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Policy Option:  State Laws

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State clean indoor air laws tend to be less comprehensive in coverage, and offer less protection against exposure to secondhand smoke, when compared to local ordinances.109

Maryland and Washington both adopted their workplace smoking laws through state regulatory bodies, rather than by passing legislation.110

It is harder to pass comprehensive clean indoor air laws at the state level than at the local level.  The tobacco industry’s opposition is generally more effective at the state level.  Additionally, introducing state legislation risks the inclusion of preemptive language that would, if passed, eliminate more effective local restrictions.111

109 Goebel, K. & Hobart, R.  Clean Indoor Air:  A Guide to Developing Policy.  Rockville, MD:  National Cancer Institute, ASSIST, June 1994.

110 Welch, C.  (Ed.).  State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues.  Washington DC: American Lung Association, December 31, 1998.

111 Goebel, K. & Hobart, R.  Clean Indoor Air:  A Guide to Developing Policy.

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