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South Africa drafts legislation to ban smoking in all public places

Tobacco smoke
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You may not light up at the bar. You may not light up near your car. And you can't start smoking on designated floors... You cannot even smoke indoors.

These are effectively the proposals being set out by the Department of Health. But they have been less 'Dr Seuss' about it than us. Their draft legislation aims to prohibit smoking in all public areas, whether that's indoors our outside.

Draft legislation plans to ban smoking in all public places

Designated smoking areas would be consigned to the history books, should this bill become ratified in Parliament. It's all part of the government's wider war on cigarettes, which also features plans to ban the display of smokes at retailers, and to remove all recognisable branding from cigarette packs.


'Addio' holy smokes: Vatican bans sale of cigarettes

Man smoking
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Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican from next year because of health concerns, a spokesman said on Thursday.

"The motive is very simple: the Holy See cannot be cooperating with a practice that is clearly harming the health of people," spokesman Greg Burke said in a statement.

He cited World World Health Organization (WHO) statistics that smoking causes more than seven million deaths worldwide every year.

Cigarettes have been sold at a discounted price to Vatican employees and pensioners.

Vatican employees are allowed to buy five cartons of cigarettes a month. Many Italians ask their non-smoking friends who work in the Vatican to buy cigarettes for them because they cost much less than in Italy, where they are subject to heavy taxes.


Israel's Health Ministry to ban smoking at outdoor events, other public places

Man smoking a cigarette
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The Health Ministry is seeking to expand the ban on smoking in public places to several currently exempted venues, including outdoor events, sports fields and playgrounds.

The rules have been submitted to the Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee and will take effect once the committee approves them.

Aside from the ban on smoking at open-air events, which tend to be very crowded, the new rules would also ban smoking everywhere in hospitals - though they do allow hospital directors to designate certain areas as smoking areas.


Anti-smoking hysteria: Australian mother calls on gov't to ban smoking around children, labels it child abuse

Person smoking in a car
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A Sydney mother is calling on the NSW government to issue a total ban on smoking around children, labelling it as child abuse.

Nina Belle said she was driving along Old Northern Road in Castle Hill when she saw three adults smoking alongside a toddler in a pram, with the smoke "blowing in the poor child's face".

Left in an absolute rage by what she saw, the young mum started a petition, calling on the state government to take action.

She is calling on those parents who do smoke around their children to be fined and given "ample education and support to quit, including counselling".

"I believe exposing babies and children to ongoing passive smoke is a form of child abuse. This view might sound outrageous, but it's not," Ms Belle wrote in her petition.

Comment: There isn't much (if any) real scientific evidence for second-hand smoking causing any health issues.

"We intervene when children are neglected due to alcohol or drug addictions, and we should intervene when children are exposed to ongoing second-hand smoke.

Comment: See also:


Japanese firm gives six days off to resentful, non-smoking employees

smoke break
A Japanese company is granting non-smoking employees an extra six days of paid holidays a year after they complained that they were working more than staff who took time off for cigarette breaks.

Tokyo-based marketing firm Piala Inc. only introduced the non-smokers' perk in September, but employees have been quick to take advantage.

"One of our non-smoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box earlier in the year saying that smoking breaks were causing problems", said Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesman for the company.

"Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving non-smokers some extra time off to compensate", Mr Matsushma told The Telegraph.

Comment: The joke is on them. Smoking actually increases brain function and work productivity. Also see: The totalitarian crusade against second-hand smoke


More Japanese firms introducing anti-smoking measures

Japan firms anti-smoking measures
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Employees of Sompo Japan Nippon Kowa Himawari Life Insurance Inc. chat Oct. 19 in a lounge that was converted from a smoking room in line with the company's smoking ban at all of its business outlets.
An increasing number of Japanese companies are stepping up efforts to protect employees from the health hazard of smoking at a time when the central and local governments are studying measures to curb the public's exposure to secondhand smoke.

Convenience store chain Lawson Inc. introduced an all-day ban on smoking at its head office and all regional offices in June, with an eye toward lowering the ratio of smokers to its entire workforce by around 10 percentage points in fiscal 2018 from 33 percent in fiscal 2016.

The ban applies to some 4,500 employees during work hours including when they are out of the office. Sales clerks of Lawson convenience stores, operating under franchising contracts with the retail chain, and workers of Lawson subsidiaries are not subject to the step.


New York governor to approve e-cigarette ban in bars, restaurants, workplaces

E-cigarettes in NY bar
© Julia Xanthos/New York Daily News
Gov. Cuomo on Monday plans to sign into law new restrictions on electronic cigarettes that effectively ban their use in most restaurants, bars and workplaces, the Daily News has learned.

The measure, adopted by the Legislature in June, extends the provisions of New York's Clean Indoor Air Act to include e-cigarettes and has been a top priority of anti-smoking advocates.

"These products are marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes, but the reality is they also carry long-term risks to the health of users and those around them," Cuomo said.

"This measure closes another dangerous loophole in the law, creating a stronger, healthier New York for all."

Comment: Indeed. Nicotine can be highly beneficial for some people. See:


Borneo to enforce smoking ban at 76 public parks

No smoking sign in Borneo
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‘No Smoking’ signboard at Sibu Town Square Phase I.
Seventy-six public parks across the state have been gazetted as 'No Smoking' zones, following the enforcement on June 1 this year by the state Health Department.

According to state Health Department director Dr Jamilah Hashim, her side ran a three-month public awareness prior to the enforcement.

"Public parks should be used for healthy recreational activities. Smokers are, therefore, urged to respect other visitors who wish to utilise these public facilities without the dangerous side effects of secondary smoking," she said when asked about the number of compounds issued for those caught smoking at public parks across the state, under Regulation 11(1)(w) of Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004.


More anti-smoking fascism: Honolulu passes bill banning smoking in a car with children inside

smoking in car

Now illegal in Oahu.
The Honolulu City Council unanimously passed a bill making it illegal on Oahu to smoke in vehicles while children are inside.

The bill was approved Wednesday and Mayor Kirk Caldwell said he plans to sign it into law.

Those in opposition say the bill intrudes on people's private lives, while backers say those younger than 18 years old have no choice but to stay in a vehicle if an adult is smoking.

Comment: Despite the fact that the second-hand smoke/disease link is junk science, the ridiculousness continues:


UK hospital to ban smokers from receiving treatment if caught smoking on grounds and refuse to stop

Darent Valley hospital
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A hospital has said it could ban people from receiving non-emergency medical care if they are caught smoking or vaping on its grounds and refuse to stop.

Bosses at Kent's Darent Valley Hospital extended a smoking crackdown to patients and visitors after banning staff from lighting up in early August.

Designated smoking areas have been abolished, while specialist anti-smoking wardens have started patrolling the grounds during the first week. Anyone who refuses to stop smoking when asked by a warden will be issued with a yellow card.

If they continue to smoke after that, the hospital revealed it could block them from receiving any non-emergency treatment.