January 3, 2007

Butts Out Around The World?

In Hong Kong, a longtime smoker insists his regular chess games in the park will remain tobacco-friendly, despite government promises to enforce a new ban on lighting up outdoors.

Ohio bar owners had mixed reactions, from disdainful to supportive, to a shipment of empty matchboxes listing a suicide hotline phone number, and promoting a new smoking ban there.

And in Pennsylvania, a pair of bar and cafe owners backed by R.J. Reynolds lost a lawsuit claiming a local smoking ban hurt their businesses, and violated a weaker state law. The judge suspended the ban until May, asking legislators to clarify the situation.

Sources:

“Smoker ready to defy ban in parks”
The Standard (China), December 29, 2006

“Campaign: Smoking ban not matter of life, death”
Cleveland Plain Dealer, December 23, 2006

“Bar, restaurant patrons can smoke till May”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 23, 2006

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