Drafting Your Law

ANR's model ordinance for 100% smokefree workplaces and public places has been used by hundreds of cities and numerous states. The purpose of the model ordinance is to provide fair and sound language that clearly states the intent and specific points of smokefree policy, fosters clear implementation and enforcement, stands up to legal challenges, and achieves the health goal of protecting people from secondhand smoke.

Before using the model ordinance, please see the companion documents (shown below) that explain the various sections of the model ordinance, and offer key information about common drafting mistakes and policy pitfalls to avoid.

If you are looking for model language for a statewide smokefree effort, please see the information provided below.

When drafting your ordinance, it important to understand any existing smokefree policies in your community, and to amend the model language to reflect the correct terms and definitions that are applicable in your city or state. It is also the time for your coalition to agree on dealbreakers that should not be included in your ordinance (e.g., ventilation, hours or minors provisions, trigger schemes, etc. are NOT acceptable). These provisions do not help us achieve our public health goals.

Call ANR for assistance at 510-841-3032, or send us your draft language for review.

ANR Model Ordinance
This model ordinance is in PDF format and requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Adobe Reader, please download it here. If you would prefer a Word version of the model ordinance, please contact our office at (510) 841-3032.

This model ordinance language has been used effectively in hundreds of communities across the country. We recommend using this model language in its entirety, when your community is ready to consider a smokefree policy. If you have questions about the language, or need help tailoring the language to fit your community's level of readiness, please contact us or call (510) 841-3032.

Model Ordinance Prohibiting Smoking in All Workplaces and Public Places (100% Smokefree)

 

 

Companion Documents for the Model Ordinance

Fundamentals of Smokefree Workplace Laws
A national consensus document created by public health groups on policy dealbreakers and guidance on political compromise.




Common Mistakes in Drafting Smokefree Indoor Air Ordinances
Companion document to ANR model ordinance. What language is problematic and why? Read this document for the answers.



Provisions of Smokefree Air Laws
Describes the various sections of the ANR model ordinance and what purpose they serve.

 

 

Determining Your Dealbreakers
An ANR factsheet on thinking through the policy compromise process.

 

 

For more information, please visit our Going Smokefree section.


ANR Model State Law

ANR now has a Model State Law, which is based on our Model Ordinance, with the addition of some state-specific provisions, such as an anti-preemption clause. Because state smokefree air laws must be tailored to the specific technical requirements of state statutes, which vary greatly from state to state, the Model is intended to be used only for the content of a proposed state law and not for the format or style of the law. Its primary purpose is to give advocates a tool to use in approaching prospective legislative champions, who can then have the Model fine-tuned according to the specific state technical requirements. If you would like a copy of the Model State Law, please contact us or call (510) 841-3032.

Companion Document for the Model State Law

Statewide Readiness Assessment

A tool to assess the level of readiness for moving forward with a statewide smokefree effort. Complete this assessment with your coalition and call ANR with any questions or concerns.


ANR Model Outdoor Ordinance
This model ordinance is in PDF format and requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Adobe Reader, please download it here. If you would prefer a Word version of the model ordinance, please contact our office at (510) 841-3032.

ANR has available a Model Ordinance Prohibiting Smoking in Outdoor Places of Employment and Public Places. This model is a good place to start if your community is considering expanding smokefree protections to outdoor public areas where people are exposed to secondhand smoke. Each community is at a different level of readiness. It's important for communities to continue focusing on achieving smokefree air for indoor public places and workplaces first, because that is where the majority people are still most exposed to secondhand smoke. Public demand and support for smokefree outdoor areas often increases once communities are smokefree indoors.


Other Policies and Resolutions
These model policies and resolutions are in PDF format and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Adobe Reader, please download it here. If you would prefer Word versions of these documents, please contact our office at (510) 841-3032.

Model Policy for a Smokefree Workplace

For more information, please visit our Going Smokefree In Your Workplace section.

Model Policy for a Smokefree University

For more information, please visit our Colleges and Universities page.

Sample Resolution for Holding Meetings in Smokefree Cities

For more information, please visit our Adopt a Smokefree Cities Meeting Resolution page.