Wisconsin Smoking: What you need to know

Effective July 5, 2010, the Clean Indoor Air Act is expanded to prohibit smoking in enclosed public places (including stores, theaters, and sports arenas); all enclosed places of employment (including restaurants and bars, cafeterias and lounges, stairways, lobbies, and company vehicles); government buildings; daycare centers and educational institutions; inpatient healthcare facilities; correctional facilities; private clubs; and public conveyances and terminals.

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Exemptions. Private residences, private rooms in assisted living facilities, tribal facilities and casinos, and retail tobacco stores established before June 3, 2009, are exempted.

Notification. Persons in charge of facilities covered by the expanded prohibition must provide appropriate notification before the ban takes effect and must post appropriate no-smoking signs with the international no-smoking symbol.

Designated smoking areas. Effective July 5, 2010, the designation of smoking areas in enclosed indoor locations is no longer allowed.

Effective July 5, 2010, if a county, city, village, or town enacts any ordinance regulating or prohibiting outside smoking, the ordinance may apply only to public property under the entity’s jurisdiction. In addition, the ordinance must provide that the person in charge of a restaurant, tavern, private club, or retail establishment located in an area subject to the ordinance may designate an outside area that is within a reasonable distance from any entrance to the establishment, where customers, employees, and other associated persons may smoke.

Although tobacco is not mentioned in the statute, employers, employment agencies, and labor unions may not discriminate against a ...

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