The 2006 U.S. Surgeon General's report said " there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. " The report further found that non-smoking sections and high-tech ventilation systems are ineffective for protecting people against the toxins found in secondhand smoke.
The EPA also concluded a nonsmoking section is not enough. While exhaust systems may remove the smoky haze and odor, the systems do nothing to remove the 4,000+ toxic chemicals that have been identified in secondhand smoke.
If you're looking to shop, eat or do business in a smoke-free environment, the following towns, cities or counties have adopted local smoke-free ordinances. This means all workplaces (including restaurants and bars) in that area are smoke-free to the public.
Hilton Head Island
Isle of Palms
N. Myrtle Beach
To access the map of these smoke-free municipalities in South Carolina, click:
Smoke Free Colleges & Universities
Deciding on a college can be a complicated process. One thing you shouldn't have to worry about is your child's health. The best way to protect them from secondhand smoke is to completely eliminate the exposure. Some tips are:
- Look for colleges that have comprehensive smoke-free policies that should include the entire campus, if not;
- Look for colleges that have comprehensive smoke-free policies that include residence halls, all public places on the school's campus and have entrance restrictions for smoking;
- At the least, check to make sure the residence hall he or she chooses is smoke-free.
- Read over the housing contract carefully and make sure your child won't be assigned a roommate who smokes.
Tobacco-Free SchoolsGuide for Creating 100 Percent Tobacco-Free Schools in South Carolina (pdf)
Smoke-Free Healthcare Facilities
S.C. hospitals have realized the importance of promoting a positive health message by adopting and enforcing 100 percent tobacco-free policies for their buildings AND grounds to help ensure protection from secondhand smoke exposure.
Click here for success story Up in Smoke: Tobacco-Free Policies Eliminate Smoking on Hospital Grounds (pdf)
For more information about smoke-free healthcare facilities, colleges & universities, worksites, faith-based organizations and recreational facilities, contact the program at (803) 545-4463.