(WVLT) - Smoking in most Tennessee restaurants and office buildings is now illegal.
The new "Tennessee Non-Smokers Protection Act" goes into effect Monday.
The new law bans smoking in most places where people work.
Restaurants across East Tennessee and the rest of the state have done away with smoking sections.
A person who knowingly smokes in a prohibited area is subject to a $50 fine, and businesses also face fines for repeat violations.
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