Oregon - smoking ban to expand, prepares for Camel Dissolvables..

December 20, 2008 - Since 2002, the Oregon Smokefree Workplace Law has made most workplaces smokefree. Effective January 1, 2009, a new law will expand the number of indoor workplaces that are required to be smokefree, and prohibit smoking within 10 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes of workplaces and public places.

Oregon health advocates should savor this hard-fought victory, but they will need to get up the next morning and resume the good fight. The tobacco industry is gearing up to trump anti-smoking legislation by peddling new dissolvable nicotine products -- still addictive and risky like cigarettes, but without the smoke. R.J. Reynolds will introduce dissolvable alternatives to cigarettes called Camel Sticks, Camel Orbs and Camel Strips. Camel Dissolvables" head for Portland by The Oregonian editorial board, OregonLive.com, 12/20/2008)

Workplaces and public places that must now be smokefree include but are not limited to:

* Bars and taverns, including bar areas of restaurants
* Bowling centers
* Bingo halls
* Private and fraternal organizations
* Employee break rooms
* Restaurants
* Private offices and commercial office buildings
* Retail and wholesale establishments
* Manufacturing plants and mills
* Truck stops
* Child and adult day-care
* Assisted living facilities
* Movies theaters and indoor entertainment venues
* Hotels and motels (Exception: up to 25% of guest rooms may be designated as smoking rooms by the owner or entity in charge)
* Work vehicles that are not operated exclusively by one employee

That's right - no more smoking in the day care center! There are some exceptions to the new law, but they are few:

* Certified smoke shops
* Cigar bars
* Hotel/motel rooms designated for smokers
* American Indian ceremonies

Employees and the public will be able to report violations of the new law once it takes effect by calling a toll-free number or completing an online complaint form. If your business is caught violating the laws, it can be fined $500/day or $2000 per 30-day period. For more information, including compliance tips, check out the State of Oregon's Smokefree Workplace website.

Reference: Oregon's New Smokefree Workplace Law Takes Effect January 1, 2009, Posted on December 1, 2008 by Dennis Westlind.



August 27, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Just a reminder of the sources of the bans, more concerned with "social change" than the bans themselves:


And what the 99 million dollars was going to. Note on page seven the "inside -out", provision going for patios later, AFTER business owners spend thousands of dollars to accommodate their smoking customers, clearly showing that they have ABSOLUTLY NO CONCERN about local issues or businesses.


Here's the "model ban" from page eight that many communities copied, pasted, and passed. It's the "smoking ban for dummies" It only takes a minute to fill in the blanks naming your community, the administrators names, and blanks to customize it to your community by the width of your sidewalks, so it looks like local leaders worked tirelessly for extended time to originate it.