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Smokefree Ordinances in the United States

Speaking Points

Smokefree ordinances either eliminate smoking entirely—the current norm—or restrict smoking to enclosed, separately ventilated rooms.118

Some of the largest cities in the U.S. have adopted smokefree ordinances, including New York and Los Angeles.  Many other cities and counties across the United States have adopted smokefree ordinances, including communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.119

An increasing number of ordinances restrict smoking in bars attached to restaurants.  They are typically required to be smokefree, unless they are enclosed and separately ventilated to prevent recirculation of smoke into the restaurant dining area.  A smaller number eliminate smoking in free-standing bars and taverns.120

118 American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, unpublished data on local tobacco control ordinances.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

119 Ibid.

120 Ibid.

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