This time period has seen a major positive change in regards to the public's position and perception of what should be the
healthy social norm in public place/workplace smoking in Arizona. It allowed ACAS to actively participate in the fulfillment of
the life long dream of Betty Carnes, the founder and major financial benefactor for ACAS.
The dream came to fruition as a result of the Arizona voter approved passage of the: “Smoke-Free Arizona” initiative,
Proposition 201 *, on November 7, 2006. Her efforts continue (including her support for ACAS) through the Arizona
Community Foundation (ACF), instituted following her death in 1987.
* In November of 2006 the citizens of Arizona made their voices heard by passing Proposition 201, The Smoke-Free Arizona
Act. This landmark statute prohibits smoking in most indoor public places including (but not limited to):
Restaurants, bars, gaming facilities such as bingo halls, billiard or pool halls, bowling centers, public buildings, grocery
stores or any food service establishment
Lobbies, elevators, restrooms, reception areas, hallways and any other common-use areas in public and private buildings,
condominiums and other multiple-unit residential facilities
Indoor sports arenas, gymnasiums and auditoriums
Health care facilities, hospitals, health care clinics, doctor’s offices and child day care facilities
Common areas in hotels and motels, and no less than 50% of hotel or motel sleeping quarters rented to guests
Any place of employment not exempted. (See exemptions)
Click here for business exemptions
Tribes are Sovereign Nations, and are exempt from the Smoke-Free Arizona Act.
The ACAS Mission:
Arizonans Concerned About Smoking (ACAS) is a non-profit, pro-health organization. Our goal is to save lives
through public awareness regarding the hazards of tobacco use, especially when in enclosed public places. We
accomplish this by advocating public policy which promotes a more healthy, smoke-free society.
We believe that all individuals should have a healthy smoke-free workplace and home (including those living in
multi-unit housing). No one should have to be exposed to drifting second-handsmoke in their homes or on their jobs.
No one should have to choose between their health and their job.
We also support and highly encourage promotion of outdoor ‘Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus policies (including
no e-cigarettes)’ throughout the State and Nation at Institutions of Higher Learning, Parks, Sports Arenas, Shopping
Centers, Performance and Outdoor meeting venues, Public settings, wherever people gather together, as well
We are inspired and motivated by the ‘Smoke-Free Society in the United States’ challenge of Former Surgeon
General of the United States C. Everett Koop.
|"Every year thousands receive devastating news. They or someone they love has lung cancer or heart disease. While cancer first
comes to mind with smoking and “secondhand” smoke, many more heart attack deaths are associated with such exposure. “The
such “exposure causes other major disease, particularly heart disease.” (Health Effects of Exposure to Environmental Tobacco
Smoke, National Institutes of Health & California Environmental Protection Agency, 1999)
As little as “30 minutes of exposure to secondhand smoke will double your risk of heart attack for 48 hours.” (Science of Secondhand
Smoke, Richard Sargent, MD) and “Of smoke from one cigarette smoked in a room, 84% of the smoke (827 mg.) is sidestream
smoke from the lit end of the cigarette, while only 16% (119 mg) is mainstream smoke exhaled by the smoker. Over 4/5 of the smoke
ends up in the room for all to breathe! (Chemistry of Cigarette Smoke, Philip Morris Research Center, Document #2024947175,
Minnesota Tobacco Trial)
Arizonans deserve smoke-free environments. All workers deserve a smoke-free workplace. Just as we must provide safe food and
water for all, we must educate all about negative health effects of “secondhand” smoke, containing over 50 toxic chemicals first
identified by Philip Morris Research, as well as federal agencies. It’s time for Arizonans to act by passing the Smoke-Free Arizona
initiative. Currently, 14 states, 5 countries and numerous Arizona
communities enjoy health benefits of such laws. Protect your health and those you love. Support the American Cancer Society,
American Lung Association, American Heart Association and Arizona Hospital & Healthcare Association’s true health initiative, not
just another tobacco industry ploy!"
Leland L. Fairbanks, M.D., President, Arizonans Concerned About Smoking, Mesa
Donald N. Morris, Ed.D., Executive Director, Arizonans Concerned About Smoking,
Scottsdale Paid for by “Arizonans Concerned About Smoking”
|From "Publicity Pamphlet" Issued by Janice K. Brewer Arizona Secretary of State
Ballot Proposition & Judicial Performance Review General Election
NOVEMBER 7, 2006. Proposition 201, page 96
Brief History of Tobacco Control in
Tucson & Pima County, Arizona
1972 - Tucson: First city ordinance in Arizona to restrict smoking in public places (e.g. public theaters, About Smoking &
Health founded in Tucson. Name later changed to Smoking & Health Action Coalition (SHAC).
1976 – Tucson: Ordinance to prohibit smoking in public areas of food, drug and department stores (promoted by Citizens
Concerned About Smoking & Health and Tucson GASP).
1985 – Tucson: First city workplace smoking control ordinance in Arizona. First successful workplace ballot initiative
against the tobacco industry in the United States. The tobacco industry directly paid for 92.3% of the opposition campaign.
(Campaign coordinated by Nonsmokers Inc.).
1986 – Worked with groups and individuals throughout the state of Arizona to successfully oppose the first attempt by the
Arizona legislature to preempt local control of clean indoor air laws.
1987 – Pima County: First county workplace smoking control ordinance in Arizona. (Campaign spearheaded by
1987 thru 1989 - Worked with organizations and individuals across the nation to enact a federal smoking ban on all flights of 2
hours or less, and eventually, of 6 hours of less.
1988 – Tucson: Major expansion of ordinance provisions for smoke-free public places. (Campaign spearheaded by Nonsmokers,
1989 – Pima County: Major expansion of ordinance provisions for smoke-free public places (Campaign spearheaded by
1990 thru 1993 – Smoke-free/tobacco-free school district policies – and smoke-free hospital for southern Arizona. (Campaigns
spearheaded by Nonsmokers, Inc.)
1993 – Tucson: Ordinance to eliminate tobacco sales in vending machines, except in bars with class 6 liquor license. (Campaign
spearheaded by Nonsmokers, Inc.)
1994 – Worked with organizations and individuals across Arizona to pass a statewide ballot initiative to raise the state tobacco
tax to fund tobacco education and prevention programs.
1996 thru 2000 – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Full Court Press grant project to reduce youth tobacco use in Tucson.
1997 – Tucson: Arizona’s first local law to license tobacco retailers and eliminate self-service tobacco displays. [Major
policy support provided by Full Court Press: American Cancer Society (Arizona Division), American Lung Association (Arizona
Division), Nonsmokers, Inc., Pima Prevention Partnership, Tucson Police Department and University of Arizona.]
1999 – Tucson: Smoke-free restaurant ordinance (Campaign spearheaded by the Clearing the Air Coalition).
2001 – Pima County: Smoke-free restaurant ordinance (Campaign spearheaded by the Clearing the Air Coalition).
2006 – Worked with organizations and individuals across the state of Arizona to pass Smoke-Free Arizona ballot
|Dr Fairbanks Honors
Some of the many
|This brief history has been compiled by Arizona Tobacco Policy & Advocacy, a project of Healthy Policies.
Karen Zielaski, Project Director
"In 1985, Tucson had been the first city in Arizona to make workplaces smokefree, although it
exempted restaurants and bars. Nonsmokers, Inc., the Tucson group headed by Arizona tobacco control
advocate Karen Zielaski (who continued to run an Arizona tobacco control listserv) that helped win Tucson’s (progressive for 1985)
ordinance, and a long-term tobacco control advocacy force in Tucson, dissolved in December 1997.15 A new group, Tucson
Clearing the Air, formed a year later, including many former members of Nonsmokers Inc., to work in the new tobacco control
environment in Arizona. Clearing the Air came together primarily through physicians from Tucson including Keith Kaback and Joel
Meister, who served leadership roles. Tucson Clearing the Air guided a smokefree workplaces and restaurants ordinance through
the Tucson City Council in 1999 and the Pima County (which includes Tucson) Board of Supervisors in 2001.
In 1999 Tucson Clearing the Air lead the movement to get the Tucson City Council to pass 4-3 a
smokefree ordinance that made all restaurants smokefree. The ordinance, passed in April, went into effect October 1, 1999. By
working with the City Council, the group avoided the expense of a ballot campaign. Tucson Clearing the Air did not encounter
opposition, though after the council passed the ordinance the Arizona Restaurant and Hospitality Association (unsuccessfully)
sought exemptions to extend the hardship clause by a year, instead of the three months given to businesses. Tucson’s ordinance
gave restaurants until January 2000 to file for hardship exemptions if they could show with tax receipts that they had sustained a two
consecutive months of 15% or greater loss of business compared to the previous year. Few exemptions were granted. The six-month
delay sought to give Pima County (where Tucson is located) the opportunity to pass a similar smokefree law bringing the clean
indoor air ordinance region-wide. Pima County, however, would not pass an ordinance until 2001."
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