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Every state will have smokefree workplaces by 2020, CDC predicts

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By 2020, every state will have laws protecting nonsmokers in bars, restaurants and other workplaces, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts.

That estimate is based on the rate at which states have been adopting smokefree workplaces laws. We went from zero to 25 between 2000 and 2010.

The CDC estimates that nearly half of U.S. residents are protected by a local or state smokefree workplace law.

That’s similar to an estimate by Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, which says that between 47.9 percent and 79.4 percent of the population is covered by local and state smokefree laws, depending on how you slice and dice the data.

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