Smokefree Progress

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Across the U.S.

Across The Nation (map of 50 US states)



Green (37)
Smokefree worksites, restaurants and/or bars
* Also Washington, D.C.
Red (15)
In the process of becoming smokefree / No statewide action to ensure smokefree air

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State Smokefree Status
Alabama A smokefree air bill, SB130, was approved by the Senate Education Committee by an 8-2 vote on February 17, 2009. This bill would prohibit smoking in places of employment and public places. An identical bill, HB490, was introduced and referred to the House Government Operations Committee. No action has been taken on the House bill.
Alaska No statewide smokefree activity.
Arizona Arizona implemented its statewide smokefree air law on May 1, 2007. The regulation covers Arizona's indoor workplaces and public places, including restaurants and bars.
Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee signed into law a Clean Indoor Air Act which ensures that nearly all workplaces, including restaurants, are smokefree.
California Most California worksites and restaurants went smokefree on January 1, 1995. Bars went smokefree on January 1, 1998.
Colorado Colorado went smokefree in most worksites, restaurants and bars on July 1, 2006. All Colorado non-tribal casinos are 100% smokefree as of January 1, 2008.
Connecticut On October 1, 2003, Connecticut became smokefree in most workplaces, including restaurants. A state law making bars smokefree went into effect on April 1, 2004.
Delaware On November 27, 2002, Delaware went 100% smokefree in all public buildings and workplaces including bars, restaurants, and casinos.
Florida The Florida State Constitution, as implemented by statute, ensures smokefree worksites, including restaurants as of July 1, 2003.
Georgia Effective July 1, 2005, Georgia became smokefree in some public places including bars and restaurants that admit minors.
Hawaii Hawaiian legislation ensures that all public places and places of employment, including restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, and nightclubs are smokefree.
Idaho On July 1, 2004, Idaho passed legislation that ensures smokefree restaurants.
Illinois The Smoke-Free Illinois Act took effect on January 1, 2008, making almost all indoor public places 100% smokefree, including bars, restaurants, casinos and private clubs.
Indiana The Indiana legislative session has ended for the year without passing a smokefree air law. A clean smokefree air bill HB 1213 was introduced into the House this year. Unfortunately, while in committee the bill was weakened. The amended bill was successfully defeated.
Iowa Iowa bars, restaurants and workplaces went smoke-free on July 1, 2008
Kansas HB 2221, the Kansas Clean Indoor Air Act is in the House/Senate Health Conference Committee. The Senate has approved the bill and the House needs to concur with the Senate action before HB 2221 goes to the Governor for her signature.
Kentucky No statewide smokefree progress.
Louisiana Louisiana's Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect January 1, 2007. This bill will ensure smokefree workplaces and restaurants.
Maine Most worksites in Maine went smokefree on January 1, 1986. Restaurants and bars have been smokefree since January 1, 2004.
Maryland Maryland's 100% smokefree law for all enclosed workplaces, including restaurants, bars, and private clubs, went into effect on February 1, 2008.
Massachusetts On July 1, 2004, a statewide smokefree regulation went into effect in workplaces, including restaurants and bars. This came after many local communities became smokefree, such as Cambridge and Cape Cod.
Michigan The Campaign for Smokefree Air (CSA) is currently working to pass legislation in 2009 to make all work sites in Michigan smokefree including restaurants, bars and casinos.
Minnesota On May 16, 2007, Minnesota’s Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007 was signed into law, ensuring Minnesota comprehensive smoke-free workplace protections. The new law went into effect on October 1, 2007, and covers most workplaces.
Mississippi All smokefree legislation has died in the current legislative session. There was debate on the issue but unfortunately there was not enough support to pass a comprehensive smoke-free law this year.
Missouri No statewide smokefree activity.
Montana In October 2005, all restaurants became smokefree. Bars and casinos where food receipts are limited to 40 percent will become smokefree on October 1, 2009. Other smokefree areas include, all businesses public and private, schools, nursing homes, arenas and public transportation.
Nebraska Smokefree legislation was signed into law on February 26, 2008 by Governor Dave Heineman. All workplaces in Nebraska will be smokefree including bars and restaurants effective June 1st, 2009.
Nevada The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect on December 8, 2006. The smokefree law includes nearly all worksite and public places, including restaurants. Bars and casinos are exempt from the law.
New Hampshire All New Hampshire restaurants and bars are 100% smokefree as of September 17, 2007.
New Jersey New Jersey's Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect April 16, 2006 and requires all workplaces to be smokefree, except casino gambling floors. Efforts are currently underway to make all Atlantic City casinos smokefree.
New Mexico The Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act (HB283) was signed into law on March 13, 2007. This law prohibits smoking in any indoor workplace or indoor public place, including restaurants & bars, or in buses, taxicabs or other means of public transit.
New York The state ensures smokefree regulations in most businesses, including restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, dance clubs and pool halls as of July 24, 2003.
North Carolina The North Carolina legislature has passed a bill that will make all restaurants and bars smokefree.
North Dakota All North Dakota workplaces, restaurants and bars are smokefree.
Ohio The Ohio Smokefree Workplace Act became law on December 7th, 2006. Voters approved the smokefree ballot measure with 59% of the vote. A Tobacco Industry backed proposal was defeated by 64% of the voters. This law makes nearly all public places and workplaces smokefree including restaurants and bars. Some lawmakers want to change Ohio’s smoking law. Bills that have been introduced in Ohio’s Senate and House of Representatives would offer exemptions to family-owned businesses, outdoor patios and private clubs.
Oklahoma No statewide smokefree activity.
Oregon On June 26, 2007, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongowski signed a strong law for 100% smokefree workplaces, restaurants and bars, which will close the loopholes in Oregon's 2002 law, which currently includes numerous exceptions. Also, the new law will restore local control to allow all Oregon communities to enact their own smokefree laws. The new smokefree law goes into effect on January 1, 2009.
Pennsylvania In June 2008, the Pennsylvania legislature approved a bill to ban smoking in virtually all public places and most work sites.
Rhode Island Rhode Island workplaces and restaurants went smokefree on March 1, 2005. On May 4, 2005 bars became smokefree.
South Carolina No statewide smokefree activity.
South Dakota All South Dakota workplaces, including restaurants, bars and casinos, will be smokefree beginning July 1, 2009.
Tennessee As of October 1, 2007, many workplaces in Tennessee are smokefree. In June 2007, the Tennessee legislature enacted Senate Bill 1325. The law exempts workplaces with four or fewer employees and any restaurant or bar that chooses to prohibit people under age 21 at all times.
Texas House Bill 5 introduced by State Representative Myra Crownover (R-Denton) has had a hearing but no vote in the House State Affairs Committee. Senate Bill 544 by Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) has also had a hearing, but no vote yet by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The two bills would provide statewide, comprehensive protections from secondhand smoke exposure in all indoor and public work places, including restaurants and bars.
Utah The Governor of Utah signed into law an update to Utah's Clean Air Act. The update ensured smokefree worksites as of May 1, 2006 and bars as of January 1, 2009. Restaurants in Utah have been smokefree since January 1, 1995.
Vermont Vermont became smokefree in bars and restaurants on September 1, 2005. Worksites in Vermont went smokefree on July 1, 1988.
Virginia Starting Dec. 1, 2009 smoking will be restricted in most restaurants and bars, although it would be permitted in private clubs, on some outdoor patios and in separate ventilated rooms.
Washington Washington voted to become entirely smokefree, including restaurants, bars and casinos on November 8, 2005.
Washinton, D.C. Washington, D.C.'s smokefree air ordinance took effect on January 1, 2007. The law creates smokefree environments in almost all public places and workplaces including restaurants and bars.
West Virginia No statewide smokefree activity.
Wisconsin Worksites, bars and restaurants in Wisconsin will become smokefree on July 5, 2010.
Wyoming On January 30, 2009, the Wyoming House of Representatives amended House Bill 31 to create loopholes and not protect all workers from secondhand smoke. The legislation ultimately died.

In Michigan

Many counties in Michigan have already taken a step in the right direction for smokefree air. The following cities and counties have adopted smokefree worksites and public places regulations:

County/Locality Population
Alger County 9,662
Antrim County 24,500
Berrien County 162,453
Calhoun County 137,985
Chippewa County (including Sault Ste. Marie) 38,791

City of Detroit

City of Grand Rapids 195,601
Traverse City 14,532
Emmet County 33,277
Genesee County (including Flint) 443,947
Gogebic 17,370
Houghton 36,016
Ingham County (including Lansing) 280,073
Lenawee County 101,786
Mackinac County 11,331

Marquette County


Midland County

Otsego County 24,513
Ottawa County 238,314
Saginaw County 209,062
Schoolcraft County 8,819
St. Clair County 164,235
Washtenaw County (including Ann Arbor) 339,191
Wayne County (not including Detroit) 1,104,800


Around the World

On March 2004, Ireland became the first country in Europe to create smokefree environments in workplaces, restaurants and bars which set the tone for many other countries to follow. A detailed timeline is listed below.

March Ireland implemented a nationwide smokefree workplace law, including pubs, bars and restaurants. Polls show high rates of acceptance and compliance.

Uganda creates smokefree environments in all enclosed public places.

April Malta created legislation to create smokefree public places.
May India ensures smokefree public places and advertising in media, as well as prohibits sales to minors, after statistics showed smoking killed 2,200 people in India per day.
June Norway extended smokefree workplace legislation to bars and restaurants.
November Scotland announced plans to implement smokefree workplace legislation in all enclosed public spaces by early 2006. The British government announced plans for smokefree workplace legislation across England and Wales starting in 2006.

Russia's upper house of parliament approved a bill to create smokefree public places. The bill covers public transport and the workplace, and prevents the sale of tobacco in health and sports venues, cultural centers, and near schools.
December New Zealand extends smokefree workplace legislation to pubs, clubs, restaurants and school grounds.

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan created smokefree public places, including restaurants and bars.
January Italy implemented smokefree workplace legislation in all enclosed public spaces, including restaurants and bars.

Vietnam created smokefree environments in government buildings and public buildings, including stations and ports on public transportation routes.

February Cuba ensures smokefree theaters, shops, buses, taxis and other enclosed public areas.
March Parliament in Bangladesh passed smokefree workplace law in places such as schools, offices, libraries, hospitals and airports. It also prohibits advertisement of tobacco products in cinemas, newspapers and on television.
April Afghanistan's western Heart province ensures smokefree government buildings, becoming the first region in the country to take such action.

Armenia ensures smokefree environments in hospitals, cultural and education institutions and public transportation.

Australia, created smokefree Commonwealth workplaces, aircraft, airports, interstate trains and federally registered motor coaches.

Businesses in Belgium are given the right to require their employees to work longer if they stop for smoking breaks during the working day.

China announced that all venues shall be smokefree at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.


Sweden implemented smokefree workplace legislation in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars.

The provinces of Ontario & Quebec, Canada became smokefree on May 31, 2006. The smokefree law affects all enclosed public places and workplaces, including restaurants, bars, schools, private clubs, sports arenas, entertainment venues, work vehicles and offices.


Spain passed a smokefree workplace law which includes public transportation, theaters, bars and resaurants.


Bermuda became smokefree on April 1, 2006. The smokefree legislation covers all Bermuda workplaces, restaurants and bars.


Uruguay became smokefree on March 1, 2006. The legislation created smokefree environments in all enclosed public places, from bars and restaurants to office buildings and shopping malls.

Puerto Rico's smokefreee law includes enclosed public spaces, including restaurants, bars and the island's nearly two dozen casinos. It also forbids smoking in private cars with children under 13 inside.

Scotland passed legislation to create smokefree public places on March 26, 2006.


France implemented smokefree regulation that took effect in February, 2007. The law covers all workplaces, including bars and restaurants which are required to go smokefree by January, 2008.


British Virgin Islands approved a smokefree regulation November 15th which covers all enclosed public places, including bars and restaurants, or within 50 feet of a door or window to such a space.



Belgium has had smokefree restaurants since January 1, 2007. Belgium also has a clean indoor air law which regulates smoking in all enclosed workplaces.

Hong Kong now prohibits smoking in all indoor workplaces, as well as restaurants, parks and beaches. However, bars, nightclubs and mahjong parlors are exempt until 2009.

Lithuania has clean indoor air in bars, restaurants, cafes, clubs and discotheques. Smoking in other public places will be prohibited beginning January 1, 2008.


Wales becomes the second country in the United Kingdom to ban smoking in enclosed public spaces.


In Portugal , Parliament approves a law banning smoking in almost all indoor public places.

In Dubai, smokefree government buildings, schools and colleges is the first step in a plan to curb smoking throughout the Gulf Arab trade and tourism hub by the end of 2009


Finland & Iceland both prohibit smoking in restaurants, cafes and bars.

Estonia enacts clean indoor air in bars, restaurants, coffeeshops and nightclubs.


In England all workplaces including restaurants and bars went smokefree on July 1, 2007.

In Australia, smokefree laws covering pubs and clubs takes effect in the two most populous states, New South Wales and Victoria.


Denmark made all public buildings and private businesses, including restaurants and bars, smokefree as of August 15, 2007.

Beginning January 1, 2008 the Netherlands will adopt smokefree laws in all public places and Hungary will follow the trend in 2009. 



A smokefree law in Turkey was approved by the country's parliament on January 3, 2008. The law covers all enclosed public places, including restaurants, bars and public transportation. The law will be implemented 18 months after President Abdullah Gul signs it into law.


Mexico voted to prohibit smoking in bars, restaurants and other enclosed public spaces .


Beijing will prohibit smoking in most public places starting May 1.