10 Years of Clean Indoor Air in Pennsylvania


In 2008, Pennsylvania became the 28th state to adopt legislation prohibiting smoking in public places and most workplaces. Ten years later, many improvements have been made, but there is still work to be done.

The Good:

  • A study of air quality in the state’s hospitality industry before and after CIAA in locations across the state found that indoor air pollution levels in newly smoke-free venues declined by nearly 90 percent.
  • The American Lung Association estimates smoke-free air will save 52 hospitality workers’ lives per year in Pennsylvania.
  • A study of Pennsylvania’s CIAA found no negative economic impact on restaurants’ and bars’ sales, and exemptions for drinking establishments did not increase sales. Research on other states’ clean indoor air legislation has also found no negative impact on bar and restaurant sales or employment.

Needs Improvement:

  • Exposure to secondhand smoke has been proven to cause premature death in children and adults. Pennsylvania's law includes numerous exceptions causing thousands of workers to continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke at work.
  • The current law also preempts all local governments except Philadelphia from adopting or enforcing their own, more restrictive indoor air regulations.

September 11, 2018 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air Act.

On this date, numerous individuals and organizations from across Allegheny County will come together to celebrate the victories that the Clean Indoor Air Act has allowed in Pennsylvania, as well as advocate for removing the remaining exemptions so that all workers and patrons can be protected from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Interested in joining us? Contact Tiffany for more information or to RSVP.


Learn more about the Clean Indoor Air Act here: pactonline.org

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