Smokefree Laws and Policies
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, secondhand smoke is a cause of lung cancer and coronary heart disease, and there is no risk-free level of exposure. Currently, 28 states and the District of Columbia have passed comprehensive smokefree laws. One state, North Dakota, passed a comprehensive law in 2012.
- Factsheet on Secondhand Smoke Laws
- Map of States with Comprehensive and Strong Smokefree Laws
- State Laws Prohibiting Smoking in Government Buildings, Private Workplaces, Restaurants and Bars
- State Laws Restricting Smoking by Location – provides detailed information on the strength of each state’s smoking restrictions.
- See Your State’s Laws
- See How Your State Measures Up
- Factsheet on Secondhand Smoke’s Health Effects
- Help advocate for smokefree workplaces
Smoking in Multi-Unit Housing
Secondhand smoke seeping into apartments, condominiums and other multi-unit housing is just as toxic and hazardous as in being exposed in public places and workplaces. Here are some Lung Association materials that may be helpful.
- Smokefree Policies in Multi-Unit Housing: Steps for Success Online Curriculum
- Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing: Bringing Healthy Air Home Policy Brief
Looking for information on local laws on smoking? Try an organization called Americans for Nonsmokers Rights.
Looking for more information on secondhand smoke? Check out these factsheets from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids or this information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Need more information on smoke seeping into apartments/condos? Here are a couple of ideas:
- The American Lung Association in Oregon maintains a good website with separate information for tenants, landlords and condo owners/associations dealing with this problem.
- The Smokefree Environments Law Project – the website has separate sections on “ETS and Apartments” and “ETS and Condominiums”, see left hand side of the page.
Questions? Please contact us.