Iowa Smokefree Air Act


What is the Iowa Smokefree Air Act?

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

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

Important Updates

Sign Requirements

The Smokefree Air Act requires businesses to post “no smoking” signs at every entrance that “clearly and conspicuously” inform persons that they are entering an area where smoking is prohibited, including entrances to outdoor serving and seating areas and in all vehicles owned, leased, or provided by an employer.

All “no smoking” signs must contain the following elements:

  1. The words “No Smoking” or the international “no smoking” symbol
  2. The Smokefree Air Act Helpline: “1-888-944-2247”
  3. The official Web site: “”

All “no smoking” signs should be at least 24 square inches in size. Font type and size must be legible. Vehicle signage must meet all of the above requirements, but the size can be at least 9 square inches.

To download sample signs, please click here. These signs are suitable for posting indoors. Outdoor or custom signs should be ordered from the vendor of your choice.

Duties of Proprietors

Proprietors are required to take certain actions in order to comply with the Smokefree Air Act.