Secondhand tobacco smoke can result in eye and throat irritation, and increase the risk of lung cancer, respiratory diseases, and heart attacks. Vermont's smoke-free laws protect the public from the health risks of secondhand smoke.
Vermont’s Smoke-Free Laws: Act 135
Act 135 is a law that extends secondhand smoke protections in workplaces, motor vehicles, public places, school grounds, and childcare settings. On January 1, 2015, the law also takes a first step in protecting children from e-cigarette liquids poisonings.
Smoking in Public Places
Also called the Clean Indoor Air Act, this law bans the smoking of tobacco products in nearly all the common areas of indoor “places of public access.” This includes any place of business that serves the public or that the public has access to use – both public and privately owned and for profit or not-for-profit organizations.
Smoking in the Workplace
In 2009, Vermont amended its Smoking in the Workplace Law to prohibit smoking inside all areas of the workplace. Prior to this amendment the law allowed employers to designate smoking areas if they obeyed certain rules. Now the law requires all indoor areas of workplaces to be 100% smoke-free.
Smoke Free Housing - The American Lung Association of New England provides tenants and rental property owners with tools and information for making apartment complexes smoke free.
Quit Smoking Help and Health Resources
When you decide to quit, these free services can help you find success. Best of all, through 802Quits you can get free nicotine replacement - gum, patches or lozenges - shipped right to your door (while supplies last). Visit 802Quits.org
The American Cancer Society
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