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Smoking and Vaping in Public Places

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Risks of secondhand smoke and vapor

Limiting secondhand smoke exposure protects everyone’s health:

  • Secondhand smoke is a mixture of nicotine and toxic chemicals. It's exhaled from a person who is smoking a product such as cigarettes, hookah or marijuana.
  • Non-smokers who breathe in secondhand smoke take in nicotine and other toxic chemicals.
  • Secondhand smoke causes about 47,000 adult and 400 infant deaths in the U.S. every year.
  • No safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke exists.

The law

Regulations prohibit smoking in indoor, public places and places of employment. This includes but it not limited to smoking a:

  • Pipe.
  • Cigar.
  • Cigarette.
  • Hookah.
  • Shisha.
  • Marijuana.
  • E-Cigarettes.

Local and state laws protect you from exposure to secondhand smoke:


We have the authority to enforce state and local regulations. Businesses that allow smoking and vaping are subject to:

Have you seen people violating vapor product or smoking regulations? Report your complaint online or call (253) 798-6400.

More information

Because of funding cuts, we no longer respond to all complaints of smoking in public places. 

  • For information, questions or complaints about smoking in public places or worksites contact Angela Boyer at or (253) 442-0352.
  • For no smoking or vaping signs call (253) 798-6400.


  • Smoke-Free Housing—Efforts in Pierce County and apartment complexes that prohibit smoking.