Massachusetts Smoking: What you need to know

Under the Massachusetts Smoke-Free Workplace Law, all enclosed workplaces in Massachusetts, whether private, public, or quasi-public, must be smoke free. Smoking is also prohibited in common work areas; employee lounges and cafeterias; private offices; elevators and staircases; healthcare facilities; childcare and daycare facilities; schools, colleges, and universities; camps for school-age children; restaurants, food courts, bars, and taverns; grocery stores and supermarkets; public transportation (including trains, buses, planes, and taxis) and terminals; company cars and trucks used by more than one driver and auto dealership courtesy cars; and indoor or enclosed platforms (MA Gen. Laws Ch. 270 Sec. 22).

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Smoking is banned in all public buildings, state owned or leased buildings, and vehicles. Nothing in the law preempts stricter smoking prohibitions by any department, agency, or subdivision of the state government.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, under its Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program (MTCP), administers the law.

Exemptions. Smoking is permitted in the following places:

  • Private residences except when being utilized as daycare, childcare, or healthcare businesses
  • Designated smoking-permitted guest rooms in hotels, motels, inns, bed-and-breakfast inns, and lodges
  • Residents' and patients' rooms and designated common areas at state hospitals and the soldiers' homes in Chelsea and Holyoke
  • State-operated substance abuse treatment centers
  • Designated residential rooms and areas in nursing homes that do not contain workplaces
  • Bars holding smoking bar permits (that are prominently posted on the premises)
  • Tobacco manufacturing, import and export businesses, and retail tobacco shops
  • Places ...

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