The information posted on this website is not intended to be legal advice. Please consult state statutes or contact an attorney for more information about the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act (24-16-1 NMSA 1978).

The Law

As of June 15, 2007, New Mexico became the 17th state in the nation to have a comprehensive law making most public places smoke free! The Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act eliminates smoking in enclosed indoor workspaces including restaurants, bars and other workplaces (retail/office space, etc.) and indoor public places.


Have a question about the law? Want to know how it affects your business or working environment? Whether you're a business owner, concerned citizen or a state employee, you can learn more about the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act here.


The Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act protects the health of the public and employees by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke. The law creates a safer and healthier environment for employees, families and people across New Mexico to enjoy all indoor establishments.

Download Materials

Materials have been developed to help New Mexicans understand and implement the law. These materials include signs, business cards and a guide/checklist for business owners and managers. Regulations for cigar bars and application forms for certification can be downloaded here. You can also order materials in this section of the website.

Reporting Violations

You can report violations by calling the non-emergency number of your local law enforcement agency. Please do not call 911 or other emergency numbers. Any person 18 years of age or older who violates the law is subject to a fine. Local laws may specify additional penalties.

Around NM

All around our state, New Mexicans are committed to helping families, employees and businesses breathe easier. Find out how concerned citizens and businesses are using the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act to help create healthier communities.

Learning Center

Knowledge is the key to building healthier communities. Learn more about the hazards of secondhand smoke, which, according to the American Lung Association, causes or exacerbates a wide range of adverse health effects, including cancer, respiratory infections and asthma.

Get Help Quitting

More than 2,000 New Mexicans will die this year from smoking. The State of New Mexico has a valuable tool to help smokers quit: The Quit Line, 1 800 QUIT NOW. Use this free service to improve your health, add years to your life and join the more than 400,000 New Mexicans who have quit smoking.