2017 Tennessee Code
Title 39 - Criminal Offenses
Chapter 17 - Offenses Against Public Health, Safety and Welfare
Part 16 - Children's Act for Clean Indoor Air
§ 39-17-1604. Places where smoking is prohibited.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 39-17-1604 (2017)
  • Smoking is not permitted, and no person shall smoke, in the following places:
    • (1) Child care centers; provided, that the prohibition of this section does not apply to the services provided in a private home. Adult staff members may be permitted to smoke in designated smoking areas to which children are not allowed access. However, written notification shall be given to the parent or legal guardian upon enrollment if the child care center has an indoor designated smoking area;
    • (2) Any room or area in a community center while the room or area is being used for children's activities;
    • (3) Group care homes. Adults may smoke in any fully enclosed adult staff residential quarters contained within a group care home, but not in the presence of children who reside as clients in the group care home;
    • (4) Health care facilities, excluding nursing home facilities. Adult staff members may be permitted to smoke in designated smoking areas to which children are not allowed access and adults may be permitted to smoke outside the facility;
    • (5) Museums (except when used after normal operating hours for private functions not attended by children). Adult staff members may be permitted to smoke while at work in designated smoking areas to which children are not allowed access;
    • (6) All public and private kindergartens, elementary and secondary schools. Adult staff members may be permitted to smoke outdoors but not within fifty feet (50') of any entrance to any building. Adults may also smoke in any fully enclosed adult staff residential quarters, but not in the presence of children attending the school;
    • (7) Residential treatment facilities for children and youth. Adult staff members may be permitted to smoke in designated smoking areas to which children are not allowed access;
    • (8) Youth development centers and facilities. Adult staff members may be permitted to smoke in designated smoking areas to which children are not allowed access;
    • (9) Zoos. Adult staff members may be permitted to smoke in designated smoking areas to which children are not allowed access; and
    • (10) School grounds; provided, that after regular school hours, adults are allowed to smoke on the property surrounding the institution, but not blocking any entrance to any building. The property shall not include any public seating areas, including, but not limited to, bleachers used for sporting events, or public restrooms.
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