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    Two years after the General Assembly passed a bill to ban smoking from most workplaces, including restaurants, supporters say the law is working and should be extended to include places such as over-21 venues that are now exempt. “There literally are hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans who are healthier, and tens of thousands who do not have lung cancer or heart disease because they now get to breathe clean air,” said state Sen. Roy ... Jump to full article >>


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    With his fingers curled around a cigarettesmall.biz/buy/marlboro and a gin and tonic in the other hand, Randy Dawe mused on the unfairness of a state smoking ban approved Thursday by the state Legislature. Next spring, he won’t be able to inhale at his favorite tavern, Bob’s Sports Bar, 725 Michigan St. NE. Meanwhile, people who frequent casinos still will be able to light up. “I think it’s a bunch of crap. I don’t t ... Jump to full article >>


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  • 12/21/09--00:06: Blowing smoke
  • That’s the response from some Plymouth bar and restaurant managers to Michigan’s new workplace smoking law, which will ban smoking inside their establishments come next May. The long-debated bill was signed into law Friday by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. It prohibits smoking at most indoor workplaces, with exceptions for truck cabs, cigar bars and tobacco shops, as well as the gaming floors of Detroit’s three casinos. “I do not hav ... Jump to full article >>


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    In a landmark move, the Kansas House passed a statewide public smoking ban Thursday and sent it to Gov. Mark Parkinson. If Parkinson signs the legislation as expected, Kansas will join nearly 40 states that have some statewide restrictions on where smokers can light up. The ban would go into effect July 1. Today’s vote was 68-54. Supporters said they were tired of waiting as ban proposals languished for years on the legislative agenda. R ... Jump to full article >>


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    HELSINKI — Finland has banned selling or giving cigarettes to people under the age of 18 as part of extensive legislation that aims to make the Nordic country smoke-free by 2040. The new law says that anyone caught providing youth with tobacco products faces fines and a maximum six-month sentence. It came into force on Friday. The legislation also allows housing associations to ban smoking near children’s play areas and on apartment balco ... Jump to full article >>


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    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota voters on Election Day get the final say on a 2009 law that expands the state’s indoor smoking ban to bars, video lottery establishments and Deadwood casinos. Lawmakers voted to extend the state’s current ban on smoking in most workplaces and public areas, but a coalition of bars and gambling businesses gathered enough signatures to put the law to a Nov. 2 statewide vote. Don Rose, owner of Shena ... Jump to full article >>


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    Tobacco control officers in Grey-Bruce are being instructed not to enforce the province’s Smoke-Free Ontario Act in local First Nations communities, including the Saugeen and Chippewas of Nawash reserves, says the head of enforcement at the area’s public health unit. Linda Davies, tobacco control program manager, says provincial Ministry of Health Promotion staff has told the Grey Bruce Health Unit that aboriginal governments have the ... Jump to full article >>


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  • 12/07/10--23:31: Council drops smoking ban
  • The Joplin City Council on Monday night declined to place on an election ballot a workplace smoking ban sought by Smoke-Free Joplin, and the organization now will decide whether to launch an initiative petition drive. Smoke-Free Joplin had sought a ban of smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants, bars and private clubs. The council, after a public hearing in which some local bar owners and private club operators objected to a prohibition ... Jump to full article >>


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    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health authorities are renewing a push to ban smoking in indoor public places, adding more venues like hotels and restaurants as of May 1, though still excluding many workplaces. The guidelines given on the Health Ministry’s website are the latest effort to curb tobacco use in the country with the world’s largest number of smokers and where experts say huge revenues from the state-owned tobacco monopoly hinder ... Jump to full article >>


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    An estimated 4,000 people each year in California die from secondhand smoke, according to Santa Clara County Department of Public Health officials, who kicked off an ad campaign Tuesday to warn people about the dangers of secondhand smoke. The campaign was announced at a news conference April 26 with county Supervisor Ken Yeager and Campbell Mayor Jason Baker, who said that as a father of two kids, he is especially concerned about the impact of s ... Jump to full article >>