Maine Tobacco Laws and Your Business
Every employer in Maine is required to have a written tobacco use policy that complies with Maine law. Employers must:
- Post the policy so that all employees can see it.
- Provide a copy to any employee who requests it.
- Supervise the implementation of the policy.
* The Workplace Smoking Act of 1985 applies to all enclosed areas of business facilities in Maine where employees perform work and for which the employer is responsible.
Does your policy meet Maine law?
If your policy is due for an update or if you don’t have a policy, contact your local Healthy Maine Partnership for assistance. Our staff can help design a policy that fits your specific needs and meets or exceeds Maine law. Contact us today!
Here are some key components of Maine law Employers should be familiar with. In Maine Smoking is prohibited in the following places:
- All enclosed areas where work is performed, including restrooms, break rooms and private offices.
- In, on or within 20 feet of outdoor common areas, including beaches, playgrounds and public places. The location of the smoking area must not allow smoke to circulate back into the building.
- Outdoor eating areas of bars, restaurants, snack shacks and any eating establishment where food or drink is served for consumption on the premises.
- All employer-owned and leased vehicles at all times and in employee-owned vehicles when other employees or another person is in the work for work-related reasons.
Consider the costs of tobacco use on businesses and society:
- In Maine, more than $534 million is lost by businesses due to smoking-related productivity losses each year.
- Maine spends more than $602 million annually treating smoking-caused disease and illness.
- The state and federal tax burden in Maine from smoking-caused diseases is $652 per household.
Promoting wellness in the workplace can help you to:
- Improve the health and well-being of your employees.
- Reduce absenteeism and presenteeism.
- Reduce healthcare costs.
- Improve your bottom line.
Healthy employees are more productive and use less sick time than employees with tobacco-related illnesses and chronic disease.
Worksite Wellness can address the following health promotion areas:
- Tobacco Cessation
- Secondhand Smoke Exposure Prevention
- Physical Activity
- Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment
- Chronic Disease Prevention
- Other topics…
To learn more about implementing a Worksite Wellness program for your business and to request assistance, contact your Local Healthy Maine Partnership.
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