Connecticut Smoking laws & HR compliance analysis

Connecticut Smoking: What you need to know

The Connecticut's Clean Indoor Air Act bans smoking in public indoor areas used by the general public, including all buildings owned, operated, or leased by the state; healthcare institutions including nursing homes; public and private school buildings and school buses; childcare and daycare centers; dormitories in public and private colleges and universities; public transportation vehicles and terminals; restaurants, taverns, bars (including bars in bowling alleys) and private clubs; food preparation and processing plants and bakeries; retail grocery stores; libraries, museums, theaters, auditoriums, sand arenas; and offtrack betting parlors (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 19a-342).
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The Department of Public Health (DPH) Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program enforces the Act and provides information to the public.
Local ordinances. The state law preempts any local laws relative to smoking (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 19a-342(2)(g)). However, some towns have passed policies on the use of town property that include prohibitions on smoking.
E-cigarettes. Connecticut law regulates electronic nicotine delivery systems and vapor products in various venues, including numerous places of employment. Public Act No. 15 206 (the Act) prohibits the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems and vapor products in buildings owned or leased and operated by the state or its political subdivisions; healthcare institutions; retail and food stores; restaurants; places that serve alcohol under specified permits; school buildings during school and student activities; specified childcare facilities; passenger elevators; dormitories at public or private higher education institutions; and dog race tracks or facilities equipped with screens ...

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