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"Advocate for local government legislative and regulatory autonomy to control tobacco. Support initiatives to repeal preemptive statutes or replace preemptive language in existing state legislation with specific non-preemptive language. Support the inclusion of specific anti-preemption language in all tobacco control legislation and oppose legislation containing any preemptive language. Expose legislative tactics that seek to rescind existing local tobacco control ordinances or invoke ‘super-preemption' of all local tobacco control legislation through language added to minor or unrelated bills."

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Policy Statement on Tobacco Use Prevention and Control, July 2000


As of October 1, 2009, Montana's workplaces, restaurants, bars, and casinos are 100% smokefree. Most workplaces and restaurants went 100% smokefree in October 2005 under state law. Bars and casinos had a four year implementation delay until 2009, but are now required to be 100% smokefree too.

Some casinos built smoking structures, claiming a 4 inch slit rendered them outdoor smoking areas, but the Montana Supreme Court ruled in February 2015 that the structures are actually encloses places of work and must be covered by the smokefree law.

In addition, local cities and counties were once prohibited from passing local laws, but are now able to pass local smokefree laws that are stronger than state law. Read Montana's 100% smokefree law.

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Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Montana.

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

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