Connecticut Smoking: What you need to know

The Connecticut's Clean Indoor Air Act bans smoking in public indoor areas used by the general public, including all buildings owned, operated, or leased by the state; healthcare institutions including nursing homes; public and private school buildings and school buses; childcare and daycare centers; dormitories in public and private colleges and universities; public transportation vehicles and terminals; restaurants, taverns, bars (including bars in bowling alleys) and private clubs; food preparation and processing plants and bakeries; retail grocery stores; libraries, museums, theaters, auditoriums, sand arenas; and offtrack betting parlors (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 19a-342).

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Employers with five or more employees must ban smoking in workplaces. Employers with fewer than five employees must establish one or more work areas where smoking is prohibited upon request of an employee. A smoking-permitted break room is permitted if it meets requirements of CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 31-40q , and there is a smoking-prohibited break room.

Designated smoking rooms. An employer may designate one or more rooms as smoking areas if they are located in areas where no one is required to enter or do work, and if they do not deprive the public of an existing nonsmoking area. Comparable and sufficient break rooms must be designated as nonsmoking. Existing ventilation systems and physical barriers must be used to exhaust air directly to the outside in a manner minimizing any affect on nonsmoking areas. Persons in charge of buildings are not required to make structural changes to create a smoking area.

An employer may declare the entire work facility as nonsmoking. There is no requirement that a workplace have a designated ...

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