"When you have 95,000 local units of government in this country, and you have a finite amount of resources, then the smart thing to do is to try to limit the potential for mischief [i.e. seek preemption]."Walker Merryman
Arizona implemented its 100% smokefree law on May 1, 2007, which brought smokefree air to all Arizona's indoor workplaces and public places, including restaurants and bars. Click here for more information about Arizona's statewide smokefree law, including answers to frequently asked questions. Read Arizona's 100% smokefree law.
In November 2006, Arizona voters approved Proposition 201 by 54.2% of the vote to implement a strong smokefree indoor air law, despite more than eight million dollars of tobacco industry money spent in opposition. More than 57% of Arizona voters defeated Proposition 206, a weak counter-initiative sponsored by the tobacco industry.
The Smoke-Free Arizona Act does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Local municipalities in Arizona are allowed to pass stronger smokefree measures to include areas not currently covered by state law. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Arizona.
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Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.
Arizona's 2017 Legislative Session: January 19 - April 17 (est.)
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