Connecticut law prohibits smoking: in any building or portion of a building owned and operated or leased and operated by the state or any political subdivision thereof; in any area of a health care institution; in any area of a retail food store; in any restaurant; in any area of an establishment with a permit issued for the sale of alcoholic liquor or the bar area of a bowling establishment; within a school building while school is in session or student activities are being conducted; in any passenger elevator, provided that there is a sign posted in the elevator indicating that smoking is prohibited by state law; in any dormitory in any public or private institution of higher education; in any area of a dog race track or a facility equipped with screens for the simulcasting of off-track betting race programs or jai alai games; in all child day care centers or group day care homes and outdoor areas except in designated smoking areas, provided these areas are separate, properly ventilated, and enclosed away from any children present at the facility; and in family day care homes, while the provider is engaged in caregiving activities requiring direct physical contact with children, including feeding, diapering, dressing, and rocking.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-342(b)(1): Smoking prohibited. Exceptions. Signs required. Penalties.
Conn. Agencies Regs. § 19a-79-7a(d)(9): Physical plant. Basic requirements.
Conn. Agencies Regs. § 19a-87-9(o)(2): Requirements for the physical environment. Smoking.
In each room, elevator, area, or building in which smoking is prohibited, the person in control of the premises must post conspicuous signs stating that smoking is prohibited by state law. These signs, except in elevators, restaurants, establishments with permits to sell alcoholic liquor to consumers, hotels, motels, or similar lodgings, and health care institutions, must have letters at least 4 inches high with the principal strokes of letters not less than 1/2 inch wide.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-342(d): Smoking prohibited. Exceptions. Signs required. Penalties.
The smoking prohibition in state law supersedes and preempts the provisions of any municipal law or ordinance relative to smoking.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-342(g): Smoking prohibited. Exceptions. Signs required. Penalties.
The following are exempt from the ban on smoking, subject to conditions:
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-342(b)(2): Exceptions.
Individuals under 18 years of age cannot purchase or misrepresent their age to purchase tobacco in any form or possess tobacco in any form in any public place. Similarly, it is illegal to sell, give, or deliver tobacco to any minor under 18 years of age, unless the minor is delivering or accepting delivery in his or her capacity as an employee. Each retailer of cigarettes or tobacco products or employee of such retailer must require a person who is purchasing or attempting to purchase cigarettes or tobacco products, whose age is in question, to exhibit proper proof of age.
Conn. Gen. Stat. §53-344(c): Purchase or misrepresentation of age to purchase tobacco or possession of tobacco in public place by persons under eighteen.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53-344(b): Sale or delivery of tobacco to minors.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53-344a: Sale of tobacco. Proof of age.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 12-295a: Purchase by, or sale to, minors.
A minor who has reached the age of 15 may be employed or permitted to work in any mercantile establishment, as a bagger, cashier, or stock clerk, subject to certain conditions.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 31-23(b): Employment of minors prohibited in certain occupations. Exceptions.
Each distributor and dealer of tobacco products must place and maintain in legible condition at each point of sale to consumers a notice that states: (1) that the sale, giving, or delivering of tobacco products, including cigarettes, to any person under 18 years of age is prohibited; (2) that the purchase or misrepresentation of age by a person under 18 years of age to purchase cigarettes or tobacco products is prohibited; and (3) the penalties and fines for violating these prohibitions.
Connecticut law contains no specific provisions concerning state preemption of local youth access laws, so local communities may pass more stringent laws or ordinances in this area.
Federal regulations prohibit free samples of cigarettes and limit free samples of smokeless tobacco products to certain age-restricted venues under several conditions.
Regulations Restricting the Sale, Distribution, and Marketing of Cigarettes, Cigarette Tobacco, and Smokeless Tobacco: Consumer Fact Sheet
In Connecticut, the Commissioner of Revenue Services may authorize a dealer or distributor to give or deliver any cigarette or tobacco product in connection with the promotion or advertisement of such cigarette or tobacco product without receiving monetary consideration from the person receiving the cigarette or tobacco product, provided:
The licensed dealer or distributor will be liable for any gift or delivery of cigarettes or tobacco products to minors on his premises by any person conducting a promotion or advertisement of such cigarette or tobacco product.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 12-314a: Certain promotional samples authorized
A dealer or distributor may give or deliver sample packages of cigarettes in connection with the promotion or advertisement of such cigarettes if the dealer or distributor has received prior written authorization from the Department of Revenue Services to give or deliver such sample packages. A dealer or distributor will not receive such prior written authorization unless the dealer or distributor applies in writing, at least 10 days before the proposed distribution, to the Excise and Public Services Taxes subdivision of the Audit Division of the Department of Revenue Services for written authorization to give or deliver such sample packages and is able to establish, to the satisfaction of the Department, that all of the following conditions are met:
Conn. Agencies Regs. § 12-314a-1: Authorized distribution of sample packages of cigarettes
Staff reported that Conn. Agencies Regs. § 12-314a-1 also applies to tobacco products other than cigarettes.
Connecticut law contains no specific provisions concerning state preemption of local sampling laws, so local communities may pass more stringent laws or ordinances in this area.