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
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tobacco ban expanded
Of E-Cigs Still Up For Debate
rural jails, e-cigarettes are a calming vapor
May Be Allowed at Lauderdale County Jail
Knoxville bars going smoke free
introduces the use of electronic cigarettes for inmates
stores cater to e-cigarette army
sheriff proposes selling e-cigarettes to inmates at jail
Health System to go smoke-free
policy renders Vol State a tobacco-free campus
Stricter smoking ban is overzealous, unnecessary
smoking policy now enforced
opponents take fight outside in Chattanooga
Sheriff Plans to Fund Raises by Selling 'E-Cigs'
landlords move to ban smoking in rental units amid growing concerns
of third-hand smoke
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
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
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
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
ban proposal at Union City parks discussed by council
Kids Will 'Kick Butts' on Wednesday, March 20
Extend ban on smoking to counties
Study shows smoke-free laws are improving people's health
Memphis: Studies prove swift health improvement after ...
public housing goes smoke free
Ridge Approves Partial Smoking Ban, OKs Land Deal
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 ...
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
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
We are no closer to finding out if you'll have to put your cigarette
out in East Ridge.
Hill Passes Ban On Smoking In Parks
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
On Monday, the mayor and alderman will vote on a proposal to ban smoking in ... Nashville News,
Ridge Smoking & Tobacco Ban Angers Residents
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 ...
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
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
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
Dodging The Smokers
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
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
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
... 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
"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
CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Two weeks ago, Dorothy Caplenor tried to evade tendrils of cigarette smoke at a Friday night Nightfall concert ...
Ridge may make city property tobacco-free
ban gets a face lift: Smoking sections?
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
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
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 -- 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. ...
hospitals to become tobacco-free workplaces in Jan. 2011
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
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A local group is pushing to pass laws that will
end smoking in bars and dictate where people can smoke outside.
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
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. ...
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.''
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 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. ...
State Fair turns green
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
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
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
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.