MTCP works to protect every Massachusetts resident from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
The 2006 Surgeon General’s Report on secondhand smoke concludes that there is no risk-free level of exposure. Secondhand smoke is dangerous, even if you can't smell it. Opening a window, sitting in a separate area, or using air filters or a fan does not get rid of secondhand smoke.
Find a toolkit for employers who want to move toward a smoke-free environment here: How To Build a Tobacco-Free Workplace: An Employer’s Toolkit .
Smoke-free Workplace Law
The Massachusetts Smoke-free Workplace Law prohibits smoking in schools, restaurants and bars, taxis, private offices, and other places of work.
This law (MGL chapter 270, section 22, "An Act to Improve the Public Health in the Commonwealth") went into effect on July 5, 2004 in order to protect employees and the public from secondhand smoke. This law amends the 1988 Massachusetts Clean Indoor Air Law.
Links to General Law Information
- Smoke-free Workplace Law (MGL chapter 270, section 22)
- Smoke-free Workplace Law Executive Summary
- Regulations Relative to the Smoke-free Workplace Law - 105 CMR 661
- Learn about the success and impact of the workplace law here:
One-Year Review of the Massachusetts Smoke-free Workplace Law, 7/5/2002-6/30/2005
Resources for Schools
Many cities and towns have additional local smoke-free regulations that are stricter than the state law. For information about local tobacco-related regulations, contact your local health department/board of health.
Resources for Boards of Health
Frequently Asked Questions
- FAQ: Private Club Exemptions to the Smoke-free Workplace Law
- FAQ: Smoke-free Workplace Law and Smoking in a Restaurants or Bars Outdoor/Patio Area
- Questions About Workplace Buffer Zones and Outdoor Spaces
- Questions About Smoking in Vehicles
- Municipal Buildings and Municipal Vehicles
- Questions About Bingo Smoke-free Laws — Resources for Boards of Health
- Acute Care Substance Abuse Treatment Center Exemption
- Questions About Colleges
- Questions About Cigar and Hookah Bars
- Questions About Taxis
- Questions About Multi-Unit Businesses
No Smoking Signs
Official signs are available free of charge at the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse: The Clearinghouse also has new age and e-cigarette use signs available to towns that have passed new regulations and age restrictions.
This information is provided by the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation & Prevention Program within the Department of Public Health.