July 18, 2011
The griping about the smoking ban in our public parks falls on deaf ears for me. One complaint I heard was about a smoker being forced to stop if his neighbor could "smell the smoke. " It's not smelling smoke that's bad, it's breathing smoke that's lethal. We deserve the right to breath clean air anywhere, anytime. Carole Fisher Ellicott City
July 11, 2011
Howard County, which led the way in prohibiting smoking indoors, plans to extend the ban outdoors to all county parks, a move that would be the first of its kind in the state. "It's something we've been looking at for some time," County Executive Ken Ulman said in an interview, adding that it's another goal toward making "Howard County the healthiest county it can be. " Smoking, he said, "is not in keeping with that. It's a dirty, filthy habit. " Ulman plans on issuing an executive order that applies to all 57 park properties, but does not include open space and parks owned by the Columbia Association.
March 22, 2011
Monday night, the Ocean City Town Council voted to ban smoking in certain municipal playgrounds as well as the town's skate park and tennis center. It was considered a bold move, at least for Ocean City, which remains light years behind neighboring Atlantic Ocean resorts when it comes to family-friendly public health policies. In nearby Bethany Beach, Del., on the other hand, town officials have gotten a bit bolder. Three days earlier, the Bethany Beach Town Council voted 4-3 to extend the resort's seasonal ban on smoking at the boardwalk to a year-round prohibition.
August 16, 2010
On summer weekends, the Ocean City beach can entertain a veritable sea of humanity as waves of tourists spread out across the sand on blankets and towels. The throngs of beachgoers are squeezed in so tightly, it's easy enough to discern a neighbor's brand of sunscreen by smell alone. Aside from rock concerts and frat parties, rarely are so many so densely packed. But in the midst of such a swelling crowd, smokers are, at best, an irritation on the order of sand flies and thunderstorms — but represent a far more serious health hazard.
November 16, 2009
By now the dangers of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke are so well established that hardly anyone disputes the risks they pose to public health and well-being. Every year some 390,000 Americans die from smoking-related illnesses, and tobacco contributes to 1 out of every 6 deaths annually in this country. That's why we applaud Towson University's decision last week to ban smoking everywhere on its campus. We only wonder why it took the university this long to take a step that so obviously benefits its students and the entire school community.
March 15, 2007
As a resident of a county that has not gone smoke-free, I am elated that this may be the year the state moves to improve my health and protect the health of my neighbors ("House panel hears 2 sides on smoking," March 8) Unfortunately, Harford County has not joined the diverse parade of jurisdictions that have reviewed the science, weighed the arguments and concluded that protecting all workers from the dangers of secondhand smoke is the healthy, cost-effective and just thing to do. Consequently, my neighbors and I depend on the state to provide us this protection.
February 27, 2007
The air in smoky Baltimore bars presents a far greater risk to the health of patrons and workers than that of smoke-free establishments, according to a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Tobacco smoke in city bars produced airborne particle levels 10 times higher on average than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for outdoor air, the study found. By contrast, the air in nonsmoking bars contained about the same particle levels as outdoor air and at least 90 percent less harmful particulate matter than the air in smoking bars.