Q: I can smoke now, right?
A: It may be legal... that doesn’t mean it’s healthy! Just remember that it’s unlawful to sell or give any tobacco product to anyone under 18 (ARS §13-3622).
Q: What about those no-smoking areas?
A: In November 2006, a majority of Arizonans passed Proposition 201, the Smoke Free Arizona Act, with a section prohibiting smoking in restaurants and bars. Currently, (ARS §36-601.01) says smoking tobacco in any form is prohibited in any:
- Elevator, indoor theater, library, art museum, lecture or concert hall or bus which is used by or open to the public.
- Waiting room, rest room, lobby or hallway of any health care institution.
- Public waiting room of laboratories or facilities.
- Public waiting room of any physician, dentist, psychologist, physiotherapist, podiatrist, chiropractor, naturopath, optometrist or optician.
Smoking is also prohibited in state owned or leased buildings, except in certain circumstances (ARS §36-601.01). Laws in cities and towns may be even more restrictive so consult those laws as well.
Q: What about E-Cigarettes are they legal?
A: Electronic cigarettes or personal vaporizers are legal if you are over 18 but certain cities regulate where they can be used (ARS §363622). Be aware that while the health risks for using e-cigarettes are unknown the liquid used to ﬁll them is highly toxic.
Laws may have changed since the last time this article was updated. The current and most up-to-date laws can be accessed here.