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"Any Federal or State regulation of tobacco products should contain unambiguous non-preemption provisions, expressly clarifying that higher standards of public health protection imposed by State and Local governments are preserved."

Congressional Advisory Committee on Tobacco Policy And Public Health (Co-Chairs: C. Everett Koop, M.D. and David A. Kessler, M.D.), Final Report, July 1997

Virginia

On December 1, 2009, a weak law went into effect that restricts smoking in restaurants. The law allows smoking in restaurants in ventilated smoking rooms, and still exempts most other workplaces and public places. Virginia law still preempts all local ability to address smokefree air issues.

To learn more about the law, visit the Virginia Department of Health.

Virginia law states, "Ordinances adopted after January 1, 1990, shall not contain provisions or standards which exceed those established in this chapter." Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Virginia.

For more information on smokefree efforts in Virginia, visit Smoke Free Virginia Now.

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

Virginia's 2018 Legislative Session: January 10 - March 11


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