Smokefree Progress: Updated lists and maps, January 2010

The ANR Foundation is pleased to announce the January 2010 quarterly update to the lists and maps of U.S. municipalities and states with 100% smokefree laws now in effect. See them here: http://www.no-smoke.org/lists.html. We’re proud to announce the newest state added to our lists. North Carolina now has 100% smokefree restaurants and bars. Michigan and Wisconsin will also be implementing new smokefree laws in 2010.

We made tremendous progress this decade! Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard for nonsmokers’ rights. As of today, 41% of the US population is covered by a very strong smokefree law (covering all workplaces, all restaurants and bars). But we still have a long way to go. Many workers are still left unprotected. We will continue to work with advocates in cities, states, commonwealths, and tribal nations, until the work is done and everyone is protected from secondhand smoke.

Please visit http://www.no-smoke.org/smokefreeprogressmaps.html to view a set of three maps that really highlight our progress over the past decade.

All data shown are as of January 5, 2010.

Brand New 100% Smokefree Local Laws now in effect since our last quarterly update on October 2, 2009:

Note: The jurisdictional effect of county-level laws varies widely. Look for a plus symbol (+) next to each county with a law that covers both incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county. A county without a symbol means that the county law covers unincorporated areas only.

The laws listed here provide for 100% smokefree non-hospitality workplaces, and/or restaurants, and/or bars.

  1. Haines County, AK +
  2. Worth, IL
  3. Westfield, IN
  4. Topeka, KS
  5. Prestonsburg, KY
  6. Benzie County, MI +
  7. Calhoun County, MI +
  8. Leelanau County, MI +
  9. Muskegon County, MI +
  10. Kirkwood, MO
  11. North Carolina, NC
  12. Lexington County, SC
  13. Pine Ridge, SC
  14. Springdale, SC
  15. Galveston, TX
  16. Palestine, TX

Brand New 100% Smokefree State Laws now in effect since our last quarterly update on October 2, 2009:

North Carolina: Restaurants and Bars


Strengthened 100% Smokefree Local Laws now in effect since our last quarterly update on October 2, 2009 (either because of a new amendment to the law or because more of the law is now in effect):

Note: The jurisdictional effect of county-level laws varies widely. Look for a plus symbol ( ) next to each county with a law that covers both incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county. A county without a symbol means that the county law covers unincorporated areas only.

The laws listed here provide for 100% smokefree non-hospitality workplaces, restaurants, and/or bars.

  1. Pratt, KS
  2. Liberty, MO

New State Law Enacted but not yet in effect:

Michigan: Workplaces, restaurants, and bars; scheduled to go into effect May 1, 2010.

Laws in Limbo:

South Dakota enacted a 100% smokefree Restaurant, Bar, and Gaming facilities law March 19, 2009, which was scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2009, but which has been suspended by a referendum placing the law on the ballot in November 2010, and which will not go into effect unless approved by the voters. (The state already has 100% smokefree non-hospitality Workplaces.)

Summary:

To see the states and municipalities with these new or strengthened laws, as well as all of the other smokefree cities, counties, and states, see http://www.no-smoke.org/lists.html

There are now 3,079 U.S. municipalities with some kind of local smokefree indoor air law in effect, 840 of which provide 100% smokefree protection for non-hospitality workplaces, and/or restaurants, and/or bars. 32 states and the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands have strong state/commonwealth laws now in effect that qualify for at least one of the 100% smokefree list categories. (Please note, we did not obtain the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) legislation in time to reflect the law on our current lists, but look for it on the next update.) A total of 38 states and the District of Columbia now have 100% smokefree air laws in effect at the local level.

A total of 375 municipalities have ordinances in effect that provide for 100% smokefree non-hospitality workplaces, restaurants, AND bars.

More specifically, as of January 5, 2010: 57.2% of the U.S. population now lives in cities or states with smokefree non-hospitality workplaces, 68.0% in areas with smokefree restaurants, and 57.0% in areas with smokefree freestanding bars. 41.0% of the population is currently protected in all three categories.

These reports, lists and maps are made possible, in part, by a grant from the American Legacy Foundation. These materials do not necessarily represent the views of the Foundation, Foundation staff, or its Board of Directors.