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Charleston's Hospital District is now smoke free

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- One year after MUSC's campus went smoke free, the ban extends to the sidewalks and streets near the hospitals as well.

Charleston City Council members passed the smoking ordinance effective around downtown's medical district on January 8. It went into effect Friday (March 1).

The ordinance specifically applies to MUSC and Roper St. Francis and aims to reduce second-hand smoke.

Public safety officers for MUSC will enforce the ordinance. Those who violate it could be fined up to $25.

According to the ordinance, smoking is prohibited on the following streets.

  • Calhoun St. from Fourth St. to Rutledge Ave.
  • Rutledge Ave. from Calhoun St. to Doughty St.
  • Doughty St. from Rutledge Ave. to Ashley Ave; from Courteney Dr. to Jonathan Lucas St.
  • Ashley Ave. from Halsey St. to Bee St.
  • Bee St. from Ashley Ave. to Cherry St.
  • Courteney Dr. from Bee St. to Calhoun St.
  • Ehrhardt Dr. from Bee St. to Doughty St.
  • President St. from Bee St. to Doughty St./Jonathan Lucas St.
  • Jonathan Lucas St. from President St. to Calhoun St.
  • Gadsden St. from Calhoun St., south 200'
  • Barre St. from Calhoun St, south 325'
  • Fourth St. from Calhoun St, south 325'

The ordinance does not apply if you are in a moving vehicle.

You can view the ordinance in its entirety here.

To see a map of the affected areas, click here.



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