Friday, June 14, 2013

On this day in 1977...

36 Years ago today!   65% Non Smoking Seats 14th June 1977 : Non Smokers win a major battle with Eastern Airlines when Eastern agreed to have at least 65% non smoking seats; after being fined $10,000 by the Aviation Consumer Action Project.
(p. 313 of report) This was a landmark event and the forerunner to smoking being banned on all flights.  Today we would consider it unthinkable for people to smoke on planes!

Click here to see the accomplishments of the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program.  In 1992, Massachusetts voters created MTCP by passing an initiative petition (Question 1) to raise the state cigarette tax (from $0.26 to $0.51 a pack) to fund tobacco control.  (implemented in January 1993)  The money raised is used to aggressively promote treatment and prevention cigarrete smoking.

Smokers need not apply...  Read this Boston Globe Article dated 12/19/2010 to see how far we've come.   

For more information, see our "Law About Smoking" page