About Us

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANR Foundation), is a non-lobbying, educational nonprofit organization (501 (c) 3), which creates comprehensive programs for youth of all ages on issues of smoking prevention, the benefits of smokefree air, and the right to breathe smokefree air. It provides educational resources for schools, health departments, medical organizations, and others interested in the issues surrounding smoking and secondhand smoke. Our goals are to raise a smokefree generation that rejects tobacco use and tobacco industry manipulation and interference tactics, and to educate the community about the health effects of secondhand smoke and the benefits of smokefree environments. We provide educational materials and training seminars for youth and adults to aid in the quest for a smokefree environment.

The ANR Foundation is the only national repository of local tobacco-related ordinances and regulations in the United States. Our U.S. Tobacco Control Laws Database© serves as a key resource for researchers and media outlets which use our data to document trends and research the effectiveness of tobacco-related legislation. There are more than 15,000 ordinances in the current collection in more than 5000 places. Each quarter, ANR Foundation staff creates numerous lists, charts, and maps to illustrate the trend toward smokefree air. The lists and maps pages on our website are some of our most popular and make ANR Foundation the go-to source for tobacco control laws data. The Tobacco Control Laws data have been used in more than 350 peer-reviewed journal articles, studies, and/or reports, and in multiple NCI monographs and Surgeon Generals' Reports.

As of January 2, 2018, there are 4,936 municipalities with laws in effect that restrict where smoking is allowed. There are 1,433 municipalities; and 36 states, along with the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands that have a 100% smokefree provision in effect in non-hospitality workplaces, and/or restaurants, and/or bars.

If you are interested in donating to the ANR Foundation, you can do so online using your credit card, via our secure system; or call us at 510-841-3032 or email us.


Our sister organization, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights is the leading national lobbying organization (501 (c) 4), dedicated to nonsmokers' rights, taking on the tobacco industry at all levels of government, protecting nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke, and preventing tobacco addiction among youth. ANR pursues an action-oriented program of policy and legislation.