What States have smoking bans?
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Half of all states and the District of Columbia now have comprehensive bans on smoking in restaurants, bars and the workplace, federal officials said Thursday — an extraordinary pace of progress, considering that just over a decade ago, no state had enacted such a ban.
If the adoption of smoking bans continues at the current rate, it’s possible that nearly all 50 states may have laws in place by 2020. “It is by no means a foregone conclusion that we’ll get there by 2020, ” said Dr. Tim McAfee, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health, according to the AP. “I’m relatively bullish we’ll at least get close to that number.”
In 2002, Delaware became the first state in the nation to ban smoking in all three venues — bars, restaurants and private workplaces — followed soon thereafter by New York (2003), Massachusetts (2004), and Rhode Island and Washington (2005). Starting in 2006, the trend gained momentum, with 20 more states enacting comprehensive smoking bans by 2010.
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Ten other states currently have laws banning smoking in one or two, but not all three venues. Eight states have less restrictive indoor smoking laws, allowing smoking in designated and separately ventilated areas, for instance.
Notably, seven states still have no statewide restrictions on indoor smoking. And none of the states with comprehensive bans are in the South.