Smokefree DC is a citizen-based group whose goal is to promote smokefree environments in Washington, DC.

New year, new smokefree laws

On Jan. 1, a strong smokefree workplace law took effect in Savannah, Ga. (See earlier post for details.) It was one of many local laws slated to take effect this year.

Similar smokefree workplace laws that cover bars and restaurants will take effect in Lowell, Indiana; Brentwood, Missouri; Creve Coeur, Missouri; Jefferson City, Missouri; Devils Lake, North Dakota; Frisco, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Fitchburg, Wisconsin; and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.

That organization has updated its maps. Check out this one if you want to get a good snapshot of the wide geographic range of places covered by smokefree laws.

Another nifty ANR fact sheet slices and dices smokefree workplace law coverage based on government entity (city or state) and nature of the law (workplaces not including bars, including bars). As of this week, 3,198 municipalities have laws that protect people in some way from secondhand smoke.

Happy New Year.

1 comment to New year, new smokefree laws

  • We’ve seen a very small change in the number of people going out to eat or visiting establishments.

    One thing that angers me is smoking is still going on in the Missouri Capital! I know they are part of the State of Missouri and the grounds are not considered Jefferson City, however they need to lead by example.

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