City Marks One-Year Anniversary of Smoking and Tobacco Use Ordinance

With warmer weather and more events happening outdoors, it is a good time to remind residents and visitors where smoking and tobacco use are regulated outdoors. The City’s ordinance, which passed unanimously in May 2017, promotes a healthier environment, supports individuals who wish to quit using tobacco, and provides positive role modeling for youth.

There is no tobacco use, including electronic smoking devices, on any Siouxland Libraries property at any time, as well as on any other City-owned property when youth activities take place. Youth activities are defined as those in which the intended participants and/or attendees are primarily under 18 years of age.

In addition, smoking, including the use of electronic smoking devices, is prohibited as follows:

• The downtown Bus Stop and Southwest Transfer Center are smoke-free.
• The area within 25 feet from entrances of all City-owned buildings is smoke-free.
• Special events on City property are smoke-free unless the event organizer requests a defined smoking area that minimizes public exposure. The City must review and approve the designated area.
• City property leased or managed by a third party is smoke-free; however, these properties may designate a smoking area that minimizes public exposure. Examples include the Washington Pavilion, Orpheum Theater, Great Bear Recreation Area, Canaries Stadium, and the Sheraton Hotel.
• The area inside the access road on the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center campus, which includes the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls Convention Center, and Sioux Falls Arena, is smoke-free. The access road connects Bailey Street to Western Avenue and Russell Street to Western Avenue.
• City golf courses are smoke-free except for parking lots and during the course of play. The course of play is defined as after the first tee and before the green of the final hole of any nine holes of play.

More information about the ordinance is available at www.siouxfalls.org/breathe-well.


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