Protect Local Control

Ensuring Community Rights
To Pass Smokefree Ordinances

State Status

Any Preemption

Legislative Summary

SB1161 - (workplaces, restaurants and bars) - A Bill relating to the Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act - Failed

This bill repeals the prior Indoor Clean Air Act to create a new law that prohibits smoking in all indoor enclosed areas. The bill was amended to remove the provisions for smokefree restaurants and bars, to state that any restaurant may allow smoking if they post a sign.

  • Preemptive Action

    No (already preempted)

  • Anti-Preemptive Clause


EXEMPTIONS: Smoking is allowed in private homes/residences/automobiles and home-based businesses unless used as a child/adult/health care facility; indoor areas where private functions are being held; hotel/motel rooms; specialty tobacco stores; tobacco manufacturers; and private and semiprivate rooms in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Smoking is allowed in any restaurant.

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