Friday, July 27, 2007

Smoke free Success!

News 10 in Columbia has the story on Surfside Beach

Who else had the story?
The Charlotte Observer, The Sun News,, and The State,

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Let's go to the beach!

Surfside Beach passes final reading of smokefree ordinance
South Carolina's first smokefree beach

Surfside Beach, SC - Surfside Beach Town Council approved on second reading a smokefree indoor workplace and public place ordinance by a vote of 4-3. The measure creates the first smokefree beach in the state of South Carolina. Surfside Beach is the eleventh local municipality to enact a smokefree ordinance in the state of South Carolina since May of 2006.

The ordinance will become effective on October 1. The law is similar to one recently passed in the Town of Mount Pleasant, with two exceptions: a distance requirement of thirty feet from the entrances of establishments, and the requirement that all beach areas and beach access walkways be smokefree.

Mount Pleasant's ordinance goes into effect on September 1, joining Sullivan's Island, to become the third smokefree municipality in the Charleston region. The City of Charleston implemented their smokefree ordinance on July 23 at 7:00pm.

Surfside Beach leaders who voted for the ordinance: Council Members Judith K. Tuttle, Joseph P. Martin, Douglas Samples, and James S. Truett. Voting against: Mayor Roy Hyman and Council Members Rebecca J. Hiatt and William M. McKown.

Town Hall was filled to greater capacity than the first reading on July 9. Supporters represented multiple health and community organizations, along with a strong contingent of local residents. Former Beaufort County Council Member and smokefree ordinance champion Mark Generales was present at the meeting to address council, "This is a very positive development as momentum is growing across the state." Also present was Rodney Williams of the South Carolina African American Tobacco Control Network who said, "It appears that municipalities are very concerned about having the ability to create a quality of life for their citizens, especially on health issues. Home Rule is the way to go."

Supporters included representatives from B.R.E.A.T.H.E. Coalition of Horry County, the American Cancer Society, SC DHEC, and several small children with signs reading, "Please vote YES." One local attendee, Ned Oxentine, recounted the premature death of his mother, a nonsmoker. "She worked as a beautician for years and died of secondhand smoke. She didn't have a choice. She died from other people's cigarette smoke."

Opponents expressed concerns over possible loss of business. One bar owner stated he was uncertain of the effect the ordinance would have on his business, but speculated that he could have to close within three years. None offered scientific evidence to support their claims.

The City of Conway discussed the topic of a smokefree ordinance one day earlier, but took no action.

Dan Carrigan of the Smoke-Free Action Network said, "Tonight's action by the Town of Surfside Beach showed real leadership, and why local municipalities deserve the right to make their own decisions to protect their citizens' right to breathe clean air."

Monday, July 23, 2007

Charleston News Pt 2

A number of stories today about Charleston's historical implementation of the new smoke-free ordinance.

A few stories from the Post and Courier today - Article 2, Article 3
and a quick video

Others who carried the story
News 10 Columbia
News 4 Charleston
News 2 Charleston

Friday, July 20, 2007

Charleston news

Check out this article from the Charleston City Paper

and a follow up post


Monday is an exciting day for all of us as the City of Charleston gets ready to go smoke free. We will soon release information on a press event to be held on Monday but we also wanted to invite you to our party on Sunday!

Celebrate Smokefree Charleston!

We want you there!
Please send your RSVP ASAP

Sunday, July 22, 2007
Fish Restaurant
442 King Street
Charleston, S.C.

Come enjoy food and beverage while we celebrate everyone's right to breathe clean air in Charleston. Donations will be accepted and a silent auction will be held to benefit continuing smokefree activities.
Cash Bar
RSVP Requested by July 20.
or Call 843-509-4069

This event is made possible through the cooperative efforts of:
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
Smoke-Free Action Network
South Carolina African American Tobacco Control Network
South Carolina Cancer Alliance
South Carolina Tobacco Collaborative

More information will be posted as it comes in