ANR/F in the News

Smokers Aren't Lighting Up More at Home Because of Workplace Bans
MedPage Today - December 9, 2017

Smokers who can no longer light up at work or public spaces due to comprehensive smoke-free bans do not appear to be compensating by smoking more at home in the presence of their children, a new study finds. … The analysis included data on 167,328 children under the age of 18. NHIS surveys included information on the smoking status of parents and other household members. Information on smoking bans over time was identified through a 100% smoke-free law dataset compiled by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. …


Cigarette manufacturers release court-mandated statements about effects of tobacco
Legal News Line - December 8, 2017

… Six public health organizations have been involved with the case since 2005 as intervenors. They are the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, National African American Tobacco Prevention Network and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund. …


Tobacco Companies Admit Smoking Will Kill You, Thanks to ...
Newsweek - November 25, 2017

They can't lie about it anymore. Big Tobacco is launching a forced campaign to inform the public of the deadly nature of smoking— and its own tactics—in "corrective statements" running in newspapers and on television as the result of a nine-month civil racketeering trial. Six health organizations joined the DOJ case in 2005: The American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, National African American Tobacco Prevention Network and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund. ...


Smoking lounges? Most of world's busiest airports still have them ...
USA TODAY- - November 22, 2017

One piece of advice for stressful travel days is to slow down and take a deep breath. But in many of the world’s busiest airports that deep breath may come with a dose of second-hand cigarette smoke, which the Surgeon General has declared a health risk at any level of exposure. But while Beijing Capital International Airport, the world’s second busiest airport, is smoke-free, “sadly, Las Vegas, Dulles and Atlanta have not budged on going smoke-free,” said Cynthia Hallett, president and CEO of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.


Big Tobacco's court-ordered ads make their debut
WENY-TV - November 21, 2017

A wave of new tobacco ads is planned to be broadcast across prime-time television and published in newspapers this weekend, but they aren’t promoting what you might expect. They are “corrective statements” that a federal court judge ordered tobacco companies in the United States to release to inform the public about the dangers of smoking. The tobacco industry is expected to begin running these ads on Sunday. In 1999, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the country’s largest cigarette manufacturers and tobacco trade organizations, claiming civil fraud and racketeering violations over the course of more than 50 years. The American Cancer Society — along with the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network and Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights — was involved in the case to ensure that public health interests were presented to the court. ...


Health advocates celebrate court-ordered tobacco company ads
Sentinel & Enterprise - November 21, 2017

Health advocates celebrate court-ordered tobacco company ads ... prohibitions and restrictions on flavored tobacco products, and "significant tobacco tax increases." ... "It is within our reach to win the fight against tobacco, but only if policymakers at all levels stand up to the tobacco industry and put the nation's kids and health first," the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund said in a joint statement.


Editorial: Don't smoke and drive with kids
WSFA - November 17, 2017

… There should be a law preventing smoking in a vehicle with children passengers. Obviously, it is not a concern of many in this country as only nine states and Puerto Rico have smoke free car laws. Frankly, I could care less if one wants to smoke in their car alone or with those who are like-minded, but children need not be exposed to this. The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation reports that when someone smokes in the small enclosed space of a car, people are exposed to toxic air that is many times higher than what the EPA considers hazardous air quality…. even with the windows down. …


County smoking bans in bars, restaurants cut asthma-related hospitalizations...
Medical Xpress - November 8, 2017

Previous research on the impact of smoke-free laws has focused on state laws. In the present study, the researchers examined multistate county-level data using Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) state inpatient data (2002 to 2009) in combination with the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation's smoke-free laws database of state and county laws...


Clearing the air
Sharon Herald - November 6, 2017

Starting Nov. 1, VFW Post 7599 became tobacco free. Smoking, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes are not permitted in the restaurant or bar....“If you take away any one of our pictures off [the wall], you’ll see the discoloration from the tar,” Hanz...


California Today: Pain in Dodger Nation
New York Times - November 2, 2017

When Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill last month that would have banned smoking at state parks and beaches, he made an appeal to tolerance. If not the beach, then where? he asked, adding, “There must be some limit to the coercive power of government.” Tell that to more than 60 California municipalities, according to the latest count by the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, that have already banned smoking at beaches. Another 200 or so have banned smoking in parks. ...


Stillwater bar scene begins transition to smoke-free establisments
Daily O'Collegian - October 25, 2017

Despite the risks to employees and patrons, Oklahoma remains one of 19 states without a statewide ban on smoking in bars, restaurants or non-hospitality workplaces, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. It’s also one of three states with no municipal bans on smoking in bars, along with Tennessee and Virginia, according to ANRF.


Temple studying how to be a tobacco-free campus
Temple News - October 17, 2017

..., there were 1,757 smoke-free campuses and 1,468 tobacco-free campuses in the United States, according to a report by the American Non-Smokers' Rights ...


Guam should ban vaping in public places
The Guam Daily Post - October 14, 2017

… We support legislative Speaker Benjamin Cruz's proposed ban on vaping in public places. Bill 198-34 not only may help prevent an addictive behavior in a new generation, but it also may help save lives on Guam. … If Guam includes ESDs in its smoke-free laws, it will join a growing number of municipalities. As of October, hundreds of municipalities and dozens of states have restrictions on e-cigarettes, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, an educational nonprofit organization. ...


Smoking in Fort Worth bars could be stubbed out in new ordinance
Fort Worth Star-Telegram - October 13, 2017

Smoking in bars in Fort Worth may soon come to an end as city leaders plan to take another look at adding it to the list of public places where smoking is banned. ... The council didn’t formally talk about the issue after that, but there has been work behind the scenes, primarily from Smoke-Free Fort Worth, a coalition of more than 2,000 residents and organizations such as the American Lung Association in Texas, the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. ...


A Dutch Startup Wants to Train Crows to Pick Up Cigarette Butts
Mental Floss - October 6, 2017

The tobacco industry produces a lot of cigarettes, and that leads to a lot of filters discarded on the ground. According to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, we end up with 1.69 billion pounds of them each year, making cigarette butts the most common type of litter. …


Stop smoking on campus
Experience - October 5, 2017

As you may have noticed around campus, students have specific areas where they are allowed to smoke cigarettes - mostly in the parking lots. However, are those cigarettes butts being recycled properly, and if not how is it affecting our campus and our environment? … According to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights more than 1,400 colleges in the United States ban smoking on campus. The majority of these campuses are ...


Footloose and smoke-free
Ferris State U Torch - October 4, 2017

It won't be long until the only clouds on campus will be in the sky. Ferris has received a grant from the American Cancer Society's Tobacco-Free Generation ... [graphic with data from no-smoke.org]


A smoke to calm pre-exam jitters? Not at these colleges
Philly.com - October 2, 2017

When it comes to smoking on college campuses, the 25-foot rule is going out of style. Instead, there is zero tolerance. … Four states have laws requiring smoke-free campuses at public institutions: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, and Louisiana, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. (Iowa also mandates no smoking at private ones.) …


Interactive web tool shows potential impact of tobacco policies
Medical Xpress - September 27, 2017

If the minimum age for buying tobacco legally were changed to 21, it could save more than 35,000 lives in Texas, 15,000 in Florida and more than 12,000 in Michigan by 2100, according to a new web application. The Tobacco Control Policy (TCP) tool shows that raising the minimum age to 21 nationwide would save 306,000 lives. The tool was built by University of Michigan researchers and the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) lung consortium. To develop the tool, Meza's multi-institutional team gathered up-to-date information on existing tobacco control policies from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, the American for Nonsmokers' Rights, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...


Poll: Pennsylvanians back expanding no-smoking laws to bars ...
Timesonline.com - September 26, 2017

A new poll released Tuesday by a coalition of an anti-smoking groups shows widespread support among Pennsylvania voters for expanding no-smoking laws to social clubs, bars and casinos. “In Pennsylvania, tobacco will claim an estimated 22,000 lives this year alone,” Brad Cary, manager of the Breathe Free Pennsylvania Coalition, said in a statement. “We know that comprehensive smoke-free laws save lives and reduce tobacco-related illnesses like heart disease and cancer.” The poll, which was conducted Sept. 9 to 12 and has a margin of error of plus/minus 4 percentage points, was released by the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Action Network, American Lung Association in Pennsylvania, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. ...


IUPUI receives American Cancer Society Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative grant
IU Newsroom - September 25, 2017

… "Indiana has the 12th-highest smoking rate and the ninth-highest incidence of lung cancer," said Paul K. Halverson, founding dean of the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. "We need to do more to prevent smoking in Indiana, and our campus is a great place to start. Ninety-nine percent of all first-use of tobacco occurs before the age of 26. If a young person can remain tobacco-free into their twenties, most will never start to smoke. If we can prevent our students from using tobacco, we can improve not only the health of Indiana but the life expectancy of thousands of Hoosiers." … Yet only 1,611 campuses are 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free, according to an Americans for Nonsmokers Rights analysis.


Smoke but No Fire
The Yale Herald - September 22, 2017

… "Let's clear the air" is no longer just an opening for an uncomfortable confession. Now, thanks to the Yale administration, it's a slogan for a health campaign that President Peter Salovey calls "a journey to become a tobacco-free campus." … In order to get on the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation's list of smoke- and tobacco-free colleges and universities, either smoking or tobacco must be 100 percent prohibited by the school. This would mean no designated smoking areas, no special exemptions or permissions, and actual enforcement of those rules. But, according to one Yale junior who asked to remain anonymous, it's easy to smoke anywhere on Yale's campus (except inside university buildings, as specified by state law). ...


A 'Buttland' In Milford: Is This The Buttiest Spot In Town?
Patch.com - September 22, 2017

… Cigarette butts are the most commonly discarded type of trash in the world, according to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights. According to those statistics, it's estimated that 1.69 billion pounds of those butts wind up as toxic trash in a year. Many think cigarettes are biodegradable; they are not. ...


Oakland bans flavored tobacco products
East Bay Times - September 20, 2017

OAKLAND — Flavored tobacco products such as menthol cigarettes, blunt wraps and e-cigarette, or vape materials, will be banned in Oakland as of next year. The Oakland City Council approved the ban Tuesday night. The ordinance, dubbed the “Oakland Children Smoking Prevention Ordinance,” was first approved by the council in July, then tweaked by committees before Tuesday’s final vote. ... "The real harm is in (tobacco companies') targeted marketing towards our low-income communities and communities of color,” said Liz Williams, project manager for the lobbying group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. “What we need to be real about is that the tobacco industry's goal is to continue making money by addicting a new generation of our youth to nicotine."...


Oakland City Council bans sale of flavored tobacco to youths
KTVU San Francisco - September 20, 2017

Supporters of the ban, which will go into effect in the middle of 2018, said it is needed because they believe the tobacco industry has historically targeted menthol cigarette advertisements to neighborhoods with high percentages of blacks and other minority groups.

The ban was backed by the "No More Flavored Tobacco" coalition, which comprises the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association in California, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, Breathe California and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund.

"We must do everything we can to protect young people from tobacco addiction," coalition members said in a statement.


Iowa City passes first reading of park smoking ban
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa - September 20, 2017

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation reports that just shy of 1,500 U.S. municipalities had enacted smoking bans in parks as of July. Nearly 30 of those ...


CVS Health Foundation, American Cancer Society and Truth ...
PR Newswire (press release) - September 19, 2017

The U.S. Department of Education reports there are approximately 4,700 U.S. colleges and universities, many of which have more than one campus. Yet, only 1,611 campuses are 100-percent smoke- and tobacco-free, according to an Americans for Nonsmokers Rights analysis. To see the full list of colleges supported by these grants and for more information on the grant application process, please visit http://www.cvshealth.com/tobaccofreecampus.


Waterloo man pushes for park smoking ban
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier - September 16, 2017

WATERLOO -- Bryan Vestal is raising a red flag about problems with smoking in city parks … The Iowa Smokefree Air Act adopted in 2008 prohibits smoking in public buildings and grounds, including outdoor sports arenas, stadiums, amphitheaters and designated seating areas of outdoor festivals or outdoor entertainment venues. But the law did not govern public parks. … New York City, Chicago and Boston have outlawed smoking in parks. More than 30 cities in Iowa, including Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny and Marion, have instituted similar bans, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. …


UNL joins colleges going smoke-free; policy includes university-owned property, parking lots around Memorial Stadium
Omaha World-Herald - September 14, 2017

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln next year will join a long list of colleges and universities that have gone smoke-free. … Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights in Berkeley, California, said more than 1,900 institutions are smoke-free now, up from about 1,500 some 18 months ago. The organization believes that the first school that went smoke-free was Ozarks Technical Community College in Missouri in the early 2000s, said Bronson Frick, associate director of the national organization. "The trend started with community colleges," Frick said, because many didn't have dormitories to worry about. Over time, the movement has advanced to four-year institutions with residence halls. It's "something students and parents increasingly expect in higher education settings," he said. "A lot of young people now have grown up in smoke-free environments." …


Smoking ban on UNL campus property to begin Jan. 1
Lincoln Journal Star - September 13, 2017

Smoking, tobacco and vaping products will no longer be allowed on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus beginning Jan. 1, a move prompted by a student-led initiative. … UNL joins more than 1,700 universities that have banned the use of smoking products on their campuses, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. …


Binghamton University becomes a tobacco-free campus
WBNG-TV - September 5, 2017

According to the American Non-Smokers Rights Foundation, as of July 2017 there are at least 1,900 campuses that are smoke-free and about 1,600 ... … A tobacco-free campus means all tobacco products are banned from BU property. Some of those products include cigarettes, e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco. …


New York joins San Francisco and Boston in banning pharmacy ...
Drug Store News - August 31, 2017

New York would join San Francisco and Boston as the only cities to ban pharmacies from selling tobacco products, according to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, and would become one of 107 municipalities, primarily in California and Massachusetts, with similar bans.


Moving Closer to a Smokefree LA
Lasentinel - August 31, 2017

“Seventy-Two percent of African Americans are exposed to secondhand smoke, compared to 50 percent of Caucasian Americans, and 45 percent of Mexican Americans,” said the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights non-profit organization. Exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) can happen in the workplace, restaurants, bars, parks, and in the home. In fact, families and individuals living in multi-unit housing are more likely to be exposed to SHS from neighboring units, balconies, and outdoor areas.


Health groups: Movies with smoking should be rated R
AAP News - August 29, 2017

The Academy and 16 other public health and medical groups are calling for movies that depict smoking to have an R rating... In addition to the Academy, the letter was signed by the…. Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, Breathe California Sacramento Region, Los Angeles County Health Agency, Smokefree Movies, ...


FL smoking ban not so smoke free
WPTV.com - August 25, 2017

Just when you thought Florida's tobacco fight was old news, we've discovered a-little-known clause in smoking laws here causing both sides to light up. It's called preemption, a fancy political term that boils to this: cities and counties across the state are completely powerless to ban smoking!


University of Utah becomes the Beehive State's third tobacco-free ...
Salt Lake Tribune - August 24 2017

Now, at least 1,913 colleges and universities nationwide have 100 percent smoke-free campuses. Of those, 1,611 are also 100 percent tobacco-free, meaning they also bar nonsmoking consumption of tobacco, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, a national lobbying group based in California. “We expect this number to continue to climb rapidly as a result of the growing social norm supporting smoke-free environments, and support from within the academic community for such policies for campus health and well-being,” states the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights website.


'It's disbelief': Barrie cop cracking down on people tossing cigarette ...
CTV News - August 18, 2017

'It's disbelief': Barrie cop cracking down on people tossing cigarette butts from cars. According to the Americans for Non-Smokers Rights, cigarettes are not bio-degradable. They are made from cellulose acetate, a plastic that it says never disappears.
“I'm not against smokers. I'm against the whole fact of littering,” he says.


Ask Amy: "Nonsmoker" wondered what to do about smokers at an outdoor event
Washington Post - August 15, 2017

Dear Amy: “Nonsmoker” wondered what to do about smokers at an outdoor ... Get help and ideas from Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights at no-smoke.org.


Health Groups Applaud East Baton Rouge Metro Council for Guaranteeing Right to Breathe Clean Air for All
PressReleasePoint - August 10, 2017

East Baton Rouge Parish joined a growing list of the world’s great cities today when the Metropolitan Council voted 7-5 for a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance guaranteeing workers throughout East Baton Rouge Parish the right to breathe clean air. The Smoke-free EBR coalition applauds and thanks the Metro Council for their votes in favor of protecting the health of all employees in the parish by making all workplaces – including bars and gaming establishments – completely smoke-free. … The Smoke-free EBR Coalition comprises the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Lung Association in Louisiana, the American Heart Association, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation and numerous other local and national organizations. For more information, visit our website at SmokefreeEBR.org.


Sign of the times: Lane County puts up warnings about smoking ban ...
The Register-Guard - August 3, 2017

Lane County has started to put up no-smoking signs at its most popular parks. In January, county commissioners approved an ordinance that bans smoking, vaping and using smokeless tobacco products at its parks. The ban, which has two exemptions, took effect in late February. … More than 1,200 cities and towns nationwide have laws mandating smoke-free parks, including 64 cities, counties, and park districts in Oregon plus all state-owned parks in Oregon. In Lane County, the cities of Eugene, Cottage Grove and Veneta, plus the Willamalane Park and Recreation District of Springfield, ban smoking.


Question of the Day - 31 July 2017
Las Vegas Advisor - July 31, 2017

As a former smoker, I hate having a fun time at a table and someone comes up and starts smoking a stogie right next to me. So I'm always pleasantly surprised when I find a casino that is totally non-smoking. I believe most, if not all, of these are due to state law. So which states don't permit smoking in casinos? And are there other casinos that don't allow smoking? … At the website for the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANR), you can download a 21-page pdf of 782 state-regulated gambling facilities required by state law to be 100% smoke-free, plus seven (current and future) Native casinos that are smoke-free by sovereign tribal policy (not including bingo). From the home page, click on the link for Smoke-free Lists and Maps. According to the ANR, 100% smoke-free gambling facilities are required by the laws of 24 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia. In the rest of the states, either no laws cover smoking in casinos or casinos aren't allowed. (We're not vouching for the list or claiming that smoking doesn't go on somewhere in one of the 782 gambling facilities on the ANR list.) …


San Francisco's Flavored Tobacco Law Rooted in Years of Advocacy Work
UCSF News Services - July 12, 2017

… For all the controversy and tobacco-industry opposition laws like this invite, this particular ordinance was drafted, refined, and passed in less than six months. That’s because it had a committed sponsor in San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen and was supported by more than 15 years’ worth of research and national advocacy work by UCSF’s Valerie Yerger, ND, associate professor of health policy, who led the effort in getting the law passed. … “I anticipate a very ugly battle ahead, because the stakes are so high with how much money menthol products bring to the tobacco industry. But now we have a law that might make it easier for other cities to do the same. This issue is now on the radar of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Non-Smokers’ Rights, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and the Truth Initiative.” …


UA and Kent State snuff out smoking on their campuses
Akron Beacon Journal - June 30, 2017

The University of Akron, along with Kent State University, joins the growing ranks of smoke- and tobacco-free campuses Saturday. Vapor-delivering products, as well as chewing and smokeless tobacco, also are out. ... The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation says that as of April 1, there were at least 1,536 tobacco-free U.S. campuses, with 1,400 of these also prohibiting electronic devices. ...


University of Tennessee considers changing alcohol, tobacco policies
WATE.com - June 29, 2017

Chancellor Beverly Davenport said the University of Tennessee is planning on reviewing two policies beginning in the fall semester. Chancellor Davenport says new legislation passed by the General Assembly authorized leaders of all state colleges and universities to adopt policies to regulate smoking and tobacco use on properties the university owns or operates on. … According to Americans for Non-smokers Rights, there are now at least 1,827 100 percent smoke-free campus sites as of as of April 3, 2017. Of these, 1,536 are also 100 percent tobacco-free and 1,400 also prohibit e-cigarette use. …


Smoking Banned in Multifamily Rental Units
The Independent - June 29, 2017

The Pleasanton City Council voted to enact an ordinance that would place limits on smoking in multifamily rental units. … The new ordinance must be formally adopted at a subsequent Council meeting. Any new smoking restrictions will generally take effect six months later, likely sometime in spring 2018. … Specifically, the new ordinance would prohibit smoking inside multifamily rental apartments, as well as on balconies, patios and in common indoor and outdoor areas such as swimming pools. The new rules relate to all smoking products, including e-cigarettes. … Americans for Non Smokers Rights was represented by Liz Williams. She told the council, "This is a powerful way to have a public health impact by reducing second hand smoke. We are not against smoking in ways that do not harm other people." She suggested expanding the ordinance to include all multi-family units, not just rentals. …


Mandeville considers ban on smoking in bars
NOLA.com - June 21, 2017

... The banning of smoking at bars generated controversy in New Orleans and other communities where laws were enacted. Onjewel Smith, southern region coordinator the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, said as more communities across the country implement comprehensive anti-smoking laws, bans such as the one being considered in Mandeville become more acceptable. "Fewer and fewer people are smoking," Smith said. "By continuing to reduce the opportunity for people to smoke, we can continue the trend." ...


Council eyes new smoking restrictions for apartment complexes next year
Pleasanton Weekly - June 21, 2017

Council members heard from a handful of speakers from the near-empty chambers Tuesday night, all offering support for the proposal in large part. Representatives of the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, Alameda County Public Health Department and Tri-Valley Smoke-Free Coalition endorsed the ordinance but urged the council to expand the restrictions to condos and townhouses....


Smoking and slots - casinos' terraces ignite debate
OIA News - June 11, 2017

Smoking is barred inside Maryland's five casinos. But slots player Gregory Wilson believes Horseshoe Casino Baltimore hit the jackpot with its eight outdoor "smoking terraces," which allow him to light up while indulging his passion for the machines. … Since many jurisdictions around the country prohibit smoking in public places and workplaces, casinos that allow it can seem an anachronism. "Most casino companies have chosen to not go smoke-free on their own," said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a California-based group. Where there are bans, he said, "it's the result of statewide or local laws.
"In the case of Maryland, it had its statewide smoke-free law before casinos were added, so operators knew that when they were bidding." Frick said he has visited the smoking decks at Horseshoe Baltimore. While he is broadly concerned about workers' exposure to secondhand smoke, Frick said Horseshoe's decks don't require casino staff to be present all the time "so they don't have to stand there in the smoke." …


Summer Guide 2017: Unspoken beach etiquette
Asbury Park Press - May 24, 2017

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, smoking is banned on the following beaches: Belmar, Burlington Township, Cape May Point ...


Rockville Bans Outdoor Serving Area Smoking
Rockville Patch - May 24, 2017

Patrons of Rockville's bars and restaurants will no longer be able to smoke in outdoor serving areas in the city, following a vote on a prohibition by the Mayor and Council at their Monday, May 22 meeting. ...According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 392 municipalities in the U.S. prevent smoking in the outdoor serving areas of restaurants; 233 of those also have smoke-free outdoor bar-patio laws. With passage of the ordinance, Rockville and La Plata become the only jurisdictions in Maryland to have banned smoking and vaping in serving areas outdoors.


Rockville bans smoking in outdoor restaurants — is Montgomery County next?
Washington Post - May 23, 2017

The Rockville City Council voted 4 to 1 Monday night to prohibit smoking or vaping in open-air sections of restaurants and bars, becoming the second Maryland locality — for now — to mandate smoke-free outdoor drinking and dining. Rockville joined La Plata in Charles County and more than 230 other jurisdictions and four states nationwide in passing the ban. Neither the District nor Virginia has passed such legislation.


Smoking ban pushed for all Pennsylvania casinos, bars
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - May 22, 2017

… Pennsylvania's 2008 Clean Indoor Act went a long way in removing smoking from most public, retail and community buildings. But the exceptions in the law have led to claims it's weak, especially when compared to more comprehensive anti-smoking regulations in all surrounding states, save for West Virginia, which allows each county to establish its own anti-smoking ordinance. … Mr. Baker's bill has garnered support from 140 health advocacy organizations, with the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network, the American Lung Association, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights issuing a joint statement in its favor. The only possible exceptions, he said, include cigar shops and private clubs. …


Monday, May 22, 2017 — When tobacco smoke threatens non-smokers
Native American Calling - May 22, 2017

Tobacco smoke contributes to 41,000 non-smoker deaths every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A handful of studies, including one by the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, suggest even thirdhand smoke—chemicals and residue from tobacco smoke that settle on walls, clothes and furniture—might also cause harm, mostly for people in smokers’ homes. Some tribes ban commercial tobacco smoking in certain areas. But is that enough to protect children and other nonsmokers?

Guests:

Jovian Henio (Mescalero Apache and Diné) – Outrech cc, currently working on smoke-free signals project

Char Day – program manager for Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights

Carla Feathers (Pawnee and Cherokee) – Tobacco Prevention Program manager for the Muscogee Creek Nation


Smoking may soon be off the menu when dining outside in Rockville
Washington Post – May 21, 2017

In an increasingly smoke-free world, the outdoor restaurant table has become a kind of last redoubt for lighting up in public. But on Monday, the Rockville City Council is expected to eliminate that refuge by passing a ban on smoking or vaping in outdoor dining areas and bar patios. … As of last month, more than 230 cities and counties, four states (Hawaii, Maine, Michigan and Washington) and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico mandated smoke-free outdoor dining and drinking, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, a lobbying group. …


LETTER from 51 Health Groups to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) - May 17, 2017

... As to e-cigarettes and related products, the record cited by the FDA in the May 2016 final rule, and the record cited by the government in the DOJ brief in support of its summary judgment motion in the Nicopure Labs case, make a compelling case for regu...


Legislators oppose, want changes to state House bill expanding smoking ban
The Times - May 14, 2017

A small sampling of southwest Pennsylvania legislators' initial thoughts on a bill that would eliminate many of the exemptions to the state's smoking ban found either opposition or conditional support if changes are made. … Under the legislation, smoking exemptions would be eliminated for bars, casinos and private clubs, as well as hotels, outdoor patios of restaurants and cigar bars and cigar lounges. It also includes electronic cigarettes. … In a joint statement released last week, five health advocacy groups -- the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Americans for Nonsmokers Rights -- praised Baker's bill and called for the Legislature to pass it, citing the effort to curtail secondhand smoke, which they said kills 42,000 Americans each year. …


Legal Weed's No. 1 Enemy
Daily Beast - May 11, 2017

… As president and CEO of boot-strapped Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), co-founded by former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Sabet would like to slow the momentum of the cannabis legalization movement. B … "We've seen how long it took for tobacco to lose favor-80 years, and of course they're still making a ton of money," Sabet says against the drone of airline announcements in the background. "That started from a very small group, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, which started in 1976 in Berkeley. I've studied these groups and their successes and failures, and I have a long view on all of this." …


Butt Out
With a surprise amendment, the City Council approves an all-out smoking ban on the Plaza
Santa Fe Reporter - May 11, 2017

… Councilors voted 7-1 to enact the measure. It goes into effect five days after a notice of adoption is published by the city, which means the ban will likely become law before Memorial Day. Under the new provisions, smoking a cigarette, cigar, pipe “or any other similar device that produces smoke and/or odor” is prohibited. Theoretically, that includes vaping and e-cigarettes, unless they produce an odorless cloud. Councilors spent time debating whether the ban could be broadly interpreted to include the relatively new devices, ultimately deciding that it did apply and that language was specific enough to allow a police officer to write a ticket for vaping as well as smoking. …The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation says that more than 1,400 cities across the country ban smoking in parks. But just two cities in New Mexico do: Albuquerque and Mesilla.


Public Health Organizations Support Smoke-Free Legislation
REPRESENTATIVE MATT BAKER INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE EXEMPTIONS IN PENNSYLVANIA’S CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT.
ASCAN.org – May 8, 2017

This statement can be attributed to five of the leading health advocacy organizations: American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Americans for Nonsmokers Rights. “Last week, Representative Matt Baker who serves as the House health committee chairman introduced legislation to eliminate exemptions in Pennsylvania’s Clean Indoor Air Act. We commend the Chairman and urge his fellow state lawmakers to stand up for the health of their constituents by passing a comprehensive smoke-free law.” ...


Casinos and Marijuana: Gaming Legislators Conference June 9-11 ...
Digital Journal - May 5, 2017

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - May 5, 2017) - The ambitious agenda at the Summer Meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) will include the important topic of Casinos and Marijuana: Legal and Policy Issues. According to Senator Becky Harris of Nevada, who is NCLGS Treasurer, "As more states begin to legalize marijuana, it is critical that lawmakers understand how the gaming industry will be impacted. At the upcoming Summer Meeting in Denver, NCLGS is providing a forum for this essential conversation. Topics such as the differences between medical and recreational marijuana, how states such as Colorado and Nevada are regulating both industries, and how the federal government may choose to regulate and enforce current drugs laws will be discussed." The discussion, chaired by Representative Helene Keeley of Delaware, will offer experts with varying perspectives on this complex issue. They include Melissa Kuipers Blake, shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck law firm, who chairs the firm's Emerging Regulated Industries Practice Group; Steven Geller, Esq., of Geller Law Firm, who focuses on gaming and lobbying matters; Cynthia Hallett, President and CEO of the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation; and Christian Sederberg, Partner at Vicente Sederberg, LLC, a law firm specializing in marijuana law issues and regulatory compliance. ...


University of Akron to go smoke-free and vape-free beginning July 1
Akron Beacon Journal - May 4, 2017

... The Americans Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation says that as of April 1, there were at least 1,536 tobacco-free U.S. campuses, with 1,400 of these also ...


'Big Tobacco's Next Big Opportunity: Smoking Experiences
Forbes - May 3, 2017

Today the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation reports that over 80% of the U.S. population lives in a locale covered by smokefree provisions in workplaces, restaurants and bars, some 22,601 municipalities in total. The industry lost that battle, but because of it, a brand new business opportunity presents itself: Creating environments for smoking experiences, a true luxury now that smokers have been literally kicked to the curb.


The Quiet Danger of E-Cigarette Promotion
New University - May 2, 2017

According to the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights organization, e-cigarette use is increasing among high school students; from 2011 to 2015, usage increased by about 900 percent. This is alarming to many parents because their child in middle school (aged somewhere between 11-14) should not have access to a gateway substance that is possibly life-threatening. E-cigarette usage could not only negatively affect the child’s health, but it will also impact the health of others around them resulting in a major public health issue. E-cigarettes contain harmful chemicals including nicotine, diacetyl and formaldehyde, and users expose nonusers to secondhand aerosol.


USC students question effects of new smoke-free policy
Daily Trojan Online - April 25, 2017

On Jan. 10, USC joined 1,827 higher education institutions across the country in prohibiting smoking on campus. The University banned cigarettes, e-cigarettes, hookahs and other products on all University-owned property, including fraternity and sorority houses on the Row. However, enforcing this policy has been difficult - and with the rise in popularity of new forms of smoking, students are continuing to engage in an activity that USC is trying to eradicate. …


Citizen group continues to push clean air initiative
The Spectrum - April 24, 2017

… Last week, Cynthia Hallett, president and CEO of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights and the ANR Foundation, was in Mesquite to help push the smoke-free effort. "My goal is to make sure that the momentum continues in Mesquite," Hallett said of her visit. Hallett acknowledged the daunting task of bringing about change in a city located within the borders of America's pinnacle gaming state. "Maybe it's our job as national partners ... to really help the casinos understand that there is ultimately an enormous benefit," Hallett said. …


Health Organizations 'Outraged' by Big Tobacco Sponsor at Academies of Nashville Event
Nashville Scene - April 24, 2017

After the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce decided again to use Altria - aka Philip Morris - as a sponsor for its annual Academies of Nashville gala, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network says it's outraged at the company's continued involvement in a school event. … Lynn Williams, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's government relations director for Tennessee, issued a statement from the group as well as the American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. …


A new worry for smokers' families: 'thirdhand smoke'
USA TODAY - April 17, 2017

A recent study in the journal Tobacco Control found high levels of nicotine on the hands of children of smokers, raising concerns about thirdhand smoke, a name given to the nicotine and chemical residue left behind from cigarette and cigar smoke that can cling to skin, hair, clothes, rugs and walls. This thin film can be picked up by touch or released back into the air when disturbed. … Officials have attempted to curb the threat of smoke exposure by implementing tobacco bans. Forty-one states and the District of Columbia have implemented local smoke-free laws, according to the lobbying group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. …


Update needed for Smoke-Free Ordinance | Comment
The Courier-Journal - April 13, 2017

In Louisville, we have enjoyed a standard of clean, smoke-free indoor air for almost a decade. … In the years since our hospitality industry has thrived, and we've all been able to enjoy restaurants and entertainment venues without exposing our families to secondhand toxins. … Since 2008, however, new products - e-cigarettes and hookah - have come into widespread use. … Across the United States, 589 communities, 15 of them in Kentucky, include e-cigarettes, or both electronic cigarettes and hookah, under their smoke-free laws, according to the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy and Americans for Nonsmokers Rights. …


Survey suggests smoking ban ineffective
The Sun Star - April 13, 2017

… A recent study suggests that the university's smoking ban has prompted few smokers to change their habits. The study was devised by Kelvin Rogers, a communications major, who said he had the idea after a friend complained about the smoking ban "not doing anything." Rogers designed a survey asking students about the ban and how it has affected them. He surveyed 100 students-17 of whom were smokers … Of the 17 smokers who responded, 95 percent violate the ban and nearly two-thirds of them don't try to hide it when they do. Of the smokers, only five said they had ever been confronted for smoking and only one confrontation was initiated by a student. "The ban was hoping to be community enforced," Rogers said,"but that's clearly not happened." … UAF's smoking ban coincides with the popularity of similar bans around the U.S. Between Oct. 2010 and April 2017, the number of so-called "smoke free" campuses rose from 446 to 1,827, according to Americans for Nonsmoker's Rights. …


Truth Initiative and CVS Health Foundation Launch Program to Make Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Community Colleges Tobacco-Free
PR Newswire (press release) - April 13, 2017

Truth Initiative® and the CVS Health Foundation are joining together to work with students and administrators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and community colleges across the country to advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. … Despite lower youth and young adult smoking rates overall, smoking on college campuses remains a problem in the U.S. Of the 102 federally recognized HBCUs in the country, less than half have smoke-free and/or tobacco-free campus policies. Of the 1,108 community colleges in the U.S., only 360 have 100 percent smoke-free policies in place1. … 1This is based on the Smokefree and Tobacco-Free U.S. and Tribal Colleges and Universities list the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation published on April 3, 2017.


Local students attend 'Kick Butts' rally
Daily Journal Online - April 1, 2017

According to McKnight, guest speakers at the rally included Michael Trapp, a Columbia, Missouri, councilman; Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights Midwest ..


St. Louis Busch Stadium to open the season without chew
Bonner County Daily Bee - March 30, 2017

A collection of health organizations have joined forces to support the "Knock Tobacco Out of the Park" campaign to take tobacco out of baseball, including CTFK and the AHA, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. ...


Another Shore town bans smoking on the beach - which one's next?
Philly.com (blog) - March 30, 2017

According to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights website, the following beach towns in New Jersey ban smoking: Belmar, Cape May Point, Lavallette, Long ...


Columbus Council makes changes to controversial smoking ban ordinance
Ledger-Enquirer - March 29, 2017

Overwhelmed with the task of crafting an ordinance that would ban smoking throughout the city, Columbus Council decided Tuesday to research the topic for another 60 days. ... During public comments, Onjewel Smith of the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights for the Southern United States asked councilors to reconsider the revisions. “We can’t with a good heart and a good conscience support an ordinance that has so many exemptions; that will still put people in harms way,” she said. “We really ask you to consider a strong ordinance, to go back to the model, to really remember who you started talking about this for, to protect the hard-working citizens of Columbus.” ...


Rockville can lead the way on smoke-free outdoor dining
Washington Post - March 24, 2017

… Ensuring smoke-free outdoor dining areas makes sense. That's why food retail establishments in our city, including Dawson's Market and World of Beer, already do it. That's why leading national health organizations, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the March of Dimes, Maryland Group Against Smoker's Pollution and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, have endorsed the effort. And that's why the City Council should pass it and other municipalities in the metropolitan area should follow suit. …


Anti-smoking advocates question link between New Orleans ban ...
NOLA.com - March 23, 2017

... That was the argument on Tuesday (March 22) from Caesars Entertainment, the global casino enterprise that owns Harrah's New Orleans Casino & Hotel. But Cynthia Hallett, president and CEO for Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, called those accusations "baseless."….Looking at revenues of other state casinos further hurt Caesar's Entertainment's case. "[O]ther casinos throughout the state of Louisiana that are not required to be smoke-free have also seen revenues fluctuate," Hallett wrote in an email. "Clearly declines in revenue are not related to the Smokefree law." ...


Letter to the Editor
Stevenson University - March 23, 2017

Of the total litter on highways, 40% is from cigarettes. (Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, 2016). Cigarettes are not only bad for the individual using it but also is ...


Rockville to Hold Hearing on Smoking Ban for Outside Eating Areas
Rockville Patch - March 21, 2017

The Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing, Monday, March 27, on whether the City of Rockville should expand its smoking and vaping ban to include establishments with outdoor eating areas. … According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 392 municipalities in the U.S. have rules for smoke-free outside dining; 233 of those also ...


UNL students show support for smoking ban
Lincoln Journal Star - March 16, 2017

A majority who voted in last week's student election indicated they wanted to end smoking on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. ... will join the more than 1,700 universities that have banned the use of smoke-producing tobacco on campus, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. …


Columbus businesses, health advocates fired-up over proposed smoking ban [VIDEO]
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer - March 16, 2017

A proposed city ordinance that would make Columbus a smoke-free city has fired up people on both sides of the debate. … Proponents were health advocates who highlighted the deleterious effects of second-hand smoke. That group included representatives from Breathe Easy Columbus, the American Heart Association and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. …


From my Hide: A jewel of the south coast
South Coast Herald - March 5, 2017

… One negative to all of this, at a particularly pleasing view site we saw a number of cigarette filters ground into the sand. Now, the Americans for Non-smokers' Rights organisation has calculated that over three-quarters of a billion kilogrammes of cigarette filters end up in the environment every year, being the biggest single item of trash thrown away by us humans. The organisation also states that cigarette filters are definitely not biodegradable, in other words they are in that sand forever. …


Bill filed to make all state campuses, buildings tobacco-free
KHOU.com - March 2, 2017

... over 1,700 U.S. college campuses are now 100 percent smoke-free, 1,400 of which are also tobacco-free. "We all know it: Tobacco kills. In fact, tobacco use ...


The Other Right-Wing Tidal Wave Sweeping America: Federal and State Preemption of Local Progressive Laws
Preemption allows corporations to boost their profits by suppressing local government power, community groups and citizens.
Alternet - February 25, 2017

… The report, "City Rights in an Era of Preemption," says 24 states have preempted local minimum wage increases; 17 have stopped paid sick or family leave; three have voided anti-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals; three have stopped laws aimed at home sharing (like AirBnB that has tightened affordable housing options); 37 have blocked local regulation of ride sharing (that compete with the more heavily licensed taxis); 17 have blocked municipal broadband (challenging telecom monopolies); and 42 have limited local taxation and spending. … To get back to your question, what's happening now and what's different. In each of the last four years, the threat of preemption has grown and the number of bills introduced has grown. There has been a lot of pushback, but it has not generally been within the political parties. It's generally been advocacy groups like Family Values @ Work, for example, or Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights working on local smoke-free ordinances, and dozens of other great organizations. There has been success in stopping preemption, but the pressure has grown. ….


Southeast regents to vote on tobacco-free policy for campus
Southeast Missourian - February 17, 2017

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will vote today on a proposal that would bar faculty, staff, students and visitors from smoking or using any tobacco product or smoking devices campuswide. … As of early January, more than 1,700 college and university campuses nationwide were smoke-free, with 1,468 being 100 percent tobacco-free, according the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights organization website. …


Lawmakers Weigh Increasing Smoking Age To 21
CT News Junkie- - February 13, 2017

That's according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart ... the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights and ...


Kentucky receives poor grades in tobacco prevention program ...
Glasgow Daily Times - February 1, 2017

Tobacco use kills more than 480,000 Americans and costs the nation about $170 ... Johnson Foundation, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights and Truth Initiative.


USC's anti-smoking policy marks progress
Daily Trojan Online - January 23, 2017

On Jan. 10, USC became a smoke-free campus. This policy shift resulted in a ban of all smokable tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and hookahs. … USC is one of about 1,700 campuses to go smoke-free and one of only 110 to completely ban smokable tobacco-based products, e-cigarettes and hookahs. …


Fitzgerald Wants Council To Extend County's Smoking Ban To Vaping [AUDIO]
90.5 WESA - January 18, 2017

Nearly 600 counties and municipalities across the nation have enacted restrictions on e-cigarettes and other forms of vaping in existing smoke-free public venues, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. Allegheny County could soon join that list. Philadelphia is the only Pennsylvania municipality that has a local ordinance for smoke-free areas and it only prohibits vaping in restaurants. Allegheny County Council is now considering legislation proposed by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald that would extend the county's broad smoking ban to include vaping. … "Secondhand vaping can be just as dangerous as secondhand smoke," Fitzgerald said. …


USC establishes new smoke-free campus policy
Daily Trojan Online - January 11, 2017

On Tuesday, USC announced a new policy that establishes the University a smoke-free campus. The new policy, issued by Provost Michael Quick, prohibits smoking in "all indoor and outdoor facilities on university-owned and leased property," including the Health Sciences Campus and all sorority and fraternity houses recognized by the University. The newly instituted rule will apply to all smoking devices including hookahs and e-cigarettes. The new policy also added that "refusal by faculty, staff or students to comply with this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary action." The previous policy allowed smoking on campus, except in indoor locations and other specific areas with no smoking signs. … With the new policy's implementation, USC joined more than 1,500 other colleges in the United States that prohibit smoking. …


Georgia bill proposes ban on smoking when person under 18 in vehicle
The Telegraph - January 5, 2017

A bill has been prefiled that would ban smoking in vehicles in Georgia when a person under 18 is present. … According to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights website, Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Maine, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Utah and Vermont have enacted similar legislation. The age varies of those present in the vehicle in which smoking is not allowed. …


Saint Xavier University Implements 100 Percent Tobacco-Free Campus
Chicago Tribune - January 4, 2017

Saint Xavier University (SXU) was awarded a $20,000 grant that will help the University advocate for, adopt, and implement a 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free initiative on SXU's Chicago and Orland Park campuses as part of the American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation's Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI). … According to the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, only 1,427 college campuses are 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free and now SXU has joined this prestigious club ,,,