Arizona Laws on Smoking in the Workplace

Information on Arizona workplace smoking laws, including accommodations for smokers and employer policies on smoking.

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What kinds of workplaces are subject to Arizona workplace smoking laws?

Workplace smoking laws apply to any enclosed workplace.

In Arizona, in what parts of the workplace is smoking prohibited? Where is smoking permitted?

Smoking is prohibited throughout the entire enclosed workplace. An employer may permit smoking outside so long as people entering or leaving the building will not be subject to breathing tobacco smoke and the smoke does not enter the building. Arizona laws don’t address the specific areas of a workplace where smoking may be permitted. Remember that some workplaces might already be subject to Arizona or local laws that regulate smoking in public or smoking in or around certain kinds of businesses.

What are the requirements for designated smoking areas in Arizona workplaces?

Arizona does not require employers to create designated smoking areas or provide other accommodations for smokers in the workplace.

Does Arizona require employers to make accommodations for nonsmokers?

Arizona doesn’t specifically require employers to provide workplace accommodations for nonsmoker employees.

Are employers required to have a written or oral policy on workplace smoking in Arizona?

Arizona laws don’t address employer policies on smoking in the workplace. Local laws regulating smoking -- at the city, county, or town level -- may require employers to have a policy on smoking in some areas. And even though it’s not required by law in Arizona, employers are generally free to adopt policies on smoking in the workplace if they choose to.

Does Arizona provide employees with protection from smoking-related discrimination?

An employer may not discharge or retaliate against an employee for exercising rights under this law.

Where can I find Arizona law information on smoking in the workplace?

If you want to go right to the source and look up Arizona law on workplace smoking laws -- or if you're writing a letter to your employer or employee and want to cite the applicable law -- the relevant statute(s) can be found at Ariz. Rev. Stat. Section 36-601. 01. Workplace smoking information is also available in Nolo's books Your Rights in the Workplace, by Barbara Repa (Nolo) and The Employer's Legal Handbook, by Fred Steingold (Nolo).

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