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Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking: Tennessee

Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team


  • Tennessee employers may prohibit drug and alcohol use in the workplace. See Drugs and Alcohol.
  • Tennessee law permits the use of a form of medical marijuana under very limited circumstances. See Medical Marijuana.
  • Employers may implement and enforce policies that prohibit the use, sale, possession, distribution, purchase and cultivation of drugs and alcohol in the workplace. See Drug and Alcohol Policies.
  • Employers in Tennessee are not prohibited from conducting drug and alcohol testing of their employees or job applicants. However, Tennessee's voluntary drug-free workplace program requirements include a drug and alcohol testing policy. See Drug and Alcohol Testing.
  • The Non-Smoker Protection Act prohibits smoking in most enclosed public places, which includes places of employment. See Smoking.
  • "No smoking" signs must be conspicuously posted at workplace entrances. See Postings.
  • Employers are not required to have a smoking policy, but may implement one that prohibits smoking in the workplace. See Smoking Policies.