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West Virginia communities have consistently taken action to protect the health of their workers and residents from secondhand smoke in workplaces. More than 72% of West Virginians live in a county with a 100% smokefree workplace law. However, less than 30% of residents live in counties with smokefree restaurants and only 5% of residents live in counties with smokefree bar laws. All workers in West Virginia deserve to breathe clean air because secondhand smoke exposure can cause of serious disease and death in every smoke-filled worksite, including bars and restaurants.

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in West Virginia.

2017 State Legislative Session

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Smokefree & Related News

WVWC to go tobacco-free by January
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) - August 22, 2016

BUCKHANNON - West Virginia Wesleyan College will become a tobacco-free campus in January, officials said. The WVWC Tobacco-Free Policy outlines a ...

Thumbs down: State has much to do in the fight against cancer
Huntington Herald Dispatch - August 16, 2016

However, the state was rated as "falling short" for having no statewide "smoke-free laws," no requirement for insurance coverage for counseling and treatment for ...

Smoking ban on hold in Fayette
The Montgomery Herald - August 10, 2016

Proposed amendments to Fayette County's Clean Indoor Air Regulation are on hold after the Board of Health refused to take up the agenda item last week.

Fayette County puts smoking ban amendment on hold
Shepherdstown Chronicle - August 4, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) The Fayette County Board of Health has decided not to vote on proposed amendments to the county's Clean Indoor Air Regulation. The Register-Herald (http://bit.ly/2awMvBf) reports that the board refused to take up the agenda item during its meeting last week. The amendments would prohibit smoking inside hotels, private clubs, bingo operations, fairs and festivals.

Hancock County Health Department Loses $60K in Funds
Wheeling Intelligencer - August 4, 2016

Also Tuesday, the health board accepted into the record a letter from former MTR Gaming Group CEO Ted Arneault about the 2015 Clean Air Regulation. Arneault asked the board to revisit the smoking ban in light of its impact on the local economy.

St. Albans council hears tobacco ordinance
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription) - August 1, 2016

In other action, council passed the first reading of an ordinance, read by City Attorney Riffee, amending Article 523, which would restrict where people can and cannot use tobacco within the city. Mayor Dick Callaway added that the restrictions would include smokeless tobacco and any product that contains nicotine.

Fairmont, W. Va. Bans All Tobacco Use in City Parks
halfwheel.com - July 13, 2016

The city of Fairmont, W. Va. has passed a complete ban on the use of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes in all city parks and recreational facilities.

Health Board begin implementing new indoor smoking ban, Still ...
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) - March 18, 2016

Masontown VFW Quartermaster Craig St. Clair voiced his objections to the new Preston County Health Department Smoking Ban as it pertains to private clubs.

Letter: E-cigarette liquids should not be taxed
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription) - March 17, 2016

One of the largest problems with quitting smoking is what to do with your hands since we were use to putting a cigarette to our mouths; e-cigs solve that problem ...

Preston VFW asks for smoking-ban exemption
The DPost - March 15, 2016

As the Preston County Health Department begins working to implement the expanded smoking ban April 1, one man promised to continue opposing it. ...

EDITORIAL: Raise the age to buy smokes
Beckley (WV) Register Herald - March 13, 2016

...delaying access to cigarettes - as Hawaii has done and California is set to do - is a sure-fire way of getting in the way of an addictive habit that carries dire consequences later in life...According to the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, the ...

Brooke board won't change policy
The Steubenville Herald - March 8, 2016

... Brooke County commissioner opposed to the county's ban on smoking in public places, but the board's members said they don't expect a change to the policy…

Budget talks dominate closing week of legislative session
West Virginia MetroNews - March 7, 2016

Governor Earl Ray Tomblins proposals for new revenue sources a telecommunications tax and higher tobacco taxes are no longer on the table at the State House. Nelsons committee, the House Finance Committee, rejected the tobacco tax increases, including a 45 cent tax increase on every pack of cigarettes, last week. Part of the blame for that, he said, falls on Tomblin.

Health dept. may update county indoor clean air policy
Point Pleasant Register - March 5, 2016

POINT PLEASANT - A work session to possibly update the county's indoor clean air policy was held Thursday evening by members of the Mason County Board of Health. Riddle said the board members compared current comprehensive plans Thursday, and agreed to review them as a template for possible local changes. She emphasized the board is in the very beginning stages of a possible revision.

West Virginia House panel votes down tobacco tax hike
WVVA TV (registration) - March 4, 2016

A push to raise West Virginia's tobacco taxes has been voted down by a House committee, likely killing a second tax increase proposed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. …

Ohio County smoking ban could ruffle more feathers than expected
WTRF - March 1, 2016

The new smoking regulations went into effect in Ohio County Tuesday morning. ... Williams Lea has now banned their employees from smoking on Market Plaza.

New smoking regulations go into effect in Ohio County
WTOV Steubenville - March 1, 2016

OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. - Beginning Tuesday, smoking, vaporizing and the use of electronic cigarettes will be prohibited in hotels, motels and at outdoor public ...

West Virginia's budget woes
West Virginia MetroNews - March 1, 2016

... passed a $1 increase, to $1.55 a pack, along with an increase of the wholesale tax from seven percent up to 12 percent and a first-time tax on e-cigarettes. ...

Ohio County smoking ban expansion to take effect Tuesday
West Virginia MetroNews - February 29, 2016

Beginning Tuesday, smoking will be prohibited in hotels, motels and at outdoor public places throughout the county. Also, the use of electronic cigarettes and vaporizing devices in public will be banned. Smoking on the gambling floor at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack and in other establishments with designated video lottery rooms will still be allowed. The new regulations, approved by the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health last year, continues the existing ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and other indoor public venues countywide.

Three Tobacco Regulations to Watch in March
CSPnet.com - February 29, 2016

West Virginias senate has passed a bill that would raise the cigarette excise tax by $1.00 to $1.55 per pack. The bill will now be sent to the state's House Finance Committee Last week, representative Barbara Fleischauer (D) introduced a bill that would tax electronic cigarettes and vapor products at 7% of the wholesale price. The bill was sent to West Virginias House Committee on Health and Human Resources for consideration.

Newest Set of Smoking Regulations to Take Effect [VIDEO]
WTRF - February 28, 2016

Electronic cigarettes will be forbidden in all public buildings, just as regular cigarettes are. But the biggest change of all is no more stepping just outside your ...

House may snuff out Senate's tobacco tax hike, area lawmakers say
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) - February 27, 2016

Hamrick said he doesn't favor imposing a tax on e-cigarettes. I'm not inclined to add a tax on a new industry, Hamrick said. Delegate Patsy Trecost, D-Harrison, ...

Vaping & E-Cigarettes Stir Opposition to WV Tobacco Tax [VIDEO]
WOWK - February 26, 2016

You might say vape store owners are burning mad. Even though they offer an alternative to smoking, they are caught in a bill that raises the tobacco tax on smokers up to $1 per pack. Some vape liquids contain nicotine; and some don't. Many customers use them to quit real cigarettes.

Health boards should make smoke-free laws
Martinsburg Journal - February 26, 2016

The data is crystal clear. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals. According to the National Cancer Institute, there are 69 ingredients in cigarette smoke that are either known or are likely to cause cancer. Despite these facts, our elected officials in Charleston have done nothing to implement a comprehensive, statewide smoke-free law designed to protect our citizen's health. The people of West Virginia learned these truths a long time ago: secondhand smoke is a proven carcinogen, smoke-free air laws are good for business, and employees deserve a healthy smoke-free workplace. That's why 32 of our county boards of health have passed a fully comprehensive smoke-free ordinance and the remaining counties have clean air ordinances with some exemptions. Now an effort in Charleston is threatening to turn back the clock and wipe out these clean air ordinances. Bills have been introduced that would yank the authority of local boards of health to pass important ordinances like these giving county commissions the complete authority to decide what's best for the counties when it comes to health. These bills are backed by casinos and the gambling parlor industries. That's just plain wrong.

Mountwood bans smoking
Parkersburg News - February 26, 2016

Mountwood Park is now a completely smoke-free environment, an official said Thursday. A unanimous vote of board members last week turned the county's park into a smoke-free environment, said Board President Bob Buchanan on Thursday. Smoking will no longer be permitted inside the park anywhere, Buchanan said. This includes all pavilions, playgrounds, recreational areas, campgrounds, trails, administration buildings, boats, the marina, dog park, and gun range, he said. "The entire park is now completely smoke-free," Buchanan said.

W.Va. tobacco tax could benefit Boyd County
The Independent - February 25, 2016

The measure would also increase smokeless tobacco tax from 7 percent to 12 percent and spark a 7.7-cents-per-milliliter tax on e-liquids used for vaping.

Marion County Commission Proclaims 'Quit The Spit' Week
WBOY-TV - February 25, 2016

Health experts said spit tobacco users are 50 times more likely to get an oral cancer than those who are tobacco free. "In the youth tobacco survey, we've gotten ...

Take on Big Tobacco, to save lives and improve health
Gazette - February 24, 2016

As national public health leaders dedicated to reducing the toll of tobacco in America, we are alarmed by recent developments in West Virginia. Despite the fact that West Virginia has the highest adult smoking rate in the nation, state leaders are considering several tobacco-related bills that would do nothing to reduce tobacco use and, in some cases, actually increase the harm caused by tobacco in the state.

Senate Bill 420
West Virginia Legislature - February 24, 2016

to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §11-17-4b, all relating to increasing tax rate on cigarettes and tobacco products; dedicating one million dollars to tobacco cessation programs; dedicating a portion of proceeds to Public Emp

Smokers Will Soon Have to Move Smoke Break Location
WTRF - February 23, 2016

Non smokers say they smell bad. Smokers see them as an ... Hotels and motels will no longer offer the option of smoking or non-smoking rooms. They are all ...

Andreozzi asks health to think outside the box on Brooke smoking ban
WTOV Steubenville - February 23, 2016

Bolen showed that in the past, an overall improvement in health was a direct correlation of an effective smoking ban with 33 percent reductions in heart attacks ...

Bill to cripple local health department powers defeated in committee
Beckley Register-Herald - February 23, 2016

A bill backed largely by delegates from counties with or near casinos that would have given county commissioners oversight of all local health department ordinances failed to make it out of the House Committee on Government Organization Monday on a narrow 10-12 vote. Sponsors of HB4472 complained that local health boards are not elected and therefore not responsive to voters. Elected county commissioners should have the responsibility of health ordinances, they said. The bill was amended twice. The first amendment would have given commissioners the option to take control of health department ordinances, but the second largely gutted the intent of the bill and grandfathered in all local health ordinances currently in place. Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, said the bill was too broad, and would have opened up all county ordinances dealing with immunizations, restaurant food safety and water and sewage. Were trying to inject politics into public health, Sponaugle said. There could be some conflict between good politics and good public health. Delegate Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha, said the bill is really about allowing smoking in casinos.

Tobacco tax hike up for vote in W.Va. Senate
Huntington Herald Dispatch - February 23, 2016

Tomblin's plan would have raised the cigarette tax by 45 cents to $1, raised a tax on other tobacco products and taxed e-cigarettes. It would have yielded $78 ...

House panel rejects smoking ban repeal bill
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription) - February 22, 2016

With Republicans joining Democrats, state lawmakers killed the first of a series of expected bills that aim to repeal and weaken smoking bans across West Virginia. By a 12-10 vote, members of the House Government Organization Committee rejected gambling industry-backed legislation (HB 4472) that would have allowed county commissions to overrule local health boards and revoke health regulations, including those that ban smoking at bars, restaurants, gambling parlors and casinos. This bill is not necessary, said Delegate Chris Stansbury, R-Kanawha. Boards of health do a good job. Certain things should be left to the experts. We don't need to meddle in those decisions in the interest of propping up certain businesses.

Keep Health Rules In Hands of Pros
Wheeling Intelligencer - February 22, 2016

Bans on smoking in public places provoke strong feelings on both sides of the debate. Some people insist the adverse health effects of second-hand smoke are severe enough to justify bans. Others worry about the economic effects of telling potential business patrons they cannot smoke in bars, gambling casinos, etc. Still another group considers limits on smoking a personal liberties issue. A bill in the West Virginia Legislature would allow county commissions to overrule local health department bans on smoking-and other regulations.

Senate to take up amended tobacco bill Monday
West Virginia MetroNews - February 22, 2016

The tobacco tax would also tax e-cigarettes for the first time, and include a smaller tax on smokless tobacco products, such as snuff or pouches. I think there's ...

Bills would allow WV counties to repeal smoking bans
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription) - February 20, 2016

West Virginia lawmakers have county smoking bans in their crosshairs. For the second consecutive year, Republican legislators are moving bills that would allow county commissions across the state to revoke clean indoor air regulations and other public health board rules. The casino and gambling parlor industries are backing the bills that would give county commissions the final say on smoking bans. They say clean indoor air ...

Locals React to Proposed Tobacco Tax Increase [VIDEO]
WTRF - February 17, 2016

During this legislative session in West Virginia, lawmakers have been going over the idea of increasing sales tax on tobacco products, so we wanted to know how our 7News viewers feel about the proposal.

Target9 Investigation: Hancock County's Clean Air Act
WTOV Steubenville - February 9, 2016

That's a question being asked by many business owners in Hancock County, where the health department enacted a controversial smoking ban last summer.

Long-term effects of e-cigarette vapor may not disappear as easily ...
MU The Parthenon - January 29, 2016

The e-cigarette study, which was awarded $50,000 late last year, will use mice to research exposure to vapor effected lung tissue. The project is set to start in early February of this year. The WVU School of Medicine will expose mice to vapor for a period of seven months and provide pulmonary function tests to find out results of the inhalation of vapor, Dasgupta said.

Resident prefers designated smoking areas instead of full ban
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) - January 22, 2016

It's easy to defend the Board of Healths decision to ban smoking in hotel rooms, clubs and restaurants on the grounds of protecting health and environment. After all who wants to be around a smoker? Smoking is not healthy for anyone ... we are just doing them a favor, making them not smoke in public places. We'd deny them the right to smoke in their own homes, if we could, but we can't. On the other hand, the poor smokers are to be made uncomfortable. To enjoy an after dinner cigarette at a restaurant, they have to leave their party to stand in the cold 20-feet away from the front door. If they're lucky, they may find some other banished person out there to chat with. At other places, where alcohol is served, the situation is even worse, because drinks and cigarettes really go together.

Local businesses wary of tobacco tax
The Daily Athenaeum - January 21, 2016

"There's no reason to penalize people who use electronic cigarettes," Dunn said. "It helps them stop smoking… They might as well tax bubble gum, in my ...

Board of Health's final vote to expand indoor smoking regulations ...
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) - January 15, 2016

After seven months of public debate and discussion, the Preston County Board of Health (BOH) finally made its decision on the highly controversial expansion of its indoor smoking ban to include all bars, private clubs, gaming establishments, and all hotels and motel rooms in the county. On a frigid and wintery Tuesday, Jan. 12, the five-member, appointed board voted 4-1 in support of the new smoking ban. Board Chairperson Kendra Barker, Jim Fields, Rosemary Houser, and Mary Rae Benson voted for the ban while Wayne Williams was the lone vote against it.

Doctor: Keep Brooke County Smoking Ban In Place
Wheeling Intelligencer - January 15, 2016

Dr. John Holloway of Wheeling is urging Brooke County officials to keep their smoking ban intact for video gambling rooms. Holloway made those comments during this week's Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health meeting, but said he was speaking personally, not in his role as health board chairman. "Brooke County is considering perhaps changing its regulations to coincide with ours (in Ohio County) to allow smoking in video gambling rooms," he said.

Preston County Board of Health Approves Increased Smoking Ban
WBOY-TV - January 13, 2016

Under the county's original ban, smoking was only prohibited in restaurants. ... of Health said this vote will lead to healthier lives for all Preston County residents.

Tomblin budget would raise taxes on tobacco, telecommunications
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription) - January 13, 2016

... in cigarette taxes, to $1 a pack, with comparable increases in taxes on other tobacco products, as well as a new tax on the liquids used in electronic cigarettes. …

Democratic Lawmakers Look at Tobacco Tax for 2016
West Virginia Public Broadcasting - January 13, 2016

... region for a dollar per pack," Bates explained, "also expanding that to include all tobacco products including e-cigarettes, so that would be the initial increase.

Preston County Journal - Around the Community
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) - January 12, 2016

The Preston County Board of Health is expected to make its final decision on the proposed indoor smoking ordinance. The meeting will take place beginning at 7 p.m., today at the WVU Extension Office at 115 W. Court Street in Kingwood. The current regulation restricts smoking in workplaces and enclosed Public places but permits smoking in bars, private clubs, gaming establishments, retail tobacco stores and in 25 percent of hotel and motel rooms. The proposed regulation members of the Board of Health will be voting on would eliminate smoking in all these locations. It would also eliminate the use of electronic or e-cigarettes at those same locations. …

Kingwood resident addressses 'severe need for smoking regulation ...
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) - January 8, 2016

A great deal of worry is that a ban on smoking would affect the profit margin of restaurants and bars. However, in multiple studies this has been proven to not be ...

Thumbs down: Too little known about e-cigarettes
Huntington Herald Dispatch - January 6, 2016

Public health officials in West Virginia remain skeptical about the safety of electronic cigarettes, saying there is not yet enough known about the impact on users ...

Changes to Brooke County smoking ban sought
WTOV Steubenville - January 5, 2016

BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. - Brooke County's smoking ban just went into effect in July, and already, county commissioners are getting involved and asking for ...

Around WV: Jan. 5, 2016
Charleston Gazette - January 5, 2016

In Around West Virginia today: Nicholas County commissioners will stay in office, overdoses in Cabell County, the status of a proposed expanded smoking ban ...

Growth of smoking ban in limbo
The DPost - January 5, 2016

KINGWOOD - Preston commissioners and the county health department agreed to disagree Monday, Jan. 4, about the proposed smoking ban expansion.

Another private club bans indoor smoking in Putnam County [VIDEO]
WSAZ-TV - December 30, 2015

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Another private club in Putnam County is banning smoking indoors. Valerie Street owns EZ Street on Winfield Road. She says the new year will bring new changes to her business. Starting January . 1, EZ Street will ban smokers from lighting up inside the bar area. "I think with people making New Years resolutions, one of the large resolutions is quitting smoking," Street said. "And I think that choosing January first to make it non-smoking will help encourage them and help everybody to create a healthier lifestyle for everyone. I think everybody will see a really great change, and were actually going to go and create a better menu, a bigger menu and go after the lunch crowds."

State agency reports one in five W.Va. adults have tried e-cigarettes
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription) - December 28, 2015

Nearly one in five West Virginia adults have tried e-cigarettes, according to the ... Of those, more than 60 percent are current smokers, and more than one-third ...

Preston BOH feels pressure to deny smoke ban expansion
The DPost - December 24, 2015

KINGWOOD A local businessman says the Preston County Commission is trying to politically blackmail the county Board of Health to deny a proposed indoor smoking ban expansion.

Gazette editorial: Toward a more smoke-free West Virginia
Charleston Sunday Gazette-Mail - December 21, 2015

Making it easy for people to snuff out their cigarettes and unacceptable to light up in these public spaces will be good for everyone... For years, health advocates have urged lawmakers to boost West Virginia's meager cigarette tax, chiefly as a way to ...

Businesses, clubs again seek change in Brooke smoke ban
The Daily Times - December 19, 2015

WELLSBURG - Members of the Brooke County Board of Health hoped to hear Friday from people on both sides of the county's ban on smoking in public places. ...

2 Students Cited For Underage Smoking in Princeton
WVNS-TV CBS 59 (Ghent, WV) - December 16, 2015

There have been several reports of students smoking before school in the McDonald's parking lot in Princeton. That's across from Princeton Senior High School. On Tuesday December 15, 2015, Princeton Police stopped 2 teens in that parking lot and were ...

Public News Service WV Anti-Smoking Funds Fall, State Tobacco Use High
Public News Service (PNS) - December 16, 2015

The state has cut funds for West Virginia anti-smoking programs by nearly one-fifth - even as West Virginia has become, by some measures, the state with the highest rate of tobacco use. About one in four adults and one in five state high schoolers use to...

Brooke County Health Board To Hear About Smoking Ban
Wheeling Intelligencer - December 15, 2015

After receiving complaints the county's smoking ban has negatively impacted some businesses, the Brooke County Board of Health has scheduled a public ...

State in middle of the pack on youth tobacco use prevention
Beckley Register-Herald - December 15, 2015

"If smoking continues at the current rate among U.S. youth, 5.6 million of today's ... Nearly 20 percent of the state's high school students smoke, and 1,800 kids become ... residents' right to breathe smoke-free air by not rolling back local smoke-free ... the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights ...

County Commission officially oppose proposed smoking ban ...
The Exponent Telegram (press release) - December 14, 2015

During the Monday, Dec. 14 County Commission meeting, all three members voted to send a letter of opposition to the proposed smoking ban ordinance.

Commission: Preston smoking ban could affect health department
The DPost - December 14, 2015

KINGWOOD - The Preston Commission could reduce the amount it gives the county health department, if the proposed amendment to the county indoor ...

Editorial: New statewide push targets smoking during pregnancy
Huntington Herald-Dispatch - Dec 14, 2015

The West Virginia Management of Maternal Smoking Initiative was launched with a summit meeting hosted by the state Department of Health and Human Services in Charleston. Participants recognized that while there are anti-smoking initiatives in the state, much more needs to be done, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

West Virginia sees records compliance prohibiting sale of tobacco to ...
WOWK - December 10, 2015

Paxton said kids as young as 13 are trying tobacco. She said education, smoking bans and limited access to the products are steps that help make a difference.

Voice of the people
Herald-Dispatch - December 10, 2015

The smoking ban on Marshall University's campus is cultural intolerance, and has been ... While smoking on noncampus property, I witnessed myself being ...

Summit to deal with tobacco use by pregnant women
AP - Associated Press - December 9, 2015

The West Virginia Management of Maternal Smoking Initiative, also known by the acronym MOMS, will be unveiled at Wednesday's summit at the state Department of Health and Human Services in Charleston.

Law succeeds in cracking down on smokers in Parkersburg City Park
The News Center - December 8, 2015

Police say, two years after it took effect, a smoking ban in part of Parkersburg City Park is a success. The ban is confined to the park's playground area.

Council passes ban on smoking in Charleston parks and playgrounds
Charleston (WV) Sunday Gazette-Mail - December 7, 2015

Smoking now will be prohibited on all city playgrounds and parks, on the outdoor grounds of city community centers and the Sunrise Carriage Trail. Signs to notify the public of the change are essential, Parks and Recreation Chairwoman Susie Salisbury ...

Lawmakers trade barbs at W.Va. town-hall meeting
Herald-Mail Media - December 4, 2015

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. Four local state legislators two Republicans and two Democrats told 80 guests at the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce annual legislative town-hall meeting on Thursday what they could expect from the upcoming 2016 legislative session. He suggested raising taxes on cigarette sales. "It's an easy fix, and it will cut down on smoking," Skinner said.

Gazette editorial: Slowly snuffing out smoking
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription) - December 3, 2015

The parks committee of Charleston's city council wants to ban smoking from all recreation centers, playgrounds, parks and hiking trails. Such a ban already ...

Seeking sponsors, volunteers for Relay For Life
Huntington Herald Dispatch - December 3, 2015

Some examples include: increasing government funding for cancer research, establishing smoke-free policies, and improving access to affordable, quality ...

Charleston officials contemplate smoking ban in parks
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription) - November 25, 2015

A bill being considered by City Council would ban smoking at the city's parks and ... The city has already banned smoking at Haddad Riverfront Park during events, ... While the committee discussed banning smoking on all public trails, Ellis .

Businesses seek changes to Brooke ban on smoking
The Steubenville Herald-Star - November 24, 2015

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Commission's meeting room was filled Monday night with owners, employees and representatives of local businesses and ...

Smoking issues on campus
The Parthenon (Marshall University) - November 18, 2015

Smoking was banned on Marshall University's campus in the summer of 2013. When students are caught smoking on campus, they are fined, but some people who smoke on campus either do not know about the ban or do not care. An issue some students and faculty...

Moose feeling effects of ban on smoking
The Daily Times - November 18, 2015

WELLLSBURG - Members of the Wellsburg Moose Lodge told the Brooke County Commission Tuesday the county's smoking ban has affected its membership ...

Brooke County Smoking Ban Affects Local Business
WTRF - November 17, 2015

One group in Brooke County says ever since the county-wide public smoking ban went into effect on July 1, their profits have suffered greatly. Members of the ...

Brooke County smoking ban hurting at least one bottom line
WTOV Steubenville - November 17, 2015

BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. -- A special plea was made Tuesday by one organization that is in trouble because of the Brooke County Health Department's ...

Ohio County Smoking Ban Will Expand
Wheeling Intelligencer - November 12, 2015

Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health voted Tuesday to ban smoking in hotels, motels and at outdoor public places throughout the county effective March 1. The six-member board approved a motion by a 4-2 vote to adopt a revised version of existing clean ...

Preston will consider smoking ban approval
The DPost - November 10, 2015

KINGWOOD - Speakers at the Tuesday, Nov. 10, Preston County Board of Health meeting criticized the proposed expansion of the smoking band, but it went ...

Changes will be made to Ohio County smoking ban
WTOV Steubenville - November 10, 2015

Changes will be made to Ohio County smoking ban ... out against the changes, the board is moving forward, banning smoking in public outdoor areas and private decks and porches where food is served. They've also banned e-cigarettes.

Preston commissioners to hold hearing on smoking ban changes
Marietta Times - November 9, 2015

KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) - A proposed expansion of Preston County's indoor smoking law will be discussed at a public hearing this week. The Preston County ...

Smoking ban on Preston agenda
The DPost - November 7, 2015

KINGWOOD -- The Preston County Board of Health will again discuss extending the county smoking regulation to include bars, when it meets Tuesday, Nov. 10. The proposed changes would: Ban smoking in bars, which are defined as an area which is devoted to the serving of alcoholic beverages for consumption by guests on the premises and in which the serving of food is only incidental to the consumption of such beverages. Ban smoking in gaming establishments and private clubs, and hotels and motels. Prohibit the use of e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes and hookahs anywhere tobacco use is not allowed.

Player's Advantage: Casinos should follow same no-smoking rule as ...
Tribune-Review - November 5, 2015

Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, says New Orleans and Hancock County faced the same challenges as Wheeling and ...

Rules for tobacco now apply to e-cigarettes under Mercer Clean ...
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - November 5, 2015

GREEN VALLEY - Electronic nicotine devices, also known as e-cigarettes or vaping devices, are now under the same clean indoor air regulations governing ...

Health Department receives only two written comments on the ...
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration ) - November 3, 2015

Masontown VFW Quartermaster Clark Sinclair voiced his opposition to the proposed new smoking ordinance during the September meeting of the Board of ...

Public Hearing Aims To Clear Air on Ban
Wheeling Intelligencer - October 30, 2015

WHEELING - Two event organizers suggested Thursday the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health establish designated smoking areas for ticketed, gated ...

Eldorado Resorts: A Great Story, But Still The Business...
Seeking Alpha - October 29, 2015

The culprit in Q3 was Mountaineer, who faced the double whammy of a new smoking ban in West Virginia and (on a comp basis) the September 2014 opening ...

Proposed changes to Ohio County smoking ban meet critics
WTOV Steubenville - October 29, 2015

... The proposal, however, would not affect casinos or gambling areas in the city of Wheeling. ... Places like Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack and other gambling ...

Eldorado posts Q3 results
Casino City Times (press release) - October 27, 2015

During the third quarter, the property added 22 VLTs to its outdoor smoking patio, ... and six gaming tables to help mitigate the impact of the new smoking ban.

Charleston committee discusses tobacco ban at parks and ...
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription) - October 26, 2015

"We can take baby steps," he said, later adding that banning tobacco use on all ... He went on to say a smoking ban at Live on the Levee has cleaned up the ...

E-Cigarettes Banned in Marion County Schools
WBOY-TV - October 21, 2015

E-cigarettes are now officially banned on Marion County school property. The Board of Education passed this policy this week. It is part of a state law that ...

MU The Parthenon - October 21, 2015

You can't just ban a public space because something bad happened there; ... "They told me I needed to get off campus because I was smoking on the corner.

Marion County Board of Education Meets, Policy Updates Made
WDTV - October 19, 2015

"One of the new things that's being included in counties' tobacco policies at this point is the inclusion of e-cigs as a tobacco derivative," said Gary Price, ...

Some want greater expansion of Ohio County smoking ban
WTOV Steubenville - October 1, 2015

West Virginia has the second highest number of smokers in the country and ranks ... Supporters of the smoking ban in Ohio County say an expansion could help ...

Proposal Seeks Smoking Ban in All Public Places
Wheeling Intelligencer - September 30, 2015

WHEELING - Proposed changes to clean air regulations in Ohio County call for smoking to be prohibited in hotels, motels and at public places and for electronic cigarettes and vaporizing devices to be banned in public. However, the proposed regulations would still allow smoking at Wheeling Island's casino and in video lottery rooms.

Board of health amends Clean Air Regulation effective Jan. 1, 2016 ($$)
Hampshire Review - September 30, 2015

ROMNEY On Sept. 10, Hampshire County Board of Health amended its clean indoor air regulation to the Hampshire County Clean Air Regulation of 2015. The purposes of this regulation are to protect the public health and welfare by prohibiting smoking and the use of electronic smoking devices in enclosed public places and places of employment; to recognize that where the need to breathe smoke-free air conflicts with the desire to smoke, the need to breathe smoke-free air shall have priority; to facilitate smoking cessation by active smokers; and to discourage nonsmokers from taking up the habit and thereby developing a nicotine addiction. The updated regulation eliminates indoor smoking in all public and private places of employment and in any businesses offering goods or services to the public, whether for give away or for sale, without exception located in Hampshire County.

W.Va. casino's smoking pavilion softens ban's blow
The Inter-Mountain - September 30, 2015

NEWELL, W.Va. (AP) A smoking pavilion at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort is proving to be a popular spot. Hancock County instituted a smoking ban in enclosed public places in July. The smoking ban was opposed by casino officials who feared it would keep gamblers away.

Mountaineer, veterans feeling effects of smoking ban
Morning Journal News - September 29, 2015

NEWELL, W.Va. - Playing a slot machine at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort on a recent Tuesday afternoon, William Reynolds enjoyed a cigarette, the ...

WVU employee battles tobacco policy
The Daily Athenaeum - September 24, 2015

Dennis Cole, an employee of the Health Sciences Center for 23 years, recently filed a third petition against West Virginia University's policy banning tobacco on campus.

Ohio County to consider smoking ban expansion
Martins Ferry Times Leader - September 16, 2015

WHEELING - The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health will hold a special public meeting at noon Sept. 29 to address a proposed smoking ban expansion in ...

Preston residents voice opinions on the proposed smoking regulation ...
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) - September 11, 2015

Out of the seven, five were against the new smoking rules and two were for it. ... I am not for this ordinance, and I honestly think I speak on behalf of anyone who ...

Second-hand smoke is dangerous
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - August 27, 2015

Non-smokers breathe in the smoke created by tobacco users, and it is known to cause a host of health problems. According to the CDC these health problems ...

Smoking e-cigarettes: An unhealthy alternative
The Daily Athenaeum - August 25, 2015

Although smoking tobacco cigarettes in public is now considered taboo, especially on West Virginia University's tobacco-free campus, smoking e-cigarettes is a ...

Health Officials Taking Action To Fight Tobacco Use in WV
WDTV - August 24, 2015

Even though far less people are smoking on a national level, West Virginia still ... West Virginians die every year due to tobacco use and secondhand smoke.

Commissioners, VFW Post Commander oppose proposed smoking ...
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) - August 19, 2015

...578 commander, shared the concerns of his post regarding the potential non-smoking ordinance with Preston County commissioners at their Monday morning ...

Mountaineer smoking pavilion gives gamblers a choice
Tribune-Review - August 16, 2015

Signs of Mountaineer Casino's big change are all around. Smokers perch on benches outside the main entrance, indulging their habit. A notice on the door declares the Chester, W.Va., casino a smoke free facility. Near the main floor, a sign reminds everyone it is a smoke free area. A few yards away, a placard points toward the new smoking pavilion. Mountaineer, forced to ban smoking throughout the main floor July 1 when a tougher Hancock County clean-air ordinance took effect, now boasts that it has the best of both worlds. The main floor, with about 1,440 slot machines and 44 table games, is nonsmoking. The $2 million smoking pavilion, billed as the country's largest outdoor gambling facility of its kind, has 201 slots and six table games.

Earnings Drop At Chester's Mountaineer Track
Wheeling Intelligencer - August 12, 2015

... the Mountaineer property, highlighted recently with the new outdoor plaza that debuted to meet the new Hancock County Board of Health indoor smoking ban.

Board of Health elect new chairperson, discuss Rotruck replacement ... finally comments on potential clean air rules
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) - August 1, 2015

The Preston County Board of Health (BOH) gathered in an emergency meeting to elect a new chairman after the resignation of Craig Rotruck on July 16. Rotruck said he resigned because of the introduction of a new clean-air smoking regulation being considered by the BOH.

Buckhannon City Council Says No To Tobacco Ban
WDTV - July 30, 2015

The city council voted against a tobacco ban on city property. ... "If a person wants to smoke in an area where it's not affecting other people I don't have any ...

"No Butts About It" Campaign Working to Kick Littering Habit in ...
WSAZ-TV - July 29, 2015

It's part of a littering ordinance, but if you walk down any street, you'll see that it's not heavily enforced. So now ... We're not going to scold you for smoking. We're ...

New tobacco ban for Fairmont State and Pierpont campus - The ...
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) - July 27, 2015

FAIRMONT - A new smoking ban will take effect Aug. 1 on the shared campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College…

Monongalia County Commissioners, Residents Sound Off on ...
WBOY-TV - July 23, 2015

"I know for a fact that a lot of the bars and restaurants near the county lines in Monongalia County suffered income loss when the smoking ban was passed. Well ...

Board of Health Chairman resigns in midst of smoking ban ...
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) - July 22, 2015

Board of Health Chairman resigns in midst of smoking ban controversy, Rotruck: 'I resigned because I do not like the direction the Board of Health is being ...

Board of Health should listen to residents' concerns on smoking ban ...
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) - July 22, 2015

The Preston County Board of Health has found itself in a little bit of a controversy. At its July 14 meeting, board members were given copies of a draft document ...

Smoker claims freedom in jeopardy if Preston Health Board ...
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) - July 22, 2015

If you don't like it, then get your beer or whiskey and go home to a smoke-free environment, or build a smoke-free section or smoke-free bars. But you (Preston ..

Upshur County Commission's properties won't be designated tobacco-free
Clarksburg Exponent Telegram - July 17, 2015

BUCKHANNON - Anti-tobacco advocates on Thursday asked the Upshur County Commission to designate county-owned property as tobacco-free. Instead of granting the request, commissioners did the opposite: They voted not to designate county property as tobacco…

Store owner asks Mercer County BOH to reconsider e-cigarette ...
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - June 16, 2015

Under an amended clean air ordinance recently passed by the board of health, e-cigarettes would be limited to the same places where smoking regular cigarettes is allowed. One part of the ... The ordinances were amended June 10.

Vaping added to Mercer County Clean Indoor Air ordinance
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - June 11, 2015

BLUEFIELD - Mercer County users of electronic nicotine devices, also known as vaping devices, will now have to limit their vaping to areas designated for smoking in public. Electronic nicotine devices, also known as e-cigarettes, were added Wednesday to Mercer Countys indoor air regulations. The Mercer County Board of Health voted unanimously to add e-cigarettes and their definition to the county ordinances regulating smoking in public places.

Faculty member files second injunction against University tobacco ban
The Daily Athenaeum - June 9, 2015

West Virginia University faculty member Dennis Cole has filed his second injunction against WVUs tobacco ban, calling the policy both unconstitutional and inconsistent.

Supreme Court Won't Review Big Tobacco's W.Va. Win ($$)
Law360 - June 8, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a win by Philip Morris USA Inc. and other big tobacco companies in a West Virginia mass litigation over common liability issues in hundreds of suits over the harms of smoking.

John Palmer: Scolding stressed people not much of a wellness plan
Charleston Gazette - May 21, 2015

Last March, the Gazette carried an excellent op-ed titled ""Smoking but one of the state's ... work) and other patrons will thus be exposed to second-hand smoke.

Public comment: Last chance for input on e-cigs
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - May 19, 2015

One goal of clean indoor air ordinances is to help protect hospitality industry workers, ... support the idea of "vaping" argue that it is safer than smoking cigarettes.

Businesses prepare for start of smoking ban
The Review - May 15, 2015

They may not like it, but Hancock County businesses are preparing for the July 1 smoking ban all the same. On Friday, business owners trickled in to the Chester Municipal Building for an informal workshop, sponsored by the Hancock County Health Department, on the county's new Clean Air Regulation.

BC-WV--West Virginia News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, WV
NewsOK.com - May 15, 2015

TOBACCO BAN: For a second time, a West Virginia man is challenging the tobacco ban at state college campuses.

Board of health set to consider regulations on e-cigarettes, vaping
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - May 10, 2015

PRINCETON Should vaping, the use of electronic nicotine devices, fall under the same indoor air regulations as smoking cigarettes? Its a question being considered May 13 before the Mercer County Board of Health.

Town Hall meeting on drug abuse trends
Point Pleasant Register - May 5, 2015

Use of e-cigs has risen, and can be particularly appealing to children and teens because they come in a variety of bright colors. The liquid to fill the e-cigs comes ...

New task force looks to rework public health
West Virginia MetroNews - April 29, 2015

The state Department of Health and Human Resources held its first meeting of the new Public Health Impact Task Force Wednesday hoping to redefine the mission of public health in the state. We have issues with pregnant women tobacco use, with mental health and tobacco use, issues with non-tobacco products, chewing tobacco, and E-cigarettes, ...

Smoking ban prompts new patio for Mountaineer casino
Casino City Times (press release) - April 27, 2015

The concern was that gamblers might flee to other neighbouring states if the smoking ban proved inconvenient or impeded their casino experience, the Metro ...

Presque Isle Downs, Mountaineer adapt in battle over smoking rules
Tribune-Review April 26, 2015

Two regional casinos are taking extra steps to welcome nonsmokers. Nationwide, at least 510 state-regulated gambling facilities are required to be smoke-free, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.

Mountaineer Casino to build a new outdoor patio
West Virginia MetroNews - April 26, 2015

The Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in Hancock County plans to build an outdoor patio gambling area, following a battle against a countywide smoking ban in enclosed public spaces.

Enforcing tobacco ban on campus
The Daily Athenaeum - April 23, 2015

In Charleston earlier this week, a proposal to ban smoking in all public areas was discussed by the City Council. The ban seeks to reduce the dangers of ...

W.Va. casino plans outdoor smoking patio to comply with ban
Parkersburg News - April 23, 2015

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. (AP) Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort plans to build an outdoor smoking patio that would have video lottery slot ...

Mountaineer Casino plans outdoor smoking patio to comply with ban
Charleston Daily Mail - April 23, 2015

A countywide ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces goes into effect July 1. The ban adopted by the Hancock County Board of Health includes restaurants, ...

Mountaineer Unveils Plans
Wheeling Intelligencer - April 23, 2015

Hoping to mitigate the impact of a countywide smoking ban, Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort plans to build an elaborate smoking patio that officials say ...

Outdoor Smoking Bans a Possibility in Charleston; Opinions Divided
WSAZ-TV - April 22, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- In Kanawha County smoking is banned in all indoor locations, but lighting up outside is legal almost everywhere -- for now.

Mountaineer unveils plans for outdoor smoking patio
The Steubenville Herald-Star - April 22, 2015

NEW CUMBERLAND - Hoping to mitigate the impact of a countywide smoking ban, Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort plans to build an elaborate ...

Hancock County Smoking Ban Plans Moving Forward
Wheeling Intelligencer - April 13, 2015

NEW CUMBERLAND - Hancock County health authorities are in their final push to prepare businesses for a countywide smoking ban that takes effect July 1.

Smoking ban plans moving forward
The Steubenville Herald-Star - April 10, 2015

NEW CUMBERLAND - Hancock County health authorities are in their final push to prepare businesses for a countywide smoking ban that takes effect July 1.

Mercer County Clean Indoor Air Regulation: Ban on use of 'vaping ...
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - April 9, 2015

GREEN VALLEY -Smokers, nonsmokers, and people who use electronic nicotine devices will be able to comment soon about whether clean indoor ...

Health department hosting educational E-Cigarette meeting
WVNS-TV - April 7, 2015

Electronic cigarettes were first introduced in the United States in 2007. ... "The issue with the E-cigarettes is that we want to decide if we need to put that into our ...

Vaping regulations up for debate before Mercer Board of Health
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - April 7, 2015

Merchants and users fear that moves will be made to ban the devices. ... 100 percent safe, but these are 90 percent better for you than smoking cigarettes.

Brooke County businesses brace for smoking ban
WTOV Steubenville - March 13, 2015

BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. - Little blue signs will soon be popping up all over the place in Brooke County. And you may be surprised by the fine print.

GOP disregards people on smoking ban
Charleston Gazette - March 31, 2015

I find the legislators recent attempt to overturn smoking bans in certain business settings to be outrageous, appalling, ignorant and self-serving! West Virginia ...

Hancock County smoking ban still a go for July 1
West Virginia MetroNews - March 30, 2015

The public place indoor smoking ban in Hancock County that will also prohibit smoking at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort is set to go into effect July 1. We are proceeding as we started off to do so, starting out July 1 we hope to have everyone in 100 percent compliance, Hancock County Health Department Administrator Jackie Huff told MetroNews. Weve been sending out mailings, theres been an increased awareness, people calling us asking what they need to do.

Health department ready to discuss regulation of electronic smoking ...
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - March 24, 2015

West Virginia does not have any state regulations for indoor smoking; those ... of the discussion, but the network is not asking the board of health to ban them.

W.Va.'s alarming data should move us to action
Charleston Gazette - March 23, 2015

We write to commend the Gazette for its Feb. 10 editorial that openly depicts West Virginia as having the nations worst smoking rate. In fact, West Virginia is basically tied with Kentucky at a rate of about 30 percent of their populations, the highest of any other state, some 10 percent above the national average. Kentucky, West Virginia and Mississippi, the states with the three highest smoking rates, do not have statewide bans on smoking in three settings, the workplace, restaurants and bars, a distinction that no other state has.

E-Cigs still banned in public places
Parkersburg News - March 20, 2015

PARKERSBURG - Although the regulations have been in place for years, some people are unaware of bans prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in public places.

So, what happened under the Capitol Dome?
West Virginia Record - March 18, 2015

The biggest loser here is Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in Hancock County, which fears a loss of business when a new county-wide smoking ban ...

So, what happened under the Capitol Dome?
West Virginia MetroNews - March 16, 2015

Christmas tree bills that include several apparently unrelated topics either pass because they have something for everyone or collapse under their own weight. This year, the bill that would have changed the states fireworks laws, permitted smoking in casinos and raised the cigarette tax by $1 over two years fell apart on the last day. The biggest loser here is Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in Hancock County, which fears a loss of business when a new county-wide smoking ban takes effect July 1st.

W.Va. Legislature wraps first GOP-led session in decades
Observer-Reporter - March 15, 2015

Late-game deals to legalize fireworks, raise the cigarette tax, allow smoking in casinos, introduce charter schools and repeal the Common Core educational standards all fizzled. ... The same fate was dealt to a grab-bag of a bill legalized fireworks, a cigarette tax increase, smoking in casinos, more money for veterans, the option for counties to have final say over new smoking bans and more. It died, in part, because the final wording defined smoking as smoke from tobacco or smoke from any other plant, a seemingly accidental marijuana reference.

Common Core repeal, smoking bill, fireworks die on Legislature's final day
Charleston Gazette - March 14, 2015

On the last day of the 2015 regular session, when several key bills crashed and burned, much of the fireworks in the final hours were over a bill that originally intended to legalize fireworks in the state but had been Christmas treed in the Senate to include multiple provisions, including exemptions from smoking bans at racetrack casinos and veterans organizations and a two-year phase in of a $1-per-pack increase in cigarette taxes. Ultimately, the fireworks bill (HB2646) also went up in smoke, but not without several attempts to salvage it. At one point, a report materialized in a House-Senate conference committee just 10 minutes after House conferees were appointed, and 10 minutes before the 8 p.m. deadline to file conference reports. It dropped the tobacco tax hike, but broadened the ability of casinos, Limited Video Lottery parlors, veterans and fraternal organizations to obtain exemptions to indoor smoking bans. Its a bad bill. It sounds like a real mess. It takes us back to 1960, Chuck Hamsher, with the Coalition for a Tobacco Free West Virginia, said of the proposal.

Senate passes bill that includes cigarette tax
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - March 14, 2015

Along with the cigarette tax comes the easing of smoking regulations around the state. The bill will let veterans' organizations, casinos and private clubs that ...

House of Delegates are reviewing revised HB-2646 [VIDEO]
WVVA TV (registration) - March 13, 2015

PRINCETON, WV (WVVA) Jennifer Farmer has been glued to her computer, awaiting news on House Bill 2646. A bill that has been so overhauled with changes, she says it had one senator saying, "its going to take someone with more than a masters degree to figure out all the changes that have been made to this bill, from its original state." The senate passed the bill after the third reading today, now its waiting to be heard by the House. Since passed in February, to create jobs by legalizing firework sales in West Virginia, Farmer says exemptions to clean indoor air plans have been added for veterans organizations and racetrack video lotteries, completely changing the bills original purpose. She says this is why its been dubbed the 'Christmas Tree Bill'.

Some senators believe House holding bills hostage
Charleston Daily Mail - March 12, 2015

... of July show, including exempting certain organizations from smoking bans, ... including Senate Bill 109, which was a much-discussed smoking exemption bill, ...

Tobacco Tax, VA Nursing Home Revived in Fireworks Bill ...
West Virginia Public Broadcasting - March 11, 2015

The committee also included provisions allowing veteran organizations, like VFWs, and race track casinos to allow indoor smoking, something banned by most ...

Fireworks bill comes with attachments
Charleston Daily Mail - March 11, 2015

Hall indicated the purpose of the action is to see if the House considers the smoking ban exemption bill, which Republicans supported, with the exception of Sen ...

Voice of the people
Herald-Dispatch - March 10, 2015

Why would anyone want to fight the orders on smoking indoors? ... Anyone with any sensibility knows smoking bans have not hurt the economics of any state.

Don't overlook effects of secondhand smoke
Martinsburg Journal - March 9, 2015

As a teenager, I can remember my family physician smoking in his office when I was there for a visit. That doesn't happen anymore. Eventually people began to ...

Senate OKs bill to exempt casinos, gambling parlors from smoking bans
Las Vegas Blog (blog) - March 8, 2015

Buckling to the gambling industry, the West Virginia Senate opened the door Wednesday for smoking at all casinos and video slot parlors in the state. State senators voted 20-12 to pass a bill in that allows county commissions to give smoking ban exemptions to racetrack casinos, gambling parlors and fraternal organizations. The legislation, which next moves to the House of Delegates, moreover gives a blanket smoking ban exemption to all buildings owned by veterans groups such as American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. This bill is about freedom, asserted Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley. Its a step forward for freedom in this country. Its the right thing to do. West Virginia has the 2nd highest rate of lung cancer, and the fourth highest rate of heart disease deaths.

Smoking: For better or worse, two bills would affect cigarette usage
The Montgomery Herald - March 4, 2015

The first bill would allow smoking in places where it is currently banned: Veterans ... What isn't arguable is that the problems smoking causes are a public health ...

Exemptions seen as a setback for nonsmokers
Martinsburg Journal - March 4, 2015

I am a resident of West Virginia concerned about the public health of all West Virginians. I have lived in West Virginia all of my 66 years. I am proud of West ...

Editorial: Easing smoking restrictions a step backward for W.Va.
Huntington Herald Dispatch - March 3, 2015

The bill would exempt veterans' organizations from indoor smoking bans ... located in Hancock County, which is facing a county ban on indoor smoking in all ...

Could an indoor smoking ban be lifted in WV?
WOWK - March 2, 2015

Could indoor smoking come back to hundreds, maybe thousands of West ... It's a bill that would make veterans organizations exempt from county smoking bans.

Smoking, ATV Rules Opposed
Wheeling Intelligencer - Decemer 3, 2014

Despite opposition from at least one member of council, Moundsville City Council on Tuesday passed ordinances expanding smoking and ATV bans in the city.

Clean Indoor Air ordinance set to regulate e-cigarettes
Wycoreport - December 1, 2014

"Vaping" will go the way of smoking in public places in Wyoming County ... Clean Indoor Air ordinance to include electronic cigarettes, according to Fred Cox…

Brooke County health board approves smoking ban
West Virginia MetroNews - November 24, 2014

WELLSBURG, W.Va. Brooke County will be the latest to implement a smoking ban following a unanimous vote Monday night by the five-member Board of Health. Clean-air regulations from 2005 were updated to ban smoking at public venues such as bars, restaurants and video gambling establishments. It also restricts smoking at outdoor events such as fairs and festivals.

New Study: West Virginians Support Higher Taxes on Some Tobacco Products [VIDEO]
WDTV - November 24, 2014

Nearly three-quarters of non-smokers support a tax increase, while 41% of smokers also support it. 5 News spoke with West Virginia's Division of Tobacco ...

Brooke County clean air vote Monday night
West Virginia MetroNews - November 24, 2014

WELLSBURG, W.Va. The Brooke County Board of Health will vote Monday on a clean air ordinance. The measure, to be taken up at a meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Brooke County Courthouse in Wellsburg, would ban smoking in all businesses, including bars, restaurants and video lottery parlors, as well as outdoor public spaces such as ball parks, playgrounds and festivals. The proposal would change the countys current policy adopted in 2005 that allowed smoking in 25 percent of a business and did not include video lottery retailers.

Development Authority Won't Buy Two Area By Teays Valley Hospital
WCHS-TV8 - November 20, 2014

In an attempt to become smoke-free, the hospital wanted to sell those areas to the Development Authority for $1 so they won't officially be part of the medical ...

Teays Valley CAMC Going Smoke Free [VIDEO]
WCHS-TV8 - October 30, 2014

But hospitals around the country are going smoke free, including CAMC in Teays Valley, but there is one problem. Most hospitals have a sidewalk around the ...

6-figure checks influencing W.Va. state elections
Charleston Gazette - October 17, 2014

…Kendrick is a Princeton, West Virginia, native. Giving $50,000 each were the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Sean Fieler, president of Equinox Partners LP; and RAI Services Company, a branch of the Reynolds American Inc. tobacco company. The group has already…

Commissioners Air Concerns on Smoking Ban
Wheeling Intelligencer - October 16, 2014

Commissioners Air Concerns on Smoking Ban ... implementation of a proposed ban on public smoking, citing concerns heard from owners of bars and casinos.

Commissioners ask for more time
WTOV Steubenville - October 15, 2014

Residents have been given the opportunity to send written comments to the health department regarding the smoking ban regulation draft through Saturday.

Drug scare session for parents set
spiritofjefferson (blog) - October 8, 2014

Though banned in schools, the e-cigarettes are used to inhale vapors from retail items called "bath salts," jewelry cleaner or potpourri. Three students were ...

Residents Speak Out as Brooke County Smoking Ban Comes ...
WTRF - October 7, 2014

Nearly two dozen people gathered on Monday night for the second public and final comment period regarding a proposed smoking ban in Brooke County.

Brooke County considers smoking ban
West Virginia MetroNews - October 6, 2014

The Brooke County Board of Health is holding a public hearing Monday evening to listen to what residents have to say about the proposal that would ban smoking in all businesses, including bars, restaurants and video lottery parlors, as well as outdoor public spaces such as ball parks, playgrounds and festivals.

Barbour Co. Indoor Clean Air Regulation Now in Effect [VIDEO]
WDTV - October 2, 2014

Wednesday, the new Barbour County Clean Indoor Air Regulation went into effect, after it was passed in August by the Board of Health. This means all indoor work environments will be smoke free from now on. "It also means all public outdoor areas including festivals, fairs and that type of thing are smoke free as well. There will be designated area for those people," said Annette Santilli, Administrator for Barbour County Health Department. If you are in a restaurant or another business and you want to smoke, you can't just step outside. You have to smoke at least 20 feet away from the building.

Time for complete ban of tobacco products
Martinsburg Journal - September 24, 2014

The doctor that lessened the dangers of smoking should be reprimanded by his local medical board and be required to teach all his patients the full dangers of ...

Barbour County Strengthens Smoking Ban
WBOY-TV - September 24, 2014

Regulations on smoking in public places have been on the books in Barbour County for some time now. But last month, the Barbour County Health Department ...

Moundsville May Expand Outdoor Smoking Regulations
WTRF - September 23, 2014

Although smoking has gone down significantly, it's still a problem in several areas ... The city of Moundsville wants to pass an ordinance that will enforce county ...

Up in smoke: businesses, officials are realizing the true cost of their ...
State Journal - September 13, 2014

... days missed by nonsmokers, and smokers taking four 10-minute smoke breaks per day actually work one month less per year than nonsmoking employees.

Ohio County to consider expanding smoking ban
WTOV Steubenville - September 10, 2014

Currently, the ban allows gambling parlors, casinos, parks, ticket lines and outside buildings as areas where people are allowed to smoke, but expanding the ...

Your Vents, Wednesday, September 10
Charleston Daily Mail - September 10, 2014

n Now that the Kanawha County Health Department has taken over Putnam County, why do we not have a smoking ban here yet? I'm tired of choking to death.

Huntington Council Plans Investigation of Cab Franchise
HNN Huntingtonnews.net - September 9, 2014

He contends that smoking occurs in cabs which violate city and county ordinances, that the driver's should have to pass a background check, and that vehicles ...

Brooke County May Institute Smoking Ban
State Journal - September 9, 2014

Just weeks after one county in the northern panhandle opted to go 100 percent smoke free, another county is now considering that possibility as well.

WV Gov. Tomblin announces DEP rule release on implementation of ...
State Journal - September 9, 2014

Just weeks after one county in the northern panhandle opted to go 100 percent smoke free, another county is now considering that possibility as well.

Dr. Harry Tweel: Statewide smoking law must contain sufficient ...
Huntington Herald Dispatch - September 6, 2014

In West Virginia the death and disability associated with tobacco use is well documented, as is the failure of such use to be decreased significantly over many years. To improve the success of such efforts to decrease smoking in West Virginia, as HB4237 addresses "alternative nicotine products," e-cigarettes must be included ...

Smoking Ban May Get Tougher In Brooke
Wheeling Intelligencer - September 4, 2014

WELLSBURG - Inspired by a recent smoking ban in Hancock County, the Brooke County Board of Health is considering extending its smoke-free policy to include restaurants, bars and video lottery casinos.

Brooke County considering 100 percent smoking ban
WTOV Steubenville - September 4, 2014

Since 2005 in the county, restaurants and bars in Brooke County have been required to designate at least 25 percent of their business for smoking, but that could soon go up in smoke. The county board of health wants to 100 percent nonsmoking. Owners of video lottery casinos in Brooke County say prohibiting smoking would hurt business. But on the other hand, some restaurants in the county have ...

Smoking ban for Jefferson?
spiritofjefferson - September 3, 2014

CHARLES TOWN - Last week's vote by leaders in the Northern Panhandle to ban smoking in public places has some asking whether Jefferson County will ...

CVS tobacco ban could help dissuade West Virginia smokers
Charleston Gazette - September 3, 2014

can only be good news for the state with the second-highest rate of smokers in the nation, according to West Virginia health professionals.

Berkeley County hospital goes tobacco-free
Associated Press - September 1, 2014

Tobacco use is no longer allowed at Jefferson Medical Center in Charles Town. The hospital's new tobacco-free policy went into effect Monday.

West Virginia Lottery Director Wants Online Gambling
Flushdraw - September 1, 2014

Higher-ups at the Mountaineer Casino believe that the ban could dent revenues by as ... The exceptions are poker rooms, where smoking bans are typically ...

W.Va. smoking ban a strong precedent, advocates say
Tribune-Review - August 31, 2014

The decision to ban smoking at Mountaineer Casino and other public areas in ... costs by allowing smoking, including additional ventilation and higher worker ...

West Virginia Lottery Director Wants Online Gambling
Flushdraw - August 31, 2014

Higher-ups at the Mountaineer Casino believe that the ban could dent revenues by as ... The exceptions are poker rooms, where smoking bans are typically .

Gaming down at Berkeley County bars since smoking ban went into effect
Herald-Mail Media - August 30, 2014

There has been a "high level of compliance" with the Berkeley County Board of Health's workplace smoking ban since it was expanded to include bars on July 1, ...

County prepares for impact of smoking ban
The Review - August 30, 2014

County prepares for impact of smoking ban ... One of the slick tourist brochures produced by Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort declares on its cover, "You ...

Hancock County passes public smoking ban
Hampshire Review (blog) - August 29, 2014

NEW CUMBERLAND (AP) Smoking is no longer allowed in public places in Hancock County, despite the objections of some who worried a ban would set ...

Mountaineer Casino Claims Ice Bucket Challenge Record
SYS-CON Media (press release) - August 28, 2014

... Joseph Billhimer, as well as the members of the Hancock County Board of Health, who recently voted to ban smoking at the casino in a controversial decision.

Mountaineer Racetrack Reacts to New Hancock County Smoking Ban
WTRF - August 28, 2014

The largest business to oppose the smoking ban, Mountaineer Racetrack and Casino, reacted to the news saying: "The Hancock County Board of Health has ...

Ranson hospital campus goes smoke-free Monday
spiritofjefferson (blog) - August 27, 2014

The new policy also bans tobacco use out-of-doors on hospital property, according to Teresa McCabe, the spokeswoman for the hospital system. Also banned: ...

Hancock County Smoking Ban Passes in Unanimous 5-0 Vote
Charleston State Journal - August 26, 2014

County Board of Health on Tuesday passed the Clean Air Regulation Act of 2014, effective July 1, 2015. Many people had spoken out against the proposed ban claiming it would devastate the county's economy. In April, members of a coalition called "No 2 the

Mountaineer Race Track and Casino forced to go smoke free
WFMJ - August 26, 2014

That gaming venue will also be smoke free. The effort to ban indoor smoking in Hancock County gained momentum when the American Lung Association gave ...

Casino loses smoking battle in Hancock County
West Virginia Metro News Network - August 26, 2014

Board of Health voted Tuesday in favor of a countywide public place indoor smoking ban despite objections from the county's largest employer, Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort. ...

Casino watches as Hancock votes on smoking ban Tuesday
West Virginia Metro News Network - August 25, 2014

Hancock County Board of Health is set to vote Tuesday on a smoking ban that the county's largest employer claims could cost it 20 percent of its business. Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort-which features a staff of 1,300-has opposed the ban at...

Opponents worry about economic effects of smoking ban
Morning Journal News - August 21, 2014

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va.-With the Hancock County health board expected to vote on a countywide smoking ban next week, public debate continues to ...

West Virginia editorial roundup
Centre Daily Times - August 20, 2014

West Virginia has one of the nation's worst smoking problems. ... county to county, and only 27 of the state's 55 counties ban smoking inside all public facilities…

Berkeley County Clean Air Regulation Impacting Bar Owners
WHAG - July 28, 2014

So why single out us?" BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. - The Clean Air Regulation of 2014 bans smoking cigarettes, and e-cigarettes, in all work and public places.

New clean air regulations in place
Martinsburg Journal - July 28, 2014

MARTINSBURG - Implementation of the new Berkeley County Health Department clean indoor air regulation is well under way and the transition has been relatively smooth, a major step forward since many bar and club owners opposed banning smoking in their facilities.

West Virginia county hears arguments on proposed smoking ban
Tribune-Review - July 24, 2014

Public Health officials in Hancock County will continue to weigh a proposal to ban smoking in all public places, following a lengthy public hearing Wednesday ..

Opinions given on proposed Clean Air Act in Hancock County
WTOV Steubenville - July 24, 2014

HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. -- A controversial smoking ban took center stage in Hancock County on Wednesday night as people had a chance to voice their ...

Casino General Manager Seeks Compromise on Hancock County ...
WTRF - July 23, 2014

...Kern says their position from the very beginning isn't just about smoking versus non smoking - the decision can impact loss of revenue, loss of jobs, and the tax ...

Public to weigh in on Hancock County smoking ban
WTOV Steubenville - July 23, 2014

The goal is to have public venues in the county smoke free. It's an effort that's been several years in the making. For Hancock County leaders, it's about health.

Mountaineer workers fear smoking ban will harm 'livelihood'
TribLive – July 22, 2014

Officials in Hancock County, W.Va., a one-hour drive south of Pittsburgh, expect a full house on Wednesday night at a public hearing on a proposal to ban smoking in bars, clubs, casinos, outdoor community festivals and other venues. … Cynthia Hallet [sic], executive director of Americans for Non-Smokers Rights, said studies show that going smoke-free enhances business at bars and casinos. “This is an age-old argument. Business, at worst, remains the same — or better — after these places go smoke-free. Four out of five gamblers don't smoke,” she said.

Lottery Revenues Down, But Commission Remains Optimistic
WOWK - July 21, 2014

...“We know revenue decreases (when smoking is banned),” said Musgrave. “Those are local issues, but they affect state and county budgets as well.”...

Proposal would snuff out smoking at Mountaineer Casino
Tribune-Review - July 14, 2014

The Health Board in Hancock County, home to Mountaineer Casino, has an opportunity to set an example for Pennsylvania and other areas that allow smoking in casinos. The board last week proposed a sweeping overhaul of the county's 1999 rules on smoking in public areas. Its Clean Air Regulation of 2014 would ban smoking in all workplaces, businesses open to the public and outdoor public places, including parks, playgrounds and sports facilities. The proposal specifically includes gaming facilities. A public hearing is scheduled for July 23; the board could vote Aug. 26.

Hancock County smoking ban out for public comment
West Virginia MetroNews - July 14, 2014

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. The Hancock County Board of Health is seeking the public’s input on its proposed change to the clean indoor air regulations. People are put at risk with second-hand smoke, Huff said. It doesn’t matter if it’s a casino, a restaurant, a bar. The smoke is still the hazard that’s there and our board’s stance is regarding public health, protecting all people’s health.

Hancock County Smoking Ban One Step Closer to Reality
WTRF - July 9, 2014

The possibility of a smoking ban going into effect in one local county has been ... that smoking bans improve casino revenues or improves business revenues.

Health board approves draft of smoking ban
The Review - July 9, 2014

NEW CUMBERLAND - Setting aside concerns about economic impact, the Hancock County health board adopted on Tuesday a smoking ban that would cover ...

Smoking ban closer to reality for Mountaineer Casino
WFMJ - July 8, 2014

Mountaineer Race Track and Casino and other public places in Hancock County, West Virginia are one step closer to becoming strictly non-smoking areas.

Ranson hospital to go smoke-free
spiritofjefferson (blog) - July 2, 2014

RANSON With smoking banned at the hospital Martinsburg as part of the Berkeley County Clean Air Ordinance that took effect Tuesday, officials say the facility in Ranson will follow suit later this summer. The thought is that Jefferson Medical Center will adopt the same tobacco-free campus policy as Berkeley Medical Center in August or September, said Teresa McCabe, spokeswoman for University Healthcare, which owns the two facilities. Dana DeJarnett, health promotion specialist at The Wellness Center at Berkeley Medical Center, said the new smoking rules apply not only to cigarettes, but to cigars, pipe tobacco, e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

Bingo operation challenges Berkeley County smoking ban
Herald-Mail Media - July 2, 2014

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. A circuit judge issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday that allows a bingo operation to continue to allow players to smoke while the legality of the Berkeley County Board of Healths smoking ban at such gaming facilities is reviewed by the state trial court.

Berkeley County clears the air when it comes to smoking
West Virginia MetroNews - June 30, 2014

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. Theres change in the air in Berkeley County. Two months after the health department voted for the county to go smoke-free, its time to put their plan in action. Starting July 1, a comprehensive indoor smoking policy went into effect. The regulation treats e-cigarettes the same as other tobacco products. The same as cigarettes, explained Gavaria. Another extra step the county took was to ...

The two sides of the e-cigarette debate
Martinsburg Journal - June 30, 2014

According to the most recent available statistics, about 4,000 West Virginia residents die each year from tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, ...

Health board prepares for smoking ban vote
The Review - June 26, 2014

NEW CUMBERLAND-Although the smoke has temporarily cleared in Hancock County's debate over a draft Clean Air Regulation, the issue of secondhand smoke is once again on the health board's agenda. The board's next regular meeting, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. July 8 at the New Cumberland Municipal Building, will take up the proposed countywide smoking ban, amendments to the working draft and possible adoption of the policy.

Berkeley County hospital system announces tobacco-free campus policy
Herald-Mail Media - June 26, 2014

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. Berkeley Medical Center and other University Healthcare system satellite campuses in Berkeley County will go tobacco-free next week to be in compliance with the county health department's expanded clean-air regulation, the health system announced Wednesday.

Berkeley County to Implement Smoking Ban
WHAG - June 19, 2014

If you're a smoker you will now have to consider smoking somewhere else in Berkeley County. The county has passed what's being called the "Clean Air Regulation of 2014", and bans smoking in all work and public places. "All restaurants, all bars, any place that basically employs would be considered a smoke free ordinance. Or if they have service to the community," said Berkeley County Health Department Administrator Bill Kearns. There are currently 26 counties in the state that have adopted comprehensive ordinances for not smoking in work and public places. Berkeley County will now join them. The regulation will be effective July 1, 2014.

Residents can now go to county bars without issue ($$)
Martinsburg Journal - May 21, 2014

Thankful gratitude to all the members of the Health Department Board who voted for the smoking ban in Berkeley County. Now my husband and I can enjoy going out for a drink and dinner without going to nearby states. We can spend our money and enjoy local businesses without our clothes and hair stinking of smoke.

In favor of smoking ban
The Review - May 19, 2014

I'm responding publicly regarding inaccurate information posted on the No2theban website Facebook page. Since I don't Facebook, I want to respond to a comment posted that states I'm Commissioner Dan Greathouse's employee. I was a county employee, the director of Technology and Communications, but retired last year so I am currently not an employee of the county. While employed I did have a unilateral right to express views freely about any subject of my choosing, to any newspaper. I personally feel a smoking ban is long overdue in Hancock County and my view is NOT in anyway associated with the Hancock County Commission or the Hancock County Health Department, as suggested by No2theban. I'm not sure who is behind the No2theban website but if they can't get a simple item like who works for whom correct, I have to assume the other information they're pushing is inaccurate also.

Smoking ban would improve area
Steubenville Herald Star - May 12, 2014

The Hancock County smoking ban issue is being talked about throughout and it's ... the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort are threatening the people of ...

Freedom of choice
The Review - May 11, 2014

The Hancock County Health Department and the county commissioners met again to discuss a proposed countywide ban on smoking. We've already heard from those who wish to see the habit banned on the grounds of health, and from those who want to maintain the status quo in fear of economic harm to their business. The one thing I haven't heard mentioned yet is this: What, exactly, is and should be, the role of any governing body in our private lives? At what point does responsibility for public health end, and personal intrusion begin?

Berkeley board bans smoking in bars, clubs
Hampshire Review (blog) - May 9, 2014

However, board members rejected extending the ban to public parks, ... About 100 people who oppose banning smoking in bars and private held a rally in ...

Two vie for commissioner
The Review - May 9, 2014

As for the smoking ban under review by the Hancock County health board, Barnabei said, "I think there needs to be a committee and a study done on the ...

Teen challenges incumbent in 59th District
Herald-Mail Media - May 8, 2014

Kump cited the Berkeley County Board of Health's move to adopt an expansion of the county's smoking ban. “You ought to have more authority over what they ...

Debate on proposed smoking ban continues
The Daily Times - May 7, 2014

NEW CUMBERLAND - Debate over Hancock County's proposed smoking ban generated more heat than light on Tuesday, with the health board saying it ...

Berkeley County health board approves smoking ban
West Virginia MetroNews - May 7, 2014

MARTINSBURG, W. Va. The Berkeley County Board of Health adopted stricter indoor air regulations by a vote of 4-1 during Tuesday nights meeting. However, the board opted to allow for changes to the original ordinance. There were some language changes and definitions that were added to allow for retail tobacco stores, said Bill Kearns, board administrator. Owner-operated, they have no employees, and that theyre in a stand-alone building of their own. Another change dealt with open areassuch as festivals, fairs and parkswhich would allow the development of a self-enforced ordinance specific to those areas.

Berkeley board bans smoking in bars, private clubs
spiritofjefferson (blog) - May 7, 2014

Beginning July 1, smokers in Berkeley County wont be able to light up in bars and private clubs. Media outlets report that the Berkeley County Health Departments board voted Tuesday to expand the countys smoking ban to bars and private clubs. However, board members rejected extending the ban to public parks, playgrounds, golf courses, parking lots and several other outdoor sites.

Golfers may be exempt if Hancock County passes smoking ban
Morning Journal News - May 7, 2014

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. - Debate over Hancock County's proposed smoking ban generated more heat than light on Tuesday, with the health board saying it needed more time to consider revisions to the policy. In discussion following public comment at Tuesday's meeting, board members signaled flexibility toward some parts of the draft regulation, including the proposed smoking prohibition on golf courses. The draft Hancock County Clean Air Regulation, which strengthens a more permissive 1999 policy, would ban smoking in all restaurants, gaming facilities, private clubs, sports arenas, places of employment and concert venues, as well as certain outdoor public places. If the policy is adopted, Hancock County would join 24 other West Virginia counties that have banned smoking in public places and places of employment. Members of a coalition calling itself No2theBan.com say the smoking ban would have the unintended consequence of hurting Hancock County's tourist economy by driving out-of-state smokers away from bars, clubs, video lottery parlors and Mountaineer.

Berkeley County smoking ban up for vote Tuesday
West Virginia MetroNews - May 5, 2014

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. The Berkeley County Board of Health will decide Tuesday whether or not to adopt stricter indoor air regulations. Its a controversial decision.

Donations halted until effects of ban are known
The Daily Times - May 3, 2014

CHESTER - On March 6, just two days after the Hancock County health board gave a second reading to its proposed smoking ban, John Ash, senior vice commander of Chester Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6450, wrote a letter to county commissioners expressing concern about the effect such a ban would have on local veterans' organizations. Under the threat of a ban, Post 6450 is putting a temporary moratorium on all charitable donations until its financial picture becomes more clear. Other Hancock County veterans' organizations, as well as Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, may follow suit, said Healy Baumgardner-Nardone, spokeswoman for No2theBan.com, a coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals opposed to the smoking ban proposal. "Claims that smoke-free laws push customers towards casinos where smoking is permitted are ... unsupported by research. Consumer surveys indicate that whether or not a casino is smoke-free is unlikely to impact patronage decisions," according to the study "Secondhand Smoke and Casinos," published by the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium of St. Paul, Minn. Studies cited by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights come to similar conclusions.

Health Department Can't Snuff Out Wafting Cigarette Smoke
Wheeling News Register - May 3, 2014

Early voters and other patrons of the City-County Building may have noticed a smoky smell wafting into the building recently, but apparently there is not much the health department can do about it. While no-smoking signs are posted at the front of the building, people and workers still are permitted to smoke on the structure's front porch and in the rear where an employee-only entrance is situated

Opponents of smoking ban speak out
East Liverpool (OH) Review - May 2, 2014

NEW CUMBERLAND-Opponents of a proposed countywide smoking ban took their increasingly vocal campaign to the Hancock County Courthouse ... The racetrack casino, one of four in West Virginia, belongs to the group No2theBan.com, whose members are waging a

Upshur County Commission Cracks Down on E-Cigarettes
WDTV - May 2, 2014

Thursday, they approved e-cigarettes to be added to the ban in tobacco free zones. This was based on the recommendation from the Upshur County Health ...

Marshall County Officials Posting 'No Smoking' Signs at Public Parks
WTRF - May 1, 2014

Marshall County's smoking ban went into effect on April 1 of this year. The ban makes it illegal to smoke at outdoor restaurants, ticket lines, fairs, festivals, parks, ...

Tom Firey: Smoking bans dismiss significance of personal choice
Herald-Mail Media – April 30, 2014

In Berkeley County, W.Va., health officials are considering expanding the local smoking ban to cover private clubs and tobacco shops. Maryland counties have ...

Barbs fly at W.Va. legislative wrap-up in Martinsburg
Herald-Mail Media - April 30, 2014

Lawrence said lawmakers created a new felony offense for child abuse; enhanced penalties for child neglect and child pornography crimes; prohibited e-cigarettes from being sold to, or possessed or used by minors; and passed a law to protect pregnant women in the workplace, among other successful legislative measure

Time has come to ban smoking in Pa., W.Va. casinos
Tribune-Review - April 27, 2014

The scene is all too familiar to nonsmokers who visit casinos. A few minutes after they get settled at a promising slot machine or blackjack table, the person in the next seat lights up. As if pulled by a magnet, the smoke streams toward the nonsmoker's face. The warnings of lost revenue and the resulting taxes echo the argument that restaurants and other businesses made in years past. They have thrived with smoking bans. Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, says casinos should plan a transition to nonsmoking and maintains that a ban will attract many players who now refuse to visit casinos that allow smoking.

Give Hancock County some fresh air
The Daily Times - April 27, 2014

I need to express my views regarding the smoking ban proposed in Hancock County. Smoking should have been banned years ago but it has only now come to the table. Let's not be misguided; Smoking kills! Smoking causes serious health issues! Smoking stinks! So now there are scare tactics that jobs will be lost and revenues will decline. Are these reasons for people to continue to smoke? I say bull. The percentage of people who smoke is roughly 18 percent of the adult population. That means 82 percent of the adult population doesn't smoke. Think what having more people not smoking will do to revenues.

Use some common sense
The Review - April 27, 2014

After reading a recent Letter to the Editor about the smoking debate in Hancock County, I want to share my point of view. 1. The studies on smoking are done by people that don't smoke. 2. No one left to pick on, because the "health police" have helped to shut down most of the heavy industry in our area.

Money over health?
The Review - April 26, 2014

Concerning the Hancock County proposed smoking ban, I'm really surprised and disappointed to see where some of our civic leader's priorities stand - money for some in preference to health for all. One group, calling itself Nototheban.com, claims itself as a group of businesses, organizations, unions, and individuals. Chester's fire Chief wears two hats - one a fireman, who serves as a lifesaver, a protector of people, an individual who cares for safety for all, and the other hat as the commander of the American Legion, a great organization, but, also one that has its problems. In the April 22 edition of The Review, Chief Hissam claimed his post, 121, would lose $75,000 to $100,000 a year with a smoke ban that would affect everybody.

Anti-smoking ban group attempts to confront Hancock County ...
WTOV Steubenville - April 24, 2014

HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. -- The plan Thursday for members of the “no2the ban coalition” on Thursday was to talk to Hancock County commissioners about a ...

Smoke Ban Has Enemies
Wheeling News Register - April 24, 2014

Opponents of a proposed smoking ban for Hancock County are waging a public ... of 55-that have banned smoking in public places and places of employment.

Moose Lodge saw value in smoking ban
Martinsburg Journal - April 22, 2014

My name is Chris Roberson and I am the current administrator at the Franklin Moose Lodge in Franklin. I am writing in regard to the current board of health ...

Secondhand smoke serious, preventable hazard
Martinsburg Journal - April 22, 2014

Smoke-free workplace policies are not against smokers. They are against smoking in the workplaces and public places because it causes harm to people.

Journal Junction for April 18
Martinsburg Journal - April 18, 2014

From Hedgesville: Rocky Gap Casino is smoke-free and business is booming. ... I had to laugh at the complaints surrounding the smoking ban. Considering the ...

Not much talk about non-smoker's rights
Martinsburg Journal - April 18, 2014

... two issues that seem to come up whenever the clean air ordinance is brought up. These two issues are smokers' rights and economic impact on businesses. ... decline in customer base initially when clean air ordinances are introduced, but ...

Coalition group fighting against proposed smoking ban in Hancock ...
WTOV Steubenville - April 17, 2014

That's why the owner of the Oasis has joined with the group fighting the ban. They believe the smoking ban will cause more harm than good, like a loss of ...

Community Voiced Opinions About Proposed Smoking Ban
WHAG-TV NBC25 - Your4State.com (Hagerstown, MD) - April 17, 2014

Berkeley County residents and business owners voiced their opinions on the county's proposed clean air ordnance Wednesday evening. "We're against smoking in the workplace and public areas because it harms people and affects the heath of everyone around t

Dozens of speakers debate proposed smoking ban
Martinsburg Journal - April 17, 2014

MARTINSBURG - Calm prevailed at Wednesday night's public forum, when about 125 people gathered to hear comments about - and debate - a proposed ban ...

Marshall celebrates Kick Butts Day
MU The Parthenon - April 17, 2014

In celebration of Marshall University's first full year as a tobacco-free campus, the Student Government Association hosted MU Kick Butts Day on the Memorial ...

Spirited debate continues over proposed smoking ban in Berkeley ...
Herald-Mail Media - April 16, 2014

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The spirited debate over a proposed and controversial law that would ban smoking in all workplaces and public places in Berkeley ...

Health officials support county boards' power, anti-smoking efforts
Martinsburg Journal April 16, 2014

MARTINSBURG - Health officials don't favor a proposal to create a standard smoking ordinance for statewide use, especially since it could potentially undermine county health department board members' powers when it comes to regulating smoking. Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, announced this week he's interested in the possible development of a statewide smoking ordinance -an option that will be studied during the legislature's interim sessions that begin in May.

Non-smoker opposes possible smoking ban
Martinsburg Journal - April 16, 2014

RE: Berkeley County Clean Air Regulation of 2014: Even though I am not a smoker, I feel the Clean Air Regulation of 2014 is very restrictive and treats smokers unfairly. As long as the sale and smoking of tobacco is legal, bar and night club owners should have a say in whether their establishment is a smoking or non-smoking club. I should have the right to decide if I want to patronize a smoking establishment.

Crowd expected for tonight's hearing on smoking ban
Martinsburg Journal - April 16, 2014

HEDGESVILLE - Gail Kesecker has done her part to let Berkeley County Health Department board members know that she - and lots of others who patronize her rural business, the Long Branch Saloon and Grill - opposes a proposed ban of smoking in public places, including bars and fraternal organizations.

Smoking ban would intrude upon rights
Martinsburg Journal - April 16, 2014

More government intrusion on private citizens or businesses is uncalled for in this area. If night clubs want to allow smoking, that should be at their discretion. One point I would stand behind is a warning sign by the entrance door stating "This club allows smokers. Enter at your own risk," (or something to that nature). Anyone currently employed by these establishments that wishes to seek employment elsewhere due to the smoke should be helped by the current employer to find other employment, in the same line of work in a smoke-free club. Any prospective employees seeking work in the smoking clubs should receive in writing and also sign in writing that they understand this establishment allows smoking and will expose them to second hand smoke.

Journal Junctions for April 15
Martinsburg Journal - April 15, 2014

To the Berkeley County Commissioners who are against the no smoking ban: Just remember you were voted in, and you can be voted out. There are more ...

Kick Butts Day celebrates a tobacco-free campus
MU The Parthenon - April 14, 2014

In celebration of Marshall University being a tobacco-free campus for almost a year, the Student Government Association will sponsor a MU Kick Butts Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday on the Memorial Student Center Plaza.

Smoking ordinance study planned
Martinsburg Journal - April 14, 2014

CHARLES TOWN - Sen. Herb Snyder is no stranger to the "local firestorm" that's been created each time a local, county health department considers adopting an ordinance limiting or banning smoking. Snyder, D-Jefferson, believes part of this problem could be addressed by taking action at the state level - a possibility that will be studied during the upcoming legislative interim sessions that begin in May. "Today there is a very mixed bag of different smoking ordinances throughout the state, with many counties having no smoking ordinance at all. But there is no specific statutory authority given to county health departments to adopt these smoking ordinances," Snyder said. "Counties have relied on the very general statutory language that gives them authority to 'impose quarantines and anything else for the good of the public health.' My committee will study creating a statewide standard smoking ordinance statute," he said.

Proposed Smoking Ban Raises Concerns
Wheeling Intelligencer - April 13, 2014

WEIRTON - Mike Frangos doesn't smoke and he isn't fond of it, but he likes the money he makes working at the Route 2 Cafe - a video gambling parlor in ...

Berkeley Co. council opposes smoking ordinance
Martinsburg (WV) Journal - April 11, 2014

After expressing their individual opinions and reaching a consensus, the council members unanimously voted against supporting the proposed ordinance as presented, without revision, citing concerns regarding property right infringement and a citizen's rig

Answers to county's smoking debate are in Morgantown
Martinsburg Journal - April 11, 2014

To pass a non-smoking ordinance in Berkeley County why not go to the fire safety or food violation route? My financial statistics show a decrease in revenue ...

Berkeley County Council won't back proposed smoking ban
Herald-Mail Media - April 10, 2014

The Berkeley County Council voted 5-0 Thursday not to support a proposed ordinance being considered by the county health board that would ban smoking in ...

Smoke-free ordinance does not take away smoker's right
Martinsburg Journal - April 10, 2014

Many who oppose the ordinance site the violation of rights. A smoke-free ... Second hand smoke is linked to nearly as many health problems as active smoking.

Resistance in Hancock County to proposed smoking ban
West Virginia MetroNews - April 6, 2014

WEIRTON, W.Va. The Hancock County Board of Health is considering changing its clean indoor air regulations. A public forum was held last week to see where residents and businesses stood on the issue.

W.Va. county considering much more stringent limits on smoking ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter April 6, 2014

WEIRTON, West Virginia Public health officials in Hancock County are considering much more stringent limits on smoking.

Smoking ban could be revised in May
The Daily Times - April 2, 2014

Tuesday's meeting of the Hancock County health board turned into a forum on the pros and cons of banning smoking in public places. The draft Hancock County Clean Air Regulation would ban smoking in all restaurants, gaming facilities, private clubs, sports arenas, places of employment and concert venues, as well as certain outdoor public places. If the policy is adopted, Hancock County would join 24 other West Virginia counties - out of 55 - that have banned smoking in public places and places of employment Bill Godshall, of Smokefree Pennsylvania, suggested the board consider removing electronic cigarettes from the draft policy. He also said banning smoking in outdoor public places would be virtually unenforceable

Smoking ban could be revised in May
The Daily Times - April 2, 2014

NEW CUMBERLAND - Tuesday's meeting of the Hancock County health board turned into a forum on the pros and cons of banning smoking in public places. Of the 11 people who addressed the board, six said they supported the Hancock County Health Department's proposal to ban smoking and five said they opposed it.

Hancock County Considers Public Smoking Ban
WTRF - April 1, 2014

The Hancock County Board of Health is expected to meet on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a proposed smoking ban regulation. Hancock is one of the last counties in West Virginia to ban smoking in public places, but recently officials have been discussing a possible rule change. The draft being discussed could ban smoking in all enclosed public places. Meanwhile, in Ohio County, the Board of Health is considering canceling an exemption which allows smoking inside casinos, video gambling parlors, and ...

Journal Junction for April 1
Martinsburg Journal - April 1, 2014

From Berkeley County: I'd like to suggest to Mr. Pennington that if there is a no smoking ordinance in Berkeley County, every bar is going to be nonsmoking, so that evens the playing field. To Ms. McComb who suggested all like-minded nonsmokers get together and have someone like Mr. Pennington build a nonsmoking room in their club: Are you kidding?

Smoking ban infringing on personal liberties
Martinsburg Journal - March 31, 2014

Liberty is the freedom to make our choices and enjoy or suffer any consequences that arise from them. I am writing now in opposition to the proposition offered to the Berkeley County Department of Health to ban smoking of all types in all public areas as well as private clubs and businesses. That law would infringe on the liberty of smokers and those who choose to be in an area exposing them to second-hand smoke and vapors from electronic cigarettes and the like.

Leave smoking ordinance alone; there's choice
Martinsburg Journal - March 31, 2014

As we all know, it's very difficult - if not impossible - to enact laws or ordinances to protect people from themselves. The Proposed Smoking Ban now being considered by the Berkeley County Health Department is one such issue; an issue of personal preference, civil liberty and choice.

Proposed smoking ban stirs opposition
Steubenville Herald Star - March 27, 2014

NEW CUMBERLAND - A proposed ban on smoking in public places in Hancock County ... Smoking at such establishments would be banned under a clean air ...

Smoking ban in Hancock County draws opposition
The Daily Times - March 27, 2014

The draft Hancock County Clean Air Regulation would ban smoking in all restaurants, ... Smoking at such establishments would be banned under a clean air ...

The big question in Hancock County
Morning Journal News - March 27, 2014

A proposed ban on smoking in public places in Hancock County is generating ... about everything from economic harm to restrictions on personal liberty. The draft Hancock County Clean Air Regulation would ban smoking in all restaurants, ...

Casino, Gaming Parlors May Lose Smoking Ban Exemption Status ...
WTRF - March 27, 2014

But, as smoking bans are being examined in Hancock County and Pennsylvania, Dr. William Mercer with the board of health believes the exemption should be ...

Mercer: Need To Expand Smoking Ban
Wheeling Intelligencer - March 26, 2014

WHEELING - Dr. William Mercer wants Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health members to start thinking about trying again to expand the county's smoking ban ...

3-21-14 Comment sought on Berkeley's smoking ban
Hampshire Review (blog) - March 21, 2014

The proposal would extend the ban to bars, private clubs and all public spaces. The existing policy bans smoking in restaurants and enclosed public spaces, ...

Journal Junction for March 21
Martinsburg Journal - March 21, 2014

I see in the paper where they're trying to ban smoking. Well, why don't they ban these out-of-state license plates that are on the cars of residents, and why don't ...

Regulate smoking, but preserve liberties
Martinsburg Journal - March 21, 2014

I suspect most, if not all, patrons and employees will be smokers and, if not, they ... might one day be banned due to health concerns - skiing (people fall and get ... eating (we've already been there in New York City and the attempt to ban the ...

MCTC board approves 2014-15 tuition increase
Huntington Herald Dispatch - March 20, 2014

In other business, the board approved amendments to the college's tobacco use policy to prohibit e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and miscellaneous smoking ...

Official: Public already commenting on possible smoking ban
Martinsburg Journal - March 20, 2014

A majority of speakers opposed the new rules, fearing that banning smoking would have a negative impact on the businesses. Many speakers also said the ...

Comment sought on expanding Berkeley's smoking ban
Charleston Gazette - March 20, 2014

The proposal would extend the ban to bars, private clubs and all public spaces. The existing policy bans smoking in restaurants and enclosed public spaces, ...

Smoking policy now up for 30-day comment period
Martinsburg Journal - March 19, 2014

MARTINSBURG - It was standing room only at Tuesday afternoon's Berkeley County Health Department meeting, when board members listened to comments from 17 citizens before unanimously approving moving forward a new indoor air quality regulation aimed at eliminating smoking in private clubs and fraternal organizations, as well as some public spaces such as parks and fairs.

Comment sought on expanding Berkeley's smoking ban
Charleston Gazette - March 19, 2014

The proposal would extend the ban to bars, private clubs and all public spaces. The existing policy bans smoking in restaurants and enclosed public spaces, ...

Local delegates champion successful e-cig bill
Martinsburg Journal - March 17, 2014

Delegate Tiffany Lawrence couldn't forget the tales she heard about area youngsters and their increasing use of e-cigarettes, right down to principals in Jefferson County who spoke with frustration about students bringing them to high school. In another instance, a parent recalled when a 13-year-old boy pulled out an e-cig and talked about having bought it himself, she said. "He was just totally shocked about how easy it was for a young person to buy them," Lawrence said with a sigh. ...

Kanawha health officer marks five years
Insurance News Net (press release) - March 14, 2014

... in Appalachian Neighborhoods -- or CLEAN -- initiative that banned smoking in ... in heart attack cases at local hospitals since the smoking ban was enacted.

W.Va. lawmakers passed a variety of bills during 60-day legislative session
Greenfield Daily Reporter - March 11, 2014

Electronic cigarettes (HB 4237): outlaws the sale of vapor-based e-cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products to children under 18; covers toothpicks, ...

Could E-Cigarette Ban Come to the Mountain State?
WDTV - March 10, 2014

Electronic cigarettes seem to be everywhere today, but there may soon be a crackdown on where you can use these virtual pack of smokes. E-cigarettes are the new buzz among teens and have become a quick alternative for smokers. Many cities have already banned the use of them in restaurants, malls, parks, and our state may soon follow in their footsteps. Berkeley County is considering a proposal that would ban the use of e-cigarette devices from all public areas. So how would you feel if the policy was put into place here? Many people agree that the nicotine devices are harmful and addictive to all ages...

Leave smoking, nonsmoking status up to the businesses
Martinsburg Journal - March 7, 2014

The outrageous nerve of "A Tobacco Awareness Coalition," the BC Board of ... zoning and full land-use control (even though the freedom-loving citizens of ...

Rules could ban smoking at Mountaineer Casino
WFMJ- March 6, 2014

...The effort to ban indoor smoking gained momentum when the American Lung Association gave Hancock County a grade of "F" for having some of the worst ...

Hancock County Board looks at smoking policy
The Steubenville Herald-Star - March 5, 2014

NEW CUMBERLAND - Smoking in public places in Hancock County soon may be prohibited under a draft policy being considered by the Hancock County Board of Health. The board gave the policy a second reading on Tuesday but delayed action on it to allow time for further review. Board members said they wanted their questions about the proposed Hancock County Clean Air Regulation to be answered before they adopt it.

Berkeley Co. board considers expanding smoking ban
Huntington Herald Dispatch - March 3, 2014

The existing policy bans smoking in restaurants and enclosed public places, such as grocery stores, banks and business offices. In 2010, the board exempted ...

Berkeley Health Department considers indoor smoke out
Proposal includes ban on smoking in bars, private clubs, parks, fairs
Martinsburg Journal - March 1, 2014

MARTINSBURG - Nearly five years after declining to ban smoking in bars and private clubs, Berkeley County Health Department board members have again been asked to adopt a more restrictive indoor air quality policy. There's also another new component because, by definition, smoking would also include "the use of a hookah or an E-cigarette device which creates a vapor."

Editorial: Banning youths' use of e-cigarettes is right move
Huntington Herald Dispatch - February 21, 2014

This winter, legislatures in all three states have taken up bills that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18 — treating them the same way ...

Berkeley County Board of Health considers smoking prohibition policy
Herald-Mail Media - February 19, 2014

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. A Tobacco Awareness Coalition asked the Berkeley County Board of Health Tuesday to adopt a comprehensive ordinance to prohibit smoking in all workplaces and public places in the county.

Are e-cigarettes a safer alternative to smoking?
Daily Athenaeum February 17, 2014

Our generation has seen the way our country handles cigarette policies change pretty drastically. According to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, 81.5 percent of the American population now live under a ban on smoking in workplaces, and/or restaurants and/or bars, by either a state, commonwealth or local law as of January 2014 Environmentally, e-cigs are less harmful than cigarettes. Vapor is not the same as smoke, and it is certainly better to throw away a cartridge than toss a cigarette butt onto the ground. We might not have all the facts just yet, but the evidence is pointing toward the idea that electronic cigarettes are a far better alternative than smoking real cigarettes...

CVB 'butts in' on smoke-free concept
The Inter-Mountain - February 16, 2014

BUCKHANNON - The Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau members recently discussed their views about having a smoke-free convention center ...

Delegates vote to ban e-cigarettes for minors
Charleston Daily Mail - February 13, 2014

The legislation would outlaw the sale of vapor-based e-cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products to children under 18. The bill covers toothpicks, ...

Fairmont General Hospital Announces Plans for Tobacco Free ...
WDTV - February 13, 2014

Fairmont General Hospital has plans in motion to join hundreds of healthcare providers across the nation by starting a tobacco free policy hospital-wide. Hospita

W.Va. House votes to ban e-cigarettes for minors
WTRF - February 13, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A proposal to keep minors from using electronic cigarettes has passed the West Virginia House of Delegates. The legislation would ...

E-cigs bill moves along in state Legislature
Martinsburg Journal - February 13, 2014

"When you smoke electronic cigarettes, it's basically like you're inhaling vaporized liquid nicotine," Lawrence said. "Marketers provide them in flavors so they are ..

E-Cigarettes Becoming More Popular With Teenagers
WBOY-TV - January 28, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control has found the rate of teens using electronic cigarettes has doubled in the past year. Part of that could be because its easier for a ... The Marion County Board of Education recently learned about an e-cigarette problem in its high schools.

Mineral board revotes ban on smoking
Cumberland Times-News - December 16, 2013

KEYSER, W.Va. The Mineral County Board of Health recently revoted on a vote that was taken during a special meeting in September in order to come into compliance with the Open Governmental Meetings Act, according to A.J. Root, administrator with the Mineral County Health De-partment. A Jan. 2 extension for business to come into compliance with smoking ban regulations was placed on the agenda for the Dec. 9 meeting of the Board of Health and the board voted on it to make it official, said Root.

BOPARC Closer To Being Tobacco Free
wajr - December 4, 2013

BOPARC facilities in Morgantown are another step closer to being tobacco free. Morgantown City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ...

RAZE event to encourage local youth to be tobacco-free
The Daily Athenaeum - November 1, 2013

More than 400 middle and high school students representing West Virginia's youth-led tobacco prevention movement, RAZE, will gather Saturday at The ...

Speak-Up talks tobacco free WVU
The Daily Athenaeum - October 28, 2013

Senior West Virginia University administrators participated in a speak-up event put together by the WVU Student Government Association Friday evening. The event focused on the new smoking ban, which was implemented for the current academic year. During the event, students voiced their concerns about the ban and asked questions. ...

Union Local School District Announces 100-Percent Tobacco-Free ...
WTRF - October 22, 2013

On Monday, the school district announced a 100-percent tobacco-free policy. The new policy has strict regulations and prohibits students from having tobacco ...

Famous Mountaineer teaches area students to be tobacco free
WVVA TV- October 19, 2013

"And being tobacco free is one of the first steps to doing your best." ... They learned ways to teach friends and classmates their tobacco-free message, and how ...

Electronic cigarettes on the rise in Morgantown
The Daily Athenaeum - October 11, 2013

In July, West Virginia University put a new tobacco ban into effect, causing some smokers to make adjustments. As a result, electronic cigarettes have been more ...

Anti-tobacco resolution approved
Parkersburg (WV) News & Sentinel - September 25, 2013

PARKERSBURG -A resolution which prohibits tobacco products within 15 feet of city playgrounds will go back to city council for consideration.

Marshall's smoking ban leaves students with questions
MU The Parthenon - September 19, 2013

From bans on smoking around campus to all university owned grounds, even ... step in the initiative by successfully banning tobacco use in residence halls. ... why they banned electronic cigarettes, they don't create secondhand smoke and ...

Mineral smoking ban won't take effect until next year
Cumberland Times-News - September 17, 2013

KEYSER, W.Va. The Mineral County Board of Health voted during a special meeting on Monday to change the date for the enactment of the Clean Indoor Air Regulation of 2013 from Oct. 1 to Jan. 2 for all businesses. The decision was made after County Commissioner Jerry Whisner asked for an exemption for private clubs to give them time to adapt to the smoking ban.

Mineral County Commissioners to meet with board of health on ...
Keyser Mineral Daily News Tribune - September 14, 2013

KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Health has called a special meeting for Monday, Sept. 16, to meet with the Mineral County Commission to discuss the topic of the smoking ban. Representatives of veterans' organizations and private clubs throughout the county have maintained, however, that the smoking ban will cut down on their revenue and will subsequently hinder them from financially supporting the community as they have in the past.
On Aug. 27, more than 30 opponents of the ban met with the county commission to ask them to appeal to the board of health to reconsider the smoking ban.

Tobacco ban infringes on 'right to vice'
MU The Parthenon - September 10, 2013

For those of us who were around last year, the campus-wide smoking ban began ... However, my opposition to the ban is also a product of my belief in individual ...

Deadly: Secondhand smoke
Charleston Gazette - September 9, 2013

Secondhand smoke causes about $10 billion in preventable U.S. medical bills annually. ... grew slightly in West Virginia counties that banned restaurant smoking. ... solely to the smoking ban, it's likely that smoke-free living helped the change.

Are smoking bans working at Marshall and WVU?
West Virginia Public Broadcasting - September 5, 2013

With smoking bans at both of the states largest higher education institutions in full effect since July 1, its now that students are back on both campuses that the real test begins.

Veteran's organizations to take smoking ban protest to county ...
Keyser Mineral Daily News Tribune - August 26, 2013

KEYSER The battle over whether veterans' organizations and other non-profit clubs in the county should be smoke-free is apparently being taken before the ...

WVU Smoking Ban's Unintended Consequences
wajr - August 19, 2013

Morgantown leaders have been meeting with West Virginia University officials to deal with an unintended consequence of the university's campus-wide smoking ban. Since the ban was implemented on July 1, smokers have been forced off-campus to light up. Some city residents living near campus have complained that smokers now congregate on sidewalks and in front of houses.

Fall semester starts at WVU with new tobacco ban in place
West Virginia MetroNews - August 19, 2013

The new semester will get started Monday at West Virginia University with a new smoking ban in effect. That ban kicked in on July 1 while many students were ...

University implements campus-wide tobacco ban
The Daily Athenaeum - August 16, 2013

Effective July 1, the use of tobacco is prohibited on West Virginia Universitys main campus. Some students have brought to question the University's ability to enforce the ban and said they believe students will continue to smoke regardless of the new ...

Complaints will trigger enforcement of Mineral's new smoke-free ...
Cumberland Times-News - August 14, 2013

KEYSER, W.Va. Enforcement of the smoke-free regulation for Mineral County that was approved Monday by the board of health will be triggered by ...

Thumbs up: Businesses survive smoke-free rules
Huntington Herald Dispatch - August 14, 2013

As West Virginia and other states began to implement smoke-free regulations in recent years, one of the big concerns was that the new rules would hurt ...

Mineral County to go smoke-free Oct. 1
Keyser Mineral Daily News Tribune - August 13, 2013

KEYSER - Mineral County will go totally smoke-free as of Oct. 1, 2013, and the majority of those gathered in the meeting room at the Mineral County Health ...

Mineral health board approves smoking ban
Cumberland Times-News - August 12, 2013

KEYSER, W.Va. The Mineral County Board of Health unanimously approved a strong no-smoking regulation Monday afternoon, setting off a few minutes of loud invectives from those who spoke in opposition, mostly officials, members or employees of private social clubs. About 100 people filled the health agencys meeting room, speaking for or against the measure for about 45 minutes. There were more speakers in opposition than in support of the regulation that takes effect Oct. 1.

Study says smoking bans beneficial to state
Daily Mail - Charleston - August 12, 2013

Contrary to popular belief, indoor smoking bans have been good for ... Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, said the smoking ban here ...

Webster County Considering Electronic Cigarette Ban
WBOY-TV August 7, 2013

One local county is looking to take its current ban on smoking to the next level. The Webster County Board of Health wants to stop the use of electronic cigarettes any place where regular cigarette use is already illegal.

Smoking ban on agenda for Mineral County Board of Health
Keyser Mineral Daily News Tribune August 2, 2013

KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Health will accept comments from the public in regard to the proposal to declare Mineral County 100 percent smoke free ...

Should smoking be banned in city parks?
WVNS-TV - July 28, 2013

In the panhandle of the Mountain State, Weirton, West Virginia, smoking is no longer legal at city parks. The Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation established a smoke-free police this month, citing the health risks of secondhand smoke in children. One Beckley resident and parent told 59News this is not a bad idea for Southern West Virginia.

Weirton parks, recs board banning smoking in city parks and grounds
The Tribune - July 27, 2013

WEIRTON, West Virginia Weirton has established a no smoking policy in its municipal parks and grounds. The Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation ...

WVU Asks for Public Input on New Smoking Ban
WBOY-TV - July 19, 2013

In the wake of its new smoking ban, West Virginia University is asking for public input on its effectiveness. WVU is asking residents to voice any concerns about the policy as well as offer any suggestions.

Research lab able to use tobacco on campus despite recent ban
The Daily Athenaeum - July 17, 2013

Blank's lab is equipped with negative pressure ventilation to guide smoke outside. ... Blank said she believes the smoking ban will help lessen the chance of ...

Editorial: Tobacco ban a positive step for WVU
Daily Athenaeum - July 17, 2013

Despite this, many are now complaining about the policy, with some smokers ... But smoking in public spaces, where you will not only be harming yourself, but ...

WVU's Smoking Ban Affecting Morgantown Neighborhoods
wajr - July 17, 2013

The recently instituted smoking ban on WVU's campus is having some unintended consequences on the city of Morgantown. Since smoking is no longer allowed ...

WVU smoking ban causes headaches for others
Westport-News - July 18, 2013

MORGANTGOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia University's new smoking ban is causing headaches for residents and businesses near its campuses.

Morgantown Residents: Smokers From WVU Are Invading Our ...
WDTV - July 17, 2013

It's been about three weeks since the smoking ban at West Virginia University went into effect. It looks like the ban might be having some consequences that no ...

VFW petitions to stop smoking ban in Mineral County
Cumberland Times-News - July 9, 2013

KEYSER, W.Va. — About 100 members of the Nancy Hanks Post No. 3518 Veterans of Foreign Wars have signed a petition in opposition of the proposed ...

Mineral Board of Health moving to make county smoke-free
Keyser Mineral Daily News Tribune - July 5, 2013

Mineral Board of Health moving to make county smoke-free ... Board of Health has taken the first step toward declaring the county 100 percent smoke free.

Judge dismisses lawsuit over WVU smoking ban
Houston Chronicle - July 2, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) An attorney for two men who sued West Virginia University over a new smoking ban says his clients will likely refile their lawsuit.

Mineral County to Become Smoke-Free
Cumberland Times-News - July 1, 2013

KEYSER, W.Va. The Mineral County Board of Health is proposing an amendment to the Mineral County Clean Indoor Air Regulation of 2006 that would make the entire county 100 percent smoke-free, according to A.J. Root, administrator with the Mineral County Health Department.

Tobacco ban being enforced at West Virginia University
WOWK - July 1, 2013

Tobacco ban being enforced at West Virginia University. Posted: ... West Virginia University banned smoking in all areas on campus starting Monday, July 1.

University tobacco bans now in effect
Charleston Daily Mail July 1, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On campus today, at Marshall and West Virginia universities, not much looks different from how it looked last week. "I think in general, I think what we've seen over the last five years is this rapid growth in the number of college campuses doing this," said Cynthia Hallett, executive director at the foundation. "The number of these campus policies has grown exponentially."

WVU Campus Smoking Ban Takes Effect on July 1
WDTV - June 30, 2013

July 1 marks the start of the new campus wide smoking ban at West Virginia University. WVU will be a tobacco free campus for all students,faculty, and visitors.

MU tobacco ban to take effect
Huntington Herald Dispatch - June 29, 2013

Marshall Universitys tobacco ban takes full effect Monday, July 1, and will be publicized by new signage and the removal of cigarette waste containers.

MU Tobacco Ban Takes Effect July 1
HNN Huntingtonnews.net - June 28, 2013

The tobacco policy was passed unanimously by Marshall's Board of ... No advertising, sale or free sampling of tobacco products will be allowed on any Marshall ...

MU Smoking Ban Goes Into Effect July 1
WCHS-TV8 - June 16, 2013

Marshall University students who want to take a smoke break will no longer be able to light up, at least on campus. Smokeless tobacco is also off limits.

WVU Smoking Ban Being Challenged
WAJR (Morgantown, WV) - June 14, 2013

A lawsuit has been filed to stop the enforcement of West Virginia University's campus-wide tobacco ban scheduled to begiin on July 1st. WVU research assistant Dennis Cole and student Kyle Gregory filed the suit in Monongalia County Circuit Court ...

2 sue WVU to stop smoking ban from starting July 1
Exponent-telegram - June 13, 2013

A student and a research assistant are suing West Virginia University to stop a campus-wide smoking ban from going into effect July 1. …

MU Board approves tobacco ban
Huntington Herald Dispatch - June 11, 2013

The ban includes all tobacco products, e-cigarettes, pipes and chewing tobacco. ... and School of Pharmacy have already banned smoking on their campuses.

Marshall approves tobacco-free policy - WOWK 13 Charleston ...
WOWK - June 11, 2013

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Marshall University's Board of Governors has banned tobacco products on the Huntington campus. The policy approved Tuesday is ...

Smoking ban here to stay
Record Delta - May 20, 2013

BUCKHANNON - The smoking ban debate is officially over - at least for now - according to Buckhannon mayor Kenny Davidson. After hearing citizens speak both for and against the ban during city council's meeting Tuesday night, Davidson said he is still strongly is in support of the smoking ban ordinance and it will not to be touched at this time. … The ordinance, which went into effect May 4, prohibits smoking and the use of all other tobacco products in all city-owned parks and recreational facilities. …

Big victory for Big Tobacco in Kanawha County
Charleston (WV) Gazette - May 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After deliberating for about four hours, jurors sided almost entirely with tobacco companies Wednesday in a case that involved hundreds of West Virginia smokers. During the nearly four-week trial, plaintiffs tried to convince jurors that tobacco companies R.J. Reynolds, Brown & Williamson, American Tobacco Co., Philip Morris and Lorillard were negligent, designed a defective product or fraudulently withheld information about their products. "It's virtually a complete defense victory," said Jeff Furr, attorney for R.J. Reynolds.

Buckhannon City Council Reaffirms Smoking Ban
WDTV - May 14, 2013

On Tuesday night, city council heard from residents for and against the ban that was ... but council members re-affirmed their position that bans smoking in all city ...

Morgantown lounge grandfathered into smoking ban
NECN - May 11, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) There's only one hookah bar in the state of West Virginia, and after a recent Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health meeting, it appears it will stay that way. In March, Wheeling resident Trey Santorine asked Ohio County health board members to relax the county's smoking ban to allow for a new business that would allow smoking a hookah bar. Hookah smoking involves using a water pipe and tobacco that is flavored. While the board denied Santorine's request, it was mentioned during the meeting that such a bar exists in Morgantown where a smoking ban also is in place.

City won't enforce parts of smoking ban during this year's Strawberry Festival

Record Delta - May 9, 2013

BUCKHANNON Maybe we went a little too far, remarked Buckhannon Mayor Kenny Davidson in regard to the smoking ban ordinance that city council passed on April 4. With that comment, Davidson said Thursday he will direct Buckhannon Police Chief Matt Gregory and his department to not enforce the article of the smoking ban ordinance that prohibits smoking and tobacco use at fairs and festivals during this years Strawberry Festival.

W.Va. City's Smoking Ban Sparks Complaints
WTRF - May 6, 2013

(AP) - A new smoking ban in Buckhannon apparently is headed for some revisions. Mayor Kenneth Davidson tells The Inter-Mountain (http://bit.ly/169YFvx) he ...

Only One Hookah Bar in W.Va.
Wheeling Intelligencer - May 6, 2013

In March, Wheeling resident Trey Santorine asked Ohio County health board members to relax the county's smoking ban to allow for a new business that would ...

Buckhannon smoking ban effective today; smokers upset
The Inter-Mountain - May 6, 2013

As a result, parts of the recently passed smoking ban could be revised. Davidson said he supports the banning of smoking in public parks and recreation areas, ...

Proposal moves forward to ban smoking in outdoor dining areas
WOWK - April 26, 2013

Members of Charleston City Council's planning committee discussed amendments to an outdoor dining ordinance passed last year. These include prohibiting smoking in a restaurant's outdoor dining area; buying fences for restaurants that offer outdoor dining; and widening the space between the fence and the sidewalk. Scott Miller, the owner of Ichiban/Bar 101, said he supports smoking bans, both indoors and outdoors. "If they repeal the smoking ban, I would never allow smoking in Bar 101, and we never did allow it in Ichiban anyway," Miller said. ...

Up in smoke: tobacco users could see much higher premiums next
Charleston (WV) State Journal - April 23, 2013

Under the Affordable Care Act ... the wellness program threshold changed from 20 percent to 30 percent. Then, the IRS gave the authority to the U.S. Department of the Treasury to increase the smoking premium up to 50 percent. ... West Virginia's elevated

Buckhannon smoking ban receives late resistance
The Inter-Mountain - April 23, 2013

A recently passed ordinance banning the use of tobacco products in public parks and recreational events is receiving some resistance from citizens. The smoking ban will become law May 4, and it will apply to various areas during citywide events, including the West Virginia Strawberry Festival. Although the ordinance already was approved, council members say there are some who are opposed to it. These individuals did not speak up when the City Council considered the ordinance, but are on the agenda to speak at the next City Council meeting at 7 p.m. May 2 at Buckhannon City Hall. ...

Lewis residents make views known on expanded smoking ban
Exponent-telegram - April 20, 2013

WESTON They're not exactly fuming over the change, but some in Lewis County would rather do without a tougher smoking ban. Come July 1, the ban gets ...

Lewis County Board of Health Passes Smoking Ban Extension
WDTV-April 17, 2013

The Lewis County Board of Health have passed an extension to its current smoking ban. That extension was passed Tuesday night, and will go into effect on ...

Lewis County Board of Health OKs expanded smoking ban
Exponent-telegram-April 17, 2013

WESTON — The Lewis County Board of Health unanimously approved an expanded smoking ban Tuesday, prohibiting smoking in all enclosed public places ...

Restaurants Told to Post Warnings About Secondhand Smoke
Wheeling Intelligencer - April 16, 2013

About two complaints a month are lodged with the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department regarding tobacco smoke leaking from video gambling rooms inside restaurants. The health department's smoking ban allows restaurants to have such rooms, but there is no regulation forcing the owner to install a separate air handler to filter out the smoke, said Administrator Howard Gamble. ''Some of the rooms are small, have only a few machines and can get very smoky. In addition, many do not have good ventilation that removes the smoke. As a result, when patrons go into and out of the rooms, smoke will at times come out into the general area,'' Gamble said.

Smoking ban passes in Buckhannon
Elkins Inter-Mountain - April 6, 2013

The smoking ban in Buckhannon's public parks and recreational areas will take effect 30 days from its approval Thursday at Buckhannon City Council - in plenty of time to be enforced during the West Virginia Strawberry Festival. In addition to cigarettes …

Blue Ridge CTC campus going tobacco free
Martinsburg Journal - April 5, 2013

MARTINSBURG - Plans are being made for Blue Ridge Community and Technical College to become a tobacco-free campus - a change that should become ...

Buckhannon City Council Passes Smoking Ban In Parks
WDTV - April 5, 2013

If you're a smoker in Buckhannon, you may want to think about kicking the habit at city parks. Thursday night, Buckhannon City Council passed a smoking ban that forbids anyone from smoking at the parks. The ban will also include festivals that are at city parks, including the Strawberry Festival. There was some talk about making a designated smoking area within ...

Marshall Co. expanded smoking ban goes into effect
WCHS-TV8-April 3, 2013

...expanded smoking ban goes into effect, includes some outdoor areas, hotel ... Smoking is banned in outdoor venues such as parks, ball fields, swimming ...

Expansion of Smoking Ban To Outdoors Begins Today
Wheeling Intelligencer - April 1, 2013

MOUNDSVILLE - Though the calendar says today is April Fools' Day, the implementation of Marshall County's expanded smoking ban is no joke. County Board of Health members voted in February to expand the ban to include outdoor parks and ball fields and set April 1 as the date to start the measure. With the health department's approval, designated smoking areas can still be set up in such outdoor areas as requested by city and county officials. …

Marshall Co. smoking ban takes effect
WTOV Steubenville - April 1, 2013

The new outdoor smoking ban in Marshall County goes in effect Monday in ... Also for the first time, smoking is banned inside all hotel and motel rooms in the ...

We're Harming, Killing Children With Smoke, Too
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register – March 22, 2013

Would you knowingly allow anyone to inject your child with a dose of a known poison? Would you knowingly poison your own child? Don't answer too fast, because that is exactly what's happening every day across America. Cigarette smoking kills, wounds and damages children just as certainly as any unbalanced maniac who points a gun at their heads and pulls the trigger. …

Students in Barbour County participate in special day
The Inter-Mountain - March 19, 2013

Nearly 1,000 people from around West Virginia came to the Statehouse Feb. 22 as part of Tobacco Free Day at the Capitol, including students from the Barbour County RAZE program. …

Lewis Board of Health again votes to delay expansion of smoking ban ($$)
Exponent-telegram - March 13, 2013

WESTON ­ The Lewis County Board of Health again postponed a vote to expand its current smoking ban at Wednesday’s meeting. …

WVU survey: Public backs higher cigarette taxes
AP - Associated Press - Feb 27, 2013

A survey of West Virginia adults shows 60 percent would favor higher cigarette taxes if the revenue would benefit public health.

Tobacco-free schools ­ Tazewell policy a positive move
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - February 26, 2013

While it probably won’t make everyone happy, the new tobacco-free school campus policy recently enacted by the Tazewell County School Board is a positive step aimed at protecting youngsters from the dangers of second-hand smoke. …

Mineral County Courthouse to be 'tobacco-free' under new policy
Keyser Mineral Daily News Tribune - February 25, 2013

KEYSER - If the Mineral County Commission approves the draft of the employee handbook on Tuesday, the courthouse will officially become a tobacco-free environment - forcing at least two elected officials and some attorneys to leave their "spit cups" outside the door. …

Despite report, Putnam County smoking rules unchanged
Charleston (WV) Gazette - February 23, 2013

Bar patrons in Putnam County should still be able to smoke, one county commissioner thinks, even though a national tobacco report gives the county a failing grade when it comes to protecting people from secondhand smoke. "Everybody seems to be happy," said Commissioner Joe Haynes, who also serves on the county's health board. … "There are few discussions about it now at the health department and I don't see it being revisited," Haynes said. "When the vote was taken, I was one of the dissenting votes, but I will say, it seems to have worked." …

Report: State's LGBT smoking rate higher than general population
Charleston (WV) Gazette - Feb 15, 2013

Nearly 41 percent of people in the LGBT community smoke, compared to 23.9 percent of the state's general population, according to data from researchers in West Virginia University's School of Public Health and the state Bureau for Public Health's Division...

No smoking in city parks?
Record Delta-February 13, 2013

No smoking in city parks? ... High School attended the council meeting and gave a presentation about the dangers of secondhand cigarette smoke.

Tobacco-Free Policy moves to Faculty Senate
MU The Parthenon - February 11, 2013

With the passing of the Tobacco Free Policy, Marshall University is one step closer to becoming tobacco free. The executive committee approved the recommendation Monday for the next Faculty Senate agenda. …

B-UHS students plead for tobacco-free policy
The Inter-Mountain - February 11, 2013

Mikenze Poling is one of many Buckhannon-Upshur High School students who participate in Raze, an organization against tobacco use. She told the ...

Marshall County health board expands smoking ban
State Journal - February 11, 2013

MOUNDSVILLE (AP) ­ Beginning April 1, smoking will be banned in parks, playgrounds and other ... The change also bans smoking in hotel and motel rooms. …

Some Are Fuming Over Smoking Ban
Wheeling Intelligencer - February 9, 2013

MOUNDSVILLE - People shopping at the Moundsville Plaza Saturday either agreed with the expansion of the smoking ban or thought it was too stringent - while others said it should be expanded even further. On Friday, the Marshall County Board of Health unanimously voted to expand its ban to include outdoor public areas such as parks, playgrounds and fairs and festivals. But a section in those areas still could be designated for smokers with health department approval. Board members said the reason for the expansion, scheduled to be implemented April 1, is to protect children. …

Marshall County Outdoor Smoking Ban Approved
WTRF - February 8, 2013

The Marshall County Health Department's Board of Directors have voted unanimously in favor of the proposed Outdoor Clean Air Act. …

Marshall County May Soon Have Outdoor Smoking Regulations
WTRF-February 5, 2013

The outdoor smoking ban would not apply to the entire outdoors. It would apply to outdoor ticket lines, parks, playgrounds, stadiums, fairs, festivals and the ...

Upgrade On Ban Has Light Reaction
Marshall County to vote on expanding rules to outdoor areas
Wheeling Intelligencer - February 1, 2013

MOUNDSVILLE - The Marshall County Health Department received mixed reviews on the board of health's plan to expand its smoking ban to the outdoors. Thursday was the last day people could submit comments about the proposal. The board is slated to vote on the matter at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at the health department, 513 Sixth St., …

Should smoking bans include outdoor areas?
Wheeling Intelligencer - February 1, 2013

I agreed with banning it in restaurants because I want to enjoy eating a good meal without ... Smoking in restaurants have been banned for about 30 years. …

Marshall Ban May Wind Up Outside
Wheeling (WV) Intelligencer - Jan 24, 2013

The Marshall County Board of Health is proposing expanding its existing smoking ban to include some outdoor areas and hotel rooms.

Marshall Co. smoking ban expansion proposed
AP - Associated Press - Jan 24, 2013

Smoking would no longer be allowed in hotel rooms and some outdoor areas in Marshall County under a proposed expansion of the county's existing ban. The Marshall County Board of Health is expected to vote on expanding the smoking ban on Feb. 8. Public c

Lewis County smoking ban remains under review
Exponent-telegram ($) -Jan 24, 2013

WESTON — A proposed expanded smoking ban is still under review by the prosecuting attorney and the Lewis County Board of Health, according to Lewis ...

W.Va. gets 'F' in non-smoking programs, protection
Beckley Register-Herald-Jan 23, 2013

W.Va. gets 'F' in non-smoking programs, protection ... Six counties in West Virginia received an F, meaning non-smokers and children in Putnam, Gilmer, ...

Editorial: Too many lives, too much money go up in smoke
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch - Jan 20, 2013

Some local governments, including Cabell and Wayne counties, have taken steps to curb smoking, but state governments in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky have not made the same effort, according to the American Lung Association.

West Virginia releases tobacco control report
Steubenville Herald Star - January 17, 2013

WHEELING - The American Lung Association gave West Virginia a failing grade in its latest State of Tobacco Control report released Wednesday. …

Lewis County Postpones Smoking Ban Vote
WBOY-TV - January 8, 2013

The Lewis County Board of Health heard public comments Tuesday on a proposed amendment that would prohibit smoking in all public places and outdoors. The ban would include parks and outdoor areas. The board postponed a vote on the amendment and made some changes to it instead. …

Lewis Board of Health delays vote on smoking ban
Exponent-telegram - January 9, 2013

WESTON ­ The Lewis County Board of Health voted Tuesday to change part of its proposed expanded smoking ban, but delayed voting on putting the new ...

Lewis Co. board considers expanding smoking ban
Huntington Herald Dispatch - January 7, 2013

Lewis County health officials are considering expanding the county’s smoking ban to bars and gaming facilities. The county’s existing Clean Indoor Air Regulation exempts bars and gaming facilities from the ban on smoking in restaurants and other business establishments. …

Lewis Board of Health set to vote Tuesday on tougher smoking ban
Exponent-telegram - January 5, 2013

The Lewis County Board of Health is expected to vote on an expanded smoking ban Tuesday. The board will meet at 5:15 p.m. at the Lewis County Health Department, 125 Court Ave., Weston. A 60-day public comment period concluded Saturday on the proposed amendment to the 2005 Clean Indoor Air Regulation that would ban smoking in ...

LETTER: Tobacco industry must come clean
Charleston (WV) Gazette - January 1, 2013

It is well past time for policy makers and court adjudicators to make the tobacco industry come clean, for tobacco prevention and cessation, as well as strong tobacco product taxation and other policies to be given more than just lip service in West Virgi ...

W.Va. colleges, universities consider tobacco bans
Charleston (WV) Gazette - December 26, 2012

West Liberty University in the state's Northern Panhandle is the latest school to join a nationwide trend of tobacco-free college campuses, with plans to enforce a smoking ban next week. The Ohio County-based university will prohibit the use of tobacco ...

West Liberty's campus going tobacco-free Jan. 1
AP - Associated Press - December 26, 2012

West Liberty University is joining a national trend at the start of the new year: On Jan. 1, it becomes a tobacco-free campus. ...

MOVHD mulls expanded ban on smoking
Parkersburg (WV) News &Sentinel - December 22, 2012

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department is studying revisions to the Clean Indoor Air regulations to eliminate smoking in hotels and motels in its six-county coverage region. The revisions would further reduce where people can smoke, including eliminating ...

Lewis Co. Smoking Ban Draws Opposition
wajr - December 6, 2012

A proposed comprehensive smoking ban is drawing opposition in Lewis County. Several residents showed up at a pair of public forums to voice their ...

Lewis County Health Board Hears Comments On Smoking Ban
WBOY-TV - December 5, 2012

Lewis County Health Board Hears Comments On Smoking Ban ... The proposal would expand bans on public smoking to public areas inside and out, but not ...

City of Bridgeport Considering Smoking Ordinance in City Parks
WBOY-TV (Clarksburg, WV) - November 28, 2012

Shannon Jackson and her two kids approached the Bridgeport City Council several weeks ago to introduce the program. The program would put up "Tobacco-Free" signs up in all of the parks and encourage enforcement of that ban. ...

Woman battling cancer wants smoking ban enforced
WOWK - November 6, 2012

… But her husband Terry says despite a smoking ban on the hospital campus they have to walk through a cloud of cigarette smoke every time she goes in or out of the hospital. "This is something that is really unacceptable and something really needs to be done," Terry White said. "If the chemotherapy is working I don't want this to cause her any more problems, any lung problems." …

Proposed campus-wide smoking ban does not please everyone
MU The Parthenon - October 18, 2012

On Tuesday, the Student Government Association voted 11-7 to pass a resolution to support a proposal to ban tobacco on campus. The proposal will be kicked ...

Tobacco battle moves to Marshall
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail - October 18, 2012

Ban on use or sale of products must be approved by Board of Governors ...

PVH going tobacco free Nov. 15
Point Pleasant Register - October 17, 2012

POINT PLEASANT ­ Pleasant Valley Hospital, and all its properties, will be going tobacco free on Thursday, Nov. 15 ­ the Great American Smokeout day. …

Student Government Association passes campus-wide tobacco ban ...
MU The Parthenon - October 17, 2012

After two hours of debate from both sides of the issue, the SGA voted 11 - 7 to pass a resolution supporting a campus-wide ban on all tobacco products. The proposal will now go to the Faculty Senate, where it may be revised, and then it will go to the Board of Governors who will make the final decision on its passage. … During this period, Dasgupta, Saunders, Harrell and several senators explained that, according to the American Nonsmoker’s Rights Foundation, Marshall would follow 814 other universities in banning tobacco if this proposal passes the Board of Governors. …

MU Student Senate supports tobacco ban on campus
Huntington Herald Dispatch - October 17, 2012

Marshall University's Student Senate narrowly passed a resolution, 11-7, supporting a full tobacco ban on campus. …

Raze Group Working Towards Tobacco Free Parks in West Virginia
WBOY-TV - October 15, 2012

MORGANTOWN - The leading cause of death and disease in West Virginia continues to be tobacco use for both smoking and spit tobacco. The Raze group or teens against tobacco came together for their regional kick off event on Saturday. …

Cabell Huntington, Marshall Health to go tobacco-free Nov. 15
State Journal - October 4, 2012

Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall Health and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center have partnered to create a tobacco-free campus beginning Nov. 15. On that date, the use of all tobacco products will be prohibited. …

Wellness Council of WV Names WVU 'Tobacco Free Champion'
WBOY-TV - September 27, 2012

The Wellness Council of West Virginia has recognized West Virginia University as a "Tobacco Free Champion." The award recognizes companies that have made great strides in creating, implementing or enforcing tobacco-free policies. …

Editorial - Costs of smoking go beyond health
Daily Athenaeum - September 27, 2012

...July 1, 2013, smoking and all other forms of tobacco use will be banned across West Virginia University's campus. The ban, which was approved by the WVU ...

Monongalia County Businesses Feeling Effects of Smoking Ban
WBOY-TV - September 24, 2012

Back in March, Monongalia County enacted it's smoking ban, six months later and businesses are finally having an understanding of the impact. As it was before the ban, there are mixed emotions on the smoke free environments. Even owners who said business is hurting, have mixed feelings. "In my evaluation of the situation, it has certainly hurt my business,' said Judy Haught of the Rock Forge Inn. "I do like the cleanliness of my facility, no smoke in here. But I don't like lack of customers." …

Smoking ban opponents pack commission chamber
Mountain Statesman - July 27, 2012

GRAFTON – “They changed one word, and that is what this is all about,” commented Joe Reneman early in Tuesday’s Taylor County Commission meeting. The commission chambers were filled with bar, gambling establishment, and private club owners who oppose the smoking ban set down by the Taylor County Board of Health. …

Buckhannon Addresses Smoking Ban, Possible TV Feature
WBOY-TV - July 19, 2012

Thursday night was a busy one for the Buckhannon City Council. At its meeting, council members discussed a proposed ban on smoking in city parks and outdoor recreational facilities. …

Pastor wants tobacco ban lifted in prisons
Beckley (WV) Register Herald - Jun 26, 2012

Lifting the tobacco ban in West Virginia's correctional facilities would save the state "hundreds of thousands of dollars" and prevent officers from selling contraband to inmates, a pastor told a legislative panel Monday. …

Marshall president asks student government to consider smoking ban
State Journal -(WV) June 12, 2012

West Virginia's second-largest public university could soon be smoke-free.

Marshall may look at smoking ban
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch - June 11, 2012

HUNTINGTON - The West Virginia University Board of Governors did something Thursday that Marshall University officials say will be studied deeply this upcoming school year…. Nationally, there are 711 campuses that have implemented complete smoking bans, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ...

BOG approves smoking ban for WVU
Daily Athenaeum June 9, 2012

The West Virginia University Board of Governors approved a policy banning tobacco use on campus ...

WVU approves campus-wide tobacco ban
Daily Mail - Charleston - June 8, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A new tobacco-free policy planned for the Morgantown campus of West Virginia University doesn't mean smokers will be carted off to jail ...

WVNCC Is Going Tobacco Free
Wheeling Intelligencer - June 7, 2012

WHEELING ­ West Virginia Northern Community College is joining more than 250 institutions of higher learning across the nation in making its campuse...

W.Va. community college bans tobacco use
Charleston Gazette - June 7, 2012

West Virginia Northern Community College will be tobacco free later this year. A rule approved in late April by the college's board bans the use of all tobacco ...

Comments About WVU's Proposed Smoking Ban Roll In
WDTV - May 21, 2012

University officials have proposed a campus-wide smoking ban, and just last month asked ... Smoking has been banned in campus buildings for about 15 years.

Battle between smokers and non-smokers put to the test
WOWK - May 18, 2012

Smoking is a personal choice, however at Haddad River Front Park in Charleston, Kanawha County leaders have decided it's a public health issue. Smoking is ...

Smoking Ban Takes Effect at Haddad Riverfront Park
WSAZ-TV - May 18, 2012

A new smoking ban took effect Friday at Haddad Riverfront Park and got mixed reviews from the crowds attending. …

Monongalia County Smoking Ban Check-In
WBOY-TV - May 16, 2012

When Monongalia County banned smoking in enclosed public places, critics said it was a violation of their rights and bar owners worried about business. … I asked the Kegler's Manager Doug Moore, "Biggest question: Do you think business has been affected?"
"Personally, I don't think it has," he replied. "And through the numbers, it hasn't. I think it's actually brought some more people in." …

Haddad Park Is Smoke Free
WCHS - May 8, 2012

If you decide to light up a cigarette in Haddad Park anytime soon, don't be surprised if you are asked to put it out. Charleston City Council voted unanimously Monday night to ban smoking in the park. ...

Haddad Riverfront Park smoking ban approved
Charleston (WV) Gazette - May 7, 2012

Charleston's first outdoor smoking ban -- at Haddad Riverfront Park events -- will go ... Smokers will also be banned during Live on the Levee concerts, ...

Smoking ban at Haddad passes
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail - May 7, 2012

Smokers wanting to fire up at Haddad Riverfront Park during public events will now have to move up to Kanawha Boulevard before doing so.

SGA senate tosses smoking resolution, issue remains prevalent at Marshall
MU (WV) The Parthenon – April 26, 2012

Despite attempts to solve the smoking problem a large percentage of Marshall University students noted on last year’s assessment day surveys, smokers can continue to smoke on campus as the Student Government Association has nixed all proposals and resolutions, including the most recent proposal that would allow for designated smoking areas. Smoking is prohibited at 704 US colleges and universities, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. That is nearly 25 percent of all private ...

Second attempt at a smoke-free campus fails
MU The Parthenon - April 26, 2012

By SEAN DELANCEY Legislation has been proposed twice in the past year by the Student Government Association to ban smoking on campus. …

GOP Senate Candidate Equates Smoking Ban to Nazi Policies
Arutz Sheva - Apr 22, 2012

The Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced West Virginia GOP Senate candidate John Raese on Thursday for equating a smoking ban to Hitler's policy of forcing Jews to wear the Star of David. ...

GOP Senate candidate compares no smoking signs to Holocaust star ...
Examiner.com – (WV) April 19, 2012

But in Monongalia County you can't smoke a cigarette, you can't smoke a cigar, ... Others may see a significant distinction between a no-smoking ban, ...

Committee advances ban on Haddad park smoking
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail, 2012-04-18

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Members of Charleston's Parks and Recreation Committee advanced a measure that would ban smoking at Haddad Riverfront Park during public events.

Statehouse beat: Smoking gets some clarifying
Charleston (WV) Gazette - Apr 8, 2012

In its 4-1 ruling in Harrison County Fraternal and Service Association vs. Harrison-Clarksburg Board of Health, the state Supreme Court appears to have clarified that health department regulations banning smoking in public places take priority over a long-misinterpreted state regulation that has permitted smoking in bingo halls and charitable raffles. ...

WVU Considers Smoke-Free Policy
WCHS - April 6, 2012

The entire West Virginia University campus would be smoke free under a policy proposal from the school's Board of Governors Thursday. …

Policy Changes in Debate at WVU
WTRF - April 5, 2012

One would expand the tobacco-free policy at the WVU Health Sciences Center to the entire WVU campus, based on the recommendations of a Smoking Policy Task ...

WVU Officials Asking 'What Do You Think About Possible Smoking Ban"
WDTV - April 5, 2012

Now that school officials have posted a new policy online for public comment that would spread that tobacco ban campus wide, you can expect to hear a lot ...

Haddad smoking ban eyed
Daily Mail – Charleston (WV) - April 3, 2012

Smokers in Charleston could face even more restrictions on where they can light up. A draft ordinance set for discussion by City Council's Parks and Recreation Committee would prohibit smoking at Haddad Riverfront Park during public events. …

Does Supreme Court decision on smoking apply to bingo?
Charleston (WV) Gazette - April 2, 2012

A state Supreme Court decision upholding the rights of county Boards of Health to prohibit smoking at charitable raffles is raising debate over whether the ruling also applies to charitable bingo. ...

Business Owners: "We'll Be Out of Buisness If Nothing Is Done With Smoking Ban"
WDTV (WV) - April 2, 2012

It's been a little less than a month since the smoking ban went into effect in Monongalia County. Some business owners say if it goes on much longer, ...

W.Va. court upholds dismissal of smoking ban suit
Daily Mail - Charleston - Apr 2, 2012

(AP) - Harrison County's smoking ban has withstood a legal challenge by a group of fraternal organizations. The West Virginia Supreme Court voted 4-1 on Friday to affirm a circuit judge's dismissal of the group's lawsuit against the Harrison-Clarksburg Board of Health. ...

17 Businesses Approved for Extension of Smoking Ban Implementation
WBOY-TV (WV)- March 14, 2012

Unlike many smoking bans, the Monongalia County Clean Indoor Air Regulation does not give specifics as to how far away a person must stand from a building ...

Mon County Smoking Ban Starts Friday
WDTV - March 8, 2012

The Monongalia County Health Department unanimously approved a countywide smoking ban in January 9th. Starting Friday they'll join 19 other counties in the ...

Morgantown, Monongalia Co. smoking bans loom
State Journal - March 6, 2012

MORGANTOWN (AP) ­ Bars, restaurants and workplaces in Morgantown and Monongalia County are preparing to become smoke-free. Media outlets report that bans on ...

County prepares to implement smoking ban
The Daily Athenaeum - March 6, 2012

Nineteen counties in West Virginia are currently smoke-free, while all but six counties implement smoking regulation for restaurants and non-hospitality ...

City Council evaluates smoking ban
The Daily Athenaeum (WV) - January 18, 2012

Members of the Morgantown City Council discussed creating a city-wide smoking ordinance to compliment the Clean Indoor Air Act approved by the Monongalia ...

Judge delays smoking ruling
Parkersburg (WV) News &Sentinel, 2011-12-26

PARKERSBURG - A Wood County Circuit Court judge is prepared to issue a partial ruling on a smoking ban but has also requested more information before doing so. ...

Monongalia County One Step Closer to Smoking Ban
WBOY-TV (Clarksburg, WV), December 20, 2011, Stacy Moniot, Anchor/Reporter

The Monongalia County Board of Health heard more from the public Tuesday about a proposed smoking ban.

Ohio County health board takes proposed smoking ban expansion off ...
The Republic (WV) - December 14, 2011

A proposed expansion of Ohio County's smoking ban that drew opposition from Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is off the table. ...

Smoking Ban's Expansion Tabled
Wheeling Intelligencer - December 14, 2011

A proposed plan to expand a countywide smoking ban has been suspended indefinitely. ... It also would have banned use of electronic cigarettes in those areas.

Mon County One Step Away From Smoking Ban
WDTV - December 5, 2011

The proposal wouldn't allow folks to smoke in most bars and all hotels. The proposed ban would start 60 days after the board approves a final version. ...

Smoking Ban Could be Strengthened in Ohio County
WTRF (WV) - D.K. Wright - November 9, 2011

"Any expansion of the smoking ban will not only hurt police and fire pension funds but will also limit the money that the Ohio County Commission has to ...

Ethics Commission rules on county smoking ban issue
Charleston Gazette - Phil Kabler - November 3, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. --A newly appointed member of a county board of health can vote on matters involving the county's ban on smoking in public places -- even though she was a member of an organization that sued to have the ban overturned, the state Ethics Commission determined Thursday. …

Morgantown Approves Coal Lease to Generate Cash, Smoking Ban Pushed back
WDTV - Zach Maskell (WV)- September 20, 2011

A few months ago, the city passed an ordinance banning smoking in all bars and restaurants in city limits. Since the Mon County Board of Health hasn't

Officials to Vent Their Smoking Ban Concerns
Wheeling News Register - Shelley Hanson - September 14, 2011

Wheeling and Ohio County officials will get their chance to publicly express concern about a plan to expand the countywide smoking ban. …

Smoking ban closer to delay
Daily Mail - Charleston (WV) - Tracy Eddy - September 7, 2011

During its Tuesday meeting, City Council voted, 5-2, to pass the first reading of a law to delay the implementation of its smoking ban another three months. ...

City chooses to wait until 2012 for smoking ban
Daily Athenaeum (WV) - September 7, 2011

The smoking ban prevents smoking in restaurants, bars, places of employment and the majority of hotel rooms. The original extension would have enacted the ...

County split on timing
Daily Mail - Charleston (WV) - Tracy Eddy - September 4, 2011

... is divided about whether it will fill the county Board of Health (BOH) opening before the board decides on the proposed countywide smoking ban. ...

City Council eyes delay of smoking ban
Daily Mail - Charleston - Tracy Eddy - August 31, 2011

Morgantown City Council will consider delaying the effective date of its smoking ban until Jan. 1, 2012. Now, the law to ban smoking in all restaurants, ...

Monongalia County Commission Bans Tobacco in County Vehicles
WBOY-TV - Kelly Rippin - August 24, 2011

After restructuring the smoking rules at the courthouse, commission has voted to extend the ban into county vehicles. By Kelly Rippin MONONGALIA COUNTY ...

Kanawha smoking rate has fallen significantly
Charleston Gazette - Rusty Marks - August 23, 2011

The other was the removal of smoking sections in Kanawha County restaurants, the first step in what has become an all-out public smoking ban in the county. ...

E-Cigs Aren't Wanted In Ban
Wheeling (WV) News Register - Shelley Hanson - August 12, 2011

The board ultimately decided to leave language banning use of the devices in the proposed expansion. "After 28 years of smoking ... I hated it. ...

Air regulations case will be heard in briefs
Parkersburg News - Jeffrey Saulton - August 4, 2011

In 2008, the health department banned smoking in all bars, restaurants and video lotteries, but provided for approved smoking rooms. ...

Mon smoking ban reignited
Daily Mail - Charleston - Tracy Eddy - July 29, 2011

By Tracy Eddy July 29--A proposed countywide smoking ban is back for consideration, after spending more than three years in limbo. ...

Casino May Be Able to Phase in Ohio County Smoking Ban
State Journal - Linda Harris - July 27, 2011

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department may consider phasing in the indoor smoking ban to save jobs at Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino & Racetrack. ...

Kanawha smoking ban violations down
Of 3,149 Clean Indoor Air investigations done in last fiscal year, only 11 violations reported
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail, 2011-07-15
Zack Harold Daily Mail staff Charleston Daily Mail

Citations for violating Kanawha's smoking ban have dropped significantly since the ban was extended to bars and gambling establishments three years ago. ...

Commissioner Believes Proposal is 'Draconian'
Wheeling News Register - Casey Junkins - June 28, 2011

Ohio County Commissioner David Sims doesn't mind smoking bans for most indoor facilities. But when most outdoor smoking may be banned, he believes the government is going too ...

Morgantown bans smoking in bars, eateries, offices
San Antonio Express - June 22, 2011

(AP) In 100 days, smoking will be banned in every bar, restaurant and workplace in Morgantown. City Council unanimously approved the ban Tuesday night but voted to delay its implementation. The Dominion Post reports that gives the city time to work …

Clean indoor air regulation and inci­dence of hospital admissions for acute coronary syndrome in Kanawha County, West Virginia
Preventing Chronic Disease Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy 8(4):A77, July 2011

Bar Owners Are Fuming Over Smoking Ban
Wheeling Intelligencer - Shelley Hanson - June 15, 2011

A few Ohio County business owners said Tuesday an expansion of the smoking ban will hurt their bottom lines. About 30 people attended a Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health ...

Indoor smoking bans reduce heart attack hospitalizations
Charleston Gazette - Veronica Nett - June 15, 2011

Kanawha County's indoor smoking ban has meant fewer residents have gone to the hospital for heart attacks, according to a new study by West Virginia researchers. From 2000 to 2008, the heart attack hospitalization rate in Kanawha County declined by 37 ...

Proposed Smoking Ban Changes Spark Debate
WTOV Steubenville - June 14, 2011

The county's smoking ban currently includes eight exemptions, like Wheeling Island Casino, video lottery rooms, tobacco stores and a certain number of hotel rooms. Under the proposed changes those exemptions would be reduced to just two: personal ...

WV City Considering Banning Smoking in Bars, Restaurants, Workplaces
WHSV - June 3, 2011

Morgantown City Council plans to consider banning smoking in all bars, restaurants and workplaces in the city. The proposed ban is on the agenda for the council's meeting next week. Mayor Bill Byrne tells The Dominion Post that consideration of the ban ...

Health department burned on no-smoking regulations
Injunction allows smoking inside Hill House

Parkersburg (WV) News &Sentinel, 2011-04-01
JODY MURPHY Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Citing financial harm, a Wood County Circuit judge has granted a local bar an injunction barring the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department from enforcing the Clean Air Indoor Regulations. ...

Proposal for Ohio County to go 100 Percent Smoke Free
State Journal - Amy Wadas - March 10, 2011

Wheeling Island's President and General Manager Jim Simms says a potential smoking ban could affect the casino's business. "Case studies have shown that smoking bans result in over a 10 percent loss of revenues when compared to nearby regional ...

Track: Smoking Must Remain
Wheeling News Register - Shelley Hanson - March 10, 2011

"Case studies have shown that smoking bans result in over a 10 percent loss of revenues when compared to nearby regional competitors that do not have a smoking ban." The health board amended its Clean Indoor Air regulation in 2005 to forbid smoking in ...

Bill in legislature looks to end smoking in public places
MU The Parthenon - February 7, 2011

A bill is pending in the West Virginia Senate that would place a statewide ban on smoking in public, but not private, places.

The bill, SB 25, was proposed by Sen. Dan Foster, D-Kanawha, to reduce both health problems and health costs on the state.

"The data regarding the public health is clear," Foster said. "They've shown unequivocally that, in a county which has clean air ordinances, the number of heart attacks going into the emergency room drops by about 40 percent once they're in place. And that all leads, of course, to decreases in health care costs."

Foster, who sponsored the Senate bill last year as well, said he introduced it to get a discussion going and doesn't expect it to actually take flight until more counties are onboard with their own smoking regulations ...

Harrison County Judge Throws Out Smoking Ban Lawsuit
WOWK - January 20, 2011

CLARKSBURG -- A Harrison County Judge has thrown out a lawsuit challenging the county's smoking ban.

The Harrison County Fraternal and Service Association Incorporated was suing the Board of Health, saying the same rules that say you can smoke at charitable bingo should apply to charitable raffle events, too.

Judge Thomas Bedell ruled that application of state law to charitable raffles doesn't mean smoking is automatically permitted, like it is with bingo. ...

Cats, Dogs and Everything Else: Bills of the Session
State Journal - Walt Williams - January 20, 2011

SB 9 -- Prohibits West Virginia pharmacies from selling tobacco products after June 30. Sponsor: Sen. Foster. SB 17 -- Creates a new state Office of ...

Nitro ends health board bid
Daily Mail - Charleston - Paul Fallon - January 14, 2011

NITRO, W.Va.--Nitro Mayor Rusty Casto believes his town's push for its own health department has gone up in smoke.

Members of Nitro Council on Jan. 4 unanimously approved an ordinance that would allow the city to establish its own health board. Chapter 16 of the state code allows cities to form their own health departments, although no municipalities in the state have done so.

Casto said the proposal likely is dead because the owners of the Mardis Gras Casino and Resort are no longer interested in sponsoring the city-run health department. The casino and resort is located in Nitro.

Casto said he has not spoken to officials with the racetrack since before Christmas, and he noted that they have not been in contact with him about establishing a city health department since the ordinance was passed.

"The estimated cost of running a health department is $140,000 a year," Casto said. "And the city couldn't do that without the racetrack."

Dan Adkins, president of Hartman and Tyner Inc., the owner of the racetrack, told the Daily Mail previously that the company was willing to foot the bill for a Nitro health department. Adkins did not return calls seeking comment Thursday ...

Nitro mayor backs off idea of local health department
Charleston Gazette - January 13, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nitro Mayor Rusty Casto no longer supports the city starting its own health department.

On Dec. 21, the Nitro City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would have allowed city officials to set up their own health department. A city-run health agency theoretically could draft its own smoking rules for businesses in town, circumventing Kanawha County's all-out ban on smoking in bars and restaurants.

Town officials wanted their own health department in part to help local businesses like the Nitro Moose Lodge and Mardi Gras Casino & Resort, whose owners say they are losing money by not allowing customers to smoke. Casino owners say the casino and dog track is losing $10 million a year ...

Smoking regulations vary widely in W.Va.
Daily Mail - Charleston - January 6, 2011

As the new year begins, Nitro continues to explore the possibility of creating its own health department to reverse a ban on smoking at the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort. City Council voted unanimously Tuesday for an ordinance allowing the city to create such a department.

Casino officials blame Kanawha County's 2008 ban on smoking in all public places for a drop in revenue.

It's only natural for the city to show an interest in making sure that such a large employer weathers the economic storms.

But there are several large faults with the city's create-your-own-health-department impulse:

First, there is a lack of any concrete evidence that the county's smoking ban has harmed the casino.

Nationally, the economic downturn that began in 2008 has hurt casinos everywhere, especially in Las Vegas.

The American Gaming Association reported that annual revenue for all casinos in America dropped nearly 15 percent in recent years from a peak of $34 billion in 2007.

Second, there is the problem of creating a "health department" for the purpose of promoting a decidedly unhealthy activity. ...

Nitro moves to create own health board
Charleston Gazette - January 5, 2011

NITRO, W.Va. (AP) - Nitro City Council has authorized the city to create its own health board. A critic says the move is an attempt to circumvent a county ban on indoor smoking.

Media outlets report that council members voted Tuesday night to allow the city to proceed with creating a municipal health board.

Resident Nancy Tonkin told the council that a local health board would be a waste of money. She says the proposal stems from the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department's smoking ban.

Nitro officials have expressed concern about the ban's effect on Mardi Gras Casino & Resort's revenues ...

Nitro Passes Health Dept Ordinance
WCHS - January 5, 2011

Nitro City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday that gives the city the ability to create its own health board.

The proposal does not establish an independent health department, but city leaders made it clear they have the authority.

Before voting, council heard from concerned citizens wishing to give feedback on the issue.

Nancy Tonkin says she's lived in Nitro for 15 years, and nothing has ever brought her to council.

But she says her vehement opposition to the plan compelled her to speak out.

Tonkin says a Nitro Health Department would be superfluous.

"It's a duplication of city and county services that are already being provided by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department," Tonkin said.

Tonkin argued that the ordinance gives council the authority to tax three percent of property values, and would be insufficient in providing health services.

"I'm already paying taxes that the county of Kanawha is taking care of," Tonkin said. "I don't want to have to start paying for another one."

Councilman Craig Mathews from Nitro's Third Ward said the city would not impose the tax. He said it was left in the ordinance based on state law.

Nitro Mayor Rusty Casto says state funds and corporate donations would pay for the department. He says Mardi Gras Casino has offered to fully fund an independent health board.

That didn't come as a surprise to those against the health department. Mardi Gras Casino is at the center of the controversy. In fact, the issue was initially raised to address concerns over the county's smoking prohibition laws that have affected business at Mardi Gras. ...

Protesters smoking over ban
Parkersburg News - Jody Murphy - October 19, 2010

PARKERSBURG - Claiming their rights have been violated and small business profits are being hurt, about 50 people turned out at Bicentennial Park to protest the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department's smoking ban. The final phase of the ban, which went into effect Oct. 1, prohibits all smoking inside bars and restaurants and renders recently constructed smoking rooms useless.

"We want (the health department) to know we are not going to put up with it," Cheryl Metz said.

Metz was one of the protesters holding a sign encouraging more rights for smokers.

"It is not right," she said.

Metz said Monday's protest was informal with no one person behind it. She said both smokers and non-smokers were there to lend support.

"This is just a group effort between bars and cafes," protester Addie Davis said. ...

Mayor says cigarette butts problem for city
Daily Mail - Charleston - Paul Fallon - October 6, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Cigarette butts can be seen lining the sidewalks and streets across downtown Charleston, and one city official is becoming frustrated with the issue.

Mayor Danny Jones believes the revisions to the Clean Indoor Air Ordinance, which prohibits smoking in all free-standing bars and video lottery establishments, has compounded the problem.

"It's an unexpected consequence of the smoking ban," Jones said.

Jones pointed out that the city has spent a significant amount of money on streetscape projects, and cigarette butts are an eyesore. ...

Is Smoking Costing West Virginia Money?
A recent study released by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health said smoking is costing taxpayers a shocking amount of money.
WVNS-TV CBS 59 (Ghent, WV), 2010-09-22
Crissy Clutter

The study released by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, said tobacco usage is costing West Virginians more than $2 billion per year because of the cost of health care.

Everyone know that cigarettes can be deadly, but it turns out smoking is becoming a real drag on the economy.

Chuck Hamsher with the American Heart Association said tobacco costs almost a billion dollars in health care costs.

"About $9 million in direct medical cost in tobacco related illnesses a year, but it's also the money coming out of a families pocket book," Hamsher said.

And then another billion tacked onto that bill for losses in productivity, $2 billion, according to the Coalition for a Tobacco Free West Virginia.

But how can we stop this epidemic? Representatives with the American Heart Association say raising taxes is the answer. ...

New smoking regulations have business owners fuming
Parkersburg (WV) News &Sentinel, 2010-09-19

PARKERSBURG -New smoking regulations - effectively banning smoking rooms in bars and restaurants - goes into effect next month and business owners are fuming.

In November 2009, the Mid-Ohio Valley Board of Health fine tuned its anti-smoking regulations. The new regulations go into effect Oct. 1, rendering smoke facilities recently built by many local bars and restaurants, moot. Owners who built the smoke rooms in compliance with the health department regulations, are complaining, but say they have little recourse.

"You can't win," said North End Tavern owner Joe Roedersheimer.

The health department's smoking regulation went into effect in 2005. The initial phase gave restaurants, bars and video lottery establishments three years to become smoke free. The final component, effective Oct. 1, 2008, banned smoking in all bars, restaurants and video lotteries. ...

Board of Health Issues First Smoking Ban Violation Citation
State Journal - Susan Sullivan - September 8, 2010

CLARKSBURG -- The Harrison-Clarksburg Board of Health has issued its first smoking ban violation citation.

The Fraternal Order of the Eagles Lodge No. 2353 on West Pike Street was cited after two warnings, one in June and one in July. ...

Clean air study finds dirty spots
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - Charles Owens - August 17, 2010

Cabell health board sued over smoking ban
phillyBurbs.com - Jonathan M. Katz - June 2, 2010

AP More than 50 businesses and veterans groups are challenging Cabell County's ban on smoking in bars and video lottery parlors. ...

Berkeley Co. to exempt tobacco stores from indoor air rules
The Herald-Mail - Matthew Umstead - May 21, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Board of Health this week voted 2-0 to adopt changes to the county’s indoor air regulation to exempt retail tobacco stores from the rules.

Board member George Karos was absent for the meeting on Monday and Ruby Foltz recently resigned from the board. Board chair Joy Buck, who only votes to break a tie, was not present for the meeting either, but authorized county health officer Diana Gaviria to preside in her absence, Berkeley County Health Department administrator Bill Kearns confirmed. Gaviria, according to state code, is to act as the board’s secretary and is a nonvoting member.

The change to the smoking regulations currently affects two existing businesses, Kearns said. Both businesses and any new tobacco store must submit an application and the health department will verify that they comply with the guidelines that now have been adopted, Kearns said. ...

Harrison-Clarksburg Board of Health Reinstates Smoking Ban
The board discussed the issue at its meeting on May 19.
WBOY-TV (Clarksburg, WV), 2010-05-19
Story by Dani Brake

The debate over Harrison County's controversial 100 percent smoking ban is over.

The Harrison-Clarksburg Board of Health held a regular meeting Wednesday morning.

Board member Bernie Fazzini asked the board to consider another exemption to the ban, allowing owners of free-standing bars and video lottery establishments the right to choose to allow smoking.

Fazzini's motion did not receive a second, and so it was not up for a vote.

Exemptions are already in place for hotels and motels, as well as specific areas of assisted living facilities, because the buildings serve as homes for the people there.

When Fazzini spoke to the board, he said he wanted to make it clear that he was not pro-smoking or anti-smoking. To him, the issue was a business decision. . . .

The Clean Indoor Air Act will go into effect on June 1. ...

Health Board Member Proposes Exceptions to Harrison County Smoking Ban
WDTV - Leslie Rubin - April 21, 2010

The proposed Harrison County Clean Indoor Air Regulation could go up in smoke if the health board decides to make some changes proposed at a meeting, Thursday morning.

Starting June 1, 2010 the 100% smoking ban is set to go in effect, but on Thursday, Harrison-Clarksburg Health Board member Bernie Fazzini proposed some exemptions to the ban, citing business revenue as the main reason.

Before Fazzini made the proposal, dozens of people spoke for an against the ban.

Bar and restaurant owners say it will hurt business and drive customers to businesses in near-by counties that allow smoking. ...

Harrison County Board of Health Revisits Smoking Ban
WBOY-TV - Dani Brake - April 21, 2010

CLARKSBURG -- The Clarksburg-Harrison Board of Health revisited its controversial smoking ban, Wednesday morning.

Board member Bernie Fazzini asked the board to reconsider the 100 percent smoking ban in the county. Fazzini is asking that free-standing bars, and video lottery establishments, be exempt.

Under the exemption, businesses with video lottery games could allow smoking in the video lottery rooms, as long as the room is closed off and has a separate ventilation system.

Several business owners claim that the exemptions would not be fair to restaurants that don't have gaming rooms.

The board also heard from several community groups about the ban, including representatives from the RAZE program at Bridgeport High School. ...

Most complying with ban on smoking
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch, 2010-04-17
BETH HENDRICKS The Herald-Dispatch

Health department officials say compliance with the smoking ban in Cabell County has been "excellent" since the ban took effect March 9, but that doesn't mean all bar owners are happy about it.

Stan Mills, program manager for the Cabell County Health Department, said only a handful of complaints have been received about violations of the new policy for bars, nightclubs and gambling parlors, although at least one location has already laid off employees because of the downturn in business.

"Business is bad," said Louise Burton, manager of Howard P. Hall VFW Post 1064 in Huntington. ...

Berkeley Co. Board of Health eyes exemption to clean air rules
The Herald-Mail - Matthew Umstead - March 24, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Faced with the possibility of having a “damaged” ordinance, the Berkeley County Board of Health is considering a proposal to exempt retail tobacco stores from its clean indoor air regulations.

In a 3-0 vote last week, the Board of Health decided to hold a 30-day public comment period on whether to exempt a retail establishment that derives more than 80 percent of its gross revenue from the sale of loose tobacco, cigars and tobacco smoking accessories from its ordinance, County Health Department administrator Bill Kearns confirmed. ...

Official says smoking in Capitol is 'unfair'
Daily Mail - Charleston - Ashley B. Craig - March 19, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va.--Charleston councilman John Miller says a policy allowing lawmakers to smoke inside the state Capitol building is unfair.

Miller approached members of the Kanawha-Charleston Board of Health about the issue during their regular meeting Thursday.

"I drive by CAMC all the time and see people outside smoking cigarettes by the pole," Miller said. "I see them smoking out in front of the bank, everyone is smoking outdoors, but some of the legislators, as I understand, do not go outdoors.

"They smoke inside in their offices." ...

Ruling allows smoking ban to take effect
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch, 2010-03-05
BRYAN CHAMBERS The Herald-Dispatch

Cabell Circuit Judge Jane Hustead lifted a week-old temporary injunction on a new countywide indoor smoking regulation Thursday, which allows the Cabell-Huntington Health Department to enforce it as soon as the judge enters her order. The new regulation strengthens a 2001 law that prohibited smoking in all of the county's restaurants.

Fifty-five bars, video lottery parlors and veterans organizations filed a complaint against the Board of Health last week, arguing that the regulation was arbitrary and unreasonable and would force them to close their doors.

While Hustead apologized to bar owners before her ruling and said she was sympathetic to their concerns, she added that the documented negative effects of secondhand smoke outweigh the alleged economic losses that the ban might impose on them.

"I have to look at the overall well-being of this community," she said. ...

Cabell County's expanded smoking ban on hold
phillyBurbs.com - March 1, 2010

Cabell County's ban on smoking in bars and video gambling parlors is on hold.

The ban was scheduled to go into effect Monday. But a judge on Friday issued a temporary injunction delaying the ban's implementation.

The injunction was sought by more than 50 bars and gambling parlors that are suing the Cabell-Huntington Board of Health. They claim the board's decision to expand the county's indoor smoking ban to bars and gambling parlors is arbitrary, unreasonable and denies them the economically viable use of their property. ...

Cabell health board sued over smoking ban
phillyBurbs.com - February 26, 2010

More than 50 businesses and veterans groups are challenging Cabell County's ban on smoking in bars and video lottery parlors.

They filed a complaint Thursday in Cabell County Circuit Court against the Cabell-Huntington Board of Health. The complaint seeks a preliminary injunction and a declaratory judgment hearing. ...

Smoking ban review in works
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch, 2010-02-18
BRYAN CHAMBERS The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON -- The expansion of Cabell County's smoking ban into bars and video lottery parlors has prompted a Cabell delegate to craft legislation that would allow the public to appeal local health regulations to county commissions.

Delegate Doug Reynolds, D-Cabell, said many of his constituents have voiced frustration over the Cabell-Huntington Board of Health's decision in January to extend the countywide smoking ban, which already applies to restaurants and workplaces. The new regulation takes effect March 1.
Their frustration is not so much about the board's decision as it is the inability of the public to appeal a regulation made by a body that is not elected, Reynolds said.

"Local health boards may be the only folks whose decisions are unappealable or unreviewable," Reynolds said. "A lot of my constituents think that's not right. There should be some appellate review of some type." ...

Council Member Fights Smoking Battle
State Journal - Kristen Sell - February 16, 2010

CHARLESTON -- A Charleston council member is fighting back against what he's calling a double standard.
Councilman John Miller, Junior said members of the West Virginia Legislature have been smoking in their offices within the state capitol.

But a year ago, Kanawha County passed a clean indoor air regulation, banning lighting up in bars and restaurants.

Miller said legislators should have to follow the same rules inside state buildings.

Miller sent a letter to Gov. Joe Manchin and also brought the issue up during Tuesday night's city council meeting.

He plans to meet with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department March 18. ...

Bill would ban smoking in Statehouse
Charleston (WV) Gazette, 2010-02-15
Alison Knezevich Staff writer

Three Kanawha County delegates want their colleagues to follow the same rule as others who work for the state -- don't light up in the office.
Democrats Nancy Guthrie, Bonnie Brown and Bobbie Hatfield introduced legislation (HB 4498) Monday to ban smoking in the entire Statehouse, including lawmakers' offices.

State Division of Personnel policy bars state employees from smoking in the workplace. Outside, workers must smoke at least 15 feet away from a building's entrance.

Those rules apply only to the executive branch of government, said Department of Administration spokeswoman Diane Holley-Brown. ...

Kanawha wants to serve as model for statewide smoking regulation
Charleston (WV) Gazette, 2010-02-07
Rusty Marks Staff writer

Kanawha County health officials are setting themselves up to lead the push for statewide smoking regulations.

But they need to start small.

"It's got to be done very cautiously," said Dr. Rahul Gupta, chief health officer for the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. "You've got to have the right timing for it, and you've got to have public opinion on your side."

Last week, Sen. Dan Foster, D-Kanawha, introduced a bill banning smoking statewide. But Foster conceded the bill had little chance of passing, and was introduced mainly to spur discussion of smoking as a public health issue. ...

Kanawha County Health Department 'No Knowledge' of Any Bars Closing Due to Smoking Ban
Scientific Studies Conclude Smoke Eating Devices Do Not Significantly Reduce Odor and Carcinogens
Huntington (WV) News.Net, 2010-02-07
Tony Rutherford Huntingtonnews.net Reporter

Having imposed its no smoking in bars ban over a year ago, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department told HNN they have "no knowledge" of any establishments permanently shutting down due to economic or other conditions.

The County's most blatant offender, The Blackhawk Saloon, has in exchange for receiving its liquor license back agreed to enforce the policy.

Anita Ray as a spokesperson for Dr. Rahul Gupta, director, said, " We have no knowledge of it if any Kanawha County establishments have closed due to our Clean Indoor Air Regulation." As for an overall economic impact, the deep recessionary conditions throughout the economy places revenue lost due to the clean air regulation as a tough assessment. . . .

the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department representative indicated that ease and enforcement difficulties have "been a learning experience. CIAR depends on two things, our manpower and our ability to work with our county prosecutor." Ray said enforcement has become "easier." Statistic wise, the department has filed 26 magistrate court complaints. Over 5,000 CIA inspections have occurred in the last eighteen months. ...

Blackhawk Saloon kicks smoking habit, gets license back
Charleston (WV) Gazette, 2010-02-05
Kathryn Gregory Staff writer

The Blackhawk Saloon opened for business Friday evening after temporarily losing its liquor license Monday for repeatedly violating the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department's indoor smoking ban.
Kerry "Paco" Ellison, who owns the Charleston-area bar, was told he had violated the smoking ban and was allowing criminal activity to take place in his establishment by letting patrons and bar employees smoke. As a result, the state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration pulled his license until an agreement could be reached.

Ellison said that he'd pay the hefty fine -- equal to what he pays to have a liquor license in the first place -- to get his papers and license back.
Ellison will be required to pay a $1,000 fine in four monthly payments to the ABCA in addition to posting non-smoking signs and removing all ashtrays and other smoking paraphernalia from the bar, said ABCA spokesperson Gig Robinson. . . .

"I signed the agreement saying I'll be a good boy from now on," he said. ...

Cabell set to implement smoking ban
West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Clark Davis - February 5, 2010

The Cabell County Health Department is implementing a ban on smoking in bars but frustration remains high across the state with similar bans.

Cabell County’s ban begins on February 26th. Stacy Wehrle is with the American Legion Post 16 in Huntington, which fought the ban because of its potential economic impact.

“Well we’re concerned, we realize it’s going to reduce some people if they can’t come in and smoke while they’re getting a beer they’ll stay away,” Wehrle said. “If it’s a ruling and a law then we have to abide by it, if we don’t they’ll take our license away from us.” ...

Blackhawk Saloon's liquor license suspended over smoking
Daily Mail - Charleston - February 3, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The state has suspended a Charleston bar owner's liquor license for defying Kanawha County's indoor smoking ban.

It's the latest of several run-ins that Kenny Ellison has had with authorities since the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department banned smoking in bars and gambling parlors in November 2007. ...

Smoking allowed in Capitol offices
Daily Mail - Charleston - Sara Gavin - February 1, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Again this year, state Sen. Dan Foster will push for a tax hike on cigarettes and for a statewide smoking ban.

There's one crusade he won't take on, however.

That's a ban on smoking in legislative offices at the Capitol.

Foster, D-Kanawha, said he's not one to confront his fellow legislators about lighting up and "bang people's heads against the walls." ...

RUTHERFORD: Huntington's Smoking Ain't Allowed in Bars, Parlors Stirs Ballot Protest Threat(s)
Huntington (WV) News.Net, 2010-01-29
Tony Rutherford Huntingtonnews.net Reporter

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department voted to ban smoking in bars and video gambling establishments 4-0 at the Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 meeting, but opponents to the smoking ban have begun to express their constitutional rights --- they plan to do so in May at the election booth. And, the word is spreading.

Amongst several unhappy smoking ban players, the word does not signal an immediate court challenge. The West Virginia Supreme Court essentially decided the question, leaving only a narrow legislative window that exempts bingo halls with 100 or more card players.

However, the issue may be legally settled but smoking and on-smoking individuals see it as a call to arms as the ante increases in the smoking wars.

Councilwoman Frances Jackson cast a vote for freedom of choice. . . .
The American Legion within the last few months installed stronger so-called smoke eater air purifiers.

One website, The Wisconsin Initiative on Smoking and Health, acknowledges that , "while we recommend 100%, even without going totally smoke free bar owners can improve the situation by separating the bar into smoking and nonsmoking sections and EXHAUSTING the smoke from the smoking section and drawing the fresh air into the nonsmoking section. This will increase heating and ventilation costs, but the increased nonsmoker marketplace should more than offset these costs. Everybody will be pleased, even the smokers," stated Jack Lohman, founder and director of the Wisconsin Initiative.
As Jackson noticed at the Legion …

Snuffed Out
West Virginia MetroNews - January 28, 2010

Smokers will no longer be allowed in bars and gambling parlors in Cabell County starting at the end of February. The Cabell-Huntington Board of Health voted Wednesday night to extend its clean indoor air ordinance.
"Five of the six board members were present, four voted to adopt the resolution, and one abstained," Health Department Director Dr. Harry Tweel explained. "There was a debate about the pros and cons of some of the features of this."

Tweel says about four bar owners present at the meeting opposed the measure. State Delegate Doug Reynolds, who represents Cabell and Wayne Counties in the 16th District, sent a letter asking the board not to pass the measure because he thought it went too far. However, several community members and anti-smoking groups supported the health board in its decision. ...

Legislator aims to make state smoke-free
Beckley Register-Herald - Mannix Porterfield - January 27, 2010

CHARLESTON — Turning West Virginia into a smoke-free environment is a goal of a doctor-legislator.While some counties on their own have pursued and adopted regulations that keep smokers outdoors, Sen. Dan Foster envisions a law that at least sets a basic level of compliance across the state.

Once that is done, he says, counties might want to raise the bar on their own to keep second-hand smoke from drifting inside public places.

“If this would pass in the form that it would be in, there would be a uniform threshold that would allow counties to go to a higher level,” Foster, D-Kanawha, said Wednesday.

“Everybody would be up to at least a basic level, and then, if other counties wanted to go, they could go higher.”

Known as the Smoke Free West Virginia Act, the bill would ban the use of burned tobacco within 15 feet of an entrance to a public structure or inside a government-owned vehicle. ...

Health board takes up smoking ban at meeting
Huntington Herald Dispatch - January 27, 2010

HUNTINGTON -- A proposed measure to ban smoking in bars and video lottery parlors will be the focus of the Cabell-Huntington Board of Health's monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27.

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department has taken public comment on the proposal since mid-December and relayed the information to board members, said Dr. Harry Tweel, the health department's executive director. Tweel said the board could vote on the proposal at the meeting or delay a vote to conduct more research. ...

OP-ED: The Cost of Clean Indoor Air?
HNN Huntingtonnews.net - Sharon M. Covert - January 8, 2010

The nation’s largest tobacco-producing state is also the latest state to institute a clean indoor air law. As of January 1, 2010 it is illegal to smoke inside North Carolina bars and restaurants. North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue signed the law in Raleigh, next door to Durham, the historic headquarters of Big Tobacco.

Clearly, tobacco production and the manufacturing of tobacco products is a large contributor to North Carolina’s economy. How, therefore, can the government ban smoking in bars and restaurants? The answer is equally clear: Protecting public health is not a matter of boosting the economy.

Several industries in West Virginia have been slapped with tremendous fines in court for polluting the environment: coal; natural gas; the chemical industry and others. Our residents applaud when a large corporation gets smacked on the hand for endangering our people. However, when we decide to endanger ourselves and our fellow citizens, we balk at any challenge. ...

Bar owners against smoking ban
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch, 2009-12-22
BILL ROSENBERGER The Herald-Dispatch

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department is proposing a smoking ban that would extend the existing ban beyond eateries. Under Cabell County's current regulation, smoking is banned in restaurants and all other public places.

Bingo halls that have more than 100 cards and establishments where alcohol represents more than 80 percent of sales are exempt.

Mann said the health department is taking the angle of looking out for non-smoking employees. And he applauds the effort. But he said Dr. Harry Tweel, the health department's medical director, and others are greatly over-estimating the amount of non-smoking employees. He said they have thrown out numbers as high as 30 percent. In reality, he said, it's less than 5 percent at most places, including his own. ...

Public Hearing Scheduled for Proposed Expanded Cabell Smoking Ban
WSAZ-TV - Dave Benton - December 8, 2009

That proposal would ban smoking in all public venues, including bars and lottery establishments. A copy of the proposed regulations can also be viewed at ...

Cabell may ban smoking in bars - The Herald Dispatch
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch, 2009-12-01
BRYAN CHAMBERS The Herald-Dispatch

Cabell County bars and video lottery parlors could become smoke-free in the near future.

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department is drafting a proposal that would ban smoking from bars and gambling parlors, said Dr. Harry Tweel, the health department's executive director. It likely will conduct a public hearing on it within the next month, he said.

"Our board of health has been looking at this issue for some time and monitoring what's happening in other counties around the state," Tweel said. "They are aware of the health risks caused by exposure to secondhand smoke in public venues and, as a result, they've asked us to look into the issue of extending our clean indoor air regulation to bars.
"From a health standpoint, it's the right thing to do."

The proposed regulation and feedback from the public hearing is expected to be addressed at the Cabell-Huntington Board of Health's next meeting on Jan. 27. It's too early to tell whether the board will take a vote on the regulation at the meeting, Tweel said.

HLS HSC halts ban on smoking: Other area hospitals ready for Nov. 19
Trading Markets, 2009-11-11
(The Dominion Post - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX)

A smoking ban slated to take effect next week at WVU's Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center (HSC) has been postponed indefinitely.
The HSC, Monongalia Health System, HealthSouth Mountain-View Regional Rehabilitation Hospital and WVU Healthcare -- which includes WVU Hospitals and University Health Associates (UHA) -- announced plans earlier this year to eliminate on-site smoking by the date of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, Nov. 19.

However, the HSC can't implement a smoking ban without approval from the WVU Board of Governors (BOG). The board met Friday, but the smoking policy was not on the agenda.

Dr. Fred Butcher, vice president for planning and operations, said the HSC will wait to see what happens with a campuswide smoking policy review initiated by WVU President James Clements.

"I'm absolutely confident we'll get there," Butcher said. "We just need to go through the appropriate process." . . .

At Friday's BOG meeting, Clements said a task force is being formed to review the smoking policy. Faculty, students and staff will be included, but Clements said it will likely take time to address the issue.

It can take a year or more to address a campus smoking policy, he said.
"The discussion about that is fairly complex," Clements said. "When are you on campus, when are you off campus. ... It's a complicated issue. I just want to allow people to have input." ...

Nitro Leaders Look to Sidestep Kanawha Smoking Ban
WSAZ-TV - Kallie Cart - October 28, 2009

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- If you don't like the rules in one county, just move to the county next door.

Leaders in Nitro are hoping to move out from under the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and merge with the Putnam County Health Department. This move is due to the Kanawha County smoking ban and Tri-State Racetrack and Casino's claim that it's costing them millions.

Nitro passed an ordinance a couple of months ago allowing smoking at the racetrack. But rather than face a costly legal fight, Nitro City Councilman Craig Matthews says the better route is to merge with the Putnam County Health Department. Part of Nitro is in Putnam County. ...

Nitro, Putnam health officials discuss jurisdiction
Charleston Gazette - Veronica Nett - October 27, 2009

TEAYS VALLEY, W.Va. -- A proposed agreement to put the city of Nitro under the jurisdiction of the Putnam County Health Department is still on the table after a Tuesday night meeting between city and county officials.

Members of the Putnam County Health Board agreed to continue to review the issue and asked Nitro's city council to provide more information about its demographic, septic system and financial records.

"My main concern, of course, is the funding," said Putnam Health Department Director Jackie Fleshman. ...

Marion County officeholder drops lawsuit
Charleston Gazette - October 22, 2009

FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- A Marion County commissioner has withdrawn a lawsuit he filed against his two colleagues over the handling of the county's smoking ban.

Commissioner Wayne Stutler says he dropped the lawsuit because he doesn't have the money to pursue it himself, and didn't want tax dollars to be spent over the litigation.

Stutler, a Republican, had claimed the commission acted outside its authority in removing a Republican from the county health board and by postponing a smoking ban. ...

Nitro leaders meeting with Putnam officials
Daily Mail - Charleston - Jessica M. Karmasek - October 19, 2009

NITRO, W.VA. -- Nitro officials plan to meet next week with members of the Putnam County Health Department in hopes of putting the city under the health department's jurisdiction.

Rusty Casto, Nitro's mayor, said the move is an effort to get around Kanawha County's smoking ban.

"We're considering letting their health department take care of the Nitro area," he said. "I think it's a long shot.

"But Putnam County allows indoor public smoking. If their health department would take over, smoking would be allowed at the dog track."

Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center has reported millions in lost revenue as a result of Kanawha's ordinance, which expanded last year to include gambling facilities and bars. ...

3 local hospitals unite on going tobacco-free
Williamson Daily News - Loretta Tackett - October 15, 2009

Three local hospitals announ-ced yesterday the facilities will go tobacco-free the first of next year.

Williamson ARH (Appalachian Regional Healthcare) Hospital, Williamson Memorial Hospital and Logan Regional Medical Center will join other local healthcare facilities Jan. 1, 2010 in prohibiting tobacco use of any kind inside or outside hospital property.

The health-oriented move will include the elimination of designated areas outside the three hospitals where employees, patients and visitors are currently permitted to use tobacco products, hospital officials reported. ...

Marion County Rescinds Smoking Ban
The Board of Health took the vote on Friday.
Charleston (WV) State Journal, 2009-10-10
Story by Dani Brake

FAIRMONT -- The Marion County Board of Health has had to deal with its share of controversy over the past few months.

The most recent troubles were over the removal of Alan Parks from the board and allegations its smoking ban vote wasn't legal, because it wasn't on the agenda.

On Friday, the board took a step to remedy the situation, when it revisited the county's Clean Indoor Air Act The smoking ban was on the agenda and officials say the vote to rescind the ban was about making the situation right.

"We voted 3 to 1 to rescind the Clean Indoor Air Act and go back to the original version," says BOH President Randy Elliott.

The vote reinstated the county's 2004 Clean Indoor Air Act, keeping smoking illegal in restaurants and public buildings, but allowing it in bars and fraternal organizations. ...

SGA passes smoking ban resolution
The Daily Athenaeum - Travis Crum - October 8, 2009

A resolution banning smoking on West Virginia University’s Health Sciences Campus passed during Wednesday’s Student Government Association meeting.

All but two of the 13 governors – Paul Kast and Abby Sobonya – voted for the ban.

Gov. Ron Cheng proposed an amendment "student input, collaboration, compromise and awareness for a progressive mode of reform," which was added unanimously to the resolution before it was voted on.

"Right now, the resolution is a smoking ban with only administration input, and technically we are supporting that," Cheng said. I want to make it clear that SGA is supporting a ban that involves students."

While Gov. Scott Covitz felt the resolution had "no student backing at all" before the amendment, he chose to vote "yes" because of its addition.

Cheng said adding the amendment did not affect the ban in anyway, but ensured the student voice in the matter.

"We still have a resolution that supports a ban," he said. "For the governors who are hesitant, this is like a settlement for both parties, a win-win situation."

Gov. Taylor Richmond, who drafted the resolution, said the clause should have been included in the original draft and was glad Cheng proposed it. ...

Smoking holdout gives up
After health department threat, owner says no more smoking
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail, 2009-10-07
Ashley B. Craig Daily Mail staff

Kerry "Paco" Ellison, owner of the Blackhawk Saloon, said he is giving up his fight against the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department's smoking ban.

As of Tuesday night after 4 p.m., the bar that has openly defied the ban for more than a year was smoke-free, Ellison said. Only one section of an outdoor patio, located more than 15 feet from the entrance, was reserved for smokers, he said.

Ellison said his decision to end his battle with the county's health board came after a visit Tuesday, just as his bar was opening, from an official with the state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration.

Ellison, who was not present when the official arrived, said his employees were told that the bar would lose its liquor license if one more person was caught inside smoking.

"The eagle has landed and the Blackhawk is smoke-free," Ellison said Tuesday night.

RJ Reynolds joins Kanawha smoking-ban fray
Charleston Gazette - Eric Eyre - October 5, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is demanding that a Charleston bar owner remove a giant inflatable "Winston" cigarette pack replica outside the Blackhawk Saloon.

Kerry "Paco" Ellison has used the mock cigarette pack to protest Kanawha County's expanded smoking ban.

R.J. Reynolds alleges that the inflatable advertisement is harming the company's reputation because Ellison also is using it to advertise "unlawful smoker nights" and "encourage patrons of your bar to violate the county's smoking ban," according to a letter sent to Ellison by the tobacco company's chief lawyer. ...

Smoking ban for clubs nixed
Berkeley Board of Health unanimously votes against the proposal
Martinsburg Journal, 2009-09-22

MARTINSBURG - Clubs, bars and fraternal organizations will not be forced to ban smoking, thanks to unanimous action taken at Monday's night's Berkeley County Health Department meeting.

Just minutes after board member George Karos made a motion not to make a proposed change in the county's clean indoor air policy, the other four board members also echoed his sentiment, although for a variety of reasons.

At least one person disagreed with the action. Dr. Diana Gaviria, the department's health officer, said after the meeting she feels board members made the wrong decision.

"This decision was not in the interest of public health. It was in response to a very effective and very vocal opposition. Unfortunately, I don't think it serves the members of the community well," Gaviria said.

"The priority of the Board of Health should be public health," she said.

Before making his motion, Karos said he had read and considered all of the public's comments. Karos also said the county already has an indoor air ordinance, which was enacted in 2001, and it is working well. ...

Smokers Rally
Board of health may vote on smoking ban next week
Martinsburg (WV) Journal, 2009-09-17
Edward Marshall, Journal Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG - Pete Snow may have to breath with the assistance of an oxygen tank, but that didn't stop the senior citizen and Berkeley County war veteran from joining scores of protesters Wednesday night in Martinsburg for a rally and march to show support for opposition to a proposed smoking ban.

The ban, proposed by the Berkeley County Health Department, would eliminate smoking at private bars, clubs and fraternal organizations.
"I just don't believe they should take the rights away from the private clubs. I mean I'm on oxygen, but if I don't want to go, I can go someplace else. Don't take rights away from other people," Snow said while standing amidst the protesters at the square in downtown Martinsburg. "I think too much of this is going on in my country today. Rights are being taken away."

The protest was organized by local businessman and smoking-ban opponent Butch Pennington, who owns three clubs and two liquor stores. The board of health could vote on the ban at their next regular meeting, which is at 4 p.m. Monday at the old Berkeley County Courthouse across the street from the square where protesters gathered. ...

Putnam health department says no incentive for Nitro merger
Charleston Gazette - Veronica Nett - September 16, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There's no incentive for the Putnam County Health Department to agree to a proposed merger with the city of Nitro, county officials said.

"At this point, I don't see a great incentive, [the merger] will cost us manpower and resources we don't really have," said Jackie Fleshman, the Putnam health department's director.

Nitro officials want the Putnam health department to cover the city in order to bypass the Kanawha County smoking ban, which affects Nitro's Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center.

The Kanawha-Putnam county line runs through Nitro, but the racetrack is in Kanawha County.

"The primary thing for us is what is the advantage to the taxpayers of Putnam? Why should we take on this extra responsibility? We know what [Nitro's] goal is, it's to get around the smoking ban," said County Commissioner Joe Haynes, a member of the Putnam health board.

The current Kanawha County indoor-air regulation bans smoking in all businesses including bars, video lottery parlors and the racetrack. Putnam County prohibits smoking inside establishments that serve patrons 17 years old or younger.

Officials with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department declined to comment Wednesday.

Nitro's attorney believes the merger is legal under state law, but Fleshman said she would like the state to look at the matter. ...

Putnam County May Be the Answer for Nitro's Smoking Woes
WCHS - September 16, 2009

(Nitro) Being a border town has its advantages and the City of Nitro may choose to exercise one of those advantages to the benefit of the Tri-State Racetrack and Casino.

The town council is looking at the possibility of asking the Putnam County Health Department to take over jurisdiction of the City of Nitro, pulling the town out of the purview of the Kanawha County Health Department.

"Since we're in two counties, Putnam County could take over our health services for restaurants and the dog track,” said Nitro Mayor Rusty Casto. "If so, they permit smoking in Putnam County and that would permit a smoking area to be put out to Tri-State."

The Nitro City Council has already passed an ordinance overruling the health department's smoking ban. The track is yet to exercise that new regulation, awaiting a court's decision on the legality.

Casto believes the proper way to handle the matter is to take it to the legislature and ask for a decision. Tri-State claims only the Legislature and the Lottery Commission have the power to regulate the track. Casto believes action at the capital could clear up the hurdles being faced at the casino. ...

Board seeks alternative ideas for smoking ban
Martinsburg (WV) Journal, 2009-09-12
Jenni Vincent, Journal staff writer

MARTINSBURG - When Berkeley County Health Department Administrator Bill Kearns discussed a proposal that would ban smoking in area bars, private clubs and fraternal organizations at Thursday night's public forum, he also talked about seeking ideas from citizens on alternative plans.

Other ideas will be considered, Kearns said, because the goal is to protect public health, not anger local citizens or negatively impact area businesses and the economy with the change to the county's Clean Indoor Air Policy.

Unfortunately, he said, most of the 70 public comments that have already been submitted online were simply folks who wanted to take a side - pro or con on the proposed smoking ban. ...

Opponents of smoking changes speaking out
The Herald-Mail - Matthew Umstead - September 10, 2009

Opponents of tougher restrictions on smoking in public and work places dominated a public hearing Thursday evening at Hedgesville High School about the proposal.

Among about 130 people who attended the forum on the proposed clean indoor air regulation revisions being considered by the Berkeley County Board of Health, only two people spoke in favor of the changes. More than 15 spoke against the changes prompting sustained applause practically every time by most of the people seated in the school’s auditorium. ...

Smoking ordinance meeting set tonight at Hedgesville High
Martinsburg Journal - Jenni Vincent - September 10, 2009

HEDGESVILLE - Those for and against a proposed change in the county's Clean Indoor Air Policy are hoping for a good turnout at tonight's public forum at 6 p.m. at Hedgesville High School.

As proposed by the Berkeley County Health Department, the new policy would ban smoking in area bars and private clubs as well as meeting rooms in hotels and motels.

Tonight's public meeting is part of an effort to get citizen input during a 30-day public comment period on the proposed change, said Health Department Administrator Bill Kearns, who will emcee the session. ...

Kanawha County charges bars for re-inspections
Daily Mail - Charleston - September 9, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The standoff between health officials in West Virginia's largest county and a bar owner who flagrantly violates a smoking ban is coming to a head.

Blackhawk Saloon Kerry "Paco'' Ellison says he won't pay two invoices for a total of $175 for health inspections at his bar. Instead, Ellison says he plans to use them as wallpaper. ...

Monongalia County Healthcare Provides go Tobacco-Free
WBOY-TV (Clarksburg, WV), 2009-08-29
Story by Karen Kiley

MORGANTOWN -- Three major health care providers in Monongalia County are getting ready to go tobacco-free and they're making sure everyone knows about it.

WVU Hospitals, Mon Health Systems, and HealthSouth Rehabilitation are all counting down the days until their properties are completely tobacco-free.

It's impossible to visit any of the institutions without seeing the transition, and officials say that's the point. ...

Marion County Health Board Member Removed
WOWK - Karen Kiley - August 26, 2009

FAIRMONT -- The Marion County Commission removes a member of the Board of Health, which could have big implications for the county's smoking ban. ...

Smoking ban protested
Martinsburg (WV) Journal, 2009-08-26
Jenni Vincent / Journal staff writer

Two private club owners who aren't happy about the Berkeley County Health Department's proposed change to its Clean Indoor Air Policy took to the streets Tuesday as a way of voicing their concerns.

Armed with picket signs that read "Honk if (you) think we should keep smoking," and "It's my civil liberty," the protestors positioned themselves outside the county's Dunn Building at various times during the day, said organizer Bret Ruppenthal, who owns the Sky Room Lounge on Rock Cliff Drive.

He said the goal was to catch county officials as they were coming to work in the morning and leaving in the evening, as well as at lunch time.
Ruppenthal also said a petition being circulated against the proposed policy change was well received by individuals who stopped to read it. ...

Smoking ban enforcement on hold ($$)
In county bars, clubs, video poker parlors
Fairmont (WV) Times-West Virginian, 2009-08-22
Misty Poe Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT -- As of noon on Friday, the Marion County Clean Indoor Air Regulation was no longer being enforced in local bars, clubs and video poker parlors.

Just three weeks after the updated regulations went into effect, county officials explained that a legal issue in the process of how the smoking ban was adopted would prevent them from enforcing it any further.

Acting on a citizen complaint brought up during this week's county commission meeting, Commission President Randy Elliott said he contacted the West Virginia Ethics Commission to discuss the appointment of Alan Parks to the county board of health last year. ...

Nitro council OKs smoking at Tri-State
Track and city officials expect issue to go to court
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail, 2009-08-18
Mary Childress Daily Mail staff

By unanimous vote, Nitro City Council members passed an ordinance at Tuesday's council meeting to allow smoking in parts of Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center.

Even though the ordinance passed, Tri-State officials have said that doesn't mean a special smoking section at the facility will open immediately.

Dan Adkins, vice president of Hartman and Tyner, parent company of Tri-State said he's pleased the city tackled the smoking issue and addressed it head on. He addressed council members at the meeting and thanked them for their support. . . .

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department has vowed to fight Nitro's ordinance. Officials there say the countywide ban take precedence over any city regulations.

"I expect this to end up in court," Adkins said Tuesday. ...

Bar owner plans second annual smoke-in
Controversial bar owner Kerry "Paco" Ellison is planning his second-annual smokers' celebration at his Charleston bar.
Charleston (WV) Gazette, 2009-08-17

Controversial bar owner Kerry "Paco" Ellison is planning his second-annual smokers' celebration at his Charleston bar.
Ellison, owner of the Blackhawk Saloon in Charleston, said the second-annual smokers' night activities begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the saloon.

Ellison and his clientele have flouted Kanawha County's indoor smoking ban since the regulations barring smoking at bars and gambling establishments went into effect last year. Ellison was convicted in Kanawha Magistrate Court of disobeying the ordinance, but an appeal is pending in Kanawha Circuit Court. ...

Brenda C. Isaac: Smoking editorial off-target
Charleston Gazette - Brenda C. Isaac - August 17, 2009

As president of the Kanawha Charleston Board of Health, I am writing in response to the Gazette's editorial stating that the Board should give preferential treatment to the Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming Center in Cross Lanes and exempt it from the Clean Indoor Air Regulation that went into effect July 2008.

I must say that I am surprised, and a little disappointed, at the Gazette's very narrow and shortsighted responses. I expected more from a newspaper with a reputation for championing the rights of the people. Being safe in public establishments is certainly a right that should be maintained.

As a Board of Health, we take our responsibility to the people of Kanawha County very seriously. We studied all of the latest and most thorough scientific research for almost a year and a half before making the decision to expand Kanawha County's Clean Indoor Air Regulation to include bars and gambling establishments. We took our lead from the 2006 U.S. Surgeon General's report that stated unequivocally that no level of secondhand smoke is safe. Exposure has immediate detrimental effects on the cardiovascular system and causes coronary heart disease and cancer. Death rates from regular exposure are as much as 30 percent higher than that of unexposed nonsmokers. ...

Local Organizations Won't Give Up to Light Up
WDTV CBS Channel 5 , 2009-08-12

Heated debate continues in Marion County over the recent smoking ban enforced by the Board of Health.

Workers from local VFW's and the Fraternal Order of Eagles fear they won't be able to stay afloat. . . .

But then after the commission meeting, workers from the Fraternal Order of Eagle's asked to look over at the paperwork from the "Clean Indoor Air Regulation" to see what they could find.

But what they didn't find is a signature from the health officer. Now workers say since there is no signature, they will continue to smoke in their privately owned establishment until a meeting with the Health Board in late September. ...

Changes to clean-air rules considered
The Herald-Mail - Matthew Umstead - August 10, 2009

Smoke from these rooms “must not infiltrate into areas where smoking is prohibited,” according to the draft regulations. In the current ordinance, ...

Nitro council proceeds with track-smoking ordinance
Nitro City Council members are moving forward with an ordinance that would allow smoking in some parts of Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming Center.
Charleston (WV) Gazette, 2009-08-04
Aran Jenkins For the Gazette

Nitro City Council members are moving forward with an ordinance that would allow smoking in some parts of Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming Center.

Council members on Tuesday made minor changes to the ordinance, which was first introduced in July. To take effect, it must pass on second reading, which is scheduled for Aug. 18.

Councilman Joe Savilla said the casino would not allow smoking immediately because it remains unclear whether the ordinance -- intended to trump Kanawha County's smoking ban -- would result in legal action from the county.

Kanawha County health officials have said they'll try to have Tri-State's liquor license pulled if smoking is allowed at the track.

Savilla said allowing smoking is strictly a financial decision, because the ban has cost the city over $100,000. ...

Nitro Council to Consider New Smoking Ordinance for Racetrack
WSAZ-TV - Anna Baxter - August 4, 2009

The push to allow smoking at Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center is moving forward.

Nitro City Council will have the first reading of an ordinance Tuesday that would allow smoking at the dog track.

This is the second time council will have a first reading of the ordinance. The ordinance is up for a first reading again because attorneys made a few changes last month to the language in the motion.

If it's approved Tuesday night, the ordinance will need to have a second reading before it becomes a city law. ...

Where no smoking means no smoking
Daily Mail - Charleston - August 4, 2009

Beginning Sept. 1, the Grant County Health Department has decreed, people may not only not smoke indoors in restaurants and businesses, but in bars and health care facilities as well.

Furthermore, going many health departments one better, members of the Grant County board also voted to ban smoking in public parks and places like the county fair. ...

Marion County Smoke-Free
WOWK - Karen Kiley - August 3, 2009

New businesses, like the "Hillbilly Rockstar Saloon" on Merchant Street, say they hope the smoking ban is enforced fairly. "As long as everyone is on the ...

City-county smoking fight looms in WVa
Daily Mail - Charleston - Aug 1, 2009

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A recent Nitro City Council proposal that would allow smoking at some sections of the city's Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming Center could have far-reaching and lasting effects.

The outcome of that proposal, which directly conflicts with Kanawha County's public indoor smoking ban, may have a major impact on Harrison County as well as the rest of the state. A public hearing and second reading of the ordinance is expected in Nitro sometime in August.

Although the state Supreme Court has never ruled on whether a city can countermand a county smoking ban, this issue could push the court and eventually the Legislature to come up with a uniform statewide law. As it stands now, West Virginia is one of just 14 states without some sort of ban in effect on public indoor smoking.

Clarksburg City Attorney Greg Morgan says that while a city may feel it has the right to defy a county ordinance, it's opening up a big can of worms by doing so. ...

Berkeley County considers expanding smoking ban
Daily Mail - Charleston - July 24, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - The Berkeley County Board of Health is looking at expanding the county's smoking ban to include bars, fraternal groups and other public places.

Berkeley County Health Department Administrator Bill Kearns told county and Martinsburg officials Thursday that West Virginia's second-largest county once led the state in protecting the public from secondhand smoke. Kearns says the county is now falling behind.

Christina Mickey with The Smoke-Free Initiative of West Virginia says 18 counties have tightened restrictions to eliminate secondhand smoke in all workplaces. ...

Should Clean Indoor Air Regulation Be Decided At State Level?
While some say yes, legislators say when wading through unchartered waters, they'd rather see individual counties decide on a case to case basis.
Charleston (WV) State Journal, 2009-07-23
Story by Kristen Sell

Tuesday night, Nitro City Council took the first steps in passing an ordinance that would essentially override the county's smoking regulation -- and allow Tri State Racetrack and Gaming Center to permit smoking in certain areas of the facility.

The possibility begs the question: should this issue be regulated at a state level?

Delegate Carrie Webster says typically when treading in uncharted territory, they'd rather the counties decide on their own.
But, she does question another aspect of the process.

"I think the real issue would be can an un-elected board, a non elected board pass a policy without any oversight or final say from an elected body?" questioned Webster. ...

Nitro Moose Lodge Hopes for Smoking Ban Exemption, Too
WSAZ NewsChannel 3 (Huntington, WV), 2009-07-23

Nitro's Moose Lodge is one business hoping the City of Nitro's steps to change the smoking ban for Tri-State Racetrack are successful so it can also get the same consideration.

The owners of Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center took their smoking ban exemption request to the City of Nitro after it was rejected by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. The proposed ordinance passed a first reading at Nitro City Council this week. The racetrack claims it has lost a lot of money due to the ban, but initially signed off on it when it was first propsed.

Rick Harris with the Moose Lodge says in the last year, the Moose has lost more than three thousand dollars a week -- about 180-thousand dollars in a year's time.

Harris knows the economy has something to do with it, but says the smoking ban cannot be ignored. He's hoping the battle for Tri-State- paves the way for places like his. ...

Racetrack smoking clears first reading in Nitro
Charleston Gazette - Chris Dorst - July 21, 2009

NITRO, W.Va. -- Members of Nitro City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to an ordinance that would allow smoking at some sections of Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming Center.

Council members still must approve the ordinance at a second reading in August before it takes effect.

Dan Adkins, vice president of racetrack owners Hartman & Tyner Inc., asked for the special ordinance after Kanawha County health officials refused to consider an exemption for the racetrack under the county's clean indoor air regulations.

The county's rules were expanded in July 2008 to ban smoking at all Kanawha County bars, video lottery establishments and the Nitro racetrack and casino.

After the vote, Adkins said Nitro's decision will probably end up in court.

Assistant State Attorney General Dawn Warfield said last week the Supreme Court has apparently never ruled on whether a city can countermand a county smoking ban. ...

Officials nix smoking-ban exemption at W.Va. track
Daily Mail - Charleston - July 21, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The Kanawha-Charleston Board of Health has no plans to exempt the Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center from its smoking ban.

Health department president Brenda Isaac says in a letter dated Monday that the public's health trumps the Nitro track's financial losses.

Track vice president Dan Adkins had asked ...

Concerned citizen's letter helps snuff out smoking at state park
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - Charles Owens - July 17, 2009

PIPESTEM — When she recently visited the pool at Pipestem State Park, Kathy Hamm-Wolfe was shocked to see that other visitors were smoking around children.

“We were in the kiddie pool area,” Hamm-Wolfe, of Princeton, said. “We had set up our stuff with our kids, and some people came and set down beside us, and started smoking like crazy. We never thought we would go the pool and be exposed to that.”

Hamm-Wolfe in return wrote a letter to the Daily Telegraph complaining about the incident. It was published as a “letter to the editor.” She was surprised to receive a response from the Department of Natural Resources a week later informing her that smoking had now been banned not only from the children’s pool, but the entire pool, and other public areas at the state park.

“I am thrilled,” Hamm-Wolfe said of the quick response from the state. I just feel like I really accomplished something just by writing a letter. I think as parents we have to speak up for kids because if we don’t who will?”

Robert Beanblossom, district administrator with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ Parks and Recreation section, said existing clean indoor air ordinances place restrictions on smoking in public places. Beanblossom said state officials were surprised to learn that smoking was still being allowed at the pool at Pipestem. ...

Nitro to discuss smoking at track, despite opinion
Charleston Gazette - Rusty Marks - July 15, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nitro Mayor Rusty Casto plans to introduce an ordinance to allow smoking at Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming Center, despite an attorney general's opinion saying he can't.

Owners of the racetrack, which is located inside Nitro city limits, want the ordinance permitting both smoking and nonsmoking sections at the track to circumvent a countywide smoking ban passed by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.

Nitro is in a unique position, with part of the city in Kanawha County and part in Putnam County. Kanawha County has the countywide smoking ban, but Putnam County doesn't.

Tri-State Racetrack is on the Kanawha County side of the line. ...

Smoking battle likely to land back in court
Daily Mail - Charleston - Cara Bailey - July 15, 2009

Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper said he expects the battle between the county health board and Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center over smoking will wind up back in court.

But Kanawha-Charleston Health Department officials say they've already got the law on their side.

Tri-State officials, who've been repeatedly denied an exemption by the health board to offer smoking at the Nitro casino, are now appealing to the city of Nitro to pass an ordinance allowing smoking in at least part of the facility.

But health department director Rahul Gupta pointed to two legal opinions he says show county health departments have authority to control such ordinances. ...

Tri-State asks Nitro to help overcome smoking ban
Owners of Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming Center are planning an end run around Kanawha County's indoor smoking ban.
Charleston (WV) Gazette, 2009-07-13
Rusty Marks Staff writer

Owners of Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming Center are planning an end run around Kanawha County's indoor smoking ban.

Dan Adkins, vice president of track owners Hartman & Tyner Inc., plans to meet with officials with the city of Nitro next week about smoking at Tri-State. The track lies inside Nitro city limits.

"We're going to take whatever remedy, legal or otherwise, to solve this problem," Adkins said Monday.

Revenue at Tri-State Racetrack is down by $15 million compared with last year, Adkins said. He and company officials blame most of the loss on a countywide smoking ban that went into effect in July 2008.

Nitro Mayor Rusty Casto plans to introduce an ordinance at a town council meeting July 21 that would allow both smoking and non-smoking sections at Tri-State. ...

County smoking ban pushed to Aug. 1
Because of confusion over official enforcement date for existing businesses
Fairmont (WV) Times-West Virginian, 2009-07-10

Marion County businesses have three more weeks to become smoke-free.

On July 1, a revision to the county's Clean Indoor Air Regulations went into effect for all existing businesses. And in August of last year, it was instated in all newly licensed establishments. The revision bans smoking in all public places, including bars, video lottery parlors and -- unless a private function is being held-- fraternal organizations. ...

Racetrack asks health board for smoking ban exemption
Charleston (WV) Sunday Gazette-Mail, 2009-07-09
Kathryn Gregory Staff writer

Representatives from the Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center asked the Kanawha-Charleston Board of Health to reconsider the county's smoking ban at the racetrack, but health officials weren't sympathetic.
Dan Adkins, the racetrack's vice president, asked the health board to allow a partial exemption for the "one-of-a-kind" establishment that would designate smoking and nonsmoking areas within the casino and gaming area.

"We can handle smokers and nonsmokers. We have had total separation in the past and are asking for consideration again since we are a unique destination within the state," Adkins said.

He said the racetrack has lost $15 million in revenue in the past year, more than half of which officials blame on the smoking ban. ...

Kanawha County Smoking Ban: One Year Later
WSAZ-TV - Amanda Barren - July 7, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The air is cleaner in Kanawha County, at least inside bars.

Tuesday, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department released a report detailing the results now that the smoking-ban has been in effect.

The report spans from July 1st, 2008 and runs through June 30th, 2009. ...

Lawmakers still support smoking ban
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail, 2009-06-29

If officials of Tri-State Racetrack had any hopes for a legislative exemption from a countywide smoking ban, they may already be in the ashes.

Several Kanawha County legislators, Republicans and Democrats alike, defend the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department's smoking ban, which was expanded July 1, 2008, to include bars and gambling parlors, including Tri-State Racetrack in Nitro.

They say the Legislature gave counties the authority to impose such rules, and it would make lawmakers look weak and irresponsible to reconsider the issue or make exceptions.

For several months Tri-State executives have been blaming dwindling revenues on the county's tough new smoking ban. Racetrack officials say the facility should be exempt because state laws define table games as lotteries and the state as the owner of the operations. ...

Clean Indoor Air Act Reinstatement Voted Down During Meeting
State Journal - May 27, 2009

CLARKSBURG -- Supporters and dissenters of Harrison County's Clean Indoor Air Act packed the meeting room at the Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department on Wednesday morning.

After more than an hour of presenting items on its regular agenda, the board addressed the proposed smoking ban and allowed those who signed up to speak on record.

Students from a local RAZE program spoke to the board, pleading for its reinstatement of the ban arguing that second hand smoke is harmful to workers. Local business owners spoke against the ban citing a loss of revenue during its implementation back in January. "My feeling is, everybody that [pays] their payment should [be able to] run it the way the customers want it, " said Pat Amos, a bar owner from North View. ...

FACEOFF QUESTION: Should the government require restaurants to ban all smoking?
Keyser (WV) News-Tribune, 2009-05-12
Kent Moreno and Stephen Smoot News-Tribune

By Kent Moreno:
Allow me to cut to the chase. I believe that all restaurants should be smoke free. I also believe that all bars should be smoke free. When it comes to issues of personal choice, within limits, as long as the person is hurting no one but themselves, I have a very strong libertarian streak. . . . Until someone invents a benign, pleasant smelling tobacco, we are going to have to rely on a smoking ban in restaurants (and hopefully bars) to protect nonsmokers and especially children from the health risks associated with second hand smoke. This may mean some inconvenience for smokers but that's life.

By Stephen Smoot:
I do not smoke cigarettes. I do not like cigarettes. I do not want my children to smoke cigarettes. . . . The precedent set by granting power to non elected boards is frightening, especially since they have ventured from protecting the public into social engineering. That does not mean that all their authority ought to be removed. We do need to have basic standards for cleanliness set and enforced. However, their authority should be much more strictly delineated or at least half of their members ought to be elected officials of some stripe. Citizens of a free society must question the source of this authority and demand ways to force them to be accountable. Otherwise, what incentive do they have to consider the public? Where does their authority stop?

1 Kanawha County bar celebrates smoking ban, clean air
Many bar owners are grumbling about Kanawha County's smoking ban, but at least one embraces the idea.
Charleston (WV) Sunday Gazette-Mail, 2009-04-23
Rusty Marks Staff writer

... "I have not noticed any losses [in business]," said Bill Smeedy, who has owned and operated The Cold Spot in North Charleston for 35 years.

"I've noticed an increase in people who don't smoke starting to frequent the place," he said

On Thursday, Smeedy helped members of the Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement celebrate the county's Clean Indoor Air Act by giving away West Virginia Power baseball tickets and putting up stickers for the coalition's Eat, Drink and Breathe Easy campaign.
Coalition director Judy Crabtree said the campaign is designed to encourage nonsmokers to go out to local bars and other establishments. ...

Health inspectors checking smoking ban request police escorts
Charleston (WV) Gazette, 2009-04-21
Rusty Marks Staff writer

Kanawha-Charleston health officials want city police or sheriff's deputies to accompany health inspectors on smoking inspections to keep potential conflicts with bar owners or patrons from raging out of control.
Kanawha-Charleston Health Department director Dr. Rahul Gupta told members of the county health board Tuesday that health officials recently stepped up enforcement efforts for the countywide smoking ban by sending health inspectors to bars and other establishments at night and on weekends.

But the change has not been without problems.

Health Department Sanitarian Maryanne Kraynanski told health board members that she and another sanitarian went to 12 different places on the evening of April 13 looking for violations of the smoking ban, and felt unsafe in two of them.

At one bar, she said three people were smoking when she walked in. Although the three left, Kraynanski said the bartender told her to "be careful in the parking lot" when she left.

Council Supports Exception, OK's Demo
WDTV - April 16, 2009

If the Clarksburg City Council gets its wish, fraternal organizations will be exempt from any county-wide smoking ban implemented in Harrison County.

Thursday evening council passed a resolution expressing support for the organization as they pursue an exemption from a county-wide ban.

Right now a previously imposed county-wide ban is suspended with the possibility of being reinstated soon.

City council members say the do not support smoking and say the hope for a 100% ban in time. They say they also realize the organizations' commitment to the youth and point to the fact that no smoking is permitted in the establishments when children are present....

Mon County Board of Health Hears Benefits of Smoking Ban
WOWK - March 27, 2009

MORGANTOWN -- The Morgantown Board of Health heard about benefits of a county wide smoking ban at their meeting on Thrusday. The state Division of Tobacco Prevention says nearly 4000 people in West Virginia die from smoking every year, and some people in Mon County are asking the board to eliminate smoking in public places.

Dr. Bill Reger-Nash gave a presentation to the board of health. Nash is a professor of community medicine at West Virginia University. "Smoke Free Mon County" has been pushing for a ban for a number of years now. During his presentation, Nash said that simply educating kids about the effects of smoking is not enough, because cigarettes are too accessible. "We do those behaviors that the environment permits and enables," said Nash, "and if in fact if the community passes an aggressive smoking ban, the kids will get the idea, this is not a behavior that's condoned, this is not a behavior that's supported, this is not a behavior that they should be doing." ...

Racetrack Asks Health Board to be Exempt from Smoking Ban
WOWK - March 20, 2009

KANAWHA COUNTY -- Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center is asking the county health board to once again allow smoking at the casino and racetrack.

Last summer, racetrack officials supported the smoking ban. Now, according to published reports, officials said video slot machine revenue dropped since the smoking ban went into effect.

KABLER: Smoking bans and smoking politics
Charleston (WV) Sunday Gazette-Mail, 2009-03-16
Phil Kabler Staff writer

Newest bad bill of the session: Legislation introduced in the House (HB2932) to require county commissions to approve any public health department restrictions on smoking in public or private places.

The sponsors, including Delegate Mike Caputo, D-Marion, insist that it is not about overturning smoking bans, but to bring "transparency" to the policymaking process of public health boards.

However, it's curious then that the bill applies only to smoking regulations - not any other health regulations those boards might enact.

It's also bad public policy, since boards of health were intentionally designed to be beyond the reach of politics. (The idea is to avoid scenarios where a politician could overrule health inspectors' shutting down a restaurant for serious health code violations because the owner happens to be a relative or friend of the politico.)

EDITORIAL: Bill would ‘fix’ mistake regarding smoking ban
Fairmont (WV) Times-West Virginian, 2009-03-15

House Majority Whip Mike Caputo and Delegates Tim Manchin and Linda Longstreth, all D-Marion, have sponsored a bill that would require all smoking bans not yet in effect and all future bans to be approved by the state’s county commissions ­ not the county boards of health . . .

Like the delegates who sponsored the bill, the Times West Virginian editorial board has never spoken out against the end result ­ a ban on smoking ­ but about about the process by which the ban was passed.
“Right now, it’s badly handled, and I just think that voters have a hard time accepting that a body that is not accountable to the public, to the electorate, can impose these regulations on the county,” Manchin said.
If HB 2932 passes, there would also be concrete notice requirements for public comment and public hearings, and if the county commission fails to act on a ban within a certain number of days, the regulation would become void.

If the bill passes, Marion County residents might actually get a say about the smoking ban ­ something they’ve been denied for the past year. With the county commission responsible for the ultimate decision, in the hands of the government body it should be open to public discourse instead of passed in the back room of a local restaurant.

Harrison County Smoking Ban Coming Back Sooner Than Expected?
WDTV - March 12, 2009

The Harrison-Clarksburg Board of Health may soon revisit the controversial 100 percent Clean Indoor Air Act.

In January, the Board of Health suspended it until June 2010 in order to let two legislative sessions pass in the hopes that a new statewide law would be passed to address the issue.

BOH member James Jarrett says "things have changed since then", and that he would like to revisit the issue at their May meeting.

Jarrett says he plans to ask for consideration of reinstating the ban. ...

Smoking ordinance could be revisited
Times-West Virginian, WV - January 30, 2009

At least one member of the Marion County Board of Health is hoping to take a second look today at the county’s newly passed Clean Indoor Air Ordinance that prohibits smoking in public establishments across the county.

Health board President Randy Elliott said late Wednesday night that he does not believe that the five-member health board should have the right to make this type of decision for the entire county.

Instead, he believes it should be something left up to the state Legislature.

He said he plans to bring this up at today’s board of health meeting, which is scheduled for noon at the Fairmont Public Safety Building.

Kanawha Board of Health: Smoking Ban Will Remain in Effect
WOWK, WV - January 28, 2009

CHARLESTON -- One week ago, the Harrison-Clarksburg Board of Health bowed to public pressure and suspended its new smoking ban until June of next year. However, their counterparts in Kanawha County say they intend to stand firm on the issue.

According to published reports, all members of the Kanawha-Charleston Board of Health remain committed to enforcing their recent ban on smoking in bars and gambling establishments, despite outcries from members of the public and many bar owners.

Doddridge County Adopts 100% Smoking Ban
State Journal, WV - January 26, 2009

The Doddridge County Board of Health adopted a 100 percent clean indoor air policy, on Monday.

The smoking ban will go into effect July 1.

The board enacted its first indoor air regulations, a 50 percent ban, in 1999, but says they were hard to enforce.

The board says it enacted the new policy to protect the public's health against the dangers of second-hand smoke.

The ban does not have exceptions.

Board of Health Suspends Smoking Ban in Harrison County
WOWK, WV - January 21, 2009

CLARKSBURG -- The Harrison - Clarksburg Board of Health has faced a lot of controversy following the smoking ban that went into effect on January 1.

At its meeting Wednesday morning, the board decided to suspend that ban until June 1, 2010.

'No risk-free level': 'Secondhand Smoke Awareness Week' now under way in West Virginia
Fairmont Times-West Virginian, July 7, 2006

"The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke" outlined the dangers of inhaling secondhand smoke, which include cardiovascular disease and cancer, and in children, asthma and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Marion County is 100 percent smokefree in the workplace and restaurants, but Keener would like to see the smoke clear in two places not covered by the law - bingo halls and personal-care homes. They were already covered by state code that stated they had to have smoke-free sections.

"I would like to see bar workers in Marion County be protected against secondhand smoke," she said.

County smoking declines: Survey shows 10 percent drop
Charleston (WV) Gazette, July 22, 2005

Higher cigarette taxes and tougher smoking regulations have helped
reduce the number of people who smoke in Kanawha County, the executive director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department said Thursday.

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