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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

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 2018 Legislative Session: February 5 - May 25

 


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