In 1995, California became the first state in the nation to prohibit smoking in public buildings, indoor workplaces and restaurants. Three years later, the ban was extended to include bars, taverns and gaming clubs, such as card rooms. It took another five years for the next state, Delaware, to pass a similar law in 2003.
California was the original leader in protecting people from secondhand smoke. Since then, over half of U.S. states have implemented smoke-free workplace laws and many of them are stricter than California’s law. Unfortunately, there are several exemptions in our law that allows smoking at certain workplaces. This forces millions of Californians to continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke.
Learn more about the California Smoke-Free Workplace Law.
Latinos are exposed to secondhand smoke in the workplace more than any other population group in California.1