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No Preemption


"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

District of Columbia

All workplaces, restaurants, and bars in Washington, D.C. are 100% smokefree. Workplaces went smokefree on April 3, 2006, and restaurants and bars went smokefree on January 1, 2007. Read Washington, D.C.'s smokefree law.

In Fall 2013, the Washington DC Council enacted a law that prohibits smoking within 25 feet of city parks and playgrounds, and at bus stops.

For more information on the law, visit SmokefreeDC.
To report a violation, fill out an online form or call (202) 671-5000.

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in District of Columbia.

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

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