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 | September 10, 2012
A case for implementing a prohibition on smoking products in Delhi is pending before the High Court, and the government has also noted that it is giving a very serious reasons to it. The smoking ban was proposed following a Central government ordinance. But looking at the facts that bans on tobacco smoking in public areas and use of polythene have not yielded results, this new ban also seems to be just a promise with the department of prevention of food adulteration being staffed by only 70 workers. Delhi government enforced the ban on smoking Pall Mall Cigarettes in public places on October 2, 2008. Statistics showed that after three-and-a-half years, 7.54 lakh areas were raided and 1.4 lakh people challaned. The government took new action against 6,200 tobacco vendors.
Jessica Miller | August 29, 2012
The roads of the capital city are not known as a place where regulations reign, and the attitude among taxi drivers to the smoking prohibition isn’t much different to the attitude toward red lights or speed limitations. “I smoke four packages per day. Wherever I want to,” declared Abdullah, who has been driving his taxi all over Beirut for 40 years during the day, driving a taxi at night. “Who is implementing the new ordinance? There is no government.”
Jessica Miller | August 3, 2012
Of course the juxtaposition was not lost on anyone who was present on Wednesday at a celebration marking the Durham County Board of Health’s Smoking Legislation taking effect. The new event took place at the American Tobacco Campus, at what was once the home of the American Tobacco Co. and Liggett & Myers. The Smoking Rule, enforced on Aug. 1, bans smoking not only in government buildings, health care facilities, and also schools. It expands smoke-free places to include Durham County grounds, City of Durham grounds, the city park system, city and county bus stops and many other transportation centers, and city, public school and hospital grounds.
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.