Thursday, September 5, 2013

Idaho State Journal: Pocatello could see a smoking ban

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Pocatello could be going the way of Boise, Eagle and 60 other heavily populated cities in the United States by imposing a smoking ban in public places. The Idaho State Journal reports that Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad said he was approached by a group of individuals asking for the city to enact a no-smoking policy in public places including restaurants, bars and city parks. It’s a move he said he would support.

“Personally, I wouldn’t object to it,” Blad told the Journal, “but I can’t speak for the City Council.”

If the council agreed with him, the law could be in place as early as January 2014. Blad said he suspects a smoking ban in Pocatello would be met with strong opposition.

“We’re accustomed to doing what we want, where we want,” he said. “They call smoking a right, I would call it a choice."

Blad pointed out that in cities with smoking bans already in place, bar sales have actually increased.

Last fall, Idaho State University enacted its own no-smoking policy and ISU Student Affairs Vice President Patricia Terrell said the response from students has been positive. A random survey showed the majority of students, faculty and staff members support the ban.

Boise passed its no-smoking law last year. Smokers in the city can be fined almost $70 for a violation.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Video: The Last Smoking Tour of Boise

Posted By and on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Three weeks and counting.

Boise's tradition of mixing pints and puffs goes up in smoke on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, as a pair of ordinances will force smokers to butt out of the city's taverns. Following a robust debate and some tweaking of the language, the new rules will ask smokers to take their business, along with their cigarettes, elsewhere if they want a drink in Boise.

In Wednesday's BW, we visit some of Boise's smokier saloons to take the pulse of patrons and staff preparing to empty the ashtrays for the last time. Along with our intrepid scribes (who now clearly need a change of clothes and a tank of oxygen), BW's Josh Gross crafted this video of "The Last Smoking Tour of Boise."

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Boise Council Passes Smoke-Free Ordinances, Looks to Taxis Next

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Citydesk counts at least 30 restaurants and/or bars in Boise that currently allow smoking. But in a little more than a month, it will be time to clean out the ashtrays once and for all.

As expected, the Boise City Council last night decided to ban smoking in the city's bars and restaurants, in addition to parks, the Greenbelt, the Grove and all of of Eighth Street between Main and Bannock. Councilman T.J. Thomson was the only council member to vote against the ordinance banning smoking in parks, hoping that designated smoking sections could be established in more of the city's larger parks. The ordinances, as written, would allow designated smoking areas only in Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks, in addition to a smoking section near the Grove Plaza.

The new ordinance also bans smoking in taxi cabs. Which opened the door for the City Council to next consider a proposed ordinance that would introduce a list of changes to how taxis operate in the City of Trees. In today's BW, you can read all about the proposed taxi ordinance.

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