Adopt a Smokefree Cities Meeting Resolution!

ANR initiated the Smokefree Meetings campaign in 2004 to encourage organizations to host meetings only in smokefree cities, or to negotiate smokefree meeting venues in the absence of a smokefree city. Since the initiation of the campaign, at least 27 organizations (listed below) have made the commitment to smokefree meeting venues.

The campaign has been gaining steam, as demonstrated by the flurry of smokefree meeting policies adopted in recent years.

Organizations that have adopted such a policy include:

American Academy of Nursing
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Heart Association
American Legacy Foundation
American Lung Association
American Medical Association
American Public Health Association
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
ASTHO (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials)
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Canadian Public Health Association
C-Change
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office on Smoking and Health
Colorado Public Health Association
Foundation for a Smokefree America
Indiana Tobacco Prevention & Cessation (ITPC)
Montana Cancer Control Coalition
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Conference on Tobacco or Health
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -Tobacco Policy Change Collaborative

Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Texas Comprehensive Cancer Coalition
Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition

Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund
Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium (TTAC)

Urge your professional organization to pass a resolution to host all future meetings in smokefree cities to provide a healthier environment for meeting attendees, show support for smokefree air, and provide positive reinforcement to smokefree cities. The number of smokefree cities, states, and countries is growing at a rapid pace, making this decision not only the right thing to do, but also very easy. Visit http://www.no-smoke.org/goingsmokefree.php?dp=d13|p140 to identify smokefree locations.

If there are no smokefree cities in your state, your group could still adopt a resolution making smokefree meeting facilities a priority. The Westin Hotels & Resorts instituted a 100% smokefree policy for all its North American accommodation facilities in January 2006. All of the Westin's hotels and resorts in Australia, Ireland, Fiji, New Zealand, and Scotland are also going smokefree this year. In addition, Marriott International, Inc. instituted a 100% smokefree policy for all of its 2,300 hotels and corporate apartments in the United States and Canada 100% smokefree effective October 16, 2006. This includes nearly 400,000 guest rooms under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn, TownePlace Suites and Marriott ExecuStay brands. Sheraton Hotels are also smokefree. You may also wish to view our Smokefree Travel Section for information on other smokefree hotels and resorts.

ANR encourages state and local professional and community organizations to adopt written resolutions as well. You can use ANR's model smokefree meetings resolution to help get you started on your own policy. Please let us know if your organization adopts a resolution and we will add you to the list!