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Cherry Hill Starts Smoke-Free Campaign

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

discount camel cigsMayor Chuck Cahn and several anti-smoking representatives from the region gathered in DeCou Park on Thursday, Nov. 15 to announce a campaign that will prohibit smoking tobacco on township-owned property. The law, which will have a public hearing and potential adoption at Monday, Nov. 26’s 7:30 p.m. council meeting, will make the township’s 52 parks, trails, recreational facilities, town hall, the Cherry Hill Public Library, the Department of Public Works, Croft Farm and Barclay Farmstead smoke-free areas. “It’s called ‘Smoke-Free Cherry Hill,’” Cahn declared, and the campaign officially launched following the Nov. 8 council meeting’s ordinance approval on first reading.

The significant change, said Cahn, is in regards to the enforcement power. Previously, the township had a resolution in place to prohibit smoking on township property, but there are no penalties for violators. “Why are we doing this? Cherry Hill residents deserve to breathe clean air,” Cahn declared. There are serious diseases related to smoking tobacco products, he said, including cancer, heart disease, asthma and a host of other respiratory issues. Kids who are exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke face an serious risk to several diseases, he declared. “This is about protecting our children,” explained Cahn. “It’s about smoke-free areas.” “It encourages healthy environments,” he added.

The legislation will give inhabitants the right to enjoy the facilities and help to minimize cigarette butt litter that pollutes land and water and is bad when ingested by kids, pets and wildlife alike. In addition, said Cahn, the legislation will reduce maintenance prices, make smoke-free areas the norm, establish healthy smoking habits early and set an example for other organizations. Through Cahn’s Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, he has encouraged healthy living habits for the past year. Keeping cigarettes smoke out of open space will aid in that effort, he added.

According to Kim Burns of Tobacco Free for a Healthy New Jersey and the Department of Health, the ordinance is one of the most comprehensive in the South Jersey region. “This regulation is designed to protect the health of the inhabitants of Cherry Hill,” said Burns. “This is not just an issue of secondhand smoke.” This is the de-normalization of smoking and the impact on future generations, she continued. “We want our kids to grow up in a world where smoking tobacco is not the norm,” she explained. The American Cancer Society’s representative, Jackie Craig, spoke of the Great American Smoke-Out, now in it’s 37th year, which coincided with the campaign announcement. Every third Thursday of November, the day is in the spotlight as a time to quit smoking. According to Craig, research shows that smokers are most successful when using tobacco smoking cessation hotlines, groups, nicotine replacement methods, prescriptions or support and encouragement from family and friends.

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.

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.

 

No-Smoking Law Gaps in Pennsylvania

Friday, July 27th, 2012

cheapest ok cigarettesPennsylvania’s no-smoking regulation has too many gaps that should be eliminated for to protect more workers from the passive smoking, leaders of anti-tobacco groups told state lawmakers at a hearing in Pittsburgh Thursday. Members of the House Democratic Policy Committee were urged to remove the exemptions in the almost 4-year-old law that permit clients and employees in many workplaces,  including casinos, bars and even private clubs, for to continue to smoke their cigarettes.

“While Pennsylvania has a clean indoor air legislation, it is not complete and fails to fully protect all its inhabitants equally under the law,” Cindy Thomas, executive director of Tobacco Free Allegheny, declared.

Under the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act, which took effect in September 2008 after more than a decade of legislative wrangling, bars can apply for an exemption if they don’t permit anyone under 18 inside and if food accounts for 20 per cent or less of total tobacco sales. At the state’s 11 casinos, half the gaming floor is exempt. There is no doubt that the “witches brew” of chemicals in cigarettes smoke causes cancer, heart disease and other ailments, explained Diane Phillips, government relations official with the American Cancer Society.

“Because there is no secure level of exposure to secondhand smoke, it’s time to leave these exemptions and protect inhabitants rather than protecting cigarettes consumption,” she argued.

The hearing at the University of Pittsburgh’s O’Hara Student Center in Oakland was requested by Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Squirrel Hill, prompted in part, he reported, by a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in April that appeared questions about how well the smoking ban was being implemented. Mr. Frankel told that he hoped the hearing was the first of many intended to spur changes in the legislation.

Smoke-Free Campuses, Missouri State University

Monday, July 9th, 2012

cheap winston cigaretteAs colleges and universities across the nation enforced smoke-free campuses, Missouri State University on Aug. 15 will take an important step in that direction when it revokes its 25 designated on-campus smoking regions. Still, that doesn’t mean MSU is taking the full tobacco-free fall. It will continue to permit smoking in special outdoor areas during athletic contests or events at the JQH Arena, the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex (for football) and the 8,846-seat Hammons Student Center.

Earle Doman, vice president for student affairs, reported MSU has moved deliberatively on the smoking issue over the years.

“We are certainly not a trend-setter,” he argued. Other colleges and universities, for example, have gone “cold turkey,” he added.

According to the American Non-smokers’ Rights Foundation, there are 774 U.S. college campuses that are smoke-free, indoors and outdoors, without exemption.

Approximately 85 per cent of those schools became tobacco-free in the past five years, according to Ty Patterson, who helped make one of the first smoke-free campus policies in the nation while he was a vice president at Ozarks Technical Community College.

In general, Patterson explained that the dangers of secondhand tobacco smoke are lucid in our days.

Even during the past two years, Doman concluded, nonsmokers complained about tobacco smoke coming from the smoking designed areas, which are located away from the edifice entrances and exits.

Grand Forks Prohibited Smoking Tobacco

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

discount winston cigaretteA study conducted one year after Grand Forks prohibited smoking tobacco in bars and other public places shows 84 per cent of respondents support the new legislation. “It’s grown to be one of the most agreement-building regulations,” declared Cordell Fontaine, director of the Social Science Research Institute at UND, which conducted the survey of 691 adults in November and December 2011.

The survey results show big support since the new ban was enforced in August 2010, he argued. “It’s essentially a repetition of the investigation we’d done in 2010.”

Majority of those investigated also declared that they believed that secondhand smoke is harmful for people’s health and smoking should not be permitted in workplaces. They also reported that they supported bars more now than they did before the city banned cigarettes smoking in bars.

The study was commissioned by the Grand Forks Tobacco Free Union, which pushed the city to prohibit smoking in all public areas in Grand Forks. The $29,000 cost was paid for by the state Center for Tobacco Prevention and Smoking Control Policy, which administers parts of the settlement the state made with Big Tobacco.