Maine Smoking laws & HR compliance analysis

Maine Smoking: What you need to know

Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed areas of public places (including bars, taverns, restaurants, and all public restrooms) and in all public transportation vehicles and employer-owned or -leased vehicles. (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 22 Sec. 1541et seq.).
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Under Maine law, employers may prohibit all use of tobacco, such as snuff and chewing tobacco, as well as smoking.
Exceptions. Exceptions to the smoking prohibitions include public places when they are not open to the public for at least 1 hour, residents' rooms in licensed nursing homes, hotel and motel rooms designated as smoking-permitted, veterans' service organization facilities not open to the public, bingo and beano games run by federally recognized Indian tribes, religious ceremonies and related cultural events involving tobacco, and the nonbetting and nonsales areas of off-track betting parlors and racing simulcast facilities.
Outdoors. Smoking is prohibited within 20 feet of entrances, exits, windows, and air vents of buildings where smoking is prohibited (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 22 Sec. 1550). However, employers may ban outdoor smoking completely on their grounds.
Posting. Signs must be posted conspicuously in buildings where smoking is prohibited. Signs must read “No Smoking” with letters at least 1 inch high or bear the international symbol for no smoking.
State law prohibits smoking in outdoor seating areas, such as decks and patios, under the control of a food establishment.
Smoking is prohibited at and within 20 feet of state parks, beaches, and historic sites (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 22 Sec. 1580-E).
Hospitals. Hospitals may declare their entire facility (buildings and grounds) as nonsmoking (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 22 Sec. 1580-B).
Schools. All tobacco use ...

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