Connecticut has a variety of laws in place that:

  • protect the public from exposure to secondhand smoke and aerosol,
  • protect young people from accessing tobacco and e-cigarette products,
  • protect workers from secondhand smoke,
  • restrict tobacco use in the workplace and in food preparation, and
  • Provide Medicaid coverage for smoking cessation.

Please see the list below of applicable laws.

Cessation Access

Sec. 17b-278a. Coverage for treatment for smoking cessation.

Secondhand Smoke Protections                                                                  

CT Clean Indoor Air Act Amendments Summary

Sec. 19a-342. (Formerly Sec. 1-21b). Smoking prohibited. Exceptions. Signs required. Penalties.

  Sec. 19a-342a. Use of electronic nicotine or cannabis delivery system or vapor product prohibited. Exceptions. Signage required. Penalties.

Sec. 53-198. Smoking in motor buses, railroad cars and school buses. 

Tobacco Use in the Workplace 

Sec. 21a-157. (Formerly Sec. 19-289). Communicable diseases bar to employment. Examination.

  Sec. 31-40q. Prohibition on smoking and use of electronic nicotine and cannabis delivery systems and vapor products in the workplace.

Sec. 31-40s. Smoking or use of tobacco products outside of the workplace.

Youth Access Protections and Education                                                  

CT General Statute 53-344: Tobacco Sale or Delivery to Persons Under Age 21 Summary

Sec. 53-344. Sale or delivery of cigarettes or tobacco products to persons under age twenty-one. Misrepresentation of age. Presentation of driver's license or identity card to establish age. Transaction scans. Affirmative defense.

Sec. 53-344b. Sale or delivery of electronic nicotine delivery systems or vapor products to persons under twenty-one years of age. Misrepresentation of age by persons under twenty-one years of age. Transaction scans. Affirmative defense.

Sec. 12-285c. Restrictions on shipping or transporting cigarettes. Penalties.

Sec. 12-295a. Sale or delivery to minors. Online education program. Civil penalty. Suspension or revocation of license. Removal of vending machine.

Sec. 10-19. Teaching about alcohol, nicotine or tobacco, drugs and acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Training of personnel.



Several state agencies are involved in regulating and enforcing tobacco laws or educating and funding tobacco prevention in Connecticut.




Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act - An Overview | FDA

FD&C Act Chapter IX: Tobacco Products | FDA

FDA's Deeming Regulations for E-Cigarettes, Cigars, and All Other Tobacco Products | FDA

About the Synar Amendment and Program | SAMHSA

Federal Register: Smoking Aboard Aircraft

Smoke-Free Public Housing | / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration. To report a potential tobacco product violation including sales to a minor, illegal marketing or advertising and unauthorized products etc., call the Tobacco Call Center at 1 (877) 287-1373 or email at



Local jurisdictions may have stronger tobacco laws, if not preempted.

Check your local code for tobacco use laws.

Local and state police. Citizens can file a complaint with their local or state police department.

*The Tobacco Control Program will update this section as we gather more information about local protections and initiatives.   


For further information on these laws, contact:

CT DPH Tobacco Control Program

Email:, Phone: 860-509-8251


For further information on youth access, contact:

CT DMHAS Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program

Email:, Phone: 860-418-7000


*This information is not intended to substitute advice from your legal professional.


Last Updated May 9, 2024