About us

History: CAFE Iowa CAN (CAFE) was organized in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on May 7, 2003 on the local government’s authority to pass laws regulating smoking at the local level. Citizens from across the state came together to advocate for local control and smokefree environments. Our goal was to educate the public about the dangers of secondhand smoke and prepare them to become better advocates. CAFE helped draft Iowa’s comprehensive tobacco prevention strategy.

Our Accomplishments:

  • In 2007, the Iowa legislature passed a $1.00 tobacco tax and an increased spending on tobacco control.
  • In 2008, the Iowa legislature passed a strong smokefree law that protects 99.8 percent of Iowa workers, leaving only the casino workers at risk. This was a compromise that was necessary to get the bill passed.
  • Saved the Division of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control from being defunded altogether.  Funding had been cut from $12.3 million in 2008 to $3.2 million in 2012.  We were able to get it back to $5.2 million in 2013. In 2017 the funding is at $4 million dollars.

Our 2018 Legislative Objectives:

  1. Increase the price of tobacco by $1.50
    • Increasing the price of tobacco is the most effective way to reduce tobacco use
    • Tax all other tobacco and nicotine addictive products at a parallel level
  2. Use $9 million of the $101 million dollars in revenue for tobacco prevention
    • Iowans deserve an effective comprehensive tobacco prevention program
    • Iowans who want to quit should have the resources they need
    • Tobacco prevention funding has been cut from $12.8 million to $4 million. That’s wrong!
  3. Remove the casino exemption from the Smoke Free Air Act
    • Iowa’s 9,200 casino workers deserve the right to breathe smoke-free air.