Maine Smoking: What you need to know

Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed areas of public places, including bars, taverns, and restaurants, and in all public rest rooms (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 22 Sec. 1541et seq.). Smoking is prohibited at and within 20 feet of state parks, beaches, and historic sites (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 22 Sec. 1580-E).

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The Act to Limit Smoking in Outdoor Dining Areas (prohibits smoking in outdoor seating areas, such as decks and patios, under the control of a food establishment.

Exceptions. Exceptions to the smoking prohibitions include public places when they are not open to the public, residents' rooms in licensed nursing homes, jury rooms when all members consent to smoking, hotel and motel rooms designated as smoking-permitted, privately charted buses and limousines, veterans' service organization facilities not open to the public, bingo and beano games run by federally recognized Indian tribes, religious ceremonies and related cultural events involving tobacco, and the nonbetting and nonsales areas of off-track betting parlors and racing simulcast facilities.

Hospitals. Hospitals may declare their entire facility (buildings and grounds) as nonsmoking (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 22 Sec. 1580-B).

Schools. All tobacco use by students, employees, and the public, is prohibited in schools and on school grounds, including when school is not in session (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 20 Sec. 2700).

Childcare facilities. Smoking is prohibited in childcare facilities that are not home based and in vehicles used to transport children for 12 hours prior to a child being transported.

Written smoking policy. Maine law requires all employers, both private and public, to establish (or negotiate through collective bargaining) and implement a written smoking ...

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