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Employers in Connecticut must comply with these state rules regulating smoking in the workplace.
Connecticut prohibits smoking in designated areas.
Employers covered: All employers are covered by Connecticut's smoking laws. Special rules apply to employers with less than five employees.
Written policy requirements: Employer policy not specified.
Posting requirements: In each room, elevator, area or building in which smoking is prohibited by law, the person in control of the premises must post in a conspicuous place signs stating that smoking is prohibited by state law. Signs, except in elevators, restaurants, establishments with permits to sell alcoholic liquor to consumers, hotels, motels or similar lodgings and health care institutions, must have letters at least four inches high with the principal strokes of the letters not less than one-half inch wide.
No smoking areas: Connecticut prohibits smoking:
Permitted smoking areas: The smoking prohibitions do not apply to:
The operator of a hotel, motel or similar lodging may allow guests to smoke in not more than 25 percent of the rooms offered as accommodations to guests.
Employers with fewer than five employees in a business facility must establish one or more work areas, sufficient to accommodate nonsmokers who request to utilize such an area, within each business facility under its control, where smoking is prohibited. Employers must clearly designate the existence and boundaries of each nonsmoking area by posting signs that can be readily seen by employees and visitors. In the areas within the business facility where smoking is permitted, existing physical barriers and ventilation systems must be used to the extent practicable to minimize the effect of smoking in adjacent nonsmoking areas.
Employers with five or more employees must prohibit smoking in any business facility under the employer's control, except that an employer may designate one or more smoking rooms.
Employers that provide a smoking room must provide sufficient nonsmoking break rooms for nonsmoking employees.
A smoking room designated by an employer must meet the following requirements:
Nothing in this law may be construed as to prohibit an employer from designating an entire business facility as a nonsmoking area.
This law does not require any smoking area in any building.