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EDITORIAL: Smoking bans spreading

Publication Date: 2007-01-02
  • Publication:Rock Hill (SC) Herald
A circuit court judge recently cleared the way for Sullivan's Island to enforce its smoking ban. More South Carolina cities seem sure to follow. Circuit Court Judge Deandra Jefferson dismissed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Sullivans Island ban that forbids smoking in most places other than private homes. Beaufort County also has approved a similar no-smoking ordinance, and the Lexington County Council and Hilton Head Island Council also are considering bans. So are the cities of Columbia and Greenville. Some bars and restaurants have resisted the bans, but they may be fighting a losing battle. The trend clearly is moving toward a smoke-free public environment. . . . We suspect that smoking bans in South Carolina will increase, perhaps even spurring a statewide ban. And the evidence indicates that not only do the bans help protect people's health, they also help businesses' bottom lines.