Clean Indoor Air Act
On June 10, 2008 the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed legislation that will make most workplaces and public places in Pennsylvania smoke-free. While not a perfect law, this landmark legislation will protect millions of Pennsylvanians from secondhand smoke, the third leading cause of preventable death.
The following information is provided as an aid to the public and to employers so there is a better understanding and successful implementation of the law. Clinical Outcomes Group, Inc. is available to provide technical assistance, policy development assistance, tobacco cessation services, and information about how the law affects individuals, employers and the public.
The intricacies and interpretation of the text of law can be complex, and not all questions may be able to be answered definitively or immediately. Please check back to this website or contact our office directly at 1-800-264-1290 if the information provided does not address your questions or concerns. We are happy to assist you.
Summary of the Pennsylvania Smoke-Free Law
Pennsylvania’s Clean Indoor Air Act S.B. 246
(Establishing smoke-free indoor public and workplaces)
The Clean Indoor Air Act indicates no person shall carry a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, or other lighted smoking device in the any of the following locations:
• All enclosed public places where the public is invited including and not limited to:
• educational facilities
• health care related facilities
• mass transportation (train, subway, bus, chartered bus, plane, taxicab, limousine)
• train station, subway station, bus station
• public facility
• sports or recreational facility
• theater or performance establishment
• public meetings
• workplaces (indoor area serving place of employment, occupation, business, trade, craft, professional or volunteer activity)
The law exempts the following places, permitting smoking in:
• Private residence or vehicle, unless they are
being used for child care, adult day care or services related to the care of children and youth in State or county custody.
• 25% of the total number of sleeping quarters
available for rent in a single lodging establishment
• All designated sleeping quarters within a full
service truck stop (with shower facilities for fee).
• 25% of casino gaming floors (or up to 50% if the casino can show loss of business). However, due to a standing smoke-free law in the City of Philadelphia, the two casinos in Philadelphia will be 100% smoke-free.
• Workplaces of any manufacturer, importer, wholesaler of tobacco products, including lighters, of any tobacco leaf dealer or processor and all tobacco storage facilities.
• Separate enclosed room or designated smoking
rooms in a residential adult care facility, community mental health care facility, drug and alcohol facility, or other residential healthcare facilities and day treatment programs.
• Bars that have total annual sales of food for
on-premises consumption of less than or equal to 20% of combined gross sales of the establishment. There are additional specific requirements to qualify for this exemption.
• Bars with a smoking room. There are additional
specific requirements to qualify for this exemption.
• Cigar bars. There are additional specific
requirements to qualify for this exemption.
• Private Clubs who have been in existence for 10
or more years, as well as volunteer ambulance, fire and rescue companies. A vote must be taken by the officers of the club. There are an additional specific set of requirements to qualify for this exemption.
• Non-profit fundraisers that must be held by a
non-profit or charitable organization in a place separate from other public areas, which does not permit anyone under 18 years and food and beverage must be served. A one event per year limit exists.
Latest from the Pennsylvania Department of Health
Guidance Documents From
The Pennsylvania Department of Health
Act 27 – Guidance for Public Places and Workplaces:
• Outdoor Smoking
Link to Guidance for Public Places and Workplaces
Guidance for Obtaining Clean Indoor Air Act Exception Approval by the Department of Health:
• Tobacco Shops
• Cigar Bars
• Drinking Establishments
Link to Guidance for Obtaining Clean Indoor Air Act Exception
Guidance on Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act Provisions and Exceptions for Specific Organizations, Workplaces, Facilities, Residences and Events:
• Private clubs
• Private homes, private residences, private vehicles
• Designated quarters for lodging establishments including full service truck stops
• Workplace of a manufacturer, importer or wholesaler of tobacco products; a manufacturer of tobacco related products, including lighters; a tobacco leaf dealer or processor; or a tobacco storage facility
• Residential facilities
• Fundraiser conducted by a nonprofit and charitable organization where cigars are sold, auctioned or given as gifts, and cigars are a feature of the event
• An exhibition hall, conference room, catering hall or similar facility used exclusively for an event to which the public is invited for the primary purpose of sampling tobacco products.
• Gaming floor at a licensed facility
• Sports or recreational facility, theater or performance establishment
Link to Guidance on Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act Provisions and Exceptions for Specific Organizations, Workplaces, Facilities, Residences and Events
Coming soon from the PA Department of Health:
o Toll-free helpline information
o How to report a suspected violation
o Request workplace compliance kit and resources (signs, etc).
For More Information:
Clinical Outcomes Group, Inc. is pleased to help you with any questions regarding the Clean Indoor Air Act. We can be reached at info@COGInc.org or 1-800-264-1290.
Click on the Pennsylvania Department of Health link above for more information about Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air legislation, Frequently Asked Questions, and additional resources.