Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tobacco Violations

In the spring of 2008, Iowa lawmakers passed legislation to protect employees and the general public from secondhand smoke. The Smokefree Air Act prohibits smoking in almost all public places including enclosed areas within places of employment, as well as some outdoor areas.

The law applies to restaurants, bars, outdoor entertainment venues and amphitheaters. It also covers places of employment such as office buildings, health care facilities, and child care facilities. Smoking is however allowed on the gaming floor of a licensed casino, as well as designated hotel and motel rooms.

If you have witnessed a violation of the smoke-free air act you can submit a complaint. To do so visit the state website at: www.iowasmokefreeair.gov and click on submit a compliant. You can then submit a compliant in confidence, the public domain or anonymously.

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