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"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

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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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