Opposition Legal Arguments

While the tobacco industry loves to tie up smokefree ordinances in court, they usually lose. Nonetheless, it's crucial that you familiarize yourself with the types of claims that they make, so that you can educate your coalition, the media, and your elected officials on the arguments that they can expect to hear.

If you find your smokefree ordinance being challenged in court, it's most important not to panic. You are not alone. Keep in mind that courts consistently uphold smokefree ordinances. City and county attorneys are becoming increasingly adept at defending ordinances, and there are lots of legal resources around the country to help you prepare to defend your ordinance.