Business Has Never Been Healthier - Indiana

Bar and restaurant owners in Indiana had different approaches to non-smoking ordinances in their communities. Scott Wise found that his non-smoking location was more successful than his smoking location. Both customers and employees preferred the smoke-free environment. Once all bars and restaurants went smoke-free the playing field was leveled and business remained strong. Business owners found many benefits, including a larger dinner crowd and lower maintenance costs for the bars and restaurants. See how Indiana businesses are following the new smoke-free trend.

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Public health agencies set new goal for reducing smoking
Winston-Salem Journal January 9, 2014
http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/article_47ff4d4a-7995-11e3-bcb6-0019bb30f31a.html
 
Seven national public health-advocacy groups have set a goal of reducing adult smoking from 18 percent to below 10 percent by 2024 through actions by Congress, state and local government entities. The groups are the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Legacy.

 

 

INDIANA
 
Ind. Chamber backs law to let employers not hire smokers
Cincinnati.com - January 10, 2014
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20140110/BIZ/301100048/Ind-Chamber-backs-law-let-employers-not-hire-smokers
 
If youre looking for a job in Indiana, prospective employers cant ask you to stop smoking cigarettes to be hired. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce wants state lawmakers to change that.

 

LOUISIANA
 
Louisiana State University Eunice Adopts Tobacco-Free Policy
KLFY - January 10, 2014
http://www.klfy.com/story/24416993/louisiana-state-university-eunice-adopts-tobacco-free-policy
 
Louisiana State University Eunice, a Fresh Campus grantee of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), has officially adopted a tobacco-free policy for its campus in Eunice. The policy went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. As classes resume Monday, Jan. 13, LSU Eunice and TFL are working together to spread the word so all are prepared for the spring semester.

 

 
TEXAS
 
E-cigarette poisoning increasing among children in Texas
KHOU CBS 11 (Houston, TX)- January 10, 2014
http://www.khou.com/news/health/E-cigarette-poisoning-increasing-among-children-in-Texas-239605061.html
 
SAN ANTONIO -- An increasing amount of children have been checking into the Texas Poison Center for electronic-cigarette poisoning. According to the center, 52 percent of the calls for e-cigarette exposure involved children under the age of five, from 20

 

The 50-year war on smoking
Los Angeles Times - January 10, 2014
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-smoking-50th-anniversary-of-surgeon-general--20140110,0,3302586.story#axzz2pwcwZoMe
 
The 1964 U.S. Surgeon General's report on smoking the first official acknowledgment by the federal government that smoking kills was an extraordinarily progressive document for its time. It swiftly led to a federal law that restricted tobacco advertising and required the now-familiar warning label on each pack of cigarettes. The growing body of evidence bolstered important policies to combat tobacco use and the injury to nonsmokers barraged by the damaging effects of secondhand smoke. It can be hard for young Californians today to fathom that smoking was once practically ubiquitous throughout government buildings, restaurants and workplaces. In the 1970s, during hearings on legislation to curb smoking in public buildings, some legislators puffed away even as speakers described the asthma attacks they sometimes suffered from secondhand smoke. New restrictions helped smokers as well; if they could do without a cigarette for hours at a time at their jobs, many discovered, they could do without them entirely. Push for indoor-smoking restrictions in all states. It may surprise Californians, who now face smoking bans in parks, open eating areas and beaches, to learn that some states lack smoking bans even in workplaces, bars and restaurants. Kentucky, for example, restricts smoking only in government and university buildings.

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