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Laws and Policies

How GASP Ranks Local Laws

To grade the local laws on this Web site, GASP compared them to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006. Local laws that are stronger than the state law and best protect people from exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke are highlighted by a heart and have the highest score up to 5 in the A through E categories below. If a local law receives a zero it has nothing in it that is stronger than the state law.

A. Work Places: A local law is stronger than the state law if it requires a smoke-free policy in additional indoor workplaces.  Stronger laws remove the state’s exemptions such as workplaces of three or less employees, retail tobacco businesses, hookah bars, farming businesses, or assisted living complexes.

B. Non-retaliation: A local law is stronger than the state law if it prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee who exercises their right to a smoke-free workplace under the law.

C. Restaurants and Bars: A local law is stronger than the state law if it removes the exemption for cigar bars.

D. Building Entrances and Perimeters: A local law is stronger than the state law if it requires a smoke-free policy in a perimeter area that extends further than 15 feet from the main building entrance and/or covers all building entryways and/or perimeters.

E. Outdoor Places: A local law is stronger than the state law if it requires a smoke-free policy in outdoor stadiums, auditoriums, patios of restaurants and bars, service lines and areas, pools, public transit waiting areas, or other outdoor public places and work places.

Public Places: The state law covers most public places and therefore this area has not been factored into how GASP ranks a local law as a whole.

If you have any questions about this grading system, please contact us.