State of Virginia
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) 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.
Norfolk Botanical Garden (Azelea), in April 1961
Williamsburg Colonial Historic Sites, in April 1961
All four photographs were taken by Dr. Junhaku 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
Source: www. Washingtonexaminer.com. April 12, 2009
Smoking ban in Virginia to protect restaurants workers and patrons
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.
What Is the key provision of the law?
Smoking will be prohibited in restaurants that are open to the public,
with a few exceptions.
What 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.
Does The smoking ban prohibit smoking in restaurants operated in private
No, a private club is exempted from the smoking restriction.
Smoking will be allowed in outdoor areas of restaurants?
Smoking will be permitted in open-air outdoor areas of a restaurant.
Does The anti-smoking law affect employees who work in areas where the
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.
Post Sign boards, stating 'No-Smoking' or containing the international
'No Smoking' symbol clearly and conspicuously in every restaurant where smoking is prohibited;
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.
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The article was written in April 2009, by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.