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these are the places smokers are not welcome


Thanks to the South Carolina Supreme Court - and their inability to understand state law - and the cowardice, misguidedness, or outright nanny-state tendencies of many politicians throughout the state, our state currently exists as a patchwork of smoking bans.

The good news is that, in many places, these bans are often escapable - just a simple drive over a city or county line finds freedom still existing. Below is a list of Counties and Cities in South Carolina that ban smoking to some degree in hospitality venues - most times this includes restaurants and bars. While making travel plans here, consider the below list as a warning. While the list looks extensive, consider that there are a total of 46 counties in South Carolina, a hundred plus cities and lots of unincorporated territory.

Also, the below list might not be complete - this is not a small state.

As geographical reach of a ban goes, a County ban typically, but not always, bans only in unincorporated territory - Cities within the County are not affected by it. Similarly, City bans only affect businesses within City limits, but leave unincorporated areas around the city alone. In this case, it is vital to know the difference between a City and County address of the same name.

Unless otherwise noted, assume a ban as listed here includes restaurants, bars and private clubs - no exemptions.

Cities in South Carolina

where smokers are not welcome

(Does not include real small towns or very mild bans)





Charleston 1,2

Clemson 3

Columbia 4



Fort Mill 6

Greenville 5

Hilton Head Is.

Liberty (hah)

Date of Fall               

August, 2008

May 27, 2008

December 12, 2006

January 23, 2007

January 14, 2008

October 1, 2008

January 1, 2009

November, 2011

August 1, 2009

April 1, 2008

February 20, 2007

October 9, 2006

City                       __


Mount Pleasant 1

North Augusta

North Myrtle Beach 7


Rock Hill




Sullivan’s Is.

Summerville 6

Surfside Beach


Date of Fall               

October 3, 2008

June 12, 2007

August 1, 2008

March 1, 2012

February 1, 2012

May 1, 2009

September 1, 2012

September 1, 2011

January 1, 2010

May 16, 2006

January 12, 2011

July 24, 2007

May 27, 2008

Notes of Interest:

  1. 1.Bordering cities of North Charleston, James Island and Folly Beach have liberty

  2. 2.Charleston and Anti has, effectively, shut down the “The Havana Club”, on Meeting Street - it was exempted.

  3. 3.The college of Clemson is not actually in Clemson city limits, so bars and restaurants around the college might still have freedom.

  4. 4.Columbia’s ban now only exempts private clubs. Some nearby towns might still have freedom.

  5. 5.The surrounding cities of Mauldin, Fountain Inn and Greer, as well as the developed unincorporated Greenville county still have liberty.

  6. 6.Private clubs are supposed to be exempt.

  7. 7.Bordering City of Myrtle Beach still has liberty.

Counties in South Carolina

where smokers are not welcome

Accurate as of April 30th, 2012

Notes of Interest:

  1. 1.This county ban exempts stand alone bars and restaurants that deny entry or employ by under-agers (18 or younger) - for now. I have heard rumblings of eliminating that. The contained cities of Aiken and North Augusta have stricter bans.

  2. 2.Complete ban  in county area. Look to nearby cities of Clover and York (NOT Rock Hill) for freedom. Fort Mill’s ban exempts private clubs.

  3. 3.Look to some of the inclusive towns for Freedom

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Aiken 1


Date of Fall               

February 20, 2007

November 20, 2006


Lexington 3


York 2

Date of Fall               

January 1, 2010

January 1, 2009

May 1, 2009