2003-04-13: NY: SMOKEFREE: Bouncer is fatally stabbed enforcing NYC smoking ban.
Dana Blake, 32, is stabbed in fracas that erupts when he tells Chinese mob boss' son, Jonathan Chan, to stop smoking in nightclub "Guernica."
2003-04-19: CANADA: Halifax, NS, smoking ban goes into effect. The bylaw bans smoking
in restaurants, bingo halls and taxis, and limits smoking areas in bars, casinos and private clubs to separately ventilated rooms covering no more than 25 per cent of the drinking area. Bars are given 3 months to build the rooms.
2003-05: EUROPE: EU adopts the Tobacco Advertising Directive. Member nations must
implement it by July 31, 2005. It bans tobacco advertising in the print media, on radio and over the internet and forbids tobacco sponsorships of cross-border events and activities.
2003-05-05: MA: SMOKEFREE: Boston's smoking ban goes into effect, eliminating smoking
in all workplaces, including all bars and restaurants. Some cigar lounges are exempted.
2003-05-05: SOUTH KOREA: TOBACCO CONTROL: Chosun Ilbo newspaper bans images
of people smoking from its pages.
2003-05-14: UK: TOBACCO CONTROL: 2nd phase of the Tobacco Advertising and
Promotions Act 2002 takes effect, banning in-pack promotion schemes, including 'money-off' coupons contained within cigarette packs, and direct marketing contracts set up after October 1999. Such contracts involve tobacco companies writing to people to promote their products. This direct mailing will be banned unless a member of the public specifically requested inclusion on such a distribution list before October 8, 1999.
2003-05-17: British Medical Journal publishes tobacco-funded secondhand smoke study,
2003-05-17: Canadian tobacco control advocate Barb Tarbox dies of lung cancer at 42. The
former model's talks to teens brought many to tears.
2003-05-21: TOBACCO CONTROL: WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is
approved by all 192 nations at WHO's annual World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
2003-05-21: LITIGATION: FL: Florida Appeals Court overturns Engle verdict, disbands
2003-05-23: LITIGATION: AR: BOERNER v. B&W: A federal jury awards the family of
Mary Jane Boerner $19 Million--$5 Million in compensatory and 14 Million in punitive damages.
2003-05-23: CT bans smoking in workplaces, bars and restaurants.. Gov. John G. Rowland
signed into law a bill that bans smoking in establishments with more than five employees. The restaurant ban takes effect Oct. 1, 2003; the bar/tavern ban begins April 1, 2004.
2003-05-23:: CO: Pueblo, CO, goes smokefree. Pueblo's smoking ban went goes into effect
after the results of a special election were made official.Voters in the 4/20/03 election approved the revised ordinance 59-41 percent. Smoking is now prohibited in almost all businesses and
other indoor areas open to the public, including bars and
2003-06-01: SMOKEFREE: CANADA: Prince Edward Island goes smokefree, except in
DSRs. PEI's Smoke-free Places Act comes into effect, forbidding smoking in all workplaces, including bars and restaurants, except in Designated Smoking Rooms (DSRs). Food and
beverage service will not be available in DSRs.
2003-06-01: SMOKEFREE: Egypt Air goes 100% Smoke-free
2003-06-05: SMOKEFREE: TX: Austin city council passes smoking ban.
2003-06-06: SMOKEFREE: OK: Gov. signs Oklahoma's state-wide smokefree
is to take effect March 1, 2006.
2003-06-16: SMOKEFREE: AL: Alabama passes statewide restrictions on smoking, the last
state in the US to do so. It allows employers to decide if they want to have a smoking policy in their private businesses and factories, but also allows local communities to enact stricter policies.