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Policy Option:  Local Clean Indoor Air Ordinances

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By January of 2001, there were 961 meaningful local clean indoor air ordinances in the United States.  These ordinances are sometimes referred to as smoking ordinances.112

These ordinances are generally comprehensive laws that address smoking in enclosed public places (such as retail stores), workplaces, and/or restaurants.

Passage of these laws took off in the mid-1980’s, with ordinances getting stronger over time.113

The most recently passed local ordinances eliminate smoking completely in enclosed public places and workplaces, including restaurants.  These types of ordinances are commonly referred to as being “smokefree.”114

112 American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, unpublished data on local tobacco control ordinances.  Berkeley, CA:  ANR Foundation, January 2001.

113 US Department of Health and Human Services.  Major Local Tobacco Control Ordinances in the United States.   Smoking and Tobacco Control Monograph No. 3.  US DHHS, PHS, NIH, NCI, 1993.  NIH Publication No. 93-3532.

114 Ibid.

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