Utah Smoking: What you need to know

Under the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act (UICAA), smoking is prohibited in enclosed indoor public places, whether public or private, that are generally accessible to the public and in workplaces with one or more employees who are not owners/operators. Smoking is prohibited in any room in private dwellings where a business or service is conducted when a member of the public is present (UT Code Sec. 26-38-1 et seq..

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Effective July 1, 2012, the definition of "smoking" in the Act has been amended to include the use of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products and the smoking of tobacco from hookahs. However, businesses with 10 percent or more of gross sales from e-cigarettes or hookahs are exempt until July 1, 2017.

The UICAA covers elevators, restrooms, waiting rooms, public and private schools and school grounds, licensed and unlicensed childcare facilities, common rooms of hospitals and nursing homes, shopping malls and retail stores, barbershops and hair salons, laundromats, sports and fitness facilities, convention halls, public conveyances, public meetings, restaurants and cafeterias, and private vehicles used in performance of work duties if a nonsmoker is present.

Taverns and private clubs. Smoking is prohibited in taverns and Class B (lodges and patriotic clubs) and Class D private clubs (having over 50 percent of their revenue from the sale of liquor) that had previously been exempt from the Act.

Outdoor smoking areas. Outdoor smoking areas must be at least 25 feet from building entrances, exits, air intakes, or open windows. Smoking is prohibited in outdoor places of public access owned or operated by political subdivisions.

Exemptions. Exempted from the UICAA are nonpublic workplaces and private ...

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