History Highlights: US Smoking Bans

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  • Studies Prove Deadly Effects of Smoking

    Studies Prove Deadly Effects of Smoking
    General Surgeon of the US published conclusive evidence that shows tobacco consumption leads to cancer and other chronic diseases, the first declaration by an official of the US. The publication caused huge numbers of people to quit smoking and changed the industry.
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  • California: First to Ban Smoking

    California: First to Ban Smoking
    In 1995, California was the first state to enact a statewide smoking ban in bars and restaurants.
  • President Clinton Issues Executive Order

    President Clinton Issues Executive Order
    President Bill Clinton issued Executive Order 13058, banning smoking in all interior spaces and outdoor areas owned, rented, or leased by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.
  • Smoking Banned on Flights

    Smoking Banned on Flights
    Effective April 1998, smoking is banned by the United States Department of Transportation on all commercial passenger flights in the United States.
  • Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement - Payout

    Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement - Payout
    The four largest US tobacco companies at the time, Philip Morris Inc., R. J. Reynolds, Brown & Williamson and Lorillard, agreed to pay 46 states annual sums to compensate them for health-care costs related to smoking a minimum of $206 billion over the first twenty-five years.
  • First Big Win Against Big Tobacco

    First Big Win Against Big Tobacco
    The first big win for plaintiffs in a tobacco lawsuit occured when a California jury ordered Philip Morris to pay $51.5 million to a California smoker with inoperable lung cancer.
  • US Signs Global Treaty on Tobacco

    US Signs Global Treaty on Tobacco
    The US became the 108th country to sign the World Health Organization's Global Treaty on Tobacco Control, a treaty that restricts the sale, advertising, shipment, and taxation of tobacco products.
  • President Obama Signs "Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act"

    President Obama Signs "Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act"
    President Barack Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The bill is considered an anti-smoking bill that allows the FDA to regulate the tobacco industry.
  • North Dakota: Most Recent Smoking Ban

    North Dakota: Most Recent Smoking Ban
    North Dakota is the most recent state to ratify a smoking ban. There are 10 states without a general statewide ban: Alabama, Alaska, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
  • 800 Cases Against Big Tobacco, None Won

    800 Cases Against Big Tobacco, None Won
    More than 800 private claims were brought against tobacco companies in state courts across the country, claming negligent manufacture, negligent advertising, fraud, and violation of various state consumer protection statutes. Tobacco won them all (two through wins on appeal).
  • Assessment shows 81% of US lives under smoking ban

    Assessment shows 81% of US lives under smoking ban
    According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 81.3% of the US population lives under a ban on smoking in "workplaces, and/or restaurants, and/or bars, by either a state, commonwealth, or local law/"