Smoking Ban Takes Effect Friday

The state smoking ban takes effect Friday.

Created during the 2006 special legislative session by the Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act, the new law bans smoking in all places of employment and indoor public areas, including all restaurants.

There are exceptions, including bars where no one under the age of 21 is allowed to enter and home-based businesses the public cannot enter that employ fewer than three people.

Smoking will be allowed in designated smoking rooms in hotels and motels that have more than 25 rooms, so long as no more than 20 percent of the rooms are smoking rooms.

The ban also includes exemptions for nursing homes, Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Southland Greyhound Park in West Memphis and tobacco shops.