Nursing and rehabilitation facilities are considered to be residential facilities and, therefore, are not covered by the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006. Due to this provision, short-term patients, long-term residents, and staff in these facilities were not protected from exposure to secondhand smoke. Act 708 of 2015, was signed into law to limit smoking in long-term care facilities and update the 2006 law. The 2015 act also clarifies the definitions and language of the Clean Indoor Air Act to include long-term care facilities as smoke free entities. Electronic smoking devices like e-cigarettes and vape pens are still not covered under any state law dealing with long-term care facilities.
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