WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
NYC BANS WOMEN SMOKING
Profile America — Thursday, January 21st. You may think the debate about smoking is fairly recent, but the more things change, the more they resemble 1908. On this date that year, the New York City council passed an ordinance that made it illegal for women to smoke in public places. The ordinance was the result of a campaign by the National Anti-Cigarette League. At the time, a number of cities had banned smoking, along with the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Idaho, and Tennessee. All of these laws were revoked by 1917, since they were not only difficult to enforce but added to the allure of smoking. That allure has diminished in the succeeding decades, but there remain some 134 cigarette brands in the U.S., with annual sales of over $31 billion. You can find more statistics on communities across the country by downloading the Census Bureau's "dwellr" mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile.
Anniversary/accessed 11/13/2015: http://www.brainyhistory.com/years/1908.html
Sullivan ordinance/accessed 11/13/2015: http://gothamist.com/2014/01/21/photos_women_smoking_in_public_desp.php
Other bans/accessed 11/13/2015: http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/thomas063098.html
Cigarette brands/accessed 11/13/2015: http://www.revenue.nebraska.gov/cig/cig_alpha.html
Cigarette revenues/NAICS 312221: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ASM_2011_31VS201&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau