extension of smoking ban would affect York County
York Dispatch - March 5, 2014
The ladies who visit Hodle Tavern in New Freedom don't have to have
wash their hair before bed anymore now that owners at the little Front
Street bar and restaurant decided to ban smoking. But their water would
be running after visits to dozens of other York County establishments
that are not smoke-free. Those places could become so under a proposed
expansion of the Clean Indoor Air Act.
proposals on smoking ban, backyard chickens on hold
Citizens Voice - March 5, 2014
Proposals to curtail smoking on county property and allow backyard chickens
are on hold following a sometimes contentious meeting of several Luzerne
council to take up smoking ban
Citizens Voice - March 4, 2014
Luzerne County Council committees on Tuesday will take up the issues
of backyard chickens, a smoking ban on county property and whether to
ask job applicants if they have criminal convictions.
is on to strengthen PA Clean Indoor Air Act
witf.org - March 3, 2014
Advocates are putting their muscle behind the latest proposals calling
for the elimination of exemptions in Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air
workers pay more for health care
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader - March 2, 2014
A possible ordinance banning smoking around the courthouse is among
the agenda topics for the administrative committee. Prior commissioners
banned the use of tobacco within 20 feet of all county buildings in
November 2007, but smokers still regularly light up along the courthouse
perimeter. Former county controller Walter Griffith raised the issue
in the summer 2012, expressing his disgust over cigarette butts littering
county government property.
mulls smoking ban on county property
Insurance News Net (press release) - March 2, 2014
Luzerne County Council is considering a smoking ban on all county property.
Some opponents are fuming.
Anti-smoking policy logical, but foreboding
Main Line - February 26, 2014
Executives of the Main Line Health System recently announced a variation
on that theme of preventive health care. They will not hire users of
tobacco and nicotine products at their hospitals and other facilities
after May 1....
View: Give customers their say about casino changes
GoErie.com - February 25, 2014
Richard Garvey, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board,
said that casino operators ... Many suggested that the casino should
Line Health Will No Longer Hire Smokers, Starting in May
Philadelphia Magazine (blog) - February 24, 2014
Almost exactly one year after the University of Pennsylvania Health
System announced a move to weed out tobacco users from its payroll,
Main Line Health just released details about a new tobacco-use employment
policy, effective May 1, 2014, which will bar nicotine and tobacco users
from employment at the health systems four hospitals and other area
facilities. Current employees will be required to disclose whether or
not they use tobacco or nicotine products, and those who do will pay
a surcharge for their health care benefits beginning in 2015.
promotes smoke-free multi-unit housing
witf.org - February 22, 2014
(Harrisburg) -- The state Department of Health is encouraging apartment
complexes to go smoke-free. Judy Ochs, director of the Division of Tobacco
Prevention and Control, says smoke-free multi-unit housing helps reduce
the negative consequences of ...
wants to ban sales of e-cigs to minors in Philly
Newsworks.org - February 21, 2014
Councilman wants to ban sales of e-cigs to minors in Philly.... Sophran
Sok demonstrates the use of an electronic vaping device at Exclusive
Greenlee proposes bill prohibiting e-cigarette sales to ...
Philly.com - February 20, 2014
Where former City Councilman Bill Green's move to ban the indoor use
of electronic cigarettes is a preemptive step in the wrong direction,
Councilman Bill ...
OPINION: PA. TOBACCO POLICIES Cigar tax lost in smoke screen
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader - February 18, 2014
Someone very powerful in Pennsylvania doesnt want to see a state tax
collected on cigar sales. How else would you explain most state lawmakers
otherwise illogical resistance to collecting a reasonable tax on the
products linked to cancers of the larynx, lungs, lips, mouth and throat
and then using the revenue to help prevent young people from picking
up the potentially deadly habit?
through the smoke: Cigarettes on campus
The Slate Online - February 17, 2014
At Shippensburg University, smokers are not an unusual sight. Some congregate
outside of the library and chat over Starbucks, while others smoke in-between
classes to relieve a little exam stress.
vape or not to vape: Local smokers offer thoughts on electronic cigarettes
Penn Live - February 17, 2014
A few weeks ago, we put out a call for submissions from electronic cigarette
users ... Emily Moore, 26, Dillsburg: I use e-cigs as an alternative
to tobacco smoking. ... Does the fact that these e-cigarettes come in
flavors serve as a lure to minors?...
Satel: How inhaling e-cigarettes could save your life
Allentown Morning Call - February 17, 2014
Should electronic cigarettes be regulated like tobacco products, emblazoned
with warnings and subject to tight marketing restrictions? Those are
among the questions before the Food and Drug Administration as it decides
in the coming weeks how to handle the battery-powered cigarette mimics
that have become a $1.5 billion business in the United States.
Longtime smoker kicks the habit and launches ...
Patriot-News - February 14, 2014
Electronic cigarette vaping device in use Keith Kepler of Susquehanna
Township shows how to use an electronic cigarette vaping device. After
smoking for 43 ...
Electronic cigarettes in smoke-free spots have potential to inflame
Penn Live-by David Wenner - February 13, 2014
The Giant Center and Hersheypark Arena are smoke-free. Electronic cigarettes
are included in the ban on regular cigarettes, which are permitted only
remain unregulated by law amid mounting calls for ...
The Patriot-News - February 13, 2014
A Rutter's e-cigarette billboard in the York area stands along the northbound
lanes of I-83 near the Market Street exit. The photo was taken last
of snow, e-cigarettes, the Olympics, prom contest, RJ Harris ...
The Patriot-News-by Deb Kiner - February 13, 2014
PennLive's Ivey DeJesus continues her package this week on electronic
cigarettes. It's a billion dollar industry but there is little research
on the effects of them on ...
designates Penn Hills parks as smoke-free
Tribune-Review - February 12, 2014
Councilman Gary Underwood is happy that a new ordinance designates Penn
Hills parks, picnic areas, playgrounds and parking lots as smoke-free,
but he had ...
help smoke student cravings
The Globe - February 12, 2014
These three Point Park students are among 42.1 million smokers nationwide.
Looking for a healthier alternative, they decided to trade in their
traditional tobacco cigarettes and replace them with the increasingly
popular electronic cigarettes. The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free
Alternatives Associations online fact sheet says that e-cigarettes were
first introduced to the American market in 2006 as a cessation to the
use of tobacco smoking. There are multiple advantages smokers express
after switching to e-cigarettes, including money. Electronic cigarettes
are used in most cases to wean off of traditional tobacco products,
according to Heather Capo, University coordinator of Student Health
OPINION: SECONDHAND SMOKE Expand Pa. ban on tobacco use
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader - February 10, 2014
The old excuse that smoking bans would bury certain businesses, including
Luzerne County taverns, because their customer bases would evaporate
simply doesnt hold up. Statewide bans making all restaurants and bars
smoke-free have been enacted in 28 states, including almost all of Pennsylvanias
neighbors: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Ohio. Multiple
studies suggest the economic impacts of a smoking ban on eating and
drinking establishments are not crippling, and seldom cited as the cause
for a place going belly-up.
cigarettes go from vague curiosity to billion-dollar industry [VIDEO]
The Patriot-News - February 10, 2014
Unless you know of someone who uses e-cigarettes or use them yourself
you probably are under the impression that they have been banished to
official offers update on casino operations
Meadville Tribune - February 9, 2014
Turning to the issue of smoking, McGarvey said by law 50 percent of
a casino floor space must be non-smoking, but noted that is difficult
because smoke ...
Editorial: No butts about it
Philly.com - February 7, 2014
DURING the last decade, local, state and federal governments have sought
to make smoking inconvenient by restricting where and when people can
PA home - February 6, 2014
The fad of electronic cigarettes started back in 2007 . ... Some physicians
also question if the vapors produced by the electronic cigarette are
safe to breathe in.
Docs Take on E-Cigarettes
WTAJ - February 6, 2014
HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA - Pennsylvania doctors are applauding the decision
by CVS to stop selling tobacco, but they're saying, let's go further.
to stop selling tobacco products Oct. 1
Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette - February 6, 2014
Standing outside a Walgreens Wednesday, Mr. Smithburger, 23, of Homewood,
looked dismayed to learn that the place where he usually feeds his Marlboro
habit -- his local CVS drugstore -- won't be selling them anymore.
'vapers' make the switch from cigarettes
York Dispatch - February 4, 2014
An increasingly popular substitute for cigarette smoking, vaping is
the act of smoking electronic cigarettes aka personal vaporizers, or
PVs which vaporize ...
50th anniversary of Surgeon General smoking report, York looks forward
York Dispatch - February 4, 2014
York County has a 22 percent rate, which has been stable over the past
10 years, according to the 2012 York and Adams County Community Health
Needs Assessment. In 2006, Memorial Hospital, WellSpan Health's York
and Gettysburg hospitals and Hanover Hospital adopted tobacco-free policies.
In 2008, YMCA of York and ...
The smoking tenant
Lancaster Online (Lancaster Newspapers) - February 4, 2014
A big thank you to Mr. Ken Smiley for his fine letter to the editor
of Jan. 28. Mr. Smiley expressed the views of many elderly citizens
of the city and county of Lancaster. So, Mr. Miller smokes. Big deal.
Who is he hurting, anyway? If someone wants to improve the quality of
the air we breathe, then we should do something about all of the diesel
fuel spewing the deadly fumes that are being put into the air that we
all breathe. To put an old man out in the bitter cold to fend for himself
in an environment that is near to the temperatures of Alaska, shame
on this city. If this is how you treat your senior citizens, then I
am ashamed to tell anyone that I come from Lancaster County ...
Ban in Philly ?
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia - February 2, 2014
Theres a bid in Philadelphia to ban electronic-cigarette use indoors.
Councilman Bill Green introduced the proposal that would prohibit vaping
in restaurants, workplaces and other public spaces
Considering a Ban on Indoor E-Cig Use
NBC 10 Philadelphia - February 2, 2014
E-cigs are battery-powered devices that are often made to look like
a traditional cigarette, but there's no smoke. When the e-cig is "lit,"
liquid inside the device ...
Indoor Act needs revisions to give back local control
Timesonline.com - February 2, 2014
Everyone talks about the importance of local government. Whether its
a school board or a borough council, everyone feels that local residents
should be able to control their own destiny as much as possible. It
all sounds good, but theres one area where local residents have no control.
Thats the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2008, which bans local municipalities,
with the exemption of Philadelphia, from passing no-smoking ordinances
stricter than the state law. Now, its possible that few municipalities
would be interested in doing anything of the sort. But what could possibly
be the harm in allowing municipalities to regulate indoor smoking, particularly
in restaurants and bars? Thats the thinking of state Sen. Stewart Greenleaf,
a Republican from Willow Grove, a suburb outside of Philadelphia, and
we agree with him...
complex imposes smoking restrictions on property ($$)
Bucks County Courier Times - February 1, 2014
A local apartment complex is taking steps to limit the areas where residents
can smoke on the property in Falls. Beginning this month, Village of
Pennbrook residents and their visitors will not be allowed to smoke
in the common areas of the complex, according to a spokeswoman with
AIMCO, the Colorado-based company that owns the property.
bans sidewalk and parking lot smoking
Citizens Voice - February 1, 2014
SCRANTON - The Mall At Steamtown will ban smoking on its Lackawanna
Avenue sidewalk and parking garage, establishing a smoke free zone around
the shopping center. The policy goes into effect Feb. 14. The interior
of the mall has been smoke free for 20 years. The rule goes beyond the
current Scranton ordinance that bans smoking within 20 feet of a business
The only exception will be an employee smoking area in the back of the
considering a ban on indoor electronic-cigarette use
WHYY (Philadelphia, PA) - January 30, 2014
Councilman Bill Green introduced the proposal that would prohibit vaping
in restaurants, workplaces and other public spaces. E-cigs are battery-powered
devices that are often made to look like a traditional cigarette, but
theres no smoke. ...
Safety explanation sought
The Sentinel - January 30, 2014
Regarding your recent editorial on the proposed expanded smoking ban,
I personally will not be affected by the new law if it is enacted as
I do not patronize the ...
Ban Expansion Bill
WTAJ - January 29, 2014
Brian Laratonda owns the Pipe Room in Hollidaysburg. Five years ago
when the clean indoor air act passed his bar went smoke free. He says
he lost 30-40% of ...
View: A smokers' ban that goes too far
Carlisle Sentinel - January 28, 2014
A pair of bills sitting in the Pennsylvania House and Senate aim to
expand a smoking ban to some of the places where smoking is still permitted
in the state, including casinos and private clubs. The bills go too
you use e-cigarettes? If so, we could use your help
Patriot-News - January 28, 2014
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, are a growing commodity, as smokers
look for a tobacco-free alternative to traditional cigarettes, as well
as an opportunity to smoke in public areas without potentially disturbing
others. As the product gains in popularity, the debate over its use
has also grown. Is it acceptable to smoke them in restaurants or in
the office? What, if any, are the health hazards of this product? PennLive.com
is gearing up to do a lengthy project on e-cigarettes. We'll be looking
at health implications, regulation efforts, ease of access and other
Sabo | Are VFWs promoting slow form of suicide?
The Tribune-Democrat - January 24, 2014
In Pennsylvania, at least, it seems that the common bond these veterans
and their friends share is that they smoke cigarettes, and a convenient
place, and one of the few allowed by Pennsylvania law, to share each
others smoke is the VFW. Members of VFWs in Maryland dont have similar
freedom to damage their health. A friend who lives in Baltimore invited
me to a fund-raising dinner. The entertainment, food and cause all sounded
appealing, and I was about to accept when he said the event would be
held at the VFW in Pasadena. I said I would rather not spend an evening
breathing other peoples smoke. He was surprised, saying that smoking
is not permitted in VFWs in Maryland. He went on to explain that Maryland
had discovered that members-only clubs that permitted smoking were selling
social memberships that allowed smokers to buy their way in for the
primary purpose of finding a place to support their smoking habits.
Maryland closed a loophole; VFWs, as well as other private organizations,
became smoke free.
Council back to work with a full plate
Philly.com - January 24, 2014
Councilman Bill Green introduced a bill to amend the city's indoor-smoking
ban to include electronic cigarettes. Green pointed to a Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention report showing that usage of e-cigs has
doubled in recent years. He said an important outcome of the legislation
would be the affirmation of a tobacco-free lifestyle among youth.
Council Considers Adding Electronic Cigarettes To Smoking Ban
CBS Local - January 24, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) Theres a move in City Council to add electronic cigarettes
to the citys 7-year ban on public smoking. We're modernizing Mayor Nutter's
smoking ban to include e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are battery-powered
devices that look like regular cigarettes and simulate ...
Bucks County Courier Times - January 24, 2014
Its pretty well-known that Prohibition during the 1920s was a colossal
failure, spawning an unparalleled era of organized crime and violence.
Whats not as well-known is that the 18th Amendment did not prohibit
the consumption of alcohol, but rather their manufacture, sale and transportation.
After more than a decade of self-imposed temperance, Congress and the
states wised up, and the 21st Amendment repealing Prohibition was ratified
in less than 10 months. Another provision of state Sen. Stewart Greenleafs
bill, one of several tobacco-related measures being considered, would
allow local governments to enact even stricter bans, which is now permitted
only in Philadelphia. There are other proposals to fine smokers who
light up in a vehicle in which a child is present.
in jail is now a crime
Towanda Daily Review - January 24, 2014
At their meeting on Thursday, the Bradford County commissioners passed
an ordinance which makes it a crime to use or possess tobacco at the
Bradford County Correctional Facility, and also voted to accept a New
York company's $35,470 bid to replace the windows in the Bradford County
Courthouse annex. Under the ordinance, it is a summary offense to smoke
or possess cigarettes or other tobacco products in the jail and on the
jail's grounds, said Jonathan Foster Sr., Bradford County solicitor
zoning to e-smokes, Council gets down to 2014 business
Philly.com - January 23, 2014
Green introduced a bill to add electronic cigarettes to the city's ban
on indoor smoking in most locations. So-called e-cigarettes release
a vapor, but Green said they should be considered the same as smoking.
"Smoking is definitely not something we want to become 'cool' again,"
PA Cities Totally Ban Indoor Smoking
Keystone Politics - January 23, 2014
Randy LoBasso reports that the American Lung Association is pushing
Harrisburg to close exemptions in our weak indoor smoking bill. Not
to let state lawmakers off the hook, but it seems unlikely theyll fully
close the loopholes. A better strategy would be to let cities pass their
own laws fully banning smoking from bars and casinos. This would be
an uphill fight in Philadelphia, because dive bars will claim itll destroy
everything, but obviously it wouldnt:
New Pennsylvania Smoking Ban Proposed
Dive bars, casinos, restaurant patios, and private clubs are all
on the hit list
Philadelphia Magazine (blog) - January 23, 2014
Those of you who still like to smoke cigarettes in dives like McGlinchey's
and Locust Bar or light up cigars on the deck or patio of your favorite
restaurant may ...
aficionados find their mojo in King of Prussia
Main Line - January 23, 2014
All cigar buffs are welcome to come and relax in the BYOB lounge, an
ample social setting with a sophisticated ventilation system that offsets
would expand Pa. smoking ban to all bars, casinos
The Intelligencer - January 22, 2014
Five years ago, Pennsylvania passed a statewide ban on indoor smoking
in most public places and businesses. If either bill advances, Pennsylvania
would join 23 other states with smoking bans deemed comprehensive by
the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation. ....
gets failing grades on efforts to curb smoking and provide smoke-free
PennLive.com - January 21, 2014
People who work in casinos and some bars are exposed to secondhand smoke:
Count that among the reasons Pennsylvania scored woefully in an annual
report that tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at the federal
and state level.
School Board updates policy to prohibit electronic cigarettes
Williamsport Sun-Gazette - January 21, 2014
MUNCY - Muncy School Board unanimously approved revisions to its three
tobacco use policies Monday night to prohibit the use of electronic
cigarettes. The policies apply to students, administrative employees,
professional employees and classified employees
Editorial: New fronts in tobacco fight
Philly.com - January 10, 2014
A half-century after the historic U.S. surgeon general's finding that
smoking sickens and kills, the Philadelphia region could be viewed as
one of the nation's key battlegrounds in the continuing struggle to
stem the health scourge, which leads to 443,000 deaths a year and costs
billions of dollars in medical care and lost productivity. ...
slow, steady as Americans fight to stop smoking
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette January 8, 2014
Fifty years ago this Saturday, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry dropped
a bomb, of sorts, on modern American culture. ...
Lancaster Newspapers - January 7, 2014
The growing concern about the health risks of tobacco-less smoking devices
electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes shows the wisdom of bans imposed
by school districts across the state, including several in Lancaster
one frozen town, cigarettes worth freezing for
Bismarck Tribune - January 7, 2014
Certain essentials must be taken care of, no matter what. As a record
freeze hit this small town outside Pittsburgh early Tuesday, basic needs
came down to football, lottery tickets and cigarettes. Especially cigarettes.
Tauras, J.A.; Chaloupka, F.J.; Keith, J.D.; Brown, D.P.; Meyer, J.B.,
impact of a noncomprehensive smoke-free air law," Health
Promotion Practice [Epub ahead of print], January 6, 2014.
News Item - January 4, 2014
SUNBURY - The Sunbury Housing Authority announced Thursday a smoke-free
policy effective Jan. 1 that prohibits tobacco use indoors at Chestnut
Tower and ...
'vape lounge' scene creates community for quitters
Philly.com - December 16, 2013
Every time Guong Truong reaches into his pockets, he has to make sure
batteries don't fall out. They're important to his hobby, in essence
serving as its lifeblood by providing the electrical current from which
Truong draws his pleasure.
to ban e-cig sales to minors grows
Standard Speaker - December 16, 2013
Meanwhile, a movement to stop sales to minors for electronic cigarettes
is under way by some Pennsylvania lawmakers. The State Judiciary Committee
approved enabling legislation last week after a vote by the Pennsylvania
Medical Society that urged a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
They want to carry the ban on tobacco and cigarettes law to include
e-cigarettes, making them illegal to sell to minors.
cigarettes are not a big hit with teens
Tribune-Review - December 15, 2013
Smoke shop owners and school administrators supporting legislation to
prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors acknowledge the
devices are not a teenage craze. I didn't know it was legal to sell
to kids, said Gabrielle Williams, co-owner of Vape Inn on East Carson
Street in the South Side, which stocks the personal smoking simulators.
I never see them in here. Teenagers don't really try to buy. Bill Godshall
of Monroeville, a longtime anti-smoking activist who runs SmokeFree
Pennsylvania and supports the bill, said those figures are not as troubling
as they sound if it means teen smokers illegally obtaining cigarettes
are opting for e-cigs instead. If teens, like adult smokers, are switching
to e-cigarettes, he said, that's not a public health problem; that's
a public health solution.
Lancaster County schools banning e-cigarettes
Lancaster Online - December 7, 2013
In the mid-1990s, school administrators regularly dealt with smoking
incidents on campus. Districts rolled out anti-tobacco policies and
imposed fines for violations. With rising awareness about the health
effects of tobacco and the cultural shift against smoking in public,
school smoking issues waned. Then along came e-cigarettes.
banned on all Centre County-owned properties
Centre Daily Times - December 6, 2013
Smoking and all tobacco products will be prohibited on all Centre County-owned
and leased properties effective April 1. That means employees in the
courthouse, Willowbank Building, district courts and other offices will
have to walk a little farther to light up, but the point of the ban
is to encourage them to kick the habit, a commissioner said.
clear the air for all workers in Pennsylvania
Bucks County Courier Times - December 6, 2013
... including bars, casinos, private clubs and other venues, to put
the health of their employees ... The evidence is clear that exposure
to secondhand smoke wreaks ... result in 33,800 fewer adult smokers,
19,900 fewer smoking-related deaths, ...
Council says 'no' to smoking near township playgrounds
Tribune-Review - November 20, 2013
Council has given the green light to a smoking ban near play areas at
all township ... Specifically, tobacco is banned from any wood covered
play areas in the ...
Mayor, citing own research, says second-hand smoke is not harmful
WJAC-TV NBC6 (Johnstown, PA) - November 20, 2013
Last week, Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle vetoed the borough council's
bill that banned smoking in public places. Wehrle said smoking outside
is a civil liberty that should not be taken away.
ban vetoed by Punxsutawney mayor
WJAC Johnstown - November 14, 2013
Smoking in public places almost became illegal this week in Punxsutawney.
Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to ban it, but the mayor quickly
vetoed. Under the ban, smoking would be off limits in public areas such
as parks and playgrounds.
Time: The Trend Toward Tobacco-Free Workplaces: Guest ...
Towanda Daily Review - November 14, 2013
Did you know that tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause
of disease and premature death in the United States? According to the
American Cancer ... First, establish a Tobacco-Free Worksite Policy.
Focus on the benefits of a safe, healthy workplace. Organizations like
the ACS provide samples of such policies on their websites.
Should smoking with kids in the car be banned?
Daily American - November 13, 2013
This law shouldnt become a problem for most people, including
smokers. But in case you forgot: Dont smoke with kids in your
car; you could be slowly killing them. What parent wouldnt agree
to snuff it until later?
e-cigarettes like tobacco
Scranton Times-Tribune - November 12, 2013
Originally devised to help tobacco smokers quit, e-cigarettes are ...
to apply the same prohibitions covering tobacco sales to minors to e-cigarette
sales, and to ...
Irish Pub to refocus on food, go non-smoking: Out with Sara
Penn Live - November 7, 2013
There are a lot of great things to say about Ceoltas Irish Pub (no apostrophe,
please). But Ceoltas' first-floor has long been popular for late-night
weekend parties, known better as a smoke-friendly nightlife destination
than for lunch or dinner. However, change is afoot at Ceoltas. The first
floor is now nonsmoking -- at least until 9 p.m. -- and manager Stuart
Delves has returned to the helm along with a new chef, Fred "Wink"
Winklespeck, improved menu and refocus on food.
begins to hang smoke-free signs
Pittsburgh (PA) Tribune-Review - November 6, 2013
The Scottdale Parks Commission passed a resolution in the spring to
make all parks in the borough smoke-free as a part of the Young
Lungs at Play program. The program, offered through Penn State
Extension, helps municipalities become cleaner and ...
groups ask for laws regulating, taxing e-cigarettes
Reading Eagle - October 31, 2013
Dr. Richard T. Bell, a West Reading pulmonologist, hears that question
about electronic cigarettes at his West Reading practice. The answer,
he said, might be ...
present a question of safety
Waterbury Republican American - October 28, 2013
The most deadly behavior in the United States might morph into a lifesaver.
Or a product with an unknown safety profile might lure more smokers.
The e-cig has divided a public health community whose reliance on carefully
collected scientific evidence is no match for a fast-moving new technology
backed by some of the world's slickest marketers. Which is why so much
is riding on a Food and Drug Administration decision expected soon on
whether and how to regulate e-cigarettes.
Cigarettes Should Be Treated Like Tobacco, Say Doctors
Newswise (press release) - October 28, 2013
Newswise The potential dangers of electronic cigarettes have members
of the Pennsylvania Medical Society concerned, and until more is known
about the ...
rental units growing more popular
Philly.com October 27, 2013
Smoking even in one's own home may someday be a thing of the past, as
more real estate developers and landlords in the Philadelphia region
are embracing the trend toward healthy housing. It's unclear how many
privately owned apartment buildings have set similar standards, but
vocal residents are often the catalyst, said Liz Williams of Americans
for Nonsmokers' Rights. Noted Rick Haughey of the National Multi Housing
Council: "After noise, smoke and odors are the second-highest complaint
bans smoking, approves assessment appeals
Lancaster Newspapers - October 24, 2013
Attention smokers: You can't light up on Cocalico School District property
anymore, anytime, anywhere. At its meeting Monday, Oct. 21, the Cocalico
School Board adopted policy revisions complying with state and federal
regulations that make Cocalico a tobacco-free environment.
State-Virginia Commonwealth collaboration will study matters ...
PennLive.com-by David Wenner - October 22, 2013
Are electronic cigarettes healthier than real ones? That's one of the
questions that will be studied during a research collaboration between
Penn State Milton S. ...
looks to go tobacco free
Reporter Online - October 18, 2013
Moraine Valley Community College trustees are considering banning all
tobacco products and creating a policy that would divorce state law,
which currently ...
cigarettes could join Hampton schools' prohibited tobacco ...
Tribune-Review - October 16, 2013
Superintendent John Hoover said with some studies showing the presence
of toxins in the electronic-cigarette vapor, district officials wanted
to add it to the list of ...
wnep.com - October 9, 2013
First it was restaurants, then bars, now some senior housing facilities
in Luzerne County are considering a ban on smoking. Residents recently
filled out a survey on the issue. ...
'em if you got 'em? Maybe not in county senior housing
Go Lackawanna - October 8, 2013
KINGSTON Will the Luzerne County Housing Authority ban smoking in its
senior housing units? About 60 percent of residents of Luzerne County
elderly housing want smoking banned in their buildings, while 27 percent
say they want smoking to still be allowed. Thirteen percent have no
Editorial: A risk casinos can do without
Philly.com - October 4, 2013
The owners of Pennsylvania and Atlantic City casinos granted ill-advised
exemptions from indoor smoking bans contend that they must look to smokers
for a sizable share of the pot - and, thus, the state tax revenues generated
by gambling. But what if smoke-filled casinos are triggering a haul
of a different kind - of patrons sickened and, in extreme cases, having
to be carted off to a hospital?
play zones requested in Upper Leacock
Lancaster Newspapers - September 25, 2013
Upper Leacock Township is being asked to join a growing list of local
communities that have declared parks and playgrounds tobacco-free zones.
Mary Ross ..
to serve as smoking research center
Newsworks.org - September 24, 2013
Federal regulators are looking for better evidence to make decisions
about the sales and marketing of cigarettes and emerging tobacco products.
The University of Pennsylvania and 13 other research centers around
the country now have grant money to help.
no longer allowed in Chesco public housing
The Mercury - September 21, 2013
Since last month, all of the units owned by the Housing Authority of
Chester County have been deemed tobacco free, a first in public housing
in southeastern Pennsylvania, authority officials say. The policy does
not prohibit individuals who use tobacco from living or working at authorityowned
properties. But it does forbid its use anywhere on the property, inside
or out. The policy relates not only to cigarettes, cigars, and pipe
smoking, but also to smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes.
snuffs tobacco use in city's parks and playgrounds
Tribune-Review - September 18, 2013
The city will place signs at each area identifying them as tobacco-free
areas. Any person violating the ordinance can be fined up to $300 and
Senator Works to Ban E-Cigarette Sale to Minors
90.5 WESA - September 16, 2013
State Sen. Tim Solobay (D-Washington) wants the commonwealth to become
the 21st state to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.
Carbon bans smoking at playgrounds
Republican & Herald - September 11, 2013
Port Carbon bans smoking at playgrounds ... PORT CARBON - Borough council
banned smoking at the community's two playgrounds with a new policy.
"We did ...
ads more common in poor neighborhoods, survey finds
Newsworks.org (blog) - August 26, 2013
A city zoning law could help curb the number of advertisements for cigarettes
and sugary drinks in Philadelphia and a new survey may provide ammunition
for stepped-up enforcement of the 2012 rule.
faults corner store cigarette ads
Philly.com - August 26, 2013
Outside the stores, many outlets illegally attached cigarette advertising
to street signs or utility poles, or set up freestanding tobacco ads
on sidewalks, the study ...
police seek underage smoking ordinance
Chambersburg Public Opinion - August 22, 2013
Scott spoke to Shippensburg Borough Council Tuesday evening about proposing
an ordinance to help keep those under the age of 18 from smoking.
Borough considers under 18 smoking ban
Montgomery Newspapers - August 16, 2013
Because of this, Perkasie Borough Council is considering implementing
a smoking ban that would make it illegal for anyone under 18 to smoke
cigarettes in ...
bar owners allow diners to smoke electronic cigarettes
Penn Live - August 14, 2013
Once again diners are smoking cigarettes in restaurant dining rooms
and around bars. In a day and age of anti-smoking campaigns, the whole
idea of smokers lighting up in public places seems completely out of
place. A few months ago when a diner lit up a cigarette at Arooga's
Grille House & Sports Bar, a bartender immediately told them to
snuff it out, said co-owner Gary Huether, Jr. Only it turned out the
person wasn't smoking a conventional cigarette, it was an electronic
cigarette. While at first the idea of the devices created some confusion,
patrons at the chain's restaurants are now permitted to smoke the cigarettes,
also known as e-cigarettes.
Township bans smoking in parks sort of
Allentown Morning Call - August 14, 2013
Lehigh Township Supervisors on Tuesday adopted a tobacco-free policy
in township parks that has the police chief fretting over enforcement.
As it stands, the ...
state Rep. Jennifer Mann hired as consultant for tobacco company
Easton (PA) Express-Times - August 14, 2013
Former Pa. state Rep. Jennifer Mann has been hired as a consultant for
a tobacco company. Mann, who started her own lobbying firm, JL Mann
Consulting, after leaving the state House last year, will provide "strategic
advisory services" to Reynolds American Inc.
bans smoking in parks except in designated areas
phillyBurbs.com - August 8, 2013
MEDFORD Smoking has been outlawed in local parks and public places,
except ... After the meeting, Buoni said he was opposed to the ban because
it chips ...
considers teen smoking ban
phillyBurbs.com - August 7, 2013
Perkasie is hoping to stub out cigarette smoking among teens. The borough
council is considering a ban on underage smoking and tobacco use similar
to one enacted by Quakertown in January 2007.
Bringing Cigar Bar Smoking Back to Philadelphia
Cigar Aficionado - August 6, 2013
Legal cigar bar smoking and drinking is set to return to the city of
brotherly love this September when the all-new Ashton Cigar Bar opens
smoking ordinance fails to pass
Williamsport Sun-Gazette - August 6, 2013
A no smoking ordinance came under discussion but ultimately failed to
get approved at Monday night's Montoursville Borough Council meeting.
The proposed law would have created smoke-free areas in open spaces
of the borough such as public park pavilions, playgrounds, soccer and
baseball fields and other gathering spots.
Blair Hospital No Smoking Policy
Fox8tv - August 1, 2013
As of today a Huntingdon County hospital s new anti-smoking policy is
in effect. JC Blair Memorial Hospital is banning all tobacco products,
County Housing Authority could go smoke-free
GoErie.com - July 25, 2013
The Erie County Housing Authority, which manages public housing in Millcreek,
North East and Albion, could soon prohibit smoking at all of its properties.
OF CORRY JOINS YOUNG LUNGS AT PLAY INITIATIVE
GoErie.com - July 24, 2013
Tobacco-free parks and recreational areas, such as those now in the
City of Corry, help promote positive, healthy behavior. For more information
about Young ...
County man sues over smoke-free workplace
WFMJ - July 23, 2013
PITTSBURGH, Penn - A West Middlesex, Pennsylvania man is suing the New
Castle Area Transit Authority claiming it violated disability laws by
failing to provide a smoke-free workplace.
says no immediate smoking changes in Altoona
Anchorage Daily news - July 23, 2013
A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center official says there will be
no immediate change to the smoking policy of the Altoona Regional Health
System following its acquisition by UMPC.
Plan B on city schools
Philly.com - July 22, 2013
It pledged to collect an additional $28 million in delinquent taxes
and passed a cigarette tax that would raise an additional $45 million.
That sounds great - $73 ...
claims threats at New Castle Area Transit Authority after he complained
about - smokers
Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette - July 22, 2013
...When Dale W. Doutt complained about smoking at his New Castle job,
his pleas were ignored and he was subtly threatened, according to a
lawsuit filed today in U.S. District Court.
to limit smoking in its parks
phillyBurbs.com - July 19, 2013
This year, the Burlington County Board of Freeholders banned smoking
at all county parks, and municipal ... The state is considering similar
bans. ... Under the ordinance, a person found guilty of breaking the
smoking ban would be fined a ...
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - July 18, 2013
This is in response to "UPMC Smoking Ban to Include Break Time"
(July 11): ... of employees and visitors currently banned from smoking
on UPMC property, ...
leader Clarke draws praise for his work
Philly.com - July 18, 2013
Education advocates blamed Council in particular for not backing - or
even voting on - bills to raise a liquor-by-the-drink tax and the business
Use and Occupancy tax to help close the School District's $304 million
deficit. Instead, Council passed a $2-a-pack cigarette tax that needed
state approval to enact, and the legislature's permission never came.
"Too little, too late," was how Susan Gobreski, executive
director of Education Voters of Pennsylvania, described it. "They
came up really short," she said. "They gambled that the state
would let them do cigarettes and they lost. . . . They blew it."
state to clash on sales-tax extension?
Philly.com - July 18, 2013
The sales tax, which was slated to expire in June, was raised from 7
percent to 8 ... legislation that would allow the city to enact a $2
per pack tax on cigarettes. The proposed cigarette tax that would have
generated $46 million in its first year ...
is the way to be
The Almanac - July 17, 2013
Last week, UPMC announced that beginning July 1, 2014, its staff including
employees, doctors, students and volunteers will be smoke and tobacco-free
smoking ban not a problem at Farm Fair
phillyBurbs.com - July 17, 2013
The farm fair is a smoke-free event, although the ban has less to do
with the health ... last spring banning smoking at all county parks,
including the fairgrounds.
E-Cigarettes Be Banned Like Smoking? Health Expert Has Surprising View
KYW Newsradio-1060 KYW-TV CBS 3 (Philadelphia, PA) - July 17, 2013
... one of the things found in them is propylene glycol. Its a
substance not to be trifled with, according to Tracy Kane, tobacco dependence
treatment specialist at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Its
something you would find in antifreeze, and ...
banned in Kiwanis Park
Pittsburgh (PA) Tribune-Review - July 16, 2013
The board of commissioners approved an ordinance making Kiwanis Park
and Crawford Pool tobacco free in a pilot effort to join the Young Lungs
at Play initiative, a program offered through Tobacco Free Allegheny
to create tobacco-free playgrounds and park
smoking: UPMC's new tobacco policy makes sense
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - July 16, 2013
One of the more incongruous sights in life -- and one of the most disturbing
-- is health-care workers outside medical property indulging in the
health-destroying habit of smoking. UPMC plans to do something about
ban a good idea
Pocono Record - July 12, 2013
Aside from one's own property, not many places allow smoking anymore.
... and up to half of gaming floors at casinos like Mount Airy, private
social clubs, hotel ...
ban could form habit
Tribune-Review - July 11, 2013
That's just one reason why UPMC's heavy-handed attempt to ban smoking
among its employees, even during workday breaks, is wrong. The policy,
which the monolithic medical conglomerate plans to implement next year,
is absurdly intrusive, a chilling example of corporate totalitarianism
and utterly indefensible. UPMC has prohibited smoking on its campuses
since 2007, and that policy is above reproach. One of the last sights
someone facing a serious cardiothoracic procedure wants to see before
going under anesthesia is the surgeon pulling aside his mask to take
a quick puff on a Pall Mall.
Taking Steps To Ban On-Duty Employees From Smoking
CBS Local - July 11, 2013
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is the areas largest health
employer with more than 60,000 employees.
Strip Clubs Face Double 'Entertainment' Tax
Opposing Views - July 11, 2013
Though Philadelphia failed at raising taxes on soda and cigarettes,
they may have found a way to make up for the loss by slapping a huge
tax on strip clubs.
goes tobacco-free in 2014
Pittsburgh Business Times - July 11, 2013
UPMC employees will be prohibited from using tobacco products during
work hours starting next year, an enhanced policy intended to improve
staff health and the patients experience, the hospital giant announced
Wednesday. UPMC campuses have been smoke-free since 2007 and the tobacco-free
workplace requirement for employees goes into effect July 1, 2014. Employees
will be ...
smoking ban to include break time
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - July 11, 2013
Come next July, there will be no more smoke breaks for UPMC's 63,000
council sets smoking regulations for rec areas, even parking ...
Tribune-Review - July 10, 2013
Tobacco-free zones include the city's seven playgrounds, Clairton Park
and Clairton ... The ordinance references statistics provided by Tobacco
Free Allegheny, ...
goes tobacco-free in 2014
Pittsburgh Business Times- July 10, 2013
...the number of smokers to 11 percent from 18 percent in 2007, Cline
said. The rate of smoking in Allegheny County exceeds 20 percent. Employees
will be offered a wide array of resources and support services to help
them quit using
are E-Cigarettes and are they safer than tobacco cigarettes?
CBS 21 - July 9, 2013
Pennsylvania currently allows you to use electronic cigarettes in most
places where smoking is prohibited. The FDA has given no time table
as to when they may ...
Goes Smoke-Free Outside
WTAJ - July 3, 2013
The J.C. Blair Health System will go smoke-free on August 1. The ban
will ... The hospital's buildings have been smoke-free for several years.
Employees will get ...
County Community College goes completely tobacco-free
Delco News Network - July 4, 2013
As of Monday, Delaware County Community College joined the ranks of
783 institutions of higher learning across the nation which have enacted
100 percent ...
Resume war on smoking
Scranton (PA) Times-Tribune - July 2, 2013
Lawmakers, recognizing the effectiveness of total bans elsewhere, should
help improve Pennsylvanians' overall health by upgrading the law to
ban smoking in all workplaces. ...
County Community College goes completely tobacco-free
Delco News Network - July 1, 2013
As of Monday, Delaware County Community College joined the ranks of
783 institutions of higher learning across the nation which have enacted
100 percent ...
Hospitals' Ban On Hiring Smokers Sparks Debate
Opposing Views - July 1, 2013
Some of the top hospitals in Philadelphia will join dozens of others
health care facilities across the country by refusing to hire smokers
beginning on July 1.
plan to bail out Philadelphia schools shifts in late-hour scramble
The Tribune - June 30, 2013
Philadelphia officials had sought $120 million in additional state aid
and $45 million from increased cigarette taxes to help bail out a $304
million school budget ...
Senate committee OKs a Philly cigarette tax
Newsworks.org - June 26, 2013
A proposed tax on cigarettes in Philadelphia, which critics once called
D.O.A., just ... The city will exceed that request if the state authorizes
the cigarette tax, and ...
Cameron County Endeavor - June 21, 2013
(Mario Scavello is a Republican from Monroe County serving in the Pennsylvania
House of Representatives.) All tobacco products are lethal weapons that
Philly follow Wilmington's lead with smoke-free housing?
WHYY (Philadelphia, PA) - June 17, 2013
Back in 2011, the Philadelphia Department of Health sponsored a series
of community meetings to gauge community sentiment on a range of tobacco
control policies including the idea to ban smoking in public housing.
Healthy Communities: Young Lungs at Play
GoErie.com - June 17, 2013
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids reports that each year in the United
States, ... Tobacco-free parks and recreational areas help promote a
Patriot-News editorial should have embraced entire smoke-free proposal
Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News - June 16, 2013
The editorial left me questioning why lawmakers would think only some,
but not all, workers should be protected from the dangers of secondhand
smoke. Research shows that people who work in private clubs, hotels
and residential facilities are at equal risk
you think indoor smoking should be banned in all public places?
Uniontown Herald Standard - June 15, 2013
If you break Rules One, Two or Three repeatedly, you will be banned
from commenting altogether. If you want ... We will post it publicly
and remove your ban. 5. ...
beach areas please Pine Grove park visitors
The Sentinel - June 13, 2013
People who use the beach areas of Fuller and Laurel lakes in Pine Grove
Furnace State Park appear pleased with new regulations that restrict
Hill ponders smoking ban in park
Lancaster Newspapers - June 12, 2013
Borough solicitor, Brad Harris, commented that new regulations from
the state are expected to go into effect eventually that will ban smoking
in all public places.
View: Make Pa. smoking ban complete
GoErie.com - June 11, 2013
Pennsylvania lawmakers have an opportunity to improve on something they
got mostly right in 2008, when the Legislature passed the Clean Indoor
Air Act to ban smoking inside most businesses and public places.
a blow for respiratory freedom and expand Pennsylvania's smoke-free
PennLive.com - June 10, 2013
The famous 19th century American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once
described the limits of a persons individual freedom this way: The right
to swing my fist ends where the other mans nose begins. That nugget
of philosophical wisdom still offers good guidance today, as Pennsylvania
lawmakers consider expanding the list of indoor areas that must be free
of smoking. If Holmes were alive to be asked about the subject, he might
say The right to smoke my cigarette ends where the other mans nose begins.
readers voted: Expand smoking ban and include public parks
Patriot-News - June 6, 2013
It looks as if pro-smoking ban votes overwhelmingly beat out anti-smoking
ban votes. Those who supported the expansion of the current law pulled
in 325 of the 484 votes. Only 29 people thought the ban was "oppressive"
and 123 people thought it was fine just the way it is.
lawmaker calls for tougher smoking bans
PoconoNews.net - June 6, 2013
Realizing that all tobacco products are lethal weapons that kill from
both ends, Rep. Mario Scavello (R-Monroe) today held a press conference
in the Capitol to unveil his legislation to update the Clean Indoor
Air Act and prohibit smoking in public facilities that are currently
exempt from the law. While one end of the cigarette, cigar and electronic
cigarette is suicide, the other is murder. Thats because the effects
of secondhand smoke have proven dangerous to all who are surrounded
by it, said Scavello. We shouldnt be requiring employees in casinos,
bars and other industries to face health risks associated with secondhand
smoke any longer; now is the time to adjust our current law.
oppose expansion of smoking ban
Lehigh Valley Business - June 6, 2013
The executive director of the association that represents businesses
that serve alcohol in Pennsylvania said the state does not need any
more legislation affecting our licensed establishments.
smoking indoors at public places could become law
CBS 21 - June 5, 2013
If one Pennsylvania lawmaker has his way, you won't be allowed to smoke
indoors ... that we can do this successfully without the need for further
lawmaker calls for stricter smoking ban
abc27 - June 5, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced legislation
that would update the Clean Indoor Air Act and ban smoking in public
facilities that are currently exempt from the law. Rep. Mario Scavello
(R-Monroe) said his proposal, House Bill 1485, would eliminate all exemptions
to the statewide smoking ban passed in 2008 and allow local municipalities
to enact their own ordinances. "The effects of secondhand smoke
have proven dangerous to all who are surrounded by it," Scavello
said Wednesday. "We shouldn't be requiring employees in casinos,
bars and other industries to face health risks associated with secondhand
smoke any longer; now is the time to adjust our current law." ..
smoking ban: Lawmaker says he's been promised a ...
Patriot-News - June 5, 2013
An effort to expand the states Clean Indoor Air Act to include all bars,
casinos and private clubs, along with other establishments exempted
from the law, could gain traction in the state House this year. Theres
room for improvement, he said. While one end of the cigarette, cigar
and electronic cigarette is suicide, the other is murder. Thats because
the effects of secondhand smoke has proven dangerous by all surrounded
by it. Amy Christie, executive director of the Pennsylvania Licensed
Establishments Association, which represents 6,000 taverns and other
drinking establishments, said her organization would consider supporting
an expansion of the indoor smoking ban but only if it truly was a comprehensive
ban. If this bill eliminates all of the indoor smoking privileges for
everybody, thats something my board will take a look at and they will
have to vote on their position, she said. But I know that everybody
in the casinos and private clubs out there are trying to make exemptions
for themselves. We dont want to be the only ones left in the bill.
the ban on smoking indoors expand?
Patriot-News - June 5, 2013
In 2008, the state cleared the air, so to speak, when it came to smoking.
It passed the Clean Indoor Air Act that restricted lighting up inside
most businesses and public places. [Survey]
County honored for tobacco-free policy at parks ...
Lancaster Newspapers - June 3, 2013
Representatives from Pennsylvania Department of Health, Clean Air Council,
Lancaster General Health and Tobacco-free Coalition of Lancaster County
County Moves Toward Outdoor Smoking Ban
ErieTVNews - May 31, 2013
County Executive Greg Edwards is planning to ban outdoor tobacco use
on all county owned or leased properties, even parks. Smoking is already
Council advances bill to tax cigarettes
Philly.com - May 30, 2013
Mayor Nutter has proposed raising taxes on cigarettes and alcoholic
drinks served ... and the Mayor stand in support of a tobacco tax by
moving it forward today. ... "Cigarette and liquor-by-the-drink
tax are the most important aspects of funding.
Cigarette Tax To Help School District Gets Initial OK by ...
CBS Local - May 29, 2013
Support for the cigarette tax came today from health advocates, who
said at today's ... There is ample evidence that raising the price for
cigarettes and tobacco ...
Park starts new program to help smokers and non-smokers ...
CBS 21 - May 26, 2013
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is
hoping to provide a healthy beach experience for both smokers and non-smokers
Tax Plan For Philadelphia School Funding Introduced in ...
KYW Newsradio - May 23, 2013
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) Mayor Nutters proposals for a new cigarette tax and
a higher liquor tax were formally introduced today in Philadelphia City
to create smoke-free parks expanding
phillyBurbs.com - May 18, 2013
The state Department of Health is using funds from the tobacco industry
settlement to provide signs to communities that create smoke-free parks
Council Explores Alternative Funding Sources For School ...
CBS Local - May 17, 2013
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) Two days after Mayor Nutter proposed a new tax on
cigarettes and a higher liquor tax (see related story), City Council
was spending ...
on to expand smoking ban
Citizens Voice - May 16, 2013
HARRISBURG - A new push by health advocates is underway to expand the
statewide ban on indoor smoking by eliminating a dozen existing exemptions
and allowing local governments more say on the matter. The focus was
put on strengthening Pennsylvania's 2008 Clean Indoor Act with the American
Lung Association and other groups calling Tuesday for "No More
Exceptions" during a rally at the state Capitol. Ending exceptions
that allow smoking in some workplaces will reduce the health dangers
from second-hand smoke, said Deb Brown, regional lung association president.
"Thousands of Pennsylvanians have to work in those dirty, smoky
environments," she added. Rep. Mario Scavello, R-Mount Pocono,
is preparing legislation to eliminate smoking ban exceptions for casino
floors and drinking establishments with less than 20 percent of business
in food sales that featured prominently in the 2008 debate over the
issue. His legislation would allow local governments to exact smoke-free
ordinances that are more stringent than the state law.
Parks, Playgrounds Now "Tobacco-Free" Zones
Chartiers Valley (PA) Patch - May 16, 2013
All of Collier Township's parks and playgrounds are now tobacco-free
zones. Township commissioners voted at the regular public meeting on
May 8 to prohibit ... The resolution supporting the vote is attached
to this article as a PDF document.
Sin Taxes to Fund Philly Schools
NBC 10 Philadelphia - May 16, 2013
Nutter dismissed the notion that a new cigarette tax might hurt businesses.
... is necessarily going to flee to the suburbs to get a pack of cigarettes,"
proposes tax hikes to fund Philly schools
The Reporter - May 16, 2013
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The mayor of Philadelphia has proposed increasing
taxes on cigarettes and liquor as part of an effort to avoid budget
cuts to the city's ...
smokers fume at idea of $2-a-pack tax, but not all
Philly.com - May 16, 2013
Pictured are packs of cigarettes waiting to be purchased at a news stand
Friday ... Nutter proposed two new taxes yesterday - a $2-per-pack cigarette
tax and a 5 ...
bars, liquor, cigarette proposals are no hit
Philly.com - May 16, 2013
But a higher tax, he added, would hurt his wallet. ... smoking outside
the Plough and the Stars bar and restaurant, offered some cigarettes
from his native Ireland.
Everyone's got a point of view on tax hikes
Philly.com - May 16, 2013
Mayor Nutter has proposed raising taxes on cigarettes and alcoholic
drinks served in ... "If you're running a business that sells [tobacco],
this puts you at a distinct ... A higher cigarette tax could shift customers
of convenience-store chains like ...
proposals would raise $95 M for schools
Philadelphia Business Journal - May 15, 2013
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter on Wednesday proposed increasing the
city's liquor-by-the-drink tax, imposing a cigarette tax and improving
the city's ...
Doctors, please help fight smoking policy
Carlisle (PA) Sentine - May 15, 2013
I live at 1 West Penn Street in Carlisle. ... I am now asking for local
doctors to help and the use of their expert opinion in fighting our
second-hand smoke issue. Please contact the housing authority acknowledging
how second-hand smoke can affect our ...
wants new cigarette tax, liquor tax hike to help fund Philly ...
Newsworks.org - May 15, 2013
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is proposing to hike the liquor-by-the-drink
tax and create a brand-new $2 tax on every pack of cigarettes in order
to help fund ...
proposes alcohol, tobacco tax hikes
Philly.com - May 11, 2013
To help avert that bleak future, Nutter suggested increasing taxes on
booze and tobacco to help raise the $60 million the school district
has requested from the city. The district also says it needs another
$120 million from the state and $133 million in labor concessions to
close a $304 million budget gap. Nutter, who was joined by other city
officials and state lawmakers, added that he'll present funding proposals
approves zoning adjustment and park smoking ban
Williamsport Sun-Gazette - May 10, 2013
MANSFIELD - Mansfield Borough Council held a meeting Wednesday to discuss
municipal matters ranging from zoning issues to neighborhood beautification
and a smoking ban in city parks.
Campus-wide smoking ban proposed by University Council ...
The Daily Pennsylvanian - May 9, 2013
Smoke breaks might become a thing of the past on Penns campus. On April
24, the University Council Committee on Campus and Community Life presented
their annual report to the University Council. One of the main suggestions
from the report was that, all University of Pennsylvania facilities,
buildings, and properties shall be smoke and tobacco free.
alarms sound on e-cigarettes
The Tribune-Democrat - April 30, 2013
Conemaugh Health System does not allow electronic cigarettes because
of the ... Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices designed
to look like the ...
County Community College goes tobacco free July 1
Delaware County Daily Times - April 25, 2013
In a commitment to creating a healthy and sustainable environment for
the entire Delaware County Community College community, the College
is pleased to announce that all of its campuses and centers will go
tobacco free July 1, 2013. The policy prohibits the use of any tobacco
product (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, snuff, chewing tobacco, etc.) on
all college-owned or leased properties. The College is proud to join
nearly 800 schools around the country that maintain 100 percent tobacco-free
VFW Votes to Go Smoke Free
Patch.com - April 24, 2013
The Conshohocken Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1074, located at 300
E. Fifth Ave in Conshohocken, will be a non-smoking facility beginning
May 1, according ...
initiative promotes tobacco-free outdoor space
Altoona Mirror - April 24, 2013
Sure, making a tumbling pass in gymnastics takes muscle strength and
coordination. But clean air to fuel the motion helps, too. Just ask
Garver Memorial YMCA ...
smoking ban is seen as a success nearly 5 years after it became law
Lancaster Newspapers - April 22, 2013
...Nearly five years later, attitudes about Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor
Air Act, which bans smoking in many public places, have changed. "I
don't hear any complaints, from smokers or people who are nonsmokers,"
Molly's Pub general manager Daniel Armitage says. "I think it's
a very positive thing," he says. "Everyone likes it. Even
the people who smoke ... seem to enjoy coming into a clean, non-smoky
place." He laughs. "And I smoked for 35 years."
Township parks could go tobacco-free
PennLive.com - April 15, 2013
Susquehanna Township parks could go tobacco-free, if a slim majority
of commissioners holds together. Commissioners voted 5-4 on April 11
to draft an ...
Parks to Become Smoke-Free Zones
Plum-Oakmont (PA) Patch.com - April 15, 2013
Verona Borough parks will be deemed smoke-free zones. Last week, council
approved a resolution prohibiting smoking at all borough parks and playgrounds,
including Riverbank Park and the parklet near the borough building.
Blowing smoke on workplace health
Los Angeles Times - April 4, 2013
The best way to hire productive employees is to look for people with
qualifications, talent, honesty and commitment. Now, however, a small
but growing number of employers are looking for something else as well:
job applicants who don't smoke. As much as we despair of the death and
damage caused by tobacco, this new employment criterion strikes us as
a lamentable and unwarranted intrusion into applicants' private lives
and one that should worry anyone in this country who has an elevated
risk for any sort of injury or illness. In other words, most of us.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System, which includes the university
hospital, is the latest employer to adopt these ill-considered new rules.
Hand Smoke's Effect On Children Focus Of Health Department Campaign
KYW Newsradio-1060 KYW-TV CBS 3 (Philadelphia, PA) - April 2, 2013
The City Health Department is launching a new multi-media campaign to
reduce the effects of second-hand smoke on children. About 1/5 of Philadelphia's
low-income kids are exposed to second hand smoke. The campaign, to both
educate smokers and direct the ...
Kiwanis Park now no smoking
Tribune-Review - March 20, 2013
Shaler Township officials agreed to extinguish the option to smoke in
at least one of its township parks. Last week, the Board of Commissioners
voted to direct the township's solicitor to draft an ordinance making
Kiwanis Park and Crawford Pool tobacco free in a pilot effort to join
the Young Lungs at Play initiative, a program offered through Tobacco
Free Allegheny to create tobacco free playgrounds and parks in the county.
City Council passes playground smoking ban
Pittsburgh Post Gazette- March 20, 2013
Pittsburgh City Council passes playground smoking ban ... Pittsburgh
City Council today unanimously passed legislation banning smoking from
bans in parks controversy reignited
phillyBurbs.com - March 15, 2013
As the weather warms and brown dormant fields begin to turn green, a
summertime dispute starts to heat up: Should smokers be allowed to light
up in public parks? ...
building is now tobacco free
The Pike County Courier - March 15, 2013
MILFORD Pike County has adopted a tobacco free policy for all
of Pike County buildings and grounds. As part of the policy, the county
encourages all employees, constituents, and visitors to quit. The Penn
State Extension, located at 514 Broad St. in Milford, offers information
on free cessation programs by visiting them, calling them at 570-296-3400,
or by calling the Quitline at 800-QUIT-NOW.
County bans smoking; County-owned facilities smoke-free
The River Reporter - March 14, 2013
Pike County is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace
and campus to promote the health and well being of its employees and
constituents and ... Several students from Delaware Valley High School
were on hand as part of the student group Teens Against Tobacco Use
and spoke about the dangers of second- and third-hand smoke.
council adopts 'tobacco-free' parks
Kane Republican - March 12, 2013
Young Lungs At Play" signs soon will be erected at Kane borough
parks, which are now "tobacco-free zones." The Kane Borough
Council voted 4-2 Monday to adopt a policy that bans cigarette and cigar
smoking, chewing tobacco and snuff in borough parks.
to be curbed at Heritage Plaza
Altoona Mirror - March 9, 2013
At its meeting on Wednesday, City Council will consider designating
Heritage Plaza as a smoke-free location, except for a designated area
during events. The resolution for enacting the restrictions is on the
agenda after a discussion at a recent meeting based on a letter from
Patrick Miller, executive director of the Greater Altoona Economic Development
Corp., outlining his hope to "eliminate one of the more serious
issues with the Plaza, and that is the constant clean-up of the cigarette
butts that are left after many of the events." A year ago, council
banned smoking at 24 parks overseen by the Central Blair Recreation
& Parks Commission.
officials to vote on whether to make township parks smoke free
Tribune-Review - March 6, 2013
It might be lights out for smokers in Shaler Township parks if officials
vote to implement a new program. Shaler Township Board of Commissioners
will consider joining the Young Lungs at Play initiative, a program
offered through Tobacco Free Allegheny to create tobacco free playgrounds
and parks in the county, at its Tuesday, March 12, meeting.
lighting up at Abbottstown park to be fined $25
York (PA) Evening Sun - February 23, 2013
After passing a resolution last year to ban tobacco use at the High
Street facility, the Abbottstown Borough Council on Thursday approved
implementing a $25 fine for violating the no-tobacco rules. ...
Medicine decision not to hire smokers part of a controversial trend
Philly.com - February 21, 2013
Penn Medicine's decision to hire only nonsmokers starting July 1 is
part of a slow-moving trend that goes back decades and that is still
controversial even among public health workers, who often see tobacco
as enemy No. 1.
Some see hiring as a different issue. "The
tobacco companies made a highly addictive product, and it is difficult
to quit," said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans
for Nonsmokers' Rights, a Berkeley, Calif., group that fights for smoke-free
workplaces nationwide but that has not taken a position on hiring. "I
don't know that we can penalize people who are addicted to cigarettes
because that is exactly what the tobacco companies wanted to do."
parks: The city should take a bold step for children's sake
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - February 21, 2013
It's been so cold out lately that not many youngsters are hitting the
local parks for a breath of fresh air, but spring will be here soon.
If two Pittsburgh council ...
Penn's head of smoking treatment says no-hire rule for smokers is ...
Newsworks.org - February 21, 2013
The head of the University of Pennsylvania's smoking treatment program
said ... The new Penn restrictions will not apply to employees working
in New Jersey.
Inquirer (blog) From the medical side, arguing for smokers' rights
Philly blogs - February 21, 2013
The problem is that these policies are inherently discriminatory (and,
as a result, have been prohibited by 29 states, including New Jersey,
and the District of Columbia). What is it about someone smoking at home
that makes him or her less worthy of
bill would make Pittsburgh parks smoke-free
WPXI Pittsburgh - February 20, 2013
Councilman Ricky Burgess sponsored the bill which would require Parks
and Recreation director Michael Radley to post signs in the playgrounds
health system to stop hiring tobacco users, except at NJ facilities
AP - Associated Press - February 19, 2013
The University of Pennsylvania's health system says that beginning this
summer people who use tobacco products will no longer be hired. A notice
on the Philadelphia-based health system website's career page says that
as of July 1, the system will cease
council considers smoking ban on playgrounds
Tribune-Review-February 19, 2013
It also would require Radley to notify residents in writing of the ban.
Burgess' office said children exposed to second-hand smoke are susceptible
to respiratory ...
View: Make public housing smoke-free
Carlisle (PA) Sentinel - Jan 20, 2013
Their logic is perplexing: Second-hand smoke is dangerous enough to
ban smoking among future residents. Yet second-hand smoke is not so
dangerous that it should be banned for existing tenants. ... The Redevelopment
Authority Board should be ashamed of it ...
smoking ban is unfair
Pocono Record - January 17, 2013
The Monroe County Correctional Facility always seems to be a "test"
for things on the county. This current smoking ban is only going to
apply to the new ...
residents complain about smokers in public housing complex
Carlisle (PA) Sentinel - Jan 15, 2013
The Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority Board was approached by
residents at one of its senior housing apartments calling for increased
smoking restrictions. Smoking was banned last year in the One West Apartments
County jail smoking ban delayed
Pocono Record - January 9, 2013
Efforts to enforce a long-planned total smoking ban on the Monroe County
Correctional Facility's newest class of hires went up in smoke Tuesday.
But future ...
tobacco ban going smoothly
Johnstown (PA) Tribune-Democrat - January 4, 2013
New tobacco policies went into effect on Tuesday at hospitals across
the region, but officials say education and awareness programs helped
reduce backlash. Conemaugh and Altoona Regional health systems
smoking policies target employees, visitors ...
Regional Goes Smoke-Free
WTAJ - January 2, 2013
Altoona regional's smoke-free policy took effect Tuesday. There will
no longer be a designated smoking area or hospital property. And Altoona
regional will no ...
Authority Considers Smoking Ban
ErieTVNews - December 18, 2012
The Erie Housing Authority is considering a ban on smoking in all of
its 14 public housing neighborhoods. Before making any decisions, they
asked residents of public housing what they think about the idea. The
smoking question was part of an annual safety survey mailed to about
Housing Authority residents split on whether to limit smoking
Erie (PA) Times-News - December 17, 2012
A survey the authority distributes annually for the first time this
year asked residents if they were in favor of prohibiting smoking, both
in outside areas owned by the authority and inside agency-owned apartments
and houses. ...
Club is smokin' mad
Philadelphia Inquirer-by Michael Klein - December 13, 2012
The old-guard Philly dining club was rousted from its Center City building
a few months ago. It found a home across Sydenham Street, at the Racquet
Club. It is now a tenant. The two clubs have separate dining facilities
but share a bar. This relationship does not seem to be working out.
Vesper officials say that on Sept. 27, three weeks after they moved
in, the Racquet Club instituted a smoking ban. "They called it
temporary," Vesper treasurer Ed Rhodes told me. But he is not sure
about that. The Vesper, as the club notified members in an email, is
in restroom at Pittsburgh International starts fire, clears concourse
Pittsburgh (PA) Tribune-Review - December 6, 2012
A smoldering cigarette caught paper towels and other debris on fire
in a mens restroom at Pittsburgh International Airport on Thursday
morning, prompting authorities to evacuate a concourse and move three
airlines planes to other gates. What remains a ...
council passes park, playground smoking ban
The Reporter - December 5, 2012
LANSDALE A targeted smoking and tobacco ban in parts of Lansdales
parks, near pools and playgrounds in particular, has been passed. Last
week borough council voted unanimously to adopt a partial ban based
on the state health departments Young Lungs at Play program, a
ban that councilman Rich DiGregorio said hes heard plenty of feedback
in favor of.
proposes making park tobacco-free
The Evening Sun - October 30 , 2012
Abbottstown officials are considering making the borough's recreation
park and sports fields on High Street tobacco-free facilities. The issue
was brought to a ...
Adds New Smoking Penalty
West Chester (PA) Patch.com - October 18, 2012
The West Chester Borough Council voted to enact a new ordinance that
would fine smokers at least $100 if they're caught littering their cigarette
butts. We have ...
bans smoking on parks grounds
phillyBurbs.com - October 17, 2012
The new ordinance will take effect in five days, with signs being posted
displaying the ban. Smoking will be banned in all of the townships community
State Should Become a Smoke-Free Campus
Onward State - October 11, 2012
It's something we learn from an early age, and it's engrained into our
minds through our education, extra-curricular programs, and even major
Park bans smoking at borough parks
Delaware County Daily Times (PA) - October 10, 2012
Prospect Park bans smoking at borough parks. Published: ... Smoking
is already banned at all borough-owned buildings and facilities. Young
Lungs at Play is ...
Inn now Smoker-Friendly Again
WNEP (PA) - October 9, 2012
That`s when the owners, who are non-smokers, tried to see if their
customers would welcome a non-smoking bar. Owner Greg MacBlane says
his business has ...
Regional to Adopt Tobacco-free Policy
GantDaily.com (Clearfield, PA) - Oct 8, 2012
The Altoona Regional Health System Board of Directors has approved
a tobacco free policy that will take effect Jan. 1.
General Health to adopt tobacco-free hiring policy
York Daily Record - October 5, 2012
The county's largest employer is adopting a tobacco-free hiring policy,
following in the footsteps of another local hospital, Ephrata Community,
and hundreds of ...
smoking ban moving forward
The Reporter - October 4, 2012
A ban on smoking in Lansdales playgrounds, pools and near athletic
fields is one step closer to reality. On Wednesday night, borough councils
Parks and Recreation Committee voted to recommend that borough council
adopt the state health departments Young Lungs at Play program
and institute a ban on all tobacco use in certain areas.
smoking' coming to York housing authority properties
York Daily Record - September 28, 2012
York's housing authority listened and made sure residents had a chance
to voice their opinions, board members said. Then the York Housing Authority
voted unanimously Thursday night to prohibit smoking in the more than
1,000 authority-owned apartments and on surrounding property.
system smoking ban refreshing
The Tribune-Democrat - September 8, 2012
In a bold, calculated and, yes, controversial move, Conemaugh
Health System has decided to ban tobacco use for all employees, contracted
workers and volunteers during their shifts.
County public housing agency moves toward smoking bans
Patriot-News - September 6, 2012
His strategy for stamping out temptation and other cigarette-related
ills includes an additional tactic: banning smoking at Two West Penn,
a Carlisle public housing complex for seniors. Mackley, who lives at
Two West Penn, circulated a petition. But the ban will likely occur
even without his effort. Its definitely happening,
said Ben Laudermilch, executive director of the Cumberland County Housing
and Redevelopment Authorities, which oversees Two West Penn.
smoking ban at least a month away
The Mercury - September 6, 2012
LANSDALE A potential smoking ban in Lansdale's parks, pools and
... looking into the feasibility of recommending to council smoking
bans in two phases.
town considers tough smoking ban
6abc.com - September 5, 2012
The borough council was set to meet Wednesday night to discuss a proposal
that would ban smoking in parks, near pools, and possibly all public
considers smoking ban on all borough properties
The Reporter - August 17, 2012
LANSDALE Should Lansdale Borough Council vote to ban smoking in
all ... and Recreation committee and would have banned smoking in all
borough parks ...
Smoking Ban in Parks Headed for Vote
Patch.org (PA) - Aug 13, 2012
Councilwoman Mary Fuller said at the council work session this month
that the parks and recreation committee, of which she is chairperson,
has made a recommendation to borough council to proceed with the banning
of smoking in all park areas. ...
Our view: Smoking ban at parks may be in order
Aug 13, 2012 Erie (PA) Times-News
Jay Leno poked fun at the Erie Times-News for our headline on Nov.
12, 2003: "Little white butts litter beach."
Council to Discuss Cigarette Fine
Patch.com (PA) - August 12, 2012
The issue came before the Planning, Zoning, Business and Industrial
Development ... However, do not fine someone until proper cigarette
butt receptacles are ...
considers smoking ban in public parks
Delaware County Daily Times - August 9, 2012
Collingdale considers smoking ban in public parks ... The proposed ban
is part of Pennsylvania Department of Health and Penn State University's
Young Lungs ...
green light to park smoking ban
Philadelphia Inquirer - July 31, 2012
But limits on smoking also will create a healthier climate for nonsmoking
park ... neighboring states that are either considering or already using
smoking bans at ... New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg banned smoking
in all city parks more ...
ban: Piecemeal curbs on workplace smoking could work
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - July 30, 2012
Smoking is permitted on half of the gaming floors in the casinos,
and the stench extends beyond those zones. Although state law ostensibly
allows smoking only ...
advocates: Pennsylvania's no-smoking law has too many ...
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - July 27, 2012
Pennsylvania's no-smoking law has too many loopholes that should be
eliminated to protect more workers from the dangers of second-hand smoke,
leaders of anti-tobacco groups told state legislators at a hearing in
New Bill Would Let Local Governments Ban Smoking in All Bars
Keystone Politics - July 27, 2012
Hell yeah Dan Frankel! Banning indoor smoking is a public health no-brainer.
Bar owners and smokers always freak out about these kinds of laws, arguing
that people will stop going to bars, but it never happens. People who
didnt go to bars before because they didnt want to smell
stinky more than make up for the tiny number of folks who actually stop
going. Its not fair for a handful of smokers to poison everybody
would broaden Pennsylvania smoking ban
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - July 25, 2012
Local governments across Pennsylvania could enact tougher bans on smoking
than what is called for by the state's Clean Indoor Air Act under legislation
expected to be introduced today by state Rep. Dan Frankel. ...
to Ban Smoking at Ross Parks and Playgrounds Goes Up ...
Cranberry (PA) Patch.com - July 18, 2012
A proposal by Ross Township commissioner Daniel DeMarco to make township
parks and playgrounds tobacco-free failed to gain much traction at the
commissioners committee this week.
smoking ban in public housing raises cultural issues
Allentown Morning Call - Jul 7, 2012
Allentown smoking ban in public housing raises cultural issues, says
Morning Call columnist Paul Carpenter. The ban generates a debate that
reflects cultural ...
comments: Are smoking bans in public housing fair?
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com - July 6, 2012
Your comments: Are smoking bans in public housing fair? ... TODAKThe
Allentown Housing Authority banned smoking at all its properties, effective
July 1. ... The ban became effective Sunday, prohibiting smoking everywhere
inside the ...
housing smoking ban: A landlord can make any silly rule, but that doesnt
make it right
Allentown Morning Call - July 6, 2012
Michael J. McFadden, author of "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains,"
and Mid-Atlantic regional director of the Citizens Freedom Alliance.
Public housing smoking ban: It makes a better environment for everyone
Allentown (PA) Morning Call - Jul 6, 2012
Q: Why do you think it's right to ban smoking in public housing? A:
It makes a better environment for everyone
Should public housing authorities ban smoking?
Allentown (PA) Morning Call - Jul 6, 2012
Reporter Matt Assad talked to leaders on both sides of the issue: Daniel
R. Farrell, executive director of the Allentown Housing Authority: The
public housing smoking ban makes a better environment for everyone Michael
J. McFadden, author of "Dissecting
ban in effect for Allentown Housing Authority
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com - Jul 4, 2012
When you walked in here it used to be like walking through a gauntlet
of smoke, said Jeanne Fignar of Tobacco Free Northeast PA. We're
encouraged that ...
Pa. city housing authority bans smoking
Centre Daily Times - Jul 5, 2012
Residents of public housing in one eastern Pennsylvania city will have
to light up outside beginning this week as a smoking ban goes into effect,
only the second ...
threatened on smoking ban
York Daily Record - July 2, 2012
Dear York Housing Authority: Since you have not seen fit to actually
read the Constitution of the United States, it falls upon me as a citizen
to take legal action ...
talks non-smoker discounts
Pittsburg Morning Sun June 30, 2012
If smokers are 3 percent and nonsmokers are 97 percent of our
workforce, ... the county should offer health insurance discounts to
its nonsmoking employees.
unveils tobacco-free signs for city parks
Delaware County Daily Times - Jul 1, 2012
City council unveiled the tobacco-free signs the city will be posting
throughout its parks and playgrounds at a press conference held beside
the swimming pool at Memorial Park on Friday afternoon. ...
Park establishes tobacco-free zones
Delaware County Daily Times - Jun 30, 2012
RIDLEY PARK Council recently approved a resolution establishing
a tobacco-free zone at all borough parks and recreation areas. The vote
was 5-2, with ...
smoking ban: Residents can't turn to law for relief
York Daily Record - Jun 30, 2012
Housing authorities across the country have been enacting smoking
bans for the last ... more than 30 California municipalities that have
already banned smoking in public ... Banning smoking is a growing trend,
not just in housing, Harper said.
bans smoking in city parks
Philadelphia Inquirer - June 28, 2012
Chester City parks will soon be smoke free. ... Chester bans smoking
in city parks ... The Delaware County city recently amended an ordinance
to ban tobacco ...
playgrounds designated tobacco-free
Delaware County Daily Times - June 27, 2012
Chester is joining the Young Lungs At Play initiative, a no-cost, tobacco-free
program supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. As part
of that ...
Parks Go Smoke-Free
Doylestown-Buckingham-NewBritain (PA) Patch.com - Jun 23, 2012
The Borough joins the Township in banning smoking in municipal parks.
Park Borough's parks and recreation areas go smoke-free
Delco News Network - June 22, 2012
Ridley Park Borough Council June 19 approved a resolution titled Young
Lungs that establishes a tobacco free zone at all borough parks
and recreation areas.
ban smoking in parks
Reading Eagle - June 21, 2012
EXETER TWP. Supervisors ban smoking in parks. The Exeter Township supervisors
have voted 3-2 to ban smoking in parks as part of the statewide Young
Housing authority right to nix smoking
York (PA) Daily Record - June 20, 2012
I applaud the York Housing Authority for its decision to implement
a smoke-free policy in its housing units. This is a big step to reduce
exposure to second-hand and third-hand smoke for non-smoking residents
of their housing units.
take: York Housing Authority's no-smoking rule makes sense
York Daily Record (PA) - June 15, 2012
Smoking residents are, predictably, angry. What's next, they say? Banning
soda, potato chips, bacon, candy, alcohol or other things that are legal
but not good ...
Parks to be Posted Tobacco Free
Gant Daily (PA) - June 15, 2012
CLEARFIELD - At the request of a citizen, parks in Clearfield Borough
will be posted Tobacco Free. The topic came up during last night's Clearfield
smoke areas up for debate
YorkRegion.com June 13, 2012
The fourth phase of the town's smoking ban received only two of three
readings at council June 11 to allow town staff to include designated
smoking areas to the ...
bans smoking at playgrounds
Reading (PA) Eagle - Jun 12, 2012
Laureldale Borough Council enacted a ban on smoking in playgrounds
designed to make the sight of cigarette butts and smokers at Rosedale
Playground, for instance, a thing of the past.
protest proposed smoking ban in York Housing Authority homes
York (PA) Daily Record - Jun 13, 2012
Smoking would be banned in all units and within 25 feet of entrances
and windows, officials said. ...
Housing Policy (PDF)
York Housing Authority (PA) - Jun 13, 2012
1. Smoking is not permitted in Housing Authority buildings, including
apartments, in accordance with the following guidelines. ...
considering smoking ban at York Housing Authority offerings
York Daily Record - June 12, 2012
York, PA - A proposal to ban smoking inside and out of all York Housing
Authority ... Smoking would be banned in all units and within 25 feet
of entrances and ...
smoking: Several municipalities here make community parks ...
PennLive.com - June 8, 2012
Young Lungs at Play will supply signs advising park visitors that "this
is a tobaccofree zone." Lancaster City Council approved the
measure recently and now a ...
parks stamp out secondhand smoke
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - June 7, 2012
Monroeville council members approved a law last month that bans smoking
in all of the municipality's parks. The law went into effect immediately
but signs ...
Cigarettes Banned From Penna. Courthouse
The Fulton County News - May 30, 2012
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) Some non-smokers will have to join smokers
outside one western Pennsylvania county courthouse if they want
to huff and puff on electronic cigarettes that emit water vapor.
cigarettes get the gavel at the Westoreland County ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - May 24, 2012
Westmoreland County courthouse workers and visitors trying to quit
smoking by using electronic cigarettes will have to go outside with
the rest of the smokers.
to ban smoking in parks
Morning Times - May 24, 2012
The ban, passed in December, will go in effect June 1. Mayor Denny
... Thomas said the borough is following Guthrie's lead in banning smoking.
He added that ...
Other States' Casinos Smoke-Free
Wheeling Intelligencer - May 23, 2012
WHEELING Dr. William Mercer hopes Pennsylvania lawmakers will
follow Ohio's lead in banning smoking at its gambling casinos.
to Ban Smoking in Doylestown Parks
Doylestown-Buckingham-New Britain (PA) Patch.com - May 22, 2012
No more lighting up in public parks in Doylestown Borough, if council
approves an ordinance banning smoking.
Doylestown Borough Council
voted to ban smoking in all its public parks, ...
bans smoking at all borough parks
phillyBurbs.com - May 18, 2012
The Borough Council instituted the ban for health reasons and to prevent
further damage to the parks. The banning of smoking in the parks
is necessary ...
use prohibited in park, at ball field
Reading Eagle (PA) - May 16, 2012
Reading and South Heidelberg Township have banned smoking in parks.
"We obviously don't have a police force to restrict it, but people
violating it would be ...
is considering smoking ban in parks
PennLive.com - May 15, 2012
Reading banned smoking in its parks in 2005. South Heidelberg Township
did the same in 2008. Now, the Exeter Township supervisors are considering
Looking For Solution To Smokers In Criminal Justice ...
CBS Local - May 11, 2012
City officials say nearly 20 years after the Criminal Justice Center
opened, theyre still stymied by a stinking problem: people puffing
on cigarettes in the buildings stairwells in defiance of Philadelphias
set on smoking ban in playground areas
Reading Eagle - May 11, 2012
Laureldale Borough Council plans to vote Monday on an ordinance that
would ban smoking in playground areas where children are present.
officials see no way to enforce smoking ban in park
Danville News - May 9, 2012
By Karen Blackledge The Daily Item DANVILLE Borough officials
say they would be unable to enforce a proposed ban on smoking in Memorial
Hempfield declares parks tobacco-free
Lancaster Online - May 9, 2012
West Hempfield Township has joined the list of Lancaster County municipalities
that have moved forward with tobacco-free zones at township parks and
Rocks council clarifies park smoking rules
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - May 9, 2012
Last month, council voted 5-4 to make the parks smoke free. But council
members last night said it was not their intention to ban smoking completely,
alcohol allowed in Tilden Park
Reading (PA) Eagle - May 8, 2012
Smoking will be permitted in a designated area that still needs to
be defined ... saying that a total ban on smoking and drinking in the
park could make it ...
Pa. bars, eateries still let patrons light up
10TV - Apr 29, 2012
That hasn't stopped the bar from describing itself as a "smoking
establishment" on its website. .... including those covering casinos
and private clubs.
city parks to be 'tobacco free' but with no penalties
PennLive.com (PA)- April 11, 2012
Second-hand smoke can have serious health consequences cigarette butts
can litter ... voted to ban tobacco use in the city's public parks and
a copy for the library: McKees Rocks makes parks no-smoking zones
Pittsburgh Post Gazette (PA)- April 11, 2012
The action was prompted by a request last month from Tobacco Free Allegheny,
a health advocacy group, to make the parks no-smoking areas.
View Park to become smoke-free zone
Altoona Mirror (PA) - April 11, 2012
By Kay Stephens (email@example.com) , The Altoona Mirror
Blair County commissioners voted Tuesday to make the facility a smoke-free
casinos inevitable everywhere, advocate says
Tribune Review, March 23, 2012
... "Many people have avoided casinos because of the secondhand
smoke, so it's a great chance to attract a more diverse clientele to
Atlantic City," says Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans
for Nonsmokers' Rights, which has pushed for smoke-free public sites
since 1976. "It's also part of a growing national and global trend."
Frick says 19 states -- notably excluding Pennsylvania -- require casinos
to be smoke-free. Among them are Illinois, where the top-grossing casino
is the Rivers in suburban Chicago, owned by the company that operates
a North Shore casino with the same name; Ohio, where the first casino
is scheduled to open next month; and California. The group ranks Pennsylvania's
anti-smoking law among the weakest in the country because of its many
exemptions. For example, it limits smoking to 25 percent of the casino
floor, but allows that area to be doubled if a 90-day review of slot-machine
revenue shows the average win per machine in the smoking area substantially
was more than in the nonsmoking area.
adopts tobacco-free parks ordinance
Patriot-News - March 22, 2012
... discarding, lighting or smoking of tobacco products in borough
parks. ... aims to protect children from the effects of secondhand smoke
in public areas ...
Borough Council considers banning smoking in public parks
Waynesboro Record Herald - March 22, 2012
By Denise Bonura Waynesboro Borough Council is considering banning
smoking in borough-owned parks and is seeking public input on the proposal.
away the loopholes in Pa.'s public smoking ban
Philadelphia Inquirer - Mar 17, 2012
How much longer are Pennsylvania leaders going to treat thousands of
casino, tavern, and other workers like second-class citizens when it
comes to protecting them from deadly secondhand smoke?
½ years after the state enacted its indoor smoke-free law, ...
It's time to close the loopholes, which the smoke-free law author -
to Pa. Clean Indoor Air Act are unfair, unsafe
Allentown (PA) Morning Call - March 15, 2012
... venues in the state still have to breathe secondhand smoke on the
job. ... an exemption to the law to permit smoking in their establishments.
up smoking ban
Citizens Voice - March 6, 2012
In its eagerness to serve the state revenue-generating casino industry,
... but on the amount of revenue that casinos managed to tie to smoking.
Smoking Make a Comeback in Center City?
Philadelphia Magazine (blog) - March 1, 2012
Remember the old days of Philadelphia, where you could light up a cigarette
pretty much anywhere? It seems like just yesterday that I was sucking
down Camel Lights at Bob & Barbaras and catching an after-dinner
drag on a Nat Sherman at Tank Bar. But it wasnt yesterday. It
was 2007 when Philadelphia went the way of New York, passing one of
the most restrictive smoking bans in the country. Five years in, the
city has made the odd move of relaxing some of the regulations.
County Housing Authority smoking ban starts today
Monessen Valley Independent - March 1, 2012
Menendez said the smoking ban was the right solution and emphasized
that residents can smoke outside ... Washowich said he is aware of total
smoking bans. ...
up in smoke? State senator looks to eliminate loopholes that allow smoking
to continue in some public places
Wilkes Barre (PA) Times-Leader - February 25, 2012
More than three years after the states Clean Indoor Air Act went
into effect, Pennsylvania smokers are still puffing away inside nearly
3,000 bars and social clubs and every one of the states 10 operating
casinos. A state senator instrumental in crafting the 2008 Clean Indoor
Air Act banning smoking in a majority of public places is trying to
close loopholes and make all public places in Pennsylvania smoke-free.
and patrons differ on smoke ban
PennLive.com - February 26, 2012
Elbow Room tavern owner Joe Gonda, a non-smoker, would love to see all
bars go smoke-free, including his own. But, he said, the bar business
reality is that ...
Flunks Pennsylvania on Tobacco Policy
Essential Public Radio - January 19, 2012
Pennsylvania garnered middling grades in the Smoke-Free Air
and Cigarette Tax categories, but received failing marks
for its anti-smoking programs and ...
Commissioners snuff out tobacco
York Daily Record - January 18, 2012
The revision bans snuff, electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco from
all county buildings and workplaces. In other news: they approved a
five-year lease ...
2012 Be the Year of 'No Smoking' in Philly?
PW-Philadelphia Weekly (blog) January 4, 2012
Now, it's being reported that there's a movement to close the
loopholes of the ban on indoor smoking, and make it so that smoking
is simply banned indoors ...
want smoking ban near hospital
Sewickley Herald - Bobby Cherry - September 20, 2011
Malyszka questioned why hospital officials have not made changes to
a smoking ban policy instituted in 2007. "Heritage Valley hospital
has not been a good ...
Officials Consider Ban on Smoking in Parks
Patch.com - Julie E. Martin - September 9, 2011
A request from local smoking cessation and prevention groups to end
tobacco ... Taylor compared such an ordinance to tobacco use bans on
school property. ...
ban considered for parks
South Hills (PA) Record - Stephanie Hacke - August 11, 2011
At least 12 municipalities in Allegheny County, including Brentwood,
already ban smoking in community parks and playgrounds, according to
to tell smokers: Butt out of playgrounds
Allentown Morning Call - Scott Kraus - June 6, 2011
That's why Allentown is launching a voluntary no-smoking program, posting
donated signs that declare all of its 17 playgrounds, four pools and
three spray parks tobacco-free zones. It can't hurt, said Amrika Chorwat
of Allentown, who took her young son ...
bans smoking at recreation centers
Philadelphia Inquirer - Miriam Hill - May 24, 2011
Having a smoke at a city playground or pool could get you kicked off
the property starting July 1, when an executive order banning smoking
at more than 200 recreational centers takes effect. Mayor Nutter signed
the order Monday at the ...
City mulls tobacco-free zones
Blairsville Dispatch - Jared Stout - May 6, 2011
Homer City Council will consider an ordinance that will establish tobacco-free
zones within the borough. At Tuesday's meeting, council voted to advertise
the ordinance which would ban the use of all tobacco products at the
borough's parks as well as ...
eyes policy on tobacco in its parks
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Tory N. Parrish - Apr 16, 2011
Furthermore, 507 US municipalities, from Trafford to Los Angeles to
Secaucus, NJ, have snuffed out smoking at parks completely, not just
in tobacco-free zones, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights
Pa.'s $300M diversion skirt the law?
Critics say the plan provides no guarantees that the tobacco money
will be used as it was originally intended - for public health.
Doylestown (PA) Intelligencer Record, 2011-03-29
Jo Ciavaglia, staff writer Calkins Media, Inc
In his budget proposal, Gov. Tom Corbett is asking the Legislature
to direct future tobacco settlement payments through 2025 into the general
fund, rather than the separate fund as has been done since 2001. ...
Upholds Smoking Ban at Pennsylvania's ACMH Hospital
Becker's Hospital Review - Leigh Page - March 15, 2011
A federal appeals panel has upheld a smoking ban at 139-bed ACMH Hospital
in Kittanning, Pa., disagreeing with an arbitrator's decision striking
down the ban, according to a report by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
United Steelworkers Local 158-06, ...
Nutter, Department of Public Health plan outdoor smoking ban for Philly
Examiner.com - January 12, 2011
How can a man who says he's all about "lowering crime" and
making the City better be more focused on banning smoking and putting
warning labels on soda.. ...
bans smoking in city parks
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader - Bill O'Boyle - October 15, 2010
WILKES-BARRE City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a
ban on smoking in all city parks and playgrounds.
Council Chairman Bill Barrett said the ordinance expands an existing
city law that prohibits those under the age of 18 from smoking on city
property. Violators faced up to a $100 fine. The ordinance also prohibited
the use of tobacco by adults in city parks in areas where small children
play or congregate.
The new ordinance approved Thursday night prohibits anyone from smoking
anywhere in city parks, including Public Square.
Before the vote, a few people voiced opposition ...
residents move back to Westgate
Pocono Record - David Pierce - October 15, 2010
All but 20 residents displaced by June's fatal fire at the Westgate
apartments low-income senior housing project have moved back home.
Eight more damaged units in the 99-apartment complex on Stroudsburg's
West Main Street all on the fourth floor were reoccupied
late last week, said the Monroe County Housing Authority. Those displaced
by the fire are temporarily staying at area hotels, nursing homes or
Those on the six-story building's west side farthest from the
fire's origin returned shortly after the fire. Those on the east
side of the building have been returning one floor at a time. Sixth-
and fifth-floor tenants returned in the late summer. Third-floor residents
will be the next to return.
"We try to do a floor every four or six weeks," said Peggy
Berger, the housing authority's resident coordinator. "We're hoping
to do the next one before Thanksgiving."
The most pervasive structural problem isn't from the fire itself but
water damage including mold produced from fighting the
blaze, which claimed the life of a fifth-floor resident. Fire Management
Control, the contractor retained by the housing authority's insurance
company to make repairs, has removed lots of walls, cabinets and structures
that pose a mold threat.
"Anything that looks suspicious, they're removing it," said
Rich Widdoss, the housing authority's executive director. "They
don't want to come back."
Berger expressed optimism that all residents may be able to return
to Westgate by the end of the year.
The housing authority, which also has its offices at Westgate, recently
met with local police, fire and emergency services officials to review
how residents were evacuated during the fire and what can be improved.
Based on those conversations, Monroe County Housing Authority has decided
to ban all smoking in the building. ...
City looks to ban smoking in all its parks
The ordinance could be approved at Thursday's council meeting
Wilkes Barre (PA) Times Leader, 2010-10-12
BILL O ' BOYLE
City Council this week is expected to approve expanding its smoking
ban to prohibit anyone, not just minors, from lighting up in all city
parks, including Public Square.
In 2008, council enacted an ordinance that banned those under the age
of 18 from smoking on city property. Violators faced up to a $100 fine.
The ordinance also prohibited the use of tobacco by adults in city parks
in areas where small children play or congregate.
If the new ordinance is approved at Thursday's council meeting, no
one will be able to smoke anywhere in city parks.
"And really, what's wrong with that?" said Bill Barrett,
council chairman. "I realize some people like to sit on a park
bench and smoke, but others don't. Banning smoking in our parks will
keep things cleaner, too." ...
weighs permanent ban on smoking in Centre Square
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com - September 29, 2010
The mayor and most members of City Council are leaning toward favoring
a permanent smoking ban in Centre Square in Downtown Easton, but there
is a question as to whether they have a legal right to do it.
Northampton County owns the square, where smoking is now banned under
a 90-day executive order that was renewed in late August. The county
may need to give permission for the city to enact a permanent ban. Mayor
Sal Panto Jr. doesn't see it that way ...
Borough appoints new member
Towanda Daily Review - Al Robinson - September 28, 2010
...The majority of the meeting was devoted to discussion of two topics:
smoking in borough parks, and early morning parking on South Main Street.
Mayor Whyte noted he had received a complaint regarding smoking at
the final concert of the summer in Teoga Park downtown, which sparked
a lively exchange touching on both the dimensions of the problem and
some gray areas in the current ordinance. After discussion the ordinance
was amended by unanimous vote to prohibit smoking at all times in all
parks owned or leased by the borough ...
smoking ban hasn't burned eateries
Elmira Star-Gazette - Jason Whong, David Wenner - September 24, 2010
TROY -- Mike Liberati, 28, of Troy, sat at the bar Sunday at Anthony's
Bar and Grill. Next to his pint glass was a pack of cigarettes and a
Liberati excused himself, walked a few feet out the back door, and
lit a cigarette. Before Pennsylvania's law on smoking changed, he used
to smoke at the bar.
Though he can't smoke indoors at Anthony's, he said it hasn't affected
where he eats and drinks, or how often.
"I don't mind it one bit, really," Liberati said of the need
to go outside. "I wouldn't want to be sitting here eating and smelling
it all day while you're eating. So I don't mind it."
Pennsylvania's indoor smoking ban in public places hit the two-year
mark last Saturday. Contrary to the fears of some bar-restaurant owners,
it doesn't seem to have caused many smokers to kick their habit of going
out to eat or drink.
"Business has actually increased because of it, so I can't complain
too much," said Stephen Weinstock, owner of Stocks on Second in
Jack Hench, owner of Ye Olde Ale House in Hampden Township, was one
who worried the ban would hurt sales. Yet Hench, a non-smoker, also
realized that cigarette smoke made it impossible to see across his establishment
on Friday nights.
His customers like it better without the smoke, it turns out. "I
would have to say, out of all honesty, it has been better, business-wise,"
he said ...
Rendell Announces Resignation of Health Everette James
PR Newswire (press release) - September 21, 2010
HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward
G. Rendell today announced that Health Secretary Everette James will
resign effective Oct. 1 to accept the newly created position of associate
vice chancellor for health policy and planning at the University of
"Everette James has led the Department of Health through a period
of significant public health challenges, and he met every one of those
challenges with skill, compassion and professionalism," Governor
Rendell said. "His effectiveness at regulating Pennsylvania's hospitals
and nursing homes has ensured the safe delivery of quality healthcare
for our citizens. He managed the unprecedented H1N1 vaccination program,
developed innovative child health programs and implemented health reforms
that will lower the cost of care."
During his two years leading the Department of Health, James has overseen
an agency that is responsible for regulating all hospitals, nursing
homes and managed care plans in Pennsylvania. Under his leadership,
the department successfully implemented the statewide smoking ban and
instituted the most comprehensive program in the nation to eliminate
healthcare acquired infections (HAIs). The new HAI law, known as Act
52, was a centerpiece of Governor Rendell's Prescription for Pennsylvania
health care reform. ...
Belle Vernon mayor vetoes play area smoking ban
Monessen Valley Independent - Jeff Pikulsky - September 15, 2010
North Belle Vernon officials are hoping that signs indicating the borough
is part of a statewide anti-smoking campaign will make a difference
at the community park.
Council last month approved a smoking ban for the children's play area
at the park.
But at a meeting yesterday, Mayor Ed Lyons said he vetoed the proposed
ordinance because it cannot be adequately policed.
"I'm not going to have police down there trying to enforce someone
who's smoking a cigarette," Lyons said.
Councilwoman Betty Shine-Hill spearheaded the smoking ban last month.
She made a motion last night to override the veto, but it died for
a lack of a second. ...
ban hasn't burned eateries
Patriot-News - David Wenner - September 7, 2010
2 years into the state law, restaurant and bar owners say the rule
against lighting up indoors seems to be good for business.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
BY DAVID WENNER firstname.lastname@example.org
A pack of Newports peeked out of Morgan Evans' shirt pocket as he waited
for his food at the bar of Molly Brannigan's in Harrisburg.
It's been almost two years since he could legally enjoy a smoke in
the average bar-restaurant in Pennsylvania.
But the ban hasn't greatly affected where he eats and drinks, or how
He just steps outside to smoke -- as he tended to do before the ban.
"I always figured, Why should I let my problem become someone
else's problem?" said Evans, 55, of Newville.
Pennsylvania's indoor smoking ban in public places turns 2 on Saturday.
Contrary to the fears of some bar-restaurant owners, it doesn't seem
to have caused many smokers to kick their habit of going out to eat
"Business has actually increased because of it, so I can't complain
too much," said Stephen Weinstock, owner of Stocks on Second in
court sides with cops over on-duty tobacco use
Lebanon Daily News - Mark Scolforo - July 22, 2010
HARRISBURG, Pa.A western Pennsylvania police union has won a
ruling from the state Supreme Court that borough officials may not unilaterally
ban officers on duty from using smokeless tobacco in nonpublic work
spaces or smoking in some official vehicles.
The decision made public Thursday said Ellwood City's 2006 ban on tobacco
use on borough property will have limited application to members of
the police union, unless they agree to it through contract negotiations.
"While local legislation which promotes clean air and warns of
the risks of tobacco use may be laudatory, it may not serve as a barrier
to negotiations over this topic when it constitutes a working condition
subject to mandatory bargaining," wrote Justice Debra McCloskey
Todd for the unanimous court.
The court overturned a 2008 Commonwealth Court ruling that had upheld
the complete prohibition, but officers still are prevented from smoking
in public places or inside borough buildings and vehicles used for mass
transit because of the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act of 2008.
A divided Commonwealth Court panel had deemed the ban a legal exercise
of the borough's police powers, saying it was related to its efforts
to promote health and welfare.
But Eric Stoltenberg, the lawyer for the union, the Ellwood City Police
Wage and Policy Unit, called the ruling a victory for police and firefighter
unions across the state. ...
City Council to consider smoking ban in all parks
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com - June 8, 2010
Picture this: youre poring over heaps of fresh strawberries and
broccoli when another shopper blows a puff of stale smoke in your face.
This would never happen at the local grocery store. But its a
possibility at an outdoor farmers market, and some organizers of Easton
Farmers' Market are rallying to change that.
It started with restaurants and other indoor venues, and now an increasing
number of public places are prohibiting smoking. City councils
public works committee is expected to discuss tonight the issue of whether
to institute a smoking ban in all city parks. Council is expected to
consider the ban at Wednesdays meeting. ...
other bans approved for county parks
Scranton Times-Tribune - Charles Schillinger - May 27, 2010
Lighting up a cigarette in McDade Park and other county-owned parks
could cost people $50, following a smoking ban ...
to consider smoking ban in parks
Allentown Morning Call - May 26, 2010
Mayor Sal Panto Jr. is thinking about banning smoking in all city parks
under a proposal that City Council is to discuss in two weeks. ...
American Legion post fights statewide smoking ban
Erie (PA) Times-News, 2010-05-23
An overwhelming number of local taverns, restaurants and clubs have
complied with the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act since it went into
effect in September 2008.
But a battle over the statewide smoking ban is taking place in Corry
at the American Legion Post No. 365 on Sciota Road.
Post officials believe they are complying with the law, even though
the club has been cited twice for permitting smoking on the premises.
. . .
Private clubs like Post No. 365 can also be exempt from the law for
their nonpublic functions if their members vote to allow smoking, which
the post's members did in 2008. . . .
The problem is that the post and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Liquor
Control Enforcement, which makes sure places with liquor licenses comply
with the law, have different definitions of "public event."
Kick butts out of Wilkes-Barre parks
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader - Jen Marckini - May 6, 2010
WILKES-BARRE Representatives of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA
want Mayor Tom Leighton and City Council to consider expanding an ordinance
to make city parks tobacco-free.
The ordinance now prohibits the possession and use of tobacco products
by an individual on city playgrounds.
All we are asking is that the council considers expanding the
ordinance to cover all city park property, said Carol Hussa of
the YMCAs Action Communities for Health, Innovation and Environmental
Hussa and Jim Thomas, executive director of the YMCA, asked council
to pass a tobacco-free park ordinance during public discussion at Thursday
evenings council meeting. This is one of many initiatives to make
a healthier community. ...
fuss over Warren Hospital off-campus smoking policy leads to designated
Easton (PA) Express-Times, 2010-04-11
SARAH M. WOJCIK The Express-Times
In response to neighbors' complaints, Warren Hospital will allow employees
to smoke in a designated area to keep their butts on the campus.
The Phillipsburg hospital declared a smoke-free campus last year. Easton,
St. Luke's and Lehigh Valley Hospital campuses also are smoke-free.
The policy prompted Warren Hospital employees who smoke to cross Roseberry
Street to light up, igniting the ire of neighbors.
Marissa Roussell lives on Frost Avenue, but takes walks around the
neighborhood with her toddler. The Roseberry Street sidewalks are littered
with butts, she said, and her youngster has taken to picking them up.
"She's at the stage where she puts things in her mouth and I don't
want that," ...
St. Clair commissioners vote down smoking ban in parks
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Janice Crompton - April 6, 2010
Smokers still can light up in Upper St. Clair parks and playgrounds,
but the practice will be discouraged.
Township commissioners Monday night voted 5-2 to establish "tobacco
free" zones at playgrounds and parks, asking guests to refrain
The measure will not ban smoking and was a disappointment for resident
Debbie Barbarita, who came to commissioners earlier this year after
her asthmatic grandson was exposed to cigarette smoke in two parks.
She asked the seven-member commission to ban smoking, likening it to
the ban on alcohol and dogs that already exists at township parks and
more smoking in Tioga Co. public housing
Williamsport Sun-Gazette - Bryan G. Robinson - March 30, 2010
WELLSBORO - The Tioga County Housing Authority Board approved its annual
public housing agency plan and five-year-plan as required by the federal
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at its monthly meeting
The five-year plan includes a rough estimate of $4.23 million in upgrades
to 11 facilities in Tioga County, of which the estimated cost of 2010
upgrades at most of those facilities is about $630,000 to be completed
through a capital grant program.
Goals included in the 2010 plan were flat rent increases and a smoke-free
policy for all Tioga Housing Authority-owned and -leased buildings,
including apartments, effective on July 1 this year. The board also
approved those changes on Monday. ...
still allowed at Upper St. Clair parks, playgrounds
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Janice Crompton - March 30, 2010
Smoking will be discouraged, but still legally allowed, at Upper St.
Clair parks and playgrounds under the terms of a new resolution being
considered by township commissioners.
Commissioners Monday night considered a choice of several new ordinances
and resolutions crafted in response to complaints by grandparent Debbie
Barbarita, who told commissioners that her asthmatic grandson was exposed
to cigarette smoke at township playgrounds.
Ms. Barbarita asked commissioners to ban tobacco products at parks
and playgrounds, but few commissioners supported either an option for
a tobacco ban near toddler playing areas in playgrounds, or a total
tobacco ban at all parks and playgrounds, except in designated areas.
panel approves local smoking ban option
Pottsville (PA) Republican, 2010-03-20
ROBERT SWIFT (HARRISBURG BUREAU CHIEF rswift)
Municipalities could enact their own smoking bans that are more restrictive
than Pennsylvania's law under a bill approved this week by a House committee.
The measure that cleared the Health and Human Services Committee only
gives municipalities authority to set indoor smoking policies that are
stronger than the statewide indoor smoking ban enacted in 2008. It doesn't
allow for weaker local bans.
Under the 2008 state law, only Philadelphia is allowed to have a stronger
indoor smoking ban than the state. ...
housing for the elderly in Bradford County to become smoke-free
Towanda Daily Review - James Loewenstein - March 11, 2010
SAYRE - In a controversial move, the Bradford County Housing Authority
plans to make its apartment buildings for the elderly and disabled in
Bradford County smoke-free, effective July 1, 2010.
The new policy, which would affect the occupants of 400 apartments
in those buildings, was discussed at a public hearing Wednesday on new
policies and capital improvement projects that are planned at the housing
authority during the coming year.
James McRath, executive director of the Bradford County Housing Authority,
told the 24 people who attended the hearing that the new policy is needed
because second-hand smoke is a carcinogen and because people smoking
in their apartments is a safety problem.
Last month, a fire broke out at one of the housing authority's buildings,
McCallum Manor in Canton, when a tenant fell asleep in a recliner chair
with a lit cigarette, McRath said. "I was horrified by the damage"
that the fire caused, McRath said. ...
St. Clair may ban smoking at parks, playgrounds
Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, 2010-03-02
Janice Crompton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Upper St. Clair commissioners Monday night began considering a plan
to ban smoking in township parks and playgrounds.
Spurred by a recent request from a resident who said her asthmatic
grandson was exposed to cigarette smoke at a neighborhood playground,
commissioners debated whether to ban smoking altogether or designate
areas where smokers can light up.
"There's no doubt in my mind that smoking around kids or anybody
is dangerous," said Commissioner Preston W. Shimer, who supported
a designated smoking area for employees outside of the township community
and recreation center in Boyce Park. ...
eyes smoking ban in community park
Carlisle (PA) Sentinel, 2010-02-18
Newville Borough Council is hoping to clear the air next month on
a proposal to ban the use of tobacco products in the community park.
Council Tuesday authorized the borough solicitor to advertise a draft
ordinance for possible adoption March 16.
If adopted, borough police will be responsible for enforcing the ban
and signs would be posted in the park advising visitors. Violators would
be subject to a $50 fine plus the cost of prosecution.
It will be the second time in six months council has tried to legislate
a ban in response to complaints from residents about the use of tobacco
products near children in the park. ...
Rendell signs gaming bill
Philadelphia Inquirer - Amy Worden - January 8, 2010
HARRISBURG - Gov. Rendell signed the bill legalizing table games in
Pennsylvania's casinos yesterday, closing the book on last year's marathon
budget process barely a month before he officially opens debate on the
next spending plan.
But the same Rendell who only two days ago was threatening to lay off
1,000 state workers if the bill didn't pass chose to sign it behind
closed doors. The governor said he had done so because of "reservations"
about elements of the bill. ...
...In addition, he said, he took issue with language creating exceptions
to Philadelphia's indoor smoking ban. The bill allows smoking in designated
portions of the two casinos planned in the city.
"I don't think it's an improvement to take away Philadelphia's
right to set its own rules on smoking," Rendell said. "That
part of the bill bothers me." ...
games, Foxwoods win big
Philadelphia Daily News - Chris Brennan - January 7, 2010
The state General Assembly gave final approval yesterday for table
games such as blackjack, poker and roulette to be added at casinos across
The legislation: ...
- Overrides the city's indoor smoking ban for the two casinos.
Casino-Free Philadelphia yesterday lamented that Mayor Nutter, who
pushed the indoor-smoking ban as a City Council member, did not lobby
to keep casinos in the city smoke-free.
Nutter, through a spokesman, expressed concern yesterday about the
smoking-ban override and hoped that someone from the city's delegation
to the General Assembly could reverse that later with new legislation.
bill set for final passage in House today
Philadelphia Inquirer - Amy Worden - January 6, 2010
It also authorizes an additional resort casino license for 2017 and
exempts Philadelphia casinos from the city's smoking ban. A proposal
for two additional ...
NBC Philadelphia - Teresa Masterson - January 5, 2010
Widener University will be the first area four-year college to go smoke-free,
indoors and out, reports the Inquirer.
The smoking ban includes the use of all tobacco products on campus.
The decision to go tobacco-free came about by recommendations of a
committee made up of students, faculty and staff who were concerned
about health effects of second-hand smoke and increased health insurance
costs for smokers and chewers.
To make the July 1 ban an easier transition for faculty and students,
the university is offering free smoking-cessation classes as well as
nicotine-replacement drugs. ...
Lion considers ban on smoking in parks
York (PA) Dispatch, 2009-12-11
KATHY STEVENS The York Dispatch
Complaints of unruly juveniles in Red Lion parks have resulted in a
proposal to ban smoking from public recreation areas as a method to
discourage bad behavior and encourage families to again give parks a
try, borough officials say.
The proposed ban, up for a vote Monday, grew from increased complaints
from residents who told the borough council they felt uncomfortable
-- and at times in danger -- taking young children to parks, said Cynthia
Barley, vice president of the council.
As written, the ban would apply to the Red Lion Mile, Nitchkey Field
and Fairmont Park. But Barley said council members would likely revise
language of the ordinance to include all public recreation areas so
future parks will be covered. ...
ban on hiring smokers is a first in state
Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News, 2009-11-21
JOHN BEAUGE For The Patriot-News
If you smoke or use other tobacco products, don't apply for a job
with Susquehanna Health System based in Williamsport.
Beginning Jan. 1, all job applicants must pass a nicotine screening
besides the current drug test. Those who fail will not be hired, said
Traci L. Witter, a spokeswoman for the health system, which consists
of Williamsport, Divine Providence and Muncy Valley hospitals.
The ban on hiring smokers and other tobacco users is the first in the
state, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. ...
says he was fired for complaining about judge smoking
BEN FINLEY Bucks County Courier Times
A former Bucks County employee said he was fired from his job last
year because he complained about a county judge smoking in his courthouse
office, a federal lawsuit alleges.
But the defendant in the civil suit, the county's court administrator,
said the county employee was fired for poor job performance, according
to subsequent court filings.
Douglas Praul, the court administrator, also denied having any knowledge
of county Judge Alan Rubenstein smoking in county offices, according
to court records.
James Frederick, a former supervisor of domestic relations officers,
filed the suit in U.S. district court in Philadelphia in August. The
suit alleges that Frederick's right to free speech was violated because
he complained about the smoking in a county building, a matter of public
concern. . . .
There is a no-smoking ban in all county buildings. Frederick allegedly
sent a memo to a supervisor complaining about the smoking. That supervisor
allegedly told him in response that everyone in the courthouse knew
that Rubenstein smoked in the building. ...
bans smoking in its parks
Carlisle Sentinel - October 21, 2009
Borough council voted unanimously tonight to prohibit the use of tobacco
products at Newville Community Park and the Newville Rails-to-Trails
Officials have said they received complaints about the use of cigarettes
and other products near children using the park and trailhead.
The ordinance prohibits all tobacco products, including smokeless products,
at the park on West Street and the trailhead on McFarland Street. ...
Township bans smoking at municipal building
Reading Eagle - October 2, 2009
The Ontelaunee Township supervisors have passed a resolution banning
smoking in the municipal building and on its grounds.
The ban will take effect as soon as signs due to arrive next week are
installed. The ban will not prohibit smoking on other township-owned
Solicitor Elizabeth A. Magovern reported Thursday night that Herbein
& Co., a Reading accounting firm, is awaiting records needed to
begin a forensic audit of the water and sewer authority. The audit ordered
by the supervisors in August will include records from 1999 to 2006.
butts lead to smoking ban
6abc.com - Denise James - September 15, 2009
UPPER MORELAND TWP., Pa., September 15, 2009 (WPVI) -- Public parks
in Upper Moreland, Montgomery County are now smoke free zones. And it's
tough to find a non-smoker who doesn't think it's a great idea.
Thousands of people find Upper Moreland's 19 parks great places to
play and relax. ...
QUESTION: Was Pennsylvania wise in adopting a statewide ban on smoking
in eateries and other public places one year ago?
Allentown (PA) Morning Call, 2009-09-13
Reporter Matt Assad talked with Lehigh Valley restaurant owners on both
sides of the issue for their views.
You have received an exemption giving you the right to allow smoking
in the bar area at Neffs so long as it is walled off from the restaurant
and has a separate entrance and ventilation system. Do you think the
exemption gives you an unfair advantage over bars that do not have the
Possibly. As I said, I really don't think there should be a law. It
should be fair game for everyone. I do think it gives us an advantage,
and that's why we sought the exemption. Like it or not, people like
to smoke. We're just giving our customers what they want.
Do you think the exemption allowing smoking at Neffs has helped sales?
It has definitely helped sales. I've noticed new customers who came
from bars that no longer allow smoking. ...
restaurants not having trouble attracting customers under smoking ban
Pittsburgh (PA) Tribune-Review, 2009-09-13
Singer, the manager of Grille 31 in Mt. Pleasant, said the smoking
ban has not exacted a toll on business there.
"We still have smokers who still come in here and we have an outside
patio now and they go outside and smoke. Our business hasn't changed
at all. I was shocked," Singer said.
And patrons are breathing easier since the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor
Air Act took effect on Sept. 11, 2008.
"The Clean Indoor Air Act is clearly an improvement because it
is saving lives and saving money in Pennsylvania," said Joy Blankley-Meyer,
executive director of the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco.
But anti-smoking groups are not completely satisfied because people
can still smoke in some public places.
"The other way to look at it is that there are several exceptions
in this law and that causes some workers in the hospitality industry
not to be protected and we want everyone to be protected," said
State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, a Montgomery County Republican who advocated
for the law, has introduced a bill to close the remaining "loopholes"
allowing smoking indoors, she said. ...
Twp. ordinance takes aim at junk cars
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader - Rebecca Bria - September 11, 2009
The supervisors also approved having the township manager draft an
ordinance that would prohibit smoking at Center Street Park in accordance
with the Young Lungs at Play Program through Luzerne Countys Tobacco
Free Coalition. ...
year later, smoking ban gets mixed reviews from restaurant owners
Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News, 2009-09-08
SUE GLEITER, Of The Patriot-News
A year after it was implemented, the statewide smoking ban is receiving
mixed reviews from bar and restaurant owners.
At Theo's Bar & Grille in Lower Allen Township, owner Ted Kalathas
said he lost some of his regular bar clientele. "My bar crowd was
tremendous. At the same time, what can I do? The people out for happy
hour who want to light a cigarette are going to go somewhere else,"
On the flip side, food sales at the FireHouse Restaurant & Bar
in Harrisburg rose 10 percent and alcohol sales remained steady in the
past year since the ban was enacted, said owner Donny Brown. "For
us, everything is better. We used to allow smoking at the bar but the
diners were so sensitive to it. Now that there is no smoking, we have
more patrons," he said.
The ban, part of the Clean Indoor Air Act, brought fresh air to public
places such as sports venues, workplaces and restaurants. The law carves
out exceptions for private clubs, cigar bars, and bars where sales of
food consumed on the premises make up 20 percent or less of annual sales.
Restaurant owners say since the law took effect last year on Sept.
11, it has both helped and hurt business. Some establishments are attracting
more customers in their dining rooms while others have lost bar regulars.
Stadium Goes Smoke-Free
FOX43.com - Meghan Harding - September 1, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - America's largest collegiate football
stadium has gone smoke-free. The Nittany Lions will play their first
2009 season game this Saturday in the non-smoking Penn State University
Beaver Stadium. ...
smoking policy in full effect on campus
The Tartan (Carnegie Mellon University), 2009-08-25
Smokers coming back to campus may be greeted with more than a hello
from University Police if they are caught smoking outside one of the
designated areas; they could be given a $25 fine for smoking or for
littering their cigarette butts.
New and returning students have seen the signs scattered around the
University Centers Merson Courtyard, near the Cut, and other places
on campus that warn of the consequences of smoking in a non-designated
area. These signs are the manifestations of the changes in the university
smoking policy that came about as part of the Healthy Campus 2010 program.
Doubles Designated Area For Smoking Gamblers
WFMZ-TV Channel 69 (Allentown, PA), 2009-08-24
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem announced this morning that it has nearly
doubled the amount of space designated for smoking gamblers from 25%
of the gaming floor to nearly 50%. Sands says the increase is in response
to demand from its guests.
The casino says it has a state-of-the-art air filtration system that's
designed to handle smoking on the entire floor, but 50% of the floor
will remain off limits to smokers. Sands' restaurants will also remain
light up in Spring Garden parks
York (PA) Dispatch, 2009-08-17
ANDREW SHAW The York Dispatch
As Marcus Johnson watched his 2-year-old son play on the swing at Elmwood
Park, he said he was glad no one would be allowed to smoke near his
Spring Garden Township's board of commissioners approved an ordinance
last week banning smoking at all five of the township's parks, effective
Johnson, who works at adjacent Memorial Hospital, said staff often
use the park to smoke, since they can't smoke on hospital grounds. He
appreciates they need someplace to go, but as a nonsmoker and a father,
he'd rather they smoke somewhere else.
"Don't contaminate (children) just because you want to smoke,"
Policy Changed at Penn State Altoona (scroll down to view)
WRTA - Altoona,PA,USA, August 17, 2009
The Penn State Altoona campus has changed its smoking policy.
The move went into effect on Saturday on the recommendation of the colleges
Smoking Task Force.
By gathering information from other colleges and universities and conducting
surveys at Penn State Altoona, it was determined that with the exception
of four designated areas, smoking will be prohibited outside any of
the buildings, on sidewalks located on campus, and in parking lots on
campus. Two smoking areas will be near the residence halls while two
other locations will be around campus perimeters. Shelters will be installed
this fall at three of these locations. ...
updates work on community improvements
Connellsville Daily Courier - Judy Kroeger - July 22, 2009
Uniontown City Council is assessing community improvement projects,
including sprucing up its parks and seeking to eliminate smoking outdoor
near Uniontown Hospital. ...
ban in effect
TALLEYRAND: Bellefonte passes park-wide measure
State College (PA) Centre Daily Times, 2009-07-07
Mike Dawson - For the CDT
BELLEFONTE -- There will no smoking in Talleyrand Park, as Borough Council
approved a park-wide ban Monday night.
The ban goes beyond what was proposed at the council's previous meeting:
No smoking within 50 feet of the public structures in the park. The
new ban, which is a change to the park ordinance, takes effect immediately.
Councilwoman Renee Brown, who had been one of the driving forces behind
the initial 50-foot limit, made the motion to approve the ban.
She said she was persuaded by others in town to extend the smoking ban,
which had come up as a way to stop the littering of cigarette butts
and the nuisance the smoke poses to park visitors. ...
lounge to open in New Cumberland
PennLive.com - Sue Gleiter - July 7, 2009
By the end of the month you'll be able to light up cigars and sip Irish
whiskey in New Cumberland at J. Thomas O'Malley, Tobacconist. The cigar
lounge and bar at 311 Bridge St. is the brainchild of Tim Hogg, owner
of New Cumberland landmark, Coakley's Restaurant and Irish Pub. When
it opens, the cigar bar will sell cigars, have cigarette machines and
pour high-end Irish whiskeys, cognacs and brandy along with cocktails,
wine and beer. Patrons can opt to sit at the hand-crafted wooden bar
and watch sports and news from a half dozen flat-screen televisions
or take a seat at one of several tables. The atmosphere will be upscale
with historical photographs and items paying tribute to the former New
Cumberland Box and Cigar Factories. Customers will enter the bar through
an authentic speak-easy wooden door with a peek-a-boo hatch window.
panel rules against colleges' smoking ban
Philadelphia Inquirer - May 27, 2009
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities cannot
bar faculty members and coaches from smoking outdoors on campus, unless
their unions agree to the restriction, a state labor panel ruled.
The ban in question was imposed by the State System of Higher Education
in September, when a state law banning most indoor smoking took effect.
System Chancellor John Cavanaugh said he interpreted the smoking law
to extend to all campus grounds, because some classes are held outside.
The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties,
the union that represents 5,800 faculty members and coaches, filed an
unfair labor practice complaint challenging the policy on grounds that
any such change is subject to collective bargaining. ...
Moreland residents to be polled on smoking ban in township parks
ANNIE TASKER Bucks County Courier Times
Commissioners on Upper Morelands parks and recreation committee
said theyll spend the next month polling residents on a proposal
to partially or completely ban smoking in township parks.
smokers still issue at courthouse
Philadelphia Metro - March 31, 2009
... Philadelphia's courts, illegal smoking inside its stairwells remains
as rampant as ever more than two years after the city passed an indoor
smoking ban. ...
of Pennsylvanians Finds Little Trust In Institutions to ...
PR Newswire (press release) - March 30, 2009
Forty-eight percent say they are more likely to eat out at restaurants
since Pennsylvania instituted a smoking ban in the past year. ...
Supreme Court hears police tobacco ban lawsuit
York (PA) Evening Sun, 2009-03-02
A state ban on smoking in most workplaces has taken much of the fire--but
not the smokeless tobacco--out of a long-simmering dispute between a
western Pennsylvania municipality and its police.
Attorneys for Ellwood City, its police union, and the Pennsylvania
Labor Relations board argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on
Monday about whether Ellwood City has a right to ban tobacco use on
borough property, including by its officers working in the police station
and patrol cars.
The high court heard the arguments because the police union appealed
the Commonwealth Court's 5-2 decision early last year overruling the
Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board. The PLRB had found that Ellwood
City committed an unfair labor practice when it subjected police to
the August 2006 tobacco ban without submitting the issue to collective
rethinks smoking ban in hotel bars after lawsuits are threatened
Hotel Bethlehem says the restrictions haven't hurt
Allentown (PA) Morning Call, 2009-02-16
Brian Callaway * Of The Morning Call
Health officials may relax the state's new ban on indoor smoking in
response to lawyers' complaints about rules against lighting up in hotel
Judy Ochs, director of the state Health Department's Division of Tobacco
Prevention and Control, said the department is doing a legal review
after attorneys for about a dozen hotels called to challenge the ban.
Trey Matheu, general manager of a western Pennsylvania resort that
now prohibits smoking in its cigar bar because of the new law, said
he hopes the state will relent without a protracted court battle. .
Hotel bars weren't explicitly covered by the legislation, and Ochs
said the Health Department now is trying to figure out what to do with
So far, she said, more than 300 hotels with liquor licenses have applied
to have their bars exempt. The state denied more than 200 of those requests,
and still is deciding on some.
Fire Departments Seek Smoking Ban Exemption
KDKA, PA - February 9, 2009
Some volunteer fire departments say Pennsylvania's smoking ban is hurting
their bingo fundraisers and they want an exemption.
Bill Walker of Apollo's department, says about 80 people had attended
bingo the week before the ban took effect.
letters go out to enforce Pa. smoking ban
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader, PA - January 22, 2009
Pennsylvania's Department of Health is sending warnings to establishments
that may have violated the new statewide ban on smoking in most public
places, a newspaper reported Thursday.
Since the law went into effect on Sept. 11, the department has sent
more than 300 letters to establishments that include a state office,
Penn State University's Beaver Stadium, a lawyer's office, a marketing
firm, fire halls, a hair salon and restaurants.
"We call it a warning letter, but it's more informational,"
said Health Department spokeswoman Stacy Kriedeman, adding that establishments
received letters if complaints were made to the department. "It's
a way to let business owners know that we're getting complaints, so
they may need to address it."
now allowed on half of Meadows' casino floor
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA - January 15, 2009
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino joined Pennsylvania's other slots
parlors yesterday by winning permission to double its space where smoking
is allowed, taking up half of the casino.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board accepted a plan from The Meadows
to allow smoking throughout the gaming floor of one of the two synthetic-fabric,
tent-like structures in its temporary casino. The smoking area is the
section of the casino patrons enter first.
Smoking will be prohibited in the casino's second room, which is in
the rear of the facility in a separate structure connected by passageways.
The changeover was to be completed by today, Meadows spokesman David
grants exemption to smoking ban
Pittsburgh (PA) Tribune-Review, 2008-11-08
The state Department of Health granted more than 1,700 exceptions to
the statewide ban that took effect Sept. 11, and more than 350 establishments
in Allegheny County are among them.
More than 200 bars and restaurants with Pittsburgh addresses are exempt,
including 14 on East Carson Street in the South Side, according to state
records posted online early Friday.
"The law provided for a variety of exceptions; it wasn't comprehensive,"
said Cindy Thomas, executive director of Tobacco Free Allegheny. "We
were looking for a more comprehensive ban." . . .
The list of exempt bars includes only "type-1" applicants,
which are bars and taverns, state Health Department spokeswoman Holli
The department is working to approve "type-2" applications
from mostly bar-restaurant establishments
Will Sign Pa. Smoking Ban Into Law Today
Pittsburgh Channel.com, PA - June 13, 2008
Rendell has advocated a smoking ban as a way to reduce health care costs,
although he admits he'd rather put his name on a stronger piece of legislation
smoking ban approved
The Senate sent the bill to Gov. Rendell, who is expected to sign it.
Philadelphia's ban remains intact.
Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, 2008-06-11
Amy Worden Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
After months of debate, the Senate yesterday overwhelming approved
a bill to ban smoking in virtually all public places and most work sites
The bill, which allows Philadelphia to keep its more extensive two-year-old
smoking ban, now goes to Gov. Rendell, who said through a spokesman
that he intends to sign it shortly after it reaches his desk later this
When the measure becomes law, Pennsylvania will join 32 states - including
New Jersey - and the District of Columbia with some type of smoking
The legislation will take effect 90 days after Rendell's signature.
It effectively bans smoking in all public places including hospitals,
schools and sports facilities. It bars smoking in taxis, trains and
buses and in train and bus stations. It also eliminates smoking in all
But the bill contains a lengthy list of exemptions allowing smoking
in certain workplaces and entertainment venues, including casinos located
outside of Philadelphia.
Local control / If the state won't act, the county should ban smoke
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 7, 2006
That leaves Pennsylvania's cities and towns to ban butts themselves.
But exactly what they can do is obscured by a smokescreen of legal mumbo
In 1999, the Legislature repealed the "pre-emption clause"
in the 1988 Clean Indoor Air Act that had prevented towns from passing
smoking rules more strict than those in the state law. But then, the
following year, the Legislature repealed that repeal.
State law also says, however, that if the Legislature repeals a repeal,
the language in the original law is not revived. So some lawyers said
the pre-emption clause remained dead. But others contended that because
the original repeal was never actually implemented, the pre-emption
Clearly, there's nothing clear here. Still, Allegheny County's solicitor
has told SmokeFree Pennsylvania that a smoke-free workplace ordinance
that it has petitioned County Council to pass would be illegal and shouldn't
council passes smoking ban for restaurants and bars
Philadelphia Business Journal, June 15, 2006
Philadelphia City Council approved a ban on smoking in restaurants
and most bars on Thursday
Peter Breslow, a restaurant publicist in Philadelphia, said his "clients
in New York and Boston have managed this adjustment over the past couple
of years and, frankly, the businesses haven't been affected negatively
at all. In fact, they've benefited greatly.
"The stale smell of cigarettes and ashtrays" has given way
to the aroma of the food, Breslow said.
Smoking Ban...Don't snuff out a second try
January 26, 2005
Want to live in a cutting-edge city? Apparently not, if you're one of
Philadelphia bar owners and patrons protesting the renewed - and overdue
- effort in City Hall to ban smoking in bars, restaurants and other