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Preemption: Tobacco Control's #1 Enemy

Publication Date: 8/1/2004

Preemption, as most tobacco control advocates know, is a dirty tactic that removes communities' right to enact local smokefree air laws. In other words, if a preemption law passes at the state level, your decision-making body (city council, board of health) will lose the power to enact a smokefree law. Sound like a raw deal? It is for us, but the tobacco industry wants nothing more. Why?

This extensive document explains what preemption is, why it's harmful to tobacco control efforts, and how you can work to protect local control in your state.