Protect Local Control

Ensuring Community Rights
To Pass Smokefree Ordinances

Legislative Summary

SB90-Georgia Smokefree Air Act of 2005-Signed by Governor

This bill prohibits smoking in some enclosed public places and workplaces.

  • Preemptive Action


  • Anti-Preemptive Clause


EXEMPTIONS: This bill has been amended and weakened several times. This bill exempts bars and restaurants that do not allow patrons or employees under 18; separately enclosed and ventilated private rooms in restaurants and bars; separately ventilated smoking areas in non-public areas of workplaces where non-maintenance employees are not required to enter; work areas in private places of employment that are not generally open to the public, and private clubs. Smoking is also allowed in private residences except when used for child care, adult day-care, and health care; 20% of hotel/motel rooms; retail tobacco stores; long term care facilities; outdoor areas of places of employment; smoking areas in international airports; workplaces of tobacco manufacturers/importers/wholesalers; private/semi-private rooms of health care facilities with written permission to smoke; and convention facility meeting rooms during private functions.