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Clean Air Works Workplace Smoking Regulations

Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes is prohibited in the workplace

The Clean Air Works Workplace Smoking Regulations create the following protections in Boston workplaces:

  • Smoking is not permitted in any workspace, including any enclosed indoor and adjacent outdoor area, structure, or facility occupied by an employee during the course of his or her employment. Examples of outdoor workspaces include restaurant and hotel patios, loading docks, valet parking areas, and unenclosed floors of construction sites
  • Employers shall post no smoking signs​ in a clear and visible manner stating that smoking is prohibited
  • Smoking bars, including hookah bars that were in operation when the Regulations amended in 2008 are permitted to allow smoking under a time-limited grandfather provision. These businesses must have signage addressing the dangers of smoking and of second hand smoke, and prohibit the entry of persons under the age of 21. No new smoking bars can be permitted

Read the full text of the Clean Air Works Workplace Smoking Regulations 

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Youth Access Regulations 

Regulations Limiting Tobacco and Nicotine Access by Youth

These regulations set the following rules for tobacco and nicotine delivery product sales in Boston:

  • Prohibit the sale of tobacco and nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, to persons under the age of 21
  • Prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products and nicotine delivery products (other than menthol) in all retail outlets other than adult-only retail tobacco stores* and smoking bars (see the full Flavored Tobacco Product List​​)
    • The Flavored Tobacco Product List provides guidance on products that are restricted in non adult-only retail tobacco stores. Note that the Flavored Tobacco Product List will be periodically updated
    • If you have any questions regarding whether a product is flavored; contact the BPHC Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
  • Prohibits the sale of tobacco and nicotine-delivery products through a self-service display that customers can easily reach
  • Establishes restrictions on cigar pricing and packaging
  • Prohibits the sale of tobacco and nicotine-delivery products in educational institutions e.g. colleges and universities, and health care institutions including pharmacies
  • Prohibits the sale of blunt wraps in all tobacco and nicotine-delivery retail outlets including educational and health care institutions 

Read the Youth Access Regulation and Guidelines 


​​​* Adult-only retail tobacco stores are those designated by the Boston Tobacco Prevention and Control Program​ under the restrictions set forth in the guidelines.

​If you have any questions or need language translation assistance, please contact the Boston Tobacco Prevention and Control Program at tobaccocontrol@bphc.org or 617-534-4718​
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