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Workplace Smoking Rules in Texas

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

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

In Texas smoking is prohibited in most public facilities.

Employers covered: Employers with one or more employees.

Written policy requirements: Employer policy not specified.

Posting requirements: A facility must clearly display a notice that smoking is prohibited by law and punishable by a fine of up to $500.

No smoking areas: Smoking and possession of a burning tobacco product is prohibited in:

  • public schools
  • elevators
  • enclosed theaters and movie houses
  • libraries
  • museums
  • hospitals
  • transit system buses, intrastate buses, or public airplanes and trains

Smoking by students at any school-related or sanctioned activity, on or off school property, is prohibited.

Permitted smoking areas: In areas where smoking is prohibited by law, smoking areas may be designated.

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