The State of Colorado joined many other states by putting into effect its own Clean Indoor Air Act in July 2006. The main goal of this act is to protect “nonsmokers from involuntary exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.”
According to the General Smoking Restrictions section of the Colorado Clean Indoor Act, smoking is prohibited in public meeting places, in all elevators, in any government owned or operated vehicle, including mass transportation, and in all limousines and taxicabs. Smoking is also banned in grocery stores, gymnasiums, child care facilities, health care facilities including doctor offices and clinics and indoor sports arenas. Government buildings, such as courthouses are also smoke free. Other places smoking is prohibited are food service establishments, bars, gaming establishments, any common are in public or private buildings such as lobbies, hallways and restrooms. Hotels and motels must prohibit smoking in their common areas as well as in 75% of their guest rooms. Smoking is also banned in bowling alleys, pool halls and any other facility where games of chance are offered. This act furthermore bans smoking from common areas of retirement establishments, but not in the residents private quarters. And lastly, smoking is banned in auditoriums, theaters, museums, libraries and all schools, both public and private.
The General Smoking Restrictions of this Act also prohibits cigar or tobacco bars from increasing in size or changing locations. Any cigar or tobacco bar must also post signs in at least one conspicuous area, the sign must be at least 4″ x 6″, and must state:”Smoking allowed. Children under eighteen years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.”
As with other Clean Air Acts, the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act has exemptions. Private homes and automobiles are exempt except when they are used as a child care or day care establishment or to transport children. Limousines privately hired are also exempt. Businesses exempt include retail tobacco establishments, cigar-tobacco bars, airport smoking concession areas and the retail floor of a licensed casino.
Any person charged with violating this act is can be charged with a Class 2 Petty Offense and if convicted will be ordered to pay a fine for each violation. Violation number one is punishable by a fine up to $200, the second offense is punishable with a fine up to $300 and any additional violations will be fines up to $500 each provided all these violations are committed in the same calendar year.