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South Carolina Smoking: What you need to know

The South Carolina Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits smoking in public places (except in designated areas and in enclosed private offices) including elevators, lobbies and foyers, healthcare facilities, childcare facilities, public transportation vehicles, and arenas and auditoriums (SC Code Sec. 44-95-10et seq.). There is no provision for restaurants and bars.

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The owner or manager in charge of the premises must make reasonable efforts to prevent smoking areas from impinging upon smoke-free areas by using existing physical barriers and ventilation systems. However, a workplace may be declared entirely smoke-free.

Workplace no-smoking policy. The Tobacco Prevention and Control Division of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) has a sample workplace policy available at http://www.scdhec.gov/health/chcdp/ tobacco/docs/Modelworksite_updated. pdf.

Posting. In areas where smoking is permitted, the owner or manager must post signs designating both smoking and nonsmoking areas.

State buildings. Smoking is prohibited in buildings owned, leased, or operated by the state government except in enclosed private offices and in designated employee break offices.

Schools. Smoking is restricted in public elementary and secondary schools and preschools to enclosed lounges not adjacent to classrooms or libraries. School boards may declare their campuses entirely smoke-free. Smoking is prohibited in school buses while in operation.

Penalties. Violators of the Act are guilty of a misdemeanor and are subject to a fine of not less than $10 or more than $25.

Local Ordinances

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that local smoking ordinances are not preempted by the Clean Indoor Air Act and ...


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