"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
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
- 1/31/2019HB5139—(tobacco bar exemption)—An Act concerning tobacco bars
- 2/1/2019HB6512—(marijuana and housing)—An Act Permitting A Landlord to Prohibit a Person from Smoking Marijuana in the Landlord's Rental Unit
- 2/1/2019SB627—(behavioral health facilities)—An Act Prohibiting Smoking At Certain Private, Nonprofit Behavioral Health Facilities
- 2/1/2019SB752—(state beaches)—An Act Concerning Smoking and Vaping on Beaches in State Parks—Referred to Office of Legislative Research
- 7/31/2019States Are Thwarting Cities' Attempts to Govern Themselves
- 4/29/2019In Washington, Juul Vows to Curb Youth Vaping. Its Lobbying in States Runs Counter to That Pledge.
- 10/13/2017State lawmakers choose winners and losers through preemption
- 7/6/2017Blue Cities Want to Make Their Own Rules. Red States Won't Let Them.
- 5/10/2017The Threat of Super-Preemption
- 3/6/2017Preemption Prevents Innovation
- 2/21/2017City Rights in an Era of Preemption: A State-by-State Analysis
- 2/2/2017Red State, Blue City
- 1/5/2017GOP aims to rein in liberal cities
- 9/9/2016How ALEC, ACCE, and Preemption Laws are Gutting the Powers of American Cities
- 8/22/2016Blue Cities, Red States
- 6/28/2016Colorado Preemptions of Local Government: The Need for the Colorado Community Rights Amendment
- 6/23/2016State and Local Comprehensive Smoke-Free Laws for Worksites, Restaurants, and Bars--United States, 2015
- 4/6/2016From Fracking Bans To Paid Sick Leave: How States Are Overruling Local Laws
- 4/1/2016Growing Southern cities are increasingly targets of state pre-emption
- 3/25/2016Beyond North Carolina's LGBT Battle: States' War on Cities
- 2/4/2016Corporate Interests Take Aim at Local Democracy
- 10/1/2015Connecticut e-cigarette restriction laws start today
- 8/6/2015Blowing the Whistle on ALEC's Little Brother ACCE
- 7/7/2015Four Ways ALEC Tried to Ruin Your State this Year
- 5/17/2015Say no: States increasingly blocking cities and counties from imposing mandates on businesses
- 5/8/2015State lawmakers hate federal meddling even as they preempt local government
- 3/30/2015The ALEC-Backed War on Local Democracy
- 2/23/2015Govern Yourselves, State Lawmakers Tell Cities, but Not Too Much
- 10/23/2010Smoking Ban: Seven Years Later, Dramatic Changes in Fairfield County Bars
- 5/6/2010Time runs out on 2 Conn. smoking ban bills
- 4/23/2010State Senate would restrict smoking
- 2/5/2010State Preemption of Local Smoke-Free Laws in Government Work Sites, Private Work Sites, and Restaurants United States, 2005-2009
- 8/14/2009Hookah lounge owner fumes awaiting state review
- 4/21/2009Despite Threats, Casino Smoking Ban Advances
- 2/28/2009Casino smoking bill seen lacking
- 1/8/2009Mohegan Sun smoking issue on the agenda for state, tribe
- 5/7/2008House Snuffs Out Proposal To Ban Smoking At Casinos
- 5/3/2008Casino smoking ban passes Senate
- 5/1/2008Senate vote on casino smoking ban could come today
- 4/8/2008Mohegans Won't Negotiate Smoking Limits Unless Bill Dies
- 3/15/2008Proposal To Ban Casino Smoking Is Being Retooled
- 2/29/2008Casino Dealers Want Tobacco Ban
- 2/26/2008Legislator seeks partial smoking ban in Conn. casinos
- 2/26/2008Legislature Considers Smoke-Free Casinos
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