42% of U.S. workers are still exposed to secondhand smoke in the workplace

ANR is committed to closing this gap in smokefree protections

Who Is At Risk?

Bar, Restaurant, and Casino Workers Are Especially At Risk ...

Hospitality industry and casino workers still have the lowest level of smokefree protections and have the highest cancer rate of any occupational sector in America. Across the United States only 58.3% of Americans are fully protected by a local or state law requiring workplaces, AND restaurants, AND bars to be smokefree.

... But Exposure Disparities Also Exist by Age, Income, Ethnic Group, and Home-Ownership Status

Infographic illustrating health disparities in secondhand smoke exposure from the CDC

How ANR Solves the Problem

And How You Can Help

ANR helps communities pass strong smokefree laws and fight Big Tobacco's opposition to these public health laws.

As the public has learned more about the health dangers associated with secondhand smoke, people have supported smokefree polices as a way to address this easily preventable cause of premature death and chronic disease in all workplaces. Cities and states without a smokefree law, or with a weak law that is not 100% smokefree in all workplaces, should take heed and pursue a smokefree law before more workers and residents are unnecessarily placed at risk for disease and possibly death as a result. It’s no longer a question of who will be next to go smokefree, but who will be last.

ANR is here to support smokefree campaigns nationwide. As smokefree campaigns progress, the tobacco industry and its allies will be watching your every move. Big Tobacco will be organizing its allies in the hospitality and gaming industries at this stage, but its activities are typically hidden from the public. Educate yourself about the industry's tactics. Forewarned is forearmed!


Our Other Sites

ANR Foundation

Our sister organization, the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANR Foundation), is a non-lobbying, educational nonprofit organization (501 (c) 3), which creates smokefree lists and maps, and provides information on issues of smokefree air and tobacco control.

Protect Local Control

Throughout our history of working to protect local control we have captured a wealth of materials relating to preemption and local control to protect citizens against the health hazards of secondhand smoke.

Eager to Breathe Smokefree Air At Home and At Work?

Advocate for Smokefree Laws

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights is the leading national lobbying organization (501 (c) 4), dedicated to nonsmokers' rights, taking on the tobacco industry at all levels of government, protecting nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke, and preventing tobacco addiction among youth. ANR pursues an action-oriented program of policy and legislation.