NY High Court Upholds Outdoor Smoking Ban At State ParksThe Court of Appeals unanimously rejected arguments from a smokers' rights group that parks officials exceeded their authority and smoking limits should be left to state lawmakers.
Feds Propose Total Smoking Ban In Public Housing NationwideSmoking could soon be banned in the nation's public housing.
New York Court Upholds Ban On Outdoor Smoking In ParksA ban on outdoor smoking in New York parks was upheld Wednesday by a midlevel court, reversing a judge and dismissing a challenge filed by a smokers' rights group.
N.J. Senate Passes Bill Altering Penalties For Smoking In Public Advocates say the change is a way to levy penalties without consuming as much time in the municipal court system.
Belmar Beaches, Boardwalk To Go Smoke-Free As Of Memorial DayA year-round smoking ban in the Jersey Shore town will take effect on Memorial Day weekend. Electronic cigarettes are not part of the ban.
New Jersey Weighs Smoking Ban At Beaches, ParksThe bill is designed to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke at beaches and parks, cut down on litter and improve fire safety in those public areas. Smoking would still be allowed in parking lots near beaches and parks.
Smokers' Group Sues Hudson River Park Trust Over Smoking BanThe lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan by Audrey Silk and her New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment was made public Wednesday.
Woman Protests Bloomberg's Policies By Lighting Cigarette Inside City HallAs Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill banning e-cigarette use indoors as one of the last pieces of legislation he approved, an opponent protested Bloomberg’s policies by lighting up a real cigarette right inside City Hall.
Judge Orders NY State Parks To Halt Outdoor Smoking BanState Supreme Court Justice George Ceresia said the February rules establishing no-smoking areas at various parks isn't supported by any policy set by the Legislature.
Starbucks To Ban Smoking Within 25 Feet Of CafesThe Seattle-based chain said it will start banning smoking within 25 feet of its stores, beginning Saturday.
Bloomberg Proposes 'Hide The Cigs' Legislation To Combat Youth SmokingUnder the new legislation, sellers would be required to keep tobacco products out of sight except during a purchase by an adult consumer or during restocking.