Smoking or the use of vapor products is not permitted, and no person shall smoke or use vapor products, in the following places:

  1. Child care centers; provided, that the prohibition of this section does not apply to child care services provided in a private home. Adult staff members may be permitted to smoke or use vapor products in designated areas to which children are not allowed access. However, the child care center shall give written notification to the parent or legal guardian upon enrollment if the child care center has an indoor area designated for smoking or the use of vapor products;
  2. Terms Used In Tennessee Code 39-17-1604

    • Children: means individuals who have not attained eighteen (18) years of age. See Tennessee Code 39-17-1603
    • Community center: means any center operated by any city or county government that is used for children's activities. See Tennessee Code 39-17-1603
    • Group care home: means a home operated by any person, society, agency, corporation, or institution or any group which receives seven (7) or more children for full-time care outside their own homes in facilities owned or rented and operated by the organization. See Tennessee Code 39-17-1603
    • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
    • Person: includes the singular and the plural and means and includes any individual, firm, partnership, copartnership, association, corporation, governmental subdivision or agency, or other organization or other legal entity, or any agent or servant thereof. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
    • School grounds: means any building, structure, and surrounding outdoor grounds contained within a public or private preschool, nursery school, kindergarten, elementary or secondary school's legally defined property boundaries as registered in a county register's office, and any publicly owned or leased vehicle used to transport children to or from school or any officially sanctioned or organized school event. See Tennessee Code 39-17-1603
    • Services: includes labor, skill, professional service, transportation, telephone, mail, gas, electricity, steam, water, cable television, entertainment subscription service or other public services, accommodations in hotels, restaurants or elsewhere, admissions to exhibitions, use of vehicles or other movable property, and any other activity or product considered in the ordinary course of business to be a service, regardless of whether it is listed in this subdivision (a)(37) or a specific statute exists covering the same or similar conduct. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
    • Smoking: means the burning of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or any other substance containing tobacco. See Tennessee Code 39-17-1603
    • written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105

  3. Any room or area in a community center while the room or area is being used for children’s activities;
  4. Group care homes. Adults may smoke or use vapor products in any fully enclosed adult staff residential quarters contained within a group care home, but not in the presence of children who reside as clients in the group care home;
  5. Healthcare facilities, excluding nursing home facilities. Adult staff members may be permitted to smoke or use vapor products in designated areas to which children are not allowed access, and adults may be permitted to smoke or use vapor products outside the facility;
  6. Museums, except when used after normal operating hours for private functions not attended by children. Adult staff members may be permitted to smoke or use vapor products while at work in designated smoking areas to which children are not allowed access;
  7. All public and private kindergartens and elementary and secondary schools. Adult staff members may be permitted to smoke or use vapor products outdoors but not within one hundred feet (100′) of any entrance to any building. Adults may also smoke or use vapor products in any fully enclosed adult staff residential quarters but not in the presence of children attending the school;
  8. Residential treatment facilities for children and youth. Adult staff members may be permitted to smoke or use vapor products in designated areas to which children are not allowed access;
  9. Youth development centers and facilities. Adult staff members may be permitted to smoke or use vapor products in designated areas to which children are not allowed access;
  10. Zoos. Adult staff members may be permitted to smoke or use vapor products in designated areas to which children are not allowed access; and
  11. School grounds, including any public seating areas, such as bleachers used for sporting events, or public restrooms.