Smoking Regulations in South Carolina

The Clean Indoor Air Act of 1990[i] prohibits all forms of smoking in all public indoor areas except in places where a smoking area is designated.  These places include public schools and preschools where routine or regular kindergarten, elementary, or secondary educational classes are held including libraries.[ii] Smoking is also not allowed in all other indoor facilities providing children’s services; health care facilities government buildings, elevators; public transportation vehicles, elevators, except for taxicabs; and arenas and auditoriums of public theaters or public performing art centers.

However, smoking areas may be designated in foyers, lobbies, or other common areas, and smoking is permitted as part of a legitimate theatrical performance.[iii] The owner, manager, or agent in charge of the premises or vehicle where smoking is permitted should conspicuously display signs designating smoking and nonsmoking areas alike, except that signs are not required in private offices.[iv]  In areas where smoking is permitted, the owner, manager, or agent in charge of the premises or vehicle should conspicuously display signs designating smoking and nonsmoking areas alike, except that signs are not required in private offices.[v]

A person who violates the restrictions relating to smoking is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, is liable to a fine of not less than ten dollars nor more than twenty-five dollars.[vi]

[i] S.C. Code Ann. § 44-95-10

[ii] S.C. Code Ann. § 44-95-20

[iii] S.C. Code Ann. § 44-95-20

[iv] S.C. Code Ann. § 44-95-30

[v] S.C. Code Ann. § 44-95-30

[vi] S.C. Code Ann. § 44-95-50


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