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Smoke-free Public Place and Workplace Law
in Rhode Island



Rhode Island

Rhode Island is the state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest U.S. state
by area. The state of Rhode Island shares its borders with Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts
to the north and east, and a southwest water boundary with Long Island of New York.



(L) Providence County, Rhode Island (R) Providence in the mid-20th century


Smoke-free Public Place and Workplace Law

'Public Health and Workplace Safety Law' took effect in March, 2005. This law prohibits smoking
in public places and workplaces in Rhode IslandAprotecting Rhode Islanders at work and in indoor
places from the effects of secondhand smoke. The law ensures the environment free from the
tobacco-smoke, for business owners, employees, and the public. Rhode Islanders will reap
the health and economic benefits of being the smoke-free society.

A public place means an enclosed area to which the public is invited or in which the public is
permitted, including, but not limited to, banks, bars, educational facilities, health care facilities,
laundromats, public transportation facilities, reception areas, restaurants, retail food production
and marketing establishments, retail service establishments, retail stores, shopping malls, sports
arenas.


œWhat Is the Smoke-free Public Place and Workplace Law?
The Smoke-free Public Place and Workplace Law prohibits the act of smoking
in public places and workplaces to protect employees and the public
from the hazard caused by a secondhand smoke.

œWhat Does the law require me to do?
Beginning March 1, 2005, you may not allow smoking at your
establishment by employees or patrons in any@indoor spaces.
Signs must be posted at every entrance.@You must notify present
and future employees that you establish a smoke-free facility.

œDo I need to post signs?
Yes, a sign must be clearly posted at every entrance to public places
and workplaces where smoking is prohibited. Failure to post signs could
result in a civil penalty of up to $1,000.

œAm I allowed to provide a smoking break room for my employees?
No, smoking is not allowed in any indoor workplace.
An employer should provide an area outside of the firm, it must physically be
separated from the enclosed workplace to prevent the migration of smoke
into the workplace. The Department of Health recommends that
any smoking area outside, be at least fifty feet (15.2 M) from the building.

œ If the employer allows customers and employees to smoke inside of a firm?
As an employer, if you choose to allow smoking in your establishment,
you can be subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for each violation.

Source: Rhode Island Department of Health Providence, RI


Total Smoking Ban in USA

smorking ban New Jersey @Smoking Ban in New Jersey@
smorking ban Illinois USA@Smoke-free Illinois Act@
smorking ban California USA@Smoking Ban in California@1998
smorking ban Beverly Hills California@Beverly Hills banned in all outdoor dining areas@
smorking ban condominium@Smoking Ban in a condominium of California
smorking ban Washington state@Smoking Ban in the State of Washington
smorking ban Oregon USA@Smoking Ban in Oregon@@
smorking ban Montana USA@Montana passed statewide smoking Ban
smorking ban Colorado USA@Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act
smorking ban Arizona USA@Smoking Ban in Arizona@
smorking ban Maine USA@Smoking Ban in the State of Maine
smorking ban Vermont USA@Smoking Ban in Vermont@
smorking ban Massachusetts@Smoking Ban in the ‚lassachusetts state.
smorking ban New York@Smoking Ban in New York@
smorking ban Maryland USA@Smoking Ban in Maryland@
smorking ban Washington DC@Smoking Ban in Washington,D.C.
smorking ban Minnesota USA@Smoking Ban in Minnesota@
smorking ban Delaware USA@Smoking Ban in Delaware@
smorking ban Ohio USA@Smoking Ban in Ohio@
smorking ban Iowa USA@Smoking Ban in Iowa@
smorking ban Utah USA@Smoking Ban in Utah@
smorking ban Rhode Island@Smoking Ban in Rhode Island@
smorking ban Nevada USA@Smoking Ban in Nevada@
smorking ban Virginia USA@Smoking Ban in Virginia
smorking ban Michigan USA@Smoking Ban in Michigan@
smorking ban Wisconsin USA@Smoking Ban in Wisconsin


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The article was written in December 2008, ,by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.



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Special Note:
@Two South Kuril and two islands off Hokkaido are the own land of Japan.
@Smoke-free hotels in Japan
@Domestic travel in Japan
@Smoke-free should be the minimum standard for the host city in the Olympic.
@WHO: Smoking should be banned in all public spaces.
@World population: seven billion v.s. Declining birth rate in Japan
@Nobody in the earth can destroy the natural beauty of the land.

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