Protect Local Control

Ensuring Community Rights
To Pass Smokefree Ordinances
 

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Any Preemption

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"The anti-smoking movement has become more sophisticated in its efforts to enact bans and restrictions on smoking.... They have adopted a 'Pac-man' strategy where they attempt to gobble up one community at a time.... The 'Pac-man' strategy makes sense for the antis because it is easier for a group of extremists to have an impact on the local level than in larger jurisdictions.... The solution to 'Pac-man' is statewide pre-emption."

Tina Walls
Philip Morris

Connecticut

All of Connecticut's restaurants and bars, plus bowling allies, race tracks and off track betting establishments, are 100% smokefree. Unfortunately, smoking is permitted in separately ventilated smoking rooms in workplaces with 5 or more employees, and smaller workplaces with 4 or fewer employees may permit smoking. Read Connecticut's 100% smokefree law.

Connecticut law preempts local control of smokefree air, stating "The provisions of this section shall supersede and preempt the provisions of any municipal law or ordinance relative to smoking effective prior to, on, or after October 1, 1993." Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Connecticut.

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

Connecticut's 2018 Legislative Session: February 6 - May 6


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