Smoking: What you need to know

Although there is no federal ban on smoking in private workplaces, most states have laws limiting or banning smoking in public places, including workplaces. Employers that prohibit smoking and assist employees with quitting see a decrease in absenteeism and healthcare costs and an increase in productivity.

For safety safety a Limited Time receive a FREE Safety Special Report on the "50 Tips For More-Effective Safety Training."  Receive 75 pages of useful safety information broken down into three training sections. Download Now

Smoking in the workplace involves many complex issues including compliance with state and local laws, insurance premiums and healthcare costs, discrimination issues and smokers' rights, and union contracts. Accordingly, many companies have banned smoking from the workplace and outdoor areas.

Federal Workplaces

Federal workplaces. On December 22, 2008, the General Service Administration issued an amendment ( FMR Case 2008-102-3) to the Federal Management Regulation (Part 102-74, Facility Management) that prohibits smoking of tobacco products in facilities owned or leased by the federal government and within 25 feet of entryways and air intakes. The revised rule supersedes Executive Order 13058 and previous FMR rules that allow for designated smoking areas. The effective date of the rule is June 22, 2009, allowing agencies to comply with union obligations under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Act.

Exemptions. The rule does not apply to residential accommodations within federal buildings, portions of federal buildings leased or rented to nonfederal parties, or areas in private-sector places of employment serving as a duty station for a federal employee. Agency heads may grant narrow exceptions on a limited project-driven basis.

State and Local Laws

State and local requirements. Although there is no federal smoking ban for private employers, 47 states have laws limiting smoking in ...

>> Read more about Smoking

Related Topics

More on this topic:

Smoking in the Workplace
Employer Issues

State Requirements

Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming |

Smoking Resources

Smoking Products

Safety.BLR.com - Making Safety Training and Compliance Easier
Safety training and compliance just got easier. You get easy access to hundreds of training solutions, easy-to-understand regulatory analysis, analysis of federal and state full-text regs, regulatory activity, news, and best practices. Safety.BLR.com - your online safety solution."
Wellness Webinar Recording
BLR Webinar: "Wellness: Effectively Promote Your Program and Avoid Common Legal Pitfalls""
Workplace Fire Safety-English Edition
Do you feel confident that your employees will know what to do in the event of a fire? Effective fire safety training is an OSHA and common sense basic. This colorful, fully illustrated booklet provides an easy to read fire safety training meeting that your workers will understand and remember. Includes training quiz. 16 pages."
Wellness Best Practices Webinar Recording
BLR Webinar: "Wellness Best Practices: Putting Teeth into Your Wellness Program Without Risking Legal Liability""
Wellness Programs Webinar Recording
BLR Webinar: "Wellness Programs: Manage Activity, Reduce Costs, and Boost Participation""
Free Special Reports
Get Your FREE Special Report. Download Any One Of These FREE Special Reports, Instantly!
Featured Special Report
Claim Your Free Copy of 50 Tips For More Effective Safety Training

Each Safety topic delivers effective training, including train the trainer preparation tips on blended learning programs, multilingual training, and computer-based training.
Download Now!

Covering Safety awareness in:
  • Back Safety
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Safety
  • Forklift Safety
  • Hazardous Waste Operations
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Sexual Harassment and Safety
  • Violence in the Workplace
The report also provides special event and awareness tips like:
  • National Safety Month
  • National Fire Prevention Week
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
This is a time- and work-saving reference packed with effective training information.

Download Now!