The Town of Summerville may follow other municipalities in South Carolina to ban smoking indoors. Summerville Mayor Pro Tem Ricky Waring says he doesn’t see a smoking problem in the town. “I don’t think there’s a smoking problem in Summerville that I’m aware of. This ordinance that’s coming up on the agenda for the council meeting has been recommended by one our councilmen. I guess it’s following what the City of Charleston has done, the Isle of Palms, and I think Mt. Pleasant even has the ordinance,” says Waring.
Councilman Mike Dawson has proposed the smoking ban and says it ought to be the property owner’s choice. According to the Post and Courier, two anti-smoking groups, the South Carolina African American Tobacco Control and the Smoke Free Lowcountry Coalition, that helped pull indoor smoking out of the other municipalities in the Lowcountry are rumored to be involved with Summerville’s proposal.
Town Council meets Wednesday to discuss the proposed smoking regulations. The proposal states that violators would be fined between $25 and $100 and establishment operators $10 and $25.