By Elizabeth Janney, Patch Staff 

The new laws taking effect this week impact everything from smoke alarms to drivers’ licenses to e-cigarettes.

From new names on rest areas to snowmobiles on highways, some Maryland laws took effect on Monday, Oct. 1, that could make a noticeable difference. Other new laws are subtler, rooted in research, such as the Maryland Health Care Commission’s task to look at whether health care providers could access a patient’s prescription history or the mandate that employers with at least 50 employees submit a survey about cases of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Here’s a sample of the laws that took effect Oct. 1, 2018.