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"The anti-smoking movement has become more sophisticated in its efforts to enact bans and restrictions on smoking.... They have adopted a 'Pac-man' strategy where they attempt to gobble up one community at a time.... The 'Pac-man' strategy makes sense for the antis because it is easier for a group of extremists to have an impact on the local level than in larger jurisdictions.... The solution to 'Pac-man' is statewide pre-emption."

Tina Walls
Philip Morris

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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