Going Tobacco Free
WHSV - September 28, 2015
HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- After 60 years, one of the Valley's largest
employers is going tobacco free. The Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community
urges Hampton School Board to beef up anti-smoking policy
Daily Press - September 28, 2015
He said 20 school systems - out of 132 statewide - have adopted "comprehensive,
100 percent tobacco-free" policies. So far, he said, no school
division has ...
passenger rail, museum expansion among projects funded by Tobacco Commission
Bristol Herald-Courier - September 24, 2015
WYTHEVILLE, Va. A proposed passenger rail feasibility study and a museum
expansion were among local projects that received funding Wednesday
from the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.
Town Council bans tobacco use on municipally owned ...
The Tribune - September 24, 2015
Multiple media outlets report that Town Council approved a resolution
this week banning tobacco use on municipally owned properties. Mayor
Don Harris says ...
of Bluefield bans tobacco use at parks and recreational areas
WVVA TV (registration) - September 22, 2015
Town of Bluefield Mayor Don Harris says the tobacco free resolution
means smoking will not be allowed at recreational and park areas owned
by the Town.
Fuming over the 'smoke-free' movement
University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily - September 23, 2015
There are many reasons for instituting a smoke-free Grounds. ... If
the first step is banning smoking, the next logical step is to ban smokeless
tobacco and after ...
parks could go tobacco free
WCYB - September 17, 2015
"We're really hoping for a domino effect in all the communities
in Hawkins County becoming tobacco free in their parks, Venable said.
We're hoping it will ...
Botetourt student proposes 100 percent tobacco-free schools to ...
Roanoke Times - September 15, 2015
There would be no tobacco use on any school property if the ordinance
is formed, including designated smoking areas, according to the fact
sheet. Nor would ...
City supervisor wants county to consider smoking ban
Virginia Gazette - August 25, 2015
James City supervisor wants county to consider smoking ban ... Supervisors
meeting, Jim Kennedy floated the idea of banning smoking at city parks
and maybe ... James City already bans the use of tobacco in county vehicles,
College Transitioning to Tobacco-Free / Smoke-Free Campus
Newswise (press release) - August 18, 2015
Newswise - Effective with the start of the Fall 2015 semester on Monday,
August 24, Broward College will be a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus...
Say Virginia Needs Better Cancer Prevention Policies
WVTF - August 13, 2015
He adds that stronger smoke-free laws would cut second-hand smoke exposure.
He also says the lack of access to affordable healthcare are further
Virginia Medical School researcher to target teens' e-cigarette use
The Virginian-Pilot - August 9, 2015
An Eastern Virginia Medical School researcher has won a $431,000 grant
to study teens' opinions of electronic cigarettes and to develop a campaign
to discourage their use.
High School Clarifies E-Cig Policy
The Daily Progress - July 28, 2015
Whether it's an electronic cigarette, a vaporizer or a traditional cigarette,
Waynesboro .... E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that do not
burn tobacco but heat a liquid ... high school students use, according
to the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey. ... State law prohibits anyone
under 18 from possessing cigarettes.
cloud e-cigarette craze
Lynchburg News and Advance - June 6, 2015
E-cigarettes are small hand-held, battery-powered devices in some cases
shaped like cigarettes that heat a liquid solution referred to as juice
and comprised of glycerin, propylene glycol, flavorings and possibly
nicotine. Upon combustion, the juice becomes an aerosol that users inhale
before exhaling a plume of white vapor. Numerous retail vaping shops
have opened across the Lynchburg area in recent months.
smoking ban on campus would be illogical
The Breeze - April 22, 2015
Adding a smoking ban will further misinform JMU students to the real
world and that's why ... Thanks to smoking bans, "young adults"
are no longer taught how to ...
Stafford County Sun - April 8, 2015
According to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, 587 U.S. campuses banned
vaping as of Jan. 1. Only e-cigarettes that are marketed for therapeutic
campaign divides university
The Breeze - April 7, 2015
... the schools in Virginia who are among the 1,543 college campuses
that ban smoking anywhere on campus, according to Americans for Nonsmokers'
rights up in smoke?
Rutartan - March 31, 2015
I am in support of the smoking ban. Does this surprise you? It shouldn't.
I've hated the practice of smoking since I was six years old and saw
those PSAs about ...
lounge opens up in downtown Roanoke
Roanoke Times (blog) - March 30, 2015
Additionally, there is water vapor available, which is used in e-cigarettes
for those who don't smoke tobacco. The entire space can hold about 450
people at ...
sides with caution on e-cig ban
The Daily Progress - March 25, 2015
"And whether it's a movement in the right direction, I can't say
right now. ... According to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, 587 U.S.
campuses banned vaping ...
tribe seeks pins hopes on federal recognition amid casino ...
Herald and News - March 24, 2015
Though the tribe has expressed no interest in opening a casino, the
possibility ... can sell gas, alcohol, cigarettes and other goods without
charging state taxes.
proposed smoking ban
Rutartan - March 23, 2015
Does this surprise you? It shouldn't. I've hated the practice of smoking
since I was six years old and saw those PSAs about the damage smoking
does to lungs, ...
bans vaping on campus
Fredericksburg.com - March 20, 2015
Germanna Community College has banned vaping on campus. According to
Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, 587 U.S. campuses banned vaping as
of Jan. 1.
Considers Tobacco Retail License Requirement
CSPnet.com - December 3, 2014
"If retail sales of tobacco are dependent upon a state issued license
that can be ... to combat illegal cigarette trafficking, including increasing
criminal penalties. ... of approximately $170,000 from just one vanload
of cigarettes; a truckload with ... to the Virginia Department of Taxation
and that licensing fees would be another ...
schools may become smoke-free
Hopewell News - December 2, 2014
The proposed updated policy change also includes the expansion of banned
tobacco products on school grounds to include electronic, or e-cigarettes.
weighs new tobacco-retailer regulation
Winston-Salem Journal - November 28, 2014
... staff has recommended requiring stores to obtain a state license
to sell cigarettes and turning enforcement over to .... Licensing fees
would be another revenue source. ... Thirty-six states already require
cigarette retailers to obtain a license.
schools may become smoke-free campuses
Progress Index - November 17, 2014
HOPEWELL Smokers beware: the Hopewell School Board may ban all smoking
on school premises if the board decides to approve a policy that would
Ten to go smoke free Jan. 1
The Daily Progress - November 13, 2014
The Region Ten Community Services Board plans to go smoke-free Jan.
1. On that date, Region Ten will prohibit tobacco use by all staff in
all programs and locations. People receiving the organization's services
also will be banned from ...
have rights, just like nonsmokers
The Free Lance-Star - October 31, 2014
Smokers have rights, just like nonsmokers. This is in response to Mike
Jones' Oct. 23 op-ed titled "Can butts on ground be bonanza for
'Burg?" I agree totally that ...
things we put in our bodies have side effects
TriCities.com - October 29, 2014
I certainly must have hit a nerve a couple of weeks ago when my articles
on "Vaping" (using e-cigarettes) hit the social media highway.
I have never received so ...
manager to employees: No more smoke breaks on city time
Daily Press (blog) - October 29, 2014
In addition, employees who do not use tobacco prodcuts (cigars, pipes,
cigarettes, e-cigarettes, etc.) will have a 10 percent lower premium
for city health ...
A smoke-free Grounds
University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily - October 17, 2014
On October 2, the Managing Board published an editorial in which it
asserted that universities should not ban smoking on their campuses.
This piece was written in response to the smoking ban enacted at each
of the 31 public colleges and universities belonging to the University
System of Georgia. I disagree, not because I hope a ban would make smoking
a socially inconvenient behavior that would encourage smokers to quit.
Rather, secondhand smoking is a problem for nonsmokers that can be diminished
with a public smoking ban.
should respect those around them
Fredericksburg.com - October 15, 2014
I recently was on the Mary Washington Healthcare main campus, and there
are signs everywhere that say that it's a smoke-free campus. I saw at
least 10 people ...
ramps up campaign to make parks tobacco-free
Chesterfield Observer (subscription) - October 8, 2014
Smoking isn't illegal in county-owned parks. ... The ban means that
smoking will no longer be allowed at community recreation complexes
that are located...
matter of choice
University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily - October 2, 2014
Schools that opt to go smoke free may also risk alienating prospective
students who smoke and who think the ban would be too much of an inconvenience
for them. In attempting to preserve student health and productivity
universities can end up coming off as paternalistic. Providing information
and resources for smokers who want to quit would be a helpful and health-conscious
university policy, but students should ultimately be allowed to make
their own decisions.
School Board to Vote on E-Cig Ban
WHSV - September 16, 2014
HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The use of tobacco and electronic cigarettes
will most likely soon be banned in Harrisonburg schools. If the school
Schools Banning E-cigarettes
WHSV - September 16, 2014
HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The Harrisonburg City School Board is snuffing
electronic cigarettes - their use and possession on school grounds.
biz is red hot
Hopewell News - September 16, 2014
COLONIAL HEIGHTS - "We view ourselves as a juice company in a retail
center. So it's just the avenue, kind of like a Starbuck's approach
where that's our coffee," Smith said, crediting the flavor creation
process as Phillips's baby and an instrumental differentiator between
Avail and other e-cigarette outlets.
use topped school board agenda
TriCities.com - September 15, 2014
... desire to make the Washington County school campuses completely
tobacco free, including outdoor events and school-sponsored events off
VIEWS: I'm supporting Reeves
The Daily Progress - September 9, 2014
... of tobacco products that cannot be sold, purchased by, or possessed
by minors. ... could legally sell nicotine vapor products, such as E-cigarettes,
Schools Banning E-cigarettes
WBOC TV 16 - September 5, 2014
(AP) - The Harrisonburg City School Board is snuffing electronic cigarettes
- their use and possession on school grounds. The board took the action
this week, ...
county ban electronic cigarettes on school grounds
The Tribune - September 5, 2014
HARRISONBURG, Virginia The Harrisonburg City School Board is snuffing
electronic cigarettes their use and possession on school grounds. The
Fredericksburg.com September 3, 2014
We look forward to many visits once the smoking ban goes into effect,
and we want to express our gratitude to the Hyperion management for
taking this step ...
outdoor tables going non-smoking
Fredericksburg.com - August 28, 2014
In a move to guard the health of its customers, Hyperion Espresso in
downtown Fredericksburg is banning smoking in its outdoor seating areas,
according to owner Dan Peterson.
tips for asthma sufferers
TriCities.com - August 27, 2014
And here's one piece of great news: kids with asthma need smoke-free
environments to stay healthy. Locally, we are working with school systems
in Virginia to ...
schools? Not really
Chatham Star-Tribune - August 20, 2014
The superintendent indicated that unlike some other area school divisions,
Pittsylvania County has not chosen to adopt smoke free campuses. He
County students return to school Aug. 21
Southwest Virginia Today - August 19, 2014
The county has also adopted a policy treating E-cigarettes the same
way they do regular cigarettes. While the bell doesn't ring for students
until Aug. 21, faculty ...
cigarettes banned in local schools
WVEC.com - July 18, 2014
... cigarettes to people under the age of 18; minors cannot possess
them either. ... Suffolk says they consider e-cigarettes to be a violation
of their tobacco ...
cigarettes banned in local schools
WVEC.com - July 17, 2014
The move comes after a new Virginia law that took effect July 1 making
it illegal for vendors to sell electronic cigarettes to people under
the age of 18; minors ...
to host anti-smoking meetings this month
Henrico Citizen - July 17, 2014
Public health officials will discuss how firsthand, secondhand and
thirdhand smoke can be harmful to smokers as well as nonsmokers who
are exposed to ...
Board Decreases Suspension Time
Virginia Connection Newspapers - July 16, 2014
Electronic cigarettes and hookah pens were also added to be classified
as tobacco products under the updated handbook. A motion was also approved
wants to open hookah bar
Northern Virginia Daily - July 15, 2014
... go and smoke cigars and different flavors of tobacco and have social
conversations." ... then applicants such as Tahan could apply for
a special-use permit.
more SWVa school systems expel tobacco from campuses
TriCities.com - July 15, 2014
Murray said this part of the state has a higher-than-average rate of
smoking, and it's a tough place to try to implement blanket tobacco
bans. But, she said, 23 ...
holding anti-smoking meetings
wtvr.com - July 14, 2014
The meetings will feature public health officials, who will be discussing
the effects of firsthand, secondhand and thirdhand smoke on smokers
banned from Henry County, Martinsville schools [VIDEO]
WDBJ7 - June 30, 2014
E-Cigarettes banned from Henry County, Martinsville schools. The districts
join a short list of schools in Virginia that have already banned the
School Board approves softer discipline rules, shorter ...
Washington Post - June 30, 2014
For instance, the new rules will include e-cigarettes, hookah pens and
other similar so-called vape devices increasingly popular with teens
to a list of prohibited ...
laws in Virginia take effect Tuesday
Insurance News Net - June 29, 2014
Electronic cigarettes, which deliver nicotine in vapor form, will join
the list of tobacco products that can't be sold to or purchased or possessed
by a minor.
School Board Approves Tobacco Ban [VIDEO]
WRIC - June 25, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Another local school district is going tobacco
free. In a unanimous vote, the Chesterfield County School Board approved
a ban ... Up until now, there were rules prohibiting students from having
tobacco products, but adults were allowed to light up or chew on school
grounds. Starting July 1, 2015, that will all be a thing of the past.
The ban applies to all teachers, parents and visitors. It's on all tobacco
products on all school property, including athletic fields and parking
in Fairfax to establish tobacco-free zones
Fairfaxtimes.com - June 8, 2014
... municipalities nationwide that have completely banned smoking in
public parks, according to the advocacy group American Nonsmokers' Rights
crack down on e-cigarettes as popularity booms
Daily Press - May 25, 2014
The Newport News School Board revised its student policy handbook last
week to ban electronic cigarettes on all school property. The policy
applies to staff, students and spectators at school-sponsored events.
activities are being held in the area
TriCities.com - May 23, 2014
Breakout topics include information on electronic cigarettes, tobacco
control advocacy, tobacco use during pregnancy, asthma, smokeless tobacco
and smoking ...
Parks To Enact Smoking Ban
Reston Now - May 2, 2014
Baron Cameron Park/Credit: FCPA The Fairfax County Park Authority Board
has established Tobacco-Free Play Zones in the county parks. Coming
this summer: ...
Adopts Non-Smoking Policy
Virginia Connection News - May 1, 2014
Non-smoking or smoke-free policies in affordable housing is a national
trend. More than 430 housing authorities nationwide have adopted smoke
free policies of ...
Company Club extinguishes smoking policy -- for new generation
WTVR TV 6 April 30, 2014
The popular Tobacco Company Club has some changes planned to the interior
as they move to a smoke free environment. Up until one week ago, The
Tobacco Company Club, Richmonds landmark entertainment venue allowed
smoking in their separately ventilated d
cigarettes: The device of the modern Marlboro Man
Lynchburg News and Advance April 30, 2014
As a result, people who struggle to quit smoking now have something
a little .... And, just last week, the FDA outlined the first regulatory
plans that would ban ...
Brief: ARHA Adopts Non-Smoking Policy
connectionnewspapers.com/news - April 9, 2013
Apr 9, 2014 - The Board of Commissioners of the Alexandria Redevelopment
and Housing Authority (ARHA) unanimously approved a resolution calling
for a ...
Company goes smoke-free
WWBT - April 29, 2014
However, management decided to voluntarily make the club non-smoking,
saying the 20-something customers "want a different experience
from previous party ...
vs. preference: Wonk Blog misses the boat on contraception ...
Lifesite (blog) - April 24, 2014
Virginia banned most smoking in bars and restaurants, something that
my lungs ... On a policy level, however, mandating such a ban means
the government is ...
proposes cigarette tax increase
WAVY-TV - April 22, 2014
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 17, 2013 file photo, Marlboro cigarettes
are on display in a CVS store in Pittsburgh. The nation's second-largest
drugstore chain says it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing
tobacco by Oct. 1 as it ...
bans sale of e-cigarettes to minors
WVEC.com (subscription) - April 21, 2014
VIRGINIA BEACH -- In response to the growing number of young people
experimenting with smokeless tobacco products, Virginia has banned the
sale of ...
debate flares over electronic cigarettes
wtvr.com - April 15, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) There's new debate in the longtime home of big
tobacco about whether electronic cigarettes should be regulated like
giant weighs in on the debate over Cville cigarette tax increase
C-VILLE Weekly - April 9, 2014
The City of Charlottesville is looking to raise its tax on cigarettes
from 35 to 55 cents a pack, a move officials say will make the city
healthier by encouraging people to kick the habit while also boosting
revenue. But some local convenience store owners are irate about the
hike, saying it means they cant compete with retailers in the countyand
theyve got a deep-pocketed ally in their corner. Its common sense that
this could harm your business, reads a flyer delivered by a Philip Morris
supplier to Browns Market on Avon Street. At the bottom of the flyer,
in small, italicized print, is this line: Paid for by Altria Client
Services, Inc. on behalf of Philip Morris USA. The flyers, which suggest
retailers and customers call their city councilors to complain that
taxes should be reasonable and the burden should be shared by everyone,
not just adult smokers, were indeed provided by Altria, the Richmond-based
tobacco giant whose lobbying arm spent $10.2 million last year attempting
to influence policy around the country. Altria happens to have two board
members who call the Charlottesville area homeformer UVA president John
Casteen III and former Virginia Governor Gerald Baliles.
Considers Increasing Cigarette Tax
The Charlottesville Newsplex - April 3, 2014
The City of Charlottesville could start charging smokers even more for
a pack of cigarettes. ... City council will hold a public hearing on
the proposed ordinance at ...
to be sold at Va. Beach jail canteen
AP - Associated Press - April 2, 2014
Virginia Beach Sheriff Ken Stolle said a poll he conducted showed 85
percent of the jails roughly 1,400 inmates want access to the
devices. Stolle says each e-cigarette is equivalent to 2½ packs
of cigarettes and will sell for $15. He expects the jails ...
Landmark Theater is Renamed Altria Theater
CenterStage Richmond - April 2, 2014
RICHMOND, VA Today, Richmonds celebrated performing arts venue on the
corner of Main and Laurel streets was renamed Altria Theater and its
new marquee was unveiled.
to be sold at Va. Beach jail canteen
WAVY-TV - April 1, 2014
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) Inmates at the Virginia Beach Correctional
Center soon will able to buy electronic cigarettes at the jails canteen.
wild west of e-cigarettes
The Virginian-Pilot - March 31, 2014
Electronic cigarettes are hailed as safer alternatives to smoking, but
their main ingredient - liquid nicotine - is raising alarms at hospitals
and poison control ...
debate burns as usage rises
The Virginian-Pilot - March 31, 2014
Susana Meirinho exhales a cloud of vapor after inhaling from her e-cigarette
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Virginia Beach. Meirinho has been using
the vapor to ...
Charlottesville's proposed cigarette tax hike send smokers out ...
The Daily Progress - March 29, 2014
Its a question of whether city leaders can save Charlottesvilles youth
from smoking's hazards for less than a quarter. Hauter is convinced
the citys teens will find a way to overcome the proposed tax hike of
20 cents per pack of cigarettes.
discusses E-Cigarettes and teens
Roanoke Times - March 27, 2014
Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered smoking devices often designed
to ... E-cigarettes also come in flavors, which were banned in traditional
cigarettes in ...
Picture a puff-free planet
Roanoke Times - March 26, 2014
Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia could follow the lead
shown by North Attleboro, Mass., which in 2010 enacted a ban on the
use of nicotine delivery products in workplaces and public spaces. While
Virginia has enacted laws restricting smoking in restaurants, government
buildings and other public places, one can smoke while preparing the
food, placed on the food truck or cart, that I will eat later in the
day. And there is the relatively new emergence of the popular and unregulated
tobacco use at Langley AFB
DVIDS - March 15, 2014
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. - Across the U.S. Air Force, leaders have
made strides in promoting the goal of a tobacco-free of force. The effort
is continuing at Langley Air Force Base through smoke-free policies
and tobacco cessation classes. Tobacco includes, but is not limited
to, cigars, traditional and electronic cigarettes, stem and water pipes,
hookahs and smokeless products. Because the goal is ...
retail group urges youth e-cig ban
The Virginian-Pilot - March 13, 2014
Virginia-based retail group urges youth e-cig ban ... that they are
risky products and could lead to somebody starting to smoke tobacco
products," Henry Armour, ...
Government Insider: Another 'fact' out of DC you can't believe
Columbus Dispatch - March 13, 2014
Upper Arlington's ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors
might be the ... League said the league hadn't received inquiries about
banning e-cigarettes ...
e-cigarettes not allowed on trains
WUSA 9 - March 11, 2014
VRE officials let all riders know where they stand on e-cigarettes on
Tuesday. In a statement, officials wrote: "Following the lead of
other commuter agencies in America, our policy is to treat e-cigarettes
like regular cigarettes products." They admitted that "The
jury is still out on whether the vapor from e-cigarettes is actually
harmful" but are encouraging riders to "exercise the same
societal cautions as you do for combustible tobacco."
Signs: Tobacco-Free Community Coalition takes comprehensive approach
The Daily Progress - March 9, 2014
To promote a decrease in smoking prevalence and the prevention of youth
from using tobacco in our community, the local health department, hospitals,
nonprofits and community members formed a workgroup called the Planning
District 10 Tobacco Free Community Coalition, serving Charlottesville
and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties.
Over the next four years, the coalition is working towards two objectives:
decreasing the percent of persons who use tobacco in PD10 from 18 percent
to 16 percent of adults, and decreasing the percentage of pregnant women
who report smoking during pregnancy from 7.5 percent to 6 percent by
Red-Light cameras, and Concussions
Martinsville Daily - February 28, 2014
The Virginia Senate on Wednesday gave easy bipartisan final approval
to bills regulating e-cigarettes, red-light cameras and concussions
in youth sports.
poised to ban sales of "e-cigs" to minors
WFIR News Talk Radio - February 27, 2014
General-Assembly Virginia appears ready to extend the ban of underage
tobacco sales to include electronic cigarettes, and health
advocates applaud the ...
OKs bills on e-cigs, traffic cameras
Richmond Times Dispatch - February 26, 2014
Senate OKs bills on e-cigs, traffic cameras. The Virginia Senate on
Wednesday gave easy bipartisan final approval to bills regulating e-cigarettes,
Cigarettes May Be a Thing of the Past for Young Virginians
WVTF - February 25, 2014
Young people under the age of 18 would no longer be permitted to buy
electronic cigarettes under legislation that's in its final stage at
the General Assembly....
tobacco on campus is hypocritical
The Breeze - February 23, 2014
CVS shocked most of America by recently announcing its ban on tobacco
products in its stores. As an employee of this company, I could not
have been happier. This is a powerful example being set by a major retailer.
According to the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights (ANR) website, 1,182
college campuses adopted 100 percent smoke free policies at the beginning
of this year. The health risks of smoking are well-documented and undeniable.
Both tobacco and secondhand smoke kill; therefore, it makes sense for
public institutions to adopt these policies.
Upset After E-Cigarettes Banned By Section 8 Housing
WHSV-TV3 Channel 3 - February 21, 2014
Tenants are blowing off steam, after receiving a notice sent out by
the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority. It details its
ban on smoking. ...
E-Cigs Mean for Tobacco-Happy Virginia
Bacon's Rebellion - February 12, 2014
E-cigs look like tobacco cigarettes and offer the same addictive kick
of nicotine. But there's no smoke, just vapor made up of water, nicotine
and flavorings from ...
to install 'no smoking' signs at youth baseball fields
Chesterfield Observer (subscription) - February 12, 2014
Your help is needed in making this area a tobaccofree zone. The language
on each of the signs already has been approved by the county attorney,
Askin noted ...
inhales new vaping trend
Staunton News Leader - February 10, 2014
Under the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Act, e-cigarettes
are not considered cigarettes because they do not contain tobacco. An
House votes to ban e-cigarettes in schools
The Virginian-Pilot - February 6, 2014
Kaye Kory, D-Fairfax County, directs school boards to prohibit the use
of e-cigarettes on school property, on buses and at school-sponsored
Fairfaxtimes.com - January 30, 2014
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press release stated the
percentage of U.S. middle and high school students who use electronic
cigarettes more ...
would ban Va. students from having e-cigarettes
The Virginian-Pilot - January 30, 2014
Students in Virginia would be prohibited from having electronic cigarettes
at school under a bill that got the OK from a House subcommittee Wednesday.
butt litter needs to go
The Breeze - January 21, 2014
I dont want to see your butt. And no, Im not talking about your backside,
though I dont want to see that either, I am specifically referring to
your cigarette butt. Our groundskeepers at JMU do a wonderful job cleaning
up after us (which is ridiculous because were adults and should be capable
of cleaning up after ourselves), but I cant help but cringe at the plethora
of cigarette butts that get left behind.
year marks the rise of e-cigarettes
Stafford County Sun - January 8, 2014
"It is going to change the landscape of the traditional cigarette
market," Xu said. ... Unlike conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes
do not burn tobacco or contain tobacco ... local sellers say they abide
by laws that prohibit tobacco sales to minors....
You Think You Know About E-cigarettes is Probably Wrong
Legal Examiner - January 7, 2014
So e-cigarettes are dangerous and addictive but at least non-smokers
don't have to worry about the dangerous effects of second-hand smoke,
right? Well, the ...
grow in popularity, but still risky
WJLA - January 6, 2014
Electronic or e-cigarettes have been growing in popularity. For instance,
this Tobacco Mart and Cigar Room in Alexandria carries disposable and
rechargable models, along with vials of liquid nicotine of various flavors
and strengths. ...
court: Hookah lounge exempt from smoking ban
Richmond Times Dispatch - December 18, 2013
A divided Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled that a Blacksburg hookah
lounge is exempt from the state's restaurant smoking ban. In a 6-3 ruling
Tuesday, the ...
hookah lounge wins appeal over smoking ban
WSLS - December 17, 2013
In a 6-3 ruling Tuesday, the court said the She-Sha Cafe and Hookah
Lounge is not subject to the ban because it's a retail tobacco store
as well as a restaurant ...
Ponds Goes Smoke Free
Leesburg Today - November 21, 2013
The smoke-free policy adds another layer to keeping the
workplace at Ashby Ponds safe and healthy. Ashby Ponds truly cares
about the health and wellbeing ...
Rogers health officials urge smokers to quit for just one day ...
Southwest Virginia Today - November 20, 2013
In Virginia, about 9,200 adults die each year from their smoking, and
another 1,160 deaths are attributed to exposure to secondhand smoke.
Smoking kills more ...
Housing Banning Smoking to Cut Costs
WHSV - November 20, 2013
HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The Harrisonburg Housing and Redevelopment
Authority is looking to cut costs after funding for subsidized housing
has been ...
apartment buildings to go smoke-free
Southwest Virginia Today - November 19, 2013
Longview and Longview Village Apartments are scheduled to go smoke-free
on Jan. 1, 2014, along with a total of 246 properties managed by Partnership
considers smoking ban in public-housing projects
Richmond Times Dispatch - November 18, 2013
Authority member Elroy Miller tells The Daily News Record that a no-smoking
policy would reduce maintenance costs. He says it also would provide
a more ...
Council Considers Asking for Smoking Ban in Publ ...
NBC 29 News - November 18, 2013
Monday night, councilors will consider asking the General Assembly permission
to put a no smoking policy in place in certain city parks. They say
this proposal ...
shop downtown clears the air with E-cigarettes
Virginia Tech Collegiate Times - November 14, 2013
Two men are setting up shop in Kent Square, hoping to change the way
the New River Valley smokes. Four months ago, 28-year-old's Cole Smith
and Donovan Phillips invested $20,000 into a self-made electronic cigarette
shop in the downtown Richmond, Va. area.
County apartments going smoke-free
TriCities.com - November 11, 2013
Longview and Longview Village Apartments are scheduled to go smoke-free
on Jan. 1, 2014, along with a total of 246 properties managed by Partnership
Property Management (PPM) of Greensboro. Smoke-free housing is an industry
trend, and one that can save both lives and money, said Rick Allen,
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PPM. The best way to protect
our property and our residents from secondhand smoke and the risk of
fire is to stop allowing smoking in our buildings.
company opening in Central Park
The Free Lance-Star - October 28, 2013
A Richmond-based company that makes and sells products for the growing
electronic cigarette market is opening a store in Fredericksburg.
district to survey businesses and work sites about tobacco policies
Lynchburg News & Advance - October 19, 2013
The Central Virginia Health District is surveying businesses and work
sites to determine where existing tobacco use policies can be found.
The survey will gauge interest in implementing tobacco-free policy at
the work sites.
Badger Tavern goes smoke-free inside
Lynchburg News and Advance - October 17, 2013
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regulation debate heats up
WAVY-TV - October 15, 2013
NORFOLK, Va (WAVY) - Smokeless cigarettes are igniting a firestorm of
debate as attorney generals from 40 states are calling on the FDA to
regulate them ...
smoking ban lights the way for DC
Washington Post - August 12, 2013
The D.C. Council is on the right track with its legislation to prohibit
smoking in certain outdoor areas. I am proud to say that Alexandria
was the first jurisdiction in Virginia to address the problem of secondhand
smoke in public spaces. Without authority to ban smoking (except in
restaurants and bars), the city council opted for an approach that relies
on community consensus and voluntary compliance with the idea that there
are some public spaces where smoking should not take place. To foster
this consensus, the council authorized the placement of signs in all
city-owned parks and playgrounds that read: For everyones health, thank
you for not smoking in our parks and playgrounds. (A similar sign is
in every city-owned bus shelter.)
Schools goes tobacco free Thursday
WWBT - August 1, 2013
You will not be allowed to use any tobacco products on any Henrico school
campus starting Thursday. This applies to all school employees and even
Attorney General Faces Scrutiny for Ties to Executive
New York Times - July 16, 2013
Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, Virginias attorney general, said that the
timing of his ownership of Star Scientific shares reflected nothing
more than his own investment analysis. Star Scientific and its chief
executive have been at the center of an exploding political drama in
Virginia as state and federal investigators look into lavish gifts that
the executive, Jonnie R. Williams Sr., gave Gov. Bob McDonnell. And
now, despite his efforts to distance himself, scrutiny is growing of
Mr. Cuccinellis ties to the executive.
taxes to rise in Colonial Beach
Fredericksburg.com - June 28, 2013
The Colonial Beach Town Council approved an increase on meals, lodging
and cigarette taxes as well as its 20132014 budget of $6,524,646
after a work ...
Canterbury to Go Smoke Free
WSET - June 17, 2013
Lynchburg, VA - Starting May 1 2014, you will have to leave those packs
of cigarettes at home when visiting the retirement community Westminster
Towns Increase Cigarette Taxes
WRIC - June 13, 2013
SALEM, Va. (AP) - Cigarette taxes are going up in Salem and Vinton.
Beginning July 1, Salem's cigarette tax will increase from 20 cents
a pack to 45 cents. Vinton's tax will rise from 20 cents a pack to 35
raises tax 15 cents on cigarettes to stave off cuts
Roanoke Times - June 13, 2013
The Vinton Town Council recently voted to increase the towns
cigarette tax, a move that will raise just under $160,000 a year, officials
expects cigarette tax hike to raise $150,000
WSLS - June 12, 2013
Both Vinton and Salem increased their cigarette tax this spring, saying
that its ... Two weeks ago Vinton raised its cigarette tax from 20 to
35 cents per pack.
commission OK's hookah lounge
Alexandria Times - June 7, 2013
The city planning commission overwhelmingly supported a plan to reopen
the former Sultan Kabob at 1024 Cameron St. as a Middle Eastern restaurant
complete with a hookah bar and lounge on the second floor.
Lounge Proposed for Cameron Street
Old Town Alexandria (VA) Patch.com - June 5, 2013
... night on plans for a new Middle Eastern restaurant at the corner
of Cameron and N. Henry streets in Old Town that will have a second-floor
cigarette tax will hurt the poor
Roanoke Times - June 3, 2013
The Virginia Wholesalers and Distributors Association is the statewide
business trade group that represents the interests of corporations and
individuals involved in the manufacturing, sales and distribution of
convenience and grocery store products. Salem City Councils vote to
increase the citys cigarette tax to $4.50 a carton is another example
of discriminatory fiscal policy. If Salems council feels the city needs
more revenue for general government operations, it needs to have all
citizens not a select few share equally in that expense.
City Council moves to raise its cigarette tax
Roanoke Times - May 29, 2013
Through those 40 years we have seen cities increase the cigarette
tax to where they ... would simply drive to Roanoke County to buy cigarettes
for less money.
is a tobacco-free campus
DVIDS - May 24, 2013
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Patients, staff members and visitors
to Andrew Rader U.S. Army Health Clinic on Joint Base Myer-Henderson
Hall can no longer light up, chew or use any other tobacco product on
the facility's campus.
Town Council approves budget, tax hikes
Hanover Herald Progress - May 22, 2013
Its now going to cost more to smoke cigarettes and lounge around in
hotel rooms in Ashland. Town Council unanimously approved its budget
for Fiscal Year 2014 Tuesday night, which raises taxes on cigarettes
and lodging to help fund the $8,073,000 operating budget and $3.2 million
of capital projects. Overall, the levy on a pack of smokes will jump
from the current 19 cents per pack to 22 cents, while lodging will increase
from 5 to 7 percent, a mark still slightly below greater Hanover County.
agencies go smoke-free
Delmarva Now - May 22, 2013
Focusing on three evidence-based strategies, the coalition initiatives
promote smoke-free workplaces, tobacco-free school grounds and educate
youth on the ...
increases cigarette, hotel taxes
Richmond Times Dispatch - May 22, 2013
The Ashland Town Council voted Tuesday to increase taxes slightly on
cigarettes and hotels to help fund a 3 percent pay raise for employees.
Va appeals court to review ruling that hookah lounge is subject ...
Washington Post - May 7, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. The full Virginia Court of Appeals will consider whether
a Blacksburg hookah lounge is subject to the state's restaurant smoking
Ban cigarette filters to help the environment?
Fredericksburg (VA) Free Lance-Star - May 7, 2013
Paula Chow was right on the mark concerning the lack of respect for
Mother Earth shown by smokers ["Cigarette butts litter our roads,
harm wildlife," April 21]. The intersections at either end of the
U.S. 1 bridge are clogged with cigarette butts ...
considering modest tax increases
Richmond Times Dispatch - May 4, 2013
Prichard said the cigarette and transient taxes were targeted because
they are largely luxury expenses and the town did not want to increase
taxes on residents' ...
to Consider Tax Hike, Extended Meter Hours
Del Ray (VA) Patch.com - April 9, 2013
City Council Tuesday evening will consider levying a higher tax on cigarettes
and extending parking meter hours. Alexandria City Manager Rashad Young
is proposing a 10-cent increase on a pack of cigarettes, which would
bring the tax to 90 cents per pack,
reports the Washington Examiner.
Board Passes Wider No-Smoking Ban
Reston (VA) Patch.com - March 4, 2013
The Reston Association Board of Directors voted Thursday to extend the
no-smoking zone near Reston facilities and to install signage encouraging
people to consider quitting. North Point Director Mike Collins had proposed
the new rules in light of lobbying the last several years by local no-smoking
advocates who wanted a ban on ...
Association To Mull Wider Smoking Ban
Reston (VA) Patch.com - February 27, 2013
This smoking ban is also in effect for up to a 25-foot perimeter around
these buildings or facilities or to the extent that the 25 feet, or
any portion thereof, ...
to allow beach smoking bans is snuffed out
Norfolk (VA) Virginian-Pilot - February 20, 2013
The House General Laws Committee assigned to vet SB1253 met for the
last time last week and never gave the bill a hearing, killing its chances
of passing into law this year. Damon thought the panel would meet again
Tuesday morning. ...
on smoking in cars dies
Chatham Star Tribune - February 18, 2013
RICHMOND A Senate bill that would have banned smoking in cars
carrying children under age 15 was tabled Friday by a House committee.
cities to keep butts off the beach
The Virginian-Pilot - February 14, 2013
In late 2009, after years of debate, Virginia set reasonable restrictions
on smoking, banning it in restaurants unless they established a separate
room for lighting ...
Ban on County Property
Virginia Connection Newspapers-February 13, 2013
Potomac The CCounty Council on Tuesday, Feb. 12 unanimously approved
Bill 33-12 that will establish a ban on smoking on most county owned
or leased ...
Approves Bill Allowing Beach Smoking Bans
ODU Mace & Crown-February 13, 2013
4 permitting localities to ban smoking in designated public areas. ...
However, banning smoking, Valero said, is â€kind of
ridiculous.â€ ... Second hand smoke is a health issue,
one which should be banned from free public works like parks and ...
group asks retailers to post anti-smoking signs
NECN - February 11, 2013
The letter-writing campaign grew from a survey showing that most young
people in Virginia regularly see point-of-purchase tobacco advertising
in stores and ...
on smoking in cars dies in house
Tidewater News - February 11, 2013
RICHMONDA Senate bill that would have banned smoking in cars carrying
children under age 15 was tabled Friday by a House committee. Proposed
Senate approves bill to ban smoking on public beaches
The Virginian-Pilot - February 4, 2013
Virginias Senate has approved legislation that would permit localities
to tell smokers to butt out at public beaches.
Puller Vote for Ban on Smoking in Car With Kids
Lortin (VA) Patch.com - February 3, 2013
Northam's bill is one of three smoking bans still making their way through
the ... succeeded in banning smoking under bus shelters, but extending
that ban to ...
Shore 3rd-grader inspires smoking bill ($$)
Newport News (VA) Daily Press - February 2, 2013
The Senate approved a measure this week that would make it illegal to
smoke in cars where minors under the age of 15 are passengers. Sen.
Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk, said the idea came from a third grader on
the Eastern Shore ...
passes ban on smoking with kids in car
WWBT - February 1, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Senate has passed legislation making
it illegal for adults to smoke with kids in the car. The vote on Sen.
Ralph Northam's bill was 30-10. It now goes to the House of Delegates,
which historically is less receptive to such restrictions.
bans smoking in cars with kids
Rappahannock News - February 1, 2013
RICHMOND The Senate today passed a bill to prohibit smoking in
a vehicle when a child under 15 is present.
Howell Vote for Ban on Smoking in Car With Kids
Vienna (VA) Patch.com January 31, 2013
Northam's bill is one of three smoking bans still making their way through
the ... succeeded in banning smoking under bus shelters, but extending
that ban to ...
schools to become tobacco-free
WWBT January 31, 2013
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico schools are going tobacco free - not just
on school grounds, but at all school-related events. The new policy
isn't just for teachers, students, and staff, but will include parents,
contractors, and guests - basically anyone who comes on school property
ticket for smoking with kids in the car? Maybe
Lynchburg (VA) News & Advance - Jan 29, 2013
Smoking in a motor vehicle with children present would be prohibited
under legislation that cleared the Senate Courts of Justice Committee
supports ending cohabitation ban, reluctantly behind ban ...
Washington Post-Jan 29, 2013
McDonnell also indicated support on his hourlong live show on Washington's
WTOP radio for legislation banning smoking in cars when minors are present,
DAILY: Virginia Senate mulls beach smoking ban
WJLA-January 30, 2013
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: A Virginia bill allowing students to object
when secular teachings violate their religious beliefs is advancing
despite a ...
smoking habits smother an innocent campus
Rutartan-January 30, 2013
Smoking at Radford University is a problem because of the health dangers
for those smoking and those exposed to the secondhand smoke and the
man to speak on beach smoking ban
WAVY-TV - January 29, 2013
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Virginia Beach resident, Donny Damon, will
speak to lawmakers in Richmond on Tuesday about a proposed smoking ban
fine for smoking with kids in car advances in Va.
Norfolk (VA) Virginian-Pilot - January 29, 2013
Punishing with a $100 fine motorists who smoke tobacco while a youth
under age 15 is in the vehicle is the latest anti-smoking bill from
Sen. Ralph Northam, a Norfolk physician. On Monday, an amended version
of his SB 975 wafted out of the Senate Courts ...
Bills Would Ban
Smoking in Cars with Kids
Capital News Service, emporianews.com January 21, 2013
A bill to forbid smoking in cars carrying children is dead in the House,
but a similar proposal remains alive in the Senate
not uncommon for states to ban smoking in cars carrying children. Arkansas,
Louisiana, California, Maine and Puerto Rico all have such laws. The
age of the minor varies from state to state. Anti-smoking advocates
would like to see Virginia join that list. Virginia is far behind
what other states have, said Bronson Frick, an assistant director
of Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, a national advocacy group.
Virginia does ban smoking in restaurants, but the state law doesnt
cover other areas. Itd help Virginia be a part of a trend
with most of the United States, Frick said. Most states that have
outlawed smoking in the car with a child present, Frick said, usually
take an educational approach, too: They have a campaign to inform the
public about the health risks of second-hand smoke.
official pushes smoking ban on public property
Washington Examiner - January 12, 2013
A Fairfax official with a history of pushing anti-smoking legislation
wants to keep members of the general public from lighting up on county
Incorporated' To Screen at SLHS
Reston (VA) Patch.com - January 9, 2013
The South Lakes High School Parent Teacher Student Association and Student
Government Association leadership class are sponsoring a screening of
the movie Addiction Incorporated on Friday.
Among the panelists:
Pat Hynes, Hunter Mill School Board Member; Sharon Arndt, Fairfax County
Department of Neighborhood and Community Services; Sharon Eubanks, US
Justice Department and board member for Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights;
Ritney Castine, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Richmond apartments ban smoking
WWBT - December 13, 2012
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Smoking in Link Apartments Manchester could lead
to fines and eviction. Link Apartments Manchester is one of Richmond's
newest developments. It is visible from the Manchester Bridge. There
is a work-out room, free garage parking, and views of the Richmond skyline.
But there is a catch - smoking is banned on the premises. "We have
decided to make our community be Richmond's first big property that
has completely no smoking anywhere," said property manager Diane
Owners Saw Increased Business Three Years after Smoking Ban
WHSV - December 11, 2012
HARRISONBURG, Va -- Gold Crown Billiards went through some major modifications
in 2009 to comply with smoking restrictions. "Three years ago it
was a ... The building of Gold Crown needed a whole new ventilation
system. "Several contractors told us it would've been tens of thousands
of dollars, which as a small business owner, that was something we could
not take on as a business." They decided to go smoke free instead.
The first six to eight months was a total transition because our
regular clients were coming in and they couldn't smoke anymore. They
had to go outside. But, at the same time we gained so many new clientele
that would have never come here before because we were a smoking establishment."
County Could Require Stop-Smoking Classes for Employees
Oakton (VA) Patch.com - December 10, 2012
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors could require county employees
to enroll in stop-smoking classes, but requiring them to actually go
cold turkey is against the law, according a recent memo from the County
considers outlawing smoking in car with kids
Washington Examiner - December 10, 2012
Virginia's ban on smoking in restaurants and public buildings just passed
the three-year mark, and a Democratic lawmaker is now looking to expand
the ban to some cars.
Parks? County Leader Thinks It May Happen ...
Sun Gazette - December 6, 2012
County Board Vice Chairman Walter Tejada has hopes that the General
Assembly eventually will support Arlington's bid to make local parks
and sports fields ...
to Explore Smoking Ban on Fairfax County Property
Herndon (VA) Patch.com - December 6, 2012
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion from Hyland on
Tuesday directing the county's lawyers to look at the legality of smoking
bans on ...
to Explore Smoking Ban on Fairfax County Property
Tysons Corner (VA) Patch.com - December 4, 2012
What can Fairfax County legally do to discourage employees from smoking?
Thats the question Fairfax County Supervisor Gerry Hyland (Mount
Vernon) wants answered. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved
a motion from Hyland on Tuesday directing the countys lawyers
to look at the legality of smoking bans on county property, required
courses that would encourage quitting and the consideration of tobacco
use in a persons hiring.
not spending much on stop-smoking programs
Richmond Times Dispatch - November 3, 2012
States spent about $8.1 billion for tobacco-prevention and cessation
programs ... The "Tips From Former Smokers" advertisements
profiled people who are living ...
smoking bans save lives?
WTVR October 31, 2012
Doctors say laws banning smoking in public places actually save lives.
Currently, Virginia does not have any outdoor smoking bans. However,
the state does prohibit smoking in bars and restaurants, unless they
have a separate room for it.
Ban in Tazewell Causes Turmoil
WVNS-TV - October 23, 2012
Tazewell Town Council has banned smoking in Lincolnshire Park. ... Jim
Spencer say they're not aware of any other smoking bans in parks in
the county. ... He says he could see banning smoking in the ball fields'
stands and dugouts, but not ...
Town Council bans smoking in park
WSLS - October 22, 2012
TAZEWELL, Va. (AP) - "No smoking" signs are going up in a
town park in Tazewell. Tazewell Town Council has banned smoking in Lincolnshire
prompts smoking ban in Lincolnshire Park
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - October 20, 2012
Citizen complaints have prompted the first-ever smoking ban in a Tazewell
needs smoking ban
Virginia Tech Collegiate Times - October 18, 2012
I disagree with Marcus Williams column regarding smoking on campus
(in print Oct. 11). There needs to be an effort to enforce current smoking
laws and limit the amount of people smoking in public places. People
have a right to smoke cigarettes except when that right to smoke cigarettes
infringes on peoples right to breathe clean air. In his column,
Williams asserts there is no benefit to banning smoking in open ...
American Smokeout Nov. 15
Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch - October 19, 2012
The Great American Smokeout is Nov. 15. Health officials say tobacco
use is the leading cause of preventable illness and premature death.
Stafford High Schools Receive Grants to Promote Healthy ...
Fredericksburg.com (blog) - October 5, 2012
Two Stafford high schools will receive $2,000 grants from the Virginia
Foundation for Healthy Youth to support chapters of the Y Street teen
volunteer group which promotes healthy, tobacco-free lifestyles among
the states youth.
to go tobacco-free
Henrico Citizen - October 4, 2012
Henrico County public schools and school-sponsored events soon will
be entirely tobacco-free, following the School Board's 4-1 vote Sept.
27 to enact a ...
student body supports smoking ban
University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily - October 4, 2012
Signs outside Dabney and Bonnycastle dorms on McCormick Road that tell
students No Smoking in Building or Within 20 Feet of Building
do so incorrectly ...
It's about time Henrico schools went smoke-free
Richmond Times Dispatch (blog) - October 2, 2012
Teenagers have a keen nose for hypocrisy, and they no doubt detect more
than the whiff of cigarettes when teachers are allowed to smoke in designated
areas. Nothing turns a teen off more than, "Do as I say, not as
I do." That's only one reason why the Henrico County school district
is doing the right thing by going tobacco free. The ban on smoking on
school property includes everyone, all the time.
colleges and universities including the VCU Medical Center campus
have gone smoke-free. It serves high school students to acclimate
campus going tobacco-free
Tidewater News - September 29, 2012
...A registered nurse at Southampton Memorial Hospital, Rickmond will
have to leave the grounds to smoke when the hospital campus goes tobacco-free
on Nov. 8.
The study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and
the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute ranked Franklin
127th out of 131 cities and counties in health outcomes. The results
were attributed to high unemployment and poverty rates.
schools call smoking ban a win-win
WTVR - September 28, 2012
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) The Henrico School Board voted to
make its campuses smoke free before, during and after school.
The new policy applies ...
school system going 100 percent smoke-free
Richmond Times Dispatch - September 28, 2012
The Henrico County school system is going tobacco-free. The Henrico
School Board voted 4-1 Thursday to ban tobacco use on school property
at all times. The ban will include athletic events and nighttime meetings
University student government voting about possible ...
WDBJ7 - September 27, 2012
Radford University is deciding whether it will support or push to ban
completely, smoking on campus. Right now students and staff cannot smoke
inside buildings, but *can* smoke at least 25 feet away from any building.
Board tables possible tobacco ban for one month
Henrico Citizen - August 17, 2012
School Board tables possible tobacco ban for one month ... Some offer
designated smoking areas for staff members and visitors, while others
do not, Deputy ...
smoking ban snuffed out
Northern Virginia Daily (VA) - August 14, 2012
By Alex Bridges -- email@example.com. STRASBURG -- A ban on smoking
in town parks and other outdoors areas failed to pass Tuesday night.
looks to become first tobacco-free local school district
Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch - Aug 12, 2012
Smoking and other tobacco use have long been prohibited for students,
but the district is now looking at extending the ban to faculty, staff
and visitors to county schools and school events. "We're making
our best effort to make Henrico public schools 1
to ban Chic's Beach smoking gets new ally
The Virginian-Pilot - July 30, 2012
Donny Damon started to get discouraged when he learned the City Council
would need a new state law passed to advance his effort to ban smoking
on Chic's Beach.
County schools consider going 100% tobacco-free
WTVR - July 19, 2012
Henrico County Public Schools is considering a change in their policy
concerning tobacco use and smoking on school property.
on VRE Platforms Could Be Banned
Manassas Park (VA) Patch.com - June 19, 2012
The CEO of the Virginia Railway Express will ask for the public's opinion
about a possible ban on smoking near train platforms before and after
want smoking ban on beach
WAVY-TV - May 30, 2012
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va (WAVY) - The Chesapeake Beach Civic League voted
to support a proposed ban. They plan to present an online ... Residents
want smoking ban in Chicks Beach. Regular Photo Size ... California
and Florida also have bans. The Chesapeake Beach ...
Beach Official Says Smoking Ban is State Issue
Charlottesville Newsplex - May 29, 2012
A group that wants a ban on smoking on beaches along the Chesapeake
Bay apparently will need permission from the state, not local authorities.
want smoking ban for Chic's Beach
WVEC.com (VA) - May 28, 2012
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Some Va. Beach residents want to ban smoking on the
beaches of the Chesapeake bay, but that fight likely has to be settled
by state ...
looks to "Kick the Habit" around city's parks
Lynchburg News and Advance - May 18, 2012
Parks & Recreation is exploring expanding its tobacco-free zones
to discourage smoking around playgrounds, fields and other places where
parks to go tobacco free
WSLS May 8, 2012
It is the first locality in Central Virginia to adopt a formal tobacco-free
policy. Signs that read: â€Please no tobacco useâ€
due to community values, ...
leaders consider curbing tobacco use at public parks
WDBJ7 - Apr 14, 2012
The city's parks and recreation department is trying to figure out if
it's feasible to make certain parks tobacco free. Places like the Miller
Park pool, ...
playground smoking ban
WJLA (VA) - March 16, 2012
Even smokers want the butts off playgrounds. Dad George Brrnilovich
is a smoker and favors a new ban on smoking on public playgrounds in
votes to outlaw smoking on playgrounds
Frederick News Post (subscription) - March 16, 2012
By Patti S. Borda Hot on the heels of a Senate bill to ban smoking
in cars with children 8 and younger, the city banned smoking near city
council puts off decision on smoke-free policy
WSLS - March 15, 2012
After hearing from a few residents about a proposal to implement a
tobacco-free policy at town parks and public facilities a first
among Central Virginia localities town council members this week
decided to look more closely at the wording and bring the matter back
for further consideration. ...
policy to get more study
Chatham Star Tribune (VA) - March 14, 2012
After hearing from four people Tuesday night about a tobacco-free policy
on town recreational property, Altavista Town Council referred the issue
to one of ...
Senate passes curbs on smoking
Richmond Times Dispatch - February 13, 2012
Smoking would be prohibited on school grounds and in government buildings
under two bills easily passed by the Virginia Senate today.
Could Provide Localities Ability to Ban Smoking on School Grounds
Sun (VA) Gazette - February 10, 2012
A local House of Delegates members bill to allow public-school
districts to ban smoking outdoors on their properties has met defeat,
but a companion bill is advancing in the state Senate. ...
on Smoking in Parks Meets Defeat in House Committee
Sun (VA) Gazette - February 10, 2012
Virginia law currently does not allow local governments to ban smoking
in outdoor areas of public parks. Arlington officials last year began
a campaign to ...
says 'please' put out that butt
Washington Examiner - Aubrey Whelan - November 13, 2011
In 2008, the board expressed support for banning smoking in county bars
and ... Many complied, and the state later passed its own smoking ban
for all of the ...
to Request Public Refrain from Smoking in Parks
Sun Gazette (Arlington, VA) - November 1, 2011
In a letter to park supporters, Tiwari acknowledged that it remains
unclear whether, under state law, localities have the power to ban smoking
in public ...
smoking in Va public housing
Daily Press - Tamara Dietrich - May 19, 2011
Housing authorities in some states have banned smoking in publicly subsidized
units, but Virginia isn't among them. Yet. Portsmouth and Chesapeake
are moving toward a ban in their newer buildings in the next year, then
gradually expanding the ban to ...
effective is Virginia's smoking ban?
Henrico Citizen - Danny Rathbun - May 17, 2011
A year and a half later, how effective is the ban? Under the smoking
ban, no establishment that sells food can allow smoking, unless it has
a separate ...
Virginia cities to ban smoking in public housing, policies are 1st in
Daily Journal - May 6, 2011
Public housing agencies in both cities plan to ban smoking inside apartments.
The bans will be phased in. Jim Bergman with the Smoke-Free Environments
Law Project tells The Virginian-Pilot that the bans will be the first
in Virginia. ...
tries to ban lighting up in legislators' offices
Richmond Times Dispatch - Olympia Meola - March 1, 2011
One delegate is trying to do for his colleagues what they've done for
others: ban smoking.
Despite broadened prohibitions in recent years on lighting up around
the commonwealth, smoking is allowed in state lawmakers' offices.
An executive order signed in 2006 by then-Gov. Timothy M. Kaine prohibits
lighting up in offices occupied by executive-branch agencies, including
colleges and universities, and state-owned vehicles.
But the executive branch does not dictate the affairs of the legislative
branch, which controls the General Assembly Building.
Del. Patrick A. Hope, D-Arlington, attempted this year to put Kaine's
bans on smoking into the state code and to expand them to include any
building owned or leased by the commonwealth or any agency or institution
of, or any building owned or leased by a locality ...
Asthma Capital Again
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), 2011-02-23
There is no place free from asthma triggers, and some cities are more
challenging places to live than others. For the second year in a row,
Richmond, VA, 2011 Asthma Capitalshas been named the "Asthma Capital"
in the research and ranking by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of
America (AAFA). The annual Asthma Capitals report is a list of the 100
most challenging places to live with asthma. ...
year later, more than 90% of restaurants in Virginia smoke-free
Richmond Times Dispatch - John Reid Blackwell, Tyler Whitley - December
...In Virginia, state lawmakers last year broke their traditional resistance
to tougher public-smoking rules by passing a law that prohibits smoking
in restaurants with few exceptions.
Since the law took effect a year ago today, about 93 percent of eateries
in the state have gone smoke-free indoors. The rest offer smoking areas
that are enclosed and vented separately. ...
smoking ban considered for Roanoke City
WSLS.com - Meagan Farley - November 30, 2010
Julia Thompson is a smoker and says if she wants to light up in city
parks she should be able to. The government is taking our rights
away a little bit at a time.
This is at least the third year the City Council has requested the
General Assembly allow localities to be able to ban smoking in some
outdoor areas. However, each year it has failed, so they tweaked it
to be more specific this time around.
The ban on cigarette smoke could apply to places similar to the tunnel
leading into Rivers Edge Sporting Complex where some people have to
walk through the smoke to get to the game.
Cigarette smoke would also be banned at youth sporting events and close
to entrances and exit ways of city buildings ...
restaurants, bars embrace state's smoke-free law
Norfolk (VA) Virginian-Pilot, 2010-11-28
"I think the numbers show that the restaurant and hospitality
industry have embraced the new law, and the general public has, also,"
Hagy said last week.
That doesn't mean the restaurants and bars have gone smoke-free.
On a recent Friday afternoon, Poppa's Pub Sportz Bar & Grill in
Virginia Beach was thrumming. The bar and most of the tables were packed
- with smokers.
Only one area was empty - a small room toward the front with four tables.
That's the non smoking room at Poppa's.
It's legal. The law, which will turn one year old Wednesday, doesn't
require restaurants and bars to ban smoking indoors, as did a North
Carolina law that took effect in January.
They may establish separate smoking and non smoking areas if they are
"structurally separated" and "separately vented"
and if the nonsmoking room has one entrance from outside. The law does
not mandate a minimum size for the rooms, Hagy said. ...
Beach considers extending smoking ban
Bethany Beach Wave - Alyson Cunningham - Nov 16, 2010
BETHANY BEACH -- Two years after it prohibited smoking on the beach
during the summer, the Town Council will consider making the ban a year-round
In 2008, officials approved the ordinance, which outlaws smoking on
the boardwalk, bandstand, playgrounds and town parks. On the beach,
smoking is prohibited -- except in designated areas -- from May 15 through
According to Mayor Tony McClenny, several citizens asked the Town Council
to make the ban a permanent, year-round rule. Officials will consider
the request at a workshop, scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 22.
"We do try to listen when people (have these requests),"
he said ...
County bans smoking in bus shelters
The Washington Post, 2010-10-20
Kafia A. Hosh
After a public hearing Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously
approved a ban on smoking in county-owned bus shelters. Violators will
be fined up to $25 under the ban, which goes into effect Dec. 1.
The Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act requires state agencies and localities
to consider reasonable no-smoking areas in any building they own or
lease. The ban comes after the state's prohibition on smoking in restaurants,
and the legislation repeals a section of the county code that requires
restaurants to designate a percentage of their seating as no-smoking
Larry Sternbane, a regular Richmond Highway Express (REX) bus commuter,
encouraged the supervisors to pass the smoking ban. ...
Gridlock - Fairfax weighs ban on smoking
Fairfax officials are considering a ban on smoking in county-owned
The Washington Post, 2010-09-14
Kafia A. Hosh
Fairfax officials are considering a ban on smoking in county-owned
The board is expected to authorize a public hearing on the ban at its
meeting Tuesday, which is underway. The Virginia Clean Door Act requires
state agencies and localities to consider reasonable no-smoking areas
in any building they own or lease. ...
Scene - 13 arrested for smoking in Falls Church
The Washington Post, 2010-08-17
Josh White , The Crime Scene - To Serve and Inform
After repeated complaints about people smoking in and around a group
of Vietnamese restaurants in Falls Church, police there last week arrested
nine smokers for lighting up in "non-designated areas" of
the restaurants and arrested four others for allowing smoking.
The 13 arrests for smoking followed months of complaints about the
establishments in Eden Center, which is home to a number of Vietnamese
eateries and shops. . . .
Barbara Gordon, a spokeswoman for the City of Falls Church, said the
police department had been receiving complaints about smoking at Eden
Center for quite some time and included concerns about people
smoking in the restaurants and depositing cigarette butts in areas where
smoking is legally prohibited.
Police made the arrests at the following restaurants: Hai Lua, Pho
Bien, Café Nho, Café Le Mirage, Tay Do and Hoa Vien Quan.
moves to ban smoking at bus shelters
Washington Post (blog) - Derek Kravitz - July 28, 2010
Fairfax County officials are pushing to ban smoking at all public bus
shelters, eight months after Virginia's restaurant-and-bar smoking ban
went into effect.
The ban would address the "health implications of breathing secondhand
smoke," said Fairfax Supervisor Jeff C. McKay (D-Lee), the board's
transportation committee chairman. Virginia's no-smoking law was approved
by the General Assembly in February 2009 and went into effect last December.
The District and Maryland have similar state laws regarding smoking
in restaurants and bars.
The Virginia Clean Air Act allows localities to institute "reasonable
no-smoking areas" at publicly-owned or leased facilities and bus
shelters qualify as buildings under Virginia's building code. The Board
of Supervisors voted unanimously late Tuesday to draft an ordinance
for final adoption. ...
Virginia faith groups endorse anti-tobacco resolution
The Underground - June 20, 2010
Two major faith groups from Virginia joined recently the fight in their
state against the use of tobacco.
The two denominations are the United Church of Christ and the United
Methodists. Embodying hundreds of thousands of Virginians, they backed
up the Faith United Against Tobacco in Virginia Resolution, the PR Newswire
Under this resolution, comprehensive policies are being endorsed against
smoking including full funding for tobacco prevention and cessation
programs, increasing state tobacco tax, and rendering all places of
work smoke-free, PR Newswire said.
Endorsing the policy, the faith groups said, will save lives and reduce
illnesses caused by tobacco smoking. They also urged other faith groups
in Virginia to join them in the fight against tobacco, PR Newswire said.
The role of faith leaders has always been critical in addressing social
issues, especially where children and vulnerable people are concerned,
Tobacco-Free Kids said in their website. ...
See Profits from Smoking Ban
WSET - May 17, 2010
Lynchburg, VA - It's been almost six months now since you haven't been
able to smoke in the main areas of restaurants.
It was a big deal when the law went through, but the Lynchburg area
health department says they've had to investigate very few violations.
Business owners we spoke with Monday say the ban has actually been
Ban Violators Could Face Liquor License Revocation
If local authorities get repeated convictions, they can turn it over
to the Virginia ABC Board.
WTVR TV 6 (Richmond, VA), 2010-03-03
Angela Pellerano Weekend Anchor/Reporter
Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) can actually take away an
establishment's liquor license --- if they're caught breaking the smoking
ban law over and over again.
Will Horton, general manager of the Rock Falls Tavern plays by the
rules when it comes to Virginia's state smoking ban --- with a smoking
and non-smoking section.
He says he's lucky the ban hasn't affected his bottom line.
"Business has been pretty good", he says. ...
center smoking ban goes into effect
Staunton News Leader - Brad Zinn - February 2, 2010
The days of inmates lighting up a cigarette came to an end Monday across
the state after the Virginia Department of Corrections enacted a tobacco
ban that snuffed out smokes and chewing tobacco for both convicts and
employees alike. ...
restaurants complying with smoking ban
Norfolk (VA) Virginian-Pilot, 2010-01-29
Patrick Wilson and Jaedda Armstrong
State health officials have received at least 70 complaints that businesses
in eastern Virginia violated the restaurant smoking ban since it went
into effect Dec. 1.
That number is low, they said.
"We didn't know what to expect, but considering the number of
complaints that we've received, it's a good sign that most restaurants
and customers are in compliance," said Larry Hill, a spokesman
for the department's eastern region, which includes Hampton Roads, Western
Tidewater, the Eastern Shore and Northern Neck.
The number of complaints was compiled from health districts and goes
through the end of last week, Hill said. Of the reported complaints,
33 were in Virginia Beach, nine in Chesapeake, eight in Hampton, eight
in Portsmouth, seven on the Peninsula and three in Norfolk. ...
Gets On-Air Call From Obama
EU News Network
... As a break from politicians, Grammy-winning pop musician Bruce
Hornsby called to thank Kaine for supporting a ban on smoking in restaurants
and bars in Virginia.
ban begins at bars and restaurants in Virginia
Norfolk (VA) Virginian-Pilot, 2009-12-01
Puffing a Marlboro and sipping a margarita, Patty Turney sat at the
bar for happy hour at Norfolk's Colley Cantina.
She had only a few more hours to enjoy her cigarette. At 11:59, the
staff planned to urge patrons to hurry up and "smoke 'em if you
got 'em. "
Starting to day, smoking is banned in most bars and restaurants across
Virginia. The legislation, signed by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine in March,
allows patrons to smoke only on a restaurant's outdoor patio or in a
separate smoking room with its own ventilation system. ...
Smoking ban appeals
Staunton (VA) Daily News Leader, 2009-12-01
More than anything, the bill will improve workplace safety. . . .
Waitresses, hosts and bartenders work for hours, night after night
in smoke-filled rooms. Even if they do not smoke themselves, the effects
of second-hand smoke from their workplace could cause health issues.
The smoking ban will greatly diminish this hazard.
A 1998 survey showed that only 24.8 percent of people smoke in the
United States. It is time for the minority to stop polluting the air
of the majority when we are paying to eat out. ...
Dining, fresh air are compatible in Va.
Norfolk (VA) Virginian-Pilot, 2009-12-01
What's that smell? Ah, yes, it's the fragrance of fresh air.
It's also the smell of roasted garlic, chicken soup, lemon meringue
pie and paella, scents made all the more mouth-watering by the absence
of another odor that makes a welcome exit from Virginia's restaurants.
A new law that bans smoking in restaurants takes effect today. The
stench of cigarette and cigar smoke has already become less familiar
in recent months as many eating establishments erased tobacco from their
menu well before the Dec. 1 deadline. . . .
So tonight, celebrate Virginia's new smoking ban with dinner at your
favorite restaurant. Better yet, try one that you gave up years ago
because you couldn't stand the smoke. Make sure to tip your waiter well
and thank the manager for the fresh air.
Going, Gone in Virginia
Triumph for Gov. Tim Kaine: Smoking is banned in most restaurants and
bars in the Commonwealth starting December 1.
It's an amazing victory for Virginia non-puffers in this state famous
for those amazing tobacco auctions where auctioneers for decades held
the house spellbound when they spewed a semi-intelligible auction yodel
-- with the punch line: "Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!"
In this case, the ban was sold to those Virginians who have been trying
unsuccessfully -- until now -- to join neighboring Maryland and the
District in restaurant smoking bans.
There are exceptions: private clubs and restaurants with physically
separate rooms with their own ventilation systems, as well as bars with
open-air outside areas. ...
Commissioner: Go smoke-free a couple of weeks early
Augusta Free Press - November 19, 2009
To mark the upcoming ban on smoking in restaurants, Virginias
Health Commissioner today called on Virginians to show their support
for the new law and local businesses by dining at their favorite smoke-free
The Commonwealths new law to eliminate smoking in Virginiarestaurants
and protect restaurant workers and patrons from secondhand smoke takes
effect Dec. 1. Secondhand smoke is responsible for as many as 1,040
adult deaths per year in Virginia. During restaurant inspections, the
Virginia Department of Health will check to ensure that smoking paraphernalia
such as ashtrays are removed and that required no smoking
signs are displayed. The health department will also observe whether
anyone in a smoke-free area is smoking and whether any designated smoking
areas are in fact structurally separate from non-smoking dining rooms.
At a news conference today, Commissioner Karen Remley, M.D., MBA, recognized
the 34th annual Great American Smokeout and encouraged Virginians to
join her in expressing gratitude to Virginias restaurant and hospitality
industry for supporting efforts to protect public health.
I am encouraging you to join me in the Commonwealth Breathe
Easy Challenge by going to your favorite restaurant on Dec. 1
to thank them for creating a smoke-free environment and congratulating
them for their business success, Commissioner Remley said. Smoke-free
dining protects public health, makes good business sense, improves our
quality of life and will help all Virginians to breathe easy.
Virginians can learn more about the new law and download appreciation
cards from the VDH Web site (www.vdh.virginia.gov/breatheeasy) to thank
restaurants that are smoke-free and encourage others to make the move.
The Web site answers frequently asked questions and offers no
smoking signs and materials for restaurant owners to share with
customers and staff. ...
Kaine in Norfolk today for countdown to smoking ban
Norfolk (VA) Virginian-Pilot, 2009-10-08
Cindy Clayton The Virginian-Pilot
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will be in Norfolk today to help kick off the
countdown to the state's restaurant smoking ban.
Kaine will speak at 8:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 739 W. 21st St., a news
release from his office says.
The state's smoking ban takes effect Dec. 1.
Kaine also plans to events to kick of the smoking ban in Richmond,
Roanoke and Burke, the release says. ...
smoking at the Virginia Zoo
WAVY-TV 10 (Portsmouth, VA), 2009-09-03
The Virginia Zoo has banned smoking throughout the entire facility.
The ban is effective immediately and prohibits smoking both outdoors
and inside the buildings.
Deadline Looming, Many Restaurants Going Smoke Free
Restauranteurs across Richmond are opting to let go of smoking in
their establishments, a decision they believe will actually help business.
Sam Brock Staff reporter, WTVR.com, September 1, 2009
RICHMOND - Kevin Healy knew about the Richmond smoking ban well before
the launch of his new restaurant, The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing.
Given the choice, Healy opted not to outfit his establishment with
a private room for smoking.
"I think you're pushing a ball uphill," declared Healy. "I
think the way of the world is less smoking in public places."
The native New Yorker added that the ban has worked well in the Empire
State, where his relatives own a restaurant that has flourished with
tighter smoking regulations.
Plus, Healy noted patrons don't have to worry about what their hair
and clothing will smell like after a night out.
official says smoking not its issue
Daily Mail - Charleston - Jake Stump - August 7, 2009
CHARLESTON, W.Va.--The head of the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control
Administration doesn't want his agency wedged into the ongoing battle
between Tri-State Racetrack and the Kanawha County health board.
Anita Ray, county health director, recently sent a letter to the alcohol
control agency stating she would contact the agency if the racetrack
defied the countywide smoking ban, an insinuation that the liquor agency
should revoke Tri-State's liquor license.
In Tri-State's defense, Dan Adkins, vice president of Hartman &
Tyner Inc., which owns the racetrack, shot off a letter to the liquor
agency this week contending that the health board withheld several important
facts in its letter.
Alcohol Beverage Control Commissioner Dallas Staples said the smoking
ban issue isn't on his agency's radar. ...
new state laws are in effect today
Richmond Times Dispatch - Tyler Whitley - July 1, 2009
New state laws that ban text messaging while driving and get tougher
on drunken drivers take effect today.
In a 46-day session, the General Assembly approved 879 bills, most
of which are now law.
The session will probably be best known for a measure prohibiting smoking
in most restaurants and bars in Virginia. This measure will not take
effect until Dec. 1 to give restaurant owners more time to prepare for
the ban. ...
Make dining, public activities smoke-free
Stafford County (VA) Sun, 2009-05-14
Gov. Timothy Kaine signed the legislation in March. The law means that
restaurants will allow people to smoke in a separate room away from
the non-smoking areas. Exceptions are private clubs and outdoor areas.
While this is a good first step, it needs to go farther. Why not ban
smoking in dining establishments and public enclosed areas altogether?
. . .
For the health and safety of those who do not enjoy inhaling carcinogens,
let's make dining establishments smoke-free in Virginia, and stop referring
to the state as tobacco-land with the implication that nothing can change
for the better. Virginia can be what we want it to be. ...
to sign restaurant-bar smoking ban legislation today
Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, 2009-03-09
Times-Dispatch Staff Reports
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine travels to Virginia Beach today to sign into law
the restaurant and bar smoking ban legislation passed by the General
Assembly earlier this year.
The compromise measure restricts smoking in restaurants to ones with
rooms that are ventilated separately and to private clubs.
smoking ban goes to the governor
Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, 2009-02-20
Virginia, which 400 years ago helped found a nation on the leafy cash
crop of tobacco, yesterday took a significant step toward smoke-free
restaurants and bars.
Lawmakers passed and sent to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine a measure that restricts
smoking in restaurants to ones with rooms that are ventilated separately
and to private clubs.
Kaine, who in 2006 had issued an executive order banning smoking in
state government buildings, said he will sign the legislation.
"I think it will be signed quite swiftly -- in the quickest-drying
ink I can find," Kaine said outside his office.
The Democratic-controlled state Senate voted 27-13 to pass Senate Bill
1105. The tally in the Republican-controlled House of Delegates was
An identical piece of legislation, House Bill 1703, cleared a Senate
committee yesterday and also is on track for approval.
Ban Passes In Va.
The Washington Post, 2009-02-20
Anita Kumar Washington Post Staff Writer
The Virginia General Assembly gave final approval Thursday to a plan
that prohibits smoking in most of the state's bars and restaurants,
handing Gov. Timothy M. Kaine one of his first significant legislative
Kaine and others have pushed for a prohibition for years. But its passage
never seemed likely given that Virginia is home to the world's largest
cigarette manufacturer and tobacco is so intertwined with state history
that images of tobacco leaves are painted on the ceiling of the Capitol
"I think it . . . demonstrates persistence can be a virtue,"
Kaine said at a news conference. "I learned early on you've got
to stick with something you believe in and maybe you can make it happen."
Starting Dec. 1, smoking will be banned in most restaurants and bars,
although it would be permitted in private clubs, on some outdoor patios
and in separate ventilated rooms.
"It's just a big step in the right direction for the health of
Virginians," said Sen. Ralph S. Northam (D-Norfolk), a pediatric
Health Groups' Statement on Passage of SB 1105
Statement of the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association,
American Lung Association in Virginia, American Cancer Society Cancer
Action Network, and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
PR Newswire, 2009-02-19
SOURCE Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
We appreciate the intent of Governor Kaine and members of the General
Assembly who recognize the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and sought
to provide some protection for the public and workers in restaurants
with the smoke-free restaurant legislation that passed today. We only
wish this legislation had gone further and protected all Virginia restaurant
workers from secondhand smoke.
It is unfortunate that Virginia will not join the 24 other states that
have passed smoke-free laws that cover ALL restaurants and bars - the
cheapest, fairest, and most effective strategy for protecting all workers
and patrons from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
smoking ban bill passed by Va. Senate committee
The Virginian-Pilot, VA - February 19, 2009
A statewide smoking ban in many bars and restaurants was approved by
the General Assembly today and is on its way Gov. Timothy M. Kaine.
Kaine supports the smoking ban concept.
The measure, SB1105, bans smoking in bars and restaurants except for
private clubs, facilities with separate smoking areas equipped with
independent ventilation systems and establishments that have open-air
The House, which earlier in the session attempted to water down the
ban, voted for the bill, 60-39. The bill, which is sponsored by Sen.
Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk, passed the Senate, 27-13.
Assembly notebook: Smoking ban up for discussion; Senators kill proposed
'right to work' amendment
Roanoke (VA) Times & World News, 2009-02-18
The fate of a proposal to ban smoking in Virginia restaurants will
soon be in the hands of a few key negotiators.
The House and Senate moved Tuesday to put one version of that bill
(Senate Bill 1105) into conference, wherein appointees from each chamber
hash out the details. A second version (House Bill 1703) was approved
by a Senate committee on an 8-7 vote, but it's likely headed for the
Earlier this month, Gov. Tim Kaine and House Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford
County, announced they had reached agreement on a measure to ban smoking
in all restaurants except for private clubs and restaurants that have
a separately ventilated smoking section.
The agreement represents a compromise that came only after years of
failed efforts to pass a statewide or local-option smoking ban. But
it's already come under fire ...
Senate rejects House changes to smoking-ban bill
Norfolk (VA) Virginian-Pilot, 2009-02-17
Julian Walker The Virginian-Pilot
The Virginia Senate revitalized a tough smoking ban bill Monday by
rejecting several House of Delegates amendments that proponents felt
would weaken the legislation.
Stripped out of the bill were House modifications to permit smoking
in any establishment during hours that they did not admit minors or
when the place is rented for a private function. Also removed was an
amendment that required a separate smoking space in a restaurant to
be divided by only a door, not a room with an independent ventilation
The Senate action came after several legislators met last week with
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine in an effort to restore a compromise bill that
would ban smoking in many bars and restaurants across the state.
The Senate and House versions of smoking ban legislation are expected
to end up in a conference committee where the differences between the
two versions can be resolved, said Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk.
smoking ban tentatively approved by Va. House
Norfolk (VA) Virginian-Pilot, 2009-02-09
Warren Fiske The Virginian-Pilot
A statewide ban on smoking in most restaurants and bars was watered
down and tentatively approved Monday by the House of Delegates on Monday.
A series of amendments supported by Republicans and rural Democrats
left the measure well short of its original aim to outlaw smoking in
all eateries except those that build enclosed areas with separate ventilation
systems for puffers.
Saying the measure would force many small restaurant and bar owners
out of business, the House erased the separate ventilation requirement
and voted to permit smoking in any room separated from the rest of the
establishment by a door. . . .
The American Lung Association, which last week gave a nod to the smoking
ban, vowed to oppose the House amendments.
"They gutted the bill," said David DeBiasi, a lobbyist for
the association. "This bill is a joke now."
ban to be delayed if passed
Culpeper Star Exponent, VA - February 9, 2009
If a compromise bill to ban smoking in restaurants and bars in Virginia
passes the House of Delegates next week, it wont go into effect
until Oct. 1.
The House General Laws Committee voted Friday 9-4 to delay the effective
date of the ban from July 1 until Oct. 1 to give restaurants and bars
more time to comply with the provisions of the law.
banning smoking move forward in Va. Senate
The Virginian-Pilot, VA - January 29, 2009
A state Senate panel this morning passed a slew of bills that would
place restrictions on public smoking in certain venues.
Three of the proposals that advanced from the Senate Education and
Health committee are sponsored by South Hampton Roads legislators. Sens.
Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, and Fred Quayle, R-Suffolk, are both carrying
bills that would give localities enhanced powers to restrict indoor
bills may test if tobacco is still king in Va.
Norfolk (VA) Virginian-Pilot, 2009-01-25
Should state government protect Moskowitz and millions of others by
banning smoking in restaurants? The debate is fuming in the General
Assembly this winter, where lawmakers are considering about a dozen
bills that would limit lighting up.
A coalition of health-care groups, saying the costs of secondhand smoke
on lives and the economy are too great to ignore, wants to ban smoking
in restaurants. The measure is endorsed by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and
appears to have safe passage though the state Senate, which has approved
the ban in each of the past two years.
But a snag remains in the House of Delegates, where Republican leaders
say government should not referee smoking in restaurants.
"Restaurant owners don't need government to tell them what to
do," said Del. Tom Gear, R-Hampton, who heads a subcommittee that
has killed the bill without a recorded vote in each of the past two
smoke-ban supporters lobby at Capitol
Richmond Times Dispatch, VA - January 22, 2009
Supporters of stricter indoor-smoking laws and higher cigarette taxes
in Virginia turned out yesterday to lobby state lawmakers.
About 150 volunteers descended on the Capitol, urging legislators to
vote for bills that would crack down on smoking in workplaces and increase
the state's cigarette tax to $1.20 from 30 cents per pack. A coalition
of public-health groups organized the effort.
"In Virginia, where tobacco is such a significant part of our
history, it can take a lot of courage to stand up for smoke-free legislation,"
Del. David L. Englin, D-Alexandria, told volunteers who gathered at
the Library of Virginia before going to the Capitol. "You represent
the 75 percent of Virginians who want to see this happen."
Englin is carrying legislation in the House of Delegates proposed by
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine that would prohibit smoking in all restaurants.
At least 13 other bills dealing with indoor smoking have been introduced,
including three that would impose broad restrictions on smoking in indoor,
The legislation faces opposition from some business groups and tobacco
companies, such as Henrico County-based Altria Group Inc, parent company
of cigarette-maker Philip Morris USA. Opponents argue that state-imposed
restrictions are unnecessary, because restaurants and other workplaces
can go smoke-free voluntarily.
measure allowing local smoking limits stalls
A Senate bill that would allow Virginia localities to enact their own
restrictions on smoking in restaurants has stalled in committee.
The Committee on Local Government deadlocked Tuesday on two votes --
one to outright reject the legislation, the other to refer the bill
to a more favorable committee. The 6-6 votes means the bill can resurface
this session before the same committee.
'09: Local student's smoking concerns lead to bill
Stacey R. Hamman Capital News Service
Legislators such as Sen. Ralph S. Northam have noted this year an increased
concern with how smoking affects not only those who light up but also
"If you talk to Virginians, about 75 percent of them would like
to be able to go into a restaurant and not be exposed to secondhand
smoke," said Northam, a neurologist and pediatrician who represents
the Eastern Shore and parts of Tidewater in the Senate.
"It's a health issue," he said.
Northam is sponsoring two bills this session to address the matter
-- Senate Bill 1105 and Senate Bill 1106.
SB 1105 would ban smoking in all indoor restaurants, lounge areas and
bars in Virginia. It also would require the venue to erect "No
Smoking" signs. The bill would add a penalty for such violations
to the Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act, which passed in 1990.
As the legislation stands, restaurants that seat 50 or more people
must designate a sufficient no-smoking area for their customers. . .
SB 1106, a bill to ban smoking in vehicles with minors present, resulted
from a discussion between the senator and some students of Kegotank
Elementary School in Accomack County.
Conversation With Tim Kaine
Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, 2009-01-18
Gov. Tim Kaine sat down for a Newsmakers session on Monday with editors
and reporters from The Times-Dispatch newsroom and Editorial Pages.
. . .
Smoking ban: . . . There are smoking ban bills being put in by Republicans
this year. Just slightly different than mine. I don't yet know all the
bills but bills are getting put in. There's kind of a ferment on this
issue that is going to lead to some significant discussion . . . .
T-D: The tobacco tax is probably one of the least unpopular taxes you
can impose on people, but it seems like there's a couple problems with
it. It never seem to raise as much money as it is expected to and it
is maybe the most regressive tax out there. Does that concern you that
it's going to hit lower income people and finally, in Virginia, it's
going to hit some industries that are pretty important here?
ban proposed for Va. bars and restaurants
WTOP, DC - January 6, 2008
A push will be made again to ban smoking in Virginia bars and restaurants
in the upcoming General Assembly session. Delegate David Englin, D-Alexandria,
says he'll introduce the legislation.
Campaign: Clean Air Should Be on VA Menus 'Round the Clock
Public News Service, October 20, 2008
Richmond, VA - Clean air shouldn't have a "closing time."
That's the message behind a new campaign that supports a 24-hour smoke-free
law for the Commonwealth. The campaign is a response to reports that
some state officials are considering a smoke-free plan that would still
allow smoking in Virginia restaurants after 10 p.m.
Keenan Caldwell is with the American Cancer Society, one of half a
dozen groups supporting the campaign. He says the "late night"
exception leaves the health of workers and customers at risk.
"Because of the dangers of second-hand smoke, which contains more
than 4,000 chemicals -- 69 known to cause cancer -- it's just not protecting
the health of Virginians."
for Public Smoking Ban Are Snuffed Out
The Washington Post, 2008-02-15
Anita Kumar Washington Post Staff Writer
The Virginia House of Delegates defeated
several proposals Thursday to prohibit smoking in restaurants, stores, offices
and other public places, effectively killing all anti-smoking legislation for
this year's General Assembly session.
For the fourth year in a row, the
Republican-controlled House killed a smoking ban in the state, where tobacco farming
and cigarette manufacturing have been integral to the economy.
bills that ban public smoking die in House
The same subcommittee will
consider four smoking ban bills the Senate passed Tuesday.
Times & World News, 2008-02-08
A House subcommittee killed a series
of bills Thursday to enact a smoking ban in restaurants and other buildings, likely
foreshadowing the fate of similar Senate legislation.
After more than an
hour of testimony from the bills' supporters and opponents, the House General
Laws subcommittee on ABC and Gaming unanimously voted down eight measures that
would have restricted smoking in public areas.
"It's clearly, if someone
wants to go nonsmoking in a restaurant, they can do it," said subcommittee
chairman Del. Tom Gear, R-Hampton, prior to the votes. "I don't think it's
up to the government to intervene and tell the restaurant they have to do something.
They can do it on their own."
Del. Terrie Suit, R-Virginia Beach, who
leads the full House General Laws Committee, said she had once been in favor of
a smoking ban. But in recent years, she said she's found that more and more restaurants
are doing it themselves.
passes smoking bans
The three bills would bar smoking in most indoor public
Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, 2008-02-06
JIM NOLAN TIMES-DISPATCH
The state Senate yesterday adopted three anti-smoking bills
of varying restrictions that would kick the habit out of most enclosed public
places in the state.
Senate Bill 298, the most comprehensive measure approved,
would prohibit smoking "indoors in most buildings or enclosed areas frequented
by the public." It covers banks, sports arenas, restaurants and shopping
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, D-Arlington, would
require "No Smoking" signs . . .
The bill passed by a vote of
23-15, but not before a handful of Republican senators tried to defeat the measure.
a direct violation of the rights of Americans to perform a perfectly legal activity,"
said Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, R-Fairfax, who questioned the bill's constitutionality.
Stephen H. Martin, R-Chesterfield, and Sen. Stephen D. Newman, R-Lynchburg, said
the proposed law was too broad
Percent of Virginia Voters Support Smoke-Free Workplaces
PR Newswire (press
release), NY - January 31, 2008
Support for a smoke-free Virginia also
cuts across party lines, including support from 83 percent of Democrats and 71
percent of Republicans. ...
looks to snuff-out smoking in Virginia's restaurants
Bluefield Daily Telegraph,
WV, January 8, 2008
Puckett said the proposed smoking ban could spark
an emotional debate in the 2008 General Assembly session, which begins Wednesday.
officials pursue restaurant smoking ban
WDBJ7.com, VA - 3 hours ago
Va. (AP) - Norfolk officials are ignoring a state attorney general's opinion and
moving ahead in their effort to ban smoking in restaurants and bars.
General Bob McDonnell says in an advisory opinion that a locality cannot impose
smoking restrictions that are more stringent than those imposed by the state.
Norfolk City Attorney Bernard Pishko says the city is not relying on the Virginia
Clean Indoor Air Act. Instead, it's relying on the city charter, which Pishko
says permits smoking restrictions in two sections. One is through police powers
ensuring the health and safety of citizens. The other is a provision giving the
city power to order reductions in smoke and dust.
Throw Out the Ashtrays
The case for bar and restaurant smoking bans gets
The Washington Post, July 4, 2006
LAST WEEK the
surgeon general's office issued its first exhaustive report in 20 years on the
dangers of inhaling your date's cigarette fumes. The study confirmed everything
we already knew and a lot of what we previously thought about secondhand smoke
the evidence continues to pile up: Not only do smoking bans work but Americans
also desperately need them.
Talk of smoking bans tends to ruffle feathers
in places such as Virginia, where the state's House of Delegates rejected a smoking
ban for public workplaces in February.
BRADBERY/TACELOSKY: A Better Smoking Ban
Washington Post, February 14,