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Smokers are people too, aren't they?

No ifs, ands or butts. Smoking is an issue at many federal agencies. A lot of nonsmokers resent giving people time off for what they consider is an unhealthy, smelly habit. But smokers say what they are doing is no worse than people who overeat or use their government computers for some naughty purposes. Where there's smoke there's fire.

Tags: Mike Causey , smoking , workforce , pay and benefits , communication , efficiency in government , National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees , Federal Dispute Resolution Conference

Monday - 08/20/2012, 02:00am EDT

Smoke-free federal buildings bill closes smoking loophole

A new bill, introduced by Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) would ban smoking in and near all federal buildings, closing a loophole that exempted many federal buildings from a 2008 directive banning smoking. Previous anti-smoking directives applied only to buildings under GSA's custody.

Tags: Congress , House , Susan Davis , GSA , federal buildings

Friday - 11/11/2011, 08:23am EST

Emmitsburg debates smoking ban for parks

Some residents question how far the Frederick County town can go in regulating ignorance.

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Tuesday - 06/21/2011, 01:28pm EDT

Montgomery County considers expanded smoking ban

Montgomery County will consider expanding its existing ban on smoking to include common areas and playgrounds at condos and apartments.

Tags: Montgomery County , Kate Ryan , Meera Pal

Tuesday - 03/29/2011, 07:29pm EDT

Smoking at Towson U. will cost you $75

Towson, Maryland' second-largest public university, is one of the first universities in the region to order a campuswide ban on smoking.

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Monday - 01/17/2011, 10:34am EST

Smoking banned at Fairfax Co. bus shelters

The ban on smoking inside Fairfax County bus shelters goes into effect Dec. 1. Violators will face $25 fines.

Tags: smoking , buses , Fairfax County Board of Supervisors , Colleen Kelleher

Wednesday - 10/20/2010, 10:06am EDT

Ocean City still considering beach smoking ban

The public will not get to vote on a proposed smoking ban on Ocean City beaches - yet.

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Sunday - 09/05/2010, 11:48am EDT

Ocean City considering beach smoking ban

Love the fresh air at the beach? The air on the beach in Ocean City could get even fresher.

Tags: Ocean City , Rick Meehan , Margaret Pillas

Saturday - 08/14/2010, 09:03am EDT

Curriculum change for Frederick Rescue Mission's rehab program

Most of the men who sign up for the Frederick Rescue Mission's Christian-based residential recovery program have made several destructive decisions during their lives, said Kenny King.

Tags: Frederick Rescue Mission , Kenny King , Liberty Fellowship , rehab

Sunday - 06/06/2010, 10:44am EDT