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Goose Creek smoking ban now in effect

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The ban extends beyond just bars and restaurants, into public venues and events. The ban extends beyond just bars and restaurants, into public venues and events.

A smoking ban in Goose Creek goes into effect Monday.  Smoking is now prohibited in all enclosed public places in the city.

The ordinance prohibits smoking in any place of employment in the city, to include any vehicles used to transport the public. It does not include vehicles where the only person who uses the vehicle is a smoker.

Some additional specifics of the Smoking Ban ordinance:

  1. Smoking will not be permitted at amphitheaters, ball parks (during public games/performances,) parades (city administrator may allow some areas for smoking, but that is not required) and dining areas on public sidewalks/plazas and parks.
  2. Smoking is also illegal outside within 10 feet of places where smoking is prohibited. This also includes being within 10 feet of outside places where smoking is banned outside.
  3. The ban includes any vehicles owned or operated by the City of Goose Creek, with the exception of golf carts.
  4. You can still smoke in private residences, unless they are used as a licensed childcare, adult daycare or other health facility.
  5. Smoking is still allowed in hotel rooms that are located together and designated "smoking." However, no more than 20% of a hotel's rooms may be designated for smoking.
  6. Retail tobacco stores can allow smoking, but they must still prevent smoke from moving into other areas nearby that may be covered by the ban.
  7. Private and semi-private rooms in nursing homes or long-term care facilities may allow smoking, but only if everyone in the room is a smoker.
  8. Private clubs may allow smoking, as long as they have no employees. If the general public is invited to a function at the club, then smoking will be banned during the function.
  9. Smoking is allowed outside of places of employment, as long as those places are not already banned by the ordinance.

As far as enforcement is concerned, anyone can report violations, and the city administrator can look into the possible violation. That includes business owners, employees or the general public.

Charlene Szews is the owner and chef at Sapphire's bar and grill in Goose Creek, which is now smoke-free, "I've had a lot of people saying that they think they'll really enjoy coming here to eat and hanging out because there won't be any smoking. A lot of my customers tell me that, 'oh, we're gonna be here, we'll just go outside to smoke.' I mean, my only issue with it is if they do go somewhere else, you're taking money out of my pocket and the city of Goose Creek's."


The fines for violation of the ordinance will be $10-$25 per violation. Any business owner or operator who has repeated violations may have their business license suspended or revoked.

To read the full ordinance on smoking in Goose Creek, please click here.

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