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You'll Never See Someone Vaping on a US Flight

Well, unless said e-cigarette smoker wants to face a hefty fine

(Newser) - For all those thinking the federal ban on "smoking" tobacco on commercial flights doesn't apply to electronic cigarettes, here's your unequivocal answer from the Department of Transportation : Nope. The DOT on Wednesday officially banned vaping "in all forms, including but not limited to electronic cigars, pipes,... More »

HUD: Stub Out Smoking in All Public Housing

Agency pushing for law to protect residents nationwide from secondhand smoke

(Newser) - HUD proposed a federal mandate Thursday that has some smokers fuming: a ban against lighting up in public housing nationwide, the New York Times reports. If the law passes, more than 3,100 public housing agencies would prohibit smoking in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices, and outdoor... More »

Beijing to Publicly Shame Smokers

New rules take effect today

(Newser) - Well, that's one way to get people to smoke less: Starting today in Beijing, it's illegal to smoke in restaurants, offices, or on public transportation ... and if you violate the law three times, your name will be listed on a government website. The law also raises the fine... More »

Wash. State Could Be First to Bump Smoking Age to 21

Bill would make tobacco age same as pot age

(Newser) - You have to be 21 to legally buy marijuana in Washington, and the state is thinking about bringing in the same age limit for tobacco. The state's attorney general—saying "We must do more to protect our youth from tobacco's grip"—introduced a proposal this week... More »

Cigarette Giant Reynolds: No More Smoking at Work

Employees who want to light up will have specially designated smoking areas

(Newser) - If you're a smoker, working at the country's No. 2 cigarette manufacturer is probably pretty convenient—or it was pretty convenient. Reynolds American (maker of brands such as Camel and Salem) told employees yesterday that as of Jan. 1, they won't be permitted to smoke in its... More »

Oregon May Ban Smoking Along Coast

Move would outlaw cigarettes on 362 miles of state beaches

(Newser) - Smoking may soon be off limits all along Oregon's coast—more than 360 miles of beaches, reports AP . The state is now taking public comment on the proposed ban, which could punish smokers with a $110 fine. (Though rangers say they'd mostly issue warnings, at least at first.... More »

NYC's Cigarette Ban Now Includes E-Cigs

Will go into effect in 4 months

(Newser) - You won't be able to light up an electronic cigarette in bars, restaurants, or parks in New York City anymore. The city council yesterday approved a move to include e-cigarettes in the city's strict smoking ban; outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg pushed for the expansion, NPR reports. Once Bloomberg... More »

NYC Moves to Ban E-Cigs in Public

Smoking ban could be extended to cover vaping

(Newser) - Councilors in New York City are racing to snuff out electronic cigarettes in public places before a new mayor and new council move in next year. The devices, which emit vapor instead of smoke, have surged in popularity and the council will vote next month on a proposal to ban... More »

Europe to Ban Menthols in Cigarette Crackdown

European Parliament also intends to mandate electronic cigarette regulation

(Newser) - Europe is trying to kick its smoking habit. A key European Parliament committee yesterday passed sweeping anti-tobacco legislation that would ban all flavored cigarettes—including menthols—and all slim cigarettes, and subject electronic cigarettes to medical regulation, among other restrictions. The moves coincide with similar efforts from the FDA in... More »

Russia's Smoking Ban Takes Effect

It's now illegal in workplaces, many public places

(Newser) - A law that bans smoking in public places took effect in Russia today, a contentious move in a country with one of the highest smoking rates in the world. The ban prohibits smoking in workplaces, schools, universities, and on public transportation. More restrictions will be applied next year. Authors of... More »

Pack of Smokes in NY Jails: $200

A ban on smoking has led to a budding black market behind bars

(Newser) - Smoking will now also kill your wallet—at least if you're behind bars in New York, where Michael Bloomberg's ban on smoking has led to black market prices that have hit a staggering $200 a pack. As the New York Daily News reports, contraband busts have risen by... More »

Smoking is Dumb; 18-Year-Olds Have Right to Be Dumb

LA Times: Raising smoking age to 21 is wrong and impractical

(Newser) - Smoking may be stupid and bad for your health, but New York Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to outlaw smoking for 18- to 20-year-olds infringes upon grown adults' rights to do stupid and unhealthy things to their own bodies, says the LA Times editorial board. "True, the legal drinking age... More »

Russia Gets Tough New Smoking Law

No more lighting up in bars, offices, playgrounds

(Newser) - Life is about to get tougher for smokers in a country with one of the world's highest rates of tobacco use. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed tough new anti-smoking measures into law, banning smoking in workplaces, restaurants, long-distance trains, and other public places like beaches and playgrounds, the... More »

Most Big Cities Now Covered by Smoke-Free Laws

Figure is 30 of 50, up from 1 in 2000, says CDC

(Newser) - A sign of how far anti-smoking bans have come in the last decade: In 2000, only one of the nation's 50 biggest cities—San Jose—had a comprehensive law that banned smoking in bars, restaurants, and workplaces. Today, the CDC says that figure is 30, reports WebMD . Of the... More »

California City: No Smoking in Your Condo

San Rafael bans smoking in homes with shared walls

(Newser) - Is California on its way to not allowing smoking … anywhere? Smoking is already banned in restaurants, bars, most workplaces, and cars with children inside—and now, in at least a few cities, it's also prohibited in multi-family homes. San Rafael, a suburb of San Francisco, this week became... More »

Hospital Bans Employees With Smoky Clothes

Policy goes into effect next year

(Newser) - A Louisiana hospital is really serious about its no-smoking policy: Starting next July, employees will no longer be allowed to work if their clothing even smells like smoke. Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital is expanding a policy originally put in place only in the women's and children's areas... More »

Most Americans Support Public Smoking Ban

But fewer than 2 in 10 want to ban smoking entirely

(Newser) - Odds are, if you smoke in public these days, you'll get some dirty looks. For the first time ever, the majority of Americans support a ban on smoking in all public places, according to a new Gallup poll. But while 59% support such a ban, only 19% think smoking... More »

Iceland Debates Making Cigarettes Prescription-Only

Country will consider banning normal sales

(Newser) - In Iceland, you may soon need to head to the pharmacy to get your cigarettes. The country is considering a counter-intuitive measure that would make cigarettes a prescription-only product. The bill would ban the sale of cigarettes anywhere except pharmacies, and would initially require pharmacies to sell cigarettes only to... More »

E-Cig Users Hit by Smoking Bans

Bans being retooled to cover smokeless devices

(Newser) - Electronic cigarettes don't burn anything and emit an odorless vapor instead of smoke, but users say they sometimes get treated as if they'd lit a reeking cigar. Use of the devices in places where cigarettes are banned has sparked fierce debate, and some states, cities, and workplaces have... More »

Reynolds Uses NYC Smoking Ban to Hawk Snus

New ad campaign urges smokers to 'reclaim' New York City

(Newser) - It was bound to happen: Reynolds American is launching a new ad campaign riffing on New York City's new anti-smoking legislation. “Smokers, switch to smoke-free Camel Snus and reclaim the world’s greatest city,” one ad urges. The ads began running in newspapers last week, just as... More »

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