About Us

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights is the leading national lobbying organization (501 (c) 4), dedicated to nonsmokers' rights, taking on the tobacco industry at all levels of government, protecting nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke, and preventing tobacco addiction among youth. ANR pursues an action-oriented program of policy and legislation.

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Formed in 1976, ANR's activities began with efforts to enact legislation to protect nonsmokers in the workplace and enclosed public places. ANR has promoted clean indoor air ordinances in thousands of communities and states, and assists countries and communities around the globe to enact smokefree regulations. As of October 2, 2017, there are 4,924 municipalities with laws in effect that restrict where smoking is allowed. There are 1,415 municipalities; and 42 states, along with the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands that have a 100% smokefree provision in effect in non-hospitality workplaces, and/or restaurants, and/or bars.

Celebrating 40 Years of Smokefree Advocacy
March 1, 2016

history of advocacy coverRead A History of Advocacy for more information on our past efforts.

ANR is a member-supported organization. Members receive copies of our newsletter, ANR UPDATE; Action Alerts regarding smokefree issues in their area or of national interest; discounts on materials; and member-priority assistance when they request help from our staff to enact, implement, or protect smokefree laws. If you are interested in becoming a member, you can join online using your credit card via our secure system; or call us at 510-841-3032 to join by phone. You may also request that membership information be sent to your mailing address.

"The first national organization to focus on the need for a local clean indoor air policy was ANR, which is still the recognized leader in the field. ANR has supported local efforts in a number of ways: providing technical assistance, training, and strategic guidance to local coalitions; keeping them informed of the latest policy trends and opposition tactics; linking a coalition with local coalitions in other parts of the country that were encountering similar experiences; developing 'best practices' guidelines (ANR 2002); and disseminating model ordinances. ANR maintains a database of local ordinances and their provisions in order to track progress in eliminating unintended loopholes and addressing legal issues." (U.S. Surgeon General's Report, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke, Chapter 10, page 580, June 2006).

Our sister organization, the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANR Foundation), is a non-lobbying, educational nonprofit organization (501 (c) 3), which creates comprehensive programs for youth of all ages on issues of smoking prevention, the benefits of smokefree air, and the right to breathe smokefree air. It provides educational resources for schools, health departments, medical organizations, and others interested in the issues surrounding smoking and secondhand smoke. Our goals are to raise a smokefree generation that rejects tobacco use and tobacco industry manipulation and interference tactics, and to educate the community about the health effects of secondhand smoke and the benefits of smokefree environments. We provide educational materials and training seminars for youth and adults to aid in the quest for a smokefree environment.

The ANR Foundation is the only national repository of local tobacco-related ordinances and regulations in the United States. Our U.S. Tobacco Control Laws Database© serves as a key resource for researchers and media outlets which use our data to document trends and research the effectiveness of tobacco-related legislation. There are more than 15,000 ordinances in the current collection in more than 5000 places. Each quarter, ANR Foundation staff creates numerous lists, charts, and maps to illustrate the trend toward smokefree air. The lists and maps pages on our website are some of our most popular and make ANR Foundation the go-to source for tobacco control laws data. The Tobacco Control Laws data have been used in more than 350 peer-reviewed journal articles, studies, and/or reports, and in multiple NCI monographs and Surgeon Generals' Reports.

If you are interested in donating to the ANR Foundation, you can do so online using your credit card, via our secure system; or call us at 510-841-3032 or email us.