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Workplace Smoking Rules in Massachusetts

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on June 22, 2012.

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Employers in Massachusetts must comply with these state rules regulating smoking in the workplace.

In Massachusetts, the general rule requires that workplaces with one or more employees be smoke-free.

Employers covered: Employers with one or more employees.

Written policy requirements: Employer policy not specified.

Posting requirements: Signs indicating that smoking is prohibited must be conspicuously displayed at the entrance to each area where smoking is banned.

No smoking areas: Smoking is prohibited in:

  • workplaces, work spaces and common work areas
  • offices
  • employee lounges
  • conference and meeting rooms
  • classrooms;
  • cafeterias
  • elevators and staircases
  • restrooms
  • restaurants, cafes, food courts, or concessions
  • supermarkets and retail food outlets
  • certain bars and taverns

Permitted smoking areas: Smoking is not prohibited in:

  • private residences, except when used for home daycare or other similar purposes
  • premises occupied by membership associations under certain lease agreements
  • retail tobacco stores
  • smoking bars
  • a theatrical performance or film production
  • the course of medical or scientific research on tobacco products
  • religious ceremonies where smoking is part of the ritual
  • quality testing of the tobacco product by tobacco farmers, manufacturers, importers, exporters, and wholesale dealers of tobacco

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