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Reference Number: MTAS-2051
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: August 10, 2017
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Smoking Rights
A municipality is prohibited from discharging an employee for using an agricultural product not regulated by the alcoholic beverage commission that is not otherwise proscribed by law (tobacco) as long as the employee abides by the employer’s work rules regarding tobacco use. T.C.A. § 50-1-304(d)(1).

Notification of Smoking Ban
The state ban on smoking in places of employment must be communicated to all existing employees and prospective employees when they apply for a job. T.C.A. § 39-17-1803(b).