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WSU’s Pullman campus may go tobacco-free

At least once a day, between classes and study sessions, student Abdul Albarraq smokes a cigarette near the library in the center of the Washington State University campus. He’ll probably have to stop doing that soon.

Eye on Boise: Put lifetime of hunting, fishing under tree

BOISE – Need a whopper of a gift idea for the outdoors enthusiast on your list? Idaho Fish and Game has one: A lifetime of Idaho hunting or fishing – or both. Fish and Game has been offering lifetime license certificates since the late 1980s, and since 1995, they’ve sold 7,895 of them. The lifetime certificates can be purchased only at Fish & Game regional offices or their state headquarters; they vary in price depending on age. “Occasionally people will come in and buy a lifetime license certificate for a child,” said spokesman Niels Nokkentved. “It’s a pretty good deal if you’re a young person, not so good perhaps if you’re a senior citizen.”

Smoking ban at low-income properties has mixed support

The Spokane Housing Authority, one of the Spokane area’s biggest landlords to the poor, is banning smoking in individual apartments and common spaces at all its residential properties. The no-smoking policy will become effective May 1, according to a letter tenants began receiving this week from the housing authority’s director of assets, Lucy Lepinski.

Heart attacks fall after smoking bans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Public smoking bans do more than just clear the air in offices, bars and restaurants – they lead to quick and dramatic declines in heart attacks. Two teams of researchers came to this conclusion after independently examining evidence from more than a dozen locales in the United States, Canada and Europe that had enacted smoking restrictions.

Board reverses ban on tobacco in parks

Smoking will be allowed in Spokane Parks and tobacco restrictions will be voluntary. The Spokane Park Board on Thursday unanimously voted to reverse its spring decision to phase in a tobacco ban at all city parks and reinstituted its former policy of prohibiting tobacco use in tobacco-free zones.

Board will revote on smoking ban

The Spokane Park Board has banned smoking in city parks. Sort of. It might change its mind next Thursday after a public hearing. But don’t count on it.

Our View: City lacks means to impose smoking ban in parks

One by one, public spaces have been ventilated of tobacco smoke that once was taken for granted. Airplanes, workplaces, sports arenas, teachers’ lounges, even bars and restaurants, are smoke-free. The government’s authority to outlaw certain practices generally gets the credit. But most of us know of at least some smokers who, even in their own homes, are relegated to the porch or the backyard. Such is the intensity of cultural pressure.