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SC Supreme Court: Breaking smoking ban not a crime

Publication Date: 2008-09-08
  • Author:JEFFREY COLLINS
  • Publication:The State

The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Monday that Sullivans Island can ban smoking inside public places but can't jail people who disobey...

Town officials said the new ban should meet the requirement outlined by the state Supreme Court, which had already upheld the right of local governments to ban smoking in March.

Since that ruling, seven other cities and counties have passed their own bans, joining the dozen governments that had previously outlawed smoking in indoor public places, according to the Smoke Free Action Network.

"I think the numbers are going to keep building," said Dan Carrigan, executive director of the group.