The Georgia No Smoking Poster informs patrons that there is no smoking in the posted area. It displays the international no smoking sign – an icon of a burning cigarette behind a red “no” circle. The applicable code section is cited at the bottom of the poster under the Georgia Smokefree Air Act of 2005.
The Georgia Smokefree Air Act prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places and all enclosed areas within places of employment, with some exceptions.
All businesses and public places must post signage designating the business as: 1) No smoking, 2) Smoking Is Allowed, 3) Smoking Is Allowed, No One Under the Age of 18 Permitted. All businesses and public places applying for a business license with the State must designate the smoking status of the business on the application and inform the public upon opening with the appropriate signage.
The Georgia No Smoking Poster may be clearly and conspicuously posted on all entrances of every public place and place of employment where smoking is prohibited (O.C.G.A. § 31-12A-8) This includes bathrooms, stairwells on each floor, bulletin boards, and other prominent places. The words shall not be less than 1.5 inches in height. All signs must have the code section, O.C.G.A. 31-12A-1 et seq.
Additionally, the person in control of a place which is not covered by the general prohibition may declare the place non-smoking by posting the Georgia No Smoking Poster. The Georgia No Smoking Poster must also be posted inside the exit of all designated smoking areas, if the exit leads to a nonsmoking area.
Violations of the Georgia Smokefree Air Act may result in investigation and fines through the process of injunctive relief. The amount of the fine will be determined by the court.