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2010 New Year Bans – Texting, Trans Fats, Smoking

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, January 04, 2010 12:52 PM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: Public Health, Smoking, Cigarettes, Big Tobacco, Secondhand Smoke, Lung Cancer

No smoking ban in restaurants in North Carolina going into effect today.

New Year Bans

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IMAGE SOURCE: Wikimedia Commons/ no smoking sign/ author: pmox

A number of newly imposed bans are being put into place this week aimed at dangerous and unhealthy behaviors including artery-clogging trans fats, texting while driving, as well as smoking in public.

2010 smoking ban for bars and restaurants in North Carolina - The nation’s largest tobacco producer, which has long benefitted from Big Tobacco, has generally been one of the last states to recognize the public health concerns of secondhand smoke.

Beginning January 2, North Carolina bars and restaurants will have to comply but country clubs and lodges will be the exception, reports ABC News. North Carolina joins 28 other states and bars in 24 other states with bans.

A dozen states have laws requiring cigarette makers to make cigarettes less likely to start fires. Wyoming is the only state without such laws, according to the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes.

Texting while driving – Banned in New Hampshire, Oregon and Illinois, according to the Associated Press.

In all, 19 states will ban texting while driving, while six states prohibit even using hand-held cell phone while driving. The Governors Highway Safety Association lists state laws.

Toy Guns – A new Arkansas law bans retailers from selling toy guns that look like the real thing. Plastic guns are made for use in theater productions and other events are exempted, reports ABC News, as are paintball, pellet guns as well as BB guns.

Trans Fats - Trans fats are those highly saturated fats added by manufacturers to give a creamy taste (peanut butter) to foods. California will become the first state banning the use of trans fats in restaurants this year. Several major cities, such as New York, as well as fast-food chains have prohibited the use of the artery-cloggers.

Baked items including yeast dough and cakes will be allowed to use trans fats until January 2011.

Other bans include:

  • Dog races will be outlawed in Massachusetts.


  • Anti-paparazzi law will take place in California making it easier for celebrities to sue media outlets.


  • Teens going to tanning beds in Texas will have to be accompanied by an adult.


  • In New Hampshire gay couples can get a marriage license replacing a law that allows for civil unions. Conservatives have targeted the law. #

3 Comments

Posted by Carrie
Monday, January 04, 2010 1:35 PM EST

FSC cigarettes are extremely dangerous and much more a fire hazard. The lit end falls out often and when you re-light they often spark (flame up). I read where one lady burnt her bangs and forehead because of that and thousands have burnt carpets, furniture, and clothes and/or have gotten sick (including myself). The papers are stuck together with carpet glue. A lot of people have said they almost wrecked their cars when the cherry falls on their lap while driving. This is where it really affects nonsmokers because people will be crashing into them too! There is an online petition to repeal this law LINK Read the signatures, it is really scary.

Hubby and I are making our own now and "vaping" electronic cigarettes. Feel free to visit My Smokin' Blog to see what works for us. LINK .

Wishing all smokers the best in quitting or finding an alternative, or two. Happy New Year!

Anonymous User
Posted by Kelly
Monday, January 04, 2010 2:47 PM EST

"Beginning January 2, North Carolina bars and restaurants will have to comply but country clubs and lodges will be the exception."

Actually, this ban won't matter too much since so many smokers are just smoking whitecloudecigoutlet.com indoors during smoking bans.

Anonymous User
Posted by FREE AMERICAN
Monday, January 04, 2010 9:01 PM EST

America: Land of the FREE!!!!!!!!!! The wonderful world that was established on FREEDOM!! The right to smoke, marry, have families, drink, work, own homes, and drive. The country that wants to live forever it seems. This is why there is no more country side, high rises everywhere, and over crowding of prison systems. Because of people like YOU!!!!!! You keep fighting freedom, YOU pay higher taxes! WE pay more. Work harder, earn less. Keep on fighting against a "free" country. Your poor children and grand children....

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