Protect Local Control

Ensuring Community Rights
To Pass Smokefree Ordinances

State Status

Any Preemption

Legislative Summary

SB298 - (workplaces, restaurants and bars; preemption repeal) - A bill relating to the Virginia Smoke Free Air Act - Defeated in Senate ABC/Gaming Subcommittee

This bill makes all workplaces and public places smokefree, including restaurants and bars. This bill also includes an explicit anti-preemption clause that will restore local control in Virginia.

  • Preemptive Action


  • Anti-Preemptive Clause


EXEMPTIONS: Smoking is allowed in private residences except when used as a licensed child/adult/health care facility; private clubs when not open to the public, 20% hotel/motel rooms, specialty tobacco stores; tobacco manufacturers; and private and semiprivate rooms in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

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