in his own home.
Soon after, tenants say they were informed
that the buildings no smoking policy was being lifted in residents
apartments. Common areas such as hallways remain no-smoking.
Partners helps Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy go smoke-free
SW Iowa News - March 8, 2013
Southwest Iowa Renewable Energys Council Bluffs ethanol plant
is now smoke-free.
The plant went smoke-free on March 1, with the help of Community Partners
in Tobacco Control.
issues don't make cut in Legislature
DesMoinesRegister.com - March 8, 2013
Here are 10 bills several each from the Iowa Senate and
House that appear dead for the 2013 legislative session.
Casino smoking ban (Senate Study Bill 1107)
The bill aimed to prohibit smoking in the states 18 commercial
casinos by removing an exemption to Iowas Smokefree Air Act that
currently allows the practice. Smoking is generally banned in enclosed
public places, including bars and restaurants, and places of employment
under the 2008 law. But the states gambling industry has strongly
opposed extending the ban to their facilities, arguing it would hurt
profits, force at least 1,500 layoffs and cost the state $60 million
to $80 million in lost tax revenue. The measure stalled in a Senate
Linn County bid for new casino not a good bet, ex-dealers ...
Indianapolis Star - March 8, 2013
RIVERSIDE, IA. The two most disappointed residents here this week
might be a pair of former blackjack dealers who dont know each
other, yet share the view that Iowa is saturated with casinos, so lets
not rush to build more.
Strabala alone represents a well-rounded
view of most issues in the casino debate. He reached out after I wrote
last week about how casinos should go smoke-free. He quit cigarettes
precisely 30 years ago and went on to lead the same smoking-cessation
program he had used.
casino companies make case for customers to light up
kwwl.com - March 6, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) - Iowa casino heads say a smoking ban in their
establishments will hurt their bottom line. That's the message they
gave to lawmakers at their annual visit to the state capitol building,
called gaming day. It's an opportunity for the managers and operators
of Iowa's casino's to meet one-on-one with lawmakers. "Maintain
a good strong rapport," said Wes Ehrecke, CEO of the Iowa Gaming
Association. Wes Ehrecke is the man behind "gaming day." He
says one of his biggest goals is to get lawmakers to understand just
how important gambling is to the state.
The Gazette - March 1, 2013
There are four ways casinos could be made healthier and less predatory:
no credit/cash machines in the casino, have loss limits, no smoking,
and require casino ...
Casinos' refusal to go smoke-free puzzling
DesMoinesRegister.com - February 24, 2013
Heres what befuddles me most: None of these casinos, neither
the hopefuls nor the existing facilities, has gone smoke-free to gain
a competitive edge. Instead, the Iowa gaming industry continues to howl
just the opposite, that kicking cigarettes would cost the state as much
as $80 million in lost tax revenue and some 1,500 jobs. I dont
get it. How does that pass a common-sense test nearly five years after
smoking was banned in Iowas bars and restaurants? There are hundreds
of smoke-free casinos nationwide. When it comes to a lucrative customer
base, havent we seen decades of socioeconomic data that show greater
concentration of wealth among nonsmokers compared with the fewer and
fewer of those who light up? Which way do you think the smoking trend
is going? If the casinos wised up, wed be on the verge of an avalanche
of stench-free slots without any need for legislation. Even sheer greed
at this point should recommend going smoke-free.
County Board of Health endorses a casino smoking ban
Quad City Times - February 23, 2013
Scott County Board of Health members have issued two unrelated calls
for action, one that smoking be prohibited in any new casino built in
Davenport and another to continue Iowas prohibition on the sale
of raw milk.
Quad City Times - February 22, 2013
NO SMOKING, NOWHERE: Iowa City Democrat Rep. Mary Mascher has introduced
legislation to ban smoking in casinos. House File 297 would eliminate
smoking on casino floors is a healthy idea
Mason City Globe Gazette - February 20, 2013
We doubt that such a ban will ever come to fruition but it doesn't hurt
to keep the ... Iowa was on the â€forefront of forward-thinkingâ€
when smoking was banned in ...
make new C.R. casino smoke-free
The Gazette - February 19, 2013
If the (Linn County) casino vote passes, the developers should strongly
consider having it, and all surrounding areas, smokefree. There are
many good reasons.
smoking in Iowa's casinos
Fort Dodge Messenger - February 19, 2013
Iowa is among those states where smoking in bars, restaurants, workplaces
and assorted other venues frequented by the public is forbidden. The
public policy goal of producing healthier communities by banning smoking
in such locations makes sense. What does not make sense, however, is
an exemption for casinos granted in the present law - Iowa's Smokefree
Air Act. This provision has no merit.
the air on casino smoking
Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette - Feb 17, 2013
Some inquiring readers wonder whether a potential Cedar Rapids casino
will or won't allow smoking while gambling. "If Linn County gets
a casino, it won't be for everyone; really it will only be for the smokers,
if my past experiences with the current ...
Considers Smoke Free Public Housing
KWQC 6-Feb 15, 2013
Update: Police say they have recovered a body from the Mississippi River.
No further details are available. Police and emergency crews are on
the shore of the ...
to ban smoking in Iowa casinos stalls
DesMoinesRegister.com-February 13, 2013
Smoking is otherwise generally banned in enclosed public places under
the 2008 law, ... Petersen said in an interview that the issue of banning
casino smoking ...
to ban smoking in casino gaming areas stalls
Muscatine Journal-February 13, 2013
DES MOINES Hopess for anti-tobacco forces to ban smoking at the
gambling ... free and that 500 state-regulated casinos in 20 states
have banned smoking.
for casino smoking ban left smoldering
Sioux City Journal-February 13, 2013
A smoking ban would put the Argosy Sioux City at an unfair disadvantage
with two nearby Native American casinos, Argosy general manager Lance
smoking be banned in casinos?
KCCI Des Moines-February 12, 2013
Jack Hatch, who has supported efforts to expand the ban, says it would
be a ... He says the information provided in 2008 was that a smoking
ban would hurt ...
will consider bill banning casino smoking in Iowa
Quad City Times - February 12, 2013
DES MOINES State senators will discuss legislation that would
ban smoking in Iowa casinos. A Senate subcommittee was scheduled to
discuss the proposal Tuesday. Casinos were exempted from Iowas
Smokefree Air Act when it passed in 2008. Democratic Sen. Jack Hatch,
who has supported efforts to expand the ban, says it would be a public
health benefit. But he questioned whether the bill would have much support
in the Legislature.
13 Update Vote-no poll shows close race
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines - February 12,
Your Iowa Senate is preparing to debate a measure that would ban smoking
in state-licensed casinos. Casino interests have strongly opposed such
move in the ...
lawmakers consider banning smoking in casinos
Sioux City Journal - February 12, 2013
Iowa lawmakers consider banning smoking in casinos. Panel will ... He
says the information provided in 2008 was that a smoking ban would hurt
will create safe haven for smokers
The Gazette - February 5, 2013
Once again we are trying to create the perfect healthy community, while
at the same time holding a vote to create a legalized smoking haven
(casino). Not only is ...
Governor Wants No More Smoking In Casinos: However, No Developments
In Legislature That Could Institute The Change
CardPlayer.com - January 21, 2013
Radio Iowa reported that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is hoping that state
lawmakers eventually send him a proposal to ban smoking in states
casinos. Currently, smoking indoors is prohibited at all other establishments
in the state. I just think in terms of fairness, we have a law
thats designed to protect peoples health having clean indoor
air, Branstad told Radio Iowa. They have an exception.
Oak Council extends tobacco ban
KMA Broadcasting (Shenandoah, IA) - January 8, 2013
The Red Oak City Council met in regular session Monday night and voted
to extend the non-tobacco ban on city owned property to include any
form of tobacco.
would ban smoking at casinos "tomorrow"
Radio Iowa - December 24, 2012
A statewide ban on smoking in public places has been in effect since
2008, with one exception: smoking is still allowed on the gaming floors
of Iowa casinos. Republican Governor Terry Branstad says if legislators
pass a bill to ban smoking at the casinos, he would sign it tomorrow.
The statewide smoking ban was signed into law by Democratic Governor
Chet Culver, but Branstad has been an anti-smoking crusader during his
political career. One of his first acts as governor in 1983 was to remove
all the ashtrays and forbid smoking in the governors office and
the official residence. Branstad says ending smoking on the casino floor
is a public health issue.
Put an end to smoking in casinos ($$)
Dubuque Telegraph Herald - December 19, 2012
Thanks to Kevin DeMoss for his Dec. 12 letter to the editor about smokers
at our casinos. He is right on.
bans = fewer hospital visits
Big News Network.com - December 16, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Hospital admissions for acute heart attacks fall
about 20 percent 36 months after restaurant, bar and workplace smoking
bans, U.S. ...
Clear the air on casinos' smoking policies ($$)
Dubuque Telegraph Herald - December 12, 2012
Dubuque casinos should be ashamed! Why is it that a non-smoker cannot
enter and enjoy a Dubuque casino the way a smoker would, without endangering
their health and leaving smelling like an ashtray? I'll tell you why,
because they put profit above the health of their employees and customers!
Smoking bans prevent illnesses
Iowa City Press Citizen-by Tara Bannow - December 10, 2012
Researchers at the Iowa City VA Health Care System have completed what
they say is the most extensive study yet regarding the positive health
effects of smoking bans. This is the first study were aware
of that has actually looked at smoking bans in each and every county
in the United States, said Mark Vander Weg, also an associate
professor in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. We
were able to find out what the laws were and how that related to hospitalization
for these different diseases.
Years Later Bars and Restaurants See Positives to Smoking Ban
WOI (IA) - November 16, 2012
When the smoking ban went into effect in July 2008, a few businesses
closed while others say the ban actually helped increase customers.
Stephanie Jewett ...
City sale comes up for vote tonight
Quad City Times - October 24, 2012
Aldermen and staff held seven ward meeting and one citywide forum to
answer questions ranging from financing to smoking. The city would buy
the casino ...
Smoking In New Casino?
KWQC 6 - October 23, 2012
Residents have already started voicing their concerns about the City
of Davenport's plan to buy the Rhythm City Casino, from the price tag
to the plans for the new casino. Now they're voicing concerns on whether
to allow smoking in the new casino or not.
"Do the sensible
thing and put a ban on this smoking in casinos," QC Resident Dan
Dugan says. Dugan says he's all for the city's new casino plan, but
is forming ...
among UI students hits lowest rate
Iowa City Press Citizen - September 3, 2012
That's down more than 5 percent from four years ago, when a campus-wide
smoking ban was implemented alongside the state's 2008 Smoke Free Air
Youngstown Vindicator - July 3, 2012
Last summer, Gov. Terry Branstad announced his goal to make Iowa the
healthiest state in the country. A good step in that direction would
be to close the gaping loophole in the states smoking ban, which
marks its fourth anniversary this weekend.
smoking ban not as dire as predicted: Sales up at restaurants, taverns
Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette - Jun 30, 2012
On a quiet, weekday late afternoon, its the same as it ever was
at the Green Gable Inn. Almost.
Annual sales at restaurants and
taverns increased nearly $80 million since the law took effect, to more
than $3.4 billion last year, according to statistics from the Iowa Department
opinion: Healthier Iowa calls for closing smoking loophole ($$)
Dubuque Telegraph Herald - June 29, 2012
Last summer, Gov. Terry Branstad announced his goal to make Iowa the
healthiest state in the country. A good step in that direction would
be to close the gaping loophole in the state's smoking ban, which marks
its fourth anniversary this weekend. When the state banned smoking in
public places in 2008, lawmakers cowed to the casino lobby and allowed
gambling establishments an exemption to the ban. So despite a statewide
ban by which every other business abides, gamblers are allowed to smoke
away in Iowa's casinos. It just doesn't make sense.
Senate approves Internet poker measure; House to consider ...
Newton Daily News - March 14, 2012
Amendments that would have diverted the new revenue to the states
roads and another that would have banned smoking on casino floors did
Iowa casinos participate in nonsmoking event?
UI The Daily Iowan - November 14, 2011
"We are doing a lot of proactive things to accommodate both smokers
and nonsmokers. We think that adults should be able to make adult decisions
in adult ...
casinos won't ban smoking during Smokeout
DesMoinesRegister.com - William Petroski - November 11, 2011
Smokers will still be puffing on cigarettes at Iowa's casinos on Thursday,
when some other Iowans are going smoke-free during the Great American
opponents worry anti-smoking efforts will be curtailed
Eastern Iowa Government (SourceMedia Group), 2011-08-05
Rod Boshart/SourceMedia Group News
Anti-tobacco advocates Friday decried spending cuts to state programs
that are deterring young people from starting to use tobacco products
and Branstad administration efforts to reshape tobacco prevention and
control strategies with some warning of legal action to block
changes that could reverse smoking cessation successes. ...
sounds alarm on public health firing
Says IDPH intention is to end smoking cessation program
Iowa Independent (AINN), 2011-08-01
In a letter to media editors in Iowa, Sen. Herman Quirmbach expressed
discontent with the firing of Bonnie Mapes by Mariannette Miller-Meeks,
and shared concerns about the future of the division with other anti-smoking
lobbying groups. ...
Anti-smoking officials dismissal was illegal
Des Moines (IA) Register blogs, 2011-08-05
Two state senators are accusing Iowas public-health director
of breaking the law when she dismissed the states top anti-smoking
official last month and handed her duties to another administrator.
Cuts to anti-smoking work shortsighted
Des Moines (IA) Register, 2011-08-05
State Sen. Herman Quirmbach, ex-officio member of the Tobacco Use Prevention
and Control Commission, Ames
While Lance Armstrong and other anti-cancer advocates were in Carroll
promoting tobacco cessation and other wellness initiatives, the Branstad
administration was hard at work undercutting their efforts. ...
smoking billboards to be cut
Des Moines (IA) Register, 2011-08-06
Iowans no longer will be confronted with stark anti-smoking billboards
and ads from a state-sponsored youth group, a leading tobacco-control
official said Friday. ...
threaten lawsuit over elimination of tobacco prevention director
IowaPolitics.com , 2011-08-05
Lynn Campbell IowaPolitics.com
Two Democratic state senators allege a department director broke the
law when she eliminated the administrator's job at the Iowa Division
of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control. ...
House rejects adding casinos to smoking ban
BusinessWeek - Mike Glover - May 4, 2011
Janet Petersen, D-Des Moines, sought to include the expansion of the
smoking ban in a larger gambling bill, but the House rejected her effort
with little ...
groups pushing to expand smoking ban
Associated Press (AP), 2011-02-23
Anti-tobacco advocates are stepping up their efforts to expand Iowa's
smoking ban to include casinos, but acknowledged Wednesday that they're
running out of time and facing heavy resistance from influential gambling
Tobacco Prevention Alliance: 79% of Iowa voters agree : Smokefree Air
Act has made Iowa Better
IowaPolitics.com (press release) - February 23, 2011
Des Moines A new poll released today finds 79% of Iowa voters
feel the Smokefree Air Act (SFAA) has made Iowa a better place to live.
largest apartment complex going smoke-free after fire blamed on cigarette
Radio Iowa, 2011-02-09
Iowa's largest apartment complex is going smoke-free following a fire
last month that was blamed on improperly discarded cigarettes.
Keith Denner is president of Professional Property Management
which owns the Sun Prairie Apartments in West Des Moines. He says nine
of the 41 buildings in the complex were declared smoke-free a year-and-a-half
ago. "The fire kind of took us over the hump and we just decided
were going to go 100-percent,"Denner said.
Current tenants will be allowed to continue smoking in their apartments
through July 1. After that date, residents caught lighting up in their
apartments or on their balconies will receive a warning and could be
evicted if the behavior continues. "We are going to provide places
for our tenants to smoke on the property," Denner said. "They
can smoke in their cars or they can smoke in some outdoor areas we are
going to provide." ...
OUT: Two years after the smoking ban Iowans are healthier
WHO-TV - Emily Carlson - February 6, 2011
Fans were banned from lighting up in bars and restaurants on Super
Bowl Sunday, but new research shows that ban is saving lives.
It's been two years since the Smoke Free Air Act went into effect in
Iowa. It prohibits smoking inside all bars and restaurants. The University
of Iowa says in the two years Iowa has been smoke free, Iowans reduced
their risk of heart disease by staggering numbers.
"Hospital admissions related to heart disease is much less, including
stroke after the Smoke Free Air Act," says Dr. Enrico Martin of the
Iowa Heart Center.
Admissions have gone down 24%, according to the University of Iowa.
In just months, heart attack cases are down 8%. Strokes are down 5%.
It's all thanks to the simple action of moving smokers outside. It's
a break fans in the service industry are cheering about ...
receives fewer smoking complaints
Quad City Times - January 5, 2011
The Iowa Department of Public Health is fielding fewer smoking ban
complaints and few are about businesses flouting the law like a Davenport
bar that will serve a liquor license suspension next month.
In fiscal year 2008, the health department received 2,100 valid complaints,
followed by 759 in fiscal year 2009.
This fiscal year, about 400 valid complaints are expected, said Brent
Saron, a community health consultant ...
of smoking exemption could be next issue for casinos
Radio Iowa - Dar Danielson - November 8, 2010
Gambling referendums passed last week in all 17 of the communities
that are currently home to casinos, allowing them to continue operating.
The next big issue facing the gambling establishments could the smoking
exemption, as both candidates for governor said they would sign a ban
into law if it passed the legislature. Iowa Gaming Association president,
Wes Ehrecke, says they dont want to see a smoking ban for casinos
Ehrecke says they hope it doesnt pass and they want to educate
Governor-elect Branstad and newly elected leaders on the fact
that it would be a competitive disadvantage with the tribal nation casinos
that have a sovereign nation status. Ehrecke says banning smoking
would have a negative impact on casino revenues ...
Iowa smoking ban obsolete? Questions on Reynolds, rugby, I-Jobs
Daily Times Herald - November 5, 2010
Has the Iowa smoking ban had its intended effect?
In other words, is the law obsolete? Did it provide the needed cover
two years ago to bars and gathering places frightened to make the smoke-free
Could it be lifted simply based on the fact that many places wouldnt
go back, and those that do would feed a niche market of sorts?
Bar workers and waitresses who dont want to be around smoke (and
these were the people the ban was intended to protect) now have no issues
finding jobs in venues without billows of blue smoke blasting into their
So why is our government where it is not needed? The law served as
a catalyst. Now yank it, State of Iowa, and do something else with your
I put the question or theory to Attorney General Tom Miller on the
campaign trail a few days ago. Do we still need the ban?
I think we still do, he said ...
Council changes smoking ban
UI The Daily Iowan - October 28, 2010
Smoking in prohibited areas has gone from a municipal infraction to
a simple misdemeanor with a $50 fine.
Violations in areas such as the Pedestrian Mall and Farmers Market
are now criminal offenses, the city councilors decided at Tuesdays
According to the agenda, Iowa City police have issued the civil citations
but prefer the change.
Municipal citations require police to carry different forms with them
and require the city to prepay a $85 filing fee. With simple misdemeanors,
the forms are the same as the ones used for PAULAs and traffic tickets
bypass smoking ban
Grand Views (Grand View University), 2010-10-08
"Bartender! Is that guy over there doing what I think?" the
customer asks. "He is," the bartender replies "But it
Electronic cigarettes have allowed smokers to bypass the ban enacted
in July 2008 to halt smoking in public places. Currently, the law only
refers to products that are burned and does not prohibit the sale of
e-cigarettes, even to minors.
Bill Roach, a spokesman for the Iowa attorney's general office, has
stated e-cigarettes were unforeseen when the ban was passed. They do
not violate any rules because they only employ a heating element. .
The American Lung Association has even written to the mall managers
to hopefully evict the business under the principle that it ruins the
family oriented atmosphere.
would ban smoking in casinos if elected
Sioux City (IA) Journal, 2010-09-09
Rod Boshart Lee Des Moines Bureau Sioux City Journal
Gov. Chet Culver said he would support extending Iowa's workplace smoking
ban to include casino floors if he succeeds in winning a second term
by defeating Republican Terry Branstad in the Nov. 2 election.
"I think that's the logical next step," Culver told reporters
in touting progress Iowa has made in combating smoking during his first
term as governor during a discussion of the health-care initiatives
he would like to pursue if given a second, four-year term by Iowa voters.
Culver said the smoke-free workplace law he signed in 2008 is among
the nation's most comprehensive but he said it made "common sense"
to prevent exposure to potential harmful second-hand smoke for all Iowa
workers. "I know that Iowans are also very upset about the exemption
that was carved out for those casinos and a lot of people were wondering
why that was." ...
of tobacco retailers drops by a third
Radio Iowa - Kay Henderson - July 27, 2010
Theres been a dramatic reduction in the number of Iowa businesses
that sell cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products.
Bonnie Mapes is director of the Iowa Department of Public Healths
Tobacco Use Prevention and Control division. She and her staff have
been keeping track of the number of permits issued to Iowa businesses
for the sale of tobacco products.
In 2003 and 2004, we had about 5500 retail permits in the state,
Mapes says. Then we saw with the passage of the tobacco tax a
slight drop and then, with the passage of the Smokefree Air Act, we
really saw a much larger drop. ...
ban won't harm casino business
DesMoinesRegister.com - July 27, 2010
The Iowa Gaming Association (IGA) has long argued that banning smoking
in the casinos would hurt revenues.
Recently, IGA released a report saying that Iowa's 17 state-regulated
casinos reported a loss in gambling revenue due to the economy. During
the same period, the border casino in Rock Island, Ill., where smoking
is not allowed, has seen growth. That supports the smoke-free-air advocates'
position that smoke-free air does not cause a loss of revenue, and may
even have the opposite effect. We know smoke-free casinos would keep
the employees and the customers healthier.
Casino workers are the most exposed to secondhand smoke, and the least
protected. It's time to give Iowa casino workers the same protection
other Iowa workers enjoy. Make casinos smoke free. Everyone has a right
to breathe smoke-free air. ...
City Council to Discuss Downtown Anti-Panhandling Measures
KCRG - Gregg Hennigan - April 22, 2010
...The council also will consider banning smoking in the Pedestrian
drops fight against smoking ban
Bar owner says stress, health issues drove decision
Burlington (IA) Hawk Eye, 2010-04-10
Duncan learned April 1 Des Moines County District Court Judge Mary
Ann Brown found the Iowa Smokefree Air Act and his treatment by the
Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division completely constitutional.
The ruling came three months shy of two years since the ban has been
in effect and Duncan challenged the law.
On Friday, after talking with Bunger, Duncan opted against challenging
"It was a very gut-wrenching decision, because he has such a strong
belief that the politicians violated the Constitution," Bunger
said. "The problem is, it has been a long and arduous fight."
Bunger said the struggle has had an emotional impact on Duncan and
that stress led to physical health problems, most recently evidenced
by trips to the hospital the weekend after the judge's ruling. Even
Friday, Bunger was speaking on Duncan's behalf because the owner of
Otis Campbell's and Aunt Bea's wasn't up for talking. . . .
Just because he's given up his legal fight doesn't mean Duncan will
not still be politically active against the "unfair, unjust, unconstitutional"
ban on smoking in public places upheld
Des Moines (IA) Register, 2010-04-02
A state district court has upheld the constitutionality of Iowa's Smokefree
Air Act, which bans smoking in most public places.
Judge Mary Ann Brown, in a 32-page decision made public Thursday, affirmed
the findings of state alcoholic beverage regulators who revoked the
liquor license of Otis Campbell's, a bar in West Burlington.
"There is no fundamental or protected right to smoke in public
or allow patrons to smoke in a public business," Brown wrote. "The
bar was not deprived of any property when smoking was banned; it was
not denied the right to carry on its business, nor was it denied any
specific group of customers." ...
ban may extend
UI The Daily Iowan - March 23, 2010
A proposed revision to Iowa Citys no-smoking policy may include
a 24-hour smoking ban for the Pedestrian Mall, Iowa City city councilors
said at a Monday work session. ...
Department of Public Health: Cigarette sales drop 52 percent, but teens
IowaPolitics.com (press release) - March 8, 2010
Cigarette sales drop 52 percent, but teens still at risk
Report highlights effectiveness of laws, youth awareness
Iowans are smoking less, though young people continue to be at risk
for starting. Thats according to a report released today by the
Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).
Conducted by the University of Northern Iowas Center for Behavioral
Research, the 2009 Tobacco Control Progress Report shows that Iowa and
the state health department have made a number of advances in reducing
smoking since 2000. Most recently, the report finds there has been a
dramatic decrease in cigarette consumption in Iowa. Data from the Iowa
Department of Revenue show that cigarette sales in Iowa remained steady
from 2000 to 2006. Since that time, however, per capita consumption
of cigarettes has plummeted from 112 to 54 in 2009.
The fact that Iowans are smoking half as many cigarettes now
is clearly attributable to the $1 cigarette excise tax in 2007 and the
2008 Smokefree Air Act, said Cathy Callaway, chair of the Iowa
Tobacco Use Prevention & Control Commission. The importance
of policies like these in improving health and saving lives cannot be
Unfortunately, efforts to reduce tobacco use among young Iowans have
slowed in the past few years. Despite impressive declines in youth smoking
in Iowa since 2000, the report shows that success has slowed. For example,
cigarette use among high school students (at 19.9 percent) in 2008 was
roughly the same level it was in 2004 (19.5 percent). Among middle school
students, use was down only slightly from 3.6 percent in 2006 to 2.8
percent in 2008. ...
range of Iowans approve of smoking ban
DesMoinesRegister.com - February 24, 2010
Seven in 10 Iowans say they think it was a good idea for the state
to ban smoking in most public places, a new Iowa Poll finds.
The ban, which affected bars, restaurants and most workplaces, went
into effect in July 2008. In the new Iowa Poll, 71 percent of Iowans
say it was a good idea, 26 percent say it was a bad idea, and 3 percent
The poll shows the ban is popular among a wide range of groups, including
Republicans and Democrats, and young adults and senior citizens. Education
was one of the only factors that showed a direct correlation: The more
education you have, the more you think the ban was a good idea. ...
Cancer Society: Heart disease admissions down 24 percent since ...
IowaPolitics.com (press release) January 14, 2010
DES MOINES, IA The American Cancer Society welcomed legislators
back at its annual Legislative Breakfast today at the Capitol with the
good news that a new study shows dramatic improvements in Iowans
cardiovascular health since the Iowa Smokefree Air Act was passed in
The study examined data submitted to the Iowa Department of Public
Health summarizing the number of monthly hospitalizations between July
2005 and June 2009 for cardiovascular diseases caused or made worse
by smoking and exposure to tobacco smoke.
We found a 24 percent reduction in hospital admissions due to
coronary heart disease in the year after the Smokefree Air Act was passed
compared with the previous three years, said Dr. Christopher Squier
of the Department of Oral Pathology at the College of Dentistry, University
of Iowa. This represents 2,324 fewer Iowans dealing with this
condition, a result that no one can ignore. In less than two years,
we are already seeing the public health benefits of this landmark piece
of legislation, and for that our legislators and the governor should
Hospital admissions due to heart attacks and strokes were also down
during this same period. Admissions for conditions that are not affected
by tobacco did not see a similar decrease. ...
ban battle hits courtroom
District judge vows to make decision 'quickly.'
Burlington (IA) Hawk Eye, 2009-11-18
Whether the state took an improper route to nab the admitted smoking
ban violator is just one of several arguments Des Moines County District
Court Judge Mary Ann Brown will consider before ruling whether the smoking
ban violates the U.S. and Iowa constitutions.
Though the hearing lasted just two hours Tuesday morning, with the
arguments largely made up of the written briefs the attorneys previously
submitted to the judge, the owner of Otis Campbell's Bar and Grill said
he'd take what he could get.
"I'm grateful that it got this far now," Duncan said after
the trial. "I believe in the system."
Brown asked few questions during the hearing but thanked the attorneys
at the end of their arguments. She did not offer a time frame for making
a decision but said it will be "as quickly as we can." ...
ready for long-awaited day in court
Burlington Hawk Eye - Christinia Crippes - November 15, 2009
West Burlington bar owner Larry Duncan has been trying since mid-2008
to fight Iowa's statewide smoking ban in court.
At 9 a.m. Tuesday, the owner of Otis Campbell's Bar and Grill finally
will get his opportunity.
Since before the ban went into effect, Duncan has insisted the Iowa
Smokefree Air Act is unconstitutional.
Opponents of the smoking ban cite Article 1, Section 6 of the Iowa
Constitution, which states the "general assembly shall not grant
to any citizen, or class of citizens, privileges or immunities, which,
upon the same terms shall not equally belong to all citizens."
In a series of legal arguments and briefs filed with the Iowa Alcoholic
Beverages Division and the Des Moines County Court, Duncan's attorneys
have expanded on the point. ...
wants city to revisit panhandling
Iowa City Press Citizen - November 12, 2009
Downtown business owners want to move panhandlers farther away from
their storefronts and are calling for the city to make the pedestrian
mall smoke-free during daytime and early evening hours. ...
tells county to watch its butts
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier - November 12, 2009
WATERLOO - Black Hawk County has been warned by state health officials
to enforce a smoking ban on courthouse grounds.
The Iowa Department of Public Health has received complaints about
violations of the Iowa Smokefree Air Act near the courthouse entrance.
In a letter to county officials, the agency warned the county could
be subject to fines for future violations.
Building Maintenance Supervisor Louis Cutwright said it was unclear
whether those apparently violating the law were employees, who could
be subject to disciplinary action, or members of the public doing business
at the courthouse.
The law, which took effect July 1, 2008, effectively prohibits smoking
in the courthouse and on the public areas surrounding the building.
Smokers at the courthouse are required to move to the sidewalks adjacent
to the streets.
"They should not be lighting up their cigarettes ... until they
get to the public area" by the street, Cutwright said. ...
brief defends smoking ban
State makes its case against Duncan, supports revocation of license
Burlington (IA) Hawk Eye, 2009-09-05
Echoing current arguments in politics, the state points to laws defining
equal protection and rights versus privilege in stating its case in
support of the Iowa Smokefree Air Act's constitutionality.
The Iowa Attorney General's Office filed its nearly 60-page response
to West Burlington bar owner Larry Duncan's petition in support of judicial
review with the Des Moines County District Court late Friday afternoon.
The state's argument tackles Duncan's attorneys' brief on two fronts:
Defending the constitutionality of the Iowa Smokefree Air Act in spite
of the bar owner's claims to the contrary and supporting the Iowa Alcoholic
Beverage Division's right to revoke the bar's liquor license.
Since the statewide smoking ban went into effect on July 1, 2008, Duncan
flagrantly violated it at his business, Otis Campbell's, until his liquor
license revocation -- which has since been conditionally stayed while
the case is pending -- at which time he agreed to follow the law while
he fought its constitutionality in court. ...
begins citing smokers on campus
Iowa City Press Citizen - September 3, 2009
Dozens of cigarette butts were mashed into the concrete, and the no-smoking
signs were charred with the black residue of snuffed-out tobacco.
The evidence of smoking on the second level of parking ramp II at University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics was easy to spot on a recent afternoon.
Finding the cigarette smokers themselves, though, who are used to dodging
hospital security and campus police, proved to be more difficult. ...
says most businesses are complying with state smoking ban
Radio Iowa - Pat Curtis - Sep 1, 2009
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting that most
of the state's 82,000 businesses subject to the Smokefree Air Act are
complying with the law. Bonnie Mapes is director of the department's
division of tobacco use prevention and control. "We have only about
1% of the employers in the state who have actually (received) notices
of a complaint," Mapes said.
"So, the vast majority of the businesses are in compliance with
the law." IDPH has released the first Iowa Smokefree Air Act Annual
Report. It includes data from July 1, 2008 - when the ban on smoking
in most public places took effect - through June 30, 2009. Public health
officials received more than 3,300 complaints over the year, but only
2,100 were validated. Mapes says around 300 complaints were filed anonymously.
Daily Iowan (University of Iowa), 2009-08-21
Smokers across campus are still adjusting to the smoke-free rules set
in place last year, especially after UI police began issuing tickets
for violating the policy last month.
Police gave their first tickets on July 14 to two people smoking outside
Rienow Residence Hall.
Authorities have since issued 12 more tickets, said Charles Green,
the assistant vice president for the UI police.
Police said all the violators have been on the West Campus, he said,
mainly near the UI Hospitals and Clinics.
We will always have problem areas, Green said.
Hospital ramp 2 directly connected to the hospital via a skywalk
has traditionally been a place where smokers go during breaks.
of Iowa cracks down on smokers
Chicago Tribune - August 6, 2009
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Iowa is ticketing smokers who
light up on campus.
University President Sally Mason told the Iowa Board of Regents on
Wednesday in Cedar Falls that officials are cracking down on smokers
following complaints about smoking near University Hospitals.
Mason says most of the violators are visitors. ...
GOP candidates give views on smoking ban, gambling
Quad-City (IA) Times, 2009-07-23
Five GOP candidates for governor weighed in on the state's smoking
ban, casino gambling and medical marijuana during a forum Wednesday.
The candidates competing for the chance to take on Democratic Gov. Chet
Culver complained about the smoking ban that went into effect last year
and was signed into law by Culver.
Some of their harshest criticism was aimed at an exemption carved out
by the Iowa Legislature that allows smoking on the gaming floors of
casinos, while still banning smoking at bars, restaurants and other
"This is a perfect example of why the legislative process is so
broken and why the processes in Des Moines are so broken," Cedar
Rapids businessman Christian Fong, one of the candidates seeking the
GOP nomination, said during the forum at Drake University.
Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats said he doesn't smoke, but
thinks private property owners should be able to decide whether smoking
is allowed. . . .
Rep. Christopher Rants of Sioux City, who opposed the smoking ban,
said if elected governor he'd choose to spend his "political capital"
on issues besides repealing the ban. ...
City's contingency plan for smoking ban approved
Quad-City (IA) Times, 2009-07-17
ALTOONA, Iowa - The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is allowing the
Isle of Capri's Rhythm City Casino in Davenport to renegotiate payments
to its nonprofit license holder if the state bans smoking in casinos.
Mary Ellen Chamberlin, president and CEO of Riverboat Development Authority,
said if Iowa were to change its law that allows smoking on casino floors,
the authority would stand to lose "a great deal" of money.
She cited figures showing revenues falling dramatically when smoking
was banned at other casinos around the country. ...
Smoking ban has created big cultural shift
Mason City Globe Gazette - Rod Boshart - July 2, 2009
DES MOINES Iowas anti-tobacco efforts have ushered in
a major cultural change that has reduced the number of adult smokers
and made workplaces healthier places, backers of Iowas indoor
smoking ban said Wednesday.
This is probably one of the biggest cultural shifts in a short
amount of time that our state will ever see, said Rep. Janet Petersen,
D-Des Moines, who helped enact the smokefree air act which took effect
July 1, 2008.
Advocates said the restriction covering virtually all public places
except casino gambling areas, the Iowa State Fairgrounds and
the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown and state and federal
cigarette tax increases have helped reduce smoking among Iowa adults
to 14 percent compared to 19 percent two years earlier.
State Attorney General Tom Miller said Iowa has jumped into the top
five states nationally in terms of smoking compliance. He noted that
in the 1960s about four out of every 10 Iowa adults smoked tobacco products.
Weve really turned a corner, he told a Statehouse
news conference. ...
General marks anniversary of state smoking ban
Radio Iowa - Pat Curtis - July 1, 2009
Iowa's ban on smoking in public places took effect one year ago today.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller marked the occasion at a statehouse
"What it's done is contribute to an incredible drop in smoking
in our state," Miller said. "I don't think it's been highlighted
enough, but smoking went from 19% of the adult population (in 2007)
to 14% (in 2009)."
Miller, a longtime opponent of tobacco products, believes Iowa may
be among the top five states for the percentage of residents that don't
smoke. He says less than one-percent of Iowa's 82,000 businesses subject
to the Smokefree Air Act have been found in violation of the law.
"There was a series of bars that were resistant, that didn't comply,
but by taking the approach that they would lose their (liquor) license
at least for a period of time, I think has worked," Miller said.
officials call smoking ban a success
Quad City Times - July 1, 2009
DES MOINES - State public health officials are declaring Iowa's year-old
anti-smoking law a success.
Tom Newton, director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, said
about 1 percent of the more than 82,000 businesses that are subject
to the Smokefree Air Act received notices of potential violations since
the law took effect on July 1, 2008. "I am happy to say that our
enforcement efforts have been very effective during this first year
of the Iowa Smokefree Air Act," Newton said.
Over the past year, notices of potential violation have been sent to
1,015 businesses with employees, according to the department. Notices
are generated after the state receives a valid complaint from the public
or inspector visit. ...
smoking bans effect on business at bars inconclusive
Quad-City (IA) Times, 2009-07-01
Statistics from the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division show an unsettled
picture of the bar business since the smoking ban started.
Gross spirits sales in Scott County through liquor stores and distributors
is up by $2.26 million - or 16.8 percent - for the year ending May 31,
compared with the same time period ending May 31, 2008, according to
the Iowa ABD.
However, the number of liquor licenses issued to establishments in
Scott County dropped from 327 in 2008 to 298 this year, continuing a
slide from 2006 when 386 on-premise licenses were issued in the county.
To Iowa Smoking Ban Burning Out
LUKE MEREDITH, Associated Press Writer
Her acceptance of the ban but uneasiness about government intrusion
appears to be a common thread among some residents in a state that last
year banned smoking in most workplaces, restaurants and bars.
A coalition of bar owners challenged the ban in court but later dropped
their lawsuit. Others have called for lawmakers to revise the law, but
Democratic leaders who hold majorities in the Legislature have been
adamant that no changes will be made in the near future.
Iowa is among 22 states that prohibit smoking in bars and restaurants,
though its law exempts casinos, fairgrounds and veterans organizations.
Bans will take effect in four other states this year, and three states
ban smoking in restaurants, but not bars.
Despite vocal complaints from some bar owners, compliance with the
law has been high, said Lynn Walding, the administrator for the Iowa
Alcoholic Beverages Division. ...
To Smoking Ban
WHO-TV 13 (Des Moines, IA), 2009-06-29
A year after it was set, bar owners are expected to go before the court
Monday to fight the state's smoking ban -- claiming the ban violates
their rights. The Iowa Bar Owners Coalition filed the suit last July
1st, the day the ban went into effect.
The suit names the director of the Iowa Department of Public Health,
the department itself and the state of Iowa.
to backers of the smoking ban
DesMoinesRegister.com - June 26, 2009
Iowa has paved the way for many other states to pass strong, smoke-free
laws that protect workers and patrons from secondhand smoke exposure.
of state's largest apartment complex goes smoke free
Radio Iowa - Pat Curtis - June 24, 2009
Smoking is being banned in nearly a quarter of the units in what developers
call the state's largest private apartment complex. Nine of the 40 buildings
in the Sun Prairie apartment complex in West Des Moines have been declared
Kerry Wise of the American Lung Association says she knows of only
one other private apartment complex in the state where smoking has been
banned inside the apartments. It's a 30-unit complex in Cedar Falls.
"In Iowa we've had an increased number of calls to our office
from tenants specifically asking, 'What are the options for me for smoke-free
housing?' and we're starting the process of education with owners and
managers," she says, "and they're starting to see the benefits,
not only health wise but bottom-line wise." Iowa's Smoke-Free Air
Act took effect July 1st of last year, banning smoking in public places.
However, it did not ban smoking in private residences, like apartments.
To Ban The Smoking Ban
KWQC TV 6 (Davenport, IA), 2009-05-13
The fight to stomp out the smoking ban has hit a road block. A coalition
of bar owners that had banded together challenging the ban's constitutionality
has dropped their lawsuit. Arguments were supposed to be heard June
30th in Des Monies, but the case has been dismissed.
It all boils downs to money. The coalition that was made up of members
from COBRA, IBOC and Choose Freedom Iowa couldn't pay the high legal
bills anymore to go up against the smoking ban. "As you know we
were fighting for everyone in the state and there wasn't enough people
supporting it. . . .
Having the lawsuit dismissed, doesn't mean the fight is over. West
Burlington bar owner Larry Duncan isn't apart of the coalition, but
plans are for his group "Freedom Fighters" and all those involved
in the lawsuit to join forces. That means when Duncan goes to district
court in Burlington, he'll represent all bar owners. "We're trying
to include everybody going after the same purpose, not only all the
civil rights, but also interstate commerce, tobacco is not illegal,"
according to Duncan. ...
Bar Owners Group Drops Suit over Smoking Ban
A coalition of Iowa bar owners has decided to drop its lawsuit over
the state's smoking ban, but a spokesman says the fight is not over.
After the bar owners' decision, a Polk County judge last week dismissed
the lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the smoking ban.
. . .
Brian Froehlich, of Wilton, is with the Iowa Bar Owners Coalition. He
says the groups are redirecting their efforts and will support the bars
that are going to court to protect their businesses. ...
County judge dismisses smoking ban lawsuit
Radio Iowa, 2009-05-12
A Polk County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Iowa Bar Owners
Coalition that questioned the constitutionality of the state's ban on
smoking in most public places. The Iowa Attorney General's office was
preparing to defend the state at trial, which was scheduled to start
A.G.'s office spokesperson Bob Brammer says they felt the case might
be thrown out after a judge denied a preliminary injunction last summer
to block the law from taking effect until the lawsuit was settled. "We
were hopeful that the court would dismiss this and there were signs
last month that they would dismiss it," Brammer said.
"We understand the plaintiffs had informed the court that their
lawyer had withdrawn and the court made it clear that the case might
be dismissed." The fight over the Smokefree Air Act is far from
commander speaks out about ruling
KTVO - April 15, 2009
OTTUMWA, IOWA -- They may have fought for this country's freedom, but
some Ottumwa vets may no longer be free to take a drink.
An administrative law judge has issued a recommendation to revoke the
liquor license of VFW Post 775.
The ruling comes after the club repeatedly violated Iowa's Smoke Free
Former Commander Denny Whitson was recently booted from his commanding
position by state VFW officials for actions taken to ignore the law.
He is the clubs leader of the anti-smoking ban movement who allowed
members to light up inside the club until about thirty days ago.
Since he was removed from office, he says the Ottumwa VFW has been
in compliance with the law.
The new ruling, however, has the former commander up in arms.
"I think they're trying to make an example of us. I mean, let's
face it. If you can take the veterans' organizations and revoke their
liquor license, you have won the state. No one is going to rebuke their
supremacy, welcome to communism 101," Whitson said. ...
Iowa bars accused of violating smoking ban
Forbes - April 14, 2009
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says he's taking action against three
more bars for violating the state's indoor smoking ban.
Miller announced Monday he has filed liquor license actions against
Cocktails in Arnold Park, Doris' Tavern in Burlington and Trucker Bar
in Waterloo. ...
license revoked over smoking ban
Burlington Hawk Eye - April 9, 2009
West Burlington bar owner Larry Duncan's liquor license was revoked
effective as of 2 p.m. Wednesday.
While that means no more beer, wine or alcohol will flow within the
walls of Otis Campbell's, Duncan said the battle may be lost, but the
war against the Smokefree Air Act is not over.
West Burlington Police Chief Alex Oblein said the revocation not only
gives Duncan the right to challenge the administrator's final order,
but Duncan also can file for a stay with the district court while awaiting
"The goal and the intention is to gain compliance with the law,
not to hand out penalties," said Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division
Administrator Lynn Walding, who issued his decision Wednesday.
stays out of smoking ban fight
Burlington Hawk Eye - April 1, 2009
By JEFF ABELL City officials will not intervene to stop bar owners from
allowing patrons to violate the state's smoking ban. Rather, Burlington
City Council ...
on smoking dip as public ban works
Des Moines (IA) Register, 2009-03-13
Complaints about illegal smoking have plummeted as Iowans have become
accustomed to the state's public-smoking ban, health leaders say.
Iowans filed 403 complaints about public smoking in July, when the
state first banned smoking in bars, restaurants and other public places.
By December, that had dropped to 141 for the month, said Bonnie Mapes,
director of the Iowa Division of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control.
Some bar owners are leading a rebellion against the ban, and 30 of them
are facing possible suspensions or revocations of their liquor licenses
for alleged violations. About 100 critics showed up at the Statehouse
on Tuesday, demanding revisions of the law.
But Mapes said most businesses follow the new rules.
of Iowa smoking ban push to change law
MSNBC - March 11, 2009
DES MOINES, Iowa - Critics of Iowa's indoor smoking ban pressed lawmakers
Tuesday to back a bill easing the restriction because they claim it
violates the state constitution.
Larry Duncan, who owns a West Burlington tavern and has been a leading
critic of the smoking ban, disputed suggestions that the law is popular.
He argued that only a handful of politically powerful people are preventing
"It seems to me that the powers that be in this state, the governor
and a couple of ranking officials, don't want it to get to the floor,"
said Duncan, who joined a delegation of opponents to protest the ban
at the Statehouse.
ban opponents rally at Clinton fundraiser
Quad-City (IA) Times, 2009-03-02
Rock music filled the air Sunday at the Wild Rose Casino Oakwood Ballroom
as opponents of Iowa's smoking ban gathered to raise money to fight
the law enacted last year.
The Iowa Bar Owners' Coalition, a newly created organization, and the
Clinton Organized Bar and Restaurant Association joined forces by forming
Choose Freedom Iowa to help spread awareness of their cause and open
dialogue with state lawmakers who enacted the ban.
approves retooled ban on tobacco in parks
DesMoinesRegister.com, IA - February 24, 2009
An on-again, off-again ban on tobacco in Clive parks is back on the
books after a Clive City Council meeting on Thursday.
The council voted 3-1 to enact a retooled policy that prohibits smoking
within 50 feet of playgrounds and park shelters. Councilman John Edwards
voted against the ban; Councilman Paul Leighton was absent.
A previous version of the policy banned all tobacco products on all
park land in Clive. The council OK'd that version on Jan. 29, and repealed
it on Feb. 5, citing concerns that the policy did not specifically define
which city properties would be considered parkland or city land for
the purposes of the ban.
bill calls for Smokefree Air Act repeal
Burlington Hawk Eye, United States - February 20, 2009
Rep. Tom Sands, R-Columbus Junction, followed up on his promise to
constituents by filing a bill to repeal the 2008 Smokefree Air Act.
"This just takes us back to right where we were last year before
... the smoking ban became law," Sands said of the bill he filed
Since the law was signed and went into effect, Sands has said the ban
is simply unenforceable the way the act is written.
Under Sands' bill, the ban would be completely repealed, but that does
not mean smoking would be allowed everywhere.
attempt to change smoking bill is supported by most Iowa ...
DesMoinesRegister.com, IA - February 10, 2009
Another attempt to alter Iowas smoking ban is underway but this
time the majority of state representatives are sponsoring the bill,
which some say makes it more likely that it will pass this year.
Smoking would be allowed in outdoor seating and serving areas of bars
and restaurants under House File 211. Currently, those areas are almost
entirely restricted, largely based upon rules set last year by the Iowa
Department of Health.
Rep. McKinley Bailey, D-Webster City, said many lawmakers did not intend
for the areas to have smoking prohibitions and that the health department
overstepped its authority.
Bailey is leading an effort to revise the smoking ban. Twenty-three
Democrats and 28 Republicans have signed onto the bill. The supporters
include Speaker Pro Tem Polly Bukta, D-Clinton, and Assistant Minority
Leader Jeff Kaufmann, R-Wilton.
votes to make all city parks tobacco-free
DesMoinesRegister.com, IA - February 3, 2009
Clive will go a step farther than a controversial state smoking ban,
banning all tobacco products within all city parks. The Clive City Council
voted 3-2 on Thursday to enact a policy drafted and recommended by the
city's parks and recreation board. Council members Ronni Begleiter and
Steven Brody voted against the policy.
argues state smoking ban is unconstitutional
Mason City Globe Gazette, IA - January 22, 2009
The ban on smoking in public buildings is the law but is it constitutional?
A group of Iowans devoted to overturning the law argue that is isnt.
Freedom Fighters for All Citizens held a meeting at Maynes Grove, south
of Hampton, Wednesday night to argue the point.
This isnt about smoking, its about our constitution,
said speaker Larry Duncan of West Burlington, who owns two restaurants.
Anyone with a fourth-grade education knows that the Smokefree
Air Act doesnt fit under our constitutional oath, said Duncan
to an audience of about 20 people.
Duncan said it violates the constitution because it grants certain
citizens privileges not available to others. For example the law still
allows smoking in casinos and some other places.
The constitution states that all laws of a General Assembly
shall not grant any citizen or class of citizens privileges or immunities
which upon the same terms shall not equally apply to all citizens,
He said legislators knew the law was unconstitutional before passing
Since the law went into effect July 1, 2008, Duncan and others have
been fighting it. He has been allowing smoking in his restaurant, Otis
Campbells Bar and Grill, and said he has yet to be cited.
The group has filed suit asking for a permanent injunction against
the law. A hearing on that motion has been pushed back to June 29.
law would ban smoking at casinos
SW Iowa News, IA - January 9, 2009
The first session of the Iowa General Assembly won't begin until Jan.
12, but individual legislators or state agencies have already approved
49 bills for filing.
The Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Education, Department
of Corrections, Department of Natural Resources and Department of Workforce
Development, along with the Attorney General, Ethics and Campaign Disclosure
Board and state senators and representatives are energized about changes
to the state laws.
...They should not have to be trapped in a smoke filled room in order
to have a job." A bill that allows Physical Plant and Equipment
Levy (PPEL) money to be
Culver signs smoking ban into law
Des Moines (IA) Register, 2008-04-15
JENNIFER JACOBS * REGISTER STAFF WRITER
one can light up a cigarette or cigar inside an Iowa bar or restaurant starting
"This has been a long time coming!" said Dan Ramsey of
the American Lung Association just before Gov. Chet Culver signed the bill into
law this morning.
The legislation bans smoking in most places of employment
and spots frequented by the public. Smoking will still be permitted in outdoor
areas of bars, outdoor areas of county fairs and the Iowa State Fair, retail tobacco
stores, private clubs that have no employees and the gambling floors of casinos.
lawmakers and leaders congratulated each other and key activists for their steadfastness
in fighting for this ban and for turning the tide of public support.
"It was a tough, tough issue. Very difficult," Culver said.