smoking ban: Will homeless be the targets?
Crosscut - April 15, 2015
City officials are selling the ban as an effort to improve health, particularly
by .... not be able to enact smoking bans in specific parks and would
need to ban smoking ... Clearly anticipating pushback on banning smoking
in just downtown parks, ...
editorial - Response to smoking stigma
Dailyuw - April 14, 2015
Guest editorial - Response to smoking stigma ... rural areas, still
often lack the common sense protections of not being exposed to secondhand
smoke at work.
nicotine use in school sparks Cheney investigation
KREM.com (subscription) - April 14, 2015
Teenagers were reportedly taking the nicotine solution, intended for
e-cigarettes, mixing it with soda or juice and then drinking it to get
high. One student even ...
receives public health award
The Columbian - April 14, 2015
Hackett recently joined other public health and school advocates in
Olympia to testify in favor of legislation restricting youth access
to electronic cigarettes.
- Ban on smoking in Walla Walla's city parks is reasonable
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin - April 11, 2015
Smoking should be banned in the citys public parks. ...
Dispatch: With session ending, bills' fate still uncertain
Longview Daily News - April 11, 2015
E-cigarettes and vaping: The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday
passed a bill to add regulations to the states growing e-cigarette and
vapor industry. House Bill 1645 also creates child-proof packaging requirements,
bans sales to minors and requires vendors to be licensed.
A 95 percent excise tax that would have doubled the price was not part
of the bill moved out of committee. The bill next moves to the floor
for a vote. ...
smoking age to 21 to save lives
SnoValley Star - April 11, 2015
The best way to combat this crisis is to raise the legal smoking age
to 21, as the Washington State Legislature is considering with SHB 1458.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson requested the bill, and science supports
his efforts. Unfortunately, e-cigarettes often contain nicotine, too.
Since 2012 sophomores report a 12.2 percent increase in vaping or e-cigarette
use. For seniors, the ...
butts, eat donuts
Dailyuw - April 10, 2015
Why not kick butt and clean them up, too? This was the goal of Kick
Butts, Eat Donuts, a cigarette butt clean-up event Thursday outside
of the HUB. ... Atwater, along with the Tobacco Studies Program, has
been working to make the UW a tobacco-free campus. This has been done
in part by creating designated smoking areas, but students are still
exposed to smoke.
regulations debated in committee
Bill would require licensing, packaging requirements for vapor products
Columbia Basin Herald - April 10, 2015
OLYMPIA - A bill to regulate the vapor product industry still received
push back during a public hearing on Tuesday, even after legislators
removed the section that levied an excise tax on vapor products. House
Bill 1645, requested by Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Attorney General,
would create a framework of regulations including licensing and packaging
requirements for vapor products.
finds higher rates of heroin use among county students
HeraldNet - April 9, 2015
The survey also suggests increasing use of electronic cigarettes, which
Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer for the Snohomish Health District,
found troubling, ...
lost | Editorial
Mercer Island Reporter (subscription) - April 8, 2015
Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines), would apply to tobacco and other nicotine
products, including "vaping." A mountain of research, including
a recent report from the ...
eye smoking ban or limitations in Walla Walla parks
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin - April 7, 2015
#The first of two public meetings on banning or limiting smoking in
Walla Walla city ... the city to pass an ordinance that would ban smoking
General disappointed with changes to smoking age bill
Maple Valley Reporter - April 7, 2015
Mark Miloscia (R-Federal Way) and Rep. Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines), would
apply to tobacco and other nicotine products, including "vaping."
County survey indicates that students less likely to binge drink and
My Edmonds News - April 4, 2015
As reported by Governor Jay Inslee in February, more students were found
to be using e-cigarettes or vaping devices compared to traditional cigarettes.
Expansion Adds 600 Slot Machines ($$)
Red Wind Casino Announces Opening of Smoke-Free Area
Nisqually Valley News - April 3, 2015
Guests of Nisqually Red Wind Casino now have the option to play, eat,
drink and shop in a smoke-free environment as the casino's second phase
of expansion ...
ifs, ands or butts
Real Change - April 2, 2015
The Board of Park Commissioners is discussing a ban on smoking tobacco
in ... The National Coalition for the Homeless listed broad smoking
bans among the ... The smoking ban was rejected, and instead the city
banned smoking within 25 ...
passes e-cigarette measure
The Spokesman Review - March 31, 2015
OLYMPIA - The state could establish rules for advertising and warning
labels for e-cigarettes if the federal government doesn't do it first,
under legislation ...
we're even recycling cigarette butts in Seattle
Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle) (blog) - March 30, 2015
It's a universal problem with cigarette butts the most littered item
in the world, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. Now, though,
the MID is trying to ...
Day 78: Committee stubs out e-cigarette tax
The Spokesman Review (blog) - March 30, 2015
OLYMPIA - A state agency could set up rules for advertising and warning
labels for e-cigarettes next July, if the federal government doesn't
do it first under ...
phase of Red Wind Casino expansion set to open Thursday
Bellingham Herald - March 29, 2015
The second-phase addition, which is smoke-free, features more than 600
slot machines, a pit for table games and the Medicine Creek Deli. Pealo's
Landing, a ...
sullies Fox concert
The Spokesman Review - March 28, 2015
I attended the March 14 Widespread Panic concert at the Fox Theater.
Imagine my alarm when those around me, and throughout the entire theater,
began to light up both marijuana and tobacco cigarettes. Quickly, the
entire theater filled with smoke, which persisted throughout the concert.
It was reminiscent of a smoky bar before the Washington Clean Indoor
Air Act took effect. What struck me about this situation was the utter
lack of any attempt to enforce the Clean Indoor Air Act. When I spoke
with security personnel, they lamented that they were in a difficult
situation because people are good at hiding lit cigarettes, which makes
it difficult to catch them in the act.
regs appropriate for minors
Yakima Herald-Republic - March 27, 2015
The science isnt in on health risks associated with e-cigarettes, but
the state Senate has taken a step to limit access to the increasingly
popular product to people under 18. We're glad that the Yakima School
District has included electronic smoking/vapor devices in its ban on
tobacco products on campus. We know adults will do as ...
declines but e-cig use climbs among teens
SnoValley Star - March 26, 2015
One in five King County high school seniors reported vaping or e-cigarette
use, which is double the number that smokes cigarettes. Our kids have
far too easy ...
No butts about it Props to no smoking in parks
Northwest Asian Weekly - March 26, 2015
The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners recently announced it would
be hosting a public hearing regarding a proposed change to the Parks
Code of Conduct which would prohibit smoking in all public parks in
the city of Seattle. The special public hearing will take place on Thursday,
April 16, to take comments on a proposed parks-wide smoking ban.
We can't smoke indoors, now Seattle Parks wants to ban us from smoking
outside as well
Real Change - March 25, 2015
Smokers might be the easiest group of all to hate on. And guess what?
The majority of them are low-income people....Real Change is a block
away from Pioneer Square's Occidental Park ... cigarette in hand, I
strolled through this small park to see what I'd
medical marijuana be banned from the workplace? The answer ...
Washington Business Journal (blog) - March 24, 2015
While employers may have federal law and even local smoking bans on
their side, the legal answer to that question hasn't been completely
resolved if an ...
smoking age about money as much as health
MyNorthwest.com - March 24, 2015
Should we raise the legal smoking age to 21 in Washington state? ...
On a federal level, why not just try to ban smoking altogether if we're
doing this to protect ...
lawmakers study marijuana rules
The Spokesman Review - March 24, 2015
Bailey's bill would ban the machines, which aren't in use in Washington
right now. Bailey is also ... Should customers be able to smoke their
marijuana in public?
Dispatch: Lawmakers want higher taxes on paint, electronic smokes
Longview Daily News - March 23, 2015
Gov. Inslee wants to impose a 95 percent tax on electronic cigarettes,
citing concerns that new data shows Washingtons eighth and 10th grade
students use electronic cigarettes, called vaping, at more than twice
the rate they smoke tobacco.
mull ban on smoking in Seattle public parks [VIDEO]
KVI-Radio - March 20, 2015
SEATTLE - Seattle Parks and Recreation is proposing a new rule that
would ban smoking and tobacco use at public parks across the city. It's
an idea that has ...
Smoking Ban May Prohibit Smoking at Seattle Public Parks
Latinos Health - March 20, 2015
Seattle's current laws limiting smoking, chewing and other tobacco use
within 25 feet of beaches and playgrounds, park play areas other park
patrons may soon prohibit smoking in public parks altogether. Parks-department
spokeswoman, Joelle Hammerstad, said that the new rule wouldn't affect
the use of e-cigarettes and Vape pens as they are expected to help people
quit regular cigarette smoking.
E-Cigarette Industry is Getting a Lot of Flak in Washington State
Empire State Tribune - March 19, 2015
Washington state administrators are considering forcing a higher tax
and additional regulations on the sale of e-cigarettes law; the bills
sponsor said on Wednesday would be the hardest in the country.
years after last try, Seattle Parks smoking ban proposed again
West Seattle Blog (blog) - March 19, 2015
Five years ago, Seattle Parks then-Superintendent Tim Gallagher decided
to ban smoking in all city parks. But instead, as recommended by the
Parks Board, the system ended up with a rule banning tobacco use within
25 feet of other park patrons and in play areas, beaches, or playgrounds.
Today, theres a new proposal to ban smoking in parks
commissioners fighting to ban smoking in parks
MyNorthwest.com - March 19, 2015
Seattle park commissioners want to ban smoking in all public parks in
the city. ... rule would extend the original smoking bans put in place
in 2010, which banned ...
What the kids in WA think about pot, plus medical marijuana for ...
Pacific Northwest Inlander (blog) - March 18, 2015
Law and policymakers have raised public health concerns about the proliferation
of vaporizer or e-cigs. In Spokane County, 30 percent of 12th graders
- Too soon to crush e-cigarette businesses in state with ...
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin - March 18, 2015
Those who use e-cigarettes to quit smoking tobacco products apparently
enjoy ... and found my flavor, I was able to quit that day," said
Zach McLain, a tobacco ...
darker side to e-cigarettes
HeraldNet - March 18, 2015
Smoking e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, has been promoted as an
effective way for people to quit cigarettes and other tobacco products,
because they ...
for vaping taxes, regulations draws crowd
Columbia Basin Herald - March 17, 2015
OLYMPIA - A bill to put restrictions on electronic cigarettes and tax
them at the same 95 percent rate as tobacco products drew a crowd that
overflowed several ...
Your 'Bud And Breakfast', Marijuana Tourism Is Growing In ...
Forbes - March 17, 2015
Hotels and restaurants are generally smoke-free. The desire to circumvent
these restrictions along with visitors' curiosity around how marijuana
is cultivated and ...
Vote-filled night ahead for Yakima City Council
Yakima Herald-Republic - March 17, 2015
No link available
The City Council voted to ban smoking in public parks in 2013. The council
will address these items after a discussion on next steps in the voting
rights lawsuit ...
tax measure draws lots of opposition
Crosscut - March 16, 2015
An e-cigarette, which looks a little like an actual cigarette, is really
just a tube with ... A liquid - either laced with nicotine or nicotine-free,
and sometimes flavored ...
e-cig rules could become toughest in U.S.
KING5.com - March 16, 2015
Users fear a proposal to regulate and tax e-cigarettes will send them
back to smoking traditional cigarettes, while lawmakers say the bill
will protect children.
tobacco use down among teens; marijuana, e-cigarettes of concern
Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald - March 16, 2015
The Healthy Youth Survey is taken every two years by students in grades
6, 8, 10, and 12 in almost 1,000 public schools in Washington....high
prevalence of "e-cigarette" use among Washington kids with
almost one in five 10th graders saying they'd used
County youth smoking, drinking less; using e-cigs, marijuana ...
The Suburban Times - March 15, 2015
While Pierce County youth are smoking and drinking less, they are reaching
for alternatives like e-cigarettes and marijuana more frequently. According
to the states 2014 Healthy Youth Survey data released today, e-cigarette
use is now at a rate similar to marijuana use among Pierce County 10th
graders. One in five are using these substancesdouble the number who
smoke cigarettes.These days, stores on every street corner are advertising
and selling e-cigarettes and e-juice, and marijuana dispensaries are
prevalent, said Director of Health Anthony L-T Chen, MD, MPH. The stores
and manufacturers want youth to think that these products are cool and
safe. They are not, he said.
- Proposed tax on e-cigarettes is too high
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin - March 15, 2015
I am writing to protest the proposed tax on electronic cigarettes. I
am not against taxing electronic cigarette products, but according to
HB 1645, section 202, they are proposing a tax of 95 percent of the
taxable sales price.
marijuana edibles topic of forum
The Columbian - March 14, 2015
Coalition of Clark County is hosting a community meeting about electronic
cigarettes, vaporizers and edible marijuana. The meeting is 4 to 5:30
p.m. Thursday at ...
rises among Clark County youth
The Columbian - March 13, 2015
Nearly a quarter of high school seniors in Clark County are using electronic
cigarettes and other vaping devices more than any other nicotine delivery
method, according to the recently released 2014 Healthy Youth Survey.
County teen e-cigarette use is on the rise, but fewer smoke ...
Bothell/Kenmore Reporter - March 13, 2015
However, e-cigarettes use among youth is increasing. ... Our kids have
far too easy access to e-cigarettes, and may not realize that e-cigarettes
pose a danger ...
Schools grant applications open through April 10 | Tacoma ...
Bonney Lake and Sumner Courier-Herald - March 11, 2015
And preliminary results from the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey show an alarming
increase in adolescent use of electronic cigarettes. Direct questions
about the ...
department offers grants to Pierce County schools
TheNewsTribune.com - March 10, 2015
The same survey indicated that 15 to 17 percent of 12th-graders had
used candy-flavored tobacco products, cigarettes or hookah pipes. And
preliminary results ...
Installs Advanced Filtration System to Provide Superior Air ...
Environmental Expert - March 9, 2015
Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel is owned and operated by the Chehalis
Tribe. The casino features more than 1,000 slot machines, blackjack,
craps, roulette, keno ...
Court Denies Tribal Cigarette Co.'s Tobacco Fund Appeal
Law360 (subscription) - March 9, 2015
... a cigarette manufacturer owned by tribe members over a Washington
state law ... the company to make payments to offset smoking-related
health care costs.
shows teens and adults hazy on Washington marijuana law
UW Today - March 9, 2015
More than two years after Washington legalized marijuana, parents and
teens may be hazy on the specifics of the law, if the findings of a
new study are any indication. University of Washington research, published
recently in Substance Use & Misuse, found that only 57 percent of
Washington parents surveyed knew the legal age for recreational marijuana
use and just 63 percent knew that homegrown marijuana is illegal under
lounges among marijuana issues lawmakers asked to consider
The Spokesman Review - March 6, 2015
The Members Lounge, which is connected to a medical marijuana dispensary
and allows consumption of some vapor and edible marijuana products on
its premises, is an example of where the states two very different systems
dont mesh well. Using recreational marijuana in public is not legal,
but the law is silent on public consumption of medical marijuana, and
the lounge contends its patrons arent in public but become members of
a private club by paying a fee.
Gov. Jay Inslee want to keep people smoking cigarettes?
MyNorthwest.com - March 3, 2015
"Inslee has proposed a 95 percent excise tax on e-cigarettes and
vaping products - the same tax rate now applied to conventional cigarettes."
It's just the kind ...
Students vent about smoking
Bulletin (subscription) - December 4, 2014
Some GU students who enjoy tobacco products such as pipes, cigarettes
and ... production, distribution, advertising [and] secondhand smoke
to name a few," ...
is in decline
The Olympian - December 4, 2014
In addition, smoking cessation efforts should be focused more on groups
that have ... including people who identify themselves as multiracial,
Native Americans, ...
smoking rules may tighten up
Snohomish County Tribune - December 3, 2014
If passed, all tobacco products and marijuana would be banned from all
public ... has servers working outside could be subject to the smoking
ban as well. ... where people might medicate on-site, would be subject
to the smoking bans as well.
Commission hopes to clear up hazy marijuana laws
Western Front - December 1, 2014
One of the issues facing drivers is the effect of secondhand smoke from
passengers, Vander Yacht said. If there is an effect, he suspects that
could create a ...
tribal gaming booms, fewer gamblers pick up pull tabs
Bellingham Herald - November 30, 2014
In 1996, Washington's Indian tribes had only recently begun opening
true casinos ... have stayed away since the state banned smoking in
public places in 2005.
County Health District's limitations on e-cigarettes starts Jan. 1
iFIBER One News - November 28, 2014
EPHRATA The Grant County Health District is reminding residents of the
upcoming changes for the sale, marketing and use of e-cigarettes and
other vapor devices. The Grant County Board of Health unanimously passed
Ordinance 2014-2 limiting use and sales of e-cigarettes and it takes
effect on Jan. 1
experts want e-cigarette rules in our state
Peninsula Daily - November 28, 2014
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that vaporize liquid nicotine
to re-create ... in recent years as an alternative for smokers trying
to kick the tobacco habit. ... free samples, vending machine sales and
sales to minors, among other rules.
in Washington shifting to tribal casinos
The Register-Guard - November 27, 2014
We cannot compete with the tribal gaming, said Jason Lindquist, co-owner
of Tacomas West End Pub and Grill. Lindquist says pull tabs are dying.
While enough customers still play to make the game profitable for the
bar, some have stayed away since the state banned smoking in public
places in 2005. We like the place nonsmoking now, Lindquist said, but
it took a certain customer (away), and they went straight to the tribal
gaming, because they dont follow the same rule. The bar no longer has
an employee dedicated solely to managing pull tabs, he said
poison children, need more regulation, Washington ...
OregonLive.com - November 24, 2014
TACOMA, Wash. State health officials say too many children in Washington
are being poisoned by contact with the liquid nicotine used in electronic
cigarettes. Now, the state's poison center wants the Legislature to
adopt standards for making liquid nicotine packages child-resistant,
as well as subject to consistent labeling rules.
experts: Regulate e-cigarettes
The Columbian - November 23, 2014
He said that the problem with e-cigarette exposure in children doesn't
often ... ban free samples, vending machine sales and sales to minors,
among other rules.
laws could target e-cig businesses
KING5.com - November 19, 2014
While tobacco smokers claim e-cigarettes helped them quit smoking traditional
... Vaping supplies could be banned from school campuses or the state
Salish Cliffs Golf Club shines in Golfweek rankings
WorldGolf.com - November 19, 2014
Adjacent to Salish Cliffs, Little Creek Casino Resort offers a poker
room, Las Vegas-style gaming, and one of the state's newest and largest
recognized for smoking/vaping park prohibition
North County Outlook - November 18, 2014
Arlington recognized for smoking/vaping park prohibition. The Snohomish
Health District awarded the city as the first in the state to prohibit
"e-cigarettes" in their ...
concerned about e-cigarette overheating
KIRO Seattle - November 12, 2014
A day after an e-cigarette explosion sparked a house fire in Tacoma,
experts told KIRO 7 there may be occasional problems with overheating
the device, ...
exit postponed again
North County Outlook - November 10, 2014
Arlington City Council accepted a Healthy Communities Award from Snohomish
Health District Nov. 3 at the City Council meeting for adopting a tobacco-free
marijuana lounge to host kids' Halloween party
The Spokesman Review - October 30, 2014
Located in the former Ringo's Casino, Jacobs said the sports bar and
the ... people can smoke marijuana in relative privacy as opposed to
smoking in a park or ...
District Honors Healthy Programs
Snohomish Times - October 29, 2014
The Arlington City Council will be recognized for adopting a tobacco-free
parks city ordinance that includes prohibiting the use of vapor devices
within city parks ...
Buying the Washington State Senate?
Northwest Public Radio - October 29, 2014
Those tons of money mostly buy political advertising, on TV and in other
formats. ... Those range from tobacco and gambling companies to health
care and ...
set to christen new Red Wind Casino parking garage
Bellingham Herald - October 27, 2014
... expand the smoke-free environment at the casino and upgrade three
restaurants. It also will create 70 new jobs, increasing tribal and
nontribal employment at ...
lounge aims to help people quit smoking cigarettes
Daily Record - October 24, 2014
Cloud 509 co-owner Jamie Newell assembles one of e-cigarettes available
at her shop at 213 W. Fourth Ave. in Ellensburg.
Lake ordinance targets minor pot users
The Spokesman Review - October 21, 2014
A new Liberty Lake ordinance allows police to ticket minors for being
high in ... where someone reports young people smoking marijuana in
a public place.
looking to restrict e-cigarettes in public places
Yakima Herald-Republic - October 7, 2014
The ordinance also bans smoking in parts of public parks within 25 feet
of ... The Grant County Board of Health last month adopted an ordinance
banning use of ...
child ingests e-cig liquid, sent to hospital
KING5.com - October 5, 2014
KENT A Seattle-area mother says her 22 month-old ingested e-Liquid and
it sent her to the hospital. "It took seconds," Nicole Oliver
said about her 22 month-old daughter Winona. "Her eyes were rolling
back in her head and she was just flopping around." The vapor,
which goes into e-cigarettes, can smell and taste like fruity flavors
such as watermelon. "Kids can't differentiate that this is nicotine.
They don't know what that is," he said. "It's pretty alarming
- the trend that we've seen in e-cigarette exposures, especially amongst
kids. Our call volume at the Washington Poison Center has increased
now over 700 percent."
Pushes for Pot Lounges to Get Around Smoking Ban
GoLocalPDX - October 3, 2014
Vancouver weed businesses are pushing for pot lounges where tourists
from out of state and abroad can smoke, a move that requires getting
around the state's smoking ban.
Pushes for Pot Lounges to Get Around Smoking Ban
GoLocalPDX - October 3, 2014
But Washington's "Smoking in Public Places" law bans smoking
of any type in public places and places of employment, regardless of
the content of what's being ...
County gets $9 million federal grant to fight obesity, new types ...
Auburn Reporter - September 25, 2014
Public health experts are concerned the rising popularity of new tobacco
products-including e-cigarettes and hookah-could reverse the progress
looks to ban pot in vehicles
TheNewsTribune.com - September 24, 2014
In one crucial respect, though, state officials say the legal pot law
is different: There's no explicit language saying that you can't smoke
marijuana in a car.
marijuana zoning rules may be revised
Snohomish County Tribune - September 24, 2014
... to extend the existing zoning restrictions for locating recreational
marijuana ... Places rules to precisely include marijuana, e-cigarette
and hookah smoking.
101: Laws for legal weed focus on safety
HeraldNet - September 23, 2014
The basics of Pot 101 can be found in the "Marijuana Use in Washington
State: ... must also abide by the state's Smoking in Public Places Law,
which prohibits ...
Decide Whether or Not to Allow E-Cig Use In Facilities
KULR-TV - September 22, 2014
There is currently no law banning where they can be used, making it
... it less confusing for the staff to identify when someone is violating
the smoking policy.
Seattle Dismiss Citations For Smoking Pot In Public?
KUOW News and Information - September 22, 2014
A police officer who cited dozens of people for smoking pot in public
took on the city ... In the first six months of its new ordinance, the
Seattle Police Department ...
in Calls to Poison Center Points to Child E-Cig Exposure
KULR-TV - September 22, 2014
The Benton-Franklin Health District said this is a problem, but for
users, there is no current evidence that electronic cigarettes do in
fact cause health problems.
Poison Center reports massive increase in children sickened by liquid
nicotine in e-cigarettes
Daily Mail - September 20, 2014
There's an epidemic of poisoning sweeping through the children of Washington
state, with a staggering number of children getting sick on the liquid
nicotine in e-cigarettes. The Washington Poison Center reports an increase
of 600 per cent in calls about e-cigarettes compared to more recent
The Observer - September 17, 2014
Rumor has it that when the University of Washington banned smoking in
its buildings, Willis taught through a classroom window while chain-smoking
district adopts e-cig policy
Columbia Basin Herald - September 17, 2014
... Smoking in Public Places law, essentially banning the use of e-cigarettes
in the same ... The law, passed by state voters in 2005, prohibits smoking
in public places such as ... the use of e-cigarettes everywhere that
smoking is already banned. ... Maryland and Arkansas, have limited laws
that ban the use of e-cigarettes in ...
tracking spike in minors exposed to e-cigarettes, marijuana
KREM (Spokane, WA) - September 16, 2014
Washington Poison Center is tracking what it calls a concerning trend
in the number of kids accidentally exposed to e-cigarettes and marijuana.
The Poison Center says calls about children sucking on e-cigarettes
or drinking its nicotine liquid are up 600...
County adopts ordinance regulating e-cigarettes
KXLY Spokane - September 15, 2014
The Grant County Board of Health has unanimously adopted an ordinance
regulating the sale, ... The ordinance mirrors the Smoking in Public
family's quest to build casino in Bremerton faces hurdles, foes
The Seattle Times - September 16, 2014
People come and go at all hours, stopping by for a smoke and a chitchat.
.... "Sometimes tribes want to do these things and sometimes they
don't, depending on
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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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, ...
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
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 ...
passes smoke-free parks law
Arlington (WA) Times - August 20, 2014
The City Council's unanimous decision to adopt a tobacco- and smoke-free
law for all city parks Aug. 18 was preceded by some unorthodox testimony.
Although the council's agenda stipulated that the public comment period
was for matters not on the agenda,
approves ban on smoking in parks and on trails
Q13 FOX - August 19, 2014
ARLINGTON, Wash. - The Arlington City Council on Monday unanimously
approved a ban on smoking, including e-cigarettes, in parks and on trails
Salish Cliffs Golf Club honored by GOLF Magazine
WorldGolf.com - August 20, 2014
Little Creek Casino Resort offers the latest in electronic and table
gaming with one of the largest and newest smoke-free casinos in the
region. Other new ...
Hempfest Adds 'Adult Use' Smoking Sections
Marijuana.com - August 14, 2014
Marijuana.com is the leading cannabis-related message forum and news
site for in-depth, ... Seattle Hempfest Adds 'Adult Use' Smoking Sections.
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 ...
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.
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
eatery's pot smoking area illegal, state says
KOIN-TV Ch. 6 July 28, 2014
Mint Tea restaurant says pot smoking section is legal
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.
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...
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. .
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.
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 ...
Guest: Legalization did not give people the right to smoke marijuana
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
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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. Whats a tourist to do? Michael Gordon, a 26-year-old
Seattle resident, hopes theyll go on trips with his new company
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
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 ...
City Council Bans Smoking Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes Near Outdoor Public
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
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.
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
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 ...
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
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,
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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, .
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
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 ...
ED: Best value educations, a potentially tobacco-free campus and enrollment
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)
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 ...
WSU tobacco-free campus may follow national trend with outcome ...
KLEW - March 10, 2014
PULLMAN, WA - Should Washington State University go tobacco-free?
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
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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
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
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
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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, ...
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.
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.
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,
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
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 ...
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....
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.
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 ...
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....
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
- 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
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,
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 Nations treaty
rights dont 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...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ...
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...
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
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. ...
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Hall | Seattle pot in public fine set at $27, mortgage study resolution
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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. ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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. ...
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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).
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.
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, its time for you to step back and review
what your actions are doing to those around
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 ..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, ...
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 ...
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
moves to ban marijuana from the state's bars
New York Daily News - April 4, 2013
The states 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.
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 ...
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)
youth survey: Cigarette smoking and drinking down in high school, marijuana
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.
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 years worth of
indoor smoking ban violations. A judge decided in the districts
favor, fining Hideouts owners $89,100.
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,
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 its legal to smoke in your home, provided you own it. For
renters, especially those who are low-income, the pot law comes with
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.
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 didnt say much about the
casino. There was a reason for that. If youve gotten accustomed
to breathing fresh air thanks to Washington states ban on smoking
in indoor public places, you might be happy to stay out of tribal casinos
that arent covered by that prohibition.
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. ...
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 ...
River Campuses Tobacco-Free in 2013
Enumclaw (WA) Patch.org - December 31, 2012
Green River Community Colleges ban on tobacco goes into effect
on New Years 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 ...
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.
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
County Housing Authority to Make Public Housing Smoke-Free Starting
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
Housing Authority adopts smoking ban, dwellings to go smoke-free ...
TheNewsTribune.com (blog) - November 1, 2012
The battle over second-hand smoke moved into Tacomas publicly
subsidized homes and apartments earlier this month and smoking
lost. In a 2 to 1 vote last week, the Tacoma Housing Authoritys
Board of Commissioners outlawed smoking inside all of the agencys
1,400 dwellings.The ban, which is set to take effect March 1, will impact
about 3,000 residents who live throughout the authoritys affordable
housing network across the city.
relocate, policy succeeds
The Clipper - October 15, 2012
Maybe unless youre 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.
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.
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
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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
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?
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
Our View: Ban Smoking in County Parks
The Columbian - April 27, 2012
Steve Stuart and Tom Mielke still dont get it. The two Clark
County commissioners just cant bring themselves to ban smoking
in county parks.Oh, theyre getting it when it comes
to political points from some folks who praise them for supposedly upholding
smokers rights. But heres 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. Heres what
they were up to earlier this week:
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
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 Vancouvers
In 2005, the county board approved a voluntary tobacco-free
compliance program. The county designated certain areas in its parks
as 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 ...
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 ...
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 nights ways and means committee (so the roll call
isnt 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 didnt 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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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.
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
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. ...
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 ...
Kirkland ban smoking in parks?
Q13FOX, KCPQ-TV (Seattle,WA), 2011-10-12
Should people be allowed to smoke in public parks? Thats the
question the city of Kirkland is posing to the public. ...
Seeks Feedback on Use of Tobacco in Parks; Take Online Survey by Oct.
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? Thats
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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? ...
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. ...
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
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
"The indoor smoking law was passed by a great majority in every
county in Washington state," Church said. ...
/ MCDERMOTT: Cigar-lounge bill wont 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 peoples health at risk by allowing
cigar smoking in designated lounges. ...
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. ...
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.
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 states Basic Health Program,
a proposal supporters say would be safe but opponents argue would be
bad health policy for Washington. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
5380 DIGEST (PDF)
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 ...
Biz Buzz: Legislature hears bills to allow cigar smoking in Washington
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 Tacomas 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
- 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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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
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
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 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 ...
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."
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. ...
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
The resolution encourages all multi-family housing to adopt no-smoking
The King County Department of Health says it gets complaints almost
daily about smoke drifting into non-smokers apartments. ...
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." ...
smoking ban? Let's have the debate
TheNewsTribune.com - September 8, 2010
Washingtons 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. Its 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 shouldnt 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 peoples 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. ...
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
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. ...
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. ...
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? ...
group pushing for smoke-free apartments
Health: Group wants secondhand smoke declared 'nuisance' in multi-unit
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
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?" ...
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. ...
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
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. ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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. ...
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.
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,"
What is less clear is how the Cobra Lounge protects employees from
having to breathe the smoke. ...
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 Tacomas 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
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
At Fridays hearing, Culpepper found that smoking occurred at
the lounge and that there appeared to be strong connections between
it and the steakhouse. ...
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
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 states 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. ...
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
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
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. ...
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
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.
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. ...
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 wont
be writing tickets or issuing citations, relying instead on peer pressure
and gentle encouragement ...
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
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 ...
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
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.
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. ...
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.
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
Health officials said it's the right thing to do given their mandate
to improve the county's overall health. ...
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.
Its 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. ...
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, youll 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.
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
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. ...
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.
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 childrens 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 Parks 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. ...
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
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." ...
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.
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
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 wont be showing up. ...
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
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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 cant
light up in a Tacoma park.
Want to prevent children from getting addicted? Make sure a trip to
the neighborhood sprayground doesnt include the sight of someone
taking a drag.
Want parks to look nicer? Stop cigarette butts before they start.
The proposed smoke ban for Tacomas 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. ...
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
Matt Peelen from the City Managers Office delivered an update
to the Public Safety, Human Services and Education Committee on June
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. ...
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
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 Tribunes Web site showed residents were against
the idea 2-to-1....
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:
smoking, no penalty
The Spokesman Review - April 10, 2009
Steve McNutt and Jim Santorsola, of the Spokane Park Board, listen at
Thursdays hearing on the smoking ban. A two-week-old ban on tobacco
products in ...
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
dont count on it. ...
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.
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
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
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
used to raise prices every four to five years but now must do so annually, Anton
year of taking cigarettes outside: Smoking ban not as bad as feared
SAND; The News Tribune
Published: December 8th, 2006 01:00 AM
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?
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.
clears in bars, eateries
Tacoma (WA) News Tribune, June 5, 2006
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."
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.