Resources for News Organizations & Journalists
Staff members are available to speak to the media regarding smokefree air policy issues, current campaigns, future trends, and existing laws. Our staff can also provide information on electronic cigarette vapor, marijuana secondhand smoke, smoking in multi-unit housing, and provide insights into industry opposition tactics including preemption, along with a variety of other issues. We can also help put you in contact with policymakers, representatives from the hospitality industry, and experts on a variety of secondhand smoke-related topics. Please visit our Lists & Maps page for information regarding the number and type of smokefree laws and policies in the U.S.
To get in touch, please call our office at 510-841-3032. Our receptionist hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Please let us know if you are on a deadline!
of current U.S. workers are still exposed to secondhand smoke on the job
municipalities in the U.S. have 100% smokefree ordinances
of the U.S. population is protected by a smokefree restaurant and bar law
years of experience in helping to promote knowledge about smokefree air
Overview – Number of Smokefree and Other Tobacco-Related Laws
As of April 1, 2020, a total of 5,162 cities, counties, and states in the United States regulate where one or more of the
following is permitted: smoking or vaping tobacco, nicotine, or marijuana.
Municipalities with Local 100% Smokefree Laws
Our table of smokefree municipal laws currently in effect as of April 1, 2020 includes information on whether an ordinance applies to workplaces and/or restaurants and/or bars.
Summary of U.S. Population Protected by 100% Smokefree Laws
Get information on the percentage of the U.S. population covered by 100% smokefree laws, with data broken out by state, district, territory, and commonwealth.
Meetings & Events
American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation staff give presentations throughout the country on a variety of smokefree topics, and are available for speaking engagements at your event. Depending on availability and need, our technical assistance experts can design and conduct presentations for conferences and meetings in your state.
Topic areas may include:
Secondhand Tobacco & Marijuana Smoke
Benefits of Smokefree Environments
Preemption of Smokefree Laws
Strategic Planning & Message Development
Campaign Activities & Policy Implementation
Tobacco-Free College Policies
Tobacco Industry Interference
Contact us at 510-841-3032 for more information about conducting a presentation in your community. Please note that we have limited funds for travel and materials, and may require cost sharing.
Our Background & Mission
The American Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) Foundation is a 501(c)3, educational nonprofit organization, which creates comprehensive programs to prevent the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and smoking among youth and adults.
Founded in 1984, the organization has more than 30 years experience promoting prevention and education about smoking, secondhand smoke, and exposing tobacco industry interference with public health policies. Our goals include educating the public about the health effects of secondhand smoke and the benefits of smokefree environments.
Ultimately, our efforts are intended to create a smokefree generation of Americans that rejects tobacco use and is savvy to tobacco industry tactics.