Thursday, April 21, 2011

No-smoking laws: Most U.S. states could have them by 2020 - Health Key

No-smoking rules will be everywhere by 2020, predicts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if the rate of new laws banning smoking in restaurants, bars and private worksites continues. 

Already, 25 states and the District of Columbia have bans in those locations, up from zero states in 2000. So in the next 10 years, the other half of the country seems likely to join them. But maybe not the South.

The CDC writes in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

“Regional disparities remain in policy adoption, with no southern state having adopted a smoke-free law that prohibits smoking in all three venues.”

Some Southern states are close—Florida and Louisiana have restrictions in worksites and restaurants but not bars. And North Carolina has bans in restaurants and bars but not worksites.

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