Vermont Smoking laws & HR compliance analysis

Vermont Smoking: What you need to know

The Vermont Clean Indoor Air Act, also known as the Smoking in Public Places law, prohibits smoking in the common areas of all enclosed indoor places of public access and publicly owned, rented, or leased buildings and offices, as well as public transportation vehicles. This prohibition includes restaurants, bars (including those with cabaret licenses), taverns, pubs, and private clubs; retail stores and malls; grocery stores; and theaters, arenas, and stadiums (VT Stat. Tit. 18 Sec. 1741et seq.).
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In 2014, Act 135 amended this law to prohibit smoking:
• In all rooms rented to guests in hotels, motels, inns, and other lodging establishments;
• At indoor and outdoor areas of schools and childcare facilities and at school-sponsored events;
• Within 25 feet of state-owned buildings (those buildings with 50-foot boundaries may keep them) and
• In all buildings and on grounds of state-operated hospitals.
The Vermont Workplace Smoking Act prohibits smoking in all enclosed private and public workplaces and all government buildings to ensure that they are 100 percent free of tobacco smoke (Tit. 18 Sec. 1421et seq.).
Designated smoking areas. Designated smoking areas are not permitted.
Exemptions. Areas not open to the public at owner-operated businesses with no employees are exempt. Public areas of state veterans' homes are exempt.
Signage. Employers are encouraged to post conspicuous signs indicating that their facilities are smoke-free. A sample sign is available to download at
Outdoor smoking areas. The law does not restrict smoking outside of workplaces or indicate the distance a smoker must be from a building. However, smoking must be done at a sufficient distance so that smoke does not ...

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