Protect Local Control

Ensuring Community Rights
To Pass Smokefree Ordinances

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No Preemption


"Any state-level tobacco control legislation should contain language expressly allowing local government authority to take stronger measures if necessary. Local control should be viewed as a public health tool to be protected and encouraged."

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Actions Speak Louder than Words, 1996


As of October 1, 2009, Montana's workplaces, restaurants, bars, and casinos are 100% smokefree. Most workplaces and restaurants went 100% smokefree in October 2005 under state law. Bars and casinos had a four year implementation delay until 2009, but are now required to be 100% smokefree too.

Some casinos built smoking structures, claiming a 4 inch slit rendered them outdoor smoking areas, but the Montana Supreme Court ruled in February 2015 that the structures are actually encloses places of work and must be covered by the smokefree law.

In addition, local cities and counties were once prohibited from passing local laws, but are now able to pass local smokefree laws that are stronger than state law. Read Montana's 100% smokefree law.

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To file a complaint about a violation, fill out an online form.

Signage can be acquired by calling 1-866-787-5274.

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Montana.

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

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