It’s World No Tobacco Day and I can think of no better topic to talk about today than…tobacco! Last month, the CDC released its summary of State Smoke-Free Laws for Worksites, Restaurants, and Bars- United States 200-2010 <http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6015a2.htm?s_cid=mm6015a2_w> . This report was pulled together to assess progress toward meeting the objective originally established for 2010 Healthy People (27-13) of enacting laws eliminating smoking in public places and worksites in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC). This particular objective was retained for 2020 (although renumbered to TU-13) because it was not met by 2010.
This report outlines the progression of implementation in smoke-free laws. For example, the number of states (including DC) with laws that prohibit smoking in indoor areas of worksites, restaurants, and bars increased from zero in 2000 to 26 in 2010. But disparities remain, particularly when we look at regional differences.
Given how far we have come, I’m wondering what your experiences have been around implementing smoke-free policies? Challenges faced? Things others should consider when proposing new laws or changes to existing policies?