Iowa Smoking: What you need to know

The Smokefree Air Act prohibits smoking in most public places and all indoor and outdoor places of employment and volunteering (IA Code Sec. 142D.1). Text of the Act is available at http://www.iowasmokefreeair.gov/ common/pdf/iowacode142D.pdf.

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Included in the prohibition are educational facilities, healthcare facilities, childcare and daycare facilities, restaurants and bars, stores and malls, entertainment and sports venues, and public transportation vehicles and stations.

Government buildings. The Act covers all buildings and vehicles owned and leased by the state or its political subdivisions (counties, cities, townships, or school districts).

Exemptions. Exempt from the Act are designated rooms in hotels and motels, designated private and semiprivate rooms in long-term care facilities, gaming floors of casinos, tobacco stores, designated areas in correctional facilities, designated areas at National Guard facilities and the Iowa Veterans Home, private clubs with no employees, private limousines with no nonsmoking employees present, farm vehicles, and the grounds of the Iowa State Fair and county fairs.

Outdoor smoking. The Act regulates smoking in certain outdoor areas, including the grounds of state and local buildings; school grounds, playing fields, and parking lots; grounds at healthcare facilities; public transit platforms; outdoor seating areas of arenas, stadiums, and other outdoor venues; and outdoor seating areas of restaurants. Go to http://www.iowasmokefreeair.gov/common/ pdf/facts/outdoor_summary.pdffor specific information.

Employer obligations. Employers must have a written smoking policy that is communicated to current employees and applicants for employment. Employers must post "No ...

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