Smokefree Workplaces


More than 60% of Palmer voters supported a 2012 ballot initiative banning smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars, making Palmer the first smokefree city in the Mat-Su Borough.

Everyone has the right to breathe smokefree air! Yet, only about 50% of Alaskan workers are protected from secondhand smoke in the workplace. Many of those unprotected workers are employed in restaurants and bars.

Since most people spend the majority of their waking hours at work, secondhand smoke exposure in the workplace can have serious harmful consequences for workers and employers alike. In fact, studies have shown that nonsmoking bar and restaurant workers have a 30% higher risk of lung cancer than all other nonsmokers.

Smokefree workplace policies not only protect employees and the public from the dangers of secondhand smoke, they also:

  • Reduce cleaning and maintenance costs
  • Increase productivity
  • Lower insurance rates

What’s more, numerous economic studies have shown that smokefree policies do not hurt business in restaurants or bars, and in some cases may improve business.

To learn more about smokefree workplace policies, or for tips on making your business smokefree, visit the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance today.