Oklahoma Legislative Priorities

The American Lung Association of Oklahoma continues to work with the Smoke Free Oklahoma, a statewide coalition.  For the 2012 session, a proposed bill will modify the Smoking in Public Places and Indoor Workplace Act to repeal preemption, and restores the right for communities to adopt local ordinances stronger than the state law, related to smoking. Currently Oklahoma is one of two states in the U.S. that still have this prohibitive law.

  • Clean Indoor Air
    The American Lung Association continues to work with Oklahoma legislature to remove exemptions from the statewide ban on smoking in public places and indoor workplaces for stand-alone bars.  It removes exemptions for public buildings with separate smoking rooms.  It requires that no restaurant be allowed to have designated smoking rooms and no restaurant may build a separate smoking room.
     
  • Restore Local Rights
    The American Lung Association of Oklahoma continues to work with Smoke Free Oklahoma, a statewide coalition.  For the 2012 session, a proposed bill will modify the Smoking in Public Places and Indoor Workplace Act to repeal preemption, and restores the right for communities to adopt local ordinances stronger than the state law, related to smoking.  Currently Oklahoma is one of two states in the U.S. that still have this prohibitive law.
     
  • Tobacco Control and Prevention Funding
    Oklahoma currently spends approximately 52% ($23.5M) of the CDC recommended levels towards tobacco prevention and control ($45M).  The American Lung Association advocates for increased tobacco prevention and control funding to support statewide programs such as the quit line and tobacco prevention and control coalitions.  This funding is critical in providing resources for those Oklahomans who smoke and want to quit and to prevent our youth from starting.
     
  • Oklahoma State Cessation Coverage
    The American Lung Association advocates to provide full smoking cessation benefit coverage for state employees and Medicaid recipients.
     
  • Cigarette Tax
    The American Lung Association of Oklahoma continues to work with the legislature on proposals to increase the cigarette tax.  Smokers in Oklahoma cost the state nearly $3B annually in medical costs, lost productivity and premature death. While the tax on cigarettes in Oklahoma is $1.03 per pack, the average cost to the state and to taxpayers is $7.62 per pack of cigarettes sold. Increasing the tax is a proven method of reducing consumption and makes tobacco products less accessible to children.
     
  • Clean Air Priorities
    The American Lung Association has been the leading defender of the Clean Air Act since its inception in 1972.  In Oklahoma we support legislation through clean air advocacy that provides cleaner air standards for lowering plant emissions, cleaner fuel sources and reduction of vehicle emissions, and promoting clean alternative fuels and renewable energy.  We support an increase in the number of smoke free environments to help reduce the instances of asthma, COPD and other lung disease. 
     

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