The Rhode Island Health and Workplace Safety Act prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places and places of employment, including restaurants and bars; common areas of hotels and motels; convention facilities; retail stores and shopping malls; banks, theaters, auditoriums, and sports arenas (including outdoor stadiums), bingo halls, enclosed parking facilities, state beaches, and public transportation vehicles and terminals (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 23-20-10-3 et seq.).
Exceptions. Smoking is not regulated in the following:
• Private and semiprivate rooms or designated areas of nursing homes and assisted living residences
• Hotel, motel, and guest-house rooms designated as smoking rooms (up to a maximum of 50 percent of rooms in the facility)
• Smoking bars (with access only from the street and tobacco sales greater than the combined revenue from food and liquor sales)
• Retail tobacco stores as long as they are ventilated so that smoke does not enter areas where smoking is prohibited
• Theatrical performances