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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

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 2016 Legislative Session: January 6 - April 20


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