Tobacco-and Smoke-Free Policies and Laws


More than 500 Arkansans die each year from the effects of smoking … and the worst part is that these people are not smokers themselves. That’s why Arkansas has taken far-reaching steps to promote healthier environments and help our residents get tobacco-free.  These include environmental restrictions, tobacco taxes, and a comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation program.  Find some of the details about Arkansas’s smoke-free laws here:

The Clean Indoor Air Act. Passed in 2006, this act helps to protect individuals from secondhand smoke in the workplace and public places (except restaurants and bars that cater to patrons age 21 and over).  Read the official law.

Act 811 of 2011. Arkansas was the first state in the nation to implement a law protecting young passengers from exposure to tobacco smoke in automobiles (where the concentration of toxins is higher).  Built upon the foundation of 2006’s Act 13, Act 811 upped the age to extend protection to minors under age 14.  Read the original Act 13 of 2006 law and the amended Act 811 of 2011.

The Arkansas Clean Air on Campus Act, signed by Governor Mike Beebe in April of 2009, made all state-funded college and university campuses smoke-free as of August 1, 2010.

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