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Oklahoma Smoking: What you need to know

The Oklahoma Smoking in Public Places and Indoor Workplaces Act prohibits smoking in indoor places open to the public, workplaces (even if workers are unpaid volunteers), on public transportation and in any vehicle owned by the state, and in outdoor areas of zoos. Smoking is not permitted in any building owned or operated by the state, including the state college system, or within 25 feet of an entrance or air intake. Smoking is not permitted in schools, daycare and childcare centers, and on school grounds during hours of operation, and health facilities (except for designated rooms in nursing homes and assisted living facilities) (OK Stat. Tit. 21 Sec. 1247).

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The Act bans smoking in and within 25 feet of county and municipal buildings.

Smoking is not permitted in private sector work areas, including restrooms, cafeterias and lounges, meeting rooms, hallways, and elevators, even when work is not being performed. Employers not specifically restricted by the law may designate rooms where smoking is permitted (OK Stat. Tit. 63-1 Sec. 1521et seq.).

Any employer may choose a more restrictive policy and may make the facility entirely smoke-free. No public place is required to permit smoking under the Act.

Workplaces within private residences are exempt, except for daycare centers during hours of operation.

Posting. Employers must post highly visible "no smoking" and "smoking permitted" signs, at least 4 inches by 2 inches and preferably white lettering on a red background, at each entrance.

Designated Smoking Areas

Designated smoking areas (DSAs). An employer may designate smoking rooms located where no work is performed and where doors are not frequently opened and closed. Any DSA must be fully enclosed, and air ...


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