Archive for the 'Smoking Issues' Category


Smoking is censored – so, what’ll be next?

Steven Shainberg, director of the speculative Diane Arbus bio, Fur, has a story: “I was developing a project for a studio, and the character was this totally messed-up guy. He was in his mid- to late 20s; he frequented whores; he took an enormous amount of Ecstasy, and in many, many scenes he would smoke. […]

Smoking Ban Will Force Big Changes For Restaurants – Maryland

As Maryland State lawmakers close-in on a statewide smoking ban, restaurants are expecting changes on their end. Warren Custis of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) in Salisbury says bars and restaurants will miss out on a major part of their business. “It’s wrong to try to tell someone where to smoke at,” said Custis. […]

Anti-smoking activist loses job in A.C. casino

An anti-smoking activist has lost his casino job at the Tropicana Casino and Resort after 26 years. Vince Rennich, a table games supervisor, doesn’t buy the argument that his dismissal was part of a larger staff reduction as the new owners reorganize the property. “They threw me under the bus,” the Somers Point man said […]

Confusion Over Smoking in Public Places

Consumers are confused about details of the impending smoking ban in England and Wales. Nearly six out of 10 people do not know when the restrictions come into force, according to trade magazine The Publican. A survey of nearly 1,000 people found 41 per cent thought smoking would still be allowed in private members’ clubs. […]

Texans Fight Over Smoking Ban

A proposed ban on smoking in all bars, restaurants and work sites across the state is igniting a big-money fight at the Texas Capitol. Anti-smoking forces are lining up against the tobacco industry and some restaurant owners, with lobbyists from both sides seeking to win over lawmakers. “We’ve got a lot of national resources that […]