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  pdf format of Build a Tobacco-Free Workplace: An Employer’s Toolkit
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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

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

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.