Floreen Seeks Smoking Ban at All County Property

Bill coincides with American Cancer Society’s 37th Great American Smokeout


Montgomery County leaders are considering tightening restrictions on tobacco use again, this time with a smoking ban on any property owned or leased by county government.

The ban—proposed by Councilwoman Nancy Floreen—would apply to the land around recreation centers and county buildings, for example, but not bus shelters and sidewalks, The Examiner reported.

Floreen, a breast cancer survivor, will announce more details at a news conference Thursday timed to coincide with the Great American Smokeout, which the American Cancer Society holds to try to cut into the nation’s 44 million smokers.

That figure, according to a county statement, stands at 1 in 12 adults in Montgomery, which has been at the leading edge of the nationwide tobacco crackdown. Smoking is already banned in restaurants, bars, elevators and other indoor public areas. Last August, the county banned smoking within 25 feet of shared playgrounds and in apartment complex’s common indoor areas, such as hallways, laundry rooms and lobbies.

“I have unfortunately spent a lot of time over the past year with people who have cancer,” said Floreen (D-At large) of Garrett Park. “I want to do everything I can to help prevent this awful disease in all of its forms, and this is a good place to start.”

Floreen plans to submit the bill at the Council’s Nov. 20 session. A public hearing is tentatively set for Jan. 15.

With five co-sponsors—Council Vice President Nancy Navarro, Craig Rice, Hans Riemer, George Leventhal and Marc Elrich—the bill seems primed to pass.

“We as a community have become so accustomed to [smoking bans] that it’s shocking to be in a place where smoking is the norm,” Floreen told The Washington Times. “This is not the earth-shattering effort it might have been 10 years ago."

Fred Foo November 14, 2012 at 03:42 PM
If you really want to discourage smoking, ban health insurance for any tobacco-related disease for people who use tobacco products. So any smoker will not be covered for diseases ranging from emphysema to lung cancer.
skinny November 14, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Don't forget about the tubby people...they shouldn't be able to get insurance coverage for obesity-related illnesses! Oh, that's right, it's not politically correct to pick on them.
john davidson November 15, 2012 at 01:09 PM
JOINT STATEMENT ON THE RE-ASSESSMENT OF THE TOXICOLOGICAL TESTING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS" 7 October, the COT meeting on 26 October and the COC meeting on 18 November 2004. http://cot.food.gov.uk/pdfs/cotstatementtobacco0409 "5. The Committees commented that tobacco smoke was a highly complex chemical mixture and that the causative agents for smoke induced diseases (such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, effects on reproduction and on offspring) was unknown. The mechanisms by which tobacco induced adverse effects were not established. The best information related to tobacco smoke - induced lung cancer, but even in this instance a detailed mechanism was not available. The Committees therefore agreed that on the basis of current knowledge it would be very difficult to identify a toxicological testing strategy or a biomonitoring approach for use in volunteer studies with smokers where the end-points determined or biomarkers measured were predictive of the overall burden of tobacco-induced adverse disease." In other words ... our first hand smoke theory is so lame we can't even design a bogus lab experiment to prove it. In fact ... we don't even know how tobacco does all of the magical things we claim it does. The greatest threat to the second hand theory is the weakness of the first hand theory.
jnrentz1 January 22, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Ms. Floreen, The Smoking Ban should extend to all transportation centers, whether they are Bus Shelters, or Rail Stations. For example, Smoking should be banned at the Silver Spring Transportation Center and at all MARC Rail Center Platforms.
jnrentz1 January 22, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Mr. Hydorn: That is a step in the right direction, but I would prefer 100 feet.


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