Relay for life planned for Thursday

The American Cancer Society will hold its 2012 Relay For Life Kickoff and its Great American Smokeout on Thursday. The kickoff and the Great American Smokeout strive to help smokers quit for life. Thursday’s kickoff event will take place at 6:30 p.m. inside North Plains Mall at the JC Penney store entrance. During the event, […]

Effects of smoking ban vary

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A week since a statewide smoking ban took effect, Clovis bars and restaurants are looking into ways to accommodate smokers. Business has been slow at the Prince Lounge, bartender Monkey Padilla said. She estimates about 80 percent of the bar’s customers are smokers, and weekend receipts are down by […]

Smoking ban poses patron problems

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A statewide smoking ban, which will take effect June 15, will be enforced by local fire, police and sheriff’s departments. Fines for violating the ban will range from $100 to $500. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A state-mandated smoking ban looming around the corner has some Clovis businesses looking […]

Letters to the Editor: Studies show smoke harmful to profits

The Feb. 21 front-page article, “Smoker’s fuming” was heavy on smoke-filled opinion and void of facts. Randi Kingston, a waitress at Webb’s Watering Hole, was quoted saying she was concerned it would greatly affect business. Sixteen states have now banned smoking in public places along with many cities including New York City. According to the […]

Smokers steaming over tax hike

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Beattriz Garcia retrieves cigarettes for a customer at Lowe’s in Farwell on Tuesday. According to assistant manager Barbara Rennie, “There has been no drop-off in sales, but we’ve had a lot of complaints.” (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Steve Burns is one of many eastern New Mexico residents who drove […]

Employer encourages staff to quit smoking

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Rebecca Holt of Clovis, co-chairman of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, was challenged by Ronald Dickson, owner of R&D Truck Service Center, to quit smoking 17 years ago during the Great American Smokeout. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Ronald Dickson will issue checks today to his employees at […]

Companies have right to regulate workers’ habits

Freedom Newspapers What you do on your own time increasingly looks like it could be your employer’s business. Smokers are the focus right now as businesses look at ways to contain health-care costs, with some companies increasing the insurance premiums of smokers or even firing them. In Ohio, Marysville-based Scotts Miracle-Gro has told employees who […]

Smoking new yardstick for recruit success

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Recruits who enter service as heavy cigarette smokers are nearly twice as likely as non-smokers to be separated early, mostly due to “substandard behavior,’’ according to new research aimed at easing the U.S. military’s disturbingly high attrition rate. For all its achievements over three decades, the volunteer military has had […]

Letters to the editor: Non-smokers have right not to smoke

I am responding to the letter from the Farwell lady. (Wednesday’s CNJ: Smoking ban about power, control) I would no more have the right to take that cigarette from her, than she has the right to take the clean air from me. If we could figure out a way to keep that non-filtered smoke out […]

Readers debate smoking ban

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Lisa Morrow of Clovis smokes as she studies for her real estate exam Thursday night at Dave’s Coffee Shop. Morrow, who does not smoke in her house, was at Dave’s so she could study and smoke. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Clovis Mayor David Lansford’s […]