New laws raise tobacco sale age to 21, ban tobacco discounts
Nov 19, 2013
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made history again today in the fight against tobacco.
Mayor Bloomberg signed into law bills that prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21, establish a minimum price for cigarettes and little cigars, and ban tobacco industry discounting schemes that keep tobacco products affordable and appealing to kids. New York City will be the first major city or state to have a minimum tobacco sale age of 21.
Continue reading Mayor Bloomberg Signs Landmark Bills to Further Reduce Smoking in New York City
Country emerges as global leader in fighting tobacco
Oct 21, 2013
With new action to reduce smoking, Russia has firmly positioned itself as a global leader in the fight against tobacco use, which is the world’s number one cause of preventable death.
Last week, the Russian Duma passed its second major piece of tobacco control legislation this year, giving Russia some of the strongest laws to combat tobacco use. The new law strengthens the comprehensive tobacco control law that President Putin signed in February and has been in force since June.
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New Study: Ambulance Calls Fall After Casinos Go Smoke-Free
Aug 6, 2013
Casinos are often exempt from smoke-free workplace laws, putting employees and customers at risk of heart disease, lung cancer and other serious diseases caused by secondhand smoke. A new study, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, found that casinos can enjoy immediate and significant health benefits when they go smoke-free.
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State’s historic law is saving lives without hurting business
Jul 24, 2013
Congratulations to New York, which this week is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its comprehensive smoke-free law that applies to all workplaces, restaurants and bars.
"The passage of New York State's Clean Indoor Air Act was a historic moment for public health,"Blair Horner, vice president of advocacy at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, told the Associated Press. "In 2002, the average New York bar or restaurant was essentially a hotbox of deadly carcinogens. For hospitality workers clocking an eight-hour shift, this was an incredibly dangerous situation."
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Protecting our right to breathe clean air
May 17, 2013
The vast majority of Americans require their homes and cars to be smoke-free, according to a new study published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study, based on a 2009-2010 survey, found that 81 percent of U.S. adults report having smoke-free rules in their homes and 74 percent have such rules in their vehicles. The percentage of Americans with smoke-free homes has increased dramatically from 1992-1993, when only 43 percent had such rules.
Continue reading Study: Most Americans Don’t Allow Smoking in Homes, Cars
Big step for country where 43 percent of adults use tobacco
May 10, 2013
Overcoming more than four years of delays and strong tobacco industry opposition, the Parliament of Bangladesh has enacted a new law that significantly strengthens the country’s efforts to reduce tobacco use.
The new law is a major step forward in a country where about 43 percent of adults use tobacco, with high rates of both cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use.
Continue reading Bangladesh Enacts Landmark Tobacco Control Law
Bipartisan support in Kentucky and Oklahoma
Feb 7, 2013
Underscoring the bipartisan backing for smoke-free laws, Kentucky’s Democratic governor and Oklahoma’s Republican governor have highlighted their support for such laws in their state-of-the-state speeches this week.
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Bluegrass State Has the Nation’s Highest Smoking and Lung Cancer Rates
Jan 9, 2013
Kentucky has a great opportunity this year to become the next smoke-free state.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids this week joined other public health organizations in launching an ad campaign calling for a comprehensive, statewide smoke-free law to protect all Kentuckians’ health and the state’s economy.
Continue reading New Ads Call for Smoke-Free Kentucky
Celebrating the right to breathe clean air
Jan 2, 2013
Revelers in California and Illinois had an extra reason to celebrate this New Year’s Day: The 15th and 5th anniversaries of their states’ smoke-free laws.
California in 1994 became the first state to enact a strong, statewide smoke-free law. The law was fully implemented on January 1, 1998, making California the first state to require that all restaurants and bars be smoke-free.
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Help available for smokers trying to quit
Dec 28, 2012
Many smokers will ring in the New Year with resolutions to quit for good. People who stop smoking can greatly reduce their risk for many diseases and premature death, while protecting family member and others around them from harmful secondhand smoke.
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A tobacco-free generation within reach
Dec 19, 2012
There’s great news in a new government survey released today: Youth smoking rates declined significantly in 2012, falling to record lows for all three grades surveyed – grades 8, 10 and 12.
Continue reading U.S. Youth Smoking Rates Fall to Record Lows
State’s landmark law helped spur national movement
Nov 28, 2012
Congratulations to Delaware, which on Tuesday celebrated the 10th anniversary of its comprehensive smoke-free workplace law. The law, which applies to all workplaces, including restaurants, bars and casinos, was signed by then-Governor Ruth Ann Minner and implemented on November 27, 2002.
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24 of 29 large hub airports are smoke-free
Nov 21, 2012
A new study of smoking policies and air quality at the largest U.S. airports has both good news and bad news for travelers heading into the busy holiday season.
The good news: 24 of 29 large hub airports do not allow smoking in any areas accessible to the public, according to the study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Continue reading CDC Study: Five Big Airports Still Have Smoking Areas, Putting Travelers and Employees at Risk
Voters to decide smoke-free initiative in North Dakota, tobacco tax measure in Missouri
Oct 25, 2012
North Dakota and Missouri voters on November 6 will have the chance to deliver big wins for health and save lives in their states.
North Dakota voters can approve a statewide ballot initiative, Measure 4, to require smoke-free workplaces and public places, including restaurants and bars.
Missouri voters can prevent kids from smoking and save lives by voting yes on Prop B to increase the state’s lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax by 73 cents per pack.
Continue reading Saving Lives at the Ballot Box
China needs strong smoke-free regulations
Sep 28, 2012
Secondhand smoke is the greatest source of indoor air pollution in China, according to a new study by a civil environmental group.
The study analyzed air quality in 43 restaurants, bars and Internet cafes over a six-month period and found that small particles from tobacco smoke made up 90 percent of the air pollutants. The concentration of particulate air pollution was significantly greater than standards recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). On average, pollution levels were 14 times greater than WHO-recommended levels in restaurants, 19 times greater in bars and 10 times greater in Internet cafes.
Continue reading Study: Secondhand Smoke Greatest Source of Indoor Air Pollution in Beijing
New national initiative launched
Sep 14, 2012
The movement to require tobacco-free college and university campuses is gaining steam across the United States.
All told, some 774 college and university campuses now have smoke-free policies, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. Of these, 562 have a 100 percent tobacco-free policy.
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Voters should protect everyone’s right to breathe clean air
Sep 5, 2012
North Dakota voters in November can deliver a big win for health by approving a statewide ballot initiative to require smoke-free workplaces and public places, including restaurants and bars.
Continue reading North Dakota Voters Can Make Their State Smoke-Free
Country steps up fight against tobacco
Jul 31, 2012
The Saudi Arabian government has significantly stepped up the nation’s fight against tobacco use by requiring public places to be smoke-free. The smoke-free policy will apply to government offices, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and shopping malls in addition to airports, which have been smoke-free since 2011. It even applies to water-pipes, or shisha.
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And more evidence that smoke-free doesn't hurt business
Jul 30, 2012
The past week brought major progress in the movement for smoke-free air in Wyoming and Ohio.
In Wyoming, Casper's strong smoke-free law will take effect on September 1 after opponents failed to collect the required 2,000 signatures to put the measure on the November ballot. The Casper City Council in June approved the ordinance, which will require restaurants, bars and other public places to be smoke-free.
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Nation approves historic tobacco control law
Jul 24, 2012
The Vietnamese government has approved the country’s first-ever comprehensive tobacco control law, marking a public health milestone for the country.
The new law requires smoke-free work places and public places with few exceptions, mandates large, graphic cigarette health warnings, and places strong restrictions on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
Continue reading Victory for Health in Vietnam
State celebrates second anniversary of smoke-free law
Jul 10, 2012
As Wisconsin celebrates the second anniversary of its smoke-free workplace law, the state is providing the latest evidence that going smoke-free protects health without hurting business.
It's clear that Wisconsin's law has been good for health. The percentage of Wisconsin residents who say they're exposed to tobacco smoke fell by nearly half after the law took effect, according to a study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
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New law is country’s latest tobacco control milestone
Jun 13, 2012
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych today signed life-saving smoke-free legislation into law, capping a year of significant progress in the country’s efforts to reduce the death and disease caused by tobacco use.
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Elected officials must get it, too
Apr 24, 2012
Kids say the darndest things — and some of the smartest, too.
When Linda Kelsch’s third grade students at Linton Elementary School in Linton, North Dakota, were asked to express their opinions about a community issue, they chose to write about a proposal before the City Council to require smoke-free public places and work places.
Continue reading The Kids Get It: Secondhand Smoke Kills
Indianapolis mayor signs smoke-free ordinance, clearing the air on June 1
Apr 20, 2012
The years-long effort to make Indianapolis smoke-free has finally succeeded. After a long campaign by health advocates, civic leaders and public officials – and multiple votes by the City-County Council – Mayor Greg Ballard has signed a new ordinance that will make all restaurants and bars and most other workplaces smoke-free.
Continue reading Indy Will Be Smoke-Free At Last!
Smoke-free policies sweep across South Carolina, Kentucky
Feb 9, 2012
More and more communities in South Carolina and Kentucky — states where tobacco used to be king — are helping reduce smoking and protect everyone from dangerous secondhand smoke by enacting local ordinances requiring workplaces and public places to be smoke-free.
In South Carolina, North Myrtle Beach became the latest Palmetto State municipality to clear the air when the City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting smoking in workplaces and public places. There are now 44 smoke-free communities in South Carolina.
Continue reading Tobacco State Communities Clear the Air
As key vote approaches, public desire for smoke-free law is broad and deep
Jan 24, 2012
Indiana voters overwhelmingly support a proposed law to make all workplaces smoke-free, with a broad coalition of Republicans, Democrats and Independents agreeing that employees and customers alike have a right to breathe clean air.
By a stunning margin of 70 to 27 percent, Indiana voters support a law that would prohibit smoking in indoor workplaces and public places, including restaurants and bars. Fully 73 percent of Republicans and Independents, as well as 66 percent of Democrats, support the legislation. Sponsored by Rep. Eric Turner, (R-Cicero), the measure is set for a vote in the Indiana House later this week.
Continue reading Smoke-Free Indiana Wins Super Support
University of California system, Florida campuses join coast-to-coast trend
Jan 12, 2012
All ten campuses of the University of California will be completely tobacco-free within the next two years, while on the other coast Nova Southeastern University is joining the University of Florida and other Sunshine State campuses in going smoke-free.
University of California President Mark G. Yudof this week directed chancellors to implement tobacco-free policies on their campuses within the next 24 months. Key elements include prohibiting all tobacco use in both indoor and outdoor spaces and stopping the sale and advertising of tobacco products in University-owned and occupied buildings.
Continue reading Smoke-Free Campuses from Sea to Shining Sea
Momentum for Tobacco Control Builds Across Latin America
Marina Carter, International Press Secretary
Dec 16, 2011
With Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signing a comprehensive tobacco control law this week, Brazil has taken historic action to protect its more than 190 million citizens from the deadly toll of tobacco use and secondhand smoke.
The law makes Brazil the most populous country in the world to go smoke-free. It also bans tobacco advertising at point of sale, increases tobacco taxes and requires health warnings on both sides of cigarette packs (current law requires graphic warnings covering the entire back of the pack, but no warning on the front of the pack).
Continue reading Brazil Becomes Largest Country in World to Go Smoke-Free
36th annual Smokeout kicks off a season of getting motivated and getting help to quit
Nov 16, 2011
For smokers trying to quit, there's no better time than to start than tomorrow — the Great American Smokeout.
For 36 years, the American Cancer Society has designated the day for smokers to quit, and for those who love them to give help and support.
Continue reading Great American Smokeout is Early Holiday Gift for Health
Chamber of Commerce urges statewide smoke-free law
Oct 24, 2011
A quarter century ago, Kentucky lawmakers responded to a proposal for smoke-free indoor air by lighting up cigarettes in a legislative chamber.
Now smoke-free advocates in the tobacco-producing state are getting a stunningly different reaction — a strong endorsement from the state's leading business group.
Continue reading Smoke-Free Kentucky is Good for Business
Former president puts tobacco control on his global health agenda
Sep 22, 2011
The Clinton Global Initiative has assembled a coalition of businesses, civic leaders and health advocates — including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — to lead a global effort for smoke-free workplaces.
Continue reading Clinton Global Initiative Challenges Employers to Provide Smoke-Free Workplaces Around the World
Students return to smoke-free campuses
Sep 7, 2011
Though lots of pizza and late nights still make college life a health challenge, exposure to secondhand smoke is becoming less of a threat: More than 500 campuses around the country are now completely smoke-free.
Prohibitions on smoking in residence halls, classrooms and other indoor spaces have long been common, but increasingly, students and faculty have advocated for — and won — smoke-free policies that apply anywhere on campus, including outdoor spaces such as athletic stadiums and parking lots. Among the smoke-free venues are all 33 campuses in the Arkansas state university system, and the 23 campuses of the City University of New York.
Continue reading College Campuses Clear the Air
But prevention cuts put progress at risk
Aug 10, 2011
Over the past decade, Indiana has reduced the smoking rate among adults by nearly a quarter, reaching an historic low for the state of 21.2 percent in 2010.
Indiana was in the forefront of tobacco control efforts following the 1998 settlement of state lawsuits against the tobacco industry. It established an independent agency—Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation—and initially provided robust funding for programs to prevent kids from starting to smoke and help smokers quit.
But political will has waned, and funding has dropped steadily, threatening continued progress.
Continue reading Indiana Smoking Rate Drops to Historic Low
Laws have been good for health and good for business
Jul 6, 2011
Several states are celebrating anniversaries of their smoke-free laws this week, and they’re demonstrating once again that these laws protect health, don’t hurt business and are very popular with the public.
Colorado is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its smoke-free law that includes all restaurants and bars. According to The Gazette of Colorado Springs, "Business at Colorado restaurants is up considerably. The only statewide downward trends are in numbers of smokers, heart attacks and lung problems."
Continue reading Celebrating Smoke-Free Anniversaries in Colorado and Wisconsin
Cruise lines build on travel industry's smoke-free trend
Jun 29, 2011
If you're going on vacation, you've got more options than ever to get there smoke-free, and stay that way throughout your trip.
Three big cruise lines — Carnival, Princess and Holland America — have just announced that they're making all cabins smoke-free and tightening smoking restrictions in public spaces, beginning Dec. 1, 2011 for Carnival and Jan. 15, 2012 for Princess and Holland America. Princess will also ban smoking on cabin balconies, joining a growing number of cruise lines that do so.
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Comprehensive new law will protect 40 million
Jun 14, 2011
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has signed a tough new tobacco-control law that includes restrictions on tobacco advertising and promotions, as well as a requirement that all indoor workplaces and public places are smoke-free.
Continue reading Argentina Joins Growing Movement Against Tobacco in Latin America
Cities and counties across Palmetto State are enacting smoke-free policies
May 12, 2011
Better health is winning against Big Tobacco — even in tobacco-growing South Carolina.
In the past two weeks, three more South Carolina cities — Atlantic Beach, Florence and Spartanburg — have approved smoke-free workplace ordinances that include restaurants and bars. That brings to 41 the number of smoke-free cities and counties statewide, protecting 34 percent of the state's population.
Continue reading South Carolina Shakes Off Tobacco Ties
Nepal enacts comprehensive tobacco-control law
May 10, 2011
Home to the world's tallest mountain, Nepal also has big ambitions for improving health: It has just enacted a tough, comprehensive tobacco-control law that requires smoke-free public places and workplaces, mandates pictorial health warnings covering 75 percent of tobacco packages, and bans tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorships.
Continue reading Standing Tall for Health
Historic Step to Reduce Tobacco's Huge Toll on Native Americans
Apr 29, 2011
Native Americans have the highest rates of smoking and other tobacco use of any population group in the United States.
So it was an historic step this week when Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed an executive order stating, "It is the policy of the Navajo Nation Executive Branch to establish a commercial tobacco free environment in all workplaces and public places within the Navajo Nation."
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Another reminder that public wants the right to breathe clean air
Apr 20, 2011
By a 60-40 percent margin, voters in Bismarck, North Dakota, on Tuesday approved a ballot measure extending the city's smoke-free law to bars, truck stops and tobacco stores. Voters rejected a separate measure that would have allowed "smoking huts" outside bars. The new law will take effect in about a week.
The Bismarck vote underscores once again the strong public support for smoke-free laws that apply to all workplaces and public places. As demonstrated by ballot initiatives and polls across the country, the public strongly supports everyone's right to breathe clean air, free from the toxic chemicals in secondhand smoke. That support is strong across party lines and in every region of the country.
Continue reading Bismarck, N.D., Voters Approve Smoke-free Ballot Measure
Tots on a train underscore need for enforcement of China’s new smoke-free rules
Apr 15, 2011
The world was shocked last summer to see videos of an Indonesian toddler chain-smoking as part of his daily routine.
Now China has doubled the trouble: A video of two toddlers in a train car, puffing on cigarettes and blowing smoke in each other's faces, has surfaced on the Internet.
Adults nearby watch, comment and even chuckle at the kids' disturbing use of deadly tobacco.
See for yourself ...
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Let CBS News show you how unhealthy the smokiest cities look
Mar 28, 2011
CBS News, with the help of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, has found some of the smokiest cities in America and shows exactly why: They're places where elected officials have refused to take strong action to protect everyone’s right to breathe clean air.
Continue reading How Important is it to be 100% Smoke Free?
Big step in country with over one million tobacco deaths each year
Mar 24, 2011
Nowhere is the devastating toll of tobacco more evident than in China. Smoking kills more than one million Chinese people each year — one-fifth of the world total.
This week, China's Ministry of Health announced its strongest action to date to reduce this terrible toll: A new smoke-free policy that will prohibit smoking in indoor public places starting May 1.
Continue reading China Sets May 1 Start for Smoke-Free Public Places
Ireland’s national smoke-free law started global trend for better health
Mar 17, 2011
If you’re having a pint for St. Patrick's Day — and sipping in a smoke-free bar — be sure to tip your hat to Ireland, too.
In March 2004, the Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to implement a comprehensive, nationwide smoke-free law for all workplaces, including restaurants and pubs. At first, there was widespread disbelief that it could happen in a nation where smoking and drinking were so much a part of local culture. Television crews from around the world turned up in Dublin to record what was heralded as a stunning — if uncertain — change.
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A baker’s dozen of lobbyists work to thwart health gains
Mar 14, 2011
In the spirit of Nick Naylor, the fictitious tobacco-industry lobbyist lampooned in the 2005 film Thank You for Smoking, lobbyists seeking to keep Oklahoma cities and towns from setting their own smoke-free policies are enjoying a business boom.
The Oklahoman reports that big tobacco companies have hired at least 13 lobbyists to try to defeat legislation that would let cities regulate smoking in public places.
Continue reading Smoke-Free Battle in Oklahoma Shows How Far Big Tobacco Will Go to Protect Profits
Supporters of tea party want clean air, too
Mar 1, 2011
It turns out that we can all get along.
State lawmakers immersed in contentious legislative sessions can find welcome relief from partisan combat on an issue where voter support transcends party lines and ideological leanings: Backing for comprehensive smoke-free air laws.
Continue reading Secondhand Smoke Isn’t Red or Blue
Why not join the growing ranks of smoke-free hotels?
Feb 18, 2011
Facing a public outcry, the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas has rescinded its new $20 per day fee for customers to “guarantee” a non-smoking room. It's the right thing to do. As we said in a public statement earlier this week, no one should have to pay extra to avoid exposure to a toxic substance that causes lung cancer, heart disease and other serious illnesses.
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