Many 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)
|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|