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"Any Federal or State regulation of tobacco products should contain unambiguous non-preemption provisions, expressly clarifying that higher standards of public health protection imposed by State and Local governments are preserved."

Congressional Advisory Committee on Tobacco Policy And Public Health (Co-Chairs: C. Everett Koop, M.D. and David A. Kessler, M.D.), Final Report, July 1997

Oklahoma

Oklahoma law expressly preempts any local regulation of smoking in public places. Oklahoma residents want to restore local control to their communities, and efforts are underway to increase support for restoring local control. Visit SmokefreeOklahoma to learn about restoring local control and how to support all Oklahomans' right to breathe smokefree air.

Oklahoma state law currently prohibits smoking in some indoor workplaces, with exceptions for private offices, separately ventilated smoking rooms, and owner-occupied workplaces not open to the public. Restaurants may have smoking and nonsmoking sections, if they have separately ventilated smoking rooms. Bars, bingo parlors, and retail tobacco stores are exempt from any smoking regulations. To learn about the smokefree law, visit BreatheEasyOK.

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Oklahoma.

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

Oklahoma's 2016 Legislative Session: February 1 - May 27

 


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