Status: Little or no detectable change

Little or no detectable change

Most Recent Data:
31 States (2021)

0 States (including DC and Territories)

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

31 states preempted local tobacco control laws in 2018 1

Eliminate policies in states, territories, and the District of Columbia that preempt local tobacco control policies

Target-Setting Method
Maintain consistency with national programs, regulations, policies, or laws


The most effective tobacco control policies often start at the local level, and local policies can help change national attitudes around smoking. Preemptive state policies are a major barrier to local tobacco control policies, including smoke-free policies and age limits on tobacco sales.

Workgroup: Tobacco Use Workgroup

1. Baseline has been revised. See Data Methodology and Measurement for more information.