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Frequently Asked Questions Work Life

Is smoking allowed in Federal buildings?

Executive Order 13058, "Protecting Federal Employees and the Public from Exposure to Tobacco Smoke in the Federal Workplace," bans smoking in all Executive Branch facilities, all interior space owned, rented, or leased space by the Executive Branch of the Federal government.  There are certain excepted spaces, which include:

  1. designated smoking areas. However, effective June 19, 2009, designated smoking areas in GSA-controlled buildings will be eliminated.
  2. residential accommodations in buildings owned, leased, rented by the Federal government;
  3. portions of Federally-owned buildings leased, rented, or otherwise provided (in their entirety) to non-federal parties; and
  4. places of employment in the private sector or in other non-federal governmental units that serve as the permanent or intermittent duty station of one or more Federal employees.

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