CDC Predicts Nationwide Ban On Indoor Smoking By 2020

As of 2010, 26 states in the U.S. impose a comprehensive ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and the workplace. This number represents a dramatic increase from the beginning of the decade: in 2000, zero states enforced such a ban.

The CDC is optimistic about these figures. Based on the current pace of anti-smoking legislation, officials believe indoor smoking could be completely banned throughout the nation by 2020.


“It is by no means a foregone conclusion that we’ll get there by 2020,” said Dr. Tim McAfee, director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.

But the success of the smoking ban movement has been astounding, and seems to be accelerating, he added. “I’m relatively bullish we’ll at least get close to that number.”

Nearly half of U.S. residents are covered by comprehensive state or local indoor smoking bans, the CDC estimated, in a new report.

In addition to the 26 states with comprehensive bans, another 10 states ban indoor smoking in restaurants, bars or the workplace — just not necessarily all three. Other states have anti-smoking laws that are less restrictive, such as laws that require separate ventilation for indoor smoking areas.

Currently, only 7 states do not have any kind of smoking ban: Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming. However, several individual cities within these states have passed their own anti-smoking ordinances.

Although there isn’t much data yet on how smoking bans affect cancer rates, studies show that adult heart attacks and asthma attacks in children have declined in communities where indoor smoking is prohibited. Smoking is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Nearly 1 in 5 deaths each year in the United States is linked to tobacco.

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William C
William Cabout a month ago

Thank you for the article.

Sarah M.
Sarah M6 years ago

That would be awesome!

Barbara J.
Barbara J.6 years ago

I do not smoke,hate the odor and have allergies. That said, I do not believe in passing laws that require bans. We have enough gov. interference in our lives as it is-what is next-they already ban "junk" food in schools,now if you want to help people with allergies ban odors in cleaning products,smelly plants,rubber tires,sawdust -do you see the point yet???

Anne H.
Anne H6 years ago

Many cities have ordinances where your noise, barby or exhaust cannot disturb your neighbors. A smoker often does not realize because they are so exposed to the smell, toxins & of course their friends are also smokers.

For me it causes sinus swelling & coughing just like exhaust. It actually sticks to you worse than exhaust. If I take a public bus the smoker might not have a cig but they will still have the smell. I should be able to do regular business in life without being exposed.

I own property & don't allow smoking. Where I live the building doesn't allow it because it will ruin the property values & raise our probability for fires & thus our insurance. We currently have to pay to have butts picked up as many smokers are also litter bugs. The number one thing I see tossed out of car windows is butts. This is a huge environmental & tax payer issue.

Pocket ashtrays are cheap & readily available but most smokers toss the butt on the ground or use a local plant pot. If smokers want respect or any form of rights they need to change their image because right now they are considered a public nusiance. For those of you who want smoking/non smoking dining are you going to foot the bill for the added exhaust & cleaning? Try to sell your house or car & see what happens. Have the additional expense added to your life, not mine. Stop using all this energy to rant at non smokers & use it to change the behaviour of your fel

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B6 years ago

great news

Sally M.
Sally M6 years ago

More information that non-smokers do not want to hear.....

Patients who smoke get well faster in hospitals, they stay well longer, and need about half the care in the hospitals that non-smokers need. Why? They heal faster simply because they want to get out of there and go home and have a smoke.

They are also outside with the other smokers-----usually including some nurses and doctors--- in the fresh air having a smoke, with their i.v. pulls and gowns a-blowin' in the wind.

And they walk a long way to have that smoke outside of the medicinal corridors in the building to the smoking corner out in the sunshine/snow/rain/fresh air...all good therapies for wellness.
It's a fact, ask any hospital staff who will tell the truth. The reason no studies are done, or published, is because JAMA, and the American Med. bought and sold by big pharma, not big tobacco....

Jerry t.
Jerold t6 years ago

Not one person I know, including doctors, agrees that 2nd hand smoke is dangerous. Smokers or not.
CDC is a political tool for falsefying public info. Expert at manipulating the kneejerks among us, and hamstringing legitimate research.
Like the war on drugs, this is another blow to personal liberty.
Tobacco is a sacred herb that has been defiled by corporations.
Real (undefiled) tobacco does not cause health problems and is far less addictive than stinky fags.
Go after RJ & Ilk and leave US alone.
This is America, and we need to tolerate each others ways.
Smokers should ask permission to light up in mixed company.
Smokers who buy real tobacco have no need to light up in mixed company.
Real tobacco is sold on Indian resrevations in very small quantities. Not American Spirit, not in fag form. Loose only.
No, I won't sign away my freedom, thank you very much!
Some people will sign anything on this site.
I'll bet if I put up a blank check here I would get signers. Sigh.

Steve Solo
Steve Solo6 years ago

In Quebec where smoking was the norm till 2005 even the politico spoke with fags hangin from there teeth.. it was everywhere smoke smoke and more smoke restaurants bars busses.. hospitals smokers thought nothing about lighting up in a crowded room .. oh they had rights... a third of Quebeckers smoked, but the nonsmokers have rights and since there were more of the abstainers, the smokesters were pushed out side .. I'm glad .. now my clothes don't stink and I can sing 40 songs a night! FORTY YEARS of breathing secondhand smoke in nightclubs is over .. you can even smell the scent of a woman now .. don't be afraid to tell the SMOKESTERS to butt out.

Helena Plum Bowyer
Helena B6 years ago

At least when you smoke you know you are doing danger to yourself. However no one seems to take the issue of exhaust fumes seriously and they are everwhere. At least there is a degree of choice with smoking even if you are a non smoker.