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.
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.
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 ...
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," ...
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
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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 ...
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.
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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.
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
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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
"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 ...
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.
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.
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, ...
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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
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. ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
grant geared toward improving childrens 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...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
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 ...
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,"
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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....
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
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...
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 ...
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.
Stores Closing Doors to Tobacco Products; Local Impact on Farmers--Mikayla
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.
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...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Stricter smoking ban is overzealous, unnecessary
The East Tennessean (East Tennessee State University) - September 10,
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 ...
smoking policy now enforced
easttennessean.com (subscription) - September 5, 2013
East Tennessee State Universitys no smoking policy will be more strictly
enforced this semester.
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
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.
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."
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 ...
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 ...
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 Festivals
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."
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
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
ban proposal at Union City parks discussed by council
Weakley County Press - March 20, 2013
A proposal to stop smoking in all of Union Citys 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 councils orientation session.
She said the proposal is for the city to make all the citys 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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
Extend ban on smoking to counties
Clarksville (TN) Leaf Chronicle - Nov 11, 2012
Tenn. counties should have right to create smoke-free campuses ...
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 peoples personal behavior
and private activities. Now we can report that such laws can have a
noticeable and positive effect on ones health.
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. Tennessees
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 youd be hard-pressed
to find a restaurant that allows smoking, but they do exist.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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,
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.
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 ...
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:
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
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?
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.
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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
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
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
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 bars owner,
Sam Sanchez. The result: 81 percent of people polled said they didnt
go to Sams because of the people smoking around them. Even 44
percent of smokers polled said theyd 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 didnt like the smoke.
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 ...
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
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. ...
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. ...
New Push To Ban Smoking In Bars
NewsChannel 5 (Nashville, TN), 2009-12-29
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
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. ...
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. ...
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.''
Talk of a Broader Smoking Ban Gets Support
NewsChannel 5 (Nashville, TN), 2009-12-06
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. ...
market will take hit with tobacco-sale ban
The Tennessean, 2009-09-26
Doug Davis * GANNETT TENNESSEE
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
"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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
Fines For Drivers Smoking With Kids In The Car
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.
would prevent fine for no anti-smoking sign
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.
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
"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.