• How to Implement a Smoke-Free Policy in Your Facility

    nosmokingpodimage Having a smoke-free workplace is the law in many locations in the US. But if it’s not in your area, you may still want to consider adopting a smoke-free environment for your workers. It creates a healthy work culture; and a healthy work culture is a productive one. If you need a place to start in your implementation of a smoke-free policy in your workplace, the American Cancer Society offers some principles to follow. Here are some of them:
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  • North Dakota passes smoking ban

    Election Day 2012 was a night defined by wins and losses, and not just for the open seats in Congress. Many laws and ordinances were also voted on, including a revised smoking ban in North Dakota. As the final votes were tallied, a cheer went up as the Peace Garden State moved to increase bans on smoking. So what is the new smoking ban? The.. Read More
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  • Campus Wide Smoking Bans – A New Trend?

    Last week, members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Faculty Senate voted for a policy to ban all uses of tobacco products on campus. This policy will also prohibit the use of tobacco products in vehicles and doesn't go in effect until July 2013.  Most people understand that colleges and universities have policies in place for no smoking within buildings. This new policy is different since you will not be allowed to smoke anywhere on the grounds...including parking lots, sidewalks, athletic fields - anyw.. Read More
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  • Indoor Smoke-Free Laws Push Secondhand Smoke Outdoors

    With so many states in the US enforcing indoor smoke-free acts, there was bound to be research done on the effects of secondhand smoke since. Now, smokers have moved to outdoor areas.  The problem with this is these outdoor areas sometimes are common places for people to spend extending periods of time.  Some include outdoor dining, decks, patios,and designated smoking areas outside of buildings. According to the World Health Organization's (WHO) recommended exposure for ultra-fine particles,a study they conducted went beyond the limit "dozens of times outdoors" sometimes reaching 20 times higher." Who would have thought in the open air outside that the levels could reach that high? Usually you would think if you smoke indoors it just lingers and you are directly .. Read More
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  • A Breath of Fresh Air- State No Smoking Bans on the Rise

    Smoking bans are legislated and enforced by state and local government. Since there is no universal federal law on no smoking, following the right protocol can become very confusing.  Smoking regulations vary state by state. Some states have comprehensive no-smoking laws already on the books, while some states are still catching up.  As of July 2010, 29 states and Washington D.C. have pas.. Read More
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  • Wisconsin Smoke-Free Video Contest- Two Days Left!

    Wisconsin is gearing up to go Smoke-Free on July 5th! One of the ways the state is celebrating is through a video contest. It's the last week to enter your video showing why Wisconsin is better Smoke Free! It's not a bad deal for the winners either...The person who makes the most creative and compelling video will receive a $500 gift certificate good at any member establishments of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. Second place will get $300 and third place $200. Videos should be no more than 1:30 in length an.. Read More
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  • Kansas becomes Smoke-Free on July 1

    On July 1, 2010 the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act will take effect. Kansas workplaces, bars and restaurants will become smoke-free.  Effective July 1, 2010, businesses that prohibit smoking will be required to post signs that have the international no smoking symbol and state that smoking is prohibited by state law. Now will there be penalties if someone does not follow this new law? ...of course! Kansas gover.. Read More
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  • No Smoking Signs – A little humor never hurt anyone

    No Smoking policy is a very serious subject.  Usually there is very little humor involved at all. When I came across a funny no smoking sign it was a bit refreshing. Anyone who follows policies and updates on smoking bans can relate to this! I love how the signs are meant to be funny but still show the seriousness of promoting and following no smoking policies.  Enjoy!
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  • Detroit Red Wings Comply with State Regulations

    Last Saturday May 1st, Michigan's New No Smoking Ban went into effect.  Usually when you think of a No Smoking Ban in public places, restaurants, workplaces and bars come to mind. Red Wing fans will be in for a big surprise when they can't smoke  a cigarette watching their favorite team play.  The Red Wings sent an email to inform fans of  their new smoking policy which states:
    The Joe Louis Arena and Cobo Arena shall prohibit smoking inside the buildings. Smoking will not be .. Read More
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  • Michigan Joins Smoke Free States – Effective May 1st

    Effective May 1, 2010 Michigan will join the more than half of the states in the US who have passed a Statewide Smoke-Free Bans in all public places. This does include bars, restaurants and workplaces for all enclosed public areas. However, individual states vary in their smoke free laws as far as exempt places like casinos and or cigar bars,  and enforcing the laws with  penalties, ticket.. Read More
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