Jessica Miller | October 11, 2012
The West Monroe Board of Aldermen approved a law Tuesday to ban smoking tobacco in its parks and recreation places. The new ordinance was brought before the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night by Alderwoman Staci Albritton and enforced by the board. Alderman James “Polk” Brian abstained. West Monroe Mayor Dave Norris declared that the city already banned smoking inside public buildings located within its park and recreation places. The new legislation extends the smoking ban to all areas of the city’s public parks. “It’s a health problem and a safety concern,” Norris explained. “We had a building burn at Kiroli Park over the summer. This past summer was just a tough time because one cig would have destroyed the park.”
Jessica Miller | July 12, 2012
Smoking tobacco is already prohibited at beaches, parks, restaurants and also near buildings in Santa Monica, but Tuesday the city council decided to enlarge the smoking prohibition and voted 4-2 to prohibit tobacco smoking for all new inhabitants of apartments and condos inside their homes, with one exception. “It also requires existing inhabitants to designate their areas as smoking or non-smoking and from then on it will be banned to smoke in a non-smoking place,” declared Adam Radinksy, head of the Consumer Protection Unit in Santa Monica.
Jessica Miller | July 4, 2012
Smoking tobacco is the most preventable cause of death among people and is a main factor for several mouth, throat, lung and heart diseases. It is also a main contributor to disease. Worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that tobacco use can cause approximately 71% of lung cancer, 42% of chronic respiratory diseases, 20% of global tuberculosis incidence and almost 10% of cardiovascular diseases. But the main issue of smokeless tobacco products has for long been disregarded.
Jessica Miller | May 29, 2012
During the down time of their long changes in the East Ridge fire hall, lots of firefighters decline and chew tobacco products to take the edge off. Spectators watching extra turnings at Camp Jordan’s fields may light up cigs. Respondents waiting to hear verdicts in City Court often step outside for a concise tobacco fix. And City Council meeting regular Frances Pope usually will take a quick cigarette smoke break after another devastated agenda session.
Jessica Miller | May 17, 2012
Smoking tobacco at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington could soon be banned. Puffing on a cig at Cowboys Stadium could lure a punishment. The slow but firm expansion of local no-smoking regulations may be taking another step in Arlington, where a City Council committee has begun reexamining the city’s smoking law. Councilman Robert Rivera pressured the council to take another look at the legislation. Some other city council members, for example Mayor Robert Cluck, a physician, have supported previous law.