"You can't sue every place every time... or even send people to challenge every proposal every place anymore."Thomas Lauria
New York's Clean Indoor Air Act created 100% smokefree workplaces, restaurants and bars as of July 24, 2003. The law includes limited exceptions for membership associations, cigar bars, and restaurants and bars when being used exclusively for functions for the primary purpose of promoting and sampling tobacco products. Read New York's 100% smokefree law.
New York law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in New York.
Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.
New York's 2018 Legislative Session: January 3 - TBD
There is now more proof that Big Tobacco continuously tries to undermine smokefree
air in New York. The New York State Lobby Commission reports that two
Brown & Williamson lobbyists actively worked to defeat the successful
2003 Clean Indoor Air Act. Click to view the Lobby Commission's reports
on Jeffery Hill and
The tobacco industry was also active in the 2004 legislative attempts to to weaken the Clean Indoor Air Act. Visit the Lobby Commission website and search for Bill Numbers "S6372" and "A11385" to view the tobacco industry and allied lobbyists who fought in favor of the bills that would have created exemptions for smoking in bars, bowling allies and pool halls that installed ventilation systems.
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