The good news and the bad news in smokefree policy so far in 2021.

Thumbs Up –  Bridgestone Arena, home to the Nashville Predators and a major music and event venue, will be a 100% smokefree property just in time for the 2021 NHL season.

Thumbs UpHancock County West Virginia Board of Health for implementing a county level COVID guideline requiring gaming venues to be 100% smokefree indoors. This includes all establishments hosting limited video lottery and the Mountaineer Casino, which previously lobbied and litigated to roll back the County’s smokefree workplace regulation.

Thumbs Down – Trump Administration EPA for implementing guidelines suggested by the tobacco industry to undermine science as part of rule making.

Thumbs UpWestin Hotels and Marriott International on the 15th anniversary of their brand-wide and portfolio-wide smokefree policies that helped change the industry norm.

Thumbs DownMississippi prisons for re-allowing smoking during a pandemic, undermining health and safety for inmates and staff, and reversing a 10-year old smokefree policy.

Thumbs UpDesert Diamond Casinos (Tohono O’odham Nation) for implementing smokefree indoor air policies at all four of their sovereign Arizona casinos.