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December 15, 2011
Regarding the letter to the editor published Dec. 9 in the Open Forum, "Steaming over smoking ban:" I find all of your arguments faulty.  First let me speak to "how would enforcement work?" It's simple, when someone, who is not a smoker, sees a person smoking where they should not be smoking, they simply ask the person to put it out. If the smoker refuses then a call to police is the next step. If the smoker is the only person on the prohibited ground, then I guess there is no problem because the stinky dangerous smoke from your cigarette is not bothering anyone.  Hopefully you would take the butt with you, but more often than not it ends up on the ground.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
Ocean City announced last week it will crack down on profanity on the boardwalk, but the city council is also considering banning another public vice - smoking on the beach. Mayor Rick Meehan said smoking came up as one of the council's three priorities in its planning process for work sessions next month. (The other two were a tax differential between the city and Worcester County, and downtown redevelopment.) "It's been talked about for a number of years," Meehan said, pointing out the environmental problem of cigarette butts littering the sand as well as smoking's health issues.
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December 8, 2011
Editor: Recently, the county's proposed ban on all forms of tobacco-use on all of its leased and owned properties within the Harford County area, caused me to question whether this proposed ban (and the funds and personnel that it will take to put it into practice) is a wise use of money and manpower. I am reasonably certain that there are other more pressing issues that this money and personnel could better serve. Yes, I am a smoker, and view this as another example of how those of us who have taken up the habit, are again made to feel like a criminal just because we want to take a break at work (when we can)
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
Smoking near a playground, swimming pool or ball field in Baltimore could bring a fine of up to $500 under a ban the City Council approved Monday. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to sign the legislation, which would make Baltimore the latest local government to ban lighting up near places where children play. The ban would not apply to all of the city's parkland, but would prohibit smoking within 50 feet of recreational areas, such as a schoolyard, baseball diamond or basketball court.
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March 4, 2013
The Maryland Stadium Authority's decision to prohibit smoking at both Camden Yards and at M&T Bank Stadium is great news for sports fans ("State Authority bans smoking at M&T Stadium, Oriole Park," Feb. 26). Secondhand smoke causes serious disease and premature death among nonsmokers, and there is no safe level of exposure. A study conducted at the University of Maryland Baltimore County found that even outdoors, nonsmokers up to a distance of 23 feet away or more are still exposed to carcinogens.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
At Camden Yards on Friday, baseballs, the scent of sizzling hot dogs and a beautiful blue sky were in the air as the Orioles played the Minnesota Twins in their home opener. The smell of cigarette smoke was not, though, as the Maryland Stadium Authority began the enforcement of a smoking ban at the Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment Complex, which includes Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium. Friday's game was the first since the smoking ban was put into effect. It prohibits smoking or carrying lit tobacco products - including cigarettes, cigars and pipes - within 25 feet of the stadium and the Warehouse, as well as in the outdoor space along Eutaw Street between gates A and H. Camden Yards was one of 10 Major League Baseball ballparks that had designated smoking areas within the ballpark last season, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
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July 12, 2011
Banning smoking in most workplaces, as Maryland did in 1995, was a major public health advance. So were the decisions by several counties and, in 2008, the state, to extend the ban to bars and restaurants. The ban on smoking in Howard County's parks, which County Executive Ken Ulman plans to announce tomorrow, not so much. Bartenders and waiters faced a real risk of health problems from secondhand smoke as a result of their work conditions, but a family going for a picnic in Centennial Park faces little or no danger from someone taking a puff 100 yards away.
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Baltimore Sun staff | April 5, 2013
If you're heading to Camden Yards for today's opener and you want to smoke during the game, you're going to have to leave the stadium to light up. Orioles fans will be able to smoke only in a designated area just outside of Gate E1 on the third base side of the ballpark. On March 4, the Maryland Stadium Authority's smoking ban went into effect at the Camden Yards sports complex, which includes Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium. The new code “prohibits smoking or carrying lit tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars and pipes)
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,Staff Writer | December 9, 1992
Anne Arundel Community College students may not have to walk a mile for their Camel, but they may have to go at least 50 feet from the main entrance of any campus building to smoke it.The Anne Arundel Community College board of trustees is considering revisions to the college's smoking policy that would prohibit smoking in all campus buildings and within 50 feet of main entrances, effective Feb. 1.Last night, the trustees deadlocked 3-3 on a vote to approve...
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By KEVIN THOMAS | October 3, 1993
Count me among those who have been absolutely confused by Howard County Executive Charles Ecker's position on a smoking ban in county businesses and work places.I know that initially Mr. Ecker was opposed to enacting a ban here, preferring that the General Assembly enact a statewide ban first. That way, Howard businesses wouldn't face unfair competition from businesses beyond the county's borders. I can understand that position, even though I disagree with it.However, when it seemed the County Council would pass a smoking ban anyway, Mr. Ecker changed his position, insisting that any ban approved must not allow any exemptions.
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March 12, 2014
It's my understanding that the Baltimore County Council, including Catonsville's own Tom Quirk, passed legislation making it a crime — punishable by a fine of up to $50 — to smoke a cigarette at outdoor playgrounds, tot lots, dog parks, athletic fields, and anywhere within 30 feet of buildings in which Baltimore County sporting events are held. Why? Mostly to protect the children from possibly inhaling secondhand smoke while in the great outdoors or outside buildings in which they may be playing or watching games.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
Smoking will be banned in parts of Baltimore County parks under legislation approved Tuesday by the County Council. The measure, which passed 6-0 with one member absent, bans smoking at playgrounds, tot lots, dog parks and athletic fields, and also within 30 feet of recreation buildings. Violators could be fined up to $50. "I think this is a good bill that will advance public health in Baltimore County," said Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican who sponsored the legislation with Democrats Vicki Almond of Reisterstown and Tom Quirk of Catonsville.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
At Camden Yards on Friday, baseballs, the scent of sizzling hot dogs and a beautiful blue sky were in the air as the Orioles played the Minnesota Twins in their home opener. The smell of cigarette smoke was not, though, as the Maryland Stadium Authority began the enforcement of a smoking ban at the Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment Complex, which includes Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium. Friday's game was the first since the smoking ban was put into effect. It prohibits smoking or carrying lit tobacco products - including cigarettes, cigars and pipes - within 25 feet of the stadium and the Warehouse, as well as in the outdoor space along Eutaw Street between gates A and H. Camden Yards was one of 10 Major League Baseball ballparks that had designated smoking areas within the ballpark last season, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
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Baltimore Sun staff | April 5, 2013
If you're heading to Camden Yards for today's opener and you want to smoke during the game, you're going to have to leave the stadium to light up. Orioles fans will be able to smoke only in a designated area just outside of Gate E1 on the third base side of the ballpark. On March 4, the Maryland Stadium Authority's smoking ban went into effect at the Camden Yards sports complex, which includes Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium. The new code “prohibits smoking or carrying lit tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars and pipes)
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March 4, 2013
The Maryland Stadium Authority's decision to prohibit smoking at both Camden Yards and at M&T Bank Stadium is great news for sports fans ("State Authority bans smoking at M&T Stadium, Oriole Park," Feb. 26). Secondhand smoke causes serious disease and premature death among nonsmokers, and there is no safe level of exposure. A study conducted at the University of Maryland Baltimore County found that even outdoors, nonsmokers up to a distance of 23 feet away or more are still exposed to carcinogens.
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March 6, 2012
If the smoking ban on Harford County government properties applies to parks and recreation ball fields, there's no reason why it can't apply to the County Courthouse, official excuses notwithstanding. Beginning Jan. 1, smoking on county property was banned, a move that came as welcome news for anyone - government employees and members of the general public alike - who has been subjected to secondhand smoke while trying to run the siege line of smokers standing outside various county government buildings.
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By Mark Guidera | February 2, 1992
Within the next week or so, the Boare of Education will announce details of its contract negotiations with school employee unions and there will be at least one element worth really cheering about.Come the 1993 school year, smoking by all Harford school employees inside school owned buildings effectively will be banned.If the significance of that is lost on you, then consider this: Harford joins just one other public school district in the state to negotiate a smoking ban among public school employees.
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By Michael James and Michael James,Staff Writer | March 3, 1992
Two club-wielding patients of the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center for the criminally insane attacked four employees last night. The unrest was partially prompted by the hospital's recently imposed smoking ban, authorities said.The patients tore legs off a heavy table in a maximum-security ward and smashed several light fixtures before striking two ward orderlies and two security guards, said Michael Golden, a spokesman for the state health department.Police said the four employees received only minor injuries and the uprising was brought under control within about a half hour.
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December 15, 2011
Regarding the letter to the editor published Dec. 9 in the Open Forum, "Steaming over smoking ban:" I find all of your arguments faulty.  First let me speak to "how would enforcement work?" It's simple, when someone, who is not a smoker, sees a person smoking where they should not be smoking, they simply ask the person to put it out. If the smoker refuses then a call to police is the next step. If the smoker is the only person on the prohibited ground, then I guess there is no problem because the stinky dangerous smoke from your cigarette is not bothering anyone.  Hopefully you would take the butt with you, but more often than not it ends up on the ground.
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December 8, 2011
Editor: Recently, the county's proposed ban on all forms of tobacco-use on all of its leased and owned properties within the Harford County area, caused me to question whether this proposed ban (and the funds and personnel that it will take to put it into practice) is a wise use of money and manpower. I am reasonably certain that there are other more pressing issues that this money and personnel could better serve. Yes, I am a smoker, and view this as another example of how those of us who have taken up the habit, are again made to feel like a criminal just because we want to take a break at work (when we can)
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