officer reports on smoking, Vibrio
Bay Net - October 8, 2014
Healthy St. Mary's Partnership has "Tobacco Free Living" as
one of its four community health priorities. The other three are behavioral
health, access to care, and ...
business: The ticker
Delmarva Daily Times - September 29, 2014
A revised tobacco use policy takes effect Oct. 1 on the campus of the
McCready Foundation in Crisfield. From that date on, the entire campus
will become tobacco and smoke free. Smoking will not be permitted by
any visitor, patient, resident or employee in any parking lots along
the sidewalks, roadways or even in cars. The current designated smoking
areas will disappear and new signage will be posted and erected. The
use of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices will also be prohibited.
This policy applies to the McCready Memorial Hospital and Emergency
Department, the Outpatient Center, Rehabilitation Center, Alice B. Tawes
Nursing Home and the Chesapeake Cove.
mayor shares what's new for summer
WBAL Baltimore - September 23, 2014
... WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT SEASON WHEN THE SMOKING ORDINANCE GOES INTO
EFFECT. BEGINNING MAY 1, 2015, WE WILL HAVE A SMOKING BAN.
new Baltimore warehouse has outdoor cages for smokers
Triangle Business Journal - September 23, 2014
The state of Maryland banned smoking in most workplaces years ago and
in 2007 extended the ban to restaurants and bars. The restrictions on
City Takes Steps Toward Being Smoke-Free
CBS Local - September 23, 2014
"Basically our beach and boardwalk will be smoke-free," Mayor
Richard Meehan said. Ocean City will decide on designated smoking areas
no closer than 50 ...
George's Community College hopes to snuff out smoking
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online - September 19, 2014
The school's smoke- and tobacco-free policy, which went into effect
Sept. 15, is a total ban students and staff are not permitted to smoke
anywhere on campus ...
Hospital Center to stop hiring smokers
WBAL Baltimore - September 18, 2014
... for a position about their use of any nicotine products, including
cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and any other products
Committees Discuss e-Cigarettes, Cybersecurity Today
Montgomery Community Media - September 18, 2014
The Montgomery County Council's Health and Human Services Committee
is scheduled to continue its discussions on e-cigarettes at 9:30 a.m.
season draws to a close in Ocean City
Baltimore Sun - September 18, 2014
Long-debated smoking restrictions for the beach and boardwalk were finally
approved and are to begin next year. Related; Ocean City [Pictures]
· Two, including ...
City Officials Prepping for Tobacco Restrictions
Southern Maryland Online - September 11, 2014
ANNAPOLIS (Sept. 11, 2014) -- Beachgoers in Ocean City, Md., will need
to be careful where they put their butts next summer. The group Americans
for Nonsmokers' Rights reports that as of July 4, 209 municipalities
have passed smoke-free beach laws.
City ready to clear the air
Delmarva Daily Times - September 4, 2014
As recently as 30 years ago, it would have been unimaginable we as a
society would actually be talking about banning cigarette smoking on
a public beach. ...
restrictions on tap for Ocean City next summer
Baltimore Sun - August 30, 2014
The law would apply to tobacco products only, not electronic or E-cigarettes.
"Our concern first and foremost is environmental. We want to keep
our beaches ...
City officials plan to restrict smoking on the beach and boardwalk in
Washington Post - August 29, 2014
Ocean City officials voted this week to draft a law to restrict smoking
on the beach and boardwalk beginning May 1. The proposed ordinance,
which advanced 4 to 3 at a Town Council work session Tuesday, identifies
a number of designated areas for smoking along the boardwalk and on
Regs Coming To OC In Summer '15; Council Votes 4-3 To ...
The Dispatch - August 28, 2014
A majority of the City Council voted this week to move forward a new
law that will restrict smoking on Ocean Citys beach and Boardwalk to
designated smoking locations. E-cigarettes are not included in the proposals.
We have two major concerns; health concerns and littering has become
a major issue, and a major complaint on ...
Regs Coming To OC In Summer '15; Council Votes 4-3 To ...
The Dispatch - August 27, 2014
"You would have a Boardwalk that is smoke free and a beach with
designated areas, and if I am on the Boardwalk I can walk very easily
to that designated area ...
moves forward with smoking restrictions
Delmarva Daily Times - August 27, 2014
Plans would call for partial smoking ban on beach and Boardwalk. ...
Ocean City officials have voted to regulate smoking to designated areas
of the beach and ...
the Horseshoe casino, Baltimore adds to the urban gambling ...
Washington Post - August 25, 2014
The inside of the new Horseshoe casino looks like any gambling palace
on the Las Vegas Strip, filled with blinking slot machines, blackjack
Ban Considered by Ocean City
Delmarva Public Radio - August 25, 2014
A smoking ban is back on the agenda of the Ocean City Town Council's
work ... is whether to regulate, eliminate or allow smoking on the beach
to ban all tobacco and smoking products Sept. 15
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News - August 21, 2014
Prince George's Community College in Largo announced its Breathe Free
campaign, to support tobacco cessation, as it prepares to institute
a smoke and ...
Cloud Schools' Anti-Smoking Policies
Education Week - July 29, 2014
Though many specialty vape shops will not sell electronic
cigarettes to minors, independent sellers like eBay make it possible
for children under 18 to purchase these products. Vic Vega, the owner
of Vapor Villa in Catonsville, Md., maintains that his...
Is In The Air: Prince George's Community College Set To ...
PR Web (press release) - July 29, 2014
Board of Trustees approves ability of College to position itself as
a smoke/tobacco-free institution. Breathe Free campaign launched to
promote a healthier ...
Foster: 'Talbot County Superhero'
The Star Democrat - July 27, 2014
Kathy Foster, the Talbot County health officer, has decided its time
to take a rest after serving the county at the health department for
34 years. Her last day was Wednesday, July 23. Tom Duncan credited Foster
for being a leader in taking on anti-smoking legislation, a hard-fought
battle which had county restaurant and business owners up in arms. The
legislation eventually banned the smoking of cigarettes in all public
buildings and restaurants in Talbot. I remember that the smoking lobby
spent $50,000 or $60,000 trying to beat the referendum we had on no
smoking in the restaurants, Duncan said. We didnt have any money, we
just had time and the idea, Duncan said. We knew we had the right thing
to do, and it was represented by Kathy. Talbot's ban that was passed
in 2004 was taken up by other counties, leading to the statewide Maryland
Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007.
County Could Target E-Cigarettes
Bethesda Now - July 21, 2014
Property owners can also restrict the use of ESDs on their premises.
Such regulations can help protect the public from the unknown, potentially
harmful effects of ...
health dept. supports World No Tobacco Day
The Star Democrat - July 16, 2014
The global tobacco epidemic kills about 6 million people each year,
of which more than 600,000 are non smokers dying from secondhand smoke.
Tobacco use ...
to work at this Maryland hospital? Thank you for not smoking
Washington Business Journal - July 7, 2014
The hiring policy a urine test for nicotine screening for cigarettes,
cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and e-cigs is legal in Maryland and is
part of Arundel ...
Hospital will not Hire Smokers
Headlines & Global News HNGN.com July 6, 2014
The Anne Arundel Medical Center in Maryland announced that it will not
hire anyone who smokes or use tobacco. While some people might find
the new hiring policy discriminatory, the act is legal in many states
in the United States. According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation,
81.6 percent of the U.S. population lives in "workplaces, and/or
restaurants, and/or bars, by either a state, commonwealth, or local
law" that have smoking bans. As of January 2014, 28 states implemented
a statewide smoking ban including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut,
Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, and more.
unanimous for smoking ban
Shore News Today - June 27, 2014
OCEAN CITY Despite a plea for a delay on behalf of the Boardwalk Merchants
Association, City Council unanimously approved a smoking ban for the
boardwalk on Thursday, June 26.
Cecil Whig - June 27, 2014
Thumbs up: To West Cecil Health Center for joining a growing number
of Cecil County entities choosing to go not only smoke-free, but tobacco-free.
In an announcement from the medical facility, officials said tobacco
use of any kind smoked, chewed or vaporized in the increasingly popular
e-cigarettes will be prohibited on the campus starting Aug 1. Cecil
College announced late this spring that all campuses would be tobacco
free as of Aug. 23. While we must recognize the rights of smokers, such
tobacco-free policies increase awareness of cessation programs and health
issues related to tobacco use.
Cecil Health Center goes tobacco free
Cecil Whig - June 23, 2014
CONOWINGO Patients, visitors and staff will no longer be allowed to
smoke or chew tobacco products at West Cecil Health Center starting
Aug. 1. E-cigarette consumption will also be prohibited.
e-cigarettes requires a balancing act [Commentary]
Baltimore Sun - June 23, 2014
Earlier this year, The Sun quoted several smokers who had cut back or
quit ... Banning e-cigarette use inside public buildings would be a
great step toward ...
Breeze: Westminster parks go tobacco free
Carroll County Times - June 23, 2014
If the air around Westminster parks seems a little fresher lately, it
might be due to the 54 newly designated smoke-free zones at 13 of the
city's 14 park properties.
County Named One of America's Healthiest Counties for Kids
Insurance News Net - June 21, 2014
In 2011, Howard became the first county in Maryland to ban smoking at
its 50-plus parks. "Our families are thankful for the policy -
frankly, it's what they've come ...
of e-cigarettes among FCC policy changes
Frederick News Post (subscription) - June 19, 2014
Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers are now off-limits for those looking
to smoke at Frederick Community College, after the board of trustees
voted Wednesday to revise policies governing student and staff conduct.
Tobacco is now defined as all tobacco-derived or containing products,
including but not limited to cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, cigars,
cigarillos, hookah products and several forms of oral tobacco. Use of
those products is banned on all college property other than parking
lots. The schools smoking policy applies to all students, staff, faculty
Hospital Takes Lead Implementing Tobacco-Free Hiring Policy
PR Web (press release) - June 19, 2014
Anne Arundel Medical Center(AAMC) is leading Maryland hospitals by reinforcing
its commitment to wellness and the fight against tobacco usage with
an expanded tobacco policy. Effective July 1, 2014, the revised policy
prohibits the use of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes One
year later, starting July 1, 2015, Anne Arundel Medical Center will
take a leadership position as a major employer in Maryland and stop
hiring nicotine users.
Zoo to bar smoking on grounds
Baltimore Sun - June 18, 2014
After a year of considering going smoke-free, the zoo decided to do
it this summer because of increased visitation expected with new exhibits,
including the ...
Zoo will ban smoking on grounds, including e-cigarettes
Greenfield Daily Reporter - June 18, 2014
The ban takes effect July 1. The zoo says the ban applies to all tobacco
products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and alternative smoking
products or other ...
won't be able to smoke at the Maryland Zoo starting next month
Baltimore Business Journal (blog) - June 18, 2014
Take a deep breath: Two weeks from now, you wont be able to smoke at
the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore anymore. The zoo is banning all tobacco
products starting July 1, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars,
pipes and all other smoking devices.
Arundel Medical Center to ban tobacco use, hiring smokers
CapitalGazette.com - June 17, 2014
Follow the trail of ashes behind Anne Arundel Medical Center and you'll
come to a loading area where employees take their smoking breaks. Soon
employees will be smoking in the streets. The Annapolis-area hospital
next month will announce publicly plans to ban all forms of tobacco
on its campus starting July, as well as to stop hiring employees who
use tobacco as of July 2015. ...
smoking ban to be reviewed in Ocean City
NBC40 - June 11, 2014
OCEAN CITY - Smokers may soon be out of luck when it comes to lighting
up on the ... If the smoking ban passes the first reading, it can be
placed on the next ...
City braces for impact as thousands of young people ...
Baltimore Sun (blog) - June 6, 2014
... have been talking to town officials and are aware of bans on beach
smoking, ... the City Council took the step of banning the devices except
for educational ...
first smoke-free apartment building opens Thursday
Washington Business Journal - June 5, 2014
Gallery Bethesda, at 4800 Auburn Avenue, marked its grand opening Thursday.
The apartment tower is part of Donahoe Companies Inc.'s 580,000 square-foot
Bethesda Hopes To Introduce Luxury To Woodmont Triangle
Bethesda Now - June 5, 2014
It's also Bethesda's first 100 percent smoke-free apartment. Brad Marson,
executive vice president of Vantage Management, said that novelty has
helped the ...
Hookah Bars Contain Elevated Levels of Carbon Dioxide ...
Newswise (press release) - May 29, 2014
Newswise Smoking waterpipes, or hookahs, creates hazardous concentrations
... and employees at increased health risk from secondhand smoke exposure.
Ban at Public Housing Facilities
WHAG - May 28, 2014
"We're doing this on our own accord really for our health and well
being of the children in the communities, for the air quality for our
non-smokers and our senior ...
public-housing smoking under fire
Frederick News-Post May 28, 2014
Some smokers and personal rights advocates would argue that forbidding
someone from smoking in his or her own living quarters is unfair, unnecessary
and yet another manifestation of a nanny society. Not everyone is happy
about this development, but we think its fair and reasonable. So does
the group Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, whose website addresses this
very issue: The secondhand smoke from even one tenant smoking indoors
can drift into multiple other units and cause health problems and reduced
quality of life for other residents. ... A smokefree building is in
the best interest of both tenants and landlords. The ANR site goes on
to state that many rental housing facilities are adopting smokefree
policies to not only protect the health of the tenants, but also to
save money by reducing maintenance and turnover costs, and reduce the
risk of fire. The ANR website outlines a course of action for apartment
dwellers of all kinds who would like their buildings to be smoke-free.
If that includes you, go to bit.ly/1jX6oDb and find out how to proceed.
Marijuana in Maryland (Dope or Nope?)
Weed News May 28, 2014
The version that passed failed to incorporate numerous critical concerns
offered as amendments to the bill, but which failed on the floor of
the legislature. In other words, proponents dont care about such trivial
matters as community drug free zones, drugged driving, smoking on school
property, or smoking in public. Their response? We will figure that
stuff out later. For Petes sake, public use of marijuana is even illegal
in Amsterdam and Washington, D.C.!
Bans Smoking Inside, Near Public Housing
Comcast SportsNet Baltimore - May 27, 2014
A plan to ban smoking in some Maryland homes in order to prevent fires
and help children breathe easier raises debated about whether such a
ban goes too far ...
Authority exploring new policy on smoking on and near ...
Frederick News Post (subscription) - May 27, 2014
Cooley is president of the resident council of the Lincoln Apartments,
a public housing community overseen by the Housing Authority of the
City of Frederick. The organization is drafting a policy that would
require residents to stand a certain distance from their homes while
they are smoking cigarettes.
Ocean City, a new kind of beach cleanup
Washington Post - May 24, 2014
Nearby Bethany Beach, Del., expanded a similar ban to include e-cigarettes.
Last year, a council member in Ocean City proposed banning baggy pants
year in review
Diamondback - May 15, 2014
Though some of last year's goals remained unfulfilled notably,
effectively enforcing the campus smoking ban and mandating sexual assault
Borough council moves to ban smoking in parks
Hagerstown (MD) Herald-Mail - May 9, 2014
Smoking is now prohibited in Borough of Waynesboro parks under an initiative
designed to limit childrens exposure to secondhand smoke and the
image of potential role models using tobacco. The Waynesboro Borough
Council approved the change in a resolution
City Considers Smoking Restrictions For Beach and ...
WBOC TV 16 - May 7, 2014
OCEAN CITY, Md.-Several beach communities up and down Delmarva have
smoking bans or restrictions at the beaches and Ocean City is looking
into joining ...
County Council caps hookah lounge hours
WBAL Baltimore - May 6, 2014
The legislation also applies to vapor lounges, which sell electronic
cigarettes. The affected businesses have until July to comply with the
new midnight closing ...
College to ban tobacco use on campuses this fall
Cecil Whig - May 6, 2014
NORTH EAST Cecil College will start the fall semester as a tobacco-free
campus in August after approving a new policy. The college's board of
trustees unanimously approved the resolution last week, which will axe
the school's current smoking designated areas and prohibit tobacco use
of any kind cigarette, cigar, pipe, smokeless or electronic cigarette
on college-owned or leased property. That policy would go as far as
prohibiting smoking in personal vehicles while in a campus parking lot.
seeks information from e-cigarette makers
Daily Record (subscription) - May 5, 2014
The liquids, or e-juices, are usually flavored and are also available
without ... all the regulations that apply to tobacco products would
apply to e-cigarettes, ...
sets 2015 date for smoking restrictions
Bethany Beach Wave - May 5, 2014
OCEAN CITY A year from now, there will be new restrictions on smoking
at Ocean City's beach, but town leaders so far haven't figured out exactly
what that ... Town Council members decided April 29 to enact some form
of cigarette smoking restrictions effective May 1, 2015, and are giving
themselves five months to finalize the details.
lobbyist blasts Montgomery council resolution on cigarette ...
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online - May 1, 2014
Tobacco lobbyist blasts Montgomery council resolution on cigarette sales
... pharmacies to stop selling cigarettes, leaving a prominent Annapolis
lobbyist fuming. ... and municipalities have no authority to control
or regulate the sale of tobacco ...
Enforcement Questions Slow Ocean City's ...
The Dispatch - May 1, 2014
Fenwick Island also has a straight forward smoking ban in place on its
beach. ... who has been an advocate in banning smoking from Ocean City's
beach, placed ...
moves to restrict smoking on the beach
WDEL 1150AM - May 1, 2014
Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan says the council has given itself more
than enough time to develop a plan if the ordinance passes, making sure
everyone is ...
moves to restrict smoking on the beach
WDEL 1150AM - April 30, 2014
Ocean City, Maryland officials have taken a step toward restricting
smoking on the beach. The mayor and City Council have proposed an ordinance
that would only allow smoking in certain areas, effective May 1st of
ban can go beyond drug stores
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online - April 30, 2014
Good for the Montgomery County Council, asking stores with pharmacies
to stop selling cigarettes [Montgomery council members call on pharmacies
to stop selling cigarettes, April 23]. The county executives new budget
includes more than $1 million to prevent tobacco use and wean people
off their addictions to this health-destroying product. Lets not stop
with drug stores. Right now you can go to a Safeway in Rockville for
nicotine-withdrawal supplies and cigarettes.
Co. Council considers restrictions on hookah lounges
Baltimore Sun - April 29, 2014
Hookah lounges are businesses where patrons smoke flavored tobacco through
a hookah or communal water pipe. A provision in the state's Clean Indoor
Retriever April 29, 2014
Under UMBC's smoking policy, however, electronic cigarettes are not
banned. ... produces smoke when burned, including substances that have
no tobacco. ... In fact, some e-cigarette users forego nicotine entirely,
instead opting for flavored ...
Box Is Banned, AG Debates, High School Graduation Rates ...
WYPR - April 29, 2014
E-Cigarette Legislation Goes Before City Council: Also at yesterdays
Baltimore City Council meeting, lawmakers got a first look at a bill
that would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes wherever smoking is forbidden.
The bill was introduced by City Councilman James Kraft. It would also
extend the laws that regulate tobacco distribution to e-cigarettes.
The Daily Record notes that a similar bill died in the General Assembly
Housing Authority smoking ban inflames residents
CapitalGazette.com - April 28, 2014
Smokers such as Watts living in Annapolis 790 public-housing units likely
have only a few more days of worry-free smoking inside. The Board of
Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis approved
a resolution on April 14 extending the inside smoking ban to all public
stores with pharmacies sell cigarettes?
Gazette.Net: Maryland - April 25, 2014
The council introduced a resolution Tuesday calling on the retailers
to stop selling cigarettes, saying it contradicts the sale of medicine
and health products in ...
Beach Debate To Begin Anew In Ocean City
The Dispatch - April 24, 2014
The issue of banning smoking on Ocean City's beach has been debated
throughout ... A public hearing was held in December of 2010 regarding
a smoking ban on ... Beach and Delaware state parks, have smoking bans
in place on the beach.
Co. asks pharmacists to stop selling tobacco products
WJLA - April 22, 2014
(WJLA) - Bruce Goodarzi says that not allowing pharmacies to sell tobacco
products ... he runs Rockville Pharmacy, and has always chosen not to
cigarettes spur local businesses
Diamondback Online - April 22, 2014
Since the University System of Maryland-wide smoking ban went into effect
in July, ... The state banned minors from purchasing e-cigarettes in
2012, and a state ...
Senate evaluates marijuana policy shift
Diamondback Online - April 16, 2014
The SSDP proposal does not aim to allow students to smoke marijuana
in dorms or other places that would violate the smoking ban, Hellwich
said. She noted ...
officials react to marijuana decriminalization bill
Frederick News Post (subscription) - April 15, 2014
In Frederick County, law enforcement leaders and elected officials expressed
a mixed bag of emotions after Gov. Martin OMalley signed off on the
marijuana decriminalization bill. The law makes it a civil offense to
possess or use less than 10 grams of marijuana, but the law fails to
establish rules for drug-free zones, smoking in schools and smoking
in public, among other things, he said. After the signing, Smith said
he will focus on efforts to draft local ordinances to ban smoking in
public. Other marijuana decriminalization bills in the United States
have included language prohibiting smoking in public, and its also illegal
in Amsterdam, a city known for its cannabis culture, Smith said. People
will be able to smoke marijuana alongside our children, and its not
against the law, he said.
police to enforce park smoking ban
Herald-Mail - April 9, 2014
The Hagerstown City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to approve a resolution
allowing designated auxiliary police officers to enforce the smoking
ban in the city's ...
Implements More Stringent Tobacco-Free Policy After Fatal ...
Fox Baltimore - April 9, 2014
The more stringent Tobacco-Free policy includes aspects on how to manage
non-compliant patients and visitors, up to and including 24/7 in-room
monitoring of ...
health professionals ask Ann Arbor City Council to pass outdoor smoking
The Ann Arbor News - April 8, 2014
Local public health professionals and experts from the University of
Michigan are among those lobbying the Ann Arbor City Council to pass
an ordinance banning smoking in certain outdoor locations, including
bus stops, parks and entrances to public buildings. Also supporting
it is Jim Bergman, co-director of the Center for Social Gerontology
and manager of the Smoke-Free Environmental Law Project in Michigan.
of Maryland Medical Center cited for safety concerns
WBAL Baltimore - April 8, 2014
Federal and state investigators have cited the University of Maryland
Medical Center for safety violations following the death of a patient
who died in a fire in his hospital room, the WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team
has learned. According to a UMMC spokesperson, "The hospital has
implemented a more stringent tobacco-free policy and will continue to
work with Medicare and Medicaid ...
Baltimore City Paper - April 8, 2014
The flavored e-juice I use in my new e-cigs contains nicotine, though
not all e-juices .... If e-cigarettes represent the new frontier, Abrams
wrote, tobacco control ... of e-cigarettes could compete with tobacco
companies and make the cigarette ...
E-cigarettes in the stadium [Letter]
Baltimore Sun - April 7, 2014
The FDA is concerned that e-cigarettes can increase nicotine addiction
in young people, that they may contain toxic ingredients and that there
have been no ...
City seriously mulling smoke-free beaches
Delmarva Now - April 6, 2014
Officials in Ocean City are seriously considering a smoking ban for
the beach and Boardwalk, on the heels of similar efforts by Delaware
beach towns. Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights says cigarette butts
are the most commonly discarded piece of waste worldwide, with an estimated
that 1.69 billion pounds ..
City Considers Ban of Smoking on the Beach
Franchise Herald - April 3, 2014
Ocean City, Md. City Council is considering a ban on smoking on the
beach. Ocean City receives eight million visitors each year, and is
seen by some as a ...
Wave Hits Ocean City
Patch.com - April 2, 2014
Lighting up a cigarette on the beach in Ocean City may soon be banned
by leaders in the summer resort mecca.
store owners plan College Park cafe, retail shop
Diamondback Online - April 2, 2014
This spring, two university alumni will open an electronic cigarette
and vapor ... being tobacco and menthol because they taste similar to
traditional cigarettes, ...
to regulate Baltimore County's hookah, vapor lounges [VIDEO]
WBAL Baltimore - April 2, 2014
Officials said it includes vapor lounges, where customers can purchase
and smoke electronic cigarettes. A vote on the bill could come early
On The Beach May Soon Be Illegal In Ocean City
CBS Local - April 1, 2014
OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ)If you enjoy a cigarette on the beach in Ocean
City you may not be able to light up there soon. The City Council is
considering a ban.
proposes hookah lounge regulations
Baltimore Sun - April 1, 2014
Under legislation Kamenetz will submit to the Baltimore County Council
next week, the hookah lounges, at which patrons smoke flavored tobacco
products out of ...
wants Baltimore County hookah bars to close by 9 p.m. on weekends
Baltimore Business Journal (blog) - April 1, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is trying to crack down on
the countys hookah lounges, amid a rash of late-night problems surrounding
the businesses. A statement from Kamenetzs office also cited health
concerns as a reason for limiting the hours of hookah and vapor lounges.
There is a real health risk connected with both the products used at
Hookah and Vapor Lounges, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Baltimore Countys
director of health and human services, said in the statement. Limiting
the hours of operation of these businesses is not only good for public
safety it is good for public health. Should e-cigarettes be allowed
in offices, restaurants and stores? Submit your vote
in smoke? Ocean City ponders ban on beach smoking
Baltimore Sun - March 31, 2014
Ocean City announced last week it will crack down on profanity on the
boardwalk, but the city council is also considering banning another
public vice smoking on the beach.
the editor: Spring Week 8 in Review
Diamondback Online - March 28, 2014
A state bill would cost the University System of Maryland for its smoking
ban. Its backers argue that the system is preventing people from buying
cigarettes and ...
the smoking ban
Diamondback Online - March 25, 2014
Lobbyists in Annapolis are trying to put this university in a bind Bereano
argues the systems smoking ban is costing tobacco retailers because
smokers on university system institutions campuses are buying fewer
cigarettes and tobacco products. In turn, he says, the state is losing
tax revenue. That missing revenue should come out of the systems budget,
the bills supporters say. Bereano, a seasoned schmoozer who has lobbied
in this state for more than 30 years, represented more than 40 employers
as of October. Among those was the Maryland Association of Tobacco &
Candy Distributors, a lobby whose very existence is flummoxing.
Council passes smoking ban near playgrounds, athletic fields
Baltimore Sun - March 24, 2014
Smoking near a playground, swimming pool or ball field in Baltimore
could bring a fine of up to $500 under a ban the City Council approved
Monday. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to sign the legislation,
which would make Baltimore the latest local government to ban lighting
up near places where children play.
use of e-cigarettes draws attention of entrepreneurs, lawmakers
Baltimore Sun - March 24, 2014
Annapolis businessman David Purdy started smoking when he was 15. He
tried nicotine patches to kick the addiction. Later, he tried Nicorette
gum. Neither ...
City Council to vote on controversial 'ban the box' bill
WBAL Baltimore - March 24, 2014
...Smoking ban vote, towing operations to be discussed, too The City
Council is also scheduled to hold a vote on a bill that bans smoking
near schools, playgrounds and athletic fields. Under the measure, any
person caught lighting up in a prohibited area could face a maximum
fine of $500. ...
ban may cost USM
Diamondback Online - March 24, 2014
Almost a year after the University Senate passed measures to limit smoking
on the campus, the state General Assembly is hearing a bill that would
make the University System of Maryland pay for smoking bans at its institutions.
A bill introduced by Del. John Wood (D-Charles and St. Marys) and backed
by tobacco lobbyist Bruce Bereano would reduce the amount of money going
to universities that adopt smoke-free policies. The deduction would
be proportionate to the amount of revenue the state receives from tobacco
taxes, which accounts for 2.8 percent of the states total revenue, according
to recent state projections. If the bill passes, university system funds
would take a similar hit percentagewise, which equates to about $33.8
million in fiscal year 2015. ...
is, or is not, safe for others to inhale? (Cumberland Times-News)
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online - March 21, 2014
Research indicates that emissions from e-cigarettes pose no apparent
health risks to innocent bystanders which doesn't mean there
is no risk. E-cigarettes ...
Would Ban E-Cigarette Use in Maryland's Public Places
Patch.com - March 19, 2014
E-cigarettes contain a liquid solution that usually contains a mix of
nicotine, flavoring, and propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. The
device heats up the ...
Baltimore Sun - March 18, 2014
Polls show a majority of Americans support bans on smoking in public
places. ... Its commissioners voted to ban smoking not only on most
of its beach but all ... The town has tougher rules about skim boards
(which are banned between the ...
Would Ban E-Cigarette Use in Maryland's Public Places
Harford and Anne Arundel Counties have restrictions on the use of
e-cigarettes. Could the rest of the state soon follow?
Patch.com - March 18, 2014
E-cigarettes contain a liquid solution that usually contains a mix of
nicotine, flavoring, and propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. The
device heats up the ...
smoking ban violates privacy rights [Letter]
Baltimore Sun - March 18, 2014
Baltimore County's proposed smoking ban violates the constitutional
rights of Marylanders ("Council votes to restrict smoking in Baltimore
County parks," Feb. 18). I agree that smoking is unhealthy. But
that is a private matter; people have a right to smoke if they want
to. They drink beer, wine or whiskey in the parks, but I ...
would ban e-cigarette use in public places
Cumberland Times-News - March 16, 2014
As the popularity of e-cigarettes continues to rise, so does the concern
over the health implications of e-cigarettes. Theres decades of research
that concludes that tobacco smoke from traditional cigarettes is harmful.
year now to end June 13 for Carroll public school students
Carroll County Times-by Alisha George - March 13, 2014
The board was told about an increase in violations involving electronic
cigarettes in schools. Revisions have been made to align the disciplinary
Flavored Cigar Ban Defeated in Maryland
Convenience Store Decisions - March 12, 2014
A Maryland bill that aimed to prohibit the sale of flavored cigars and
limit the sale and distribution of single cigars has been defeated,
according to the Cigar Association of America (CAA), which lobbied extensively
to prevent the bill from becoming law.
E-Cigarettes Be Banned In Public Spaces?
WBAL Radio - March 12, 2014
Should e-cigarettes be banned in public spaces? In Maryland, some lawmakers
are proposing the ban. At the moment, the products cannot be sold to
ban on e-cigarettes in public places draws opposition
Southern Maryland Online - March 11, 2014
Maryland became the latest in a series of states struggling with how
to regulate electronic cigarettes this past week when a bill aiming
to ban them in public places was heard in a House committee.
Hall Notebook: Council Sends Subpoenas And Box Ban To Final Vote
WYPR - March 11, 2014
The council also sent a bill that bans smoking within 50 feet of a playground
or athletic field to a final vote; doing so after public swimming pools
were added to the list...
Md. Law Would Treat E-Cigs Like Traditional Tobacco
CBS Local - March 7, 2014
... alternative to traditional smoking, could eventually be banned in
public meeting places, ... Miller was also instrumental in crafting
legislation to ban the sale of ...
Success Coach - One-year Appointment
Inside Higher Ed - March 7, 2014
For best consideration apply by March 30, 2014. HCC is a smoke/tobacco-free
campus. HCC is an AA/EEO/ADA employer committed to diversity in the
would ban e-smoking in Md. bars, restaurants
WTOP - March 6, 2014
WASHINGTON -- One Maryland lawmaker wants to expand bans on smoking
in bars and restaurants to electronic cigarettes, commonly referred
to as ...
Seeks To Restrict E-Cigarettes
WBAL Radio - March 5, 2014
Those who use electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes packed a House committee
hearing room in Annapolis Wednesday, at a hearing on a bill to subject
City Council Meeting Preview
WYPR - March 3, 2014
On the agenda: the so-called ban the box bill, a measure imposing limited
bans on smoking at city parks, and confirmation of Niles Ford to be
the city's new Fire ...
stores ignite in Catonsville
Baltimore Sun - February 26, 2014
The popularity of electronic smoking devices has prompted one Arbutus
businessman to expand to Catonsville, even as two other entrepreneurs
look to capitalize on the phenomenon in the area.
Two retired Baltimore City police officers, Rick Willard and Kevin Hoff,
will open an electronic smoking store called Gypsy Vape on Saturday,
March 1, at 5602 Baltimore National Pike, in the Charing Cross Shopping
passes bill to ban smoking on school grounds at all times
CapitalGazette.com - February 24, 2014
The Maryland Senate on Friday passed legislation that would allow a
county board of education to prohibit smoking on public school property
VFW post gets boost from tie-dyed neighbors
Bismarck Tribune - February 22, 2014
TAKOMA PARK, Md. (AP) For more than 15 years, Bob Patten passed the
little block building near his house the one with the anti-aircraft
gun in the parking lot without going inside. A self-described typical
Takoma Park liberal ("retired peace activist turned bicycle transportation
planner"), he'd never had much reason to pay a call on the town's
tiny VFW post. Many have banned smoking, even where local law doesn't
require it. "A lot of them are now really depending on community
involvement," Law said. At Post 350 ...
Council bans some outdoor smoking
NBCnews.com - February 19, 2014
The circle continues to get smaller for smokers in Baltimore County
as the County Council on Tuesday took a final vote to ban smoking in
certain outdoor areas. The 6-0 council vote was meant to augment the
state's existing smoking ban in most indoor public places.
II of UMBC's smoking ban policy to begin
Retriever - February 19, 2014
Monetary fines are now set to be issued to future violators of the campus
ban. ... The policy has led to the creation of two areas wherein smoking
is permitted on ...
votes to restrict smoking in Baltimore County parks
Baltimore Sun - February 18, 2014
Smoking will be banned in parts of Baltimore County parks under legislation
... The measure, which passed 6-0 with one member absent, bans smoking
at ... Some council members wanted a smoking ban on all parkland, but
others felt that ...
would restrict smoking in county, city parks: outdoor bans proposed
for public playgrounds, athletic fields
Baltimore Sun February 12, 2014
Lighting up a cigarette on playgrounds, athletic fields and other areas
in public parks could draw a $50 fine in Baltimore County and $500 in
the city under legislation being considered in those jurisdictions.
Supporters of bans on tobacco use say establishing no-smoking zones
in public parks would protect children from secondhand smoke. Baltimore
City Councilman William H. Cole IV introduced legislation last month
after constituents complained about smoking at Latrobe Park in Locust
Point. Nationwide, parks are a relatively new front in the decades-long
conflict over public smoking. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington,
Boston and San Francisco have imposed bans in recent years. The American
Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation says some 900 municipalities have declared
could cut smoking in Montgomery, Prince Georges public parks
Gaithersburg (MD) Gazette February 12, 2014
A smoking ban on parkland in Montgomery and Prince Georges counties
is being considered in Annapolis. The proposal, in a bill filed on Friday,
would require action by the Maryland General Assembly
Lawmakers Debate The Dangers Of Electronic Cigarettes [VIDEO]
Fox Baltimore - February 11, 2014
Electronic cigarettes, or 'e-cigarettes,' are becoming popular among
those trying to quit smoking. Now lawmakers are debating their potential
hazards. Maryland lawmakers imposed a statewide ban on smoking in the
workplace in 2007. Now they are considering extending that ban to electronic
seeks clearer smoking area definition
Diamondback Online - February 3, 2014
Seven months after the on-campus smoking ban went into effect, the designated
smoking areas continue to be controversial, and RHA officials said the
key to greater effectiveness might be clearer information.
proposed to ban smoking in public parks
Carroll County Times - January 29, 2014
Baltimore County Councilmembers David Marks, Tom Quirk and Vicki Almond
introduced a bill to prohibit smoking within certain areas of Baltimore
County Recreation and Parks facilities, including open air public parks,
at the Jan. 22 council meeting.
Bans Smoking at Baltimore County Playgrounds
Patch.com - January 27, 2014
A proposed bill bans smoking at Baltimore County owned playgrounds and
Sabo | Are VFWs promoting slow form of suicide?
The Tribune-Democrat - January 24, 2014
In Pennsylvania, at least, it seems that the common bond these veterans
and their friends share is that they smoke cigarettes, and a convenient
place, and one of the few allowed by Pennsylvania law, to share each
others smoke is the VFW. Members of VFWs in Maryland dont have similar
freedom to damage their health. A friend who lives in Baltimore invited
me to a fund-raising dinner. The entertainment, food and cause all sounded
appealing, and I was about to accept when he said the event would be
held at the VFW in Pasadena. I said I would rather not spend an evening
breathing other peoples smoke. He was surprised, saying that smoking
is not permitted in VFWs in Maryland. He went on to explain that Maryland
had discovered that members-only clubs that permitted smoking were selling
social memberships that allowed smokers to buy their way in for the
primary purpose of finding a place to support their smoking habits.
Maryland closed a loophole; VFWs, as well as other private organizations,
became smoke free.
Hall Notebook: City Council and Mayor Supports Smoking Ban
WYPR - January 14, 2014
...Most jurisdictions, large jurisdictions, have outright bans
of smoking in parks and I didn't want to go that far, said Cole
who represents parts of South and ...
Restaurant Smoking Ban Could Extend To Outdoor Areas
Bethesda Now - January 13, 2014
UPDATE 1:00 p.m. Judy Jablow, chief of staff for Councilmember Nancy
Floreen, said Floreen will not introduce the outdoor smoking prohibition
bill on Tuesday, ...
members crafting bill to ban smoking in Baltimore County parks
Baltimore Sun - January 6, 2014
Several Baltimore County Council members say they're planning to introduce
legislation in the coming weeks that will seek to ban smoking at all
Butts About It: UMd. Smoking Ban Lacks Enforcement
CBS Local - January 5, 2014
The push for a smoke-free campus is underway at the University of Maryland,
College Park, but is administration just blowing smoke? Last July, the
university joined the rest of the University System of Maryland institutions
in banning smoking on-campus. But several months since the policy went
into effect, no disciplinary methods have been adopted or enforced.
colleges join national movement to snuff out student smoking
Cecil Daily - December 17, 2013
About one-third of Maryland colleges and universities have decided
to follow a recent national trend to ban smoking on college campuses.
... Across the country, colleges and universities are rapidly adopting
smoke-free policies. Since 2010, the number of smoke-free campuses has
more than doubled, and 1,127 institutions now prohibit puffing on their
premises, according to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, which
collects national data on smoke-free initiatives. Were seeing
activity in all corners of the country and by all kinds of campuses,
said Liz Williams, a project manager for the American Nonsmokers Rights
Foundation. In the last four years, weve seen a massive
uptake [of smoke-free policies]. Williams said there has been
slightly more activity from state and publicly-funded universities,
which is consistent with the pattern in Maryland where it is legal to
light up at more than 20 private institutions ...
Senate makes progress with smoking ban, conduct ...
Diamondback Online - December 16, 2013
During the 2012-13 academic year, the University Senate saw the passage
of an expanded Good Samaritan policy to cover all drug-related emergencies,
an implementation plan for the campuswide smoking ban that went into
effect over the summer and an expansion of the universitys conduct code
jurisdiction to cover violations that occur off the campus.
reconsiders smoking ban enforcement policies
Diamondback Online - December 11, 2013
A smoke-free UMD sticker reminds passersby of the campus smoking ban,
which went into effect in July. The Residence Hall Association hopes
to change the ...
ban is not too much to ask
So Md News - November 15, 2013
I 100-percent support the effort in trying to make our public parks
free from harmful secondhand cigarette smoke. As the county D.A.R.E.
program coordinator, I have spent countless hours educating young children
about the harmful effects of tobacco and secondhand tobacco smoke. According
to the Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 440,000 deaths
annually in the United States as a result of tobacco use. Out of that
number, 49,400 deaths per year are from secondhand smoke exposure.
votes for strengthening smoking ban enforcement
Diamondback Online - November 14, 2013
During Kristen Essels weekly floor meeting, a student expressed concern
that the campuswide smoking ban wasnt enforced and her resident assistant
told the student there was no way to do so So the RHA unanimously passed
a smoking ban resolution Tuesday night to try to improve the bans enforcement,
including upholding administrative sanctions and supporting possible
new efforts such as more RA training and a memo to the campus community.
MGM's Potential Maryland Project Would Be Its First Smoke Free Casino
CardPlayer.com - November 11, 2013
If MGM Resorts International wins the right to build a brand new casino
in Prince Georges County, Maryland it would be the casino giants first
smoke-free casino anywhere in the world, according to reporting from
The Washington Post.
County Council Delays Vote on E Cigarette Ban Reviews ...
SBWire (press release) - November 6, 2013
Prince Georges County Council is delaying the proposed e cigarette legislation
and is holding off the voting until the results of the study to be conducted
by UMD researcher, Dr Pamela Clark are released. As no evidence till
date brings e cigarettes under ban, Clark is conducting a $19 million
study examining the effects of e cigarette use among other unregulated
tobacco products. Clark is considering a review on electronic cigarettes
and is intended to keep researching on the issue till major health risk
associated with e cigs is found.
County Holds Off on E-Cigarette Ban
NBC4 Washington - November 5, 2013
Prince George's County Council has delayed passing a ban on e-cigarettes,
... "Smoking is so deadly and with e-cigarettes, you're still smoking
but you are not ...
casino in Prince George's County would be MGM ...
Washington Post - October 30, 2013
Smoking is already banned in Maryland casinos and will be not be permitted
in the ... force behind state laws that now ban smoking in restaurants,
bars and casinos. ... including Nevada have created exceptions
to smoking bans for casinos.
update on UMBC's Smoke-Free Campus Policy
Retriever - October 30, 2013
UMBC has seen a substantial amount of smoking around campus in spite
of the new Smoke-Free Campus policy. So far this semester, a total of
45 verbal ...
made fair call in keeping park smoking to parking lots
So Md News - October 25, 2013
In response to Beth Bubsers Oct. 23 letter to the editor [There is no
reasonable compromise for secondhand smoke, The Calvert Recorder], I
would like to submit the following: Let me start off by saying I dont
smoke never have, never will and believe it is a nasty habit. Smoking
isnt really an issue I concern myself with, but when extreme views are
expressed on a particular issue, it is imperative that someone call
it out for what it is: extreme. As a non-smoker, I feel the current
smoking policy limiting smoking to the parking areas of our county parks
is a reasonable compromise as opposed to other extreme views one way
or the other.
to be banned in Hagerstown parks
WTOP - October 24, 2013
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Smoking is set to be banned at Hagerstown's city-owned
considers restricting outdoor smoking areas
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online - October 22, 2013
A total ban would eliminate the right to smoke on all property owned
or leased ... Rockville banned any smoking within 40 feet of playground
sites at all city parks ...
George's County Council proposes 'e-cig' ban
Gaithersburg (MD) Gazette - October 18, 2013
Electronic cigarettes are hailed as a safe alternative to smoking, but
Prince Georges County officials are skeptical retailers arent
just blowing smoke on the potential long-term effects and are proposing
a ban on the devices. ...
Parks Go Smoke Free
WHAG-TV NBC25 - Your4State.com - October 18, 2013
Smoking will be put to a stop at all local parks managed by the City
of Hagerstown, effective Monday, October 28. The smoke-free policy is
put in effect to protect children and adults from the dangers of second
hand smoke. ...
Air's Vape Lounge taps into e-cigarette market
Baltimore Sun - October 15, 2013
Cuchiella had started vaping using e-cigarettes in March.
... in 2008 to 3.5 million in 2012, according to the Tobacco Vapor Electronic
mini-grant proposals sought
DelmarvaNow.com - October 14, 2013
Somerset County Health Department, on behalf of the Cigarette Restitution
Fund Cancer/Tobacco Community Coalition, is soliciting mini grant proposals
from nonprofit or governmental organizations serving Somerset County
that are interested in preventing ...
gains center with $19M from FDA, NIH for tobacco research
Diamondback Online - October 2, 2013
The Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health
are launching a Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science at this university,
one of 14 centers of its kind across the nation. The university received
about $19 million from the two federal departments to fund the research.
column: Are we smoke-free?
Diamondback Online - September 26, 2013
On July 1, university President Wallace Loh announced a new policy that
would make this university a smoke-free institution, noting this policy
applies to ...
ban goes up in smoke
Diamondback Online - September 24, 2013
For being a smoke-free campus, this university sure has a lot of cigarette
butts lying around. After the Board of Regents, the 17-member board
that sets university system policy, voted unanimously in July 2012 to
ban smoking on all campuses in the University System of Maryland, I
thought I would be free of tobaccos horrible odor and resulting lung
irritation. Finally, I would be able to walk into McKeldin Library without
wheezing. I would be free to leave my dorm windows open without the
risk of secondhand smoke wafting in, and my eyes wouldnt itch constantly
as I walked to class. Clearly, this was only wishful thinking.
ban on smoking is for the best
Retriever - August 31, 2013
Walking onto campus for the first time this summer, I was honestly surprised
by the fresh and smoke-free atmosphere. Sitting outside the University
Center was ...
Daily American Online - August 23, 2013
Students and visitors to the Allegany College of Marylands Somerset
County Campus will notice a new sign at the entrance announcing a campus-wide
tobacco ban. Ronald Bayer and Kathleen Bachnynski, researchers at Columbias
Mailman School of Public Health, write in the current issue of the journal
Health Affairs that tobacco bans are part of a concerted effort to de-normalize
smoking to increasingly restrict the places in which smoking can take
residents talk about proposed smoking ban in parks ...
The Herald-Mail - August 23, 2013
Although Nicole Kidwell described herself as a smoker, she expressed
support Thursday for a proposed ban on smoking in all city parks and
public pools in ...
considering smoking ban in parks, pools
The Herald-Mail - August 22, 2013
Hagerstown officials appear poised to ban smoking in all city parks
and public pools. ... However, smoking would be banned inside Potterfield
Pool, where the ...
editorial: To smoke or not to smoke?
Diamondback Online - July 10, 2013
In most of the United States, at the age of 18, each individual is afforded
the right to buy and smoke tobacco products. Although smoking has been
established as an unhealthy, harmful habit, it is legal. Yet institutions
such as the University System of Maryland, including this university,
have worked to implement restrictions on smokers in efforts to establish
a healthier environment on state campuses.
secondhand smoke case ends, but leaves door open to similar litigation
Gaithersburg (MD) Gazette - July 6, 2013
A Greenbelt mans secondhand smoke lawsuit against his neighbors and
housing cooperative Greenbelt Homes Inc. has gone up in smoke on appeal,
but experts say this may not be the last such case.
Becomes Smoke-Free Campus
WBOC TV 16 - July 2, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore became a
smoke-free campus, effective Monday, July 1. Smoking is prohibited by
should implement a tobacco-free parks policy
So Md News-May 29, 2013
This is in response to the letter from Beth Bubser [Calvert should
ban smoking in parks, May 15, The Calvert Recorder] regarding
implementation of a ...
put camera in Glen Burnie High School bathroom to deter smoking
Capital Gazette Communications - April 30, 2013
The Anne Arundel County police officer who placed a camera in the Glen
Burnie High School bathroom told investigators he did it to deter students
from smoking. The officer, who has since returned to duty, made the
admission to investigators after the ...
for the USM smoking policy soon affecting UMBC
Retriever - April 16, 2013
Steps towards a smoke-free campus are continuing to be made with collaborative
efforts from UMBCs Student Government Association (SGA) and the Smoke-Free
Task Force. Beginning July 1, UMBCs campus will be joining the many
other institutions in Maryland who have already gone smoke-free.
Yards' smoking ban in effect on Opening Day
Baltimore Sun April 5, 2013
Camden Yards was one of 10 Major League Baseball ballparks that had
designated smoking areas within the ballpark last season, according
to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
Neighbors Go Tobacco-Free Starting May 1
The Dispatch - April 5, 2013
The new tobacco-free campus policy comprises cigarettes, pipes and cigars
as well as all smokeless tobacco products, which are prohibited in all
ban in Camden Yards takes effect on Opening Day
Baltimore Sun (blog) - April 5, 2013
On March 4, the Maryland Stadium Authority's smoking ban went into effect
at the Camden Yards sports complex, which includes Oriole Park and M&T
designated smoking areas in U. Senate-approved ban
Diamondback Online - April 5, 2013
The University Senate approved an implementation plan for the campuswide
smoking ban scheduled to go into effect on July 1, delaying punitive
enforcement for at least a year and not calling for designated smoking
Ban smoking in all public places
Gaithersburg (MD) Gazette - April 4, 2013
I work in a medical building, and when I walk toward the building, there
are many people smoking in front of it. I have to cover my mouth and
stop breathing, so I can protect myself from secondhand smoke. Smokers
should not be allowed to smoke in public ...
Frederick News Post March 22, 2013
Take a look around and you'll see it almost everywhere -- a driver,
an adult, sitting up front behind the steering wheel, casually puffing
away on a cigarette, maybe even with the window nominally cracked to
seem not entirely oblivious to the lungs of the young child or children
in the back. Of course, since the interior of a car is a confined space,
it's hard to imagine that opening a window does anything more than drive
the smoke into the back of the vehicle. You'd think in-car smokers would
be more responsible. After all, the effects of secondhand smoke on health
are well-known and well-understood by many if not all.
the Maryland General Assembly will overcome the cries of "nanny
state" and "government overreach" by opponents and pass
a sensible piece of legislation to curb parents (or others) who don't
seem to get that smoking in a car with kids in it is just plain stupid.
votes to ban smoking in cars with kids
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online - March 22, 2013
After years of lobbying by a Montgomery County senator, the Maryland
Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would prohibit drivers and passengers
in vehicles from smoking when a child younger than age 8 is present.
The Senate passed the bill 27-20, the second year in a row the chamber
has voted to support it, giving Sen. Jennie M. Forehand (D-Dist. 17)
of Rockville a chance to see her bill go into law after seven years
of trying. The bill now heads to the House of Delegates for consideration.
OKs Ban on Smoking in Cars With Young Kids
WBOC TV 16-March 20, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has approved a ban on smoking
in vehicles if a child under eight is a passenger. The Senate passed
the measure ...
tobacco industry: Behind the numbers
Baltimore Business Journal March 12, 2013
Last week the Baltimore Business Journal reported on Marylands
Cigarette Restitution Fund, a pot of money that is intended to go toward
programs for cancer treatment and research, smoking cessation
Cigarette Restitution Fund faces drop in dollars
Baltimore Business Journal March 8, 2013
A state fund that pays for tobacco programs and cancer research is slowly
losing money, and in the coming years state leaders will have to decide
whether they will come up with a way to save the fund or let it fade
smoking ban protects public health
Baltimore Sun (blog) - March 4, 2013
The Maryland Stadium Authority's decision to prohibit smoking at both
Camden Yards and at M&T Bank Stadium is great news for sports fans
("State Authority bans smoking at M&T Stadium, Oriole Park,"
Feb. 26). Secondhand smoke causes serious disease and premature death
among nonsmokers, and there is no safe level of exposure. A study conducted
at the University of Maryland Baltimore County found that even outdoors,
nonsmokers up to a distance of 23 feet away or more are still exposed
Ravens, Baltimore Orioles Ban Smoking at Games
FanSided-February 27, 2013
Going into effect on March 4th, the Camden Yards Sports Complex will
enforce a complete smoking ban, at Camden Yard, the home of the Baltimore
Sports Fans Fired Up About New Stadium Smoking Ban
CBS Local-February 27, 2013
The ban prohibits smoking within 25 feet of any entry. The teams are
working on a plan that would allow smokers to leave the stadium to smoke,
banned within Camden Yards stadiums
CBS Local - February 26, 2013
The Maryland Stadium Authority will prohibit smoking inside stadiums
at the Camden Yards Sports Complex. A spokesman for the authority said
Monday that the rule will take effect March 4 and will apply to all
games and events held within Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T
Stadium Authority bans smoking in all areas of Camden Yards, M&T
Smokers had been able to light up in designated areas; new policy
follows rule at majority of pro stadiums
Baltimore Sun February 25, 2013
Coleen Deems sat down after every Ravens season and wrote a letter to
the team, asking it to ban smoking at the stadium. This year, when her
10-year-old grandson looked up and said, I have to hold my breath,
while walking past a designated smoking area at M&T Bank Stadium,
the 11-year season-ticket holder became more determined and considered
tracking down the personal email address of team owner Steve Bisciotti.
Hall Association seeks input on campus-wide smoking ban
Diamondback Online - February 19, 2013
The main purpose of the town halls is not to have people complain
about the smoking ban, because that's already been decided it's
going to happen, Singh ...
County passes ban on smoking on county property
Washington Examiner-February 12, 2013
Smokers will have to steer clear of county-owned property or bus shelters
when they light up, under a ban passed by the Montgomery County Council
OUT: County Council Approves Smoking Ban ... Do You?
Kensington (MD) Patch.com-February 12, 2013
The passage of [the smoking ban] will help us to protect our residents,
employees and visitors from dangerous exposure. I applaud my colleagues
for standing ...
extends smoking ban on county-owned property, exempts golf course
Baltimore Business Journal Morning Edition- February 13, 2013
Smoking will now be prohibited on most Montgomery County-owned property,
including parks and bus shelters, as the County Council passed legislation
Tuesday to extend Montgomery's smoking ban already ...
should not be banned
Retriever - February 11, 2013
Less smoke is good for campus health, but it is not worth the price
of restricting liberties. We dont ban every activity that harms
bystanders, and banning smoking is morally questionable. However, UMBC
is extremely fortunate, and may be able to mitigate the unintended consequences
of a total ban by choosing how the ban is implemented.
Council Agenda: Smoking Ban Nears Vote, Hearings for ...
Rockville (MD) Patch.com - February 11, 2013
The proposed smoking ban on all Montgomery County-owned property is
nearing a vote as the County Council is set to hear the bill's final
reading at Tuesday's meeting. ...
County officials would not fine smokers under ban
Washington Examiner - February 9, 2013
A proposed smoking ban on Montgomery County property would not be enforced
by county officials, under the terms of the legislation.
committee suggests changes to smoking-ban proposal
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online - February 6, 2013
The committee also agreed not to ban smoking on the county's golf courses
... in county-owned housing will not be banned from smoking on the property,
but all ...
CapitalGazette.com - January 31, 2013
Feb. 1 will mark the fifth anniversary of the Maryland Clean Indoor
Air Law going into effect. Contrary to the dire predictions of the tobacco
lobbyists and many members of the Maryland General Assembly, the restaurants,
bars, casinos and tourist businesses are thriving.
Council: Residents Dislike Proposed Smoking Ban, BRT ...
Patch.com-Jan 25, 2013
County Residents Speak Out Against Proposed Smoking Ban. A bill, introduced
by Councilwoman Nancy M. Floreen, intending to ban smoking on any property
the County Agenda: Smoking Ban Public Hearing, Firearm ...
Takoma Park (MD) Patch.com - January 22, 2013
... proposal to ban smoking on any property owned or leased by county
government. ... and state lawmakers to tighten restrictions on gun and
proposal: Riders should clean up after horses
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online - January 22, 2013
We look at it as a beginning, Neustadt said. Other proposed changes
include a smoking ban on the property and allowing hiking and bird-watching
hearing for Montgomery smoking ban delayed
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online - January 16, 2013
Montgomery County residents can weigh in a week later than planned about
a bill that would ban smoking on county property. A public hearing for
the bill, ...
County considers smoking ban
WJLA - January 15, 2013
Councilmember Nancy Floreen came up with the proposal, which would ban
... Four years ago, the state banned smoking in all enclosed public
areas and many ...
Health Offices Now 'Smoke Free'
The Dispatch-January 11, 2013
SNOW HILL -- The air cleared up in Worcester County a little bit more
last week when the County Commission voted to make County Health Department
ban would protect public health
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online - December 5, 2012
Secondhand smoke is classified as a known human carcinogen,
and it is responsible for about 3,400 lung cancer deaths in non-smoking
adults in the U.S. each year. So when The Gazette asks, How far
are Montgomery Countys overprotective overseers willing to go?
[Nov. 20, Kicking Montgomerys smokers to the curb]
I say, as far as the countys property line. As elected officials,
we at the County Council are stewards for public health, and it is our
responsibility to make sure our public facilities are healthy and safe.
introduced to ban smoking on all Montgomery County property
Washington Examiner - November 28, 2012
Smoking on land owned by Montgomery County would be banned under legislation
introduced at the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday.
lawmaker wants to ban smoking on county property
MyFox Washington DC - November 9, 2012
ROCKVILLE, Md. - A Montgomery County lawmaker wants to ban smoking on
all property owned and leased by the county.
bill would ban smoking on all MoCo government property
WTOP - November 9, 2012
One way to do that, she says, is to ban smoking on all Montgomery County-owned
property and property leased by the county. "We do have places
lawmaker proposes smoking ban on county property
Washington Examiner - November 8, 2012
A Montgomery County Council member is proposing a smoking ban on county-owned
property. The bill, by Councilwoman Nancy Floreen, D-at large, would
ban smoking on all property owned or leased by Montgomery County. The
only exceptions would be for public right of ways and areas such as
bus shelters and sidewalks, said County Council spokesman Neil Greenberger.
County considers smoking ban in county buildings
Washington Post-by Victor Zapana - November 8, 2012
Montgomery County Council member Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) will introduce
the bill at a council meting Nov. 20 and will hold a news conference
on the law Nov. 15. A majority of council members have already expressed
support for the law.
ignite the smoking ban
Diamondback Online - November 5, 2012
Although smoking bans on campuses have vastly increased over
the past few years, this ban is an infringement on individual liberty.
Supporters of smoking ...
Senate crafting plan for smoking ban
Diamondback Online - November 1, 2012
With implementation of a campus-wide smoking ban nine months away, the
University Senate is leaning toward recommending a respect-based
policy. The senates Campus Affairs Committee will likely suggest
a statute that encourages students, faculty, staff and visitors to refrain
from smoking and informs smokers the university has a nonsmoking campus,
said committee chairwoman Marcy Marinelli. Though administrators must
put a ban into effect by July to align the campus with University System
of Maryland policies, several committee members said the university
does not have the resources to strictly enforce such a policy.
County lawmakers consider more smoking bans
Washington Examiner - October 18, 2012
Montgomery County lawmakers are considering new ways to prevent people
from smoking, including more restrictions on where smoking is allowed.
Last year, Montgomery County banned smoking in apartment buildings'
common spaces, like laundry rooms, hallways and lobbies, as well as
within 25 feet of buildings' playgrounds.
Public Hearing For Proposed Development Changes
Patch.com - October 1, 2012
An ordinance adjusting Bel Air town regulations on smoking lounges is
up for a public hearing Monday night. After the town received a request
from a business ...
To Vote On Changes Impacting Smoking Lounges
The Bel Air Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on development
regulation changes following a public hearing
Bel Air (MD) Patch.com - October 1, 2012
An ordinance adjusting Bel Air town regulations on smoking lounges is
up for a public hearing Monday night. After the town received a request
from a business owner hoping to open a hookah lounge in Bel Air, proposed
changes to the town's development regulations were brought to the board
smoking in Baltimore's stadiums
Baltimore Sun - September 19, 2012
Several other NFL and MLB venues have already banned smoking completely.
You can't light up once inside the gates. It's typical of the political
hypocrites that ...
Air considers smoking lounge rules after hookah bar inquiry
Baltimore Sun - September 18, 2012
An inquiry about opening a hookah lounge in Bel Air is prompting one
of several proposed changes to the town's development regulations that
were introduced at Monday's town meeting. A new subsection is proposed
to regulate smoking lounges, Planning Director Kevin Small told members
of the board of town commissioners, explaining how after his office
received the inquiry about what would presumably become the town's first
hookah lounge, he realized the current regulations are inadequate to
address such activities.
Senate skeptical of Board of Regents' campuswide ...
Diamondback Online - August 30, 2012
Members of the University Senate thought they had laid the issue of
a campuswide smoking ban to rest. Until a vote by the University System
of Marylands Board of Regents charged campuses to go smoke-free
by next summer leaving the senates most powerful subcommittee
to decide how to best implement the policy at its meeting yesterday
many university officials had simply accepted a subcommittees
decision from 2010 that a smoking ban would be impractical and difficult
announces system-wide smoking ban
Towerlight - August 23, 2012
A new initiative passed by the University System of Maryland Board of
Regents last month banned smoking on all campuses within the USM. The
new initiative ...
George's County Bans Smoking In Public Housing
WAMU - August 17, 2012
Prince George's County Bans Smoking In Public Housing ... Public housing
residents in Prince George's County will soon be banned from smoking
in ... Housing and Community Development is working on guidelines for
implementing the ban.
students vie for designated areas for new smoking ban
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online - August 2, 2012
While the University System of Maryland has approved a measure to establish
nonsmoking policies on each of its 12 campuses including the University
of Maryland, College Park, students and staff are questioning the enforcement
of such a policy and suggesting university officials designate smoking
areas on campus rather than establishing a campus-wide ban.
editorial: Smoke without the fire
Diamondback Online - July 19, 2012
OUR VIEW: The Board of Regents' decision to institute a smoking ban
will be too ... But the Board of Regents took matters into its own hands
and banned smoking on all 11 ... Many people have cited schools in the
state that have similar bans.
University of Maryland goes smoke-free
Examiner.com - July 18, 2012
The policy, which will take effect on June 30, 2013, prohibits smoking
on campus grounds, outdoor structures, and in school vehicles. Each
university president, however, will be able to designate a very
limited area where smoking may occur without interfering with
the health of others.
City Could See Smoke-Free Beaches
DCist.com - July 9, 2012
Only weeks after passing a law that makes having an open alcoholic
container in public a misdemeanor offense, officials in Ocean City are
revisiting a debate ...
Beach Streets Pitched For Ocean City
The Dispatch - July 6, 2012
OCEAN CITY The Mayor and City Council have voiced a consensus
to move forward in creating smoke-free areas on the beach by next summer.
Terry Steimer ...
smoking ban possibility reignites
Delmarva Now - July 6, 2012
Ultimately, smoking in parks was the only ban enacted. In 2008, Bethany
Beach banned smoking on its beaches and Boardwalk from May 15 through
panel urges broader smoking ban
Washington Examiner - July 3, 2012
Montgomery County should ban smoking in front of stores and at shopping
centers, the county's Commission on Health is recommending.
tobacco ban part of larger trend in schools
Baltimore Sun - June 22, 2012
The Community College of Baltimore County plans to snuff out tobacco
use on its campuses starting July 1, continuing a trend already found
at many other schools in the Baltimore area.
Win Right to Vote on Smoke-Free Rows
Greenbelt (MD) Patch.com April 18, 2012
Neighbors gained the right to vote on creating smoke-free rows of homes
in their ... any row in their cooperative housing community a chance
to ban smoking. ...
Annapolis Capital - Apr 14, 2012
Public housing officials say they will ban smoking within one of their
buildings this year, ... only about 140 have smoking bans, local officials
ban slated for public housing
The (Annapolis, MD) Capital, 2012-04-14
Elisha Sauers, Staff Writer Capital Gazette Communications
Public housing officials say they will ban smoking within one of their
buildings this year, with plans to eventually prohibit smoking in all
of their residences.
to restrict smoking nearly snuffed out in Md.
WTOP - March 27, 2012
Proposed smoking restrictions aren't catching fire in Annapolis as
the Maryland General Assembly reaches the final weeks of a 90-day session.
A bill to keep adults from smoking with children in the car went nowhere.
Another that would declare smoking a nuisance in condos, townhomes and
apartment buildings -- effectively banning smoking if a resident made
a complaint -- also ran into trouble. Another that would declare smoking
a nuisance in condos, townhomes and apartment buildings -- effectively
banning smoking if a resident made a complaint
ban in vehicles with children passes Senate
Maryland Reporter - March 15, 2012
A controversial bill that would ban smoking in any vehicle with a passenger
younger than 8 passed the state Senate 27-19 on Wednesday after debate
that centered largely over the role of government.
Passes Vehicle Smoking Ban
WBAL Baltimore - March 14, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Maryland Senate passed a bill Wednesday that
would ban smoking in a car with a young child inside. The Senate passed
the bill 27-19 ...
city expected to partially ban smoking in parks
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online - March 13, 2012
by Tripp Laino, Staff Writer
Frederick's Board of Aldermen is likely to ban smoking in certain areas
of city parks on Thursday. The proposed ban prevents ...
To Become Tobacco-Free Campus
Patch.com (MD)- March 13, 2012
UMBC hasn't made the switch to becoming a smoke-free campus, but has
taken moves to restrict places where one can smoke. Last summer, Howard
County banned ...
MD Senator Forehand Discusses Vehicle Smoking Bill
WTTG Fox 5 (Washington, DC), 2012-03-13
Proponents say while second-hand smoke is harmful to children of all
ages, limiting the ban to children under eight will make the law easier
banning smoking with child in car faces fight
Baltimore Sun - March 7, 2012
Republican senators sent strong signals Tuesday that they intend to
put up a fight over a bill that would ban smoking in a vehicle occupied
by a child under ...
Baltimore Sun - March 7, 2012
If the smoking ban on Harford County government properties applies
to parks ... 1, smoking on county property was banned, a move that came
as welcome news ...
Smoke Appeal Accepted as Issue Grows in Greenbelt
After the Court of Appeals granted Schuman's request to appeal his
secondhand smoke case, 11 co-opsmoke-free row of homes
Patch.org (MD), 2012-03-06
Bailey Henneberg Greenbelt
Just a month after David Schuman won the right to appeal his secondhand
smoke case in court, a new anti-smoking movement is emerging in Greenbelt.
legislator wants to ban smoking in cars carrying children
Washington Post (blog) - March 2, 2012
Arkansas bans smoking in cars when children under 14 are present.
Louisiana, Puerto Rico, California and Maine also
have similar laws.
Jennie Forehand, a Democrat from Montgomery
County, who has worked to ban smoking in public places, tried last year
to pass a law banning smoking in cars ...
would ban smoking in car with child under 8
Baltimore Sun (blog) - March 2, 2012
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun A bill has emerged from a Senate
committee that would prohibit a driver from smoking or allowing a passenger
to smoke ...
Courthouse notable exception to Harford County smoking ban
Baltimore Sun (blog) - March 1, 2012
BY BRYNA ZUMER, firstname.lastname@example.org The smoking ban that went into
effect for all Harford County properties at the start of 2012 had one
areas in city parks
Frederick (MD) News Post (subscription) - January 26, 2012
It would also impose a $25 fine for smoking in nonsmoking areas;
... a fair and balanced proposal that considers the rights of both smokers
County says it plans to ban smoking on county owned property
Baltimore (MD) Sun, 2011-11-28
AEGIS STAFF REPORT
Harford County government says it plans to impose a complete smoking
ban on its properties, owned or leased, though it isn't clear what specific
properties fall into that category. ...
county to ban smoking in government vehicles
NECN - October 27, 2011
TOWSON, Md. (AP) Baltimore County is planning to ban employees
from smoking in police cars, maintenance trucks and other government-owned
commissioners say no to smoking ban
Frederick (MD) News Post (subscription) - Ashley Andyshak Hayes - October
Commissioner Glenn Blanchard, who first proposed the idea of a smoking
ban in town parks in June, said Monday that while a total ban is not
patrol coming to Frederick's city parks?
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online - Katherine Heerbrandt
August 25, 2011
But most aldermen agreed that if the smoking ban is in place, ... She
and other aldermen believe that banning smoking in public places is
part of a trend ...
city moves toward smoking ban in parks
Houston Chronicle - August 25, 2011
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) The city of Frederick is moving toward a smoking
ban in city parks. The Board of Aldermen expressed support for the proposal
county bans smoking in county parks
Champion - Gale Horton Gay - August 11, 2011
The cities of Alpharetta, Marietta, Roswell, Macon and Savannah have
already enacted outdoor smoking bans. DeKalb County may soon follow
expands smoking ban
Sentinel Newspapers (MD), 2011-07-15
On Tuesday the Montgomery County Council voted unanimously in favor
of a county-wide proposed smoking ban in indoor common areas of multiple
family residences. An amendment to the bill also bans smoking with 25
feet of playground areas on privately owned property that has a primary
purpose to serve the residents of more than one dwelling. ...
Council approves smoking ban at playgrounds
Law relies on neighbors to report violators
Washington DC Examiner, 2011-07-13
The Montgomery County Council approved a smoking ban at playgrounds
and indoor common spaces on Tuesday, asking neighbors to report offenders
move to further curb smoking meets resistance
Washington Times - Meredith Somers - July 11, 2011
(Drew Angerer/The Washington Times) By Meredith Somers Montgomery County
is set Tuesday to further restrict smoking by banning lighting up in
such non-public places as apartment lobbies and playgrounds, but not
without opposition. ...
County bans smoking in county parks and recreational areas
ABC2 News - July 11, 2011
BALTIMORE - Howard County officials will announce on Monday a complete
ban on smoking and tobacco products in its county parks and recreational
areas. The announcement will be made at 1 pm at Centennial Park. Howard
County Executive Ken Ulman will be ...
County considers partial smoking ban
Proposal would forbid lighting up at some playgrounds
Gaithersburg (MD) Gazette, 2011-06-29
Erin Cunningham, Staff Writer
Smokers would be banned from lighting up in common areas of at least
1,200 properties under a proposal being considered by the Montgomery
County Council. ...
debates smoking ban for parks
WTOP - Ashley Andyshak Hayes - June 21, 2011
"The ban is not meant to make life harder for smokers, it's meant
to make life healthier and more comfortable for everyone," she
said. Commissioner Pat Joy said that as an ex-smoker, he still finds
a ban on smoking in open areas "annoying. ...
County Public Library Announces Smoke-Free Policy for All Buildings
The Dagger - April 28, 2011
BY Dagger News Service (Belcamp, Maryland April 28, 2011) In
the interest of the health and safety of customers and employees, Harford
County Public Library has adopted a smoke-free policy for all buildings
and grounds, effective May 1, 2011. ...
bans smoking at the Baltimore Farmers Market
Prohibition will not extend to other outdoor spaces in Baltimore,
Baltimore (MD) Sun, 2011-04-07
Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun
Smokers, step away from those cantaloupes. ...
restricts smoking in city parks
Gazette.net Montgomery County Sports - Virginia Terhune - April 7, 2011
The only exception in the ordinance allows smoking inside a vehicle
parked in a parking lot on city property, provided the doors and windows
are completely closed. The no-smoking ban goes into effect May 4 and
carries with it a $50 fine and/or ejection ...
housing board considers smoking ban
Annapolis Capital - Earl Kelly - March 16, 2011
By EARL KELLY, Staff Writer Following a fire in the Morris H. Blum Senior
Apartments on Saturday, the Annapolis Housing Authority is considering
banning smoking in public housing buildings. Emergency workers lift
a woman ...
VIEW Smoking in cars is toxic for kids
Delmarva Now - March 17, 2011
Smoking was once ubiquitous; today, it is banned inside most buildings
and a growing number of outdoor spaces as well. Many people do not tolerate
smoking inside their own homes. This bill would impose a $50 fine on
anyone caught smoking in a car with ...
To ban smoking with child in car not answer
Cumberland (MD) Times-News, 2011-03-15
Do we really want government deciding that it is OK to light up in
the car, but only if a small child is not present? What will be the
next government intrusion? ...
Smoking in cars is toxic for kids
Adults, resist the urge when traveling with young children
It's unfortunate that parents and other adults need a law passed to
get them to quit smoking in cars when young children are present. ...
Lawmakers Could Ban Smoking in Cars with Children
The bill would impose a $50 fine for smoking in a vehicle with a
child under the age of 8
Holly Nunn Capital News Service - Bowie, MD Patch
A bill to ban smoking in a car with a child, which has been stopped
in committee four years running, may finally make it to the floor of
the House of Delegates this year. ...
Council United Against Park Smoking
The Dispatch - Joanne Shriner - March 11, 2011
The smoking ban at public parks and playgrounds was originally discussed
last December during a public hearing to ban smoking on Ocean City's
boardwalk, beach, and public parks. The council voted not to ban smoking
on the Boardwalk or the beach. ...
to Ban Smoking in Cars With Kids May Reach Md. House Floor
NBC Washington - March 9, 2011
For four straight years, the bill has died in committee, but it has
more support this year. The bill has more sponsors this year than in
the past, especially in the House Environmental Matters Committee, where
it needs a favorable vote to get to the ...
Council considers banning smoking on all city property
The Gazette - Virginia Terhune - March 9, 2011
Bowie council members are considering imposing a no-smoking ban on
all city property as a way to promote good health by ...
council declines beach smoking ban
Charlene Sharpe Staff Writer - December 28,
Council members voted unanimously not to ban smoking throughout the
resort, opting instead to create voluntary smoking areas on the beach
After hearing from supporters and opponents of a proposed smoking ban,
the council agreed with Councilman Joe Hall's suggestion to set up voluntary
smoking areas on the beach and Boardwalk, and more forcefully banning
smoking in the resort's parks. According to town staff, there already
is a rule against smoking in parks but it had not yet been addressed
drops in Maryland more than in the nation
Baltimore Sun (blog) - Oct 5, 2010
Anti-smoking advocates are crediting an indoor smoking ban and a cigarette
tax for bringing down the rate of smoking in Maryland.
The advocates said in a press conference earlier today that there was
a 32 percent drop in adult smoking from 1998 to 2009 more than
twice the national average.
They also announced $550,000 in U.S. Food and Drug Administration money
to help enforce a ban on selling tobacco to minors. Inspections of retail
outlets will begin later this month, they said. ...
says neighbors' smoking does not warrant injunction
Daily Record (subscription) - Steve Lash - September 20, 2010
A judges refusal to order David S. Schumans townhouse neighbors
to stop smoking cigarettes in their yard has not extinguished Schumans
$600,000 claim against them and his condominium association. Citing
the adverse health effects of secondhand smoke, Schuman will urge the
intermediate Court of Special Appeals to rule that smoke emanating from
inside and outside ...
A beach without the butts
Our view: What could make Ocean City a better place to visit? Maybe
cleaner air (and sand) to go with the surf and sunshine
Baltimore (MD) Sun, 2010-08-16
rette litter on the beach.
Certainly, the risk posed by secondhand smoke -- even outdoors -- is
not in doubt. A 2005 University of Maryland study found that even in
open areas, people need to be at least 23 feet away to fully escape
the effects of smoking. On a crowded beach, such a distance isn't always
Recognizing this risk, many other communities have moved to ban smoking
in public parks and other popular outdoor venues in recent years. .
Promoting good health is an approach that ought to help, not hurt,
the tourism trade. Ocean City officials might also investigate what
steps the town could take to help visitors avoid over- exposure to the
sun and the risk of skin cancer. Perhaps offering more shaded areas
around the Boardwalk, promoting the use of sunscreen or running public
service announcements about the risks of melanoma on cable television
would be worthwhile, too. ...
Delmarva Now - August 11, 2010
Ocean City voters may find several questions on the ballot in November;
one of them might address smoking on the beach or Boardwalk. Town Councilwoman
Margaret Pillas said last week she has heard from constituents about
imposing such a ban.
There are good reasons to consider a smoke-free beach and Boardwalk.
Take, for example, the issue of trash and littering. People who would
never consider leaving behind cans or wrappers on the beach will tuck
cigarette butt after cigarette but into the sand -- out of sight --and
never think twice about it. According to www.earthresource.com, more
than 4.5 trillion cigarettes become litter worldwide each year, making
them the most littered item in existence. On the 2000 Coastal Cleanup
Day, 230,000 cigarette butts were picked up on California beaches alone
--the No. 1 item found in the sand. Resort officials should balance
their fear of a loss of business over a ban by considering the loss
in revenue from nonsmokers who choose smoke-free beaches because they
do not enjoy sitting on sand that has been used as a giant ashtray or
the smell of smoke wafting on the ocean breeze. ...
Delmarva Daily Times - Brian Shane - August 11, 2010
OCEAN CITY -- One Ocean City council member wants resort voters to
decide whether to ban smoking on public beaches. Her fellow council
members, however, don't think many people are clamoring for any such
"I really just wanted to send it out to the people," said
Councilwoman Margaret Pillas. "If it's a straw poll, that's fine.
I want our community to say what they want. It's a question that needs
to be asked of the voters."
Pillas brought up the issue at the council's Aug. 2 meeting, saying
she thinks it should be a ballot question on election day. She also
said some resort citizens are telling her they're bothered by secondhand
smoke on the beach. Also of concern is the number of cigarette butts
left behind on the beach. ...
Voters Might Weigh In On Beach Smoking
Maryland Coast Dispatch, 2010-08-06
Shawn J. Soper, News Editor
OCEAN CITY A future ban on smoking on Ocean Citys beaches
and Boardwalk will get at least a little lip service after town officials
this week agreed to discuss the issue, or more specifically to discuss
adding a public opinion poll question on the topic to the upcoming town
At the close of Mondays Mayor and Council meeting, the issue
of exploring the possibility of a smoking ban on the resorts beaches
and Boardwalk was brought up as part of a larger discussion about adding
public opinion questions to the towns election ballot in October.
Pillas said she was floating the idea of adding questions to the October
Just say no to Ocean City referendum possibilities
Ocean City (MD) Today, 2010-08-06
As the Ocean City Council discusses whether to add three questions
to the election ballot this October, we encourage council members to
select none of the above.
The first proposal, seeking a public referendum on whether to ban smoking
on the beach, just asks for trouble, primarily because it could pass
Smoking is so unpopular that it's an easy target, yet the real question
is who would be charged with enforcing this no-smoking ordinance. The
beach patrol? These people have more serious things to do. The police?
They, too, have more important duties. ...
Snyder Works Around Maryland Smoking Ban at FedEx Field
We Love DC - Dave Levy - August 5, 2010
Thanks to several laws in the last few years, the DMV area is a smoke-free
region in public places. For non-smoking patrons, public smoking bans
are a beautiful thing. No more worries about second-hand smoke after
going to a bar, no more worrying about your family being around smoke
unnecessarily. And generally, just a little bit more fresh air in a
crowded restaurant cant be a bad thing, right?
The specific ban passed by the state of Maryland in 2007 (the Clean
Air Act) goes beyond restaurants and pubs it actually includes
outdoor sports venues like FedEx Field. Up until the ban went into effect
at the beginning of 2008, FedEx Field actually had a few places designed
for smokers, including a nifty cigar bar on the loge level called Club
Macanudo. The club was only open to those seated in the premium areas
and offered full service meals in addition to allowing patrons to smoke
cigars. Once the smoking ban began, the club was no longer able to serve
patrons food and drink, and even though it lasted as a simple cigar
store for one season, it closed after the 2008 campaign.
This is Dan Snyder were talking about, though, so if there is
a way to make some coin, hell find it. Snyder has secured an exemption
from the Maryland Clean Air Act with a new cigar store/establishment
on the Joe Gibbs Level with a small technicality: instead of branding
it as a cigar bar, the renamed Montecristo Club is now a tobacco
Montgomery apartments go smoke-free
The Washington Post, 2010-07-01
Erin Donaghue The Gazette
Developers in Montgomery County say they are responding to a local
and national trend as they open smoke-free apartment buildings. As people
grow accustomed to smoke-free bars and restaurants, potential tenants
are drawn to smoke-free living environments, according to officials
at some property management companies.
"Nationally, you're going to see more of it, and I think that's
definitely a trend," said Anthony Greenberg, a vice president and
development manager with the JBG companies, which built the Alaire.
The building, which opened in March, is JBG's first smoke-free residential
building, Greenberg said.
"We've gotten very positive feedback," he said. "I think
the theory that this is in demand is definitely being borne out."
Montgomery residents lead the state when it comes to complaints from
tenants about secondhand smoke from neighbors, said Rita Turner, deputy
director of the Center for Tobacco Regulation, Litigation and Advocacy
at the University of Maryland School of Law. According to data from
several states, gathered by the Asthma Regional Council of New England,
25 to 63 percent of tenants can smell secondhand smoke from other rental
units. . . .
The Blairs, an apartment community in Silver Spring, went smoke-free
four years ago. In 2005, an elderly couple died at the complex after
a smoking-related fire. ...
Laws Get Hearings in Annapolis
WBOC TV 16 - February 19, 2010
Another bill would ban smoking in vehicles containing children under
8 years old. A violation would bring a $50 fine....
looking at more smoking restrictions
Baltimore Sun - Annie Linskey - September 29, 2009
The Baltimore City Council is set to hold hearings today on three pieces
of legislation that would further restrict smoking in the city, causing
some in the council to predict some heated debates in the coming months.
Council members will hear the pros and cons of a proposed bill to ban
the sale of single cigars, one that prohibits flavored cigar and cigarette
wrappers and legislation to ban smoking near hospitals. ...
asks smokers to keep their distance from playgrounds
WTOP - September 15, 2009
ROCKVILLE, Md. - Some new signs will be going up soon in Rockville
public parks asking smokers to keep their distance.
The signs will say something like: "Children at Play - Please
- No Smoking Within 40 Feet of the Playground."
The Rockville City Council approved the measure to ban smoking near
playgrounds in city parks. However, the signs say "please"
because there is no fine or penalty attached.
When the city council put the idea for the ban on their September agenda,
several e-mails came in supporting the ban.
One mother wrote to the council saying she was worried about the influence
some teenagers already had on her young sons.
"I dread the day that [my 3-year-old] asks me what the kids are
doing when they smoke on the swings." ...
City Officials Consider Playground Smoking Ban
WJLA - August 4, 2009
ROCKVILLE, Md. - First it was on the job, then it was restaurants and
bars. Now, smoking could be banned on the playground.
That's the proposal on the table Tuesday night in Rockville where city
officials are asking for the public's opinion. ...
your butts off holy ground ($$)
Baltimore Business Journal - by Daniel J. Sernovitz Staff, March 13,
There could soon be an eighth deadly sin at a handful of Baltimore City
churches, though it might not be etched into any stone tablets: smoking
Baltimores Board of Estimates voted March 4 to give $19,000 to
six city churches taking part in a Smoke-Free Holy Ground Initiative,
to be led by Koinonia Baptist Church Inc. and its spiritual leader,
Bishop Douglas I. Miles. The effort is aimed at helping the citys
African-American church-going residents to quit smoking through a series
of prevention programs and policies, including one barring smoking on
Participating churches in addition to Koinonia include: Trinity Baptist
Church, New Hope Baptist Church, New All Saints Roman Catholic Church,
John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and Memorial Baptist Church.
want to fine drivers who smoke with kids in car
Baltimore Sun - March 10, 2009
AP A Maryland lawmaker hopes to pass a bill that would prohibit people
from smoking while driving young children around. Montgomery County
THE MARYLAND CLEAN
INDOOR AIR ACT OF 2007 MARYLAND CODE ANNOTATED,
HEALTH-GENERAL TITLE 24, SUBTITLE 5
2008 Annual Report
Pursuant to Md. Code Ann., Health-General §24-507(B), this report
summarizes the enforcement efforts of the Department of Health and Mental
Hygiene (the Department) and its partners, the County Health Departments,
to eliminate environmental tobacco smoke in indoor areas open to the
public since February 1 of this year, and the results of these enforcement
statewide smoking ban goes into effect Friday
Maryland Daily Record, 2008-01-27
bars scurry to comply with smoking ban that goes into effect Friday.
the new statewide smoking ban that goes into effect Friday still is an inconvenience
His waterfront tavern has been open under various names for more
than 70 years. Hes carefully appointed John Steven with historically accurate
decor, but the no smoking signs the law requires would spoil all that,
His solution is a growing collection of antique no smoking
signs. It took months of hunting to find them -- not many places were
smoke-free in the good old days, he said with a laugh. ...