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No Preemption

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"The American Public Health Association "(1) Opposes state and federal laws preempting local governments' ability and authority to enact their own more stringent restrictions on alcohol and tobacco availability; and (2) Supports local governments' home rule to sue their zoning, planning, and other local police powers to control alcohol and tobacco problems, including advertising and access."

American Public Health Association, Resolution 9410, 1994

Iowa

All of Iowa's non-hospitality workplaces, restaurants, and bars are 100% smokefree as of July 1, 2008. The law exempts the gaming floors and wagering areas of casinos, but this law is a very significant protection for the health of Iowans. Additionally, the law does not contain explicit preemption. Read Iowa's 100% smokefree law.

To learn more, visit Iowa Smokefree Air.
To report a violation, fill out this online form.

Iowa no longer preempts local control of smokefree laws. The 2008 Smokefree Air Act does not include preemptive language. Before the enactment of the 2008 law, local governments were preempted from enacting clean indoor air regulations which are inconsistent with or conflict with the provisions of Iowa Code 142B, the 1990 Iowa Clean Indoor Air Act, due to a 2003 Iowa Supreme Court ruling.

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Iowa.

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

Iowa's 2018 Legislative Session: January 8 - April 18


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