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Where You Can and Can't Smoke

By September 7, 2008

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On Thursday, September 11, 2008, most restaurants, workplaces and other public places across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will go smoke free as the Clean Indoor Air Act goes into effect. With the passage of this act, Pennsylvania joins 32 other states -- including the neighboring states of New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland --- in enacting antismoking laws designed to protect residents from passive, secondhand smoke.

Under the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act, smoking is banned in:

  • Most public places and workspaces, including educational and health facilities
  • Public buildings
  • Mass transit vehicles and stations
  • Sports and recreational facilities
  • Theaters
  • Restaurants
  • Nightclubs
  • Larger bars and taverns with more than 20% of gross revenues coming from on-site food sales
  • Factories
  • Tire shops, oil change shops, auto repair shops, machine shops
  • Bowling alleys
  • 75 percent of hotel rooms
  • 75 percent of casino floors
Smoking is permitted in:
  • Bars and small eateries that derive less than 20% of revenue from on-site food sales
  • Private residences (except those used for adult or child day care)
  • Private vehicles
  • Private membership clubs (if approved by officers)
  • Cigar bars
  • Tobacco businesses, manufacturers and importers
  • Separate enclosed rooms or designated smoking rooms in residential adult-care facilities, community mental health care facilities or drug/alcohol clinics
  • Fund-raisers that are held by a non-profit, charitable group only once per year, as long as food and beverages are available to attendees and youths under 18 cannot attend
  • Up to 25 percent of a casino floor, unless an owner can show an economic hardship, meaning the nonsmoking slots have a documented decline in revenue; then the owner can increase the smoking area up to 50 percent
  • Up to 25 percent of motel/hotel rooms
  • A designated outdoor smoking area at a sports or recreational facility
  • Up to six days a year of "tobacco promotional events."

Comments

September 22, 2008 at 9:48 am
(1) regina says:

it would be great to have a list of surrounding pittsburgh towns and the bars you can and cannot smoke in. you would pull in a lot of business.

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