Statewide smoking ban begins Sept. 11
Pennsylvania's new Clean Indoor Air law will take effect on Thursday, September 11.
The new law bans cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking in restaurants, office buildings, schools, sports arenas, theatres, and bus and train stations. Limited exceptions in the law allow smoking in some bars and taverns, portions of casino floors, and private clubs.
The state Department of Health has set up a website to help businesses comply with the new law. Guidance and a downloadable tool kit for public places and workplaces, as well as frequently asked questions and materials useful in planning for the Clean Indoor Air Act, are available at http://www.health.state.pa.us or by calling 1-877-835-9535.
Recognizing that Allegheny County already had a tougher smoking ban in place, State Senator Jay Costa has introduced legislation that would allow the county's smoking ordinance to supersede the state's smoking ban. The bill (Senate Bill 1490) is currently under consideration in the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee.