Councilors voice dissent over smoking ordinance

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Portales officially went smoke-free Tuesday but did so over the objections of three city councilors. A formality after the state legislature passed a law prohibiting smoking in public places, the Portales City Council adopted a new smoking ordinance in line with the state law at its regular meeting Tuesday. [...]

Smoking ban starts

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The era of smoking in public places has come to an end as The Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act takes effect today. The law has been designed to eliminate smoking in enclosed indoor workplaces that include restaurants, bars and other workplaces such as retail and office spaces and [...]

Movie industry would benefit from suggestions

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist The movies we see are going to get a lot cleaner. Well, at least the air is. The Motion Picture Association of America is going to start giving “R” ratings to movies based on tobacco usage. If smoking by adults is pervasive in a movie or the film glamorizes smoking, [...]

Reaction mixed to smoking ban

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Reaction by local business owners was mixed to Gov. Bill Richardson’s signing into law a statewide ban on smoking in bars, restaurants, stores and other workplaces. El Rancho Restaurant owner Rueben Garcia said he was OK with the ban. Even though the restaurant has a designated smoking section, it [...]

Arbitrary use of punitive damages can’t be allowed

Editorial The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a $79.5 million punitive damage award against tobacco giant Philip Morris to the widow of a longtime smoker. Mayola Williams, whose husband died of lung cancer in 1997 after smoking cigarettes for more than 40 years, still will receive $821,000 in compensatory damages, but the high [...]

Cessation of smoking group’s priority

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Community residents who have made the New Years resolution to quit smoking or cease using tobacco of any kind, will soon have the opportunity to participate in a support group, to help reach their goal of quitting. The first step in that process is a tobacco cessation facilitator training, [...]

Lessons learned while traveling

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers As I prepared for my 10th high school class reunion, I couldn’t help but think about the class motto we’d decided on that fateful senior year: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step.” A decade later, I realize that’s a load of bull. If you’re a [...]

Portales restaurants trending smoke-free

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Restaurant smoking sections are diminishing throughout the country. Although neither the state nor Portales has any ban disallowing smoking yet, some local restaurant owners are getting a head start on the trend. In May the Wagon Wheel restaurant let customers take a poll on whether to keep or ban [...]

Hospital bans tobacco

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Plains Regional Medical Center will no longer permit tobacco use on its property in attempt to promote a culture of health, according to a hospital official. The smoking ban begins today. The hospital, part of the Presbyterian Health Care Services system, has disbanded its designated outdoor smoking areas, hospital officials [...]

8-26 Community Calendar

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit, change or removed an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Friday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 7:30-8:30 [...]