The restaurant I went to last night allowed patrons to smoke at the bar. Is smoking allowed in public places?
• The Maryland Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) of 2007 prohibits smoking in virtually all indoor workplaces in order to “preserve and improve the health, comfort, and environment of the people of Maryland by limiting exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.”
• The law provides for fair and consistent statewide protection from exposure to secondhand smoke in indoor settings.
• People in Maryland will now have clean, smoke-free air while working, dining, shopping, or relaxing throughout the state.
• The CIAA went into effect February 1, 2008.
• Additional information about the Maryland Clean Indoor Air Act can be found here.
• If you have a complaint or concern about smoking occurring in a business in Frederick County, contact us using this link and select the Environmental Health Services division. You may also contact the Food Control Office directly by calling 301-600-2542 during regular business hours.

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14. The restaurant I went to last night allowed patrons to smoke at the bar. Is smoking allowed in public places?