"Regarding a bill in Oregon to preempt local smokefree bar ordinances, McCallum stated that he was happy with the bill, and that the association "has really been battling local ordinances month in and month out for four years." McCallum compared the legislation to that enacted by California in 1995. When asked about the health of employees in bars, McCallum stated, "People have a choice as to whether they want to work in establishments that allow smoking. Those people have plenty of other choices [of employers] if they are offended by [smoking]. In fact, this law ensures that they have lots of other choices."Michael McCallum
Chief Executive, Oregon Restaurant Association
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 2016 Legislative Session: January 5 - May 7
- 1/27/2017H127—(all multi-unit housing)—An Act relating to prohibiting smoking in multi-unit housing—Session Adjourned
- 2/3/2017H187—(reasonable distance)—An Act relating to prohibiting smoking outside places of business—Session Adjourned
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- 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
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- 8/22/2016Blue Cities, Red States
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- 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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