When effectively implemented, smoke-free laws go into effect smoothly, are popular with the public, protect the health of workers and customers, and cause no economic hardship for restaurants, bars or other businesses.

Overview

Today, we have more than 20 years of experience implementing smoke-free laws and compelling evidence that smoke-free laws are good for health and business.

This Web site is a clearinghouse of tools, tips and resources to help you effectively implement your smoke-free law.  Here you’ll find:

 

Start with the Implementation Timeline

Our implementation timeline suggests a number of activities that together represent an ideal smoke-free education campaign.  In the real world, smoke-free advocates and the public health community often have less time to prepare or may lack the resources to undertake all of these efforts.

That’s OK

The critical lesson is to catch up, and do WHATEVER YOU CAN, within the limits of time and budget, to educate the public, the media, and businesses before and during the new law’s implementation. 

As long as you take advantage of the time you do have, experience suggests that you can successfully and smoothly implement your smoke-free law. 

 

Education and Evaluation Are Critical

Educating the public, the media and business community about a new smoke-free law is essential to success.

In addition, the public health community should evaluate and publicize the impact of a new smoke-free law on public opinion, indoor air quality, compliance, employee health (i.e., respiratory infections), business, and smoking cessation. 

Through effective evaluation, you can:

Effective education and evaluation activities support compliance, ensure continued support for the law and lay the groundwork for closing any remaining loopholes in the law later on.  Our timeline includes suggestions for monitoring and publicizing the implementation of a new smoke-free law.

 

What to expect during implementation