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Local Control Affirmed in South Carolina!

On March 31, 2008, the South Carolina Supreme Court unanimously ruled that local governments have the right to enact and enforce smokefree laws. The Supreme Court ruling upheld the local smokefree law enacted by the City of Greenville in October 2006, which paves the way for other South Carolina communities to move forward with enacting and enforcing smokefree laws.

Prior to this ruling, the law with respect to preemption in South Carolina was unsettled, as two trial courts in the state had reached opposite conclusions on the issue. In June 2006, the town of Sullivan's Island enacted a 100% smokefree workplace law, the first of its kind in South Carolina, and the law was upheld against a legal challenge based on preemption. In Beachfront Entertainment, Inc., et. al. v. Town of Sullivan's Island, No. 2006-CP-10-3501 (SC Court of Common Pleas, Charleston County, Dec. 20, 2006), the court found neither express nor implied preemption in state law. The court noted that S.C. Code § 5-7-30, a part of the Home Rule Act, specifically authorizes municipalities to enact regulations "preserving health, peace and good government" and that "the power to regulate and control smoking is widely recognized."

In October 2006, Greenville enacted a strong smokefree law, which was also challenged in court on the ground of preemption. This time, in Foothills Brewing Concern, Inc. et. al. v. City of Greenville, No. 2006-CP-23-7803 (SC Court of Common Pleas, Greenville County, Mar. 8, 2007), the court not only ruled that the City law was preempted by State law, but also that it violated the State Constitution by criminalizing conduct that is not illegal under State criminal laws governing the same subject. The court thus declared the law to be void and unenforceable and permanently enjoined its enforcement.

While the preemption issue was unresolved, municipalities in South Carolina other than those within the jurisdiction of the Greenville County court were still free to enact their own smokefree air laws, subject, of course, to the possibility that any law might be challenged on the basis of preemption.

Since Sullivan's Island enacted the first 100% smokefree law in the state in June 2006, nine other local communities have asserted their right to local control by enacting 100% smokefree ordinances. These communities include Beaufort County, Bluffton, Columbia, Charleston, Hilton Head Island and Clemson, and other communities are in the process of considering smokefree policies.

Greenville embraces its new improved status of being a smokefree city by flying "Breathe Easy. You're in the City" banners in its Shopping District.

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in South Carolina.

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Smokefree & Related News

Cigarette butts on the beach is the No. 1 litter problem in Charleston ...
Charleston Post Courier - August 2, 2016

Should Folly Beach officials consider implementing a smoking ban on the beach? Yes. No. I have no strong opinion. As part of the effort, Folly businesses have ...

About the South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative
Greenville - March 21, 2016

The South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative (SCTFC) is a statewide ... through prevention, policy and protection from secondhand smoke exposure.

Housing authority considers instituting a smoking ban
Lancaster News - March 13, 2016

The Housing Authority of Lancaster County is considering adopting a smoke-free policy for tenants at two public housing complexes. Its executive director, Jerry ...

ALA SC Smoke-Free Grant
charlestonchronicle . net-February 20, 2016

The American Lung Association in South Carolina was recently awarded a Community Partnership Grant from the South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative to address the impact of tobacco use in local communities.

VAPING: New businesses lighting up the marketplace with smoking ...
The Times and Democrat - February 8, 2016

… Miller caters to both the smoker wanting to quit for a better, healthier lifestyle as well as the hobbyist looking to explore the world of vaping and e-cigarettes. … Vaping is touted as an alternative to smoking and is praised by users for being better than cigarettes because it doesn't cause the same bad smell and breath. It also leaves no cigarette burns and no dirty ashtrays….

Council discusses market policies
GwdToday - February 1, 2016

Barrineau said the splash area would be smoke and tobacco free. Council agreed that the entire facility should be smoke and tobacco free. Turner told council ...

Georgetown County (SC) looks to ban spanking in schools
WIAT 42 - January 27, 2016

Georgetown County school board members will review changes at their next meeting on February 2. They're also considering a ban on smoking.

A no-cost way to cut youth smoking
Bluffton Today - January 6, 2016

So, now let's move on to a rundown on what's happening with smoking in ... a local ordinance raising the legal age to 21 - and it cut youth smoking by half.

Bobcat Classic keeps on going, draws teams from multiple states
Bluffton Today - January 4, 2016

"I said, guy, this is a smoke-free campus, and they looked at me like it was odd. "To them, it was no big deal, and I guess that's a different thing." In addition to ...

Aiken County School Board makes School District 100 percent ...
Aiken Standard - December 8, 2015

Aiken County School Board makes School District 100 percent tobacco free ... making all schools, facilities and athletic venues 100 percent tobacco free at its ...

School Board to consider upgrades to press boxes Tuesday
Aiken Standard - December 7, 2015

The revision to the tobacco policy would make all Aiken County Public Schools 100 percent tobacco free. Changes to the District's policy on paging devices, ...

Plan released to help reduce tobacco's toll on Palmetto State [VIDEO]
Live 5 News - December 4, 2015

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative (SCTFC) is announcing the release of Ending the Epidemic: Plan for a Tobacco-Free South Carolina, 2015-2020. This plan, developed by the SCTFC in collaboration with state partners and community coalitions, outlines strategies and recommendations to help reduce tobaccos toll on the Palmetto State. Additionally, while youth cigarette smoking rates have declined in South Carolina, the use of other tobacco products, such as little cigars and e-cigarettes, has increased, and many of the states workers remain unprotected from second-hand smoke exposure in the workplace...

Editorial: Tobacco-free campus call make sense
Aiken Standard - November 30, 2015

Editorial: Tobacco-free campus call make sense ... took an important step this past Tuesday when it voted to make all campuses 100 percent tobacco-free zones.

Duncan remains smoke-free
Spartanburg Herald - November 25, 2015

The smoking ban was discussed again because council members said they had to take another vote. In June when the ordinance was passed, town officials ...

Aiken County School Board to consider revisions to tobacco policy
Aiken Standard - November 22, 2015

The Aiken County Board of Education will hear first readings of revisions to two policies concerning Tobacco Free Schools, specifically Policy ADC (Tobacco Free Schools) and Policy GBED (Tobacco Free Schools/Staff), at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the District office, 1000 Brookhaven Drive. According to the agenda, while the schools and facilities of the Aiken County Public School District essentially have been tobacco free for decades, the last substantive change to the policies was in 1998 when the Board provided for limited smoking areas at outdoor athletic facilities.

Beaufort County Council considers smoking ban at complexes
Bluffton Today - November 16, 2015

County Council is considering a smoking ban at its Robert Smalls government complex in Beaufort, the county ... "I just don't agree with banning it outright.".

Spartanburg health focus groups hope to receive $25000
Spartanburg Herald Journal - November 11, 2015

... is focusing efforts to reduce youth access to and use of tobacco products. ... the dangers of e-cigarettes and create prevention strategies around research data.

Smoking now banned at DuBois Park in Bluffton
WJCL News - November 10, 2015

BLUFFTON, S.C. (WJCL) - The Bluffton Town Council voted to ban smoking at DuBois Park at Tuesday night's town council meeting. Beaufort County already ...

Multiple Myrtle Beach businesses going smoke free
WIS - October 28, 2015

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - South Carolina is one few states that do not have a state-wide ban on smoking. However, as on this month, 52 cities or towns in ...

Tobacco in Cheraw town workers' cars goes up in smoke
Cheraw Chronicle - October 14, 2015

Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco are banned from town-owned work ... There was a tobacco ban for town-owned buildings and work sites, but no policy on ...

Bluffton Town Council moves toward smoking ban in DuBois Park
Bluffton Today - October 13, 2015

Bluffton Town Council is targeting a ban on smoking in DuBois Park, a move that ... those bans, Hilton Head Island, Beaufort and Port Royal prohibit smoking in ...

Local health groups band together for Quit & Win program to ...
Charleston Post Courier - October 13, 2015

For much of the past 50 years, the fight to lower smoking rates relied on a warning ... Experts in the field credit higher tobacco taxes, smoking bans in indoor and ...

Editorial: Consider big picture of smoking restriction
Island Packet - September 25, 2015

We're all for the smoking bans Bluffton and other local municipalities passed in ... And it may want to package its discussion with other restrictions cities are ...

Clemson University approves tobacco ban
WJCL News - September 24, 2015

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson University has announced that it will ban the use of all tobacco products, inside or outdoors, starting next year. Clemson already bans smoking in buildings. Effective Jan. 1, the new rule also bans smoking in outdoor areas and adds smokeless tobacco to the indoor ban.

Taking Down Tobacco
The Tiger (Clemson U.) - September 24, 2015

Some students mentioned that they felt the current policy regarding tobacco on campus was sufficient. "I think [the new policy] is wrong because we are a public university and we already cannot smoke within a certain distance from each building," said ...

Clemson University to go tobacco-free Jan. 1
Anderson Independent Mail - September 23, 2015

CLEMSON - Clemson University will become tobacco-free on Jan. 1, after two-plus years of studies and discussions. The university's administrative council gave ...

Bluffton Town Council considers smoking ban in public parks
WJCL News - September 21, 2015

BLUFFTON, S.C. (WJCL)- Smokers in Bluffton may need to be careful before lighting up. The town council is working on an ordinance to ban smoking in parks.

Should town ban smoking in Bluffton parks?
Hilton Head Island Packet - September 18, 2015

Bluffton officials are considering developing an ordinance that could restrict smoking in the town's public parks.

Florence County Museum Board elects officers after shakeup
SCNow - September 16, 2015

Citing concerns of visitors smoking in and around the courtyard during events and the use of electronic cigarettes in the building, the board unanimously ...

Granite Quarry parks won't go tobacco-free without a fight
Salisbury Post - September 9, 2015

Still, he doesn't see the harm in smoking out in the open air, such as in a town park. ... attacks, strokes and respiratory disease since the institution of smoking bans. North Carolina's ban on smoking in restaurants and bars has had no negative ...

Colleton County, SC Passes Smoking Ban
halfwheel.com - August 7, 2015

In the near future there will be a new smoking ban in Colleton County, S.C., as the county council unanimously approved the ordinance at its July 28 meeting. The ban will apply to the majority of businesses and place of employment in the county, including restaurants and bars and their outdoor dining areas. Retail tobacco shops and private clubs received an exemption, though golf courses did not. There's also a prohibition on smoking within 10 feet of places where smoking is banned.

Myrtle Beach City Council to consider bans on landscaping, large ...
SCNow - July 28, 2015

... Oak Street, said he and his business partner reconfigured the nightclub into a hookah lounge that will serve beer and wine in addition to the flavored tobacco.

Council resurrects ban on public smoking
Collection Today - June 11, 2015

Colleton County Council found a smoking in public places ban back on its agenda at the June 2 session, seven years after the first bid to make it law was unsuccessful. During Tuesdays meeting, Murdaugh said he was opposed to the ban the first time because he believed the decision to ban smoking in public places should be a decision made by businesses, by individuals, not dictated by government. But, he added, things change, environments change. I believe council will pass this. But before it comes to a vote, Murdaugh said, there are a number of provisions concerning areas like enforcement and its potential conflict with labor laws that need to be re-examined by the county's attorney. Murdaugh said those concerns had to be addressed to convince me to support this.

Darlington County Council delays vote on business registration fee
SCNow - April 7, 2015

In other news, council agreed to place a proposed smoke-free policy to ban smoking in county-owned buildings on a waiting list. State law already prohibits ...

When do Mecklenburg County parks, greenways go smoke-free?
The State - March 14, 2015

Nearly six months after Mecklenburg County commissioners banned smoking on the grounds of government buildings and most county parks and greenways, the ordinances go into effect Wednesday.

The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.), Andrew Dys column
The State - March 11, 2015

Talk turned to the failed attempt to ban smoking at the city's 21 parks and recreation centers, just ... But that is where smokers have to go when bans are enacted.

Plan to ban smoking at Rock Hill city parks fails
Rock Hill (SC) Herald - March 10, 2015

A measure that would have restricted their ability to light up in Rock Hill city parks failed Monday after the City Council deadlocked on whether to move forward with the idea. After discussing whether and how to best regulate smoking in the city's 21 pa

Inman, SC Bans Smoking in Businesses
halfwheel.com - March 10, 2015

The City Council voted 4-1 in favor of a smoking ban that will ban smoking at all businesses including within 15 feet of entrances, windows and outdoor seating ...

Conway wants to keep county's rules for housing, parking in ...
The State - March 3, 2015

The previous ordinance would have outlawed smoking in nearly all private businesses. Its failure marked the end of a months-long debate about worker safety, ...

Conway passes toned down smoking ban
WBTW - March 3, 2015

Conway City Council passed its second and final reading of a smoking ban tonight. ... A previous plan would have banned smoking in indoor public places, ...

Group continues effort to make Conway smoke free
WBTW - Myrtle Beach and Florence SC - December 2, 2014

He and his wife have approached the City of Conway to draft an ordinance to make the ... "In 2 hours you are eating dinner and someone is smoking next to you, ...

Conway City Council moves forward with smoking ban
WPDE - December 2, 2014

Smokers, and business owners, who violate a smoking ban in Conway could be ... The ordinance would also stop smoking in city-owned vehicles and in city ...

Cate Ryba to resign from Spartanburg City Council
Spartanburg Herald Journal - December 1, 2014

Ryba cites the smoking ban, dedicated funds for trail development, the Rail Tail Dog Park, the Main Street Challenge and Northside redevelopment as ...

Rules needed for sale of e-cigarettes
Rock Hill Herald - November 24, 2014

Adults should have the option of using e-cigarettes. But, like cigarettes, they shouldnt be sold to anyone under 18. In the absence of federal regulations governing the use of e-cigarettes, a number of states have banned them. But e-cigarettes are almost entirely unregulated in South Carolina, except in a few cities that have banned their use in public buildings. That should change. The Legislature needs to study this issue and enact sensible regulations that prevent the use of e-cigarettes by minors.

School district bans e-cigs
Gaffney Ledger (subscription) - November 18, 2014

Cherokee County School District is updating its tobacco policy to include a ban on a tobacco substitute called electronic cigarettes.

Group: SC ranks third worst in combating lung cancer
Greenville News - November 12, 2014

The Palmetto State also ranked 32nd in the percentage of smokers who attempt to quit, 43rd in new lung cancer cases per capita, 45th for smoking bans, and ...

Clover, SC Passes Tobacco Ban in Parks
halfwheel.com - November 11, 2014

Town manager Allison Harvey told EnquirerHerald.com that the change comes after a spectator refused to stop using an electronic cigarette at a youth athletic ...

Richland School District Two approves $1.9 million for Ridge View ...
ColaDaily.com - October 29, 2014

... to its policies regarding tobacco use. Alternative cigarette products such as e-cigarettes now are prohibited on school grounds or at school-sponsored events.

USCB to become tobacco, Smoke-Free campus
Hilton Head Monthly - October 28, 2014

Starting Jan. 1, the University of South Carolina Beaufort will no longer allow the use of tobacco products or electronic cigarettes on either of its two local ...

E-cig ban may go up in smoke
Clintonchronicle - October 22, 2014

Clinton City Council meetings are quick and efficient. Usually, there is little discussion before votes are taken. The more cynical observer might think council has ...

Clinton City Council cool on expanding smoking ban to electronic ...
Clintonchronicle - October 20, 2014

Clinton City Council cool on expanding smoking ban to electronic cigarettes ... been no court challenge in South Carolina because no city has banned electronic ...

Clarendon District 1 board to meet Monday
Sumter Item - October 19, 2014

Also on the agenda for Monday are the second readings of more than 15 policy updates for the district including tobacco-free school district, tobacco-free ...

News from S.C. campuses, Oct. 19
The State - October 19, 2014

The University of South Carolina Beaufort campus is going tobacco-free January 1 - the latest college campus in the nation's fifth-largest tobacco-growing state ..

EDITORIAL: USCB right to go tobacco-free
Island Packet - October 16, 2014

...The school system, including places of higher learning, have a role to play in educating and discouraging the practice. One out of every 13 U.S. children living today -- 5.6 million in total -- will die early because of smoking-related diseases if we...

Snuff those smokes: USC-Beaufort latest South Carolina campus ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - October 14, 2014

BEAUFORT, South Carolina - The University of South Carolina-Beaufort campus is going tobacco-free January 1st - the latest college campus in the nation's ...

USCB to go tobacco-free in January
SCNow - October 14, 2014

The university's current policy bans the use of tobacco products only in campus ... tobacco-growing state - that already ban smoking or tobacco products.

Darlington County Detention Center inmates an emerging market for e-cigs
SCNow - September 27, 2014

Calm inmates is a welcomed benefit from the sale of the e-cigs, but Darlington County Sheriff's Major Mitch Stanley said revenue was the driving force behind ...

SC officials issue plan to fight obesity problem
Spartanburg Herald Journal - September 25, 2014

It calls for workplaces to encourage breastfeeding, set up tobacco-free areas and improve access to healthy meals and physical activity. The plan says health ...

No smoking ($$)
Gaffney Ledger (subscription) - September 19, 2014

One of the last bastions of government-related tobacco freedom came to an end this week when Gaffney City Council officially banned the use of tobacco products, as well as new forms of electronic cigarettes, in city-owned vehicles. The ban includes all forms of smokeless tobacco as well. ...

Smoke-free environments becoming a local trend
WMBF - September 13, 2014

This is CCU's first year as a tobacco free campus and students are noticing less students smoking this year. The inconvenience of having to leave campus to go ...

Horry County follows suit to national 'No smoking' trends
WMBF - September 13, 2014

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - No smoking signs are posted on more and more facilities nationwide, and it's a trend happening right here in our area as well. At Coastal Carolina University, you'll find fewer and fewer places where you're allowed to smoke.

Duncan council votes to table proposed smoking ordinance
WHNS Greenville - September 9, 2014

Town officials said the proposed ban would be similar to the smoking ban ... cities and towns with smoking ordinances to see how the bans work in those areas.

Duncan council considers input on smoking ban
Spartanburg Herald-Journal - September 4, 2014

...About five residents met with the Duncan Town Council Wednesday evening for a public hearing on a proposed smoking ordinance. "I don't think we need an ordinance to regulate common sense,' Rogers said. "I don't' see the benefit of telling citizens ...

Kicking the habit as communities and companies push smoke-free ...
WPDE - September 4, 2014

Now, one of the nation's largest drugstore chains is banning cigarettes and ... The ban will likely cost the corporation $2 billion in annual sales, but company ...

Anderson Chamber to host ribbon cutting for Family Vape Shop
Anderson Independent Mail - September 4, 2014

Family Vape Shop is a family-owned business at 4118 Clemson Blvd., Suite C, across the street from the Olive Garden. It offers a broad selection of e-cigarettes.

Myrtle Beach's first 'cloud competition' illustrates former smokers passion for vaping
The State - August 24, 2014

The first-ever cloud competition in the Myrtle Beach area took place Saturday at Zuluvape in Carolina Forest, with Charleston resident Julius Catoe taking first place over Myrtle Beach resident Dave Hampton in the final round of the 21-contestent competition.

A 'Smoke-free' Conway moves forward
WPDE - August 19, 2014

Members of the Wellness Council for South Carolina made a special presentation before city council Monday to illustrate why smoking should be banned in ...

Wellness Council for South Carolina hopes for a smoke free Conway
Myhorrynews-by Heather Gale - July 30, 2014

Despite a failed attempt by Smoke Free Horry several years ago to make ... “There was a good bit of outcry from the community against the smoking ban and, ...

Group holding workshop on smoke-free policy for multifamily property owners - Post and Courier
Charleston Post & Courier - July 29, 2014

The Smoke-Free Lowcountry Coalition will hold a free workshop 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 on making multi-unit housing smoke-free. The workshop will cover the process of adopting a smoke-free policy.

Turnout poor for forum on proposed smoking ban: Officials hope to ...
The Tand D.com - Jul 25, 2014

DENMARK Denmark City Council held a public forum to hear comments on a proposed smoking ordinance, but the public didnt show up. Mayor Gerald Wright reported that aside from city employees and city council members, the turnout was not great at the hearing held July 21. Moreover, the ordinance would also not include warehouse nor workshop areas that are separated from the general public nor that have drive-in entrance doors and an outside fan ventilation system; a dedicated smoking area that is contained within a building provided the smoking area is not open to the public; nor private and semiprivate rooms in nursing homes and long-term care facilities that are occupied by one or more persons, all of whom are smokers and have requested in writing to be placed in a room where smoking is permitted.

Clemson Tobacco Ban to Begin Next July
WLTX.com - July 19, 2014

CLEMSON A plan to ban tobacco use on the campus of Clemson University next July will go forward without the board of trustees taking a vote on the issue, the chairman said Friday. It would include electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff and "any non-FDA approved nicotine delivery device." The only exceptions would be controlled ...

Clemson tobacco ban faces questions
Greenville News - July 18, 2014

CLEMSON – A proposal to ban tobacco on the entire campus of Clemson University ... banned smoking, with about 1,000 of them banning tobacco use altogether. ... state that have implemented tobacco bans have found the "soft enforcement" ...

New Catawba bingo hall in Rock Hill to open Saturday
The State - July 18, 2014

It will be first time since 2006 that the tribe has offered bingo in York County. The tribe's ... She also stressed that Catawba bingo is far from the stereotypical “dirty, rundown, smoke-filled building.” No smoking is allowed in the Cherry Road hall.

CCU prepares for new tobacco-free campus initiative
WBTW - Myrtle Beach and Florence SC - July 17, 2014

Coastal Carolina's new tobacco-free policy covers a wide range of products, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes.

Clemson trustees divided on making campus tobaco free
Greenville News - July 17, 2014

CLEMSON — A proposal to ban tobacco on the entire campus of Clemson ... have banned smoking, with about 1,000 of them banning tobacco use altogether.

CofC tobacco-free policy starts Tuesday
ABC NEWS 4 - July 1, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The air is clearing at the College of Charleston as an anti-tobacco policy starts Tuesday. The tobacco-free campus policy was started as a student initiative a few years back and was officially adopted in October 2013. Tobacco products included in the policy are cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, and electronic cigarettes, among others. Reaction on campus is mixed to the new no-puff rules.

New 'tobacco free' policy isn't a breath of fresh air for everyone at CofC
WCSC Television - July 1, 2014

Chief of staff at College of Charleston Brian McGee says going tobacco free is an international trend, and it's something the College is trying to be consistent with. "I think we have a wonderful opportunity here to encourage healthy lifestyles for our ...

Staff and students at CCU prepare for launch of tobacco-free policy
Myrtle Beach Sun News - June 19, 2014

Coastal Carolina University is gearing up for the official launch of its tobacco-free initiative Aug. 1, but the new policy began changing lives soon after it was announced in January. At least 1,343 U.S. colleges and universities have 100 percent smoke-free campuses, and 925 of those 100 percent tobacco-free, according to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation. The foundation lists 22 smoke-free campuses in South Carolina, with the majority of those also tobacco-free. The University of South Carolina is on the smoke-free list but moved to tobacco-free status Jan. 1, while the College of Charleston, which is not on the list, will go tobacco-free July 1.

College of Charleston to Go Tobacco-Free
WTMA - June 11, 2014

The College of Charleston will be a tobacco-free campus starting July 1. The smoke-free rule prohibits cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes, hookahs, and other devices. Signage will be seen across the campus and applies to employees, students, visitors, and guests.

Blowing smoke at the College of Charleston
Charleston Post Courier - June 11, 2014

Please note that the college has recently enacted a smoking ban, which means ... Yes, liberal politics and restricting the rights of others may not seem to jibe, but ...

College of Charleston Goes Tobacco-Free
WLTX.com - June 10, 2014

The ban applies to all forms of tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and ... said the college is considering asking the city to ban smoking on the public ...

Franklin schools table e-cigarette, religion policies
The Tennessean - June 10, 2014

The policy changes touched upon a range of topics, from attendance and the use of electronic cigarettes to the posting of testing information and approved ...

CofC smokers have less than a month to light up on campus
ABC NEWS 4 - June 9, 2014

The tobacco ban includes the use of electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco. You can view the policy in full here. According to a statement on the CofC ...

City mulls ban on texting while driving
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com - June 1, 2014

City officials also might include a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes – or e-cigarettes – while in city-owned cars or other city vehicles. E-cigarettes are ...

DD2 updates e-cigarette policy
Journalscene.com - May 30, 2014

A motion to prohibit the use or possession of electronic cigarettes continues to move through the school district. Board members raised the issue in March, ...

Rock Hill city workers could see texting, e-cigarette ban
The Herald - May 24, 2014

City of Rock Hill employees could soon face disciplinary action if they are caught texting and driving while on the clock or smoking electronic cigarettes in city-owned vehicles.

Denmark council OKs initial reading of general fund, water/sewer ...
The Tand D.com - May 22, 2014

If approved, smoking would be prohibited in all enclosed buildings and ... and an outside fan ventilation system; a dedicated smoking area that is contained ...

Use balanced regulation for e-cigarettes
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com – April 30, 2014

The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require ... Considering the nation's history of cigarette smoking and the belated ...

City of Columbia considers 'child play zones' for city parks
ColaDaily.com - April 23, 2014

The city's Parks and Recreation Department staff is urging City Council to pass an ordinance designating certain parks as child play zones to curb people from drinking, smoking and sleeping on playground and park equipment.

Clemson University considers tobacco ban
Spartanburg Herald Journal - April 21, 2014

The policy would ban smoking, dipping, chewing and e-cigarettes. Outgoing Faculty Senate President Kelly Smith says faculty members generally support the ...

Clemson University considers tobacco ban
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com April 19, 2014

CLEMSON, S.C. The chairman of Clemson University's Board of Trustees says a task force is discussing a policy that would ban the use of all tobacco products, inside or outdoors. The Greenville News reported (http://grnol.co/1pijxLb) that trustees' Chairman David Wilkins says a task force is considering whether to present such a policy to the board. The policy would ban smoking, dipping, chewing and e-cigarettes.

B.G.'s gets a restaurant makeover
Greenville News - April 17, 2014

First, Scherz made the restaurant smoke-free, which lends itself to a more family-friendly spot. He also wanted to appeal to the younger generation, so he is ...

Electronic cigarettes help fund Darlington Co. jail
WMBF - April 17, 2014

The Darlington County Detention Center had historically been a non-smoking facility, mostly to keep inmates from using cigarettes and lighters as weapons, but ...

Letter: State has work to do to curb effects of smoking
Greenville News - April 9, 2014

Communities can promote sound health for their citizens by creating smoke-free environments. From 2010 to 2012 adult smoking in South Carolina decreased ...

The Stroller: 'Do something'
Spartanburg Herald Journal - April 3, 2014

TAKE IT ELSEWHERE: Scott Cheek of Spartanburg says that for Spartanburg Regional Medical Center to be a smoke-free facility, there is a lot of smoke to pass ...

Saluda County bans tobacco use
Greenwood Index Journal - April 2, 2014

While chewing tobacco has a long connection to baseball, it is no longer an option at Saluda County recreation facilities. It and all other forms of tobacco use are banned following a unanimous vote by Saluda County Council on Monday evening. Council enacted third and final reading of Ordinance 01-14 which prohibits "(t)he smoking of cigarettes, cigars and pipes and the use of all other smokeless tobacco products," at county-owned or leased recreation facilities.

E-cigarette refills pose risk to children and adults
WBTW - March 31, 2014

Electronic cigarettes have been growing in popularity. They come with a liquid refill bottle that can be harmful to children and even adults. These bottles contain ...

Alert Issued Regarding Electronic Cigarette Liquids
WLTX.com - March 31, 2014

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The Palmetto Poison Center issued an alert regarding potential dangers of liquid nicotine e-cigarette refills.

Strongly in favor of tobacco-free society
Greenwood Index Journal - March 20, 2014

Smoking, chewing, sniffing tobacco has been around for ages. According ... It is commendable one national drug store has banned the sale of tobacco products.

Smoke Free Lowcountry lecture at MUSC
Moultrie News - March 20, 2014

Smoke Free Lowcountry lecture at MUSC. Thursday, March 20, 2014. Dr. Erin Sutfin will be at MUSC on March 28 to give a lecture entitled “E-cigarettes, ...

Denmark considers ban on smoking in public places
The Tand D.com - March 18, 2014

DENMARK A proposed ordinance establishing regulations governing smoking in enclosed public spaces and buildings was discussed during a special called Denmark City Council luncheon meeting on March 14.

Anti-smoking groups press S.C. for money
Post and Courier - February 25, 2014

COLUMBIA Tobacco companies paid South Carolina $68 million last year, but the state did not spend any of that money on smoking-prevention programs. Anti-smoking groups are upset, saying ...

Report: Tobacco use declining in South Carolina
ABC NEWS 4 - February 20, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- Efforts to prevent tobacco use in South Carolina are starting to pay off, according to a release from the S.C. Tobacco-Free ...

Other views: CVS deserves credit for altering tobacco policy
Aiken Standard - February 13, 2014

The decision by CVS pharmacies nationwide to quit selling cigarettes and ... About $1.5 billion of the company's $123 billion in annual sales comes from tobacco. ... of Coke without endangering themselves but even one cigarette is harmful.

Greenville pharmacy beats CVS to pull cigarettes
WHNS Fox21 (Greenville, SC) - February 6, 2014

Stone Plaza Pharmacy in Greenville stopped selling tobacco products back in 2010. Its owner and pharmacist, Ken Rogers, said he didn't want to be a cause of harm for health when his job is to get people healthier.

York County anti-tobacco group cheers CVS decision
Lake Wylie Pilot - February 5, 2014

“People will go elsewhere to buy cigarettes, pay more for them,” Nichols said. ... South Carolina cigarette tax recently earned an “F” grade from the America Lung ...

Baptist Easley Hospital earns Gold Medal
Greenville News - January 28, 2014

EASLEY Baptist Easley Hospital has been recognized as a Gold Medal hospital in South Carolina by Working Well, a collaboration between the South Carolina Hospital Association and Prevention Partners. To earn the designation, a hospital must reach the highest standard of excellence and earn Gold in the programs three criteria: Gold Star for tobacco-free people and places, ...

USC Sumter now declared tobacco free
Sumter Item - January 10, 2014

When University of South Carolina Sumter students arrive back on campus Monday, they'll be stepping foot on a now tobacco-free campus. According to a ...

USCB should ban e-cigarettes, tobacco products from its campus
Hilton Head Island Packet - December 31, 2013

While fewer teens are smoking, more are getting a nicotine fix from electronic cigarettes, according to a report issued last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 3 percent of high school students said they have tried e-cigarettes, up from nearly 2 percent the previous year, according to the report.

CCU begins move to be tobacco-free by next fall
MyrtleBeachOnline.com December 28, 2013

Coastal Carolina University will launch a new initiative in January to help students and staff quit smoking as CCU transitions to a tobacco-free campus by next fall. At least 1,127 U.S. college and university campuses have gone 100 percent smoke-free since Nov. 20, eliminating smoking in indoor and outdoor areas across their entire campuses, including residences, and 758 of those are 100 percent tobacco-free, according to data from the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation ...

Coastal Carolina University to go smoke-free in 2014
MyrtleBeachOnline.com - December 13, 2013

Coastal Carolina University trustees approved an initiative to make the campus smoke-free and tobacco free Friday, according to a release from the university.

Coastal Carolina Board of Trustees to vote on new tobacco policy
Myhorrynews-by Heather Gale - December 13, 2013

Coastal Carolina University is looking to go tobacco free. ... Well @ CCU that would make the campus smoke and tobacco free as well as promote healthy living.

Winthrop students, staff to weigh in on potential smoking ban
WSOC Charlotte - November 2, 2013

ROCK HILL, S.C. Students and staff at Winthrop University will soon be able to weigh in on a potential campus-wide smoking ban.

CPW is tobacco free workplace; Port project nears end
GreerToday - October 28, 2013

CPW properties and vehicles are tobacco-free. Greer Commission Board of Directors unanimously approved (3-0) the tobacco free workplace at Mondays monthly meeting.

County rejects smoking ban
Berkeley Independent - October 23, 2013

Berkeley County Council once again voted a decisive “no” to council member Steve Davis' resolution to ban smoking in public places in Berkeley County.

Coker to go tobacco-free in 2014
SCNow - October 18, 2013

“The move for our campus to become smoke-free mirrors that of many other campuses across the country,” said Jason Umfress, dean of students. “It is important ...

Coker college going smoke-free in 2014
WBTW - Myrtle Beach and Florence SC - October 15, 2013

"The move for our campus to become smoke-free mirrors that of many other campuses across the country," said Jason Umfress, dean of students. "It is important ...

C of C shouldn't follow the smoking-ban crowd
Charleston Post Courier - October 10, 2013

Earlier this year the Student Government Association at the College of Charleston began a debate as to whether the campus should be tobacco free. A resolution banning the use of all tobacco products on campus was presented to ... While it is true that other schools in the state have enacted tobacco bans, the ...

No to Tobacco-Free: An Unlikely Opportunity in Leadership
Cistern Yard - September 30, 2013

Earlier this year, the Student Government Association at the College of Charleston began a debate that is still under way. Should the campus be tobacco-free?

Tobacco-free programs at Spartanburg Regional earn gold star
Spartanburg Herald Journal - September 27, 2013

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System has been recognized for providing employees with tobacco cessation resources and for creating a comprehensive ...

Proposed Tobacco Ordinance for College of Charleston ...
Cistern Yard - September 27, 2013

Reporter Deneysha Richard takes a closer look into the proposed Tobacco Ordinance on the ... For immediate information regarding advertising opportunities at ...

The myth of the business-busting smoking ban
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com - August 31, 2013

As more and more of the nation has acted to protect employees from being poisoned on the job, our Legislature has steadfastly refused to adopt smoke-free workplace laws. Lawmakers argue that whether to ban smoking should be left to business owners and in particular bar and restaurant owners, since most other businesses already ban smoking because 1) it just should be and 2) a ban will cost bars and restaurants money.

Editorial: USC smoking ban sets fine example others should follow
The State - August 22, 2013

Columbia, SC GOVERNMENT needs an incredibly strong justification to tell people how to run their businesses and what they can and can't do on their ...

USC Going Tobacco Free
Abccolumbia.com - August 21, 2013

The smoking ban went into effect back in 2006, Now University officials say they're trying to encourage more of their students and staff to live healthier lifestyles ...

Scoppe: The myth of business-busting no-smoking laws
The State - August 18, 2013

Lawmakers argue that whether to ban smoking should be left to business ... but the primary purpose of bar and restaurant smoking bans never has been to deter ...

Smoke free laws do not negatively affect the economy
Columbia Star - August 15, 2013

Per the S.C. Tobacco Free Collaborative: The Tobacco-Free Collaborative does not call for a statewide smokefree law at this time, nor at any time in the past.

Voorhees College becomes a tobacco-free campus
The Times and Democrat - August 10, 2013

DENMARK In accordance with its healthy campus initiative, Voorhees College has joined a growing number of college campuses in South Carolina and throughout the nation who have adopted tobacco-free campus policies. Beginning Sept. 1, Voorhees College will implement its tobacco-free campus initiative.

USC tobacco ban starts Jan. 1
The State - August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA The University of South Carolinas Columbia campus will go tobacco free on Jan. 1, school president Harris Pastides announced Friday. Nearly 1,200 colleges nationwide have gone tobacco or smoke free, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.

New E-Cigarette Shop Opens in Goose Creek
Goose Creek (SC) Patch.com - August 1, 2013

Electronic cigarettes vaporize liquid, usually containing nicotine, and don't agitate the ... Electronic cigarettes are nothing new, but brick-and-mortar shops are ...

Lancaster City Council looks to pass smoking ban
WBTV - July 30, 2013

LANCASTER, SC (WBTV) - The city of Lancaster is looking to add itself to the growing list of places limiting where people can smoke. Late last week, city council passed the first reading of a newly proposed smoking ordinance, but not all residents are on board. …

Bluffton council approves 'cigar-bar' measure
Hilton Head Island Packet - July 16, 2013

The so-called "cigar bar" measure, however, bans cigarette smoking from ... was not fair to other venues adversely affected by the town's 2006 smoking ban.

Hospitals oppose smoking? Shocker there
Post and Courier - July 14, 2013

If you live near the hospital district, you probably wont have a lot of smokers puffing away in front of your home anymore. See, MUSC is cracking down on lighting up. Again. Last week, Medical University employees got a letter from President Ray Greenberg explaining the revised tobacco-free campus policy. Its pretty much a tobacco-free employee policy. Earlier this year MUSC and Roper-St. Francis got the city to set up a smoke-free zone around their buildings. And, just as everyone predicted, all the smokers simply walked farther to take their breaks.

One of these days, we, too, will have smoke-free parks and beaches
Hilton Head Island Packet - July 11, 2013

A good idea went up in smoke Tuesday night in Beaufort. City Council said no to a suggestion from town staff that smoking be banned in city parks. A similar suggestion was aired earlier this year for Beaufort County parks, but it hasn't gotten anywhere. On Hilton Head Island, the list of stuff you cannot do on the beach fills a sign large enough to block the sun, but smoking hasn't yet made it. The PBS report focused on a new study published in the Health Affairs periodical. It raises a good question about the smoking bans: Why?

Goose Creek: Businesses outside of city limits take advantage of smoking ban
Live 5 News - July 11, 2013

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - "No smoking" signs are popping up all around Goose Creek. While it's only been a smoke-free city for about two weeks, some businesses are already using the ban to their advantage while others are smoking mad.

E-cigarettes gain fans and critics
Berkeley Independent - July 10, 2013

Stefan Rogenmoser/Independent - Rachel Ewelt, of the Smoking Everywhere e-cigarette store in the Northwoods Mall, demonstrates the eGo vapor cigarette.

Ban on smoking in parks nixed; rules for leashes, grilling still ...
Hilton Head Island Packet - July 9, 2013

Campbell Thorp of Beaufort walks his two Mantle Great Danes, Percy and Angus, along the boardwalk at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort.

Smoke-free discussion brings emotional responses, no action from Berkeley County Council
Post and Courier - July 9, 2013

Banging his fist on the desk and raising his voice, Berkeley County Councilman Steve Davis promised Monday night that the council will debate whether to join surrounding cities and counties in making smoking illegal in the county. Well have this debate, called a public debate, in the square, and then if it fails, if it fails, and if it moves forward, it moves forward, Davis said. ...

Tega Cay bans smoking in city parks
Fort Mills Times- July 6, 2013

It restricts smoking to parking lots of all public parks, playgrounds and beaches in Tega Cay. Anyone caught smoking can be asked to leave or fined $25. ...

More Grand Strand businesses adopting indoor smoking ban
WMBF - July 5, 2013

More Grand Strand businesses adopting indoor smoking ban ... including Bummz Beach Café in Myrtle Beach, which has banned smoking inside the restaurant ...

Smoking Illegal in Goose Creek Public Areas
WTMA - July 1, 2013

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Smoking is now illegal in all public places in Goose Creek, S.C.

The ban, which was passed by the City Council in January, went into effect on Friday, says the Post and Courier.

Another smoking ban goes into effect today
ABC NEWS 4 - July 1, 2013

Goose Creek city council approved the city-wide smoking ban late in 2012. The ordinance focuses on places of employment to protect the health of workers.

Smoking in Goose Creek illegal starting today
Charleston Post Courier - July 1, 2013

The smoking ban is one more step to improve the quality of life in Goose Creek, said Councilman Franklin ... It also bans smoking in places of employment.

Electronic cigarette market expected to surpass conventional market in 10 years
Charleston (SC) Post & Courier - June 30, 2013

There are at least four e-cigarette stores in the Charleston area: Ecigs Charleston, with two locations, Pleasant Ecigs and Charleston Electronic Cigarettes. The latter two opened in the past month in Mount Pleasant and West Ashley, respectively. ...

Possible new Beaufort park regulations take aim at smoking, pet care
Hilton Head Island Packet - June 28, 2013

When the city passed a ban on smoking in restaurants and businesses in 2008, council decided against banning smoking in outdoor seating areas. Beaufort ...

blu eCigs Voices Its Support For New South Carolina Law ...
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release) - June 18, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- blu eCigs, the electronic cigarette brand widely known for superior style and quality, today announced its ...

Bluffton officials may allow 'cigar bars' under smoking ban change
(Hilton Head, SC) Island Packet - June 16, 2013

Town Council tentatively approved a provision for "cigar bars," tobacco shops that would be allowed to sell beer and wine while patrons smoked. The amendment would allow only cigars -- not cigarettes. The proposal was made at the request of Councilman ...

Florence leaders claim no wrongdoing in Smoke Free lobbying case
SCNow - June 13, 2013

FLORENCE, SC – Former officials with Smoke Free Florence are saying they and members of the Florence City Council did nothing wrong during a campaign to pass a city wide smoking ordinance two years ago and are blaming a state agency’s heavy handedness for raising legal red flags. …

Smoke Free Florence used federal dollars for lobbying
SCNow - June 8, 2013

FLORENCE, S.C. - A government report confirms that Smoke Free Florence, the organization behind implementing the citys controversial smoking ordinance in 2011, illegally used funds to lobby local elected officials. Though disciplinary action was taken, a government watchdog group is demanding the county be barred from receiving federal dollars as a result of the violation. It began in April of this year when Cause of Action (CoA), an advocacy group located in Washington, D.C., accused Smoke Free Florence of misusing monies from a $6 million grant used in an anti-smoking campaign that assisted with passage of a new smoking ordinance in the countys largest municipality.

International Vapor Group: South Carolina Pulls Back on E-Cig Tax
SBWire (press release) - June 6, 2013

South Carolina lawmakers have decided to pull back on their plans to tax electronic cigarettes. The plan now is to wait and see what the federal government will do. In the meantime, all of International Vapor Groups electronic cigarette products still remain tax-free.

Bar owners don't have the best record when it comes to fighting City ...
Charleston City Paper - June 5, 2013

...The bars took another blow later in the decade, when the City of Charleston passed a smoking ban in 2006. Paul Dominick represented the plaintiffs in the resulting lawsuit; while only three establishments were officially named in the case A.C.'s Bar & Grill, Kingston Tobacco Co., and The Smoking Lamp The Post and Courier reported back then that there were at least 15 other bars and businesses involved. In that case, Dominick explains that the issue was over whether businesses had a right to allow smoking, or whether a city or government entity had the right to regulate such a practice. Back then, the City of Charleston (as well as other cities and towns across the state) made the argument that smoking in bars was an occupational health risk for employees. But "if people want to choose to go to a bar that allows smoking, then they ought to be allowed to go," he says. "If individual patrons don't like smoking in a bar, they could choose to go to another bar." The smoking ban was a more complicated matter than the 2 a.m. closing, since it also took into account smoking at tobacco shops, who joined the debate, and it's hard to argue against ensuring the health of employees. Another issue here was the difference between city and county regulations, which bar owners thought could lead to unfair competition. You could have a smoke-free bar within city limits, but just across the street is a smoker's paradise because that bar's in Charleston county. That's something that could easily come up again with this new late night ordinance. Dominick is not sure how many of the establishments he represented closed as a result of the smoking ban, but he does point out that the plaintiff in a similar case against Sullivan's Island, Bert's Bar, blamed the ban when it went out of business soon thereafter. "But at the end of the day, these are more political issues than legal issues," Dominick adds. "If a bar wants to win these battles, they have to win them at city council, not in the court system. That's what it really comes down to." As he points out, the smoking ban was lost long before the first lawsuit was filed. Should downtown's bars decide to fight against the city over the late night ordinance, they will be fighting against a powerful mayor and a City Council that unanimously supported the law. ...

No SC regulations or taxes on e-cigarettes likely this year
Hilton Head Island Packet - May 30, 2013

COLUMBIA, SC Following the lead of other states, South Carolina lawmakers are pulling back on plans to tax and regulate electronic cigarettes until they see what the federal government will do.

Electric Cigarette Tax Bill Passes in South Carolina Discusses ...
SBWire (press release) - May 23, 2013

A bill has passed in South Carolina Wednesday that gives green signal to accelerate tax on electric cigarette products. But supporters admit that it has little chance of becoming law this year. On the contrary, a subcommittee sent the proposal to start debate on how to handle the new technology. There are many electric cigarette brands like V2 cigs, green Smoke, Blu cigs that offer smokers an alternative to tobacco cigarettes but these brands would also be affected by the law.

University of South Carolina Attempts to Ban Tobacco on Campus
University Herald - May 21, 2013

The ban would cover nearly 40,000 students, faculty members, staff and even ... other university campus-wide smoking bans, especially at Clemson University. ... are tobacco and smoke free and of those schools, nearly 800 have banned all ...

Will USC and Clemson Ban Tobacco on Campuses?
WLTX-TV 19 (COLUMBIA, SC) - May 20, 2013

Both the University of South Carolina and Clemson are considering banning tobacco completely from their campuses. USC has a 40 member committee and Clemson has a task force, both of which are working out the details of the policies....

Going Tobacco Free
Abccolumbia.co - May 19, 2013

The next time you step on a college campus you may have to leave your cigarettes behind.

USC considers campus-wide smoking ban
The Herald - May 19, 2013

Cigarettes could go up in smoke on the University of South Carolina campus soon. The state’s flagship university is contemplating a campus-wide tobacco ban that would cover nearly 40,000 students, faculty and staff as well as thousands of football fans tailgating in school-owned parking areas around Williams-Brice Stadium. …

Cannon Park an ashtray
Post and Courier - May 18, 2013

As a 20-year resident of Halsey Street and a graduate of MUSC, I feel sad that MUSC and Roper Hospital have elected to turn Cannon Park and its adjacent streets into an ash...

Hospital-area ban brings cigarette litter to Cannon Park ($$)
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - May 17, 2013

Tell smokers to move on and what do they do? Throw their butts down somewhere else. Ten weeks have passed since smoking was banned around the Medical University and Roper Hospital campuses, and it's apparent the smoking crowd has moved their habit a few blocks away.

E-cigarette tax bill passes SC House panel
Winston-Salem Journal - May 16, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. A bill that would allow South Carolina to tax electronic cigarettes passed a House panel Wednesday, but supporters acknowledge it has little chance of becoming law this year. The subcommittee meeting created some strange partnerships. A representative from tobacco company Reynolds American Inc. supported the bill because the tax would be smaller than the traditional cigarette tax. A lobbyist with Altria Group Inc, said e-cigarettes were too new to tax.

MUSC president responds to complaints about hospital smokers in nearby neighborhood
Charleston Post Courier - May 16, 2013

Ever since the no-smoking district around the Medical University of South Carolina and Roper Hospital went into effect on March 1, MUSC President Ray Greenberg hasnt heard any complaints from surrounding neighbors. That is, until this week.

Lawmakers mull tax on e-cigarettes
The State - May 16, 2013

GREENVILLE Like many other businessmen across the country, Jason Hagan of Greer thought the idea of starting a shop that would sell electronic cigarettes was a good idea. So he plowed his life savings into the Vapor Room Cafe and opened its doors last month. Lawmakers in the state House, though, want a piece of the action and are moving ahead with a bill that would levy a tax in addition to sales taxes on e-cigarettes for the first time.

Revolutions nightclub joins the smoke free party
WPDE - May 2, 2013

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) - Businesses going smoke free is a trend that's already hit the Grand Strand and Pee Dee. Now a Myrtle Beach dance club is joining the party. Revolutions no longer allows people to smoke inside.

Myrtle Beach night club poses smoke-free ban on itself
WBTW - May 1, 2013

Myrtle Beach does not have a public smoking ban, but a popular night club decided to start one of its own Wednesday night. "I think the customers are the ones who pretty much told us what they want," Craig Smith said. Smith owns Revolutions Night Club, and said it wasn't easy making the decision to be smoke free. ...

County right to consider expanded smoking ban
Hilton Head Island Packet - April 24, 2013

Beaufort County administrator Gary Kubic is on the right track with his proposal to ban smoking on all county-owned property -- inside and outside. Smoking bans increasingly are the rule rather than the exception. Many private employers have made the move, and there's no reason to think the county won't see the same benefits in healthier and more productive employees, lower health care costs and lower maintenance costs for county property. …

Possible 'No Smoking' Ban in Beaufort County
Thecoastalsource - April 24, 2013

Cigarettes may soon be banned on Beaufort County owned property, including ... This week, Kubic suggested a no smoking ban, proposal in Beaufort County.

Beaufort County considers requiring smoke-free campuses
Hilton Head Island Packet - April 23, 2013

Beaufort County's administrative buildings, parking lots and other facilities may go smoke free later this year. Helping county employees eliminate tobacco use is ...

Anderson Co. Council puts smoking ban on hold for now
WHNS Greenville-April 16, 2013

Moore said the ordinance would only ban smoking at county outdoor venues like picnic shelters, playgrounds, ball fields and amphitheaters. County Council .

Anderson County leaders want more information before voting on no ...
Anderson Independent Mail-April 17, 2013

ANDERSON — The Anderson County Council wants more information before voting on an ordinance that would ban smoking on several kinds of county-owned ...

State Advances Bill on Electronic Cigarettes
Abccolumbia.com - March 6, 2013

COLUMBIA,S.C., -- It's peeking the interest of thousands of people looking for a new way to light up while sparking it's [sic] share of controversy. The battery powered electronic cigarette has been on the market for some time, and while select retailers have chosen not to sell the vapor cigarette to minors, there is no law in place to ban the age of a potential buyer. A bill currently in the house is hoping to change that. Wednesday the house panel approved a bill that would keep the device out of the hands of anyone under 18. …

Smokers would get gum instead of fines ($$)
Post and Courier - March 1, 2013

Instead of fining smokers who break the new tobacco ban near the Medical University of South Carolina and Roper Hospital, campus security has been directed to offer vouchers for free nicotine …

Charleston's Hospital District is now smoke free
ABC NEWS 4 - March 1, 2013

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- One year after MUSC's campus went smoke free, the ban extends to the sidewalks and streets near the hospitals as well.

Smoke-free district around Charleston hospitals starts Friday ($$)
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) – February 28 , 2013

A no-smoking zone around Roper Hospital and the Medical University of South Carolina will be implemented on Friday, but an MUSC spokeswoman said it is not the university’s intention to fine smokers who break the new policy. … Tobacco is already banned at both MUSC and Roper, but the new district creates an even broader no-smoking zone around both campuses. The ban includes ...

Smoking ban set for some downtown streets and sidewalks
Live 5 News - February 27, 2013

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Smoking will soon be banned on some downtown Charleston public streets and sidewalks. "We've been working really hard to create a safe healthy environment for everyone who visits our campus," Director of the MUSC Office of Health Promotion Susan Johnson, Ph.D says. "Not just employees and students, but also we have lots of patients and visitors and community members who come on our campus every day." …

Loophole lets youths puff away on electronic cigarettes
Spartanburg Herald Journal - February 10, 2013

A legal loophole allows South Carolina youths to possess a popular tobacco substitute, but the law soon could catch up with the trendy product. …

Smoke-free training targets faith community
Heraldindependent - February 7, 2013

Fairfield Behavioral Health Services in partnership with Fairfield Community Health Partners sponsored their third in a series of faith based tobacco education trainings on Jan. 26. …

LTE: No Headline ($$)
Post and Courier - January 28, 2013

Up in smoke I have to admit I was appalled when I read several weeks ago that smoking had been outlawed for several blocks around MUSC. The power to outlaw smoking on the street seems quite far...

C of C students back 'tobacco-free' campus, but faculty members ...
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - January 21, 2013

File/ Staff The College of Carleston's Student Government Association last week voted 14-8 in support of a resolution to make the campus “tobacco-free.” ...

Students back no smoking
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - January 21, 2013

Another piece of the Charleston peninsula could go smoke-free if College of Charleston students get their way. The school's Student Government Association last week voted 14-8 in support of a …

On-street smoking ban not consistent
Charleston Post Courier (subscription)- January 20, 2013

As the son of a chain-smoking father, I've smoked two cigarettes in my life. The first, when I was 12, tasted bad. The other came much later, when driving with my ...

C of C smoking ban stalled by Faculty Senate
Live 5 News - January 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC)- A potential smoking ban at the College of ... The smoking ban passed in the Student Senate, with a vote of 14 to 8, but the Faculty ...

Split decision with regard to a tobacco-free campus
Cistern Yard-January 15, 2013

Students line up in the Stern Center Ballroom to show their opposition toward a SGA resolution in favor of a tobacco-free campus. While SGA voted for the ...

Nightclub at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach goes smoke free
Myrtle Beach (SC) Sun News - Jan 15, 2013

Crocodile Rocks no longer allows smoking inside the dueling piano bar, part of a new policy to start the new year, the club said in a news release.

CofC considers campus-wide smoking ban, expanding existing one
ABC NEWS 4-January 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The College of Charleston's Faculty Senate will discuss passing a resolution making CofC a completely tobacco-free campus.

C of C students, faculty, to talk tobacco-free campus
Live 5 News-January 15, 2013

"I support a tobacco-free campus for what it will provide long-term, which is make the College of Charleston a healthier, cleaner and all-around more productive ...

In support of a tobacco-free campus
Cistern Yard - January 12, 2013

I support a tobacco-free campus for what it will provide long-term, which is make the College of Charleston a healthier, cleaner and all-around more productive place to live and learn. … MUSC is one of over 1,130 institutions of higher education in the United States that has adopted smoke or tobacco-free campus policies. …

Why 2 Councilmen Changed Their Minds on No-Smoking Ban
Patch.com-by Greg Hambrick- January 11, 2013

Tekac said he "was torn back in 2009" but changed his mind because "banning smoking falls into providing a safe and healthy environment to not only the ...

HICKS COLUMN: Charleston is a smoke-free facility
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - January 9, 2013

We might as well go out now and change the city-limits signs: “Welcome to Charleston ­ unless you're a smoker.” In the past few years, Charleston has banned smoking in restaurants, snuffed out cigarettes in bars and unceremoniously shut down the city's lone cigar bar. And Tuesday night, City Council outlawed lighting up on public sidewalks, streets and inside parked cars in an entire section of downtown. Mayor Joe Riley, who supported the move to ban smoking for several blocks around Roper Hospital and MUSC, said this was a unique move, not a sign of things to come. But try to find a smoker who believes that. What's going to happen when the next group of businesses whines that smoke from the sidewalk is offending their customers? The city has set a precedent ­ a bad one ­ and it's going to be awful hard to just say no. …

Charleston making hospital area no smoking zone
The State - January 9, 2013

CHARLESTON, S.C. ­ The City of Charleston is imposing a new smoking ban for outdoor areas in the city's hospital district. Beginning March 1, people will not ...

Smoking banned on MUSC campus
WCBD - January 9, 2013

Charleston City Council approved an ordinance that bans smoking in the areas around the MUSC campus. Then ban will take effect March 1, 2013. …

Hospital district goes smoke-free ($$)
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - January 9, 2013

When Charleston's downtown hospital campuses went smoke-free, smokers took to the streets, but now those public spaces will be off-limits as well. City Council Tuesday approved an outdoor smoking...

Goose Creek bans smoking
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - January 9, 2013

It will be illegal to light up in the city of Goose Creek as of July 1. City Council Tuesday night gave final approval, 4-3, to an ordinance banning smoking in public places and places of employment. …

Specifics of new law ($$)
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - January 9, 2013

Charleston's new outdoor smoking ban: Takes effect: March 1Where: Public sidewalks and streets in the downtown hospital district. Does smoking in cars count? Not if the car is moving. What if...

Charleston approves outdoor smoking ban for streets and sidewalks in the hospital district
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - January 8, 2013

In a decision reached by a single vote, Charleston City Council agreed tonight to ban smoking on public streets and sidewalks in the city’s hospital district. The ban, which takes effect March 1, is the region’s first prohibition on outdoor smoking in an urban center, and covers most of the area on and between Bee and Calhoun streets, Courtney Drive, and Rutledge Avenue in downtown Charleston. …

Goose Creek Passes Smoking Ban 4-3
Goose Creek (SC) Patch - January 8, 2013

Smoking or nonsmoking will no longer be an option in Goose Creek. ... In February 2009, the City Council voted 4-3 against a similar proposed smoking ban. …

Goose Creek smoking ban passes; takes effect July 1
ABC NEWS 4 - January 8, 2013

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCIV) -- Another Lowcountry city council put a stop to smoking in public places. Goose Creek council members approved a city-wide smoking ban Tuesday night. …

Goose Creek set to ban smoking
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - January 8, 2013

Goose Creek City Council is set to give final approval tonight to a public indoor smoking ban. The issue is on the agenda for the meeting at 7 p.m. in council ...

Goose Creek Council tackles smoking ban
WCBD - January 8, 2013

Tuesday Goose Creek Town Council will tackle the second and final reading of an ordinance to ban smoking in public places. … It would also ban smoking in enclosed buildings like bars and restaurants and ... Similar bans already passed in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and Summerville. …

Final Reading Slated for Smoking Ordinance
Patch.com-by Greg Hambrick - January 5, 2013

City Council will have its final vote for Goose Creek's smoking ban Tuesday during its regular meeting of council at City Hall. …

BALOG COLUMN: Smoke-free zone improves everyone's health
Charleston (SC) Post & Courier - December 22, 2012

Establishing a tobacco-free zone around the Roper and MUSC hospitals in downtown Charleston is a natural extension of existing policies, and it makes good health sense for everyone. …

Charleston 'tobacco-free zone' measure passes first reading
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - December 19, 2012

Charleston City Council tonight passed first reading of an ordinance creating a “tobacco-free zone” around the Medical University of South Carolina and Roper ...

Charleston approves first step toward Tobacco-Free Zone
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - December 19, 2012

Charleston City Council took a first step toward outlawing smoking for blocks around the downtown hospital district, giving initial approval to establish a special ...

Charleston passes 1st reading of new smoking ban ordinance
ABC NEWS 4 - December 18, 2012

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)­Lighting up in downtown Charleston could get a little harder for smokers. On Tuesday, Charleston City Council passed first ...

VIDEO: Charleston passes 1st reading of new smoking ban ordinance
WCIV-TV ABC-4 (Mount Pleasant, SC) - December 19, 2012

On Tuesday, Charleston City Council passed first reading of an ordinance that would ban smoking on certain sidewalks and streets near hospitals. The ordinance specifically applies to MUSC and Roper St. Francis. ...

Tobacco Free Zone proposed for blocks around Roper Hospital, MUSC
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - December 15, 2012

The City of Charleston on Tuesday will consider creating a “tobacco free zone” around the Medical University of South Carolina and Roper Hospital. If the ordinance is approved, smoking would be banned from all public spaces and sidewalks throughout the hospital district, covering about 10-square blocks. …

Smoking ban would benefit Goose Creek
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - December 17, 2012

The four Goose Creek councilmembers who voted in favor of banning smoking in public places and places of employment could have taken the easy way out ...

Smoking Ban Gets Initial City Council Approval
Goose Creek (SC) Patch.com - December 12, 2012

In an initial vote Tuesday, Goose Creek City Council narrowly approved a municipal smoking ban. It was a 4-3 decision, with Mayor Michael Heitzler, Marguerite Brown and John McCants opposing the ban. … The ban requires a second vote from council before it is law. Residents spoke out on both sides of the issue. …

Goose Creek smoking ban advances
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - December 12, 2012

GOOSE CREEK ­ For the councilmen who voted Tuesday for a public indoor smoking ban, the decision came down to the city’s mission statement. Council received applause when it voted 4-3 to pass first reading of a citywide ban on lighting up in public places and places of employment. Final reading will be held at council’s January meeting. …

Goose Creek council to consider controversial topics at meeting
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - December 11, 2012

Smoking, rezoning and annexation are on the agenda for Goose Creek City Council’s meeting tonight. …

Goose Creek mulls smoking ban
Post and Courier – December 10, 2012

A proposed citywide smoking ban in Goose Creek will get its first airing before City Council Tuesday night. …

Smoking Ban Vote Scheduled for December
Goose Creek (SC) Patch.com - October 24, 2012

Goose Creek City Council will hold a public hearing and take an initial vote in December on a proposed smoking ban inside businesses in Goose Creek. The vote appears likely to split council members. … Tekac, who has opposed a smoking ban in the past, said he is he's conflicted ... Several local municipalities have instituted smoking bans in the past few years, ...

Smoking Ban in Goose Creek? Tell Us What You Think
Goose Creek (SC) Patch.com - October 23, 2012

Last month, the City of North Charleston narrowly rejected a smoking ban, instead ... We noted the smoking ban discussion in a Monday story, and we've already ...

Smoking Ban Discussion and More on This Week's Agendas
Goose Creek (SC) Patch.com - October 22, 2012

Goose Creek City Council will be holding a special workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting will be in Council Chambers, 519 N. Goose Creek Blvd. It will be the first discussion of a citywide smoking ban. Earlier this month, Charleston County enacted its own smoking ban for unincorporated areas, creating a penalty for businesses that allow smoking indoors, including the potential loss of their business license. …

Clemson's Goal: Tobacco Free in 2014
News Channel 7 - October 11, 2012

Clemson University has set up a committee to research the impact of a tobacco-free campus and aims to ban the use of all tobacco products within the next two ...

Clemson University establishes tobacco-free campus task force
Clemson University - October 11, 2012

CLEMSON ­ Clemson University has established a task force comprised of students, faculty and staff to make its campus tobacco free within two years. …

Libertarians are wrong about smoking bans
Charleston City Paper (SC)- October 10, 2012

Smoking bans are nothing new. One of the earliest dates back to the middle of the 1500s when Mexico and some Spanish holdings in the Caribbean banned ...

Bar owner sues Charleston County over smoking ban
ABC NEWS 4 - October 4, 2012

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- The owner of a Mount Pleasant bar is suing Charleston County over a ban on smoking that went into effect Thursday. Richard Ruth runs Richard's Bar on U.S. 17 in Mount Pleasant. …

Bar owner sues over smoking ban
Post and Courier - October 1, 2012

Richard Ruth hopes a lawsuit he filed will reverse Charleston County's indoor smoking ban and keep his business from being snuffed out. Ruth, owner of Richard's Bar & Grill on U.S. Highway 17...

Smoking Resolution on This Week's Agendas
North Charleson (SC) Patch.com - September 24, 2012

The war may not be over for the effort to ban smoking in North Charleston, but the final ... Last week, the Committee of the Whole rejected a smoking ban. …

North Charleston rejects smoking ban
Post & Courier - September 20, 2012

Employees at Smokey Bones wear T-shirts saying, Not all smoking is bad, but beginning Monday, smokers no longer may light up inside … City Council voted 6-5 Wednesday to reject an ordinance that would prohibit smoking inside public places ­ much like bans that have been in place for years in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Summerville and other towns. …

North Charleston Council Rejects Smoking Ban
Council will weigh resolution supporting smoke-free businesses
North Charleston (SC) Patch.com - September 19, 2012

The smoking ban momentum stalled Wednesday as North Charleston City Council again refused a smoking ban for bars, restaurants and most other businesses ...

N. Charleston smoking ban rejected
WCBD - September 19, 2012

The City of North Charleston has rejected an ordinance that would have banned smoking in restaurants. The council was split on their decision tonight; Mayor ...

North Charleston says no to smoking ban
ABC NEWS 4 - September 19, 2012

Countywide municipalities have banned indoor smoking, but North ... There were also opponents to the ban that included a local business person who asked for ...

Smoking Ban Discussion, Committee Meetings Wednesday
North Charleston (SC) Patch.com - September 18, 2012

The smoking ban discussion will certainly take headlines, but there are several other important items on the agenda. …

Council to Consider Smoking Ban Thursday
North Charleston (SC) Patch.com - September 17, 2012

After refusing a ban four years ago, North Charleston has been the most ... a 30-day grace period before smoking is banned in restaurants and bars on Oct. 4. ... to establish smoke-free workplaces, or a separate ordinance banning smoking ... Or the city could go all the way to an indoor smoking ban in almost every instance. …

3-3 vote means smoking ordinance remains intact
Greer (SC) Today - Sep 11, 2012

Greer City Council, by virtual of a 3-3 vote this evening, defeated an amended ordinance proposed by councilwoman Judy Albert that would have made all parks and recreations facilities tobacco-free.

North Charleston might finally be ready to quit smoking
Charleston City Paper (SC) - September 12, 2012

In North Charleston, City Council previously considered a smoking ban in 2008, ... and as a result, Hair says most of the state's recent smoking bans have been ...

Teens trading cigarettes for smokeless tobacco
Spartanburg Herald Journal (SC) - September 12, 2012

In Spartanburg, 73 percent of ninth- and 11th-grade youth surveyed thought it ... The class can be attended in lieu of paying the $101.88 tobacco possession fine. ... earlier than cigarette smokers because the tobacco is right against the gum." ...

Smoking ban burning up local bar
ABC NEWS 4 - September 6, 2012

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCIV) -- The public, indoor smoking ban for businesses has gone county-wide in Charleston County. Tuesday night, county council voted 7-1, to make the ban official. …

Charleston County adopts public indoor smoking ban
Post and Courier – September 5, 2012

Richard Ruth didnt bother coming to the Tuesday meeting where Charleston County Council gave final approval to a public indoor smoking ban in the unincorporated areas. … Council members Colleen Condon, Dickie Schweers, Henry Darby, Anna Johnson, Teddie Pryor, Joe Qualey and Herb Sass voted for the ban. Elliott Summey was opposed. Vic Rawl did not attend the meeting, …

County to Give Final Vote to Smoking Ban
Patch.com - September 3, 2012

Charleston County Council is expected to take a final vote Tuesday on a smoking ban for bars and restaurants in unincorporated Charleston County. Many of the ...

Spartanburg smoke-free restaurants find business refreshing
Spartanburg Herald Journal - September 2, 2012

One year after the city of Spartanburg banned smoking in restaurants, reported sales at local eating establishments have shown a marked increase. …

Spartanburg County unlikely to ban smoking in restaurants, bars ...
Spartanburg Herald Journal - September 2, 2012

… The city of Spartanburg acted one year ago to ban smokers from firing up indoors at public dining and drinking establishments, leading to some discussion about whether the county would follow suit. While the county currently has no such law on the books, many business owners have already enacted their own bans, appeasing some patrons, but causing others to feel left out in the cold. Although public health officials have talked about a countywide smoking ban, some business owners and members of County Council said that extending the city's rules to the county is a bad idea. …

Greer takes first step to ban smoking in parks: City would join growing number of communities prohibiting tobacco use on public property
The Greenville (SC) News – August 30, 2012

Citizens who enjoy a smoke in between innings at a Greer park may soon be out of luck. … After a nearly hour-long debate, the ordinance passed its first reading 4-2. … Cynthia Hallett, the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights executive director, said it’s common for parks, in their entirety, to be smoke or tobacco free. Hallett said it’s more common for park-wide bans as opposed to having designated areas. Atlantic Beach, Clover, Lexington, Sumter and Surfside all have smoke-free parks laws, Hallett said. …

Simpsonville smoking law to hit festivals
The Greenville (SC) News – August 23, 2012

A law that will ban smoking in Simpsonville’s bars and restaurants will also have an immediate impact on some of the city’s biggest tourism draws, including a festival that begins Sept. 1, the same day the ordinance goes into effect. … While 23 states have smoke-free laws covering bars, restaurants and other workplaces, much of the legislation across the South has been at the local level, where citizens often have more of a voice, according to the California-based American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. “What we have found with respect to these smoke-free laws is that local leads the way,” said Cynthia Hallett, the foundation’s executive director. …

Charleston Co. Moves Closer to Smoking Ban
Mount Pleasant (SC) Patch.com - August 23, 2012

Methodist Hospital has banned smoking on its campus. ... Charleston County has moved one step closer to passing a smoking ban that would affect ... Indoor smoking bans are actually good for every business except the tobacco companies. …

HICKS COLUMN: Smoke gets in their eyes?
Post and Courier - Aug 22, 2012

Some of these folks who whine about the federal government intruding in their lives need to take a long look in the mirror. Because they sure have no problem meddling in other people's business. North Charleston is now considering a smoking ban like Charleston and Mount P. Just a few years ago, the city shot down a similar plan, and came out of it looking like the voice of reason and protector of personal freedom. Which can be rare around here. …

North Charleston City Council to draft proposal for smoking ban ordinance
Post and Courier – August 17, 2012

Years after most Lowcountry cities banned smoking in their bars, restaurants and workplaces, North Charleston plans to follow suit. …

North Charleston City Council set to talk about smoking ban
Live 5 News - August 16, 2012

A new council member is pushing for a smoking ban in North Charleston. Council will talk about it at Thursday night's meeting. This is not the first time the city has discussed a smoking ban. …

Hartsville City Council eyes exception to smoking ban
SCNow - August 9, 2012

Less than a month after enacting a smoke-free ordinance aimed at banning smoking in public places and places of employment, Hartsville City Council may consider amending its ordinance to grant at least one more exception for bars that would allow smoking on unenclosed deck areas. …

Darlington mulls smoking ban of its own
SCNow - August 8, 2012

Darlington City Council flirted with the idea of a smoking ban at public establishments within the city limits during its meeting Tuesday night. Councilwoman Gloria Hines brought the issue to the table, following similar bans enacted in Florence and Hartsville. …

County smoking ban passes 1st reading
ABC NEWS 4 (SC)- July 24, 2012

A proposed smoking ban for unincorporated areas of Charleston County passed a first reading Tuesday.

Charleston County to consider smoking ban
Post and Courier - July 18, 2012

Charleston County Councils Finance Committee Thursday will consider banning smoking in the largely rural unincorporated parts of the county. …

Hartsville smoking ban gets final OK
SCNow - July 10, 2012

... to a smoke-free workplace ordinance that bans smoking in businesses, ... to a smoking ban that had been included in the original version of the ordinance, ...

Hartsville City Council to take up smoking ban Tuesday
SCNow - July 5, 2012

HARTSVILLE _ Hartsville City Council is expected to take up an ordinance to ban smoking in places of employment in Hartsville when it meets Tuesday. …

Hartsville smoking ban gets initial approval
SCNow (SC) - June 20, 2012

HARTSVILLE _ A ban on smoking in places of employment in Hartsville is officially before Hartsville City Council for consideration.

Lancaster Co. considers smoking ban
The Herald (SC)| HeraldOnline.com - June 11, 2012

... Lancaster County leaders planned to roll out a proposed new ban on smoking. ... banned smoking have seen their business increase, and customers return.

Horry County Notebook: Clearing the air
Chicago Tribune - May 4, 2012
Brad Dickerson The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Smoke Free Horry's grant may have recently expired, but the organization's goal continues. George DuRant, a representative for Smoke Free Horry, ...

Club Habana's demise a war on smoke, or business?
Post and Courier, Apr 27, 2012

Club Habana is gone.Facing eviction, the owners moved out without a sound this week. By Thursday there was nothing left but a few couches. …

Behavioral Health to hold Town Hall meeting April 30 in Pickens
Pickens (SC) Sentinel - April 26, 2012

Behavioral Health recently received a Healthy South Carolina Initiative Grant. … The goal of that strategy is to educate the community and community leaders on secondhand smoke's impact, create a smoke free campaign. …

Simpsonville prepares for new smoking law
Greenville News - April 26, 2012

Simpsonville bars and restaurants have four months to prepare their customers for a new law that will prohibit them from smoking, a measure that some celebrated as a public health victory and others fear will drive business elsewhere. … The City Council passed the smoking ban in a nail-biter of a vote that divided the members 3-3 before falling into the lap of Mayor Perry Eichor. …

Simpsonville OKs smoking ban
Greenville News - April 24, 2012

By Paul Alongi Simpsonville's smoking ban passed Tuesday in a nail-biter of a vote that some cheered as a victory for public health and others said would ...

Simpsonville passes workplace smoking ban
WHNS Fox21 (Greenville, SC), 2012-04-24

The Simpsonville City Council voted 4 to 3 on Tuesday night to ban smoking in workplaces. The original version of the ordinance only included restaurants, but Tuesday's vote extends the rule to cover bars, private clubs, bingo houses and other workplaces that are open to the public.

Consider This: Conway Smoking Ordinance
WMBF (SC) - April 25, 2012

Consider This: Many business owners in North Myrtle Beach, Florence or Surfside Beach will tell you their business is up since indoor smoking was banned.

Conway council hears from public on smoking ordinance
SCNow - April 24, 2012

CONWAY, SC - Conway City Council heard from people Monday night on both sides of the controversial possible public non-smoking ordinance. …

Smoking ban up for discussion in Conway
WMBF - April 24, 2012

Conway City Council tested the waters of public opinion Monday night to find out if residents want a ban on smoking. … "There are so many restaurants that don't allow [smoking] now. ... Conway resident Dakota Beach said she could do without smelling smoke while she eats. …

Simpsonville Voting On Expanded Smoking Ban Tuesday
News Channel 7 - April 24, 2012

Simpsonville City Council is set to vote Tuesday on an expanded smoking ban. If passed, it would be illegal to light up in bars, private clubs, and restaurants starting September 1st. …

Simpsonville smoking ban could face final test
Greenville News - April 23, 2012

The ban would take effect on Sept. 1 if City Council adopts the ordinance at ... An early version of the ordinance would have banned smoking in restaurants ...

Councillor Defends Smoking Ban in Parks
TopNews United States (SC) April 4, 2012

With the ban on smoking in parks, beaches and on municipal properties coming into effect from April 2, it had sent a warm note that there is need for ...

Irmo Council Wrap Up: Ordinances, Grants & More
Irmo (SC) Patch - April 4, 2012

Approved second reading of an ordinance to amend the code concerning "Smoking in Public Places of Employment." Approved submitting a sidewalk grant in the ...

Simpsonville council to take another look at smoking ban
By Katie Jones
Greenville News - April 3, 2012

Simpsonville smokers and nonsmokers alike may be waiting with bated breath while the City Council reviews the proposed smoking ordinance. …

Conway inches closer to possible smoking ban
WMBF (SC) - Apr 2, 2012
By Evan Lambert

Another municipality is considering a ban on indoor smoking in public places and leaders in the City of Conway seem to be, at least partially, on the same page about the decision. …

Simpsonville to review proposal to go smoke-free
Greenville (SC) News - March 29, 2012

By Katie Jones -- Simpsonville smokers and nonsmokers may be waiting with bated breath while the City Council reviews a proposed smoking ordinance. …

Grant money spent on t-shirts to promote a smoke-free lifestyle
TheDigitel - March 29, 2012

The residents of Surfside Beach were thrilled to get an $8000 grant to promote a smoke-free lifestyle in their town and then displeased to find out all of it went to t-shirts ...

New strategies needed as funding for Smoke Free Florence ends
SCNow -(SC) March 28, 2012

The federal grant responsible for funding Smoke Free Florence's two-year ... to bring just three of the county's municipalities under a no-smoking ban. ...

Music on Main, Jazz on the Square Return To Spartanburg In April
News Channel 7 (SC) March 28, 2012

Music on Main is now a smoke-free event. Jazz on the Square was smoke-free last fall. Jazz on the Square will also last a half hour longer from 5:30 to 8:00 ...

Surfside Beach residents upset over spending of grant money
SCNow - March 27, 2012

Jim Duckett reported the non-profit Smoke Free Horry gave the town an $8000 grant to buy something to promote a smoke-free message, like no smoking signs.

Smoke Free Florence Project wraps up initiative
WMBF - March 27, 2012

By Heather Biance - bio | email FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) A press conference on Tuesday will announce the end of the Smoke Free Florence project. …

SC tobacco-growing town weighs smoking ban
MyrtleBeachOnline.com - March 27, 2012

CONWAY, S.C. -- One of South Carolina's historic tobacco-growing communities is considering a smoking ban. But the Conway City Council wants to hear from the public before deciding how far such a ban should go. …

Club Habana in deadlock
Examiner.com (SC) - March 20, 2012

The ordinance was proposed to amend the city's 2007 indoor smoking ban. The amendment was set to allow Club Habana or "any cigar bar continuously operating ...

Deadlock threatens cigar bar
Charleston (SC) Post Courier - March 20, 2012

Asking cigar smokers "to sit outside come rain or shine or whatever" is a business ... even after the citywide ban on indoor smoking took effect in 2007. …

Charleston council deadlocks 6-6 on allowing Club Habana to keep smoking privileges
Charleston (SC) Post Courier - March 19, 2012

Charleston's only cigar bar faces an uncertain future after City Council failed to pass an ordinance Monday that would have allowed Club Habana to carry its indoor smoking privileges to a new location …

Smoke Free Horry County out of money
WMBF - March 19, 2012

By Sean Maginnis - email MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Monday afternoon, Smoke Free Horry County signs were still posted at the coalition's headquarters in ...

Simpsonville split on plan to ban smoking in restaurants: Ban would affect city’s restaurants ($$)
Greenville (SC) News, March 19, 2012

Simpsonville’s proposed ban on smoking in restaurants has divided the city over whether it is a public health issue vital to children’s well-being or an unnecessary government intrusion into private business. …Twenty-three states have laws in effect requiring restaurants and bars to be smoke free, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.

Stay smoke-free
Post & Courier, March 19, 2012
by K. Michael Cummings

The Charleston City Council should reject the amendment proposed by Councilman Aubry Alexander that would weaken Charleston's very successful smoke-free ordinance. …

Smokers relocate after MUSC ban, causing problems for businesses
Live 5 News - March 19, 2012

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC)- A portion of Ashley Avenue has been nicknamed "Ashtray Avenue" by one Charleston businesses since MUSC went smoke free. …

HICKS COLUMN: Cigar bar running out of time
Charleston Post Courier - Mar 18, 2012

The problem here is that Club Habana has lost its lease and needs council approval to move to a new location, as per the 2007 smoking ban. ...

Smoke Free Horry grant ends, education efforts continue
SCNow - March 18, 2012

Federal money for a local anti-smoking organization, Smoke Free Horry, ran out Sunday, March 18, 2012. Smoke Free Horry got the grant in 2010 but now hopes ...

Coastal Carolina considers totally smoke free campus
WMBF - March 8, 2012

By Brandon Herring - bio | email NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) A debate about going smoke-free is starting up at Coastal Carolina University. …

SC bill clarifies colleges can ban smoking
ABC NEWS 4 - March 8, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - A House panel has advanced a bill clarifying that South Carolina's colleges can go smoke-free. The measure specifies in state law that ...

Views differ at smoking ban forum
SCNow - March 8, 2012

Council held a forum on the issue of a smoke-free workplaces and whether the city ... At present, there is no ordinance for smoke-free workplaces before ...

North Myrtle Beach becomes a smoke-free community
WPDE - March 7, 2012

The one place in the city where smokers will still be allowed to light up inside is Nick's Cigar World , which was given an exemption to the new ordinance. …

No smoking North Myrtle Beach no problem for some
MyrtleBeachOnline.com - March 7, 2012

That could change, though, if Smoke Free Horry has anything to do with it. ... Now, Smoke Free Horry's Executive Director Larry White – also a Conway City ...

Smoke-free businesses spread in North Myrtle - by law and by choice
WMBF - March 7, 2012

By Brandon Herring - bio | email NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - North Myrtle Beach's new smoke-free ordinance took effect Wednesday.

Smoking may soon be banned in Simpsonville restaurants
Greenville (SC) News - March 7, 2012

By Katie Jones Smoking may soon be banned in Simpsonville restaurants. The City Council passed on first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit smoking ...

Simpsonville may ban smoking in public places
Greenville (SC) News - March 5, 2012

Debbie French, a hostess at Coach House, said the restaurant went non-smoking a few years ago when it was remodeled. French said many smoking customers said ...

Upstate City Considers Smoking Ban
WYFF Greenville (SC) - March 6, 2012

Do you or would you support a smoking ban in your city/town? Under the proposed ban, smoking would be prohibited at restaurants, ball parks and outdoor ...

Smoke Free Horry grant running out of time
WPDE - Mar 5, 2012

On March 18th, the federal grant funding Smoke Free Horry runs out, but the group plans to stay around indefinitely. ...

City of Conway wants to go smoke free
TheDigitel - March 2, 2012

City of Conway administrators will be seeking public input on an ordinance proposal to ban smoking for indoor public spaces. ...

Conway moving forward on smoking ordinance
MyrtleBeachOnline.com - March 2, 2012

Council members directed City Administrator Bill Graham to set up a public forum on the city banning smoking from workplaces, bars and restaurants, ...

MUSC smoking ban starts today
Live 5 News - March 1, 2012

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC)- MUSC goes tobacco-free Thursday. The smoking ban is an effort to make the hospital and school a healthy campus. ...

Charleston smoking laws questioned in cigar bar debate
ABC NEWS 4 – February 29, 2012

…As it stands now, the smoking law would not let Pompeii relocate his bar. The ordinance that initially allowed him to operate says he must stay put. …

Club Habana decision tabled by City Council
Examiner.com - February 29, 2012

…Simply put, the ordinance will not allow Club Habana to remain a smoking bar should it re-locate. It would seem, as Councilman Gary White put it, ...

Dirty Don's Oyster Bar & Grill goes smoke free
TheDigitel (SC) - February 27, 2012

While the city of Myrtle Beach has said no to a smoke-free ordinance, that's not stopping business owners from doing so. Don's won't even allow smoking on ...

New MUSC smoking ban starts next week
Live 5 News - February 24, 2012

The ban, which includes all tobacco products including electronic cigarettes, will be enforced on the entire campus. The ban also includes smoking in your ...

Charleston city councilman wants to allow other smoking cigar bars
By Schuyler Kropf - skropf@postandcourier.com
Charleston (SC) Post Courier - February 24, 2012

A Charleston city councilman wants to end the smoking monopoly enjoyed by the city's only cigar bar, allowing such bars to operate almost anywhere as long as they meet certain criteria. …

HICKS COLUMN: A sensible solution from a nonsmoker
Charleston (SC) Post Courier - February 24, 2012

Next week, Alexander will offer an amendment to the city's smoking ordinance, which five years ago basically prohibited every bar and restaurant from allowing smokers to light up indoors. This has come up because Club Habana -- the city's lone cigar bar
-- is losing its lease and, the way the law is written, could be forced out of business. ...

Hospitality police work to enforce city rules
WIS (SC) - February 23, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The sign outside Metro Live says "no smoking", but the Hospitality District Team says that's exactly what was going on inside each time they visited. ...

Tobacco policies pass at trustees meeting
SCNow - February 22, 2012

The two policies, Tobacco Use by Students and Tobacco-Free Schools/Staff, ... Both policies aim to provide a “100 percent tobacco-free, smoke-free ...

Smoking Ban Suspends City's First Business License
WLTX-TV 19 (COLUMBIA, SC), 2012-02-22
Written by Nate Stewart

Columbia City Council voted for the first time to suspend a business license of a popular nightclub for violating the smoking ban ordinance.

Group urging smoke-free workplaces in Hartsville
SCNow - February 17, 2012

HARTSVILLE, SC _ A group that is seeking to make South Carolina cities and counties smoke free has asked Hartsville City Council to enact a smoke-free ...

Timmonsville passes smoking ban
WPDE (SC)- February 8, 2012

by Tonya Brown Monday night, North Myrtle Beach passed a smoking ban, Tuesday night, ... It bans smoking in enclosed spaces that are open to the public.

Councilman: Don't bet on smoking ordinance in Myrtle Beach
WMBF News (Myrtle Beach, SC), 2012-02-08

Some Myrtle Beach city council members say the odds are not in favor of a smoking public smoking ban in the city. Following North Myrtle Beach's vote to institute a smoking ban in public places, Myrtle Beach is now sandwiched between Surfside Beach and North Myrtle Beach, both of which voted for smoking bans.

North Myrtle Beach passes non-smoking ordinance
MyrtleBeachOnline.com - February 7, 2012

The City Council has passed an ordinance that regulates smoking in public places, work places and certain outdoor facilities in North Myrtle Beach. …Prior to voting Monday, Mayor Marilyn Hatley proposed that e-cigarettes be removed from the ordinance. E-cigarettes will not be regulated by the ordinance. ...

Smoking ordinance passes final reading in North Myrtle Beach
SCNow – February 6, 2012

Another part of the Grand Strand has passed a ban to stop people lighting up inside restaurants and bars. … Council did remove mention of e-cigarettes from the ordinance. The new rules will go into effect March 7, 2012. According to city spokesperson Pat Dowling, ...

Four years later, Surfside Beach adjusts to smoking ban
WPDE - February 6, 2012

by Joel Allen SURFSIDE BEACH -- North Myrtle Beach City Council is scheduled to take a final vote Monday on an ordinance that would ban smoking in public ...

As NMB considers smoking ban, cities with limits say they're doing fine
MyrtleBeachOnline.com - February 5, 2012

By Janelle Frost - jfrost@thesunnews.com North Myrtle Beach could be a step closer to being smoke-free, at least in public, after Monday's City Council ...

North Myrtle Beach council passes first reading on non-smoking ...
SCNow - January 24, 2012

Smoke-Free Horry is pleased with the progress to get municipalities to go smoke ... Many establishments have decided voluntarily decided to go smoke free. …

North Myrtle Beach council to hold first reading on smoking ban
SCNow - January 23, 2012

North Myrtle Beach City Council is scheduled to have first reading of a proposed smoking ban Monday night. NORTH MYRTLE BEACH - North Myrtle Beach City ...

Smoke Free NMB discussed in city council workshop
North Myrtle Beach (SC) Times - January 12, 2012

By Jessica Vaitis The Smoke Free Horry organization is making headway with the North Myrtle Beach City Council regarding a new ordinance that would regulate ...

Olanta council elects mayor pro tem; turns lights back on
SCNow - January 4, 2012

… McCutheon then addressed the Circle Park Smoking Reduction Grant and asked the council members to review the proposal and to speak with local businesses regarding the possibility of instituting a smoke free policy in Olanta. To receive grant funds, a smoke free ordinance has to be in place by March 18 but McCutcheon stressed that the funds should not be the driving force for ...

NMB inches closer to smoke free ordinance
North Myrtle (SC) Beach Times - December 19, 2011

The prohibition ordinance covers the usage of e-cigarettes and extends to retail tobacco stores, which often have adjoining smoking bars. ...

Editorial | Free to Breathe
Myrtle Beach (SC) Sun News - December 15, 2011

At its root, the debate about local smoking bans such as the one that North Myrtle Beach is ... A state ban on smoking in public places would be welcome. ...

Two council members may not seek re-election to Florence City Council
SCNow - December 14, 2011

The Democrat Powers has taken some conservative positions during his time on council – most notably his stance on the Florence smoking ordinance – and was a ...

Study: Tourists expect a smoke-free Grand Strand
WMBF (North Myrtle Beach, SC) - December 13, 2011

In Horry County, 99 percent of people surveyed by Smoke Free Horry agree. They say they'd support the adoption of a smoking ordinance in public places. ...

North Myrtle Beach considers smoking ban
Myrtle Beach (SC) Sun News - December 12, 2011

... smoking outside the entrance of a place; and not applying the ordinance to e-cigarettes and retail tobacco stores, which includes existing cigar bars. ...

Smoke Free Ordinance takes center stage at NMB Council meeting
North Myrtle Beach (SC) Times - December 9, 2011

Over the past few months, assertions by those in support of the smoke free ordinance have become increasing extreme. Supporters have publicly stated that ...

North Myrtle Beach to talk smokes
Myrtle Beach Sun News - December 8, 2011

He and Karin are a part of the Smoke Free North Myrtle Beach Grassroots Coalition. ... Smoke Free Horry wants to get all of the county's municipalities and ...

Myrtle and North Myrtle Beach both consider smoking bans
TheDigitel - November 30, 2011

Two of the biggest cities along the Grand Strand are both considering a smoking ban in bars and restaurants. Next month Smoke Free Horry plans to present to ...

Pendleton council adopts smoking ban
Anderson (SC) Independent Mail - Jennifer Crossley Howard - November 7, 2011

The ordinance bans the use of all tobacco products from town-owned buildings and vehicles and in crowded outdoor spaces such as cafes and ball parks. ...

Timmonsville prepares to go smoke-free
SCNow - John Sweeney - November 1, 2011

It didn't take Smoke Free Florence long to use its smoking ban victory in the city of Florence as a springboard to bring its message to the county's other ...

Florence goes smoke-free this week
TheDigitel (SC) – October 31, 2011

Private designated smoking areas are excluded from the ordinance including open air areas like patios and decks. Someone smoking in a public area could be ...

Survey Says... Grand Strand tourists prefer smoke free
WPDE (SC) - October 25, 2011

The group plans to lobby the North Myrtle Beach city council and mayor to enact a smoking ban. "It makes you sick," Rose Cameron, a member of Smoke Free ...

Florence restaurants and bars prepare for Nov. 1 smoking ordinance
SCNow - Patricia Burkett - October 25, 2011

FLORENCE- Restaurants and bars in the city of limits of Florence will go smoke free in one week, when the long awaited smoking ordinance officially takes ...

Smoke Free Horry presents survey findings Tuesday
SCNow - October 25, 2011

69% were more likely to select a vacation destination that has a smoke free law. Only 41% said a smoke free ordinance would make them think of Myrtle Beach ...

Leaders discuss political issues
North Myrtle Beach Times - Jesse Grainger - October 14, 2011

Issues discussed spanned from the potential for a ban on smoking in ... The mayor contended it would be difficult to enforce bans on smoking that were ...

Pendleton smoking ban passes first reading
WHNS Greenville (SC) - Dana Wachter - October 4, 2011

...A smoking ban in the Pendleton was on its way after the town council passed the first ...

FOX Carolina 21 Pendleton will consider smoking ban
WHNS Greenville - Dana WachterOctober 3, 2011

Officials said second-hand smoke exposure is the main reason for a ban. The ban would prohibit smoking in public places like stores, restaurants, ...

Pendleton to vote on public smoking ban Monday
Anderson (SC) Independent-Mail, 2011-10-02, Anna Mitchell

The town council, which will meet at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex at 310 Greenville St., has held several workshops, consulted with the town's restaurant owners and reworked passages.

Smoke Free Horry to Host Grand Opening ceremony for resource ...
SCNow - September 21, 2011

CONWAY, SC - Smoke Free Horry will celebrate the grand opening of the Smoke Free Horry Education and Resource Center at Myrtle Beach Mall with a special ...

New smoking ban in Spartanburg restaurants, bars begins Thursday
Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal, 2011-09-12
Lynne P. Shackleford

Wednesday is the last day to light up in city of Spartanburg restaurants. ...

Future is hazy for Pendleton smokers
WHNS Greenville (SC) - Casey Vaughn - September 7, 2011

Entertainment News from AP By Casey Vaughn, Web Producer - email Pendleton would be the first town in Anderson County to ban smoking inside and near the …

Update: Pendleton Considers Smoking Ban Inside Homes If Public Is...
News Channel 7 - September 7, 2011

If it passes a second reading in November the smoking ban would become law. If some town leaders in Pendleton have their way, sitting outside and smoking in ...

South Carolina considers smoking ban in cars with kids
ABC15.com (KNXV-TV) - Shawn Martin - September 3, 2011

Specifically, they had a lot to type about a smoking ban bill being brought up for a second time in South Carolina. If passed, the bill would make it a …

Pendleton council to revisit smoking, park safety
Anderson Independent Mail (SC)- Anna Mitchell - September 3, 2011

PENDLETON — A possible smoking ordinance, donations to charities via the town's water bills and a number of small upgrades to town parks ...

Proposed Smoking Ban Includes Restrictions On Sitting, Standing While Smoking Outdoors
News Channel 7 - Robin Kanady - Sara Lewis - August 16, 2011

Pendleton, SC -- ...The town is also considering an indoor smoking ban to include bars and restaurants. But Hayes says the major sticking point is what to include outdoors. ...

Longtime Pendleton council member stepping down
Anderson Independent Mail - Anna Mitchell – August 1, 2011

A proposed smoking ordinance will come under closer scrutiny during a council workshop at 6 pm Aug. 15 at Town Hall. Also, Barnes will try to find out this ...

Will Myrtle beach follow suit with a smoking ban?
TheDigitel - July 28, 2011

With many still feeling the affects of the loss of May rallies, business owners are questioning if a smoking ban is going to hurt their bottom line.

Smoke Free Horry continues push for smoking ban
WPDE 15 (Conway, SC), 2011-07-26
Holly Morgan

Myrtle Beach City Council listened to several presentations from the public during a meeting Tuesday.

Smoke Free Horry to host smoking education event
SCNow - July 14, 2011

MYRTLE BEACH - Smoke Free Horry and the Horry County Medical Auxiliary will host an event for youth Friday, July 15, from 11 am until 3 pm at Coastal Grand Mall in front of Dillards. The event, which is free and open to the public, ...

City Council passes extension of Greenville's smoking ban
WHNS Greenville - Dana Wachter - July 12, 2011

Monday night, in a five to one vote, Greenville City Council passed a new ordinance, extending the current smoking ban to include patios and outdoor eating areas, private clubs and city parks near play grounds. Community members voiced opposition ...

Greenville City Council Passes Revised Smoking Ban Ordinance
News Channel 7 - July 12, 2011

By WSPA Staff By a vote of 6-1 Monday night, Greenville City Council approved revisions to its current smoking ban. The revisions will go into effect on August 1 and will impact a variety of sectors in the business community. ...

Summerville's smoking ban begins today
The State, Jul 12 2011

Put it out. Summerville’s ban on smoking indoors in public places takes effect today. …

Smoke-free in Summerville this week
WCBD - Haley Hernandez - July 11, 2011

The city is becoming one of 36 in South Carolina that is going to be smoke-free. Physicians at Summerville Medical Center said this is a step in the right direction to bettering the overall health of the community. “Secondhand smoke is a major public ...

Summerville residents react to new smoking ban
ABC NEWS 4 - July 11, 2011

Regulars were enjoying their last cigarettes, as Icehouse will close on Monday to clean and prepare for the smoking ban which starts on Tuesday. "It's a potential game changer for a lot of people, and one of the reasons I'm up here is because you can ...

Greenville delays vote on revamped smoking ban
WHNS Greenville - Aaron Barker - June 28, 2011

The Greenville City Council decided Monday night to delay voting a new version of the smoking ordinance. The new rules would be tacked on to the existing smoking ban that took effect Jan. 1, 2007. ...

Summerville goes smoke free
WCSC Television (Charleston, SC), 2011-06-25
Britton Thomas

Summerville is the latest South Carolina city to pass a smoke free ordinance. ...

Greenville close to tighter smoking rules
Greenville News - Anna Lee - June 14, 2011

Proposed changes would also eliminate a variance that allows smoking in private clubs and city parks with playground equipment. Councilwoman Amy Ryberg Doyle said a playground smoking ban wouldn't tax police officers because parents would probably be ...

Local group pushes for smoke-free Myrtle Beach
Aiken Standard, 6/9/2011

MYRTLE BEACH -- A local group is pushing efforts to make the center of South Carolina's $18 billion tourism industry a smoke-free area. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that the nonprofit Smoke Free Horry cites survey figures showing that an ov ...

Proposed smoking ban in Pendleton draws passion on both sides
Anderson Independent Mail - June 6, 2011

PENDLETON ­ The Pendleton town council revisited a proposed smoking ordinance Monday night, drawing passionate responses from people who favor and oppose it . The proposed ordinance would prohibit smoking in enclosed, town-owned buildings, ...

Anderson restaurant owner pushes for smoking ban in city
Anderson Independent Mail - Nikie Mayo - June 6, 2011

ANDERSON ­ An Anderson restaurateur is pushing for a policy that would ban smoking in all public places in the city, including restaurants and bars. Hamid Mohsseni, who owns both Tucker's restaurant and Carson's Steak Warehouse and Saloon ...

Smoking in Pendleton on council’s agenda
Anderson (SC) Independent-Mail, 2011-06-03

Residents will have a chance to weigh in on Pendleton’s spending plan for next year as well as a proposed smoking ordinance when its council meets Monday evening. . . .

New South Carolina bill aims to ban smoking in car with kids
TheDigitel - May 16, 2011

A new bill being debated in the SC House would make it illegal for people to smoke in their car while a child is present. This bill proposed (Senate version ...

EDITORIAL: AB's Step in the Right Direction
Myrtle Beach (SC) Sun News, 2011-05-13

We were happy to watch last week as the Atlantic Beach Town Council generated some positive news for the town, passing a smoking ban that covers all workplaces and the beach, beginning July 2. ...

Restaurants and bars prepare for Florence smoking ban
SCNow - Patricia Burkett - May 12, 2011

Restaurant and bar owners are preparing for the upcoming smoking ban as well, and attempting to gauge the reaction of customers, both smokers and ...

Spartanburg City Council approves smoking ordinance
Spartanburg Herald Journal - Lynne P. Shackleford - May 9, 2011

Several downtown restaurant owners vowed to continue to fight the newly adopted smoking ban after Spartanburg City Council overwhelmingly approved the ordinance Monday. Kevin Moore, proprietor of Delaney's Irish Pub, ...

3 SC cities are latest to pass smoking bans
NECN - May 10, 2011

The South Carolina Tobacco Collaborative said Tuesday that smoking bans that include restaurants and bars recently passed in Atlantic Beach, Florence and Spartanburg. The anti-smoking group says 34 percent of the state's population now lives in areas ...

Florence city council adopts smoking ordinance
SCNOW.com, 2011-05-09
John Sweeney

The Florence City Council wasn't blowing smoke and now neither will you in most indoor public gathering areas. ...

Hartsville approves tobacco-free ordinance for city parks
SCNow - Robert Sloan - May 9, 2011

Hartsville City Council has given unanimous final approval to an ordinance that makes city parks tobacco-free. The ordinance, passed during Monday night's regular monthly meeting, bans smoking as well as the use of other tobacco ...

Smoking Ban Likely In City of Spartanburg
News Channel 7 - Graeme Moore - May 9, 2011

If past votes are any indication of how the Spartanburg City Council will vote Monday night, smoking in public places will soon be history. The council is expected to pass second and final reading of an ordinance that would ban smoking ...

Spartanburg City Council might appropriate $1 million
Spartanburg Herald Journal - Lynne P. Shackleford - May 9, 2011

A divided council approved first reading of the ordinance at its meeting on April 25, after opponents and proponents of the smoking ban spoke during a public hearing. Public safety officers would enforce the ordinance after receiving complaints from ...

Smoking ban, budget on Hartsville City Council's agenda Monday
SCNOW.com, 2011-05-06
Jim Faile

Hartsville City Council will hold a public hearing and is expected to give final approval to an ordinance banning smoking and other tobacco use in public parks in the city at its rescheduled monthly meeting Monday. ...

GOP 'admonishes' Florence councilmen for smoking support
SCNow - John Sweeney - May 4, 2011

Sparks continue to fly over the long-debated Florence smoking ordinance, an issue that now has divided officials and a political party. The Florence County Republican party passed two resolutions “admonishing” Florence City Councilmen ...

Atlantic Beach goes smoke free
Myrtle Beach Sun News - Janelle Frost - May 3, 2011

Laura Watson, general manager at Crazy Horse gentlemen's club, thinks the smoking ban will have a negative impact on the business and asked to be exempted. “I'm not against the smoking ban,” Watson said. “I understand the health risks involved. ...

Spartanburg Council Votes In Favor Of Smoking Ban
WHNS Greenville - April 26, 2011

SPARTANBURG, SC -- Spartanburg's smoking ban ordinance passed the first reading during a City Council meeting Monday. The new proposal could mean that smoking would be banned inside restaurants, and smokers at those establishments must be 15 feet away ...

Smoking Ban: Public Input Wanted
WYFF Greenville - April 25, 2011

SPARTANBURG, SC -- The city of Spartanburg is looking into a smoking ban and before moving forward, the city council is seeking the public's input. During Monday night's city council meeting, which begins at 5:30, there will be a public hearing in the ...

City Council expects crowd for tonight's smoking forum
Spartanburg Herald Journal - Lynne P. Shackleford - April 25, 2011

Other areas banned include areas within certain limits of entrances and exits of buildings, and outdoor public events, though designated smoking areas could be established. The
smoking ban wouldn't apply to businesses that derive more than 50 percent ...

MB Chamber goes smoke free, endorses Smoke Free Horry Initiative
WMBF News (Myrtle Beach, SC), 2011-04-20

The push to ban smoking in Horry County is growing and WMBF News was the first to break this big development. The MB Area Chamber is now smoke free, not allowing its employees to light up. The city of Myrtle Beach banned smoking last year. ...

Tobacco ban for city parks gets first OK
SCNow - Jim Faile - April 14, 2011

The measure, which council approved unanimously on first reading Tuesday, bans smoking as well as the use of other tobacco products in all of the city's public parks and other outdoor facilities owned by the city. The ordinance also provides for a $25 ...

Florence council passes smoking ordinance on first reading
SCNOW.com, 2011-04-12
John Sweeney

With a 5-2 vote for a proposed smoking ordinance, members of Florence City Council brought two months of public hearings, debates and some last-minute amendment drama to an end. ...

EDITORIAL: Smoking ban isn't perfect but the time has come
SCNOW.com, 2011-04-10

We said in this space several weeks ago that the Florence City Council ought to move ahead with the proposed smoking ban. This issue, like some other recent matters before that body, has suffered from the sort of dithering that goes on when elected officials know they are about to do something that's unpopular with some people. Last-minute amendments pop up, once-certain supporters seem to waver, etc., etc. We said then it was time to "man up" (borrowing a phrase from the ordinance's chief council proponent, Octavia Williams-Blake) and pass the ordinance. ...

Council pressing ban on smoking at Spartanburg eateries, bars and at events
Spartanburg Herald Journal - Alex C. Hicks Jr - April 8, 2011

The city will hold a public hearing on April 25 on a citywide smoking ban. Papa's Breakfast Nook is one of the few places in Spartanburg where you can still smoke during a meal. By Lynne P. Shackleford City Council is on the verge of implementing a ...

One Upstate City Looks To Improve Smoking Ban
News Channel 7 - Rich Klindworth - April 8, 2011

Greenville city council members are looking into ways to clarify some grey areas of its smoking ban. (more) By Rich Klindworth One Upstate city is looking to tighten up its smoking ban. Greenville City Council member Amy Ryberg-Doyle says that their ...

Jackson’s car-smoking bill falls short
The State (SC), April 7, 2011

Sen. Darrell Jackson has introduced a bill to protect children by prohibiting smoking in a vehicle occupied by a child younger than 6 years old. True, these children have no choice but to breathe second-hand smoke. But why would Sen. Jackson not want to include any young people who are unable to drive themselves, who also have no choice in breathing second-hand smoke? Or adults who are unable to have a driver’s license, for that matter? …

SC lawmakers stop bill barring smoking around kids
Associated Press (AP), 2011-04-05

A South Carolina proposal to fine drivers or passengers who puff away with a child under 6 in the car is going nowhere.

S.C. bill would ban smoking in cars with kids
Aiken Standard, March 31, 2011

COLUMBIA -- Drivers or passengers who puff away with a child younger than 6 in the car could be fined in South Carolina under a legislative proposal. Proponents said it's about protecting children from the dangers of second-hand smoke, including i ...

Florence City Council delays first reading of smoking ordinance
SCNow - John Sweeney - March 11, 2011

Florence City Council voted 6-1 Friday morning to move first reading of the comprehensive smoke-free workplace ordinance from March to council's meeting in April. The move by council was made in order to accomodate Councilman Robinson ...

EDITORIAL: Just man up and pass smoking ordinance
SCNOW.com, 2011-03-10

We said earlier in this space that an ordinance banning smoking is good thing, so long as the penalties and punishments aren't draconian. Big fines, regular inspections, increased paper work -- the kind of stuff that might have real economic impact --have no place in this business. ...

Poll shows majority of Florence residents support a smoke-free ordinance
WPDE 15 (Conway, SC), 2011-03-10
Tracy Vreeland

Smoke Free Florence conducted a scientific poll that finds 63% of city residents support a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance that would ban smoking in public places in the city limits of Florence. ...

Florence smoking ordinance vote may be delayed
SCNow - March 9, 2011

The smoking ordinance has been a hot topic in Florence during the past several months. The ordinance was introduced in February and the first public hearing on it March 3. Smoking ordinances have been proposed in Florence before, most recently in ...

Smoke Free Florence seeks county-wide smoking ban
SCNow - March 2, 2011

That's what members of Smoke Free Florence are asking as they prepare for tonight's public hearing for a new ordinance banning smoking in business within the city of Florence. “The end goal for Smoke Free Florence is for the entire county to be smoke ...

Greenwood Considering Public Smoking Ban
WYFF Greenville - March 1, 2011

GREENWOOD, SC -- The city of Greenwood could soon joins a growing list of other places in South Carolina that have some form of a public smoking ban. Greenwood City Council recently discussed the pros and cons of adopting a local ordinance to further ...

Public hearing on Florence smoking ordinance scheduled for Thursday
SCNow - John Sweeney - March 1, 2011

This will be the third time a smoking ordinance has gone before the city's council and the second in nearly two years. The first attempt at a smoking ban failed in 2005, according to Williams-Blake. Councilman Ed Robinson is the only member currently ...

AB moving to be smoke free
North Myrtle Beach Times - Jessica Vaitis - February 11, 2011

The Atlantic Beach Town Council met on Monday night to discuss the potential of passing two new ordinances, one that would prohibit smoking in public places in the town. With the exception of town councilman Darnell Thompson the entire council was present.
A brief executive session was held in order to discuss the Memorial Day Bike Festival contract with Sara Timleck. The council approved the contract without fees so that Timleck would help to promote the event and organize shows and activities during the largest festival the town holds each year. ...

New Florence smoking ordinance to be introduced Monday
South Carolina Now - February 10, 2011


Significantly reduced from the version introduced just over a year ago, a new smoking ordinance for the city of Florence will be introduced at city council’s meeting Monday.

Councilwoman Octavia Williams-Blake released a copy of the ordinance Thursday afternoon, which is far less restrictive than its 2009 predecessor.

“Several council members and the public had some concerns that maybe the ordinance was too restrictive,” Williams-Blake said after releasing the new ordinance. “I asked them for their feedback in terms of what they could live with." ...

Dorchester County council tables proposed smoking ban
Live 5 News - February 8, 2011

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) – The Dorchester County Council plans to hold off on talks concerning a proposed smoking ban. At Monday night's meeting, ...

Grand Strand Town one step closer to smoking ban
WPDE - Lindsey Theis - February 8, 2011

"Second hand smoke is just as bad if you pick up a cigarette and put in into your mouth," Atlantic Beach Mayor Pro Tem Charlene Taylor says.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control says more needs to be done across Horry County and the state of South Carolina against smoking. Monday night, Smoke Free Horry (www.smokefreehorry.com/), a non-profit organization funded by national grant money, presented a plan for Atlantic Beach to go smoke free.

Following that, the Atlantic Beach Town Council passed the first reading of a new ordinance that bans smoking in all public places.

"It's to minimize impact of smoke on everyone," Atlantic Beach Town Manager William Booker says ...

Dorchester County to take up smoking ban at council meeting
Live 5 News - February 7, 2011

DORCHESTER, COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County council members will have a first reading on a smoking ban during Monday night's council meeting. ...

Health Professionals Push For Smoking Bans in Spartanburg County
News Channel 7 - Graeme Moore - January 25, 2011

Healthcare professionals on Monday night presented to Spartanburg County Council results of a new survey which shows overwhelming support for smoking bans.

Renee Romberger with Spartanburg Regional Medical Center said the survey shows 89.1% of those polled would support local restaurants going smoke-free ...

Summerville, town smoking ban to take effect July 12
Charleston Post Courier - Bo Petersen - January 20, 2011

SUMMERVILLE -- The snuff-out day for smoking in town will be July 12, Councilman Mike Dawson said this week.

That clears up at least one ambiguity of an indoor smoking ban passed by Town Council last week. With the law reading that it will take effect "within six months," smokers and nonsmokers alike were bewildered about just when that would be.

Dawson, who proposed the law, said any interpretation besides six months from the date it was passed would require another council action.

The ambiguity of the town ordinance was further clouded by a similar Dorchester County law that has been proposed but won't be voted on until February.

Howard Crosby, a Knightsville resident, patronized a town restaurant on Saturday and was told that the Summerville law wouldn't take effect until February. When he asked a police officer about it, he was referred to the codes department, he said. ...

New smoking ban proposal to go before Florence City Council in February
South Carolina Now - Patricia Burkett - January 19, 2011

FLORENCE, SC -- A revised smoking ban proposal is set to go before Florence City Council in February.

The new proposal will be far less restrictive than the previous measure, which was voted down by council in November.

Councilwoman Octavia Williams-Blake said she will introduce the new smoke-free ordinance at the Council’s next meeting Feb. 14.

Williams-Blake said though the ordinance has not been finalized, there have been revisions that include allowing smoking in outdoor places such as patios and decks at restaurants and bars. In addition, she said, business owners would not lose their business licenses for failing to comply with the ordinance ...

Smoke Free Horry unveils new campaign
WPDE - January 18, 2011

It's cigarette smoke that keeps Rose Cameron and her husband Bill out of most restaurants. Three years ago, she received surgery to remove a cancerous spot in her throat.

Being around smokers her entire life, she says the second-hand smoke caused her cancer.

"I used to love to sing karaoke." she admits. "But my doctor says I can't go anywhere near smoke again," Cameron told NewsChannel 15.

South Carolina still allows smoking in restaurants and public places. Some cities and counties have bans in place, but Horry County does not.

Smoke Free Horry announced its new campaign Tuesday that will use commercials, billboards, and Facebook to spread its message. ...

Public smoking ban ordinance on the radar in Summerville (update: backlash begins)
TheDigitel Beaufort - January 18, 2011

Update January 18: Despite the fact the public smoking ban has passed and it's now against the law to smoke inside places of business, Summerville police and prominent local figures are showing little to no support for the new law.

Summerville's Police Chief Bruce Owens told The Post and Courier he hasn't even reviewed the ban yet and couldn't immediately say how he plans to instruct his officers to enforce the new law. A town councilman who opposed the law sides with the police, stating they don't have enough time and manpower to begin producing publicity and education programs.

Attorney and business owner Rudd Smith told the council members point blank that he plans to violate the law. ...

Smoking signs may be in works: Dorchester plan offers alternative to public ban
Charleston Post Courier - Bo Petersen - January 14, 2011

ST. GEORGE -- Dorchester County Councilman David Chinnis will propose an ordinance requiring businesses to post signs saying whether they are a smoking or a non-smoking establishment.

The proposal is an attempt to defuse a controversy that had council members sharply divided this month at the first meeting with all three newly elected members.

A ban on workplace smoking in all parts of the county that are outside of a town was the first proposal introduced by Larry Hargett after he was voted chairman at that meeting.

Council members, who earlier had informally agreed to try to work more cooperatively, set the issue aside for a month rather than take a vote that almost certainly would have shot down the chairman's proposal. The vote to delay was 6-1. ...

Summerville council passes smoking ban
Charleston (SC) Post & Courier, 2011-01-13
Bo Petersen

SUMMERVILLE -- The town passed its public smoking ban Wednesday, with Mayor Berlin G. Myers breaking a 3-3 tie to exuberant shouts and cheers from the audience.

Council members Mike Dawson, Kima Garten-Schmidt and Aaron Brown voted in favor. Council members Walter Bailey, Ricky Waring and Bob Jackson opposed.

Bailey called the ordinance "another nail in the coffin of freedom of choice and individual responsibility." ...

Summerville smoking ordinance clarification
WCBD - January 12, 2011

Advocates of a workplace smoking ordinance in Summerville issued a clarification of “public places” as defined in the law, which will be considered tonight by Summerville’s Town Council.

The ordinance is designed specifically to prohibit smoking in indoor workplaces and public spaces, thereby protecting employees and the public from exposure to secondhand smoke. The language of the ordinance is specifically being clarified at today’s meeting to read (new additions are in italics): ...

Smoking ban vote uncertain in Summerville
Summerville debates "public places" revision
Charleston (SC) Post & Courier, 2011-01-10
Bo Petersen

SUMMERVILLE -- The apparent resistance of Dorchester County Council to passing a smoking ban could affect Town Council's vote Wednesday.

Council has a final reading on a law banning smoking indoors in businesses. But the ordinance has been revised since first reading with vague "public places" language that troubles at least one council member. And Councilman Mike Dawson, who managed in December to revive the ordinance tabled since spring 2010, is less than certain it will pass. ...

Smoking Ban Vote Delayed by County Council
WTMA - January 5, 2011

(SUMMERVILLE, S.C.) -- An attempt to ban smoking in Dorchester County restaurants and public buildings has been temporarily suspended. ...

Dorchester County to Ban Smoking?
ABC NEWS 4 - January 3, 2011

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- County leaders in Dorchester are slated to take a look at banning lighting up inside businesses this week.

Councilmen like Richard Rosebrock call smoking a public health issue. He said he's in favor of putting a ban on it similar to the bans in Charleston and the Isle of Palms.

"I think it is a health issue," Rosebrock said. "We have to make it an even situation. I know we're taking the rights of smokers but if not we're taking the rights of non-smokers." ...

Idea for Summerville smoking ban reignites
Charleston Post Courier - Bo Petersen - December 7, 2010

SUMMERVILLE -- Seven months after Town Council deftly snuffed out a workplace smoking ban, the ember is burning again.

Councilman Mike Dawson has renewed his call for a proposed law that would fine violators and establishment operators between $10 and $25 per incident. It would allow exceptions, such as private residences, and "grandfathered" cigar bars, tobacco stores and designated " smoking rooms" in hotels.

Town Council will have a first-reading vote at its regular meeting Wednesday. The law was tabled 5-1 in May after more than 20 people showed up to speak for or against it and council members said they had concerns that the law was overreaching. ...

Smoking Ban Public Hearing to be Scheduled in Pendleton
News Channel 7 - December 3, 2010

Pendleton Town Council will soon ask for your opinion on a possible smoking ban.

Our coverage partners at the Anderson Independent-Mail report, Pendleton leaders will set a date for a public forum at its Monday night meeting.

The town already bans smoking in municipal buildings and parks.

Mayor Randy Hayes told the paper he was a smoker, and quitting was the toughest thing he's ever done.

Though Hayes is sympathetic to smokers and non-smokers, he wants to give residents a chance to air their views on a possible ban in bars and restaurants ...

Irmo wimps out, leaves workers holding breath
The State, December 2, 2010

THE TOWN of Irmo, mostly known for its famed Okra Strut, now has gained another distinction: It recently became a smokers’ paradise, home of the ban-less smoking ban.

Irmo Town Council approved an ordinance touted as a ban on smoking that does nothing to change the status quo. In essence, the council passed a measure that says bars and restaurants and other workplaces that don’t allow smoking can’t allow smoking. Council’s message to captive workers constantly exposed to carcinogens from secondhand smoke is pretty clear: You’re on your own.

Irmo’s “restrictions” don’t apply to any bar, restaurant, office or store that already allows people to smoke cigarettes, cigars and pipes. Establishments that continue to allow smoking must post notices. Town officials don’t know how many of Irmo’s approximately 800 businesses allowed smoking previously. In other words, this could be a nightmare to enforce — if there is any intention to do so. If a business that didn’t allow smoking now starts permitting it, how will town officials know — and prove — there’s been a violation if it doesn’t know who allows smoking now?

It’s ridiculous that the Irmo council haggled over whether to institute a smoking ban for two years only to come up with this sham. A real ban would put a stop to real smoking, not feign to do something that it does not. It’s clear to us that protecting workers from the ills of secondhand smoke wasn’t the priority here: Not one worker exposed to carcinogens on their job would be spared under the town’s new ordinance. ...

Could smoking ordinance be headed to Horry County?
WMBF - November 18, 2010

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Across bars in Horry County, lighting up is legal, but some say, it's not the healthiest option.

States like North Carolina and Ohio are fighting back against the issue by going smoke-free, but could South Carolina follow suit?

Just this month, Myrtle beach started a new rule that bans smoking on the inside and outside of city offices.

In Florence, city and county employees who use tobacco have to cough up an extra 50 dollars a month from their paychecks for higher insurance costs.

Nearly half a dozen restaurants in Hartsville went smoke free last month, but Surfside Beach is the only local government to pass a smoking ordinance. They did so back in November 2008.

The state of North Carolina also has an indoor, no-smoking law in place.

Larry White works with the Smoke Free Horry organization, and is also on Conway City Council. He thinks a similar law could be on the way there. ...

Smoke Free Florence participates in Great American Smokeout
South Carolina Now - Patricia Burkett - November 18, 2010


Members of the Smoke Free Florence organization participated Thursday in the Great American Smokeout.

Thursday marked the 35th anniversary of the day set aside for the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers to give up the habit for good.

The ACS encourages smokers to either give up cigarettes or to set a date to quit.

Smoke Free Florence officials said it’s a great reminder to the community of not only the dangers of smoking, but also the potential dangers of secondhand smoke ...

Irmo OKs partial smoking ban
By TIM FLACH - tflach@thestate.com
The State, November 17, 2010

Irmo joined other Midlands communities Tuesday in banning workplace smoking, but its restrictions don’t completely snuff out lighting up.

The limits adopted 3-2 by Town Council don’t apply to any bar, restaurant, office or store where puffing cigarettes, cigars and pipes inside was allowed before the ban. …

This week in local government
The State, November 15, 2010

Irmo Town Council: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall, 7300 Woodrow St.; public hearing and final adoption of workplace smoking ban …

Myrtle Beach city buildings go "smoke free" outside
WPDE 15 (Conway, SC), 2010-11-01
Joel Allen

City buildings in Myrtle Beach have been smoke-free on the inside for many years. Starting November 1, tobacco use will be prohibited on the outside of most city buildings, as well.

There are still cigarette butt receptacles outside Myrtle Beach City Hall. But they'll soon be taken away, around the same time that the tobacco-free signs go up outside city law enforcement centers, fire stations, Chapin Library and most other city-owned facilities. "It's a customer service issue, it's a neatness issue, it's a health issue. Smoking has some secondary effects on folks who don't smoke and that's really the concern," said city spokesman Mark Kruea. ...

Irmo must stop dithering, adopt real smoking ban
The State, October 21, 2010

THE TOWN OF Irmo’s proposed ordinance that would permit bars, restaurants and other businesses that currently allow smoking to continue to do so is more smoke and mirrors than a ban that would protect captive workers from carcinogens.

A real ban would put a stop to real smoking, not feign to do something that it does not.

It’s laughable that Irmo officials propose a “ban” that would exempt current establishments that allow smoking while at the same time admitting that they don’t know how many of the town’s estimated 800 businesses permit patrons to light up.

Irmo Town Council has haggled over whether to institute a smoking ban for two years now. In considering various proposals, its members struggled with concerns about enforcement, government intrusion and whether business owners’ preferences should take precedence over workers’ health and the public health in general.

This is the council’s fifth attempt at addressing the issue. We thought that after having failed ­ thank goodness ­ to pass a proposal requiring only that businesses posted their policies, the council would come to its senses and pass a reasonable ban. We were wrong. This latest charade suggests that this council has little desire ­ if any at all ­ to protect workers from the ills of secondhand smoke.

Up until now, it had appeared that there was at least some sentiment among a majority on the council to protect workers, and that a few concessions were needed to pass a real ban. But this notion of instituting a ban without banning smoking is ridiculous. …

Smokers get break in Irmo
Workplace plan would allow islands in some businesses
By TIM FLACH - tflach@thestate.com

A proposed crackdown on workplace smoking in Irmo would allow lighting up to continue at some sites.

The plan would exempt any bar, restaurant, office and store where smoking inside currently is allowed.

Its the weakest restriction in the Midlands, but some Town Council members say its the best that can be gotten.

Toleration of smoking islands is a concession necessary to start eliminating it at most local workplaces, Councilman Barry A. Walker Sr. said.

Hes willing to start with a limit thats less than anti-smoking groups want, with the goal of trying to toughen it later.

At least well get something on the books we can work with, Walker said. ...

EDITORIAL: Smoking ban should be limited
South Carolina Now - Lisa Chalian-rock - October 15, 2010

Studies have concluded that secondhand smoke exposure increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems and asthma in children and the risk of cardiovascular disease and lung cancer in adults. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that secondhand smoke causes as many as 50,000 deaths in nonsmoking Americans each year, more than 1,000 of which occur in South Carolina.

As these staggering numbers continue even while the number of smokers dwindles, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) wants to encourage individuals to quit smoking. DHEC is also asking municipalities to ban smoking in public places. A DHEC representative recently requested that Hartsville City Council consider adopting an ordinance banning smoking in public places, particularly work places including restaurants and bars, earlier this month.

Other cities have tackled the issue with varying results. The city of Sumter implemented its smoking ban in April 2009, but the city of Florence voted down a proposed ban last November though the idea continues to surface around town. In fact, a number of Florence businesses have voluntarily implemented a smoking ban. Along the Grand Strand, Surfside Beach implemented a ban in October 2007, and measures are being talked about throughout the area since so few municipalities in this corner of the state have such initiatives.

The proposed ordinance, on which Hartsville City Council took no action, would prohibit smoking in public places including certain outdoor areas like ball parks. The only exceptions would be private homes, smoking rooms in hotels and motels, private clubs and outdoor places of employment ...

National anti-smoking effort targets Horry County
The State, Tue, Oct 12, 2010

Horry County was once one of the leading tobacco-producing counties in South Carolina, but it's now one of 44 communities nationwide starting a new smoking prevention effort. …

DHEC official asks Hartsville to enact smoke-free ordinance
South Carolina Now - Jim Faile - October 8, 2010

A representative of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) asked Hartsville City Council to consider adopting an ordinance banning smoking in public places, particularly work places, including restaurants and bars.

Lori Phillips, chronic disease program manager for DHEC Region IV, said workers exposed to secondhand smoke face serious health risks. “Secondhand smoke is a known health hazard for every nonsmoker,” she said during council’s work session Tuesday night. “There is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke indoors. ...

Restaurants in Hartsville choose to be smoke-free
WMBF - Alisha Laventure - October 5, 2010

HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – An increasing number of restaurants in the city of Hartsville are prohibiting smoking in their establishments.

More than six restaurants in downtown Hartsville are completely smoke-free. Owners are voluntarily choosing to do so without pressure from city ordinances.

"People seem to be enjoying the smoke-free environment," said Chuck Lacy, Owner of Frogmore's Steak and Steamer. His restaurant opened for business three months ago and is a non-smoking establishment.

"Given our size, it really wouldn't give an opportunity to separate it well enough that some might not be offended," Lacy stated. He has worked in the restaurant business for 25 years and believes it is only a matter of time before all restaurants are forced to ban smoking.

In the interim, he is confident that his business will continue to be successful despite not having a smoking section.

"If the food's good enough they don't care, and that seems to be what we're experiencing here." ...

Smoking ban exemption OK'd
York County Council votes 4-3 to allow lighting up at nonprofit private clubs
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com - Jamie Self - October 5, 2010


Patrons of some private clubs in York County will be able to light up indoors when an exemption to the county smoking ban takes effect in a couple of months.

The York County Council passed the exemption for nonprofit private clubs in a speedy 4-3 vote in council chambers Monday night.

Qualifying establishments must be licensed by the state as private clubs that serve alcohol. They also must meet other restrictions, which include not serving food, having a governing body with bylaws, requiring annual fees or dues, posting signs and ensuring employees and members acknowledge the dangers of cigarette smoke. ...

County considers new plan to allow smoking in private clubs
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com - Jamie Self - October 4, 2010


Patrons of some York County clubs may soon be able to light up indoors if the county council approves a controversial plan to allow smoking in private clubs.

Council members for several months have considered easing a countywide ban on smoking in public places by lifting the restriction in private clubs. But questions have arisen over how to define a private club.

A new plan to be considered tonight defines private clubs as nonprofits that exist for purposes other than serving alcohol and turning a profit. Such clubs would be for "social, benevolent, patriotic, recreational or fraternal purposes," the ordinance states. ...

Business owners battle cigarette butts following smoking ban
WIS - Tim Pulliam - October 1, 2010

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Area businesses say cigarette butts have become a big problem since a smoking ban passed in Columbia two years ...

Smoking ban change closer
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com - Jamie Self - September 8, 2010


The York County Council took a second step Tuesday night toward lifting the countywide smoking ban for private clubs.

In council chambers in York, the council moved swiftly to approve the amendment's second reading in a 5-2 vote, but only after hearing concerns raised from the those in attendance on whether smoking is a public health issue or a matter of personal freedom.

The council heard from four people who spoke in support of the amendment and four who oppose it. ...

York County seeks public input on smoking ban
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com - Jamie Self - September 7, 2010

The York County Council invites the public to weigh in tonight on a controversial proposal to lift the countywide smoking ban for private clubs.

The council unanimously passed the smoking ordinance more than a year ago. But calls to amend the smoking ban have divided council members and drawn big crowds at council meetings.

The most vocal supporters of lifting the ban have been a small but dedicated group of bar owners, employees and members of the VFW and American Legion. The common argument they make is that the smoking ban is hurting their businesses which cater largely to smokers ...

Lancaster County plans for smoking ban possibility
Myrtle Beach (SC) Sun News, 2010-08-21
Jenny Overman - Fort Mill Times

Indian Land's representative on the Lancaster County Council, Larry McCullough, along with several other council members, has been selected for a committee that will examine the possibility of a smoking ban for county businesses.

The committee was discussed at an Indian Land Action Council meeting this week.

No proposal has been made, McCullough stressed, but county officials wanted to be prepared in the event that such a proposal is suggested. Several surrounding counties and cities, including Fort Mill and York County, have such bans, he pointed out, and county officials feel that the issue might be raised in Lancaster County sometime in the future. ...

Next logical step is for Irmo to pass smoking ban
The State (SC), August 11, 2010

THE IRMO Town Council’s prolonged debate over a smoking ban mirrors the process Lexington County Council went through before it did the right thing and adopted strong restrictions to ensure that workplaces are safe. …

Chesnee passes tobacco ban in city's businesses
Spartanburg Herald Journal - Trevor Anderson - August 10, 2010

Chesnee City Council unanimously voted Monday to adopt a no-smoking ordinance, banning the use of tobacco products in restaurants, bars or any workplace within the city limits.

The ordinance originally included only restaurants, but council added bars and other businesses to it before its final reading.

It is the first ban of its kind in Spartanburg County. ...

Irmo smoking sign plan defeated
The State - Tim Flach - August 4, 2010

“We'll try again for a ban.” Supporters of a ban are reviving their effort to end Irmo's status as an island where smoking indoors at businesses is allowed. ...

Irmo's smoking sign plan criticized
Critics say ban needed to protect workers, customers
The State, August 2, 2010
By TIM FLACH - tflach@thestate.com

Irmo’s plan to make businesses post notices on whether smoking is allowed inside is inadequate, anti-smoking groups say.
A ban on lighting up indoors, not warnings, is the best protection for workers and customers, leaders of the South Carolina Tobacco Collaborative said.

The town plan amounts to restrictions “in name only,” said Louis Eubank, executive director of the organization. ...

A possible change in Columbia's smoking ban is still cloudy
WACH - Emily Pace - July 28, 2010

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- A new Columbia City Council tackling an old issue at their meeting on Wednesday.

The Tobacco Merchant came under fire from officials earlier this year for violating Columbia's indoor smoking ban.

The city considers the business a bar since it also sells beer and wine; but The Tobacco Merchant disagrees.

“The Tobacco Merchant is a retail tobacco shop and that's their primary business,” said attorney Darryl Smalls for The Tobacco Merchant.

The Tobacco Merchant claims that beer and wine account for only 8 percent of their total sales.

According to Smalls, under the city’s current ordinance, tobacco retailers are allowed to sell incidental items -- and alcohol is one of the products they sell incidentally. ...

Columbia City Council could snuff out smoking ban dispute
WACH - Emily Pace - July 27, 2010

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Earlier this year, Columbia City Council was ready to take The Tobacco Merchant in Harbison to court for violating the indoor smoking ban, when the business added a bar.

“I understand banning smoking in restaurants and I actually endorse that, but being able to have a drink with your cigar is also important,” said Brian Stockard.

“That was the plan for the future to go ahead and start moving forward with alcohol,” says manager Travis Roberts of The Cigar Box, “and have a place where people could smoke after work and maybe have a beer or two.”

The Cigar Box added a bar nearly a year ago, according to Roberts.

Tobacco retailers and their customers argue the sales of beer and wine are merely incidental.

"I really don't consider this a bar,” says Eric Stockard. “The amount of alcohol that's served and consumed here is miniscule compared to the tobacco sales."

City council is considering the first reading on an amendment Wednesday that would exempt stores, like The Cigar Box from the ban, if they can show their business generates at least 35 percent of its annual gross income from tobacco products. ...

York County considering rollling back smoking ban
WCNC (subscription) - Beth Shayne - July 21, 2010

ROCK HILL, SC-- At its meeting in August, the York County Council looks poised to roll back part of a smoking ban the county ...

York County smoking ban under review
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com - Jamie Self - July 20, 2010

The York County Council decided Monday night to consider amending the county's 14-month-old smoking ban. ...

Anderson City Council to tackle smoking proposal, city budget
Anderson (SC) Independent-Mail, 2010-06-27
Mike Ellis * Anderson Independent Mail

Smoking near AnMed Health campuses and other health-care related properties in Anderson would become more difficult if Anderson City Council approves a proposal.

Campuses of AnMed Health, which is based in the city, are already smoke-free, but the new proposal pushed by AnMed Health would allow any medical building in the city to set up - or not - an extended no-smoking area.

The proposal would create a 25-foot, smoke-free area that begins at the edge of a medical building. So smoking on public sidewalks or right of way areas outside of any participating building could lead to a fine of $10 to $25.

Greer seeks public's ideas on smoking ban for parks, sports
Greenville News - Nan Lundeen - June 24, 2010

Greer Councilwoman Judy Albert wants to ban in the city’s parks, athletic fields and hiking trails, but her proposal was delayed this week to solicit for opinions from the public, the recreation board and city staff.

No date was set for the issue to come back before the council.

Greer resident Stephania Priester already knows how she feels about the plan. She’s for it.

“I’m not a smoker,” she said. “My husband’s not a smoker. My child at 5 years old is not exposed to smoking, so, of course, I don’t think it’s fair to allow second-hand smoke in a public arena to affect her health, as well as ours.”

Now, smokers can light up only in designated areas at most of the city’s recreational facilities, and not indoors at all, said Ann Cunningham, director of parks and recreation. That policy, setting designated smoking areas at least 100 feet away from where people are enjoying recreational facilities, was put in place by the Greer Recreation Association Board of Trustees about two years ago, she said.

But that isn’t good enough for Albert, who says smoke drifts, and many studies show second-hand smoke is a health hazard. Councilman Wayne Griffin agrees with her. ...

VIDEO: City Of Greer To Consider Smoking Ban In Parks
Smoking Ban Up For Discussion
WSPA News Channel Seven (Spartanburg, SC), 2010-06-21
Jonathan Carlson

The city of Greer--considering putting out cigarettes at local parks.

A councilwoman plans to push her fellow council members to pass a ban on smoking at all city-owned park facilities, which includes athletic fields. The issue faces its first and final reading and vote, Tuesday night at the 6:30pm city council meeting at city hall.

Head to a park in the city, and things are kept pretty; but look a little closer, and its not hard to find cigarette butts littering the ground at some. ...

Summerville council tables smoking ban
Charleston Post Courier - Bo Petersen - May 13, 2010

SUMMERVILLE -- A workplace smoking ban was tabled Wednesday, with Town Council as divided as the audience that filled the chambers.

But more council members said they had concerns that the proposed ordinance was overreaching.

The vote was 5-1 to table for further study, with Councilman Mike Dawson voting no. Dawson proposed the law.

To fervent applause from both sides, 22 people spoke for or against the ban. They ranged from bar owners and individual rights proponents to health professionals, a cancer survivor and an asthma sufferer. ...

Summerville smoking ban proposed
Charleston Post Courier - Bo Petersen - May 11, 2010

SUMMERVILLE--Lighting up soon might be a no-no in most indoor places in town, prompted by a push from two anti-smoking groups that helped snuff out smoking in a handful of nearby Lowcountry municipalities.

Town staff members also are working on adding no-smoking rules to park regulations.

Town Council is expected to give tentative approval to the proposed indoor smoking regulation Wednesday.

"It's all well and good to say, 'It ought to be a property owner's choice.' But it's more about the employee situation. The employee doesn't have that freedom to choose," said Councilman Mike Dawson, who proposed the law. ...

Lexington eases smoking ban
The State - Tim Flach - May 3, 2010

Lexington’s workplace smoking ban lost its bite Monday on The Dog House.

Owner Joe Biedrycki is free to resume serving smokers on his bar’s patio after Town Council repealed a local restriction that barred service to those lighting up in outdoor areas in the community’s restaurants and lounges.

“It’s definitely a relief,” Biedrycki said.

It was the only restriction of its type in the Midlands, adopted before other communities settled on limits that allow service on smoking decks and patios. Anti-smoking groups didn’t fight the change.

The repeal won approval 4-2 with council members Kathy Maness and Todd Shevchik opposed. Councilman Ted Stambolitis was absent.

Maness and Shevchik have said the repeal is a step backward that will create secondhand smoke risks for servers. ...

Ravenel passes town-wide smoking ordinance
WCBD - April 28, 2010

Ravenel Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday, April 27, 2010 to pass South Carolina’s 33rd comprehensive smoke free ordinance.

This ordinance puts a ban on people from smoking in work places, public places and restaurants and bars.

The new law will go into effect immediately. ...

Spartanburg City Council split on smoking ban
Staff to research implications; issue might not resurface until fall
Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal, 2010-04-13
Lynne P. Shackleford

A divided City Council plans to move forward with a discussion about tightening Spartanburg's long-standing smoking ordinance, but any changes would likely come later in the year.

City Manager Ed Memmott said staff members have not taken a position on the matter, but are poised to hold public meetings and to discuss the possible implications of a smoking ban with business and restaurant owners. Staff members want to talk with other cities that have passed restrictive smoking ordinances and look at the economic impact of smoking bans.

Memmott said it could be summer or fall before the matter comes back before council. When he asked council for direction on how to proceed Monday night, he received mixed reactions. ...

Spartanburg city leaders to discuss smoking ban
Spartanburg Herald Journal - Lynne P. Shackleford - April 9, 2010

City Council will decide Monday whether to move forward with a smoking ban in restaurants and bars.

City Manager Ed Memmott said staff will give an overview of smoking ordinances in other municipalities, but won’t offer a specific proposal. Council will discuss the issue and give staff direction on how to proceed.

There will be no public hearing on the matter, and no vote will be taken on Monday.

Memmott said if council decides to continue discussing a smoke-free ordinance, residents will have opportunities to give input. ...

Lexington council on verge of easing smoking rules
Initial approval given to snuffing out part of law
Columbia (SC) State, 2010-04-06

Smokers are on the verge of again being served food and drink on decks and patios in Lexington.

Town Council gave initial approval Monday to allowing food service in areas where smokers congregate, ending the only ban of its type in the Midlands.

The repeal won initial adoption 5-2. Final approval is expected by May 3.

Supporters say the repeal will set uniform standards and abolish a handicap for town businesses.

"This puts every business on the same playing field," Councilman Danny Frazier said. "It's most important to ban smoking indoors. Outside, at least it can go up in the air." ...

Smoking ban in Chapin hinges on Irmo going along
The State - Tim Flach - March 23, 2010

A workplace smoking ban is on hold in Chapin as town leaders wait to see whether resistance is snuffed out in nearby Irmo.

It would be preferable for both communities to put limits in place simultaneously, as others are doing, Chapin Mayor Stan Shealy said Monday.

But his town of 1,000 will consider restrictions on its own for its nearly 200 businesses - probably by Dec. 31 - if Irmo leaders continue to balk at the idea, he said. ...

Smoking ban may be eased in Lexington
Town appears ready to OK lighting up on decks, patios
Columbia (SC) State, 2010-03-16

Smokers could be lighting up again on decks and patios outside bars and restaurants in Lexington by late spring.

Town Council began moving Monday to end a ban that snuffed out a practice allowed elsewhere in the Midlands.

Supporters said it will avert confusion by ensuring uniform standards in the area as well as end a handicap for local businesses.

The change - one that formerly split town leaders - breezed ahead without dissent among six council members. ...

Continued progress needed on area smoking bans
The State- March 11, 2010

WHILE A NUMBER of municipalities in Lexington and Richland counties have yet to adopt workplace smoking bans, the pace at which area governments have been enacting new restrictions is encouraging.

The momentum is clearly on the side of the whole of Lexington and Richland counties being largely - if not completely - a smoke-free community.

That goal got a boost last week when Cayce and West Columbia city councils approved bans, joining the town of Lexington, Springdale, Pine Ridge, Lexington County, Columbia and Richland County in the effort to protect employees from well-documented health hazards in the workplace.

With five of Lexington County's 14 municipalities having adopted smoking bans, much of that county is covered. But there is still work to do. While a proposal is pending in South Congaree, Batesburg-Leesville, among others, still is without restrictions. ...

'Tobacco free' parks suggested
Charleston Post Courier - March 9, 2010

SUMMERVILLE -- Smoke? Chew? Dip? Snuff? Well, 'nuff might be enough in town parks.

After hearing a complaint about smoking at the children's playground at Gahagan Park, Councilman Mike Dawson has asked if Town Council could pass an ordinance making the town's parks "tobacco free."

Summerville already has a set of park limits, including banning dogs during special events and a "no motorized vehicle" rule on the Sawmill Branch hike-bike trail. Violations carry a maximum fine of $500, police Chief Bruce Owens said. ...

West Columbia, Cayce enact smoking bans; Irmo says no
The State - Tim Flach - March 4, 2010

Other communities with a smoking ban are Lexington, Pine Ridge and Springdale. A proposal is pending in South Congaree. Most of the communities without a ...

West Columbia smoking ban gets initial OK
The State - Tim Flach - February 17, 2010

West Columbia took the initial step Tuesday toward joining other Midlands communities that ban smoking in stores and offices.

A divided City Council ended its 18-month holdout and gave preliminary approval to limits weaker than those elsewhere.

Workplaces where only the owner is employed and private social clubs are exempt from the restrictions, waivers that aren't common. ...

Columbia council must defend its smoking ban
The State (SC) - February 11, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY Council is playing with fire by considering an unwarranted exemption in the city's workplace smoking ban.

And it's all being done to accommodate one business - a business, we might add, that willfully put itself in a position to be in possible violation of the smoking ban. The proposed change could potentially open the floodgates to others opportunists looking for a way around the restrictions. That must not be allowed to happen.

The amendment City Council is considering would exempt a cigar bar, defined as a bar that "generates 35 percent or more of its annual gross income from the sale on the premises of cigars, tobacco products and other paraphernalia." The amendment would not apply to cigarettes. Columbia's business license division would determine a cigar bar's eligibility by reviewing its financial documents.

Councilman E.W. Cromartie was right to characterize this as a "backdoor way to have smoking in bars." He also said that it "guts the whole essence of the ordinance if we allow bars to be in a position to have people smoking in them." The council must remember that many bar owners were unhappy when it approved the workplace smoking ban in 2008 that included bars and restaurants. There had been an attempt to exempt bars, but that, fortunately, failed. ...

Official opposes tobacco ban
On second reading, ordinance picks up an opponent
Lancaster (SC) News, 2010-02-04
Christopher Sardelli

One County Council member questioned the fairness of a proposed tobacco-use ban on county-owned property at Monday's council meeting.

Councilman Cotton Cole asked that council revisit the issue. Cole was not present for the discussion or vote on first reading of the proposed ordinance last week. The measure passed unanimously then, but it takes three readings for a proposed ordinance to take effect.

The proposed ordinance would bring the county's codes in line with standards set by the state Clean Indoor Air Act. . . .

Cole disagreed with the requirements of the proposed ban.

"If it's not affecting anyone else, what's the harm?" Cole said. "It's too much to ask a deputy to drive around for 12 hours and not let him take a little dip or chew as he goes." ....

Businesses won't be liable for smoking violations
The State - February 3, 2010

Richland County businesses couldn't be punished for patrons who disregard the county's no-smoking law under a final revision approved Tuesday.

Enforcement of the law has been at issue since the council approved a workplace smoking ban in November 2008.

But the council finally clarified its position: That business owners who install the required no-smoking signs and tell smoking customers to snuff out their cigarettes won't be penalized for patrons who ignore them.

A $25 fine, and potential revocation of a business license, would only apply to a business caught allowing patrons to smoke.

Patrons would be fined, too. ...

Columbia may exempt cigar bars from ban
The State - Adam Beam - February 1, 2010

A month ago, Columbia officials were ready to take a local business to court for violating the city's smoking ban - a first for a Midlands local government.

Now, City Council members are poised to change the law Wednesday to exempt the business from the smoking ban.

The amendment to the city's smoking ban would exempt cigar bars - defined as a bar that "generates 35 percent or more of its annual gross income from the sale on the premises of cigars, tobacco products and other paraphernalia."

The amendment would apply only to cigars and pipes - not cigarettes - and the city's business license division would have to determine a cigar bar's eligibility by reviewing the bar's financial documents, which must first be approved by a certified public accountant. ...

Council gives first OK to smoking ban
Measure would ban smoking on county property
Lancaster (SC) News, 2010-01-26
Christopher Sardelli

Lancaster County Council gave first approval on Monday to an ordinance that would halt tobacco use on county property.
The measure would bring county codes in line with the state's Clean Indoor Air Act.

If approved, the amendment would ban smoking, and possibly other types of tobacco use, in county buildings and vehicles.
County Administrator Steve Willis said this would not include public establishments not owned by the county. ...

S. Congaree tentatively OKs smoking ban
The State - January 21, 2010

The town of South Congaree gave tentative approval Tuesday to a smoking ban.

If the 4-1 vote holds, the town is in line to become the fifth municipality in Lexington County to ban smoking in workplaces.

Mayor Bobby Vining cast the only no vote.

Council has yet to schedule another meeting and a public hearing before the ban could become law, said town administrator Melisha Shumpert.

South Congaree is considering the same restrictions adopted last year in unincorporated Lexington County. Those restrictions have seen been made law in Springdale and Pine Ridge.

The town of Lexington has the toughest smoking ban in the county, which it adopted in October 2008. ...

MOREDOCK: Read More About the Campaign for Clean Air
Charleston (SC) City Paper, 2010-01-20
Posted by Will Moredock on Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 11:11 PM | The Good Fight

My January 20 City Paper column was a farewell to Dan Carrigan, who has spearheaded South Carolina's drive for smokefree workplaces. Dan is leaving the state for New York City, but under his leadership we have passed smokefree ordinances in 30 counties and municipalities around the state.

But on his way out the door Dan wanted to leave us with a little more information that we can use in our argument for clean air and smart public health policy in S.C.

… Here is a report from Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, citing the Institute of Medicine study which confirms that smokefree laws reduce heart attacks. …

Lexington might OK smoking decks, patios
The State (SC) Wednesday Jan 20, 2010

Lexington town leaders took the first step toward allowing smokers to light up on decks and patios outside bars and restaurants …

York Co. Council chambers packed with people fuming over smoking ban
Council to discuss whether to exempt private businesses from ban
Rock Hill (SC) Herald, 2010-01-20
Christy Mullins - The Herald

York County Council didn't start its meeting until 6 tonight but by 5:30 p.m. the chambers were packed with dozens of business owners and residents against a smoking ban passed nearly a year ago.

Most are owners of private bars and establishments that were told last May to close their doors to smokers.

They've come out tonight to tell the Council how last year's unanimously approved smoking ban has squashed their customer bases and their freedom to choose.

"When (some) people drink, they smoke," said Screwy Totherow, owner of Bar II, a private establishment on Main Street in Rock Hill.
"People don't come in no more," he said. Customers at Bar II are required to have a membership, which is free. ...

VIDEO: SC Lawmaker Introduces Statewide Smoking Ban
WHNS Fox21 , 2010-01-13

A South Carolina lawmaker has revived legislation that would ban smoking in many public places across the state. ...

Cayce City Council holds public hearing to discuss smoking ban
Columbia (SC) Star , 2010-01-08
Kristin Lavender

Mayor Partin opened the public hearing by announcing the floor was open to public testimony in regards to the proposed smoking ban ordinance to be discussed by Cayce City Council. David Murray, a Cayce resident of 30 years and a local business owner of 18 years, spoke first stating that he was not there as a promoter of smoking but that his concern with the proposed ordinance was the timing and lack of collaboration between the City of Cayce and the City of West Columbia. As the owner of Murray's Bar and Grill, Murray asked that Council table discussion until given the opportunity to talk to their counterparts in the City of West Columbia.

Tommy Howard, who ran Howard and Howard Sports from 1977 until 2000, agreed with the notion that West Columbia should come on board. With the County on board, Howard said, the cities should follow suit.

Dr. Katie Wynne, a health consultant who works at DHEC, told Council that she fully supports the City of Cayce collaborating with the City of West Columbia, adding that "the right to breathe always trumps the right to smoke." ...

EDITORIAL: Midlands needs uniform workplace smoking bans
Columbia (SC) State, 2010-01-08

LEXINGTON MAYOR Randy Halfacre is right in his assertion that Midlands governments should seek uniformity in addressing smoking in the workplace, including bars and restaurants.

But he's dead wrong in suggesting that means his town should water down its ban, the toughest in the region. If anything, others should adopt Lexington's added feature that goes an extra - reasonable - step to protect captive workers by prohibiting them from serving smokers on outdoor patios and decks. . . .

Smoking ban passes 1st vote in Cayce
The State - Clif LeBlanc - January 6, 2010

It was a hair-thin preliminary vote on a smoking ban in Cayce, but City Council on Tuesday gave a highly qualified OK.

The deciding vote by Councilman Kenneth Jumper came with conditions he demanded but did not explain.

"This has to be redone," council's senior member said after suggesting the whole proposal be delayed a month. Council pressed ahead and the proposed law passed 3-2. ...

Lexington mayor seeks to soften smoking ban
The State, Tuesday Jan 5, 2010

Lexington Mayor Randy Halfacre wants to relax town smoking limits to allow lighting up on decks and patios at bars and restaurants.

The change would make town restrictions the same as those in nearby communities.

"We want to be in concert with everyone else," Halfacre said. "We don't need a confusing checkerboard of restrictions."

The town limits bar food and drink service where smoking occurs.

The change Halfacre suggests is one some businesses want, after they say they have lost customers to competitors in areas where smoking decks and patios are permitted. ...

Columbia set for first smoking ban lawsuit
WACH - Bryan Cox - January 5, 2010

COLUMBIA -- City Council members are set to consider filing suit against a Columbia tobacco store Wednesday, in what would be the first attempt to enforce the city's smoking ban in effect since October 2008.

At issue is a dispute between the city and The Tobacco Merchant on Bower Parkway. Columbia's ban prohibits smoking in all workplaces, including bars and restaurants, but it exempts stores that mainly sell tobacco products.

The Tobacco Merchant has been open in Harbison since 1997 selling mainly cigars, pipes and other tobacco items. In early 2009 the store added a bar after the city approved its license request to also sell beer. City officials now say that addition categorizes the store as a bar, and makes smoking illegal, regardless of the fact that the majority of sales are still tobacco related. ...

Smoking Bans Inching Forward in Lexington
Columbia (SC) Free Times, 2009-11-24

Prodded on by Lexington County's smoking ban, which goes into effect Jan. 1, local towns are beginning to follow suit.

The small Town of Pine Ridge gave final approval to a smoking ban at its Nov. 17 meeting. It is patterned after Lexington County's ordinance and will go into effect Jan. 1.

The Towns of Lexington and Springdale have already passed ordinances.

Though the City of Florence recently voted against a ban, supporters say the statewide count on new bans is on the rise.

Some 30 local governments in South Carolina have passed smoking bans since 2006. ...

EDITORIAL: Smoking ban shrouded in misunderstanding
SCNOW.com, 2009-11-10

The Florence City Council rejected an ordinance Monday that would have banned smoking in public places. The 4-3 vote raised the prospect of revisiting the issue with a compromise to balance the rights of individuals and business owners with the need to provide a healthy environment in the city.

The ordinance, proposed by councilman Buddy Brand and councilwoman Octavia Williams-Blake, was misconstrued as a referendum on smoking. . . .

Tobacco has been a huge cash crop in the Pee Dee for decades. But this debate is not about the elimination of tobacco and its products. It's about fresh air in public places.

For the sake of a healthy community, we support the no-smoking ordinance. We think it would be progressive and bold for Florence to become the first city in the Pee Dee to ban it.

We applaud city leaders for elevating the issue and ask them to tweak the ordinance for another vote in the near future. ...

Florence City Council votes down proposed smoking ban
SCNOW.com, 2009-11-09
Patricia Burkett/News 13

Florence City Council members have voted down an ordinance that would have imposed a smoking ban in most public places.

Voting against it curing Council's regular meeting Monday afternoon were councilmen Ed Robinson, Billy D. Williams, Bill Bradham and Steve Powers. Voting in favor of it were Mayor Stephen J. Wukela, Councilwoman Octavia Williams-Blake and Councilman Buddy Brand.
At least 12 city residents spoke about the ordinance before council members voted. ...

VIDEO: Florence residents, mayor weigh in on proposed smoking ban
On Nov. 9, Florence City Council will vote on a proposed smoking ban in most public places.
SCNOW.com, 2009-11-02
Patricia Burkett and Dwight Dana

On Nov. 9, Florence City Council will vote on a proposed smoking ban in most public places.

The ordinance would prohibit smoking in places like restaurants, bars, educational and health care facilities, common areas of apartment buildings as well as many other places.

Though it may face opposition from some smokers, the ordinance is gaining popularity from many local residents.
"I don't like to determine what other people do, but we have been out west to California and Phoenix in the past year and it's banned everywhere out there and there's a difference, and it is nice not to have to worry about that in public if you don't have to," Florence resident Jennifer Peebles said.

Even some restaurant managers say they support the proposal, though they say they will continue to try and accommodate everyone. ...

Pender Co. health officials push for stricter smoking regulations
WECT-TV6 - Debra Worley - October 22, 2009

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Pender County health officials are pushing for more restrictions on where people can smoke.

Right now smoking isn't allowed inside county buildings, but members of the health department want to expand that regulation to all county property, inside and out.

The commissioners said they wanted to get more information on how employees and the community would feel about the ban.

The issue will be raised again during a future meeting. ...

EDITORIAL: Florence City Council examines smoking ban
SCNOW.com, 2009-10-21
Morning News Staff Reports

Florence has waited long enough in deciding whether public places should become smokeless. Florence City Council should have tackled the issue years ago, in our opinion, and we're glad council members Octavia Williams-Blake and Buddy Brand have introduced an ordinance calling for a ban. . . .

Restaurant employees will benefit from no-smoking restrictions, as well. Their health will no longer be jeopardized by prolonged exposure to cigarette smoke.

Certainly, the tobacco industry is threatened by no-smoking campaigns. Tobacco is the leading cash crop in South Carolina, and it's grown on thousands of acres in the Pee Dee.

We do not see no-smoking campaigns as a repudiation of tobacco farmers. They're growing a legal product. Rather, we see it as a public health issue. If people choose to smoke, we encourage them to use tobacco in the privacy of their own home or vehicle.

This issue has been simmering on the back burner for too long. At the least, we hope the council takes a vote, showing us where the city stands on the issue. ...

Florence council members to propose city smoking ban
SCNOW.com, 2009-10-21
Dwight Dana * Morning News reporter

If three members of Florence City Council have their way, the smoking lamp will be extinguished in certain areas of the city.
Council members Octavia Williams-Blake and Buddy Brand are sponsoring a bill to regulate smoking. A co-sponsor is Mayor Stephen J. Wukela.

The bill is scheduled to be introduced at the regular Nov. 9 Florence City Council meeting. First reading would be proposed at that time.
"I want the public to know the smoking ordinance is not about people's right to smoke," Williams-Blake said, "it's about protecting employees and the public from the (proven) harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
"I think the public is ready for a smoke-free city. . . .

Williams-Blake said of the 100 or so people she has spoken with about the ordinance, only one person was against it.

Williams-Blake said the S.C.Supreme Court has upheld all challenges to city smoke-free ordinances, thus validating that it is within Florence City Council's authority to pass smoke-free ordinances. ...

Greenwood Today - October 20, 2009

Tonight’s Greenwood County Council meeting proved to be a night of change. The third and final vote on two separate and controversial issues was unanimously approved. First off, the ordinance was approved to ban smoking on County Property and in county vehicles. Next, the blue laws in Greenwood County have officially been suspended. ...

Springdale bans smoking; 2 others consider it
The State - Tim Flach - October 6, 2009

Springdale on Tuesday became the second town in Lexington County to snuff out smoking in restaurants, bars, stores and offices, and two neighboring communities may do likewise.

The ban in Springdale mirrors limits on lighting up in workplaces in unincorporated parts of the county effective Jan. 1.

It's time for the 11 other county municipalities without bans to follow suit to avert public confusion, Springdale Mayor Pat Smith said.

"We need consistency, not a checkerboard pattern where it's allowed in some places and not in others," he said.

His wish won't happen soon as some communities refuse to restrict where smokers light up.

Officials in Irmo and West Columbia rejected the idea, although supporters are seeking to revive it in both. And officials in Pelion are leaving it up to merchants to decide.

Springdale's ban will affect 85 businesses in the town of 3,200 adjacent to Columbia Metropolitan Airport. ...

Bingo fight lights up over smoking ban
Columbia (SC) State, 2009-09-28

Bingo parlors on opposite ends of Richland County are suing each other, claiming their competitors are ignoring a county law that prohibits smoking.

The two - Carolina Gold Bingo on Decker Boulevard and Mr. Bingo on St. Andrews Road - have hired well-known lawyers, as well as private investigators to spy on each others' customers.

At the heart of the dispute is Richland County Council's indecision about how vigorously to enforce a law that has generated few reports of violations and carries just a $25 fine. . . .

The lengths to which the bingo parlors are going hints at the lucrative and competitive nature of the business.

The two parlors - among four total in Richland County - each grossed more than $700,000 last year. Carolina Gold was only open part of the year.

The operators don't keep all the profits, though.

Under state law, bingo games must benefit "fraternal, religious or charitable organizations," said Adrienne Fairwell, a spokeswoman for the S.C. Department of Revenue.

However, the state agency is not privvy to the individual contracts that set out how much of the net proceeds a promoter shares with a nonprofit group, she said.

Manning Pushes to Expand Local Smoking Bans
Free Times - Nick Mccormac - September 9, 2009

At a Sept. 1 meeting, County Council snuffed out a proposed ordinance that would have allowed businesses to designate a “separate and distinct” area where smoking would be permitted indoors.

The ordinance would have also required employees of those businesses to sign a waiver protecting their employers from any responsibility for negative health effects workers might experience.

Smoking in businesses in unincorporated parts of Richland has been prohibited since a ban took effect Oct. 1.

But District 8 Councilman Jim Manning, who introduced the ordinance, says the wording was so tight that it would have only affected a bingo parlor on Decker Boulevard, an area in his district.

“The business owners had put in a special ventilation system prior to the county ban going into effect and they approached me about trying to level the playing field,” Manning says.

The ordinance had breezed through County Council’s two previous votes on it but support waned prior to a required public hearing and third and final vote scheduled for the meeting. A procedural vote called for by Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson led to the ordinance being defeated before the public hearing started.

Manning says he strongly supports the current ban and only wanted to help his constituents. And in a twist, he says he plans to collaborate with local anti-smoking and public health advocates to expand the reach of smoking bans in the area. ...

EDITORIAL: Officials must resist calls to relax smoking bans
Columbia (SC) State, 2009-09-03

IT NEVER SHOULD have been on the table in the first place, but it was good to see Richland County Council reject a misguided effort to weaken the county's smoking ban.

The council responded emphatically Tuesday in killing a proposal that would have allowed any establishment to operate "a portion of its workplace" as a "designated smoking area" as long as that area is separate from its nonsmoking area and has its own outside entrance and a separate heating and air system. It also would have allowed some employees to work in smoking areas. While the proposal's chief proponent, Councilman Jim Manning, said workers would have to volunteer to work in smoking areas, there's little doubt people would have been forced to choose between their health and a job.

Fortunately, the council saw the error of making such a change that, while reportedly aimed at addressing concerns of a single bingo operator, would have opened the door to all businesses, including bars and restaurants. Council members didn't even hold a planned public hearing before summarily nixing the proposal. . . .

With Lexington County finally taking action to protect workers from unnecessary exposure to carcinogens, its towns and cities -- from West Columbia and Cayce to Irmo and, yes, Springdale and Chapin -- also should adopt smoking bans. Those who claimed to be waiting for the County Council to act no longer have that excuse. ...

Proposal to change Richland Co. smoking ban fails
WIS - September 2, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County businesses are still smoke-free after a proposal to change the smoking ban failed Tuesday night.

The plan would have allowed businesses to build designated smoking areas, but the council voted it down in an 8-2 vote.

The county council passed the smoking ban for all public buildings last October.

"We are delighted that Richland County remains at the forefront of protecting worker health in a state where 27 other communities have gone smoke-free since 2006," said Carol Reeves, president of the SC Tobacco Collaborative.

Richland council shouldn't tamper with smoking ban
The State - September 1, 2009

A WEEK AFTER Lexington County Council stepped up and adopted a strong workplace smoking ban, Richland County Council is contemplating taking a step backward to adopt an ill-conceived exception to the ban it approved late last year.

The Richland council is scheduled to take a final vote today on a proposal that would allow an establishment to operate “a portion of its workplace” as a “designated smoking area” as long as that area is separate from its nonsmoking area and has its own outside entrance and a separate heating and air system. This preposterous proposal would defeat the primary purpose of the smoking ban, unnecessarily exposing workers to secondhand smoke.

Councilman Jim Manning said his intention in pushing the change is to allow a bingo parlor to compete with others in municipalities in Lexington County. But Richland shouldn’t tamper with its ban to pander to bingo halls — or any other business. The truth is that the exemption would not be limited to bingo halls but would, in fact, apply to every business in the county. Besides, Lexington County’s approval of a ban increases the chance of its municipalities, even some that once rejected the idea, following suit. And even if they don’t, Richland shouldn’t waver in its effort to protect captive workers and improve the general public health.

Under the proposal, employees could be sent into smoking areas to serve customers. Mr. Manning said job applicants would be warned that there is a smoking area in the establishment and would be asked to sign a waiver if they’re willing to work in a smoke-filled room; they would not be required to work in the smoking area, he said. This is an insulting assurance, especially in this economy: Does anyone really believe that someone who did not sign the waiver would be hired? Or that nonsmokers already on the payroll wouldn’t be forced to “volunteer” to work the smoking section. People would be forced to choose between their health and a job — which is the very thing that all of our other workplace safety laws are designed to prevent.

This proposal hasn’t gotten ample public vetting. It received the second of three required positive votes from the council prior to the council’s August recess. A public hearing — most often held prior to second reading — has yet to be held. It’s scheduled for today, prior to a final vote. ...

Councilman proposes change to the indoor smoking ban in Rich. Co.
WIS - September 1, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Less than a year after Richland County passed a smoking ban for all public buildings, one county councilman is proposing a new law that would let people smoke -- if the establishment follows certain rules.

Tuesday night, the Richland County Council will have a third and final reading and public hearing on a proposal that would allow indoor smoking.

Under the current ordinance, all public buildings are completely smoke-free. But County Council may make a change that would allow businesses to create designated smoking areas, or what's being called "smoking rooms."

Some of the requirements for that room include a floor to ceiling enclosure, an entrance and exit independent of the rest of the building, and a separate heating and cooling system.

It's a pretty involved design that, in most cases, would require plans from architects and engineers.

The idea was proposed by Richland County Councilman Jim Manning. ...

Finally, Lexington County smoking ban OK'd
Columbia (SC) State, 2009-08-26

Opponents of a workplace smoking ban said Tuesday that members of at least five organizations plan to target for defeat the five Lexington County Council members who voted for the ban.

After one of the longest and most divisive smoking-ban fights in South Carolina, County Council gave its ban final approval Tuesday by the slimmest of margins.

As it has most of the times it has voted, council split 5-4 on the ban, which takes effect Jan. 1 for all businesses in unincorporated Lexington County.

The five who voted for the ban are chairman Debbie Summers and council members Bill Banning, John Carrigg, Smokey Davis and Johnny Jeffcoat.

"John Carrigg is my representative, and I will do all I can to be sure he gets defeated the next time," said Paul Seidelson, a member of ABATE. . . .

Along with ABATE, the organizations whose members pledged Tuesday to unseat those voting for the ban were the Lexington County chapter of the 912 Project and a sister group from Northeast Richland, the Campaign for Liberty and Pelion Good Neighbors.

Most are conservative organizations that draw support from former presidential candidate Ron Paul and television commentator Glenn Beck.
Jim Hanks, with one of the 912 Project groups, said some members have compiled maps of council districts and begun canvassing businesses in Banning's district to build opposition to him. ...

Gaffney council moves a step closer to smoking ban in city-owned vehicles
Gaffney (SC) Ledger, 2009-08-24
LARRY HILLIARD Ledger Staff Writer

Gaffney City Council now, apparently, has the votes to snuff out smoking in city-owned vehicles. In a meeting Friday morning, Police Committee members unanimously approved a recommendation to ban smoking in city vehicles. ...

Ban smoking? Now it's the towns' turn
Some Lexington County municipalities not eager on issue
Columbia (SC) State, 2009-08-23

The push to snuff out smoking in Lexington County restaurants, bars, stores and offices is set to shift to 13 municipalities.

Anti-smoking forces will urge municipal leaders to follow County Council's example in outlawing smoking in workplaces.

Council is expected to give final approval Tuesday to a smoking ban in businesses in unincorporated areas -- home for 71 percent of the county's estimated 250,000 residents.

It would follow a ban in force in the town of Lexington for 10½ months.
But the reluctance of some municipal leaders to take up the idea suggests anti-smoking advocates won't get uniform limits throughout the county immediately.

"It won't start out that way," said Jim Bowie of Ballentine, executive director of the South Carolina Tobacco Collaborative. "We may not get some smaller groups (municipalities)." ...

Upstate University To Impose Fines On Smokers
WYFF4.com - August 17, 2009

GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Lander University is preparing to give added emphasis to its status as the first state college or university in South Carolina to ban the use of tobacco products on its campus, a prohibition that was introduced with the start of the fall semester in 2007.

Lander president Daniel Ball accepted the recommendations of a committee that he appointed to come up with a strategy for introducing the tobacco-free policy to newcomers, and reminding returning students, faculty and staff that the use of tobacco is not allowed anywhere on Lander property. The ban includes campus parking lots and the university’s off-campus student housing facilities. The smoking ban also applies to visitors ...

Fort Mill smoking ban begins
CharlotteObserver.com - Mark Boone - August 2, 2009

Smokers caught lighting up in public places now face possible fines under a new ordinance which went into effect August 1.

The town joins the city of Rock Hill and York County in establishing similar rules in recent months.

“It seems like it’s going to keep spreading,” said Judith Worthington, a smoker who said she was opposed to more government-imposed restrictions on cigarettes. “Personally, I think it’s taking away our rights.”

Private clubs are exempt from the smoking ban, which applies to a wide range of public places, including restaurants, shops, government buildings, daycare facilities and health care offices. ...

Fort Mill smoking ban starts Aug. 1
Rock Hill (SC) Herald, 2009-07-29
Toya Graham

"Smoking will be prohibited in public places, such as restaurants, offices and retail establishments," Town Manager David Hudspeth said.
That means smoking an after-dinner cigarette at a local eatery will not be the accepted norm in the Town of Fort Mill. Instead, the town will be a smoke-free zone come Saturday.

Councilman Ronald "Ronnie" Helms said the new ordinance is a progressive move for Fort Mill.

"We're looking out for the health and welfare of the working public of Fort Mill," Helms said. "They will no longer be exposed to secondhand smoke in the workplace."

For Councilman Waddell Gibson, the smoking ban is personal.
"Smoking has got me in the shape I'm in now," Gibson said. "I'm on oxygen at night." ...

A no-smoking New Year in Lexington County
Council: Workplace ban starts Jan. 1
Columbia (SC) State, 2009-07-29

Lexington County likely will have a ban on smoking in any workplace starting on New Year's Day, signaling the end of a contentious 18-month debate on County Council.

In a 5-4 decision Tuesday, council gave a key second vote to a ban in unincorporated areas that would allow smoking only on outdoor decks at restaurants and bars.

The ban would mirror the one Columbia began enforcing Oct. 1, but would be less restrictive than the outright and controversial prohibition in the town of Lexington.

"There's no point in fighting anymore," Councilman Billy Derrick, a staunch opponent, said immediately after the vote. "Five beats four every time."

The council's rules make it difficult to change proposed laws when a third and final vote occurs, which is likely at the Aug. 25 meeting.
Council chairman Debbie Summers, who has resisted a ban limited to bars and restaurants, said she hopes the close vote will hold up. ...

Council opts not to stop smokers from public puffing
Orangeburg (SC) Times & Democrat, 2009-07-15

BAMBERG - Smoking in public places will not be banned in the city of Bamberg, at least for now.

Bamberg City Council members chose not to move forward with a proposed ordinance that would have made smoking in restaurants, public buildings and other public venues illegal during its regular meeting Monday night.

The proposed ban had been a point of contention for several months, with residents both for and against appearing at council meetings as well as at two public meetings held in April to express their concerns.
The proposed ordinance was modeled after the City of Greenville's ordinance, primarily because that ordinance has survived court challenges. ...

Gaffney's leaders affirm 'all or none' smoking regulation
Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal, 2009-07-14
Janet S. Spencer

Gaffney's new policy regulating the use of tobacco products in city vehicles will now depend on a driver and occupants' preference.

In order for either to light up, both must be smokers.

"It's all or none, then," said Mayor Henry Jolly, describing restrictions he said stopped short of meeting a goal set by a council committee.

Jolly opposed council's action Monday night following a discussion of the personnel committee's recommendation. The full council considered a total ban on tobacco use in city-owned vehicles, but that fell one vote short of approval. ...

Smoking ordinance not on Seneca’s radar
Eagle Media (Seneca, SC), 2009-06-27
Andrew Moore

While multiple municipalities in Pickens County have garnered praise from state health officials for their citywide no-smoking ordinances in businesses and restaurants, there appears to be little concern about pursuing similar laws in Seneca.

“Unfortunately that’s one of those things you really do get a lot of mixed emotions on,” Mayor Pro Tem Ronnie O’Kelley said. “I know there are some who would love for us to do it.”

O’Kelley added that many restaurants and businesses in Seneca already prohibit smoking on their own accord. O’Kelley added, however, that he had concerns about a city government restricting personal choices.

“I don’t smoke, so of course I don’t like it,” O’Kelley said. “But you’ve also got to have some personal freedoms. I don’t want to make smokers in Seneca second-hand citizens.” ...

Lexington County smoke ban takes a hit
Prohibition temporarily overturned, but will be revisited
By TIM FLACH - tflach@thestate.com

Lexington County Council snuffed out a workplace smoking ban Tuesday, but both sides agree the decision may be temporary.

Supporters pledge to revive a proposal rejected 6-2 and put it into effect soon.

“It’s a temporary setback,” said Jim Bowie, executive director of SmokefreeSC. “It’s part of the political game you have to play.” ...

Teens Start Smoking Petition
WCBD - May 28, 2009

Teens involved with the Georgetown YMCA’s Rage Against the Haze program are on a mission to stop their peers from using tobacco and keep second hand smoke out of their lungs.

Freshmen Kyle Brennan, Kaity Papdopoulos and P.J. Brachna as well as sophmore Kayla Brennan organized a petiton to create a smoke free ordinance for all public buildings and restaurants.

The students collected about 430 signatures and presented the petition to Georgetown County Council. The group offered Council information about the dangers of second-had smoking that they learned at various training seminars. ...

Smoking bans to take effect Friday
The (Rock Hill) Herald, May 28, 2009

Bans on smoking in public places in Rock Hill and unincorporated areas of York County go into effect Friday, meaning it will be illegal to light up in some places where it previously was OK.

Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know:

Who’s affected? The ban applies to all businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county, although municipalities such as Fort Mill, Clover and York won’t be affected. Rock Hill passed a similar measure, which also goes into effect Friday. ...

Smokers may no longer be local lawbreakers
Daily Journal - May 14, 2009

The smoking ban imposed by the city of Clemson nearly a year ago could undergo yet another change.

Monday night, Clemson City Council will consider first reading of an ordinance that directs local smoking infractions, as well as county and municipal ordinance violations, to be heard and disposed of in the magistrate and municipal courts of the state, respectively, “as they are part of the state uniform judicial system.”

If approved, this would mark the third amendment of the ordinance — the result of a memorandum issued by State Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal on March 23. ...

Fort Mill smoking ban plan advances
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com - May 13, 2009

FORT MILL -- The town of Fort Mill is moving forward with plans for a smoking ban, following the lead of Rock Hill and York County.

The Town Council on Monday gave initial approval to the town's smoking ordinance, but not without raising questions over how it would affect private clubs.

Under Fort Mill's proposed ordinance, private clubs would not be regulated, Town Manager David Hudspeth said. ...

Lexington County could lead on smoking ban
The State - May 5, 2009

A LEXINGTON COUNTY Council committee showed courage in voting for a smoking ban in all workplaces in the county’s unincorporated areas, despite the push-back it knows will come from some fellow council members as well as business owners.

The council must now follow through and approve a law that protects workers from secondhand smoke.

There’s very good reason to do so. The U.S. Surgeon General has said there’s no safe level of exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke. Why continue to expose captive employees to such a hazard unnecessarily? ...

Lexington County votes for smoking ban
The State, April 28, 2009

A Lexington County Council committee voted Tuesday to ban smoking in all workplaces in unincorporated parts of the county.

The return to a stricter ban than merely one for restaurants and bars continues to face an uncertain future, however. The committee split 3-2 and the opposition quickly re-emerged that has blocked a final vote for nearly a year.

County staffers are to rewrite a weaker ban and present the new one to the council’s Health and Human Services committee at its May 12 meeting. ...

Fort Mill closes in on smoking ban
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com - April 28, 2009

FORT MILL -- The Town of Fort Mill is closing in on a proposed ordinance to ban smoking in public places, including restaurants. “It's the progressive thing ...

Rock Hill smoking ban to begin
Myrtle Beach Sun News - April 27, 2009

ROCK HILL -- Bans on smoking in public places in Rock Hill and unincorporated areas of York County go into effect Friday.

The ban applies to all businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county, although municipalities such as Fort Mill, Clover and York won't be affected. Rock Hill passed a similar measure, which also goes into effect Friday.

York County Manager Jim Baker said the county's enforcement system will be mostly complaint-based, meaning the county won't be out proactively looking for violators. If the county receives a complaint about a business not following the rule, officials will first issue a warning, Baker said. Further complaints about the same place would result in an investigation and, if necessary, a fine. ...

City looks to clarify 'private club' in smoking law
Sumter Item - April 22, 2009

Private clubs are beyond the reach of the city of Sumter’s smoking ban, which took effect Monday.

But what exactly constitutes a private club is a question city officials are trying to resolve.

Councilman Dr. Bill Painter said a resident recently asked him about a bar — he didn’t say which one — that asked the resident to fill out a membership form and pay $10 to become a member of a private club “and therefore be allowed to smoke.”

“I said, ‘Well, my understanding is that private clubs have to be a not-for-profit organization, which means their business licenses are different,’” Painter said.

As currently written, the anti-smoking ordinance says that private clubs are not subject to the ban. It defines a private club as being an organization granted tax-exempt status.

Sumter goes smoke free
Sumter Item - April 21, 2009

The city of Sumter’s smoke-free ordinance went into effect on Monday and officials say they will work with the public and businesses to make sure everyone understands the new law.

“The ordinance prohibits smoking in public places,” said City Manager Deron McCormick.

It does not prohibit lighting up in homes or private establishments, McCormick said. The ordinance also does not keep someone from smoking in a restaurant’s parking lot, provided the individual is more than 10 feet from the establishment, McCormick said. ...

Group starts smoking ban petition for Horry County
WPDE - April 9, 2009

By Joel Allen An anti-smoking group is trying to get a no-smoking law passed in Horry County, the same type of law that was approved in Surfside Beach two ...

Fort Mill to consider ban on smoking
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com - April 9, 2009

FORT MILL -- Will the town of Fort Mill become a smoke-free zone?

It's a move town leaders are considering.

“We have opened the door on that discussion,” Mayor Danny Funderburk said. “We're going to do what's best for the town.” ...

Judge: Local courts to consider smoking violations break law
Aiken (SC) Standard, March 26, 2009

COLUMBIA -- A memo from South Carolina's top judge said any courts created to consider violations of local ordinances like smoking bans are illegal under the state's Constitution, an edict that has some municipal officials wondering how they should deal with violators.

"The courts are purportedly established for the purpose of hearing smoking infractions, as well as various other local ordinance violations," Chief Justice Jean Toal wrote in the one-paragraph memo sent Monday to municipal administrators and judges throughout the state. "The creation of these courts is repugnant to the long-standing concept of the state uniform judicial system."

Instead, Toal wrote, infractions of local ordinances - like bans on smoking in public places - should be heard by magistrate and municipal courts, bodies she said are constitutional. ...

County moving in right direction on smoking ban
The State - March 27, 2009

LEXINGTON COUNTY Council’s proposed smoking ban doesn’t go as far as it needs to, but it’s a step in the right direction for the divided body.

It wasn’t that long ago that the council, which has wrestled with this issue for nearly a year, had decided to do essentially nothing. It was considering a plan that would have required only that owners post signs to alert patrons if they continue to allow smoking. That would have been a big blow to efforts to protect workers — the No. 1 reason for a ban. It also would have sent the wrong message to the county’s municipalities, most of which have been awaiting the county’s decision before adopting their own bans.

The council has been hesitant to act as it’s debated whether business owners’ preferences should take precedence over workers’ health and the public health. Some restaurant and bar owners argue they should be able to determine whether to go smokeless or not and that the ban drives patrons away — a claim that is not borne out in communities that have instituted such restrictions. ...

State high court memo deals Myrtle Beach a blow
Myrtle Beach Sun News - March 25, 2009

A memo from the chief justice of the state's Supreme Court says Myrtle Beach is at odds with the S.C. constitution for setting up its administrative hearing court to deal with civil infractions like those it details in some of the ordinances it passed to deal with the May motorcycle rallies.

Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal on March 23 issued a one-paragraph memo to county and city administrators, attorneys and council chairs that says she received information that some counties and municipalities "are attempting to create by local ordinance another tier of courts, typically designated as 'administrative hearing courts'" to deal with smoking bans and other local ordinance violations.

Lexington County smoking ban push reignited
The State - March 25, 2009

Supporters of a smoking ban for Lexington County settled Tuesday on a deal that is less than desired but is designed to end a stalemate.

The plan would snuff smoking in restaurants and bars, except on outdoor decks and patios and inside private clubs that were open as of Jan. 1 this year.

Restrictions in stores, offices and other places would remain at the owner’s discretion.

“It’s the best we can get right now,” council chairman Debbie Summers said.

Shifting Attitudes Towards Tobacco Control in Tobacco Country: Tobacco Industry Political Influence and Tobacco Policy Making in South Carolina
Sarah Sullivan, Richard Barnes, Stanton Glantz

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in South Carolina. Smoking-related medical costs amount to $1.1 billion each year, including $393 million for Medicaid.

Tobacco growing in South Carolina declined by over 50 percent from 1997 and 2008. Tobacco accounted for less than 10% of the state's cash receipts from all crops in 2007. Despite the low levels of actual tobacco growing and the small role tobacco played in the state's economy in 2008, the cultural construct of being a “tobacco growing state” continued to have a disproportionately large impact on tobacco control policy making.

Between 1997 and 2008, the tobacco industry lost its alliances with the Farm Bureau Federation and Commissioners of Agriculture, former staunch industry allies, because of negotiations over the Master Settlement Agreement, the buyout of the Tobacco Price Support system, and increasing purchase of foreign tobacco.

Tobacco control Policy Score rankings of 2007/2008 legislators by knowledgeable tobacco control advocates revealed that legislators from the Pee Dee region, historically the stronghold of tobacco agriculture, were similar to the rest of the state's legislators in their attitudes towards tobacco control. Tobacco area legislators were formerly strong allies of the tobacco industry and historically worked with industry lobbyists to ensure defeat or manipulation of tobacco control bills. The 2007/2008 Policy Scores indicated that this was no longer the case.
Tobacco control advocates should take advantage of the growing distance between tobacco companies and its former tobacco-growing allies and the decline in the actual importance of tobacco agriculture to challenge the rhetoric and resistance to tobacco control policies in the state.

Smoking in cars with kids illegal, under bill
The State - March 4, 2009

Motorists who light up in the car with passengers 10 and under would be subject to a fine of up to $100, according tot a bill that passed a Senate Committee Wednesday.

The bill, which passed the Senate last year and died in the House, would allow law enforcement to pose a fine when there is clear evidence a someone has been smoking in a car with young children.

The bill's chief sponsor, Sen. Darrell Jackson, D-Richland, said the bill is intended to protect children from second-hand smoke.

Pickens OKs public smoking ban
Greenville News - March 4, 2009

Smokers in the city of Pickens will have to watch where they light up starting May 1, after officials approved public smoking regulations.

City passes smoking ban
Sumter Item, SC - February 18, 2009

After weeks of speculation on whether or not Sumter City Council would approve an ordinance to ban smoking in all public locations, the non-smokers of Sumter can now breathe a little easier.

On Tuesday evening the seven-member body finally approved a non-watered down version of the ordinance that includes not only restaurants and other public locations, but also city bars and taverns.

City Councilman Bill Painter asked that an amendment be made to the original smoking ordinance to read that bars be included in the list of public locations that are expected to become smoke-free.

Goose Creek votes down proposed smoking ban
Live 5 News, SC - February 11, 2009

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Goose Creek City Council voted down an ordinance to ban smoking on the proposal's first reading Tuesday night.

It was a proposal anti-smoking activists say would protect people at places commonly contaminated with second-hand smoke.

Smoking ban moves forward
Sumter Item, SC - February 4, 2009

A less-strict smoking ban in public places, which allows bars to be exempt, received initial approval Tuesday from Sumter City Council.

The lone dissenter was Councilman Thomas Lowery, who said he felt restaurants and other businesses should be allowed to decide for themselves whether to allow smoking.

Since Mayor Joe McElveen asked city staff to develop a draft ordinance last month, the issue has been among the most debated in Sumter, with passionate arguments made both for and against the proposed ban.

The first draft legislation that city staff produced included bars, and McElveen said he would have preferred that they not be exempt from the prohibition. But political realities, he said, forced a compromise.

“As mayor, you want to have something you can have agreement on,” he said. “As mayor, I can’t introduce anything. Members of council indicated they would not be in favor of a smoking ban that included bars.”

Pickens to vote on smoking ban
Greenville News, SC - February 2, 2009

The city of Pickens is poised to join a growing list of Upstate communities who have banned smoking in in public areas.

Pickens City Council members are set to vote on an ordinance to establish regulations for public smoking on first reading tonight.

New leader plans to push for smoking ban
The State, SC - January 27, 2009

Lexington County Council’s first woman chairman hopes to start putting her stamp on government, perhaps as soon as today.

Debbie Summers said Monday she is optimistic the council she leads will reverse itself and vote for a comprehensive smoking ban in restaurants and bars.

She said she will oppose a compromise proposal to only require restaurants to post smoking or nonsmoking signs.

“I would love to see us ... give serious consideration to a comprehensive smoking ban,” she said.

York County smoking ban appears headed for approval
Rock Hill Herald, SC - January 21, 2009

By Charles D. Perry - The Herald YORK -- Any changes to York County's proposed smoking ban appear to have been extinguished Tuesday night.

County leaders unanimously passed the second of three votes needed to make the ban permanent, despite pleas from some business owners and bar patrons to change their minds.

The Rock Hill City Council approved a similar ban inside the city last week.

Lexington’s smoking ban draws fire
The State, SC - January 21, 2009

Restaurant and bar owners in Lexington pressed Town Council on Tuesday to repeal a smoking ban instead of easing it to let diners and drinkers light up outside.

Allowing smoking on decks and patios won’t attract many smokers, the operators said.

“We want to support people that do smoke,” said Lynzee Culbert-Jones, co-owner of The Bistro restaurant in the Shoppes at Flight Deck.

Lexington may loosen its smoking laws
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - January 20, 2009

Diners and drinkers in Lexington might be able to light up on decks and patios by spring.

Mayor Randy Halfacre wants to allow smoking outdoors at restaurants and bars in response to what he says is a "hue and cry" that the restriction is too tough.

It's the first attempt to weaken the town's three-month-old limits on tobacco use. The town of Lexington's smoking ban is the strongest among area communities.

EDITORIAL: Keep smoking ban intact
Rock Hill (SC) Herald, 2009-01-14

On Monday, Rock Hill became the first community in the Charlotte region to ban smoking in public places. We hope the York County Council now will make the ban countywide. . . .

Those hypothetical employees, spending all day in a smoke-filled environment, are at great risk. And their health problems drive up health costs for everyone.

People who want to smoke are free to do so. They just shouldn't be allowed to smoke in places where their habit is detrimental to others.
We hope the County Council won't falter on the need to make public places in the county smoke-free.

Surside Beach can ban smoking on its beaches
Myrtle Beach Sun News, October 14, 2008

The SC Attorney General's office has issued an opinion that the town of Surfside Beach is allowed to ban smoking on its beaches as long as it does not criminalize a violation.

SC Supreme Court: Breaking smoking ban not a crime
By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press Writer
The State, September 8, 2008

The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Monday that Sullivans Island can ban smoking inside public places but can't jail people who disobey.

In the unanimous decision, the court ruled that the town can't make violating the smoking ban a crime because there is no statewide ban.

In May 2006, Sullivans Island was the first place in South Carolina to pass a smoking ban. The original law called for a $500 fine and 30 days in jail for violators. The town has since made violating the ban a civil violation with a much lower fine, to match more than a dozen other local governments across the state.

Town officials said the new ban should meet the requirement outlined by the state Supreme Court, which had already upheld the right of local governments to ban smoking in March.

[n.a.], "Changes in Air Pollution in Charleston County: pre/post smoking ordinance, executive summary," [Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center (HCC)], July 2008.

This study examined levels of air pollution in venues in Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, and North Charleston, South Carolina, and found that air pollution decreased 94% across venues in both Charleston City and Mt. Pleasant following passage of smoke-free legislation. Press Release

Aiken Council votes 4-3 to limit smoking in bars, restaurants
Augusta (GA) Chronicle, 2008-07-15
Michelle Guffey* South Carolina Bureau

The Aiken City Council passed on second reading Monday night an ordinance banning smoking in restaurants and bars.

The smoking ban ordinance prohibits smoking in enclosed public places, excluding areas that are at least 50 percent exposed to the outdoors.

The 4-3 vote came late after more than two and half hours of discussion, during which several residents expressed opposition to the restriction.

While some questioned whether people were actually harmed from second-hand smoke, others opposed banning smoking in bars.

Smoking ban to include bars passes
The State, SC, May 21, 2008

Originally passed in 2006, the smoking ban would now include bars, defined as establishments that make 85 percent of their income from alcohol sales. ...

SC Supreme Court says Cities can Ban Smoking
WLTX.com, SC - March 31, 2008

COLUMBIA (AP) -- The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that cities and towns have the power to ban smoking in public places.

In a unanimous decision handed down Monday, the justices upheld a prohibition levied by the city of Greenville.

Greenville banned indoor smoking in public places last year.

Dozens of bars and restaurants sued, claiming the ban hurt business.

The justices' decision could affect the dozen or so smoking bans already approved in counties, cities and towns across the state.

Everyone deserves the right to breathe clean air.
On July 23rd we can.
Thank you, Charleston.



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Mount Pleasant MOVES FORWARD WITH smokefree ordinance

Mount Pleasant, SC Mount Pleasant Town Council voted tonight to proceed with drafting a smokefree indoor workplace and public place ordinance. The ordinance will be introduced to Council within 30 days. Mount Pleasant is the third local municipality in the Charleston region to take action to protect workers from secondhand smoke exposure on the job.

Council voted 6-3 in favor of moving ahead, despite concerns expressed my Mayor Harry Hallman and two other council members. One week earlier, the town's Police, Legal, and Judicial Committee declined to address the issue, citing fear of a lawsuit.

All eight citizens speaking at the meeting were in favor of proceeding to pass an ordinance without delay.

Local musician Allison Tysinger said, "I have to smoke every cigarette that's smoked whether I want to or not." Dr. Anthony Alberg of the Medical University of South Carolina's Hollings Cancer Center spoke of the increasing list of illnesses caused by secondhand smoke, and the fact that secondhand smoke creates a "diminished health status" for those who breathe it. Barbara Zia, President of the League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area, stated the League's position in support of making all workplaces and public places smokefree.

"It concerns me the town is failing to take action because of fear of a lawsuit," said local resident Janice Fetter. Karen Forrest, a local hospitality worker concurred, "It saddens me that you, Mr. Mayor, want to wait and it saddens me that you all don't care what we breathe in."

The head of Region 7 of the Department of Health and Environmental Control, Dr. John Simkovich stated, "This is a public health issue, nothing more, nothing less." Roxanne Medina Solomon, a vice president with Trident United Way, restated the policy position in support of smokefree indoor workplaces passed unanimously by the organization's board nearly two years earlier.

Dan Carrigan, Executive Director of the Smokefree Action Network, said that no municipality in U.S. history has ever been successfully sued by an individual business that claims they lost money due to a smokefree law. "More than half of the U.S. population is covered by a smokefree law. Mount Pleasant's workers deserve to be a part of that majority, the same as their neighbors in Charleston and Sullivan's Island." Dianne Wilson, Executive Director of the South Carolina African American Tobacco Control Network said, "Once again, common sense has won out. Nothing is more paramount than protecting workers in the workplace, and I applaud the leadership of the council members."

Council member Gary Santos introduced the motion to proceed with drafting an ordinance, "It is the opinion of the Surgeon General that secondhand smoke killswe're leaders and leaders make decisions." Fellow member Paul Gawrych seconded the motion, "This is not a business decision, it's a health and safety decision for the Town of Mount Pleasant. I wasn't elected to have a judge tell me what I should and shouldn't do."

When Mayor Hallman asked audience members to raise their hand if they were "in support of moving ahead now" with an ordinance, nearly everyone in the room of approximately fifty people raised their hand. One lone opponent raised a hand "in support of smoking."

Members who voted to proceed: Gary Santos, Paul Gawrych, Joe Bustos, Nick Collins, Thomasena Stokes-Marshall, Kenneth Glasson, Jr.

Those voting to delay action: Mayor Hallman, Billy Swails, Kruger Smith


Up in Smoke
Charleston Magazine, January 2007

As municipalities across South Carolina pass nonsmoking ordinances, the town of Sullivan’s Island has become ground zero in a legal battle over the enforcement of localized smoking bans. With political pressure mounting, will public indoor smoking be forever banned in the Palmetto State...

According to the American Non­smokers’ Rights Foundation—an advocacy group that supports antismoking legislation—more than 700 municipal governments have enacted ordinances which prohibit public indoor smoking of any kind.

Sullivan's Island smoking ban upheld
(Hilton Head, SC) Island Packet, 2006-12-22

A Circuit Court judge has ruled that Sullivan's Island has the right to ban indoor smoking in workplaces, temporarily clearing a legal hurdle some feared could block efforts to ban smoking elsewhere in the state.

Judge Deadra Jefferson ruled in summary judgment Wednesday that Sullivan's Island's first-in-the-state smoking ban does not run afoul of existing clean air laws.

After the ban was enacted this summer, local eatery Bert's Bar filed suit in September, claiming the ban was prohibited under the Clean Indoor Air Act of 1990 and a 1996 provision that says local laws cannot supersede state law. The bar claimed it lost 90 percent of its business after the ban went into effect.

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