"The tobacco industry clearly recognizes preemption as their best tactic against tobacco control. We know this through their behavior and through recently leaked internal documents... The only answer is NO PREEMPTION, ever. There's never a benefit to the public from preemption, and there's always a cost."Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
UPDATE, Winter 1992
All workplaces, restaurants, taverns and private clubs in Utah are 100% smokefree. Restaurants went smokefree in January 1995. The Utah Indoor Clean Air Act was strengthened in 2006, which extended smokefree provisions to all non-hospitality workplaces and day-care centers on May 1, 2006, and to private clubs and taverns on January 1, 2009 after an unfortunately long phase-in period.
Utah state law still "supersedes any ordinance enacted by a governing body of a political subdivision that restricts smoking and that is not essentially identical to the provisions of this chapter." Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Utah.
Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.
Utah's 2018 Legislative Session: January 22 - March 9
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- 2/4/2016Corporate Interests Take Aim at Local Democracy
- 1/29/2016Bill advances to ban airport smoking rooms
- 1/18/2016Bill seeks to outlaw smoking in Salt Lake City airport
- 8/6/2015Blowing the Whistle on ALEC's Little Brother ACCE
- 7/7/2015Four Ways ALEC Tried to Ruin Your State this Year
- 5/17/2015Say no: States increasingly blocking cities and counties from imposing mandates on businesses
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- 2/23/2015Govern Yourselves, State Lawmakers Tell Cities, but Not Too Much
- 2/12/2013House OKs bill that bans smoking in cars with kids present
- 9/19/2012Lawmakers making another attempt at prohibiting smoking in cars with children
- 3/6/2012No exceptions
- 2/23/2012House passes ban on using e-cigarettes, hookahs in public
- 2/22/2012Bill to ban e-cigarettes, hookah smoking passes House
- 2/9/2012Utah House committee OKs hookah ban
- 1/23/2012Bill to ban e-cigarettte, hookah use in public places put on hold pending clarifications
- 9/13/2011Utah lawmakers: Smoking hookah OK in bars and clubs
- 8/29/2011Utah gives hookah the hook
- 3/3/2011Smoking-in-car-with-kids bill OK'd
- 2/1/2011Utah bill seeks to ban smoking in cars with kids
- 2/5/2010State Preemption of Local Smoke-Free Laws in Government Work Sites, Private Work Sites, and Restaurants United States, 2005-2009
- 1/1/2009Smoking no longer allowed at Utah bars
- 12/15/2008Health departments send toolkits to help taverns, private clubs transition to smoke-free
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