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Smoke Free Air Act - Information


City Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of

The Smoke Free Air Act (SFAA) of 2002 protects the health of New York City workers against the harmful effects of second-hand smoke by making virtually all workplaces smoke-free. The New York State Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) of 2004 imposed State restrictions on smoking indoors.

These acts impact the following businesses and establishments:
  • All office buildings, factories, and warehouses.
  • All private offices and previously designated "smoking lounges."
  • All food service establishments, restaurants, and catering halls.
  • All bars, including bars in restaurants.
  • Membership associations.
  • All areas of theatres.
  • Banks, educational and health care facilities, and child day care centers.
  • Shopping malls and retail stores (where goods are sold or rented to the public).
  • Sports arenas, roller and ice skating rinks, billiard parlors, bingo halls, bowling establishments, and other similar places.
  • Public transportation facilities, reception areas, platforms and waiting rooms.
There are limited exemptions to this regulation, including tobacco bars, membership associations and tobacco promotional events, if qualifications are met. Information regarding the Smoke Free Air Act of 2002, and the signs and policies required for businesses to comply with this law are available on the DOHMH website at the links provided below.

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)

Bureau of Food Safety & Community Sanitation

125 Worth Street, 10th Floor

New York NY 10013
Phone (212) 676-1600

For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Smoke Free Air Act

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