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"Regarding a bill in Oregon to preempt local smokefree bar ordinances, McCallum stated that he was happy with the bill, and that the association "has really been battling local ordinances month in and month out for four years." McCallum compared the legislation to that enacted by California in 1995. When asked about the health of employees in bars, McCallum stated, "People have a choice as to whether they want to work in establishments that allow smoking. Those people have plenty of other choices [of employers] if they are offended by [smoking]. In fact, this law ensures that they have lots of other choices."

Michael McCallum
Chief Executive, Oregon Restaurant Association

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Maine's workplaces, restaurants and bars are 100% smokefree. Restaurants and bars are smokefree as of January 1, 2004, and all non-hospitality workplaces went smokefree on September 12, 2009. Read Maine's 100% smokefree laws.

Maine has also expanded smokefree protections to a number of additional venues. Outdoor dining areas of restaurants and bars are smokefree as of July 2009, as are beaches, playgrounds and other gathering areas of state parks as of May 2009. Also, smoking is prohibited in vehicles when children under the age of 16 are present as of September 1, 2008. In addition, all of Maine's public housing authorities have adopted smokefree policies for their buildings.

Maine law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Maine.

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

Maine's 2018 Legislative Session: January 2 - April 18


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