Oklahoma has seen the introduction of a bill by the State Senate President Harold Wright (R-57) that would modify the Oklahoma Workplace Clean Air Act and remove an exemption for cigar smoking at cigar bars and cigar retailers in the Sooner State. The bill which was referred to the Public Health Committee exited with the recommendation to pass by a 7-3 vote. Name Yea Nay NV Absent Rep. Chad Caldwell [R] X Rep. Regina Goodwin [D] […]
Each week we share some of the news that comes across our desk about upcoming legislation.. This week we have stories from California, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, New York, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas & West Virginia California – According to the Cigar Association of America California’s SB1400 which looked to limit tobacco sales to stores that derived 60% of its business from tobacco failed to get voted on in the state assembly. Florida – In […]
Seems like every day a state is looking to raise the tobacco age from 18 to 21 and this time you can add Oklahoma to that ever growing list. The bill, HB2317 was proposed by State Representative Ben Loring (D-7th District) and is scheduled to go through its first reading on February 1st. If the bill is passed it would raise the age from tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21. This is the second time the […]
The City Council of Oklahoma City in Oklahoma voted to approve a new ordinance that bans smoking in city parks as well as other city properties. The measure which was passed moments ago includes city-owned and operated properties with exceptions including city owned golf courses and the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission. According to the new ban, violators of the new ordinance will be subjected to a fine of up to $100.
According to a published report, the Chickasha City Council on Monday January 6th, 2015 voted to restrict all tobacco from use on city property. The council voted unanimously 8-0 to ban the use in parks, buildings and recreation ares. According to Council Member, John Toland, “I think this is a good ordinance, but might be tough to enforce, It’s good for the health of our community.” Meanwhile, at the same meeting the City voted to […]
The city commissioners in Woodward, Oklahoma passed an ordinance that prohibits the use of tobacco products on city owned property. The lengthy ordinance prohibits tobacco use of any kind on any city property regardless if it is indoors or outdoors. The new measure will go into effect on January 2, 2015. When asked by an area resident if this would create a situation where locals would become targeted by police City Manager Alan Riffel stated […]
The city of Muskogee, Oklahoma is taking steps to enact a new ordinance that would ban smoking on property owned by the city. The move was made at the request of local health officials in order to guarantee eligibility for future grants. The new ordinance is scheduled to take effect January 1st, 2016. The item must be ratified by the unions of the police, firefighters, and non-uniform employees that occupy the property. The Deputy Mayor, […]