"We could never win at the local level... So the Tobacco Institute and tobacco companies' first priority has always been to preempt the field, preferably to put it all on a federal level, but if they can't do that, at least on the state level."Victor L. Crawford
West Virginia is perennially successful at defeating attempts to enact preemptive legislation. West Virginia communities have consistently taken advantage of their right to local control by adopting smokefree laws to protect the health of their workers and residents from secondhand smoke in workplaces. More than 80% of West Virginians live in a county with a 100% smokefree workplace law. However, less than 40% of residents live in counties with smokefree restaurants and less than 15% of residents live in counties with smokefree bar laws. All workers in West Virginia deserve to breathe clean air because secondhand smoke exposure can cause of serious disease and death in every smoke-filled worksite, including bars and restaurants.
To learn more about WV smokefree efforts, visit The Smoke-free Initiative of West Virginia.
West Virginia law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in West Virginia.
Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.
West Virginia's 2018 Legislative Session: January 10 - March 11
- 1/12/2018HB2095—(preemption, boards of health)—A bill relating to the rule-making authority of local boards of health—Session Adjourned
- 1/26/2018HB4043—(preemption; boards of health)—A bill relating to requiring national accreditation of local health departments—Session Adjourned
- 1/19/2018HB4171—(vehicles with minors)—A bill relating to prohibiting smoking of tobacco products in a motor vehicle—Session Adjourned
- 1/19/2018HB4177—(vehicles with minors)—A bill relating to prohibiting smoking of tobacco products in a motor vehicle—Session Adjourned
- 2/23/2018SB534—(schools)—A bill relating generally to tobacco usage and e-cigarette restrictions—Passed Senate; Session Adjourned
- 1/12/2018SB61—(vehicles with minors)—A bill relating to prohibiting smoking of tobacco products in a motor vehicle—Session Adjourned
- 1/12/2018SB80—(preemption; boards of health)—A bill relating to powers and duties of local boards of health—Session Adjourned
- 4/13/2018Preemption Watch Bill Tracking Summary
- 2/23/2016Oppose Big Tobacco's SB 666 in WV
- 2/4/2011What's happening in the U.S. Territories and Commonwealths?
- 10/13/2017State lawmakers choose winners and losers through preemption
- 7/6/2017Blue Cities Want to Make Their Own Rules. Red States Won't Let Them.
- 5/10/2017The Threat of Super-Preemption
- 3/6/2017Preemption Prevents Innovation
- 2/21/2017City Rights in an Era of Preemption: A State-by-State Analysis
- 2/2/2017Red State, Blue City
- 1/9/2017Brooke, WV lawsuit claims smoking ban exceeds Health Department powers
- 1/5/2017GOP aims to rein in liberal cities
- 9/9/2016How ALEC, ACCE, and Preemption Laws are Gutting the Powers of American Cities
- 8/22/2016Blue Cities, Red States
- 6/28/2016Colorado Preemptions of Local Government: The Need for the Colorado Community Rights Amendment
- 6/23/2016State and Local Comprehensive Smoke-Free Laws for Worksites, Restaurants, and Bars--United States, 2015
- 6/13/2016WV House OKs tobacco tax hike to balance budget
- 4/6/2016From Fracking Bans To Paid Sick Leave: How States Are Overruling Local Laws
- 4/1/2016Growing Southern cities are increasingly targets of state pre-emption
- 3/25/2016Beyond North Carolina's LGBT Battle: States' War on Cities
- 2/23/2016Bill to cripple local health department powers defeated in committee
- 2/4/2016Corporate Interests Take Aim at Local Democracy
- 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
- 5/8/2015State lawmakers hate federal meddling even as they preempt local government
- 3/30/2015The ALEC-Backed War on Local Democracy
- 2/23/2015Govern Yourselves, State Lawmakers Tell Cities, but Not Too Much
- 2/20/2015Bill on Local Smoking Restrictions is Rejected in the House
- 2/20/2015GOP bills would exempt W.Va. casinos, slot parlors from smoking bans
- 1/28/2015Bill seeks to snuff out smoking bans
- 4/14/2014Smoking ordinance study planned
- 2/1/2012Statewide Smoking Ban?
- 2/7/2011Bill in legislature looks to end smoking in public places
- 2/17/2010Bill could put smoking ban in jeopardy
- 2/5/2010State Preemption of Local Smoke-Free Laws in Government Work Sites, Private Work Sites, and Restaurants United States, 2005-2009
- 1/27/2010Statewide smoking ban bill introduced
- 3/16/2009Smoking bans and smoking politics
- 10/15/2008Delegates seek accountability concerning smoking bans
- 1/14/2008Senators Introduce Bill To Make W.Va. Smoke-Free
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