Wyoming Smoking laws & HR compliance analysis

Wyoming Smoking: What you need to know

Wyoming does not have any laws regulating or restricting smoking in public places or private and public workplaces.
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There is a law relating to the sale of tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes) containing nicotine, to minors under the age of 18.
State government buildings. Smoking is regulated in buildings under control of the Capitol Building Commission. Smoking is prohibited in state prisons.
Local ordinances. Several cities, including Cheyenne, Evanston, Green River, Laramie, and Rock Springs, and local municipalities have passed no-smoking ordinances.
Under the Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Act, the state does prohibit discrimination (e.g., in compensation, privileges of employment) against an employee or prospective employee based upon the use or nonuse of tobacco outside the course of employment, absent a bona fide occupational qualification. Religious organizations or associations are exempted from this law (WY Stat. Sec. 27-9-105(iv)et seq.).
Under the law, state employers are not prohibited from offering health, disability, or life insurance that distinguishes between employees for type or price of coverage based on use or nonuse of tobacco, as long as the differential is based on actual differential costs. Employers must explain the differential rates, in writing, to employees.
The Department of Workforce Services may order businesses found to have aggrieved an employee to rehire, reinstate, or upgrade the individual with or without back pay.
The Wyoming Department of Health's Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division has a tobacco-use-prevention website at http://www.health.wyo.gov with links to helpful resources. ...

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