Daily Archives: April 8, 2009

The history of smoking restrictions

Modest and limited restrictions enacted over thirty years ago eventually culminated in what is now a virtual ban by the State of California on indoor smoking in public places and even some outdoor locations. The history of these restrictions demonstrates that incremental measures have been necessary precursors to more extensive prohibitions. For example:

Restrictions on smoking

The prevailing consensus in the public health community is that tobacco products should not be sold in pharmacies. Empirical research establishes the need for a comprehensive, multi-prong approach to tobacco control, including measures that change social and cultural norms about tobacco use, limit tobacco accessibility, and restrict smoking. Governments at all levels have responded with measures, some incremental, some more sweeping, in each of these areas. San Francisco’s ban on tobacco sales in pharmacies is simply the latest governmental tobacco control measure aimed at promoting public health.
1. Empirical research has repeatedly confirmed the common sense view that negative social perceptions, as well as reduced access to and visibility of smoking and cigarettes may lower the rate at which current non-smokers experiment with and ultimately become addicted to smoking.
Social norms about smoking influence smoking rates, particularly among those not yet addicted. Smoking visibility, perceived acceptability, and frequency in various locations among youth and adults. “Social unacceptability has been repeatedly shown to be an important influence on both initiation and quitting.” Alamar, Benjamin and Glantz, Stanton, Effect of Increased Social Unacceptability of Cigarette Smoking on Reduction in Cigarette Consumption.

Tobacco Control Legal Consortium

Cigarettes are the only legal product that, when used as intended, will contribute to the death of at least one half of all users. For this reason, public health organizations have sought for decades to reduce and ultimately eliminate cigarette consumption. San Francisco’s ordinance banning the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies is a modest, yet pioneering, measure that responds to the longstanding calls by the public health community for a ban of tobacco products sales in stores ostensibly committed to the health and well-being of their customers.
We submit this brief amici curiae to show the evidence-based public health reasons for a ban of tobacco product sales in pharmacies. Extensive research demonstrates that social perception and the ubiquity of tobacco products exert a strong influence on whether non-smokers will experiment with and become addicted to cigarettes. As a result, public health advocates have long sought to change social and cultural attitudes toward tobacco and to restrict its availability.

Amended bill unfair

The state House made a start toward protecting the public from second-hand smoke last week with its passage of a bill that would ban public smoking in most enclosed workplaces and buildings open to the public. But the bill is a watered-down version of Rep. Hugh Holliman’s original. The state Senate should summon up some courage and produce a stronger bill that protects more citizens from the well-documented and costly dangers of second-hand smoke.

Anti-smoking celebration in Californian

Anti-smoking advocates are celebrating 20th anniversary of California’s groundbreaking tobacco-control effort by releasing a slew of new data showing that cigarettes use is continuing its steep decline in the Golden State.

Do smokers cost society money?

Smoking takes years off your life and adds dollars to the cost of health care. Yet nonsmokers cost society money, too — by living longer.

Russian contraband cigarettes ‘flooding’ European Union

Europe is being flooded by smuggled Russian-made cigarettes worth at least $1 billion a year, an international investigation has discovered.

Greeks head EU smoking survey

Three out of ten Europeans aged 16 or more admit to being smokers, according to a study published by the European Commission, with Greece heading the list.

NEVADA SUPREME COURT: Smoking ban foes air challenge

Opponents of Nevada’s smoking ban challenged the constitutionality of the 2006 law Monday before the state Supreme Court, arguing that it should be overturned because it is vague and unfairly targets small bars and taverns.