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
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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. ...
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.
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.
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 ...
may snuff out Senate's tobacco tax hike, area lawmakers say
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) - February 27,
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, ...
& 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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."
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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...
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
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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,
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 .
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
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...
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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.
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
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
Department receives only two written comments on the ...
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration ) - November 3,
Masontown VFW Quartermaster Clark Sinclair voiced his opposition to
the proposed new smoking ordinance during the September meeting of the
Board of ...
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,
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
GATHER TO CLAIM PUBLIC SPACE
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.
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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
residents voice opinions on the proposed smoking regulation ...
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) - September
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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.
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
of Health elect new chairperson, discuss Rotruck replacement ... finally
comments on potential clean air rules
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) - August 1,
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ..
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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.
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
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
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
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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'.
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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
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.
Study: West Virginians Support Higher Taxes on Some Tobacco Products
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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
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 ...
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 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.
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 .
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, ...
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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: ...
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
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
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. ...
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...
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
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
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
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.
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 ..
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
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 ...
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.
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
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....
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.
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 publics input on its proposed change to the clean indoor air
regulations. People are put at risk with second-hand smoke, Huff said.
It doesnt matter if its a casino, a restaurant, a bar. The
smoke is still the hazard thats there and our boards stance
is regarding public health, protecting all peoples health.
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
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
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
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
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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?
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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, ...
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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?
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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, ...
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
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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, ...
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
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, ...
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.
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.
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
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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."
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 ...
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.
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...
'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
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
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.
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
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 ..
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.
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
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 ...
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
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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
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 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 ...
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.
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.
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
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
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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
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
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.
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.
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."
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,
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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 ...
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.
ordinance, which went into effect May 4, prohibits smoking and the use
of all other tobacco products in all city-owned parks and recreational
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.
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 ...
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
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
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)
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 ...
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, ...
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. ...
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
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
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
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
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,
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 Wednesdays meeting.
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.
schools Tazewell policy a positive move
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - February 26, 2013
While it probably wont 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.
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
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.
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
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...
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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.,
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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, ...
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
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.
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.
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 ...
Co. board considers expanding smoking ban
Huntington Herald Dispatch - January 7, 2013
Lewis County health officials are considering expanding the countys
smoking ban to bars and gaming facilities. The countys existing
Clean Indoor Air Regulation exempts bars and gaming facilities from
the ban on smoking in restaurants and other business establishments.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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. ...
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."
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 ...
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
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
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 Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, Marshall would follow
814 other universities in banning tobacco if this proposal passes the
Board of Governors.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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 ...
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."
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 Tuesdays 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.
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.
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
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.
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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
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. ...
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, ...
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.
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 years 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 ...
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.
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. ...
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
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.
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. ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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. ...
Owners: "We'll Be Out of Buisness If Nothing Is Done With Smoking
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, ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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. ...
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.
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. ...
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.
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
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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. ...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. ...
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. ...
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 &
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. ...
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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,
Judge Thomas Bedell ruled that application of state law to charitable
raffles doesn't mean smoking is automatically permitted, like it is
with bingo. ...
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
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
"The estimated cost of running a health department is $140,000
a year," Casto said. "And the city couldn't do that without
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 ...
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 ...
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
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. ...
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 ...
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
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
Tonkin argued that the ordinance gives council the authority to tax
three percent of property values, and would be insufficient in providing
"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
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. ...
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
"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. ...
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
Jones pointed out that the city has spent a significant amount of money
on streetscape projects, and cigarette butts are an eyesore. ...
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
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,"
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. ...
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.
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. ...
air study finds dirty spots
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - Charles Owens - August 17, 2010
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. ...
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 countys 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 boards 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.
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
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
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. ...
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
Before Fazzini made the proposal, dozens of people spoke for an against
Bar and restaurant owners say it will hurt business and drive customers
to businesses in near-by counties that allow smoking. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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." ...
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
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. ...
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
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. ...
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. ...
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
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
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." ...
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
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
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
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. ...
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. ...
County Health Department 'No Knowledge' of Any Bars Closing Due to Smoking
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.
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
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. ...
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 Countys 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 were concerned, we realize its going to reduce
some people if they cant come in and smoke while theyre
getting a beer theyll stay away, Wehrle said. If its
a ruling and a law then we have to abide by it, if we dont theyll
take our license away from us. ...
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. ...
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."
Huntington's Smoking Ain't Allowed in Bars, Parlors Stirs Ballot Protest
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
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
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
The Cost of Clean Indoor Air?
HNN Huntingtonnews.net - Sharon M. Covert - January 8, 2010
The nations 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 Carolinas 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
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
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
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. ...
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 ...
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
"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.
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." ...
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.
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. ...
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
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. ...
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. ...
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
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
"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. ...
passes smoking ban resolution
The Daily Athenaeum - Travis Crum - October 8, 2009
A resolution banning smoking on West Virginia Universitys Health
Sciences Campus passed during Wednesdays Student Government Association
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
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
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.
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. ...
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
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
"The priority of the Board of Health should be public health,"
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.
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
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. ...
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
"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
Nitro's attorney believes the merger is legal under state law, but
Fleshman said she would like the state to look at the matter. ...
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. ...
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
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. ...
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 schools auditorium.
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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
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
Ruppenthal also said a petition being circulated against the proposed
policy change was well received by individuals who stopped to read it.
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
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. ...
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.
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. ...
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
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. ...
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
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
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
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
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
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
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. ...
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. ...
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
After the vote, Adkins said Nitro's decision will probably end up in
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. ...
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
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 ...
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
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 childrens 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 dont 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. ...
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
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. ...
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
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. ...
smoking ban pushed to Aug. 1
Because of confusion over official enforcement date for existing
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.
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. ...
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
The report spans from July 1st, 2008 and runs through June 30th, 2009.
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
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. ...
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
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?
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. ...
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.
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
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....
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." ...
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.
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.)
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 states 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
Right now, its 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,
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 theyve 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.
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.
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 countys 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 todays board of health meeting,
which is scheduled for noon at the Fairmont Public Safety Building.
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.
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.
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
At its meeting Wednesday morning, the board decided to suspend that
ban until June 1, 2010.
risk-free level': 'Secondhand Smoke Awareness Week' now under way in
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.
would like to see bar workers in Marion County be protected against secondhand
smoke," she said.
smoking declines: Survey shows 10 percent drop
Charleston (WV) Gazette,
July 22, 2005
Higher cigarette taxes and tougher smoking regulations have
reduce the number of people who smoke in Kanawha County, the executive
director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department said Thursday.