"When you have 95,000 local units of government in this country, and you have a finite amount of resources, then the smart thing to do is to try to limit the potential for mischief [i.e. seek preemption]."Walker Merryman
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 2017 Legislative Session: January 9 - March 9 (est.)
- 2/3/2017HB1400—(medical marijuana)—An Act to Amend the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016—Signed by Governor
- 3/10/2017HB1989—(medical marijuana)—An Act to Amend the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016—Died when Session Adjourned
- 2/10/2017SB285—(e-cigarette use)—An Act to Amend The Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act Of 2006 to Include Use of an Electronic Cigarette—Died when Session Adjourned
- 2/10/2017SB311—(weaken state law)—An Act to Amend The Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act Of 2006—Died when Session Adjourned
- 2/24/2017SB357—(medical marijuana)—An Act to Amend the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016—Failed on third reading—Session Adjourned
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- 7/22/2009Toughen smoking ban, urge activists
- 7/21/2009Group celebrates third anniversary of smoking ban
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