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"Local communities should continue to control smoking in public. State legislatures should assume responsibility for ensuring smoke-free areas. Any preemptive tobacco laws should be repealed by public demand."

American Medical Association
Journal of the American Medical Association, July 19, 1995

Virginia

On December 1, 2009, a weak law went into effect that restricts smoking in restaurants. The law allows smoking in restaurants in ventilated smoking rooms, and still exempts most other workplaces and public places. Virginia law still preempts all local ability to address smokefree air issues.

To learn more about the law, visit the Virginia Department of Health.

Virginia law states, "Ordinances adopted after January 1, 1990, shall not contain provisions or standards which exceed those established in this chapter." Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Virginia.

For more information on smokefree efforts in Virginia, visit Smoke Free Virginia Now.

Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.

Virginia's 2018 Legislative Session: January 10 - March 11


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