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The Washington Clean Indoor Air Act ensures that all indoor workplaces and public places are 100% smokefree in Washington State. Thanks to Initiative 901, which passed by 64% 2005. Washington workers and residents now breathe clean, healthy indoor air in all workplaces throughout the state, including restaurants, bars and (non-tribal) casinos.

The initiative enjoyed broad statewide support and passed in every county statewide. This victory marked the first state to pass a 100% comprehensive smokefree workplace law including both restaurants and bars, via the ballot box.

The result at the polls in Washington sent a firm message to elected officials across the country: Voters overwhelmingly support strong smokefree protections which protect all workers. The campaign was led by Healthy Indoor Air for All Washington, a statewide group made up of thousands advocates and organizations such as health groups, hospitals, unions, faith groups, and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Special thanks to ANR members in Washington State who contributed to this campaign.

For more information on the state law and how it affects Washington's residents workers and businesses, visit www.secondhandsmokesyou.com. You can also click here for FAQs from the King County Health Department or call (206) 296-7613 for more information.

Smokefree indoor air is good for health, good for business, and good for Washington. Enjoy the smokefree air, Washington!

THE FIGHT FOR LOCAL SMOKEFREE LAWS IN WASHINGTON:

Some people have inquired, "Why didn't Washington pass more local laws before going for a statewide law?". Great question. The answer, is because they were preempted from passing any laws on the local level. Below, you'll find the story from Pierce County.

In 2003, the Pierce County Board of Health in WA passed an ordinance requiring all workplaces and public places within Pierce County to be 100% smokefree. This ordinance was the first of its kind in the state of Washington. In January of 2004, the Entertainment Industry Coalition filed a lawsuit to repeal the ordinance, arguing that state law prevents local Washington municipalities from passing more protective smokefree measures. Smokefree advocates fought to take the case directly to the Washington State Supreme Court. The WA State Supreme heard oral arguments on November 16, 2004.

In February 2005, the Washington State Supreme Court released their ruling. They ruled against the Pierce County Health Department and this decision reversed Pierce County's 100% smokefree ordinance. How did the ruling impact other localities wishing to go smokefree in Washington State? It was bad news. The ruling suggested that the (then current) Washington state law restricted local communities in Washington from passing smokefree laws.

Washington's lack of local control was a result of tobacco industry interference way back when the so-called "Washington Clean Indoor Air" law was first passed. Over the past few decades, the tobacco industry has stripped away local control in over 15 states across the country. States are now working hard to reverse preemption where it exists. And to prevent it where they still can.

In the case of Washington State, advocates went to the state legislators in Olympia, asking them to return local control to Washington's cities and towns, or to pass a comprehensive statewide law. The legislature refused to act. In response, Healthy Indoor Air for All in Washington, successfully gathered over 300,000 signatures to place Initiative 901 on the statewide ballot. The rest is history.

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Washington.

2013-2014 State Legislative Session: 1/14/2013 - 3/3/2014; Recess: 4/29/2013 to 1/12/2014

The Washington Legislature considered several bills this session, including one for 100% smokefree restaurants and bars, and successfully defeated a preemptive bill.

State Quitline Number: 1-877-270-STOP (270-7867)
American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

Landlord workshop tackles marijuana issues
The Columbian - September 11, 2014

Can they ban recreational marijuana use in their units? Do smoke-free policies cover marijuana use? And what about marijuana used for medicinal purposes?

Downtown business leaders meet to discuss STA Plaza's future
The Spokesman Review - September 11, 2014

After the STA removed its outdoor smoking area adjacent to the plaza in 2012, ... Those clients subsequently went to the Northern Quest Casino hotel, he said.

Health District looking for comments on local smoking code proposal
North County Outlook - September 10, 2014

... code to make it clear that the law applies to marijuana and hookah smoking, ... The Smoking in Public Places Law prohibits smoking in all restaurants and ...

Artesian Commons is 'work in progress' as problems plague ...
The Olympian - September 9, 2014

Other suggestions from city parks staff include a ban on smoking at the park, postponing construction of a stage, and moving forward with a mural on the park's ...

Toddlers being poisoned by e-cigs
KGMI - September 4, 2014

SEATTLE, Wash. - An alarming number of toddlers are being exposed to e-cigarettes and not by inhaling them. The Washington Poison Center had a 600 ...

Banning smoking an excellent idea
HeraldNet - September 3, 2014

I just read a survey saying that 92 percent of our citizens think the government should ban smoking. I have to tell you something, I am a smoker and I wish the ...

Should Marijuana Smoke Be Treated Like Cigarette Smoke in Everett?
My Everett News - August 29, 2014

Snohomish Health District is currently seeking preliminary public comment on a proposal to adopt and amend the state Smoking in Public Places law (SIPP).

No-pot city takes aim at Washington marijuana law
MSN Money - August 29, 2014

Washington's experiment is built around the notion that it can bring pot out of the ... objections that the law doesn't direct any marijuana taxes back to the cities.

Snohomish Health District is looking for public comment on smoking proposal
Bothell/Kenmore Reporter - August 28, 2014

The Snohomish Health District is currently seeking preliminary public comment on a proposal to adopt and amend the state Smoking in Public Places law (SIPP). The intent is not to change the law adopted by voters in 2005, but to make it more clear in light of current trends. The Snohomish Health District proposes adding language to the local code to make it clear that the law applies to marijuana and hookah smoking, as well as to cigarettes. The local code would also better define the terms employer, employee, public place and place of employment.

Health district seeks comment on local smoking code proposal
Bothell/Kenmore Reporter - August 27, 2014

... a proposal to adopt and amend the state Smoking in Public Places law (SIPP). ... code to make it clear that the law applies to marijuana and hookah smoking, ...

Washington State Just Says No To Mobile Weed-Smoking Wagons
The Consumerist-by Chris Morran - August 22, 2014

A handful of companies, including the Weed Bus Club, have popped up in ... In the wake of Washington state's recent legalization of recreational marijuana, ...

'Hold On To Your Butt'! Surfrider Foundation campaign Saturday
West Seattle Blog (blog) - August 21, 2014

Even though smoking is banned on Seattle Parks beaches, play areas, and playgrounds, the cigarette filters continue to pile up at every beach cleanup and ...

Dinging good dog owners; toking near kids: Opinion roundup
The Oregonian - July 31, 2014

Smoking "is still a legal activity for adults," The Bulletin writes, "even if it's not ... at least two of the ordinances" it passed recently in anticipation of the mandate. ... ordinance that would penalize a small number of responsible dog owners for the ...

Letter: Legal use invites illegal behavior
The Columbian - July 31, 2014

Every single day there is an article on some aspect of marijuana. I don't care ... Washington state has laws about smoking in public within 25 feet of an entrance.

Legalized pot's growing pains
The Columbian - July 30, 2014

Jenna Eckert, co-owner of Mint Tea, said she's open to sealing off her smoking area, where she allows customers to smoke marijuana, if neighbors complain.

Wash. eatery's pot smoking area illegal, state says
KOIN-TV Ch. 6 – July 28, 2014

Mint Tea restaurant says pot smoking section is legal

Mint Tea's pot smoking tent raises legal issues
The Columbian - July 29, 2014

"(The) board made explicit in its rules that consuming marijuana in a liquor-licensed ... Eckert also has to abide by the state's law on smoking in public places.

Some upset over pot smokers on Vanc. patio
KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8 - July 28, 2014

A local restaurant and shop is pushing the legal envelope, by allowing customers to smoke pot in a designated spot on its patio. The management at Mint Tea said they've had a cannabis-friendly tent set up for a while, and it's become more popular now...

Uptown eatery offers place to smoke pot
The Columbian - July 28, 2014

With marijuana on sale just blocks away from her downtown Vancouver restaurant, Jenna Eckert is taking a bold step into a legal gray area, inviting customers to come on in and light up. Eckert, the co-owner of Mint Tea in Uptown Village, is one of many business owners in Vancouver and around the state looking for ways to provide a place for pot shop customers to smoke. The legal parameters are vague, but some argue it's possible, though tricky, to open a private club, lounge or partitioned area for marijuana consumption. .

Spokane club offers social pot spot
Yakima Herald-Republic - Jul 27, 2014

Eric Buchanan envisions a day when marijuana will be as common as vodka tonics or microbrews at lounges and nightclubs across Washington. Until then, he and his business partners are weaving their way through largely untested and often ambiguous state laws in an effort to hurry things along. Their new Spokane Valley nightclub, The Lounge, is part medical marijuana dispensary and part members-only social club where patrons can smoke pot and mingle. Its a carefully selected mix of business models they hope will keep them on the right side of various drug and other laws without triggering the licensing and other state restrictions under the voter-approved recreational market.

Do Homeless People Need A Place To Smoke Pot So They Don't ...
KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest - July 23, 2014

A committee has passed on a proposed ordinance to regulate the sale and ... policy or "structural changes to accommodate folks who are smoking marijuana so ...

SHOEMAKER: Guest: Legalization did not give people the right to smoke marijuana in public
Seattle Times - July 22, 2014

I do not want to walk by or sit next to someone recreationally smoking marijuana and have to inhale and smell it, writes guest columnist Kris Shoemaker.

Pot and apartments: clear restrictions, hazy realities
The Columbian - July 21, 2014

...But banning "smoking" still doesn't cover consuming tobacco or marijuana in other ways. ... Vaporizers "are not regulated by the state smoking ban," she ...

7 fundamental differences between legal marijuana in Colorado and ...
Upstart - July 15, 2014

Only one of the two states that this year legalized recreational marijuana can lock you up in jail for 15 days if you're caught smoking in public, according to an ...

Washington residents celebrate legalized pot, face shortages
CBS News - July 9, 2014

People are banned from smoking in public, pot retailers cannot be within 1,000 feet of a school and customers can only buy up to 28 grams at a time.

With legal marijuana, Washington joins an exclusive club
USA TODAY - July 8, 2014

Smoke 'em if you've got 'em: Washington state this week joins an exclusive club as residents and tourists alike get their first chance to buy recreational marijuana.

So Where Do I Smoke All This Legal Pot Again?
TheStranger.com - July 8, 2014

In mere moments, the first legal, recreational retail pot sales will begin in Washington. Which leaves everyone with a very pressing, immediate question: Just where are we supposed to smoke this stuff? The simple answer: in private.

Bremerton parks commission recommends unenforced smoking ban
Gig Harbor Life-by Josh Farley - June 25, 2014

EAST BREMERTON - The Bremerton Parks Commission voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to recommend an unenforced ban on smoking in city parks.

Bremerton Parks Commission to discuss possible smoking ban
Kitsap Sun - June 23, 2014

EAST BREMERTON The Bremerton Parks Commission will discuss the possibility of limiting or banning smoking in city parks at its monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Health district considers e-cig policy this year
Columbia Basin Herald - June 20, 2014

MOSES LAKE - A countywide public health ordinance concerning electronic cigarettes could be in place by the end of this year. Grant County Health District officials are currently working on drafting a sample policy that would set restrictions on the sale, use and availability of e-cigarettes and other unregulated nicotine delivery products. The draft policy will be discussed during the district's July board meeting.

Marijuana Tourism Comes to Washington
TravelPulse - June 13, 2014

Licensed marijuana stores are set to begin opening in July, and where ... A crop of private clubs are springing up for marijuana users, including Boomer Buds ...

Economy of Sin: If you legalize it, will visitors come?
Puget Sound Business Journal – May 30, 2014

...have no-smoking policies, though some are trying to accommodate the cannabis crowd. What’s a tourist to do? Michael Gordon, a 26-year-old Seattle resident, hopes they’ll go on trips with his new company …

Costco to pull tobacco products from Seattle warehouse shelves
The Seattle Times - May 23, 2014

Costco Wholesale will stop selling tobacco products June 1 at the sole Puget Sound area warehouse that still carries them, its Fourth Avenue South location. The decision comes amid rising pressure by authorities around the country for large retailers to follow CVS Caremarks move to stop selling cigarettes for health reasons. But Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti says the move to take tobacco out of the Seattle warehouse is more of a business decision, because very few individual customers buy cigarettes at Costco. Two Costco Business Centers in Lynnwood and Fife will continue to sell cigarettes. Small-business owners account for about 90 percent of tobacco sales at Costco

More young children getting their hands on vaping devices for ...
KHOU - May 20, 2014

But the Washington Poison Center has uncovered a trend that shows kids under the age of 6 are getting their hands on vaping devices. Justin Wilcox is an avid ...

Pasco City Council Bans Smoking Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes Near Outdoor Public Areas
KULR-TV - May 19, 2014

PASCO, WA - Pasco's City council is clearing the air and clearing up any confusion about e-cigarettes. At their Monday meeting, the city council unanimously approved an ordinance banning smoking at or near outdoor public areas such as shelters, playgrounds or pools. The ordinance also banned e-cigarettes wherever regular cigarettes are prohibited

$1-per-pack hike in cigarette tax would create state cancer fund
The Seattle Times - May 16, 2014

A proposal to raise Washington's cigarette taxes by $1 a pack to fund a $1 ... Isn't that what the tobacco company settlement was supposed to do. ... Most tribes in Washington collect a tribal cigarette tax equal to the state tax. ... high cigarette taxes, Washington has seen an upsurge in sales of untaxed, black-market smokes.

Pasco City Council to vote on e-cigarette use
Bellingham Herald - May 14, 2014

The Pasco City Council is planning to vote on banning the use of electronic cigarettes in the same places where tobacco cigarettes are banned. E-cigarettes turn ...

State releases results of Longview's retail marijuana lottery
Longview Daily News - May 8, 2014

In Longview, stores must be retail-only, meaning no connected smoking rooms or clubs and no consumption on the premises. Retail marijuana shops also are ...

4 keys to moving forward with marijuana reform
Crosscut - May 8, 2014

No one should be subjected to marijuana smoke on Seattle's sidewalks or in our parks and playgrounds. We need to enforce I-502's ban on smoking marijuana ...

Schools scramble to ban devices that give kids a secret high
KIRO Seattle - May 7, 2014

Those pens are now banned or in the process of being banned by at least nearly a ... "Underage smoking is super dangerous to the brain,” Kealy explains.

Marijuana smoking lounge raising legal questions with state, health ...
KXLY Spokane - May 6, 2014

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A marijuana smoking lounge could open soon in Spokane Valley. It could be a place to get together and get high for a price, but it's raising questions the state isn't sure how to answer.

Cigarettes out, dogs restricted under proposed park rules
Sammamish Review - May 6, 2014

What do you get when you combine soccer, dogs and cigarettes? The Sammamish Parks Department hopes not to find out. The rules also call for a general ban on smoking in parks, along with bans on chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes. What we're trying to do is discourage the use of ...

Students vote for a smoke-free campus
Western Front - May 6, 2014

Sixty-six percent of students voted in favor of a smoke-free campus in the Associated Students elections Friday, May 2, said Carly Roberts, AS president. With the majority of students favoring a smoke-free campus, AS now has a clear view of what students want and will use that information to advocate policies that will help to establish Western as a smoke-free campus in the future, she said. While the students have voted on this decision, there have been no official decisions regarding a smoke-free campus, she said. The current policy states that smoking, including e-cigarettes, is not allowed inside of academic or residential buildings and must be kept 25-feet away from building entrances, exits and vents, said Sue Sullivan, director of environmental health and safety. Students can smoke on walkways unless they are in an enclosed walkway, such as the Fairhaven tunnel, she said.

Stop smoking in casinos
Washington Observer Reporter - May 3, 2014

Oren Spiegler stole my thunder in his April 13 letter on eliminating smoking in casinos. But he has written many wise letters, so I'll be glad to follow his lead.

E-cigarettes and the public's health
Columbia Basin Herald - May 2, 2014

In Public Health we work to encourage people to stop smoking or not begin in the first ... Several locations in Washington have banned the use of e-cigarettes in ...

In Our View: Keep Tobacco Age Limit at 18
The Columbian - April 27, 2014

At this point, the proposal is nothing more than an idea. ... In New York City, for example, a proposal to ban the sale of soft drinks larger than 16 ... used a tobacco product in 2012, and a recent rise in the popularity of e-cigarettes has triggered ...

Seattle decriminalizes pot, seeks to make tobacco illegal for young ...
TheBlaze.com (blog)-by Chris Field - April 24, 2014

... County (Seattle), voted to legalize marijuana possession and use for those 21 and older. But the same left-wing county is now pushing to raise the tobacco-buying ... “If you can discourage teens from taking up the habit in the first place, the ... York City changing the legal age to purchase cigarettes from 18 to 21 last year.

King County board: Age to buy tobacco should be 21
KIMA CBS 29 - April 23, 2014

if you can die for your country you best be able to have a smoke and a joint .... getting their hands on cigarettes for as long as we've been restricting the age on it.

Renters are high on Colorado and Washington
Housing Wire (blog) - April 18, 2014

Colorado and Washington just happen to be the two states where marijuana has recently become legal. That might have been one small factor that sparked the ...

A risk worth taking
The Olympian - April 12, 2014

If electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, live up to their potential, millions of nicotine addicts in the United States will use them. To some public health advocates, that sounds terrible. People should kick nicotine rather than cultivate their dependence with a barely regulated product that seems designed to addict children.

Tobacco Action Group screens 'Addiction Incorporated'
Dailyuw - April 10, 2014

... O'Carroll stresses the importance of banning tabacco use at college campuses before ... According to O'Carroll, if a person doesn't smoke by the age of 26, they ... At the time, UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce argued against the ban for several ... other schools in Washington state have moved to enforce campus-wide bans.

Washington Casino Files for Bankruptcy, Cites Smoking Ban
Dow Jones Bankruptcy & Debt (registration) - April 10, 2014

Washington Casino Files for Bankruptcy, Cites Smoking Ban ... on Tuesday, tracing its decline to a 2005 state smoking ban that drew gambling smokers to local ...

E-cigs Turn Beta Members into X-men
Whitman Pioneer - April 3, 2014

So we at the Beta house decided to switch to e-cigarettes,” he said. Another Beta, Dean O'Nutty, stated the change was for appearance's sake only. “We all just ...

Pierce County remains near bottom third among Washington's ...
The Suburban Times - March 27, 2014

... Transformation Partnership, which has funded community-based efforts such as healthy eating and physical activity, active transportation, tobacco-free living, .

Military: Don't get pot, don't smoke it
Lewiston Morning Tribune (subscription) - March 27, 2014

TACOMA - As Washington prepares to open its first retail marijuana stores in the next few months, tens of thousands of military service members have been ...

State marijuana regulators pledge stronger enforcement
Brush News Tribune - March 27, 2014

The state agency overseeing Colorado's historic experiment in marijuana ... Marijuana being packaged at Denver Kush Club in Denver on January 1, 2014.

Tacoma plans nonsmoking pot summit
The Spokesman Review March 22, 2014

TACOMA Unlike Seattle's annual Hempfest, no smoking will be allowed at a marijuana convention in August at the Tacoma Dome. People should think of ...

E-cigarette tax bill stalls in legislature
The Wahkiakum County Eagle - March 19, 2014

Saez was able to quit smoking cigarettes last July, and he credits the use of electronic cigarettes, or vaping, as the reason why. He recently started work at the ...

Air and Hospitality Academy goes smoke-free
The Columbian - March 18, 2014

The International Air and Hospitality Academy will take the Fresh Air Campus Challenge's one-day stand against tobacco Wednesday. The academy joins 21 other Pacific Northwest campuses adopting a tobacco-free policy for a day to draw attention to the harmful effects of tobacco and secondhand smoke.

Seattle's first legal pot tour invites people to trim buds, cook [VIDEO]
KIRO Seattle - March 17, 2014

Denver already has a pot tour underway, but this tour has a distinct difference. ... "Eating a whole bar is extremely not recommended," founder Alison Draisin ...

A look inside Seattle's first legal pot tour
KIRO Seattle - March 17, 2014

Participants went along on Washington's state first-ever legal pot tour on ... "Eating a whole bar is extremely not recommended," founder Alison Draisin said.

Olympia: Where legislation goes to die
Crosscut - March 17, 2014

Another session casualty was the tax on electronic cigarettes proposed by Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle. Carlyle originally sought a tax rate of 95 percent on ...

Our View: Campuswide smoking ban needed for student health
Moscow-Pullman Daily News - March 14, 2014

Washington State University students voted in favor of a campuswide tobacco ban in an advisory vote Tuesday and Wednesday. Administration officials and the ...

WSU tobacco referendum passes
Moscow-Pullman Daily News - March 13, 2014

Washington State University students passed a referendum Wednesday advocating for a tobacco-free Pullman campus. The referendum received 59.5 percent ...

Council cuts through haze by extinguishing e-cigarette ban
Yakima Herald-Republic - March 13, 2014

The vapor resembles tobacco smoke in appearance to the observer and in feel ... smoking is banned, including parks and buildings that are open to the public.

Students OK tobacco-free campus, elect leaders
WSU News - March 13, 2014

No-smoking-sign PULLMAN, Wash. – Referendum 43-01, a policy for a tobacco-free campus, passed by 59.5 percent with 1,781 votes Wednesday.

E-cigarettes: Much safer than cigarettes, don't tax them
The Seattle Times (blog) - March 12, 2014

The editorial “Put heat on e-cigarettes and 'vaping' ” [Opinion, March 6] suggests that we should tax e-cigarettes because they represent a health hazard to teens ...

Sound Off for March 12th: Would you like to see a ban on E ...
KXLY Spokane - March 12, 2014

But, e-cigarettes aren't faring so well in other U.S. cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City. Councils there have voted to ban the use of e-cigarettes in ...

Yakima council rejects ban on e-cigs, tables transit talks
Yakima Herald-Republic - March 12, 2014

The Yakima City Council on Tuesday narrowly rejected a proposal to ban e-cigarettes in public places. The e-cigarette debate was the dominant issue of the ... The council voted 4-3 to oppose regulating the electronic vaporizers often used by smokers to replace tobacco cigarettes. They cited a lack of proof that the nicotine-infused liquid consumed and exhaled is dangerous. I just believe this is another unenforceable regulation over an otherwise legal activity, Councilman Bill Lover said before voting against the ordinance. He was joined by council members Micah Cawley, Kathy Coffey and Rick Ensey.

Yakima council rejects ban on e-cigarettes
Daily Astorian - March 12, 2014

The Yakima City Council voted down a proposal Tuesday night to ban e-cigarettes in public places. A measure to regulate electronic vaporizers failed on a 4-3 vote. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1qvHdK8) the majority said there was a lack of evidence that the nicotine-infused fumes are dangerous. The vaporizers are used by some smokers to replace tobacco.

Smokers' new e-cigarette option may get snuffed
The Seattle Times - March 12, 2014

Only it's more controversial because it hasn't been approved by the government and no one yet knows for certain whether vaping might cause some long-term ...

HIGHER ED: Best value educations, a potentially tobacco-free campus and enrollment goals
Pacific Northwest Inlander (blog) - March 11, 2014

Tobacco-free: Next week, the student government at WSU will ask students to vote on a campus-wide tobacco ban, which would prohibit any substance with tobacco including cigarettes, hookah, e-cigarettes, and chewing tobacco. The change would help the university to avoid the costs of designated smoking areas. (KLEW TV)

Yakima Council to Vote on eCigs and Transit Service
KAPP - March 10, 2014

City attorneys are asking for e-cigarettes to be banned in the same areas where smoking is not allowed -- such as schools, stores and restaurants. An e-cigarette ...

A WSU tobacco-free campus may follow national trend with outcome ...
KLEW - March 10, 2014

PULLMAN, WA - Should Washington State University go tobacco-free?

Protesters fill capital steps with vapor
KGMI - March 10, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. A cloud of vapor filled the state capitol steps as protesters rallied against a proposed tax on e-cigarettes. The House is considering legislation ...

Yakima may ban e-cigarettes, pot vaporizers in public places
The Seattle Times - March 9, 2014

Yakima city officials will consider Tuesday banning electronic cigarettes from public places where smoking is currently banned. The proposed ordinance also includes marijuana vaporizers. The ordinance would require e-cigs to be used at least 25 feet from wherever smoking is banned, including parks and buildings that are open to the public. That is the same standard set for tobacco products.

Dozens rally in protest of e-cigarette tax
KOMO News - March 9, 2014

A cloud of vapor hovered over the Capitol's steps Saturday as protestors rallied against a proposed tax on e-cigarettes.

Editorial: E-cigarette nontax status contingent on FDA ruling
The Spokesman Review - March 8, 2014

As with marijuana, the state of Washington is facing another smoking issue that would be a lot easier to resolve if the federal government acted first.

Electronic cigarettes: The next big thing — to tax
Western Front - March 7, 2014

They're going to get those health effects [of smoking cigarettes] and end up in a ... Now, Washington lawmakers aren't looking to ban e-cigs — far from it — but ...

E-Cigarette Tax Hike in Washington State Moves Forward
NACS Online - March 7, 2014

OLYMPIA, WA — Washington state lawmakers have approved a 75% tax on electronic cigarettes, the Associated Press reports. The House Finance Committee ...

Yakima council to consider banning e-cigs, pot vaporizers in public
Yakima Herald-Republic - March 7, 2014

Marijuana use is now legal in Washington state, but not in public spaces. City Manager Tony O'Rourke said staff wanted to include marijuana vaporizers under ...

Editorial: Put heat on e-cigarettes and 'vaping'
The Seattle Times - March 6, 2014

Editorial: Put heat on e-cigarettes and 'vaping' ... are suddenly the cool kid on campus, with candy flavors, low prices and the trendy nickname of “vaping.”.

March 6: Tobacco-free campus proposal focus of public forum
WSU News - March 6, 2014

The ASWSU Senate will present a public forum on a proposal to designate the Washington State University main Pullman campus as tobacco-free at 6 p.m. ...

State should ban electronic cigarette sales to minors
The Olympian - March 6, 2014

A woman exhales vapor from an electronic cigarette at The Vapor Spot vapor bar in Los Angeles, California March 4, 2014. The Los Angeles City Council voted ...

Letter: Alcohol in Parks: 'No,' Now 'Yes.' Smoking Ban Still 'No.'
The Suburban Times - March 5, 2014

An 'apparently confused council' in Lakewood unanimously voted to approve alcohol in city parks two weeks after they'd said 'no.' “We will allow alcohol ...

Lawmakers mulling steep tax hike on E-cigarettes
KVI-Radio - March 5, 2014

E-cigarettes are growing in popularity as more and more people look to quit their expensive and dangerous tobacco habits. Five years ago roughly 50,000 ...

House Finance panel OKs 75 percent tax for e-cigs
The Olympian - March 5, 2014

State lawmakers want to levy a 75 percent tax on electronic cigarettes, prompting opposition from a growing community of those who use the tobacco substitute.

Seattle City Council Rejects Tax Break For Pot Growers
KUOW News and Information - March 4, 2014

On Monday, the City Council voted not to give pot growers a tax break ... that if the marijuana were to be legalized, it would have to be subject to all taxes, ...

Despite banning legal pot, Yakima seeks tax money
KIRO Seattle - March 2, 2014

Despite banning the sale, growing and processing of legal marijuana, the Yakima City Council is seeking tax money from the upcoming pot industry. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the city council voted unanimously Friday to seek state tax revenue raised by businesses in cities that do allow legalized marijuana.

The Legislature's e-cigarette tax showdown
A new bill in the Legislature wants to tax the mini vaporizers. Opponents say that would punish good behavior.
Crosscut - March 1, 2014

Are they 'God's work' or just another harmful tobacco product? Either way, Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, has introduced a bill this session to tax electronic cigarettes similarly to tobacco cigarettes. Carlyle's bill would install a 95 percent "Other Tobacco Product Tax" on e-cigarette wholesalers and make it illegal for kids 18 and younger to use e-cigarettes.

Say what ?
The Spokesman Review (blog) - March 1, 2014

Kids may say the darnedest things, as Art Linkletter once insisted. But folks at legislative hearings can be a close second. This weeks best description came from an opponent of a plan to raise taxes on vaporized nicotine, or e-cigarettes. Vaping, as it is sometimes called, is a much better choice than smoking cigarettes, Anthony McMullen told the House Finance Committee. Its like going from licking dirt to eating cake, he said.

Legal pot clubs could remake Seattle nightlife scene
KIRO Seattle February 25, 2014

It's basically a private club with dues. He says there are nearly 2,000 members who each pay $7.10 a month plus tax. They must either have Colorado medical marijuana cards or be 21 or older. Similar gathering places for marijuana users are now possible after voters in Colorado and Washington legalized recreational pot. In Washington, users can't legally smoke a joint on the street or in public view. Many apartments and hotels don't allow pot. Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes expects there will be a need for people to use marijuana legally, somewhere. "We should try to accommodate that, anticipate the demand and accommodate it," Holmes said. Holmes says Washington's indoor smoking ban and drug-free workplace laws pose a legal hurdle for pot clubs, and changing state law would make it easier for them to open. Holmes says following the model of cigar shops or hookah bars, they're possible under existing law.

Proposal to Tax E-Cigarettes at 95% in Washington State Up for ...
Americans for Tax Reform - February 27, 2014

I write today in opposition to House Bill 2795, which would redefine vapor products like e-cigarettes as tobacco substitutes and impose a 95 percent tax on these ...

Yakima leaders to consider banning e-cigarette smoking in public
KIMA CBS 29 - February 26, 2014
 
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima's ban on tobacco use in public could be expanded to include e-cigarettes. City attorneys wrote up a plan to prohibit e-cigarettes in areas where smoking is not allowed. That includes schools, stores and restaurants....

Lakewood residents on smoking in parks
TheNewsTribune.com - February 20, 2014

Lakewood residents on smoking in parks ... voice their opinions about the rejection of an outright smoking ban and a new rule limiting smoking in public parks.

Electronic Cigarette Shops Spring Up in Twin Cities
Centralia Chronicle - February 20, 2014

At least four businesses completely devoted to the sale of e-cigarettes and vapor products have opened their doors in Centralia in recent months, two of which ...

Smoking ban in Lakewood parks rejected in close vote
TheNewsTribune.com - February 19, 2014

The Lakewood City Council has decided not to ban smoking in the city's 12 parks. ... The Peninsula Metropolitan Parks District banned smoking and the use of tobacco products from its 21 properties in 2012. ... “Bans are effective policy.”...

City Council considers ditching tax break for pot growers
The Seattle Times (blog) - February 18, 2014

Marijuana growers would not get a local tax exemption for farmers and agriculture in a proposal by Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes.

CWU seeks input on smoke-free campus
Daily Record (subscription) - February 18, 2014

ELLENSBURG Central Washington Universitys student government invites community members to attend a forum about the Clean Air Campaign and its decision to move toward a smoke-free campus 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Student Union and Recreation Center Pit.

Smoking Should Be Banned in Parks – A Rebuttal
The Suburban Times - February 16, 2014

“Why would we ban smoking and tobacco from our parks? ... And to that end – the cessation of smoking – bans have a measureable impact. ... In summation the question is quite simple enough: Does banning tobacco products from Lakewood ...

EDITORIAL: Park policy should target kids' health
Bellingham (WA) Herald - February 14, 2014

A comprehensive indoor smoking ban made sense. We're not so sure about one that prohibits smoking outdoors, except in places where people are concentrated -- play areas, grandstands and picnic shelters, for instance.

Answered: Can you legally smoke marijuana in a Seattle hotel room?
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog) - February 6, 2014

With legal recreational pot shops set to open for business at some point in the spring, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes and others have been pushing the state ...

Letter - Hey, ban pot smokers from exhaling
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin - February 2, 2014

On a recent front page of the U-B someone said the state could see as much as $1 billion a year in legal marijuana sales. Is that all the fresh air in Walla Walla is worth? Should we include air in restaurants, clothing stores and offices? How about just on our streets? Your basements, back yard? If you dont believe pot smoking is good for you perhaps you can get your City Council to pass a law preventing pot smokers from exhaling.

Lawmakers consider options to community bans on pot sales
The Spokesman Review - January 31, 2014

That could lead to a patchwork of communities with legal marijuana businesses next to others that ban them, said committee Chairman Christopher Hurst, ...

Federal judge says tribal tobacco company owes up to $60M taxes
Yakima (WA) Herald - January 30, 2014

A U.S. District Court judge has ruled the Yakama Nation’s treaty rights don’t exempt a tribal cigarette manufacturer from having to pay federal tobacco excise taxes. The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau last year asserted that King Mountain...

No more tobacco smoking at Night Owl Hookah Lounge
The Suburban Times - January 25, 2014

TACOMA, Wash. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department made significant progress in protecting the health of young people with a Jan. 21 settlement. The Night Owl Hookah Lounge opted to settle out of court and will no longer allow the smoking of tobacco products on its premises. It is the second Pierce County hookah lounge to settle with the Department. The Venus and Mars Hookah Lounge settled with the Department in September of 2012.

Letter: Lakewood's New City Promo: 'Join the Party!'
The Suburban Times - January 23, 2014

Despite the fact that many of its neighboring municipalities have banned smoking in their respective parks; and even though roughly 1,000 people die annually in Pierce County from tobacco-related diseases; and no matter that smoking bans have proven effective in discouraging teens from taking up the habit; or that the council is self-mandated to ensure quality of life for all residents, still there on those on the council who believe a ban would be unenforceable, a ban is not the governments job and that people have had enough of governments intrusion.

County's ban of pot sales gets legal support
Eatonville Dispatch - January 20, 2014

Pierce County has Washington's top lawyer on its side in attempting to ban legalized sales of recreational marijuana. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued a legal opinion last week that the voter-approved legalization doesnt prevent counties and cities from banning sales outright or setting other local rules that are stricter than the states. The Pierce County Council last November passed local legislation prohibiting licensed marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas of the county.

Residents speak out on marijuana ordinance
Snohomish County Tribune - January 21, 2014

There was enough public interest in the citys recreational marijuana ordinance at last weeks City Council meeting that members extended the public hearing one more week. City staff had prepared a recreational marijuana ordinance for council approval at the Jan. 14 meeting, but after two hours of testimony, no action was taken. The ordinance will set interim regulations for the zoning of marijuana-related businesses in the city.

WA Attorney General feels that cities have the clear authority to go beyond state regulations in limiting marijuana establishments
Kirkland Views (blog) - January 16, 2014

Q: Are local governments preempted by state law from banning the location of a Washington State Liquor Control Board licensed marijuana producer, processor, or retailer within their jurisdiction? A: No. Under Washington law, there is a strong presumption against finding that state law preempts local ordinances. Although Initiative 502 (I-502) establishes a licensing and regulatory system for marijuana producers, processors, and retailers in Washington State, it includes no clear indication that it was intended to preempt local authority to regulate such businesses. We therefore conclude that I-502 left in place the normal powers of local governments to regulate within their jurisdictions.

AUDIO: BOZE: Not state's role to punish parents who smoke in car - Boze Blog
MyNorthwest.com - January 15, 2014

...Stop going after the parents who happen to be smoking in the car. It's not the same as child abuse. We haven't even gotten to the point where we're actually capable and competent with dealing with actual child abusers. Let's go after them first. ...

House bill would ban smoking in vehicles with kids inside
Q13FOX, KCPQ-TV (Seattle,WA) - January 14, 2014

...House Bill 2086 is trying to ban anyone from lighting a cigarette, a cigar or pipe while parked or driving if there is someone under 18 in the vehicle. A state House committee hearing was held on the legislation Tuesday. “Toxic chemicals that are coming...

House bill would prohibit recreational marijuana business bans by ...
Kent Reporter - January 15, 2014

Ten state representatives introduced a House bill Tuesday in Olympia that would prohibit local governments from banning recreational marijuana businesses.

Yakama Nation wants to ban marijuana on ancestral lands
OregonLive.com - January 13, 2014

In the wake of Washington state's legalization on recreational pot use, the tribe has already banned marijuana on its 1.2 million acre reservation near Yakima. ...

Officials must implement state's new pot law
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin - January 8, 2014

Washington state's voters approved the legalization of marijuana last year, but a large number of city officials have not embraced the concept. That's unfortunate.

Marijuana Tracking Aimed At Keeping Pot In Washington
Here And Now - January 7, 2014

Sales of recreational marijuana will begin in the spring in Washington state. Efforts are underway to meet a top priority of the U.S. Justice Department: prevent marijuana leakage to neighboring states like Oregon and Idaho.

Liquor Control Board bans pot from Washington bars
The Olympian - December 18, 2013

The state Liquor Control Board on Wednesday adopted a rule change that makes it illegal for any liquor-licensed establishment to allow marijuana consumption of any kind on its premises.

States move on e-cigarette as Washington delays
Reporter-Times - December 18, 2013

Heading into legislative sessions next year, policymakers, industry representatives, health advocates and tax wonks expect electronic cigarettes — or ...

New Products Complicate Enforcement Of State Smoking Ban
KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest - December 17, 2013

Nearly a decade has passed since Washington state banned smoking in public areas and workplaces. But smoking has evolved since, and that leaves health officials with challenges as they try to enforce a law that didnt foresee the rise of new products. The ban on smoking that took effect in 2005 was pretty straightforward at the time. It covered cigarettes and cigars the traditional stuff. But with the landscape changing, health officials tasked with enforcing the ban are doing their best to keep pace. Now were contending with hookahs, e-cigarettes and soon-to-be [legal] marijuana, so it definitely looks different, said Keri Moore with the Snohomish County Health District. Electronic cigarettes arent banned in Snohomish County.

City Hall | Seattle pot in public fine set at $27, mortgage study resolution passed
CHS Capitol Hill Seattle - December 17, 2013

The Seattle City Council Monday approved legislation setting the fine for smoking marijuana in public at $27 a pop, putting the, um, crime on par with drinking a beer or a gin martini: Council adopted legislation today setting fines on smoking marijuana in public at the same level as public consumption of alcohol, $27. The legislation notes that the Seattle Police Department will issue a warning to offenders whenever practical before issuing a citation. The bill requires SPD to monitor enforcement by age, race, sex and locations of any citations, so Council can evaluate whether the law is being equitably enforced. The ordinance goes into effect thirty days after it is signed into law by the executive.

Seattle passes $27 fine for public pot smoking
MyNorthwest.com - December 16, 2013

The Seattle City Council has unanimously approved a $27 fine for public pot smoking. But don't expect cops to suddenly start writing a bunch of tickets. The new law calls for police to warn people and educate them about the law "whenever possible" before issuing citations. The $27 fine is the same as that for drinking alcohol in public. It will take effect 30 days after signed into law by the mayor.

State proposes rule against smoking pot in bars
KIRO Seattle - December 11, 2013

fter marijuana legalization, bars in the state allowed people to use pot. ... An Olympia bar owner who let his customers smoke pot asked the board a pointed ...

Pot smoking at Frankie's to be banned under proposed liquor control ...
The Olympian - December 10, 2013

December might be the last month marijuana smokers can legally toke up at Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill, if the Liquor Control Board adopts a rule change now under consideration. The state Liquor Control Board has proposed amending one of its rules to prohibit "any employee or other persons to engage in the consumption of any type of marijuana, usable marijuana, or marijuana-infused products in a liquor-licensed business." Frankie's, located on Pacific Avenue in Olympia, has been allowing bar patrons to smoke marijuana in an upstairs private room for about a year. Schnarr, has argued that members could smoke marijuana legally there after the passage of I-502.

Party to celebrate Wash. legal pot anniversary
Watertown Public Opinion - December 6, 2013

Friday marks the first anniversary of the day Washington's legal marijuana law took ... fence at Seattle Center, with any pot smoking occurring out of public view.

Edmonds CC to become tobacco-free campus next year
My Edmonds News - November 23, 2013

On July 1, 2014, Edmonds Community College will be joining the 51 campuses in the Pacific Northwest that have already gone smoke- or tobacco-free and the more than 1,130 campuses nationwide that, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, have a 100 percent smoke- or tobacco-free policy in place.

Nisqually Tribe Invests $45 Million to Expand Red Wind Casino in ...
Indian Country Today Media Network - November 22, 2013

The expanded space will also include a smoke-free casino. ...

Wash., Colo. courts weigh lawyer pot use, advice
KENS 5 TV - November 6, 2013

Seattle attorney Kurt Boehl is happy to think he's contributing to the success of Washington's grand experiment in regulating marijuana by advising his clients on how to navigate the industry's legal complexities. But there's a worry that his efforts could earn him an ethics complaint. After all, marijuana is illegal under federal law, and lawyers aren't supposed to help their clients break the law. Washington's Supreme Court could put his mind at ease. The justices on Wednesday are taking up an emergency proposal to change the state's ethics rules for lawyers to make clear that attorneys complying with state law won't get in trouble for giving pot-related legal advice -- or for smoking up themselves, as long as they're not high at work. The Supreme Court in Colorado, the other state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, has been presented with a similar proposal.

State takes steps to ban marijuana use at bars
Peninsula Daily - November 1, 2013

OLYMPIA The state Liquor Control Board wants to make sure people aren't using marijuana in bars and nightclubs. The board on Wednesday filed a draft rule that would explicitly ban any business with a liquor license from allowing marijuana use on site.

Will Wash.'s legal pot taxes go to health care?
KATU - November 1, 2013

The state has yet to see any tax revenue from the sale of legal pot to adults over ... I-502 taxes pot highly 25 percent at least two stages and up to three, plus ...

Change in state rules could put end to private pot rooms
KING5.com - October 31, 2013

The Washington State Liquor Control Board is considering a proposal to ban the use of marijuana at any business with a liquor license, which includes bars and ...

Conceal and carry: Kids with e-cigarettes
KEPR 19 - October 30, 2013

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Action News went to Kennewick High School to talk candidly with your kids; they say electronic cigarettes and pocket vaporizers are in ...

Yakama Nation says it won't legalize pot on reservation
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin - October 28, 2013

As Washington state moves forward on rolling out recreational marijuana regulations, the Yakama Nation has decided not to join in legalization efforts. Marijuana remains illegal on the 1.2 million-acre reservation, said George Colby, an attorney representing the Yakama Nation. Under the tribes treaty, he said, the citizens of Washington lack the authority to legalize recreational use on tribal lands.

Red Wind Casino Plans $45 Million Expansion
Nisqually Valley News - October 23, 2013

A $45 million expansion of the Nisqually Red Wind Casino will bring 70 new jobs to the area and will continue to fuel a significant economic expansion that has occurred within the Nisqually Indian Tribe in the last year, said Cynthia Iyall, chair of the Nisqually Tribal Council. The expanded space will include a smoke-free casino. ...

E-cigarettes may get snubbed in campus no-smoking zones
Western Front - October 22, 2013

Western Washington University's Central Health and Safety Committee is asking for input on a proposal to include electronic cigarettes in the university's current ...

In brief: Spokane Public Schools bans e-cigarettes
The Spokesman Review - October 11, 2013

Electronic cigarettes have been banned at public schools in Spokane. Spokane Public Schools officials said they needed to clarify the policy as school employees began asking about rules governing the relatively new devices.

Chopper ride for commish, smoking ban in schools, big game day ...
Snoqualmie Valley Record - October 10, 2013

Smoking will soon be banned in the Riverview School District, not only for students but also for staff and visitors as well.

County fines hookah lounges, orders them to curtail smoking
The Seattle Times (blog) - October 3, 2013

Citing the need to protect public health, King County officials have sent notices to six hookah lounges in Seattle ordering them to stop allowing patrons to smoke from water pipes on their premises. The move, covering hookah lounges scattered throughout the city, came after multiple inspections found violations of the states indoor-smoking ban passed by voters in 2005.

Public invited to discuss impact of marijuana laws
Marysville Globe - September 17, 2013

MARYSVILLE The Snohomish County Apartment Operators Association and the Landlord Association of the North Sound will be discussing marijuana laws and their impact on land ownership during their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Leifer Manor in Marysville. The evenings speaker will be Steve Briggs the Counsel for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska who will answer questions about matters impacting landlords, such as preventative action, evictions, the expectations of the new environment and working with law enforcement. Local attorney Rob Trickler, the president of the associations, will also answer questions regarding eviction issues related to this topic.

Reston Bans Use of E-Cigarettes
Washingtonian.com (blog) - September 11, 2013

In late June, Reston became the first town in Washington to address the use of e-cigarettes when the Reston Association board of directors voted unanimously to ban them from public spaces. The issue arose after residents expressed their discomfort and confusion with the use of e-cigarettes at the local pool, according to Kirsten Carr, director of communication with Reston Association Board of Directors.

Change obvious at tobacco-free WSUV
The Columbian - September 9, 2013

The air is a little cleaner this year on the Washington State University Vancouver campus. The fresh air is thanks to a new policy prohibiting the use of all tobacco products on the Salmon Creek campus. The new rules, which went into effect Aug. 1, apply to students, staff, faculty and guests, and prohibit the use of tobacco and nicotine-delivery products not approved for cessation. The ban includes cigarettes, cigars, hookah, pipes, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes.

Fort Morgan bans commercial recreational pot establishments
Fort Morgan Times - September 4 2013

Under the commercial recreational marijuana ban, retail businesses, commercial growing operations and smoking clubs would not be allowed within city limits.

Washington Sports Bar Exploits Loophole, Lets Patrons Smoke Pot
RYOT - August 22, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash. Tavern owner Frankie Schnarr takes a long draw from his bottle of Coors Light and scans his sports bar, listening to billiard balls rattle and a pinball machine explode with points. Suddenly, theres that smell: musky-sweet, skunky yet somehow pleasing, an odor traditionally fraught with illegality. Three men in jeans and sleeveless shirts shooting pool nearby fire up a small purple pipe packed with pot. They inhale deeply between shots, laughing, passing the bowl, mellowing their buzz with an occasional swig of beer. Marijuana. Being brazenly smoked in public, right there under the bar owners nose. Schnarr smiles.

Lynnwood bans smoking in city parks
Q13 FOX - August 16, 2013

SEATTLE The city council voted Monday night to institute a ban on smoking in Lynnwood city parks; the ban passed 6-0 with one councilmember absent, the Everett Herald reported. The ban makes Lynnwood one of five other Snohomish County cities that have instituted such smoking bans in public places, the Herald said. Other cities ...

In Our View/Workplace health For smoke-free casinos
HeraldNet - August 14, 2013

Government had a tough time reconciling the health danger with a cash crop, simultaneously subsidizing tobacco farmers while warning against the product they grew. In the 1990s, a groundswell of anti-smoking activists and labor groups organized for smoke-free restaurants, culminating in 2005 with passage of I-901, Washington's public indoor smoking ban. It's sanctimonious, yes, but second-hand smoke kills nonsmokers. That's the critical feature -- the point where personal liberty collides with public health. Workers get hurt, employees who are not there for fun, but who log the longest hours on site and have more week-in, week-out exposure. In Washington, smoking is permitted only in tribal casinos. Sovereignty ensures that tobacco use and gambling are determined on a tribe-by-tribe basis. Casinos also provide smoke-free gambling, and most are equipped with air-filter gizmos that suck up ambient smoke. It still harms non-smoking employees. For many, a living wage trumps risk.

SNAP smoking ban starts for local tenants
KREM.com (registration) - August 1, 2013

SPOKANE, Wash.--People living in more than one dozen low income housing developments in Spokane have been told they can no longer smoke inside their apartment. The Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs (SNAP) implemented the change on Thursday.

Illegal pot sales a threat to I-502 revenue
Bellingham Herald - July 30, 2013

Once legal pot sales start in Washington, heavily taxed and regulated new businesses will try to muscle into a market cornered by illegal drug dealers and semi-legal shops dispensing marijuana as a medicine.

EDITORIAL: Anti-smoking cuts hurt
Bellingham Herald - July 30, 2013

State funding for a telephone quit line to help smokers kick their habit has been eliminated, a move that qualifies as shortsighted and counterproductive.

Seattle residents, city attorney push to outlaw public pot smoking
Fox News - July 28, 2013

Seattle residents, city attorney push to outlaw public pot smoking ... ounce of marijuana, some residents of the state's largest city want its public use outlawed in ...

State pulls smoking quitline funding
Everett (WA) Herald - July 28, 2013

The state's Tobacco Quitline will significantly cut services starting this week, and will no longer offer full, free support for those who want to quit smoking or using tobacco.

Yakima moves forward with smoking bans
KIMA CBS 29 - July 26, 2013

It's a city where smoking *is banned at city parks. Lee says Tacoma's ban doesn't really change how he smokes.Because, nowadays it seems to be banned in ...

Seattle city attorney wants ban on using pot in public
The Seattle Times - July 26, 2013

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes wants to enforce the states prohibition on public pot consumption. The City Council holds a hearing on his proposal Friday afternoon. Some residents in Seattles University Park neighborhood are fed up with pot smoke wafting into their yards and bedrooms. While state voters legalized adult recreational marijuana last year, the new law enacted by Initiative 502 prohibits pot use in view of the general public..

New marijuana topic for the city: Public-consumption policies
West Seattle Blog (blog) - July 23, 2013

New marijuana topic for the city: Public-consumption policies ... not have a private home where they can use marijuana without violating a rental agreement, ...

The list of rules may be increasing at Yakima parks
KIMA CBS 29 - July 23, 2013

City council is considering a smoking ban as well as creating stricter rules ... has already seen the success of smoking bans in Seattle parks, cutting down on ...

Marijuana Tours Make a Great Alaska Cruise Excursion from Seattle
DigitalJournal.com (press release) - July 9, 2013

In 2012, Washington voters legalized the recreational use of marijuana which has created an entirely new legal industry in the State. Jet City Tours provides guests with a safe, sane, and legal experience as they visit iconic sites around the city while legally sampling from a variety of different marijuana strains including indica, sativa, and hybrid blends. Very similar to popular wine tours operating in the State for years, Jet City Tours uses limo busses for their guests which feature a separate compartment for the driver, allowing them enjoy beer, wine, and sample from high quality cannabis crops while underway.

Patchwork of murky laws emerges as more US states OK use of ...
The Catholic Register - July 8, 2013

The Washington law permits small-quantity sales of marijuana but prohibits public consumption (a frequently disregarded rule in many public places).

Rising from the ashes
Real Change News - June 26, 2013

Both mother and daughter live on a nonsmoking floor at the YWCA. Low-income housing providers struggle to balance the rights of smokers and nonsmokers.

Open Mike: Smoking in city parks
Yakima Herald-Republic - June 26, 2013

More and more cities and counties are banning smoking in public parks. ... That list includes Tacoma, which banned smoking in parks in 2009, and Puyallup, ...

Smoke and ire
Yakima Herald-Republic - June 26, 2013

I respect smoking bans in public buildings. I pick up my butts because it's my responsibility. I will give you that limiting smoking at outside events where people ...

Wash. landlords worried, confused about marijuana laws
KATU - June 23, 2013

... Growing plants is another matter. ...The last apartment complex I was in actually allowed verified medical marijuana patients to grow plants under three very ...

LETTER: No to public smoking
Yakima (WA) Herald - June 23, 2013

My mother, a nonsmoker, is dying of lung cancer. She was exposed to secondhand smoke from birth. So, to those smokers who think we are trying to take away your rights, it’s time for you to step back and review what your actions are doing to those around

Wider smoking ban sought
HeraldNet - June 21, 2013

Cities with bans include Lake Stevens, Bothell, Marysville and Sultan. Mill Creek has a ban at its sports complex, and county parks officials are considering a ..

Councilwoman wants butts out in Yakima city parks
Yakima Herald-Republic - June 16, 2013

It's possible a ban could be written to apply only during those events, she said. “You're ... More and more cities and counties are banning smoking in public parks. ... have banned smoking in public outdoor places such as parks and beaches.

Seattle City Attorney Holmes proposes private marijuana clubs, home delivery
Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle) - June 12, 2013

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes is asking the state Liquor Control Board to consider allowing private marijuana clubs and home-delivery services. But a liquor board spokesman says Holmes' suggestions are unlikely to be considered. In a letter dated June 10, Holmes said marijuana clubs should be considered to prevent widespread smoking in public, and to give renters and tourists the same access to pot that homeowners will enjoy. “Renters and tourists should not be forced to use marijuana in parks or on sidewalks,” he said in the letter. …

Yakima City Council Considers Smoking Ban in Parks
KNDO/KNDU - June 9, 2013

Bristol said many other cities have banned smoking in parks, including Chicago, ... more research to see what other cities have done when it comes to the ban.

Yakima proposes smoking ban in city parks
KIMA CBS 29 - June 6, 2013

Yakima is considering a smoking ban at parks and city-sponsored events. Some council members say the second-hand smoke is unhealthy and inconvenient. A committee is now reviewing the proposal.

LETTER: YWCA smoke gets in your eyes
Real Change - June 6, 2013

Out of 75 women on floors six through eight are a handful who choose not to smoke. These women are forced to breathe secondhand smoke. Now, some of the health risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke include heart, lung and cancer diseases, asthma and leukemia. Not to mention the horrific stench.

Thurston County campuses go tobacco free in 2014
Bellingham Herald - May 22, 2013

The Thurston County commissioners approved a tobacco ban that will prohibit smoking, e-cigarettes and tobacco products on county grounds starting next year, ...

County on board with program promoting smoke-free housing
Longview Daily News - May 15, 2013

Cowlitz County commissioners approved a program to help landlords offer more smoke-free rentals, but only after two commissioners voted down one member's ...

Woman claims she was fired for inhaling second-hand pot smoke
KBOI-TV - April 30, 2013

SEATTLE -- You can't get drunk if the person next to you is overdoing it with the booze. But what if they were smoking pot? The consequences of breathing their second-hand smoke could lead to your firing or even a DUI.

Hospital smoking ban has neighbors in a huff
The Columbian - April 24, 2013

WENATCHEE — Ever since Central Washington Hospital banned smoking on its Wenatchee campus in February, smokers have made their way to a sidewalk to light up.

Residents of the Fuller Street neighborhood now say they have to put up with cigarette butts and the sight of people in scrubs and other hospital workers, visitors and even patients smoking near their homes, The Wenatchee World reported Tuesday. "Now all the cigarette butts blow over here to our house and we have to pick them up," said Dean Dillard. "You see all these professionals with their scrubs on and it's just not a good vision," said his wife, Joyce. "Do they wash their hands and brush their teeth before they go back to work? I wonder." The hospital put out a sand-filled bucket for butts and it's an eyesore, said Susie Huntley, another Fuller Street resident. "It's patients, visitors and employees," she said. "They sit right across from our house and smoke. I've got a couple of small kids and they see this and smell it and they want to know why." …

Green River recognized for tobacco-free initiative
Auburn Reporter - April 24, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Green River Community College the Fresh Air Gold Campus Award for its implementation of a tobacco-free policy. … At least 1,159 college campuses in the United States had adopted a 100 percent smoke or tobacco-free policies as of April, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. …

Reps touch on big topics in town hall
Sequim Gazette - April 17, 2013

Ed Bowen traveled from Ozette to ask about marijuana second-hand smoke to see if guidelines for the recently approved drug apply the same as cigarette smoking restrictions near buildings. As a disabled veteran with medical issues, to be around that is asking for trouble, he said. These guys have a choice. Bowen doesnt believe theyll look into it as they indicated, but he is confident the state board of health will act. Tharinger addressed the issue earlier saying different guidelines for marijuana came up often.

Legal pot draws tourists to Colo., Wash., for 4/20
Anchorage Daily-News – April 15, 2013

Thousands of people are expected to join an unofficial counterculture holiday celebrating marijuana in Colorado and Washington this coming weekend, including out-of staters and even packaged tours. The events and crowds will test the limits of new laws permitting pot use by adults. …

Washington moves to ban marijuana from the state's bars
New York Daily News - April 4, 2013

The state’s Liquor Control Board voted to begin drafting rules that will bar legalized marijuana from bars and pubs, citing that the drug could cause more safety concerns for drivers. …

WSUV campus will be tobacco-free next fall
The Columbian - March 30, 2013

Washington State University Vancouver Chancellor Mel Netzhammer announced Thursday that the campus will become tobacco-free effective Aug. 1. More than ...

Wash., Colo. bars test limits of legal pot laws
Bismarck Tribune – March 26, 2013

John Connelly, left, inhales marijuana vapor just after midnight Saturday, March 2, 2013, with the help of bar worker Jenae DeCampo, right, in the upstairs lounge area of Stonegate, a pizza-and-rum bar in Tacoma, Wash. Owner Jeff Call charges patrons a small fee to become a member of the private second-floor club, which prohibits smoking marijuana, but does permit “vaporizing,” a method that involves heating the marijuana without burning it. Last fall, Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize marijuana use for adults over 21. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) …

Wash. youth survey: Cigarette smoking and drinking down in high school, marijuana smoking up
Daily Journal - March 15, 2013

SEATTLE ­ Washington high school students who participated in a statewide survey say they are twice as likely to smoke marijuana as cigarettes, and the state's top health official said Thursday she's worried that a new marijuana law may make prevention efforts more difficult. …

Hookah lounge shut down for smoking ban violations
Snohomish County Tribune - March 12, 2013

EVERETT - A little known hookah bar downtown was shut down last month by the Snohomish Health District. The health district took the Hideout Hookah Lounge on Wetmore Avenue to court for a year’s worth of indoor smoking ban violations. A judge decided in the district’s favor, fining Hideout’s owners $89,100. …

Washington State Board of Health agenda – tobacco use among kids
Enumclaw (WA) Courier-Herald - March 12, 2013

The state Department of Health will brief the board about youth tobacco use, and a recent increase in illegal sales of tobacco to minors. A panel of representatives from the Office of the Attorney General, Pierce County Anti-Tobacco Coalition, …

Report: Illegal tobacco sales to minors increase
Issaquah Press - February 19, 2013

State health officials said about 16 percent of retailers offering tobacco illegally sold the substance to minors between January and June. The figure is up from 11 ...

WA. Senate Bill would ban smoking in vehicle with underage passengers
KLEW-TV Channel 3 (Lewiston ID) - Feb 14, 2013

Senate Bill 5230 would make it illegal to smoke in your vehicle if anyone under 18, is inside. That means pipes, cigars and cigarettes. It was introduced by Democrat Senator Paull Shin of Edmonds and would be considered a secondary offense.

WASHINGTON'S SMOKEFREE LAW UNDER ATTACK
Voice of the Valley-February 14, 2013

Supporters of Washington's smokefree initiative are once again defending the popular law and fighting attacks to weaken this important health policy and worker ...

We're not buds
Real Change News - January 30, 2013

The sweet, herbal smell of marijuana has wafted out the windows and over the fences of backyards since Dec. 6, when Washington state officially decriminalized the possession and use of marijuana, by adults age 21 and older. Smoking on the street or in a park could get you a $100 fine, but it’s legal to smoke in your home, provided you own it. For renters, especially those who are low-income, the pot law comes with some caveats.
Many landlords and all public housing agencies will not allow smoking of any kind, and they have even revised policies to clarify that marijuana remains prohibited, despite what voters have said. …

Will more casinos embrace non-smokers?
The Seattle Times (blog) - January 29, 2013

If you saw our Sunday story about visiting Suquamish and the new tribal museum there, you might have noticed we didn’t say much about the casino. There was a reason for that. If you’ve gotten accustomed to breathing fresh air thanks to Washington state’s ban on smoking in indoor public places, you might be happy to stay out of tribal casinos that aren’t covered by that prohibition. …

Mercer Island landlord tries to ban pot in apartment building
Seattle (WA) Times - January 13, 2013

A Mercer Island landlord is trying to ban marijuana in a tony apartment building, raising questions about what's allowed under Washington's medical-marijuana law and new legal-pot law. ...

3rd hookah lounge in Pierce County taken to court over smoking law
Tacoma (WA) News Tribune - January 6, 2013

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has taken the area's third hookah lounge to court, alleging it is violating the state's anti-smoking law. The department filed paperwork Wednesday seeking an injunction against Tacoma Lounge LLC, which operates ...

Green River Campuses Tobacco-Free in 2013
Enumclaw (WA) Patch.org - December 31, 2012

Green River Community College’s ban on tobacco goes into effect on New Year’s Day, a college news release said today. The new policy means that the use of any tobacco products including cigarettes and e-cigarettes, cigars or pipes, and smokeless or chew ...

Spike in retail sale of tobacco to minors
MyNorthwest.com - December 12, 2012

Kids in Washington are finding it easier to walk into a store and walk out with a pack of cigarettes. The results of the latest check of illegal sales are in. "About 16 percent of tobacco retailers in our state sold tobacco to minors and that's a rate that's going up and it's unacceptable to all of us," said State Health Department Secretary Mary Selecky. …

Frankie's sports bar in Olympia to allow pot smoking
The Olympian - December 7, 2012

Frank Schnarr is inviting pot smokers to head on over to Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill on Pacific Avenue in Olympia, where, he claims, they can toke up legally on his second floor after paying $10 in annual dues to become "Friends of Frankie's" and members of his private club. …

King County Housing Authority to Make Public Housing Smoke-Free Starting Dec. 1
MarketWatch (press release) - November 28, 2012

TUKWILA, Wash., November 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The King County Housing Authority will extinguish smoking in all its public housing units starting Dec. 1. "Everyone benefits from a smoke-free living environment. The smoke-free policy is aimed at protecting nonsmokers - especially children, the frail elderly, and ...

Kelso bans smoking in public parks
Longview (WA) Daily News - Nov 10, 2012

Following Longview's lead, the Kelso City Council has banned tobacco use in city parks. All forms of tobacco are prohibited in city parks except in parking lots and areas specified with signs. ...

Smoke-free public housing good for health, safety and costs
Bellingham Herald - November 5, 2012

Sorry, smokers, but soon there will be one less place for you to light up: in Tacoma's publicly subsidized housing. No doubt many smokers are dreading the ...

Tacoma Housing Authority adopts smoking ban, dwellings to go smoke-free ...
TheNewsTribune.com (blog) - November 1, 2012

The battle over second-hand smoke moved into Tacoma’s publicly subsidized homes and apartments earlier this month – and smoking lost. In a 2 to 1 vote last week, the Tacoma Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners outlawed smoking inside all of the agency’s 1,400 dwellings.The ban, which is set to take effect March 1, will impact about 3,000 residents who live throughout the authority’s affordable housing network across the city. …

Smokers relocate, policy succeeds
The Clipper - October 15, 2012

Maybe unless you’re a smoker, the transition into a tobacco-free campus has been smooth sailing. The smoking shack outside of Whitehorse is gone; a red picnic table now perched upon the concrete square. Signs about the policy are rampant around campus, and security has an eye out for any offenders. …

Smoking ban could be addictive
Western Front - October 5, 2012

... Many colleges across the nation are adopting smoking bans. There are now 814 campuses in the United States that have enacted a complete ban on smoking, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. ...

Green River to go tobacco free starting Jan. 1
Auburn Reporter (WA) - September 19, 2012

Green River Community College will become the ninth Washington college campus to go 100 percent smoke-free when a ban on tobacco use goes into effect ...

Everett Community College Honored For Going Smoke Free
My Everett News (WA) - September 18, 2012

Just in time for the start of the school year next Monday, Everett Community College has received the Snohomish Health District Healthy Workplace Award for ...

Should hookah bars remain open despite Washington's indoor smoking ban?
KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest - September 17, 2012

Washington banned indoor smoking nearly seven years ago, but one exception survives: hookah lounges. Local health departments have struggled to shut them down. …

Hoquiam bans smoking in city parks
KXRO Newsradio (WA) - August 14, 2012

The smoking ban was amended from the original proposal that prohibited smoking on all ... The original proposal also banned smokeless tobacco within the city.

County's proposed Tobacco-Free campus plan moves ahead
Seaside Signal - August 9, 2012

ASTORIA - Starting in September, tobacco users may not be able to enjoy their habit on Clatsop County government properties. Margo Lalich, Clatsop County ...

Washington State Tobacco Quitline resumes service for all residents
Sacramento Bee - August 2, 2012

Adults in Washington who are considering quitting tobacco can now get free help from the Department of Health's toll-free Washington State Tobacco Quitline. Calling a quitline significantly increases a person's chances of kicking the habit. …

Letter: Parks smoking ban is heavy-handed
The Columbian - August 2, 2012

If true, why does this ban include e-cigarettes, which don't release any carcinogens into the atmosphere? Instead of banning smoking in parks, why not enact a ...

Longview council expands smoking ban to library, community garden
Longview (WA) Daily News - July28, 2012

Longview council expands smoking ban to library, community garden ... ban in city parks and 71 percent supported banning smoking in the park area around the ...

In Our View: Still Deadly, Still Illegal
The Columbian - July 26, 2012

Secondhand smoke is still deadly, and smoking is still banned in Vancouver ... and enforcement of the park-smoking ban passed by Vancouver City Council six ...

Park Board gets serious about smoking bylaw
News1130 - Jul 22, 2012

The smoking ban at Vancouver parks and beaches has been in effect since ... The smoking bylaw has been in effect for two years now, but the number of ...

Smoking ban rightfully includes private vehicles
The Seattle Times - July 20, 2012

The Everett Community College Board of Trustees on Tuesday night approved a campus ban on the use of tobacco products. The policy, which starts September ...

Smoking banned on EvCC campus
HeraldNet - July 19, 2012

EVERETT -- Students and staff at Everett Community College will no longer be able to smoke or chew tobacco on campus beginning this fall -- even inside their own cars.


Smokers continue to light up in city's parks despite ban
The Columbian - July 19, 2012

A ban on tobacco in Vancouver's parks has been in effect for six months, but that ... Smoking and tobacco use is banned in city parks and the sidewalks around them, ... Smoking continues there, despite a new ordinance banning all tobacco ...

No butts about it; King County bans smoking in parks
MyNorthwest.com (WA)- July 10, 2012

The Metropolitan King County Council voted 6-1 Monday to impose a ban on ... Island and Auburn that have imposed bans, or partial bans on smoking in parks ...

Commissioners considering smoking ban for all county parks
Longview (WA) Daily News - Jul 1, 2012

Following Longview's lead, Cowlitz County officials are talking about banning smoking in county parks. No final decision has been made …

Green River CC could become smoke-free campus
Northwest Cable News - June 19, 2012

GRCC would be the fourth Washington community college to enforce such a rule, if it's passed later this month. …

Should King County Ban Smoking In Parks?
KUOW NPR (WA)- June 12, 2012

King County leaders are looking to clear the air in more than just bars and restaurants. Last week the council committee voted to ban tobacco products in local ...

Hookah lounges under fire
The Clipper (WA) May 27, 2012

Organizations like Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR) and smokefreewashington.com advocate against these hookah lounges as well as casinos that allow ...

King County weighs tobacco ban in parks
Snoqualmie Valley Record - May 22, 2012

King County would join a growing list of local parks, hospitals and schools with policies for tobacco-free areas under a proposed ordinance, prohibiting tobacco ...

Tobacco-free parks in Everett?
HeraldNet - May 9, 2012

By Debra Smith Should the city ban smoking from its public parks? The Everett Parks Board talked about the possibility last night.

City Council to Discuss Citizen Survey, Tobacco Free Parks at ...
Mercer Island (WA) Patch.com - May 6, 2012

... including thge Biennial Citizen Survey, Tobacco Free Parks, the Planning Commission Work Program, and the Island Crest Bike Path feasability Plan. …

Do It Yourself: Good cleaning might help tackle tobacco odor
The Spokesman-Review - May 6, 2012

Q. Our apartment smells strongly of tobacco smoke. We have complained to the management and even to the corporate office, but get no help. Can you tell us what to do?

Smoking Ban in Woodinville Parks Approved
Woodinville (WA) Patch.com - May 3, 2012

By Annie Archer Smoking is now banned in Woodinville city parks. ... the success of such bans in California and City Attorney Greg Rubstello said the ban in ...

Hookah bars growing in popularity, but are they legal?
KOMO News - May 2, 2012

Washington State passed the smoking ban in 2005 with over sixty percent of the vote. Since then, hookah bars have been on the rise near college campuses as ...

Tobacco Free Parks: Mandatory or Voluntary, Council to Decide Tuesday
Woodinville (WA) Patch.com - May 1, 2012

Woodinville parks will be tobacco free, but will that be law or a suggestion? That is the decision council will make at its meeting Tuesday, ...

In Our View: Ban Smoking in County Parks
The Columbian - April 27, 2012

Steve Stuart and Tom Mielke still don’t get it. The two Clark County commissioners just can’t bring themselves to ban smoking in county parks.Oh, they’re “getting it” when it comes to political points from some folks who praise them for supposedly upholding smokers’ rights. But here’s what erodes their credibility as they acknowledge that applause: By continuing to heap confusing details and detailed regulations upon smokers in parks, the two commissioners have done everything BUT ban smoking in county parks. Here’s what they were up to earlier this week: …

Pierce County tries to shutter hookah depot over smoking ban
TheNewsTribune.com - April 27, 2012

Pierce County health officials have gone to court to try to shut down a Tacoma hookah lounge, saying it violates the state's anti-smoking laws. …

County decides against banning tobacco in parks
The Columbian - April 25, 2012

Clark County commissioners decided to strengthen tobacco restrictions in parts of county parks but stopped short of matching the city of Vancouver’s total ban. … In 2005, the county board approved a voluntary tobacco-free compliance program. The county designated certain areas in its parks as “tobacco free.

Tobacco-free zones in county parks? King County Council to consider it
White Center Now - April 13, 2012

“Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death and illness in King County, and this ordinance would further expand our smoke-free spaces so ...

In the fog (smoke?) of war, cigar bars again fail to become law
TheNewsTribune.com (WA) - April 11, 2012

Supporters of exempting cigar and pipe clubs from the state's ban on smoking in bars thought they had a chance as the special session of the Washington ...

Amendment to Tobacco Tax Bill Would Undo Smoking Ban for Cigar Bars
PubliCola - April 10, 2012

Instead of passing a budget during the special session, legislators are busy trying to chip away at voter-approved initiatives. On a voice vote in Friday night’s ways and means committee (so the roll call isn’t available), legislators added an amendment to the “roll your own cigarettes” bill. (The “roll your own” bill would fix a loophole in cigarette sales that allows smokers who buy loose tobacco to avoid paying cigarette taxes. The bipartisan bill would recoup about $12 million a year in revenue for the state.) The “roll your own” bill didn’t make it out of committee, but not before legislators did approve an amendment. The amendment, totally ignoring 2005 s voter-approved indoor smoking ban, would allow the state to license cigar bars. Sponsored by Sen. Mark Schoesler (R-9, Ritzville), the amendment was a re-do of a cigar bar bill that failed last year. …

CIGARS: State bill to create smoking lounge stays alive
TheNewsTribune.com - April 10, 2012

The future is unclear for Washington states cigar smokers, after a proposal to allow them to smoke at some businesses became part of a tobacco-related measure Friday night. … The smoking areas would need to be separate, enclosed spaces with independent ventilation systems. In 2005, Washington voters banned smoking in public ...

Council takes on smoking in parks
Mercer Island (WA) Reporter - April 2, 2012

The City Council debated the idea of prohibiting smoking in all or some of city parks and play areas on March 19. The Council sought to eliminate smoking near areas where children may be present. …

Commissioners opt for smoking areas away from entrances
The Spokesman (WA) Review - March 29, 2012

In arguing for stronger nonsmoking measures, Panerio said the county should ... smoke can result in higher medical costs for nonsmokers as well, she said. …

Shoreline Council Votes to Ban Tobacco in City Parks
Shoreline-Lake Forest (WA) Patch.com - March 27, 2012

By Tony Dondero The Shoreline City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday night declaring the city's parks tobacco-free. Ordinance No. …

King County funds ASSU's smoke-free campus effort
Seattle University Spectator - March 8, 2012

Since fall quarter, ASSU's website advertised that one of its main goals for the year would be to make campus smoke free. With spring quarter rapidly ...

Woodinville Parks to Go Tobacco Free, by Law or Voluntarily?
Patch.com - March 7, 2012

However, most of the council members agreed that tobacco free parks were desirable but disagreed on whether it should be law. Mayor Bernie Talmas said he ...

Letter: Secondhand smoke is a hazard
The Columbian - March 6, 2012

Back then, no one knew the results of secondhand smoke like they do now. ... So when they passed a law that smoking in city parks should stop, I said “Yeah. …

Pierce County Library System to Go Tobacco-Free
Lakewood (WA) Patch.com - March 6, 2012

Starting April 2, 2012, Pierce County Library System will be tobacco free. To increase the Library's comfortable, accessible and welcoming environment for ...

Pierce County launches smoke-free housing campaign
Northwest Cable News (WA) - January 26, 2012

Pierce County health officials hope to help by launching a new campaign to promote smoke-free housing. Pierce County has been working with landlords to ...

Lawmakers should ignore attempt to allow cigar loophole to indoor-smoking ban
The Seattle Times - January 23, 2012

Washington's indoor-smoking ban is effective, fair and popular, writes Seattle restaurateur Patrick Pearse McAleese. Legislators should ignore those ...

Lawmakers seek to ban smoking in cars with children
The Seattle Times - January 12, 2012

Under the current bill, only verbal warnings may be issued for the first six months. Voters passed Initiative 901 in 2005 that banned smoking in public ...

71% of Washington Voters Oppose Special Rule to Allow Cigar ...
NEWS.GNOM.ES (press release) - January 11, 2012

SEATTLE, Jan. 11, 2012 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ A new statewide poll released today shows 71 percent of Washington voters oppose creating a loophole in the voter-approved 2005 Clean Indoor Air Act to allow cigar smoking in bars, restaurants and some retail stores. The poll was conducted by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), American Heart Association and the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific. It was funded with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. …

New Study: Washington's Tobacco Prevention Program Saved $1.5 ...
Sacramento Bee - December 16, 2011

By Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-
USNewswire/ -- A new study published today by the American Journal of Public Health finds that Washington state's tobacco prevention and cessation program saved the state more than $1.5 billion in health care costs over its first 10 years, saving more than $5 for every $1 spent on the program. …

Vancouver City Council bans using tobacco in public parks, trails ...
OregonLive.com - December 5, 2011

The council also voted to prohibit possession and use of liquors, except during special events permitted by the city and state. ...

Ban on tobacco in Vancouver parks set for public hearing
The Columbian - November 29, 2011

The Vancouver City Council decided Monday to send a new parks code ­ complete with a ban on the use of all tobacco products in parks ­ to a ...

Should Kirkland ban smoking in parks?
Q13FOX, KCPQ-TV (Seattle,WA), 2011-10-12

Should people be allowed to smoke in public parks? That’s the question the city of Kirkland is posing to the public. ...

City Seeks Feedback on Use of Tobacco in Parks; Take Online Survey by Oct. 28
Kirkland (WA) Parks and Community Services , 2011-10-12

Should tobacco be prohibited in parks, playgrounds, walking trails, sports fields and other public outdoor recreation areas? That’s what the City of Kirkland would like to know from residents, park visitors, and others. An online survey will be available through Friday, October 28 that gauges public interest in whether the City should enact legislation that would prohibit the use of smoke and smokeless tobacco in City owned and maintained parks, open space, and other public recreation areas. To take the survey, go to www.kirklandwa.gov/tobaccosurvey. ...

Smoking Ban Coming to Kennewick Housing Authority
KEPR 19 - Ryan Simms - August 16, 2011

KENNEWICK -- Action News is following up on a smoking ban at the Kennewick Housing Authority. Starting September 1, no one can smoke on KHA ...

Everett Housing Authority bans smoking in all its units
HeraldNet (blog) - Debra Smith - June 29, 2011

The Everett Housing Authority is implementing a smoking ban in all of its units beginning this Friday. The authority's board approved that policy in May 2010. On the authority's website, officials list the reasons for the ban as a ...

Parks officials consider blanket smoking ban
Vancouver Sun - Kelly Sinoski - May 31, 2011

Unlike municipalities such as Vancouver and Coquitlam, which have banned smoking in all parks, Metro Vancouver doesn't restrict smoking in parks and ecological areas, except when the fire danger is high or extreme. But the staff report, which will go ...

Wash. Senate approves exceptions to smoking ban
BusinessWeek - May 19, 2011

Supporters of the measure say it would allow some confined smoking for adults to enjoy in a social setting. Opponents say it violates the will of voters, who approved a strict smoking ban in 2005.

Sen. Delvin's cigar-room bill clears Senate
The State Column - May 19, 2011

“I don't believe that when voters decided to ban cigarette smoking in public places, they intended to put establishments that cater to cigar patrons out of business,” said Delvin, who says he has enjoyed cigar rooms in other states and around the world ...

State Senate approves exceptions to smoking ban
Washington state senators have approved a plan that would allow cigar and pipe smoking at a limited number of establishments
Associated Press (AP), 2011-05-17

Washington state senators have approved a plan that would allow cigar and pipe smoking at a limited number of establishments.

SMOKING: Delvin-backed cigar room bill moves to House
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald - May 18, 2011

Up to 500 tobacco shops would have the option to pay $6000 each to allow indoor cigar and pipe smoking. Any place where cigar smoking is allowed would be physically separated from places where smoking is banned by law. Cigarettes would not be allowed. …

State lawmakers may ease state's strict smoking ban
The Seattle Times - May 5, 2011

State lawmakers are looking to ease Washington's strict smoking ban by allowing cigar and pipe smoking for a limited number of tobacco retailers. By The Associated Press Makes sense. No one works at a cigar store because it's the only job they can find ...

Special session update: Day 10
TheNewsTribune.com (blog) - Jordan Schrader - May 5, 2011

Among the bills that could get a vote today in either House or Senate Ways and Means committees: SB 5542, creating an exception to the state smoking ban for cigar lounges. HB 1132, suspending cost-of-living increases in school-employee pay for another ...

Tacoma-Pierce County may ban electronic cigarettes
The Seattle Times - May 5, 2011

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is considering a ban on battery-powered electronic cigarettes that deliver nicotine without smoking. The Associated Press When are they going to ban wearing so much perfume it chokes people 50ft away. That's. ...

Tacoma-Pierce County health officials take hard look at electronic cigarettes
Tacoma (WA) News Tribune, 2011-05-05
KRIS SHERMAN; Staff writer

If you fire up a battery-powered cigarette in public, are you harming yourself and others? ...

Affordable Housing Providers Join Smoke-Free Trend
PR Newswire (press release) - Apr 28, 2011

"Everyone deserves to breathe smoke-free air where they live. Policies like these are an excellent example of how partnerships between local government, housing providers, and other community-based organizations can promote a healthier King County. ...

Cigar smokers seeking right to smoke in public
NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press
Seattlepi.com, April 20, 2011

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — As quests for freedom go, it's not exactly the fight against apartheid in South Africa. But cigar smokers around the country are fed up with smoking bans that prevent them from enjoying stogies in cigar bars with friends.

A rising number of states have moved to exempt cigars from indoor smoking bans, often by establishing cigar bars or smoking lounges inside cigar stores. Pro-cigar groups have sprung up nationally and in most states, spreading a message that their product is fundamentally different from cigarettes.

Cigar smokers are not interested in exposing the general public to their pungent fumes, said Joe Arundel, president of the Cigar Association of Washington. But they don't see why they can't smoke in the company of fellow enthusiasts — a gathering known as a "herf" in cigar circles — in businesses dedicated solely to the product.

"It's not like people walk into a cigar store by accident," Arundel, who operates Rain City Cigar in Seattle, said.

Washington used to have cigar bars and lounges. But a ban on all indoor smoking in 2005 put them out of business. A bill introduced in the state Legislature this year that would allow a limited number of cigar lounges and bars has languished in committee, after getting vehement opposition from the state Department of Health.

The Health Department opposes any change to the state's indoor smoking ban, one of the nation's first, said Tim Church, a spokesman for the agency.

"The indoor smoking law was passed by a great majority in every county in Washington state," Church said. ...

MURI / MCDERMOTT: Cigar-lounge bill won’t help our health or pocketbooks
Tacoma (WA) News Tribune, 2011-04-07
DICK MURI AND JOE MCDERMOTT

A bill now before the Legislature would allow certain businesses to buy a license that would put people’s health at risk by allowing cigar smoking in designated lounges. ...

HENSON: MY TURN | Cigar lounge bill goes against the voters' will
Kitsap (WA) Sun, 2011-03-29
* Heidi Henson, Tobacco-Free Alliance of Pierce County

How does making more people exposed to, addicted to and sick from tobacco to "raise more money for critical health care programs" make sense? The cigar lounge bill (SB 5542) would do just that. ...

Washington schools consider banning electronic cigarettes
Associated Press (AP), 2011-03-27

Although people younger than 18 can purchase electronic cigarettes, they are now prohibited from using them at some Washington schools. ...

Controversial bill to allow cigar lounges faces an uncertain future in Olympia
Tacoma (WA) News Tribune, 2011-03-17

Senate Bill 5542, which had a hearing in the Senate Ways and Means Committee today, would set up special smoking endorsements people could buy and contribute the money to the state’s Basic Health Program, a proposal supporters say would be safe but opponents argue would be bad health policy for Washington. ...


Bills would exempt cigar lounges from smoking ban
MyNorthwest.com - Tim Haeck - March 17, 2011

Two bills in the legislature would create an exemption to the 5-year-old ban on indoor smoking in public places. The smoking ban was tough on certain restaurants that catered to cigar smokers. "My recession started on December 8, 2005," said Keith ...

No reason to carve exceptions in state smoking ban
TheNewsTribune.com - February 24, 2011

When Washington voters were asked to approve one of the nation's strictest smoking bans in 2005, protecting workers' health was one of the most prominent arguments initiative supporters used. When Washington voters were asked to approve one of the ...

Spokane Valley council bans e-cigarettes for minors
The Spokesman Review (subscription) - February 24, 2011

The Spokane Valley City Council followed in the footsteps of Spokane and Spokane County by voting unanimously Tuesday to enact a ban on selling e-cigarettes to minors. The city's new ordinance includes fines for businesses that sell to minors as well ...

New county regulations limit electronic cigarettes
SnoValley Star - February 23, 2011

By Staff The King County Board of Health recently passed regulations to protect King County youth from electronic smoking devices and unregulated nicotine delivery devices. prohibit the use of e-cigarette devices in places where smoking is prohibited ...


State would charge to allow cigar-shop smoking lounges
Seattle (WA) Times, 2011-02-12
Joanna Nolasco Seattle Times Olympia bureau

OLYMPIA — Some state lawmakers are looking to carve out an exception to the state smoking ban by allowing customers to smoke cigars or pipes at some cigar lounges and tobacco shops.

Under bills proposed in the state House and Senate, cigar lounges and retail tobacco stores could apply for a state endorsement that would allow patrons to smoke cigars or pipe tobacco in their shops. Cigarettes, however, would be banned, and the designated smoking area would be physically separated from other areas that prohibit smoking.

No more than 100 cigar lounges and 500 retail tobacco shops in the state could allow smoking.

The cost of applying for the state endorsement wouldn't be cheap: $15,000 for cigar lounges, and $5,000 for tobacco stores. The stores would have to pay the fee every year to renew their endorsements.

The House bill, HB 1683, would direct 95 percent of revenue from the fees to a scholarship program for foster youth. The Senate version, SB 5542, would allocate that same chunk to health care. In both bills, the remaining 5 percent would go to administrative costs ...

Proposed ban on flavored tobacco creates sparks
A legislative bill that would ban the sale of kid-friendly tobacco products has won the support of health authorities but provoked the ire of tobacco sellers and convenience-store owners.
Seattle (WA) Times, 2011-02-07
Carol M. Ostrom Seattle Times staff reporter

You wouldn't think peach-flavored cigarillos would cause such a ruckus.
Legislation to ban sales of kid-friendly tobacco products inspired fervent testimony from both supporters and opponents at a recent legislative hearing in Olympia.
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SB 5380 – DIGEST (PDF)

SENATE BILL REPORT SB 5380 (PDF)
Washington State Legislature, 2011-02-06

Summary of Bill: Sales of Flavored, Scented, or Capsular Smokeless Tobacco. The Youth Access to Tobacco Law is amended to prohibit the sale or distribution of tobacco products that ...

The Biz Buzz: Legislature hears bills to allow cigar smoking in Washington public places
Tacoma (WA) News Tribune, 2011-01-28

Stogie smokers, your time may have come.

Bills were read Friday in both the State House and Senate that would allow cigar smoking in public places.

The bills, introduced on the cold ashes of the controversial closure of a cigar lounge at Tacoma’s El Gaucho steakhouse, stipulate that those establishments seeking a smoking license meet several requirements.

Among those, a proprietor would:

- Pay a fee of either $15,000 or $5,000;
- Construct a smoking facility that is separated from areas where smoking is prohibited;
- Provide proof of a ventilation system;
- Not allow cigarette smoking;
- Not allow smokers under the age of 18;
- Certify that employees accept that smoking will be allowed.

Fees collected under the law would go both to a basic health plan trust account and for administration of the licensing ...

King County health panel stamps out e-cigarettes
Issaquah Press - January 18, 2011

King County Board of Health members restricted sales and use of electronic cigarettes last month.

The e-cigarette is a battery-powered device designed to deliver a nicotine-based and flavored liquid vapor.

The board voted unanimously to restrict the sales of e-cigarettes or any other unapproved nicotine delivery devices only to people 18 and older. The board prohibited free or highly discounted electronic smoking devices or unapproved nicotine delivery products. The use of e-cigarette devices in places where smoking is prohibited by law is also banned ...

Meridian may expand smoking ban to public parks
Northwest Cable News - Scott Evans - January 13, 2011

MERIDIAN -- The Central District Health Department and city of Meridian are working to expand the city's smoking ban to include public parks.

Meridian already has an ordinance in place that prohibits smoking in areas where "no smoking" signs are posted.

What is now being proposed is a resolution that would add public parks to the list of places that can post those signs.

Late last year, Central District Health won a grant to work with cities on a smoke-free park policy.

Meridian Parks and Recreation Director Steve Siddoway says one of the main points for this resolution would be to reduce people's exposure to unwanted second-hand smoke ...

Owner of Tacoma El Gaucho folds fight in court over cigars; will seek ...
TheNewsTribune.com - December 3, 2010

The champion of Tacoma stogie smokers has folded his upscale tent and agreed to a permanent injunction against the public threat posed by cigars.

Temporarily. Stay tuned.

Seven months after Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper agreed to a temporary order sought by health officials to ban cigar smoking at El Gaucho, the order on Nov. 29 was signed by Culpepper in permanent ink.

Both the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and El Gaucho owner Paul Mackay agreed to the order. No fines were levied nor attorneys’ fees awarded by the order.

A trial on the matter scheduled to begin Thursday was canceled.

Mackay had vowed earlier this year to support what he believes is the right of his guests to enjoy cigars inside a separate, purpose-built and ventilated section of the downtown Tacoma restaurant.

According to his attorney, the fight continues ...

State: Anti-smoking efforts saved $1.5 billion
Seattle (WA) Post-Intelligencer, 2010-11-17
VANESSA HO SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF

Against the backdrop of a grim funding picture, state health officials touted their tobacco prevention efforts Wednesday, saying they had prevented 13,000 premature deaths and nearly 36,000 hospitalizations in the last decade.

The numbers were based on a study done by the Oregon Department of Human Services. Officials said they had submitted the study, which was peer-reviewed but not randomly controlled, to a journal for publication. The declined to say which journal and did not release a copy of the study.

Officials said the study found that five dollars were saved in health care costs for every dollar spent on tobacco prevention, for a savings of $1.5 billion since the state began tobacco prevention in 2000. The effort includes a toll-free quit line and anti-smoking campaigns.

"More people are living longer, healthier lives. I'm proud that our work has a lot to do with that," said state Health Secretary Mary Selecky at a news conference Wednesday. She said more than 150,000 people had called the quit line (1-800-QUIT-NOW) for help. ...

Walla Walla hospitals ban smoking
KNDO/KNDU - October 19, 2010

WALLA WALLA, Wash.—The first of the year you won't be able to smoke at two Walla Walla hospitals. They are going tobacco free.

Smoking has been banned at all public locations and places of employment in Washington State since 2005. Now General Hospital and Providence Saint Mary Medical Center are joining in on the ban January 1st.

"Tobacco causes cancer, it promotes illness, and disease. We should be tobacco free as a way to encourage both the community and our own staff to be healthier," says Kathleen Obenland, Providence Saint Mary Medical Center.

The Washington State Department of Health says almost 11% of people in Walla Walla County smoke. That's about $12.4 million in healthcare and lost wages every year ...

County encourages smoke-free apartments, condos
MyNorthwest.com - Stephanie Klein - September 22, 2010

People living in apartments and condominiums in King County now have the option to set a no-smoking rule.

Dr. Bud Nicola, with the King County Board of Health, told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson on Tuesday, "The resolution encourages voluntary action by developers, by home owners associations, and by housing authorities. We think, in fact, that these folks don't know that they have a legal right to set reasonable rules about protecting the health of their residents." ...

Kennewick Housing Authority Considers Going Smoke-Free
KEPR 19 - Molly Kelleher - September 22, 2010

KENNEWICK -- It's a fight between your rights and your money. KEPR Action News found out the Kennewick Housing Authority may go smoke free.That means anyone who lives in a KHA property won't be able to smoke indoors, in the yard or anywhere on site.

And KEPR discovered it's a trend happening around the Northwest.

Cheryl Hunter knows she shouldn't smoke, but she's not quitting. If Cheryl doesn't kick the habit, she could get kicked out of her apartment.

"I feel that we don't need to be pushed into a corner and given an ultimatum," said Hunter.

The Kennewick Housing Authority may make all of its properties smoke-free by February 2011. ...

King Co. health board pushes smoking ban in apartments
KOMO News - Denise Whitaker - September 16, 2010

State law already prevents smoking in most public spaces - but how about a ban in your home?

Citing the dangers of second-hand smoke, the King County Board of Health passed a resolution that encourages landlords to ban smoking in their buildings.

The resolution encourages all multi-family housing to adopt no-smoking policies.

The King County Department of Health says it gets complaints almost daily about smoke drifting into non-smokers’ apartments. ...

Decision on smoking ban in Tacoma apartments put off
TheNewsTribune.com - September 16, 2010

The Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health is in no rush to lend its support to an effort to restrict smoking in apartment buildings.

At a study session Wednesday, board members juggled the idea like a hot potato, deciding in the end to seek more information before they sign on to anything.

"The cart is way before the horse at this point,"health board Chairman Dick Muri said. "Stay tuned." ...

Apartment smoking ban? Let's have the debate
TheNewsTribune.com - September 8, 2010

Washington’s indoor smoke ban got its start in Pierce County, whose gutsy Board of Health forced the issue upon the state in 2003 by passing a push-the-envelope local ban.

Now the board ought to put an apartment smoke ban on the state agenda, as a citizens group is urging. It’s a seemingly radical idea, but the case for banning smoking in multi-unit dwellings sounds increasingly compelling. That case ought to be argued in Olympia.

PUSH – People United for Smoke-free Housing – wants the board to endorse such a ban to give the proposal more credibility in the Legislature. That shouldn’t be a stretch for the people who oversee the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department; their interest is public health, presumably undiluted by concern for “smokers rights.”

The best argument against a ban is that it would extend state regulation too deeply into people’s lives. That libertarian logic works well for single-family homes; in apartments and condominiums, it is undermined by the fact that there are usually nonsmoking neighbors living under the same roof.

When neighbors share walls and ventilation systems, and tobacco smoke inevitably seeps through gaps, cracks, ducts, electrical and plumbing conduits, appeals to personal choice cut both ways. ...

County approves plan to limit smoking in public housing
HeraldNet - Noah Haglund - September 2, 2010

Public housing agencies in Snohomish County have a financial incentive to adopt smoking bans after a new policy passed the County Council on Wednesday.

The policy gives bonus points in the funding process to agencies that ban smoking in all or most of their facilities. It's expected to affect about 700 units over the next five years, said Dean Weitenhagen, the county's supervisor of housing, homelessness and community development.

The county awards about $3 million in capital funds each year for public housing, but supplies no housing directly. ...

Snohomish County to crack down on public housing smoking
Puget Sound Business Journal, September 1, 2010

Snohomish County is moving closer to banning smoking in the county's public housing projects.

The Herald in Everett reports that the Snohomish County Council Wednesday will consider giving public housing agencies financial incentives to ban smoking in their buildings, citing secondhand smoke and fire dangers, as well as money saved cleaning smokers' dwellings. ...

Pierce Co. considers banning smoking in apartments
Seattle Post Intelligencer - August 29, 2010

TACOMA, Wash. -- The fight over smoking restrictions in Washington state has moved from bars and office-buildings to private residences.

The News Tribune reports that a group called People United for Smoke-Free Housing has asked the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Board to classify secondhand smoke as a "nuisance" in multi-unit housing, because smoke can seep from one apartment to another and bother other residents. That could allow landlords to evict people for smoking.

The proposal, which backers hope to have inserted into the state's landlord-tenant law, is one of dozens of attempts in communities around the country to extend no-smoking restrictions to rental housing.

"This is the last piece of the puzzle that needs to be placed," said Nan Hogan of University Place, who helped write the proposed legislation. "We've got smoke-free motel rooms, smoke-free restaurants, smoke-free bars, smoke-free office buildings and even prisons. Why should we go home and have to breathe it there? ...

Tacoma group pushing for smoke-free apartments
Health: Group wants secondhand smoke declared 'nuisance' in multi-unit housing
Bellingham (WA) Herald, 2010-08-29
ROB CARSON; Staff writer

In Washington, as elsewhere, the battle over secondhand smoke is moving from airplanes, bars and office buildings to an arena that once seemed impenetrable: private residences.

Next month, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Board members will consider a proposal to classify secondhand smoke as a "nuisance" in multi-unit housing.

The proposal, which backers want inserted into the state's landlord-tenant law, is one of dozens of attempts in communities around the country to extend no-smoking restrictions from public places to rental housing.

"This is the last piece of the puzzle that needs to be placed," said Nan Hogan of University Place, who helped write the proposed legislation. "We've got smoke-free motel rooms, smoke-free restaurants, smoke-free bars, smoke-free office buildings and even prisons. Why should we go home and have to breathe it there?" ...

EDITORIAL: Washington's smoking rate decline good, but more is needed
Bellingham (WA) Herald, 2010-08-28
WALLA WALLA UNION-BULLETIN

Washington state has wisely put a lot of resources and effort into smoking prevention. The focus has been on keeping young people from starting to smoke and helping smokers quit.

As a result, this state now has the third-lowest adult-smoking rate in the nation, down from No. 6 last year. . . .

Ironically, the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program could be stronger if state lawmakers had not used some of that money to plug budget holes. In 2002, when the state was faced with a $1.5 billion budget shortfall, the Legislature authorized revenue bonds backed by part of the state's portion of the revenue stream from the settlement. The future payments were essentially sold off for pennies on the dollar. ...

Survey: Washington has third-lowest smoking rate nationwide
Issaquah Press - August 23, 2010

Fewer Washington adults light up these days.

The adult smoking rate has dropped to 14.8 percent — a new low and the third-lowest smoking rate in the nation, a survey released last week by the state Department of Health shows.

The latest ranking is the best since measurements started in all 50 states in 1995. The rate declined from 15.3 percent in the previous year.

“Our rise to a number three national ranking is good news for the health of people in Washington,” state Secretary of Health Mary Selecky said in a news release.

But the survey showed people from low income and lower educational backgrounds continue to smoke at higher rates. Moreover, smokeless tobacco use — including chew and similar products — is also on the rise among smokers. ...

Smoke-free Law Associated With Higher-than-expected Taxable Retail Sales for Bars and Taverns in Washington State
Boles, M.; Dilley, J.; Maher, J.E.; Boysun, M.J.; Reid, T.
Preventing Chronic Disease. July 2010, 7(4): A79.

Longview lets plan for tobacco ban smolder
Longview Daily News - May 28, 2010

The Longview City Council directed the city attorney Thursday to draft an ordinance banning tobacco use in parks except in designated areas. ...

County's still smoking, but bystanders are breathing easier
Longview Daily News - Cheryll A. Borgaard - May 26, 2010

Bell and other health officials attributed the drop partially to landlords banning smoking in their rentals. "We have some properties that have chosen to do ...

Longview council to consider recommendation for smoke-free
Longview Daily News - May 26, 2010

The advantage to a smoking ban is that it projects a positive city image, provides a good example for children, reduces litter, decreases the risk of fires ...

VIDEO: With help, hookah lounge finding way around smoking ban
King5 TV (Seattle, WA), 2010-05-21
OWEN LEI / KING 5 News

…local health officials got a surprise instead when the owner of a Seattle hookah lounge remodeled twice as big... and says everything's in compliance.

Court documents say Seattle-King County Public Health is now going after the person who told him how he could do it.

"I'm in compliance with the law," said Adel Abud, owner of Majles Cafe in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. "I don't see why they keep coming back to me."

Inside the old warehouse on Broadway Avenue, smoke bubbles out of traditional Middle Eastern hookahs, and from the people who gather around to use them. . . .

But Abud is meeting resistance from the public health officials, who said places like Majles have taken "creative measures" to circumvent the statewide smoking ban on public places and places of employment. . . .

However, the examiner also left a laundry list of things Abud could do to be in compliance.

And he did exactly that.

Last month, a newer, remodeled Majles opened its doors, twice the size of the original building. Abud said he's included things like a 25-foot smoke-free walkway, and area for checking IDs, and distinct separation between where people smoke and where they buy the tobacco, all recommendations made by the examiner. ...

Smoking Inside Washington Homes Declines by More Than Percent Since 2000
PR Newswire (press release) - May 20, 2010

OLYMPIA, Wash., May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New research released today by the Washington State Department of Health shows the number of people smoking inside homes in our state has declined by 61 percent since 2000. The drop is more than double the overall decline in adult smoking during the same period.

The department's comprehensive Tobacco Prevention and Control Program is on target to meet its goal of reducing in-home secondhand smoke exposure to 6 percent or less by 2013. This new research confirms an encouraging trend. The state rate dropped from 19.3 percent in 2000 when the program was established to 7.6 percent in 2008.

"This is good news for the health of people in our state," said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. "As more homes adopt smoke-free rules, fewer kids will be at risk for respiratory infections and diseases like bronchitis. So, more kids are growing up healthier, and are less likely to start smoking."

Despite a healthy drop in overall secondhand smoke exposure, an estimated 370,000 adults still report someone smoking inside their home. People from low-income or low-educational backgrounds are nearly twice as likely to report someone smoking inside their home.

The Department of Health is focusing on reaching people who live in rental houses or apartments, which have a much higher percentage of low-income residents than owner-occupied homes. The rate of smoking inside the home among all renters is 12.5 percent. That's more than double the 6 percent rate among homeowners.

Apartments and similar housing pose the added concern of smoke drifting from one unit or balcony to the next. Smoke can enter through doors, windows, ventilation systems, plumbing, and even electrical outlets. ...s

Hookah bar says it found loophole in indoor smoking ban
Seattle (WA) Post-Intelligencer, 2010-05-08
JOEL MORENO KOMO-TV STAFF

Capitol Hill's Cobra Lounge allows members to light-up indoors, and the owner claims it's completely legal.

The lounge just recently opened, even though the smoking ban's been in place the past five years. The owner says he found a way to obey the law and still run his business, and says he's not just blowing smoke. . . .

The revised code of Washington states "no person may smoke in a public place or in any place of employment."

It's a pretty broad catch-all that would seem to ban smoking at the Cobra Lounge as well. But the manager says customers must fill out a registration card, so only members can buy and smoke tobacco inside.

"As long as you're over 18, you're more than welcome to grab one," Cobb said.

What is less clear is how the Cobra Lounge protects employees from having to breathe the smoke. ...

Pierce judge says no to cigar smoking at El Gaucho's VIP Lounge in Tacoma
Tacoma (WA) News Tribune, 2010-04-24
C.R. ROBERTS; Staff writer

Five grand or not, Sean “Diddy” Combs may no longer smoke at El Gaucho in Tacoma.

The air was temporarily cleared of both cigar smoke and ambiguity Friday as Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper ordered that patrons of an upscale Tacoma cigar lounge be separated from their stogies.

The VIP Lounge, which is attached to Tacoma’s El Gaucho steakhouse, had reopened to cigar smokers several weeks ago after costly renovations by restaurant owner Paul Mackay. He said at the time he believed the changes would satisfy a state law that otherwise prohibits smoking in public places.

The changes include an airlock system that divides the airflow within the lounge from the air in the stakehouse. [sic]

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department disagreed, and on April 7 moved to close the lounge – which is owned and operated by a separate corporation.

At Friday’s hearing, Culpepper found that smoking occurred at the lounge and that there appeared to be strong connections between it and the steakhouse. ...

City testing waters for smoke-free parks policy
Longview Daily News - April 14, 2010

Should Longview parks be smoke-free?

A city committee has been appointed to explore that question, and the group has created an online survey to weigh public opinion on the matter.

To access the survey go to www.mylongview.com and click on the "Tobacco Survey" on the home page. The survey is also available on the Cowlitz County Health Department web page. The online survey is available until May 7, 2010.

Along with the online survey, members of the committee are conducting polls at ball games, local businesses and events, and on Earth Day on April 17 at the Cowlitz Expo Center.

The information will be used to develop recommendations to the Longview City Council on the future of smoking in City parks. Report and recommendations to the City Council are expected to be made by the end of May or early June. ...

No-smoking rules get emphasis in Spokane
The Spokesman Review - April 2, 2010

The Spokane Regional Health District has begun its own kind of emphasis patrol, seeking to find, educate and, if necessary, punish businesses that violate the state’s Smoking in Public Places law. The health district is adding a part-time staffer to investigate an additional 40 complaints a month.

The law, which took effect in 2005, made it illegal to smoke inside any public building or place of employment, and within 25 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open or ventilation intakes. Between 2006 and 2009, the health district wrote an average of about 540 warnings a year to businesses violating the law, according to Jill Johnson, spokeswoman for the district. Each warning came with a re-inspection fee of $75, which rose to $100 last year, she said. ...

New rules for smokers in Seattle parks
Northwest Cable News - Tim Robinson - April 1, 2010

SEATTLE -- Smokers and tobacco users, there's a new rule you need to know in Seattle. As of today, city parks are restricting where you can light up.

For smokers, it's another restriction. They can't smoke in planes, in restaurants, at the ballpark and now parks.

"Well this is one element in what's an overall code of conduct," said Dewey Potter, Seattle Parks spokesperson.

But it's a revised policy. Earlier this year, the parks superintendent issued a memo that completely banned tobacco in parks.

"He believes that the public is a majority behind it," said Potter.

But then the policy was modified. Now, you can smoke in a park, but watch where you are.

Starting April 1, 2010, the new tobacco use policy in Seattle city parks is that users must be 25-feet away from others if they are going to use tobacco. This includes chewing tobacco, cigarettes, cigars and any tobacco product. ...

Tacoma tries to douse cigar smoking lounge
Seattle Times - C.R. Roberts - March 24, 2010

TACOMA, Wash. — 7He's an outlaw who endangers the public health.

Or he's a lone voice defending the right of consenting adults to privately enjoy the occasional fine cigar.

Either way, he has been served.

The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department on Monday hand-delivered a notice to Paul Mackay, the owner of Tacoma's upscale El Gaucho, ordering that he no longer allow smoking in the VIP Lounge of his Pacific Avenue restaurant.

Mackay reopened the room in mid-February, after spending $15,000 on renovations. It had been built as a cigar lounge at an original cost of $100,000, and it closed in 2005 after a state law banned smoking in public places. A month ago, Mackay said he believed his VIP Lounge met all criteria in the law.

The health agency disagrees.

"We took a look at their facilities, and they're clearly in violation," said Joby Winans, the department's public information officer, on Tuesday. ...

Hospitals Team Up to Create Smoke Free Campuses
KELA - March 23, 2010

( CENTRALIA ) – Smoking is bad for you and everyone knows it. Now, officials from the local hospital plan to ban smoking outside Providence-Centralia facilities. Leaders are planning a tobacco-free campus beginning this summer. It means all smoking areas will be eliminated after August 2. The new outdoor smoking ban on hospital property also applies to Providence Saint Peter Hospital, the Providence Rochester clinic, and Capitol Medical Center. Hospital leaders say they want to promote healing and improve the working environment for patients, visitors and staff. ...

South Whidbey parks district bans smoking
South Whidbey (WA) Record, 2010-03-20
By JEFF VANDERFORD South Whidbey Record Reporter

South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District commissioners voted 4-1 Wednesday to restrict smoking to posted areas of the park, including ballfields, the two playgrounds and the skate park.

The lone dissenter, Parks Commissioner Jim Porter, wanted to extend the smoking ban throughout the park, including parking lots and the extensive trail system.

Parks director Terri Arnold explained that the district won’t be writing tickets or issuing citations, relying instead on peer pressure and gentle encouragement ...

Seattle parks chief relaxes smoking ban to a 25-foot rule
Seattle (WA) Times, 2010-02-19
Erik Lacitis Seattle Times staff reporter

That regulation totally banning smoking in Seattle parks? Never mind about the "totally" part. Just smoke, chew or engage in "other tobacco use" 25 feet away from other park patrons, said Parks Superintendent Timothy Gallagher in a news release issued late Thursday afternoon. If that sounds like backtracking, it is. . . .

It seems public comments that railed against the new rule worked.

Gallagher wasn't available to personally make a statement on the matter on Thursday because on Monday he went skiing in Oregon, and he won't be back at work until next Monday, said Parks spokeswoman Dewey Potter.

Potter said she didn't know where in Oregon Gallagher was, but apparently he learned the extent of the public reaction via an Internet or phone connection.
A story about Gallagher's decision, announced Wednesday, to impose a total smoking ban in Seattle parks had 344 comments -- most of them negative -- by 6 p.m. Thursday on seattletimes.com ...

Superintendent bans tobacco in Seattle parks
Seattle Parks Superintendent Timothy Gallagher banned smoking and chewing tobacco in Seattle parks, overruling an advisory board that last week voted against it.
Seattle (WA) Times, 2010-02-18
Emily Heffter Seattle Times staff reporter

Seattle Parks Superintendent Timothy Gallagher announced a ban on tobacco in Seattle parks Wednesday, overruling an advisory board that last week voted against it.

His ruling put an end to the public debate over whether people should be allowed to smoke and chew in Seattle's parks. In the end, Gallagher wrote in a memo, the ban was a health issue.

The ban aims to protect park users from secondhand smoke and cut down on litter caused by cigarette butts. It was also spurred by concerns that smokers set a poor example for children.

"The negative health effects of tobacco are well documented," Gallagher wrote. "As an agency that has a fundamental mission to support the health and well-being of Seattle residents, it is appropriate and beneficial to prohibit the use of tobacco products at parks and park facilities."

The ban takes effect April 1.

Gallagher's decision is within his authority as parks superintendent, but the Seattle City Council could pass an ordinance to overrule it. ...

Board to consider ban on smoking, spitting in Seattle parks
Smoking, spitting and using flammable liquids would be among activities banned in Seattle's parks under a proposed code of conduct presented to Park Board members Thursday night
Seattle (WA) Times, 2010-01-15
Erik Lacitis Seattle Times staff reporter

No spitting. No smoking. No sex.

The list of rules in Seattle parks may be about to grow.

A proposed ban on spitting in parks -- one of 13 behaviors Seattle Parks and Recreation wants to regulate, including a ban on smoking on its grounds -- already is generating heated public comment.

The proposal was presented Thursday night to the park commissioners.
But after reports about the proposed ban, even before the meeting, commissioners were getting e-mail. . . .

But it's the spitting and smoking bans that have drawn the comments.
"Walking through a drift of tobacco smoke usually makes me cough, and often triggers a coughing attack ... I have left parks because of just one or two people smoking," said another e-mail.

But someone else wrote, "... there are no studies linking exposure to secondhand smoke outdoors to any health risks. ...

Seattle-based Comprehensive Health Education Foundation has received a grant from the Washington State Department of Health for creation of the Washington Public Housing Tobacco Prevention Network

1/11: According to a January 5, 2010 press release: Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.), long known for its mission to promote health and quality of life through education, announced that it has received a grant from the Washington State Department of Health for creation of the Washington Public Housing Tobacco Prevention Network. Under terms of the agreement, C.H.E.F.'s program will be implemented over a two-year period. Awarded to C.H.E.F. in collaboration with its partners, the Association of Washington Housing Authorities (AWHA) and Pacific Northwest Regional Council of National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (PNRC-NAHRO), the work under the grant will establish a network whose goal is to develop a tobacco-free environment for public housing, promote resistance to tobacco industry marketing, identify and offer smoking cessation support and resources for public housing residents, and bring partners together to effect systems change. Since the project will assist housing authorities in their efforts to adopt and implement smoke-free policies, change norms, and assist residents with connecting to cessation services, several housing authorities throughout Washington State have been recruited to participate in the two-year pilot project. The participating housing authorities include those in Bellingham / Whatcom County, Bremerton, Vancouver, Everett, Grant County, Renton, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, and Walla Walla.

Health officials look to extend smoking ban around county buildings
Longview (WA) Daily News, 2009-12-29
Barbara LaBoe / The Daily News

Cowlitz County officials plan to make the entire health department campus -- including the parking lot --smoke free this year and are considering eventually extending that to all county buildings.

Smoking is already banned inside county buildings by a state law that also prohibits smoking within 25 feet of entrances or windows. The new ban, which still must be formally approved by county commissioners in January, would mean smoking is now off-limits anywhere on the health department property.

Health officials said it's the right thing to do given their mandate to improve the county's overall health. ...

Washington state says 'really, no smoking!'
Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle), November 18, 2009

The Washington State Department of Health is taking one of the toughest stands possible against smoking at its four-building Tumwater campus: Absolutely no tobacco products are allowed after May 2010.

It’s the first tobacco-free-campus rule by a large Washington state agency, health department officials said, adding that the new rule will apply to everyone at all facilities, including parking areas and all vehicles. There will be no designated smoking areas. ...

Council bans smoking in Tacoma's public parks
TheNewsTribune.com - Lewis Kamb - October 22, 2009

Come next month, smokers beware: If you light up in a public park in Tacoma, you’ll be breaking the law.

By a 6-3 vote, the Tacoma City Council approved late Tuesday an ordinance that makes smoking in any public park in the city illegal.

“To me, this is like the noise ordinance,” said Councilman Jake Fey, who supported the measure. “There needs to be a balance.” ...

All smoke, no fire at meeting
A meeting on a proposed smoking ban lacked enough board members to have a quorum.
Walla Walla (WA) Union-Bulletin, 2009-10-21
SHEILA HAGAR of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

Less than a handful of interested residents came to Walla Walla City Council chambers to discuss smoking in and around play areas in city parks.

Three members of the Parks, Recreation and Urban Forestry volunteer advisory board showed up, meaning no quorum for the nine-member board.

And no decision.

This was the second opportunity people had to offer input on the subject at a public meeting. As well, the city has received e-mails and phone calls about the matter. The Walla Walla County Public Health Department has asked the board to consider the proposal and make a decision whether or not to bring it to City Council for a vote. ...

Editorial: Smoking ban clearly was the right move
Longview (WA) Daily News, 2009-10-19

Four years ago, a lopsided majority of Washington voters approved a ban on smoking in public places. While citizens may have the right to smoke, voters felt that right should not extend to subjecting others to their secondhand smoke. . . .
A number of tavern and restaurant owners in this and other states with smoking bans have complained anew in recent weeks, saying they need every advantage they can get to stay afloat in this deep recession.

We're not convinced easing the smoking ban would help. To the contrary, there's evidence that it might hurt business. The Washington Department of Revenue reported last year that tax data showed that the food and beverage industry's earnings rose by 20 percent from 2006 to 2007.

In any event, the health benefits from this ban would seem to far outweigh concerns raised by its opponents. Indeed, according to a new report by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Medicine, those benefits are greater than voters in this state knew in 2005. . . .

A University of California , San Francisco study concluded that exposure to secondhand smoke is about 80 percent as harmful as being a smoker.
Given these risks, there can be no justification for subjecting nonsmoking restaurant employees or patrons to secondhand smoke. This is not a question of personal freedom. It's a public health issue, pure and simple.

Smoking ban in city park playgrounds to be discussed
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin - Sheila Hagar - Oct 17, 2009

WALLA WALLA — People will have an opportunity to see what the smoke signals say at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Council chambers at City Hall, 15 N. Third Ave.

The Walla Walla Parks, Recreation and Urban Forestry advisory board has scheduled the meeting to gather public input on a proposal to ban smoking within 25 feet of children’s playgrounds in city parks.

Tobacco prevention coordinator Katie Redar of the Walla Walla County Public Health Department has been working on the idea since last spring when she collected almost 400 cigarette butts from the wood chips at Pioneer Park’s playground area.

Comments on the proposal — and thoughts about banning smoking within 25 feet of sports fields and possibly banning smoking in all parts of city parks — are sought. ...

Tacoma considers ban on smoking in parks
MyNorthwest.com - Jeff Pohjola - October 12, 2009

Lighting up could soon land you a fine in Tacoma. The city council wants to ban smoking at city parks.

Councilmember Connie Ladenburg supports the ban and hopes it will keep parks family friendly. "Hopefully we'll be setting a standard for people in order to provide a more healthy environment for families and children." ...

Governor blasted over anti-smoking program cuts
Yakima Herald-Republic - Leah Beth Ward - October 7, 2009

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A leading researcher of secondhand smoke sharply criticized the governor and the Legislature on Wednesday for cutting tobacco-control programs nearly in half, saying the cost to the health-care system will quickly overcome any short-term savings.

"Gov. Gregoire is no longer the anti-tobacco governor," Stanton Glantz, professor of
cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco, told a group of public health professionals meeting at the Yakima Convention Center.

"The fact that she let the program be gutted means she's just riding on the old coattails." ...

Tacoma may ban smoking in parks
Seattle Post Intelligencer - September 15, 2009

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Tacoma City Council takes up a proposal Oct. 13 to ban smoking in public parks.

The ban is recommended by the council's public safety committee. Violators would get a $25 ticket.

Supporters of the idea like protecting children from second hand smoke. But some smokers in Wright Park told The News Tribune a ban would be impossible to enforce and that smokers are entitled to use public parks. ...

Possible park ban burns some
TheNewsTribune.com - Tacoma,WA,USA, September 15, 2009

Nationwide, at least 429 municipalities impose bans on smoking at public parks and beaches, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation in ...

Park Board was right to rescind smoking ban
The Spokesman Review - September 15, 2009

The Spokane Park Board has reversed its springtime decision to phase in an outright ban on smoking in parks. The practical effect of this unanimous vote is negligible. There was no great effort to enforce it, anyway. The police and parks staff – both stretched thin – have better things to do.

In hitting the reset button, the board has returned to the old regulations. Parks will have designated Tobacco Free Zones in and around areas where children congregate, with signage and peer pressure as the enforcement mechanisms. Enforcement by peers might be more apt to happen now that it is clear that public authorities won’t be showing up. ...

City tables smoking ban until November
The Wenatchee World Online - Christine Pratt - September 11, 2009

WENATCHEE — City residents who'd like to see more restrictions on smoking in city parks will have to wait a little longer to get their wish.

The City Council Thursday tabled until Nov. 12 a citizen proposal to expand a ban on tobacco use beyond the picnic shelters and public restrooms already covered by state law.

The latest proposal drafted by a citizens group that helps set rules for city parks would ban tobacco use on city property. ...

Quinte West extends smoking ban in public places
Belleville Intelligencer - Ernst Kuglin - July 31, 2009

If you plan to light up a smoke within 25 metres of a playground structure or sports field in Quinte West, forget it.

City council has approved a bylaw that extends a city-wide smoking ban in public places.

But the anti-smoking legislation didn't get unanimous support. ...

Councilman may want to ban smoking in city parks
Seattle Post Intelligencer - Scott Sunde - July 30, 2009

The enemy is apparently smoking a cigarette, riding a bike without a helmet and holding a plastic grocery bag. All in a city park.

Seattle City Councilman Tom Rasmussen may try to ban the first. He is considering a proposal to ban smoking in city parks. ...

EDITORIAL: Focus park smoking ban on play areas
Tacoma (WA) News Tribune, 2009-07-10

Want to give smokers a new incentive to quit? Tell them they can’t light up in a Tacoma park.

Want to prevent children from getting addicted? Make sure a trip to the neighborhood sprayground doesn’t include the sight of someone taking a drag.

Want parks to look nicer? Stop cigarette butts before they start.
The proposed smoke ban for Tacoma’s parks could accomplish all these things – in theory. Reality is another story. . . .

The city should consider what Portland has done. That city bans smoking within 25 feet of play areas – the same perimeter Washington law sets for the entrances to public buildings.

The City Council could also outlaw smoking in pocket parks where escaping secondhand smoke would be nearly impossible. But it should stop short of an all-but-unenforceable all-out ban. ...

Lonergan questions park smoking ban
Tacoma Weekly - John Larson - July 1, 2009

A proposal to ban smoking in parks continues to move forward, with Tacoma City Council members requesting modifications to an ordinance being crafted.

Matt Peelen from the City Manager’s Office delivered an update to the Public Safety, Human Services and Education Committee on June 25.

Gig Harbor and Puyallup have banned smoking in parks. Wenatchee is considering one. Public health and fire safety are the primary reasons such bans are enacted, Peelen said.

Some cities include golf courses under smoking bans, others do not. Peelen said the council would need to decide upon this, as well as whether to include parking lots at parks and sidewalks along their perimeter.

The fine in Puyallup is $1,000, although no one has been issued a citation in that city yet. In Gig Harbor it is $100. Lake Stevens has a $124 fine for a first offense, $248 for the second. ...

Tacoma City Council weighs pros and cons of smoking ban in parks
TheNewsTribune.com - Ian Demsky - June 26, 2009

The City of Tacoma inched closer Thursday to banning smoking in public parks.

Staff asked a City Council subcommittee to clarify some policy directives before drafting an ordinance. No decision was reached and the four-member committee still needs to hammer out how to define a park for the purposes of a ban, whether there should be an additional buffer zone and what the penalty for a violation should be.

Councilman Mike Lonergan was the lone voice of dissent on the Public Safety, Human Services and Education Committee. He noted that an unscientific poll on the News Tribune’s Web site showed residents were against the idea 2-to-1....

MASON COUNTY FOLLOWING NATIONAL TREND: MOVING TOWARD SMOKE FREE ...
KMAS - Dedrick Allan - June 25, 2009

A national trend has emerged at some apartment complexes in Mason County: smoke free housing. To address complaints by residents, several apartment owners have adopted smoke free policies, such as prohibiting smoking in all units and within 25 feet of buildings. Officials with Mason County Public Health applaud this effort as a positive step to protection people from secondhand smoke while also making a wise business decision. A news release from the Health Department says that going smoke free reduces fire risk, eliminates turnover costs associated with smoke damage, and protects the resale value of a property. Studies have also demonstrated the substantial market demand for smoke free properties. In a 2005 State Department of Health survey, about 85% of Washington residents prefer smoke free housing and more than half of those who smoke also indicated they prefer smoke free housing. Mason County Public Health has compiled a list of smoke free housing. That list is posted online at:

www.co.mason.wa.us/forms/Health/smoke_free_housing.pdf.

No smoking, no penalty
The Spokesman Review - April 10, 2009

Steve McNutt and Jim Santorsola, of the Spokane Park Board, listen at Thursday’s hearing on the smoking ban. A two-week-old ban on tobacco products in ...

Board will revote on smoking ban
The Spokesman Review - April 3, 2009

The Spokane Park Board has banned smoking in city parks. Sort of.

It might change its mind next Thursday after a public hearing. But don’t count on it. ...

Board considers ban on smoking in city parks
KXLY News 4 (Spokane, WA), 2009-03-28

Now smokers may have to cross off Spokane City parks from their list.
A new policy could be approved next month by the Spokane Parks Board. If passed, it would prohibit smoking in all city parks. Some argue that the new policy would alienate park goers.

"You're taking a section of the population and saying you can't use the park," said Ron Brown.

Smoking ban in rental housing examined
Tacoma (WA) Weekly, 2009-03-19
John Larson Tacoma Weekly

Could smoking inside rental housing be banned in Tacoma? Potentially, but such a ban has legal complexities surrounding it. Tacoma City Council's Neighborhoods and Housing Committee heard a proposal on the topic on March 2.

Jacqueline Strong Moss from the city's Human Rights and Human Services Department mentioned the statewide smoking ban in public places such as taverns, restaurants and bowling alleys. That does not apply to rental housing, she noted.

However, some landlords are increasingly concerned about the costs of cleaning rental units after smokers move out. John Briehl, director of the department, said that as a result efforts to ban smoking in rental units are mostly market-driven. "There has been movement in the industry for smoke-free housing."

Smoking is banned in some public housing. Briehl gave one local example. Tacoma Housing Authority bans smoking in its E.B. Wilson Apartments, which are designated for elderly and disabled renters. Smoking was banned in all 77 units last year. Seattle Housing Authority has one smoke-free complex.

Board delays decision on park smoking ban
The Spokesman Review - March 13, 2009

A decision on whether to ban smoking in Spokane parks has been delayed for more review.

The Spokane Park Board had been scheduled to consider the proposal Thursday, but the vote was delayed to consider changes to the plan.

“There were just too many questions,” said Spokane Park Director Barry Russell. “It was not complete.”

Smoking in parks may be banned
Tacoma Weekly, WA - February 19, 2009

By this summer, the only smoke in parks in Tacoma might be coming from meat cooking on grills.

Metro Parks Commissioner Ryan Mello proposed a smoking ban during the Feb. 13 meeting of Joint Municipal Action Committee. It was a topic of discussion at a recent Metro Parks Commission retreat, he noted.

Second-hand smoke “poses a significant toxic health risk to the citizens of Tacoma,” Mello remarked.

If children in parks see adults around them smoking they will assume it is a socially acceptable habit, according to Mello. Banning smoking in parks “will set the tone of what is acceptable in our community,” he said.

Several years ago Washington voters approved an initiative that banned smoking in bars, restaurants, bowling alleys and similar establishments. County health departments are responsible for enforcing it. Mello does not expect a ban on smoking in parks to be dealt with by police. “Police are not going to have the resources to respond to everyone smoking in a park,” he remarked.

Captain Mark Langford of Tacoma Police Department (TPD) said the statewide indoor smoking ban has not diverted police from responding to more serious problems. “We have not seen a big demand on our resources” from it, he remarked. Langford said this proposed new ban on would give police officers a tool in that they could inform people they encounter smoking in a park of the law and they would have the legal authority to request they extinguish their cigarette. He said TPD is supportive of the proposed ordinance.s

IT considers new ban on smoking at transit centers
The Olympian, WA - February 18, 2009

Intercity Transit is considering a ban on smoking at its outdoor transit centers in Lacey and Olympia.

Agency staff members said they've received numerous complaints from riders in recent years about secondhand smoke and will ask Intercity Transit's governing board about toughening the existing policy.

"We think it is a health concern and worthy of discussion," said Meg Kester, an agency spokeswoman, in an e-mail.

Wash. court: Smoking ban applies to private clubs
Seattle Times, United States - September 11, 2008

A sharply divided state Supreme Court says Washington's smoking ban applies to private clubs that have employees.

Adult Smoking Rate Continues Downward Trend: People of lower income and education still smoke more and are less likely to quit
PR Newswire, 2007-08-01

A new survey by the Washington State Department of Health shows the number of adult smokers in the state is continuing to drop. Since the department began its Tobacco Prevention and Control Program in 2000, adult smoking has gone from 22.4 percent to a new low of 17 percent. Washington continues to have the fifth lowest smoking rate in the nation.

The most recent numbers from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey show a decline from a 17.6 percent smoking rate in 2005 to 17 percent in 2006. Although a relatively small drop, the data confirm a continued trend of fewer people smoking in our state. The overall drop in smoking since 2000 translates to about 235,000 fewer smokers in the state, and $2.1 billion saved in future health care costs for Washington.

"It is clear that Washington is making strides in reducing smoking and I am pleased with the progress; yet we need to do more to help those who are having problems quitting for good," said Governor Chris Gregoire.

The latest research shows that people with low income (less than $25,000/year) and less education (high school diploma or less) smoke at higher rates than the general population and are less likely to quit successfully. Smoking among these groups has not dropped significantly in recent years.

FOOD, DRINK SALES UP SINCE SMOKING BAN
Tacoma (WA) News Tribune, 2007-06-12

A lot less gambling, and little more buying pub grub and beer.

That's the conclusion about what happened in bars, restaurants
and gambling halls across Washington in 2006, the first full
year under the state's voter-approved smoking ban, the
Department of Revenue said Monday.

Sales of food and alcohol increased 3.6 percent in 2006,
compared to a 2.1 percent average annual growth from 2002 to
2005. Gross income at non-tribal gambling businesses fell 9.8
percent in 2006.

"The numbers suggest that bars and taverns may have lost some
smokers, but gained customers drawn to a smoke-free
environment," said revenue department spokesman Mike Gowrylow.

Best year in nearly a decade for Washington restaurants
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 12, 2007

BREMERTON, Wash. -- Restaurants in Washington state have reported their best year in nearly a decade with a record number of customers in 2006, but it's no easier to succeed in the business, according to an industry group.

Faced with razor-thin profit margins and intense competition, more than half of all restaurants close or change hands in five years, said Anthony Anton, president of the Washington Restaurant Association in Olympia.

"You've got to love what you do to be in this business," Anton said during a meeting with local business leaders and restaurant owners last week.

While sales have increased by 20 percent since 1998, costs are up 40 percent, mostly because of increases in the state's inflation-indexed minimum wage - currently $7.93, highest in the nation - and in prices for produce.

While restaurants nationwide added an average of one employee between 1998 and 2006, the average for the 12,000 restaurants in Washington state was a one-worker reduction in staff.

Restaurateurs used to raise prices every four to five years but now must do so annually, Anton said.

One year of taking cigarettes outside: Smoking ban not as bad as feared
PAUL SAND; The News Tribune
Published: December 8th, 2006 01:00 AM

A year ago today, a new law forced smokers outside and cleared the cloudy haze from bars and restaurants across Washington.
Public health advocates praised the voter-approved initiative that banned smoking at bars and restaurants, while cigarette smokers claimed it trampled on their rights. Meanwhile, some business owners said the ban might force them to close.

So what happened?

• Bars and restaurants posted higher sales of alcohol and food in the post-ban era, at least in the first half of 2006, according to data from the state Department of Revenue. Nontribal casinos and other businesses dependent on gambling money, however, took a sizeable hit.

Smoke clears in bars, eateries
Tacoma (WA) News Tribune, June 5, 2006

Officials say compliance in Pierce County with a state smoking ban in bars and restaurants has been 'overwhelmingly positive.' Pierce County bars, restaurants and pool halls have largely kicked the smoking habit.

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department inspectors have cited only seven businesses for violating Washington's smoking ban since it took effect Dec. 8, according to inspection documents provided to The News Tribune. About 1,500 restaurants, bars and taverns in the county are subject to the ban.

"Compliance has just been overwhelmingly positive," said Rick Porso, a senior public health manager at the department. "And considering the law hasn't been in place that long, it's pretty good."

Smokefree Laws Benefit Washington Businesses
Smokefree air is not only good for health, it is good for business. Even before the entire state went smokefree, many local business owners made the move. Business owners recognize the benefits of smokefree establishments including reduced cleaning costs, lower insurance, happier customers, healthier and more satisfied employees, and reduced sick days. See our business costs fact sheet for more information on why smokefree air makes good business sense. The Secondhand Smoke Community Assistance Project of the Washington State Department of Health compiled a collection of comments from business owners titled Benefits of Smokefree Establishments.

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