The Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect on July 21, 2006. Most workplaces are required to be smokefree, but smoking is still allowed in a number of workplaces, including businesses that are not open to the public and have two or fewer employees, and in any restaurant or bar that prohibits people under age 21 from entering or working at all times. This law has significant flaws, but it sets a strong floor, not a ceiling, for smokefree protections. It is a good step forward because it does not allow provisions that would be barriers to future progress, such as smoking rooms or ventilation requirements, and the law has a strong anti-preemption clause that will continue to allow local communities to enact stronger laws.
Arkansas law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Arkansas.
Arkansas enacted laws for smokefree state university campuses (effective August 1, 2010) and for smokefree cars when children are present who are required to be in child safety seats.
2014 State Legislative Session: 2/10/2014 - 3/9/2014 (Est.)
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Smokefree & Related News
Keeping parks smoke-free
warns about e-cigarettes
health concern threatening the lives of Arkansans
Commission gives OK for talks on $40 million Fort Smith schools project
House: State cautions against use of electronic cigarettes
Cigarette: Representative Jeff Wardlaw
Trustees Approve Tuition Hike, Ban E-Cigarettes
is harming our children ($$)
Issues Public Health Advisory on E-Cigs, Vapor Products
The 'E' Is for Enigmatic (Craig Douglass On Consumers)
Reminds Festival Goers About Smoking Policy
Arkansas children ingested liquid nicotine from E-Cigarettes
seeks control on liquid nicotine
ordinance fizzles in Harrison City Council committee ($$)
cigarettes in Harrison
heading for committees
ban on agenda for Thursday night's Harrison City ...
Council's agenda includes resolution to support Southern ...
to consider banning 'e-cigarettes' and 'vaping'
urged to end tobacco sales ($$)
Groups Advocate for Bar Smoking Ban to Protect ...
for a Tobacco Free Arkansas: Lung cancer is preventable
Smith library approves ban on e-cigarettes
Hosts 'Striking Out Tobacco in Arkansas Event'
banned from school campuses
Cotton demanded Harvard ban cigarettes in 1997
snuffs 83 smoking areas
Smoking Deaths Top 49-Hundred Annually
could become smoke free in Dover
group presents smoking ordinance revision
Library Foretells Looming Debate ($$)
Public Library to Consider E-Cigs Ban
To Consider Electronic Cigarettes Ban ($$)
Tobacco products have been banned in public buildings for years, but electronic cigarettes are raising a smoke cloud at the Rogers Public Library.
seek to douse electronic cigarettes
House to vote on e-cigarettes for minors
Committee Votes to Ban E-Cigarettes on Public School Campuses
Bill Aims to Ban Smoking in Public Places
ahead of curve on smoke-free parks
Club to test non-smoking policy starting Feb. 4
Free Arkansas celebrates 10 years
ticketing smokers who flaunt ban
UA-Fayetteville ticketing smokers who flaunt ban. Posted: Updated: ... The campus banned smoking in August 2010. Fayetteville television station KHOG reports ...
out smoking in the workplace
Everyone deserves the right to a smoke-free workplace. That's the mission
behind the Clear the Air campaign. In Arkansas alone, 540 adults die
every year from secondhand smoke exposure. ... Arkansas, to talk about
how stopping smoking can start in the workplace.
hosts county mayors' meeting
Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner welcomed Mississippi County mayors, County
Judge Randy Carney and other guests to the Mississippi County Mayors'
meeting held at the Manila Depot on Thursday, March 29. Guest speaker
was Shirley Connealy, animal advocate.
Elroy Brown with the Coalition
for a Tobacco Free Arkansas spoke briefly to the group about making
city parks tobacco free.
Changes to two ordinances were the topic of discussion at the ... An
ordinance prohibiting smoking and the use of tobacco products in city
recognizes laws to protect workers and children from secondhand smoke
This year will mark the fifth anniversary of legislation aimed at creating
smoke-free environments in businesses and vehicles transporting children.
Wednesday, July 27 at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol, second floor Rotunda,
the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas (CTFA) and its partners will
join with legislators and public health advocates to celebrate the institution
of Acts 8 and 13, as well as commemorate Act 811 of 2011, the new law
that expands the current smoke-free cars law. ...
to ban smoking in Fayetteville bars fails
The Northwest Arkansas Times reports that the council voted 5-3 Tuesday to add bars to the locations where smoking is prohibited. Six votes were needed to expand the anti-smoking ordinance that was approved by voters in 2004.
comments nearly split during smoking ban discussion
When the Fayetteville City Council adopted a public workplace smoking
ban in 2003, only two types of businesses were exempted: bars and retail
tobacco stores. ...
out Fayetteville's smoky bars: What the smoking ordinance does
In a few hours, the Fayetteville City Council will take up the issue of banning smoking in all of the city's bars. A fire storm lit up before the first ban
Weigh In On Smoke-Free Fayetteville City
Hillary said she opposes the smoking ban, and she wasn't alone. "I
choose to visit the smoking establishments because I find the atmospheres
there more ..
ordinance headed to council on May 3
Free Cars Law now helps more minors
on smoking in car with children could change
Senate Bill 1004 to go before House Wednesday afternoon that wants to change the law regarding smoking in cars with children. ...
Springs businessman pushes for smoke-free parks
in Fayetteville proposes to eliminate exemption allowing smoking in
A Fayetteville alderman wants to ban smoking in the city's bars.
Adella Gray wants to eliminate an exemption that some bars have to the city's smoking ban that was approved by voters in 2004. She told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette she expects the City Council to discuss the proposal at its May 3 meeting. ...
wants to ban sale of electronic cigarettes to kids
A state senator wants to keep electronic cigarettes out of kids' hands
by making it a petty offense for merchants to sell them to minors and
for minors to buy them. ...
To-do: Feb. 17
If tonights discussion at about second-hand smoke in Fayettevilles bars is anything like the one here on the Flyer, things could get pretty interesting at U.S. Pizza at around 6 p.m.
Of course, after 455 votes in our poll from last week, 68% of readers
said they were in favor of a smoking ban in every bar and tavern in
town. Only 29% answered "No way." ...
Would you support a smoking ban in all Fayetteville bars?
push for smoke-free bars, restaurants
PROHIBITING THE USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS IN THE LITTLE ROCK ZOO EXCEPT
UNDER LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES AND PROSCRIBING OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO
Prohibition. The use of tobacco products within the Little Rock Zoo
is prohibited except: (i) within a tobacco use area to be established
by the Director of the Little Rock Zoo for use by zoo employees only
outside of the areas zoo patrons are permitted to visit; and (ii) within
one or more tobacco use areas that may be established with the consent
of and at locations acceptable to the Director of the Little Rock Zoo
during events held after normal operating hours of the Zoo provided
that the tobacco use areas are located at least one hundred feet (100)
away from the main area of the event and from all doors leading into
or out of any building being utilized for such event, and provided such
event prohibits at all times persons less than twenty-one (21) years
of age from entering the zoo.
Zoo snuffs out cigarettes
Breaking news from the Little Rock Zoo, through spokeswoman Susan Altrui:
The Zoo Board of Governors unanimously passed a ban on smoking in the Zoo last night. There will be no designated smoking areas for the public, only a designated smoking area for staff that is not within view of the public and is determined by the zoo director. The resolution also allows smoking 100 feet from the entrance of any building during after-hour events where children are not allowed and where everyone attending the event must be at least 21 years of age. This would apply to fundraising events such as Zoo Year's Eve and Wild Wines of the World and More. . . .
Vigneault's departure didn't hurt. He's been a tobacco lobbyist. The
Zoo still falls short of the city's suggested guideline on no smoking
in city parks. Any preservation of a smoking area for employees or guests
is in violation of that policy, which is not enforceable since it has
not been adopted by ordinance. Somebody is still hanging hard onto the
cancer sticks, but this is an improvement.
Goes Tobacco Free
Little Rock The Board of Governors for the Little Rock Zoo voted Monday night to make the facility tobacco free, with a few exceptions.
Seven of the board's eight members were on hand Monday night, and all present voted for the measure, submitted by board member Tad Bohannon.
The resolution bans the use of cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and any other form of tobacco on the zoo's property and in zoo vehicles, with the exception of a smoking area for employees (not visible to the public), and an exception for private parties, where all attendees are 21 years of age and older. ...
ban considered for parks in Region 8 city
Memorial Stadium goes tobacco-free
LITTLE ROCK War Memorial Stadium is now tobacco-free.
The stadium has banned smoking inside the facility since 2003, but a new policy banning all tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, both inside and outside the facility went into effect today, manager Charlie Staggs said.
War Memorial is following the lead of other state facilities that have
adopted tobacco-free policies, including Razorback-Reynolds Stadium
on the University of ArkansasFayetteville campus and all state
agency building complexes, Staggs said. ...
controversial smoking ban is now in effect across Arkansas
A controversial smoking ban is now in effect across Arkansas.
The ban restricts smoking on all public-supported higher education campuses in Arkansas. It means students, faculty, staff and visitors are not allowed to light up while on those properties.
The ban is called the "Clean Air on Campus Act."
The Arkansas legislature passed it in April of last year. The intention is to steer smokers towards healthier habits by focusing on college campuses.
Signs that once allowed smoking a few feet away from buildings at Pulaski Technical College have been replaced with ones reiterating the ban.
"We're hoping it provides an impetus to get more people to quit
smoking because it's one of the number one killers of otherwise healthy
people," said Tim Jones, the school's Public Relations Spokesman.
workplaces: Pine Bluff celebrates 5 years
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the smoke-free workplace ordinance passing in Pine Bluff.
The passing of this legislation speaks great volumes for not only the
Mid South, but the city of Pine Bluff. This is the first predominately
African-American city in the country to pass a smoke-free ordinance
of this kind, and the second city in the state. ...
wants smoking ban in parks extended to Little Rock Zoo
Little Rock's mayor wants the ban on smoking in city parks extended to the city's zoo and has asked the city manager to see if that's possible.
City Manager Bruce Moore signed off in July on a smoke-free policy for city parks. The policy, which is a request, not a law, took effect Oct. 1.
In a letter sent to Moore on May 18, Mayor Mark Stodola praised Moore
for implementing the policy and asked him to extend it to the Little
Rock Zoo. Stodola says in the letter that the zoo is located in a city
Banning Smoking In Bars Could Boost Sales ($$)
Taking cigarettes out of bars and restaurants could slightly increase business activity, a study at the University of Arkansas shows.
When you look at SEC (Southeastern Eastern Conference) schools and the towns that surround them ... when you enact a smoke-free policy, it had a small increase not a large impact but a small increase on their sales, said Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.
The study examined the food and beverage sales tax figures for three years before and three years after those cities enacted a smoking ban. The Northwest Arkansas Tobacco Free Coalition commissioned the study, and wants to move forward ...
Rock Zoo's ban on smoking fails
Despite being housed in a city park, visitors of the Little Rock Zoo can still light up. Smoking is allowed in sections of the popular attraction.
However, there have been unsuccessful attempts by members of the Zoo Board to stop people from smoking on zoo grounds.
There are nine members on the board. Last month, three of them voted
to ban smoking at the zoo. The problem with that is that three other
board members voted against it. Another member was absent, and there
is a vacancy on the board. Without a majority vote for the ban, people
can continue to light-up. ...
motorists who smoke with young kids in their vehicle could ...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Arkansas law enforcement says motorists who smoke while driving with a young child can now be pulled over and given a ticket.
The state Health Department and police said Thursday that smoking while driving with a child younger than 6 or weighing less than 60 pounds can generate a $25 ticket.
Most law enforcement agencies will take a month to warn motorists about the law and the dangers of secondhand smoke. ...
sets tobacco policy at park
Aldermen Freddie Kilgore, Eugene Davis and Pat Brasel, and Mayor Shannon Willis welcomed several Jasper School students from the Newton County Tobacco Education Group ...
regs changed at Fort Smith airport
Smoking was one of the major topics of discussion at the March 23 meeting of the Fort Smith Airport Commission, once it finally got underway.
The meeting was delayed by 20 minutes, due to the lack of a quorum. That was remedied when Commissioner Jan Nordin arrived.
John Parker, airport director, presented a plan that would ban smoking within 25 feet of any exterior terminal doorway. The commissioners approved the resolution.
Parker said smokers tend to gather just outside the exterior doors,
which exposes travelers to secondhand smoke and blocks the entrances.
The Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006, which stopped smoking inside
the terminal, did not specify parameters on the exterior. Signs will
be installed notifying smokers of the new guideline. ...
Conway parks smoking ban softened
A proposed ordinance intended to address air quality and litter issues at Conway parks by banning smoking has been revised, calling now for the creation of designated smoking areas rather than banning tobacco use outright.
Consideration of the revised ordinance is on the Conway City Council agenda for Tuesday nights meeting.
Aldermen discussed in January an ordinance banning the use of any sort of tobacco anywhere in city parks, with the need for such an ordinance evidenced at that meeting by a pair of plastic jugs filled with cigarette butts collected from Laurel Park mostly near the playground by members of the Asian Pacific Coalition for Smoke Free Arkansas. ...
Right to swing your arm ends where my nose begins
When I was growing up, no one talked about the possible consequences of smoking, and we all watched cigarette commercials on TV. When my parents and I would go out to eat, we were always seated right away because my parents (non-smokers) always requested the "non-smoking" area. People smoked in their homes, their cars, in their workplaces, and everywhere, pretty much.
Thanks to research, education and tobacco funds, we now know the risks of smoking, as well as breathing secondhand smoke. I started smoking at the age of 20, and I was in the majority at my workplace and within my circle of friends. Cigarettes were cheap, and although I had heard of people who had died from lung cancer or emphysema as a result of their smoking habits, it wasn't publicized the way it is now. I quit smoking in 1995, and even though I didn't struggle with the addiction to nicotine the way many do, I have a great deal of sympathy for those who make the choice to put the cigarettes away. . . .
In Arkansas, 4,900 adults die each year from their own smoking and 64,000 kids now under age 18 will ultimately die prematurely from smoking. There are 490 adult non-smokers who die each year from secondhand smoke.
It's time we took a firm stand and protected people, adults and children, from secondhand smoke. Whenever a business, government office, college or hospital goes tobacco free, there's always an outcry of infringement on smokers' rights, but no one seems to talk so openly about the rights of those who don't want to breathe secondhand smoke. ...
Arkansas housing authorities adopt smoke-free policies
Guidance locations become smoke-free
All Ozark Guidance facilities became smokefree areas Monday. ...
Welcomes New School Year With Smoke-Free Campus
The number of university campuses that ban smoking on school property has increased nearly tenfold in the last three years, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
And you can now add University of Arkansas at Little Rock to the list.
encourages people not to smoke in parks
Starting Oct. 1, Little Rock parks will be smoke-free. Sort of.
Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore signed off on a smoke-free policy last month that encourages people not to light up or use tobacco products in city parks, which includes city-owned golf courses and the riverfront.
The policy is a request and not a law, but Moore and others said they think most people will comply.
You do have some people who will probably thumb their nose at
a policy. You have some people who thumb their nose at a law,
said Katherine Donald of Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas, which
lobbied the Parks and Recreation Commission for the policy. Signs
usually work. ...
Enforces Smoking Policy
A property-wide tobacco ban goes into effect today for Arkansas Tech University, university officials announced Friday.
Laura Rudolph, ATU Ozark Campus director of administrative services
and public relations, said the buildings themselves went smoke-free
several years ago when the state legislature passed a law prohibiting
smoking in public buildings, but a policy change adopted by the ATU
Board of Trustees on May 21 expands the policy to all property owned
and operated by ATU. The university has campuses at Russellville and
out that cigarette ....
The Coalition for Tobacco Free Arkansas is applauding Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore for approving the City Parks and Recreation Commission's recommendations that the city have a no-smoking policy in city parks and golf courses.
That is, people will be asked not to use tobacco. There is no ordinance
to make the policy law ...
celebrates third anniversary of smoking ban
LITTLE ROCK Health officials today celebrated the third anniversary of laws passed to create smoke-free environments and urged the Legislature to add more restrictive measures during the 2011 session.
The Coalition for Tobacco Free Arkansas looks at each anniversary of Arkansas smoke-free legislation as a year that we saved lives, Katherine Donald, executive director of the organization, said during a get-together at a local restaurant.
However, with each passing year, we can underscore that stronger enforcement and the needed enhancement of these laws can create even healthier environments for Arkansas families at home and work, Donald said. ...
council postpones smoking ban for city park
The Hector City Council decided against adopting a smoke-free ordinance for an area of its park at Thursdays regularly scheduled meeting.
Mayor Martha Owens said several citizens expressed opposition following the councils May meeting, where representatives from Community Service Inc. made a presentation detailing the benefits of the ordinance.
We are going to wait a little bit further in time before we adopt it probably the end of summer, Owens said. Well wait and give it some more discussion. ...
Council considers banning smoking at park
The Hector City Council is considering adopting a smoke-free ordinance
for an area of its park after Janet Cook and Brittany Titsworth of Community
Service Inc. made a presentation detailing the benefits of it during
Thursdays regular meeting.
The council just needs to look over it, Mayor Martha Owens said.
We dont have a problem with it. People need an area where
they can go. ...
approves absentee lobbying bill
bill would ban smoking in cars with minors
A lawmaker wants Arkansas to ban smoking in any car that has a passenger younger than 18.
Rep. Fred Allen, D-Little Rock, on Tuesday proposed expanding a state law that bans smoking in cars that have a child who is less than six years old, weighs less than 60 pounds and is in a car seat.
The smoking restriction passed in an April 2006 special session that
was primarily devoted to education funding, though the Legislature also
passed a workplace smoking ban then. California, Maine and Louisiana
have passed similar laws.
lobby sends Dr. Death from Texas
Dick Armey of Texas, the former Republican majority leader in the House of Representatives whos now a pitchman for Big Tobacco, came to Little Rock yesterday to lobby against raising the tax on tobacco.
Dr. Death has found a new calling after running his party off a cliff while he was in office.
He now heads an outfit called FreedomWorks, which is a front for the tobacco industry. Backers include an heir to the RJReynolds Tobacco fortune and UST, which makes smokeless tobacco.
This is an industry that kills off its customers. Nearly 5,000 Arkansans die from smoking-related deaths every year, or about $5 million a year in lost sales on the wholesale level. Thats why the tobacco companies oppose raising taxes they need new smokers to replace the dead ones, but the industry has to keep prices low, or kids wont pick up the habit. ...
...The tobacco industry is anti-life. Armey and his flunkies are the
Pol Pots of American capitalism.
Ban Hasn't Snuffed Economy, Study Says
FAYETTEVILLE -- A smoking ban in Fayetteville hasn't significantly changed the amount of hotel, motel, restaurant or sales taxes collected, according to study by the Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.
Kathy Deck, associate director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the college, on Tuesday released the third in a series of reports examining the impact of the smoke-free ordinance in Fayetteville. The ban went into effect in March 2004, so it would be surprising if there was a statistical impact, she said
has become the state's second major city to impose restrictions on smoking in
public places, including job sites, stores and restaurants. The ordinance, which
divided the City Council and won approval in June after a key vote by Mayor Carl
Redus Jr., took effect late last week.
AR City Council champions receive the ANR 100% Smokefree Award of Excellence from
the Northwest Arkansas Tobacco Free Coalition (NWATFC) in April 2004 for Fayetteville's
100% smokefree restaurant law. From left: Laurie Reh, NWATFC and City Council
members Shirley Lucas, Lioneld Jordan, and Don Marr.
Here are photos of supporters working for a smokefree Pine Bluff.