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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

State Preemption of Local Tobacco Control Policies

Thursday, August 25, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
State legislation that preempts local restrictions on smoking, tobacco advertising, and youth access blocks community efforts to reduce tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. When states rescind preemptive legislation, local governments can tailor laws to provide a higher standard of health protection.

This report finds there has been no progress in reducing the number of states which preempt local restrictions on tobacco advertising or youth access to tobacco products from December 31, 2000 to December 31, 2010. This stands in sharp contrast to the marked progress achieved over the past decade in reducing the number of states which preempt local smoking restrictions. Evidence from other countries shows that comprehensive restrictions on tobacco advertising reduce tobacco consumption. Evidence also indicates that restrictions on youth access to tobacco products, as part of a strong community mobilization effort, can reduce underage tobacco sales and youth tobacco use.


The online version of the journal is available on the CDC Web site at


Source: CDC/Office on Smoking and Health


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