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Previous Smoking Bans
The first recorded passing of legislation prohibiting the use of Tobacco occurs when the
Roman Catholic Church passes a law which prohibits smoking in any place of worship
throughout the Spanish Colonies
Popes ban smoking in holy places and all places of worship. Pope Urban VIII (1623-44)
threatens excommunication for those who smoke or take snuff in holy places.
Royal decree forbids the use and cultivation of tobacco
Mongolian Emperor prohibits the use of tobacco. People breaking the law face the death
bans the use of tobacco
The first recorded smoking ban in America occurs when Massachusetts introduces a ban on
smoking in public places
Sultan Murad IV bans smoking and as many as 18 people a day are executed for breaking his
Czar Alexis bans smoking. Those found guilty of a first offence risk whipping, a
slit nose, and exile to Siberia. Those found guilty of a second offence face execution.
The Greek Church bans the use of tobacco claiming tobacco smoke was responsible for
The use and supply of tobacco is made a crime punishable by decapitation for those
Governor Kieft of New Amsterdam beats Bloomberg by hundreds of years and bans smoking in
New Amsterdam later to become New York.
The founder of modern Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal introduces that countries first
smoking ban outlawing the use of tobacco in government buildings.
People are only allowed to smoke once a day and public smoking is prohibited in
Pope Innocent X's issues a decree against smoking in St Peter's, Rome
Smoking prohibition introduced throughout Switzerland
Death penalty introduced for the crime of smoking.
First laws in America passed prohibiting smoking outdoors in Massachusetts. Philadelphia
follows suit introducing fines for offenders.
First recorded ban in England introduced prohibiting smoking in certain areas of the
chambers of parliament
* Smoking bans and prohibitions became rare during the 18th
and 19th century. Trade in tobacco became an important source of revenue for monarchs and
leaders and tobacco bans were revoked. Even the Pope not to be left out opened a tobacco
factory in 1779.
Smoking is banned with the exception of a number of provinces.
America and Prohibition
Smoking bans and restrictions found little favour in the
developing Industrial world of the 19th century. However in the USA as the century drew to
a close moral crusaders outraged by the consumption of alcohol and tobacco by American
people began to demand action by federal and state legislators. This culminated in an
amendment to the American constitution which allowed for the prohibition of alcohol in
Believing that prohibition might be "for their own
good" Americans at first seemed to reluctantly accept it. However they rapidly grew
disenchanted with the oppression. The rich and powerful colluded and rubbed
shoulders with gangsters in efforts to maintain the flow of alcohol. Speakeasies
flourished, hip flasks became a popular symbol of defiance.
Lucy Page Gaston of the
Anti-Cigarette League 1900
During this period the imposition of smoking bans reached a
zenith with the sale of cigarettes banned in 15 states. However by 1927, Kansas became the
last state to repeal it's ban on the sale of cigarettes. Other than making the crusaders
feel good, prohibition had proved an unsuccessful experiment in social engineering leading
to many disastrous consequences. Prohibition was eventually lifted in 1933.
Smoking is banned on the streets of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The mayor is fined when he
becomes the first man to break the law.
Smoking is banned in Boston
Washington State introduces legislation banning the sale and consumption of cigarettes
Total ban on cigarettes in the state of Tennessee
The sale of cigarettes is now outlawed in the states of Washington, Iowa, Tennessee
and North Dakota
A women is sent to jail for 30 days by a New York judge for smoking in front of her
Indiana introduces a total cigarette ban
Washington passes legislation banning the manufacture, sale, exchange or giving away
cigarettes, cigarette paper or wrappers
Smoking banned in the US Senate
15 States now have laws banning the sale, manufacture, possession and use of cigarettes
Smoking Bans and the Third Reich
Hitler was a fervent anti smoker and a crusader for the
anti-smoking cause. He personally funded research into the dangers of smoking and little
wonder those results given the nature of his regime tended to support his assertions that
smoking was an evil the Aryan race must be rid of. Many of the studies carried out during
the Third Reich are the basis for the arguments put forward today by those seeking the
imposition of repressive smoking bans.
Hitler once stated that tobacco was "the wrath of the
Red Man against the White Man" Under the Nazi's the Bureau Against the Dangers of
Alcohol and Tobacco was established in 1939 followed in 1942 by the Institute for the
Struggle against the dangers of Tobacco. Nazi's were the first to coin the term
Under the Nazi regime the German people had imposed on them
the most comprehensive set of tobacco regulations and restrictions seen in any modern
nation to that date. Hitler himself took particular interest in this area often personally
overseeing the drafting and implementation of anti smoking policy.
"I am convinced that if I had been a smoker, I never
would have been able to bear the cares and anxieties which have been a burden to me for so
long. Perhaps the German people owe its salvation to that fact."
Adolf Hitler 1942
Bans And Restrictions in Nazi Germany
- The Luftwaffe banned smoking in 1938.
- The German Post office introduced.it's own ban
- Smoking was barred in many workplaces, government offices,
hospitals,and rest homes.
- The NSDAP (National sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei)
announced a ban on smoking in its offices in 1939
- SS chief Heinrich Himmler announced a smoking ban for all
uniformed police and SS officers while on duty in 1939
- Hermann Goering's bans soldiers from smoking on the streets,
on marches, and while taking rest periods.
- Sixty of Germany's largest cities banned smoking on street
cars in 1941.
- Smoking was banned in air raid shelters. Some provided
separate rooms for smokers
- Tobacco coupons were denied to any woman who was pregnant
- Blanket smoking bans were introduced in many cafes, bars and
- Women below the age of 25 were banned from smoking
- Restaurants and cafes were barred from selling cigarettes to
all female customers
- In July 1943 it became illegal for anyone under the age of
18 to smoke in public.
- Smoking was banned on all German city trains and buses in
1944. This initiative coming from Hitler himself,who was worried about exposure of young
female conductors to tobacco smoke.
Arizona becomes the first state in the current wave of smoking bans to pass a
comprehensive law restricting smoking in public places