Disease and Condition Control

ORS 433.850
Prohibition on aerosolizing, smoking or vaporizing in place of employment

  • exceptions
  • posting signs


An employer:


Shall provide for employees a place of employment that is free of all smoke, aerosols and vapors containing inhalants; and


May not allow employees to smoke, aerosolize or vaporize inhalants at the place of employment.


Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section:


The owner or person in charge of a hotel or motel may designate up to 25 percent of the sleeping rooms of the hotel or motel as rooms in which the smoking, aerosolizing or vaporizing of inhalants is permitted.


Smoking of noncommercial tobacco products for ceremonial purposes is permitted in spaces designated for traditional ceremonies in accordance with the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, 42 U.S.C. 1996.


The smoking of tobacco products is permitted in a smoke shop.


The smoking of cigars is permitted in a cigar bar that generated on-site retail sales of cigars of at least $5,000 for the calendar year ending December 31, 2006.


A performer may smoke or carry a lighted smoking instrument that does not contain tobacco or cannabis, and may aerosolize or vaporize a substance that does not contain nicotine or a cannabinoid, while performing in a scripted stage, motion picture or television production if:


The production is produced by an organization whose primary purpose is producing scripted productions; and


The act of smoking, aerosolizing or vaporizing is an integral part of the production.


The medical use of marijuana is permitted in the place of employment of a licensee of a professional licensing board as described in ORS 475B.919 (Prohibition against taking disciplinary action against professional licensee).


An employer, except in those places described in subsection (2) of this section, shall post signs that provide notice of the provisions of ORS 433.835 (Definitions for ORS 433.835 to 433.875) to 433.875 (Short title). [1981 c.384 §§4,5; 2001 c.104 §161; 2001 c.990 §2; 2007 c.602 §4; 2011 c.234 §1; 2015 c.158 §18; 2017 c.21 §109]
§§ 433.835 to 433.875

Notes of Decisions

Local governments are not preempted from adopting more stringent limitations on smoking than mandated under statewide standards. Oregon Restaurant Association v. City of Corvallis, 166 Or App 506, 999 P2d 551 (2000)


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Jun. 26, 2021