"The American Lung Association/American Thoracic Society opposes all forms of preemption of state and local tobacco control authority. The ability of any government entity to enact tobacco control legislation is a cornerstone of an effective tobacco control policy. There is no trade-off worth the price of preempting a state or community's right to pass tobacco legislation."American Lung Association
Policy Principle on Tobacco, April 1999
The Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect on July 21, 2006. The law restricts smoking in workplaces, but allows smoking in non-public businesses with two or fewer employees, and in any restaurant or bar that prohibits people under age 21 at all times.
This law has significant flaws but it sets a strong floor, not a ceiling, for smokefree protections. It is a good step forward because it does not have provisions, such as smoking rooms, that would be barriers to future progress, and it has a strong anti-preemption clause that allows local communities to enact stronger laws. Read the Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act.
Arkansas also enacted laws for smokefree state university campuses (effective August 1, 2010) and for smokefree cars when children are present who are required to be in child safety seats.
Arkansas law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Arkansas.
Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.
Arkansas's 2018 Legislative Session: February 12 - March 14
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