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Voters Deliver Several Victories For Lung Health

October 29, 2017

The American Lung Association congratulates voters in South Dakota for delivering a big victory for lung health by overwhelmingly approving a law (61.7% to 35.3%) prohibiting smoking in all restaurants, bars and gaming establishments. The law had been approved by the legislature and signed into law back in March 2009, but was sent to the ballot by opponents of the law. Secondhand smoke affects everyone equally, and this bi-partisan decision by voters reflects that.

Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia have passed comprehensive laws prohibiting smoking in most workplaces, including restaurants and bars, and met the American Lung Association's Smokefree Air Challenge. A map of those states, which tracks progress over time is available here.

The American Lung Association also applauds two cities in Missouri - Jefferson City and Fulton - as well as Devils Lake, North Dakota where ballot measures were also approved protecting workers in public places and workplaces from secondhand smoke. Jefferson City is the state capital of Missouri making it a key victory as the state works towards a comprehensive smokefree workplace law.

American Lung Association