smoking ban http://www.kplu.org en New Products Complicate Enforcement Of State Smoking Ban http://www.kplu.org/post/new-products-complicate-enforcement-state-smoking-ban <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly a decade has passed since Washington state banned smoking in public areas and workplaces.&nbsp;</span></p><p>But smoking has evolved since, and that leaves health officials with challenges as they try to enforce a law that didn’t foresee the rise of new products.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Monica Spain 11771 at http://www.kplu.org New Products Complicate Enforcement Of State Smoking Ban Should hookah bars remain open despite Washington's indoor smoking ban? http://www.kplu.org/post/should-hookah-bars-remain-open-despite-washingtons-indoor-smoking-ban <p>Washington banned indoor smoking nearly seven years ago, but one exception survives: hookah lounges.</p><p>Local health departments have struggled to shut them down.&nbsp;</p><p>The lounges say they’re private clubs, not public venues, so the law doesn’t apply. They all charge some sort of membership fee, typically about $5.</p><p>That defense doesn’t sway health officials, like Frank DiBiase of the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department. His office inspected three hookah bars in Tacoma last year.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 20:36:23 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6368 at http://www.kplu.org Should hookah bars remain open despite Washington's indoor smoking ban? Vancouver, Wash., council bans tobacco in city parks http://www.kplu.org/post/vancouver-wash-council-bans-tobacco-city-parks <p>VANCOUVER, Wash. &mdash; The Vancouver City Council voted Monday to ban tobacco from city parks and recreation centers.</p><div><p>The council heard from at least one speaker who called the ban a form of discrimination.</p><p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 17:30:32 +0000 The Associated Press 3370 at http://www.kplu.org Vancouver, Wash., council bans tobacco in city parks