The Smokefree Workplace Law


You may or may not be aware that Oregon’s expanded “Smokefree Workplace Law” goes into effect on January 1, 2009. Workplaces and places that are accessible to the general public and that must be smoke free include but are not limited to:

  • Bars and taverns, including bar areas of restaurants
  • Bowling centers
  • Bingo halls
  • Private and fraternal organizations
  • Employee break rooms
  • Private offices and commercial office buildings
  • Retail and wholesale establishments
  • Manufacturing plants and mills
  • Truck stops
  • Child and adult day-care
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Movies theaters and indoor entertainment venues
  • Hotels and motels (Exception: up to 25% of guest rooms may be designated as smoking rooms by the owner or entity in charge)
  • Work vehicles that are not operated exclusively by one employee

Law Requirements

The new law requires:

  • Make sure all employees are informed of the law and comply with its effective date of January 1, 2009.
  • Prohibit smoking in the workplace and within 10 feet of all entrances, exits, windows and air intake vents.
  • Post “No Smoking within 10 feet” signs at all building entrances and exits as required by law (free signs will be available soon).
  • Remove all ashtrays and other receptacles for smoking debris from your workplace and from within 10 feet of entrances, exits, windows, and ventilation intakes as required by law.
  • Talk with employees about the law.
  • Provide training to employees about how to ask visitors and patrons not to smoke.

The Linn County Health Department is responsible for the implementation of this new law in Linn County and will be providing information relating to the law, its implementation and resources that are available. As an employer, it will be our responsibility to ensure that our workplace is smoke free.

If you smoke and have been thinking about quitting smoking, please call:

Oregon Tobacco Quit Line
1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)
1-877-2NO-FUME (877-266-3863) for Spanish Language Instructions

For Information

For more information visit:

You may also contact:

Preeti Sastry
Linn County Department of Health Services
(541) 967-3888 ext. 2330



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