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Workplace Smoking Rules in South Carolina

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on June 22, 2012.

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Employers in South Carolina must comply with these state rules regulating smoking in the workplace.

Smoking is generally prohibited in public indoor areas.

Employers covered: Employers with one or more employees.

Written policy requirements: Employer policy not specified.

Posting requirements: In areas where smoking is permitted, the owner, manager or agent in charge of the premises or vehicle must conspicuously display signs designating smoking and nonsmoking areas, except that signs are not required in private offices.

No smoking areas: Smoking is prohibited in South Carolina in the following public indoor areas, except where a smoking area is designated:

  • public schools and preschools
  • child care facilities
  • health care facilities
  • government buildings
  • elevators
  • public transportation (except taxis)
  • arenas and auditoriums of public theaters or public performing arts centers

Permitted smoking areas: Smoking areas may be designated in foyers, lobbies and other common areas and smoking is permitted as part of a legitimate theatrical performance.

Smoking may be allowed in enclosed private offices (including government buildings) and designated areas of employee break areas.

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