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"Any state-level tobacco control legislation should contain language expressly allowing local government authority to take stronger measures if necessary. Local control should be viewed as a public health tool to be protected and encouraged."

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Actions Speak Louder than Words, 1996

Maine

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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