EU in talks with unions on workplace smoking ban

The European Union is negotiating with business groups and trade unions over plans to impose a blanket ban on smoking from the factory floor to restaurants and bars, officials said Monday.

The European Commission would like to see a ban on smoking in all workplaces “for both health and safety reasons,” EU spokeswoman Chantal Hughes said.

“We have a duty to ensure that all workplaces are safe and secure for workers and at this stage we don’t think that is the case,” Hughes said.

The consultations are at an early stage and any new EU-wide ban could be years away, she said.

Atlantic City set to delay smoking ban for 1 year

smoking eux largeWhen Atlantic City passed a law in April banning smoking on the gambling floor of all 11 casinos here, Liz String was relieved. The 26-year dealer at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City was counting the days until Oct. 15, when the law took effect.

But after less than two weeks of breathing clean air, String and other dealers could be back in the smoke as soon as Monday night.

“We finally have clean air, which is our right, and they’re taking it away from us,” String said. “I think we were betrayed.”

Province to limit public smoking areas

Smokers in East Java will no longer be able to smoke freely in public spaces as the provincial administration has obtained Rp 135.8 billion (US$14 million) for its 2009 budget from cigarette excise taxes to set up smoking areas in public buildings.

The Malang regency which received Rp 5.2 billion said it would provide smoking areas in the regency administration building, the Kanjuruhan General Hospital in Kepanjen and the regency legislative council building.

“All people including government officials and servicemen in the three buildings will only be allowed to smoke in the smoking areas,” spokesman for the regency administration Kukuh Banendra said Thursday.

Obesity, smoking timebombs in China

HONG KONG: Chronic illnesses such as cancer and heart and respiratory diseases are ticking timebombs in China, and Chinese must cut their intake o
f fatty foods and salt, stop smoking and start exercising, health experts said.

Increasingly affluent Chinese in urban and rural areas consumed between 25 and 100 percent more fat each day in 2002 compared with 1982, sharply raising the risk of heart disease and cancer, the experts wrote in The Lancet medical journal.

Smoking ban vote ignites passions

Fond du Lac City Council is expected to make a historic vote this week on a proposed city smoking ban.

Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Legislative Chambers of the City County Government Center, 160 S. Macy St. The public is welcome.

Little else has been scheduled into Wednesday’s regular council session.

A 2009 transit budget, 2009 Business Improvement District budget and sale of surplus property behind Cedar Street are expected to be voted upon before council addresses the smoking issue.

A large crowd is expected to attend Wednesday’s meeting. Testimony from both sides of the issue will be taken before the vote by the City Council.

When does the smoking ban go into effect?

Q: What does the six-month extension mean for the smoking ban? Is that when it starts? Can I smoke in restaurants until then?
A: The six-month extension applies to public places that had a designated
smoking area prior to the smoking ban and are considering making the area meet the city ordinance’s requirements. Businesses that will not have a special smoking zone are expected to comply with the ordinance now.

In September, the Dodge City Commission passed an ordinance banning smoking in businesses open to the public. Smoking is also prohibited outside any public place within 10 feet of the main entrance or exit.

Smoking Ban Implemented In 140 U.S. Campuses

Harrisburg, PA (AHN) – More U.S. campuses have joined the bandwagon to promote health and wellness by banning smoking in universities and colleges.

According to the Americans for Nonsmokers’ rights, over 140 schools are totally smoke-free, over thrice the number which prohibited lighting up by March 2007. The boost in numbers was partly due to the total smoking ban last month by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education on all state-owned universities. The 14 institutions of higher learning in the state have over 110,000 students.

The PASSHE’s move followed a ban on cigarettes in many offices and public places in June.

More colleges stamp out smoking

colleges smoking banCollege campuses are going smoke-free in rapidly growing numbers across the USA.

More than 140 campuses now are completely smoke-free, more than triple the number that had banned smoking as recently as March 2007, said Frieda Edgette, of the lobbying group Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.

An additional 30 campuses are smoke-free with a few exceptions, such as designated smoking outdoor areas, and at least 500 campuses have smoke-free policies in residential housing, she said.

Smoking Ban On Campus?

smoking ban campusThe University of Minnesota is considering instituting a campus-wide smoking ban on the Twin Cities campus, having already enacted a ban on the Duluth and Crookston campuses. A study done by Boynton Health Service has been sent to students, faculty and staff to determine the opinions on such a ban and see if it is at all feasible.

Some are already expressing their antagonism towards the possible ban, though a recent study by Boynton says 80% of students are reported to never use tobacco products. There are already smoking limitations on campus, but the new policy will prevent smoking in outside areas.

UK campaigners call for ban on smoking in cars

ban smoking in carsLONDON (Reuters Life!) – British anti-smoking pressure group ASH has asked the government to consider a ban on smoking in cars in an attempt to protect children and young people from second-hand smoke.

The appeal comes in a report by the group, Action on Smoking and Health, that said smoking now costs Britain’s state-run National Health Service (NHS) 2.7 billion pounds ($4.74 billion) a year, a billion more than a decade ago.

The cost would have risen to more than 3 billion pounds annually had action not led to a fall in the number of smokers from 12 to nine million, it added.