New Jersey's Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006 ensures that workers have a safe, smoke-free workplace and that all nonsmokers -- including children and senior citizens -- can breathe smoke-free air in public places.
Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard that can lead to illness and premature death in children and non-smoking adults, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. As New Jersey’s Smoke-Free Air Act states, it is clearly in the public interest to prohibit smoking in enclosed indoor spaces.
The law is an important part of New Jersey’s effort to eliminate tobacco use as one of our most significant public health threats, reduce smoking-related illnesses and save lives for generations to come.
The Smoke-Free Air Act requires that a "No Smoking" sign be prominently posted at every public entrance and properly maintained where smoking is prohibited. Signs must also be posted in areas where smoking is permitted.
Indoor public places where smoking is still permitted:
• Hotels, motels or other lodging establishments may permit smoking in up to 20% of guest rooms;
• Within the perimeters of casino gaming areas, and casino simulcasting facilities;
• Registered cigar bars or lounges that in calendar year ending December 31, 2004, generated 15% or more of total annual gross income from the sale of tobacco products;
• Tobacco retail establishments whose primary activity (51%) is the retail sale of tobacco products and accessories and the sale of other products is incidental.
Click here to access the Smoke-Free Air Act.