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On March 9, 2009, Virginia adopted a very weak law to restrict smoking in restaurants. The new law, which took effect on December 1, 2009, allows smoking in restaurants in ventilated smoking rooms. The new law still exempts many workplaces and all bars, and Virginia law still preempts all local ability to address smokefree air issues.

The law is enforced by the Virginia Department of Health. For more information, visit their official web page.

Virginia law states, "Ordinances adopted after January 1, 1990, shall not contain provisions or standards which exceed those established in this chapter." Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Virginia.

2017 State Legislative Session

State Quitline Number: 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

Smoking ban in cars with children on Gov. McAuliffe's desk
WWBT NBC12 News - March 17, 2016

"I don't see the point. No more laws," said smoker, Shirley Moore, who has smoked for over 40 years and switched to vaping within the last few years. When her ...

Virginia Smoking Ban in Car With Children
Delmarva Public Radio - March 15, 2016

(AP) - Smoking cigarettes in a vehicle in the presence of young children may soon ... the bill awaiting the governor's signature would make it illegal to smoke in a ...

Virginia bill would fine drivers $100 for smoking in cars with young kids
Mashable - March 15, 2016

Virginia bill would fine drivers $100 for smoking in cars with young kids ... member of a group of states with laws that restrict smoking while driving with children…

Suffolk School Board OKs amended tobacco-free policy
Virginian-Pilot - March 10, 2016

The School Board on Thursday night agreed to ban the use of any tobacco product on school grounds. The new policy prohibits anyone, including visitors, from ...

Suffolk set to ban tobacco use at schools, all because one student spoke up
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot - March 9, 2016

Lakeland High sophomore Hunter Turley wasn't sure what to expect when he asked the School Board to ban tobacco use on school grounds....On Thursday it is poised to accept a reworked policy that would prohibit anyone from using any tobacco product at a…

Suffolk student's efforts could lead to tighter division policy on ...
Virginian-Pilot - March 8, 2016

... Foundation for Healthy Youth's volunteer initiative for high school students, as of last summer only 20 divisions in Virginia were completely tobacco-free.

House votes down tobacco-free Virginia schools bill
The Daily Progress - March 4, 2016

Legislation requiring public school systems to ban tobacco use on school property was voted down Friday by the Virginia House of Delegates.

Virginia Senate passes bill to penalize smoking while children are in car
Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog) - March 3, 2016

So it might have been a little unusual to see Chafin, now a conservative Republican state senator from Russell, stand up on the Senate floor Thursday to support of legislation that, in effect, restricts smoking. To Chafin, however, House Bill 1348 protects something more important than the right to consume some of a dwindling Virginia cash crop in a private setting. Our children deserve to be protected, he told colleagues in asking support for the legislation, which would prohibit smoking in vehicles when children under 8 years old are present. Violating the law would bring a $100 civil fine. We have all kinds of laws that protect our youth, he said. Automobiles are dangerous...and they are dangerous because they are also a confined space. Chafin pointed to studies that say concentration of exposure to secondhand smoke is 27 times greater in a confined space like a car. The science is there, he added, saying the legislation, sponsored by Del. Todd E. Pillion, R-Washington, is a bill that has come of time. …

An old tobacco state moves to ban smoking in cars with kids on board
Washington Post - March 3, 2016

With no debate, the Senate voted 27 to 12 to prohibit smoking in a car carrying someone under 8. The House ... More than a half-dozen states have similar bans.

Get involved with Kick Butts Day 2016
Hilltop Times - March 3, 2016

Whether it's advocating for an increase in a state's cigarette tax, working on a local smoke-free law, encouraging a loved one to quit smoking or educating others ...

Sullivan Anti-Drug Coalition develops app to prevent youth tobacco ...
Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog) - February 25, 2016

Sullivan Anti-Drug Coalition develops app to prevent youth tobacco use .... The app is used to report what advertising and signs are being used at businesses ...

Smoke screen: the impact of e-cigarettes on SRI investing
Citywire Selector (registration) - February 25, 2016

'E-cigarettes provide some benefits, such as absence of harm for third parties, and no passive smoking among family members. There is also no exposure to ...

A mix of success, frustration for Peninsula's three state Senators
Daily Press - February 20, 2016

Miller's effort to add e-cigarettes to Virginia's indoor smoking ban was also killed in Senate committee. Ditto his attempt to require a multimodal component on ...

Getting There: By taking aim at smokers in cars, lawmakers may be ...
Fredericksburg.com - February 15, 2016

Proposed House Bill 1348, which would allow police to slap a $100 fine on anyone caught smoking in a car with a child, is the tip of the iceberg here.

Virginia Seeks To Pass Anti-Smoking Law for Children [VIDEO]
WBOC TV 16 - February 11, 2016

Only seven states currently have smoke free laws, according to the non-profit Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights. None are on Delamrva. State lawmakers in ...

Kerry Dougherty: First, smoking in the car. What's next: Smoking in your own home?
Virginian-Pilot - February 11, 2016

If theres one thing we know about Virginias General Assembly, its that bad ideas never die there. Besides, once a law is passed to prohibit smoking in cars, could a ban on smoking ... Pillion's proposal makes smoking in a car with kids a secondary offense, ...

Smoking in a car with a young child could soon bring $100 fine
The Daily Progress - February 11, 2016

People caught smoking in a car with a child younger than 8 years old would face a $100 fine under legislation advancing in the House of Delegates. The bill would apply to any lighted cigarette, cigar or pipe, but not vapor-emitting electronic cigarettes, according to Pillion. Pillion has said he chose the age ...

Senate committee votes down restrictions on electronic cigarettes
The Daily Progress - February 10, 2016

A bill that would have banned the use of electronic cigarettes in restaurants and many other public places in Virginia was defeated in a General Assembly committee on Tuesday. By an 8-4 voice vote, the Senates committee on local government set aside the legislation introduced by Sen. John C. Miller, D-Newport News, which sought to include restrictions on e-cigarettes in the states Clean Indoor Air Act. E-cigarettes have not been fully studied, so there is not a lot that we do know, Miller told the committee. We dont know the potential risks of e-cigarettes.

Roanoke Senator seeks to end Tobacco fund
Bland County (VA) Messenger - February 2, 2016

A Roanoke Senator has introduced legislation to defund the Tobacco Commission and send the money to the Medicaid program. John Edwards...introduced a bill to repeal the enabling legislation of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission. The bill also...

Will Virginia Succeed in Banning Vaping at Restaurants?
Munchies_ Food by VICE - January 29, 2016

He said he was able to quit a 25-year smoking habit in two weeks, thanks to e-cigs. He said, Don't automatically assume it's harmful; have knowledge behind it ...

Altria planning 490 job cuts, with 200 to 250 in its Richmond-area operations
Lynchburg News and Advance - January 29, 2016

Altria Group Inc. is planning to eliminate about 490 jobs from its U.S. workforce in the next two months as the company seeks to save about $300 million a year by the end of 2017.

Proposal would ban 'vaping' inside local restaurants [VIDEO]
wtvr.com - January 28, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. -- A bill under consideration by state lawmakers would ban the use of vapor products, commonly referred to as e-cigarettes, inside restaurants and public buildings in Virginia. In 2009, the Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act prohibited smoking inside restaurants, movie theaters, and other buildings. A bill proposed by state senator John Miller (D-Newport News) would expand the definition of smoking to include vapor products.

Editorial: Proposed ban on vaping in restaurants makes zero sense
Richmond.com - January 27, 2016

… It takes all of those assumptions and more to rationalize Miller's bill, which would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in restaurants. Many large restaurant chains already have prohibited vaping, as they're perfectly entitled to do. Some smaller ones have not - and that is their right, too. Nor does there seem to be a huge public demand for the smaller ones to enact a ban. It's possible that the occasional customer objects to someone else vaping nearby, but reports of angry confrontations over the issue are roughly as common as unicorns. …

Facebook feedback Jan. 26: Hilton Village restaurant, e-cigarettes ...
Daily Press - January 26, 2016

Miller's legislation would broaden the definition of smoking and faces opposition from e-cigarette retailers…

Va. legislation would ban use of electronic cigarettes in restaurants, some public places
wtkr.com - January 25, 2016

State lawmakers are looking at a proposal that would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in some public places in Virginia, such as restaurants.

Smoke Less, Save More
Bacon's Rebellion - Reinventing Virginia for the 21st Century (blog) - January 19, 2016

...the average life-time cost to a Virginia smoker is $1.359,000, 13th highest of any state in the country. The costs are broken down as follows: Out-of-pocket cost: $91,418 Financial opportunity cost: $864,459 Health care cost: $128,766 Income loss: …

Ardent beer dinner at Heritage, new Fan bakery, smoke-free ...
Richmond.com - January 13, 2016

Dish Ardent beer dinner at Heritage, new Fan bakery, smoke-free Bandito's .... Owner Sean McClain said his restaurant will be smoke-free effective Friday, Jan. ...

Proposal would ban smoking inside housing projects
WTVR TV 6 (Richmond, VA) - January 12, 2016

The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA), which oversees more than 4,000 public housing units in city, said they were in the final stages of implementing their own "smoke free" buildings in certain communities before HUD's proposal.

School Board should resolve to quit
Suffolk News-Herald - January 8, 2016

Electronic cigarettes have exploded in popularity in recent years, and they are not covered by the policy in the same way as traditional forms of tobacco.

Editorial: As a state senator, Bill Mims lit a campaign against smoking
Richmond.com - January 7, 2016

We, too, appreciate the absence of cigarette smoke...Mims was ahead of his time. He contributed to an improved atmosphere in all meanings of the word. His elevation to the Supreme Court recognizes his great gifts.

Bandito's restaurant in the Museum District is (finally) going smoke ...
Richmond Times-Dispatch - January 5, 2016

Bandito's Burrito Lounge at 2905 Patterson Ave. in the Museum District has notoriously been a hold-out when it comes to the ban on smoking in restaurants in ...

Restaurant Report: E-cigarette on prep table
WWBT NBC12 News - December 18, 2015

Electronic cigarettes are meant to be safer for your health than tobacco cigarettes, but the health department says they're still not allowed where food is being prepared in a restaurant. That was one of the violations that's now been fixed at a popular grill.

City steps it up
News Herald - December 15, 2015

Organizational well-being: Having an organizational smoke-free policy and three of nine other criteria, such as having a designated wellness program ...

Students take tobacco-free pledge
NRVN News - November 19, 2015

But only a few school districts in Virginia can say they're 100 percent tobacco free. Giles County is one of them. Students pledged not to smoke by taking a ...

Public housing residents react to proposed smoking ban
WCYB - November 19, 2015

It is a federal proposal to outlaw smoking in all public housing. The primary goal is to combat second-hand smoke. But some say it is imposing on their freedom.

Lt. Gov. Northam announces run for Virginia governor
13newsnow.com - November 17, 2015

Northam will be in Virginia Beach Wednesday, to celebrate the Beach's 100 percent tobacco-free policy. Virginia schools are required to prohibit tobacco in ...

Big Virginia retailer goes smoke-free
Washington Business Journal - November 17, 2015

Virginia Tire & Auto's smoking ban coincides with the Great American Smokeout. The smoking ban covers all smoking, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes ...

Peninsula smoke shops remain banned for service members
Daily Press - November 17, 2015

A disciplinary board that investigates business practices it believes are dangerous to the health and personal well-being of military members updated its list of ...

Virginia Tire locations going smoke-free
Tire Business - November 12, 2015

In an effort aimed at fostering a healthier workforce and workplace, Virginia Tire & Auto will become smoke-free at its 12 northern Virginia locations on Nov. 19. The Fairfax-based full-service automotive maintenance provider said it chose to launch its...

Roanoke City Council seeks to regulate or ban the use of plastic bags
WSLS - November 3, 2015

If you banned it in a park the enforcement costs would be significant as well. ... discussed increasing minimum wage and limited smoking at public outdoor areas ...

Lynchburg College Puts New "No Smoking" Policy In Place [VIDEO]
WSET - October 29, 2015

That's because Lynchburg College has enacted a tough, new smoking policy for students and faculty. The school's new policy went into effect this week, restricting smoking to designated areas on campus, and to the yards of off-campus and college owned housing. The policy even extends to cars on campus, where smokers are required to roll their windows up before lighting up.

Eleven items from the Alexandria City Council Meeting
Alexandria Echo Press - October 16, 2015

TOBACCO BAN A ban on tobacco and e-cigarettes in city parks received final approval from the council. The new section of city code prohibits the sale and use ...

VMRC 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 will ...

Teen 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 ...

Proposed 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.

Bluefield 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 ...

Town 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.

PATEL: 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 ...

Rogersville 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 ...

Lord 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 ...

James 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, Kennedy said.

Broward 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...

Advocates 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 compounds ...

Eastern 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.

Waynesboro 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.

Concerns 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.

A 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 ...

Germanna bans vaping
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 purposes ...

Cigarette 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.

Smoker's 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 ...

Hookah 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 ...

GCC 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 ...

Virginia 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.

The 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, ...

Germanna 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.

Virginia 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 ...

City 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.

Virginia 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.

Hopewell 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 make …

Region 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 ...

Smokers 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 ...

Most 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 ...

City 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 ...

ALJASSAR: 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.

Smokers 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 ...

County 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...

A 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.

Harrisonburg 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 board ...

Va. 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.

E-cigarette 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.

Tobacco 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 school property.

READER'S 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, to minors.

Va. 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, ...

Harrisonburg, 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 board ...

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 ...

Hyperion's 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.

Back-to-school 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 ...

Smoke-free 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 speculates ...

Tazewell 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 ...

Electronic 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 ...

Electronic 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 ...

County 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 ...

School 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 that ...

Businessman 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.

Two 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 ...

Henrico 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 and nonsmokers.

E-Cigarettes 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 product.

Fairfax 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 ...

Changing 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.

Chesterfield 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 lots.

Parks 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 Foundation.

Schools 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.

Various 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 ...

Fairfax 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: ...

ARHA 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 ...

Tobacco 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, Richmond’s landmark entertainment venue allowed smoking in their separately ventilated d

Electronic 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 ...

News 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 ...

Tobacco 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 ...

Policy 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 ...

Portsmouth 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 ...

Virginia 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 ...

New 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 traditional ...

Industry 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.

City 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 ...

E-cigarettes 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 jail’s 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 jail’s ...

Richmonds 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.

E-cigarettes 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. ...

The 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 ...

E-cigarette 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 ...

Could 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.

RAYSAC 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 ...

Steer: 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 vaporized cigarettes.

Reducing 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 ...

Virginia-based 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, ...

Local 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 ...

VRE: 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."

Vital 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 2017.

E-cigarettes, 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.

VA 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 ...

Senate 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, red-light ...

E 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....

Selling 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.

Tenants 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. ...

What 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 ...

County 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 ...

Valley 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 e-cigarette ...

Virginia 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 activities.

General Assembly notes
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 ...

Bill 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.

Cigarette 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.

This 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....

Everything 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 ...

E-cigarettes 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. ...

Va. 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 ...

Blacksburg 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 ...

Ashby 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 ...

Mount 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 ...

Harrisonburg 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 ...

Wytheville 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 ...

Harrisonburg 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 ...

Charlottesville 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 ...

New 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.

Wythe 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.

E-cigarette 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.

Health 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.

Stoney Badger Tavern goes smoke-free inside
Lynchburg News and Advance - October 17, 2013

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E-cigarette 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 ...

Alexandria's 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.)

Henrico 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 people ...

Virginias 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.

Some 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 2013–2014 budget of $6,524,646 after a work ...

Westminster 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 Canterbury ...

Virginia 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 cents. …

Vinton raises tax 15 cents on cigarettes to stave off cuts
Roanoke Times - June 13, 2013

The Vinton Town Council recently voted to increase the town’s cigarette tax, a move that will raise just under $160,000 a year, officials said. …

Vinton 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.

Planning 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.

Hookah 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 hookah lounge.

Higher 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.

Salem 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.

Rader 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.

Ashland 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.

Health 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 ...

Ashland 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.

Full 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.

LETTER: 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 ...

Ashland 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' ...

Council 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. …

RA 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 ...

Reston 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, ...

Bill 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. ...

Ban 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. …

Allow 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 ...

Smoking 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 ...

Senate 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 “kind of ridiculous.” ... Second hand smoke is a health issue, one which should be banned from free public works like parks and ...

Va 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 ...

Ban 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 by Sen.

Va. Senate approves bill to ban smoking on public beaches
The Virginian-Pilot - February 4, 2013

Virginia’s Senate has approved legislation that would permit localities to tell smokers to butt out at public beaches. …

Ebbin, 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 ...

Eastern 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 ...

Senate 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. …

Senate 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. …

Petersen, 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 ...

Henrico 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 at anytime. …

A 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 Monday morning.

McDonnell 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, ...

DAYBREAK 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 ...

Bad 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 campus ...

VB 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 at ...

$100 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 … It’s 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 doesn’t cover other areas. “It’d 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. …

Fairfax 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 property. …

'Addiction 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. …

New 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 Walston. …

Restaurant 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." …

Fairfax 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 Attorney. …

Va. 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. …

Smoke-Free 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 ...

Officials 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 ...

Officials to Explore Smoking Ban on Fairfax County Property
Tyson’s Corner (VA) Patch.com - December 4, 2012

What can Fairfax County legally do to discourage employees from smoking? That’s 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 county’s 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 person’s hiring. …

Virginia 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 ...

Do 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. …

Smoking 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 ...

Tazewell 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 Park. …

Complaint prompts smoking ban in Lincolnshire Park
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - October 20, 2012

Citizen complaints have prompted the first-ever smoking ban in a Tazewell County park. …

Campus needs smoking ban
Virginia Tech Collegiate Times - October 18, 2012

I disagree with Marcus William’s 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 people’s right to breathe clean air. In his column, Williams asserts there is no benefit to banning smoking in open ...

Great 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. ...

Two 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 state’s youth. …

Schools 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 ...

Radford 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 ...

Williams: 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. … Meanwhile, some colleges and universities ­ including the VCU Medical Center campus – have gone smoke-free. It serves high school students to acclimate to ...

SMH 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. …

Henrico 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 ...

Henrico 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 at schools. …

Radford 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. …

School 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 ...

Strasburg smoking ban snuffed out
Northern Virginia Daily (VA) - August 14, 2012

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com. STRASBURG -- A ban on smoking in town parks and other outdoors areas failed to pass Tuesday night. Strasburg ...

Henrico 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

Campaign 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. …

Henrico 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. …

Smoking 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 boarding. …

Residents 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 ...

Va. 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.

Residents 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 ...

Lynchburg 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 children ...

Altavista's 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: “Please no tobacco use” due to community values, ...

Lynchburg 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, ...

Frederick 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 Frederick. …

Board 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 playgrounds ...

Altavista 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. ...

Tobacco 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 ...

Va. 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. …

Legislation Could Provide Localities Ability to Ban Smoking on School Grounds
Sun (VA) Gazette - February 10, 2012

A local House of Delegates member’s 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. ...

Bill 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 ...

Arlington 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 ...

County 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 ...

Ban 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 ...

How 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 ...

2 Virginia cities to ban smoking in public housing, policies are 1st in commonwealth
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. ...

Delegate 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 ...

Richmond is 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. ...

One year later, more than 90% of restaurants in Virginia smoke-free
Richmond Times Dispatch - John Reid Blackwell, Tyler Whitley - December 1, 2010

...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. ...

Outdoor 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 ...

Most 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. ...

Bethany 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 regulation.

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 Sept. 15.

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 ...

Fairfax 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 areas.

Larry Sternbane, a regular Richmond Highway Express (REX) bus commuter, encouraged the supervisors to pass the smoking ban. ...

Dr. Gridlock - Fairfax weighs ban on smoking
Fairfax officials are considering a ban on smoking in county-owned bus shelters.
The Washington Post, 2010-09-14
Kafia A. Hosh

Fairfax officials are considering a ban on smoking in county-owned bus shelters.

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. ...

Crime 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. ...

Fairfax 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. ...

Two 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 said.

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. ...

Businesses 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 helpful. ...

Smoking 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. ...

Correctional 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. ...

Most 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. ...

Gov Gets On-Air Call From Obama
OfficialWire, 2009-12-23
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.

Smoking ban begins at bars and restaurants in Virginia
Norfolk (VA) Virginian-Pilot, 2009-12-01
Jaedda Armstrong

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. ...

EDITORIAL: 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. ...

EDITORIAL: 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, Going, Gone in Virginia
NBCWashington.com, 2009-11-22

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. ...

Health Commissioner: Go smoke-free a couple of weeks early
Augusta Free Press - November 19, 2009

To mark the upcoming ban on smoking in restaurants, Virginia’s Health Commissioner today called on Virginians to show their support for the new law and local businesses by dining at their favorite smoke-free restaurants.

The Commonwealth’s 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 Virginia’s 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. ...

Gov. 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. ...

No 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.

With 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. …

ABC 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. ...

Many 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. ...

Editorial: 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. ...

Kaine 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.

Restaurant smoking ban goes to the governor
Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, 2009-02-20
Jim Nolan

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 60-39.

An identical piece of legislation, House Bill 1703, cleared a Senate committee yesterday and also is on track for approval.

Smoking 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 victories.
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 Rotunda.

"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 neurologist.

Public 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.

Second 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 outdoor patios.

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.

General 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 same fate.

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 ...

Virginia 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 system.

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.

Restaurant 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."

Smoking 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 won’t 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.

Bills 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 smoking.

Smoking 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 years.

150 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, public areas.

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.

Sen. measure allowing local smoking limits stalls
AP, 2009-01-20

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.

RICHMOND '09: Local student's smoking concerns lead to bill
DelmarvaNow.com, 2009-01-19
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 people nearby.

"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.

A 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?

Smoking 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.

New 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."

Hopes 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.

Eight bills that ban public smoking die in House
The same subcommittee will consider four smoking ban bills the Senate passed Tuesday.
Roanoke (VA) 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.

Senate passes smoking bans
The three bills would bar smoking in most indoor public places
Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, 2008-02-06

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 malls.

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.

"It's 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.

Sen. Stephen H. Martin, R-Chesterfield, and Sen. Stephen D. Newman, R-Lynchburg, said the proposed law was too broad

75 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. ...

Proposal 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. ...

City officials pursue restaurant smoking ban
WDBJ7.com, VA - 3 hours ago

NORFOLK, 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.

Attorney 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.

But 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.

EDITORIAL: Throw Out the Ashtrays
The case for bar and restaurant smoking bans gets even stronger.
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…

So 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.

Washington Post, February 14, 2005

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