Ending the Tobacco Problem - Resources for Local Action
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Smoke-Free Communities

Smoke-Free Beaches and Parks
Smoking bans in outdoor places can be controversial, and few states or communities have tried to implement such bans. One U.S. city took action to ban smoking on its beaches. 


Smoke-Free Homes and Vehicles

Clean air rules in homes and cars can have several long lasting benefits including protecting children from exposure to highly toxic substances, helping parents to stop smoking, and reducing the rate of smoking initiation among teenagers. Read more about one community’s efforts to ban smoking in vehicles.


Smoke-Free Multiunit Housing
Secondhand smoke in apartment and condominium buildings is a clear health hazard, but there are steps that can be taken to eliminate this problem. Making multiunit apartment and condominium buildings smoke-free is completely legal and economically advantageous. 


Smoke-Free Prisons
Making correctional facilities smoke-free is not only feasible, but it is very important for the health of the prisoners and the staff who work in the prisons. Learn about a community’s collaborative efforts to ban smoking in one state’s prisons.


Smoking Bans in Bars, Casinos, and Gaming Clubs
Workplace smoking bans are becoming more common. Learn about how the state of California adopted its smoking ban in bars, casinos, and gaming clubs.

Smoke-Free College Campuses
More than 500 colleges and universities around the country currently ban smoking in some fashion. Learn about one college’s success at achieving a smoke-free campus.


Smoke-Free Health Care Facilities

Even though health care facilities seem an obvious place to ban smoking, smoke-free policies in health care settings are not always well-regulated. One successful example is a Seattle hospital that achieved a complete ban on smoking.