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Pakistan's Senate body passes bill for ban on smoking in cinemas

Smoking banned in Pakistani cinemas
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The Senate Standing Committee on Health on Friday passed a legislative bill calling for a ban on smoking in cinemas across the country.

The Senate committee, which met at Parliament Lodges with Senator Mian Mohammad Ateeq Sheikh in the chair, passed the bill titled The West Pakistan Prohibition of Smoking in Cinema Houses (repeal) Bill, 2018.

The meeting also discussed various issues related to the health ministry, including the nominations for an upcoming WHO conference on health in Geneva.

Retired Maj Gen Salman Ali, a representative of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) gave a briefing about the college.


No exceptions: Chain-smoking Italian manager of Chelsea Football Club comes to terms with UK's totalitarian anti-smoking culture

Maurizio Sarri
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Maurizio Sarri, recently appointed as Antonio Conte's replacement at Stamford Bridge, was known for smoking on the sidelines while at Napoli but was forced to find a workaround because of the smoking ban at EPL stadiums.

Sarri, the 59-year-old Italian charged with resurrecting a Chelsea side which fell stagnant during the stewardship of former head coach Antonio Conte, started his Premiership career with a 3-0 win away to Huddersfield Town in the first round of games of the new English season this weekend.

The Italian, famous for indulging his tobacco habit on the touchlines of the grounds in Serie A, has been forced to abide by rules governing English stadiums which forbid smoking - and he apparently did so by chewing unlit cigarettes during his Premiership debut.

Comment: Maybe it's time to acknowledge that we live in a totalitarian hell?


New bill banning smoking in public places draws ire in Gauteng, South Africa

No smoking sign
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The Gauteng Liquor Forum is calling for the scrapping of the Tobacco Bill which is currently open for public comment.

They are arguing that the current Bill is effective but needs a better enforcement plan.

The Bill, if passed, seeks to ban the display of all tobacco products. In addition, smokers could face a three months jail sentence if found smoking in public. Dedicated smoking areas in restaurants will also be removed.

Chairperson of the Gauteng Liquor Forum, Fanny Mokoena says the banning of smoking in public places will have a negative impact on their members.


Plans in motion to ban smoking on the streets of Rotterdam, Netherlands

Man lighting a cigarette
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There are plans in motion to ban smoking on multiple Rotterdam streets in the area around Erasmus MC, the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and the Erasmiaans Gymnasium, AD reports. According to non-smokers association Clean Air Nederland, if these plans succeed, Rotterdam will be the first municipality to implement a smoking ban for entire streets.

The smoking ban is the initiative of the hospital and two educational institutions. "We have trouble with dumped cigarette butts and are thinking about the health of the 30 thousand students, pupils, patients and employees who are here on a daily basis", a spokesperson for the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences said to the newspaper. To prevent their smokers from just moving to the neighboring premises or the intervening streets, they want to ban smoking on Zimmermanweg, Wytemagweg and the corner of Museumpark.

Comment: For the truth about tobacco and why the PTB want to stamp out smoking, see:


The anti-smoking propaganda is working: Gallup poll shows 59% of Americans support total smoking ban in public places

HUD smoking ban
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59% of Americans say that smoking tobacco should be banned in all public places while 1 in 4 say that smoking should be should be made totally illegal in the U.S. - the highest percentage to date, according to a recent Gallup poll.

This comes as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development prepares to enforce a smoking ban in all public housing across the country.

It may surprise some that Americans' support for bans on smoking in public places has not expanded since 2011.

But it's possible that the survey question's reference to "all public places" suggests a more expansive ban than many Americans are willing to endorse.

Comment: Anti-smoking hysteria has truly infected the masses. Not only are the 'negative effects' of smoking tobacco mostly junk science but, for some people, smoking has been proven to be beneficial.


New York tenants file lawsuit saying federal ban on smoking in public housing unconstitutional

Brownsville house in NY
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A policy that is scheduled to take effect next Monday prohibits smoking in and near public housing throughout the country, affecting 1.2 million households in units managed by about 3,300 local agencies. According to a 2016 Observer editorial, "it may be the most far-reaching, intrusive and over-reaching executive order of the entire Obama administration." In a lawsuit filed today, six smokers who live in public housing argue that the ban violates their rights, exceeds the Department of Housing and Urban Development's statutory authority, cannot be justified as a regulation of interstate commerce, and unconstitutionally commandeers state and local officials by ordering them to carry out federal policy.

The smoking ban, which covers low-income housing that is federally subsidized but owned and operated by local public housing authorities (PHAs), applies to living units as well as common areas and extends to a zone 25 feet around each building. The policy is the result of a 2015 HUD rule that aimed to "improve indoor air quality in the housing, benefit the health of public housing tenants and PHA staff, reduce the risk of catastrophic fires, and lower overall maintenance costs." The lawsuit, which was organized by New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (NYC CLASH) and filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, argues that HUD has no business regulating indoor air quality or trying to dictate what people do in the privacy of their homes.

Comment: See also:


New Jersey governor bans smoking at public beaches, parks; local communities can opt out

New Jersey smoking ban
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Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Friday banning smoking at New Jersey's public beaches and parks, yet local communities can explicitly opt out and set aside a small section for smoking.

The Democratic governor signed a measure that was passed by the state Legislature last month. While advertised as a ban, it still leaves room for towns to permit smoking in designated areas of their beaches and parks.

Like previous versions of the bill that have failed, the bill doesn't specify who would be responsible for enforcing it: lifeguards, police or someone else. Murphy said it shouldn't be lifeguards, but left it to towns to decide enforcement measures.

"A lifeguard is there to save lives, first and foremost, for people in the water" Murphy said. "I don't want to add an extra burden to the lifeguard and take him or her away from their primary mission."

Comment: See also: A comprehensive review of the many health benefits of smoking Tobacco


Fascist US govt to ban smoking in federal public housing starting July 31

No smoking sign
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Public housing nationwide goes smoke-free July 31, and the ban will impact thousands of Mid-South families.

HUD, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said going smoke-free will lower property maintenance costs and reduce the risk of fire.

The Memphis Housing Authority manages 11,000 households in Memphis and Shelby County.

MHA Executive Director Marcia Lewis said they'll focus on working with residents who want to kick the habit.


Smoking ban to be rolled out in Paris public parks

Smoking in French public parks
Paris is set to ban smoking in the city's parks and gardens this summer in an attempt to stub out the unhealthy habit among Parisians and cut down on cigarette butts in green spaces.

The ban will affect four parks and gardens in Paris from the summer for a four-month period and will be rolled out across the city from the autumn. The move, which City Hall hopes to eventually make permanent, is the latest attempt to cut down on smoking in France.

"The goal is to fight smoking and the trivialization of cigarettes among the young and to respect non-smokers," said Paris councillor Laurence Goldgrab.

Comment: See also: Lies, Damned Lies & 400,000 Smoking-related Deaths: Cooking the Data in the Fascists' Anti-Smoking Crusade


Japan's Lower house passes bills on smoking controls, casinos

Japan's Lower House chamber
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The Lower House chamber passes a bill during its plenary session on Tuesday that establishes a framework for integrated resorts that include casinos.
The Lower House on Tuesday passed a bill that will allow casinos to open in Japan, despite concerns over gambling addiction and casino-related antisocial behavior.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has sought to introduce casinos within "integrated resorts" that include hotels, conference rooms and event facilities, claiming that the new casinos will attract more overseas visitors and spur regional economies.

The ruling bloc, led by Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, aims to promptly begin the bill's deliberations in the Upper House and ensure its enactment by extending the current Diet session beyond Wednesday, the scheduled close of the current 150-day ordinary session.

But opposition parties, including the leading Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, is set to step up their efforts to block deliberations on the bill in the House of Councilors.

Comment: See also: Japan gives up on total indoor smoking ban despite coercion ahead of Olympic games in 2020