Grassroots Efforts to Impact Statewide Tobacco Policies

1:30 PM
2:45 PM
Chesapeake 4-6


In 2003, the Florida Legislature passed the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act became.  While the new law banned smoking in enclosed indoor workspaces with some important exceptions, the law also included preemption language that prevented local communities from passing stronger rules.  After nearly two decades of grass roots efforts, advocates finally helped change the law to restore the rights of local communities to pass smokefree laws in local parks and beaches.  This session will share the highs and lows of this journey and the lessons learned along the way that may help organizations pursuing similar local public health policy changes.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1. Understand the differences between Educating, Advocating, and Lobbying

2. Understand how coordinated efforts to change local policy can lead to statewide changes

3. Understand how preemption is used to impede local public health policies.


Barry Hummel, Jr.
QuitDoc Foundation