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Smoking in Public Places Law

Smoking in Public Places Law
RCW 70.160 prohibits smoking in all public places and places of employment. Owners and persons in charge are responsible for ensure no employees, clients or patrons are smoking indoors or within 25 feet of any door, window, or exit. Owners must also post “No Smoking Signs” on all entrances to premise.

Information for businesses:


Vaping Devices and the Smoking in Public Places Law
The growing popularity of vaping devices, otherwise known as electronic cigarettes, has led to uncertainties among business owners concerning the safety of the devices and their responsibilities under the SIPP law. As the agency responsible for enforcing SIPP in Spokane County, the health district is taking steps to clarify that the prohibition against smoking in public places and places of employment includes vaping devices. See additional information to the right of this page.


Report a Violation
SRHD is responsible for the enforcement of the law. SRHD enforces SIPP by conducting random inspections and by responding to complaints from the public. When a violation is witnessed, business owners may receive warnings, civil fines, and re-inspection fees for each return visit.

To report a violation, please call 509-324-1530 or click here.




Variance applications to rebut the 25 foot rule are available. Please see all the forms below for complete details, requirements and procedures. Please note that until a variance has been granted, you must comply with every aspect of the law as written.


Vaping Devices and Smoking in Public Places

SRHD is taking steps to enforce vaping devices under  the smoking in public places law. Learn more about the agency's role in enforcement of the Smoking in Public Places law, why this action is being proposed, and how to participate in the public comment process by accessing the links below.

Overview of SIPP Action
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Proposed SIPP Resolution
CR101 Preproposal Statement of Inquiry
CR102 Proposed Rule Making

A public comment period took place January 4, 2016 through February 5, 2016. A public hearing occured at the monthly meeting of the SRHD Board of Health on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Vote on the Resolution was delayed due to activity on state legislation concerning vaping devices. They Board of Health is expected to vote on the issue at its April meeting.

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July 1, 2016