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  • Public Pot Smoking Could Be Put To Vote

    06/18/2015 8:13:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | June 18, 2015
    Marijuana use could soon be seen in bars, restaurants, or any public place if a proposed ballot measure makes it on the ballot and is passed by voters. “It says any private business can decide if it wants to permit adults to use marijuana,” said marijuana proponent Mason Tvert. Tvert, well-known as the driving force behind Amendment 64 which legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, is considering a new ballot measure that would vastly expand where people can use pot in Denver. “The community in Denver has been very clear that they don’t think adults should be treated like second-class citizens...
  • Should French Quarter cigar bar get a pass from New Orleans City Council?

    02/25/2015 2:08:00 PM PST · by BBell · 30 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 2/25/15 | Richard Rainey
    A French Quarter cigar bar's battle over state and city liquor permits has struck a major chord among New Orleans policy makers and civic leaders. Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey wants to create a new category in the zoning code -- called a "tobacco retail business" -- to keep La Habana Hemingway Cigar Bar on Toulouse Street in operation. But critics say that doing so could undermine the impending citywide smoking ban by exempting more drinking establishments from it and also impact the Quarter's long-standing prohibition on new cocktail lounges in commercial zones.
  • Marijuana is much safer than alcohol or tobacco, according to a new study

    02/25/2015 11:28:41 AM PST · by Wolfie · 109 replies
    The Verge ^ | Feb. 23, 2015
    Marijuana is much safer than alcohol or tobacco, according to a new study Marijuana is roughly 114 times less deadly than alcohol, according to recent findings published in the journal Scientific Reports. Of the seven drugs included in the study, alcohol was the deadliest at an individual level, followed by heroin, cocaine, tobacco, ecstasy, methamphetamines, and marijuana. Previous studies consistently ranked marijuana as the safest recreational drug, but it was not known that the discrepancy was this large. The researchers determined the mortality risk by comparing a lethal dose of each substance with the amount typically used. Not only was...
  • California bill would raise smoking age to 21

    02/03/2015 12:41:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 1, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    <p>A California Democrat has proposed a bill that would raise the state’s minimum smoking age from 18 to 21 in an effort to keep cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers.</p> <p>State Sen. Ed Hernandez introduced Senate Bill 151, which would make California the first state in the country to raise the minimum smoking age to 21. Similar proposals have previously failed in New Jersey, Utah, Colorado and Maryland.</p>
  • Liberal Bully of the Week: The nanny state

    12/08/2014 8:50:19 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 7, 2014 | Rusty Humphries
    A week after a grand jury in Missouri decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, a grand jury in Staten Island decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner. A second white cop avoiding indictment for the death of a second black citizen drew even more angry demonstrations. Garner died during an altercation with the police after they busted him for selling individual “loosie” cigarettes, to avoid paying taxes on them. This leads some critics of the grand jury decision to say that Garner was “killed for nothing” or...
  • Fla. jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6B in damages (no, that was not a typo)

    07/19/2014 2:06:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    AP ^ | 7/19/2014 | JENNIFER KAY
    A Florida jury has slammed the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996. The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme Court in 2006 tossed out a $145 billion class action verdict. That ruling also said smokers and their families need only prove addiction and that smoking caused their illnesses or deaths. Last year, Florida's highest court re-approved that decision, which made it easier for sick smokers or their survivors to pursue lawsuits against...
  • In Maryland, Smoking Could Cost You Job

    07/06/2014 3:16:42 PM PDT · by Drango · 84 replies
    Insurance News Net ^ | July 5 '14 | Lorraine Mirabella
    July 05--Anyone who wants a job next year at Anne Arundel Medical Center -- whether as a surgeon or security guard -- will have to prove they don't smoke or use tobacco. The Annapolis hospital's new hiring policy might be controversial, but it is legal in Maryland and more than half of the United States. And it's a type of job screening that is gaining favor with employers -- from hospitals to companies such as Alaska Airlines -- trying to control rising health costs and cultivate a healthier, more productive workforce. Anne Arundel Medical Center, like a growing number of...
  • Is it safe? Radioactive Japanese Wave Nears US

    11/29/2013 5:42:58 PM PST · by blam · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-29-2013 | Maxim Lott
    Is it safe? Radioactive Japanese wave nears US By Maxim Lott Published November 29, 2013 In the wake of the deadly tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 and severely damaged a nuclear reactor, Japanese officials say the levels of radiation are safe for everyone outside the reactor area itself. But as radioactive water from the plant nears the West Coast of North America -- the water is expected to hit in 2014 -- can we be sure it's safe?(snip)“There should be no concern among Americans, of any age or location,” Gilbert Ross, executive director of the American Council on...
  • Americans to the Obamas on exercising more: 'You take the hike!' [USA Ignores Michelle]

    05/06/2013 2:00:25 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies ^ | 5/6/13 | Andrew Malcolm
    For a long time conservatives have warned that the heavy propaganda and regulatory hands of the Obama administration were not going to change the exercise or eating habits of 315 million Americans... Now comes early statistical proof that after reelecting Obama with fewer votes the second time and 1,567 days of his reign of government intervention and stimulation, many Americans are deciding that maybe the Obamas' plans for their lives do not fit their plans for their own lives.
  • Cigars expected to be targeted by FDA regulation

    03/24/2013 6:06:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/23/13 | Brady Dennis
    Nearly four years after it began regulating cigarettes, the Food and Drug Administration is poised to extend its reach to a broader range of tobacco products. At the top of that list: cigars, which have experienced a boom in recent years even as cigarette sales have declined, in part because of growing popularity among young people. Anti-tobacco advocates and industry representatives widely expect the agency to require changes in the marketing and manufacturing of cigars. But the central question remains: What kind of cigars will the FDA target, and how? On one end of the spectrum are the hand-rolled Cohibas...
  • California bill would ban smoking in multi-unit housing

    03/07/2013 4:39:58 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    The SacraMENTAL Bee ^ | February 28, 2013 | Jim Sanders
    Millions of Californians would not be able to smoke tobacco inside their own homes under new legislation that would raise the bar nationwide for fighting secondhand smoke. No state ever has ventured into personal bedrooms and living rooms with its smoking restrictions, but California is going even further than that by targeting owner-occupied residences as well as rental units. Specifically, the measure would prohibit lighting up a cigarette, cigar or pipe in condominiums, duplexes and apartment units. The push would extend a lengthy list of places where smoking already is barred, including restaurants, workplaces, playgrounds, public buildings and cars containing...
  • Do penalties for smokers and the obese make sense?

    01/26/2013 7:50:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2013 10:03 AM EST | Mike Stobbe
    Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die? Annual health care costs are roughly $96 billion for smokers and $147 billion for the obese, the government says. These costs accompany sometimes heroic attempts to prolong lives, including surgery, chemotherapy and other measures. But despite these rescue attempts, smokers tend to die 10 years earlier on average, and the obese die five to 12 years prematurely, according to various researchers’ estimates....
  • NYC Wants to Mandate a No-Smoking Ban in Peoples’ Homes

    01/01/2013 12:34:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies
    The Independent Sentinel ^ | December 30, 2012 | Sara Noble
    NYC Mayor Bloomberg is behind a secret cabal of neighborhood spies who run around convincing tenants and landlords to disallow all smoking by tenants, even within their own apartments.The community spy groups get a $10,000 bounty for their efforts. The bounty is coming out of a grant, in other words, our tax money. This is ripe for corruption to say nothing about the whole stealth factor being unethical, sneaky, and communistic. It pits neighbor against neighbor and it demonizes people.But don’t worry, it is for the common good.I’ve never smoked in my life and I don’t like being around cigarettes,...
  • Public Health Proposal Considers Mandatory ‘Smokers License’

    11/15/2012 8:43:28 PM PST · by jakerobins · 39 replies
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A public health proposal suggests that tobacco smokers should be required to apply and pay for a “smoker’s license” in order to continue buying cigarettes. In this week’s PLOS Medicine medical journal, two leading tobacco control advocates debate the merits of the smoker’s license. Simon Chapman, a professor at the University of Sydney, proposes that users would have to apply and pay for a mandatory license in the form of a smartcard that would be shown when buying cigarettes.
  • Is Australia Prohibiting Branding on Packs of Cigarettes?

    08/16/2012 3:31:01 PM PDT · by OneVike · 16 replies
    News Blaze ^ | 8/16/12 | Mina Fabulous
    With the recent Australia's High Court dismissal of the appeal by tobacco companies against a law requiring all cigarettes to be sold in plain packaging, Australia is now on track to become the first country to prohibit branding on packs of cigarettes. Reports say Australia's court has dismissed a legal challenge from the tobacco industry targeting the Country's new restrictive tobacco marketing laws. The ruling means that from December 1 companies will be banned from displaying brand designs on cigarette packets. The packaging will require only olive-green packaging. Today, the World Health Organization strongly welcomed the "landmark" ruling.WHO Director-General...
  • Ohio Senate Considers Limiting Smoking in Cars

    02/02/2012 5:20:36 AM PST · by TSgt · 75 replies · 1+ views
    WKRD ^ | 02/02/2012 | WKRD
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill in the Ohio Senate would ban smoking in cars if children under 6 are on board. The measure's sponsor says the idea is to safeguard youngsters from secondhand smoke. Democratic Sen. Charleta Tavares of Columbus testified Wednesday at a hearing on her bill and said smoke inside cars is especially dangerous because the space makes the smoke much more concentrated. Multiple news outlets report that Senate Highways and Transportation Committee Chairman Tom Patton questioned how law enforcers would be able to spot that a child is younger than 6, in order to enforce the...
  • N.C. Heart Attack Rates Down Since Passage of Smoke-Free Law

    11/16/2011 12:39:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    RALEIGH – Emergency room visits by North Carolinians experiencing heart attacks have declined by 21 percent since the January 2010 start of the state’s Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law. State Health Director Dr. Jeffrey Engel reported the results to the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force this morning. “We pushed for passage of this law because we knew it would save lives,” said Governor Bev Perdue, who signed the law into effect. “Our goal was to protect workers and patrons from breathing secondhand smoke and we are seeing positive results.” The N.C. Division of Public Health report cites...
  • Louisiana Hospital to Ban Odor of Smoke on Workers' Clothes

    10/03/2011 6:03:39 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 103 replies
    Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria will implement an anti-tobacco policy for its entire campus starting July 1 of next year, expanding the policy put in place two years ago for employees of the women's and children's areas. The Town Talk reports the policy will prohibit the use of tobacco products by employees while on their shifts, including when they are on breaks. It also will not allow employees to work if their clothing smells like smoke.
  • FDA to issue new graphic cigarette warning labels

    06/20/2011 5:12:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies ^ | June 20, 2011 | Michael Felberbaum (Associated Press)
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Coming to a store near you: nine more reasons not to smoke. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday is set to release nine new graphic health warning labels for U.S. cigarette packs, representing the most significant change to cigarette packs in more than 25 years. The new labels will take up half of a pack of cigarettes and also will appear on advertisements. Cigarette makers have until the fall of 2012 to comply. Mandates for new warning labels were part of a 2009 law giving the FDA authority to regulate tobacco. The announcement follows reviews...
  • Law snuffs out mailing smokes to deployed troops

    08/10/2010 9:13:59 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 9 replies
    hosted ^ | Aug 10 | KRISTIN M. HALL
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Family and friends have suddenly found themselves blocked from shipping cigarettes and other tobacco products to American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq because of a new law meant to hamper smuggling and underage sales through the mail. The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2009 quietly took effect June 29.....
  • Santa Cruz City Council asked to lift smoking ban for WAMMFest

    07/27/2010 7:59:59 AM PDT · by walkerk · 2 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 07/26/2010 07:26:21 PM PDT | J.M.BROWN
    After the last several WAMMFests encountered challenges, organizers of Santa Cruz's annual medical marijuana awareness event appear to be in for an easier time getting the city's nod of approval. Today, the City Council will consider lifting a smoking ban at San Lorenzo Park for five hours Sept. 25 to allow authorized pot users to medicate inside open-air tents designed to create privacy. The item is on the council's consent agenda, indicating that it may not be as controversial as in years past. “For the city, it's a matter of course,” Mayor Mike Rotkin said.
  • Proposed SA Smoking Ban Called 'Racist'

    06/11/2010 6:54:43 AM PDT · by laotzu · 36 replies · 575+ views
    WOAI ^ | 6/10/10 | Jim Forsyth
    The effort to ban smoking in all workplaces across the city appears to be going up in smoke, as prominent advertising executive Lionel Sosa tonight will brand the proposal as racist. "The proposed ordinance is economically discriminatory to members of the Hispanic community," Sosa will tell council, according to a text of his letter obtained by 1200 WOAI news. "When you look at the population of the small area bars, poll halls, and VFW halls that populate our community, you will see the overwhelming majority of those that will see their freedom of choice stripped from them by this ordinance...
  • Legalizing Marijuana, So Politicians Can Spend More Money

    05/17/2010 9:29:02 AM PDT · by OneVike · 55 replies · 939+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 5/17/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Come November, Californians will have the chance to legalize marijuana for the specific purpose of raising revenues via taxes. We all knew that it would be just a matter of time before the same individuals would get enough signatures to put the legalization of marijuana up for a vote by the California citizens. It is a bit ironic when you consider how militant the same individuals wanting marijuana legalized have gone on a witch hunt against tobacco products. The attack on the tobacco industry began over 50 years ago when the Surgeon General forced the tobacco company's to label...
  • Obama signs bill restricting mail-order cigarette sales

    04/02/2010 8:20:16 AM PDT · by Drango · 90 replies · 2,342+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 4/1/10 | Jerry Zremski
    Obama signs bill restricting mail-order cigarette sales WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday signed legislation that bans the U.S. Postal Service from shipping cigarettes — a measure that's expected to cripple the mail-order tobacco businesses run by members of the Seneca Nation of Indians. White House press secretary Robert L. Gibbs announced the signing in a brief statement that included no comment on the new law, which the Senecas fought furiously. In response, Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder Sr. accused the president of betraying the very Indian nations he wooed during his 2008 campaign and spoke to last fall....
  • St. Luke's (Hospital, PA) will no longer hire smokers

    03/29/2010 12:15:00 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 71 replies · 1,377+ views
    Morning Call ^ | 3/29/2010 | Staff
    St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network today announced it will only hire non-smokers starting May 1. As the region's second largest employer with over 7,000 employees, St Luke's will be the first in our area to implement such a policy, according to a press release. "While some may view this as a bold move," states Bob Zimmel, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at St. Luke's, "our organization feels strongly that promoting a healthier workplace benefits everyone."
  • Voyeurism Dressed As a Public Service

    03/02/2010 5:22:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 655+ views ^ | March 2, 2010 | Mona Charen
    It's none of my business what Barack Obama's LDL cholesterol level is. And I don't have to know that he is using nicotine therapy to attempt to kick his smoking habit. But all of this and more is dutifully passed along after the president's annual physical. Want to know his resting heart rate? It's available. And we're told that President Obama has been instructed by his physicians to "eat healthier" and "moderate his alcohol intake." What to make of this annual invasion of privacy? We've been privy to similar details about other presidents -- sometimes to an excruciating degree (President...
  • Lotto vultures resort to bird-brained scheme [Smoking vulture brains!]

    12/28/2009 1:03:16 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 26 replies · 1,075+ views
    The traditional medicinal practice of smoking dried vulture brains to induce a vision of winning lotto numbers is killing off the bird's population in South Africa, researchers say. Scelo, a young healer in downturn Johannesburg's market for muti, or traditional medicine, says the birds are becoming more scarce. "I only have one every three or four months," he said. "Everybody asks for the brain. You see things that people can't see. For lotto, you dream the numbers." Rolled into a cigarette or inhaled as vapours, vulture brains can also help at the horse races, boost an exam performance, or lure...
  • Medical marijuana is an insult to our intelligence

    10/26/2009 10:17:19 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 83 replies · 1,624+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 20, 2009 | Charles Lane
    The Justice Department says it's backing off the prosecution of people who smoke pot or sell it in compliance with state laws that permit "medical marijuana." Attorney General Eric Holder says "it will not be a priority to use federal resources to prosecute patients with serious illnesses or their caregivers." Party hardy! I mean -- let the healing begin! I don't think the federal government should be spending a whole lot of time on small-time druggies, and I'm undecided about legalizing pot, which enjoys 44 percent support among the general public, according to a recent poll. Recreational use is not...
  • States Go to War on Cigarette Smuggling

    07/20/2009 10:48:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 46 replies · 1,435+ views
    WSJ ^ | 7/20/2009 | GARY FIELDS
    States across the U.S. have been taking a harder line against an old problem -- cigarette smuggling -- as part of the widening search for solutions to their budget problems. States including Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island and Virginia this year have stepped up law-enforcement efforts with the aim of recouping taxes lost to bootleg cigarette sales. Studies indicate states are losing about $5 billion annually in tax revenue because of illegal tobacco sales, said Phil Awe, who heads the tobacco-diversion division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "We do not want to have our...
  • Britney Spears walks off stage during concert, blames cigarette smoke

    04/09/2009 6:47:25 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 42 replies · 7,258+ views
    EW ^ | Apr 9, 2009, 05:50 AM | by Mike Bruno
    Britney Spears walked off stage shortly after the start of a concert last night at Vancouver's GM Place, leaving the crowd to sit in the dark for 30 minutes. The Vancouver Sun reports that a voice came on the venue's loudspeaker during the dark period informing the audience that cigaratte smoke was to blame. "It's become uncomfortable and unsafe for the performers, including Ms. Spears,"
  • SGA Hosting Forum on Tobacco-Free Campus

    04/05/2009 8:41:20 AM PDT · by Freedom Dignity n Honor · 55 replies · 751+ views
    The SWOSU Student Government Association will host an open forum to discuss and debate the idea of having a tobacco-free campus this Wednesday, February 25, at 7 p.m. in Room 104 of the Stafford Center on the Weatherford campus. Everyone is invited to voice their opinion. Additional information is available by contacting SWOSU Student Body President Greg Franklin at or by phone at (405) 408-****.
  • Kan. Senate to debate smoking ban

    02/15/2009 6:58:47 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 723+ views
    The Topeka Capital Journal ^ | February 14, 2009 | Associated Press
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposed ban on smoking in most public places will be debated Monday in the Senate, and the chamber's top two leaders said Friday that the bill's chances for passage are good. "If there are no substantive amendments, I would assume it would pass," said Senate President Steve Morris, a Hugoton Republican. Senate Vice President John Vratil agreed, but cautioned that opponents will try to load it up with amendments.
  • Smoking Rooms Eliminated Following Erection

    01/05/2009 11:57:09 AM PST · by rface · 76 replies · 4,093+ views
    ShortNews - Scottland ^ | Dec 2008 | staff
    Only two months after smoking areas were erected at two hospitals, the desire to go smoke-free on the premises will eliminate the smoking rooms entirely and replace them with smoking shelters. NHS Lothian (Scottland) will eliminate smoking rooms at Royal Edinburgh as well as at Astley Ainslie. The will then provide smoking shelters in it's phased shut down of the indoor smoking areas. The Health Board claims the action will assist smokers in quitting. The Health Board states, "These shelters will act as a platform to promote our stop smoking services, to encourage people to seek help to give up...
  • Outrage as Britney Spears' toddler plays with cigarettes as smoking singer watches on

    07/30/2008 8:26:37 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 120 replies · 371+ views ^ | Last updated at 1:56 PM on 30th July 2008
    Britney Spears' parenting skills have come under fire yet again after photographs emerged showing the star smoking in front of her son as he plays with a packet of cigarettes. The singer, branded 'Puff Mommy' by the American press, eventually takes the Marlboro Lights and a lighter from the two-year-old's hands, but continues to subject him to second-hand smoke.
  • Smoking ban leads to new religion (Dutch cafe owners join 'One and Universal Smokers Church of God')

    07/17/2008 12:42:01 PM PDT · by Stoat · 53 replies · 5,903+ views
    Smoking ban leads to new religion Wednesday 16 July 2008Café owners in the Netherlands are joining religious movement known as the One and Universal Smokers Church of God, the Telegraaf reports on Wednesday.‘We stand firmly behind the church’s teachings and that is smoking,’ Cor Busch, owner of the former Lindeboom café in Alkmaar told the paper. ‘Smokers are being discriminated against… but a beer and a cigarette belong together.’ Smoking has been banned in Dutch bars since July 1. Several dozen bars have joined the movement which claims the Dutch constitution and European rules give it legitimacy under the...
  • City of Ithaca targets secondhand smoke (wants to ban smoking outdoors too)

    06/16/2008 7:05:20 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 63 replies · 214+ views
    ITHACA — Legislation further restricting smoking in the City of Ithaca should reduce exposure to secondhand smoke while not creating unintended consequences, according to members of the Smoke-free Zone Legislation Subcommittee. The smoking ban legislation Common Council is exploring includes ... a huge variety of outdoor, public spaces, including parks, natural areas, outdoor concerts and festivals, trails and walkways, parking garages and lots, transit shelters, Newman Golf Course, and city cemeteries. This would include outdoor dining areas at all times, and entire parks or the entire Commons during festivals like Ithaca Festival or the Chili Cook-Off.... It could also include...
  • Freedom Up in Smoke in California

    06/13/2008 4:42:41 AM PDT · by Invisigoth · 46 replies · 119+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | June 13, 2008 | Gregory D. Lee
    The predominately Democratic California legislature is at it again, coming up with different ways to take your personal freedoms away for the sake of a few. On the heels of attempting to make spanking a misdemeanor, the legislature now wants to make it permissible for a landlord to prevent smoking in apartment buildings on the pretext of protecting other tenants from secondhand smoke. The spineless legislator who sponsored the bill didn’t have the courage to make it a crime under the state’s Health and Safety Code. The proposed legislation merely allows the landlord to make the decision, essentially making him...
  • OK for pot in the park keeps Santa Cruz weird [smoking ban lifted for marijuana rally]

    09/20/2007 5:53:57 PM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 10 replies · 333+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 9/20/07 | Jeff Thomas
    It's a story that virtually begs for the "only-in-Santa-Cruz" eye-roll treatment - another item in a wave of wackiness over the years that has painted the beach town, fairly or not, as nuttier than a bowl of granola. Only this time, it might actually be true - the "only-in-Santa-Cruz" part, at least. That's because two cherished progressive ideals - smoking bans and medicinal marijuana - have collided in a cloud of, well, smoke. The city last year banned smoking in two city parks, citing the threat to public health. The city also is on record in support of the local...
  • Belmont bans smoking in apartment houses

    09/12/2007 1:37:07 PM PDT · by Reeses · 51 replies · 1,061+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, September 12, 2007 | Jonathan Curiel
    The Belmont City Council has passed an ordinance prohibiting smoking in multiunit housing, a measure hailed by supporters as a landmark ban that will give residents relief from second-hand smoke drifting into their apartments and condominiums. "It's to give people who are intolerant of second-hand smoke a chance to say, 'Please stop - you're violating the city's ordinance,' in the same way that if your neighbor has a loud rock band, you can say, 'Please stop,' " City Councilman Dave Warden said today. The council passed the measure Tuesday night by a vote of 3-2. The ordinance also bans smoking...
  • (Video) Huckabee Calls for National Smoking Ban in Public Places

    08/30/2007 4:33:29 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 122 replies · 2,340+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 30 Aug 07 | Jay777
    See the video!This is a definite strike against this candidate for me. This is one position Huckabee should definitely reconsider.

    08/28/2007 6:52:02 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 60 replies · 1,299+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 28, 2007 | Geoff Earle
    August 28, 2007 -- WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton lavished praise on New York City's tough anti-smoking laws yesterday - and said she supports smoking bans in public places across the country. Asked at an Iowa forum on cancer whether banning smoking in public places would be good for America, Clinton replied, "Well, personally, I think so. And that's what a lot of local communities and states are starting to do."
  • [New York City]Council Seeks New Ban on Smoking by Parents in Cars

    08/15/2007 12:00:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies · 1,511+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | August 15, 2007 | GRACE RAUH
    Smokers have already been banned from New York bars and restaurants, and soon they could be prohibited from lighting up in cars carrying minors, an idea giving added fuel to critics who say the city has become a nanny state. A City Council member of Queens who is chairman of the council's Environmental Protection Committee, James Gennaro, said he is planning to introduce the smoking bill next week. "I am just seeking every opportunity I can to denormalize smoking and to try to put it out of the reach of kids," Mr. Gennaro said. "I've lost family members to lung...
  • 2 cities mull tough new smoking laws

    06/13/2007 6:09:52 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 81 replies · 839+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 13 june 07 | Diana Walsh, Christopher Heredia
    Belmont moved a step closer Tuesday night to adopting a sweeping ordinance that would ban smoking in multiunit housing, including all apartment buildings. The Belmont City Council instructed the city attorney to draft an ordinance that, when passed at a later date, would be the most far-reaching effort in the nation to protect residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke. "Belmont is the first to say, 'We want to ban smoking in all multiunit housing,' " said Serena Chen, policy director for the American Lung Association in the Bay Area. "These are the pioneers."
  • Dutch smoking ban to cover coffee shops

    06/09/2007 9:31:00 AM PDT · by plain talk · 45 replies · 1,473+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6-8-2007 | Reuters
    A Dutch smoking ban will come into force in July next year for all restaurants and cafes -- including coffee shops where cannabis is the top attraction, the government decided on Friday. "Coffee shops will be treated in the same manner as other catering businesses. They will be smoke-free," Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende told NOS television.
  • Anti-Smoking Nazi-Literally

    04/27/2007 4:55:22 AM PDT · by freemike · 98 replies · 1,864+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | April 26,, 2007 | Rush Limbaugh
    " The Nazi party barred smoking in public places, including party offices and waiting rooms."
  • Delray may limit smokers on beach to two 30-by-30-foot squares

    02/08/2007 4:50:15 AM PST · by King of Florida · 8 replies · 328+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | Feb. 8, 2007 | Erika Slife
    Delray Beach · Smokers on the city's beach would be confined to two 30-foot-by-30-foot areas about a third of a mile apart if the City Commission accepts a recommendation by the Ocean Rescue department Tuesday. Each smoking area, roughly the footprint of a small house, would be roped off and have one receptacle for cigarette butts within its boundaries, Ocean Rescue suggests. Daily patrolling of the beach is recommended. The suggestions are the first to be made since Mayor Jeff Perlman introduced the concept of limiting smoking on the beach in September. Delray Beach will become one of the first...
  • Measure Would Prohibit Texans From Smoking In Their Own Homes

    11/29/2006 7:26:03 AM PST · by Froufrou · 37 replies · 1,179+ views
    WOAI Radio ^ | 11/28/06 | Jim Forsyth
    Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services has approved a new rule that will prohibit any family that has foster children living with them from smoking in their own home. "The rule prohibits foster parents from smoking in their homes, as long as there are children assigned to their homes," said Darrell Azar of the TDPRS. "It also bans foster parents from smoking in their cars if there are children present in their cars. It is believed to be the toughest anti smoking rules in the country, and the first rules ever approved that prohibit smoking inside detached homes. Azar...
  • Ohioans asked to turn each other in -- for smoking

    11/28/2006 4:16:59 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 101 replies · 2,687+ views
    <p>Sign to be posted at all publication locations: "NO SMOKING. To report violations, call... It reminds me of Nazis.</p>
  • Fire destroys Seventh Inn restaurant

    11/22/2006 5:02:57 PM PST · by demsux · 6 replies · 456+ views
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISGRACE ^ | 11/21/2006 | Bill Bryan
    Ballwin — An early-morning fire that destroyed the Seventh Inn restaurant in Ballwin was an accident, officials said Monday afternoon. "There was no malicious intent. It was not a set fire," said Michael Thiemann, spokesman for the Metro West Fire Protection District. "It was accidental, and apparently started in the lounge area."
  • Somalia:Islamist cops nab 22 in raid on smokers

    11/20/2006 7:25:52 PM PST · by Leisler · 27 replies · 957+ views
    Kismayo - Islamic religious police on Tuesday arrested 22 people for smoking in the Somali port of Kismayo, where they will be flogged if found guilty of violating a new tobacco ban, officials said. Those detained were nabbed just days after local Islamist officials announced a total ban on the use of tobacco in the key southern port, in a new sign of their increasingly strict application of Sharia law. "We started raids against tobacco users and we have arrested 22 people so far," Kismayo police deputy chief Mohmaed Abdulkadir Jibril told reporters here, about 500km south of the capital...