Http://Slati.Lungusa.OrgAmerican Lung Association - http://slati.lungusa.org
The best resource for information about tobacco laws in California and other states is http://slati.lungusa.org. This American Lung Association site lets you click on a state and find out if you can eat in smoke-free restaurants or sleep in smoke-free hotel rooms. It also contains information about taxes on tobacco products and how much money is spent on education and cessation programs.
The health and safety of workers should not be a political issue, but it obviously is. How worker safety is treated seems to depend on the results of elections. Currently, California is very pro-active toward health and safety issues. To see how those advances can be eroded we need only to look at working conditions in other states.
How much do health and safety regulations vary from state to state? Look at tobacco regulation as an example.
The negative health effects of tobacco on workers are well known, yet each state seems to treat tobacco differently. While California is very progressive in protecting workers from tobacco, traveling can be quite the adventure for non-smokers and smokers alike.
This is a good resource to check before traveling to another state for work or vacation.