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


Teen Kids News Covers STAND’s Kick Butts Day at the State Capitol

January 7, 2015

 

STAND is featured as an episode of Teen Kids News, an emmy award winning TV Show aimed at teens. The program airs in at least 88 markets and the show is also made available through educational networks to more than 10,000 schools with 7.5 million students and teachers; and it airs on the American Forces Network, with a reach of 1 million.

The program aired September 27, 2014 and January 3, 2015.


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


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


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.


Arizona is the 9th Best State at Combating the High Cost of Lung Cancer

November 13, 2014

With November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the disease accounting for $12.1 billion of total cancer care costs and $36.1 billion in lost productivity, according to the most recent estimates, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2014’s Best & Worst States at Combating the High Cost of Lung Cancer.

WalletHub ranked the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia based on 11 key metrics. The data set includes such metrics as air quality, the price of a cigarette pack and death rates from lung cancer.

Combating Lung Cancer in Arizona (1=Best; 25=Avg.)

  • 10th – Number of Adult Tobacco Users per Capita
  • 11th – Cigarette Taxes
  • 10th – Death Rate from Lung Cancer
  • 12th – % of Smokers Who Attempted to Quit
  • 14th – Estimate of New Lung Cancer Cases per Capita
  • 2nd – Number of Available Cost-Free Services to Quit Tobacco Use
  • 21st – “Top-Rated Hospitals for Cancer” Score
  • 1st – Smoking Ban
  • 13th – Price of a Cigarette Pack

For the full report, please visit:
http://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-states-at-combating-the-high-cost-of-lung-cancer/8158/