State Laws Protecting Kids from Secondhand Smoke

preschool aged girl looking up at the viewerMany states have enacted laws to protect non-smokers and children from exposure to secondhand and thirdhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is the smoke that comes from lit cigarettes and cigars. It also comes from smoke breathed out by smokers. Thirdhand smoke is the tar, nicotine and other chemicals in secondhand smoke that stick  on furniture, including cribs, high chairs, blankets, car seats, toys and other surfaces.

New Hampshire:  New Hampshire lawmakers passed an amended version of the NH Indoor Smoking Act (ISA) in June 2007. RSA 155:64-77 protects the public and employees by reducing their exposure to secondhand smoke. The amended ISA created safer and healthier indoor environments. The RSA mandates that smoking is prohibited in restaurants, cocktail lounges, and enclosed places owned and operated by social, fraternal, or religious organizations when open to the general public. The ISA prohibits smoking in a number of facilities, including public educational facilities, at any time, licensed child day care, licensed under RSA 170-E during the hours of operation (except foster family homes and foster family group homes), health care facilities, public conveyances, and grocery stores by customers.

To see more states’ laws visit:  http://www.no-smoke.org/goingsmokefree.php?id=519

Smokefree Car Laws

U.S. State / Commonwealth Smokefree Provision Effective Date
Arkansas Persons < than age 6 and under 60 pounds in a child safety seat. (2006)
Persons < age 14. (2011)
07/21/2006, 07/27/2011
California Persons < age 18 01/01/2008
Louisiana Persons < age 13 08/15/2006
Maine Persons < age 16 09/01/2008
Oregon Persons < age 18. The Legislature enacted SB444, which prohibits smoking in any motor vehicle in which a child under age 18 is a passenger. Enacted 06/11/2013 as Chapter 361 2013 Laws. 01/01/2014
Puerto Rico Persons < age 13 03/02/2007
Utah Persons < age 16 07/01/2014
Vermont Persons aged 8 and under 07/01/2014
Virginia Persons age 8 07/01/2016