Workplace smoking laws apply to any indoor work area.
Smoking is prohibited throughout the entire indoor workplace. Employers must post "no smoking" notices at each entrance to the workplace. Maryland laws don’t address the specific areas of a workplace where smoking may be permitted. Remember that some workplaces might already be subject to Maryland or local laws that regulate smoking in public, or smoking in or around certain kinds of businesses.
Maryland does not require employers to create designated smoking areas or provide other accommodations for smokers in the workplace.
Maryland doesn’t specifically require employers to provide workplace accommodations for nonsmoker employees.
Maryland 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 Maryland, employers are generally free to adopt policies on smoking in the workplace if they choose to.
An employer may not discharge or discriminate against an employee because that employee has made a complaint or charge against the employer under this law or or has testified or is about to testify in a proceeding regarding this law.
If you want to go right to the source and look up Maryland 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 Md. Code Ann. [Health-Gen] Sections 24-501 and following, as well as Md. Regs. Code Sections 09.12.23.01 to 09.12.23.04. 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).