Smoking ban in the City of Boston
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a state in the New England region of the north eastern
part of United States. The majority of 6.4 million people live in the Boston metropolitan area.
The United States Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that Massachusetts's gross state
product in 2007 was US $351 billion. The per capita personal income in 2006 was US$47,702,
making it the fourth highest in the nation.
Boston is the capital and one of the oldest cities in the United Stated. It is also the largest city
in New England Areas. Boston is considered the economic and cultural center of the region.
The population of the city is estimated as about 610,000.
Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places and workplaces,
including restaurants and bars.
Massachusetts smoking ban: Effective in July, 2004, smoking is banned in all enclosed public places
and workplaces, including restaurants and bars. The law exempted the following categories:
Private clubs when not open to the public, private residences, unless when used as a business for
healthcare or childcare, designated hotel/motel smoking rooms, retail tobacco stores, licensed cigar
or hookah bars, stage performances involving smoking, places where smoking-related scientific
research is occurring, religious ceremonies involving smoking, outdoor areas, designated areas in
nursing homes as approved by the state, and other tobacco-related workplaces such as farms and
Local governments and boards of health may regulate smoking more strictly than the state.
In February, 2009, Boston banned by the Boston Public Health Commission on outside patios of
bars and restaurants. Further, smoking is totally banned in all hotel rooms in the city of Boston.
(L) The headquarters of the Church of Christ in the Back Bay, Boston, are reflecting in the water.
(R) The entrance sign of the Church
(L) The road entrance to the interstate 90 to New York (R) The entrance to the Thomas P.O'Neill Jr. Tunnel
(L) The 60 stories, 241m high John Hancock Tower, downtown, Boston (R) Business district in front of the South Station, Boston
(L) No smoking in a subway platform
(R) No smoking sign plate in the Back Bay Station, Boston
A penalty; imprisonment for not more than 10 days or fine up to $100 or both
(L) An electric sign bord of 'No smoking, please' at the Porter Station, Red Line
(R) A waiting room in the platform of Braintree Station, Red Line
(L) No smoking sign on the information board at the North Station, Boston (M) A guidance board of the Back Bay station
(R) A Red Line train for Alewife
A Boston subway provides a convenient access to many interesting spots.
Smoking is banned in all hotel rooms in the city of Boston.
We used the Hilton Boston Logan Airport and Jurys Boston Hotel when stayed in Boston. Both hotels prohibit
smoking inside and a hotel guest must go out of the hotel to put light on cigarette. We confirmed that
the Marriott* hotel and Westin hotel** are smoke-free as well, and there is no smoking-room or booth inside
of a hotel. Because of a strict smoking ban, a few men and women are smoking in the shadows of building.
*Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel **Westin Copley Place Boston Hotel
Boston has become one of the first major cities in the nation to ban smoking in the privacy of any hotel room.
After January 2009, all rooms in the city of Boston became non-smoking. The Boston Public Health Commission
board announced that the board voted to expand workplace smoking restrictions to include adjacent areas
such as patios and loading docks, and to prohibit smoking in hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts in Boston.
(L) A pole-style cigarette receptor at the entrance to Jurys Boston Hotel
(R) No smoking sign board placed at the 2nd floor passage of the Boston Marriott Copley Place.
The smoking restriction is based on the Board of Health Clean Air Works Workplace Smoking Restrictions 2002.
(L) A gift shop of the Boston Marriott Copley Place (R) McDonald's fast food shop at the China Town, Boston
(L) A big ashtray stands on the loading and unloading zone near the entrance to Westin Copley Place Boston.
(R) The exterior of Westin Copley Place Boston
(L) A smoke-free hotel sign board at the reception desk of the Boston Marriott Copley Place
(R) A pole-style cigarette butt-receptor is placed far from the hotel entrance at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.
(L) The 52 stories high Prudential Tower buildings in Back Bay district, Boston ( Left side two buildings ).
The headquarters of a world famous insurance company
(R) No-smoking sign plate on a wall of the food court of Prudential Tower Building
(L) The exterior of the Prudential Center (R) The main entrance of Prudential Center
(L) The concourse of Prudential Tower Building (R) The entrance of Prudential Tower
(L) Boston Public Library (R) Many tobacco butts are abandoned around the roadside tree.
(L) A hall of Museum of Fine Art, Boston (R) Ancient Chinese statures shown in the museum
(L) Boston Museum of Fine Art in light up (R) The museum holds a lot of Japanese art collections
Entirely smoke-free public housing
The Boston Housing Authority plans to open more than 100 smoke-free public housing units
in a rebuilt section of Old Colony slated for completion in 2012, in keeping with a vow by Mayor,
Thomas Menino to have entirely smoke-free public housing by 2014.
Source: Boston Herald. com January 31, 2010
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A campus map of the MIT ( Massachusetts Institute of Technology )
A bulletin board of the MIT
(L) A unique building seen at MIT, but this is rather unusual and most of the building is normal looking.
(R) A lonely female student in smoking
(L) A campus guide of the Harvard University (R) Harvard University Library
(L) No smoking sign and the station board of the Harvard Station (R) A front view of the Harvard University Library
New England Medical Center
(L) New England Medical Center
Tufts Medical Center is a world-class academic medical center.
(R) The sign board shows that 'To promote health and prevent disease, New England Medical Center does not permit
smoking in buildings or near entrances'.
(L)(R) A few people are smoking in the area somewhat far from the entrance of the New England Medical Center.
(M) No smoking area sign board was placed in the center area of the passage to the hospital entrance.
Massachusetts General Hospital
(L) A front view of the MGH ( Massachusetts General Hospital ) (R) The outpatient entrance of MGH
(L) No-smoking mark above the Mass-General-Hospital Station sign
(R) No smoking sign plate: MGH ( Massachusetts General Hospital ) facilities and ground are smoke-free. Please respect our patients.
A bulletin board placed in the corridor of Masssachusets General Hospital, Boston.
Smoking Restriction at Hotels in the World: Actual Survey
The ratio of a smoking guest room to the total hotel rooms was calculated,
based on the on-the-spot investigation.
Total Smoking Ban in USA and Canada
Smoke-free BC Canada
Smoking Ban in Public and Work places in Alberta
Smoking Ban in Saskatchewan
Nonsmokers Health Protection Act, Manitoba
Smoke-free Ontario Act
Tobaco Control in Quebec
Smoke-free Places Act, New Brunswick
Smoke-free Places Act, Nova Scotia
Smoking Ban in New Jersey
Smoke-free Illinois Act
Smoking Ban in California 1998
Beverly Hills banned in all outdoor dining areas
Smoking Ban in a condominium of California
Smoking Ban in the State of Washington
Smoking Ban in Oregon
Montana passed statewide smoking Ban
Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act
Smoking Ban in Arizona
Smoking Ban in the State of Maine
Smoking Ban in Vermont
Smoking Ban in the Ｍassachusetts state.
Smoking Ban in New York
Smoking Ban in Maryland
Smoking Ban in Washington,D.C.
Smoking Ban in Minnesota
Smoking Ban in Delaware
Smoking Ban in Ohio
Smoking Ban in Iowa
Smoking Ban in Utah
Smoking Ban in Rhode Island
Smoking Ban in Nevada
Smoking Ban in Virginia
Smoking Ban in Michigan
Smoking Ban in Wisconsin
USA and CANADA 2007
Arrival to Boston State of Maine to the Canadian Border Quebec City Autumn-tinted Quebec, Montreal
Ottawa Vermont and New Hampshire Boston Boston Railway Boston Subway
Amtrak Acela Express Manhattan1 Manhattan2 New York Railway New York Subway and JFK Airport
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Washington, DC Ontario Michigan
Smokefree British Columbia Smokefree Alberta Trip to Canada 2011 Vancouver
North Vancouver Whistler Skytrain VIA train Jasper Icefield and Bow Summit
Emerald Lake Lake Louise Banff Calgary Edmonton Hospitals in BC and Alberta
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写真撮影 2007年10月 2007年10月執筆 2009年11月 英文加筆 2010年2月加筆
「禁煙席ネット」 主宰 医学博士 宮本順伯
All photographs were taken in October 2007, unless otherwise described.
The article was written in October 2007, and last revised in February 2010,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.