USDA Smoking Policy
This regulation sets forth the smoking policy for the Department of Agriculture
(USDA). Environmental tobacco smoke, also termed second-hand smoke, is
classified as a known human carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency.
In order to protect USDA employees, contractors, and visitors from the health hazards
of environmental tobacco smoke, this regulation prohibits smoking inside all USDA
facilities and motor vehicles.
It is USDA’s policy that smoking at USDA facilities is prohibited unless permissible
in areas that meet the conditions stipulated under SECTION 5b of this regulation, and
have been specifically designated as smoking areas by authorization of the head of
the facility’s lead agency. This regulation is effective immediately, in compliance
with 41 CFR, Part 102-74 and FMR Bulletin 2009-B1, Protecting Federal Employees
and the Public from Exposure to Tobacco Smoke in the Federal Workplace. Any
exceptions must be published in writing, approved by the head of the facility’s lead
agency and provide for the protection of nonsmokers from exposure to environmental
tobacco smoke. Changes in conditions of employment for bargaining unit employees
must be implemented pursuant to 5 U.S.C. Chapter 71.
3. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS/CANCELLATION
This regulation is a revision of DR 4400-6, and cancels DR 4400-6, USDA Smoking
Policy, dated December 16, 1996.