Kentucky Smoking: What you need to know

Executive branch. Smoking is restricted to designated indoor smoking areas or outside smoking areas in executive branch agencies and in buildings owned and leased by the state (Executive Order 2006-0807). Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas.

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Other state government buildings. Other branches of state government may restrict smoking to designated areas that are not public areas (hallways, elevators and stairways, rest rooms, conference and meeting rooms, common work areas, or offices occupied by more than one employee (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 61.165 et seq.).

State colleges. State postsecondary institutions must adopt a written policy either prohibiting indoor smoking or restricting smoking to designated, well ventilated areas.

Correctional facilities. Smoking is prohibited by executive order in all correctional facilities except the prison at Eddyville.

Local government buildings. Smoking policies in local government buildings must be adopted by executive order or an act of the General Assembly or local governing authority.

Schools. Smoking in public, private, and parochial schools and on school grounds by adults is limited to designated smoking areas while children are in attendance (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 438.050).

Private sector employers. There is no comparable state law that covers private employers, so smoking is allowed in most workplaces and public places. Employers are obligated to post smoking or nonsmoking areas with appropriate signs.

It is unlawful in Kentucky for an employer to refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate against employees who smoke or segregate or classify these employees in any way that would deprive them of opportunities or status in the ...

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