New Orleans Goes Smoke-Free

January 23, 2015

NOLA

 

On January 22nd  the New Orleans City Council passed an ordinance making all indoor public spaces smoke-free!

Residents and tourists alike will now be able to enjoy all that the Big Easy has to offer while enjoying clean air. And employees in bars, music venues, casinos and other workplaces won’t be forced to breathe secondhand smoke in order to earn a paycheck.

This huge victory is the result of months of work by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and our partners in the #SmokeFreeNOLA campaign – and supporters like you who helped us send a clear message to City Council.

Whether you live in New Orleans or just love to visit, you can join us in thanking Councilwoman Cantrell and the rest of the City Council by sending them a letter.

Thank you for your support. And as we say in NOLA, “Laissez les bon temps rouler!”

Sincerely,

Claudia Rodas
Director, Southern Region


County bans e-cigarettes: County buildings, vehicles now smoke and vapor free

December 16, 2014

File photoE-cigarettes, emitting a vapor, have been banned from all county buildings and vehicles.

File photo E-cigarettes, emitting a vapor, have been banned from all county buildings and vehicles

Joanna Dodder Nellans
The Daily Courier

Yavapai County supervisors agreed to a new countywide policy Monday that bans e-cigarettes in county buildings and vehicles.

They also agreed to a new Human Resources Department proposal to require all employee disciplinary action appeal hearings to be open to the public.

A new state law requires such hearings to be public if they relate to certain law enforcement positions, a county Human Resources memo explains. So HR is proposing a single policy that would make all such hearings open. Currently, county hearings to appeal disciplinary actions are automatically closed to the public unless employees ask for them to be public.

The county didn’t get any employee comments about the HR policy changes relating to appeal hearings and e-cigarettes, HR Director Wendy Ross said.

Supervisor Rowle Simmons cited a Sunday New York Times article about how China manufactures 90 percent of the world’s e-cigarettes, aka electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers and electronic nicotine delivery systems.

The article states that the industry has little oversight, and studies have found tin particles and other metals in e-cigarette vapors that appear to come from the “solder joints” of e-cigarettes.

Supervisor Jack Smith said any kind of smoking in county vehicles could reduce their sale value.

“For me, there’s a zero tolerance on it,” Smith said.

The HR department will continue to work on revisions to a third policy after hearing employee comments, Ross said. A draft would ban the use of electronic equipment while county employees are driving, but it would allow them to use hands-free cell phones.

Ross said she’ll probably bring that draft policy to the supervisors in January.

Also at Monday’s meeting:

• Supervisor Chip Davis asked his fellow supervisors to vote against his proposal to donate $4,500 of his district’s park fund money to the City of Sedona to build a wildlife viewing platform at the Sedona Wetlands Preserve, where the city processes and cleans wastewater.

Davis explained that voters apparently don’t want non-essential services since the majority voted in November against doubling the county’s jail sales tax to build a new jail in Prescott.

“I’m going to take the first step and ask that we not honor that” request for $4,500, Davis said. “The citizens have spoken and nothing is sacred.”

• The supervisors approved using the remaining $30,463 in the Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee fund to collect hydrologic data in the Verde Valley.

Most of the remaining money, $27,500, was contributed by municipalities in the Verde Valley.

The committee hasn’t met since the summer, shortly after most of the supervisors said they wanted to dissolve the 15-year-old group. They stopped paying dues and also stopped paying for the committee’s long-time coordinator position.

It was the only organization that brought the county and all its municipalities and tribes together to discuss common issues.

Follow Joanna Dodder on Twitter @joannadodder


Students take lead at Great American Smokeout

December 11, 2014
Photo: Courtesy Maricopa County Department of Public Health Dominique Arvizu, a senior at right, explains to her Ironwood High School classmate Abraham Smith, a sophomore, that he has passed a carbon monoxide breath test with flying colors. They were practicing with the device to help any smokers who stopped by their educational display outside a CVS store Nov. 20.  

Photo: Courtesy Maricopa County Department of Public Health
Dominique Arvizu, a senior at right, explains to her Ironwood High School classmate Abraham Smith, a sophomore, that he has passed a carbon monoxide breath test with flying colors. They were practicing with the device to help any smokers who stopped by their educational display outside a CVS store Nov. 20.

 Thursday, December 11, 2014

Several students from Ironwood High School participated in the Great American Smokeout Nov. 20, challenging some customers at a nearby CVS pharmacy store to quit cold turkey and helping others make a plan to stop smoking.

Jo Ann Brown, a prevention specialist for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, credited CVS with removing all cigarettes and tobacco products from its shelves last month and making a store available for the educational efforts of those students.

About 10 local youth attended that event on the sidewalk of the CVS store at 75th Avenue and Cactus Road. They belong to Students Taking a New Direction, an anti-tobacco coalition of teens and students from across Arizona.

Dominique Arvizu, a high school senior and a cousin to Brown, serves as secretary of the club at Ironwood. She began recruiting students in August, primarily through lunchtime events, and the club now has 30 active members. Read the rest of this entry »


Fort Huachuca adopts smoke-free policy

December 10, 2014

 

Copyright: Getty Images

Copyright: Getty Images

SIERRA VISTA, AZ – Some facilities on the Fort Huachuca installation will be smoke-free starting next year.

There will be no smoking allowed at medical, dental, soldier and veterinary clinics as of March 1, 2015.

The smoke-free rules are an effort to promote health and wellness among military and civilian employees.

The new policy was created with the help of Cochise Health and Social Services.

Fort Huachuca is the home of the Army’s Intelligence Center.

Courtesy: ABC 15 and The Associated Press

 


Pima County may quit hiring smokers, start penalizing current tobacco-using employees

December 9, 2014

Staff
Phoenix Business Journal

Pima County is considering a ban on hiring smokers.

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The Pima County Board of Supervisors is set to vote on a measure that would ban the county from hiring smokers and penalize current county employees who use tobacco.

If voted in, the policy would start in July 2015, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/morning_call/2014/12/pima-county-may-quit-hiring-smokers-start.html


CVS Gives Out Free Cigarette Packs Stuffed With Help For Quitting

November 14, 2014

You can’t buy tobacco products anymore at the newly-renamed CVS Health, but you can get the cashier to give you a free pack. While the little red box is shaped like a cigarette pack, that isn’t what’s inside. These packs are available for free, and have coupons and materials inside meant to inspire customers to quit smoking.

Reader Randy reports that cashiers at his local CVS were putting these statements inside customers’ bags.

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Behind the counter, cashiers had these free packs, whcih reportedly have at least one generous (CVS-only, of course) coupon for smoking-cessation aids.

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What caught Randy’s eye was this warning on the outside of the pack:

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CVS pharmacies had originally planned to stop selling tobacco products on October 1, but instead emptied the shelves at the beginning of this month. The chain used to make about $2 billion per year from selling tobacco products, but lawmakers nationwide have been making the case that stores shouldn’t sell smokes alongside medicine.

Click Here to read the article on Consumerist.com


Douglas Dispatch Poll: Should City have smoke-free park?

November 13, 2014

The Cochise County Youth Health Coalition presented to the Douglas City Council on the policy work for Smoke-free parks.  The City Council seemed very receptive to the idea and would like to have an item for action for the upcoming December meeting.

The local newspaper has put a survey on-line on their website asking if the city should have smoke-free park.  Please help us out by answering it.

Here is the link:

http://www.douglasdispatch.com/

 

Scroll down and it is toward the bottom third on the left hand side.