Alaska Smoking: What you need to know

Under Alaska law, smoking is restricted in enclosed public places, including places of employment, and is allowed only in designated smoking areas (DSAs) (AK Stat. Sec. 18.35.300 et seq.).

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DSAs. Separations, ventilation, or partitions must be used to minimize the toxic effects of smoke drifting from designated smoking areas to adjacent nonsmoking areas. Common areas such as hallways, stairwells, lobbies, and waiting rooms should be designated as nonsmoking areas.

Government buildings. Smoking is also restricted to DSAs in buildings controlled by the state or its political subdivisions, including correctional facilities, offices, courtrooms and jury rooms; elevators; public restrooms and waiting rooms; restaurants seating 50 or more people; libraries; enclosed theaters; convention halls; recreation and entertainment facilities; gymnasiums and swimming pools; and public transportation vehicles and waiting areas.

Schools and childcare facilities. Smoking is prohibited in preschools and public and private elementary and secondary schools and on their grounds unless properly ventilated DSAs (where no minors are permitted) are part of a collective bargaining agreement covering employees in the school. Smoking is prohibited in private homes used for child care or day care during hours of operation ( AK Stat. Sec. 18.35.305(1) ).

Healthcare facilities. Smoking is restricted to DSAs in private and public hospitals, mental health facilities, clinics, medical and dental offices, and residential healthcare facilities and nursing homes.

Exceptions. Bars and taverns not serving food other than snacks, private offices, limousines and taxicabs for hire (if driver and all passengers agree), and legally designated smoking ...

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