Jessica Miller | April 17, 2012
The “Santee Smoke-Free Parks Community Kick Off” will be held at West Hills High School Wednesday starting at 7 p.m., a community forum meant to obtain a support for a new law that would prohibit smoking in Santee Parks. Santee is consider to be the only city in San Diego County that allowed smokers to smoke in city parks. Councilmembers Rob McNelis and Jack Dale will be in oversight,together with representatives from the American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, Santee Solutions, Santee Collaborative, and Health and Human Service Agency.
Jessica Miller | February 8, 2012
Emory University is now officially tobacco-free. A new policy, which began January first, bans the use of tobacco products and discount Viceroy cigarettes on all university and Emory Healthcare properties. Even though Emory’s tobacco policy is new, Emory spokeswoman Erin Long says it’s been in the works since 2010. “The feeling that the use of tobacco is one of the leading preventable health risks worldwide, we felt that it was important to eliminate it campus-wide,” she says.
Jessica Miller | January 10, 2012
The Monongalia County Health Department passed a county-wide smoking ban Monday, and it even has some bar owners breathing easier. “We’re ecstatic,” said Jared Riggleman, a manager at the Boston Beanery in downtown Morgantown. They went smoke-free in August to prepare for a Morgantown smoking ban that was set to go into effect. Instead, the city waited for the county to keep pace and left the Beanery to watch their smoking tax free Robinson cigarettes clientele walk away.
Jessica Miller | January 5, 2012
The latest bid to expand Indianapolis’ smoking ban to bars is moving more slowly than sponsors had hoped. And a proposed statewide ban could stall out amid a Statehouse standoff over the right-to-work bill. But with many bar owners viewing a ban as inevitable, at least two popular Downtown taverns opted this week to go smoke-free.
Jessica Miller | January 4, 2012
The Timmonsville Town Council passed the first reading of the smoke free ordinance Tuesday, paving the way for a second Florence County town to go smoke free. But before it votes on the second and final reading council will consider possible amendments to the proposed ordinance. The ordinance would ban smoking in all enclosed spaces that are open to the public or have employees within the town limits. The exceptions would include dedicated smoking areas not open to public, that employees are not required to enter.