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"Local actions by communities has been proven to be effective in enforcing youth access legislation and reducing tobacco use among young persons. However, the tobacco industry has been equally successful in weakening local control and community involvement through state laws containing preemption provisions."

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, November 3, 1995

Vermont

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


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