Vermont Laws on Smoking in the Workplace

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

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

Workplace smoking laws apply to all enclosed structures where employees perform services.

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

Smoking is prohibited throughout an entire enclosed structure. Vermont laws don’t address the specific areas of a workplace where smoking may be permitted. Remember that some workplaces might already be subject to Vermont 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 Vermont workplaces?

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

Does Vermont require employers to make accommodations for nonsmokers?

Vermont 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 Vermont?

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

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

An employer may not discharge, discipline, or otherwise discriminate against an employee who assists in enforcement of workplace smoking laws.

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

If you want to go right to the source and look up Vermont 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 Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 18, Sections 1421and 1427. 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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