"I've learned from experience that as soon as I'm identified as a representative of the Tobacco Institute, I lose all credibility. They just sneer us away... so I try to work behind the scenes whenever I can."Ron Saldana
All Vermont workplaces are smokefree. All enclosed public places, restaurants, bars, private clubs and bingo venues have been 100% smokefree since 2005, and all non-hospitality workplaces have been 100% smokefree since 2009. Starting July 1, 2016, the use of e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices will not be allowed in smokefree spaces.
In 2009, a law was adopted to close loopholes in the 2005 smokefree law that had allowed smoking rooms under certain conditions in non-hospitality workplaces. Read Vermont's 2005 100% smokefree law for restaurants and bars, and the 2009 law for non-hospitality workplaces.
To learn more about Vermont's smokefree laws, visit the VT
Department of Health.
To report a violation, call the Department of Health at 800-439-8550.
Vermont law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Vermont.
Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.
Vermont's 2018 Legislative Session: January 3 - May 4
- 1/27/2017H127—(all multi-unit housing)—An Act relating to prohibiting smoking in multi-unit housing—Carry over to 2018
- 2/3/2017H187—(reasonable distance)—An Act relating to prohibiting smoking outside places of business—Carry over to 2018
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- 2/4/2011What's happening in the U.S. Territories and Commonwealths?
- 10/13/2017State lawmakers choose winners and losers through preemption
- 7/6/2017Blue Cities Want to Make Their Own Rules. Red States Won't Let Them.
- 5/10/2017The Threat of Super-Preemption
- 3/6/2017Preemption Prevents Innovation
- 2/21/2017City Rights in an Era of Preemption: A State-by-State Analysis
- 2/2/2017Red State, Blue City
- 1/5/2017GOP aims to rein in liberal cities
- 9/9/2016How ALEC, ACCE, and Preemption Laws are Gutting the Powers of American Cities
- 8/22/2016Blue Cities, Red States
- 6/28/2016Colorado Preemptions of Local Government: The Need for the Colorado Community Rights Amendment
- 6/23/2016State and Local Comprehensive Smoke-Free Laws for Worksites, Restaurants, and Bars--United States, 2015
- 4/6/2016From Fracking Bans To Paid Sick Leave: How States Are Overruling Local Laws
- 4/1/2016Growing Southern cities are increasingly targets of state pre-emption
- 3/25/2016Beyond North Carolina's LGBT Battle: States' War on Cities
- 2/4/2016Corporate Interests Take Aim at Local Democracy
- 8/6/2015Blowing the Whistle on ALEC's Little Brother ACCE
- 7/7/2015Four Ways ALEC Tried to Ruin Your State this Year
- 5/17/2015Say no: States increasingly blocking cities and counties from imposing mandates on businesses
- 5/8/2015State lawmakers hate federal meddling even as they preempt local government
- 3/30/2015The ALEC-Backed War on Local Democracy
- 2/23/2015Govern Yourselves, State Lawmakers Tell Cities, but Not Too Much
- 3/25/2014Widespread Smoking Ban Considered in State Legislature
- 3/4/2014House bill bans smoking with kids in car, considers raising tobacco age to 21
- 2/27/2014Vermont lawmakers debate further limits on tobacco use
- 2/5/2010State Preemption of Local Smoke-Free Laws in Government Work Sites, Private Work Sites, and Restaurants United States, 2005-2009
- 7/1/2009Smoking restrictions, tax increases take effect in Vermont
- 5/30/2009Workplace smoking ban starts July 1
- 4/24/2009Smoking lounges going the way of the dodo
- 3/10/2009Ban sought on all smoking in the workplace
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