Under the Connecticut General Statute Section 19a-342, all buildings owned or leased and operated by the state of any political subdivision, health care institutions, restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, retail food stores, schools and elevators must be smoke-free.
Under the Public Act. No. 15 206, electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product is prohibited in any:
- building owned or leased and operated by the state or any political subdivision,
- healthcare institution,
- retail food store,
- establishment with a permit issued for the sale of alcoholic liquor,
- bar area of a bowling establishment,
- school building while school is in session or student activities are being conducted,
- child care facility,
- passenger elevator,
- dormitory in any public or private institution of higher education, and
- dog race track or a facility equipped with screens for the simulcasting of off-track betting race programs or jai alai games.
The law defines electronic nicotine delivery system as electronic devices that may be used to simulate smoking in delivering nicotine or other substances to a person who inhales from it, and includes cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, hookahs and related devices, cartridges, or other components. Vapor products are defined as any product that employs a heating element, power source, electronic circuit or other electronic, chemical or mechanical means, regardless of shape or size, to produce a vapor that may or may not include nicotine, that is inhaled by the user.
The Connecticut Smoke Free Posters inform patrons that there is no vaping or no smoking and vaping in the posted area.
Connecticut employers covered by Section 19a-342 of the General Statute and Public Act No. 15 206 must post Smoke Free Posters indicating that smoking and/or vaping are prohibited by law. The signs must have letters at least 4 inches high and 1/2 inches wide. The letter size requirement does not apply to signs in elevators, restaurants, establishments that serve alcohol, hotels, motels, similar lodgings, and health care institutions.