decade later, the smoke has cleared
Warwick Beacon - March 3, 2015
According to Tobacco Free RI, the state's adult smoking rate declined
from 23 percent in 2001 to 17.4 percent in 2012. Even more promising,
the youth smoking ..
officials say Kennedy Plaza work to be done by fall
The Providence Journal - September 23, 2014
The plan is to make the plaza smoke-free as well, she said. Devin Guirales,
23, worried that the improvements wouldn't be completed before the first
Rented to Head Shop Across from School Before City ...
GoLocalProv - August 19, 2014
In July, Solomon along with City Councilman Seth Yurdin proposed legislation
to ban smoking in public parks in the city. Council President Solomon
said at the ...
youth smoking rate second lowest in US
Warwick Beacon - July 15, 2014
... cigarettes, educating communities on limiting youth access to tobacco
products, and increasing the number of smoke-free public places
until we get to zero..
Considers Ban on Smoking in Parks
Talk Radio 920 WHJJ - July 9, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) The Providence City Council is considering
a ban on smoking in all public parks. If it's approved, it would be
illegal to use any ...
Sales to Minors Now Illegal in Rhode Island
Boston.com - July 1, 2014
Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed legislation that bans the sale of e-cigarettes
to minors. The legislation also prohibits use of the devices in Rhode
Island by anyone under 18.
House passes bill banning e-cigarette sales to minors
The Providence Journal - June 18, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. Legislation to make sales of electronic cigarettes
to minors illegal and impose criminal penalties on violators passed
the House Wednesday night 68 to 0. The Senate passed a similar bill
Wednesday. The House bill is expected to go before the Senate Thursday.
Finance Committee votes to allow Twin River Casino to offer lines of
The Providence Journal - June 11, 2014
Meanwhile, the committee on Tuesday put a hold on a bill that would
require smoking lounges such as hookah bars, which have boomed in popularity
in Rhode Island to register with the state Division of Taxation and
prove on a quarterly basis to the division that they derive the majority
of their revenue from tobacco. A 2005 state law banned indoor smoking,
but made exception for smoking lounges. Under the law, a business must
file an affidavit with the Division of Taxation every year attesting
that at least 51 percent of the businesss annual revenue comes from
tobacco. The state Department of Health supports the bill and did not
support the exemptions that allowed the smoking lounges, a spokesman
has said. The American Lung Association has also supported the legislation...
hookah: RI bill would tighten control on smoking lounges
The Providence Journal - May 24, 2014
Then the business must go to the city Board of Licenses to ask for a
tobacco license ... health interests, passed laws banning sales of flavored
push e-cigarette regulation as business grows
Providence Eyewitness News - May 14, 2014
Now, smoke-free, Tripoli co-owns Sunshine Vape, an e-cigarette or vaping
shop in Warwick. It doesn't heat up any hotter than your body
temperature, so it's ...
Ban Proposed on All Rhode Island Campuses
WLNE-TV (ABC6) - April 29, 2014
... tobacco is the number one cause leading, preventable cause of death,
disability and disease," said Katrina Holyoak Wood, of Tobacco
Free Rhode Island.
aims for smoke-free college campuses
Providence Eyewitness News - April 28, 2014
A symposium set for Monday, co-hosted by the Rhode Island Tobacco Control
Program, will bring together both experts and activists. Advocates say
the number of campuses going tobacco-free has grown to nearly 1,200
in recent years. Among those lined up to attend are state health chief
Dr. Michael Fine and the dean of Brown Universitys medical school.
Rhode Island, getting help to quit smoking
The Providence Journal - April 28, 2014
There's been a dramatic rise in people quitting with regulations and
bans, ... Earlier this year, for example, Britain banned smoking in
cars carrying children. ... of secondhand smoke, had had a big impact
in terms of banning smoking from ...
Bill Lets Police Warn Smokers Driving with Kids
Patch.com - March 17, 2014
The Senate passed legislation (2014-S 2084) today (March 13) authorizing
police officers to provide a verbal warning to an individual who is
smoking in a vehicle containing a restrained child. This bill is really
about speaking up for the children who do not have the power to prevent
passengers from endangering their health with secondhand smoke, Senator
Sosnowski said. I congratulate my colleagues in the Senate for supporting
this legislation and allowing our law enforcement officials to give
parents and others a full understanding of what they are doing when
they smoke cigarettes in close quarters with children.
Roger Wallin: Marijuana stinks
The Providence Journal - March 14, 2014
Laws have been passed to prohibit smoking cigarettes in public places,
even in ... Will marijuana smokers restrict its use to the interior
of their home premises?
bill: cops could warn smokers in cars with kids
Associated Press - March 6, 2014
Legislation in the Rhode Island Senate would allow police to issue warnings
to drivers who are seen smoking in a vehicle containing a young child.
The proposal, which is scheduled to be reviewed Thursday in a Senate
committee, would only apply when...
budget plan seeks to keep Rhode Island's share of gambling ...
The Providence Journal - March 6, 2014
Thursday's House Finance Committee also brought out scores of local
convenience store owners opposed to Chafee's plan to subject electronic
cigarettes to ...
Cigar Club shines at Chamber's Cigar Night
Cranston Herald - February 26, 2014
The Greater Cranston Chamber of Commerce (GCCC) held an unusual event
in the most unusual of places last Thursday night in Warwick. For starters,
no one left the 2,000-square-foot facility with the smell of cigars
in their business suits or casual attire. This place has great ventilation,
said Steve Boyle, the GCCCs president, who arranged the special Cigar
Night with Ralph Coppolino, the publisher of Rhode Island Small Business
Journal whose company sponsored the entire event. This place and its
system are unique.
Rhode Island Seeks 80% Tax on Lifesaving E-Cigarettes
The National Center for Public Policy Research - February 13, 2014
National Center Risk Analysis Division Director Jeff Stier is submitting
testimony today to the Rhode Island legislature in opposition to a plan
by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee to impose an 80% tax on e-cigarettes.
Chaffee believes that "electronic cigarette laws should mirror
tobacco product laws."...
receives low marks in tobacco prevention
The Brown Daily Herald - February 6, 2014
Rhode Island received an F in tobacco prevention and a D
in cessation coverage, despite receiving A grades for both
its smokefree air and cigarette tax, in ...
Free RI, health director praise CVS Caremark's decision to phase out
AP - Associated Press - February 5, 2014
A network of Rhode Island anti-tobacco organizations and state health
officials Wednesday praised the decision of Woonsocket-based CVS Caremark
to phase out tobacco sales at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide.
criticizes Pawtucket Housing Authority on smoking ban
Valley Breeze - December 10, 2013
First, let me say thank you for your time and coverage concerning the
smoking ban here at Pawtucket Housing. Second, there were some omissions
in your ...
I won't abide by 'unenforceable' PHA smoking ban
Valley Breeze - November 5, 2013
"This smoking ban did not start from the ground up and is not an
answer to people's ... But just as with new residents, he is banned
from smoking in the designated ... Very few housing authorities across
the country have smoking bans in place, ...
Pawtucket Housing Authority well on its way to being ...
Valley Breeze - October 23, 2013
Director: Pawtucket Housing Authority well on its way to being smoke-free.
By ETHAN SHOREY, Valley Breeze Staff Writer. PAWTUCKET - Representatives
Fine: City's historic tobacco ban helps youth
Providence (RI) Journal-Bulletin - October 14, 2013
We are trendsetters in the Tobacco Control Movement. Rhode Island has
the second highest cigarette excise tax, the third lowest youth smoking
rate and now, our capital city has put Rhode Island on the map once
city of Providence is taking on Big Tobacco and winning
Washington University in St. Louis News - October 10, 2013
The city of Providence, R.I., is taking the fight against Big Tobacco
to a new level with innovative tobacco control policies. A new study,
led in part by Washington University in St. Louis Center for Public
Health Systems Science (CPHSS), details Providences efforts and provides
a road map for other municipalities to follow.
Ban on Flavored Tobacco Upheld by First Circuit Court ...
Rhode Island Public Radio - October 2, 2013
The City of Providence said it hopes more municipalities follow its
lead and pass ordinances that curb the sale of flavored tobacco products.
The First Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a pair of ordinances banning
the sale of flavored tobacco products and some store discounts.
ordinances survive lawsuit
Talk Radio News Service - October 1, 2013
An effort by major tobacco manufacturers to set aside two anti-smoking
ordinances in Providence, R.I., was rejected by the U.S. 2nd Circuit
Court of Appeals. The court said the ordinances were not pre-empted
by the First Amendment and various federal anti-smoking laws. The city
ordinances restricted the use of coupons and multi-pack discounts to
reduce the price of tobacco products, and prohibited the sale of flavored
Appeals Court Upholds Providence, RI, Measures to ...
Sacramento Bee - September 30, 2013
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2013 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following
is a statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free
Kids: In a win for kids and public health, a federal appeals court today
upheld sensible restrictions adopted by the City of Providence, Rhode
Island, that prohibit tobacco companies from using flavored products
and price discounts to attract kids.
companies appeal Providence ban
MyFOX Providence WNAC - Jul 30, 2013
The laws are being challenged by a consortium of national tobacco ...
into law in 2012 after arguing that preventing the sale of flavored,
non-cigarette tobacco ...
Defends Tobacco Coupon Ban Before First Circuit
The National Law Journal - July 29, 2013
A lawyer for Providence, R.I., urged a federal appeals court on Monday
to reject a constitutional challenge to a local ban on redemption of
coupons for tobacco products. Tobacco companies remain free to distribute
those coupons, he argued, even if residents are not free to redeem them.
Towns' efforts to expand smoke-free zones applauded
The Westerly Sun - July 25, 2013
We applaud the recent efforts in Charlestown and Hope Valley to expand
smoke-free areas in their communities, as highlighted in Cynthia Drummonds
recent article, Towns Enact Smoking Bans at Recreational Facilities
gamblers drawn to RI casino
Capecodonline - July 25, 2013
Twin River does have something Massachusetts can't give its gamblers:
a place to smoke and gamble at the same time. Even the tribe, which
doesn't have to abide by the state's Expanded Gaming Act, has agreed
to make its casinos smoke-free. Smoking is a challenge, but I think
there are more people out there today who don't smoke, Cromwell said.
We've agreed to smoke-free facility, but we will have areas where they
can step outside.
Gov Chafee vetoes bill banning use of e-cigarettes by minors
The Providence Journal (subscription) - July 18, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Chafee has vetoed legislation that would
have banned anyone under the age of 18 from using or purchasing electronic
cigarettes. The American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association,
the American Lung Association, and other health advocacy groups, in
calling on Chafee to strike down the measure, said it represented a
"stalking horse" for tobacco and e- cigarette companies that
want to exempt the growing industry from the regulations and taxes imposed
on traditional tobacco-based products.
gov vetoes electronic cigarette legislation
Yahoo! News July 18, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has vetoed
legislation to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to children, saying
the way it was written would have exempted e-cigarettes from laws governing
gov vetoes electronic cigarette legislation
MSN Money - July 18, 2013
Lincoln Chafee has vetoed legislation to ban the sale of electronic
cigarettes to children, saying the way it was written would have exempted
e-cigarettes from ...
Island Groups Call for Veto of Ban on Sale to Minors
Vapesquad.com - July 10, 2013
Rhode Island recently passed a bill proposing a ban on the sale of electronic
cigarettes and associated products to minors under 18 years of age.
Good move, right? The Rhode Island Tobacco Control Network doesnt think
so. They want the bill vetoed. The Network, a coalition that includes
the American Heart, Lung and Cancer Societies, among others, seem to
take issue with parts of the bill that define electronic cigarettes
as a new class of vapor products, rather than defining them as tobacco
group against e-cig bill
Providence Eyewitness News - July 10, 2013
(WPRI) -- A coalition of anti-smoking groups is calling on Governor
Chafee to veto a bill that would help prevent minors from getting their
hands on e-cigarettes.
groups push for veto of RI e-cigarette legislation (Rhode Island)
The Providence Journal - July 9, 2013
PROVIDENCE Banning the use of e-cigarettes by minors should be
the sort of legislation antismoking groups support. Instead they are
calling for a veto.
Assembly Bans Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors
Rhode Island Public Radio - July 2, 2013
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, are electronic nicotine
delivery systems shaped like cigarettes or cigars. They deliver nicotine
to a user in the ...
RI Appeal Challenges Tobacco Ordinances
Convenience Store Decisions - June 26, 2013
The first ordinance in question bans the redemption of tobacco product
coupons and ... has the authority to regulate the advertising and promotion
of cigarettes. ... This ordinance attempts to go beyond the flavored
cigarette ban passed by ...
Set on Providence, RI Coupon Ban and Flavored Tobacco ...
CSPnet.com - June 26, 2013
The first Providence ordinance bans the redemption of tobacco product
coupons and prohibits ... the authority to regulate the advertising
and promotion of cigarettes. ... This ordinance attempts to go beyond
the flavored cigarette ban passed by ...
ASSOCIATION OF TOBACCO OUTLETS, INC., et al. v. CITY OF PROVIDENCE,
RHODE ISLAND: BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE - TOBACCO CONTROL LEGAL CONSORTIUM
Public Health Law Center (William Mitchell College of Law) - June
BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE TOBACCO CONTROL LEGAL CONSORTIUM IN SUPPORT OF
DEFENDANTS APPELLEES AND AFFIRMANCE
R.I., Coupon and Promotion Ban Appeal Update
CSPnet.com - June 5, 2013
Last year, a federal lawsuit was filed against the City of Providence,
R.I., seeking to overturn two tobacco-related ordinances. One of the
ordinances bans adult consumers from redeeming tobacco product coupons
and also prohibits retailers from offering certain promotionally priced
tobacco products, such as "buy-one, get-one free" offers.
The second ordinance bans the sale of virtually all flavored cigars,
smokeless tobacco, and pipe tobacco products in the city. The lawsuit
was filed by NATO, the Cigar Association of America Inc. (CAA), along
with Lorillard Tobacco Co., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., American Snuff
Co., Philip Morris USA Inc., U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Manufacturing Co.
LLC, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Brands Inc. and John Middleton Co. Last
December, the federal district court judge hearing the case issued a
ruling upholding both of the ordinances.
backs plan to ban smoking in parks
Woonsocket Call - May 21, 2013
Councilman Mark Dubois said he was in full support of the ban and noted
that the School Committee had taken a similar step banning smoking on
Legislation to Get Make Over
Pawtucket Times - May 3, 2013
Just weeks ago, health advocacy organizations found themselves in an
awkward, uncomfortable situation at the Rhode Island General Assembly.
Although they supported the stated intent of House and Senate bills
(H 5876 and S 622) that blocked the sale of electronic cigarettes (or
e-cigarettes) to minors, they were forced to oppose these legislative
proposals because of troubling provisions they believe were embedded
within these bills. ...
Week at the General Assembly. . .
Cranston (RI) Patch.com - March 11, 2013
Legislation introduced to prohibit sale of 'e-cigarettes' to minors
... The bill would expand the statutory definition of tobacco
products to include vapor products.
Island bill would ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors
The Republic- March 9, 2013
Electronic cigarettes look like cigarettes, but have no tobacco. ...
through a so-called e-cigarette is no better than getting them started
on regular cigarettes.
would ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors
WLNE-TV (ABC6) - March 6, 2013
Purchasing cigarettes under the age of 18 is prohibited and soon it
may be prohibited for minors to buy electronic cigarettes as well. A
new bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio would
ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to those under 18. Ruggerio (Providence,
North Providence) says the e-cigarette acts as an electronic nicotine
delivery system and could potentially get kids addicted to nicotine.
Ban minors from e-cigarettes
Providence Eyewitness News - March 6, 2013
It is already illegal for minors to purchase cigars, cigarettes and
any other tobacco-laden product. Now, a local lawmaker is pushing to
add electronic cigarettes to a teenager's list of banned products.
Housing goes smoke free
Johnston Sun Rise - Jan 24, 2013
For tenants of the Johnston Housing Authority, the new year brought
with it a major change in lifestyle. Following the trend of public housing
across the country, ...
Public Housing Authority Goes Smoke Free
Johnston (RI) Patch.com - January 18, 2013
The Johnston Housing Authority went smoke free on Jan. 2, joining 15
other public housing authorities in the state to provide smoke-free
living for tenants, the ...
Housing celebrates a smoke-free year
Cumberland (RI) Valley Breeze - January 17, 2013
It has been exactly one year since a ban on smoking went into effect
inside the seven city buildings operated by the Woonsocket Housing Authority,
and although it was controversial at first, Executive Director Robert
Kulik said he believes 99 percent of r ...
bans flavored tobacco products
Stamford Advocate - January 4, 2013
A ban on certain flavored tobacco products has gone into effect in Providence.
As of Thursday, Rhode Island's capital city prohibits the sale of flavored
cigarettes and cigars in an effort to prevent children and teens from
using the products.
tobacco ordinances go into effect
Providence Eyewitness News - January 4, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- New laws aimed at keeping tobacco products
away from minors are now in place in Providence. Beginning Thursday,
businesses in the city are prohibited from selling most flavored tobacco
products, with the exception or mint, menthol, and wintergreen ...
new tobacco laws to go in effect Jan. 3
Providence (RI) Journal-Bulletin - December 20, 2012
The city regulations bar stores from discounting cigarettes and selling
tobacco products advertised with fruit and candy-flavor....
free public housing in RI
MyFOX Providence WNAC - December 19, 2012
Providence, R.I. (WPRI) - The Rhode Island Department of Health has
recognized 16 of the state's 25 public housing authorities for implementing
smoking bans in their units.
judge sides with Providence, against industry, on tobacco curbing ordinances
The Providence Journal - December 11, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A federal judge has ruled against the tobacco industry
in its legal battle with the City of Providence over new regulations
that bar stores from discounting cigarettes and ban the sale of certain
flavored tobacco products.
Cos. Lose Challenge To RI City's Advertising Law
Law360 (subscription) - December 10, 2012
A Rhode Island federal judge on Monday dismissed a suit by nine tobacco
companies, including R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA
Inc., against Providence, R.I., ruling that the city's new ordinances
limiting tobacco advertisements did not violate the First Amendment.
U.S. District Judge Mary M. Lisi said that because the ordinances ban
the redemption of coupons or multipack discounts and limit the sale
of flavored tobacco products to smoking bars, the city laws regulate
commercial activity, but not First Amendment-protected commercial speech.
Guidelines for Brown University Facilities
Brown University - October 28, 2012
Smoking is prohibited in all Brown residential and dining facilities....
Falls passes new smoking ban
WLNE-TV (ABC6) - October 11, 2012
You can no longer light up outdoors in Central Falls. Wednesday night
the city council passed a ban on smoking outside in some public spaces.
It was a packed house inside city council chambers in Central Falls.
Those who light up and those who don't, all waiting eagerly to find
out if a new smoking ordinance would pass and in minutes it got the
to prohibit smoking in some places
Providence Eyewitness News (RI) - October 10, 2012
The proposed ordinance would ban smoking within 25 feet of schools,
parks and other ... Along with these bans, signs would be posted in
Central Falls parks.
Falls acting police chief wants to ban smoking outdoors where people
Providence (RI) Journal-Bulletin - Oct 9, 2012
The city's acting police chief hopes to ban smoking in parks, on school
grounds and in other outdoor areas where people -- especially children
-- are exposed to secondhand smoke.
for for tobacco-free ordinance
Supporters urging CF City Council to pass measure
Providence Eyewitness News - October 1, 2012
A rally is planned next week outside Central Falls City Hall supporting
passage of a tobacco-free ordinance. Central Falls has one of the highest
smoking rates in Rhode Island. Next Wednesday, the City Council is expected
to vote on a measure that would prohibit smoking and the use of tobacco
products in or on school grounds, childcare facilities, playgrounds
and parks in the city.
takes on big tobacco in federal court over ordinances to curb tobacco
sales to teens
The Providence Journal - August 22, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- City solicitors took on big tobacco interests in
federal court Wednesday in support of ordinances intended to curb tobacco
sales to teens.
must be banned from public outdoor spaces
Valley Breeze - August 2, 2012
Policies to reduce second-hand smoke exposure have largely been based
upon the idea that second-hand smoke is an indoor problem, but growing
bill would ban smoking when kids are in cars
The Westerly Sun - May 10, 2012
A Rhode Island state senator wants to add to the list of places people
cant smoke in cars when children are present. South Kingstown
Democrat V. Susan Sosnowski says the goal is to protect children from
harmful second-hand smoke.
would ban smoking in cars with children
WPRO - May 10, 2012
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved a bill on Wednesday
that would make it illegal to smoke in a car when children are present.
RI to celebrate anti-tobacco campaign
CNBC.com - March 29, 2012
The city says the Tobacco-Free Providence campaign sought to reduce
youth access ... get one free," and sales of non-cigarette tobacco
products marketed as ...
Senate votes to require treatment programs and community ...
The Republic - March 9, 2012
AP PROVIDENCE, RI Minors caught smoking in Rhode Island would
be required to perform community service and enroll in a tobacco cessation
program under a measure endorsed by the state Senate.
May Snuff Out Smoking on The Beach
WSLS - February 16, 2012
By: | AP PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) Rhode Island would become the first state
to specifically ban smoking at all beaches under a proposal before lawmakers.
Should Smoking Be Banned At RI Beaches?
Bristol-Warren (RI) Patch.com - February 16, 2012
State lawmakers are looking at banning smoking at the beach and other
outdoor places. ... Richard Morrison to extend the state's smoking ban
File Suit to Stop Providence Flavored Tobacco Ban
Cigar Aficionado - February 16, 2012
The Cigar Association of America has taken part with a group of tobacco
companies ... on cigarettes and prohibit the sale of non-cigarette flavored
Suit challenges Providence tobacco ordinances
BusinessWeek - February 16, 2012
... non-cigarette tobacco products marketed as having a fruit or candy
flavor. The city says the US Food and Drug Administration banned flavored
bars are catching on in Rhode Island
Providence (RI) Journal-Bulletin, 2011-08-20
Andy Smith Journal Staff Writer
Hookah lounges arrived in Rhode Island in 2005. Instead of burning
out, the fad appears to have grown increasingly popular, with a half-dozen
hookah lounges on Federal Hill alone. ...
public housing goes smoke-free
Boston Globe - August 4, 2011
PROVIDENCE, RIProvidence officials have announced a new smoke-free
policy for five public housing high-rise buildings in the state's capital.
in RI less than national level
Providence Journal - Felice J. Freyer - November 8, 2010
The percentage of Rhode Island adults who smoke has taken a nosedive
in recent years, and federal health officials predict the state will
soon see a drop in heart disease, lung disease and cancer as a result.
In contrast, the nationwide smoking rate of about 20 to 21 percent
has scarcely budged since 2004.
The decline in smoking in Rhode Island started right after two changes
in state law the ban on smoking in indoor public places, which
took effect in March 2005, and the increase in the cigarette tax to
the highest in the nation. ...
ban at slot parlors could cost millions
Providence Journal - May 13, 2009
PROVIDENCE As the owner of a company that provides respiratory
equipment to people with breathing disorders, Sen. James Doyle didnt
have a second thought about introducing a bill on behalf of the state
nurses association to ban smoking at Rhode Islands two slot parlors.
But that was before the state Budget Office projected the huge impact
the ban slated for a Senate committee hearing Wednesday night
would have on the states already shrunken revenues.
Should smoking be banned throughout Twin River and Newport Grand, the
Budget Office projects a $36-million revenue loss to the state in the
budget year that begins on July 1, and a $37.3-million loss the year
after. And that does not count the millions of dollars in potential
losses to the slot parlor owners who, in Twin Rivers case, have
been struggling to stay out of bankruptcy court. ...
filed to provide smoke-free senior housing
EastBayRI.com - May 1, 2009
WESTPORT Two bills, both aiming to provide smoke-free living
for residents of elderly housing who choose it, are being heard by a
legislative committee this week.
The action comes after controversy at the Greenwood Terrace senior
housing facility where a resident who suffers from asthma and cerebral
palsy said her apartment is constantly filled with second-hand smoke.
The Westport Housing Authority says its hands are tied in the matter
because the state makes no provision for smoke-free buildings in senior
Rep. Michael J. Rodrigues of Westport said the bills were to be heard
by the Joint Committee of Housing, of which he is a member.
Please understand that the legislative process is deliberate
and these bills will not move as quickly as some may want. However,
I can assure you of my support for these two bills as we move forward,
Rep. Rodrigues said.
In recent weeks, Ive been attempting to encourage the Westport
Housing Authority and the Department of Housing and Community Development
to sit down regarding the situation at Greenwood Terrace, Rep.
Rogrigues said. Please know that Im committed to finding
a solution as we continue to work through the complex issues that exist."
would ban Twin River smoking
Pawtucket (RI) Times, 2009-02-16
The already trouble-plagued Twin River gambling hall now has something
else to worry about.
Sen. Paul Fogarty wants to end the exemption the General Assembly gave
to Twin River and Newport Grand when it banned smoking in virtually
all public places in Rhode Island more than three years ago. Smoking
was allowed to continue in limited areas at the two facilities because
lawmakers feared a drop in revenue if gamblers couldnt smoke there
when they are allowed to do so at the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos
in nearby Connecticut.
The state takes 60 cents of every dollar that is lost at Twin River
and Newport Grand and that represents a significant percentage of the
The legislature banned smoking in all other public places, including
restaurants and bars so that employees would not be exposed to second
hand smoke, which is considered to be a health hazard.
Fogarty, whose district includes parts of Glocester, Burrillville and
North Smithfield, says the rationale for the exemption to protect
the state from losing any of the money it receives from the two gaming
facilities was misguided.
wager on smoke-free gambling
Providence Journal-Bulletin, February 5, 2007
Gamblers heading to the nonsmoking sections of Lincoln Park and Newport
Grand might not be escaping the smoke after all.
A study commissioned by
a New Jersey antismoking group shows significant levels of pollutants in the nonsmoking
sections of the two gambling halls.
At Lincoln Park, the nonsmoking area
was found to be 39 percent as polluted as the track's smoking section. At Newport
Grand, the pollutant levels were 17 to 37 percent of the levels in the smoking
"How dismal that the separately walled and ventilated
nonsmoking sections are still one-third as polluted as the extra-polluted smoking
sections," Regina Carlson, executive director of GASP said in a statement.
"Clearly, at least in Rhode Island casinos, this so-called solution doesn't
"Bottom line, the only way to protect employees and patrons
is to make casinos smoke free," she said.