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Smoking ban in Virginia to protect restaurants workers and patrons


The commonwealth of Virginia is a U.S. state on the Atlantic Coast. The estimated population
is about 7,000,000 in 2008. In northern Virginia, near the state border with Washington, D.C.,
there are federal agencies of the Department of Defence and CIA. The growth of the media
and technology sectors have made computer chips the leading export of the state. There are
the 21 TV stations in the Virginia. The headquarter of the popular paper 'USA Today', which
now is the second largest after the Wall Street Journal, is located in McLean, Virginia.

(L) A 'Welcome to Virginia' sign board at a state border (M) Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia
(R) This map shows the site of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Many rivers in Virginia, including Potomac river, flow into the Chesapeake Bay. The Blue Ridge
Mountains are on the links of Appalachian Mountains, the highest point in the state, which is
the Mount Rogers at 1,746 m.
Source: Wikipedia

Norfolk Botanical Garden (Azelea), in April 1961

Williamsburg Colonial Historic Sites, in April
All four photographs were taken by Dr. J. Miyamoto.

Source: University of Texas Libraries

Virginia is also well known for the production of tobacco. Tobacco, one of the most widely used
addictive substances in the world, is a plant native to the Americas and historically one of
the half-dozens most important crops grown by American farmers. From 1617 to 1793,
tobacco was the very valuable staple export from the English-American mainland colonies
and the United States. Until the 1960s, the United States not only grew but also manufactured
and exported more tobacco than any other country.

Tobacco field in Virginia

Philip Morris USA, which is the world dominated tobacco company, moved its headquarters
from New York City to Richmond, Virginia. Philip Morris plans to move all domestic
productions to Richmond, VA, by the year 2010.

Smoking Ban in a public place in Virginia

A broad ban on smoking in restaurants and bars passed both houses of the Virginia legislature,
giving final approval to an unprecedented restriction in a once a reliably pro-tobacco state. -
The home state of Marlboro cigarettes and the world's largest cigarette factory is banning most
smoking in restaurants and bars.

Details of the smoking restriction @It allows smoking only in private clubs or in restaurant
rooms that are enclosed and separately ventilated. It prevents restaurant and bar employees from
being required to work in smoking areas. The ban allows lighting up only in closed off, separately
ventilated areas or in private clubs. However, establishments or patrons flouting the law would incur
a fine of $25
Source: www. Washingtonexaminer.com. April 12, 2009

New Virginia's legislation goes into effect December 2009, to protect restaurant workers and
patrons from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. The Virginia Department of Health
offers these frequently asked questions and answers about the law and the role of Department
of Health.

œWhat Is the key provision of the law?
Smoking will be prohibited in restaurants that are open to the public, with a few exceptions.
œWhat Kind of establishments are exempt from the law?
Any place or operation that prepares or stores food to distribute to people in the same business
operation, or of a related business operation for service to the public. Examples include operations
that prepare food for catering services, pushcart operations, hotdog stands or other mobile points
of service. Any outdoor area of a restaurant, with or without a roof covering, provided it is not
enclosed by temporary enclosures. Any restaurant located on the premises of any manufacturer
of tobacco products. Any portion of a restaurant constructed so that the area where smoking is
permitted is: Structurally separated from the areas, in which smoking is prohibited, of the restaurant,@
and separately vented to prevent the recirculation of air from the smoking area to the non-smoking
area. At least one public entrance must be into an area where smoking is not permitted.
œDoes The smoking ban prohibit smoking in restaurants operated in private clubs?
No, a private club is exempted from the smoking restriction.
œSmoking will be allowed in outdoor areas of restaurants?
Smoking will be permitted in open-air outdoor areas of a restaurant.
œDoes The anti-smoking law affect employees who work in areas where the law
permits smoking?
Yes, wait or bus staff may not be required by the proprietor to work in any area of the restaurant
where smoking may be permitted.
œPost Sign boards, stating 'No-Smoking' or containing the international
'No Smoking' symbol no smoking clearly and conspicuously in every restaurant where smoking is
prohibited; Remove all ashtrays and other smoking paraphernalia from all areas of the restaurant,
where smoking is prohibited.
Source: Virginia Department of Health.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Crystal City, Virginia, are situated 7kms south of Washington, DC.
Photographed in October 2010.

Total Smoking Ban in USA

smorking ban New Jersey @Smoking Ban in New Jersey@
smorking ban Illinois USA@Smoke-free Illinois Act@
smorking ban California USA@Smoking Ban in California@1998
smorking ban Beverly Hills California@Beverly Hills banned in all outdoor dining areas@
smorking ban condominium@Smoking Ban in a condominium of California
smorking ban Washington state@Smoking Ban in the State of Washington
smorking ban Oregon USA@Smoking Ban in Oregon@@
smorking ban Montana USA@Montana passed statewide smoking Ban
smorking ban Colorado USA@Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act
smorking ban Arizona USA@Smoking Ban in Arizona@
smorking ban Maine USA@Smoking Ban in the State of Maine
smorking ban Vermont USA@Smoking Ban in Vermont@
smorking ban Massachusetts@Smoking Ban in the ‚lassachusetts state.
smorking ban New York@Smoking Ban in New York@
smorking ban Maryland USA@Smoking Ban in Maryland@
smorking ban Washington DC@Smoking Ban in Washington, D.C.
smorking ban Minnesota USA@Smoking Ban in Minnesota@
smorking ban Delaware USA@Smoking Ban in Delaware@
smorking ban Ohio USA@Smoking Ban in Ohio@
smorking ban Iowa USA@Smoking Ban in Iowa@
smorking ban Utah USA@Smoking Ban in Utah@
smorking ban Rhode Island@Smoking Ban in Rhode Island@
smorking ban Nevada USA@Smoking Ban in Nevada@
smorking ban Virginia USA@Smoking Ban in Virginia
smorking ban Michigan USA@Smoking Ban in Michigan@
smorking ban Wisconsin USA@Smoking Ban in Wisconsin

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The article was written in April 2009, by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.

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