Smoking Bans

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Will Your No-Smoking Policy Get Vaporized?

Wondering what your employee is smoking in the break room, likely in violation of your “no-smoking” policy? Chances are it is an electronic smoking device, such as an e-cigarette or vaporizer. What should you do about it?...more

Avoiding Job Applicants who Smoke: Is Snuffing out Smokers Discrimination?

Faced with increasing healthcare costs and wanting to be a good role model, Gus Grohcer of Canned Foods 4 Less advises all prospective employees that he does not hire smokers and tests for nicotine, making all job offers...more

Health Alert (Australia) - March 30, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Judgments: New South Wales - 25 March 2015 - Smythe v Burgman (No 2) [2015] NSWSC 150 - The New South Wales Supreme Court has held...more

New York Employment Roundup: February 2015

Today’s New York employment law landscape is increasingly dynamic, with a constant stream of new legislation and judicial opinions. To keep our readers current on the latest developments, we will share regular summaries of...more

Is Refusing to Hire Smokers Workplace Discrimination?

A growing number of U.S. employers are opting not to hire applicants who smoke in an effort to create a healthier workplace and reduce costs. These decisions appear justified when considering the Centers for Disease Control...more

Smoke-free public housing … coming this summer to an authority near you

This summer, public housing authorities in Kansas City (MO), Cambridge (MA), Annapolis (MD), and Lakeland (FL) will become smoke-free, following a trend encouraged by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)...more

Philadelphia City Council Extends Smoking Ban to Include E-Cigarettes

The Philadelphia City Council recently approved a bill that adds electronic cigarettes (or "e-cigarettes") to Philadelphia's existing smoking ban. The bill prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed areas within public...more

Give A Big Applause To CVS

CVS Caremark, the country’s largest drugstore chain in overall sales, announced in February that it planned to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October 2014. The company estimated that its decision would...more

Limits on Control of Employee Smoking

The recent announcement by CVS pharmacies to eliminate the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products prompts a review of the employment statutes that pertain to smoking by employees. In brief, employers can limit or...more

E-Cigarettes Banned In Some California Workplaces

Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that emit vaporized doses of nicotine (or non-nicotine) that is inhaled. The vapor produced by e-cigarettes is smokeless and does not contain the amount of harmful chemicals...more

California Municipalities Ban E-Cigarettes with Greater Frequency

The topic of e-cigarettes has become increasingly combustible over the past weeks for municipalities across California. While many cities are choosing to ban the use of the electronic replacement for traditional cigarettes,...more

AG Opines An Owner Operated Business With No Employees Can Be A “Place Of Employment”

One of the California Attorney General’s many responsibilities includes the rendering of legal opinions to state and local officials and government agencies concerning legal questions relating to their offices. Cal. Gov’t...more

E-Cigarettes In The Workplace: A Burning New Question For Employers

In just a few short years, electronic-cigarettes (also known as “e-cigarettes” or “vapes”) have become a burgeoning industry in the United States. In case you are like me and are always last to know about the latest trends,...more

Oklahoma workplace tobacco laws revised

Effective November 1, 2013, two Oklahoma statutes governing how an employer addresses tobacco use in its workplace or by its employees will be revised. Under the new 21 Okla. Stat. § 1247, lighted tobacco products in...more

Spain: The lone smoker solution

Very high expectations have arisen in Spain since two major gambling and entertainment projects were announced some months ago. Indeed, Las Vegas Sands has confirmed in several occasions its ambitious project for developing a...more

CIS Legal Update - September 2013: The Legality of Smoking Lounges in Offices Following the Passage of the Tobacco Control Law in...

In an attempt to address and potentially reduce Russia’s incredibly high smoking rate, Russian legislative authorities have enacted a new law that aims to effectively restrict tobacco smoking in certain areas. However,...more

Smoking Discrimination

Who does it apply to: All employers who have employees or prospective employees that smoke....more

No Smoking! Indiana’s Smoking Ban Now in Effect!

As of July 1, 2012, Indiana’s new statewide restrictions on smoking in public places and places of employment have become the law. Indiana is the 38th state to enact such a statewide ban....more

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