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Smoking Prohibited in Public Places

On December 16, 2003, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners amended the Clean Indoor Air Ordinance, Chapter 42, Article VI, pertaining to smoking in public places and places of employment. The changes to this Article become effective April 1, 2004; after which smoking will not be permitted in workplaces and public places. Exceptions are limited to retail tobacco stores, property owned or leased by municipalities, the State of Georgia, or the federal government, designated smoking rooms in hotels and motels (not to exceed 25% of the total number of rooms available), designated smoking areas on external balconies at any indoor arena (with capacity of at least 5,000 persons) and outdoor areas of places of employment (unless the owner declares otherwise). The ordinance covers all of unincorporated Gwinnett County. The ordinance does not apply to private residences.

The Article requires all workplaces and public places in unincorporated Gwinnett County to become 100% smoke-free and that the owner, operator, manager or other person having control of such building shall clearly and conspicuously post "NO SMOKING" signs or symbols at every building where smoking is prohibited by this Article.

The complete Clean Indoor Air Ordinance is posted on the Gwinnett County web site for your convenience. To view the entire ordinance in PDF format, please click here.

General information about the Clean Indoor Air Ordinance is also available on the Gwinnett County Government Cable Channel 23. Click here to view general questions and answers that you may find helpful.

Your cooperation with provisions of the Clean Indoor Air Ordinance is greatly appreciated.

If you have questions or concerns about this Ordinance, contact the Gwinnett County Board of Health, Environmental Health Section at 770.963.5132.

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