Six Months Before Implementation

With six months to prepare, there are a number of things you can do to plan for implementation. Even if your smoke-free law hasn't passed yet, appoint an implementation subcommittee of your smoke-free coalition or another group or person to begin planning for implementation before final passage.

It is generally (but not always) the responsibility of the state or local health department to implement and enforce a smoke-free law. A smoke-free coalition or voluntary health agency can ensure that the official enforcement agency is able and willing to do its job, identify the specific person(s) within the agency responsible for each aspect of education and enforcement, and support implementation with media advocacy and public education.

Public Education: Welcoming the new law

Business Education: Laying the groundwork

Evaluation

More and more communities are evaluating the impact their new smoke-free law has on health and business, as well as public support and compliance.

Such evaluations help ensure the law is having its intended benefits; support continued education about the law's health and economic benefits through media advocacy; and counter opponents' efforts to undermine public support for the law.

There is always a need for “fresh off the presses” evidence to assist those who are not yet protected by a strong, 100 percent smoke-free indoor air law.

View Economic Impact of Smoke-free Policies on Restaurants and Bars, a presentation delivered Andrew Hyland, Roswell Park Cancer Institute for more information.

 

See what you need to do three months before implementation