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May 22, 2017
By Michael McGrady
Following the implementation of a ban on tobacco and e-cigarette use in Novato, California in January, lawmakers in neighboring cities are considering similar bans on tobacco and e-cigarette use in public and private spaces.
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Alcohol & Tobacco
FIRE
December 14, 2012
By John Dale Dunn
Authors of a widely reported article on the health impacts of a local ban on smoking in restaurants claim their research shows significant health benefits, but the data examined in the article show no health benefits at all.Conflicts of InterestRichard D.
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Environment
July 13, 2005
By Ralph Conner
According to Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, “bans on smoking are unfair, unnecessary, and ineffective.
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September 12, 2008
By John Nothdurft
As President Calvin Coolidge once said, "Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing.
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Taxes
Government Spending
July 1, 2008
By Jeremy Richards
Government-imposed smoking bans have been spreading across the United States and around the world in the past two decades.
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Alcohol & Tobacco
April 24, 2006
By Thomas A. Lambert
In recent months, numerous localities and states have banned smoking in public places (i.e., privately owned places to which members of the public are invited).
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Alcohol & Tobacco
November 3, 2014
By Matthew Glans
As electronic cigarettes grow in popularity, state and local governments are finding ways to regulate and tax them. Some jurisdictions have decided e-cigarettes and other vapor products should be covered by city or statewide smoking bans.
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Alcohol & Tobacco
Taxes
Government Spending
May 1, 2006
By James Taylor
As California regulators began considering banning smoking in such personal spaces as cars, apartments, and hotel rooms, legislators in Maryland and Virginia took a decidedly different tack, defeating attempts to impose smoking bans in restaurants, bars,
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Alcohol & Tobacco
May 1, 2006
By James Taylor
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) on January 26 voted unanimously to declare secondhand smoke a "toxic air contaminant," setting the stage for more sweeping smoking prohibitions in a state already known for its intolerance of smokers.
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November 9, 2011
By Steve Stanek
Statewide smoking bans have “little or no measurable immediate effect” on the number of persons who die from heart attacks, according to a new report by medical researchers at two universities.
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September 16, 2011
By Steve Stanek
Statewide smoking bans have “little or no measurable immediate effect” on the number of persons who die from heart attacks, according to a new report by medical researchers at two universities.
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Alcohol & Tobacco
June 29, 2010
By Michael L. Marlow
In this essay, written by California Polytechnic State University professor of economics Michael Marlow, the economic effects of statewide smoking bans in bars and restaurants are examined, in an attempt to determine who loses when a state passes such a
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Regulation
Alcohol & Tobacco
June 1, 2004
By James Taylor
When anti-smoking activists pushed to ban smoking in workplaces, and then in restaurants, and now even in bars, supporters of freedom of choice warned the alleged health risk to non-smokers was merely a smokescreen for activists to build momentum to ban
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Alcohol & Tobacco
November 24, 2004
By Sue Jeffers
I am part of a dying breed, an independent bar and restaurant owner, and I have been trying to fight the smoking ban in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Bloomington over the last six weeks. Let me tell you about the people involved.
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July 15, 2009
By Michael L. Marlow
Smoking bans in public places are promoted on the dual basis that they protect the public from “secondhand smoke”—environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), and that bans never harm businesses.
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Alcohol & Tobacco
Taxes
Government Spending
December 1, 2008
By Michael L. Marlow
Public health advocates argue that bans are necessary because non-smokers need protection from second-hand smoke.
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Alcohol & Tobacco
Taxes
Government Spending
March 24, 2006
By Joseph Bast
Joseph L. Bast (jbast@heartland.org) is president of The Heartland Institute.
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February 1, 1996
By Michael L. Marlow
This essay, written by Arizona State University economics professor William Boyes and Florida Atlantic University economics professor Michael Marlow, examines the economics of allocating air space resources between smokers and non-smokers in terms of
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Regulation
Alcohol & Tobacco
Taxes
Government Spending
October 8, 2008
By Bill Hannegan
Despite the smoking ban juggernaut that has run over other towns, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen and St. Louis County Council have both declined to impose such a ban on area bars and restaurants. Smoking ban opponents have shown these St.
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November 1, 2006
By Mike Frazier
Decatur Herald & Review October 10, 2006 circ. 35,799 DECATUR - Basic American values are under assault in the war on smoking, a free-market expert told local bar and restaurant owners on Monday.
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Alcohol & Tobacco
Taxes
Government Spending
September 28, 2005
By Aaron L. Morris
Smoking and health concernsThe harmful effects of cigarettes on smokers have been well documented since the 1950s.
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Alcohol & Tobacco
January 1, 2004
By Trevor R. Martin
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Alcohol & Tobacco
Taxes
Government Spending
November 1, 2003
By Trevor R. Martin
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Alcohol & Tobacco
Taxes
Government Spending
September 16, 2011
By Dr. Brad Rodu
A number of studies of small populations conclude there is an immediate and significant reduction in the number of persons who die from heart attacks after smoking bans are put into effect.
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Alcohol & Tobacco
Health Care
June 13, 2018
By Benjamin Dietderich
The Alaska Legislature approved a bill that would prohibit the use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes in privately owned spaces such as bars, restaurants, and taxis.
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Alcohol & Tobacco
Regulation
November 7, 2014
By Dr. Brad Rodu
As early as 2004, various medical journals published articles claiming that small-community smoking bans resulted in nearly immediate reductions in heart disease.
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Alcohol & Tobacco
March 1, 2009
By Phil Britt
Casino operators say a strict smoking ban is the main cause of a sharp drop in casino tax revenues in Illinois. Illinois’ smoking ban took effect in 2008.
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June 27, 2007
By Erin Murphy
In the June 26 article, “Senate Acts to Curb Phila. Smoking Ban,” Sen. Charles Mcllhinney (R- Bucks) was spot on when he stated that a statewide smoking ban “should not discount individual liberties.
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June 3, 2005
By Ralph Conner
Dear Editor: A smoking ban looms over Chicagoland, threatening to rain down new regulations on restaurants, bars, and their customers.
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June 15, 2009
By John Nothdurft
Senator [Terry] Link seems to think the state's smoking ban did not harm Illinois casinos (June 11, "Smoke could be clearing for casinos"). He's wrong.
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Taxes
Government Spending
January 19, 2010
By Christopher Snowdon
“Heart attacks plummet after smoking ban” declared the UK’s Sunday Times, as it reported that England’s smoking ban has “caused a fall in heart attack rates of about 10 per cent.
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February 12, 2009
By John Nothdurft
While Indiana's legislature and citizens debate the merits of a draconian statewide smoking ban, business owners are already taking steps to balance the wishes of the smoking and nonsmoking populations.
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Taxes
Government Spending
February 5, 2009
By John Nothdurft
While Indiana’s legislature and citizens debate the merits of a draconian statewide smoking ban, business owners are already taking steps to balance the wishes of the smoking and nonsmoking populations.
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Alcohol & Tobacco
Taxes
Government Spending
November 4, 2008
By John Nothdurft
People often support smoking bans in order to be protected from the nuisance of smoking environments in restaurants, bars, casinos, and other businesses.
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Alcohol & Tobacco
Taxes
Government Spending
September 3, 2008
By Ralph Conner
Dear Editor: The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on the looming fiscal impact of the "who's-on-first" smoking ban signed into law by Gov. Ed Rendell ("PA smoking ban effect in less than 2 weeks," August 31).
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November 1, 2007
By Aricka Flowers
Smoking is no longer allowed in Illinois--at least, not in public. On July 23, Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) signed a statewide public smoking ban.
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Alcohol & Tobacco
March 18, 2016
By Andrea Dillon
A lawsuit filed by a group of New York residents opposed to tobacco bans on government property is being considered by the state’s top court, the New York State Court of Appeals.
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Government Spending
Taxes
July 26, 2005
By Nikki Comerford
Dear Editor: Who is asking for this smoking ban? Certainly not the people of Chicago. In 2003 there were only 16 registered complaints of smoking with the city of Chicago and 20 in 2004.
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November 28, 2005
By Diane Bast
Dear Editor: Victoria Adams' ("Dangers of smoke," Voice of the People, Chicago Tribune, Nov.
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October 30, 2015
By Elizabeth BeShears
Sunnyvale, California lawmakers are proposing new rules that would ban smoking and e-cigarette use in public and private spaces, such as restaurants’ outdoor dining areas and even inside individuals’ apartments.
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Regulation
Alcohol & Tobacco
Taxes
Government Spending
 

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