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Smoke-Free Businesses, Towns and Schools

Smoke-Free Businesses

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.

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. This means all workplaces (including restaurants and bars) in that area are smoke-free to the public.

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:

Smoke Free Colleges & Universities

Deciding on a college can be a complicated process. One thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is your child’s health. The best way to protect them from secondhand smoke is to completely eliminate the exposure. Some tips are:

  • Look for colleges that have comprehensive smoke-free policies that should include the entire campus, if not;
  • Look for colleges that have comprehensive smoke-free policies that include residence halls, all public places on the school’s campus and have entrance restrictions for smoking;
  • At the least, check to make sure the residence hall he or she chooses is smoke-free.
  • Read over the housing contract carefully and make sure your child won’t be assigned a roommate who smokes.

Model Tobacco-Free Policy for Colleges & Universities (pdf)
Tobacco-Free Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) (pdf)

Tobacco-Free Schools

Guide for Creating 100 Percent Tobacco-Free Schools in South Carolina (pdf)

Smoke-Free Healthcare Facilities

S.C. hospitals have realized the importance of promoting a positive health message by adopting and enforcing 100 percent tobacco-free policies for their buildings AND grounds to help ensure protection from secondhand smoke exposure.

Click here for success story Up in Smoke: Tobacco-Free Policies Eliminate Smoking on Hospital Grounds (pdf)

For more information about smoke-free healthcare facilities, colleges & universities, worksites, faith-based organizations and recreational facilities, contact the program at (803) 545-4463.

For more information, contact one of DHEC's local public health departments.