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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.

Portland May Prohibit Smoking in Parks

Monday, September 10th, 2012

cheap hilton cigaretteThe city is considering a sweeping prohibition on outdoor tobacco smoking that would include the city’s parks and many of its open places and squares, hardly limiting where smokers can smoke outdoors. The new proposal is currently in incarceration because the city lacks a formal definition of “open area.” But the chair of the City Council committee that has drawn up the ban argued that issue will be exceeded later this month and the proposal is expected to go before the full council in October.

Smokers declared that they are rapidly running out of places where they can smoke tobacco, but proposers of the ban explained that the health effects of secondhand smoke are so great that it makes sensation to force where smoking tobacco is permitted.

Jay Young added that he’s a good example of someone with reduced options for where to smoke cigarettes. His apartment in Westbrook is in a smoke-free building. Most of the places he goes are public areas where smoking is not permitted  And approximately all the bars and restaurants in the state are smoke-free.

So his pint of view on a proposal to prohibit smoking in city-owned parks and open places in Portland is not surprising.

The proposal was expected to be taken up by the Portland City Council on Wednesday but was instead referred back to the Public Safety Committee because of the definition problem.

But once that detail is resolved, committee chairman Ed Suslovic argued the city’s direction is clear.

“I feel like the city has already said that the right to breathe clean air cuts smokers’ rights,” Suslovic added. “In the public opinion battle, the tobacco smokers are not winning.”

Portland is far from alone in seeking to control where smoking is permitted, both indoors and outdoors.

Most states have ordinances which banned smoking in all public buildings and 625 communities have regulations banning smoking tobacco in parks.

“It’s of course a growing trend,” concluded Cynthia Howard, executive director of Americans for Non-smokers’ Rights, which advocates for tougher regulations on where smokers can lighting up.

 

Smoking Banned in all Outdoor Areas, Parramatta News

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

discount nistru cigarettesSmoking discount Nistru cigarette will be banned in all outdoor dining areas in Parramatta by May. The council passed the ban after the results of a survey of 900 people that showed it was supported by 68 per cent of respondents.

The policy will also ban smoking within 10 metres of children’s playgrounds, sporting fields, sports facilities and bus and taxi stands.

“The impacts of secondhand smoking have been well documented and this new measure will be welcomed by many restaurant-goers, particularly those who frequent our popular Church Street Eat Street precinct,” Lord mayor Lorraine Wearne said.

The council acknowledged business owners surveyed opposed the restriction.

“The council is committed to working with our local establishments to minimise any impacts,” Cr Wearne said.

“With our high concentration of restaurants and cafes, we’re quite different to many other metropolitan areas that have already implemented a similar ban, which is why it was important to engage with all relevant stakeholders.”

The ban was scheduled to be implemented a year ago but was delayed after the council received two petitions against the ban, one signed by 120 restaurateurs and another by 8400 diners in Parramatta.

“Every restaurant I spoke to said. . . they were worried about the business they would lose due to this band,” Parramatta resident Michael Rhima said when the ban was proposed.

“We’re facing tough economic times as it is.

“We shouldn’t be further discouraging business from our local restaurants.”

The council has said it will run an awareness and education campaign highlighting the new outdoor smoking policy over the next six months. It has also promised to provide resources and, in some cases, financial support for businesses during the transition period.

The council will write to the state government seeking uniform outdoor smoking legislation across the state.

Smoking-Ban Legislation Appeared Inside Hannibal City

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

non-smoking places onlineThe Hannibal City Council voted 4 to 3 Tuesday night on an ordinance that places a city-wide smoking ban on the April ballot. The issue would ban smoking inside Hannibal businesses, including restaurants.

Outdoor areas would not be included.

A couple of residents, including a Hannibal business owner, spoke out against that idea at tonight’s Hannibal City Council meeting.

Susan Schubert said, “To me, there ought to be a little plaque out in front of the business that says you’re a non-smoking establishment or you’re a smoking establishment. You don’t like it? Don’t go in there.”

Broadway Bar Owner Terry Thompson said, “We’re afraid that people could just go to New London or Palmyra and drink and smoke. It would take our business away.”

City council member and physician Dr. Richard Draper proposed the ordinance.

If the public votes for the ban in April, Draper says Hannibal would follow nine other cities in Missouri with the same type of smoking ban.

This is what he told KHQA last month about the issue.

Dr. Richard Draper said, “I made this a major plank in my platform when I ran for city council. Being a physician, it would be difficult not to support something like this.”

Kevin Knickerbocker, Mike Dobson and Barry Louderman voted against the measure.

They think the smoking-ban should be put on the ballot by a petition, not the city council.

Smoke-Free Outdoor Places in New Year

Monday, December 5th, 2011

cheap nistru cigaretteCome January. many county municipalities plan to ban smoking discount Nistru cigarette at town-owned parks and recreation areas. LaSalle is leading the charge and has already conducted a test at the Vollmer Recreation and Culture Complex this summer. Council gave its approval for staff to erect No Smoking signs around the baseball and soccer fields.

The town received no complaints about the restriction, said Terry Fink, director of culture and recreation.

“The next step is to pass the bylaw, likely in January,” Fink said. “It will give teeth to council’s actions so that when we do find people smoking, we have the opportunity to charge them.”

Most area towns are considering similar bylaws. Smoking would be banned from parks, playgrounds and at outdoor recreation venues. But no town seems to be considering an outright ban on smoking on outdoor municipal property. LaSalle’s ban won’t include its trails. Also, some towns are considering having designated smoking areas. Next year, there will be a specific spot outside the Vollmer Complex for visitor who smoke during intermissions of the hockey games.

“Anyone concerned about second-hand smoke will know to avoid that area,” Fink said.

Kingsville council deferred Monday its outdoor smoking ban in parks and recreation areas. Councillors will reconsider it in January after staff have received more public feedback, said Dan Wood, director of recreation. He doesn’t anticipate much opposition considering Kingsville minor soccer has made coaches and parents refrain from smoking near the fields for years.

“We haven’t had any negative feedback from that,” Wood said.

The push for an outdoor smoking ban picked up steam when the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit passed a resolution a year ago urging area towns to pass bylaws. Town recreation directors met with health and education officials as well as the Go For Health Windsor-Essex provincial organization, which promotes healthy living.

In Lakeshore and Windsor, youth leaders were eager to help draft a policy. They decided to propose a smoking ban in areas where children dominate such as playgrounds and athletic fields. Windsor still has to consult user groups, said Jan Wilson, executive director of recreation and culture, and is probably six months from giving council a bylaw for consideration.

“Our focus is on where youth tend to be,” Wilson said. “We aren’t seeing a citywide open space ban.”

By focusing on parks and playgrounds, the city avoids a clash with festival organizers who use civic plaza on the waterfront to host adult oriented events like Bluesfest.

While some critics pan the smoking bans because they are hard to enforce, municipal staff said the bylaws are self-regulated.

“I think because the majority of people don’t smoke, if you know there is a bylaw and someone is sitting in the bleachers next to you smoking, you can tell them it’s not acceptable in the area and direct them to where smoking is allowed,” said Gord Smith, chair of the Go For Health Windsor Essex steering committee. “We are just saying that you just have to smoke away from crowds, players and kids.”

Most people, even smokers, don’t object to keeping the air around children safe to breath. A health unit survey conducted in 2009 showed that 67 of Essex County residents support a ban on tobacco products in outdoor sports and recreation areas. The town of Essex showed the strongest support for a ban with 76 per cent in favour, while Leamington was the least supportive with 49 per cent opposed to a ban.

Smoking Ban in Armidale Mall on Delay

Monday, December 5th, 2011

best quality camel cigsArmidale Dumaresq Council has again stopped short of imposing a ban on smoking in public places, such as the Mall. Council adopted that policy in 2007, instead using signs calling for people’s cooperation in not smoking near public places such as picnic shelters, playgrounds and sports fields.

The issue resurfaced when a resident who suffers from asthma asked council to consider banning smoking in Beardy St between Jessie and Marsh streets – the three Mall blocks in the CBD.

The resident claimed the worst place for outdoor smoking was outside the New England Hotel and outside restaurants and coffee shops in the area.

But council’s director of planning and environmental services, Steve Gow, said these areas were not subject to the NSW Smoke-free Environment Act, which creates an offence for smoking in enclosed public places or ‘smoke free areas’.

Mr Gow pointed out, however, that under the NSW Local Government Act, councils have the power to erect and enforce notices in public places controlling or prohibiting ‘the doing of anything in the place’.

Under the Act, a public place includes a public road – such as the East and West Mall areas – as well as other public land owned by council – such as the Central Mall.

“Therefore, council has the legal power to erect and enforce notices on these parts of Beardy St to prohibit smoking by members of the public,” he said.

Individual businesses may also seek to impose their own restrictions on patron conduct as a condition of service.

Mr Gow said there had been conflicting feedback from outdoor eating areas in the CBD.

“Some would like to see smoking banned there and some wouldn’t because they see that as an area where patrons who do smoke can go and get served,” he said.

A ban on smoking in the Mall and nearby public roads could lead to prolonged absences of staff from workplaces and possible requests for a widening area of control.

Cr Rob Richardson said that, while ‘a good idea in principle,’ a smoking ban would be difficult to enforce and ‘potentially dangerous for the rangers to ask people to put out their cigarettes’.

State Ban On Smoking At Outdoor Commuter Rail Platforms Takes Effect

Monday, November 14th, 2011

best quality marlboro cigarettesA new state law that bans smoking on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s outdoor commuter rail platforms, including Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road stations, took effect Sunday.

Smokers now face a $50 fine for breaking the rule.

MTA police officers will give out warnings before they start writing tickets.

The agency said the ban promotes a healthier, cleaner environment and reduces the chance of a track fire.

As it is only a statewide rule, Metro-North platforms in Connecticut will still allow smoking.

Rail passengers who spoke with NY1 at the Jamaica LIRR Station in Queens on Sunday had mixed reactions to the new law.

“It’s good for the kids and it’s probably for people who don’t like people that smoke,” said one rider.

“They should an area where you’re able to smoke, and then they should have an area where you can’t smoke, you know what I’m saying?” said another. “So the people who do smoke, they could enjoy their cigarette or their cigar or whatever, and smoke in their area where you’re allowed to smoke, and the people who don’t, if they got a problem with it, they just go to the other side.”

Smoking is already prohibited on outdoor New York City subway platforms.