Smokefree Air Act turns 10

The Iowa Smokefree Air Act turns 10 years old on July 1. Iowa is one of 25 states that have enacted comprehensive smoke-free laws addressing secondhand smoke exposure in workplaces, restaurants and bars.

Iowa Governor Chet Culver signed the Smokefree Air Act into law in 2008. On the act?s five-year anniversary, a poll by the American Cancer Society Action Network found 82 percent of registered Iowa voters indicated their support of the law banning workplace smoking and said it had made Iowa a better place to live.

?The Smokefree Air Act was the catalyst for many smoke-free initiatives,? said Chris Kempker, Henry County Tobacco Prevention Coordinator. ?Iowans are now protected from secondhand smoke not only in the workplace, but in hundreds of parks and outdoor entertainment areas, and smoke-free rentals are listed on the Smoke Free Homes Registry.?

For more information about the Smokefree Air Act, including frequently asked questions about the law, visit