Understading State Smoking Bans

Posted by E Cigarette Reviews | E-Cig News | Wednesday 28 July 2010 5:57 am
State Smoking Bans
Smoking bans of one form or another are now in place for several states in our country. Although there is not a federal nationwide smoking ban, bans in the United States have been popping up under state, local, and health laws. The degree of the ban varies depending on each state and city. Several places have not yet imposed any bans, and some have bans in certain areas and not others.  According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, 71% of the country holds a statewide smoking ban in the workplace, and/or either restaurants or bars. The following states have a ban in the workplace, restaurants, and bars: Arizona, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. The following states have a ban in restaurants and bars: California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and North Carolina. The following states have bans in workplaces and restaurants: Florida, Louisiana, and Nevada. The following states have a ban only in the
workplace: North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota. Idaho has a smoking ban only in restaurants. Smoking bans have been put in place in all restaurants and bars in each of the following most populated cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit, San Francisco, Austin, Columbus, Charlotte, Boston, Baltimore, El Paso, Seattle, Denver, Milwaukee, Washington, Louisville, Portland,  Tucson, Albuquerque, Kansas City, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, Mesa, Omaha, Cleveland, Oakland, Raleigh, Colorado Springs, Minneapolis, Honolulu, Wichita, St. Louis, New Orleans, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Cincinnati, Aurora, Bakersfield, and Toledo.

A few places ban smoking in certain outdoor spaces. Although no state has a ban in all public outdoor places, some local towns do. Outdoor areas include areas such as parks, beaches, and some areas within outdoor stadiums. Several states have their own unique bans. Georgia, for example, bans smoking in restaurants where people aged 18 and under can enter.  New Hampshire bans smoking in restaurants, bars, and schools, but state law prohibits local governments from imposing their own smoking bans. Local governments in North Carolina may impose smoking bans that are stricter than the state laws. 11 states (Alabama, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming) have not imposed any state wide laws that ban smoking. They instead require some business owners to post signs that designate smoking and non-smoking areas.  26 states have statewide bans in all enclosed public places. Some of those states exempt tobacconists (expert dealers in tobacco), and allow hotels and motels to designate a certain percentage of their rooms as smoking rooms.

While the smoking bans have limited the places smokers can actually smoke, thousands have turned to electronic cigarettes to quit traditional cigarettes altogether. Electronic cigarettes are a clean chemical free alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. Ecigs emit vapor instead of smoke which enables them to be omitted from the majority of the smoking bans.

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