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.
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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.
council approves 'cigar-bar' measure
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gain fans and critics
on smoking in parks nixed; rules for leashes, grilling still ...
discussion brings emotional responses, no action from Berkeley County
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effect on Friday, says the Post and Courier.
new Beaufort park regulations take aim at smoking, pet care
eCigs Voices Its Support For New South Carolina Law ...
officials may allow 'cigar bars' under smoking ban change
leaders claim no wrongdoing in Smoke Free lobbying case
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 agencys heavy handedness for raising legal red flags.
Free Florence used federal dollars for lobbying
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owners don't have the best record when it comes to fighting City ...
SC regulations or taxes on e-cigarettes likely this year
Cigarette Tax Bill Passes in South Carolina Discusses ...
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USC and Clemson Ban Tobacco on Campuses?
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....
The next time you step on a college campus you may have to leave your cigarettes behind.
considers campus-wide smoking ban
Cigarettes could go up in smoke on the University of South Carolina campus soon. The states 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.
Park an ashtray
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...
ban brings cigarette litter to Cannon Park ($$)
president responds to complaints about hospital smokers in nearby neighborhood
nightclub joins the smoke free party
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right to consider expanded smoking ban
Beaufort County administrator Gary Kubic is on the right track with his proposal to ban smoking on all county-owned property -- inside and outside. Smoking bans increasingly are the rule rather than the exception. Many private employers have made the move, and there's no reason to think the county won't see the same benefits in healthier and more productive employees, lower health care costs and lower maintenance costs for county property.
'No Smoking' Ban in Beaufort County
Cigarettes may soon be banned on Beaufort County owned property, including ... This week, Kubic suggested a no smoking ban, proposal in Beaufort County.
County considers requiring smoke-free campuses
Co. Council puts smoking ban on hold for now
Advances Bill on Electronic Cigarettes
would get gum instead of fines ($$)
Hospital District is now smoke free
ban set for some downtown streets and sidewalks
lets youths puff away on electronic cigarettes
training targets faith community
No Headline ($$)
of C students back 'tobacco-free' campus, but faculty members ...
smoking ban not consistent
of C smoking ban stalled by Faculty Senate
decision with regard to a tobacco-free campus
at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach goes smoke free
support of a tobacco-free campus
2 Councilmen Changed Their Minds on No-Smoking Ban
COLUMN: Charleston is a smoke-free facility
making hospital area no smoking zone
Creek set to ban smoking
Reading Slated for Smoking Ordinance
COLUMN: Smoke-free zone improves everyone's health
'tobacco-free zone' measure passes first reading
Free Zone proposed for blocks around Roper Hospital, MUSC
Ban Gets Initial City Council Approval
Creek council to consider controversial topics at meeting
Creek mulls smoking ban
Ban Vote Scheduled for December
Ban in Goose Creek? Tell Us What You Think
Ban Discussion and More on This Week's Agendas
Goal: Tobacco Free in 2014
are wrong about smoking bans
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 ...
owner sues Charleston County over smoking ban
owner sues over smoking ban
Resolution on This Week's Agendas
Charleston rejects smoking ban
Charleston Council Rejects Smoking Ban
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 ...
Ban Discussion, Committee Meetings Wednesday
vote means smoking ordinance remains intact
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.
Charleston might finally be ready to quit smoking
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 ...
trading cigarettes for smokeless tobacco
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." ...
ban burning up local bar
to Give Final Vote to Smoking Ban
takes first step to ban smoking in parks: City would join growing number
of communities prohibiting tobacco use on public property
smoking law to hit festivals
Co. Moves Closer to Smoking Ban
Charleston City Council to draft proposal for smoking ban ordinance
Charleston City Council set to talk about smoking ban
City Council eyes exception to smoking ban
mulls smoking ban of its own
smoking ban passes 1st reading
A proposed smoking ban for unincorporated areas of Charleston County
passed a first reading Tuesday.
County to consider smoking ban
smoking ban gets final OK
... 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, ...
City Council to take up smoking ban Tuesday
HARTSVILLE _ Hartsville City Council is expected to take up an ordinance
to ban smoking in places of employment in Hartsville when it meets Tuesday.
smoking ban gets initial approval
HARTSVILLE _ A ban on smoking in places of employment in Hartsville is officially before Hartsville City Council for consideration.
Co. considers smoking ban
... Lancaster County leaders planned to roll out a proposed new ban
on smoking. ... banned smoking have seen their business increase, and
County Notebook: Clearing the air
Smoke Free Horry's grant may have recently expired, but the organization's
goal continues. George DuRant, a representative for Smoke Free Horry,
Habana's demise a war on smoke, or business?
Health to hold Town Hall meeting April 30 in Pickens
Behavioral Health recently received a Healthy South Carolina Initiative
The goal of that strategy is to educate the community
and community leaders on secondhand smoke's impact, create a smoke free
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.
OKs smoking ban
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 ...
passes workplace smoking ban
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This: Conway Smoking Ordinance
council hears from public on smoking ordinance
CONWAY, SC - Conway City Council heard from people Monday night on
both sides of the controversial possible public non-smoking ordinance.
Conway City Council tested the waters of public opinion Monday night
to find out if residents want a ban on smoking.
so many restaurants that don't allow [smoking] now. ... Conway resident
Dakota Beach said she could do without smelling smoke while she eats.
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.
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
Defends Smoking Ban in Parks
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 ...
Council Wrap Up: Ordinances, Grants & More
Approved second reading of an ordinance to amend the code concerning
"Smoking in Public Places of Employment." Approved submitting
a sidewalk grant in the ...
council to take another look at smoking ban
Simpsonville smokers and nonsmokers alike may be waiting with bated
breath while the City Council reviews the proposed smoking ordinance.
inches closer to possible smoking ban
to review proposal to go smoke-free
By Katie Jones -- Simpsonville smokers and nonsmokers may be waiting
with bated breath while the City Council reviews a proposed smoking
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 ...
strategies needed as funding for Smoke Free Florence ends
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. ...
on Main, Jazz on the Square Return To Spartanburg In April
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 ...
Beach residents upset over spending of grant money
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.
Free Florence Project wraps up initiative
By Heather Biance - bio | email FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) A press conference
on Tuesday will announce the end of the Smoke Free Florence project.
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.
Habana in deadlock
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 ...
threatens cigar bar
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.
Free Horry County out of money
By Sean Maginnis - email MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Monday afternoon, Smoke Free Horry County signs were still posted at the coalition's headquarters in ...
split on plan to ban smoking in restaurants: Ban would affect citys
Simpsonvilles proposed ban on smoking in restaurants has divided the city over whether it is a public health issue vital to childrens 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.
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC)- A portion of Ashley Avenue has been nicknamed "Ashtray Avenue" by one Charleston businesses since MUSC went smoke free.
COLUMN: Cigar bar running out of time
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 ...
Carolina considers totally smoke free campus
By Brandon Herring - bio | email NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) A debate
about going smoke-free is starting up at Coastal Carolina University.
bill clarifies colleges can ban smoking
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 ...
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 ...
Myrtle Beach becomes a smoke-free community
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
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 ...
businesses spread in North Myrtle - by law and by choice
By Brandon Herring - bio | email NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - North
Myrtle Beach's new smoke-free ordinance took effect Wednesday.
may soon be banned in Simpsonville restaurants
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 ...
may ban smoking in public places
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
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 ...
Free Horry grant running out of time
of Conway wants to go smoke free
City of Conway administrators will be seeking public input on an ordinance
proposal to ban smoking for indoor public spaces. ...
Council members directed City Administrator Bill Graham to set up a
public forum on the city banning smoking from workplaces, bars and restaurants,
smoking ban starts today
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC)- MUSC goes tobacco-free Thursday. The smoking ban is an effort to make the hospital and school a healthy campus. ...
smoking laws questioned in cigar bar debate
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.
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, ...
Don's Oyster Bar & Grill goes smoke free
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 ...
MUSC smoking ban starts next week
The ban, which includes all tobacco products including electronic cigarettes,
will be enforced on the entire campus. The ban also includes smoking
in your ...
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
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. ...
policies pass at trustees meeting
The two policies, Tobacco Use by Students and Tobacco-Free Schools/Staff,
... Both policies aim to provide a 100 percent tobacco-free, smoke-free
urging smoke-free workplaces in Hartsville
HARTSVILLE, SC _ A group that is seeking to make South Carolina cities
and counties smoke free has asked Hartsville City Council to enact a
passes smoking ban
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.
Don't bet on smoking ordinance in Myrtle Beach
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.
Myrtle Beach passes non-smoking ordinance
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. ...
ordinance passes final reading in North Myrtle Beach
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, ...
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 ...
NMB considers smoking ban, cities with limits say they're doing fine
By Janelle Frost - firstname.lastname@example.org North Myrtle Beach could be
a step closer to being smoke-free, at least in public, after Monday's
City Council ...
Myrtle Beach council passes first reading on non-smoking ...
Smoke-Free Horry is pleased with the progress to get municipalities
to go smoke ... Many establishments have decided voluntarily decided
to go smoke free.
Myrtle Beach council to hold first reading on smoking ban
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 ...
Free NMB discussed in city council workshop
council elects mayor pro tem; turns lights back on
inches closer to smoke free ordinance
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Tourists expect a smoke-free Grand Strand
Free Ordinance takes center stage at NMB Council meeting
and North Myrtle Beach both consider smoking bans
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 ...
council adopts smoking ban
prepares to go smoke-free
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 ...
goes smoke-free this week
Says... Grand Strand tourists prefer smoke free
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 ...
restaurants and bars prepare for Nov. 1 smoking ordinance
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 ...
Free Horry presents survey findings Tuesday
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 ...
discuss political issues
smoking ban passes first reading
...A smoking ban in the Pendleton was on its way after the town council passed the first ...
Carolina 21 Pendleton will consider smoking ban
Officials said second-hand smoke exposure is the main reason for a ban. The ban would prohibit smoking in public places like stores, restaurants, ...
to vote on public smoking ban Monday
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.
Free Horry to Host Grand Opening ceremony for resource ...
smoking ban in Spartanburg restaurants, bars begins Thursday
Wednesday is the last day to light up in city of Spartanburg restaurants.
is hazy for Pendleton smokers
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
Pendleton Considers Smoking Ban Inside Homes If Public Is...
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 ...
Carolina considers smoking ban in cars with kids
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
council to revisit smoking, park safety
PENDLETON A possible smoking ordinance, donations to charities via the town's water bills and a number of small upgrades to town parks ...
Smoking Ban Includes Restrictions On Sitting, Standing While Smoking
Pendleton council member stepping down
Myrtle beach follow suit with a smoking ban?
Free Horry continues push for smoking ban
Myrtle Beach City Council listened to several presentations from the public during a meeting Tuesday.
Free Horry to host smoking education event
Council passes extension of Greenville's smoking ban
City Council Passes Revised Smoking Ban Ordinance
smoking ban begins today
in Summerville this week
residents react to new smoking ban
delays vote on revamped smoking ban
goes smoke free
Summerville is the latest South Carolina city to pass a smoke free
close to tighter smoking rules
group pushes for smoke-free Myrtle Beach
smoking ban in Pendleton draws passion on both sides
restaurant owner pushes for smoking ban in city
in Pendleton on councils agenda
Residents will have a chance to weigh in on Pendletons spending plan for next year as well as a proposed smoking ordinance when its council meets Monday evening. . . .
South Carolina bill aims to ban smoking in car with kids
AB's Step in the Right Direction
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. ...
and bars prepare for Florence smoking ban
City Council approves smoking ordinance
city council adopts smoking ordinance
The Florence City Council wasn't blowing smoke and now neither will
you in most indoor public gathering areas. ...
approves tobacco-free ordinance for city parks
Ban Likely In City of Spartanburg
City Council might appropriate $1 million
ban, budget on Hartsville City Council's agenda Monday
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.
'admonishes' Florence councilmen for smoking support
Beach goes smoke free
Council Votes In Favor Of Smoking Ban
Ban: Public Input Wanted
Chamber goes smoke free, endorses Smoke Free Horry Initiative
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. ...
ban for city parks gets first OK
council passes smoking ordinance on first reading
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. ...
Smoking ban isn't perfect but the time has come
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.
pressing ban on smoking at Spartanburg eateries, bars and at events
Upstate City Looks To Improve Smoking Ban
car-smoking bill falls short
lawmakers stop bill barring smoking around kids
A South Carolina proposal to fine drivers or passengers who puff away with a child under 6 in the car is going nowhere.
bill would ban smoking in cars with kids
City Council delays first reading of smoking ordinance
Just man up and pass smoking ordinance
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. ...
shows majority of Florence residents support a smoke-free ordinance
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. ...
smoking ordinance vote may be delayed
Free Florence seeks county-wide smoking ban
Considering Public Smoking Ban
hearing on Florence smoking ordinance scheduled for Thursday
moving to be smoke free
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.
Florence smoking ordinance to be introduced Monday
FLORENCE, SC --
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 councils 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." ...
County council tables proposed smoking ban
Strand Town one step closer to smoking ban
"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 ...
County to take up smoking ban at council meeting
Professionals Push For Smoking Bans in Spartanburg County
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
town smoking ban to take effect July 12
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. ...
smoking ban proposal to go before Florence City Council in February
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 Councils 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 ...
Free Horry unveils new campaign
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. ...
smoking ban ordinance on the radar in Summerville (update: backlash
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. ...
signs may be in works: Dorchester plan offers alternative to public
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. ...
council passes smoking ban
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." ...
smoking ordinance clarification
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 Summervilles 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 todays meeting to read (new additions
are in italics): ...
ban vote uncertain in Summerville
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. ...
Ban Vote Delayed by County Council
(SUMMERVILLE, S.C.) -- An attempt to ban smoking in Dorchester County
restaurants and public buildings has been temporarily suspended. ...
County to Ban Smoking?
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." ...
for Summerville smoking ban reignites
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. ...
Ban Public Hearing to be Scheduled in Pendleton
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 ...
wimps out, leaves workers holding breath
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 dont allow smoking cant allow smoking. Councils message to captive workers constantly exposed to carcinogens from secondhand smoke is pretty clear: Youre on your own.
Irmos restrictions dont 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 dont know how many of Irmos 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 didnt allow smoking now starts permitting it, how will town officials know and prove theres been a violation if it doesnt know who allows smoking now?
Its 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. Its clear to us that protecting workers from
the ills of secondhand smoke wasnt the priority here: Not one
worker exposed to carcinogens on their job would be spared under the
towns new ordinance. ...
smoking ordinance be headed to Horry County?
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. ...
Free Florence participates in Great American Smokeout
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 its a great reminder to the
community of not only the dangers of smoking, but also the potential
dangers of secondhand smoke ...
OKs partial smoking ban
Irmo joined other Midlands communities Tuesday in banning workplace smoking, but its restrictions dont completely snuff out lighting up.
The limits adopted 3-2 by Town Council dont apply to any bar,
restaurant, office or store where puffing cigarettes, cigars and pipes
inside was allowed before the ban.
week in local government
Beach city buildings go "smoke free" outside
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. ...
must stop dithering, adopt real smoking ban
get break in Irmo
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.
Smoking ban should be limited
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
anti-smoking effort targets Horry County
official asks Hartsville to enact smoke-free ordinance
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 councils work session Tuesday night. There is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke indoors. ...
in Hartsville choose to be smoke-free
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." ...
ban exemption OK'd
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. ...
considers new plan to allow smoking in private clubs
YORK COUNTY --
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. ...
owners battle cigarette butts following smoking ban
ban change closer
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. ...
County seeks public input on smoking ban
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 ...
County plans for smoking ban possibility
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. ...
logical step is for Irmo to pass smoking ban
passes tobacco ban in city's businesses
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. ...
smoking sign plan defeated
smoking sign plan criticized
possible change in Columbia's smoking ban is still cloudy
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 citys current ordinance, tobacco
retailers are allowed to sell incidental items -- and alcohol is one
of the products they sell incidentally. ...
City Council could snuff out smoking ban dispute
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. ...
County considering rollling back smoking ban
County smoking ban under review
City Council to tackle smoking proposal, city budget
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.
seeks public's ideas on smoking ban for parks, sports
Greer Councilwoman Judy Albert wants to ban in the citys 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. Shes for it.
Im not a smoker, she said. My husbands not a smoker. My child at 5 years old is not exposed to smoking, so, of course, I dont think its 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 citys 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 isnt 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. ...
City Of Greer To Consider Smoking Ban In Parks
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. ...
council tables smoking ban
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. ...
smoking ban proposed
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. ...
eases smoking ban
Lexingtons workplace smoking ban lost its bite Monday on The Dog House.
Owner Joe Biedrycki is free to resume serving smokers on his bars patio after Town Council repealed a local restriction that barred service to those lighting up in outdoor areas in the communitys restaurants and lounges.
Its 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 didnt 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. ...
passes town-wide smoking ordinance
Ravenel Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday, April 27, 2010 to pass South Carolinas 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. ...
City Council split on smoking ban
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. ...
city leaders to discuss smoking ban
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 wont 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. ...
council on verge of easing smoking rules
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." ...
ban in Chapin hinges on Irmo going along
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. ...
ban may be eased in Lexington
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. ...
progress needed on area smoking bans
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. ...
free' parks suggested
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. ...
Columbia, Cayce enact smoking bans; Irmo says no
Columbia smoking ban gets initial OK
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. ...
council must defend its smoking ban
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. ...
opposes tobacco ban
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." ....
won't be liable for smoking violations
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. ...
may exempt cigar bars from ban
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. ...
gives first OK to smoking ban
Lancaster County Council gave first approval on Monday to an ordinance
that would halt tobacco use on county property.
If approved, the amendment would ban smoking, and possibly other types
of tobacco use, in county buildings and vehicles.
Congaree tentatively OKs smoking ban
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. ...
Read More About the Campaign for Clean Air
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.
might OK smoking decks, patios
Co. Council chambers packed with people fuming over smoking ban
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.
SC Lawmaker Introduces Statewide Smoking Ban
A South Carolina lawmaker has revived legislation that would ban smoking
in many public places across the state. ...
City Council holds public hearing to discuss smoking ban
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." ...
Midlands needs uniform workplace smoking bans
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. . . .
ban passes 1st vote in Cayce
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. ...
mayor seeks to soften smoking ban
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. ...
set for first smoking ban lawsuit
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. ...
Bans Inching Forward in Lexington
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. ...
Smoking ban shrouded in misunderstanding
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. ...
City Council votes down proposed smoking ban
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.
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.
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.
Even some restaurant managers say they support the proposal, though they say they will continue to try and accommodate everyone. ...
Co. health officials push for stricter smoking regulations
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. ...
Florence City Council examines smoking ban
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. ...
council members to propose city smoking ban
If three members of Florence City Council have their way, the smoking
lamp will be extinguished in certain areas of the city.
The bill is scheduled to be introduced at the regular Nov. 9 Florence
City Council meeting. First reading would be proposed at that time.
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. ...
LAWS: GONE & NO SMOKING ON COUNTY PROPERTY!
Tonights 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. ...
bans smoking; 2 others consider it
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. ...
fight lights up over smoking ban
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.
Pushes to Expand Local Smoking Bans
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 Councils 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. ...
Officials must resist calls to relax smoking bans
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. ...
to change Richland Co. smoking ban fails
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.
council shouldn't tamper with smoking ban
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 shouldnt 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 Countys approval of a ban increases the chance of its municipalities, even some that once rejected the idea, following suit. And even if they dont, Richland shouldnt 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 theyre 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 wouldnt 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 hasnt gotten ample public vetting. It received
the second of three required positive votes from the council prior to
the councils August recess. A public hearing most often
held prior to second reading has yet to be held. Its scheduled
for today, prior to a final vote. ...
proposes change to the indoor smoking ban in Rich. Co.
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. ...
Lexington County smoking ban OK'd
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.
council moves a step closer to smoking ban in city-owned vehicles
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. ...
smoking? Now it's the towns' turn
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
"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)." ...
University To Impose Fines On Smokers
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 universitys off-campus
student housing facilities. The smoking ban also applies to visitors
Mill smoking ban begins
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 its going to keep spreading, said Judith Worthington, a smoker who said she was opposed to more government-imposed restrictions on cigarettes. Personally, I think its 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. ...
Mill smoking ban starts Aug. 1
"Smoking will be prohibited in public places, such as restaurants,
offices and retail establishments," Town Manager David Hudspeth
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.
no-smoking New Year in Lexington County
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.
opts not to stop smokers from public puffing
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.
leaders affirm 'all or none' smoking regulation
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. ...
ordinance not on Senecas radar
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 thats one of those things you really do get a lot of mixed emotions on, Mayor Pro Tem Ronnie OKelley said. I know there are some who would love for us to do it.
OKelley added that many restaurants and businesses in Seneca already prohibit smoking on their own accord. OKelley added, however, that he had concerns about a city government restricting personal choices.
I dont smoke, so of course I dont like it, OKelley said. But youve also got to have some personal freedoms. I dont want to make smokers in Seneca second-hand citizens. ...
County smoke ban takes a hit
Start Smoking Petition
Teens involved with the Georgetown YMCAs 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. ...
bans to take effect Friday
may no longer be local lawbreakers
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. ...
Mill smoking ban plan advances
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. ...
County could lead on smoking ban
A LEXINGTON COUNTY Council committee showed courage in voting for a smoking ban in all workplaces in the countys 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.
Theres very good reason to do so. The U.S. Surgeon General has said theres no safe level of exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke. Why continue to expose captive employees to such a hazard unnecessarily? ...
County votes for smoking ban
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 councils Health and Human Services committee at its May
12 meeting. ...
Mill closes in on smoking ban
Hill smoking ban to begin
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. ...
Private clubs are beyond the reach of the city of Sumters 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 didnt 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.
goes smoke free
The city of Sumters 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 restaurants parking lot, provided the individual is more
than 10 feet from the establishment, McCormick said. ...
starts smoking ban petition for Horry County
Mill to consider ban on smoking
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.
Local courts to consider smoking violations break law
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. ...
moving in right direction on smoking ban
LEXINGTON COUNTY Councils proposed smoking ban doesnt go as far as it needs to, but its a step in the right direction for the divided body.
It wasnt 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 countys municipalities, most of which have been awaiting the countys decision before adopting their own bans.
The council has been hesitant to act as its 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. ...
high court memo deals Myrtle Beach a blow
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.
County smoking ban push reignited
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 owners discretion.
Its the best we can get right now, council chairman Debbie Summers said.
Attitudes Towards Tobacco Control in Tobacco Country: Tobacco Industry
Political Influence and Tobacco Policy Making in South Carolina
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.
in cars with kids illegal, under bill
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.
OKs public smoking ban
Smokers in the city of Pickens will have to watch where they light up starting May 1, after officials approved public smoking regulations.
passes smoking ban
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.
Creek votes down proposed smoking ban
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.
ban moves forward
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 cant introduce anything. Members of
council indicated they would not be in favor of a smoking ban that included
to vote on smoking ban
Pickens City Council members are set to vote on an ordinance to establish regulations for public smoking on first reading tonight.
leader plans to push for smoking ban
Lexington County Councils 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.
County smoking ban appears headed for approval
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.
smoking ban draws fire
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 wont 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.
may loosen its smoking laws
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.
Keep smoking ban intact
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.
Beach can ban smoking on its beaches
Supreme Court: Breaking smoking ban not a crime
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.
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
Council votes 4-3 to limit smoking in bars, restaurants
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.
ban to include bars passes
Supreme Court says Cities can Ban Smoking
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.
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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
As municipalities across South Carolina pass nonsmoking ordinances, the town of Sullivans 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 Foundationan advocacy group that supports antismoking legislationmore than 700 municipal governments have enacted ordinances which prohibit public indoor smoking of any kind.
Island smoking ban upheld
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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