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In June 2007, the Tennessee legislature took a big step forward for public health by enacting Senate Bill 1325, which made many workplaces in Tennessee smokefree on October 1, 2007. The public health community partnered a myriad of endorsers, including the Tennessee Restaurant Association, AFL-CIO, and the National Women's Political Caucus, to push this policy forward.

The Smokefree Knoxville coalition relaxes after their successful rally, organized to support Governor Bredesen's smokefree workplace bill

Unfortunately, the new law leaves many Tennessee employees still exposed to secondhand smoke. The law exempts workplaces with four or fewer employees and any restaurant or bar that chooses to prohibit people under age 21 at all times. To learn more about the new Tennessee law, visit Tennessee CHART.

Tennessee, one of the states left most behind in our national movement, built upon the earlier success of enacting a 100% smokefree law in 2006 for all government owned and occupied buildings, including correctional facilities.

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Tennessee.

2017 State Legislative Session

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Smokefree & Related News

Health programs aim to prevent minors from using e-cigarettes
WBIR.com - August 18, 2016

Health professionals are teaming up with schools to prevent the use of e-cigarettes. That move comes after a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study ...

Bid to hike Tennessee smoking age to 21 snuffed out in House
Clay Center Dispatch - March 15, 2016

Bid to hike Tennessee smoking age to 21 snuffed out in House ... Hawaii is the only state that bans teenagers from smoking, but California lawmakers last week ...

Even without smoke, e-cigarettes not without risk
Business Journal - March 9, 2016

... smoking for more than 30 years. He admits that a theoretical cigarette smoker who made a full and complete transition to nicotine vapor products would be engaging in significantly safer behavior, but that …

When the smoke clears ($$)
Memphis Business Journal - March 4, 2016

more than two dozen vapor and e-cigarette retailers have sprung up in Memphis over the last 3 years. But will this hot new industry get snuffed out by new ...

I Learned Something Today: Students and faculty want a smokeless ...
UTDailyBeacon.com - March 2, 2016

For questions or more information on the Non-Smoking and Non-Tobacco Campus Bill, contact Morgan Hartgrove at mhartgro@vols.utk.edu. Elle Johnson is a ...

Tobacco age requirement discussed by Tennessee house committee
WKRN.com - March 1, 2016

Lawmakers are expected to discuss a bill on Tuesday that would raise the legal age at which Tennesseans could buy tobacco to 21. … The law would apply to both tobacco products and electronic cigarettes. If passed, Tennessee would join Hawaii as the only states to raise the minimum age ...

Bill to ban smoking outside on public property in Sullivan Co. passes ...
WJHL - March 1, 2016

SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - A bill that would allow governments in Sullivan County to ban smoking outside on their public properties cleared another ...

Guest column: A life changing decision
Memphis Commercial Appeal - February 27, 2016

... Healthcare Physician Alignment, I'm proud to be part of an organization that is a founding supporter of the newly launched Statewide Tobacco-Free Coalition.

Sony Music - VP of Promotion at Columbia Nashville (US)
Music Business Worldwide - February 25, 2016

... national origin, disability or protected veteran status. In compliance with the Tennessee Non-Smokers Protection Act, Sony Music is a smoke-free workplace.

Investigation into Rutherford County Sheriff is "Active and Ongoing," According to the FBI [AUDIO]
Wgnsradio - February 24, 2016

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed with WGNS on Monday that they still have an "Active and Ongoing" investigation into Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold. …As previously reported, the investigation into the Sheriff is believed to partially involve the Sheriff's Office selling electronic cigarettes to inmates with a no-bid ...

Sullivan County outside smoking ban bill advances
WJHL - February 24, 2016

Legislation that would allow outside smoking bans on government property in ... Under current law, cities can ban the smoking of cigarettes and cigars inside, ...

It's Quittin' Time in Knox County
Local 8 Now - February 19, 2016

Tobacco use, particularly in youth and pregnant women, as well as the increased use of e-cigarettes and vaping products are two areas of concern outlined in ...

Smoke shops OK'd ($$)
Lampasas Dispatch Record - February 12, 2016

The Lampasas City Council on Monday voted 6-0 to allow smoke/tobacco shops including those that sell electronic vapor cigarettes in some parts of town. An amendment to the city zoning ordinance will allow smoke/tobacco shops in retail and commercial zones, but only if the business obtains a specificuse permit.

University may crack down on smoking
Daily Helmsman - February 10, 2016

University of Memphis may crack down on students smoking in parts of campus they are not supposed to. This includes e-cigarettes. An email sent out to all students from Maria Alam, chief human resources officer at the U of M, reminded students that the U of M is a limited tobacco campus. Part of this means that there are only four places on the main campus anyone is allowed to smoke again, including e-cigarettes.

Tennessee ranked 7th worst in US for lifetime smoking costs
Nooga.com - January 22, 2016

Tennessee was ranked seventh in the U.S. for most costs incurred over the lifetime of a smoker by WalletHubs "True Cost of Smoking by State" report. According to the measurement parameters defined by the report, a Tennesseean who smokes a pack a day for several decades would spend, on average, $93,131 on cigarettes over their lifetime. A person who smokes three packs a week would spend more than $40,000.

Health Council discusses current and upcoming projects
State Gazette - January 14, 2016

Written by the YMCA three years ago, the Anti-Tobacco Grant provides essential ... counseling, pending the mother has stopped smoking by the third session. ... "We are also going to be doing a lot of secondhand smoke awareness this year, ...

Feds may ban smoking in public housing
Tullahoma News - January 13, 2016

Tullahoma Housing Authority (THA) Executive Director Jim Rock said he's not a fan of the proposed rule, which would affect five THA developments... For right now, Rock said, "They are giving us a choice;" but if the proposed rule becomes HUD's final rule...

Cancer-awareness conference set Jan. 21
Cleveland Banner - January 12, 2016

The conference is called Creating a Healthier Community One Home at a Time. The focus will be on radon and lung cancer... Secondhand smoke causes around 3,000 lung cancer deaths per year, officials said. Radon is responsible for roughly 21,000 cancer ...

Nashville Apartment Staffers Forced To Stub Out Cigarettes With Residents In Smoking Ban [AUDIO]
WPLN - January 11, 2016

The first private apartment complexes to accept the Metro Health Departments challenge to ban smoking say its going pretty well. No one has packed up and left yet. But going smoke-free has been hard for those trying to quit. Fallbrook and Riverwood Towers in Madison, both owned by Memphis-based Alco Management, implemented a curb-to-curb policy banning smoking anywhere on their premises, including outdoor common areas. That means after January 1, even staffers like Rife had to at least consider kicking the habit.

Two Apartment Communities First in Nashville to Go Smoke Free
WZTV Fox 17 (Nashville, TN) - January 6, 2016

Fallbrook Apartment Community and Riverwood Tower Apartment Community implemented the policies as part of Metro Public Health Department's Breathe Easy Campaign. In a press release, Tobacco Coordinator for Metro Public Health Department Lillian Maddox-W...

Ringing in the new year with new laws
Columbia Daily Herald - December 30, 2015

Similarly, legislation designed to prevent the use of tobacco vapor products by ... Vaping, or smoking electronic cigarettes, has become increasingly popular ... nicotine and adds them to the state's Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco Act, ...

Tennessee not doing enough stop smoking
Wgnsradio - December 28, 2015

"We know for example that Tennessee is one of the few states that has no statewide smoke-free laws, not covering restaurants or bars or even smoke-free ...

Vol State campus going tobacco-free in 2016
The Tennessean - December 1, 2015

Volunteer State Community College will become a completely tobacco and electronic-cigarette-free campus next year. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, the school will ...

E-Cigarettes Safety Questions Growing
WJBF-TV - November 27, 2015

Walland, TN (WATE) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into regulating a popular smoking alternative better known as e-cigarettes.

Megan McArdle: 'Ban smoking' means 'evict defiant smokers'
Memphis Commercial Appeal - November 19, 2015

The federal government is proposing to ban smoking in public housing - not ... There doesn't seem to be a lot of good evidence on the results of these bans, ...

Health department pushes for Nashville apartments to go smoke free
WKRN.com - November 5, 2015

Nikki Plotts told News 2 she doesn't smoke, but some of her neighbors do at her Nashville ... However, not everyone wants Nashville apartments to ban smoking.

City Board OKs beer permit
State Gazette - November 4, 2015

The beer permit for the Vape N Smoke, a convenience store located at 1755 St. John Ave., was denied a permit a year ago due to being within 150 feet of a ...

Dan McGuinness to go smoke-free, reopen as Harp & Fiddle
WKRN.com - November 2, 2015

Dan McGuinness to go smoke-free, reopen as Harp & Fiddle.

'Extraditions are a duty of the sheriff,' says Arnold
Murfreesboro Post - October 30, 2015

The trip to Seattle marks Arnold's third publicized extradition trip to a vacation destination since he took office in 2010. Not long after he was elected to his first term, the Republican sheriff traveled to pick up prisoners in San Francisco, Calif., and Alaska, spending several thousand dollars on each trip on food and accommodations. At the time, he said, "Rank has its privileges." Arnold's latest trip comes as his administration is being investigated by the FBI, TBI and Tennessee Comptroller's Office for possible official corruption involving an unauthorized contract to sell e-cigarettes to inmates at the Rutherford County jail and several other unapproved contracts. The sheriff and his wife are investors in the company called JailCigs, according to state documents. The company, which is co-owned by Administrative Chief Deputy Joe Russell and the sheriff's aunt and uncle, Judy and John Vanderveer, was selling e-cigarettes to inmates through family and friends at about $14 each until the media reported on the deal in April.

Nashville targets apartments in smoke-free campaign
The Tennessean - October 29, 2015

One smoker in a multi-unit home affects the other residents, too. That's why the Metro Public Health Department launched the Breathe Easy Nashville campaign Thursday, detailing the consequences of smoking in those multi-unit homes to property managers. Smoke can travel from their neighbors home into their own, and that secondhand smoke exposure can trigger asthma attacks and cause heart disease, strokes and cancer," Dr. Bill Paul, director of the Metro Public Health Department, said in a prepared statement ...

Nashville Wants Apartment Buildings To Go Smoke-Free
WPLN - October 29, 2015

The Metro Health Department is on an anti-smoking push. Specifically, city officials want Nashville's growing number of apartment buildings to go smoke-free.

Russell returns to Sheriff's Office
The Daily News Journal - October 28, 2015

Russell and Sheriff Robert Arnold have faced an ongoing investigation about their involvement with the sale of electronic cigarettes to families of inmates at the ...

Newbern adopts state policy concerning secondhand smoke
State Gazette - October 24, 2015

At the recent board meeting of the Newbern mayor and aldermen, a motion was approved to adopt the state of Tennessee's policy on secondhand smoking. … According to the 'Non-Smoker Protection Act', signed into law by Gov. Bredesen, smokers are already prohibited from smoking in public places with the exclusions of bars for those who are 21 years of age and up, and smoking at the workplace has been banned unless in an outside designated smoking area established by the employer. Basically, if you are in an enclosed area, you cannot smoke. Construction workers that are in the act of building homes are also not allowed to smoke in the building once walls and windows have created an enclosure. But what about smoking in your vehicle? According to Newbern's City Hall Recorder, Jason Roberts, the new state policy will restrict individuals from smoking in their vehicle unless they are the only person in their vehicle. …

Cooper: Public smoking initiative is off to a polite start
Chattanooga Times & Free Press - October 14, 2015

Since the initiative is only at the ask stage, we commend its goals and its parameters and will be delighted to breathe fresher air in more places. If it ever gets to the stage where smoking is forbidden in public areas, another look may be necessary to

Roy Exum: So Why Pick A Fight?
The Chattanoogan - October 14, 2015

On Tuesday I spied a picture that proclaimed "The Mayors Say…It is time for a Smoke-Free Community." Apparently the newest clown on our horizon has led a ...

Area mayors unite in campaign against smoking in public
Chattanooga Times & Free Press - October 13, 2015

So Coppinger and 10 other Hamilton County mayors are banding together to launch a campaign against smoking in public. And he said he will ask the area's legislative delegation to give local towns the authority to ban smoking in public parks and open spac

Snuffing Out Smoke To Become A "Smoke Free Community"
WTVC - October 12, 2015

Snuffing Out Smoke To Become A "Smoke Free Community" ... Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger to launch a major "Smoke Free Community" initiative.

RCSO Chief Deputy of Administration Joe Rusell 10-Days Without Pay
Wgnsradio - October 7, 2015

JailCigs sells electronic cigarettes to inmates. However, that firm allegedly no longer sells to those incarcerated at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.

JOHNSON: I Learned Something Today: I'm not just blowing smoke, either
Daily Beacon (University of Tennessee) - October 7, 2015

I do not see a reason why the University of Tennessee doesn't just adopt a smoke-free campus policy. Today, there are at least 1,620 smoke-free campuses in the United States, and seeing as how now the majority of the U.S. population does not smoke, ...

Fire marshal warns against smoking risks
GoVolsXtra - October 6, 2015

Charge electronic cigarettes only as directed by the manufacturer. Do not leave e-cigs unattended while charging. Clean the connections at least once a week.

Avail® Vapor Plans Further Tennessee Expansion
Satellite PR News (press release) - September 16, 2015

RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 16, 2015 /satPRnews.com/ - Avail® Vapor, a company that sells personal vaping devices and manufacturers more than 70 e-liquids, ...

Rogersville parks could become tobacco-free zones
Therogersvillereview - September 15, 2015

Mayor Jim Sells commented that a smoking ban would probably be a good idea ... adopted similar smoking bans in their own parks and public recreation areas, ...

Health Department proposes tobacco ban at Rogersville parks
Kingsport Times News - September 11, 2015

If the Rogersville Board of Mayor and Aldermen agrees to ban smoking at the city Park and Swift Park it will receive some free benches, garbage cans, and anti-smoking banners.

Vapor boom could go up in smoke
Memphis Business Journal - August 31, 2015

In Tennessee, sales of e-cigarettes and nicotine vapor to minors is not a crime, ... do not pay additional taxes or need additional business licensing as tobacco ...

After complaints, Ascend Amphitheater to change smoking policy
WMC Action News 5 - August 18, 2015

Complaints about the smoking policy at the new Ascend Amphitheater in ... The department wanted to ban smoking at the amphitheater but discovered they ...

Ethics Committee gets $5396 legal bill on sheriff's case
The Daily News Journal - August 13, 2015

... who provided service for a committee examining the sheriff's involvement with the sale of electronic cigarettes to inmates, Rutherford County Finance Director ...

Russell promotes e-cig company as FMLA application processes
Murfreesboro Post - July 29, 2015

based JailCigs, which was selling e-cigs to jail inmates here through family and friends. The sheriff, whose aunt and uncle are co-owners of the company as well ...

Pictures show Rutherford Co. deputy promoting company while on ...
WSMV Nashville - July 28, 2015

"So while we're paying Mr. Russell for the duties that he's not performing, he is promoting, again, the sale of electronic cigarettes. That's extraordinarily ...

LMU going tobacco free
Middlesboro Daily News - July 28, 2015

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will launch a Tobacco-Free Campus policy on Aug. 1, at which time the use of tobacco will be prohibited on LMU property....

Midtown's Celtic Crossing to get makeover
Memphis Business Journal - June 11, 2015

Also, when Celtic reopens, the interior will change to smoke-free. Earlier this spring, we conducted a 10-question survey available to all of our patrons over a three-week period related to their dining habits in relation to smoking preferences, said DJ Naylor, Celtic Crossing owner, in a release. Nearly 95 percent of responses were in favor of Celtic becoming a smoke-free environment. Smoking will be permitted on the porch and exterior seating areas.

Ethics panel wants details on whether county attorney approved sheriff's e-cigarette sales to inmates
Murfreesboro Post - May 28, 2015

The Rutherford County Ethics Committee wants to know whether the county attorney gave Sheriff Robert Arnold approval to sign a contract with JailCigs to sell e-cigarettes to jail inmates. Either Arnold received the go-ahead from the county attorney's office to sign a JailCigs contract, as he said in media reports, or the county attorney told him not to ink the deal, Ethics Committee member Brad Turner said Thursday. "Somebody's not telling the truth," said Turner, a Rutherford County commissioner from Smyrna, who contended such a move without the County Commission's approval would be a clear ethical violation.

Sullivan health department launches anti-smoking campaign
Kingsport Times-News - May 28, 2015

Sullivan County health officials are targeting middle school youth countywide with an anti-smoking, pro-health campaign. The #UNSMOKEABLE campaign kicked off May 15 with the distribution of about 4,600 backpacks with information and incentives to all ...

Dollywood strong on rides, short on musical performances
Houma Courier - May 27, 2015

I tend to lump together traditional smoking with its replacement, e-cigs, ... I've run across bans on both, except in designated "smoking areas" and "vaping areas," ...

Money is needed to help Tennesseans kick the habit
Johnson City Press (subscription) - May 26, 2015

... to be gained from the markup hike will be going to help Tennesseans stop smoking. ... that 1,000 Tennesseans die annually as a result of secondhand smoke.

FBI, TBI search Rutherford Co. Sheriff's Office, sheriff's house
FOX6 WBRC - MyFoxAL.com - May 21, 2015

The Channel 4 I-Team first revealed allegations that Arnold and Russell have personal stakes in JailCigs, which sells electronic cigarettes to inmates.

What happens if sheriff vacates post?
The Daily News Journal - May 21, 2015

... and state agents were executing search warrants at Arnold's home and office pertaining to issues that include the sale of electronic cigarettes to inmates.

FBI, TBI raid Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, Arnold's home
Murfreesboro Post - May 21, 2015

All of the locations have links to the unapproved sale of e-cigarettes to jail inmates here over nearly a year and a half. Federal and state agents posted crime ...

Dyer County campaign against secondhand smoke
WREG-TV (Memphis, TN) - May 20, 2015

This one focused on smokers who "light up" with children in their car. The Dyer County Health Department campaign, funded through a Tobacco Settlement Grant, is scheduled to run through May 2016. The Health Department's unique approach was definitely ...

Bradley jail cleared to sell e-cigarettes to inmates
Chattanooga Times Free Press - May 20, 2015

The Bradley County Sheriff's Office has received the green light to stock electronic cigarettes in the jail commissary. The Bradley County Commission voted 11-2 ...

E-cigs added to Maury Co. smoking policy
Columbia Daily Herald - May 18, 2015

The Maury County Commission amended its smoking policy to include ... push to reinforce its smoke-free campus policy, including banning e-cigarettes.

Bradley County Commissioners To Study Modifying Firefighters Pay ...
The Chattanoogan - May 18, 2015

The commission agreed to allow the sheriff's office to begin selling E-cigarettes to prisoners on grounds they would help calm down inmates and also be a ...

County hires attorney for Ethics Committee
The Daily News Journal - May 15, 2015

MURFREESBORO The Ethics Committee investigating a complaint about Sheriff Robert Arnold pertaining to electronic cigarettes sold to inmates will hire ...

Sheriff's Office captain placed on paid leave
The Daily News Journal - May 13, 2015

Capt. John Frost was placed on administrative leave with pay, spokeswoman Lisa Marchesoni said. It was unclear Tuesday what Frost is being investigated for. The Rutherford County Ethics Committee is examining a complaint about the sheriff and his office and recently requested that District Attorney Jennings Jones investigate whether involvement with contracts with a snack and electronic cigarette vendor violated state law or local government regulations.

Sheriff's IT captain placed on administrative leave with pay
Murfreesboro Post - May 12, 2015

It was suspended almost immediately, though a subsequent shipment was handed out to inmates since they'd paid for the e-cigs already. Arnold, a Republican ...

Sheriff's Office rehired employees who earlier resigned
Murfreesboro Post - May 11, 2015

Their company had an exclusive deal to sell e-cigarettes to inmates at the county jail for $12.95 each. Arnold and his wife, Megan, listed JailCigs income on a ...

Sheriff exempts top supervisors from time sheets
The Daily News Journal - May 6, 2015

In addition to his involvement with the sale of electronic cigarettes, Russell became a licensed affiliated real estate broker June 3, 2014, after completing five ...

Ethics committee seeks attorney on Arnold complaint
The Daily News Journal - May 5, 2015

... Arnold and others at the sheriff's office violated state laws and county regulations pertaining to contracts, such as the sale of electronic cigarettes to inmates.

Sheriff arrives late, barely comments on way out
Murfreesboro Post - April 28, 2015

The company was selling e-cigarettes for $12.95 each to inmates at the county jail without a county-approved contract, and officials turned up four other ...

Commissioners recommend giving sheriff 5 more positions
The Daily News Journal - April 28, 2015

The Sheriffs Office will receive four more patrol deputies, 38 Ford Explorers and a dispatcher if the Rutherford County Commission Public Safety Committees Monday night recommendation meets with final approval. Commissioners at Mondays budget meeting avoided discussing anything pertaining to Sheriff Robert Arnold facing an investigation about whether he or others in his office broke the law or county regulations pertaining to contracts, including the sale of electronic cigarettes to inmates.

Ethics Committee Votes To Hire Lawyer For Sheriff Arnold Investigation
Wgnsradio - April 24, 2015

At Thursday (4/23/2015) night's meeting of the Rutherford County Ethics Committee, its five members voted unanimously to seek approval to hire an attorney to advise them on actions to take in the Sheriff Robert Arnold' JailCigs investigation.

E-cigs company buys garment bags for Rutherford County Jail
WSMV Nashville - April 22, 2015

Jails need all kinds of supplies people wouldn't normally think of, including garment bags, where inmates' belongings can be locked up while they're ...

JailCigs co-owner bought prison bags for inmates without county ...
Murfreesboro Post - April 22, 2015

MURFREESBORO - Sheriff Robert Arnold's uncle, the co-owner of an e-cigarette company selling smokes to county inmates, bought nearly $8,000 worth of ...

County employees unhappy with surcharge
Herald & Tribune - April 22, 2015

Employees who use tobacco or cover a dependent who uses any form of tobacco or e-cigarettes will pay a total of $25 more per month. Employees who ...

Residents seek ouster suit against Sheriff Arnold
The Daily News Journal - April 21, 2015

The action is in response to reports that JailCigs, partially owned by Arnold's relatives and a chief deputy, had the contract to sell electric cigarettes to inmates at ...

Citizens group, county commissioner call for Arnold's resignation
Murfreesboro Post - April 18, 2015

mid investigations by the TBI and Comptroller's Office into Sheriff Robert Arnold's administration, a group of Rutherford County residents and a county commissioner are calling for his resignation or ouster. Murfreesboro residents Steve Lane, Joe Liggett and Jacob Bogle filed an ethics complaint last week with the Rutherford County Ethics Committee charging Arnold has a conflict of interest over connections to an e-cigarette company and other questionable financial dealings at the county jail.

Ethics complaint filed against sheriff; commissioner calls for Arnold's ...
Murfreesboro Post - April 17, 2015

A group of Rutherford County residents officially filed an ethics complaint today questioning Sheriff Robert Arnold's connections to an e-cigarette company and other questionable financial dealings at the county jail, and a county commissioner is calling for him to step down. ...

Records show sheriff's major used office heavily to run private business
Murfreesboro Post - April 17, 2015

Rutherford County Sheriff's Detective Maj. Bill Sharp sent dozens of emails to and from his sheriff's office account for a year and a half to operate a private training and consulting company -- many of them for sheriff's-sponsored events. ...

County Commissioners Comment on Sheriff Arnold Allegations
Wgnsradio - April 17, 2015

JailCigs sells electronic cigarettes to one of the largest jails in the state, which just happens to be the one sheriff Arnold is in charge of. The company is owned by ...

Rutherford County mayor speaks out about controversy surrounding sheriff [VIDEO]
WKRN.com - April 16, 2015

Theres more bad news for the embattled sheriff of Rutherford County. On Wednesday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed that it was investigating Sheriff Robert Arnold for the sale of e-cigarettes to prisoners in his jail. Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess is now calling Arnolds operation a conflict of interest.

Vol State named healthier Tennessee workplace
Lebanon Democrat - April 16, 2015

Campus-wide walking programs, a fitness center, a tobacco-free campus and access to filtered water are just a few of the reasons that Volunteer State ...

TBI investigating Middle Tennessee sheriff for e-cigarette sales in jail
Johnson City Press (subscription) - April 16, 2015

MURFREESBORO - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into connections between Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold and his family ...

Records show sheriff's major used office heavily to run private ...
Murfreesboro Post - April 15, 2015

...based company selling e-cigarettes to county jail inmates. Asked how Sharp could manage his job with supervisory duties as a detective major and spend this ...

Sheriff's Office suspends partnership with Georgia e-cigarette company
Murfreesboro News-Journal - April 13, 2015

Rutherford County Sheriff's Office has suspended business operations with a Georgia-based electronic cigarette retailer, according to a RCSO spokeswoman. As of Tuesday, the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office suspended JailCigs from conducting business wi

JailCigs suspended as vendor at Rutherford, Tennessee jails
Murfreesboro Post - April 13, 2015

E-cigs are a growing trend in jails across the country because they are believed to help ease inmates' nerves as they kick the smoking habit. The Rutherford ...

County jail follows set procedure with JailCigs
Murfreesboro Post - April 11, 2015

Standard operating procedure for e-cigarettes notifies inmates: "Orders are to be placed online atwww.jailcigs.com by relatives or friends," according to a document obtained by The Post. It also lets them know up to four e-cigarettes will be issued at a time for four returned or used e-cigarettes. The e-cigs cost $12.95, according to JailCigs website. ... Sheriff Robert Arnold lists JailCigs as an investment and source of income on a statement filed with the Tennessee Ethics Commission in January disclosing his financial interests. He also lists his wife, Megan, as holding investments in JailCigs on the document, the signing of which was witnessed by Chief Deputy Randy Garrett, second in command at the office. JailCigs operated a booth last week at the Florida Sheriffs' Association Leadership Conference in Orlando at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate, according to the event's website.

Our View: Sheriff should end business ties with jail
The Daily News Journal - April 11, 2015

Sheriff Robert Arnold and Joe Russell, chief deputy of administration, should take immediate action to divest themselves of any interest in companies that do business with the county jail or the inmates there. ...

Arnold, deputy tied to another jail vendor
The Daily News Journal - April 9, 2015

MURFREESBORO Sheriff Robert Arnold and one of his deputies are tied to another company out of Georgia that makes sales to Rutherford County inmates, according to Georgia records. According to records from the State of Georgia, members of Sheriff Robert Arnold's family and Joe Russell, the RCSO chief deputy of administration, are tied to a company called JailSnacks.

Rutherford inmates receive instructions to purchase JailCigs
Murfreesboro Post - April 9, 2015

E-cigs lost or stolen could lead to a pod "shakedown" and loss of e-cig privileges for all inmates in that section of the jail. Arguments, fights and disruptions ove

Burgess "very concerned" about sheriff's connection to JailCigs
Murfreesboro Post - April 9, 2015

The Rutherford County jail does not allow inmates to use tobacco, but it sells e-cigarettes to inmates by mail order to help them stop smoking and ease their ...

Vol State named Healthier Tennessee Workplace
The Tennessean - April 9, 2015

Campus-wide walking programs, a fitness center, a tobacco-free campus and access to filtered water are just a few of the reasons Vol State earned the honor.

Sheriff's family, deputy tied to company selling e-cigs to jail
WSMV-TV NBC-4 (Nashville, TN) - April 7, 2015

Channel 4 has learned that the Rutherford County sheriff's family members own a company that sells e-cigarettes to the county jail.... Inmates in the Rutherford County Jail are allowed to mail order e-cigarettes from a company called JailCigs.

Sheriff, family, chief administrator connected to JailCigs
Murfreesboro Post - April 7, 2015

MURFREESBORO - Sheriff Robert Arnold, family members and his chief administrator hold connections with a company selling e-cigarettes jail inmates, ...

CASEY: I don't want to smell or see your butts
Johnson City Press - March 26, 2015

I'm not sure how it came about, but apparently, smokers are under the impression that their cigarettes are completely natural. Paper surrounding the tobacco comes from trees, the tobacco is farmed from the ground just like the filter which …

Tobacco pact funds earmarked for local prevention programs
Knoxville (TN) News-Sentinel - December 3, 2014

Knox County will get to spend $327,041 per year on tobacco use prevention. But that's a fraction of the money it could save, said Michael Thomas, program manager with Knox County Health Department. "Based on 2011 data, if we reduced the number of ...

Local Health Council reviews e-cigarette risks
Cleveland Daily Banner - November 30, 2014

The Bradley County Health Council reviewed a PowerPoint presentation on e-cigarettes created by the Tennessee Department of Health at a recent meeting.

Aiming To Be Tobacco-Free
Greeneville Sun - November 26, 2014

"If the legislature wouldn't be so rigid with everything, then maybe Tennessee could be more smoke free," Reynolds said. "Where is the freedom of being a slave ...

Hamilton County Regional Health Council Continues To Advance ...
The Chattanoogan - November 20, 2014

According to the Surgeon General, smoking remains the single largest cause of ... to eliminate pregnancy smoking, reduce second and thirdhand smoke ...

Sullivan Anti-Drug Coalition weighs medical marijuana stance
TriCities.com - November 14, 2014

The main focus of the coalition's nicotine prevention group, she said, is to figure out how to implement outdoor smoke-free areas for families. Twenty smoke-free ...

Study: Tennessee among worst states in fighting lung cancer
The Daily News Journal - November 12, 2014

... have implemented measures, such as Tennessee's smoking bans in restaurants and bars and Middle Tennessee State University's campus-wide tobacco ban ...

Anderson County partners come together to celebrate tobacco prevention
Oak Ridge Today - Nov 1, 2014

Representatives from across the county attended the reception, where they received their new Let's be tobacco-free park signs. More than 300 signs will be ...

Local billboards targeting secondhand smoke
News 12 Chattanooga, TN - October 28, 2014

Both Hamilton County and state health officials have launch an anti-tobacco campaign aimed at educating the public about the effects of secondhand smoke on children. The campaign involves the use of large billboards that are being placed throughout South

More information about the newest trend of electronic cigarettes
TriCities.com - October 15, 2014

I mentioned in last week's article that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are gaining in popularity, especially among our young people. It's an exploding ...

Memphis Vaping Community Fights E-Cig Regulations
Memphis Flyer - October 9, 2014

Some regulation, such as a ban to sell to anyone under 18, is welcomed by users. ... cigarettes or how their health has improved by vaping instead of smoking.

Controversial Lebanon hookah bar closes its doors
Lebanon Daily News - October 8, 2014

But at night the business transformed into a hookah bar where patrons paid to smoke flavored tobacco, called shisha, from a water pipe. During the summer the ...

Beer sales in theaters proposal fails
TriCities.com - October 7, 2014

BRISTOL, Tenn. - An amendment to permit beer sales in movie theaters failed Tuesday night, while an ordinance to ban smoking of electronic cigarettes at ...

Smoking ban in public housing saves millions of dollars
WSMV Nashville - October 7, 2014

"Already, over 500 public housing agencies have adopted some form of a smoke free policy, protecting approximately 200,000 families," Matthew Ammon with ...

Sullivan County parent criticizes school facilities study process
Kingsport Times News - October 6, 2014

In addition, the board approved third and final reading of a revamped tobacco policy that applies the system's tobacco ban to electronic cigarettes, and through ...

Sullivan County board member wants 'just cause' added to policy
Kingsport Times News - October 6, 2014

Other policies up for third and final reading include a change in the tobacco policy. The change adds e-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes which use scented or flavored water vapor containing nicotine to the list of tobacco-related items banned in stadiums, gyms and indoor areas of schools.

Bristol, Tenn. City Council considering e-cigarette ban
WCYB - September 30, 2014

Bristol, Tennessee leaders are considering a law to prevent people from using electronic cigarettes in city buildings. The city council will be looking at a revised ordinance of the city's current smoking policy which says you cannot use cigarettes, cigars, or pipes inside city buildings. The new version will include e-cigarettes.

Longtime health promoter Michael Holtz joins Knox County Health Department
Knoxville daily sun - September 22, 2014

KNOXVILLE - The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has a new director of community assessment and health promotion. Michael Holtz, APR, has been hired to replace Dr. Kathleen Brown, who recently accepted a position with the University of Tennessees Department of Public Health. Holtz comes to KCHD after 12 years with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the American Cancer Society. His work included smoke-free workplace laws, preservation of funding for cancer screening programs, reducing youth access to indoor tanning devices and ...

Bristol Tennessee City Council sets vote on beer sales at theaters
TriCities.com - September 17, 2014

Next month, the council will also consider banning electronic cigarettes on city-owned and leased properties. The city currently only bans smoking cigarettes.

Smoke-Free Policy Enforcement Approved by SGA Senate
Sidelines Online (subscription) - September 12, 2014

MTSU gets money for having a tobacco-free campus, and I think that we should honor that by abiding by the rules, said Benne. Bogle said he first had the idea ...

BROWN: E-cigarettes need strong regulation
The Tennessean - September 9, 2014

The American Heart Association recently issued new policy recommendations on the use of electronic cigarettes and their impact on tobacco control efforts. Based on the current evidence, our position is that e-cigarettes containing nicotine are tobacco...

Sullivan BOE OKs revamped tobacco-free school policy
Kingsport Times News - September 3, 2014

It then turned out that a policy banning smoking on any school grounds was not ... boards to ban system employees from smoking anywhere on school grounds ...

Local vapor shops speak out about potential regulation of e-cigs
WBIR-TV - September 3, 2014

(WBIR-Knox County) It was about a month ago when a review from the Addiction Journal was published, saying the potential benefits of electronic cigarettes ...

Sullivan County BOE eyes e-cigarette ban
Kingsport Times News - August 29, 2014

BLOUNTVILLE Sullivan County's school board won't be approving a school campus tobacco policy change on third and final reading at its regular meeting Tuesday. But the policy change is up for a second reading, so the wheels are in motion to change the policy to add electronic cigarettes to the ban on regular tobacco cigarettes, with a final vote set for Oct. 6. ...

E-vapor cigs banned at school sporting events
Therogersvillereview - August 20, 2014

... to adopt a policy amendment banning "vapor-type" devices in outdoor seating areas ... Some members favored a complete ban of all tobacco and nicotine products, ... boards amend their smoking policies to include the newer "e-vapor" products. ... even though school policy bans the use of tobacco, period, on campuses.

Cumberland takes center stage
Lebanon Democrat - August 20, 2014

In more routine business, council voted to change the Square's zoning to ... while adding tobacco or nicotine stores, cash advance services and tattoo services to ...

City to consider Square uses
Lebanon Democrat - August 19, 2014

The council plans to consider a measure to change the Square's zoning to remove package stores from allowed businesses while adding tobacco or nicotine ...

'Vaping' now banned in some Washington County buildings
WCYB - July 29, 2014

County mayor Dan Eldridge tells News 5 that the commission voted to ban e-cigs and vapor products at any public buildings of Washington County. He says ...

Stumble's Public House: Where steaks and cigarettes still mingle
Pitch Weekly - July 24, 2014

If you don't mind looking at your plate through a mist of tobacco smoke and ... where proposed smoking ordinances to ban smoking have been trounced by the ...

Proponents, health professionals differ on use of e-cigarettes
The Standard Banner - July 24, 2014

Vaporizers, or e-cigarettes, are becoming more popular, and people can be seen “vaping” instead of smoking all around Jefferson County. While it seems that ...

Tobacco grant geared toward improving children’s health
Jonesborough (TN) Herald & Tribune - July 22, 2014

...a new program to raise awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke in families is already having a positive impact. Made possible by a grant of almost $250,000 from the Tennessee Department of Health, the Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure...

Commission may add vapor products to tobacco restrictions
Herald & Tribune - July 15, 2014

The policy banning tobacco use and smoking in buildings owned and leased by Washington County may soon include electronic cigarettes. At the request of ...

Robertson County school district bans E-cigarettes
The Tennessean - July 15, 2014

The Robertson County Board of Education has banned the use of electronic ... The devices, commonly known as E-cigs, allow users to simulate smoking by ... The board unanimously approved updating school policy's banning student use ...

Hawkins BOE member wants tobacco free policy strictly enforced at games
Kingsport Times News July 13, 2014

ROGERSVILLE - An amendment to the Hawkins County Board of Education's "Tobacco Free Schools" policy banning "vapors" used as tobacco substitutes was withdrawn from consideration Thursday for further study.

E-Cigarette business moving too fast for regulations
Knoxville News Sentinel - July 6, 2014

E-cigs are no better than regular cancer sticks, just slightly less unhealthy but still disgusting. E-cig smoker. Just because people around you tolerate it does not ...

Motlow campuses implement policy against smoking
The Daily News Journal - July 3, 2014

In late May, the Moore County-based college announced it would restrict the use of all forms of tobacco products, even smokeless electronic cigarettes, beginning July 1. The policy does allow the use of tobacco products in private vehicles. Motlow also has campuses in sites in Fayetteville, McMinnville, and as of fall 2013, the colleges enrollment was 4,900, according to data from the Tennessee Board of Regents.

East Ridge Voters To Decide On 17 City Charter Changes; E ...
The Chattanoogan - June 27, 2014

The ban of Electronic-cigarettes from the inside of buildings that are owned or leased by the city passed on second and final reading. A violation of this ban ...

Lebanon schools adopt new pay plan
Lebanon Democrat - June 25, 2014

Other items approved by the board included budget amendments for 2013-14; the federal programs budget for 2014-15; adding electronic cigarettes to the boards policy on tobacco-free schools; adoption of the look-back measurement under the Affordable Care Act; and requesting bids for furniture for the addition at Winfree Bryant Middle School.

Motlow joins campuses that ban tobacco
The Daily News Journal - June 19, 2014

In less than two weeks, all Motlow College campuses will become tobacco- and smoke-free. Last month, college officials adopted a policy restricting the use of all forms of tobacco products, even smokeless electronic cigarettes, beginning July 1. The policy does allow the use of tobacco products in private vehicles.

East Ridge votes to ban e-cigarettes in city buildings
WRCB-TV - June 13, 2014

East Ridge is one step closer to prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes inside its publicly-owned buildings. In a unanimous vote at its Thursday meeting, the City Council approved an ordinance on first reading that would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in city-owned or leased buildings. Currently, no rule prohibits the use of nicotine vaporizers in city buildings.

Tennessee issues Public Health Advisory on electronic cigarettes
Wgnsradio - June 11, 2014

Visitors to Tennessee Department of Health facilities across the state will see a prominently-displayed public health advisory on electronic cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems. The advisory, originally posted to the TDH website earlier this year, cautions about using the devices or being exposed to secondhand emissions…

Skillern Gives $50000 Of Discretionary Funds To Soddy Daisy For ...
The Chattanoogan - June 6, 2014

In her report, the mayor said she had been getting a lot of questions about E-cigarettes being used inside city-owned buildings. She said the vapor is offensive to ...

Former U.S. Rep. Hilleary endorses Tracy for Congress
The Daily News Journal - June 5, 2014

Among Tracy's legislation includes a law that requires restaurants to either be smoke-free or allow smokers and only allow patrons aged 21 and up to be present ...

State fair operator in line for five-year deal
The Tennessean – June 2, 2014

Byrd said the board also made an important decision last month when it voted to ban e-cigarettes at the fairgrounds. Tobacco cigarettes already were banned ...

Dress code policy gets tweaks
Crossville Chronicle - June 2, 2014

The tobacco-free schools policy now bans e-cigarettes, along with tobacco products. The compulsory attendance policy was amended to reflect changes ...

E-Cigs included in new "No Smoking Policy" at Motlow in Smyrna
Wgnsradio - June 1, 2014

All Motlow College campuses will become “tobacco-free / no-smoking” beginning July 1, 2014, college officials recently announced. Motlow has campuses in ...

Smoke-Free Knoxville to hold recruitment event
Knoxville Daily Sun – May 31, 2014

2 days ago - KNOXVILLE — Smoke-Free Knoxville is holding a membership recruitment event on Friday, June 6 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Knox County

Cambridge Square Welcomes New Cigar, Spirits, And Savories ...
The Chattanoogan - May 29, 2014

The space will also be equipped with a state-of-the-art ventilation system to allow non-smokers to enjoy the space without feeling overwhemed by the cigar ...

Motlow College to become tobacco-free July 1
Tullahoma News and Guardian - May 29, 2014

... products including, but not limited to, cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco and snuff, as well as smokeless electronic cigarettes and other similar devices.

County focused on three key issues
Cleveland Daily Banner - May 28, 2014

... use of tobacco products, and the use of vapor products, including but not limited to electronic cigarettes in all buildings owned and leased by Bradley County.”

The economy, e-cigarettes and local business policies
Nooga.com - May 28, 2014

Local restaurateur Dimitris Agrafiotis, a vaping advocate who has started a nonprofit to educate people about the benefits of e-cigarettes, said that businesses might benefit if employees switched from traditional cigarettes to the electronic version. "If people are getting off cigarettes and not getting cancer, [they are] not going to be overloading the health system," he said. But not all local company leaders are convinced.

To vape or not to vape? Locals debate e-cigarettes
Nooga.com - May 27, 2014

In February, the Tennessee Department of Health issued a public health advisory on electronic cigarettes and listed nine bullets of information that users should ...

Commission clears the air
Cleveland Daily Banner - May 22, 2014

“East Ridge is a city charter and [as such has] the ability to pass ordinances and bans,” Lowe said. “This Commission hasn't passed a ban in its history and ...

E-cigarette vendors voice prohibition concerns to Bradley Co. commissioners
WRCB-TV - May 20, 2014

Last week, County Commissioner Charlotte Peak-Jones announced plans to consider banning the use of e-cigarettes in county government buildings.

Bradley County eyes crackdown on vaping, e-cigarettes
Chattanooga Times Free Press - May 19, 2014

CLEVELAND, Tenn. The Bradley County Commission is preparing to consider imposing restrictions on the smoking of e-cigarettes on county properties where tobacco use now is prohibited.

Local restaurants debate electronic cigarettes [VIDEO]
WBIR-TV - May 13, 2014

Both Blount and Cumberland County schools are banning e-cigarettes, but there are also talks of banning them at restaurants. Restaurant owners and managers said similar things; it's good people are quitting cigarettes, but it's hard to ban them without any regulation. They say there is a tipping point with the devices.

Local doctor weighs in on e-cigarette debate [VIDEO]
WRCB-TV - May 12, 2014

JASPER, TN (WRCB) - A local community wants e-cigarettes banned anywhere tobacco is banned. Next month the East Ridge City Council will discuss whether e-cigarette smokers have to follow the same "no smoking" rules as everyone else...

Blount bars e-cigarettes in schools
The Daily Times - May 12, 2014

Blount County Schools has prohibited the use of electronic cigarettes on its buses and campuses. During Thursday's meeting, Blount County Board of Education ...

Councilman Proposes E-Cig Ban in City Buildings
WTVC - May 11, 2014

"If they take electronic cigarettes out of the equation as well then that's no rights at all for anyone with a nicotine addiction." Councilman Gravitt also explains ...

Fresh and Fit: Let's talk about e-cigarettes
Nooga.com - May 11, 2014

Over the past few months, I've noticed that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes, e-cigs, personal vaporizers, etc.) have become all the rage in Chattanooga.

Rutherford, Sumner, other jails allow e-cigarettes
The Tennessean - May 5, 2014

Jails in Tennessee including Sumner and Rutherford counties are allowing inmates to smoke electronic cigarettes behind bars to help pacify what can be a rowdy population, but also as a revenue source. These disposable e-cigarettes, which usually cost the inmates between $9 and $15 each, contain no tobacco but instead use a low-voltage battery to deliver the key chemical in cigarettes, nicotine, while emitting only water vapor.

E-cigs could be banned from Shelby County buildings
Memphis Commercial Appeal - April 27, 2014

CreateACig employee Troy Waterman advertises the store's wares on the sidewalk last December. Users of e-cigarettes, or vaporizers, can satisfy their nicotine ...

Lawmaker pushes for tougher e-cigarette regulations
WMC-TV - April 27, 2014

E-cigarettes cannot be sold to anyone under 18 in Tennessee, but Basar wants .... these folks from some of their deceptive advertising practices," added Basar.

County gets $36K in tobacco funds
Shelbyville (TN) Times-Gazette - April 24, 2014

Bedford County Health Department has received $36,611 from the state's tobacco settlement money to help reduce preschoolers' exposure to second-hand smoke. Dr. David Reagan, chief medical officer for Tennessee Department of Health, made the presentation ...

New Shop Aims To Help Smokers Become 'Vapers'
Greeneville Sun - April 24, 2014

Jonathan Pitt, owner of Greeneville Vapor Shop and Lounge, stands in his East Bernard Avenue business. Various types of electronic cigarettes are shown in ...

E-cigs will be included in new school tobacco policy [VIDEO]
WBIR-TV - April 23, 2014

Cumberland County High School said e-cigarettes have been a growing problem for them this year. The device heats up a liquid to give off vapor instead of ...

Policy looks at e-cig use
Crossville Chronicle - April 21, 2014

Also, while some e-cigarettes deliver vaporized nicotine, others have no nicotine ... Claflin noted that possession of alcohol by a minor was a criminal offense.

Organization makes cents
Daily Helmsman - April 17, 2014

“It'll be a chill spot that will be a smoke-free bench, since most the benches are designated smoke areas now.” According to Brandon, the proposed tree and ...

Mobile devices allowed at schools 'within reason'
Shelbyville Times-Gazette - April 17, 2014

The board also modified its Tobacco Free Schools policy to also ban electronic cigarettes and personal vaporizers. Rutherford County and Murfreesboro schools ...

Nipping electric cigarettes in the bud
Advocateanddemocrat - April 16, 2014

MADISONVILLE-The use of smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes has been rising rapidly and is now becoming an issue in school systems across the ...

Anderson County receives $64600 in funding to reduce tobacco use
Oak Ridge Today - April 16, 2014

CLINTON- Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner visited the Anderson County Health Department on Friday to present $64,600 in funding as part of the Tennessee Tobacco Settlement Program.

Gold Strike to hold job fair on Thursday
Memphis Commercial Appeal - April 15, 2014

However, smoking will continue to be allowed in other areas of the casino. ... the casinos still operate, and must keep resumes on file to fill vacancies as they ...

E-cigarette stores opening in Knoxville
Knoxville daily sun - April 13, 2014

All of our retail associates are trained in how to use and maintain e-cigs and accessories, he said. Our staff is always prepared to demonstrate the technology ...

East TN jails say e-cigarettes help keep order
WRCB-TV April 6, 2014

At least two East Tennessee jails have started allowing inmates to smoke electronic cigarettes, saying they cut down on disturbances and a contraband trade in regular cigarettes.

E-cigarette sales to boost revenues at county jail
Elk Valley Times - April 2, 2014

Revenue generated by selling the e-cigarettes will be earmarked for the sheriff's department and jail budgets and used at the sheriff's discretion, as long it's not ...

E-cigs offer loophole to Tech's nonsmoking policy
Tennessee Tech Oracle - March 27, 2014

Smoking cigarettes has become more taboo than trendy, and the habit is rather expensive to keep up. Tech passed a campus rule in 2010 stating that tobacco ...

Health, taxation concerns envelop fast-growing e-cigarette industry
Chattanooga Times Free Press - March 25, 2014

...As of January, 108 municipalities and three states included e-cigarettes as products that are prohibited from use in smoke-free environments, according to the nonprofit Americans for Non-smokers Rights. ...

Main Street lighting debated in Pleasant View
The Tennessean - March 20, 2014

A resolution to adopt a new personnel policy for the town with regard to tobacco use was also approved, with e-cigarettes added in by the city attorney. ...

Act locally to stop tobacco use by kids
The Tennessean - March 19, 2014

We need to have more smoke free places, and we need to prevent tobacco addiction for people who are more likely to start and less likely to quit. Even though ...

Smoking still a real concern
The Tennessean - March 19, 2014

Although e-cigarettes carry a risk of nicotine addiction, many states do not restrict their sale to minors. A recent study found that the use of e-cigarettes doubled ...

Gold Strike Casino debuts smoke-free gaming floor
Memphis Commercial Appeal - March 13, 2014

GSC is converting its second floor gaming space to a smoke-free area. ... appease its current gamers and win new ones, Gold Strike Casino is going smoke-free.

Riverbend should follow CVS Caremark's example in recent tobacco ...
Nooga.com - March 10, 2014

Good for CVS Caremark! They will stop selling the No. 1 preventable cause of death: cigarettes. Its a smart move. Smoking is in great decline. The risks of exposure to secondhand smoke (yes, even outdoors) are known. Every exposure causes some harm. But changing community "norms" is difficult. Isnt it time for corporate sponsors of Riverbend and health-concerned board members to speak up and make the festival healthier for nonsmoking attendees (80 percent of the total)? Officials have been saying "were ahead" and "making progress," while little has changed. Limiting smoking to designated areas away from the public is not too much to ask of smokers....

Questions linger over e-cigarettes
The Tennessean - March 6, 2014

If you want to use e-cigarettes at Vanderbilt University these days, you'll need to go to a designated smoking area. Last month, the second-largest private ...

Safety of e-cigarettes needs to be studied more
Johnson City Press (subscription) - February 17, 2014

Perhaps Tennessee lawmakers should follow the lead of their counterparts in Ohio, who are moving passage of legislation to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of those under age 18. Tennessee legislators should also look to clarify the statewide public smoking ban by specifically including e-cigs in the measure...

State Health Department issues advisory for e-cigarettes
WATE-TV - February 14, 2014

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Department of Health is warning the public about the possible dangers of e-cigarettes. This week officials issued a public ...

Tenn. Health Department issues warning on e-cigarettes
WBIR-TV - February 11, 2014

A new device is getting a new public health warning. The Tennessee Department of Health issued a health advisory Tuesday on electronic cigarettes.

CVS Stores Closing Doors to Tobacco Products; Local Impact on Farmers--Mikayla Lewis
WZTV Fox 17 (Nashville, TN) - February 6, 2014

Corbin has continued to farm tobacco after three generations in his family in Robertson County. Corbin says the number of tobacco farmers dropped after the tobacco buyout nearly a decade ago. He says CVS's decision should not impact his business directly.

University's tobacco ban expanded
easttennessean.com (subscription) - February 2, 2014

East Tennessee State Universitys no-smoking policy now prohibits the use of any form of tobacco, any other substances that are lit and smoked, and the use of electronic cigarettes or similar devices which simulate smoking. Until fall 2013, the ETSU tobacco-free policy was plagued by non-compliance and inadequate enforcement, said Hadii Mamudu, assistant professor of public health and a member of ETSUs Tobacco Policy Research Program Project Team. Therefore, to ensure smooth implementation of the policy and to pre-empt problems in dealing with the use of other tobacco products and [e-cigarettes] in the future, it became prudent to expand the policy to include all smoked, smokeless and lit tobacco products. Tobacco-free policies, like ETSUs, are not unusual for other college and university campuses. Many schools are striving to establish and enforce smoking bans...

Safety Of E-Cigs Still Up For Debate
wreg.com - January 30, 2014

“There are a proportion of the teenage population that are not trying e-cigs as an alternative to tobacco because they are addicted and trying something else, but ...

In rural jails, e-cigarettes are a calming vapor
NewsOK.com - January 24, 2014

LAFAYETTE, Tenn. As city governments and schools across the country move to ban or restrict the use of electronic cigarettes, one place increasingly ...

E-Cigarettes May Be Allowed at Lauderdale County Jail
Shoals Insider - December 16, 2013

Wayne County TN Sheriff Ric Wilson said his department started their own e-cig program about a month and a half ago, and so far he said they haven't had any ...

More Knoxville bars going smoke free
WATE-TV - December 2, 2013

KNOXVILLE (WATE) The list of bars where you can't smoke is getting longer. Bailey's Sports Grille announced that they'll be going smoke free on January 1st.

heriff introduces the use of electronic cigarettes for inmates
The Tomahawk - November 6, 2013

At the Johnson County Jail, smoking has gone smokeless. Beginning in early August, Sheriff Mike Reece instituted the use of electronic cigarettes within the jail.

Bars, stores cater to e-cigarette army
Nashville Ledger newspaper - October 31, 2013

With online sales booming and brick-and-mortar e-cigarette retail stores popping up in Middle Tennessee, Russell Cunningham wanted a slice of the business - despite never vaping or smoking.

What's next for e-cigarette fans FDA regulation or business boom?
Nashville Ledger newspaper - October 31, 2013

Beaming blue lights in the midst of odorless vapors are setting a smokeless firestorm amongst lawmakers, health officials and the advocates for electronic cigarettes.

Unicoi sheriff proposes selling e-cigarettes to inmates at jail
Johnson City Press (subscription) - October 27, 2013

However, the Unicoi County Commission will consider an agreement today that may allow the Sheriff's Department to sell electronic cigarettes to inmates ...

Erlanger Health System to go smoke-free
WRCB-TV - October 21, 2013

Erlanger Health System will join numerous other local companies, including health care providers, in going smoke-free, executives announced today. The use of ...

New policy renders Vol State a tobacco-free campus
The Settler - September 19, 2013

Beginning Jan. 1, a new policy regarding tobacco use will take effect at Volunteer State Community College. According to the new policy, the usage of all tobacco or tobacco-like products will only be permitted in the parking lot areas 50 feet from any building.

PAYKAMIAN: Stricter smoking ban is overzealous, unnecessary
The East Tennessean (East Tennessee State University) - September 10, 2013

It would be even better to help keep our campus cleaner by putting ashtrays scattered in different places across the campus. Not only will students find the current system arbitrary, they will utterly refuse to comply and find other places to hoard ...

No smoking policy now enforced
easttennessean.com (subscription) - September 5, 2013

East Tennessee State Universitys no smoking policy will be more strictly enforced this semester.

Smoking opponents take fight outside in Chattanooga
Chattanooga Times Free Press August 15, 2013

More than 800 U.S. cities have banned smoking in public parks, according to an April list from Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a California-based nonprofit ...

TN Sheriff Plans to Fund Raises by Selling 'E-Cigs'
ABC6OnYourSide.com - August 7, 2013

MACON Co., Tennessee (Derek Drake) -- County Sheriff Mark Gammons has a controversial plan to help fund raises for his corrections officers. According to the Macon County Times, Gammons has decided to sell his inmates electronic cigarettes. He predicts he can raise $50,000 a year in revenue by selling these items for $13.50 a piece.

Chattanooga landlords move to ban smoking in rental units amid growing concerns of third-hand smoke
Chattanooga Times Free Press - July 21, 2013

Phil McKenzie signed a yearlong lease but is moving out of his Chattanooga apartment four months early because he and his girlfriend just can't deal with the neighbors. Smoke-free apartment complexes like the one McKenzie plans to move into are becoming more common across the United States as a growing number of apartment owners ban tenants from lighting up in their units. "It's definitely a nationwide trend," said Bronson Frick, associate director at Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. "There is a lot more awareness about the dangers of secondhand smoke inside the housing complexes and there is a growing action across the country to get the smoke outside." And with about 1,400 new apartments in the pipeline for Chattanooga, it's a trend that could soon sweep through the Scenic City. "Secondhand smoke is more than a nuisance, it is a health hazard," Frick said. "And in an apartment building, there is shared air. So unlike a neighbor playing drums downstairs at three in the morning, this can actually affect the health of tenants."

Chattanooga festival expands smoke-free zone
WBIR-TV - May 20, 2013

Friends of the Festival President Chip Baker says informing people of the restrictions will be a process. If someone lights up in a non-smoking area, the smoker ...

Riverbend limits smokers to designated areas
Chattanooga Times Free Press - May 20, 2013

He said he would like to see smoking banned in all public areas and pointed out that River City Co., which manages Miller Plaza, last year banned smoking at ...

Tobacco Free Chattanooga Commends Friends Of The Festival
The Chattanoogan - May 20, 2013

Tobacco Free Chattanooga commends the decision by Friends of the Festival to designate smoking zones for the 2013 Riverbend Festival. The Festival’s recent policy change on the website states, "Riverbend has designated smoking areas. Please refrain from smoking unless you are in one of seven areas designated for smokers."

Kingsport bans all forms of smoking at school games
Johnson City Press (subscription)-May 5, 2013

KINGSPORT — There'll be no more blowing smoke at Dobyns-Bennett High School football games, even if it is water vapor from an electronic cigarette.

Hookah cafe coming to Tullahoma
Tullahoma News and Guardian-May 5, 2013

tobacco) to clientele 18 and older. ... “Eighty percent of our clientele are already cigarette or pot smokers…you might ... However, smoking hookah is not a safe alternative to cigarettes, according to ...

Smoking ban proposal at Union City parks discussed by council
Weakley County Press - March 20, 2013

A proposal to stop smoking in all of Union City’s parks drew the most attention at the Union City Council meeting Tuesday night. City manager Kathy Dillon said the suggestion to ban smoking in the parks came up during the council’s orientation session.
She said the proposal is for the city to make all the city’s parks no smoking areas from “wall to wall” in every park. Councilman Bill “Rat” Harrison said he has been thinking about it and does not think the city should close the entire park system. He suggested there be designated areas for smoking, possibly the parking lots. …

Tennessee Kids Will 'Kick Butts' on Wednesday, March 20
Knoxville daily sun - March 16, 2013

On Kick Butts Day, youth will encourage their peers to stay tobacco-free. ... This year on Kick Butts Day, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is highlighting the ...

Smoking policy updated
East Tennessean - February 4, 2013

East Tennessee State University passed a policy Aug. 11, 2008, making its campus tobacco free. The smoking policy excluded smoking and all other tobacco usage except if only used in the privacy of individuals’ vehicles. The policy was applied to all university buildings; grounds; ETSU-affiliated, off-campus locations; clinics; any buildings owned, leased and/or rented by ETSU in all other areas; and all ETSU facilities located on the campus of the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home.
On Dec. 6, 2012, the ETSU Tobacco-Free Policy Implementation and Compliance Task Group issued a final report updating the smoking policy. … After reviewing these other institutions’ policies the task force developed recommendations in the areas of marketing and awareness, enforcement and compliance, measurement of program success/failure and educational resources/cessation. …

Smokers need designated areas
East Tennessean - February 3, 2013

So, the “smoking ban” is once again making its rounds through the student ... but nobody in their right mind would restrict your choice to do so if you want to (I ...

EDITORIAL: Extend ban on smoking to counties
Clarksville (TN) Leaf Chronicle - Nov 11, 2012

Tenn. counties should have right to create smoke-free campuses ...

Editorial: Study shows smoke-free laws are improving people's health
The Mountain Press (Tennessee) - November 5, 2012

When Tennessee joined most other states five years ago with a law to limit public places where people can smoke, it was criticized in some quarters as government intruding into people’s personal behavior and private activities. Now we can report that such laws can have a noticeable and positive effect on one’s health. … About 3,600 municipalities have laws on the books that restrict where people may smoke, according to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, with more than 1,000 including a smoke-free provision of some kind. Tennessee’s law says public places, with a few exceptions like motels and nursing homes, must be smoke-free unless they restrict admission to those 21 and over. Most hotels have gone-smoke free even though they can set aside some rooms for smokers. In Sevier County you’d be hard-pressed to find a restaurant that allows smoking, but they do exist. …

Healthy Memphis: Studies prove swift health improvement after ...
Memphis Commercial Appeal - November 5, 2012

Tennessee's smoke-free workplace laws exempt many places such as adult bars, casinos and some restaurants. Exceptions include private clubs and ...

Nashville's public housing goes smoke free
WDEF News 12 - September 1, 2012

(AP) ­ Nashville's Metropolitan Housing and Development Agency says a new policy to ban smoking inside their high rise residence buildings will go into effect ...

East Ridge Approves Partial Smoking Ban, OKs Land Deal
The Chattanoogan - July 27, 2012

In a meeting that lasted over three hours, the East Ridge City Council on Thursday night approved a partial smoking ban for city property and okayed a land deal ...

East Ridge council votes to ban tobacco, extended stay motels
WRCB-TV - July 27, 2012

In a lengthy council meeting, East Ridge officials voted on several items Thursday evening, touching on the tobacco ban and a ban on extended stay motels. ...

Smoke-Free Knoxville Coalition seeks new members
Knoxville News Sentinel - July 24, 2012

Smoke-Free Knoxville Coalition will have a membership recruitment and orientation breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Miller Building at Ijams Nature ...

Vote to ban tobacco in East Ridge delayed
WRCB-TV - June 29, 2012

We are no closer to finding out if you'll have to put your cigarette out in East Ridge.
Thursday night city leaders tabled the vote to keep smoking and all other tobacco usage off East Ridge city property. …

Spring Hill Passes Ban On Smoking In Parks
NewsChannel5.com - June 19, 2012

Spring Hill has passed an ordinance that would allow police to fine people for smoking in a city park. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the ordinance ...

Smoking Could Be Banned in Spring Hill Parks
NewsChannel5.com (TN) - June 18, 2012

On Monday, the mayor and alderman will vote on a proposal to ban smoking in ... Nashville News,

East Ridge Smoking & Tobacco Ban Angers Residents
WTVC NewsChannel 9 (Chattanooga, TN) - Jun 15, 2012

The City Council voted in favor of the ban Thursday night, which would make smoking and using tobacco prohibited on city property.

The East Ridge Tobacco Restriction Is Right On Target - And ...
The Chattanoogan June 18, 2012

This is not an ordinance about second-hand smoke because this bans all tobacco products on all city property. There are city policies on the books that ban ...

LETTERS: Dodging The Smokers - And Response
Chattanoogan.com - June 18, 2012

Re" Roy Exum column on smoking bans: Roy, I just read your recent "Opinion" in the Chattanoogan and feel that I must comment. Two points to consider:

Roy Exum: What Smoking Bans Really Do
Chattanoogan.com - Jun 17, 2012

Kim White, in suggesting smoking be banned at other sites in the city, said city leaders might be "very surprised" at the residents' response to a smoking ban. Perhaps she will be "very surprised" to know . . . I muttered "What an idiot … " and my dog Sco

LETTER: Dodging The Smokers
Chattanoogan.com - Jun 17, 2012

Re" Roy Exum column on smoking bans: . . . How do you or any other smoker feel that it is your right to determine when and how much smoke is to be inhaled by others around you?

Park tobacco ban to now target smoking only
The Tennessean June 12, 2012

An alderman proposing a ban on tobacco use in Spring Hill parks will now target smoking only.

Fears about Olive Branch tobacco ban go up in smoke
Memphis (TN) Commercial Appeal - Jun 10, 2012

Restaurant managers report that the air is clear and the customers happy a year after Olive Branch passed a smoking ban at eateries. ...

Tobacco ban eyed in East Ridge
Chattanooga Times Free Press, May 29, 2012

... More than 600 U.S. cities have banned smoking in public parks, according to an April list from Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a California-based nonprofit. The only Tennessee town on the list is Johnson City. "Tennessee is much more far behind the country on the rest of this issue," said Bronson Frick, associate director of the nonsmokers' rights group. ...

Miller Plaza goes smoke free June 1
WRCB-TV (TN) - May 29, 2012

"We have received many requests from the public to make Miller Plaza smoke free and believe it is important to demonstrate our support of a healthier and ...

Nightfall joins Riverbend, bans smoking
WRCB-TV May 27, 2012

CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Two weeks ago, Dorothy Caplenor tried to evade tendrils of cigarette smoke at a Friday night Nightfall concert ...

East Ridge may make city property tobacco-free
WRCB-TV - May 13, 2012

East Ridge parks, recreational fields, courts and public safety stations soon may be smoke-free after city officials asked for an ordinance to be drawn up prohibiting all forms of tobacco on city property. ... Gobble said Friday he was drawing up two versions of an ordinance: One would make all city property tobacco-free, and the other would allow for designated smoking areas. …

Tobacco ban gets a face lift: Smoking sections?
easttennessean.com (subscription) - March 1, 2012

… Recent concerns have been raised regarding the smoking situation on the campus of ETSU. Legislation is currently being considered by the SGA that would include setting up designated smoking areas around campus. …

Sam's Sports Grill goes smoke-free
The Tennessean – February 29, 2012

…The change is based mainly on the results of months of polling through customer surveys and social media, said the bar’s owner, Sam Sanchez. The result: 81 percent of people polled said they didn’t go to Sam’s because of the people smoking around them. Even 44 percent of smokers polled said they’d rather hang out in a smoke-free bar. “We just could not ignore the data we got,” said Sanchez, who opened the bar 12 years ago. “It was such a shocking number. Then, we started really paying attention to all our reviews online. Again, people liked the bar, but didn’t like the smoke.” …

No action on voting law
Jackson Sun (TN) - November 9, 2011

Council members struck from the agenda an ordinance to prohibit smoking on or near hospital grounds. Gist said city officials plan to gather more research ...

Blount Memorial expands smoke-free policy
Knoxville News Sentinel - Carly Harrington - March 24, 2010

KNOXVILLE -- Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville announced today that it will expand a pending employee ban on smoking to include patients and visitors.

The policy, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2011, is part of a joint effort with other area health-care systems that pledged earlier this year to restrict tobacco use among employees. ...

Five hospitals to become tobacco-free workplaces in Jan. 2011
Knoxville (TN) News-Sentinel, 2010-01-28
Kristi L. Nelson

Surgical technician Carole Smith, 45, has smoked for 20 years. When she started working at East Tennessee Children's Hospital three months ago, she already wanted to quit the cigarettes.

But a new policy leaves her no choice - at least, during the workday. On Wednesday morning, Children's Hospital and all other Knoxville-area hospital systems - Covenant Health, Mercy Health Partners, University of Tennessee Medical Center and Maryville's Blount Memorial Hospital - united to announce that their facilities will be "smoke-free workplaces" by Jan. 1, 2011.

Right now, that means only that employees won't be allowed to use tobacco products at the hospitals or their affiliates. Patients and visitors will still have the right to smoke in designated smoking areas. But administrators acknowledge the employee policy, which all could agree on, is "the first step" toward completely "smoke-free" campuses; individual hospitals will choose their own timetables to take the initiative further. ...

VIDEO: New Push To Ban Smoking In Bars
NewsChannel 5 (Nashville, TN), 2009-12-29
Scott Arnold

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A local group is pushing to pass laws that will end smoking in bars and dictate where people can smoke outside.
Shelley Courington is with a group called CHART. They're about to start lobbying state lawmakers to ban smoking in bars. They're also pushing to keep smokers from lighting up within 25 feet of a building.
"We have to have a healthy safe workforce in Tennessee. We have to make it safe for our workers, no matter what," said Courington.

There's obvious resistance to the idea, but CHART claims they have new data from the Institute of Medicine. It shows when you reduce exposure to second hand smoke, you directly reduce your heart attack and stroke rates. ...

Guest editorial: Kill exemptions and save lives
The Tennessean - William S. Paul - December 15, 2009

As communities across the United States and the world have banned indoor smoking, they have saved lives. This is not just some theoretical, mathematical projection of reduced future cancer deaths. It is an immediate, significant drop in heart attacks.

In Pueblo, Colo., heart attacks dropped 41 percent after a smoking ban, while a nearby county without a ban had only a 4 percent decline. In Helena, Mont., heart attacks dropped 40 percent with a ban and then rose 46 percent when opponents succeeded in getting the ban suspended. Looking at 11 studies of heart attacks after smoking bans, researchers at the University of Kansas found the risk of acute myocardial infarction dropped 17 percent overall. They found younger people and nonsmokers benefited the most and that the reductions continued in subsequent years. The Institute of Medicine — an independent, unbiased organization — put together a group of experts to carefully review the evidence, and the committee agreed that indoor smoking bans cause a decline in heart attacks. ...

Guest edtiorial: Think of staff at smoky bars
The Tennessean - Shelley Courington - December 15, 2009

Many smokers and even nonsmokers wonder why there is a push to strengthen Tennessee's anti-smoking laws.

They argue that many restaurants are already smoke-free and that adults should be able to choose whether to go to a 21-and-up establishment that allows smoking. What they don't take into account are the people — moms, dads, sons and daughters — who provide for themselves and their families by working in 21-and-up restaurants. These Tennesseans are exposed to the secondhand smoke of their customers day in and day out, and though they might prefer to work in a healthier environment, in today's economy there aren't a lot of opportunities. Instead, they settle for working in a harmful environment. ...

Exemptions to smoking ban put health at risk
The Tennessean - December 15, 2009

Tennessee, if you haven't already heard, has the fourth-highest rate of lung cancer in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and almost 10,000 people in Tennessee die from smoking-related causes each year.

That's way too many, and that is exactly why state lawmakers should extend a ban on smoking to places such as over-21 venues that now are exempt from a law passed in 2007 banning smoking in most workplaces.

"There literally are hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans who are healthier and tens of thousands who do not have lung cancer or heart disease because they now get to breathe clean air,'' State Sen. Roy Herron, D-Dresden, told a Tennessean reporter recently. "Yet other Tennesseans are still at great risk, and that's simply not right.'' ...

VIDEO: Talk of a Broader Smoking Ban Gets Support
NewsChannel 5 (Nashville, TN), 2009-12-06
Brent Frazier

The new year could bring new restrictions to Tennessee's existing ban on indoor smoking. Some Nashville restaurant and bar owners, who currently do not allow smoking inside their establishments, support banning all indoor smoking entirely, saying it would even up the playing field as merchants compete for business.

"Smokers and non smokers will all be sitting at the same bar together, in harmony, at some point very soon," said Josef Gutzmirtl, senior director of operations for the company that owns Beyond the Edge, a neighborhood grill and bar in East Nashville.

Beyond the Edge, in 2007, switched to a "21 and older only" clientele, per the law that allowed the establishment to remain smoking permitted. Still, Gutzmirtl is one of those managers who says an across the board ban on all indoor smoking would again put merchants on an even keel, competitively. ...

MTSU market will take hit with tobacco-sale ban
The Tennessean, 2009-09-26

The Tennessee Board of Regents voted to ban the sale of all tobacco products from all institutions in the TBR system.

MTSU is believed to be the last TBR campus allowing the sale of tobacco products.

"All of our TBR buildings have gone smoke-free," said David Gregory, TBR vice chancellor of administration and facilities development. "It is somewhat inconsistent, then, to sell tobacco."

Ron Ellis, who works at the Chick-fil-A in Keathley University Center, said the ban on tobacco sales at Dwight's is going to be "rough."

"I come in here every day to get cigars," Ellis said, as he bought a couple from student store clerk Rami Abounassif.

The removal of tobacco products from the shelves of the convenience store could take away 40 percent of Johnson's sales. ...

Tennessee State Fair turns green
The Tennessean - Will Ayers - September 11, 2009

The midway has changed for the first time in 19 years. Mississippi-based North American Midway Entertainment will bring new rides, starched uniforms and smoke-free policy to the fairgrounds. ...

City board grants beer permit
State Gazette - September 9, 2009

Recreation Chairman Shannon Walker also shared the minutes of a committee meeting held on Sept. 1 beefing up nonsmoking regulations at activity centers and recreation centers throughout the city. Walker moved to accept the committee's recommendation to ban smoking inside buildings, dugouts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, playgrounds, tennis courts and ball fields and within 50 feet of building entrances and bleachers. Smoking is allowed in other areas of the parks, including the pavilions. Bart Williams added a second and the motion passed unanimously. ...

White Bluff considers smoking ban
The Tennessean, 2009-05-07
Kim Leady For the Herald

White Bluff wrestled with the issue of public smoking on city property following complaints made to Vice Mayor Jeff Martin and Councilman Dale Whitfield concerning Veterans Park.

"From the standpoint of a safety and health issue of our kids in our parks and just a cleanliness issue, I would like the council to discuss designating all town-owned, public-used property as no-smoking areas," Martin said.

The list of city-owned properties include the Jennie Woodworth Library, City Hall, White Bluff Community Center, Veterans Park, the sewage plant, the fire house and the Field of Dreams playground. However, because of the playground's wooden structure, the area is already designated as non-smoking. The ban would cover both inside and outside areas of the said properties.

Martin said, along with the mother who had an asthma attack while watching her child's ballgame at Veterans Park, he noticed all the cigarette butts scattered around town while he participated in the Great American Clean Up. ...

No Fines For Drivers Smoking With Kids In The Car
AP, 2009-04-02

For now, there will be no fines for Tennessee drivers smoking with children in the car, as two proposals with that aim failed in Nashville.

One bill was withdrawn from consideration in the House General Subcommittee of Agriculture on Wednesday, and the other failed for lack of a motion.

Bill would prevent fine for no anti-smoking sign
AP, 2009-03-06

A proposal that would prevent establishments from being fined for not posting a no-smoking sign is advancing in the Legislature.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Dewayne Bunch, a Cleveland Republican, passed the Senate Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee 6-2 on Tuesday. The companion bill has been assigned to the Agriculture Committee.

Public smoking ban helps high numbers of people to quit
Jackson (TN) Sun, 2008-10-13

The Non-Smoker Protection Act - the state-wide smoking ban - requires all public places, including restaurants, to be smoke-free indoors. The exception to the ban includes businesses that limit access to people ages 21 and older at all times.

This includes restaurants with bars, chain and hotel restaurants.

Womack, 55, said there was some struggle in making the decision to stop.

"I know I needed to quit because of health issues," she said. "But that's easier said than done. All of my friends smoke, so it's been harder to be out with them."

The number of people interested in quitting tobacco use has continued to grow since the ban went into effect last year, said Jennifer Price, tobacco health educator for the state's health department.

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