Protecting Floridians from the deadly effects of secondhand smoke is critical to keeping our communities healthy and vibrant. The goal of the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act (FCIAA) is to do just that.
Florida Legislature enacted the FCIAA in 1985 to protect people from the health hazards of secondhand smoke, which is a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals, hundreds are toxic and about 70 known to cause cancer.1
In 2003, the Legislature passed an amendment to prohibit smoking in workplaces that previously allowed smoking. This amendment was a major step toward preventing the serious health consequences and preventable deaths that can result from exposure to secondhand smoke. Because of that amendment, Florida law prohibits smoking in most public and private businesses, including restaurants. While there are few exceptions, including standalone bars, the amendment makes it possible for many Floridians to go about their daily lives without being exposed to secondhand smoke.
Smoking is defined by the law as “possessing any lighted tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and any other lighted tobacco product.” According to this definition, the use of smokeless tobacco products and the use of e-cigarettes are exempt from the law.
Businesses do not always comply with the law, which can lead to serious health consequences, particularly for children, people with existing health conditions and the elderly, who are more vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke exposure. By reporting a violation of the law, you can play an important role in ensuring that your loved ones and neighbors are better protected from toxic secondhand smoke.
To report a violation of the FCIAA:
- Call: 1-800-337-3742
- Email: FCIAA@flhealth.gov
- Mail: 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-23, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1743
The following information is required to process a complaint:
- Name of workplace where violation is occurring
- Workplace’s mailing address, city, county and zip code
- Nature of the violation (Example: smoking in an enclosed indoor workplace)
- If available, provide a telephone number and name of the person in charge of the workplace
1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2010.