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"The immediate implications for our business are clear: if our consumers have fewer opportunities to enjoy our products, they will use them less frequently and the result will be an adverse impact on our bottom line. Even more important, accommodation / preemption laws shape the real-world environment in which our customers and their non-smoking friends and associates live every day. If smokers are banished to doorways and loading docks in front of buildings, it makes smokers feel like outcasts and gives encouragement to the antis. On the other hand, if we live in a society that accommodates smokers and non-smokers alike, it sends the message that smoking is a viable life-style choice and an adult's decision to use a legal product should be respected."

Tina Walls
Philip Morris (PM)

Maryland

All of Maryland's enclosed workplaces, including restaurants, bars, and private clubs, are 100% smokefree as of February 1, 2008. Maryland's statewide smokefree victory followed years of hard work to enact strong local smokefree laws that covered 50% of Maryland's population, including laws in Montgomery County, Howard County, Prince George's County, Takoma Park, Kensington, Baltimore and Rockville. Read Maryland's smokefree law.

For more information about the smokefree law or to file a complaint, call the Clean Indoor Air Act Help Line at 1-866-703-3266 or visit the Maryland Department of Health.

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

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

Maryland's 2016 Legislative Session: January 13 - April 11


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