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How State Preemption of Local Smokefree Air Laws Adversely Impacts Quitting

How preemption affects smokefree air laws

Fact Sheet
Good Governance
Tobacco Prevention

Comprehensive smokefree air laws can effectively reduce the burden of tobacco by prohibiting smoking in places like worksites, bars, restaurants, and playgrounds.

Unfortunately, some local jurisdictions lack the legal authority to enact such laws because of preemption. Preemption is the invalidation of one jurisdiction’s law by the law of a higher jurisdiction, and it can prevent local government from being able to address its community’s needs.

ChangeLab Solutions developed this short fact sheet to summarize new research on how preemption affects health behaviors and outcomes, and explains how preemption of local smokefree air laws is bad for public health.