National Policies:

Clean Air Act

A United States federal law designed to control air pollution on a national level.

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

A leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world.

Local Policies (with Breathe Free Committee Involvement):


Hookah Lounges

Hookah Lounges are now limited to the operating hours of 9:00 am - 10:00 pm Sunday through Thursday, and 9:00 am - 11:00 pm Friday and Saturday. Hookah Lounges must also be at least 1,000 feet from schools, playgrounds, daycares, and public parks, and at least 500 feet from churches or religious buildings.

Smoking Ban - City Property

Declares any outdoor space owned and/or controlled by the city as a nonsmoking place. It also bans smoking within 150 feet of entrances and exits of city places of employment.

Tobacco 21

Raises the Cleveland sales and distribution age from eighteen to twenty-one years for cigarettes, tobacco products, and alternative nicotine products, including electronic cigarettes.

Looking for more info on the Tobacco 21 law for retailers and consumers? Please visit the Cleveland Department of Public Health "Tobacco Laws" page here.

Interested in seeing why many believe Tobacco 21 will save lives? Please view the Tobacco 21 Presentation here.

Tobacco Free Workplace

Declares that the City of Cleveland will strive for a tobacco-free workforce by January 2017; also establishes a working group to study employment policies of hiring only tobacco-free employees and offering smoking cessation programs to current employees.


Flavored Tobacco

Would prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products, which are marketed towards youth and more commonly used among youth than other tobacco products.

Interested in more information about tobacco use and its impact on the air we breathe?

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