Jessica Miller | October 19, 2012
The West Chester Borough Council voted to enact a new law that would fine smokers at least $100 if they’re caught littering their cigarettes butts. “We have a big problem with the clearance of our streets,” said borough council president Holly Brown. “The cigarettes butts get stuck in our brick sidewalks, and this is an effort to try to ameliorate some of those problems.”
Jessica Miller | October 5, 2012
A law passed by the Board of Health last month will stop shops with pharmacies in them from selling cigs and other smoking products beginning November 1. The new regulation categorizes Fairhaven’s six pharmacy-containing shops as “health care institutions” and thus prevents them from selling cigarettes and other tobacco products, which cause cancer, respiratory and cardiac diseases, negative birth outcomes and irritations to the eyes, nose and throat, according to the legislation.
Jessica Miller | July 9, 2012
The percentage of Wisconsin inhabitants who declared that they’re exposed to cigarettes smoke decreased by approximately half after the state’s workplace smoking ban started two years ago, a recent study found. The legislation, which was approved on July 5, 2010, prohibited smoking in bars, restaurants, private clubs, schools, hotels, clinics and also workplaces. Before the new ban, 55 per cent of inhabitants told that they were exposed to tobacco smoke outside the home and 13 per cent at home. After the ban, 32 per cent declared that exposure to tobacco smoke outside the home and 7 per cent at home.
Jessica Miller | March 12, 2012
Rachel Santos isn’t sure how the city could possibly enforce a sweeping ban on outdoor smoking that will apply by June to hundreds of parks, natural areas, outdoor pools, beaches, sports fields and stadiums. But the Hamilton mother, who is a smoker, agrees cigarettes should be banned in dozens of outdoor spaces, including anywhere children play or participate in sports. She said kids should not even have to see smokers, let alone deal with their butts. “If I take my (one-year-old) daughter to the park, I’m not going to smoke either,” said Santos, who stopped Sunday for a smoke in downtown Gore Park with husband, John.
Jessica Miller | March 2, 2012
More than 70 percent of respondents to a poll conducted in Mobile County last summer and fall indicated support for policies eliminating all tobacco smoke from indoor public places, including restaurants and bars, according to new data from the University of Alabama’s Institute for Social Science Research. The poll, conducted between August and October, asked 845 Mobile County residents ages 19 and older about their attitudes toward smoke-free policies, tax increases on cigarettes, tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, among other things.