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Smokefree Hotels Are Most Popular
Posted on November 8, 2017
According to the latest report from the American Hotel and Lodging Association, a trade group, the share of hotel rooms that are non-smoking has steadily risen from 74% to 97% over the last decade. And the proportion of hotels that only offer non-smoking rooms has jumped from 38% in 2008 to 85% last year.

ANR Foundation Smokefree Lists and Maps
Posted on: October 2, 2017
The ANR Foundation is pleased to announce our most recent quarterly update to the lists and maps of U.S. municipalities and states with smokefree laws now in effect. Please share widely and let us know how these data, lists, and maps help you! #smokefreefacts

Baton Rouge Becomes Louisiana's 13th Smokefree City!
Posted on August 11, 2017
Congratulations to the Smokefree EBR coalition and the Baton Rouge Metro Council members! By a vote of 7-5, the council approved a measure on August 9 making bars and casinos 100% smokefree by June 1, 2018; the law also prohibits the use of electronic smoking devices in smokefree environments.

Health Groups Applaud East Baton Rouge Metro Council for Guaranteeing Right to Breathe Clean Air for All
Posted on August 10, 2017
East Baton Rouge Parish joined a growing list of the world's great cities today when the Metropolitan Council voted 7-5 for a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance guaranteeing workers throughout East Baton Rouge Parish the right to breathe clean air.

Pleasanton, Calif., Council eyes new smoking restrictions for apartment complexes next year
Posted on June 21, 2017
Apartments around Pleasanton are on track to face more stringent smoking rules after the City Council gave initial support to an ordinance establishing the new restrictions.

IU study: Smokefree ordinance led to 25 percent drop in heart attacks in Indy
Posted on June 1, 2017
Indianapolis saw a 25 percent decrease in the monthly number of hospital admissions for acute heart attacks in the years after the city passed a smoke-free ordinance, according to an Indiana University study released Thursday.

ANR Signs Letter from 51 Health Groups to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price Award
Posted on May 18, 2017
ANR and other groups expressed concern that the administration appears to be taking steps to reconsider the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "deeming rule" extending the agency's regulatory jurisdiction to electronic cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products not previously regulated and is delaying implementation of important provisions of the rule, to the detriment of public health.

Texas Wins Americans for Nonsmokers'Rights Smokefree Indoor Air Challenge Award
Posted on March 29, 2017
On Monday, March 20, 2016, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR) announced that Texas was the recipient of its top public health award - its Smokefree Indoor Air Challenge. In 2016, Texas communities enacted the greatest number of local smokefree workplace protections of any U.S. state.

ANR congratulates Salt Lake City Officials for Smokefree Airport
Posted on February 17, 2017
Passengers and workers in Salt Lake City International Airport can breathe easier now that the airport has implemented a 100% smokefree indoor air policy.

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights Statement on Implementation of HUD Smokefree Rule
Posted on February 3, 2017
On February 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) smokefree public housing rule goes into effect. While more than 670 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in 44 states already have a strong smokefree policy, those that don’t now have18 months to implement a policy requires all indoor areas of public housing properties be smokefree, as well as within 25 feet of buildings.

Nearly 100 Conclusions on the Health Effects of Marijuana and Cannabis-Derived Products Presented in New Report
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a rigorous review of scientific research published since 1999 about what is known about the health impacts of cannabis and cannabis-derived products - such as marijuana and active chemical compounds known as cannabinoids - ranging from their therapeutic effects to their risks for causing certain cancers, diseases, mental health disorders, and injuries.

ANR Congratulates CalPERS on Tobacco Divestment Policy
Posted on December 20, 2016
Read ANR's press release.

Secondhand emissions from electronic smoking devices are not harmless
Posted on December 8, 2016
Read ANR's press release on "E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General".

E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General
Posted on December 8, 2016
On December 8, 2016, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy is releasing a report titled "E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General" at a press conference in Washington, D.C. You can view this event live at 9:30am via Webcast at: If you cannot watch this event live, it will be archived on the HHS YouTube channel.

ANR Applauds HUD's Landmark Rule to Ensure All Public Housing Residents Can Breathe Smokefree Air; Rule Falls Short by Ignoring E-Cigarettes
Posted on November 30, 2016
On November 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a rule to require Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to implement a smokefree policy for all public housing properties.

Historic RICO Case Against Tobacco Companies Hits Milestone: Ten Years Later, Little Has Changed for the Industry
Statement by Cynthia Hallett, MPH, President and CEO
Posted on August 17, 2016
Ten years ago today, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ruled that the major cigarette companies had formed an illegal "enterprise" to defraud the American people, in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

Protecting our Nation's Health: Progress and Missed Opportunities for Smokefree Environments
Posted on June 24, 2016
A new report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) underscores the need for states to close the gaps in smokefree workplace protections.

State and Local Comprehensive Smoke-Free Laws for Worksites, Restaurants, and Bars - United States, 2015
Posted on June 23, 2016
A new report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) underscores the need for states to close the gaps in smokefree workplace protections.

ANR Celebrates Strengthening of California’s Smokefree Workplace Law
Posted on May 9, 2016
On May 4, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law an historic package of tobacco control bills that will reduce the burden of death and disease caused by tobacco use and exposure around the state.

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) Applauds Implementation of DOT Rule Prohibiting Use of Electronic Smoking Devices Onboard Aircraft
Posted on April 4, 2016
Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) applauds today’s implementation of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Rule to prohibit the use of electronic smoking devices on domestic commercial aircraft and for all flights to and from the United States.

U.S. Department of Transportation Explicitly Bans the Use of Electronic Cigarettes on Commercial Flights
Posted on March 2, 2016
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a final rule that explicitly bans the use of electronic cigarettes on commercial flights.

Going Smokefree Matters - Casinos Infographic
Posted on February 8, 2016
The CDC has posted a new infographic about secondhand smoke in casinos.

Smokefree laws may be more effective than raising taxes
Posted on January 5, 2016
New research shows raising taxes on cigarettes and banning smoking in public places are both effective at discouraging smoking, but bans keep more people from developing heavier habits -- leading to less smoking overall.

Public Housing Nationwide May Go Smokefree
Posted on November 12, 2015
Smoking would be prohibited in public housing homes nationwide under a proposed federal rule announced on Thursday, a move that would affect nearly one million households and open the latest front in the long-running campaign to curb unwanted exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.

Casper, Wyoming, voters approve smokefree ordinance
Posted on November 4, 2015
Voters decided the City of Casper will return to a comprehensive smoking ban in public buildings, according to unofficial results of the referendum reported by the Natrona County Clerk’s Office on Tuesday.

Louisiana Casinos Up 12.8% To $206.1m In September
Posted on October 27, 2015
The Louisiana State Police have released their casino results for September, revealing an impressive 12.8% increase in revenues to $206.1 million, compared to the $182.8 million reported for the same month in 2014.

STUDY: 78% approve of New Orleans smokefree law
Posted on October 21, 2015
A new poll released today finds that New Orleans voters overwhelmingly approve of the law prohibiting smoking inside all workplaces, including bars and casinos, after six months in effect.

Florida Apartment Association Partners with Tobacco Free Florida to Offer Smoke-Free Multifamily Housing Program
Posted on: October 15, 2015
The Florida Apartment Association (FAA) has partnered with the Florida Department of Health and its Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida to help apartment communities meet a growing demand for smoke-free apartment communities, through the FAA Smoke-Free Multifamily Housing Program.

SWAC petition calls for tobacco-free campus
Posted on September 24
The Student Wellness Advisory Council (SWAC) is circulating a petition to make Occidental’s campus smoke-free in an effort to improve the health of the community.

Casper, Wyoming, bars again smoke-free after council vote
Posted on September 10
Under a technicality in state law that left city leaders with no other choice, the City Council here Tuesday voted unanimously to suspend the section of the city's smoking ordinance that allows people to light up in bars.

Eastern Michigan University goes tobacco-free
Posted on September 2
Eastern Michigan University adopted a tobacco-free campus policy July 1, banning all tobacco products across campus.

Should airports snuff out smoking rooms?
Posted on September 2
But if non-smokers’ rights advocates and the country’s top public health advocate get their wish, airport smoking rooms will be snuffed out.