Smokefree Air Challenge
|Comprehensive Law, Including Bars and Restaurants|
|Comprehensive Law Passed, Not Yet in Effect|
|Strong Law in Effect|
As the above map shows, the country has made great progress toward meeting the American Lung Association's Smokefree Air Challenge. However, progress has slowed considerably over the past five years with only one state, North Dakota, approving a comprehensive smokefree workplace law. Launched in 2006, the Smokefree Air Challenge calls on all 50 states and the District of Columbia to pass laws prohibiting smoking in all public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars.
Currently, 28 states and the District of Columbia have met the Smokefree Air Challenge, however, no state has passed a law in 2015. The American Lung Association will fight in 2015 and beyond to make sure everyone in all 50 states can enjoy clean, smokefree air where they live, work and play. Workers should not have to be exposed to secondhand smoke to earn a paycheck.
Get more information from the American Lung Association on smokefree laws and policies. You can join our fight for smokefree air by signing our Smokefree Air Challenge petition and becoming a member of our Lung Action Network.
The American Lung Association also has more information on the health effects of secondhand smoke.