13.1302 Definitions.

Cite as [A.S.C.A. § 13.1302]

For purposes of this Act and chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings stated below:

(1) “Smoking” means the activity of inhaling and exhaling smoke from tobacco and other substances that are lit in cigars, cigarettes, and pipes, and to possess or transport cigars, cigarettes, pipes and smoking articles while lit.

(2) “Public place” means that portion of any building or government or commercial vehicle used by and open to the public, regardless of whether the building or vehicle is owned in whole or in part by private persons or entities, the American Samoa Government, or other public entity, and regardless of whether a fee is charged for admission or use.

Public places include, but are not limited to: Elevators, public conveyances such as buses, taxis, trains, airplanes, or other transportation facilities or means of transportation, museums, concert halls, theaters, auditoriums, exhibition halls, sports arenas, hospitals, nursing homes, health care facilities or clinics, enclosed shopping centers, retail stores, retail service establishments, financial institutions, educational facilities, ticket areas, public hearing facilities, legislative chambers, courthouses and the immediately adjacent hallways and offices, public restrooms, libraries, restaurants, waiting areas, lobbies, reception areas. A public place does not include a private residence, unless such residence is used as a licensed day care center.

(3) “Restaurant” means an eating establishment, including but not limited to, coffee shops, cafeterias, sandwich stands, and private and public school cafeterias, which gives or offers for sale food to the public, guests, or employees, as well as kitchens and catering facilities in which food is prepared on the premises for serving elsewhere. The term “restaurant” shall include a bar area within a restaurant.

(4) “Places of Employment” means an area under the control of a public employer, including, but not limited to, work areas, employee lounges, restrooms, conference rooms, meeting rooms, classrooms, employee cafeterias, hallways, and government or commercial vehicles. For private employers, places of employment means those portions of the business premises which are used by or open to the public or employees of the business without specific invitation. A private residence is not a “place of employment” unless it is used as a child care, adult day care, or health care facility.

(5) “Enclosed Area” means all space between a floor and ceiling that is enclosed on all sides by permanent or temporary walls or windows (exclusive of doorways), which extend from the floor to the ceiling.

(6) “Bar” means an establishment that is devoted to the serving of alcoholic beverages for consumption by guests on the premises and in which the serving of food is only incidental to the consumption of those beverages, including but not limited to, taverns, nightclubs, cocktail lounges, and cabarets.

(7) “Business” means a sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, corporation, or other business entity, either for-profit or not-for-profit, including retail establishments where goods or services are sold; professional corporations and other entities where legal, medical, dental, engineering, architectural, or other professional services are delivered.

(8) “Employee” means a person who is employed by an employer in consideration for direct or indirect monetary wages or profit, and a person who volunteers his or her services for a non-profit entity.

(9) “Employer” means a person, business, partnership, association, corporation, trust, non-profit entity or government that employs the services of one or more individual persons.

(10) “Health Care Facility” means an office or institution providing care or treatment of diseases, whether physical, mental, or emotional, or other medical, physiological, or psychological conditions, including but not limited to, hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals or other clinics, including weight control clinics, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, homes for the aging or chronically ill, laboratories, and offices of surgeons, chiropractors, physical therapists, physicians, psychiatrists, dentists, and all specialists within these professions. This definition shall include all waiting rooms, hallways, private rooms, semiprivate rooms, and wards within health care facilities.

History: 2010, PL 31-24