Lawrence smoking ban

City Commission candidates debate health, wellness issues
09:17 p.m., March 30, 2015 Updated 10:47 p.m.
A Lawrence City Commission candidate forum on health and wellness issues Monday produced a variety of ideas, including a candidate who said he thinks the community could benefit from a lower drinking age. By Chad Lawhorn
KU group wants campus tobacco-free by fall 2015
November 29, 2014
A Kansas University initiative is working to gain support for banning smoking and other forms of tobacco from campus by fall of 2015. As the Tobacco Free KU initiative pushes for a university policy change, it’s also pushing for buy-in from students, faculty and staff. “Our ultimate goal is to create a culture change on campus,” said Ashley Hrabe, KU senior and founder of Breathe Easy at KU (BEAK). By Sara Shepherd
Some Lawrence residents say 10-foot smoking rule not being enforced
August 17, 2014
After it became law in 2010, the statewide smoking ban meant that people in Lawrence could no longer light up within 10 feet of the entrance to a public building. The city of Lawrence added the provision to its already existing smoking ordinance, leaving it up to the fire department to carry out the regulation. But four years later, some Lawrence residents who signed a recent petition to ban smoking on Massachusetts Street think the rule isn’t being enforced. By Giles Bruce
Citizen’s petition calls for smoking ban on Massachusetts Street
July 26, 2014
Lawrence software developer Mike DuPont says he is sick of walking around downtown Lawrence and smelling like cigarette smoke when he gets home. He especially doesn’t want to expose his 2-month-old baby to it. So he recently started an online petition to ban smoking on Massachusetts Street. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence health advocates promoting smoke-free housing
July 19, 2014
The American Lung Association is advocating for smoke-free housing nationwide, saying that cancer-causing secondhand smoke can travel through doorways, cracks in walls, ventilation systems, electrical lines and plumbing. Locally, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has been running a public education campaign to let residents know about their options for smoke-free housing. By GIles Bruce
Lawrence health advocates happy to see CVS quitting tobacco
February 7, 2014
Lawrence health advocates applaud a decision by CVS to stop selling tobacco products and hope more businesses will take similar steps. “It’s very refreshing when somebody makes a decision that may have some financial implications but they do it for the right reasons.” By Sara Shepherd
Health official hopes new report on smoking will persuade Kansans to quit tobacco
12:30 p.m., December 13, 2010 Updated 01:47 p.m.
Although the link between smoking and disease has been documented many times by the U.S. Surgeon General’s office since the 1960s, health officials hope the new report, released last week, will increase a sense of urgency among people, especially youngsters, to quit smoking or never start.
Smoking ban advocates voice concern over Kansas governor’s race
October 26, 2010
Kansas public health advocates say they worry about the views expressed by candidates for governor on the new statewide smoking ban.
Statehouse Live: Banning smoking in casinos would be costly, officials say
July 9, 2010
A statewide ban on smoking in public, indoor places took effect July 1, but exempted casinos.
Statewide smoking ban provides loophole for electronic cigarettes
July 7, 2010
Electronic cigarettes are letting smokers “light up” in the face of the statewide smoking ban that took effect last week.
Temporary injunction issued halting implementation of statewide smoking ban in 28 clubs in Kansas, including one in Tonganoxie
05:20 p.m., June 30, 2010 Updated 06:06 p.m.
Despite previous reports to the contrary by the Associated Press, the statewide smoking ban will go into effect on Thursday, with one exception.
Judge hears arguments for, against statewide smoking ban
08:42 a.m., June 29, 2010 Updated 06:09 p.m.
Attorneys representing bars and bingo parlors asked a Kansas judge to put a hold on the state’s smoking ban Tuesday, arguing it would hurt their businesses and violate their constitutional rights to property.
Housing authority approves ban on tenant smoking
June 29, 2010
On a unanimous vote Monday night, the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority passed a smoking ban for all of its properties. The ban will go into effect Jan. 1, 2011.
Going against ‘nature’
June 27, 2010
Pickups, mini-vans — even a school bus with curtains — park right next to the railroad tracks that run along this small town’s Front Street.
Tonganoxie bar owner challenges state smoking ban
June 23, 2010
A Tonganoxie man has filed a lawsuit against the State of Kansas, claiming the smoking ban to take effect July 1 is unconstitutional. The suit was filed earlier this month. On Friday, four other Wichita-area businesses joined his suit.