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Restaurants and Cafes Won’t Evade from Smoking Regulation

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Restaurants Cafes Smoking Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud stated two days ago that restaurants infringing the country’s smoking ban would be closed as authorities upgraded their calls for tougher execution of the law. “The tourism authorities have released 1,391 fines against offenders of Law 174 and this specifies to how significantly government is checking,”

Abboud stated after a press conference. Abboud, who requested more interministry collaboration to examine the execution of the law, informed restaurant and cafe proprietors that the government bodies were serious about shutting businesses that infringed the legislation. “Proprietors of establishments who keep on their infringements will certainly be closed,” Abboud mentioned. The law, which has infuriated restaurants and cafe owners for causing deficits to their businesses, become effective last year after a rather long range of discussions in Parliament. Not so long ago, civil society companies stated that individuals and other non-hospitality sector institutions were the major victims of the crackdown.

The groups stated that a single judge in the Metn had released about 200 fines against offenders of Law 174, including fines of around LL 3 million, but that the penalty passed on tourist could be counted on the fingers of one hand.

An activist, Ali Fakhry, explained that the hold off was as a result of the lack of the tourism police and the slow bureaucracy of the Justice Ministry. “We require the Justice Ministry to quicken the methods of providing the fines against offenders,” claimed Fakhry, a representative of a local nongovernmental organization. Fakhry also added that activists have obtained reports that several tourism police officers have took bribes from infringers of the law. “The execution of the law is in risk since we have obtained reports that the police are taking bribes from proprietors of cafes so that they won’t be offered a fine.”

Several restaurants that have ignored the smoking ban are well-known restaurant chains that claim they would bear large losses if they enacted the law inside their institutions.

At the meeting, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel stated that restaurant proprietors should identify the benefits of Law 174 for community health. “Russia has also passed a smoking ban in all public spaces,” Charbel stated. Charbel mentioned that establishment owners at this time worrying about the law had one year in reserve before its execution to take the mandatory steps to fulfill the conditions. “They should have been organizing appropriate areas in the course of that period, rather than moaning about the timing of the law.”

Tobacco Use Banned On Northampton County

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

cheap camel cigaretteOn Monday, following a public hearing to take new comments, the Northampton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a law that bans smoking cigarettes and the use of other smoking products in county buildings, vehicles and grounds. County Manager Wayne Jenkins said in February the Board of Health adopted a decision recommending the Board of Commissioners adopt a law to ban smoking and use of other tobacco products on county properties. “This is not precedence setting because the Cultural and Wellness Center is smoke-free,” Jenkins declared to the board.

The regulation states that smoking tobacco and the use of smoking products are banned in any building owned, leased or occupied by the county, in any county vehicle owned, leased or controlled by the county and on any grounds that are owned, leased or occupied by the county.

Smoking and the use of tobacco products are also prohibited in county buildings and on county grounds being used for private events.

The county will place signs indicating the tobacco-free places and remove all ashtrays and receptacles.

The law does provide enforcement and penalty in which following an oral or written notice failure to quit smoking or using tobacco products may constitute an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than $50. A fact may be issued by a sworn law enforcement officer.

County employees may be subject to disciplinary action according to county policies.

“If you approve this regulation today it becomes effective 60 days from the date of approval,” Jenkins argued. “The main aim of this regulation is for educational purposes and that is to educate our citizens and to remind our inhabitants about the use of tobacco products, and the issues and concerns that come as the result of the use of tobacco. We have in place a legislation out at the Cultural and Wellness Center, no one has been arrested, no one has been issued a citation—its only there for education and our staff reminds our residents time to time that this is a smoke-free campus.”

He added the same reason and logic used at the Cultural and Wellness Center will be applied with the county law. Commissioner Chester Deloatch questioned what would happen to employees that smoke tobacco on county property.

Economy Encouraged by Smoke-Free Law, Saudi Arabia News

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

cheap camel cigsSmoking bans in restaurants have affected economic-related issues in a positive way, though some owners think this will negatively influence their businesses. A recent study indicated that the size of the Kingdom’s tobacco products market was estimated at SR 14 billion and the volume of every day expenditure on cigs SR 30 million. The investigation also noted that the Kingdom’s smokers ranked fourth globally, with each of them smoking 2,130 cigs every year, which is one of the highest smoking rates in the world.

At present, approximately 3,500 restaurants and coffee stores have been ordered by the Ministry of Interior to turn into tobacco-free restaurants or to shut down. However, investigators in the hospitality sector declared that the smoking ban would have a very important impact on restaurant owners’ customers.

“Restaurants will lose big amounts of money with such decisions. A noticeable restaurateur in Jeddah argued that Arab News that the restaurant’s daily profit of SR 10,000 is likely to be declined to SR 500 per day with the implementation of the new  smoke-free law. Adel Makki, a member of hospitality committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, corroborated this.

When a businessman decides to open a restaurant, he joints into the project after conducting an investigation that takes into consideration the smoking cigarettes element as a main source of income, which is why he invests more than SR 10 million in such start-ups.

Kingston’s Outdoor Smoking Ban

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

buy camel cigsKingston has moved one step closer to prohibiting smoking tobacco in a variety of outdoor public areas. The city’s administrative laws committee approved a draft bylaw that would prohibit smoking on municipal places such as parks, playgrounds, splash pads, sports fields seating areas of stadiums and also beaches. It also proposed a no-smoking law within nine meters of municipal buildings and three meters from the entrance ways to private buildings such as shops and restaurants.

The committee has added another location to the expanded bylaw – no-smoking around bus shelters. The decision followed a sparsely-attended public conference on September 13.  Almost eight speakers addressed the committee, most of them in favor of the ban.

The city’s recent online public research also generated strong support to control outdoor smoking tobacco. Of more than 1,600 people who responded to the study, results ranged from 68 per cent who support a prohibition on smoking in parks, to 79 per cent who want smoking outlawed in playgrounds. As well, 80 per cent of inhabitants favor a nine-metre no smoking special zone around public buildings, and 78-per cent want smoking tobacco banned within three metres of workplaces and other publicly-accessible businesses.

The smoking debate dispute with a March 6 council motion instructing the committee to explore tougher ordinances around smoking tobacco in a bid to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and advertise healthy role models for kids. The Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington public health unit supports the initiative. Public health officials say 80 other cities have already taken new steps to control outdoor smoking, which exceeds the requirements of the province’s indoor smoking legislation.

Secondhand Smoke not at All Harmful, Smokers Argued

Monday, October 1st, 2012

cheap bomond cigaretteA U.S. recent study showed that 28 per cent of smokers argued that second-hand smoke is very harmful to adults, in comparison with 63 per cent of non-smokers. Gallup’s annual Consumption Habits poll, conducted July 9-12, observed that 46 per cent of smokers declared that secondhand smoke was a bit harmful, while approximately 1-in-4 said that secondhand smoke was not too or not at all harmful. Researches suggested that passive smoking increases the risk of developing many of the same fatal diseases as smoking tobacco, and 27 states have passed comprehensive smoke-free ordinances.

Eighty per cent of U.S. adults agreed that smoking was very bad to smokers but smokers were in conformity less likely than non-smokers to view smoking cigarettes as bad since Gallup began asking this question.

U.S. adults were meaningly more likely to say that smoking tobacco was harmful than they were to say the same for exposure to second-hand smoke. This gap remained stable over the past decade, in spite of  a growing number of studies demonstrating the bad effects of secondhand smoke, Gallup explained.

Cigarettes Sales Prohibited in Watertown, Tobacco Business

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

best dunhill cigaretteWatertown pharmacies will soon be prohibited from selling Dunhill cigarettes and other tobacco products. The Watertown Board of Health voted unanimously on August 15 to ban the sale of smoking products at all health care institutions, like supermarkets that work pharmacies. “It sends the wrong message for health-care institutions, including pharmacies, to sell smoking products. Healthcare institutions are places that should be advertising health, and the harmful health effects of smoking are well known,” declared Watertown Director of Public Health Steven Ward in a research.

The board also voted to increase the minimum cigarettes sale age from 18 to 19, which will affect the 43 licensed tobacco retailers in town.

The “Regulation of the Watertown Board of Health Banning the Sale of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products” will go into effect on Dec. 1, 2012. Pharmacies will be permitted to continue to sell nicotine patches and other FDA-approved substances for quit smoking habit. Boston was the first city in Massachusetts to ordain a similar law. Almost 32 per cent of Massachusetts is currently covered by similar ordinances.

Town Council President Mark Sideris argued that the two CVS pharmacies in Watertown will be affected by the new ban. He also added that he sent a letter to the Board of Health voicing his support for the smoking ban.

Noida Village Prohibited Gutkha, Alcohol and Tobacco

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

discount marlboro cigsThe Panchayat of Sarfabad in Noida, a village known for its rich history in wrestling, on Sunday  prohibited all forms of smoking products and announced fines and punishment for those who dared to violate the law. “Inhabitants caught selling and consuming products like gutkha and kheni in the village will have to pay Rs 1,000 and Rs 500. We will decide on harsher penalty for repeat violations,” panchayat member Sukhbir Singh, the brain behind the initiative, explained.

He argued: “Our next step will be to prohibit tobacco use and alcohol.”

Sarfabad is known for its champion wrestlers. “This village has produced greats such as Capt. Malkhan Yadav, who has won several medals for the country. For a wrestler, a healthy body is very important. Nowadays, many youngsters have become addicted to bad habits,” Singh added.

Himself a wrestler who won many medals during his stint in the Army, Singh declared: “Many villagers got cancer because of cigs. We needed the prohibit to stem the rot.”

All the 50-odd stores in the village have accepted the new smoking ban, burning almost 200 packs of gutkha during the panchayat conference.

“Tobacco business will be affected. But then, nobody wants their kids or family members to be victims of smoking,” grocer Mukul Chand, the biggest gutkha seller in the neighborhood, argued.

Vikram Singh, another panchayat member, gave a bigger picture of the village decision. “Tobacco is not prohibited UP, which has been one of the biggest consumers. By prohibiting tobacco products in our village, we want to send a message to the UP government to take note of this menace and introduce a blanket ban on cigarettes use in the state,” he confessed.