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Smoke Free Cities, Towns, and Counties

The 2006 U.S. Surgeon General's report said "there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke." The report further found that non-smoking sections and high-tech ventilation systems are ineffective for protecting people against the toxins found in secondhand smoke.

The EPA also concluded a nonsmoking section is not enough. While exhaust systems may remove the smoky haze and odor, the systems do nothing to remove the 4,000+ toxic chemicals that have been identified in secondhand smoke.

As of Jan. 1, 2014, 39% of South Carolinians live in towns, cities, or counties with Smoke Free ordinances. Ordinances vary by municipality but generally prohibit the use of combustible tobacco and other tobacco products in public places, businesses (including restaurants), and some outdoor areas such as ballparks, stadiums, parades, or amphitheaters. DHEC monitors Smoke Free ordinances while our community partner, the SC Tobacco Free Collaborative conducts community education on Smoke Free environments.

If you're looking to shop, eat or do business in a Smoke Free environment, the following towns, cities or counties have adopted local Smoke Free ordinances:

  • Aiken
  • Aiken County
  • Atlantic Beach
  • Beaufort
  • Beaufort County
  • Bluffton
  • Camden
  • Cayce
  • Chapin
  • Charleston
  • Charleston County
  • Chesnee Clemson
  • Columbia
  • Easley
  • Edisto Beach
  • Florence
  • Fort Mill
  • Goose Creek
  • Greenville
  • Hampton
  • Hartsville
  • Hilton Head Island
  • Hollywood
  • Isle of Palms
  • Lancaster County
  • Lexington
  • Lexington County
  • Liberty
  • Mount Pleasant
  • North Augusta N.
  • Myrtle Beach
  • Pendleton
  • Pickens Pine Ridge
  • Quinby Ravenel
  • Richland County
  • Rock Hill
  • Simpsonville
  • South Congaree
  • Spartanburg
  • Springdale
  • Surfside Beach
  • Sullivan's Island
  • Summerville
  • Sumter
  • Timmonsville
  • Walterboro
  • West Columbia
  • York County

To access the map of these Smoke Free municipalities in South Carolina, click: January 2014 (pdf).