Iowa Laws on Smoking in the Workplace

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

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

Workplace smoking laws apply to all enclosed indoor areas. Exceptions include state fairgrounds, designated smoking areas of the National Guard, and correctional facilities.

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

Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed indoor areas. Smoking is permitted in outdoor areas not otherwise prohibited by law, unless employer chooses to prohibit smoking there. Such areas must be marked with signs.

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

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

Does Iowa require employers to make accommodations for nonsmokers?

Iowa 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 Iowa?

Iowa 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 Iowa, employers are generally free to adopt policies on smoking in the workplace if they choose to.

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

An employer shall not discharge, refuse to employ, or in any manner retaliate against an employee, applicant for employment, or customer because that employee, applicant, or customer exercises any rights under this law, registers a complaint, or attempts to prosecute a violation of the law.

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

If you want to go right to the source and look up Iowa 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 Iowa Code Sections 142D.1 to 142D.9. 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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