Read the Maine Law regarding smoking in the workplace. Read new laws intended to strengthen the Workplace Smoking Laws and Other Laws Governing Smoking, effective September 12, 2009 as well as rules related to smoking in the workplace.
View a copy of A Guide For Maine Employers.
Please review the FAQs about smoking in outdoor dining areas.
As of September 12, 2009, smoking is prohibited in an outdoor eating area* if the outdoor eating area or any portion thereof is open and available for dining and beverage service. This includes patios, decks, or other property that is partially enclosed or open to the sky. This law applies to bars, restaurants, and snack bars—at any eating establishment* where food or drink is served to the public for consumption on the premises—24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Read the Maine Law regarding smoking in outdoor eating areas. There are resources available to businesses that need to comply with this law. Contact your local Healthy Maine Partnership for free "Smoke-Free Area" signs. Also available are downloadable signs and business card templates to print and distribute at your establishment.
*"Outdoor eating area" means a patio, deck or other property that is partially enclosed or open to the sky that is permitted for outdoor eating or drinking under the control of an eating establishment. “Eating establishment” means any place where food or drink is prepared and served, or served to the public for consumption on the premises, or catering establishments, or establishments dispensing food from vending machines, or establishments preparing foods for vending machines dispensing foods other than in original sealed packages, such as hotels, motels, boarding homes, restaurants, mobile eating places, coffee shops, cafeterias, short-order cafes, luncheonettes, grills, tearooms, sandwich shops, soda fountains, bars, cocktail lounges, night clubs, roadside stands, industrial feeding establishments, private or public institutions routinely serving foods, retail frozen dairy product establishments, airports, parks, theaters, vacation camps or any other catering or nonalcoholic drinking establishments or operations where food is prepared and served or served for consumption on the premises, or catering establishments where food is prepared, or where foods are prepared for vending machines dispensing food other than in original sealed packages.