In 2003, New York State enacted new state wide legislation which prohibits smoking in most indoor areas and certain outdoor areas. Additionally, there are some aspects of Erie County’s Clean Air Act, which was enacted in 1996, that are more stringent than the state law and remain in effect.
The Erie County Department of Health is responsible for: investigation and resolution of complaints concerning compliance with the Clean Indoor Air Act; providing an educational element on the law; answering routine questions regarding compliance; and utilizes an enforcement arm to ensure that the public and work place employees are protected from the harmful effects of second hand smoke.
Complaints concerning smoking can be received from varied interests, including the general public, the local business community, other government agencies, and other sources. These complaints are addressed utilizing a number of resources including routine inspections at permitted facilities by Erie County Department of Health investigators, and after hours checks, where necessary, to monitor compliance with the law.