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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.

Sri Lanka Tobacco Company Against Cigarettes Labeling

Monday, November 5th, 2012

order hilton cigaretteSri Lanka’s Ceylon Tobacco Company, a unit of British American Tobacco has gone to the court of appeal against new labeling ordinances by the island’s health ministry which requires graphic labeling. “Given that the matter is before court and the outcome of the same is unclear, we cannot determine and therefore comment on the potential results of or effects thereof on the company’s future prospects at this point in time,” the firm declared in a stock exchange filing. Sri Lanka’s new cigarettes labeling regulations were published in August by the health ministry, with manufactures having to fulfil within three months.

They require companies to have pictures of a heart patient in a hospital with the message ‘Smoking Causes Heart Disease’, pictures of cancer victims with the message ‘Smoking Causes Cancer’ and a baby with the message ‘Your Smoking Makes kids ill.”

“No packet, package, carton or even label of any tobacco product shall contain any message which is false, misleading or deceptive concerning the effects or hazards on health from the use of any smoking product or from any emission increasing out of the use of any smoking product,” the rules reported.

Companies were banned from having words such as ‘low’, ‘light’, ‘ultra’, ‘mild’ or ‘extra’ that could create an impression that such a product was not harmful.

Health agencies, starting from US surgeon general’s office under Luther Terry, a former John Hopkins University professor and the World Health Organization have been in the forefront on the battle against tobacco use. Tobacco was a product ‘discovered’ by the rest of the world after European explorations of the American continent, where native Amerindians were discovered to use the tobacco.

Its widespread use came with the invention of the cigarettes making machines by James Albert Bonsack in 1880 which made them less expensive. Until then hand rolled cigs and cigars had been a so-called luxury item.

Smoke-Free Signs Everywhere, Tobacco Use at School

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

cheap ok cigsIn spite of the widespread postings of signs banning its use, spectators at area high school football games have been seen using tobacco products in clear violation of the schools’ tobacco use ordinance. Tobacco use at sporting events was among the topics of discussion at the Kids’ Policy Council Coalition’s annual strategic meeting on how to lessen youth substance abuse. Tobacco use – both cigs and in smokeless tobacco products – has been saw by multiple committee members and Star-News staff members at recent football games. Two had seen cigarette smoking inside the stadium at three different high schools, while another reportedly witnessed those with “dip” or a tobacco chew inside their mouths, also while at the sporting events.

Tobacco smoking is banned on all school areas not only in Covington County, but also across the state and the nation. Each of the county’s three school systems has specific legislation in place to deal with tobacco smoking on school properties.

In Andalusia, the use of any tobacco product is strictly prohibited on all school system property and is prohibited at all school related activities and events, Superintendent Ted Watson declared. The policy applies to all employees, students, sales people and visitors.

There is a discipline scale for student violators; but, enforcing the school’s no-tobacco law is one of the main reasons city police officers attend games, Watson added.

Smoking warnings are also posted on all doors, and violators will be asked to leave, he argued.

“It’s very easy  to enforce the policy in an inside place because the activity is smaller and the smoke tobacco evident,” Watson said. “It’s difficult when have outdoor event, especially given the size of the stadium and the number of the people. We do have law there, and inhabitants know that smoking tobacco is banned. There are smoke-free signs everywhere, acting as reminders that tobacco smoking is not acceptable at any school activities.”

Watson explained that the same rule applies to the coaching staff.

Greer Smoke-Free Park, Soon

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

cheapest kent cigaretteInhabitants who enjoy a cigarette smoke in between innings at a Greer park may soon be out of this pleasure. Greer has taken the first steps to prohibiting tobacco use in city parks and within 25 feet of a city-owned recreation or park facility. After a nearly hour-long debate, the law passed its first reading 4-2. Council members Wayne Griffin, Kimberly Bookert, Judy Albert and Mayor Rick Danner voted for it, while Councilmen Jay Arrowood and Lee Dumas voted against. Councilman Wyley Bettis was away.

Much of the discussion centered on private property rights and setting an example for the kids who use Greer’s parks.

Arrowood is interested about private property rights, that this regulation would open the door for banning smoking tobacco in other areas, such as restaurants and other privately owned establishments.

“It’s going to be an assault on private businesses,” he declared. “It’s going to be on attack on private property owners. I don’t believe in that.”

Griffin, who noted he was a ex-smoker, argued it doesn’t make sense to permit smoking in a place that emphasizes exercise.

“You’re setting an example. … Kids are watching,” he added. “They’re watching what you do.”

The question of whether to permit smoking in cars while in the park parking lots was asked. City Administrator Ed Driggers said there was “not an intent nor a directive that we’re going on knocking on windows that have smoke tobacco  in them.”

Arrowood also said that the law would cost the city approximately $5,000 in signage alone. He questioned whether the ban was needed.

“We already have a smoke-free policy in place. We don’t have a public protest about it. Our director of parks and recreation explained they’ve had no issues with this,” Arrowood said. “So we’re going to create a regulation for a problem that doesn’t really exist.”

The city has a departmental law that is “pretty standard throughout the state in comparison with other agencies where we have designated smoking places that are strongly far away from any play with kids or adults,” concluded Ann Cunningham, Parks and Recreation director.

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.

Decrease in Cigarettes Smoking among Hawaii youth

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

cheap davidoff cigarettesThe Hawaii State Department of Health and the Department of Education released research findings showing dramatic improvements in reducing cigarettes smoking among Hawaii youth. Results released from the 2011 Hawaii School Health Survey’s Youth Tobacco Study showed that current smoking (in the past 30 days) among high school students has dropped by 64 per cent from 24.5 per cent in 2000 to 8.7 per cent in 2011, and frequent smokers (on 20 or more of the past 30 days) has decreased by over 70 per cent from 10.3 per cent in 2000 to 2.9 per cent in 2011.

Among middle school students, current smoking dropped from 5.3 per cent in 2003 to 3.6 per cent in 2011, and only 0.7 per cent reported every day smoking in 2011.

Hawaii teens smoke at lower rates in comparison with teens nationally (at 17.2 percent for high school students and 5.2 per cent of middle school students according to the National Youth Tobacco Study 2009).

While the results are positive and tobacco use among youth in Hawaii continues to drop, there are new interests about the use of alternate smoking products.

These have recently gained big popularity among youth and are being heavily marketed by the cigarettes industry.

For the first time, this year’s study showed the use of such smoking products by youth in Hawaii, including e-cigs, hookah, orbs, sticks, strips and also snus.

Data showed that 12.8 per cent of high school students have tried hookah and 5.1 per cent have tried e-cigs. Smokeless tobacco products rates for Hawaii youngsters have remained the same over the years.

No Longer Smoking Employers, Doylestown Township News

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

discount lucky strike cigaretteDoylestown Township will no longer engage employees who use cigarettes and other tobacco products, joining other employers through the country by attempting to lower healthcare costs. Job seekers looking for new work with Doylestown Township will need to quit smoking and smokeless tobacco products. That’s because the township recently approved a personnel legislation that would exclude tobacco smokers from employ.

Township supervisors wanted to make sure they were on strong legal property before they took an important step of engaging only tobacco-free employees.

“Is there any responsibility to that?” Supervisor Ryan Manion asked when the control panel first considered the changes in April.

Their lawyer reported the legislation was legal in Pennsylvania.

“Smoking or non-smoking has never been considered as a protected class,” township solicitor Jeff Garton told the board.

Pennsylvania is in the group of 21 states that have no definite workplace discrimination protections for smokers. Legislators in 29 other states and the District of Columbia have passed ordinances “promoting smokers to a protected class,” declared the American Lung Association, which opposes such laws.

In Doylestown Township, any new government employee will be required to not use tobacco, which includes smoking cigarettes or using smokeless tobacco or any other tobacco form, Supervisor Barbara Lyons explained Tuesday. The new legislation would be applied at work and at home.

The requirement will affect any new employee engaged after January 1, 2012. The township doesn’t plan to hire additional employees now, but township manager Stephanie Mason added that they wanted the new smoke-free law in place when a position became vacant.

Current employees would not be forced to fulfill with the new regulation, Garton concluded.