State of Washington
Seattle, Washington, photographed in June 2012
Washington was named after George Washington, the first President of the
and is the only U.S. state named after a president. 'Washington' is often
'State of Washington' to distinguish it from the District of Columbia,
which is usually
referring to the nation's capital as 'Washington D.C.' or simply 'D.C'.
Washington is a state on the North Pacific Ocean, in the northwest region
of United States.
The population of the state is estimated about 6,550,000 in 2008. Nearly
of Washington's residents live in the Seattle metropolitan area, the center
business and industry. The remainder of the state consists of deep rain
the west, mountain ranges in the center, and semi-deserts in the eastern
The 2007 total gross state product for Washington was $311.5 billion, placing
it 14th in the
nation. The per capita personal income in 2007 was $41,203, 10th in the
business firms are in the state include the design and manufacture of jet
computer software development, Microsoft, Amazon, Nintendo- America. The
of Starbucks is located in Seattle. A hydroelectric power generation is
at the top in United
States, followed by Oregon, California, and New York states. Trading ship
traffics with the
Asian countries are very frequent through the ports of the Puget Sound.
Source: Wikipedia and EIA.
(L) The entrance sign board of Microsoft (M) Headquarter of Starbucks in
(R) The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River
Mount Rainier over Tacoma, Washington
Source: University of Texas Libraries
Expanded Smoking in Public Places Law in Washington
In December, 2005, Washington became the 5th state to implement a comprehensive
law prohibiting smoking in all indoor public places and workplaces including
taverns, bowling alleys, skating rinks, and non-tribal casinos. All residents
who live in Washington
have the right to breathe clean air. The comprehensive smoking law protects
workers, and the elderly from secondhand smoke.
(L) A waterfall in the Mt.Rainier, Mount Rainier National Park
(R) A snow-covered road leads to the Ice cave in Paradise Glacier in the
Mount Rainier National Park.,
Photographed in July 1962.
(L) The Ice cave in Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park (R) Mt.Rainier
in the Mount Rainier National Park
Both pictures were taken in July 1962.
Smoking prohibited in public places or places of employment.
No smoking is allowed in the following places:
・・ Schools, elevators, public transports, museums, concert halls, theaters,
exhibition halls, indoor sports arenas, hospitals, nursing homes, health
care facilities or
clinics, enclosed shopping centers, retail stores, retail service establishments,
institutions, educational facilities, ticket areas, state legislative chambers,
libraries, restaurants, waiting areas, lobbies, bars, taverns, bowling
alleys, skating rinks,
casinos, reception areas, and no less than 75 percent of the sleeping quarters
a hotel or motel that are rented to guests.
Smoking is prohibited within a presumptively reasonable minimum distance
of 25feet (7.6m)
from entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes that
serve an enclosed
area where smoking is prohibited, in order to ensure that tobacco-smoke
does not enter
the area through entrances, exits, open windows, or other means.
Source: Washington State Legislature 2005
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
Tobacco 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
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The article was written in September 2008, by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.