Clubs & Bars Smoking Laws
Smoking in clubs and bars may be legal in the state, but it’s also lethal. In Oklahoma, secondhand smoke kills an estimated 700 nonsmokers each year. It causes heart disease, respiratory diseases, cancer and countless other illnesses. Secondhand smoke contains hundreds of toxic chemicals, including 70 that cause cancer. At bars and clubs, where numerous people are smoking in the same vicinity, these contaminants amplify, making for an even more toxic environment.
Oklahoma is one of the only states without 100% smokefree laws in restaurants and bars.
Oklahoma smoking laws prohibit smoking at most indoor places open to the public. However, several places are exempt from this rule, including bars and clubs.
In Oklahoma, smoking in bars is still permitted, as long as the establishments are stand-alone bars, stand-alone taverns or cigar bars. These places must receive at least 60% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcohol and low-point beer. Also, they must not admit persons under 21 years old (except hired musicians), and they cannot be located within or share an entrance or common indoor area with another indoor workplace, such as a restaurant.
IT’S BETTER FOR YOUR HEALTH.
Everyone has the right to earn a living in a safe environment.
Unfortunately, not everybody in Oklahoma enjoys this right. Although most indoor workplaces are smokefree by law, smoking is still allowed in bars and nightclubs. People who work in bars and clubs where smoking is allowed are exposed to secondhand smoke everyday when they work. This is harmful and unsafe.
Employees who are exposed to secondhand smoke in the workplace are 20-30% more likely to get lung cancer. The longer the exposure, the higher the risk.
The science is clear: there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
No one should have to choose between their paycheck and their health.
IT’S BETTER FOR BUSINESS
Smokefree bars are good for your bottom line.
The evidence is clear and consistent: going smokefree does not hurt bar business. Economic studies continue to show that it doesn’t harm bar patronage, employment, or profits. In fact, sometimes it improves employment and revenue!
A smokefree work environment improves worker health and productivity. Going smokefree means lower costs for labor, maintenance and cleaning.
By establishing a smokefree environment, bars in Oklahoma can promote a healthy work environment where patrons can also enjoy their time out without compromising their health.
IT’S BETTER FOR OKLAHOMA
The majority of Oklahomans do not smoke.
Breathing secondhand smoke for a short period of time can have immediate effects, like breathing difficulties, eye irritation, headaches, nausea, and asthma attacks. Brief exposure can also damage your blood vessels and cause a deadly heart attack. We should have the freedom to go out and enjoy our night without dealing with toxic smoke.
More and more Oklahomans are saying “smokefree is the choice for me!” Your support is greatly appreciated as we encourage venue owners to make voluntary change.
Find a Smokefree Bar or Club
The benefits of smokefree businesses are clear. We encourage bars and clubs to voluntarily adopt smokefree policies for the health of their employees and patrons. You can use the tool below to find smokefree bars and clubs near you.