About the National Data
Baseline: 32 states (including DC and some territories) had smoke-free policies that prohibit smoking in all indoor areas of worksites, restaurants and bars in 2018
Target: 58 States (including DC and Territories)
Maintain consistency with national programs, regulations, policies, or laws
Newly enacted state tobacco-control legislation is downloaded from Westlaw, an on-line legal database. CDC, Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) searches the Westlaw LEGIS-ALL database for all 50 states, D.C. and Territories enacted bills for the quarter using date restrictions. The bills are coded according to variables identified by CDC, OSH, which include the comprehensiveness of the law, includes smoking areas permitted or required, separately ventilated smoking areas required, and no smoking allowed. In some cases, data on enforcement authority, penalty for violation, and signage required are also collected. Private workplaces are tracked in the STATE system as "private worksites", Restaurants are tracked in the STATE system as "restaurants" and Bars are tracked in the STATE system as "bars". To be counted as prohibiting smoking, states should be coded as "banned" in the STATE system in all three locations. U.S territories tracked in the STATE system are American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.