Tobacco Use Priority Area


  1. 3% reduction in the youth who smoke and in underage tobacco sales
  2. Facilitate change through one new smoke-free ordinance


Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in South Carolina. In Spartanburg County, 33.89% of residents smoke every day.


What is being done?

Spartanburg County had two workplace smoke-free ordinances in the cities of Spartanburg and Chesnee. The city government in Inman recently passed its own ordinance, fulfilling the goal. Public health leaders in the community are focusing on the importance of policy change, visiting local government councils. The work continues to achieve the goal of an additional ordinance by 2018.


Is there an example of success?

In 2006, there were no smoke-free ordinances in place in the state of South Carolina. Now there are 56, including three in the Upstate. The City of Chesnee was the first to pass its ordinance in the Upstate on Aug. 9, 2010, followed by the City of Spartanburg on May 9, 2011, and Inman on March 9, 2015.