2004-07-30: SMOKEFREE: MEXICO: Mexico City smoking ban goes into effect;
prohibiting smoking in many public spaces (banks, hospitals, theatres, buses, etc.), and mandating that restaurants set aside 30% of seating for non-smokers.
2004-09-21: LITIGATION: USA v. Philip Morris USA, et.al. begins; opening statements by
US Department of Justice.
2004-10-01: SMOKEFREE: CANADA: Near-complete smoking bans go into effect in
Manitoba and New Brunswick provinces.
2004-10-11: In an omnibus corporate tax bill, US Congress passes $10 Billion buyout of
tobacco farmers, ending a 70-year federal quota and price support program. The monies will be paid by the tobacco companies.
2004-11-19: SMOKEFREE: Fargo, ND smoking ban goes into effect. Exclusions include
truck stops and enclosed bars that restrict those under 21. Restaurant bar areas must be totally closed off from the restaurant.
2004-12-10: SMOKEFREE: NEW ZEALAND smoking ban takes effect, mandating clean
indoor air for all workers, including office, restaurant, bar, and casino workers. NZ joins Ireland, Norway, Sweden, and Bhutan. .
2004-12-17: BHUTAN ban on all sales of tobacco products comes into effect.
2004-12-21: SMOKEFREE: BHUTAN scheduled to ban public smoking.
2004-12-21: UK: Tobacco Advertising ban goes into effect.
70.3 million Americans were current users of a tobacco product in 2004. This is 29.2 percent
of the population aged 12 or older. 59.9 million (24.9 percent) smoked cigarettes, 13.7 million
percent) smoked cigars, 7.2 million (3.0 percent) used smokeless tobacco, and 1.8 million
percent) smoked tobacco in pipes.
The rate of tobacco use declined between 2002 and 2004, from 30.4 to 29.2 percent, primarily
due to a decline in cigarette use from 26.0 to 24.9 percent. The rate of cigar use remained steady, but smokeless tobacco use dropped from 3.3 to 3.0 percent.
Young adults aged 18 to 25 continued to have the highest rate of past month cigarette use
percent). The rate did not change significantly between 2002 and 2004. The rate of
cigarette use among youths aged 12 to 17 declined from 13.0 percent in 2002 to 11.9 percent in 2004.
The number of persons who smoked cigarettes for the first time within the past 12 months was
million in 2004, not significantly different from the estimates in 2002 (1.9 million) or 2003
(2.0 million). About two thirds of new smokers in 2004 were under the age of 18 when they first smoked cigarettes (67.8 percent).
Overview of Findings from the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health,
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2005-01-01: SMOKEFREE: NE: Lincoln ban on smoking in bars goes into effect. Voters
approved the ban in November.
2005-01-01: SMOKEFREE: BULGARIA: Smoking ban goes into effect. Smoking is banned
in hospitals, schools, museums, day care cednters and theaters. Offices must have smoking lounges.
2005-01-10: SMOKEFREE: ITALY: Strict smoking ban goes into effect.It bans smoking in
indoor spaces --including bars-- unless they have a separate and separately ventilated room.