Protect Local Control

Ensuring Community Rights
To Pass Smokefree Ordinances

Legislative Summary

SB 578 An Act Concerning Local Regulation of Smoking in Public Buildings. (DIED)

An Act to allow cities and towns to protect their citizens from secondhand smoke by permitting local regulation of smoking in public places.

  • Preemptive Action


  • Anti-Preemptive Clause


EXEMPTIONS: Businesses with less than five employees, unless in a designated smoking room; private clubs with liquor permits issued before May 1, 2003; effective date for restaurants and bars not until April 1, 2004; qualified tobacco bars.