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.
- The Smokefree Air Act works!
- IDPH has created a report summarizing the second year (July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010) of the Iowa Smokefree Air Act. To download a .pdf copy of this report, click here . To download a Word version of this report, click here.
- The primary goal of the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is to promote compliance with the Smokefree Air Act. To help achieve this, IDPH will continue to focus on educating the public and business owners about the law.
- To help you understand the Smokefree Air Act, download the brochure .
- To view documents pertaining to the Administrative Hearing Complaints filed against Iowa liquor licensees by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division due to non-compliance with the Smokefree Air Act, please click here.
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:
- The words “No Smoking” or the international “no smoking” symbol
- The Smokefree Air Act Helpline: “1-888-944-2247”
- The official Web site: “www.IowaSmokefreeAir.gov”
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.
- Employers have a responsibility to inform all current employees and all prospective employees upon application for employment about the requirements of the law.
- All ashtrays must be removed from areas where smoking is prohibited.
- No-smoking signs which meet the requirements of the law must be clearly posted at all entrances to areas where smoking is prohibited. This includes the designated seating areas of outdoor entertainment venues.
- A proprietor must inform any individual smoking in a place where smoking is prohibited that the individual is violating the Smokefree Air Act and request that the individual stop smoking immediately.
- If the individual refuses to stop smoking, the proprietor may discontinue service to that individual.