Navajo Nation Bans Indoor Smoking
November 9, 2021
Navajo Nation has banned indoor smoking in places of work, including in the tribe's casinos, among other locations. "It is a fundamental right to protect our Navajo people's right to breathe clean air," Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement.
President Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer joined members of the 24th Navajo Nation Council and the Air is Life Coalition, on Saturday when they signed into the law the "Niłch' Éí Bee Ííná – Air is Life Act of 2021," which prohibits using commercial tobacco products--including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and e-cigarettes--in enclosed and indoor areas on the Navajo Nation, and within 25 feet of any indoor area.
The ban does not apply to people's homes, unless the residence is operated for child care, adult care, or health care purposes, or as home offices. Ceremonial tobacco and traditional smoke for ceremonial purposes is exempt from the ban.