July 1, 2008

The Iowa Smokefree Air Act, became effective on July 1, 2008.  The Act prohibits smoking on the grounds of schools, including institutions of higher education.  School grounds include parking lots, athletic fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, and any other outdoor area under the institution's control.  The Act also prohibits smoking in any vehicle located on school grounds.  The purpose of the Act is to reduce employees' and the general public's exposure to environmental tobacco smoke; the goal of the Act is to improve the public health of Iowans.

As a school and an employer, your institution has affirmative obligations to give notice and take other actions under the Act.  For compliance assistance, please contact the Ahlers & Cooney attorney with whom you normally work.

The Ahlers & Cooney Higher Education Practice Group


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