June 31, 2003
Constitutional Amendment 6, which was enacted by Florida voters in last year’s general election to ban smoking in the workplace, goes into effect tomorrow, July 1.
While most of the news stories on this issue have focused on the exemptions from the law, such as stand-alone bars and hotel rooms, Amendment 6 bans smoking in virtually every indoor area where one or more persons engages in work. If you allow smoking in your building after June 30, you may be liable for fines ranging from $250 to $2,000. The fines will only be levied if a complaint is filed and the business refuses to comply.
Bringing your business up to compliance should be relatively easy:
The state agencies that will enforce Amendment 6 have until December 27, 2003, to implement the rules they will have to follow. The staff of Associated Industries of Florida will be tracking this process and will keep you advised of any important developments.
If you have any specific questions about fulfilling your obligations under Amendment 6, contact the Department of Health, Bureau of Facility Programs at 1-800-337-3742.