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.

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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 ...

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