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S.F. Looks at Raising Minimum Age for Buying Tobacco to 21

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San Francisco would become the second major city in the country, after New York, to raise the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 under legislation to be introduced Tuesday by Supervisor Scott Wiener.

The policy has gained traction around the country, with New York City making the change in 2014 and the state of Hawaii adopting it earlier this year. Santa Clara County is also one of about 80 governments around the country that have raised the cigarette buying age to 21, the same threshold as buying alcohol.

An attempt to pass the same law in the California Legislature stalled this year.

Wiener authored the San Francisco legislation, which is co-sponsored by Supervisor Eric Mar. The two were the lead backers of a failed effort to levy a tax on soda and other sugary drinks at the ballot last year and have often linked the soda and tobacco industries in their discussions about the importance of government regulating matters of public health.

“Cigarettes are one of the leading causes of death and illness in the country,” Wiener said. “We need to do everything in our power to reduce smoking, and when you make it harder for young people to access cigarettes, they smoke less.”

But even if Wiener and Mar secure the backing of their fellow supervisors and the mayor, they could be in for a rough road ahead. The Sonoma County town of Healdsburg passed the same legislation this summer, but said it wouldn’t enforce it after legal threats from the National Association of Tobacco Outlets.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2015 in Tobacco Articles

 

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Labor Plays Politics on Smoking Bans

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The LNP has welcomed Labor taking its lead on extended smoking bans throughout Queensland but fears the Palaszczuk Government is playing politics on an issues that could save lives.

Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle said while the LNP welcomed Labor following its lead on smoking bans, but had no previous plan to extend bans until a bipartisan parliamentary committee had endorsed the LNP’s Private Member’s Bill.

“LNP introduced a smoking ban bill in July and the Health and Ambulance Services Committee has already come back endorsing the LNP’s bill,” Mr McArdle said.

“If the Government has suggestions or amendments to our Bill we would be more than happy to sit down with the Health Minister and discuss them, but this apparent vindictive move from the Minister is just another example of Labor’s attempts to wipe clear any LNP policy in Queensland.

“This will achieve nothing other than delay the introduction of these vital laws.

“The Minister should get serious about providing real bipartisan support on an issue that could save lives.”

Mr McArdle said the LNP was the only party with a real plan to deliver solutions for a better, safer and healthier Queensland.

“The LNP has a strong track record in this field, having introduced the toughest smoking laws in Queensland Parliament when it was in government, including a ban on smoking on or within five metres of health facilities and school grounds,” he said.

“We believe more can be done to encourage young Queenslanders to not ever take up the habit which is why we introduced this latest bill.

“A healthy Queensland is a better Queensland and the LNP’s bill will go a long way to delivering just that.”

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Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Tobacco Articles

 

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New Orleans: Bar Owners Have Different Opinions on Smoking Ban

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On April 22, when the clock struck midnight at Parkview Tavern, the bartender herded smokers outside, leaving only a few patrons inside as most of the crowd headed for the patio. It was a strange scene, the large crowd outside and the near-empty bar inside, but one that is becoming increasingly common in New Orleans.

Across New Orleans, bar owners and patrons say they’re seeing the same phenomenon — lively crowds outside and a near-barren barroom inside.

“Sometimes, I get here and there’s a huge crowd outside, and then I walk inside to find two people in here and then another crowd out on the back patio,” said T. Cole Newton, owner of Twelve Mile Limit in Mid-City, which went smoke-free in 2013.

The New Orleans City Council has passed a sweeping ban against smoking in most public places across the city, but exempts patios, courtyards, balconies and outdoor areas.

Many bars owners have responded by expanding outdoor seating, adding tables to sidewalks and squeezing a few more chairs into courtyards, even buying new televisions and speakers to face outside for football games. Some bars, such as Pal’s Lounge in Mid-City and Cajun Mike’s Pub and Grub in the Central Business District, are planning to add awnings to protect smoking patrons from the rain.

Pal’s has gone a step further: The bar allows patrons to place signs at the bar to reserve their seats for 10 minutes while they go out and smoke. People in New Orleans prefer to buy Monte Carlo Silver cigarettes from the web.

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2015 in Tobacco News