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New York's Clean Indoor Air Act made all enclosed public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars throughout the state 100% smokefree as of July 24, 2003. The law includes limited exceptions for membership associations, cigar bars, and restaurants and bars when being used exclusively for functions for the primary purpose of promoting and sampling tobacco products.

State Law Compliance Information and Complaints: Call 1-866-NYS-CLEAN or visit the NY Department of Health.
New York City Compliance Information and Complaints: Call 311, or click here.

The 2010 Legislature is considering several bills to expand smokefree protections, including playgrounds, cars when minors are present, parks, beaches, and within a reasonable distance from entrances of smokefree buildings. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in New York.

A July 2005 study shows that New York's smokefree law is having its intended effect of protecting hospitality workers from exposure to secondhand smoke. Within three months of implementation, the prevalence of workers reporting sensory symptoms declined by 50%.

ANR has additional information on New York health, economic impact, and public opinion data regarding smokefree air.

New York law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws.

2017 State Legislative Session

State Quitline Number: 1-866-NY-QUITS (697-8487)
American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

Lawmakers raise minimum price of cigarettes, slash number of tobacco sellers
New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV - August 9, 2017

The City Council took a major step toward snuffing out smoking habits Wednesday. Lawmakers passed legislation designed to hike the minimum price of a pack by $2.50, slash the number of tobacco sellers and ban the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies. The bills are waiting for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature. …

City of Plattsburgh to consider smoking policy
Plattsburgh Press Republican - August 20, 2016

City of Plattsburgh councilors are considering creating a comprehensive smoking policy in an effort to curb use among younger tobacco users.

Law to raise tobacco age predicted to pass
Olean Times Herald - August 17, 2016

The heads of both Cattaraugus County Legislature committees considering a local law tonight to raise the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 believe it will pass. … Vickman is very motivated by the law, which would include e-cigarettes. Her husband, Robert, was a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer 24 years ago at ...

Tobacco-Free Signs In Place
Jamestown Post Journal - August 17, 2016

Those making their way to city parks can now enjoy the day in a tobacco-free environment.

Huntington to hold public hearing on plan to limit vape shops
News 12 Long Island - August 16, 2016

Huntington has a proposal to ban vape bars and hookah lounges from being within 1,500 feet of parks, houses of worship or playgrounds. ...

Letter: Canandaigua City Council bans tobacco products in all city parks
MPNnow.com - August 13, 2016

I am very heartened to hear that Canandaigua City Council has approved a ban on tobacco use in city parks. Exposure to secondhand smoke harms millions of children each year. As a physician, I see firsthand the effects of secondhand smoke on children. I encourage all parents, grandparents and caregivers to quit smoking.

Town of North Hempstead sets rules for vape shop locations
The Island Now - August 11, 2016

… 13 meeting on proposed legislation that would establish regulations on advertising for electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products on the outside of ...

Schenectady County, NY Increase Tobacco Purchase Age to 21
halfwheel.com - August 10, 2016

The Schenectady County Legislature approved the increase by an 8-4 vote during its meeting on Tuesday night, which also applies to e-cigarettes and liquid ...

Warren County campus goes smoke-free
Glens Falls Post-Star - August 10, 2016

Tobacco use has been banned at Warren County Municipal Center, and a number of county employees who smoke are not enthused about the change.

Legal Notices
Putnam County News and Recorder (subscription) - August 10, 2016

The Purpose of this article is to prohibit smoking at all Town of Putnam Valley Parks ... NYS Finance Law restricts communication with NYSDOT on procurements ...

Jay McInerney
Interview - July 27, 2016

McINERNEY: I tried to quit many times. [laughs] But eventually I succeeded. I was philosophically opposed to the smoking ban. But in the end, I think practically speaking Bloomberg probably saved a lot of lives. It's sort of hard to imagine now, but I used to come to this very restaurant and smoke cigarettes at the table.

Town Park and Beach Smoking Ban Okayed in Putnam Valley
The Examiner News - July 27, 2016

The Putnam Valley Town Board voted unanimously on July 22 to ban smoking from town park facilities, including beaches. The legislation stated the town board ...

Clean air and e-cigarettes
Catskill Daily Mail - July 20, 2016

... tolerance for involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke in other places and ... "Using e-cigarettes in places where smoking traditional tobacco products is ...

Huntington to hold public hearing on bill to limit vape bars
Newsday - July 20, 2016

The Huntington Town Board will hold a public hearing next month on a proposal that would limit where hookah lounges and vape bars may ...

Should Tompkins raise the legal age to buy to tobacco products to 21?
The Ithaca Voice - July 18, 2016

Ted Schiele, of Tobacco Free Tompkins, presented some research and statistics on smoking as it relates to age. It may seem counter-intuitive, but the long-term ...

21 to buy tobacco? Tompkins considers change
Ithaca Journal - July 15, 2016

In 2014, 5 percent of Tompkins County students grades seven to 12 said they had used tobacco in the past 30 days, Tobacco Free Tompkins Coordinator Ted ...

You're Out! New Legislation Would Prohibit Smoking on Athletic Fields Throughout Huntington
LongIsland.com (NY) - July 15, 2016

would prohibit smoking, traditional and e-cigarettes, on athletic fields across the Town of Huntington. In 2012, Suffolk County passed a law restricting smoking in county parks and beaches only to parking facilities. Under those provisions, smoking on c

UAlbany Study: Local Regulation Helps Reduce Tobacco Availability [AUDIO]
WAMC - July 14, 2016

A new University at Albany-led study finds that while local regulation helps reduce tobacco availability, there is increased concern about the rise of electronic cigarettes. …

North Hempstead eyes new limits on vape stores, hookah bars
Newsday - July 14, 2016

North Hempstead may soon enforce new limits on vape stores and hookah bars, which will continue to be discussed at next month's board meeting. The initial ...

MMD Newswire (press release) - March 21, 2016

In the face of the New York City Council's and the anti-smoker organizations' attempt to stifle dissenting conduct through force of law, smokers' rights group NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.) has a message for them: We will not go gentle into [your] good night. …

State of the County Address [VIDEO]
WKBW-TV - March 21, 2016

Other public health accomplishments included the passage of a local law regulating electronic cigarettes, the expansion of mental health services in schools ...

HuffPo Scrambles To Fix E-Cig Story Amid Torrent Of Criticism
Truth In Media - March 21, 2016

The Huffington Post has made a series of corrections to an error-strewn video featuring Dr. Margaret Cuomo, sister of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, claiming e-cigarettes are just as dangerous as tobacco cigarettes. The video published Monday stirred up a torrent of criticism from scientists, doctors, and the public. Cuomo, who fails to cite any evidence during the course of the video, puts forward one of the most radical and as of yet unsupported views about the risks of e-cigarettes. The Daily Caller News Foundation published a story on the video's inaccuracies…

Smokeless tobacco ban in New York baseball stadiums one step ...
New York Daily News - March 21, 2016

The City Council health committee passed a ban on smokeless tobacco in ... "In New York City we've seen smoking rates precipitously decline because of public ...

Thumbs up, thumbs down
Democrat and Chronicle - March 18, 2016

Thumbs up: For a keeping entry points to libraries smoke free. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, D-Bronx and Sen. Gustavo Rivera, D-Bronx, are sponsoring a bill ...

New York Taxpayers Challenge Public Property Smoking Ban
The Heartland Institute - March 18, 2016

New York Taxpayers Challenge Public Property Smoking Ban ... nonprofit organization founded in 2000 to oppose regulations banning "sin" products ... "I do think blanket smoking bans in outdoor areas like parks are a bad idea," Skoble said.

BMHA votes to ban smoking in public housing
wivb.com - March 17, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority chose to ban smoking in public housing in a unanimous vote Thursday afternoon.

Smoking ban could impact Rome tenants
Rome Sentinel - March 17, 2016

The federal government is considering a ban on smoking in and around all of its public housing units. In Rome, that would mean Colonial I and II and Valentine ...

Yankees trying to get players to stop using chewing tobacco
New York Daily News - March 17, 2016

TAMPA - Chewing tobacco isn't outlawed in New York just yet, but with that possibility looming, the Yankees are doing their best to help....Girardi said Major League Baseball sent a memo to all 30 teams this week, prompting the Yankees to post the memo

COTTER: Making Museums Moral Again
New York Times - March 17, 2016

In 1983, the Whitney Museum of American Art opened a Midtown branch that was paid for, and named for, the Philip Morris tobacco company, which for decades had steadfastly denied that smoking causes lung cancer. The Whitney escaped sustained censure for it

Anti-smoke bill proposed
The Riverdale Press - March 16, 2016

Gustavo Rivera introduced a bill on March 10 banning cigarette smoking within ... The legislation builds on a 2012 bill mandating the same ban at public and ...

Letter: Banning tobacco sales in pharmacies is wise
Buffalo News - March 15, 2016

Pharmacies are a trusted part of our health system and it makes sense for pharmacies to help people quit smoking rather than serve as a spot to promote starting ...

EDITORIAL: E-cigarette ads: Someone should be fuming
Staten Island (NY) Advance - March 14, 2016

Place the same advertising restrictions on e-cigarettes that apply to the real thing. While they carry the same age restrictions as cigarettes, it's clear that the young Staten Islanders are engulfed in the vaping craze.

Lawmakers seek smoking ban outside libraries
New York Journal News - March 12, 2016

State lawmakers have introduced a bill to add libraries to the restriction put in place in 2012 that prohibits smoking within 100 feet of school entrances or exits. "Today, I am proud to extend that smoke-free protection even further to include the entr

Chautauqua County Lawmakers to Consider Raising Legal Age to Buy Tobacco Products
WRFA Jamestown - March 11, 2016

MAYVILLE The Chautauqua County Legislature will introduce a local law later this month that would raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products in the county to 21. ... include cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, powdered tobacco, other tobacco products, nicotine water, herbal cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, liquid nicotine, ...

Poloncarz: A better Erie County is within our grasp [AUDIO]
WBFO - March 11, 2016

A ban on tobacco and e-cigarette products at pharmacies, increased funding for the countys anti-drug task force, a new planning board and a committee to improve Erie County Community College, fair housing policies, changes to hiring practices, and a new county planning board were among them. But the forward-thinking plans were quickly framed by concerns over cost. Hes got a lot of proposals that are going to cost taxpayers a lot of money and at this point I dont know how were going to pay for it, said Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo.

To sell or not to sell tobacco: Who should decide?
ModernMedicine - March 10, 2016

A New York county executives plan to ban pharmacy retailers from selling cigarettes and other tobacco products is garnering mixed reaction from pharmacists.

EDITORIAL: Sale of tobacco products is incompatible with the healthful goal of pharmacies
Buffalo News - March 9, 2016

The effort in Erie County to ban stores with pharmacies from selling cigarettes and e-cigarettes would close the "disconnect" that allows stores dedicated to health to sell a product that damages health. Along the way, it might also save some taxpayer ...

City Officials Consider Expansion of Smoking Ban in Public Parks
WRFA Jamestown - March 8, 2016

Current city law states that the use of tobacco is banned at ball fields, playgrounds and building facilities. The new proposal would extend the ban to all other ...

Two seniors from Alden High alert School Board to how stores ...
Buffalo News - March 7, 2016

For two Alden High School seniors, the way that tobacco companies market their products to children stinks, and it's more than just the smell of cigarette smoke. ... one in the state to ban pharmacy retailers from selling cigarettes and e-cigarettes. .... Poloncarz wants pharmacy retailers banned from selling tobacco products ...

Smoking Ban in Yorktown Parks Gains Momentum
TAPinto.net - March 7, 2016

The Parks and Recreation Commission is moving forward with a plan to ban smoking from certain areas in Yorktown parks. Quast said the smoking ban would mirror a law passed by the town of Lewisboro in 2012. The law designates town-owned picnic areas, sports areas and fields (including tennis and volleyball facilities, baseball fields and basketball courts), pool facilities and playgrounds as "smoke-free zones." "It's not banning it from every park," Quast said, "it's banning it from certain areas in the park."

Free breakfast, tobacco-free housing seminar slated
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal - March 7, 2016

The Niagara County Department of Health Division of Environmental Health and Tobacco-Free Western New York of Roswell Park Cancer Institute have joined forces to encourage landlords to eliminate second-hand smoke and fires caused by smoking in housing units. A free breakfast seminar is scheduled from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn in the Student Center, G Building, Floor 2, Room 211.

City Hallways (March 7) And the top vote getter is.......
Buffalo News - March 7, 2016

Mascia even spoke during a public hearing recently, along with other tenants, on the proposed housing authority smoking ban. He says he's not a smoker, but ...

Poloncarz wants pharmacy retailers banned from selling tobacco products
Buffalo News - March 6, 2016

County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz wants Erie County to be the first county in New York State to ban pharmacy retailers from selling cigarettes and e-cigarettes. The sale of cigarettes is incompatible with what pharmacies are supposed to do, which is help individuals deal with illnesses and diseases, Poloncarz said Friday.

Canandaigua residents concerned over proposed cigar lounge
News 10NBC - March 5, 2016

The Messenger Post reports that rezoning a section of the city in a residential neighborhood where students walk to and from school to allow a proposed cigar lounge to operate will open the door to normalizing and glamorizing tobacco use, says a parent who lives nearby. Any tobacco visibility is marketing, said Fuller, who was one of three residents that spoke out against the proposed rezoning during a public hearing that took place on Thursday night. …

Poloncarz wants pharmacy retailers banned from selling tobacco products
Buffalo News - March 4, 2016

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz wants to make it illegal for pharmacies as well as any retailers that contain pharmacies to sell tobacco and e-cigarette products. Such a ban would affect a major swath of businesses, from family-owned pharmacies to big-box giant retailers like Walmart. County Legislator Peter Savage, D-Buffalo, will sponsor Poloncarzs proposal in the Erie County Legislature.

Manhattan Co-op Ordered to Pay $120000 to a Woman Affected by Secondhand Smoke
New York Magazine - March 4, 2016

Someone's smoking in the apartment next door. You dont smoke and don't like it, but you can smell it. Who's in charge? Turns out, the responsibility is on the building. On Wednesday, Habitat magazine reported that a Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled that the co-op board is on the hook to pay a co-op owner more than $120,000 in back maintenance, interest, and insurance fees because smoke from other apartments had trickled into her own living room, making her apartment unlivable and affecting her health. In his decision, Justice Arthur Engoron made it clear that he believes this is more than a quality-of-life issue: "This Court ... is only saying that if you want to avail yourself of the right to rent out residences, you assume the obligation to insure that your tenants are not forced to smell and breathe carcinogenic toxins." Presumably, since the case he was ruling on was about a co-op, this also applies to proprietary leases and shareholders.

BMHA public hearing on smoke-free housing policy [VIDEO]
WGRZ.com - March 3, 2016

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority held a public hearing on a proposal to ban smoking at all of their properties. Under the policy, smoking would be banned in all BMHA buildings, including apartments. Smoking will be permitted outside, but not within 25 feet of authority buildings.

The Price of Smoking in Co-ops Just Went Up. Way Up
Habitat - March 2, 2016

In a decision thats sure to fuel the smoking debate in every co-op in the city, a state Supreme Court judge has awarded more than $120,000 in back maintenance, interest and attorney fees to a co-op shareholder who claimed that smoke from other apartments had permeated her unit and rendered it uninhabitable. …

Manhattan Co-op Resident Wins $120K In Lawsuit Over ...
Gothamist - March 3, 2016

In the years since, smoking bans in condo, co-op, and rental buildings have ... City Councilmembers and the federal government proposed banning smoking in ...

Clearing the smoke at hookah parlors
Queens Chronicle - March 3, 2016

Phil Konigsberg, a Community Board 7 member and antismoking advocate, has been pushing for a smoke-free communities for 28 years. He believes there ...

Residents Divided Over Smoking Ban
WAMC - March 2, 2016

Like their counterparts in several communities around the region, residents of the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority are divided over a new smoking ban.

NYS fails the test in 2 key tobacco control areas
Times Herald-Record - March 2, 2016

... is possible - New York got a grade A in smokefree air and a B in tobacco taxes - although the report supports more being done by Gov. ... Smokefree air - A.

Oakdale Mall Officially Smoke-Free Campus
FOX 40 News WICZ TV - March 1, 2016

On Tuesday, officials announced that you will no longer be able to smoke ... The ban will cover all tobacco products, including electronic nicotine delivery ...

Oakdale Mall announces tobacco free grounds policy
Press & Sun-Bulletin - February 29, 2016

There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and tobacco smoke ... County residents support restricting or eliminating smoking in public building ...

Lindenhurst wants to limit vape stores, hookah bars
Newsday - February 28, 2016

Officials in Lindenhurst Village are proposing a moratorium on new stores selling electronic cigarettes, a move that is one of the first of its kind on Long Island.

America Heads Closer to Blanket Ban on Smokeless Tobacco in Ball Parks
Modern Readers - February 28, 2016

Support is growing for a proposed ban on the use of smokeless tobacco in ball parks and sports venues across New York City. The New York Mets have indicated their approval of the move, which campaigners believe to be of crucial importance for the health and welfare of kids nationwide.

Coalition holds community event against smoking on the big screen
Catskill Daily Mail - February 28, 2016

McGunnigle has enacted tobacco-free parks during his tenure in Tannersville. A chiropractor, he pleads with his patients to quit smoking. Quitting after two ...

Mayor de Blasio wants to ban chewing tobacco from baseball
The Daily Chappaqua - February 26, 2016

Baseball players may soon have to become real Skoal bandits if they want to keep chewing tobacco at the citys ballparks as Mayor de Blasio moved Thursday to ban tobacco from public places such as stadiums.

Council debates hookah regulation ($$)
Capital New York - February 26, 2016

Arguing that tobacco-free shisha amounted to a loophole in the city's Smoke Free ... Flavored herbal shisha with names like double apple, blue mist and pirate's ...

Coalition focuses on smoke-free attitude
Catskill Daily Mail - February 26, 2016

TANNERSVILLE - Educating youth on the importance of a smoke-free ... Disney Co. sent the right message to audiences when it banned smoking from its films.

Hookah Bars May Soon Be a Lot Tougher to Find
New York Magazine - February 26, 2016

Several New York City Council members have decided that allowing tobaccoless hookah smoking in bars is a loophole in the citys smoking ban, and they want to stop it. On Thursday, Councilmember Ydanis A. Rodriguez introduced legislation that would prohibit anyone under 21 from smoking shisha, and ban its sale from anywhere besides hookah bars, tobacco bars, and tobacco stores. Rodriguezs bill would also limit the sale of rolling papers and hookah pipes to those over 21.

Saratoga Springs public housing to go smoke-free
WNYT - February 25, 2016

Saratoga Springs Housing Authority says they surveyed residents and the majority favored going smoke free, including Darlene McGraw, who lives at Stonequist. "Where do you get private out of public housing? You don't own this. You rent it or lease it." When the policy takes effect May 1st, no one will be allowed to smoke within 25-feet of a door or a window. Paul Feldman, the authority's executive director says Saratoga isn't unique. He says public housing in Schenectady and Albany has gone smoke-free, and soon the federal government will mandate it, because smoking is a health and fire risk, and increases the cost of maintaining apartments.

NYC May Crack Down On Non-Tobacco Smoking Too
Gothamist - February 25, 2016

The Smoke-Free Air Act does not currently prohibit non-tobacco shisha smoking indoors. ... Those testifying before the council in favor of restrictions on shisha ...

Tobacco Free Communities to host art contest for 'Kick Butts Day'
North Country Now - February 23, 2016

They say the event is dedicated to helping people quit smoking and to emphasis the effects of smoking and secondhand smoke. Students between ages 10 and ...

Vaping Is Not Smoking: Anti-E-Cig Activists Dealt Blow After Judge's ...
Daily Caller - February 23, 2016

A New York judge handed a victory to vapers Feb. 5, declaring vaping is not the same as smoking and e-cigarette use is not necessarily banned in all the same places as smoking.

Free breakfast and tobacco-free housing seminar for landlords scheduled in March at NCCC
Niagara Frontier Publications - February 22, 2016

The Niagara County Department of Health Division of Environmental Health and Tobacco-Free Western New York of Roswell Park Cancer Institute have joined forces to encourage landlords to eliminate second-hand smoke and fires caused by smoking in housing units. A free breakfast seminar is scheduled from 8-10:30 a.m. Friday, March 11, at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. It will take place in the Student Center, G Building, Floor 2, Room 211.

St. Lawrence County youth attend Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities Legislative Day in Albany
North Country Now - February 21, 2016

They also met with legislators to discuss their efforts to reduce tobacco marketing aimed at kids and tobacco control legislation on electronic cigarettes. They told ...

Vaping isn't smoking, for purposes of NY state ban on smoking in many public places
Washington Post - February 18, 2016

New York bans smoking in many public places but does that cover vaping, which is to say use of e-cigarettes that produce nicotine-infused vapor? No, said ...

Reality Check LI Youth Go to Albany to Educate About Tobacco ...
NewsLI - February 17, 2016

... joined Reality Check groups from across New York State at the Your Voice is Powerful leadership training facilitated by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

Youth remain vulnerable to e-cigarette advertisements
The Register Star - February 17, 2016

The use of combustible cigarettes among youth is steadily decreasing in New York state, according to the Youth Tobacco Use Survey released by the New York state Department of Health in January 2015. ... has skyrocketed when kids are being inundated with marketing for these products, said Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Housing Authority smoking ban will be in place April 1
Finger Lakes Times - February 16, 2016

As of April 1, Geneva Housing Authority tenants will not be able to smoke inside their apartments or in common areas. Outdoors, no smoking will be allowed within 25 feet of any building or outdoor common areas, such as a gazebo or playground.

Putnam County Implements No Smoking, No Vaping Policy
Hudson Valley News Network - February 16, 2016

The vapor from e-cigarettes is not benign, said Michael Nesheiwat, MD, Putnam County's Interim Health Commissioner. It has fewer toxic ingredients than ...

Promoting the dangers of cigarettes and tobacco
Gloversville Leader-Herald - February 16, 2016

ALBANY - Youth and local representatives from Reality Check and Advancing Tobacco Free Communities spent Feb. 9 at the Legislative office building in ...

President Stanley Answers Campus Concerns at Media Conference
The Stony Brook Press - February 13, 2016

He plans on reaching out to building supervisors to enforce the smoking ban on students and employees. There are no plans to involve law enforcement, but the ...

Reality Check, Local Youth Advocates Travel to Albany; Meet with Lawmakers on Tobacco
Oswego Daily News - February 12, 2016

FULTON, NY Oswego County youth and tobacco control program ... makers support Tobacco-Free Outdoors, Smoke-Free Housing and Point of Sale policies.

NYC Housing Authority Seeks More Time in Federal Smoking Ban
Bisnow - February 12, 2016

The New York City Housing Authority is asking for more time and resources to put in effect a proposed federal ban on smoking, which will impact its 178,000 ...

NY court weighs outdoor smoking ban at parks
WCAX - February 11, 2016

New York's highest court is considering whether to overturn smoking restrictions in state parks, including an outright ban at several smaller parks in New York City. Attorney Edward Paltzik, representing a smokers' rights group, argues that parks officials exceeded their authority, and the decision should be left to the Legislature, which has enacted outdoor smoking bans at playgrounds and train platforms.

Youth Advocates Join TCP Contractors at State Capitol
Madison County Courier - February 11, 2016

Sue Casanova from BRiDGES and Advancing Tobacco Free Communities ... Communities initiative and Health Systems for a Tobacco-Free New York initiative.

Putnam County Implements "No Smoking, No Vaping" Policy
Patch.com - February 10, 2016

While health officials debate the question of electronic cigarettes nationwide, Putnam County is moving ahead with implementation of a revised County Code, that expands the definition of smoking to include the use of electronic cigarettes.

Former smokers are Tobacco-Free GLOW's '16 Community ...
The Daily News Online - February 10, 2016

BATAVIA Coalitions working to reduce use of tobacco products took to Albany Tuesday, but Tobacco-Free GLOW Community Engagement Coordinator Kevin ...

Putnam County Implements No Smoking, No Vaping Policy
LocalPutnam - February 9, 2016

BREWSTER, NYWhile health officials debate the question of electronic cigarettes nationwide, Putnam County is moving ahead with implementation of a revised County Code, that expands the definition of smoking to include the use of electronic cigarettes. What this means is that where smoking is prohibited in public places, such as a Putnam restaurant, bar, or school, then using electronic cigarettes is also against the law. Last May the Putnam County Legislature voted unanimously to extend the Countys Clean Indoor Air Act legislation to include all vapor-producing devices.

Rosalie's Cucina owner, original general manager reflects on ...
Auburn Citizen - February 9, 2016

When we opened, we were the only non-smoking restaurant, including the bar area, anywhere. Many people initially took exception to that, but that was really ...

Chelsea Councilman Proposes Ban on Smokeless Tobacco at ...
DNAinfo - February 8, 2016

Today's action in New York will help achieve our goal of making the next generation tobacco-free, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids president Matthew L....

Well | In Hospitals, Smoke-Free Doesn't Mean Abuse-Free
New York Times (blog) - February 8, 2016

Few other compromises are possible between the smoke-free hospital and the hard-core, implacable smoker. The discussion grows heated. We wind up ...

How Are We Doing? Villagers expound on state of Trumansburg
ithaca.com - February 8, 2016

Several residents said while they oppose smoking, enforcement of a ban would be .... He would support restricting tobacco sales in the village, however.

Shinnecock Nation To Grow Medical Marijuana And Build ...
27east.com - February 8, 2016

The tribe's general council, or voting populace on Saturday passed a measure that would ... According to Tribal Trustee Chairman Bryan Polite, the ordinance is ... as well as revenue from marijuana sales does not go to criminal enterprises.

SU Achieves American Heart Association Gold as a Fit-Friendly ...
Syracuse University News - February 5, 2016

A key factor leading to this national recognition is the University's commitment to being a tobacco-free campus, established last year by the adoption of a ...

Public Housing Agencies Seek More Time to Enact Smoking Ban
New York Times - February 5, 2016

Public housing agencies are asking for more time and resources to put in effect a proposed federal ban on smoking that would affect nearly one million households nationwide. Officials with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development said they had heard from the agencies, public health organizations and residents in more than 1,000 comments received over 60 days on a proposed federal rule to ban smoking inside public housing units. The officials, who announced the proposal in November, are now reviewing those comments before finalizing the rule. The New York City Housing Authority, the largest in the country with 178,000 apartments spread among 328 sites, is asking for three years, rather than the proposed 18 months, to put the ban in place.

Citi Field, Yankee Stadium Could Ban Smokeless Tobacco
RealGM.com - February 5, 2016

Already banned at three Major League stadiums, a bill will be introduced Friday that would make smokeless tobacco off limits at Citi Field, Yankee Stadium and other public arenas in New York City's five boroughs. AT&T Park in San Francisco, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Fenway Park in Boston have already banned smokeless tobacco.

Administration, students reflect on smoke-free first year
Oswegonian - February 5, 2016

January 2016 marked the one-year anniversary of Oswego States transition to a smoke and tobacco free campus.

Citi Field and Yankee Stadium Could Become Off Limits to Smokeless Tobacco
New York Times - February 4, 2016

Starting this season, smokeless tobacco will be banned in three of baseball's ... at the forefront of several health initiatives, including smoking bans, various posting ... Major League Baseball has long tried banning smokeless tobacco across ... issued a statement reiterating its support for a ban and applauding the efforts of ...

New York's Hottest Fashion Week Accessory Is: Vapes
Jezebel - February 4, 2016

Nothing says "cool" and "fashion" like a vape, and the fashion label General Idea has been really leaning in to that century-old truism: for Men's Fashion Week, they handed their aggressively bored models a key accessory. As New York reports, "several [General Ideal] models carried polished chrome vaporizers made by the brand Innokin." The label took their cue from "the inaugural men's shows in July, where Richard Chai gave all the front-row attendees a Pax Vaporizer, and at NYFW in September, where Opening Ceremony teamed up with Pax to sell vapes at the Ace Hotel." …

General Idea Endorses Vaping for Fall 2016
The controversial trend hits the runway at New York Fashion Week: Men's.
Details - February 4, 2016

We've established that vaping is not necessarily good for you, which does exactly nothing to determine whether it deserves a place in fashion week's Hall of Faves along with champagne and complimentary milk-free protein milks that somehow contain only 30 calories. Perhaps the reason vapes insist on infiltrating presentations and runway shows-Richard Chai and Opening Ceremony have both bestowed them upon VIP guests in recent seasons-is precisely because they're considered kind of lame, allowing the act of vaping to take on a self-referential irony. Or maybe vape companies are just super generous sponsors. Who knows! …

'No smoking' not enforced at Albany's Empire State Plaza garage
Albany Times Union - February 3, 2016

No smoking sign by the elevators in the Empire State Plaza parking garage on ... But Albany County, which was supposed to enforce the ban, said no one has ever ... 13 years ago, bans smoking in public indoor locations including workplaces.

Planet of the Vapes: Vapes Make Their New York Runway Debut
New York Magazine - February 3, 2016

Let the bureaucrats debate whether vaping should be allowed on airplanes or in restaurants, and decide how to warn children against the dangers of, say, brulé-flavored nicotine juice. At Men's Fashion Week, the question is whether vaping should be considered cool, and entered into the modern lexicon of Important Fashion Accessories for men, which currently includes wide-brimmed hats, fancy leather portfolios, and suede Chelsea boots. …

Danny Meyer Thinks Tipping Is Socialist
New York Times - February 3, 2016

we will lose one of the greatest commercial advantages we have. That's what happened with smoking at the Union Square Cafe. We banned it in 1990 and after the citywide ban, we weren't the one island you could go to to escape smoke.

New York State Receives Failing Grade For Curbing Tobacco Use
Jewocity.com (press release) (blog) - February 3, 2016

... state's tobacco control programs by $10 million to $52 million per year and expand New York's Clean Indoor Air Act to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes. …

Lung Association: Raise the age limit for tobacco purchases
Utica (NY) Observer-Dispatch - February 3, 2016

No one younger than age 21 should be allowed to buy cigarettes or other tobacco products in New York. That's just one of the strategies the American Lung Association is proposing to lower the death and disability toll and the economic costs of smoking in...

American Heart Association of LI Selects Linda Armyn, SVP ...
LongIsland.com - February 3, 2016

In concert with its fitness initiatives, as of November 18, 2015 all Bethpage branches, offices and facilities are now smoke free through a new Tobacco Free ...

Letter: We need to ban smoking in individual apartments
Buffalo News - January 28, 2016

My son and I wish there'd be a ban on smoking inside individual apartments. Not only is the smoke bad for smokers and nonsmokers, it is very dangerous.

Suffolk County Community College: 2016 Tobacco Control Champion
LongIsland.com - January 28, 2016

Suffolk Sharks' Mascot Finn, at left, joins Cheer Team members at Suffolk County Community College's announcement of tobacco-free campuses last ...

City Hallways (Jan. 26) Football talk in City Hall
Buffalo News - January 26, 2016

Quick follow-up on that proposed Housing Authority smoking ban, which seems to be ... And of course illegal substances, already banned, such as marijuana.

Suffolk County Community College: 2016 Tobacco Control Champion
NewsLI - January 25, 2016

"While the use of tobacco is a personal choice, the health hazards related to smoking and exposure to second- and third-hand smoke are well-documented and ...

Massena mayor named a 'community champion' by Tobacco Free organizations
North Country Now - January 24, 2016

MASSENA -- Advancing Tobacco Free Communities of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties will honor Massena Mayor Tim Currier as a community champion on Feb. 9.

BMHA proposes ban on smoking in all residential facilities and offices [AUDIO]
WBFO - January 22, 2016

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is taking the initiative on recommendations by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to go smoke-free. It would apply to all forms of smoked tobacco and e-cigarettes. At the BMHA board meeting, Sanders-Garrett was asked about the rights of the tenants who will ...

Anti-tobacco group lauds Ulster County executive, former legislator
The Daily Freeman - January 21, 2016

HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valleys Tobacco Free Action Communities in Ulster, Dutchess and Sullivan counties has named Ulster County Executive Michael Hein and former county Legislator Jeanette Provenzano Tobacco-Free Community Champions for spearheading an effort to protect youth from exposure to tobacco marketing near schools.

Smoking to be banned in BMHA apartments
Buffalo News - January 21, 2016

Under the policy, smoking would be banned in all BMHA buildings, including resident apartments. Smoking will be permitted outside, but not within 25 feet of ...

Letter: Nassau should raise cigarette sales age
Newsday - January 20, 2016

... which leads to a decrease in smoking overall. Claire Millman, Plainview. Editor's note: The writer is president of the Alliance for Smoke-Free Air in Plainview.

Smoking Costs the Average New York Smoker $2.4 Million Over a Lifetime - WalletHub Study
Niagara Falls Reporter - January 19, 2016

WalletHub's analysts calculated potential monetary losses - including the cumulative cost of a cigarette pack per day over several decades, health care expenditures, income losses and other costs - brought on by smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

VIDEO: Group Calls on Feds to Regulate E-cigarette Ads
NY1 (Time Warner Cable) - January 18, 2016

City officials and community groups gathered Sunday... "E-cigarettes with their flavorings and their advertising completely attract children. It's the same industry playbook that we saw with regular tobacco," said Global Advisors on Smoke-Free Policy …

Stringer, James to Hold Rally Protesting E-Cig Marketing to City's Kids
Brooklyn Reader - January 15, 2016

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigs, are being specifically marketed to children, and NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer says it needs to stop. In testimony last December to the FTC, Stringer noted that the makers of these vaporized cigarettes are now using marketing tactics such as cartoons in ads, sweet flavors and sponsored concerts and sports events to appeal to a younger market, which has become a huge problem, even though the age for both regular smokes and the electronic vapor devices is 21. The same companies that peddled Joe Camel and similar, kid-friendly images to an earlier generation are back with new ad strategies that appear to target e-cigarettes just as explicitly toward children and teens, with little or no regard for any potential health impacts, he wrote.

$40 million casino expansion in downtown Buffalo [VIDEO]
WGRZ-TV January 14, 2016

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino officials joined city and state leaders for the ... Officials have listened to customers and will expand the non-smoking area and build ...

$40 million casino expansion in downtown Buffalo
WGRZ-TV - January 14, 2016

Officials have listened to customers and will expand the non-smoking area and build a performance stage for live entertainment at Stixx Sports Bar. Seneca ...

Lawmakers need to protect as well as serve
Troy Record - January 11, 2016

In the meantime, though, a new form of "smoking" had arisen in the form of e-cigarettes, billed as a healthier and less-intrusive alternative, suspending liquid ...

Hitting the jack-pot! Cobble Hill vaporizer co. poised to cash in on medical marijuana
Brooklyn Paper - January 11, 2016

... A Cobble Hill company that makes a portable vaporizer beloved by stoners is finally able to market its gadget as a high-end pot-smoking device, after the state's medical marijuana program launched last week. … The Puffco Pro is already sold openly in states with friendlier pot laws - especially Oregon and Colorado, where weed is legal. But in New York, where no lawful means of imbibing the herb existed until now, the Brooklyn-designed vape pen could only be sold for use with tobacco and various other aromatic extracts. …

No smoking: New York's 1st medical marijuana dispensaries to ...
Huewire News - January 7, 2016

The Suisun City Council approved replacing its present medical marijuana ordinance with a new one that brings it in line with the state's Medical Marijuana ...

Vaping, the smoking solution govt's hate
Windsor Star - January 7, 2016

The New York City Council on Thursday will vote on a bill that would add electronic cigarettes to the city's strict smoking ban. If the Mayor Bloomberg backed ban ...

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino expansion groundbreaking set for ...
Buffalo Business First - January 5, 2016

... non-smoking areas, add a small performance stage for live entertainment at the Stixx Sports Bar and bring a Western Door Steakhouse into downtown Buffalo.

Navigating new clean-air rules
Albany Democrat H January 5, 2016

Must label all tables or outdoor seating or dining areas within 10 feet of entrance as nonsmoking. o Must remove all ashtrays and other receptacles for smoking ...

Community rallies behind Southold woman battling cancer
Suffolk Times - January 5, 2016

Although she's never smoked, Ms. Harrison-Meraz said she was exposed to secondhand smoke for years as a bartender and waitress, working second and third ...

Both Dems And Republicans Want To Raise Smoking Age To 21
Daily Caller - January 4, 2016

NEW YORK - APRIL 01: Cigarette packs are on display for sale in a shop ... tax on packs of cigarettes climbed from 39 cents to $1.01, the largest tobacco tax ...

Anti-tobacco advocates hope to raise purchase age to 21 in WNY's Southern Tier
WBFO - January 4, 2016

More than 100 cities across the country have raised the legal purchasing age for tobacco to 21, and the entire state of Hawaii followed suit on New Years Day. Now, anti-smoking advocates in Western New York are hoping to see the same thing happen in the regions Southern Tier.

RTW: Second-hand smoke takes its toll in public housing
Olean Times Herald - December 23, 2015

Many New York landlords believe that non-smoking policies are best for many reasons, one main reason is the cost. The total estimated cost to rehabilitate a unit ...

Letter: Buffalo should prohibit smoking in bus shelters
Buffalo News - December 22, 2015

At the entrance to the bus terminal downtown, there's a sign posted that bans smoking ... Yet signs banning smoking are not posted in any of the city's bus shelters, ... If smoking e-cigarettes has been banned in public places in Erie County for ...

New York Approves Gaming Licences
Standardbred Canada - December 21, 2015

Montreign Resort Casino in Sullivan County: Adelaar will be a $1.25 billion ... where the casinos are sited for local government assistance, and 10 percent to be split ... and no smoking will be authorized in the three destination gaming resorts.

Increased drug/alcohol offenses since opening of SUNY Broome ...
WBNG-TV - December 21, 2015

"We have seen incidents of alcohol in the housing," said SUNY Broome Vice ... not unlike what was experienced in the 60s, some marijuana, but we really make ...

F-MCC receives grant funds to address tobacco use on campus
The Recorder (subscription) - December 16, 2015

FM will ask students, faculty and administration to support adoption of a 100 percent smoke-free or tobacco-free policy. Over the next year, FM will engage the ...

Criminally Yours: What Smoking A Joint Can Cost You
Above the Law - December 15, 2015

There's a piece in the New York Times today about the proliferation of marijuana smoking in public as though everybody thinks it's no longer illegal. But beware.

As Marijuana Laws Relax, Smokers in New York Turn Bolder
New York Times - December 14, 2015

If the smell (and the lightheadedness a passer-by may feel) is anything to judge by, lighting up and strolling around seems increasingly common in pockets of Brooklyn, on side streets in Manhattan and in other public spaces.

Shedding Light on NYCHA's Future
Chelsea Now - December 9, 2015

Asked about her stance on the smoking ban proposed by Julian Castro, who, as the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), oversees all local ...

Letter: Approve proposal to make public housing smoke-free
Buffalo News - December 2, 2015

...70 percent of renters would rather live in a smoke-free building; smoke-free properties cost less to clean, and retain higher property value; and cigarettes are a leading cause of residential building fires. I hope that the proposed HUD rule will advance...

Smoking policy has tower tenants fuming
Oneonta Daily Star - December 2, 2015

Oneonta's Nader Towers housing facility is supposed to be a non-smoking building, but several residents and an official said Tuesday that many of the structure's hallways, elevators and floors still stink of cigarettes.

How New York City Plans To Shame People Out Of Affordable ...
ThinkProgress - December 2, 2015

... "Not Wanted" list, which publicly identifies and bans tenants who supposedly dealt ... NYCHA previously "excluded" Davon because he was caught smoking weed on ... People with felony records are already banned from public housing, but ...

Town of Plattsburgh applauded for tobacco-free efforts
Plattsburgh Press Republican - November 30, 2015

In fact, the municipality has received a nod of approval from Tobacco-Free Clinton, Franklin and Essex and Reality Check, which called the town a "Community ...

Public housing will be smoke-free
Albany Times Union (blog) - November 26, 2015

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed a rule that would require all public housing authorities to implement smoke-free policies ...

Proposed Federal Smoking Ban May Force NYCHA To Crack Down ...
Park Slope Stoop (blog) - November 25, 2015

A smoking ban has been proposed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban ... considering adding those to the list of items/devices banned, pending public ...

Herricks school board weighs smoking policy changes
The Island Now - November 25, 2015

The board also extended the regulations to include electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes, electronic devices that dispense a tobacco based vapor, are a recent ...

Vape shops restricted to 21, another parking parcel, a trustee resigns
Long Island Advance (subscription) - November 25, 2015

The sale of electronic cigarettes is currently banned to those under 21 in Suffolk County. Village attorney Brian Egan cited health hazards, including toxic ...

Albany County legislator pushes to raise age to buy cigarettes to 21
WNYT - November 25, 2015

We found many people who agree products like cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes should be off limits to anyone under 21. "The choices I made back ...

OPINION: The St. Francis approach to ending the tobacco epidemic
Brooklyn Daily Eagle - November 24, 2015

Another way that St. Francis College supports smoke-free living and maintains an environment that encourages quitting is by having a tobacco-free campus.

Guilford puts no smoking ordinance on the books
Evening Sun (subscription) - November 23, 2015

A smoking ban on town property was recently approved by members of the Guilford Town Board, making it unlawful to smoke on town property, including parks, ...

Local Colleges Kicking Butt
Oswego Daily News - November 23, 2015

OSWEGO, NY local institutions of higher education and 30 percent of colleges across New York State are getting top marks in a new report from the American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Tobacco-free means that the use of tobacco in any form is prohibited everywhere on campus. Smoke-free means that smoking tobacco in the form of cigarettes, ...

Local air-quality researcher involved in e-cigarette study
Glens Falls Post-Star - November 22, 2015

A local man with international recognition in air-quality research is hoping to provide the science lawmakers need to provide science-driven policy. Although people have heard of electronic cigarettes, most people dont understand what theyre about, said Tim McAuley, which causes lawmakers to lump vaping in with smoking. McAuley, of Queensbury, founder of CHANGE, which stands for Consulting for Health, Air, Nature and a Greener Environment, has done research ranging from air quality in Asia to fracking-related work in Pennsylvania. Now McAuley is preparing a continuation of a study CHANGE had published in 2012 that has been widely cited. It was commissioned by the National Vapers Club, an organization founded in 2009 that promotes education and scientific research while looking to protect vapers rights. Some of the funding for the study was raised through a crowd-funding effort at its semi-annual event called Vapefest.

New Study Shows Marked Decline in Compliance with New York Citys Tobacco Laws After Increasing Age to Purchase Products From 18 to 21
HealthCanal.com (press release) (blog) - November 22, 2015

In a study examining compliance with New York Citys new law that raised the legal age for purchasing cigarettes to 21 years of age, researchers with New York University (NYU) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that compliance with identification (ID) checks has significantly decreased since the law was made effective. Prior to the change in the law, 29% of retailers sampled were non-compliant. Following the change, a full 38% of retailers sampled did not ask for ID when selling cigarettes to young people. Researchers also examined new minimum price laws for cigarettes and found a similar pattern.

Local college fighting to make campus smoke free [VIDEO]
WKBW-TV - November 19, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Students at Canisius College are hoping their school joins several others in Western New York and bans tobacco use on campus.

Syracuse Housing Authority Bans Smoking
The Cigar Authority - November 19, 2015

While the feds announced last week that they were looking to make all public housing smoke free, some cities have begun passing and enforcing such a ban.

Schenectady eyes smoking ban on all city property
Albany Times Union - November 19, 2015

That number may soon dwindle to little or nonr because the city is considering expanding its smoking ban to include the perimeter around all municipal buildings ...

Reality Check teens raise awareness against tobacco advertising
Plattsburgh Press Republican - November 19, 2015

Reality Check teens raise awareness against tobacco advertising ... Cummins said other communities have zoning laws that forbid cigarettes to be sold within ...

Vassar College Scores 'A' for Tobacco-Free Campus Policy
Hudson Valley News Network - November 18, 2015

"Vassar College is a shining example of the growing smoke-free and tobacco-free trend among colleges nationwide and statewide," said Ellen Reinhard, TFAC ...

LETTER: GLASSER: A Proposed Smoking Ban in Public Housing
New York Times - November 17, 2015

will in its benevolence provide public housing for the poor and predominantly nonwhite, but residents will have to relinquish rights that every other citizen enjoys to remain eligible. Propose a similar law to apply to all residents of all apartment buil...

Smoking Will Be Banned In Syracuse Public Housing
WSKG (Vestal, NY) - November 17, 2015

Starting Thursday, smoking will be banned in all of Syracuse's public housing. The decision comes from a recommendation made by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development which may institute the ban nationwide. Francine Whitman lives in one of...

Suffolk passes apartment complex smoking ban
News 12 Long Island - November 17, 2015

The bill pertains to any properties that have 10 or more units - such as apartment buildings, condo complexes and senior facilities. It states that smoking would ...

Smoke-free housing proposal proves controversial in north country
Watertown Daily Times - November 17, 2015

Mr. Robare said the Watertown Housing Authority plans to stay ahead of the game in regard to HUD regulations, which he believes ultimately will save the agency money. "It will save in maintenance costs," he said. "When you're turning over units when smok...

College to go Tobacco-Free in May 2016
Dutchess Community College - November 17, 2015

More than half of the community colleges in New York state have gone smoke-free, and virtually all others are implementing the program. More than one-third of ...

Colleges go tobacco-free
Campus News - November 15, 2015

Like many college campuses in New York State, Stony Brook University recently joined the list of colleges that are going completely tobacco-free. According to the American Lung Association, around 467 colleges and universities around the world are 100 percent tobacco free an initiative that began several years ago after complaints from students erupted for a healthier lifestyle while at school.

Ask A Native New Yorker: What Can I Do About Scofflaw E-Cig Vapers?
Gothamist - November 14, 2015

So, what is one to do about the fact that people seem to be completely disregarding the fact that it is also illegal to smoke those damn e-cigarettes indoors. Why is this law not enforced? The science on e-cigs is still extremely fluid. Most of them heat a combination of water, nicotine, flavoring, and propylene glycol, which is stuff that's found in fog juice and scores of other household products and even some foods. Is it harmful to repeatedly inhale a bunch of man-made chemicals into your lungs? Probably. (Amazingly, there are naturally-occurring chemicals that you may burn and inhale without significantly affecting your mortality.) How harmful?

Bill de Blasio: Banning Smoking in Public Housing is a commendable goal
Observer - November 13, 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio said today he supported a federal proposal to ban smoking in all public housing nationwide, though he admitted there were challenges with ...

Reigniting a Health Issue in New York Public Housing
New York Times - November 13, 2015

The question of what should or should not be done to eliminate smoking in the home was revived the other day when the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a proposal to prohibit lit tobacco products in the apartments and indoor common areas of the countrys public housing system. Several cities have already implemented these policies on their own. In July, the commissioners of Philadelphias Housing Authority, where 55 percent of tenants were said to favor smoke-free housing, voted unanimously to ban smoking. Housing authorities in Houston and Boston had adopted similar restrictions. New York, home to the largest and most complex public housing system, has not.

Syracuse's public housing apartments going smoke-free next week
Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard - November 12, 2015

The ban will affect more than 5,000 people who live in 2,300 apartments. Tenants who violate the ban could face eviction, said Bill Simmons, executive director of the Syracuse Housing Authority...comes at the same time the federal government is moving to

E-cigarette highest among New York high school students, young ...
SMN Weekly (blog) - November 7, 2015

"In fact, the increased availability and use of e-cigarettes has coincided with a ... and they are regulated as pharmaceutical products by the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance. ... New Mexico bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and requires

Letter: Tobacco-free pharmacies for our future
The Journal News | LoHud.com - November 4, 2015

In 2014, CVS made the decision to stop selling tobacco products in its 7,700 stores. They called it the "right decision" and I wholeheartedly agree. Reducing the ...

Gateway to smoking: E-cigarettes lead young people into smoking ...
TV Newsroom - November 4, 2015

"This new information about e-cigarette use in New York state should further strengthen our resolve to make our communities tobacco free", said Jenna ...

New York's first report on e-cigarettes show young adult use nearly ...
Niagara Frontier Publications - November 3, 2015

Tobacco-Free Erie-Niagara is funded through the New York State Department of ... Learn more about Tobacco-Free Western New York at tobaccofreewny.org.

In the Southern Tier, Smoking Rates Still Exceed Average
WGRZ-TV - November 2, 2015

Ken Dahlgren, a coordinator for "Tobacco-Free Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany" and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, said several factors contribute to higher ...

Survey reveals growing number of NY teens smoke e-cigs
News 12 Long Island - November 3, 2015

The youth and adult tobacco survey revealed that 10 ½ percent of high school students said they smoke electronic cigarettes, that's compared to nearly 13 ...

City Council Bill Would Ban Smoking in Subsidized Housing
JP Updates - October 30, 2015

A bill sponsored by Queens Councilman Donovan Richards would ban smoking in buildings that receive city subsidies for affordable housing as well as in 178,000 Housing Authority apartments, which are mostly federally funded.

Queens Councilman to propose smoking ban in NYC housing
New York Daily News - October 29, 2015

Queens Councilman Donovan Richards's proposal would slap the prohibition on units that get city subsidies, tax breaks, loans or cheap land after the legislation takes effect.

Re-elect Muscarella in 8th Legislative District
liherald.com - October 29, 2015

Longtime county residents will remember Muscarella's efforts in getting a smoking ban passed. He is currently focusing on the county's budget, which he says is ...

Smoking ban lacks clarity, Admin lacks transparency | The ...
miscellanynews.org - October 28, 2015

...Effective July 1, 2015, the smoking ban prohibits, "consumption, inhaling, exhaling, or burning any type of matter or substance that contains ...

Genesee SADD Council students offer timely reminder about evils of tobacco
The Batavian - October 23, 2015

Genesee SADD Council students took part in an awareness activity at BOCES earlier this week centering around Halloween and tobacco-prevention initiatives. They want to advance tobacco-free communities. Roswell Park Cancer Institute established a tobacco-free community outreach program in 1993 and today administers three programs in Western New York: Tobacco-Free Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany (CCA); Tobacco-Free Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming (GLOW) and Tobacco-Free Erie-Niagara (EN). Each locally based program is funded by the New York State Department of Health/Bureau of Tobacco Control. Expand Tobacco-Free Multi-Unit Housing: Smoke-free housing protecting residents health by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke. Property managers benefit from reduced maintenance costs and decreased fire risks.

Student Tiba Mouaki to be honored for fight against tobacco use
SILive.com - October 23, 2015

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Tiba Mouaki, a sophomore at Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School and Reality Check leader of Tobacco Free Staten Island ...

Broome bans vaping in county-owned buildings
Press & Sun-Bulletin - October 22, 2015

Electronic cigarettes are now off-limits inside and around Broome County government buildings. The county legislature voted unanimously Thursday to extend Broomes smoking policy to include e-cigs and similar vaping products. Just like tobacco smokers, vapers now must leave county buildings and stand more than 20 feet from entrances.

Letter: E-cigarettes need more regulation
Newsday - October 21, 2015

However, this class is not mandatory for selling electronic cigarettes. ... 19 and prohibits smoking e-cigarettes where smoking traditional cigarettes is banned.

College's Tobacco-Free Efforts Earn Top Marks
SUNY Cortland News - October 20, 2015

When SUNY Cortland adopted a campus-wide, tobacco-free policy in 2013, the College was building on its reputation as one of the most health conscious ...

A CONVERSATION WITH: Tim VanDamme, executive director of the ...
Finger Lakes Times - October 19, 2015

After that, I'd say marijuana, synthetic marijuana, with e-cigarettes used to smoke the liquid form of marijuana. It has a higher THC content. They are using ...

Students Vape in Face of Uncertain Health Effects
Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun - October 19, 2015

Despite the unknown side effects of electronic cigarette usage on ones health, many Cornell students report the use of personal vaporizers a particular type of e-cigarette as both a positive way to curb nicotine addictions and as a fun social activity.

New Yorkers are smoking pot in public like it's no big deal
New York Post - Oct 17, 2015

In the span of a few hours in broad daylight last week, The Post encountered six people smoking reefer on busy downtown sidewalks. If you're smoking it in public, we will potentially arrest you, said the commissioner, who doesn't support legalizing pot for recreational use. ... However, in the haze of marijuana smoke now enveloping Gotham, something appears to be getting ...

Massena Housing Authority banning smoking in all buildings and ...
North Country Now - October 15, 2015

The new rules will ban smoking inside all housing authority buildings and ... as smoke can travel through cracks in the walls, electrical sockets, ventilation ...

Protect kids from second-hand smoke
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - October 14, 2015

The New York State Senate is debating whether to make smoking illegal in a vehicle in which children younger than 14 are riding. As a pediatrician, I see ...

CCC Gets An "A" For Tobacco Policies
My Twin Tiers.com - October 13, 2015

Some ban just smoking, others confine tobacco use to specific areas. ... "A" graded from the Cancer Society for recently imposing a full ban on tobacco products.

Anti-tobacco study: Colleges get passing grades
Hornell Evening Tribune - October 11, 2015

SUNY schools all have varying degrees of tobacco use bans on their campuses, some banning use outright, others banning just smoking and others confine tobacco use to specific areas.

Town hall meeting addresses student concerns
Oswegonian - October 9, 2015

A student brought up the campus-wide smoking ban, saying his asthma made it a problem that students continue to smoke on campus, in spite of the ban.

Health board fully supports proposed ban of microbeads
Olean Times Herald - October 8, 2015

The Cattaraugus County Board of Health The board also approved new one-year waivers of the Indoor Smoking Act for the Ischua Fire Department for bingo, Off Track Betting in Olean and the Little Valley VFW. The health department will inspect the existing operations air handling systems in the smoking rooms at each site, Watkins said. The sites permits expire Dec. 31, and they must ask for renewal.

Harlem AvenueOverlay District will shape future
Regional News - October 8, 2015

In rapid succession, aldermen voted unanimously to adopt four ordinances, ... 19 to recommend the City Council's adoption of the overlay district ordinance. ... tattoo establishments, hookah lounges, smoking lounges, cigar bars, or other ...

Campus going tobacco free
Concordiensis - October 8, 2015

This change on campus is spearheaded by the Task Force for a Tobacco/Smoke-Free Union. The task force is made up of students, faculty and staff.

What about SU's responsibilty to non-smokers? (Your letters)
Syracuse.com - October 7, 2015

A Syracuse University law student argued that the institution's smoking ban sacrifices personal choice. Crouse College home to the Setnor School of Music in ...

Tobacco-free initiative struggles to spark among students
Washington Square News (NYU) - October 6, 2015

Following an initial decrease in the number of cigarette butts found in the newly demarcated no smoking areas and a reduction in people visibly smoking directly outside Bobst and Weinstein, students have resumed their old habits, uninhibited by recent...

Syracuse University smoking ban sacrifices personal responsibility ...
Syracuse.com - October 6, 2015

A Syracuse University law student argues that the institution's smoking ban sacrifices personal ... What if they banned alcohol and made SU a dry campus?

Albany Legislator: Raise smoking age to 21
Albany Times Union - October 5, 2015

County Legislator Tim Nichols wants Albany County to follow New York City's lead and raise the age to buy to tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21.

Bill would raise age to buy cigs, e-cigs to 21 in Albany County
Albany Times Union (blog) - October 2, 2015

Albany County Legislator Tim Nichols, D-Latham, has introduced legislation that will increase the legal age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21.

Schneiderman Calls for E-Cigarette Warning Labels
Fx Report Daily - September 30, 2015

His death is believed to be the first in the country from liquid nicotine poisoning. A single teaspoon of liquid nicotine can be lethal to a child, and smaller amounts can cause severe illness, often requiring trips to the emergency room. Past year a toddler in upstate New York died after ingesting liquid nicotine and poison control centers received more than 3,700 reports of problems associated with the product. Since past few years, a huge increase in demand of e-cigarettes has been seen especially from young people. The FDA must step up and regulate the sale and packaging of these unsafe products before any more kids are harmed. In a letter sent to the FDA, the attorneys general requested that the agency to put warning labels on the liquid used in e-cigarettes as well as nicotine-based dissolvables, lotions, gels and drinks.

Heading off a scourge of . . . e-cigarettes?
liherald.com - September 30, 2015

Oct. 6 will mark the one-year anniversary of Rockville Centres ban on hookah bars. To celebrate, the village board is considering a law to ban the sale of e-cigarettes as well.

American Cancer Society Releases Campus Report Card
My Twin Tiers.com - September 24, 2015

Smoke-free and tobacco-free campuses are part of a growing trend that is detailed in the new American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer ...

Capital Region colleges recognized for making strides on curbing ...
WNYT - September 24, 2015

... New York colleges in the past for their efforts to combat smoking on campus, including a number of schools now going completely smoke-free on campus.

Use of electronic cigarettes, marijuana on rise for Manhasset ...
The Island Now - September 24, 2015

The Manhasset School District recently added electronic cigarettes to its policies on maintaining tobacco-free campuses, and in April the Town of North ...

Stony Brook University to be smoke-free in 2016
News 12 Long Island - September 22, 2015

Stony Brook University will be implementing a campuswide ban on all tobacco products on Jan. 1, 2016.

Stony Brook to ban tobacco on campuses starting in 2016
Stony Brook Statesman - September 19, 2015

The use of tobacco products will be banned on all Stony Brook campuses starting Jan. 1, 2016, according to the tobacco-free policy approved by the Office of the President in July. Some of the tobacco products defined in the policy include but are not limited to: cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, hookah-smoked products, and oral and ...

Letter: Rockland takes healthy step with e-cig ban
The Journal News | LoHud.com - September 19, 2015

Re "Rockland extends smoking ban to e-cigarettes," Sept. 3 article: Rockland County legislators' decision to ban using electronic cigarettes indoors is ...

HOUSING HEALTH EQUITY: Addressing NYC Tobacco Disparities and Expanding Smoke-Free Housing
Eventbrite - September 18, 2015

Housing Health Equity Forum City & State NY Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EDT)

New York smoking rate goes back down after startling rise
NJ.com - September 18, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) The ranks of smokers are dwindling after a surprising uptick in a city known for tough steps to discourage tobacco use, health officials said Wednesday. A 2014 Department of Health survey showed fewer than 900,000 adults smoked, down from more than 1 million the year before. The 13.9 percent smoking rate last year roughly equals an all-time low in 2010. Still, the drop is a relief to officials and public health advocates following the startling news that the rate had hit 16 percent in 2013. The city has since run somber new anti-smoking ads, and health officials say they believe the city's efforts generally have been working despite the 2013 upturn.

Board approves no- smoking resolution
Queens Chronicle - September 17, 2015

At the tail end of its meeting last Thursday, Community Board 2 passed a resolution that requests bans on smoking inside multifamily dwellings.

Less than 14 percent of New Yorkers are smokers
New York Post - September 17, 2015

The smoking rate has declined 35 percent since 2002, when former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the City Council approved a ban on smoking in bars, ...

Parents asked to help enforce smoking ban
Hornell Evening Tribune - September 16, 2015

HORNELL - City officials would like to remind parents and guardians that it is illegal to smoke at school bus stops. The ordinance became law in 2013, making ...

CB 2 Reconvenes For Fall
Western Q Gazette - September 16, 2015

Daniel Koningsberg, who has been circuit-riding Queens to promote support of legislation mandating smoke-free residences, said he hoped the board would ...

Staten Island Has the Most Cigarette Smokers in the City, Survey ...
DNAinfo - September 16, 2015

STATEN ISLAND - While smoking in New York City is the least popular it's been in ... to deter smokers, such as the ban on smoking on parks and board walks, ...

State follows Mamaroneck on smoking ban
Home Town Media Group - September 15, 2015

"People should have the right to smoke but not at the expense of others." ... Data from the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, a lobby group, cites nearly ...

Tobacco-free initiative clears the air
NYU Washington Square News - September 14, 2015

In an effort to combat smoking on campus, the NYU Student Senators Council launched the Tobacco-Free Initiative, a plan that aims to make NYU tobacco-free. Outside of two smoking hot-spots on campus, Weinstein Residence Hall and Bobst Library, purple dots have been painted on the ground with the phrase, lets keep NYU tobacco-free. These dots serve to designate the smoke-free zones in front of each building.

University cautions students to follow smoking regulations
Reminders to stay 25 feet away from buildings with cigarettes, hookah placed on residence halls
Binghamton University Pipe Dream - September 11, 2015

While there are a number of rules regarding smoking on campus, many students are unaware of these restrictions. To remedy this, new signs have been posted around residence halls to inform new students and remind returning ones of Binghamton Universitys smoking regulations.

Local park adopts smoke-free policy
Troy Record - September 8, 2015

In New York state there are more than 400 parks, beaches and playgrounds that have adopted some form of a tobacco-free policy. Ballston Deputy Supervisor Tim Szczepaniak announced that the town is are joining this ever growing list by implementing a new

Your Turn: Feedback On Guns, Smoking, Renting & Vandalism
WWNY TV 7 - September 8, 2015

Smokers who light up in the village of Massena will have to be a little more careful. A new policy bans the use or disposal of tobacco products within 25 feet of ...

Bills fans can expect changes at the Ralph this year
wivb.com - September 8, 2015

The Ralph has been a smoke-free facility for years, but now you cannot bring your cigarettes, lighters, or e-cigarettes into the stadium with you at all. Those items ...

Bill Proposed to Ban Smoking from Hotels in New York
TravelPulse - September 4, 2015

Smoking has already been banned in most public places in the United States, and a New York assemblyman has proposed a bill that would outlaw smoking in hotel and motel rooms. In a report from Jon Campbell of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the new bill being proposed by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski would remove the exception for hotels in the Clean Indoor Air Act that was passed in 2003.

Anti-smoking resolution shot down
Queens Chronicle - September 4, 2015

After his third time pleading to Community Board 10 to pass a resolution to encourage bans on smoking inside multifamily dwellings, activist Phil Konigsberg was told members of the advisory panel were not interested in entertaining such an idea. No one on this board to date has indicated they want a discussion on it, CB 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton said at the boards meeting on Thursday.

Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 446
Stogie Guys Online Cigar Magazine - September 4, 2015

Lawmakers in New York are considering a bill that would prevent Empire State hotels from offering smoking rooms. While many hotels are voluntary smoke-free, only four statesVermont, Michigan, North Dakota, and Wisconsinhave passed laws preventing smoking in hotels. The measure has been introduced by Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski. According to CNN: I travel and spend a lot of time in hotel rooms, Zebrowski said. Ive noticed that if youre above, below, or next to a smoking room, the smoke readily travels through the ventilation system. Zebrowski said the legislation was in line with the current focus on improving public health.

Not so smoke free campus
Oswegonian - September 3, 2015

As a freshman entering Oswego State, I was required to sit through the necessary and drawn-out orientation session on the schools drugs, alcohol, and tobacco policy. Fall 2015 is supposed to be Oswego States second semester as a completely smoke free campus but in reality, it is not. There are many influences that affect the smoking and non-smoking communities, including the compelling and vibrant truth commercials, yet also many ...

Rockland extends smoking ban to e-cigarettes
The Journal News | LoHud.com - September 3, 2015

Rockland County lawmakers have approved extending the county's strict smoking ban to include e-cigarettes. The Legislature voted 15-0 on Tuesday to lump ...

Bill proposed in new York state would ban smoking at hotels, motels ...
WABC-TV - September 3, 2015

A bill proposed by state lawmaker Ken Zebrowski would ban smoking at hotels ... Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin already have laws on the books banning it.

Is Syracuse University's Smoke-Free Campus Policy Really Working?
TWC News - September 2, 2015

SYRACUSE N.Y. -- Since July 1, Syracuse University has been entirely tobacco-free. It's one of the first signs you'll see on campus, and it's a welcome change ...

Suffolk Community College Celebrates Tobacco Free Campuses
LongIsland.com - September 2, 2015

The smoke free policy began the first day of classes on August 27. Pictured: (back row) The Suffolk Shark mascot, Dr. Jason Hitner, college medical director; ...

Plan to ban smoking in all New York hotel rooms
Gant Daily - September 2, 2015

Hotels and motels in New York may no longer offer smoking rooms if a bill proposed ... smoking in hotel rooms: Michigan, North Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin.

Fire, complaints lead to talk of smoking ban at Warren County ...
Glens Falls Post-Star - September 1, 2015

Queensbury Supervisor John Strough suggested an outright smoking ban on ... Thomas, a smoker, asking, "Can we look into banning soda and coffee too?".

State After-School Program Smoking Ban Signed Into Law
The Daily Voice - August 27, 2015

Senator George Latimer (D-Rye) announced that a state ban on smoking near after-school programs was signed into law by Governor Cuomo. ...

New Smoking Ban At School Entrances, Ed Programs
Western Queens Gazette - August 26, 2015

Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week signed legislation that bans smoking near schools, education institutes and after-school programs. Smoking was banned in all ...

Special Democratic Primary For Vacant 23rd Council Post
Western Queens Gazette - August 26, 2015

STAVISKY PRAISES SMOKING BAN NEAR AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Governor Cuomo's signing legislation banning smoking near after-school ... Stavisky explained that smoking was banned in all workplaces in New York in 2003 when ...

Could a New Law Effect E-Cigarette Use in Broome County?
TWC News - August 25, 2015

ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- A new proposal from the Broome County Health Department could ban all electronic smoking devices in areas traditional smoking is ...

Village officials schedule public hearing on prohibition of tobacco ...
WatertownDailyTimes.com - August 22, 2015

MASSENA Village officials will hold a public hearing Sept. 1 to take comments on the prohibition of tobacco use near village-owned and leased buildings. Mayor Timmy J. Currier told village trustees this week that the law would prohibit tobacco use within a reasonable distance of some facilities and within or at other facilities. Tobacco products include cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis, snus, dissolvable tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivery systems.

Smoking now banned near after-school programs
TimesLedger - August 22, 2015

Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) praised a new law that bans smoking near ... Smoking is already banned in restaurants and bars, workplaces, schools and ...

Smoking banned within 100 feet of schools during after school events
Glens Falls Post-Star (blog) - August 20, 2015

Residences or residential property within the 100-foot perimeter would be excluded from the new law's smoking ban. In addition, the new law requires such ...

Broome Health Department proposes e-smoking ban
Binghamton Homepage - August 19, 2015

Broome Health Department proposes e-smoking ban ... vaping-related devices in areas where smoking has already been banned throughout Broome County.

Cuomo: School Smoking Ban Is Common Sense
Jamestown Post Journal - August 19, 2015

Cuomo: School Smoking Ban Is Common Sense ... ALBANY - Second-hand smoke will pose less of a risk for children in after-school programs across New York ...

Broome County considering ban on electronic smoking devices
Lake Placid News - August 17, 2015

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) An upstate New York county health department has proposed a ban on electronic smoking devices in all public buildings. The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reports (http://press.sn/1HRbeZU ) the proposal, submitted to the Broome County Legislature on Wednesday, would prohibit e-cigarettes and similar vaping products in areas where smoking is banned under the Clean Indoor Air Act.

A Broome County Ban On E-Cigs?
FOX 40 News WICZ TV - August 15, 2015

E-cigarettes have been credited for helping many quit smoking. However, the Broome County Health Department is considering a ban on them in all county public buildings…

NY bans smoking near after-school programs
News 12 Westchester - August 14, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York is banning smoking near after-school programs. ... days, also requiring programs to post signs specifying when smoking is prohibited.

Health Department proposes indoor ban on e-cigarettes
Press & Sun-Bulletin - August 14, 2015

The proposal, submitted to the county legislature Wednesday, would prohibit electronic cigarettes and similar "vaping" products in all areas where smoking is ...

Chris Churchill: Albany Housing Authority smoking ban fogs other health threats, including oil trains
Albany Times-Union - August 13, 2015

Albany has banned smoking in parks - but nobody seems bothered by the thousands of cars that traverse the park, spewing exhaust as they go. Visit the Ezra Prentice Homes, a housing authority complex in the South End, and it's immediately clear that second...

Number Of Smokers In New York City Up, Anti-Smoking Funding Down
CBS New York - Ch. 2 - August 12, 2015

Kelly said smoking rates were at their lowest in 2010, and have risen in the last three years or so. "There is a bit of a lag where we think people are going through the process of quitting, and then you have kind of the effects of programs, which last a...

Albany Housing Authority bans smoking in all units
Albany (NY) Times-Union - August 12, 2015

The new policy covers all 2,200 units. Smokers will have to be 25 feet away from the property to have a cigarette, said Steve Longo, the Housing Authority's executive director. He said the measure is being taken to protect the health of residents who do...

Smoking rates in New York City rise as funding for programs fighting the habit drops: report
New York Daily News - August 12, 2015

Smoking rates have risen among New York City residents as the city's funding for programs to fight the killer habit has dropped, according to a report released Tuesday. Spending on anti-smoking campaigns rose for several years in the early part of Micha

NYS Receives Mixed Reviews on Cancer-Fighting Public Policies
The Jewish Voice - August 11, 2015

How Do You Measure Up? rates states in nine specific areas of public policy that can help fight cancer, including smoke-free laws, tobacco tax levels, funding for ...

New York falls short on cancer fight
PPP Focus.com - August 7, 2015

Much of the alarm comes from surveys showing that e-cigarettes, which come in candy, fruit and alcohol flavors, are particularly popular among teenagers.

Geneva Housing Authority board approves smoking ban
Finger Lakes Times - August 7, 2015

Effective April 1, smoking will be prohibited in the 228 housing units managed by the Geneva Housing Authority. There is a secondhand smoke issue in common areas that affects non-smokers,'' Tyman said. There is also a safety factor of lessening the chances of a fire and ...

Smoking Banned in Geneva, NY Parks
halfwheel.com - August 7, 2015

The Geneva City Council has passed a ban on smoking in the city's 12 parks, a change that while technically going into effect immediately, will be eased in over ...

Rockland County legislators considering e-cigarette ban
Gloversville Leader-Herald - August 6, 2015

Lawmakers in a New York county where smoking indoors is already prohibited are considering adding a ban on e-cigarettes. The Journal News reports (http://lohud.us/1KSqaOX ) Rockland County officials held a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss the expansion of the county's smoking restrictions to treat electronic cigarettes like traditional tobacco products.

Smoking ban in Rockland could soon include e-cigarettes
The Journal News | LoHud.com - August 5, 2015

County lawmakers held a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss whether to expand the county's smoking restrictions to treat electronic cigarettes like ...

City Council to discuss Linden Street closure
Finger Lakes Times - August 5, 2015

SMOKING: Council will conduct a second reading and vote on a proposed amendment to ... The initiative for the smoking ban came from the Boys & Girls Club of ...

Smokers irate as Canton Housing Authority moves to ban smoking in subsidized apartments
North Country Now - August 2, 2015

The smokers are against it, and the non-smokers are hopeful, she said. One resident, Priscilla Lucas, a smoker, estimates that more than half of the residents ...

State hires 'cigarette cop' to go after smokers near Capitol
New York Post - August 1, 2015

ALBANY New York City's tough smoking laws have nothing on Albany, ... trips, from second-hand smoke, said Heather Groll, a spokeswoman for the Office of ...

The Capitol's new no-smoking cordon sanitaire
Albany (NY) Times Union blogs - July 30, 2015

they have employed the signage equivalent of a shock-and-awe campaign: posted signs - either "NO SMOKING HERE TO BUILDING" or "NO SMOKING IN THIS AREA" every 10 to 15 feet all the way around the structure. That includes a singularly ugly semicircle of ...

Editorial: Hospital must be tough on smoking
Plattsburgh Press Republican - July 29, 2015

"Our employees are encouraged to remind visitors and patients about our tobacco-free status and to alert our security team if additional action is necessary.

Rhinebeck school district alters code of conduct regarding digital ...
The Daily Freeman - July 29, 2015

Officials have also added possession of e-cigarettes and vaporizing devices, as well as drug paraphernalia, to the list of items that could result in disciplinary

Breathe eCig Corp. Successfully Enters New York City Marketplace ...
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release) (registration) - July 29, 2015

... ("Breathe" or "the Company"), a revenue generating electronic cigarette industry innovator and pioneer focused on the elimination of second hand smoke and ...

Housing Authority to discuss smoking ban
Finger Lakes Times - July 26, 2015

GENEVA -- Smoking in all housing units managed by the Geneva Housing Authority will be banned if the authority's Board of Commissioners agrees Tuesday.

Bryant Park's Fence Is Removed for Repairs. In Its Place, a Bench.
New York Times - July 25, 2015

"Negatives have turned up." By that, he meant that the bench contributed to the sense that the north edge of the park was becoming an outdoor bus depot...that the bench attracted cigarette smokers, who are not welcome in the park; and that trespassers ...

New York Could Ban Smoking In Public Housing
The Cigar Authority - July 21, 2015

Last week Philadelphia became the largest city to ban smoking in public housing. That reign could ... The bill would ban smoking in and on the grounds of any public housing in New York state. ... Philadelphia Bans Smoking In Public Housing ...

Ortiz bill would ban smoking in public housing units
Legislative Gazette - July 21, 2015

A bill that would ban smoking in or on the grounds of any public housing unit in ... municipalities in California have all enacted smoking bans in public housing.

Syracuse University Tobacco-Free, truth® Campaign Celebrates ...
Uloop News - July 20, 2015

The number of colleges and universities with 100 percent smoke- or tobacco-free policies has tripled in recent years, growing from 446 campuses in 2010 to ...

HAVE YOU HEARD: TOWN sponsors swanky Hamptons food fest ...
Real Estate Weekly - July 20, 2015

... swanky Hamptons food fest, Assemblymember introduces bill that would ban ... to second-hand smoke from traditional tobacco products in office buildings, ...

Little effect seen in ban on indoor e-cigarette use ...
Westfair Online - July 16, 2015

According to a December federal study, e-cigarette smoking among high school ... after New York City enacted a similar law banning e-cigarettes in April 2014. ... ban on e-cigarettes in all indoor places where smoking is already banned.

Chamber's work for tobacco is shameful
Glens Falls Post-Star - July 16, 2015

But I have always hated smoking, and hate most of all the tobacco companies that push this deadly product. CVS Corp. has withdrawn from the U.S. Chamber of ...

Readers react to campus smoking ban
The Journal News | LoHud.com - July 15, 2015

On a recent, errand-filled Saturday, I was struck by just how many smokers I encountered in my travels, mostly in their cars or outside stores or restaurants.

Town of Niagara approves new policy to ban smoking in town ...
Niagara Gazette - June 16, 2015

The town board voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a new local code establishing a tobacco- and smoke-free policy in all town recreational areas.

Wayne County supervisors target E-cigarettes
Finger Lakes Times - June 15, 2015

In extending the ban to E-cigarettes, the law cites preliminary studies suggesting ... traditional tobacco products are banned, the use of E-cigarettes causes fear, ... laws governing indoor smoking bans and create an enforcement 'nightmare' by ...

Geneva Housing Authority's smoking ban could begin Oct. 1
Finger Lakes Times - June 14, 2015

GENEVA A ban on smoking within housing units managed by the Geneva ... June 10 and voted 6-0 to endorse the draft agency plan, smoking ban and all.

Add e-cigarettes to Clean Air Act
Albany Times Union ( blog) - June 14, 2015

There is other important legislation waiting to be passed as well A.5955-A/S.2202-A. This legislation would add e-cigarettes to the state's Clean Indoor Air Act, ...

Cancer Society Praises Westchester's New E-Cigarette Law
The Daily Voice - June 12, 2015

The American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network is praising a new Westchester County law that will control the use of e-cigarettes. County Executive Rob Astorino signed into law a bill that will limit the places e-cigarettes can be used.

North Plainfield Moves Step Closer to Raising Legal Smoking Age
TAPinto.net - June 12, 2015

North Plainfield is a step closer to becoming the first Somerset County municipality to raise the legal smoking age. At a June 8 meeting, the North Plainfield Borough Council voted 4-2 in favor of a Council President Doug Singleterrys ordinance to prohibit the sale of tobacco and other nicotine related products within the borough to persons under 21 years old. The ordinance must be approved upon its second reading at a meeting later this month for it to pass.

Spare children from all second-hand smoke
NorthJersey.com - June 12, 2015

THERE ARE public service announcements (PSAs) all over TV warning parents not to raise "second hand smoke kids," citing all the respiratory, cognitive and other ailments that can afflict children exposed to tobacco smoke on a steady basis and urging parents to quit smoking "Now."

Westchester e-cigarette ban signed into law
Mid-Hudson News - June 11, 2015

WHITE PLAINS - Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino has signed into law a measure that adds e-cigarettes to the list of smoking products that are now banned in workplaces, restaurants and bars.

Fort Ann bans smoking at beach, library, town hall
Glens Falls Post-Star - June 9, 2015

Board member Deborah Witherell, a former smoker, was the dissenting vote. "I don't care to be part of making more restrictions on people. It's time for people to ...

Albany County votes to ban indoor e-cigarette use
Olean Times Herald - June 9, 2015

ALBANY (AP) Vapers in the Albany area may soon have to take their electronic cigarettes outside after local lawmakers voted to ban them in any areas where traditional smoking is already prohibited.

Vassar College's smoke-free campus policy takes effect next month
Mid-Hudson News - June 9, 2015

... smoking products, including cigarettes, cigars, snuff, chewing tobacco, and any non-FDA-approved nicotine delivery devices or products such as e-cigarettes.

ACLD Goes Above & Beyond to Create Smoke-Free Environment
LongIsland.com - June 9, 2015

With the help of the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island (TAC), which is providing free signage, ACLD has identified its Bethpage location as a smoke-free ...

SINGER: Hazy answer to yes-no question about smoking
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - June 9, 2015

Fewer people in New York say they smoke cigarettes, according to statistics from the state Department of Health. If you believe, as health officials do, that secondhand smoke is deadly, maybe you should answer "yes" even though you've never inhaled from your own filter (or not) tip but rode in a car, lived a house, worked in an office or went to a restaurant where everyone else did.

Fewer New Yorkers lighting up cigarettes
WNYT - June 8, 2015

New York health officials are reporting that statewide smoking rates are at their lowest recording levels. According to the latest data released Monday morning, in the past four years the smoking rate among high school students has dropped 42 percent and the adult smoking rate has also dropped.

Anti-smoking laws in New York still hazy about e-cigarettes
Times Herald-Record - June 6, 2015

Our policy on e-cigs is the same as for regular cigarettes: No smoking on the buses, said George Grieve, president of Short Line and general manager of Coach USAs Northern District. The bottom line is that other people should not have to breathe e-cigarette emissions in workplaces and public places, said Bronson Frick, associate director of the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation. Its more than a nuisance; it can be a health hazard.

Cancer Action Network Urges Astorino OK Of Westchester's E-Cigarette Ban
The Daily Voice - June 5, 2015

A nonprofit, advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society is praising a measure that, if signed into law in Westchester County, will curb the use of e-cigarettes in workplaces, restaurants and bars. Michael Davoli, of the Cancer Action Network, said the move by the Westchester County Board of Legislators will protect residents from second-hand exposure to nicotine and other potentially harmful chemicals.

Smoke-free entry proposal fails
Little Falls Evening Times - June 4, 2015

LITTLE FALLS - A proposed smoke-free entryway policy for Little Falls City Hall failed at Tuesday's Common Council meeting. Four of the aldermen present ...

OPINION: It's time to stub out the tobacco epidemic in Brooklyn
Brooklyn Daily Eagle - June 4, 2015

We need only look at the proliferation of advertisements directed to kids and teenagers for e-cigarettes, bubblegum shisha flavors for hookahs, and tobacco ...

Westchester County bans indoor e-cigarette use
CNYcentral.com - June 3, 2015

The move expands the county's smoking ban to include e-cigarettes and other ... The state Legislature is considering a statewide ban on indoor e-cigarette use.

State Minimum Age and Flavor Ban Bill Update
CSPnet.com - June 3, 2015

New York: Prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products (excluding the flavors ... of different tobacco-related bills including a cigarette/little cigar tax increase of 33 ... pass a bill that would have levied a 92% excise tax on electronic cigarettes.

Westchester lawmakers include e-cigarettes in smoke-free worksite ...
Mid-Hudson News - June 2, 2015

WHITE PLAINS - Electronic cigarettes will now be banned along with regular buts as part of Westchester County's smoke-free work site laws. The Board of ...

Legislators update smoke free work site laws to include e-Cigarettes
Lewisboro Ledger - June 2, 2015

In a unanimous vote, Westchester County legislators updated the County's Smoke Free Work Site Laws to include electronic cigarettes during the June 1st ...

JOINGO Announces Launch of Casino at Delaware Park Mobile App ...
Digital Journal - June 2, 2015

And if that's not enough, we feature 2,300 of the area's best paying slots machines -- all on two spacious non-smoking levels. Delaware Park is open 24 hours a ...

Vaping Revisited
Scarsdale 10583 - June 2, 2015

Vaping is using an electronic device (called a vape pen, e-hookah, hookah stick, hookah pipe, or e-pen) to heat a tobacco-free liquid (usually called e-liquid) for ...

Smoke and mirrors: Fear-mongering used to try to ban e-cigs from indoor spaces
WatertownDailyTimes.com - June 1, 2015

A one-size-fits-all approach to public health regulations where much remains unknown about the potential benefits is rarely a good idea. But this is what some ...

VC smoking ban takes first steps
Miscellany News - May 31, 2015

Rules against open-air smoking are gaining traction in many colleges across the country. City of New York Colleges went smoke-free in the fall of 2012, followed by State of New York Colleges in 2014. According to the Smoke Free website, Vassar will join the list of around 1500 smoke-free colleges and universities.

Tobacco-free grounds healthy
Gloversville Leader-Herald - May 29, 2015

GLOVERSVILLE- World No Tobacco Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization, is held annually May 31 and brings together people around the world ...

Nine local women who change lives
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - May 28, 2015

Still, it's a world away from her lobbyist days, when she helped enact the state's restaurant smoking ban and watched the World Series from the New York City ...

Non-smokers speak out
North Country News - May 28, 2015

Several residents of Riverview Towers say they want smoke free housing: "With all the education about smoking habits, I am concerned with all the second-hand ...

Letter: Smoking ban should apply to apartments
Corning Leader - May 27, 2015

Apartment tenants are protected if they go to public buildings, parks and places that are smoke-free. However, the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act excludes ...

Letter: Smoking ban should apply to apartments
MPNnow.com - May 27, 2015

The smoking ban, in existence since 2003 in New York, excludes the ... and ask them to include bans against smoking and its secondhand smoke effects in ...

Rise of e-cigarettes alarms poison control experts
WRVO Public Media - May 26, 2015

As the use of smokeless e-cigarettes continues to grow, more and more liquid nicotine is ending up in the homes of Americans. And it's not safe, says Upstate ...

GHA to discuss smoking ban
Finger Lakes Times - May 24, 2015

GENEVA - This may be the year the issue of smoking in public housing units ... The authority now allows no smoking in common, public shared space in the ...

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein Signs Local Law to Protect Youth From Tobacco Marketing
Saugerties Post Star - May 22, 2015

Kingston, NY - Ulster County Executive Mike Hein visited the YMCA, in Kingston, today to sign a new local law that protects youth from intensive tobacco marketing efforts targeted at them through retail outlets located around their schools. County Executive Hein was joined by County Legislator Jeannette Provenzano, who was the principal sponsor of the legislation, Ulster County Commissioner of Health and Mental Health, Dr. Carol Smith and representatives of Tobacco Free Action Communities, Ulster Prevention Council and the American Cancer Society. The new local law, titled A Local Law Establishing a Tobacco Retail License and Reducing Youth Exposure to Tobacco, establishes a County licensing requirement for the retail sale of tobacco products and .

State bill seeks to regulate e-cigarettes, receives conflicting reactions
WatertownDailyTimes.com - May 17, 2015

An effort to limit the indoor use of e-cigarettes is picking up steam across the state, sparking mixed reactions from local businesses.

Youngstown residents voice concerns, trying to make village a better ...
Niagara Frontier Publications - May 16, 2015

At Thursday's meeting, the board instated a tobacco-free policy for the parks and athletic fields, at the request of Erie and Niagara County health departments.

Indoor e-cigarette ban gathers steam [VIDEO]
Albany Times Union - May 14, 2015

Some state lawmakers want e-cigarette use in places like offices and restaurants to disappear in a puff of smoke. A bill before the state Senate and Assembly would add e-cigarettes electronic vaporizers that let users inhale nicotine and exhale plumes of vapor to the list of products covered under the state's Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans traditional smoking in certain indoor areas.

New Rochelle Library President Backs E-Cigarette Smoking Ban In Work Places
The Daily Voice - May 14, 2015

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- New Rochelle Library Board of Trustees President Haina Just-Michael advocated a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in work ...

E-Cigarette Restrictions Approved In Putnam ($$)
The Putnam County Courier (subscription) - May 14, 2015

Putnam legislators have enacted a local law restricting the use of electronic cigarettes in locations where smoking is prohibited.

Judge Upholds NYC Ban on Indoor E-Cigarette Use
New York Law Journal (registration) - May 14, 2015

A 2013 amendment to New York City's indoor smoking ban to bar e-cigarette use, or "vaping," does not violate the single-subject rule contained within the state Constitution, a Manhattan judge concluded in a suit filed by smokers' advocates against the city. New York Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment argued that Local Law 152, which added e-cigarettes to the city's ban on smoking in bars, restaurants, government buildings and other public places, violated Article III 15 in the state Constitution because smoking and e-cigarette use are two different subjects.

Push to include e-cigs to smoking law
WRGB - May 13, 2015

These are scientists, public health experts, all who agree that the second hand exposure to the aerosol emitted from the electronic cigarettes is potentially ...

Advocates push to include e-cigarettes in the state's Clean Indoor Air Act
NEWS10 ABC - May 13, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) A meeting is being held on Wednesday to push a law that would ban e-cigarettes in places where traditional cigarettes are banned.

Bloomberg health crusades saved New Yorkers' lives
New York Post - May 11, 2015

A ban on smoking in public places in 2002, hizzoner's first year as mayor. A law forbidding trans fats in eateries in 2006. A campaign to lower sodium in 2008.

Cattaraugus County losing war on smoking
Bradford Era - May 7, 2015

Cattaraugus County is losing the war against smoking. Dr. Joseph Bohan, Board of Health president, said the flavorings put in the nicotine for e-cigarettes attract young people, and suggested a local law that would ...

EDITORIAL: Don't ignore e-cigarettes among children
Poughkeepsie Journal - May 6, 2015

It's hard to imagine anyone encouraging kids to inhale anti-freeze and other toxins, but by infusing electronic cigarette vapors with candy and fruit flavors, e-cigarette manufacturers are potentially peddling nicotine addiction directly to American children. And while the Food and Drug Administration stands around in a bureaucratic haze debating how and when to regulate the questionable devices, a new generation of young people is at risk.

Victor Vape Shop Controversy [VIDEO]
WROC-TV - May 5, 2015

Victor, NY (WROC)- Michaeleen Broyles doesn't want vapor shops in her neighborhood. She says one year ago, her son almost died from misusing e-cigarettes. "He smoked what was equivalent to two packs of cigarettes in 10 minutes, and at that point we ended up in the emergency room, and he was toxic," she said. The town board ultimately decided to enact a moratorium, believing it will give them more time to learn about vaping, while prohibiting any new vape shops from opening. The community has 180 days to submit written comments and opinions to the board. The board already approved Jeffrey Bouman's new vape shop on Main Street. It's set to open next week. He understands residents have concerns, but says his business or others shouldn't be stopped.

Ski resort, housing saluted for tobacco-free initiatives
Catskill Daily Mail - April 30, 2015

HUDSON Tobacco-Free Action of Columbia and Greene Counties on Wednesday saluted local groups who have taken steps to discourage smoking and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

OUR VIEW Going smoke-free
Catskill Daily Mail - April 30, 2015

Congratulations to Catskill Mountain Housing Development Corp. and the Catamount Ski Area for being selected as the winners of Tobacco-Free Action of Columbia and Greene Counties awards for discouraging smoking and encouraging a healthier lifestyle.

Luxury rentals go smoke-free
The Journal News | LoHud.com - April 28 , 2015

Ginsburg Development Companies, one of the largest residential developers in the Hudson Valley, has announced that all of its upcoming rental properties will be entirely smoke-free. Even inside the apartments.

Bill would ban e-cigs inside public places
Legislative Gazette - April 27, 2015

The Conservative Party of New York State is speaking out against legislation that would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in certain public places saying it continues the "nanny state" roll of government. Rosenthal said banning the use of e-cigarettes in public places, which is law in New York City, stops what she calls a "regressive" trend of making smoking ...

Potsdam dog park opening this summer to be tobacco-free
North Country Now - April 25, 2015

The Dog Park committee feels that this policy is consistent with their vision of creating a healthy space for people and dogs to play. Second hand smoke is equally toxic to animals as it is to humans, causing cancers, heart disease, and respiratory illness.

OzQuits continues to advocate for campus clean air
Oswegonian - April 24, 2015

The Oswego State Clean Air Committee commemorated the 2015 tobacco-free policy on Earth Day with an anti-smoking demonstration in the Marano Campus Center.

Letter: Leave e-cigarette use up to the individual
Buffalo News - April 24, 2015

Does the government have the right to decide what an adult can do with his body? Historically, the answer was no. In recent years, the answer has been yes. Both federal and state governments have enacted regulations over a multitude of substances, ranging from alcohol and tobacco to marijuana. Recently, electronic cigarettes, or personal nicotine vaporizers, were developed in China. Their growth in popularity has become exponential since 2012. Vaping is used by many as an aid to quit smoking, and by some as an alternative to starting in the first place.

North Hempstead bans use of e-cigarettes in town parks
Newsday - April 23, 2015

North Hempstead has banned the use of e-cigarettes in the town's 47 parks, except for certain sections where smoking is allowed. Above ... The Town of North Hempstead board has approved a ban of electronic cigarettes in town parks.

NY State Fair to ban smoking at Chevy Court
Syracuse.com - April 22, 2015

GEDDES, N.Y. - The New York State Fair will ban smoking on Chevy Court this year, according to Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner. People can still smoke on ...

Ulster County lawmakers pass laws limiting sale of cigarettes near ...
The Daily Freeman - April 21, 2015

He said lawmakers should pass laws governing wear cigarettes are located within those stores and the type of advertising they would be permitted to display. ... The cigarette ban passed in a 20-2 vote, with Donaldson, D-Kingston, and John ...

Penfield, NY Asking for Input on Park Smoking Ban
halfwheel.com - April 21, 2015

Leaders in Penfield, N.Y. are seeking public comment on a proposal that would prohibit smoking in town-owned parks, trails, athletic fields, playgrounds, and ...

Smoke-Free Act 'one of my favorite laws': Readers applaud 12 years ...
SILive.com - April 21, 2015

According to a small batch of SILive readers, the NYC Smoke-Free Air Act of ... And yes, the ban has impacted my and many, many others' decision making.

Supporters rally for legalization of marijuana
WBFO - April 21, 2015

Michael Mottern says smoking pot in your own house is a constitutional right and ... State which have removed most restrictions and levied fairly heavy taxation.

Oneida Nation Reveals Information about Chittenango Casino ...
Casino News Daily - April 21, 2015

Tribal officials explained that all gaming facilities will be located on one level and will be easily accessed by everyone. Furthermore, smoking will not be ...

E-cigarette ban proposed for North Hempstead town parks
Newsday - April 20, 2015

In this file photo, an electronic cigarette is demonstrated. North Hempstead is proposing banning the devices from its public parks.

Oneida Nation reveals Chittenango casino venue names
Oneida Dispatch - April 20, 2015

The Yellow Brick Road Casino will also feature 430 Vegas-style cash slot ... all on one level, and a smoke-free environment with an outdoor smoking patio.

Penfield Considers Banning Tobacco In Parks and Public Spaces [VIDEO]
WROC-TV - April 19, 2015

If a new law outlawing tobacco in town-owned land gets support, he'll get his way in every Penfield park very soon. The town just released a survey asking residents for input on a measure that would ban smoking in parks, trails, playgrounds and entryways to town buildings. Some parents say the restriction would help set an example for their kids early on.

Proposed tobacco ban would protect families
Albany Times Union (blog) - April 19, 2015

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy's initiative to ban tobacco product displays in pharmacies would be a great contribution to the health of people in Albany ...

Schools grapple with growing popularity of e-cigarettes
Riverhead News Review - April 16, 2015

E-cigarettes have been banned in the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District. ... Policies in Southold and Riverhead schools also include bans on e-cigarettes. ... trend in e-cigarettes use has undone the anti-smoking progress made by banning ...

Mount St Vincent honors philanthropic leader Bill O'Connor
IrishCentral - April 16, 2015

One of the local bills he worked on in Westchester banned smoking in places like ... "When you think back it's hard to believe how smoking was so prevalent.

License for hookah lounge is denied by Council in Lackawanna
Buffalo News - April 13, 2015

... use and or sale of tobacco products, including the shisha tobacco for hookah ... of Holland Avenue, was listed as the applicant on the business licensing form.

Case closed in Fort Plain liquid nicotine death
Police: 18-month-old boy accidentally consumed e-cigarette ingredients
Albany Times Union - April 13, 2015

The investigation into the December death of an 18-month-old Montgomery County boy who drank liquid nicotine is finally closed, with Fort Plain police deeming the incident accidental.
Eli James "EJ" Hotaling, who would have turned 2 on May 17, is the first child in the country to die from accidentally swallowing the toxic ingredient in electronic cigarettes, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. ...

Smoking down to record low in Erie, Niagara counties
Buffalo News - April 10, 2015

Fewer of us in Erie and Niagara counties are smoking cigarettes, and thats in line with whats happening around the nation, where the number of smokers is at an all-time low, according to the latest statistics. ... We see a high proportion of youths turning to e-cigarettes, and it is unclear if they are safe, Burstein said. Tobacco continues to be considered the leading ...

Binghamton awarded for anti-tobacco ordinance
WBNG-TV - April 8, 2015

According to Tobacco Free Broome and Tioga e-cigarettes are a rapidly growing trend among young smokers. Next Article Tioga schools propose 30 percent tax .

City of Binghamton receives award for protecting youth
WBNG-TV - April 6, 2015

The City of Binghamton was recognized at Legislative Education Day in Albany February 25 for its work in protecting youth in the city from tobacco marketing. Binghamton is one of the first municipalities in the state to pass this type of ordinance. The Surgeon General says one of the major causes of youth smoking is ...

Albany County to push ban on pharmacy cigarette displays
Albany Times Union - April 3, 2015

BETHLEHEM County Executive Dan McCoy on Friday unveiled legislation that would ban the display of tobacco products in retail stores that contain pharmacies a measure he said major retailers have already voluntarily agreed to comply with. The law, if passed by the County Legislature, would make Albany County the first in the state with such a ban, McCoy said, and comes six months after he vetoed a law that would have outright banned the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.

Albany County Executive to announce new public health legislation
NEWS10 ABC - April 3, 2015

In 2014, McCoy signed an Executive Order banning the use of e-cigarettes on county property, and the Albany County Department of Mental Health has partnered with other organizations to help clients quit smoking.The next initiative to be launched will ensure that young people are not exposed to tobacco products at retail stores.

Know the rules before you head to Frontier Field for opening day
News 10NBC - April 3, 2015

No smoking of any kind is allowed at Frontier Field. This includes electronic cigarettes. A smoking area is provided outside the stadium gate adjacent to the Walk of Fame on Morrie Silver Way.

Between The Lines
Columbia Spectator - April 2, 2015

"Most people I know say they smoke to deal with academic pressures, similar to .... In addition to limitations like campus smoking bans and local cigarette age ...

Letter: More has to be done to eliminate smoking
Buffalo News - April 2, 2015

Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the United States, yet not enough is being done to ban this deadly habit. Not only does it cause lung cancer ...

CB 4 says no to smoking
Queens Chronicle - April 2, 2015

Some boards, such as CB 5, did not immediately vote on the smoke-free resolution, but CB 4 unanimously passed it. "I like the idea, but the only problem I have ...

Albany pushing for tobacco retailers to become licensed in the County
NEWS10 ABC - April 2, 2015

It would require any retailer that sells tobacco products or E-cigarettes to become licensed with the county. Albany County Legislator Tim Nichols hopes to have ...

NYS to launch medical marijuana program April 15
Buffalo Business First - April 2, 2015

...written approval has been received from the state. And despite the methods of delivery in other states, New York's law will prohibit smoking marijuana: The DOH commissioner has yet to determine what form …

2013 State Parks smoking policy reinstated
Wyoming County Free Press - April 1, 2015

... reduces litter thus saving money on cleanup; avoids conflicts between smokers and non-smokers; supports healthy recreation; enhances the natural beauty of ...

Less people in WNY are smoking
WKBW-TV - March 30, 2015

Andrew Hyland, chair of the Department of Health Behavior, said, "We've seen a high cigarette tax increase during that timeframe, more smoke-free policies, ads ...

Glenville weighs moratorium on adult shops
The Daily Gazette - March 30, 2015

GLENVILLE - New strip clubs, adult video stores, pawn shops and vape shops could soon be banned temporarily in Glenville as town officials determine how ...

CB 8 asks City Council to mandate smoking ban in housing
TimesLedger - March 30, 2015

Queens Community Board 8 approved a resolution calling on the City Council to pass legislation requiring all new multi-family housing to be smoke-free.

Stony Brook's Attempt to be Tobacco Free
The Stony Brook Press - March 29, 2015

SUNYs push to ban smoking on its campuses in 2014, which failed, and SHACs SBU Kicks Butts 2014, an event held in the SAC Lobby on March 12 that aimed to inform students of Green Tobacco Sickness, stand out as recent measures to deter the communitys tobacco use. But fliers and brochures featured at several academic buildings on campus and distributed at an resident-assistant-ran event on February 6 at Toscanini College in Tabler Quad represent the most recent effort by SUNY and the university to urge a tobacco-free environment.

Without enforcement, UB's no smoking policy accomplishes little
University at Buffalo The Spectrum - March 29, 2015

A complete ban with repercussions sounds like a good idea it's simple, assertive and for non-smokers who are bothered by secondhand smoke, the ideal ...

Middle-schooler encourages County Exec to ban vaping in public
WBFO - March 28, 2015

At Friday's signing of a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz read an email letter he had received in ...

Poloncarz to sign law restricting e-cigarettes
Buffalo News - March 27, 2015

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz will sign Friday a local law regulating the use of e-cigarettes in public places. The County Legislature in February approved a local law that bans the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices at all public indoor facilities, except in establishments where the devices and their accoutrements are either being sold to or sampled by prospective users.

The Debate To Raise The Legal Age For Buying Tobacco Products ...
NYU Local - March 27, 2015

In the year 2015 forty-two millions of Americans are still smoking cigarettes. ... fewer babies would be born prematurely , and the effects of secondhand smoke on ...

E-Cigarettes Under Fire at Legislature
The Putnam County Courier (subscription) - March 25, 2015

E-Cigarettes Under Fire at Legislature ... may be enacting a local law restricting the use of electronic cigarettes in locations where smoking is prohibited. The full ...

No Ifs, ands, or Butts
LongIsland.com - March 24, 2015

The focus of this tobacco-free policy, as opposed to a smoke-free policy, is on preserving the health of everyone, smokers and non-smokers alike. It broadens ...

Officials warn of hookah, e-cigarette health risks
Binghamton University Pipe Dream - March 24, 2015

The study demonstrated that most participants thought a tobacco-free campus was a health priority. This included prohibiting the sale or advertisement of ...

Fighting For The Right To Vape: 7onevape To Host Awareness ...
Bensonhurstbean - March 24, 2015

Though tobacco companies have rolled out their own versions of the e-cigarettes, they have yet to catch up with vape shops offering more compact, cost-efficient ...

New e-cig law means Suffolk County businesses must post warning ...
Newsday - March 24, 2015

Daniel Pettley exhales vapor as he demonstrates the use of his electronic cigarette in Salt Lake City, Aug. 14, 2014. Stores in Suffolk County have 90 days to ...

OUR VIEW: With smoking, government vs. private space require compromise
As long as government refuses to outlaw tobacco as it does other addictive substances, it needs to back off when it comes to restricting people from smoking in their own personal space
Utica Observer Dispatch - March 22, 2015

Tobacco remains legal because its a huge cash cow for government. Never mind overwhelming medical evidence that shows it kills thousands of people every day and affects non-smokers who are subjected to unwanted noxious fumes. But as long as government refuses to outlaw tobacco as it does other addictive substances, it needs to back off when it comes to restricting people from smoking in their own personal space. While it makes sense to offer smoke-free public housing, some buildings should be made available, too, where smoking is allowed. Utica resident Susan Roberts is a smoker but respects non-smokers and doesn't light up at home by choice. And it should be her choice. Roberts concern is that an across-the-board ban on smoking in all multi-unit housing would remove that choice.

Hein Signs Law to Strenghthen County's Anti-Smoking Law
Saugerties Post-Star - March 19, 2015

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein signed into law an amendment to the County's current Anti-Smoking Law which is designed to prevent those on Ulster County property from being exposed to potentially harmful smoke and vapors emitted from electronic smoking devices. The law will amend Ulster Countys Anti-Smoking Law of 2008, prohibiting smoking on all real property leased or owned by Ulster County, and will now include the use of all electronic smoking devices in the ban.

Lawmaker to McCoy: Return tobacco lobby's campaign cash
Albany Times Union (blog) - March 19, 2015

An Albany County lawmaker is calling on County Executive Dan McCoy to return more than $10,000 in campaign contributions from tobacco industry lobbyists and retailers who sell their products taken in the years leading up to his veto of a countywide ban on tobacco sales in pharmacies. McCoy vetoed that law in September citing its lack of an enforcement mechanism and failure provide legal licensing authority for the county to regulate the sale of cigarettes. Formally, the law, which you can read, here would have banned sales in any retail establishment containing a licensed pharmacy.

Residents speak against e-cigarette bill
wivb.com - March 19, 2015

It bans the use of the devices where smoking is already banned. ... One resident said, "I urge you to veto this proposed vaping ban, because it protects cigarette ...

Lawmaker to McCoy: Return tobacco lobby's campaign cash
Albany Times Union (blog) - March 19, 2015

... in the years leading up to his veto of a countywide ban on tobacco sales in pharmacies. ... legal licensing authority for the county to regulate the sale of cigarettes. ... banned sales in any retail establishment containing a licensed pharmacy.

Proposed Ulster County limits on tobacco sales gain public support
The Daily Freeman - March 18, 2015

... of underaged smokers reported getting cigarettes from convenience stores. ... there a local law on your desk to make it illegal for minors to possess tobacco?".

Letter: Too little known about e-cigarettes
The Journal News | LoHud.com - March 18, 2015

Your recent article on the counties' banning the indoor use of electronic cigarettes is encouraging news in the world of preventing nicotine addiction.

Strong support for tobacco restrictions at Ulster County hearing
Mid-Hudson News - March 18, 2015

... on a local law designed to curb exposure of minors to cigarette addiction. The Ulster County law would ban tobacco retailers from operating within 1000 ... not address the 80 percent of minors who get their cigarettes elsewhere. "Why isn't there a local law on your desk that makes it illegal for minors to possess tobacco?

Secondhand smoke a smoldering issue, especially in housing ...
Herkimer Evening Telegram - March 17, 2015

The housing authorities in Dolgeville, Herkimer and Oneida have made some of their buildings smoke-free. And the Utica Municipal Housing Authority has three ...

Ulster County bans e-cigs on county property with new law
Mid-Hudson News - March 17, 2015

Ulster County bans e-cigs on county property with new law ... last year for public places, but until recently e-cig regulations only banned sale to minors. ... of the people working in the office was smoking an electronic cigarette at the desk," said ...

Harder and harder to breathe
Campus Times - March 15, 2015

Of course, Im talking about cigarette smoke. Cigarette smokers are polluting the air outside ITS, right where students wait for buses and pass by on their way to the library. Outside the door to ITS is a sign advertising the University policy prohibiting smoking within 30 feet of a building. Because this rule is unenforced, everyone who chooses not to put death sticks in their mouths still has no choice but to breathe in the murderous fumes they pass through. I have seen smokers light up literally right next to signs telling them that they cant smoke within 30 feet of a building. Such blatant disregard for University policy doesnt just undermine the Universitys overall authority in enforcing its own rules; rather, it endangers the health of anybody walking within 30 feet of a building.

Valley Views: Dutchess Board of Health cites dangers in e-cigarettes
Poughkeepsie Journal - March 14, 2015

Beginning about 60 years ago, our federal government took a strong step toward curbing the dangers that smoking posed to our families and children. Since then, our country has seen enormous decreases in the rates of smoking among the general population and among minors. New York has also taken the lead in helping to reduce the dangers of second-hand smoking by prohibiting smoking in enclosed public spaces. Pregnant mothers no longer have to worry for their infant's health when a stranger lights up on the bus and non-smoking families no longer have to worry about other patrons ruining a Saturday night meal at a restaurant.

Orleans 4-H'ers hope to reduce smoking at Fair
The Daily News Online - March 13, 2015

Smith said 4-Hers have wanted to make the fair less smoky and have taken a step in the right direction after the Fair Board approved their proposal to set up designated smoking areas at this summers fair. 4-H Educator Robert Batt said youth have pushed for a smoke-free grounds for the past seven years, largely due to the volume of butts they pick up each ...

Bonnewell: GCASA puts smoking in full view of students
The Daily News Online - March 13, 2015

The Genesee-Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse's facility on East Avenue is a tobacco-free property. That doesn't preclude clients from ...

Putnam Considers Banning E-Cigarettes Indoors
The Daily Voice - March 11, 2015

The new laws could closely mirror those proposed in Westchester which would not only tighten restrictions on where e-cigarette users can "smoke," it would ...

Task force working to unite youths, community
Amherst Bee - March 11, 2015

However, one area that the task force will be concentrating on in the future is the use of electronic cigarettes and marijuana. "We are very concerned about

Westchester Considers Banning E-Cigarettes Indoors
The Daily Voice - March 11, 2015

Westchester County is considering a ban on using e-cigarettes indoors. …

Counties consider banning indoor e-cigarette use
The Journal News | LoHud.com - March 10, 2015

Doyen dabbles in e-cigarettes, she said, although she still prefers tobacco. ... and that allowing e-cigarettes indoors sends mixed messages as lawmakers look ...

County plans review of e-cigarette loopholes
Olean Times Herald - March 8, 2015

Cattaraugus County was in the forefront when it came to regulating electronic cigarettes. The Cattaraugus County Legislature passed a local law regulating the use of e-cigarettes, or e-cigs, in 2011. It prohibited the sale of e-cigs to those under age 18 and prohibited their use in the same areas where tobacco smoking was banned. Now, thanks to a new state law, the use of e-cigs is prohibited in public places statewide, just as smoking tobacco is banned. However, Cattaraugus County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kevin Watkins sees a few possible loopholes in the local law on electronic cigarettes …

NYSSA Rallies Against Legislation to Tax E-Cigarettes
CSPnet.com - March 4, 2015

NEW YORK -- New Yorkers for Smarter Smoking Alternatives (NYSSA)--a coalition of ... proposal to tax electronic cigarettes and ban their use in indoor spaces.

State should follow city, county lead in regulating use of electronic ...
Buffalo News - March 3, 2015

A pat on the back for the City of Buffalo and Erie County for joining communities across the nation in placing electronic cigarettes under the same regulations as ...

Anti-tobacco group at event
Gloversville Leader-Herald - December 2, 2014

GLOVERSVILLE - Advancing Tobacco Free Communities of Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery Counties participated in the Gloversville Enlarged School ...

Tobacco's age restriction is ethically justified
CU Columbia Spectator - December 2, 2014

At least three states have considered enacting state-wide restrictions. ... Will age limits on tobacco purchases make a difference in youth smoking? ... Restricting purchases to people aged 21 and over makes it much less likely that 15-, 16-, and …

Smoked Out
Curbed NY - December 1, 2014

He wasn't willing to quit smoking inside, so now he lives somewhere else. #1. ... Second hand smoke is disgusting on its own and it can still kill. Evict her. #5.

Woman says her co-op is trying to boot her for smoking
New York Post - November 30, 2014

A Manhattan smoker who's taken expensive measures to keep the odor of her ... back, had him block her bathroom vent, and then spent $700 on an air purifier….

Hookah lounges banned in Lynbrook
liherald.com - November 26, 2014

...17 meeting to ban the smoking of hookah pipes in bars located in the village. Hookahs are water pipes used to smoke tobacco, which is often combined with ...

Wipe tobacco out of communities
Albany Times Union (blog) - November 24, 2014

The Great American Smokeout was Thursday. Annually, smokers are encouraged to use the day to make a quit plan or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. But we can make it even easier by making changes in our community that support tobacco-free living where people live, work and play.

Area residents favor some tobacco control measures, new survey finds
Utica Observer Dispatch - November 20, 2014

I know, personally, I walk into stores and I see a huge amount of tobacco advertising and products right behind the counter and I don't think that's good for youth ...

Putnam County Board of Health VP Retires
Philipstown.info - November 20, 2014

The ban on smoking in public places, the privatization of the county's homecare specialists, the fight for increased funding and the move to enlist a medical ...

Great American Smokeout supplies available Thursday
Albany Times Union - November 20, 2014

Since then, the program has expanded to advocate for comprehensive smoke-free laws, increased tobacco excise taxes and increased funding for tobacco ...

Tobacco targeted by Smoke Out, local organizations
Plattsburgh Press Republican - November 20, 2014

Marking the day, SUNY Plattsburgh organization Colleges Against Cancer and Tobacco-Free Clinton, Essex, Franklin will host a panel discussion at 5:30 tonight ...

Survey results show area's attitude toward tobacco
WKTV - November 20, 2014

"So they are aware of the dangers, aware of the secondhand smoking dangers, so they are supportive of those polices that don't let kids fall into the same trap ...

Ken Hall: Tobacco fight continues, but we've come a long way, baby
Times Herald-Record - November 19, 2014

This fall CVS banned tobacco products from its 7,700 stores. Now ... As smoking continues to become more inconvenient and more costly, it should also become ...

Up In Smoke: Government Funding Vanishes, Smoking Rates Rise
Gotham Gazette - November 19, 2014

After years of decline, smoking is on the rise in New York City. ... which crept up from 14 percent in 2010 to 16 percent in 2013 despite bans on smoking in bars, ...

UB medical students bring 'Tar Wars' tobacco-free message to ...
Niagara Frontier Publications - November 19, 2014

Sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, "Tar Wars" promotes a tobacco-free life. Through one-hour classroom presentations, the program ...

Tobacco-Free Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany To Meet Thursday
Jamestown Post Journal - November 19, 2014

WELLSVILLE - Tobacco-Free Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany will present "Fighting The Tobacco Epidemic" at the upcoming National Rural Health Day ...

Ken Hall: Tobacco fight continues, but we've come a long way, baby
Times Herald-Record - November 19, 2014

They will still be able to chew, and e-cigarettes are permitted. But Reynolds is following the lead of the majority of other businesses in moving what it calls ...

New York Today: Wicked Cold
New York Times - November 19, 2014

The city's new marijuana policy takes effect: only a ticket for showing under 25 grams, but you can still be arrested and charged with smoking in public. o A rally in ...

Smoking could be snuffed out in MHA housing
Utica Observer Dispatch - November 17, 2014

The Utica Municipal Housing Authority soon will have three smoke-free buildings, two in new structures and one in a renovation. And the authority is considering banning indoor smoking at its three buildings for seniors and the disabled, said Executive Director Robert Calli.

Letter: Smoking with a breast cancer diagnosis
The Daily News Online (blog) - November 17, 2014

Research also has shown that there may be a link between very heavy secondhand smoke exposure and breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women.

Great American Smokeout: A Way to Add Years to Your Life
TWC News - November 17, 2014

In Broome County and many other parts of the state, there is work being done on smoke-free housing facilities, tobacco-free outdoor policies and anti-tobacco ...

New York releases statistics on tobacco out on Great American ...
West Texas News - November 16, 2014

Anthony Billoni, director, Tobacco-Free Western New York, stated that the effort taken up by smokeout has largely helped in shifting the attitudes of smokers as ...

Cigarette smoking can kill you, so why do people do it?
Buffalo News - November 15, 2014

Bansal-Travers and colleagues across the globe are conducting work in more than 20 countries as part of the International Control Policy Evaluation Project. The project is led by K. Michael Cummings, a former Roswell researcher now at the Medical University of South Carolina, with help from his former Roswell co-workers, along with researchers from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Australia, the United Kingdom and elsewhere. She and her husband, fellow Roswell tobacco researcher Mark Travers, have .... the point of sale in the retail environment, including the change in pharmacies, ...

Great Neck joins widening municipal effort against hookah bars
Newsday - November 14, 2014

New hookah lounges are banned from the Village of Great Neck -- the latest in a growing number of Long Island municipalities to bar or temporarily prohibit such businesses.

New York City Council Speaker Endorses Marijuana Legalization
The Weed Blog (blog) - November 14, 2014

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced her support for marijuana legalization at the November pre-stated meeting. Speaker Mark -Viverito joins a growing list of elected officials coming out in support of marijuana legalization, including New York City council members Stephen Levin, Jumaane Williams, Rafael Espinal, and more recently Mark Levine.

Jeff Bank bans outdoor smoking on property
Times Herald-Record - November 13, 2014

While Jeff Bank has prohibited smoking indoors and near building entrances for years, it's expanding that policy to all of its outdoor property beginning New ...

Great Neck joins widening municipal effort against hookah bars
Newsday - November 13, 2014

... specially made -- usually flavored -- tobacco. Like cigarettes, hookahs provide addictive nicotine and are at least as toxic as cigarette smoking, the CDC says.

SU announces plans to become a tobacco-free campus starting in ...
The Daily Orange - November 12, 2014

By July 1, 2015, tobacco products or any products simulating tobacco smoking will be banned on campus, including outdoor spaces. All locations owned or ...

New York City Is Finally Softening Its Stance on Pot
VICE - November 11, 2014

New York City has been the US capital of marijuana possession arrests for years ... it hurts their chances to get a good job; it hurts their chances to get housing; .

Pot in New York: $100 Ticket. No Charges. No Record. No Nothing
Bloomberg - November 10, 2014

(Violators will still need to make an appearance in court, smoking in public may still ... De Blasio and Bratton both oppose legalizing marijuana, though de Blasio ...

Usefulness of e-cigarettes questioned by Erie County official, CDC
Buffalo News - November 5, 2014

Even though smoking has been banned in public facilities since 2003, e-cigs ... Establishments do, however, have the right to ban e-cigarettes at their discretion.

Syracuse University tobacco ban aims to create generation of non ...
The Post-Standard - syracuse.com - October 31, 2014

The movement to ban tobacco on college campuses, which Syracuse University joined Monday, is not just about creating a smoke- free culture in public workplaces. It is also about convincing young people to become lifetime non-smokers, said Sarah Van Orman, the president of the American College Health Association. The national initiative is more about creating a healthy smoke-free culture than convincing students not to smoke, said Cynthia Hallet, the executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. Which is why most of the coverage of SU's ban portrayed it as a culture change more than anything else. But the less discussed purpose of the initiative is to combat the modern targeting strategy of tobacco companies, which began in 1998, said Hallet. That was the year that the Master Settlement Agreement between 46 states and the nation's five largest tobacco companies banned the companies from advertising to children younger than 18. Hallet said this ban forced the companies to shift their target audience to the next youngest demographic: 18-24 year-olds, or people of college age. "They were looking for a new generation of smokers and they need people to develop the habit while they are young," said Hallet. "It's a for profit industry."

Buffalo Bulletin - October 30, 2014

Councilman Lakin seconded. Motion carried. Mayor Dyess explained there was a problem in Buffalo with electronic cigarettes which has prompted the proposed ...

The Banning of E-Cigarettes In London and New York
The Epoch Times (blog) - October 29, 2014

E-cigarettes have taken the world by storm in the recent years helping many people to quell their cigarette habit. Laws took a while to catch up with the times and ...

Experts Say That E-cigarettes Are Popular Among Teens
Youth Health Magzine - October 28, 2014

In Long Island's youth, health experts and even school officials attest to the increased number of teenagers using e-cigarettes. In fact, the purpose of e-cigarettes ...

University should consider compromise for campus smoking ban
The Daily Orange - October 27, 2014

The university says that the focus of the ban is to create a smoke-free culture, not to punish smokers. A tobacco ban on locations bordering public space and the ...

SU moves forward with plans to implement tobacco-free campus ...
The Daily Orange - October 27, 2014

There are currently 1,477 smoke-free campuses in the country, according to an Oct. 1 report from the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.

Syracuse University to be smoke-free with new tobacco ban, policy ...
The Post-Standard - syracuse.com - October 27, 2014

According to an Oct. 1 report from the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, there are 1,477 smoke-free campuses in the U.S. Of those colleges and ...

Editorial: E-cigs and schools
The Daily News Online - October 27, 2014

For decades, schools have worked to discourage young people from smoking cigarettes, trying to keep them healthy. Today's youths know that tobacco smoke is ...

McElfresh seeks election to Legislature after 2013 appointment
Olean Times Herald - October 25, 2014

... Scenic Byways program designed to bring more visitors into the county, and a resolution calling on the State Legislature to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies.

Tobacco-Free GLOW gets contract to open Batavia office
The Daily News Online - October 24, 2014

Keenan most recently served as program director for Smoke-Free NOW. He is an active community leader having been involved with numerous area events and ...

A Gamble: Shinnecock Tribe Closes Its Gaming Authority Office
Dan's Papers - October 24, 2014

While disbanding the Gaming Authority, the tribe also voted to create an ordinance that would regulate shops selling cigarettes on the reservation and collect ...

Veto override fails to gain support
The Spotlight (Delmar, NY) - October 23, 2014

Only 15 legislators supported the move to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies, far under the supermajority need to pass...Proponents of the proposed local law to ban the sale of tobacco at pharmacies on Tuesday, Oct. 14, urged the Albany County Legislature to

Old Village board to vote on banning on-site smoking
The Island NEWS - October 23, 2014

Village of Great Neck trustees said on Tuesday they will vote on a proposed law which would ban businesses that profit from on-site smoking at their next board ...

Roswell Park Cancer Institute tobacco control program awarded $1 ...
Niagara Frontier Publications - October 23, 2014

...Establish tobacco-free-community norms through clean outdoor air policies by working with communities to create more smoke-free parks, playgrounds and ...

Dude! What Do You Do When Your Neighbor's Marijuana Smoke ...
Habitat magazine - October 22, 2014

Oct. 22, 2014 - A lot has been written about secondhand cigarette smoke, and some New York co-ops and condos, including Manhattan's massive Zeckendorf ...

Application Process Begins For Hunter's Point South
Western Queens Gazette - October 22, 2014

Also, Hunter's Point South Commons and Crossing will offer a smoke-free living environment for all residents and will be operated by the Related Management ...

Man who burst out of burning building engulfed in flames dies
New York Post - October 22, 2014

Containers filled with chemicals used to make flavored tobacco for hookahs were found at the scene, and investigators believed that caused the fire because the ...

Council's New Bill to Boost Smoking
Somewhat Reasonable - October 22, 2014

Smokers who've switched from smoking to vaping regularly report that they ... As is often the case, those calling for a ban to restrict the choices of adults tell us ...

New playground installed in Dekalb with help from $7400 grant
North Country Now - October 21, 2014

Along with the rejuvenation of the playground, the town has passed a tobacco-free policy for all parks, playgrounds and public areas. For more information about ...

Hudson Confidential: Shops protest Ulster's proposed tobacco law
Times Herald-Record - October 19, 2014

In October, Hein introduced a law that would create "tobacco-free school zones. ... 20 percent of New York's youth still purchase their cigarettes from retail stores. ... of Health's Youth Access Tobacco Enforcement Program that focuses on the ...

New York City Proposes to Include E-Cigarettes in Flavor Ban
Tobacco Law blog- Troutman Sanders LLP - October 19, 2014

The New York City Council has recently proposed a measure that would prohibit so-called "characterizing flavors" in e-cigarettes. The move would subject vapor products to the existing ban on "characterizing flavors" in all tobacco products, which only a...

For public health, let them vape cake
New York Daily News - October 19, 2014

New York City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Queens) wants to ban ... They think vaping leads to smoking, and they assume any flavor other than ...

BHS officials share concerns, raise awareness about vaping at school
The Batavian - October 17, 2014

That isn't an epidemic by any means, but it is a cause for concern and he thinks the local community, and particularly parents and students, should be more aware of some of the possible negative consequences of vaporizers, also known as e-cigarettes.

Concern Grows About E-Cigs and Dangerous Vapes [VIDEO]
WKBW-TV - October 17, 2014

The district says students are sneaking e-cigs into school, and hiding them in bathroom ceiling tiles. The school has banned e-cigs from campus entirely.

Students combat "Vaping" in Fairport
13WHAM-TV - October 16, 2014

A lot of the kids would be able to use their e-cigs right there in class. Hide it in their sleeve, hide it in their textbook and teachers would never know," says Fairport ...

Ulster County Retail Tobacco Licensing Plan is Redundant
ReadMedia (press release) - October 16, 2014

Convenience stores selling tobacco already are required by state law to register ... Mr. Hein claims that "20% of our state's youth purchase their cigarettes from a ...

No Smoking Sign Will Help Homeless Problem at WaHi Park ...
DNAinfo - October 16, 2014

The Parks Department recently added a sign at the plaza notifying park users that the area falls under the city's ban on smoking in public places. While the ...

BHS officials share concerns, raise awareness about vaping at school
The Batavian - October 16, 2014

E-cigarettes were developed as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes. They were designed to be nicotine delivery devices, but without the health consequences of ...

TESSLER: University should strengthen smoking policy
Washington Square News (NYU) - October 15, 2014

It is unfair that city residents, including NYU students, must be subjected to secondhand smoke. Students must walk through a cloud of toxins when trying to enter their dorm, study or eat at a dining hall. Both city and university officials must take...

NYC Looks to Ban Flavored E-Cigs
CSPnet.com - October 15, 2014

... researcher Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, who found that adults using flavored e-cigarettes are more likely to be smoke-free than those using tobacco flavors.

Tobacco sellers fume over proposed Newburgh law
Times Herald-Record - October 14, 2014

The law would cover tobacco- and nicotine-containing products ranging from cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco to snuff and bidis, a form of cigarette ... not have violated any state laws covering the sale and display of tobacco products.

State ponies up $2.5M for tribe's unpaid taxes
Finger Lakes Times - October 14, 2014

"We are still trying to get them to pay those taxes, which the Supreme Court says ... to pay sales taxes on the sale of cigarettes and gasoline at their convenience ...

Pittsford rolls out unwelcome mat for certain shops
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - October 14, 2014

They say nothing of vape shops, which specialize in tobacco-free e-cigarettes and accessories and have popped up in Greece, Penfield, Fairport and Webster in ...

Letter: Pharmacies, don't sell smokes
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - October 14, 2014

A woman smokes a cigarette during a break from work in downtown Chicago. ... Major pharmacy organizations have discouraged the sale of tobacco ... which ceased tobacco sales several years ago, and I encourage all pharmacies to cease ...

Ask Real Estate: When Smoke Gets in Your Apartment
Marijuana Smoke and Air Pollution in New York City Apartments
New York Times - October 11, 2014

Q. I understand that secondhand smoke from cigarettes is increasingly banned in public places. But do the same rules apply to marijuana and to the secondhand smoke that moves from one apartment to another? Our landlord generally declines to follow up on complaints about pot, but are there ways to get the management to move under more general secondhand smoke regulations? Secondhand cigarette smoke is different from secondhand marijuana smoke, said Janet Ray Kalson, a lawyer who represents tenants. Secondhand cigarette smoke is an established health hazard, and marijuana smoke is not. ...

FLCC trustees to consider barring e-cigs
Victor Post - October 10, 2014

HOPEWELL As federal and state lawmakers grapple with electronic-cigarette regulations, Finger Lakes Community College policymakers are considering campus regulations of their own. During its November meeting, the FLCC Board of Trustees will vote for or against the inclusion of e-cigarettes to its current smoking and tobacco use policy.

CVS And NYC Set The Pace Versus Tobacco
MediaPost Communications - October 10, 2014

To be clear, CVS isn't just being saintly with its cigarette ban. Rather than the 40% that the convenience store players get, a pharmacy only makes 2% of its revenue on cigarettes. And what they lose will probably be made up by changes in how medical services are delivered that support a new, more clinical role. ...

NY Legislation to Ban Flavored E-Cigs Will Lead to More Smoking
eNews Park Forest - October 9, 2014

Elected officials and anti-smoking advocates need to re-think their knee-jerk ... Costa Constantinides (D-Queens) introduced legislation to ban flavors used in e-cigs .... Banning the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes would be tantamount to a ...

School District Considers E-Cig Ban
New Hyde Park Illustrated News - October 9, 2014

Earlier this year, e-cigarettes were banned in public buildings in New York City by the Smoke-Free Air Act. Passed in the last month Mayor Michael Bloomberg ...

New push for ban on tobacco sales
Albany Times Union - October 8, 2014

The local law would have applied to all major pharmacy chains as well as other ... fines and licensing law that would allow the county to regulate cigarette sales.

Operation Overlap: Albany County Legislator's Local Tobacco ...
ReadMedia (press release) - October 8, 2014

Operation Overlap: Albany County Legislator's Local Tobacco Licensing ... Stores selling tobacco already are required by state law to register with the New York ...

American Vaping Association Fuming Over Proposed Ban on ...
New York Observer - October 8, 2014

Flavored e-cigarettes will be a thing of the past if one Queens city councilman ... "The e-cigarette industry has openly admitted that they are not in the tobacco ...

NYC Councilman Wants to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes, Since ...
Reason (blog) - October 7, 2014

But one thing is clear: Whether or not they appeal to minors, the flavors that offend him appeal to adults who switch from smoking to vaping. In a survey ...

Committee approves new tobacco restrictions at Bath cty. building
Hornell Evening Tribune - October 7, 2014

The new rules, which take effect Oct. 22, limit smoking and other tobacco use to a ... Two years ago, proposed legislation banning tobacco use on Steuben ...

Bill would ban sale of flavored e-cigarettes
New York Daily News (blog) - October 6, 2014

Flavored regular cigarettes were banned in the city in 2009. ... The city has already added e-cigarettes to its ban on smoking in restaurants, offices, and parks.

Parents: Teens buying electronic cigarettes, nicotine juices online [VIDEO]
WNYT - October 6, 2014

SCHUYLERVILLE New York State law bans the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18, but some teens who are turned away at the store ...

The 10 Healthiest Cities in the World
Millionaire Corner - October 6, 2014

New York's extensive smoking ban and Havana's 100 percent vaccination rate puts them on CNN's list of healthiest cities

Boos and Bravos
Glens Falls Post-Star - October 6, 2014

Bravos to the town of Lake George and Warren County for proposing a no-smoking ban at the new Charles R. Wood Park festival space. A public hearing on the ...

Steuben County to limit smoking near office building
Elmira Star-Gazette - October 3, 2014

The move is in line with the county's "no smoking" policy, with amendments to the current ... The policy bans all tobacco use in the small courtyard is because the ...

Keep tobacco out of pharmacies
Albany Times Union - October 3, 2014

Tobacco is the only product when used as directed is lethal. Legislation that would eliminate tobacco sales in our pharmacies would ensure that all pharmacies ...

Tenant troubles for a woman in Baldwinsville over smoking [VIDEO]
CNYcentral.com - October 2, 2014

BALDWINSVILLE -- Sheila Camp moved to the Village Green apartments in Baldwinsville with her 14-year-old daughter four years ago. Trying to protect her daughter who has asthma, she says she was promised a smoke-free unit. But after a few years, she says smokers started moving in, and secondhand smoke started drifting into her apartment. "She complains of not being able to breathe. So, it's a big concern for me. I want to protect her as best as I can," says Camp. She did some digging and found under the Federal Fair Housing Act, her daughter's asthma qualifies as a medical condition. This means she can request a change in the complex's rules. "I went back to the apartment complex, asking for reasonable accommodations stated that I would furnish a letter and a medical document. And, I was told once I did that they would terminate my lease," says

Hein proposes Tobacco Free School Zones
Mid-Hudson News - October 2, 2014

KINGSTON - Ulster County Executive Michael Hein wants to establish Tobacco Free School Zones in the county that would preclude retailers from selling ...

Buffalo moves to regulate e-cigarette stores
Buffalo News - October 1, 2014

The Buffalo Common Council Tuesday took the first step toward regulating e-cigarette stores within city limits

Common Council addresses growth of e-cigarettes [AUDIO]
WBFO - October 1, 2014

Shops selling electronic cigarettes will soon need a permit to operate in the city of Buffalo. Tuesday's Common Council meeting featured little fanfare as members approved new regulations on e-cigarettes. The South District's Christopher Scanlon says ...

Suffolk lawmakers propose liquid nicotine ingredient disclosure requirement at retailers
News 12 Long Island - September 30, 2014

A proposal in the Suffolk County Legislature would require retailers of liquid nicotine to list all of its ingredients for e-cigarette users. The proposal comes after officials in Lindenhurst banned the use of e-cigarettes in all village buildings and cars.

Resolution Requiring Restricted Use Permits for e-cig Shops
Buffalo Rising - September 30, 2014

If you live anywhere in the city, chances are that you have an electronic cigarette shop located near you. Recently, South District Councilmember Christopher P. Scanlon filed a resolution with the Buffalo Common Council that could change the nature of how e-cig shops are established. Until now there has been no significant regulation, due to the e-cig craze springing up virtually over night. Now Scanlon (and others) is saying that the e-cig sellers should be required to apply for restricted use permits, which would then warrant Common Council approval. The permit and licensing application would allow the City, as well as community stakeholders, to regulate new shops that are intending to open.

Lindenhurst adopts policy banning use of electronic cigarettes in public buildings ($$)
Newsday - September 28, 2014

Lindenhurst has banned the use of electronic cigarettes in public buildings in the village. The village board earlier this month unanimously approved the new policy targeting e-cigarettes, in which a liquid solution containing nicotine is heated and vaporized, producing an aerosol that mimics tobacco smoke. The regulation falls under the village's restrictions on smoking and states that the...

Newburgh eyes tough tobacco laws
Times Herald-Record - September 26, 2014

Smoke em if you got em quickly. Newburgh is moving toward enacting what may the strictest local licensing requirements for retailers selling cigarettes and other tobacco-related products. On Monday the City Council set an Oct 14 public hearing for a new law requiring that tobacco retailers pay for city-issue, one-year licenses. While other municipalities, including New York City, have licensing laws for tobacco sellers, Newburghs proposal would require them to be free of code-violations and pass other eligibility requirements.

Hookah lounge violated permit conditions: VGN
The Island Now - September 25, 2014

The lounge has also caused both the Village of Great Neck and Great Neck Plaza to pass temporary moratoriums on businesses that profit from on-site smoking. The moratorium would allow the village to discuss possible restrictions on alternative forms of smoking, like hookah pipes and e-cigarettes that could pose public health risks, Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender said.

Dutchess Health Officials Express Concerns Over E-Cigarettes
WAMC - September 25, 2014

Dutchess County health officials are expressing concerns about what they see as an increase in the use of e-cigarettes by young people. And they are especially concerned about refill cartridges because of toxins.

Local child drinks e-cigarette liquid nicotine
NEWS10 ABC - September 25, 2014

BRUNSWICK, N.Y. A one-year-old in Rensselaer County was rushed to the hospital after he drank e-cigarette liquid nicotine. Morey said it's unlikely he ingested much of the liquid. However, she said it's a lesson to her and every other parent who uses the cigarette alternatives.

Perry lecture to address vaping
University at Buffalo Reporter - September 25, 2014

Kozlowskis extensive research focuses on tobacco use and related behaviors, and his talk, Thoughts and Data on the Hot Button Issues that Divide Us on Vaping and E-cigarettes, will address the fierce public health dispute over their relative safety. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Make pharmacies tobacco-sale free
Albany Times Union (blog) - September 25, 2014

... but Albany County has the opportunity to be the first county in New York to make all of its pharmacies tobacco-free. Similar bills have already passed in Boston ...

Hookah lounge violated permit conditions: VGN
The Island Now - September 25, 2014

The moratorium would allow the village to discuss possible restrictions on alternative forms of smoking, like hookah pipes and e-cigarettes that could pose public ...

A Safer, Cleaner United Nations Hall
New York Times - September 24, 2014

"It's sort of a yellowish-brown product," said Michael Adlerstein, an assistant secretary general of the United Nations. "Like scum on a dirty sink." He was describing the half-century-thick layer of cigarette smoke residue t

Deplorable nanny state mayor's policies see smoking rate rise in NY ...
Hot Air - September 24, 2014

For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, ... The nanny state brought down the ban hammer and forbid smoking not only in bars, ...

County legislators review safety of e-cigarettes
WBFO - September 24, 2014

The pros and cons of e-cigarettes were discussed by the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee yesterday. The devices use a battery powered ...

Stanley's possible tobacco ban still smokey
Stony Brook Statesman - September 23, 2014

"As a physician, I think smoking is terribly hazardous to one's health," Stanley said. ... This is the university's second try at banning cigarettes, e-cigarettes, ...

Legislators hear pros and cons in e-cigarette debate
Buffalo News - September 23, 2014

That would include banning use of e-cigarettes in public facilities such as ... "I think she illustrated the dramatic benefits of quitting smoking regardless of what...

Erie County Debates Banning E-Cigs in Smoke-Free Zones
TWC News - September 23, 2014

Should residents be allowed to smoke e-cigarettes in smoke-free zones within Erie County? That was the question addressed during Tuesday morning's ...

SUNY Upstate's Dr. Gregory Eastwood to be honored for promoting ...
The Post-Standard - syracuse.com - September 23, 2014

Eastwood orchestrated efforts to get Upstate to become the first SUNY campus to go smoke free in 2005. Since then SUNY's 63 other campuses have followed ...

Bid to ban smoking in common areas of buildings
New York Post - September 23, 2014

Vacca's bill came before the council last year, but was not voted on because the council became preoccupied with a debate over e-cigarettes, he said.

Tobacco At the Center of Politics
PNC Voice - September 23, 2014

E-cigarettes, for example, are still new to the market and therefore carry different rules. When potential legislation to ban them from indoor use failed, it forced ...

Letter: CVS made right choice on tobacco
The Daily News Online (blog) - September 22, 2014

Since the February announcement by CVS to end the sale of tobacco products in ... been an overwhelming show of support for all pharmacies to end tobacco sales. ... Restricting the sale of tobacco in pharmacies helps reduce the availability, ...

Shinnecock tribe votes to tighten tobacco rules ($$)
(Long Island, NY) Newsday - September 22, 2014

voted recently to tighten rules on the sale and manufacture of tobacco products and to codify legal residency and guest status on the Southampton reservation, while disbanding the tribe's gaming authority and commission, tribal members said.

Councilman wants to expand residential smoking ban
Capital New York - September 22, 2014

Smoking would be banned in lobbies and other common areas of residential buildings with fewer than 10 units, under a bill City Councilman James Vacca will ...

Dutchess Board of Health warns against e-cigarette use
Mid-Hudson News - September 22, 2014

The Dutchess County Board of Health has expressed its concerns with the increased use of e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are being promoted as a new way to smoke, without actually smoking.

Sale of tobacco items at pharmacies is senseless
Albany Times Union blogs - September 21, 2014

There was a time when you could buy cigarettes in the hospital gift shop and smoke them in the waiting room or pretty much anywhere in the hospital. It seems ridiculous to us now, as it should. Its equally absurd that pharmacies that fill prescriptions, provide vaccinations, and offer other medical services continue to sell tobacco a product that kills half its users.

New Smoking Policy
Skidmore News - September 20, 2014

Specifically, the interior of the main campus including the tables outside the Burgess Cafe has been declared smoke free. Listed on the Skidmore College ...

Up in Smoke
The Weekly Standard - September 19, 2014

New York banned smoking in nearly all indoor public places more than a decade ago. The city spends lavishly on advertising to encourage quitting and imposes ...

Huntington, NY Bans Beach Smoking
The Cigar Authority (press release ) September 18, 2014

"I am pleased that we have passed a common-sense measure to limit exposure to secondhand smoke at our wonderful beaches." Evidently Mr. Cuthbertson is ...

Council votes to make city parks smoke-free ($$)
The Recorder (subscription) - September 18, 2014

... Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday banning smoking in all of the ... the Common Council proposed a resolution to ban smoking in city parks, ...

Huntington bans smoking on town beaches; sets housing hearing
Newsday - September 17, 2014

The Huntington Town board has unanimously voted 5-0 to ban smoking at its eight town beaches. Previously, smoking was banned only at town playgrounds.

New York City's Adult Smoking Rate Climbs
Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition - September 16, 2014

New York City's adult smoking rate rose to 16.1% in 2013, the third straight year that tobacco use has crept up in a metropolis once known for its innovations in getting people to kick the habit, according to government data released Monday.

Cayuga Nation cigarette plant standoff
13WHAM TV (Rochester, NY) - September 16, 2014

A chain link fence separated the two groups as they stayed in position to prevent others from coming entering or exiting Great Swamp Enterprise, the cigarette factory owned and operated by Cayuga Indian Nation. A dispute over leadership has divided the

Competitions Stiffens for Seneca Niagara As New Casinos Open ...
Niagarafallsreporter.com - September 16, 2014

Since the Seneca Niagara Casino opened on New Year's Eve, 2002, the gaming ... No fewer than 17 new casinos have been proposed, are opening or have ... for hours on end, feeding them money, chain smoking and drinking whatever it is ...

Editorial: Newburgh needs help to limit tobacco sales
Times Herald-Record - September 15, 2014

If the City of Newburgh succeeds in limiting and licensing tobacco sales, it will ... Make it harder for them to get hold of cigarettes and it will be that much harder to ...

Out of sight, out of mind
Albany Times Union (blog) - September 15, 2014

Our opinion: The veto of a bill to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies offers a ... ban on the display of cigarettes and tobacco products in retail stores, period. ... Banning displays is a sensible next step in society's long battle to blunt the cigarette ...

Albany Co. executive vetoes ban on pharmacy cigarette sales
Oneida Dispatch - September 11, 2014

Instead, County Executive Dan McCoy issued an executive order for a ban ... I applaud all efforts that reduce the effects of smoking, especially among the young.

Mets co-owner Jeff Wilpon accused of discrimination against ...
New York Daily News - September 11, 2014

Then, during a discussion about whether the team should accept ads for electronic cigarettes, the Mets scion said he was as opposed to e-cigarette ads in Citi ...

McCoy vetoes pharmacy tobacco ban
WNYT - September 10, 2014

"Cigarette smoking is a dangerous and lethal activity," McCoy wrote in a ... "We're not banning cigarettes in Albany County," Burgess says, "They're going to be ...

Tobacco licensing in Newburgh in works
Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record - September 10, 2014

Newburgh's City Council reviewed a proposal giving the city power to limit and reduce the number of convenience stores, gas stations and other retailers selling cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Students unhappy about smoking ban implementation
CU Columbia Spectator - September 10, 2014

SMOKE HERE | Students are taking issue with the new smoking ban introduced in July, claiming it is poorly enforced and not well-communicated to students.

Ban tobacco sales in the pharmacies
Albany Times Union (blog) - September 10, 2014

Think of the Clean Indoor Air Act and the smoke-free restaurants that now protect waitstaff. It's not OK to let the tobacco industry sidle up next to pharmacies to ...

No decision yet on cigarette sales ban in Albany County
WRGB - September 10, 2014

No decision yet on cigarette sales ban in Albany County ... will approve a bill that would ban cigarette sales in drug stores and retail outlets with pharmacies.

Limiting tobacco sales stifles use
Albany Times Union -September 10, 2014

Hopefully, we will be able to do the same here in Albany County and, in the process, build a healthier community and raise future generations of tobacco-free ...

Savage calls for fact-finding on electronic cigarettes
kentonbee - September 9, 2014

Savage wants to address the issues concerning electronic cigarettes and vapor lounges.

Coalition wants to curb youth tobacco use
Elmira Star-Gazette - September 7, 2014

We are proud to be part of a statewide effort to prevent youth smoking and create tobacco-free communities where New Yorkers live, work and play. As part of ...

Council considering smoking ban ($$)
The Amsterdam Recorder (subscription) - September 6, 2014

Hatzenbuhler said parks all over the state ban smoking and "there's no reason ... I don't like smoking,' and we instantly put up a resolution banning smoking in ...

Tompkins County bans e-cigarettes in restaurants, bars, workplaces [VIDEO]
WSYR - September 4, 2014

Ithaca (WSYR-TV) - You may have heard electronic cigarettes are a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, but in Tompkins County, they're not so sure. The county legislature has voted unanimously to restrict e-cigarettes in the same places, where regular cigarettes are currently banned. People who want to smoke e-cigarettes still can. They'll just have to go outside bars, restaurants, and workplaces to do so.

Today's Poll: Should use of e-cigarettes be banned in public places?
The Batavian - September 4, 2014

"Should use of e-cigarettes be banned in public places?" Yes, MOST DEFINITELY! But, ONLY AFTER they (gov't?) ban & prosecute those who continue to foist ...

FLCC assembling student persistence team
Finger Lakes Times - September 4, 2014

SMOKING: Trustees discussed a policy for smoking and tobacco use, including a possible campus ban. Smoking is now permitted in designated outdoor areas.

New York's Knickerbocker teams with tobacconist
Hotels Magazine - September 5, 2014

The Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City and tobacconist Nat Sherman will operate this fall a signature cigar lounge on the hotel's rooftop overlooking Times Square.

Tompkins County outlaws e-cigarette use in restaurants, bars ...
The Post-Standard - syracuse.com - September 4, 2014

Ithaca, N.Y. -- The Tompkins County Legislature has banned the use of e-cigarettes in ... Tuesday to outlaw use of the devices anywhere tobacco smoking is prohibited. ... Legislators explained why they supported the ban before the vote. ... "If there are people who vote against me because I support banning e-cigarettes, I'm ...

Legislator seeks tobacco sale ban in pharmacies
WRGB - September 3, 2014

It also said it has kicked off a smoking cessation program. ... up to a 13% drop in people buying tobacco products when similar pharmacy bans were put in place.

REVKIN: The New Look of Smokers' Litter
New York Times Blogs - September 2, 2014

Photo There's a new look to litter these days - e-cigarette packages. This one was photographed in Hudson Highlands State Park in Cold Spring. N.Y.

News from the Associated Press - September 2, 2014
WSKG.org - September 2, 2014

The Cancer Action Network at the American Cancer Society analyzed the state's efforts to combat cancer through screenings, tobacco taxes, smoking bans and ...

1:00 PM 'Vaping Bad' is the best name we've seen yet for a vape store
The Verge - September 3, 2014

Outside of a shop T-shirt, there are no Breaking Bad-themed items — just your standard e-cigarettes, cigars, and water pipes. There is, however, a mannequin in ...

New York Daily News - September 3, 2014

If some apartment buildings restrict people from smoking tobacco because of secondhand smoke and smell, why is it OK to smoke pot, especially in buildings ...

Erie County Legislature may consider probe of electronic cigarettes
Buffalo News - September 2, 2014

The Erie County Legislature will consider a proposal Thursday afternoon for its Health and Human Services Committee to conduct fact-finding sessions on ...

Legislature urges state ban on tobacco sales in pharmacies
Salamanca Press - August 29, 2014

LITTLE VALLEY Cattaraugus County lawmakers voted 16-2 on Wednesday, Aug. 27 in support of a ban on the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. The resolution, already approved by the Cattaraugus County Board of Health, states that the Cattaraugus County Legislature supports ending the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies, and calls for state legislative action.

The 5000-hour cigar
New York Post - August 29, 2014

It started with a ban on smoking in the city's bars and restaurants and ended with ... to keep youngsters from smoking that target hand-rolled premium cigars.

Schools to share services with other districts
Garden City News - August 28, 2014

... in the school district's code of conduct in 2014-2015 is a ban on e-cigarettes. ... to the list of items that are not allowed as part of the smoking ban in schools.

County Legislature Highlights
Lansing Star - August 22, 2014

... restaurants, and taverns to also include electronic nicotine delivery systems, such as "e-cigarettes." The County Board of Health last month formally requested ...

Albany County set to limit tobacco sales
Bethlehem Spotlight - August 21, 2014

The Albany County Legislature narrowly passed a resolution Monday, Aug. 11, banning the sale of any tobacco products in a retail store containing a licensed pharmacy. The 21-17 vote is the first step to make the county the first in New York to implement such legislation. County Executive Dan McCoy must sign off on the ban, and he has scheduled a public hearing on it Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 5 p.m., in the Cahill Room at the County Office Building. The law, if signed by McCoy, would be effective March 1 of next year.

Tompkins County Sets Hearing on E-Cigarette Ban
ithaca.com - August 21, 2014

Tompkins County Sets Hearing on E-Cigarette Ban ... September 2, regarding a proposal to amend the county law restricting smoking in places of employment, ...

Stop outrage over cigarette sale ban
Albany Times Union (blog) - August 20, 2014

I'm writing in response to Chris Churchill's Aug. 14 on the recent Albany County Legislature's vote to ban smoking in pharmacies and supermarkets that contain ...

County lawmakers seek support for statewide ban on sale of ...
Olean Times Herald - August 19, 2014

...The resolution does not seek to ban pharmacies selling tobacco in this county alone. "Tobacco sales in pharmacies raise ethical questions since tobacco is the ... cigarettes on the Seneca Indian territories, according to local health official...

Cattaraugus County health officials vote to join anti-tobacco campaign
Bradford Era - July 31, 2014

“There are eight pharmacies selling cigarettes in Cattaraugus County,” ... In October, that number will be reduced by one, as the CVS in Olean ends tobacco sales. ... on the part of pharmacies that profit from the sale of harmful products such as ...

Hookah Lounges Outlawed
Glen Cove Record - July 30, 2014

The purpose of the amendment is to ban and prohibit hookah parlors in all ... are documented health risks associated with the smoking of tobacco or other ...

New York City ban on tobacco discounts starts on Aug. 1
myfox8.com - Jul 26, 2014

A ban on tobacco product discounts in New York City will go into effect Aug. 1 after the Big 3 manufacturers opted not to appeal a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Shinnecock Nation To Become Sole Distributor Of Cigarettes At ...
27east.com - July 25, 2014

The Shinnecock Indian Nation is planning to adopt a tobacco ordinance that would ... should also provide some protection to tribal cigarette sellers from a variety of ... brand cigarettes two years ago after the state began collecting its taxes—the ... finally derailed the tax-free sales of cigarettes by Native American tribes, who ...

OPINION: Students' thoughts on tobacco corporations targeting youth
Brooklyn Daily Eagle - July 24, 2014

This spring, I was a public health intern with the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) which works with the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free-City.

Hookah bars banned in Glen Cove
Newsday - July 23, 2014

Glen Cove has banned hookah lounges. ... said he wasn't a smoker but felt there was no reason to ban a business when people know the dangers of smoking.

Roundup: Entries sought for car show
Newsday - July 23, 2014

Smoking ban focus of public hearing. The Huntington Town board has scheduled a public hearing at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 to discuss banning smoking at the town's eight beaches. ... Currently, smoking is banned in town playgrounds, officials said.

Letter: Public housing not what many think
Auburn Citizen - July 23, 2014

The Auburn Housing Authority was recently the focus of a great deal of press coverage due to its decision to ban indoor smoking in public housing units.

Council embraces public input on budgeting
Buffalo News - July 22, 2014

The city currently has no jurisdiction over the stores, and Scanlon would like to hear from health experts about the effects of smoking e-cigarettes.

School cracking down on student e-cig use
wivb.com - July 22, 2014

The Buffalo Public School District is rewording its code of conduct to include e-cigs as tobacco products. And Eden Central School District is taking it a step ...

SCCSD board hears favorable attendance report
Salamanca Press - July 22, 2014

E-cigarettes were added to the impermissible items list, he said. Also, special attention was paid to written threats. “Based on some student conduct the code ...

Newburgh tobacco plan slammed
Times Herald-Record - July 22, 2014

They also have the right to display legal products, he said. ... and the number of stores selling cigarettes and other tobacco products to minors, has plummeted, ...

Health Commissioner Concerned about Increase in E-Cigarette Use
WGRZ-TV - July 21, 2014

Buffalo, NY - School districts around the country are banning electronic ... "I think many school districts want to ban e-cigarettes to ensure that ... banned the use of e-cigarettes anywhere you are already banned from smoking regular cigarettes.

Broome County Receives NYS Grant to Help Fight Tobacco
FOX 40 News WICZ TV - July 21, 2014

The Broome County Health Department has been awarded a five-year grant of over $300,000 to help make the Southern Tier tobacco-free. The grant will be ...

Riverhead Town Board wrapup: July 15 meeting
Riverhead LOCAL - July 17, 2014

Smoking on Riverhead town beaches, in town parks and playgrounds and within 50 feet of any town facility was banned under a new local law adopted by the ... The ban includes the use of all tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, but ...

Reduce second-hand smoke in public housing
Catskill Daily Mail - July 16, 2014

For more information on smoke-free housing visit www.smokefreehousingny.org or contact Rip Van Winkle Tobacco-Free Action of Columbia and Greene ...

Proposed Newburgh Retail Tobacco Law Exaggerated, Duplicative ...
ReadMedia (press release) - July 16, 2014

... A proposed ordinance that would severely restrict retail tobacco outlets in the City of Newburgh ... a wall behind the counter compels kids to start smoking, as if seeing toothpaste on a store ... To justify more retail restrictions, Resolution No.

A Sensible Marijuana Policy in Brooklyn
New York Times - July 15, 2014

The new policy will also prevent the young minority men who are most of those arrested from getting criminal records that deny them jobs, housing or entry into ...

Nassau joins Suffolk in banning smoking in parks
Newsday - July 15, 2014

Nassau County has joined Suffolk in banning smoking in its parks. The Nassau ban surfaced Monday when the County Legislature voted unanimously to accept ...

Huntington considers banning smoking at its town beaches
Newsday - July 14, 2014

Huntington Town officials are considering a ban on smoking at its eight beaches. ... In 2012, Babylon's town board banned smoking and tobacco use in tow

Newburgh mulls tobacco law for businesses
Times Herald-Record - July 11, 2014

State law prohibits retailers from selling tobacco products to minors. ... But behind the counter are visible displays containing more cigarettes and cigars. Owners ...

The Sound of Waves Gives Way to Horns / An East Harlem Apartment With Views of Central Park
New York Times - July 10, 2014

Worse was the pervasive smell of cigarette smoke. It was unclear whether it came from the departed tenants, others in the building or the on-site construction workers. Regardless, Mr. Boyack said, “I have young kids. I am in the health care industry, and...

Through the Haze at Carnegie Club Cocktail and Smoking Lounge ...
New York Times - July 10, 2014

If Mark Twain could not smoke in heaven, he promised he wouldn't go. ... spike in 2003 after smoking was banned from New York City's bars and restaurants.

Is Port Jefferson hookah lounge a pipe dream?
NorthShoreOfLongIsland.com - July 9, 2014

Molly Mason brought up that both smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are legal and said, ... Trustee Bruce D'Abramo opposes a ban on hookah lounges.

Smokes barred at bus shelters
Albany Times-Union - July 9, 2014

Smoking in a CDTA bus shelter will cost $50 -- no ifs, ands or butts. The Common Council voted unanimously Monday night to ban smoking inside city bus shelters to protect riders seeking refuge from the elements from secondhand smoke.

Brooklyn just became more pot friendly
CNBC.com - July 9, 2014

... and the cases of people caught smoking in public spaces — and especially ... Over the past 15 years, marijuana arrests in New York have soared, partly ...

Auburn Housing Authority bans smoking in public housing units
WRVO Public Media - July 8, 2014

There will be no more smoking inside apartments operated by the Auburn Housing Authority. Auburn Housing Authority Director Stephanie Hutchinson says the idea for the smoking ban began when non-smokers started speaking up.

Staten Island Heart Society: 'Rocking Out' on Wednesday; hosting ...
SILive.com - July 8, 2014

"This year they will also address the increasing use of e-cigarettes. While the reported goal of e-cigarettes is a means for smokers to quit. They should not serve .

Syracuse Housing Authority easing tenants into going smokeless
The Post-Standard - July 8, 2014

Syracuse, NY - The Syracuse Housing Authority plans to ease the residents of its 2,600 apartments into a smoke-free home.

Smoking banned in Albany bus shelters
Albany Times Union - July 8, 2014

ALBANY -- You can still rest your butt in CDTA bus shelters, but smoking a butt will be ... The ban is an amendment to an existing ordinance that bans smoking in ...

Auburn Housing Authority to vote on smoking ban for tenants in ...
The Post-Standard - July 7, 2014

Auburn, NY --The Auburn Public Housing Authority is considering a ban on smoking in its 326 subsidized apartments. If the authority's commissioners approve the change, the authority could eventually terminate a lease if a tenant is caught lighting up.

JCC campuses go tobacco free Aug. 1
Olean Times Herald - July 7, 2014

A new policy to improve the overall health of those working or learning at any one of Jamestown Community Colleges (JCCs) sites will soon go into effect. On Aug 1, all three of the colleges campuses Jamestown, Dunkirk and Olean will be tobacco-free. This means cigarettes, cigars, hookah smoked products, clove and electronic cigarettes, bidis, kreteks, smokeless tobacco and snus are no longer allowed to be used on school grounds. The policy applies to campus visitors, as well.

Word on the Street: Smoking ban in public housing [VIDEO]
News 12 Bronx (registration) - July 7, 2014

THE BRONX - New York City already has a smoking ban in public areas, restaurants ... Some residents said there should be a designated place for smokers.

Eden School Board considers letting teachers, school staff confiscate e-cigarettes
Buffalo News - July 3, 2014

To address an increase in e-cigarette use, a revised policy may take effect in the Eden Central School District. Board of Education members will consider a change to the code of conduct that will allow teachers and administrators to confiscate and keep e-cigarettes. The existing policy lets them confiscate and return the items.

Great Neck considers longer moratorium on businesses that allow ...
Newsday July 2, 2014

An eight-month ban that was passed last year expires on July 31. ... to seek or study bans on businesses that permit smoking on the premises. ... with a 2011 village law that banned smoking on certain public sidewalks and other areas.

Letter: Tobacco-free outdoors should be our next goal
Buffalo News - July 2, 2014

New York State's adoption of a clean indoor air policy has been enormously successful both in reducing exposure to toxic secondhand smoke and in enhancing ...

Tobacco now restricted to designated areas at Le Moyne College
CNYcentral.com - July 1, 2014

Starting Tuesday, July 1st at Le Moyne College, tobacco use will only be allowed in designated areas in parking lot's AA, C, D, E, G and K. A map can be found by clicking Here.

LIVE: Town Board to vote on firehouse sale
Riverhead News Review - July 1, 2014

Also on the agenda are public hearings to increase the fine for illegal excavating from $2,000 to $5,000, and a hearing to ban smoking at all town beaches, ...

Common Council Announces Proposed Moratorium on E-Cig Shops in Buffalo [VIDEO]
TWC News - June 30, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. The Buffalo Common Council last week approved a resolution to put a moratorium on the opening of any more e-cigarette stores and hookah lounges in the city, pending a review of whether the devices are safe.

Changes coming to Olean School District starting next year
Buffalo News - June 30, 2014

In addition, using e-cigarettes will be added to the list of behavior open to discipline because it endangers the safety, moral, health or welfare of another.

E-cigarette nicotine safety caps needed to stop poisonings, says NY lawmaker
Tech Times - June 30, 2014

A New York lawmaker is calling on the federal government to mandate child-proof safety caps on the liquid nicotine containers used for e-cigarettes citing increased calls to poison control hotlines.

Ask Real Estate Neighbors Acting Like Frat Brothers: Questions About Noise, Tobacco Odor and Stolen Newspapers
New York Times- June 29, 2014

Selling With a Smoker Next Door Q. My husband and I have a neighbor in our co-op building who is a heavy smoker, and the smell is very noticeable in the hallway. Then ask, as politely as possible, if your neighbor would mind opening a window if he or she happens to be home and smoking during the hours of the open house. Most smokers, if you approach them like a rational person, they understand and are appreciative that you have not treated them like a pariah and gone on the attack, said Thomas P. Farley, a manners and etiquette expert.

Sen. Schumer Proposes Regulations For Liquid E-Cigarette Containers
CBS Local - June 29, 2014

New York Sen. Charles Schumer unveiled a proposal Sunday to require child-proof safety caps and warning labels on e-cigarette liquid containers.

E-cigarettes banned in Genesee County government buildings
minbcnews.com - June 26, 2014

FLINT -- Dean Abernathy says e-cigarettes helped him quit the tobacco more than a year ago. Since I've been on these, I can ride about 5 miles a day, not ...

Young people speak out on the growing debate surrounding e ...
Buffalo News - June 26, 2014

Now, schools, families and students all across America are confronted by the next national phenomena: electronic cigarettes, often referred to as e-cigs.

A guide to NY's medical marijuana law
Capital New York - June 24, 2014

Each state has unique restrictions on the drug, which remains illegal under .... an act of the Legislature are more likely to restrict their programs, an analysis of ... that New York will prohibit patients from smoking marijuana, instead restricting its ...

The de Blasio administration should study ways to require that all new or preserved units of affordable housing be smoke free
The presence of secondhand smoke significantly impacts the health and quality of life of those who are exposed to cigarette smoke
New York Daily News - June 23, 2014

... Today, smoking continues to be the largest cause of preventable disease and death nationwide. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development fully supported measures to create smoke-free dwellings in housing authorities nationwide on the basis of protecting public health. It is a fact that in multi-unit dwellings, nonsmoking tenants are still exposed to the risk of secondhand smoke in spite of windows and increased ventilation. The presence of second and recently discovered third-hand smoke (nicotine compounds left on surfaces such as furniture, dust and walls long after the use of a cigarette indoors), significantly impacts the health and quality of life of those who are exposed to cigarette smoke.

Support smoke-free housing
TimesLedger - June 23, 2014

On June 9, Community Board 7 passed a resolution that originated in the CB 7 Health Committee that encouraged owners and landlords of new, multi-family housing to create smoke-free housing units and to establish a smoke-free environment in the developments wherever possible. I proposed this resolution to the committee after CB 2 in Staten Island took a similar step several months ago. I commend those who supported the resolution at the full board meeting and to those who thought the resolution did not go far enough in making the public health statement that every city resident has the right to breathe smoke-free air where they reside. Smoke-free multiple housing is the way of the future and is becoming commonplace in other parts of the country.

County Legislature Highlights
Lansing Star - June 20, 2014

The Legislature joined the Tompkins County Board of Health in expressing support of ending the sale of tobacco products in all pharmacies and stores that contain a pharmacy department. The vote was 12-2, with Legislators Dan Klein and Leslyn McBean-Clairborne voting no. Calling tobacco products highly addictive and responsible for the preventable death of thousands of people in the state each year, the resolution approved by the Legislature maintains that sale of such harmful products by pharmacies and providers of health care represents a conflict of interest. The measure notes that, according to a consultant survey last year, more than half of adult residents of Tompkins County believe pharmacies should not be allow to sell tobacco products; that a majority of pharmacists are opposed to pharmacies selling tobacco; and that Attorneys General of 28 states and territories, including New York, believe that removing tobacco products from stores that contain a pharmacy would be a step forward in keeping tobacco products away from youth and preventing youths from starting to smoke.

New York deal agreed on medical marijuana
SmartPlanet.com (blog) - June 20, 2014

Prescribed cannabis cannot be smoked -- unless vaporized in the same manner as e-cigarettes -- but can be ingested as a pill or as an edible substance.

Cigarette Smokers Kill Condo Smoking Ban with Less than 25% of the Vote
Habitat magazine - June 20, 2014

The smokers were outvoted by more than two to one yet because the vote to ban smoking at The Vaux Condominium didn't reach the required 2/3 supermajority, the 48.85 vs. 23.68 tally means that less than a quarter of the voting residents get to dictate their "right" to a spread carcinogenic smoke throughout a closed environment.

Tompkins County Supports Ending Pharmacy Tobacco Sales
ithaca.com - June 19, 2014

Tompkins County has joined a nationwide push to persuade pharmacies in ending sales of tobacco products. At its Tuesday, June 17 meeting, the county Legislature voted 12-2 (with legislators Dan Klein and Leslyn McBean-Clairborne voting no) in expressing support of ending sales of tobacco products in all pharmacies and stores that contain pharmacy departments.

VGN board to extend smoking moratorium
The Island Now - June 19, 2014

The Village of Great Neck Board of Trustees on Tuesday proposed an extension of its temporary moratorium on businesses that profit from on-site smoking for an additional three months.

Federal Court Upholds New York City's Law to Prohibit Tobacco Discounts and Further Reduce Youth Smoking
Virtual Press Office (press release) - June 18, 2014

In a big win for kids and public health, a federal judge today upheld New York City's new law prohibiting the use of coupons and other discounting schemes that make tobacco products cheaper and more appealing to kids. The new law is designed to prevent tobacco companies from undermining the city's efforts to keep the price of tobacco products high in order to reduce smoking and other tobacco use, especially among kids. Judge Thomas P. Griesa of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected arguments by tobacco manufacturers and retailers that the law violates their First Amendment rights and is preempted by federal and state law. Judge Griesa found that the law regulates the price of tobacco products, not speech about tobacco products, and serves the city's legitimate goal of reducing smoking and other tobacco use, especially among kids.

Amendments Made to Medical Marijuana Bill, Still No Deal
TWC News - June 18, 2014

Added to the legislation is a ban on smoking marijuana in public and greater control for the state health department and its commissioner. "So, we're in the ...

Albany lawmakers reach deal on 'heroin package' of bills to curb addiction
Buffalo News - June 18, 2014

Stalled is a bid by some health groups to ban the smoking of electronic cigarettes in public places. Nearly 60 bills received final legislative approval Tuesday, ...

New York State May Pass An E-Liquid Ban That's Awfully Convenient for Big Tobacco
The Inquisitr - June 18, 2014

In the bill, some shaky claims of the we just don't know variety totally gloss over the fact that anecdotally, e-cigs are keeping people off the biggest known ...

Senate Hearing on E-Cigarettes Scheduled as Tobacco Jumps Into Market
Monthly Prescribing Reference - June 18, 2014

A subsidiary of Reynolds American (known for Camel cigarettes) is announcing that it will begin distributing its Vuse e-cigarettes across the United States on ...

Springville-GI board looks at code of conduct changes
Springvillejournal - June 18, 2014

Revisions that were made to the S-GI Code of Conduct were presented at the meeting, though Kathryn Werner, assistant principal at the high school, explained most of the revisions were just changes to specific wording. The inclusion of e-cigarettes and vaps were added into the section on smoking. The addition now bans e-ciggs and vaps from being smoked on school property. The language regarding the use of electronic devices during school hours was changed so students can use them, but only in an appropriate manner.

Geneva Housing Authority to mull smoking ban
Finger Lakes Times - June 18, 2014

GENEVA Should tenants living in public housing be allowed to smoke in their apartments or units? The Geneva Housing Authority's management and tenants will debate that question during the coming year before a decision is made.

Vapor products a safer alternative
Albany Times Union (blog) - June 17, 2014

New Yorkers concerned about public health should support proportionate regulation of vaping and vapor products that balance their benefits with efforts to ...

Amended medical marijuana bill, under the wire
Albany Times Union (blog) - June 17, 2014

The amended version of the Compassionate Care Act was submitted in the Assembly and Senate before midnight Monday evening, enabling it to be voted on by Thursdays final day of the legislative session. It also bans smoking in public, and largely scraps the idea of handing regulation over to an advisory board the last a tacit end run around the possibility that any governor could use the Health Commissioner to undo the program.

C-GCC to go smoke-free
The Register Star - June 17, 2014

Columbia-Greene Community College plans to limit smoking areas in 2014 and have a smoke-free campus by the start of the 2015 fall semester. The state is pushing all SUNY schools to become smoke-free campuses, he said. So, we plan to do it by fall of 2015. Well use 2014 as a year of education and preparation for faculty, staff, students and visitors about being smoke-free.

Smoking remains sticking point in medical marijuana talks [VIDEO]
WGRZ-TV - June 16, 2014

Closed-door negotiations over a bill to legalize medical marijuana leaked into public view Monday, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a key state senator disagreeing over whether the drug should be smoked. Savino said she and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, the bill's Assembly sponsor, both "reject" the idea of an outright ban on smoking. Senate ...

Seaway Valley Prevention Council receives new 5-year Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities grant
North Country Now - June 16, 2014

The Seaway Valley Prevention Council received a new 5-year Advancing Tobacco Free Communities grant. The group, which operates in St. Lawrence County, says they will use the funds to combine the Reality Check program with their new Community Engagement program. The new venture "works to involve the community in tobacco related issues and change local tobacco policy," the group says in a statement.

This Week: Tompkins Leaders to Review Ambitious 2015 Capital ...
ithaca.com - June 16, 2014

Tompkins County Legislature meets at 5:30 p.m. in Legislative Chambers at the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins building, 121 E. Court St., Ithaca. According to their agenda, legislators will vote on a resolution in support of banning cigarette sales in all pharmacies and stores that contain pharmacies. The action follows New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's push to persuade major pharmacies to stop selling tobacco products. Tompkins legislators will also vote to accept more than $13,000 in state grant funding to mitigate future flooding at Six Hundred Road in the town of Caroline.

Motion to Ban Smoking Fails in Upper West Side Building
Curbed NY - June 14, 2014

After a long, grueling battle over a possible smoking ban in the Upper West Side's Vaux building, the smokers have emerged victorious, after the pro-ban contingent of the building's condo board failed to produce the necessary votes. When we last visited 372 Central Park West, the residents were gearing up for a fight, even inviting the so-called Peace Institute of New York to help mediate the situation. But now the results are in, and according to the Observer, a vote earlier this week yielded 198 ballots in favor of the ban and 94 opposed. In order to alter the condo by laws, the pro-ban people would have needed a two-thirds majority consisting of all unit owners.

GN Plaza to extend smoking moratorium
The Island Now - June 12, 2014

The Village of Great Neck Plaza Board of Trustees on Wednesday proposed to extend its moratorium on businesses that profit from on-site smoking for 10 months.

Syracuse Common Council was right to ban smoking in parks (Your ...
The Post-Standard - June 12, 2014

For too many years nonsmokers had to deal with the unfortunate normality of smoking. Now it is normal and more importantly healthier to not smoke or breathe…

Assemblywoman Malliotakis comes out in favor of revamped ...
SILive.com - June 10, 2014

The bill bans patients under the age of 21 from smoking marijuana; prohibits smoking in public, and requires a physician to recommend the proper dosage and ...

Syracuse bans smoking in city parks, downtown public areas
Syracuse Post-Standard - June 9, 2014

Smoking will be banned as of Oct. 1 in all city parks, including downtown public areas such as Clinton Square and Columbus Circle. The Common Council voted 7-2 today to impose the ban, and Mayor Stephanie Miner plans to sign it.

This Week: Ithaca to Hold Hearing on Sidewalk Plan
ithaca.com - June 9, 2014

The committee will also discuss a resolution supporting ending sales of tobacco products in pharmacies. • Candor Town Board meets at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, 101 ...

Syracuse lawmakers to vote on smoking ban in city parks and other ...
WRVO Public Media - June 9, 2014

Syracuse Common Councilors will vote Monday on a proposal to ban smoking in city parks and other areas. The ban would limit smoking in any areas the city ...

Bingo going bust in NY
Poughkeepsie Journal – June 8, 2014

The Clean Indoor Air Act of 2003, which banned smoking in bingo halls and nearby casinos, such as Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack and Batavia Downs ...

Sources: Senate, Assembly sponsors agree on same-as medical ...
Buffalo News (blog) - June 7, 2014

It establishes rules to prevent what could be seen as marketing marijuana to teenagers, and keeps in place a previous ban on smoking of marijuana for ...

Smoke-free listings take off in NYC
The Real Deal Magazine (blog) - June 7, 2014

In 2008, there was just one New York City rental listing in a “smoke-free” building and zero sales listings.

County Backs State Controls on Electronic Cigarettes
Philipstown.info - June 6, 2014

Putnam County's Legislature this week endorsed state attempts to regulate the electronic cigarette industry and approved use of county-owned land for solar ...

Hookah bar ban gains steam in Glen Cove
Newsday - June 5, 2014

... board vote has moved the city a step closer to banning hookah lounges. ... find a way around the code by adding hookah smoking to an existing permitted use.

At Belmont Park, Savoring the Other Sides of the Track
New York Times - June 5, 2014

Even a perch at the finish line is best reserved for those with a well-developed tolerance, lest the unholy union of manure and cigar smoke overwhelm novices who approach the rail.

E-cig store gets OK
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal – June 5, 2014

The Common Council voted 4-1 Wednesday night to grant a special-use permit for Jordan Bork, a city resident who wants to open an e-cigarette store in the front ...

Bill prevents smoking at school bus stops
Legislative Gazette - June 2, 2014

The bill (S.7520) would ban smoking up to 15 feet from a designated school bus stop during the morning and afternoon hours, while children are being picked ...

State Medical Marijuana Bill Would Ban Use by People Under 21
TWC News - May 30, 2014

State Medical Marijuana Bill Would Ban Use by People Under 21 ... The latest amendment to the bill bans smoking of marijuana for any patients under 21.

NYC's First Modular Multi-Story Property Opens to Renters
Multi-Housing News - May 30, 2014

Building amenities in the smoke-free property include a virtual doorman, private storage, bicycle storage, on-site laundry room and common outdoor landscaped ...

Glen Cove taking steps to ban hookah bars
Newsday - May 29, 2014

Frank Cipollino, 71, spoke against banning hookah lounges during a public comment period after the meeting. “People want to smoke, that's their God-given ...

Special use vote next month
Lockport Union - May 29, 2014

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Common Council may vote next month on whether to issue a special use-permit for a planned electronic cigarette store on ...

Common Council considers banning smoking in all Syracuse City ...
CNYcentral.com - May 28, 2014

The Syracuse Common Council could vote on a proposed smoking ban as early as next month. It would ban smoking in all city parks and would include areas ...

Bar Tab: Cigar's Bar is humble and smoke-free neighborhood bar
Buffalo News - May 28, 2014

With nary a cigar nor humidor on the premises, Cigar's Bar, a classic corner joint in Buffalo's Seneca Babcock neighborhood, is humble and smoke-free. Directly ...

Health officials frown on e-cigarettes
Plattsburgh Press Republican - May 27, 2014

PLATTSBURGH When it comes to quitting smoking, public-health officials are saying electronic cigarettes are not the way to go. Often marketed as a safe ...

Glen Cove Mayor Wants To Ban Hookah Lounges
CBS Local - May 27, 2014

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello is seeking the ban for health reasons, saying hookah users inhale more smoke than they would with cigarettes, WCBS ...

Syracuse to consider smoking ban in all city parks
The Post-Standard - May 27, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Two city councilors will propose a ban on smoking in all Syracuse parks, including public areas managed by the parks department such as Clinton Square and Columbus Circle. The fine for violations would be $50.

Ask Habitat: Can a Co-op Board Legally Institute a Smoking Ban?
Habitat magazine - May 26, 2014

Arthur Weinstein, an attorney in private practice who has successfully enacted smoking bans in New York, says that many co-ops already have restrictions in their proprietary leases against noxious odors and/or disturbing neighbors. That combined with recent court cases that say second-hand smoke is a violation of the warranty of habitability gives boards the right to prohibit smoking in a building. But only, insists Weinstein, if there is a complaint. This last point is key. According to the lawyer, if there is no complaint, under the house rules, there is no cause for action. But some lawyers disagree.

Tkaczyk introduces bill to ban smoking at school bus stops
Mid-Hudson News - May 24, 2014

ALBANY State Senator Cecelia Tkaczyk (D, 46) introduced legislation that would prohibit smoking at school bus stops while children are being picked up or ...

Port Jefferson board considers ban on smoking lounges
NorthShoreOfLongIsland.com - May 22, 2014

Port Jefferson residents will get to weigh in at an upcoming public hearing on whether the village should ban hookah lounges, as the board of trustees considers ...

Glen Cove mayor seeks to ban hookah bars
Newsday - May 22, 2014

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello wants to ban hookah bars from the city ... business includes smoking tobacco or other substances through a hookah pipe.

Mamaroneck Village Trustee Plans Independent Campaign
theLoop (blog) - May 22, 2014

More recently, he has been at the vanguard of reforms to the Village's housing standards and building codes, and a ban on smoking in Village parks introduced ...

Group targets county facility tobacco policy
The Register Star - May 22, 2014

Two representatives from Rip Van Winkle Tobacco-Free Action of Columbia and Greene Counties alerted the Board of Supervisors' Health and Medical ...

City Bans E-Cigs
Glen Cove Record Pilot – May 22, 2014

It is now illegal in the City of Glen Cove for vendors to sell e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 19. That was the unanimous decision that passed at the Glen ...

E-cigarette store debated but not voted upon
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal - May 22, 2014

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Everyone who spoke at a public Wednesday was clear where they stood about an electronic cigarette store opening on Walnut ...

No action, talk only at e-cigarette hearing
Buffalo News - May 22, 2014

LOCKPORT – The Common Council held a public hearing Wednesday on a proposed special-use permit for an e-cigarette store, but it was unclear if there ever ...

Cheektowaga lawmakers approve taxicab law, smoking ban
Buffalo News - May 20, 2014

In other business, the Town Board also unanimously approved a new section for the parks ordinance that bans smoking lighted tobacco products at the Cultural ...

If you smoke and you're in New York, you must be over 21 to buy a pack
South China Morning Post - May 19, 2014

It's the latest of New York's efforts to reduce smoking in the city, which bans cigarettes and, as of April 29, e-cigarettes in restaurants and bars, parks and squares ...

Raising Bars: Legal age to smoke pushed to 21
NDTV - May 19, 2014

It's the latest of New York's efforts to reduce smoking in the city, which has already banned cigarettes and e-cigarettes in restaurants and bars, in parks or ...

Tobacco marketing ban supported by divided board
Gloversville Leader-Herald - May 17, 2014

The board in April heard an anti-smoking presentation from representatives of the Project Action and Reality Check organizations. The groups had urged the ...

E-cigarettes in need of regulation
Schenectady Gazette - May 16, 2014

E-cigarettes were designed to deliver the nicotine that smokers crave, through a ... there's the problem of TV advertising, which is banned for regular cigarettes. ... since the first public indoor smoking ban was adopted by New York City in 1993.

Why inhale a cloud of vapor?
Albany Times Union - May 16, 2014

In his defense of the harmlessness and efficacy of e-cigarettes, Dr. Gilbert Ross in his letter (“E-cigarette restraints can kill,” May 12) unfortunately conflates two ...

Letter: E-cigs are creating new addicts
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - May 16, 2014

I applaud the Food and Drug Administration's proposal to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18. The main rationale for these devices is that they ...

Nassau legislation opposition results in no 'Smoking 21' bill
Long Island Report - May 15, 2014

On April 14 Suffolk County passed the “Smoking 21” bill into law, which will prevent ... in Nassau, making tobacco age restrictions the same across Long Island.

E-cigarette controls enacted by Glen Cove
(Long Island, NY) Newsday - May 15, 2014

Glen Cove has enacted new restrictions on electronic cigarettes, adding the nicotine product to its regulations on tobacco and barring their sale to anyone under 19. ...also added e-cigarettes to a prohibition on advertising tobacco products within 1,000

Editorial: Make smoking bans apply to e-cigarettes
Times Herald-Record - May 14, 2014

... the Senate and Assembly also need to keep in mind the many factors that went into the bans that have made most of the public areas in the state smoke free.

Glen Cove City Council votes to ban sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 19
News 12 Long Island - May 14, 2014

GLEN COVE - The City of Glen Cove has passed a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. In a unanimous vote, the Glen Cove City Council passed an amendment to an existing law, making it illegal to sell electronic cigarettes to anyone under 19. The change would also restrict the advertising of e-cigarette products within 1,000 feet of a school, day care or youth center. Any advertisement would not be allowed on the exterior and even the interior of a business if the sign is seen from the outside...

Senator Hannon Holds Hearing on E-Cigarettes and Liquid Nicotine
Long Island Exchange - May 13, 2014

At a New York State Senate Health Committee hearing held today by Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau), several health professionals spoke about the dangers of the increased public use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and liquid nicotine. The hearing focused on...

NY lawmakers hear feedback on e-cigarette ban proposal; Senate ...
Tech Times - May 13, 2014

Testimony Monday on whether e-cigarettes should be banned in indoor places in New York included feedback from both sides: those who think it's healthy and those who don't think it should be allowed and consider the electronic cigarette as unhealthy as its tobacco brethren.

Councilman calls for smoking ban in new affordable housing
Capital New York - May 13, 2014

Councilman Donovan Richards, who chairs the Council's environmental protection committee, is proposing a new ban on smoking inside the 200,000 units of affordable housing that Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to build and preserve throughout the city. The only way to protect nonsmokers from exposure to the toxins found in cigarettes within the confines of their homes is to create entirely smoke-free housing, Richards wrote in an as-yet unpublished op-ed, a copy of which was provided to Capital. Children exposed to the toxins found in cigarette smoke face further detriment to their quality of life, Richards wrote. They are more likely to develop ear and respiratory infections along with asthma-like symptoms that can have wider impacts on their ability to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Bridging the chasm between 'two cities' and addressing growing inequity must include an honest and open discussion on disparities in housing, health and standards of living, he said.

Designated Smoking Locations To Go Into Effect July 1
Bwog - May 12, 2014

A statement sent out by Columbia cleared up some of the details of the USenate smoking ban talked about at the last meeting, stating that the smoking areas seen on the map will go into effect on July 1. Notably, one of the areas is in front of Butler, so studiers stepping outside for a breath of fresh air will still be greeted by a smoky slap in the face...

Staten Island Co-op Using Surveys to Fight Gossip and Rumors
Habitat magazine - May 12, 2014

Maria Civille's 116-unit co-op in Staten Island is considering a ban on smoking in the building. As with most boards, this means reading up on what other buildings are doing and how they're doing it, followed by internal discussion and then, almost inevitably, by rumors like "They're imposing $500 fines if they catch you smoking!" when all you're talking about is simply accepting non-smokers only in future apartment sales.

Official: e-cigarettes don't help
Albany Times Union - May 12, 2014

The head of the state's anti-smoking efforts said Monday there's no convincing evidence that e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, vaping pens and other electronic nicotine delivery systems are helping New Yorkers quit smoking.

State anti-smoking chief questions e-cigarettes as quit aides
Albany Times Union (blog) - May 12, 2014

That habit, he said, can easily translate into traditional smoking, which remains a ... Air Act that bans smoking in bars, restaurants and most other workplaces. In 2012, lawmakers banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and just last month the ...

Senate to review e-cigarette rules
Poughkeepsie Journal - May 12, 2014

ALBANY State lawmakers are looking at whether to include electronic cigarettes in the state's indoor public smoking ban. The Senate Health Committee is ...

E-cigarette restraints can kill
Albany Times Union (blog) - May 12, 2014

... several bills whose net effect will be, if enacted, to impede access to the best available method of helping addicted smokers quit: Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs).

Glen Cove to reconsider sale of e-cigs
TopNews Arab Emirates - May 12, 2014

Glen Cove is all set to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors after the City Council votes tomorrow on an amendment to city laws which deal with tobacco and nicotine. Mayor Reginald Spinello said in an email that they were proposing certain amendments to their current code dealing with the sale and advertising of tobacco products

Week ahead: Senate Democrats target e-cigarettes
The Hill (blog) - May 12, 2014

The hearing comes on the heels of a letter from eight Democratic senators that urged the FDA to consider potential harm posed by e-cigarettes to bystanders, ...

Think-Tanks Join to Urge New York State Legislature to Hold Fair Hearings
National Center for Public Policy Research, Heartland Institute Urge New York Legislature to Hear Witnesses from BOTH Sides at e-Cigarette Hearing
National Center for Public Policy Research - May 12, 2014

Washington, D.C. / Chicago, IL - Today, the Health Committee of the New York Senate will hold what it is calling a "public hearing" on a number of bills related to electronic cigarettes. Among the bills to be heard are a ban on electronic cigarette use wherever combustible cigarettes are prohibited and a ban on the sale of the liquid used in many electronic cigarette products...

New York lawmakers mulling e-cigarette ban in indoor public places
Tech Times - May 11, 2014

The FDA is pointing to an increase in electronic cigarette-related injuries and ... aimed at youngsters or the fact that vendors are now selling flavored device options. ... Yet advocates, mostly smokers trying to quit tobacco cigarettes, claim they ...

How 100 New Yorkers Feel About E-Cigarettes and Vaping in Public
New York Magazine - May 2014

Like it or not, electronic cigarettes have managed to become a thing. In New York City, from St. Marks Place to Crown Heights, vape stores are the new head ...

For e-smokes, it's still the Wild West
Albany Business Review – May 9, 2014

ravages smoking cigarettes had on people. A non-smoker, Tucker then took a job at Smokers Choice in Latham, and she discovered e-cigarettes -- electronic smoking devices that produce a nicotine vapor. …

Syracuse hospital fire that burned patient using e-cigarette remains a mystery
The Post-Standard - May 9, 2014

Syracuse, N.Y. - The official cause of a recent fire at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center that burned a patient using an e-cigarette while on oxygen remains a mystery. A report by Syracuse Fire investigator Joe Galloway lists the cause of the March 22 fire as undetermined, but says the patient's e-cigarette cannot be eliminated as a potential cause without further forensic examination of the device...

E-cigarette supporters to rally against city's ban in bars
amNY-by Ivan Pereira - May 8, 2014

Russ Wishtart, a plaintiff in a suit against the city over its law to ban e-cigs from ... owners to do their dirty work for them, just like they did with the smoking ban.".

E-Cig Patriots To Blow Smoke—Uh, Fog, In Parks Dept's Face At ...
Gothamist - May 8, 2014

When the Great Indoor E-Cig Ban of 2014 went into effect in New York City last week, libertarians and nicotine fog juice aficionados crammed into a club to ...

Big co-op goes smoke-free
Queens (NY) Chronicle - May 8, 2014

...a 300-unit building in the Hilltop Village Co-op complex has banned lighting up indoors. The move by Co-op #4 follows that of Co-op #1, which has 200 units. That means roughly 1,000 people in Hollis Hills will now live without secondhand smoke, the...

RVW Tobacco-Free Coalition honors local residents
The Register Star - May 8, 2014

The Rip Van Winkle Tobacco-Free Coalition honored local residents from both counties last week who aid the coalition in its efforts at its annual breakfast at ...

Cutting NYC air pollution will boost children's future earnings by ...
Click Green - May 8, 2014

The researchers previously reported that children born to non-smoking mothers exposed to higher levels of airborne PAH during pregnancy had IQs three points ...

OUR VIEW: FDA correct to seek regulations on e-cigs
The Register Star - May 8, 2014

Are government regulations on electronic cigarettes unnecessary measures that may hurt businesses or vital steps in promoting public health? The Federal

Ban Goes Up in Smoke
The Putnam County Courier (subscription) - May 7, 2014

It's still no cigar when it comes to banning cigarette sales in pharmacies countywide. By the slimmest of 5-4 margins, the Putnam Legislature Tuesday evening ...

Planning Board rejects Lockport e-cigarette store
Buffalo News - May 6, 2014

Planning Board rejects Lockport e-cigarette store ... “We were worried about the smoking in the residential area, the quality of the cigarettes. ... Bork still may approach the Common Council for a special use permit, but because the Planning ...

New York state lawmakers start debate over e-cigarettes
Albany Business Review (blog) - May 6, 2014

New York state laws are so far behind the 'vapor' industry that lawmakers don't actually know what to call electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes.

NY Conservatives pan e-cigarette proposal
Gloversville Leader-Herald - May 6, 2014

The New York State Conservative Party is criticizing a proposal to bar electronic cigarette smoking in public places.

Ban could snuff out business
Albany Times Union - May 6, 2014

It is one of several regulatory sparks that have been flying lately as the sale of e-cigarettes heats up, igniting increased scrutiny by state and federal officials.

Cheektowaga lawmakers seek to ban smoking at Cultural Center
Buffalo News - May 5, 2014

With the start of Cheektowagas outdoor concert season weeks away, town lawmakers are looking to enact legislation that would ban patrons at one venue from lighting up. During Mondays Town Board meeting, a public hearing was scheduled for May 19 on a proposed parks ordinance amendment that would prohibit smoking at the Cheektowaga Cultural Center in Town Park on Harlem Road. The restricted areas would include the stage, bleachers, seating areas and the fenced-in land around the center. And, at least for now, the prohibited activity relates to burning a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or other substances containing tobacco...

Electronic cigarettes should be subject to the regulations governing ...
Buffalo News - May 5, 2014

That is the idea behind the bans on the use of e-cigarettes in public places in ... Proponents of a ban say e-cigarettes threaten to make smoking acceptable once ...

Regulate Flavors and Marketing
New York Times - May 4, 2014

We applaud the Federal Drug Administrations proposal to extend its regulatory authority over e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. Its an important first step, but we believe the F.D.A. can and should do more to regulate how and to whom e-cigarettes are marketed.

Niagara County to ban e-cigarettes from county property
Buffalo News - May 3, 2014

LOCKPORT Niagara County officials intend to ban electronic cigarettes on ... The 1998 law defines smoking as to inhale or exhale the smoke of burning ...

Editorial: FDA correct to seek regulations on e-cigarettes
The Daily News Online - May 2, 2014

The state could be tougher than the FDA, they say, by approving legislation that would tax e-cigarettes as tobacco products and ban smoking the devices in .

Thank You for Vaping: Libertarians vs. New York City's E-Cig Ban
Reason-by Jim Epstein - May 2, 2014

"[E-cigarettes] are just as important for public health as childhood vaccines, antibiotics, sewer treatment, and water treatment," says anti-smoking activist Bill ...

Anti-tobacco advocates step up their efforts
Catskill Daily Mail - May 2, 2014

Inroads have also been made into ensuring that smoke-free housing is available to those who want it — the two counties now have 19 affordable housing ...

Nanny state of the week: De Blasio to resurrect attempt at NYC big ...
Watchdog.org - May 2, 2014

He wants a ban on electronic cigarettes, building on Bloomberg's long campaign to make it illegal to smoke traditional cigarettes just about anywhere inside the ...

Too quick to put out e-cigs
Gloversville Leader - May 1, 2014

"The issue of e-cigarettes was brought up by a few department heads, and I decided to draft an executive order banning them from our buildings," Montgomery ...

Independent Health Foundation gets grant to help moms quit smoking
Buffalo News (blog) - May 1, 2014

“Since women who quit smoking are less likely to have premature and ... reduce the damaging effect of secondhand smoke on their children,” said Carrie Meyer, ...

VIDEO: City Health Commissioner Calls on FDA to Step Up E-Cigarette Regulation
NY1 (Time Warner Cable) - May 1, 2014

Mary Bassett says the city has its eye on a new kind of cigarette. ... On Thursday, the city's health commissioner traveled to Washington, where she joined with other municipal health chiefs to call on the FDA to increase its regulation of e-cigarettes.

Is It OK To Smoke In Your Apartment Building Hallways?
Gothamist – April 29, 2014

Sign one reads "Stop smoking in the hallways please! ... Second-hand smoke, on the other hand, is a serious health threat, both in the short-term and long-term.

MORRISON: FDA correct to seek regulations on e-cigarettes
Watertown (NY) Daily Times - May 1, 2014

The reality is that we don’t know where to draw the line about how to use e-cigarettes safely. Not enough research has been conducted to state definitively what dangers they pose under certain conditions. So the FDA should treat the devices like any other...

"E-cigs" keep selling in Albany region, while New York and FDA play ...
Albany Business Review (blog) - May 1, 2014

Sandra Tucker, manager of the Smokers Choice store in Latham, New York, ... New York also is considering banning e-cigarettes from public places, under a ...

Bassett to call for greater regulation of e-cigs, marketing
Capital New York - May 1, 2014

“Their marketing practices are particularly repugnant, as some advertise themselves as an affront to life-saving smoke-free air laws, and their ads are often ...

Too quick to put out e-cigs
Gloversville Leader - May 1, 2014

"The issue of e-cigarettes was brought up by a few department heads, and I decided to draft an executive order banning them from our buildings," Montgomery ...

Lockport fire cutbacks begin
Buffalo News - May 1, 2014

In another matter, the Council heard from a young businessman who needs a special use permit to open an electronic cigarette store in a non-retailing zone.

Users not happy about new e-cigarette regulations in NYC, Chicago
Oneida Dispatch – April 30, 2014

The New York ban, along with similar measures in Chicago and Los Angeles and ... say they are aimed at preventing the re-acceptance of smoking as a societal ...

NYC bans e-cigs in public establishments (sorry GWAR)
Brooklyn Vegan (blog) – April 30, 2014

In a stroke of bad luck for Mount Baker Vapors, New York City has amended the 2002 Smoke-Free Air Act to ban e-cigarettes from offices, restaurants, parks, ...

Tobacco interests are stepping up their lobbying spend in New York.
Capital New York – April 30, 2014

E-cigarettes are still lightly regulated outside the city and the tobacco industry ... has submitted a bill that would require pharmacies to keep tobacco displays out of ... making the case for why their product was safer than the average cigarette.

Bloomberg's final tobacco crackdown: Vaping is now as forbidden as smoking
Salon - April 30, 2014

Bloomberg may have left the mayors office, but his laws are still rolling out. The most recent one to go into effect is the ban on vaping the digital equivalent of smoking electronic cigarettes inside public spaces such as bars, restaurants and parks.

New York state legistators aim to ban e-cigarettes
UPI.com - April 30, 2014

An electronic cigarettes package is seen in Washington, D.C. on April 24, 2014. On Thursday, the FDA proposed rules that call for strict regulation of electronic ...

Proposed regulation of e-cigarettes lights up debate
Poughkeepsie Journal - April 29, 2014

New York already bans sales of e-cigarettes to people under 18. The federal agency wants to go further by requiring warning labels and making manufacturers ...

Lawmakers seek tobacco-like restrictions on e-cigs
State Column - April 29, 2014

Just when you thought it might be safe to light up your e-cigarette in your local watering hole, think again: As New York city's ban on e-cigs in public places takes ...

Unseen City: Where There's Smoke
The Epoch Times - April 29, 2014

According to the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, the greatest weapon in the battle to quit cigarettes was the 2002 Clean Indoor Act. That was the pesky (for ...

Ban on E-cigarettes takes effect today
Capital New York - April 29, 2014

New Yorkers are no longer allowed to smoke electronic cigarettes in any place where smoking regular cigarettes is prohibited, including bars, restaurants, offices, parks and beaches. The amendment to the Smoke-Free Air Act, a 2002 law, takes effect today and means that electronic cigarettes are now treated the same as regular cigarettes. Last month, Reuters reported that the advocacy group New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment asked the state Supreme Court to void the law, arguing the new legislation was in breach of the "one-subject rule" in both the state constitution and the city charter.

E-Cigs Now Banned In NYC Wherever Smoking Is Prohibited
Gothamist - April 29, 2014

At 12:01 this morning it became illegal to use e-cigarettes in New York City anywhere traditional cigarettes are banned. Now lawmakers in Albany want to extend ...

E-Smokers Stage 'Vape-In' to Protest NYC Ban
ABC News - April 29, 2014

More than 300 e-smokers showed up for a "vape-in" at Manhattan's Museum of Sex Monday night to protest a New York City ban on indoor e-cigarette smoking. They thumbed their noses at e-cigarette prohibitionists by dancing and vaping the night away until well past midnight, when the ban went into effect.

New York City 'Vape-In' Protests Just-Enacted E-Cig Ban
Newsweek - April 29, 2014

But those present consisted of vapers, what users of e-cigarettes and higher-tech nicotine-vaporizing devices call themselves, and they gathered to protest the ...

New York City vape-in photo essay
The Verge - April 29, 2014

The three-hour vape-in was held at Play, the lounge attached to the Museum ... Ladell McLin, a musician who quit smoking six months ago by picking up vaping.

New York Today: Here Comes the Rain
New York Times April 29, 2014

What you need to know for Tuesday: A rainstorm arrives, e-cigarette regulations go into effect, and children count glass eels.

No 'vaping' in bars: New York City bans e-cigarettes from public places
Daily Mail - April 29, 2014

New regulations on popular electronic cigarettes are set to take effect in New York City on Tuesday, and vendors who sell the dozens of different brands of ...

Blowing smoke: Times makes silly, one-sided claims about e-cigs
Watchdog.org - April 29, 2014

In its story on the new regulations, the Times explained how it came upon the information before the FDA released it to the public: F.D.A. officials gave journalists an outline of the new rules on Wednesday, but required that they not talk to industry or public health groups until after Thursdays formal release of the document.

Albany moves to ban e-cigs in public after city's ban
New York Post April 29, 2014

State lawmakers believe that if e-cigarette vapor is bad for New York City, its also no good for Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo. In an effort to crack down on the vaping craze, the Legislature is set to follow in the Big Apple's footsteps and ban e-cigs in public places, backers of the bill said ...

County Administration Seeking to Ban E-Cigs; Vapers Vow a Fight
Niagarafallsreporter.com - April 29, 2014

Niagara County officials are planning to ban the use of electronic cigarettes on county property, the Niagara Falls Reporter has learned. The move, spearheaded by County Manager Jeffrey M. Glatz and human resources head Peter Lopes, was discussed at length at a meeting of county department heads and public works officials in late March. The use of e-cigarettes, also known as "vaping," is widely credited with helping people to quit smoking.

NYC law treats e-cigarettes like traditional cigarettes
Washington Post - April 29, 2014

A New York City law will ban electronic cigarettes and nicotine vaporizing devices in bars, restaurants and public parks.

Did You Njoy Your Last Legal E-Puffs of E-Smoke E-ndoors?
The Awl-by Matt Buchanan - April 29, 2014

puffffff One of Bloomberg's parting legislative gifts to New Yorkers, a ban on electronic cigarettes anywhere that analog (is that what the kids call it? idk) smoking ...

New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco Implementing Electronic Cigarette Laws: Millions protected from exposure to e-cigarette secondhand aerosol
PRNewswire-USNewswire - April 28, 2014

BERKELEY, Calif., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights: On April 29, 2014, New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco will implement laws that prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in smokefree environments. Each of these cities amended existing smokefree laws to include these new electronic smoking devices, which include vape pens, e-hookahs, and e-cigarettes, as products that are not permitted for use in smokefree areas. In addition, the California cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach implemented similar laws earlier this month. Roughly 17 million residents who live in these cities will be affected by these new protections. "Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights supports the inclusion of e-cigarettes and similar electronic smoking devices in smokefree laws," said Cynthia Hallett, Executive Director. "The science on the constituents of the secondhand aerosol indicates that hazardous pollutants are emitted into the air including lead, chromium, nicotine, and propylene glycol, along with other ultrafine particles and volatile organic compounds. These laws are designed to protect worker and patron health and safety." …

Concord hears about road repairs, bans smoking at community park
Springvillejournal - April 28, 2014

The board unanimously approved a resolution to ban smoking from the Concord Community Park. Although there was some concern over how to enforce the ...

Legislator Opposes Use Of E-Cigs On Oneida County Property
WIBX AM 950 - April 28, 2014

Paparella says the safety of e-cigarettes is still unknown. He says every ... The FDA announced plans last week to regulate e-cigarettes and ban sales to minors.

E-cigarettes need government regulation
Buffalo News - April 27, 2014

It is disappointing that the FDA did not move to ban flavored e-cigarettes. ... FDA to restrict the marketing of e-cigarettes, as has been done with tobacco cigarettes. ... year and possibly significantly longer if e-cigarette makers sue to block them.

SUNY Oswego goes smoke free, tobacco free
Valley News (blog) - April 26, 2014

SUNY Oswego will go smoke free and tobacco free everywhere on its premises ... effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke, and environmental impacts.

New York state health advocates seek indoor e-cigarette ban
Albany Times Union - April 24, 2014

Kemp Hannon of Long Island are sponsoring bills that would basically ban the ... the state's Clean Indoor Air Act, the law that drove workplace smokers outdoors.

Guest Viewpoint: Banning e-cigarettes would hurt smokers trying to ...
Press & Sun-Bulletin - April 24, 2014

Banning vaping as though it were smoking due to “second-hand vapor” is ... The politicians seeking to ban and tax e-cigs say “it's in the interests of public health.

NYU-Area Bodegas Begin Carding For Cigarette Purchases
NYU Local - April 24, 2014

NYU-Area Bodegas Begin Carding For Cigarette Purchases ... changed the legal age to purchase tobacco products and electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21.

Anker Initiates Law to Require Warnings on Liquid Nicotine Labels
LongIsland.com - April 24, 2014

Mount Sinai, NY - April 2014 - Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker today submitted legislation that will require all nicotine retailers to provide product ...

Oswego County Dead Last in Health Behaviors Ranking
Oswego County Business Magazine - April 24, 2014

The Oswego County Legislature recently recognized four pharmacies for discontinuing the sale of tobacco products. They are Fulton Medicine Shoppe, 360 W.

Pushing tobacco sales farther away from kids [Binghampton]
WBNG-TV - April 23, 2014

Cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes and more are no longer allowed to be sold or ... This amendment pushes advertising and sale of tobacco products 500 feet .

Hospital bans e-cigs
WGY - April 23, 2014

A Syracuse hospital is banning electronic cigarettes after a patient on oxygen was burned by a fire that erupted while she was puffing on one of the devices.

NY hospital warns after e-cigarette fire, injury
Yahoo News - April 23, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York hospital is reinforcing its ban on electronic cigarettes after a patient on oxygen was burned by a fire that erupted while she was puffing on one of the devices.

Tobacco Free Campaign
SUNY Oswego - April 22, 2014

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley announced on April 22 that the college will become smoke free and tobacco free on Jan. 1, 2015.

Elmira Heights board to act on school chief's contract
Elmira Star-Gazette April 22, 2014

The board will vote on the first reading of a number of policies that are being revised, including: Alcohol, Tobacco, Electronic Cigarettes, Drugs and Other ...

Syracuse hospital bans e-cigarettes after patient on oxygen catches fire while using one
Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard - April 22, 2014

A Syracuse hospital is warning patients not to use electronic cigarettes after a patient on oxygen caught fire while puffing on one of the devices. Joe Galloway, a Syracuse Fire Department investigator, said the cause of the March 22 fire at St. Joseph'

NY hospital wrongfully bans electronic cigarettes after patient ...
Examiner.com - April 22, 2014

On April 22, 2014, Syracuse.com reported that St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center has banned e-cigarettes after one of their patients caught on fire. On March ...

Only YOU Can Prevent Bobst Smokers (If You Apply For This Weird ...
NYU Local - April 22, 2014

NYU began banning smoking within 15 feet of a school building in Fall 2010. Responses to the ban were “overwhelmingly positive,” university spokesperson ...

Vaping Bad to open in Geneva, sell e-cigarettes
Finger Lakes Times - April 22, 2014

GENEVA — The owner of Vaping Bad, the city's newest business, believes electronic cigarettes offer several advantages over their traditional counterparts.

Elmira Heights board to act on school chief's contract
Elmira Star-Gazette - April 22, 2014

The board will vote on the first reading of a number of policies that are being revised, including: Alcohol, Tobacco, Electronic Cigarettes, Drugs and Other ...

Tell Us: Should Glen Cove Ban E-cigarettes in No-smoking areas?
Patch.com - April 21, 2014

Should electronic cigarettes be banned in no-smoking areas? ... Thoughts to prohibit e-cigarettes in non-smoking areas come at a time when the U.S. Centers ...

NYC Parks Smoking Ban Barely Enforced
Gothamist - April 21, 2014

Bad news for fans of one of Michael Bloomberg's signature nanny-state initiatives: Gotham Gazette's FOIL request for data on the enforcement of the ban against ...

Call to amend law to include e-cigarettes
Newsday - April 21, 2014

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello said the city should amend its ordinances to include e-cigarettes where smoking is prohibited, and that the town attorney will look at what language would be needed for a City Council resolution to make the citys anti-smoking ordinances more comprehensive.

County, city deserve praise for addressing asthma causes
Schenectady Gazette - April 21, 2014

... ban on the sale of single cigarettes and establishing tobacco-free city parks. ... Keeping tobacco products out of our pharmacies and away from our schools ...

Long Island puts age clamp on e-cigs
Malaysia Sun - April 21, 2014

Long Island officials in the United States have raised the age limit for purchasing tobacco products and electronic cigarettes. Suffolk County officials on eastern ...

E-cigarettes banned in county buildings
Gloversville Leader-Herald - April 20, 2014

FONDA - Montgomery County is following in the footsteps of Albany County with its recent ban of e-cigarettes in county-owned buildings.

Long story short
Albany Times Union (blog) - April 20, 2014

As the public health community debates the implications of electronic cigarettes, some states want to cash in on the rapidly growing market by taxing the devices ...

Groups detail anti-smoking efforts to county supervisors
Gloversville Leader-Herald - April 19, 2014

JOHNSTOWN - Fulton County supervisors this week heard a presentation on area anti-smoking efforts and may be expressing formal support for such efforts next month.

COVERT: Board approves smoking ban near town buildings
Finger Lakes Times - April 18, 2014

“We applaud Supervisor Michael Reynolds and the town board for taking action to protect adults and children from the dangers of secondhand smoke,” said ...

Avella wants more library restrictions
Queens Chronicle - April 18, 2014

In addition, he spent $140,000 to have his office renovated, including an outside deck allegedly used for smoking. Avella is the only elected official to call on ..

Binghamton Housing Authority Goes Smoke Free
WIVT/WBGH NewsChannel 34 (Binghamton, NY) - April 17, 2014

No smoking is allowed inside of apartments at the Carlisle and Saratoga housing complexes. Residents or visitors who want to smoke must now be 25 feet away from the buildings. A building at North Shore Towers is also smoke free. After three violations, ...

Town of New Hartford bans smoking at playgrounds
WKTV - April 17, 2014

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y (WKTV) - The town of New Hartford has begun a ban on smoking at their playground facilities in three of their four town parks, Thursday.

Gross, Healy to run for school board seats
The Island Now - April 17, 2014

Healy also said she has been trying to change the district's smoking policy, which is currently being proposed to include a ban on e-cigarettes on school property ...

Legislature Mixed On Cigarette Sales Ban
The Putnam County Courier (subscription) - April 17, 2014

The Putnam Legislature next month will again attempt to approve a resolution banning cigarette sales in pharmacies countywide. Last year such a move failed ...

Prosecutors, Onondaga Nation talking about tribe's lack of cigarette ...
The Post-Standard - April 17, 2014

The Onondaga say they believe they're not subject to federal cigarette taxes, even though every other Indian nation that makes cigarettes is paying the tax.

Council member opposes Rural/Metro contract
Buffalo News - April 16, 2014

The Council approved a new hookah lounge at Elmwood and Hodge avenues, with some conditions.

New Hartford smoking ban in parks part of growing trend
Utica Observer Dispatch - April 16, 2014

If you want to smoke in the spring sunshine, think twice before lighting up near a playground or in a municipal park. Last week, New Hartford banned smoking at its playgrounds, joining a list of more than two dozen municipalities in Oneida and Herkimer counties with outdoor smoking bans in some areas, most of them in all municipal parks.

Lawmakers Mixed on Cigarette Sales Ban ($$)
Putnam County News and Recorder (subscription) - April 16, 2014

The Putnam Legislature next month will again attempt to approve a resolution banning cigarette sales in pharmacies countywide. Last year such a move failed by a 7-2 vote.

Suffolk County raises age limit on tobacco, electronic cigarettes to 21
Oneida Dispatch - April 15, 2014

MINEOLA (AP) >> Officials on eastern Long Island claim theirs is the first municipality in the country to raise the age limit for purchasing tobacco products and ...

Smoking 21' Law: Is Nassau Next?
Leg. Judy Jacobs offers reasons to make it illegal to sell tobacco products to those under 21 in Nassau County
Patch.com - April 15, 2014

On Monday, Suffolk County legislatures made the Smoking 21 bill official. That means that beginning Jan. 1, 2015, anyone in Suffolk buying tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, liquid nicotine, rolling papers, and pipes must be 21, by law.

Suffolk County 'ahead of the curve' raising tobacco-buying age to 21 [VIDEO]
New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV - April 14, 2014

... (PIX11) Lawmakers are expected to sign a bill Monday in Suffolk County raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21.

Letter: Show consideration for non-smokers
The Daily News Online (blog) - April 14, 2014

I am a non-smoker. I never liked the smell of tobacco and tried to stay away from it. If someone was smoking I would move away. I preach to my kids because I ...

Poll: Do you think e-cigarettes should be regulated by the FDA?
SILive.com - April 14, 2014

E-cigarettes are battery-powered, tobacco-free devices that create an odorless, flavored vapor mist. The devices come with various levels of nicotine -- similar to ...

Vape Lounge' businesses are smoking hot on Staten Island (with ...
SILive.com - April 12, 2014

E-cigarettes are battery-powered, tobacco-free devices that create an odorless, flavored vapor mist. ... The flavored liquids can be especially enticing to children. ... to cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco ...

Vapor Divas on Franklin Street aims to improve health of smokers ...
WatertownDailyTimes.com - April 12, 2014

And this is becoming more popular in cities, because smoking is banned in public places but you are allowed to use e-cigarettes. The store has had a steady ...

Lights Out? Part Deux: Smokers Rights' Group Stews Over ...
New York Observer - April 11, 2014

When it came time to disclose the results of the smoking ban vote, however, the proceedings strayed from schedule. ... Smoking is now banned in that building.

Tobacco 21 Bill Signing – Legal Age To Purchase Tobacco Products ...
Long Island Exchange-by Christopher Boyle - April 11, 2014

The resolution approved last month by the Suffolk County Legislature raises the legal age to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21 years old ...

Video: Thank You For Vaping
New Yorker (blog) - April 9, 2014

Fast-forward ten more years, to 2013, and electronic cigarettes—or e-cigs, ... That's why e-cigarettes are often promoted as a safer alternative to smoking. But the ...

Playbook: 100 days: mayor's progress report; Median monthly rent in ...
Capital New York-by Azi Paybarah - April 10, 2014

The smoking ban has also curtailed the going-out habits of some of the city's sophisticates, who, while not necessarily actually wanting to smoke in bars and ...

IPPC Subcommittee on Student Affairs Announces New Smoking ...
Skidmore News - April 8, 2014

A new policy on smoking was announced today by the Institutional Policy and Planning Committee which prohibits anyone from smoking within designated areas on campus. These smoke-free areas include most of central campus and the surrounding buildings, which are indicated in purple on the Smoking Policy Map (the smoke free areas are a rough estimation and precise parameters will be released in the Fall). The policy will go into effect in the Fall 2014 semester. In addition, although the policy does not appear to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes or smokeless tobacco, it mentions that users should be mindful of their ...

County takes aim at smoking age
Lewisboro Ledger - April 7, 2014

... register to see if the attendant will sell cigarettes to underage teens, he said. Elaine Feldman, owner of the Cross River Pharmacy, was similarly unconcerned ...

New York lobbyists saw record earnings in 2013
Westfair Online - April 7, 2014

The clients spending the most to influence Albany and local lawmakers included tobacco companies, teachers unions and health care groups. Altria Client Services Inc. and its affiliates spent $3 million in 2013, the most of any group, according to the report. Altria is the former Philip Morris Companies Inc.

Lawmaker seeks ban on e-cigarette liquids
News 12 Long Island - April 6, 2014

WOODBURY - A state senator is calling for a ban on so-called e-liquids, the potent and often flavored liquids that are sold as refills for e-cigarettes. State Sen.

Liberty district moves to finalize ban on e-cigarettes in schools
Times Herald-Record - April 4, 2014

LIBERTY — Liberty's school board is in the process of adding a ban on ... “Would you want a kid in the cafeteria smoking an e-cigarette because it's not ...

Community Leaders, Others Call On Nassau County To Raise Age ...
CBS Local - April 4, 2014

The measure applies to cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos and prohibits the sale of small cigars in packages of less than 20. It also includes electronic cigarettes.

Hannon Introduces Legislation to Ban E-Liquids in New York State
Long Island Exchange - April 3, 2014

Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices allowing an individual to inhale nicotine, while emitting only vapor which comes from 'electronic liquids' or ...

Increasing the Minimum Age to Purchase Cigarettes
Patch.com - April 2, 2014

“Over the past fifty years we have seen the positive effects of strong tobacco control polices, from the clean indoor air act to outdoor smoking bans,” said James.

Liberty school board moves to ban e-cigarettes
Times Herald-Record - April 2, 2014

LIBERTY Liberty's school board is in the process of adding a ban on ... Would you want a kid in the cafeteria smoking an e-cigarette because it's not prohibited ...

Local youth take action against tobacco marketing
Times Herald-Record - April 1, 2014

Local youth from the Hudson Valley joined youth around the nation and world to stand up and speak out against the tobacco industry on Kick Butts Day, which was held March 19 at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall.

Nassau makes the wrong move on smoking age
Newsday - April 1, 2014

And arguments that the state ought to raise the smoking age for every New York ... State to ban smoking in bars, restaurants, bowling alleys and bingo halls.

Syracuse approves tougher rules on corner stores, hookah lounges ...
The Post-Standard - March 31, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The city council today unanimously passed an ordinance ... The rules apply to corner stores, restaurants, bars, drug stores and smoking ...

Group hopes to overturn e-cigarette ban
NYU Washington Square News - March 31, 2014

The New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment filed a lawsuit on March 25 in the New York County Supreme Court to overturn the ban on electronic cigarettes one of Michael Bloombergs last acts as mayor.

Assessing health effects of e-cigarettes
Buffalo News - March 29, 2014

Most hallways in Roswell Park Cancer Institute Maciej L. Goniewicz, 36, a Polish-born research scientist who studies the effects of e-cigarettes, is among those who work here. There was some risk. Should I study this? Was it an important topic? From the discussion with other scientists, we felt its very similar to cigarettes, and we knew at that time that many smokers who try to quit smoking are missing the behavior holding cigarettes, puffing on something. When I spoke with smokers in London, they would say, I can use the patch, I can chew the gum with nicotine, but Im missing something. I was thinking maybe electronic cigarettes can provide this behavior, and, of course, since these cigarettes provide the nicotine, which is the principle compound responsible for addiction, it would be similar to some products available in the pharmacy, so there was some promise in the hypothesis. Now, its more popular and researchers already have completed lots of studies.

Pair in their 80s still fight smoking
(Long Island, NY) Newsday - March 28, 2014

The day Nichter's letter was published, she noticed two more writers had objected to secondhand smoke. "I looked up their phone numbers and invited the others to my house," she says. That led to her starting GASP (Group Against Smoking Pollution) of New

Refocus anti-smoking effort on poor
Schenectady Gazette - March 28, 2014

Part of Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy's rationale for banning the sale of “loosies” was to keep poor people who frequent the convenience stores that ...

Revel president to union: No potential buyers have shutdown plans
Press of Atlantic City - March 27, 2014

In his first public comments since Atlantic City's newest casino announced it was ... changes including adding affordable dining options and allowing smoking at ...

Letter: Government should leave smokers alone
The Daily News Online (blog) - March 27, 2014

If tobacco cigarettes are so bad — why doesn't our government ban them as a dangerous ... That's one reason why they have not banned tobacco products.

Something New to Ban: Leg. Aney Paul wants E-Cigs strictly regulated
Rockland County Times - March 27, 2014

Optimism that the smoking option can help long time puffers quit the habit, and concern that the cigarettes have unknown risks and could be appealing to ...

Westchester considers raising age to buy tobacco to 19
The Journal News | LoHud.com - March 27, 2014

“The earlier that you start smoking, the more serious and lifelong the ... As supervisor of the Town of Ossining, she worked on a ban on smoking in parks.

Tobacco survey shows people try to avoid smoke
WBNG-TV - March 27, 2014

The survey shows people want to see less tobacco advertising and more efforts to control tobacco use, and that more landlords are adopting smoke-free policies ...

Business owner, health care professional differ on effectiveness of e ...
Westfield Republican - March 27, 2014

Martinelli is not alone in his thinking, but many - particularly young people - are seeing e-cigarettes as a smoke-free, and therefore completely safe, alternative to ...

Bay Ridge residents request better ventilation systems for local ...
Brooklyn Daily Eagle - March 27, 2014

New York's Smoke Free Air Act, passed in 2003, forbids smoking tobacco in public places, except in spaces where tobacco products are sold exclusively.

Smokers sue NYC over e-cigarette ban
Oneida Dispatch - March 27, 2014

The Smoke-Free Air Act was signed into law in December, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's last month in office. The law prohibits e-cigarettes in all areas where ...

Leaders question county's low health rank
Glens Falls Post-Star - March 26, 2014

Smoking garnered the most attention from Washington County officials on ... of banning smoking on the Washington County Municipal Center campus. ... but also suggested that enforcement of a smoking ban would be the biggest challenge...

Smokers' rights advocates challenge legality of NYC's e-cigarette ban
Daily Caller - March 25, 2014

A New York City law restricting electronic cigarettes is facing a legal challenge. According to the law firm filing the case, the recent ban signed by then Mayor Michael Bloomberg violated the New York State Constitutions and New York City Charters One Subject Rule, which restricts legislation topics to only one subject. Audrey Silk, founder of Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.) and one of the parties behind lawsuit, suggested that critics of e-cigarettes are trying to ban the device not out of concern for the publics health, but because they want smoking to be frowned upon socially.

New York City E-Cig Ban Faces Legal Challenge
Wall Street Journal - March 25, 2014

E-cigarettes, which release vaporized nicotine instead of smoke, were added to the city's 2002 Smoke-Free Air Acta law banning smoking from places like ...

Smokers group files lawsuit against NYC e-cigarette ban
Politics on the Hudson (blog) - March 25, 2014

A New York City smokers-advocacy group filed a lawsuit Tuesday to overturn the ban on electronic cigarettes in places where tobacco cigarettes are also banned. Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that simulate smoking and can release both nicotine-laced vapor or non-nicotine vapor, Gannetts Ashley Hupfl reports. New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment claim electronic cigarettes do not fall under the Smoke-Free Air Act because the purpose of the law is to protect citizens from second-hand smoke exposure and the group claims electronic cigarettes are not harmful to others.

Smokers' Rights Group Files Suit to Stop NYC Electronic Cigarette ...
MMD Newswire (press release) - March 25, 2014

New York, NY (MMD Newswire) March 25, 2014 - Today, NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.) and advocate Russ Wishtart, through their attorneys Joshpe Law Group, filed a lawsuit against New York City and the New York City Council seeking to overturn the public ban on electronic cigarettes (e-cigs).

Village of Lansing Considers Smoke Free Law
Lansing Star - March 21, 2014

Schiele said the Town of Lansing passed a smoke-free law in 2009 in place for ... state law increases outdoor smoking bans, recently aimed at preventing smoking on playgrounds. ... She said an outright ban in the park makes more sense.

Electronics cigarette lands man a traffic ticket in Upstate New York
Examiner.com - March 20, 2014

You are driving down the road on your way to the grocery store and you look over to see someone puffing away on an electronic cigarette. No big deal, right?

GN ed board proposes banning e-cigarettes
The Island Now - March 20, 2014

The board's current smoking policy already prohibits the use of tobacco ... The proposed addition would extend that ban to electronic cigarettes. Long Island school districts with e-cigarette bans in place include Lynnbrook, Jericho and ... adults of legal smoking age should be banned from smoking e-cigarettes on district ...

Local Youth Take Action On Kick Butts Day
Rockland County Times - March 20, 2014

The Hudson Valley Tobacco Free Partners (SmokeFree Dutchess, POW'R Against Tobacco, TFAC of Ulster and Reality Check of Rockland and Putnam) along ...

From smoking to vaping: Locals talk e-cigarettes
Kingston Times - March 20, 2014

E-cigarettes (generally shortened to “e-cigs”) deliver nicotine by vaporizing liquid to be inhaled rather than by burning tobacco. They're typically designed to give ...

Suffolk County approves law to increase tobacco purchase age to 21
Port Times Record - March 19, 2014

The Suffolk County Legislature voted on Tuesday night to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 19 to 21, effective Jan. 1 next year. ... all of the Legislature's Republicans voting against the measure. The bill applies to tobacco products including cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes.

Judge Stays Enforcement of NYC Tobacco Ordinance
Convenience Store Decisions - March 19, 2014

At a federal district court hearing on Friday, March 14, 2014, a federal judge ordered New York City not to enforce Section 6 of the recently enacted New York City tobacco ordinance until the later of May 23, 2014, or the adoption of final regulations implementing the ordinance provisions, according to the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO). Section 6 of the New York City ordinance does several things. First, it prohibits the honoring or redeeming of coupons and other price reduction instruments on cigarettes and tobacco products.

Lights out for e-cigarettes in Port Jefferson schools
NorthShoreOfLongIsland.com - March 13, 2014

The board of education voted Tuesday night to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes with new language in three of its policies: policy 1530, on smoking and other ...

'Guaranty' ruling aids school budget
The Island Now – March 13, 2014

Susan Healy, the board's policy chair, discussed during the meeting the possibility banning of e-cigarettes on district property. The policy proposal was read for ...

Schumer: e-Cigarette Companies Targeting Children Through ...
LongIsland.com - March 13, 2014

Schumer's action comes in light of a recent study, released this week, that revealed that kids who smoke e-cigarettes are more likely to eventually smoke ...

Cattaraugus County: Civil Service Commission to disband
Olean Times Herald - March 13, 2014

A resolution to authorize compliance checks for tobacco sales at retail stores in ... cigarettes, and stores are in danger of losing their license by sales to minors, ...

St. Lawrence County initiative aims to build more smoke-free housing
WatertownDailyTimes.com - March 12, 2014

Phillip J. Marlow doesnt smoke, but his apartment in the Laurel Terrace complex in Massena tested positive for second-hand smoke. His apartment is one of 100 units in the building on 9 Laurel Ave., and the neighbors on either side of him smoke. The smoke infiltrates all of the apartments, he said. When I talked to the Massena Housing Authority, they just told me that people have the right to smoke in their own apartment, but what about my right to breathe fresh air in my apartment? Mr. Marlows predicament is something that Benjamin R. Todd, tobacco program coordinator for the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department, hopes to bring to an end throughout the county. Mr. Todd started an initiative last fall to spread awareness and education about smoke-free housing facilities across the county. He said he is reaching out to housing authorities and landlords to talk to them about creating smoke-free policies in their buildings.

Hipster haven caters to the e-cigarette 'vaping' generation
Vancouver Sun - March 10, 2014

On the edge of the SoHo neighbourhood downtown, The Henley Vaporium is an intimate hipster hangout with overstuffed chairs, exposed brick, friendly counter help but no booze. Instead, the proprietors are peddling e-cigarettes, along with bottles of liquid nicotine ready to be plucked from behind a wooden bar and turned into flavourfulvapour for a lung hit with a kick that is intended to simulate traditional smoking. A hint of banana nut bread e-juice lingered in the air one recent afternoon as patrons gathered around a low table to chat and vape, or sidled up to the inviting bar for help from a knowledgeable vapologist.

Chuck Schumer goes after marketing of e-cigarettes to kids
New York Daily News - March 10, 2014

Worried that tobacco companies are marketing to children with flavored e-cigarettes, Sen. Chuck Schumer vowed to push legislation that would close loopholes in advertising laws.

Senator Schumer Pushing for Bill to Prohibit E-Cigarette Marketing among Kids
TopNews Arab Emirates - March 10, 2014

Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for a bill that aims at prohibiting advertising and promoting e-cigarettes in such a way that it attracts children.

Schumer rips e-cigarette makers
News 12 Westchester - March 10, 2014

TARRYTOWN - Sen. Chuck Schumer is taking aim at the manufacturers of electronic cigarettes. The democrat claims the products are being marketed to young children by offering bubble gum and cotton candy flavored varieties.

Smoke in the Water
City Journal - March 7, 2014

Bloomberg's anti-smoking crusade included raising the legal purchasing age from ... the Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act, to restrict ...

Campus to be tobacco-free by January 2015
Oswegonian - March 6, 2014

Signs that informed students of the new rule also displayed the “Smoke-free ... reaction to the ban on Buffalo State's campus has been split among smokers and ...

Bedford Avenue E-Cigarette Lounge Wins Approval to Serve Beer and Wine
DNAinfo - March 5, 2014

CROWN HEIGHTS You may soon be able to have a glass of vino while you vape. The electronic cigarette lounge on Bedford Avenue may soon be able to serve beer and wine after the local community board's State Liquor Authority committee unanimously approved its license application Monday night.

Proposal to raise age for cigarette sales to 21 in Suffolk ignites heated debate
Riverhead LOCAL - March 5, 2014

A public hearing at the Suffolk County Legislature Tuesday on whether or not to raise the legal age from 19 to 21 to buy cigarettes and other tobacco items brought out scores of passionate speakers on the controversial issue, which also had members of the legislature sharply divided.

Smoking on SCCC campus may be banned
Riverhead News Review - March 4, 2014

While the Suffolk County Legislature has been considering increasing the age for everyone throughout the county to purchase tobacco from age 19 to 21 another measure could ban smoking completely in a few areas around Suffolk: the community college campuses.

Hearing in Riverside on Tuesday on raising tobacco-buying age
Suffolk Times - March 3, 2014

After a contentious public hearing in the middle of last month on raising the age to purchase tobacco from 19 to 21, the Suffolk County Legislature will hold a second hearing on Tuesday afternoon at its general meeting in Riverside.

UWS Condo Residents Inflamed Over Possible Smoking Ban
Curbed NY - March 2, 2014

Emotions are running high at The Vaux at 372 Central Park West and residents are butting heads over a proposed smoking ban in the building, so much so that the so-called Peace Institute of New Yorka "group devoted to mediation and conflict resolution"has been invited to smooth things over at the next condo meeting. However, outspoken "smoker's rights activist" Audrey Silk of NYC CLASH is claiming that the condo board has suppressed and ignored voices who oppose the ban. Indeed, according to The Observer, the board invited representatives from the Coalition for a Smoke Free City and the Department of Public Health, but no expert to speak on behalf of the anti-smoking ban constituency, though apparently at least two Vaux residents asked that Audrey Silk herself be invited to speak.

Smoke Signals: Lights Out? Smokers Rights Group Enlisted, Without Success, to Tangle with UWS Condo Building
New York Observer - March 1, 2014

The New York Peace Institute, a group devoted to mediation and conflict resolution, recently received an inquiring message from Audrey Silk, the founder of a non-profit known as NYC C.L.A.S.H.Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassmentregarding an informational meeting for residents of the Vaux Condominium building, on Central Park West. The Peace Institute had been invitedand by all indications planned to attendthe meeting, which had been organized by the buildings condo board, in order to ease potential tensions between residents in support of a proposed smoking ban in the building, and those opposed to it. But the meeting, which is scheduled for March 4th, had, Ms. Silk believed, been unfairly designed to trumpet one side of the discussion and muffle the other, prejudicing any future determinations against those opposed to a ban. What exactly will you be mediating? She wrote. The board has denied numerous requests by these owners to add balance to this meeting by allowing them to having [sic] their own speakera fair pro and con debate so that the ensuing legally mandated vote by all owners can be reasonably said to be legitimate.

Ban smoking in downtown Syracuse? Two viewpoints (Your letters)
The Post-Standard - February 28, 2014

Barry Seymour, of Syracuse, said the city council should not ban outdoor smoking from several blocks of downtown. "Smokers have to go somewhere to smoke,'' ...

Smoked Out
Reason - February 28, 2014

In December, when the New York City Council voted to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in public places such as bars and restaurants, the ban's backers ...

Anti-smoking advocacy
Glens Falls Post-Star - February 25, 2014

Reality Check is a statewide youth program established in 2000 that focuses on smoking prevention education and disputing tobacco industry advertising.

Syracuse council considers outdoor smoking ban across chunk of downtown
The Post-Standard - February 25, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Members of the Syracuse city council are looking at the possibility of declaring an outdoor smoke-free zone covering several blocks of downtown.

Cuomo works to make state tobacco free
Niagara Gazette - February 24, 2014

Niagara Gazette As part of an initiative to combat tobacco use, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to award $9 million to local organizations that will work to make New York a tobacco-free state.

Suffolk County Community College eyes smoking ban
News 12 Long Island - February 24, 2014

The school currently follows county policy, so smokers must stay at least 50 feet from all buildings. However, school trustees have proposed a measure to ban ...

Anti-tobacco youth group targets Hollywood
Albany Times-Union - February 23, 2014

What do Leonardo Dicaprio, Woody Allen, and Johnny Depp all have in common? The Hollywood icons have been named "Shame" award recipients by Reality Check, a statewide anti-tobacco youth group.

State aims for tobacco-free regionalization
PallTimes.com (subscription) - February 21, 2014

Andrew Cuomo's recent announcement of plans to award $9 million to local organizations fighting against tobacco will regionalize tobacco-free organizations ...

Cathedral Square residents want neighborhood to be smoke free
WRVO Public Media - February 20, 2014

Bey says the idea of a smoking ban will have to be run through the city's legal ... the area around the hospitals in Syracuse that have successful smoking bans.

Poll results: E-cigarettes should be regulated, but many think they ...
The Post-Standard - February 20, 2014

The majority of voters in an online Syracuse.com informal poll say they believe electronic cigarettes are safe, although those who believe they are unsafe ...

New York Retailers Help Prevent Youth Access to Tobacco
NACS Online - February 20, 2014

The New York Association of Convenience Stores is commending neighborhood retail stores for a record-high level of preventing underage tobacco sales.

Governor Andrew Cuomo Dedicates $9 Million To Help Create ...
Huffington Post - February 19, 2014

Governor Andrew Cuomo Dedicates $9 Million To Help Create 'Tobacco-Free' New York. The Huffington Post | by Inae Oh. Email · RSS · Follow.

Your comments: Are e-cigarettes safe?
The Post-Standard - February 19, 2014

Syracuse.com readers react to a story on whether or not electronic cigarettes are a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes.

Amid criticism, Cuomo announces $9M for tobacco-free programs
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - February 19, 2014

ALBANY Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that $9.4 million will be awarded to local organizations that fight teen smoking. The state Department of Health's Bureau of Tobacco Control will award funding amounts from $325,000 to $500,000, totaling $9.4 million already allocated to the department in the current state budget. The money will go to 25 local organizations around the state over five years. Local organizations must submit applications by Tuesday.

E-cigarette stores spread in CNY: Are they safe?
The Post-Standard - February 18, 2014

A controversial cigarette alternative - the electronic cigarette - is taking on a higher profile in Central New York with the opening of several stores that specialize in the product.

Blair Horner: Big Tobacco Rises From The Ashes Again
WAMC - February 17, 2014

It wasnt long ago when it seemed that the tobacco lobbys stranglehold over New York policymaking was finally broken. In addition to federal court decisions, state actions were being taken. During the years of the Pataki Administration, the state raised its tobacco tax, enacted one of the nations most sweeping restrictions on smoking in public places and in work environments. The Spitzer Administration bolstered funding for the states tobacco control efforts, helping it rise to the 5th most well-resourced program in the nation. In the Paterson Administration, New York raised its tobacco tax rate to the highest in the nation.

New CVS policy already exists in Oswego County pharmacies
Oswegonian - February 13, 2014

Her stance on tobacco sales in pharmacy is summed up in the letter: “No doctor ... Jenkins expressed her excitement over the CVS ban on tobacco products.

E-cigs banned from Albany County-owned buildings
Spotlight News - February 11, 2014

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy holds up an executive order he signed Thursday, Feb. 6, banning the usage of electronic cigarettes in county owned ...

Our guy taste-tests experimental smoking products
BrooklynPapers.com - February 10, 2014

If you can get past the disgusting name, the smoky undertones in this dessert-flavored juice hit home by replicating the sensation vaping is supposed to stand ...

Essex County aims to clear the air
Plattsburgh Press Republican - February 10, 2014

ELIZABETHTOWN Essex County Public Health Director Linda Beers said her agency is working with Adirondack Tobacco Free Network toward many of the ...

EDITORIAL: CVS announcement sets precedent for tobacco industry
Washington Square News (NYU) - February 6, 2014

...Other companies must now quickly follow suit or be at the risk of appearing to trivialize the fatal effects of cigarette smoking. The tobacco industry, the largest killer in the United States, takes the lives of 480,000 Americans per year — the same ...

McCoy bans e-cigarettes on county property
Albany Times Union - February 6, 2014

ALBANY - Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy banned the use of e-cigarettes on county property. McCoy said the ban was necessary because of the ...

Smoke-free generation isn't just a pipe dream
SILive.com - February 2, 2014

Going forward, the Staten Island Smoke-Free Partnership will be addressing these areas and working toward our nations long-term goals, but we are at a ...

E-Cig Hotties Call Fowl On Freezing Smokers
adrants - January 30, 2014

...women traveling around Manhattan in a Westwood One radio bus are hopping out, blowing their whistles and crying penalty when they see smokers out in the cold taking a drag. And their offering free samples of NJoy e-cigs.

NJoy 'Referees' Call Penalties on New York Smokers During Super Bowl Week
AdAge, Michael Sebastian - January 29, 2014

Cigarette smokers braving New York's cold weather this week could be in for a surprise. E-cig brand NJoy has deputized a group of young women to call "penalties" on them for having a smoke.

Tobacco Companies Challenge NYC Coupon Ban
AP - Associated Press - January 30, 2014

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan, challenges a city ordinance passed last fall that set a minimum price of $10.50 for every pack of cigarettes sold in the city, and prohibited the use of coupons or other promotional discounts to lower that price...

Students, professors split on Bloomberg's e-cigarette ban
NYU Washington Square News - January 29, 2014

As one of his last acts as mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg signed a law placing a ban on smoking electronic cigarettes at all locations where regular cigarettes are banned. Yet e-cigarette shops have still been opening up around the city. One, The Henley Vaporium, recently set up shop in Nolita.

SUNY continues to push campus tobacco-ban legislation in 2014
Stony Brook Statesman - January 28, 2014

With the opening of the new lawmaking session in Albany this month, legislation banning tobacco on State University of New York campuses, which failed to pass last year, can again be taken up for vote. SUNY's tobacco-free initiative is derived from its five-year plan, which lists a healthier New York as one of six main goals. The SUNY Board of Trustees passed ...

Long Island Schools Crack Down On Electronic Cigarettes
CBS Local - January 27, 2014

Fearing electronic cigarettes might be rigged to mask marijuana use, some Long Island schools are banning the devices from their campuses. Thomas Kiklas, co-founder of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, said the industry agrees with restricting the sale of the product to minors, but ...

A New York state of mind
Foster's Daily Democrat - January 26, 2014

New York City recently banned the use of e-cigarettes indoors as yet another anti-tobacco measure (in the words of Reuters), even though vaping involves no ...

School districts banning e-cigarettes
Newsday - January 26, 2014

Long Island school districts are cracking down on electronic cigarettes, adding specific campus bans on the devices to their anti-tobacco policies.

NFTA looks to extinguish e-cigarettes
WBFO - January 25, 2014

The NFTA is taking steps to eliminate the use of e-cigarettes on its buses and trains.

SUNY Potsdam restricts tobacco use
WatertownDailyTimes.com - January 24, 2014

POTSDAM SUNY Potsdam began its long-announced tobacco-restricted campus this year, limiting all tobacco use to approved zones....

Co-ops Chill, Condos Don't
New York Times - January 24, 2014

Last year, smoking was banned at One Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, Richard Meiers shimmering glass tower overlooking Prospect Park, at the urging of Dennis Sughrue, the president of the condominium board. Secondhand smoke, firsthand smoke it was really wrecking some peoples lives, Mr. Sughrue said, especially because its impossible to seal off individual units. As a result of the change, he said, many residents have stopped smoking indoors, in part because we will impose significant fines upon them if they do.

Smoking ban debate to address both sides of proposition
SU The Daily Orange (subscription) - January 23, 2014

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, there are currently 67 college campuses in New York state with smoke-free policies. Fifty-five of ...

Anti-smoking advocates say NY underfunding preventive smoking ...
Legislative Gazette - January 22, 2014

"New York received an A for our smoke free air and an A for our cigarette tax, ... to the gap between spending for anti-smoking efforts and tobacco companies, ...

In 1908 NYC Women Were Prohibited From Smoking In Public
Gothamist - January 21, 2014

On January 21st, 1908 (that's 106 years ago today), the Sullivan Ordinance was passed in New York City, which made it illegal for women to smoke in public... because "Bowery moralist and political chieftan" Little Tim Sullivan thought it was gross, or something. At the time, he stated "he can get away with his ordinance even if it does infringe slightly upon woman's inherent and constitutional rights." Naturally, not a lot of women took this edict seriously, and two weeks later Mayor George McClellan vetoed it. Here's a little look back at its short run...

Brasher officials consider no-smoking policy for parks
WatertownDailyTimes.com - January 14, 2014

Mr. Todd suggested the commission consider implementing a smoke- and tobacco-free policy for its recreation facilities, Mr. Demo told town board members last ...

E-Cigarette Shops Open Even as City Cracks Down
New York Times - January 9, 2014

... the door at the Henley, urging customers to contact the New York City Council to oppose a bill limiting the use of e-cigs that was to be voted on the next week.

Expert weighs in on what to do about smelly neighbors
Real Estate Weekly - January 9, 2014

Bad odors can cause big problems in residential apartment buildings. From cigarette smoke to decaying food, many building owners and residents go the legal route when bad smells get too out of hand. One story of bad smells made headlines in July of last year, when The New York Post reported that Diane Wells, an heiress and resident of tony Central Park West building The El Dorado, was court-ordered to be more considerate of her neighbors, after complaints over cigarette smoke filling the hallways. Cigarette smoke is one of the biggest complaints Meltzer hears, as well as marijuana smoke and odors from hoarding situations which are usually caused by trash, food decaying and feces, whether human or animal. If its cigarette or marijuana smoke, its really a temporary fix, said Meltzer. Smoke travels in many different ways. It could go from a tenant smoking in an apartment cracks a window, so the smoke goes outside and can infiltrate in another tenants window through a vent or window.Another common method is using positive pressure, whereas if an owner is trying to clear a building from smoke, if it is a negative pressure building, an owner can create positive pressure using fans or ventilation to push the smoke out.Insulating outlets and switches and installing door sweeps works a little bit, but you really have to get to the root of the problem in order to get a more permanent fix, said Meltzer. ...

Smokers Rights Group Fights Ban at Hudson River Park
NY1 - January 9, 2014

A smokers rights group has filed a lawsuit against Hudson River Park, saying the smoking ban there is unconstitutional. The riverfront park voted to ban smoking in 2012, but Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment says only the State Legislature has the authority to do that.

Albion CSD moves to ban e-cigarettes
The Daily News Online - January 7, 2014

ALBION Manufacturers and distributors of electronic cigarettes have billed their product as a more healthy, less offensive option compared to tobacco products, but they are no more welcome at schools than chewing tobacco or old-fashioned cigarettes. The Albion Board of Education has moved to codify a prohibition on the use and distribution of e-cigarettes on school grounds.

In Defense of E-cigarettes
Somewhat Reasonable - Heartland Institute (blog) - January 6, 2014

He saved his worst ban for last. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloombergs nanny-state policies have left a trail of damage. His defeated soda ban, the ban on food donations to homeless shelters and other antics have cost New Yorkers money, jobs, food choices, and even their freedom to give charity. But a bill passed by the City Council in December, and signed by Bloomberg as one of his last official acts, could cost New Yorkers their lives. The citys wide-ranging anti-smoking law now forbids the use of relatively harmless vapor from e-cigarettes wherever cigarette smoking is banned, not only in bars and restaurants, but in parks and on beaches. For New Yorkers trying to keep their New Years resolution to quit smoking, the ban is a bust.

Cuomo to go around legislature, legalize medical pot himself
New York Business Journal - January 6, 2014

Governor Andrew Cuomo is reportedly about to shift state policy via executive order and loosen regulations of marijuana for medical use, reversing his previous position on the issue. According to a report by the New York Times, Cuomo will invoke the Antonio G. Olivieri Controlled Substance Therapeutic Research Program to bypass the state legislature and allow as many as 20 hospitals statewide to begin prescribing marijuana for certain diseases. The states Department of Health is expected to develop standards for those prescriptions, the Times said.

Mailbag: Yes, ban smoking in parks
Albany Democrat Herald - January 2, 2014

The editorial opposed a smoking ban in state parks and that suggests smoke in the open can be avoided by nonsmokers, simply by moving; that is not possible ...

In Defense of E-Cigarettes
Politix - January 2, 2014

He saved his worst ban for last. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's nanny-state policies have left a trail of damage. His defeated soda ban, the ban on food donations to homeless shelters and other antics have cost New Yorkers money, jobs, food choices, and even their freedom to give charity.

Outgoing NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Signs Indoor E-Cigarette Ban
RedOrbit - January 1, 2014

In one of his final acts as the mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg signed a law expanding the Big Apples ban on indoor smoking to include electronic cigarettes, various media outlets have reported.

SULLUM: Vaping gives politicians the vapors
Odessa American - December 31, 2013

A few weeks ago, as the New York City Councils health committee considered a ban on using electronic cigarettes in public, several fans of the battery-powered devices sat in the audience, demonstrating their operation. Im watching puffs of vapor go up in this room, said Councilman Peter Vallone. It is confusing.

Bloomberg signs his last 22 bills, including e-cigarette ban
CNN - December 30, 2013

Michael Bloomberg signed a bill Monday to regulate the use of electronic cigarettes -- one of 22 bills he signed at City Hall that are the last he will sign as mayor of New York City, according to Evelyn Erskine, his deputy press secretary.

EDITORIAL: 12 Years of Mayor Bloomberg
New York Times - December 29, 2013

He created a healthier city, where smokers are now taboo in many public and private spaces, where calorie counts are publicized and where trans fats are forbidden. ...

City Council votes Thursday to regulate electronic cigarettes
SILive.com - December 19, 2013

In its final legislation session of the year, the full City Council will vote Thursday afternoon to regulate electronic cigarettes by amending the Smoke-Free Air Act ...

City Council To Vote On Indoor E-Cigarettes Ban
CBS Local - December 19, 2013

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) The New York City Council is expected to vote Thursday on legislation to ban electronic cigarettes from indoor public spaces ...

College snuffs out fall 2014 smoke-free ban
The Register Star - December 17, 2013

College administrators quickly extinguished any notion for Columbia-Greene Community Colleges trustees at Mondays meeting that the campus might be tobacco-free by next fall, although they said the college can, and will, eventually quit.

Michael Bloomberg's Attack On E-Cigarettes Will Drive Ex-Smokers Back to the Real Thing
Forbes - December 17, 2013

There is no reason to question why soon-to-be-former Mayor Michael Bloomberg has once again sic'd his attack dog of a Health Commissioner, Tom Farley, on ...

Bloomberg's E-cig Ban Likely to do More Harm Than Good
Somewhat Reasonable - Heartland Institute (blog) - December 16, 2013

Mayor Bloombergs going out with one last ban. The City Council, with the administrations strong backing, is rushing through a law to treat the vapor from e-cigarettes like tobacco smoke under the citys Smoke-Free Air Act. The use of e-cigs, aka vaping, would be forbidden in indoor and outdoor locations wherever smoking is banned.

Public Smoking AND Quitting Smoking Now Both to be Outlawed in ...
National Center for Public Policy Research - December 16, 2013

New York, NY - This week, the New York City Council is expected to vote on a bill that would ban the use of e-cigarettes where cigarette smoking is banned.

Mayor chats with 'The View' hosts about his 12-year tenure
amNY - December 16, 2013

Whoopi Goldberg, who said she quit smoking during Bloomberg's tenure, ... He added he regretted that his plan to restrict the sale of large sugary drinks fizzled.

Pharmacies not the place for tobacco
Gloversville Leader-Herald - December 16, 2013

Two major cities on opposite coasts have the right idea - they are not selling tobacco in any of their pharmacies. San Francisco and Boston are the leading cities taking the step towards preventing disease and promoting healthier habits for their residents by not offering tobacco products in their pharmacies. Several other cities in Massachusetts are joining the effort as well.

NYSSA Urges All New Yorkers to Stand Up Against Councilman ...
Sacramento Bee - December 16, 2013

NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2013 -- /PRNewswire/ -- New Yorkers for Smarter Smoking Alternatives (NYSSA) was formed to educate the public on electronic cigarettes ...

Bloomberg trying to ban e-cigarettes is silly
New York Post - December 16, 2013

The key idea is that e-cigs somehow facilitate tobacco smoking but the best evidence suggests the reverse, that they're mainly useful for (and used by) people ...

E-cig industry fights New York City to avoid going up in smoke
Crain's New York Business - December 15, 2013

Four years later, Ms. Babaian is New York City's reigning maven of e-cigarettesbattery-powered devices used to heat up and inhale liquid nicotine.

E-cigs may deliver more toxins than smoke, researchers say
New York Post - December 14, 2013

E-cigarette users may be getting higher concentrations of toxins than regular smokers because they inhale deeper and more frequently when they puff, NYU researchers say. Although they are often touted as a safer alternative, e-cigs, introduced in the States in 2007, haven't been in use long enough to determine their health effects, ...

Are E-Cigarettes a Path to Quitting?
New York Times - December 13, 2013

The Case for Tolerating E-Cigarettes, by Amy L. Fairchild and James Colgrove (Op-Ed, Dec. 9), and Two Cheers for E-Cigarettes, by Joe Nocera (column, ...

SUNY Fredonia Campus Set To Go Tobacco-Free In January
Jamestown Post Journal - December 12, 2013

FREDONIA - Beginning Jan. 1, SUNY Fredonia will become an entirely tobacco-free campus, following a directive from State University of New York Chancellor ...

SUNY regroups after an anti-smoking law stalls
Capital New York - December 11, 2013

ALBANY-SUNY administrators hoping to implement a smoking ban next ... with the individual campuses to institute smoking bans--a more labor-intensive path ...

Gotham set to extinguish e-cigs
The Voice of Russia - December 10, 2013

NEW YORK (VOR) The debate over electronic cigarettes is heating up in New York City, where a law is being proposed to implement the same ban on ...

NYC's proposed e-cigarette ban: Bad for the gay community, bad for ...
Daily Caller - December 10, 2013

Last week, the New York City Council proposed a ban on vapor cigarettes (e-cigarettes) that would not only limit personal freedom, but ultimately have a ...

Why New York is boycotting the electronic cigarette
West - Welfare Society Territory - December 9, 2013

Electronic cigarettes don't help you to stop smoking. If anything, they could boost numbers of nicotine addicts, according to Tom Farley, a health commissioner ...

FAIRCHILD / COLGROVE: The Case for Tolerating E-Cigarettes
New York Times - December 9, 2013

DEBATE over e-cigarettes battery-powered cigarette look-alikes that heat liquid nicotine but emit a harmless vapor is raging. New York City and Chicago are considering adding e-cigarettes to their bans on smoking in bars, restaurants and parks, and Los Angeles is moving to restrict e-cigarette sales, even though e-cigarettes dont generate smoke and, while not proved to be entirely safe for users, are undoubtedly less hazardous than tobacco cigarettes. If e-cigarettes can reduce, even slightly, the blight of six million tobacco-related deaths a year, trying to force them out of sight is counterproductive.

AUDIO: The Public Health Argument for E-Cigarettes
WNYC Radio - December 9, 2013

Amy L. Fairchild, professor, and James Colgrove, associate professor, both of sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia, discuss their op-ed, "The Case for Tolerating E-Cigarettes," that ran in today's New York Times. ...

Michael Caldwell: Tobacco-free campuses are growing across the ...
Poughkeepsie Journal - December 8, 2013

Is there a difference between tobacco-free and smoke-free? Tobacco-free is a comprehensive term that means that no form of tobacco is allowed. Smoke-free ...

NOCERA: Two Cheers for E-Cigarettes
New York Times - December 7, 2013

Imagine a product a legal but lethal one that kills 400,000 Americans a year. Public health advocates have been trying for decades to persuade Americans not to use it. The industry has been sued and sued again, but it is still operating profitably. One out of every five Americans is addicted to the product. None of this is to say that electronic cigarettes should be free of regulation. But they should be regulated for what they are a pharmaceutical product that delivers nicotine, not a conduit for tobacco poison. Let them make health claims

Drug-use smokescreen: City Council's vote on e-cigarettes avoids reality
SILive.com - December 6, 2013

On its face, the New York City Councils refusal to add electronic cigarettes to the citys existing prohibition of smoking in public places is probably the right thing to do or not do, as it were. Inhaling nicotine is currently legal, so long as the practice doesnt put others at risk from its byproducts

The Nanny State Can Get You Killed
National Center for Public Policy Research - December 6, 2013

Washington, D.C. - On the same day that the Los Angeles City Council moved to regulate e-cigarettes, the National Center for Public Policy Research's Jeff Stier testified at a New York City Council Health Committee hearing on a similar measure being rushed through the New York City Council.

New York City council debates banning e-cigs
Science Recorder - December 6, 2013

E-cigarette users lit up in a city council meeting this week to protest the proposed ban on e-cigarettes which would equate them to standard cigarettes and ban ...

Tentative SUNY smoking ban calls for community enforcement
Lamron - December 5, 2013

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher recently proposed a policy that would make SUNY schools tobacco-free environments. This could prohibit use of all tobacco products on campus, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, pipes, hookahs and chewing tobacco. While this policy was originally expected to go into effect Jan. 1, 2014, it has been pushed back.

NYC Health Commissioner Says E-Cigarettes Must Be Banned ...
Reason (blog)-by Jacob Sullum - December 5, 2013

The scientifically vague part was the justification offered by supporters of a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in "public places" such as bars and restaurants ...

People Were Vaping Indoors at New York City's Hearing on Whether to Ban Vaping Indoors
Motherboard (blog) - December 5, 2013

Now that electronic cigarettes are the new hot thingit's a $3.7 billion industry and Manhattan's first boutique vape bar just opened in trendy SoHothe city's debating whether to extend its smoking ban to the cigarettes of the future.

NYC may douse e-cigarettes in public spaces
Here Is The City - December 5, 2013

The New York City Council turned its sights on electronic cigarettes during a public hearing Wednesday morning to discuss whether to ban them from ...

E-cig users out in force at City Council hearing
New York Post-by Amber Sutherland - December 5, 2013

Smokers opposed to a proposal to snuff electronic cigarettes from public places filled a City Council hearing room Wednesday and puffed away. With no law on ...

Richmond City votes to ban e-cigarettes in public spaces, impose $1,000 fines
KSWT-TV - December 4, 2013

The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bit.ly/1bI8JyN) the Richmond City Council voted Tuesday to adopt a new ordinance that would prohibit e-cigarettes.

SFATA Speaks Out On NYC Proposal To Ban E-Cigs In Public Places
Convenience Store Decisions - December 4, 2013

e-cig A hearing today by the New York City Council will debate a bill that would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in places traditional cigarettes are banned.

E-cigarettes Challenge to Indoor Smoking Ban
The Epoch Times - December 4, 2013

NEW YORKAbout 20 electronic cigarette users, some wearing nonsmoker badges, defiantly puffed on their e-cigarettes during a health committee hearing on the devices at City Hall Wednesday. The committee is considering a bill to extend the indoor smoking ban to these battery-powered, smokeless cigarettes.

NATO Urges NYC Body to Hold Off on E-Cig Amendment
Convenience Store/Petroleum (CSPNet) - December 4, 2013

NATO explained to committee members that electronic cigarettes do not emit secondhand smoke because no tobacco is burned when an electronic cigarette is used. Rather, electronic cigarettes users exhale a vapor and a study conducted by ...

City to hear both sides in e-cigarette regulation bill Wednesday
amNew York - December 3, 2013

The City Council's health committee is set to hold a hearing Wednesday on legislation that would regulate e-cigs the same way as the city does other tobacco products, banning them from use in parks, restaurants and bars.

City Council To Consider E-Cigarette Ban
CBS Local - December 4, 2013

Supporters of the ban claim the E-cigarettes encourage young people to smoke and become addicted to nicotine, which could lead to switching to real cigarettes ...

Owner of e-cigarette bar: We're going to fight city's proposed ban
New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV - December 4, 2013

Wednesday, the City Council is holding a hearing to discuss a bill that would partially ban electronic cigarettes. Dan Mannarino went to Henley Vaporium, the ...

At de Blasio’s City Hall, Expect an Outsize Role for His Wife
New York Times - December 4, 2013

And she urged Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, to support politically fraught measures like the ban on smoking in restaurants, persuading him to look past his fears of a backlash.

Blair Horner: Regulating E-Cigarettes
WAMC - December 2, 2013

Last week, legislation was introduced in New York City to regulate the use of electronic cigarettes. For those who don't smoke, here's some background. But the problem is one that must be addressed nationally. Since there are no product safety standards, it is critical that the FDA act. The FDA must develop and implement regulations extending its authority to cover e-cigarettes and then develop and implement a regulatory scheme for e-cigarettes.

New York City Bill to Include E-Cigarettes in Clean Indoor Air Law ...
PR Newswire (press release ) November 27, 2013

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids strongly supports legislation introduced in the New York City Council to include electronic cigarettes in the city's clean ...

Dromm Joins Partnership On Smoke-Free Housing
Western Queens Gazette - November 27, 2013

The forum focused on both the health and financial benefits of living in a tobacco-free environment. Smoking and secondhand smoke can worsen conditions like ...

Hornell Common Council approves school bus stop smoking ban
Hornell Evening Tribune - November 21, 2013

The Hornell Common Council on Monday approved 9th Ward Alderman John Buckley's proposed smoking ban at school bus stops. The ban prohibits smoking ...

NY Post Discovers People Using Marijuana Vaporizers In Movie Theaters, Parks, Subways
Gothamist - November 14, 2013

Unless you're the NY Post, the existence of expensive high-end marijuana vaporizers and e-weed contraptions is not exactly a new thing. People have been using e-cigs to get high as long as e-cigs have existed, and items like the Volcano Vaporizer have been around for almost a decade. But if you are the NY Post, then you better sit down for this one: well-off yuppies like to smoke marijuana too. And they like to do so in public!

Possible Ban on Flavored Cigarettes Concerns E-Cigarette Manufacturers
The Inquisitr - November 14, 2013

New York Mayor Michael Bloombergs proposed ban on flavored cigarettes in retail stores has attracted attention from e-cigarette manufacturers across the country. The proposal, which would restrict the sale of all cigarette flavors except menthol and tobacco in almost every location in New York City, would have a direct impact on e-cigarettes.

Insidious tobacco ads try to lure kids
SILive.com - November 13, 2013

How magnificent. New York passes the law to raise the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. However, the problem still stands on display. I believe that advertisements and display products should be eliminated.

City of Canandaigua passes smoking ban
Daily Messenger November 13, 2013

After 19 months of discussion, the city of Canandaigua has passed a tobacco ban for certain areas in the city. The ordinance prohibits smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes or any other form of tobacco in, on, or within 100 feet of any playground in city parks, along with the Kershaw Park swim beach area.

Potsdam electronic cigarette store opening
North Country Now - November 9, 2013

An electronic cigarette store is opening on Main Street. The store is called Gourmet Vapor, and owner Eric Kreizman said expected to open the store at 2 Main St., near Market Street, this week

County okays smoking bans
The Island Now - November 7, 2013

The Nassau County Planning Commission recommended leaving two village anti-smoking measures in Great Neck in the hands of local municipalities at its Thursday meeting, clearing the path for the Village of Great Neck and the Village of Great Neck Plaza to prohibit new businesses that profit from on-site smoking. The move allows the villages boards to move forward with a simple majority vote on eight-month moratoriums on new smoking businesses, introduced following controversy over the permitting of a planned hookah lounge in the Village of Great Neck.

In wake of NYC bill, views split on tobacco age
USA TODAY - November 7, 2013

Student and expert reactions are mixed after the approval of a bill that raised the tobacco-buying age to 21 in New York City last week.

Local nursing home bans all forms of smoking
YNN - November 7, 2013

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- A new ban at Willow Point Nursing Home stops visitors and employees from smoking in the facility. Residents have not been able to smoke on campus for awhile now. The recent ban at Willow Point comes after a New York State Law passed in August that prohibits smoking on and around the properties of all hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. Employees have not been able to smoke since the end of October. Employees are no longer allowed to smoke within 15 feet of the most external border of the building.

New York Mayor's Withdrawal of Display Ban a Win for Electronic ...
Washington Times - November 6, 2013

So the recent withdrawal of Bloomberg's proposal to ban in-store cigarette displays was a win for manufacturers of tobacco and electronic cigarettes around the ...

New York to Ban Smoking in Parks? How About the Seneca ...
Niagarafallsreporter.com - November 5, 2013

On the one hand, it tried and failed to ban cigarette smoking in state parks, ... New York banned smoking in bars, restaurants and other indoor facilities in 2003.

Smoking bans pose constitutional questions
The Daily Cougar - November 5, 2013

Smoking bans pose constitutional questions ... Whether to take on the long, drawn-out battle entailed by a display ban, she added, will be up to his successor.

New York City Council Raises Legal Age to 21 for Tobacco Buyers
Businessweek - October 31, 2013

New York's City Council voted to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21 from 18, to keep young people from smoking.

Nanny state NYC OKs ban on tobacco sales to minors
CNBC.com - October 31, 2013

Young New Yorkers who want to light up will soon have to wait for their 21st birthdays before they can buy a pack of smokes after lawmakers in the nation's most populous city voted overwhelmingly to raise the tobacco-purchasing age from 18 to 21.

NYC's tobacco age raised to 21 but still 18 for weed bongs
New York Post - October 31, 2013

The anti-smoking legislation part of Mayor Bloomberg's war on Big Tobacco is supposed to keep kids from getting hooked on the cancer-causing habit.

New York to Raise Age Limit of Cigarette Use to 21 'to save more lives'
Headlines & Global News - October 31, 2013

The decision was made to save more lives and is applicable on both traditional and electronic cigarettes. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is surely very glad of ...

New York OKs Raising Age For Tobacco Purchases To 21
NPR (blog) - October 30, 2013

In pushing the bill, city officials said that the younger people begin smoking, the more likely they were to become addicted. And they pointed out that while the ...

Editorial: Age 21 to buy cigarettes? What're they smoking?
amNY - October 30, 2013

The City Council is blowing smoke if it thinks raising the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21 will stop younger people from lighting up. It won't, any more than laws against marijuana keep kids away from weed. What the measure might do is make the city's black market for cigarettes even more robust. ... The black-market buyers want to dodge the nation's highest tobacco taxes ... Imagine a cigarette vendor trying to tell soldiers just off the plane from ...

New York City Council Takes Bold Action to Further Reduce Smoking
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) October 30, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC Today New York City has once again taken historic action to further reduce tobacco use, the number one cause of preventable death. We commend the New York City Council for approving bills that establish a minimum price for cigarettes and little cigars, stop tobacco industry discounting schemes and prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. These bold steps will dramatically reduce youth tobacco use and serve as models for the rest of the United States and the world.

The 30-Minute Interview: Jeffrey I. Brodsky
New York Times - October 30, 2013

Q. Was it your idea to institute a smoking ban in all your rentals? A. I’d like to say that it was an organizational commitment. We needed somebody to push it and I think I was definitely a person who’s tried to do that. We initiated it actually in 2009...

NY smoking ban expands to outside hospitals, nursing homes
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin - October 30, 2013

The state's smoking ban was bolstered Tuesday when a new law made it illegal to smoke on the grounds of hospital and nursing homes. Although many hospitals already have outside "smoke-free" areas, the new law will make it illegal to smoke on the property...

Law banning smoking on hospital grounds goes into effect
Mid-Hudson News - October 30, 2013

ALBANY – A law that prohibits smoking outdoors on the grounds of hospitals and residential health care facilities, including within 15 feet of a building entrance ...

Hornell Law and Ordinance Committee OKs school bus stop ...
Hornell Evening Tribune - October 29, 2013

The city's Law and Ordinance Committee on Monday approved the ban, which would prohibit smoking at school bus stops within a 30-foot radius during the ...

NYC Council Measure Raising Cigarette Purchase Age To 21 Now Includes E-Cigs
New York Daily News - October 30, 2013

E-cigarette advocates flocked to protest the change -- including some who puffed smokeless butts while the meeting was in session. "I used to smoke almost a pack a day. They helped me quit," said Ilona Orshansky, 29, who owns the Vapor Lounge New York i

NYC's new cigarette regulations likely to include electronic cigarettes
New York Business Journal - October 30, 2013

An employee displays a model electronic cigarette at the ProVape Inc. facility in ... since they generally do not contain tobacco, instead delivering nicotine to the ...

WCCH bans smoking
The Daily News - October 30, 2013

Lighting up will soon be a thing of the past at Wyoming County Community Hospital. Smoking will be banned on any of the WCCH grounds, or inside its buildings. All employees, patients and visitors are included. The new rule becomes effective Friday in accordance with state law. Outdoor designated smoking areas will be removed as part of the change. ...

Editorial: Empower NY parks in smoking fight
Poughkeepsie Journal - October 30, 2013

In 2003, New York was one of the first states to broadly ban smoking in the ... Now a majority of states have such comprehensive smoking bans in place.

Tobacco Display Ban Up In Smoke As NYC Anti-Cig Bills Pass
Law360 (subscription ) - October 29, 2013

Law360, New York (October 29, 2013, 6:36 PM ET) -- The New York City Council's health committee on Tuesday approved two anti-smoking bills — one ...

Willow Point goes smoke and tobacco free
WBNG-TV - October 30, 2013

Willow Point goes smoke and tobacco free ... Broome County recently announced that Willow Point Nursing Home will now be smoke free and tobacco free.

Smoking banned at healthcare facilities starting Nov. 1
Utica Observer Dispatch - October 28, 2013

Starting Nov. 1, staff and visitors wont be able to smoke in hospitals and residential health care facilities in New York or on their grounds. Officials at the three Oneida County hospitals stressed their support of the new state ban on Monday.

Levittown Schools to Ban Electronic Cigarettes
Patch.com - October 28, 2013

The Levittown School District's ban on cigarettes on school grounds will soon include electronic cigarettes. Superintendent Dr. James Grossane said at ...

City Drops Bid to Ban Display of Cigarettes
New York Times - October 27, 2013

A highly contested bill to require stores to keep cigarettes out of sight has been quietly dropped from a package of anti-tobacco measures that would make New York the first city to raise the legal smoking age to 21. Administration officials cited an unresolved debate over electronic cigarettes as a reason for scrapping the display ban.

CUNY School of Public Health Launches NYC Health Survey
The Jewish Voice - October 25, 2013

The New York City Health Department and the CUNY School of Public Health recently announced that they are conducting the second New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NYC HANES). ... NYC HANES helps us get a better look at how New Yorkers are doing and determine ways we can improve the citys health, said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. For example, ten years ago, blood tests in NYC HANES showed that New Yorkers were breathing in more second-hand smoke than elsewhere in the country. In part because of these results, the Citys parks, beaches and hospital entrances are now smoke-free. An updated NYC HANES will allow us to gain critical insights about overall health in New York City and will directly set directions for public health for the next decade.

FARLEY/MOHANDES: Staten Islanders can take part in health survey
Staten Island (NY) Advance - October 22, 2013

Almost 10 years ago, nearly 100 Staten Islanders participated in a health survey that led to some important changes in New York City, including the fact that Franklin D. Roosevelt boardwalk and beach became smoke-free. The citywide survey found that New Y

Smoking banned on grounds of New York general hospitals and ...
HR.BLR.com - October 22, 2013

However, residential facilities may establish designated outdoor smoking areas for patients and their guests not closer than 30 feet from air intake or exhaust ...

Through the fog
The Stylus - October 22, 2013

The College at Brockport has attempted to enforce a campus nonsmoking policy, but it seems to have failed. This is not only annoying for nonsmokers, but ...

Smoking banned for Nursing Home staff
Plattsburgh Press-Republican - October 20, 2013

Franklin County Nursing Home employees will not be allowed to smoke on facility grounds after Oct. 29 unless state health officials say otherwise. A new state law that takes effect in less than two weeks bans smoking on the grounds of general hospitals ...

Outdoor smoking ban bylaw approved
Niagarathisweek.com - October 17, 2013

A ban on smoking in playgrounds, parks, baseball diamonds, soccer pitches, public pools and splash pads in Niagara has been approved by regional politicians ...

Vaping Is the Fanboy-Charged Future of Cigarettes and Weed
Motherboard (blog) - October 16, 2013

How do you know when a trend is officially in vogue? When it scores 1,700-square feet of real estate in SoHo. New York City's first e-cigarette bar, The Henley ...

No outdoor smoking at VGN hookah bar - The Island Now: News
theislandnow.com - October 17, 2013

“They voluntarily wish to modify the terms of their conditional-use permit eliminating all ... and a requirement that the substance smoked be a tobacco-free fruit blend. ... pipes and e-cigarettes, that Celender said could pose public health risks.

Smoking rules should be more strictly enforced
Binghamton University Pipe Dream - October 15, 2013

But let's be real: For us nonsmokers, it's just a huge inconvenience. Although I'm not completely in favor of a full campus-wide smoking ban, something has to be ...

Electronic Cigarettes Bar in New York an Instant Success Reviews ...
SBWire (press release) - October 15, 2013

Manhattan bar opens door for electronic cigarettes users as New York gets its first bar solely dedicated to e cigarettes with reviews from users suggesting that it ...

Statewide law prohibiting smoking at playgrounds takes effect
CNY Central (Syracuse, NY) - October 14, 2013

The next time you take your kids to the park, you will not have to worry about smoke filling the air where they are playing. A new statewide law prohibiting smoking at playgrounds between took effect last week. It applies at all parks between sunrise an

Joshpe Law Group Wins Victory Against NYS Parks Department Over Smoking Ban
Law Firm Newswire - October 14, 2013

Joshpe Law Group LLP, a Manhattan-based law firm, filed the Article 78 proceeding on behalf of C.L.A.S.H., a smokers’ rights organization founded and run by Audrey Silk. The suit argued that any statewide curtailment on smoking rights could only be passé

Video: Smoking out the truth about e-cigarettes
New York Journal News - October 13, 2013

State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, D-Ossining, drafted legislation in September to treat e-cigarettes the same as tobacco cigarettes. The bill would prevent the use of the electronic version in public spaces. "From my perspective, it's very confusing to b

City to hold hearing on banning smoking in parts of the Common
Foster's Daily Democrat - October 13, 2013

ROCHESTER — The City Council on Tuesday will hold a public hearing regarding whether to prohibit smoking in some areas of the Rochester Common.

Judge overturns smoking ban in state parks
Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle - October 12, 2013

The city of Rochester has been looking to go further than the state regulation and prohibit people from lighting up at any time in city-maintained parks, ball fields or along trails. The city proposal, which officials had said would be sent to City Counc

NY parks are ordered to halt outdoor smoking ban ($$)
PallTimes.com (subscription) - October 11, 2013

New York state parks officials must stop enforcing their recent ban on outdoor smoking, a state judge ordered, agreeing with a smokers' rights group that the state exceeded its authority.

Judge snuffs out smoking ban for parks
WNYT - October 11, 2013

A New York State judge is ordering state parks officials to stop enforcing a recent ban on outdoor smoking.

Judge strikes down smoking ban in New York state parks
Business Standard - October 11, 2013

A US judge has ordered an end to a smoking ban imposed in public parks and beaches across New York state last February. A New York-based group, Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harrassment (C.L.A.S.H), had challenged the ban, on the grounds that parks had exceeded their authority. New York State Supreme Court Justice George Ceresia ruled in their favour, declaring that the state parks agency had "extended their reach beyond interstitial rulemaking and into the realm of legislating."

New York State Parks' Outdoor Smoking Ban Blocked by Judge (1)
Businessweek - October 11, 2013

New Yorks ban on outdoor smoking in state parks was blocked by a judge after a smokers-rights group argued that the Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation exceeded its authority.

Old Village Seeks New Smoking Ban
Great Neck Record - October 11, 2013

The Village of Great Neck will introduce a proposed new law on Oct. 15, one that will call for a six-month moratorium to allow the village time to consider banning a permit for any new business that will permit smoking of any kind on the premises. The plan for a moratorium follows this past summers controversy following the permit given for a hookah lounge to open in the historic wedding cake building on Middle Neck Road. Village code, written many years ago, permitted, subject to certain conditions, a business such as a hookah lounge, where non-tobacco products are allowed to be smoked. It fell within the definition of a restaurant.

Press Release: CLASH wins lawsuit against smoking ban
Rockland County Times - October 11, 2013

NYS PARKS DEPT'S OUTDOOR SMOKING BAN STRUCK DOWN IN COURT. ... bans smoking within state parks, including beaches, playgrounds and pools.

The Vapologist will see you now: Inside New York's first e-cigarette bar
The Week Magazine - October 11, 2013

Electronic cigarettes are most commonly used as a substitute for the real thing, a tool for smokers to wean themselves off the traditional variety while still getting ...

Editorial: Casinos' dubious promise
Albany Times Union - October 9, 2013

State officials are promising more school and local aid and other benefits if New Yorkers allow casinos Because notwithstanding their assurance that more money will go to problem gambling, there is nothing to stop them from cutting back on funding for such programs, just as the state has shortchanged anti-smoking efforts while it rakes in millions in tobacco settlement money.

The Bar That Could Actually Make E-Cigs Cool
NYU Local - October 9, 2013

I knew two things about e-cigarettes before today: (1) that the kid perched on the Washington Square Park fountain wearing a Class of 2017 shirt smoking one looked stupid and (2) that they emit this eerie blue light and that some critics, according to a vague Google search, call them dick-shaped cyborgs. Nevertheless, I decided to check out The Henley Vaporium, a coffee-juice-vapor lounge in Soho that officially opens Friday and will be the first location in New York that caters to electronic cigarette users. The shop, although still unfurnished, has this cool, earthy vibe to it and would definitely be the the type of place I would visit with friends if I had friends. I digress.

In Unlikely Turn, Bloomberg Convenes the Mayoral Rivals
New York Times - October 9, 2013

He played up Mr. de Blasios roots in suburban Massachusetts, where Mr. Bloomberg grew up, and zeroed in on policies, like the smoking ban, on which the two have agreed. ...

Coalition Forms to Oppose New York Electronic Cigarette Bill
Long Island Exchange - October 9, 2013

New York City retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and members of the public today formed New Yorkers for Smarter Smoking Alternatives (NYSSA) to combat legislation seeking to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in certain indoor areas throughout the state. The bill introduced to the Assembly on Friday will categorize electronic cigarettes as smoking devices, restricting their use anywhere smoking is prohibited.

Student health fee increases to aid smoking cessation
Stony Brook Statesman - October 3, 2013

As the legislation that aimed to ban tobacco on New York State campuses by Jan. 1, 2014 was put on hold, the $1.50 increase fee per semester for the Student Health Services will still cover nicotine cessation products, counseling and workshops for student smokers in addition to other programs, according to Program Evaluator for the Center for Prevention and Outreach Ahmed Belazi.

VGN mulls ban on smoking businesses
The Island Now October 3, 2013

The controversy surrounding a recently approved hookah lounge in the Village of Great Neck is spurring legislative action by the villages board, which introduced a possible moratorium on businesses that profit from on-site smoking at Tuesday nights meeting.

New Legislation Would Re-Classify eCigs
FOX 40 News WICZ TV - October 3, 2013

New legislation in the State Assembly would re-classify e-cigarettes and put them in the same category as conventional cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, a Democrat from Ossining, has proposed the bill which would prevent e-cigarettes from being used in public places where ...

Putnam Legislators Nix Tobacco Ban
Hudson Valley Reporter - October 2, 2013

MAHOPAC, NY- Legislators voted 7-2 Wednesday night to snuff out a controversial ban on tobacco sales in county pharmacies. Legislators Sam Oliverio Jr. and Barbara Scuccimarra were the sole supporters of the ban, which would have prohibited the sale of tobacco products in any pharmacy or store which contains one. Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Alan Beals drafted the legislation, arguing that places of wellness and healing should not sell products which kill so many of their users. Pharmacies traditionally have been trusted points of care and wellness, Beals said when the ... When used as directed, cigarettes kill half of their users. ... to ban the sale of those products from any retail establishment that has a pharmacy. ...

Student says university officials should ban tobacco on campus due ...
SU The Daily Orange (subscription) - October 1, 2013

On Sept. 30, The Daily Orange Editorial Board published its opinion on the prospect of a campus-wide ban on tobacco use: there should not be one. Allow me to open up the other side of the argument The rights of smokers do not overpower the rights of non-smokers and vice versa. But the status quo is a complete domination of a minority over a majority. The university cannot stand by and let the rights of non-smokers be trampled on, let their health be negatively impacted and let its grounds be an example of a backward model.

POLLOCK: It’s time: Snuff out public smoking
New York Daily News - September 29, 2013

Allow cigarettes in private places, restaurants included -- just not in common space / As I left last Sunday’s Jets game, choking on a supersized cloud of cigarette smoke created by thousands of desperate addicts, a long festering op-ed idea returned to ...

SU officials should not ban tobacco on campus, despite results of ...
SU The Daily Orange (subscription) - September 30, 2013

Another factor in the decision to ban tobacco is the interaction between tobacco users and non-users and the potential for second-hand smoke. Still, this does ...

Putnam Votes On Pharmacy Tobacco Ban This Week
Hudson Valley Reporter - September 29, 2013

He said similar bans are becoming more and more common, and it would be an ... "When used as directed, cigarettes kill half of their users. It seems to me it's important to ban the sale of those products from any retail ... Sixty-two percent of the residents we polled are in favor of banning the sale of tobacco in pharmacies."...

Galef Introduces Bill to Restrict E-Cigarette Use
Hudson Valley Reporter - September 29, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. – Assemblywoman Sandy Galef has introduced legislation that would classify electronic or e-cigarettes in the same category as tobacco ...

SU forms task force to investigate having smoke-free campus
Daily Orange - September 26, 2013

The university's Campus Sustainability Committee has created a task force to explore the option of making the school a tobacco-free campus ... There are about 1,182 smoke-free campuses in the United States, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, a national lobbying organization for nonsmokers.

LETTER: Despite ongoing controversy, e-cigarette serves as part of young adulthood
Daily Orange (Syracuse University) - September 26, 2013

For these “health” organizations like the FDA, it was never too early to get a jump on that inevitable nanny legislation. They’re already setting out plans for marketing and product restrictions for the e-cig in the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, no defi

Apartment complex will be smoke-free
Queens Chronicle - September 26, 2013

The Rev. Richard McEachern, pastor of the Macedonia AME Church in Flushing, discusses making the church's affordable housing project into a smoke-free ...

Auburn Citizen - September 25, 2013

AUBURN | When it comes to tobacco, the Cayuga County Legislature shares a ... limit his peers' exposure to tobacco products and pro-tobacco advertising.

Bloomberg's legacy should be protected
Financial Times - September 23, 2013

His ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and parks will deliver an improvement in ... similar bans are doing in countries that have also imposed such restrictions.

City Pushes for Smoke-Free Residential
Commercial Observer - September 23, 2013

The Partnership for a Healthier NYC is hoping that the city's residential owners will follow Related Companies' lead set earlier this year and ban smoking in their ...

Smoking ban on city of Canandaigua's October agenda
Canandaigua (NY) Daily Messenger Post - September 22, 2013

A law that would ban tobacco use within 100 feet of public playgrounds in the city of Canandaigua will be introduced during the Oct. 3 City Council meeting. The ordinance is the result of more than 17 months worth of discussion on a potential smoking

Catholic Charities office in Fulton goes smoke free
Valley News (blog) - September 21, 2013

Using the resources of the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County, Catholic Charities has gone tobacco free both inside and outside of its building.

DRUGSTORE CIGARETTES: Putnam Moves Closer to Ban ($$)
The Putnam County Courier (subscription) - September 20, 2013

Cigarette smokers may soon find themselves without having the opportunity to buy cigarettes at their neighborhood drug store in Putnam County. The Legislatures Health and Education Committee last week moved a step closer to banning the sale of cigarettes at local pharmacies by forwarding the measure to the full legislature for approval next month.

City officials consider smoking ban
News 10NBC - September 20, 2013

How would you like your favorite park to be smoke-free? City officials want to make that happen. News10NBC has learned about a proposal to ban smoking in ...

E-cigs catch on citywide and face a big backlash
New York Post - September 19, 2013

Its the middle of New York Fashion Week and the stylish crowd of celebs, designers and wannabes are filing into the front row. As the models sashay down the runway, a puff of what looks like white smoke rises from the crowd, but no one seems to mind. Its not a carcinogen cloud, but vapor from Njoy, an electronic-cigarette brand that looks just like the real thing. The e-cigs were a popular freebie at this months style summit, with fashionistas stuffing packs of the reusable, smokeless products into their Fendi bags, allowing them to get their nicotine fix anywhere, smoking bans be damned.

Erie Housing Authority Weighing Implementation of Tobacco Free ...
YourErie - September 16, 2013

According to a survey taken by residents in Erie County public housing, 69 percent of residents say they don't smoke, 55 percent say they aren't in favor of prohibiting smoking in outside open areas and 52 percent say they aren't in favor of prohibiting smoking inside apartments or housing. The executive director of the Erie Housing Authority says residents aren't able to smoke in community areas. He says they will compare this years survey with last years to determine whether or not they will implement a tobacco free rules.

Top New York chefs want to ban 'tacky and intrusive' e-cigarettes ...
Daily Mail - September 16, 2013

As electronic cigarettes become more and more widely used, restaurant owners and chefs are having to take a definitive stance on the use of them in their own establishments. While some fine dining eateries allow the glowing cylinders, others have banned them for various reasons, like the notion that they bother other patrons, their likeness to actual cigarettes, and even simply because they appear tacky.

Regulate sales of electronic cigarettes to protect minors
Albany Times Union - September 16, 2013

A national survey found that the percentage of high school students who had ever smoked e-cigarettes jumped to 10 percent in 2012 from 4.7 percent in 2011; ...

Smoking ban back on Canandaigua Ordinance Committee agenda
MPNnow.com - September 16, 2013

After several citizens appeared at the September City Council meeting to voice support of a law that would ban tobacco use in city of Canandaigua parks, the ...

Kingston kicks butts: Smoking no longer allowed under Pike Plan canopies
Kingston Daily Freeman - September 15, 2013

... Gallo put into effect a law banning smoking beneath the Uptown Kingston sidewalk ... When the Common Council adopted the ban, Alderman Robert Senor, who chairs ... Kingston also has banned smoking in city-owned vehicles, including police cars. Violators of any of the city's smoking bans can be fined up to $100.

Lieberman, L.; Diffley, U.; King, S.; Chanler, S.; Ferrara, M.; Alleyne, O.; Facelle, J., "Local tobacco control: application of the essential public health services model in a county health department's efforts to Put It Out Rockland," American Journal of Public Health [Epub ahead of print], September 12, 2013.

In 2000, Rockland County, a small suburban county north of New York City, dedicated $1 million of its Master Settlement Agreement funds to a comprehensive tobacco control program, Put It Out Rockland. Developed and implemented by the county health department, this program used an essential public health services model and an ongoing financial investment, within the context of strong statewide tobacco control efforts, to lower adult smoking rates to 9.7% and to reduce both smoking among youths and exposure to secondhand smoke over the ensuing decade. By combining state funds and local dollars for a total of $6.75 cost per capita, this comprehensive effort yielded 11 000 fewer smokers and translated to a potential savings of more than $24 million for the county.

Clearette Electronic Cigarettes Announce New Expansion in Staten ...
SBWire (press release) - September 11, 2013

With Clearette E-Cigs expansion into Staten Island, we hope to see the number of smokers decrease and have them switch to Clearette Electronic Cigarettes ...

Putnam Moves Closer To Banning Tobacco In Pharmacies
Hudson Valley Reporter - September 11, 2013

Several legislators argued that banning cigarette sales in pharmacies and ... are separate issues, and the ban may not have the impact legislators hoped it ... “When we banned smoking in the workplace in the 1990s, we were one of ... 62% of the residents we polled are in favor of banning the sale of tobacco in pharmacies.

Quit Challenge Backs Tobacco-Free Pledge
SUNY Cortland News - September 10, 2013

Healthy lungs, fresh breath and freedom from an expensive addiction might not be incentive enough for some members of the SUNY Cortland community to quit ...

Oswego State moves smokers 5 more feet toward smoke-free
Oswegonian - September 6, 2013

Oswego State will be a smoke-free campus by 2014, a change many students welcome, though the details of the policy remain questionable. On April 19, the Oswego State websites campus news section featured a post on the new policy, indicating that starting in fall 2013, the smoking perimeter from the building entrance has been moved to 25 feet, from 20 feet in 2012. By 2014 the whole campus should be a smoke-free area. The policy follows the SUNY Board of Trustees approval of a comprehensive tobacco-free policy on all 64 SUNY campuses by Jan. 1, 2014 and Chancellor Nancy L. Zimphers task force for a tobacco-free SUNY.

Stony Brook University Axes Tobacco-Free Initiative For Now
Patch.com - September 5, 2013

Stony Brook University officials have scrapped plans to ban the use of all tobacco products on its properties beginning in 2014 at least until the state legislature takes action on a formal ban, according to a report published this week by campus newspaper The Statesman. The ban was set to bring SBU into compliance with state legislation that would have outlawed the use of tobacco products on all SUNY campuses legislation that failed to pass during the state legislature's most recent session according to The Statesman. While the university announced plans last year to go tobacco-free in 2014, it will not move forward with it at this time.

Get tobacco out of our pharmacies
The Journal News | LoHud.com - September 2, 2013

Re Pharmacy tobacco ban studied; Putnam legislators look to decrease smoking rates, July 21 article: Recent comments comparing me to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a busy body and a nanny are ridiculous. I am a doctor. For more than 30 years I have guided and advised my patients to live healthier, more productive lives. Today my responsibility extends to all the residents of Putnam County.

The Mayoral Candidates on Public Health
New York Times - September 1, 2013

Some of Mayor Michael R. Bloombergs health policies banning smoking in most public places, posting calorie counts in chain restaurants have become so entrenched, even popular, that it is hard to imagine they would be rolled back by his successors.

New York considers raising smoking age to 21
HLN-TV (CNN) - August 27, 2013

Soon, you could have to be at least 21 to buy cigarettes in the nation's largest city. New York is considering raising the legal age to buy tobacco from 18.

City urged to ban smoking in parks
Gloversville Leader-Herald - August 23, 2013

JOHNSTOWN - A non-profit organization has approached the Common Council about making the city's parks "smoke free." Sue Arminio, coordinator of Amsterdam-based Project Action, addressed the council on Monday night at City Hall. She said city parks should be smoke free.

Photo: Smoke-free play
The Daily News Online - August 23, 2013

The Village of Perry is a step ahead of New York state when it comes to keeping public space smoke-free. The Village Board voted unanimously on July 1 to ...

Louisville goes smoke free at its parks and playgrounds
WatertownDailyTimes.com - August 23, 2013

LOUISVILLE The Town Council voted to adopt a smoke-free policy at its parks and recreational facilities. One selling point for the policy was simply that the ...

Auburn to Become a Smoke-Free Campus
University Herald - August 22, 2013

Efforts to introduce a smoke-free place have been underway since 2010. "On Aug. 21, the smoking prohibition will be expanded to cover all university grounds, ...

Letter: Clean Air, Clean Hearts
Farmingdale Observer - August 15, 2013

It has been 10 years since you have been asked smoking or non? in New ... Experts estimate secondhand smoke causes up 128,900 heart attacks annually.

Staten Islanders voice opinions on mayoral candidate John Liu's ...
SILive.com - August 15, 2013

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- It's no pipe dream: New York would get a $431 million budget buzz were marijuana legalized for adults and taxed in the five boroughs, Comptroller John Liu said Wednesday.

Proposed Bill Could Be the End of E-Cigarettes
The Epoch Times - August 14, 2013

NEW YORKElectronic cigarettes might soon be subject to heavy regulation, if certain proposals by the NYC Health Committee get passed. Though they do not ...

How dangerous are e-cigarettes, if at all?
Queens Chronicle - August 14, 2013

There is no regulation in the City that prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) by patrons in food service establishments or individuals in other ...

Tobacco-free advocates to table at shopping center carnival
Utica Observer Dispatch - August 14, 2013

Reality Check in Madison, Oneida and Herkimer Counties, a branch of the national organization against deceptive marketing of tobacco products, will be touting ...

DELUCA: Smoking ban burns bars
Niagara Gazette - August 14, 2013

I walked into Judi's Lounge the other day and felt just like I had entered into an episode of that old TV show "Cheers." It was a late August afternoon in the Military ...

Health Dep't Issues Smoking Regulations Reminder
Madison County Courier - August 17, 2013

Electronic cigarettes (often known as e-cigarettes) are battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale a vaporized liquid nicotine mixture instead of tobacco ...

NYC Mayor Proposes to Extend Display, Coupon, Flavored Tobacco Bans to E-Cigarettes
CSPnet.com - August 14, 2013

In March of this year, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his support for two local tobacco ordinances that would ban tobacco displays in retail stores located in the city, restrict coupon redemption and multi-package pricing and ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, except in specialty tobacco bars. *Include electronic cigarettes in the definition of tobacco products. *Ban displays of electronic cigarettes from the public view except when an electronic cigarette ...

New York City Comptroller Says To Tax And Regulate Marijuana
THE Weed Blog (blog) - August 14, 2013

New York City Comptroller John Liu announced the release of a report calling for a system to tax and regulate marijuana for adult recreational use.

Hookah Lounge Approval Draws Ire
Great Neck Record - August 14, 2013

The concerns are twofold: First, the health consequences of outdoor smoking, the ... In hindsight, we would have perhaps set more restrictions if neighbors had ...

Restaurants Close, Can't Compete With Tax-Free Nation
Niagarafallsreporter.com - August 14, 2013

There are fewer restaurants now than before the casino. Backbreaking taxes, a smoking ban, and restaurants in the tax-exempt Seneca Niagara Casino ...

Hooked On Peach Schnapps E-Cigarettes? Enjoy it While it Lasts
Wall Street Journal - August 13, 2013

The bills before the council would also raise the legal age to buy cigarettes to 21, and restrict the amount of advertising, while also cracking down on illegal smuggling of cigarettes from lower tax states into New York, where packs can cost around $15. This is all coming from the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a prominent crusader against unhealthy choices ranging from transfatty baked goods to unacceptably salty food and improperly large sodas.

E-Cigarettes A Growing Choice For Mount Vernon Smokers
The Daily Voice - August 12, 2013

The Center for Disease Control reported earlier this year the number of American adults who use electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes, rose from 10 ...

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg takes aim at e-cigarettes
7Online.com - August 12, 2013

... cigarettes are banned from most buildings in New York City, and now it appears the Bloomberg administration has its sights set on electronic cigarettes.

A LOCAL LAW To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to raising the sales age from eighteen to twenty-one years for cigarettes and tobacco products (PDF)
Scribd - August 11, 2013

Electronic cigarette marketing is often designed to deter smokers from quitting and to attract youth. According to recent studies, electronic cigarette use is increasing among youth and young adults. Sales of electronic cigarettes doubled from nearly $300

CASAA: Call to Action! New York City Ordinances Would BAN Flavored E-Cigarettes And More -- Int 1020 & Int 1021 (UPDATED -- Action Needed!)
Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA) - August 10, 2013

CASAA has just learned that the Department of Health completely disregarded the concerns of vapers. An updated ordinance was leaked to CASAA and no substantive changes have been made. Indeed, the ordinance is actually worse than it was before,

Breaking News: Tobacco Consultant, Trade Association Blast NYCs Silent War On E-Cigarettes
Convenience Store Decisions - August 9, 2013

UPDATE2 3:02 p.m. with comments from Thomas Kiklas, co-founder of The Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association (TVECA) UPDATE 2:39 p.m.: Includes comments from Greg Conley, Legislative Director for Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives As

Bloomberg Is Trying To Snuff Out Your E-Cigs
Gothamist - August 9, 2013

The Bloomberg administration is quietly working to explicitly categorize electronic cigarettes as tobacco products and enact a sweeping ban on flavored e-cigs. The details of the plan come from a newly leaked draft of three tobacco-related bills currently making their way through the City Council; one would raise the tobacco age to 21, while another would prohibit the display of cigarette advertising in stores. A third bill would prohibit the use of tobacco coupons, create a $10.50 price floor for cigarette packs, and increase the fines against those selling illegal cigarettes.

Does New York City Mayor Bloomberg want to ban e-cigarettes too?
Fox News - August 9, 2013

They argue that electronic cigarettes are far less harmful than regular cigarettes and have helped many former adult smokers to quit smoking by switching to less ...

Lyons Falls motel The Edge goes smoke free
WatertownDailyTimes.com - August 8, 2013

Staff and guests are breathing easier at The Edge Hotel, 3952 State Route 12, after the facility went smoke free Aug. 1. It was an easy decision, owner Tracy Hurilla said. If we only had smoking rooms left, we lost business. They would go elsewhere, she said.

125 years in Erie history: 2006 -- Smoking targeted
GoErie.com - August 8, 2013

The ban prohibited smoking in all enclosed public places in Erie County, ... Clean air supporters finally got a smoking ban when state lawmakers passed a law in ...

Letter: Clean Air, Clean Hearts
Hicksville Illustrated News - August 7, 2013

It has been 10 years since you have been asked smoking or non? in New ... Experts estimate secondhand smoke causes up 128,900 heart attacks annually.

Editorial: Smoking ban led to healthier state
Poughkeepsie Journal - August 7, 2013

It seems hard to believe, but this summer marks the 10th anniversary of the state's level-headed decision to ban smoking in restaurants and bars and in most ...

Hospital Grounds Smoking Ban Signed Into Law
WAMC - August 5, 2013

Legislation that would prohibit smoking outdoors on the grounds of hospitals and residential healthcare facilities has been signed into law by the governor. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D, Suffern), prohibits smoking outdoors including within 15 feet of a building entrance or exit or within 15 feet of the entrance to or exit from the grounds.

New York Hospitals Grounds Are Now Mandated Smoke-Free
Patch.com - August 5, 2013

In less than 90 days, Westchester and Rockland County hospitals will all be required to model their practices after Phelps Hospital and Westchester Medical ...

After the smoke clears: Ten years have passed since smoking ban
Glens Falls Post-Star - August 2, 2013

Hundreds of cities, including Glens Falls, have passed local bans, and even more are ... And for Reilly, one of Stalker's clients on Thursday, banning smoking in ...

10 Years Of Clean Indoor Air In Tompkins County
Lansing Star - August 2, 2013

The state law, which went into effect on July 24, 2003, banned smoking in almost ... 3-2003, implemented smoking restrictions designed to protect the health and ...

Tobacco Restriction Signage Posted At Local Playgrounds
Glen Cove Record Pilot - August 2, 2013

The Glen Cove Substance Abuse Free Environment Agency (SAFE, Inc.), the Tobacco Action Coalition of LI (TAC) and the City of Glen Cove, have announced the expansion of the citys tobacco restrictions that were implemented in 2011 to include all of the citys parks, beaches and all youth-oriented aspects of the Stanco Park.

LETTERS: Readers sound off on e-smokes, sophmoric puns and A-Rod
New York Daily News - August 1, 2013

I was disappointed to read the Daily News puff piece on e-cigarettes (Vapor trail, July 31). Glorifying a product whose contents are unknown to us is questionable at best. There is no evidence that shows the vapors emitted by e-cigarettes are safe ...

Smoke free environment coming to SCCC
WXXA - July 31, 2013

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Schenectady County Community College becomes a smoke free environment beginning September 1st.

Tobacco issue goes up in smoke at may oral forum
Crain's New York Business (blog) - July 31, 2013

At a may oral forum in Washington Heights Tuesday morning sponsored by the Bodega Association, the candidates were not forced take positions on two Bloomberg administration bills unpopular among store owners. One would raise the smoking age to 21 while the other would ban tobacco display s in stores. Those are two top issues for the association heading into the post-Bloomberg era.

Gov. Cuomo signs legislation to create upstate casinos, public must ...
North Country Now - July 31, 2013

Four new casinos will be allowed in upstate New York, pending a public referendum this fall. Under the casino plan outlined in the new law, all localities in the ... The Gaming Commission is authorized to investigate the suitability of the gaming license applicant, including character and financial stability , and sets criteria for licensing individuals and businesses employed by or doing business with the resort. Destination gaming resorts and all related service industries will be strictly and comprehensively regulated by the Gaming Commission. The minimum gambling age in destination gaming resorts will be 21, and no smoking will be authorized in the four destination gaming resorts.

POV: Campus smoking ban ill-conceived
Spotlight News - July 31, 2013

Recently, the SUNY Board of Trustees approved a ban on smoking on state ... myself, I began to wonder about the logistics behind campus-wide smoking bans.

Blair Horner: The Anniversary Of NY's Smoke Free Law
WAMC - July 30, 2013

Albany is well known for its overblown promises and rhetorical hype. Often newly passed laws are promoted as historic and criticisms of health reforms paint a picture of the end of civilization as we know it. But sometimes Albany really does respond by tackling real problems, ignoring fantastic criticism and passing laws that make a difference. Such is the case with the states Clean Indoor Air Act.

Westchester Celebrates 10 Years of Indoor Smoking Ban
Patch.com - July 27, 2013

Then New York decided in July 2003 that it had to change and became the second state in the country, after Delaware, to pass legislation that bans smoking in ...

E-cigarettes : Friend or Foe?
WAMC - July 26, 2013

A decade after Clear Indoor Air Act severely limited indoor smoking in New York, the focus has turned to e-cigarettes battery-powered devices that deliver ... Elaine Keller is the president of CASAA, Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association, a non-profit clearinghouse for information about alternatives to smoking. Nevertheless, the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes are unknown. Capital District Tobacco-free Coalition director Judy Rightmyer is among those who fear that the devices will introduce and encourage smoking among children and possibly lead to future use of tobacco products.

MTA puts ban on electronic cigs
Queens Chronicle - July 25, 2013

The MTA has officially included electronic cigarettes in products that are banned from being used on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North trains.

Putnam Considers Banning Cigarette Sales at Pharmacies ($$)
The Putnam County Courier (subscription) - July 25, 2013

Putnam Considers Banning Cigarette Sales at Pharmacies. ERIC GROSS. Cigarette smokers may soon find themselves without having the opportunity to ...

Albany Co. lawmaker pushing to ban sale of cigarettes in pharmacies
WXXA - July 25, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. Ten years have passed since the passage of the smoking ban inside of bars and restaurants in the state of New York, and now an Albany County lawmaker is also pushing a new proposal to ban the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies within the county.

Letter: Fighting Heart Disease
Plainview Old Bethpage Herald - July 25, 2013

It has been 10 years since you have been asked smoking or non? in New ... Experts estimate secondhand smoke causes up 128,900 heart attacks annually.

Cigarette firms open fire on Bloomberg
New York Daily News - July 24, 2013

In Facebook ads and on a website, a group sponsored by tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds urges New Yorkers to tell City Council members “we need leaders, not nannies” and that “raising taxes and implementing a ban on the display of tobacco products is a bad id

EDITORIAL: Our view: Keep up the fight against smoke
Auburn (NY) Citizen - July 24, 2013

more work remains to be done to cut down on the number of people who haven't quit smoking yet, and the ones who pick up the habit before they even realize it's a habit.

10 years later, Auburn restaurant owners reflect on effects of Clean Indoor Air Act
Auburn (NY) Citizen - July 24, 2013

On the other hand, Patricia Glanville, owner of Costello's Restaurant in Auburn, said the law put a lot of people out of business in Cayuga County. Glanville fought the act in a legal battle that lasted several years after the law was passed. Costello's

LENNON: Celebrating 10 years of breathing clean indoor air in NY
Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record - July 23, 2013

This Wednesday, thousands of New Yorkers will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act, the historic law that eliminated smoking in most workplaces including bars, restaurants, bowling facilities and bingo halls, pro

Indoor Smoking Ban Turns 10, But 25000 Still Die Each Year
CNY News - July 24, 2013

Indoor Smoking Ban Turns 10, But 25,000 Still Die Each Year ... The state law that went into effect July 24, 2003 banned smoking in almost all workplaces, bars, ...

Got a Minute: Clean Air Act 10 years old; eateries still thrive
Dansville-Genesee Country Express - July 24, 2013

The new research suggests that a nationwide ban on smoking in public and ... In 1989, the Clean Indoor Air Act was passed, banning smoking in workplaces. ... research community that with time, more health benefits from smoking bans will ...

A decade of smoke-free dining celebrated
The Register Star - July 23, 2013

A decade of smoke-free dining celebrated. Karen dePeyster is program director of the Rip Van Winkle Tobacco Free Action of Columbia and Greene Counties.

Coalition concerned with 'poison pill' in gambling legislation
Legislative Gazette - July 23, 2013

The Coalition Against Gambling in New York is lashing out against what they call a "poison pill" in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act. If the constitutional referendum is approved by voters this fall, the governor's gaming plan will be enacted and allow up to four, 21-and-up, non-smoking casinos in the upstate area with a seven-year moratorium on any downstate casinos south of Westchester.

Letter: Lung association: Ban e-cigs
Newsday - July 22, 2013

We applaud the Long Island Rail Road for including e-cigarettes in its ... There is no evidence that shows the vapors emitted by e-cigarettes are safe for ...

Medical bills, pharmacy tobacco ban spark reader comments
The Journal News / Lohud.com - July 22, 2013

Medical bills, pharmacy tobacco ban spark reader comments ... Last time I checked, tobacco products are legal and purchased by adults. Suggestion to ...

Walter: Smoking at cafes -- so European, and unwelcome
amNY - July 22, 2013

Every summer brings seasonal fashions that, when you take a closer look, are probably ill-advised: straw fedoras, gladiator sandals and, of particular annoyance, lighting up a cigarette in a sidewalk cafe and pretending you're on the Left Bank in Paris instead of Greenwich Village. Or maybe the diners smoking in sidewalk cafes on Hudson Street actually are from Paris and don't know smoking at restaurants was banned in New York City 10 years ago.

Ten Years Of New York's Indoor Smoking Ban Helped Curb Smoking Rates and Reduced Hospital Admissions
ThinkProgress - July 22, 2013

Wednesday marks the 10-year anniversary of New Yorks indoor smoking ban. Public health advocates, bar and restaurant workers, and patrons largely agree that the ban led to healthier environments, and the available evidence suggests that it helped lower the overall smoking rate and hospital admissions due to heart attacks.

Push to Ban Smoking on Hospital Grounds Has Rockland Roots
Patch.com - July 22, 2013

Smokers in Rockland and New York State have seen a crusade in recent years to shrink the places they can light upfrom train platforms to playgrounds to the ...

NY indoor smoking ban has changed much in 10 years
News 10NBC - July 22, 2013

New York marks the 10th anniversary of its landmark indoor smoking ban this week with advocates saying thousands of lives were saved while even opponents ...

Restaurant, bar smoking ban is 10 years old
Albany Times Union (blog) - July 22, 2013

New York States Clean Indoor Air Act, which will be 10 years old on Wednesday, was widely feared by the hospitality industry, but the concern proved largely groundless.

NY indoor smoking ban has changed much in 10 years
Associated Press / Albany Times-Union - July 21, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Smoky restaurants and offices and even smoke-filled bars, buses and trains are mostly a historical image in New York as the state marks the 10th anniversary of its landmark indoor smoking ban, which advocates say saved thousands of lives while most of its opponents' worst fears blew away.

Putnam considers banning cigarette sales in pharmacies (video)
The Journal News / Lohud.com - July 21, 2013

A campaign to prohibit tobacco sales in pharmacies has taken root in municipalities throughout the nation, with at least one Lower Hudson Valley county considering the ban. Putnam weighs tobacco ban in pharmacies: Like many communities across the nation, Putnam County lawmakers are discussing a proposal to prohibit the sale ...

Officials encouraging smoke-free parks during National Picnic Month
News 10 Now - July 20, 2013

ELMIRA, N.Y. -- To celebrate National Picnic Month, tobacco cessation experts are encouraging people to take advantage of the expanded smoke-free areas in ...

Five Questions for Mayoral Candidate Joe Lhota
Wall Street Journal - July 20, 2013

I think [banning smoking in bars] was the right thing to do, I was surprised with how world-wide the smoking ban has become at bars. ... sell than it was because I was in the Giuliani administration when we banned cigarettes in restaurants

Mayor says smoking ban would require hundreds of supporters
Saugerties Times - July 20, 2013

Pack prices have doubled in the last decade. Nearly all public buildings and businesses are smoke-free, as are Saugerties parks. The community college campus is smoke-free. So is much of Uptown Kingston. Could Saugerties village streets be next? Not unless hundreds ask for it, said Mayor William Murphy.

County committee OKs tobacco law
Dunkirk (NY) Observer - July 20, 2013

MAYVILLE - A local law regarding tobacco use on county-owned and leased properties is closer to going into effect. The Human Services Committee reviewed a local law prohibiting the use of tobacco, tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and herbal cigar ...

NY's Clean Indoor Air Act: 10 Years of Smoke-free Air
Huffington Post - July 19, 2013

Those of us who dined out in the '80s and '90s can remember being asked whether we wanted a smoking table or non-smoking table, as I do. Thankfully, the generations that follow us have never had to endure a dinner and a night out with friends dampened by clouds of toxic secondhand smoke -- and never will -- thanks to landmark legislation that protects us from such harmful experiences.

Clearing The Air
Jamestown (NY) Post-Journal - July 19, 2013

MAYVILLE - A local law regarding tobacco use on county-owned and leased properties is closer to going into effect. The Human Services Committee reviewed a local law prohibiting the use of tobacco, tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and herbal cigarettes on ...

Smoking out the Nanny State
Troy Messenger - July 17, 2013

Smoking bans provide a great vehicle to examine paternalism. ... Making everyone exercise or banning smoking restricts the freedom of adults who have made ...

LETTER: I'm happy people don't smoke indoors
Oneida Dispatch - July 17, 2013

The more I learn about the dangers of secondhand smoke, the more I am so thankful for the Clean Indoor Air Act, which was enacted 10 years ago. I know there ...

Crowley: LIRR makes the right call in snuffing out e-cigarettes
Newsday - July 17, 2013

Now, the LIRR is citing that rule to ban electronic cigarettes on trains. ... Advocates for electronic cigarettes claim they are cleaner than tobacco cigarettes ...

Editorial: State takes Clean Indoor Air benefits outside
The Journal News | LoHud.com - July 17, 2013

New York has moved ahead with smart restrictions. E-cigarettes cannot be sold to those under 18, and the state has banned smoking them within 100 feet of a ...

Council Expected to Adopt Tobacco Policy for City Outdoor Recreation Sites Tuesday Night
SaratogaWire - July 16, 2013

The City Council will be voting Tuesday on a resolution that officially creates a tobacco-free zone at all of the city’s outdoor recreational facilities.

Steamrolled: LIRR Bans E-Cigs
New York Observer - July 16, 2013

While they aren't completely safe (scientists at University of Athens found they damage the user's lungs) electronic cigarettes pose no second-hand risk, unlike ...

E-Cigarettes Not Allowed on LIRR
Complex.com - July 16, 2013

On Friday, he learned that legistlation which prohibits smoking on trains, platforms and at stations also includes electronic cigarettes. "Our lawyers have looked ...

Legislators Applaud NY Playground Smoking Ban
Patch.com - July 15, 2013

While most may think of playgrounds as a safe place, some believe they can be made dangerous when children are forced to inhale secondhand smoke. Thats why New York State Legislators and health advocates are praising Gov. Andrew Cuomo for approving a bill that would ban smoking on public playgrounds.

Cuomo signs law to ban playground smoking
13WHAM-TV - July 15, 2013

Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law to ban smoking at outdoor ... They note that the state has recently banned smoking on train platforms, and that New York ...

LIRR: Smoking ban covers electronic cigarettes
Newsday - July 14, 2013

The Long Island Rail Road thanks you for not smoking on its trains -- even if it's not really smoke. Responding to concerns raised by a commuter watchdog group, the LIRR has clarified its policy on smoking to also include a ban on electronic cigarettes.

MTA Extends Commuter Train Smoking Ban To E-Cigarettes
CBS Local - July 14, 2013

Even though defenders of electronic cigarettes point out they are not blowing smoke in ... Restrictions are already in place statewide on electronic cigarettes.

Fourteen Smoke-Friendly Joints Still Blow Smoke In Bloomberg's Face: Gothamist
The Gothamist [Blog] - July 14, 2013

The freedom to smoke $15 tubes of detritus sprayed with tobacco juice and chemicals wrapped in bleached paper is as fleeting as it is cherished. Today the Post identified the fourteen establishments left in New York City that are Licensed To Kill (with indoor smoking), and their grey-lunged patrons are predictably prickly, especially when Mayor Bloomberg comes up. "Id blow smoke in his face, 63-year-old veteran Richard Velez said. I cant stand the jerk.

Michael Bloomberg comes to Troy
Troy Messenger - July 10, 2013

The city of Troy's smoking ban of course just extended prohibitions on ... Politicians will vote for measures like smoking bans for many reasons, like if one of their ...

KEENAN: APOV: Higher tobacco taxes and smoking bans could save lives
Daily News - July 9, 2013

David Levy from Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington has done extensive research on this subject and has found that measures such as these can, in fact, drastically reduce the morbidity rate. Six million people die every year from smoking an

Protect youth from tobacco addiction
Gloversville Leader-Herald - July 10, 2013

I would like to commend Project ACTION Tobacco-Free Coalition of Hamilton, ... from the dangers of tobacco marketing through their Point of Sale Campaign. ... 31.6 million packs of cigarettes are bought or smoked by New York state children.

VIDEO: Several medical facilities in area adopting tobacco free hiring policies
New York Post - July 8, 2013

Retailers Organize to Oppose NYC Tobacco Ordinances
Convenience Store/Petroleum (CSPNet) - July 3, 2013

New York City retailers have joined together to form the Save Our Stores Coalition to oppose these proposed restrictions. To date, 3,813 New York City small businesses have joined the Save Our Stores retail coalition to fight ordinance proposals that wou

Smoking bylaw or hot air?
Niagarathisweek.com - July 4, 2013

The Region of Niagara has now wrapped up its effort to seek comments and opinions from municipalities in the region in their effort to ban smoking in outdoor ...

Smoke-Free Zones expanded in parks, historic sites
Mid-Hudson News - July 6, 2013

Recent studies have shown that outdoor secondhand smoke can reach ... Eliminating smoking in outdoor public places, especially where families gather, is an ...

Anne Peterson: Landlord allows outdoor smoking for tenants
Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle - July 6, 2013

We own and manage 20 very nice apartments ... our leases state that the building is "smoke free." ... but someone who smokes can live there, as is the case with two of our tenants. Like everywhere else in their life, they go outside to smoke. ...

SCCC's September 2013 semester brings smoking, tobacco ban
The Business Review (Albany) (blog) - July 1, 2013

Schenectady County Community College is going smoke-free. Individual SUNY schools can adopt a smoke-free policy, but SUNY's systemwide ban requires approval by the state legislature. The measure has not been ...

Lutheran Initiative Makes Anderson Tower Tobacco Free
Jamestown Post Journal - June 26, 2013

More and more properties throughout the county are taking the initiative to become smoke free. Tuesday, the William B. Anderson Tower, located at 9 Crane St., ...

Seen & Heard: Smoking Banned in Hudson River Park
Tribeca Citizen - June 26, 2013

A reader points out that the Hudson River Park rules now forbid smoking “in all ... the last I had heard of it, although the ban may have happened a while ago.

Smoke-Free Housing
Jamestown Post Journal - June 26, 2013

More and more properties throughout the county are taking the initiative to become smoke free. Tuesday, the William B. Anderson Tower, located at 9 Crane St., ...

Legislation bans smoking on hospital grounds
The Legislative Gazette (NY) - June 25, 2013

A bill passed through the Legislature last week that would prohibit smoking on and around hospital grounds and nursing homes throughout New York state. The legislation (A.1115-a/S.1987-a) sponsored in their respective houses by ...

Martins' Hospital Anti-Smoking Bill Awaits Cuomo's Approval
Patch.org - June 24, 2013

The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, D-Rockland, and Sen. Jack Martins, R-Mineola, was passed by the Assembly earlier this week. The legislation will now go to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his consideration.

Tobacco-Free Committee Makes Presentation To Legislators
Jamestown Post Journal - June 24, 2013

During the recent Human Services Committee meeting, committee members heard a presentation from members of the county's Tobacco-Free Outdoor Policy ...

S1987A-2013 - NY Senate Open Legislation - Prohibits smoking on the grounds of general hospitals and residential health care facilities
New York State Senate - June 22, 2013

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to prohibiting smoking on hospital grounds and residential health care facilities PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To prohibit smoking on the campus grounds and within 15 feet of the ...

Senate Passes Bill to Ban Smoking Within 15 FT of Health Facilities
Long Island (NY) Exchange - June 22, 2013

Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) has announced the State Senate has passed legislation (S.1987-A) he sponsored that would prohibit smoking within fifteen feet of all general hospitals, residential health care facilities and other state licensed ...

Early intervention key to reducing future smokers
The Livingston County News - June 21, 2013

Colleges adopting a tobacco free policy are protecting young adults against the harm of tobacco use by creating college communities where students and faculty ...

Spelling Bee Champ Visits Albany, Suggests Smoking Ban
City & State - June 20, 2013

Legislators yesterday adopted a resolution celebrating Arvind Mahankali, the 2013 National Spelling Bee champion. The Queens resident met state Sen.

Petition asks for smoke free parks in Silver Creek
Evening Observer - June 19, 2013

SILVER CREEK - Nine months with no action taken has not stopped resident Melissa Shaw from pursuing smoke free parks in Silver Creek. Shaw approached ...

Be a super model: Walk Cayuga County's trails
Auburn Citizen - June 18, 2013

The Cayuga County Tobacco Free Partnership is pleased to announce the ... The following areas have been established as tobacco-free to help promote a ...

Duly Noted: Investing in marijuana, smoking in apartments, crime-fighting in Brooklyn
New York Business Journal - June 17, 2013

Business Times The Related Cos., one of New York's most influential landlords, has decreed that smoking will be banned in all of its rental units across the country. The rollout will happen incrementally …

Editorial: Smoking ban expanded at parks
Plattsburgh (NY) Press-Republican - June 16, 2013

Beyond the health issue is the matter of litter. Far too many smokers feel it's their birthright to discard their cigarette butts in whatever they perceive as a convenient ash tray: under a tree, into the gutter, onto the sidewalk, wherever they happen ...

Editorial: Smoking ban expanded at parks
Plattsburgh Press Republican - June 16, 2013

The state has expanded the areas where smoking will be banned this year at the state's parks and historic sites. Smokers might take umbrage at the idea that ...

Smoking Banned In Rental Units, Including Terraces, At All Related Properties
The Gothamist [Blog] - June 14, 2013

One of the nation's biggest landlords is banning smoking in all 40,000 rental units across America. Starting this month, new tenants at Related Companies' apartments must sign a document promising not to smoke inside their apartments, nor on their privat

A Smoking Ban in All Related Companies Rentals
New York Times - June 14, 2013

... a major landlord has banned smoking in all of its apartments across the country. As of this month, the Related Companies has decided that tenants can no longer light up in the 40,000 rental units it owns or manages. ...

NYACS Opposes Oneida Indian Tax Settlement
Convenience Store News - June 13, 2013

The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) released a statement expressing opposition to the proposed casino, land claim and taxation agreement between the Oneida Indian Nation, New York State, and Madison and Oneida Counties. The agreement is

Smoking ban aims to make Troy 'healthier'
Troy Messenger - June 13, 2013

Plans to extend the smoking ban in the City of Troy appear headed for council ... More important, it also bans the use of water pipes for smoking tobacco in public ...

Could Troy Soon Be Smoke Free?
WTVY, Dothan - June 12, 2013

Although it may not be possible to cut out smoking entirely, the city is trying to put their foot down about lighting up in public. Johnny Witherington, Troy City ...

Council considers smoking ban; members support idea
Troy Messenger - June 12, 2013

The Troy City Council entertained a first reading of the “City of Troy Smoke Free Air Ordinance of 2013” at its Tuesday meeting, and council members expressed ...

Hookah lounge, restaurant opens
Gloversville Leader-Herald - June 8, 2013

"So my partner, who is from New York City, he says they're all over there, and he said, ... Patrons can pay to use a hookah at the lounge, and each get their own ...

Letter: Stop picking on smokers, crack down on drinkers
Buffalo News - June 7, 2013

I read the May 31 letter about banning smoking in the Seneca casinos. Well, heres a thought for the person who wrote that letter: Why dont you stop breathing because of the pollution in the air and stop eating because of the chemicals in our food and water? Why should the Senecas ban smoking in their casinos? There is a non-smoking area. If that's not good enough, then go to a non-smoking casino. Watch the ...

Letter: Ban tobacco from pharmacies
Albany Times Union - June 6, 2013

Countries across the globe commemorated World No Tobacco Day on May 31. It seems unfathomable to learn that the United States is not the world leader that ...

Proposed NY Flavor Ban Would 'Leapfrog FDA Regulation'
CSPnet.com - June 6, 2013

First came Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to ban tobacco displays in New York City. Then, both New York City and state introduced legislation to raise the age to purchase tobacco products to 21. Now, the American Cancer Society is pushing for New York to become the first state to restrict the sales of all flavored tobacco products (although New York City and Providence, R.I., have already banned the sales of such products).

A SMOLDERING ISSUE from The Troy Messenger
wwntradio - June 6, 2013

About seven establishments in Troy will be affected if the city passes an across-the-board ordinance that prohibits smoking in all public places. In 2006, the city created an ordinance that did away with smoking in restaurants and the Troy City Council recently considered amending that ordinance to include banning the use of water pipes within the city limits. At the May 28 council meeting, Councilman Johnny Witherington withdrew a proposal he backed for a water pipe ban, citing a need for tougher measures wiping out smoking in public places entirely.

Sweet smokes are targeted at kids, NY Cancer Society says
Deseret News - June 3, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. They come in brightly colored, shiny packages in fun flavors like chocolate, blueberry, gummy bear, wine and pink berry. But the American Cancer Society says the little cigars and packages of loose tobacco are aimed at kids and are just as deadly as cigarettes. The American Cancer Society is pushing to make New York the first state to enact a comprehensive restriction on the sale of candy- and fruit-flavored cigarillos, chewing tobacco and tobacco used in water pipes. Its proposal would restrict the sale of all fruit- and candy-flavored tobacco products to tobacco shops, banning those products from convenience stories.

Troy Looking at Smoking Ban
WTVY, Dothan - May 29, 2013

At first they proposed ordinance to ban water pipes, or hookahs, but the council ... The city already banned smoking in restaurants so this would just expand their ...

MHN Interview: Encouraging Smoke-Free Buildings in NYC
Multi-Housing News - May 29, 2013

New YorkSmoking is a hot-button issue when it comes to apartments. Cigarettes can cause a lot of damage to an apartmentnot to mention the health riskwhich is causing a lot of buildings to go smoke-free. MHN speaks to Rachelle Rochelle, borough manager of the Brooklyn Smoke-Free Partnership, part of the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, about how the Coalition educates property managers about why they should consider going smoke-free in their buildings.

Local pharmacies recognized for putting health first
Evening Observer-May 29, 2013

Representatives from the local Bureau of Tobacco Control programs will be visiting pharmacies in Chautau-qua and Cattaraugus coun-ties that do not sell ...

B-Mets and Tobacco Free Broome Celebrate World No Tobacco Day
WBGH - May 28, 2013

In recognition of World No Tobacco Day 2013, Reality Check and Tobacco Free Broome & Tioga will be educating fans about effective ways to protect youth ...

How the smoking ban led to MORE people being hurt
WSB Atlanta - May 26, 2013

Follow us here, this gets a little complicated but its worth it. The law banning indoor smoking is about ten years old with some unintended consequences beginning to pop up. In New York there has been a rise in people being injured outside bowling alleys. The reasoning is that smokers who step out for a puff in bowling shoes are falling making trips to the emergency room.

Harrietstown approves tobacco ban
Adirondack Daily Enterprise - May 25, 2013

SARANAC LAKE - The Harrietstown board has outlawed the use of tobacco in the town's parks and other properties. The town board unanimously approved a local law ...

Follow-Up: Rochester Housing Authority to implement smoke free ...
News 10NBC - May 23, 2013

Come October, the Rochester Housing Authority is implementing a new smoke free policy in all of its buildings. That means residents won't even be able to ...

Smoking ban for cars? NYS lawmakers make proposal
News 10NBC - May 23, 2013

Some state lawmakers want to make it illegal to smoke in your car. Under this proposal, if a driver has a passenger under the age of 14 and is then caught lighting up, they can be fined. One of the backers of this bill cited a report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying secondhand smoke kills 60,000 people a year. The lawmakers say it's even more dangerous for children who are still developing. What do you think? Is it a case of too much government involvement, or is this just what New York State needs? ...

Rochester Housing Authority considered smoke free housing initiative
News 10NBC - May 22, 2013

If you're going to light up, you'll have to move out. That's the message to hundreds of renters. The Rochester Housing Authority is implementing a new smoke free policy. Officials say the policy with allow the authority to eliminate second hand smoke, improve indoor air quality, decrease maintenance costs and help prevent fires. They say the new policy will help protect all of their residents.

Lawmakers propose smoking ban in cars
WNYT - May 22, 2013

They cite a report by the environmental protection agency that blames second-hand smoke for more than 60,000 deaths each year and they say it's even more ...

Toe to toe with Big Tobacco: Cayuga County youths confront Phillip Morris execs in NYC
Auburn (NY) Citizen - May 22, 2013

Anti-tobacco youth groups from across the country met face-to-face with executives and shareholders of tobacco manufacturer Phillip Morris International in New York City May 8. Among those in attendance were Matthew Jones, of Auburn, and Adrianna Greco,

SRMT and New York Reach Agreement
Indian Country Today Media Network - May 22, 2013

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and New York State have reached an ... to collect sales tax equal to or greater than New York State and counties' taxes on ... customers and must adhere to the state's minimum pricing for cigarettes. However, the announcement from SRMT and the state made no mention of cigarette taxes.

Another spring, another state parks smoking fight
Legislative Gazette - May 20, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that New York's smoke-free areas will be expanded to state parks and historic sites to allow New Yorkers and visitors the enjoyment of clean air without secondhand smoke. The expansion will take effect for the 2013 peak summer season and will carry a fine of up to $250 plus surcharges if individuals fail to comply. But a smokers' rights advocate who successfully stopped a similar ban from being implemented last year, says not so fast. Audrey Silk, of New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment, or NYC CLASH, filed a lawsuit in early April to stop the most recent efforts to limit smoking in state parks. …

Big Union Square Condo Bans Smoking Everywhere, Even On The ...
Gothamist - May 17, 2013

Oh, cigarette smokers, is there no place left for you in this city? Cancer sticks have been kicked out of restaurants, bars and parks, and now more private residences are getting into the anti-tobacco mix: a Union Square condo building has just banned smoking in all of its units and public areas, making it the biggest residential development in the country to do so. Homeowners at Zeckendorf Towers, a massive 647-unit development that was built at 1 Irving Place in the 1980s, voted for the ban on April 30th, with nearly 84 percent of voters supporting the measure.

Condo board tells residents to Butt out
Real Estate Weekly - May 17, 2013

In another testament to change in Union Square and how New York has changed, homeowners in Zeckendorf Towers, the 29-story, 647-unit building constructed on the site of the defunct S.Klein Department Store, voted overwhelmingly to become a entirely smoke-free residence last week, sending the Marlboro and the Newport the way of the Marc Ballroom and Virgin Records. 83.5 percent voted in favor to prohibit smoking in both residential units and public areas for all new residents. Existing owners and residents can smoke for 3 more years before they have to butt out also.

Smoke-free zones expanded in state parks
EmpireStateNews.net - May 15, 2013

ALBANY - Expanded outdoor smoke-free areas will be in effect within state parks and historic sites for the 2013 peak summer season. The full list of designated ...

Letter: Cigarettes are causing more harm than guns
Buffalo (NY) News - May 14, 2013

smoking is responsible for 443,000 deaths annually; 49,000 related to exposure to secondhand smoke. Daily, more than 3,800 people under 18 years of age start smoking. That’s more than 1 million future victims...

Your comments on state park smoking ban: Rights vs. responsibility
Syracuse.com - May 14, 2013

Smoking is now banned at this and other park locations in New York. ... A renewed ban on smoking at New York state parks went into effect ...

Raising the Cigarette Sales Age to 21: Politics Meets Paternalism
Huffington Post - May 13, 2013

Hostility toward adults who choose to smoke a legal product under the ... But government has no place restricting the rights and privileges of adults in order to ...

Smokers running out of room
Times Herald-Record - May 14, 2013

Smokers have to wonder where they can go next. First it was laws that prevented them from lighting up in offices, stores, restaurants and even bars. That pushed them outside in all kinds of weather, offering yet another incentive to give up the habit. Now, the state has come up with a new round of restrictions on outdoor smoking at state parks and historic sites.

Expanding smoke free areas at New York State Parks
YNN - May 13, 2013

Smokers will now have to put out their cigarettes if they want to enjoy the great outdoors in a state park. Governor Cuomo announced the state is expanding the number of smoke free areas at state parks, pools, historic sites, and beaches.

Smoke-Free Zones in NYC Parks Expanded for Summer
The Epoch Times - May 11, 2013

State parks and historic sites will see expanded outdoor smoke-free zones for the 2013 peak summer season, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

State extends smoke-free areas at parks, historic sites
Times Herald-Record - May 10, 2013

New York has expanded the smoke-free areas in state parks and historic sites for the 2013 summer season, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

Pharmacy Sales of Tobacco
New York Times - May 7, 2013

I suggest banning all tobacco sales in pharmacies. Pharmacies that supposedly desire to promote the health of our citizens sell cigarettes, and the cigarette ...

NYC cigarette tax fight hampered by low fines
Wall Street Journa l- May 6, 2013

Of the 1,105 licensed tobacco retailers inspected by New York City's sheriff last ... Shops caught selling untaxed cigarettes currently face fines of around $150 per ... legislation to increase cigarette taxes, including Minnesota, Massachusetts, ...

Mold, Come Out With Your Hands Up
New York Times - May 5, 2013

Bill Sothern, an expert at detecting residential mold ... To resolve complaints about secondhand smoke, Mr. Sothern said, the simplest and cheapest solution is to install an exhaust fan in the smoker’s apartment. The alternative is to retrofit a ...

Husson University to be Tobacco-Free By 2014
University Herald - May 3, 2013

Husson University has launched an 18-month campaign to eliminate on-campus tobacco use. ...

Tobacco Retailers Blame Mayor for Black Market Cigarette Trade
NACS Online - May 3, 2013

Tobacco retailers are ratcheting up their fight against Mayor Michael Bloombergs latest tactic to curb smoking, Politicker reports. The New York Association of Grocery Stores railed against the mayors proposal to ban in-store displays of tobacco, a minimum price for cigarettes and forbidding retailers from participating in tobacco manufacturer coupons. The City Councils committee on health is holding hearings on the matter starting today.

2nd Circ. Won't Rehear Challenge To NYC Tobacco Limits ($$)
Law360 (subscription) - May 2, 2013

Law360, New York (May 02, 2013, 1:54 PM ET) -- The Second Circuit refused Wednesday to reconsider its ruling upholding a New York City law restricting the sale of flavored smokeless tobacco, rejecting an Altria Group Inc. unit's plea for a rehearing on the grounds the ordinance is federally preempted. In February, the appeals court affirmed a New York federal judge's decision to uphold the ordinance, which limits the sale of flavored tobacco products to tobacco bars. U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Manufacturing Co. LLC argued that the restrictions are effectively a sales ban, since only eight tobacco...

Smoking crackdown draws heat at City Council
Crain's New York Business - May 2, 2013

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on Thursday said outlawing tobacco for adults under 21 years old and cracking down on scofflaw cigarette sellers would be good for the economy, but the city's small business community didn't buy it

Business Owners Take Aim at Proposed Smoking Laws
New York Times - May 2, 2013

Small-business owners took aim on Thursday at the New York City Councils package of antismoking legislation, including a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase cigarettes to 21.

Feedback: County Smoking Ban Begins Saturday
WWNY TV 7 - May 2, 2013

But, once a smoking and tobacco ban on all county-owned or leased property goes into effect on Saturday, he will either have to go elsewhere, stop smoking or ...

New York Tobacco Regulations Light Up Public Health Debate
North Country Public Radio - May 2, 2013

On Thursday, the City Council will debate proposals including raising the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21. Also on the table is a ban on tobacco displays behind retail registers. Critics are pushing back, arguing that the changes won't have the intended effect.

2013 tobacco survey: 'tobacco-free' policies gain favor
Steuben (NY) Courier-Advocate - April 30, 2013

The Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Community Partnership (STTAC) finds that the majority of our community members are in favor of tobacco-free policies. STTAC began conducting their 2013 Community Tobacco Survey in December with the assistance of evalua

American Cancer Society Recognizes College
SUNY Cortland News- April 30, 2013

SUNY Cortland became a tobacco-free campus on Jan. ... “Most tobacco users have been compliant with our tobacco-free policy,” said Catherine Smith, the ...

Smoking smackdown: Mike butts in again
New York Post - April 29, 2013

The Issue: Whether raising the legal age to purchase cigarettes from 18 to 21 would be ... Bloomberg despises cigarette smokers and is intoxicated by his own power. ... The underground economy will make even more money selling tobacco ... and state continue to lose tens of millions of dollars in uncollected tax revenues.

Either Ban It or Don't - The New School Free Press
The New School Free Press - April 30, 2013

In February, The New School announced in an e-mail to students that it would begin to enforce a smoking ban in the Vera List courtyard of the Eugene Lang building. Citing New York City?Smoke Free Air Act that has been in effect since 2003, the e-mail asked students to ?frain from smoking in the courtyard,?laiming, ?e university has a legal obligation to protect everyone in the community from the well documented adverse effects of exposure to secondhand smoke.?bsp; Though, with no outline for enforcement given, the ban has been met with general dismissal by student smokers.

Anti-smoking plan sure to spread
The Oshkosh Northwestern - April 29, 2013

Howls about the nanny state arise anew from New York City, where a new anti-tobacco measure is in the offing banning tobacco sales to anyone under 21. Considering the high cost of smoking in lives lost and money spent treating preventable diseases and our follow-the-leader public policy on smoking, dont expect the idea to be contained within Gotham.

State leaders propose raising age to buy tobacco
amNew York - April 28, 2013

Two state polls will be pushing Albany to follow the Big Apple's suit in its fight against youth smoking. State Sen. Diane Savino and state Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal introduced bills in their respective legislative bodies Friday that would make

Letters: A smoker's right to harm others?
Los Angeles Times - April 28, 2013

In opposing a proposal in New York City to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21, The Times claims that "a decision to smoke harms only the smoker." That's questionable.

H'town considers smoking ban for parks, other properties
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise - April 26, 2013

SARANAC LAKE - The town of Harrietstown board agreed Thursday night to look into banning smoking on all town-owned property, including its parks.

Bloomberg Blowing Smoke
Harvard Crimson - April 26, 2013

New York officials announced Monday Mayor Bloombergs proposal to raise the legal limit for buying all tobacco products from 18 to 21. It would not, however, prohibit adults under 21 from smoking cigarettes. In other words, cool older brothers across the New York metropolitan area just became a lot more popular. Well, given the success of his large soda ban, he hides of course. ... Bloomberg, there is substantial precedent for banning certain groups from smoking in New York. At the turn of the century, New York banned women from smoking in public.

Argus: Cigarette Ban Improves People's Lifestyles
my.hsj.org - April 25, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed new legislation to keep cigarettes out of sight. ... When the tobacco displays were visible, 16-24 percent tried to purchase ...

BASHAM / LUIK: Smoking stupidity
New York Post - April 25, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg wants to raise to 21 the age for buying cigarettes in New York City, in hopes a higher minimum age discourages young people from smoking. He’d have done better to look at what we know about how and why youngsters start smoking in the first place. …

Smoking? Combat? Wait Until 21 to Decide, Young Recruits Say
New York Times - April 24, 2013

As it turned out, many of the young people walking into the military recruitment center on 125th Street the next day also saw the inconsistency. In general, they thought that it was true that they were not mature enough to make life-or-death decisions on

Another View: New York City's smoking plan likely to spread
Alexandria Town Talk - April 24, 2013

Cigarette packs are displayed for sale at a store in New York City in March. ... Monday, no one under 21 would be able to buy cigarettes in New York City; another proposal, announced in March, would ban tobacco product displays in stores.

Dutchess County reports first illegal e-cigarette sale to a minor
Mid-Hudson News - April 23, 2013

The Dutchess County Health Department has issued its first documented violation for sale of an electronic cigarette in New York State. The violation was issued during routine Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act compliance checks last month. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices designed to look like regular tobacco cigarettes that work using an atomizer to heat liquid containing nicotine, turning it into a vapor that can be inhaled and creating a vapor that resembles cigarette smoke. The electronic cigarettes can have potential health impacts since they contain nicotine and traces of toxic chemicals, including cancer-causing substances.

NYC Looks to Small Boston Suburb for Cigarette Sale Restrictions
WNYC - April 23, 2013

As New York City considers changing the legal at which residents can buy cigarettes, officials in the small Massachusetts town that was first in the nation to raise the legal age for purchasing cigarettes from 18 to 21 says the law has helped push down teen smoking rates. Janice Berns, the director of public health in Needham, Mass., told WNYC that high school students in her town who said they had smoked in the past month went from 13.5 percent in 2006 to 5.5 percent in 2012. ...

College Libertarians' free cigarettes add fuel to smoking ban debate
Binghamton University Pipe Dream - April 22, 2013

The College Libertarians handed out free cigarettes and cigars by the Pegasus statue Friday in protest of the proposed SUNY-wide smoking ban, reigniting campus debate about smokers rights and the feasibility of enforcement. ...

NYC Proposes Raising Cigarette Buying Age to 21
Medical Daily - April 22, 2013

In recent years New York City has instituted public bans on smoking in restaurants, salons, bars, and in its public parks, The city has also already created the highest cigarette tax in the nation under the Bloomberg administration. Now, the city hopes to increase the age that people can buy cigarettes in order to further curb the dangerous addiction.

Mayor Bloomberg Now Supports Anti-Smoking Proposal He Once Threatened to Veto
New York Magazine - April 22, 2013

The city's unceasing crusade to cut down on smoking will continue today when City Council speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn announces a new proposal to increase the minimum age of purchasing cigarettes from 18 to 21, the highest in the country. Four states, along with three counties in New York, have set their minimum age at 19, but nobody has managed to push it all the way to 21.

Cafe Jonny's Lounge, American Legion Post 1636 and 39 Karaoke top list of establishments cited since 2011 for violations of city smoking ban
New York Daily News - April 22, 2013

A Bensonhurst lounge, a Gowanus veterans hangout and a Borough Park karaoke joint topped the list of Brooklyns smoking speakeasies.

Education puts out tobacco
Gloversville Leader-Herald - April 19, 2013

Project ACTION Tobacco-Free Coalition in Hamilton, Fulton, Montgomery counties educates community leaders and the community about store tobacco-products displays, tobacco marketing in stores, and pharmacies and grocery stores about ending the sale of tobacco. Education on tobacco products in pharmacies and stores reduces the number and location of stores that sell tobacco. Reducing the number of stores that sell ...

Coady, M.H.; Chan, C.A.; Sacks, R.; Mbamalu, I.G.; Kansagra, S.M., "The impact of cigarette excise tax increases on purchasing behaviors among New York City smokers," American Journal of Public Health [Epub ahead of print], April 18, 2013.

...Results. After the 2002 tax increase, the percentage of smokers engaged in tax-avoidant behavior decreased with time from 30% in 2003 to 13% in 2007. Following the 2008 tax increase, 21% of smokers reported buying more cigarettes from another person on the street. Low-income, younger, Black, and Hispanic smokers were more likely than respondents with other sociodemographic characteristics to purchase more cigarettes on the street. Conclusions. To maximize public health impact, cigarette tax increases should be paired with efforts to limit the flow of untaxed cigarettes entering jurisdictions with high cigarette pack prices. ...

Artist dies in E. Village fire
New York Post - April 18, 2013

An elderly East Village artist known for her giant abstract bronze sculptures died in a fiery apartment blaze sparked by smoking in bed, a police source said yesterday.

The College Reporter | An interactive journal of happenings at ...
campusreporter.wordpress.com/ - August 17, 2013

- Smoking cigarettes on the Ammerman campus has led to controversy between ... Secondhand smoke, also known as passive or involuntary smoke, is the ...

Albion tables smoking policy for second time
The Daily News Online - April 9, 2013

ALBION ­ Town Supervisor Dennis Stirk expressed an interest Monday in reinstating a limited municipal smoking ban before tabling the issue for a second consecutive meeting. …

University Senate fails to vote on smoking resolution
Columbia Daily Spectator (Columbia U.) - April 7, 2013

After months of build-up, the University Senate failed to vote Friday on a resolution that would ban smoking on much of the Morningside Heights campus, because too few senators attended the plenary to meet quorum. ...

American Cancer Society: NY leads in college smoking bans
The Journal News | LoHud.com - April 4, 2013

Though some SUNY campuses have already banned smoking, the system would ... SUNY Cortland was among the first state campuses to ban smoking. ... it didn't make sense anymore for us to not take a leadership role in banning it from ...

More colleges ban smoking on campus, report finds
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - April 4, 2013

New York has 67 smoke-free or tobacco-free college campuses, more than any other state in the country, and 29 more colleges in the state are working to adopt such policies, the American Cancer Society announced in a recent report.

APOV: No time to be fooled by the tobacco companies
The Daily News Online - April 4, 2013

…The tobacco industry doesn’t wait until April Fool’s Day to fool our kids into believing smoking is the norm, they try to fool them every day right in our own neighborhoods. Our kids see an excess of tobacco products and tobacco marketing in the places they frequent like the local convenience stores, bodegas, grocery stores and pharmacies. In these stores, tobacco marketing takes up a vast area behind the cash register, and tobacco is usually prominently displayed both in and outside the store. In New York State, 80 percent of tobacco retailers devote more than half of the merchandising space behind the checkout counter to tobacco product displays. …

Letter: Unhappy with 10 years non-smoking
Newsday - April 4, 2013

I see Newsday printed a puff piece celebrating 10 years of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's smoking ban ["Bloomberg toasts 10 years of smoking ban," News, March ...

Tobacco displays need a cover-up
Albany Times Union - April 1, 2013

I applaud New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his proposal to keep cigarettes out of sight in stores ("Plan would hide tobacco products," March 19). Every day, the tobacco industry spends millions to normalize their products through marketing, and it has worked. Cigarettes are sold just about everywhere ­ grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores and even in pharmacies. …

Are flavored cigars targeting teens?
Utica Observer Dispatch - April 1, 2013

Would you buy a product advertised this way: “You can taste the coffee, ice cream, whipped cream and almond extract …” Is your mouth watering for a frozen coffee treat or a yummy chocolate confection? Read the rest of the ad from an online store: “… throughout the entire cigar. These are a treat to smoke.” Tobacco-free advocates are going after practices that they claim market tobacco to teens – advocating for state and local bans on flavorings, colorful store displays and advertising near schools. Bills banning all these practices, plus candy cigarettes, are pending in the state Legislature. …

Tobacco products seem odd in pharmacy
Gloversville Leader Herald – April 1, 2013

… The next time you are in a pharmacy, look behind the counter and ask yourself - why is a pharmacy selling cigarettes? Or any tobacco product? People go to pharmacies to improve their health. And yet pharmacies are selling the only consumer product that, if used as intended, will kill at least one-half of its long-term users. Of the large, chain drug stores in New York state, 99 percent are licensed to sell tobacco. …

Bloomberg: 6000 more bars and restaurants in NYC since 2003 smoking ban
SILive.com - March 31, 2013

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg said there's strong economic proof that the 2003 Smoke-Free Air Act is responsible for a 47 percent surge in ...

NYC cigarette proposal legally solid, plan differs from soda ban
The Journal News | LoHud.com - March 29, 2013

Re “NYC plan challenges Big Tobacco”:
Your editorial on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to make retail stores hide cigarettes explains clearly and effectively the reasons behind the proposal ­ to shield young people from tobacco marketing, reduce the temptation for people who are trying to quit smoking, and help people who have quit smoking from buying cigarettes on impulse. …

More policies are needed to deter tobacco use
Albany Times Union - March 29, 2013

Though it may seem like just yesterday that your night out was dampened by thick clouds of tobacco smoke and the scent of stale cigarettes came home with you on your clothes and in your hair, this month marks 10 years since the law declaring New York's bars and restaurants smoke-free was passed ("Smoke gets out of your eyes," March 17). This landmark legislation has played an important role in the dramatic decline of New York's smoking rate, resulting in more lives saved. …

Banning Tobacco Displays
New York Times - March 25, 2013

To the Editor:
Re “ Hiding the Smokes” (editorial, March 21), about a New York City proposal to ban the display of tobacco products: The objective of the proposed regulation is praiseworthy, but it could easily be circumvented. …

City Health Officials Hope New Smoking Bills Can Curb Number Of Young Smokers
NY1 (Time Warner Cable) - March 24, 2013

… The commissioner says that is why the city is pushing new legislation that targets some of the factors that encourage teen smoking. One bill would ban stores from displaying cigarettes. "Studies have shown that the more they see those cigarette packs, the more they see smoking as normal and acceptable and the more likely they are to start," Farley says. The other would prohibit retailers from accepting coupons that make tobacco products more affordable for teens and increases penalties for retailers that evade tobacco taxes. …

Editorial: Hiding the Smokes
New York Times - March 21, 2013

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, whose antismoking policies have cut smoking rates substantially in New York City, now wants to ban open displays of cigarettes or tobacco in stores. It is hard to know whether hiding the products would really work to discourage smoking. But the hope is that keeping cigarettes out of sight could help prevent young people from developing this deadly habit. …

Poll: Do you agree with Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to bar tobacco-product displays?
The Jersey Journal - NJ.com - March 21, 2013

The man some are calling the "nanny mayor" now wants to bar all tobacco-product displays in the city. The proposal, which needs City Council approval, would ...

New York City Smoking Rate Among Teens Stagnates
The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition - March 20, 2013

For years, health officials watched with satisfaction as rates of teen smoking in New York City plummeted, far outpacing the national average. In 2007, the rate dipped to 8.5%. Then it stopped falling. …

NYC vindicates Haverstraw's tobacco display ban effort: Haverstraw adopted ordinance in 2012, but then rescinded it

New York Journal News - March 20, 2013

HAVERSTRAW ­ When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced this week his new legislation to further reduce the smoking rate by banning tobacco displays at retail stores, cheers echoed in the Lower Hudson Valley. “I think it’s amazing,” Denise Hogan of Nyack said Wednesday. …

Put Cigarettes Out of View? It's Been Tried
New York Times - Mar 20, 2013

To give honor where honor is due, Haverstraw actually passed a municipal ordinance just a year ago doing exactly what Mr. Bloomberg wants to do in New York -- prohibit the open display of tobacco products in stores. But faced with a heavy artillery of to

LOCAL LAW To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the display of cigarettes and tobacco products by retail dealers of cigarettes and age restrictions on entry to retail tobacco stores (PDF)
The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition Mar 19, 2013

No retail tobacco store shall employ, or permit to be employed, any person under the age of eighteen years where the duties of such person require or permit such person to handle cigarettes or tobacco products, or to work in an area where cigarettes and ...

VIDEO: Bloomberg tobacco initiative slammed by N.Y. convenience stores
CBS - Mar 19, 2013

The proposals were immediately criticized by the New York Association of Convenience Stores. "The notion of forcing licensed, tax-collecting, law-abiding retailers to hide their tobacco inventory is patently absurd," the group said. "Seeing beer in a bev

Residents irked by no-smoking proposals in Canandaigua parks
MPNnow.com-March 20, 2013

As Canandaigua city officials continued to discuss a potential smoking ban — or, altternately, a no-smoking policy without legal penalties — in publicc parks, ...

New York cigarette ban: Can it succeed where soda ban failed?
NEWS.GNOM.ES (press release)-March 19, 2013

The ban is the latest in a series of smoking bans and ambitious public health ... banning smoking in bars and restaurants, and in 2011 it banned smoking in ...

Downtown Syracuse building recognized as Upstate's first smoke ...
Syracuse.com-March 20, 2013

Genevatower.jpg Geneva Tower at 500 Harrison St. has been recognized by the American Cancer Society for being totally smoke-free Stephen D. Cannerelli ...

Port Chester Moves Closer to Smoking Restrictions at Local Parks
Patch.com-March 19, 2013

Port Chester is moving closer to putting into place new smoking restrictions at the village's parks. While the village is not banning smoking at its park, the village ...

Two Area Colleges Make Dean's List for Tobacco Policy
13WHAM-TV - March 19, 2013

Rochester, N.Y. - Two area colleges are getting top marks in a new report from the American Cancer Society. The Society’s annual Tobacco Free U report measures tobacco bans on New York campuses and for the first time is recognizing individual schools for their rules on tobacco use and enforcement. …

Port Chester Moves Closer to Smoking Restrictions at Local Parks
Port Chester (NY) Patch.com - March 19, 2013

Port Chester is moving closer to putting into place new smoking restrictions at the village's parks. While the village is not banning smoking at its park, the village ...

Bloomberg tobacco initiative slammed by NY convenience stores
Big News Network.com - March 19, 2013

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is launching a new health offensive. Bloomberg hopes to make New York the first city in the country to ban in-store cigarette displays. Similar bans have already been implemented in Canada, Australia and parts of Europe. But New York would be the first city in the U.S. to implement a ban. …

Should cigarette displays in stores be banned? (POLL)
Wall Street Journal - March 19, 2013

Should cigarette displays in stores be banned? …

For some, out-of-sight cigarettes really might be out of mind
NBCNews.com (blog) - March 19, 2013

…“Point of purchase cigarette displays act as cues to smoke, even among those not explicitly intending to buy cigarettes and those trying to avoid smoking,” wrote ...

No-smoking policy back on the agenda for Canandaigua ordinance committee
MPNnow.com - March 18, 2013

The city of Canandaigua will continue to look at a potential smoking ban in public places Tuesday during an ordinance committee meeting. Councilmember Karen White first proposed the potential ban in April 2012. Her suggestion was to model the ordinance after one passed by Ontario County in 2011. That law prohibits tobacco use on county-owned or county-leased property ­ including parks ­ and near playgrounds. …

Bloomberg Seeks to Ban Cigarette Displays in NYC's Stores
Businessweek - March 18, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for legislation to make New York the first U.S. city to require stores to conceal tobacco products, a week after a court struck down his ban on the sale of large sugary beverages. …

NYC plan would keep tobacco products out of sight
Lexington Herald-Leader – March 18, 2013

A new anti-smoking proposal would make New York the first city in the nation to keep tobacco products out of sight in retail stores. … The legislation would require stores to keep tobacco products in cabinets, drawers, under the counter, behind a curtain or in another concealed spot. They could only be visible when an adult is making a purchase or during restocking. … The bills will be introduced in City Council on Wednesday. …

NYC Mayor Wants Stores to Hide Cigarettes
NBCNew York.com - March 18, 2013

… "Such displays suggest that smoking is a normal activity, and they invite young people to experiment with tobacco," Bloomberg told reporters Monday. The law would apply to retail stores and requires City Council approval; it will be introduced on ...

Tobacco sales to minors continue in Chautauqua County stores
Evening Observer - March 15, 2013

MAYVILLE - Two Chautauqua County businesses violated the Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act in 2012 by selling tobacco products to minors. According to the Chautauqua County Health Department, three operators were cited during the same time period in 2011. … Effective Jan. 1, the sale of electronic cigarettes is prohibited to individuals less than 18 years of age. …

Altria Urges 2nd Circ. To Rethink NYC Flavored Tobacco Limits ($$)
Law360 (subscription) - March 11, 2013

LLC said the appeals court erred when it affirmed a federal judge's decision to uphold a New York City ordinance limiting the sale of flavored tobacco products to ...

Uphill battle for health activists
Queens Chronicle - March 7, 2013

“It’s an uphill battle but time, education and open-mindedness will create more room for solving this public health issue,” said QSFP Borough Manager Yvette Buckner. “People were up in arms for a few months after the Mayor banned smoking in restaurants and bars and then it just became a social norm, so I think the same thing will happen now.” According to the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, 60 percent of city residents prefer to live in a smoke-free home. The group also reported that in 2009, city fire marshals determined 556 fires were caused by household smoking, making it the third leading cause of fires that year. However, many co-ops and condos remain hesitant to the idea of prohibiting smoking, citing the infringement of tenants’ liberties as the primary reason. …

Second-Hand Smoke and Smoking Bans ($$)
New York Law Journal - Mar 6, 2013

In their Cooperatives and Condominiums column, Richard Siegler, of counsel to Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, and Eva Talel, a partner at the firm, write that as the known risks associated with smoking increase, so do the number and intensity of smoking-relat

2 Years After Village Smoking Ban: No Citations, But Mayor Says It ...
Great Neck (NY) Patch.com - March 6, 2013

Two years removed from a passing a smoking ban that made national headlines, village of Great Neck officials say no citations have been issued, but the law is ...

Eby, L.T.; Laschober, T.C., "Clinicians' perceptions of implementation extensiveness of 100% tobacco free practices: a longitudinal study of New York state," Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research [Epub ahead of print], February 21, 2013.

In 2008, the state of New York required substance use disorder treatment organizations to be 100% tobacco-free. This longitudinal study examined clinicians' perceptions of the implementation extensiveness of the tobacco-free practices approximately 10-12 months (Time 1) and 20-24 months (Time 2) post regulation and investigated whether clinicians' commitment to change and use of provided resources at Time 1 predicts perceptions of implementation extensiveness at Time 2. Clinicians (N = 287) noted a mean implementation of 5.60 patient practices (0-10 scale), 2.33 visitor practices (0-8 scale), and 6.66 employee practices (0-12 scale) at Time 1. At Time 2, clinicians perceived a mean implementation of 5.95 patient practices (no increase from Time 1), 2.89 visitor practices (increase from Time 1), and 7.12 employee practices (no increase from Time 1). Commitment to change and use of resources positively predicted perceived implementation extensiveness of visitor and employee practices. The use of resources positively predicted implementation for patient practices.

Eby, L.T.; Laschober, T.C., "A quasi-experimental study examining New York state's tobacco-free regulation: effects on clinical practice behaviors," Drug and Alcohol Dependence [Epub ahead of print], February 18, 2013.


Using mixed-effects models, results at pre-regulation indicate no group differences in the three clinical practice behaviors. However, significant post-regulation effects were found such that the experimental group reports greater use of TC-related intake procedures, guideline recommended counseling, and availability of pharmacotherapy than the control group. Additionally, the experimental but not the control group shows increases in all three clinical practice behaviors from pre-regulation to post-regulation.


We conclude that the NYS tobacco-free regulation had a significant and positive effect on promoting patient TC efforts among counselors.

Tobacco-free outdoor areas a nice idea
Gloversville Leader-Herald - March 5, 2013

Through my work I am privileged to interact with many families in our area and, of course, that includes some smokers. Most adults who smoke are genuinely ...

USenate proposes banning smoking on M'side campus
Columbia Daily Spectator (Columbia U.) - March 4, 2013

At its latest plenary, the University Senate discussed a proposed resolution from the Task Force on Smoking Policy, which, if passed, would ban smoking from the Morningside campus, but is still subject to change.

Salamanca Council eyes curbing youth tobacco use
Buffalo News - March 1, 2013

…The ideas included requiring a municipal license for tobacco dealers. A state license is in place, but a municipal license would help to limit the number of new establishments that could come into the area to sell cigarettes and other products. … The City of Salamanca has a local law that gives police the authority to confiscate tobacco products from young people. The three speakers said that while enforcement of that law is at a good level, they would like to see more vigilance. …

Altria Loses Appeal of New York City Flavored-Tobacco Ban
Bloomberg - February 26, 2013

Altria Group Inc. (MO) lost a bid to block a 2009 New York City law banning the sale of flavored smokeless tobacco products except in tobacco bars. The U.S. appeals court in New York today upheld a lower- court ruling which rejected arguments by two Altria units, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Manufacturing and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Brands, that the city’s measure is pre-empted by federal law.

Two Queens complexes have smoke-free living
TimesLedger - February 23, 2013

Residents in a co-op building at Hilltop Village in Hollis can breath [sic] easy in their apartments now that it has snuffed out cigarettes and is completely smoke-free. "I wish they did the same where I live," said Mindy Rodriguez, who lives in the neighborhood and was walking her dog in front of Hilltop Village, at 87-50 204th St. "I don’t like smoking to begin with and when I start thinking about possible fires, I really start to worry."…

School Bans Smoking in Courtyard
The New School Free Press - February 22, 2013

Student views about the decision to ban smoking vary. ... “Banning smoking in the courtyard won't stop anyone from smoking, all the students will just stand out ...

City of Canandaigua considers anti-smoking policy
MPNnow.com - February 21, 2013

Canandaigua, N.Y. ­ In an attempt to regulate smoking in public spots in the city of Canandaigua, City Council members discussed the possibility of making a no-smoking policy, rather than an ordinance as originally discussed. The smoking ban was first suggested by Councilmember Karen White in April. White proposed that such an ordinance could be modeled after one passed by the ...

Weighing in on Proposed Smoking Ban
WKBW-TV-February 20, 2013

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) - A proposal to ban smoking in a car if a child is riding in the vehicle is something that may happen in the near future. Some people said it ...

'Prescription for Change' takes on sale of tobacco products in ...
Evening Sun (subscription) - February 12, 2013

NORWICH – In the ongoing battle to ward off the use of tobacco products, Smoke Free New York State is undertaking a new campaign to restrict the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies that sell them, including those in Chenango County. …

CONFER: The smoking ban 10 years later
Niagara Gazette - February 12, 2013

Niagara Gazette ­ I hate smoking. It’s a disgusting, dirty habit ­ and a deadly one, too: I lost both of my grandfathers prematurely to it. One suffered congestive heart failure while the other was afflicted with lung cancer. They died a handful of years before Mother Nature likely would have taken their lives without any help. But, for as much as I despise cigarettes and wonder why people would engage in such a diversion, I understand and value the premise of personal liberty. …

Staten Island Smoke-Free Partnership goes to Albany
SILive.com - February 12, 2013

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The numbers are weighty ­ 46,000 people; 25,400 lives lost; $ 8.17 billion in health care expenditures. These are just some of the more prominent statistics associated with tobacco use in New York City.

Senecas push state for Rochester casino at revenue-sharing talks
Buffalo News - February 7, 2013

ALBANY – Before the Seneca Nation of Indians pays even part of the $572 million it owes the state and local governments in casino revenue-sharing money, it wants the Cuomo administration to make several concessions, including giving it casino development rights in downtown Rochester. … The Senecas also want smoking rooms shut down at Batavia Downs Casino, the facility run by Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp., sources said. That facility is owned by Buffalo, Erie County and other Western New York counties. The Senecas permit smoking at their casinos, while other betting facilities do not. Batavia, though, allows smoking for its bettors as a carve-out to the state’s clean indoor air act. …

Recent Lawsuit on Secondhand Smoke: A Court Decides If a Co-op Is Liable
Habitat Magazine - February 7, 2013

Susan Reinhard , a shareholder in Connaught Tower Corporation at 300 East 54th Street in Manhattan, sued that co-op because it did not remediate secondhand smoke she claimed was seeping into her apartment. Is a co-op liable to a shareholder who claims damages because of this? … The court eventually concluded that the co-op was negligent, as a matter of law, because it had notice of the smoke condition yet did nothing to remediate it. The court also determined that the lease required the co-op to fix the wall. However, the court dismissed Reinhard's claim of breach of fiduciary duty, explaining that a co-op does not owe a fiduciary duty to its shareholders. This is one in a series of cases where the courts are grappling with secondhand smoke. Breach of warranty of habitability and constructive eviction are issues that have an impact on leased properties, including co-ops ­ claims unavailable to condominium owners, for whom we've courts consider claims of nuisance where condo owners complain of secondhand smoke.

New Rochelle City Hall Campus, Police Court Facility Now Smoke ...
Talk of the Sound-February 5, 2013

A smoke-free campus was one of a number of the committee's ... “Our designation as a smoke-free campus protects the health and well-being of both employees ...

St. Lawrence County offers help prior to smoking ban
WatertownDailyTimes.com - February 4, 2013

CANTON ­ Before its tobacco ban begins in May, St. Lawrence County officials are putting steps in place to help employees who smoke or want to quit get through the day. The county Board of Legislators voted Nov. 5 to ban smoking and the use of tobacco products on county property effective May 4. …

Tobacco-free recreational areas healthy
Gloversville Leader-Herald - February 1, 2013

Project ACTION Tobacco-Free Coalition in Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery counties educate community leaders and the community about the benefits of tobacco-free recreational areas. Project ACTION educates about the environmental impact of tobacco litter and the dangers of secondhand smoke. …

Advising Boards on Handling Secondhand Smoke Issues ($$)
New York Law Journal - Jan 30, 2013

...given the amount of inferior new construction and renovations that has occurred over the past decade, it is likely there will be a significant increase of litigation over smoke issues in the near future.

Vestal High School Junior Honored to Receive the 2013 Reality ...
www.newschannel34.com- January 30, 2013

Reality Check youth work at the local and state level to change policies to limit youth access to tobacco, protect people from second hand smoke and ensure that ...

City of Canandaigua still considering smoking ban
MPNnow.com-Jan 23, 2013

Councilmember Karen White first proposed, in April, the ordinance that would ban smoking in not only parks, but also in public-transportation waiting areas, such ...

University Senate considers future smoking restriction at town hall ...
CU Columbia Spectator-Jan 25, 2013

More than two years after the University Senate passed a ban on smoking ... the town hall, said that restricting smoking to certain areas would be unrealistic.

Reality Check honors area pharmacies for not selling tobacco ...
Wellsville Daily Reporter - January 28, 2013

FRIENDSHIP ­ Local pharmacies got a pat on the back Friday for not selling cigarettes or tobacco products in their stores. …

Anti-smoking groups criticize Gov. Cuomo's state budget
Associated Press - January 27, 2013

New York's top anti-smoking groups are assailing Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal as the latest cut to effective programs aimed at saving lives and keeping teenagers from smoking. In a letter sent to Cuomo over the weekend, the groups urged the ...

Tobacco-Free Onondaga County aims to make residents healthier
Syracuse Parent-January 16, 2013

Tobacco marketers often package their products to look like candy, as shown here, drawing in kids as “replacement smokers” for adults who have either quit or ...

American Lung Association Releases Tobacco Report for New York
WFUV News-January 16, 2013

The group gave A's for the state's highest in the nation cigarette tax and its efforts to reduce secondhand smoke, but New York got F's for what the group says is a ...

New Rochelle City Hall Campus Smoke-free
Patch.com-January 15, 2013

The smoke-free campus was also approved by school district ... "Our designation as a smoke-free campus protects the health and well-being of both employees ...

Lawsuit over smoking pot, having sex on upper East Side rooftop is 'racist,' says co-op resident
New York Daily News - January 10, 2013

... An upper East Side co-op is suing resident Richard Kempter, claiming his ganja-loving guests fill the luxury building with pot smoke and have sex on the roof. ...

Editorial: Cigarette butt bill; crazy but interesting
Waste & Recycling News - January 7, 2013

Michael DenDekker, a New York state assemblyman, thinks so. He has proposed a bottle-bill-style program for smokes. Under his plan, smokers would pay a small deposit, say a penny, on every cigarette. When they haul their butts to a redemption center, they'd get their 1-cent back. …

Smoking and tenants' rights: Your Stories
NewsChannel 9 WSYR - January 3, 2013

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- One of our viewers lives in an apartment complex where secondhand smoke is a problem. She says smokers in neighboring units have caused her respiratory problems, not to mention, her belongings smell like smoke. What are my rights, she asks? …

State's top health official encourages a tobacco-free 2013
EmpireStateNews.net - January 4, 2013

ALBANY - As the new year gets underway, the State Department of Health (DOH) is supporting thousands of New Yorkers who have made a resolution to quit ...

Bloomberg to Ban Smoking in Private Homes?
The Jewish Voice - January 3, 2013

The Bloomberg administration denies it wants to ban smoking in private homes. “The city is not banning smoking in private residences; as part of this federal ...

New law bans sale of electronic cigarettes to minors
YNN - January 2, 2013

With the new year comes many new state laws. One of them makes it illegal to sell electronic cigarettes to minors. Our Melissa Kakareka tells us what kind of feedback the new law is getting from those who know the product. …

SUNY Cortland campus now smoke free
CNYcentral.com - January 2, 2013

SUNY Cortland is now tobacco free. Under a new order that requires all SUNY campuses to be smoke free by 2014, Cortland is the first to implement the ruling. Tobacco products are now banned ...

LETTER: Should public housing ban smoking on site?
Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard blogs - December 31, 2012

A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month reported that an estimated 27 to 29 million Americans living in multi-unit housing are exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke in their homes, even though they don't allow smoking in their units. …

Tougher domestic violence laws, Ban on electric cigarettes to take effect Jan. 1
New York Journal News - December 24, 2012

In September, Cuomo signed a bill that bans the sale of electronic cigarettes to people under age 18 starting Jan. 1. He also signed another bill that prohibits smoking within 100 feet of all school entrances, a measure that took effect immediately. ...

Luxury condo building 1 Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn bans smoking by owners and tenants
New York Post - December 24, 2012

Condo owners at tony 1 Grand Army Plaza -- a k a 1 Prospect Park, where residents are famous for parading around in the buff, giving parkgoers an eyeful through their floor-to-ceiling windows -- will now face fines if they dare to light up in their …

Ithaca city representatives have questions about proposed tobacco ...
ithaca.com - December 19, 2012

I wouldn't be surprised it that extended to seeing smoking paraphernalia in ... So restricting what they see would solve the public health issue created by these head shops. The second problem of marketing and imaging, again if we restrict the ...

Lake George Village Board bans smoking in parts of Shepard Park
Glens Falls (NY) Post-Star - December 18, 2012

The board decided to designate the amphitheater area and the nearby picnic tables and playground as non-smoking areas. The village received complaints about secondhand smoke after the Lake George Jazz Festival, ...

State parks' proposed smoking regulations vary from region to region
Auburn Citizen - December 18, 2012

One of the differences, according to the proposed regulations, is smoking would ... Monday that the organization would prefer the broadest possible restrictions, but ... to do is restrict smoking in areas where lots of people congregate or children ...

Bloomberg Offers Cash to Community Groups Who Convince Buildings to Go Smoke Free
New York Observer - December 17, 2012

He's offering community groups who convince buildings to go smoke-free a $10,000 thank-you, to be paid out by a Centers for Disease Control grant. …

City Wants More Landlords To Make Buildings Smoke-Free
NY1 - December 17, 2012

The next battleground in the city's fight to reduce smoking could be private buildings. Community groups are being asked to campaign against smoking by convincing building owners to voluntarily ban lighting up. According to a document from a group set up by the New York City Department of Health, so-called neighborhood contractors would enlist property managers and tenants in the effort to stamp out smoking in their own buildings. …

Now Bloomberg wants to ban New Yorkers smoking in their OWN ...
Daily Mail - December 17, 2012

The news comes one year after the city banned smoking in parks and beaches, ... There are no laws prohibiting a landlord from banning smoking, according to real-estate ... Judge bans Edward Furlong from being alone with his son after the ...

Relax, Smokers: Bloomberg Isn't Banning Butts In Your Home
Gothamist - December 17, 2012

Is Mayor Bloomberg waging a "secret war" against smokers exercising their right to inhale carcinogenic coolness in their own apartments? No, but that doesn't stop the Post from sounding surprised that his administration would push landlords and tenant organizations to make their buildings smoke-free. …

Our view: Make state park smoking restrictions stick this time
Auburn Citizen - December 17, 2012

… Second-hand smoke is a public health issue. The public needs strong protections for people who are simply trying to safely enjoy the outdoor recreation opportunities that their taxes help support. Most smokers understand that, and will have no problem with regulations that prevent them from lighting up on a public beach or at a playground or inside a picnic pavilion. They will have no problem with it because they already make the effort to smoke in places well away from areas filled with other people. That's all these regulations do. They do not place a total ban on smoking ­ they simply ensure that smoking takes place away from people who do not want to breathe the toxic materials that cigarettes release. …

Smoking ban proposed in some areas of state parks
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - December 15, 2012

State park regulators first proposed the smoking restrictions in April, but the proposal was temporarily shelved after a smokers' rights group filed an objection.

Troy's public park smoking ban appears to be working
Troy Record - December 16, 2012

TROY ­ There have been no reported tickets issued on behalf of the smoking ban in public parks where children congregate which was signed into legislation ...

State Again Proposes No-Smoking Areas at Parks
The Journal News - LoHud.com - December 14, 2012

State park regulators first proposed the smoking restrictions in April, but the proposal was temporarily shelved after a smoker's rights group filed an objection. …

Clinton County Lawmakers Consider Smoking Ban
Fox44abc22yourvoice - December 12, 2012

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - Outside the Clinton County Government Center you can't miss the smoking canisters. But soon they may be a thing of the past. Some lawmakers want to make people leave county properties if they choose to use any form of tobacco. A hot topic issue that has people here talking. "Smoking shouldn't be one of the options around government property," said Leshaunda Dawson. …

VSA to solicit opinions on smoking ban
The Miscellany News - December 12, 2012

Though previously Vassar has largely resorted to student opinion when it came to the question of implementing a smoking ban, the Vassar Student Association (VSA) is now turning to more empirical evidence before any final decisions can be made. …

Paul Smith's College will go tobacco-free in 2014
ReadMedia (press release) - December 12, 2012

PAUL SMITHS, NY (12/12/2012)(readMedia)-- Paul Smith's College will become tobacco-free as of August 1, 2014, college President John W. Mills announced ... Paul Smith's is joining 825 other campuses that have banned smoking – a figure that includes more than 600 that have gone tobacco-free or have announced plans to do so, according to the group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. …

Maybe the good die young, but New Yorkers aren't very likely to
New York Business Journal – December 12, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a news release that people born in New York City in 2010 have an average life expectancy of 80.9 years, more than two years longer than the national average. The mayor attributed those gains primarily to a 23 percent drop in the infant mortality rate over the previous decade, to 4.7 deaths per 1,000 births, and stronger interventions to address smoking and HIV. He also pointed to a marked improvement in the life expectancy for African-Americans in the city. …

Letter: All N.Y. colleges should become smoke-free
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - December 11, 2012

Secondhand smoke is responsible for 2,500 deaths in New York annually. With comprehensive smoke-free policies in place, we can begin to reduce that ...

Support efforts to limit secondhand smoke
Syracuse.com (blog) - December 7, 2012

Considering that the U.S. surgeon general has stated that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, it is the view that ''smoking in most outdoor ...

National Report: New York Ranks 21st in Protecting Kids from ...
Sacramento Bee – December 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2012 -- WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York ranks 21st in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations. …

Haverstraw, New York, Activists Honored For Their Passion ...
Sacramento Bee - December 5, 2012

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the 2012 Legacy Community Activist Award is presented to Mayor Michael Kohut and Marion Breland-Oswald for their efforts within The Village of Haverstraw, NY, in Rockland County which is now viewed as a "Trailblazer Community" in tobacco control. By putting the reduction of youth tobacco use on their priority agenda, their village got a real-time education -- and the nation received a bird's eye view -- on how the US tobacco industry responds when well-meaning policy makers attempt to put public health ahead of commercial interests. Mayor Kohut and Ms. Breland-Oswald's actions initially led to a series of voluntary tobacco advertising removals in Haverstraw by retail owners, a local resolution restricting tobacco marketing in retail environments in 2011 and finally, although it was ultimately rescinded in 2012, the passage of the nation's first ban of tobacco product displays. …

Area colleges consider total smoking bans
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - December 5, 2012

… Virtually all of the colleges in the Rochester area have some kind of restrictions on smoking, but several are exploring the notion of expanding their bans to their entire campus. At Nazareth College on Tuesday morning, Patterson spoke to a group of local educators and policymakers about the benefits ­ and challenges ­ that come with a tobacco-free campus. …

Helping to promote tobacco-free policies
Syracuse.com (blog) - December 4, 2012

Tobacco Free Onondaga County works to educate the community about the dangers of tobacco and reduce people’s exposure to secondhand smoke. Based on many recent letters and articles, people in our community are concerned about secondhand smoke as a health hazard and motivated to do something about it. …

County officials nix smoking ban proposal
Steuben Courier - December 2, 2012

Steuben County legislators defeated a second effort by a standing legislative committee 11-4 Monday to ban smoking on county-owned or leased property. …

Total smoking ban in parks runs into resistance at Onondaga County Legislature
Syracuse.com - December 2, 2012

A proposed ban on smoking in Onondaga County parks has run into opposition among county lawmakers who think the ban would be too broad. Members of the county Legislature’s Health Committee have asked the administration of County Executive Joanie Mahoney to rewrite …

Erie Housing Authority asks residents whether homes should go smoke-free
GoErie.com - December 1, 2012

Every year, the Erie Housing Authority asks its residents whether they feel safe in their homes and whether the authority is doing its job. This year, the authority wants to know something else, as well: Should smoking be prohibited or limited on Housing Authority property? …

Tobacco-Free Website Launched
SUNY Cortland News - November 30, 2012

Starting Jan. 1, the SUNY Cortland campus will become tobacco free. … The new policy means less secondhand smoke, fewer unexpected pools of tobacco drool and a stronger claim to being one of the healthiest campuses in the ...

Elma May Ban Smoking in Town Parks
East Aurora Advertiser - November 30, 2012

Smoking in Elma's public parks may be at end with an expected town resolution banning the habit, while enforcing the order might fall on community members and youth organizers that use the park. …

Steuben legislators kill off 'excessive, broad' smoking ban on county ...
Hornell Evening Tribune - November 29, 2012

Steuben County legislators defeated a second effort by a standing legislative committee 11-4 this week to ban smoking on county-owned or leased property.

Joss, 2015 reps urge admins to wait for student input on smoking ban
The Miscellany News - November 28, 2012

During last Sunday’s Vassar Student Association (VSA) Council, Josselyn House President Casey Hancock ’15 and Class of 2015 President Ali Ehrlich proposed Resolution 27-6 which requested that Dean of the College Christopher Roellke, College President Catharine Bond Hill and the Committee on College Life (CCL) postpone voting or deciding on a smoking ban until further efforts to assess student opinion are implemented. …

County plans another look at proposed smoking ban
Steuben Courier - November 27, 2012

Bath, NY ­ Steuben County legislators are expected to put back on the table a proposed ban on smoking on county-owned or leased property when they meet in regular session at the rare time of 4 p.m. Monday. …

Park smoking 'ban' approved
Tonawanda News - November 27, 2012

At the time, the group worried that the signs read like declarations of a law banning smoking in parks, although no such law was on the books. Some lawmakers ...

Ogdensburg passes tobacco-free park policy
Watertown (NY) Daily Times - Nov 18, 2012

A new policy asks citizens to snuff out their cigarettes while in the proximity of municipal sports fields and playgrounds. The City Council passed a voluntary tobacco-free resolution Tuesday night that will erect signs near playgrounds and recreational ...

Student panel reviews smoking ban
Binghamton University Pipe Dream - November 9, 2012

In response to a SUNY-wide smoking ban proposed by SUNY Chancellor ... it will join SUNY Brockport, SUNY Albany and University at Buffalo in banning smoking. ... “Look at other banned activities and how often they still happen; this would ...

Comprehensive ban on outdoor smoking is urged
Business First Of Buffalo (NY) - November 7, 2012

The Niagara Falls Review says the region's public health committee has asked the regional government to draw up such a ban. Such legislation would prohibit smoking at all parks, playgrounds, sports fields and other public outdoor areas.

Region will consider an outdoor smoking ban
News Talk 610 CKTB (NY) - November 7, 2012

Region will consider an outdoor smoking ban. 610 CKTB ... Four municipalities have bans in place including Niagara Falls, Welland, Grimsby and West Lincoln.

Students modify smoke-free campus initiative
Campus Times - November 1, 2012

… Under the guidance of Director of the University Health Service Ralph Manchester and Associate Director of Health Promotion Linda Dudman, Finnie, Rothenberg and Tarentine initially aimed to implement a policy that would designate UR as entirely smoke free with no designated smoking areas, but after receiving feedback from students, faculty and staff, decided this new direction would make for a policy that would accommodate a larger majority of the University community. …

Go smoke free with exceptions
Campus Times - November 1, 2012

For over a year now, three undergraduate students have been spearheading an initiative to change the smoking policy at UR. As it stands, there is no timeline for the institution of any one policy. If implemented though, a change in policy would not only promote cleaner air on campus, it would also create a healthier campus, arriving in the context of a national trend toward smoke-free environments, already prevalent in many bars, theaters and other college campuses. …

ECC going smoke-free
Business First - October 31, 2012

Erie Community College plans to enact a tobacco-free policy on all three of its Western New York campuses on Jan. 1, 2013. The policy was recently approved ...

Buffalo-area pharmacists say no to tobacco sales in pharmacies
Medical Xpress - October 30, 2012

More than 75 percent of Western New York pharmacists say tobacco sales in pharmacies should be legally banned, according to research conducted by Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and the University at Buffalo (UB), published in BMC Research Notes. The study found that more than 86% of pharmacists surveyed would prefer to work in a pharmacy that does not sell tobacco products. …

Campus smoking ban misses point
Oswegonian - October 25, 2012

Smoking elicits mixed feelings from people. Some hate smoking because lung cancer claimed a loved one, they hate the smell or they think that it’s a disgusting habit. Others enjoy smoking because it allows them to escape from the world if only for the duration of the cigarette; it might make them nostalgic for that one time they had an epic conversation with a stranger while outside smoking a cigarette. Yet, there are still others who experience frustration because they can’t break the habit even if they wanted to. As an on-and-off smoker who tries to understand both sides of controversy regarding smoking, what I don't understand is the recent push to ban ...

Broadening the Ban on Smoking in Broome County
WBNG-TV - October 19, 2012

Broome County lawmakers unanimously approved a smoking ban that expands the number of no smoking zones in country parks. …

GN Parks district goes smoke free
The Island Now - October 18, 2012

The Great Neck Park District approved a resolution during their Thursday evening meeting last week that made the entire park district smoking free. Passed unanimously, the park district will begin putting up signs within 30 days. …

EDITORIAL: Smoke-free? Yes, please
Glens Falls Post-Star - October 17, 2012

If we're asked whether we think Village Green Apartments in Glens Falls should go smoke-free, we have this to say: Earth should go smoke-free. Smoking ...

Binghamton City Council Looking to Restrict Tobacco Ads
FOX 40 News WICZ TV - October 15, 2012

Tobacco products are legal to sell, but should they be advertised close to schools and other places where youth gather? That was a question that was put before members of Binghamton City Council during a work session Monday night. The Tobacco Free Coalition is proposing zoning restrictions on advertising of tobacco products within city limits. …

Silver Creek gets more info on making parks smoke-free
Evening Observer - October 15, 2012

Shaw attended the meeting with Tri-County Tobacco Free Program Project Director for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Alleghany counties, Laurie Adams. …

Smoking ban, lakefront on Canandaigua ordinance agenda
MPNnow.com - October 13, 2012

The city of Canandaigua will continue discussion of a proposed smoking ban in parks and other public spots ­ such as bus stops ­ in the city. The ban was proposed in April by councilmember Karen White, and is similar to a ordinance passed by Ontario County in 2011. …

Village Green Apartments to put out smoke with no smoking policy
Glens Falls (NY) Post-Star - October 15, 2012

Village Green Apartments, a federally subsidized housing complex in Glens Falls for low-income individuals and families, is going “smoke free.” New rules, which take effect Jan. 1, prohibit smoking within apartments, in common areas, within 50 feet of …

Smoke-free parks now the rule in Dutchess County (videos)
Kingston Daily Freeman - October 8, 2012

MILAN, N.Y. Frank Steinhauer parked his car in the parking lot at Wilcox Park, as he had done many times before, then walked across the beach cigarette ...

County revisits smoking ban idea
Steuben Courier - October 7, 2012

Steuben County officials will go back and take a look at the unintended consequences of a proposed ban on tobacco use on county property.

Editorial: A Smoke-free Campus
Skidmore News - October 4, 2012

With an ever-rising number of college campuses in the country banning or restricting smoking, it has come at no surprise that members of the Skidmore College community have been discussing the idea. As noted in "Smoke-Free? Skidmore's future as a smoke-friendly campus," SGA and the administration have been entertaining such a notion since the end of last year. The question at hand is not whether the school has the right to enact such a policy, but what kind of approach the school might take in restricting smoking, and whether or not such action is truly necessary. …

Steuben to mull 'unintended consequences' of smoking ban
Corning Leader - October 3, 2012

Steuben County officials will go back and take a look at the “unintended consequences” of a proposed ban on tobacco use on county property. …

Congel recognized for banning smoking in malls
Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard - Oct 3, 2012

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is giving an award to Robert Congel, founder and chairman of The Pyramid Cos., for implementing a tobacco-free policy in his company's 17 shopping malls.

LETTER: State must do more to help people quit, avoid secondhand smoke
Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard blogs - Oct 3, 2012

...the state must also do its part to reduce tobacco use by adequately funding the state's tobacco control program and ensuring adequate cessation coverage is available for those who want to quit.

NYU Langone Medical Center Hosts AAP Visiting Lectureship ...
Newswise (press release) - October 2, 2012

Dr. Winickoff has made significant contributions to reducing children's exposure to secondhand smoke through the development of the Clinical and Community ...

Silver Creek still weighing tobacco-free parks
Buffalo News - October 1, 2012

SILVER CREEK - Village board members will continue to explore the idea of making public parks in Silver Creek tobacco-free zones. At the regular meeting of ...

Schenectady housing authority's senior units going smoke-free
Schenectady Gazette - October 1, 2012

The Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority announced this morning that its senior housing developments will be going smoke-free on April 1. The policy ...

No Smoking on WCC Campus: The Right Choice?
Chappaqua (NY) Patch.org - September 29, 2012

Westchester Community College cracks down on smoking this month, following in others' footsteps....

Smokefree Housing Options in NYC Need to Expand
Huffington Post (blog) - September 28, 2012

Here in New York City's five boroughs, tremendous progress has been made over the last few years when it comes to the number of areas where people can enjoy clean, smokefree air. Thanks to Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council, our parks, beaches and hospital grounds are smokefree. A number of City University of New York campuses declared themselves 100 percent smokefree as well. These actions not only protect us -- they reinforce the message that secondhand smoke is unsafe and exposure can be hazardous to health. Yet despite good choices being made by government and by organizations who've declared themselves smokefree, one place where too many New Yorkers find no escape from secondhand smoke is in their very own homes. This needs to change. …

Do you support banning smoking at festivals and public parks?
Evening Observer - September 28, 2012

Do you support banning smoking at festivals and public parks? Yes ... Although I no longer smoke I do not think there should be a ban against smoking in public. …

Resident asks for Silver Creek parks to be smoke-free
Evening Observer - September 28, 2012

SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Festival of Grapes is over, but for some the family-friendly experience was ruined by people smoking during the event. …

Smoking ban still ineffective, USenate task force reports
CU Columbia Spectator - September 28, 2012

A University Senate task force on smoking policy has formally concluded what many students already suspected­that Columbia’s partial smoking ban isn’t being enforced. …

Editorial: Don't slide back on park smoking ban
Poughkeepsie Journal - September 27, 2012

Smoking cigarettes isn’t against the law, but smoking anywhere in public has been, if not outright forbidden, discouraged and stigmatized. And this is all to the good, irritated smokers aside: Secondhand smoke is a killer; we know it, and public health officials have acted on it. …

TACFL applauds Marion Town Parks
Wayne Post - September 27, 2012

Marion, N.Y. ­ The town of Marion has partnered with the Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes – TACFL, to institute a tobacco-free policy at Marion Town Park. Tobacco use of any kind is now prohibited on the grounds and parking areas of the Park. …

Smoking Ban; GN Estates Property Reassessments
Great Neck (NY) Patch.com - September 27, 2012

… Smoking Ban Resolution: The Great Neck Park District board will consider a resolution to prohibit smoking throughout the entire Village Green on Thursday. …

Park 'smoke-out' battle
New York Post - September 27, 2012

The Hudson River Park Trust has proposed banning smoking in its five-mile riverfront park, prompting a letter from a smoking-rights group saying the trust lacks the legal authority to do so. … The trust said it has the authority to adopt rules to protect the public. Existing rules, for example, prohibit littering, swimming nude or leaving dog waste. Alcohol is permitted only in designated areas. It said the smoking ban also is consistent with 470 U.S. municipalities, including parks in San Francisco and Albuquerque. …

Group faults proposed smoking ban in NYC park
Albany Times Union - September 27, 2012

ALBANY ­ The Hudson River Park Trust has proposed banning smoking in its ... The group is suing state officials to stop outdoor smoking bans in state parks.

Downtown litterbugs irk Canandaigua officials
MPNnow.com - Sep 22, 2012

Canandaigua, N.Y. ­ Fed up with the slew of cigarette butts scattered around downtown, Canandaigua city councilmember Karen White proposed a smoking ban ­ and now these discarded cigarettes has City Council looking at a different concern. …

City ban on smoking in lots at parks may end
Poughkeepsie Journal - Sep 22, 2012

Smokers may soon be able to light up again in the parking lots of ... Council voted 5-3 this week to amend the law banning smoking in the city parks and to reduce the ... He said he is a strong supporter of the smoking ban and will review the ...

Legislature Delays Vote On Smoking Ban in County Parks
FOX 40 News WICZ TV - September 20, 2012

To smoke or not to smoke, or to smoke in just some areas of Broome County Parks. Does that debate sound familiar? It's a debate that will be continuing for a while following non-action tonight from the County Legislature. …

Park District to Consider Village Green Smoking Ban
Great Neck (NY) Patch.com - September 21, 2012

The Great Neck Park District board will consider a resolution to prohibit smoking throughout the entire Village Green at its next meeting on Sept. 27, according to ...

Silver Springs is latest village to ban tobacco use in its park
The Daily News Online - September 21, 2012

SILVER SPRINGS ­ A decision to ban smoking in parts of the village park has earned praise from a local health organization. The Village Board has voted that ...

Smoking Banned by 2014
Oswegonian - September 20, 2012

The campus will become smoke free by January 2014, according to the Oswego State Clean Air Committee. Right now, the smoking policy states that students ...

Smoking Decline Stalls Despite City Efforts
WNYC - September 20, 2012

After almost a decade where an increasing number of city residents tossed away their cigarettes, smoking went up slightly last year, according to new Health Department figures. Six percent more people smoked in 2011 than the year before ­ despite a broadened smoking ban that kicked in, making city parks, beaches and select public ...

Buffalo State needs to enforce its smoking regulations
Buffalo News - September 20, 2012

The idea of a smoke-free campus, especially of those in the State University of New York system, is controversial, and is still somewhat taboo. Individuals see ...

GN parks talk smoking ban
The Island Now - September 20, 2012

The Great Neck Park District board announced last week that it will consider a resolution to prohibit smoking throughout the entire Village Green at its next meeting on Sept. 27. …

Poughkeepsie Council partially reverses city's smoking ban in parks
Mid-Hudson News - September 20, 2012

By a five to three vote, the Poughkeepsie Common Council Wednesday night reversed a more than year old city ordinance that bans smoking in city parks and will now allow people to light up in park parking lots. …

Proposed local tobacco licensing should not include paraphernalia
Ithaca College - The Ithacan - September 19, 2012

The City of Ithaca’s proposed local tobacco legislation needs to distinguish between establishments that sell tobacco products versus smoking paraphernalia. Requiring head shops to carry a local license simply because they sell glassware associated with tobacco only serves to limit local artists, not prevent underage tobacco use. …

Zoning Law Targets Rochester's Convenience Stores
Rochester YNN - September 20, 2012

…The amendments include requiring new corner stores to sell a full line of food products including fresh vegetables, and limits the store's sales to either tobacco, beer and wine or lottery. …

New York Ban on Public Smoking 100 feet from Schools and Selling ...
OfficialWire - September 18, 2012

The smoke is also known to be detrimental to the health of children who are still in their early stages of development. The new law expands the ban and prohibits ...

Council Members Suggest Tobacco Ban in Corning
WETM - September 18, 2012

Smith says the idea for a smoking and chewing tobacco ban on city-owned property may cause his store problems. “It's never good for business. I mean, to ...

Smoke-free? Skidmore's future as a smoke-friendly campus
Skidmore News - September 18, 2012

If you’ve ever left your dorm, you’ve probably encountered secondhand smoke at one point or another. Whether you’re the smoker taking a puff in front of the Burgess Cafe, or the passerby that witnesses the crowds forming around the benches anterior to the residence halls, news of a potentially smoke-free Skidmore might come as a shock to you. …

La Marina's Herbal Hookahs Exempted from Smoking Ban, Owners ...
DNAinfo - September 18, 2012

A popular uptown restaurant overseen by the Parks Department says they have received special permission to be exempt from the smoking ban in city parks and public spaces because their hookah pipes use an herbal alternative to tobacco. According to the establishment's spokesman Jaret Keller, La Marina uses herbal sheesha in its Middle Eastern-style hookah pipes, not tobacco, making the restaurant exempt from the city parks smoking ban. …

Majority at hearing favor smoking ban on St. Lawrence County property
WatertownDailyTimes.com - September 18, 2012

CANTON ­ A majority of people who spoke at a public hearing Monday in the St. Lawrence County Legislature boardroom favored a proposed law that the county ban smoking on its property. The use of tobacco products on all property owned or leased by the county, including county buildings, beach and shoreline areas, playing fields, parks, picnic areas, hiking trails and other recreational areas, would be prohibited under the proposal. …

Silver Creek Board to eye festival smoking ban
Buffalo News - September 17, 2012

SILVER CREEK - A Festival of Grapes free from cigarette smoke will be considered by the Village Board. …

Council may consider tobacco ban on city property
Corning Leader - September 17, 2012

Corning, N.Y. - The City Council is discussing outlawing smoking and chewing tobacco on all city-owned property, including parks, alleys and sidewalks. …

SLC Legislature Considers Total Cigarette Ban
WWNY TV 7 - September 17 , 2012

The St. lawrence County legislature is considering a total ban on smoking and chewing tobacco on county property. Already, the county bans the use of tobacco products in county buildings and vehicles. The new law would go significantly further, banning smoking outside on ...

Canandaigua City Council to meet downtown, discuss smoking ban
MPNnow.com - September 17, 2012

Discussion of possible smoking ban in parts of the City of Canandaigua will continue Tuesday as members of City Council will meet downtown before a scheduled ordinance meeting. …

State Fair considers limiting outdoor smoking after complaints
CNYcentral.com - September 17, 2012

SYRACUSE -- The organizers of the New York State Fair say they're looking into limiting outdoor smoking because of complaints from visitors. …

Your comments: Create designated smoking areas at the NY State Fair
Syracuse.com - September 16, 2012

…It's legal to smoke outside in New York state, but some people want the fair to restrict smoking near food and children's play areas, or ban it outright. O'Hara told ...

Organizers of New York State Fair consider limits on smoking
Syracuse.com - Sep 16, 2012

Will the New York State Fair be the next place to ban smoking? ... Many fair visitors said they want smoking banned and suggested there at least be ... The state fair follows the NYS Clean Indoor Air Act. The act bans smoking indoors at most ...

CUNY becomes tobacco-free
Amsterdam News - September 13 , 2012

This fall, the City University of New York will become the largest 100 percent tobacco-free urban public university system in the United States, with a total ban on tobacco use, marketing, promotions and sports sponsorships in effect at all 24 institutions. The ban includes all forms of tobacco and chewing tobacco, as well as e-cigarettes. It applies to buildings, outdoor locations such as playing fields, entrances and exits to buildings, and parking lots. …

The War On Smoking Is Working
Slate Magazine (blog) - September 14, 2012

Response to New York City's partial ban on very large sodas has featured a lot of commentary drawing heavily on the "futility" leg of Albert Hirschmann's three-legged stool of the rhetoric of reaction. But if I think back to the evolution of cigarette smoking policy since the late-1980s that you can see the same thing. Relatively few of the measures enacted­a price hike here, a ban on cigarette machines there­seem like public health game-changers on their own terms. But not only is the overall smoking rate steadily falling, but Gallup is out with survey evidence showing that the number of cigarettes smoked by those who do smoke is falling. ...

Hospital smoking ban pushes employee breaks into neighbors' yards
HealthLeaders Media - September 13, 2012

When St. Joseph's Hospital banned smoking from campus, some employees turned Kat Gridley's front yard into the new smoking lounge. …

Smoking ban proposed for Broome County's parks
Press & Sun-Bulletin - September 12, 2012

BINGHAMTON ­ Lighting up anything other than a grill or a campfire at Broome County parks may soon become much more difficult. In a move that mirrors other measures recently passed or proposed across New York, the Broome County Legislature is slated to vote next week on a new law banning smoking in almost all areas of its parks. …

Onondaga County to consider smoking ban in county parks, zoo, Civic Center entrance
Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard - Sep 12, 2012

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney is working on a plan that would ban smoking everywhere in county parks and within 50 feet of entrances to all county-owned buildings.

Madison County supervisors pass smoking, bath salts ban
Oneida Dispatch (NY) - September 11, 2012

Madison County supervisors pass smoking, bath salts ban ... 5 bans the sale and possession of the synthetic drug bath salts. ... but not identical state and federal laws have also been passed banning the sale and possession of the drug.

Assemblyman McDonough Announces New Laws That Protect ...
Patch.com (NY) - September 12, 2012

The second measure, would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes, which are battery-powered devices that allows users to inhale a vaporized liquid nicotine ...

New law protects students from second-hand smoke
Legislative Gazette - September 10, 2012

No butts about it, New York lawmakers are continuing to battle cigarette smoking ... and also prohibiting the sale of "e-cigarettes," an alternative to tobacco, to minors. ... by nicotine gum companies), a ban of the product's sale to minors will do.

Steuben ponders smoking ban on county properties
Steuben Courier - September 9, 2012

Tobacco users may need another place to light up or chew, with Steuben County legislators considering a tobacco ban on all county property. …

Steuben leaders appear poised to enact tobacco ban on county property
Hornell Evening Tribune - September 7, 2012

Bath, N.Y. - Tobacco users may need another place to light up or chew, with Steuben County legislators considering a tobacco ban on all county property. The county Legislature’s Human Services, Health and Education Committee unanimously adopted a draft law prohibiting the use of tobacco on county-owned or leased property. The prohibition would include county offices located in Corning and Hornell. …

NY Governor Signs Ban on E-Cigarette Sales to Minors
CSNews Online - September 6, 2012

With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has now made it illegal to sell electronic cigarettes to minors in New York. …

Kingston bans smoking under Uptown canopies
Kingston (NY) Daily Freeman - September 6, 2012

City lawmakers have voted to ban smoking under the sidewalk canopies in the Uptown business district. ...

Ban smoking from fairgrounds and Onondaga County parks
Syracuse.com (NY) - September 5, 2012

Eventually, smoking will be banned from all public places. The smoking ban back in 2003 for restaurants and bars was a good first step. Now it's time for the ...

My Father Smokes
Greenpoint Star News (NY) - September 5, 2012

A smoke-free building would give him a bigger push to quit smoking. A smoke-free policy is largely self-enforced and a mutual agreement between the landlord ...

Lines divide over 'No smoking' at the College of Staten Island's ...
SILive.com - September 5, 2012

Staten Island Advance/Mark SteinTobacco-free signs have been posted on ... The City University of New York (CUNY)'s “Tobacco Free CUNY” policy was ...

SUNY Chancellor seeks campus smoking ban
Binghamton University Pipe Dream - September 4, 2012

Weizalis said he cannot predict whether legislatures will approve the ban, but added that he is encouraged by previous legislation that banned smoking in public ...

Smoke and ashes
Binghamton University Pipe Dream - September 4, 2012

Gone are the days when newscasters smoked on air and the Flinstones told ... place to be, we don't think that a total ban is the necessary course of action. ... There is nowhere else for on-campus students to go smoke if it is banned on campus. …

Letter: SCIANDRA: Smoking bans just good policy
Albany (NY) Times-Union - August 30, 2012

The recent Times Union editorial regarding the Schenectady outdoor smoking ban does not address that inhaling secondhand smoke can be deadly ("Think again in Schenectady," . . . Outdoor smoking bans are not overzealous or impractical. ...

Letter: Law is a vehicle of social change
Albany (NY) Times-Union - August 30, 2012

Think again about your knowledge of public health, Times Union. I am appalled at your recent editorial "Think again in Schenectady," Aug. 23. Laws regarding smoking in outdoor spaces are not a matter of infringing on the smoker's rights to purchase and use their legal tobacco products. They are means of social change where the overall outcome is for the health of all residents. …

Kingston smoking ban controversy
YNN Hudson Valley - August 27, 2012

Kingston's Common Council plans to vote next month on a ban on smoking in the Uptown District's outdoor canopies. YNN's John Wagner talked with both ...

Camillus parks also should be smoke-free
Syracuse.com (blog) - August 24, 2012

In your recent article about making parks and municipal grounds smoke-free, it was great to see such a long list of smoke-free places. But I noticed the town of ...

Think again in Schenectady
Albany Times Union (blog) - August 23, 2012

Our opinion: The city is ready to ban smoking in all its parks. ... Sano's law bans smoking in playgrounds, fields and outside city pool areas. ... But does that mean such behavior should be banned ­ especially when enforcement of a ... this year in getting the state to hold off on banning smoking near pools and playgrounds. …

Common Council panel backs smoking ban under Uptown Kingston ...
Kingston Daily Freeman - August 23, 2012

KINGSTON, N.Y. ­ Mayor Shayne Gallo’s push to ban smoking under the city’s Uptown canopies has garnered support from a Common Council committee. …

Democrats Sandra Galef, David Carlucci back N.Y. playground ...
The Journal News | LoHud.com - August 23, 2012

Assemblywoman Sandra Galef, D-Ossining, declares her support for a statewide law to ban smoking at playgrounds, as state Sen. David Carlucci, D-New City, ...

Hudson Valley lawmakers sponsor bill banning smoking in parks ...
Newsday (subscription) - August 23, 2012

Hudson Valley lawmakers sponsor bill banning smoking in parks, playgrounds ... Two state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley want to ban smoking on ...

Readers React: Town Smoking Ban Ignites Hot Debate
Patch.com - August 20, 2012

Smithtown Town officials decision to ban smoking at town-run parks and beaches receives mixed reaction. …

Tuckahoe Approves More Anti-Smoking Laws
Patch.com - August 21, 2012

With smoking already banned in or near Village Hall in Tuckahoe, the Board unanimously voted ... More places in Tuckahoe now have smoking bans on them. ... and last night, with no clear opposition for the smoking ban from either the board or residents, the ... All workers can only smoke now in designated smoking areas. …

Smoke ban in parks sought
Albany Times Union - August 20, 2012

SCHENECTADY ­ The city will likely ban smoking throughout its parks ­ a move ... mirror similar bans in the neighboring suburban communities of Niskayuna, ... is for banning smoking just around playgrounds (84 percent of respondents), ...

Town of Owasco enacts tobacco free policy
NewsChannel 9 WSYR - August 16, 2012

Owasco (WSYR-TV) -- The Cayuga County town of Owasco is enacting a new smoking ban. The town announced the adoption of a tobacco free policy on all all town-owned recreational facilities.

Smithtown joins public smoking ban ranks
Newsday (NY) - August 15, 2012

Bans on tobacco in all its forms are ... Not at Smithtown town parks, playgrounds and beaches: Smoking has been banned there, and within 50 feet of town buildings. The town board voted unanimously Tuesday to enact the ban, taking effect ... Long Island towns and villages that restrict or prohibit smoking, which also is.

Do we possess the 'right' to smoke? Matt's Memo
CNYcentral.com (NY) - August 14, 2012

The mayor of the county seat, Wampsville, has formally opposed the ban saying ... It was 22 years ago that the same Board of Supervisors banned smoking ...

Madison County working on local drug ban law; repeals sales tax ...
Oneida Dispatch (NY) - August 14, 2012

The proposed local law banning the sale and possession of the synthetic drug ... the local law because it would cause smokers who work at or visit the county ...

Wampsville Mayor opposes expanded smoking ban calling it a ...
CNYcentral.com (NY) - August 14, 2012

WAMPSVILLE -- Madison County is moving ahead with an expanded ban on ... an ordinance that bans smoking from "property owned or leased by the County." The supervisors agreed to eliminate the provision that would ban smoking fro

No Ifs, Ands Or Butts In Anti-Smoking Crusade
Sheepshead Bites (NY) - August 14, 2012

It's about a decade since the City Council enacted the first regulations to ban smoking in bars, restaurants, bowling alleys and other indoor public places.

Schenectady considers smoking ban at public parks
WNYT (NY)- August 14, 2012

SCHENECTADY -- Smoking is not allowed here where children are out for some fresh air at Schenectady's Central Park. But even with some restrictions on ...

The University Of Rochester Campus Might Go Smoke Free
13WHAM TV (Rochester, NY) - Aug 13, 2012

At the University of Rochester, only the Medical Center is smoke free with designated smoking areas. The school is now thinking about extending this rule to the whole campus.

Madison County officials consider smoking ban on all property owned or leased by the county
Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard - Aug 12, 2012

Madison County officials are considering banning the use of tobacco on property owned and leased by the county, including the entire government campus in Wampsville, where smoking is currently prohibited within 20 feet of county buildings, and portions of

Jeffrey Dinowitz honored at the smoke-free Riverdale Y
The Riverdale Press - August 8, 2012

The New York City Coalition for a Smoke-Free City and its Bronx Smoke-Free Partnership honored Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz at the Riverdale YM-YWHA ...

Broome committee wants smoking ban rewritten to add details
Press & Sun-Bulletin - August 9, 2012

Officials are looking at a proposal to expand a smoking ban from beyond ... Smoking has been banned in playground areas of county parks since 2007. Claudia ...

No-smoking rules in city parks not always followed
The Daily News Online - August 8, 2012

City Council banned smoking in all city parks last summer. ... City Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian, who did not vote for the ban, said the city has got enough ...

County considers park smoking ban
Press & Sun-Bulletin - August 8, 2012

BINGHAMTON ­ A resolution that would ban smoking in Broome County parks is under consideration this week by various county legislature committees. …

County Board of Health discusses smoking ban waivers
Olean Times Herald - August 2, 2012

ALLEGANY ­ The Cattaraugus County Board of Health discussed in secret Wednesday issues related to groups who have waivers to the Clean Indoor Air Act. …

LETTER: 'Big Tobacco' snuffs out Haverstraw law
New York Journal News - Aug 2, 2012

As a pediatrician and school physician, it pains me to know that some of the students I work with every day will be negatively impacted as a result of tobacco. Reducing tobacco use among our youth requires a comprehensive plan that includes …

City ban has made real inroads against smoking
Newsday - July 30, 2012

New York City's ban on smoking in bars and restaurants was controversial at first, but a decade after its adoption, it's widely accepted.
And it's probably helping. The ban was part of a broad attack on smoking in the city, so it's hard to say which measures deserve the most credit. But a city Health Department survey in 2010 found that the proportion of New Yorkers who smoke had fallen to 14 percent from 22 percent in 2002. …

Staten Island Heart Society teens to rock out against smoking ...
SILive.com - July 24, 2012

The concert will raise awareness about "point of sale" tobacco advertising that specifically targets youth while local bands -- including The Government, ...

Report: Smoking behind higher upstate cancer rates
Albany Times Union (blog) - July 23, 2012

The state branch of the American Cancer Society says cancer rates are “generally higher” upstate versus downstate, according to a report that combines data from the state Department of Health’s Cancer Registry for 2004-2008 and 2011 estimates. “The Cancer Burden in New York State” was introduced …

MMD Newswire (press release) - July 24, 2012

Though we are a smokers' rights group based in NYC we have always argued that our position is less about smoking and more about the slippery slope loss of civil liberties, the encroachment of the nanny state, infringement on private property rights and industry, and all things of that nature including, now, this proposal to ban sales of soda over a certain size. …

Tobacco-free beaches a public benefit
Rome Sentinel - July 23, 2012

Have you been to the beach recently and been bothered by those around you who were smoking? ... Even in outdoor areas, secondhand smoke is dangerous. …

Village of Haverstraw to Reverse Tobacco Display Ordinance
NACS Online - July 20, 2012

The Village of Haverstraw has reconsidered its ordinance restricting tobacco displays at retail, the Rockland County Times reports. Last month, the New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) and seven tobacco firms filed a lawsuit asking that the ban be labeled unconstitutional. The village board will hold a public hearing on August 13 to repeal the ordinance. …

Village considering tobacco-free parks
The Warwick Advertiser - July 19, 2012

WARWICK ­ Image taking a walk through tree-lined pathways in a park on a hot summer day. Or playing a game of softball on the grassy fields at dusk. …

Tobacco Industry Squashes Village's Ordinance
Rockland County Times - July 19, 2012

On the heels of a lawsuit by seven tobacco companies and the New York Association of Convenience Stores, the Village of Haverstraw has scheduled a public hearing to rescind a first-of-its-kind ordinance passed this spring. The board indicated at a special meeting on Monday that the ordinance will be repealed on August 13. Propelled by the activism of anti-tobacco groups like POW’R Against Tobacco, the village had previously passed the ordinance which enacted a ban on all public displays of tobacco products within stores frequented by those under 18 years of age, as well as displays of tobacco advertising or signage. The usual displays were to be replaced by a tobacco menu available upon request. …

Smoking banned in Babylon town parks ($$)
(Long Island, NY) Newsday - Jul 18, 2012

Babylon's town board Tuesday banned smoking and tobacco use in town parks, playgrounds, beaches and ballfields. After a public hearing drew no speakers, board members unanimously approved the bill ...

Smithtown smoking ban pushed for beaches, parks
Newsday (NY) - July 18, 2012

Smoking could be banned next month in Town of Smithtown parks, beaches and playgrounds. The town board plans to vote on the proposed ban at its Aug.

Tuckahoe Seeks Smoking Ban For Municipal Property
The Daily Voice (NY) - July 18, 2012

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. - A law that would ban smoking at all Tuckahoe municipal buildings, in village parks and at ball fields was proposed at Monday n ...

Proposal in Schenectady to ban smoking in parks
WRGB (NY) - July 17, 2012

SCHENECTADY -- Smoking is currently prohibited at pools, playgrounds, pavilions and ball fields. Soon, Schenectady could be banning smoking at parks.

Board considers merging 2 offices
Catskill Daily Mail (NY) - July 18, 2012

The board has discussed making the park tobacco-free for several weeks and in June, it heard a presentation from Lisa Heintz of the Rip Van Winkle ...

State Looks at Smoking Ban or Restrictions at Parks
ErieTVNews - July 18, 2012

The state is now considering snuffing out or limiting smoking at state parks. The idea of restricting or banning cigarette smoking would be tested at a couple of parks before any change is made statewide. …

Dutchess County parks go smoke-free
YNN Hudson Valley - July 9, 2012

Sunday marked the final day that smokers could light up in Dutchess County parks. YNN's John Wagner has the details. …

New York Sued Over Outdoor Smoking
Courthouse News Service - July 9, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (CN) - A smokers' rights group asked a state judge to throw out a ban on outdoor smoking at state-owned pools and playgrounds, claiming the ...

Downtown library now smoke free
Business First – July 6, 2012

Another downtown location has gone smoke-free: The central library of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system. …

Erie County makes parks smoke-free
WIVB - July 2, 2012

You can now add Erie County parks and beaches to that growing list of places where you cannot light up. …

Pay No Attention To Those "No Smoking" Signs At State Parks -- They're Bullshit
Village Voice (Nanny State of Mind blog) - July 2, 2012

If you've been to a state park, historic site, or pool, you may have noticed signs saying "Smoking Prohibited." About that... When the state attempted to implement a ban on smoking at public parks, the New York City-based group Citizens Lobbing Against Smoker Harassment ...

MMD Newswire (Mass Media Distribution LLC) - Jul 2, 2012

Today, NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.) has filed a lawsuit against the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and its commissioner, Rose Harvey, seeking to have misleading "Smoking Prohibi…

SNYDER: Community View: Tobacco law should be applauded
New York Journal News - Jun 30, 2012

Haverstraw should be proud of its effort to counter the industry's documented history of marketing to youth. …

Dutchess County parks are going smoke free
YNN Hudson Valley - June 28, 2012

Dutchess County is going smoke free in all its parks. County Executive Marcus Molinaro made the announcement on Thursday. …

Smoking ban looms for Dutchess County parks, playgrounds
Poughkeepsie Journal - June 29, 2012

A new tobacco ban goes into effect on July 9th, prohibiting cigarette smoking in ... of Poughkeepsie, have banned tobacco products from parks and playgrounds. …

Town's Anti-Tobacco Law Faces Legal Challenge
WFMY News 2 - June 28, 2012

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Seven tobacco manufacturers and the New York Association of Convenience Stores have filed a federal lawsuit against a New York town, challenging a new local law that prohibits retailers from displaying tobacco products in public sight. ...

Philip Morris Sues Village of Haverstraw
Rockland County Times - June 28, 2012

Cigarette wars light up as Philip Morris leads coalition of seven tobacco companies ... Tobacco, took the unprecedented step of banning retail displays of cigarette products in their stores, forcing cigarettes and cigars out of sight of customers. …

Medical campus wants to expand smoking ban
Buffalo News - June 28, 2012

Smokers who want to light up won't be welcome at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus - not only in the major buildings and outside of them, but also in the street - if a proposal from campus officials is enacted. The Common Council is considering a request to ban smoking around the entire 120-acre campus, including the public rights of way that run through it, ...

Madison County proposes smoking ban on county property; public ...
Oneida Dispatch (NY) - June 27, 2012

County parks will also be included in the ban. The law dictates that people can't smoke within 100 feet of playground areas or sheltered areas. Neither ...

Suffolk smoking ban leaves smokers and nonsmokers to work together
Newsday - June 26, 2012

Cigarettes have been successfully banned from most indoor public places, but now the battle moves outside, and some aren't on board. …

Oswego County Legislature Adopts Tobacco-Free Parks Policy
Oswego Daily News - June 26, 2012

Signs have been posted at Camp Hollis, the county recreation camp for youth, designating it a tobacco-free park. From left are Kathleen Fenlon, director of the ...

State Close To Banning E-Cigarette Sales To Minors
13WHAM-TV - June 22, 2012

New York's Legislature has voted to ban selling electronic cigarettes to minors. If Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the bill into law, New York will join Alaska, Idaho, Kansas and Maryland in restricting so-called e-cigarettes that can carry nicotine. The devices are sold without regulation in malls and other places where cigarettes are sold. …

Poll: Will Suffolk's smoking ban make a difference?
Newsday - June 21, 2012

Smoking in Suffolk's parks and beaches will soon be banned under a bill passed this week by the county legislature. But the ban contains no fines for violators ...

THE LAST SMOKER IN AMERICA to Host First-Ever 'Smoke-In/Smoke-Out', 8/2
BroadwayWorld.com - Jun 22, 2012

The producers of the raucous, irreverent, and unfiltered new Off-Broadway musical comedy The Last Smoker in America, today announced they will host the first ever Smoke-In/Smoke-Out on the occasion of the show’s opening night. …

Outdoor smoking ban coming to Suffolk County, NY
Wall Street Journal - June 21, 2012

NEW YORK ­ Smoking will be banned later this year at parks and beaches in Suffolk ... The ban takes effect 90 days after the bill is signed by County Executive ...

NYC Defends Flavored Tobacco Ban In 2nd Circ.
Law360 (subscription) - June 20, 2012

New York City attorneys on Tuesday told the Second Circuit that the city's restriction of the sale of flavored tobacco products is not unconstitutional because the ...

Mayor Rosamilia signs smoking ban legislation into law
Troy (NY) Record - Jun 19, 2012

Specifically, the ordinance bans smoking at playgrounds, pools and other city-owned places where children generally gather.

Assembly Approves Bill to Prohibit Smoking Outside of Elementary or Secondary Schools
Saugerties (NY) Post-Star - Jun 19, 2012

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz today announced the approval of legislation that would further protect children and young adults from the detrimental effects of secondhand smoke by prohibiting smoking within 100 feet of e

Suffolk Bans Smoking at County Parks, Beaches
Long Island Press June 20, 2012

Suffolk County lawmakers have approved a ban on smoking in county parks and beaches. The bill passed the legislature Tuesday at its meeting in Riverhead.

Smoking Ban on the Horizon for SUNY Campuses
Patch.com - June 19, 2012

SUNY banned smoking indoors on campus in 2007; Stony Brook University Hospital became a smoke-free campus in 2008. According to the SUNY statement, ...

Smithtown Considers Smoking Ban
SmithtownRadio.com - June 19, 2012

Smithtown, NY (SmithtownRadio.com) – Smithtown town supervisor Patrick Vecchio and the head of town parks favor a pass to ban smoking in town parks and …

Another LI town considers outdoor smoking ban
AP - Associated Press (NY) - Jun 18, 2012

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio wants to ban smoking at town parks, beaches and playgrounds.

Tutunjian, Bauer oppose city's smoking ban
Troy (NY) Record - Jun 16, 2012

Two county Legislators have voiced their concerns about the effect the smoking ban may have on city-sponsored events, but the author of the law is saying there is nothing to worry about.

Proposed SUNY butt ban gets mixed local reviews
Oneonta (NY) Daily Star - Jun 16, 2012

State University College at Oneonta spokesman Hal Legg said in a statement that if the proposal is adopted, "our goal will be to bring the campus into compliance with compassion."

SUNY trustees approve ban on smoking
Albany Times Union - June 14, 2012

Smoking has been banned inside SUNY dorms, buildings and vehicles since 2007. Officials at the University at Albany have been discussing a tobacco ban ...

Bill Banning Sale Of E-Cigarettes To Minors May Not Pass In New ...
CBS Local - 21 June 14, 2012

E-cigarettes are plastic and metal devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution in a disposable cartridge creating vapor that a smoker inhales.

No NY Law Seen Soon for E-Cigarettes
WETM-TV - June 14, 2012

Albany, N.Y. (AP) - A bill to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to New Yorkers under 18 years old is bottled up in Albany and is unlikely to see passage by ..

SUNY bans smoking on all campuses effective 2014
The Business Review - June 12, 2012

Starting in January 1, 2014, smoking will be banned at all of the State University at New York's 63 campuses. SUNY's board of trustees voted today to ban smoking on campus grounds and in all campus ...

Smithtown considering smoking ban
NorthShoreOfLongIsland.com (NY)- June 12, 2012

Smithtown Town may soon join the ranks of surrounding towns in banning smoking at public pools, playgrounds and parks. ...

Haze lingers over legality of council's smoking ban vote
Troy (NY) Record - Jun 10, 2012

The ordinance passed, or didn't pass, depending on whom you talk to, during the council's monthly meeting Thursday night by a slim 5-4 vote. Just after the vote concluded, Councilman Mark McGrath, R-District 2, cited the city's charter, section C-38, whi...

LETTER: Pulse of The People: The need for smoke-free
Troy (NY) Record - June 11, 2012

Asthma, a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic disease of the lungs, is one of the most common chronic diseases that disproportionally affects children, minorities, and underserved populations.

Troy City Council passes smoking ban
YNN Hudson Valley - June 8, 2012

The Troy City Council voted 5-4 in favor of a smoking ban. The legislation, which must be approved by the mayor, would ban smoking at the city's sports fields, ...

County Nearing Final Vote Regarding Proposed Park Smoking Ban
Half Hollow Hills (NY) Patch.com - June 7, 2012

A resolution to ban smoking in most areas of county parks and beaches is moving along in the Suffolk County ... Should Smoking Be Banned in County Parks?

Troy council considers public smoking ban
YNN Hudson Valley - June 7, 2012

TROY, N.Y. -- The Troy City Council may follow the lead of several other communities and ban smoking in public places, especially those that attract children. …

Assembly Legislation Bans the Sale of Electronic Cigarettes to Minors
Saugerties (NY) Post Star - June 1, 2012

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, and Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried today announced the passage of legislation (A.9044-B/Rosenthal) that protects the health of minors by prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes to those under 18. ...

Snuffed smoking is shocking shoppers
Albany Times Union - June 1, 2012

Crossgates Mall and Crossgates Commons in Guilderland and Aviation Mall in Queensbury, three local malls owned by the Pyramid Cos., went smoke free on ...

Pyramid malls now smoke-free
The Saratogian – May 31, 2012

Smoking is now off limits not only in but around 15 shopping malls in New York and Massachusetts. ...

Brookhaven Bans Smoking at Town Beaches
Brookhaven (NY) Patch.com - June 1, 2012

A Brookhaven Town law passed in 2011 banned smoking at town parks, athletic fields, public pools, playgrounds, golf courses, and cemeteries. Now, beaches have been added to that roster of places in town where you can't light up. The Town of Brookhaven has amended that 2011 law to include beaches, effective immediately. …

Reversal of Smoking Ban Likely to Spark Debate
Plainview (NY) Patch.com - June 1, 2012

The state parks backed off their ban on smoking, at least for now. …

Smoking Bans in Syosset
Syosset (NY) Patch.com - June 1, 2012

Is lifting the Town of Hempstead ban an idea for Syosset? ... Smoking Bans in Syosset ... Yes, banning smoking entirely went too far. 12 (38%). They should ...

Smoking banned at Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
Buffalo Business First - May 31, 2012

Already, many of the major institutions on the medical campus are tobacco-free, including Kaleida Health Kaleida Health Latest from The Business Journals ...

Pyramid malls go smoke free
Mid-Hudson News - May 31, 2012

TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – Today, May 31 is World No Tobacco Day and to mark the day, the Pyramid Company has declared all of their malls tobacco free. …

Our View: State backs down too quickly on smoking
Auburn Citizen - May 31, 2012

After announcing in April that many areas of state parks would soon be off limits to smoking, the state is backing off plans to enforce the new policy because a smokers' rights group has raised objections and threatened to sue. A lot of effort had already gone into the planning and implementation of making some areas of state parks smoke free, and the new rules were all set to be in ...

Limit, don't ban, smoking
Buffalo News - May 30, 2012

The reasoning goes that nonsmokers shouldn't have to be sickened by second-hand smoke, especially in public places where children and families gather. …

Smokers' Rights Group Opposes State Parks Smoking Ban
WWNY TV 7 - May 30, 2012

The state Department of Parks and Recreation announced new smoke-free areas in state parks last month. That is, until a smokers' rights group spoke up. …

Cuomo administration eases smoking ban
WRGB - May 30, 2012

The Cuomo administration is suspending its restrictions on smoking in parks, pools, beaches and historic sites after a smokers' rights groups objected. Instead, the administration says Tuesday the measures will be voluntary for at least two months while a full rule-making process including public comment is concluded.In the meantime, smokers' rights advocate Audrey Silk tells The Associated Press she wants the new signs prohibiting smoking ….

Critics delay state park prohibition on smoking
Albany Times Union - May 29, 2012

ALBANY ­ Faced with criticism over a policy this spring to ban smoking in parts of state parks and historic sites, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic ...

Smokers' rights group objects to smoking ban in New York state parks
CNYcentral.com - May 29, 2012

ALBANY (AP) -- The Cuomo administration is suspending its restrictions on smoking in parks, pools, beaches and historic sites after a smokers' rights groups ...

Cuomo administration eases smoke ban
7Online.com - May 29, 2012

The Cuomo administration is suspending its restrictions on smoking in parks, pools, beaches and historic sites after a smokers' rights groups objected.

MMD Newswire (press release) - May 29, 2012

... it acted without regard for an opposing view in rushing through a smoking ban in ... According to Ms. Martens another stab at a rule banning smoking could be ...

Smoking in NYC parks down two-thirds
UPI.com May 27, 2012

New York health officials said smoking in select city parks has declined by ... in smoking litter on playgrounds, where smoking has been banned since 2002. ... "A year since the implementation of the city's smoking ban in parks and ... Study: Smoking bans on campuses effective · Work smoking ban reduces ER admissions ...

New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley Says Park Smoking Ban Is Working
CBS New York - Ch. 2 - May 29, 2012

A year ago, New York City banned smoking in its parks, beaches, and pedestrian plazas. Officials say the ban had been effective, WCBS 880?s Marla Diamond

Man Wins Bid To Continue Smoking In His Own Apartment
New York Observer - May 29, 2012

After all, the mayor's proposed legislation would only have required formal smoking policies and disclosures, not full-out bans. Moreover, smoking wasn't ...

Penn Yan Elm Street complex is a smoke-free facility
Penn Yan Chronicle-Express (NY) May 25, 2012

The Elm Street Sports Complex is a smoke free facility now. Shown with the sign are Drew Wertman, Dave Shipman, Peyton Schuck.

Spencer Amends Anti-Smoking Bill
Patch.com (NY) May 24, 2012

Legislator seeks to strike a balance between rights of smokers and health protection for ... his call for a smoking ban at county-owned or operated parks and beaches. ... If the bill passes, those caught smoking in banned areas may be asked to ...

Talk Back: Should Smoking Be Banned in County Parks?
Patch.com (NY) - May 24, 2012

Do you support a proposed law to ban smoking at Suffolk County parks? ... Talk Back: Should Smoking Be Banned in County Parks? Do you support a proposed law to ban .... on LIRR Platforms? Suffolk County Legislature Bans Gel Candles ...

A year after ban, smoking down in city parks and beaches
amNew York - May 24, 2012

Smoking in city parks is down by two-thirds since the city banned it last year, and cigarette-related litter has dropped by about the same amount, the Department of Health said Wednesday.

Cig-nificant progress
New York Post - May 24, 2012

The city Health Department says its year-old ban on smoking at parks and beaches is showing results.

NYC says ban on smoking in city parks is working
Albany Times Union - May 23, 2012

NEW YORK - The New York City Health Department says its year-old ban on smoking in city parks is showing results. Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley ...

Smokers find NYC rental search even more difficult
The Real Deal New York (blog) - May 22, 2012

Smokers looking for an apartment rental that doesn’t require them to leave the comfort of their unit to enjoy a cigarette are finding fewer and fewer options. A recent Craigslist.org search conducted by the New York Times found just four apartments in the five boroughs that advertise that smoking is permitted. …

Wanting to Smoke at Home, and Facing Hurdles in Apartment Hunt
New York Times - May 21, 2012

Mr. Bloomberg said this was not a roundabout way to pressure buildings to ban smoking, but there is already a growing pool of landlords, and even some co-op ...

Enjoy a Legal Smoke in a New York City Park
Cigar Aficionado - May 21, 2012

For the second straight year, Bill Paley, owner of La Palina Cigars, and the Cigar Rights of America are inviting all cigar enthusiasts to light up and protest New York City’s public parks smoking ban. The second annual Legal Outdoor Smoke will take place this Wednesday from 5 to ... City Mayor Michael Bloomberg famously banned smoking in the city's parks. While it remains illegal to smoke in public parks, the outdoor smoking ban does ...

Oswego County parks are now tobacco-free
Fulton Valley News (subscription) (blog) - May 17, 2012

During Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature, a resolution was approved that prohibits smoking at Camp Zerbe, Camp Hollis, and Independence Trail. ... that prohibits smoking at Camp Zerbe, Camp Hollis, and Independence Trail. ... children's exposure to secondhand smoke and other tobacco products. …

Letter: Legal tobacco issue a tired old argument
Albany Times Union - May 11, 2012

I've been cheering several initiatives covered by local news media recently ­ Albany creating tobacco-free zones in city parks; Crossgates mall's plans to go tobacco-free; and the introduction of a local ordinance to end the sale of tobacco in pharmacies. …

Smoke-Free New York City Apartment Buildings Are Popular; New ...
Huffington Post - May 11, 2012

A majority of New Yorkers want to live in smoke-free apartment buildings, according to a new Quinnipiac poll, but less believe City Hall should outright ban ...

Poll: No-Smoking Apartments Prove Popular
Wall Street Journal (blog) - May 11, 2012

By Michael Howard Saul Most New Yorkers express a desire to live in a smoke-free building ­ but that doesn't mean they want City Hall to impose a ...

New Yorkers: No smokes, no fats, no salt? Enough already!
Reuters AlertNet - May 11, 2012

New Yorkers may like "Mayor Mike" but are less certain they want him playing the role of "Mayor Mom." A new poll shows the Big Apple's denizens are divided over City Hall's efforts to correct their bad habits, which in recent years has included bans on trans fats and smoking in bars, as well as drives to cut consumption of salt and sugary soda. ... to ban indoor smoking, a Quinnipiac University poll showed on Friday. …

Talk Back: Butts on the Beach? Should Smoking be Banned?
Sayville-Bayport (NY) Patch.com - May 10, 2012

By Judy Mottl There's a movement afoot to possibly ban smoking at public beach facilities. But like many bans, such as open alcohol on the beach, ...

Opponents decry ban on smoking in New York state parks
Buffalo Business First (blog) - May 8, 2012

A partial ban on smoking in state parks has aroused vocal opposition. A new group known as CLASH (Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment) is challenging the proposed restrictions, …

State Parks smoking ban headed for court fight

Legislative Gazette - May 7, 2012

A policy to ban smoking in public places such as parks, pools and playgrounds ­ enacted by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation last month ­ has come under fire from a smoker's rights group, which is threatening to sue the state. ...

St. Lawrence County may start no-smoking policy
Chicago Tribune - May 6, 2012
Martha Ellen Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.

The St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators is expected to vote Monday on whether to proceed with a smoking prohibition on its property. … The issue is the county's business because smoking, secondhand smoke and smokeless tobacco, and the diseases associated with them, are a strain on health ...

Chenango towns pressured to ban smoking in parks
Evening Sun (subscription) - May 4, 2012

NORWICH – After the passing of a state law in April that prohibits smoking at all New York State playgrounds and pools, pressure is being put on Chenango County municipalities to apply similar laws to public parks. ...

Smokers' rights group challenges NY's smoking ban
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune - May 1, 2012

A smokers' rights group is objecting to a new rule beginning this year that will prohibit smokers from using New York state's parks, pools areas and beaches and historic sites as ash trays. … "These bans were imposed by bureaucratic fiat, not legislated law," says Audrey Silk, founder of CLASH, which supports smokers' rights nationwide. "On that basis alone, they're unconstitutional." She said the rule "in fact went against the Legislature's will." …

MMD Newswire (press release) - May 1, 2012

On April 9th, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced it was instituting a new policy that bans smoking within state parks, including beaches, playgrounds and pools. … "These bans were imposed by bureaucratic fiat, not legislated law," says Audrey ... code to govern tobacco smoking in areas that are open to the public. …

Sad day approaching for happy hour?

Greenpoint Star News (Queens, NY) – April 30, 2012

by Anthony Stasi I will be the first to admit that banning smoking in bars and restaurants has not been as bad as many of us predicted. For the times that most of us are in bars and taverns, it is nice to not smell of smoke when you leave, and it seems most businesses have survived, despite the early warnings. But reports that the city is considering banning “happy hour” specials may be impossible to bring to fruition. …

Smoke-Free Residences
New York Times - Apr 29, 2012

To the Editor: Re “Mayor Calls for Residential Smoking Rules” Re “ Mayor Calls for Residential Smoking Rules” (news article, April 19): Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s proposal for a building disclosure policy will help New Yorkers make informed choices on where they live. Just as they do when learning of lead paint and asbestos, they can decide if they want to live in a home where they will not be exposed to secondhand smoke. ...

State lawmakers use cigars to lure in funds
Republicans were easily the biggest cigar spenders, with more than a half-dozen GOP candidates and campaign organizations spending $500 or more on tobacco-related products
New York Daily News, 2012-04-30
Glenn Blain AND Kennth Lovett / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

State lawmakers still love a good cigar ­ especially when it helps them raise money. …

Coady, M.H.; Jasek, J.; Davis, K.; Kerker, B.; Kilgore, E.A.; Perl, S.B., "Changes in smoking prevalence and number of cigarettes smoked per day following the implementation of a comprehensive tobacco control plan in New York City," Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine [Epub ahead of print], April 28, 2012.

Adult tobacco use fell 27 percent in New York City from 2002 to 2008. Using the NYC Community Health Survey, the authors of this study found significant declines in the prevalence of daily smoking, heavy daily smoking, and nondaily smoking. Among daily smokers, there is also evidence of population declines in all but the lowest smoking category (one to five cigarettes per day).

Bloomberg proposes new anti-smoking bill
NYU Washington Square News - April 27, 2012

In an effort to wage his war against smoking, Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced a bill last week that would force owners of residential buildings to adopt and enforce stricter smoking policies. …

Sullivan bans smoking at county parks, playgrounds
Times (NY) Herald-Record - April 27, 2012

The ban takes effect May 1 and applies to Lake Superior and Stone Arch Bridge parks. It comes just over a year after legislators approved a ban on smoking ...

Smoke-free campus initiative reaches administration
Campus Times, April 26, 2012

Amid a growing number of universities that are establishing smoke-free campuses, a student-initiated proposal to turn the River Campus into an entirely smoke-free environment was recently submitted to administration for review and feedback after months of discussion. ... United States formally announced or have implemented a 100 percent smoke-free campus, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANRF). …

Where will the government outlaw smoking next?
Bangor Daily News - April 26, 2012

What’s next in the war on tobacco? Will the government outlaw smoking in your apartment? … In 2002, when Bloomberg was considering his first crackdown on cigarettes, the New York City Coalition for a Smoke-Free City commissioned a survey by the ...

Buffalo Sabres Raising Ticket Prices, Eliminating Smoking
Sabre Noise - April 25, 2012

Another change fans will have to deal with is the smoking ban in effect on First Niagara Center property. No longer will fans be allowed to smoke on the ...

New York City Real Estate Firm Signs Agreement with EPA to enhance sustainable practices
U.S. EPA.gov (press release) - Apr 23, 2012

(New York, NY) The US Environmental Protection Agency today signed an agreement ... Highlights of the agreement include: … Adding green practice policies to its operations manuals, including the use of integrated pest management, green construction, the purchase of green cleaning products and control of environmental tobacco smoke. …

Batavia Downs adds 2nd smoking room despite state's anti-tobacco ...
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – April 23, 2012

One branch of New York state government is continuing its war on smoking this year while two other state-sanctioned entities have recently provided smokers with a gambling haven, complete with free, self-serve beverages. The apparent hypocrisy has left anti-smoking advocates dumbfounded. “I’m somewhat surprised and really alarmed. To have any part of our government involved in expanding smoking areas is mind-blowing,” said Michael Seilback, vice president for public policy and communications for the American Lung Association in New York. … Meanwhile, Batavia Downs Casino in Genesee County recently spent $100000 to provide ... casinos where there are non-smoking areas but it's the same air. …

Co-op / Condo News: A Sort of Smoking Ban, Record Sales Prices, More
Habitat magazine - Apr 23, 2012

Recent news affecting co-op / condo buyers, sellers, boards and residents. This week, Mayor Bloomberg proposes a residential smoking ban. Or does he? …

City smoking policy leaves enforcement hazy
Crain's New York Business - Apr 22, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's latest smoking initiative has some in the real estate community fuming. The requirement for landlords to develop and distribute smoking policies has owners worried that they could be sued for not enforcing them. … Rent-regulated tenants would have to agree to revised leases to ban smoking. Former PBHG mutual fund investors received checks last week from a class-action ...

City may prohibit smoking in parks
MPNnow.com - Apr 22, 2012

By Scott Pukos, staff writer While any potential ordinance is still months away from being voted on, City Council is discussing a smoking ban in parks and ...

Proposed Rules for Buildings Reignites Smoking Debate
WNYC (blog) - Apr 21, 2012

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week that he wants all residential buildings in New York City to disclose their smoking policies, he reignited a debate about smokers’ rights. … Audrey Silk, founder of a smokers' rights group in the city, told the Associated Press last week that Bloomberg’s proposal is a slippery slope toward an eventual smoking ban in apartment buildings. "You cannot let them take the first step,” Silk said. …

New lease on life
New York Daily News - April 20, 2012

With 58% of those questioned in a poll by the Coalition for a Smoke-Free City ... City rules ban smoking in common areas, such as lobbies and stairways, ...

Michael R. Bloomberg Calls for Smoking Policies in Residential Buildings
New York Times, 2012-04-19

Mr. Bloomberg said at a news conference on Wednesday that he was proposing the bill because New Yorkers wanted to be protected from secondhand smoke. He insisted that the disclosure requirement would be strictly informational, and not a backdoor attempt to pressure landlords and buildings to ban smoking. ...

VIDEO: Mayor Wants Smoke-Free Policies Defined In Residential Buildings
NY1 (Time Warner Cable), 2012-04-18

In a move that could increase the number of smoke-free buildings in the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is set to unveil a new bill requiring residential buildings to adopt written smoking policies.

Bloomberg: No Plan for Residential Smoking Ban
Wall Street Journal (blog) - April 18, 2012

...We're not trying to ban anything," he added. "I've always believed, as you know, ... Asked if wanted to see more buildings adopt smoking bans, he replied, ...

Mayor Taking New Step on Smoking ($$)
The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition, 2012-04-18

"We think that people ought to know whether they might be exposed to second-hand smoke in their apartment before they decide whether to rent or buy."- Dr. Thomas Farley, commissioner of the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal ...

Amherst Extends Smoking Ban and Comes to Chicken Compromise
WGRZ-TV - April 16, 2012

The board approved an extension to its smoking ban. It now includes all town owned buildings. There is no smoking within 25 feet of entranceways. …

State bans expands outdoor smoking bans
Buffalo News, April109, 2012

Smokers will have fewer places to light up in state parks and historical sites beginning this month, with the state designating more outdoor locations ­ including picnic spots and areas around playgrounds and pools ­ as tobacco-free zones. … Liz Williams, project manager at the California-based Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, said that most of the nation's smoking restrictions in parks have been done on the city, town or county level. In all, 602 municipalities across the country have smoke-free parks; in New York, 38 such bans are in place, including in Niagara Falls city parks. … "The issue of smoking in parks is something communities and states are increasingly looking at," Williams said. …

Smoke Free Zones Set Up In NY, Parks
WETM-TV - April 9, 2012

WATKINS GLEN, NY (AP) - The state is creating smoke-free areas outdoors at New ... the dangers of secondhand smoke and reduce litter from discarded cigarettes. …

Lung Association Supports New Policy Creating Smokefree Playgrounds, Pools and Beaches at State Parks
Saugerties Post Star - April 9, 2012

Saugerties, NY ­ Statement of Jeff Seyler, CEO, American Lung Association of the Northeast … This new smokefree policy comes at a critical time because the need for protection from secondhand smoke in public places has never been more clear. …

State expands smoke-free zones in parks
Albany Times Union - Apr 9, 2012

If you want to mix enjoyment of New York's great outdoors with the inhalation and exhalation of ignited tobacco, your venues are becoming more limited: The state Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation is expanding the number of smoke-free zones in state parks and historic sites, including around playgrounds and pools. … Under the new policy, smoke-free areas will be created around all playgrounds and pools as well as swimming beaches; pavilions and picnic shelters; ...

New York Real Estate Question & Answer
Quit Smoking Before Buying Here
New York Times, 2012-04-05

Q Is it possible for a co-op to require prospective shareholders to agree not to smoke in their units as a condition of being approved for ownership? Would this be legal? A The proprietary lease of most co-ops provides the board with the discretion to approve or reject a prospective sale "for any reason or for no reason," said Stuart M. Saft, a Manhattan lawyer. …

Smoking laws target apartments, condos, co-ops
New York Journal News, 2012-04-07
Written by Jane Lerner

With smoking now forbidden in bars, restaurants, stores, schools and many parks and beaches throughout the Lower Hudson Valley, housing has become the latest battleground between people who smoke and those who don't. …

Tracy Baxter Reports: Mall's ban on smoking has many readers fired up
Times Herald-Record - April 3, 2012

It's a health-related issue that has produced all manner of passionate debate. I'm talking about all the voices being raised for and against a new policy that has some smokers burning mad and all nonsmokers breathing easier. Ask a roomful of people about smoking and prepare to get an earful. That became evident recently when the Pyramid Management Group unveiled an expanded tobacco-free policy for its shopping malls. …

Letter: Limit exposure of tobacco to youth
Albany Times Union - April 3, 2012

Tobacco use kills 25400 New Yorkers each year, and each year 22500 kids under the age of ... Extensive research has shown that the more tobacco displays and ...

Smoking Ban for Apartment Buildings Catches Fire in Queens
New York Observer - April 2, 2012

A Queens resident is fuming with smoke! … “I think that smoke-free housing is something that needs to be done because there's no way that when someone smokes in an apartment it stays in that ...

Tobacco-free zones to take effect April 21
Lewisboro (NY) Ledger – March 30, 2012

As of April 21, the opening day of the Lewisboro Baseball Association spring season, there will be no smoking in the town's new tobacco-free zones. …

Nichols makes courageous stand
Albany Times Union - March 26, 2012

That you publicly state Albany County Legislator Tim Nichols is self-indulgent in his proposed ban of tobacco products in pharmacies is terrible. …

Elmira parks now tobacco free
YNN - March 26, 2012

Monday night, the city council approved a tobacco free policy for all city parks. As our Bill Mich tells us, many are in favor of the new rule, ...

Elmira parks may soon say: No smoking, please
Ithaca Journal - March 23, 2012

JEFF RICHARDS / STAFF PHOTO Add Elmira's parks and park facilities to areas smokers shouldn't light up in if City Council adopts a tobacco-free policy next ...

58% Of New Yorkers Would Pay More To Live Away From Smokers
Business Insider - March 19, 2012

In a survey of 1,000 New Yorkers commissioned by the New York City Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, 58 percent said they would pay more to live in smoke-free housing. …“Since 86 percent of New Yorkers are non-smokers, many appreciate the fact that ... Potential buyers in non-smoking buildings should research the overall ...

Crossgates to become tobacco-free on May 31
YNN Hudson (NY) Valley - March 20, 2012

... cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco - as well as similar substances or instruments that are lit or burning, like electronic cigarettes. The policy applies to ...

Going to Crossgates? Leave the smokes home
Albany Times Union - March 20, 2012

The tobacco-free policy will extended to the 15 shopping malls Pyramid Management Group, LLC, owns and operates in New York and Massachusetts, ...

[POLL] Palisades Center to Ban All Smoking on Property
Pearl River (NY) Patch.com - March 20, 2012

By Kevin Zawacki Shoppers and retail workers walking to and from their cars in the Palisades Center parking lot will no longer be able to smoke cigarettes ...

State Bill Would Ban Smoking in Nyack Public Housing
Nyack-Piermont (NY) Patch.com - March 16, 2012

If passed, "at least 50 percent" of all public housing buildings in New York would immediately become smoke-free, the bill reads. The remaining units would ...

Madison County may make stores hide smokes
Oneida (NY) Dispatch - March 15, 2012

Making public its intentions this week, the eight-member Board of Health is developing a tobacco products display ban that would affect any public ...

University Senate focuses on better enforcement of smoking policy
Hofstra (NY) University Hofstra Chronicle - March 15, 2012

Of those surveyed, more than 75 percent supported some kind of smoking policy, and were open to the possibility of a full-campus ban.

Catholic Charities of Wayne County institutes tobacco-free policy
Wayne (NY) Post - March 14, 2012
By Leigh Hunziker

Catholic Charities of Wayne County collaborated with the Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes to establish a tobacco-free policy ...

Smoking Ban in Lewisboro Parks Takes Next Step
The Daily Lewisboro (NY) - March 9, 2012

by Bob Dumas (email) The Lewisboro Town Board unanimously passed a motion to hold a public hearing on a law that would prohibit smoking at its town parks. …

Yates trustees approve library's smoke-free zone
The Daily News Online - March 8, 2012

The Yates Board of Trustees Library signed a resolution to make a 25-foot area outside of each entrance and exit “smoke free” ­ the result of efforts by ...

Legislature Votes On Referrals For Smoking Ban, DNA Testing
Patch.com (NY) - March 7, 2012

The legislators voted 13-4 in favor of a referral requesting New York State Assembly pass a bill amending the public health law to prohibit smoking on the ...

Survey: Many in Cayuga County would like to see stores curb ...
Auburn (NY) Citizen - March 6, 2012

A recent survey by the Cayuga County Health Network takes aim at tobacco ads in local stores, claiming that a majority of Cayuga County residents support more stringent requirements on where and how the products can be sold. ...

Smoking banned at Crossgates
WNYT - March 5, 2012

That means that smoking will not be allowed inside or outside doorways, on sidewalks or in parking lots. E-cigarettes will also be banned.

New Poll Shows 71% of New York Voters Support Restoring Funding for Tobacco Prevention Programs
Sacramento Bee - March 5, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new statewide survey released today shows that New York voters oppose the recent cuts to the state's tobacco prevention program and strongly favor using some of the state's tobacco tax and settlement money to restore funding for programs to prevent kids from starting to smoke and help smokers quit. ...

Tobacco-Free Campuses Topic of March 8 Conference
ReadMedia (press release) - March 5, 2012

WHITE PLAINS, NY (03/05/2012)(readMedia)-- WHAT: Westchester Regional Conference on the Establishment of Tobacco-Free College Campuses sponsored by Westchester Community College, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association in New York and POW'R Against Tobacco. ...

Outdoor Smoking Ban Proposed for Parts of Cape Vincent
WWNY TV 7 - Mar 3, 2012

That's if an ordinance banning smoking and tobacco use from outdoor areas owned by the ... Byrne says with smoking banned inside those buildings already, ...

Playgrounds become smoke-free
Albany (NY) Times Union - February 24, 2012

By Jordan Carleo-Evangelist A discarded cigarette butt lies near playground equipment in Washington Park on Thursday Feb. 23, 2012 in Albany, NY. …

Albany Common Council passes smoking ban
YNN (NY) Hudson Valley - February 23, 2012

... and to reduce people's exposure to secondhand smoke is a win for the community," said Theresa Zubretsky of the Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition. …

No Smoking! Officials consider making Arkport park tobacco-free
Hornell (NY) Evening Tribune - February 23, 2012

Arkport officials appeared receptive Tuesday night to a “tobacco-free parks” presentation by Cassie Coombs, program coordinator for Southern Tier Tobacco ...

Passing laws, blowing smoke
Albany (NY) Times Union (blog) - February 23, 2012

Our opinion: Albany considers fining people who light up at playgrounds. Isn’t there a better way for the Common Council to weigh in on a public health concern? ...

Albany considers play area smoking ban
Albany (NY) Times Union - Feb 20, 2012

And while the measure would not yet ban smoking throughout all of Albany's ... squelched smoking in about 1700 parks and along its beaches, argue such bans ...

Seneca supervisors consider banning e-cigarettes
Finger Lakes (NY) Times - February 17, 2012

WATERLOO ­ In two weeks, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors will vote on a motion that would prohibit the smoking of water-based electronic cigarettes ...

Council schedules smoking-ban hearing Feb. 27
Times (NY) Herald-Record - February 17, 2012

Port Jervis … The law bans smoking in public parks, playgrounds, beaches and other public recreation areas, and within 25 feet of public buildings. …

POLL: Metro-North Smoking Ban
Patch.com - February 16, 2012

According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) the ban on outdoor smoking went into effect Feb. 15 for Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road ...

Enforcement Of Metro-North Smoking Ban Starts Wednesday
Patch.com (NY) - February 14, 2012

According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) the new state ban on outdoor smoking goes into effect on Wednesday, February 15 for Metro-North ...

Queens Legislators Call for Smoking Ban in Cars with Minors
Douglaston (NY) Patch.com - February 14, 2012

Toby Stavisky, D-Whitestone, and state Assemblyman David Weprin, D-Little Neck, are calling for the state to prohibit smoking in vehicles in which minors ...

No more underage hookah smoking
Queens (NY) Chronicle - January 5, 2012

State legislation barring minors from hookah smoking or buying ... a few hookah bars prominently displayed signs banning anyone under 18 from entering. ...

NYC Life Expectancy Is Seen Linked to Stepped Up Anti-Smoking Policy
By Henry Goldman
Bloomberg News - Dec 28, 2011

New York City heart-disease deaths have dropped 28 percent since 2002, a decrease the Health Department attributes to bans on public smoking, cigarette taxes and ads depicting tobacco-related illnesses. …

Nyack Trustees Vote Down Smoking Ban Draft
Mayor Richard Kavesh says he'll fight for the ban even once he's out of office
Nyack-Piermont (NY) Patch, 2011-12-23
Adam Littman

The Nyack Board of Trustees voted down a resolution to draft a ban on smoking in Veterans' Park at Thursday's meeting. ...

Great Neck library puts end to smoking
The Island Now (Williston Park, NY), 2011-12-22
JOHN SANTA The Island Now

Patrons and staff members looking to smoke on the grounds at the Great Neck Library will now have to go elsewhere. ...

Website spreads word about smoke-free housing
Binghamton (NY) Press & Sun-Bulletin, 2011-12-06

Tobacco Free Broome & Tioga, together with 34 community partners of the New York State Tobacco Control Program, launched the newly enhanced SmokeFreeHousingNY.org website. ...

LIRR riders arrested over smoking, assault ($$)
(Long Island, NY) Newsday, 2011-12-11

MTA police arrested two Long Island Rail Road passengers early Sunday after they said one was smoking on the train and the other punched a conductor who tried to enforce a no-smoking policy. ...

LIRR platform smoking ban takes effect
Long Island Business News - John Callegari - November 14, 2011

A new law banning smoking on the platforms of Long Island Rail Road ... Andrew Cuomo, extends existing smoking bans on all indoor mass ...

Joe Namath takes on LIRR, Metro North smoking
New York Post, 2011-11-10
JEN FERMINO, Transit Reporter

The legendary Jet and a host of other New York notables -- like former Yankee Tommy John and "Real Housewife" Countess LuAnn de Lesseps -- are using their distinct voices to remind railroad riders about a new smoking ban that takes effect on Sunday. ...

Grace Period To Kick Off LIRR Platform Smoking Ban Which Begins On Sunday
Associated Press (AP), 2011-11-10

Long Island Rail Road's ban on platform smoking begins on Sunday. ...

Long Beach pushing for smoke-free outdoor dining
abc7.com - November 3, 2011

(KABC) -- There's a push to make Long Beach 100 percent smoke free when it comes to outdoor dining. More than 30 restaurants are slated to join the Fresh ...

Next step in war on tobacco

The Island Now (Long Island, NY) - November 3, 2011

… Nevertheless we have concerns with the possibility that Great Neck Plaza may soon join the Village of Great Neck by outlawing smoking on public sidewalks. We fear that Big Brother may be taking the war on tobacco a step too far. ...

Ontario bans smoking, overrides state tax cap
Finger Lakes Times - October 28, 2011

One ordinance bans smoking on property owned or leased by the county. It was approved by a 17-4 margin, with supervisors David Baker, D-city of Canandaigua, ...

Ontario County supervisors OK law prohibiting tobacco use
MPNnow.com - Mike Murphy - October 28, 2011

South Bristol Supervisor Daniel Marshall said the law could be enforced the same way the law banning smoking in bars and restaurants was ­ through the court ...

Ontario County considers banning tobacco use inside, outside its ...
Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle - October 25, 2011

Ontario County officials expected to adopt a smoking ban on all county-owned and leased property later this week have been guided by the numbers. ...

City council implements “voluntary” tobacco-free policy
Niagara Gazette - Mark Scheer - October 18, 2011

During a meeting on Monday, city council members voted unanimously to adopt a smoke-free policy for all recreational areas in Niagara Falls. .

HORNER: Promises to help smokers quit, keep kids from starting, go up in smoke
New York Journal News, 2011-10-16
Written by Blair Horner

Watching government work can be maddening. Some programs succeed, others fail. It's most maddening when a program works, yet policymakers seem determined to shut it down. This has been the fate of New York state's Tobacco Control Program. …

County looking to snuff out tobacco use
Henrietta (NY) Post - October 13, 2011

“Tobacco-free air laws allow everyone in the community to move about freely without the threat of being exposed to second-hand smoke,” said Gugino, ...

Paris students convince town board to make parks smoke free
Utica Observer Dispatch - September 23, 2011

A group of Sauquoit Central School students and their teacher have convinced the Paris Town Board to make town parks tobacco free. ...

UN Meeting Attendees Say New York City is Health-Policy Model
Wall Street Journal (blog) - Betsy McKay - September 22, 2011

“Innovative Solutions from New York City” describes interventions from the smoking and trans fat bans to bike lanes, laws reducing air pollutants and use of ...

Cancer Society report says NY weak against smoking
Forbes - Michael Gormley - September 20, 2011

Cancer prevention groups including the American Lung Association said the state's efforts including banning indoor smoking and raising taxes has helped to ...

City's Battle Against Smoking Goes Back 400 Years
New York Times (blog) - Sam Roberts - September 16, 2011

In vetoing the bill, Mayor George B. McClellan Jr. maintained that the aldermen were not empowered to ban smoking. “While the conduct of individuals or of ...

New York City Adult Smoking Rate Falls to All-Time Low of 14 ...
Bloomberg - Esmé E. Deprez - September 15, 2011

In 2002, he worked with the City Council to ban smoking in offices, bars and restaurants. ... In May, the city extended the smoking ban to parks, ...

Town may ban smoking in parks, recreation areas
Lewisboro Ledger - James Christopher - August 29, 2011

Board members appeared to favorably view the legislation, with Town Supervisor Charles Duffy stating that a ban on smoking in “playgrounds, pools, ...

Cuomo bans smoking on LIRR platforms
Newsday (subscription) (blog) - Yancey Roy - August 15, 2011

The ban applies to the Long Island Railroad and Metro North. Smoking is already banned at outdoor New York City subway platforms. In approving the bill, ...

Mount Vernon bans smoking in public parks
The Journal News (NY) | LoHud.com - Ernie Garcia - August 12, 2011

MOUNT VERNON ­ A new smoking ban in city parks includes a $250 fine for anyone who smokes within 25 feet of a public playground or park. ...

Seneca County To Consider New Smoking Ban
13WHAM-TV - August 9, 2011

Waterloo, NY - Seneca County's Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday night to discuss a new smoking ban. Under the proposal, the ban would cover any ...

Outdoor Smoking Ban More Popular In Theory Than Practice
The Gothamist [Blog], 2011-08-08
Garth Johnston

It has been a few months since the City Council's ban on smoking in parks and beaches kicked in. So how's it doing? Mixed. The number of tickets written is still holding steady at one and New Yorkers, according to the latest Marist Poll [PDF], are not entirely unanimous in their thoughts on the ban. While most New Yorkers like the idea of butt-free parks they aren't sure if it is working. Still, a majority of them would recommend other cities give it a puff. . . . ...

Poll: Surprise! NYC Smokers Don't Like Smoking Ban
New York Daily News, 2011-08-08
Celeste Katz

Ok, this is about as predictable a polling result as you could imagine, but a new NY1/Marist survey finds (drum roll, please): NYC non-smokers love the city's outdoor smoking ban, while puffers protest. ...

Forty Percent of Smokers Are Glad They're Not Allowed to Smoke ...
New York Magazine - August 8, 2011

The two-month-old ban on smoking in pedestrian plazas, city parks, and beaches is fairly popular, a NY1/Marist poll finds. Sixty-nine percent of adults ...

Smoking ban considered for parks, playgrounds
Buffalo News - Karen Robinson - August 2, 2011

East Aurora - Village officials are considering a no-smoking policy for those outdoor areas while updating their employee handbook, banning smoking in ...

Village votes to ban smoking in some parks
Catskill Daily Mail - Melanie Lekocevic - July 22, 2011

ATHENS – The Village Board has unanimously approved a resolution banning smoking in some local parks, particularly in areas where children play. But other areas – like Riverfront Park – are not impacted by the ban. ...

Carlton votes to ban tobacco in park
The Daily News Online - July 19, 2011

The proposal to implement the initiative was presented to Town Clerk Pam Rush by Smoke Free NOW, a program of Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. Smoke Free NOW, a coalition of agencies and individuals dedicated to reducing ...

Hurley board OKs playground smoking ban
Kingston (NY) Daily Freeman, 2011-07-12
WILLIAM J. KEMBLE Correspondent

HURLEY -- The Town Board has approved a ban on smoking on and near playgrounds in all town parks.

The ban will take effect on Aug. 1, but no penalties were set for violations. ...

Council bans smoking in city parks
Batavia (NY) Daily News, 2011-07-12
Joanne Beck

After much debate, City Council on Monday voted 7-2 to prohibit the use of tobacco in city parks and recreation areas. ...

Village of Albion opts for tobacco-free policy
The Daily News Online - July 7, 2011

With the adoption of the policy on June 28 and the delivery of the signs by Smoke Free NOW, residents will enjoy cleaner air and reduced litter while visiting any one of the five village parks, said Kevin Keenan, coordinator for the Smoke Free NOW ...

No smoking in Kingston parks
Hudson Valley (NY) News, 2011-07-06

Smokers are no longer welcome in any park owned by the City of Kingston as of Tuesday night when the Common Council voted to ban smoking it its parks in an attempt to limit its overall impact on children in the community. ...

Q & A: Adding Riders to Stabilized Leases
New York Times, 2011-07-06

Q My landlord recently sent me a renewal lease for my rent-stabilized apartment. He included a rider that prohibited smoking and the building of wall partitions in the apartment. Is the landlord allowed to add such riders to a rent-stabilized lease?

A "A landlord must renew a rent-stabilized lease based upon the same terms and conditions as were contained in the original lease," said Sherwin Belkin, a Manhattan lawyer who represents landlords. So if the original lease did not contain a specific prohibition against smoking or the building of partitions, the renewal lease may not include such riders. ...

Trustees may prohibit smoking in parts of village park
Morning Times - Renee Taylor - July 1, 2011

Robin Baker from the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Tioga County approached the village trustees this week about becoming involved with the “Tobacco Free Tioga” program. Baker, who is the program coordinator, asked the trustees to consider ...

CCC campus goes smoke-free
Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette, 2011-06-30
Written by Jennifer Kingsley

CORNING -- When students return to Corning Community College's campus later this summer, they'll notice at least three changes: a tobacco-free campus, slightly higher tuition and a new president at the helm. ...

Batavia Morning News
WBTA AM 1490 - June 28, 2011

Council discussed an initiative that would ban all drinking and smoking in the city's park and picnic areas. Christian agreed that the alcohol consumption should be curbed. But she says the smoking ban would be unfair to those taxpayers who help fund ...

Port Jervis debates smoking ban at public entrance doors
Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record, 2011-06-14
Stephen Sacco

The city is considering a smoking ban outside entrances to public buildings. The proposal would ban smoking within 25 feet of public entrances to the city's municipal building and youth center. ...

Senate Passes Fuschillo Bill To Protect Railroad Passengers From Second-Hand Smoke
NewsLI - June 17, 2011

Both the City of New York and the State of New Jersey have already enacted similar laws banning smoking on outdoor train platforms. “Thousands of commuters are being exposed to harmful second hand-smoke every time someone lights up a cigarette while ...

Board moves closer to smoking ban in local parks
Catskill Daily Mail - Melanie Lekocevic - June 17, 2011

ATHENS – While they have yet to vote on it, the Village Board last week moved closer to an agreement to ban smoking in some village parks and play areas. Mayor Andrea Smallwood recommended the village ban smoking in the Little ...

NY Lawmaker Wants to Put a Stop to Smoking in the Car With Children: Good Call ...
SodaHead News - June 15, 2011

According to the New York Daily News, Assemblyman David Weprin said Sunday he'll push for new legislation that bans adults from smoking in cars carrying children younger than 14. If Weprin's legislation – which hhas passed in similar forms in Maine, …

Roswell Says Evidence Supports Lawmaker Bill Banning Smoking in Cars with Kids
WBEN 930 - June 14, 2011

Buffalo, NY (WBEN/AP) A New York lawmaker has proposed legislation that would ban adults from smoking in cars when children under the age of 14 are present. Democrat Assemblyman David Weprin said he wants to reduce children's exposure to secondhand ...

Assemblyman David Weprin pushes to ban smoking in car with kids
New York Daily News, 2011-06-13

Lighting up with a kid in the car could soon cost you $100. ...

Outdoor smoking ban soon in White Plains, NY
WCAX - June 10, 2011

WHITE PLAINS, NY (AP) - A new outdoor smoking ban will take effect on July 6 in White Plains. It prohibits smoking at city parks, plazas, playgrounds and trails. New York City's outdoor smoking ban took effect a few weeks ago. The Journal News says the ...

East Harlem neighborhood becomes New York City's first smoke-free block with experiment
New York Daily News, 2011-06-09

Where's a New York smoker to go? Not E. 110th St. between Lexington and Third Aves. ...

Ithaca expands smoking ban to areas west of Commons
Ithaca Journal - June 3, 2011

The non-smoking area encompasses all of The Commons, from the entrances at Aurora and Seneca streets to the entrance at Cayuga Street. » The latest amendment to the smoking ban extends the non-smoking area to Cayuga and West State streets on The ...

Will board ban butts?
Catskill Daily Mail - Melanie Lekocevic - June 2, 2011

There are several steps the village can take – from simply asking park goers not to smoke through the use of posted signs, all the way to creating a new law literally banning smoking in those areas. “There are different things a municipality can do in ...

Lawmakers want to outlaw smoking at state parks
NewsChannel 9 WSYR - May 30, 2011

A proposed law making the rounds in the State Assembly would ban smoking at public parks, beaches and even golf courses. Monday was a big day for Madeline Healt, it was her first trip to Green Lakes State Park, and her first time in the water. ...

Beaches, parks off limits to New York smokers
Reuters, 2011-05-24

A ban on smoking in New York City parks, beaches, boardwalks and pedestrian plazas took effect on Monday, but smokers can still puff away legally on sidewalks. ...

Question of the Day: What Do You Think of the City's New Smoking Ban?
Patch.com - Andrew Coen - May 24, 2011

This week's question is: What are your thoughts on New York City banning smoking at city parks, beaches, and pedestrian plazas? Interested in a follow-up to this article? Great, we'll send you an email as soon as a follow-up is published! ...

New law bans smoking in 43 square miles of parks, public plazas, beaches and ...
msnbc.com - May 24, 2011

A new law bans smoking in New York City's 43 square miles of urban parks and other public places. The law will be enforced with a $50 fine per violation. By VERENA DOBNIK The Associated Press NEW YORK ­ New York City is telling folks to butt out. ...

Smoking Ban Little Noticed in Times Square
MarketWatch - May 24, 2011

A new outdoor smoking ban covers all of New York City's parks and public plazas, including Times Square. WSJ's Hilke Schellmann visited the iconic crossroads for tourists and office workers to see if smokers would take heed of the new law.

Irked smokers defy park cig ban
New York Post - Danny Gold, Jeremy Olshan - May 24, 2011

BUTT OUT: Nora Boutellier, out in Herald Square with her friend Raya Shaul, was among those flouting the smoking ban yesterday as indignant puffers ranted against the new regulation. "We are against it," smoker Maureen Rodriguez said in Bryant Park. ...

Hot Air Over City's New Smoking Ban
Wall Street Journal - Michael Howard Saul - May 24, 2011

A new outdoor smoking ban covers all of New York City's parks and public plazas, including Times Square. WSJ's Hilke Schellmann visited the iconic crossroads for tourists and office workers to see if smokers would take heed of the new law. ...

NYC Smoking Ban in Parks, Beaches Goes Into Effect
ABC News, May 23, 2011

... the American Lung Association monitors each state's legislative efforts to ... director for the advocacy group, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. ...

New York City outdoor smoking ban begins
CNN International, May 23, 2011

"These smoke-free laws start at a local level," said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. "They are based on community ...

Most Smokers Take a Parkwide Ban of Their Habit in Stride
New York Times, 2011-05-23

On Monday, it becomes illegal to smoke in many outdoor areas of the city, including parks, beaches, pools, recreation centers and other spaces under the jurisdiction of the Parks and Recreation Department. Pedestrian plazas, too, including the ones in Times Square and Herald Square, are off limits, as is the Coney Island Boardwalk. ...

NYC bans smoking in public outdoor spaces
CBS, 2011-05-22

CBS News correspondent Jay Dow reports that New York City is now taking the war against tobacco a step further with a new law that goes into effect tomorrow, banning smoking outdoors - at beaches, boardwalks, parks, and pedestrian plazas. ...

Clinton County to consider new smoking policy
Plattsburgh (NY) Press-Republican, 2011-05-21
JOE LoTEMPLIO Staff Writer

PLATTSBURGH ­ Clinton County legislators are eyeing a new policy that would ban smoking on just about all county properties. ...

Oakfield park is now tobacco-free
Batavia (NY) Daily News, 2011-05-19

The Oakfield Town Board last week adopted a resolution to make Elroy D. Parkins Park on Drake Street and all town-owned or -operated outdoor recreational facilities tobacco free, according to Kevin Keenan, coordinator of Smoke Free NOW, a program of Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. ...

Butts may soon be banned
Catskill Daily Mail - Melanie Lekocevic - May 5, 2011

ATHENS – The Athens Village Board is contemplating making all local parks, including the Little League fields, smoke-free. The Rip Van Winkle Tobacco Free Action, based in Hudson and covering Columbia and Greene counties, ...

Massena considers tobacco measure
WatertownDailyTimes.com - April 12, 2011

Benjamin R. Todd, program coordinator for the St. Lawrence County Tobacco Free Community Partnership, made a brief presentation Tuesday to the Board of Trustees and plans to meet with the community's Joint Recreation Commission. ...

Esopus moves to limit smoking in town parks
Kingston (NY) Daily Freeman, 2011-04-06
WILLIAM J. KEMBLE Correspondent

PORT EWEN -- The Esopus Town Board is considering a smoking ban in areas of town parks that are used by children. ...

City of Poughkeepsie bans smoking in parks
Poughkeepsie Journal - April 7, 2011

Smoking has been banned in the city's parks. / Lee Ferris/Poughkeepsie Journal Visitors to City of Poughkeepsie parks will soon be unable to legally light up. The Common Council has approved a smoking ban in city parks and ballfields ­ joining a number ...

Co-op Boards May Ban Smoking In Condos
New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV - Ellyn Marks - March 17, 2011

New York City already prohibits smoking in public areas like hallways and recreation rooms, at buildings with at least 10 apartments. But now some co-ops and condominiums are gearing up to have owners vote on an all out ban which means no lighting up ...

Should condos and co-ops be able to ban smoking inside owners' apartments?
Wall Street Journal - March 17, 2011

At least half a dozen Manhattan co-ops are expected to ask shareholders during annual meetings this spring to vote on an all-out smoking ban that would prohibit residents from lighting up in their own homes. What do you think? ...

FEINBERG: We deserve to breathe clean air
The Brooklyn (NY) Paper, 2011-03-04
Sheelah Feinberg is executive director of the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City.

Despite the widespread perception that secondhand smoke is not a threat outdoors, studies show that exposure can be just as high outdoors as inside. Despite strong indoor air laws in the city, residents are still being exposed to secondhand smoke. In fact, 57 percent of city residents (compared to 45 percent of people nationwide) have elevated levels of cotinine in their blood, a by-product of nicotine. ...

Smoking banned in Auburn city parks
Auburn (NY) Citizen, 2011-02-25
The Citizen staff report AuburnPub.com

Smokers in Auburn are now supposed to stay out of city parks. However, they won’t have any real consequences if they ignore that rule – at least not yet. ...

VIDEO: Bloomberg To Sign Legislation Expanding Smoking Ban
NY1 (Time Warner Cable), 2011-02-22

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign legislation into law today that bans smoking in many public spaces around the five boroughs. ...

Mayor Signing Smoking Ban Today, Last Gasp Set for May 23rd
Gothamist - John Del Signore - February 22, 2011

Today Mayor Bloomberg will sign legislation forbidding smoking in public places, punishable by up to a $100 fine. Since the new law is considered unenforceable by many, it's hoped that future legislation will stiffen the penalties for smoking, ...

Yonkers City Council studying smoking ban in public parks
New York Journal News, 2011-02-18
Ernie Garcia

YONKERS — The green oases in the city's park system could become off-limits to tobacco smokers under a proposed ban.

The City Council is studying the outlawing of lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes in any park or other property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Recreation, including boardwalks, marinas and playgrounds.

The proposed ban would not apply to sidewalks adjacent to parks, squares, public places and parking lots.

The draft legislation does not stipulate the penalty for violating the law. ...

Town of Tupper Lake bans smoking at Little Wolf Beach
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise - Jessica Collier - February 16, 2011

TUPPER LAKE - The town board banned smoking at the Little Wolf Beach at its Monday meeting. The ban will only be in affect for the beach and playground areas, and won't apply to the camping or picnic area. In November, town Attorney Dave Johnson told ...

Mayor Bloomberg says citizens, not busy NYPD will enforce smoking ban at public beaches, parks
New York Daily News, 2011-02-11

Smokers don't need to worry about the city's new law banning smoking at beaches and parks - because Mayor Bloomberg said Friday the NYPD won't police it.

"The police will not be enforcing this. That's not going to be their job," Bloomberg told a caller to his WOR-AM radio show. "This is going to be enforced by public pressure."

The mayor said cops already don't enforce the law against smoking in playgrounds, and they're too busy fighting crooks and terrorists to start cracking down on park smokers, too ...

Smoke gets up landlord's nose in court
In far-reaching decision, court rules that landlords must address tenant's secondhand smoke concerns or face consequences such as broken leases and rent reductions.
Crain's New York Business, 2011-02-09

Last week, a District Court judge in Nassau County ruled that an Upper East Side tenant could break her lease and pay reduced rent because she had complainted about a neighbor's cigarette smoking and the landlord failed to take appropriate action to alleviate the secondhand smoke. The ruling was the first of its kind because most smoking-related matters between landlords and tenants do not go to trial, experts said. ...

Sullivan County set to ban smoking anywhere on county property
Times Herald-Record - Leonard Sparks - February 4, 2011

MONTICELLO — Sullivan County is poised to ban smokers from lighting up on county property under a proposed law that could be approved when the full Legislature meets Feb. 17.

The law, which is set for a public hearing that same day at 1:40 p.m., would ban outdoor smoking on county-owned property.

The ban also would cover county-administered property, such as Lake Superior State Park, but the law carves out exceptions for smokers in their cars and residents at the Adult Care Center in Liberty.

"If you want to smoke on your own, it's fine," said Legislator David Sager. "(But) other people shouldn't be inconvenienced by your activity. ...

Smoking Ban Approved for New York Parks and Beaches
New York Times, 2011-02-02

After a bitter debate over individual liberties and the role of government, the City Council on Wednesday handily approved a bill to ban smoking in 1,700 city parks and along 14 miles of city beaches.

By a 36-to-12 vote, the Council passed the most significant expansion of antismoking laws since Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg pushed to prohibit smoking in restaurants and bars in 2002. ...

Bill to ban smoking on LIRR platform gains support
Herald Community Newspapers (Long Island, NY), 2011-02-02
Lee Landor

Several Long Island legislators have hopped aboard the no-smoking train, supporting legislation that would ban smoking on all outdoor Long Island Rail Road platforms.

Assembly members Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) and Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead) are backing a bill introduced earlier this month by Rockland County Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) that would prohibit smoking in all LIRR and Metro-North Railroad ticketing, boarding and waiting areas. ...

City Council expected to ban smoking in NYC parks
The State, Wed, Feb 2, 2011

New York City lawmakers are expected to vote to extend the city's smoking ban to parks and beaches. …

NY's e-cigarette sales ban passes committee vote
amNew York, 2011-01-25
Erik Ortiz

A proposal to ban electronic cigarette sales in New York cleared its first hurdle Tuesday, when the state Assembly Health Committee voted 21-4 in favor of the bill.

Now it moves on to the Assembly Codes Committee, although it was unclear Tuesday when it would be taken up. The full Assembly and the State Senate would also have to approve the measure for it to become law.

E-cigarettes are considered an alternative to traditional cigarettes and use a battery to trigger the nicotine sensation, emitting vapor instead of smoke ...

City University's 23 Colleges Are the Latest to Ban Smoking
New York Times, January 24, 2011

Last summer, the University at Buffalo banned smoking on its three campuses. Last month, Columbia University approved a measure that prohibits smoking within 20 feet of buildings.

And on Monday, the trustees of the City University of New York, the largest urban higher-education system in the country, voted to forbid smoking on all 23 of its campuses, from the College of Staten Island to Lehman College in the Bronx.

CUNY’s move is the latest in a wave of comprehensive smoking bans on college campuses nationwide, a trend that began about five years ago and has gathered momentum in recent months. The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy group, reported this month that at least 466 campuses had completely banned smoking or passed resolutions to do so. ...

CUNY May Ban Smoking From All Campuses
Gothamist - John Del Signore - January 24, 2011

Like hundreds of other universities across the country, CUNY is poised to become almost entirely smoke-free. The Board of Trustees will meet today to vote on a plan to prohibit smoking from all 23 CUNY campuses; currently smoking is only banned inside buildings and CUNY vehicles. In addition, all tobacco industry promotions, advertising, marketing, and distribution would be prohibited on campus properties, and tobacco industry sponsorship of athletic events and athletes would be prohibited. Of course, some students call this discrimination. ...

E-Cigarette Ban Under Consideration In New York State
CBS New York - January 24, 2011

ALBANY, NY (AP) - New York is considering what could be the first ban in the nation on electronic cigarettes.

The plastic devices called “e-cigarettes” carry no warning labels and are heavily advertised on the Internet.

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan says e-cigarettes need to be studied before sales - including to children - are allowed to continue.

Her concerns are the nicotine in the plastic devices and that most are made in China and other countries where the safety of products isn’t well regulated ...

Proposal Would Ban Smoking On MNR, LIRR Platforms
CBS New York - January 20, 2011

Rockland County Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffe said walking on a sidewalk you may not be as affected but on a train platform, huddled together shoulder-to-shoulder, she says you are bound to get a face full of second hand smoke.

“Obviously, we kind of overimposed restrictions, but I do believe on a platform it is a contained area,” Jaffe told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams. “Even though it is outdoors, it is contained.”

She’s proposing a ban on smoking on Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Railroad platforms.

She’s now seeking support in the New York State Senate ...

Buffalo Lawmakers Work to Restrict Tobacco Sales
NACS Online - January 11, 2011

BUFFALO, NY – An intensive effort by Buffalo lawmakers is underway to regulate and restrict tobacco sales in the city, with anti-smoking groups from across the country preparing to establish a legal defense fund to help the city fight expected court battles if the tougher anti-smoking law passes, the Buffalo News reports.

The events would make Buffalo a national battleground for anti-smoking legislation that limits the sale and marketing efforts of tobacco companies. And attorney Dennis Vacco, who played a role in a national tobacco settlement in the 1990s, said his law firm, Lippes, Mathias, Wexler and Friedman, would help fight any ensuing litigation at "substantially discounted rates."

Vacco is a former state attorney general and a key figure in a $206 billion national tobacco settlement that continues to allocate money to local governments.

"I've gone around the horn with Big Tobacco and tobacco lawyers," Vacco said ...

City may get aid to curb tobacco
Fund planned to help fight legal challenges
Buffalo (NY) News, 2011-01-08

The push has intensified among city lawmakers to regulate and restrict tobacco sales in Buffalo, and anti-smoking forces from across the nation are preparing to create a legal defense fund to help the city pay for likely court fights if the law passes.

The unfolding events would make Buffalo a national battleground in the debate over tough laws limiting the sale and marketing of tobacco products.

And a former state attorney general who played a key role in a national tobacco settlement in the 1990s said his law firm is interested in defending the city if the tobacco industry launches what some view as inevitable legal challenges.

Dennis C. Vacco said the firm, Lippes, Mathias, Wexler and Friedman, has offered to wage the fight at "substantially discounted rates."

When he served as state attorney general, Vacco was a leading player in a $206 billion national tobacco settlement that continues to funnel money to local governments.

"I've gone around the horn with Big Tobacco and tobacco lawyers," Vacco said.

City lawmakers last summer said they supported some restrictions. But fears of expensive lawsuits caused a six-month delay in drafting legislation that advocates say would make Buffalo a national model for regulating and enforcing such laws ...

Bronx's high smoking rate puts kids at risk for asthma
New York Daily News, 2011-01-06
Albor Ruiz - Ny Local

The South Bronx has one of the highest rates of smoking in the city. It also has one of the highest rates of children with asthma.

Coincidence? Hardly.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America points out that smoking is a risk factor for asthma in children and a common trigger of asthma for all ages ...

NYC expects smoking ban at beaches, parks
Newsday - Emily Ngo - January 5, 2011

New York City officials expect a ban on smoking at beaches and parks to pass in a couple of months, but any effort to snuff cigarette and cigar use on public sidewalks isn't on the radar.

"People do come up to me with that suggestion, but we're taking on a lot already with beaches and parks," City Councilwoman Gale Brewer said Wednesday after learning of the new sidewalk-smoking ban in Great Neck Village. Brewer in September introduced legislation to expand the Smoke Free Air Act to include Central Park, Times Square and other recreational spaces. Outlawing smoking on sidewalks would be nearly impossible to enforce in a large city, said Brewer, a Democrat who represents the Upper West Side ...

NY village bans smoking on public sidewalks
Wall Street Journal - January 5, 2011

AP GREAT NECK, NY ­ A tiny village on Long Island's "gold coast" is banning smoking on public sidewalks. The Great Neck village board approved the ban at a ...

Smoking ban in Great Neck Village
Newsday - Gary Dymski - January 5, 2011

The Great Neck Park District recently banned smoking in its parks. Village attorney Stephen G. Limmer said Wednesday the smoking ban "will take some time" ...

Judge strikes down NYC's gruesome tobacco ads
The State, Wednesday, Dec 29, 2010

The city's campaign to scare smokers with grotesque images of decaying teeth or a diseased lung wherever tobacco products are sold was struck down Wednesday by a federal judge who concluded that only the federal government can dictate warnings that ...

Sullivan considers more smoking restrictions on government property
Mid-Hudson News - December 3, 2010

MONTICELLO – Public buildings in New York State have long since gone smoke-free, on the inside. Some counties, including neighboring Ulster, have banned tobacco anywhere on county property. Now Sullivan County is looking to do the same.

Bob Korabik, program director for the Sullivan County Tobacco Free Coalition, told the county legislature’s Health and Family Services Committee it is time for Sullivan to think about doing the same.

“We don’t make any value judgments. We don’t tell people they can’t smoke or they shouldn’t smoke,” he said. “We try to encourage environmental changes which lead to the realization its best not to use nicotine.”

Korabik is asking county legislators to increase the smoke-free barrier around the entrances to county government buildings. That barrier at present is only three feet ...

NYC says smoking deaths drop 17 percent in eight years
Reuters - Michelle Nichols, Patricia Reaney - October 28, 2010

Smoking-related deaths in New York dropped 17 percent in the past eight years and the number of smokers has fallen by nearly a third, according to the city's health department.

It said the number of people dying from smoking-related illnesses has fallen to about 7,200 in 2009 from 8,700 in 2002, coinciding with a tough anti-smoking campaign by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg banned smoking in bars and restaurants in 2003 and he recently proposed expanding that ban to parks, beaches, boardwalks, pedestrian plazas and other outdoor public spaces.

"We have reduced the number of adult smokers by 350,000 and prevented thousands of premature deaths," New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said in a statement ...

Norwood cracks down, bans smoking on municipal property
WatertownDailyTimes.com - Larry Robinson - October 27, 2010

The smoking ban covers municipal parks and other public areas, including the beach, outside the hockey arena, on the downtown village green and at Norwood's ...

Local Landlords Urged to Make Apartments Tobacco Free
WBNG-TV 12 (Johnson City, NY), 2010-10-26

The Broome County Health Department wants more buildings to go tobacco free.

It's encouraging landlords and tenants to move toward tobacco free apartment buildings.

A move they say will keep both tenants and landlords safe.

They helped them realize that going smoke free isn't just a health issue but also a safety concern.

"Smoking cigarettes is the number one cause of fatal fires in apartments so there is an advantage as far as not allowing smoking it reduces the fire risk it certainly is much healthier for the tenants and visitors service people," said Tobacco Control Coordinator Sharon Fischer. ...

Compromise on NYC park smoking ban proposed
NECN - October 14, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) — With New York City poised to take its smoking ban outside, one city lawmaker is proposing a compromise: A smoking section in each city park.

"If there's a very large park and a very small smoking section, I think it's going to be tough to argue you're going to inhale somebody else's smoke," City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. said Thursday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other council members support a total ban on smoking in parks, on public beaches and in pedestrian plazas like the one the city created in Times Square.

The ban would be in keeping with local laws that already ban smoking in bars and restaurants.

Backers of a ban say that even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can pose health risks.

"As you get older like I am, you have too many friends with cancer," said Councilwoman Gale Brewer. "We don't want that to happen to the next generation."

Vallone said he is "a huge anti-smoking advocate" but he believes that the bill Brewer is sponsoring to ban cigarettes in parks goes too far.

He said smoking sections don't work in indoor spaces like restaurants, but "outdoors I think they are very workable."

The council's committee on health held a public hearing on Brewer's bill and Vallone's compromise Thursday. There will be additional hearings before a vote is held ...

Clinton County eyes new smoking policy
Plattsburgh Press Republican - October 8, 2010

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County legislators are eyeing a new smoking policy for all county properties.

The county now has a policy that bans smoking by everybody — employees and visitors — within 40 feet of any county building.

Legislators are considering keeping the same policy but extending the perimeter to 150 feet or eliminating all tobacco use completely on any properties except Plattsburgh International Airport.

Legislators were concerned how a new, stricter policy would be enforced.

"We're not going to have sheriff's deputies at each door," Legislator John Gallagher (D-Area 9, City of Plattsburgh) said ...

City of Ithaca extends smoking ban to all of Commons
Ithaca Journal - Krisy Gashler - October 7, 2010

Switch to Mike Light on outdoor cig ban: Qns. pol
New York Post - Sally Goldenberg - September 28, 2010

A city councilman wants a filtered version of Mayor Bloomberg's plan to curb smoking at parks, pedestrian plazas and beaches.

Peter Vallone (D-Queens) believes the mayor's proposed ban -- which has the endorsement of Council Speaker Christine Quinn -- is going too far, and he plans to introduce legislation to lighten it up.

Vallone, a self-described "health nut" who supported the mayor's 2002 smoking ban in restaurants and bars, wants to nix the suggested restriction on puffing on pedestrian plazas.

He also wants to create smoking zones in parks and on beaches larger than two acres. He supports the concept of curtailing smoking on beaches and in parks because "too many smokers seem to believe they have a right to flick their cigarette butts wherever they happen to be." ...

Town of Oyster Bay Town Board approves an entryway smoking ban
Massapequa Post (subscription) - September 23, 2010

TheOyster Bay Town Board has approved a ban on smoking within a 20-foot radius of entrances to all Town buildings, as per Town Supervisor John Venditto. ...

Hearing Set for New York City Smoking Ban
Cigar Aficionado, 2010-09-20
David Savona

A public hearing conducted by the New York State Senate Health Committee will take place this week. "All cigar shops owners are going to be there," said Billy Fakih of the Cigar Inn, writing on Facebook, "but it's not enough. We need everybody to come with us. Cigar aficionados, we ask you to make the time and come with us to fight this infringing proposal that robs us from our basic human right."

The meeting, to be held Thursday at 10 a.m., will take place at 250 Broadway on the 19th floor. The stated purpose is: "To learn how the State's regulation of smoking and tobacco products works to improve the health of all New Yorkers. ... Are we doing enough?" ...

Testing Idea of Public Enforcing a Public Smoking Ban
New York Times, 2010-09-17

"I'm looking for Gale Brewer, citizen, to be able to say to the other citizen: 'Excuse me, sir, but that's illegal. You really can't smoke here,' " said Ms. Brewer, the councilwoman who introduced the bill at the City Council meeting on Thursday.

This may mark a pivotal moment in the history and culture of smoking etiquette, as Mr. Bloomberg and his supporters appeal to the school-marmish side of New Yorkers to begin thinking of outdoor smoking as socially unacceptable, deserving of a civic warning or a $50 rap on the wrist.

New York is a city where people learn the most exquisite dances of accommodation to their eight million neighbors. . . .

Yet it is also a place where neglecting to say "excuse me" can prompt a full-throated lecture on manners, and where road rage on the Cross Bronx Expressway can all too easily lead to violence. All of which raises the question, how reasonable is it to deputize New Yorkers and give them one more reason to confront one another?

When Citizens (Gasp) Are the Smoking Police
New York Times, September 17, 2010

Some New York City officials say the public could help enforce a proposal to extend limits on outdoor smoking.

Share your thoughts. …

Should New York ban smoking outside?
The city wants to make it even harder for New Yorkers to light up outdoors. Is this a good idea or overkill?
The Week, 2010-09-17

Best Opinion: Fox Business, TreeHugger, NY Observer

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week announced a proposal that would ban smoking in crowded sections of parks, on beaches, and other public outdoor areas. New York is already notoriously inhospitable to smokers; the city instituted a pioneering ban on smoking in bars in 2003, and boasts the highest cigarette prices in the country -- $11 a pack -- thanks to local and state taxes. But do the new restrictions go too far? (Watch a debate on the subject from Fox5's GoodDay New York.)

Will Banning Beach Smoking Help Quit Rates?
Wall Street Journal (blog) - Avery Johnson - September 17, 2010

Some smokers are irate about the mayor's new bill, but what about the rest of us? Will this make a difference to the health of New Yorkers ...

Common Council committee backs extending smoking ban to Commons
Ithaca Journal - Krisy Gashler - September 16, 2010

The entire Commons should be smoke-free, Common Council's planning committee decided unanimously late Wednesday.

A new city law took effect Aug. 1 banning smoking in areas across the city, including parks, bus shelters, natural areas, and most of the Commons. In an effort toward compromise, the council decided to leave the northern, eastern, and western entrances to the Commons open for smoking, while banning it in the middle.

But the result has been a clustering of smokers on the western end right by the no-smoking border. Business owners on the west end have complained that the change is damaging their businesses.

Peter Parkes, owner of Benjamin Peters on the western end of the Commons, said smokers cluster near the border of the no-smoking zone and in the chess table area, where smoking is currently not allowed ...

NYC to try banning smoking in parks and beaches
Associated Press
Lexington Herald-Leader, September 15, 2010

NEW YORK -- New York City officials want to take their smoking ban outdoors.

City officials announced new legislation on Wednesday that would outlaw smoking in parks, beaches, marinas, boardwalks and pedestrian plazas throughout the city.

That means no smoking in Central Park or on the Coney Island boardwalk. Violators could be issued quality-of-life summonses by the parks department. ...

Smoking ban could go Commons-wide
Ithaca Journal - Krisy Gashler - September 15, 2010

Less than two months and just one ticket after new no-smoking rules went into effect across the City of Ithaca, outcry from businesses on the western end of The Commons has led Common Council to consider banning smoking on the entire Commons.

The council's planning committee is scheduled to discuss the idea and possibly even vote Wednesday on changing the new law. The full Common Council would have to vote before a Commons-wide ban would take effect.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. in City Hall, 108 E. Green St., and there is time at the beginning for public comment.

The rules in place make most of The Commons smoke-free but allow smoking at the eastern, northern and western entrances. The intention was to strike a compromise for people who live or work on The Commons so they wouldn't have to walk too far to take a smoke break. ...

No butts about it: Mayor Bloomberg to expand smoking ban to city parks and beaches
Mayor Bloomberg is set to announce a ban of smoking on beaches and in city parks.
New York Daily News, 2010-09-15

Wednesday Mayor Bloomberg will announce an expansion of the smoking ban to city parks and beaches, a city official familiar with the plan said.

The controversial move is an extension of his anti-smoking crusade, which began with spiking smoking in bars.

There will be some exceptions, the official said, but details were unavailable.

Bloomberg will make his announcement Wednesday at City Hall with Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilwoman Gail Brewer (D-Manhattan).

Mayor Bloomberg to issue ban on smoking in public parks and beaches
New York Post, 2010-09-15

After months of considering the issue, Mayor Bloomberg will today announce that the city will institute a smoking ban in parks and on beaches, sources said.

The new ban requires City Council approval, which seems assured since the mayor will be joined at the announcement by Council Speaker Christine Quinn. . . .

Health Commissioner Tom Farley has been pushing for the ban for months.

"[Bloomberg] was undecided, and now he's made the decision to go ahead," said a source.

The Last Smokers in New York City: The Holdouts
New York Times, 2010-08-29

Linda Greene's father bribed her not to smoke; she pocketed the cash and lighted up anyway. Up the canyon, there is a Vietnam War veteran, a pack-a-day man who wakes up every morning determined to quit.

They are the holdout smokers. The ones who have survived the ever-scarier health warnings (and the social stigma that made the Vietnam veteran ask that he not be identified in this article); the ones who have persisted despite legislation banning butts from bars, restaurants and office buildings; the ones who keep paying those rising taxes, the latest of which, starting this summer, raised the typical price in New York City to $11 a pack. The ones who can't, won't or just don't give it up.

The city's health department, in a 2008 study, found that 959,000 adults in New York, or 15.8 percent of that population, smoked. A bit more than half of those are 25 to 44 years old (as are 46 percent of the city's population); 53 percent of them are men (compared with 46 percent of the city); 41 percent are white (39.5 percent). People who live in the Bronx and on Staten Island are more likely to smoke than those in Queens and Manhattan. Unemployed people are much more likely; 23 percent of them smoke, and they account for 15.5 percent of the smokers, compared with 9.3 percent of the overall population. Nineteen percent of New Yorkers born in the United States smoke, compared with 11 percent of immigrants. ...

City's smoke-free ordinance to be celebrated
Ithaca Journal - August 25, 2010

To celebrate a new ordinance making many outdoor areas in the City of Ithaca smoke-free, Tobacco Free Tompkins, a program of the Tompkins County Health Department, will host a celebration at 5 p.m. Thursday under the Bernie Milton Pavilion on The Commons. It is before the Sim Redmond Band plays in the last of the M&T Bank Downtown Summer Concert Series.

Bloomberg Mulling Over Smoking Ban At NYC Parks, Beaches
CBS New York - Ch. 2, 2010-08-22

Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-smoking crusade could be coming to a city park or public beach near you, a plan plenty of people say crosses the line, reports CBS 2 s Dave Carlin.

CBS 2 has learned that Mayor Bloomberg is looking at a possible smoking ban for all city parks and public beaches.

“Now you’re gonna stop me from smoking in the park? Where am I gonna smoke at?” West Side resident Anthony Cintron said.

“What’s next? It will be something else in six months,” said another New Yorker.

The new measure would widen the current smoking ban – in bars, subways, buildings, playgrounds and other public places – to include some 29,000 acres of park land and 14 miles of beaches. ...

Smokers could face jail time in Middletown, New York
Daily Telegraph - Stephen Sacco - August 12, 2010

New York's Middletown City Council on Monday unanimously passed one of the toughest anti-smoking rules in the region, banning people from lighting up at all city playgrounds and pools, as well as two entire city parks mainly used by children and teenagers.

Violators could be imprisoned for up to 15 days.

The rules, passed by a resolution of the council in the Hudson Valley town 65 miles (104 km) from New York city, is viewed as a measure to protect public health and is intended to reduce the exposure of kids to second-hand smoke. ...

Smoking banned on City Hall site
Kingston Daily Freeman - Paul Kirby - August 4, 2010

Rion had proposed the City Hall outdoor smoking ban to Common Council President James Noble. The council's Laws and Rules Committee had already favored the ...

Board passes anti-smoking law
Buffalo News - Barbara O'Brien - August 3, 2010

Several communities have banned smoking in their parks. But in the Village of Hamburg, it will be against the law.

The Village Board has become the first municipality in Erie or Niagara counties to enact a local law prohibiting smoking in village parks, playgrounds, swim centers and baseball diamonds.

The law also makes it unlawful to throw cigarette butts and filters any place but in the trash.

Violators could be fined up to $250. The law goes into effect as soon as it is filed with the New York Department of State.

“We felt we wanted to keep a healthy community,” Mayor Thomas J. Moses Sr. said. ...

New City of Ithaca outdoor smoking rules start Aug. 1
Ithaca (NY) Journal, 2010-07-24
Krisy Gashler

But the truth is, particularly on public property, the signs are just requests.

Starting next Saturday, in areas throughout the city, the request will no longer be optional. The City of Ithaca's much-discussed outdoor smoking regulations go into effect Aug. 1.

The ordinance states that someone smoking in a smoke-free area can be asked by a police officer to move or put out the tobacco product. If the smoker refuses, a first-offense ticket is $75. A second offense is $150 and a third offense is $250.

The change actually won't help deter the motivated smoker outside the human services building -- it only applies 25 feet around city buildings and schools. But it will prevent smoking in a host of other locations, including bus shelters, playgrounds, small city parks, all natural areas and around mobile vending carts. ...

Village officials approve new local laws in Hamburg
Metrowny.com - July 21, 2010

Outdoor seating limitations at cafes and restaurants and a smoking ban for playgrounds and parks will soon take effect in the Village of Hamburg.

The Hamburg Village Board adopted the local laws during its meeting Monday (July 19) night.

Before approving the sidewalk cafe law, officials removed the fee requirement. ...

Bills on Secondhand Smoke and Domestic Workers’ Benefits Advance
New York Times, 2010-07-01

Lawmakers are also expected to approve some form of campaign finance legislation, though it is unclear whether Gov. David A. Paterson will sign it. Mr. Paterson vetoed a bill containing a similar enforcement provision this year, arguing it did not go far enough to restore public trust in Albany. . . .

State lawmakers were expected to pass legislation that would make it illegal for occupants of a car to smoke if children younger than 14 are in the vehicle.

New York would join a few states with similar laws. ...

Varied Bills for Special Interests Move Quietly Through Albany
New York Times, 2010-07-01

...the sheer array of such legislation is a testament to the sway that lobbyists can have as the session ends, when dozens of bills pour through legislative channels to the floor of the Assembly and Senate, sometimes with little debate. . . .

Another bill would have a single beneficiary: Nat Sherman, the venerable Manhattan tobacco store, which would be exempted from New York City’s strict antismoking laws and be allowed to operate a smoking lounge at its new 42nd Street showroom. ...

New laws on smoking, outdoor dining in the Village of Hamburg may be approved in June
Hamburg Sun - Dave Dahl - June 24, 2010

New laws forbidding smoking at playgrounds and in parks and limiting outdoor dining at local restaurants could be approved next month in the Village of Hamburg.

The Hamburg Village Board conducted public hearings on both proposals Monday (June 21) night.

Representatives of the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition spoke in favor of the smoking restriction while a business owner objected to the outdoor dining regulations.

Anthony Billoni, the coalition's director, emphasized that the public favors the anti-smoking law. ...

Hamburg mulls park smoking ban
Buffalo News - Barbara O'Brien - June 22, 2010

There were no objections Monday night to a proposal to ban smoking from Hamburg village parks and playgrounds.

Anthony Billoni, coordinator of the Erie-Niagara Tobacco- Free Coalition, said studies show the public overwhelmingly supports banning smoking from playgrounds and parks.

“Smoking just doesn’t fit in,” he said during a public hearing on the proposed local law.

The coalition will supply free signs and educational material for the village.

“I think this will help the community in many ways,” said Mayor Thomas Moses. ...

Community Partnerships Launch 'Tobacco Free Outdoors'
PR Newswire (press release) - June 17, 2010

ALBANY, N.Y., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Community Partnerships for a Tobacco Free New York launched a campaign to educate New Yorkers about the benefits of tobacco free outdoor recreational areas. The campaign raises awareness of the environmental impact of tobacco litter, dangers of secondhand smoke and influence on children when tobacco use is not restricted.

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Tobacco litter is poisonous to children and wildlife. Discarded cigarette butts are the most common form of litter. Studies show they are toxic, slow to decompose, and costly to remove. Cigarette butts have been found in the stomachs of fish, whales, birds and other marine animals and can cause digestive blockages. Children routinely pick them up and try to place in their mouths.

"The Community Partnership has designed a paid media campaign to educate communities about why we need to adopt more tobacco free outdoor policies," said Susan Kennedy, CP Media Project Coordinator. "Family recreation for children should not mean having to play among cigarette butts or being exposed to secondhand smoke. ...

Law approved to ban smoking in parts of Geneseo
News 10NBC - Linzi Sheldon - June 15, 2010

We all know smoking is banned in restaurants here in New York.

But one village is taking that a step further, and banning it outside.

The Geneseo Village Board has passed a law that makes it illegal to smoke in public parks or in the village parking lot.

The law was approved just last week at a village board meeting. Smokers will not be allowed to light up at all four of the village parks, that includes Highland Park, which village officials say is almost always busy with people and sports.

Smoking will also be banned in the Downtown Municipal Parking lot, even if you're smoking in your car.

The fines won't be cheap, they go all the way up to $250.

"Smoking is a pretty nasty habit, hopefully I'll be quitting someday. So I don't have a problem with it, because people have the right to be away from smoke," said David Kulesza, a smoker who supports ban. ...

Ban on Outdoor Smoking Gains Momentum
WBEN 930 - June 8, 2010

Buffalo (WBEN) -- Within the next few weeks, legislators in Niagara County, Grand Island and the Village of Hamburg will vote on the possibility of banning outdoor smoking in all of their parks, echoing a measure that has resonated in several communities.

The ban, being put forth at the urging of the Erie Niagara Tobacco Free Coalition, would not include any enforcement, but would nonetheless put forth the coalition's anti-smoking message.

In the past six months, the coalition has offered to provide signage to any Erie or Niagara County municipality that adopts the ban, giving town officials a chance to stand against cigarettes. Since the group launched their campaign earlier this year, it was first adopted in Orchard Park, before spreading to the Town and Village of Alden, the Town of Tonawanda, The town of Lancaster, Kenmore, and Erie County.

"They see that a smoke free parks and recreation policy promotes a healthy environment," says Anthony Billoni, the coalition's director. "It's a place where kids and adults go to play and do healthy things. Smoking just doesn't fit in. The other important part, that is money saving for them, is that it is a litter free policy." ...

Smoke-free parks urged but not ordered
Buffalo News - Matthew Spina - May 25, 2010

Erie County will not outlaw smoking in its parks but will ask smokers to resist the urge.

The county this summer will place 400 new garbage totes at 10 parks, beaches and golf courses. “Help us keep Erie County Parks smoke free and litter free,” signs on the totes will say. “Please no smoking.”

County leaders consider it a request, not an order. ...

Tonawanda bans smoking in recreation areas
Buffalo (NY) News, 2010-05-18

The Town of Tonawanda has joined a growing list of communities to ban smoking at town buildings and recreation areas.

Monday night, lawmakers adopted a resolution supporting a tobacco-free policy for all town buildings, swimming pool areas, playgrounds, ball diamonds and playing fields.

"The public overwhelmingly supports these policies," Anthony G. Billoni, director of the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition, told lawmakers at their afternoon work session.

In February, Orchard Park became the first community in Erie and Niagara counties to ban tobacco in its parks, beach and recreation areas. Alden, Lancaster and Wilson also are on board. ...

Binghamton to snuff out smoking in parks
Binghamton (NY) Press & Sun-Bulletin, 2010-05-18
George Basler

No smoking will be the rule in all city parks by the start of summer season under a resolution being considered by the city council.

"We want to encourage health," said Carol Quinlivan, assistant director of recreation, during a council work session Monday. "People tend to bring children to parks. It (the resolution) is sending a message about health and encouraging children not to smoke."

The resolution, if passed, would be the first of its kind in Broome County, Quinlivan said. It would apply to 33 city parks and green spaces, she said. However, Ely Park Golf Course, which is owned by the city but run by a private operator, would be exempt from the no-smoking edict. ...

Hyde Park limits smoking at 2 parks
Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal, 2010-05-13
John Davis * Poughkeepsie Journal

Come June 1, the ball fields and other areas of Hackett Hill and Pinewoods parks where children play will be off limits for smoking.

The Hyde Park town board voted 4-1 Monday night to create tobacco-free zones at the two town parks -- one on East Market Street and the other on Pinewoods Road. Smoking will not be permitted in the areas of the parks where children are present: picnic, sports and recreational areas and the parking lots.

Hyde Park Supervisor Tom Martino, a Republican, said the town is creating the tobacco-free zones in collaboration with Smoke-Free Dutchess, a community partnership dedicated to reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease and other tobacco-related diseases by lowering the prevalence of tobacco use through the adoption of effective tobacco-free policies.

The resolution adopted by the board said it is helpful to model nonsmoking behavior to children and youth and to provide them and their families with a safe, smoke-free environment. ...

Council votes against smoking ban
Troy Record - Danielle Sanzone - May 12, 2010

COHOES ­ There will not be any city ordinances banning smoking in public parks and playgrounds any time soon, but the Common Council has ...

'Smoke Free' areas at VB Park
CNYLink from Eagle Newspapers - Erin Wisneski - May 10, 2010

Van Buren officials have designated the playground and pool areas at Van Buren Central Park as “smoke-free,” which means smoking will not be allowed in these areas. A representative from Onondaga County suggested officials make the entire park smoke-free, but the town board did not want to limit the freedoms of residents, especially those who may rent one of the parks pavilions. ...

Village to ban smoking on its property ­ even in your car
The Livingston County News (blog) - Howard W. Appell - May 6, 2010

The No Smoking law being proposed for the Village of Geneseo is modeled on the similar law in effect for Livingston County. There will be absolutely no smoking on any government property, inside buildings or outside on grounds.

The law will apply to the village parking lot. Even when persons are in their sealed vehicles, they can be cited for smoking if they are in the lot.

Tickets will be issued by the Police Department. ...

Cuts Have Consequences: Health Care Costs, Deaths to Rise After Gutting of State's Tobacco Prevention Program
100,000 More Smokers, 25,000 Additional Deaths, $1 Billion in Extra Health Care Costs Predicted
readMedia, 2010-05-06, American Lung Association in New York

Since taking a $30 million budget cut over the last two years, the effectiveness of the Department of Health's Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program (TCP) has been drastically reduced, and the smoking rate among New Yorkers has risen, according to health advocates. Health groups today urged lawmakers to adopt Governor Paterson's initial budget proposal and fund the TCP at $63.4 million in 2010-11 Fiscal Year.

Representatives of the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids said the cuts, amounting to 35% of the program's budget, are undermining a world-class tobacco prevention program and are leading to increased illness, deaths and health care costs. The cuts, greatly exceeding the average reduction imposed on other public health programs, have weakened the impact and effectiveness of numerous program activities. ...

Cohoes council to consider ban on smoking in parks
Albany Times Union - Randy S. Koniowka - May 7, 2010

The city's Common Council is considering legislation that would ban smoking in city parks and playgrounds. ...

Making Niagara parks smoke-free on hold
WIVB - Eli George - May 4, 2010

NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) - The push to make parks in Niagara County smoke-free is on hold for now.

The legislature was expected to vote on Tuesday on a resolution that calls for installing "No Smoking" signs in county parks, but the resolution was pulled to give lawmakers more time to look it over.

Niagara County Legislator Dan Sklarski said, "Some of the legislators have questions about the signs, where they're actually going to be located, and the makeup of the signs. They may want to look at the wording a little differently that was presented to them two weeks ago. ...

County parks up for smoking vote
Niagara Gazette - May 3, 2010

LOCKPORT — A motion authorizing a partial “smoke-free” policy for county parks will go to a vote today in the Niagara County Legislature.

The resolution, backed by the county health department, would approve a policy stating county parks are “100 percent tobacco-free (at) beaches, playgrounds, splash parks, restrooms, warming houses and athletic fields.” Signs would go up in those areas expressing the policy.

The resolution also states, however, that enforcement is to be by “voluntary compliance” of park visitors. ...

New Landlord Law; Smoking Policy Must be Disclosed
WGRZ-TV - Sally Durwald - 4/30/2010

BUFFALO, NY-The City of Buffalo has adopted a new smoking disclosure law for landlords.

Here's what it calls for: landlords must clearly state in their rental lease agreements if smoking is banned or allowed within rental units and common areas.

The legislation is the first of its kind in New York State and is now a requirement of the landlord registry within the city charter.

The Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition has resources available, including sample lease agreements and a listing of smoke-free apartments at www.smokefreehome.org. For more information, you can call 845-1615 ...

Ithaca Common Council adopts smoking ban
NewsChannel 9 WSYR - April 8, 2010

After two years of work, the Ithaca Common Council voted Wednesday in favor of a law against smoking at a number of public spaces, including playgrounds, parks and outdoor dining areas. ...

Parks to be posted with no-smoking signs
Buffalo (NY) News, 2010-03-26

Niagara County is planning to erect no-smoking signs in county parks, County Legislator Peter E. Smolinski disclosed at Thursday's county Board of Health meeting.

Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton said the ban will cover only certain areas, such as locations near playgrounds, restrooms and fishing areas in the county's parks. ...

Syracuse branch libraries to go 100 percent tobacco free
The Post-Standard - Syracuse.com - John Mariani - March 24, 2010

Syracuse, NY --- Patrons of the Onondaga County Public Library's Syracuse branches who still smoke will have to find some other place to light up come April 19.

Smoking, long banned inside the libraries and prohibited within 25 feet of their doors by a two-year-old county policy, will not be permitted on branch grounds either as of that date, library and Tobacco-Free Onondaga County officials said today. In making the change, OCPL becomes the first county operation to entirely ban smoking on its grounds and parking lots, they said. ...

Common Council committee settles on outdoor-smoking proposals
Ithaca (NY) Journal, 2010-03-18

After more than two years of debate, proposed regulations on outdoor smoking in Ithaca are scheduled for a final Common Council vote April 7.

Council's planning committee voted 4-1 late Wednesday night to recommend the regulations.

Alderwoman Ellen McCollister, D-3rd, voted against. She has said that regulation of outdoor smoking would be ineffective and cumbersome to enforce.

Among the final changes discussed Wednesday:

* Smoking around bus stops would not be regulated. . . .
* Smoking will remain illegal in all city natural areas.

City Tries to Shut M2 UltraLounge Over Smoking Ban
New York Times, 2010-03-15

The Bloomberg administration is moving closer to shutting one of the largest and busiest nightclubs in the city, as part of an aggressive new strategy to revoke the operating licenses of clubs that health officials believe promote smoking.

The nightclub, the M2 UltraLounge on West 28th Street in Manhattan, went on trial last week at a special administrative court that the city uses when it seeks to take away property. If the case against the club succeeds, it would be the first time the city had closed a business solely for flouting a ban on smoking.

City officials have also moved to take several other clubs before the court, seeking to revoke their food and beverage licenses. It has been an open secret for years among the late-night set that there is a network of so-called smoke-easies throughout the city, from little neighborhood dives to glossy, exclusive boîtes, that let patrons smoke illegally.

Health department officials say that the vast majority of businesses comply with the 2002 law forbidding smoking in clubs and bars, but that inspectors have struggled to enforce it at a handful of high-end places that seem to market themselves as smoker-friendly, some even offering loose cigarettes for sale. ...

Council approves no-smoking policy at City Beach
Ban would also apply to parks, recreation and multi-use paths.
Plattsburgh (NY) Press-Republican, 2010-03-12
JOE LoTEMPLIO Staff Writer

PLATTSBURGH ­ Plattsburgh city councilors unanimously approved a tobacco-free policy for the City Beach, parks, recreation and multi-use paths.

The ban, passed at Thursday night's meeting, would eliminate smoking in those public areas, which are highly traveled by families with children.

"Besides the dangers of smoking, I think this is a good idea," said Councilor George Rabideau (R-Ward 3). ...

Parts of Southampton Village parks and beaches may become smoke-free
27east.com - Colleen Reynolds - March 10, 2010

Smoking may soon be prohibited in certain outdoor areas of Southampton Village—including one popular ocean beach—under new legislation that Mayor Mark Epley is set to propose Thursday night, March 11, at the public meeting of the Village Board.

The proposed law will seek to outlaw smoking for public health and environmental reasons at Windward Way Park, Downs Family Park and the playground section of Agawam Park, as well as Coopers Beach, the village’s only beach with public concession stands. Mr. Epley said that he is targeting areas where children congregate, and his goal is to have the legislation in place by this summer. ...

Working toward smoke-free living
Hudson (NY) Register Star, 2010-03-06
Jamie Larson

An initiative to create more apartments where smoking is prohibited in Columbia and Greene counties is quietly but concertedly growing in the area and officials say landlords and tenants are becoming increasingly receptive to the idea.

A partner of the Healthcare Consortium, and funded by the New York state Tobacco Control program, the Rip Van Winkle Tobacco-Free Action of Columbia and Greene Counties has been trying to reduce the influence of tobacco in the region since 2001.

Program Director Karen dePeyster and Communications Coordinator Lisa Heintz say their initiative is not out to change laws but to make other choices available to non smokers and those who want to live in second-hand smoke-free environments.

The program's most visible accomplishment was getting the management of the Crosswinds workforce housing complex on Harry Howard Avenue to designate six of its nine buildings smoke free. ...

Orchard Park is going smoke-free
Buffalo News - Barbara O'Brien - February 24, 2010

About the only places smokers can light up are at home and outside, since the state's indoor smoking ban took effect in 2003.

But now they can strike the outdoors — at least the parts owned by the Town of Orchard Park — from that list.

The town has become the first in Erie and Niagara counties to ban tobacco in its parks, beach and recreation areas.

"It's just a very bad habit. I feel for people," said Town Supervisor Janis Colarusso, who quit smoking five years ago. "It's a very hard drug to get off." ...

Turning to Albany to Preserve a Smoke-Filled Room
New York Times (blog) - February 8, 2010

When Nat Sherman, the venerable Midtown tobacconist, opened its new showroom on 42nd Street showroom a few years ago, it quickly ran into a problem. The showroom included a private smoking lounge, known as the Johnson Club Room, where members and guests could enjoy a drink or a snack along with their cigars, pipes, and cigarettes. But under New York law, smoking is forbidden wherever food or beverages are served to the public.

When city officials twice rebuffed the company’s requests for a waiver, Nat Sherman sought the intervention of a higher power: The New York State Legislature.

Two Democrats, Senator Jeffrey Klein of the Bronx and Assemblyman Jonathan L. Bing of Manhattan, are sponsoring legislation that would specifically carve out an exception for the company — or, as the bill reads, any retail tobacco business “that was in existence prior to nineteen hundred forty-seven.” (Nat Sherman was officially incorporated in November 1946.)

The bill would also exempt such a business from New York City’s own stringent antismoking laws, otherwise known as “any regulations or local laws adopted by a city with a population of one million or more.” ...

Ithaca Considers Restricting Public Smoking
Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun - Robert Merola - February 1, 2010

The Ithaca Common Council is now considering a proposal that would ban smoking in some public areas throughout the city, including public parks and most of the Commons.

“At the end of a year and a half, we’re very close,” said Svante Myrick ’09 (D-4th Ward). Myrick’s constituency resides in Collegetown, West Campus and the East Hill area. The Common Council Legislative Committee currently has a draft of the proposal that could be ready for a vote in the next few months, Myrick said. ...

Health Dept. to yank permits of nightclubs that scoff at New York City's cigarette smoking ban
New York Daily News, 2010-01-27

It may be closing time for some of Manhattan's hottest nightclubs, where the young and hip are arrogantly flouting the city's smoking ban.

The Health Department is moving to shutter five A-list clubs after an undercover sting showed they let their high-flying clientele light up inside again and again.

The velvet-rope violators include TheBox on the lower East Side and Chelsea's M2 Ultra Lounge, which just last week hosted Sean (Diddy) Combs' blowout bash for his son's 16th birthday, officials said.

The clubs are scheduled to appear today before a city tribunal, where officials will try to yank their food and beverage permits - a fatal blow that would put the kibosh on alcohol sales.
The move is by far the city's most aggressive attempt to crack down on bars and clubs that turn a not-so-blind eye when their customers crave a smoke.

"We looked at our data and felt like these businesses continue to flaunt that they break the law," said Daniel Kass, acting deputy commissioner for environmental health. "They pay fines as a cost of doing business. We needed a new approach." . . .

New York City has highest life expectancy in recorded history: data
New York Daily News, 2010-01-26

New Yorkers are kicking the smokes and living longer than ever - marking the highest life expectancy in recorded city history, new data show.

"New York City is increasingly a healthy place to live," said Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, who credited better lifestyle habits for New Yorkers' longer lives.

"This probably reflects less on medical care than it does on the improvement of a few behaviors and conditions that have a big impact on health problems, particularly smoking, HIV/AIDS reduction and reductions in injuries," Farley said.

The Health Department's annual vital statistics report said life expectancy for babies born in 2007 grew to 79.4 years - an improvement of nearly five months over 2006.

That's 19 months longer than life expectancy was in 2001.

Since then, the city has ended smoking in bars and restaurants and raised taxes on cigarettes ...

SL board may ban tobacco in village parks
Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Saranac Lake, NY), 2010-01-26
CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer

SARANAC LAKE - The village of Board of Trustees has scheduled a public hearing on a local law that would ban smoking and chewing tobacco in village parks.

The proposal bans the use of any tobacco product - including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew, snuff and any form of smokeless tobacco - in village parks, beaches and playgrounds. The law also prohibits the use of tobacco products within 25 feet of the entrance to a public playground or beach, and at any events held in public parks or areas in the village.

The public hearing is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in the village offices.

The idea of banning smoking in village parks surfaced in August, when Trustee Jeff Branch said he had received complaints about people smoking in the William Morris Play Park and other public areas. ...

Blowing Smoke at a Ban
City's Indoor Smoking Ban Grows Hazy Inside Some Clubs
New York Times, 2010-01-01

Six years after New York City passed a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, it is easier than ever to find smokers partying indoors like it's 1999, or at least 2002. In November, Eater.com called it "the worst kept secret in New York nightlife" that "smoking is now allowed in numerous nightspots, specifically just about any and every lounge and club with a doorman and a rope." A few weeks later, GuestofaGuest.com, a blog about New York clubs and bars, posted a "smoker's guide to N.Y.C. nightlife."
"Everyone looks the other way," said Billy Gray, 25, a reporter for Guest of a Guest, who says that he knows precisely which high-end bars and lounges, most of them in the meatpacking district or Lower East Side, will let him smoke inside. Far from deterring smoking indoors, the ban simply adds an allure to it, said Mr. Gray, a half-pack-a-day smoker.

"It's more of an illicit thrill now," he said. "Like when you were a teenager and snuck a beer in your parents' basement."

Plenty of New York City bars have thumbed their noses at the smoking ban for as long as it has been the law. As early as 2004, The New York Times wrote about neighborhood bars that allowed friends and regulars to light up after closing time. In 2008, at the opening of the Libertine, a Todd English restaurant in the financial district, cigarette girls handed out free smokes that guests consumed liberally.

Ithaca smoking bans gain support
Ithaca Journal - Krisy Gashler - December 14, 2009

At a public hearing on Ithaca Common Council's proposed outdoor smoking regulations Monday night, most speakers liked the idea of regulating outdoor smoking, though many also had suggestions about how to change no-smoking boundaries. ...

Public Weighs In on Ithaca's Proposed Smoking Ban (VIDEO)
WENY-TV - Katherine Underwood - December 14, 2009

ITHACA --- Business owners and community members have some major concerns with Ithaca’s proposed outdoor smoking ban.
Monday night was the first time the public was able to interact with the Ithaca Common Council about the proposed ordinance.

While a lot of people praise city leaders for their work to make Ithaca a healthier city, others believe an outdoor smoking ban will take a major toll on the local economy.

One concern is what it would do to restaurants and bars on the Commons ...

Smoking Ban Vote In Hornell
WETM-TV - Zack Wheeler - December 14, 2009

Hornell - Smoking in parks in the Maple City could soon become a thing of the past.

Monday the city of Hornell's common council will vote on a proposed smoking ban for all city parks and playgrounds.

The council’s law and ordinance committee already voted to approve a ban on smoking. Now it’s up to the full council. ...

TriBeCa Family Sues Neighbor in Luxury Condo Over Secondhand Smoke
DNAinfo - Nicole Breskin - December 7, 2009

TRIBECA — In a landmark lawsuit, a TriBeCa family is suing a neighbor over his secondhand cigarette smoke they say is wafting into their $2.1 million luxury condo and causing them various health problems.

Christian and Britt Ewen filed suit against Federico Maccherone, their neighbor at 200 Chambers St., for negligence, saying his smoking has caused them headaches, loss of sleep and chest pain, and caused their 4-year-old daughter nosebleeds.

“It was like fumes and exhaust invading their home,” said Victoria Kennedy, who is the lawyer representing the Ewens. “They couldn’t breathe. They’d huddle together in one room and wait for the smoking to subside.” ...

Institute Announces Campus-Wide Smoking Ban
Soon to be seen all over the RPI campus
RPInsider (Troy, NY) (blog), 2009-11-30

A campus-wide email was sent out this afternoon from William Walker, VP for Strategic Communications and External Relations regarding smoking. Effective July 1, 2010, smoking will be prohibited on the Rensselaer campus. Smokers will have to go to the sidewalk. The message claimed that many people begin smoking at around age 19, so they are looking out for the best interest of the students. We suspect that some of them are probably a little upset, but it’s the staff members that will really be affected. I think it’s a pretty good idea ­ smoking harms those around the smoker, so in order to provide a healthy school environment, smoking must be regulated. ...

New York budget cuts target anti-smoking programs
AP, 2009-11-29
The Associated Press

New York's fiscal crisis is now expected to have to take another $10 million from the anti-tobacco program to help balance the state budget. Anti-smoking forces believe the proposal would end a TV ad campaign and eventually cost more in health care costs.

"That means a tremendous fall off of service," said Russ Sciandra, the director of the Center for a Tobacco Free New York. He said the latest cut is about three times the reduction most other state programs have faced, cutting funding to about $58 million this year from about $85 million a year ago.

Good riddance, said Audrey Silk of New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment.

"That department should be eliminated completely," she said. "While they report they have been effective, their reports are based on surveys of people reporting their own smoking habits. In a climate where you are so stigmatized and demonized for being a smoker, who will answer honestly?"

"It's a waste of taxpayer money. . . .

Sciandra, however, attributes a drop in smoking in New York, including teenagers, to the state's various programs and advertisements to discourage tobacco use. ...

City may make public housing a smoke-free zone
“You can’t smoke anywhere, now you can’t smoke at home?”
Columbia Daily Spectator (Columbia U.), 2009-11-19
Nicholas Bloom

Finding a place to light up a cigarette can be difficult these days, but for public housing residents, smoking may soon be close to impossible.

Following the wave of recent anti-smoking laws, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently sent a memo strongly encouraging public housing authorities nationwide to “implement non-smoking policies in some or all of their public housing units.” Although the New York City Housing Authority has yet to institute any laws locally, the memo has sparked a heated debate about the merits of such policies.

For some, this legislation is a direct infringement on privacy and other basic freedoms. But others see this as an opportunity to encourage healthy environments and mitigate persistent problems of asthma.

“You can’t smoke anywhere, now you can’t smoke at home?” said Audrey Silk, founder of the smokers’ rights group New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment. . . .

“Your home should be your castle, no matter whether you own it or not,” she said. “The city here is creating a divide in classes. People in housing are there because they can’t afford anything else. Now these people would be punished for their personal situation by having their right to smoke taken away. This is an intolerance campaign.”

Joanne Koldare, director of the New York City Coalition for a Smoke Free City, also said she sees smoking in public housing projects as an issue of individual rights. But for her, this is the right to be free from the harms of secondhand smoke.

“Those people living in low income housing should be able to live in a complex that doesn’t have smoking,” ...

Syracuse hospital exteriors appear smoke free during the first hours of ban
The Post-Standard - Syracuse.com - Charley Hannagan - November 19, 2009

Syracuse, NY -- It appears as if Onondaga County’s ban on smoking within 100 feet of hospital property is working at Crouse and Upstate University hospitals, which implemented it this morning.

There are bright yellow signs announcing the ordinance on the sides of the buildings and on fences. While cigarette butts line the sidewalks of those hospitals like the aftermath of long-gone parties, there were no smokers to be found near the hospitals this morning. ...

NYC's First Non-Smoking Apt Building Set To Open
Residents At 1510 Lexington Avenue Will Be Unable To Smoke Inside -- Or Even Directly Outside -- New Development
WCBS-TV New York - Don Dahler - November 17, 2009

Smoking has been banned in restaurants, bars, taxis, office buildings, but what if you were told you couldn't even smoke your own home? That's just the case in Manhattan where "No Smoking" signs are going up in numerous apartment buildings.

For the 1 million New York City residents who smoke, doing so in their own home has been an unwritten privilege. The problem with smoking in an apartment, however, is you can't keep that smoke from going into other parts of the building. In fact, a recent study by the New York City Department of Health says 57 percent of non-smokers have had substantial exposure to cigarette smoke.

So some apartment buildings are now banning smoking for new tenants. Existing tenants who smoke will be allowed to continue to puff away.

That's not the case with the new East Harlem building at 1510 Lexington Avenue, which will be the city's first completely non-smoking residence, where tenants won't even be allowed to walk outside and light up in the immediate perimeter of the building. Even the construction workers can't light up. ...

For Some Smokers, Home’s Off Limits
New York Times, 2009-11-16

More landlords are moving to prohibit smoking in their apartment buildings, telling prospective tenants they can be evicted if they light up in them.

This month, the Related Companies will ban smoking at some of its downtown apartment buildings because of health concerns about secondhand smoke, according to company officials.

Smokers who already live in any of these buildings will not be affected, according to Jeff Brodsky, a president of Related, which is a national developer with 17 buildings in Manhattan.

But any new renters must promise not to smoke at home, even if they continue to elsewhere.

Kenbar Management, a local developer, is going a step further. When its new project, 1510 Lexington Avenue, opens in December, smoking will be banned in all 298 units, in addition to private and shared terraces.
And the typical smoker’s refuge ­ directly outside the building ­ is also off limits; tenants must agree not to smoke on any of the sidewalks that wrap around the building, which takes up most of a block in East Harlem, according to Kinne Yon, a Kenbar principal.

The trend has predictably divided smokers and nonsmokers in New York. . . .

So far, about 50 public housing agencies have now forbidden smoking, according to Betsy Feigin Befus, a lawyer with the National Multi Housing Council, a landlord trade group that has tracked the efforts.
Other cities, through legislation or by initiatives of developers, have taken similar steps. ...

NYU plans smoking ban within 15 ft. of buildings
NYU Washington Square News - Lily Altavena, Jaywon Choe - October 29, 2009

NYU may ban smoking within 15 feet of entrances and exits university buildings, Senior Vice President for Operations Alison Leary announced in an e-mail to the university community yesterday.

Smoking is currently banned in all NYU buildings. The NYU College of Dentistry is already required by law to ban smoking within 15 feet of all entrances because it is a diagnostic and treatment center; this policy led NYU to consider a similar all-university ban.

"Doing nothing is not an option," Leary said after the e-mail's release. "People generally complain about the risks to their health — passing through clouds of smoke." ...

Ithaca Common Council's Legislative Committee debates smoking regulations
Ithaca Journal - Krisy Gashler - October 27, 2009

Potential changes to the outdoor smoking regulations proposed by Ithaca Common Council include eliminating the no-smoking buffer around outdoor dining areas and extending the no-smoking area on the Commons.

Common Council's Legislative Committee met Monday night to continue discussion on Ithaca's attempt to limit outdoor smoking. If implemented, Ithaca would be the first municipality in the state to enact outdoor smoking regulations as law, enforceable by police and punishable with fines.

Under a previous recommendation, smoking would not be allowed 25 feet around any outdoor dining area. That meant that virtually all of Aurora Street's Restaurant Row would be smoke-free. ...

Smoking snuffed in Memorial Park
New York Journal News, 2009-10-04
Khurram Saeed

Nyack has joined a growing number of communities across the United States by banning smoking in a public park.

Starting soon, smokers who light up in Memorial Park, with its sweeping views of the Tappan Zee Bridge, will risk a $250 fine.

Some cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, already prohibit smoking in parks. New York City is debating whether to make its parks, playgrounds and beaches smoke-free.

Smoking is banned in county parks in Rockland, Westchester and Putnam while some towns and villages, such as Orangetown, Sloatsburg and Carmel, also do not permit smoking at their beaches and parks. Many communities, including Nyack, for years have outlawed smoking in playgrounds.

The move to ban smoking outdoors - Rockland Community College recently forbid smoking on its sprawling campus - has reignited debate over the rights of smokers in taxpayer-funded places versus the rights of people who do not want to inhale dangerous secondhand smoke. ...

Council mulls smoking ban on Restaurant Row
Ithaca Journal - Krisy Gashler - September 28, 2009

Smoking would be banned on almost the entire block of Aurora Street known as Restaurant Row, based on outdoor smoking regulations being considered by Ithaca's Common Council.

Common Council is nearing a decision on banning smoking in part of the Commons, in all small city parks, and within 25 feet of bus stops, outdoor dining areas, schools, and city buildings, among others.

Because the block of Aurora Street between Seneca Street and the Commons is populated by so many restaurants with outdoor dining areas, the 25-foot buffer zone has the result of making almost the entire block smoke-free, according to a map presented at a meeting of the council's Legislative Committee Monday night. ...

Letter - Banning Smoking in Parks
New York Times, 2009-09-28
Barbra Gamble

Re "Proposal of Smoking Ban Stirs a Sense of Tolerance" (news article, Sept. 16):

The construction workers interviewed in your article likened a proposed ban on smoking in parks to ticketing people for their perfume or body odor.

But the smells of perfume and body odor are annoying but not toxic.
Day after day in Manhattan I see selfish smokers throw their half-finished cigarettes onto the street, polluting the air (and my lungs) longer than necessary. Are they so lazy (and selfish) that they can't stamp them out first with their feet? . . .

Their "rights" should cease when they infringe on the rights of others. ...

Smoking ban returns mixed results
Washington Square News , 2006-09-28

There have been nearly 50 violations of the newly implemented smoking ban in residence halls as of Monday - a surprisingly high number, university officials said.

"It was higher than I thought it would be," said Tom Ellett, assistant vice president for residential education.

Beginning this fall semester, a smoking policy prohibits students from smoking in NYU residence halls, mainly out of concern for students' health, university spokesman John Beckman said. Previously, students who identified themselves as smokers could be put into smoking rooms and live only with other students who opted to live in smoking rooms.

But the 48 violations were surprising to Ellett, who took part in implementing the policy at Syracuse University.

"I'm going to turn to the CDEs and RAs to be creative," Ellett said, referring to the ResEd staff. "The biggest influencer on peers, is peers. If they think it's cool to smoke, they'll smoke. If they don't think it's cool, they won't. You can apply this to just about anything."

Take Care New York 2012: A Policy for a Healthier New York City (PDF)
New York City: NYC.gov, 2009-09-14

2NYC Aims to… Be Tobacco Free . . .

DOHMH will advocate for city, state and federal tax increases on cigarettes and other tobacco products to reduce smoking among youth and adults, and support the enforcement of existing laws and the passage of new laws to minimize or eliminate the distribution of non-taxed and low-taxed cigarettes.

Advocate for the regulation of tobacco industry marketing practices.
DOHMH will advocate for the adoption of local laws and regulations to reduce the impact of tobacco advertising and other marketing practices, and introduce anti-tobacco messages in retail locations.

Reduce the availability and social acceptance of tobacco.

DOHMH will urge organizations and businesses in New York City to reject tobacco industry products, placement, funding and sponsorship.
Limit exposure to second-hand smoke.

The health department will continue to enforce New York City’s 2002 Smoke-Free Air Act and will work with the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation and other entities to expand smoke-free sp