Georgia Smoking: What you need to know

Under the Georgia Smokefree Air Act of 2005, smoking is prohibited in all enclosed public places in the state including most places of employment, all state buildings, and within 25 feet of such area in order to ensure that tobacco smoke does not enter the area (GA Code Sec. 31-12A-1et seq.).
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Exemptions. Outdoor places of employment away from entrances, windows, air vents, and air intakes are exempt. Also exempt from the Act are private residences and vehicles (except when used for licensed child care or adult day care), workplaces open to the public by appointment only, bars and restaurants not admitting persons under age 18, designated meeting rooms in privately owned convention facilities, private clubs and military clubs, not more than 20 percent of hotel or motel rooms be designated as smoking-permitted rooms, private and semiprivate residential rooms in nursing homes and long-term care facilities (when all parties agree in writing), smoking areas of international airports, and retail tobacco shops.
Enforcement. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has the responsibility of enforcing the Act.
Retaliation. The Act prohibits discharge, refusal to hire, or any other type of retaliation against an employee, applicant, or customer who reports or prosecutes a violation of the Act.
The smoking prohibition must be communicated to all employees and subsequently to all prospective employees upon application for employment.
Ashtrays and smoking paraphernalia must be removed from all areas where smoking is prohibited.
Designated smoking areas (DSAs). Smoking is banned in public and private places of employment except outdoors or in designated smoking areas in nonwork ...

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