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Secondhand Smoke and the Law

Speaking Points

During the past decade a body of law has developed that gives workers a powerful right to a smokefree workplace.  As a practical matter, an employer who permits smoking at work is subject to legal liability for harm caused by secondhand smoke exposure.58

There have been many cases where courts have ruled in favor of employees and mandated smoking restrictions, smokefree workplaces, and/or monetary settlements.59

In the next several visuals, we will sample some of the more influential cases.  We do this for informational purposes only.  We are not offering, nor should we be construed to be offering, legal advice.

58 Sweda, E.  Summary of Legal Cases Regarding Smoking in the Workplace and Other Places.  Boston, MA: Northeastern University School of Law Tobacco Control Resource Center, May 2000.

59 Ibid.

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