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 IslandAprotecting 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
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
What 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.
What 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.
Do 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.
Am 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
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.
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
@Smoking Ban in New Jersey@
@Smoke-free Illinois Act@
@Smoking Ban in California@1998
@Beverly Hills banned in all outdoor dining areas@
@Smoking Ban in a condominium of California
@Smoking Ban in the State of Washington
@Smoking Ban in Oregon@@
@Montana passed statewide smoking Ban
@Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act
@Smoking Ban in Arizona@
@Smoking Ban in the State of Maine
@Smoking Ban in Vermont@
@Smoking Ban in the lassachusetts state.
@Smoking Ban in New York@
@Smoking Ban in Maryland@
@Smoking Ban in Washington,D.C.
@Smoking Ban in Minnesota@
@Smoking Ban in Delaware@
@Smoking Ban in Ohio@
@Smoking Ban in Iowa@
@Smoking Ban in Utah@
@Smoking Ban in Rhode Island@
@Smoking Ban in Nevada@
@Smoking Ban in Virginia
@Smoking Ban in Michigan@
@Smoking Ban in Wisconsin
The article was written in December 2008, ,by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.