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Clean Indoor Air Act

Maryland Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 Clean Indoor Air Act

The Maryland Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 prohibits smoking indoors in public places, including restaurants and bars. The purpose of the Act is to preserve and improve the health, comfort and environment of the people of Maryland by limiting exposure to environmental tobacco smoke Click here to read the regulations issued for the Clean Indoor Air Act.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) developed regulations for the implementation of the Clean Indoor Air Act and prepared public information related to the Act. Toolkits containing information guides for the public, bars, restaurants, hotels and motels; samples of no smoking signs; and quit smoking resources are available on http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/OEHFP/EH/SitePages/clean-indoor-act.aspx. County information on quit smoking resources is available from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health at www.MyQuitKit.org, or call the Learn To Live Line at 410-222-7979.

For more information about the Maryland Clean Indoor Air Act, call the Maryland CIAA Help Line at 866-703-3266.

Business owners, employees and the general public may have questions on the implementation of the Clean Indoor Air Act. See the Question and Answer Guide below to get general information on the Act.

Maryland Clean Indoor Air Act Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 do?

The Act helps to protect the public from environmental tobacco smoke, which is also called "secondhand smoke." The Act prohibits smoking in the following public places:

  • An indoor area open to the public;
  • An indoor meeting place open to the public;
  • Indoor places of employment;
  • Mass transit vehicles;
  • Private homes and residences being used by a licensed day care or child care provider;
  • Private vehicles used for the public transportation of children or as part of health care or day care transportation; and
  • Clubs with alcohol licenses.

See Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke (PDF)

What does an Anne Arundel County business owner need to do to comply with the law?
Smoking is prohibited in all bars, restaurants and most other businesses with indoor areas open to the public. If you own or operate a business with indoor areas open to the public in Anne Arundel County, you must do two things.

  • Prohibit smoking in your establishment.
  • Post "No Smoking" signs at each entrance and in prominent locations inside your establishment.

How can an Anne Arundel County business owner apply for a waiver?
Download the Instructions for Completing and Submitting the Application for a Waiver (PDF). Submit completed waiver applications to the Housing and Food Protection Program, Bureau of Environmental Health, Anne Arundel County Department of Health, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401.

As a patron of an Anne Arundel County public facility, including a restaurant or bar, where do I file a complaint if smoking is permitted indoors?
If you feel comfortable doing so, point out the problem to someone in charge of the facility or to a staff member. Formal complaints can be filed by mail, fax, phone or in person with the Housing and Food Protection Program, Anne Arundel County Department of Health, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401, Phone: 410-222-7238, Fax: 410-222-7678. See Clean Indoor Air Program Complaint Form (PDF).

As an employee, where can I report violations of the Act?
Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) is responsible for protecting employees. Call 410-527-4447 to request a complaint form or write to MOSH at 10946 Golden West Drive, Suite 160, Hunt Valley, MD 21031. To visit the MOSH website, go to http://www.dllr.maryland.gov/labor/mosh/.

How can I get smoking cessation help in Anne Arundel County?
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health Learn To Live program offers smoking cessation assistance to people who live, work or attend school in Anne Arundel County. FREE self-help methods and cessation classes are available to those 18 and older through medical partners throughout the County. Cessation aids may be offered to class participants. For assistance, call the Learn To Live Line at 410-222-7979 or visit the Smoking Cessation page of our website. For help in other areas of Maryland, visit http://www.smokingstopshere.com.