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Senate passes smoke-free workplace bill

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The Tennessee Senate passed a bill Thursday that would ban smoking in most workplaces inside the state.

This bill prohibits smoking in any enclosed area of any place to which the public is invited or in which the public is permitted, as well as in any enclosed area under the control of a public or private employer that employees normally frequent during the course of employment subject to the following exceptions:

1.Private residences, except when used as a licensed child care, adult day care, or health care facility, taxi or other commercial vehicle for hire

2. Hotel and motel rooms that are designated as smoking rooms

3. Retail tobacco stores that prohibit minors on their premises

4. Non-enclosed areas of public spaces, so long as tobacco smoke is not reasonably expected to enter areas where smoking is prohibited

5. Enclosed smoking areas of a building or facility that are physically separated and independently ventilated from areas of the building or facility where smoking is prohibited

6. Venues that restrict access to persons who are 21 years of age or older

7. Cigar bars

8. Private clubs

9. Private vehicles, except when used for the public transportation of children or for transportation by a health care facility or day care facility or when used as a taxi or other commercial vehicle for hire; and

10. All premises of any manufacturer, importer, or wholesaler of tobacco products, of any tobacco leaf dealer or processor, and all tobacco storage facilities.

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