Many parts of the United States are becoming smoke-free
by banning smoking in all workplaces and public places. Smoking bans are put into place by state legislation, city or local ordinances. The Federal government has not chosen to legislate on the topic of banning smoking. Currently, 25 states across the US plus hundreds of cities and counties have have enacted comprehensive smoke-free laws. Important to note, in 1995, the forward-thinking state of California was the first to enact a statewide smoking ban in most indoor public spaces, like workplaces and restaurants. This ban was largely ignored until the counties and cities began to take action. Alaska was the most recent state to enact a statewide smoking ban in 2018.
Many cities are not yet on board with banning public smoking. The right to smoke in your own home or on your property is still protected (excluding: apartments, condominiums and vehicles with a minor rider). Legislature is careful regarding private rights, but the line between public rights and private rights is blurring. Private rights of smoking is encroaching on the public’s rights to be free of a smoky environment.
Here is our top 5 list of smoke-free cities in the United States. You’d think some of this information is outdated, but formal change is a slow process. As highlighted by the CDC, progress has unfortunately stalled when it comes to smoke-free legislation.