Colorado Smoking laws & HR compliance analysis

Colorado Smoking: What you need to know

The Colorado Clean Air Act prohibits smoking in indoor public places and workplaces, including educational institutions and daycare facilities; healthcare facilities (including doctor's offices); restaurants, bars, private clubs, bowling alleys, gaming areas of casinos, and theatrical productions. Smoking is also prohibited on public transportation vehicles (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 25-14-201et seq.).
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The owner or manager of a facility where smoking is not prohibited under the Act may post the area as completely nonsmoking or limit smoking to specific designated areas.
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Marijuana. The Act has been amended to prohibit the smoking of marijuana anywhere the smoking of tobacco is prohibited. Colorado law clearly states that an employer is not required to permit or accommodate the use, consumption, possession, transfer, display, transportation, sale, or growing of marijuana in the workplace or to affect the ability of employers to have policies restricting the use of marijuana by employees.
Smoking is permitted in outdoor areas of businesses, but not within 15 feet of entryways. Smoking of marijuana is prohibited in outdoor places of public access.
Smoking is permitted in businesses with three or fewer employees not open to the public; however, an employer must provide a smoke-free area to employees who make this request.
Smoking is permitted in:
• Private homes, residences, and vehicles (except when used as part of a daycare facility);
• Designated residents' rooms in assisted living facilities
• Limousines and private cars for hire
• One-quarter of rooms in hotels and motels
• Retail tobacco businesses
• Cigar bars
• Designated smoking lounges at ...

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