Workplace smoking regulation
Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes is prohibited in the workplace
The Clean Air Works Workplace Smoking Regulation creates the following protections in Boston workplaces:
- Smoking any substance, including vaping, is not permitted in any workspace. This includes any enclosed indoor and adjacent outdoor area, structure, or facility occupied by an employee during the course of their employment. Examples of outdoor workspaces include: restaurant and hotel patios, loading docks, valet parking areas, and unenclosed construction sites
- Employers must post no-smoking signs in a clear and visible manner stating that smoking/vaping is prohibited
- Smoking bars, including hookah bars that were in operation when the regulations amended in 2008 may allow smoking under a time-limited grandfather provision. These businesses must have signage addressing the dangers of smoking and second-hand smoke. They must prohibit the entry of persons under the age of 21. There are no new smoking bars allowed
Read the full text of the Clean Air Works Workplace Smoking Regulation.
Youth access regulation
Regulation Limiting Tobacco and Nicotine Access by Youth
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The Youth Access Regulation dictate tobacco and nicotine delivery product sales in Boston:
- Requires retailers to obtain a tobacco/nicotine sales permit prior to selling tobacco products
- Prohibits the sale of tobacco and nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, to persons under the age of 21
- Prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products and nicotine delivery products (including menthol)
- Prohibit the sale of single cigarettes
- Prohibits the sale of tobacco and nicotine delivery products through easy to reach self-service displays
- Establishes restrictions on cigar pricing and packaging
- Prohibits the sale of tobacco and nicotine delivery products in educational institutions. It is also prohibited in health care institutions including pharmacies
- Prohibits the sale of blunt wraps
- Amendments to the Massachusetts Law establish additional restrictions on the sale of flavored tobacco and nicotine delivery products. BPHC is required to enforce the provisions of the State Law. Information about the Massachusetts Law is available online.