Laws and Policies

In Washington state, we are lucky to have progressive laws and policies that protect our workers and families from secondhand smoke in public places.

On December 8, 2005, the "Smoking in Public Places" law (RCW 70.160) went into effect, making it illegal to smoke in all indoor public places and workplaces in Washington. Since the law’s implementation, indoor air pollution has decreased by 88 percent in bars and restaurants and compliance with the law is high.

Nevertheless, people continue to have questions about the law and sometimes need to register a complaint about indoor smoking. In addition, smoke-free laws and policies continue to expand into new areas, like community parks and hospital campuses. Explore this section to learn more about smoke-free laws and policies in Washington state.

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  • Last Updated: 08/13/12

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