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On June 11, 2007, Governor Phil Bredesen signed the "Non-Smoker Protection Act", banning smoking in most public areas throughout Tennessee. Public areas include places of employment. The public area smoking ban will become effective October 1, 2007.

The Non-Smoker Protection Act prohibits smoking in all enclosed areas, which include all spaces between a floor and ceiling that are enclosed on all side by solid walls or windows. This includes enclosed areas under the control of public and private employers that employees normally frequent during the course of employment.

The smoking ban does not include open air patios, porches or decks. Employers may set up designated smoking areas outside their facilities, but should make sure that smoke does not infiltrate their enclosed facilities from such areas.

The Act requires that employers communicate the prohibition on smoking to all existing employees, and to all prospective employees upon their application of employment. The Act also requires that "No Smoking" signs be clearly and conspicuously posted at every entrance to every place of employment (not including most private residences that serve as places of employment).

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