INDOOR SMOKING LAWS IN SOUTH CAROLINA


Indoor Smoking Laws

• No statewide smoking ban. On March 31, 2008, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that cities, counties, and towns may enact smoking bans which are more stringent than state law.

As of May 2009, there are four South Carolina counties and 22 cities and towns with smoke-free laws:

• Aiken County, South Carolina, smoke-free law for all workplaces including restaurants and bars within unincorporated areas of Aiken County. June 2007.

• Aiken, South Carolina, smoke-free law for all workplaces including restaurants and bars in city. July 2008

• Beaufort County, banned in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars, within unincorporated areas of Beaufort County. January 10, 2007.

• Beaufort, South Carolina, smoke-free law for all workplaces including restaurants and bars. May 2008.

• Bluffton, banned in all workplaces including restaurants and bars. January 10, 2007.

• Camden, South Carolina, smoke-free law for all workplaces including restaurants and bars. 2008.

• Clemson, July 1, 2008, banned in all enclosed workplaces, including bars and restaurants.

• Columbia, October 1, 2008, smoke-free in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars.

• Easley, South Carolina, smoke-free law for all workplaces including restaurants and bars, January 2009.

• Edisto Beach, smoke-free law for all workplaces including restaurants and bars, March 2009.

• Greenville, January 1, 2007, banned in all workplaces, restaurants, and bars.

• Hilton Head Island, Indoor smoking ban in restaurants, bars, and public places will take effect May 1, 2007.

• Isle of Palms, South Carolina, smoke-free law for all workplaces including restaurants and bars, January 2009.

• Lexington, South Carolina, smoke-free workplace law for all workplaces including restaurants and bars in town of Lexington, October 2008.

• Liberty, South Carolina, smoke-free law with exemption for bars, October 2006.

• Mount Pleasant, September 1, 2007, banned in all restaurants, bars, workplaces, and private clubs.

• North Augusta, South Carolina, smoke-free law for all workplaces including restaurants and bars, 2008.

• Pickens, smoke-free workplace law including restaurants and bars, May 2009.

• Richland County, smoke free workplace law including restaurants and bars, October 2008.

• Rock Hill, smoke-free workplace law including restaurants and bars, May 2009.

• Sullivan's Island, effective July 20, 2006, a ban on smoking in workplaces, including restaurants and bars. Upheld by the Charleston County Court of Common Pleas on December 20, 2006.

• Sumter, effective mid-April, 2009, a ban on smoking in workplaces, including restaurants and bars.

• Surfside Beach, smoke-free workplace law including restaurants and bars. Ordinance also covers beach and walk-ups to beach. November 2008.

• Walterboro, smoke-free workplace law including restaurants and bars, May 2008.

• York County, smoke-free workplace law including restaurants and bars, May 2009.

Luciano Mende

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