Smoke-Free Air Law Information
State Smoke-Free Air Law
The smoke-free air law covers all indoor areas where employees or the public gather.
Where Smoking is Prohibited in Wisconsin
- Restaurants and taverns
- Hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts
- Educational facilities
- Private clubs
- Government buildings and state institutions
- Correctional facilities
- Sports arenas of all kinds such as Lambeau Field, public swimming pools, and any other structure used for sporting events. Sports arenas must be smoke-free regardless of whether or not they fit the definition of an enclosed space.
- Health and medical facilities, including inpatient health care facilities
- Residence halls of college & university campuses
- Common areas of multi-unit apartment buildings
- Child care centers
- Public transportation
- All other enclosed workplaces and enclosed places where the public is invited
Role of persons in charge
- Do NOT provide matches, lighters, or ashtrays for patrons
- Must post an adequate number of no smoking signs
- If someone still tries to smoke, the person in charge should:
- Ask the person to stop smoking
- If they don’t stop, refuse them service and ask the person to leave
- If they do not leave, notify law enforcement
- Failure to comply with these procedures will result in one warning for the person in charge, followed by a maximum daily fine of $100 to the establishment (regardless of the number of violations)
If you see a person in charge of an establishment who doesn't take steps to eliminate smoking, contact local law enforcement or make a complaint, below.
Failure to follow the law
- Local law enforcement officers have the right to enforce Wisconsin’s smoke-free air law. Forfeitures for businesses that allow smoking will be $100 per day (maximum) and $100-$250 for individuals violating the law.
- Forfeitures are accompanied by court costs that range from $89-$163.50, depending on your location.
- Individuals can be fined multiple times each day, but businesses can only be fined once daily.
Get more information and signs for businesses at Wisconsin's Workplaces are Smoke-Free.
Local Smoke-Free Air Laws
Some communities in Dane County have further strengthened their local laws in areas the law permits.
- Dane County (non-incorporated areas) - Also includes electronic delivery devices (vape products) for all workplaces.
- Madison - State Law with additional regulations for definition of enclosed area. Also includes electronic delivery devices (vape products) for all workplaces.
Smoke Free Signage for City of Madison Establishments that includes electronic delivery devices.
- Oregon - Includes electronic delivery devices (vape products) for all workplaces.
- Middleton - Includes 15 ft. distance from any public (government) building entrance, window, or ventilation intake. Also includes electronic delivery devices (vape products) for all workplaces.
- Stoughton - Includes electronic delivery devices (vape products) for all workplaces.
- Verona - State Law with additional regulations for definition of enclosed area. Includes smoke-free parks.
- Waunakee - Includes electronic delivery devices (vape products) for all workplaces.