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"You can't sue every place every time... or even send people to challenge every proposal every place anymore."

Thomas Lauria
Tobacco Institute

New Hampshire

New Hampshire restaurants and bars are smokefree

All New Hampshire restaurants and bars are 100% smokefree as of September 17, 2007. This law was an important step forwards to protect many New Hampshire workers who remain exposed to secondhand smoke on the job. Unfortunately, the law did not address the existing smokefree regulations for non-hospitality workplaces, which can permit enclosed smoking areas, and the bill did not restore local control. Read more about New Hampshire's 100% smokefree law.

For information, call (603) 271-6891 or visit the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program.
To report a violation,
call (800) 852-3345 x 8949 or fill out an online form.
For cessation help, visit the New Hampshire Tobacco Helpline.

New Hampshire preempts local governments from enacting smokefree regulations. In 2003, the New Hampshire Supreme Court determined that the state indoor smoking law constitutes a comprehensive and detailed statutory scheme that has no statutory provision permitting additional municipal regulation of smoking in restaurants. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in New Hampshire.

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

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