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On June 29, 2004, Governor Donald L. Carcieri signed into law a bill passed by the RI General Assembly that prohibits smoking in public places and workplaces in Rhode Island. The “Public Health and Workplace Safety Law” went into effect March 1, 2005. This law will protect Rhode Islanders at work and in public places from the effects of secondhand smoke. The law ensures a smoke-free environment for business owners, employees, and the public.
2.5 Posting of Signs
(a) "No smoking" signs or the international "No Smoking" symbol (consisting of a pictorial representation of a burning cigarette enclosed in a red circle with a red bar across it) shall be clearly and conspicuously posted in every public place and place of employment where smoking is prohibited by the Act or these Regulations, by the owner, operator, manager or other person in control of that place.
(b) Every public place and place of employment where smoking is prohibited by the Act or these Regulations shall have posted at every entrance a conspicuous sign clearly stating that smoking is prohibited.
(c) All signs necessary to comply with these Regulations shall be attached at eye level and shall contain the following words "IT IS ILLEGAL TO SMOKE IN THIS ESTABLISHMENT. To report a violation call Rhode Island Department of Health: 401-222-3293 ."