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TU-13.1 Data Details

TU-13.1 Establish laws in States and the District of Columbia on smoke-free indoor air that prohibit smoking in private worksites

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation System (STATE); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC/NCCDPHP)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
30 (2009)
Target-Setting Method
Total coverage
Number of states and the District of Columbia with comprehensive laws for private workplaces prohibiting smoking
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Newly enacted state tobacco-control legislation is downloaded from Westlaw, an on-line legal database. CDC, Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) searches the Westlaw LEGIS-ALL database for all 50 states and D.C.’s enacted bills for the quarter using date restrictions. The bills are coded according to variables identified by CDC, OSH, which include the comprehensiveness of the law, includes smoking areas permitted or required, separately ventilated smoking areas required, and no smoking allowed (i.e., banned). In some cases, data on enforcement authority, penalty for violation, and signage required are also collected.

Private workplaces are tracked in the STATE system as "private worksites". To be counted as prohibiting smoking, states should be coded as "banned" in the STATE system.