Smokefree Workplace Law will create a healthier Alaska

The Smokefree Workplace Law took effect statewide on Oct. 1, prohibiting smoking and vaping in enclosed public places and workplaces, including buses and taxis, stores, bars and restaurants. The law improves the health of Alaskans by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and lowering the risk for a number of serious health problems, including stroke, heart disease, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), low birth weight, lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.

The State of Alaska Tobacco Prevention and Control program has launched a Smokefree Alaska website to provide information and free resources that include no-smoking signs that must be posted in businesses. Signs can be downloaded online to print and post. People can also order printed versions of the signs by emailing or calling toll-free (855) 877-6100.

The Smokefree Workplace Law will be enforced through a complaint-driven system. Complaints can be filed here. The State of Alaska also offers free support to all Alaskans who want to quit tobacco use through Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line. People can call (800) QUITNOW, or (800) 784-8669.

Smokefree Workplaces effective October 1

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