Report a violation of the Smoking in Public Places Law
The number of complaints regarding smoking violations has decreased steadily since the implementation of the Smoking in Public Places law in December 2005. In fact, more than 90 percent of bar and restaurant owners and managers say they rarely receive complaints related to indoor smoking.
Compliance with the law is the responsibility of the owner, manager, operator, or another person in charge of a public place or place of employment. Local health jurisdictions enforce the law for bars, restaurants, and other places of employment, and local law enforcement agencies maintain responsibility for enforcement against individuals violating the law.
For local information about how to report a violation, select your county from the list below.
Find smoke-free areas in your community
Communities around Washington state have gone beyond the Smoking in Public Places Law and adopted additional policies and practices regarding secondhand smoke. Some counties have smoke-free parks, hospitals or college campuses, in addition to bars, restaurants, casinos and bowling alleys.
Select your county below to see if your community has additional smoke-free policies in place. If you are aware of a policy that isn’t listed here, please contact Paul.Davis@DOH.WA.GOV so that it can be added to the list.
Last Updated: 05/14/08
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