Arkansas Smoking: What you need to know

The Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006 prohibits smoking in all public places and enclosed areas of employment, including elevators and stairwells, cafeterias and break rooms, and private offices, and on public transportation vehicles (AR Stat. Sec. 20-27-1801et seq.).

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Exempted from the Act are:

  • Workplaces with less than three employees
  • Outdoor areas of employment
  • Bars and bar areas of restaurants with liquor licenses that do not admit patrons under the age of 21
  • Hotels and motels with fewer than 25 rooms
  • Designated smoking areas in long-term care facilities
  • Private residences when not used for child care, day care, or health care
  • Retail tobacco stores as long as smoke does not infiltrate into facilities where smoking is prohibited
  • Tobacco manufacturers, importers, and wholesalers
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Designated smoking areas in gambling establishments of the Arkansas Racing Commission

State buildings and vehicles. Smoking is prohibited in all vehicles and enclosed areas owned, leased, or operated by the state, its agencies, and any political subdivision of the state and within 25 feet of entrances to state buildings. Smoking is also prohibited in buildings and grounds at the University of Arkansas.

Medical facilities. Smoking and the use of any type of tobacco product are prohibited in and on the grounds of all medical facilities in the state. Psychiatric hospitals are exempt.

Enforcement. The Act is enforced by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Any person violating the Act may be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500. The Department may also treat a violation of the Act as a deficiency assessed against any licensee or facility over which it has jurisdiction.

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