Maine smoking bans and laws came effective on 1st of January 2004, banned smoking statewide in all workplaces and public places such as bars, restaurants and in any car when a person under the age of 16 is present.
However, the law exempts places such as:
- Places open to the public during hours when it is closed,
- Stage performances involving smoking,
- Smoking for religious rituals,
- Factories where labor unions have contracted to have smoking areas,
- Designate areas in hospitals,
- Designated hotel and motel smoking rooms,
- Private residences except when used as a childcare or healthcare facility,
- Beano and bingo halls,
- Tobacco specialty stores,
- Off-track betting parlors that were in existence on June 30, 2003.