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Smoking Bans: More Incentives To Quit Smoking Now

We don’t need to remind you that smokers worldwide are feeling squeezed by the state and local governments. So we decided to publish fresh maps of the smoking bans nationwide and worldwide because we saw this as another incentive for you to stop smoking for good.

Very often scary stories about consequences of smoking do work. But our visitors are generally educated adults for whom question “why quit smoking” has already been addressed, and what they really need are more incentives and additional information that will help alter their perception of smoking on a subconscious level to the point of no return.

With all that said, this year is supposed to be the one with a heavy crackdown on smokers. Smoking laws vary widely throughout the United States. Some places in the United States do not generally regulate smoking at all, some ban smoking in certain areas and not others, and some ban smoking nearly everywhere, even in outdoor area. As of October 2009, 71% of the U.S. population lives under a ban on smoking in workplaces, and/or restaurants, and/or bars, by either a state, commonwealth, or local law.

US Statewide Bans on Smoking in General Public Places

The following new laws have been enacted as of January 2010:

  • 25 states have enacted statewide bans on smoking in all enclosed public places, including bars and restaurants: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan (effective May 1, 2010), Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin (effective July 5, 2010).
  • 7 states ban smoking in most enclosed public places, but permit adult venues such as bars (and casinos, if applicable) to allow smoking if they choose: Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, and Tennessee. In Florida, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, state law preempts local governments from enacting stricter smoking bans than the state, though in the other five states, some cities and/or counties have enacted stricter local smoking bans to varying degrees, in some cases banning it in all enclosed workplaces. See individual state listings below for details.
  • 6 states have enacted smoking bans in particular places that do not fit in the other categories:
    • Georgia bans smoking in restaurants where persons under 18 years of age may enter, but allows most anywhere else either to designate smoking areas indoors or allow smoking freely; local governments in Georgia can and have passed stricter smoking bans than the state.
    • Idaho bans smoking in restaurants, but exempt both bars (which can be 100% smoking) and small workplaces (which can have a designated smoking area); local governments in Idaho can regulate smoking more strictly than the state.
    • New Hampshire bans smoking in restaurants and bars, schools, and certain common areas open to the public, but not anywhere else, and state law prohibits local governments from enacting local health-based smoking bans.
    • North Carolina bans smoking in all restaurants and bars (excluding cigar bars and private clubs), as well as government buildings and vehicles, but does not regulate smoking anywhere else. Local governments may regulate smoking more strictly than the state beginning July 5, 2009, except in the places exempted from the state law, tobacco shops, private residences/vehicles, designated hotel/motel smoking rooms, and theatrical performances involving smoking.
    • South Dakota generally bans smoking in all enclosed workplaces, but exempts all bars, restaurants, retail tobacco stores, hotel/motel rooms, liquor stores, and casino gaming floors. The South Dakota law prohibits local governments from regulating smoking more strictly than the state.
    • In Virginia, smoking is banned in schools, state offices and certain healthcare facilities and common areas, but not anywhere else; in restaurants (including bars), smoking is relegated to separately-ventilated designated smoking rooms. The state law prohibits local governments from regulating smoking more strictly than the state.

Smoking bans Worldwide

Attached map of smoking bans worldwide shows that many governments believe in the effectiveness of these measures, so they are trying to put pressure on smokers and to give them more reasons to quit smoking.

Smoking bans worldwide as of Jan 1, 2010: no restrictions or no data patchy and incomplete bans, low enforcement no national ban, some localities have comprehensive indoor bans strong national ban in public areas except entertainment and restaurants, or weak enforcement in indoor entertainment areas strong national ban in public areas except entertainment and restaurants, some localities have comprehensive indoor bans strong national ban in all public indoor areas with some exceptions strong national ban in all public indoor areas

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