Current Idaho Code

Chapter 55 of Title 39 established Idaho’s clean indoor air law which prohibits smoking in public places, publicly-owned workplaces, bowling centers and restaurants, including those with attached bars.

While this code is important progress in the right direction, too many Idahoans are still not protected by a smoke-free workplace.

A loophole in the legislation allows small business owners, employing five or fewer employees, to establish separately enclosed breakrooms for smoking, as long as employees, other than custodial or maintenance employees, are not required to work there.

Similarly, places like bars, hotels and motels, and some rental spaces are exempted from the clean indoor air law, exposing workers and other guests to the second-hand smoke that is allowed in these types of venues. These administrative workers, servers, bartenders, janitors, and housekeepers deserve a smoke-free workplace, but many don’t have the ability to choose a smoke-free establishment the same way a customer or guest can take their business elsewhere. All Idahoans deserve smoke-free workplaces.

Smoke Free Idaho works to assist local volunteers and municipal leaders with thoughtful, comprehensive and pragmatic smoke-free policies because we believe all Idahoans deserve the right to breathe clean air.

Thanks to the work of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR), model ordinance language has been implemented in cities large and small across the country. While each community is unique, the purpose of the model ordinance is to provide fair and sound language that clearly states the intent and specific points of smoke free policy, fosters clear implementation and enforcement, stands up to legal challenges, and achieves the health goal of protecting people from secondhand smoke. Review the ANR ordinance language today to help your community go smoke free.

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A tobacco industry study revealed the following:

1 in 3 chance of lifelong addiction when use begins before age 18

Only 1 in 20 when use begins after the age of 21

95% of smokers start before the age of 21

Each Idaho household contributes $630 a year for tobacco-related health care costs.