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"The anti-smoking movement has become more sophisticated in its efforts to enact bans and restrictions on smoking.... They have adopted a 'Pac-man' strategy where they attempt to gobble up one community at a time.... The 'Pac-man' strategy makes sense for the antis because it is easier for a group of extremists to have an impact on the local level than in larger jurisdictions.... The solution to 'Pac-man' is statewide pre-emption."

Tina Walls
Philip Morris

Iowa

All of Iowa's non-hospitality workplaces, restaurants, and bars are 100% smokefree as of July 1, 2008. The law exempts the gaming floors and wagering areas of casinos, but this law is a very significant protection for the health of Iowans. Additionally, the law does not contain explicit preemption. Read Iowa's 100% smokefree law.

To learn more, visit Iowa Smokefree Air.
To report a violation, fill out this online form.

Iowa no longer preempts local control of smokefree laws. The 2008 Smokefree Air Act does not include preemptive language. Before the enactment of the 2008 law, local governments were preempted from enacting clean indoor air regulations which are inconsistent with or conflict with the provisions of Iowa Code 142B, the 1990 Iowa Clean Indoor Air Act, due to a 2003 Iowa Supreme Court ruling.

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Iowa.

Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.

Iowa's 2018 Legislative Session: January 8 - April 18


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