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August 17, 2022
State Legislators and Staff Get Firsthand Look at Smoke Evacuation
AORN and Medtronic educate NCSL attendees about surgical smoke evacuation.

June 20, 2022
New Jersey Smoke Bills Get Hearings
Surgical smoke evacuation gaining steam in the garden state.

May 18, 2022
AORN Legislative Successes Continue
Georgia and Connecticut join the ranks of surgical smoke-free states.

March 24, 2022
Arizona and Washington to Go Surgical Smoke-Free
AORN is proud to announce that, on March 24, two more states joined the ranks of the surgical smoke-free: Arizona and Washington.

March 21, 2022
First Forum Update: Smoke Evacuation Legislation Success
At least 12 states are considering surgical smoke evacuation legislation this year, with a proposed rule expected out of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission later in 2022.

February 4, 2022
Surgical Smoke Bills on the Move Out West
The 2022 state legislative sessions are well underway, and AORN is working on surgical smoke evacuation legislation in nine states, with an expectation that two additional bills will be introduced this year.

December 8, 2021
Nursing Community Coalition Welcomes and Advocates for Nursing Resources
AORN joins nursing organizations to urge funding for critical nursing programs and education.

August 25, 2021
Illinois to Go Surgical Smoke-Free in 2022
In a notable feat of grassroots advocacy, Illinois is now the fifth state to go surgical smoke-free.

August 9, 2021
Expo Daily News OSHA Petition
AORN and our members have been advocating for years to make their ORs surgical smoke-free and to pass surgical smoke evacuation policies in their states.

June 23, 2021
Oregon Becomes Fourth State to Go Surgical Smoke-Free
After three years of legislative advocacy, Oregon surgical staff and patients can look forward to surgical smoke-free operating rooms across the state.

April 28, 2021
Surgical Smoke Evacuation Legislation Advances Across the Country
Surgical smoke evacuation legislation continues to make its way through state legislatures across the country.

March 24, 2021
Kentucky Secures Third Place in States’ Race to Go Smoke Free
Kentucky will go surgical smoke-free in operating rooms across the state on January 1, 2022 following nearly three years of advocacy efforts that overcame some major hurdles, including the pandemic that cut the 2020 Kentucky legislative session short.

February 10, 2021
Kentucky Smoke Bill Advances Unanimously
On Wednesday, February 3, Kentucky SB 38 passed the Kentucky Senate unanimously! The bill would require licensed health care facilities in Kentucky to use smoke evacuation equipment during procedures likely to generate surgical smoke.

December 16, 2020
Surgical Smoke Evacuation Legislation Expected in 2021
In 2020, surgical smoke evacuation legislation was introduced in nine states: Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, and Utah.

September 23, 2020
Georgia Senate Study Committee on Surgical Smoke Holds First Meeting
On Tuesday, September 15, the Georgia Senate Study Committee on Surgical Smoke Evacuation Systems held the first of three meetings scheduled for this fall.

May 13, 2020
3 Ways to Strengthen Your Case for Smoke Evacuation
Education is the first step to shift attitudes and actions toward consistent smoke evacuation in all procedural areas. A clear policy on smoke evacuation practices serves to standardize these actions, preventing all members of the surgical team and the patient from exposure to toxic, pathogenic, and carcinogenic surgical smoke.

April 8, 2020
2020 Legislative Recap – Surgical Smoke
2020 saw a surge in surgical smoke evacuation legislation, with AORN and our members very busy working on surgical smoke evacuation legislation in ten states across the country.

March 11, 2020
Tennessee Health Committee Hears Surgical Smoke Bill
Legislators receive demonstration of surgical smoke.

March 11, 2020
Georgia Smoke Bill Gets a Hearing
Nurses advocate for smoke evacuation in the peach state.

February 26, 2020
Kentucky Smoke Bill Passes Senate
SB 91, a bill to require surgical smoke evacuation in Kentucky operating rooms, passed the Kentucky Senate unanimously on Tuesday, February 18.

February 26, 2020
Utah Holds Hearing on Smoke Bill
On Wednesday, February 12, Utah SB 105 was heard in the Senate Business and Labor Committee.

February 4, 2020
Oregon Smoke Free OR Day

December 11, 2019
Oregon Senate Health Committee Hears Testimony on Surgical Smoke

November 13, 2019
Oregon Smoke Bill Hearing Set

September 10, 2019
New Jersey Legislator Introduces Surgical Smoke Evacuation Bill
A. 5765 introduced on August 27, 2019.

May 28, 2019
May 28 Informational Hearing Set for Oregon Smoke Bill
The Oregon House Health Committee has set an informational hearing for HB2901 for Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

April 17, 2019
California Agency Reviewing Comments on Surgical Smoke Evacuation
In 2017, then-Governor Brown vetoed CA AB 402 which would have required California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) to develop a regulation requiring the evacuation of surgical smoke in health facilities.

March 28, 2019
Colorado Second State to Enact Surgical Smoke Evacuation Law
On March 28, 2019, Colorado Governor Jared Polis took the important step to sign into law a surgical smoke bill that will protect Colorado perioperative nurses and surgical team members from the harmful effects of plume.

February 13, 2019
Colorado Smoke Evacuation Bill Passes House
Colorado HB19-1041 passed the Colorado House in late January, just a week after the House Health & Insurance Committee unanimously voted to send the bill forward.

June 13, 2018
RI Governor Signs Smoke Evacuation Legislation
Rhode Island perioperative nurses will breathe a little easier when the new law requiring facilities to adopt policies requiring the elimination of surgical smoke from ORs goes into effect.

May 21, 2018
AORN Members Deliver Powerful Surgical Smoke Testimony
Legislators heard moving testimony on surgical smoke in Colorado operating rooms, which peaked interest and support for requiring evacuation. While the bill did not pass this year, significant strides were made and the fight for safe workplaces continues.


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