HB7089—(workplaces; preemption repeal)—An Act Concerning The Department Of Public Health's Recommendations Regarding Enhancements In Tobacco Control—Hearing in Joint Committee on Public Health on 3/20
This bill significantly amends the current smokefree air law by eliminating a variety of exemptions that currently allow smoking and e-cigarette use in employee smoking rooms, workplaces with five or fewer employees, hotel/motel rooms, correctional facilities, public housing, smoking areas of psychiatric facilities, and outdoor seating at restaurants. The bill also repeals the preemptive language to restore local control. Existing tobacco bars would still be exempt and the definition was expanded to also allow hookah and e-cigarette use. E-cigarette use would be permitted at e-cigarette retailers, but smoking would not be allowed at tobacco retailers.
EXEMPTIONS: Smoking and e-cigarette use would be allowed in classrooms for demonstration purposes; medical research sites; and tobacco bars.