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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

Quarterly update of smokefree laws in the United States

Wednesday, October 2, 2013  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

The Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation announced its quarterly update of smokefree laws in the United States. View below for all the lists and maps by category including e-cigarette laws, major US travel destination laws, and policies for college campuses, hospitals, airports, MLB and NFL ballparks/stadiums, etc. Even beaches, casinos, and zoos!

The ANR Foundation is pleased to announce our most recent quarterly update to the lists and maps of U.S. municipalities and states with smokefree laws now in effect. Congratulations to all the cities with new strong smokefree laws in effect, from Satsuma, AL, to Sedalia, MO, to Stafford, TX.

See all of our updated lists here:

Check out our newest addition - a list of laws including e-cigarettes!

A total of 593 municipalities now have ordinances in effect for 100% smokefree non-hospitality workplaces, restaurants, AND bars, along with 24 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington D.C. These strong laws now protect 49.1% of the U.S. population.

A total of 755 municipalities have a local law in effect that requires both restaurants and bars to be smokefree, along with 30 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington D.C. These laws protect 65.0% of the U.S. population.

Smokefree parks laws and, smokefree outdoor dining AND bar patio laws all continued skyrocketing – find these updated lists and many, many other lists and maps here:

Did you expect to see your new law included, but don't see it on our lists? That is either because the law is not yet in effect, or because the law didn't meet the smokefree list criteria for enclosed non-hospitality workplaces, restaurants, bars, and/or gambling venues to be 100% smokefree without exemptions. Still have questions? Please contact Laura Walpert at

American Indian and Alaska Native sovereign tribal laws are not reflected in these lists and maps. But there are plenty out there! We are working with our partners to make sure these laws are collected to eventually create a database specific to laws in Native Communities.

The lists are updated on a quarterly basis. The next quarterly update will be in January 2014. Please contact Holly Callahan for hard copies of these lists at 510/841-3032 or at

Please be sure to contact us if you have questions about our lists and maps, and keep up the great smokefree progress everyone. We look forward to adding many more smokefree laws to our lists and maps as the year progresses!

Only laws that are personally reviewed and analyzed by ANR Foundation staff using standardized criteria are included in ANR Foundation's smokefree lists. These reports, lists and maps are made possible, in part, by a grant from Legacy. These materials do not necessarily represent the views of Legacy, Legacy staff, or its Board of Directors.

Source: American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation

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