The ANR Foundation is pleased to announce our most recent quarterly update to the lists and maps of U.S. municipalities and states with smokefree laws now in effect. Congratulations to all the cities and counties with new smokefree air laws. See all of our updated lists here.
If you didn’t check it out last quarter, take a moment to visit our overview table of state smokefree laws, which provides information on workplaces, restaurants, bars, and gaming for each state. Also remember to check out our updated lists of smokefree policies at Major League Baseball and NFL Stadiums.
And in Colleges and Universities news – Congratulations to University of Wisconsin – River Falls, which adopted a 100% smoke- and tobacco-free policy in 2022, we recently learned; also covered by that policy are electronic smoking devices and hookah. Further, Montclair State University in New Jersey strengthened its policy language this year to clarify that all university grounds are tobacco-free, and that smoking/vaping marijuana is also prohibited (in addition to covering electronic smoking devices more generally, and hookah). It’s never too late to strengthen your policy in accordance with tobacco control trends, and to let us know! Please visit our colleges list here.
While we celebrate our progress, we must beware: the tobacco, cannabis, and casino industries continue to oppose our work. The tobacco industry continues to threaten progress made by attempting to weaken smokefree laws with exemptions for cigar bars and preventing local communities from taking further action. In addition, on-site adult cannabis use threatens the integrity of smokefree laws.
Utilizing the ANR model ordinance ensures your policy will provide maximum protections and, of course, land on our lists.
As a reminder, ANR Foundation’s Smokefree Casino and Gaming Property Directory replaced our previously published List of Smokefree Gambling Facilities. The interactive directory can be sorted by state, Tribe, and company and includes a map for each state. We continue to be impressed with the leadership shown by Tribes and Tribal Casinos in requiring their facilities to be smokefree. You can find the directory by state here, with an overview map here.
Work in tobacco control? Need training tools you can use? We’ve transitioned our Institutional Subscription to a new format called Professional Access. This new service allows public health students, professionals, and community-based partners access to resources and new tools, including password-protected recordings from the 2021-2023 Clearing The Air™ webinars and other selected scientific presentations. Subscribe to Professional Access here.
The ANR Foundation has a bibliography of 640 studies, reports, and articles that utilize data from the U.S. Tobacco Control Laws Database©, whichyou can see here. Interested in a data run? Contact Maggie Hopkins to discuss the many options of standardized reports we have available, as well as the special multi-variate analyses that we can run based on your research and policy surveillance data needs.
Did you expect your new law to be included but don’t see it on our lists? That is either because the law is not yet in effect or because the law didn’t meet the smokefree list criteria for enclosed non-hospitality workplaces, restaurants, bars, and/or gambling venues to be 100% smokefree without exemptions. Some laws have been enacted so recently that our Policy Surveillance Team has not yet had a chance to order, analyze, and enter them into our Tobacco Control Laws Database. Other laws, despite all our searching, fly under our radar. We very much want these laws, so please contact us to check about any law you think we may be missing. Still have questions? Please contact Laura Walpert.
The lists are updated on a quarterly basis. The next quarterly update will be in October 2023.
Contact Maggie Hopkins, Director of Data Management and Analysis, if you have questions about our lists and maps.
The fight for smokefree air continues, and we look forward to what we can accomplish together.
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