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"Regarding a bill in Oregon to preempt local smokefree bar ordinances, McCallum stated that he was happy with the bill, and that the association "has really been battling local ordinances month in and month out for four years." McCallum compared the legislation to that enacted by California in 1995. When asked about the health of employees in bars, McCallum stated, "People have a choice as to whether they want to work in establishments that allow smoking. Those people have plenty of other choices [of employers] if they are offended by [smoking]. In fact, this law ensures that they have lots of other choices."

Michael McCallum
Chief Executive, Oregon Restaurant Association

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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