SMOKE FREE. Everyone Deserves the Right to Breathe Clean Air. July 2010
Fail to Halt New Law Local Advocates and Legislators
Several unsuccessful last
Celebrated New Smoke-Free Law
minute legal challenges were
filed in Kansas to halt the im- Clean Air Kansas City hosted
plementation of the new clean a celebration event for the historic im-
indoor air law. plementation date of the Kansas Clean
Indoor Air Act. The event was held at
A Tonganoxie, KS bar Johnny’s Tavern in Olathe on July 1st
owner sued claiming that a and was heavily attended by many lo-
provision in the law was unfair cal advocates and supporters who
because of a January 2009 have been working towards the pas-
date which requires all new sage of a statewide law.
Class B clubs in Kansas to be
smoke-free. A Shawnee Kansas state legislators at-
County District Court judge tending the event, included: Tom Kansas state legislators attended the event on
allowed a narrow injunction Burroughs (Kansas City), Stan Frown- July 1st: (back row) Stan Frownfelter, Sheryl Spal-
that permits new Class B clubs felter (Kansas City), Dolores Furtado ding, Tom Burroughs, Ron Worley, (front row) Lisa
to allow smoking until the (Overland Park), Jill Quigley (Lenexa), Benlon, Dolores Furtado, Jill Quigley.
courts resolve the legal issue. Sheryl Spalding (Overland Park) and
Ron Worley (Lenexa). Legislative Clean Air KC recognized local
In Wichita, a coalition of champion, Representative Lisa Benlon advocate and supporter Nicole Brown
bingo parlors, bars, a pool hall (Overland Park) also at-tended the for her many years of dedicated work
and a hookah bar filed suit event. with Clean Air Kansas City on local ordi-
claiming the exemption for ca- nances as well as the Kansas Clean
sinos is unconstitutional. Clean Air Kansas City recog- Indoor Air Act.
nized the state representatives who
None of these issues de- worked throughout previous and cur-
layed the implementation of rent years’ legislative sessions to pass
the law and they currently re- the statewide act.
main before the courts.
Clayton, MO: Smoke-Free July 1
Fontbonne University (MO):
After many years of dedicated work Nicole Brown
Smoke-Free July 1 and Joyce Morrison celebrated the historic public
health victory in the state of Kansas.
Washington University in St.
Louis: Tobacco-Free July 1 Clean Air Kansas City distrib-
Westminster College (MO): uted a congratulatory memento to all
Smoke-Free July 1 Advocates in the Kansas City area celebrated all who attended thanking them for their
their hard work on local ordinances and state- hard work and dedication to smoke-free
Wisconsin: Smoke-Free July 5 wide legislation at Johnny’s Tavern. legislation.
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Some Employers Make Smokers Pay More for Insurance
By Suzanne Perez Tobias
The Wichita Eagle
Already faced with smoking bans ships, for instance, or gift cards for Measures program, which rewards em-
and rising cigarette prices, many attending a health fair — are mov- ployees for healthy behavior.
Kansas smokers are learning that ing toward surcharges and other
lighting up will cost them more for punitive measures. Advocates of the so-called "Safeway
health insurance. model" compare it to auto insurance,
which for years has tied accident risk to
A growing number of employers are premiums. An 18-year-old man with a
requiring workers who use tobacco sports car and two speeding tickets, for
to pay higher premiums in an effort example, pays more than a 45-year-old
to lower health care costs. woman with a sedan and a spotless
Newton Medical Center recently in- Tobacco-related surcharges or dis-
formed employees that beginning counts are "becoming fairly common" in
July 1, it will impose a "tobacco-user Kansas, said Steve O'Neil, life and
sur-charge" — $35 per two-week pay health manager in the Kansas Insur-
period — to employees who smoke ance Department's consumer assis-
or have a spouse or dependents who tance division.
"Over the long haul, healthier employees
Such measures are becoming more cost less and generate fewer claims
common as employers look for ways against the insurance program," said Pe-
to battle rising health care costs. ter Hancock, spokesman for the Kansas
The California-based Safeway gro- Health Policy Authority, which administers
Companies that once opted for car- cery store chain made national the state health care plan.
rots over sticks — free gym member- news last summer for its Healthy