State lawmakers heard testimony Monday on a bill that would eliminate most of the exemptions in the 2008 Pennsylvania law that banned smoking in public places.
No longer would diners linger over coffee and a cigarette at the end of restaurant served dinner.
Philadelphia’s ban on smoking in public places is now seven years old and City Council finds itself in a quandary over whether to grant exemptions to four bars that want patrons to be able to light up.
Wilmington’s mayor Dennis Williams has signed an executive order banning smoking in some public places in the city.
The measure on Monday was amended to allow towns to set aside up to 20 percent of a beach or park as a smoking area.
New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban smoking at all public beaches and parks in the state.
As of July 1, 2013, two major hospitals under the University of Pennsylvania Health System will cease hiring smokers.
Officials are working to build awareness now, but fines could eventually be levied.
New Castle County has reversed a ban that prohibited smoking near three office complexes where most of the county’s 1,400 employees work.
Cherry Hill Council members have passed an ordinance Monday night that will ban smoking in any Township-owned area.
An ordinance awaiting final passage at the end of the month would make it illegal to light up in a park, playground, school or township facility.
Officials in Camden County, NJ say they are getting serious about a three-year-old ordinance banning smoking in public parks.
Scotland banned smoking in public in 2006. Now, a new study links the smoking ban with significant decline in preterm delivery and small-for-dates infants – not only for mothers who smoke, but also mothers who don’t.
There’s a growing trend toward an outright ban on all public smoking in larger facilities. Like Salem Community College, where a total prohibition on lighting up goes into effect today.